Friday, June 26, 2020


World population?  Government and economics?  Society and media?  Environment?  Food?  Water? Health?

Say you want to know how many births we had this year, how much public military expenditure, number of television sets sold worldwide today and the number of tons of toxic chemicals released in the environment.

We've got you covered.  Enlighten yourself. – it's a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lessons from the Great Recession in 2008

"Flexibility — both in product lines and operational structure — will help vulnerable businesses survive," says Michael Chow, lead data analyst and economist at the National Federation of Independent Business (N.F.I.B.). The key is listening to customers and anticipating their needs, both today and after the pandemic.

Now is the time to scale up in the spirit of collaboration.

Read more about how small businesses today must focus on adaptability and prepare for timid consumers going forward.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Which Global Small Businesses Are Most Vulnerable Right Now Due to COVID-19?

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According to McKinsey & Company, before the crisis, small businesses accounted for nearly half of all private-sector jobs. Widespread business exits wreak longer-lasting unemployment and economic damage than temporary shutdowns do, so it’s important to understand which small businesses may remain shuttered permanently.

McKinsey & Company goes on to say that that knowledge can help business leaders and policy makers develop interventions to protect small businesses in the short term, ensure that they can participate in the recovery, and put more of them on a more resilient footing in the years to come.

Discover which sectors are most at risk, and which global small businesses might close permanently.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: Cross-Cultural Marketing in a Pandemic

What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • COVID-19 has destroyed 41% of Black small businesses
  • SMEs remain the backbone of our economy.
  • Quote of the week:  Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport." – Pope Francis
  • COVID-19 metrics matter.  Check some robust ones out here and provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
  • Building resilience in a world disrupted.
  • Cross-cultural marketing in a pandemic:  key tents for business leaders.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Abstract Wrong of Slavery

"You know I dislike slavery; and you fully admit the abstract wrong of it." – August 24, 1855 Letter to Joshua Speed by Abraham Lincoln

Friday, June 19, 2020


Join the worldwide celebration of Juneteenth – a time to appreciate and celebrate Black history and together, take one giant step toward greater racial equality.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Update Your Cyber-Security Risk Assessment

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The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a remote working culture that started when high-speed internet became available at home and in coffee shops.
It’s now obvious that many more jobs can be done remotely than previously thought. COVID-19 also accelerated distance learning and telehealth services. Compliance policies written for the workplace, the classroom, and the doctor’s office will need to be rewritten to reflect this new remote reality. 
Here are five ways any organization can improve its cyber-security compliance.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Wayfair Decision and What It Means for Small Businesses

The rise of e-commerce platforms and online marketplaces has radically changed the expectations that buyers have when it comes to shopping, leading to a steady decline in traditional retail shopping, and an uptick in online commerce. As a result of these shifts, we all now live and operate in an increasingly digital economy.

Now, bring in the Wayfair decision that has changed the landscape of state sales tax and made compliance much more difficult for all sizes of businesses.  Not familiar with the June 21, 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair?  Get background info here.
Learn how the case compelled businesses to adopt digital solutions to address not only their sales tax needs but other tax reporting obligations as well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

How Female Founders Can Innovate and Disrupt the World of Business (SCORE webinar TODAY]

The world of business is wide open to everyone who has an internet connection and the bravado to take it on.

In this SCORE webinar this morning, four exceptional women entrepreneurs Laurel Delaney (wegg®), Betsy Mikesell (Beddy's), Angie White (Beddy's) and Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart (KOVAL Distillery) will provide insights for women who want to innovate and disrupt the world of business – to grow faster, stronger, and soar globally for a better tomorrow.

Join this webinar to learn:
  • How to pivot a business in a crisis
  • Why women rule in the global marketplace
  • How to follow your passion and turn a family business into a global powerhouse
  • What a Kickstarter campaign can do and why is it important to consider
  • Who might be your next best partner in business
  • How setting up an ecommerce platform can take a business global
  • Why good design makes a strong first impression and establishing patents safeguards your invention
To learn more and to register TODAY, 6/16/20, at 11AM EDT (free of charge), visit:

Monday, June 15, 2020

Today in Global Small Business: You Gotta Start Collaborating

What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • Guys and gals – you gotta start collaborating, if you haven't already! 
  • The US and China must learn to balance competition and collaboration in the coming era.
  • Quote of the week:  I always talk to all the crew. I always make it pleasant. I always nurture a relationship that makes people feel like they're important, like they're a part of the collaboration. I feel that way about the young actors on set. I don't talk to them like I'm the mentor; I talk to them like they're my peers. And I learned that from Meryl Streep. – Viola Davis
  • Looking to boost innovation?  Want to identify a problem to solve?  Partner or collaborate with a startup.
  • This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum: The Great Reset needs great leaders to help the most vulnerable.
  • Oh, just some fun and nothing to do with collaboration: Kris and Kate's ice cream.