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How small businesses can avoid a data security disaster like LinkedIn's
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small businesses live and die by the quality of their contacts — specifically, the degree to which they care for and build trust with the customer, vendor and community networks that make them profitable. This special "link" makes a social networking data breach particularly troubling to small businesses. After the leakage of a combined 8 million LinkedIn and eHarmony passwords, business owners are rightfully wary of the fallout. The greatest risks: phishing, extortion and ultimately fraud or identity theft. More


Coffee growing co-op in Costa Rica leads the way in carbon neutrality
Costa Rica Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent article highlighted the work of Coopedota, a major coffee growing and roasting co-op in Costa Rica, with regard to its continuing efforts in helping the country achieve carbon neutrality by 2021. In 2011, Coopedota announced the launch of the world's first carbon-neutral coffee. More

Seattle's Best Coffee vending machines: Starbucks partners with Coinstar for thousands of kiosks
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Apparently, there's not enough ways to get coffee on-the-go, so Seattle's Best has teamed up with Coinstar to launch thousands of coffee kiosks in grocery, drug and mass merchant stores. The "Rubi" kiosk roll-out begins this summer starting with the Northeast and West Coast, and Coinstar expects about 500 machines by the end of the year. In the next several year, there will be thousands. More

Steeped tea takes a step sideways
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Coffee drinkers have all the fun. That is not necessarily a bad thing as so many people drink coffee, but tea drinkers need their say, too. When it comes to gadgetry, there seems to be a disproportionate amount of coffee tools as there are tea-making tools. But with so many varieties of tea available both loose and bagged, tea drinkers deserve to have their teacake and eat it, too. The Nesco TM-1 Tea Maker provides an easy method for brewing both loose and bagged tea. More

Snapple lightens up with the official launch of Lightly Sweetened Teas
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Snapple announced the launch of new Lightly Sweetened Teas, all natural white teas sweetened with just a touch of real sugar. The teas are available in two delicious flavors: Peach Passionfruit and Cherry Pomegranate. At 80 calories per 16-ounce bottle, Snapple Lightly Sweetened Teas offer consumers a light tasting and refreshing way to quench their thirst. More

Alpine® "Flowing with technology™"
Alpine® is the industry leader in (POU) point of use water filtration solutions. Alpine® recently introduced their new high end Aurora POU cooler using digital technology, tri-temp, UV sanitization, filter monitoring, leak detection, etc. Microsoft® picks Aurora™ as best in the industry.
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Vagabond: Vending operations management at your fingertips
Live machine views, net profit reports, inventory management—they're available in real time on your desktop or mobile device with Vagabond. A cloud-based vending operations software tool, Vagabond helps you carry less inventory and increase revenue as it learns product/sales trends. As machines are serviced less frequently and more efficiently, Vagabond customers report a reduction of up to 25% in labor costs!

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More conveniences on the go
The State    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The owner of the Redbox movie-rental kiosks is making a case for why the lowly old vending machine could be retooled for the Internet age. Coinstar says today's technologically savvy shoppers are a prime market for a new lineup of self-serve products ranging from cafe-grade coffee to refurbished iPods. Research firm IHL Group estimates the North American market for automated kiosks will exceed $1.1 trillion in 2015, up from $715 billion in 2010. More

Small Business owners' mindset: How to survive in tough times
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The American economy has always been rooted in small business, so when one gets sick, the other catches a cold. According to the Small Business Administration, "the 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales." The SBA adds "small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s," which makes their recovery vital to repairing the current weak labor market. However, access to capital remains a challenge for small business owners, making it hard for them to expand their business and increase payroll. More

Let's Pizza vending machine ready for US debut
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Let's Pizza, a vending machine that creates pizzas from scratch in 2.5 minutes, is about to plant a flag in U.S. soil. The machine was created by Italian Claudio Torghel and is distributed by A1 Concepts, based out of The Netherlands. The machine's presence has been growing throughout Europe since its launch about three years ago and A1 Concepts is now planning on opening a U.S. headquarters in the Atlanta area in the third quarter. More

Brew Golden Cups for Every Guest

Curtis’s Gold Cup brews to SCAA’s Golden Cup standards, providing precise time/temperature/extraction control. Gourmet coffee gets well-deserved credibility, and guests perfect coffee. Learn more!

In this time of economic pressure, Ameri-Source makes sense: it cuts your costs, and helps deliver more profit to your operation.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainability as business practice here to stay
Ventura County Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Going green" is no longer just a catchphrase but also a necessary principle businesses must embrace to stay competitive, say officials at the California Lutheran University School of Management. Sustainability is an issue many businesses face more often amid tighter federal and state guidelines that influence the global economy, said Valaria Makarova, coordinator of CLU's sustainability curriculum. More


Highlighting Knowledge Source Partner, Fred Parrish, Founder and CEO of The Profit Experts

Many of you, who do not have a Chief Financial Officer or Financial expert on staff, have mentioned Cash Flow and Profit Management is a significant concern to you. Fred Parrish, with input of NAMA members, has developed a program we encourage you to review. Understanding the challenges that can impact cash flow and profitability is why NAMA is reaching out to introduce The Small Business Owner's Cash Flow and Profitability Solution.

The Profit Experts Solution offers you something that every business needs, a Chief Financial Officer who utilizes our proprietary tools and coaching process specifically designed for entrepreneurs who understand what it takes to achieve financial success in a small business ($250K to $25 Million) and at a very affordable price. There is no long term contract or software to purchase and learn.

The short video, TheProfitExperts, will demonstrate how the process works, its benefits and cost and allows you to hear testimonials from clients.

There is no long term contract or software to purchase and learn at very affordable price. For additional information about their services please call 214-383-0500 or email

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This video shows a brief glimpse of the damage Hurricane Katrina did to the New Orleans area and the Hyatt Regency. Then fast forward 7 years and see the progress the city has made and what the Hyatt looks like today. This video was made in celebration of The Make It Right organization helping to rebuild the lower 9th ward. CT&W 2012 is an event you don't want to miss. The hotel and the staff are first class and look forward to welcoming you.

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