Friday, October 31, 2014

What Are People Sourcing at Global Sources?

If you want to know the top 20 home products list on, you can access it here.  Plastic tumblers with improved user-friendliness and aesthetics are all but the rage these days, followed by multifunction electric rice cookers and nontoxic food storage containers.

Products are ranked based on the number of inquiries on the home products section on

Learn more and check out the infographic:  Global Sources top 20 home products (September 2014): Impressive numbers pour in for plastic tumblers

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New York's Global Welcome Ambassador: Taylor Swift

Like it or not, Jeremiah Moss writes an amusing piece on Taylor Swift being named New York city's "Global Welcome Ambassador."

Is Taylor Swift qualified to define what New York stands for?

I'm all for this part:
Use your voice to encourage Mayor de Blasio to control the spread of chains. Advocate for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act to protect small businesses from skyrocketing rent hikes. Encourage tourists to spend less money at chain stores and shop local instead.
Everything else?  Meh.  I think there could be better choices.

Read:  A modest proposal for Taylor Swift

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How Small Business Merchants Can Leverage Innovation to Sell Successfully Globally

Small business owners have tremendous opportunity to sell to a global audience through their company website, blog, Facebook account, Twitter handle or any other web presence. The good news is that it never has been easier for small businesses to setup an online store, or more cost-effective, to reach prospective customers globally.

Here's how:  How Small Businesses Can Easily Use Innovations in Ecommerce to Grow

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to Lower the Credit Risks to Exporting

Congress extended the Export-Import Bank's charter through the middle of 2015 as part of a compromise between supporters of the agency and those who want to eliminate it. Generally, the reauthorization period is extended for multiple years at a time.

Many small business owners rely on the credit agency to lower the risks of exporting.

Find out how some business owners are dealing with the uncertainty on Export-Import Bank's assistance, or eventual lack thereof, by reading:  Exporters Fear Credit Crunch

Monday, October 27, 2014

Today in Global Small Business: How America's Big Cities Have Prospered Under Existing Free-Trade Accords

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Look at Lyon, France

Here's an assortment of pictures I took during my trip to Lyon, France to attend the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  The multicolored building is the hotel where I stayed - the Novotel Lyon Confluence, which is situated in the heart of the trendy district between the Rhône and the Saône.

All the other photos are taken within walking distance from the hotel.  It's an absolutely beautiful area.

Photos courtesy:  @2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tell Stories at a Global Scale

Carrier Kerpen, a contributor at Forbes, interviews Sonia Carter, Head of Digital and Social Media Marketing for Mondelez Europe on her podcast, “All The Social Ladies.”

Here are a few insights from her interview with Sonia:
  1. Cast a wider net.
  2. Tell your stories at [global] scale.
  3. Disseminate your learning globally.
Each point comes with its own takeaway.  On No. 3, for example, the takeaway is:
Use what you learn from the successes and failures of your campaign to inform the rest of your business across global markets.
Read the entire article:  3 Sweet Tips From the Lady Behind Cadbury's Social Media Success

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To Go Global, What's Your First Country to Enter and Why?

I've been a member of LinkedIn for a number of years and one group out of many that I joined is International Trade Network.  Recently, member Bill Elmer posted a question to the group:  If you were to expand overseas, which country would be your first choice and why?

The article below highlights twelve of the answers. I have intentionally left out the members’ name attributed to a comment to protect their interests. If you would like to review the more than 225 comments to date, I highly recommend you join the group; I’ll see you there.

Read:  If you were to expand overseas, which country would be your first choice and why?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Around the World, Kids Can Learn By Tinkering

What happens when you give a roomful of kids a stack of tablet computers?  With no instruction whatsoever, you'd be surprised how fast students figure things out.  That information is according to Leslie Engle Young, who was at a schoolhouse in Agorhome, Ghana when she witnessed this firsthand.

Young is the director of impact for Pencils of Promise, a New York City non-profit that has built nearly 250 schools across Ghana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Laos.

To learn more, read:  Going Global?  The Growing Movement to Let Kids Learn Just by Tinkering

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How An International Brake Manufacturer is Accelerating Ahead in North America

International brake maker Brembo S.p.A. is accelerating ahead in North America, Homer, Michigan to be exact.  A little history on Brembo:
Brembo is now a fully fledged multinational with operations in three continents and production facilities in sixteen countries.  It also has commercial branches in Sweden, France and Germany and markets its products in a remarkable seventy nations worldwide.  The group has a workforce of around 7000 employees, approximately 10% of whom engineers and product specialists engaged in vital research and development activities.
The company has determined that the North American market will be the its largest by the end of this year (2014).

Find out the how and why here.

Blogging LIVE From the World Entrepreneurship Forum at La Sucriere

©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
Today we are at the famous La Sucriere (as shown above) where we will be a part of an exciting and engaging experience that combines online and face-to-face activities:  The World Entrepreneurship Crowd's Den, sponsored by the EMLYON Incubator.

We will hear from five talented start-up founders - from Singapore, Barbados, Turkey, Poland and France - who will pitch a panel of six experienced Lion investors who, in turn, will assess each founder's innovative business plan.

On a side but related note, I am thrilled that my World Entrepreneurship Forum colleagues are featuring copies of Planet Entrepreneur, a book I contributed to last year!

For more information on the World Entrepreneurship Forum and on how to get involved, visit:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blogging LIVE From Lyon, France at the World Entrepreneurship Forum

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I am blogging live from Lyon, France at the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014.

We just had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Marwan Mery (pictured), an expert in lie detection, behavioral reading, understanding of emotions and influence within the realm of interpersonal relations, complex negotiations and interrogations.

Fascinating talk.

Today in Global Small Business: Watch Walmart Hop To It on E-Commerce

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To The Year That Was

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"The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching." - Enya

Friday, October 17, 2014

How to Leverage Offshore Outsourcing

With offshore outsourcing, small businesses can accomplish more, level the playing field and accomplish it all economically.  In the following article, the author provides four steps to maximize your outsourcing options and expand your business globally.

One quick tip from the article:
Your offshore outsourcing partner should be able to measure success and provide a solution that meets your needs instead of just a cookie cutter approach. 
Read:  4 Steps to Leverage Offshore Outsourcing for Global Expansion

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting Started in Exporting. Are You Ready?

View the latest webinar I presented for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP): Getting Started in Exporting. Are You Ready? (requires a 5-second log-in).  Here's what you will learn:
  • Why this is the best and easiest time ever to export!
  • What you need to do to get your business export ready
  • How to craft a back-of-the napkin export business plan
  • How to create a social media and networking presence
  • How to market your business worldwide
  • How to use e-commerce sites as stepping-stones to export success 
Getting Started in Exporting.  Are You Ready?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The No. 1 Mistake to Avoid When Manufacturing Your Product Overseas

Shark Tank's Lori Greiner, inventor of the smash-hit earring organizer, talks about the No. 1 mistake to avoid when manufacturing your product overseas.  She says:
Manufacturing overseas -- in say in Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Honduras or India -- is often cheaper. But it’s not necessarily easier. Making the leap is the business equivalent of a trust fall.
She goes on to say that when you manufacture overseas, you trade lower cost for higher risk.

Read the entire article:

Shark Tank's Lori Greiner on the No. 1 Mistake to Avoid When Manufacturing Your Product Overseas

Related articles:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Entrepreneurship 3.0: Creating Unlimited Opportunities

I am really looking forward to returning and participating in the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014 held in Lyon, France (as shown) October 19th-22nd.  It's such an amazing experience to reconnect with entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, political decision-makers and international experts from all over the world.  This year’s forum is about no limits.  According to the World Entrepreneurship Forum's website:

Entrepreneurship 3.0

Entrepreneurship is heading towards a new paradigm, a third industrial revolution based on renewable energy and hyper-connectivity.


Today, with skills and motivation, entrepreneurs of any age, experience, gender or background can reach beyond the old frontiers.


New rules and new leaders accelerate the transition toward the new world order. While traditional employment markets shrink, entrepreneurs seize new sources of opportunities to generate positive change.

To learn more about the World Entrepreneurship Forum and to become a member, visit here.   Check out the brochure.

Related posts to the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  Here's one of the first posts I wrote back in 2008.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Today in Global Small Business: Why Businesses Are Thinking Globally From the Start

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Is Your State's Reputation As a Premier Global Business Destination Growing?

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"Utah's reputation as a premier global business destination is growing." - Gary R. Herbert, Governor, State of Utah, October 7, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Empowering Entrepreneurs and Their Communities Around the World

Ever heard of UP Global?
We are on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community. 
Get involved:  UP Global

Separately but related, take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey and learn more about the Global Accelerator Network.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Top Export Destination for British Firms?

More than fifty-percent of small and medium-sized companies in the UK sell their products to the U.S., making it the top export destination for British firms.  Why?  To keep their businesses growing, they must look to foreign markets and the U.S. just happens to be a ripe one.
Research, by Barclays Business, shows that 37 per cent of small firms reach a growth ceiling in the UK within the first three years of trading, which is leading business leaders to turn to foreign shores.
Read the entire article:  U.S. Is the Top Destination For Small British Firms

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

For Global SMEs, Transformation is a Strategic Necessity

As the recent study by Oxford Economics, sponsored by SAP, says, "SMEs [small and medium- sized businesses] are thinking and acting globally, competing with rivals of all sizes, and investing aggressively in technology to improve operations and make themselves more nimble."
For most [global] SMEs, transformation is understood as a strategic necessity, and perhaps as a key to survival.  Nearly two-thirds say they must transform to stay ahead of the competition, and over half say that technology developments are making traditional ways of doing business obsolete. 
Read the study:  How successful SMEs are reinventing global business.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

How to Simultaneously Attract a Cash Investment in Your Business and Expand Internationally

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How do you infuse cash in your business and take it international at the same time?  Take, for example, DocuSign, the e-signature software company with operations in Seattle and San Francisco.

Three Japanese firms – NTT Finance, Mitsui & Co. and Recruit Holdings – all made strategic investments in DocuSign as a part of a $115 million series E financing round.
The three companies will each begin using DocuSign’s software to power their businesses, and Mitsui will also market DocuSign’s technology to its affiliate businesses and customers. In addition to the infusion of cash, the deal also will help DocuSign expand internationally.
There you have it.

Read the entire article:  DocuSign raises $115 million, attracts cash from Japanese backers

Monday, October 06, 2014

Today in Global Small Business: International Trade Will Increase by 20 Percent in 2016

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

Saturday, October 04, 2014

World's Biggest Pumpkin (Almost)

©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - Henry David Thoreau

Friday, October 03, 2014

Got Pork?

Remember the "Got Milk?" ad campaigns?  Now you can look forward to The National Pork Board revving up to market U.S. pork on a worldwide basis.
The USA is trying to come up with a tailor-made international marketing strategy to tap a bigger share of pork sales, now growing at an estimated 13% globally from 2013 to 2018, said Kevin Waetke, vice-president for strategic communication at the country's National Pork Board (NPB).
Read the entire article:  US to formulate separate international marketing strategy for pork

Thursday, October 02, 2014

What Is Global Distance Selling?

DHL recently launched a survey with 11,000 consumers in 20 countries to better understand consumer attitudes toward global distance selling (better known as shopping the world or cross-border commerce) – and the study shows significant differences between countries.
... the study suggests that businesses must understand their customers’ decision-making processes and align their business accordingly. Being aware of cultural and structural differences is a key success factor, particularly for cross-border commerce.
In the study, you will find out:
  • Who is participating in cross-border shipping and in/with what countries are they most likely to engage?
  • How are consumers finding retailers?
  • How are consumers buying online? 
  • How are consumers' returns handled?
Download the study (requires quick registration):  "Shop the World: DHL Charts the Journey of the Online Consumer."

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

China National Day Golden Week

Hong Kong protests swell at the beginning of the China National Day celebration, also known as the Golden Week when government offices and many businesses are closed.
[China National Day] is celebrated on October 1st every year to commemorate the founding of People’s Republic of China. On that day, lots of large-scaled activities are held nationwide. Besides, the seven-day holiday from Oct. 1st to 7th is the so-called "Golden Week”, during which more and more Chinese people go traveling around the country.  - Source:  Travel China Guide
Learn more about what it's about and what to expect here.