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6 habits to make your small business more productive
Forbes
Not enough time in the day? Too much to do? That's the lament of all entrepreneurs and small business owners! There are lots of ways to save time, and plenty of tools to help you work faster. But some of the best things you can do to be more productive are simply about habit and intentions.
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10 social skills essential for success
The Huffington Post
We spend so much time fixated on social media that we forget to focus on the more important elements of being "social." Rewind the clock back just a few short years ago and "social skills" were defined as the set of proper techniques and practices we used to develop relationship with other people. Very often, business owners, managers, entrepreneurs and C-level people will be so focused on business, they forget about the impact of the proper use of social skills. The results can get ugly and lead to lost business, an irritated customer and failed opportunity.
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How to smoothly transition from a colleague to a manager
Fortune
Navigating the transition from worker bee to decision maker can be tricky. Often times you're ready for the next step in your career, but apprehensive about the additional pressure more responsibilities will bring. Relationships and priorities will change. It's almost never easy, and there will be plenty of bumps and bruises. Here are some tips that will help ease the transition.
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How to improve your sales process with data
Business 2 Community
There are many aspects of sales that play into closing that next deal faster and better than the last. While sales technology, process, acceleration and pricing all play a role, there are two key aspects that can work together in a harmonious deal-closing blend: optimization and data.
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4 marketing tips to catapult your business to success
Dynamic Business
As a small business, you may think it is impossible or expensive to get the word out about what you do. That's a myth. You don't need fads, gimmicks, a massive budget or the most creative agency to build awareness. You simply need a strong marketing strategy to reach your potential customers and keep them engaged. Follow these timeless tips to help get the word out about your business and create a competitive advantage.
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Setting goals the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. way
By D. Albert Brannen
Since the early 1980s, management consultants have used an acronym, S.M.A.R.T., to guide people through effective, objective goal-setting. That easy acronym is still one of the most popular frameworks for performance management in the workplace — or in any other goal-setting for that matter. Over time, this acronym has been tweaked and expanded. One variation is to make goals S.M.A.R.T.E.R., which indicates that goal-setting is an ongoing, continuous improvement process.
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Overcoming bias: 3 things to consider when interviewing
By Catherine Iste
Organizations often say they are committed to a diverse workforce or transparent hiring. But organizations are made up of people, and people naturally judge others on their own individual set of parameters. In many cases, they do not even realize how much their own perception can cloud their image of a candidate. While it may be a challenge to overcome different types of bias during an interview, keep these three things in mind and you will be in a better position to minimize it.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Butter up that tea, Tibetan-style
NPR
Butter (arguably) makes everything better — even tea. For Chime Dhorje, who works at Café Himalaya in New York City, the butter in the cup of tea before him ideally comes from a yak. Yak butter tea is often referred to as the national drink of Dhorje's homeland, Tibet. Tibetans drink it all day long &mdsah; up to 60 cups a day, it's said — though they're not the only ones who enjoy it: It's consumed in countries throughout the Himalayas.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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.
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19 things you didn't know about coffee
The Huffington Post
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet (sorry, Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator) — but despite its popularity, most people don't know very much about what they're drinking every morning.
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Coffee's antioxidant power has been scentifically Proven, And 6 more science-based excuses to drink your daily latte
Bustle
While "free radicals" may sound like a political subculture, they're actually atoms, molecules, or ions shown to damage cells and potentially contribute to cancer. Fortunately, a new study suggests that coffee plays a role in stabilizing free radicals, adding to the morning beverage's superlative antioxidant capabilities and giving you an excuse to order your favorite Starbucks latte.
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10 iced coffee hacks you shouldn't live without
The Huffington Post
Iced coffee season is upon us, and with it the sign of so many good things to come: sunny days, open-toed shoes and cold brew — lots and lots of cold brew. But just because coffee has ice in it doesn't mean it's great. It can be bitter, watery and way too expensive. Don't let that happen to you this year. Instead, make a batch at home and be in charge of your own iced coffee destiny. Here are 10 great hacks and tips right here that are about to change your iced coffee game.
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Entrepreneur looks to make tea the new coffee
Upstart
This is a nation of coffee drinkers, with 61 percent of Americans consuming the beverage daily, according to a 2014 National Coffee Association study. That hasn't deterred an Arizona State University alumna from starting a business centered on coffee's biggest rival: tea.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


10 steps to a dynamic corporate responsibility annual report
Entrepreneur
Knowing how to develop and launch a successful corporate social responsibility program and branding your CSR efforts are two very different things. Although there are numerous ways, one of the best ways to effectively brand your program is through an annual report outlining the efforts and accomplishments of the previous last 12 months. While every annual CSR and sustainability report looks different, the goal is the same: to captivate, inform and excite your reading audience.
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6 critical tips to transform your organization's energy management
Energy Manager Today
It's mind-boggling to consider that until recently, energy management was one of the last remaining organizational line items tracked by spreadsheets, often treated as an afterthought. The opportunity costs and lost gains from this approach are huge. Here are six critical strategies your organization can implement to begin driving better energy management discipline.
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State of Green Business: Money flows where sustainability grows
GreenBiz
The last year has ushered in a number of encouraging developments that are increasing the flow of capital toward more sustainable business models — a trend with interesting implications for corporate sustainability executives, chief financial officers and investor relations teams alike. A fundamental shift has been the growing recognition by investors that environmental issues can be a risk to company profitability, as well as an opportunity to discover firms with better business models that outperform the market.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Do you have emotional intelligence? It's crucial for great leadership (Philadelphia Business Journal)
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3 things you should look for in employees (Small Business Trends)
4 personality traits that make you an effective leader (Entrepreneur)
How to save money in your small business — experts' tips (The Guardian)

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