Friday, February 22, 2019

Align Your Goals With a Potential Partner Before Going Global

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Rhonda Klosler, National chief operating officer at RSM Canada; office managing partner, Toronto, talks about what it takes to incorporate a good new partner that can take you global while still maintaining your identity.
Becoming part of a global firm offers many benefits: access to different talent pools, more opportunities for new business, extra resources and capabilities and, of course, international breadth to clients.
In her case, the Toronto office where she was a managing partner became a part of RSM, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms.

To set up for success, they had to capitalize on their new-found advantages without losing the key differentiators that made their businesses so successful.  Here are three:
  1. Educate employees about "why"
  2. Maintain what makes you special
  3. Seek out relationships across the business
Read the entire article about taking your business global and making sure to tell your employees why.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Million-Dollar Growth Tips from Millennial Entrepreneurs Who Hit it Big Fast

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Business and marketing coach Lena Elkins talks about how she coaches millennial entrepreneurs who feel defeated, burnt out and frustrated with their work largely because it’s harder than ever to stand out and scale an online business with confidence.

She asks four seven-figure millennial entrepreneurs to share their best insights on how they continue to grow and reach new milestones in their businesses against all odds.  Here's what came out of her discussions.
  1. Invest in the right team members.
  2. Stop overcomplicating your success.
  3. Always evaluate the quality of your product.
  4. Leverage the power of your local community.
As she suggests, use this advice to gain clarity, inspire action and think outside of the box to manifest massive change.

Read the entire article:  4 Million-Dollar Growth Secrets From Millennial Entrepreneurs Who Hit 7 Figures Fast

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

FedEx Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest

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The FedEx Seventh Annual Small Business Grant Contest offers grants and services to ten U.S.- based small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $220,500—the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012.

Here's what is in store for the prize winners:
  • Grand prize: One (1) winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office ®  print and business services
  • Silver prize: One (1) winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services
The contest entry period is open from February 19 to March 25, 2019, with voting to take place from February 27 to April 1, 2019. Following a judging period, winners will be announced on April 29, 2019 at www.fedex.com/grantcontest.  Get going and apply here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Thanks to AI, Smaller Companies Are Rapidly Going Global

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Thanks to advanced technology, smaller companies are rapidly going global, deploying a variety of technology-enabled solutions such as automated call centers, customer service bots, and digital marketing intelligence.

As small companies scale their operations, they can lose touch with their customers.
... the root of the problem: a lack of clear understanding of customer needs, what to do to satisfy them, and failure to effectively enhance the customer experience (CX for short).
With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), companies can now improve CX by learning more about the customer and anticipating their needs.

Read more how, thanks to AI, smaller companies are rapidly going global.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Today in Global Small Business Business: "When" Shows the Importance of Timing in Life

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Breathtakingly Beautiful Views of the Chicago Skyline

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360 CHICAGO observation deck, located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan.  Plan your visit.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Questions to Ask Before You Global

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Oh it is so nice to see our friend and colleague Dr. Jana Matthews, ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Professor, and Director of the Australian Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia’s Business School talking about questions you need to ask before you go global.

She says:
While there are many benefits to taking a company global, there are also many pitfalls. Answering these questions should help identify whether you have the people, processes and systems in place to successfully “go global."
Read the entire article to learn whether your product will be relevant in a different market, what pitfalls you are likely to experience, how much cash you will need to ensure success.

And for more on going global, visit the best of the best here.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Embrace a Digital Strategy to Thrive Locally

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As much as this blog is about thriving globally, Chris Porteous has a different take on marketing for a small business. He says, "The first key to success when it comes to local business marketing is finding or creating your local niche and then exploiting it for all it's worth. Countless corporate empires have been spawned by clever CEOs who had an idea which succeeded locally, then regionally, then nationally, before spreading all over the globe."

Read more about how to transform your business with local marketing.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

College of DuPage: Become a Digital Rock Star on 2/19/19

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If you are in the neighborhood, please join us at the College of DuPage for an engaging, educational and fun time learning from Laurel Delaney on how to become a digital rock star on Tuesday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  For more information, contact Bev Carlson.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Where to Turn for Global Trade Help

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I [Laurel Delaney] have prepared a list of 15 places to look for help in taking a business global.  Check it out here.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Today in Global Small Business: Embrace Free Trade

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • To beat Trump, former chairman and president of Exim Bank USA Fred Hoch says "embrace free trade."
  • Are the United States and China heading for a new Cold War?
  • Quote of the week:  “Differentiate yourself! Why are you different? What's important about you? Why does the customer need you?” – Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx
  • Brits are already feeling the impact of Brexit -- and it hasn't even happened yet.
  • Global horse racing calendar for 2019.
  • Uruguay's attempts to enter the global cannabis market fall flat as marijuana shortages abound.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Get Back to the Polish Style

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Chicago-based White Eagle offers Eastern European and American comfort foods in an old-school carpeted space with booths, tables and a nice little bar.  The delicious Polish food, especially the desserts, is worth a visit.