Friday, July 31, 2020

It's Getting Ugly For Global Small Businesses

As the first wave of US aid runs short – and landlords and lenders lose patience – lawmakers are in tense negotiations over a new round of stimulus, which could include more money for global small businesses.
Most firms have already run out of the money they secured from the $600 billion Paycheck Protection Program, according to a survey released this week from the National Federation of Independent Business, a leading trade group for small US firms.
Learn more how US small businesses, especially those in the hospitality, food and retail space, face mass closures without more pandemic aid.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Can Big Global Companies Conduct Themselves in a Neutral Way?

Heads of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testify on big tech's power in the online global economy.  Can big global companies, when the pressure is on, conduct themselves in a totally neutral way?

Read more.  See what you think.  I wonder... are they squashing competition, especially the little guys, in favor of their own service?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Who Was the Aid (PPP) Intended For?

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was billed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a way for small businesses with generally fewer than 500 employees to cover overhead, retain employees, and rehire those who had been laid off as a result of the pandemic.
But data released earlier this month by the U.S. Small Business Administration shows large PPP loans were received by District-based companies that have global business interests, pay some of their employees six-figure salaries, and, in certain cases, appear to have other means of raising money. (Precise loan amounts weren’t specified in the data; the SBA reported loan ranges up to $10 million.)
Explore more about how big D.C. companies scooped up pandemic aid intended for small businesses.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: Let's Fix This Because the Pandemic Hurts Working Mothers

What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • The New York Times asked students, from kindergarten to 12th grade, what it’s like to learn from home. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words — and drawings.
  • Women’s careers could take long-term hit from coronavirus pandemic.  
  • Quote of the week:  "It's more pressure on women to - if they marry or partner with someone, to partner with the right person. Because you cannot have a full career and a full life at home with your children if you are also doing all of the housework and child care. – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Even before pandemic, working parents struggled to achieve the 'Dreams Of The Overworked'.
  • The pandemic is hurting Canada's working mothers.
  • Guilt-ridden and exhausted, parents are wary of another home-front battle.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Cultivate the Garden for the Nose

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"It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves." – Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, July 24, 2020

Grab Your Out of This World Free Constellation Prize

The Hubble Space Telescope has roamed galaxies for far away, capturing stellar snapshots of distant planets, exploding stars, and other cosmic wonders.  To mark the project's 30th anniversary, NASA went back through all those shots and chose 366 – one for every day of the year – for an online gallery.

Enter your birthday or any day and get ready to see something out of this world.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Where Women Made History

Any idea where Emma Willard established the country's first secondary school for women?  Or where America's first female dentist set up shop?

In honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is crowdsourcing 1,000 locations where ladies made history – including sites both landmarked (the home of Susan B. Anthony where she was arrested for voting in 1872) and overlooked (the house where Juliette Gordon Low held the first-ever Girl Scouts meeting).

Plus, the National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has awarded grants to 27 organizations to help them preserve Black history.

To help put women on the map and enrich our future, visit:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

TradeDepot: eCommerce Platform for Consumer Goods in Africa

Since its launch in 2016, TradeDepot, the B2B eCommerce platform for consumer goods in Africa,  has built a network of more than 40,000 micro retailers in Nigeria. Working with global distributors and manufacturers including NestlĂ©, Unilever, GB Foods and Danone, TradeDepot makes household supplies, such as milk, soap, detergent and other essentials more accessible and affordable for the informal urban retail networks it operates in.

Cooler than all that is this:  TradeDepot has raised a further $10 million in a pre-Series B equity round co-led by Partech, International Finance Corporation, Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) and MSA Capital.

Learn more about how a new investment will enable access to credit for retailers and Africa expansion.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Mask Guidance and Requirements: USA

Masks are effective in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.  In an attempt to curb a recent spike in cases, many USA governors have issued orders requiring masks to be worn in public.
As is the case with many corona-related issues; however, guidance related to mask-wearing consists of a patchwork of rules across counties and states, which undermines consumer confidence and thus slows the recovery of economic activity. 
Learn state by state mask guidance and requirements here.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: The World Has Lost a Legend

©2020 Laurel J. Delaney photo.  Pin courtesy Bob Marovich.  All rights reserved.
What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • How to build an anti-racist company (requires a free trial).
  • Walt Disney recently named company veteran Jill Estorino president and managing director of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products International, effective immediately.
  • Quote of the week:  "When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something." – John Lewis
  • Register for the Women Presidents' Organization Digital Conference July 22-23, 2020.
  • This is what chief economists (a WEF offering) think about the global economy right now.
  • The world has lost a legend:  Rep. John Lewis, a force in the civil rights movement, dead at 80. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Let the Soul Be Strengthened, Ambition Inspired and Success Achieved

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." –  Helen Keller

Friday, July 17, 2020

Big Scooter Company in Taiwan Preps for Global

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Gogoro is probably best-known internationally for its electric SmartScooters, which are now the category’s top-sellers in Taiwan.

While less known outside of the country, however, scooter-sharing startup WeMo has grown steadily since launching in 2016. It now has a fleet of more than 7,000 scooters in three of Taiwan’s biggest cities and says users take about one million rides per month.  As result of this robust activity, WeMo is gearing up for international expansion, launching first in Southeast Asian countries.

In Taiwan, WeMo competes with iRent, a car and scooter rental service, as well as GoShare, the mobility-sharing platform Gogoro launched a year ago.

Learn more about how WeMo is focused on creating smart tech specifically for sharing scooters.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Small Businesses Must Expand Their Global Footprint to E-Commerce

If small businesses expand their footprint from their physical location into the digital space, then they can reach a level playing field with big-box retailers and meet today’s consumers’ needs.

Learn more about why it's time for global small businesses to utilize e-commerce.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tracking the Global Pandemic

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According to National Public Radio (NPR), more than 3 million people in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 130,000 have died. Though growth in new cases slowed in late spring, by mid-June new cases began to trend upward nationally.

Explore the trend in new cases in your state to see whether cases are rising, falling or staying level. You can view the data via a heat map, a curve chart and a table with details on each state's case trends over the last three weeks. Or to see states' total cases and deaths on a map, click here.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: How Leaders Can Chart a Course For Their Organizations and Guide Their Teams Through Tumultuous Times

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

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The World Is Waiting For You

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"The world is waiting for you.  Good luck.  Travel safe.  Go!" – Phil Keoghan

Thursday, July 09, 2020

TikTok Challenges

Beijing-based ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, recently launched a new platform to court small business advertisers is fraught with challenges, especially after the Trump administration's threat this week to impose a ban on China-based social media apps.
The new self-service ad platform, which lets companies purchase ads without needing to speak with a sales team, is key to TikTok’s ability to turn its red hot short video sharing app into a viable advertising business.
Learn more here.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Take Your Global Small Business to a Higher Level

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Global small business owners have lots of business growth opportunities with digital marketing because it can open new doors to a large audience beyond the physical reach of a brick and mortar store.

Through digital marketing, you can engage with a target audience and show your unique products and services to potential customers worldwide.

Create new opportunities, push your global small business to a higher level through digital marketing efforts, and generate greater than expected revenue and profits, even during a global pandemic.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

What It Means to Be a Best for the World Leader

At Pepperdine | Graziadio Business School, nothing brings greater joy than seeing their students exhibiting what it means to be a Best for the World Leader, manifesting lives of service, purpose, and leadership.

Below the school highlights three of their current Part-Time MBA students, each contributing acts of selflessness during the COVID-19 global pandemic and putting the needs of others before their own.

We also wish to recognize them here for their hard work and hope that others will find inspiration to follow their lead.

Read the entire article here.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: China is a Viable Digital Commerce Opportunity

What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • Think you don't have a chance selling in China?  Guess again.  Learn how a pro, Jennifer Bayon, VP, Business Development, PPI Beauty makes doing business in China a viable digital commerce opportunity on July 8th at 11AM CT (n/c) via Women Entrepreneur Global Global's wegginar.
  • Are you operating in the brand licensing sector?  Then you might be qualified to apply for the Small Business Global Grants Fund. 
  • Quote of the week:  "Asking the question 'are we doing enough' [concerning COVID-19] regularly and repeatedly is critical." – Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead, World Health Organization, infectious disease epidemiologist
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has required leaders to make decisions under considerable pressure. Many CEOs have been acting as the “chief crisis officer” as they work to ensure their firm’s survival and to manage the physical, mental, and social well-being of their employees.  See if you are functioning with any bias.
  • Resilience.  Recovery.  Renewal.  Here's a roadmap to recovering.
  • According to OECD, the world economy is on a tightrope.  

Friday, July 03, 2020

Create Competitive Advantages by Hiring Globally

The biggest takeaway from Jeff Barrett's article for Entrepreneur, "Why Small Businesses Should Be Thinking (and Hiring) Globally During Covid-19 Isolation," is that even though we are going to be globally isolated for a while, there is still a lot of opportunity out there and the technology to allow us to make things happen. He goes on to say, "Everyone has to pivot. Top global talent will be temporarily looking for different avenues and that will benefit the entrepreneurs willing to think beyond isolation."

Read his entire article here.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

How Do Doctors During a Global Pandemic Relax? Playing a Board Game Called Pandemic

What's your favorite board game?  How about Pandemic?  For doctors, that's their board game of choice.  Why?
Players try to stop diseases from spreading across the world while racing for cures. “It’s stress relief,” said Dr. [Sonali] Advani [associate medical director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network in North Carolina], who plays over Zoom video calls with her friends—other infectious-disease doctors.
Learn a little more about how and why Pandemic was created via Wikipedia (surprise, surprise) but here's a snippet:
Pandemic is based on the premise that four diseases have broken out in the world, each threatening to wipe out a region. The game accommodates two to four players, each playing one of seven possible roles: dispatcher, medic, scientist, researcher, operations expert, Contingency Planner, or quarantine specialist.
Tricky to be selling a board game called Pandemic considering we are living it right now.  But just think, it's similar to what it must be like to sell Corona beer right now.

Oh, see if you can save humanity.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

For Small Business Owners in Mexico, Going Global Just Got Easier

According to a news release published by GlobeNewswire:

UPS and Estafeta Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. announced a commercial agreement between the two brands to provide Mexican businesses with international shipping services to help them reach more than 220 countries and territories around the world.

The agreement will also make it possible for Mexican companies to reach their customers in the U.S. within one business day.

Learn more to see how you might benefit from this new partnership.