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Biz Bytes: Group O CEO Gregg Ontiveros named one of 50 Most Influential Latinos

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Riverbend Food Bank receives a check for Bushels for Hunger from the Farm Bureau on Tuesday.

MILAN — Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication focused on Hispanic business, has included Group O CEO Gregg Ontiveros to its annual list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in the Chicago region for 2020. The list includes top Hispanic executives in business, nonprofits, government, health care and other areas where Latinos are making a clear difference in this country.

Ontiveros was recognized for turning Group O from a $50 million business in 1999 into the $900 million diversified services firm it is today.

“As principal owner and CEO, he has provided the vision necessary to attract marquee clients that represent a veritable who’s who of America’s most respected brands, including AT&T, Michelin, PepsiCo, Caterpillar, and Samsung,” the publication noted in its short bio.

Throughout his career, Ontiveros has mentored Hispanic and other minority and non-minority business owners and entrepreneurs.

“It is an honor to be included along with so many other accomplished business leaders,” Ontiveros said in a news release on his being named to the list. “The next generation of Hispanic business leaders must be prepared to challenge conventional thinking to produce tailored, results-driven solutions to lead and compete globally.”

Group O is an end-to-end solutions provider specializing in marketing, supply chain, packaging and mobile device lifecycle solutions.

"Bushels for Hunger" tops 1.3M meals

Quad-City Illinois farmers are helping local families with a donation to the River Bend Foodbank through the Bushels for Hunger program for the 11th consecutive year. Total contributions by the Bushels for Hunger program will exceed $254,000 with this year's $15,793 contribution. This year’s total contribution brings the total amount of meals donated to 1,350,000.

Mercer County farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director Jeff Kirwan presented the donation of to Mike Miller of the River Bend Foodbank in Davenport.

"Thanks to the generous donations of thousands of bushels of grain to the Bushels for Hunger campaign, local farmers worked together to fight hunger in the Quad-City community with these funds" Kirwan said.

Alongside Kirwan, fellow farmer and Gold Star FS grain merchandiser, Mike Secymore added, "Local neighbors and farmers in the five-county area of Illinois were anxious to pitch in and help fight hunger in their community — this money will help provide countless meals in the River Bend Foodbank area."

The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by the following five Illinois county Farm Bureaus: Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark and Whiteside in conjunction with the following locations: Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Consolidated Grain & Barge Co, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, River Valley Cooperative and Rumbold & Kuhn.

The W Nail Bar to open at Bettendorf Hy-Vee

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces Wednesday that in partnership with The W Nail Bar, it is opening its first in-store nail salon inside the Bettendorf Hy-Vee. The salon will open its doors to the public in early April.

The W Nail Bar is seeking to hire employees to fill positions at its location inside the Bettendorf Hy-Vee, according to a news release. Interested applicants can contact to learn more.

The W Nail Bar is a full-service, all-natural nail bar that offers a variety of services including manicures, pedicures, nail art, waxing, tinting and more. Full-service manicures are available starting at $35, and full-service pedicures are available starting at $55. Monthly memberships are also available.

The W Nail Bar is family- and female-owned, founded by two sisters from Ohio — Lauren Hunter and Manda Mason.

“Originating from a family of grocers ourselves, we could not picture a better fit for The W Nail Bar,” Lauren Hunter said. “We are excited to collaborate with Hy-Vee to bring our own twist to the grocery space, offering safe, all-natural nail and beauty services and products to Hy-Vee customers.”

Customers can begin scheduling appointments in advance at the Bettendorf location starting at the end of March by visiting

Family Dollar announces grand reopening

CHESAPEAKE, VA. — Family Dollar held a grand reopening for its Davenport store on Saturday, March 6. The store is located at 1932 Brady Street.

The renovated store will now include $1 Dollar Tree merchandise, additional freezers and coolers and an expanded selection of food, beauty and essentials, household products, and seasonal items.

“Family Dollar is proud to be a part of the Davenport community, and we are excited to welcome existing and new customers to our newly renovated store,” Jim Van Slyke, Family Dollar spokesperson, said in a news release. “The refreshed store will provide even greater values and convenience to our shoppers.”

A store of this size typically employs six to 10 associates. Interested applicants can apply online at or by visiting the store location.

IMEG Corp. acquires Las Vegas firm

IMEG Corp. in Rock Island has acquired Mendenhall Smith Structural Engineers, a Las Vegas-based structural engineering firm. The March 1 deal is the first acquisition of 2021 for IMEG, a national full-service engineering firm with more than 50 U.S. locations.

Founded in 1991, Mendenhall Smith has offered structural engineering services in Las Vegas and the surrounding area for 30 years, providing skillful and thorough work on a wide variety of projects including the hospitality and entertainment markets along with education, multi-family, and commercial.

Mendenhall Smith Principal Gregg Mendenhall said his firm was looking forward to being part of IMEG, which has an existing structural engineering team of approximately 270 professionals.

“We are excited to move into this next chapter of our firm’s growth, expanding our breadth of services,” he said in a news release. “This merger brings together decades of experience, enhances our passion for delivering quality work and allows us to continue developing strong client relationships across the southwest region and beyond.”

Junior Achievement kicks off virtual career fair

Junior Achievement has created a new opportunity for students to explore career pathways and connect with industry experts in a safe and innovative way.

JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair is Junior Achievement’s new college, career and trades exploration program for seventh- through 12th-grade students. JA Inspire Virtual features 50 regional organizations. Using virtual technology, students will interact with exhibitors, participate in webinars and download career information and videos that will help guide them in their career choices.

The career fair went live on Thursday, March 4, and students will have access to it through Thursday, June 3.

“The landscape for learning is ever-changing. JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair allows us to meet students right where they are. Students can participate in this self-guided experience through their school or on their own with a parent or guardian,” Dougal Nelson, President CEO of Junior Achievement of the Heartland, said in a news release.

With 50 virtual exhibit booths available during the career fair, students have the opportunity to explore careers they may or may not be familiar with and determine if college or an apprenticeship is the right fit for them. In addition, a virtual auditorium will host webinars featuring a variety of topics for career success.

JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair is available at no cost to students. Students may participate through their school or independently. Pre-registration is required to access the virtual platform. JA of the Heartland expects more than 6,000 students throughout the Quad City region to benefit from the virtual career fair. To learn more visit


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