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DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR PRECIOUS METALS DEALERS TO OBTAIN LICENSE FROM THE STATE – The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Financial Institutions (Division) is reminding any and all persons wishing to act as a Precious Metals Dealer that they must be in compliance with the Precious Metals Dealers Act (PMDA). The deadline to apply for a license is June 30.

The Division is ending a transition period after a federal court ruling allowed the Division to accept applications and monitor compliance with the PMDA. The Division has allowed this time to educate dealers and provide them time to submit their applications before the compliance period begins on July 1st, 2015. The Division has also not conducted compliance examinations or filed any enforcement actions for unlicensed precious metals dealer activity during this timeframe.

Anyone engaging in the business of purchasing articles made of or containing gold, silver, platinum, or other precious metals or jewels after July 1, without a license issued by the Division may be subject to administrative action.

The PMDA can be found at:

PMDA Administrative Rules can be found at:

The PMDA application can be found on the Division’s website at:

For questions, please contact the Division at (614) 728-8400 or [email protected].

STATE MEETING PLANNED – The OOD Commissioners’ Program Planning Committee Meeting is scheduled to meet on July 7 at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held at OOD, 150 E. Campus View Blvd., 3rd Floor, in the Ken Campbell Conference Room, Columbus, Ohio 43235.

BLUFFTON BUSINESS DONATES TO UF LITERACY PROGRAM – Dan Stanowick, media and communications director for Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company, hands a check to Allison Baer, Ph.D., Clubhouse director and associate professor of education.

The Clubhouse, The University of Findlay’s free literacy program for children in Hancock County and surrounding areas, received $4,620 from Bluffton-based Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company.

The funding will help pay for The Clubhouse’s tutors.

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company representatives presented a check to Clubhouse organizers on Monday during the closing celebration of the Summer 2015 3-2-1 Program, which provides free small group tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.