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Hurricane Sandy hammers small businesses: How to prepare for the next disaster
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Residents on the East Coast of the U.S. continue cleaning up following Hurricane Sandy, and small businesses have been especially hard hit. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are used to the unexpected, and it doesn't take a hurricane to disrupt your business operations. Here's an update of how small businesses have been affected by this particular disaster and more about how your business can stay prepared for the unexpected emergency. More

NPA updates copyright case before high court
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You may have seen recent news reports of a case coming before the U. S. Supreme Court concerning interpretations of the Copyright Act with respect to the resale of second-hand goods, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. In a continued effort to keep National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) members apprised of legal and regulatory events that may, or may not, affect the pawn industry, the association hopes the following information will be of benefit to you. More
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US Supreme Court grapples with copyright law and the resale trade (Fox Business)

James City, Va., eyes pawnshops
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After someone asked the county about opening a pawnshop at Olde Towne Shopping Center in James City, Va., the acting Zoning administrator said it's allowed. The operation mentioned no firearm sales, so the request was treated like a regular retail store that's permitted in a Limited Business District, according to a staff memo. More

Factors to keep in mind when choosing a fine watch
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All types of jewelry can serve as accessories to your ensemble. But only one type of jewelry helps you stay on schedule while also complementing your outfit: a fine watch. If you want to do some watch buying, you can prepare by learning what to look for in your new timepiece. Keep these factors in mind during your search to find the perfect watch. More

Gold producers climbing off 28-year low versus metal
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Barrick Gold Corp. and other bullion producers are climbing from 28-year lows relative to the metal as they tame costs, raise cash flow and beat profit estimates. Share-valuation measures have improved since mid-year, suggesting a return of optimism regarding the sector, Kenneth Hoffman, a Bloomberg Industries analyst, said in an Oct. 29 report. More

Workplace dos and dont's for election week
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With an important election just days away, emotions are running high. Here is a handy guide to print and post in your office or workplace to keep things civil. Dayna Steele’s personal advice: Never talk about politics, religion or cats — you will always drive away half of your fans. More

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'Pawn Stars' to make guest spot on 'iCarly'
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"iCarly" only has three episodes left to go and Nickelodeon has some big plans to close out the series with. The upcoming Nov. 3 episode will have the stars of "Pawn Stars," which include Rick Harrison, Cory Harrison and Chumlee. The episode will be called "iLost My Head In Vegas" (or iPawn Stars), which suggest that the episode will be Vegas themed. More

Don't be tricked into applying for an online payday loan
Los Angeles Times (clumn)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The envelope looked official enough. "Confidential materials enclosed," it said on the outside. "Unauthorized use strictly prohibited." Evelyn Potter, 81, could feel something the size of a credit card within. Opening the envelope, she found a plastic card with her name and a "reservation number" printed on it. The card invited her to "get up to $500 in your checking account by tomorrow." More

Ammo tax plan shot down in Cook County, Ill.
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A proposed 5-cent tax on every bullet sold in Cook County, Ill., has been dropped by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The ammo tax will not be in next year’s proposed county budget after all, Preckwinkle announced Wednesday, but she will retain the planned $25 tax on all firearms sales. More

How to take advantage of the video-marketing boom
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In a few previous articles, Kerrin Sheldon, co-founder of Humanity.TV, laid out the trends and approaches that will make online video one of the big forthcoming movements in content and video marketing. As this demand grows, there will need to be suppliers — suppliers who are looking to approach this new trend in a creative fashion and are ready when the calls start coming. More

West Chicago ordinance regulates gold-buying operations
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Retail businesses that buy gold and other precious metals will have to pay a new fee to West Chicago and participate in a records management system as of today (Nov. 1), regulations designed to stem the sale of stolen goods, but just another expense to some store owners. The ordinance affects eight West Chicago businesses, including a pawnbroker that is licensed by the state of Illinois. More

What to do every day before you get to work    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When you're in charge, it can be tough to get feedback from the people you most need to hear from: your employees. So while you can keep your door open, constantly ask for ideas, hold lots of meetings, be accessible and approachable — basically do everything you possibly can to get feedback — sometimes there's only person you can count on to tell the unvarnished truth: you. More

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