The Management Consulting firm McKinsey & Company, stated in a recent article published by CNBC, that the world needs $57 trillion of infrastructure investment by 2030 to finance roads, power, and water projects in order to keep growing. President Obama has urged Congress during the past few years to pass a budget that increases spending on science, research and education, and upgrades roads, bridges and ports. But how do you, as a small business, position your company to capture opportunities both nationally and internationally?
There are several tools to help you in your quest. Utilizing the Business.usa.gov website is a great place to start, but networking and joining organizations like the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is perhaps even more valuable because it allows you the opportunity to interface with other like-minded individuals and possibly form strategic partnerships that can enhance your service offerings.
Volunteering to be an advisor or become a board member for a non-profit organization that has an international mission, is a great way to give back to the world and develop your employees. Dr. Glenn Balch, a training and organizational development expert, as well as a member of Rotary International, has guided many individuals to donate their time and expertise to worthy causes such as Building Minds in South Sudan and the South Sudan Village Care Foundation. The mission of these organizations is to build schools and clinics in the world’s newest country, South Sudan.
As avid supporters of the A Billion Plus Change initiative, which is focused on Skills-Based Pro Bono volunteerism, our firm has gained valuable insight into how to get things done in South Sudan, which is a part of the world that is in great need of infrastructure development.
Keep in mind that when investment dollars start to roll in, investors are going to be looking for those firms that have a deep understanding of how to conduct business and get infrastructure projects done in areas that tend to be challenging. Just make sure that you are one of the firms in the pool of candidates that can get a piece of that $57 trillion.