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The simplistic brilliance of 'Pawn Stars'
Gene Marks is the featured Keynote Speaker at Pawn Expo 2013!
Inc.

Hundreds of channels, countless TV shows, and for some reason I keep finding myself drawn to the Pawn Stars on the History Channel, writes Gene Marks, a small business columnist and keynote speaker at the National Pawnbrokers Association's 2013 Pawn Expo. Why do I find a show about a Las Vegas based pawn brokerage so interesting? It's Rick Harrison, the store's owner and the show's hero. I know why I connect with Rick. He's very familiar to me. He's like many small business owners my age. He's stuck between generations. Lurking behind every transaction (and with a twinkle in his eye) is the "Old Man." Make no mistake about it, the Old Man is keeping a watchful eye over things and Rick takes great comfort from having him around.
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Pawnshop owner is a dark horse to watch in San Antonio City Council race
San Antonio Express-News
For those keeping score at home, here's how to pick out Shirley Gonzales from the six-candidate field currently jostling for the District 5 City Council seat. She's the only woman; she's the only Iron Man Triathlon competitor; and she's the only pawnshop owner. Gonzales, 40, is also a serious dark-horse threat for David Medina's seat.
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Talk of new gun laws triggers huge demand for ammunition; firearms dealers can't keep enough ammo in stock
The Republican
Phil Marcil, general manager of Guns Inc. in West Springfield, Mass., said he has never seen anything like it in his 15 years on the job. The closest parallel he can think of occurred in the 1970s during the gas crisis. "People would wait in line for hours to buy 10 gallons of gas," he said. "It's the same thing." Only this time, instead of gas, it's ammunition.
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'By the grace of God': How workers survive on $7.25 per hour
NBC News
Crystal Dupont knows what it's like to try to live on the federal minimum wage. Dupont has no health insurance, so she hasn’t seen a doctor in two years. She's behind on her car payments and has taken out pawnshop and payday loans to cover other monthly expenses. She eats beans and oatmeal when her food budget gets low.
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Pistol Annie's becomes site of proposed reality show
Bonney Lake and Sumner Courier-Herald
Firearms customers who stepped into Pistol Annie's Jewelry & Pawn on Feb. 25 found themselves staring down the business end of something that can be even more intimidating than a gun: a camera. The still-fresh pawnshop in Bonney Lake, Wash., co-owned by Melissa Denny and Jennifer Andrews, was the site of taping for a reality television pilot produced by the BHf Films, the company behind upcoming unemployment documentary "Not Working." Viewers familiar with similar reality shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Hardcore Pawn" know they focus on the (slightly dramatized) day-to-day business of pawn shops, set in front of the backdrops of Las Vegas and Detroit, respectively. So will Bonney Lake become a hot, new prime time locale?
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Houston pawnshop robbery caught on camera, suspects at large
KTRK-TV
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Houston police are searching for two men who held up a pawnshop at gunpoint. The incident was caught on camera. It happened just before 11 a.m. at the Cash America. Surveillance video from inside the shop shows one suspect brazenly leap over the counter and confront employees.

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The 7 stages of small business success
Small Business Trends
With 28 million small businesses in the U.S., it's hard to be a member of planet earth and not have a personal connection to small business. Small businesses play a critical role in the economy, making them a hot topic of discussion. What's the problem if everyone is talking about small business?
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Sturm, Ruger profits soar on strong gun sales
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The Southport, Conn.-based company said it earned $1 per share on sales of $141.8 million in the final three months of 2012. Analysts were looking for earnings of 82 cents per share and sales of $122 million.

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New Nevada law proposes tax on gun sales to fund mental health
KTNV-TV
He's taking aim and ready to fire. Democratic Majority Leader William Horne is proposing new gun laws for Nevadans this legislative session.

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Gilmer, Texas, to sell weapons stash to pawnshop
Longview News-Journal
It might have been a haul from a medieval battlefield. Six battle axes, 60 swords, five buck knives, eight spears, three clubs and a mace were among the weapons awarded to the city of Gilmer, Texas, by the Upshur County District Court after what police said were repeated incidents with the items' owner.

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Assailant attacks 70-year old pawnshop owner in Georgia
WALB-TV
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Claude Shirley, 70, is back at work, but still dealing with nine stitches in the back of his mouth, four stitches to the back of his head and a concussion. "It made me pretty mad. I was actually gone from the store when it happened and my dad is 70 years old. For somebody to do that to a senior citizen is pretty bad," said Shirley's son Ryan. Investigators say the assailant was arguing with Claude Shirley over the price of a Rolex before they both walked outside and Shirley was punched.

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Facebook used by pawnshop owner in hunt for theft suspects
The Portland Daily Sun
Mike Fink, owner of Guitar Grave pawnshop in Portland, Maine, has become a devoted fan of Facebook, now that his friends on the social-networking site helped identify what he believes are suspects in a theft from his shop. "I'm all into Facebook now, I used to think it was a waste of time, but now I check it every day," Fink said.
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How to provide more benefits without busting the bank
Entrepreneur
Providing benefits that meet employee needs and mesh with all the laws isn't cheap. Benefits probably add 30 to 40 percent to base pay for most employees. That makes it crucial to get the most from these dollars. But this is exactly where many small business fall short, because often their approach to benefits is riddled with costly errors that can get them in financial trouble with their insurers or even with their own employees.
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