Friday, June 24, 2016

Entrepreneurship is a Fundamental American Value That Unlocks Opportunity Globally

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USA President Obama speaks at the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), bringing together over 700 entrepreneurs from every corner of the globe—and from all across America.
Entrepreneurship is a fundamental American value, and it is also a force that has the ability to unlock opportunity for people globally. 
Read more:  FACT SHEET: As the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Begins in Silicon Valley, New Announcements to Support Inclusive Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Home

Thursday, June 23, 2016

85 Percent Probability Chance of a Leave Win on the Referendum of the UK's Membership of the EU

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Not expected.  A big surprise.

UK awaits decision in EU membership referendum

The Pound tumbles (lowest in 31 years) against the dollar.  The vote is on knife-edge.  What it means for USA exporters to the UK.

Trash the Traditional Model of Higher Global Education

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Christine Ortiz is on to something.  Here's her thinking.  Her ideal university she sees “no lectures, no classrooms, no majors, no departments."  It will exemplify a trend that is reshaping how some students learn.  So we can begin to think about trashing the traditional model of higher global education.

Curious?  You should be.  Ortiz, after six years as dean of graduate education at MIT, the materials scientist will leave to found a new university. It should open in the next five years.

Discover more:  A new crop of hands-on universities is transforming how students learn

Meanwhile, check out an example of another cool school concept, the Design Factory, part of Aalto University on the outskirts of Helsinki and inspired by Stanford's "d.school."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Entrepreneurship Is the Spark of Prosperity

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According to the World Bank Group:
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) account for more than half of all formal jobs worldwide.
  • SMEs provide effective solutions to critical development issues, like access to clean energy and water, health services, and education.
  • The World Bank Group will show its support for innovative SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley
The World Bank Group has twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
As President Barack Obama said when opening last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, “Entrepreneurship creates new jobs and new businesses, new ways to deliver basic services, new ways of seeing the world—it’s the spark of prosperity.”
Read more:  Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Walmart and JD.com Work Together to Leverage Their Supply Chains

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Walmart, America's big box store where each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit their 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries, and JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to better serve consumers across China through a powerful combination of e-commerce and retail.
For Walmart, the alliance greatly expands its opportunity in China e-commerce and provides its stores and Sam’s Clubs with potential traffic from JD.com’s significant base of online customers and vast same-day delivery network to serve its customers. JD.com will leverage Yihaodian’s strong brand and business in eastern and southern China and in key product categories such as high-quality grocery and household goods, both of which complement its own geographical and product strengths. In addition, JD.com’s customers will gain access to a wide range of new and imported items from Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Read more:  Walmart and JD.com Announce Strategic Alliance to Serve Consumers Across China

Monday, June 20, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: The Real Price We Pay For Cheap Jeans

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Afternoon

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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

Friday, June 17, 2016

Carving Your Own Path in the World

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Successful global entrepreneurship is more than just an outburst of passion or even an act of will. It requires knowledge, skill, and opportunity that can oftentimes only be found through academia.

Why?  Find out here:  Why education is an essential ingredient for successful entrepreneurship | Study International

As the article says:  "... ultimately, it is about carving your own path in the world – self-expression through business; a reflection of your ambition and character."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Global Game Changers: TPP and TTIP

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Two major global trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) will positively impact the way American businesses, even small ones, interact with Europe and Asia.

Tomas Hult, professor at Michigan State University and Byington Endowed Chair in international business in the Eli Broad College of Business, says this:
"Any agreement that the U.S. enters into will have consequences for these smaller firms," Hult said. "In fact, the TPP agreement has established a specific section … that deals with the advantages and operating issues for small businesses. This is a first for a U.S. trade agreement."
Find out just how these trade agreements might impact you and other American businesses.

Read more:  Global Trade Agreement Set to Impact U.S. Entrepreneurs

Related article:  5 Benefits to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Digital World Is Global

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Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania marketing professor David Bell says, "Most people spend most of their money within a very small geographic area."  What does that mean?  That most of the money that the owner of a small hair salon or small service business will make will come from someone right outside her door.

To professor Bell:  Knock, knock.  Who's there?  The world.  Start thinking about how to respond so you can take your business global.

Read more:  Why local, local, local matters for your online business.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Australian Toy Retailer Wins EY Global Entrepreneurship Award

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Who won?  Melbourne, Australia-based Moose Enterprise who produces its You-Tube friendly Shopkins.  Shopkins (see Shopkins World) is a range of miniature toy characters fashioned on typically mundane items found in a supermarket.
The brightly coloured figurines are no more than three centimetres tall. Kids can collect, share and trade the figurines, which have unique faces and names. For example, there is a chocolate chip biscuit named Kooky Cookie, a candy bar named Cheeky Chocolate and an apple named Apple Blossom. They are sold with tiny plastic shopping bags and baskets, ready to be filled, much to the delight of parents worldwide.
Rumor has it that Moose products are sold in more than 80 countries and is currently the fifth largest toy manufacturer in Australia and fourth largest in the United States.

See how Moose Enterprise won the EY award and continues to carve out a global marketplace for its products.

Read more:  Shopkins success:  Toy retailer Manny Stul wins EY global entrepreneurship award

Monday, June 13, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Uber's Head of Global Customer Support Is Out

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