Monday, May 20, 2013
Burnsville-based company Pawn America recently opened its 25th location, where it's working on a model to separate pawn shops from their negative connotations.
Over the last 22 years, the Burnsville-based company Pawn America has grown into a regional force largely by subverting customers' not-so-high expectations of what a pawn shop should look like. Pawn America recently opened its 25th location on I-94 in St. Paul—called "PA Exchange, its the company's first store to drop the word "pawn" from the name. "This year we should run right around $80 million in sales, and I believe at the end of the year we'll end up right around 800 employees," Brad Rixmann, the company's owner, told the Pioneer Press. Pawn America has long worked to fight the pawn shop stigma, partnering with other community businesses and working with law enforcement to combat theft. But the new concept store is taking additional …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The companies that made the list boast growth rates of 55 to 114 percent—a feat in an economy just beginning to pick up steam after a devastating recession.
In a time of famine, four Burnsville companies are feasting—and their growth in payroll and profits has caught the attention of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Innovative Office Solutions, Emergent Networks, Lancet Software Development and Pawn America have all been chosen for the publication's Fast 50 List, a ranking of local, private companies that are waxing when many are on the wane. Here are some quick stats gathered by the folks at the Business Journal: Innovative Office Solutions Emergent Networks Lancet Software Development Inc. Pawn America
Monday, August 20, 2012
In other south metro news, a local manufacturer was commissioned to build a small drone aircraft for an Ohio college, and ground breaks on a new senior housing complex.
Though you might live or work in Burnsville, chances are you're curious about what's happening in your neighboring communities. Here are some of the stories posted on our neighboring Patch sites last week that could impact, help or be of interest to you. Read each story by clicking on the headline link. U.S. Rep. John Kline Easily Wins 2nd District Primary The Lakeville Republican now advances to the Nov. 6 election and a bid for his sixth term in office. Suburban Homelessness on the Rise, Local Leaders Say In Dakota County, the number of homeless individuals or those at imminent risk of being homeless rose from 841 in 2011 to 1,013 in January 2012. 2 Apple Valley Students Crowned as Miss MN Valley Royalty Alissa Jones and Skye Davis, …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Bill Corby, the president of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, will assume Daron Van Helden's old post by Sept. 4.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter The Burnsville Chamber of Commerce has a new man at the helm: Bill Corby, the current president of chamber in Hutchinson, a town about an hour-and-a-half west of Burnsville. The new president succeeds Daron Van Helden, who announced in June that he would leave his post for a position at Pawn America after 10 years with the chamber. Corby has been president of the Hutchinson Chamber for five years. For 13 years he was a business owner himself, as the proprietor of Corby's Portrait Images. Corby has gotten high marks from his peers in rural Minnesota. “I have known Bill since he started his career in the Chamber business and have found him to be open and …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Police say Kristian Daeonte Tanner stole a checkbook and other items from a Burnsville family and used one of the checks to try to transfer a car title.
A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a Hampton woman accused of stealing from the Burnsville family for whom she worked as a nanny last year. Kristian Daeonte Tanner, 29, is charged with offering a forged check, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint, Tanner worked as a live-in nanny for a family in the 14000 block of 143rd Court East in Burnsville last summer. On Sept. 28, 2011 Tanner’s employer reported to police that her Wii gaming system, Wii controllers and five video games had disappeared from her home in June. The woman told police that she had confronted Tanner repeatedly, asking her if she knew what happened to the items, and that Tanner …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Daron Van Helden is leaving the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce after 10 years with the organization.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Thursday morning, Burnsville Chamber of Commerce President Daron Van Helden announced that he would be leaving the organization for a well-known local business—Pawn America. For the last decade, Van Helden has helmed the Chamber's Board of Directors and served as the organizations point of contact in the political realm as the staff liaison for the Government Affairs Committee, Political Action Committee (PAC), and Burnsville's representative for Grow Minnesota, an initiative of the state chamber. According to Sun Thisweek, he issued the following statement: "I’m looking forward to this new challenge...but will certainly miss the Burnsville Chamber. That said, …