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Sports trading cards head into the digital age
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sports trading cards are going beyond cardboard into the digital age. Here's a nod to the pluses and minuses of the traditional cards we've sorted, stored, treasured and tossed. The Topps Company, long known for sports cards and Bazooka bubble gum, announced it is launching a new (free) pro football iPhone app: Topps HUDDLE. More

3rd pawnshop to open in East Providence, RI
East Providence Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
East Providence, R.I., is getting a third pawnshop. According to owner Rocky Baldelli, the store should open by Thanksgiving: "That's if everything falls in line by that date." More

A question of value: Bringing banks to the unbanked
Knowledge@Wharton    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One-fourth of all Americans households are not maximizing their banks' services — or going to a bank at all — choosing instead to use such substitutes as check cashers, payday lenders and refund anticipation loans. Although these 34 million households are ostensibly on the radar of banks that could gain them as customers, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) second biennial "National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households"indicates that the number of these consumers has actually increased since 2009. More

Silver skull adds bite to Norfolk, England, pawnshop cocktail
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Almost like the plot from an Indiana Jones movie a life-size skull fashioned out of silver has turned up at a Norfolk, England, pawnbrokers shop. The skull was taken into Smiths jewellery and pawnshop in North Walsham Market Place by a local sculptor and whitesmith who works in light-coloured metals, and now gives a hollow-socketed stare at surprised passing shoppers well ahead of Halloween. More

A Virginia county to discuss pawn data change
Martinsville Bulletin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An ordinance to expedite data collected by Martinsville, Va., pawnshops and scrap metal recyclers will be among the issues discussed by the Henry County Board of Supervisors. The ordinance is aimed at helping to identify possibly stolen items through an online system now used by the Henry County Sheriff's Office. More

5 tips to build your small-business network
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The process of starting a new business can be very overwhelming, but one thing that doesn't have to be is building your referral network. It can be your most powerful source of new business and increased revenue and a critical piece of your small business identity. More

Oceanside, Calif., pawnshop OK with conditions
The Coast News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of working to clean up its city's image, Oceanside City Council in California approved a second downtown pawnshop in a 4-1 vote. Council granted approval of a Conditional Use Permit and Regular Coastal Permit to Oceanside Jewelers with the understanding that the store would not operate as a typical pawnshop. More

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Gary, Ind., council adopts regulations for 'cash for gold,' pawnshops
The Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The City Council adopted an ordinance enforcing stricter regulations for "cash for gold" businesses, scrap dealers and pawnbrokers in Gary, Ind. Because of a rather high burglary rate in the city, the Police Department wants to crack down on pawnshops to slow the flow of stolen merchandise. More

MoneyGram-PayPal deal to open online shopping to the unbanked
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
MoneyGram International announced a deal with PayPal on Monday that will allow customers of the online-payment service to load and withdraw money at storefronts operated by the Dallas money transfer company. The deal marries MoneyGram's more than 284,000 brick-and-mortar locations in the United States and abroad with PayPal's online-payment capabilities. 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. More

Curb time 'savers' that only slow you down
USA Weekend    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feeling overwhelmed is like placing yourself in a pressure cooker — there's always a boiling point. Laura Stack, productivity expert and author of What to Do When There's Too Much to Do, identifies two seemingly helpful areas that may be preventing you from organizing your life around tasks that really matter. More

Chicago's South-side residents fend off pawnshop plan
Chicago Reader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the fight between the people and the pawnshop, the people have won. "The applicant has withdrawn the application," a Chicago official announced at a meeting of the zoning board of appeals — meaning that a proposal to build a new Cash America pawnshop on a vacant lot was dead, at least for the time being. More

6 social media marketing mistakes to avoid
The Ragan Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Because nearly everyone nowadays seems to have at least one social media account, many businesses have embraced social media as a way to connect with more people — customers and prospects — and to drive promotions. More

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