May 2015

Rx for health insurance

The Affordable Care Act brings complexities—and opportunities, many little known, that offer good options for small businesses

Ruling the sky

Drone popularity is outpacing the ability to regulate commercial use; a February draft of FAA rules doesn’t address hobby use

The beauty of Craigslist

Sell online without a website and for free; a retailer shares advice

Get help using Yelp

Manage this powerful mobile app to help your business get the best results from customer reviews, whether good or bad

NRHSA names new president
On the first day of the National Retail Hobby Stores’ 2015 Convention and Table Top Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Noel Bays was announced as president of the NRHSA board of directors.   Bays, of...
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FAA gives Amazon OK to test delivery drones
After being stalled by new Federal Aviation Administration proposals regarding drones, Amazon has been given permission to move forward with tests of delivery craft. The FAA dictates that Amazon&rsquo...
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LGB, Märklin and Trix add Heartland Hobby Wholesale as distributor
Gebr. Märklin & Cie. GmbH of Göppingen, Germany, and its North American subsidiary Märklin, Inc., announced the addition of Heartland Hobby Wholesale as a distributor for Märkl...
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HMA iHobby Expo plans moving forward
Although it’s almost a year away, the Hobby Manufacturers Association, partnering with Competitive Intelligence Advertising, is busily filling in the blanks as the next annual iHobby Expo takes ...
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Fan Expo HQ acquires MegaCon
Canadian convention producer Fan Expo HQ, a subsidiary of London-based multinational media giant Informa PLC, announced it has added MegaCon, held in Orlando, Fla., to its roster of comic book/science...
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Departed from Union Station, Denver model railroad clubs relocating
In planning the restoration of Denver’s Union Station, both bidders for the project assured two longtime occupants that their model railroad layouts would be able to stay in the station.   ...
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Retailers ask delay of EMV cards
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), representing thousands of retail food stores and pharmacies, has asked Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Financial Services to delay the rollout of EM...
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Railroad theme joins Washington Nationals’ Opening Day lineup
Among other new exhibits, concessions, promotions and giveaways for the 2015 baseball season, the Washington Nationals will expand on the Norfolk Southern Ry. theme at Nationals Park’s club leve...
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Bankers fear blame for EMV chip transition
Bankers are worried about retailers not converting their point-of-sale systems to support EMV-chip cards, according to a Mar. 29 report by American Banker.   “I don’t want to see head...
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Gen Con considers its future in Indy
Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout sounded a cautionary note on March 26, hours after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101), which allows businesses to refuse...
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