Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is proud to be affiliated with a number of outstanding organizations and to be a member of the leading industry trade associations. Listed below are some of our affiliations. We serve Northeastern Ohio communities including Cleveland, Akron, Lorain and Elyria.
The Ohio Pawnbrokers Association (OPA) encourages its members to give back to the community, and offers guidance to pawnbrokers on how to get involved locally. The OPA works to provide pawnbrokers statewide with resources and tools to strengthen the pawn industry. OPA members are committed to operating their business in such a manner as to enhance and promote the positive and professional image of all pawnbrokers. Ohio Pawnbroker Association member shops are dedicated to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and customer service. Click here to read a message from the President of the Ohio Pawnbrokers Association.
MidTown Cleveland, Inc. serves as a single-source connection to local, city, and state programs. As MidTown’s advocate, they save stakeholders both time and money while protecting their interests. They are located at 3634 Euclid Avenue, Suite 215, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. For information about becoming a member of MidTown Cleveland, click here.
BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. They are located at 2800 Euclid Ave. 4th Floor, Cleveland Ohio 44115. By visiting the Cleveland BBB website, you can obtain reports about companies doing business locally and around the country, file complaints online, be connected to the vast BBB consumer and business resource network and learn about BBB accreditation. Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop has the highest rating possible from BBB, A+. This illustrates our continuing committment to quality customer service, integrity and the highest possible standards. We have been a BBB Accredited Business since December 2000.
The Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge #8, located at 2249 Payne Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio was founded in 1934. It proudly serves its members as the labor representative for the supervisors of the Cleveland Division of Police as well as the fraternal organization for their active and retired members. Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is proud to be a sponsor of The Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge #8. Click here for directions to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The national trade association, Jewelers of America, has been established for businesses that serve the retail marketplace for fine jewelry. They promote consumer confidence in the jewelry industry. The Jewelers of America was founded in 1906 and is located in New York City. Jewelers of America provides it's members with the tools they need to achieve and succeed in the fine jewelry retail marketplace.
Headquartered in Keller, Texas, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) was founded in 1988 to support the growing network of responsible pawnbrokers in the United States. As a trade association, the NPA supports nearly 2,600 members. The Association offers guidance to pawnbrokers on how to be involved on a local, statewide and national basis. In addition, the NPA offers members compliance training related to the federal, state and local laws that apply to the industry. It provides it's members with the resources and support for enhancing the image and acceptance of pawnbrokers through action, representation, and Best Practices. This organization represents pawnbrokers and pawn shops and their interest through education, mentoring and legislation. For more information about how a pawn works, why someone should go to a pawnbroker to get a loan, how pawn shops determine the value of an item, and pawn shop regulations visit the FAQ page of the NPA site.
The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants & Affiliates is an alliance of leading trade associations representing a wide spectrum of business in Ohio. The organization has been serving Ohio retailers since 1922.
The Mid-America Jewelers Association encourages lawmakers to support legislation that is beneficial to it's member
companies. It also offers educational scholarships to its membership to encourage members to become certified jewelry experts. The MAJA was formerly the Ohio Jewelers Association and it's mission is to foster and promote the legislative, business, ethical and education interests of the retail jewelers of the state of Ohio for the betterment of the jewelry buying public.
The Jewelers Security Alliance is a non-profit trade association with 20,000 members that has been providing crime information and assistance to the jewelry industry and law enforcement since 1883. They are located in New York City. The JSA fulfills its mission of informing and alerting jewelers about crime through frequent E-Mail Crime Alerts and print publication, a web site, seminars and consulting activities. JSA also works closely with the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, sharing its data and analysis in order to further the war on jewelry crime. To contact the JSA, click here.
Jewelers' Circular Keystone:
Jewelers' Circular Keystone (JCK) is the jewelry industry's leading trade publication and industry authority. The first, most, and best-read book for independent jewelry retailers, JCK provides the highest level of editorial excellence and integrity in the jewelry industry. With more than 135 years of experience, they have helped define industry trends while supplying their subscribers the information and innovation they need to run their stores more efficiently. As the only paid publication in the market, JCK reaches an unparalleled level of readership --seasoned independent jewelry retail executives and primary decision makers with the power and clout to purchase product. To lean more about the Jewelers' Circular Keystone (JCK), click here.
National Pawnbrokers Association Musical Instrument Gift Day, December 6, 2010:
Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is pleased to support the National Pawnbrokers Association Musical Instrument Gift Day. This event is an excellent opportunity to improve a child’s life, and to remind the public that pawnbrokers are here to help their communities. We helped our injured US Armed Forces veterans by contributing musical instruments to injured vets at the Brecksville, Ohio Veterans Facility.
On December 6th, the National Pawnbrokers Association is sponsoring their Second Annual Musical Instrument Gift Day. This special national event is in celebration of National Pawnbrokers Day, which coincides with St. Nicholas Day. In the spirit of St. Nick’s compassion, generosity, and hope, pawn stores nationwide will work with Boys and Girls Clubs of America to donate musical instruments to children who need them most. For a list businesses that are have offered their generous support of Gift Day, click here. These organizations have selflessly donated their time, energy and musical instruments to the Gift Day cause.
Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is proud to be a sponsor of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. The CPPA was formed in January, 1969 to provide mutual aid and protection, to provide for the general welfare of it's members, and for the betterment of all Patrol Officers, their families, and members of this community. Their commitment and purpose is the continuance and furtherance of their pledge to strengthen and unite their members in their struggles to protect their rights and achieve their goals. The Association is located at 1303 W. 58th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44102 and their phone number is 216-631-8455.
Black Shield Police Association:
Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is a proud sponsor of the Black Shield Police Association located at 4097 E 131st St, Cleveland, OH 44105. This organization of black police officers is an advocacy group. Click here for more information about the Black Shiled Police Association.
Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is a Federal Firearms Licensee. We have held a Type 2 Federal Firearms License (FFL) since 1968. The requirements of a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) are overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). One of the primary missions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is to provide direction and advice to the firearms industry regarding the Federal firearms regulations. They provide tools to enable compliance with the regulations governing the sale and transfer of firearms. For information on the requirements of becoming a Federal Firearms Licensee, click here.
Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop is an advertising sponsor of the American documentary, Pawn Stars, which is a reality television series on the History Channel. The television series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada. It chronicles the daily activities at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The series depicts the staff's interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn. Click here to meet the Pawn Stars.