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6 alternative tools for small business collaboration
PC World
For small businesses today, there's nothing that can't be done in the cloud. You could plunk down your cash for Basecamp, Yammer and Google Docs like everyone else, but alternatives to these stalwarts abound. For something that does more, costs less — or both — check out these six Web-based tools, categorized based on their primary functionality.
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6 steps for small businesses to master Facebook
Fox Business
Facebook recently announced changes to its News Feed rankings system that aim to show users the most relevant content on a personal basis — even if it's not the most recent. According to Facebook, there are 1 million businesses who are active advertisers on the social networking site. That's not many, when you compare that number to the estimated 23 million small businesses in the U.S. And some entrepreneurs who do use the site aren't getting the most out of it, according to digital marketing pros Mike Dolpies and Ryan Lee. It doesn't take a lot of time to tap in: Lee and other experts say it's possible to get great results from Facebook by spending just minutes a day on the social network. Here are six steps for small-business owners to get the most out of the world's largest social network.
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5 apps every small business owner needs to know about
New York Daily News
Owning a small business has never been easy and a sluggish economy has made the road especially tough. But in some ways, these are the best of times for entrepreneurs thanks to a host of apps and tools that help you do everything from improve productivity to amp up your social media marketing, for a nominal cost, if at all. Figuring out which are the best isn't easy. There are tons of apps out there vying for the attention of small business owners and many aren't worth your time. Here are five cool ones you should know about.
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3 steps prospects take to evaluate your proposal
By Joe Latta
Ever heard of a Red Team review? If not, here's the deal: It's basically a mock proposal evaluation, done to predict how the customer will score your document. Sounds beneficial, right? It is, but with the exception of some federal contractors and large commercial proposal teams, we've seen few companies with the time or resources to legitimately or consistently perform Red Team reviews. Instead, once a proposal draft is complete, most proposal writers find themselves rushing to quickly proofread, insert last-minute pricing changes and mail/email the document with minutes to spare. Sound familiar?
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How to gather fabulous testimonials about your work
By Sydni Craig-Hart
Doesn't it feel great to receive commendation for the work you do? There's nothing better than knowing you've truly made a difference in someone's life or business and have helped them reach a new level of success. Even better than your personal feelings is the fact that receiving positive feedback from your clients creates social proof for prospective clients. This is one of the reasons websites like Yelp are so popular. Like it or not, the folks who are considering hiring you are going to look up details about what it's like to work with you.
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The ultimate iced coffee taste test
The Huffington Post
Iced coffee: It's a refreshing jolt of caffeine that keeps us going on long, hot summer days. We all have a go-to iced coffee, whether it's from a chain or independent coffee shop. So naturally, while we fight off a heat wave, we had to find out — who makes the best iced coffee?
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Harvard experts: 3 cups of coffee per day unlikely to cause health problems
Chicago Tribune
Q: I drink an average of three cups of coffee per day. Is that too much?
A: As long as it doesn't make you jittery or interfere with sleep, three cups of coffee is not too much. In fact, it's actually quite amazing how many studies have shown that drinking coffee might be good for your health. Prior studies have shown a link between coffee drinking and a lower risk of having a stroke, kidney stones, cirrhosis of the liver and type 2 diabetes.

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Coffee declines on Brazil aid delay, falling real
Bloomberg
Coffee fell for the first time in three sessions as Brazil, the world's largest producer, delayed measures that may ease a glut, and a weakening real boosted the incentive to export beans sold for dollars. Sugar, cocoa and cotton gained, while orange juice fell.
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Even you can drink coffee like a snob
The Buffalo News
Mocking people who care about coffee is a proud American tradition dating back approximately to the birth of Starbucks. The same jokes about coffee-dandyism that filled up many a half-hour of the '90s-era sitcom "Frasier" still work for "The New Girl." The attitude has become so commonplace that it infects journalism about contemporary coffee appreciation. Glance at the New York Times' recent item on the latest high-market brew outfit to open a glitzy showcase space in Manhattan. There is a faint but unmistakable note of derision in lines like, "If you want to learn how grind size affects extraction, here's your chance."
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US emerging as a major market for black tea
The Hindu
The U.S. has emerged as a major market for black tea and is now the third largest importer of tea. The present market size of U.S. is about 126 million kilograms of which 84.4 percent is black tea.

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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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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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Clean your windows with black tea for streak-free glass
Lifehacker
Whether you're out of Windex, or just don't like using harsh chemicals around the house, black tea is surprisingly adept at cleaning windows. We already knew that black tea can work wonders on your skin, but Mother Nature Network claims that the tannins and acidity of a strong cup of black tea can help you achieve spot-free windows too.
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Low arabica coffee prices spur Brazil demand swing
Agrimoney
Brazilian coffee roasters are, for the first time in a decade, increasing the amount of arabica beans in blends thanks to a drop in the premium over robusta to multi-year lows, a swing offering hope to beleaguered growers worldwide. Roasters in Brazil have over the last 10 years continued to increase use of robusta beans which, while typically deemed of less good quality, are also less expensive, and were particularly so during the coffee price rally of 2010-11.
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Social responsibility pays dividends
Warc
The proportion of consumers willing to pay more for goods and services from companies engaged in corporate social responsibility has increased to 50 percent globally, according to new research. The study from market researchers Nielsen also found that 43 percent of global respondents have actually spent more on products and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society.
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