Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The iPad Makes It Easy to Take Your Business Global

According to Gartner research analyst Raphael Vasquez:
"PC market growth will be impacted by devices that enable better on-the-go content consumption such as media tablets and next-generation smartphones," added research analyst Raphael Vasquez. "These devices will be increasingly embraced as complements if not substitutes for PCs where voice and light data consumption are desired."
 And according to Laurel Delaney, founder of GlobeTrade:
"The iPad will make it a whole heck of lot easier and more fun to take your business global."
Read more here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Learn How To Do Business With People in Other Countries

Need help negotiating with clients, suppliers and partners in other countries?  Trying to work more effectively with customers and colleagues from another culture?

Go here for assistance.  The books alone are worth a read.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Photo credit: Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog
Turkey (pictured) just about done.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and be grateful for every precious little thing in your life.  I am blessed by your readership -- thank you!  Enjoy the day.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Whole World is Going Global

Based on this article, it is vital to build your global skill sets, to learn how work is done offshore, and to educate yourself on projects and teams that work with offshore components either internationally or through a service provider.
“The whole world is going global, and especially in the last three or four years, it has really taken off,” said Janssen. “The revenue growth is in Asia—with some in Europe, but [revenue growth in] the United States is virtually flat. The jobless recovery here is very, very real. The war for talent in the United States [consists of] finding those who have skills to manage a global group—those who have global awareness and understand the complexities in doing global business. It’s only a handful of people right now.”
Read the entire article here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Web Start-Ups Go Global

According to a recent article in the WSJ, "Web Start-Ups Search History," a newer generation of start-ups such as Yelp Inc. and Groupon Inc. are going global. They are studying their predecessors and adapting successful ideas -- such as using acquisitions or partnerships to enter markets where a strong competitor exists -- with the intent of improving their chance of success in the global marketplace.

Read the entire article here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Flag Fascination

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney
Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney
Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney
Sometimes the first photo is not always the best.  It's more intriguing to capture moments as they occur.  I love the simpleness, cleanness and color in these shots.  On the day (11/19/10) these flags were photographed, I was out at the Chicago lakefront.  The temperature was about 39 degrees F -- chilly -- and the wind was blowing fiercely.
Enjoy your weekend.  May it be filled with magnificence and many more colorful flags!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pork Butt Goes Global

The most underutilized meat export, pork butt -- genteel name is Boston Shoulder Roast -- is set to go international.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation thinks that the butt, which has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the U.S. as the raw material for pulled pork sandwiches (as shown), should go international.
Read all about it here.
USMEF is looking at a variety of markets for this initiative, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, South Korea and Japan,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice president of marketing and communications.  “U.S. pork is the protein of choice globally, and we see opportunities to expand market share and compete with other proteins by educating our contacts there about the advantages of the pork butt.”
Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Young Entrepreneurs Hold the Key to Our Global Economic Future

For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things.

The movement is called Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 (runs November 15-21).

How are you getting involved?

Learn more here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Netflix Poised to Expand Internationally

According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix Inc. is “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail.”
In addition, the company is also looking to expand internationally. Already, Netflix is available in Canada. However, the company is considering moving “beyond North America” in the second half of 2011. It’s unknown which countries Netflix has its eyes one, but the company is expected to invest up to $50 million trying to expand to countries other than United States and Canada.
Source:  Erictric

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Kardashian Brand is Borderless

Never in a million years could I ever imagine writing about Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney going global; but here I am.
Kim Kardashian and sister Kourtney Kardashian are going global with cover spreads in far flung India and South Africa.  It’s a far cry from Wilshire Blvd. but the Kardashian brand apparently knows no bounds, even in the Third World.
What can we learn from them?  That anything is possible when it comes to taking a brand global.

Read more here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Groundbreaking Ways to Get More Finance to SMEs Worldwide

The SME Finance Challenge was born to identify and fund innovative initiatives that help grow local businesses in developing markets.  It came together as a result of Ashoka, the White House, Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank and several other of the world's leading institutions.

Most of the winners of the SME Finance Challenge were announced recently at the G20 summit -- and one winner is Peace Dividend Trust with a mission to:
Making peace and humanitarian operations more effective, efficient and equitable so that they deliver cheaper, faster, smarter missions - resulting in a stronger peace and a larger peace dividend. 
Learn more here about their fascinating approach to get more money to SMEs worldwide and change the way aid and peacekeeping is delivered.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Internet Is Revolutionizing the Import-Export Business

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The Internet is revolutionizing the import-export business, affecting everything from how small firms compete with larger ones to how much a husband or wife might pay in alimony.

Read more about this here.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Friday, November 12, 2010

10 Notable Photos From the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2010

Mr. Inderjit Singh, Member of Parliament (Singapore)
World Entrepreneurship Forum Team (France)!
Mr. Claude Robichaud (L), President, Falpaco Plastic and Rubber Inc. (Canada) and Dave Frood (R), Author, The Thinking Corporation (Australia)
Innovation and the Development of High-Growth Organizations Workshop Team
Prof. Riadh Zghal (microphone), Senator, Tunisian Chamber of Councillors (Tunisia) and Ms. Lisa Fecteau (right front), President, Groupement des chefs d'entreprise du Quebec (Canada)
Mr. Antti Kangaslahti (microphone), Founder, Finntastico.com (Finland) and Mr. Dan Evans (right), Chief Innovation Officer Executive Education Emlyon, Professor in Entrepreneurship (France)
Mr. Liu Chuan-Zhi (L), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lenovo Group (China), Interpreter (China), Ms. Bhatt (India) and Mr. Steve Strauss (United States)
Ms. Ela R. Bhatt, Founder, Self-Employed Women's Association (India)
Mr. Yves-Henri Robillard, Director, World Entrepreneurship Forum (France)
Mr. Steve Strauss, The Strauss Group, Inc., United States
Photo credits: Laurel Delaney, Founder, GlobeTrade.com; pioneering member and appointed Board member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  Watch for recap of the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2010 coming soon.  Quick take here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Young and the Restless Go Global

OEDb published a list of the 50 Best Blogs for Young Entrepreneurs and we made it!  We are delighted to be among so many accomplished and popular bloggers.  Whether you are young or a seasoned entrepreneur -- this list is worth a read.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, GlobeTrade.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

U.S. Commitment to Free Trade

President Obama visited India and reassured the people of his strong support for a strategic partnership along with encouraging words about his commitment to free trade.

Read more here.

Related article:  Time to advance free trade pacts

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Outlook for India Outsourcers in the U.S.

The worry for Indian executives is that protectionist measures in the U.S. could quickly change the outlook for India outsourcers from robust to dreadful in a market that represents 61 percent of India's $50 billion in annual IT service exports.

Read more here.

Note:  Hexaware Technologies is an Indian IT company and business process outsourcing service provider established in 1990.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Video Clip from the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2010

I am back from Lyon, France after attending the 3rd edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2010 and it was sensational!  I will provide a thorough recap of my takeaways later in the week but for now, please watch the above video clip from the Gala Ceremony (part 1 of 3).

What an honor (humbling experience) to participate in the ceremony (about 10 minutes into the clip) by presenting the Entrepreneur For The World Award to American Professor Stevenson (his acceptance speech was brilliant).
Dr. Howard H. Stevenson has received the Entrepreneur for the World award in the "Expert" category as he is considered the founder of Entrepreneurship as an academic field. He is the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Stevenson has authored, edited or co-authored numerous books and articles, which are widely used by university professors around the world.
More later ...

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Happy Saturday World Citizens

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney, GlobeTrade.com (www.globetrade.com) -- taken at Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. on October 31, 2010.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Every Thing You Need to Know About Cloud Computing

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney, GlobeTrade.com
Three useful articles on cloud computing that cover:  why cloud computing will change the way we work, what ten factors you need to consider before you put your business into a cloud and what are the benefits to cloud computing?  Take a look. 

1.  Why Cloud Computing Will Change The Way We Work
According to Wikipedia (http://tinyurl.com/2qjapp), cloud computing is: “Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.” In simpler language: Cloud computing is a data center, controlled by a vendor, that your employees access to share, edit, store and play files over the Internet from any location in the world. Google’s Gmail, Apps, Docs and Sites ... read more.
2.  10 Factors to Consider Before You Put Your Business in a Cloud
You can choose from a wide range of service providers with varying pricing, depending on the complexity of your business needs and the amount of capacity you require. Here are 10 factors to consider before you make ... read more.
3.  10 Benefits of Cloud Computing
1.  Achieve economies of scale - increase volume output or productivity with fewer people. Your cost per unit, project or product plummets.

2.  Reduce spending on technology infrastructure.  Maintain easy access to your information with minimal upfront spending.  Pay as you go (weekly, quarterly or yearly), based on ... read more.
Full disclosure:  Verio (www.Verio.com) is a client of GlobeTrade.com and GlobeTrade.com is a customer of Verio's.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Thursday, November 04, 2010

How to Find An International Job or Internship Anywhere in the World

It starts with Going Global.
Going Global is the leading provider of country specific career and employment resources for individuals interested in working outside of their home country. More than 500 universities around the world currently subscribe to Going Global for use by their students, staff and alumni. We provide Country Career Guides, USA City Career Guides, corporate profiles for the world's leading employers and a job search database with over 500,000 worldwide job and internship listings.
Going Global blog.  Going Global Facebook.  Going Global Twitter.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Is Your Customer Base Across the Street or Worldwide?

With the Internet and the advent of social media and networking platforms, there is absolutely no good reason why you should be stuck selling customers merely locally, regionally or nationally -- and not internationally.

Get unstuck and go global!

Read:  Social media marketing allowing businesses to go global

You will learn how a decade-old '30-minute photo shop' storefront in Irvine, California has taken its enterprise global.

"When I started the customer base, it was about 3 to 5 miles. Today, it's worldwide. People find us online through searches, through search engines, through Twitter searches as well as Facebook."

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Heading Back To France for the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2010

As a pioneering member and appointed Board member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, I am excited to return to Lyon, France this week to attend the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2010 -- 3rd edition running from November 3-6 -- which will focus on the following:

To design innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to address some of our world’s most pressing challenges at the horizon 2050.  More than one-hundred members (entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, experts, academics and politicians) from 55 different countries will share their insights and experiences over a three-day period.

Four major topics will be discussed and will lead to a set of concrete proposals of actions on:

• Developing Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid
• Innovation and the Development of High-growth Organizations
• Entrepreneurial Cities
• Entrepreneurship Education

In case you don't recall, the World Entrepreneurship Forum is a worldwide think tank devoted to the entrepreneur, creator of wealth and social justice.  For more background, refer to a couple of our older posts here, here and here.  The founding members are Emlyon Business School and KPMG France.

The event will be webcast live on www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com so stay tuned for key moments!  I will also do my best to Twitter about it over at:  http://twitter.com/laureldelaney -- make sure you follow me in France!

Pictured:  World Entrepreneurship Forum 2009 Members

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog