The business world is competitive and marketing is everything. Promoting your store is crucial to drawing in consumers and developing your reputation. Advertising and marketing don’t always have to put a strain on your budget; there are cost efficient ways of promoting your store that can really make a difference in your consumer relations.

New data support the notion that, while all consumers may not care about their personal health, they are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the products they buy.

Enough is enough, already, with the technological advances. Let me rephrase that: Enough with the technological advances that make us lazy and blunt our mental acuity. Hear me out on this one before you throw your iPad at me. Gadgets that make life more efficient or safer or greener can be things of wonder. But, there are times when a step forward in technology means a step backward in our understanding of how things work.

Bridgewater, NJNational Starch, based here, completed a study indicating its Hi-maize resistant starch could benefit those with prediabetes.

New York, NY—Researchers based at the University of Utah Brain Institute have collected data they believe supports the use of a branded citicoline (Cognizin from Kyowa Hakko, based here) for improving attention.

Rockville, MD—Companies will now have an easier time finding information about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facility inspections and court actions.

Washington, D.C.—It’s déjà vu for hemp supporters as a bill supporting hemp farming in the United States has been reintroduced in Congress. If passed, the bill would end a 50+-year ban on hemp farming.

Rockville, MD—If the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations has its way, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have less cash in fiscal year 2012.

Austin, TX—Continuing an upward trend apparent since 2003, sales of herbal supplements grew in 2010, according to a report published in the HerbalGram (published by the American Botanical Council). 2010 herb sales were $5.2 billion, marking a 3.3% increase over 2009 figures.