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10 small business tips for entrepreneurs
Forbes
Talk radio program "Coffee Break with Game Changers" hosted a panel discussion on how small businesses can collaborate sustainably — without risking intellectual property or losing valued talent. Here are 10 pieces of wisdom these experts had for entrepreneurs.
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Want to look smart on social media? 5 tips from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
Entrepreneur
We all know that social media is a vital part of any modern business strategy, but we don't always know how to make the most of our web presence and what mistakes to avoid. Executives from each of three big social media networks — Deepanjan De from Facebook, John Mayhall from LinkedIn and Brett Goldslager from Twitter — recently took part in a panel discussion where they revealed their best tips for businesses. Here were the five major takeaways.
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5 digital marketing tips you can do in 5 minutes or less to improve your business
Business 2 Community
Here are five easy things you can do to help improve your business in five minutes or less. You can check these off your to-do list quickly, and together these important marketing tips can make a big impact on your business' success.
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Tips for a successful email campaign
Forbes
Small business owners using email marketing tools such as Hubspot, MailChimp, Constant Contact, and other email marketing platforms, may not be getting the return rate they'd hope for. As more and more emails flood our customers' inboxes, how do we know they're even getting viewed? What's the measure of success and best practices for small businesses looking to drive more revenue out of their email campaign?
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4 spring cleaning tips to organize your business
TECH Cocktail
You should have a goal to organize your business year-round, but we all tend to fall behind. Spring is the perfect time to start fresh. Consider these four key tips to cleaning up your business this spring and getting organized.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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3 new social updates and how to use them in your business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social networking seems to evolve faster than anything we've ever seen in the marketing world. Each time you log in, it seems like something — whether huge or minor — has changed. This week, we're here to help you pinpoint exactly what's different. Here are three ways Google+, Facebook and Instagram have changed in the last week, and how your business can make the most of each new trend.
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5 challenges that give a CFO heartburn
By Pamela Wasley
Much is expected of today's chief financial officer. Tough business problems like liquidity and cash flow, finding and retaining good talent or even how to approach selling a company can induce heartburn in the most senior and tenured CFOs. However, their experiences can help other C-level executives prepare and plan for these situations, even when the issues don't exist yet. Understanding the issues from a CFO's point of view can help their counterparts — the CEO and business owners — spot trouble even before it begins.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


More consensus on coffee's benefits than you might think
The New York Times
Coffee has long had a reputation as being unhealthy. But in almost every single respect that reputation is backward. The potential health benefits are surprisingly large.
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Coffee waste has 500 times antioxidant effect than vitamin C
The Economic Times
The antioxidant effects of coffee by-products are 500 times greater than those found in vitamin C and could be used to create functional foods with significant health benefits, a new study has claimed.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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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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Matcha-maker, Matcha-maker, make me some tea
NPR
Just like flared jeans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and thighs without a gap, matcha tea powder is in fashion in America. You can grab a matcha latte at Starbucks. Whole Foods stocks the green tea powder on its shelves. Or now that warm weather is here, maybe you'll order a Matcha Green Tea Blast smoothie from Jamba Juice.
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How to meditate over a cup of coffee
The Huffington Post
To misquote a piece of '80s movie wisdom, life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and meditate every so often, you could miss it. Simply put, meditation can make your life better. The practice has a host of health benefits: It can reduce stress, ease inflammation and lower blood pressure. It can also help a person feel more present — a state that leads to productivity, creativity and comfort. If you've ever left the office feeling entirely drained but unsure of what you accomplished, meditation can fix that, too.
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Puerto Rico wants to grow your next cup of specialty coffee
NPR
Puerto Rico used to produce some of the best coffee in the world — but that was more than a century ago. Today, Puerto Rico's coffee crop is just a fraction of what it was then, and little is exported. But there's a movement on the island to improve quality and rebuild Puerto Rico's coffee industry.
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Bangladesh tea prices rally for second week on fresh leaf
Reuters
Tea prices in Bangladesh rose for a second straight week at Tuesday's weekly auction as fresh leaf arrived at the beginning of the new marketing season, brokers said. Tea prices dropped sharply in the last marketing season on tepid demand from local buyers because of the damage to business sentiment caused by the renewed political unrest early this year that left more than 120 people dead and disrupted supplies.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


How corporate social responsibility is moving from optional to mandatory
Forbes
"Sustainability for a business today is not a nice-to-do thing," said Arif Naqvi, founder and group chief executive of the Abraaj Group. "It's a have-to-do thing."
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The love-hate relationship with sustainability reporting
GreenBiz
Dunstan Allison-Hope writes: I hate sustainability reporting. It is so draining to spend six months of the year buried in the process, only to have very few people take the time to read the finished report. I love sustainability reporting. If it weren't for reporting, we'd have no way of knowing how much progress companies are making on sustainability issues and what they are learning along the way. I hold both these views at the same time, and I think most sustainability practitioners at companies do, too.
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