As a turbulent year for trade comes to a close, it might seem hard to end on a positive note. NAFTA is under fire, the TPP is dead, Georgia’s exports declined this year and a strengthening dollar could mean headwinds for U.S. producers, even other trends point to a positive 2018 for the American economy. Read more
When Jennifer Tipping read the email, she knew she had to add it to her pitch. The message from Romania had come in just that morning, a distributor using English that was slightly off to illustrate her excitement at meeting face-to-face at an upcoming European trade show: “I consider the success in business is so Read more
When NanoLumens’ salespeople got wind of a potential deal in Singapore, they had to go. After all, it was just a short jaunt from Australia, where they were already meeting customers.
T.J. Muehleman is never short on ideas. While keeping on top of a steady flow of outside projects, the Atlanta-based programming shop has also been its own test kitchen — with lines of code as the ingredients. But Standard Code’s creativity hasn’t always been a strength. While they were fun to build, products like the Atlanta Database Read more
NAECO’s company explainer video has a few parts that make its founder especially proud. In an effort to sum up some of the Peachtree City-based company’s key products — metal switches used in planes, cars and even high-speed trains — the narrator resorts to a pithy saying that borders on sloganeering: “Remember: If it flies, drives, Read more
When Jim Hill committed to cleaning the water for a small town in northern Argentina, he had no clue how to get it done, but he was driven by the “why.” During an initial trip in 2004, he learned that some 6,000 people in the dusty outpost of San Antonio de los Cobres had been Read more
To Jim Hall, it was a harmless product sample. The Egyptian airport authorities didn’t see it the same way. The resulting misunderstanding cost the CEO of Atlanta-based Triatek a few hours as he passed through Cairo en route to a meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. At issue was one of Triatek’s airflow valves, a stainless steel Read more
When April Spring spied a woman whose thong was peeking out above her jeans, she didn’t intend to make the woman the butt of an ongoing joke. Nor, at the time, did she envision that the awkward moment would spawn an innovative apparel company based on a hybrid between men’s and women’s underwear.
When Andal Balu was a young girl in southern India, chocolate was a luxury. If a friend or relative brought a Five Star bar home, the kids would split it into small pieces for a few blissful moments of sweetness. Approaching 30 years living in metro Atlanta, Ms. Balu still knows how to savor chocolate, Read more
Jason Seagle doesn’t come off like the typical tech CEO. He’s reflective, not reflexive, when answering questions, feeling his way through a response without the brash confidence of a serial entrepreneur. The quiet Atlanta native needs that sensitivity for his work: Although he’s building a tech platform that will ultimately require the cold logic of scalability Read more