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The World is Waiting: 3 Steps to Global Growth

This is the fourth post in a series addressing challenges for companies starting to go global with their products and services.

Did you know that UPS customers expanding to new markets grew their UPS exports 2.8 times faster than UPS customers exporting to a single market?  Entering a new country can introduce your products to new customers and jump start growth. Frequently, business owners ask: “Where do I begin?

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AAC Enterprises’ Export Story – Finding Customers Around the World

The Small Business Administration is asking small business owners “where will your next customer come from?” AAC Enterprises, Inc. is finding them all over the world.  Justin Hartenstein started out selling automobile parts out of his garage, and now he designs and develops innovative custom lighting systems for car enthusiasts all around the globe.

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Futurallia: Speed Dating for Small Businesses

Through various roles at UPS, I’ve worked with companies for more than 13 years and the fears they have about doing business internationally are usually the same. Language differences, financial risks and terms of sale are just a few of the factors prohibiting competitive companies from taking advantage of the global marketplace.

The folks at Futurallia (Future + Alliance) have figured out how to minimize those fears and will assist hundreds of small businesses at its annual conference coming up in Kansas City – the first time in the U.S.  Don’t miss the opportunity to attend… registration ends May 13th.

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Small/Medium Enterprises: Canada’s Borderless Business Reality

Christopher Columbus had a global perspective when venturing half way across the world for international business. He set his sights on an emerging market and set sail, giving birth to ‘a whole new world.’ Lucky for us, conducting business in emerging markets in 2011 doesn’t have to be as gruelling as spending months at sea.

In Canada, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are becoming more global in their outlook on international business. Borderless business is becoming a reality for many, and an opportunity for all.    Read More »