For business owners and managers, the more casual days of summer come with their own challenges: a spate of employee vacations that make coordinating with vendors and colleagues essential. This is the season when many workers recharge with a well-earned vacation, especially those who must coordinate family vacations around school vacations.
The recent election of Emmanuel Macron as France’s new president is widely viewed as good news, both for the European Union (EU), which Macron supports, and for the future of international trade between France and countries around the globe, including the United States. As our country’s eighth largest trading partner, France is key to the global trade prospects of thousands of U.S. companies – including many in the aerospace and technology sectors – and its continued ties to the EU could prove essential for future planning and success.
When U.S. businesses think of top international trading partners, they rightly often turn their attention to the Asia-Pacific region. But while China does rank as our top trading partner in both exports and imports, and while Japan and South Korea are not far behind, some might be surprised to find that Germany ranks extremely high on the list, and the highest among European Union (EU) member nations.
For more than 50 years, the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week has promoted the accomplishments of entrepreneurs across the country. The week recognizes not only the value that small companies bring to the marketplace, but also just how much they are evolving in today’s global economy.
Once upon a time….
It’s the classic opening to our favorite fairy tales. As children we dream of magic potions and knights in shining armor that will provide our happily ever after. How were we to know that our own hard work, skill and determination could be far more effective?