Thursday, December 02, 2021

Why Did Sweden Need a New Prime Minister?

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Within a week, Sweden's parliament has voted Magdalena Andersson in as its first woman prime minister, watched her resign seven hours later amidst political turmoil and waved her back into the job after a second vote.

Why it all unfolded, and what could happen next, has highlighted the complexities of eight-party coalition politics in a divided nation.

Read:  How Magdalena Andersson became Sweden's first female PM twice

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Buckle Up

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Economists around the world are closely watching a resurgence of coronavirus cases across Europe for signs of what may be to come this winter.

The global recovery from the pandemic remains intact. Consumer spending is still elevated as shoppers tap pent-up savings.

But more than 20 months into the pandemic, reading the direction of the economy remains a difficult task, making it essential to keep close watch on fresh numbers.

Read more to learn how the global economy buckles up for another uncertain winter.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Going Global: Best Practices For Reaching Key Stakeholders with Pamela Passman, APCO New York

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How do you identify, align and prioritize the most critical issues—including business, regulatory and reputational opportunities and threats at your business?  How do you identify and prioritize the stakeholders, decision makers and influencers that have the power to affect those issues, and therefore influence your operations and growth?  And how do you develop and execute strategies to monitor, engage and manage priority stakeholders?  

Big, deep questions that we all wrestle with and Pamela Passman, Managing Director, APCO New York will be addressing these and more at her wegginar® tomorrow, December 1, 2021 at 11AM CT, "Going Global:  Best Practices For Reaching Key Stakeholders."

Bring your notepad, thoughts, and an open mind to this engaging and informative wegginar.  The event is free of charge thanks to wegg's generous sponsors (refer to graphic above).  

Monday, November 29, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Workers Tell It Like It Is on the Global Supply Chain Crisis

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • Workers telling it like it is on the global supply chain crisis.  Worth of a read and an appreciation of what these folks are handling.
  • So very sad to see that Chicago-based hair-care firm founder Chris-Tia Donaldson died November 13, 2021.  She was a fireball of talent.  Our condolences to her family on this heartbreaking time.
  • Small Business Saturday keeps small businesses afloat.
  • Quote of the week: "Companies “will have a new focus on resilience. That means having more options. Multishoring and higher inventories are two likely outcomes.” – Michael Zimmerman, partner at A.T. Kearney, as quoted in the WSJ
  • Global supply chain woes impact small businesses.
  • The top ten (10) nations enjoying the fastest growth in small businesses and why it matters.  Spoiler alert:  USA No. 2.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Radically Transform the World

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“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world.  And you have to do it all the time." – Angela Davis

Friday, November 26, 2021

Oh Those Black Friday Deals

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The USA Today folks have rounded up the best of the best Black Friday 2021 deals here.  Check back often—they'll be adding new deals and updating their list with the latest sales and savings through Cyber Monday. Happy shopping!  And of course anything you buy they might very well receive a commission :-).

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Grateful to Our Global Small Business Blog Readers: Thank you For Your Engagement and Happy Thanksgiving

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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." – Melody Beattie

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Buy It On the Spot

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At first glance, you wouldn’t know the impact the global supply chain crisis has had on global small businesses.  They are facing delays and high supply chain costs. They’re going up, a lot, and invoices are coming with surprises.

Take a look at some of the experiences small businesses are sharing.  Their best advice to consumers?  "If you really want something, buy it on the spot."

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Can't Stop Talking About It: Global Supply Chain Woes

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Global small business owners and chief executive officers of big companies can’t stop talking about supply chain, and for good reason — logistical challenges are threatening the very existence of some smaller companies that just got past the worst effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The soaring price of ocean freight has put pressure on most shippers of cargo, but especially on the smaller players that don’t have the cash on hand or scale to combat rapidly rising costs, counter delays or avoid transportation snafus.

Trouble lies ahead.  Make or break time for many.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Holiday eCommerce Strategies

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

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Togetherness and Gratitude

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"Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude." – Nigel Hamilton