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Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Roasting Facility Tour at CTW!
Get out of the halls to experience state-the-art local flavor at the Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Roasting Facility Tour, Thursday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Attendees will be provided with a box lunch and complimentary transportation. In order to participate, please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 3.



6 tips to ensure sales opportunities don't slip through the cracks
Business 2 Community
If you're not a salesperson by nature, you as the owner of your small business may be missing some great opportunities to sell. But with the right tools and processes in place, you can snag more sales with minimal effort. Here's how.
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6 tips for launching new products
Bloomberg Businessweek
If your product launch is successful, not only will you bring in a new group of customers, but those customers can help you discover additional avenues for growth. Here are six ways to get your product launch off to a good start.
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1st rule of marketing: Focus on your audience
Forbes
Every day if you read you will hear a lot of experts, consultants and pundits share their tutelage about what makes for great marketing. Some may tell you it is email marketing while another says "No, it's social media" and yet a third will say it is all about integrated marketing. As a business owner, your head starts to spin and read only to become more confused. Because in a world that is rich with content, data and opinions, what is the best marketing strategy for your business?
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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.
 


8 employment practice tips for your small business
The Huffington Post
For any small business owner, knowing how to hire is just as important as knowing who to hire. A business that fails to implement smart, strategic and legally compliant hiring procedures will create a number problems for itself, from missing out on the best candidates to possibly breaking the law. Although following best hiring practices may seem burdensome at times, there are a few steps you can take that will help your small business both meet its hiring goals and insulate it from legal liability in the process.
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4 tips to motivate the unmotivated
Forbes
Management would be easy if only everyone were highly motivated. But that's like saying basketball would be simple if only everyone could dunk. Most of the time, reality intervenes. As most managers who've been at it a while know, in management you have no choice but to deal with all kinds of people. Some are intrinsically motivated, many are not. Accordingly, here are four tips to motivate the unmotivated.
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Interview techniques for effective hiring
TIME
Stop wasting time and money hiring the wrong people. It's time to improve your interviewing skills. Hiring is a risky business given that so much of your company's success rides on tapping the right people for the job. Interviewing is really more art than science and, all too often, job candidates who look good on paper and ace the interview process completely choke once they actually get the job. Bad hires are more than an inconvenience: they're expensive. According to research from CareerBuilder, 41 percent of companies say that a bad hire costs them at least $25,000.
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These small business accounting mistakes come at a big cost
Small Business Trends
There is money flowing out of your business right now as a result of simple small business accounting mistakes. Below are the top 10 and how to fix them.
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3 notorious networking mistakes you don't want to make
Inc.
Have you ever had the feeling that you're not networking correctly? It's not enough to be networking constantly. You need to do it in the right ways. You might be making one of these notorious networking mistakes. They're some of the most common ways people undermine themselves while networking.
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NAMA Tech Talks: Dec. 8-9, Atlanta
As an 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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BEVERAGE NEWS


Study: Decaf or regular coffee drinking may protect your liver
The Washington Post
Whether they drank decaf or regular, people who consumed large quantities of coffee daily had lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes, a new study finds. This suggests that a chemical in coffee other than caffeine may help the liver, the researchers said.
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Brazil drought boosts coffee prices, threatens sugar production
International Business Times
A deepening drought crisis across Brazil is hitting two of the country's largest exports as coffee prices surged to their highest level in two years, and sugar production is headed for a steep decline. The drought affecting Brazil this year is the worst the country has faced in decades, triggering alarm for cities like Sao Paulo, which has instituted emergency measures to cope with a water supply crisis.
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Why tea is the new coffee
The Fiscal Times
With coffee prices doubling this year, Americans are increasingly turning to tea and a whole industry is flourishing as a result. Arabica-coffee prices surged amid lower supply due to erratic rainfall, which affected output from Brazil, The Wall Street Journal reported recently. Earlier, the drought was the major disruptor affecting coffee prices. In recent years, coffee prices have also gone up because of a fungus ravaging crops in Mexico and Central American and beetles attacking plantations around the world
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Are companies still committed to sustainability?
Environmental Leader
Many companies are committed to policies to ensure environmental, social and governance sustainability — but a growing minority remain skeptical about their benefits, according to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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22 marketing ideas for small businesses with limited budgets
WordStream
Don’t have many bucks to spend on your biz? No worries — there are plenty of marketing tactics you can make use of that won't blow your budget. Let's see how far you can stretch those dollars! Here are more than 20 marketing ideas for small businesses working on a small budget.

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Leveraging technology to increase margins and improve efficiencies
Cantaloupe Systems
If a machine or device can report back that it has broken down or needs refilling, that saves a field force employee from driving around checking on things. Learn from vending operators who are getting more out of their business by connecting machines, going cashless, getting greater insights and adopting new cloud and mobile technologies.

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Drinking coffee reduces healthcare costs
VendingMarketWatch
For decades researchers have revealed many scientific pros of coffee consumption. Just this year, a Cornell University study found that coffee could help prevent deteriorating eyesight; a study published in the journal Diabetologia found that coffee drinkers who increased their coffee consumption by more than one cup per day had an 11 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes; and another published study found that a minor ingredient of coffee could protect against Alzheimer's disease. And now, there is even more reason to support the drink.
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Understanding the increasingly complex coffee consumer
CSP Magazine
"I'm wired," Todd Mackey, quality control coordinator and trainer for Coffee Solutions Inc., told retailers attending the "Destination Coffee: Baristas Wanted" educational session at the 2014 NACS Show in Las Vegas. "And not just because of the coffee!" Mackey was energized to give attendees an idea of what's going on in an increasingly diverse global coffee market.
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Green tea nanocarrier delivers cancer-killing drugs more effectively
Gizmag
Many of us drink green tea for its wonderful health benefits, including proven antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Now, researchers in Singapore have taken its cancer-fighting properties to the next level, developing a green tea-based nanocarrier that encapsulates cancer-killing drugs. It is the first time green tea has been used to deliver drugs to cancer cells, with promising results. Animal studies show far more effective tumor reduction than use of the drug alone while significantly reducing the accumulation of drugs in other organs.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Sustainability: The 'invisible hand' shapes next-generation location selection
Area Development
"An invisible hand," Adam Smith's 18th century locution on the self-regulating behavior of the marketplace, still rings true. Smith could never have imagined the intricate formulations today's markets have created, with one of these being sustainability as an underpinning of business location selection. Sustainability's triple-bottom-line business operating philosophy, driven to the modern stage by the challenges of globalization, is a logical and evolutionary extension of the invisible hand.
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Corporate social responsibility resonates with employees, consumers, executives
The Denver Post
In 2013, contributions to U.S. nonprofits grew to more than $335 billion — approximately 2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. Of that sum, only 5 percent came from corporations. There are solid business reasons why this number should be larger. New studies demonstrate that corporate social responsibility helps not only the world, but also a company's bottom line. Committed, authentic corporate citizens embrace strategic environmental, social and governance practices as an integrated element of business.
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3 steps to bring sustainability to your supply chain
GreenBiz
According to PwC's Global Supply Chain Survey 2013, more than two-thirds of supply chain executives said sustainability will play an increasing role in the supply chains of the future. It's clear that growing consumer demand and increasing legislation have begun to shift the perception of sustainable supply chains from "nice to have" to "need to have."
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