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[Guest Post] Learning from the Hobby Retail Business: Safeguard Yourself, Your Business and Your Consumers with Background Checks

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Numerous factors assistance the want for conducting background checks on your new and existing personnel and volunteers who interact with youngsters and host your in-store activities. Background checks shield you and your company from possible liabilities.

Of primary concern is the potential liability of hiring a sex offender who could interact with your buyers and their kids. As recently as January 2018, formal complaints have risen to the surface regarding the lack of background checks for personnel and volunteers inside the hobby business. An employer that fails to run a background check on their candidates for employ and volunteers in a danger-sensitive position is at higher risk for liability. The money saved not running background checks does not compare to what employers might be necessary to commit to defend themselves against a negligent hiring lawsuit – not to mention the unnecessary risk presented to you, your workers and your buyers.

Following the principal concern are the issues that you may hire an employee with a economic criminal record who could be handling your companies’ money or books or that you may possibly employ an employee with a criminal record related to workplace violence.

While a background check won’t necessarily uncover all locations of concern with current and possible workers and volunteers, it will increase new hire high quality as it discourages applicants with anything to hide and increases the good quality of your applicants.

Wondering exactly where to start? Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, the combined trade and customer show sponsored by the Hobby Makers Association, is proud to partner with CoreScreening to supply a substantially discounted price for your workers and volunteers across the nation to total an on the web National Criminal with Sexual Offender Registry search. This program is offered as a service to the market. Neither the Hobby-Expo nor the Hobby Companies Association get any advantage or details from background checks performed.

The common cost for the National Criminal with Sexual Offender Registry search is roughly $20 nonetheless, members of Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo/Hobby Makers Association will receive the discounted cost of $8 per background check.

After your employee or volunteer completes the background check request on-line, the expense of the check will be billed to you and the final results will be emailed to an address offered by you. As incidents may possibly occur at any time, you could want to think about operating background checks on an annual basis. Our program provides a logo that could be utilized on your site which indicates CoreScreening has performed employee background checks.

Visit http://www.RockyMountainHobby-Expo.com/purchaser-registration/ for the link to our discount background verify system (scroll to the bottom of the page).


JGM Headshot Jim Marski is the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, an ASTRA member, former VP of Sales for Accucraft Trains and a former hobby store owner. The Hobby-Expo is held October 25th – 28th in Denver, Colorado. The trade portion of the show functions a series of organization workshops for shop owners. ASTRA members may possibly register at no charge.

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[Guest Post] The Rebirth of the Decide on Your Personal Adventure Series

This week we welcome Shannon Gilligan from the Chooseco, publisher of the ever-common Select Your Personal Adventure series, who shares about the rebirth of the series for a new generation.

My husband R.A. Montgomery and I formed Chooseco in 2003. Ray was the original series publisher and one particular of its 1st authors, over 40 years ago in 1976! Ray’s work on function-playing simulations for the Peace Corps informed his vision for the Decide on Your Personal Adventure (CYOA) series, written in the second person, exactly where You” were usually offered adult skills and empowered to move by way of the branching narrative by generating a series of critically important choices just before reaching The Finish. Some selections and endings have been far more desirable than other people (at least, in theory).

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The re-readability of the books is what drove the early good results of the series. They were so original for the era. They had been also one particular of the first series that had such a wide marketplace appeal – to girls and to boys, to a really wide age range of readers from 8-13, and to accomplished fluent readers as nicely as reluctant readers. Teachers and librarians adored them then and adore them now.

When Ray sold his publishing company, keeping out the series, he identified an agent that submitted it to 14 New York publishers. They all turned it down. Bantam was funding up a children’s imprint. Ray believed the only reason that Bantam purchased it was that they had an adult books editor fielding manuscripts although they staffed the new division.

Bantam wanted six books, far more than Ray could possibly give solo, so he negotiated a key clause: hiring other writers for the series. That became a genuine hallmark. So numerous different points of view coming from the knowledge bases of so numerous different authors created for a genuinely rich series. All through the 1980s and 1990s, CYOA skilled unparalleled achievement. By the late 90s, due to some internal modifications at the original publisher (three mergers in ten years), Bantam steadily let the series go out of print. When rights to his copyrights and the trademark reverted to us, we formed Chooseco in 2003. The timing was auspicious. At this point, many of the original series fans had been beginning to have young children of their own.

We relaunched commercially in 2005 with an initial exclusive to Barnes & Noble. Since then, we has re-issued both new editions of original bestselling Decide on Your Own Adventure titles and published over 25 brand new and original titles. The response has been tremendous: we’ve sold ten million copies considering that the relaunch and it is been terrific to see a new generation of youngsters fall in adore with this format.


Shannon Gilligan Shannon Gilligan began writing fiction for a living soon after graduating from Williams College in 1981. She has written over fifteen books for children, like eleven in the Select Your Personal Adventure series. Her perform has been translated into far more than twenty languages. She spent a decade operating on story-primarily based pc games in the 1990s. Gilligan’s day job is publisher of Chooseco. She lives in Warren, Vermont but travels extensively.

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