Monday, October 30, 2006

Top 10 Global Sourcing Issues to Consider

So your small business is experiencing better-than-expected growth, and you're ready to take the next step and expand globally? Think about when you go shopping -- more often than not, you may notice phrases like "Made in Mexico," "Made in Sri Lanka" or "Made in Italy." Perhaps they're on your clothing tags, your daughter's new doll, the towels in your bathroom or the radio on your desk.

Read the article here.

The Worldly UPS

UPS just launched an interactive overview that illustrates their knowledge, experience and tools in helping small businesses expand internationally. Check it out here.

One other thing. Quit thinking of UPS as just a domestic carrier. They move goods anywhere in the world.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Social Global Entrepreneurship

"Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they're serving." ~ David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.

The Skoll Foundation

And meet more new global heroes like Bornstein here.

With your drive to take on the world, are you adding human importance to your bottom line?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Become Exclusive Distributor Of a Foreign Product

After studying Japanese in college and living in Japan for part of the ’90s, James Allard always wanted to do something in business that was Japan-related. When he and Steve Rosen decided to start a business in 2004, they went to Japan to search for a product they could import to the U.S. In a Tokyo department store bathroom, they spotted an electric hand dryer made by Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi.

Find out what happened here: The One and Only

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Catastrophic Population Shrinkage?

Yes, shrinkage. True, the total global population has not yet finished increasing. But nearly half the world's population lives in countries where the native-born are not reproducing fast enough to replace themselves. This is true in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada and the United States. It's also true in much of East Asia, pockets of Latin America and such Indian megacities as New Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras). Even China is reproducing at levels that fall short of replacement.

End result: the United States reaches a demographic milestone with an anticipated population of 300 million -- behind only that of China and India -- thanks largely NOT to Lou Dobbs but rather to immigration.

Read the article here.

And how does this impact globalization? Legal immigration is part of our national culture. The United States helps create great global companies like Google, eBay and Intel.

We should not only be proud but lucky to be a part of it all.

Monday, October 09, 2006

How-To Guides (Including Global Help) for Small Businesses

Dig deep within this new site. There are some how-to guides on importing, exporting, outsourcing and more.

Read the news here: Launches to Help Small Businesses Tackle Their Most Important Business Tasks


(Note:  If a link does not work it means the company changed its servers, sold its domain name or went out of business.)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Taking Your Startup To a Foreign Market

It’s a global village out there, with marketplaces outside American borders beckoning as never before, even to small and startup companies. Technologies such as the Internet and cheap telecommunications truly have shrunk the world to a point where it’s much easier for a entrepreneurs to get their arms around it.

But opportunity isn’t everything when it comes to entering foreign markets.

Want to rock your business?  Read the article:  Taking Your Startup to a Foreign Market

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Abridged Borderbuster: 10/5/06


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. REITs Looking Overseas to Expand*
4. Business and Cultural Tips: Have Some Fun!*
5. Design Without Borders*
6. How I Went Global: Ongoing Series //
7. A Reader Asks: Q&A*
8. Everybody Loves a Freebie -- repeat: FREE OFFER*
9. Go Global Out of the Gate*
10. Report From The Field: Cairo, Egypt*
11. Taking Over The World*
12. Blog World: Going Global*
13. Laurel’s e-Book: “GODZILLA Global Marketing!”
14. Take A Walk On The Wild Side (TAWOTWS)*
15. Wind Behind Your Sail*
16. Miscellany*

*Indicates exclusive to Borderbuster subscribers only.

Sample section:

*Subscriber Exclusive*

If you can think wild thoughts, then you can most certainly go global.

Ever wish you were a painter? Now you can be one at this site, which lets anyone emulate the late Pollock and his “Jack The Dripper” technique of glopping paint on a canvas from a height. But you do it with your mouse, changing colors with a click.

Visit: Jack The Dripper

(Remember, inaction is the worst kind of failure.)


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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Grow Global: 5 Ways To Just Do It

Five ways to find new or hidden markets in the world marketplace.

Read the article here.

P.S. The examples referenced in Nos. 1 and 5 are my own (in disguise) based on client work. That's how I went on to receive the SBA Exporter of the Year award.

(Note: If the link is dead it is because ThomasNet changed its server or removed the article from its website.  Try here for general resources on global trade.)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Think Local When Franchising Abroad

All politics, it's said, are local. The same often holds true for franchising, despite its reputation as a cookie-cutter, by-the-book way of doing business.

Being able to adapt to local customs, laws and tastes is particularly crucial when a franchise goes abroad.

Read the article here.