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Fiserv Inc., Brookfield, recently announced that it has signed 45 new clients in the past 12 months for its Account.Create online account opening solution. The Account.Create tool enables credit unions to provide web-based account origination capabilities. The Account.Create solution enables prospective members to complete new membership applications, and existing account holders to open new accounts online, 24 hours a day. A prospect can complete an application from anywhere they have an Internet connection. In addition to processing the application, the solution verifies the applicant’s identity, pulls the credit bureau report, and recommends additional products and services based on the applicant’s demographics and credit union business rules. The tool also supports account funding via ACH, credit or debit card transactions.

Bradley Foundation

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation recently awarded more than $2.2 million during the second quarter of 2009 in support of local education, arts and grassroots civic organizations. Some of the recipients include: Beckum-Stapleton Little League Inc. (the longest-running African American youth baseball league in the country); Milwaukee Christian Center, Inc. (the sponsoring organization for the grassroots safety program called Operation Impact); Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Inc.; Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church and School; and St. Anthony School

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp.

The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. recently awarded College Readiness 21 a $120,000 grant to help Wisconsin’s low income, first generation and minority students finish high school and attend college. College Readiness is a program of the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. (WFIC).

The program supports 500 students in the Milwaukee area, northeastern Wisconsin and southeastern Wisconsin. College Readiness 21has a 100 percent high school completion rate for students enrolled in the program for two years or more, with 89 percent going on to college or technical school. Students are recruited as rising 8th or 9th graders from a broad network of partnering schools and youth serving organizations. CR21 seeks out students who are academically average, low income, first generation college prospects who would not otherwise be on a pre-college track and in many cases would not be on track to graduate from high school. The Great Lakes Higher Education grant will also make it possible for the College Readiness 21 program to restore the program manager position for northeastern Wisconsin to full-time. The position had been cut to half-time due to budget constraints and the struggling economy.


RehabTech Inc., of Oak Creek was recently awarded the 2009 HME NEWS award for the best rehab provider in the United States. The company has been delivering adult and pediatric rehab equipment for over 12 years. The executive team of RehabTECH is director John Gyann and chief executive officer Rebecca Togliattie. RehabTECH provides high quality power/manual wheelchairs, scooters seating and positioning sales and services for people of all age groups in the health care discipline of rehab technology. Since 1997 RehabTECH has served over 22,000 pediatric and adult clients’ rehab equipment needs by working with therapists and physicians in clinics, rehab facilities, hospitals and schools. Its staff consists of 20 accredited assistive technology professionals, certified by the Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.

Bader Rutter & Associates

Bader Rutter, Brookfield, recently received an Award of Excellence in the Business Marketing Association’s 34th annual Pro-Comm Awards competition. The awards recognize the work produced for clients by PR agencies that demonstrate the ability to transform ideas into effective results. Bader Rutter received an Award of Excellence in the newsletters division for Impact magazine, which it created on behalf of its client, OM Workspace. Impact features original editorial content and explores the latest trends in workplace design.

Blair Fire Protection

The former Badger State Fire Protection LLC, Slinger, recently changed its company name to Blair Fire Protection in order to better display its increased growth and success. The team of experts at the company has experience in the installation, inspection; service and repair of both fire sprinklers and fire extinguishers and specialize in fire protection.

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