Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 15, 2005
International entrepreneur and author Laurel Delaney announced the release of ÂGlobal Guru: Shaking Things Up, Making Things Happen,Â a manifesto which enables entrepreneurs and small businesses to expand internationally. The guide offers practical information to empower individuals to go global.
According to ÂGlobal Guru,Â 97 percent of U.S. companies exporting are small businesses. The Department of Commerce reveals that 230,000 small businesses in the United States together export roughly U.S. $1 billion per day, or U.S. $300 billion per year. The U.S. Small Business AdministrationÂs Office of International Trade indicates that AmericaÂs small businesses are becoming big players in international trade and that their role is growing rapidly.
ÂThe timing has never been better for business owners to get out of their own backyards and transition from local, regional or national firms into global players,Â said Delaney, CEO of Laurel Delaney Company, a leading professional services firm that specializes in global entrepreneurial development. ÂThe explosion of small businesses crossing borders in the last few years is largely attributable to the Internet, with businesses seeking new ways to tap into the more than 95 percent of the worldÂs consumers who live outside the United States.Â
ÂGlobal GuruÂ provides 12 key qualities of the spirit and intellect essential to pushing boundaries, including:
Â Learning about the culture in which you are about to do business.
Â Being adaptable, taking risks and innovating.
Â Valuing a relationship more than the deal.
Â Taking action when needed and implementing relentlessly.
In addition, ÂGlobal GuruÂ offers a checklist of 20 factors to consider before going global and invaluable Web resources for conducting market research and locating key customers.
Many small business owners have thought about expanding internationally at some point, yet most do not. Only about 10 percent of small businesses are involved in the global marketplace. Delaney has devoted her entire career to the quest of closing the gap between thinking of going global and making it happen.
To learn more, see ÂGlobal Guru: Shaking Things Up, Making Things HappenÂ at LaurelDelaney.com.
About Laurel Delaney Company
LaurelDelaney.com is the online arm of Chicago-based Laurel Delaney Company, a professional services firm that elevates the work of Laurel Delaney in entrepreneurship and specializes in global entrepreneurial development. Learn more at http://www.LaurelDelaney.com or call (773) 381-1700.
About The Founder
Laurel Delaney, MBA, is a renowned global entrepreneur and founder of Chicago-based Laurel Delaney Company. In addition, she is the founder of the 19-year old Global TradeSource, Ltd., a global marketing, consulting and business Web content provider company.
Ms. Delaney is a contributing author in The Research Handbook For International Entrepreneurship (Edward Elgar Publishing, U.K.), a breakthrough guide on global entrepreneurship. She is also the Chicago chapter facilitator for the Women PresidentsÂ Organization.
A recipient of the U.S. Small Business AdministrationÂs ÂIllinois Exporter of the YearÂ award, Ms. Delaney serves on the International Editorial Advisory Board of the ÂJournal of International EntrepreneurshipÂ and on the advisory board of Women Entrepreneurs, Inc.