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March 2017

Day Two – Entrepreneurship Master Class

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP OAKLAND–MASTER CLASS

On March 21, 2017, aspiring entrepreneurs and community leaders met for the second of three panel discussions in the Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class, presented by American Jewelry & Loan and the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce. The panel discussed utilizing free resources available within local communities, conducting market research, social media best practices, marketing, how to find funding for your business or organization, and more.

This week’s expert panelists included: Matthew Farrell from Core Partners, Vladimir Gendelman from CompanyFolders.com, Rob Cote from Security Vitals, Lisa Crawford-Palmer from Studio 8 Fitness, and Devan Green from Pontiac Library.

Les Gold, third generation pawnbroker and owner of American Jewelry & Loan, joined the panel to offer his expertise. His son and business partner, Seth Gold, moderated the panel and contributed his own business wisdom.

Missed the first two panels? You are still welcome to join us for the final panel discussion this coming Tuesday, March 28- click HERE to register! The third segment of our Entrepreneurship Master Class will navigate topics such as eCommerce and internet marketing, accounting and other financial topics, and community involvement. Each of the hourlong sessions in the course are conducted over coffee and refreshments.

The Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class is a series of conversations conducted amongst a panel of successful business owners and leaders. Each of the three panels will provide plenty of hard-won business wisdom from experienced entrepreneurs. These conversations, moderated by American Jewelry and Loan’s own Les and Seth Gold, invite some of the region’s most successful and experienced business owners to share their experiences on topics ranging from accounting to marketing, hiring, networking, and more! Participants are sure to leave full of new ideas and strategies to make their business successful and profitable.

Most of our distinguished panelists are members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Detroit Chapter. Learn more about EO Detroit at www.eonetwork.org.

Course fee of $185 includes all materials, a certificate of completion, refreshments, and an individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber. All proceeds benefit the Pontiac Regional Chamber.

 

Three Tuesdays in March: March 14, 21, 28th
8-9:30am
American Jewelry and Loan Pontiac
546 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI 48341
COST: $185 per person
Includes: Attendance at all three sessions, materials, certificate of completion, refreshments, and a FREE Individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber

SESSION ONE: TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH
Negotiating for Entrepreneurs
Business Planning Basics
Untangling the Red Tape
Networking Best Practices

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST
How to Conduct Market Research
FREE Community Resources for Business Owners
Finding the funding
Legal & Financial Considerations
Marketing, Advertising, and PR

SESSION THREE: TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH
Accounting and banking basics
eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker
Commitment to Community

Learn more in this article from Crain’s Detroit.

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Les Gold speaks at the Pontiac Entrepreneurship Course.

Day One Entrepreneurship Master Class

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP OAKLAND–MASTER CLASS

On March 14, 2017, Les and Seth Gold hosted the first in a series of three panel discussions focused on sound business practices and entrepreneurship. The expert panelists included:

Greg Coyne from Gerry Weinberg & Associates

Matthew Farrell of Core Partners

Rob Cote of Security Vitals

Tonya Acha of Asentiv

Todd Palmer from Diversified Companies

“Several of our panelists are members of EO Detroit,” said Les Gold “So these are people who have not only proven their ability to launch a successful business, but are also keenly aware of the benefits of networking with their peers.”

Those who are interested in learning more about the series can click HERE to register and take advantage of this incredible opportunity — two more information-packed sessions remain!

Photos by Michael Sanchirico

This three-week course is targeted for entrepreneurs and business leaders who are ready to get seriously successful in their business. These conversations, moderated by American Jewelry and Loan’s own Les and Seth Gold, will allow some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region.  Participants are sure to leave with actionable strategies for taking their organization to the next level.

Check this page frequently for Speaker Spotlights (more coming soon): Todd Palmer, Tonya Acha, Vladimir Gendelman, Wesley Mathews.  and Lisa Crawford.  Most of our distinguished panelists are members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Detroit Chapter. Learn more about EO Detroit at www.eonetwork.org.

Course fee of $185 includes all materials, a certificate of completion, refreshments, and an individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber. All proceeds benefit the Pontiac Regional Chamber.

 

Three Tuesdays in March: March 14, 21, 28th
8-9:30am
American Jewelry and Loan Pontiac
546 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI 48341
COST: $185 per person
Includes: Attendance at all three sessions, materials, certificate of completion, refreshments, and a FREE Individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber

SESSION ONE: TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH
Negotiating for Entrepreneurs
Business Planning Basics
Untangling the Red Tape
Networking Best Practices

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST
How to Conduct Market Research
FREE Community Resources for Business Owners
Finding the funding
Legal & Financial Considerations
Marketing, Advertising, and PR

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH
Accounting and banking basics
eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker
Commitment to Community

Learn more in this article from Crain’s Detroit.

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Now Hiring: Check out our job postings from MITalent.org

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American Jewelry and Loan sets the industry standard by providing the best pawnbroking experience to anyone that connects with us. We are looking for sharp, motivated individuals who will be central to our family-owned business.

Learn more on our INDEED Career page or at the MITalent.org listings below:

Controller: https://jobs.mitalent.org/job-seeker/job-details/JobCode/7579273

HR Generalist: https://jobs.mitalent.org/job-seeker/job-details/JobCode/7575912

Retail Sales Manager: https://jobs.mitalent.org/job-seeker/job-details/JobCode/7468437

Warehouse: https://jobs.mitalent.org/job-seeker/job-details/JobCode/7368704

Loan Processors: https://jobs.mitalent.org/job-seeker/job-details/JobCode/7372257

Les and Seth Gold Present at Dixie Pawn Convention

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Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 10.31.20 PMLes and Seth Gold presented a talk entitled ‘Facing Your Fears and Mapping out your Future’  to a group of peer pawnbrokers in Gulf Shores, Alabama as guests of the Dixie Pawnbrokers Educational Conference.

In it, they shared their own personal stories of success and challenge and some of the tactics that they have used to bridge their company’s historical success to a sustainable future.

They’ll be speaking to the Midwest Pawnbroker’s Convention in May.

 

 

Speaker Spotlight: Lisa Crawford — Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

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We’re thrilled to welcome some of the most dynamic and successful entrepreneurs in the region to the panel for our Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class.

Lisa Crawford, co-founder of Studio 8 Fitness, will be sharing insights about social media marketing for small business and building a business from the ground up. Lisa Started Studio 8 Fitness with her partner and best friend in January 2015. Within 30 days of opening the studio, it was a profitable business. Within 6 months of being opened, they had tripled the revenue and client base and have moved into a new studio that is triple the square footage of their original space. Lisa bases her quick success to social media marketing, referral based business and executing creative ways to have customer engagement that makes repeat business a sure thing.

Studio 8 Fitness is a group fitness studio specializing in Yoga, Zumba, Barre, Cardio Tone, POUND, and Floor & Core classes.

Studio 8 provides a safe, supportive environment for all ages and fitness levels. This studio is your “one stop shop” for fitness. Clients can experience a wide variety of classes that will keep their fitness routines exciting, challenging and beneficial for a total body workout.

Lisa and her business partner, Donna,  are thrilled to have a place for their students to come and experience a great workout, while at the same time creating friendships and a sense of community. They have successfully built a space that is about their students – a place where people feel comfortable to be themselves and challenge themselves with new fitness goals.

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Learn to start and manage your business with American Jewelry & Loan and the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce!

Entrepreneurship Oakland: Master Class

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP OAKLAND–MASTER CLASS

Click HERE to register.

This three-week course is targeted for entrepreneurs and business leaders who are ready to get seriously successful in their business. These conversations, moderated by American Jewelry and Loan’s own Les and Seth Gold, will allow some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region.  Participants are sure to leave with actionable strategies for taking their organization to the next level.

Among our panelists are Todd Palmer, Tonya Acha, Vladimir Gendelman, Wesley Mathews, Lisa Crawford, and Matthew Farrell. Most of our distinguished panelists are members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Detroit Chapter. Learn more about EO Detroit at www.eonetwork.org.

Course fee of $185 includes all materials, a certificate of completion, refreshments, and an individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber. All proceeds benefit the Pontiac Regional Chamber.

Three Tuesdays in March: March 14, 21, 28th
8-9:30am
American Jewelry and Loan Pontiac
546 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI 48341
COST: $185 per person
Includes: Attendance at all three sessions, materials, certificate of completion, refreshments, and a FREE Individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber

SESSION ONE: TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH
Negotiating for Entrepreneurs
Business Planning Basics
Untangling the Red Tape
Networking Best Practices

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST
How to Conduct Market Research
FREE Community Resources for Business Owners
Finding the funding
Legal & Financial Considerations
Marketing, Advertising, and PR

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH
Accounting and banking basics
eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker
Commitment to Community

Learn more in this article from Crain’s Detroit.

DOWNLOAD A FLYER.

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Crain’s Detroit: ‘Hardcore Pawn’ stars, Pontiac chamber to hold entrepreneurship workshop

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Click HERE to read the article at Crain’s Detroit:

The Pontiac Regional Chamber and American Jewelry and Loan have teamed up to host a three-week entrepreneurship workshop beginning March 14.

The Entrepreneurship Oakland-Master Class series will be hosted by American Jewelry and Loan founder and president Les Gold and vice president Seth Gold, both stars in truTV’s reality show “Hardcore Pawn.” The show is based on the pawnshop’s Detroit location. The three-week program will offer advice on the best practices and strategies to run a business.

Seth Gold said the workshop will feature local entrepreneurs who will provide wisdom on their successes, failures, and secrets to success.

The list of panelists include:

  • Vladimir Gendelman, CEO of Keego harbor-based Company Folders Inc.
  • Matthew Farrell, CEO and co-founder of Bingham Farms-based CORE Partners
  • Todd Palmer, president and founder of Troy-based Diversified Industrial Staffing
  • Lisa Crawford-Palmer, vice president of Diversified Industrial Staffing
  • Wesley Mathews, CEO and co-founder of West Bloomfield-based High Level Marketing LLC
  • Rob Cote, CEO of Clarkston-based Security Vitals

Seth Gold said many people living in the suburbs have been inspired by the various developments springing up in Detroit.

“We know it’s intimidating to start a business and there are things people might be unfamiliar with,” he said. “So we want this panel to engage with the Pontiac community and help grow their ideas into something tangible. People are excited about the region and we want to be a part of that and help it grow.”

The three-week workshop will cover business topics such as business planning, market research and accounting and banking. Participants who compete the program will receive a certificate of completion and an individual membership to the Pontiac Regional Chamber.

“This series is a helpful learning opportunity for start-up businesses and beginning entrepreneurs in Pontiac,” Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman said in a statement. “Economic indicators prove that small businesses account for over 50 percent of the growth of the city’s economic development.”

The entrepreneurship seminar will be held at American Jewelry and Loan Pontiac at 546 N. Telegraph Road and will cost $185 per attendee. The three-part series will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. March 14, 21, and 28.

To register or learn more about the program, visit www.pawndetroit.com/entrepreneurshipoakland.

Originally posted at www.crainsdetroit.com

Speaker Spotlight: Matthew Farrell — Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

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We’re thrilled to welcome some of the most dynamic and successful entrepreneurs in the region to the panel for our Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class.

Matthew J. Farrell is the originator and co-founder of CORE Partners, LLC and currently serves as the CEO for the company. In addition, to his transactional services, Matt is involved overseeing the brokerage staff and oversight of 7.4 million square feet of commercial product. Prior to CORE, Matt was a Vice President with Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc. which he joined in 2002, and quickly distinguished himself as a leading professional in Southeastern Michigan representing nearly 4.2 million square feet owned by the largest list of institutional owners Michigan had to offer. Matt also served a term with Grubb & Ellis for nearly three years prior and serviced many local and national users.

Matt’s credibility is confirmed by twelve consecutive years as a top producer in Southeastern Michigan’s office market by outperforming the competition nearly two to one for total square footage transacted. Matt takes pride in an incredible work ethic and the skill to use today’s most advanced tools to facilitate real estate business. It is not unlike Matt to diligently work through CAD file alterations, creatively find a solution to budgetary constraints and go beyond the call of duty to service clients towards a common goal. In addition to being a strong Leasing specialist Matt has been continually recognized for his Investment representation and credited by CoStar as a POWER BROKER in both categories for 2004 through present. In addition, Matt was selected the 2009 Broker of the Year by the Commercial Board of Realtors®–Michigan and made the list of Crain’s Detroit 2009 Top 40 Under 40. Matt will often express to clients that it is his job to maximize the clients yield, whether through finding the right deal or helping to reduce cost, Matt is always trying to challenge the way business is done and often unveils unexpected value through his service.

Specializing in office, hi-tech and investment properties, Matt has an established track record and a proven ability to work through more complex real estate transactions that may involve environmental risk, difficult value assessment, lease vs. buy analysis, new lease structuring, or executing and negotiating tax free exchanges. Matt has done work on behalf of some of the area’s largest developers and corporations, including, but not limited to, Liberty Property Trust, RSM Development and Management, Crow Holdings, Broadway Partners, Morgan Stanley, SL Green, The Gale Company, DRA Advisors, Kirco, REDICO, Larson Realty Group, The Surnow Company, UBS Paine Webber, Northwestern Mutual, Stuart Frankel Development Company to name a few.

Although many would recognize Matt’s notable accomplishments and performance as a portfolio representative it actually only comprises approximately 25% of his typical annual performance. 75% of his career focus is being a “value added provider” to many Tenants, companies and corporations that consider Matt their corporate representative for all Real Estate related matters.

A Michigan native and 1999 graduate of Michigan State University, Matt resides with his wife Jessica, son Quinn, and daughters Camryn and Sylvie in Clarkston, MI.

Matt serves or is accredited with:

  • Served on board for Commercial Board of Realtor (CBOR) from 2004 to 2014 and President for 2010
  • Board Member for EO (“Entrepreneur Organization”) and Detroit President for 2015 – 2016
  • Member of Oakland County Business Roundtable Obsolete Properties Committee Chair
  • Is Board Member for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for the State of Michigan
  • Crains Detroit Business & Oakland County’s 40 Under 40 Award Recipient
  • Accredited with the Certified Commercial Investment Member Designation (CCIM)
  • Has been recognized for top State honors in transaction volume for Michigan’s commercial office sectorand investment sales sector.

 

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From MrandMrsSmith.com: A guide to pawn shopping in New York City with Gold Girl

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[Originally posted at the WordSmith blog] If you’ve been on a shopping trip to New York City, no doubt institutions like Bergdorf’s, Bloomindale’s and Barneys ring a bell. We are at none of those places; we’re not even in the same borough. Instead, we’re at a pawnshop in Queens and the 28-year-old woman oohing and ahhing over the accessories not only selected many of the items for sale in this store (EZ Pawn at 42-27th Street in Long Island City), she’s part of a 14-store NYC pawn empire founded by her father, David Kaminsky. Also, her name is Gold Girl – well, by reputation, at least.

Lauren Kaminsky Goldman (aka ‘Gold Girl’) is the woman responsible for making pawnshops cool, chic even, and Beauty & Essex – the restaurant, bar and nightclub with retro appeal – is the place where it happened. Back when the Manhattan eatery opened in 2010, it got noticed for two reasons: 1) they serve free champagne in the ladies’ bathroom (hard not to notice that) and 2) patrons enter through a fully functioning pawnshop with vintage guitars, vinyl and jewellery that’s often displayed on Barbie and Biggie Smalls dolls.

Goldman started stocking the shop at Beauty & Essex in spring 2011, creating an environment and aesthetic that would distance her operation from the traditionally seedy stereotypes of pawnshops. Then, when the restaurant launched a location in Las Vegas last year, Goldman once again brought the vintage baubles. Now, with a Beauty & Essex opening in Los Angeles next month (in addition to a Hollywood outpost of Tao, which is owned by the same company), the pawn princess will bring her curatorial prowess to the West Coast.

Read the full blog post here: https://blog.mrandmrssmith.com/a-guide-to-pawn-shopping-in-new-york-city

Speaker Spotlight: Wesley Mathews — Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

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wes-mathewsThe panelists on our upcoming Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class are truly a remarkable group! Meet Wesley Mathews, who will share insights on Accounting and Banking Basics as well as eCommerce and Digital Marketing.

Wesley drives the vision and strategy at High Level Marketing.  He is a sales driven CEO that has scaled HLM from an idea to over 40 employees and 5M in revenue. Wes can be described as a scrappy entrepreneur, a strong leader with tremendous vision and great humility. Click HERE to visit their website.

Wesley currently sits on the Board for EO Detroit. Outside of business he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 boys – whether it’s golfing, fishing, hockey, or just lounging around.

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