Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Master's Program in International Business and Trade

The Hinrich Foundation Guide to Master’s in International Business and Trade (Hinrich Foundation Guide – requires completing a short form) is a comprehensive resource to assist students and professionals to identify the right master’s program to accelerate their careers in global trade. 

Here are key questions to ask to evaluate master's programs in international business and trade.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

VP Kamala Harris: How SHE May Lead

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Vice President Kamala Harris is now the leading Democratic standard-bearer in the 2024 elections after President Joe Biden ended his reelection bid and endorsed her on Sunday, July 21, 2024.

According to Time, Harris’ long record in public office—from being San Francisco’s district attorney in 2003, to becoming California state attorney general in 2011, to a Senator from California in 2017, and then Vice President—offers more clues on how she may lead as Democratic nominee and President.

Monday, July 22, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: President Joe Biden Is Not Seeking Reelection

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

Saturday, July 20, 2024

The Cars We Drive

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"The cars we drive say a lot about us." – Alexandra Paul

Friday, July 19, 2024

The Demand for Spanish in China is Increasing

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In China, the demand for Spanish is increasing, and it is now taught in high schools and universities. Since the opening of the headquarters of the Cervantes Institute in Beijing in 2006 and of the Biblioteca Miguel de Cervantes in Shanghai, the number of Spanish students in China has grown to around 60,000.

With Spain being a stable trading partner of China, mastery of Spanish opens multiple opportunities in business, tourism, and education, not only with Spain but with the entire American continent.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Good News For Global Entrepreneurs! Foreign Startups Can Stay in U.S. For 5 Years

The U.S. is making it easier for startups, business owners and entrepreneurs to extend their stay.  Remember the Obama-era program called the International Entrepreneurs Rule (IER)?

Under this programme, foreign entrepreneurs were initially allowed to stay in the US for two-and-a-half years. Now, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), they can remain for up to five years if their ventures meet specific criteria such as funding milestones and job creation.

Learn the particulars here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Top 10 Global Risks in 2024

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2024 says the biggest short-term risk stems from misinformation and disinformation. 

In the longer term, climate-related threats dominate the top 10 risks global populations will face.

Two-thirds of global experts anticipate a multipolar or fragmented order to take shape over the next decade.

The key findings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2024 reflect these most pressing challenges faced by people in every region of the world.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Is Free Trade Under Attack?

One of the defining transformations of the 20th century was globalization. Since the end of World War II, countries and cultures have become more interconnected than ever before, through free trade agreements, technology, multi-national corporations, and the creation of structures such as the IMF and the World Trade Organization.

Trade economists liked to think that the benefits of globalization—economic growth, more consumer choice, lower prices—had made it unassailable. But cracks in the international order have started to appear. 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Designing Across Cultures

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

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Loves You More Than You Love Yourself

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"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." – Josh Billings

Friday, July 12, 2024

Updated Rules for International Trade

Globalization refers to the process of connecting the world economy more closely through the flow of goods, services, investment, technology, data, ideas, and workers. It began around 1870 and took off in the decades after World War II as countries started reducing restrictions on capital and trade flows in anticipation of benefits to growth and welfare.

Today we may be at another turning point in globalization’s history. So what is this powerful force that does so much to influence the world economy? How is it changing? And can it be improved?

Updated rules for international trade, coupled with stronger domestic policies, could make globalization more inclusive and sustainable.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Two Men Guilty of Illegally Exporting U.S. Electronics Used in Russian Weapons In Ukraine

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Two men – Nikolay Goltsev, 38, of Montreal, and Salimdzhon Nasriddinov, 53, of Brooklyn – have pleaded guilty to illegally exporting US electronics used in Russian weapons in Ukraine, the Justice Department said.

Goltsev and Nasriddinov face up to 20 years in prison for conspiring to commit export control violations, the department said in a statement.

"The defendants shipped millions of dollars of US electronics critical to the missiles and drones Russia uses to attack Ukraine, and they now face US prison time for their scheme," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said.

Read more here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

SPECIAL: Robert Marovich's Response to Peggy Noonan, Opinion Columnist at the Wall Street Journal

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The letter below by Robert Marovich, Chicago, Illinois, was not accepted for publication at the Wall Street Journal yet I felt it was important to share with the world.  It is in response to a column by Peggy Noonan, "The Most Important Presidential Debate Ever" (Saturday/Sunday, June 29-30, 2024).  Unfortunately the column has a paywall, otherwise I would share the link.  I took a photo of it for your review so you can appreciate Bob Marovich's letter and put it into context.

"Dear Editor:

I read Peggy Noonan's column regularly because I respect her experience, appreciate her depth of knowledge, and appreciate her cogent arguments. I always will. But I strongly disagree with her description, in "The Most Important Presidential Debate Ever" (June 29 - 30), of former President Donald Trump's demeanor at the debate. He was not "calm, sure-voiced, focused....self-disciplined" He didn't debate - he ranted his greatest hits like a carnival barker on caffeine, delivered more than 30 lies, and even seemed to make some things up on the spot. Hyperbole and inaccurate superlatives, no substance, as usual. 

But what Ms. Noonan failed to mention, and what needs mentioning, is how despicably Mr. Trump spoke of the United States. President Reagan referred to the US as "the shining city on a hill." Trump, in front of more than 50 million viewers, referred several times to the US as a third-world country. Those are fighting words; in times past, proud Americans would have told him to put up his dukes. Would Mr. Reagan have suffered such an insult?

Yes, our nation has many problems, it always has, and we need to fix them, but we are not a third-world country, we are a first-rate country. Any candidate who denigrates his country so vociferously as Mr. Trump did on Thursday shouldn't even qualify for the presidency of a book club. President Biden stumbled significantly during the debate. We saw it. He knows it. I agree with Ms. Noonan that he missed landing several easy punches that could have turned the tide of the debate. But what Mr. Trump said about our nation is unforgivable. He insulted all of us that evening. The party of Ronald Reagan should hold its head in shame that Mr. Trump is the best they can offer." 


Robert M. Marovich

Chicago, IL

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

wegginar® 7/10/24 with Missy Kelly, Co-Founder and CEO of CatTongue Grips

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Join free of charge 7/10/24 at 11 AM CT thanks to generous sponsors as noted in the graphic.  To learn more and to register, visit, "Scaling Globally:  Insights and Inspiration from a Global Leader in Innovation."  Missy Kelly, the presenter, is co-founder and CEO of CatTongue Grips.  Learn about innovation.  Invention.  Entrepreneurship.  Scaling globally. 

Monday, July 08, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Making Supply Chains More Resilient, Collaborative and Networked

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

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Cling to Your Vision

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"Do not give up your dream because it is apparently not being realized, because you cannot see it coming true. Cling to your vision with all the tenacity you can muster. Keep it bright; do not let the bread-and-butter side of life cloud your ideal or dim it." – Orison Swett Marden

Friday, July 05, 2024

Why We Celebrate 4th of July and How Fireworks Became a Part of the Tradition

Here are five things to know about July Fourth, including the origin of the holiday, why we celebrate it and how fireworks became a part of the tradition.

Thursday, July 04, 2024

Happy 4th of July from the Global Small Business Blog

"America is another name for opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Is India the Future?

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In a global marketplace reshaped by volatile forces — not least the animosity between the United States and China — India shows signs of emerging as a potentially significant place to manufacture products. 

Yet the trouble is they – in India – are slow.  Slow on samples.  Slow on producing.  Slow on deliveries.  Can we afford the wait?

Read:  For American Brands Worried About China, is India the Future?

Tuesday, July 02, 2024

wegg® showcase Issue 2, July, 2024 with Coni Lefferts

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Bob Marovich, Chief Operating Officer of Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®, interviews Coni Lefferts, President, Creative Packaging Solutions for the wegg® showcase Issue 2, July, 2024:  Global growth is in the bag.

Monday, July 01, 2024

Today in Global Small Business: Grants, Loans and Programs to Benefit Your Global Small Business

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

  • Check out 60 grants, loans and programs to benefit your global small business.
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  • Quote of the week:  "Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama, First African-American First Lady of the United States
  • A new survey of 1,000 small to medium-sized business owners from DHL shows two-thirds of small enterprises are optimistic about growing ecommerce.
  • In the month of June, small business owners continued to identify inflation as the single most important problem for them in operating their business, as upward price pressures continue to increase expenses and lower profitability.  Learn more from the House Committee on Small Business.
  • 25 business grants for women who have started and are growing a business.