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Gold and silver: Counterfeit vs. Counter-fiat
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After having previously been found outside of the United States, tungsten filled gold bars have now apparently been making the rounds in Manhattan. Tungsten is a relatively cheap and readily available metal compared to precious gold. Furthermore, it seems that such counterfeit bars can fool even experts and reputable dealers due to the very close density of metallic tungsten relative to gold. Specifically, tungsten has a density of 19.25 grams per cubic centimeter, while gold has a density of 19.3 grams per cubic centimeter. More

'Stocking up' on guns before election
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At Howard's Pawn shop in Macon, Ga., owner Howard Reed says it's all about "faith, family, and firearms." And with the presidential election only a month away, Reed has aired ads on the radio for his pawn shop encouraging people to "stock up" on guns before November. "We were merely reminding people of the way our industry was affected before, and our ad is entirely to encourage people to come get products while we have them." More

How to get customers to trust you
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Years ago, small businesses wanted to appear large so customers would trust them. They produced fancy stationery and secured a respectable business address. This has all changed with the Internet, where customers value the human voice. Now every business wants to appear small and provide personal service to its customers. More

7 credit card blunders that could hurt any small business
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Making it as a small-business owner is tough. The oft-repeated survival statistics: Only about a third of startups survive to celebrate their 10th anniversary, according to U.S. Census Bureau and Labor Department data, and only a quarter last until their 15th. There are many ways to increase your company's survival odds, but one of the easiest is to control your use of credit-card debt. Too often, entrepreneurs don't make the best use of their accounts and end up hurting their businesses. Here are seven of the most common credit-card slipups to avoid. More

McHenry, Ill., cuts time to 10 days for pawnshops to hold gold
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Pawnshops and other "cash for gold" businesses no longer are required to hold gold and other precious metals on site for 30 days in McHenry, Ill. The City Council reduced the waiting period to 10 days. In November, the city adopted an ordinance to regulate pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers, aiming to tackle theft and recover stolen goods being sold for cash. More

Google releases new site full of resources for entrepreneurs
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Google released a new site recently aimed at helping entrepreneurs and small businesses. Google for Entrepreneurs is basically a site that brings together all of Google's programs and partnerships that could possibly benefit startups or entrepreneurs. More

Tweet your way to better customer service
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While many businesses use Twitter to provide information to their customers and other followers, Twitter can also be a great way to increase your customer connections. Many companies are now using Twitter for product questions, service requests and even responding to complaints. In addition to the relationship you build with the person you are tweeting with, you are also creating an indirect connection with the other followers. More

Pawngo unveils new website as destination for financial and pawning advice
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Pawngo announced the launch of its new and improved website. In an effort to create a more trustworthy and user-friendly experience, Pawngo's overhaul brings with it the tools designed to give customers in-depth information behind pawning and personal finance. More

6 ways successful teams are built to last
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It takes great leadership to build great teams. Leaders who are not afraid to correct course, make the difficult decisions and establish standards of performance that are constantly being met — and improving at all times. Whether in the workplace, professional sports or your local community, team building requires a keen understanding of people, their strengths and what gets them excited to work with others. More
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