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Staff of the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center include, sitting from left, Vandana Jain, MD; Cassandra Foens, MD FACR; standing, from left, Annette Wilson, director of clinic operations; Kathy Heetland, ARNP; Mohammed Masri, MD; Mukund Nadipuram, MD; Erin Flores, FNP-C; Mark Ponto, radiation oncology manager.


Cancer center

earns honor

WATERLOO — The Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

BBBS of NE Iowa

earns high honor

WATERLOO — Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has designated Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa as a Pinnacle Agency for maintaining one of the strongest, highest quality and most sustainable programs in the country for the third year in a row.

The agency will find out if they will hold onto their national Agency of the Year and Board of the Year status at the national conference in St. Louis this June.

Stylists attend

Fashion Week

CEDAR FALLS — Texture Hair Studio owners and hairstylists Travis Ford and Brent Kriener, along with their team, Brooke Knapp and Chloe Olson, will join the Ted Gibson Artistic Team in participating in the Fall/Winter 2018 New York Fashion Week.

World-renowned celebrity hairstylist Gibson and master colorist Jason Backe and the Texture Hair Studio team will contribute their hairstyling talents to 10 shows, including designers Carmen Marc Valvo, “Project Runway” winner Irina Shabayeva and star of “Basketball Wives” Angel Brinks.

Advance Iowa

sets webinars

CEDAR FALLS — Advance Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa will host a monthly webinar series that seeks to clarify the complexity of the many facets of succession planning.

Advance Iowa’s services include CEO/owner peer groups, strategic planning, business value building and succession planning.

Thursday’s seminar will be “Key Aspects of a Buy/Sell Agreement.” Speakers Drew Larson and Brown Winnick will speak about the complexities and common mistakes that occur with buy/sell agreements, and what you should know if you’re considering it as an option for succession.

Go to for more information on each webinar, find the link to sign up or learn more about succession planning. All webinars are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.

Business blitz

set in Waterloo

WATERLOO — The city of Waterloo, in collaboration with ReNew Waterloo, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and the University of Northern Iowa’s Business & Community Services, will conduct a Small Business Visitation Blitz on March 1. The purpose is to learn about existing businesses, identify needs and opportunities for growth, and thank owners for their dedication and commitment to Waterloo.

Organizers have identified 130 businesses located in north Waterloo as the focus of the research. The general canvas area is located north of Franklin Street and east of Burton Avenue. Visiting teams will consist of representatives from the collaborating organizations, UNI entrepreneurship students, community leaders and business assistance providers. The program is part of the area’s Regional Entrepreneurship Project.

Businesses wishing to participate or schedule a specific appointment time, and those with questions on the Small Business Visitation Blitz may call the University of Northern Iowa’s Business & Community Services at 230-6069.


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