RSS Feed businessrecord.com : Retail & Business http://www.businessrecord.com:80 A feed of current articles not set 2014-09-02T02:02:55.8841186Z First National Bank completes acquisition of First Bank <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Ames-based First National Bank has completed its acquisition of First Bank, a West Des Moines banking institution that had been owned by the family of West Des Moines City Councilman Rick Messerschmidt.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/First-National-Bank-completes-acquisition-of-First-Bank/179/854/65161 Retail & Business Report paints dim picture of Iowa wage growth <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Wage growth for Iowa workers has stagnated despite improved productivity and educational attainment, according to a new report by the Iowa Policy Project.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Report-paints-dim-picture-of-Iowa-wage-growth/179/854/65159 Retail & Business Templeton Rye will change its label <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">The label of the whiskey most associated with Iowa will soon list the state where it's distilled: Indiana.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Templeton-Rye-will-change-its-label/179/854/65138 Retail & Business CEO of Veridian Credit Union stepping down <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Jean Trainor is bringing a three-decade tenure at Waterloo-based Veridian Credit Union to a close,&nbsp;</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Af0Z9xxNVgPJCb1XIRv5dNEAvZd8rYxxOiUucbGxArVEtCQGeQr3Kal0zpWiLJoXlXuYDvVl9GUTLRhOeuy60OdgBAb1hZoNQJe8hCg9QdWnqFyi3V8rhq_zJDXRoETCO8eE4NXJNd53uKrIMF-725V-UMUubYAObduyZ-HGhr4Mf210bOMMTsq7FZ6KNDDOI15mkB4-DP7_nw_LLjZKf6QNfIAEEeeaMVCHiDJOJA_Q9CT_N2dqISrz1uOIXYn17gg-hbYMclY=" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1;">according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.</a> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/CEO-of-Veridian-Credit-Union-stepping-down/179/854/65137 Retail & Business Meta Payment Systems to partner with Ohio-based card issuer <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Meta Payment Systems, a division of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based MetaBank and a leading issuer of prepaid cards, announced it has entered into a multiyear agreement with Cincinnati-based UniRush LLC to issue UniRush's prepaid RushCard.&nbsp;</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Meta-Payment-Systems-to-partner-with-Ohio-based-card-issuer/179/854/65136 Retail & Business THE ENTREPRENEURS: Daniel Grimes Daniel Grimes, a veteran of the food and beverage industry, saw his opportunity while doing event consulting for the Rollins Mansion, a newly renovated historic home on Fleur Drive.&nbsp; http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/THE-ENTREPRENEURS-Daniel-Grimes/179/854/65116 Retail & Business Construction employment on the rise, but skilled labor shortage feared <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Two out of three construction companies have faced a labor shortage over the last year, according to a survey conducted by SmartBrief on behalf of the Associated General Contractor of America.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Construction-employment-on-the-rise-but-skilled-labor-shortage-feared/179/854/65126 Retail & Business CenturyLink to expand local calling area <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Dialing "1" before the number will soon be unnecessary for Greater Des Moines residents who have landline service through CenturyLink Inc.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/CenturyLink-to-expand-local-calling-area/179/854/65104 Retail & Business UNI report: Iowa small businesses contributed more than 100,000 new jobs in 2013 <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Iowa small businesses hired a lot of employees last year and laid off a large number as well, but in the end they contributed to a net increase of nearly 106,000 new jobs to the Iowa economy, according to the&nbsp;</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001RZyw8rJJCK5qXbigFupgxeQKttbsav8drmA15ZTJgNJK9hJwfVYtsJPkY2VRXX-zUWfikGTxKS98ySLbOXQjW0CnRwvcMlPDcvRLWyqgs4j3gcqDwvMQPKsi2fhayN5vW-GU3-Z0IYZQxtereeBuRq3x1RZS7wNYowfOtt0t_4aO3lDWhv-vrMCJKM3vjE61xNT3UCLpebXDwbonGq_9Rh0CwBJpxGr62CXUcMUm7GnLwUsw1kP75qbrH0RGLrkwvXxNF7ZOXS0MRwKuon1Icy9N61BQIh5Xfk87gwq2BpcJM_KdyZBmrya8EEvbeLwISdX1JzUf12Rvhcy4apWEwEboawQokCc_QRgaDitxNU5u96VmLKO4Q3IWmUClrXcaLhAgzUuTpqA=" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1;">2014 Iowa Small Business Report</a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">&nbsp;produced by the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center Entrepreneurship Outreach. &nbsp;</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/UNI-report-Iowa-small-businesses-contributed-more-than-100-000-new-jobs-in-2013/179/854/65102 Retail & Business Nominations sought for Partnership's Inclusion Awards <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Inclusion Council is now accepting nominations for the Partnership's 2015 Inclusion Awards.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Nominations-sought-for-Partnership-s-Inclusion-Awards/179/854/65095 Retail & Business Finalists named in Pappajohn business plan competition <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Three eastern Iowa startup companies have been selected as finalists in the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Finalists-named-in-Pappajohn-business-plan-competition/179/854/65072 Retail & Business Shazam names new leader <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Paul Waltz has been named president of the Shazam Inc. in anticipation of the retirement in August 2015 of CEO Michael Hollinger, according to a release.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Shazam-names-new-leader/179/854/65068 Retail & Business Ruan announces leadership changes <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Ben McLean has been named president and chief operating officer of Ruan Transportation Management Systems Inc. and Dan Van Alstine has joined the company as president of western dedicated contract services.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Ruan-announces-leadership-changes/179/854/65067 Retail & Business Vermeer announces succession plan <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">As part of its family succession planning process, Vermeer Corp. on Monday announced that Jason Andringa, grandson of company founder Gary Vermeer, will become the next president and CEO of the Pella-based manufacturing company.</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Vermeer-announces-succession-plan/179/854/65066 Retail & Business Bankers Trust unveils new logo, updated brand <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Bankers Trust Co. unveiled a new logo, brand identity and website Monday.&nbsp;</span> http://www.businessrecord.com:80/Content/Retail-Business/Retail-Business/Article/Bankers-Trust-unveils-new-logo-updated-brand/179/854/65046 Retail & Business