Davenport, IA - Mike Vondran, President and CEO of The Ad Group, announced today that the TAG team was the recipient of a second national healthcare advertising award. Winners have been announced in the 2009 Aster Awards for Medical Marketing and TAG HCM is the recipient of a gold award for the Consolidated Services Truck Wrap designed for Iowa Health System.

The Aster Awards is an annual contest hosted by Creative Images, Inc., an internationally recognized firm specializing in strategic health care marketing.

Based in the Quad Cities, The Ad Group is a complete advertising, marketing and public relations agency serving businesses in nearly every industry. TAG Healthcare Marketing is a division of The Ad Group. Since its founding in 1990, The Ad Group has specialized in strategic analysis and creative solutions that achieve results via the staff's creative, responsive and cost-effective service to their clients throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.adgroup.biz.

 

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Davenport, IA - Mike Vondran, President and CEO of The Ad Group, announced today that the TAG team was the recipient of a national healthcare advertising award.  Winners have been announced in the Twenty-Sixth Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report and TAG received a silver award for the consolidated services trailer wrap done for Iowa Health System.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition.  The awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development.  Over 3,600 entries were received in this year's competition, making the awards the largest healthcare advertising awards competition.

Based in the Quad Cities, The Ad Group is a complete advertising, marketing and public relations agency serving businesses in nearly every industry. TAG Healthcare Marketing is a division of The Ad Group. Since its founding in 1990, The Ad Group has specialized in strategic analysis and creative solutions that achieve results via the staff's creative, responsive and cost-effective service to their clients throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.adgroup.biz.

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Evansville, IN- March 26, 2009-- Beginning April 1 through April 11, with any purchase, Shoe Carnival customers will receive a "BOGO When You Want 2" (SM) card. Anytime through January 19, 2010 customers can present the "BOGO When You Want 2" (SM) card and receive "Buy one, get the second pair of equal or lesser value for ½ off."
"We know our customers are going through a tough economic time right now, which is why we want to help by giving them our best offer anytime they want it," said Todd Beurman, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Shoe Carnival. "With the "BOGO When You Want 2" card, our customers will be able to take advantage of this valuable deal, even when the promotion isn't running in our stores, to better meet their families' footwear needs."
This is the first time Shoe Carnival has run this promotion and wanted to offer this deal with their Spring Sale Event running April 1 - April 11 where you can get great deals on name brand footwear for the entire family plus get Buy 1, Get 2nd Pair ½ Off just in time for the Easter holiday.
About Shoe Carnival
Shoe Carnival is a chain of more than 300 footwear stores located in the Midwest, South and Southeast. Combining value pricing with an entertaining store format, Shoe Carnival is a leading retailer of name brand and private label footwear for the entire family. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, Shoe Carnival trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the symbol SCVL. Visit www.shoecarnival.comfor more information.
Milwaukee, Wisc - (March 11, 2009) - Younkers is encouraging customers to participate in its million acts of Goodwill through the semi-annual Goodwill Sale. From March 11 to 24, customers who donate clean, gently-used clothing and home textiles at participating locations will receive 20% off coupons toward new spring merchandise, including apparel and cosmetics. One coupon is given per donated item. The donations will be sold at Goodwill Industries® retail stores, where the revenue funds job training programs and career services for people who need it most in local communities. The popular retail trade-in promotion is a successful collaboration between Younkers and Goodwill.

As a kick off to this spring's Goodwill Sale, Younkers is introducing a new, interactive website designed to track the customer's donations and spread the word about this incredible event. Customers can log on to www.millionactsofgoodwill.com to learn more about Goodwill Industries® mission, get tips for cleaning out their closets and read about Younkers' spring fashion trends. Every person who donates during the Goodwill Sale is contributing an "Act of Goodwill." The goal is to have one million people support the event. When the Goodwill Sale officially begins on March 11, customers may log on to www.millionactsofgoodwill.com and share what they donated. Site visitors will be rewarded for their participation with an additional coupon. A "Million Meter" will track the event's progress and with each step closer to the goal of one million, Younkers will make an additional contribution to Goodwill Industries.

The fall 2008 semi-annual Goodwill Sale generated nearly 3.5 million pounds of donated clothing and textiles. From the sale of these donated items, Goodwill has earned more than $13 million in revenues to support Goodwill's job training and employment services for individuals with disabilities, a lack of education or income as well as for those who are having a hard time finding employment.

"This semi-annual event affords a wonderful benefit to our customers. Our customers can donate their items to be re-sold for a great cause while receiving a substantial discount on our new spring fashions," says Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "The Goodwill Sale exemplifies our commitment to the communities in which we operate."

"Donating and shopping during Younkers' Goodwill Sale is making an economic investment in your local communities," said Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Your donations to Goodwill will help strengthen communities by helping people find meaningful employment to support themselves and their families."

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 281 stores, which includes twelve furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit, Michigan area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 184 community-based, independent member organizations in the United States, Canada, and 14 other countries. Goodwill Industries trains people for careers in fields such as financial services, computer programming, banking, and health care. To pay for its programs, Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items in more than 2,200 retail stores, and online at www.shopgoodwill.com. To find your local Goodwill, use our online locator at www.goodwill.org or call (800) 664-6577.

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Join us for breakfast and a panel discussion covering the topics that are on everyone's mind during this tough economic time. A Life Line for Small Business in a Slow Economy: Bettendorf Today, Thursday, March 5 @ The Lodge from 7:30-9:00 am, $15 per person.

Panelist and topics include : Bob Gallagher Jr, Gallagher Millage & Gallagher: "How to Avoid a Wrongful Termination" Marlene Olsen, Iowa at Work: "Resources Should Layoffs be Necessary" Lynn Fitzgibbon, Iowa Workforce Development: "Unemployment Placement & Workshops" William Gabelmann, Gabelmann & Associates, PC: "How Your Accountant Can Help You with Layoffs" Kelly Wainwright O'Brien, First Central State Bank: "Credit Issues in a Down Economy" Ann Hutchinson, Small Business Development Center: "Money for Small & Medium Businesses Resulting from the Stimulus Bill"

Contact the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce at 355-4753 for reservations or for more information.

National Bancshares, Inc. ("NBI"), the holding company for THE National Bank, is pleased to announce that, as one of the stronger regional banks to participate in the U.S. Treasury's Capital Purchase Program, it received $24.6 million in TARP Capital on February 27, 2009.  NBI had filed an application with the Treasury on November 10, 2008 under the Capital Purchase Program for the sale of nonvoting senior preferred stock in NBI.  NBI intends to use the proceeds from the funded sale as additional capital to continue to grow lending operations at its subsidiary, THE National Bank.

THE National Bank has grown its loan portfolio for twenty-two consecutive months, a remarkable record of serving its customers and communities.  As of December 31, 2008, THE National Bank had $826 million in loans versus $396 million in loans as of June 30, 2006.  THE National Bank reported $8.24 million in net income for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2008.  Prior to the Treasury's purchase, THE National Bank had capital ratios above the levels required to be categorized as "well capitalized."  THE National Bank's total risk based capital, Tier I capital and leverage capital were 12.14%, 10.96% and 8.81% respectively, as of December 31, 2008.  NBI's ratios were 10.45%, 9.29% and 8.13% respectively on that date, also putting it within the "well capitalized" category.

"We view the additional capital as an effective way to bolster our already strong capital position.  The terms of the Capital Purchase Program present an attractive low-cost alternative to other capital sources available in today's markets." said Daniel Westrope, President and CEO of NBI.  THE National Bank's President and CEO, John DeDoncker, added, "This program provides an excellent opportunity for strong banks, such as THE National Bank, to add capital to support our continued growth and lending within the communities we serve.  Regrettably, problems with the larger markets have limited capital sources for community banks."

NBI will issue 24.6 million senior preferred shares to the Treasury that pay a cumulative dividend rate of five percent per annum for the first five years.  The rate will reset to nine percent per annum after five years.  In addition, another 1.2 million shares of senior preferred shares will be issued paying a dividend rate of 9%.  All of the shares are callable by NBI at par after three years and may be repurchased at any time should NBI choose to raise additional equity capital.  Mr. Westrope stated, "When markets for private capital once again become available, it is our expectation that NBI would redeem the Treasury's preferred shares.  Until then, the Treasury will earn a very fair rate of return on the preferred shares being issued."

NBI has no plans or current need to participate in other aspects of the Treasury's overall TARP program.  As a benefit to THE National Bank's customers, the bank is now participating in the FDIC's fee-based expanded insurance program that provides an unlimited guarantee on all of THE National Bank's non-interest bearing deposits through December 31, 2009.

NBI is a bank holding company, headquartered in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Its subsidiary, THE National Bank, currently operates 24 branches in the states of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.  Twelve of the locations are within the greater Quad City metropolitan area.  THE National Bank is the largest commercial bank headquartered in the Quad Cities and is committed to providing the most convenient service.  THE National Bank offers a wide variety of deposit products, mortgage loans, commercial loans, consumer loans, and cash management services.

For more information about THE National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.thenb.com.

Bob Krohn has joined THE National Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. Bob has a degree in Business Management and brings over 30 years of lending experience to THE National Bank. He has spent the last 29 years living and working in the Quad Cities. Bob has participated in many community activities and served on various organizational boards in the Quad Cities.

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Davenport, Iowa, September 3, 2007:  On Saturday, September 15 Blue Sky Gifts and Home Décor and Java Station Espresso Café, both located at 1018 Mound Street in the Village of East Davenport, are celebrating their first annual Grand Fall Open House. Visitors are invited to stop in and enjoy complementary refreshments, drawings for gift certificates and baskets, coffee and tea tasting, Smoothee tasting for kids plus other fun specials throughout the day.

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Dog birthday parties are the latest trend in pet ownership. It was recently reported that over 70,000 pets in the United States have had a birthday party thrown for them by their owners, and this "pet party trend" has taken off in other countries as well, including China, Japan, and England.

According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, there are 73 million dogs owned in the United States, and 74% of dog owners consider their pet as a child and/or family member, so this trend of dog birthday parties is expected to grow.

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