There still is time to help WaterMark Corners earn a top spot in the Forbes Main Street Awards.
The Moline gift and stationery shop is one of 15 finalists in the magazine's contest celebrating small businesses and entrepreneurs. The family-owned store entered in the category of Best Social Media for a promotion called Watermark Wednesday. The contest, which chose finalists in four categories, now will end with an Audience Choice winner selected by an online vote.
"I chose our Facebook promotion because we're having a banner year in sales, especially with gift merchandise," said Amy Trimble, who owns the store with her mother, Barb Trimble.
She added that sales have grown 34 percent in the past year, and credits some of it to Watermark Wednesday. Each Wednesday, the store gives away a free gift to a Facebook friend. "You have to like our post to enter, if they comment they get a second entry."
The Forbes contest winner will be featured in the magazine and on its website this fall.
"I was really excited just because I'm a finalist," she said. "But it's nice to have others, like Forbes, acknowledge you are doing something cool.''
To vote for Watermark, visit mainstreetawards.forbes.com. The deadline for voting is Sept. 22. Participants can vote once a day per email address.
Former banker opens investment firm
Heidi Huiskamp Collins, of the Blackhawk Bank & Trust family, has branched out on her own with a new investment firm.
Blackhawk Bank's former senior vice-president and investment executive now is offering financial planning and investment advice through Huiskamp Collins Investments. Located at 2138 31st St., Rock Island, she is plans a new location in Bettendorf this fall.
"Even as a child I was fascinated by investing and finance. I’ve been successfully investing in individual stocks for over 36 years," she said. "In this new role, I’m looking forward to working with clients to build not only balanced, but efficient, portfolios that include individual stocks."
The new firm is wholly-owned by Collins as she partners with a privately held broker/dealer, J.W. Cole Financial Inc. of Tampa, Florida. She holds a Series 7 license to assist clients with investment purchases as well as a Series 66 securities license, qualifying her as an investment adviser representative.
For more information, contact Collins at 309-786-6136 or email@example.com.
Arconic recognized by Spirit AeroSystems
Arconic, with its Davenport Works operation here, has received two 2017 Values Partner awards from Spirit AeroSystems for superior performance.
Spirit recognized Arconic’s Global Rolled Products, which includes the Riverdale plant, and Arconic Fastening Systems and Rings businesses at the Spirit AeroSystems Suppliers Awards Dinner last month in Wichita, Kansas.
“Spirit cannot be successful without world-class partners,” said Tom Gentile, Spirit president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to recognize these suppliers for sharing our passion in delivering high-quality products on time. We look forward to collaborating with them in the future as we continue to meet our customers’ delivery needs and rate requirements.”
Spirit AeroSystems Supply Chain Management awards suppliers that have achieved superior performance, with nominations typically coming from the company’s procurement groups.
“Arconic is committed to delivering innovation, quality and superior performance to our customers through collaboration and diligence,” said Eric Roegner, Arconic executive vice president and Global Rolled Products group president. “This award recognizes that commitment across our businesses and throughout our facilities, and we are very honored to receive it.”
For decades, Arconic has supplied Spirit AeroSystems with highly engineered aluminum fuselage sheet and high-tech, multi-material fastening systems and installation tools. Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers including fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components.