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7 habits of great small business owners
When looking at the players in any industry, there are usually a handful of businesses that stand out ahead of the pack. So what exactly goes into making some more successful than others? More often than not, it comes down to the kind of leadership they have steering their efforts. Being a strong small business owner is an elusive enterprise, there is no one secret recipe to achieve. If there was a sure-fire way to be a dynamite small business leader, it would undoubtedly include the following seven components.
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How to protect intellectual property
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It often seems that a growing business with a good idea might as well have a target on its back when it comes to copycats. Consider how Groupon spawned a legion of daily deal sites and the success of FarmVille led to social games of every kind. While you can't prevent other people from taking the basics of a good idea and running with it, you can — and should — take steps to protect your intellectual property, branding and business share. Here are the basics every small business owner and entrepreneur should know.
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Coffee survey results: Your caffeine consumption, by the numbers
Turns out that daily cup of coffee is a daily 2.2 cups, according to our first-ever coffee survey, which delved into the java-drinking habits of over 1,700 caffeine fiends. Not only do people love that daily cup, they are unwilling to do without it — our survey found that a large majority of beanheads won't give up one drop of brew, even when times are financially tough. Click through the slide show to see coffee-world debates resolved — is iced better than hot? How much is too much to spend? Which artificial sweeteners are the best?
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Coffee-powered car sets land speed record
Fox News
No wonder it gets you going in the morning. A car that runs on coffee has set a Guinness land speed record for, well, cars that run on coffee. The Bean Machine hit a verified top speed of 65.5 mph on an airport in the U.K.
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10 destination coffee meccas around the world
Have you been to the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market? Sipped makyato in Ethiopia? Snuck Cuban coffee beans back into the U.S.? If not, then consider this your call to action, coffee nerds. Here are 10 of the world's best cities for java, from Kailua-Kona to Istanbul to Melbourne (and a bunch of places in between).
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How coffee can change the world: Part 1
The Huffington Post
Coffee's capacity to create social equality and alleviate poverty is based on two key factors — its ability to connect developing (producers) and developed (consumers) countries, and the sheer volume of people who are employed by it. Conservative estimates show that number to be around 30 million people worldwide, but when considering the quality of census data and the downstream jobs created by coffee, it's realistically closer to 125 million people worldwide with a dependence on coffee for income.
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Now there's a Zagat Coffee Survey
Inside Scoop SF
Have you ever thought to yourself: "Boy I want a cup of coffee, but I don't know where to go?" Or, "I wonder how many other people take cream in their coffee?" Well, Zagat has released its first ever coffee survey, assuring any doubters that coffee is having its moment in America right now. Over 1,700 people — not all of them coffee drinkers, though — were polled about their likes and dislikes and favorite shops and so on.
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Picking up steam: Tea increasingly seen as a versatile, flavorful ingredient
Connecticut Post
At Cindi Bigelow's house, there is a drawer dedicated to hundreds of tea bags, all laid out at the ready. One need only select one, maybe two — say Perfect Peach and Red Raspberry — to brew up a tasty libation. But for all the versatility these tea varieties hold when it comes to quenching a person's thirst, Bigelow knows the bags could just as easily take their place among the spices in her cabinets.
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Green tea component fights mesothelioma
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Another study appears to confirm the idea that a compound found in green tea may be a powerful tool for fighting malignant pleural mesothelioma.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    A hike in the minimum wage could be a huge boon to small businesses Business Insider
Standing up to employee lawsuits The New York Times
America's coffee cup is half full MarketWatch
Bacteria may be brewing in your coffee mug Heartland Connection
Coffee gets upgrade at fast-food places San Francisco Chronicle

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Quality Coffee Certificate Program (QCCP)
NAMA OneShow, Las Vegas, Venetian-Sands Resort
Tuesday April 23-Coffee Fundamentals
Wednesday April 24-Brewing Fundamentals

The Quality Coffee Certificate Program is entering its 13th year of educating operators about coffee, water and the important role both play in serving a quality coffee beverage.

Over 1,000 individuals have completed the 2-day fee based course and recognize the difference it has made in their business. The two interactive workshops give everyone a meaningful learning experience. You can complete both sessions at OneShow and then be eligible to take the next step and become a Certified Coffee Specialists. Space is filling up ...

To register, click here or call Roger Stewart at 616.299.6483.


Fairtrade: What's it all about?
Fairtrade is an international certification system for agricultural products, which aims to protect the environment and the rights of small farmers and farmworkers. The Fairtrade label on a product gives you good assurance that it was produced in a sustainable way, and helped alleviate poverty.
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