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Biz Week Review

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Learn, learn, learn. Share, share, share. Free information! The real value is in applying and sharing it. So, here's a look at the crazy and unexpected business week of a young professional and what I learned (selectively). Haha!

  • I was privileged to have attended a meeting with His Excellency Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Ambassador of Vietnam to the US. Accompanied by some of his staff, His Excellency and US business leaders discussed trade and economic relations between the US and Vietnam. His Excellency shared some informative and suprising statistics on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In case you may not know, the TPP aims to lower barriers (costs, tariffs, taxes, etc.) to trade and investment and strengthen economic linkages between its members by opening up trade in goods and services. This will not only boost investment, but also open markets, create jobs, and make it faster, easier, and cheaper to do business with the current nine participants: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the US. For more info on the TPP, here's a great site to check out:
  • US goods exports to TPP partner countries totaled $105.4 billion in 2011, an 18% increase from 2010.
  • Georgia is number 4 in the US in exports to Vietnam and number 1 in the Southeast.
  • In Vietnam, all college students are required by law to be fluent in English in order to graduate from college. Their training in English begins at an early age.
  • Infrastructure is the physical support needed for delivery of goods and services. This includes water and waterways, sewer pipes, roads, bridges, railroads, telecommunications, power, transit (buses, rapid transit systems, subways), and aiports, to name a few. Both governments (public) and businesses (private) provide infrastructure. This explains some of the reason why utility, cable, and telecomm entities are very important and active in their respective cities, regions, and communities. The better the infrastructure, the better the opportunities for existing and new businesses.
  • A few reasons why infrastructure investment is important: supports existing business, increases productivity, improves quality of life, links regions, achieves competitive advantage, and stabilizes rates and taxes.
  • I met a gentleman who personally knew Mayor Maynard Jackson (1938-2003), a historic mayor and one of the most influential figures in Atlanta history. He served three terms, two consecutive terms (1974-1982), and a third, (1990-1994). According to this gentleman, who I must mention, is also a historic figure in metro Atlanta history himself (there is an elementary school named in his honor in Clayton County, GA), Mayor Jackson was perhaps the most intelligent individuals he'd ever met. Almost without effort, Jackson was always "the smartest man in the room." Based on his many accomplishments for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, I don't find it hard believing this testimonial. The world's busiest aiport bears his name, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Aiport. For more info on Mayor Jackson, visit:
  • Business Devotional: Revelation 3:7-8. Philadelphia means "brotherly love." Check this out... Just as God refused to stop loving us, we cannot stop loving others. When we act and talk like God, extending and expressing love to others, we become like the church of Philadelphia. Thus, allowing God to open a door that "no man can shut." God is the door opener. We have to do our part and show others the same love that He shows us, then swings the door.

Happy Father's Day to the Real Father's: men who tell their childen "I love you," and backs those words with action. I'm blessed to have Dr. Thomas as my father and hero. He raised me to be a respectful, yet fearless gentleman. So, to the most handsome, intelligent, and selfless gentleman on the planet, Happy Father's Day. 

God Bless & Peace!!!


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