Why the Civil Unrest in Ukraine Matters to Small Business [in the US]

 

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Yuriy Boykiv, the founder of an advertising agency and a Ukrainian immigrant living in New York City, explains the stake entrepreneurs have in the outcome of the turmoil plaguing the European nation.

Ukraine is my homeland; it’s the country where I spent my childhood and most of my young adulthood. It provided me with a unique background, and it played a large role in shaping me into the person I am today.

When I came to the U.S. at the age of 19, I still had hopes of going back to Ukraine one day. Unfortunately, recent events have proven to me that Ukraine is on the brink of collapse. Rather than operating as an independent nation, Russia wants Ukraine to be its satellite state; the larger country is using its natural gas supply as a bargaining chip to get Ukraine to join the Russian version of the free trade zone.

However, the European Union wants Ukraine as a new member. This move would enable the EU to sell European goods to 45 million Ukrainians. The Ukrainian government supports Russia, but an oppositional force that supports the EU is thriving. Neither side hesitates to use violence to get its point across, leaving civilians sandwiched in the middle. Many people fear martial law–and a civil war–is on the horizon.  READ MORE 

 

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About Alexander Gordin
An international merchant banking professional with over twenty years of business operating and advisory experience in the areas of export finance, international project finance, risk mitigation and cross-border business development. Clients include foreign governments, municipalities and state enterprises as well as Fortune 500 and small/medium enterprises. Strong entrepreneurial instincts, combined with leadership and strategic skills. Transactional and negotiations experience in over thirty five countries. Author of the highly acclaimed "Fluent in Foreign Business" book and creator of the "Fluent in OPIC", "Fluent in EXIM","Fluent In Foreign Franchising", "Fluent in FCPA",and "Fluent in USTDA" seminar/webinar series. Currently developing "Fluent In ......" seminars and publications. Co-author of the Fi3 Country Business Appeal Indices. Extensive international business development and project finance transaction experience in healthcare, aerospace, ICT, conventional and alternative energy infrastructure, distribution and hospitality industries. Experience managing international public and private corporations. Co-Founded three companies abroad. Strong Emerging and Frontier Market expertise. Published and featured in numerous publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Knowledge@Wharton, NBC.com, The Chicago Tribune, Industry Week, Industry Today, Business Finance, Wharton Magazine Blog, NY Enterprise Report, Success magazine, Kyiv Post and on a number of radio and television programs including: Voice of America, CNBC, CNNfn, and Bloomberg. Frequent speaker on strategy, cross-border finance and international business development. Executive MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. B.S. in Management of Information Systems from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Specialties Strategic Management Advisory, Export Finance, International Project Finance & Risk Management, Cross-border Negotiations, Structured Finance transactions, Senior Government and Corporate officials liason

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