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Dec. 22, 2010

The Obama tax deal: 5 things you need to know
Aol Small Business
The first major deal between President Obama and Congressional Republicans — an $858 billion package of tax cuts and unemployment benefits — has generated no shortage of controversy. After some contentious debate and brokering, the deal, which extends the Bush-era tax rates for two years and provides a one-year payroll tax cut for most Americans, passed the House 277 to 148 and the Senate 81 to 19. President Obama signed it into law on Dec. 17.More

NAMA Government Affairs
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

Coffee drinking grows in 2010 despite recession
Coffee drinkers increased their visits to coffee shops in 2010 despite the recession, according to new research by Allegra Strategies. The findings, part of Allegra's Project Café 10 report, showed that coffee has now become a $7 billion turnover industry, with high street chains dominating the sector. Whitbread's Costa Coffee is now the biggest brand in the U.K., ahead of Starbucks and Caffe Nero. But the sector has also seen growth from the likes of McDonald's and JD Wetherspoon, which added 468 outlets between them — accounting for 54 percent of growth in the last year.More

Bottled water industry prepares for a global water fight
For all intents and purposes, it appears that emerging market consumers have hit the bottle. They said the bottled water industry was in trouble. First, it was health and environmental issues, including what to do with the used plastic. Then the global recession hit and people really started to bash the business. Everyone expected cash-strapped consumers to turn to the tap for their drinking needs. Yet somehow, despite those reasonable predictions, bottled water became one of the food and drink industry's star performers.More

Chase bank lends $10 billion to American small businesses
JPMorgan Chase & Co., said recently that its banking business provided more than $10 billion in credit to U.S. small businesses this year. The lender extended loans to more than 250,000 small businesses with annual sales of less than $20 million. Its small business lending is up more than 40 percent year-to-date.More

Mall vending machine dispenses gold
MSN Money
Need a stocking stuffer? First Gold to Go machine in U.S. dispenses gold bars or coins in gift boxes. Just in time for Christmas, the mall has acquired a Gold to Go vending machine. That's right. For about $120 to $1,470, you can buy your mother, father, husband, wife or special friend a gold bar or coin from a mall vending machine in Boca Raton, Fla.More

Sustainability sparking business innovation for 2011
Environmental Expert
Research shows that innovation will be essential for small businesses over the next decade as they try to thrive and survive by seizing new opportunities, improving their competitive position and providing more value to their customers. Furthermore, according to Ernst & Young's 2010 Business Risk Report, corporate social responsibility and the need for social acceptance both appeared on the top ten risks facing businesses.More