Thursday, May 25, 2017

1 Billion Views and Still Counting

Since TEDx's program beginnings in 2009, nearly 15,000 events have been held in every corner of the globe. And now, a new TEDx milestone has been reached: one billion views of TEDx Talks.

To celebrate, you can explore 15 amazing talks from around the globe, sparking both global and local conversations and connections.

Take the TEDx tour here and click on a red dot.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to Better Compete in the World Economy

According to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council, the United States need to provide tax relief for U.S. business to better compete in the world economy.
The United States’ 40 percent tax rate (federal plus state average) ranks 170th among 171 nations with only the United Arab Emirates imposing a higher rate (55 percent), explained Raymond Keating, SBE’s chief economist.
SBE Council claims the U.S. has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Exporting: Where to Turn for Help

All right already!  You want to export but you:
  1. Can't find the time.
  2. Don't know how.
  3. Are afraid of the risk.
  4. Have no idea where to turn for resources.
  5. Think it doesn't apply to you.
  6. Have no idea how to move the goods.
Take a deep breath.  We've got answers.  Now you have no excuses.  Show me some results :-).

Read more ... 11 Places to Look for International Exporting Help

Monday, May 22, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Going All In On Global Growth

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blossoming in Nature

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"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." -- Gerard de Nerval

Friday, May 19, 2017

Who's Leading the Pack on Digital Engagement?

Which country is leading the pack on digital engagement? According to consulting firm Deloitte, and  the release of the second edition of their Voice of Asia series, it's Asian economies relative to to their global peers in similar stages of development. The report says:
The global economic centre of gravity has shifted towards Asia. The Asian region is the fastest growing in the world and has been a significant driver of global economic growth.
Download the full report here.

The race is on to harness technology and power the next generation of growth.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Global Small Businesses Drive Innovation

Due to technological advancements, larger and less agile companies are finding it more difficult to stay ahead of the curve and avoid losing market share to the new encroaching global small businesses.

This has led some smart global giants to rethink their innovation strategy.
Whereas in recent years, industry incumbents viewed growing [global] small businesses and startups as competition to be quashed, the mindset is quickly shifting to embrace these new companies as an opportunity to evolve, grow and fill in the gaps from their own R&D departments.
Here's what needs to happen next.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

E-Commerce Helps Small Businesses Go Global

How do you create jobs and generate livelihood in a country?  Set up an e-commerce platform, such as the case in Pakistan, by China's biggest e-commerce portal Alibaba.
The [China] prime minister Nawaz Sharif] termed e-commerce a catalyst for bringing improvement in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector, which he said could help promote the disadvantaged segments of the society. He said digital transactions were a solution for small entrepreneurs to expand their businesses and reach global markets.
E-commerce has the potential to unlock growth in emerging markets and elsewhere.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Step Onto the Global Stage

U.S. Small Business Administration leader Linda McMahon says:
“Businesses that export are less likely to go out of business and more likely to grow faster,” said McMahon in a speech during the Small Business Knowledge Summit on Thursday. “That’s because 96 percent of all the world’s consumers and over three-quarters of the world’s purchasing power are outside the United States. Yet right now, only 1 percent of all of America’s small businesses are exporters.”
The numbers haven't changed much since the Obama administration days but nevertheless, small businesses forge on.  And what's the single biggest reason for SMEs not trading globally?  Lack of international business experience and knowledge.  It's obvious they haven't read this book.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Tips for Expanding Your Business Globally

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Majestic Presence is Gone from Chicago

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The Awilda sculpture was a majestic presence overlooking Michigan Avenue.  Now it has moved to Miami.