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How to write a business plan
Fox Business
Developing a business plan is critical to securing startup capital and in guiding the company once it is established. The business plan explains what the company will be, who will operate it (and what their experience level is), the competitive landscape in the local area, and its unique selling points that hopefully will bring success. Additionally, the plan should provide an estimate of startup costs. Naturally, this can be a challenge for a company that has not yet opened its doors. However, making cost estimates as realistic as possible and providing some type of sales estimate will help convince lenders that the company is viable and will have a strong chance of success. What should a business plan include? Here is a checklist.
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How retailers can combat online discount sites
Dallas Business Journal
Retailers face a growing threat as companies such as Amazon Local leverage strategies to offer the lowest prices, according to a white paper recently released by MultiView. But the director in retail and consumer practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Dallas-Fort Worth said online discount companies won’t completely change the face of retail.
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6 things that make your follow-up stand out and more memorable
Small Business Trends
Email, text and social media have become a primary way we communicate in real time. As much as this is our norm, it is has changed the way we follow-up and is creating somewhat of a "lost art of follow up."
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7 tips for small business employee retention
Clarifying Health
Most businesses, even the smallest ones, have a strategy for attracting and hiring employees. These recruitment strategies may include outlining job.
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6 tips for an effective, stylish SMB website
Fox Business
Wix, a website platform that powers 35 million sites across the world, shares six secrets for building an attractive and useful website for your small business.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Coffee reaches 1-month high on supply-curb signal; cocoa gains
Bloomberg
Robusta coffee reached a one-month high in London on speculation supplies will be curbed as farmers in leading grower Vietnam hold back beans and Ramadan's start may slow sales from third-ranking Indonesia. Cocoa gained.
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Coffee crushed as slumping real spurs Brazil sales
Bloomberg
The weakest Brazilian real in four years is accelerating coffee shipments from the biggest growing nation, adding to a glut that is cutting costs for Starbucks Corp. and Kraft Foods Group Inc.
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Iced coffee at the confectionery
All over Albany
The emerging coffee culture in the Capital Region is probably invisible to most. And honestly, it may never grow much beyond the few outposts that currently dot the landscape. New hiqh-quality coffee shops are opening up, long established ones are improving their wares, and passionate baristas are honing their craft.
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Tea is better with water boiled in a kettle
News & Observer
A reader recently wrote in to ask: Why is tea made with microwave-heated water so lousy compared to tea made with water boiled in a kettle? Because a proper cup of black tea must be made with water that's come to a rolling boil.
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8 tips for a welcome email that delivers
Small Business Computing
When it comes to marketing your business, it's crucial to establish an ongoing relationship with customers and prospects, especially when you're just starting out.

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4 new studies: Green tea may prevent Alzheimer's disease
Forbes
Could something as simple as drinking green tea protect you from developing Alzheimer’s? A host of new studies have looked at various aspects of how green tea affects the brain, and concluded yes.

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Roast your own coffee on the grill
Lifehacker
If you're the type who loves to use their grill for just about everything, and you've wanted to try your hand at roasting your own coffee beans, the folks at The Art of Manliness have a great guide to roasting your own beans on a gas grill.

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Why tea drinkers might be the happiest people you know
The Fashion Spot
Tea has long been touted as disease fighter and metabolism booster, but there are key difference among popular varieties. No matter which tea you opt for, however, new research has found that if you add milk to it, you're counteracting many of its benefits. Further, you'll want to make sure to steep your teas for no more than five minutes; many of the health benefits stem from tea’s level of antioxidant-rich catechins, a level which is lowered if the tea is over-brewed. Green and white teas should be steeped in water that's slightly below boiling. Lastly, add spices like nutmeg and cinnamon or lemon instead of sugar. Citrus has been shown to boost the antioxidant power of catechins, while spices are metabolism-boosting and antioxidant-rich in their own right. Now that you're up to speed on how to get the most antioxidants out of your tea, here's a look at what sets the most popular varieties apart and which tea is best for you.
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On the cusp of a healthy beverage boom
Food Business News
Beverage companies historically have found success by delivering on two product attributes: quenching thirst and great taste. But with today's time-crunched, multitasking consumer demanding more from all consumer goods, beverage developers are adding value to their products and most are doing so through the addition of nutrients.
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Wacky beverages are fast-food's big summer lure
Statesman Journal
Some things go hand-in-hand with summer: Sunburns. Tacky bikinis. And wacky drinks. This summer is no exception, particularly in the wacky drink arena, with fast-food giants rolling out their most unusual beverages of the year. Summer is the busy season for the $175 billion fast-food industry, so this is when it works overtime to lure-in thirsty consumers hoping folks not only buy lots of high-margin drinks, but load up on food, too.
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    6 ways to talk like a leader (Inc.)
Getting the best from every employee: Communication techniques that work (Entrepreneur)
7 ways to inspire employees to love their jobs (Forbes)
Science Class: What's in your morning coffee? (IT World)
Coffee futures: The highs and lows of a cup of Joe (NPR)
Leading under pressure (By C. Fredrick Crum)
Getting the best from every employee: Communication techniques that work (Entrepreneur)

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Plastics recycling goes global
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
The International Expanded Polystyrene Alliance has re-launched their website with a number of new resources for people around the globe looking to recycle their expanded polystyrene transport packaging. The site provides the contact information for worldwide organizations that provide EPS recycling assistance, as well as interesting facts about EPS and the benefits it provides as a sustainable packing material.
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Making sustainability 'cool'
The Huffington Post
How can we make it "cool" to be sustainable? The power of movie and television stars, sports heroes and the like to make behaviors glamorous is well known. Millions of young people sought to emulate their heroes and took up the smoking habit in the 1940s and 50s. So the question becomes; how could those who help shape our culture make living a sustainable lifestyle "cool?"
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Should supply or demand drive sustainable products?
GreenBiz
Given the lack of momentum on the global sustainability agenda in recent years, an atmosphere of mutual frustration between various levels of society is understandable. If nothing else, it inclines some to ask: Who do we turn to in order to drive the agenda forward?
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