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7 tips to stay afloat when times get tough
Many small business owners struggle with cash-flow issues. They may not be paying themselves, at least not a fair market wage for the type of work they do and the hours they put in. They may be putting money into the business to survive. These entrepreneurs are struggling to keep their enterprises afloat. Here are seven tips for making ends meet when times are tough.
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3 tips to enable a more effective mobile salesforce
Chief Marketer
Sales teams are the lifeblood of every organization, tasked with acquiring market share and growing revenues and profits. Over the last decade, sales organizations have invested millions of dollars in technology, training and content to drive profitable growth and lower selling costs. Despite this significant investment and effort, sales effectiveness is still ranked as the top priority of chief sales officers around the globe. Research from IDC states that 41 percent of sales reps say that they don't know what content to use, how to use it effectively or when to use it, so, B2B salespeople spend about 40 percent of their jobs preparing content for customer and prospect communications (according to the CMO Council). At the same time, 80 percent of content created by B2B marketing teams is never utilized. How can organizations tackle this issue? Here are three tips for enabling a more effective mobile salesforce.
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The secret of a successful company culture: Spread a sense of ownership
We're no longer a world primarily of artisans and small shopkeepers. And when an organization expands, it no longer serves to just have one, or a few, people with a proprietary attitude. You need to spread a sense of ownership to as many employees as possible. Pulling this off is in some ways the ultimate goal to strive for when you're building your customer service culture. Here are five little tips that make a very big difference.
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  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.

4 tips for growing a small business
The Charlotte Post
Despite the time commitment and financial investment that come with the territory, more than 25 million people nationwide have opted to start a microbusiness — a company with five or fewer employees. In fact, 1 in every 10 Americans works in a microbusiness, according to the Sam's Club/Gallup Microbusiness Tracker, a quarterly survey of more than 850 microbusiness owners that provides insights into their economic and emotional concerns.
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3 tried-and-true ways to grow your email list
Small Business Computing
All business owners know that they need to get the word out about their business in order to grow and to stay top-of-mind with customers. One of the best and fastest ways to do that is through email marketing. But many small business owners have questions about how to go about building or acquiring an email marketing list.
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The 20 hardest things about starting a business
Fox Business
People often say that if you make it five years in business, you've beat the odds. What they don't often share with you are the things that happen in those first five years that contribute to the high number of people whose businesses don't make it.
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How baseball put the drip coffee machine into your home
VideoBrief The drip coffee machine is a household staple — and way better than the percolators that went before it. But did you know that you have baseball to thank for its presence in your home? In this video, Engineering Guy explains that the commercial drip coffee machine turned into a domestic staple thanks to a little help from Joe DiMaggio. (He also explains why the coffee it makes was better, too).
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Coffee stockpiles with Vietnam farmers seen at 2-year low
Coffee farmers in Vietnam, the top grower of the robusta variety used by Nestle SA, are probably holding the smallest inventory of unsold beans since 2012 after a record crop, underlining prospects for a global shortage.
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Report: A chemical in coffee, fries and baby food linked to cancer
The crispy brown crust that forms on your french fries or toast? Those are hot spots for a chemical called acrylamide, which forms when the sugars and amino acids found naturally in foods like potatoes and cereal grains are cooked at temperatures above 150 degrees. It's present in cookies, crackers, coffee and some baby food that contains processed bran. And according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority, it's a public health concern.
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Bangladesh tea prices up on strong demand for quality leaf
Tea prices in Bangladesh recently extended gains at the weekly auction due to strong demand from local buyers for quality leaf and lower supplies, although a huge volume of poor grade tea remained unsold.
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Younger, multicultural consumers most likely to drink bottled water
CSP Daily News
Over the past decade, American consumers have increasingly turned to bottled water as a substitute for carbonated soft drinks. During this period, the number of adults who drank five or more glasses of bottled still water grew 22 percent, and about 60 million American adults have consumed at least one glass of bottled still water daily over the past week, according to findings published in Bottled Water in the U.S. by market research firm Packaged Facts.
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Indonesia coffee-exports drop seen raising crop concerns
Bloomberg Businessweek
Coffee shipments from Sumatra, Indonesia, the world's third-biggest grower of the robusta variety, dropped 41 percent in June, raising concerns about the size of the crop, according to Volcafe Ltd. About 50 to 70 percent of the nation's highland crops were harvested and production so far appears "considerably lower, in some areas up to 35 percent," the unit of commodities trader ED&F Man Holdings Ltd. said.

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This is the one medical experiment all happy coffee drinkers should know about
The Week
Research hasn't tended to endorse the ideas of coffee as detrimental to your health — sometimes it suggests quite the opposite — but this one scientific endeavor should warm the hearts of any dedicated java fanatic.

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5 tips for better summer sales conversations
Business 2 Community
It's that magical time of year when the weather gets better, and your prospects are often focused on things like family events and vacations rather than what they should be buying from you. As an accomplished sales person, you still want to make your quota and achieve corporate objectives, but it can be difficult to reach your goals during the summer months. Here are a few tips for making the most of the season.

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Social responsibility attracts employees and customers alike
Wyoming Business Report
Customers want to do business with companies that make re-investing in their communities a priority and that strive to make a difference beyond the products and services the company provides, be it limiting its carbon footprint, finding ways to reduce energy use or building houses for those in need. Here's where it gets interesting: Employees want to work for those companies for the very same reasons.
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