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Medical Solutions diversifies with C&A Industries acquisition

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Two Omaha-born and -grown staffing leaders, Medical Solutions and C&A Industries, are joining forces, leveraging complementary strengths to provide a suite of diverse services in an increasingly challenging and evolving environment. “As companies, we both have a managed service provider offering, which is an enterprise-type of contract with hospitals, and we’ve always competed in that space and, at the same time, as the provider of contingent labor, once you win that [contract], you depend basically on your competitors to help fill jobs,” said Medical Solutions CEO Craig Meier. “So, we’ve also been partners to help fill positions within MSP (Medical Solutions Plus) — it’s a competitive friendly relationship. Over the past four or five years that we’ve created that strategic partnership, it led to conversations about how great we could be together.” Meier indicated the firm, specializing in placing registered Continued on page 13.

CEO Craig Meier … Creating full suite of staffing solutions with acquisition of 50-year-old, Omaha-based, family-owned recruitment company. (Photo by MBJ / Becky McCarville)

Carson Group implements unique co-president leadership structure by Dwain Hebda

Aaron Schaben and Teri Shepherd have been co-workers at Carson Group for more than seven years, during which they’ve developed a symbiotic working relationship. Little did they know that collaborative style of leadership would elevate them both to the top executive position in the company — at the exact same time. Carson, one of the fastest growing financial services firms in the

country, announced Schaben, 33, and Shepherd, 42, as co-presidents of the company in July, a leadership structure that’s unusual but not unheard-of. “There are a few larger companies that have either co-CEOs or co-presidents, but we have not seen it live and in person,” said Shepherd, who was promoted from chief operations officer. “I would say Aaron and I have always worked Continued on page 13.

President Dustin Talacko … Offering safety kits for organizations that contain bleed-control products in the event of situations like active shooters.

Talacko Safety Solutions expands with life-saving products for triage response by Richard D. Brown

From left, Co-Presidents Aaron Schaben and Teri Shepherd … In the midst of naming co-presidents, the firm has roughly doubled in size and added 115 employees in the past 18 months.

Although Talacko Safety Solutions, a nine-month-old firm offering essential bleed-control products and other items to businesses, schools, and churches, has had a fast acceptance by the community, President Dustin Talacko is already looking at additional growth opportunities that include the availability of Narcan, for the immediate treatment of opioid

overdoses. “We’re getting peoples’ attention about the needs we’re trying to fill,” Talacko said. “It’s about triage response and awareness in the event of an active shooter situation by stopping the bleeds before medics arrive.” Other first aid products being added to Talacko Safety Solutions’ inventory include hemostatic Continued on page 14.


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Nia Jones Orthodontics aligns legacy with future vision to grow practice by Becky McCarville

Since moving to Omaha from Virginia in 2017 to buy Dr. William Barnard’s orthodontic practice that he established in 1986, Dr. Nia Jones is already making her mark on the Omaha community. With three years in a residency and six

Nia Jones Orthodontics Phone: 402-498-5800 Omaha Address: 14707 California St., Suite 8, Omaha 68154 Founded: 1986 by Dr. William Barnard; bought by Dr. Nia Jones in 2017 Employees: 6 Services: private practice orthodontics Goals: Continue to modernize the practice and grow with technology; develop relationships in the local dental community. Industry outlook: Increase of corporate dentistry, in-home orthodontics and demand for faster services are challenges facing the industry and private practices. Website: www.niajonesortho.com

years of experience at a large group practice under her belt in Virginia, Jones realized she wanted to find a small practice where she could connect with patients and their families, just like what she experienced at her childhood orthodontist’s office and what inspired her career. She began her search in Virginia for one year, then expanded into North Carolina for

Dr. Nia Jones … Transitioning from Barnard Orthodontics to Nia Jones Orthodontics and keeping up with orthodontic advancements. another six months, then she opened it up to Jones said that every year there are 400anywhere in the U.S. plus graduates and only about 100 opportu“It was this long process,” she said. “I nities to buy or have a position in a practice. would talk to them and we would look at “And you can’t just find a practice,” she how the practice is organized, the behind the said. “You have to mesh with the patients, scenes of the practice and all of that. Then I mesh with the previous doctor and then pick would go to the practice. There are not that the area that you’re going to raise your family. many opportunities in the country.” So, I probably went and visited 25 practices

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throughout the country.” After meeting with Dr. Barnard, who was looking to retire, and his team, she said to her husband, “Dan, we are Midwesterners.” “I fit in so well here. The patients are so cool, the team is awesome, everyone is so nice. The town, it seems what we’re used to — good values, good schools — I think we can do this,” she said. “And within 60 days of [Dan] coming to Omaha, we had already bought the practice, picked up our family and moved. It was a whirlwind.” The transition was smooth, she said, because of her previous years of experience at the private practice in Virginia, giving her the confidence to take over a practice in a new city. And after just nine weeks with one to two patient cycles, Barnard had transitioned into retirement. “I think that when he saw that his patients were in good hands and when he saw that the team was taken care of, he was like, ‘You got this. Call me when you need me,’” she said. Jones sees an average of 65 patients per day, describing her clinical style as progressive, using the latest technology both with orthodontics tools and a recent switch to a cloud-based chart system. One tool she hopes to add is a laser for gingivectomies to “make the gums pretty” after brackets for braces or Invisalign come off, adding that she’s always looking for ways to “take the case to the next level.” “I feel like even after doing a three-year residency I knew a lot of orthodontics but it’s being in private practice and seeing biological systems every single day, how it responds to the biomechanics that you apply on a daily basis and seeing that and learning and growing from that is how you get better and better,” she said. After earning a double major at the UniContinued on page 24.

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Engineering A section prepared by the staff of the Midlands Business Journal

August 30, 2019

Professional opportunities for engineers, projects for area firms abound by Michelle Leach

Their “ranks” may be limited, an industrywide versus Midlands phenomenon, yet engineers regionally have a seemingly unlimited array of projects and opportunities. “I just tell people, ‘These are the good old days right now — it doesn’t get much busier than this,’” said Doug Dreessen, president of Thompson, Dreessen and Dorner (TD2). In reference to Goldilocks, though, if the market were porridge, it would be “too hot,” rather than “too cold.” “There is more work out there than people to get it done,” he said. “We realized Dreessen that it’s a lot harder to find the talent that you need that’s already developed, and we’re not big on raiding other companies’ employees.” Seven or eight years ago, the team started doing outreach to schools — trying to get engineering students that could be “trained up” with a number completing summer internships. These engineers have also instilled a great deal of energy to the firm, according to Dreessen. Due to the nature of their work, they can also be exposed to many different services — land surveying to materials testing — a benefit to clients, he noted, as many services can be coordinated from their office or they can make recommendations of other firms that they partner with. Diverse services are reflected in diverse

Anna Grimes, civil engineering department manager at E&A Consulting Group. projects; for instance, Dreessen highlighted favors, however. its work on the downtown Elkhorn streets“It affects construction and engineering cape project. as a whole,” he said. “The weather for the last “We’ve tried to learn from Blackstone, two years, we’ve probably had one or two Benson and Dundee,” he said. “They’re good months for construction production.” cool areas, but the only gripe is, ‘parking is While Dreessen noted engineers are used lousy.’” to “getting a hole kicked in their sandcastle Dreessen indicated parking has been inte- every day,” the volatile weather has degrated to further raise the bar for these hubs. manded transparent communication among Other projects include recreation centers clients and contractors alongside the usual in Papillion, and subdivisions in Bellevue. adaptability. Mother Nature hasn’t done anyone any “It’s been a struggle,” he said. “There

was a huge backlog going into 2019, and everybody would have been busy anyway, flooding just added to the strain.” Generally, in his 40-year career, projects have gone from urban sprawl to redevelopment, bringing historic or old buildings up to requirements. With an unemployment rate of 3.7% and a talent pool that has shrunk so severely one can’t find experienced engineers, E & A Consulting Group’s Engineering Department Manager Anna Grimes said, “you learn to get creative.” She and Director of In-House Training Nicolette Villwok are breaking down silos, encouraging cross-team work assignments, and developing college-level interns and experienced CAD designers to take on design tasks. Grimes referenced a mix of formal sessions on management, coaching and team-building, and forums and lunch and learns to share knowledge with peers, while cross-team assignments mean staff is divided into working teams that focus on broad disciplines like transportation and water resources. “But we look for opportunities to get people out of their comfort zone and give them a chance to try out new work,” Grimes said. “Not only does it make our staff more well-rounded, it helps them to discover their passion.” Its highly-structured intern program involves real work efforts, such as monitoring construction in the field or field surveying. Social events and team-building exercises strengthen interpersonal abilities. “Due to the limited number of experiContinued on next page.

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Engineering • “This meant that local architects, engineers and businesses had to hire external acoustic specialty firms in places like ChiContinued from preceding page. enced engineers available, we have turned cago, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas,” he said. to our highly talented CAD staff to assist on “Under the guidance of Dr. Lily Wang and designs,” she said. “Our CAD staff are ded- Dr. Erica Ryherd, the Architectural Engiicated and hardworking, and are looking to neering Acoustics Program at The Durham push the boundaries of the design software to School of Architectural Engineering and make us more efficient and accurate.” Construction at the University of NebrasAfter LEED AP (BD +C) and Profes- ka-Lincoln Omaha Campus (housed in the sional Engineer David Manley graduated in Peter Kiewit Institute on the Scott Campus), 2008, he moved to Denver and stayed there is one of only a handful in the nation producfor nine years until his return to ing engineers with an emphasis Omaha — when he was hired by on building acoustics.” DLR Group. Now, the first classes of “I’ve heard firsthand the real acoustic-focused A/E graduates desire of smart, talented, and are boomeranging back to Omaha motivated acoustical engineers — bringing the city “a long overto be able to stay in Omaha and due local presence and technical surrounding areas,” he said. “I’m expertise,” he said. happy to be part of the expandLamp Rynearson Chairman ing local presence of acoustical of the Board Michael P. Mcdesign experts. With such an Meekin is also serving as the amazing pool of talent coming first executive director for the Manley out of UNL’s Architectural Enorganization he also founded: gineering Program, there is an amazing the Engineering Change Lab (ECL-USA). opportunity to be able to keep more of According to firm information, the “sothis talent local and elevate the design cial change lab” seeks to connect and colconcepts and spaces where we live, work, laborate with individuals and stakeholders’ and play. I am hopeful that the rest of the groups in the engineering community. Memlocal architecture, engineering, and design bers will meet quarterly to discuss how to industry can help to embrace these acoustic enhance social impact through engineering. experts as well.” As the engineering community is chalManley noted that, while Omaha is lenged by the likes of accelerating technohome to three of the top 20 architecture and logical progress, growing environmental engineering firms in the nation, until very imperatives — including climate change recently, almost 100% of acoustic-focused — it was noted engineers must serve as graduates had to leave Nebraska to find gain- stewards of technology, natural and built ful employment as an acoustical consultant, environments, and public health, safety and engineer or designer. welfare “as an uncertain future unfolds.”

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of Teacher Education for Engineering at University of Nebraska at Omaha, said the new STEM TRAIL (Teaching, Research and Inquiry-based Learning) Center will harness the energies of those areas by using research to engage all learners by increasing STEM literacy and fostering opportunities to address the demands of the Nebraska workforce. “Plans are developing ensuring all Nebraskans are included in these efforts by supporting underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, and underserved groups,” he said. “Additionally, many of the Omaha engineering firms are involved in working closely with K-12 sector through offering programming and internships for students and externships for educators.” Mike Flesch, dean of math and sciences at Metropolitan Community College, said the college’s emphasis from the academic affairs side has been to continue the push to Continued on next page.


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WELL building certification raises the standard, increases focus on health by Jasmine Heimgartner

The importance of well-being in the workplace may not be a new focus, but how businesses approach it has evolved. Along with providing personal health benefits, both for the mind and body, the scope of well-being includes the actual structure and environment in which people work. Those familiar with the engineering world have long heard about LEED, which focuses on best practices for reducing waste and negative impacts on the planet. This rating system involves aspects such as materials used in a building or site, waste reduction practices, water conservation systems, energy monitoring and optimization, renewable energy, and indoor environmental criteria. The WELL Building Standard is a separate yet complementary certification that focuses on how a building affects its occupants. “For WELL projects, there are some parallels, but it’s largely expanded to document the positive impacts our spaces and organiza-

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Continued from preceding page. make the transition of engineering students to University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNO as straightforward as possible. “We work with the engineering departments at UNL to make sure the courses we offer will transfer and prepare students for the engineering field they will enter,” he said. Flesch said Gretna Public Schools also offers introductory engineering classes along with advanced college level math and science classes to prospective engineering students each year. “These classes are offered for dual credit through MCC,” he said. “MCC has provided a pathway for a diverse group of students to progress into studying engineering through the University of Nebraska system.” Beth Sanborn, K-12 STEM coordinator and instructor at Girls Inc. of Omaha, said girls are becoming more excited about STEM related careers because of programming offered through the organization. Additionally, she said multiple girls come

tions can have on their occupants,” said Sarah Gudeman, mechanical engineer and energy analyst at Morrissey Engineering. “Things like support for new parents, incorporating activity into the everyday, making healthy nutritional choices easy, accentuating natural circadian and sleep cycles and providing specific design focus on things like ergonomics, water quality, and much, much more. WELL is ultimately committed to improving global health.” The standard is backed by scientific data and proven methods of enhancing an environment. “It leverages strong scientific and medical evidence on how environmental factors impact human health to establish best practices for building design, construction and operation,” said Nate Maniktala, vice president at BranchPattern. “The main benefit is happier and healthier people. People are most organizations’ biggest investment, so improving Continued on next page.

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to STEM clubs with little to no friends and are oftentimes non-participatory, with little self confidence. “After a couple weeks, these girls began to answer questions and share ideas,” she said. According to Sanborn, girls take part in various real life challenges or activities meant to engage, excite and encourage problem solving, decision-making and team working skills. “During these STEM lessons, girls learn to use the engineering process steps and make changes to their ‘prototypes,’” she said. “It’s a great way to improve and practice presenting their solutions to one another to see all solutions don’t need to be the same.” Sanborn said she hopes this programming makes a lasting and life changing impact on her students. “Since we don’t have any idea what jobs these girls will be doing in the future, it is important that at their ages, they learn life skills, build relationships and take chances,” she said. “As well as, have fun while doing it.”

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WELL building certification raises standard Continued from preceding page. their performance can have a huge economic impact. We have recently developed tools for our clients that help quantify how specific design decisions will affect their people’s performance and its economic impact.” Currently on version 2, which has evolved from the 2014 pilot and version 1, WELL focuses on several concepts for targeting improvements, called either preconditions or optimizations. A project that earns all preconditions can become certified at the

Silver level. Projects that choose to pursue additional optimizations can become either certified Gold or Platinum. The concepts within the WELL v2 rating system are air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, community and innovations. “All of the features look to encourage and enable occupants to make healthy decisions,” said Brandon Rich, electrical engineer and associate principal at Alvine Engineering. “Many of the features are requirements, while

Sarah Gudeman, mechanical engineer and energy analyst at Morrissey Engineering. other features are optional for extra credit. especially requires participation and interest Examples include enhanced air quality, pro- from a champion that can influence ongoing motion of using stairs instead of elevators, policy. That’s what makes the standard truly access to drinking water, access to healthy transformative.” foods, and promotion of engagement with WELL certification is an investment, but the surrounding comit can provide a longmunity.” term return. Unlike other rat“Businesses ing systems, WELL should consider how has a performance much renovation and verification. This is modifications they an on-site verification are willing to invest that the ideas implein,” Rich said. “The mented and included features relating to in the design were water and air quality actually built and exhave specific limits ecuted correctly and for contaminates and Maniktala Rich are confirmed to be may require filtration benefiting the occuif those limits are expants. ceeded. Businesses also need to understand The strict guidelines involved with cer- that their largest cost is the human resources tification can be daunting. Making it a team they employ, and incremental increases in effort can be the key to its success. productivity and efficiency by employing “What projects ultimately need is an in- these features can have a real impact to the ternal champion, or even better, champions,” business.” Gudeman said. “Truly sustainable projects Even if obtaining certification isn’t feadon’t happen in a vacuum and can’t happen sible for a business, WELL standards can be with only design team participation. WELL incorporated into a design for both new and existing structures. “Whether old or new, it is important that your carefully consider the evidence on health and wellness before making too many decisions on your project,” Maniktala said. “Once decisions are made it becomes more difficult to undo them. If you don’t make it important, it often doesn’t get into the project. If you already have the space and want someone to tell you how to make it healthier, there are companies who can do assessments and give you a baseline of where your space is and some easy opportunities.”


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Accommodating enhanced technology a major factor in engineering spaces by Dwain Hebda

According to local engineering firms, planning a project’s technology backbone is an increasingly challenging part of the construction process. “We firmly believe the design of the built environment is changing due to increased technology and user expectations,” said Tyler Fritz, team leader of Olsson’s Lincoln and Omaha mechanical/electrical/plumbing team. “So, the way we design the built environment must change as well. Technology and connectivity is an expectation in our society and it is changing daily. We understand the expectation for technology and are consistently designing and applying this technology into the built environment.” Fritz Fritz said attention to the technology details in building design begins with a backbone that is both accessible and expandable for future applications. Increasingly, these design chores are falling to specialized engineers. “Historically, electrical engineers designed all the electrical systems, including the low voltage cabling systems, within buildings,” he said. “Today, we have specialized engineers and experts with numerous certifications and training specifically around the implementation

and design of these new technologies. “A design firm, we are continually looking for those engineers who are breaking down the traditional design silos, thinking about the ‘why’ in what we are designing, applying data to provide valuable information and looking for ways our buildings can improve the human experience.” Ericka Nienhueser, electrical department manager and vice president of Farris Engineering, said the challenges of providing suitable technology and capacity is particularly challenging when working in older buildings. “It can be difficult to retrofit older and historic buildings for today’s technology,” she said. “These buildings do not have the dedicated space for telecommunication Nienhueser rooms, so oftentimes an owner has to give up a space they have another use for to obtain the needed space for the telecommunication rooms.” Ceilings provide another challenge in these projects, Nienhueser said. Space is often tight in older buildings when it comes to cabling, a challenge that is increasingly being solved by the design of certain systems. “In the area of lighting controls, manufacContinued on next page.

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Projects focus on keeping vital transportation routes open, development of economic hubs by Michelle Leach pavement maintenance to reduce and prevent Project pipelines are as varied as their potholes. drivers, from facilitating safer, reliable travel “There is a lot more consideration for to flood mitigation. multi-modal features to provide “There is more work happenoptions for how people travel ing than we have seen in the last throughout the metro area,” he 10-plus years,” said Alfred Bensaid. “In most cases, these enesch and Co.’s Senior Vice Preshancements may consist of wider ident-Omaha Division Manager sidewalks or addition of bike lanes Jeffery A. Sockel. “It is especially to provide safer paths for cyclists good to see the number of new and pedestrians.” construction or reconstruction Sockel also referred to new projects happening. From the conconstruction requirements extendsulting engineering side, that is a ing surface life, using concrete good indicator for the strength of sealers or multi-year asphalt joint Sockel the local economy.” and random crack sealing to reSockel spotlighted the 156th duce potholes. Street project’s (Pepperwood to Corby streets) Jeff Henson, a senior planner in hazard “much-needed capacity improvements,” mitigation and resiliency with JEO Consultsafer travel options for elementary students ing Group, is focused on opportunities where and better stormwater drainage; the replace- communities can think differently about ment of the Q Street bridge and resurfacing developing infrastructure to mitigate or withstand disasters, such as Midwest flooding. “We have a number of projects that have supported communities impacted by flooding,” Henson said. “We’ve been working with the city of Council Bluffs on the Missouri River levee system, and developing a sysContinued on next page.

Accommodating technology Continued from preceding page. turers have gone to systems that utilize wi-fi for the control components, such as a light switch,” she said. “This allows for less overall cabling and in the case of the light switch, there is no need to cut into an existing wall to add conduit and wiring to the new light switch.” Incorporating technology along with other building systems in new construction is somewhat easier because engineers can design the space from the get-go, said Joshua Murphy, BIM/ CADD manager with Schemmer Associates. But that doesn’t suggest that it takes any less expertise to bring everything together harmoniously. Murphy “What happens is, we’re going through way more design iterations than we used to,” he said. “Project timelines are shrinking, so there’s more back and forth work and a lot more working and coordination between other engineering disciplines. “A big part of that process for us is running clash detection where we are pulling all of those different disciplines into a model and we’re looking at the design as a whole. We do this to make sure we don’t have the tech and the HVAC and all the building systems running into each other.” Murphy said as the engineer’s tools have become more advanced, it has allowed firms to complete these tasks much more quickly and with less need for changes later. “Working in clash detection, we’re visualizing models in a 3D environment,” he said. “Buildings are being built twice now, really; once digitally and then once in real life. It’s important for us to continue to invest in that process, because it’s worth it in the long run to build it correctly.”


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Continued from preceding page. temwide infrastructure plan for their levee, should there be a high water or flood event associated with it.” Likewise, for villages like Winslow, Nebraska, relocating the community uphill, out of the floodplain, represents those projects the firm is supporting; projects are tied together by the likes of available land use regulations, best practices, and the identification of vulnerability and innovative ways to incorporate a “more resilient mindset,” he said. Henson noted public-private partnerships and the hard work to get farm to market roads open. “The economic disturbances have ripple effects into urban areas,” he said. “The Midwest can serve as a national example.” The Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT) and Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center are among big Leo A Daly projects shaping the Omaha area. “Metro’s focus on Hofer constructability and limiting disruption on Dodge Street inspired us to think outside the box,” said Structural Project Engineer Tim Morrison, a reference to the community bus operator. “As a result, we are bringing simple structural solutions to seemingly complex problems, which is the goal of most engineering.” According to Morrison, each trip east down Dodge and Douglas streets stops at 12 stations, with each trip west going in the opposite direction, stopping at a dozen different stations on the other side of the road. While each site had its own challenges, from buried utilities to specific soil profiles and slopes, the 24 stations share a signature look. “The structural engineering for the varied site conditions all takes shape underground,” he said. “Above ground, stations will retain the signature aesthetic designed by our architects.” Senior Mechanical Project Engineer Kim Cowman characterized health care projects — like the addition to the existing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in

Midtown — as offering a direct connection to an engineers’ aim: solving problems for the betterment of society. “The problems we solve improve wellness and quality of life for veterans in our community,” she said. Features highlighted by Cowman included integrated design in waiting and entry areas; for instance, heating and cooling satisfied challenging thermal comfort in large lobby/ waiting areas in a way that integrated with building aesthetics. To accommodate surgeon requests for cool operating room temperatures, energy efficient technology satisfies temp and humidity requirements without mechanically over-heating and reheating air. Engineers Ryan Curtis and Doug Nelson highlighted technical innovations such as a sloped roof system that can be converted into a floor system to support future expansion, and virtual reality to tour electrical rooms and view main mechanical rooms — identifying conflicts and optimizing space during the design process — respectively. Cowman For Jasper Stone Partners CEO Curt Hofer, the $1.2 billion mixed-use development that was announced last month, Avenue One, was a “labor of love” that has been at least 10 years in the making. The site at 192nd Street and West Dodge Road posed myriad unique infrastructure challenges. “Some of the hurdles faced at the intersection weren’t obstacles at the other developments you’ve seen come together; they didn’t face the same things,” he said. Namely, the intersection was built for rural farmland — not for the demands of an urban, high-trafficked destination. Alongside state partners, as well as land planning and engineering firms HOK and Olsson, Hofer described creative solutions to “start from scratch,” developing transportation such as turn lanes for what is poised to become the “Gateway to the West.” Fifty square blocks of office, medical, retail, hospitality and housing, and interconnected green space, trails, and a public plaza area will “serve as an urban core in the suburb.”

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What will it take to get to $300,000 in your 401(k)? by Susan Tompor

So do you have $300,000 or more in your 401(k)? Sure, it sounds like an enormous amount of money. Especially when you consider that about one out of four non-retired adults have no retirement savings Financial or pension whatsoever, according to the latest Federal Reserve report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. Of the non-retired age 60 and older, 13% have no retirement savings or pension. But if you’ve been working a while — and saving over time — the odds go up that you could have good money in retirement savings. The average 401(k) plan balance hit $305,900 as of the second quarter among participants who have been in their 401(k) plan for 10 years in a row, according to the latest quarterly analysis of retirement savings trends released by Fidelity Investments. The average is based on a group of 1.6 million participants in Fidelity retirement accounts. What’s interesting: The latest average is more than five times the average balance of $59,900 for a similar group 10 years ago. A big bull market for stocks, which began in March 2009 and has kept going, surely helps. Who’s doing well in their 401(k) plans? Six-figure 401(k)s tend to be concentrated by ages for those who have been consistently saving in their 401(k) for 10 years straight. -For baby boomers in that group, who are currently ages 55 through 73, the average balance was $365,800 (with 697,000 Fidelity participants). -For the Gen-X group, who are currently ages 39 through 54, the average 10-year balance was $278,600 (with 802,000 in that group). -For millennials, who are ages 23 through 38, the average 10-year balance was $135,100 (with 117,000 Fidelity participants).

Overall, the average 401(k) balance was $106,000 based on 17.1 million Fidelity accounts in the second quarter. That was up about 1.9% from the second quarter in 2018. How many 401(k) millionaires are there? Much of the big excitement, of course, is triggered by the notion that some people are actually hitting a million bucks in retirement savings. An all-time high of 196,000 people had $1 million or more in their 401(k) plans in the second quarter. That’s up from 180,000 at the end of the first quarter. Most of the millionaires are baby boomers who are making decent money and they’re aggressive savers who have consistently been saving for decades. What will it take to get you to save more? The trick with some of these numbers, perhaps, is to get people motivated to think that they too can see their 401(k)s one day add up to something. Adults ages 45 to 59 tend to feel they’re on track if they have at least $250,000 saved, according to research by the Federal Reserve. A lot of data regarding savings is downright discouraging. Some work at jobs that don’t offer any kind of retirement savings plans. When people talk about significantly smaller average balances, they’re including younger people who haven’t been on the job for some time, said Katie Taylor, vice president of thought leadership at Fidelity Investments. Yet when workers save for a decade, Taylor said, they’ve been able to build up to a more substantial nest egg as they move closer to retirement age. Taylor noted that employees can benefit by increasing their regular contributions, as a percentage of pay, each year. Run some of the online calculators, such as the Power of Small Amounts by Fidelity, to see how much saving an extra 1% each year can help. Starting at age 25 with a salary of $50,000

— and a job with a 4% employer match on a 401(k) — someone could hit $661,000 in savings by age 67 if they consistently saved 4% a year. That amount could more than double to nearly $1.37 million if the employee increased the contribution by 1% each year to ultimately contribute 15% of pay, according to a Fidelity example. The scenario assumes a 1.5% increase in wages each year. The latest Fidelity study showed that employee savings rates hit record levels in the second quarter of 2019, as nearly onethird of investors boosted their savings rate. The average employee contribution rate climbed to a record 8.8% in the second quarter — up nearly a full percentage point from 10 years ago. The bulk of that added savings took place because some employers will automatically increase the employee’s own contributions over time. Yet 40% of the employees boosted their savings on their own. “People do understand the importance of 40(k)s,” Taylor said. “Many companies don’t have pension plans.” Nearly two-thirds of workers between ages 26 and 64 are participating in 401(k) plans either directly or through a spouse, according to a study released in August by the Investment Company Institute. Yet, the trade group notes that the participation rate jumps up to more than three-quarters if younger and lower-income workers — those who are least likely to be able or want to save for retirement — are removed from the analysis. When most people watch the wild swings on Wall Street these days, they’re doing so because they’re concerned about what could happen to the big number on their 401(k) statements. At year-end 2016, data indicate that more than nine in 10 participants in 401(k) plans held at least some stocks through their plans, according to research by the Investment Company Institute. Nearly half of those savers had more

Prince store in airport gives travelers a glimpse at superstar’s Minnesota life by John Ewoldt

The business of Prince has taken the next step: a store at the airport. In the three years since the superstar musician’s death, Paisley Park has been turned into a tourist site, his recording vault has been mined for new releases and tribute events have multiRetail plied around the Twin Cities. Last month, an entrepreneur working with the licensor of Prince’s estate opened a shop in Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. And on Monday, more than 50 passengers gathered at its grand opening despite long delays in security lines. DJ Dudley D, Prince’s resident DJ, spun tunes from the artist’s prodigious catalog as travelers checked out albums, commemorative jackets, books and T-shirts. “I’m not sure if Prince would like having this store, but I see it as a way to keep his legacy alive by making him visible,” said Caitlyn Tromiczak, a former Minnesotan who was traveling to her home in Washington D.C. “We’re honoring him by making him more available to fans.” The store is the brainchild of Pady Regnier, Isabella Rhawie and reps from

Bravado, Prince’s licensee. Regnier, CEO of Airport Retail Group, which operates nine stores at MSP, and Rhawie, retail manager of concessions for Metropolitan Airports Commission, originally conceived a pop-up store of Prince items for the Super Bowl and other events last year. They met with Bravado, the merchandising arm of various rock bands, and other people associated with the Prince estate before deciding on a permanent store. Regnier thinks Prince is the rare artist whose legacy can support an airport retail store. “Prince loved Minnesota and fans world wide loved him,” she said. “We’ve heard of people changing their flights with an MSP connection just to visit the store.” Regnier doesn’t know of other airports that have devoted a retail space to their local celebs. She said the idea may work elsewhere, such as a Bruce Springsteen store in the New York-Newark area. “You have to really think this through,” she said. “Some artists resonate a sense of place and an emotional impact, like Prince and Springsteen, and some don’t.” Regnier said there are plenty of minefields — fickle fans, licensing issues, and

approval of artists or estates — not to mention that such stores are only likely to make a profit at very large airports. “I’m a huge David Bowie fan,” Regnier said. “But I don’t know if that would work even in New York, where he lived, or London, where he grew up.” It’s only been six weeks since the Prince store opened, but sales are 40% ahead of plan so far, Regnier said. Germaine Grueneberg, director of merchandising at the Airport Retail Group, said the store is set up as a chronology of Prince’s life. Three sections include Uptown, Purple Rain and Paisley Park. Merchandise prices range from $5 to $250. “It almost has a museum feel,” she said. “You can learn about Prince through books, albums and if you want more, we offer tickets to Paisley Park (in Chanhassen.)” The airport store does not generate any revenue from ticket sales. The space occupied by the Prince store, across from the Stone Arch restaurant at the south end of the mall anchoring the concourses, has a two-year lease. ©2019 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

than 80% of their 401(k) plan account balance invested in stocks, Only 8% of 401(k) participants had nothing in stocks, according to that research. Many people, of course, don’t feel all that secure about their retirement savings. What’s holding people back? The usual suspects: Student loan debt Among 25-year-old to 35-year-old workers who are not saving for retirement, 39% say they are prioritizing their student loan payments, according to a TIAA-MIT AgeLab Study released this summer. Younger workers aren’t the only ones who are challenged by student loan debt. About 43% of the parents and grandparents who took out student loans for others say they will increase their retirement savings once the student loan is paid off. Women in particular described the struggle of sacrificing their own financials security to put their children’s education first. Borrowing money from a 401(k) plan While the goal is to save money to cover expenses during your 60s or 70s when it may be harder to work full time, it’s often tempting to tap into 401(k) dollars earlier. The most common reasons for taking out a loan, according to Fidelity’s data: Paying down or paying off high-interest credit card debt (31%); making home improvements or repairs (24%); buying a home or refinancing a mortgage (21%) or paying outstanding bills (19%). About 20% of Fidelity participants had loans outstanding from their 401(k) plans in the second quarter of 2019. About 24% of those who take out a loan decrease the amount they’re regularly setting aside in the 401(k) or stop saving in the 401(k) entirely to offset the loan repayment, according to Fidelity research. Lack of cash and commitment If you aren’t saving consistently — and increasing how much you save out of each paycheck toward retirement — you’re unlikely to get anywhere close to a million dollars in retirement savings. Remember, the big numbers apply to those who kept saving year after year, according to the Fidelity research. Making small changes — say adding an extra 1% in savings toward retirement each year — can generate some big numbers over time. Just because someone isn’t saving in a retirement plan today doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t change course later in their careers. Some may rationally choose to delay saving for retirement until they’re earning more money or have taken care of other priorities, such as buying a home, according to the ICI research. For younger savers the 401(k) is often the main source of investing. Millennial households owning mutual funds are more likely to hold funds only inside employer-sponsored retirement plans, according to ICI data. In 2018, 47% of millennial households owning mutual funds held their funds only through employer-sponsored retirement plans, compared with 33% of baby boom households owning mutual funds. Over time, some workers do decide to ramp up their savings rates when they’re making more more or feel more financially stable. Some might even get motivated when they realize that they could one day hit a quarter-million or more in that 401(k). ©2019 Detroit Free Press Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


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Medical Solutions diversifies with C&A Industries acquisition Continued from page 1. nurses in temporary assignments across the U.S., is strong in areas where C&A might be weaker, while C&A is stronger in areas where Medical Solutions may be less robust. “There is more we can offer our clients, and more value we can create in a combined service offering,” he said. With roots that can be traced back almost two decades, Medical Solutions has grown to around 350 internal employees; with the addition of C&A, a firm that started in the basement of Larry Courtnage’s home 50 years ago, the number of team members will exceed more than 1,050. SUPER CROSSWORD

“Because of the relationship we had with C&A already, and the relationship we had with Craig Wolf, the son of founders Larry and Kathy Courtnage, we both respected each other from afar,” Meier said. “Once C&A decided to go down this path of selling the company, they identified potential buyers and we were one of them … We saw that putting these two companies together can be transformational, and it made a lot of sense. Everyone saw the potential sitting in front of us.” Medical Solutions services include Medical Solutions Plus, MSP for hospitals and health care systems to gain a streamlined approach to contingent workforce processes; TORMENT OF THE TIMID

Nurse Bridge (EHR and EMR conversion); to live up to the legacy Larry and Kathy EXELerated Staff (health care crisis situ- Courtnage have built … there were so many ations); and Advanced Practice (specialty synergies,” Meier added. Its diversification through acquisition staffing for health care facilities). C&A Industries has carved out a niche in included the On Assignment division, OA four different markets, with corresponding Nurse Travel, in 2013 — a move that Staffing specialized staffing and recruitment agencies: Industry Analysts noted positioned Medical Aureus Medical Group, health care staffing Solutions as the third-largest travel nurse for nursing, allied health and advance prac- staffing company. “It allowed us to increase our scale tice professionals; Aureus Group, health care leadership and executive-level search, and add three more offices,” Meier said, a finance and accounting, and information reference to San Diego, California, Tupelo, technology systems; Celebrity Staff for ad- Mississippi and Cincinnati, Ohio locations. Last year it acquired Medical Solutions ministrative, management, and legal staffing; and AurStaff for industrial, skilled trades, PPR and 360 Healthcare Staffing. “PPR is very technical, architecstrong in travel nurstural and engineering Medical Solutions ing, and 360 is postfields. Phone: 402-758-2800 acute, and really supIts affiliates are Address: 1010 N. 102nd St., suite 300, ports MSP,” he said rounded out by man- Omaha 68114 (headquarters) of this example of aged services and Services: traveling health care staffing further diversification. software provider, (including nursing, advanced practice, “This is a fast-growFocusOne Solutions, MSP and EMR) ing segment of health boutique travel agen- Founded: 2001 by Scott Anderson and care.” cy, AurTravel, and Dale Williams He indicated drivcorporate housing Website: www.medicalsolutions.com ers include consolidaprovider, AurHomes. “We have built our company on being the tion of health systems, changes to value-based top travel nursing provider in the U.S., but reimbursement and, accordingly, increased as our MSP grows, our customers are asking nursing facility stays. Furthermore, the need not just to place travel nurses, but the full for services, not limited to great experiences contingent labor that includes allied, clinical for travel nurses, is driven by the prolonged and non-clinical, and post-acute services and nursing shortage and skyrocketing demand as administrative,” Meier said. “C&A checks boomers get older and face chronic illnesses. Today, Medical Solutions’ other offices the box, providing that total suite of staffing include Denver and Tampa. solutions to our clients.” Retaining the culture that has enabled In an Aug. 12 press release, Larry Courtnage was quoted as saying that its alignment the firms to grow as they merge is a priority, with Medical Solutions “ … will ultimately according to Meier, who further referred to create even greater opportunity for our cus- an integration team of leaders to facilitate tomers in the health care sector and in our the transition. C&A will continue to operate out of its diverse markets. This is yet another step headquarters at 13609 California St., and the forward.” “We checked their boxes, because they transaction is expected to close by the end of were looking for a company that continued the third quarter.

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Continued from page 1. to me on sales and business development, extremely well together; he’s always been fo- growth, any acquisitions that we’re doing. cused on the sales and business development “We look at things through a different and growth of the overall organization with lens and we know that if we ask each other M&A. I’ve been more on the day-to-day run- a question it’s because we want the overall ning of the business, to be better. We’re so our skillsets defi- Carson Group not stepping on somenitely complement Phone: 888-321-0808 body’s toes.” Address: 13321 California Street #100, each other.” Both executives Schaben, former- Omaha 68154 admitted to a period ly Carson’s execu- Service: Financial planning and financial of adjustment to the tive vice president, planner services new structure, but said will lead the firm’s Employees: 223 they had taken steps to business growth and Website: www.carsongroup.com move staff past that development, while and keep the focus on Shepherd will lead the firm’s institutional the future. The two meet daily, sometimes and retail-focused divisions, including oper- multiple times, to stay in step with each other. ations, compliance and stakeholder develop“There are specific topics where Aaron ment. Both skillsets will be instrumental in and I both need to be engaged to make sure managing Carson’s pace of growth; the firm we’re on the same page,” Shepherd said. has roughly doubled in size and added 115 “We’re a very flat organization and we have employees in the past 18 months. always tried to include people when we’re “The thing I love about [the co-presiden- making decision so they can develop the cy] is I’m able to bring challenges to Teri mental model of how we work together as that are operational in nature and say, ‘How a group. can we do X?’” Schaben said. “I’m not in “That has spurred confidence across the the weeds, so I may ask that question from a organization, and [staff members] know broad perspective. She does the same thing Continued on next page.


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Talacko Safety Solutions expands with life-saving products for triage response Continued from page 1. movement endorsed by the American College of gauze and occlusive dressing. The latter is Surgeons and the White House four years ago. For example, in the Las Vegas mass shootused for treating chest and back trauma such as ing with tourniquets not available, bystanders covering a gun shot hole. took off belts and ripped shirts in an initial effort Some supplies retail for as little as $15. Talacko, a seven-year Omaha firefighter to stop the bleeding. Talacko Safety Solutions offerings include and paramedic, is joined in the venture by kits of bleed-control Waterloo Volunteer products that sell from Fire Department Chief Talacko Safety Solutions $150 to up to $700. Travis Harlow, a west- Phone: 402-968-3712 Contents, contained in ern Douglas county Address: 2513 River Road Drive, Waa commercially-sealed entrepreneur who also terloo 68069 bag, in addition to a owns Fire Barn Sports Service: sales of bleed-control products tourniquet include a Bar & Grill and Farmer and related life-saving equipment for use six-inch pressure Brown’s Steak House, in active threat situations bandage, two rolls of among other ventures. Founded: 2019 by Dustin Talacko and sterile gauze, trauma Harlow is CFO of Ta- Travis Harlow shears, a permanent lacko Safety Solutions. Employees: 3 marker, two pairs of Talacko’s wife, Jill, is One-year goal: Expand product lines nitrile gloves and inalso involved in the to include narcan, which can be used structions on how to business. in other life-saving situations until first control bleeding. Talacko, a 37-year- responders arrive. Members of the old Omaha native who Industry outlook: High-profile active Omaha Fire Union has a Master of Public shooter situations with multiple casuraised $25,000 to fund Administration degree alties and injuries have heightened the the initial purchase of from Columbia South- need for bleed-control products, but the kits that are carern University, cites communicating with business leaders ried in multiple Omaa broad need for the can be difficult as they are frequently ha Fire Department life-saving products terrified about addressing the need for vehicles that include being sold. He cites preparedness. 16 medic units, seven national statistics that Website: www.talackosafetysolutions.com battalion chief rigs and show it may take first responders up to 10 minutes to reach a patient, by one paramedic shift supervisor. After some manufacturing, the kits are asand perhaps longer if an active shooter or sembled and packed at Talacko Safety Solutions’ knife-wielding assailant is still on the loose. “We saw the need in this community,” office and warehouse at 2513 River Road Drive Talacko said citing the National Stop-the-Bleed in Waterloo.

Cargill makes a bigger investment in Puris, a key supplier to Beyond Meat by Kristen Leigh Painter

Cargill Inc. wants in on plant-based meats in a bigger way. The agribusiness is investing an additional $75 million in Puris, the nation’s largest supplier of pea protein, a key ingredient in well-known products like the Beyond Burger. Minneapolis-based Agriculture Puris will use the funds to add capacity to its existing 200,000-square-foot Dawson, Minn., processing plant, doubling the company’s pea production by late 2020. It’s a crucial step for Puris as it tries to remain ahead of booming demand for its pea protein, starches and fibers. Beyond Meat, which became the year’s hottest new stock after going public in May, promised investors in its IPO filing that Puris, one of its key suppliers, would soon add production capacity. As new companies emerge in this faux-meat space, demand is growing. Puris has a waiting list of companies that want its products. Executives decided several months ago to make Beyond Meat one of its “cornerstone customers.” “This investment will grant Puris the ability to support more food companies, more farmers and more consumers faster,” said Tyler Lorenzen, president of Puris, in a statement Wednesday. Cargill, one of the world’s largest meat producers and a large maker of many food ingredients, sees the future opportunity as well. “As consumer demand increases for plantbased proteins, we want to make sure that Cargill, with our partner Puris, can deliver on

that demand,” said Laurie Koenig, Cargill’s texturizers and specialty lead. “This investment also provides significant support to the local economy with approximately 90 new jobs and a new revenue stream for Midwest farmers.” This marks Cargill’s second investment in Puris. Cargill, the nation’s largest privately-held company, put in $25 million last year to add production capacity at Puris’ Turtle Lake, Wis., plant. In addition to Dawson and Turtle Lake, Puris also operates a pea-protein plant in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Cargill has invested in a number of burgeoning alternatives to traditionally-raised meat products. The company also has a stake in several cell-based meat companies, like Aleph Farms and Memphis Meats. These products, sometimes called “cultured” or “lab-raised” meat or seafood, are grown using animal cells. The Dawson plant is being converted from a dairy processing plant to a pea protein one. “I am excited that Cargill and Puris are investing in the potential of Greater Minnesota communities like Dawson,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. “Repurposing an existing facility for a new pea protein plant is an excellent example of the smart, sustainable innovation that has kept Minnesota on the forefront of the food production industry.” Puris sources its non-GMO pea seed from more than 400 U.S. farmers. The peas it buys from farmers are converted into pea protein, pea starch and pea fiber. ©2019 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Talacko said his firm is placing a strong marketing emphasis on emergency equipment platforms, life safety stations and King Bleeding Control Stations as creating a turnkey solution for any and all outdoor events such as the upcoming Junkfest, other outdoor events, sporting contests and musical festivals. Large venues such as CHI Health Center, TD Ameritrade Park, and UNO’s Baxter Arena have the kits and about 200 MECA security, ushers and other employees have received Stop the Bleeding training, which includes up to 90 minutes of instruction. Talacko Safety Solutions has exhibited at statewide school administrators conferences and districts such as Omaha Public, Westside, Bayard Public, and private schools such as St. Philip Neri have been equipped. Talacko, who was a member of a state championship football team at Creighton Prep, a Golden Gloves boxer and who started his career in sports administration as vice president/ general manager of the Omaha Beef, said sales to the local business community is an important part of Talacko Safety Solutions’ strategic growth plan. Kits preferably available in wall stations at firms can be used for multiple first-aid purposes, that also include hazards such as injuries to employees in shops or while using other equipment that involve bleeding. He said OSHA regulations for private-sector firms on the proximity and of first aid equipment are vague. Talacko said Valmont Industries plans to equip its facilities nationally with the Omaha-produced kits. Talacko, who alternates between a medic unit and fire rig out of the 45th & Lake streets station on a 24-hour shift enjoys the paramedic

work over firefighting. “Ninety percent of the runs made are by paramedics,” he said. As the station’s lead paramedic, he enjoys the decision-making involved in addressing each situation. An online strategic planning class as part of his graduate degree required students, on the day following the Las Vegas concert shooting, to do an analysis of SWAT procedures. “That was my a-ha moment,” Talacko said, regarding the niche for his business venture.

Carson Group Continued from preceding page they’ll hear the same thing from me and Aaron. They also know which topics to bring to each of us and if one of us needs to pull the other one in, we will.” Schaben agreed, saying the collaborative nature of the co-presidency serves as a model for other employees to follow. “When we bring in a stakeholder to the organization, we tell them to have an ownership mindset; to try to solve problems and ask questions if they think that they should,” Schaben said. “This is exactly how Teri and I work. If we’re dealing with something that it’s the first time we’re doing it, we’re setting something up, or there could be a couple ways to do this, we come together, say here’s what’s happening, here’s my recommendation, what am I missing. “That’s so important because when you do that, you open yourself up. You’re saying this is what I think is best, but you invite input by asking what am I missing. What I love about that is everybody’s empowered and good things happen.”

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Midlands Business Journal • AUGUST 30, 2019 • LEGAL NOTICES MBJ legal notice instructions The following are some guidelines to consider when posting legal notices with the Midlands Business Journal: 1. Submit a written notice in either Microsoft Word or as a PDF document to Beth Grube at legals@mbj.com, fax to 402-758-9315 or mail: 1324 S. 119th St. Omaha, NE 68144. For trade names, submit a copy of approved (bar code in upper right hand corner) Application For Registration of Trade Name from the Secretary of State to the same email address. Please include your billing address and the desired duration you’d like your notice to run (trade names run for only one week). 2. You will receive a confirmation and price quote. Legal notices, except for trade names, are charged per line. The flat fee for a trade name is $50. Payment options are cash or check. 3. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for a notice to start publishing that Friday. 4. All costs include fees to file the notice with the Secretary of State and/or any appropriate courts. 5. You will receive a paid invoice copy and a courtesy proof of the notice the first week it runs and a copy of the affidavit filed with the courts the last week. KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KK & BK, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that KK & BK, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 402, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Stephen Ward, whose mailing address is 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 402, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Certificate of Organization was filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 7, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF VITALE COLIBRI, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Vitale Colibri, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 501 S. 11th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on August 8, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TPHET VENTURES, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TPHET VENTURES, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SCM SF 3509, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SCM SF 3509, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 1303 South 72 Street, Suite 209, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Rd., Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SCM SIOUX FALLS MANAGERS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SCM SIOUX FALLS MANAGERS, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 1303 South 72 Street, Suite 209, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Rd., Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT OF SCM SIOUX FALLS MANAGERS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Certificate of Organization of SCM Sioux Falls Managers, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been amended to change the name of the company to SCM SF 3509 GP, LLC. The Amended Certificate of Organization was filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 9, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019

DENNIS P. LEE, Attorney LEE LAW OFFICE 2433 South 130th Circle, Suite 300 P.O. Box 45947 Omaha, Nebraska 68145 NOTICE OF SUIT TO: STEPHENIE SCHUMANN, 215 W. Meigs St Trlr 28, Valley NE 68064, you are hereby notified that on June 13, 2019, Credit Acceptance Corporation filed a suit against you in the Douglas County Court at docket CI19-13057, the object in prayer of which was to secure a judgment against you in the amount of $9,731.60, together with court costs, interest and attorney's fees as allowed by law. Unless you file your Answer with the Douglas County Court on or before the 7th day of October, 2019, the Petition against you will be considered as true and judgment will be entered against you accordingly. First publication August 16, 2019, final September 6, 2019 CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Oola Lifetime LLC, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska on 07/09/2019 with its designated office: 6405 N 157th St. Omaha, NE, 68116 Registered Agent: Registered Agents, Inc., 530 S. 13th St., Ste. #100, Lincoln, NE, 68508. General Nature of Business: Online retailer. The Business shall be Member-Managed. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 DENNIS P. LEE, Attorney LEE LAW OFFICE 2433 South 130th Circle, Suite 300 P.O. Box 45947 Omaha, Nebraska 68145 NOTICE OF SUIT TO: LEVI C CASILLAS MARCO, 2725 S 20th ST, Omaha NE 68108, you are hereby notified that on March 27, 2019, AMERICAN FAMILY MUTUAL INS. Co., S.I. filed a suit against you in the Douglas County Court at docket CI19-6946, the object in prayer of which was to secure a judgment against you in the amount of $12,479.68, together with court costs, interest and attorney's fees as allowed by law. Unless you file your Answer with the Douglas County Court on or before the 30th day of September, 2019, the Petition against you will be considered as true and judgment will be entered against you accordingly. First publication August 9, 2019, final August 30, 2019 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION of a Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given the registration with the Nebraska Secretary of state’s office of LGSERVICES, LLC under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: The name of the company is LGSERVICES, LLC. Registered agent and office of LGSERVICES, LLC at 3315 N 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68110. Initial members: Luis Carlos Gallegos de la Rosa. General nature of the business is to transact any and all lawful business for which limited liability companies are allowed by statute. The LLC was organized on June 2019 for the perpetual duration and is managed by its members. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that 98 Properties, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 8419 N. 30th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68112. The registered agent of the Company is Caleb Dempsey, 8419 N. 30th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68112. The Company was formed on August 12, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 FRANK X. HAVERKAMP P.C. LLO, Attorney 12929 West Dodge Road, Suite 201 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is hereby given that THE FARM: SENIOR DOGS SANCTUARY, INC. was incorporated under the Nebraska Non-Profit Corporation Act. The Corporation is a public benefit corporation, under the Nebraska Non-Profit Corporation Act which purpose will be to administer and disburse funds related to the operation of a dog sanctuary. The registered agent is Frank X. Haverkamp and the registered office is located at 12829 West Dodge Road, Suite 201 Omaha, NE 68154. The affairs of the corporation are to be conducted by the Board of Directors and such officers as it may elect. Frank X. Haverkamp, Incorporator First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Company is FUSION FLOORING, LLC. 2. The street address of the initial designated office is 16277 Reynolds Street, Bennington, Nebraska 68007. The registered agent is Craig Wilkins and the Registered Agent's address is 16277 Reynolds Street, Bennington, Nebraska 68007. 3. The general nature of the Company flooring installation. 4. The Company commenced on August 20, 2019, and shall have perpetual existence. 5. The affairs of the Company are to be conducted by Members, the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and such other officers as the Members shall determine. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

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NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Buldyk’s Custom Service, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the Company’s designated office is 7402 Blondo St, Apt 3, Omaha, NE 68134, and the name of the registered agent at such address is Anton Buldyk. The general nature of the business is any legal and lawful activity allowed pursuant to the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act and the laws of the State of Nebraska and elsewhere. The Company commenced business on 6/30/2019 and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Company are to be managed by its managers. Anton Buldyk, Member First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT OF MG PAINTING, LLC Notice is given that MG PAINTING, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska with the following registered agent and registered office: Marcelo Felipe Gallardo at 2705 H St. Omaha, NE 68107. This LLC is a Partnership with Lucia Felipe as a new member with 15% ownership. The general nature of the Company's business is to engage in any lawful business permitted under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The company was organized on April 22, 2019, and it shall continue in perpetuity unless sooner terminated in accordance with the terms of its operating agreement. In general, the Company's business is to be managed by its primary member Marco Felipe Gallardo in accordance with the Company's operating agreement. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF MIDWEST SITE 3, LLC The name of the Company is Midwest Site 3, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. This limited liability company commenced business on August 22, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KOS ROOTS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Kos Roots, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on August 20, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 N O T I C E O F A M E N D M E N T T O T H E A RT I C L E S O F INCORPORATION OF COMPLETELY KIDS Notice if hereby given that the Articles of Incorporation of Completely Kids have been amended to change the name of the entity to: Completely KIDS. The Articles of Incorporation have been further amended to correct the address of the registered agent to: 2566 St. Mary’s Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68105. The name of the registered agent did not change. The Articles of Amendment were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 23, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF Outlook Business Solutions, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Outlook Business Solutions, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company (the “Company”), has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114. The Company was organized for the purpose of engaging in the transaction of any lawful business and the performance of any lawful activities that a limited liability company may engage in under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Company shall have perpetual existence unless dissolved in accordance with its Certificate of Organization, its Operating Agreement or the Limited Liability Company Act. Unless otherwise provided in the Company’s Operating Agreement, the affairs of the Company are to be managed by its members. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 ROBERT J. KMIECIK, Attorney STINSON LLP 1299 Farnam Street, Suite 1500 Omaha, Nebraska 68102-1818 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF American Association of Laser Hair Removal Physicians, Inc. Notice is hereby given that a Nebraska corporation named American Association of Laser Hair Removal Physicians, Inc. (the “Company”) was formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office of the Company is 17645 Wright Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68130 and the Company’s initial agent for service of process at such address is Kristin Saxena, M.D. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019


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LEGAL NOTICES DENNIS P. LEE, Attorney LEE LAW OFFICE 2433 South 130th Circle, Suite 300 P.O. Box 45947 Omaha, Nebraska 68145 NOTICE OF SUIT TO: BROOKE A. VACANTI, 7705 Grace St, La Vista NE 68128, you are hereby notified that on April 11, 2019, American Family Mutual Ins. Co., filed a suit against you in the Douglas County Court at docket CI19-8045, the object in prayer of which was to secure a judgment against you in the amount of $9,117.50, together with court costs, interest and attorney's fees as allowed by law. Unless you file your Answer with the Douglas County Court on or before the 30th day of September, 2019, the Petition against you will be considered as true and judgment will be entered against you accordingly. First publication August 9, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Company is DATAGREE, LLC. 2. The street address of the initial designated office is 17330 W Center Road, Suite 110-176, Omaha, NE, 68144. The registered agent is Julia K. Palzer and the Registered Agent's address is 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6, Omaha, NE 68154. 3. The general nature of the Company is software development contracting and consulting services and publishing and selling custom software applications. 4. The Company commenced on August 6, 2019 and shall have perpetual existence. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CASEWORK COMPANY, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Casework Company, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 2222 Leavenworth Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION On August 2, 2019, Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of Heather Doll Counseling Services, P.C. were filed to change the principal office address to 2126 N. 117th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68164. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF O’MORAIN PAINTING, INC. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that O’MORAIN PAINTING, INC., is incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with a registered office at 3518 South 127th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. The registered agent is BRENNAN M. MORAN. The general nature of the business is to operate a general painting business, to own, operate and perform services of every kind and nature whatsoever, which are not inconsistent with law, which are necessary, suitable, proper, convenient or expedient to the operation of a general painting business. The authorized capital stock is $10,000.00, consisting of 10,000 shares of stock having a par value of $1.00 each, which stock shall be paid for wholly or partly by cash, by labor, by personal property and by real property. The corporation became a corporate body on July 13, 2019, and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the corporation are to be conducted by a Board of Directors, the number of directors to be provided in the By-Laws, and the officers shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and such other officers as shall be designated in the By-Laws. ANTHONY L. GROSS, Incorporator CATHERINE L. WHITE, Incorporator 3018 South 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68124 First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KodaSec, LLC Notice is hereby given that KodaSec, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office and Registered Agent Address of the Company is 6640 Pine St., Omaha, Nebraska 68106. The limited liability company commenced business on August 16, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 MATTHEW T. PAYNE, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF AVEO, LLC Notice is hereby given of the organization of Aveo, LLC. 1. The name of the limited liability company is Aveo, LLC. 2. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office is 3015 North 90th Street, Suite 7, Omaha, Nebraska 68134, and the name and street address of the initial agent for service of process is Julie A. McCoy, 3015 North 90th Street, Suite 7, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

DEAN F. SUING, Attorney GOVIER, KATSKEE, SUING & MAXELL, PC, LLO 10404 Essex Court, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR19-1264 Estate of William A. Christensen, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on August 14th, 2019, in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Registrar issued a written statement of Informal Probate of the Will of said Decedent and that Annette M. Troshynski f/k/a Annette M. Mikan, 4726 Huntington Ave., Omaha, NE 68152, was informally appointed by the Registrar as Personal Representative of the Estate. Creditors of this estate must file their claims with this Court, located at Courtroom No. 30, Third Floor, Probate Division, Douglas County Hall of Justice, 17th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE 68183, on or before October 23, 2019 or be forever barred. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 JAMES R. SACOMAN, Attorney 14707 California Street, Suite 5 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR19-1241 Estate of JOHNN LARRY KELLEY, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on August 12, 2014, in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Clerk-Magistrate issued a written statement of Informal Probate of the Will of said Deceased and that CRAIG L. KELLEY, whose address is 703 N 57th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68132, has been appointed Personal Representative of this estate. Creditors of this estate must file their claims with this Court, located at Courtroom No. 30, Third Floor, Probate Division, Douglas County Hall of Justice, 17th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE 68183, on or before October 23, 2019 or be forever barred. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ZR PROPERTIES, LLC Designated Office: 1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 Initial Agent/Address For Service: Allan M. Ziebarth/1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 2633 RENTAL, LLC Designated Office: 1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 Initial Agent/Address For Service: Allan M. Ziebarth/1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF VISUAL ENVY, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VISUAL ENVY, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 5410 S. 75th St., Ralston, NE 68127. The Registered Agent of the Company is Nicholas M. Velander, 6346 S. 96th St. Apt 109, Omaha, Nebraska 68127. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION 1. The name of the Corporation is Silverleaf Tax & Accounting, Inc. 2. The Corporation is authorized to issue 10,000 shares of common stock, having a par value of $1.00 each. 3. The Registered Office of the Corporation is 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124, and the Registered Agent at such address is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. 4. The corporate existence began on August 20, 2019, when Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State. 5. The name and address of the incorporator are Emily L. Jung, 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Corporate Name: Outlook Enrichment Type of Corporation: Public Benefit Registered Agent: Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C., L.L.O. Registered Office: Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C., L.L.O. 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 Members: Corporation will have Members Incorporator: Paul D. Heimann 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF REDSKY ARMS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that RedSky Arms, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 19910 Rees Street, Elkhorn Nebraska 68022. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., whose mailing address is 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The Certificate of Organization was filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 6, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF URBAN ABUNDANCE, INC. 1. The name of the Corporation is Urban Abundance, Inc. 2. The Corporation is authorized to issue 10,000 Shares having a par value of $1.00 each. 3. The Registered Office of the Corporation is: 1125 S 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124, and the Registered Agent at such address is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. 4. The corporate existence began on August 12, 2019, when Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State. 5. The name and address of the Incorporator is: Taylor C. Dieckman, 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PETRA PARTNERS, LLC The name of the Company is Petra Partners, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 22318 Homestead Road, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. This limited liability company commenced business on August 8, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TURNER TRAIL APARTMENTS, LLC The name of the Company is Turner Trail Apartments, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 2125 South 114th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Adam Watson, 2125 South 114th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. This limited liability company commenced business on August 12, 2018. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 N O T I C E O F O R G A N I Z AT I O N O F O K C A D V E N T U R E HOSPITALITY, LLC The name of the Company is OKC Adventure Hospitality, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 9140 West Dodge Road #404, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: John Mountjoy, 9140 West Dodge Road #404, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. This limited liability company commenced business on August 12, 2018. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CFM ADVENTURE, LLC The name of the Company is CFM Adventure, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 9140 West Dodge Road #404, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: John Mountjoy, 9140 West Dodge Road #404, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. This limited liability company commenced business on August 12, 2018. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF ROOM FOR ROOTS, INC., A NEBRASKA NONPROFIT CORPORATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned have formed a corporation under the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. The name of the corporation is ROOM FOR ROOTS, A NEBRASKA NONPROFIT CORPORATION, with a registered office at 17213 Sage Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68136, and the registered agent is BRIDGETT M. BELSKY. The general nature of the business is a public benefit corporation and shall have for its additional purpose providing for managing any benevolent, charitable, civic, educational, fraternal, athletic, patriotic, social and labor organization or society, as well as the making of donations to the public welfare or for charitable or educational purposes, and to perform services of every kind and nature whatsoever, which are not inconsistent with law. The corporation commenced June 20, 2019, and shall have perpetual existence. The corporation will have members. ANTHONY L. GROSS, Incorporator CATHERINE L. WHITE, Incorporator 3018 South 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68124 First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019


Midlands Business Journal • AUGUST 30, 2019 • LEGAL NOTICES ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ROUND DOOR, LLC Designated Office: 1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 Initial Agent/Address For Service: Allan M. Ziebarth/1702 S. 10 St., Suite 2, Omaha, NE 68108 First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 AMANDA M. FORKER, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF RW CLARK 1501, LLC Notice is hereby given of the organization of RW Clark 1501, LLC 1. The name of the limited liability company is RW Clark 1501, LLC 2. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office is 1329 27th Road, Minden, Nebraska 68959, and the name and street address of the initial agent for service of process is Amanda M. Forker, 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 THOMAS H. PENKE, Attorney 12020 Shamrock Plaza, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR19-1237 Estate of MICHAEL P. HANNON, Deceased Notice is hereby given that a Petition for Formal Probate of Will of said Decedent, Determination of Heirs, and Appointment of Scott W. Hannon, whose address is 304 North 245th Circle, Waterloo, Nebraska 68069, as Person Representative has been filed and is set for hearing in the Douglas County Probate Court, 17th & Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska , in Courtroom #330 on the 1st day of October, 2019, at the hour of 9 o'clock, a.m. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 AMANDA M. BARRON, Attorney P.O. Box 597 Fremont, Nebraska 68026 LEGAL NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(s), TERRY C MUHAMMAD You are hereby notified that Credit Bureau Services, Inc., a corporation, filed its complaint in the County Court of DOUGLAS County, Nebraska on 05/16/2019 on Case Number CI19-11760, the object and prayer of which is to recover the sum of $522.00, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs. You are required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff on or before 09/30/2019 or the allegations in said complaint will be taken as true and judgment entered accordingly. CREDIT BUREAU SERVICES, INC., A CORPORATION First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 AMANDA M. BARRON, Attorney P.O. Box 597 Fremont, Nebraska 68026 LEGAL NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(s), SARAH L CROFT & JOHN LEHN You are hereby notified that Credit Bureau Services, Inc., a corporation, filed its complaint in the County Court of DOUGLAS County, Nebraska on 05/21/2019 on Case Number CI19-11764, the object and prayer of which is to recover the sum of $215.16, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs. You are required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff on or before 09/30/2019 or the allegations in said complaint will be taken as true and judgment entered accordingly. CREDIT BUREAU SERVICES, INC., A CORPORATION First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019

WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that 24/7 Laundry, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 1907 N. 85th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The registered agent of the Company is Christopher G. Kober, 7508 N. 108th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68142. The Company was formed on August 9, 2019. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 TIEDEMAN, LYNCH, KAMPFE, McVAY & RESPELIERS, Attorneys 6910 Pacific Street, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68106-1045 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that GKB, LLC, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska with its designated office at 6910 Pacific Street, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. The general nature of the business is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized. The limited liability company was formed on August 7, 2019, and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members. First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION of a Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given the registration with the Nebraska Secretary of state’s office of Bianco Cleaning, LLC under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: The name of the company is Bianco Cleaning, LLC . Registered agent and office of Bianco Cleaning, LLC at 17838 Olive Street, Omaha, NE 68136. Initial members: Maria Valeria Baldino. General nature of the business is to transact any and all lawful business for which limited liability companies are allowed by statute. The LLC was organized on July 2019 for the perpetual duration and is managed by its members. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Orange Avocado, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 8927 Laurie Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The registered agent of the Company is Thomas E. Whitmore, 7602 Pacific Street, Ste. 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Company was formed on August 14, 2019. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Smokey, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 8927 Laurie Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The registered agent of the Company is Thomas E. Whitmore, 7602 Pacific Street, Ste. 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Company was formed on August 14, 2019. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 SCUDDER LAW FIRM, P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 411 S. 13th Street, Second Floor Lincoln, NE 68508 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION A Certificate of Organization was filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State for DestiNation LLC, with its registered office at 1102 Douglas Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The registered agent and address for service of process is: Matthew Kirsch, 1102 Douglas Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019

AMANDA M. BARRON, Attorney P.O. Box 597 Fremont, Nebraska 68026 LEGAL NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(s), KARI M REITAN You are hereby notified that Credit Bureau Services, Inc., a corporation, filed its complaint in the County Court of DOUGLAS County, Nebraska on 05/30/2019 on Case Number CI19-12490, the object and prayer of which is to recover the sum of $605.00, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs. You are required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff on or before 09/30/2019 or the allegations in said complaint will be taken as true and judgment entered accordingly. CREDIT BUREAU SERVICES, INC., A CORPORATION First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF BADLANDS TANK LINES TEXAS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Badlands Tank Lines Texas, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 2211 S. 156th Circle, #2B, Omaha, Nebraska 68130. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019

AMANDA M. BARRON, Attorney P.O. Box 597 Fremont, Nebraska 68026 LEGAL NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(s), SABRINA L KNIGHT You are hereby notified that Credit Bureau Services, Inc., a corporation, filed its complaint in the County Court of DOUGLAS County, Nebraska on 04/30/2019 on Case Number CI19-10199, the object and prayer of which is to recover the sum of $660.01, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs. You are required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff on or before 09/30/2019 or the allegations in said complaint will be taken as true and judgment entered accordingly. CREDIT BUREAU SERVICES, INC., A CORPORATION First publication August 16, 2019, final August 30, 2019

HOWARD KASLOW, Attorney ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION WDC Investments LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office of the company is 8712 W. Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Howard J. Kaslow, 8712 W. Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019

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MICHAEL J. WEAVER, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CUSTOM HEARING SOLUTIONS OF KANSAS, LLC Notice is hereby given that CUSTOM HEARING SOLUTIONS OF KANSAS, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118-3122. The agent for service of process for the Company is VW Agents LLC located at 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 MICHAEL J. WEAVER, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CUSTOM HEARING SOLUTIONS OF IOWA, LLC Notice is hereby given that CUSTOM HEARING SOLUTIONS OF IOWA, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118-3122. The agent for service of process for the Company is VW Agents LLC located at 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 PHILLIP A. BELIN, Attorney BELIN LAW FIRM, P.C., L.L.O. 12341 Westover Road Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is hereby given that Reformation at the CrossRoads, Inc. has been organized as a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The address of the registered office of the corporation is 701 North 72nd Avenue, Omaha, NE 68114. The agent at such office is Kristine Bockerman. The corporation is a public benefit corporation. The Company commenced on August 12, 2019, and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company are to be conducted by its board of directors. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 MATTHEW T. PAYNE, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is hereby given of incorporation of Rogers Nowatzke, Inc. under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: 1. The name of the Corporation is Rogers Nowatzke, Inc. 2. The number of shares that the Corporation is authorized to issue is 10,000 shares of common stock. 3. The name of the initial registered agent is Matthew T. Payne, and the address of the initial registered office is 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. 4. The name and address of the incorporator is Matthew T. Payne, 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. 5. The general nature of the business to be transacted by the Corporation is any and all lawful business for which a corporation may be incorporated in Nebraska. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Modern Insurance Agency, LLC has organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office of the Company is 808 Conagra Dr. 4th Floor, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The initial registered office of the Company is 808 Conagra Dr. 4th Floor, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, and the name of the initial registered agent of the Company at such address is Colin Nabity. The purpose for which the Company is organized is to engage in any and all lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Certificate of Organization was executed on the 9th day of August 2019. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 NOTICE OF CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that BraLynn, LLC (the “Company”) has created its Certificate of Organization in pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §21-118 et seq. to make Yan Harris the Managing Member of the Company, owing one hundred percent of the Company. The address of the Company’s designated office will be located at 6140 Aylesworth Ave, Lincoln Ne 68505. Yan Harris, Member/Manager First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF JAG HOLDINGS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JAG Holdings, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 222 South 15th Street, 1404 S, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 23, 2019, final September 6, 2019


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LEGAL NOTICES BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 10305 Joseph Circle La Vista, Nebraska 68128 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF INSIGHT GROUP REAL ESTATE, LLC Notice is hereby given that a professional limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is INSIGHT GROUP REAL ESTATE, LLC. The company is organized to render real estate sales services. The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 10305 Joseph Circle, La Vista, NE 68128. The designated office is located at 10404 Essex Court, Suite 201, Omaha, NE 68114. Rusty Johnson and Andrew Halvorson, Directors First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 10305 Joseph Circle La Vista, Nebraska 68128 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF MBT, LLC Notice is hereby given that a professional limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is MBT, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 10305 Joseph Circle, Omaha, NE 68116. The designated office is located at 6705 Cear Creek Circle , Omaha, NE 68116. Marty D. Thompson, Members First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CITY CENTRE 2, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City Centre 2, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 222 South 15th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, and the mailing address is P.O. Box 428, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 MAX J. KELCH, attorney VANDENACK WEAVER, LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska, 68118 Telephone402-504-1300 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF B & D CONTRACTORS. LLC Notice is hereby given that B & D CONTRACTORS, LLC has amended its organization as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the designated office of the company is 13312 William Circle, Omaha, NE 68144. The agent for service of process for the Company is Donald Hollman, Agent, 13312 William Circle, Omaha, NE 68144. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 GNUSE & GREEN LAW OFFICES, P.C., Attorneys 11311 Chicago Circle Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF COMING HOME RENTALS, L.L.C. A Nebraska Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given that Coming Home Rentals, L.L.C., a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 16565 Valley Circle, Omaha, NE 68130. The general nature of its business is to engage in and do any lawful act concerning any and all lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Certificate of Organization was filed in the office of the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 21, 2019. The Company commenced business thereon and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Company are to be conducted by the Members. Rodney G. Gnuse, Organizer First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TRUFIT VENTURES, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TruFit Ventures, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 8525 Q Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68127. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 N O T I C E O F A M E N D M E N T T O T H E A RT I C L E S O F INCORPORATION OF RUSS HOVALDT, INC. Notice is hereby given that the Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of Russ Hovaldt, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 23, 2019 to amend Article I, changing the name of the corporation to Cardiovascular Solutions, Inc. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

TIEDEMAN, LYNCH, KAMPFE, McVAY & RESPELIERS, Attorneys 6910 Pacific Street, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68106-1045 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that GKB Condos, LLC, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska with its designated office at 6910 Pacific Street, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. The general nature of the business is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized. The limited liability company was formed on August 19, 2019, and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 10305 Joseph Circle La Vista, Nebraska 68128 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF EMG3 FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC Notice is hereby given that a limited liability company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the company is EMG3 Financial Services, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara Medbery-Prchal, P.C., L.L.O., 10305 Joseph Circle, La Vista, NE 68128. The designated office is located at 12801 Pierce Street, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68144. Rob Russel, Member First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF NITROGEN HOLDINGS. INC. 1. The name of the Corporation is Nitrogen Holdings. Inc. 2. The Corporation is authorized to issue 100,000 Shares having a par value of $.10 each with 1,000 shares designated as voting common stock and 99,000 shares designated as nonvoting common stock. 3. The Registered Office of the Corporation is: 1125 S 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124, and the Registered Agent at such address is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. 4. The corporate existence began on August 23, 2019, when Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State. 5. The name and address of the Incorporator is: Comran E. Sharif, 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 68124. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 N O T I C E O F A M E N D M E N T T O T H E A RT I C L E S O F INCORPORATION OF STEVE HAFFKE PLUMBING, INC. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Articles of Incorporation of Steve Haffke Plumbing, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, have been amended to change the name of the corporation to: SCH Enterprises, Inc. The Articles of Amendment was filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 8, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 164TH AVENUE PARTNERSHIP, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 164th Avenue Partnership, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 2285 S. 67th Street, Suite 400, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on August 26, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CREPA CREPA, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Crepa Crepa, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 11639 Monroe Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68137. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on August 27, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that KEVIN’S CONTRACTING, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the Company’s designated office is 846 S 21st Street Omaha, NE 68108, and the name of the registered agent at such address is Tran & Associates Law, LLC. The general nature of the business is any legal and lawful activity allowed pursuant to the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act and the laws of the State of Nebraska and elsewhere. The Company commenced business on 8/23/2019 and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Company are to be managed by its managers. Kevin Green, Member First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DUNDEE CREEK APARTMENTS, LLC The name of the Company is Dundee Creek Apartments, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 2125 South 114th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Adam Watson, 2125 South 114th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. This limited liability company commenced business on August 26, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 1201 ROYAL DRIVE, LLC The name of the Company is 1201 Royal Drive, LLC. The Designated Office of the Company is: 4605 North 172nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68116. The Registered Agent and Office of the Company is: Eric Renner, 4605 North 172nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68116. This limited liability company commenced business on August 27, 2019. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF JASON MCKEONE SERVICES, INC. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JASON MCKEONE SERVICES, INC., is incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with a registered office at 1933 South 48th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. The registered agent is JASON MCKEONE. The general nature of the business is to operate a general mechanic, electrical, grading, construction and consulting business, to own, operate and perform services of every kind and nature whatsoever, which are not inconsistent with law, which are necessary, suitable, proper, convenient or expedient to the operation of a general mechanic, electrical, grading, construction and consulting business. The authorized capital stock is $10,000.00, consisting of 10,000 shares of stock having a par value of $1.00 each, which stock shall be paid for wholly or partly by cash, by labor, by personal property and by real property. The corporation became a corporate body on August 7, 2019, and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the corporation are to be conducted by a Board of Directors, the number of directors to be provided in the By-Laws, and the officers shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, and such other officers as shall be designated in the By-Laws. ANTHONY L. GROSS, Incorporator CATHERINE L. WHITE, Incorporator 3018 South 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68124 First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 MATTHEW T. PAYNE, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 N O T I C E O F A M E N D M E N T T O T H E A RT I C L E S O F INCORPORATION OF B.H.I. CONSTRUCTION, INC. Notice is hereby given that Article VIII of the Articles of Incorporation of B.H.I. Construction, Inc. (the “Corporation”) have been amended to increase the authorized shares to Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) shares, consisting of Twenty Thousand (20,000) shares of “Class A Voting Common Stock,” with a par value of $0.10 per share, and One Hundred Eighty Thousand (180,000) shares of “Class B Nonvoting Common Stock,” with a par value of $0.10 per share. On the effective date of the Amendment, the Corporation shall exchange Ten (10) shares of Class B Nonvoting Common Stock for each One (1) share of Class B Nonvoting Common Stock issued and outstanding on the effective date. The Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation were dated effective July 24, 2019, and filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on July 26, 2019. In all other respects, the Articles of Incorporation remain unchanged. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 BENJAMIN E. MAXELL, Attorney GOVIER, KATSKEE, SUING & MAXELL, PC, LLO 10404 Essex Court, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF Antler Softball Booster Club, Inc. Registered Office: 10404 Essex Court, Suite #100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 Registered Agent: Benjamin E. Maxell The corporation is a public benefit corporation. This corporation shall be organized and operated exclusively for charitable causes. No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of any private director or individual. The corporation shall not lobby or otherwise attempt to influence legislation at any level of government. The corporation shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Perpetual existence commenced August 16, 2019, when Articles were filed with Secretary of State. Affairs to be conducted by the Board of Directors and officers authorized by the By-Laws and the Board. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TYLEX, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TYLEX, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 3345 North 107th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. The Registered Agent of the Company is Tyler Moore, 3345 North 107th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019


Midlands Business Journal • AUGUST 30, 2019 • LEGAL NOTICES MATTHEW T. PAYNE, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 N O T I C E O F A M E N D M E N T T O T H E A RT I C L E S O F INCORPORATION OF WESTERN SPRINGS LAND CORPORATION Notice is hereby given that Article IV of the Articles of Incorporation of Western Springs Land Corporation (the “Corporation”) have been amended to increase the authorized shares to One Hundred Thousand (100,000) shares, consisting of Five Thousand (5,000) shares of “Class A Voting Common Stock,” with a par value of $0.10 per share, and Ninety-Five Thousand (95,000) shares of “Class B Nonvoting Common Stock,” with a par value of $0.10 per share. On the effective date of the Amendment, the Corporation shall exchange Thirty (30) shares of Class B Nonvoting Common Stock for each One (1) share of Class B Nonvoting Common Stock issued and outstanding on the effective date. The Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation were dated effective July 24, 2019, and filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on July 26, 2019. In all other respects, the Articles of Incorporation remain unchanged. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 LEGACY DESIGN STRATEGIES 9859 South 168th Avenue Omaha, NE 68136 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is HEART K RANCH, LLC 2. The address of the designated office of the company is 50397 836th Road, Bartlett, NE 68622. 3. The purpose for which the company is organized is to engage in any and all business which is lawful under the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of the State of Nebraska. 4. The company commenced its existence on August 22, 2019, and the period of duration of the Company shall be perpetual. 5. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members in accordance with the company’s operating agreement. John Diamantis Andrew C. Sigerson, P.C., L.L.O. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 LEGACY DESIGN STRATEGIES 9859 South 168th Avenue Omaha, NE 68136 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is FORUM 12, LLC 2. The address of the designated office of the company is 9859 South 168th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68136. 3. The purpose for which the company is organized is to engage in any and all business which is lawful under the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of the State of Nebraska. 4. The company commenced its existence on July 25, 2019, and the period of duration of the Company shall be perpetual. 5. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members in accordance with the company’s operating agreement. Andrew C. Sigerson, P.C., L.L.O. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Corporate Name: Outlook Collaborative Type of Corporation: Public Benefit Registered Agent: Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C.,L.L.O. Registered Office: Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C., L.L.O. 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 Members: Corporation will not have Members Incorporator: William T. Foley 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 PHILLIP A. BELIN, Attorney BELIN LAW FIRM, P.C., L.L.O. 12341 Westover Road Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice is hereby given that ELKHORN LEARNING, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the registered office of the company is 16726 H Circle, Omaha NE 68135. The agent at such office is Daniel Cornwell. The general nature of the business to be transacted by the company is to own & operate a Kumon Math & Reading Center franchise and for all other uses incidental thereto. The Company commenced on August 1, 2019, and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company are to be conducted by its members. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION of Flow Designs LLC Notice is nearby given that Flow Designs LLC (the ”Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office address of the Company is 2521 N 66th Ave. Omaha, Nebraska 68104. The Registered Agent of the Company is David Castro, 2521 N 66th Ave. Omaha, Nebraska 68104. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

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SMITH SLUSKY POHREN & ROGERS LLP 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Small Miracle Childcare and Preschool Learning Center at Spring Ridge, Inc. has been incorporated under the Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act. The street address of the corporation’s initial registered office is 8712 West Dodge Road, #400, Omaha, Nebraska 68114, and the name of the initial registered agent is Clay M. Rogers. The corporation is authorized to issue 10,000 shares of common stock. The name and street address of the incorporator of the corporation is Clay M. Rogers, 8712 West Dodge Road, #400, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Straight From the Heart Concierge Services Name of Applicant: Agent Recruiting & More, Inc. Address: 7743 N 158th St. Bennington NE 68007 Applicant is a Corporation If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: upon filing General nature of business: Running errands, personal assistant to corporations & residences. TRACY MOONEY Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative August 30, 2019

DANIEL C. PAULEY, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AG-ALCHEMY INVESTMENTS, LLC Notice is hereby given of the formation of a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Nebraska, and that the name of the limited liability company is Ag-Alchemy Investments, LLC. The name and address of the registered agent and office is LDM Business Services, Inc, 10306 Regency Parkway Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The general nature of the business to be transacted is all lawful business. The company commenced existence on August 16, 2019 and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the Members, as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. LDM Business Services, Inc., Organizer First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Omaha Concierge Name of Applicant: Agent Recruiting & More, Inc. Address: 7743 N 158th St. Bennington NE 68007 Applicant is a Corporation If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: upon filing General nature of business: Running errands, personal assistant to corporations & residences. TRACY MOONEY Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative August 30, 2019

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that BULLYDOG INVESTMENTS, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the Company’s designated office is 846 S 21st Street, Omaha, NE 68108, and the name of the registered agent at such address is Tran & Associates Law, LLC. The general nature of the business is any legal and lawful activity allowed pursuant to the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act and the laws of the State of Nebraska and elsewhere. The Company commenced business on 8/21/2019 and shall have perpetual existence. The affairs of the Company are to be managed by its managers. Kevin Green, Member First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 WESLEY E. HAUPTMAN, Attorney 17826 Monroe Street Omaha, Nebraska 68135 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR19-1276 Estate of Frank Jamess Taborsky JR., Deceased Notice is hereby given that on August 21, 2019 in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Registrar issued a written statement of Informal Probate of the Will of said Decedent and that Suzanne TaborskyBarba, whose address is 536 W. Linden Street, Louisville, CO 80027 was informally appointed by the Registrar as Personal Representative of the Estate. Creditors of this estate must file their claims with this Court, located at Courtroom No. 30, Third Floor, Probate Division, Douglas County Hall of Justice, 17th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE 68183, on or before October 30, 2019 or be forever barred. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 KATHRYN J. DERR, Attorney BERKSHIRE & BURMEISTER 1301 South 75th Street, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF COTEGRITY, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that COTEGRITY, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The address of the initial designated office of the company is 20102 Pearl Drive, Gretna, Nebraska 68028. The registered office of the Company is 20102 Pearl Drive, Gretna, Nebraska 68028, and the agent at such office is Stephan A. Kessler. The general nature of the business to be transacted by the company is any lawful business which may be carried on by a limited liability company organized under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The company commenced operations on August 8, 2019, and shall have a perpetual duration. First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Discreet Paws Name of Applicant: Amy L. Mecham Address:n 7210 N. 171st St. Bennington NE 68007 Applicant is an Individual If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Date of first use of name in Nebraska: July 24, 2019 General nature of business: Provide private drug dog to search private homes, businesses, or schools Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative AMY L. MECHAM August 30, 2019

DAVID M. HOHMAN, Attorney FITZGERALD, SCHORR, BARMETTLER & BRENNAN, P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 10050 Regency Circle, 200 Regency One Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3794 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Drybar Omaha at Regency Court Name of Applicant: Sara Marie DB, LLC Address: 16705 Ontario Plaza Omaha NE 68130 Applicant is a Limited Liability Company If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: 8/1/2019 General nature of business: Drybar salon and related services SARA KOHLL Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative August 30, 2019 MONTE L. SCHATZ, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Take Back Work Name of Applicant: Take Back Work, LLC Address: 13406 Spencer Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123 Applicant is a Limited Liability Company If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: September 28, 2018 General nature of business: General Management Consulting VALERIE B. RIVERA Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative August 30, 2019 JAMES R. SACOMAN, Attorney 14707 California Street, Suite 5 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR19-544 Estate of ILEANA L. HEATHMAN, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on April 29, 2019, in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, the Clerk-Magistrate issued a written statement of Informal Probate of the Will of said Deceased and that MAY BOHASKI, whose address is 220 Eastwood Drive, Louisville, Nebraska 68116, has been appointed Personal Representative of this estate. Creditors of this estate must file their claims with this Court, located at Courtroom No. 30, Third Floor, Probate Division, Douglas County Hall of Justice, 17th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE 68037, on or before October 30, 2019, or be forever barred. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication August 30, 2019, final September 13, 2019 DANIEL J. WATERS, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Adore Aesthetics & Medspa Name of Applicant: Omaha Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, PC Address: 17410 Burke Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68118 Applicant is a Corporation If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Nebraska Date of first use of name in Nebraska: Upon Filing General nature of business: Aesthetics Services ANN EDMUNDS Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative August 30, 2019


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LIFE INSURANCE

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REGIONAL LANDSCAPES

Briefs…

Super Lawyers has named 28 Baird Holm attorneys to its annual Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Star’s lists. 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers: Jill Robb Ackerman, Thomas O. Ashby, Kirk S. Blecha, Jon E. Blumenthal, Gary N. Clatterbuck, Steven D. Davidson, William G. Dittrick, Christopher R. Hedican, David J. Kramer, Sharon R. Kresha, David C. Levy, George E. Martin, Mark McQueen, Scott P. Moore, Scott S. Moore, Richard E. Putnam, Gary W. Radil, R.J. Stevenson, Brandon R. Tomjack, Jennifer D. Tricker, Steven C. Turner, and John S. Zeilinger. 2019 Great Plains Rising Stars: Nicholas A. Buda, Benjamin Busboom, Jeremy T. Christensen, Hannah Fischer Frey, Kelli P. Lieurance, and Tyler J. Mullen. Werner Enterprises earned two 2019 Quest for Quality Awards from Logistics Management in the truckload and van line carriers and 3PL service providers categories. This marks the third consecutive year Werner has won the Quest for Quality Award, which is the most significant measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence in the logistics and transportation industry. Nearly 5,000 logistics and supply chain decision-makers voted for the carriers and third-party logistics providers who provided outstanding customer satisfaction and performance excellence over the past year. Werner was evaluated in: on-time performance, value, information technology, customer service, and equipment and operations. Robert B. Wellendorf, president of Execso, Inc. in Omaha, takes office as FSP’s 92nd president on Sept. 1. Wellendorf’s professional expertise is targeted toward providing consulting and planning in the areas of business succession, business transition, executive benefits, and family wealth planning. His client focus is on creating strategies that align family, wealth, legacy, and philanthropy. Wellendorf is a Creighton University alumnus. His over 25 years’ of experience in the financial service industry includes involvement with the Omaha Estate Planning Council and service as the president of the Society of FSP’s Omaha Chapter. Inc. magazine has named Bulu to its annual Inc. 5000 list. This is the third consecutive year Bulu has earned a place on the list, an honor that fewer than 13% of companies who make the Inc. 5000 will achieve. In 2018, Bulu expanded its client list by adding partners like Disney, Crayola and Buzzfeed. This growth led to expanding the warehouse with Bulu reaching peak staffing at 200 full-time positions. From 2017 to 2018 Bulu doubled total box shipments, resulting in tripling its annual revenue. RSM US LLP announced the promotion of 14 employees located in the firm’s Omaha and Lincoln offices. Omaha employees include: Assurance Services: Andrew Cassidy, manager; Kristin Vankat, manager; Josh Wright, manager; Kyle Conway, supervisor; John Hovendick, supervisor; Hayden Schuerman, supervisor; Grant Duin, senior associate; Lauren Perkins, senior associate; and Luke Volz, senior associate. Tax Services: Amanda Dickson, manager; and Laurel Herrick, senior associate. Internal Client Services: Anne Rinaldi, administrative assistant senior.

Health care notes…

Lowering costs and improving patient outcomes are common goals for most health

care providers. A new study from Creighton University School of Medicine and Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, yielded a reduction in health care costs in high-risk patients. “Lessons From Practice Transformation” involved patients at a family practice clinic at CHI Creighton University Medical Center-University Campus near downtown. The clinic was specifically designed around something called the interprofessional collaborative practice model. The Creighton College of Nursing and CIPER were awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, in collaboration with other foundations. Creighton University and CHI Health each gave $25,000 for the project, for a total budget of $100,000. Inc. magazine named RTG Medical No. 3958 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, ranking the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the fifth time RTG Medical has earned this achievement — 4% of companies have made the list five times. RTG Medical, a veteran-owned medical staffing company, has experienced tremendous growth over the last three years. Since 2016, the company has more than doubled its internal employee count. To accommodate the growth the company is experiencing, RTG Medical is scheduled to open a brand new, state-of-theart 52,000 sq. ft. headquarters in spring 2021 in Fremont. The space will allow for an additional 150 employees to join the company.

Education notes…

Ten undergraduate students from five Nebraska colleges and universities recently received the 2019 Richard Holland Future Scientist Award from the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. The students received cash awards totaling $5,000. The students were judged for research they conducted this summer as part of the INBRE program. Oral presentation winners: First place, Rebekah Rapoza, Creighton University; Second place, Taylor Burke, Creighton University; Third place, Joshua Lindenberger, University of Nebraska at Kearney. Poster presentations: First place, Mika Caplan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Second place, Eilidh Chowanec, Creighton University; Third place, Molly Myers, Creighton University. Creighton University School of Dentistry Associate Professor D. Roselyn Cerutis, Ph.D., received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a potential therapy that may help reduce inflammation and bone loss in periodontal (gum) disease. Cerutis, an associate professor of oral biology, was awarded a three-year $431,348 NIH grant to investigate a molecule in the body called lysophosphatidic acid. Using a mouse model of periodontal disease, Cerutis will determine whether one of the receptors for lysophosphatidic acid, LPA1, is the primary regulator of both inflammation and bone loss in periodontal disease. The Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation has appointed two new members to its board of directors, and its board officers for 2019-2020. Joining the board will be Greg Andersen, chief executive officer of Bailey Lauerman, and Martin Lane, senior associate with the DLR Group. The incoming CINC Foundation board officers are: Chair, William F. Hargens, executive Continued on next page.


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REGIONAL LANDSCAPES Continued from preceding page. vice president, McGrath North; Vice Chair, Dr. Deb Carlson, President, Nebraska Methodist College; Secretary, Dr. Travis Feezell, president, Hastings College; and Treasurer, Steve Ritzman, president, SR Consulting, Inc. The Foundation’s members include: Bellevue University, Bryan College of Health Science, Clarkson College, College of Saint Mary, Concordia University, Creighton University, Doane University, Hastings College, Midland University, Nebraska Methodist College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College and York College.

Activities of nonprofits…

Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation raised $300,000 for its nonprofit partners Team Red, White & Blue, Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember. Store guests who visited any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center had the opportunity to donate to support the patriotic partners. More than 135 stores participated in the Foundation scan. SpartanNash Foundation grants will be used to connect service members, veterans and their families to their local communities through physical and social activity, provide critical financial assistance and family support services and honor those who lost their lives as a result of defending our freedoms. This year the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, will once again partner with Nebraska farmers to find and fund local nonprofits that make a positive impact in their rural communities. Farmers can enroll in the program for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization of their choice. The donations will provide support to a variety of rural nonprofit organizations, such as food banks, emergency response organizations, community enrichment and youth agriculture programs. Nebraska farmers who are at least 21 years or older and are actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres of any crop can enroll through Nov. 1.

Arts and events…

Grammy Award nominee KT Tunstall will be supporting the Squeeze Songbook tour at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center, Sept. 4. Scottish singer/songwriter Tunstall will join Squeeze as a special musical guest to open in various cities for “The Squeeze Songbook 2019 USA Tour” that will see Squeeze celebrate their 45th band anniversary by playing their extensive list of hits as well as rare gems from their catalogue and solo careers. Tickets for the Omaha concert start at $35 and are on sale at ticketomaha.com, in person at the Ticket Omaha Box Office or by phone at (402) 345-0606. Author and Creighton University alumnus Ted Wheeler will read from and discuss his first novel, “Kings of Broken Things,” at an event on Sept. 5 beginning at 7 p.m., in the Harper Center auditorium. Wheeler’s historical novel set in Omaha takes place against the backdrop of the Omaha baseball scene, the Dennison political machine,  the 1919 race riot and the lynching of Will Brown. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion on how fiction can advance the conversation on racial justice and reconciliation, and how racial themes referenced in this novel manifest now. A book signing will follow the discussion, with Wheeler’s novel available for purchase.

Join world renowned psychologist Dr. Xavier Amador on Sept. 5 at the Harper Center in Omaha for a one-day LEAP Course that teaches family, professionals and peer specialists how to lower anger, paranoia, and create trusting relationships with people who have serious mental illness and ANOSOGNOSIA—a neurological symptom that leaves a person unable to understand that s/he is ill, resulting in treatment refusal, noncompliance and conflict. Registration is available online. Restore Chiropractor Center (8318 Lakeview Street in Ralston) is hosting a Ladies Night of Indulgence on Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit Ralston School’s Emergency Fund. There will be chair massages, mini-manicures, drinks, appetizers, desserts, shopping, raffles and music. The cost is $10 at the door. The first exhibition of the new academic year at the Creighton University Lied Art Gallery will highlight an artist’s collaboration this summer with a dozen young girls from north Omaha. A wooden house and clay houses were created during the workshop led by artist Lydia C. Thompson. These works along with Thompson ceramic sculptures will be on display from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk starting at 4 p.m. Omaha Permaculture and the Nebraska Chapter Sierra Club are hosting a tour of Omaha Permaculture’s new headquarters on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The tour will be led by founder and executive director Gus von Roenn. Visitors will see garden beds, greenhouses, a plant nursery, chickens, murals, a water catchment system, an old building rehabilitation, a future NRD bike trail and more. They’ll also learn about how permaculture principles inform the design of the site. There is plenty of parking on-site and on the streets and the event is free.

Green Bellevue’s September program will host Dr. Martha Shulski who will be speaking about climate change and its associated impacts on our state on Sept. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bellevue University. Shulski serves as the state climatologist and is an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She directs the Nebraska State Climate Office. Her current work is in the areas of applied climatology, weather and climate monitoring, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement.

Douglas County Historical Society’s monthly program, Second Sunday Series, is presenting the September installment entitled “1919 Will Brown Lynching as told through Omaha Newspapers” to be presented by DCHS Board Members. The presentation will take place on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. on 30th and Fort Streets in Metropolitan Community College’s Building 10, Room 110, located on the north end of campus. The Second Sunday Series is offered free of charge to DCHS members as a benefit of their membership and $5 for non-members.

MEETINGS AND SEMINARS Wednesday, Sept. 4 The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting a one-day training on Donor Stewardship, Prospect Development, and Donor Data Management from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Weitz Community Engagement Center as part of its Certificate in Fundraising Management program. Successful fundraising can be the difference between a nonprofit organization that makes it and one that does not. With nearly one million nonprofits competing for the same contributions and facing the same cutbacks fundraising professionals need an advantage. The fee is $279, which includes lunch, materials and parking. Thursday, Sept. 5 The Foundation for Inclusive Board Culture is hosting a training session from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. Facilitators John Jeanetta, CEO of Heartland Family Service and Ashlei Spivey, program officer at Peter Kiewit Foundation, will discuss the foundation of understanding and operationalizing an inclusive board culture. Topics include: How diversity, equity and inclusion must align

to your mission, overall culture, leadership approach and strategy; What is an inclusive board culture; The importance of centering race/culture within board norms and processes; and Understanding authentic engagement of racial identities versus tokenism. The cost is $10, breakfast included. The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting a one-day training on Media and Marketing for Fundraisers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Weitz Community Engagement Center as part of its Certificate in Fundraising Management. The fee is $279, which includes lunch, materials and parking. Friday, Sept. 6 Session three of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands’ Inclusion Series will explore generational differences in the workplace. This session will take place at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Community Engagement Center from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This interactive penal presentation will give the attendees the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities of today’s multi-generational workplace. The presenter will be Tena Hahn Rodriguez from Inclusive Communities.


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Social Media/ Web Development A section prepared by the staff of the Midlands Business Journal

August 30, 2019

Web development is an ongoing process as businesses aim to refine, optimize online presence by Gabby Christensen

It’s no surprise that in today’s digital age a well developed website is one of the most important pieces in building a successful business model, and developers say there are various ways to do this. David Shreffler, director of web development at Ervin & Smith, said web accessibility conShreffler tinues to be one of 2019’s dominant topics in the industry. “Building websites accessible to all visitors has always been important, but

with several high-profile lawsuits, it’s increasingly vital for business owners and web designers alike to have an understanding of the ever-changing legislation, guidelines and best practices,” he said. “From a purely development perspective, we’ve also seen a push towards favoring streamlined code over complex frameworks in order to optimize overBurner all website performance.” Additionally, Shreffler said mobile-friendly is no longer optional, but

Becca Kroese, founder of Skwintz. required. conversion rate and continue to give you Furthermore, he said website visitors valuable insight into what engages your also expect businesses to understand their audience.” needs and deliver an intuitive user expePaul Burner, owner of Slide Arts rience. Graphic Design, said sites built upon the “Taking the time to understand your WordPress platform are more popular audience, their challenges and desires, is than ever and companies have developed the first step in developing a solid website improved plugins to allow easier control strategy and is the foundation upon which of content. your content should be built,” he said. He also said hosting companies and “But, once your website is launched, your custom plugin companies are creating work isn’t done. Depending on the web- add-ons that significantly improve the load site’s objective, ongoing optimizations time for WordPress websites. to user experience and even A/B testing “I would suggest that people look to elements can help to improve the site’s refining the message on their website,” he said. According to Burner, a website is the basis of how people find a business. “Once they find you, you have about three to six seconds to get a clear message to them about how you can help them,” he said. “Your website also sends a message about how you value your company. A prospective customer will make a judgement about your company based on how your website looks, how easy or difficult it is to navigate, and how quickly the person is Continued on next page.

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As social media evolves, so does its use for business by Dwain Hebda

Social media is one of the most important marketing tools in a company’s arsenal, but the format, the execution and even the challenges of these platforms has changed. “As recently as three to five years ago, social media was driven by written content,” said Gina Pappas, president of Albers Communications Group. “As platforms have evolved and algorithms have changed, visual content has become most effective. Videos, memes, Instagram stories and going ‘live’ on a platform draw in the audience.” Pappas said companies that are successful in utilizing social media inspire interaction with their audience. “Posts that inspire conversation among commenters or directly with the brand boost brand loyalty,” she said. “The pur-

pose of the content hasn’t necessarily changed — it could be brand awareness, or it could be tied to a specific action, such as

effectively, social media posts help consumers gain insights into a company. “Social media allows those brands to

Pappas McCormack a purchase — it’s based on whatever goals the company is trying to achieve.” Mark McCormack, owner of Identity Marketing Group, said when executed

Soper Petersen show other sides of themselves, such as focusing on their employees or putting a name to a face of someone in customer service,” he said. “It allows companies to be approachable. That’s one characteristic that we’re seeing a lot of trends toward; celebrations of people inside and outside the company.” McCormack said providing ways for consumers to connect with their favorite brands is a potentially powerful strategy. “There’s some good books out there, like ‘Tribes’ by Seth Godin, which is a great book,” he said. “It talks about how people gain followers. People follow a brand and this becomes their tribe; these guys do the things I want to do and that’s really important to me. That’s kind of where social started in the first place.” Platforms tend to lend themselves more naturally to some messages than others, further allowing companies to pinpoint posts with specific audiences.

Web development is an ongoing process Continued from preceding page. assured that they are at the right company to solve their needs.” Becca Kroese, founder at Skwintz, said she’s noticed a few recent trends in the industry, including the use of a “brand story,” white space, custom illustrations, bright colors and unique shapes. “There is a great deal of video showing up on the web right now, as well,” she said. “It’s a great way to tell your story and offerings. It also generally increases website conversion rates.” Kroese said a good web presence is vital and it’s fairly easy to create with services such as Squarespace.

Additionally, she said a business should make sure its website is easy to navigate. “Also, be active online with your business in some capacity,” Kroese said. “Whether it’s a behind the scenes video in an Instagram story, or a Facebook post with your current offers, chances are your customers would love to hear from you.” Above all else Kroese said it’s important to remain authentic. “Just because something is a trend doesn’t mean it’s for you and your business,”she said. “You need to decide if it fits in with your brand before adopting a trend.”

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“Each channel likely has a different goal based on the audience and based on where they are,” said Erin Soper, director of client services at Firespring. “Businesses need to take a look at their audience reach by channel — like Facebook versus Instagram — as the goals of each channel will likely be very different. “For Firespring, we use Instagram for a lot of culture stuff; it’s easy to showcase our culture and our fun nature through images. We use someplace like LinkedIn for more of our style leadership. We post a lot of blog posts and we do a lot more content related to what we do and the services we provide.” Besides being intentional in the formation and placement of social media content, successful companies also become skilled at steering the reader where they want them to go for more information or to act in some way. “The main hub we always try to resort back to is the customer’s website and we use various media types, social media being one, to drive traffic in,” said Aaron Petersen, owner of Play Creative Design. “Whether the goal is more sales or more leads for the sales team, we need to attract attention. So we hone them into that one page and further analyze how they’re acting with the one page on the website.” Petersen said today’s social media provides much more data for pinpointing such messages. “Digital has opened it up to where now we can take some of that media and qualify our content through testing various ad groups and message groups,” he said. “Without research you’re just kind of guessing and of course that’s an expensive process for a lot of clients.”


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Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors? by Stacey Burling

Deep in the rolling farmland of Lancaster County, Pa., sits an experiment meant to address two of the great, looming crises of American aging: loneliness and access to safe, affordable senior housing. The Thistledown Trends Co-living House, built in New Holland a little over a year ago with the help of community volunteers, is a way for lower-income seniors to share space and living expenses while having access to a large retirement community operated by Garden Spot Village, a senior housing provider affiliated with the Mennonite church. The 4,000-square-foot house has private bedrooms and bathrooms for five people along with spacious common areas, including a modern kitchen, living room and adjacent meeting room, and a loft. One bedroom is empty due to a recent death, but the others are filled by four women in their 70s who are healthy enough to live independently. Strangers when they moved in, they now call themselves the “sisters of Thistledown.” They wistfully mention their friend who died. “I always prayed for a sister,” she told them, “and now I have four.” That kind of connection was what CEO Steve Lindsey hoped for when he began toying with the idea of co-living at Garden Spot Village. He sees isolation, which is often worsened by poverty, as a health risk that shortens life. “We believe firmly that we’re all created to live in community … that we are our best selves when we’re living in healthy relationship to other people.” Two experts on senior living said Thistledown is unusual even though the industry knows affordability is a problem as a wave of baby boomers enters older age. A report released in the journal Health Affairs in April estimated that 7.8 million Americans aged 75 and up will be unable to afford assisted living in 2029. Aging experts have been pushing for models that address the needs of the “middle market,” people who make too much for government help, but can’t afford the kind of upscale senior housing that is common in Philadelphia and its suburbs. Marc Cohen, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, said the Garden Spot Village pilot program is appealing because it combats isolation, likely will make residents feel safer, and allows residents to split costs. Beth Burnham Mace, chief economist for the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC), expects to see many new models of shared living as boomers age, including more intergenerational family living and sharing space with younger people such as college students. She and her friends have talked about retiring together in a big house. “This might be the beginning of some of these alternatives,” she said. The model won a design award earlier this year from Senior Housing News. Lindsey said Kansas State University got a grant to allow architecture students to study Thistledown. While many older people say they want to age in place, Lindsey thinks that reflects naivete about the challenges of aging, especially isolation. He’d been reading about big co-living

projects aimed at millennials, many of whom like the idea of sharing space and paying lower rent, and he remembered “The Golden Girls,” a TV show about four mature women living together in a big house. The problem with sharing a house in older age, he thought, was that everyone is at the mercy of the homeowner’s health. What if Garden Spot Village was the landlord? Established in 1996, Garden Spot is a nonprofit, continuing care retirement community that provides apartments, freestanding homes, assisted living and skilled nursing care for close to 1,000 people. Residents pay an entry fee of $90,000 to $450,000, and rent for independent living ranges from $1,300 to $2,626 a month. Higher levels of care are much more expensive. Amenities include restaurants, exercise equipment, activities, food grown on site, a wood shop, and well-maintained grounds and common spaces. Opportunities to volunteer abound because Garden Spot wants to foster a sense of purpose. Lindsey was well aware that many older people, who don’t have homes to sell for the entry fee and live on Social Security payments alone, cannot afford Garden Spot Village, a mission-driven organization meant to “enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.” He saw a need for more socioeconomic diversity. Initially, he wanted to serve older people eligible for government subsidies but quickly decided the government was already oversubscribed and uninterested in new providers. This would have to be a community project that challenged the middle-class idea that we each need our own home. People do, in fact, really want their own bedroom and bathroom, he decided, but what they really need is each other. It helps that Garden Spot is in a community rich with builders, including volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Services. Many of Lindsey’s residents have worked on building projects for disaster areas and for Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers and clubs offered to help. When it came time to build the house,

Franklin & Marshall College sent a couple busloads of freshmen over as part of their orientation. It cost around $300,000 to build Thistledown, about half what it would have cost without volunteers. Garden Spot and other organizations paid for the building. Residents must have incomes of $25,000 or less — the average Social Security payment in the U.S. is $1,404 a month or $16,848 a year — and pay 30% as rent. Lindsey says that’s enough to cover monthly costs, with some left over for home maintenance. Obviously, those numbers would present problems for organizations that operate in more expensive, less volunteer-oriented areas. Mace doubts this particular model will appeal to for-profit providers. “Clearly, there’s a subsidy going on here,” she said. Nonprofits with a source of income might be another matter. Residents of Thistledown, who come from New Holland and nearby towns, are responsible for keeping the place clean, and Garden Spot maintains the grounds. The residents buy and cook their own food, although they can also purchase meals at Garden Spot Village’s restaurants. They have access to exercise facilities and activities. Three of the four women living in the house work and have cars. In the year the house has been open, two residents have died — one got hospice services at Thistledown — and a third decided to move elsewhere. Rose Marie Sheaffer, 78, who used to live above a flower shop, liked the co-living idea as soon as someone from her church mentioned it. It feels safer to her. Ruth Dunlap, 74, who had a house, and Esther Courtney, 70, who had a townhouse, were considerably less enthused when relatives told them about the new program. In time, though, the work and money needed for home ownership became less appealing. And the new Garden Spot place, with its big windows and granite counter tops, looked awfully nice. “I guess I was just tired of being alone, and I’m not alone here,” Courtney said. “It

was a good move.” Each was assigned to a Garden Spot Village resident who helped them make friends in the broader community across the street. Sheaffer doesn’t go there much, except with friends from church, but Dunlap uses the pool and exercise equipment, goes to the movies, and frequents the library. Social worker Jackie Berrios is available to referee disputes, but all agreed there hasn’t been much need for that. Berrios also vets new residents while giving the current residents a say about possible housemates. After a male resident died, the remaining women decided they wanted their house to be all-female. If someone’s health declines, it will be Berrios who decides when they have to leave. There is no guarantee of higher-level care at Garden Spot Village. Shelves in the refrigerator and in cupboards are labeled with residents’ names. Courtney brought along a refrigerator and freezer, which greatly eased food crowding. The women have not had to make lists of rules. Sometimes they cook and eat together. Sometimes they don’t. It has been easy, they said, to share the washing machine and cleaning duties. They just talk it out. They’ve cohosted big family parties, and they ate a Thanksgiving dinner together the weekend after the holiday. They got permission to decorate three Christmas trees. Aware that the house is a showplace for Garden Spot Village, they’re still working out how much they can personalize the common spaces, which have the bland feel of a model home. Lindsey realizes that Thistledown is just a drop in a very big bucket, but he thinks it’s a start. There’s a bean field next to Thistledown that he hopes will soon be home to several more co-living houses. He thinks there is also demand from people with higher incomes. “We look at it as a prototype,” he said, “and we think it is scalable.” ©2019 The Philadelphia Inquirer Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Nia Jones Orthodontics aligns legacy with future vision to grow practice Continued from page 2. versity of Virginia, Jones completed four years of dental school and another three years of residency at the University of Maryland Dental School. At the University of Maryland, she had 18 professors, whereas most orthodontics schools have only one to three professors. “It was very confusing year one, but by year three, I knew 18 different ways to do things,” she said. “It made going into a group practice seamless for me. It also made taking over Dr. Barnard’s practice seamless because I had a professor who practiced very similarly to him. I was able to assure the staff, ‘I know what Dr. Barnard’s doing but hey, here’s a little tweak on things but let’s try it.’ After a couple of months, the girls were like, ‘Wow, she knows what she’s doing; she does care for the patients.’ Having the team get behind me is really what it took to get the patients behind me.” With six employees, Jones is looking to hire one more, a process that has taken months to find the right fit and where the entire team is in agreement. “We empower each other, and each per-

son is a leader in the practice,” she said. “With my girls we have morning huddles where we plan for the day, but we all have a monthly meeting where we talk about things we can do to grow and become better. “I was part of the staff coming out of school and I’m really good at seeing things from the other perspective because I was there. And now I’m more in tune with the way that they’re feeling, and I think that I try to use that to be a better leader, too.” Last fall, with support from her team, Jones transitioned the name of the practice to Nia Jones Orthodontics. The office décor, from the wall color to artwork, flooring and orthodontic carts, have also been changed gradually to help patients adjust. “I have a couple of core people who are amazing and I’m so thankful that they’re still here,” she said, noting that Nancy Hoeft, the office coordinator, was one of Barnard’s first hires nearly 36 years ago, and Nikki Bruner, clinical assistant, has been with the practice for almost 20 years. “Our new people that we have brought in just share our vision, it’s like our team now. We’re all operating with the same goals in mind and beliefs for our

patients and treatment philosophies. They understand, they know what I’m going to say, most of the time before I say it. “[Dr. Barnard] has a legacy and people still ask about him and we love sharing about him. It took about two years; it was a long process. People’s trust is something that you have to earn, and they also have to see your work.” The practice is accepting new patients, relying on word of mouth and a social media presence that engages patients with giveaways and ways to give back to the community through coat and backpack drives for nonprofits like St. Vincent De Paul and Open Door Mission, sponsorships for local teams, and fundraising opportunities for Susan G. Komen Great Plains. “We’re not at capacity and we would like to continue to grow with new patients,” she said. “Most new practices go down, but we have remained steady and in the last year we have grown.” Jones and her team continue to see patients at the Nebraska City satellite office once a month to provide access to care in an underserved area.


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