Previous Feb 2009 Next Current Issue Archives About iBi Supply Chain Services International Pierre Lewin & Patrick Peronnet The SCSI co-founders discuss the company's history and future growth, and the challenges and opportunities of the global marketplace. Publisher's Note Globalization Connects Us All Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi When it comes to workforce development, few things are more important than preparing our children for a multicultural, global society. Affecting Perspectives A Visit to the Heart of the Arab World by Jonathan Wright Our grand adventure in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Egypt was a window into the impact of globalization on the modern Middle East, and an ideal mix of business and tourism. Caught In the Middle: An Excerpt by Richard C. Longworth Chicago Council on Global Affairs Globalization today is about where the industrial revolution was in 1790, twenty years after James Watt invented the steam engine. It took two more centuries for Watt’s revolution to run its course. We’re just at the beginning of ours. Research from the U.S. Heartland to the World by Kate O'Hara National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research The 100 Ph.D. researchers at NCAUR have ongoing relationships established in more than 30 countries. What We Can Learn from Central Illinois' Exporting Success by James F. Foley Illinois SBDC International Trade Center & NAFTA Opportunity Center, Bradley University Access to international markets is critical in a recession to help mitigate lost domestic sales. Competing in the Global Economy by Jamie L. Fox Caterpillar Inc. Without international trade, one in five U.S. jobs would be lost. Nurturing Global Citizens by Amy Groh Globalization constitutes a bedrock goal of a university education. Improving the Tools of Persuasion and Inspiration by Angela Weck Peoria Area World Affairs Council A commitment to improved diplomatic capabilities is essential to our national security and economic well-being. Bridging Cultural Gaps A Strategic Approach to Adaptation Companies like Aperian Global provide consulting and training to help overcome cultural barriers that can hinder success abroad. The Global Trade Economy in Central Illinois by Cindy Patterson Economic Development Council for Central Illinois For central Illinois companies to survive and thrive in this economy, they will need every advantage. Growing Internationally: Opportunities and Challenges by Don Johnson Advanced Technology Services Language, culture and tradition all play a part in implementing standardized services on a global basis. What Will Global Accounting Standards Mean to You? by Joe Glawe Clifton Gunderson LLP The move toward a globally-accepted set of accounting standards acknowledges the global nature of today’s marketplace. Region Things Really Are Better HereMayor Jim Ardis - City of Peoria Strengthening Partnership through KnowledgeThomas O'Neill III, Peoria County Board Your Economic First RespondersJim McConoughey - Heartland Partnership Finance Is It Time for an Investment Portfolio Tune-Up?David Wynn The Commerce Trust Company No-Cost Employee Benefitsby Larry Hardesty Mid Illinois Insurance Services The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 and Your Propertyby Kathy Miller RSM McGladrey Demystifying IRA Rollovers and Stretch IRAsScott Elger - Robert W. Baird & Co. Workplace Talent Force 21 Receives International AwardBashir Ali - Central Illinois Workforce Network 8 Rules for Better Executive Collaborationby Angela Hribar GlobalSpec, Inc. The Leadership Vacuum: What We Lose with the Next Generationby Nick Tasler, Eric Thomas and Lac D. Su TalentSmart The Value of the DipJoy Duling, A 25 Hour Day Ethics in an Economic RecessionDr. John Throop - The Summit Group The ADAAA: What Employers Need to KnowMary Pille - Employers' Association Healthcare The Impact of Sleep Deprivationby Theresa Schieffer OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Healthcare for Kids Around the WorldPaul Kramer, Children's Hospital of Illinois Teaching Patients How to Teach ThemselvesDr. Sara Rusch, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria More... Keep the Change: New and Anticipated Employment Lawsby Tracy C. Litzinger Howard & Howard Attorneys Touring the Ag LabPatrick Kirchhofer - Peoria County Farm Bureau Balance Loans that Change Lives The world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website empowers individuals to make direct loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world.