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Eat me.  From an Ecuador rose? Here is a funky business idea.

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Rapid change and inflation make micro business ideas important sources of needed, extra income.

On the subject of roses let me remind you that there are just three days left to order fresh long stem Ecuador roses for Mother’s Day Fedex delivery.

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Here is a micro business idea worth our Funky Micro Business Hall of Fame.

A Reuter’s article about Roberto Nevado entitled “Ecuador wants you to smell the roses, and eat them” by Hugh Bronstein shows how out of the box micro business ideas can be.

Here is an excerpt:  Ecuador has long been a major exporter of big bulbed, colorful flowers that please the eye and the nose. Now its farmers are exploring a new idea — roses that you can eat.

Restaurants from New York to Barcelona, looking to attract customers with novelty dishes, have started to serve food containing organic rose petals grown on farms like Roberto Nevado’s in Ecuador’s central highlands.

Nevado is a spritely septuagenarian who moved here from his native Spain to start a plantation in the perfect rose-growing conditions offered by this part of the country, and his Nevado Ecuador farm now has three million bushes under cultivation.

Only 100,000 of them are grown without pesticides and meant for eating.

“But we believe the market will grow,” he said over lunch at his plantation featuring starters, main dishes and desserts containing red, pink and white rose petals that left a bitter-sweet sensation on the palate

“It’s new, it’s interesting, and that’s what everyone wants,” Nevado said, his green eyes flashing as he rolled a dollop of passion fruit mousse over his tongue, crushed rose petals adding a tangy juxtaposition to the sweetness.

“They are the same species as non-edible roses, but the fertilizers have to be organic and  no chemicals can be sprayed on them, which means they need more human care,” Nevado said.

Many bugs that can damage roses do not like garlic, he explained, so workers spray garlic solution onto the organic bushes and plant garlic around his edible rose greenhouses.

Restaurants such as Per Se in New York, Zazu in Quito and El Bulli near Barcelona have started experimenting with rose petal dishes and desserts such as “Rose Souffle”.

The restaurant’s rose martini, made with petals soaked for a week in vodka, is becoming a favorite at Zazu’s bar.

Edible roses account for only about 1 percent of flower exports, but growers say the market needs to be encouraged as the country pulls out of the economic doldrums of 2009.

The petals are certified by European Union authorities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for import. Nevado is pushing the idea of edible roses at food shows. He says one challenge is to convince potential buyers that they are safe.

This is the type of  combination one should look for in a micro business.  Look for a product that is rare… has high margins and contains a problem… like convincing consumers of its safety or using hand labor creatively.

Next time someone tells you that your zany business ideas are crazy, far fetched and can’t work. Just say “Eat me” and go for it.

By the way eating roses is not new. Rose petal jam, one of my favorites… (I have this jar in the fridge right now) has long been a favorite in the East.

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Photo from my fridge.

Rose petal jam is delicious!  To make matters better, rose petals jam is really good for you also (like everything sweet in moderation). Merri and I incorporate this into our super thinking nutritional program… especially in the summer.  We drink it with milk, hot or cold,  on toast and and in a rose lassi… (yoghurt, rose petal jam and boiling water all mixed together).

A form of rose petal jam called Gulkand is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal preparation.

Rose petal jam is a cooling food especially idea for summer meals. It is a natural digestive, blood purifier and helps balance acidity, a world wide health problem created by refined food, preservatives, spicy food, junk food, over eating, eating too much fat and eating in a hurry, skipping breakfast and stress.

It helps reduce constipation, water retention, improves the memory, eyesight and reduces anger, as well as skin blemishes. itching and pimples.

Rose petals are rich in calcium and antioxidants.

They can sweeten body odor and heal mouth ulcers if dissolved in water and gargled as it strengthens teeth and gums.

There are numerous other benefits even various cardiac problems as it acts as a catalyst and facilitates uptake of various heart medication.

For full details, contact an Ayurvedic physician.

Here is how to make Rose Petal Jam.

Here is how to make a good rose petal mix if you cannot find rose petal jam at the health food or Indian store and do not want to order it online.

Wild roses are best as they have more essential oils and richer flavor. Use either dark red or small pink roses. Use only organic roses and make sure no insecticides have been used.

Add equal amounts  by weight of panela (dehydrated sugar cane juice… look in the Latino section at the store for brown blocks of it) and fresh rose petals.

Separate rose petals and wash with bio wash.  Let dry overnight. No water should remain.

Make alternating layers of rose petals and panela in the jars, about 1/2 an inch thick per layer.

Close lid and allow to stand in full sun for a few weeks, with lid closed. This converts the sugar into thick syrup. Shake every few days.

The sugar will melt and the mass will begin to look like a jam in a few weeks depending on amount of sun and temperature.

When you have a micro business idea, it can take many forms… and they can be pretty far out like chocolate covered roses to rose petal jam. And how about Rose Petal Ice Cream?

Those could create sweet micro business inflation beating opportunities.

Gary 

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Inflation is here.

Two April 12, 2011 US Today articles would be troubling except for another article that makes the first two articles more than troubling.

One article is entitled “Americans buy less gas as prices rise”.  This article points out that in the first week of April American bought 2.4 million gallons less a 3.6% drop from last year.   The other article “Survey: Consumers plan to cut spending” says Nearly three quarters of Americans say higher prices could cause them to rein in spending in coming months.

These are both deflationary trends and show that the US still risks a double dip recession.

Yet excerpts from a third USA Today article from March 30, 2011 “U.S. consumers face ‘serious’ inflation” shows a serious risk of inflation.  The article says: U.S. consumers face “serious” inflation in the months ahead for clothing, food and other products, the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations warned Wednesday.

The world’s largest retailer is working with suppliers to minimize the effect of cost increases and believes its low-cost business model will position itself better than its competitors.

Still, inflation is “going to be serious,” Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon said during a meeting with USA TODAY’s editorial board. “We’re seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate.”

Along with steep increases in raw material costs, John Long, a retail strategist at Kurt Salmon, says labor costs in China and fuel costs for transportation are weighing heavily on retailers. He predicts prices will start increasing at all retailers in June.

“Every single retailer has and is paying more for the items they sell, and retailers will be passing some of these costs along,” Long says. “Except for fuel costs, U.S. consumers haven’t seen much in the way of inflation for almost a decade, so a broad-based increase in prices will be unprecedented in recent memory.”

Consumer prices — or the consumer price index — rose 0.5% in February, the most since mid-2009, largely because of surging food and gasoline prices. Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose a more modest 0.2%, though that still exceeded estimates.

Inflation and recession? Can they go together? Unfortunately yes… in a economic scenario called stagflation.

Stagflation is the most dreaded economic scenario in which the inflation is high and  economic growth low. This is dreaded because solutions that lower inflation worsen economic growth and vice versa.

This is the worst case economic scenario that usually cannot take place.  A slowing economy reduces demand so prices fall and inflation stops. Right?

Wrong!  This  is no longer true for the US because of growth in emerging markets.

Demand in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and Eastern Europe is so vast and the economy so global that it is no possible for prices to skyrocket as the American economy falters and the US dollar falls.

We have to take very unusual steps to protect against this growing risk and this is why we conduct three seminars a year that updates how Merri and I are doing business and investing globally… and why… right now.

We are in our 43rd year of international investing and business and share what we have learned and where this is leading our activities in our two upcoming International Investing and Business Seminars.

This is our 152nd International Investing & Business seminar and you learn about multi currency investing… how to have your own global micro business… how to take advantage of overseas real estate distortions…  which commodities are now best and how to cash in on them…  plus how to enjoy lifestyles of greater profit, freedom fulfillment fun and adventure.

We are approaching our 30th year of conducting these seminars… each updates global investing and business opportunity you can use.

You’ll want to join our international investments – business and quantum wealth seminar… because we are in an era of great change… that has suddenly been accelerated by events in the Middle East and Japan.

Economic stress grows…debt…rising cost of insurance, increased liability…inflation lurk everywhere. More crowds… increase change… added push.  The falling dollar and economic hard times are shredding purchasing power. Jobs are hard to find. Pensions are at risk.  Banks fall.  Even borders lose their protective power.

Choices seem to diminish…. but actually opportunities grow.

We can join the rat race trying to survive in the old ways or… find enjoyable new ways to live invest and earn that will prosper in the upcoming era.

This is why Merri and I have enhanced the focus of our seminars on international investments… gaining global earning power and using ancient wisdom to enjoy gain extra benefits during the change via a process called Frequency Modulation. .

The seminar is divided into three sessions.

Friday and Saturday – International Investing.

Saturday – How to be more intelligent, successful and happy with whole brain thinking through “Frequency Modulation”.

Saturday and Sunday – International Micro Business – “How to Have a Global Income “.

International Micro Business – “How to Have a Global Income”

This part of the seminar shows “How to have an international micro business.”  These sessions are highly practical and usable. They focus on how to use modern technology to start global micro businesses with minimal investments of time and capital… that can create valuable extra income.

By starting small and building with stepping stones and a harmonious focus, Merri and I have learned how to almost own several profit generating phrases at Google.  We, along with our webmaster David Cross share the secrets of how you can use words to create your own global income as well.

The seminar shares how we use the first four of “Seven Ps”  (Person, Problem and Promise, Product) to zero in on key word phrases.  Then you learn how to use the Fifth P Promise to develop new customers. The Sixth P is the Prospecting Path and Seventh P is the Presentation to create income.

We use this system successfully on the internet and share what we do with you as we look at ways you too can have a high income generating business… even if you never leave your home.

This knowledge has really helped previous course delegates. Here is what one previous delegate just shared:

“Gary , I have been working on my website, healthy-holistic-living.com site and I figure it is time for another update. It is really hard to believe it, but my site just keeps growing and growing and I am now averaging 2000 visitors per day!

“What I find to be most amazing is that in just a few short months my site is #1 out of over a million sites and sometimes even millions of sites! As you always say the internet is the ‘Great Equalizer’ anybody given the right tools can compete on the internet.“Below are some of my search results. I only listed GOOGLE and YAHOO but you can find similar results on both MSN and ASK.com.

GOOGLE:

#1 out of 1,190,000 …………………………“definition healthy spirit “

#1 and #2 out of 1,210,000.………………….“benefits to living a holistic life “

#1 out of 1,260,000 …………………………“gaining a healthy mind “

#1 and #2 out of 1,260,000 …………………“benefits to living a holistic life “

#2 out of 935,000 …………………………..“holistic lifestyle tips “

You will learn how to use the same system to expand (or start) your business globally!

This is a perfect era to increase your wealth and improve your lifestyle as you reduce stress with investments in the ideas below or your own a micro internet business.

Merri and I enjoy having an international internet business and it is doing well.  Almost every month our internet business sales are higher than they were in the same month a year before.

We are very thankful to be one of the most read sites in Ecuador and do very well in the US and Canada too.

May we share our experiences to help you learn how to enjoy this satisfaction and success though international investments or micro business?

Here is a recent ranking of just one of our five websites.

This ranking from Alexa.com shows how our site is in the top 16,000 web sites in America, top 8,000 in Canada and top 500 in Ecuador.  There is more.  While many suffered in 2007, 2008 and 2009, the recession caused our internet business to grow.

Our seminar helps you learn how to use the same tactics we use… with a micro business.

Our sales doubled during the recession.  Our list of readers increased over 100%.  Since the economy picked up our business growth has slowed but business is still growing. This is how good, value oriented business grow by the way.

Value oriented micro businesses should increase steadily in good times.  They do not get caught overextending in euphoria. Then during bad times they are in a position to do really well!

Knowing the micro business philosophies we follow can help you invest better and can help you create an internet success if you desire.

The Western economy has changed… probably forever.  The old ways are gone and those who held jobs… or still have work in the private sector have lost the most.

The economy will recover… but the way people earn and work… and how the money is distributed and to whom especially… has been profoundly altered.  This is especially true in value added countries like Canada… the USA and most of Europe.

We are in an era of global structural change… in economics… in society and in the way we work because technology brings us low cost administration, low cost access to data, low cost communication, and low cost travel, plus the opening of markets beyond logic that rely more on passion and experience than on efficiency and cost.

We look at these economic and structural changes, and what to do about them in the international investing and business portion of our seminar.

We’ll see how markets are shifting from materialistic needs to emotional needs.

We’ll see great opportunity for investors and micro businesses in the following markets:

Love-friendship-control-freedom-tradition-change-big answers-recognition and care. These are emotional needs that create expanding demand and business opportunity. The next generation is having more involvement in every step of the buying process.  Uniting the body and mind is an emerging market.  Natural physical health, fitness will expand but botox and insulin sales will also grow.

Mental health, retreats and spas prosper.  The health of the planet is becoming a more important business.There is a shift of emphasis from GDP to GWB  (General Wellness Barometer Happiness Factor).  Business will operate with more passion.

International Investing.

This session of the seminar shows how to protect your purchasing power of your investments during change.  Fight inflation in three ways… equities… commodities and multi-currency investing.

In the investing portion of each seminar you’ll see up to date ideas on our multi currency portfolio.  Last seminar here is what we held.

Investment                        Currency

Cash
Cash                                British pounds
Cash                                USD
Cash                                 Euro

Bonds
JI Emerging Local Bonds Euro
JI Emergin Market Bonds  Euro
Mexican Bonos    Mexico Government MXN
Bond Bombardier Inc.   Euro
Rabobank, Nederland    NOK
European Investment BK   AUD
Kreditanstalt Für Wied.   CAD
European Investment BK   NZD
European Investment BK   TRY
European Investment BK   BRL
European Investment BK   PLN
Brazil  Gvt.  BRL

Equities

Jyske Invest Turkey Mutual Fund  TRY
JI European Equity Mutual Funds  Euro
Suntec Singapore Real Estate Reit    Spr$
Ishares Maci Latin America  USD
Jyske Bank, Copenhagen    DKK
KGHM Polska Miedz    PLN
Brookfield Renewable Power CAD
Unicredit Euro
Axel Springer AG   Euro
Sky Deutschland AG    Euro
Silver Wheaton Corporation US$

Real Estate
Agricultural Property North Carolina
Agricultural Property    Florida
Agricultural Property Ecuador
Rental Property Florida
Rental property North Carolina
Rental Property Ecuador
Commercial Property  Georgia

There are two benefits in multi currency investing now.

First, if you choose the right currencies you gain a profit kicker.

For example when the Unicredit Bank shares in my portfolio rose from 1 euro per share to 2 euro.  This was a 100% increase. However in the same period the euro rose from 1.17 dollars per euro to 1.33 dollars per euro.

 

This is the profit kicker shown in this www.finance.yahoo chart. If one had invested $10,000 when Unicredit Bank shares were 2 euro per share… but the euro just 117 dollars a euro… and sold when the euro rose, a profit was kicked up even though the share price had not grown.  $10,000 purchased 8,547 euro at 1.17.  This would have purchased 4,273 shares.  At 1.33 those same shares are worth  $11,367… a 13.67% profit in just two months.

Make no mistake… the euro could have moved in the opposite direction and profits would have been destroyed… losses would incur even though the share prices did not drop.

This session of the seminar looks at how to choose currencies when they are more likely to rise than fall.

The session also looks at the second benefit of multi currency investing… diversification and borrowing low to deposit high.

This type of multi currency investing is usually in slow moving, safe, conservative investments but it can be really profitable as well.

The portfolios we create and review at our seminar are mostly composed of ETFs, mutual funds, bonds and shares via ideas developed with the help of one of the world’s safest banks, Jyske Bank… Denmark’s second largest bank  with a history of over 100 years.

Jyske is Denmark ’s second largest bank, with 450,000 clients in Denmark and over 30,000 abroad. Jyske Bank has over 23 billion euros in assets and also happens to be one of the leading currency traders in the world. The Danes have always been big currency traders because as a small naval country surrounded by England, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Norway and other countries…they have always had to deal in many currencies. This historically gained expertise means that unlike most banks (that trade only eight hours a day) Jyske maintains a 24 hour global currency and commodity dealer service. Many other large banks use Jyske to handle their off hour currency positions. This means that Jyske is huge when it comes to multi currency activity. In fact their currency and commodity trading turnover reaches $50 billion dollars a day.

That’s safe.

Jyske investment managers speak at our seminar and also meet delegates personally.  Here is Thomas Fischer of Jyske speaking to a group at a previous seminar at our farm.

Each seminar reviews global economics and updates ways to adapt and prosper in current conditions. This portion of the seminar reviews what I am doing as a multi currency investor myself.

For example in my portfolio right now I adding German and Swiss domestic shares plus have equities and equity mutual funds.

Jyske Bank shares is one of the shares I hold.  UniCredit Bank the second.  The others held are KGHM Polska Miedz, a Polish mining company that mines copper and silver and Brookfield Renewable Power… Canadian… a vast electricity generator, plus a Turkey, Brazil and European mutual fund to name a few.

Plus I recently added Shares in Silver Wheaton… plus two domestic German companies. You’ll learn in this session why they could get an extra 30% jump up!

In each of our investing sessions you’ll see my updated portfolio and why I have made changes, plus my current seven favorite places to invest.

At the last seminar (February 2010) my seven picks were:

#1: Multi Currency Investments.

#2: Emerging Market Bonds.

#3: Good Value European and Emerging Equity Markets.

#4: Turkey & Brazil.

#5: Ecuador & Florida Real Estate.

#6: Silver Shares.

#7: Water Shares.

I explain why my portfolio is designed by me for my circumstances at any one time.

This provides you with two benefits. First sharing why I adjust my investments might be of help to you to understand how to adjust yours.

Second and most important,  I invest real time. The data shared in our courses is about global investments you can make in the here and now. What you learn is not dated theory, but up to the minute fact!

Many delegates come to course after course just to update their portfolios.

Delegates learn from each other.  Here is a group from a previous seminar discussing what they learned during the course, at a complimentary wine and cheese reception after the Saturday session.

How to be more intelligent, successful and happy with whole brain thinking through “Frequency Modulation”

As change comes faster we must become smarter… more flexible and enhance our ability to embrace and profits from the never ending shifts we face.

The educational program Merri and I have developed uses a different form of frequency modulation that opens enormous opportunity for expansion, understanding, peacefulness as well as greater wealth.

FM teaching uses frequency (in music and with each sense… sight…. smell, tactile and even smell) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  This brings forth the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

FM creates relaxed concentration… a key to happiness, health and success.

You learn whole brain thinking that can help improve your business & investing.

This part of the seminar helps investors and business people integrate their brain waves so they are more intelligent, intuitive and relaxed.

This workshop shows how to get into and stay in a state of relaxed concentration… a menal state shown to enhance almost every human capability.

Merri and I are explorers so we have used this techniques for decades. We  are always looking for what’s next… trying to stay on or ahead of the leading edge and need ways to think outside he box..

This journey has helped us alter the main mission in our lives again and again… every seven to 14 years.

During the 43 years we have been investing and doing business abroad, we have enjoyed capturing seven golden trends

#1: 1970s Gold & Silver.

#2: 1970s investing in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, England, Australia and Hong Kong .

#3: 1980s. The Tigers, Taiwan , Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea & Turkey .

#4: 1990s. South America (which led us to Ecuador).

#5: 2000s. China , India and Eastern Europe.

#6: Invest in Real Estate and Global Micro Businesses throughout.

#7: Bet Against the US Dollar throughout.

Spotting these trends early brought us a strong and continual flow of income. More importantly the process has been fulfilling…. beneficial to society and healthy.    Now you can benefit from the latest… and perhaps strongest… of all the trends we have stumbled upon.

Our writing and talking about each of these trends over 43 years has helped thousands of our readers make and save millions.   The success of our readers has been a driving force in our lives yet we have always wanted to do more so continued looking deeper for a core idea that we could share that provided income, stability, good health and contentment.

Recent events have moved us closer to this core which is why we are developing a way for a few others to join us in the profits and fulfillment of this quest.

Previous course delegates have included business people, brokers and professionals, doctors, dentists, lawyers, retirees, couples wanting to get into international business together, insurance agents and marketers who want to enhance their existing business or build a second sources of income through international investments and international business.

If you have or want to make international investments or have your own full or part time international business, you can enroll here.

Gary

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Here is what one delegates have said about this seminar:Warm greetings for you and Merri! I’ll be on that list of Millionaire women very soon, thanks to your wonderful guidance and tips. Thank you SO MUCH for the good work that you both do!!!”

Another shared this: “I love to travel, but since I’m not independently wealthy, I also need to make money. I made one of my dreams come true. I went to Ecuador . I attended Gary & Merri Scott’s import/export seminar, we visited artists, markets and villages. It was a treat to see the great variety of handmade items and meet the friendly artists. I started to see the possibilities. I filled my suitcases in no time. Most of those things were sold to coworkers and friends and covered the costs of my trip. Yeah!”

“I returned to Ecuador in October. I spent two weeks attending Spanish classes in Quito and the next two weeks shopping. Once home, I sold my goods at an international bazaar and again paid for my trip expenses.

“Do I plan to continue? You bet! I have ideas for other places to sell my goods and some great material for travel articles. I am learning more each trip and gaining experience and confidence and most importantly, I love doing it!”

“Attending your workshop was the catalyst that gave me the courage to take the plunge. Thank you for enriching my life.”

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