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Cashing in over the counter in Shanghai
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There have been pawnbrokers and pawnshops in China for many hundreds of years and they have been praised and reviled at different times. At present business seems to be booming. According to the Shanghai Pawn Trade Association, the city had 201 pawn companies with 260 outlets at the end of 2011. They handled business worth 48.24 billion yuan ($7.65 billion) in the past year, a year-on-year increase of 41 percent. It was the fifth straight year that the pawn business in the city had recorded a significant growth. More



Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Which is better for business?
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When Apple announced the latest version of its popular smartphone, the iPhone 5, CEO Tim Cook proclaimed that their new device was the best iPhone the company has ever made. But is it the best phone on the market right now for business owners? More

Pawnbroker Albemarle and Bond to slow expansion
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Pawnbroker Albemarle and Bond has said it will open fewer new stores this year due to worsening market conditions. It plans to open just five this financial year, compared with the 25 it opened in the 2011-12 financial year. The chain currently has 234 outlets. More

Getting started with Twitter ads for small business
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Are you among the one-third of small businesses in the U.S. using Twitter to promote your products and services? If so, you're on the right track: Research from digital intelligence firm Compete shows Twitter followers are more than 60 percent more likely to visit your website and more than 50 percent more likely to make a purchase and recommend your company. More

6 mobile apps for recognizing and rewarding employees
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Recognizing your employees' good work can not only boost morale, but also increase productivity, encourage collaboration, and reduce staff turnover. You could opt for traditional rewards, such as VIP parking spaces and employee-of-the-month plaques. Or you could take the more modern approach of using an employee-recognition app to give kudos. These mobile apps are often free or low-cost, providing you with a cost-effective, cutting-edge way to dole out virtual pats on the back. More

Massachusetts community police chief wants amendment to pawnshop bylaw
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With a new business in town that is buying gold, Somerset Police Chief Joseph Ferreira told the selectmen that he wants to amend a town bylaw having to do with pawnbrokers in this Massachusetts community. Ferreira said that police search pawnshops for stolen goods, so he wants those that buy gold to take photographs of the items they are buying, as well as the people they are buying them from. More

5 scary mistakes to avoid on Facebook
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Most small-business owners know they need to be on Facebook, but it's not always as simple as it sounds. A Facebook page requires not only hard work to achieve social media goals, but also care to avoid making a blunder that could hurt a company's reputation, among other scary consequences. The following are five mistakes to avoid when engaging with customers on the world's largest social network. More

High-end pawnshop and resource for selling valuables opens Manhattan, NY, office
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Madison Avenue Loan company, ahigh-end collateral lender (pawnshop) and resource for selling unwanted or unused jewelry, diamonds, watches and other valuables, announces the opening of their new Manhattan, N.Y., office. More

10 reasons people resist change
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Leadership is about change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance in each situation and then strategize around them. Here are the ten I've found to be the most common. More

Why good employees do bad things
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The potential costs of unethical behavior are extremely high. It can badly hurt a company's reputation — and sometimes can end in a lawsuit. In the new white-paper "Why Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things: 52 Reflections On Ethics At Work," Rotterdam School of Management professor Muel Kaptein explores the behavioral and psychological reasons why people step over the line. Here are a few of his key insights on how lapses occur, and what businesses can do to promote a more ethical culture. More
 
 
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