More Stores Experiment with Vending Machines in Bid to Trim Costs
from The Arizona Republic
It's a malaise hitting shopping centers coast-to-coast: empty storefronts and fewer patrons willing to spend their hard-earned cash during the recession. A handful of local retailers are experimenting with high-tech, specialty vending machines - dispensing everything from diapers to iPods - to boost sales amid the downturn.
Massachusetts Restaurant Benefits from Recovery Act
from The Boston Globe
Tuna Poke has come to Tuna Wharf, courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Sister and brother Talia and Khalib Khan opened 7th Wave Restaurant with a $499,000 loan backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The federal economic stimulus program allows the SBA to temporarily eliminate loan fees and guarantee 90 percent of a loan to help thaw frozen credit markets.
House Version of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
from RSM McGladrey
The House Ways and Means Committee late last week approved H. R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. This health care reform legislation, which totals over 1,000 pages, includes a number of tax provisions to offset the anticipated cost of health care reform.
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Hugo Chavez’ Crackdown Goes from Airwaves to Coffee Beans
from Fox News
Chavez seized control Monday of Venezuela's two largest coffee processing plants, claiming they were illegally smuggling coffee out of the country to sell at a higher price. The Venezuelen leader threatened to expropriate the businesses if a government-run investigation reveals the plants violated the law.
Coca-Cola’s Customizable Soda Vending Machine
Coca-Cola recently unveiled a vending machine that dispenses customizable soda drinks and tracks users' favorite choices. The prototype vending machine will carry a staggering 140 beverage flavors and customers can pick their drinks based on calories, caffeine content or just color via a touch screen interface.
Small Business Administration Chief: 'We're the Popular Kid'
from CNN Money
The economy is showing signs of revival, but in the small business trenches, companies are still struggling. Sales are down, credit is tight, and the tally of laid-off workers keeps growing. Leading the federal government's effort to shore up Main Street businesses is Karen Mills, now four months into her job heading the Small Business Administration.
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Is That Business Really Green?
from The Idaho Statesman
Green is definitely the "in" color and marketing buzzword. So many businesses are using the word and the color that many of us are asking: "Who is to say this business, product or service is really good for the environment? Are they just jumping on the bandwagon?"
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