USPS Governor Approved 2018 Rate Hikes in 2016

Rates for some key USPS shipping services including Priority Mail and First Class Package...

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help Your Small Business Grow

Customers are the backbone of your business. Customers are more important than consultants,...

These 6 Things Will Improve Your Retail Customer Experience

If you’re looking for repeat business as a retail company, one of the areas you absolutely need to...

Pawning, Selling and Trading Firearms

“Pawn, Sell and Trade” As part of the pawn business model, it goes without saying that a shop can...

3 Habits Every Small Business Owner Should Have

When you’re a small business owner you wear many hats. Maker, promoter, accountant and yes, the...

De Beers May Sight Estimated at $560M

The De Beers May sight closed with an estimated value of $560 million as the rough diamond market remains steady. Sightholders reported that prices on some boxes were adjusted slightly; however,  on average, prices and assortments were basically unchanged.  Read...

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Cops nab 2 suspected jewelry thieves for housebreak spree

Two suspected jewelry thieves from Natick have been charged with multiple attempted and successful housebreaks that investigators said date back to Feb. 27 and targeted at least eight communities. The robberies occurred in Wayland, Weston, Wellesley, Sherborn,...

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Optimizing your business posts on Facebook

Many of us know that having an active presence on social media is critical for our brands and businesses to remain competitive and relevant. It is equally as important to stay current on what it means to be relevant. Read...

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Man Pleads Guilty After Pawn Shop Finds Child Porn On Laptop

A man who sold his laptop containing child porn to a pawn shop admitted to the crimes Tuesday in court. Wesley Metcalf pleaded guilty to seven counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor before a Superior Court judge in Onslow County. Full report...

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HOW TO MASTER THE FINE ART OF SMALL TALK

Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, almost as bad, they attend, but talk to the three people they already know. This is shortsighted, says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk....

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Chicago looking at unlocked cell phone crackdown

Plagued by cell phone thefts, especially on the CTA, Chicago aldermen endorsed a measure Monday that would require those who make money off unlocking the devices to keep records on their customers. Read report...

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New ordinance possible for Hopkins Co. pawn shops

County Attorney Todd P'Pool introduced a draft for a new county-wide ordinance concerning record keeping and the ability of law enforcement to track shop inventory to make sure stolen merchandise isn't being sold.   Read...

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Exclusive: Payday lender subpoenaed in U.S. criminal probe

(Reuters) - A U.S. grand jury has subpoenaed a company that a federal regulator has said is at the center of a deceptive payday lending scheme, a source familiar with the matter said. AMG Services Inc was subpoenaed as part of a criminal probe conducted by the office...

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Pro athletes in dire financial straits turn to KCK pawn shop

Don Budd has been buying and selling championship rings from cash-strapped athletes since the 1980s. While he sells some sports memorabilia, Budd also keeps them so that the athlete can regain their beloved ring once they get on better financial footing. Read...

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Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind

Americans — even many of the poorest — enjoy a level of material abundance unthinkable just a generation or two ago. That indisputable economic fact has become a subject of bitter political debate this year, half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a...

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ASHAMED TO BE A PAWNBROKER?

You’re not a jeweler! Why not admit you are a pawnbroker? If my experiences have value, I suggest it can be very difficult to make that admission. My pawnbroking peers will appreciate the following example that underscores the difficulties involved with such an...

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