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How to attract and retain loyal millennials
The Washington Post
It's no secret that building and maintaining stable employee relationships saves money in the short term and increases company performance in the long term. But what does appear to be a mystery is how to build those relationships. Many small business owners haven't found a way to take advantage of this insight because they struggle to build attractive benefits packages and cultures that appeal not only to the best employees, but also to the most dedicated employees.
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5 amazingly helpful sales tips for introverted entrepreneurs
Small Business Trends
The feeling is all too familiar. It's the anxiety you get when you're in a situation where you have to influence others. You're very much aware of the toll that sales interactions can take on your psyche. Since you're one of the introverted entrepreneurs, human interaction drains your energy. It's not that you don't enjoy other people. You are able to have fun in the company of others. However, these social interactions don't give you energy — they sap your energy.
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Finding the perfect match in the social media platform universe
Entrepreneur
It seems like a new social networking platform pops up every time you turn around. But while the idea of being on all of these platforms is great, most entrepreneurs don't have the time. They know it's better to be selective about where you establish your social presence, so you can develop a focused and effective strategy.
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Brand yourself — or others will do it for you
By Hank Boyer
Try this right now: Open up a Web browser and Google your name. Finished? What appears about you is what customers, employers, recruiters and prospects will see. It's your brand. Recruiters and employers are discovering people on social media they'd like to employ, while prospects and customers are discovering people on social media who can solve their problems. So, based on what appears, are you a credible brand that inspires trust?
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10 ways small business owners can manage stress
AllBusiness Experts
The June 2015 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard has good news for small business owners. Fully three-fourths of small business owners are optimistic about the economy, up 10 percent year-over-year. The biggest advantage of the economic boost, according to these entrepreneurs: less personal stress.
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This strategy will make negotiations less painful
Entrepreneur
From making job offers to closing deals, building a business can feel like a never-ending sequence of negotiations. But for most of us, the thought of being in "negotiating mode" all the time, like some pinstriped character from an '80s business movie, isn't very appealing. Even the word causes stress. How can we negotiate like a pro without it feeling so adversarial?
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5 time-saving tips for salespeople
Business 2 Community
Professionals need to optimize their workdays to achieve their goals and objectives. Salespeople should take heed of this advice. Spending an extra hour or two on a deal or slacking off for an afternoon could spell the difference between breezing past quota or missing it by a mile. For salespeople, the maxim "time is money" is especially relevant. How can you make the most of your minutes? Work the following practices into your day-to-day to avoid wasting time and speed up your process.
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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 to sell ... yourself
The Huffington Post
"When attempting to sell yourself, it is better to have too high an opinion than the opposite." - Hunter Davis, The Sunday Times magazine. Over the years many non-facing-client professionals, insist they don't "sell." Often, they say this with an air of arrogance; as if selling is beneath them. Selling doesn't have to mean insincere, dishonest or trying it on. It's just another fact about being in any business.
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Tea sommeliers are the hot new thing in food pairing
NPR
Even those of us who can't tell the difference between a pinot noir and a merlot are probably familiar with the basic rule of wine pairing: white wine with fish and red wine with steak. But when it comes to tea pairings, we're stumped. Yet it turns out there is an art to unlocking new flavors in your food by pairing it with tea. Sipping oolong with a buttery, citrusy madeleine can highlight the flowery and milky notes of the tea, while a hot cup of green tea melts the texture of goat cheese and enhances its creamy notes.
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Coffee drinking may lower inflammation, reduce diabetes risk
Reuters
Coffee drinkers in a long-term study were about half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as those who didn't drink coffee, and researchers think an inflammation-lowering effect of the beverage might be the key. "Extensive research has revealed that coffee drinking exhibits both beneficial and aggravating health effects," said Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos of the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece.
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Understanding the antioxidant properties of coffee
News-medical.net
As one of the most popular and widely consumed drinks, coffee has long been a staple of breakfast tables and cafes worldwide. But, more recently, research has begun to reveal the benefits of coffee that go beyond a pick-me-up and could have a genuine impact on our health.
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How to use green tea to heal the body
One Green Planet
Green tea has been quite the hero over the last decade in its popularity to help with weight loss due to the compound it contains known as EGCG. It's also a great remedy for reducing your caffeine intake since green tea is much lower than black tea, coffee or sugary energy drinks that are spiked with high doses of caffeine which can lead to adrenal fatigue and caffeine dependence. But this humble plant is much more beneficial than most of us realize. Aside from reduced caffeine intake and weight loss, there are many other ways you can benefit from using green tea.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


No one's reading your CSR report — what companies can do about it
Environmental Leader
Although 82 percent of Americans expect companies to report on the progress of their social and environmental efforts, only 17 percent of Americans say they have read a corporate social responsibility report in the past 12 months, according to the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study.
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How do we get businesses working toward the sustainable development goals?
Forbes
"Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity." With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off the recent Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York in September and the Paris conference on climate change in December.
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Green product sales up average 91 percent for GE, Dow, others
GreenBiz
The global marketplace is rapidly moving in a direction where companies that have the capability to create sustainable products and services will seize competitive advantage and gain market share. Far-sighted companies are busy building unique business models that promote sustainability, provide distinct product differentiation and satiate the growing buyer appetite for responsible consumption.
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