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States to receive $1.5 billion for small businesses
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The Treasury Department recently announced a $1.5 billion lending initiative to promote small businesses at the state level. To receive funding, states have to demonstrate that for every dollar the federal government provides, they will generate $10 in new private lending, which will create an impact of $15 billion on the economy, the Treasury said. Among the six states receiving the biggest allocations, California has the largest at $168.62 million, followed by Florida at $97.66 million. Michigan can receive up to $79.16 million and Illinois up to $78.37 million. Both New York and Ohio will each receive slightly more than $55 million. More

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Coffee & Water

The coffee-storage conundrum: How to keep beans fresh
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Coffee has its own Cain and Abel: siblings with opposed personalities sharing the same DNA. Aging is coffee's Abel—the positive, naturally occurring chemical and physical processes that, over time, optimize roasted coffee's aromas and flavors. An opposing process, staling, is coffee's Cain: negative (yet, still natural) changes to aroma and taste, bent on ruining aging's good and vital work—literally killing quality, if given the opportunity. Whether Cain wins comes down to how coffee is preserved after roasting. More

Bottled water: The wrong enemy
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Tom Keane, a regular contributor to the Globe Magazine recently wrote in The Boston Globe regarding the contentious bottled water debate in Concord, Mass., "To many, bottled water is a modern evil, a wasteful and environmentally destructive consumer scam. I say it’s a brilliant triumph for public health. In this, I part company with the good folks of Concord, that shot-heard-round-the-world town now seemingly determined to seize the mantle of looniness from Cambridge." More

Business / Industry

NFL teams look to vending machines as sales option
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Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wilf figures if you can get a soda out of a vending machine, you might as well be able to get a team T-shirt or a set of trading cards, too. Wilf took that concept to MainGate Inc., his team's apparel partner. When the Indianapolis-based company agreed that Wilf's idea had merit, MainGate installed a vending machine with Vikings merchandise at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., with hopes that it will be profitable and the idea will catch on with its six other NFL clients. And MainGate's effort might just be the beginning. Reebok, the NFL's official outfitter, is considering putting some of its products in vending machines by the end of the season. More

New York asks to bar use of food stamps to buy sodas
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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently sought federal permission to bar New York City's 1.7 million recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugared drinks. The request, made to the United States Department of Agriculture, which finances and sets the rules for the food-stamp program, is part of an aggressive anti-obesity push by the mayor that has also included advertisements, stricter rules on food sold in schools and an unsuccessful attempt to have the state impose a tax on the sugared drinks. More

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