If you're game, Vibrant Credit Union has a little scavenger hunt planned for this week that will reward three lucky winners with iPhone 8s.

The Moline-based Vibrant is hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt that's not only for Vibrant's members. 

Here's how it works: Vibrant will post a clue at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, at vibrantcreditunion.org/iphone. Decipher the clue to go find the Vibrant box hidden somewhere in the Quad-City area.

Vibrant will hide one box each day. The box will include instructions on how to claim the prize. It does not contain the phone.

"We love hosting fun and unique events in the communities we serve," said Matt McCombs, Vibrant's president and CEO. "We want to be a vibrant part of the community and think the iPhone Giveaway is a great way to have some fun."

For full rules and regulations, go to vibrantcreditunion.org/iphonerules.

Ascentra branch getting a makeover

Construction crews are set to begin work Thursday on remodeling Ascentra Credit Union's west Davenport branch.

The project, which will run through March, will create a more open, functional and inviting space inside the branch at 1710 W. 3rd St. The Bettendorf-based credit union said the changes will bring the building's appearance up to the same level as Ascentra's other nine locations.

"The investment in this branch shows that we are committed to serving our members and all the people of west Davenport," Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen said.

Updates and potential service interruptions will be posted on Ascentra's Facebook page. The branch will remain open during construction.

JA Titan contest tests skills

Two Quad-City high school teams are advancing to the finals of the Drs. David and Agnes Palmer Junior Achievement Titan Competition, an online business simulation contest.

Pleasant Valley and Moline high school teams will represent the Iowa and Illinois Quad-Cities in the Scholarship Round this week when they compete against winners from six other qualifying rounds across JA of the Heartland's 24 counties.

Through JA Titan, students learn what it takes to run a successful business as they compete in the one-day virtual contest. Acting as a management team of a virtual company, the students will make critical decisions to try to make their company profitable in a very competitive industry. 

The Moline finalists are students Emma DeLaCruz, Shaddy Khalafallah, Isabella Mitchell and Shiv Puri, business mentor Dan Pulley of Deere & Co, and team sponsor The Sedona Group.

The Pleasant Valley finalists are students Niko Goumas, Hayden Guenzler, Justin Harrington and Garrett Massengale, business mentor Lance Heuer of U.S. Bank, and team sponsor U.S. Bank.

JA Titan will be Wednesday at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport. Vickie Anne Palmer is the title sponsor of the event, which honors her parents, Drs. David and Agnes Palmer. The teams compete for a total of $8,000 in scholarships.

Other schools advancing to the Scholarship Round are Central DeWitt, Mediapolis and West Liberty in Iowa, and Geneseo, Galena and Princeton in Illinois.

Kwik Star customers back Special Olympics

Kwik Star stores across Iowa, including the Quad-Cities, invite customers to purchase icons in support of Special Olympics of Iowa.

Through Thursday, the stores will sell the paper icons for $1, which will be donated to Special Olympics. Customers can sign their names and display the icons in their favorite Kwik Star store.

Kwik Trip's Steven Wrobel said the campaign continues Kwik Star's longtime support of the nonprofit. "Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others," he said. "Special Olympics truly impacts the lives of thousands of incredible athletes."

American Family helps L'Arche Clinton

L'Arche Clinton was the recipient of a $3,000 donation from American Family Insurance in honor of the Madison, Wisconsin-based insurance group's 90th anniversary. 

American Family donated a total of $270,000 to 90 nonprofits organizations last month. They were nominated by customers, agents and employees. "We're thankful for the opportunity to support our local communities," said longtime American Family agent Pat Haffarnan of Davenport. "We're proud to make this donation and hope others will be inspired to do the same."

The L'Arche Clinton community provides homes for people with and without intellectual disabilities to live and work together in communities of faith and friendship.

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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