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Critical items every small business website needs
Business.com
If you're a small business owner, there's a 50/50 chance you don't have a company website. Surprised by that? SCORE's recent infographic reports that just 51 percent of small businesses have websites. That was almost as surprising as the survey of small business owners for our 2015 State of Small Business Report. Out of 1,000 plus small business owners, 37 percent of respondents said they get only 1 to 5 percent of their business from their websites.
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How to leave a great first impression
By Kelly Sharp
Have you ever met someone and couldn't tell whether that person liked you? Or had a conversation at a networking event that left you unsure of whether it was successful? According to a study, it takes 100 milliseconds to sniff out an individual's personality traits. Anything said or displayed afterward either fans the flames or resuscitates the opportunity. First impressions are made quickly, leaving the person with a glimmer into who you are.
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Infographic: Unconventional ways to lead and inspire your sales team
The Huffington Post
In the highly competitive world of sales, a company's sales team members can feel disposable, as though all they do is identify leads and close deals. The best sales departments collaborate to create long-term job security and value. When salespeople work together, they more easily identify and share best practices for making a sale. In a system of mutual teaching and learning, every salesperson is an active, integral part of the department.
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Why transparency in marketing is key for the customer experience
Forbes
The marketer is faced with two roads. One road is paved with gimmicks and tricks that confuse customers into clicking. The other road is lined with, nothing. At the end of the road is the product that was promised. Today we are accustomed to the perpetual smoke and mirrors that mislead customers. Traditional business practices includes making things seem better than they are. Sort of like how food photographers often use paint and chemicals to make the food brighter and more flawless than it actually is.
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How to make staff feel appreciated
Fast Company
Although many employers offer flex time and remote work opportunities, our tether to technology makes it all too easy to keep logging time, long after we should be laying it aside. And it doesn't help that the 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study revealed that 65 percent of employees say that their manager expects them to be reachable outside the office, right in line with the expectation of 64 percent of employers who want them to be on call when they are officially off the clock. The problem is not only that too much work makes you less productive, but also that not taking time off makes employees feel like they aren't valued.
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How to hold meetings and still keep production flowing
Small Business Trends
Tell us if this sounds familiar. You need everyone to attend a big meeting, or get on a conference call, which means everyone's going to be away from their desks for a few hours. The meeting is important, but so is the work that the meeting will interrupt. There are ways you can address both needs at work. Below are tips on how to hold meetings while still keeping production on track, by improving efficiency, automation and through the use of technology.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Brazil's currency drop is good news for coffee bears
Bloomberg
Coffee bears are reaping rewards from a sweeping plunge in emerging-market currencies. Brazil and Colombia, the world's largest suppliers of arabica coffee, have seen the value of their currencies decline because of stagnating growth and a collapse in oil prices. As exporters increase shipments to customers buying in dollars, prices for the commodity have tumbled to the lowest since January 2014.
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Colombia coffee harvest extends recovery, despite dryness
Agrimoney.com
The resurgence of Colombia's coffee production is continuing, despite some dry weather in recent months, as replanted coffee trees mature. In August Colombia, the world's second largest producer of arabica coffee, produced 1.26m bags, up 10 percent from the same time last year, according to data from the Colombian coffee growers' association Fedecafe.
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Coffee leaf tea: A trendy hot beverage
VendingMarketWatch
The coffee industry gets a lot of attention, there's no doubt about that. In fact, coffee is the second most popular drink in the U.S. behind water, according to claims from the National Coffee Association. Despite the growth of coffee consumption, tea is holding its own. And in the world of tea, there is no shortage of innovation, including a new, wildly popular product that combines both of these trends — coffee leaf tea.
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A brief history of the tea bag
TIME
A way to get a self-contained, no-muss jolt of caffeine may seem like a quintessentially 21st-century need — but the original single-serving, low-cleanup caffeine delivery method actually hit the market more than 100 years ago ago. There's some debate about who invented the very first tea bag. One of the most popular legends has it that American tea importer Thomas Sullivan shipped out samples of his product in silk pouches in 1908, not intending his customers put them directly in the hot water that way, but some tried it and asked for more of the same.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Amina Mohammed: Why the Sustainable Development Goals matter for business
GreenBiz
Later this month, the member countries of the United Nations will formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of targets relating to future international development. The SDGs, as they are called, replace the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight targets passed by the UN in 2000, such as halving extreme poverty and hunger, promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality by the end of 2015. The SDGs, which include 17 targets goals, will commit countries to the next 15 years of action on sustainable development.
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The next big thing for entrepreneurs: Sustainability
Forbes
When looking for leadership on sustainability, and for those who are going to deliver the solutions that are needed, the search typically begins with big businesses like Wal-Mart and Unilever and their leaders. The search tends to focus on firms, and leaders, who have large platforms from which they can announce their commitments to changing products, processes and people as they execute their vision for sustainability. At times these announcements have been backed up by significant investments in time and energy.
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