The Missing Middle

In Ghana our key clients are a handicraft company called CraftPro and one or two pineapple exporters.  Based on their size, both of these firms are considered to be small medium sized enterprises (SMEs).   In Ghana, SMEs provide 85% of manufacturing employment and contribute to 70% of National GDP (Abor, Quartey, 2010).  Typically micro-enterprises…

Last Class in DC!

And what a class it was! The day came when we submitted THE copy of the market entry report that we would show to our clients. Moreover, this last class entailed an in-class mock power point presentation to the professor and the rest of the class. In true American Idol fashion, we were also presenting…

WORK, WORK, WORK, eat, sleep, WORK…

The Sweden-portion of the IRP is scheduled to start on May 8th. Most of us will arrive in Stockholm the same day or a few days earlier. However despite being just over 2 weeks away, the trip still seems like an intangible mirage due to the enormous amount of preparatory work we are currently undertaking…

Confessions of a Former Vegetarian

I have to admit – I was a vegetarian for 2 years before moving to Washington. Although I’ve changed my standard of vegetarianism somewhat (hey, I’m on a student budget now; I’m not going to argue with a free chicken skewer every now and again!) I’m still somewhat turned off by the thought of eating…

Serbia: Too Much History

I was talking with my dad the other night and he asked me again where I’m heading next month. “Bosnia? Slovakia? Uzbekistan?!” Wrong all all three accounts, but part of me can’t blame him. The country is Serbia, home to an old nation with a new identity. Like my dad, my own image of Serbia…