Borderbuster Monthly E-Newsletter (No. 83): October 6, 2008
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1. Welcome From The Publisher
2. Update for Our Readers
3. Brands: Moving Overseas to Move Upmarket*
4. Business and Cultural Tips: Have Some Fun!*
5. Export Opportunities Beckon Smaller Firms*
6. How I Went Global: Ongoing Series // Raymund Flanez
7. A Reader Asks: Q&A*
8. Everybody Loves a Freebie -- repeat: FREE OFFER*
9. How to Get Ahead in China*
10. P&G's Innovation Culture*
11. Small Businesses Feeling the Chill*
12. Blog World: Miri Market*
13. Laurel's e-Book: "GODZILLA Global Marketing!"
14. Take A Walk On The Wild Side (TAWOTWS)
15. Wind Behind Your Sail*
16. Miscellany: GlobeTrade in the News*
Greetings, Loyal Colleagues, Fabulous Friends and Cheering Fans!
Thank you to so many of you who continue to spread the word about this e-newsletter by talking about it, forwarding it on to colleagues or by recommending it to your collaborators. As a result, we are growing rapidly and becoming known as the best-borderbuster-on-the-planet! Since 1985, we have helped more than one million entrepreneurs, small businesses, activists, futurists, academics, executives and corporate risk-takers go global through our books, articles, education and consulting services.
For those of you who just signed on, this is the latest edition of "Borderbuster," which is produced by author, speaker and educator Laurel Delaney -- herself a successful small business owner with years of experience in taking on the world with her knowledge, products and services. Every month, Laurel briefs you on the basics in all aspects of running a global business -- from finding customers to keeping them, from shipping products to getting paid, from learning about a different culture to becoming a true global netizen. She shares her passion for what is possible and continues to make significant and enduring contributions to the way the world does business.
Many of the articles featured here are marked *subscriber exclusive,* which means they do not appear on the GlobeTrade.com site or Global Small Business Blog (http://borderbuster.blogspot.com) -- an added value for members only. Yet, if you become too busy to tackle everything here, just revert to the site or the blog to get your global dose for the month.
In this October issue, "Borderbuster" focuses on: how export opportunities beckon smaller firms; ways to get ahead in China; and
how small businesses are feeling the big chill. Our special feature this month is "Looking Abroad For a Bigger Boost in Business," by Raymund Flanez of The Wall Street Journal. He authors a feature about how a rising number of small companies are shelving domestic growth, for now at least, and are seeking bigger opportunities abroad (refer to No. 6; GlobeTrade is mentioned in the article!).
As many of you are aware, Laurel is an Entrepreneur magazine columnist covering the topic of going global. Her contributions focus on offering the latest relevant information on global small business. We'll share links to her columns as they become available (refer to No. 16).
Enjoy the great content and resources we bring you each month. We hope you learn something new here and apply it today. Membership is free but priceless! Now, let us be brave and fearless about conducting business in our world because, sooner or later, going global will prevail. Every global citizen will know how to do it. Don't be left behind! Start shaping your world today.
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Make it great in '08,
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• In Russia, do not begin eating before the host tells you to start; don't put your elbows on the table, but do keep your hands visible on the table and not in your lap; and use bread to soak up sauce or gravy.
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More and more small business owners are looking to tap overseas markets. They realize exports are their biggest growth opportunity, and some banks are beginning to realize that opportunity includes them.
Find out why here
Street Journal 9/9/08
Looking Abroad For a Bigger Boost in Business
By Raymund Flanez
For three years, David Rosenberg, co-founder and chief executive of a concrete-product maker, had thought about doing business overseas. But the timing just wasn't right.
With slowing domestic commercial and residential construction, Hycrete Inc. is putting a bet on growth abroad this year. And it seems to be paying off.
"The U.S. market is an established market," Mr. Rosenberg says. "If you look at India, Europe and the Middle East, you see decades of underdevelopment and underinvestment there. The construction boom that's taking hold in those markets is tremendous … We're also going where the money is."
The Carlstadt, N.J.-based company says its products are being used in the construction of the tallest residential tower in India and mall projects in Eastern Europe. The company also is getting in on the Middle East's green building boom. Hycrete's product is a water-based chemical mixture called Hycrete Elite that is mixed into concrete to make it water- and corrosion-proof.
With a shaky U.S. economy hurting domestic sales and a weak dollar making U.S.-made goods more attractive to foreign buyers, a rising number of small companies are shelving domestic growth, for now at least, and are seeking bigger opportunities abroad. For some, it is an initial foray. Others already have dipped their toes in foreign markets but are now diving in. Some others are forming partnerships or affiliate deals to facilitate their entry into an unproven market.
"There is so much focus on foreign markets at this time ... because of the state of the U.S. economy, which adversely affects sales volume and prices," says Raphael Amit, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. "Yet in overseas markets, U.S. manufacturers and service providers can compete
effectively and realize substantial profits due to favorable exchange rates." He adds that "expenses are in dollars and revenues are in currencies that are stronger."
Although the dollar has surged over the past few months, since 2006 the U.S. currency has lost 11.5% of its value against the currencies of major trading partners, according to Federal Reserve data.
Small businesses are "struggling in their own market, so they have to be creative and innovative and find new approaches to grow their business," says Laurel Delaney, president and founder of Globetrade.com, a consulting and marketing solutions company for entrepreneurs seeking international expansion.
Read the rest of the article here at The Wall Street Journal
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Q: To Ask The Expert,
With the financial markets in such turmoil, do you really think entrepreneurs and small businesses are in a position to capture global
A: From Laurel,
Absolutely. And we talked about this very same subject with Matthew Bandyk of U.S. News & World Report. Find the entire interview here.
The Global Entrepreneurial Revolution:
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When Mitch Free first went to China, he didn't know a thing about the place. He listened. He learned. He was respectful and polite. Now he gets it, and his business is booming.
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Some small companies say they are no longer able to get loans from newly cautious banks as credit tightens across the country, and even hose who do qualify are increasingly reluctant to borrow and expand, fearful of overextending themselves in the midst of the financial crisis.
You have to wonder: Why did the author not ask the business owners about global expansion efforts?
Find out more at The New York Times
You might also want to visit this Q&A chat at Linked In with Chad Moutray, Chief Economist & Director of Economic Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy. He was quoted in The New York Times article. He poses the following question: What measures should small businesses take to weather this economic downturn?
The responses are worth reading.
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LATE BREAKING NEWS
• GLOBETRADE IN THE NEWS:
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: The Global Entrepreneurial Revolution
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Looking Abroad For a Bigger Boost in Business
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: New York Eatery Looks For The Sweet Spot Overseas
WE, INC.: How To Provide Great Global Customer Service
USATODAY.com: Small U.S. firms make big global sales
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: Falling dollar Pinches Small Businesses
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: The Bright Side of the Dollar's Decline
• LAUREL'S ENTREPRENEUR COLUMN: Going Local. You can't do it all on your own, especially in a new country.
• PARCEL MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Leaving the Country:
Learn about the extremity of small businesses' unwillingness to go global and how the UPS Business Monitor report helps us understand why .
• SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS: What's Ahead in Our Brave New Cyberworld.
PEOPLE + COMPANIES GETTING AHEAD
A. PLACES TO VISIT:
Check out our new look:
We've added an Idea Lab section!
The Global Small Business Blog
For your global entrepreneurial development needs.
to find out why women are leaving Corporate America for entrepreneurship.
audio post card from Laurel!
do you Squidoo? We do! Find out why.
to order Laurel's first e-book, "Insanely Global!"
B. HERE'S WHAT'S ALWAYS FREE – RESOURCES YOU CAN USE:
• Listen to an archived broadcast of Laurel Delaney talking about
what it takes to go global:
• Listen to podcasts as global trade experts (including Laurel Delaney) and UPS executives explore how small- and medium-size
businesses can better market their goods internationally: http://tinyurl.com/5wcamj and http://tinyurl.com/6hgfnn
• Download a voter-supported FREE global manifesto authored by Laurel
Delaney: for learning how to go global.
• Explore Scribd and learn something new about going global:
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