Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Can You Win a Go Global Award?

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HP is shining a light on some of the country’s most dynamic, innovative and expanding SMBs, recognizing the achievements of those that have successfully entered the international export market and encouraging those looking to break into new territories.  Hence, the HP Go Global Awards.
The awards echo Go Global’s original principles – that small business owners should not shy away from international trade opportunities because of perceived language, currency, cultural and business barriers.
Categories are Breakthrough Exporter of the Year and Next Breakthrough Exporter of the Year.

Are you up to the task of going for it?  Apply here.  Questions?  Email here.  The deadline for submissions is 3:00 p.m. (not sure what time zone -- check) on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Original (6/25/15) post here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

And the Winners Are: Global Small Businesses!

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Mobile apps start with the people first and they improve the efficiency of everybody, everywhere, regardless of company size.  As David Barrett, founder and CEO of Expensify, states in Congress Can Help Put Mobile Apps in the Hands of Small Business:
Mobile apps have essentially leveled the playing field for small businesses, and have given them a fighting chance against larger companies that until now, would have blown them out of the water. 
He goes on to say, "Getting more and more small businesses to adopt these productivity tools to keep their business moving will lead to more efficiency, and ultimately greater economic development throughout the country and the world."

Read:  Congress Can Help Put Mobile Apps in the Hands of Small Business

Monday, July 27, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Gender Roles Are Messing With E-Commerce Shipping in the Middle East

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Castaways: Great Food, Ice Cold Drinks and A Terrific View of the Lake

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There's the movie that Tom Hanks starred in called Cast Away and then there is Castaways North Avenue Beach Bar and Grill in Chicago, Illinois (pictured).  Castaways is a more fun bet.

Friday, July 24, 2015

According to Edelman EVP Marisa Puthoff, Small Biz is Big Business

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How do you reach and get a positive response from busy global small business owners?  I can speak from experience on what might be needed but Marisa Puthoff, EVP at Edelman, does a great job discussing what you should or shouldn't be doing when vying for the attention of the small business audience.

Here's a glimpse at one of her tips:
Leverage Influencers. SMB owners don’t think of themselves as small. They think of themselves as business owners. And they want what any business owner wants: Access to resources and tools to help them grow their business. Before you begin a campaign, first consider reaching SMB owners when and where they are already seeking information. 
Read more:  #SmallBiz is Big Business

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In Kenya, They Know Obama

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Barack Obama visited Kenya nearly 30 years ago and was blown away by the fact that an airport worker recognized his last name.  It was a revelation for the future president.  This week he returns to Kenya as president of the United States.
Air Force One will carry Obama to a country where children, roads and schools bear his name — and he's seen as a local son.
Read more here: Obama and Kenya:  1st Trip to Father's Homeland as President

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Airbnb Launches Global Business Travel Program

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Starting 7/21/15, companies around the world can swiftly sign in to Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, and have access to a range of features to support business trips. The suite of tools provides visibility into employee travel itineraries booked through Airbnb, financial reporting data, and central billing to improve the business travel experience for travelers and travel managers.

The global launch of the Business Travel program comes on the heels of 700 percent growth that Airbnb's Business Travel program has experienced over the past year.

Read the entire article:  Airbnb Launches Global Product Suite for Business

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The First 90 Days for Wenig at eBay

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Today will mark Devin Wenig’s second official business day as CEO of a now PayPal-less eBay, beginning a new, challenging chapter for the 20 year-old flea market turned shopping mall.  Wenig had been with Thomson Reuters since 2011, after spending 18 years at the business news giant.

After accepting now former eBay CEO's John Donahoe’s offer four years ago and learning the ropes as a sort of understudy to Donahoe, Wenig is now his own boss.

In the next 88 days, Wenig needs to show investors that without PayPal, its core marketplace business is still thriving by providing value for both buyers and sellers.

Read the entire article:  For eBay, a new chapter begins

Monday, July 20, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Why Going Global Is the Only Way for Successful Companies to Keep Growing

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Don't Let Clouds Get In Your Way

"But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way" -- Joni Mitchell

Photos (Rogers Park, Illinois):  ©2015 Laurel J Delaney.  All rights reserved.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Why Scaling Your Global Business Matters

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Why do business owners plateau after penetrating two markets?  How can you avoid the two-market plateau?  On June 25, 2015, I presented at the American Express Grow Global event held in Chicago at the Peninsula Hotel and addressed those two questions.

Here’s the drift on my presentation.

Screenshot courtesy:  Laurel Delaney for the American Express presentation