Malaysian SMEs Export More than $1 Million Worth of Products

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A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SMEs and foreign companies was signed in September last year (2016) in Sungai Petani. The five-year agreement will see about US$1 million worth of products (such as instant coffee, Stevia-based sweeteners and flavored carbonated drinks) exported abroad annually from Sungai Petani (a town in Kuala Muda District, Kedah, Malaysia) to Africa.

The state’s Women, Development, Agriculture and Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development, and Community Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Suraya Yaacob, said that this achievement was a result of the great teamwork by the group of entrepreneurs under the Koperasi Usahawan Groombig Negeri Kedah Bhd (KuGerak).  [KuGerak was established in 2008 and now has more than 184 SMEs as members.]

The anticipation is that within a year the SMEs will also export their products to China and the United States.  The goal is to boost exports for SMEs so they break into more international markets, become stronger, and survive much longer.

Read more here.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 2/1/17 on “5 Basic Elements of a Global Social Media Plan,” and presented by Melisa Hinosoja, IBM Digital Marketing and Commerce Specialist. Register here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4285210609604750594.
Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Stubborn Wage Gap for Women Worldwide

Closing the Wage Gap For Women Worldwide

Happy 2017.  For those who missed Laurel Delaney’s webinar, “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” you can access it here. And find her presentation deck here.  Now, to other important business matters.

Why is there such a stubborn wage gap for women worldwide?  Your guess is as good as ours but one thing is certain:  As a result of this trend, we’ll see more and more women starting their own businesses and taking them global at the outset.

Meanwhile, in Canada, for example, in an article in Canada’s Corporate Knights magazine, they feature a list of 100 highest paid CEOs including five people named Marc or Mark, five named Michael, four named Al, John, Paul and Steve, and three named Brian, Charles and Donald.  Where are the women?  There were just two women among those 100 corporate elites in 2015.

The United States has the same problem.  On average, American women earn less than their male peers. Highly educated women fare worst of all. For example, when the comedian Ricky Gervais joked that he was paid the same to host the Golden Globes as the actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — combined — his snide humor most likely echoed throughout many workplaces.

Let’s hope in the future that the wage gap is once and for all closed for women worldwide.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 2/1/17 on “How to Leverage Social Media to GROW Global,” and presented by Melisa Hinosoja, IBM Digital Marketing and Commerce Specialist.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4285210609604750594. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Kick Off the New Year With One Key Aspiration: Go Global

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WEGG wishes you a joyful, healthy and prosperous 2017.  Let’s kick off the new year together by discovering what’s in store for 2017.  join us for a webinar on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH GOING GLOBAL 
BY JOINING US FOR A WEBINAR ON 1/4/17!

next_up_4jan_2017_wegginarWEGG webinar 1/4/17 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President of GlobeTrade.com, creator of The Global Small Business Blog, and President of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4683006218535347459 Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

Connect then and meanwhile, bring in the new year with global ambitions.

Merry Christmas from WEGG!

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Unleash Your Global Business Potential

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Are you experiencing growth pains and the last choice of growth for your business is to grow global?  Then you have come to the right place!  Not only here at WEGG can we unleash your global business potential but there are numerous other resources around the world that enable women entrepreneurs and business owners to cultivate their talents in the global marketplace.

We’ll start highlighting some of these online places in future blog posts.  After all, we are here to serve your needs because WEGG’s mission is all about educating women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.

One resource in particular that we are fond of is the Canadian Business Women in International Trade program (BWIT).  If you are operating your business in Canada and want to get export-ready and export-active with information on potential new markets, qualified contacts, and more, pay a visit.  Here’s a snapshot of BWIT:

The Canadian Business Women in International Trade program (BWIT) is part of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). The TCS is a network of more than 900 trade commissioners working in regional offices across Canada and in Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates located in more than 150 cities around the world.

To learn more, visit:  BWIT

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH GOING GLOBAL 
BY JOINING US FOR A WEBINAR ON 1/4/17!

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next_up_4jan_2017_wegginarNote: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 1/4/17 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President of GlobeTrade.com, creator of The Global Small Business Blog, and President of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4683006218535347459 Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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How a French Beauty Company Won Over Women Worldwide

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L’Oréal, considered the number one cosmetic company in the world, tributes its international success to an international marketing model based on skill, knowledge and an unshakeable reputation. How has L’Oréal created this image and reputation? How has the group won over women around the world?

Here’s a story of a French brand that became international and has added real value around the world.

A few quick key takeaways from the article that will help you as you grow your business internationally:

  1. Acquire leading brands to reinforce brand status.
  2. Develop a larger distribution chain than your competitors.
  3. Foster innovation focused brands.
  4. Invest in innovation to crack the Asian market.
  5. Adapt to specific cultural differences in the beauty market.
  6. Embody your image or brand as the expert in the industry.

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next_up_4jan_2017_wegginarNote: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 1/4/17 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President of GlobeTrade.com, creator of The Global Small Business Blog, and President of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4683006218535347459 Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Executing an Idea You Strongly Believe In Globally

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It’s that time of year when you reflect on your accomplishments, celebrate your successes, and plan a path for the future.  One thing we all need as we delve into 2017 with our global dream is a healthy dose of inspiration. Hopefully, we are giving you a little of that here at WEGG but in case you need more, read the article below for stories about how women overcame challenges and grew their businesses beyond borders.

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-11-41-02-amIn 2017, may you be globally ambitious!  We look forward to learning, growing and inspiring one another together in the new year.

Read more:  Women entrepreneurs whose stories inspired us in 2016

Screenshot:  Nadia Chauhan, Parle Agro, one of the women business owners featured in the article above.  That’s also a quote from her site.

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next_up_4jan_2017_wegginarNote: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 1/4/17 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President of GlobeTrade.com, creator of The Global Small Business Blog, and President of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4683006218535347459 Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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How to Be Found Online Everywhere

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With the holiday season upon us, it’s critical that people from all over the world discover your business online.  That’s the only way to acquire new customers, generate greater revenue and increase profits.  But first, how do you make sure you’ve got your social media right?  After all, that’s what will drive sales and global growth.  It starts with checking the health of your social media profiles — all of them — and then get going communicating!

Read more:  The Social Media Audit Checklist

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next_up_4jan_2017_wegginarNote: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 1/4/17 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President of GlobeTrade.com, creator of The Global Small Business Blog, and President of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4683006218535347459 Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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