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Small Business Profile: Wike Bicycle Trailers Goes from a Basement to Across the Globe
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I enjoy riding my bike every chance I get.  It’s a great form of exercise; it also helps keep the roads less congested and sets a positive, active example for my children. They’ve even started tagging along on their bikes when I go for a run!

Wike Bicycle Trailers is looking to make our world healthier and more sustainable. With an end goal of getting more people cycling rather than driving, Wike introduces people to new uses for bicycles – from using their trailers to transport pets, groceries and equipment to helping disabled triathletes compete.

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The Flattening Continues: Don’t Let Geography Hold You Back
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As a four-year old, I took my first international flight in the early 1970s on a flight to Singapore from Bombay (and yes, my birth certificate will always say Bombay, not Mumbai). That trip inspired my lifelong fascination with airplanes and travel. I’ve been fortunate to have lived, been educated and worked in cities such as Bombay, Bangalore, Jakarta, Daytona Beach, Chicago and Atlanta. My interest in companies that “connect the world” shaped my choices and a career that has included working for the world’s largest airline, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, and now, a global leader in logistics and transportation solutions.

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So You Want to Go to Canada, Eh? Three Reasons Why it Might be a Good Destination
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When it’s time to start thinking about an international destination, many companies in the United States consider Canada. In a survey of business owners, UPS found that 23% of small and medium sized businesses indicate Canada as a key market and 21% said that they intend to increase or begin exporting to Canada within two years. What makes Canada so appealing?

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The World is Waiting: 3 Steps to Global Growth
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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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3 Signs that You Might be the Next Accidental Exporter: Video
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Many companies enter the global market by accident. In fact, you might have an invitation sitting on your desk right now. Did you R.S.V.P.?

If you said, “not yet,” then you are not alone. Emails from potential international customers go unanswered time and again. Finally, a brave manager takes the leap and makes the company’s first sale to a customer outside of the United States – often in Canada, Europe, or Australia. Soon, you respond to more and more international customers and become an accidental exporter.

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How Chinese New Year (or the Queen’s Birthday) Can Impact your Customer Service: International Shipping Post 2
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This is the second post in a series addressing challenges for companies starting to go global with their products and services.

Picnics, parades, and patriotism are just a few ways to celebrate Independence Day. Your UPS driver even takes the day off. But, what if your customers or suppliers are abroad? In today’s global marketplace, it’s important to note holidays around the world that might impact your business.

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Trekking Beyond Borders
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During a recent stop at the customs counter in the new international wing of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, an agent inspected my passport and said, “Looks like you have your entire life story in here.” A spot-on observation that is true in more ways than one.

My trek to go global began over a decade ago with a month-long journey to attend a global leadership conference in Pune, India. This was just the beginning of my quest, but it opened my eyes to opportunities beyond borders – both personal and business.

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