Thursday, February 22, 2018

Uptick in Overall Optimism in America

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Some 69 percent of leaders from mid-size companies across the U.S. said they were optimistic about the global economy this year, more than double the 30 percent in 2017, according to a new study by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The 2018 Business Leaders Outlook survey was conducted online among mid-size firms from Jan. 2 to Jan. 19, and included 1,685 executives and 955 small-business leaders across various industries in the U.S. Mid-size companies are defined as those with revenue of $20 million to $500 million, while small firms have $100,000 to $20 million.
There's an uptick in overall optimism in America as U.S. tax cuts and looser regulation improve the outlook for domestic growth, according to the report.

Read more about how U.S. companies are growing increasingly upbeat about world economy.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Laurel Delaney's 3 Solutions to the Nagging Question: How to Make Product Imports Profitable

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Whether you line up customers in advance or pre-sell merchandise, trust is a critical factor in the grand scheme of the product imports process.  Further, it is no surprise:  Importing for the first time is complex.  For example do you go this way, that way or the other way?  Yet the rewards for getting started can be lucrative — from access to cheaper products to a stronger competitive stance in the marketplace.

But the biggest mistake importers make is this:  How are you going to sell the product you import at a profit?  Below I provide three solutions to that nagging question.

Read the article so that you, too, can make money on your imports.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: The Global Blockchain Ecosystem

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

There Are Only Side Mirrors

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"You know what no one tells you about driving a truck? You are driving a truck. There are only side mirrors, and it does not handle like a Prius." -- Ari Graynor

Friday, February 16, 2018

Olympic American Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin

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What's the secret to Mikaela Shiffrin's -- best slalom skier in the world -- success?  She naps. 
I do it on every race,'' Shiffrin said after the race, USA Today reports. "There's always a little bit of time between the first and the second run and I think I had an hour today where I could sort of lie down for an hour on a bench in corner of the lodge."
Something to think about as you run your global small business. Read more about Shiffrin here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lack of Global Rules

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Participants at the recent first ever cross-border e-commerce conference held in Beijing, China had a specific goal:  to discuss recent developments, challenges, and opportunities, as well as the enormous potential of digital trade.

Out of the discussions came three key factors that are currently limiting the positive potential of cross-border e-commerce.  They are as follows:
  1. A lack of global rules
  2. Customs solutions for the e-commerce age
  3. Coordination is key
Read the complete Information Economy Report 2017: Digitization, Trade and Development, issued at a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which states 7% of business-to-consumer e-commerce in 2015 crossed national borders, amounting to a total value of around US $189 billion.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Visiting Another Country? Know Your Hellos

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Before you visit a foreign country, there are so many details you should focus -- from how you might strengthen a relationship to what's the appropriate attire for business activities?

In "Ask a Cross-Cultural Expert:  Name 7 Global Trade Tips," Sharon Schweitzer covers:
  1. Speak their language
  2. Understand the local belief systems
  3. Know your hellos
  4. Respect local gender roles
  5. Be on local time
  6. Avoid cultural taboos
  7. Dress for success
And if that is not enough.  Ms. Schweitzer also emphasizes, "Be relationship-focused before, during and after your interactions overseas."  I could not agree more.  Read it here.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: How the Year of the Dog Affects Foreign Firms in China

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chicago: Mantled With Snow

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"And finally Winter, with its bitin', whinin' wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow." -- Roy Bean

Friday, February 09, 2018

Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs Find a Niche

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As the world falls behind on some of the Sustainable Development Goals – inequality, consumption, climate change, and clean oceans – there are also places for aspiring social entrepreneurs to find a niche.  Fast Company discovers that four of our biggest global problems are big business opportunities.

Access the Global Opportunity Report 2018.  Another good read: From Global Goals to Urgent Solutions.