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Innumerable vineyards throughout Europe have been producing wine for centuries. Such countries as the United States, Argentina, Chile, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are now producers of various varieties of wine, as well. In the United States, small, local vineyards that often grow white grapes have become quite popular, adding to wine drinkers’ pleasure and variety.

There are 20 varieties of white grapes that are grown for the production of wine. Traditionally, white wines have come from France, Germany, Portugal, and Italy. But, countries such as Australia and the United States are also producing quality white wines.

The Alsace region of France
Many white grapes and their wines come from the French Alsace region that at different times in history has been either a French or a German territory. In this region, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling receive the most attention from wine enthusiasts. …

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Leaders are tasked with accomplishing a great deal in any given day. Whether they use a recognized lean management program or have floundered their way into a workable system, effective leaders have a few basic characteristics in common. Here are four productivity traits shared by some top organizational leaders.

Establish Clear Goals
Productivity begins with clear expectations. There is no way to quantify chaos. Leaders must identify specific goals and then take intentional actions toward meeting those goals. Each day should be a tribute to the big picture goals, not a race to scratch items off a to-do list.

Have a Supporting Cast
Effective leaders know how to scout, hire, and train the best candidates for each role within the organization. Productivity is not a one-way street. Leaders model productivity from the top down, and each worker has the opportunity to manage up in several ways. Employees who maintain a great attitude and work ethic inspire others to do the same, and the overall company culture represents increased productivity. …

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Ensuring a safe work environment is a responsibility that falls under your lap as a small business owner. Protecting your workforce is both a moral obligation and a strategic move, as any personal injuries or property damages incurred from an unsafe work environment can have a significant impact on costs and output. Here are four tips to protect your employees:

Get Business Insurance
Though this tip leans more towards protecting your business than it does protect your employees, a comprehensive business insurance policy protects employees from potentially getting laid off in the event that your business gets hit with a costly liability that bankrupts it. …


Kevin Ortzman

Kevin Ortzman is a natural-born leader and professional living in Chicago, Illinois & working as the Region President at Caesar’s. Learn more —

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