Who knows how long Joe Taylor, the Quad-Cities' tourism guru, has had Nov. 16 circled on his calendar.

But that date marked the 10,000th day of the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. There was no celebration, no ribbon cutting, not even a cake to celebrate. But Taylor, the bureau's CEO and president, has been touting the milestone for weeks. The bureau celebrated its 25th year in 2015.

But Taylor said "10,000 days is significant because in 1990 regionalism was not as strong nor at the forefront of thinking as it is today."

In fact, at 10,000 days strong, he said that makes the Convention & Visitors Bureau older than some of its key hospitality partners such as riverboat gaming, the TaxSlayer Center (and its previous monikers), the Quad-Cities Marathon and many others.

It also is only one of three U.S. visitors bureaus to cross state lines, he said.

"Forming a Quad-Cities destination marketing organization was an experiment and there was no guarantee it would even work," said Taylor, its chief since 1998. "But it has worked not just for a day or two, a year or two, but for 10,000 days."

Kimberly Crossing adds more new tenants

Kimberly Crossing, the revived retail center on Davenport’s Kimberly Road, has announced another three new tenants including a Denver-based wellness company new to the Q-C.

Kimberly Crossing's owner, PEBB Enterprises, said Aspire Fitness will join the lineup along with Once Upon A Child, a gently used children's apparel store, and Complete Nutrition, a vitamin supplement store. The latter two are relocating from elsewhere in Davenport. 

PEBB said Aspire Fitness's attraction to Kimberly Crossing was, in part, because of how the renovated center is becoming a hub to health and wellness. Its anchor tenant is Fresh Thyme, a natural grocery store.

Aspire will be open 24 hours a day/seven days a week and staffed by fitness enthusiasts and personal training experts. It offers turf tracks for athletes, a cardio theater and machine circuits for novices, as well as a women’s-only strength area. Its classes range from Spinning to Zumba.

PEBB, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, currently owns and manages eight shopping centers in the Midwest.

Ohnward banks named among top ag lenders

Ohnward Bancshares, Inc., a Maquoketa, Iowa-based holding company, has been named among the Top 100 Farm Lenders by the American Bankers Association.

The parent of Ohnward Bank & Trust, First Central State Bank, Maquoketa State Bank, and Gateway State Bank, Ohnward was one of 15 bank holding companies in Iowa to make the list. The association’s list is based on loan dollar volumes.

Ohnward issued $750.99 million in total loans, including $125.18 million in farmland loans and $159.88 million in farm loans in 2017. Its farm loan concentration is 38 percent.

Ohnward Bancshares has total assets of $1.1 billion, capital of $140 million, and employs 260 people across its different operations.

Basepoint Wealth opens fee-only advisory firm

Basepoint Wealth LLC, with offices in the Quad-Cities, has been launched as an independent Registered Investment Advisor.

Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Basepoint is owned by Kate Wallace, Allen Wallace, Bryan Knudson and Landis Wiley, all formerly financial advisers affiliated with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Joining them are three advisers — Ron Malick, Chris Blanchard and Gary Godfrey — and the team’s six staff members.

They previously managed more than $300 million in private wealth assets with offices in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and the Quad-Cities.

Managing Partner Landis Wiley said the team’s 130 years of combined experience positions it to work "with individuals with complex financial planning and investment needs."

For more information, visit www.basepointwealth.com.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com

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