Wednesday, December 02, 2020

APCO Founder and Chairman Shares How She Built a Global Consultancy From Zero to More than $130 Million As a Working Mother: Lessons Learned

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Join Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® today, 12/2/20, at 11AM CT for an educational wegginar with APCO Worldwide founder and Chairman, Margery Kraus, when she talks about "Starting and Running a Global Company as a Working Mother:  Lessons Learned."  To learn more and to register, visit:  https://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/2020/11/04/starting-and-running-a-global-company-as-a-working-mother/.

The educational program is free of charge thanks to supportive sponsors:  Associated Bank, Greensfelder, Union Pacific, FedEx, GlobalCare Clinical Trials, and APCO Worldwide.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

USA Holiday Shoppers Are Drawn by Store Discounts But Can They Afford It?

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Yesterday's Cyber Monday promised to become the largest online sales day in history. During the peak hour of 8 pm to 9 pm Pacific, shoppers could have spent $13 million per minute, according to Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks online spending.

U.S. shoppers are on track to spend more than $755 billion during the holiday shopping season in what's expected to be a new sales record despite the coronavirus recession.  But can they afford it?

Monday, November 30, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: Globalization in a Post-COVID World

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

Saturday, November 28, 2020

You Are Blessed If You See Beautiful Things in Humble Places

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“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” – Camille Pissarro

Friday, November 27, 2020

Personal Space Is Something You Dream of in Your Sleep

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Soyeong Kim, PhD is a counseling psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island and a post-doctoral research fellow at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research focuses on understanding stress and trauma within cultural context. She has particular interests in serving historically marginalized populations. She writes:

Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, it felt the city never stopped turning its wheels. Restaurants open 24-hours. Street signs that never went off. Korean karaoke unending through the night. Fifty-one million people – a population larger the combined populations of Texas and Florida – living in a country half the size of New England. So, as you can imagine, personal space is something that you dreamed of in your sleep.

Learn more about how Dr. Kim shuts off the outside world in a good way, better known as mindfulness.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Giving Thanks

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"Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” – Amy Grant 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Laurel Delaney Says Gratitude is the Key to Fulfillment

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Forming new relationships and strengthening existing ones have been great gifts to me [Laurel Delaney] in 2020. They have kept me sane, motivated and feeling very much alive, all with a greater sense of purpose. Gratitude is the key to fulfillment. Here is my shortlist of what has kept me going during COVID-19 and what am I most thankful for in 2020.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Global Small Business Owners: Secure Your Future into 2021 and Beyond with a Grant from eBay and Hello Alice

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Starting November 23, 2020, eBay, in partnership with Hello Alice, is giving back to the global small businesses that power America and is awarding more than $500,000 in grants and education resources to help small businesses stay up and running online and secure their future into 2021 and beyond.  The program is called Up & Running. 

Learn more here.  Program closes December 11, 2020 at midnight ET.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: The Gratitude Edition

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

  • Thanksgiving is a great time for families to teach gratitude
  • Use gratitude to counter stress and uncertainty.
  • Quote of the week:  “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” – Maya Angelou
  • The humble person is the grateful person.
  • How to plan and even be grateful for a socially distanced Thanksgiving.
  • Gather safely this Thanksgiving 2020.
  • And we thank all of you for your readership to The Global Small Business Blog – feeling grateful, thankful and blessed.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Don't Stop Believing

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"You can do anything as long as you don't stop believing. When it is meant to be, it will be. You just have to follow your heart." – Keke Palmer

Friday, November 20, 2020

Qingdao, China: Can You Contract Covid-19 From Ship Workers or Contaminated Cargo?

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The New England Journal of Medicine reports out on a rapid response to an outbreak in Qingdao, China.  The outbreak alarm was triggered on October 11, 2020, when three cases of Covid-19 were reported in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong Province. 

The probable source of this cluster was determined to be two dock workers from the city’s port, who were determined on September 24 to have asymptomatic infection. They had no history of travel or contact with anyone confirmed to have Covid-19, but they may have contracted the virus from ship workers or contaminated cargo. These dock workers tested positive during regular biweekly screening for high-risk groups, which was part of the city’s Covid-19 surveillance. 

Read on to see how this case was handled.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

There are Not Enough Women Investing in Women (Yet)

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Some quick intros.  Kay Koplovitz founded and served as CEO of USA Networks, now part of NBC Universal. She also is cofounder and chairman of Springboard Growth Capital, which invests in women-led, fast-growth companies, and she is cofounder and chairman of Springboard Enterprises, a nonprofit that aims accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to resources and a global community of experts. Alli McCartney is a managing director at UBS, and founder, Alignment Partners, a private wealth management group at UBS.

They recently spoke with Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta on how to get more high-net-worth women to invest in female founders.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

RCEP: Spurring Recovery From the Global Pandemic?

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), considered the world's largest trading bloc, is made up of 15 countries – members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and five regional partners – covering nearly a third of the global economy.  India is not a part of the partnership. Nor is the United States.  The countries involved are as follows:

  1. Australia
  2. Brunei
  3. Japan
  4. Malaysia
  5. New Zealand
  6. Singapore (check out a LinkedIn post)
  7. Vietnam
  8. China
  9. Cambodia
  10. Indonesia
  11. Lao
  12. Myanmar
  13. Philippines
  14. South Korea
  15. Thailand

Why is this important?  Some say the RCEP isn't as comprehensive and doesn't cut tariffs as deeply as the TPP's successor. But many analysts think RCEP's sheer size makes it more significant.  According to Brookings, "Southeast Asia will benefit significantly from RCEP ($19 billion annually by 2030) but less so than Northeast Asia because it already has free trade agreements with RCEP partners."

Read on to learn more about how Asia-Pacific countries have formed a large trading bloc.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: End-to-End Platform for Cross-Border Trade

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

  • Check out the end-to-end platform for cross-border trade – 1Export, winner of the SoCal 2020 Global Pitch (congrats Anna Melissa Nava!).
  • The ins and outs to export financing.
  • Quote of the week:  Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  • Hong Kong exports are facing an uncertain future after Washington announced this past summer that all Hong Kong imports must be labeled as "Made in China" in response to Beijing's imposition of a national security law in the city.
  • Biden and Brexit.
  • Any place in the world experiencing over tourism right now?  Surprisingly, yes.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Spring at the Close of a Winter Day

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"Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day." – Elizabeth Bowen

Friday, November 13, 2020

How Do You Know When Your Brand Is Ready to Go Global?

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Expanding your business globally requires plenty of advance marketing and a team that can pivot quickly.  That said, how do you know when your brand is ready to go global?  It boils down to asking yourself 3 questions.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Reminder: Technology Strengthens American Trade

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U.S. economic growth and job creation depend on the ability to sell beyond America’s borders because 95% of consumers live outside the United States.  Moreover, U.S. businesses that export tend to grow faster, create more jobs, and become more resilient in the face of a changing economy.

Read on to learn more about growing small business exports.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Happy Veterans Day 2020

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"Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. We owe you our thanks throughout the year, but more than that, we owe you our freedom."

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Great Global Leaders Tell It Like It Is

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As thought leader Ron Ashkenas writes for the Harvard Business Review:

Great leaders tell it like it is. In other words, they focus on reality, no matter how painful or unpleasant it might be, and then figure out what to do about it. In contrast, less effective leaders sometimes avoid hard truths, argue with the data, and delay tough decisions.

Read the entire article:  The Dangers of Denial

Monday, November 09, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: America Fires Trump and Elects Biden as Nation's 46th President

 

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

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Biden Wins the USA Presidential Race 2020

We're All In This Together

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"We are all in this together. We will all make it or none of us will make it. If everyone cleans up their act except one big ole country, it isn't going to work." – Ted Danson

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW): November 16-22, 2020

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will cover a variety of topics on such current and future business challenges as how to pivot, rebuild or reopen during COVID-19. 

Discover tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions that are taking place all over the world.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Fortune Favors the Bold

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Fortune favors the bold and especially those who go after global opportunities to fuel growth.  Ireland is no different.  The country is unquestionably a magnet for investment from some of the largest tech companies in the world.  And like London’s reputation as a global financial center, the draw of Dublin for technology businesses has become self-perpetuating.

Read on to learn more about why Irish tech businesses are going global.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

A Pathway Forward to Accessibility for Everyone Outdoors: wegginar® 11/4

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Kelly Twichel, CEO Access Trax, is an occupational therapist and passionate accessibility advocate from San Diego, California.  In wegg's next wegginar® November 4, 2020 at 11AM CT, she'll be chatting about:

  • What inspired her to invent her product.
  • What have been her challenges and what has been most rewarding for her.
  • How she ships her product to more than 10 different countries.
  • How she sells her product.
  • Where she sees herself in five years.

To learn more and to register for this free-of-charge program (thanks to generous sponsors), visit:  Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®

Monday, November 02, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: How to Develop Your Global Leadership Style

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

Saturday, October 31, 2020

20 Reasons for the World to Love Halloween

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“I love Halloween, and I love that feeling:  the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner."— Evan Peters

Friday, October 30, 2020

Will Soy Sauce Be Cheaper in Britain Due to the UK-Japan Trade Deal?

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It was Japanese week on The Great British Bake Off and the The Department for International Trade (DIT-UK) has been causing something of a stir on social media, after tweeting about the Bake Off. 

At first they said, "The bakers used a lot of soya sauce in the first challenge on #GBBO, so it's a good thing it will be made cheaper thanks to our trade deal with Japan."

Then the DIT clarified:

"Thanks to the UK-Japan trade deal, soya sauce will be cheaper than it otherwise would be under WTO [World Trade Organization] terms, on which we would be trading with Japan from 1 January if we had not secured the UK-Japan trade deal."

But here's the funny thing:  Most soy sauce in the UK does not come from Japan.

Oh boy.  Read more.

On a more serious note, Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

England Also Wants to Build Back Better Following the Global Pandemic

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The government in England recently announced a package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic.

The plan includes a £38 million Internationalisation Fund for small businesses, which will help up to 7,600 SMEs in England grow their overseas trading and strengthen their business.

Review the full list of measures here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Don't Ever, Ever, Ever Bribe Foreign Officials to Obtain Lucrative Business Contracts

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For bribing foreign officials to obtain lucrative business contracts, a global financial institution, namely Goldman Sachs, and its Malaysian subsidiary have agreed to pay more than $2.9 billion in criminal fines, civil penalties, and disgorgement.  This is according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release report

Here's the thing:  A DOJ official said this represents the largest monetary penalty ever paid to the U.S. in a corporate criminal foreign bribery resolution.

Don't ever, ever, ever bribe foreign officials to obtain lucrative business contracts.  I write about this in my book, Exporting:  The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably.  No ands, ifs or buts on this deal.

Learn more about the law firm who reported this case and discover other companies and countries that are involved in bribery cases.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: Pathways to a New Global Economy

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

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Watch the Leaves Turn

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"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence