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SCAA President and CEO of Brewed Behavior, Tracy Allen, has a new Cashbox article in the latest edition of Barista Magazine.

“Surviving Rent Pressures: Work with Your Landlord, or Pull the Plug?” p.108

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SCAA President, Tracy Allen, is thinking BIG! Coffee Talk Magazine – December 2015

The Future of Coffee in 2016   I have the distinct honor to represent the Specialty Coffee Association of America as its president, and the joy- and responsibility- of that office is to help lead the American specialty coffee community into the future. Except, one thing that becomes immediately clear when looking at our membership […]

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“To B or not to B, Getting Certified as a B Corp or Becoming a Legal B Corporation.” Author: Tracy Allen

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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 or money by keeping them around. To set the tone for the conversation, it is […]

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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 your professional identity to. Your business is all you, asking the world to like you […]

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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 simply offer a commodity based on price, and clearly, that’s not selling specialty making it […]

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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 café during college, they discovered a love for coffee and the community around it. “We […]

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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 lie, but it’s a pipedream. I don’t know everything, but over the last 30 years […]

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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 brew methods, and knows many of his customers by name. As a full-time employee, 80 […]

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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 we once knew them. In speaking with people in my own back yard, it seems […]

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