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Columbus was Right - The World is Flat
Technology has leveled the earth’s curve and blurred boundaries, allowing even the smallest business to go global.
Broadcast from CTV, a cable network in Roseville, Minnesota, host Lauri Flaquer speaks to entrepreneurs in far-away locations in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa, as well as just around the corner. Interviews with non-local guests are conducted via Skype.
Here are some surprising small business statistics that support going global:
Small businesses account for 91% of U.S. exports
64% of small business doing business overseas experience a positive return within two years
95% of the world’s consumers are located beyond U.S. borders
U.S. exports are expected to reach $3.14 trillion by 2015
(Sources: Office of the US Trade Representative, Business News Weekly)
Guests of Focus Forward have included entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, nationally recognized thought leaders, and international business experts. Upcoming guests include:
Ali Maadelat, President of The Lorenz Marketing Group. Ali has made the Forbes Magazine list “Ten Consultants Who Stop the B.S.” and was nominated as 2012 “Marketer of the Year” by the American Business Awards.
Alanna Wall, 12-year-old founder of Polished Girlz, a nonprofit that brings sparkle to the lives of girls with special needs. Alanna was featured on Disney’s “Make Your Mark.”
Gautam Ganglani, managing director of Right Selection, located in Dubai, UAE. Right Selection brings world-class speakers and trainers to the Middle East and Near Asia regions.
Puja Kapoor Gupta, of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is a successful entrepreneur. Kapoor Gupta presented at the 2012 event TEDxChennai.
Lauri Flaquer has a global awareness and experience, having traveled to more than thirty foreign countries and lived in two. She brings a 25 year experience in television production at NBC, CNBC and Bloomberg LP to Focus Forward.
After the initial broadcast, Focus Forward shows can be seen on You Tube Saltar Solutions Channel.