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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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American Jewelry & Loan hosts a financial literacy workshop for customers.

Financial literacy seminar helping people make smart money decisions

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WXYZ: A financial literacy seminar taking place Tuesday is meant to help people understand how to make smart decisions about money.

You usually don’t go to a pawn shop to get a financial lesson, but American Jewelry and Loan is trying to help people better understand their money.

Seth Gold said, “People think it’s kind of weird that a pawn shop would host a financial literacy course. So the first reaction is kind of surprise.”

Read the full story at www.wxyz.com.

Are Beanie Babies Valuable? Les & Seth Gold, SheKnows Experts, discuss.

Bummer, Your Mint-Condition Beanie Babies Probably Aren’t Worth Much

By | from Les Gold, from Seth Gold, Uncategorized | No Comments

SheKnows: There are items laying around your home that are worth a lot more money than you think. There are also items you’ve been holding onto for years that are worth a lot less money than you think. At American Jewelry & Loan, every day customers come in with the following items expecting to leave with fistfuls of cash. And every day, we have to turn 95 percent of them away. You probably own some of the following items, but we hope you’re holding onto them for their sentimental value, because memories are all they’ll ever make you rich in.

Read the full story at sheknows.com.

Brandon Steiner: King of Sports Memorabillia

Brandon Steiner: Having What’s Next Mindset Key To Being Successful Entrepreneur

By | from Seth Gold, In the News, Uncategorized | No Comments

CBS Sports: My family and I own a pawnshop in Detroit called American Jewelry and Loan. This has given us the distinct opportunity to obtain some of the rarest and unique pieces of sports memorabilia on the market. On our podcast Gold Tone, we try and ask each guest about what they collect, so it was an instant match when we welcomed the CEO of Steiner Sports, Brandon Steiner who’s widely considered the King of Sports Memorabilia.

Steiner had some great business advice and talked with us about the importance of having a ‘What’s Next’ mindset. Steiner says, “In order to be busy and effective you gotta think less about what’s immediately in front of you, but more about what’s ahead for you

“Having a ‘what’s next’ mindset is key to being a successful entrepreneur,”

Read the full story at cbssports.com

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India: Discovery brings new reality-drama series ‘Hardcore Pawn’

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From the NPA Weekly Newsbrief:

Discovery’s new reality series Hardcore Pawn takes viewers into the crazy and dynamic world of American Jewelry and Loan, Detroit, USA’s largest pawn store, where a wide assortment of customers bring in everything from gold to old cars, from alligators to prosthetic limbs to exchange for cash.

Premiering August 29, Hardcore Pawn will air from Monday to Friday at 8 pm on Discovery.

Read the full story at Best Media Info.

The National Pawnbroker's Association offers guidance and support to pawnbrokers.

NPA Weekly Newsbrief: American Jewelry And Loan Pawn Shop Chain Grows With The Times

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From the NPA Weekly Newsbrief: The American Jewelry and Loan chain just got bigger.

The Detroit-based pawn business, star of TruTV’s “Hardcore Pawn,” acquired Joey’s Jewelry & Loan on John R just north of Eight Mile Road for an undisclosed amount.

Through the early June move, it increased market share while expanding its brand with a new location not far from the 38-year-old company’s original store in Detroit, said Vice President Seth Gold, the son of owner and president Les Gold.

Read the full article from the NPA Weekly Newsbrief.

Les Gold - Consumer's Digest

Reality-TV Star Goes With What He Knows

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[via Consumer’s Digest]

Les Gold is known for his business savvy when it comes to his Detroit pawn store, American Jewelry and Loan, which is the center of the TV show “Hardcore Pawn.” The cornerstone of the pawn business is to buy low and sell high—a lesson that Gold learned the hard way.

Years ago, Gold’s father-in-law had “the inside track on the price of cattle,” so he and Gold traded in it as well as pork bellies. It didn’t go well.

Read the full story at consumersdigest.com.