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Merger will create larger, regional Better Business Bureau

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 10:50 a.m.

The Kansas Plains Better Business Bureau is merging with the Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa, the organizations said Thursday in a news release.

The combination creates an organization that includes membership of nearly 10,000 accredited businesses, the organizations said.

“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,” said Jim Hegarty, president and CEO of the merged organizations, in the release. “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.”

A merger implementation plan is expected to be completed in the next few months, according to the release. The Council of Better Business Bureaus has approved the merger, as have the boards of the two BBBs.

Under the merger, the headquarters will be in Omaha, with branch offices in Wichita, Lincoln, Neb., and Sioux Falls, S.D.

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