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Pawnshop chain First Cash 3Q profit up 3 percent
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First Cash Financial Services Inc.'s third-quarter net income rose 3 percent as the company made more money from its pawnshops and fees and saw continued strength in Mexico. The pawnshop chain and payday lender earned $18.9 million, or 64 cents per share, in the three months ended on Sept. 30, compared with $18.4 million, or 59 cents per share, in the prior-year period. More

YouTube changes video ranking, emphasizes engagement
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Entrepreneurs and small business owners have been told for quite some time about the importance of video in the marketing mix. At one time, getting someone to click on your video might have been enough, and video content did certainly help your Website in search results. But increasingly, the amount of time visitors spend watching your video or the degree to which your video engages them is gaining additional importance. Attention grabbing may no longer be sufficient. As online video becomes more important, holding your viewers attention is what really counts. More

Robbers use axe and stun gun in pawnbrokers hold up
Birmingham Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Armed robbers struck at a Black Country, Ala., pawnbrokers in a lunchtime raid and threatened staff with an axe and stun gun. Two masked offenders rushed into Bilston Cash Centre and escaped with tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery as well as a significant quantity of cash. More

Gold higher as US consumer prices rise, dollar drops
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Gold rose to snap two days of hefty losses lifted by a broad dollar drop and by data showing U.S. consumer prices climbed but not enough to derail the Federal Reserve's ultra-easy monetary policy. The metal rebounded from a one-month low, after U.S. Labor Department said U.S. Consumer Price Index climbed 0.6 percent in September, matching analysts' expectations and August's reading. Solid gains in U.S. equities also underpinned bullion. More

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LinkedIn updates its look, adds new features
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
LinkedIn currently has more than 175 million members, with 50 million of those members joining the service in just the past year alone. To put that growth in perspective, in 2009, LinkedIn had just 32 million people. The company announced the next-generation of the service, and updated look and feel for the service that it is calling "The New LinkedIn." The update, includes a new look to profile pages, new features and updated versions of the the LinkedIn apps. More

Attempted shoplifter discovers pawnshop employee in North Miami also is armed
The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jeffrey D. Moore probably thought a local pawn store employee would back off when told he had a gun. The pawn store employee was armed too. There was a tussle, a shot and suddenly Moore, 20, was the one running away. More

Want success? Love to sell
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The most successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople share a single, essential characteristic: They're good at selling. No idea, expertise, product or service ever became successful without somebody selling it to investors, peers, employees and customers. A powerful and essential secret to become a great salesperson — and therefore successful in whatever you do — is to enjoy selling. More

Birmingham City Council in Alabama extends ban on new payday lending, title pawnshops    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It will be at least eight more months before new payday lending and title pawn businesses are allowed to open in Birmingham, Ala., following the City Council's vote to extend a moratorium on the industry's expansion. More

Do your employees make you a better manager?
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Successful leaders and managers alike constantly stress the importance of developing their employees. But do they appropriately recognize the importance of how their employees might develop them? One of the world's top coaches thinks not. While chatting about "coachability" with Sir Clive Woodward — who had coached England's world champion rugby team and served as Director of Elite Performance for the wildly overachieving British Olympic team — he casually observed that, in reality, the best athletes he had invariably improved his abilities as a coach. More

How to run a meeting
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Nadine Katz goes to a lot of meetings. Some of them last so long the participants have to order in food or switch rooms. Ten years ago Katz, who is senior associate dean, professor and director of medical education in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, decided she'd try to figure out how to make those endless meetings more efficient. More

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