Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Next Great Global Resource: Human Capital

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Gallup's new State of the Global Workplace report takes a big-picture approach to why some organizations and economies thrive and grow while others struggle and often fail.  In the report, they examine the effectiveness with which governments and employers worldwide develop and deploy the most vital and sustainable resources available to them: the skills, talents and creativity of their people.

Read more about the next great global resource:  the use of human capital -- whether it be from small businesses to entire societies.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: The IMF Reels in Bitcoin

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • In today's globalized world, becoming part of an international supply chain is key to the prospering of small businesses and their ability to create jobs.
  • How do you acquire nearly a million (1 million) followers on Twitter or more than six-five thousand (65,000) on Instagram?  It takes perseverance.  Presenter CamMI Pham will educate us on how to be bold in 2018 and get the world to notice you in the next WEGGinar™ held on Wednesday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. Central time. The WEGGinar™ is no charge but you must sign up to attend: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2297562974983287811.
  • Small business owners need to think about stretching their territory beyond traditional borders and bringing the entire world into play as their customer base.
  • President and CEO of eBay Devin Wenig, says "One of the most meaningful ways technology companies can make an equitable impact is by bringing back to life the real engine of the U.S. economy — [global] small businesses."
  • The tech industry has sparked rapid growth, provided access to global markets and created entirely new, massive industries — generating an estimated $1.3 trillion and accounting for about 8% of U.S. GDP.  Small businesses can continue to drive the growth.
  • The IMF calls for global coordination on potential Bitcoin regulation.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Best Beef Noodle and New England Clam Chowder in Michigan

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©2018 Laurel Delaney.  All rights reserved.
©2018 Laurel Delaney.  All rights reserved.
The Prime Time Restaurant in Niles, Michigan brings back a bit of nostalgia.  Good food, good service, good conversation and good people.  And one, only one review, on their site:  "I've been eating at Prime Table for many years. The food is great and service can not be better," says Tammy, a frequent customer.

Learn more about Prime Time Restaurant.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Inspiring Global Success

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ATG Access, a small business selling into 25 countries every year, is a manufacturer of security products, in particular vehicle barriers that protect people and buildings from vehicle attack. It generates half of its turnover through exporting.

With incidents over the last year making it a very timely product, countries across the world are now looking to shore up defences. The result of this has been considerable global success for the young company.

Here's what ATC Access has to say about going global:
“Exporting is great fun. I’ve [Gavin Hepburn, sales and marketing director for ATC Access] probably been to 60 countries now because it’s such a globally orientated business. You get to go to some really interesting places and meet some lovely people. It’s been a lot of fun jumping in planes, going to different countries.  It's not boring, that's for sure."
Read more about the inspiring global success story of ATG Access.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It's a Great Time for Gray-Haired Founders

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Do you question whether you are too old to start a global company?  Here's what Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz (2009), has to say about that.
It's a great time for founders who have a little gray hair. One trend today is toward building "full-stack" start-ups, who invent a technology and then use it to take on big incumbents in a market directly. This is a change from the past, when many founders focused on building tools that customers could use however they see fit. Andreessen says, "These full-stack start-ups are more operationally intense and tend to require more experienced founders and executives."
Oh, what are you waiting for?  Get going!  In the interim, catch a few more rare insights from Marc to start-up founders, including why his firm requires a warm introduction to a founder before investing, and why enterprise start-ups need to charge more for their products.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Digitized Trade in a Digital Economy

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The digital economy is not unfounded, as it is changing the way businesses and consumers interact.  Perhaps the biggest advantage of digitized trade is the opening of new markets for small businesses that are less involved in international trade and invisible to foreign direct investment.

Take this, for example:
An entrepreneur selling hand-made wigs could open a salon for visiting customers. Or she could go digital and upload samples to a website or Instagram page and carry out transactions online. That's trading in the digital world.
Read more about digitized trade or be left behind.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: America First

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • How to take your real estate business global.
  • How do you get nearly a million (1 mil) followers on Twitter or more than six-five thousand (65K) on Instagram?  Easy.  CamMI Pham will educate us on how to be bold in 2018 and get the world to notice you in the next WEGGinar™ held on Wednesday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. Central time. The WEGGinar™ is no charge but you must sign up to attend: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2297562974983287811.
  • Louis Vuitton wants to buy stakes in Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved and take it global.
  • A new company you've probably never heard of that sources, warehouses and ships products for many of the biggest names in e-commerce, including Amazon, Walmart and Target.
  • United States President Trump takes 'America First' message to global elite in Davos.
  • Didn't know there is a global plastic crisis?  Well there is. Here are four ways to nip it in the bud.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Joy Every Day: Mellie

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"My cat [Mellie] is the Christmas in my life; he brings that kind of joy every day." -- Anonymous

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Global Growth Will be Strong in 2018

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According to The World Bank, global growth is expected to edge up to 3.1 percent in 2018.  Global trade has gained momentum, especially in global manufacturing and investment, which is in recovery mode.  Global trade accelerated substantially, supporting export growth in most emerging market and developing economy regions.

Read more about why 2018 global growth will be strong, and why there is still cause for concern, in 10 charts.

Download (automatic) the January 2018 Global Economic Prospects report.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Things Are Looking Good for British SMEs

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The health of the British economy can have a significant impact for many U.S. businesses, both big and small. Good news: in 2018, things look like they’re going to be healthy for the British.

A year-end study conducted by AIG found that 40 percent of those questioned were planning for growth this coming year while only 19 percent were expecting a downturn.
Regardless, this is still good news for American businesses looking to do business in the U.K. But tread carefully: the risks for British companies surrounding Brexit – such as higher material costs, potential labor shortages and exchange rate volatility, remains high. Unfortunately, only a third of those firms surveyed had contingency plans in case there’s a “no deal” outcome.
Read more on why British businesses are bullish about 2018.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Laurel Delaney's Global Trade Trends 2018 WEGGinar™ 1/10/18

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Attend the New Year WEGGinar™, Wednesday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time: “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2018,” presented by Laurel Delaney, Founder and President of GlobeTrade.com and President of WEGG.  Laurel will take a deep dive into Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, AR and VR, Wearable Tech and Microlearning.

It’s FREE, thanks to the generous support of WEGG's sponsors: UPS, IBM and B•A•L – go here :
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1940601026277957634.

Explore more here: http://www.womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org
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Monday, January 08, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: Is the Global Economy Booming?

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

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Lean in, Colorfully

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It's never too late for a little color.  The Leaning Tower is a perennial stop for travelers in the Chicago area, only 15 minutes northeast of O'Hare International Airport and 10 minutes from the World's First Franchised McDonald's in Des Plaines.
The Leaning Tower of Niles is, naturally, a replica of Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is roughly half-sized, 94 feet vs. the authentic's 177 feet, and leans about 7'4" off plum (vs. Pisa's 13 foot tilt). But that hardly matters when you're standing across the street taking a picture. And the savings in overseas airfare and reduced risk of injury is worth considering.
Learn more about the Leaning Tower of Niles.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Oh Who Says There is a Retreat of Globalization?

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As Pankaj Ghemawat says for the Harvard Business Review:
One week after Donald Trump’s inauguration, with fears of a trade war spiking, the Economist published a cover story, “The Retreat of the Global Company,” in which it proclaimed that “the biggest business idea of the past three decades is in deep trouble” and that “the advantages of scale and…arbitrage have worn away.” And Jeffrey Immelt, GE’s chairman and CEO, has talked about the company’s “bold pivot” from globalization to localization.
Oh please.  Globalization will never go away -- it's here to stay.  And look at the state GE is in after Immelt decided to do his bold pivot.  Get with the program -- choose globalization as your strategy or else risk thwarting the true upside potential of your business.

Case in point:  Many years ago, when I worked at a small manufacturing company, had we not taken our company global, we would have stayed at $600,000 in annual revenues year after year.  Instead, we took the chance and went after the world for business, ended up conducting business in 27 different countries, with 33 percent of our business generated internationally.  We reached $6 million in annual revenues within 3 years.  This was all done with a four-person staff, myself included.

You can listen to others and stay local or you can go after what is rightfully yours, easy to have and offers fantastic benefits.  The world is your market.  The only thing stopping you is you.

Read more:  Globalization in the Age of Trump

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Getting Global Small Business Owners to Transition from Cash to Digital Payments

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The Indian economy thrives on 50 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that account for 37% of the country’s GDP.  This percentage could be higher, if 97% of the Indian retail transactions were not conducted in cash, like they currently are.
Extensive research has shown that use of digital financial services has many advantages over cash – it leads to higher reserves and business output. This means, small business owners in India could be more profitable if digital payments were more widely used. 
How do you get them to transition?  Read more about how SMEs transition from cash to digital payments.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Going Global Can Be Lucrative For Any Size Company

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The global sales market can be a lucrative one for companies of just about any size, but it can also be intimidating for smaller businesses. State and federal agencies, though, can help you make sense of it all, from researching markets to giving a hand with financing.  Not to mention how a book on exporting can be useful too.

One company, Middlesex, New Jersey-based Adsorptech, took its time on going global due to limited people power.
“Our biggest hurdle was a lack of human resources to devote to researching the ins and outs of it,” said Jim Flaherty, CEO of the Middlesex-based business, which recently topped $1 million in annual revenue. “But then it all suddenly came together.”
Here's how he overcame hurdles.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Opportunity Knocks When You Look Outside Your Own Borders for Business

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Expanding your business beyond a local market gives you access to new consumers, can enhance your company’s profile and exposes you to new ideas that could help drive growth, innovation and profitability for your business.
When it comes to exporting, there is a perception of increased risk that can put businesses off, but the opportunities that exist and the support on hand to help you start your export journey should not be ignored.
Opportunity knocks when you look outside your own borders for business -- whether it be through exporting, franchising, a joint venture or a strategic global alliance.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Today in Global Small Business: Happy New Year 2018!

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
From all of us at the Global Small Business Blog, we wish you a Joyful, Global and Healthy New Year!