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Listen to Virginia…

Circle logo “For a business to continue to grow, you need to keep brushing up on your skills. Our company offers a lot of training for our agents, but we also need to focus on growing our employees. I was excited to hear the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring a local seminar on Customer Service. As COO for CENTURY 21 ProLink, I know customer service is very important to client retention, so I am sending my front-line employee to this seminar. We need more opportunities to have programing like this in our backyard, so support this seminar today and sign up your employees.”

Virginia Anderson
Century 21 ProLink

A Passion For Service Workshop
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Holiday Inn Downtown
701 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA  51101

Morning Workshop: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information or to register for this Customer Service workshop, click here.

Goosmann Law Firm Announces Boutique Estate Planning Department

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The Goosmann Law Firm, PLC’s innovative law practice continues to grow. Jeana Goosmann, CEO of the Goosmann Law Firm, PLC, announces the formation of Goosmann Trust Law Counsel™, a boutique department specifically focused on comprehensive estate and business succession planning.

Factors like baby-boomers moving into retirement at a rate of 10,000 per day, the average life expectancy increasing to around age 79, as well as the U.S. Census Bureau reporting that in the year 2000 roughly 2.2 million older parents lived with their children with that increasing to 3.9 million in 2010 raises the urgency in having estate plans for this generation. According to the AARP, only 17% of Americans over the age of 50 have a current will and power of attorney.

“The growing complexity of estate planning documents and innovation in clients wanting to take more action to help manage their health care and long term care costs over their expected longer lifetimes and protect their beneficiaries is creating the need to have some attorneys who exclusively focus on estate planning,” states Goosmann.

That is one aspect of Goosmann Trust Law Counsel—dedicated staff to solely handle estate planning. Staff within this boutique department includes Christie Finnegan, Executive Director of Estate Planning; Breandan Donahue, Estate Planning Attorney, and Monica Colella, Paralegal. Jeana Goosmann is Managing Attorney and CEO.

“Dedicated estate planning attorneys and staff also allows for more sophisticated planning that is especially beneficial to business owners and those with larger estates, including farms,” Goosmann notes. “Estate and business succession planning are closely tied together and sometimes involves complex questions around law, tax, and business. Carefully integrating real estate, business ownership, and significant tax benefits into the estate plan is crucial. Sophisticated, well-crafted documents are necessary to ensure those goals are met.”

Another unique feature of Goosmann Trust Law Counsel is fixed fees which mean estate planning clients will have the opportunity to know their total cost up front before work even begins.

“My firm prides itself in great service for our clients,” Goosmann said. “Industry-wide, one frustration of clients was after they asked how much their estate plan would cost, they would get a wide range and in some cases, the final cost would be higher than the estimate. Our no-surprising billing through fixed fees for our estate planning services will enhance attorney-client communication because clients are not worried about asking questions due to being ‘on the clock’ with the lawyer.”

Goosmann feels the methods to estate planning found in Trust Law Counsel are cutting edge and fills a need for this region. “Estate planning is often one of the most overlooked areas of personal financial management, but yet is so important for people of all ages,” she says. “Our approach to estate planning breaks down barriers for people to get their plan in place. Goosmann Trust Law Counsel is dedicated to providing peace of mind for business owners, individuals and their families and we want to work with them and their other planning advisors in order to preserve their wealth and legacy.”

For more information on Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, visit www.TrustLawCounsel.com or call 712.226.4000.

Would you like your business to be designated as a Family Friendly Business?

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World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-8th. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding Support Close to Mothers”.  Workplace and employmentBreastfeeding Support has an impact on women to be able to continue breastfeeding after returning work.  Support from employers is one of the five circles of support. To become a Family Friendly Business, Iowa Breastfeeding Coalitions asks just two things:

  1. Have a welcoming attitude to nursing mothers and babies
  2. Provide a comfortable, clean place for a mother to breastfeed or express breast milk (a dressing room in a retail store or quiet corner is just fine)

In exchange, the Family Friendly Business Initiative will:

  • List your business as Family Friendly in information available to mothers
  • Provide a logo to place in the window of your business
  • Offer a handout with suggestions for bringing employees on board
  • List your business as Family Friendly on this page
  • List your business and map its location on the Family Friendly Business Facebook page

Check the following websites to see Family Friendly Businesses in Iowa and other states.

http://www.familyfriendlybusinessinitiative.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FamilyFriendlyBusiness

– Siouxland District Health Department

Commercial Property Tax Appeal

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All across the United States, real estate values have dropped dramatically.  Many properties have not been accurately assessed for property tax purposes.  Issues with property taxes lie with whether the property is really worth what the assessor says it is.  This is especially important for industrial and commercial taxpayers with multiple business locations.  Many property owners are overpaying on property taxes, as there may be a substantial gap between the assessed value and the actual value of the property.

The property tax appeals process may vary by location.  Property owners in Sioux City are currently receiving notice of assessments.  If the property has not been reassessed, the same value is used for 2013 as was assessed in 2012.  The deadline to file a protest of the 2013 assessment is quickly approaching.  The deadline is May 5th.  Attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm, PLC understand the tax appeal process.

Jeana Goosmann, AttorneyBest Mural 2
Goosmann Law Firm, PLC
410 5th Street
Sioux City, IA  51101
P: (712) 226-4000
F: (712) 224-4517
jeana@goosmannlaw.com

Siouxland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Welcomes Founder Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker to Siouxland

The Siouxland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will welcome the organization’s founder Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker to Siouxland on Friday September 7th.  The event will take place at Bev’s on the River starting with a book signing at 10:30am followed by the luncheon at 11:30am. There are still seats available.  For more information, call the Komen Siouxland office at (712) 277-1553 or email info@komensiouxland.org

The Siouxland Affiliate was selected as the winner of a contest held by the breast cancer organization’s headquarters to promote Promise Me, the recently published memoir of the organization’s founder Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker.  Promise Me, a New York Times best-seller, chronicles Brinker’s transformation from bereaved sister to the undisputed leader of the global movement to end breast cancer.  It shows the very personal side of Susan G. Komen For The Cure®.

The Komen Siouxland Affiliate developed an integrated and creative campaign that started with the local book store, Book People, agreeing to promote Promise Me and then expanded to include the entire Marketplace Shopping Centre turning the promotion into a celebration of what the breast cancer movement has accomplished and what will be done in the future.

Janet Stone
Affiliate Coordinator
Siouxland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
712.277.1553
jstone@komensiouxland.org

Sioux City Pancheros will offer their burrito creations for $1 on August 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate Pancheros Mexican Grill’s 20th Anniversary

Pancheros Mexican Grill will celebrate its 20th anniversary on August 28, 2012 by offering guests their famous burritos for just $1. To thank loyal customers for two successful decades, participating Pancheros locations will be serving their burrito creations between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

Sioux City Pancheros located at 2400 Hamilton Blvd

Offering customers a unique Mexican food experience, Pancheros’ fresh-pressed tortillas are filled with only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and then are mixed with “Bob the Tool” for a harmonious mouthful of flavor in every bite. Other menu options include tasty quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads, all of which are hand crafted and marinated with only the freshest grilled meats and vegetables.

“We look forward to celebrating this milestone by sharing our delicious burritos for just $1,” said Rodney Anderson, founder and CEO of Pancheros Mexican Grill. “With this anniversary we are looking toward the future with brand new locations and another twenty amazing years of flavorful, fresh food and great service.”

To find a location near you or more information please visit www.pancheros.com

About Pancheros Mexican Grill

Founded in 1992 by Rodney L. Anderson, Coralville, Iowa-based Pancheros Mexican Grill is a quick-serve, fresh-Mexican franchise that serves its signature fresh-pressed tortillas filled with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Burritos are customized and mixed with “Bob the Tool” to get every ingredient in each bite. Along with their tasty burritos, the menu also includes quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Pancheros currently has more than 50 locations in the United States and the company plans to have 60 restaurants open across the country by the end of 2013. For more information, visit www.pancheros.com.

Sterling Computers Corporation Ranks No. 3,277 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 61%
 

Norfolk, NE, August 23, 2012 –Inc. magazine ranked Sterling Computers Corporation No. 3,277 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Sterling joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani, Giftcards.com, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

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Sterling’s Dakota Dunes office is located at 870 Cottonwood Lane, Ste. 100

“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward.  Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.

“The growth that Sterling has experienced, especially during trying economic times, is a testament to the talents and skills of our employees and their ability to execute our corporate strategy” said Brad Moore, Vice President and one of Sterling’s owners.   “Our customers and industry partners have great faith in our ability to deliver complex products and services at an industry leading value.”

Sterling was also recently named to the Hispanic Business 500 list, which ranks the largest US Hispanic-Owned Companies by revenue. Sterling ranked #44 overall and #1 in Nebraska.

About Sterling (http://www.sterlingcomputers.com/)
Founded in 1996, Sterling is an award-winning technology solutions provider focused on hardware, software, and technology services for the Federal, State, and Local Government.  Sterling is headquartered in Norfolk, NE with offices in Bellevue, NE, Ainsworth, NE and Dakota Dunes, SD.  Sterling is a Small, Minority, Woman Owned Business with the mission of providing the highest standard of I.T. sales and services.


Tim McCabe, Sales Director
Sterling Computers Corporation
(605) 242-4003
tim@sterlingcomputers.com

Goosmann Law Firm Restores Historic Gem

The Goosmann Law Firm could have chosen to strike new ground for their much needed office space.  Instead, they chose to renovate and modernize a historic piece of downtown Sioux City; the Lerch building, located at 410 5th Street.  This investment in the Sioux City community was an opportunity to revitalize what once was and is now no-longer lost.  Rarely do we see the restoration of vacant commercial property; as a result leaving the past behind.  The Goosmann Law Firm is proud to be a part of this history in Sioux City.  It was an opportunity to refresh a part of downtown Sioux City; a chance for misplaced memories to reappear.

The Lerch building has seen many transitions since 1907 when William Lerch built this classic building of 16,000 sq. ft.  What remains today is a conversation between history and contemporary, between old and new.  Uncovered and preserved in the Lerch building are pieces with character; stunning wood floors, tin ceilings and grand columns that line the hallway to office entrances.  Painted on the west facade is a notable icon of downtown Sioux City – the We (heart) Sioux City logo.  The reviving of the Lerch building is an investment in Sioux City’s past as well as an investment into the future of the Goosmann Law Firm.

Goosmann Law Firm is a general practice law firm, including but not limited to all aspects of Agricultural Law, Business Law, Banking, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Collections, Construction Law, Communications Law, Contracts, Corporate Law, Debtor and Creditor, Employment, Family Law, Health Care, Litigation, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, and Probate Law.  The firm has attorneys that are licensed to practice in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Jamie Modicue, Client Relations Manager
Goosmann Law Firm
(712) 226-4000
jamie@goosmannlaw.com

Leadership’s Effects on a Self-Managed Team

As leaders we’re often faced with challenges which we don’t recognize as having significant effects on the performance of our organizations.  I wrote this case study to illustrate how team performance can be affected by its members. 

http://findthepath.us/blog/?p=183

As an Executive Coach, I help leaders take specific actions to eliminate, move through, over and/or around the barriers to success that exist within their organizations and realize breakthrough performance.    

The solution starts with you.

Lead well, my friends-

Tom

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Email: tom.eakin@ymail.com

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FREE TOOLS from Pathfinder Executive Coaching

Pathfinder is very excited to announce a new page on the Pathfinder Executive Coaching website with FREE TOOLS designed to help leaders be more effective!

One of Pathfinder’s objectives is to develop practical tools which are easy to use and provide actionable feedback. Click on the link, below, to visit the new FREE TOOLS page and discover how these valuable tools can help you be a more effective leader.

http://findthepath.us/free_tools

The Solution begins with You.

Lead well, my friends –

Tom Eakin
Pathfinder Executive Coaching
tom.eakin@findthepath.us
tom.eakin@ymail.com
605.670.0192