Saturday, December 16, 2017

Have a Little Fun Today

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Friday, December 15, 2017

The World is On the Cusp of a New Digital Economy

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With the world on the cusp of a new digital economy in which e-commerce and automation will transform production, trade, investment patterns – as well as helping meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) –the need for new policies to be adopted is clear.
“The gains of digitalization are not automatic and there will be major challenges for countries, enterprises and people to adapt, but we must start somewhere,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said.
Digitalization is creating new ways for small businesses and women entrepreneurs to reach new markets worldwide.

Read more about global e-commerce policy work -- an effort that must never be given up.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Gig Economy

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The freelance marketplace makes it easy for small business owners to save on administrative and overhead costs while also growing a business global.
Modeled after traditional e-commerce websites, freelancer marketplaces allow specialized professionals such as graphic designers, app developers, SEO consultants and social media marketers to offer their services to small businesses for a fee.
What are you waiting for?

Learn more about how you can grow your business global via the gig economy.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

E-Commerce: The Rise of Online Shopping

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E-commerce sales worldwide hit an estimated $25.3 trillion in 2015 and have grown since.
The internet makes buyers and sellers more visible and accessible to each other locally and globally. The international bit is really interesting. The opportunity to connect quickly and efficiently to multiple markets can be a boon for smaller businesses and a great attraction for consumers. Without e-commerce, establishing a physical presence in multiple markets can be costly, while consumer demand might also not always be clear.
Read about the five (5) ways to make global e-commerce easier for everyone.

Monday, December 11, 2017

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

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

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Believe

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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

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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™

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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:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1837790091765976835.  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

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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

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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

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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 GlobeTrade.com 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.