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5 things every small business owner should do now
Business News Daily
The world of small business is constantly changing. What worked five years ago, or even just last year, won't necessarily work today. In order to stay afloat, entrepreneurs need to keep up with what's happening on the tech, management and health care fronts, and make sure their business is as up-to-date as possible.
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Tips for designing a dynamic business card
WCBS-TV
A key element of the elevator pitch and integral to on-the-ground networking, a simple business card is key to increasing both the revenue and reputation of a small business. That 3.5-by-2-inch card can either leave a lasting impression or wind up in the nearest garbage can faster than you can say, "Let's do lunch." If you want your business card to work as hard as you do, follow the design tips below and get ready to see your small business reap the benefits.
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The costly impact of workplace violence
By Tracy Stevens
Violence in the workplace has a significant impact on an organization, its employees and its customers. The effect can be very costly to a company through absenteeism, job performance, employee replacement and training. Health insurance premiums may also increase, and the company may incur serious legal costs. Workplace violence comes in many forms – ones that are obvious and others that are more discreet. Here are several different factors of workplace violence that employers need to be aware of and the warning signs to look for.
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13 signs you're a full-blown coffee addict
The Huffington Post
When it comes to drinking coffee there is no middle ground. You aren't just kind of a coffee drinker. You either are or you aren't. And if you are, chances are you're pretty intense about it. Because it's really easy to go from drinking your first cup of coffee ever to not being able to function at all without one. From there, it's only a matter of time till you experience the most intense skull-splitting headache of your life if you should suddenly decide to forego a cup one morning.
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McDonald's brewing up big coffee plans
Forbes
McDonald's Corporation is getting serious about coffee. The company recently announced that generating more coffee-driven visits will be one of the focus areas in the next 2-3 years. McDonald's drip coffee is popular but there is a scope to increase the sales of its espresso and specialty coffees.The move comes at a time when the company is struggling to boost sales at its 35,000 restaurants globally.
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Record heat in Brazil has coffee prices surging
Business Insider
Coffee prices are up 7.8 percent to $1.34 a pound. A severe drought in Brazil this year has traders worried about supply constraints due to crop damage. Brazil's coffee largely comes from the south east — which includes Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Parana. And it's this part of the country that has been hit some of the most severe weather. January was also the hottest month on record in parts of Brazil.
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Colorado students get crack at designing new coffee brewer
The Denver Post
A Chinese company is partnering with local high school and college students to help Coloradans make a better cup of coffee. "It's called the fourth wave of coffee," said Brian Gross, vice president of Hong Kong-based Smartco International. "A lot of automatic machines were actually ruining the coffee, but that's what the third wave was. The new process gives you a chance to appreciate the real flavors." In the new process, the steady hand of a hot pour over ground coffee beans becomes an art form, and the time it takes to brew must be just enough to extract as many good flavors from each bean without releasing the bitter notes.
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Guy Fieri's coffee line takes mornings to Flavortown
Fox News
Guy Fieri is one of America's most polarizing food personalities. But what can we expect from a man who made a name for himself with a condiment called Donkey Sauce? While the Food Network star is usually known for his savory dinner creations, his latest project is all about making the mornings a little more bold. Flavortown Roasts, launching in early 2014, is Fieri's new line of custom coffee flavors for speciality brand Keurig.
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Why high-flying tech investors are putting their money in a coffee shop
Quartz
When Oakland-based coffee retailer Blue Bottle announced a $25.75 million investment round on Jan. 29 from some of Silicon Valley's biggest investors, the jokes were easy. But they also reveal a fairly commonplace assumption: That "venture capital" entails an investment in a tech company, or that only tech companies grow fast enough to be worth it. But the reality is that private equity is private equity, and when funds line up to put their money into a privately owned company, they're just looking for the right return at the right risk.
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Top selling Perfect Green Coffee breaks sales records in January
BayStreet
The popular USA-made nutritional supplement Perfect Green Coffee broke a number of sales records on HealthFoodPost.com in January. The brand has been a big hit in the U.S. since its introduction in 2012, and has since become a popular green coffee bean extract product among international consumers.
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Coffee — even decaf — could help cut diabetes risk
The Huffington Post
Drinking six cups of coffee a day may seem extreme to some, but it could cut the risk of getting diabetes. For those worried about caffeine intake, decaf may work just as well. Studies have found that a combination of chemicals in coffee beans may affect metabolism — the chemical processes in the body that converts or uses energy. One chemical, chlorogenic acid, may lower blood sugar levels. Caffeine, however, might not make a difference. Researchers recently discovered that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee are tied to reducing diabetes risk, and the more people drink, the lower their risk appears to be.
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Coffee surges with sugar as Brazil heat wave threatens crop loss
Bloomberg
Coffee and sugar futures soared in New York as record-high temperatures triggered supply concerns in Brazil, the world's top producer and exporter of the crops. Brazil had the hottest January ever and the least rain for the period in 20 years, according to Marco Antonio dos Santos, an agronomist at Somar Meteorologia. Arabica coffee entered a bull market, up 23 percent from a closing low in November, and raw-sugar prices posted the biggest daily increase in 14 months.

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Uganda considers developing drought resistant coffee beans
Reuters
Uganda, Africa's biggest coffee exporter, wants to develop a coffee bean that is resistant to drought to help mitigate the impact of climate change on its crop, the state-run industry regulator said.

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Tips for boosting productivity with good office design
The Guardian
Researchers into business performance are increasingly finding that many offices are unsatisfactory places to work, inspiring neither good ideas nor high levels of productivity. Many employees, it seems, would be more productive if they could work elsewhere.

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Grow, brew your own tea from your garden
South Florida Times
When temperatures fall, there's nothing better than a piping hot cup of tea. And as craft and organic tea seeps into the mainstream, tea gardens are becoming a popular way for brew lovers to bypass the store and enjoy the benefits of herbal tea without additives or preservatives.
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Tea production up 9 percent in April-December period
The Economic Times
India's tea production in the April-December period of the current fiscal rose by 9 percent to 1,116.98 million kilgrams on account of higher output in Assam and West Bengal. Production in the same period of the 2012-13 financial year was 1,025.01 million kilograms, according to the Tea Board data. The country's total tea output was up by 3.62 percent at 1,135 million kilograms in 2012-13.
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Robusta coffee rises to 5-month high on lack of Vietnam selling
Bloomberg Businessweek
Robusta coffee rose to the highest in more than five months in London amid lack of selling during a holiday in Vietnam and after the arabica variety in New York surged the most since 2004. Sugar was little changed.
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Bottled water soon will take the beverage crown
Plastics News
It's certainly not going to happen in 2014. And it won't happen in 2015. But, in the not-too-distant future, bottled water will overtake carbonated soft drinks as the largest beverage category in the U.S., according to one industry expert.
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Beverage companies go green in hope to sell more water
Forbes
Unlike the surge in sales of sparkling bottled water in the U.S., sales of still bottled water have remained flat to marginally positive in the last few years. Sparkling water has benefited from growing consumer health concerns over the intake of carbonated soft drinks. On the other hand, consumption of still or functional bottled water has been discouraged due to the extensive use of plastic in bottles, which is non-biodegradable. Still water sold in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles has been likened to tap water with a few additional electrolytes tossed in. This is why retail sales of this segment remained nearly flat in the fiscal year 2013 ending August.
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Green Mountain coffee roasters: With commitment to fair trade comes great responsibility
Triple Pundit
Looking back, 2013 was a rough year for coffee, but also a year of great opportunity. Coffee market prices saw one of the biggest price slumps in decades, and a severe outbreak of a coffee leaf-killing disease — called coffee rust or "la roya" — decimated crops and affected about 75 percent of Central American coffee farmers.
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Sustainable label programs enjoy 40 percent boost
GreenBiz
Production of certified sustainable goods, such as those carrying Fairtrade or organic labels, jumped more than 40 percent in 2012, increasing their market share across a raft of product categories.
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Changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time
News 13
In bustling College Park, Fla., a passerby might view Downtown Credo as just another little coffee shop. But inside, where baristas grind, filter and then pour the steaming blend, a philosophy is also brewing. "I wanted to serve a city in a way that challenged people to think about who they are becoming rather than just what they have," Ben Hoyer said. When Hoyer returned to his Central Florida roots after college, he wanted to serve up something to make a difference. He worked to establish a non-profit first and then cultivated it through buying coffee from South American growers at higher than fair trade prices.
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