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
Daron Worldwide Trading, Toys and Models Corp. merge
Ronald Marx, president of Daron Worldwide Trading, and Jan Halvorsen, founder of Toys and Models Corp., have combined their business activities. Both companies have been producing collectible aircraft...
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Smart Toys and Games names new national sales manager
Smart Toys and Games, Inc., has announced Iris Solomon as the new national sales manager in its specialty area.   Prior to Smart Toys and Games, she was North American channel sales manager for W...
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Commercial drones taking off
More than 1,300 businesses and individuals have received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate drones commercially. Applications range from line inspection to promoting real e...
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New garden railway at Iowa State
Work has been completed on an $80,000 model railroad at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.   The exhibit assembled by Applied Imagination features local landmarks s...
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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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611 In Steam
This special publication covers the debut of the restored Norfolk & Western No. 611.
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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

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Lionel Trains: Best Layouts & Store Displays
This publication will showcase a full range of colorful and collectible model railroad layouts made by Lionel's craftsmen.
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Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips.
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