A meat scandal in Brazil damages two of its biggest firms

The steaks are high

EVEN amid Brazil’s pungent stew of recent big corporate scandals, the latest is particularly stomach-turning. On Friday March 17th, in time for a traditional weekend churrasco, or barbecue, the federal police accused some of the country’s biggest meat producers of bribing health inspectors to turn a blind eye to grubby practices. These include repackaging beef past its sell-by date, making turkey ham out of soyabeans rather than actual birds and overuse of potentially harmful additives. The police operation, dubbed Weak Flesh, could reduce Brazil’s meat exports, worth $13bn a year, and damage its two big global meat producers, JBS and BRF.  

Two days later the president, Michel Temer, treated 27 diplomats from the country’s main export markets to prime Brazilian cuts at a steakhouse (pictured) in the capital, Brasília. Nevertheless, straight after that China, the European Union (EU), Chile and South Korea, which together consume a third of Brazilian meat sold abroad, said they would ban some or all imports from Brazil until it can allay misgivings about its inspection regime. The...



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What Amazon Can Teach You About Online to Offline Success

What Amazon Can Teach You About Online to Offline Success

These days, it seems like just about every offline business is working on creating some kind of online presence. But the biggest name in ecommerce is now trying to do the exact opposite.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the ecommerce giant that originally gained notoriety from selling books online, is now breaking into the brick-and-mortar bookstore business. It’s not exactly a booming industry — big names like Borders have had to close up shop in recent years. But Amazon has brought some unique elements into its retail store.

Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the bookstore only features titles that have high customer ratings on Amazon.com. It also features a small selection of other products like electronics, magazines and gift cards.

Jennifer Cast, VP of Amazon Books, told Business Insider, “Our special sauce is knowing the reading habits and passions of a city through our Amazon.com data.”

Online to Offline (O2O) Targeting

So essentially, Amazon is using the data and intelligence it has gained from the online experience to make a more customized offline one. That’s something that other businesses looking to go from online to offline can learn from, whether you’re an online coach looking to get into in-person teaching or an online product seller looking to break into the retail game.

It doesn’t have to be a totally separate experience. You can still use what you’ve learned about customers, products and habits to create an offline experience that rivals that of the online one. And if you haven’t yet considered what an offline component might add to your business, it might just be time to reconsider.

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What Amazon Can Teach You About Online to Offline Success

What Amazon Can Teach You About Online to Offline Success

These days, it seems like just about every offline business is working on creating some kind of online presence. But the biggest name in ecommerce is now trying to do the exact opposite.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the ecommerce giant that originally gained notoriety from selling books online, is now breaking into the brick-and-mortar bookstore business. It’s not exactly a booming industry — big names like Borders have had to close up shop in recent years. But Amazon has brought some unique elements into its retail store.

Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the bookstore only features titles that have high customer ratings on Amazon.com. It also features a small selection of other products like electronics, magazines and gift cards.

Jennifer Cast, VP of Amazon Books, told Business Insider, “Our special sauce is knowing the reading habits and passions of a city through our Amazon.com data.”

Online to Offline (O2O) Targeting

So essentially, Amazon is using the data and intelligence it has gained from the online experience to make a more customized offline one. That’s something that other businesses looking to go from online to offline can learn from, whether you’re an online coach looking to get into in-person teaching or an online product seller looking to break into the retail game.

It doesn’t have to be a totally separate experience. You can still use what you’ve learned about customers, products and habits to create an offline experience that rivals that of the online one. And if you haven’t yet considered what an offline component might add to your business, it might just be time to reconsider.

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Navy and Air Force Veterans Win SBA Honors for 2017

An Air Force veteran and a U.S. Navy veteran are among the select group of 2017 Small Business Person of the Year winners.

An Air Force veteran who founded a medical logistics company in a cramped rental unit and a U.S. Navy veteran who seeks out contracts to benefit other servicemen and women are just two of this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners as chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Lars Herman, CEO of Herman Construction Group, Inc., was recently selected as the recipient of California’s Small Business Person of the Year Award. His construction company is based out of Escondido and has been in business since 2009, serving private companies and  Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. Herman, a U.S. Navy veteran, often pursues contracts like those renovating Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals so he can give back to other veterans.

This year’s winner from Georgia is another veteran who has transitioned the values and skills learned in the military into a successful career as an entrepreneur. Kevin Boykin is the CEO of Path-Tec LLC in Midland, Georgia.  Currently, his medical logistics company specializing  in packaging, transporting and tracking laboratory specimens owns a 130,000 square-foot facility with over 150 employees. However, Boykin started   the firm in 2005 from a rental storage unit.

All of the winners listed below have been invited to Washington, D.C., on April 30 and May 1 where they will be honored and the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year, along with three runners up, will be chosen. They come from all of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Coinciding with the event is The National Small Business Week, which has run since 1963 by presidential proclamation on the first week in May.

2017 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

Alabama

Jodie Ray Stanfield, Owner, Local Joe’s Trading Post, Rainbow City, AL

Alaska

David McCarthy, CEO; Jason Motyka, CFO, Denali Visions 3000, Denali Park, AK

Arizona

Vickie Herd, Manager, Extended Family Disability Services, LLC/Bella Rose, Chandler, AZ

Arkansas

Victoria A. Washington, President, Vision Information Technology Consultants LLC, Little Rock, AR

California

Lars Christopher Herman, President, Herman Construction Group, Inc., Escondido, CA

Colorado

Lorena P. Cantarovici, Owner, Maria Empanada, Denver, CO

Connecticut

Carla Bartolucci, President, Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc., North Stonington, CT

Delaware

Donna L. Vanderwende, Owner, Vanderwende Farm Creamery, Bridgeville, DE

District of Columbia

Robert W. Dozier Jr., President & CEO, RWD Consulting, LLC, Washington, DC

Florida

Paul Morrow, President, South Dave Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Homestead, FL

Georgia

Kevin B. Boykin, CEO, Path-Tec, LLC, Midland, GA

Guam

Derrick Muna Quinata, CEO/Dealer Principal, Guam Autospot, Hagatna, Guam

Hawaii

Garrett Marrero, President & CEO; Melanie Oxley, Vice President & COO, Maui Brewing Company, Kihei, HI

Idaho

Eric L. Browning, CEO, Owner and Manager; Steven J. Browning, CFO, Co-Owner, Fin Fun, Idaho Falls, ID

Illinois

Sonat Birnecker Hart, President; Robert Birnecker, CEO, Koval Distillery, Inc., Chicago, IL

Indiana

Joey Rivera, Ph.D., President & CEO, Rivera Consulting Group, Sellersburg, IN

Iowa

Benny Duane Puck, President, Puck Custom Enterprises, Inc., Manning, IA

Kansas

Ken Bellesine, Owner, Central Electropolishing Co., Inc., Anthony, KS

Kentucky

Debra Dudley, President, Oscarware, Inc., Bonnieville, KY

Louisiana

Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez, President, Hernandez Consulting & Construction, New Orleans, LA

Maine

Leigh S. Kellis, Founder/Owner, The Holy Donut, Portland, ME

Maryland

Kara DiPietro, CEO, HMC Incorporated, Columbia, MD

Massachusetts

Victoria Bondoc, President & CEO, Gemini Industries, Inc., Burlington, MA

Michigan

Jon Lanning, President, Finance, Inontime, LLC, Zeeland, MI

Minnesota

Shirley Joann Wikner, CEO, Aviation Charter and Executive Aviation, Eden Prairie, MN

Mississippi

Mary J. Russell, President and Founder, Sugaree’s Bakery, New Albany, MS

Missouri

Phillip Cohen, Founder and President, Cohen Architectural Woodworking, St. James, MO

Montana

Mark Bretz, CEO and Chairman, Bretz RV and Marine, Missoula, MT

Nebraska

Cody C. Brooks, Owner; Chrystal Brooks, Co-Owner, White River Feed, LLC, Chadron, NE

Nevada

Dr. Eva D. Littman, Owner, Red Rock Fertility, Sunset Surgery Center, LLC, Las Vegas, NV

New Hampshire

Jake Reder, CEO, Celdara Medical, LLC, Lebanon, NH

New Jersey

Dr. Lisa Aumiller, HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, Mt. Laurel, NJ

New Mexico

Mario Burgos, President & CEO; David Burgos, Vice President, Burgos Group LLC, Albuquerque, NM

New York

Pamela Newman, CEO, ISS Action, Queens, NY

North Carolina

Michelle Coffino, Owner, Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, LLC, Charlotte, NC

North Dakota

Eric Mauch, CEO, Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc. & Razor Tracking, Inc., Watford City, ND

Ohio

Robert Chapman Kocian, President, The Auto Bolt Company, Cleveland, OH

Oklahoma

Melinda Stinnett, Managing Director, Stinnett & Associates, Tulsa, OK

Oregon

Brandon James Vaughn, President, All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC, Troutdale, OR

Pennsylvania

Elvin Eugene Stoltzfus, President, Pik Rite, Inc., Lewisburg, PA

Puerto Rico

Victor Miguel Rivera Solanas, President; Maria Paula Rivera Solanas, Vice President, Atencion Atencion, San Juan, PR

Rhode Island

Gary M. Palardy, President and CEO, Blue Moon Industries, Providence, RI

South Carolina

Vickie Wyatt, President, J.I.T. Manufacturing, Cowpens, SC

South Dakota

Beth Hanna, Owner/Director, Building Blocks Childcare and Learning Center, LLC, Brandon, SD

Tennessee

Dan LeVan, CEO, EnerG3, Chattanooga, TN

Texas

Deborah Paris, President and Manager, StraCon Services Group, LLC, Fort Worth, TX

Utah

Stefanie Bevans, CEO; Joshua Bevans, CTO, Design To Print, Inc., St. George, UT

Vermont

Michael Lawrence Rainville, President, Maple Landmark, Inc., Middlebury, VT

Virgnia

Corliss Udoema, President & CEO, Contract Solutions, Inc., Manassas, VA

U.S. Virgin Islands

Kevin Joseph Schnell, Owner/Operator; Maya Alissa Matthews-Sterling, Owner/Manager, Caribbean Solar Company LLC, St. John, VI

Washington

Rozanne Garman, President, RHD Enterprises, Inc., Lacey, WA

West Virginia

Matthew Paul Knott, President & CEO, River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry, WV

Wisconsin

Kristina Pence-Dunow, President & CEO, Hometown Trolley, Inc., Crandon, WI

Wyoming

Janie Celeste Wait, President, Intermountain Record Center, Inc., Casper, WY

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Navy and Air Force Veterans Win SBA Honors for 2017

An Air Force veteran and a U.S. Navy veteran are among the select group of 2017 Small Business Person of the Year winners.

An Air Force veteran who founded a medical logistics company in a cramped rental unit and a U.S. Navy veteran who seeks out contracts to benefit other servicemen and women are just two of this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners as chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Lars Herman, CEO of Herman Construction Group, Inc., was recently selected as the recipient of California’s Small Business Person of the Year Award. His construction company is based out of Escondido and has been in business since 2009, serving private companies and  Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. Herman, a U.S. Navy veteran, often pursues contracts like those renovating Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals so he can give back to other veterans.

This year’s winner from Georgia is another veteran who has transitioned the values and skills learned in the military into a successful career as an entrepreneur. Kevin Boykin is the CEO of Path-Tec LLC in Midland, Georgia.  Currently, his medical logistics company specializing  in packaging, transporting and tracking laboratory specimens owns a 130,000 square-foot facility with over 150 employees. However, Boykin started   the firm in 2005 from a rental storage unit.

All of the winners listed below have been invited to Washington, D.C., on April 30 and May 1 where they will be honored and the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year, along with three runners up, will be chosen. They come from all of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Coinciding with the event is The National Small Business Week, which has run since 1963 by presidential proclamation on the first week in May.

2017 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

Alabama

Jodie Ray Stanfield, Owner, Local Joe’s Trading Post, Rainbow City, AL

Alaska

David McCarthy, CEO; Jason Motyka, CFO, Denali Visions 3000, Denali Park, AK

Arizona

Vickie Herd, Manager, Extended Family Disability Services, LLC/Bella Rose, Chandler, AZ

Arkansas

Victoria A. Washington, President, Vision Information Technology Consultants LLC, Little Rock, AR

California

Lars Christopher Herman, President, Herman Construction Group, Inc., Escondido, CA

Colorado

Lorena P. Cantarovici, Owner, Maria Empanada, Denver, CO

Connecticut

Carla Bartolucci, President, Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc., North Stonington, CT

Delaware

Donna L. Vanderwende, Owner, Vanderwende Farm Creamery, Bridgeville, DE

District of Columbia

Robert W. Dozier Jr., President & CEO, RWD Consulting, LLC, Washington, DC

Florida

Paul Morrow, President, South Dave Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Homestead, FL

Georgia

Kevin B. Boykin, CEO, Path-Tec, LLC, Midland, GA

Guam

Derrick Muna Quinata, CEO/Dealer Principal, Guam Autospot, Hagatna, Guam

Hawaii

Garrett Marrero, President & CEO; Melanie Oxley, Vice President & COO, Maui Brewing Company, Kihei, HI

Idaho

Eric L. Browning, CEO, Owner and Manager; Steven J. Browning, CFO, Co-Owner, Fin Fun, Idaho Falls, ID

Illinois

Sonat Birnecker Hart, President; Robert Birnecker, CEO, Koval Distillery, Inc., Chicago, IL

Indiana

Joey Rivera, Ph.D., President & CEO, Rivera Consulting Group, Sellersburg, IN

Iowa

Benny Duane Puck, President, Puck Custom Enterprises, Inc., Manning, IA

Kansas

Ken Bellesine, Owner, Central Electropolishing Co., Inc., Anthony, KS

Kentucky

Debra Dudley, President, Oscarware, Inc., Bonnieville, KY

Louisiana

Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez, President, Hernandez Consulting & Construction, New Orleans, LA

Maine

Leigh S. Kellis, Founder/Owner, The Holy Donut, Portland, ME

Maryland

Kara DiPietro, CEO, HMC Incorporated, Columbia, MD

Massachusetts

Victoria Bondoc, President & CEO, Gemini Industries, Inc., Burlington, MA

Michigan

Jon Lanning, President, Finance, Inontime, LLC, Zeeland, MI

Minnesota

Shirley Joann Wikner, CEO, Aviation Charter and Executive Aviation, Eden Prairie, MN

Mississippi

Mary J. Russell, President and Founder, Sugaree’s Bakery, New Albany, MS

Missouri

Phillip Cohen, Founder and President, Cohen Architectural Woodworking, St. James, MO

Montana

Mark Bretz, CEO and Chairman, Bretz RV and Marine, Missoula, MT

Nebraska

Cody C. Brooks, Owner; Chrystal Brooks, Co-Owner, White River Feed, LLC, Chadron, NE

Nevada

Dr. Eva D. Littman, Owner, Red Rock Fertility, Sunset Surgery Center, LLC, Las Vegas, NV

New Hampshire

Jake Reder, CEO, Celdara Medical, LLC, Lebanon, NH

New Jersey

Dr. Lisa Aumiller, HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, Mt. Laurel, NJ

New Mexico

Mario Burgos, President & CEO; David Burgos, Vice President, Burgos Group LLC, Albuquerque, NM

New York

Pamela Newman, CEO, ISS Action, Queens, NY

North Carolina

Michelle Coffino, Owner, Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, LLC, Charlotte, NC

North Dakota

Eric Mauch, CEO, Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc. & Razor Tracking, Inc., Watford City, ND

Ohio

Robert Chapman Kocian, President, The Auto Bolt Company, Cleveland, OH

Oklahoma

Melinda Stinnett, Managing Director, Stinnett & Associates, Tulsa, OK

Oregon

Brandon James Vaughn, President, All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC, Troutdale, OR

Pennsylvania

Elvin Eugene Stoltzfus, President, Pik Rite, Inc., Lewisburg, PA

Puerto Rico

Victor Miguel Rivera Solanas, President; Maria Paula Rivera Solanas, Vice President, Atencion Atencion, San Juan, PR

Rhode Island

Gary M. Palardy, President and CEO, Blue Moon Industries, Providence, RI

South Carolina

Vickie Wyatt, President, J.I.T. Manufacturing, Cowpens, SC

South Dakota

Beth Hanna, Owner/Director, Building Blocks Childcare and Learning Center, LLC, Brandon, SD

Tennessee

Dan LeVan, CEO, EnerG3, Chattanooga, TN

Texas

Deborah Paris, President and Manager, StraCon Services Group, LLC, Fort Worth, TX

Utah

Stefanie Bevans, CEO; Joshua Bevans, CTO, Design To Print, Inc., St. George, UT

Vermont

Michael Lawrence Rainville, President, Maple Landmark, Inc., Middlebury, VT

Virgnia

Corliss Udoema, President & CEO, Contract Solutions, Inc., Manassas, VA

U.S. Virgin Islands

Kevin Joseph Schnell, Owner/Operator; Maya Alissa Matthews-Sterling, Owner/Manager, Caribbean Solar Company LLC, St. John, VI

Washington

Rozanne Garman, President, RHD Enterprises, Inc., Lacey, WA

West Virginia

Matthew Paul Knott, President & CEO, River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry, WV

Wisconsin

Kristina Pence-Dunow, President & CEO, Hometown Trolley, Inc., Crandon, WI

Wyoming

Janie Celeste Wait, President, Intermountain Record Center, Inc., Casper, WY

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Millennials Looking for Small Business Jobs Deep in the Heart of Texas and OKC

Cities Where Millennials Want to Work for Small Businesses

It’s generally assumed that millennials are seeking jobs in coastal cities — New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles.

But new data from Indeed.com shows that millennials looking to work for small businesses are actually narrowing their searches toward inland cities.

Cities Where Millennials Want to Work for Small Businesses

In fact, when identifying metro areas where millennials are most often looking for work at small businesses. Oklahoma City topped the job board’s list, not L.A. or New York.

This is the latest crop of data looking at generational trends among job seekers.

Outside of Oklahoma — but not too far away — three Texas cities made Indeed’s top 10 destinations for millennial job seekers. Those hot spots for small business jobs include Houston, Austin, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, are second and tenth, respectively, on Indeed’s list, too. Indianapolis ranks fourth.

Not all locations are inland, of course. Jacksonville, Florida, cracked the top 5 on Indeed’s list. And San Jose and Riverside/San Bernardino, California, also reached Indeed’s list.

Indeed examines click-thru rates on job ads posted to its site. For this data, it looked at millennial job seekers who clicked on job postings from small businesses. That generates Indeed’s Interest Score.

“We know that millennials are the largest age group in the workforce today,” says Paul Wolfe, Indeed vice president and head of HR. “Recent findings suggest that millennials are desired by small business employers because of the generation’s fresh perspective and technical skills. Additionally, millennials may be attracted to smaller business so they can more directly see the impact that their work contribution has on the company’s success.”

Young Blood, Fresh Takes

So, what’s to glean from this batch of data?

Small businesses — no matter where they are — should never count themselves out of any discussion. Don’t believe in norms, averages or perceptions. For instance, one would assume that millennials would be more attracted by the proverbial bright lights of the bigger cities in the U.S.

Clearly, the cities that millennials are attracted to for small business jobs are among the more trendy cities in the U.S. nowadays.

Millennials add a unique dimension to any business team. Full of drive and unbridled energy, a millennial or two or three could really inject some new perspectives into a company. It gives a company a fresh take.

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Millennials Looking for Small Business Jobs Deep in the Heart of Texas and OKC

Cities Where Millennials Want to Work for Small Businesses

It’s generally assumed that millennials are seeking jobs in coastal cities — New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles.

But new data from Indeed.com shows that millennials looking to work for small businesses are actually narrowing their searches toward inland cities.

Cities Where Millennials Want to Work for Small Businesses

In fact, when identifying metro areas where millennials are most often looking for work at small businesses. Oklahoma City topped the job board’s list, not L.A. or New York.

This is the latest crop of data looking at generational trends among job seekers.

Outside of Oklahoma — but not too far away — three Texas cities made Indeed’s top 10 destinations for millennial job seekers. Those hot spots for small business jobs include Houston, Austin, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, are second and tenth, respectively, on Indeed’s list, too. Indianapolis ranks fourth.

Not all locations are inland, of course. Jacksonville, Florida, cracked the top 5 on Indeed’s list. And San Jose and Riverside/San Bernardino, California, also reached Indeed’s list.

Indeed examines click-thru rates on job ads posted to its site. For this data, it looked at millennial job seekers who clicked on job postings from small businesses. That generates Indeed’s Interest Score.

“We know that millennials are the largest age group in the workforce today,” says Paul Wolfe, Indeed vice president and head of HR. “Recent findings suggest that millennials are desired by small business employers because of the generation’s fresh perspective and technical skills. Additionally, millennials may be attracted to smaller business so they can more directly see the impact that their work contribution has on the company’s success.”

Young Blood, Fresh Takes

So, what’s to glean from this batch of data?

Small businesses — no matter where they are — should never count themselves out of any discussion. Don’t believe in norms, averages or perceptions. For instance, one would assume that millennials would be more attracted by the proverbial bright lights of the bigger cities in the U.S.

Clearly, the cities that millennials are attracted to for small business jobs are among the more trendy cities in the U.S. nowadays.

Millennials add a unique dimension to any business team. Full of drive and unbridled energy, a millennial or two or three could really inject some new perspectives into a company. It gives a company a fresh take.

Image: Indeed

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