Monday, December 11, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: What's the Difference Between a Startup and a Small Business?

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

Saturday, December 09, 2017


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The Walnut Room at Macy's on State Street (2016), Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Friday, December 08, 2017

A New Phase of Globalization and It is Not Slowing

Globalization is not slowing, and according to a new joint report (PDF) by Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company. “On the contrary,” it says, “we are entering a new phase of globalisation, driven by digital connectivity and the flow of data, and this will lead to much greater global connectedness, not less.”

Read more about how national borders cannot contain the new phase of global connection.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The World Is Yours™

Eight (8) successful business owners talk about how they went global in 2017.  Here's one:

3. Know what you want, be flexible, and accept change

Robert Anderson, founder, Expert Remedies:

“When I first heard the axiom ‘success consists of a series of small daily victories,’ I wasn’t sure what it meant. Now I know. It’s an essential principle of global expansion. Small daily victories mean getting essential operational details done correctly — step by step. Success happens when you have a viable idea — to be verified by the market — coupled by logical, intelligent execution.

Also key: the business you envision will rarely be the same as how it turns out.

Be flexible and accept change. Use it to your advantage. The market is ruthless, and it may be at odds with what you first think — so be careful. The TV show Secret Lives of the Super Rich might make it all seem so easy, achievable within a month. Don’t fall for it.

You can make it, it just takes unending persistence and a clear vision knowing what you want — and being flexible enough on how you get it. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you on TV one day.”

Read more about global expansion: 8 tips from successful business owners on how they went global in 2017.

(The World Is Yours™, GSBB Media LLC)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Learning About Diversity and Inclusion to Create a Workplace that Works

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What is diversity and inclusion?  Why is it important?  How does bias play into diversity and inclusion?  How can you create a more diverse and inclusive organization?

All these questions will be answered by attending the Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global WEGGinar™, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time, on “Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion: Creating a Workplace that Works,” presented by Joselyn DiPetta, Google; and Managing Partner, Present Possibility.

Ms. DiPetta will give you a deeper understanding of why diversity and inclusion are critical to successful and sustainable business outcomes, and about unconscious bias in the workplace and the importance of addressing it.

It’s FREE, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: UPS, IBM and B•A•L – go here to register:  I'll be fielding the questions at the end of the presentation.  See you there.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

SMEs: The Lifeblood of Global Economies

Entrepreneur India caught up with the representatives of three different countries on the sidelines of the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME), 21st International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises to know how each country is contributing to a global value chain and how a collaboration with Indian SMEs could further enhance development.

Here's what came out of it.

Read more about how business across borders and global collaboration can help in the growth of small businesses.

One more thing ... learn about SMEs, the lifeblood of global economies.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Best Small Business in America

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

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Irish Pub Grub, Booze and Live Music at Celtic Knot

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Celtic Knot Public House:  Boisterous saloon featuring Irish pub grub, booze, holiday decorations and live music in comfortable surroundings in Evanston, Illinois.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Go Global or Die

This eleven-year old article on going global is still relevant to our times.
In her manifesto, "Global Guru:  Shaking Things Up.  Making Things Happen," Chicago-based Laurel Delaney, founder and CEO of writes, "In the future, there will be two kinds of enterprises:  those that go global and those that die."
Read about propelling your business into the global marketplace.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Women First, Prosperity For All

The eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit began in Hyderabad, India, focusing on the theme of “Women First, Prosperity For All.”

For the first time in the history of this summit that brings together entrepreneurs and high-level politicians from around the world, women make up a majority of the 1500 entrepreneurs selected to attend.

In order to make China's female entrepreneurs count, we must go beyond just counting them.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Think Like a Disruptor

Are you overlooking fledgling competitors until they are no longer fledgling and ignoring small market trends until they represent seismic shifts?  If you are, read my lips:  This is the opposite of what successful disruptors do.
Those companies are sniffing out any small, potentially market-changing trend they can find in order to establish themselves and take on the bigger players.
And I love the part in this article where P&G visited 1871, my hometown Chicago's hip incubator, and came up with Tide Spin.

Shake it up in 2018!