Don’t Let the Vote Rock You This Year

While it may come as no surprise, it's an election year, and that has several direct effects on your jewelry business that you need to accept, work around, and take advantage of. Or you can sit on the sidelines moaning about the sorry state of retail and your relative location on the jewelry food chain. It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, or something in between—you cannot complain if you do not vote. So before you vote, check out the various candidates' positions and voting records on reducing trade tariffs, support for fair-trade practices, reduction of import duties, and the Kimberley Process. Once you've done your homework and formed some preliminary opinions, send an e-mail to your friends in the business and ask their opinion of the candidates based on what you found out. Check with your regional office of Jewelers of America and ask which local candidates s

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