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How small businesses can build a relationship with millennial customers
Forbes
By 2017, millennials — those consumers now in their mid-teens to mid-30s — will have more spending power than any other generation in history. This is also a generation that has grown up with information at its fingertips, and isn't afraid to use — or share — it, to influence and be influenced on where to direct their spending. So how can small and midsize businesses capture the opportunities presented by these new buyers who are willing to share their feedback and preferences and in turn, level the playing field and compete with their larger counterparts?
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Stop autopublishing to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
By Amber Bynum
Should your business post everything automatically to Facebook to Twitter and Instagram? There are many apps, websites and platforms that make it easy to update in one place and post on every social media platform attached to your name at the same time. Just because it's possible, should you do it? No — unless you want to lose followers, likes and friends.
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No degree? No problem ... at least for small business owners
Forbes
When it comes to the value of a college education, there is one sector in which it's perceived to offer surprisingly little — small business. Manta just released their SMB Q2 Wellness Index results and for the business owners they surveyed, higher ed doesn't get particularly high marks as a key factor in their own success or as a criterion for hiring.
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4 tips on developing your business plan for potential investors
Firmology
In today's economic environment, venture capital for a start-up or expansion of an existing going concern is difficult to come by. Investors need to have a reasonable expectation of a solid return on their investment. When developing your business plan in anticipation of approaching investors, there are four critical areas that must be addressed.
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3 small business accounting tips you can't ignore
Business 2 Community
It's easy to neglect good accounting practices. When April 15 is months away, it's tough to feel the incentive to hold onto your receipts. But when Tax Day comes around and you still haven't gotten your act together, you always wish you had started a little earlier. Follow these essential tips to keep your accounts in order year-round.
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A successful website: 8 ways to get visitors to stick around
By Andrea Fischetti
When people land on your website, how much are they really engaging with your content? If you use Google Analytics, you should be able to make informed decisions about your website: knowing how much time people spend there, what pages they stay on or leave from and whether they return. Getting people to your site is a project in itself, but getting them to stay there and engage once they arrive is the hardest part. Here are eight sure ways to get them to stick around.
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Official: FDA looking at caffeine safety
MedPage Today
No clear consensus exists on the safety of new uses of caffeine such as energy drinks, making it difficult for the FDA to plan its next move on the stimulant, an agency official said.
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Coffee and climate change
Descrier
Most people like their coffee black and piping hot. Coffee plants, however, may not be as fond of the heat. When thinking about the impact of changing climate (increased droughts, wilder fluctuations in seasons) and increasing pest activity on food production — thoughts tend toward crops such as rice, wheat and corn — not so much wine, chocolate or coffee, though many probably consume more coffee throughout the day than they do these other staples.
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Tea production to grow 1.9 percent in next 5 years
VendingMarketWatch
IBISWorld has updated its tea production report and estimates that the Tea Production Industry will increase. "Despite falling unemployment and rising consumer confidence, IBISWorld estimates industry revenue will increase at an annualized rate of 1.9 percent in the five years, to 2013 to total $1.0 billion," IBISWorld industry analyst Agata Kaczanowska said in a prepared statement.
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7 steps to the perfect iced tea
The Vancouver Sun
There are many ways of making iced tea, all of them truly simple. It can be brewed hot in a few minutes or infused in cold water in the fridge overnight. You can even set a glass of water and tea out in the sun for several hours for what's called sun tea.

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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."

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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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10 ancient uses of tea we can learn from
The Epoch Times
In general, there are six kinds of tea: green tea, black tea, Oolong tea, flower tea, white tea and yellow tea. White tea and yellow tea are comparatively less popular, or at least less available on the market. Flower tea is usually regular tea with a few selected flowers such as Jasmine or chrysanthemum added. Nowadays, there are a lot of trendy health teas on the market made from different herbs and flowers. But these are herb drinks, not tea. Tea is a specific plant species. So if it is not tea, it won't have the properties of tea, although it may have other properties specific to that herb.
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Robusta coffee rises to 2-week high on stockpiles; cocoa falls
Bloomberg Businessweek
Robusta coffee rose to the highest price in two weeks in London after a report showed traders continued to tap stockpiles in Europe. Cocoa fell.
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GMCR is world's largest purchaser of Fair Trade coffee for 3rd year running
Global Coffee Review
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been recognized by Fair Trade USA as the world's largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified coffee in 2012, for the third consecutive year.
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It's time to start thinking about corporate social responsibility
The Huffington Post
New or small businesses may think of corporate social responsibility programs as something belonging in the domain of larger companies. CSR policies speak to how a company will not only comply with legal and ethical standards, but also go beyond — perhaps, by engaging in further social and/or environmental good in the local and ultimately global community.
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    5 apps every small business owner needs to know about ( New York Daily News)
6 alternative tools for small business collaboration (PC World)
6 steps for small businesses to master Facebook (Fox Business)
US emerging as a major market for black tea (The Hindu)
Even you can drink coffee like a snob ( The Buffalo News)
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