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Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:00 pm

New officers at Mutual of Omaha Bank

Mutual of Omaha Bank has appointed two new officers in its Tucson market, the company announced.

Grace Duval has been appointed market leader. Diane Stallings has been named relationship manager.

"Grace Duval and Diane Stallings are both proven bankers who bring a great deal of experience, especially when it comes to building relationships with Tucson customers to help them achieve their financial

goals," said Dan Stewart, president of Mutual of Omaha Bank's Arizona market. "I have complete confidence in their ability to help grow Mutual of Omaha Bank's presence in the Tucson market."

Duval oversees the bank's Tucson operations. She brings more than 30 years of experience to Mutual of Omaha Bank. She has been involved with United Way and the Children's Miracle Network.

Stallings is responsible for increasing the bank's loan and deposit base in Tucson. She spent more than 30 years at Bank of America. Stallings is active in United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the Children's Miracle Network.

Mutual of Omaha Bank has offices at 6298 E. Grant Rd., Suite 140, and 2120 W. Ina Rd., Suite 106.

Spaces left in 'I Hate Cold Calling' event

A seminar, "I Hate Cold Calling," has slots remaining, according to the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.

All one has to do is call the chamber to reserve a space at the Wednesday, Oct. 21 presentation, or go online to">

The seminar runs from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Northwest Medical Center, located at 6200 N. La Cholla. Guests should park off the ramp on the south side of the hospital, enter from the west side facing La Cholla, and follow signs to Classroom D.

"I Hate Cold Calling" is intended to help sales people build revenues through referrals, to build more revenue from existing customers, and more. Sam Williams will be the presenter.

Registration is $10 for members of the Chamber before Oct. 17, and $15 after Oct. 17. Non-members pay $15 before Oct. 17, and $20 afterward. If there's space at the door, the fee is $20 and $25, respectively.

Free shredding event at OVMP

The Oro Valley Police Department, Shred-It and Walmart have a paper-shredding event planned for Saturday.

The first two boxes each person brings will be shredded free of charge. Additional boxes cost $10.

Removal of staples or paperclips is unnecessary.

Bring your shredding needs to the Walmart parking lot at the Oro Valley Marketplace located near Oracle and Tangerine roads.

The shredding begins Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

Quilt shop now open at First, Tangerine in OV

Catalina Quilting has opened its doors in a new location, 11941 N. First Ave, Oro Valley.

The 3-year old quilting establishment has relocated "to better serve its growing clientele," a release said.

Catalina Quilting specializes in cotton fabrics for hand and machine quilting Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Grand opening festivities and sales are planned for Oct. 24.

Along with a large collection of 100 percent cotton fabrics, many with Southwest themes, the store carries a full range of notions, threads, books and patterns, the release said. Classes for quilters from beginners to advanced are held at the shop. Students can enroll by visiting the shop or by calling (520) 825-8800.

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Where goes the next free Tucson 'Wi-Fi' hotspot?

Simply Bits, a Tucson based provider of network communications, has expanded downtown Tucson's free Wi-Fi hotspot to include the area outside of La Placita Village adjacent to Tucson Music Hall and The Hotel Arizona.

It's now looking for the next place for free Wi-Fi, a release said.

Simply Bits, collaborating with Bourne Partners, is donating the equipment and maintenance costs for the hotspot. The expansion kicks off a contest – the Seven Wireless Wonders – for the local business, which is asking Tucsonans to nominate the next public Wi-Fi hotspot.

"We wanted to show our support for the community and help make public Internet more accessible," said Bradley Feder, managing member of Simply Bits. "It's really a great benefit for businesses and other venues to draw in people who need connectivity for devices like their laptop or iPhone when they are away from home or their office."

Tucsonans can nominate any location where customers could benefit from a free Wi-Fi hotspot online at"> The winning locations will receive a free hotspot and one lucky nominator will receive a free mini-laptop from Simply Bits.

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