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Demystifying small business blogging
The Huffington Post
If you own or lead a small business, you are familiar with the vast number of tasks that need to be completed on a daily basis just to keep the doors open. Priorities like paying suppliers, managing payroll, invoicing and sales probably top the list. Over the past few years social media and blogging have become a big conversation piece in the small business world and have left many small business owners feeling a bit on the outside as to how to approach these new media opportunities in a way to maximize their businesses. Since there are a million experts that will tell you how to use social media, this articles focuses on something that can truly help your business reach a targeted audience and drive more readership, build strategic community and translate to sales: Blogging.
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4 tips to be happier at your job
Firmology
You spend many of your waking hours at your job. Shouldn't you be able to feel happy at it? That is the conundrum many Americans face these days. They are unhappy at their jobs, yet they don't know what to do to rectify that situation. But feeling good about your job is important. Here are some career coach expert tips to find more happiness in your workplace.
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Let your customers decide how much is too much
By Harry J. Friedman
You've established a rapport with your customer, you've asked plenty of good probing questions and now it's time for a demonstration. It's time to show the customer merchandise that is most likely to satisfy their wants and needs. Let's say there's been no conversation about price. You were able to get a pretty good idea of what the customer was looking for, but they didn't say they were on a tight budget — and they didn't say they weren't. So which items do you show when you have a vast selection from which to choose?
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5 tips for dealing with toxic workplaces
Small Business Computing
At work, situations often get personal despite everyone's best efforts to keep their interactions on a professional level. Things can take a bad turn and eventually, your small business will suffer. People chalk up abrasive attitudes and snippy behavior to the pressures of the job (or a lack of caffeine). Rifts and rivalries form, tearing at the cohesiveness of your workforce. Obviously, a productive environment this is not.
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Quick tips for small business security
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The digital age can be as door-opening as it can be unforgiving. For small business owners, the Internet represents a wealth of opportunity that, with a sharpened acumen, can offer a huge amount of upside for branding, customer feedback, human resources and, ultimately, profit. Yet, on the other side of the cyber see-saw, the Internet also holds the potential for more harm than good.
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Effect of 2013 social media trends on your business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Lately, our office has been abuzz with social media trends. Facebook fatigue and the release of Instagram video are drastically changing the landscape of social media. Staying on top of the latest social media trends allows you to connect with your customers on a personal, emotional level. Plus, it shows your audience that your brand is forward-thinking. Here are five topical changes in social media that will affect your business this year.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Coffee: Good for us? Or bad for us? 2 new studies disagree
Los Angeles Times
Drinking lots of coffee is good for you!! Drinking lots of coffee will kill you!! These are the competing headlines pinging around the media universe, causing whiplash among those of us who rely on a cup (or more) of the black stuff to fuel our day.
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How to make (and take) great coffee anywhere
Lifehacker
Maybe it's business. Maybe it's pleasure. Maybe you're a good grandchild visiting your grandparents in Florida. Whatever your reason for traveling, you can have great coffee anywhere because it's now more portable than ever.
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Drinking four cups of tea or coffee every day could help reduce fat in liver
Fox News
Moderate consumption of tea or coffee could help reduce fat in the livers of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Nature World News reported. After analyzing various cell cultures, researchers from the Duke University School of Medicine found that the caffeine from these beverages stimulated the breakdown of lipids found in the liver. Furthermore, mice who were fed a high-fat diet had a decreased risk of developing a fatty liver if they were also given caffeine.
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Tea innovation promises to cut the bitter back-end off stevia
Food Navigator
Flavor and fragrance ingredient supplier Treatt has created a new tea formula adapted to the specific flavor of stevia in response to a growing market trend for natural sweeteners.

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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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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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Amid criticism, Dunkin' moves to replace foam cups
The Boston Globe
The Dunkin' Donuts foam cup is so familiar to coffee drinkers — sold millions of times every day — that it even appears in the company's logo. But Dunkin' customers may soon find themselves drinking their coffee out of something new.
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Best coffee accessories: The kitchen tools that are worth buying
The Huffington Post
Making coffee feels like the simplest thing in the world, right? The International Coffee Organization estimates that 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk worldwide every single day. We should all know how to do it and what we need, right? Well, sort of. We all probably know where to get a cup of coffee. Lots of us are brewing the stuff in our kitchens every single morning. But there are still a few lost souls who feel a little mystified by the process, and we totally understand why. There is a lot of coffee paraphernalia out there — how do you know which is worth buying and which isn't?
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9 amazing beauty benefits of tea
The Huffington Post
As the temps turn colder, we're exchanging our iced coffees for herbal teas. Sipping on the hot drink instantly brings a sense of calm to a hectic day. But did you know that you could brew a cup of tea for homemade beauty recipes?
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Bottled water market quickly turning Chinese
Forbes
The world's water demand is heading to China. And faster than many industry insiders expected. According to beverage industry market research firm Canadean, when it comes to bottled water, the Chinese are drinking their way ahead of the U.S. By Canadean's estimates, they'll surpass water drinking Americans by the end of this year.
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Like fine wines, gourmet coffee blends all the rage with customers who like to know where their food comes from
The Telegraph
Some coffee drinkers still prefer a regular cup of joe from a clogged drive through, but coffee connoisseurs in southern New Hampshire now have their pick of some of the most exotic coffees in the world, freshly roasted and brewed.
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How many cups of coffee per day are too many?
NPR
That morning cup of Joe is a daily, practically sacred ritual for many of us. A large body of research has confirmed that a coffee habit is perfectly fine for most people, and may even have some health benefits — from fighting to lowering the and But is there too much of a good thing?
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Can sustainable consumerism work?
Fast Company
As market shares of "green" products grow, so does debate about their true impacts. Certification and labeling of environmentally and socially sustainable goods have exploded in the last 10 years, coinciding with hotter, more extreme weather, continued deforestation and biodiversity loss and accelerated depletion of many natural resources. So it's fair to ask, is green consumerism working?
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When it comes to CSR, size matters
Forbes
Corporate social responsibility is largely associated with big companies. They are more high profile and thus attract more media attention and they are particularly concerned to protect and enhance their reputations with the broader public as well as key stakeholders. They are also often better-resourced and more able to invest in CSR. However, CSR is important for small and medium-sized enterprises as well (SMEs are organizations of up to 1,000 employees).
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