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5 tips for building adaptivity into your business model
Entrepreneur
Why do 75 percent of all technology startups fail? The inability to adapt. According to Mashable, successful startups are "flexible enough to shift with changes in the tech climate. Whereas with the failed startups ... there is a lack of foresight which might have saved their companies." Makes sense, right? Technology evolves quickly. Maturing with it is critical. Adapt or die.
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Sales teams — lessons from the US Open doubles partners
Business 2 Community
While sales teams may not "work" in a stadium with thousands watching, they are often playing for some relatively high stakes. So the importance of the sales team members communicating how to work effectively is important. Without the communication, the sales call can deteriorate quickly — no points, no advancing the sale. And even though sales team members can't caucus after each question or comment, they must avoid the classic team-selling trap — the team sales call being just two people who happen to be in the same room at the same time.
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7 reasons your small business should use accounting software
Fox Business
During tax season, many business owners provide their tax data in various ways: boxes of receipts, clumps of expenses stapled together with adding machine tape totaling each type of expense, or a listing of income and expenses in a spreadsheet format. When the information is given by these means, it is hard not to wonder what expenses may have fallen through the cracks. Aside from completeness of data, there are other good reasons to track your business' financial transactions using accounting software.
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5 ways to help your small business become a social media standout
Miami Herald
The Internet is a crowded space populated by millions of search results, hashtags, status updates, online reviews, blogs, bookmarks and the like. For a small business seeking to stand out from the crowd, it can sometimes be an uphill battle to get the consumer's attention in an online landscape teeming with, well, just about everything. Here are ways your business can become a social media standout.
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Why all departments must engage on social media
Bdaily
For a business to become truly socially enabled, social media listening techniques need to be implemented across your entire enterprise. The marketing department may well be listening to the market and tracking sentiment already, but the same skills and techniques can be applied by every department.
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Turn prospects into customers with these 8 tips
Entrepreneur
Not all of your prospects are going to pass through your automated sales funnel and automatically convert into customers as you intend. Sometimes it requires a little outside assistance to get them to bite. Here are eight tips to help you close more sales.
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3 powerful new ways your business can use social media
By Emma Fitzpatrick
The longer social media thrives, the bigger the role it will play in companies. Today, 81 percent of businesses both small and large are using social media. Out of those, 94 percent use it to communicate marketing messages. But this year social media should be more than just an outlet for your business' marketing messages. Here are three new ways your business can use social media.
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Is your staff on the same page?
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Often, managers and other professionals complain about their staff. And the problem comes from their reliance on expectations. What works for managing staff works for handling just about anyone — including your clients. Don't just expect a certain action from them, get them agree to it, to make a commitment. You'll be much less likely to be disappointed.
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NAMA Tech Talks: Oct. 6-7, Las Vegas
As a vending or micro market operator, you need technology solutions that are cost-effective and easy to implement. Fortunately, the industry's toolbox is rapidly expanding, offering innovative applications that integrate seamlessly for operators of all types and sizes. Attend this NEW program and see firsthand how automation drives success!
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4 tips for navigating the new sales landscape
Forbes
In competitive environments, maximizing profits is crucial to success. This holds true in every industry — but recent trends have particularly important implications for sales operations. Here's how salespeople can learn to navigate these emerging trends.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Coffee genome could lead to a better tasting brew
New York Daily News
Researchers release the sequenced genome which could be used to help develop stronger breeds of better plants with resistance to drought and disease.
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How caffeine evolved to help plants survive and help people wake up
The New York Times
Every second, people around the world drink more than 26,000 cups of coffee. And while some of them may care only about the taste, most use it as a way to deliver caffeine into their bloodstream. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
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10 quotes that capture how we feel about coffee
The Huffington Post
Coffee is the first thing you think of when you open your blurry eyes in the morning; the first thought you have when you walk into the office; the only thing you can focus on when your brains start to shut down in the afternoon. If you feel what we feel when it comes to coffee, this here's for you: 10 illustrated life quotes about coffee that express everything you've ever felt about your favorite caffeinated beverage but could never put into words.
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Science cracks coffee's genetic code. Up next: Frankencoffee
Bloomberg Businessweek
Scientists have managed to sequence the java genome, a breakthrough that brings new insights into the venerated bean while also opening the door to genetic engineering.

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5 essential travel tips for small business owners
The Huffington Post
If you're a small business owner, there's not really the option of closing the office when traveling on business. Here are the tools and strategies that have been found to keep travelers calm, comfortable and productive when they're away from their home base.

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10 tips for navigating family life as an entrepreneur
Fox Business
Entrepreneurship's ups and downs can have a devastating effect on your family. What is one practical tip you have for entrepreneurs who are falling short in this department?

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Coffee: How cold-brew became the hot new thing
The Guardian
This summer, cutting-edge coffee has been all about cold-brew, a centuries-old brew method that offers coffee geeks fresh nuances in flavor. And it is one that you can easily try at home. But why is it getting baristas so excited?
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Top 10 tips for CSR managers who want their 2015 budget approved
The Guardian
Corporate social responsibility has come a long way, but it's still seen by most executives as a hard cost and a soft program. Here's how to make the case for 2015.
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Why sustainability makes business sense
Environmental Leader
Sustainability is a priority for food and beverage companies, yet it's a challenge to implement, according to a survey by Grant Thornton. The State of Sustainability at Food and Beverage Companies gauged attitudes toward sustainability from 189 respondents at U.S. food retail, food and beverage distribution, and consumer product goods companies.
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The new trend: Corporate social responsibility
Beverage Manager
What exactly is CSR? Corporate social responsibility describes the general principles involved in a company's responsibility for sustainable management practices in economic, ecological and social terms.
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The growing field of corporate social responsibility
Toronto Star
Corporate social responsibility is a hotly growing field — one that recent MBA grad, Peter Myers, believes is in particular demand within the mining industry. "CSR has the most impact in the mining industry because when something goes wrong," says Myers, "it's the most damaging to the community and to the corporation."
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Your company is socially engaged, but do your employees even know?
Forbes
Another year, another grim report on employee engagement. Gallup's 2013 "State of the Global Workplace Report" reveals that only 13 percent of employees are engaged at work. That abysmal number is undoubtedly related to the fact that, according to a different study, only 42 percent of employees know their organization's vision, mission and values.
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