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7 tips for more effective small business hiring
Forbes
Small businesses added 75,000 jobs in January, according to payroll company Automated Data Processing. If things have been looking up at your organization, you may be eyeing a few new potential staff members as well. If you've been on the sidelines in the hiring game these past few years though, you might want to take a few moments to review some best practices for your expanding team. Here are seven tips for effective hiring at your small business.
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Workplace benefits that are disappearing
U.S. News & World Report
Even though the economy has improved significantly since the recession, some companies continue to cut benefits for employees. Over the past five years, employers have reduced a variety of benefits, educational assistance and perks, according to a Society for Human Resource Management member survey of 510 human resources professionals. Here's a look at workplace benefits that are in decline.
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21 ways to motivate yourself
Business Insider
You'd like to think you are going to be just as motivated and enthusiastic on Day 1,672 of work as you were when you first began. But sometimes we can all use a bit of help to keep going. So in the face of the inevitable obstacles you are going to encounter, here are ways to motivate yourself.
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Coaching sales strategy — 4 tips for sales managers
Business 2 Community
Ask sales managers and salespeople what makes them successful. The answer we hear most often is: The best salespeople sell strategically and the best coaches help them learn how to do it. Sales managers can't help salespeople become more talented, but they can help them become more skilled. However like a lot of good ideas, coaching sales strategy is easy to say but not so easy to do. Let's explore some ideas for getting it right.
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Instagram marketing yips for insta-success
Fox Business
You may only think of Instagram as a place to edit and share snapshots of your fancy vegan lunch or your adorable new kitten, but the photo-sharing app can be highly useful when it comes to building your business brand.
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Social media tips to make your event a success
Business News Daily
Whether it's a launch party, a conference or a networking event, companies have been hosting and marketing live events for decades. In the age of social media, spreading the word about an event is easier — and more beneficial to your brand — than ever.
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Coffee cup size leads to caffeine confusion
Scientific American
Health-related headlines often cite coffee as either a caffeinated curse or cure-all, with lines such as "x cups of coffee a day could lower or raise your risk of disease y." But a new study into the caffeine and caffeoylquinic acid content of various European coffees has again shown the huge variety in what "a cup of coffee" means chemically, and how easy it can be for pregnant women to exceed the recommended 200mg of caffeine a day.
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Dunkin', Mickey D's, or Starbucks? The surprising winner of the coffee war
TIME
When Dunkin' Donuts began selling lattés and other premium coffee drinks around a decade ago, it was viewed as a direct attack on Starbucks, the nation's leading specialty coffee chain. Then five years ago, another front broke out in the java wars when McDonald's formally launched its McCafé line of premium coffee drinks. At the time, Mickey D's entry into this brewing battle was called "a game changer" — and not in a good way for Starbucks. McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts' push into premium coffee was supposed to hurt Starbucks. Turns out, the two chains may be firing on one another, leaving Starbucks unscathed.
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Metro money: Understanding the economics of iced coffee
The Wall Street Journal
Why does iced coffee cost so much more than hot? This is an extremely critical societal issue. The wealthy can survive the New York City summer by escaping to their sissy beach towns, but for the rest of us, there's iced coffee. The combination fuelent/coolant makes it possible to brave the hot streets without collapse.
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Michelle Obama's Drink Up campaign increases bottled water sales
International Bottled Water Association
The International Bottled Water Association is excited to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama's Drink Up campaign has increased bottled water sales by 3 percent among those who were exposed to the messages. IBWA is a proud sponsor of the Drink Up campaign.
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What's spouting: The consumer bottled water sector
Seeking Alpha
Around the world and here in the U.S. the growth of the bottled water sector continues to increase. This demand requires beverage companies, both large and small, solely water-focused and not, to increase their CAGR in this subsector in order to capture upside returns.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


5 companies doing corporate social responsibility right
Business 2 Community
For many companies, it's not enough to make money and satisfy customers. These companies often go the extra mile to give a little something back to their employees, the community and the world at large. They've developed solid reputations for going out and doing some good, turning their success into an opportunity to help others. The following companies are just a few examples of those doing corporate social responsibility right.
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Koreans' love of good coffee is getting even more intense
Quartz
For a nation of historic tea drinkers, Koreans love their coffee. And they increasingly prefer the good stuff. The Korea Customs Service said 120,000 tons of coffee were imported into Korea in 2013, up 7 percent from the year before, making it the seventh-biggest importer in the world.

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5 things you need to know about your daily cup of coffee
Forbes
Five hundred billion cups of coffee are consumed every year worldwide, but few people know much about the world's second most traded commodity (behind oil!). So here are five quick facts about how coffee gets from farms around the world to you.

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5 ways leaders tackle pivotal career decisions
Fast Company
While the debate continues about whether leaders are born or made, the truth is that great leaders evolve one pivotal decision at a time. We all confront pivot points in our work lives, but great leaders turn these pivotal decisions into catalysts for growth rather than career stoppers. Here are examples of how great leaders in a variety of industries evolved as a result of five key leadership decisions they made along the way.

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Fair Trade products bring big sales, clear conscience
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Brooklyn Roasting Co. has a booming business based on helping people thousands of miles away. Ninety percent of the coffee the New York-based company sells is Fair Trade — certified as produced by people who are treated and paid well. Being socially responsible pays off for Brooklyn Roasting, which sells to restaurants, food stores and the public through its website. Sales of its Fair Trade coffee, which comes from Mexico, Peru, Indonesia and Ethiopia, have soared from $900,000 in 2011 to $4.4 million last year. They are expected to reach $6 million in 2014.
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Biodegradable plastic technology moves forward
Environmental Leader
Green chemistry company Carbios says it has achieved a key milestone in the development of its controlled biodegradation process for disposable soft plastics by obtaining completely biodegradable plastic material in domestic conditions. This plastic material issued from an oil-based polymer and an enzyme has a controlled kinetic that loses 50 percent of its mass in 15 days and completely biodegrades in less than three months.
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Sustainability is becoming a key part of decision making for brands, consumers
Brand Channel
As consumer demand for greater transparency by brands increases, companies are stepping up their commitment to sustainability. Procter & Gamble is partnering with the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation to help small farmers improve their palm oil and palm kernel oil production as part of its zero deforestation goals set in April after the consumer packaged-goods company was targeted by Greenpeace.
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The next Green Revolution
Devex
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and the U.S. National Climate Assessment have drawn attention to the connection between climate change and food security, pointing out the former's net negative impact on global yields for wheat and corn, which are already beginning to decline. Crop yields, as well as fish catches and other food production, could drop off dramatically. Yet to feed 9.6 billion people by midcentury, we have to increase food productivity in a way that sustains the planet as well as people.
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What you never realized about rural poverty and your food
The Huffington Post
Thomas Jefferson once said: "Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands." Today, of the 7 billion people on earth, 1.3 billion people farm the food and raw materials we consume. Despite being our "most valuable citizens," a disproportionate number of these people suffer from the consequences of poverty. The World Bank estimates that 75 percent of the world's poor, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day, live in rural areas, and most of these people depend on agricultural work.
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