Gluten Intolerance Group of Eastern Iowa Connect

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Gluten Related Disorders

We welcome everyone and their family/friends with celiac, gluten intolerance, wheat allergies or other food allergies to our meetings. We are now meeting at the Edgewood Rd. Hy-Vee the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Please check our Celiac Yahoo message group for our calendar of events.

NOTE: in the event of severe weather on a scheduled meeting night, we will not hold meetings if Cedar Rapids community activities are cancelled.

If you are newly diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance, see or contact Theresa Brandon.

Contact Information:

Branch Manager:
Tammie Brandon
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
phn: 319.362.8087

Assistant Branch Manager:
Parker Waddell
Cedar Rapids, IA  52404
phn:  319.721.6944

Sherman Roeder

Who You Gonna Call For Your Call Forwarding Service?

professional businesswoman working on a mobile device
professional businesswoman working on a mobile device

Good communication with clients is a foundation for success in the business world. Potential clients need to have a clear idea about what is being sold, or they aren’t going to part with their well earned dollars.

When acquiring products and services that could affect business or require a large investment, people are going to be even more careful about spending money. They need to feel as if they can trust the vendor and won’t be able to do so in the absence of active and open communication.

Likewise, businesses that offer easy ways to communicate with clients are going to be more profitable simply because they are more available. For these reasons, it is important to make sure that excellent and reliable customer service is a component of your business call forwarding service. Sure, you should offer good customer service to your clients, but you should expect the same from the people who handle your voice mail system.

Here is what to look for in terms of the type of customer service needed to always ensure reliable, quick, and clear communication with clients:

  • 24 hour service- A good business call forwarding number lets clients call at any time of the day. It doesn’t matter that you might not be available to answer the phone because the system is doing all of the answering, routing of calls, and recording of messages. Like a personal assistant who never sleeps, your call forwarding number is always there to take down your calls and messages and make them available to you whenever you feel is necessary. The system is on at all times and thus should offer customer support at any time of the day. You can’t afford to miss calls because something isn’t working right (as unlikely as that scenario is) and should be able to add new numbers, read critical voicemail, or change your greeting whenever you want. Twenty-four hour service provides the type of immediate and flexible support needed for something as important as a call forwarding number for business.
  • Quick set up- There’s no point in waiting around to put a call forwarding number into action. The sooner you set it up, the more quickly your earnings will grow, so you shouldn’t have to wait to have everything ready. Even if it is easy to set up, there should be a support team available to get your virtual number up and running as quickly as possible.

A call forwarding number service should always include the quick, quality support merited by this important tool for business. Start a free trial with an Iowa Celiacs Partner to get a taste of the high quality support they provide.


Want Less Stress and More Free Time? Check out Voice-To-Text with Virtual Phone Systems

It’s no secret that voicemail has become an essential tool in today’s mobile business environment. Research shows that most small business owners wear multiple hats, jugging two to three jobs at the same time. It’s no wonder that we spend most of our time leaving voicemail messages (sparking a new type of editorial — best practices for leaving a voice mail message).

As critical as voicemail is to helping stay on top of your day, it can be challenging to manage, and control. And, if not managed effectively, and in a timely manner, voicemail can quickly become just another stressor.

For example, have you ever had one of those days where you check your voicemail in the car, on the way home, after having been in meetings all day? You find multiple messages from clients or customers expecting that you’ll get right back to them and suddenly, your long day becomes longer, and your stress level higher.

If the scenario above sounds all too familiar, you need to look into voice-to-text. Just what is voice to text?

Put simply, voice-to-text is a virtual phone system feature that transcribes messages left on your business phone system, converting the voice message into text, which is then sent to you as an email, a text message, or both.

To better understand how this works, let’s look at a situation, with two possible scenarios: the first without voice-to-text, and the second, with voice to text.


You’ve been in meetings all day, starting at 9:00. It’s now 4:30, your last meeting is over. You have a 7:00 dinner commitment with a friend. Checking voicemail in the car, you find you have 4 messages: urgent requests from two different clients (ie “please check back with me before end of day”), one from a supplier regarding a deadline, and one from your friend asking if you can move the dinner up to 6:30.

Scenario 1: Without voice to text

You call your first client back from the road and reach him. The conversation takes 20 minutes and ends with you committing to follow up the next day with more information about a proposal you submitted. Your second client call takes twice as long. It’s regarding the new website concepts you presented, and the client has a number of questions he wants answered before he can make a decision. Regarding the third message, the supplier has left for the day, so you leave a voice mail. Then call your friend back and let him know you can’t make the earlier date — and, as a matter of fact, you’d prefer move the dinner later by 30 minutes.

Scenario 2: With voice-to-text

You log into the eVoice mobile app and read a transcription of the first message. The client rambles through a lengthy intro, but the gist of the call regards three questions about a proposal you recently submitted. You hit reply, and type a cogent response, answering each of the questions. In the second transcribed message, you’re able to respond to each of the website questions with clear, detailed responses. The third (supplier) message needs a simple, short reply: “yes.” And the last message (remember that your friend called?): Let him know meeting for dinner earlier is fine!

Voice-to-text may not solve all of your business problems, but it sure can make your business, and personal, life less worrysome. And it’s not really a hollow promise: with the efficiencies that voice-to-text brings, you really can experience less stress, and more free time!