Sunday, November 27, 2005

Global Small Business Success: What Does It Take?

Small businesses are the backbone of our state and national economy.

According to the Small Business Administration, small business represents 99.7 percent of all employers, employ half of all private sector employees and pay 44.3 percent of total U.S. private payroll. Nearly 40 percent of these small businesses are in the technology fields and 53 percent of them are home-based.

Clearly, national and state policy-makers should be listening to what small business wants and needs to succeed in the global economy.

What do we need to push forward?

Read the opinion piece here but I think we need a lot more than this.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Role of Small Businesses In Exports to China

In Export.Gov

Go here to download report.
Then click on "The Role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Exports to China: A Statistical Profile."

Get the scoop on what's really going on and then get going! The data represented is from 2002, the last year for which data are available. It's phenomenal! You won't want to miss it.

Monday, November 21, 2005

20 Women Exporters Take Part In Training

In IPPMedia

An institution dealing with women entrepreneurship development (WED) and the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) have organized a five-day training session in Dar es Salaam to make women exporters in Tanzania become competitive in the global market and increase their capacity so that they can engage themselves effectively in international trade.

Read the article here.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Global Checkup: Diagnosing the Health of Today's Organizations

In Strategy+Business

Nearly 50,000 profiles completed over two years by individuals around the world are consistent with one central hypothesis: Most organizations are unhealthy. Find out why here.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Global Business Columnist


It's official!

CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) November 11, 2005 – Laurel Delaney, an international entrepreneur and author, will become a global business columnist for Entrepreneur magazine on Nov. 1.

Read the release here.

I just hope I can follow through on my remarks: “There are just no more excuses on why companies aren’t going global,” Delaney says. “Rather, this is the beginning of a global small business revolution.”

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Abridged Borderbuster 11/4/05


If you are not a subscriber to Borderbuster, here's a glimpse of what you missed this month:

1. Welcome From The Publisher
2. Feedback From Our Readers
3. U.S. Must Help Iraq Obtain Wealth Quickly*
4. Business and Cultural Tips: Have Some Fun!*
5. Foreign Shopping Sites Cater to U.S. Customers*
6. How I Went Global: Ongoing Series //
7. A Reader Asks: Q&A*
8. Everybody Loves a Freebie -- repeat: FREE OFFER*
9. Expanding Internationally: Grow As You Go*
10. The Importance of Developing An International Strategy*
11. Executive Planet*
12. Blog World: A Feature On Wal-Mart*
13. Laurel’s New e-Book Is Ready: “GODZILLA Global Marketing!”
14. Take A Walk On The Wild Side (TAWOTWS)*
15. Wind Behind Your Sail*
16. Miscellany*

Published in Chicago – “Home of The World Series Champion White Sox!” – Congratulations!

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Sample section:

*Subscriber Exclusive*

Large companies routinely take advantage of the enormous potential of international markets. They simply budget for the expansion, spending whatever it takes to build the infrastructure to support future revenue. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, have limited resources, few connections, and tight budgets. When they go global, they need to be convinced that they are doing the right thing.

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Going Global: Help For Small Manufacturers

In Industry Week

Despite the criticism of the federal government's trade policies that some say have effectively allowed foreign competitors to gain unfair advantages against U.S. makers of goods, at least one Commerce Department program is aimed specifically at helping small and midsize manufacturers to thrive in the same big pond with the sharks.

Read the article here.

Friday, November 04, 2005

The Three Hurdles Of Global Web Sites

In Optimize

One of the most difficult issues companies are dealing with in the new global economy is thinking locally and managing globally. Sure, companies have always had international divisions and subsidiaries, but they tended to be isolated fiefdoms. Now the global economy requires that companies use their Web site to provide a consistent image to customers, no matter where they are. But companies can't just impose a one-size-fits-all view on their Web site.

Here's what they have to look out for:

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Going Global: Can You Afford It?

In WorldWIT

Determining how much you can afford to invest in your international expansion efforts can be a tricky proposition. Will it be based on ten percent of your domestic business profits or on a pay-as-you-can-afford process? That’s an excellent question. And my answer is: It depends.

Read more here.

And a big thank you to our favorite webinar place -- shhhhhhhh ... a best-kept secret -- for letting us know the article was published.