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Gourmet Treats Launches Vegan Cookie Line

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:06
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Gourmet Treats, a manufacturer of soft-baked treats from natural ingredients, is introducing its new line of Vegan Cookies and Treats. With no animal products, these baked goodies have complex flavors, producing a soft and chewy experience.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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Taco John's Turns Up the Heat with Cheetos Burrito

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:03
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Taco John’s is teaming up with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division for its latest menu item. The Mexican fast food chain is launching the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burrito this week as a limited time offer.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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NRA Offers Training DVDs

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:00
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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) released three new DVDs that offer best practices in dealing with harassment and discrimination, customer service training, and a first of its kind video guide on the use of social media.

The DVDs were created especially to appeal to mid-market and small chain operations. The video series is designed to help owners and managers teach their employees how to provide exceptional customer service; prevent harassment and discrimination; and employee responsibility when representing their brand or their customers on social media platforms.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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More than 1 Billion International Travelers and Counting!

Hotel Interactive - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:00
Rising economies are pushing international travel to new levels. Incredibly, more than 1 billion people visited another country during 2013. You won’t believe which country leads the way.

Asbury to open 2 used-vehicle stores; COO to retire

AutoNews - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:35
Asbury Automotive said today it will open two stand-alone used-vehicle stores later this year. The company plans to open the two used-vehicle stores in Florida under the 'Q auto' brand name.
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Battery Giant Launches Battery Recycling Initiative on Earth Day

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:33

Earth Day 2014 will mark the roll out of Michigan-based Battery Giant’s new community-focused free battery recycling program.

(PRWeb April 20, 2014)

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Amazing Selling Machine Bonus and Review Announced by ElSayed ElAssal

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:33 and ElSayed ElAssal announced the release of a bonus package and review of Amazing Selling Machine Builder's Kit created by Matt Clark and Jason Katzenback.

(PRWeb April 20, 2014)

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The Morning Download: Fast Food Chains...

Topix - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:29

The initial forays into mobile apps by Wendy's International LLC and Burger King Worldwide Inc ., respectively, illustrate the difficulty of adopting business models to a more digital age.

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How "Will & Grace" Actress Debra Messing Lost 20 Pounds

Topix - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:29

Debra Messing has never looked anything less than drop-dead gorgeous. You would never know it, but the Will & Grace icon, 45, recently made an effort to eat better for her health and it's definitely paid off big time.

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Help Your Employees Find Money for Voluntary Health Insurance

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:00

As a small business owner, you’re unique in many ways. You’re responsible for your bottom line, and many times on the front line for your employees. You feel the pressure of the personal struggles each employee faces every day.

One struggle many employees face today are rising health care costs. Employees are tightening their belts by cutting coupons and ultimately eliminating purchases that don’t qualify as necessities to make room for the unexpected. For some of your cash-strapped employees, this may mean scaling back on voluntary insurance plans or second guessing their ability to afford health insurance coverage at all.

Take a moment to consider that an estimated 15 million Americans emptied their savings accounts in 2013 to cover medical bills, while another 10 million didn’t have the money needed to pay for rent, food or utilities because of those bills.

Furthermore, the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report found that nearly half (49 percent) of employees have less than $1,000 to pay for out-of-pocket expenses associated with an unexpected serious illness or accident, and 27 percent have less than $500.

As an employer, you can provide information to help your employees navigate these challenges.  Offering this insight will not only show that you care about their well-being outside of the office, but also help relieve some of the same pressures you may be feeling yourself.

Below are four simple tips you can offer workers that can’t afford voluntary insurance coverage.

Find Money for Voluntary Health Insurance Encourage Employees to Set a Monthly Budget and Stick to it

Running low on funds before payday arrives is not the ideal situation to be in. Employees can have a real forecast of their spending habits by keeping a record of regular expenses as well as incidentals, such as groceries and cosmetics.

At the end of a month, the log can serve as a guide for next month’s budget. The next time payday arrives it hopefully can be a pleasant surprise with extra monies to save for a rainy day instead of a possible financial setback.

Remind Your Workforce to Invest Time in Making Lunch, Not Just Buying it

That’s right, brown bag lunches are making a comeback. According to a Visa survey (PDF), the average employee eats out twice per week and spends an average of $10 each time, or $936 annually.

Although you may have noticed that your workforce prefers to break up the day with a restaurant meal, cutting back on lunchtime excursions can be a huge cost saver. Changing dining-out habits just a little can save hundreds of dollars per year.

Challenge Employees to Skip the Movie Theatre and Opt for a Home-Viewing Party Instead

Staying at home doesn’t have to be boring. Employees can turn their typical Friday night into a movie extravaganza! Over the summer, Americans purchased 585 million movie tickets at an average of $7.84 each.

With popcorn, candy and sodas for a family of four, the tab for a single film can easily top $50. Suggest your employees watch an old favorite or wait until films are available for home viewing. Not only will they save on ticket prices, but on treats, too.

Share the Benefits of Scaling Back on Weekly Gourmet Coffee Runs

Last October, a pound of coffee cost an average of $5.15, while the tab for a large or “venti” caffé latte at Starbucks was $3.95.

That means Americans who make a daily run to Starbucks before work shell out $79 in just four weeks. Cutting back on the gourmet coffee habit to three times per week can save nearly $32 per month.

Don’t Stop Here

These are just four examples of money-saving options that can help offset rising health care costs and add extra funds to your employees’ piggy bank.

Also, having a candid conversation with your employees can also reveal many more savings tips to build a nest egg that will benefit them.

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Bill Knight Ford Partners with Jenks High School for Drive 4 UR School

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 07:23

Bill Knight Ford in Tulsa and Jenks High School have partnered up once again this year for their annual Drive 4 UR School event, sponsored by Ford. The test drive event will take place April 19 from 9...

(PRWeb April 19, 2014)

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Kevin Maggiacomo, Sperry Van Ness CEO, Delivers a Diversity Idea Worth...

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 07:23

Commercial Real Estate CEO Commits to a Fully Diverse Organization by 2020

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Opel CEO targets No. 2 sales position in Europe in comeback drive

AutoNews - Wed, 2014-04-23 07:19
GM's Opel brand is targeting second place in deliveries in Europe in the coming years as new models attract buyers. Opel currently is the third-largest brand in the region, behind VW and Ford, according to data from the ACEA trade group.
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Wide Open Wednesday- McTOYS, Guns, Race & Traffic Stops

Topix - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:19

Really? McDonalds? The PC police have hammered the fast food giant and it fell like Goliath.

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Crimson Cup Celebrates Earth Day with Coffee Bag Giveaway, Growler...

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:13

To celebrate Earth Day, on April 22 Crimson Cup Coffee House will give away burlap coffee sacks and offer a 50 percent discount on refills of cold-brew coffee growlers. Central Ohio residents are...

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Toyota's global sales top VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

AutoNews - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:11
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles.
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Toyota outsells VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

AutoNews - Wed, 2014-04-23 06:11
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles.
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Tutorial: How to Find the Right Person on oDesk

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2014-04-23 05:30

If you’re growing a business, hiring is essential. But the process can seem overwhelming. That’s especially the case if you’re just looking for contractors or freelance employees online.

Online entrepreneur Evan Carmichael shares his process for finding the right help on sites like oDesk in this video tutorial:

Carmichael explains:

“The goal here is to get quality people who want to work with me and quickly weed through all of the crap – all of the people who aren’t paying attention, who don’t read your profile, who don’t put in even a little bit of hard work to prove themselves. Those people you don’t want. If they’re not going to jump in and do a little bit of work for you, then you’ve got to move on and find other people. And so this process helps make sure you get the right people in.”

Here are a few steps Carmichael uses to find the most qualified candidates.

Specify the Type of Job

Depending on your specific needs, you might want a freelancer to handle just one specific task, or you might need someone on an ongoing basis. Carmichael says ongoing jobs tend to attract the best candidates. So be sure to be specific about the time period in your job description.

Don’t Make it Easy

When writing a job description, include everything in one big, ugly paragraph. This might seem strange, but Carmichael says it helps weed out the people who are not detail-oriented and it is very important for him to have detail oriented contractors. So this step helps him find people who don’t mind going through a job description that isn’t necessarily the easiest to read and picking out the important elements.

Include a Question

To ensure that applicants have actually read his job description, Carmichael includes a specific question in the middle of the paragraph. For example, he might ask applicants to tell him how many YouTube subscribers he has when submitting their applications. This step helps prove who pays the most attention and actually cares enough about the job to read the entire description.

Develop Good Feedback

You can’t find great candidates unless those great candidates actually want to work with you. Fortunately, oDesk and similar sites allow contractors and business owners to leave reviews for each other.

So as early as possible, Carmichael suggests building relationships with contractors so you can gain positive feedback. For new users, this can’t be done right away. But there are still some steps you can take. For example, verifying your payment method on oDesk makes you look more reputable to potential contractors immediately.

Use a Trial Job

The final step in Carmichael’s process involves creating a trial job on oDesk. He invites the candidates who respond to his application correctly to do short tasks that he will pay them for regardless. He says that not all of the invited applicants even attempt the trial job and even fewer complete it. This further weeds out contractors who don’t have the follow through he needs.

Of the ones who do complete the task, he is then able to judge candidates based on who took the shortest amount of time and did the best job. If two or three stand out, he says he may hire a few people and see who does the best job on an ongoing basis.

Image: oDesk

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Top Business Opportunities For 2014 – Empowered Ezine Reviews Some Of...

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 03:53

A new article form takes a look at some of the most promising business opportunities for new entrepreneurs in the year ahead.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Archadeck Outdoor Living Opens New Location in Ventura County

PR Web - Wed, 2014-04-23 03:53

North America’s leading deck and outdoor living space franchise brings its first California location to Ventura County.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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