Thursday, June 13, 2024

Winning New Exports

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Whether you are based in Ireland or the United States, winning new exports comes in handy for newfound growth at your business.

In this case, the Going for Growth program, which Enterprise Ireland and KPMG support, is designed to help female entrepreneurs achieve their growth ambitions by growing their sales, creating additional employment, and winning new exports. 

Over the past 16 years, over 950 businesswomen have participated in this unique program.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Supporting Women in Tech Across the Globe

Women in Tech® Global is built on four foundational pillars: education, business, digital inclusion, and advocacy.  This came about by challenges women face in the tech industry,

Its mission is to create a strong, supportive network for women in technology, while also implementing practical programs that empower women to succeed in the tech industry. By addressing these key areas, Women in Tech Global aims to create a more inclusive and equitable tech industry for women across the globe.

Read the interview with Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder and CEO of Women in Tech Global. 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: FedEx Awards More than $230,000 to 10 Small Businesses

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

Saturday, June 08, 2024

Adult on a Bicycle

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." – H. G. Wells

Friday, June 07, 2024

Alibaba Courts the U.S. and Europe to Get Global Growth

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is ramping up its global expansion with new services aimed at attracting small businesses in the U.S. and Europe. — the company’s business-to-business platform which sells to companies outside China — is launching “Alibaba Guaranteed.”  The new service will provide buyers with greater certainty on delivery, payments and dispute settlement.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

How to Use AI Right For Transforming Global Small Business Marketing

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iStock (which we use at the Global Small Business Blog for images), an e‑commerce platform offering images, videos, and illustrations to small and medium‑sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises (SMEs), today unveiled new data‑backed tips to help businesses of all sizes navigate the use of generative‑AI in marketing to customers. 

They just released a new study which captured the sentiment of over 30,000 adults in 25 countries to understand the impact for small businesses of using generative AI visuals in their marketing.

Discover their key finding here.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Need a CFO? Freelancing Goes Global

What once was incidental and supplemental is now routinely baked into companies’ operating model. An astonishing 72 million Americans, or about 45% of the workforce, reaped at least some of their earnings from independent contracting last year. 

Need a CFO?  The highest-profile fractionals would be C-suite-level executives, ranging from part-time, long-term CFOs to M&A specialists who pop in to help close specific deals. The category also includes anyone who receives a retainer, from a foreign correspondent to a training specialist.

A major hiring shift is transforming how businesses find and utilize talent and how that talent finds and establishes relationships with companies that need its skills. Outsourcing work to freelancers is by no means a new phenomenon, but as the figures indicate, in the past five years it has jumped to an entirely new level. 

Read, "Use of freelancers of all types, even temporary CFOs, has mushroomed in the last five years. Here’s why more employers around the world are moving away from the full-time staff model."

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Sisu Global Health's Gillian Henker Presents "Providing Access to Blood for a World in Need" (wegginar®)

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Gillian Henker, Co-Founder & President is a two-time founder with a proven track record of execution. Gillian is the primary inventor of Hemafuse and two other medical technologies. She led Hemafuse development, global regulatory clearances (including FDA), and launch in 5 countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe.

She has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has presented at the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference and Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries Seminar in London, and was named Baltimore Technologist of the Year. 

Wouldn't you love to meet her and pick her brain?  Now is your chance. Attend Women Entrepreneur Grow Global's free of charge wegginar® with Gillian presenting, "Providing Access to Blood for a World in Need," on Wednesday, June 5th at 11 AM CT.  The free of charge program is due to wegg's amazing, supportive sponsors as noted in the graphic.  

See you there!

Monday, June 03, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: What the New China Tariffs Mean for World Trade

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

Saturday, June 01, 2024

I Need to Be Outside

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“I need to be outside. I need to be in the world and to remember that I am of it.” – John Green

Friday, May 31, 2024

When Your Home Market Weakens, Expand Overseas

In an interview with the Financial Times, chief financial officer Eason Zhang said low-cost China-based retailer Miniso plans to open roughly 400 stores in China, but this year would be the first since at least 2019 that most of its new outlets were outside the country.

Minis will shift its focus of rapid expansion away from a domestic market – China – plagued by weak consumption.  Further, the falling cost of goods produced in China’s factories is also making them more competitive abroad.

Read the entire article here.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Small Business Productivity Issues Differ From Country to Country

The McKinsey Global Institute aggregated a richly granular data set of micro-, small-, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and large companies across 12 broad sectors, 68 level-two sub-sectors, and more than 200 level-three sub-sectors for 16 countries that account for more than half of global GDP.

In these countries, MSMEs on average have only half the productivity of large companies, and less than that in emerging economies. Raising MSMEs to top-quartile levels relative to large companies represents value equivalent to 5 percent of GDP in advanced economies and 10 percent in emerging economies.

The visual presentations here summarize the findings for the 16 countries in McKinsey's research representing different income levels. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Risks Confronting the Global Economy in 2024

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Last year, the global economy defied expectations in potentially history-making ways. Amid wretched conditions—wars, surging inflation, and the biggest interest-rate surge in 40 years—the global economy did not suffer a significant downturn. It merely slowed.

This was an unfamiliar plot line: It implies the world economy has grown more resilient in ways we might not yet fully understand.

Yet it would be a mistake to think the danger has passed.   Here are 5 major risks confronting the global economy.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Keep Doing What You Are Doing But Take It Global

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“Keep doing what you’re doing,” First Lady Michelle Obama said at George Washington's Commencement on the National Mall some time ago. “Just take it global.”

The GW Global Forum, which began with a video that included a clip from the First Lady’s commencement address, did precisely that—examining a global perspective on a variety of topics, including the financial crisis and women’s issues.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Remember and Honor

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


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Be a Rainbow

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." – Maya Angelou

Friday, May 24, 2024

Korea Promotes SMEs' Global Expansion

The chiefs of Korea’s largest business groups gathered with President Yoon Suk Yeol to garner support for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their overseas expansion efforts in an annual meeting on Thursday.

President Yoon presided over this year’s conference of SMEs held on the front lawn of the presidential office in central Seoul, joined by Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Jae-yong, LG Group Chairman Koo Kwang-mo and Hanwha Group Vice Chairman Kim Dong-kwan.

The president vowed to come up with specific support measures based on the Support for Small and Medium Enterprise Establishment Act, which was passed in February.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Long-Term Risks and Benefits of AI Around the World

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The long-term risks and benefits of AI will quite likely impact people all around the world, and they will pose unique challenges that observers cannot yet understand. 

But there is significant reason to think that humanity will be better off in the future if stakeholders work to get AI governance right today. 

For those in the Global Minority who are genuinely interested in arriving at a convergence on trust with the Global Majority, one of the most powerfully obvious yet enduringly stubborn ways of narrowing the existing gap is to carefully listen to the lived experiences that, in turn, shape the priorities of the world’s largest populations. 

Addressing the roots of distrust today would carry over into safeguards far more robust and enduring in the future, online and offline. We hope this piece adds to that evolving conversation. 

Access the full article with 111 footnotes here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Should You Have a Google YouTube Channel For the World to Watch?

YouTube is a global video platform that can get your business in front of millions of potential new customers. Additionally, meaningful video content can attract and engage your target audience and strengthen your marketing efforts.

In this article, the author explains why YouTube is a must-have marketing strategy, how the video platform can help your brand and how to create a YouTube channel with compelling, engaging content.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Google Considers Going Global with YouTube TV

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Riding a wave of success brought by NFL Sunday Ticket, Google executives have considered opening YouTube TV to a market outside the U.S

“It is something we are closely looking at,” said Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler. “There’s nothing specific I have to add at this moment in time on this one.” 

 “YouTube TV is doing well,” added Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai. “They’ve had great consumer feedback on the experience. [NFL Sunday Ticket] has found its perfect home on YouTube.”

Monday, May 20, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: How AI Is Reshaping the Global Business Arena

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

Saturday, May 18, 2024

It Just Blooms

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"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” – Koshin Ogui

Friday, May 17, 2024

Elevate Your Business With An AI Video Translator

According to CIO Look, AI video translation employs advanced machine learning algorithms to automatically translate spoken or written content in videos from one language to another. By leveraging natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning techniques, AI video translators can accurately interpret and convert audiovisual content in real time, eliminating the need for manual translation efforts.

Should you consider using an AI video translator at your global business?  First, you need to think about the benefits – from expanding your reach to boosting efficiency.  Access more benefits here.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Understanding the Mechanics of Entrepreneurship

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Derek Lidow, a Princeton professor and former corporate executive says:  "Forget the myth of the hermetic genius working in the garage on the next world-changing startup. It’s time to upgrade that thinking and pay more attention to how much entrepreneurial innovation is woven into the fabric of daily life."

Lidow is the author of The Entrepreneurs: The Relentless Quest for Value, which analyzes the factors that give rise to entrepreneurs—and, in turn, the important social changes brought about by their innovations. In a nod to the thinking of the political economist Joseph Schumpeter, Lidow writes that entrepreneurship is “a vastly underappreciated, potent force of social change.”

Read on to understand the mechanics of [global] entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak's Formula For Happiness

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak cited his working relationship with Steve Jobs and a simple math equation while advising University of Colorado at Boulder 2024 graduates on how to be happy in business and life.

Want to know what the formula is?  Find out here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

5 Awe-inspiring Places to Visit in Japan

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I've [Laurel Delaney] traveled to Japan many times and on every trip, I find something new to appreciate.  

Travel journalist Kristin Braswell feels the same.

The first time I landed in the country in 2017, I was enamored by Tokyo’s glowing skyscrapers, Kyoto’s quiet kissatens (cafes) and countryside hills blanketed in electric shades of orange and fuschia that flashed like neon lights aboard the country’s famous bullet train. And though the bustling streets and quiet corners of the country are reason enough for a visit, it’s the culture of excellence upheld in Japan, from a simple exchange with a store clerk, to a carefully crafted omakase experience, that always inspires me the most. 

Read five awe-inspiring itineraries through Japan.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: U.S. Trade Policy Is at a Crossroads

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

Saturday, May 11, 2024

I Want Them To See It Whether They Want To Or Not

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"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." – Georgia O'Keeffe

Friday, May 10, 2024

Premier Gathering of Women Entrepreneurs: Women Presidents Organization Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum 5/15/24

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The Women Presidents Organization (WPO) Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum (EEF), the premier gathering of women entrepreneurs who lead multi-million-dollar businesses, will be held on May 15-17, 2024, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

This three-day forum will gather over 700 distinguished women business leaders for a transformative experience brimming with invaluable connections, insightful guidance from industry experts, and cutting-edge perspectives essential for navigating the dynamic global business landscape.

I [Laurel Delaney] will be attending and hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Online Buying Grows But 67% of Consumers Face Delivery Problems


In Descartes's third annual consumer sentiment study of ecommerce, it shows that home delivery online buying grows, but too many consumers still experience delivery woes.

The study shows that 39% of respondents made more online purchases in the period surveyed this year compared to last year, and that 57% made purchases in at least one new product category this year. While the study revealed that consumers in every demographic are increasing the volume and frequency of their online purchases, 67% of those surveyed encountered delivery problems.

Read the study here.

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Banking On Women Who Go Global

International Finance Corporation's (IFC's) white paper, “Banking on Women Who Trade Across Borders," underscores the critical need for gender equality in international trade and trade finance.   Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® also understands and actively supports empowering women in international trade.  For those who don't know, wegg® educates women business owners to level the playing field for women interested in taking their business to the next level through globalization.

Despite the documented positive impacts of women-owned businesses on economic growth and poverty reduction, a significant gap remains in understanding how international trade intersects with female participation, particularly in accessing trade finance. Drawing from interviews across Africa and Latin America, the report explores the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs and proposes solutions.

Download the report here.  It's time we all bank on women who go global.  They are our future, especially the younger generation.

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

No Firm Is An Island

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No firm is an island.  Proof is in this article.  Collaboration, joint ventures and quasi mergers are the keystones for expansion in an ever-evolving global economic landscape.  Industry giants such as Disney, Ford, and Microsoft are charging ahead with a fresh strategy for global growth amidst the ongoing challenges in commerce.

All of these moves serve as a great reminder that a company doesn’t have to buy a stake in or acquire 100% of a company in order to unlock synergies and gain access to know-how and market access.

Read the article, "How to Build a Global Business in the 21st Century" at The Economist (requires free trial subscription).

Monday, May 06, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Recap of Warren Buffett’s Comments at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting 2024

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

Saturday, May 04, 2024

Not Enough Bridges

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"We build too many walls and not enough bridges." – Isaac Newton

Friday, May 03, 2024

U.S. and China Talks On AI Could Have Far-Reaching Implications For the Future of Global Commerce

The high-level talks between the U.S. and China on artificial intelligence (AI) could have far-reaching implications for the future of global commerce, experts say.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has announced that the two countries will conduct their first high-level talks on AI, emphasizing its growing importance. The discussions are poised to cover crucial aspects of AI technology and regulation, and the outcomes may influence regulatory frameworks, technology trade policies, and cooperation in technological advancements. 

The U.S. has tightened restrictions on Beijing’s access to advanced technology and is nearing a ban on the social media app TikTok unless its Chinese parent company ByteDance sells it. 

Thursday, May 02, 2024

Massive Area of Growth: Global Expansion

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Shopify President Harley Finkelstein wants to make your customer base global.  So do we.  Simple as that.

"International is a massive area of growth for us,” he [Finkelstein] said. “So not only can any brand of all sizes use Shopify, but once they start selling with us, we want to make it default global, meaning we want their customer base to be global.”

We are all for it!  Yes!  Bolster your global business.

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Look Who Is Giving Courses on AI?

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The artificial intelligence  (AI) courses Coursera offers are designed to help prepare you for a career in machine learning engineering, intelligent systems design, data science, robotics, and natural language processing, equipping you with cutting-edge skills in this evolving field.

Check out which companies are educating the masses.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Dr. Natalie King: Thriving in Corporate While Leading a Global Startup (wegginar® 5/1/24)

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First, let's talk about super star Dr. Natalie King, founder of Florae.

✅ As the daughter of 1st & 2nd generation immigrant parents and raised in the US south, Dr. King has always lived at the center of ‘Equity’ as an imperative, not a nice to have. At 26, she became one of the youngest, and first Afro-Latina, to receive her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago, creating a platform for others to go on and do the same. During that time, her work was focused on studying the biophysics of depression and autism and she subsequently became a double-licensed emergency medicine technician. As a patient care provider, current Medical Affairs professional, and integrated beauty and health company Founder (Florae) her passion continues to include expanding the lens of equity & access for her community.

✅ Dr. King has the energy and passion to give back to the community through leadership, mentorship, and STEM advocacy and has served on a range of STEM advisory boards. She’s an International TEDx speaker and has served on numerous committees and advisory boards for national and international organizations, including UNICEF Next Gen, Women in Bio, and Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Next, let's discuss her wegginar® coming up Wednesday, 5/1/24 at 11 AM CT (free of charge).

Focus: Harmonizing Dual Careers:  Thriving in Corporate While Leading a Global Startup 

Expected discussion and learning outcomes:

  1. Master Time Management: Prioritize tasks, use technology to streamline your schedule, and develop a routine that maximizes productivity without sacrificing well-being.
  2. Set Boundaries for (Global) Success: Discover techniques to compartmentalize responsibilities, manage expectations, and ensure that your commitment to one role doesn't overshadow the others.
  3. Leverage Synergies: Cultivate a supportive network that spans your roles in corporate, healthcare, and as a startup founder.
  4. Embrace Continuous Learning: Learn keys to remain adaptable to thrive in the dynamic landscape of their dual careers.

Dr. King has an exceptional amount of insights to offer us.  To learn more and to register free of charge to hear what Dr. King has to say, visit:  

Monday, April 29, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Imitation Isn't Enough With AI

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

Saturday, April 27, 2024

I Like Bold Colors

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"I like bold colors but usually wear black." – Mayim Bialik

Friday, April 26, 2024

International Tax Laws On E-Commerce May Change Global Trade

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International tax laws on e-commerce may change the industry and global trade — perhaps not for the better, resulting in higher consumer prices.

E-commerce has enjoyed such a meteoric rise over the past decade that ordering pretty much anything online and receiving it within a few days is now routine for consumers all over the world.

Retail e-commerce sales rose to $6.3 trillion in 2023, from $1.8 trillion in 2016, and are expected to grow to $8.1 trillion by 2026, with 4.5 billion users worldwide — or roughly half the population of the planet, according to data tracking site Statista. What’s more, by 2026, e-commerce is expected to make up 24% of all retail sales, up from 18.8% in 2021.

The economics of global e-commerce may soon be changing, however, possibly making goods more expensive and forcing small business owners to pay much closer attention to international trade laws.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

How Saudi Arabia Is Becoming a Hot Spot For Global Technology Manufacturing

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 transformation has already brought change and growth to the nation's economy and society, with technology, tourism, and sports gaining global attention. 

Now Saudi Arabia has set its intentions on advanced manufacturing, and one company, Alat (Arabic for "machine"), is taking the lead to make the country a new global center for advanced and sustainable industry.

Learn how Saudi Arabia is becoming a hot spot for global technology manufacturing with sustainable practices in mind.  Here's how.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Top Global Artificial Intelligence Markets

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This report, "Top Global Artificial Intelligence Markets," presents a brief overview of top Al global hubs outside the United States. Each country includes an Al ecosystem overview, government incentives and policies, education and research institutions, leading events, and industry groups.

The initial markets for this report were selected based on global rankings, the highest number of Al companies concentrated there, venture capital, and related research institutions.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Energizing Zimbabwe's Export Growth: ZimTrade

Zimbabwe-based ZimTrade, a trade information portal, has developed an export program to empower female owned businesses with export knowledge and skills that will help at least 200 women entrepreneurs contribute to significant exports in the region.

The program will help women business owners get export ready.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Trends in Globalization

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

  • Books, reports, and articles that discuss trends in globalization.
  • The KOF Globalization Index measures the economic, social and political dimensions of globalization.
  • Why our world needs biggest restraint in biggest-ever election year.
  • Quote of the week:  "Think about the race of artificial intelligence … think about the geopolitical tension and the threat of fragmentation we will have to deal with over the next years. The higher debt levels after the pandemic and the energy price hikes, which has shrunk our fiscal space to finance transformation, and given ... very little growth perspective of the global economy." – Germany’s Minister of Finance Christian Lindner, cited from a Davos meeting January, 2024
  • The State of Globalization in 2023.
  • DHL Global Connectedness Report 2024.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Rainbow of Awesome

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"You are like a rainbow of awesome!" – Valerie Stark

Friday, April 19, 2024

Women Entrepreneurs Are a Dynamic Force in Global Growth

Entrepreneurs are among the most dynamic drivers of global economic growth, and women are laying claim to the role in greater numbers than ever.  In the U.S., for example, research shows that women-owned businesses are growing at twice the rate of all others. Yet, according to the World Bank, women continue to face enormous obstacles, including powerful social constraints, limited time and a lack of training. 

Questions addressed in the discussion hosted by The Milken Institute and moderated by Rick Smith, Co-Founder and Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures:  How have today's most successful female entrepreneurs triumphed over the most challenging circumstances, and what still threatens to derail them? How can we continue to expand opportunities for women to truly level the playing field?

To learn more about the fierce force of women entrepreneurs, visit Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

From Startup to Global Expansion: 5 Tips

Since more than 95% of global consumers live outside of the U.S., reaching new customers transnationally can help you expand your business market, profits, and revenue.

Should you go global at the outset or wait until you and your team are in the ready state?

Here are five tips on how to scale from startup to global expansion.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

How Much Would You Pay for a Good Night's Sleep?

The “sleep economy,” which includes everything from mattresses to wearable devices to supplements and more, is booming and is projected to reach a record high of $585 billion for 2024 – it's biggest year yet for the sleep industry.

How much would you pay for a good night’s sleep? For many people, the answer is “a lot.” Americans (and the rest of the world) are desperate for better sleep — and they’re spending more and more money to get it.

Find out where the trends are headed to get good rest.  The sleep economy wakes up.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Worldly: Know What You Need to Know

Built by industry experts and relied on by market-leading brands and manufacturers, Worldly provides your business with the insights needed for impact improvement, compliance, and disclosure.

Spot trends, learn about compliance, and find more sustainable materials.

There is always room for improvement.  Know what you need to know.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Emerging Markets Are Exercising Greater Global Sway

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