Tab puts spotlight on area businesses

Today’s Register includes the 19th annual business, professional and industrial guide — a 30-page pullout featuring 160 area enterprises.
The BPI guide provides snapshots of the histories of local businesses, the products they sell and the customer satisfaction they provide. Over the years the publication has come to be a valuable resource for newcomers learning about their new community as well as historians as businesses come and go.
Prospective businesses and industries use the publication as a tool to judge the area’s economic climate. The diversity and depth of local industries — from cement to candies, hoses to pumps — give proof of a skilled work force. Longtime businesses are testimony to a friendly economic climate.
The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce uses the advertising supplement as a guide for new citizens who wish to get to know the businesses and services available here.
From here the individual advertisments will be transferred to the Register’s Web site, where they will remain in the “BPI Listings” section for a year.
The Register allows two months each fall for selling space for the section and makes a concerted effort to ensure every eligible business is contacted. This is done by sales calls in person, by telephone, mailers and with an ad in the Register and Iola Shopper and on KIKS Radio. Despite this effort, some are missed.
Any business interesed in being included in next year’s edition should notify Mark Hastings or Janet Nichols at the Register to make certain they are contacted early for the 2010 edition.