Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Sky is the Limit to Going Global

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In the past, successful entrepreneurs had to spend time and money hawking their wares at craft fairs or trade shows, but those days could be over. It’s possible for makers to instantly connect with a global buying community.

In this article, the author unknown, claims it is important for any business idea to be based on a strong foundation, and what this comes down to is identifying a demand that can be dynamically supplied globally.  The author addresses the following five points.
  1. Bringing great ideas together as one.
  2. Cutting out the middle men.
  3. Connecting the dots in real time.
  4. Doing much more with less.
  5. Bringing the wall down at last.
Read more about the secret weapon to go global with your idea or small business.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: The Irish Impact Edition

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Best Day of the Year: St. Patrick's Day!

"May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!" -- Irish Blessing

Photos courtesy:  ©2018 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.

Friday, March 16, 2018

New Global Shipping App

International express delivery services provider DHL unveils MyDHL+, an app aimed at the UAE to bring new levels of speed and simplicity to the cross-border shipping process.
Shippers ranging from small businesses to large global corporations will be able to benefit from MyDHL.
Read more about how and why DHL picked the UAE market to launch its new app.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

An Unrecognizable Brand Goes Global

Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) is a new player from California that is climbing the ranks to take on rivals such as Nike and Adidas.  It is considered an unrecognizable brand that is going global.
APL is different from shoe brands like Nike and Adidas. These big labels have become household names and their logos are globally recognizable. But instead of competing by forcing recognition of its own logo, APL is lettings its design speak for itself.
Learn more about how APL is paying attention to its core customers and outshining the glimmer of the Nike Swoosh or the Adidas triple stripe.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is Coca Cola Killing the Business of its SME Distributors?

According to information gathered by a reporter, Coca Cola Company had about twelve distributors in Sierra Leone when it first started operations.  These distributors were known as Key Distributors, some as small business owners. They were responsible for the distribution of all Coca Cola products in the country.

Fast forward to now.
There is a court case looming between the Sierra Leone Bottling Company better known as Coca Cola Company and some of its former Manual Distribution Centres Operators. These Manual Distribution Centre Owners (MDCO) who were Small Business Entrepreneurs (SME) claim that Coca Cola Company has killed their businesses instead of supporting them.
Learn more about how SMEs are taking Coca Cola to court.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Enabler of Global Reach

How do you shine online to survive or thrive in the global marketplace?  You take it to either Amazon or eBay.

As one business owner puts it about eBay:
Selling on the eBay platform is a natural complement to your small business, your brick-and-mortar store. And it's an enabler of global reach. And so immediately, you go from being just, you know, a store maybe based in Akron [Ohio] to a store that people can see anywhere around the world.
As national public radio station WKSU reports, the eBay Retail Revival is a new project designed to help give local brick-and-mortar businesses, like the Akron, Ohio-based business owner, a global boost and eBay a new way to take on Amazon.

Read more about how eBay trains Ohio retailers to take on the world.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: The Trade War Edition

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Weather the Storm

©2018 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved. 
©2018 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved. 
©2018 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved. 
©2018 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
"If you want to see sunshine, weather the storm." -- Frank Lane

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Be Ruthlessly Selective

The Global Small Business Blog helps you take your business global, which means increased revenues and profitability for your business.  Global expansion typically makes you become bigger -- number of employees, new markets and new products, for example.  Yet bigger on everything isn't always better.

For example, to get answers to growth challenges, your inner circle of confidants should stay small.  Oh really, you ask, when your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook fans might number in the thousands?

According to Harvard Business Review, they have advice on how to shrink it.

Here's one of their tips:
In other words, you need to be ruthlessly selective, because everyone in your core group also has an inner circle with which you will ultimately be connected, and those people will have an inner circle, and so on. 
They go on to say, "Carefully curate your most trusted, inner circle and you’ll be surprised at how much more valuable you’ll become to the larger community of people in the world who care about the same things you do."

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Can Any Country Slap on Tariffs Easily?

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would impose a 25 percent tariff, or tax, on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum.

The questions that beg to be answered are:
  1. Why does Trump want to impose tariffs?
  2. Can any country slap on tariffs so easily?
  3. Why do stocks shift when tariffs are levied?
  4. What's a trade war?
  5. How are tariffs affecting negotiations to review the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Learn more about how Trump's planned steel, and aluminum tariffs will affect you.