Monday, January 31, 2011

How On Earth To Get a Doha Deal Done

The Doha round of trade talks is still in the works.  Learn how global bigwigs demand that the deal be done by the end of the year.  Think it's feasible?
It urges its sponsors, along with the rest of the leaders of the world’s big economies, formally to commit to finishing the round by the end of the year. It is far from clear how such a deadline could be made binding, but the idea is as much tactical as practical, and received backing this week from the International Chamber of Commerce.
Learn more here.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Five-Point Strategy For Making Global Sourcing Successful

As the new Import and Export Guide for, I wrote this article on global sourcing:
Global sourcing offers many benefits, including lower costs, faster go-to market time and a broader resource pool. This article provides tips on how to make the most of global sourcing. But first, it's important to understand exactly what global sourcing means.
Global Sourcing:  5 Ways to Make Global Sourcing a Success

What other tips am I missing?

Friday, January 28, 2011

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011

Familiarize yourself with what's happening (live in some cases) as leaders worldwide share their insights on issues at the top of the Davos agenda.

Go here for more information.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Aon Political Risk Map (APRM)

The APRM is an interactive guide to various risks worldwide.  It shows how the overall risk score has fluctuated for each country over the past five years, as well as reflecting other specific risks such as legal and regulatory risk and political interference.

Play around with it here.

And if the link does not work, do a Google or Bing search to find it yourself: / global Economy - May:  How risks are changing around the world.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The New India

Who is the new India?

Find out here:

The Ideas Shaping a New India || Global Edition
by Anand Giridharadas

Learn more about the author's book, "India Calling:  An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking," published by Times Books

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Cool Factor: Hotel G in Beijing

I'm always on the lookout for cool things related to global business and while I was scanning the Chicago Tribune over the weekend I caught:

Icelandic composer raves about Poland

Why am I sharing this article with you?  Because deep within the body of it Olafur Arnalds mentions his favorite hotel:  Hotel G.
Q: What are your favorite hotels?

A: I've probably stayed at more than 100 hotels in the last couple of years, but my favorite must be Hotel G ( in Beijing. Very cool interior design, and you can choose the color of your window with the switch of a button in the room. I have tried very hard to persuade the management staff to use the master control to write my name on the outside of the building with the window colors, without much luck! And the floors are so soft that you don't really need the comfy bed. I stay there every time I go to Beijing, if not only for the friendly staff and nice food, then the iPod docks … in every room.
So the next time you travel to Beijing to drum up business, check out the very cool looking place.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Monday, January 24, 2011

And the Winner for the Growth Through Global Trade Award Goes To ...

SteelMaster Buildings LLC -- a manufacturer, designer and supplier of arched steel structures.

How did they win it?  Numerous reasons but here are two:
1. SteelMaster Buildings exports to more than 40 countries and has distributorship relationships in more than 50 international markets.

2. Since the company began exporting in 2006, the company’s revenue has quadrupled and now represents 15 percent of the company’s total revenue.
Read all about how SteelMaster Buildings earned this prestigious UPS award that only goes to SMBs who excel in international trade here.


Full disclosure:  I had the pleasure of serving as one of the judges on this fabulous program.  We originally blogged about it here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Will Eric Schmidt Run Apple?

In light of what's happening at Apple with the upsetting situation of Steve Jobs taking another leave of absence from the company due to his health, I can't help but wonder at the same time why there is a sudden management overhaul over at Google.

 Change is the only thing that is constant in life.  This could become disruptive innovation at its best.

Your thoughts?

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog

Friday, January 21, 2011 Laurel Delaney, Import and Export Guide

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What's Ahead in 2011

My latest contribution for the American American OPEN Forum via Small Business Trends:

2011:  The Year of ...

What else do you think 2011 will bring us?  I welcome your comments!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog

Monday, January 17, 2011

Globalize Where the Return is Everywhere

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Globalization is here to stay.  It's not a matter of surviving during current challenging economic times; it's a case of thriving.  This article (heavy emphasis on translation issues) answers the central question:  Is this the right time to expand internationally?

See if it is for you.

Bottom line:  Get out of your local rut and go global!

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Spring of Genius

Photo credit: Laurel J. Delaney, lakefront, Rogers Park, Illinois, U.S.A., 2011
"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." ~ Pietro Aretino

Thursday, January 13, 2011

National Export Strategy 2008

The National Export Strategy is the annual report of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC).  The 2008 report takes a look at trends that contributed to the growth of U.S. exports in recent years, including strong international demand, the growth of e-commerce, and continued U.S. global competitiveness.

Download it:

Online: PDF Format

The big question:  Where are the 2009 and 2010 reports?

Considering we have this huge export push from the United States government, I'd like to see updated reports.   

Wouldn't you?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Increase Your Sales Around the World

In this case, it all started with a mention on knitting blogs about Alexis Winslow's website that has increased sales for her around the world.

Learn more:

Designer with local roots going global

Monday, January 10, 2011

How to Run a Global Small Business on a Shoestring

Running a small business that takes on the world does not have to be costly.  Learn how Neil Payne set up his business on a laptop in a studio flat in 2004 and now oversees a company with offices in the UK, USA, Argentina, South Africa, Germany and the UAE.

Read tips on how he did it here.

Posted by:  The Global Small Business Blog

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Canada: Show Me How to Trade

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Learn the basics of international trade -- even some things you should consider before you get started -- from Canada Business, Government Services for Entrepreneurs.

Posted by: The Global Small Business Blog

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The UK's Perspective on International Trade

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A useful site on international trade with its origin in the UK.  A sampling on a couple of the informative articles:
  1. Is it time to have "China in your hand?"
  2. How To Embrace Global Collaboration
  3. What’s In Store For Those Involved In International Trade?
There's a video too: "Survive and Thrive in the Crisis By Trading Internationally."

Keep looking.  There's lots more.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Some Like It Global

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From how to structure a Letter of Credit to posting surety bonds to offering new credit terms to increase international business, these exporters found success.

Here's how.

Hint:  It starts with a local U.S. Export Assistance Center.  Find yours here.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2011 Year in Review

The New York Times provides:

2011 Year in Review slide show

If nothing else, it will make you smile.

Monday, January 03, 2011

A State With Record Highs in Export Sales

New Hampshire has experienced record highs in export sales for the past three years, and the majority of it stems from small businesses.

Learn more about this here and also ask a question to their expert, Dawn Wivell, director of the state's International Trade Resource Center, here.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy 2011 From The Global Small Business Blog

And on the first day of the new year, do some productive reading to get your business even more global.  Try:

The Art of the Global Gateway by John Yunker
(Google Books here).

Reach out to the e-world for business.  It starts with web globalization and John Yunker can teach you a thing or two about it.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog