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Q&A: Why cyberspies are targeting small businesses
USA Today
Cybercriminals are taking greater pains to infect the computers of certain employees at specific companies, and are increasingly targeting smaller organizations for sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns. Symantec tracked a 42 percent increase targeted attacks over 12 months, with the greatest growth coming in network intrusions directed at companies with fewer than 250 employees. USA Today asked Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response, to supply context. Q: Why are the bad guys targeting small businesses?
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Exempt vs. non-exempt employees: A quick guide for small businesses
Crain's Cleveland Business News
Small businesses are governed by the same federal and state regulations that almost all other larger businesses are subjected to. There are special sets of challenges for small businesses, however, when it comes to knowing what these regulations are and enforcing them. Few areas of the law are as problematic for small businesses as wage and hour regulations. There are a myriad of both state and federal laws on this subject; small business owners must be well-versed in both sets of requirements, and must remember that the more stringent law will apply in the event that a claim is made by an employee.
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Managing the 3 clocks of small business
"Time Is On My Side," is the title of one of the classic rock 'n' roll songs performed by Mick Jagger and the legendary English band, The Rolling Stones. This bold statement works in a song, but for small businesses ... not so much. The reason is because of the complicated dynamic between time and our most precious asset, cash. In the marketplace, there are actually three different clocks at work that every business uses: one for operating expenses, one for sales and one for cash. Let's take a look at how these three clocks impact your small business.
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Coffee Origin Profile- Jamaica
Rising 7,402 feet above the sea, Blue Mountain Peak is the highest spot in Jamaica, and the fifth highest mountain in the Caribbean. The mists and lush vegetation give the peak and the surrounding Blue Mountains a greenish blue tinge. These mountains rise up above Kingston and dominate the eastern part of Jamaica. It is in these mountains, within an area legally proscribed by the Jamaican government, that the world's best, and best known, single origin coffee grows.

100 percent Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is exported by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. They ensure what is called Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee actually comes from the legally designated growing area.

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Coffee can help you live longer
The Huffington Post
If you drink coffee, here is a bit of bad news and some good news. The bad news is that the more cups of coffee you drink, the higher your risk of dying early. The good news is that if you "risk adjust," then the more cups of coffee you drink, the lower your risk of dying early.
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Does green tea actually aide weight loss?
The New Age Online
A hot favorite in the health miracle department, green tea — China's most popular beverage export — enjoys quite the fan following. It is the weight loss angle that draws most people to buy truckloads of green tea and sip it by the gallons each day. Everyone, from a young weight loss aspirant to a middle aged businessman, is convinced that green tea helps weight loss. But how true is this "green tea for weight loss" claim? Is it really that simple?
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Coffee and tea: A perfect blend for stroke prevention
The National
Recent research from Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Centre has shown that one cup of coffee combined with two cups of green tea daily can reduce your risk of stroke by a third. The study showed that when one cup of coffee per day was drunk without any green tea, the risk of stroke reduced by 20 percent. If you were to just drink green tea without the coffee, three cups daily demonstrated a stroke risk reduction of 14 percent; when this was increased to four cups of green tea daily, that risk reduced by 20 percent. However, the perfect blend of one coffee and two green teas showed an impressive 32 percent decrease in the risk of stroke.
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    New NC tax break could save small business owners thousands (NewsObserver)
Outsourcing frees small business owners to focus (Fox Small Business Center)
New evidence that natural substances in green coffee beans help control blood sugar levels (Medical Xpress)
Monster still has upside in the energy drink business (The Motley Fool)
Coffee Origin Profile — Indonesia (NAMA)

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Runa redefines energy category with single-ingredient clean energy drink
A little-known Amazonian "Super Leaf" is breaking new ground in the beverage world. Guayusa has been brewed by Amazonian hunters as a source of energy and focus for thousands of years, containing as much caffeine as coffee and double the antioxidants of green tea.
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Monster still has upside in the energy drink business
The Motley Fool
The energy drink business has exploded over the past decade and Monster Beverage has been one of the biggest beneficiaries. The good news is that according to analysts at Wells Fargo there's still room for growth. A recent research report was optimistic about energy drinks driving beverage growth and that's good news for Monster.
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Sustainability contributes to confidence in corporations
The Holmes Report
A company's commitment to sustainability, and its efforts to communicate about and deliver on that commitment, are among the more significant drivers of public confidence, according to research from Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

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Shade-grown coffee protects Puerto Rico bay coral reefs
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is an agency that helps farmers voluntarily implement conservation practices on their lands across the U.S. — including land on Puerto Rico. Recent NRCS efforts to help farmers, ranchers and landowners make significant strides in conserving the Guánica Bay/Rio Loco watershed.

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Study: Employees take corporate sustainability efforts home
Environmental Leader
Employees who participate in workplace sustainability programs are likely to promote sustainable practices at home, and encourage others to participate. And 3 out of 4 will make purchasing decisions based on a company's environmentally-conscious practices, a new study finds.

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Recognize the risk in your supply chain
Sustainable Plant
Tsunamis in Japan and Thailand shuttered factories and hurt profits in automotive and electronics companies half way around the world; protesters dressed as Ken and Barbie stalked Mattel's headquarters, saying the company's toy packaging was promoting the destruction of rainforests; accusations flew online that Apple was funding rape in Eastern Congo by sourcing components containing minerals from mines controlled by warlords. These are just a few examples of how unsustainable supply chain practices can create unacceptable risks for companies.
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Sustainably-grown coffee reaches high, threatened by climate change
Sustainable Business
In 2012, sustainably-grown coffee rose to 4.5 percent of global production, rising 45 percent from the previous year. That may not sound like much, but coffee is one of the world's most traded commodities — 4.5 percent equals 375,000 metric tons. Companies that sell sustainable coffee include McDonald's USA and McDonald's Canada, Caribou Coffee, Second Cup, Green Mountain Coffee and Nespresso — grown on farms certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
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The sustainability generation
The Huffington Post
More and more people born since the mid 1980s have internalized aspects of an environmental ethos, and that awareness will soon have a major impact on American politics. While Gallup continues to poll on what some consider the false tradeoff between economic growth and environmental protection, even their data reports growing environmental awareness, especially among young people.
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Quality Coffee Certificate Program (QCCP)
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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 ...

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