Community Shred Day 2014

April 29th, 2014

Join Us!

Join us  for the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS Annual Shred Day!  We encourage anyone in the community to bring up to 5 boxes of shreddable items to our office.  We will have a truck from Secure Shred Solutions on Saturday, May 3 from 9am - 11am at our Ames office, 105 South 16th Street. Continue your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers and any other paperwork that you should not just throw out in the trash.

 

UNACCEPTABLE Materials to Shred

  • Tissue Paper or Paper Towels
  • Steel Strip from Hanging File Folders
  • Carbon Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Metals
  • Food
  • Glass

With so much emphasis being put on security both in terms of our identity and our finances it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief's job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.

Ankeny Community Shred Day

April 24th, 2014

 

Join Us!

Join us  for the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS Annual Shred Day!  We encourage anyone in the community to bring up to 5 boxes of shreddable items to our office.  We will have a truck from Secure Shred Solutions at our Ankeny office, 1255 N. Ankeny Blvd., on TODAY April 24 from 4pm - 6pm and on Saturday, May 3 from 9am - 11am at our Ames office, 105 South 16th Street.  Kick off your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers and any other paperwork that you should not just throw out in the trash.

 

UNACCEPTABLE Materials to Shred

  • Tissue Paper or Paper Towels
  • Steel Strip from Hanging File Folders
  • Carbon Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Metals
  • Food
  • Glass

With so much emphasis being put on security both in terms of our identity and our finances it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief's job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.

 

April Community Events

April 1st, 2014
Ames/Boone/Nevada Area:
 

Ames Chamber Artists Spring Concerts (Des Moines & Ames) - http://ameschamberartists.org/

 
YSS of Eastern Story County Fundraiser (Oddfellows Ames) - http://www.visitames.com/events/eventDetail.aspx?ID=10831
 
 
 
Spring Egg Hunt (Reiman Gardens) - http://www.reimangardens.com/event/spring-egg-hunt/
 
Easter Bunny Express (Boone Scenic Valley) - http://www.scenic-valleyrr.com/
 
Flashlight Egg Hunt Grades 3-7 with parent (Brookside Park) - http://ames.patch.com/groups/events/p/flashlight-egg-hunt-grades-37-with-parent
 
 
 
 
Veeneker's Spring Fling 3-Player Best Shot Event - http://www.visitames.com/events/eventDetail.aspx?ID=10689
 
Spring Baby Animals Open House (Black's Heritage Farm) - http://www.visitames.com/events/eventDetail.aspx?ID=10770
 
 
Spring Fling Iowa Lincoln Highway Crafters & Vendors (Nevada) - http://ames.patch.com/groups/events/p/iowa-lincon-highway-crafters-and-vendors
 
Central Iowa Expo BBQ Cruise & Brew (Boone) - http://www.iowabbqchampionship.com/

 

Ankeny/Des Moines Area:

Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser (Ankeny) - http://ames.patch.com/groups/events/p/murder-mystery-dinner--fundraiser-for-the-ankeny-police-department_30050347

 
 
Just for Her event (Des Moines) - http://www.justforherexpodesmoines.com/
 
C.A.R.E. 5K & 10K run (Waukee) - http://myangelfoundation.org/?page_id=17
 
Fire & Ice Gala presented by UnityPointHealth (Make a Wish) - http://iowa.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/4_april/des-moines-gala
 
Earth Day in the Junction (Historic Valley Junction) - http://www.earthdayinthejunction.com/Earth_Day_in_the_Junction/Welcome.html
 
Jazz Festival (Des Moines) - http://www.dmcommunityjazzcenter.org/
 
 
George Strait - A Cowboy Rides Away 2014 (Wells Fargo Arena)  - http://www.iowaeventscenter.com/calendar/wells-fargo-arena/310-george-strait/
 
 
HyVee Road Races at the Drake Relays - http://hy-veeroadraces.com/?DB_OEM_ID=15700
 
HyVee Kids Road Race at the Drake Relays - http://hy-veeroadraces.com/hy-vee-kids-road-race/
 
Scrap Appliance & Metal drop off West Des Moines - http://www.wdm.iowa.gov/Index.aspx?page=116&recordid=7952
 
Scrap Tire drop off West Des Moines - http://www.wdm.iowa.gov/Index.aspx?page=116&recordid=7958
 

 

 

 

Certified Negotiation Experts (CNE designation)

March 6th, 2014

CNELogo

Buying or selling property can be a very challenging situation.  Multiple parties, conflicting interests, and a myriad of issues can make a simple negotiation very complex.  An agent who carries the CNE® (Certified Negotiation Expert) designation has been trained in professional negotiation skills by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute, the leading negotiation training and coaching company for real estate professionals in North America.  A CNE® professional knows how to use leading edge negotiation practices and techniques to benefit their clients.  

 

Hunziker & Associates, REALTRS® has agents with the CNE® designation to achieve the very best results for you!

 

Hunziker & Associates agents with the CNE® designation:

 

Angie Shirk

Brenda Pedigo Cloyd

Dan Carlile

Dan Hunziker

Dean Hunziker

Diane Cox

Gale Gehling

Isha Casey

Jason Mamakos

Jean Langeland

Jenny Leazer

Jolie Shepherd

Joyce Conley-Gibson

Kelly Rathert

Lara Hallgrimsdottir

Linda Prusha

Lisa Nady

Marc Olson

Marolynn Berrett

Paul Livingston

Sarah Laaser-Web

Tom Carey

 

Try Triage for Messy Areas

March 4th, 2014
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Fight the winter blahs with a Soup Party

February 7th, 2014

This simple, casual party provides the opportunity to gather with friends and family in a home setting without a lot of fuss. Guests enter your home to the wonderful aromas of simmering soups and mingle around the kitchen nibbling on fresh bread at this informal “come as you are” party. Follow these guidelines to host a Soup Party of your own.

  • The Soup – Have your guests bring a crockpot of their favorite soup to share or a loaf of bread for dipping.
  • The Topping – These finishing touches range from cheese and sour cream to croutons and toasted nuts.
  • The Cup – Consider using smaller cups or mugs instead of bowls so your guests can sample multiple soups.
  • The Dessert – A fondue buffet keeps with the liquid theme of the party and provides variety from fruit to marshmallows.

Follow this link from our friends at Better Homes & Gardens for great soup ideas!

January checklist for a smooth running home

January 2nd, 2014

Kitchen designs, bathroom designs, and more ∨

Whether granite countertops, a custom kitchen island, or built-in wine holders are new kitchen musts, discover thousands of kitchen designs to help make your dream come true.
Search for fun swivel stools, clocks, sectional couches and storage armoires to spice up your basement.

January Checklist for a Smooth Running Home

January 2nd, 2014
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As you rethink your kitchen design, browse photos of popular kitchen countertop materials, including granite, caesarstone, corian and quartz countertops.
Find a wall shelf, customizable closet organization and stylish furnishings to whip your closet into shape.

Ames among leaders in density of high-tech start-ups in the country

August 21st, 2013

Ames has been ranked among the top cities in the country for having a high-density of high-tech start-up companies.

A report released this week by technology policy coalition Engine and entrepreneurship research association the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation placed Ames at No. 25 in metro areas with the highest ratio of tech start-ups compared to the national average.

Boulder, Colo., was ranked No. 1.

Dane Stangler, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, said several factors, including the presence of Iowa State University, likely helped push Ames to the leader board for high-tech start-up density.

He said the Ames Seed Capital LLC, which generates private capital to help fund start-ups, also could be a critical component for Ames. He said private capital investment has proven over time to be more successful than public funds.

“Ames is in the smallest metropolitan size class and it ranks highly,” Stangler said. “Ames had one of the largest increases in high-tech start-up densities between 1990 and 2010.”

He said cities that have strong research institutions, such as ISU, have a large talent pool to draw from.

“We see elsewhere in the country, a lot of these start-up hubs, the way they have such a high density is they have an anchor institution or high-growth company that spawns all these other entrepreneurs,” Stangler said.

Dan Culhane, president of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, said, “this latest ranking clearly underscores the power of Ames having the good fortune of being the host community to ISU. Make no mistake, this particular ranking points directly to the immense infrastructure we enjoy that is so important to technology starts.”

Culhane credited the Iowa State University Research Park and its leadership for Ames’ ranking on this list.

“Steve Carter and the Iowa State University Research Park are front and center responsible for a ranking like this,” Culhane said. “The Park offers a wide array of support to technology start-ups as well as an environment that is conducive to supporting such endeavors.

“Couple all of this with the Ames Seed Capital Fund, which recently announced a new $1.8 million fund and Ames is well-positioned to provide timely assistance, and capital, to new technology starts,” Culhane said.

Stangler, said the challenge for many communities is maintaining the high-tech density over time.

“It’s absolutely possible to sustain it, but it’s also true it can peter out,” Stangler said. “We don’t have a good grasp yet on those dynamics as far as what can be done public policy wise to sustain it.”

 

By Ames Tribune staff

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