Monday, July 31, 2023

Hard-Working Women Business Owners

Guidant annually reaches out to the hardworking small business owners across the country to gain insights into their experiences, challenges, and future plans.

They also acknowledge the critical role businesses owned by women-owned businesses play in the economy.  The Women President Organization knows this to be true as well. 

In this segment of Guidant's Small Business Trends report, they provide trends, insights, and experiences reported by entrepreneurs of color this year.

Supporting the growth and success of underserved communities is a priority for Guidant, including businesses owned by women and entrepreneurs of color. In this segment, our data will highlight growing trends and challenges among women-owned businesses.

Learn more about who are the women business owners in 2023, what are they like, their recruitment and retention challenges and how they embrace economic uncertainty.

The results of the report indicate women-owned businesses are embracing risk and paving the way for success — no matter the economic landscape.

Today in Global Small Business: Courage

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

  • What Sinéad O'Connor's courage meant.
  • Moral courage, what it is, and how to do more of it.
  • It doesn’t take much to acquire the moniker of courageous in our day.  Take a look.
  • Quote of the week:  "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T. S. Eliot
  • Choose courage over confidence.
  • Do you have the courage of your convictions?

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Keep Cool

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"I promise you to 'keep cool' under all circumstances." – Abraham Lincoln

Friday, July 28, 2023

Digital Economy Is Transforming the Global Economy

The digital technology is transforming the global economy and is bumping up against Europe's heavy-handed approach to regulation—posing a threat to innovation, competition, and economic growth. 

A new chart out by European think tank Bruegel shows the dizzying array of regulatory edicts springing forth from Brussels.   

Europe’s quest to be the first to regulate may not result in smart regulation. Learn more how the Biden administration needs to offer sound counsel through constructive dialogue.   

Thursday, July 27, 2023

The Irish Singer Sinéad O'Connor Has Died

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Sinéad O'Connor's recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" was one of the biggest hits of the early 1990s. Her death was announced by her family. The cause and date of her death were not made public. The statement said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

Never forget:  Throughout her early life, Sinéad O'Connor was resilient.

News was made on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Outlook on China From a Handful of Global Firms

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There's a largely cautious stance from major global firms – ranging from banks to chipmakers – on China business amid a frail recovery at the world's second-largest economy from a pandemic slowdown.  

Here are comments from firms on their China business during the latest reporting season (as of July 25, 2023).

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Twitter's Blue Bird Has Flown Away

On July 23, 2023, Elon Musk revealed the new 'X' logo to replace Twitter's blue bird.  It's a major rebranding.  

Musk tweeted or should I say, X'd on Sunday (7/23/23) that the idea of changing the logo to “X” was to “embody the imperfections in us all that make us unique.”

Say bye-bye Twitter birdie and hello to X.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Empower Global

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

Saturday, July 22, 2023

That's Here. That's Home. That's Us.

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"Look again at that dot That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives..." – Carl Sagan

Friday, July 21, 2023

Considerations For Your Cross-Border Payment Strategy

As small and medium sized global businesses (SMBs) became more comfortable trading online and expanding into new markets, B2B cross-border payments are growing.

Start by deciding how ‘local’ you want to go with payments. Markets around the world are very different regarding payment preferences, technological and commercial maturity, and regulations. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is inadvisable.

Partnering with experts to understand and manage local needs as well as the technical aspects of moving currencies across borders, or between traditional banking and blockchain rails, is a major factor in staying competitive. 

Bad partners can do more harm than good: so have a clear set of criteria and priorities when selecting them, and get them involved early on, so they can help shape your overall payment strategy, when all options are still in play.

Explore these considerations for your cross-border payment strategy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

The Global Creator Economy Is Growing And Making Money

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The creators are the new global entrepreneurs.  And they are forming a new economy or ecosystem, if you will, that generates revenue. 

For example, your favorite influencer is available at the tap of a screen. That influencer can steer you to the products and services — and the merchants — you’d otherwise not encounter, were it not for Snapchat or Instagram. 

Read more about this fascinating journey from the old creators – to the new creators who are able to monetize their content and build a global business.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Buckle Up For Exporting at 7/19/23 wegginar®

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Buckle up for exporting.

Are you ready?  Learn how to strategize for export growth via a variety of financing methods at wegg's next wegginar® – Wednesday, July 19th at 11:00 AM CT with presenters Ursula Wegrzynowicz, Business Development Specialist, EXIM Bank and Tammy Phillips, Strategic Business Consultant (former CEO and President), Howe Corporation when they cover:  "Bigger.  Bolder.  Buckle Up For Exporting!"

Are there options for financing your exports? You bet.  Discover what those are during this wegginar.  Oh, and catch Ursula's LinkedIn post for inside info on what else they plan to cover.

To learn more and to register free of charge (thanks to wegg's sponsors as noted in the above graphic), visit:

Monday, July 17, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Kosovo Women Entrepreneurs Are Empowered By Access to Funding

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

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Add Color to My Sunset Sky

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"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." – Rabindranath Tagore

Friday, July 14, 2023

The Environmental Impact of Small Businesses, Especially New York's Pizzerias

On June 25, 2023, the New York Post uploaded a controversial article on the potential impacts of Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP’s) new rules on New York City’s pizzerias, suggesting that the newly drafted regulation is designated to solely tackle climate change.

The article goes on to say that the DEP regulation targets coal-fired and wood-fired ovens, categorizing them as the main culprits of the city’s air pollution. It also mentions the expensive installation and maintenance of the air filter system required to comply with the new mandate. 

Oh, but there's more.  A lot more.  Read on.  And remember #supportsmallbusinesses 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Four Pillars of Trade Compliance Management

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Trade compliance management includes staying up to date on any import and export regulations that could impact your supply lines. This is a full-time responsibility and should be taken seriously, which is now evidenced in recent efforts to thwart “forced labor” in China.

The four pillars of trade compliance are:

  1. Due diligence
  2. Reasonable care
  3. Supervision and control
  4. Proactive engagement

The bottom line:  Trade compliance management is growing and is growing in importance.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Common Global Procurement Mistakes Made By SMEs

Sourcing, business communications, supplier selection, contract management and supplier relationship management are among the most important activities in the procurement process. 

Procurement specialists at SMEs usually learn the main skills of the job by trial and error, which often leads to unnecessary costs to organizations. It is obvious that knowing and avoiding these types of mistakes will help small enterprises save money and increase profit. 

Here are eight of the most common global procurement mistakes made by SMEs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

High-Ticket E-Commerce Items Continue to Grow

E-commerce growth continues, with diamonds, and even homes among its offerings, which has reached 6.3 trillion by the first quarter of 2023.

Technology has made it easy to shop for anything, anywhere – recall the days when selling 20-lb. bags of pet food online seemed far-fetched, not to mention diamonds and other expensive items including big brands like Gucci and Prada that are easy to ship but expensive to buy.  Same goes with art.

High-ticket e-commerce items continue to grow

Monday, July 10, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: What American Women Should Wear in the Middle East

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

Saturday, July 08, 2023

Rise Above the Clouds

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"I think I will be able to, in the end, rise above the clouds and climb the stairs to Heaven, and I will look down on my beautiful life." – Yayoi Kusama 

Friday, July 07, 2023

Small Businesses Run the World

Xero CEO Sukhinder Singh Cassidy says, “We believe small businesses run the world and as champions of small business, Xero is providing an opportunity for customers to apply for funding to take their next step. Whether that be to support a passion to become a more sustainable business, up skill employees, philanthropic work in the community, or integrating the latest AI into their business, the fund is here to help small businesses meet their dreams.”

Coinciding with Xero Day 2023 – the day of Xero’s founding 17 years ago – Xero, the global small business platform, recently announced a new global small business fund with more than NZ $750,000 (approximately US $460,000) in funding, to support the future aspirations of small businesses globally.

Learn more about Xero launching a beautiful business fund for small businesses.  Starts in Sydney, Australia August 23, 2023.  Win a better future for your global small business.

Thursday, July 06, 2023

Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Are On the Rise

The landscape of global business has witnessed an active market for cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), which can strengthen a business but it presents a unique set of challenges. 

Hybrid activity in cross-border M&A has increased significantly relative to 2017/2018 levels: Hybrid acquirers now comprise approximately 40% of total cross-border deal volume in 2022 and the last 12 months as of March 2023.

Read more about how cross-border activity is on the rise.

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Day After the 4th in America: Things You Didn't Know About George M. Cohan

During his lifetime, George M. Cohan wore many hats—songwriter, director, producer, actor, composer. Today he lives on through his multitude of artistic achievements. Tunes like “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “Over There” communicate the resilience of the American spirit, inspiring civilians and service members alike. 

But the prolific artist was more than his patriotic anthems. Here are 10 things you might not have known about the music maker.

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Today in Global Small Business: Proud To Be An American

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

  • History of 4th of July.
  • Celebrate 4th of July with history, traditions and recipes.
  • More to learn about 4th of July.
  • Quote of the week:  “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”  – Abraham Lincoln
  • Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?
  • Discover surprising facts about the 4th of July.  Meanwhile, have a Happy 4th!

Monday, July 03, 2023

Tips to Prepare for a Safe and Fun Fourth of July

To help maximize your time with those you love, follow this checklist of 7 tips to get your home ready to celebrate Independence Day in a safe, fun way.

Saturday, July 01, 2023

America: Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

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"In America, nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you." – Amy Tan