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How secure is your small business? 5 tips to protect against modern cyber attacks
Entrepreneur
Today, technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social, and big data and analytics are enabling small- and midsized businesses to do more with less, reach new markets and focus on creativity and invention instead of IT. But with all this new opportunity comes responsibility. Whether an SMB is moving to the cloud or implementing a bring your own device mobile program, security should be part of the plan.
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3 ways employers can engage millennials at work
Fortune
Employers are now demanding much higher skill requirements at the entry level, making it much more difficult for younger workers to stand out among the competition. At the same time, the Great Recession has contributed to millennials' dissatisfaction with today's workplaces. In order to keep up with this coming transformation in our world of work, companies can evolve their corporate learning programs in three ways to better engage and equip millennial employees.
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5 tips for dealing with tough clients
The Huffington Post
Undoubtedly, there are clients who unfortunately don't represent such positive experiences. In fact, they represent situations that are stressful, unrealistic and in some cases, condescending! The idea that even though the experience may not be positive, there is always something to learn from it; a lesson that will absolutely make you a better person. There is always a silver lining (if you allow yourself to see it) and there are always next steps that will move you in an uplifting direction.
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10 tips for more productive company travel
The Globe and Mail
What makes a successful and productive business trip? It took me about 15 years of traveling, trade shows, presentations and business meetings to learn these key points.
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Which is the best social media site for your business?
By Emma Fitzpatrick
New social media sites pop up constantly. Whenever a new form of social emerges, of course you check it out. After all, you — and your business — should always be on the forefront of trends. Plus you want to know, "Is this a good fit for my business?" But, after browsing all the social media sites out there, which ones should you really stick with? To get the biggest ROI on your social marketing, you need to be honing in on the platforms that move the needle for you.
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8 tips all sales teams need to know
The Huffington Post
How many times have you heard this phrase? "Sales is a numbers game." As sales professionals, your job isn't to throw everything on the wall to see what sticks. That's like making cold calls to companies or individuals who you know nothing about. You don't want to do this just to see what lead turns-up. Your sales team will spend lots of time and energy time trying to find prospects, then when they think they find someone, the prospect is not likely to purchase. Do you really want your sales team wasting time trying to sell someone that isn't a good fit and probably won't purchase? Aaah, No. The answer is to train your team on how to develop leads that are truly qualified and a right fit for your products and services.
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10 simple tips to elevate your small business emails
Small Business Computing
Despite the popularity of social communication platforms like Facebook and Twitter, email still ranks high as the communication channel of choice for most consumers. Any small business owner can tell you that crafting emails is no easy task. The process involves time, creativity and skill, but it doesn't require a degree in rocket science. We've put together these 10 guidelines that simplify the task and help you save time while writing more effective business emails.
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The dangers of working for the family business
TIME Money
There is one big advantage 23-year-old Clint Morrison has found joining his family's business fresh upon graduating from Rider University: he has a job, while most of his friends do not. The Morrison family business, Benefit Design Specialists Inc, administers employee benefit plans for small businesses and is based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Dad Tim employs not only his youngest son, Clint, but also two older sons, ages 27 and 29, as well as his own sister, a sister-in-law, a cousin and about 10 other non-related employees. The key to a harmonious office with so many family members? "You have to find a spot for them to be productive or they won't make it in the family business," the patriarch says. Here are some tips on joining the workforce — with your relatives, according to family business experts
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Green tea could help prevent prostate cancer
Tech Times
The medicinal properties of green tea have long made it a natural weight-loss remedy. And in addition to its many other health benefits, research has shown that drinking green tea can also help prevent men from developing prostate cancer.
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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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Too hot to handle: Global warming hits coffee crop
Yahoo Finance
Climate change could impact your morning cup of joe. Scientists writing in the journal, ScienceDirect, find rising nighttime temperatures in the coffee growing region of Tanzania led to a drop in yields for the Arabica bean crop. The researchers say this is the first direct evidence confirming predictions that climate change is having an effect on coffee growing. They point out it's likely other Arabica growing regions such as Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Kenya could feel the effects as well.
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Labor shortage to limit Colombian coffee crops as beans go unpicked
Reuters Africa
As Colombia cheers a return to its biggest coffee harvest in eight years after beating off a disease epidemic, farmers are running into a potentially more serious problem: a shortage of workers to gather swelling volumes of Arabica beans. Some regions have turned to town criers and loudspeaker bus-station announcements to find candidates for the arduous, cash-in-hand work, but the meager response means more and more farmers are leaving some of their crop unpicked.
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5 trendy ways to get your coffee fix (and what to know about each)
Health Media Ventures
Americans are certifiably obsessed with coffee. Nearly 60 percent of Americans age 18 and up report they drink coffee on any given day, according to the National Coffee Association's 2015 trends report, with this year's Zagat coffee survey finding that the number of people with a daily habit is more like 80 percent. These days it's not just your regular mug of hot and (deliciously) bitter goodness: Over a third of Americans are now choosing gourmet coffee beverages. And there are a number of trendy new ways to prepare the beverage. Here are five buzzing ways to enjoy java, along with what you should know about each.
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When coffee meant the world to 1 family during war
The Wall Street Journal
Days after Eva Jiricna was born in March 1939, German troops marched into her native Czechoslovakia. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe meant access to few luxuries, but the founder of the London-headquartered Eva Jiricna Architects, has some fond memories from her childhood, many of which revolve around the smell of coffee.
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Tea farming in China, boiled down in 5 facts
World Crunch
The 12th Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival ended last week in the Chinese megalopolis. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world came to buy, taste and learn more about the ancient and ever-popular beverage. But where does tea come from and how is it produced? Here are five facts tea drinkers can ponder over their next cup of chai, accompanied by some breathtaking photos of tea farmers in the southern Chinese county of Sanjiang Dong, courtesy of Xinhua and ZUMA.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


8 ways to shape a more sustainable workforce
GreenBiz
While it should be illegal for any company to take government funds to support the income it fails to pay its employees, it certainly is morally reprehensible. This transfer of individual tax payments to subsidize for low-wage businesses, who in turn reward their shareholders, is also one of the many ways our economy ensures the concentration of wealth into fewer and fewer hands. Earlier this spring, Harold Meyerson, writing in the publication the Prospect, outlined several excellent strategies to help rectify this injustice. With the following list, I have taken great liberties with his ideas in an attempt to present eight clear and succinct ways to make the American workforce more financially sustainable.
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People more suspicious, more informed about corporate social responsibility
MediaPost
There's a reason brands like Amazon, Kellogg and Lego mean so much to consumers: They're widely admired not just for products, but for their corporate behavior. And a new study from Cone Communications reveals that worldwide, people don't just expect companies to play nice in the global sandbox, they want them to prove it as well. And they have a growing sense of their own power to punish brands that don't measure up.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    5 creative ways to fund your small business (Money Magazine)
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People join good companies but quit bad managers (By Greg L. Alston)
Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time (Sploid)

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