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What will your leadership legacy say about you?
Business 2 Community
Leadership is often messy and unpredictable. Leaders today are trying to do more with fewer resources, and in a shorter timeframe. In addition to managing limited resources, leaders are expected to build solid professional relationships, coach and mentor employees, be in tune with team morale, manage conflict, and successfully navigate corporate culture…and that's just the short list of expectations. The ways in which you handle these expectations are the daily deposits you put into your leadership legacy account.
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10 tips for generating higher returns
The Huffington Post
The first quarter of this year has ended. How were your returns? Since short-term returns are not very meaningful for a long-term financial plan, perhaps a better question is: How have your returns been over the past one, three, five and 10 years? If you are unhappy with your returns, here are some suggestions for you. They are based on solid, peer-reviewed research. You are unlikely to get this advice from your broker.
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4 ways your small business can better prevent cyber crime
Entrepreneur
As businesses increasingly store confidential information and data in cloud services, the need for more complex security practices and strategies is clear. Although headlines about security breaches are more common for large companies like Home Depot and Target, the threat of cyber crime is still very real for small businesses, where online security tends to be weaker.
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5 financial tips for small business startups
Small Business Computing
Small business startups may fuel the economy, but that doesn’t mean that they always succeed. In fact, according to a study published by Bloomberg, 80 percent of businesses fail within the first year and a half, which is a pretty dismal outlook for aspiring entrepreneurs. The reason that so many businesses fail, in large part, is due to poor financial planning. In order to beat the odds and to get your business moving on the right track, consider the following financial advice.
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5 tips to really master the technical sales pitch
Upstart Business Journal
Just because your product or company has a technical focus doesn't mean you should always talk about it in a high-tech way. Here's to do a better job of selling your product without losing your audience.
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The business impact of authentic leadership
Entrepreneur
Workplace diversity is a top goal for companies of all sizes today. Research shows that enterprises which include people of both genders and of multiple generations, cultures and physical abilities increase their productivity, improve the effectiveness of their employee teams and better their bottom line. A more diverse workforce clearly equals rewards.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Little Debbie's Bakery Fresh Pastries

All Little Debbie products are now available as pre-ordered bakery fresh pastry with your vend distributor. This includes Mini Donuts, Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls. Distributors may also be stocking top-sellers like the Oatmeal Cream Pie and Nutty Bar. Call your distributor today to place your order (or pre-order) for Little Debbie snack cakes.
Crane's Media Touch Technology

Crane’s Media Touch is changing the way consumers experience vending, helping operators win new business and increase same-store sales. The 7” touch screen can display nutritional information, interactive promotions and digital advertising. Built on NAMA’s open standards, Media Touch provides a powerful platform that’s capable today and ready for the future.
Payments at Vending Machines made Eazy

EazyCoin™ has developed a pioneering Wireless Mobile Technology that allows customers to make purchases in vending machines by using their Android and iOS (Apple) mobile devices. Offering such features as intuitive interface, product selection from the device, vending machine location, and fund transfers between users. One feature or benefit of the EazyCoin™ solution, that will be of great value to the Industry, is the capacity to provide Inventory control.

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BEVERAGE NEWS


Chamomile tea tied to lower thyroid cancer risk
Reuters
Consumption of chamomile tea was linked with a lower risk of thyroid cancer in a small Greek study. Researchers interviewed some Athens residents about their lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and found that people who reported drinking more chamomile tea over longer periods of time were less likely to develop thyroid malignancies or benign growths than those who didn't.
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Cold brew vs. iced coffee
Spectrum
If you've been to Starbucks lately, you may have seen their ad for this new drink (new to Starbucks, but not new to the world). Other coffee shops in NYC, like Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Blue Bottle Coffee, have already been serving cold brew long before Starbucks has. Although it may sound just like refrigerated coffee, cold brew is actually much more sophisticated than its mediocre, acidic, and distant cousin, iced coffee.
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Bottled water industry supports Earth Day 2015
International Bottled Water Association
The bottled water industry celebrates Earth Day by showcasing its efforts and dedication to protecting the environment and natural resources. "In keeping with this year's Earth Day theme of 'It's our turn to lead,' the International Bottled Water Association demonstrates a sustainable industry focus through its numerous environmental impact-reduction efforts, which are built on a foundation of solid science and smart decisions," says Chris Hogan, vice president of communications for IBWA.
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Buttered coffee could make you invincible. And this man very rich
Bloomberg
Asprey, 42, is a self-described biohacker—somebody who uses science and technology to make his or her body function better and more efficiently. But of all his out-there health claims, it's the coffee he's drinking — blended with butter made with milk from grass-fed cows and a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil derived from coconut oil — that's making Asprey most famous. He calls the mixture Bulletproof coffee. Drink it, the name implies, and you’ll feel invincible.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


The environmental and social responsibility amendment to the US Constitution
The Huffington Post
We are up against a global economic and political system that has only gotten worse and worse over the course of the 45 years since Earth Day 1970. Consciousness has grown, small battles have been won, and the people who worked so hard on both fronts deserve our commendation. But don't deceive yourself: the situation of the planet has gotten worse and worse, and it will continue to do so until we have a movement capable of fundamentally changing our economic and political system.
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How to build a socially responsible startup from day one
Tech Republic
As a startup founder, you're not going to get very far with your company if you aren't passionate, focused, and dedicated. And, part of that should include dedicating time and energy to social responsibility and the good of your community. Social responsibility is about more than just doing good. It can help your business as well. According to a 2013 Nielsen survey, 50 percent of global consumers surveyed said they would pay more for products or services from companies with social responsibility programs in place.
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Philanthropy: Feel-good factor or a business opportunity?
Eco-Business
Philanthropy may not necessarily be feel-good money gone down the drain. It can be used as social investment and "patient" capital by businesses that want to develop "shared value" solutions. International social business adviser Tania Ellis explains how.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    How poor email etiquette can be a deal killer (Inc.)
Michael Bloomberg shares the morning coffee and tea ritual that helped him build a successful career (Business Insider)
5 rules for recruiting great talent (TIME)
How small businesses can reinvest their tax refunds to drive results (The Huffington Post)
Study: Most emails answered in just 2 minutes (ABC News)

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