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CPI employee Dyan Suppes attains ASPPA’s CPC designation

Dyan Suppes of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) has recently passed all of the required exams to attain her CPC (Certified Pension Consultant) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF-1 & RPF-2) exams, the Defined Contribution Administrative Issues Basic Concepts (DC-1), Compliance Issues (DC-2), and Advanced Topics (DC-3) exams, the Administrative Issues of Defined Benefit Plans (DB) exam, the Certified Pension Consultant Modules exams, and the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) exam.

December 02, 2012 | | Business


24-hour daycare now open

A 24-hour childcare center in Great Bend celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Chamber ribbon cutting, and owner Erika Julian hopes to reach out to area employers as she grows her new business. All The Little Children, currently located at 1416 Broadway in Great Bend, is the only 24-hour licensed daycare in the area. "Businesses who employ evening and overnight help often struggle with high turnover because their staff can't find reliable childcare," Julian said. "I hope to develop good relationships with these types of employers to help solve that problem so they can retain the valuable employees ...

November 30, 2012 | | Business


CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. names Divisional Vice President for Northeast

CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc., a full-service retirement plan solutions company headquartered in Great Bend, announces that Ivette Dominguez has accepted the position of divisional vice president for CPI's Northeast Division. As divisional vice president, Ms. Dominguez will lead the sales strategies as well as the growth and development of six retirement plan consultants on the Northeast Divisional team. With extensive experience in qualified retirement plans, Ms. Dominguez will also represent the distribution of CPI solutions in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia, helping financial advisors and plan sponsors drive our outcome based approach for their retirement plan ...

November 28, 2012 | | Business


Reinke recognizes St. John-based dealership for long-term commitment to representing Reinke Irrigati

Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanized irrigation systems, announces that Raindrop Repair, Inc. of St. John, has received a Reinke Longevity award for its 20 years of marketing Reinke products. The Reinke dealership was also awarded a Gold Reinke Pride award in recognition of the company's 2011-2012 marketing year success.

November 28, 2012 | | Business


Cornerstone and Vietri partner in national advertising campaign

Cornerstone Interiors is increasing its national advertising exposure. Cornerstone is partnering with Vietri in the magazine 2012 "Southern Lady Holidays" special collector's issue on the inside back cover. Cornerstone Interiors has the distinct privilege of being the only Kansas distributor of Vietri listed in the magazine, owner Debbie Deutsch said.

November 25, 2012 | | Business


St. Rose therapists receive ASTYM training

St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center patients who need physical or occupational therapy will benefit from recent training completed by members of the Rehab Services team, said Pam Perry, program director. Three St. Rose therapists are now trained in ASTYM.

November 25, 2012 | | Business


Bauer recognized by ElderCare, Inc.

Greg Bauer, attorney with Bauer Pike & Johnson Chtd., was recognized for serving six years on the Board of Directors of ElderCare, Inc. Bauer served as Board president for from 2010 to 2012. Janet Splitter, Executive Director of ElderCare, Inc. presented Bauer a plaque in appreciation of his leadership and counsel guiding the service to older adults. Current members of the Board include: Julie Knoblich, Bernie Jamieson, Barbara Shirk, Larry Collins, Richard VonFeldt, Terry Conard and Robin Fabricius.

November 25, 2012 | | Business


First Kansas announces promotions

Paul Snapp, president and CEO of First Kansas Bank, announced the promotions of Patty Strube to assistant vice president and Angela Campbell to vice president and facility manager of the First Kansas Bank location in Great Bend. "Patty Strube is a model for our Bank Team," Snapp said. Strube's role in customer service will continue to expand. She has been with the Bank for nine years in a variety of positions.

November 24, 2012 | | Business


Local dental hygienist retires

Great Bend dental hygienist Phyllis Marsh, R.D. H. is retiring from active practice this month. Phyllis graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry with her Bacher of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1969. Her career has touched the lives of many patients throughout the state of Kansas as she has practiced in dental offices in Kansas City, Manhattan, Larned, and Great Bend. She most recently practiced with Dr. Konrad Rock and Dr. Ross Hildebrand.

November 21, 2012 | | Business


Pathways Employee of the Month

Lorene Peschka has been named Pathways Employee of the Month. She has been caring for the clients at Pathways for over nine years. Never one to complain, she always focuses on the clients and making sure all their needs are met. Lorene is a team player who will do whatever is asked to help the clients and her co-workers. She is self motivated and always gives the clients the best possible care. Lorene has earned the respect from clients and staff alike because she has worked hard to establish great relationships.

November 18, 2012 | | Business


Are online reviews more naughty than nice for holiday shoppers?

Gone are the days when holiday shoppers strolled through downtown sidewalks, peering at the elaborate displays arrayed in storefront windows. Today's shopper is more likely to surf Internet sites for bargains. Your Better Business Bureau advises modern bargain hunters that local merchants still offer good deals for holiday shoppers. Additionally, the brick-and-mortar stores around the corner are still going to be there, easily accessible should you have any sort of issue with the item you purchased.

November 18, 2012 | | Business


Taking the next step

Text, photos and artwork appearing on the pages of the Great Bend Tribune have been sharper of late, thanks to an upgrade to a new method of making its plates – the computer-to-plate system.

November 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Business


Doctor, physical therapy dept. added to CKOG

Central Kansas Orthopedic Group will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, to celebrate its major remodeling effort, as well as the addition of Dr. David Rhodes and physical therapist Troy Moore to the practice. The public is invited to meet Rhodes and Moore and the physical therapy staff, and to tour the newly redone facility.

November 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Business


ABBB announces new chief information officer

The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered announced the addition of William R. Eckels to its professional team.

November 16, 2012 | | Business


Area professionals recognize Golden Belt Community Foundation's worth to clients

When Robin Fabricius, Great Bend attorney, talks with clients about finances and estate planning, charitable giving sometimes is part of the conversation. Once that happens, Fabricius often takes the opportunity to steer those clients to the Golden Belt Community Foundation for its expertise on charitable giving.

November 13, 2012 | | Business


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BBB advice for choosing a tax preparer wisely

W-2 forms are flying through the air like snowflakes these days as employers deliver that vital piece of tax information to employees. For many the arrival of that form signals the start of tax season when time ticks toward the April 15 deadline. Forbes magazine reports that around 150 million taxpayers will use a tax preparation service. A market that large guarantees that some who seek your tax preparation business will be less competent than others.

January 28, 2015 | | Business


Charity drive nets thousands of items for local food banks

The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.

January 27, 2015 | | Business


Raindrop Repair technician attends Reinke advanced PLUS Seminar

Reinke announces that Stephen Batten with Raindrop Repair in St. John, recently attended the 3-day Reinke Advanced PLUS (Proven Leaders in Unmatched Service) Seminar. Service technicians representing 13 Reinke dealerships from across the U.S. attended the seminar in Deshler, Neb.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


RiverBend auction benefits Clara Barton Hospital Foundation

"Having a benefit auction with the proceeds going to the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation was a great way for us to support our medical providers and helps enhance services for our residents at the same time," reports Bryan Stacey, Executive Director at RiverBend Assisted Living, in Great Bend. "Our two facilities are a natural fit and have a great working relationship."

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Clara Barton to hold annual meeting

The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will host its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Clara Barton Hospital, 250 W. 9th, Hoisington, in the Turnbull Safe Room. All members of the Foundation are welcome to attend the meeting.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Becker Tire receives distributor award

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Phone scams continue to be serious threat, remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 201

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Battle of the Bulge promotes community wellness

BY DANIELLE FEIST

January 23, 2015 | | Business


Sunflower Financial and First Western Financial announce Mutual Termination of Merger Agreement

Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. ("Sunflower") and Colorado-based First Western Financial, Inc. ("First Western") today announced the mutual termination of their definitive merger agreement, dated Sept. 22, 2014.

January 21, 2015 | | Business


Young Professionals prepared for annual charity supply drive

For the third straight year, Barton County Young Professionals will host their annual Charity Supply Drive on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter, 3503 10th St. in Great Bend.

January 20, 2015 | | Business


Farmer’s Bank donates to Head Start

January 18, 2015 | | Business


Clara Barton welcomes Dr. Howes

Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics announce that Jeremy Howes, MD, is joining the Clara Barton family as a general surgeon at Clara Barton Surgical Services.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


BBB tips for using sales to stretch your budget

Consumers who are interested in getting the most bang for their buck (and who isn't?) know to watch for sales. Most of us notice the patterns over time – holiday items on sale right after the holiday passes and white sales in January, for instance. Beyond that, many simply look for the best price at whatever time the need for an item arises.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


​Sunflower and First Western Financial terminate merger agreement

Kansas-based Sunflower Financial Inc. and Colorado-based First Western Financial Inc. announced Friday the mutual termination of their definitive merger agreement, dated Sept. 22, 2014.

January 17, 2015 | | Business


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