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How small businesses can mine big data
PC World
As buzzwords go, big data is currently one of the most powerful — and one of the most perplexing. It sounds like something only multinational conglomerates can afford. But the concept of analyzing very large amounts of data and looking within it for patterns, trends and insights is one that nearly any business, large or small, can use to help make better decisions.
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The biggest problem small businesses still have with their employees
Small Business Trends
What's the biggest problem you have with your employees? Is it retaining them, motivating them or keeping them from wasting half the day on Facebook? None of the above. If you're like most small business owners, the biggest employee problem you have is finding good ones in the first place.
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Figuring out when it's time to add an employee
The New York Times
Many small-business owners remain skittish about hiring. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that nearly 80 percent of small, private companies made no hiring changes in July and 12 percent let workers go. Especially after the recession, many owners have been reluctant to spend the money to hire workers, especially if there's a chance demand will recede and the workers will have to be laid off. The on-again, off-again recovery hasn't helped.
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Small business tips: How to do market research
The Guardian
Whatever sector you're in, understanding the cultural, social and economic context in which you're trading is crucial. You'll need to know about the local area, what your competition is and what people will be prepared to pay for your product or service. Market research will help you understand your customers, familiarize yourself with the competition and get to know what people are prepared to pay for your product or service.
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Ice to Eskimos? Starbucks to sell coffee to Colombians
Reuters via NBC News
Starbucks Coffee Company, which has exported coffee beans from Colombia for more than four decades, plans to open its first café in the Andean country in 2014 and serve only locally-grown coffee. The world's biggest coffee chain hopes to open at least 50 coffee shops in cities across Colombia in the next five years, starting in the capital Bogota.
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Coffee reserves seen at 2000 low on Indonesian rain
Bloomberg
Robusta coffee stockpiles are poised to slump to a 13-year low as torrential rain in Indonesia disrupts supply and consumers wait three more months before Vietnam's new crop gets shipped.
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Poo brew: World's priciest coffee can now be authenticated
NBC News
A new method can determine whether the world's most expensive coffee — which comes from ingredients pooped out by a weasel-like creature — is authentic. At $150 to $227 per pound, Kopi Luwak is the world's costliest coffee. Its origin lies in coffee berries eaten and excreted by a slender mammal known as the Asian palm civet.
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Tea drinking gaining popularity over coffee
WFOR-TV
Coffee has long been one of the most popular drinks in the U.S. but, experts say, there is a change brewing. A beverage steeped in history, tea drinking seems to be rising in popularity but are South Floridians ready to trade their coffee break for tea time?
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4 steps for more secure small business websites
Dark Reading
Content management systems run by small and midsize businesses have come under increasing attack by botmasters looking to build high-bandwidth infrastructure for executing denial-of-service attacks or as drive-by download sites for malware campaigns. However, a handful of simple steps can make these sites harder to hack.

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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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Best coffee accessories: The kitchen tools that are worth buying
The Huffington Post
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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Study: Coffee reduces risk of prostate cancer returning
msnNOW
Forget the recent study that said that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day is linked to higher death rates in people under age 55. Perhaps the folks doing that study haven't coordinated with the scientists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who just released the results of research which shows that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day may actually reduce the occurrence of prostate cancer.
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Robusta coffee rises as reserves may decline
Bloomberg
Robusta coffee climbed for the first time in eight sessions on speculation stockpiles will continue to fall, prompting roaster buying before the next crop starts in October in top-grower Vietnam.
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How to make perfect coffee
The Atlantic
When you stop in at your local coffee shop, everything is hidden away behind the counter, too far removed for you to understand. That was us not too long ago. But through trial and error — and an absurd amount of mistakes — we've managed to learn. It's a shame to waste these moments on bad coffee, and if you're going to drink it every day, or if you're going to serve it to other people, it may as well be good, right?
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Folgers is (still) America's favorite coffee
TIME
Despite the growing ranks of artisanal, cold-brewed and single-origin coffees now stocked on supermarket shelves, Americans still buy more Folgers than any other brand — even Starbucks, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.
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A look at the beverage and packaging trends driving sales
CSPNet
With single-serve beverage coolers taking up sizeable real estate "front-of-store" at grocers, convenience stores, drug stores, mass merchandisers and more, Packaging World magazine turned to a packaging expert to address new ways to market single-serve beverages.
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The truth about coffee
The Huffington Post
Coffee has always been touted in the press as a guilty pleasure with negative side effects. Then, in the last couple of years, things changed and coffee started to be seen as a healthy habit. Why the apparent change in the thinking about coffee? Earlier studies did not take into account that known unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity, tended to be more common among those people who were heavy coffee drinkers at that time.
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Readers are steeped in ways to keep tea bag tags dry
The Washington Post
On the scale of human misery, having to handle the wet tag of a tea bag ranks pretty far down, somewhere between dribbling a blob of toothpaste onto the edge of the sink and famine — but closer to the toothpaste end, obviously. Even so, it would be wrong to suggest that it is not worthy of contemplation.
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Dow's 6 secrets to corporate sustainability leadership
Environmental Leader
Corporations, like leaders, display habits that can identify their commitment to sustainability, says Dow Chemical's vice president of sustainability and environment, Neil Hawkins. He singles out six habits that he says leading green businesses must embody in a column for Ensia magazine.
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    4 tips to be happier at your job (Firmology)
5 tips for dealing with toxic workplaces (Small Business Computing)
Demystifying small business blogging (The Huffington Post)
Let your customers decide how much is too much (By Harry J. Friedman)
Amid criticism, Dunkin' moves to replace foam cups (The Boston Globe)

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Win a trip to Hawaii for 2!
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We are excited to announce the new ratings and reviews feature on the NAMA'S Vending, Coffee & Food Services Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your peers in the industry. Please visit NAMA'S Vending, Coffee & Food Services Guide, search by company name and write a review to be entered for a chance to win airfare and seven nights at a luxury resort in Hawaii!
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