June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Get to know an inspirational entrepreneur named Shama Kabani, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, as well as a speaker and author on the topic of entrepreneurship. She’s part of a U.S.-Danish delegation sent to mentor young Egyptians as they set out to create new businesses. In a time of turmoil in the country, it was interesting to see what business challenges the U.S.-Danish delegation gave them and how they would apply them to fledgling Egyptian companies. Read more about the enriching entrepreneurial experience here.
June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
High unemployment continues to affect the job market, especially for the young, urban populations. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the overall national rate of unemployment is 9.1 percent.
With this in mind, the White House convened the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., on Monday, June 6th. The day-long conference aimed to assist minority small business owners by bringing together government officials, private and non-profit funders and leading entrepreneurs. Attendees were encouraged to voice questions and share information in a bid to spur growth opportunities in urban areas.
White House officials that attended the event included Don Graves, executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs & Competitiveness and Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. Read for more information on the summit and the positive outcomes and ideas that came from it.
June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Featured on CNBC news, TechShop offers tools that have been inaccessible to the average person since they were created as part of the Industrial Revolution. The Daily Markets website says, “TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make. You can think of TechShop like a fitness club, but with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment. It is sort of like a Kinko’s for makers, or a Xerox PARC for the rest of us. TechShop was featured this morning on CNBC as part of its “Manufacturing’s New Future” series (see video above), as a company that helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams. One entrepreneur says “It’s like belonging to a gym, but you get access to $10 million worth of equipment.” One term used about TechShop is that facilitates the “democratization of tools.”
June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
There’s a NAFTA Conference in Texas coming up this June 16 and 17, 2011. If you want to explore the option of opening a business or conducting business in Mexico, the NAFTA Institute/”Supplier, Meet the Buyer” Conference is a great way to familiarize yourself with the arena. Not ready to strike up any deals yet? You can also attend conferences that can teach you how to deal with Mexican and even Canadian companies. Read comments from the executive director of the International Business Accelerator in Santa Teresa, Jerry Pacheco, about the opportunities this conference presents its participants.
Cost is $99, which includes meals, materials and entry to all sessions. Detailed information on the conference agenda may be found at nafta-institute.com.
June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
In-depth article on the new dynamic in trade and economic relations between China, Latin America and the United States, from the Institute of the Americas website.
June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
In an increasingly competitive global environment, major firms know that talent recruitment is key to success. Latin America is no exception. Some countries such as Venezuela experience what is called ‘brain-drain’, that is the flee of talent to other countries such as the U.S. in order to get better work experience and higher salaries.
The good news is that Latin American companies are finally recognizing the importance that their HR departments can play in talent selection and recruitment. Countries such as Chile, Brazil, and Peru are implementing policies to entice talented and skilled individuals to come back to work in their home country. Read more on the story here.