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Aug. 5, 2008  
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Access to Small, Short-Term Loans Critical for Working Families
from The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch
A new report by the Urban Institute finds that if payday advances are eliminated they "could be replaced by alternatives that make families even worse off. Researchers found that low-income working families need access to small loans, such as payday advances, to help weather bad patches. More

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Thriving Businesses
from KVEW-TV
The ACE Jewelry and Loan Store in Spokane, Wash., celebrated its tenth anniversary this month. The owner says 2008 continues to be one of its most profitable years ever. More

Local Pawn Shops Seeing More Customers
from Log Cabin Democrat
With months of high gas prices and other expenses putting the squeeze on consumers' wallets, more people are pawning their belongings to make it to their next paycheck. "Three or four years ago they'd bring in pretty good stuff and we'd pawn it. But now they're bringing in anything and everything," a Conway, Ark. pawn shop owner said. More

Pawn Shop Business Up
from WTVY-TV
You can sell your items or loan them out for collateral, and as desperate times call for desperate measures, many are walking through pawn shop doors. Aside from the normal flow of people hawking their belongings, now are getting rid of some of their equipment as well. More

Boom for Second-Hand Businesses
from San Mateo Daily Journal
Some shop owners are celebrating a sluggish economy as people looking for extra cash and bargains are paying more attention to pawn shops and second-hand stores. More

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Economy Keeps Pawn Shops Busy
from Ozarks First
It may be difficult to part with that gold necklace or your old guitar, but local pawn shop owners say they're seeing more customers do just that to make ends meet. Employees at pawn shops have seen it all - Everything from people selling off their grandfather's old coins to contractors calling up and asking for used tools. More

Energy to Be Less Taxing for Small Businesses in Mass.
from Boston Business Journal
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has developed a short, informational video to alert entrepreneurs and small business owners to the small business sales tax exemption for energy. The video explains the program in which small business owners with five or fewer employees and gross income less than $1 million can qualify for the sales tax exemption on their energy purchases. More

Price of Gas Takes Toll on Employee Loyalty
from Forbes
Rising fuel prices and worsening traffic are driving 26 percent of employees to consider changing jobs to improve their commutes, reports a study conducted by BusinessWeek Research Services (BWRS) and commissioned by TransitCenter, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides tax-free transit benefits as a means to promote mass transit use. More

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