Monday, November 30, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: How U.S. Exporters Get a Leg Up from TPP

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

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Spirit of Latin America Lands With Latinicity in Chicago!

The spirit of Latin America lands in the heart of Chicago with Latinicity!  What is there not to love about food court Latinicity located at Block 37 (108 N. State)?  See for yourself.  

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

Friday, November 27, 2015

Reboot Global Trade Talks

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Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group wants to reboot global trade talks.
“WTO 2.0,” he said in a speech at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila last week. “We should be using WTO to support small guys.” It’s the big buys that currently control the global trading system. They built it, as they alone had the resources to spread out around the globe."
He goes on to say that trade is a freedom, trade is human right and trade should not be used as a tool against other nations.

Mighty powerful words.  Besides Alibaba, who else benefits from small-business commerce?  Are we on the verge of a new trade agenda -- beyond Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Read more:  Why the future of global trade deals could be small business

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TPP, TPP and More on TPP

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TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade agreement with 11 other countries -- and there's plenty out there on the Internet about it.  You can start with my article "Trade Agreements are Not Just about Lower Tariffs" and then move on to C. Fred Bergsten's "Op-ed:  The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Japan" (the Peterson Institute for International Economics) and take a look at a more controversial opinion piece featured recently in The New York Times "Pacific Trade and Worker Rights."

Coming soon:  Watch for an interview with Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, on the good, the great and the exceptional about TPP.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Ironman Store Readies for Global Online Customers

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

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thank you Good to Great Author Jim Collins

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I am honored and humbled that Good to Great author Jim Collins asked for my input about updating his book, Beyond Entrepreneurship:  Turning Your Business Into an Enduring Great Company.  Thank you ever so much and I am sure when you update the book, it will become another best seller!

Related post:  Thank you Best-Selling Author Jim Collins!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Walmart to Source $20 Billion Worth of Products from Women Entrepreneurs Globally

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Small fact:  Walmart has decided to source $20 billion worth of products from women entrepreneurs globally, every year.  That's according to Rajneesh Kumar, Vice President, Walmart India (P) Ltd.

Here's what female entrepreneurs [in Kerala, India] need to do to work with Walmart:
  • Make products of good quality that meet global standards.
  • Provide a minimum quantity of the products.
  • Be able to understand customers (since the rationale is that women make most of the decisions at home and hence women entrepreneurs will be able to understand the customers better).
Wait.  There's more.  Read on:  Walmart is ready to source products from women entrepreneurs in Kerala

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Introducing the No. 1 Nonprofit for Women Business Owners Who Want to Export

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Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG), a newly minted 501c(3) organization, has been launched and is committed to helping women-owned and women-led businesses increase their access to knowledge about exporting their products or services, grow their revenue, create jobs, and make an even more impactful contribution to their families and the economy.

Read the news:  New Education-based Nonprofit to Help Women Business Owners Export

Visit WEGG: http://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/2015/11/18/spread-the-good-word-wegg-is-set-to-help-women-business-owners-export/.

Full disclosure:  Laurel Delaney, the creator of the Global Small Business Blog, is the Executive Director of WEGG.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How Companies Are Demonstrating Real Dynamism in the Global Marketplace

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Being global is for any size company.  All one needs to know is how to ship overseas, use the Internet, collect or make a payment and have a great idea.  In fact, micro-multinationals, have advantages over small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Never heard of the term micro-multinational?
Micro-multinationals enjoy advantages unavailable to SMEs operating in a single market. These include the ability to exploit global variations in knowledge, skills and labour costs. They can operate their businesses around the world and around the clock across multiple time-zones. While micro-multinationals have all the traditional benefits of being small and nimble, they have additional benefits of operating and marketing their products and services in multiple global markets.
According to Martin Davidian, Managing Director Sales UK North and Ireland, FedEx Express, micro-multinationals will change the face of global business in the years to come.

Learn more:  The rise of micro-multinationals

Another related article of a similar title:  The rise of the micro-multinational, and why it matters to the U.S. economy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Going Global is Not Just for Large Corporations

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There are infinite number of reasons why you should take your business global.  We talk about many of them at this blog.  In the article below, author Heinz Bulos, highlights two specific reasons why you should look overseas for business growth:
First, the opportunities obviously are much greater.  Second is foreign competition.
According to Bulos, there are different paths to entering an international market.  The article discusses six different business models to take your business global.

Read more:  Entrepreneurs go global

Monday, November 16, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Start Small When Thinking Big

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

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fat Copycats

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"Imitation is not only more abundant than innovation, but actually a much more prevalent road to business growth and profits."  -- Theodore Levitt, 1966, a late marketing professor at the Harvard Business School

Friday, November 13, 2015

Exporting Should Be Job No. 1 At Your Company

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Let's appreciate and applaud those who export.  These people – all of them – add value to and enhance our lives. They push everything that comes into their hands out into the world for others to appreciate and enjoy too. They create jobs and make our world a better place to live. A big salute to exporters!

Read more:  Let's Appreciate and Applaud Those Who Export!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Global Payment Considerations in the Digital Marketplace

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Everybody is jumping into the global payment digital marketplace.  Why not?  It's lucrative due to the vast number of consumers who will use the system; but, there is no single silver bullet that will take care of the needs of everyone worldwide.

Take, for example, MasterCard's zero liability promise that claims it is going global.  Or, how about global payments giant First Data who goes it alone against banks?  And ACI Worldwide expands its global online payments.  Yet Apple Pay and Square have a long way to go on the global front with much catching up to do against PayPal.

The choices for an online payment system are endless.  How you decide which system to use depends on who your customers are, where they are located, what you are selling and the volume of your transactions.  It's a booming business.  Alibaba proves the return on investment can be huge on global payments with their recent "Singles Day" using Alipay.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How Much Can a Company Sell Online in 90 Minutes?

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China-based Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced that USD 5 billion (approximately RMB 31.8 billion) of gross merchandise volume (GMV) was settled through Alipay on Alibaba’s China and international retail marketplaces in the first 90 minutes of the November 11, 2015 Global Shopping Festival.

According to Alibaba Group, this year’s November 11 Global Shopping Festival features more than six million products from more than 30,000 brands sold by over 40,000 merchants.

Learn more:  Alibaba Defined | Alibaba Annual Report 2015

Note:  GMV is the total amount settled through Alipay on Alibaba’s China and international retail marketplaces. All November 11, 2015 GMV and other figures are subject to final auditing following conclusion of the event.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How to Connect with Customers All Over the World

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With technology and the Internet, international selling has gotten a whole heck of a lot easier.  But while you might have the absolute best product in the world, priced competitively, and easy to buy, there's still no guarantee customers will snatch it up online.  
It’s an exciting time to take a small business online in Australia and grasp the opportunity to go global. The lower Australian dollar, social reach and access to international marketplaces (such as the Tmall storefront for eligible businesses to sell into China) means you could connect with customers all over the world.
How do you inspire customers to buy your product?

Read more:  Insider tips to customer conversion

Monday, November 09, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: What Does China's Trade Drop Mean?

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Steve Jobs, the Movie

Getting ready to see the move Steve Jobs at the Century 12 movie theater in Evanston, Illinois.

Photos courtesy:  ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.

Friday, November 06, 2015

What's the Most Crucial Lesson You've Learned About How a Company Builds a Global Competitive Advantage?

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Let's go back in time to more than two decades ago when David R. Whitwam was chairman and CEO of the Whirlpool Corporation. He had his challenges.
According to Whitwam, too many managers are still running their businesses with the same old regional fiefdoms and inadequate ways of satisfying customers. As a result, few would-be global companies have escaped the deadly war of attrition in which cost and quality are the only weapons and ever-declining margins the only prize.
In the following interview, Harvard Business Review associate editor Regina Fazio Maruca asks Whitwam:  What’s the most crucial lesson you’ve learned about how a company builds a global competitive advantage?

Here's Whitwam's response:
The only way to gain lasting competitive advantage is to leverage your capabilities around the world so that the company as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Being an international company—selling globally, having global brands or operations in different countries—isn’t enough.
Read more:  The Right Way to Go Global:  An Interview with Whirlpool CEO David Whitwam (March-April 1994 Issue)

Thursday, November 05, 2015

How to Turn Passion Into Profits on a Global Small Business

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Taking your company from local to global is no easy feat.  You can either fail or flourish.  How do you make sure you flourish?  Hint: Global is a fast path to growth.

The following peer success stories shared by entrepreneurs around the world demonstrate how adaptivity, passion, and a global focus set small business leaders apart, and turned passions into profits.

Taking your company from local to global -- what Singapore entrepreneurs can learn

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

There Is No Silver Bullet Strategy to Winning in Foreign Markets

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Mitchell Osak, Managing Director, Strategic Advisory Services at Grant Thornton LLP, a Canadian advisory, tax and assurance firm, says "There is no silver bullet strategy to winning in foreign markets. Instead, success is about keeping an eye on the fundamentals: being bold, doing your homework, demonstrating agility and focusing on continuous improvement from a cost and product perspective."

He goes on to say that Canadian companies need to look to global markets to drive growth, or even survive, in today’s economic climate and provides an interesting 5C-strategy framework that involves country acumen, competitiveness, connections, capital and commitment.

Read more:  Canadian companies that want to go global need to think long term

Questions for Mitchell?  He can be reached at Mitchell.osak@ca.gt.com and on Twitter @MitchellOsak

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Do You Have the Right People on the Export Bus?

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A lot of manufacturers are saying a skill shortage is what's holding them back from exporting.  Is that you too?  According to small businesses in the UK, they are missing out on global opportunities because they cannot recruit the right staff.
From a lack of business-ready digital skills to core manufacturing expertise, a shortage of relevant talent is hampering the chances of UK small businesses fulfilling their global potential.
Read more:  Manufacturers says skills shortages hold back exporting plans

Monday, November 02, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: How Google Will Get Back Into China

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