Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Not A Good Writer? Hire One

There are people out there that you can pay to write your press releases, your books, your speeches, your web site content, and even your blog posts. They are called...writers. Or freelance writers to be more specific.

Here are some advantages of hiring a freelance writer:

1) Affordability
Most freelance writers are very affordable to hire. They work from their homes, and have no real overhead - so they are able to pass the savings along to you. Also, as contractors - they have multiple clients, so they don't depend on one or two clients to pay their bills.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Go Global. Do Business In Another Country

Have you ever explored the idea of creating a business in another country? If not, you should think about this in depth.

While reading the June 2010 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, I found a very interesting article about an African American woman from Georgia who moved to South Africa and now owns a multi-million dollar haircare company there. The article also highlights an African American man who moved there from Detroit and now owns a very successful pharmaceutical company.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Black Is The New Green

Most people know that the annual African American buying power is nearly a trillion dollars. But do you know how much affluent African Americans spend each year? That would be $87 billion, according to the book Black is the New Green by Leonard E. Burnett Jr. and Andrea Hoffman.

The book encourages marketers to tap into this rich buying segment, and shows readers how to follow in the footsteps laid down by brands such as Gucci, HSBC, Sony Electronics, Aston Martin, and others.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Is Your Product Too Dependent on Wal-Mart?

There are some common misconceptions amongst entrepreneurs and inventors about getting their products into Wal-Mart, Target, and other department stores.

Many believe that if they come up with a unique idea and find a manufacturer to mass produce, the rest is super simple. But really, that's where it starts to get complicated.

Getting your product into a department store is very difficult, as you'll have to first manage to get a sales rep to successfully pitch your product to them. Good honest sales reps are hard to come by, and can be quite expensive.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Black-Owned Firms Encouraged To Do Business In Belize

Tri-County International Chamber of Commerce (TCICC) - the international arm of Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce has officially declared the small English speaking country in Central America - Belize, a trading country for Black Business Enterprises in the U.S. and the Diaspora.

TCICC, headquartered in Houston, Texas - an international hub, mission is to facilitate the development and preparedness of micro and small business enterprises seeking export and import opportunities in new global markets.

"Our goal is to increase the number and capability of Black Business Enterprises to engage in international trade by choosing a country, where reliable relationships and alliances could be forged, and profitable opportunities exist. We found our trading country south of Mexico, east of Guatemala, bordered by the Caribbean Sea, 2 1/2 hours flight time from Houston, and affectionately known as nature's best kept secret - Belize," says TCICC President and CEO, Leondria Thompson.

In a perpetual effort to promote international trade, TCICC will lead an International Bilateral Trade Mission delegation to Belize, June 21 thru June 25, 2010. This extensive mission encourages new and veteran entrepreneurs to do business internationally and trade with Belize. "We encourage all Black business owners to form strategic partnerships, joint-ventures, and make worthwhile investments in other countries, starting in Belize," Thompson states.

The 5 day and 4 night mission will cover three districts of Belize, which includes the capitol city - Belmopan, where meetings will be held with business counterparts, Government officials, Government Agencies, and U.S. Embassy officials for trade and commerce support. Mission delegates will participate in business match meetings, experience cultural exchanges and formulate an international network of resources.

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