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

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

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

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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

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

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"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

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

"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

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

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. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Recognizing the Nation’s First President George Washington For the Job He Did

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

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Happy Paczki Day 2021!

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©2021 Laurel J. Delaney.  All right reserved.
"Keep calm and eat Paczki."

Friday, February 12, 2021

Hello to the Year of the Ox

Happy Lunar New Year 2021 Global Small Business Blog friends.  Good riddance Year of the Rat and welcome the Year of the Ox.

Lunar New Year – also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival – begins today, ushering in the second animal on the Zodiac with the second new moon after the winter solstice.

Here's what to know about the holiday and what may change with COVID-19.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

How Countries Are Performing On the Road to Recovery

The Global Competitiveness Report series aims to prompt policy-makers beyond short term growth and to aim for long-run prosperity. The 2020 special edition by Klaus Schwab and Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum, is dedicated to elaborating on the priorities for recovery and revival, and considering the building blocks of a transformation towards new economic systems that combine “productivity”, “people” and “planet” targets.

Access the report here.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Norway, the Peace-Loving Nation

‘Game of Thrones’ star Kristoffer Hivju takes issue with General Motors' Super Bowl ads in three response videos.

In General Motors’ Super Bowl ad, Will Ferrell is seen punching a globe while he gets angry that Norway far outranks the U.S. in electric vehicle sales. The country is used as a foil in the ad from McCann Worldgroup, which goes on to push GM’s message that its proprietary Ultium battery technology will help pave the way for broader EV adoption in the U.S.

But now Audi’s Norway division is punching back at GM and Ferrell, with help from Norwegian actor and “Game of Thrones” star Kristoffer Hivju.

Check it out.  Even Ford's Norway unit has gotten in on the fun!

Monday, February 08, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: The Independent Work Contract Edition

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

  • Braintrust talent act like owners – because they are.
  • Get from strategy to execution faster with Catalant.
  • Quote of the week: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" – Erma Bombeck
  • An exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers in the world, Toptal.
  • The world's work marketplace, Upwork.
  • On-demand business expertise, Graphite.
  • Topic experts on demand, Business Talent Group.

Saturday, February 06, 2021

The Snowman: Love and Laughter

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"A snowman is love and laughter all rolled up into one." – Anonymous

Friday, February 05, 2021

Cushioning the Financial Blow for Global Small Businesses

Developing-market small and midsize enterprises (SMEs), which have long competed for funding against bigger corporations, are counting on help from governments and multilateral lenders to keep afloat. 

Full recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will be critical for three developing regions – Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East and it will come with challenges. 

According to a 2018 research paper by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), SMEs accounted for 96% of all businesses and provided two out of three private sector jobs in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. And in that region, SMEs generated 42% of GDP in 2015. These companies are especially important players in APAC cross-border trade, accounting as of 2015 for over 40% of export values in China and India, 26% in Thailand, 19% in South Korea and 16% in Indonesia.

Learn more about global small businesses and the big challenges they face. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Did the $500 Billion in USA Aid Help Global Small Businesses?

Some economists say the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has not proved as useful as other aid.  Academic economists who have studied the program have concluded that it has saved relatively few jobs and that, at a cost of more than half a trillion dollars, it has been far less efficient than other government efforts to help the economy. 

On the other hand, there are global small business owners who if they hadn't received a PPP loan, they would have been out of business.

The debate could sway the new Biden administration’s plans.  The question becomes:  Are we about saving jobs or saving businesses? 

Read on to discover whether the $500 billion in USA aid helped save global small businesses during the onslaught of the global pandemic.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

wegginar® 2/3/21 with Co-Founder Angie Bastian of BOOMCHICKAPOP

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How do you take a business from garage to global and be acquired by ConAgra?  Find out on 2/3/21 at 11AM CT when Angie Bastian, co-founder of Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP talks about how she started her snack food company (kettle corn as shown below), established a global brand and pushed boundaries for greater growth.

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Registration is free of charge thanks to wegg's sponsors:  Union Pacific, Associated Bank, FedEx, GlobalCare Clinical Trials, Passport Shipping and Multilingual Connections. To learn more and to register, visit link below.

Monday, February 01, 2021

Today in Global Small Business: Predictions 2021 with Scott Galloway

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