Tuesday, April 13, 2021

High-Performing Global Businesses Are Led By Mission Driven Leaders

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Eva Ados, COO and Chief Investment Strategist, ERShares, says, "High-performing organizations are led by mission driven leaders. This helps in strategic alignment over business strategy leading to purposeful innovation."

Leadership matters in the world of business. ETF (exchange traded fund) investors can explore portfolio strategies that capitalize on this proprietary “Entrepreneur Factor.”

Read more to learn how strong leadership helps ETFs focus on innovation

Monday, April 12, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Global Recovery Will Be Divergent

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

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised this year’s growth forecast upward for the Middle East and North Africa region and says recovery will be 'divergent.'
  • Speaking of the latest developments in the global economy, the IMF has upgraded the world growth forecast!
  • Millions of small shops in India have now become the next big target of tech firms to integrate technology into local shopping experiences.
  • Global and local technology and financial services giants have embarked on a range of projects aimed at enhancing skills and diversity among small businesses in South Africa.
  • Quote of the week:  “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein
  • Managing divergent economies (by the IMF).  We are on firmer ground but there is a high degree of uncertainty.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

An Act of Happiness

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"An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.  No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it." – Maurice Maeterlinck

Friday, April 09, 2021

Digital Transformation Is a Driving Force for Global Small Business

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Global small businesses are now attempting to make a name for themselves in the web-based market, yet few realize the advantages a digital platform truly provides.

How does digital transformation (DT) help global small businesses?  Going digital is rapidly moving away from being a luxury to a necessity.  

Read on to learn the benefits to digital transformation.  Spoiler alert:  DT gives you access to a global market.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Bold Global Entrepreneurialism at Edelman

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Global PR firm Edelman, founded in Chicago in 1952, named Lisa Osborne Ross as CEO of its U.S. operations.  Lisa is the first Black woman to lead a sizable business in the public relations field.  She will oversee Edelman’s largest region, covering 2,360 employees in 13 offices.

The firm said the new leadership will help it innovate and expand into what its global CEO, Richard Edelman, called “bold entrepreneurialism.” It has been researching ways to help clients build trust in their brands and operations.

We are also super excited to see our friend and colleague, Dan Webber, newly appointed to President of Edelman's D.C. office.

Congrats to Lisa and Dan.  We can't wait to see what great strides they make on behalf of Edelman.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

CoCreate: Global Small Business

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CoCreate: Small Business is a collaboration between [global] small business owners and the Adobe creative community. Funded by Adobe, it’s an initiative that helps provide creative services to select small businesses while also generating paid opportunities for creatives around the world.

Adobe is hiring carefully vetted creatives with skills that will help small businesses make a big impact — from branding and product photography, to social media templates, and more.

All creators and U.S. small businesses (1-50 employees) are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2021.

To learn more and to apply, creative cloud.adobe.com

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

How to Avoid PR Nightmares in Your Global Business (wegginar®)

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Have you contemplated any of these issues or concerns?
  • How to avoid onboarding a corrupt team or business vendor.
  • People are always the weakest link in business yet regular background checks provide less than 1% of what you need to know.
  • How to avoid fraud, bribery and corruption issues in international business ventures.
  • Due diligence investigations identify “bad actors” and help you mitigate risks. 
We've got you covered.  Candice Tal, founder and CEO of Infortal Worldwide will be showing us the way forward on April 7th at 11AM CT.  She will help us all reduce corporate liability exposure by minimizing business risks and improving risk management options.

The wegginar® is free of charge thanks to wegg®'s generous sponsors:  APCO Worldwide, Associated Bank, FedEx, GlobalCare Clinical Trials, Multilingual Connections, Passport Shipping and Union Pacific.  These companies support the growth of women business owners, especially globally.  

Monday, April 05, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: How Successful SMEs Are Reinventing Global Business

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

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Sit Still

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“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” – James Carroll

Friday, April 02, 2021

The Digital Sales Tax War

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The Biden administration has warned it could slap 25% tariffs on British exports to the US after the UK levied a digital services tax on major technology companies.

Brought in last April, the digital services tax levies a 2% charge on the revenues of search engines, social media services and online marketplaces.

Complicated.  Read more here.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

What's Your Side Hustle?

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From copywriting and consulting to social media management or private-labeling, side hustles give people a leg up in an economy that has had very little growth for the middle class in the last 40 years.  

What's the growth now?  As of January, 2021, 34 percent of Americans have side hustles.  

Starting a side hustle is extremely easy if you know what you want to do. But if you're not sure where to start, The 2021 Complete Amazon Dropshipping & Private Label Master Class Bundle is something to consider provided you have some extra change to put toward it. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Explosion of Fintech Startups in Latin America

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The explosion of Latin American fintech startups is largely due to an increase in scalable and easily accessible technologies (allowing founders to test their ideas more quickly and affordably), there is an increase of mobile technology consumers, a cross-border market, and healthy competition so far.

Fintech companies are revolutionizing the way of understanding, creating and providing financial services in modern times, providing new ideas and renewing the traditional formula of the sector through the use of information technologies, mobile applications and big data.

Discover how in the race to create innovative financial products, Latin America has not been left behind and has shown itself as fertile ground.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Global Digital Trade for Women

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

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Be the Most Calm

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"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on." – LL Cool J

Friday, March 26, 2021

Surviving the Global Pandemic: Luck or Hard Work?

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Global small business owners have embraced the chaos and found ways to adapt. They also know plenty of other owners who would have loved to continue on, but simply ran out of money, time, or good health.

Krystle Lockman, co-owner of Axe and Arrow Brewing said:  “This has showed us a lot about who we were as a company. I really just think from a business perspective, you can only plan for so much before you just have to stay nimble and adapt. Even the best planning can have a complete wrench thrown in it. We hit our projections, just in a very different mix of revenues. For us, it was a little luck and a lot of being adaptable.”

Read more on how these four small-business owners – who all made it – reflect on the pandemic a year later.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Back at the Office? Not So Fast!

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As we reach, hopefully, herd immunity with vaccines to treat COVID-19, many countries are preparing something of a return to normality.  What that looks like is hard to say.  

For example, companies that have been forced into remote-work arrangements for the past year now face a complicated decision. Should bosses let workers stay at home, bring everyone back to the office or find a solution in between – called a hybrid approach?

Read on to learn more but bottom line:  Don’t assume that remote work is going to stay – or go. But there are unlikely to be hard-and-fast rules.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Global Pandemic Related Trends in Job Compensation and Job Satisfaction

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Employee compensation across the globe has been disrupted due to the global pandemic, with many employees reporting that salary has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Elements Global Services surveyed 2,200 people from the US, Canada and the UK to explore pandemic-related trends in job compensation, feelings on executive pay and what percent pay raise would compel employees to leave their current job.  Here are their Top 3 findings. 

  1. 65% of Americans surveyed say their income either stayed the same or fell in 2020.
  2. Top four reasons income decreased in 2020: a. Took a pay cut.  b. Lost my job.  c. My income is variable.  d. New job with lower pay. 
  3. 55% of Americans who had their income cut due to the pandemic say it has not yet returned.

There's more.  Take a look at the full report here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The "Forever Chemicals" Water World According to Erin Brockovich

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Actor Julia Robert's film portrayal of Erin Brockovich, the single mom's key role in winning the largest settlement ever awarded at the time for a direct-action lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), made her a household name.

Three decades later, Erin now talks about her new case on "forever chemicals" in our water, and their potential wide-spread health impact.

"It's frustrating. I [Erin Brockovich] began my work when I was 30 years old. I'm now 60 and the same conversation is happening. Except it's just worse," explains Brockovich.

Read on to learn more about the family of toxic 'forever chemicals', known as PFAS, which hardly degrade under typical environmental conditions.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: The New World of Remote Work

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

  • Watch out ... here comes Fisker.  They want to change the way you move.
  • The 1-hour work (well almost):  15 team management platforms – by Laurel J. Delaney.
  • Quote of the week:  “Email is familiar. It’s comfortable. It’s easy to use. But it might just be the biggest killer of time and productivity in the office today.” – Ryan Holmes
  • The new world of remote work (interesting read).
  • Modern Health – an online virtual mental health benefits startup.
  • Cleo – an online service that supports new parents, and has a whole suite of tools to help out with elderly care and childcare. 
  • Kudoboard – the perfect group card for special occasions.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

For Every Storm, a Rainbow

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An Irish blessing ... 

 “May God give you 
For every storm, a rainbow, 
For every tear, a smile, 
For every care, a promise, 
And a blessing in each trial. 
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, 
For every sign, a sweet song, 
And an answer for each prayer.”
__________

 “Go dtuga Dia daoibh:
Tuar ceatha le gach stoirm
Meangadh gáire le gach deor
Gealltanas le gach buairt
Agus beannachtaí go leor.
Cairde dílse le fadhbanna an tsaoil
A roinnt leat go fial,
Amhrán binn le gach osnaíl
Agus freagra ar gach urnaí.”

Friday, March 19, 2021

Applying the Blue Ocean Strategy to Going Global

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Pawdel CEO Arrian Lim – who is a certified digital marketer [not sure what that is] – discusses how he jumped out of the box of traditional pet marketing, applied the Blue Ocean strategy theory, and created his own growing niche.

He says:

That’s where I think we created a whole new category, our Blue Ocean so to speak. We reframed our proposition for our target market from pet owners to pet parents. Our products aren’t just about fashion or utility. Pawdel is a lifestyle to nurture that humanized relationship with a wearable piece of love.

Read on to learn how Pawdel became a globally competitive pet lifestyle brand.  

"Trust me, you will never lack confidence if you study your business and do your homework. That path will open and will no longer be unknown," says Lim.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Nonprofit Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® Launches 'How She Went Global' Podcast Series

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How She Went Global” podcast launched March 17, 2021 by Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®, is an interview-based platform that tells the stories of women-owned and women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have grown sales and revenues by exporting their products and services. It is designed to appeal to those who want to gain an education on going global, stay informed about new ways to take on the world, get motivated, be inspired and have fun—on a monthly basis.

The first episode featured Julie Smolyansky, who became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm at the age of 27 when she took over leadership of Lifeway Foods in 2002—where she still serves as president and CEO.

“You don’t have to be a big corporation to have success in the global marketplace,” Smolyansky (pictured at the top) said. “Even small companies can go global today. I want to inspire the women listening to “How She Went Global” to trust their gut and go for it.”

All episodes of “How She Went Global” – sponsored for a year by Bluedog, a Chicago-based woman-owned Certified B global innovation, strategy and design firm – will be available on Apple iTunes, and will also be shared on social media through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Data Literacy is the New Global Currency

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Data literacy is a hot topic, but just one of many as the fields of data and analytics continue to rapidly remake almost every industry. 

Here are data and analytics quotes and statistics from scientists and practitioners that resonate with people worldwide.  For example, "In a world of more data, the companies with more data-literate people are the ones that are going to win.” — Miro Kazakoff, senior lecturer, MIT Sloan.

Boost your data and analytics savvy because data literacy is the new global currency.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: The Neuroscience Edition

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

  • Train your brain to reduce stress.
  • Sleep, finally.
  • Quote of the week:  "There's an old rule in neuroscience that does not alter with age:  use it or lose it.  It is a very hopeful principle when applied to critical thought in the reading brain because it implies choice." – Maryanne Wolf
  • Track fertility – wearable bracelet.
  • Neurostimulation for everyone.
  • Upgrade your brain.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Find Your Own Fit

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"Celebrate the idea that you don't fit in. Find your own fit. Stay unique." – Betsey Johnson

Friday, March 12, 2021

Working From Anywhere

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With 24/7 internet access and working from anywhere becoming more common, it’s not surprising that businesses are approaching customers in their “personal space” — i.e., at home.  And the trick is that you want to find customers who actually need your product or solution, who can afford it and who have the potential to remain loyal patrons for years to come.

Here are three ways small businesses can improve their success in finding new customers.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

10 Asia-Pacific Companies Offer Game-changing Solutions to Difficult Problems

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The United States is a leader in every respect – take Walmart, Amazon, Exxon Mobil and Apple.  Yet, South Korea’s Seegene, for example, helped the world diagnose the novel coronavirus quickly and effectively. 

India’s MilkMantra allowed the country’s small-scale dairy farmers to bring their products to market, while ensuring quality control. And Australia’s ProAgni has cleaned up the food chain by developing antibiotic-free supplement for cattle and sheep. 

Read on for more of this year’s best in Asia-Pacific published by Fast Company.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Big Awakening Caused By Two Words: Transformation and Resilience

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Financial Times editor and founder of FT Forums, John Thornhill, spoke with Microsoft chief executive and the FT's Person fo the Year for 2019, Satya Nadella.  Below is the edited transcript of their discussion but here is a quick snippet of one of Satya's many comments:
These two words “transformation” and “resilience” through digital tech have [been] the big awakening . . . whether it’s a retailer or even a small retailer, who is able to now do curbside pick-up as a way to continue their business operations or a manufacturer or even a midsize manufacturer being able to do lights-out [fully automated] manufacturing.
Read the full interview here.

Monday, March 08, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: The Cybersecurity Issue

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

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Shaking It Up on St. Patrick's Day

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I [Laurel Delaney] will be keeping it simple on St. Patrick's Day slurping my Shamrock Shake.  But for those who want to shake it up and live in San Diego, here are a few interesting places to enjoy a bit of Irish fun, food and beverage.  Oh, and for the Chicago folks, Eli's Cheesecake has some good stuff going on with their Green River Cheesecake, yum. 

Whatever you do, please continue to mask up, be safe, stay healthy and wear a bit of green while having all your fun!  

Friday, March 05, 2021

U.S. Suspends Tariffs on Most U.K. Goods To Ease Trade Tensions

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The U.S. and U.K. will suspend tariffs for four months “to ease the burden on industry and take a bold, joint step towards resolving the longest running disputes at the World Trade Organization,” the two countries said in a joint statement.

The suspension of U.S. tariffs on U.K. goods, including whisky, will come into force on Mar. 8. The U.S. decision matches the U.K.’s unilateral move to cease applying retaliatory tariffs in January, which was a bid to de-escalate the conflict.

Note:  U.S. tariffs on a basket of European goods, including French wine and cognac, remain in force.

Read more on how the U.S. suspends tariffs on U.K. goods to ease trade tensions, especially between Airbus-Boeing.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Making the World Your Business Just Got Even Easier

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The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) — an international trade organization connecting more than 320 World Trade Centers (WTCs) in 92 countries — has introduced its member World Trade Centers — as well as their business members, tenants and clients — to the Global Trade Helpdesk (GTH).

A new online tool makes market research more efficient.  It allows users to compare demand for products across markets, explore tariffs and other market access conditions, access details about buyers and navigate domestic export processes. 

Start exploring.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Step Up and Live Your Values When Expanding Internationally

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As more and more U.S. companies commit to supporting diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) in the workplace, one component that often gets left behind is the extension of those initiatives across an organization’s global offices.

What does it take for multinational companies to stay true to their DI&B values around the world while acknowledging differences in local cultural contexts?

This is a question Nataly Kelly, VP of Localization for HubSpot has thought a lot about. And while there are no perfect solutions, she has identified three key opportunities for companies to step up and live their values when expanding internationally.

Here are the 3 key opportunities for implementing inclusive policies across a global organization.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

SpectraSpray Founder Janet Ryan Presents Don't Go Global Alone

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In this free of charge wegginar® March 3rd at 11AM CT with founder and president Janet Ryan, SpectraSpray Global, you will:

  • Understand foreign regulations for your product
  • Communicate with partners in other countries and better understand their market
  • Establish a relationship for successful international distribution and events
  • Learn services available to you through the U.S. Commercial Service
  • Discover legal jurisdiction internationally
About SpectraSpray Global

SpectraSpray Global provides cutting edge, high absorption oral sprays that are easy to use and well received by the public as well as knowledgeable health professionals. Janet's travel friendly line has gained interest from buyers both domestically and internationally.

To learn more and to register, visit:

wegg's educational wegginar is available at no cost thanks Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®'s generous sponsors.

Monday, March 01, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Stimulus Measures Offered By Country Due to Coronavirus

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

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Find Yourself

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"Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves." – Sonny Long

Friday, February 26, 2021

She Can Run: Irish-Bred Filly, Going Global, Makes Her First Start in North America

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Irish-bred filly Going Global made her North American debut a winning one February 14 when she took home the $103,500 Sweet Life Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park. 

A daughter of Mehmas, Going Global made her first four starts at 2 across the Atlantic for former trainer Michael Halford. Bred in Ireland by N. Hartery, the filly is out of the Invasor mare Wrood. 

Read more about how Going Global scores first stakes win in Sweet Life.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ensuring a Steady and Secure Global Supply Chain

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President Joe Biden is looking to work with international partners to ensure a stable and reliable supply chain.  Further, he is preparing to sign an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that power cars, phones, military equipment and other goods.

The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods - a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address.

Read more about Biden's review of US supply chains for vital goods.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

It's Never Too Early to Prepare for St. Patrick's Day and Get In the Irish Spirit

©2021 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
We are already gearing up for the big day March 17th.  Who isn't Irish on St. Patrick's Day?  And o'what are we listening to to get into the wonderful Irish spirit?

We share our biggest secret here and below.  Enjoy.  Hope it brings you a bit of cheer.



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Just the Facts, Ma'am or Sir, Just the International Facts

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Get the latest data, facts and reports produced by the International Trade Administration's (ITA's) team of trade specialists.  

Navigate to data relating to a specific topic where you can discover:

  • Export Database
  • TradeStats Express
  • Metropolitan Export Series
  • Marketing Diversification Tool
  • Economic Research
  • FTA Tariff Tool

Go to ITA's Trade Statistics to learn more.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: The Impacts of COVID-19 on SMBs

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

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stand By Your Word

©2021 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
"Biggest character flaw a person can have?  Not standing by their word." – Laurel J. Delaney

Friday, February 19, 2021

How to Gain Visibility for Your Global Small Business

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In the past, you may have wondered what is the cheapest way to advertise, or even whether it’s possible to find free business advertising. That's what Sandeep Rathore for Small Business Trends pushes us to ponder.

He goes on to say:  "But smart questions go beyond cost alone, so we [Sandeep Rathore at Small Business Trends] have assembled a range of statistics for you to be effective. The authoritative advertising stats and facts below will guide your strategies to help get a good return on investment."

Discover advertising statistics you must know.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Simplified Trade Regime Just Got Complicated

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"The global pandemic has had a severe negative impact on communities that are heavily dependent on informal cross-border trade, exacerbating, particularly, the challenges faced by women traders," reads the report.

Peter Mathuki, CEO of the East African Business Council (EABC), told The New Times that lockdowns affected women cross border traders especially those who trade under the Simplified Trade Regime (STR).

"Most of these women trade by means of motorcycles, bicycles, and even on foot. These means of transportation aren't allowed to cross the borders," Mathuki said.

The STR is an arrangement implemented by countries to formalize and improve the performance of informal cross border traders and enable them to benefit from regional preferential treatment when importing or exporting goods within the region.

To learn more read how cross-border traders need urgent policy action.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Story of Your Global Small Business Is Worth Telling to Win $50,000

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Here's your chance to win $50,000 for your global small business.  Enter the 9th annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest today.  Tell your story!

To learn more and to apply, visit here.  Entries close March 9, 2021.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

It's Never Just a Translation

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Timekettle believes that user experience is the core of every consumer product and that every communication is an opportunity to connect and establish a relationship with others. Driven by innovation in design and technology in both software and hardware, Timekettle gives users the tools to expand their opportunities that were once out of reach.

It's never just a translation.  It's about the relationship and the connection.

Learn more about the WT2 Plus Translator Earbuds and ZERO Translator. These products are currently marketed and sold in more than 120 countries and regions under the Timekettle brand.  They are the winner of over a dozen international design awards, such as the iF Award, Japan Good Design Award, and CES Innovation Award.