Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Who's Bullish on International Trade?

According to a survey commissioned by FedEx Corp. and conducted by research firm Morning Consult LLC:
About 65 percent of small businesses that engage in international trade report increases in revenue, compared with 46 percent of small businesses that do not trade, according to the survey. Small businesses that trade are also 20 percent more likely to say they are hiring more employees.
So why aren't more small businesses engaged in international trade?

Read more:  New FedEx survey finds small, mid-sized firms bullish on trade

Monday, September 26, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Why You Can't Do Global Deals All Alone

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reckless Records in Chicago: New and Used Vinyls, Cassettes, CD's and DVD's

Since 1989, the coolest of cool stores in Chicago.  Worth a visit:  https://www.reckless.com

Photo credit:  ©Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.  Taken Friday, September 23, 2016 at 26 E. Madison Street, Chicago, IL.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free to Choose Global Trade

The two main candidates for USA president both have it wrong.  Trade is good for us.  I'm pro-trade.  Even Nobel-prize winning economist Milton Friedman said:

"The social and moral issues are all on the side of free trade. And it is you, and people like you [a union official that challenged him on his bid to eliminate all tariffs over five years], who introduce protection who are the ones who are violating fundamental moral and social issues."

It's worthy of a look at Milton Friedman's Morals.  And see what else a bad trade deal can do to our global economy.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Where Is There a Treasure Trove of Overseas Opportunities for U.S. Middle Market Businesses?

Oh come now.  You may think that Asian and European markets are the best and most prosperous markets to enter when expanding your business internationally.  Not according to a recent report, "Winning in the Americas."

The report, co-authored by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and TradeUp Capital Fund, a premier fundraising platform for globalizing companies, concludes that the best opportunities for U.S. middle market companies (those with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion) lies in Latin America.

Surprised?  So am I.  To feed your curiosity and to learn the facts, visit:  NCMM Report Finds that the US Middle Market is "Winning in the Americas"

While you are at it, take action on two other things that will help you expand your business internationally:
  1. Sign up for TradeUp Capital Fund's newsletter
  2. Determine the strength of an export market you wish to enter (new tool that is very cool!)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Two Tips to Avoid on the Import Process

There are many questions you need to address before you begin an import process.  Details such as, which country should you import from; how do you find a reputable supplier; and how do you know what you don’t know when it comes to compliance issues?

Here are two tips that oftentimes go under the radar:  Stay Clear of These Two Import Landmines

Note:  This is a new article I wrote for the About.com Import-Export Business site, which is now under The Balance brand.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: The New World of Work

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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Find Someone to Help You Paddle

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"If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle." -- William H. McRaven

Friday, September 16, 2016

Getting Trust Back From New Zealand Small Business Owners

Ouch.  A glitch with global online payment company PayPal has hit a number of New Zealand small businesses in their wallets.

Here's what one small business owner says:
"A lot of people don't trust PayPal anymore. For me its not about screw-ups, technical screw-ups happen all the time, you can't get angry - it's just the society we live in. But it's the way the company has reacted and I don't think I've ever seen such a poor reaction from a massive company to its clients. We just don't feel like they care."
Read more:  Small businesses struggling after PayPal glitch

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why Brexit Isn't the Biggest Concern for UK Small Business Owners

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In the UK, who are you going to call when business gets tough (and don't think Ghostbusters!)?  We're not talking about about anxiety caused by losing one big customer; rather, SMEs are more concerned with cash flow problems and tough competition from emerging markets.

According to C2FO Working Capital Outlook Survey 2016:
The majority of SMEs (55 per cent) find cash flow as the biggest obstacle for business growth and more than 40 per cent indicate an increase in working capital needs compared to last year. 
The survey examines the preferences of more than 1,800 SMEs in the UK, US, Germany, France and Italy for improving working capital efficiency, examining trends associated with economic and political factors, financing, working capital deployment and supplier-buyer relationships.

Read more:  Tough competition, alternative financing, higher interest rates