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Supporting Local Businesses and Communities in a Time of Need

Today, we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation, one that requires all of us to take measures above and beyond what we previously could have imagined. I want to share an update with you about our continued efforts to make sure that everyone in our communities is well fed and well cared for.

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Fried Chicken Realness: 10 Hottest Spots in Austin, Texas

When it comes to serving true comfort food, there is nothing better than fried chicken in Austin. That’s right: the city’s vibrant restaurant scene has a lot to offer in regards to their beloved staple food, from the most popular Southern-style classics to its modern and cosmopolitan recipes. The first Southern American record of a […]

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November 23, 2020

Mushroom Foraging: A Wild Fantasy with Connie Green

Steering our way through the Douglas Fir Trees of California, we found Head Huntress of Wild Forest Foods and Award Winning Author, Connie Green, one of the oldest and finest wild mushroom producers in the US. Forager Green voiced, “as far as I know, we’re the oldest wild mushroom company in North America”. Connie frequently […]

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November 12, 2020

Minimizing Food Waste: Webinar with Matt Orlando

The third webinar from Rethinking Restaurants about the theme of food waste is now available! The session is presented by Choco and Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk; special guest: Chef Matt Orlando from Amass, Copenhagen. In the last part of our webinar series, we will talk about how restaurants can reduce food waste as Chef […]

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November 5, 2020

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Fried Chicken Realness: 10 Hottest Spots in Austin, Texas

When it comes to serving true comfort food, there is nothing better than fried chicken in Austin. That’s right: the city’s vibrant restaurant scene has a lot to offer in regards to their beloved staple food, from the most popular Southern-style classics to its modern and cosmopolitan recipes. The first Southern American record of a […]

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November 23, 2020

Mushroom Foraging: A Wild Fantasy with Connie Green

Steering our way through the Douglas Fir Trees of California, we found Head Huntress of Wild Forest Foods and Award Winning Author, Connie Green, one of the oldest and finest wild mushroom producers in the US. Forager Green voiced, “as far as I know, we’re the oldest wild mushroom company in North America”. Connie frequently […]

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November 12, 2020

Minimizing Food Waste: Webinar with Matt Orlando

The third webinar from Rethinking Restaurants about the theme of food waste is now available! The session is presented by Choco and Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk; special guest: Chef Matt Orlando from Amass, Copenhagen. In the last part of our webinar series, we will talk about how restaurants can reduce food waste as Chef […]

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November 5, 2020

Local Businesses Surviving Covid-19: Music, Team, Partnerships

Our conversations with small local businesses in the Chicago Metro Area highlighted the importance of creative team players, power of music, and strong relationships.  There is so much to talk about when it comes to the grit, innovation and networking that has allowed local enterprises to outlast the pandemic. Restaurants and cafes are increasingly making special […]

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December 4, 2020

Rolling into the Grooviest Food Trucks in Austin

When looking for the hottest food trucks in Austin, you’ll soon realize that the city hosts one of the liveliest and most diversified on-the-road-food scenes in the US. Austin counts over 1000 mobile food vendors offering all kinds of treats from classic bbq items and grilled cheese sandwiches to undiscovered flavors from all over the […]

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December 3, 2020

An Ode to Austin’s Most Delicious Tacos

Setting the scene for the most delicious tacos in Austin, this selection of restaurants is all you need to check on to satisfy your desire to experience the Mexican delicacy “par excellence” in the city. The city of Austin, Texas, is known for its lively Modern Mexican dining scene, where local chefs propose great and […]

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November 23, 2020

What Are Restaurants in Berlin Doing During the Lockdown?

As the new lockdown regulations have come into force since November 2nd and restaurants in Berlin are not allowed to stay open for seat-in, local owners and chefs have rolled up their sleeves to rearrange their business models and came up with new ideas to keep up with their operations. To support local restaurants during […]

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November 17, 2020

Share Love in Your Restaurant Kitchen: Choco and Wild & Root Campaign

Choco and Wild & Root have partnered up this year to create an Instagram campaign that invites chefs in Berlin to share love within their kitchen team or with other restaurants, producers, or fellow-gastronomes in their local food scene. Restaurant kitchen may be led with a harsh tone of voice and working in the back […]

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November 6, 2020

Mastering Indoor Farming with Young Chicagoan, Joe Weber

Chicagoan farmer aged 25, Joe Weber, studied Biology at the University of Illinois where he became particularly interested in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry as a way of contributing to a more sustainable food system, especially through urban mushroom indoor farming. Growing data sets to achieve machine learning is an immediate goal in terms […]

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November 3, 2020

Business Diversification: Webinar with Vaughn Tan

Our second Rethinking Restaurants webinar focuses on business diversification. and why it is the pivot plan for the future restaurant industry. In this session of our webinar in collaboration with Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk, we will understand the best practices & tools to provide your restaurant with financial support. The Choco webinars are here to […]

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October 27, 2020

How to Access Government Funding: Webinar with Amanda Cohen

Our first Rethinking Restaurants webinar focuses on how to access government funding. During the latest challenging times for the restaurant industry, this question seems concerning many chefs like Amanda Cohen from Dirt Candy, who’s also the founder of the IRC (Independent Restaurant Coalition), an association to support the local food scene in New York City […]

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October 19, 2020

Lessons of Leadership with Chef Olivo from The Daisy, New York

Here is Executive Chef Olivo from The Daisy, New York and his culinary journey about the importance of starting from the bottom in the kitchen, as the secret to make delicious food and understanding leadership. About Back Of House Tales: We offer a free space for BIPoC ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽, LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈, Women 👩, Gender Nonconforming & […]

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October 14, 2020

🍴 Rethinking Restaurants: Business Diversification

How can business diversification help your restaurants during the pandemic? This was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with useful insights & tools from industry leaders.  The webinear series Rethinking Restaurants is hosted by Choco in collaboration with Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk, […]

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October 12, 2020

🍴 Rethinking Restaurants: How to Minimize Food Waste

How can your restaurant reduce food waste? This will be the leading question of Rethinking Restaurants, this time hosting Chef Matt Orlando from Amass in Copenhagen. It was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with useful insights & tools from industry leaders.  This […]

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October 7, 2020

🍴 Rethinking Restaurants: How to Access Government Funding?

How to restaurants access government funding is the topic of our first webinar series Rethinking Restaurants. This was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with direct and useful insights & tools from industry leaders.  The Rethinking Restaurants webinar series is hosted by Choco […]

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September 16, 2020

Standard Aperitivo Bar and the Italian Joy Of Living in Hamburg

Momo, owner of the iconic aperitivo bar Standard in Hamburg– we got to know a bit more about his business concept and journey of bringing the Italian aperitivo culture to Germany. What is the concept behind Standard? Inspired by the Italians’ passion for good drinks, good food, and above all, starting the evening together, we […]

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September 8, 2020

Restaurant Merchandising: the 2020 Pivot Plan of Standard Bar

During our talk with Momo, owner of the iconic Standard Italian aperitivo bar in Hamburg, we had the chance of diving into his plans to run his business during the 2020 crisis and discovered more about their successful restaurant merchandising strategy: a clothing line inspired to the Italian joy of life. Thanks to this initiative, […]

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September 8, 2020

Interview with Linda Lezius from the Wild & Root Food Collective

Linda Lezius from Wild & Root food collective, Berlin. During our conversation, Linda helped us discover new ways to implement restaurant businesses and reminded us about the importance of focusing on values and experiences. What does Wild & Root do? Wild & Root is an agency for food communication. In the last five years, we […]

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August 18, 2020

Progressive Indian Food with Chef Pujan

Chef Pujan Sarkar from Rooh in San Francisco: here is his story about his journey in the restaurant industry working his way up to serving progressive Indian food. Pujan Sarkar is a chef de cuisine at Rooh in San Francisco and, with the brand-new opening of another restaurant in January 2020, in Palo Alto. During […]

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July 21, 2020

Memories of Biodiversity: Chef Watanabe from Roku Berlin

Berlin-based private chef & artist Akiko Watanabe, founder of Roku catering and food pop-ups: we got to know a bit more about her culinary journey and food memories, including an inspiring message about biodiversity. Her project Roku was born in 2005 and headed in 2012 to Berlin from Tokyo. During the 2020 lockdown she stopped […]

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July 17, 2020

Management Tips for Restaurants by James Waterhouse

We interviewed James Waterhouse, GM of beer garden and restaurant Garden District, Washington DC, to hear about his management tips to stay open in 2020 and stories of working in one of the city’s most renowned locations to enjoy craft beers paired with delicious bbq menu. During our talk, James shared various insights about Garden […]

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July 14, 2020

All About Oysters and Seafood with Margaux from Fish Klub Berlin

We stopped by at Fish Klub, Berlin, to meet Margaux Friocourt, oysters and seafood supplier, and taste the delicacies from her counter at the Markthalle 9, Kreuzberg. With her latest project of opening a fish butchery & shop and seafood bar in Willmersdorf, Berlin, Margaux dreams of making good food more accessible to people. How […]

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July 13, 2020

Life After Hell’s Kitchen: Keeping up with Chef Rosh

Chef Rosh is an executive & private chef, as well as tv personality (she was a contestant at Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay and won the “Chopped Champion” award on the hit Food Network show Chopped in 2013). We talked to Chef Rosh to discover something more about the flavors of Sindhi cuisine and to hear about […]

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July 8, 2020

Payment Methods for Restaurants: Options, Setup, and Fees

Virtual wallets are changing how customers pay all over the world and they’re pressing businesses to adapt. But is it worth it for your restaurant?  The days of walking into a restaurant and having to decide between cash and card are mostly gone. Restaurants need to adapt their payment methods to these changes. More and […]

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July 7, 2020

Takeout Menu: the 2020 Pivot Plan for Lucky Buns

We interviewed Chef Alex McCoy from Lucky Buns Restaurant in Washington DC to hear about how the restaurant has focused on a takeout menu to stay open in 2020, as well as his story & career around food. Former head chef of Ralph Lauren & Lincoln Pilcher’s (Kingswood, Eveleigh, Ruby’s) Georgetown, as well as founder […]

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July 3, 2020

What Makes a Food Artist: in Conversation with Tainá Guedes

We talked to food artist Tainá Guedes to understand what is food art and how it can inspire restaurants to make positive change. Brazilian-born Berlin-based food artist, activist & former chef de cuisine Tainá Guedes is the creative director & mind behind the Food Art Week. Global platform & movement striving for sustainability, FAW 2020 […]

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June 29, 2020

Portraits of LGBTIQ+ Chefs to Inspire Your Restaurant

At Choco we want to encourage restaurants and all people working in gastronomoy to celebrate Pride Month 2020. We’re here to introduce 5 profiles of LGBTIQ+ chefs with their inspiring stories & careers in the hospitality industry and impact in contemporary food culture. Here are the profiles of LGBTIQ+ chefs selected by Choco to inspire […]

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June 25, 2020

How Choco Helped the Food Industry during COVID-19

Our new support projects and how you can get involved. Choco is the tool for restaurants and suppliers to simplify and speed up the ordering process. So, we have seen our sector suffer during the COVID crisis. For the past three months, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting the whole food industry across the supply […]

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June 24, 2020

How to Schedule Restaurant Shifts – Tips for Managers

How to establish an effective shift plan and what you need to consider first. Managing a staff schedule is one of many duties performed by a restaurant manager or owner. It takes a solid knowledge of your personnel to form a successful shift plan each week or month. A well-organized process of communicating the schedule […]

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June 23, 2020

U.S. Labor Laws Overview for Restaurant Owners

Provide a safe and encouraging work environment for your employees while helping your business. Many motivating ideas come to mind when talking about opening a new restaurant: building relationships, providing a valuable service to your community, and working hard to grow your brand. These are all challenges which excite any entrepreneur’s senses. A not-so-exciting part […]

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June 23, 2020

Portraits of Food Activists to Inspire Your Restaurant

Food activists are some of the most polyvalent figures of the food industry. Their backgrounds go from chefs, farmers, educators, food artists and entrepreneurs. Here are the profiles of food activists selected by Choco to inspire chefs around the world during 2020: AMANNY AHMAD Chef, artist and writer Amanny Ahmad is a NYC-based food activist, […]

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June 23, 2020

Chef Hanse is Bringing Real Fresh Pasta & Italian Cucina Povera to Berlin

Tyler Hanse is a young up-and-coming chef specializing in traditional Italian-style fresh pasta in Berlin and he is eager to make a difference in the local restaurant scene with his Bardele project. Initiated in the restaurant world at the age of 15, Tyler spent his early years in the kitchen of renowned restaurants in Denmark, […]

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June 19, 2020

Restaurant Management Tips by Andrew Holden to Pivot 2020

We interviewed Andrew Holden and heard more about his restaurant management plans during 2020. Andrew Holden is the majority owner and founder of Cedar Knoll in an upscale waterfront restaurant in Fort Hunt, Virginia, that offers an American menu with French influences. He also oversees two kitchens in Washington DC: Sign of the Whale, a […]

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June 18, 2020

The Product Guide for Restaurants in Washington DC

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next restaurant menu. We started this journey to support producers and to connect them to restaurants through our printed versions of the book powered by the Choco app. The Product Guide is our food series to connect producers to restaurants and all people within […]

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June 18, 2020

The Product Guide for Restaurants in Los Angeles

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next restaurant menu. We started this journey to support producers and to connect them to restaurants through our printed versions of the book powered by the Choco app. The Product Guide is our product series to connect producers to restaurants and all people within […]

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June 18, 2020

The Product Guide for Restaurants in New York

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next restaurant menu. We started this journey to support producers and to connect them to restaurants through our printed versions of the book powered by the Choco app. The Product Guide is our product series to connect producers to restaurants and all people within […]

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June 18, 2020

Functional Mushrooms on Their Way to Your Restaurant

Functional mushrooms are gaining attention within the medicine & food industry markets and are on the run to become your next favorite smoothie-powder-ingredient. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), chaga (Inonotus obliquus), and cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) mushroom species have always been part of traditional medicine of different cultures, such as Chinese medicine. These products are now under the […]

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June 18, 2020

Top Kitchen Struggles Memes that Every Restaurant Staff should know

After a compulsory Corona break, restaurants are re-opening, staff is working again and customers are back. Here are the Kitchen Struggles Memes Restaurant staff should know. 1. The stuck MOP And the when mop strings get stuck on the toilet bolts… fuck me 2. The Mini-Break Dilemma Solution: Smoke a cigarette on the shitter. 🚬 […]

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June 11, 2020

Top 10 Annoying Restaurant Guests Memes

Working in the restaurant industry – what a rewarding world of discoveries and human experiences. We love to please our guests and make them happy, and that’s why we chose this job. But sometimes, guests can be just a little annoying. Can you relate to these Annoying Restaurant Guests Memes? 😂 1. The Late Birds […]

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June 11, 2020

Support the Restaurants Reopening with #1BOWL Challenge – by Choco app

The Choco app has launched a project to help restaurant owners and chefs reopen their businesses after the 2020 crisis in the restaurant industry. Indeed, the #1BOWL project is an open call for all people in the hospitality sector to raise awareness amongst customers about the problem of low-profit margins. Support the Restaurant Reopening with […]

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June 5, 2020

Portraits of Female Chefs to Inspire Your Restaurant

Amongst female chefs are some of today’s restaurant sector’s most groundbreaking talents. Their careers can inspire fellow-chefs and restaurant-owners with entrepreneurial, community-focused, and creative imprints.  Here are 5 female chefs that inspired our 2020 at Choco thanks to their positivity and dedication to work and success: RAVINDER BHOGAL   London-based Kenyan born chef Ravinder Bhogal is […]

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June 5, 2020

Portraits of Black Chefs and Personalities that Changed the Food Industry

#BlackLivesMatter. Portraits of Black Chefs that changed the food industry, starting with James and Peter Hemings (known as America’s first Black celebrity enslaved chefs) and followed by modern chef figures that are acting for changing the future of food. JAMES AND PETER HEMINGS Among Black Chefs and Personalities that Changed the Food Industry, James and […]

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June 4, 2020

Navigating COVID / Part 2 – Communicating With Customers

In Part 1, we gave some tips on how to optimize your menu and increase margins while capacity is low. Here, we will focus on tips for communicating with customers. The HEART checklist As practically every business struggles through Coronavirus, Harvard Business came up with a neat framework called “HEART”. You can use it to get ideas […]

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June 2, 2020

Navigating COVID / Part 1 – Redesigning your Menu for Better Margins

Restaurants are reopening, customers will be back on seats, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Redesigning your Menu for Better Margins. But even as restaurants open again, there’s still a big problem. Strict social-distancing rules, with tables at least 1.5m apart, are combined with shorter opening hours, so customers are limited to […]

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June 2, 2020

Why Berlin is The Place To Be for Local, Seasonal Food?

Think “Berlin”. You might have images of industrial chic, techno music and art. But there’s green beneath the gritty exterior. As any food-lover here will tell you, Berlin has a passion for fresh, local, seasonal produce, and it shows on menus or in grocery stores across the city. We’re into it for so many reasons. […]

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June 2, 2020

How to Optimize Menus for Re-opening your Restaurant – with Duc Nguyen

Duc Nguyen and his partner Hong Dao run several restaurants in Berlin, Münster, and Oldenburg, including Royals & Rice, Maison Han, Quà Phê, Sons Of Mana, Jabe Restaurant, and Yuzu Ramen. Duc took some time to talk to us about how he adapted while only offering takeout, and how to optimize menus for re-opening your […]

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May 29, 2020

Marketing a Restaurant: Strategies and Ideas to Promote your Business

Restaurant marketing ideas today is a jungle of social media platforms, promotion, and non-stop posting. An increasing amount of marketing choices in the world today can leave a small business owner overwhelmed when considering how to launch or relaunch a marketing campaign. Figuring out the best marketing plan for your restaurant will take some trial […]

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May 25, 2020

Finding New Customers for your Restaurant

Where to look and how to cultivate a dedicated following Building a loyal following is an essential part of establishing a legitimate restaurant. But like many other restaurant tasks, it’s easier said than done. Even when a loyal following is built, you should always be seeking to attract new customers and diversify your clientele. This […]

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May 22, 2020

Restaurant Management Tips: Succeed and Avoid Losses

Want to know the ins and outs of food delivery? Here’s a step-by-step outline of everything that managers and owners need to know about running….

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May 18, 2020

Menu Ideas and How to Make Them Work For Your Restaurant

t’s time to increase takeout sales for your restaurant! Learn about your food delivery options and see the impacts they can have on your business.

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May 18, 2020

Cost Of Goods Sold For Restaurants

We’ve outlined a few tried-and-true strategies to improve customer experience for existing customers as well as make a first great impression on new ones.

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May 18, 2020

How To Manage Restaurant Customer’s Online Reviews

Create extra restaurant revenue streams for your restaurant or business. We outlined exactly different strategies that can help increase revenue today!

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May 18, 2020
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