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The world market is no longer just for big business. The smallest mom and pop store can now reach customers internationally as easy as those down the street. Trade has become an essential part of small business.

Deep Sengupta has advised the President on international business. He has shaped the current export reforms for businesses in the United States. Deep learned his trade from the University of Washington and Harvard University. He will answer the burning questions that small businesses have about expanding their business overseas and taking advantage of the booming international market.

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What role do US-based small businesses play in today’s global marketplace?

US-based small businesses play a huge role in the global marketplace. 

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Deep Sengupta - TCAS Principal at FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services Inc.

Chiradeep (commonly referred to as Deep) is a TCAS Principal at FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services Inc.  Deep is responsible for relationships with international governments, international trade promotion agencies and trade associations. Deep obtained his basic legal training (LL.B) in India and then obtained a Masters in Law-Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Washington - School of Law (2001) in Seattle, WA where he won the Graduate Tax program Merit Scholarship.  Deep has also received executive education on International Trade from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In February 2011, Deep was appointed by the U.S Secretary of Commerce to the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export administration (PECSEA) to advise the Obama administration on its export control reform efforts.

 

Steve Strauss looks at the trend that is dominating the world, Entrepreneurship.

Faithful readers of this column (thank you very much!) know that every year I post a two-part Top Trends in Small Business piece. It is always interesting to see what is coming down the pike, and it is equally interesting to notice how much, and how little, the list changes every year.

At ReachLocal – an online marketing services company catering to small business – the mantra is “Don’t leak leads.” And that’s good advice for business owners investing more and more money in online marketing only to have large chunks of leads slip away.

By Daniel Kehrer
Founder, BizBest.com
 

At ReachLocal – an online marketing services company catering to small business – the mantra is “Don’t leak leads.” And that’s good advice for business owners investing more and more money in online marketing only to have large chunks of leads slip away.

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Daniel KehrerDaniel Kehrer, Founder & Managing Director of BizBest Media Corp., is a nationally-known, award-winning expert on small and local business, start-ups, content marketing, entrepreneurship and social media, with an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. Read more of Daniel's tips at www.BizBest.com, follow him at www.twitter.com/140Main and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/danielkehrer.
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In just 60-seconds, we can get you started on setting up the perfect home office.

Home OfficeThere’s no place like home, especially when you get to work there too. While others deal with frustrating commutes and noisy cubicles, you’re getting ahead and getting things done. Or are you? Without proper planning and organization, your home office may do more to hinder your productivity than enhance it. 

Learn the tools and resources successful entrepreneurs found most helpful for their small businesses.

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Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains the right and wrong ways the main character of the TV show Breaking Bad embarked on entrepreneurship.

Steve Strauss headshot Walter White, we hardly knew ye.

Heisenberg, we hope we would never meet thee.

Like everyone else it seems, I have been fairly mesmerized by Emmy winner Breaking Bad. Especially this last season, the transformation of mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White into the sociopath meth-dealing drug lord Heisenberg has been transfixing.

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Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

SCORE ExpertAnswers

No matter the small business, each entrepreneur faces one similar issue: Pricing. Are you out pricing your customers? Are you under pricing yourself? Is the difference between a year in the red or the black as simple as your price tag? This month SCORE helps you find the answers to these questions.

Few people are better qualified to discuss this issue than Ann Logue, who spent 12 years as a financial market analyst before turning her talents to writing. She also shares her expertise as a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and MBA students about corporation finance and international financial markets. Ann will go over the finer points of pricing to help you maximize your pricing for profitability. 

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Pricing is something that all small businesses wrestle with, particularly those just getting started. What are the fundamentals for determining the ideal price for a product or service?

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Ann Logue - Author and Business Analyst

Ann Logue is a freelance writer and consulting analyst who is fascinated by business and technology. She has a particular interest in regulatory issues and corporate governance. She is the author of Emerging Markets for Dummies, Socially Responsible Investing for Dummies, Day Trading for Dummies, and Hedge Funds for Dummies, and has written for Barron’s, InvestHedge, Newsweek Japan, and BusinessWeek Chicago, among other publications. As an editor and ghostwriter, she worked on a book published by the International Monetary Fund and another by a Wall Street currency strategist. She is a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current career follows 12 years of experience as an investment analyst. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains the concept of supplier financing and how it can be used to start a business on a tight budget.

Steve Strauss headshotQ: Hey Steve, I would like to start a business but I don’t have a lot of money. Also, my credit is not great. Would you know of any other ways I could start given my situation?

Donald

 

About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

 

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains why it is important to loyally serve your best customers.

 

 

Steve Strauss headshotQ: My business has been a customer of a company for about a half dozen years. In the past couple of years, this company has seen some rapid growth and as a result, I am now a small fish to them. They are about to lose my business, and they don’t even seem to know it. What’s the deal?

Andrew

About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

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