Happy New Year from J&L Staffing and Recruiting!



J&L wants to help you make this the best year ever!

219 W 7th, Sioux City


Participate in the Sioux City Explorers 1st Annual Spread the Warmth Drive

Spread_the_Warmth_DriveWith the Holiday and winter season approaching, cold weather is among us. The Sioux City Explorers want to help keep everyone warm this winter by hosting their first annual “Spread the Warmth Mitten and Hat Drive”.

All donation items received by the X’s will be provided to the Salvation Army of Siouxland and distributed in conjunction with their annual Coats for Kids campaign.

To help spread the warmth, please stop by the Explorers’ winter offices located at 600 Stevens Port Drive, Ste 105 in Dakota Dunes, SD (between Tyson Foods Corporate office and Oral Surgery Associates) and donate a pair of mittens or a stocking hat and receive a pair of complimentary tickets for any 2014 Sioux City Explorers home game during the month of May.

“We are so excited once again that the Sioux City Explorers have partnered with the Salvation Army of Siouxland to help boys and girls in need this Holiday Season. The Explorers glove and hat drive will be a home run in making Christmas bright for many children throughout Siouxland,” comments The Salvation Army Corps officer Capt. Von R. Vandiver.

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, December 18th. Help the Sioux City Explorers Spread the Warmth this season and keep Siouxland children warm, while also receiving your opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the summer at Lewis & Clark Park.

Whistle Stop Consignment Shop Celebrates their 2nd Anniversary

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The Whistle Stop Consignment Shop is celebrating Whistlestop Consignment2
its 2nd anniversary, Saturday, December 14! We specialize in antiques, vintage jewelry, collectibles, and other vintage items. Our many customers and vendors have helped to make our store a great success! Come visit us downtown at our one-of-a-kind antique store. We are having huge sales and refreshments. Located at 506 Nebraska Street, the Whistle Stop is the place to be! You never know what you’ll find. Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday thru Saturday.

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Biz Tech Expo – Tomorrow’s Technology Confusion Unraveled

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You’re a business owner and when you talk to your IT guys, it’s like they speak a BizTech_Logo2foreign language, or you’re a business owner and you don’t have IT guys.  You need to attend the 3rd Annual Biz Tech and Small Business Expo, December 12th at Bev’s on the River from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The event is sponsored by Fibercomm, Quality Telecommunications, NetSys+, Powell Broadcasting including special displays by Kingsbury Electronic Systems.  At the Biz Tech Expo you’ll find ways to enhance your bottom line, answers to those technical questions, and enjoy an exciting luncheon speaker, Hugh Weber, curator of OTA.  For more information go to kscj.com or contact Craig at 712-239-2100.

Goosmann Law Firm Announces Boutique Estate Planning Department


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.

Volunteer Appreciation and Grand Re-Opening Celebration


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

GiGi’s Playhouse
Volunteer Appreciation & Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Saturday, November 23, 2013
1551 Indian Hills Dr., Ste. 6 and Ste. 7
Sioux City, IA  51104
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Come check out our playhouse!  We have doubled our space so we can serve more children with Down syndrome and their families!

GiGi’s Playhouse-Sioux City has grown because of the support of Siouxland, the surrounding communities and the wonderful volunteers.  Please come join GiGi’s Playhouse families and friends as we celebrate YOU and all you do for children who have Down syndrome!  Snacks and beverages will be served.

Please RSVP by calling 712.226.PLAY (7529) or email siouxcity@gigisplayhouse.org.

A Tasty Evening Affair at Funkalicious – Celebrating 1 Year in Siouxland!

Funkalicious is celebrating 1 year in Siouxland with cupcakes & cocktails and 20% off storewide on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Junior League and BCU marketing students request your help

The Marketing Students at Briar Cliff JLSC-b.card(back)
have been working hard this year on a Marketing Plan for the Junior League of Sioux City and The Discovery Shop. As part of this research, they have put together some surveys for the public. Please use the links below and take some time to take the surveys.

Did you know that for over 40 years, The Discovery Shop has been the Junior League of Sioux City’s only fundraiser? With these funds the Junior League of Sioux City has been able to help our community with projects like Chris Larson Park, the HandsOn! Gallery at the Art Center, Cook Park, the Gateway Arches, and the all-new Playscape at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, plus many more! Please stop by any time to see what’s new at The Discovery Shop! You can find more information about The Discovery Shop and also “LIKE” us on Facebook!

Each survey takes approximately 5 minutes.

Shopper Survey
Donor Survey
Volunteer Survey

The Junior League of Sioux City and the Briar Cliff Marketing Students appreciate your support!

Thank you!

Krista Wassenaar
President 2013-2014

Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls presents an exclusive Siouxland Auto Fashion Event on November 7th at 5:30 PM


Beautiful models moving along the runway showing off the latest fashions isn’t anything new.  Unless, those beautiful models are new BMW and Mercedes-Benz luxury automobiles.  On Thursday, November 7th, the Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls is presenting Siouxland’s first ever Auto Fashion Event at the Marina Center.

It will be an evening of food, beverages and music featuring the newest in luxury automobiles from these iconic brands.  The doors open at 5:30 PM and the “models” hit the runway at 6:00 PM.  If you’re interested in seeing what these true luxury automobile companies are offering for 2014 and beyond, please join us.  No black tie required.  In fact, no tie is required at all!

Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls
I-29 and West 12th Street
Sioux Falls

St. Thomas offers ‘Hazel’s Own’ English Toffee – Available for limited time during holidays

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from a church cookbook at St. Thomas Episcopal Church has become the basis for this congregation’s latest and most successful fundraiser.

“Our little red boxes of toffee are starting to get recognized everywhere. We have invested time, energy, and money into producing a tasty confection, and we want everyone to have a chance to try it,” said Rev. Torey Lightcap, rector of St. Thomas. “It’s something we think people will really enjoy, if they haven’t already tasted it.”

“Hazel’s Own” St. Thomas’ Toffee is inspired by a parishioner who died in March 2006. Part of her legacy was a recipe for toffee that originally appeared in a church cookbook. That recipe had been made many times over by approving fans throughout the years.

The product is made to strict standards by church volunteers using both the original recipe and a few secret innovations, all of which demands specific instructions and high-quality ingredients.

“I’ve had more than my share over the past few years, and it’s always perfect,” Lightcap said. “Someone who’s bought at least twenty boxes so far said he absolutely loved it, whereas before he didn’t even like toffee!”

“Hazel’s Own” St. Thomas Toffee is available right now by the half-pound in bright red (holiday-friendly) takeout-style boxes for $10 each, and by the quarter-pound for $5. Orders are welcomed now for as long as the supply holds out. In addition to holiday snacking, it makes a great thank-you gift to employees or business colleagues.

Safe web orders may be made through the church’s web site at http://www.stthomassc.org/New_St._Thomas/Toffee.html, where customers can specify local pick-up or shipping to anywhere in the U.S. Or call 712-258-0141 to reserve your toffee, or just drop by the St. Thomas parish house at 406 12th Street 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Rev. Torey Lightcap
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
712.560.6806 (phone)
712.258.8101 (fax)