Monday, January 31, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Some Global Small Business Pandemic Trends Are Here to Stay

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

  • The US government’s Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a free online mentoring platform recently to connect emerging entrepreneurs with experienced business experts.
  • A new ICC Small Business Champions Network aims to enable the voice of small businesses and empower SMEs to thrive in the global economy.
  • These global small business pandemic trends are here to stay.
  • Quote of the week: "Be fast, have no regrets... If you need to be right before you move, you will never win." – Mike Ryan, epidemiologist at WHO
  • Ireland is a great country for talent.  See how G-P is doubling down in Ireland.
  • Is Poland still the European Tiger in the Forex world?

Saturday, January 29, 2022

A Snow Day

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"A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder." – Susan Orlean"  

Friday, January 28, 2022

Small Things Matter When You Run a Global Business

According to Lilly Partin, the majority of the difficulties associated with establishing a global small business stem from failing to accomplish the small things correctly. The basics will lead you to the top, and if you don't follow the basics, well, let's just say you'll end up at the bottom.

If you’re thinking of starting a global small business, make sure you follow these 10 small business rules.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

90% of Everything is Crap

One of my favorite thought leaders, Marc Andreessen says, “I had heard of this, aha, Sturgeon’s law!” Theodore Sturgeon (1918-85) was a science-fiction author annoyed that people were saying all sci-fi was bad and wanted to stand up for the 10% that was good, saying, “90% of everything is crap.” Mr. Andreessen says “90% of music is crap.” The same is true of “paintings, writing, TV shows and movies.” 

Who's Marc Andreessen?  

He developed Mosaic, the first internet browser, which allowed users to wander around the World Wide Web 90% of the time. He moved to Silicon Valley and founded Netscape. Mr. Andreessen is now a general partner at a top-decile venture-capital firm, better than 90% of its peers. Andreessen Horowitz recently raised $9 billion in new funds.

Andy Kessler for the Wall Street Journal discusses how venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains the world with Sturgeon's law.  And part of that law is that 90% of everything is crap.  Love it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Lookout, Here Comes Route


Say hello to Route – a kind of e-commerce customer experience platform.  It will take the world by storm.

Get shipping notifications that give you real-time status updates on any delivery.  Connect Route to any email account, and magically watch your orders make their way to your doorstep. You can track everything you order in one place.  Think I'm kidding?  Guess again.  

Are you a merchant?  Then give customers the modern package tracking they crave.

Meet the founder/CEO, Evan Walker.  He's disrupting the industry big time.  Poised to become another unicorn.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Where's My Order?

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

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Proud to Be Gay

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"So let me be clear:  I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." – Tim Cook

Friday, January 21, 2022

Helping SMEs Thrive, Locally As Well as Globally

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Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of our economies. They account for the vast majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development. 

At a time when the global economy is still reeling from the effects of the health crisis, the ICC Small Business Champions Network will form a new informal advisory group to support the development of ICC’s global and regional work in market intelligence, public policy advocacy, and in the delivery of practical products and services that meet the needs of SMEs.

A new advisory group member said:

"I am immensely honoured to be part of the group and look forward to working together with ICC to help SMEs thrive, locally as well as globally."

Read on to learn more.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

How She Went Global® Podcast Ranked #2 in Entrepreneurship

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Never heard of the How She Went Global® (HSWG) podcast? Well exit your cave and listen up.  HSWG podcast is where successful women entrepreneurs and business owners share stories about going global, and offer new ways to take on the world, stay inspired and have fun.  Produced by nonprofit Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® – achieving #2 in Category Rank Entrepreneurship!

Tune in to episode #11, "For Latina Women Entrepreneurs, The Best Is Yet To Come," with Valeria Aloe, native of Argentina, founder of Abundancia Consciente, and author of Uncolonized Latinas.  She discusses why she started her global business, how the right mindset fuels opportunities for Latina women entrepreneurs and what can be done to fuel more Latina women entrepreneurs to start and run global businesses. And if you enjoy her episode, feel free to tune in to all the rest of the episodes.  While you are at it, don't forget to subscribe.

Here's what Valeria said about being interviewed:

"Thank you so much dear Laurel [Delaney] for having me, and for the opportunity to share insights and research relevant to Latinas, other women of color, and allies seeking to support and partner with them. I appreciate your mission of supporting women to scale up and expand beyond borders. Grateful!"

Tune in at your convenience for easy, educational and fun listening:

HSWG podcast is powered by: Bluedog Design and Associated Bank.  These organizations rock!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Top 10 Global Consumer Trends

Global market research company Euromonitor reveals the Top 10 Global Consumer Trends in 2022.

  1. Backup Planners
  2. Climate Changers
  3. Digital Seniors
  4. Financial Aficionados
  5. The Great Life Refresh
  6. The Metaverse Movement
  7. Pursuit of Preloved
  8. Rural Urbanites
  9. Self-Love Seekers
  10. The Socialization Paradox

Read on to identify each of the prevalent trends that will define consumer behavior in the year ahead, offering strategic business recommendations to meet new demands.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Does Service Work Performed Globally Serve Who It Is Intended For?

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Countless documentaries, books, podcasts and academic endeavors have tried to determine whether service work in global communities truly serves those whom it is meant to serve. The history of global development is complicated, and the ways in which it has evolved are complex. 

United2Heal is a CIO that donates unused medical supplies to under-resourced health systems overseas. It’s president is Narjes Bencheikh, a public health graduate student.

“[We donate things] from blankets to syringes to blood pressure cuffs and gauze … anything that can't go bad,” Bencheikh said. “We've worked with Haiti, Syria and refugee camps in Jordan.” 

What becomes questionable is whether these efforts are beneficial.  Read on to find out.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

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

  • Martin Luther King III wants no "empty promises."
  • Martin Luther King's 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech excerpts.
  • Watch the 'Ice Moon' rise on Martin Luther King Jr. day.
  • Quote of the week: "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." –  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Facts about the Martin Luther King monument.
  • What we know and don't know about Martin Luther King.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Calm Spirit

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Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." – Saint Francis de Sales

Friday, January 14, 2022

Will Raising Prices Become a Trend in 2022?

Years of stagnant prices and wages have made Japan Inc nervous about charging more for fear of alienating shoppers and losing market share. But the weakening yen is further driving up costs adding to the inflationary pain following the pandemic.

Clothing retailer Uniqlo will have to raise prices of some products due to higher costs for raw materials and shipping, its owner recently said, becoming a high-profile example of Japanese firms throwing off a decades-old deflationary trend.

Learn more how Uniqlo owner is poised to hike prices in sign of shift for Japan.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

How Physicists and Programmers Played Important Roles in Shaping the Current Wave of Globalization

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Thirty years after the World Wide Web first expanded from Europe to North America, Michael Riordan reveals how physicists and programmers played important roles in shaping the current wave of globalization.

The story goes ...

In December 1991 Paul Kunz, a physicist and computer programmer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park, California, set up the very first Web server in North America. I learned of it about a month later, upon returning to SLAC from a year in Washington, DC. “Have you seen the latest?” an enthusiastic colleague asked. “It’s called the World Wide Web!”

Read on to discover the historical significance of that moment.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Understanding Cultural Awareness and Diversity in Global Business

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Awareness and recognition of unique cultural behavioral differences, along with a global mindset, can further encourage shared understanding and enhance flexible thinking and communication.  It also allows you to conduct business the world over in a seamless fashion.

Here are five (5) cross-cultural communication tips for global teams.  You might also consider reading "navigating the cultural minefield" by Erin Meyer to better understand how cultural differences affect global business.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: The Future of the Business World

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

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Happiness Is Not a Matter of Intensity

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"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." – Thomas Merton

Friday, January 07, 2022

A New Kind of Lolly: Funday

According to Funday Natural Sweets founder Daniel Kitty, Funday is on a mission to increase its presence from 1,000 outlets to 3,000 in 2022, in additional to unveiling plans to expand internationally. 

Funday markets its lollies as natural, and made with real ingredients without the sugar or sugar alcohols.

Learn more about Funday Natural Sweets and its new subscription model for its e-commerce store in Australia.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Does It Make Sense to Go Global?

Does it make sense to go global?  We certainly think so.  And according to Wendy Pease at Entrepreneur Magazine, she thinks so, too.

The answer is yes--expanding to international markets helps companies grow, increases buying power, and diversifies market opportunities. It better prepares the company to weather changes in the domestic economy. It can result in higher revenues, increased profits, a diverse customer base, and improved stability.

Read on to discover how using the Internet opens more doors for global growth and enables entrepreneurs to study potential markets and the buyer's journey from the comfort of their own office.

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Take On a Global Market

Fifteen members of Forbes Business Council shared the steps entrepreneurs must take before successfully taking on a global market.  It should be noted that contributors pay a fee for membership.

For more information on what you should or shouldn't be doing relative to taking a business global, please visit:  Exporting Guide. Laurel J. Delaney wrote the best-selling book on this topic.

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Laurel Delaney's Global Trade Trends Report 2022 (wegginar® 1/5/22)

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Come one, come all to Laurel Delaney's annual Global Trade Trends Report 2022 hosted by Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 11AM Central Time.  The event is free of charge thanks to the lead sponsors of wegg®:  Associated Bank, FedEx, Union Pacific, Bluedog Design and GlobalCare Clinical Trials.

Laurel will discuss NFTs, creative transportation, global supply chain woes, payment mechanisms, climate change and other trends that will impact the work of those importing and exporting.

To learn more and to register, visit Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Today in Global Small Business: Growth Strategies for 2022

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

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Find Joy in 2022!

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"Find joy, remain grateful, stay humble, be brave and go global in 2022." – Laurel J. Delaney, creator of the The Global Small Business Blog