Friday, December 02, 2016

For the First Time, NetSuite Becomes Truly Global

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By itself, NetSuite, offering a range of productivity tools, including ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management), couldn’t tap into foreign markets the way a giant like Oracle can.

NetSuite has mostly limited itself to the English-speaking world (and Japan).  Now that Oracle has acquired NetSuite, it plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.
“We were beginning to globalize, but we didn’t really have the resources or presence to be able to do so,” said Zach Nelson, former NetSuite CEO, who will run the new business unit.
Read more:  NetSuite's Going Global Under Oracle's Flag

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Biggest Barrier to Becoming Your Own Global Small Business Boss?

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The desire to be your own boss resonates with a lot of people, so much that many aspiring entrepreneurs are willing to take a pay cut, work longer hours, and even go without a holiday for a year.

According to research from PayPal Australia, almost 70 per cent of Australian budding entrepreneurs say getting the up-front financing is one of the biggest barriers to becoming your own boss. Yet almost two-thirds of Australians have visions of working for themselves, with the overwhelming majority (69 per cent) willing to take a pay cut to realize this dream.

Read more:  Australia's Entrepreneurs | Financial hurdle is toughest

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Exports Are Critical to Survival, Especially With Music

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According to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), Music in Motion: An Analysis of Exporting Canadian Independent Music, six out of 10 Canadian music companies feel that exports are critical to their survival and that small independent music businesses are more likely to spend 21 times more on export activities for breakthrough artists than they do for artists at other stages of their career.

"It reaffirms the fact that music has no borders now - it is a global market, period," says [CIMA President Stuart] Johnston. "So that strategy and that approach has to be taken into account by any artist and the companies that support them when they're commercializing their music."

The study finds that exports are a key part of a business plan for 87% of Canadian music companies.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Don't Overlook the Global Day of Giving

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

TPP or No TPP, How to Tweak Your Website For Global Growth

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It's on.  It's off.  TPP is up in the air until President-elect Trump decides how to improve it before signing.

Meanwhile here are six easy steps to implement on your website to demonstrate you know how to communicate with people effectively regardless of geography, culture or language, and that you are open to doing business with a few of the countries (e.g. Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Thursday, November 24, 2016

We Are Grateful For Your Readership

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"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." -- Cicero

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Best Business Blogs in 2016: The Global Small Business Blog Makes the List

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Out of 52 featured blogs, we are No. 6 in the Business Blogs Professionals Should Read, right before Google Small Business.  The authors of the blog say, "We’ve taken a look around the web and pulled together this comprehensive list of 52 of the best business blogs which you should be following in 2016, split by categories."
6. The Global Small Business Blog
For those businesses who are still small, but are dealing on a global scale, look no further than the Global Small Business Blog.  Even if your business isn’t quite global yet, it’s always good to keep an eye on how things are being done all around the world. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why CETA Is Getting a Bad Rap

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According to Global Research, Centre for Research on Globalization, a look at the text of the CETA agreement – and recent declarations designed to reassure critics and gain support for its ratification – shows that concerns over it are seemingly well-founded.
Behind the PR attempts by the Canadian Government and the European Commission to sell it as a progressive agreement, CETA remains what it always has been: an attack on democracy, workers, and the environment. It would be a major mistake to ratify it.
Read more:  The Great CETA Swindle

Monday, November 21, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Invest in Hole-Free Socks When Visiting Japan

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Remember Who You are and What You Stand For

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“Remember who you are, what you stand for, and what's most important in your life… ― James A. Murphy, The Waves of Life Quotes and Daily Meditations