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Small businesses seek more action to curb health care costs
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Some small-business advocates criticized President Barack Obama's proposed health-care overhaul as imposing stiffer requirements on employers to provide insurance for workers while not doing enough to lower costs. Under the White House proposal recently released, businesses with more than 50 employees must offer health insurance or pay $2,000 per person. That is up from a fine of $750 per employee in the health bill passed by the Senate. More

Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs Newsletter!
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NAMA offers a valuable newsletter which focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company. Learn about government issues that will impact your growth and profitability.  Required Reading! Click here for our most recent Legislative Alert! More


Colombia coffee growers say output to jump up to 27 percent
BusinessWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Colombian coffee growers say production will jump as much as 27 percent in the first six months of the year, rebounding from a 33-year low last year. More

Business / Industry

Soft drink tax battle shifts to states
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After successfully quashing discussion of a federal tax on soft drinks last year, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and the fast-food industry are facing a new battle on the state level, where legislators are beginning to consider their own taxes on sweetened beverages. The next showdown could be in California, where legislators recently pledged to pass such a tax in light of new studies linking soft drink consumption to obesity in children and adults. One study suggests that obesity and related problems cost California alone $41 billion a year in medical expenses and reduced productivity. More

My dream come true: A vending machine museum
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Whether it's mustaches or live bait or lower-back tattoos, it seems you can get just about anything you want from a vending machine.  Pop reader Andrea W. recently detailed her discovey  of an entire vending machine museum. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

The three keys to a successful sustainability program
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As Time Magazine recently reported, organizations of all kinds have begun making a gradual and powerful move toward sustainability as they recognize increasing convergences between economic and environmental interests. One increasingly-popular accelerator used by high-profile companies like Walmart is to engage employees in helping to achieve sustainability goals. More


Announcing the New Quality Coffee Certification Programs!

Introducing TWO Interactive Workshops: Coffee Fundamentals & Brewing Fundamentals. Discover, Learn, Benefit & Earn. Click here to find out what’s brewing and register today for the April 27 & 28 sessions. Seats are filling up fast!

NAMA is proud to announce the Certified Coffee Specialist designation, CCS

A Mark of Distinction recognizing those who are committed to superior coffee and customer service. QCCP graduates, a special offer is available, just for you, until 2/28/10. Click here for details.

March 1st deadline to apply for a NAMA Foundation Scholarship!

Each spring the NAMA Foundation awards $2,500 post high school non-renewable scholarships to full-time undergraduate students. Winners will be determined through a random drawing of all eligible applicant names at the NAMA OneShow April 29, 2010 in Chicago, IL. Click here for details and to download an application.

Plan Ahead To Attend!

NAMA OneShow-Chicago

April 28-30, 2010 Click here to register

Supervisor Development Program
April 26-28, 2010 Click here for a registration form

QCCP Coffee Fundamentals
April 27, 2010 Click here for a registration form

QCCP Brewing Fundamentals
April 28, 2010 Click here for a registration form

Plan Ahead & Save These Fall Dates!

EDP/Executive Development Program,
MSU, Lansing, MI        October 3-6, 2010        Click here for details.

Coffee Education Summit
Bally’s Resort, Las Vegas, NV      October 20-22, 2010      Click here for details.

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