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Florida International Trade Expo

Mar 16 2021

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Florida International Trade Expo

Date: March 16, 2021 1:00 PM




PRESS RELEASE
Read the press release:   Florida Organizes First-In-Nation Virtual International Trade Show .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information about the  Florida International Trade Expo, please email mailto: floridaexpo@enterpriseflorida.com.
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Florida International Trade Expo

Mar 16 2021

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Florida International Trade Expo

Date: March 16, 2021 1:00 PM

Location: Virtual

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), the official economic and trade development agency for the State of Florida, is pleased to present the first-ever  Florida International Trade Expo, a virtual showcase of 150+ of the state’s leading products and services providers.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Agents, distributors, buyers, representatives, and wholesalers seeking high-quality products for distribution and sale in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Africa and Asia.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING
  • Connect with Florida exhibitors in a wide range of industries
  • Text and video chat directly with Florida company representatives
  • Arrange virtual business meetings during the expo
  • Join industry-specific networking lounges
  • View live webinars with Florida industry leaders and other experts
  • Engage with a network of Florida professionals who can help buyers and sellers connect
INDUSTRY SECTORS
The Florida International Trade Expo will connect you with decision makers from a wide variety of industries.
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Clean Technology
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Financial & Professional Services
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
  • Logistics, Distribution & Infrastructure
  • Marine Equipment & Boats
  • Manufacturers such as Consumer Goods, Health and Beauty, Food Products, Industrial Equipment & Supplies, plus many more

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information about the  Florida International Trade Expo, please email us  @  floridaexpo@enterpriseflorida.com
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WE LOVE REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS!

Jan 20 2021

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WE LOVE REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS!

Date: January 20, 2021 2:00 AM

Location: online

FARHEEN CHOUDHARY, FOUNDER, ARISTOTLE COMMUNICATIONS
“As the founder of Aristotle Communications, an organizational development firm, in the Princeton area, I am a proud member of The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber. Through its events, The Chamber provides me with valuable information about business, civics, and personal development, and it has helped me create incredible connections with professionals and business owners, who not only support me in growing my own business but have also become friends. I am now also serving on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Chamber, and am grateful that I can help in building community and inclusion and giving back. The Chamber is a valuable networking space, where the business and professional community continue to build lasting relations!”
JEFF APPELSON – JEFFREY SCOTT
“I have been a member of the chamber for 6 years now and can truly say that is has certainly helped me grow my business at the same time creating friendships. It is a great way to network and meet other like minded professionals to grow your career with. I have been involved in several other chambers and I am happy to say that the PMRC is the most professional, well organized, and my personal favorite of them all. The members are also highly knowledgeable in their crafts and willing to help out in any way.   I look forward to continuing helping others grow through the chamber and creating new partnerships.”
KALPANA PATEL: KAPUPATEL PHOTOGRAPHY
I wish I had joined the chamber when I first started my business.  If you are remotely considering it, I urge you to join it.  In the 6 months since I have joined the chamber, my business growth and personal growth has been impacted positively.   The chamber staff is extremely supportive in ensuring that you have the right connections for growing your business.  The event calendar is so designed that it is convenient to find the right meeting with your schedule.  I also love the special sub groups that is ideal for your business, from women in business, independent business, young professional, real estate, you can find a group that works best for you.  You can tailor your experience with the chamber as precise or as broad as you wish it to be.
SAL LEVATINO – SL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
“The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber has always been an organization focused on the needs of their members and creating a great environment in which members get a big return on their investment in the chamber.  Most recently, they have creatively and quickly adapted to the virtual meeting space due to the pandemic.  They have replicated and reinvented all of their events into effective virtual meetings.  In some respects these events are more effective in connecting members to each other due to the staff working hard to maximize those connection opportunities, each and every meeting.
Membership in the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce is and should be an essential part of every regional business’s engagement and marketing efforts.”
CHRISTINE MARIANO OF WEIDEL REAL ESTATE
As a Realtor, I run my own business and my clients are people from all walks of life! Whether working with a first time homebuyer to buy a one bedroom condo, or empty nesters who are downsizing their 5 bedroom home, my business depends on making connections and the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber (PMRC) gives me plenty of opportunities to do just that! With so many interesting (and well attended!) events each month to choose from, I am not only able to make connections, but more importantly, build relationships, and do so effortlessly. It all begins with the PMRC staff, and their energy, enthusiasm and commitment to making Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber , the best business networking organization in the area – it’s inspiring! If you are looking to bring that same energy and enthusiasm to growing your business – look no further than a membership in the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber !
TOM MCMANIMON – STIMULUSBRAND COMMUNICATIONS
A shout out to all the core team of our PMRCC for keeping all members and our community informed, connected and supported. From the moment we were quarantined and businesses closed, the chamber team quickly transformed its website to a multi-platform for dissemination of Covid information, business updates, and online learning. Their transformation was immediate. Everyone has worked tirelessly and remotely and not missed a beat. Thankful to everyone and proud to be associated with such a high-caliber organization.
GAIL ROSE SPEAKS ABOUT PMRC
When we moved our business to Princeton, NJ, the first person to show up at our launch event was Peter Crowley, President and CEO of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber (PMRC). That kind of warm and enthusiastic welcome is what the PMRC is all about.
Through my membership and as a volunteer ambassador, I have been able to expand my network of friends as well as business connections in a short period of time—and have fun doing it. The events are tremendous and offer something to fit just about every business person’s schedule and interests. I am impressed and at times inspired by the guest speakers. I always leave PMRC events feeling recharged and ready to put new ideas into practice.
If you can join only one networking organization in the Princeton region, there is no question that PMRC is where you want to be.
ROBERT BLANDA – CADDISART CINEMATIC MARKETING
(President & Creative Director)

The Chamber staff, board members and members are a very well-oiled machine for networking, communication and camaraderie. Although our company doesn’t have the luxury to attend many events, the online resources and broadcasts keep us up to date on what’s important in the world of business and tourism in our area. I give the staff and their vendors enormous credit for their hard work and due diligence in keeping our business community together.
 
TESTIMONIAL: JEANETTE IGLESIAS, JI COACHING, LLC
When I first joined the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber (PMRC), I was a naïve, new business owner,  unsure of how to get my message out and how to grow my business.  Then I met Christine Curnan, Director of Membership Development for the PMRC, and that all changed.  She introduced me to the boundless opportunities of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber and my business started to accelerate.  I immediately connected with the Chamber staff who not only listened to my needs but actively sought to champion my business growth and sustainability.  I also met a dynamic community of active business owners seeking to do business with one another.   That is why, year over year, I recognize the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber as one of the greatest investments in my business, and that is also why I volunteer on the Membership Committee to bring similar growth opportunities to others.  Regardless of size, the PMRC has something for everyone.
HILLARY SPIVAK SHARES HER PMRC EXPERIENCE
What a fantastic experience it is being a member of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber (PMRC)! There are so many opportunities to network and build relationships. The PMRC staff is superb and the events are fabulous. It is such an honor to chair the Ambassador Committee where we help new and existing members become acclimated to get the most from their membership. Personally and professionally, joining the PMRC has been one of the best decisions I have made. 
 
 
TESTIMONIALS ON THE MERGER
FRANK LUCCHESI, SR. REGIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER, PSE&G
The consolidation of the MIDJersey Chamber into the Princeton Regional Chamber provides one strong business “voice” supporting the Central New Jersey Region.  The chambers influence and leadership will have a positive impact for the business community.   PSE&G is proud to be a Chairman’s Council Leadership partner supporting the Chamber and the region.
 
WILLIAM RUE, JR. PRESIDENT, RUE INSURANCE
This is an historic combination of two long-standing, business-focused organizations.  A newly combined Chamber enables the business community in Mercer County and the surrounding area to speak with a unified voice that will be heard
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEND US A TESTIMONIAL? IF SO,  CLICK HERE. 
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Question & Answer

Jan 14 2021

Question & Answer

Question & Answer

Date: January 14, 2021 7:21 PM

Can you manufacturer continuous hinges with pins and leaves of different metals?  Yes, we can manufacture continuous hinges with pins and leaves of different metals.  (This would be a special order made to our customers specifications.)

Can you make continuous hinges with special finishes?  Yes, we can make continuous hinges with special finishes.  (This would be a special order made to our customers specifications.)
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Florida International Trade Events Newsletter

Jan 14 2021

Press release

Florida International Trade Events Newsletter

Date: January 14, 2021 5:00 PM

Enterprise Florida’s International Trade Events Newsletter is an excellent way to stay informed about events happening around the state and overseas to help you do business globally!

EFI leads trade missions to key markets of interest to Florida exporters and hosts Florida delegations at some of the largest trade shows in the world.  Sign up now to get monthly updates!
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Enterprise Florida has begun international promotion for the Florida International Trade Expo!

Jan 5 2021

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Enterprise Florida has begun international promotion for the Florida International Trade Expo!

Date: January 5, 2021 5:00 PM

Location: online

Enterprise Florida has begun international promotion for the Florida International Trade Expo! EFI will be promote the Expo through a massive email campaign directed towards key business executives worldwide and the 15,000 members of International Union of Commercial Agents and Brokers. U.S. Embassies worldwide will be promoting the Expo through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America will also be promoting the event. Enterprise Florida maintains 14 overseas offices, and each will also be promoting the event. Enterprise Florida expects more than 5,000 visitors for the event.
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Foreign Supplier Verification Program course

Jan 3 2021

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Foreign Supplier Verification Program course

Date: January 3, 2021 5:00 AM

Location: https://www.afius.org/event-4090603

Today’s travel restrictions have created a limited-time opportunity for industry members to take the Foreign Supplier Verification Program course – the only course with FDA-recognized curriculum – fully online. Take note that even with travel restrictions in place, FDA is continuing FSVP inspections and is issuing warning letters for non-compliance. This course is the best way to ensure you and your employees know how to comply and for a limited time, the course is being made available fully online.Two New Online Sessions
Available:
New! January 13-14, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Register for January 13-14
New! February 17-18, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Register for February 17-18
Seats go very quickly. To ensure your place, please register today!
YOU'LL GET INFORMATION TO HELP YOU:
  • Understand how FDA will oversee your FSVP
  • Identify what's needed in your FSVP
  • and the underlying purpose of the
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule
  • Develop your FSVP
  • Implement your FSVP
  • Implement a compliant record-keeping system
Please note special online delivery requirements:
  • Registrations are unique to each individual.
  • Participants must have a camera on their computer/laptop. Instructor must have visual contact with every participant throughout the entire course.
  • Participants will be sent an electronic version of the slides that will be shown throughout the course about 1-2 days prior to the beginning of the session.
  • Participants will also be given information on how to purchase the course manual usually distributed at in-person sessions. (Manual has the same information as the electronic version that will be sent to participants but is in a bound form and might be helpful for taking notes and for reference following the session.) To allow shipping time, those wishing to order a manual should register as soon as possible. Registration confirmation will include information on how to purchase hard copies of the course materials.
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DMACC + Scholarship = Accumold

Jan 1 2021

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DMACC + Scholarship = Accumold

Date: January 1, 2021 5:00 AM

Location: online

DMACC + Scholarship = Accumold
Tool & Diemaking
Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology
Applied Engineering Technology – Electro-Mechanical Technologies
a scholarship program sponsored by
Accumold and the  Des Moines Area Community College
Next Informational Meeting:
TBD
VIRTUAL
Call Accumold HR for more information 515 963-2062
–Tool & Diemaking
–Robotics & Control Systems
—Electro-Mechanical Technologies
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2020: Reflecting on an Unprecedented Year

Dec 31 2020

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2020: Reflecting on an Unprecedented Year

Date: December 31, 2020 5:00 AM

2020 is certainly a year that will not be forgotten easily, with the continuous challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting just about everyone around the world. The workplace has not escaped the impact of this, and there have been a number of significant, and likely long-lasting changes to the way we work.

Although the difficulties brought by the pandemic cannot be overlooked, there are a number of positive impacts that can be seen in how we have adapted during these most testing of times.

Remote working. Previously considered a perk, remote working has now become the norm for many. Technology is now widely used to keep us connected and productive while working from any location. With this we have also seen a rise in virtual learning, enabling training and resources to be accessed by anyone who requires it. It is widely accepted that even after the pandemic has ended and working from the office becomes safe once again, remote working (and learning) will be far more commonplace than it was before, bringing greater flexibility and opportunity to the workforce than ever before.

Duty of care. Undoubtedly global mobility has changed significantly as a result of COVID-19, be it due to travel restrictions, or simply an increased reluctance by employees to undertake international assignments. Duty of care has come under particular scrutiny in the wake of the pandemic, and many organizations have been prompted to revisit or revamp their duty of care packages to ensure that they meet the expectations of their assignees. With duty of care playing such a vital role in the success of an assignment, an increased effort by employers to ensure a robust offering is certainly something to be welcomed.

A shared experience. Perhaps rather uniquely, COVID-19 has been ubiquitous, an experience shared globally, with practically every nation having to adapt their way of life to deal with the consequences. While such widespread disruption is far from ideal, this shared experience across borders and cultures has perhaps brought an increased awareness of the need to understand cross-cultural differences, and an appreciation for the perspectives of others as each nation has handled the pandemic in their own way. 

As we approach a new year, many will be looking to put the trials of 2020 behind them and hope that a return to some normality is not too far on the horizon. While we all look forward to better times ahead, it is important that we try to reflect on how 2020 has in some ways had a positive impact on the way we work together. 

Adaptive Leadership Strategies wishes you all a healthy and prosperous 2021!
 
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Enterprise Florida has just completed recruitment for the March 2021 Florida International Trade Expo

Dec 26 2020

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Enterprise Florida has just completed recruitment for the March 2021 Florida International Trade Expo

Date: December 26, 2020 2:00 PM

Location: online

https://www.floridaexpo.com/
Happy New Year! Enterprise Florida has just completed recruitment for the March 2021 Florida International Trade Expo. More than 120 exhibitors representing Florida’s finest exporters will be on display. Admission to the Expo is free and interested companies are invited to register at the link above. Be sure to return to the Enterprise Florida profile for more updates as the Expo draws closer.
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It’s Not Dress Rehearsal-podcast with Bonnie Sewell

Dec 21 2020

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It’s Not Dress Rehearsal-podcast with Bonnie Sewell

Date: December 21, 2020 5:00 AM

Many who know me are aware of one of my favorite mantras to live by: It’s Not Dress Rehearsal. When Bonnie Sewell of American Capital Planning asked me to be a guest on her similarly titled podcast, I jumped at the chance! I hope you will tune in to listen to the conversation Bonnie and I had about life, leadership and making every day matter.
Regards, Brenda

You can listen to the full episode here:  https://lnkd.in/dnXJhyd

#podcast  #leadership  #thisisnotadressrehearsal
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Happy Holidays! Enterprise Florida has just announced that their Florida International Trade Expo will feature three live webinars during their March 16-18, 2021 event. One webinar will focus on Florida’s dynamic role in innovation. Florida is home to several leading research institutions and public private partnerships that support entrepreneurship and a panel of leading experts will discuss how innovation is propelling Florida’s industries into the future. Florida is home to 14 deep water ports making it an ideal hub for maritime shipping and the Expo will feature a panel of port representatives offering key information about their capabilities. A third webinar will feature key government leaders and industry executives who will provide the audience with information about the advantages of doing business in Florida and with Florida companies. The audience will be able to engage with the panelists in real time for answers to any questions they might have.
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Virtually Speaking | Effective Online Learning Experiences

Dec 9 2020

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Virtually Speaking | Effective Online Learning Experiences

Date: December 9, 2020 5:00 AM

As a result of COVID-19, the world was thrust into overdrive to try to learn how best to use technology as a replacement for face-to-face interaction and daily activities. For everything from simple meetings to more complex learning events, presentations and retreats – many who previously relied on Internet-based meeting platforms for discretionary use continue to face a steep learning curve when it comes to the effective use of virtual meeting applications and tools.

We were grateful to have experience that placed us in front of this curve! Having been a Moderator on the Global Delivery team for Harvard Business School Publishing for more than six years, I have facilitated countless leadership, learning and development programs virtually. To help clients meet learning and development needs for remote and geographically disbursed teams, I have designed and facilitated numerous online programs for coaching, cohort learning, workshops, team retreats and interventions.

Among the greatest challenges faced when preparing for a virtual event is the approach taken to content design, or content redesign for programs originally created for a face-to-face environment. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for online learning:

Less is more.

Think about the most important points to be communicated and how that information can be organized into brief segments. To maintain a high level of interest and engagement, avoid periods of more than five minutes without incorporating a transition. The use of live polls, chat features, virtual breakout rooms and whiteboarding are examples of segues that can be used to create a bridge between presentation segments.

Get to know your technology.

It is important to be comfortable with the technology platform being used. Whether using WebEx, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or other application, be sure to test the features to be used before the event. Even if it requires gathering a few friends to conduct a practice session, take time to test-drive the tools and applications to be used before you go live. Depending on the size of the group, it may be prudent to have a producer on the event as a co-host to manage the technology and assist attendees. This can be especially helpful when planning to use features such polling, breakout rooms and secondary apps for white-boarding and wordles.

Choose facilitation over pontification.

When hosting a virtual meeting or event, it important to remain in service to the audience. Maintaining the attention, engagement and interest of attendees requires keeping the event interactive, getting their feedback along the way to check in on their learning, and making sure they do not slip from participant to spectator mode under your watch.

Other considerations include whether or not to record an event and the appropriate duration (how long is too long?). With the right planning, virtual platforms and supporting apps now available make it possible to develop and deliver online learning events that will hold the interest of attendees, have impact, and achieve learning objectives.

To start a conversation about how we can support your learning and development needs in the virtual environment, please send a message to i nfo@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com, or call +1-703-723-6509.
 
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Florida International Trade Expo update December 10th, 2020

Dec 6 2020

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Florida International Trade Expo update December 10th, 2020

Date: December 6, 2020 5:00 PM

Location: online

Beginning on January 1, 2021, registered visitors to the Florida International Trade Expo will be able to search exhibitors by company name, industry or product description. This will provide agents, distributors, buyers, representatives, and wholesalers seeking high-quality products for distribution and sale with the tool to review products for their existing product line or find new products to represent.  On the date the show opens, March 16, 2021, visitors will be able to use the Calendly software platform to arrange video chats or text with the companies they are interested in meeting.
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There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the global mobility landscape, throwing up new and complex challenges for both employers and employees. Much attention has been given to the way organizations are adapting to meet these challenges. But how are assignees and potential assignees, responding to the concept of an international assignment during these changing and unpredictable times? Recent research* has uncovered some noteworthy insights into the viewpoints of assignees, both current and future, that are of critical importance to any organization undertaking a global mobility program.
  1. Employees still want to undertake international assignments. While there is no doubt that COVID-19 and resulting restrictions have impacted the extent to which there is an appetite for undertaking international assignments, recent research* has shown that assignees still wish to pursue them, albeit more cautiously. Additionally, much of what attracted employees to undertake international assignments has been diminished by the current pandemic. For example, the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures, previously a key benefit for many international assignees, has been significantly reduced or, in some cases, eliminated entirely. Employers will likely have to emphasize other benefits to encourage international assignment consideration.
  2. The focus of concern has shifted. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was natural for all assignees to experience some doubts about pursuing an international assignment. However, new challenges have presented themselves as a result of the pandemic, and are now at the forefront of assignee’s minds when considering an international move. A recent survey**, noted that potential assignees were increasingly concerned by the ability to travel between the host and home countries, schooling arrangements for dependents and handling of the pandemic in the host country. Organizations should be transparent about these issues and provide as much support as possible to any potential assignee faced with making the decision to undertake an international assignment. 
  3. Assignees are more aware of their support needs. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, assignees are acutely aware of the kinds of difficulties that may arise during their assignment. The need for a comprehensive package of support is more apparent than ever, and potential assignees will likely expect greater reassurance that this is in place. It will be more important than ever for all organizations planning international assignments to ensure that their provision for support meets the expectations of their assignees. Now more than ever there is a greater focus on Duty of Care.
With this in mind, organizations will need to be prepared to present a robust relocation package in order to continue to encourage assignees to undertake international assignments. While the appetite for these assignments is still there, employees will need to feel increasingly reassured that any potential move will be a positive and worthwhile experience for them and their families. 

If you need assistance to review or improve your global mobility program, we can help! Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist you.
 
In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com
 
In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk

* Global Connection 2020 Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Expatriation and MetLife: Rising to the Globally-Mobile Workforce Needs in the New Normal
** Global Connection 2020 Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Expatriation.
 
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GLOBAL WOMEN ONLINE NETWORKING

Nov 17 2020

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GLOBAL WOMEN ONLINE NETWORKING

Date: November 17, 2020 5:00 AM

Location: online

Date:November 17, 2020
Time:8:00 am - 9:00 am
Location: 
ZOOM Virtual

Contact: Global Chamber
Email:  maria@globalchamber.org
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Global Chamber® Global Women Online Networking
Connect with  Extraordinary  Women who are based around the world, making an impact.
8:00am PT /  9:00am MT / 11:00am Eastern / 4:00pm London / 9:00pm Mumbai
Tuesday, November 17th, virtual zoom in. Link will be sent when you sign up
 
Designed for global business women who are conquering the world with their products services and talents. We exchange information and get to know each other a little better. Collectively we're better if we work together to grow globally instead of working alone. 
Facilitator: 
Maria Segura -  Denver Center for International Studies at Ford and Chair of the Womens Leadership Council at Global Chamber® Denver. Maria is a Business Development Strategist helping businesses and organizations build relationships and visibility in their target markets. She has a strong background in advertising and marketing within a wide range of industries from academia to the international Hispanic marketplace. Maria is skilled in networking to initiate and manage new business opportunities and has expertise in developing new brands and enhancing existing brands.
Maria is multicultural and bi-lingual, fluent in Spanish. She is based in metro Denver, Colorado USA.
 
About Global Chamber®: Global Chamber® is a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world... connecting member businesses to new opportunities and advancing growth and success. It's the only chamber of commerce in the world operating in hundreds of locations that helps exporting, importing and investing members to connect through warm introductions to clients, partners, projects and resources. Global Chamber® is a registered trademark of Global Chamber, LLC.
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With states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania lifting their “stay home orders” and entering “yellow” phases of reopening, business owner’s need to start thinking about smart ways to reopen their offices. You need to make sure your employees feel safe and valued in their place of work. While there is no proven formula to make reopening 100 percent flawless, there are steps you can take to make it a smoother transition back. Here are  three ways to keep your employees healthy and safe during the re-opening stages.
Three Ways to Keep Your Employees Healthy and Safe during the Re-Opening Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic:
  1. Allow employees to keep working from home – We know this one may seem odd but if an employee is able to keep doing their job from home, let them! Working from home helps team members lower their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. While the yellow stage may allow some businesses to open, a lot of folks still have children at home without childcare or old family members at home who are at higher risk to COVID- 19. This will show your employees you understand that although things are reopening, we are not 100 percent in the clear.
  2. Extra sanitization for the employees that can not keep working from home – Try to organize work station to be six feet apart, make sure bathrooms and common areas are cleaned daily, make sure each work station has hand sanitizer, encouraging employees to wear cloth face coverings in the workplace and most importantly, make sure your employees know it is okay to stay home if they are not feeling well. Have that open line of communication that makes employees feel comfortable saying, ” for my safety and yours, it may be better for me to stay home today.”
  3. Listen to Feedback – There is so much going on in the world right now so be sure you are listening to your employees and how they are feeling. Setting up quick 15 minute debrief sessions once a week may be a great way to get a feel for how your employees are doing!
We hope you found these helpful. Let us know some of your tips and tricks for reopening your offices!
Kompass North America has recently put together two special EasyBusiness analysis’ reports:  Supply Chain Analysis – to ensure your company is able to continue your supply chain and  Sector Analysis – to see how COVID- 19 has impacted different business searches all over the world. For the full presentations and to learn how Kompass can help your business,  contact us.
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Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Oct 27 2020

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Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Date: October 27, 2020 4:00 AM

Location: online

Today’s travel restrictions have created a limited-time opportunity for industry members to take the Foreign Supplier Verification Program course – the only course with FDA-recognized curriculum – fully online. Take note that even with travel restrictions in place, FDA is continuing FSVP inspections and is issuing warning letters for non-compliance. This course is the best way to ensure you and your employees know how to comply and for a limited time, the course is being made available fully online.Two New Online Sessions
Added:
October 28-29, 2020
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Register for October 28-29
November 18-19, 2020
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Register for November 18-19
Seats go very quickly. To ensure your place, please register today!
 
YOU'LL GET INFORMATION TO HELP YOU:
Understand how FDA will oversee your FSVP
Identify what's needed in your FSVP
and the underlying purpose of the
Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule

Develop your FSVP
Implement your FSVP
Implement a compliant record-keeping system
Register Now
 
The United States requires food exported to the U.S. to meet U.S. food safety requirements. The Food Safety Modernization Act states importers are responsible to ensure the food they import meets U.S. regulations through a Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
AFI President Bob Bauer served on the task force that developed the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA and is an FSVP Lead Instructor. His work on the task force, understanding of the food import industry and experience in conducting numerous sessions of this course since it was ready in early 2017 make AFI’s offerings a valuable experience for attendees from all sectors.
FDA-Recognized Curriculum: The FSVP course is a two-day course that takes participants through the FSVP requirements and includes exercises to help them develop their company’s program. Attendees receive a certificate upon completion of the course but must attend the entire program to receive the certificate. Space is limited.
Registrations will be taken
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note special online delivery requirements:
  • Registrations are unique to each individual.
  • Participants must have a camera on their computer/laptop. Instructor must have visual contact with every participant throughout the entire course.
  • Participants will be sent an electronic version of the slides that will be shown throughout the course about 1-2 days prior to the beginning of the session.
  • Participants will also be given information on how to purchase the course manual usually distributed at in-person sessions. (Manual has the same information as the electronic version that will be sent to participants but is in a bound form and might be helpful for taking notes and for reference following the session.) To allow shipping time, those wishing to order a manual should register as soon as possible. Registration confirmation will include information on how to purchase hard copies of the course materials.
  • Registration and payment must be completed online prior to the start of the course.


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Commuter assignments are on the rise! An increasing number of organizations now see them as a viable mobility program component. In a recent survey,  24% of respondents indicated their organizations were planning to add commuter assignments to their mobility suite.* There are a number of benefits to the commuter assignment model, which can offer a good compromise between full relocation and remaining in the home location. In many cases these types of assignment are likely to be more appealing to employees because they do not require as much upheaval and disruption for them and their family. In the age of COVID-19, commuter assignments provide balance for organizations needing to continue their mobility program, but who want to mitigate risk and have more control in the midst of continued uncertainty and rapid change. 

Along with the advantages, there are a few potential pitfalls that should be top of mind when considering a commuter assignment option.

Work/life balance. The ability to minimize disruption to an employee’s home life is an especially appealing aspect of a commuter assignment, particularly in cases where a partner or spouse wishes to maintain their own career in the home location. But the logistics of commuting to and from the host location impact an assignee’s health and wellbeing. Prolonged absences from the family, and from home, should not be overlooked. 

Compliance. Commuter assignments can trigger a number of compliance issues that can cause difficulties for both the assignee and the organization. Depending on the frequency and length of commuter stays in the host country, there can be both tax and immigration requirements that need to be closely managed. This could result in additional costs and resource requirements for the organization to ensure they remain compliant for the duration of the assignment. 

Management and cost.  When an employee is continuously moving between two locations there is a greater burden on those departments responsible for managing the assignment, such as HR and Finance. Not only does there need to be support for the employee in both locations, but additional and ongoing resources can also be required to track the employee, as well as manage and finance their travel and accommodation requirements. This can present logistical and financial burdens above those that would be incurred as part of a traditional international assignment.

While there are clear benefits to commuter assignments, it is important for organizations to think holistically, giving full consideration to the potential disadvantages in any individual case. Where organizations opt for this type of assignment, it is paramount that it is carefully planned and managed to ensure it remains compliant and beneficial to the assignee and the organization. 

If you are considering commuter assignments for your organization, we can help! Please contact us to schedule a call or virtual meeting to explore how we can assist with your commuter assignment program.

In the US
Call +1 703 723 6509
or send a message to info@adaptiveleadershipstrategies.com
 
In the UK
Call +44 7711 734 015
or send a message to david@mcconsulting.co.uk
 
*According to the 2020 Mobility Outlook Survey by AIRINC.

Post authored by Liane Cheyne
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Kompass’ Guide to Your Marketing Efforts During Uncertain Times

Oct 4 2020

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Kompass’ Guide to Your Marketing Efforts During Uncertain Times

Date: October 4, 2020 4:00 AM

The biggest business question on everyone’s mind right now is how to save money.  Marketing budgets are normally one of first budgets to get cut during hard times so it is normal to think “should we pause our marketing efforts right now”? The answer is “Absolutely not!” We have seen an increase in searches for multiple industries all over the world. For example in North America, we have seen a 206% increase in searches for office supply stores, in Italy, we have seen a 114% increase in mailing services and in Japan we have seen a 307% increase in searches for grocery stores (source  yext). Business need to adjust to their customers needs even with simple marketing strategies. Kompass is here to help you navigate how to best market your company during uncertain times.  The three keys to a successful marketing effort during uncertain times are blog posts, making genuine human connections and choosing your technology wisely. 
Blog Posts:
Blog posts are a great, cheap way to increase your marketing! The keys to successful blog posts are telling a story, consistency and SEO.  A blog is not a short term fix. You need to be consistent to drive long term results. What are these long term results? Well, blogs help create organic, not paid traffic to your site. Blogs also add support material for prospect clients and customers to read and look at. Blogs can make it easier for a prospect to feel connected to your brand. Good content builds and validates your expertise within your field. Blogs also increase your SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.  Google and other search engines, read your blog. When you use key words in your blog, your website will organically show up higher on the search pages. SEO is a great tool that can be used to increase your online marketing without spending a lot of money.
Various  metrics are used to measure the effectiveness of SEO on your site, and therefore also about the site’s usage overall. These include:
  • Engagement metrics
  • Conversion rate
  • Time on page
  • Pages per visit
  • Bounce rate
  • Scroll depth
  • Search traffic
  • Keyword rankings
  • Number of backlinks
It is key to make sure you are putting out quality blogs. Blogs that are too short or don’t contain key words will not do well with SEO.
 
Human Connections:
 
 
You are not alone in this global pandemic. A lot of companies are struggling. During times like this, it is so important to remember that everyone is human and to reach out to your partners, customers and prospects. Whether it is just to check in or to put your heads together and make have a virtual event together. With technologies like Zoom, Skype and other video services, we are still able to have those face to face meetings even if they are a little bit different. Here at Kompass North America, we are really proud of the partnerships we have built over the years with  NASBITEGlobal ChamberPrinceton Mercer Regional Chamber,  ExportJerseyAssaciation of Food Industries. It is important to remember we are in this together. Times like this allow us to be creative and work together.
 
Technology Selections:

 
Do you need to attract more customers or want to engage more effectively with your audience? Today, capturing business opportunities has never been so challenging.  At Kompass we work to provide you with innovative digital marketing solutions, designed to help you reach the right companies. Through Kompass.com, our market-leading, global B2B online directory, we help buyers and suppliers connect, attracting over 10.5m users every month. Our range of Digital Marketing Solutions will drive relevant enquiries from potential customers, grow your local & global audience & help to improve your online brand visibility.
Whether you have a small or large sales & marketing resource having access to accurate and up-to -date company & contact information is essential. With business data across all B2B activity sectors from more than 70 countries,  EasyBusiness helps you target your lead generation, both locally & abroad, saving you both time & money. Manage your search campaigns with 24/7 online & mobile access to the global search platform. With over 43m+ B2B companies and 45m+ executive contacts, you can find & contact prospects all over the world directly by using our 60+ search criteria. You can then customize & download your sales & marketing lists with a click of a button!
With the Basic Web Presence Packaging being just $20 for 12 months including unlimited product posts, Kompass has solutions that will not break your marketing budget and will deliver results. 
As SEO and Google Ranking pick up steam due to COVID-19, it may be intimidating and scary to figure out where to start increasing your company’s online presence. With so many options and localized needs based on region, it can be tricky to pick the tools right for you. Luckily, Kompass has solutions specifically build to help you increase your SEO and Google Ranking!  With the Basic Web Presence Packaging being just $20 for 12 months, Kompass has solutions that will not break your marketing budget and will deliver results.
We are currently offering three different packages:  Basic Web Presence, USA/Canada SEO Booster and International SEO Booster.
Click here for the Booster explanation video.
Contact Kompass North America today to set up a demo of any of our tools or to learn about our partnership programs. We are here to help you grow during uncertain times!
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