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Baseball team

fundraiser set

WAVERLY — Jerry Roling Motors is partnering with the Waverly-Shell Rock Baseball Club in Waverly in the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

Jerry Roling Motors will present an equipment kit that includes items such as batpacks, scorebooks, industrial-strength batting tees, ball buckets and T-shirts. In addition, they will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to WSR Baseball Club.

SBA financing

forum planned

WATERLOO — The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free financing forum for existing and startup businesses from 10 a.m. to noon March 19 at Black Hawk Economic Development, 1001 Peoples Square.

Anyone interested in learning more about financing programs available to small businesses in Iowa is welcome to attend.

The forum is free, but registration is requested at For more information, contact Vicente Vazquez at the SBA at (515) 284-4562 or by e-mail at

JA staff, board

earn honors

WATERLOO — Junior Achievement USA has awarded the staff and the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa with the 2017 Five Star and Peak Performance awards.

The Five Star Award recognizes the hard work and efforts by staff and board of directors in the areas of financial solvency, program quality, program impact and overall management effectiveness. The Peak Performance Award, which is awarded to 18 of the 109 national area offices, recognizes superior annual performance by a Junior Achievement area staff team in achieving growth in students reached or contact hours delivered, while still sustaining financial and operational soundness.

FedEx launches

business contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Fed-Ex Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has announced the launch of its sixth annual Fed-Ex Small Business Grant Contest, which recognizes passionate and innovative small businesses from across the country who aspire to take their businesses to the next level. This year, the contest offers a total prize pool of $120,500 to 10 U.S. based small businesses, including a credit for print and business services from FedEx Office. Specifically, the awards will include:

  • Grand prize: One winner of $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services.
  • Silver prize: One winner of $15,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services.
  • Bronze prize: Eight winners of $7,500, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services.

The contest entry period is open from now until March 28, with voting to take place from Wednesday to April 4. Winners will be announced April 24.

Details on how to enter the contest, as well as the official rules and FAQs can be found at

Bankers group

offers contest

DES MOINES — Iowa students have until March 16 to enter the Money Smart Kid essay contest and compete for the chance to win $1,000 to help boost their college savings. The statewide essay contest is sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.

Eligible students must be in grades seven through 11 and can enter the contest by writing an essay addressing the following: Write a brief newspaper article describing the potential devastating effects of a natural disaster (fire, flood, hurricane, etc.) on a family’s financial situation.

All essays must be 400 words or fewer and are due by March 16. The student with the winning essay will be selected as Iowa’s Money Smart Kid for 2018 and will receive $1,000 toward a college savings funded by the Iowa Bankers Association.

For more information and the Money Smart Kid application, go to

Covenant gets

care designation

WATERLOO — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recognized Covenant Medical Center with a Blue Distinction Center+ for maternity care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.


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