Q-C SCORE's Small Business of the Year

Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2011, 10:41 am
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Press release submitted by John Wetzel

Longley Systems named Quad Cities SCORE Chapter's 2011 "SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR"

MOLINE, IL - Quad Cities SCORE Chapter 432 named Longley Systems of Rock Island, Illinois as recipient of its "Tom DeSalvo Small Business of the Year" today. The award was presented to Dave Malner and Malory Jensen, the company's owners, along with other company representatives, at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce's monthly Morning Network meeting today at Centre Station in Moline.

The Quad Cities Chapter annually presents this award to a company its members counseled during its start up phase. This is the 14th year the Quad Cities Chapter has presented this award and the second year of its new designation.

The SCORE award is based on impressive business success, strong management, profitability, prospect for growth, following a prescribed business plan and the degree of assistance SCORE provided.

Longley Systems is a "one-stop-shop" solution provider of products to assist companies with better managing their workforce for Human Resources; Payroll Hours, Time and Labor Management; Attendance Management, Accrual/Leave Management, Scheduling, Badge and Identification Printing, and Access Control.

David Malnar purchased Longley, a fifty year old business located in The Argus building in Rock Island five years ago. He already knew the technology of the business but needed assistance with the purchasing process and business operations.

Malnar said, "SCORE counselors helped me through each step required to buy and then run the business. They helped build my confidence that I would be successful when I bought the business."

Since buying Longley, Malnar stated: "annual sales have increased forty percent and a goal is in place to increase sales annually by twenty-five percent."

Longley serves 1,500 active clients annually through its seven employees. The client list consists of long-term customers of over fifty years and new ones mostly resulting from word-of-mouth. Malnar's daughter, Malory Jensen, is the Operations Manager. She has active plans in place to improve marketing to grow the business by increasing sales to existing clients and developing new customers.

Malnar actively works with disadvantaged children in the community. Because of his commitment to public service, he offers a ten percent discount to not-for-profit human services organizations.

Terry Kramer, Chair of the Quad Cities SCORE Chapter said, "We congratulate Longely Systems for being selected the recipient of SCORE's 14th annual Small Business Award. We look forward to continuing providing business counsel to Longley for its ongoing business and assisting in development of its future growth plan.

Kramer added, "It is particularly fitting Longley Systems is the recipient of the award named in honor of Tom DeSalvo. Tom, who passed away in 2009, was a long time mentor to small businesses and SCORE counselors alike. Tom embodied everything good about small business and had a deep passion on seeing that our clients were very well prepared to start and expand their businesses.


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