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National Pawnbrokers Association names Ric Blum of Ohio Loan Co. Pawnbroker of the Year
National Pawnbrokers Association
The National Pawnbrokers Association, the leading trade association representing the pawn industry, is pleased to announce that Ric Blum of Ohio Loan Co. in Dayton, Ohio, is the recipient this year’s Pawnbroker of the Year Award. A member of the National Pawnbrokers Association since 1990, Ric Blum is a visionary leader whose tireless commitment and dedication have helped strengthen the pawn industry. He has served on the Board of Directors, the Board of Governors, and as Secretary/Treasurer, and he continues to offer support through contributions to industry publications, participation in fundraising events, and community outreach.
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National Pawnbrokers Association awards Bob Frimet of RMF Consulting Group, Inc. Industry Partner of the Year (National Pawnbrokers Association)




DC gentrification: As told by a pawnshop
The Huffington Post
This pawnshop was established in 1936 and sits on the same strip that is now also home to a crêperie, multiple gyms, restaurants modeled after les grands cafés parisiens, an oyster bar, two Spanish wine bars and numerous other emblems of yuppiedom — yes, even Whole Foods. With its garage door front and barred windows, Crown Pawn Brokers stands out like a sore thumb amidst gentrified opulence. But if any proprietor has earned the right to be here in Washington, D.C., it may very well be the family that started the shop 78 years ago in the midst of the Great Depression.
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Nationwide property search tool breaks $40,000 burglary case
WSBT-TV
The South Bend Police Department in Indiana was alerted to a residential burglary in our city. The suspect(s) had broken in and stolen over $40,000 worth of musical equipment from the home while the resident was out of town. The victim had specific detail pertaining to the stolen property and area pawn shops were checked with no avail.
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Why are 40 million Americans unbanked?
McClatchy-Tribune News Service via Great Falls Tribune
Access to a bank account is a liberty enjoyed by many Americans. People can freely choose whether to allocate the money necessary to have an account. If they don't want to pay — or cannot pay — the going price for having a bank account, they don't. It's that simple. This price gives zero weight to any demographic dimension. So, why are 40 million Americans currently unbanked?
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Gold prices rise as clashes erupt in Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. The Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

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MIT nanocrystals can use your iPhone to ID fake money and drugs
Fast Company
Most of us know the Secret Service as the black-suited organization employed to protect the President. But in reality, the service was created toward the end of the Civil War, before Lincoln was assassinated, to crack down on counterfeit currency. Because up to a third of all money at the time was counterfeit.

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Should you disclose that a diamond's a trade-in?
JCK magazine
We have heard a lot lately about recycled diamonds. At an informative discussion on trade-ins last week at the American Gem Society Conclave (ably summarized here), a retailer raised a loaded question: Must a jeweler disclose to a consumer if a diamond, or piece of jewelry, is pre-owned?

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Pawnshops: Lender of last resort
St. George Daily Spectrum
The best reason to have emergency savings can be summed up in two words: pawnshops. If something happens and you have savings, you dip into it to solve your problem, and later build it up again. But if you don't have savings and can't arrange a bank loan to get you through the emergency, you may be forced to go to an alternate money source — like a pawnshop.
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'Pawnography' review: Same old 'Pawn Stars,' new game show
Newsday
Out from behind the counter and into a TV studio with host comic Christopher Titus, the guys match trivia wits with two challengers eager to win some of Rick's shop stash — vintage pinball machine, NBA championship ring, Soviet high-altitude suit.
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#Hashtagging 101: 4 guidelines for small businesses
Business News Daily
It's rare to see a modern social media marketing campaign that doesn't make use of a branded hashtag. What was once just a way to organize topics on Twitter has become a ubiquitous method of curating conversations and brand mentions across a number of sites, including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr.
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Thieves smash into Indianapolis pawnshop for guns
The Indianapolis Star
Suspects used a stolen vehicle to smash through the metal security gate of an Indianapolis pawnshop in an effort to steal guns. Police arrested one suspect and were looking for another after the attempted heist of Dock Brothers Pawn Shop.
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Microsoft cuts prices on Surface Pro 2 tablets
Small Business Trends
Microsoft is cutting the prices on its Surface Pro 2 devices just before the arrival of Surface Pro 3. The new device, the third iteration of Microsoft's tablet/PC hybrid can be ordered now but is expected to ship in August. Microsoft has reduced the price of its 64 GB machine from $899 to $799 and the price of its 512 GB machine from $1,799 to $1,599.
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7 key elements of a workplace investigation
By D. Albert Brannen
Many issues that arise in the workplace require employers to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation. Among other things, employers should investigate allegations or reports of theft, fraud, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, workplace violence or threats, substance abuse, security breaches, inappropriate use of the employer's computers or other property, or other types of misconduct or poor performance.
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Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they've pawned
Mediabistro
Two members of Detroit's Gold family, the stars of truTV's hit reality show Hardcore Pawn, recently made a swing through New York City. We asked Father Les and daughter Ashley about some of the weirdest stuff they’ve seen people sell for quick cash.
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