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July 29, 2009
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What Higher Wages Mean for Small Business
from The Wall Street Journal
Many of the nation's small-business owners are about to see their labor costs rise, but that's not entirely a bad thing. Thanks to a three-tiered federal minimum wage-hike that Congress approved two years ago, starting July 24 employers are required to pay hourly workers at least $7.25 per hour. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

Small-business Loan Defaults Rampant
from The News Journal
As the effects of the economic collapse began pouring down Main Street, the government last year was left holding a record $2.1 billion in write-offs of small-business loans it had guaranteed. Officials expect the number to rise as the nation climbs out of the recession. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: Snapple Teas

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Exposed: Starbucks Goes Undercover
from Huffington Post
Seattle surely has more coffee shops per capita than any American city, so the arrival of another one would ordinarily not get much attention. But a newly-renovated coffee shop called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood is attracting interest--because it's a Starbucks in disguise. More    E-mail article


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Biometric-based Vending Machine
from Crunch Gear
It’s no secret the Japanese have a penchant for vending machines (even though there are - contrary to popular belief - no machines selling panties in this country). Now Hitachi made one step forward by developing a machine that doesn’t need to be fed with coins or bills anymore. Your finger will be enough. More    E-mail article

Can Certain Foods 'Arouse' Your Brain?
from ABC News
For most of people, when they see a tempting snack like a potato chip, an area of the brain will light up with activity and send feelings of anticipation and want. And once they start eating it shuts off. But for an overeater the amygdala remains activated while eating, creating that feeling of want, even after five, 10 or even 50 chips. More    E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Bottled Water Debate: Purely Good or an Expensive Environmental Hazard?
from Pocono Record
More money, more garbage, more controversy. The bottled water industry is booming. Consumers are spending upward of $100 billion a year on bottled water. Is it necessary? What is the cost to health and wallet? To the Earth? More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: USA Technologies

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Attention NAMA Exhibitors

If you have not already signed up to be a Legacy Exhibitor, please do so by Friday, August 21 to receive full benefits at the 2009 National Expo and beyond. We’ll provide you with greater visibility at the Expos including signage, program book listings and Legacy Exhibitor ribbons for your booth personnel. You will also be among the first group of exhibitors to choose your booth space for the 2010 NAMA OneShow! For complete details, contact Sue Ralston at 312-291-7232 or

Featured NAMA Knowledge Source Partner

Lori Valencic, MEd, RD, LD, is one of the nation's most prominent nutritionists and a NAMA Knowledge Source Partner. She has written extensively about the subject in USA Today and dozens of other newspapers and magazines from coast to coast. Lori will consult with NAMA members and offer suggestions regarding nutrition in schools in relation to vending and foodservice issues. Contact Lori at (713) 880-8061 or email

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