Monday, April 27, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: USPS Explores New Fulfillment Services for Global Small Businesses

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

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bring Peace to the World

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"There are many of us who should be in a position to bring peace to the world." -- Shirley Temple

Friday, April 24, 2015

Import Compliance for Small Businesses on a Budget

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A not-to-be-missed webinar covering how to protect your organization's most precious assets.  And don't think your broker has got your back covered on all import responsibilities.  Impossible.

International trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. says:
This responsibility cannot be delegated to the importer’s customs broker or other third party. The failure to exercise reasonable care may result in unanticipated duty consequences and significant penalty liability. In some cases, company executives could even face sanctions for failure to operate under the umbrella of reasonable care. 
So how can you as a small business owner with limited resources comply?

It starts with knowledge ... Larry Ordet, an attorney with international trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. will conduct a webinar on April 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, to address these concerns and provide general recommendations regarding practices that small businesses may use to ensure they are in compliance with “reasonable care” responsibilities.

For more information and to register, visit:  http://www.strtrade.com/events-Reasonable-Care-Importers-Small-Businesses-Compliance-Budget-042915.html (Note:  There is a $225 fee involved.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An App That Will Give You a New Perspective of the World

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At Glimpse, they want you to experience the world as it unfolds, from a whole new perspective.

What is Glimpse?
Here at Glimpse, we believe in connecting people immediately. We believe in sharing experiences around the world for the purposes you believe in; whether it's giving a glimpse of the Chinese New Year, your son or daughter’s first birthday, or just a time out with friends. We bring you these capabilities with live video streaming in three Globular shaped newsfeeds: The Perspective, The Personal, and The Passion. When accessing ... read more.
Why use Glimpse?
Have you ever wondered what happens around the city, state, country, or world; wanted to learn about what other people do throughout their day; or simply wanted to tune into an event live? Glimpse provides this opportunity to all of our users ... read more.
How do you use Glimpse?
It's about YOU so find out ... read more.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What Do Consumers Worldwide Want in Return For Their Trust and Support?

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Who are the most reputable companies in the world and why? Reputation Institute’s Global RepTrak® 100 uncovers them based on innovation, governance, citizenship and more.

Whether it is BMW, Lego or FedEx, each of the companies have something to say about specific initiatives – internal and external – that they have been doing to make people understand who they are as a company.

To find out what consumers worldwide want in return for their trust and support, read:  Global RepTrak 100 Top Companies by Reputation | Most Reputable Companies

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What It's Like Running a Global Franchise

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Founded in 2011, the Italian coworking venture Talent Garden has become a brand name in Europe with ten locations across the continent, and is looking to expand into new markets.

Co-founder Davide Dattoli talks about his journey starting a company in his native Italy to running a global franchise, along with his vision for the Talent Garden, and coworking as a whole.
When I [Dattoli] started this adventure in 2011 in Brescia, a small city in the north of Italy, my vision was to bring talented professionals within the digital and creative sectors together in one space; to foster an atmosphere of collaboration, where individuals and startups could help each other’s businesses to grow.
Read:  Going Global With Coworking Spaces

Monday, April 20, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: 7 Tips for Developing Your Brand Globally

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Global Small Businesses Are Hungry For Apps

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Global small businesses offer big opportunity for developers because they are hungry for apps.
And that’s good news for app developers, who have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to feed a massive and hungry market – the 29 million U.S. and 600 million global small businesses who are increasingly running their operations in the cloud.
Read more here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Techies in Chicago Prepare For Global Expansion

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There are a number of challenges that tech companies face when trying to break into international markets. Developing a strategy to understand what steps to take, what risks to anticipate and what obstacles to prepare for are essential for global expansion.

Join the panel discussion:

Going International: Expanding Into the Global Market
Tuesday, May 12th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Central at TechNexus
20 N. Wacker Dr., 12th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606
Sponsored by IDA Ireland

For more information and to register, visit here.
Download the event flyer.

Note:  I am trying to stop in at this event.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to Launch a Successful Online Platform

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According to Benjamin Edelman for Harvard Business Review, the first question an entrepreneur should ask when launching a digital platform is whether they can quickly attract a large group of users.  And that depends on at least one of two conditions being met.

Find out what they are here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Develop Your Brand Globally

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How do you do a shout out the world over to let them know you exist?  Here are a few ideas on how to manage your brand’s reputation and export it the world over.

Read:  7 Tips for Developing Your Brand Globally

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Breaking News: We Reached More Than 1 Million Pageviews at The Global Small Business Blog

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Today (4/14/15), we reached more than 1 million pageviews at our Global Small Business Blog (first post can be found here).  That achievement is due to your loyal readership.  Thank you!  It means the world to us that you take an interest in our posts.  We will continue to provide you with news and information you can use to grow your business beyond borders.

Keep on reading.  Keep on expanding internationally.

How To Simplify Business Registration Processes on a Global Basis

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A new web portal, Global Enterprise Registration or http://www.ger.co has been launched to help companies directly access, and assess the user-friendliness of, business registration websites around the world. It is the brainchild of Ann Low, Deputy Director of the Office of Investment Affairs, at the US Department of State.

Learn more:  New Business-Registration Portal Goes Global