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Deluxe Corporation Celebrates A Century

This year Deluxe Corporation marks a significant milestone – its 100th anniversary. In 1915, W.R. Hotchkiss invented a product that changed banking, the checkbook. With this big idea and plenty of dedication he took out a $300 loan and founded Deluxe Corporation. Many know Deluxe for its strong legacy as a check and printed products company; however, it has grown alongside its customers, providing new solutions and innovations to meet their changing and diverse needs. From the first checkbook to the iconic red check box to today’s e-checks and remote deposit capture, Deluxe has been a strong and trusted partner helping financial institutions grow for 100 years.

Through its experience working with financial institutions, banks and credit unions, Deluxe learned what made small businesses tick. Deluxe’s products and services expanded and evolved from personalized printed products to logo design, web services, email marketing, printed products, apparel and search engine marketing, providing the most innovative marketing solutions to help small business owners thrive and live their passion.

To celebrate its centennial celebration, over this past year Deluxe has chronicled the incredible passion and dedication that goes into being a small business owner with the campaign, the Small Business Revolution. The Small Business Revolution features stories of 100 small businesses from across America, 12 of them told through mini-documentaries and 88 of them told through photo essays. The campaign showcases the passion, expertise and uniqueness of small business owners. The campaign culminates with a 25-minute documentary that captures the history, importance and current state of small business in America. You can follow the companies being highlighted in the Small Business Revolution by visiting smallbusinessrevolution.org and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Summers, Spencer & Company, P.A., Certified Public Accountants announced that Leon Logan, CPA, P.A. of Shawnee, KS joined the firm on October 1, 2015.

The merger is part of Summers, Spencer & Company’s plan to expand services, diversify geographically and continue to grow in size and services.

“Joining our teams facilitates growth for both of our firms. We are committed to retaining our valued reputation as having the expertise of a national firm and the responsiveness of a local firm,” Gary R. Summers, CPA, of Summers, Spencer & Company, P.A. said in a statement.

Leon Logan, CPA, P.A. provides accounting, tax and business consulting services to closely held businesses in a variety of industries, as well as to high-net worth individuals throughout Kansas and Missouri. Logan and his staff will continue to serve clients from the Summers, Spencer & Company office in Lenexa, while acquiring the Summers, Spencer & Company brand.

“We are excited to join Summers, Spencer & Company, a firm we have known for many years, and with whom we have partnered to provide special services to our clients. They are creative, people-oriented professionals,” says Logan, CEO of Leon Logan, CPA, P.A. “Our firms share a common philosophy when it comes to the delivery of client service and a common vision towards future success and growth. We will integrate our technical resources and accomplishments, which will allow for continued delivery of exceptional service to our clients.”
The combined firm employs 49 people with offices in Lenexa, Topeka, Lawrence and Meriden, Kansas.

Forerunner Signs and Graphics Partners with Bank of Blue Valley to Provide Homes for Local Families

Forerunner Signs and Graphics takes service to a new level when partnering with customers. Through their Hope Starts at Home program, they give 10 percent of all proceeds to non-profit organizations. A recent project completed for Bank of Blue Valley resulted in donations to Heartland Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to local families.

Overland Park, Kans., Aug. 20, 2015—Forerunner Signs and Graphics recently completed a major project for the Bank of Blue Valley. Along with the project, BBV received an opportunity to help a non-profit organization of their choice. Forerunner, which gives 10 percent of all proceeds to non-profit organizations, provides this opportunity to all customers who purchase a minimum of $2,000 in product over a three-month period. BBV, a community bank that focuses on empowering local citizens, chose to benefit Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
When BBV chose to partner with Forerunner for signs and advertising, the topic of charity work came up immediately. Michael Ryan, Founder and President of the sign and graphic company, takes giving back to the community seriously. Early in his relationship with BBV, he communicated information about Forerunner’s Hope Starts at Home program. This program, through which Forerunner donates 10 percent of all company proceeds, allows many partners to choose the non-profit organization that benefits from their purchases. BBV, with interest in investing in local families, chose Heartland Habitat for Humanity, which happens to be a regular beneficiary of the Hope Starts at Home Program.

Ryan has long been involved in charitable giving and the support of non-profit entities. Growing up, he observed his parents as they supported and worked for organizations such as The United Way, Ronald McDonald House and the American Heart Association. As the owner of a for-profit business, Ryan enjoys the freedom to take charge by supporting a variety of worthy organizations that make a difference in the community.
Concerning the partnership between Forerunner, BBV and Heartland HFH, Ryan says, “My favorite thing about this is the overall win-win situation it creates—from quality signage results for BBV to families in our community getting the help that Heartland gives. Really, to me, it’s about giving back.”

As a business owner, Ryan is passionate about bringing a fusion of entrepreneurship and philanthropy to his community. He points out that the partnership of Forerunner with BBV and Heartland HFH is a natural result of the three organizations’ work and presence in the community. All three are members of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, where they build relationships with other local businesses to better the community.

For BBV and Heartland HFH, state-of-the-art signage and graphics are only a portion of the good that comes from the work Ryan and his staff do. In addition to providing quality advertising products, Forerunner is in the business of relationship and community building. By connecting companies and people with resources they need for a better life, Forerunner and their partners are making Leawood, Overland Park and the rest of the Kansas City metro area a better place to live and work.

About Forerunner Signs and Graphics:
Located near the intersection of Lamar and College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kans., Forerunner is a full-service signage and graphics company. They provide interior and exterior signage for buildings as well as floor decals, vehicle wraps, window graphics, trade-show displays and much more.

Contact:
Michael Ryan, founder and president
Forerunner Signs and Graphics
913-469-1500
http://www.forerunnersigns.com

 

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