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Money is available for small businesses, but it takes work
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Author and speaker, Steve Strauss, who specializes in small business and entrepreneurship wrote in The New York Times, "Yes, it is true that there are more SBA loan funds available right now than in years past. This is mainly due to a change in administrations, and the fact that both TARP and the new small business law added funding for SBA lending. That said, the first thing to understand about SBA loans is that the SBA does not make loans, it guarantees loans." More

Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs
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NAMA's Government Affairs team focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company's growth and profitability. Required reading for all members! Click Here for the most recent Legislative Alert. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at More

Vending industry video
Click here to view a video concerning new regulations as written in the Health care legislation that will have a significant impact on our industry.

NAMA Member Update!

"Holding the Line" on dues for 2011.

There will be no increase in NAMA Membership dues for 2011. This is the second consecutive year that operator members have benefited from no increase in their base membership dues. Just as you continue to do all you can at your own company, NAMA is also committed to reducing expenses and finding new ways to increase efficiency in order to “Hold the Line” on membership dues.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding your membership, just call toll free 1-888-337-8363!

Coffee & Water

Starbucks signs agreement with Chinese government to develop coffee industry in Yunnan Province
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Starbucks recently said it signed agreements with government organizations in Yunnan Province, China to co-develop a coffee development and farmer support center in the region, intended to help local farmers promote responsible coffee-growing practices and improve coffee quality. Under the terms of the deal, Yunnan's provincial government plans to invest $450 million to expand green bean volume from the current 38,000 tons to 200,000 tons, and increase coffee acreage from 26,700 hectares to 100,000 hectares by 2020. More

Why water is a risk and opportunity your company can't ignore    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine a world with drastically diminished supplies of fresh water. What would it look like? Would your key supply chains survive? How would it impact your company's bottom line? The 'lifeblood' of society, water also sustains the beating heart of industry. Without a clean, constant and secure water supply, many of the world's industries would undoubtedly collapse. Yet, in an ever-changing climate, water availability and security has become a key issue that business can no longer afford to ignore. More

Business / Industry

How do I approach store owners about carrying my product?
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Many business owners have asked the question: How do I approach store owners about carrying my product? What needs to happen is testing and measuring a number of different ways of getting to your potential customers. It could be as simple as creating baskets for your target (from a targeted mailing list of say 10 to 50 different people) with a short note attached with your contact information. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

General Mills' 5-year goals aim to cut impacts by 20 percent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
General Mills recently laid out a set of new five year environmental goals designed to make its operations more efficient by 2015. The company wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and water and energy each by 20 percent. It also plans to halve its solid waste generation by 2015. The goals are efficiency goals, normalized per metric ton of product, so the company could use more energy and water in absolute terms, but still meet these targets. More


NAMA Knowledge Source Partner

Ed Sterczek, President of Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants (MMIC) and NAMA Knowledge Source Partner, has offered to provide information on the provisions of the Health Care Reform Law. Click here for a thumbnail sketch of effective dates for implementation. Should you need clarification on the Health Care Reform Law provisions, please feel free to call toll-free 1-800-349-1039.

Discover how all NAMA Knowledge Source Partners can assist you! Click here!

NAMA Member QCCP Graduates

Attention QCCP Graduates - Take the next step! Earn your Certified Coffee Specialist, CCS designation on your schedule! Let your customers know you are passionate about coffee! Click here for details.


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