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  • 24 Jan 2017 by Global Chamber

    Investing in Cuba

    Wondering whether this is a good time for you to consider the possibility of investing in Cuba? Many conclusions are that Cuba now represents a lucrative opportunity for U.S. businesses:

    • Cuba is home to more than 11 million consumers with nearly 60 years of pent-up demand for U.S. goods and services,
    • The Port of Havana is only 198 nautical miles from the Port of Miami, facilitating trade,
    • Millions of U.S. tourists will need travel-related services for their planned vacations to Cuba.

    On the surface, these factors appear to present a compelling case for doing business in Cuba. Listen to experts on Cuba and see if it for you.

    Attend the Why Cuba Forum on January 31 at the offices of Polsinelli located at 161 N. Clark St, 41 st Floor, Chicago IL 60601 where we will connect with our offices in Denver & Phoenix.

    The Why Cuba Forum will consist of business briefings, sector opportunities and access to our trade delegation, departing May 2017. More Information.

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  • 20 Sep 2016

    The Global Chamber® Chicago  is pleased to announce its latest member & Chairman SponsorBlue Marble Global Payroll!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Founded in 2013, Blue Marble's mission is to help small and mid-sized companies streamline their international payroll processes. By forming partnerships with best-of-breed providers in every country that Blue Marble serves and linking them together with Blue Marble’s proprietary web-based technology, the company is able to provide industry-leading technology backed by exceptional service at a reasonable cost. From Argentina to the Zimbabwe, Blue Marble’s robust cloud-based payroll solution makes it easy for small- and mid-sized companies to manage international payroll in 135+ countries. For more information on Blue Marble Global Payroll, please visit here!

  • 08 Feb 2017 by Andy Aiyer

    Although people rarely put an extensive amount of thought into their marketing materials, their quality can make or break how people view your business worldwide. All printed pieces that showcase your business’s products or services are representing you and your company in a very tangible way when presented to international customers. These printed materials should not only help sell what you do but who you are. Not sure where to get started? Let’s break down Profi Solution’s top five tips for developing amazing marketing materials for your global business.

     

    1. Decide how you want your business to “feel” internationally.

    Your business brand is much more than a clever logo and slogan – it’s the combination of everything you and your company represent. Whether that’s your products, your community involvement, or your mission to serve your customers and clients, your company brand is all about the “feeling” that surrounds everything you do. Deciding how you want your brand to be perceived by potential clients and customers is the first step in creating printed marketing materials. As you are doing business around the world, examining the tones your brand conveys is important to ensure you’re reaching all of your target markets. If you plan to do business in several global markets, try to pursue a feeling that can be shared easily in different cultures. The overall feeling you’re striving to achieve will guide the design process to create brand consistency through the different countries you work with.

     

    1. Focus your sales and marketing pitch on your customers.

    The customer reading your marketing collateral needs to be at the center of every design and content decision that you’re making. A good place to start is by asking yourself why a client or customer should care about your products or services. Why do they want to work with you? What do they feel they gain from your business? From there you can design marketing materials to be filled with graphics and content that answer these questions. When your business is local, answering these questions is usually a simple step. However, when you are doing business internationally, you need to break down each community you work in and dig deeper to find the value you bring them as a brand.

     

    1. Take your time when writing the content

    If beautiful design is king, than well-written content is queen. You need to slow down when writing the content for your marketing materials and evaluate what you’re saying and the value it brings to your company image. This is even more important when doing business overseas, as all of your writing and design will require a second look to make sure nothing could be construed as offensive or confusing in an international market. Take some time to learn more on how messages are delivered in the markets you are targeting and consider always teaming up with a local that can help with language and idioms. Finally, it may sound simple, but spell-check everything, have another set of eyes or two proofread, and always make sure you’re maintaining factual accuracy.

     

    1. Make sure all of your bases are covered.

    You never know what kinds of marketing collateral you’re going to need as each country and region has a different approach when it comes to these materials. Make sure you have every box checked before you get into a situation where you’re under prepared. Brochures, flyers, stationary, packaging, posters, and presentation pamphlets are all good things to have on hand in case you need them. Having the appropriate materials will stand up during international delivery and it is always important to make sure your packaging meets foreign requirements.

     

    1. Don’t go it alone.

    Designing marketing collateral is necessary, but isn’t easy to do by yourself when it goes to the global scale. Having a seamless, professional look can be a key factor in winning new business – or expanding your business to regional or international markets. Luckily, Profi Solutions can help you create amazing printed marketing material for every circumstance you and your business may encounter. Let’s work together to make your next sales meeting go seamlessly. Working with clients from all around the world, Profi Solutions can definitely help you in getting a better insight. Check out our portfolio of design work here, and begin to imagine the wonderful possibilities that are available to you.

     

    By Andy Aiyer from ProfiSolutions, part of ZG Worldwide Consultants - Member of Global Chamber Chicago

    Contact Andy Aiyer today at andy@profisoltuions.com, or give him a call at (217) 721-9927, and he can get started creating amazing marketing materials for your business today.

  • Ask the Expert 

    John Galvin

    Global Consulting and Accounting, UK Office             

    Do US companies always need to setup an entity in Canada?

    Often in Canada, US companies do not need to set up a new entity or pay corporate taxes in Canada. It all depends on the type of business you are doing there and the job roles of your employees in Canada. As a general rule, the less customer-facing your Canadian staff are, the more likely it is that you do not need an entity. We advise each client on a case-by-case basis to ensure we find the most cost-effective compliance solution.

    How is Canada organized between the Federal State and the Provinces?

    Like the US, in Canada compliance and withholdings are split between the Federal and the Provincial level but there are some important differences. US companies need to register for a Canadian Federal Business Number and Federal Employer Registration, while Worker’s Comp is based on a Provincial system.

    What is the most difficult Province from a payroll perspective?

    Quebec is almost a country within a country. US companies find it much harder to manage their Quebec compliance in-house as the rules are extensive and official documents must be submitted in French. The solution which works well for our clients is to outsource payroll and compliance to a partner who is familiar with Quebec.

    What’s your Top Tip for doing business in Canada?

    Remember that Canada is a separate country with its own laws and taxes, so expect rules and regulations to be different than the US. Ask us about Expat tax and social security complications too if your US staff are spending a long time in Canada.

  • 06 May 2016

    Hi, I’m Juan Carlos Davila, Executive Director of Global Chamber Chicago.  Our team is excited to announce that Global Chamber has landed in Chicago. We have already started connecting member companies to businesses and organizations around the world, bringing new opportunities to them and the metro area.

    Global Chamber is the only organization in the world that helps companies grow beyond all borders - from every metro area into all other metro areas, collaborating with regional organizations around the globe to build new opportunities for them and their community.

    Contact me directly to learn more about how you can grow your business from and to metro Chicago through global connections and our other services.

    Looking forward to working with you to grow globally!

     

    Juan C. Davila

    Executive Director, Global Chamber Chicago

    juan@globalchamber.org