Local Businesses receive statewide recognition

Hillsboro Ford-Mercury Inc., Greenhaw Pharmacy, Kid?s Connection and Salem Home were recognized July 13 by the Kansas Department of Commerce as part of Business Appreciation Month.

Each of the four organizations were honored at this month?s Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Clint Seibel, Hillsboro Development Corp., and Lyle Petersen, business development with the Kansas Department of Commerce, making the announcements.

A total of 131 businesses statewide were nominated in one of four categories, Petersen said.

Those included manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit.

?Twenty-six organizations statewide were winners of the Regional Business Excellence Award and 105 were Merit Award winners,? he said.

?Business Appreciation Month is the Commerce Department?s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communities and the state economy,? Petersen added.

In announcing all the 2010 recipients, Secretary Bill Thornton, Kansas Department of Commerce, stated that Business Appreciation Month is a way of thanking Kansas businesses for all they do in keeping the state strong.

?Kansas businesses,? he said, ?are the backbone of our economy and quality of life.?

Prior to receiving their awards, Seibel spoke about each of the winners.

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Hillsboro Ford-Mercury Inc.

?The Hillsboro Development Corp. is pleased to nominate Hillsboro Ford-Mercury Inc. for its outstanding achievements and service to Hillsboro and Marion County,? he said.

Seibel also spoke about co-owners Randy and Terry Hagen, who both continue a tradition of offering quality sales and service from their downtown location.

They provide complete mechanic services as well as being the only automotive dealer with a body shop in town, he said.

A main seller for the Hagens has been new and used trucks.

?They have a significant economic impact on the city of Hillsboro and Marion County in that an estimated 40 percent of their truck and auto sales are generated from customers outside the county,? Seibel said.

The Hagens recently purchased the former Phillips 66 station on South Main and have started restoring the ?old time? gas station to be used as a used car sales office.

In the past two years, the dealership has participated in the Ford Motor Co. ?Drive For Your School? program, which has resulted in excess of $6,000 benefiting the Hillsboro High School Booster Club.

The company also has been active in the American Cancer Society?s Relay for Life program as a Silver Sponsor.

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Greenhaw Pharmacy

Seibel congratulated members of the pharmacy for the many services they provide, which typically, he said, are only available in larger urban areas.

The pharmacy, he said, is owned and operated by Eric Driggers.

Services highlighted included medical equipment, mail delivery options, over-the-counter health solutions, after-hour emergency service, vaccinations, compounding and a variety of medication packing services.

The facility also has a Wellness Center with a registered nurse as its coordinator.

?One of the activities includes sponsorship of the ?Biggest Loser? contest to promote healthy lifestyle choices,? Seibel said in his introduction.

Pharmacy personnel also travel to local businesses and provide on-site health testing and screening for employees. Those screenings include osteoporosis testing, body fat analysis, cholesterol testing, pre-diabetic screening, facial skin analysis and more.

Greenhaw Pharmacy is also active in supporting kindergarten through grade 12 school activities in Hillsboro and surrounding school districts, along with Tabor College.

?The Hillsboro community is fortunate to have a progressive pharmacy serving the people in this area,? Seibel said.

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Kid?s Connection

?We are pleased to have a high-quality childcare facility serving the needs of our community,? Seibel said.

Kid?s Connection is a non-profit community childcare facility and preschool under the leadership of Tracy Hefley, he said.

The program is designed and organized to provide high-quality care and age-appropriate education in a Christ-centered environment, which is loving, stimulating, cheerful and secure.

The organization was initiated by the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Following a fire in 2005, which destroyed the church, leaders went to work making plans for a new facility and incorporated a childcare center for the benefit of the community.

?Kid?s Connection provides childcare services to any family without regard to their income,? he said. They are Social and Rehabilitation Services contracted and have additional scholarship funds available for those families in need.

?(Kid?s Connection) is filling a great need for young families who are vital to the growth of our local business community,? he said.

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Salem Home

In presenting Salem Home with its award, Seibel said it is a free-standing, non-profit nursing facility providing 24-hour nursing care as well as meaningful activities, social services, restorative nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

?Salem Home embraces the person-centered care model popular in today?s progressive healthcare market,? he said. ?The facility has also been awarded two PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) awards in recent years.?

Seibel also talked about the many other services provided to include the dining services department, which offers flexible meal times with restaurant-style dining and a daily salad bar.

This type of flexibility allows the residents a variety of meal choices and preferences are solicited by the staff through resident council meetings on a regular basis.

?The Salem Home Advisory Board has made public some of their future plans to update the facilties,? Seibel said.

Some of those plans call for a new entry way and improvements to the interior.

?The community of Hillsboro is proud to have a facility such as Salem Home, which serves our elderly,? he said. ?Our congratulations to Salem Home for receiving the Kansas Department of Commerce Merit award.?

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