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6 small business tax changes for 2012
Investopedia via The San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The tax laws change every year. The IRS has made headway by providing plain-English explanations on its website, but understanding these changes is no easy task for the small business owner who doesn't routinely read up on tax law. Many of the changes are routine. The IRS annually reviews and adjusts deduction and tax credit limits based on inflation rates and other economic data. Other changes result from legislation often passed many years prior. Here are a few of the changes to tax laws that may affect small business owners when they file in early 2013. More

What to expect when pawning an item
Gem Pawnbrokers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyone could benefit from some financial assistance from time to time. This is why pawnshops make it so easy to get a loan! Bringing a valuable item to a pawnshop will allow you to use this item as collateral, providing you with a loan that offers the financial assistance you need. If you are getting ready to pawn an item with Gem Pawnbrokers, read this guide to learn more about what to expect. More

'Hardcore Pawn' Appraises 'GMA' audience member's ring to be worth $26,000
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Good Morning America" told viewers to bring their potentially-valuable family heirlooms to Monday's show so the stars of truTV's "Hardcore Pawn" could appraise them in a segment called "So Not Junk." Les Gold and Ashley Broad were there to do the appraising. First up was a pocket watch given to a man by his grandfather. Even though it wasn't in working condition, they valued it at $4,000. If the watch was ticking, it would have been worth more than double that. More

There is more to enamel dials than a pretty face
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Precision tools, good eyesight, patience and a steady hand. Those might sound like the typical requirements of a watchmaker, but more so they are the traits needed by the finest enamellers in the trade – those who are adding decorative flourishes to a raft of luxury watches through exquisite handiwork that showcases brilliant colors and playful scenes. More

Is social media bad for business?
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Social media does have a powerful amplifying effect. But just like any technology, it can be used for good or evil. The key is building the right social strategy for your brand. It's not a "one size fits all" marketing solution. It has to be adopted in strategic, tailored ways. More

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Buzzwords do not benefit the unbanked
American Banker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The release of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s 2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households triggered a new wave of discussions about the financial needs of consumers without bank accounts. Sadly, the discussions are laden with buzzwords that affluent people use to describe how less-affluent people should conduct their financial affairs. More

Albany County, NY, lawmakers pass pawnshop measure
WXXA-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Albany County lawmakers in New York have debated the so-called pawnshop law for months and voted to pass it by a vote of 20 to 14, despite unanimous opposition during public comment from those who say it is intrusive to businesses and their customers. One by one, more than ten people stepped to the front of the Albany County Legislature's meeting to speak against the law. It would require second-hand dealers to get personal information from customers in order to ostensibly solve crimes involving stolen property. More

History Channel launches new website
Broadway World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
History Channel continues its brand expansion across digital platforms with the launch of – a new website portal where fans of the television series, "Pawn Stars", can pawn items via Pawngo, watch episodes of "Pawn Stars", play the hugely popular "Pawn Stars" Facebook game, purchase merchandise and further connect with the network's hit show. More

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