Archive for May, 2010

How To Live On a Better Planet

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Women Are the Key to Establishing Strong Communities Worldwide

According to studies published by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the World Bank, women are the key stakeholders for establishing strong, stable communities.

As such, their companies and countries in turn make important global partners in creating efficient and functioning economies. Unfortunately, when it comes to developing these emerging markets, women are often ignored or treated as aid recipients, excluded from the actual process of product and service development. It is rare that we stop to ask those in need how they would solve their problems.

Read the entire article here.

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Making Progress Worldwide Out of Excess

Through the innovative use of surplus, Goods 4 Good promotes the development of orphans and vulnerable children.

As a result of forming key partnerships and collaborations with organizations worldwide, G4G provides school supplies, clothing, health and hygiene products and other necessities to orphans and vulnerable children, while at the same time reducing waste at home.

Learn more about this worthwhile organization here.  Recent publicity about the founder, Melissa Kushner, mentioned here.  On the subject of “thinking globally,” get charged up and check out The Global Small Business Depot.

Photo credit:  Goods 4 Good

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How To Be Innovatively Global

Here are six innovative ways to get overseas business.  This is my latest installment for American Express OPEN Forum (via a relationship with Small Business Trends):

6 Ways To Be Innovatively Global

Snapshot of one tip:

3.  Jump in and get going. The later you wait to go global, the harder it gets.  Why?  Because just like routine, structure and bureaucracy can often kill innovation in an organization, it can do the same damage when it comes to taking a business global.  You wait so long that by the time you’re ready, your domestic operation may hamper your ability to learn or take new avenues for growth.  Some people refer to this as the death or curse of an organization.  A few of you may have heard me say online, “Go global or your business will die.” It all falls into the same bag.

So my advice to you:  Do it! Even if you don’t have every duck in a row, take your business global now, especially in view of President Obama’s big national export initiative.  Provided you have a good global transport company (such as FedEx or UPS) and a sophisticated international banker, you are all set to get into the game and play ball in the global marketplace.  Pick your market and get competitive now.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Will Have a Profound Effect On Global Business

Get ready to take us seriously because thus far we have not attracted the level of attention and respect we so richly deserve.  This article, “The Third Billion,” by authors DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh for strategy + business, outlines how a billion or more women are about to participate more fully in the mainstream global economy.

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as producers, consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of China and India’s billion-plus populations. But its members have not yet attracted the level of attention they deserve.

If China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, then this “third billion” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations, whose economic lives have previously been stunted, underleveraged, or suppressed. These women, who have been living or contributing at a subsistence level, are now entering the mainstream for the first time.

As the authors ask:  What can you do to enable and prepare these women as potential consumers, employees, and citizens?

Read the entire exciting article here.

Chart credit:  Booz & Company

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Accelerate Business Growth: Go Global

We are an avid reader (and contributor at times) of Enterprising Women the voice of women entrepreneurs — an informative magazine (sign up here) for and about women business owners. Publisher Monica Smiley and her team do an amazing job reporting on and featuring women business owners across the globe.

We were particularly excited to see in Vol. 10, No. 5 (2009), “Global Expansion During Tough Economic Times,” authored by our very own WEGG contributor, Dr. Marsha Firestone, and definitely worth a read.

Dr. Firestone covers:

  • Operating a staff globally
  • Managing a global office
  • Learning about international customs and culture

Read the entire article here.  Sign up for the magazine here.

Pictured:  In the back, Anni Bodington, WPO Capetown, South Africa Chapter Chair and Managing Director of TESA Security Fencing; center and in blue, Dr. Marsha Firestone, President and Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Full disclosure:  I serve as the Chicago Chapter Chair for WPO.

Photo credit:  TESA Security Fencing

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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