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Business Rx: What to watch this year for small business
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The fortunes of small business are not solely tied to the local markets in which they operate, but are also affected by national and global events. Keeping a watchful eye on the big picture is key to remaining nimble in such uncertain economic times. If you are starting a small business or continuing with an ongoing business venture this year, here are the areas to keep your eye on in 2012. More


Colombian coffee production could bounce back in 4 years
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Colombia could recuperate historic coffee production levels in four years if special varieties are planted, said the country's growers federation, in financial publication Portafolio. Fedecafe president Luis Genaro Muñoz said that if the country cultivates strains of roya fungus and excess humidity-resistant coffee, then 11 million 321-pound bags of coffee could be produced per year. More

The CafeXPress2 Brewer - Now Available!

The next generation of the CafeXpress is now available! With just the push of a button you can enjoy close to 100 specialty coffee drinks and most drinks are brewed in about 30 seconds. Each cup is brewed fresh using individually sealed, biodegradable coffee pods. The cutting edge CX2 brewer is designed for high-volume operation and internally auto-ejects spent pods.Sip, Savor and Enjoy! Find us at or call (877) 777-1600

Gourmet coffee for the budget-conscious
The Street    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
January is Coffee Gourmet International Month, an event "dedicated to introducing coffee lovers everywhere to the pleasures of truly gourmet coffee." Coffee has come a long way since we were children waking up to the percolator producing a pot of roasted goodness, and today coffee lovers have the option to customize every step of the process — roasting and grinding their own beans at home or brewing one of the thousand blends of gourmet coffee either by the pot or by the cup. Here's a look at the best gourmet coffees for budget-conscious drinkers and some experts offer tips on how to save on your favorite blend. More

Quality Coffee Certificate Program

The Quality Coffee Certificate Program is entering its 12th year of educating OneShow attendees about coffee, water and the important role both play in serving a quality coffee beverage.

Register before it's too late as these exceptional classes fill to capacity for a good reason!

Click here to register today!

High tea has a new meaning
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kombucha, a fermented tea that has long been popular among the health-conscious and hippie crowds — particularly on the West Coast — is becoming more mainstream. The drink is popping up on New York restaurant and bar menus and being sold as a mixer, on tap and even in growlers. More

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Vending machines may not cause student weight gain
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent study (via the WSJ's Ideas Market blog) following 20,000 students from kindergarten through eighth grade found no link between the presence of snack-food machines and weight gain from fifth to eighth grades. The researchers suggest that eating habits may be firmly established by middle school, meaning the children who eat less healthy snacks at school are the same ones who munch on them at home. More

Brew the perfect single cup.

The new Curtis Gold Cup brewer. One touch creates a perfect Golden Cup of coffee. It’s ideal for executive OCS placement. Find out more!

Swap-O-Matic: Vending machine based on the barter economy
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The Swap-o-Matic, created by the New York City-based designer Lina Fenequito, is a vending machine that lets you "recycle things you no longer need and get things you want — all for free." You create a Swap-o-Matic account by entering an email address on the machine's touch screen. You're then issued three credits. You can earn more credits by donating items to the machine and spend them by getting items in the machine that someone else has donated. More

DC Mayor Gray proposes updating vending regulations
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Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proposed new regulations that update the 30-year-old rules governing street vending — including food trucks — in the District of Columbia. The proposed regulations, issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, would open up additional locations for sidewalk vending, reflect new design standards for vending carts and update a rule originally designed for ice-cream trucks that currently exposes some of the newer food trucks that operate in the District to potential citations. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

The top 10 trends in CSR for 2012
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This article is by Tim Mohin, director of corporate responsibility for Advanced Micro Devices and author of the forthcoming book Changing Business From the Inside Out: The Treehugger's Guide to Working in Corporations. Here are the biggest developments to watch for this year in the ever growing and changing world of corporate social responsibility. More



We all know an industry leader who is incredibly innovative and genuinely possesses a willingness to expand conventional practices. Acknowledge that exceptional person by nominating him or her for a 2012 NAMA Industry Award!

The Industry Awards presentation will take place Wednesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. as a part of the OneShow opening event which will include an address by NAMA President and CEO, Carla Balakgie and the special Blue Man Group performance.

Click here to submit your nomination today! All nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 10.

NAMA's Knowledge Source Partner, Heather Bailey, Announces Launch of News & Information Blog for NAMA Members!

Heather Bailey is excited to announce the launch of SmithAmundsen's new blog, the Labor & Employment Law Update! Sign-up to receive our posts via email and you'll enjoy timely information on the labor and employment issues affecting your business.

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For specific questions, you can contact Heather A. Bailey, an attorney and a NAMA Knowledge Source Partner with a focus on labor and employment law issues. As a NAMA member, Heather offers you a complimentary, 15-minute consultation each quarter. Heather is a partner with SmithAmundsen LLC and can be contacted by phone at 312.894.3266 or by email at

Correction to last week's information on the NAMA Scholarship Program:

The NAMA Foundation Scholarship Program will be offered for the 2012-2013 school year! Apply to win $2500 to pay for tuition, deadline is March 1. Winners will be randomly selected on April 2. Program information and applications are available.
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for more information.

NAMA Supervisor Development Program

Can you afford to learn supervisory skills through trial and error? Build skills and confidence today ... Register for NAMA's Supervisor Development Program, April 23-25, 2012.

Click here to register now!

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