The Networking Breakfast attendees listened to some interesting facts of “Pawn Shops” by Dan and Mary Jo Perez of Ready Pawn, 42 E. Live Oak, Arcadia. The Perez’s have been Chamber members since 2000 and have been generous in their support. Dan’s philosophy in his business is “people first”. His shop is all about his relationship with people, making them feel better about themselves. He reviewed the requirements one must have when bringing merchandise to a Pawn Shop: a contract is signed, picture ID needed, merchandise is held 30 days before it can be sold. If cash is given interest is 2%. Any documents that are completed are sent to the Arcadia Police Dept., therefore, keeping the transactions clean. Some of the merchandise that can be bought was displayed.
This month’s Business ICON was Nordstrom. Carol Libby, Arcadia Historical Society, gave an overview of the history of the beginnings of the store in Seattle, Washington. Marcille Hughes, Store Manager, was present to accept the award and was very honored to be recognized. She emphasized the founder’s feelings about good customer service- the customer came first! The breakfast continued with a preview of Taste of Arcadia and business promotion opportunities at the Business Showcase given by Co-Chairmen, JerryPavelec, Vice President of Nancy Bond Insurance Services, and Vicki Knight, Century Rooter.
Moderator, Rod Salazar, STUBBIES Promotions, concluded the meeting with raffle prizes presented by Century Rooter and Arcadia Chiropractic Center. [flagallery gid=115]