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BBB The Newsline
March 2013 ChrisColeman
Chris Coleman

Consumer Inquiries Up 20%, Instances of Service Top 180 Million

The Better Business Bureau celebrated its Centennial year ending in 2012 by ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, and helping a record-breaking number of consumers across the United States and Canada. The organization set new records in virtually all categories of service:

Presidents Message: Tax Time and Spring Cleaning

It's that time of year again, you've been working on getting your financial information together for your tax return. All those papers have bubbled to the top! Which ones should you keep? Good question.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) says it can't tell you when it is safe to throw away financial documents. They do say to keep the information as long as the IRS can assess you additional taxes. Right now, that is approximately seven years. Laws change so always check with your CPA for the latest information as it pertains to your situation.

Scam Alert: AFD Medical Advisors Targeting Seniors

The Better Business Bureau has issued a nationwide alert, urging caution to seniors who may receive a telephone call from "AFD Medical Advisors", selling a prescription drug discount plan or referencing "Medicare" and requesting a bank account number.

How the Scam Works:

Tips for Planning a Cruise

Cruising is big business and its economic impact can't be ignored. According to Cruise Market Watch's 2013 Cruise Trends Forecast released in late November, the industry was estimated to crest at $36.2 billion - a 4.8% increase over 2012. One of the top two lines, Carnival Corporation, not only garnered the lion's share of the market, it has been headlining the news since the Triumph disaster began off the coast of Mexico on February 10.

With images of the crippled Carnival Triumph splashed about, you may be re-thinking a vacation at sea. Yet, while it's impossible to foresee extreme weather conditions or make allowances for mechanical failures, there are things travelers can do to improve the odds of a care-free cruise.

New Members



BBB Member Event
Meet and Greet
March 26, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Bachmeier Carpet One
3402 Merchant St.
Coralville, IA.
Speaker: Chuck Peters, President, SourceMedia
Bring business cards for networking. Door prizes and refreshments!
RSVP to 319-365-1190 or

Integrity Awards- Des Moines
April 10, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Downtown Marriott
Des Moines, IA

Integrity Awards-Quad Cities
April 25, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Jumer's Casino and Hotel
Rock Island, IL

Document Shredding Event
May 3, 2013
(Rain Date is 5-10-13)
6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
KWQC HD TV Parking Lot
805 Brady Street
Davenport, IA.
Sponsors: Better Business Bureau, KCWQC HD TV 6, Cintas Document Management and DHCU Community Credit Union


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