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Braswell & Son Pawnbrokers: Investing in people pays off
Arkansas Business
Editorial Comment: NPA Member Braswell & Son Pawnbrokers was recently recognized as a winner in the "2015 Arkansas Best Places to Work", an award given annually by the Arkansas Times.

"More than a pawnshop." That's the motto under which Braswell & Son Pawnbrokers in Central Arkansas has operated since opening in 1979. The team there has certainly made a name for themselves by working to provide a professional and enjoyable environment for their customers, considering much of their business comes from recommendations, but it doesn't stop there.
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Norwalk, Connecticut, pawnshop invests in employees
Norwalk Patch
Alexander DeLucia and the team at A Yankee Peddler and Loan, the well known, family owned pawnshop located in Norwalk, Connecticut, are making important training investments in order to enhance customer service at their third year anniversary. "My son and partner Matt Luczak will be taking a Diamond Grading class sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America in New York. Josh Bryant, our newest hire, will be joining Matt in attending the Luxury or Lie Workshop sponsored by the National Association of Clock & Watch Collectors to enhance our ability to provide more money, more quickly on quality timepieces," says Alexander DeLucia.
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FDIC, Fed must face payday lenders' 'Choke Point' Lawsuit
U.S. banking regulators must defend a lawsuit brought by the Community Financial Services Association of America Ltd., the main payday-lending trade group, accusing them of applying "back-room pressure" on banks to stop serving its members. A federal judge refused to dismiss the suit against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington threw out some claims while allowing others to go forward.
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    Customers want wedding rings back after pawnshops in North Carolina close suddenly
    A pawn hop company filed for bankruptcy several weeks ago and closed its two Charlotte, North Carolina, locations. Former employees said as many as 200 customers at iPawn and Freedom Jewelry may be caught in the middle.
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    Florida man charged with pawning amp he stole from pawnshop
    The Associated Press via Orlando Sentinel
    Authorities say a man in Marion County, Florida, who managed to pawn an amplifier he had just taken off a shelf at the pawnshop went back to the same store the next day and stole a leaf blower. Ocala police say 38-year-old Daniel Claudio Jr. was arrested and charged with dealing in stolen property, fraud, retail theft and petit theft.
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    Pawnshop burglar caught on camera in Floresville, Texas
    Police in Floresville, Texas, are seeking the public's help in identifying a man caught on surveillance video burglarizing a pawnshop. The male suspect was caught on camera at 1:30 a.m. Sept. 14. He is accused of breaking into a storage garage at a local pawnshop.
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    Remember Google Glass? A revival is being planned
    Small Business Trends
    Despite Google's failure to hit the bull's eye on its first run with the Google Glass project, the tech giant doesn't seem ready to give up on the project. At least, not yet. For those who are hearing about the device for the first time, Google Glass is a wearable computer that gives users hands-free access to a number of smartphone features. The device features a speaker, a microphone, a camera and a battery and it's worn like a pair of eyeglasses.
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