Biz Beat: Lima natives launch new online business


First Posted: 4/7/2014

LIMA — Two brothers and graduates of Lima Senior High School have launched a new business on the web and pledge to give half of the profits to help women and children survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

Rick Jones, managing partner and CEO, his wife, Brooke Jones, managing partner and president, and Rick’s brother, Dr. Jim Jones, partner and vice president of database design and cause marketing, started Soulful Creations. The family members are now located in Texas.

Soulful Creations was Rick’s answer to a prayer. After nearly 40 years of working for a large retailer, Rick said he felt called to do something at the unique intersection of business, ministry and community.

SoulfulCreations.com launched March 7. The website helps people easily create personalized gifts for their loved ones for any occasion. It offers an easy-to-use service allowing people to choose an image for the occasion, add a personal or provided message or prayer, select a frame and it’s done. Gifts are made to the creator’s specifications. The website also allows uploading of personal images as the base for customization with prayers or messages.

Six Otterbein Senior Living Communities in 2014 “Best Nursing Homes”

LEBANON — The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently listed a select group of long-term and post-acute care providers for being among the country’s “Best Nursing Homes.”

Nursing homes are rated by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and published by U.S. News & World Report.

On the list were six Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices communities, including facilities in Cridersville and St. Marys.

The 2014 rankings were published in the U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News determines its annual rankings through data collected from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The federal agency assigns each nursing center certified by the government a rating of one to five stars through its Five-Star Rating System. U.S. News names all those with a five-star rating a “Best Nursing Home.” For information on how the rankings are determined, visit http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

In the evaluation process, CMS creates a separate rating for each of three major aspects – rigorous health inspections, the staffing ratio and number of hours of care for each patient/resident, and nine unique physical and clinical quality measures. The three ratings are combined and a star rating, from 1 to 5 stars.

Citizens National Bank celebrates Community Banking Month

BLUFFTON — In appreciation for customers and in honor of Community Banking Month, every Citizens National Bank office will be serving cake to its customers on April 25 during normal business hours.

April is Community Banking Month and Citizens National Bank wanted to take the opportunity to recognize the companies we work with that not only contribute to their local economy, but also impact the world through the businesses they provide.

The theme, “Our Community is Bigger Than You Think,” represents the influence our local business customers have, touching all 50 states and 23 foreign countries. A business will be featured by market in local newspapers and on its website, cnbohio.com, explaining how CNB’s services aid these companies reaching world-wide. Throughout the month of April, customers will have the opportunity to register to win one of 7 gift baskets including local items from each of our branch communities.

“As a community bank, we understand the vital role businesses play in ensuring our communities thrive. Citizens National Bank prides itself on being a partner that not only provides financing, but the technological support to allow these businesses to complete transactions whether nation-wide or internationally,” said President and CEO J. Michael Romey.

With offices in Bluffton, Elida, Lima, Van Wert, Celina, Findlay, Springfield and Defiance, Citizens National Bank has assets totaling more than $650 million and has been serving the communities of West Central and Northwest Ohio since 1920.

Superior FCU’s VITA helps 549

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Superior Federal Credit Union completed its tax season. Credit union and community volunteers worked together to offer free tax preparation for local residents with low-to-moderate income.

This spring, IRS-certified volunteers completed 549 total returns, resulting in $894,343 total federal refunds and $86,272 total state refunds.

The program offers free tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.