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Can entrepreneurship training shrink unemployment
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of Americans are taking advantage of at least a dozen free training programs newly designed to catapult struggling communities by encouraging business creation. Unlike business courses offered by colleges, universities, or the Small Business Adminstration's Small Business Development Centers, these programs are generally aimed at the unemployed and are sponsored by city or regional economic development agencies, often in partnership with foundations and private donations. Their goal is to combat high unemployment and declining business formation — which fell below eight percent in 2010, compared to 13 percent in 1980, according to U.S. Census data. More

Small-business customer service tools: Social media, surveys
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small businesses are using technology to help them operate more efficiently and cost-effectively in an increasingly competitive environment. Each week, USA Today looks at new ways companies are gaining an innovative edge in a tough economy. More

Small businesses approach the fiscal cliff
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We hear a lot about the fiscal cliff these days and our clients, independent business owners, are deeply concerned about its effect; however, they may not actually know what the fiscal cliff is or, for that matter, what it means. More

Join the VendScreen Revolution Today!

The solution you’ve been waiting for is here. Wait no more. Join the Revolution and add nutrition information, cashless payments, data connectivity and promotional opportunities to your existing machines. All with the VendScreen Revolution touchscreen smart device that installs on existing machines in the field in minutes.


Marley Coffee flying high with SkyMall
Hispanic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Marley Coffee, a sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan roasted gourmet coffee, recently announced it has reached an agreement to promote and sell its products through SkyMall. The SkyMall in-flight catalog is seen by approximately 88 percent of all domestic air passengers in the U.S., reaching more than 650 million air travelers annually. More

Tea health benefits: 8 ways it could benefit our bodies
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A cup of tea anyone? It could do wonders for your health. Research has shown that the ancient elixir — first drank thousands of years ago — could do more than warm our bodies. The antioxidant polyphenols in tea, called catechins, have been linked with anti-cancer activity, and certain teas — like green tea — are also known to have heart benefits, according to the Mayo Clinic. More

Starbucks introduces coffee vending machines for the office
The Daily Meal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's no doubt that Starbucks is everywhere. With a café on every street corner and bags of coffee in every grocery store, one might think that there's no one place Starbucks has yet infiltrate. Even your office will soon be Starbucks' domain. Starbucks plans to team up with the European self-serve coffee company, Selecta, to install coffee vending machines into Swiss offices starting in the fall. More

Alpine® "Flowing with technology™"

is the industry leader in (POU) point of use water filtration solutions. Alpine® recently introduced their new high end Aurora POU cooler using digital technology, tri-temp, UV sanitization, filter monitoring, leak detection, etc. Microsoft® picks Aurora™ as best in the industry.

Cuba starts coffee harvest early due to storm Isaac
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The Cuban coffee harvest began ahead of schedule recently, with farmers scrambling to pick ripe beans as tropical storm Isaac bore down on the island and then left a rapidly maturing crop in its wake. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Got compassionate corporatism?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With all the discussion of corporate social responsibility nowadays, it's easy to confuse CSR with corporate philanthropy. But these two business imperatives are, indeed, distinct, with strategies that operate differently within companies and within the communities they impact. More

Bottom Line Benefits of using GPS North America

Reduce operating expenses - including fuel costs, overtime pay, and insurance premiums, and enhance safety and reduce liability. Better measure, monitor, and manage fleet performance while increasing driver productivity and enhancing customer service.

Starbucks turns coffee grinds and old muffins into laundry detergent
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like oil refineries which covert petroleum into fuel and other ingredients for use in consumer products, biorefineries transform corn, sugar cane and other plant-based material into bio-based fuels and other products. Coffee giant Starbucks in Hong Kong is testing out an innovative recycling process that turns old, stale baked goods and coffee grinds into bio-plastics and laundry detergent in an attempt to lessen its environmental footprint. More

New wash-off labels bring sustainability benefits
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Avery Dennison has launched its first range of wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles, designed to wash off at temperatures lower than the industry average and assist recycling. More


NAMA Needs Your Input!
NAMA is constantly working to improve the value and relevance of membership in the association, especially when it comes to the products and services we offer. The week of Aug. 13, you will be receiving an online survey about NAMA membership. The survey is an opportunity to help shape the services and benefits NAMA provides its members. To show our appreciation for your time and consideration all participates will be eligible to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

National Coffee Service Month
Attention Operator Members — September is National Coffee Service Month and NAMA has prepared a "Tool Kit" of sales and marketing ideas for you to implement with your customers. It will be mailed to you this week and it is also available in the "Members Only" section of the NAMA website.

Let's make September a great Coffee Service month by celebrating with your customers. "Joe on the Job" will help you drive new sales!

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This video shows a brief glimpse of the damage Hurricane Katrina did to the New Orleans area and the Hyatt Regency. Then fast forward seven years and see the progress the city has made and what the Hyatt looks like today. This video was made in celebration of The Make It Right organization helping to rebuild the lower 9th ward. CT&W 2012 is an event you don't want to miss. The hotel and the staff are first class and look forward to welcoming you.

Keeping In Touch With NAMA
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