September 2015

Credit Valley thrives
Focus on Retailers: This month we visit a large model-railroad store in Mississauga, Ont.
Are you a great manager?
Being the boss isn't always easy—but if it were, anyone could do it. How do you measure up? Test yourself with these 10 questions
How greedy is your bank?
In your daily business, it makes sense to keep an eye on the various ways your bank can slice up what's supposed to be your pie
Retail insurance basics
Protect your business investment with coverage in these key areas
Craft & Hobby Association nominates board of directors
The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) has announced its nominees for a three-year term on its board of directors. The nominees are: Brigid English, vice president and business unit general manager for...
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Caterpillar names Diecast Masters as new licensee
Caterpillar, Inc. has named Hong Kong-based Diecast Masters Co. Ltd. as a new scale-model licensee, replacing both Norscot and Tonkin Replicas. Diecast Masters was formed through the purchase of the C...
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U.S., state and local police working on drone defense
Amid growing reports of drone-related incidents, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police in developing technology to defend against drone incursions. Federal forces include th...
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HobbyTown co-branding gains momentum
HobbyTown co-branding with independent dealers is proliferating nationwide as several well-established hobby shops have affiliated themselves with the HobbyTown brand. Recent sign-ups include: King R...
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Airliners seeing more drones
In spite of federal regulations, the soaring popularity of drones is fueling a trend of encounters with airliners. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating two July 31 incidents in which ...
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Consumers slow on chip cards
With an Oct. 2015 changeover deadline looming, the process of replacing existing credit cards and terminals with EMV or "chip" cards and equipment has many retailers scrambling -- but not consumers, a...
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Sheperd Paine was a giant in the world of miniatures
Legendary scale-modeling artist Sheperd Paine died on Aug. 1 after suffering a stroke at his home in Northwest Chicago on July 27. He was 69. Many scale modelers came to know Paine’s work via s...
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Record-breaking attendance at Gen Con 2015
Gen Con's annual show in Indianapolis has set a record with a unique attendance of 61,423 and a turnstile attendance of 197,695, more than doubled since 2010. It was also was the first sellout for the...
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Chip migration going slowly
Forbes predicts $10 billion in losses to fraud unless the U.S. payments industry speeds the transition to chip cards before the end of 2015. With an October 2015 deadline looming, payment-services pr...
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"BattleKasting for Literacy" at Gen Con raises money for public library
Adventure-series author Alane Adams announced a $2,500 donation to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and pledged to pay Gen Con attendees $2 for each person (up to $5,000) who plays the autho...
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