Saturday, August 08, 2020

Someone Planted a Tree a Long Time Ago

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"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." – Warren Buffett

Friday, August 07, 2020

Women as Builders of the Digital Economy

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2020 is a pivotal year for global stakeholders who want to advance and accelerate women’s economic empowerment.  Find out why through UNCDF's strategy, Women as Builders of the Digital Economy, (access and download report) which focuses on creating strategic partnerships at a global, regional and country level, and complementing them with market facilitation and deep technical assistance to affect change on the ground.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Clarifies What Info Is Needed on Shipments Valued at Less Than $800

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U.S. Customs officials plan to issue a ruling this week intended to give border agents more transparency about the origin of imports destined for U.S. warehouses, improving their ability to police shipments for counterfeits and other illegal goods.
With the ruling, Customs and Border Protection aims to clarify what information some shippers must include about shipments valued at less than $800 that are heading to U.S. fulfillment centers and warehouses. Congress set that monetary threshold in 2016 as the amount at which goods can pass into the U.S. tax-free and with minimal documentation.
That law, which eased the flow of global e-commerce for retailers and consumers, also limited the amount of information shippers provided to Customs agents monitoring incoming goods for trademark violations, consumer-safety violations and other illegal behavior.

Note:  The ruling will require some shippers in the U.S. who want to import shipments under the $800 threshold to provide information about the foreign seller before the goods can enter the U.S. and continue to a warehouse to await a U.S. buyer.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

How Women Benefit from Global Trade

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank have launched a joint, 189-page publication titled, ‘Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality,’ on how women benefit from trade and the role of trade in advancing gender equality.

The publication shares how trade can expand women’s role in the economy, which can be linked to higher levels of gender equality, increased wages, improved working conditions, and improved women’s access to education and skills.

The report uses labor data disaggregated by gender at the industry level for 72 countries as well as a database on gender-related provisions in regional trade agreements.

Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization works with women entrepreneurs and business owners in helping them expand their businesses internationally and has known all along that women benefit from trade by earning more, paying more, employing more people and being more productive than firms that operate domestically.

wegg's mission is:  to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.   wegg's vision is:  a world where every woman business owner has the opportunity and ability to take their business global wherever they may be located.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Performances From Across the World: Listen to Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts by NPR

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Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Settle in.  Kick back.  Relax.  Listen.  Enjoy.  Here's John Legend with his four-song performance.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: How to Rebound From a Crisis

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • The Global Small Business Survival Guide.
  • U.S. small business bailout money flowed to Chinese-owned companies.  
  • Quote of the week:  "We all knew this. We all knew that it would take more time than any of us want to dig ourselves out of this hole created by this economic crisis. Barack Obama
  • Yes – Apple to release the cheapest ever MacBook Air!
  • Global small businesses are fighting for their lives.
  • How your company can rebound from a crisis.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Little Free Library: Chicago

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©2020 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
Check out the world's largest book-sharing movement:  Little Free Library.  We love this concept!  Join in building a community, sparking creativity, and inspiring readers.  Start here.