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As 2012 comes to a close, the National Automatic Merchandising Association would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Keeping In Touch with NAMA brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 2, 2013.

Top 3 tax mistakes for small businesses
Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to finances and taxes small businesses are making common mistakes that can prompt an audit or leave money on the table, according to a new survey from Xero, an online accounting software company. Xero polled 500 U.S. accountants to come up with the top three mistakes small businesses make. Top on that list: mixing business and pleasure. More



New tax laws for small businesses
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Even though the majority of small business owners farm out the job to a professional tax preparer, it's important for every business owner to remain engaged with the tax preparations process. In many cases, the direct involvement of the business owner results in reductions in tax liability and a direct improvement to the company's bottom line. According to Barbara Weltman, tax expert and author of J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2012, there are several new or irregular tax laws that will impact business owners' total liability during the 2012 tax season. More

Will the health care law help or hurt small businesses?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to government, businesses want certainty above all else. Investors, entrepreneurs and managers need to know the rules so they can properly execute decisions. As far as health care regulation is concerned, the landscape became less uncertain when Chief Justice John Roberts issued a near complete ratification of the Affordable Care Act on June 28. In the spirit of plain language, here is a breakdown of how the new law affects small businesses — including the benefits saved by the Supreme Court decision. More

Join the VendScreen Revolution Today!

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Small business strategies: Tasks to keep off your to-do list
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every entrepreneur I know makes a regular to-do list, delineating all they need to accomplish in a day or a week: the phone calls they need to return, customers they need to see, meetings they must schedule. That's a great way to keep track of the tasks you must do to keep your small business going. But what about the things you better NOT do if you want to succeed? More

When a small employer gets sued by a former worker
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In the past couple of years, as thousands of companies have gone through recession-induced layoffs, work-related legal claims have risen along with employment discrimination charges. A legal notice should not spark panic: There are steps business owners can take — beyond the obvious advice to call an attorney. More



Top small business tax-saving moves for remainder of 2012
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A "perfect storm" (of the tax kind) awaits small businesses on Jan. 1, 2013," said Jim Keller, a senior tax analyst for Thomson Reuters. Following are the top ten small business tax-saving ideas to consider-while there's still time. More

Avoiding 5 small business dangers can prevent failure
Accounting Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sidestepping five critical dangers can avoid the failure of a small business, according to research compiled by AdviCoach, a provider of consulting services to small and midsized businesses. More

Bottom Line Benefits of using GPS North America

Reduce operating expenses - including fuel costs, overtime pay, and insurance premiums, and enhance safety and reduce liability. Better measure, monitor, and manage fleet performance while increasing driver productivity and enhancing customer service.
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Why online reputation matters to small business
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You're a small business owner. Most of your customers are the people who live within 25 miles of your storefront. Why does it even matter what the Internet has to say about your brand? That has no impact on your bottom line. Right? No. Dangerously wrong. More

Devices let you check calories in snack machines
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are 270 calories in that six-pack of Oreos you're eyeing in the office vending machine. And soon, with the help of a touch-screen device from technology start-up VendScreen, you'll be able to find that out before you buy the cookies. Its soft-drink-can-size device mounts on vending machines and displays each item sold, letting customers see nutritional information and filter product information by dietary requirements. More

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Be on the lookout for the opportunity to purchase the 2012 coffee research presented by Mike Dabadie of Heart + Mind Strategies from this year's CTW show, Office Beverage Service Strengths and Opportunities; Consumer and Decision Maker Research Key Findings. Attendees loved his presentation on opportunities for growth, new trends as well his research, of the Coffee, Tea & Water industry.

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Costa Rica Origin Tour 2013

Make plans today to join us for NAMA's first country of origin coffee tour. Don't miss out on this life-changing event you will never forget. Here is your chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the exotic country side of Costa Rica.

Gain a better understanding of how to communicate the value of coffee to your customers and be able to share your new first hand coffee knowledge with customers and colleagues.

Learn more and book your reservation here.



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The 2013 NAMA Directory will hit mailboxes this December!

We are now compiling the hard copy NAMA 2013 Directory. Every active member will be listed under their member type. For increased exposure, Members can purchase additional listings for only $35 by simply completing this form.

Questions about the Directory?
Contact Ryan Dovenmuehler at E&M Consulting
(312) 238-9609 or ryand@emconsultinginc.com
 
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