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BBB announces merger

The Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa announce Nov. 8 it is expanding its reach by merging with The Kansas Plains BBB. Intended to benefit both businesses and consumers, the merger will make enhanced BBB services available to consumers and businesses throughout the Great Plains.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus has approved the plan to merge the service areas, and the newly combined territory boasts a membership of nearly 10,000 Accredited Businesses. The governing bodies of both organizations believe that the public will be better served by a single entity.

"With the merger, we'll be able to build on each other's strengths, combine resources and initiate new programs to meet the needs of today's businesses and consumers," stated Jim Hegarty, BBB president and CEO. "We are committed to the success of this merger because it will result in a single, reliable, respected resource to which local businesses and consumers can go for information about marketplace trust."

Denise Groene, Kansas Plains BBB state director added, "We are excited about the merger because of our mutual commitment to fulfilling our mission 'to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust'. Linking the resources of both trusted organizations will expand our capacity to serve even more businesses and consumers."

The BBBs are currently engaged in a merger implementation plan which was approved by the boards of the respective organizations and is anticipated to be completed in the next few months. The BBB's headquarters are in Omaha, Neb., with branch offices in Lincoln, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wichita, Kan.