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How Shadowing can Help Business Owners Hire the Right Employee

In the current economic climate, every business owner and hiring manager knows how difficult it can be to recruit new employees and keep them. California reported an unemployment rate of 4.1% for the month of November, the most recent month for which statistics have been published. Such a small candidate pool makes it difficult to

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Should Your New Home Food Business Register as an LLC?

As of January 1, 2019, California law now allows so-called “cottage” food businesses to sell almost any kind of food to the public. Many of you are cheering and getting ready to get out and do what you love – cook and sell food. If you find yourself in this situation, then congratulations! However, there

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Why it is So Hard to Get USDA Organic Certified

One big hurdle organic farmers have to jump through is getting USDA organic certified. While you certainly can run your organic farm without being certified, you will not be able to put that “USDA certified” stamp on your business, which can give your business a lot of credibility in the eyes of consumers. The process

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Challenges Unique to Organic Farmers

  Despite a 6% nationwide increase in sales in 2017, organic farms still only amount to about 1% or less of the total farmland acreage in the United States. That is because organic farmers face many challenges that other farmers do not face, some which are listed below. If you own an organic farm or

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California Finally Legalizes Street Vending

Despite the prevalence of street vendors in California for years, selling street food was illegal in California until a new law passed a couple of months ago legalizing street vendors. Now, the large number of street vendors, many undocumented immigrants who were previously facing not only fines and misdemeanors, but also deportation, can finally sell

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What You Need to Know About California’s New Home Cooking Laws

Last month, California passed a new law allowing individuals to sell food prepared in their own home. While selling home-cooked food is a common practice in many parts of the world, it has always been illegal to do so in the U.S., until recently. Once the new law takes effect on January 1, 2019, many

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Pros and Cons of Forming a Business With Family Members

Business ideas between family members form frequently and easily, as sometimes those are the people we spend the most time with and bounce ideas around with the most. However, it is not always the best idea to go into business with your family members. Make sure you carefully evaluate the following pros and cons to

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Challenges Within Our Global Food System

Our global food system involves the process of creating and distributing food throughout the world. The goal of the global food system is to ensure that food security exists through the availability of nutritious foods for everyone on the planet. However, there are barriers that keep this from happening. Everyone needs food domestically and abroad.

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Mergers and Acquisitions Now Common Business Practice

It seems like every day in the news we hear of a big merger or acquisition. One large company consumes another big company and becomes the big fish in the pond. Recently, Amazon bought Whole Foods, and CVS acquired Aetna. While the larger companies make the headlines, there are several mid-size and smaller companies that

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Young Farmers are Growing by the Numbers

The organic food industry is experiencing a surge in interest among young people. Many millennials are going into the field and becoming organic farmers. There is a youthful vigor that is growing within the agricultural industry in America. Their presence is adding new life to an ancient and important profession. In the past, the average

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