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Accounting apps for your number-crunching needs
If your business has never installed an accounting package or hasn't had the need to look into new software for a few years, the market has definitely changed. Not only are there new, proven models for purchasing and using financial software — think subscription and Web-based — but you're likely to get a lot more for your money today.
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Key factors to effective competitive analysis as a small business
Search Engine Watch
Starting and being a small business is a scary thing, especially with all the big businesses out there that you will likely have to compete with. A competitive edge is something that you always want to keep, no matter what type of business you might be in. Regardless, starting a new business isn't easy and can be extremely overwhelming, but there are ways to make it not quite as so. One of those ways is by using competitive analysis and PPC to your advantage to gain a leg up on what the competition is doing and ultimately make your marketing plans easier from the get-go.
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Micro markets big on variety, healthy choices
ThisWeek Community News
They're called micro markets, a quiet yet fast-growing trend in the local vending industry where some companies are swapping out coin-operated machines for a virtual carryout. Once completely dominated by salty deep-fried snacks, high-calorie candy bars and sugary soft drinks, some concession areas have turned into veritable mini convenience stores, a place to buy quality deli sandwiches, chopped salads and fresh fruit.
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Want coffee brewed your way? Pick a way
The New York Times
When Starbucks installed its first espresso bar in downtown Seattle, in 1984, it effectively reordered the hierarchy of coffee in this country: brewed coffee might be nice, but nothing beats the theater of a latte. Today, many coffee nerds feel differently. Espressos are tasty, and a cappuccino is a pleasurable indulgence, but the real magic is found in a cup of black coffee prepared to order with beans from the latest harvest: the new crop of Central American coffees that is arriving now, and East African coffees that will be here come summer. When members of this generation of fanatics step up to a brew bar, it's not to look for something familiar and comforting; it's to try something new.
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Colombian coffee at the crossroads
Modern Farmer
Juan Valdez turns 55 this year. Is Colombian coffee ready to retire or gearing up for a second act?
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What professional chefs think about astronaut coffee
The Atlantic
So we finally have an answer to that age-old culinary question: What do professional foodies think about ... space coffee? Two celebrity chefs — David Chang of Momofuku and Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere — made a trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Their particular mission? To do some testing of the culinary offerings developed in the Space Food Systems Laboratory.
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Starbucks extends deal with Green Mountain Coffee
Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced a five-year agreement to triple the number of Starbucks-branded items made for Keurig single-serve coffee machines, the companies said in a release.
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    Why data theft poses a big risk to small businesses (USA Today)
Third wave of coffee: Specialty cafes like Intelligentsia find room to grow (Chicago Tribune)
Colombia April coffee production surges 85 percent (MarketWatch)
Starbucks aims to recreate coffee klatch online (The Seattle Times via Richmond Times Dispatch)
We are 'Connected by Coffee' (Grand Traverse Insider)

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Great healthy beverage ideas for people with diabetes
Caribbean Media Vision
If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be in despair over the perceived loss of choices in beverages. While it is true that you will need to give up sugary sodas, traditional southern sweet tea and alcoholic beverages, you can take heart in the fact that there are lots of other great drinks around for you to enjoy. Read on to learn how you can discover a whole new world of healthful beverages that are safe and enjoyable for people with diabetes.
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Coffee Origin Profile — The Peoples Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam is an enigma to Americans. A blend of embarrassment, guilt, frustration and confusion tarnish the opinions we have about the country, as well as this non-specific sense that "nothing good can come out of it." That communists now govern Vietnam doesn't really improve this opinion.

However, as so often is so, the truth is much different from the perception. The only idea that has lasted longer than socialism in Vietnam is a deep culture of fierce capitalism. The PRV has become the center of a bold social experiment within communist doctrine — the free enterprise market driven socialist state.

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Green tea and cancer
Toronto NewsFIX
A study in rats reveals that drinking green tea could help prevent the development of breast tumors. The incidence of breast cancer in regions where green tea is consumed in large amounts — mainly China and Japan — is low in comparison to the West.

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FDA to investigate added caffeine
U,S, Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that, in response to a trend in which caffeine is being added to a growing number of products, the agency will investigate the safety of caffeine in food products, particularly its effects on children and adolescents.

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Why data theft poses a big risk to small businesses
USA Today
More than half the small businesses in the U.S. say they have had a data breach. Yet, many owners don't know what to do next when private information is lost or stolen. In this guest commentary,

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Employee engagement drives sustainability strategy
Environmental Leader
Have you considered how employee engagement can drive your sustainability strategy and how you can also leverage sustainability initiatives to engage your employees and create a values-driven culture of collaboration and creativity?
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For companies, sustainability and innovation often go hand-in-hand
Mother Nature Network
From a policy against left turns to a peer-to-peer app that can replace taxis, find out how companies are addressing some of today's most pressing environmental and social issues.
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J.M. Smucker makes its first line of certified sustainable coffee, Life is good
The Plain Dealer
The J.M. Smucker Co., the Orrville maker of best-selling Folgers Coffee, will soon have even more reasons to say "Life is good" — via a new line of coffee coming out this summer. This is the first time that Life is good, a lifestyle brand better known for its T-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers with sunny slogans, has lent its name to a food or beverage. Smucker will make five varieties of Life is good ground coffee: Light Hearted light roast; Happy Medium medium roast; Dark & Daring dark roast; S'more to Love s'mores-flavored coffee; and Banana Bread Bliss banana-bread-flavored coffee.
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European bottled water company is certified as carbon-neutral
Packaging World
Carbon footprints, water quality and safety are important topics to consumers. That's according to a recent independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF International that revealed that 55 percent of safety-minded consumers are concerned about their carbon footprint, and 61 percent are concerned about the quality and safety of bottled water products. Croatian water bottler Jamnica earns CarbonFree certification in North America, offsetting its carbon emissions through investments in third-party programs.
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