Archive for March, 2011

Small Business Persons of the Year 2011 Winners

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week (May 6-20, 2011) announces its winners.  To meet them — click here (PDF file download).

And we are happy to see that a fellow-Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. woman business owner, Katrina Markoff (pictured), is a winner (although we already knew she was a winner long, long time ago!).  Congrats Katrina!  Her company is Vosges Haut-Chocolat (catch a video of Katrina here).

Is her company global? Good question.  It sure looks poised to go international any minute but I don’t see a mention of it on the site.  I can envision boutiques in China, Japan and Qatar.  Can’t you?

Pay a visit to:  Vosges Haut-Chocolat.  For the love of chocolate, order some!  And check out Katrina’s sensational blog here.

Photo credit:  Katrina Markoff’s blog

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Grow Sales By Importing

Have a great new product idea but don’t know how to find a manufacturer to produce it?  Look no further.

To find suppliers of the product you want to import, you’ll need to consult some specialized online resources. These four are a good start: Alibaba, Global Sources, ThomasNet and Kompass. If you contact the U.S. Embassy in the country you are interested in importing from, they might be able to help as well. When you travel internationally, provided you set aside time to do a little shopping, you might stumble upon a product you like and find out who the manufacturer is (look on the package). I have managed to do this several times in the course of my international career. It works.

Read the entire article:

Importing:  How to Find a Supplier For the Product You Want to Import

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Are You Active on Quora?

There’s a new kid on the social media platform block called Quora.  It’s a question and answer site for for individuals to promote their stuff — thought leadership skills and depth of knowledge on a subject, for example.

Stake out your territory and expertise on key topics.  The questions and answers are created, edited and organized by everyone who uses it.

Sounds like another new opportunity to get discovered globally.

Check it out here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

10 Myths On Why Women Don’t Go Abroad

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan dispells ten myths on why women don’t go abroad.

First, here’s a snippet of an interesting fact:

According to a recent study by ANZ recruitment agency Hydrogen Group, women who want to further their career should work overseas.  All of the 2,637 professional women surveyed in Global Professionals on the Move 2011 said they would recommend working abroad.

Read the entire article:

Women Move Up by Moving Overseas

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Happy 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

Here is a briefing on the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards.

Special Briefing
Melanne Verveer
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Henriette Ekwe Ebongo, Maria Bashir
Washington, DC
March 8, 2011

MS. FULTON: Good afternoon and welcome to the Department of State. I’m pleased to greet you today on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
Read the entire script here.
Pictured:  Hillary Clinton
Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Is Your Perspective Global?

According Huffington Post blogger Marcia Reynolds, to distinguish yourself in today’s workplace, you need a global perspective.  I believe you should have (cultivate) this outlook every second of the day but here’s what Reynolds says about the benefits of developing this mindset in the world of work:

A global perspective widens your lens of possibility. You can provide possible solutions based on what is successful in other parts of the world. Additionally, a global perspective helps you to understand the sandbox your organization is playing in.

Read the entire article here.

You might also find this article helpful:  Leading With a Global Mindset (by Laurel Delaney,, Import and Export Guide).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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