Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bold Moves Are Needed to Enter New Overseas Markets

Some say Canadians are too complacent about seeking export markets. But not the CEO of Brampton-Ont. based Mirus International Inc.  His firm makes electrical filters for high-powered drilling equipment used in the petroleum industry.

Here's what he did to break through to customers in China.
... he seized the opportunity last year to buy an existing factory in Suzhou, with a loan guaranteed by Canada’s federal Export Development Corp.
That's exactly the kind of bold move needed to enter new overseas markets.

Read more here.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Why You Don't Need to Be Big to Be Global

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Live Before You Get Too Old

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"We should all start to live before we get too old." -- Marilyn Monroe

Friday, March 27, 2015

Small and Medium-Sized Practices Are a Part of a Globalization Trend

Business advisory is emerging as an area of increasing importance to the growth of small and midsize practices.  According to IFAC’s Global SMP Survey, in 2013, advisory ranked third out of the four service areas in terms of the pace of projected growth.  While in 2014, advisory edged out tax (13 percent versus 11 percent) as the area most likely to drive substantial revenue increases in the coming year.

The results also indicated:
Many SMPs [small- and medium-sized practices] are part of the globalization trend, with 44 percent of the total respondents saying at least 5 percent of their clients operate internationally, while 69 percent of the largest SMPs (those with 21 or more partners and staff) said at least 5 percent of their clients are international.
For the complete survey results, click here (might require registration).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Taking the Hassles Out of Going Global

Going global is not a walk in the park and it requires thoughtful planning well in advance. What follows are 12 tips that have worked for my business and my clients’ over the years. I hope these insights will help you progress on the global front with zero headaches.

Read:  Going Global Headache-Free

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Go East With Exports Small Businesses!

According to cu-authors Maria Contreras-Sweet, Karen G. Mills, Steve Preston, Hector Barreto, and Aida Alvarez, in 15 years, the Asian market is projected to be six times larger than the U.S. market. By 2030, for example, more than 2 billion Asian consumers are expected to join the global middle class.  All the more reason why:
Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and completing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) sought by President Obama would constitute a significant victory for America's small businesses.
Read more:  Small Businesses Must Export East to Maintain US Leadership

About the authors:  Contreras-Sweet is the current Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Mills led SBA from 2009 -2013; Preston from 2006-2008, Barreto from 2001-2006; and Alvarez from 1997-2000.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Is It True That Few Companies Actually Succeed At Going Global?

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dreaming of Spring

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." -- Ann Bradstreet

Photos courtesy:  ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tips On Mastering Digital Transformation, Entering New Markets and Taking Chances

What can we learn from a team of Irish lads and ones that happen to run America's Domino's Pizza (DP)?  Plenty.  Here’s a little history on DP along with some tips on mastering digital transformation, entering new overseas markets and taking chances.

What We Can Learn from Domino's Pizza on International Expansion?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do You Want To Reinvent Your Company? Read On.

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Are you interested in importing?  Exporting?  Outsourcing?  Merging with a competitor?  Striking up a new overseas partnership?

According to Debra Williams, the answer depends on if and how you want to reinvent your company.

Read on:  Think your business is too local to go global?  Think again.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finding Opportunities For American Small Businesses in Trade and Exports

For the past five years, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) has contributed to the expansion of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders to empower innovation and drive economic growth.

What is GEC?
GEC is an entrepreneurial ecosystem that has started to take shape around the world, connecting people across borders to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality—in turn growing economies and expanding human welfare.  
This marks the beginning of a new wave of cooperation among Ministers for small business and entrepreneurship in response to increasing public interest around the world in the role government and small and new businesses play in job creation, firm and capital formation, and innovation.

Learn more:  Administrator of U.S. SBA and Foreign Leaders Exchange Innovation Strategies at Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Italy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Wishing You All the Joy Your Heart Can Hold

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©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
My absolute favorite day of the year -- St. Patrick's Day in Chicago -- when the Chicago River is dyed green and local folks put on a fabulous parade.  

As the late Stephen Bailey has said:
... the road from Chicago to Ireland is marked in green. From the Chicago River to the Illinois River, then to the Mississippi, up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic you can see the beautiful green enter the Irish Sea, clearly marking the way from Chicago to Ireland.
Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Wishing you all the joy your heart can hold.  Related posts here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Start Local and Think Global

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring Seems Light Years Away

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"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." -- Thalassa Cruso

Friday, March 13, 2015

How Can a Big City Develop a Global Identity?

How can a big city develop a global identity?  Partner with think tank Brookings Institute (BI).  According to Brookings, San Diego, for example, has the 17th largest economy in the country, but ranks 61st when it comes to export intensity and 49th in the percentage of jobs at foreign-owned firms.
The think tank said that more than 85 percent of global growth through 2019 is projected to occur outside the U.S., so global engagement is essential if cities want to stimulate their economies and workforce. -- Source:  "Time to Tell the World," Mayor Says in "Go Global" Business Effort
San Diego is not the only city to get the big push by BI.  For instance, my home town Chicago has a metro export plan in place too.  BI has a Global Cities Initiative.

How does a city deliver a successful metropolitan export plan?  Easy.

Related posts.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wal-Mart Canada Plans to Roll Out 29 New Supercentres

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Wal-Mart Canada is scheduled to open another 29 new supercentres. This is in addition to 11 centers opened earlier this year.  The expansion will bring Wal-Mart Canada’s store count to 396 by the end of January, 2016, consisting of 309 supercentres and 87 discount stores.
The retailer says the expansion is expected to generate about 3,700 construction jobs, 1,000 store jobs and 300 distribution centre jobs across Canada.
Read More:  Wal-Mart Canada to open 29 new supercentres

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Splunk Goes After Global Small Businesses

Enterprise software company Splunk aims to go after global small businesses with its new, cheaper version of its analytics software.  Their belief is -- in order to get big (scale) -- they better go [after]
 small.  Call it a little land-grabbing, if you will.

Here's more news about market potential:
That market could amount to $5 billion to $7 billion in cumulative revenue over the next three years, says Daniel Ives, an analyst for FBR Capital Markets.
Read:  Splunk Targets Small Businesses to Boost Revenue

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

When It Comes to Advancing Women and Girls, We're Not There Yet

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995) where important people from all over the world gathered together fully committed to ensure that women and girls have the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of their life.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation have joined forces to gather 850,000 data points and analyze the gains made for women and girls over the last two decades, as well as the gaps that remain.

Take a good look at the findings but we're not there yet:  No Ceilings:  The Full Participation Project

Monday, March 09, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Stanford University Takes It Global

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

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Snow Provokes Responses, Especially in Chicago

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"Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood."  Andy Goldsworthy

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Global Small Car Launch

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According to IHS, around 88.6 million cars will be sold globally this year, up 2.4 percent from 2014, weighed by an expected contraction in Russia's market.  In this instance, India will be the first market to receive French automobile maker Renault's global small car (priced below 4s4 lakh) this year.

Sumit Sawhney, country CEO and managing director Renault India says:
Renault customises its products for Indian conditions and cited the 37 changes it made in Duster before launching the car in India.
For a product to succeed in India, it must be at the right price, the right product adaptation and the right timing.

Read:  It's India first for Renault's global small car launch

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Why Expanding Overseas Is Inevitable

As co-authors Dennis May and Michael Evans state, "Expanding your business overseas is not for the fainthearted, but for most businesses it will be inevitable as global markets offer greater opportunities for growth. By paying attention to details and outsourcing administrative functions, the difficult job of “going global” can produce great results."

Read their article at Forbes, 10 Key Steps to Expanding Your Business Globally, where they discuss preparing a gap analysis, developing a tactical project plan with commit dates, determining your sales methodology and more.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Can Global Travel Make You a Better Leader?

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Do any of these scenarios sound like you?  You push yourself to visit a customer in Thailand because you know the business will be good.  You must examine a manufacturing facility in China to ensure product quality is maintained.  You have to see first-hand how natives of Japan store ice cream, if at all, in their homes because your next market entry move is Japan and it's to export your latest ice cream flavor, green tea.

What all these scenarios have in common is this:  Once you are on the ground in unknown territory, you are forced to adapt and become a better person in order to get along with folks.  What you bring back home is a new YOU who has transformed into a more effective leader.

Lisa Evans for Fast Company talks straight with us and is spot on:  How Travel Can Make You a Better Leader | Fast Company

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Operating Across Borders

Find out what happened when an Italian retail company wanted to send an employee to the U.S. to oversee the rollout of new locations in the New Jersey region.  Think it was hassle-free?

Read:  Going Global:  International clients create a growing niche

Monday, March 02, 2015

Today in Global Small Business: Capital for Globalizing Firms

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