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2014 Executive Development Program
The Executive Development Program is designed for senior level leaders in vending, coffee service and foodservice, who are key decision-makers in areas of finance, marketing, operations and human resource management. The purpose of this program is to help leaders think like the CEO/Owner and to move a company to the next level in the competitive marketplace. The program will deliver techniques designed to help attendees learn to grow revenue, develop new marketing plans, think strategically and enhance your personal leadership.
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4 tips to ensure your sales prospecting efforts are fruitful in fall
Business 2 Community
Fall is a fresh new start as we close out the summer and get ready to start the last quarter of the year. An influx of new customers goes hand in hand with that, and it's always exciting to kick off new client engagements. The most successful engagements always include proper training, enthusiastic sales reps, excited executives and collaboration. Here are crucial elements of a successful inside sales or lead generation effort.
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6 tips for sequencing your marketing content
Clickz
Sequencing your digital marketing content allows you to lead the consumer through a highly engaged experience with progressively branded messaging, ultimately leading to a purchase or conversion.
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How to balance leadership and management
Small Business Trends
This may be true, but small business owners are expected to "hold the helm" through both calm and rough seas. So when should you lead and when should you manage?
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4 tips for preparing your small business for a disaster
Crain's Detroit Business
Preparing for a disaster should be a year-round priority for every small business. It requires constant top-of-mind awareness because your company's needs will continue to evolve. As such, so will your preparation efforts. As National Disaster Preparedness month ends, now is a good time to reassess and reinvigorate your strategy. Here are four tips to ensure your small business is ready for the next disaster — whether it's a major storm that takes out your network or a traffic accident that damages a utility line.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Little Debbie's Bakery Fresh Pastries

All Little Debbie products are now available as pre-ordered bakery fresh pastry with your vend distributor. This includes Mini Donuts, Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls. Distributors may also be stocking top-sellers like the Oatmeal Cream Pie and Nutty Bar. Call your distributor today to place your order (or pre-order) for Little Debbie snack cakes.
 


6 traits of highly successful corporate cultures
Financial Post
Several studies confirm the correlation between corporate culture and financial performance, employee engagement and customer satisfaction. Companies such as P&G, Southwest Airlines, FedEx and Starbucks have been able to differentiate and excel in highly competitive markets in part by developing and sustaining healthy cultures. By the same token, the toxic cultures of firms such as GM, Blackberry and Air Canada have contributed to declining market performance. In short: culture matters. But what exactly is culture?
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7 simple ways to make every hour more productive
Forbes
We have all read books that tell us how important our time is, but most don't simplify it in one page with vital tips. Well, Nicole Smartt has. I teach, praise and live by these techniques, which allow you to manage your time better — so you can invest more of it in developing yourself and your leadership.
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Tips to boost team communication and productivity
Business 2 Community
Your sales and marketing teams should fit together like hand and glove, although at times this can seem like a challenge. Each group has their own agenda: sales, to sell your product and earn commissions, and marketing, to effectively promote that product. Even though they're on different teams, everyone involved is reaching for the same goal: for the company to be successful. That's the bottom line to keep in mind. Here are some tips to improve those crucial elements of your business in order for you to realize the success you're seeking.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


5 coffee myths debunked
Fox News
The National Coffee Association estimates roughly 83 percent of adults in the U.S. drink coffee. Some people consider coffee drinking a bad habit, but here we debunk five myths about coffee that say otherwise.
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11 coffee stats you never knew
Shape
Chances are, you can't start your day without a cup of joe — then maybe you fuel up again with a latte or iced coffee (and later, a post-dinner espresso, anyone?). But how much do you really know about this beverage that is enjoyed by a billion people worldwide?
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Infographic: How do Americans take their coffee?
BostInno
We recently celebrated National Coffee Day. It was dedicated to the one caffeinated drink we simply can't live — or function — without: Coffee. And to celebrate, PayPal surveyed a handful of coffee drinkers throughout the U.S. to find out coffee trends nationwide.
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Perfect your coffee pour-over
CNN
As local coffee culture seems to be approaching critical mass, the need for a superior, distinctive product is becoming even more pressing. Caffeine aficionados are also experiencing a phase of experimentation. Myriad styles of coffee preparation and presentation combined with selective sourcing allow for unprecedented levels of personal flair. But can individuality truly be achieved at an espresso bar?
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NAMA Tech Talks: Dec. 8-9, Atlanta
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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Though it may taste divine, coffee DNA tells a Darwinian tale
Forbes
On the surface, coffee might seem like a good candidate for a plant that was not only designed by an intelligent god but by a god that was feeling rather benevolent toward us humans. After all, this plant produces a bean — technically a seed — that smells heavenly, tastes satisfying, makes us feel good, and isn't even bad for us.
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The biggest coffee markets in the world are ...
CNBC
Where exactly are the biggest coffee markets? Of 80 countries measured by the Euromonitor International market research firm, the U.S. purchased the most coffee in retail stores by volume.
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Korean coffee chains look to fill America's caffeine fix
CNBC
There's a good chance that the java you drank this morning was not quite all-American. Korean coffee chains have been ramping up their efforts to expand in the U.S. market, threatening to give the coffee industry a bit more than a morning jolt.

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5 things small businesses need to know this fall
The Associated Press via USA Today
What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.

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5 tips for new team leaders
Harvard Business Review
Jeanne DeWitt writes: I've been a new manager five times in my career. What I've found is that success out of the gate is normally tied to being truly open to learning, communicating openly and honestly, and ultimately being prepared to take action when you know where the team needs to head. To that end, here are the key things I've learned along the way.

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Survey shows just how much Americans love their coffee
KWCH-TV
In honor of National Coffee Day Monday, leading convenience and gasoline retailer Cumberland Farms announced the results of a recent survey issued to consumers asking what they would be willing to do — or give up — in order to get their daily coffee fix. The survey revealed the following.
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Fungus threatens crop production at Mexican, Central American coffee plantations
RedOrbit
We hope you were able to take advantage of one of the many free National Coffee Day giveaways, because ecologists at the University of Michigan report that a fungus has been sweeping across plantations in Mexico and Central America, limiting coffee production and forcing price increases in the process.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


The evolution of corporate social responsibility
Business Review Europe
Corporate social responsibility has come a long way since the term was introduced back in the 1960s. It's no longer about setting lofty and idealistic expectations, which compete with financial business goals. The CSR program for the future-ready business works in harmony with these goals and is sustainable in all senses of the word: it ensures the future environment, customers, staff and profits of the company.
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What gets the worst marketing ROI? Your corporate social responsibility report
Advertising Age
It's time for "Communications Jeopardy!" Answer:: This annual piece of communications is expensive, time consuming and contributes virtually nothing to the performance of your business. Question: What is our annual corporate social responsibility report?
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5 forces impacting retail sustainability
Environmental Leader
Evolving technology, changing supply chain models and consumers empowered with information on retailers' business practices are each impacting retail and changing long-established standards in the industry. As more favorable economic conditions slowly return, retailers envision a prosperous and profitable future but must manage growth while accounting for these and other disruptive forces to maintain margins and improve operations. The five forces impacting retail each carry unique pressures and require careful consideration from the C-suite before a sustainability strategy can be mapped out.
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Why shareholders want materiality in reporting
GreenBiz
It is important that sustainable shareholders, who know the proven correlation between social and environmental performance and financial viability, contribute to defining the parameters of disclosure rules. This addresses the very nature of materiality, which research has repeatedly shown to be connected to and affected by environmental, social and governance issues.
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