Maurices at NorthPark Mall, Davenport, has a new home.

The women’s clothing store reopened for business Thursday at its new location next to Justice, another mall store, manager Sarah Troutwine said.

Maurices, which has been in NorthPark Mall for many years, had been in its most recent location across from Claire’s Boutiques the past 11 years. She said the new space is the former home of New York & Co.

Troutwine said the new store has 5,500 square feet, compared with 3,000 square feet in the former location. She said the move could end up meaning the addition of one to two employees.

The NorthPark store will begin selling women’s plus sizes. The store at SouthPark Mall, Moline, already sells extended sizes, she added.

Stores hours at the NorthPark Maurices are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Schwab opens new office

Charles Schwab, a provider of full-service brokerage services, has opened an independent branch at 5345 Elmore Ave., Suite 300, Davenport. It offers investing and personal finance guidance, tools and products.

The new location is part of a larger franchising initiative Schwab announced in early 2011 to begin opening franchise branches, in addition to its more than 300 existing company-managed branches. The concept is to make financial advice and guidance more accessible in local communities.

The Davenport branch is led by Eric M. Johannes, a financial services professional with more than 16 years’ experience.

The telephone number is 563-275-3663

Symposium centers on small business

The sixth Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium will be May 22-23 at the i wireless Center, Moline.

The symposium’s theme is “Developing Partnerships for Success.”

Topics include enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise updates; Program Executive Office — Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) briefing; “How to Market your Small Business to Primes and Government;” Partnering for our Nation’s Security;” “Fulfilling Requirements in Partnership with Small Businesses” and “Doing Business with International Trade Opportunities.”

According to a news release, the event’s objectives include an interchange for senior government and industry leadership to better understand future Arsenal Island business opportunities; networking opportunities; and a trade show expo.

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