Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Solving Global Literacy

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A native of Pakistan, Shafiq Khan was a remarkable digital leader at Marriott International.  He would return frequently to Pakistan, and the state of the country's education system for the poorest members of society were stark. Khan began to connect the dots between the work he did at Marriott and a way to help solve global literacy.  Teach the World Foundation was born.
The company has developed digital tools to help teach those children who cannot afford basic education Pakistan, and the program has expended to Bangladesh, as well.
Read the interview with Shafiq Kahn where he talks about Teach the World Foundation and its mission.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: Keep an Eye on Global

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, October 20, 2018

America the Beautiful

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The author of "America the Beautiful," Katharine Lee Bates, was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1859 and grew up near the rolling sea. Her graceful poetic style came through in poems such as "The Falmouth Bell" ... read more here.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Upskilling and Educating SMEs in Ireland

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Staying Ahead Digital Roadshow, the second in a series of events held by Google in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, aims to upskill and educate Irish SMEs in reaching new customers, expanding their businesses, and future-proofing their operations for a digital world.

Fionnuala Meehan, Head of Google Ireland, says:
“With only 17% of Irish businesses selling across borders online, we see huge opportunities for Irish SMEs to be innovative in the digital marketplace and to become exporters of goods and services. We know that companies with a strong online presence will grow twice as fast and employ twice as many people as those with a minimal or no web presence, and at a time of uncertainty – now more than ever – we believe it is important that Irish SMEs are supported in getting online to build more successful and sustainable businesses.”
Read more about how Google is on the road in Cork, Ireland to to help SMEs stay ahead.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

4th Annual Global Small Business Forum 10/19/18 in Chicago

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There is only one.  Spectacular.  Global Small Business Forum. And it is held in Chicago on Friday, October 19th, in the morning.  Don't miss it.

To learn more and to register, visit:
http://globalsmallbusinessforum.com

See you there.  (Sneak preview of the program.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Is There a Wrong Way to Grow a Business Internationally?

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It's pretty easy for me to tell you all the wrong ways to grow a business internationally from failing to secure a guaranteed method of payment on a sale to not bothering to market your business to neglecting the rules and regulations of a country you are about to enter.

So, that all said, let's have a look at the right way to grow your business internationally.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: False Song of Globalization

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A View from Peet's Coffee in Chicago

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You never know what you  are going to see when you look out a window on a Friday afternoon at Peet's Coffee & Tea at 400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.  There goes a bride.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Brobe Sells to the World

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The Brobe, a medical garment company, was spurred by a local cause very dear to Allison Shickel's heart -- but her idea has translated into a rapidly expanding global company.
"A friend of mine had four surgeries for breast cancer," Shickel told CBS MoneyWatch in an interview. "She said they gave me these drains, and she showed me [the garment the hospital gave her]. It didn't hold up or give her any dignity. I was thinking there's no way if my mom or sister had their breast removed that I would give this to them," Shickel said.
That was the insight and inspiration that launched her Austin, Texas-based business the Brobe.  The garment includes engineered interior pockets to handle various post-surgical indignities such as drains, which allows for a very graceful recovery for all.

Learn more about how she pivoted into the global marketplace via her online platform that sells to the world.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How to Prep Accordingly for Holiday eCommerce Sales

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The holiday eCommerce selling season can be a real challenge — and a profit-booster, provided you prep accordingly.  I [Laurel Delaney] asked four eCommerce CEOs a handful of questions about how they plan, prepare and execute global sales during holiday crunch time.

Here are their answers.