Monthly Archives: November 2015

How To Say, "You're Fired"

It’s Not Fun. But Done Right, It Can Be Minimally Painful. Giving an employee the pink slip can be a gut wrenching experience. But when you have a poor performer on your hands, you can’t afford to waste your time … Continue reading

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What's Your Name Again? Tips for naming—or renaming—your business

  Naming a business can be about as nerve wracking as naming a child—maybe more so. There’s no new-business name that can be handed down from an admired grandparent, or a favorite Survivor cast member or pop star to tie … Continue reading

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Guaranteed Returns- Invest in training your staff to see exponential rewards.

I recently heard about a casual conversation between two baristas that, though not particularly surprising, got me thinking. The pair were discussing how their boss doesn’t think training is a good investment, because baristas can just take that training and … Continue reading

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It’s all about value: Wholesaling true specialty coffee

The phrase “selling specialty coffee” is often used interchangeably with “being in the wholesale coffee business.” But clearly there is a difference. One that sells specialty coffee sells a value, supports a lifestyle, and improves lives. Whereas others, well they … Continue reading

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Ready to Sell?

You’ve spent countless hours mastering the ins and outs of café ownership. But you’ve probably never sold a business. Skip Colombo opened the Fresh Pot in Portland, Ore., in 1997 with business partner Matt Vinci. Having worked together in a … Continue reading

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Start-Up Financing: What Are Your Options

Have you ever seen that commercial, with the guy in the smart glasses on the steps of Congress, telling you there’s free money in Washington for the taking if you want to start a business? Well, it’s not exactly a … Continue reading

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Navigate the New Health Insurance Laws While Keeping Your Valuable Employees

  On a typical day, Tom Baker dials in his grinder and espresso machine, pulls shots of sweet espresso, steams milk and happily serves Blue Bottle Coffee to the people of San Francisco. He answers questions about roast profiles and … Continue reading

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Rewarding (And Retaining!) Your Staff

Creating a roadmap for your business requires a solid grasp of where you want it to go—and an equally solid handle on reality. In the United States, a lot of people are still anticipating the return of economic “norms” as … Continue reading

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