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3 tips to help you get your July 4th email opened
Business 2 Community
Barbecues. Beach trips. Stand-still traffic. Fireworks. As the U.S. prepares to celebrate another year of independence, there's another holiday trend Americans can expect to look forward to: July 4th-themed emails. Whether you plan to host a huge sale, offer exclusive discounts or simply take an Independence Day spin on your typical content, getting your emails to stand out in the inbox can be a doozy — especially when there are hundreds of other businesses tying the holiday to their emails too. So what can you do? Fortunately, it is possible to increase the chances of getting your emails opened. Here are three tips to keep in mind.
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Boost productivity with these 4 tips for a paperless workplace
Entrepreneur via Fox News
As technology advances, so must the way we do business. In today’s digital world, that means making the move from tedious, paper-based systems to efficient, paperless solutions. Long gone are the days of paper correspondence, handbooks, manuals and checks. Whatever the paper-based system is, chances are it has a more economical, paperless cousin.
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An attitude of gratitude in the workplace
By Betty Boyd
How often do you get a thank you from anyone in your organization? Is it once a week, a month or a year? A study conducted by the John Templeton Foundation discovered that the workplace is the least likely place that someone would get a "thank you." In fact, according to the Templeton survey, 60 percent indicated "they either never expressed gratitude at work or do so perhaps once a year." So how can an organization overcome this trend and up the percentages?
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5 tips on financing a small business franchise
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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5 ways to prepare for a major sales surge
Chicago Business Journal
A sales surge could sweep a company to success or force it into bankruptcy; the key is whether the company is prepared to handle it. Here are some tips on preparing for a sales surge.
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3 tips for boosting small business productivity
Business 2 Community
Running a small business presents many challenges, big and small. Boosting productivity and efficiency gives small businesses a competitive advantage and can often mean the difference between thriving or barely hanging on. Though increasing efficiency can be difficult at times, finding small ways to boost your team’s productivity can have significant effects on business growth. Here are three top tips to boost productivity in your small business.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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.
 


How supervisors can earn employees' T.R.U.S.T.
By D. Albert Brannen
Every manager and supervisor wants their employees to trust them. Earning trust is difficult, but once it exists in a relationship, the sky is the limit. Employees who trust their superiors are more satisfied, productive and innovative. They are also less likely to feel a need to be represented by a union, file lawsuits against their employers and probably even work safer. So, how does one earn the trust of employees? This article offers five steps on the way toward earning employees' trust.
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25 more ways to save on small business travel
Small Business Trends
Earlier this year, Small Business Trends published a report on the 25 best ways for small business travelers to save money on the road. Then recently, SurePayroll offered an invitation to provide a few questions to the company’s monthly SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. The questions were posed to small business owners and managers about their practices and policies for business travel.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


10 coffee franchises to challenge starbucks
Small Business Trends
The coffee retail industry has grown in the past five years. The industry currently boasts about $28 billion dollars in annual revenue, and consists of nearly 200,000 different businesses. For those looking to break into this industry, starting a business from scratch can be tough, thanks to competition from large coffee chains. But the industry leader, Starbucks, doesn't offer franchise opportunities in the U.S. Luckily though, there are plenty of other coffee chains out there that offer franchise opportunities. Here is a list of ten top retail coffee franchises offering Starbucks potential competition.
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McDonald's to expand flavored coffee sales to restaurants, but not nationwide (yet)
The Christian Science Monitor
McDonald's will no longer limit its flavored coffee to just supermarkets. The fast food chain has started to offer brewed flavor coffee at restaurants in at least one U.S. market, though it isn't clear if this will be extended nationally.
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5 reasons to drink more coffee
Grandparents.com via The Huffington Post
The verdict is in: If you take your coffee daily and often, and abstain from smoking, you're likely to live longer than the average adult, says a study of 500,000 men and women that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012. "Moderate coffee drinkers live longer than non coffee-drinkers," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. "In general studies of coffee, the benefits are clearly documented." Part of coffee's health-sustaining power is derived from its caffeine content. Long life isn't the only proven benefit of this natural, get-up-and-go energy source—read on for five other ways caffeine improves your health.
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Here's what chicory is, and why it's in your coffee
The Huffington Post
If you've ever had the experience of drinking chicory coffee (and chances are, you were in New Orleans when you drank it), you might've had to wonder just exactly what chicory even is. For the record, chicory is this pretty flowering plant.
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German Java: Coffee lessons from Berlin's coolest roaster
Forbes
In most cultural and political joustings, Berlin and Berliners punch above their weight, which means that for a city of just three million, the chattering and entrepreneurial classes are often way out in front of any trend — ordinarily just 15 or 20 minutes behind London and New York.
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Demystifying dandelion coffee, the hippest new health drink
Eater
Consumed for centuries, dandelion coffee is now making a comeback. Thankfully, some enterprising baristas have latched on to a centuries-old practice as a means of coaxing the masses towards a more healthful (but still flavorful) morning drink made out of everyone's favorite sunshine-colored weed: the dandelion.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


CSR2.0 — The corporate sustainability and responsibility agenda
Business 2 Community
Businesses are capable of implementing responsible behaviors as they pursue their profit-making activities. A thorough literature review suggests that many academic articles have dedicated their energies on organizing and evaluating the evidence to establish a link, usually through regression analysis between corporate social responsibility or corporate social performance and financial performance.
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John Kelly: Why Starbucks wants you to finish college
GreenBiz
Earlier this month, Starbucks expanded the benefit to offer 100 percent tuition coverage for all four years and committed to investing $250 million to help 25,000 of its employees graduate by 2025. Along with Starbucks's commitment to hire returning U.S. veterans and offer health insurance and stock equity to its part-time employees, this program is one of the company's latest employee-focused initiatives that addresses larger societal challenges. Mark Lee and Derek Bothereau sat down with John Kelly, senior vice president of global responsibility and public policy, in his office at Starbucks HQ in Seattle to learn more about CAP.
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What role should business have on social issues?
Indianapolis Star
Big business in Indiana and across the country mobilized in the days after Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The state that had worked so hard to win over business was castigated from coast to coast for enacting a law many considered discriminatory.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Know your revenue: 7 tips to prevent declining sales (Business 2 Community)
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How to tell your employees they are nonexempt (By Catherine Iste)
How employee benefits can be a bold strategic move (Small Business Trends)
4 sales tips from the big screen [Infographic] (Business 2 Community)

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