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2011 Pawn Expo June 14-16, Caesars Palace
in Las Vegas, Nev.

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The National Pawnbrokers Association Convention PAWN EXPO 2011 is the most comprehensive gathering of educational speakers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers in the industry. It is a tremendous opportunity to grow your business, ask questions, learn from experts, and network with fellow pawnbrokers from across the country.

Bill Rancic, first-season winner of The Apprentice on NBC, is the General Session's keynote speaker. Several years after his introduction to America as Donald Trump's original Apprentice, Rancic continues his commitment to entrepreneurship throughout the country. Today, he is building businesses, seizing opportunities and sharing his views on how to succeed in business and in life.

Please click here to register for Pawn Expo by downloading the registration form.

Gold rush hits Indiana amid economic unrest
The Associated Press via Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why would the recent unrest in Libya and the Middle East prompt a Lafayette, Ind.-area resident to sell an old pair of silver candlestick holders? Simple, says David Hummels, an economics professor at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management. The political unrest 5,000 miles away is contributing to the steady rise in gold and silver prices seen in Indiana jewelry and pawnshops. More

Officials rethink Asheville, NC, pawnbroker rules
The Asheville Citizen-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Asheville, N.C., officials have backed off a proposed new rule for pawnbrokers after antique dealers and others who sell secondhand goods said the rules would hurt their businesses. A city attorney and other officials now say they plan to hold a public meeting following push-back from owners of secondhand sporting goods and antique malls over the ordinance requiring purchases be entered into a national database. More

Northern Kentucky county weighs 'tag and hold' requirement for copper as theft prevention
The Associated Press via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A northern Kentucky county is weighing requiring pawnshops and other resale businesses to "tag and hold" any copper or precious metals they purchase as a theft prevention measure. The Kenton County Fiscal Court will vote on an ordinance that would also require buyers to have an ID and photograph sellers and their items. More
Related story:  Pawnshop owner sentenced to nearly 4 years in plot to launder money from stolen goods (The Associated Press via The Republic)


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County in West Virginia considers pawnshop law
The Charleston Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kanawha County, W. Va., officials are considering an ordinance that requires the owners of pawnshops and scrap yards to turn over serial numbers and other information to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Authorities said that the ordinance is necessary to help track down people trying to sell stolen merchandise at pawnshops and secondhand stores, and stolen metal at scrap yards. More

EZcorp teams with Rev Worldwide on new services
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
EZcorp Inc., the Austin, Texas-based pawnshop and payday lending chain, will work with Rev Worldwide to develop new services for customers. Rev was founded in 2008 by Roy and Bertrand Sosa, the brothers who earlier founded NetSpend Inc., a leading prepaid debit card provider. More

How to handle a tax audit
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's nothing that strikes fear into the heart of a small business owner like getting an audit notice. The chance of being audited in any given year is small: About 1 percent of 2008 taxable returns were audited, according to the latest available IRS statistics. But self-employed individuals and small business owners are more likely to be audited than employed persons, particularly if they report adjusted gross income of more than $100,000. More

Wayland, Mass., gumshoes bristle over toothbrush bandits
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Apparently even criminals know the importance of good oral hygiene. Police in Wayland, Mass., are investigating the curious case of a trio of suspected shoplifters and their getaway driver who brushed nearly $1,400 worth of electric toothbrushes off the shelves of a local CVS. "They're high ticket items, and you can get rid of them at pawnshops or flea markets," Detective Sgt. Jamie Berger said. More

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'Pawn Star' Rick Harrison to Speak at GIA's Symposium    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rick Harrison of the History Channel's series "Pawn Stars," will be a speaker at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)'s Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science and Business of Gems, which will take place from May 29 to May 30 at the Institute's headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. More

Mayors say: Tighten rules on gun sales
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It doesn't take much more than cash to buy a weapon from an unlicensed dealer at a gun show in Minnesota, a fact known to seasoned gun buyers and proven by activists' hidden-camera videos. Yet most people assume the state's rules on background checks for gun purchases would prevent that, said Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. … Fixing that loophole in Minnesota and elsewhere, while tightening the federal background check system, is the focus of a national Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign that stopped recently at Minneapolis City Hall. More

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