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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.