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International Micro Business – Invent Your Future II


Here is an international micro business idea that can help you invent and invest in your future.

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Lowe’s Food Store’s Natural and Organic Full Circle Brand logo.

Has a mindset change created a business or investing idea that can help you invent your future… come Full Circle?

Yesterday’s message looked at these facts:  Jobs, careers, valued skills and industries are transforming at an unheard-of rate. And all of the change and uncertainty can make us risk-averse and prone to getting stuck.  The skills we’re taught work well for familiar situations, yet we’re trained to perfect our ideas and use the past to predict the future with linear plans in a nonlinear world.

As such, we need a completely new mind-set. Linear thinking is a death knell for creativity.

Here is a new mindset relating to natural health that may create opportunity for you.

Over the past several decades, values have grown in the business process so they are often as important as economic value.

Consumers have based their buying decisions on private internal values that have become a main theme to the buying process.

For example many businesses learned it is a good investment to give part of their profits to some type of charity. Some businesses have become their values, such as the ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s. (of course that was the Ben & Jerry’s of the past…not necessarily the B&Js of today.)

Part of business now is to expresses a value through the way they do business.

Starbucks for example offers the concepts of fair trade, organic and green for their coffee.  Maybe this is because they believe this is good for the world or maybe they believe consumers will buy more coffee from them.

Whatever their reasoning, this shows how values have become of increasing importance and how consumers have increasingly followed their feelings as well as their pocket books.

These corporate values have, in the past, often became the difference between success and failure.

We may be seeing a change.  Big business may reduce its focus on natural and organic for at least two reasons.

First… the branding of health products have become so diluted that they are meaningless. Consumers no longer believe in phrases like “All Natural” and “Organic”.  Big business has so distorted the reality of the words that they no longer convey enough trust to demand higher prices when offered by big business.

Second, inflation is pushing organic product prices beyond the masses.

Excerpts from a April 2011 Carynews.com article by Sue Stock entitled “Organic food sales grow despite economy” explains what is happening.

The article begins: For the past three years, American consumers have been on a shopping diet. They cut non essentials from their shopping lists. They’ve made do. They’ve thought twice before buying.  And yet, they’ve continued to open their wallets for natural and organic products.

The article then outlines how organic sales had remained brisk, but then ended with this warning:  “Still, some believe demand for natural and organic products may have hit its peak.  Kurt Jetta is president of a Connecticut consumer research firm called the TABS Group. His recent research shows that the percentage of shoppers who bought natural or organic items has remained steady, in the 38 percent to 39 percent range for the past three years.

“All these retailers are getting on board and expanding their sections and having these big offerings,” he said. “That’s a big explosion in inventory. … The retailers have gotten on the hype a bit too much.”

Plus, he said, the fact that an item is organic or natural is just not that impressive to shoppers anymore.

“There will always be this real core of committed people,” he said. “That’s why Whole Foods and similar stores continue to grow,” he said. “But we would expect that to turn and retailers to start weeding down.”

That article was published in April 2011 before the debt ceiling debacle and US credit rating reduction that created the current slowdown.  My trip to our local Lowes Food Store yesterday leads me to wonder if this weeding down process described in the excerpts above has begun.   Lowes has an organic natural brand called “Full Circle”.

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We like to shop at the Lowes Foods in Jefferson, North Carolina.

Lowes describe the brand in this way:  If you desire a natural or organic alternative for everyday items, try our Full Circle brand. We believe that Full Circle products taste better than their conventional counterparts because there are no preservatives or additives to mask their taste creating a product closest to it’s natural state as possible.

The Lowes Foods that Merri and I frequent is one of the company’s upper end models they call a “FreshSmart” unit. These units features delis and some other shopping delights and have included… until recently…special “natural-organic-healthy” clearly defined areas in most rows of their food isles.  Full Circle is just a small part of these displays along with many other healthy and natural brands.

Yesterday I was searching for quinoa (our Ecuadorian supply ran out) and began looking for those special sections which is where I expected quinoa to be.

The special displays are entirely gone!   This leads to three thoughts for a new mindset that can help you create your future.

#1:  Retailers are starting to weed down their organic focus.

#2:  There will always be this real core of committed people.

#3:  This shift will create opportunity for small, niche businesses.

Watch extra carefully for opportunities in this sector. They have extended power due to the fact that the very forces that are pushing prices up are also creating the need for healthier more natural foods, cleansers and household products.

These forces include:

#1: Aging population.

#2: Terrible national health due to awful national nutritional habits.

#3: Rising non natural food prices.

#4: Monoculture farming being hit by the law of diminishing returns.

#5: Rising energy costs reducing the effectiveness of early harvesting and long range distribution.

All these forces stimulate opportunity for natural, local, organic goods exactly as big business leaves the arena.

How can this happen?   Big business is risk-averse and prone to getting stuck.  The skills big businesses use work well for familiar situations. The plans of big business are perfected on ideas used in the past to predict the future with linear plans in a nonlinear world.

What is growing fast here is our Saturday Farmer’s Market…Merri and I make it early 8 a.m. every Saturday market to buy the best there is.  We delight in seeing our friends there and buying all sorts of heirloom vegetables and plants. We have seen this market triple in size and continue to be packed!  But of course,  up here in the High Country this market can’t be open year ’round.

 If this thinking is correct about big business, this wrong footedness of big business will benefit everything from small, big businesses, like Whole Foods to seed companies, live poultry wholesalers, fish hatcheries, gardening tool makers and small agricultural plots as well as natural health products.

Gary

Here are three ways to be involved in the natural health field with an international micro business.

We have worked with and used the products of many producers of natural health products for many years.  Each has a unique  product or service that we love.  These companies are headquartered in many places… Switzerland, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, Canada as well as the USA and all of them offer global potential… business opportunity almost anywhere.

We write about many of the products of these companies often… though we are not paid.. but just because we like their products and hope you’ll enjoy them too.

We have started a program to help our readers create their own micro business working with these businesses as dealers and distributors.

We are starting with these two natural health products first.

#1: Bio Wash
#2: Candace Newman Essential Oils

Our goal is to help our readers earn extra income with a turn key international micro business.

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We provide three e-courses that can help you develop your own micro business that we designed to help you earn anywhere you live in the world.

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The overall service can bring you the following benefits:

#1: Connect you via our our online course “International Business Made EZ” to here and now specific business opportunities.

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Read  “Organic food sales grow despite economy”

Ecuador Charity


See a link about Ecuador charity, giving and an Ecuador Living excerpt below.

Our Ecuador charity does not just give.   Just giving builds dependence which is not our goal. Our aim is to help the great people of Ecuador help themselves.

This is why our Ecuador charity, Land of the Sun Foundation  has had its greatest focus in the past few years on helping the hotel Meson de las Flores learn how to stand on its own.  We have helped the Meson staff take Meson from a crumbling empty shell and transform it into renewed facility and profitable operation.  All profits go back to improving the hotel or to the Ecuador Land of the Sun charity that aims to help expand business in Ecuador.  Merri and I do not make a penny from the hotel….our pay check  goes to the heart instead of  the pocketbook

For Meson’s success, we thank all of you who have visited us here.

The staff at Meson de las Flores asked me to send all of you their best wishes for UN MUY FELIZ ANO.  Here is Meson’s staff.

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From left to right Meson’s staff.  Ecuardo – maître d,  Alberto – sous-chef, Consuelo – hostess, Ray – global liasion, Rosita Elena – maid, Mauricio, – night assistant and tour guide, Santiago – chef,  Franklin – manager.  Not present Rosita De la Torres – maid.

The staff of Meson de las Flores are to be congratulated. They are remarkable people who have been willing to work hard for and to deserve their success.  Here is the type of comment I continually receive about service at Meson de las Flores.

Dear Gary and Merri,  From Mesón de las Flores I am sending you my very best wishes for this coming year!!!  I am at your hotel since Monday afternoon together with two good friends and we have really enjoyed the place, the warmth of your staff and the natural food.  I have particularly enjoyed the chance to relax, to do some sightseeing in Cotacachi and Otavalo.  2008 was a very busy year for me, but also a very blessed time for which I am very grateful to God.  I thank Him for the opportunity of having met during this year people like you who has a passion  for what they do and their work benefit many  people´s live. Have a wonderful 2009!!

The warmth of the staff at Meson is a continual refrain I read like this:

Hi Gary and Merri!  I  miss Ecuador so much!  It is amazing to me that, after only 90 days there I feel such a strong connection and love for Cotacachi and all the local people and the others I met there.  I am counting the days until my return.  You promised me that I would be pampered — and El Mason and the people
there really took care of me.  I think it is good to leave Ecuador and experience “home” — it really confirms that Ecuador is a beautiful place and the people there are so warm and welcoming.  Best thing I ever did!  Can’t wait to return!  Blessings to you both,

Having Ray as our global liasion at the hotel has been a hug addition that really helps guests.  We receive continual raves about Ray:

I LOVED the market in Otavalo and came home with another extra-large Ecuadorian bag loaded with rugs and wall-hangings. A very tempting place that I visited 4-times just to give you an indication of how much FUN I had there.
We’ll have to see how our retail season goes and if I can break away for a couple of weeks, I’ll travel back to Ecuador for two weeks in April.  Ray is a splendid character and makes one feel that “our casa is your casa” during your stay. He has that manner that invites and excites and I feel he is a huge plus to your organization. Everyone really likes Ray and I miss him already and his lighthearted banter and genuine care.

Next trip I’ll bring lots of ones and fives. Even twenties were a drag. Imagine! At home a $100.00 bill goes direct to pay one bill alone or one “small” grocery shopping without blinking an eye.

This guest is not alone in praising Ray. Meson has also become a  central meetng place for the gringo community in Cotacachi. Ray organized a Christmas party and this Cotacachi resident who emigrated from Michigan wrote:

Hi, Gary and Merri.  Just a quick note to say thank you for the great Christmas Party for Gringos at El Meson!  It was a lot of fun and we were amazed at how few of the people we actually had met.  Of course we solved that by making sure we met everyone there and invited them to visit us when out our way.  We wish you a very blessed Christmas and a fabulous 2009!  Looking forward to seeing you soon, Love.

Ray seems to help guests in so many ways:

Hi Merri  Returned from Cotacachi last Thurs after a great trip.  The woman that traveled with me wants to return this summer – she could not believe how nice the area is and the friendliness of the people.  I saw my apartment and am very happy with the bed and bedding that you added.  Thank you.  Ray Manna is a super nice person and very friendly and accomodating with the guests – a real plus.  Brought over 200lbs of clothing, school supplies, medical supplies and gifts for the children and nursing home.  Everything was donated – a very warm experience and shared joy.  I wish you and Gary a Merry Christmas – hope to see you in Ecuador in the Spring.  Hugs and love

From shopping to checking out and arranging tours. Another guest wrote:

Hi Merri, We are back from Ecuador and in a serious cold spell in Alberta. It is minus 30 C this morning but is beautifully sunny. We have a little snow so at least it feels like Christmas.  I just wanted to say thanks for your guidance in planning our trip. I also wanted to let you know what a terrific job Ray did despite the fact that he was a sick as a dog. His upbeat positive attitude and willingness to help was second to none. He is a real asset to your organization.  We enjoyed our stay at El Meson and found Cotacachi and the surrounding area to be both beautiful and peaceful.  We are already planning our next trip to Ecuador and are dreaming about its warmer days. Best wishes for the holiday season.

Ray and the staff make everyone feel like part of our family…and you are…when you stay with us at Mesons, as this guest noted.

I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much myself and all of our “extended family” enjoyed the course that you, Gary, and all of your competent staff put on earlier this month.  I am really just getting my feet back on the ground and I think that we are finally there.  Gary was awesome as we expected and gave me as really a beginning investor many insights and new ideas to think about.  I am speaking for myself and several others.  You showed me that you are an expert planner and really went  out of your way to accommodate  us especially when we had people coming in at different times.   Last and not least was Ray who also handled so much on the fly and did it well.    Ray really helped with the leaving process.  We really enjoyed your hotel and the hospitality.  It was  memorable. Thanks so much and we hope to keep in touch and continue with Gary’s newsletters! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Ray helps in Cotacachi and elsewhere as this guest noted:

Merri, We have arrived at Palmazul and it is very nice.  I would like to tell you that Tina and I had a wonderful time at Cotacachi.  The staff and service at El Meson could not have been better.  I must tell you that Ray was an excellent host and was attentive to every detail of our stay.  All of the other guests love Ray. I will report back to you after our trip in Palmazul. Best wishes.

Guest also report feeling healthier and often lose weight..even though they eat more as this guest reported:

Hi Merri:  Back home after that long flight and am already ready to return to Cotacachi.  Gary’s e mail this morning about the essential oils and other things to reduce stress.  He left out the most important thing…..Going to Cotacachi, El Meson, meeting new friends, seeing old friends, and seeing all the wonderful smiles of your staff, and  the people of Ecuador.

When I go to Ecuador, after the first day, I take no medicine, eat healthy food, get lots of exercise, and just feel wonderful.  Since I have been home..ort on my travels home, I have had a who knows what hamburger, bag of fritos, diet cokes, processed cheese and other just total crap, and I bet I have gained back those four pounds I lost in Cotacachi…in just two days.

Guest really feel healthier and enjoy our philosophy of health at the hotel.

Dear Merri and Gary, How wonderful an experience we had with you…and how much respect we have for you both.   Thank you for the extraordinary services you are offering in these times to so many.   It is rare that we feel as aligned with people as we do with you on so many fronts at once – investments, political opinions, commitment to the indigenous, ‘being healthy,’ commitment to organics/biodynamics and a religion of being kind.   Wow.  With Appreciation.

A stay at Meson seems to be food for the body and the soul as this reader reports:

My Dearest Merri and Gary,  I cannot thank you both enough for your wonderful hospitality.  I just want you to know that everything I read about Ecuador from your news letters and emails was exactly the way you described it and better…………..

The day we were all returning to Quito to go our different ways at the end of the tour, I was overwhelmed with tears because you both had been so wonderful and I didn’t want it to end.  I was already missing you and the wonderful experience I had had during your Ecuador Tour Adventure……..You both are very special and I am honored to be a part of your Group.

I also want you to know that………

I fell in Love while I was there……………..I  fell  in  Love.

I fell in love with the Country, the People, the Mountains, the Sky’s, the Thousands of stars at night, the Flowers,the Rivers, the Ocean, the Villages, the Towns, The Taxi drivers who were so helpful and wanted to speak English and practiced on me……….The Ecuadorian people who seemed to have this overall feeling of Happiness and well being that was contagious where ever we went.  From the Bus driver who stood at the door of our bus and helped each and every member of our group, everyday, get in and out of the bus. He was always smiling and happy to help.  To the Indian women, who were washing the Family’s clothes on flat stones in the River.  They looked up from their work, as our bus passed by, waving to some of us staring in disbelief………….I waved back, with tears in my eyes. They smiled at me as if to say… all is well and you are welcome……

Everywhere we went I felt as though I was surrounded by smiling faces.  Just walking out of the Hotel in Cotacache, the Native Indians of the area were dressed in their Native costume, except it wasn’t a costume, it was their way of life……….Immaculate, clean clothes, beautifully embroidered blouses with wonderful long wool skirts, colorful sashes around their waists, carrying small children wrapped in beautiful fabric on their backs.  I was in awe………. I was feeling as though I was in a time machine that was set for the mid 1850’s.  I had indeed traveled back in time and landed in Ecuador…………….The air was clean, the water was fresh, the food was healthy and delicious…………..I kept thinking, Where am I?  Is it possible?  Am I dreaming?  Is it real?

After being there for a couple of days, and easing into the relaxed, tranquil, lifestyle.  I began to notice the little nuisances of the Indigenous people I was surrounded by.

Every morning, wherever I went, I was always greeted with Buenos Dias ( good morning).  It was so peasant and  so comfortable so nice.  I  forgot about where I had come from, and my only concern was finding out everything I could about this beautiful Gentle Country of Beautiful gentle people.

Everyday was a unique Visual Experience for me.
I remember waking up to the Church bell ringing at 6am and looking out the window and seeing the mothers walking their children to the school.  All cleaned up with fresh clothes, their native costumes, and smiles.  Walking along the  hand made stone sidewalks, skirts swaying as they walked, lightly brushing the sidewalk as they made their way to the school.  Just watching them gave me a feeling of well being, and a knowing sense that all is well.   No plastic, no tensil, no cartoon characters acting like humans.  It was real,
real people, real feelings, real emotions experiencing their version of life on Planet Earth…

There were many times I was overwhelmed with emotions of humility and feelings of being honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this unique Gift in those present moments.   A Gift that you, Gary and Marri, have made available to a select few. You and Ecuador have changed my life and my thinking.  Thank you, I am so grateful.

See more about Ecuador charity in an excerpt from Ecuador Living

We invite you to join us in Ecuador this year.

Gary

Our January courses are almost full but we have plenty space in February and beyond.

Join us at a course in Cotacachi or on Ecuador’s coast this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

See condos like this in Cotacachi for $46,500.

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Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

See Manta condos like this one. Delegates are inspecting the 1,000+ square foot patio.

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The patio has this view.

Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic-Shamanic Mingo

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one$1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one$1,799 for two

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend them FREE.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.

International Investing and Business Made EZ Part III


International investing and business have proven themselves over the past 40 years to be profitable. More important than the profits that have been made are the broadened horizons, fulfillment and fun! Yesterday’s message looked at one reason for this. Fun is healthy and healthy needs to spend less on pharmaceuticals and expensive medical treatment. The Western medical model has many flaws, and they are about to get worse. Take the US medical system…especially Medicare and Medicaid as an example. Alan Greenspan wrote in his book, “The Age of Turbulence” that his biggest concern is the retirement of the baby boomers and the impending fiscal problems caused by the draws on Social Security and Medicare. He considers it an urgent problem that needs to be addressed soon. He said in the TV show Meet the Press: “Social Security is not a big crisis. We’re approximately 2 percentage points of payroll short over the very long run. It’s a significant closing of the gap, but it’s doable, and doable in any number of ways. “Medicare is a wholly different issue because, remember, right now, with the current entitlement, we can afford Medicare. It’s easily refunded. We’re going to double the size of the retired population. And by all of the analysis I go through in the book, it’s very evident to me that we are not able to actually deliver on the Medicare we are promising, and I think that is marginally unethical to immoral because we are promising to people who have not yet retired a fairly significant Medicare package which, if they knew they weren’t going to fully get, they would take actions now—maybe retire later, do different things—and I think everybody has been avoiding this issue. “We avoided it in the Social Security Commission in 1983, and everyone’s done—been doing it since. Then it was more than 20 years before. We’re now right at the point where if we don’t act we’re going to be in very serious problem—trouble.” The demographics and math support Greenspan’s assumptions unless the prophesies written in the political satire written by Christopher Buckley “Boomsday” become true. The book looks at the point when boomers become eligible for Social Security — and are ready to demolish the federal budget. A prophetic heroine in her 20s starts a revolution by urging “Stop paying taxes and create financial incentives for boomers to commit suicide.” This is a tale slightly reminiscent of the truly terrible 1970’s movie “Soylent Green” with Charlton Heston, Vivian Leigh and Chuck Conners. This was a tale of Earth in despair in 2022. Natural food like fruits, vegetables, and meat among others are now extinct. Earth is overpopulated and New York City has 40 million starving, poverty stricken people. The only way they survive is with water rations and eating a mysterious food called Soylent. The greenhouse effect has risen the temperature into nearly unbearable regions, and the people are kept in the cities by law. The rich live in separated luxury apartments (with women as part of the rented furniture) but also experience the lack of natural food. Strawberries are at $150 for a glass of them. Elderly people are paid to commit suicide and a detective investigates the murder of the president of the Soylent company. The truth he uncovers is more disturbing than the Earth in turmoil when he learns the secret ingredient of Soylent Green….the elderly! The book may be satire….the film science fiction but how far off base are the numbers? At current inflationary rates by 2022 a glass of strawberries will not cost $150. Last year I wrote how a cream tea (albeit a very fine cream tea) at Bettys in Yorkshire was $20 per person. If food prices continue to grow at 5% per annum you can easily expect to pay $35 for a bowl of strawberries by 2022. The book and the movie are caricatures of what our future could bring. Yet caricatures are exaggerations that show a point. The point here is that the social economic mathematics of the current social – retirement – medical system do not work. We will need another way. One that makes sense to me is that older people continue to have international investments and business. I think this is better than a federal incentive to commit suicide! People will not retire as before…and this offers a triple benefit if what they are doing to earn money helps them stay healthier and enjoy life more because their service is their passion…exciting…fulfilling and fun. Until next message, I hope you feel and enjoy and feel a passion every day. Gary Learn International Business Made EZ on line Learn about our next International Investing and Business Course in North Carolina Ecuador Ecuador Import Export Course International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador