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Iowa governor notes Dupacos small biz loan efforts
DUBUQUE, Iowa (2/14/12)--Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Friday  highlighted Dubuque-based Dupaco Community CU's role in helping an Iowa small business grow and create jobs.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Friday noted Dupaco Community CU's role in helping the Unified Therapy Services grow and create jobs during a visit Friday to the award-winning business. From left: Rick Dusil, Dupaco business lending vice president; Gina Blean, Unified Therapy Services co-owner; Terry Branstad; Kelly Heysinger, Unified Therapy Services co-owner; Joe Hearn, Dupaco chief operating officer; and Bob Hoefer, Dupaco president/CEO.
Gina Blean and Kelly Heysinger, co-owners of Unified Therapy Services, met with Branstad and provided a tour of their business--a pediatric-focused outpatient therapy clinic.

Dupaco representatives Bob Hoefer, president/CEO; Joe Hearn, chief operating officer; Rick Dusil, business lending vice president; and David Klavitter, marketing senior vice president, participated in the Branstad event.

Unified Therapy Services launched in 2006 and has grown with the help of member business loans from Dupaco Community CU and assistance from the credit union's business lending team.

"I'm happy to see Iowa businesses grow, prosper and create jobs, with help from the Small Business Administration and Dupaco," said Branstad during his tour.

Blean and Heysinger were named the 2011 Iowa Small Business Persons of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The clinic provides physical, occupational and speech language therapy services. Through several programs, Unified Therapy Services helps children dealing with everything from a sprained ankle or trouble pronouncing the "s" sound, to a diagnosis of autism or Down syndrome.

Unified Therapy Services started with three employees, and today has a staff of 26.

Dupaco Community CU President/CEO Bob Hoefer (middle) talks with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (right) during the governor's visit Friday with the 2011 Iowa Small Business Persons of the Year in Dubuque, Iowa. (Photos provided by Dupaco Community CU)
In the beginning, the clinic was in a leased 4,000-square-foot space. But Blean and Heysinger soon purchased a facility more than double that size. "And now we're outgrowing this," said Blean.

Branstad talked with employees of Unified Therapy Services upon arriving and also visited with patients.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad highlighted Dupaco Community CU role in helping an Iowa small business grow and create jobs in the state on Friday.

The Credit Union National Association and credit unions have been pressing for Congress to raise the member business lending limit to 27.5% of assets from the current 12.25% of assets. Doing so would provide $13 billion to lend to small business owners. Injecting that amount into the economy would create roughly 140,000 new jobs at no cost to the taxpayer.

CUNA also sponsored a Small Business Hike the Hill event in Washington, D.C. to support the MBL cap increase.


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