Monday, December 09, 2019

Today in Global Small Business: Amazon Puts the Squeeze on Small Businesses

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • Chinese tech goes global.
  • Shopify scores massive e-commerce gains.
  • Quote of the week: “The Joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” – W. C. Jones
  • Check out 30 small business tech influencers.
  • Israel-based conversation analytics startup Gong builds speech recognition technology that helps sales representatives gain access to details regarding their conversations and interactions in real-time with their customers.  Worth a look. 
  • The loss of mom and pop stores that can't compete with Amazon.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Creativity Doesn't Wait for that Perfect Moment

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"Creativity doesn't wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones." – Bruce Garrabrandt

Friday, December 06, 2019

Christmas Music is Calming and Puts a Smile in Your Heart

As one listener to the music video said, “I realize that there is never a 'perfect time' to listen to Christmas music, you just have to do it b/c [because] life is short and unpredictable. Christmas music is calming and puts a smile in your heart and you instantly feel better. That's a gift!”

We agree.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Make Your Small Business More Productive in 2020! We've Got an App for That

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What are the tools you need to help your team work smarter and more efficiently in 2020?  Don't sweat.
Busy business owners know how important it is to make the most out of every hour of the day. When you own a business, you must wear many hats – which often means running from one task to the next with no time to catch your breath.
Still looking to squeeze more out of your workday? While some apps can be a distraction, rather than an aid, these 10 apps were created to help business owners stay productive.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Guess How Many Small Businesses There Are Worldwide?

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According to Chris Leahy, Vice President, National Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Intuit, “There are 800 million small businesses worldwide, 47 million of which are in the United States, and they create two out of three new jobs, yet they often don’t have a seat at the table with policy makers to share their perspectives and stories on how government can help ensure their long-term success and prosperity."

Well what do you know about that?  Leahy goes on to say, "As the champion of small businesses, we saw an opportunity to work more closely with these small business owners to ensure their voices are heard by lawmakers, regulators and administration officials who create policy.”

Learn more about how Intuit hosted their first small business QuickBooks Council in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Thought Leadership wegginar® 12/4 with Dr. Kati Suominen: New Iron Laws of Globalization

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Now more than ever, you must get on top of your globalization game.  How do you start?  Dr. Kati Suominen, a renown global business thought leader, will be sharing her insights with a wegg® presentation on the "New Iron Laws of Globalization," Wednesday, December 4th at 11AM CT.  She will dive into:
  • When you take stock of globalization in 2025, what will you see? Find out!
  • Ecommerce, 3D printing, 5G, the Cloud, blockchain, and artificial intelligence are bringing about a new wave of globalization that can be the most dynamic and prosperous yet.  Learn why.
  • But there are also many challenges to this new era of technology-powered trade.  Discover what those challenges are along with solutions.
  • Her latest book, "Revolutionizing World Trade."
The presentation is free of charge thanks to wegg's® generous sponsors but you must register to participate.  To learn more and to register, visit: https://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/2019/11/13/new-iron-laws-of-globalization-kati-suominen/ 

Monday, December 02, 2019

Today in Global Small Business: Solo Businesses Are Brought Into the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2018/2019 have put a stake in the ground with their entrepreneurship studies by incorporating solo businesses into their research on entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Who cares what Trump wants from global trade.
  • Quote of the week: “Gratitude is not the greatest of virtues, it is the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • China's manufacturing is back in expansion mode.
  • Shoppers ring up record Thanksgiving sales online; Black Friday’s (11/29/19) tally to exceed $7 billion, Adobe says.
  • Why Small Business Saturday is more important than Black Friday (to UK folks).