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May 27, 2009
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New Small Business Loans Available from SBA in June
from Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has recently announced that small businesses facing economic needs can apply for short-term relief in the form of loans up to $35,000. The loan program is designed to assist viable small businesses which are facing cash flow problems. The “America’s Recovery Capital” (ARC) loans are interest-free and deferred-payment. The loans are paid out over a six-month time and the ARC loan can be repaid over five years. These ARC loans are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus bill Congress passed and President Obama signed in February. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

Suing to Stop Bottled Water From Getting a Deposit Fee
from The New York Times
A coalition of bottled water companies filed suit on Tuesday to block an expanded bottle deposit law scheduled to take effect next month, arguing that the law, which imposes a deposit fee on bottled water sold in New York State, is unconstitutional. More    E-mail article

Bill Clinton: Soda Tax Isn't the Way to Go
from ABC News
Though former President Clinton has focused on reducing childhood obesity since leaving the White House, he told ABC News Wednesday he does not favor the tax on soda that a nutrition group has publicly supported to pay for health care reform. More    E-mail article

Despair in the Dairy Industry
There’s a big problem for dairy farmers, and it’s hardly a new story. Plunging dairy prices have been widely publicized since they reached dramatic lows months ago. But the imbalance in the market — essentially, too much milk and too many cows — has created a desperate situation, prompting a national effort to reduce the dairy herd and forcing farmers to cut corners in ways they haven’t. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

Are customers using open bins to provide ice to their employees? Reduce contamination of ice with Follett’s ice and water dispensers. Follett’s hand-free dispensing reduces contamination while providing customer-preferred Chewblet® ice. Ice availability can also improve the sale of other beverages. Filtered water provides an 80% cost savings over bottled water and a “green” alternative to your customers. More

Chewblet is a registered trademark of Follett Corporation.


Buying Fair Trade Coffee
from The Examiner
Fair trade is a relatively new concept, born out of the need for social awareness in the global economy. When world coffee prices dropped dramatically in the 1980's, groups of people, starting in the Netherlands, became concerned with the fate of the coffee farmers. In 1997, the Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO) was started. The FLO is an umbrella organization with 20 members from 19 nations. TransFair USA is the non-profit, independent American branch for fair trade certification. More    E-mail article

Small Business

Credit Card Reform Leaves Out Small Entrepreneurs
from The Los Angeles Times
Though U.S. consumers can look forward to some relief under the credit card reform bill signed into law last week by President Obama, small-business owners may not be so lucky. More    E-mail article


Second Annual NAMA Coffee Service Education Summit
Register Today!

Nowhere will you find more education, more networking and more high level business ideas that you can take back to your operation than at the 2009 Coffee Summit. Right from the opening session this event will be flowing with high energy, good coffee and lots of fresh ideas that will get you excited. The relevant and current education sessions and roundtable discussions will inspire you to take your business to the next level and share successful business practices with your industry colleagues.

Your 2009 Coffee Summit experience is sure to perk up your business, so we encourage you to come, dig in and get involved! Is your business caffeinated? Contact Roger Stewart at 616-299-6483 or by email at to register your company today.

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