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In Search of the Best Business Practices in the World

Key Pages for Global Television:

It all began with Small Business School.
Around the World in 24 hours Every Day
Best Businesses of the World
Best Producers for the Best Businesses
Billionaires' Millionaires
Global series for Small Business School
Populations by country
Stories about millions of good business owners

   Unexpected value within  the GPS
   Concurrence and GPS locations

Global TV.  Locally-produced episodes.

Upon the foundations of  Small Business School several new television series shall arise. First, to be called by the rather large title, The Best Businesses of the World, there is good reason to believe that this series will be focused on some of the very finest businesses within a country as judged by the local business advocates including  Chambers of Commerce, trade associations, business press and business professors.

Small Business School  has been a "how-to" series that focuses on best business practices of  those small business that are loved in their communities and respected within their industries.  Usually about 200 businesses are nominated from within a broadcast area, then the governor, mayors, and other local business advocates vote, and then a business is selected.  To date, a requirement had been that the founder of that business be alive so the focus of the show could be an examination of the key business decisions of that person.

That is about to change.

Nominations begin with local business advocates.  They even prioritize the initial list.  Then, nominations are opened to everyone.  In the past  most episodes  focused on privately-held businesses with fewer than 500 employees, however,  large businesses and publicly-traded companies were profiled.  In the future, the focus will be on leaders of business who make a difference through their insights, their integrity, and their tenacity to make our world a better place.  Large businesses, medium-sized businesses, NGOs, and even the most-extraordinarily  government agencies will be considered.

These episodes are just a half-hour and usually include six to twelve key ideas that are then used as a basis for a case study guide.  Though this series has been made for educational television, the show will air on multiple television formats.  

The next generation of that show will expand and build on the legacy but the goal will be continuous improvement until the show is one of the most watched television shows in the world. 


Global listings of good businesses

All to be dynamically online:  Every listing in every country will be made from somebody who loves that business.  Every listing will eventually be qualified by a group of business advocates within that country and the second list from every country will emerge.  This listing will always be of the top 100 businesses and as many as 2000 businesses within a given geography.  Eventually every geography will be divided by television signals to every 4 million people. Within this entire global village, there should be less than 2000 yet more than 1000 listings!  More...

The earlier foundations

The Small Business School listings of wonderful businesses began in 1994, first with the people who were nominated and selected to become the focus of an episode of the show. And, as people watched those first episodes, many wrote or called and said, "I know a business that is as good as that one! Do an episode of the show about these people. They are wonderful!"

In 1995 when the Voice of America began broadcasting the show throughout the world, again letters, emails and telephone calls would come virtually every day, "Do an episode of the show about this company!"  More...

Let's get to know the world by Time Zones

UTC or Coordinated Universal Time:  UTC is a useful tool to keep the entire world on same relative time with each other, but it is confusing to understand time zones and it clouds of our very understanding of the nature of time.  Throughout this website and television series,  every time zone will be known by the  number of hours behind the beginning of the new day. When it turns 12 AM in Kiribati on the International Date Line,  it will be 9 PM in Sydney (less 3 hours or TZ#3)),  8 PM in Seoul and Tokyo (TZ4), 7 PM in Beijing (TZ5), 4 PM in Mumbai (TZ8), 11 AM in London (TZ13), 4 AM in NYC (TZ18), and 1 AM in Hawaii (TZ23).  Once we know in which time zone a country or city is (and we know the time zone we are in), calculating the current time of another becomes easier.

Finding the key people within nations:

Arabic Nations
Chinese television
Japan's businesses
Vietnam's infrastructure

Let's make global television an index of good businesses...

Let's find the finest business owners in every neighborhood of every country, every state, and in every geography where good people create  great products and services.   Larger map

Start a research team:

•   Select a region of the world -- there are 2000± -- to focus on 3-5 Million people. Let us look at the world in groups of three-to-four million people.  It is a manageable grouping and it makes an excellent television market. Each becomes a Primary Market for us. 
•   Then,  select a subset -- one of 10-12 areas with 300K-400K people.  That is an Active Market.  The smallest nations could be grouped together.  A population of 300K can readily support several television stations.  Iceland with a population 304,000+ supports no less than six.
•   Then,  work with the local business advocates to list the best businesses.  First, there should be anywhere from within 7,000 to 40,000 businesses within that market. We would focus first on the oldest businesses. They are doing something right. Let's find out. Then, there are the loved businesses -- successful, generous within the community, and ethical. So, with anywhere from 2,200 (1:135*)  to 40,000 (1:10) businesses to support 300-to-400 thousand people, let's see what we can do to list about 10% of them, no more than 220-to-4000 businesses. Then we will have everybody in each area vote on those that they believe are the most generous, ethical, and successful. 
*Note:  In Greece, statistically there is one business for every 135 people. Population 11 million.  Registered businesses: 81,000.   Some sections of the world will have a density as high as one business for every ten people.
•  You will oversee 70-to-400 profiles. Then, let us find the very best producers within each country to help focus on no less than one and as many as forty profiles. If this process could grow to as many as 17,520 profiles per year, it  would amount to transformational television!  There could be a new episode broadcast every half-hour of every day of the year.

Summary: Parsing the world's population of over seven billion people.

1.  We'll break it down into groups of three-to-five million people.
2.  We'll then break it down into groups of 400,000.
3.  Then, we will get to know 40,000 or the best 1%.
4.   The best producers within each time zone will focus on 4000 a year.

This is the marketplace for all of us today.   We are a global people.

We all have customers.  We all have learned a little about their demographics.  Now, the key question that naturally follows is, "How do we find people like them throughout the world?" So, increasingly our challenge is to begin to comprehend 6.7 billion people and the 200M to 400M businesses that keep us all alive.

The Research Team:  In many ways we are all returning to our 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to re-learn world geography all over again.  There will not be a neighborhood within a country that we do have some access to it. Though it all sounds quite formidable, everyday it gets easier.  We can walk through the world's neighborhoods on our computers.

We'll start our lists by country.   In the largest countries, the goal of this television show is to identify at least 100 excellent businesses for every million people (1:10,000).  In the smaller countries, the ratio will get progressively lower --  maybe even 1:1000 -- so every country is represented.  More...

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There is a discussion about a new series,"The Best Businesses of the World.

There is also a discussion about the "Billionaires' Millionaires," another series concept.

We will be encouraging every chamber to organize global tours for their membership.  We have even engaged a travel expert to help.


7.2 billion people

•  The world can be divided into 2000 blocks with 3-to-4 million people in each.

•  Estimates range from 200-million to 400-million businesses on this planet.

•  Our hope is that there are 20-to-40 million truly good businesses (just 10%).

•  Perhaps 2-4 million are quite remarkable businesses and people (just 1%).

•  A list of 2000 businesses in 2000 markets is 4M businesses.

•  If there were 26 episodes per year in each of the 2000 markets,
    each list of 2000 represents well over 50 years of programming!

Our focus is on the countries of the world by population and where they have taken the signal from the broadcasts of the Voice of AmericaMore...