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TITLE:   Common Ground
Empire Loan
DATE:   01/19/2012
DESCRIPTION:   On the second half of the show, host Steve Tompkins talks with Empire Loan owner Michael Goldstein about the business of pawn broking, importance of being a contributing business partner with the community and local politics. Steve and Michael discuss the history and growth of Empire Loan from its inception back in 1985 to growing the business into six stores with Michael at its helm as the third generation owner. They go through the process of how a pawn shop works and the steps to obtain a short term loan. Steve touches upon the importance of supporting the local community and some of the outreach work that Michael does through Empire Loan. They wrap up the segment with a discussion about the political landscape of Boston and touch upon some national politics.

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