4 Signs Your Customer Service Strategy is Failing

How do you treat people who want to support your business? Do you put them on hold? Do you wait to...

Data Age Welcomes Onboard Check City, Full-Service 31-Store Chain

Data Age Business Systems, developer of PawnMaster, the industry-leading pawn management software...

Pawnbrokers 20/20 : If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

I once had a boss who used to say “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I never forgot that and...

Mark Your Calendar: Windows 7 Support Ends January 14, 2020

You will no longer be able to get support for your Windows 7 system post from the mid-January 2020.

The Value of Customer Relations

Relationships are built from the heart. You have to want to help others and make the world a...

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Create Your Business Plan

A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. See articles here

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Filing & Paying Taxes

Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are. Is It A Business or a Hobby? Obtain Your Federal Business Tax ID Determine Your Federal Tax Obligations Determine Your State Tax Obligations Determine When the Tax Year...

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Obtain Business Licenses & Permits

To run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand the requirements for your small business. See links here

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Starting & Managing a Business

Starting a Business Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Explore the topics below to learn the aspects of starting a business, plus find information you need to succeed. Managing a Business Explore the topics below to find information and guidance...

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Choose & Register Your Business

Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government. See links here

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Why Cheap, Outsourced SEO Will Cost You in the Long Run

As an entrepreneur and business owner, you undoubtedly receive several unsolicited emails and pre-recorded phone messages that claim to be able to propel your website to the top of Google for just a few hundred dollars a month. While search engine optimization is one...

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Photo: Police seek man in connection with pawn shop robbery

GREENSBORO — Greensboro/Guilford County Crime Stoppers today released a photo of a man suspected of involvement in Friday’s robbery of a Greensboro pawn shop. Police responded about 6:30 p.m. to Velazquez Pawn, 3632 Spring Garden St., where three men wearing hooded...

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The 10 Hardest Things About Running a Business

Ask any small business owner what the hardest aspects of running a company are, and you’ll likely get a wide range of answers. Some people aren’t good at money matters, for example, while others don’t know how to delegate. But just about every business owner has, at...

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How to Find the Best Location

Chances are, you've heard the term "location, location, location" more than a few times. But if you're in the throes of creating a spectacular menu for your new restaurant or finding wholesalers for your first retail store, it might not be the first thing on your...

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How to Name Your Business

What's in a name? A lot, when it comes to small-business success. The right name can make your company the talk of the town. The wrong one can doom it to obscurity and failure. Ideally, your name should convey the expertise, value and uniqueness of the product or...

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Starting a Business: The Idea Phase

You know you want to start a business, but what do you do next? Here's how to find the perfect idea for your business. Many people believe starting a business is a mysterious process. They know they want to start a business, but they don't know the first steps to...

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Mobile Friendly: How to Manage Social Media from Your Cell Phone

Time—it flies, it’s ticking, it’s money, it’s on our side. Whatever you determine, you can’t argue: time is valuable. It becomes even more valuable when talking about social media. As fast-paced as we tend to be, social media can move even faster. Being able to manage...

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Social Media ROI: 7 Things Successful Clients Do Differently

Over the past few months, we’ve had some client turnover due to a real or perceived lack of Return on Investment (ROI) from social media. For many businesses, ROI continues to be the “white whale” of social media and the failure to achieve it can be frustrating; kind...

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Courts leave pawnbroker out of pocket

A PAWNBROKER says he has lost so much money trying to catch criminals he will no longer help police. Kevin Fisher, who runs Cash in Hand, in Queen Street, Colchester, said he has lost thousands of pounds by passing on stolen goods to the police. Despite customers...

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Congressmen demand answers on undercover sting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Four congressmen are demanding answers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about whether anyone has been held accountable for a botched, undercover guns and drugs operation in Milwaukee. The congressmen, including Rep. Jim...

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Multiple firearms stolen from Petersburg gun retailer

Petersburg police are investigating the theft of multiple firearms from a gun retailer Sunday morning. Around 11 a.m. Sunday, police said, an alarm was triggered at the Dunbar Gun Company in the 200 block of N. South Street. Police said several rifles and shotguns...

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Officials eye tighter rein for Naperville pawnshops

Naperville City Council members are taking a look at tightening the rules for businesses that buy and sell precious metals, gems and jewelry. An ordinance to be scrutinized by the council Tuesday evening would require pawnbrokers and secondhand sellers of those goods...

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Smash and grab bikers snatch valuables from pawn shop display

Robbers on a motorbike made off with valuables from a window display in a smash-and-grab raid at a pawn shop. The two men on a trial bike struck at Cash Convertors in Farnworth on Saturday morning. They rode onto the pavement to the front of the shop before smashing a...

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