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5 tips to smarter business client gifts
Fox Business
Are you a last-minute shopper for holiday gifts? When it comes to buying gifts for your clients, don't wait too long (especially if you have to ship them)! Giving a thoughtful gift to your clients is a great way to show your appreciation of them, as well as put a smile on their faces. Here are five tips to help you out.
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How to be a more inclusive leader
The Guardian
The world of business is changing. However, the current model of leadership is not working for many employees. Opportunity Now's Project 28-40 found a clear gap between organizational policies and the reality of work experienced by the women we surveyed. Inclusive leadership could help bridge that gap, but currently this behavior tends to exist by chance rather than being a key part of an organization's leadership model.
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End the year on a high note with these 5 sales tips
The Globe and Mail
Many people may be feeling the end-of-year blues. Managers are pressuring you to close deals and you're getting the brushoff from prospects who want to call you back next year. Often they'll use those other priorities as an excuse to put buying decisions on hold. This is especially true when your potential customers are publicly traded companies. "I need some more time," "let me think about it" and "call me back next (month, quarter or year)" are three of the most frustrating phrases you'll ever hear in sales. So as a salesperson, what should you do? Try these five great ideas to help overcome any unwarranted delays.
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The secret to protecting your brand starts with your name
Small Business Trends
You want your business to stand out in the crowd. That's why your brand should be highly memorable, emotionally compelling, and different from the rest. If you're planning on launching a business in the New Year, keep in mind that your business name is the cornerstone of your brand. Most likely, before customers get to know you or your products, they'll hear your business name. Yet, while a name is critical to defining the brand, companies often make mistakes when selecting their name.
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How to make flexible working part of your office culture
The Guardian
It would hardly be surprising if flexibility comes top of most people's list of workplace qualities. Forty percent of U.K. workers are now spending more than half a day a week working from the coffee shop, or "coffice," according to research from O2 Business, and this trend for flexible working options is on the rise. Here we outline seven top tips to make your business truly flexible.
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The last thing you need is a lawsuit
By Mel Kleiman
Fifty-three percent of U.S. employers have been sued by job applicants, employees or former employees. Of those that go to trial, the companies win only about 35 percent of the time. Let's take a quiz. The results may save you from becoming embroiled in a costly lawsuit. Check off the questions you can legally ask job applicants either on your employment application form or in interviews.
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Are infographics right for your business? The pros, cons, and tips
Business 2 Community
Infographics are creative, educational, attention-grabbing and can be a powerful marketing tool, but are they right for your small business? To help you answer that question, we explain the pros and cons, and have actionable tips to get started.
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5 steps to build a million-dollar business in 1 year
Entrepreneur
Some people go their entire lives without earning a million dollars, so it sounds crazy that some businesses might be able to achieve this milestone within their first year. But it is possible. Plenty of businesses have achieved this goal, and you can too! Pay attention to the following tips and use them to help power up your revenue growth.
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10 innovative new global ways to grow your business
Forbes
The world of marketing is changing faster than technology these days. Winning entrepreneurs have long since supplemented conventional print and video "push" marketing with digital online interactive "pull" marketing, and more recently added social-local-mobile to the mix. Mobile and global are driving all of these in innovative new ways to grow your business.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


The color of your coffee mug can change the way your coffee tastes
The Washington Post
The secret to a better cup of morning joe might simply be choosing the right colored coffee mug. The color of a coffee mug can alter the way coffee tastes, according to a recent study, which was conducted in Australia, and tested the influence that three different colored mugs — one white, one blue and one clear glass — had on the perception of different flavor points.
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Finally, the Ultimate Travel Guide for Coffee Lovers
Mic
There's nothing more awkward than going to a cafe in a foreign city and struggling over the menu until you surrender and just keeping pointing at the espresso machines in the hopes of getting something hot, caffienated and drinkable.
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Coffee in a New York minute
NBC News
Coffee drinkers can be forgiven for being a little antsy. Amid a global rise in coffee prices, that toe-tapping wait for a cup has gotten a bit more unbearable. Starbucks was forced to raise its prices as much as 15 cents a cup. Homebrewing is no escape either. Kraft Foods announced it would be raising the prices on most of its single-serve coffees, notably its popular line of single-serve "K-Cups," for the first time. So, it's back to the counter for consumers. But when all they need is a pick-me-up from just a basic cup of black coffee, waiting through inefficient counter service can be a let-down. Especially in a place like go-go New York, where it seems there's a coffee shop on every corner and a line to go along with it.
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A coffee culture begins to stir in India
Los Angeles Times
Three generations of Tarun Cariappa's family have grown coffee on their highland farm in southern India, 38 rolling acres of dark green bushes interspersed with towering jackfruit and mango trees — and the occasional wild elephant. But to that universal question "Coffee or tea?" Cariappa, like most Indians, has always answered, "Tea."
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The healing powers of hot tea
Calaveras Enterprise
Hot tea may taste good and be soothing on a cool day, but there are also many medical benefits to this drink. Tea is an ancient beverage that has been enjoyed for centuries thanks to its healing benefits. Here are just some of the many ways sipping hot tea can be beneficial to you.
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Bottled water is expected to be the No. 1 packaged beverage sold in the US
WEWS-TV
Despite reports that say drinking soda is harmful to your health, carbonated soft drinks comprise more than one-fifth of beverage sales. That's about to change, according to the Beverage Marketing Corp. By 2016, bottled water is expected to be the No. 1 packaged beverage sold in the U.S.
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10 healthy reasons why you should drink coffee every day
WPEC-TV
Coffee has gotten a bad reputation for being unhealthy. But in reality, it improves brain function, scavenges free radicals, and decreases your risk of disease. It's a rich source of polyphenols and antioxidants. The caffeine in coffee can increase memory and improve glucose tolerance, fat loss and exercise performance.
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This German invention supposedly makes the best coffee you've ever tasted
Reuters via Business Insider
A German entrepreneur has invented an in-home machine that quickly turns raw beans into a freshly brewed cup of coffee, racking up 5,000 pre-orders as consumers search for the perfect brew and retailers hunt for new ways tap the coffee market.
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What Vietnamese coffee culture gets right, beyond sweetened condensed milk
The Huffington Post
Vietnamese coffee is famous for its sweetened condensed milk, as it should be. Thick, dreamy and yes, incredibly sugary, sweetened condensed milk is the perfect counterbalance for the incredibly strong, dark-roasted Vietnamese coffee. If you're dubious about the merits of sweetened condensed milk in coffee, spending even just a few hours in Vietnam will change your mind. It hits all the right notes, and once you get into it, you'll never want to go back.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Why social responsibility needs to be more than just a fad
Fast Company
Positive business isn't sexy. It's not exotic or clever or inspirational. In spite of this — or indeed because of this — it may be the most important management concept you've never heard of. We are in the midst of an infatuation with corporate social responsibility.
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Writing a check is the easy part: Effective corporate social responsibility builds on partnerships
The Huffington Post
At Bank of America, we've given fresh thought to the role we need to play in addressing social and economic challenges. Our purpose — to help make financial lives better for everyone we serve — has guided us over the past several years to change and make our company simpler and stronger, and it's had a dramatic effect on our corporate social responsibility philosophy.
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The companies with the best CSR reputations
Forbes
It's good to be good, and it's good to be Google. The company tops the 2014 Global CSR RepTrak ranking from Reputation Institute for the fourth year in a row more than a decade after it first began using the now-famous "Don't be evil" imperative as its corporate slogan.
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