Monday, August 29, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Why Failure Is Good for Success

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Get Your Tickets For the Rogers Park Provisions Wine Stroll 9/11

If you live in or near Rogers Park, Illinois like I do, your time would be well spent by paying a visit to Rogers Park Provisions, a quaint store that has the feel of an intimate boutique yet offers expansive offerings on things you could never find elsewhere. From cheese/dairy specialties, to unique gifts, to hard to find beers/ciders -- Rogers Provisions has it all.

And coming up is the Rogers Park Social and Rogers Park Provision Wine Stroll, South of Morse on Glenwood Avenue, Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with more than 10 vendors and 60+ wines to be sampled ($20 in advance; $25 day of event).  Tickets can be purchased online at:

See you there!

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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Going Global Is a Strategic Imperative

According to USForex's SMB Confidence Indicator, most businesses (96 percent) are confident conducting business overseas, only 19 percent of U.S. SMBs surveyed have no international business today, and more than half of respondents, 58 percent, already have international customers.
"Going global is no longer an option for successful small and medium businesses -- it's a strategic imperative," said Karin Visnick, head of North America, USForex. "U.S. businesses are overwhelmingly optimistic when it comes to their global aspirations, with new technology and services putting global talent, suppliers and markets within reach of businesses that would have never thought to look beyond U.S. borders just a few years ago."
Learn more:  U.S. Small Businesses Planning for Global Expansion Finds New USForex Survey

Download the complete USForex SMB Confidence Indicator report, "Global Expansion Meets Domestic and International Challenges"

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sneak Preview: The Global Small Business Forum 2016

For those who have been anxiously awaiting information on the Global Small Business Forum 2016, we are almost there.  For now, you can pre-register (trust me, we have limited capacity at this event so if you don't want to miss it, sign up NOW):

Site will be LIVE early next week!  We have a dynamic program lined up and promise to deliver enormous value -- helping everyone make the world their business -- to all who attend.  See you there!

Image courtesy:  ©GSBB Media LLC.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Impact of Big Business Thinking on Small Business

B. Bonin Bough, who joined Mondelez from PepsiCo in 2012 as VP of global media and consumer engagement, and was named chief media and e-commerce officer last year was inspired to make its first show's season, Cleveland Hustles, underlying concept his mission for small businesses across America.
"What I began to realize was how big of an impact big business thinking can have on small business," says Bough [now-former chief media and e-commerce officer B. Bonin Bough, and member of Fast Company's 2011 Most Creative People], who joined Mondelez from PepsiCo in 2012 as VP of global media and consumer engagement, and was named chief media and e-commerce officer last year. 
The former Mondelez chief media officer is taking his global brand marketing skills to small business, and going deep on marketing's future in messaging.

Read more:  Why Bonin Bough Left Mondelez to Help Shepherd Small Businesses With LeBron James

Monday, August 22, 2016

Today in Global Small Business: Why a Small International Business Is An Oxymoron

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Good Experience: Goddess and the Baker

Grab a seat and something sweet at the delicious Goddess and the Baker in Chicago.

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

Going Global at Lightening Speed

Who creates conditions for growth -- the government or the business owner?  I think it's both and another thing is certain: Millions of people every day are spotting gaps in the global market and taking their passion, hobby or skill, and turning it into a way of making a living by utilizing technology.

According to Economia:
They [small businesses] are going global at speed by trading on powerful marketplaces, such as Etsy, Alibaba and Amazon, and are embracing technology, such as cloud accounting and social media, to grow sales, raise their profile, and increase efficiency.
Read more:  The role of the accountant in powering the [global] small business economy

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Broad Global Market Appeal

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The phenomenon of Pokémon Go offers a lot of global small business lessons.  For example, it offers the perfect example of how the correct utilization of current technology and business strategy can result in huge commercial success -- offering broad global market appeal.

Pokémon Go also tells us it is never too late to reinvent yourself.

Learn more:  Lessons for South African small business from Pokémon Go

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Never Rely on One Market For Key Growth

Beyond the benefits that trading globally can bring to businesses in terms of increased revenue, profitability and diversification of risk by not being solely reliant on one market, international trade also benefits the global economy, acting as a key driver of growth.

Read more:  Seize the moment and think global

Learn more about Think Global 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

When You Depend on Exports, What Happens?

Drew Greenblatt, president and owner of Marlin Steel, a manufacturer of custom mesh wire and steel baskets based in Baltimore, Maryland, has a thing or two to say about the USA economy, the shape of the rest of the world, and the case of depending on exports to fuel business growth.

Read more:  How Small Businesses Are Dealing With the Global Uncertainty