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Braley Labor Day Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:37

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement in honor of Labor Day:

"Labor Day has always been a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy the traditional end of summer. But the real purpose of Labor Day is to celebrate American workers, who have been responsible for the most innovative and powerful economy in the world.  Better and safer working conditions exist because American workers fought for them. American workers deserve jobs that pay a living wage for a hard day's work. On this Labor Day, my thoughts are with the hardworking Americans who make our lives better and help make America the greatest country in the world.”

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Terrostar/Medix Dental – New Business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:01

A very old building in the heart of downtown Davenport will soon be the home of two very modern companies.

Terrostar and Medix Dental - which do online marketing and IT and technology support for the dental industry, respectively - are moving into the former Schneff Jeweler s and First Trust and Savings Building at the corner of Third and Brady streets. Tom Terronez, who owns both companies, says he hopes to have the 20-plus member staff moved into the renovated third floor of the nearly century old building by the end of 2014.

"A lot of stuff is happening in downtown Davenport, and being a tech-based business, we wanted something that fits our personality," he said. "We love the historic building and we love being close to the action going on. My staff is very young and they want to be near the restaurants, bars and other things going on."

The companies are currently housed on a couple different floors in their Bettendorf building on Utica Ridge Road, and Terronez plans to add five new employees in the current year. Being out of room, and wanting to consolidate operations, are another reason for the move, he said.

There is quite a bit of work to do to convert the former administration offices of Palmer College of Chiropractic into a tech-savvy, open design workspace. Although the high ceilings and bright windows remain, pretty much everything else will be updated and renovated, Terronez said.

The building's owner - TR Holdings - has plans to create second floor apartments and first floor retail and loft space - but there is not a firm construction timeline at this point, said a company spokesman. Work will also include some facade cleanup on the building that was erected in 1918.

Terronez said his project should fit in nicely with recently announced plans Eastern Iowa Community College's new "urban campus" in the renovated bank buildings across 3rd Street. He hopes to bring in interns from both the college and from the Davenport School District's Creative Arts Academy.

"The long-term vision is to have downtown Davenport be a tech and education corridor," he said.

 
4 Essentials Your Financial Advisor Should Have PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:05
The Client-Advisor Relationship Must NOT Be Overlooked, Says Industry Veteran

Shocking stats continue to make news regarding America’s preparedness for retirement, including the fact that one of five citizens near retirement age have zero money put away for the golden years, according to statistics recently released from the Federal Reserve.

About 20 percent of pre-retirees have nothing stocked away, and 31 percent of the total population also has no money for retirement.

“This issue is making news regularly, and financial planning for retirement advertisements have spiked in recent years, in case you haven’t noticed,” says Rodger Alan Friedman, author of “Forging Bonds of Steel,” (www.forgingbondsofsteel.com/).

“If nothing else, I hope the increased focus is lighting a fire under those who are near retirement, and I hope future generations are taking notes.”

Just as the average person needs to get real with their own finances, advisors also need to get real with their clients. That means having several traits, says Friedman, who reviews them.

•  Competence: When advisors are unsure of themselves, it comes through. When presented with a set of facts, new advisors may not recognize what they are dealing with, or its importance. A seasoned advisor, on the other hand, has dealt with many clients with numerous problems several times over and knows what it takes to solve a problem. That’s why I feel that an experienced financial advisor is the best answer for someone in need of retirement income and financial planning. Also, financial advisors should be very well-read, with self-imposed reading requirements. Learning new ideas and revisiting old ones keeps veteran advisors fresh.

•  Empathy: What is a client going through? Advisors must have their antennae up. Tears, anger, regrets and frustration are often bound with a person’s finances, and “I have met very few 22-year-olds who can fully understand the struggles, worries and dreams most people experience throughout a lifetime,” he says. Advisors have to develop an approach that helps clients feel comfortable in discussing difficult matters. The client needs to understand that the advisor truly cares and is not there merely for a transaction.

•  Ability to listen: “ ‘You have to have two ears and one mouth,’ my mother used to say; she made it clear that I should be listening twice as much as I was talking, and that advice has served me well in my life and career,” Friedman says. Clients come to an advisor for professional expertise, but they don’t want to be lectured. Advisors have to first listen to clients – their problems, needs and hopes – before offering a professional response. The conversation should flow easily both ways as an advisor and client get to the heart of matters in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

•  Perspective & insight: Perspective and insight are like twins: wherever there is one, the other is not far behind. Planners gain perspective and insight through thousands of hours of listening, collaborating, advising and acting as a steward of the financial assets and dreams of the families they serve. You know when you’re in the presence of these “twins;” it is often said that people with both see with their intellect – they possess vision. Clients should keep their antennae up for these traits when meeting a prospective advisor. Pay attention to how he or she may, as if without effort, intelligently guide the two-way conversation.

About Rodger Alan Friedman

Rodger Alan Friedman grew up working in his family’s New York City laundry, where he learned a strong work ethic – and about the type of work he didn’t want to do. After earning a degree in political science, he became a real-estate agent trainee, then performed compliance audits for a large Wall Street brokerage firm, eventually became a stock broker, and then financial advisor and wealth management professional. Friedman’s passion persists today while advising affluent retirees and near-retirees in structuring their planning and investments for the next phase of their lives. He is a managing director, founding partner and wealth manager at Steward Partners Global Advisory in the Washington metropolitan area.

Opinions expressed are those of Rodger Friedman and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. All opinions are as of this date are of subject to change without notice.

Rodger Friedman is a Wealth Manager and offers securities through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Rodger Friedman can be contacted at 855-414-3140, and via email Rodger.Friedman@StewardPartners.com.

 
Real Talk Training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate McGovern   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:23

Davenport, IA September
12 or 13, 2014 — Real Talk Training (RTT) is a one day seminar training leaders to use professional coaching techniques to transform their everyday communications. RTT is an interactive learning experience using demonstration, practice and constructive feedback to equip leaders to be more effective communicators. This training has been offered globally to churches, major corporations and nonprofit organizations with outstanding results. Train under professional coaches to learn how to take your relationships to the next level through REAL communication. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock sustainable change in your relationships through REAL conversation! You will learn to:
● Avoid the number one killer of authentic communication
● Jumpstart a significant conversation with anyone
● Listen for heartlevel meaning
● Ask questions to open others up
● Solve problems permanently by not giving advice
● Get a response instead of a reaction

Presented by Kate McGovern is a Certified Growth Coach and Real Talk Presenter. Kate is passionate about restoring believers to a place of freedom as a children of God through physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. When she is not coaching, Kate is hosting a TBN news show, leading women’s Bible studies and prayer groups, tending her garden, travelling or spending time with her husband Tom and their four children (and spouses!) and nine grandchildren.

Jennie Turton is a Certified Coach Trainer, Certified Professional Coach and Real Talk Presenter. Jennie is committed to seeing herself and the body of Christ live the abundant lives promised by God. When she is not training coaches or coaching the coaches she trains, Jennie is visiting her large extended family, travelling internationally, ballroom dancing or enjoying the outdoors with her husband Valentin.

Event details ❏
What: Real Talk Training
❏ When: Friday, September 12 or Saturday, September 13, 2014 9am4pm
(Coffee and snacks will be
provided. Participants will be dismissed for lunch.)
❏ Where: Quad Cities Prayer Center, 320 West Kimberly Rd., Davenport, Iowa 52807 (in North Park Mall
next to Sears)
❏ Who: Age 15 and up
❏ Cost: $45/person
❏ Registration: Online at: https://christianlifecoachnow.com/davenport/
❏ Contact: Kate McGovern: (309) 2368718
Invigorate

 
Why Has There Never Been an Unemployment-Themed Reality TV Show? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:47
With the Right Help, the Whole Cast Could be Winners,
Says Employment Strategist

After perusing the many niches of reality TV -- well-to-do housewives in multiple major cities, the rugged Alaska lifestyle, and working the dirtiest jobs known to man -- employment strategist Richard B. Alman wonders why we haven’t seen a show about a popular and compelling subject: long-term unemployment.

While unemployment has seen an impressive two-year decline and currently hovers near 6.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is no reliable data for the long-term unemployed – those who’ve been jobless for 27 weeks or more – and for the underemployed.

“Recent college grads, who are typically saddled with student debt, still struggle to find terra firma in the professional world, and there’s a large blind spot for older unemployed workers, who may have gone back to school or taken a lesser job for which they’re overqualified, or they’re still searching,” says Alman, principal of Recruiter Media, owner of www.RecruiterNetworks.com, the world's largest owner/operator of career websites.

“Drama, struggle, learning moments and, yes, hope – that’s what you’d get with an un- and underemployment-themed reality TV show.”

Alman reviews how the first season might play out.

•  Week 1: Job-seekers are happy to have a gig. Since reality show participants are paid, all are happy for this opportunity. Newly graduated college students are grateful to have a place to crash for several weeks with Wi-Fi and other free amenities, and love interests begin to develop. Older professionals, however, will have mortgages and families; for them, the show is a business trip. Underemployed job-seekers tell their stories of working long hours in unfulfilling positions.

•  Week 2: Putting the reality into “reality TV.” “Un- and underemployment touches nearly everyone; we all know someone without enough work,” Alman says. While reality includes fortuitous wealth and fame for a few, it also includes tough times for many. The second week would feature job-seekers sticking to old methods of searching that have not worked in the past and continue to fail them.

•  Week 3: The reveal – participants find out it’s a competition. While the cameras have sparked renewed vigor in their individual searches – a few participants may have even tried some wildly unconventional tactics – the group has had relatively little success. Producers reveal that it’s not just a reality show about job-seekers, it’s a competition. The group is separated into two teams. Participants from the winning team get legitimate interviews with Fortune 500 companies.

•  Week 4: Job-seekers gain important tips. No matter how much experience, talent, youth or beauty they have, job-seekers still make mistakes with their strategies. While a well-written cover letter, an impressive education and a great resume certainly help – they’re not everything. Professionals give participants tips for staying relevant in today’s market, including the importance of doing volunteer work, preferably in roles that match their talents and training.

“I really cannot overemphasize this tip enough. Volunteering is probably the best way for the long-term unemployed to demonstrate their abilities, initiative and effectiveness in a marketplace that hasn’t given you enough of a chance,” Alman says. “It builds new skills, introduces you to a new network of potential employers, and adds recent experience to your resume.”

•  Final week: All are on their way to gainful employment. After several weeks, most of the participants have made significant progress in landing career positions. While the winning team gains a great opportunity with a guaranteed, high-quality interview, there are no losers on this show. And, those who’ve made an excellent impression on the program are sure to gain additional opportunities.

About Richard B. Alman

Richard B. Alman is the principal and chief career/employment strategist of Recruiter Media Inc., the world's largest owner/operator of career websites, offering recruiters, employers and job seekers a smarter alternative to the impersonal, less-specific “universal” employment websites. The only national, city-specific job board on the planet for more than a decade, www.RecruiterNetworks.com serves more than 1,000 U.S. cities with their own unique career websites. Alman has worked in all aspects of recruiting and career/employment strategies with corporations such as General Motors and UBS and privately owned multi-national companies.

 
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