Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Susie Quesada Presents a wegginar® on Creating a Company Culture That Inspires Global Growth

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Have you wondered how to grow and learn as a leader?  How to engage teams to give (and get) best results?  Or, how to access a new market before you enter it?

Then you should sign up for our next wegginar® Wednesday, March 1st at 11 AM Central Time.  Susie Quesada, 3rd generation owner and President of Ramar Foods International, will discuss all of the above centered around "Creating a Company Culture That Inspires Global Growth."

As the #1 Trusted Filipino Food Company, Ramar Foods manufactures authentic high quality tropical ice cream, lumpia and sausages that brings the Flavor of the Philippines to supermarkets and restaurants.

Yum.  You won't want to miss this!  To learn more and to register (free of charge thanks to sponsors noted in the graphic), visit:  wegg®.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: A Global Fashion Brand Pairs Sustainability and Growth

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

Saturday, February 25, 2023

It's Never Too Late to Say

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"It's never too late to say I love you." – Laurel J. Delaney

Friday, February 24, 2023

5 Reasons Why You Should Study Global Business

Because global business is such a multifaceted field that’s often studded with high-risk, high-reward opportunities, it can be intimidating to dive in. 

Here’s a look at what global business is, five ways studying it can help you as an organizational leader, and how to kick off your education.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Growing Global Is Inevitable For Prosperous Companies

Businesses frequently consider expanding “nationally” over time, that is, within their current nation. Many companies will consider international expansion at some point. This is the point at which an expansion turns into a “global” or “international” expansion, even if it is just into a neighboring nation such as Canada or Mexico for USA-based companies.

Although it takes guts to grow your business internationally, most businesses are forced to do so because local growth maxes out and there are greater opportunities elsewhere. 

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

Learn why growing global is inevitable for prosperous companies.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Mariah Carey's Black Irish Cream Liqueur Products Go Global

Legendary songstress Mariah Carey is expanding her Black Irish Cream Liqueur products to both South America and the Caribbean by the spring of this year.  Previously only available in the U.S., it will be the brand’s first glimpse into international distribution.

“I am ecstatic to extend the reach of my cream-liqueur Black Irish to South America and the Caribbean,” said Carey in an official press statement. “My fans there have supported and given so much to me, so of course I wanted to create an opportunity for them to enjoy this delicious liqueur!”

Read more about Ms. Carey's foray into international markets with her products.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Grow From Hard-Earned Lessons

Even though the four leaders referenced in the article below are from different sectors, there are a variety of similarities in what they’ve gone through over the past two years. They were all tasked with more responsibility and accountability than ever before, and yet they all saw opportunities to grow from those hard-earned lessons.  

When communities and business come together, everyone comes out stronger.  

Read the entire article by Jim Proppe, Managing Partner, Plante Moran.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Prioritize Profits in 2023

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

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Anyone Who Gives You a Cinnamon Roll

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Anyone who gives you a cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is a friend for life.” ― Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?

Friday, February 17, 2023

Standing Out Globally in the Sea of Swimwear

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It's all about size.  Having a wide range of sizes can really be a huge point of difference for a swimwear company.  But to the point of this post, when Natasha Oakley and her best friend, Devin Brugman, created their blog, A Bikini a Day, in 2012, they had no idea their passion project would eventually turn into a multimillion-dollar global brand. 

The site, which expanded to feature fitness, travel and lifestyle content, was, at its core, a platform to celebrate curves and the diversity of women’s bodies. Oakley and Burgman’s ability to cater to that gap in the swimwear market, however, was the catalyst for the duo to launch Monday Swimwear in 2014.

Natasha and Devin are actively growing and expanding Monday Swimwear.  The brand plans to expand into international markets, as well as launch retail locations.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Stay Away From Bribes in International or Any Business

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In 2021, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $130 million largely to settle allegations that it violated laws against bribery by using middlemen and hiding its payments to them as part of a global effort to win business.

Let me repeat the key part of what they did wrong:  They violated laws against bribery by using middlemen and hiding its payments to them as part of a global effort to win business.

Read on to learn more – about what a bribe is, about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), how to stay clear of trouble and what you should do if you are part of a bribe.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Do You Temu?

Did you miss the Super Bowl 2023 commercial – "Shop Like a Billionaire" – by the U.S. shopping app owned by Chinese e-commerce giant PDD Holdings Inc.?

Spending big money like Temu did shows how serious they are about penetrating the U.S. e-commerce market.

The commercial's jingle has a woman saying, “The prices blow my mind. I feel so rich. I feel like a billionaire. I’m shopping like a billionaire.'"

Pricing cheap?  You better believe it.  I did a search on 'purses'.  Here's what popped up.  Pricing averages anywhere from $2.98 – $17.99.  Yes, you can feel like a cheap billionaire or billionaire on the cheap.      

See some ratings on Temu here.  And then look closely at what Wikipedia has to say.  Do you Temu? (Nice tagline, eh?)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The Birth of Globalization. You'll Find It In New Orleans

New Orleans, the city that was once the world’s gateway to America is betting it can win in a new and different era of global integration.

A critical gateway between the Mississippi River and global oceans, New Orleans has been an entry and exit point for the United States since before the Louisiana Purchase. The city is now betting that position will continue — and even deepen — as the world enters a new era of global integration.

Consider it the birth of globalization.  At least in New Orleans.  The gateway to the world.

Monday, February 13, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: How to Make Your Global Small Business More Sustainable

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

  • How to make your global small business more sustainable.
  • According to Reuters, shoppers globally are expected to pay even more for branded food items in the coming year as packaged goods production expenses remain high.
  • Nearly half of small business owners (47%) say the economy is in a recession already, with an almost equal percentage (48%) describing the economy as “poor.” That’s according to the CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey for the first quarter of 2023.
  • Quote of the week: "Sustainability has to be a way of life to be a way of business." – Anand Mahindra
  • Silicon Valley tech giants in the years leading up to the pandemic collected gleaming office campuses around the world as trophies for what appeared to be boundless growth. Those days of blockbuster real estate expansions appear to be over for now, however, as job cuts and profitability concerns have companies pulling back on investments.
  • Here are a few tips to help your business prepare for an international expansion.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Falling In Love

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"You can't blame gravity for falling in love." – Albert Einstein

Friday, February 10, 2023

Slowbalization After Global Financial Crisis

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Globalization has seen ebbs and flows over the decades. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the “Slowbalization” that followed the global financial crisis has been characterized by a prolonged slowdown in the pace of trade reform, and weakening political support for open trade amid rising geopolitical tensions.

As the Chart of the Week shows in this link, globalization plateaued in the decade and a half since the global financial crisis. This latest era is often referred to as “slowbalization.”

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Scrollable Short-Video Formats Are on the Rise

It was only a matter of time before e-commerce companies got on board with the scrollable short-video format like TikTok's.

Now, Amazon launched its own version of this feature, unveiling the new Inspire feed on its mobile Amazon Shopping App. While the company shies away from comparing the new feature to TikTok, the format is familiar.

Oh no one wants to claim that they are riding off someone else's idea and basically trying to improve on it.  No one.

Read on – From Amazon to tech startups, e-commerce takes on the TikTok-style feed.

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Getting Paid Quickly Matters to Global Small Businesses

Global financial infrastructure platform Stripe and global small business platform Xero recently announced the expansion of their partnership to help small businesses worldwide get paid faster

Stripe and Xero are working together to build a far deeper integration of Stripe Connect into Xero’s small business platform that will enable greater convenience for customers and automate accounting for transactions.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Xena Workwear Founder and CEO Ana Kraft Talks About Building a Global Brand Beyond Shrink It and Pink It (wegginar® 2/8/23)

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"Be safe, be you, be a badass." – Ana Kraft

Hello all women badasses (and entrepreneurs).  We invite you to join Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global's next wegginar® Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM Central Time to hear from badass founder and CEO of Xena Workwear, Ana Kraft. She'll talk about "Building a Global Brand Beyond 'Shrink It and Pink It'." 

Ana's company engineers stylish safety shoes and functional apparel for women in STEM and the Trades. This new category of workwear helps professional women be safe and feel confident in any work environment. 
Transitioning between the office, to the manufacturing floor or construction site has never been so easy.

Ana holds a degree in International Project Engineering from Reutlingen University in Germany and currently resides in Detroit, Michigan. The causes that drive her include sustainable development, education and maximizing opportunities for women.

Ana will cover:
  • Building a global brand
  • Fundraising
  • Scaling
  • Working with a distributor
  • Shipping
  • Packaging
  • Collecting payments
  • Ecommerce
  • Challenges/successes
  • + more ...
To learn more and to register, visit, Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®.  wegginar is free of charge thanks to badass (super cool) sponsors Bluedog Design, Associated Bank, FedEx, Global Care Clinical Trials and 1706 Advisors.

I'll [Laurel Delaney] see you there!  

Monday, February 06, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Global Small Businesses Are the Heartbeat of America

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

Saturday, February 04, 2023

Celebrate Your Life

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"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." – Oprah Winfrey

Friday, February 03, 2023

Indian Companies Eyeing Global Expansion

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Small and medium businesses in India have now set their sights on global expansion, with many first-generation entrepreneurs successfully building their companies and looking to grow overseas.

After completing his master’s degree in 1999, 48-year-old Saket Gaurav started working at a Russian company for a while before he moved to Dubai to join another firm. 

Hailing from Patna, Bihar, Saket had no plans to be an entrepreneur. However, the 2007-08 financial crisis forced the company in the Middle East to shut shop.   Saket, who calls himself an ‘accidental entrepreneur’, was left with two options—looking for a new job or building his own company. 

Find out what Saket did and meet some of the other Indian companies eyeing global expansion.

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Did You Know? Website Globalization Review Gap Analysis

The Website Globalization Review (WGR) Gap Analysis service provides technical and strategic assessment of a business’s ecommerce sales channel efforts. This is a SEO diagnostic service designed to help you acquire more international consumers online and is available to CS clients as part of digital strategy counseling with a CS Trade Specialist.

Curious to learn more?  Explore here.