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10 small business tax mistakes that will cost you
BNet    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Donna Fenn wrote, "There's not an entrepreneur on the planet who likes thinking about taxes. I know, it's only February, so you're likely still in deep denial about April 15. But it's time to get organized. Almost every aspect of your business has tax ramifications and if you don't know what they are, you're inviting trouble down the road. Can you say audit?" More



Government Affairs


NAMA Government Affairs
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NAMA's Government Affairs team focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company's growth and profitability. Required reading for all members! Click Here for the most recent Legislative Alert. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. More

Coffee & Water


Source: Starbucks, Green Mountain in partnership talks
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Starbucks Corporation and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters have been in "ongoing partnership negotiations", a source close to the talks told Reuters recently, sending Green Mountain stock surging. Starbucks, the world's biggest coffee chain, wants to be a big player in the new and fast-growing single-serve coffee segment that Green Mountain currently dominates with its Keurig one-cup brewers. More

Water footprinting makes a splash
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Water has been rising as a sustainability issue. In past reports, Green Biz has referred to it as "the new carbon" due to its parallels to companies' efforts with their greenhouse gas footprint: Understanding and measuring it, reducing it, even offsetting it to the point of being "neutral." Companies in water-intensive industries, such as beverages, semiconductors, electric power, and chemicals, have been increasingly addressing their impacts over the past several years. But now attention has trickled down to a broader array of companies, as the tide of attention reaches a new high-water mark. More



Business / Industry


New food safety law protects whistleblowers
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Food industry workers who become whistleblowers gained protection against retaliation from their employers with a little-noticed provision in the sweeping food safety law President Barack Obama signed recently. The Food Safety and Modernization Act is best known for sections that aim to prevent food-borne illnesses, allow the Food and Drug Administration to order recalls and make it easier to trace contaminated food to its source. But the law also protects workers at food companies regulated by the FDA from being fired, demoted or denied promotions or raises if they speak up about what they think are violations. More

Proposed food labels prompt a battle
San Francisco Chronicle via Seattle Post-Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The grocery, food and beverage industry plans to unroll a new front-of-package labeling system in the next few months to help busy consumers make better choices in the checkout line, the Grocery Manufacturers Association recently announced. The trade group says its voluntary program, called Nutrition Keys, was developed in response to first lady Michelle Obama's initiative to solve childhood obesity. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


Supplier ramps up production of biodegradable plastics
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BASF has started operations at its expanded plant for the production of the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex(R). Expansion of the existing plant in Ludwigshafen will increase production capacity for Ecoflex from 14,000 to 74,000 metric tons per year. At the same time, BASF will ramp up compounding capacity for Ecovio(R), a derivative of Ecoflex. More

NAMA News


The OneShow 2011


Have you looked at www.namaoneshow.org lately? There is a lot going on here. It is THE location to find all the 2011 OneShow info.

• Chicago city video on home page
• The Industry Awards
• The Innovation Awards
• Updated schedule, education write ups, speaker photos and bios
• Hotel & Travel information

Hope to see you in Chicago!



Quality Coffee Certification Program


The Quality Coffee Certification Program is entering its 11th year of educating operators about coffee, water and the important role both play in serving a quality coffee beverage. Register before it's too late! QCCP classes fill to capacity for a good reason — they are exceptional! Click to register today!

Brewing Fundamentals - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coffee Fundamentals - Wednesday, April 27, 2011




NAMA EDUCATION




NAMA Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Need $2500 to help pay for tuition? March 1 is the deadline to apply for a NAMA Foundation Scholarship!. Click here for more information.

Supervisor Development Program Redesigned

The new NAMA Supervisor Development Program has been redesigned to meet the needs of today's industry. Sessions have been extended and a new Successful Project Management workshop added. Practical, hands-on ideas will help you solve problems, improve your business skills and lead your team to exemplary performance. Supervisors and managers of all levels will benefit from this robust program. Program will be offered April 25-27, 2011 in Chicago prior to the NAMA OneShow. Click here for a full brochure.


 
 


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