Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Japan Is Red Hot With Tourists and Investors

Japan, declares tourist after tourist, investor after investor, is red hot. The yen is tumbling, the shopping is amazing, the stock market is flying, the sushi is cheap. It is also, perhaps, the only place in the world right now where you can buy a globally successful $20bn company for free.

Like all good tricks, this so-far-hypothetical $20bn great gratis grab takes a bit of setting-up. For a start ...

Monday, May 29, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: ChatGPT Has Thrown a Wrench Into SEO

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

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Watching My Cat

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"Just watching my cats can make me happy." –  Paula Cole

Friday, May 26, 2023

What to Choose When Expanding Your Business Globally: Local Entity or PEO?

You can establish a presence in a new and unfamiliar market yourself by setting up a local entity.  Alternatively, you can partner with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to expand into the new market far more quickly with less risk and without needing a full-fledged local presence. 

Here are some tips to help you decide whether a local entity or PEO is right for your business's global expansion. 

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Going Global Doesn't Have to be Complicated

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To go global, businesses must navigate complex regulatory environments, cultural differences, language barriers, and logistical issues, not to mention the task of finding customers and getting paid.

Given the potential benefits of expanding internationally, the effort is worth it on mastering the above.

How can businesses best prepare for and navigate the inherent challenges of global growth?  Prepare a global strategy and take the time to consider all aspects of going global to ensure success. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

How to Change the World

As Ryan Holiday says for Entrepreneur, "Each of us has the power to contribute to a problem or to be part of the solution. The decision to reform oneself is not an isolated one. It may matter only a tiny bit in the big scheme of things, but it does matter.  All the decisions we make as [global] business owners matter. We have agency, we have a say.  The question we all face, then, is obvious: How will we use it?"

That's how to change the world.  Read on to learn why all business is global business today.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Making International Shipping Easier For Brands and Retailers

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

  • Making international shipping easier for brands and retailers.
  • General e-commerce statistics for 2023 and forward.
  • Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?
  • Quote of the week: "When ships reduce their speed they use less fuel, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants; the global shipping industry accounts for nearly 3 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions." – Tatiana Schlossberg
  • The state of AI in 14 charts.
  • Strange maps.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

I Must Have Flowers

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“I must have flowers, always and always.” – Claude Monet

Friday, May 19, 2023

Georgia Knows How to Break Into Export Markets

Twenty-seven (27) Georgia companies were honored this week (May 18, 2023) with an annual recognition for their expansion of export sales into new markets over the previous year. 

While some were seasoned exporters that simply found buyers for their goods or services in one additional new country, at least three of the firms sold internationally for the first time ever in 2022. 

There are so many winners!  Check them out here.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Who's Courting Who to France?

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be attending the “Choose France” Summit, which is set to not only unveil roughly 13 billion euros of new business investments into the country but also tout France as the market of choice for expanding businesses in Europe.

Meanwhile, they had a little meeting – not sure who's courting who. May the clean-shaven man earn whatever they are going after!

Alongside its dramatic production ramp, Tesla has been growing its global market presence in parallel. This has included founding new facilities outside its home market of the United States and entering countless new markets with its popular Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Create and Customize Quality Trips From A to Z From All Over the World

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Start creating and customizing quality trips from A to Z all over the world in the blink of an eye with the next generation connected-trip operator Worldia, a B2B2C connected-trip company.

The Paris-based startup plans to continue its mission of “transforming the travel industry” for travel professionals and consumers, said Grégoire Pasquet, the company’s co-founder and CEO. 

A key player in the French market, Worldia has also successfully expanded into the German, Belgian and Spanish markets and has done a first pilot in the US.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The Midwest (USA) Is the Gateway to the World

With a globally connected location and robust industry supply chain, the Midwest, in particular Michigan, is the gateway to the world.  In fact, $61.1 billion in total goods was exported from Michigan in 2022 alone. 

And while Michigan is home to many global corporations, the state’s small business community is actively involved in contributing to Michigan’s presence in the global market. Case in point: nearly 89 percent of Michigan exporters are small businesses.

Yes, that's right.  Small business exporters are driving growth for Michigan.  Check out how Michigan can help you grow your exports.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Simple Ideas for Expanding a Business Globally

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

Saturday, May 13, 2023

The Best Thing To Hold Onto

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"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." – Audrey Hepburn 

Friday, May 12, 2023

How To Be Less Dependent on China

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Every manufacturing leader or CEO should be preparing for the worst should things fall apart in China by doing five critically important things. Things that need to happen now – it’s too late once conflict erupts. 

To become more self-reliant and avoid future supply chain storms, invest in these five areas to develop the right strategy.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

What Is An Export Trading Company?

An export trading company is an independent company that provides support services for firms engaged in exporting. This may include warehousing, shipping, insuring, and billing on behalf of the client.

Find out what else an Export Trading Company can help with.

Learn how Warren Buffet is investing in Japanese Trading Companies.

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

The Biggest and Best Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum 2023 in Vegas Hosted by the Women Presidents Organization

More than 750 women business owners from around the world have arrived in Las Vegas for their annual Women Presidents Organization Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum 2023 to network, learn and grow together. This is the most amazing program of the year for WPO.   And I [Laurel Delaney] am so honored to have the opportunity to attend.  Full disclosure:  I am serve as the Chicago Chapter Chair for the Women Presidents Organization.

I am really looking forward to connecting with the best and brightest women business owners from all over the world and at the same time have an opportunity to moderate a panel discussion on "Intentional Growth Beyond Borders" with two international stars:  Caroline Tompkins, President and CEO, Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) and Laura Didyk, Vice President, Client Diversity, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

If you are attending, ping me to meetup and if you are not yet a WPO member, learn more here about joining so you can attend next year's Forum.

Monday, May 08, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: AR Translation Glasses Will Widen Your Global Reach

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

Saturday, May 06, 2023

Beer Holder

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder." –  Kinky Friedman

Friday, May 05, 2023

Robert Herjavec Wasn't Born a Successful Global Entrepreneur

To get what he wanted in life, Robert Herjavec discovered at an early age that he needed to step outside his comfort zone. The world, he said, would not beat a path to his door.

The charming, articulate executive [Robert Herjavec] we see today on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning show “Shark Tank” is a far cry from the shy, uncertain young man who grew up in Canada after fleeing communist Yugoslavia with his parents.

Learn more about Robert Herjavec and how he earned the 2023 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Is Your Startup Ready to Go Global?

While the most successful companies tend to follow the money, that shouldn’t be your sole motivation for going global. 

There are five main indicators for determining if your startup is ready to go global. If one or two of the indicators here apply to your business, you’re definitely headed in the right direction. 

But before you take the leap, you need to be aware of the challenges and risks. Start by asking yourself these questions.

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Chewy Eyes International Expansion

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“International expansion has long been a part of our strategy,” said Sumit Singh, Chewy’s CEO, during the [most recent earnings] call. “It was a matter of when, not if Chewy would take our superior value proposition into new geographies.”

Details about which markets Chewy plans to expand to were scarce but Singh said the company is considering “entry markets that possess attractive characteristics for our initial international expansion plans.”  

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Making the World a Better Place (wegginar® 5/3/23)

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Who doesn't want to make the world a better place?  Founder of OMSutra, Jyoti Jaiswal, will be talking about how to get started and weave in positivity and consciously crafted design to make her point.

Join Jyoti and wegg® free of charge on Wednesday, May 3rd at 11 AM CT.  To learn more and to register, visit:  https://bit.ly/3UtqomN.  Or, to move even faster, capture the QR code.  See you there!

Monday, May 01, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Inspirational Songs For Global Entrepreneurs

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

Saturday, April 29, 2023

It Was Like a Playground

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"When I was little, there were so many people in my house. Everyone was enjoying themselves, rehearsing, having fun. It was like a playground." – Marion Cotillard

Friday, April 28, 2023

ChatGPT for Dummies

ChatGPT for Dummies.  If there is not a book by that title, there soon will be.  Seriously, how smart is ChatGPT?  

In a technical report released on March 27, 2023, OpenAI provided a comprehensive brief on its most recent model, known as GPT-4.  Included in this report were a set of exam results, which have been visualized in this article.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Trade Makes the World Better Off

When a firm or an individual buys a good or a service produced more cheaply abroad, living standards in both countries increase.  Nations are almost always better off when they buy and sell from one another

There are other reasons consumers and firms buy abroad that also make them better off—the product may better fit their needs than similar domestic offerings or it may not be available domestically. In any case, the foreign producer also benefits by making more sales than it could selling solely in its own market and by earning foreign exchange (currency) that can be used by itself or others in the country to purchase foreign-made products.

Trade makes the world better off.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Foreign Trade Zones 101

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What you need to know about Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs):  how to apply, the FTZ Information System, how to use it, past approvals and information to assist FTZ grantees.  It's all here.  But wait, there's more!

Monday, April 24, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Success in This World Calls for a New Breed of Data

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

  • Success in this new world calls for a new breed of data-fuelled, human-led business, able to effortlessly reimagine growth, and endlessly re-engineer themselves to capitalize on it. We call these Future Ready [CPG] Businesses.
  • A note from Tom Peters on his retirement and his latest, but not last I suspect, book.
  • “Think higher, feel deeper.” Now that’s how you start a movement!  The gospel according to Gary Hamel.
  • Quote of the week: "In order to get to the next level of whatever you're doing, you must think and act in a wildly different way than you previously have been. You cannot get to the next phase of a project without a grander mind-set, more acceleration, and extra horsepower." – Grant Cardone, 
  • Be 2.0 – Jim Collins's Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0.
  • Why every organization needs an augmented reality strategy – Michael Porter and James Heppelmann

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Better, Happier and More Hopeful

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"Flowers always make people better, happier, more hopeful." – Luther Burbank

Friday, April 21, 2023

Women Are Fueling the Growth in Global Entrepreneurship

Doesn't take much data to understand what's happening with women interested in entrepreneurship.  Visit Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® to witness first hand the power of women taking on the world with their businesses.

And in the United States, according to The World Economic Forum, many women are fueling the uptick in global entrepreneurship, creating around half of all new businesses in 2022.   

Cravings for financial stability and flexibility were two of the reasons women gave for founding their own companies, data by Gusto indicated.  

Yet at Escape From Corporate America, established in 2004, there are other reasons for women starting their own businesses:  They want freedom, flexibility, recognition, more money, and opportunities to leave a legacy – all the things they once thought they would find within corporations.

Learn more about WEF's report on why more women are starting businesses than ever before.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Show Your Support for Evan Gershkovich

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The Wall Street Journal is offering resources for people who want to show their support across social media for Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was detained in Russia on March 29 during a reporting trip. He remains in a Moscow prison on espionage charges. The Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny the allegations and have called for his immediate release.

Download this collection of media assets to surface and share across their personal social-media accounts—from Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn, Instagram and beyond. They can be added as user profile photos, banners or posts.  Act now.

Let us not forget about Paul Whelan, the ex-US Marine jailed in Russia as well.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Overseas Markets Offer Fantastic Growth Prospects

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While it is true that many businesses can achieve the aim of international expansion, it is still not the simplest of undertakings.  Yet by going global, you can broaden your network of business partners while also enhancing how everyone else around the world views your company. 

Internationalization comes with expenses and risks, but with careful planning and a well-thought-out export strategy, overseas markets offer fantastic growth prospects.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Prohibiting Imports of Goods Made With Forced Labor

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I [Laurel Delaney] talked about child labor laws and compliance in a January, 2023 wegginar® for Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®, which you can find here.

Now, according to Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A., U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being urged to take specific actions to ensure that its forced labor enforcement efforts don’t result in supply chain disruptions.

In a recent letter, Federal Maritime Commission Commissioner Carl Bentzel commended CBP for its work to enforce laws prohibiting imports of goods made with forced labor, including the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. However, he added that legitimate delays in ensuring compliance with the UFLPA might create cargo back-ups at U.S. marine terminals, leading to operational challenges and potentially congestion at a time when “the supply chain is only now beginning to recover from two years of pandemic-related disruption.”

Read the entire news report from ST&R here.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030

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

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Chicago Lives in the Neighborhood Taverns

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“A lot of real Chicago lives in the neighborhood taverns. It is the mixed German and Irish and Polish gift to the city, a bit of the old country grafted into a strong new plant in the new.” – Bill Granger, 1983

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Australian Wine Profits to China Are Too Big To Ignore

Australian wine exporters sold $1.3 billion worth of wine a year to China before punishing tariffs were imposed in November 2020, which made it almost pointless to keep selling into that market.

A resumption of trade to China in 2023 would be a plus for the broader Australian wine industry because there was an oversupply of red wine that hadn’t been able to find a home.

Read more how Australian winemakers are gun-shy about China but the profits are too big to ignore.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The Local Economy Is Going Global

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Small businesses and solopreneurs have access to tools that enable them to “punch above their weight” like never before. We are in an era of massive growth in creation tools and services—not to mention a booming distribution ecosystem. The creator economy has increased by 119% since 2020, with creators making up 23% of people worldwide.

Find out how global small businesses can reach global audiences.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Stuck on Hiring and Retaining Talented People? Join wegg's wegginar® 4/12/23 For Solutions

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Ever wondered how to start a strategic plan that uses employee benefits to retain and engage employees?Understand how key stakeholders support high performing teams?  How to take control of the employee benefits process and think outside the box?  

Then you are ready for Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global's next wegginar®, Wednesday, 4/12/23 at 11 AM CT:  "Commit to Hiring and Retaining the Most Talented People."

Hear from top experts on this important topic:  Stacy Kahan, Founder and Cara Kahan, CEO, 1706 Advisors and Beka Kohmescher, CEO and Founder, Altair Advisers.

To learn more and to register, visit:  https://bit.ly/41DTS4q.  It's free of charge thanks to generous sponsors as noted in the graphic.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Will Humans Ever Understand AI?

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

Saturday, April 08, 2023

Hope of Today

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"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." –  Robert H. Goddard

Friday, April 07, 2023

Global Trade's Big Future: Digital Services

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According to a new World Trade Organization report, the growth of cross-border digital trade flows — like e-commerce, video streaming, games and apps — increased four-fold since 2005 and are now valued at some $3.8 trillion. That accounts for more than half of all services trade worldwide.

“This gives us a bit of an indication of where world trade is heading,” says WTO Chief Economist Ralph Ossa told Bloomberg in a recent interview. “The future of trade is in services, particularly digitally delivered services.”

Read more to appreciate how the golden age for electronic commerce is already upon us.

Related to this, read research fellow Kati Suominen's report, "Trust in trade:  Challenges to the global convergence on digital standards," for the Hinrich Foundation.

Thursday, April 06, 2023

Exporting is a Great Competitive Edge for Women Business Owners

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Zimbabwe businesswomen have been urged to venture into the export market and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which has a market of more than 1.2 billion people.  This is to boost the country's exports.

The program was designed to empower women entrepreneurs with personalized business mentorship, professional knowledge and skills as well as tools and networks to transform their existing enterprises into successful and sustainable export businesses.

Learn more how Zimbabwe businesswomen are encouraged to venture into exports.  

The nonprofit Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® has always felt that educating women business owners on how to export creates a competitive edge for them.

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

Announcing 2023 Export Lender Award Winners by the SBA

The Export Lender of the Year Awards recognize excellence in export financing. These awards highlight the accomplishments of lenders in delivering SBA’s international finance programs to small businesses, designed to help small businesses develop new markets, finance export transactions, and expand capacity to meet overseas demand.

This year, the SBA’s Office of International Trade selected Regions Bank and Amerant Bank as the 2023 Export Lenders of the Year, and Berkshire Bank as the 2023 International Trade Lender of the Year.

Read more here.

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

How to Practice Cultural Humility

"When it comes to going global, American associations make a lot of U.S.-centric mistakes," says Mark Athitakis.  

They possess ideas about membership, meetings, partnerships, marketing, and more that make perfect sense in America but may not apply in different countries and regions. And as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) becomes a norm in organizations, it may become another source of potential friction.

If one is on an early path to globalization, Athitakis recommends you practice cultural humility.  You ought to first recognize that any global effort needs to be based on understanding not only the strategic role a new country or region might play in their efforts but also the inherent cultural differences.

Monday, April 03, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Making Second-Hand Clothing the First Choice Worldwide

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

Saturday, April 01, 2023

Anything Is Possible

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"With a doughnut in each hand, anything is possible." – Jameela Jamil

Friday, March 31, 2023

Never, Ever Retreat From Globalization

Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell University’s Dyson School and the author of, most recently, The Future of Money, pens an essay for Foreign Policy on how the world will regret its retreat from globalization.

As countries retreat from globalization and begin to look increasingly inward, there could be wide-ranging implications for both economic and geopolitical stability. Just as with the surge in globalization, however, the consequences of this pullback are proving to be unevenly distributed, with low- and middle-income countries bearing the brunt. 

Catch Prasad's essay here.