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First Cash to buy 12-store pawn chain in South Carolina
American Banker
The small-dollar lender First Cash Financial Services has agreed to buy a 12-store pawnshop chain in the Charleston, S.C., area. The deal would give First Cash 18 South Carolina locations, it said. The Arlington, Texas, company did not disclose the seller or the financial terms of the agreement, which is pending customary closing conditions.
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Behind the scenes of reality hit 'Pawn Stars'
KDKA-TV
It's becoming one of the most-watched reality shows on TV, "Pawn Stars." People are intrigued by the one-of-a-kind items and the one-of-a-kind crew that runs the shop.
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Louisiana pawnshop owner getting the most out of his gorillas
The Shreveport Times
When you've got 26 gorilla figures, each standing 12 feet tall, you'll find some interesting things to do with them. Ask Bo Vice. Earlier this year, the owner of Top Dollar Pawn in Bossier City, La., stocked each of his stores with at least two of the showpiece gorillas. And he's been having a laugh with them ever since.
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Microsoft hires 'Pawn Stars' to bash Google Chromebooks
The Wall Street Journal
Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series "Pawn Stars" in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google. An online video ad mimics the plot set up of "Pawn Stars," which features people toting precious or odd objects for appraisal at a Las Vegas pawnshop. In Microsoft's fictional telling, a woman is trying to trade in a Chromebook, a no-frills laptop powered by Google software.
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Analysts question relevance of London gold price fix
Kitco News via Forbes
With regulators around the globe investigating the transparency of financial markets, some analysts and traders are wondering if it is time to transition away from the London gold price fixing.
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How to get organized for filing 1099s
Intuit Small Business Blog
The 2014 tax season is fast approaching, which means small-business owners who pay independent contractors must prepare to file 1099-MISCs.
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Kansas City, Mo., area taking the lead in the online lending industry
Kansas City Star (opinion)
At least six federal agencies have embarked on a much-needed crackdown on Internet short-term lending, a burgeoning industry rife with abusive tactics.

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Gold prices rise on concern about Washington budget stalemate
Los Angeles Times
Gold prices rose for the first time in four trading sessions on mounting concern that U.S. budget negotiations will collapse and lead to a government shutdown.

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What the self-employed need to know about Obamacare
Entrepreneur
Sole proprietorships are among the millions of individuals expected to buy health insurance through the state-based marketplaces which will start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

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Consumer confidence hits 7-month low
The Associated Press via USA Today
U.S. consumers' confidence in the economy fell in November to the lowest level in seven months, dragged down by greater concerns about hiring and pay in the coming months.
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Performance reviews: Why you should ditch the numbers
Inc.
In a business culture increasingly based on data, it's no surprise many employers opt for a performance review process that's numbers-based. The problem is, numerical ratings aren't nearly as objective as you think.
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Man charged in Chattanooga, Tenn., pawnshop robbery
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Lequan Bennett, a man wanted in Hamilton County, Tenn., for the robbery of several ATM machines and the Nov. 6 robbery of a pawnshop on Lee Highway, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service. Bennett was also wanted in Georgia on violation of state probation charges.
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Facebook enables starred reviews for some businesses
Small Business Trends
Facebook is entering the review game, but in the social network’s case it includes a star rating system, Facebook starred reviews. Facebook introduced the feature recently for businesses with physical addresses. So for those Web entrepreneurs who only have a website, this doesn’t seem an option at the moment.
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