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5 creative ways to fund your small business
Money Magazine
As many entrepreneurs discover, raising money to fund a small business isn't for the faint of heart. Only 46 percent of small firms received some or all of the financing they sought in 2014, according to a 10-state survey by the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Atlanta, Cleveland and Philadelphia. More than half of the applicants sought credit of $100,000 or less. But fortunately, new options for small business owners on a money hunt are fast evolving. Here are five that first-time entrepreneurs often overlook.
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8 tips every new business owner should know
UpStart Business Journal
Comprising most of the companies around the world and half the workforce, small businesses drive growth, create jobs, and sustain markets. According to a recent Gallup poll, more than 400,000 new businesses will launch in the U.S. in 2015. However, as positive as that sounds, many small businesses will fail before they reach the five-year mark.
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6 tips to avoid hearing 'no' before your sales pitch even begins
American City Business Journals
Selling is a delicate enterprise. The way you enter a room and say "hello," your facial expression, your tone of voice — all can determine whether a potential client will give you the brush-off or give you a minute. Making the transaction even more challenging, some potential buyers come to a meeting ready to say "no" before you even begin a sales presentation. Here are six strategies for defeating that "no" and getting heard
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5 tips for outstanding mobile advertising experiences
VentureBeat
With less than 5 percent of app users making IAPs, and paid apps falling further behind its more profitable F2P sibling, conversations around mobile monetization are shifting. It's no longer a discussion about "why" you should advertise, but "how" — and more importantly, doing so while maintaining a smooth and engaging user experience. This article dives into several tips to help craft a friendly mobile advertising experience, successfully turning ad formats into app features.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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.
 


Google adding tweets to search results: How you can optimize this
By Emma Fitzpatrick
How often do you consider keywords when tweeting? Starting this week, you'll want to include many more keywords in tweets than you did before. Google and Twitter are teaming up. Now, tweets and Twitter accounts will be featured on Google search results. They're currently rolling the feature out on mobile browsers and through the Google app. The desktop version will be debuting soon. If you play your cards right, this new feature has the potential to boost your organic search traffic dramatically.
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People join good companies but quit bad managers
By Greg L. Alston
I'm constantly amazed by how people who are charged with managing people try to make life much more complex and difficult than it needs to be. When people join a new company, they are usually excited by the new opportunities and believe in the vision of the organization. They choose the job based on the best fit with their world view. While the compensation plan is certainly one component of why people choose to work for you, it is rarely an element that determines whether they remain working for you.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


10 ways to turn your basic iced coffee into something special
The Huffington Post
A straight up, classic iced coffee is always a welcome sight, but there are many ways to add a little fun to your morning cold brew — and by fun we mean delicious, bold flavors. Think coconut, cinnamon and mint, for starters. Adding flavor is the fastest way to transform a beloved but basic iced coffee into something that feels a little more special. Small garnishes go a long way too, especially when they're tiny donuts. Iced coffee season doesn't last forever, so it's important to enjoy it when it's here. Here are 10 easy ways to make iced coffee feel special, because folks, you deserve it.
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Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time
Sploid
So many of us wake up in the morning and immediately seek out coffee like the brown water addicted fools we are. ASAP Science, however, explains that that is completely the wrong way to do it. We're not maximizing the caffeine or our body's natural energy, instead, the right way to drink coffee is to wait. It sounds blasphemous but science isn't always what we want to hear.
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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.
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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Coffee's next generation of roasters
The Wall Street Journal
After the success of once-scrappy roasters, such as California's Blue Bottle and Portland's Stumptown, a new generation of small shops is reshaping America's coffee obsession.
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Chamomile tea, the life extender?
Pacific Standard
Few doubt the power of tea, forever revered as a calming salve on a rough day. Legend has it a box of Bigelow Mint Medley herbal tea once kept tent-bound climbers sane during a particularly nasty Denali storm. Chamomile tea can supposedly even add streaks to your hair. But there's more: According a study published earlier this year in The Gerontologist, chamomile tea is associated with a decreased risk of death in Mexican-American women aged 65 or older.
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Old coffee grounds turned into mugs (for drinking more coffee, of course)
Fast Company
We drink 500 billion cups of coffee globally each year. Think of how many coffee grounds that entails — and how many of those grounds end up in a landfill. German designer Julian Lechner has invented a new strategy for keeping grounds out of the trash. Over the past five years, he has perfected a formula to turn coffee grounds into a hard material that can be crafted into cups. Those, in turn, can be used to drink more coffee.
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Sip it slowly, and other lessons from the oldest tea book in the world
NPR
At least 2,500 years ago, tea, as we know it, was born. Back then, it was a medicinal concoction blended with herbs, seeds and forest leaves in the mountains of southwest China. Gradually, as manners of processing and drinking tea were refined, it became imbued with artistic, religious and cultural notes.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Etsy figures out how to crowd source social responsibility — will it work?
Forbes
It's hard to argue the intent behind most corporate social responsibility initiatives. Successful companies are uniquely positioned to devote resources — both dollars and skills — to social issues in the markets they serve, whether it's something as simple as giving employees time for charitable work or more elaborate company-wide programs devoted to major world challenges like famine, equal rights and disease.
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Is corporate social responsibility China's secret weapon?
CKGSB
Chinese companies are starting to realize that corporate social responsibility is an important part of their transformation into a reputable brand.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    8 advantages of being a small business owner now (Small Business Trends)
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6 ways to improve small business data security (Small Business Computing)
How involved should CEOs be in social causes? (Harvard Business Review)

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