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Tax-cut extension won't spur small business hiring
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Extending Bush-era tax breaks won't be enough to encourage business owners like Brad Schulman to begin hiring. "They've got a noose around small business," said Schulman, founder of Northrook, Illinois-based Green Planet Bottling, a maker of eco-friendly plant-based water bottles. "I've got no money to reinvest." Schulman is a proponent of extending tax relief across the board, arguing it would act as a psychological boost to the small business community. But he added other policy changes must occur before he expands his 10-man operation, which has been growing steadily despite the down economy and is set to post revenue in excess of $5 million this year. 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

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

Coffee export earnings to hit record $16.5 billion
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Coffee-producing countries are expected to earn a record $16.5 billion from exports in the 2010 calendar year because of rising prices, even as volumes decline, the International Coffee Organization said. "The $16.5 billion is not definitive yet, it is still a forecast, but we are confident we will surpass the record this year," Jose Sette, the organization's acting executive director, said at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City recently. More

From water — to wine? Fiji Water buys California winery
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Fiji Water Co., the imported bottled water firm owned by Beverly Hills, Calif., entrepreneurs Lynda and Stewart Resnick, has acquired one of San Luis Obispo County's oldest and most popular boutique wineries, Justin Vineyards & Winery. The deal, which recently closed, comes after Fiji and its parent company, Roll International Corp., sparked controversy by saying last month they were going to shut down Fiji Water operations in the island nation because of a large tax increase. More

Business / Industry

Branding in the Digital Age: You're spending your money in all the wrong places
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The Internet has upended how consumers engage with brands. It is transforming the economics of marketing and making obsolete many of the function's traditional strategies and structures. For marketers, the old way of doing business is unsustainable. Consider this: Not long ago, a car buyer would methodically pare down the available choices until he arrived at the one that best met his criteria. A dealer would reel him in and make the sale. The buyer's relationship with both the dealer and the manufacturer typically would dissipate after the purchase. But today, consumers are promiscuous in their brand relationships. More

Vending machines add touch to modernize designs
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3M recently announced that its slim, compact and highly durable touch screen displays are being incorporated in tobacco vending machines installed in hotels, bars and restaurants worldwide. 3M touch screen displays are providing durable touch capability in the latest vending machines from one of the market leaders, Azkoyen. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Casey secures second order from US bottled water firm for supply of biodegradable plastic bottle preforms
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Casey Container Corporation, an Arizona-based designer and custom manufacturer of biodegradable PET, HDPE AND other plastic polymer preforms, bottles and containers, has received a new purchase order from a U.S. based bottled water company to supply about 225,000 biodegradable preforms on a weekly basis over a year period, for use in the manufacture of biodegradable plastic bottles. This is the second order received by Casey Container from a bottled water company for its biodegradable plastic bottle product. More


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