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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work." The reasons apparent eagles turn out to be total turkeys can most often be attributed to one of these four, common hiring mistakes.
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Data for dummies: What does your small business need? (Part 1)
Forbes
If you are a small business owner, you are aware that data is being collected about you and data is available about your customers. In fact many small business owners don't realize that they are collecting data that has some real value. Generating additional profit is always a priority but figuring out how to leverage data to do it can be an overwhelming task; the following series of posts will break down data jargon for small business owners, starting with an understanding of Big Data.
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No business is too small for hackers
Fox Business
Whether it's a state sponsored cyber war, a hactivist or your run of the mill hacker, small business owners have to be prepared if their computer resources go down. Most small businesses would survive a halt in operations for a short period of time, but if they can't access the Internet or client data for an extended amount of time it could mean the end of the business entirely.
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The 5 C's of credit for small business owners
The Huffington Post
The financial crisis of 2008 continues to have repercussions on the economy and small business owners. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation lending plunged 7.5 percent in 2009, the largest decline since 1942. The mortgage backed security crisis caused banks to tighten their lending policies making it more difficult for small businesses across the U.S. to secure a loan. Many small businesses have turned to friends and family or worse, credit cards, to finance their small business.
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7 employees you should promote now
Fox Business
What if Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page or David Karp had worked at your company before they founded Facebook, Google or Tumblr? How would they do? Would they flourish or languish? Would your company recognize their unique strengths and put them on the fast track? Or would it try to assimilate them into the company culture, try to mold them into something they're not, and stifle their entrepreneurial spirit and creativity? If you want to promote innovation, risk-taking, and entrepreneurial behavior, here are seven qualities to identify in your employees.
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The robot will take your coffee order now
The Washington Post
Back in the mid-1960s, the owner of the Brickskeller, that early early adopter of craft beer near Dupont Circle, spent $100,000 to create the robot bartender. Apparently Feliz J. Coja just couldn’t find enough talented barkeeps to staff his joint. The Austin-based Briggo Coffee recently introduced one more inanimate object to satisfy our cravings: the "intelligent" Coffee Haus on the campus of the University of Texas. The fully automated kiosk allows customers to place pre-orders via smartphone and receive a text when their caffeinated drinks are ready, "eliminating the long waits and variability typical of standard coffee shops," according to a Briggo release.
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Will a few cups of coffee a day keep the blues away?
Forbes
Following the research on the health effects of caffeine is dizzying. Positive in some cases, negative in others — it's hard to know whether that morning cup of joe is a health elixir or slow-acting poison. In the latest major study on caffeine's effects, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found a correlation between drinking 2-4 cups of caffeinated coffee each day and lower suicide risk among adults.
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Dominica's big plans for coffee
Caribbean Journal
Haiti and Jamaica may be the best-known Caribbean coffee production brands, but another country is looking to become a player: Dominica. The region's "Nature Island" has begun construction on a coffee processing plant in Portsmouth in the north of the country that will have the capacity to process 2,000 tons of coffee beans per year.
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Sugar, calories may modify the benefits of tea
The Tampa Tribune
If water has worn out its welcome as your main source of summertime hydration, it may be tempting to switch to tea, which is often touted for its health benefits. But beware: Sweetened teas may contain as much sugar and as many calories as soda. Check the label before guzzling.
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Study: Caffeinated coffee linked to lower suicide risk
United Press International via Personal Liberty Digest
Drinking a few cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent, U.S. researchers say.
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Twists on the classic iced coffee
The Boston Globe
It turns out there is a way to cool off on the hottest, muggiest, still-air days: Sip iced coffee all afternoon, hopping from place to place until your own internal temperature drops.

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Why microwaving your tea kills it
The Dominion Post
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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A tall, frosty glass of tea is all you need to beat the heat
The Montreal Gazette
Where coffee reigns for much of the year, summer is for iced tea. Basil-scented tisanes, milky sweet iced Thai tea, Moroccan mint tea in frosty highballs, fruity tea "pop" made with sparkling water — the possibilities are refreshingly endless.

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Monitor the office coffee maker with a stack of cups
Lifehacker
Coffee is the lifeblood of many offices, so you might want to prepare a fresh brew if it's been sitting out for a few hours. But how do you know when it's time to fire up the machine again? All you need to keep track is two styrofoam cups.
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No ordinary joe
Crain's New York
Call them coffee snobs, nerds or simply enthusiasts. Across the wordl, wannabe baristas are spending big bucks on fancy equipment and pricey educational workshops to bring the art of the perfect cup into their own kitchens. They wouldn't be caught dead at a Starbucks counter, and they scoff at the uninitiated, who drown their French-press java in milk and sugar.
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Experts: Popularity of tea exploding in US
KTRK-TV
Coffee has long been one of the most popular drinks in the U.S., but experts say change is brewing. A beverage steeped in history is now starting to steal the spotlight.
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Tea's health benefits exist, but many claims remain cloudy
Los Angeles Times
Today, food stores stock scores of teas. And Americans are drinking it, for taste and for health. According to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans drank more than 65 billion servings of tea, or more than 3 billion gallons, in 2011. Teas are sold to aid in digestion, promote blood circulation, help you sleep better and even make you smarter. There's a caveat: You will usually find labels on the containers saying that "these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration" and that "this product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease."
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Cheaper supermarket teas could cause fluoride related illnesses
Medical Xpress
Drinking some cheaper supermarket tea blends can push people's fluoride intake over daily recommended levels, and put them at increased risk of skeletal and dental illnesses, a University of Derby study has found.
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Brewing sophistication: China's ancient tea culture
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Legend has it that thousands of years ago a tea leaf supposedly fell into the legendary Chinese Emperor Shennong's cup of boiling water. The emperor was quite pleased with the result, giving birth to the rich tradition of tea drinking in China. Today, to say tea is the Chinese beverage of choice would be a vast understatement. Tea is infused in everything from medicine to toothpaste. The total output of tea in China alone exceeded 1.6 million metric tons in 2011, according to statistics from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.
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PepsiCo to enter premium bottled water fold with Om
Statesman Journal
PepsiCo plans to jump into the premium bottled water market with a drink called Om, following the popularity of Coca-Cola's Smartwater. The company, which also makes Aquafina bottled water, plans to launch the line next year, according to the trade publication Beverage Digest. PepsiCo Inc. has so far been on the sidelines when it comes to the premium water segment, which includes brands such as Evian and Fiji.
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It pays to know the terms describing bottled water
Rapid City Journal
Bottled water is everywhere. Bottled water continues to be a beverage of choice in the U.S. and is a major commercial beverage category viewed as an attractive option for health-conscious consumers. Bottled water is marketed as an alternative to carbonated soft drinks and juice drinks. Many individuals also view bottled water as a way of achieving hydration as well as a functional beverage. Individual tastes or the thought that bottled water is safer than tap water influence people's decision to purchase bottled water.
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Canterbury coffee develops 92 percent biodegradable single-serve pod
Environmental Leader
Canterbury Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster based in Richmond, British Columbia, has developed what it says is a 92 percent biodegradable single-serve coffee cup.
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Why social sustainability should be part of every business
Your Olive Branch
Millions of people around the world work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions, earning a nominal income to deliver the products we consume. While the factory collapse in Bangladesh is a terrible tragedy, it's another wake-up call that business leaders need. We can no longer ignore the human side of our global supply chains. Now is the time for all of us to recognize and embrace social sustainability–much in the same way we've focused on environmental sustainability for the past 20 years–as a mission-critical way of doing business.
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