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EnviroNET ribbon cutting

EnviroNET, Inc. cut the ribbon on its newly renovated space at One River Place, 1225 E. River Drive, Davenport.

The Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn in Davenport has been named among the best of the best by the Best Western brand.

That's a lot of bests.

Owned and operated by Davenport-based Frontier Hospitality Group, the hotel learned last week that it has won the Best Western Hotels & Resorts' Chairman Award — the brand's highest honor for outstanding quality standards.

Located at 100 W. 76th St., Steeplegate scored in the top 5 percent of more than 2,100 North American properties to earn the honor.

"This reflects our SteepleGate team's continuous commitment to providing the highest quality accommodations and services," said Dan Huber, Frontier's CEO. Crediting the hard work of the hotel's housekeeping and maintenance team, he added "We are proud to have maintained this level of success." 

The Chairman's Award recognizes the top scoring Best Western hotels with respect to cleanliness and maintenance inspection scores. Hotels also must meet Best Western's requirements for design and high customer service scores to qualify for the award.

The 119-room hotel features banquet space, Prairie Grille and its onsite bar and restaurant, 1 Hundred West, with an upscale supper club feel.

For more information or reservations, call Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn at 563-386-6900 or toll-free at 1-800-373-6900.

EnviroNET, 1 River Place celebrate

EnviroNET has put the finishing touches on a remodeling project at One River Place, the historic Davenport building it and others call home. 

The home-grown environmental company, celebrated the completion of a third floor renovation along with its own 10th anniversary with an open house last week. 

Nashaya Ali, EnviroNET's administrative assistant, said the event drew nearly 120 guests, including clients, vendors, representatives from the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Davenport Partnership, as well as Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch. It also offered a chance for potential new tenants to see the renovated office space. 

Located in a circa 1870 building that began life as Shields Woolen Mill, Ali said the renovations "worked around the building to make it more modern."

EnviroNET, which was founded by professional geologist and company president Molly Newell, occupies the first floor of the riverfront building at 1225 E. River Drive. The newly renovated space at One River Place has five or six offices available to other small businesses.

The company works with a network of multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers to solve engineering and environmental problems related to real estate revitalization and compliance issues. With a six-person staff and other consultants, the company conducts environmental site assessments, monitoring, mold assessment and other environmental services.

Rhythm City fights

breast cancer with Komen

Rhythm City Casino and its customers have joined the pink fight with a promotion this fall to Think Pink, See Green.

Through the campaign, Resort Club members were invited to donate to Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa and receive that donation amount in free slot play. The result was $10,030 raised by casino guests for the fight against breast cancer.

General Manager Mo Hyder said the promotion "showed how passionate our guests are when it comes to giving back to the community."

Komen Greater Iowa Executive Director Jenny Brickmeyer said the organization was pleased to be the charity partner. "The dollars raised from this promotion equates to over 80 life-saving screening and diagnostic services to women in need right here in our community." 

The Davenport casino's Think Pink, See Green promotion was held through the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"We look forward to the continued partnership with the community in the future," Hyder added.

For more information on Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa, call 877-745-6636 or visit

Hungry Hobo unveil

Hungry Hobo, a Quad-City original, celebrated a grand opening Friday of its remodeled Milan store.

Located at 902 W. 4th St., owner Pryce Boeye joined the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"While we're in the process of expanding our concept in eastern Iowa/western Illinois, we also need to make sure our stores in the Quad-Cities continue to be as inviting as possible," Boeye said.

The chain refurbished the Milan store, which was a relocation store, in 2007.

The sandwich shop chain celebrates its 45th anniversary next year. It was created in 1973 by Jim Gende, Ray Pearson, Joe Gende and Tom Spero. Today it boasts 13 Quad-City locations. For more information, visit, Facebook and Twitter.

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