Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Supporting Women in Tech Across the Globe

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Women in Tech® Global is built on four foundational pillars: education, business, digital inclusion, and advocacy.  This came about by challenges women face in the tech industry,

Its mission is to create a strong, supportive network for women in technology, while also implementing practical programs that empower women to succeed in the tech industry. By addressing these key areas, Women in Tech Global aims to create a more inclusive and equitable tech industry for women across the globe.

Read the interview with Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder and CEO of Women in Tech Global. 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: FedEx Awards More than $230,000 to 10 Small Businesses

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

Saturday, June 08, 2024

Adult on a Bicycle

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." – H. G. Wells

Friday, June 07, 2024

Alibaba Courts the U.S. and Europe to Get Global Growth

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is ramping up its global expansion with new services aimed at attracting small businesses in the U.S. and Europe.

Alibaba.com — the company’s business-to-business platform which sells to companies outside China — is launching “Alibaba Guaranteed.”  The new service will provide buyers with greater certainty on delivery, payments and dispute settlement.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

How to Use AI Right For Transforming Global Small Business Marketing

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iStock (which we use at the Global Small Business Blog for images), an e‑commerce platform offering images, videos, and illustrations to small and medium‑sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises (SMEs), today unveiled new data‑backed tips to help businesses of all sizes navigate the use of generative‑AI in marketing to customers. 

They just released a new study which captured the sentiment of over 30,000 adults in 25 countries to understand the impact for small businesses of using generative AI visuals in their marketing.

Discover their key finding here.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Need a CFO? Freelancing Goes Global

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What once was incidental and supplemental is now routinely baked into companies’ operating model. An astonishing 72 million Americans, or about 45% of the workforce, reaped at least some of their earnings from independent contracting last year. 

Need a CFO?  The highest-profile fractionals would be C-suite-level executives, ranging from part-time, long-term CFOs to M&A specialists who pop in to help close specific deals. The category also includes anyone who receives a retainer, from a foreign correspondent to a training specialist.

A major hiring shift is transforming how businesses find and utilize talent and how that talent finds and establishes relationships with companies that need its skills. Outsourcing work to freelancers is by no means a new phenomenon, but as the figures indicate, in the past five years it has jumped to an entirely new level. 

Read, "Use of freelancers of all types, even temporary CFOs, has mushroomed in the last five years. Here’s why more employers around the world are moving away from the full-time staff model."

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Sisu Global Health's Gillian Henker Presents "Providing Access to Blood for a World in Need" (wegginar®)

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Gillian Henker, Co-Founder & President is a two-time founder with a proven track record of execution. Gillian is the primary inventor of Hemafuse and two other medical technologies. She led Hemafuse development, global regulatory clearances (including FDA), and launch in 5 countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe.

She has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has presented at the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference and Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries Seminar in London, and was named Baltimore Technologist of the Year. 

Wouldn't you love to meet her and pick her brain?  Now is your chance. Attend Women Entrepreneur Grow Global's free of charge wegginar® with Gillian presenting, "Providing Access to Blood for a World in Need," on Wednesday, June 5th at 11 AM CT.  The free of charge program is due to wegg's amazing, supportive sponsors as noted in the graphic.  

See you there!

Monday, June 03, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: What the New China Tariffs Mean for World Trade

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

Saturday, June 01, 2024

I Need to Be Outside

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“I need to be outside. I need to be in the world and to remember that I am of it.” – John Green

Friday, May 31, 2024

When Your Home Market Weakens, Expand Overseas

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In an interview with the Financial Times, chief financial officer Eason Zhang said low-cost China-based retailer Miniso plans to open roughly 400 stores in China, but this year would be the first since at least 2019 that most of its new outlets were outside the country.

Minis will shift its focus of rapid expansion away from a domestic market – China – plagued by weak consumption.  Further, the falling cost of goods produced in China’s factories is also making them more competitive abroad.

Read the entire article here.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Small Business Productivity Issues Differ From Country to Country

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The McKinsey Global Institute aggregated a richly granular data set of micro-, small-, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and large companies across 12 broad sectors, 68 level-two sub-sectors, and more than 200 level-three sub-sectors for 16 countries that account for more than half of global GDP.

In these countries, MSMEs on average have only half the productivity of large companies, and less than that in emerging economies. Raising MSMEs to top-quartile levels relative to large companies represents value equivalent to 5 percent of GDP in advanced economies and 10 percent in emerging economies.

The visual presentations here summarize the findings for the 16 countries in McKinsey's research representing different income levels.