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Business at a glance

East Wayne Street Center Head Start has achieved a Level 4 rating in Paths to QUALITY, an Indiana quality rating and improvement system for child-care programs.

The board of directors of Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company for iAB Financial Bank, approved a first-quarter cash dividend of 60 cents per share payable March 1 to shareholders of record Feb. 15.

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced two sites in Allen County have been added to the Certified Site Ready program. The Fox North Property (79 acres) south of Fort Wayne and the Ryan Industrial Property (52.1 acres) east of New Haven are two of 15 sites that have been certified since the program’s inception.

Symmetry Medical Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Symmetry Surgical, has entered into a distribution agreement with Hospital Innovations in the United Kingdom to distribute Symmetry Surgical’s portfolio of surgical medical devices.

Don Ayres Honda has earned the President’s Award for its exceptional performance in 2012.

Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau announced Adam and Rebecca Hanson of Antiqology are the winners of the “Destination Downtown Win Free Rent for a Year” contest. The couple will receive a year of free rent in the Visitor Bureau’s adjoining building at 401 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington. The retailer was outgrowing its existing space.

Steel Dynamics Inc. has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 11 cents per common share, a 10 percent increase over the company’s 2012 quarterly rate. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 31 and is payable on or about April 12.

Dirig Sheet Metal was awarded the heating, ventilation and air conditioning ductwork contract for Four Winds Casino Gaming floor renovation in New Buffalo, Mich.

Academy Mortgage was in the top 10 mortgage companies for total FHA purchase volumes for 2012.

Local design firm DLZ Indiana LLC and the city of Fort Wayne’s Traffic Engineering Department were awarded with the Achievement Award for their work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. On Monday, the American Council of Engineering Companies will honor city engineers and DLZ with the Engineering Excellence Merit Award.

DeKalb Health participated last week with the Indiana Hospital Association and other Indiana hospitals to observe Patient Safety Awareness Week and honor a statewide commitment to collectively work together as a health care community to provide the safest care possible.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency reminds producers of the March 15 deadline to apply for coverage of non-insurable crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Eligible producers must apply for coverage of noninsurable crops using Form CCC-471 and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office where their farm records are maintained.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding Indiana small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that the deadlines to file for federal low-interest economic injury disaster loans as a result of last year’s drought are approaching. The first one is Tuesday. The SBA website also has a list of deadlines at http://1.usa.gov/Nz3ro0. For questions, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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