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Foundation for Educational Services launches Filament for nonprofits by Michelle Leach

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With a unique mission as a service-designated nonprofit, Foundation for Educational Services (FES) has grown through its roughly 34 years with the introduction of back-office solutions for municipalities, schools, and nonprofits in areas such as content management, branding, data security, tech support and, more recently, payroll and bookkeeping. This organic growth sparked the rollout of the Filament Essential Services brand in late June. “Obviously, launching a brand in the middle of 2020 has been interesting, to say the least,” said Senior Vice President, Nonprofit Services Dan Kunzman. “Different times call for different ways of thinking, and so much of what we do can be delivered without seeing anyone face-to-face.” From its headquarters at 1300 Street in Lincoln and an array of home offices, Filament Essential Services delivers SOCS websites and mobile apps, branding and Continued on page 7.

Senior Vice President, Nonprofit Services Dan Kunzman … Building off almost 35 years of serving nonprofit community to roll out brand of essential business services.

A1 Garage Door Service expands to metro with comprehensive services by Richard D. Brown

A1 Garage Door Service, a fast-growing family-owned business that was started in 2007 in Phoenix, has opened in the Omaha market via a four-employee branch in La Vista. The firm, specializing in commercial and residential garage door repairs, sales, maintenance and installation, has grown to 19 locations in 12 states and

expects overall sales this year to hit $55 million. “What differentiates us in each of our markets is that we give each of the employees we hire a training experience that not only teaches them how to do the job, but the reasons why we do it the way we do,” said Area Manager Mike Comer. The A1 Garage Door Service Continued on page 8. Owner Leslie Huerta … The independent bookstore has seen a 20% increase in sales over last year as online orders take off.

Customers flock to Lincoln’s Francie & Finch Bookshop amidst pandemic by Becky McCarville

Service Technician Colby Burke, left, and Kansas Area Manager Mike Comer … Building presence in Omaha market with emphasis on comprehensive training for technicians. (Photo courtesy of A1 Garage Door Service)

Francie & Finch Bookshop owner Leslie Huerta attributes a 20% sales increase in 2020 — during the pandemic — to the intrinsic value of books and reading, affordability, the ability to sell a physical product even with closed doors, and community support. The independent bookstore in downtown Lincoln has adjusted to lockdowns and limited capacity measures by shoring up its online ordering platform and email news-

letter. Most of the online orders are from new customers. “I am always conscious and pleased that I continue to get new customers and repeat customers, so [I] just keep trying to grow that,” Huerta said. “We’ve got about 10,000 on our email distribution right now.” The independent bookstore industry has withstood many ups and downs in recent memory — from the rise of Amazon and Continued on page 10.


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Omaha-based Moxie Mentoring grows national health care staffing client base training,” he said. “In addition to our general by Gabby Hellbusch Now in its fifth year of business, Moxie consulting and recruiting coaching services, Mentoring, a training and expert consulting we also offer a leadership training program for provider for the health care staffing industry, has mid-level managers and team leads, and most recently we launched expanded to serve 130 a compliance and creclients spanning across Moxie Mentoring dentialing virtual trainthe country. Phone: (402) 670-2048 ing program.” The business was Service: Omaha-based business offering The new online founded in 2016 by elite training solutions to health care staffproduct will allow travAdam Gomez and ing firms el nursing firms to train Shari Dalton, who said Founded: 2016 their compliance and they found success by Employees: 2 credentialing teams — continually implement- Goal: to create innovative ways to support many who are working ing new innovation the healthcare community through training from home due to the while also adjusting and consulting pandemic. to meet the changing Website: https://www.moxiementoring.me Recently, the busineeds of clients. Gomez and Dalton, who previously worked ness also hosted a free “recruiting during the as recruiters in the travel nursing industry for pandemic” webinar for all recruiters in travel a number of years, began utilizing a digital health care, which drew more than 400 recruiters training platform for their business very early from over 100 staffing firms. “It’s a trying time for everyone in the counon, which turned out to be especially impactful try for a lot of different reasons, with COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gomez said. “At the core of the program is our recruiter being one of the most significant,” Gomez said.

COO Adam Gomez … Launching a compliance and credentialing virtual training program during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Moxie Mentoring) “The travel nursing industry is such an important during these complicated times.” According to Gomez, 2020 is on track to be part of the solution. Hospitals are hiring like crazy, which means agencies are hiring like crazy, the business’ best year of revenue so far. The goal for 2021 is to launch a business which means training is needed. Our business has been busier than ever before. It really helps development training program, while continuing that we already had a digital platform in place, to focus on creating new and innovative ways so we’ve been able to serve our clients even to serve clients. “We are extremely focused on serving the health care community,” he said. “Our clients say they enjoy working with us because we speak the language of a travel health care rePaid Content cruiter. We understand the unique challenges, and I think our clients appreciate that it’s not a generic ‘one size fits all’ program.” Even though it can be difficult to unplug from work at times, he said there are many fulfilling aspects to business ownership. Sales Associate, The Harry A. Koch Co. “Seeing the training have an impact on the individual or the organization as a whole is why we do what we do,” Gomez said. “We love to Associations/Titles: Board of Directors NAWIC Omaha; Served see our clients succeed and we love knowing on Board of Directors, Independent Insurance Agents of Nebrasthat we’re making a positive impact for the nurses and hospitals, as well as the patients our ka; Past President of Young Agents of Omaha; Certified Insurance clients care for.”

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How I got into the business: I was referred to an insurance agency operations position. This prompted me to earn my Property & Casualty (P&C) Producers’ license launching my insurance career. Accomplishments or milestones: First female P&C producer at The Harry A. Koch Co.; Chairperson of the Year – Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska; Young Agent of the Year – Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska First job: Telemarketer Biggest career break: Meeting the President of The Harry A. Koch Co., Scott Hill. His vision for my success has transformed me. The toughest part of the job: Balance. Navigating gender biases in a male-dominated industry. The best advice I have received: When facing something difficult, look back at ev-

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erything you have overcome. Remember and acknowledge your strength. About my family: They are my favorite. Jeremiah Gudding (husband) is encouraging, supportive, and understanding. Winston (9th grade) is tenacious and empathetic, providing many ‘parenting firsts’. Ben (6th grade) is witty and smart, leading to fun banter and interesting discussions. Something else I’d like to accomplish: Retire “young” in a home surrounded by nature. Enjoy life fully! How my business will change in the next decade: The Independent Agent’s value proposition must evolve through specialization and operational efficiency. We must be more progressive, rewrite the narrative, and improve the perception of the insurance industry. From a local perspective, Midwesterners pride themselves on strong work ethic and personal relationships. These Midwestern values are challenged in the Independent Agency system by technology and accessible information. Consumers are more informed and less reliant on the risk management advice of independent agents. Some insurance companies are commoditizing insurance and forming direct relationships with consumers creating a separate industry seg-

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SBA loans, federal relief funds among support to encourage growth through pandemic by Michelle Leach

Earlier this year, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts dubbed a series of grants and workforce retraining measures funded by federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars the “Get Nebraska Growing” initiative. Outwardly stated as such or not, myriad programs are lending a helping hand to organizations and communities through the challenges presented by the pandemic and recession. Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) leadership cited the state’s CRF Dashboard. Collectively, as of Nov. 10, more than 21,000 awards have been disbursed, valued at around $583 million. These include Small Business Stabilization grants for small business and ag producers, and Rural Broadband Remote Access and Gallup Business Leadership Training grants. “These grant programs will address critical areas to help the Nebraska economy,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “We’re listening to the needs of people and communities whose livelihoods have been impacted or put on hold as a result of the pandemic.” In the initiative’s June announcement, Goins was joined by other state leadership in spotlighting the likes of the CRF-funded Workforce Retraining Initiative to open up pathways to employment in high-demand careers and industries as a partnership among the Nebraska Department of Labor, community colleges and employers. “This program was run through Nebraska DED and DHHS, so we used all of our channels to market both phases of the funding to try and make as many businesses as possible aware of the programs,” said Luke Peltz, acting vice president with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. “We included appropriate information and links in our bi-weekly emails to our membership in addition to promoting on our social media channels. When appropriate, we have answered questions from members who were looking to apply for grants, both when they were initially offered back in June and in the most current round, which ended in November.” Via CRF Dashboard information, new and newly released CRF-funded grants were available until Nov. 13. “As part of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force we are asking business

getting city contracts,” Peltz said. He also noted the LPED continues to see companies, from IT to manufacturing, looking at the region for possible expansion or a new location. “This past session of the Nebraska Legislature saw the passage of ImagiNE Nebraska, which will be key for businesses moving forward and will help us grow our state,” he said. “This new business incentives program allows for more flexibility in using the credits earned.” NEDCO has facilitated SBA 504 lending through the pandemic to the tune of more than $73 million, creating and retaining 419 jobs, according to President Scott Sailors. “The job creation number is much bigger than we know,” Sailors said. “If we have a big body shop in Lincoln, other businesses may spring up and supply them … a multiplier happens.” Auto shops represent a robust segment when one reviews a list of the 50 projects that account for the $73 million infused into the state’s economy. “We have 13 projects that are ready to roll,” Sailors added, bringing the total count to 63. “In an average year, we would have between 35 to 40 projects.” In fact, these figures are shattering Continued on next page.

From left, NEDCO Chairman of the Board of Directors Dennis Grams and President Scott Sailors. (Photo courtesy of NEDCO) leaders to pledge to spend an additional 1% A recording from the session can also of their revenues locally,” Peltz said. “This be found at the Chamber website. could be spending that additional 1% with “Additionally, in partnership with the local companies for office supplies, cater- city of Lincoln, we marketed a virtual ing considerations or other expenditures workshop on the procurement process for that could be spent at a local provider. We are also asking our membership as well as the public to do the same — try to allocate an additional 1% of their purchases toward local businesses, especially with the busy holiday shopping season set to wrap up 2020.” The team is reaching out to leaders and Peltz said the response has been “overwhelmingly” positive. More info on the “One-Percent Pledge” can be found at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s website. “According to a survey by the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force, 75% of Lincoln businesses want more opportunities to connect directly with each other,” Peltz said, when asked about other efforts. “In response to these findings, the first virtual Business-to-Business Town Hall was held on Oct. 29.” Employee mental health was discussed and during the session, speakers addressed the impact of COVID-19 on employers and employees. Call Us Today! (402) 509-2105 8601 Firethorn Ln., Lincoln “Business owners also had the opportuHillcrestFirethorn.com nity to ask questions and speak about their *Updated information about nursing homes: usnews.com/bnh challenges and successes,” he said.


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Tips for growing during economic hardship by Gabby Hellbusch

Growing a small business can be difficult at times, especially during an economic hardship. However, local business owners say there are ways to navigate through the turmoil and still come out on top. Natalie Micale, CEO of Oh Hello, said when there’s economic hardship, businesses shouldn’t quarantine creativity. “You need to be consistently testing out new small offerings and seeing what sticks,” Micale said. “Get creative and think outside the box on how you can best serve your customers with what they need right now in your industry.” Small businesses need to be digitally focused right now, too. “If your website doesn’t have strong user experience, isn’t set up to convert, or isn’t updated for mobile, you’re losing out on opportunities,” she said. “Being on social media has now become

like having a website. It’s expected of a brand and if you’re there, customers take your brand seriously. You should be reevaluating your digital strategy and putting into place processes to keep your website and social media updated at all times.” Businesses should also be re-interviewing customers and creating messaging that speaks to how they’re feeling. “It’s a tough time right now to be a small business owner but teaming up with competitors and rallying around the wagon to find out how businesses are thriving and surviving right now is another smart play,” Micale said. “Instead of trying to be overly competitive, collaborate instead.” During these times, Paul Johnson, founder of Atlasphere Consulting and partner of Alta Vista Technology, said it is important to keep close communication with employees to closely maintain the organizational culture prior

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to working remotely. “Externally, your customers are going through many of the same hardships your organization is, and likely may be as scared or unsure about the future,” he said. “Communicating with them regularly that you are at their side allows them to see you more as a ‘partner’ than a ‘vendor.’” With a remote workforce, Johnson said providing consistent access to business-critical Micale software applications is more important than ever. It’s also critical to redesign internal and external processes and it’s wise to review expenses. “Taking the time to do a thorough evaluation of your expenses often allows you to reduce some of these, at times sig-

nificantly,” he said. “Of course, take into consideration what the additional costs are to break contracts and whether or not you will need to spend on the expense in the future.” In times like this, Jason Petersen, CEO of GenR8 Marketing, said it’s wise to reach out to current clients and ask them for any referrals. Additionally, social media, if used properly, is a great place to tell a business’ story. Petersen “Talk about the people who work there, your culture, passions and what drives you to run your business,” he said. “These kinds of elements drive a strong social media presence and, in turn, create traction and engagement that can result in referrals or leads generated.” Overall, Petersen said the worst thing to do is pull the plug on all marketing. “Make sure you are working with a marketing firm that understands the measurable nature of how to assess what works and what does not,” he said. “If someone wants you to sign a six- to 12-month agreement, stay away from this.” There are always going to be economic challenges that business owners will face that are out of their control. “As business owners, we adapt, evaluate and focus on the things that set us apart from others in our industry,” Petersen said. “Spend less time comparing yourself to others and instead look at how you can be a thought leader in your industry.”

Infusion of SBA loans Continued from preceding page. records for NEDCO, which was organized in 1987. “We have a record number of banks that are using us now,” Sailors said, noting that lending limits and apprehension in the current environment are also drivers. Other types of projects that are being financed include lawn care, plumbing and HVAC, self-storage, dental, medical supplies, daycare, trucking, construction, education and fitness. “We were the state’s largest underwriter of hotels far and away,” he said. “They continue to be under as much stress as I’ve ever seen.” Sailors anticipates hotels may be repurposed for other needs; for instance, to address the need for assisted living and memory care. He said they are also in discussions with entrepreneurs interested in launching concepts such as an outdoor movie theater, which might also be used for outdoor church services. There are considerable statewide implications for organizations that take advantage of low-interest financing. “It’s really incumbent upon the state to capture as much of that long-term discounted money as they can, interest rates will go up at some point in time and you can have all of that money sitting and growing,” Sailors said.


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Safety emphasized as event/entertainment sector grapples with pandemic challenges by Gabby Hellbusch

While the pandemic has significantly impacted the event and entertainment space, local venues and organizations have found ways to adjust and be creative. To d d O g d e n , president and CEO of Downtown Lincoln Association, said event and entertainment spaces have had as high of a hurdle as any sector during COVID-19. “They have all had to adjust to varying crowd sizes and, Ogden in many situations, shut down for the season,” he said. “During the warmer months, venues like TADA Theatre were able to put on outdoor events, which helped provide an audience. As we look ahead to a cold winter, many will need to community’s support to stay viable in the short term and long term, as well.” He said some venues have adjusted and provided wary ticket sales, future date purchases and encouraged customers to buy gift cards to venues during the holiday season. “We need these venues to thrive as a city and hope the tide turns quickly to allow for crowds to enjoy our wonderful art and entertainment offerings,” Ogden said. Jeff Cunningham, executive director at the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corp., said LHDC has canceled its events through Dec. 31. Those events included Halloween in the Haymarket, Breakfast with Santa and Holidays in the Haymarket. “We will be having Haymarket Unwrapped Dec. 4th through the 6th,” he said. “Unwrapped is a shopping event for the public. Most of the Haymarket businesses and restaurants will be participating and most will be offering discounts and special offers.” As far as events and entertainment go, area businesses have adapted to be able to operate within health departments guidelines. “This year has been difficult for many of the bars, restaurants and retail shops,” Cunningham said. “We are hoping for a better 2021.” Amy Dickerson, managing director at the Lancaster Event Center fairgrounds, said event venues are definitely facing challenges during the pandemic. “We see events needing space to spread out being a trend,” she said. “Another trend is drive-through or curbside pickup events using our many garage doors or parking lots.” When the weather was nice, the industry shifted to new outdoor events with drive-in concerts, movies and food truck rodeos, and became a safer place because of the large spaces for other community services like Test Nebraska, the Food Bank and Red Cross. “With the weather changing, we are able to successfully operate well under our capacity inside our large spaces and design ways for visitors to maintain six feet distance between folks,” Dickerson said. “Most of our winter shows are trade shows,

or ‘pop-up retail stores’ each week. All visitors are required to wear face coverings per health department guidelines for our venue — which creates a safer environment much like other retailers.” Along with distancing and face coverings, Dickerson said there are already many safety modifications in large spaces. “Our core, expert crew is doing its best to keep the Lancaster Event Center fairgrounds open and Dickerson available to our community in a safe manner,” she said. “We know it’s important for our community — for folks to have things to do and to help our economy.”

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Having weathered COVID, ag braces for changes from Washington by Dwain Hebda

Nebraska’s ag industry has weathered the COVID-19 challenges pretty well, say industry watchers, but they express nervousness over potential changes coming down from Washington. “In one perspective [coronavirus] hasn’t affected farmers and ranchers a lot in our dayto-day work,” said Steve Nelson, president of Nebraska Farm Bureau and a farmer from Axtell. “When the pandemic hit, farmers and ranchers continued to do what they normally do. They had to take care of their animals every day. The same way for farmers — it was early spring so there were preparations for planting crops and those preparations needed to move forward. “As to what happens between now and the

middle of January, it is very uncertain. I think we have a pretty good picture of how the Trump administration looked at farm programs based on the history of what we saw this past year. We would be less certain about how a Biden administration would approach that.” Nelson said making significant changes would, at best, further stress an already fragile marketplace. “We’ve seen increased prices in most of the products that we grow here in Nebraska, which is a good thing,” he said. “But while we are at profitable levels in most commodities, it’s not like there’s excessive profits. We’re fairly close to the line. If things back up some, that would be a big concern for farmers and ranchers as we

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a very challenging time,” he said. “We suggest think about next year and the future.” Some concerns come in part due to the focusing on the fundamentals of what enables industry’s reliance on government funding pro- ag producers to build a sustainable operation: grams that may be rolled back under the new growing markets for trade, reforming excessive regulations, and here in Nebraska we especially administration. need to continue working toward “The biggest cause for concern is more comprehensive property tax the fact [that] agriculture is currently reform and tax reform in general.” depending heavily on government Matt Stockton, agricultural econrelief programs, not only because omist at West Center Research of the pandemic, but due to trade Center at the University of Nebrasuncertainties,” said Jim Vokal, chief ka-Lincoln, said it is hard to isolate executive officer at the Platte Instiany one cause or effect of the ag tute. “This year, as much as 35 to sector overall. 50% of the net income of Nebraska “There are so many different farm and ranch families could be types of farmers it would be wrong from federal relief programs. to lump the [pandemic’s] effect on “Everyone knows this is not susNelson them as a group,” he said. “Some tainable, nor is it what ag producers really want. In the long term, finding new ways have had slight effects, others much more. Many to add value with ag products, expanding markets live in very rural areas where few changes in the and preventing tax and regulatory policies from interaction among people have occurred. “In addition, there have been both supply and creating barriers in the ag sector are what farmers demand events thus altering the markets making it and ranchers would rather see.” Vokal said given a fighting chance and a little difficult to isolate the effects due only to COVID. help from legislators, Nebraska’s producers have Just prior to this event, China was battling the proven they can outrun challenges, from bad effects of African Swine Flu in the pork sector. The long-term concerns of [these outbreaks] are weather to a global pandemic. “Agriculture is resilient and has extraordi- related to the effects on markets, such as pork nary capacity to produce food and products in producers during packer shutdowns.”

Banking industry remains steady, but pandemic has spurred lasting changes by David Kubicek

The banking climate in Lincoln and Omaha seems to be steady, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes — many of which may be permanent — in how banks do business. “Community banks stepped up and helped business owners when the PPP program launched earlier this year and are working with Washington on the program,” said West

Gate Bank Executive Vice President Douglas C. Carey referring to the Paycheck Protection Program. “Most banks are seeing strong deposit growth as customers reduce spending due to restrictions from COVID.” Carey said the pandemic escalated the

Carey Johannsen bank’s automation plans. “We had many projects on the drawing board that were moved to the top of the list to accommodate the need for our bank to be able to service our customers with our lobbies closed down from mid-March to mid-June,” he said. “Outfitting our employees to be able to work from home was something we had considered, but COVID made it a necessity to accommodate social spacing and to accommodate the schools shutting down and moms and dads needing to be home with their children.” West Gate has converted four branches to interactive teller machines (ITMs) in its former drive-throughs so business and consumer customers could do their transactions and still have a live teller available to assist. “We expanded our hours for live assistance at the four branches we converted, and with a bit of customer education at each branch as we converted the drive-throughs to our ‘Green Machines’ — our name for our ITMs — we were able to offer no-touch personalized service to all our customers, further enhancing our efforts Continued on page 8.


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Foundation for Educational Services launches Filament for nonprofits Continued from page 1. video, data security, tech support, and payroll and bookkeeping. Filament is a member of the FES family, which also includes EducationQuest Foundation and Inceptia, a division of the National Student Loan Program (NSLP). “We are an unusual nonprofit, in that we are not grant-seeking or grant-making,� Kunzman said. “We were started to be the back-office for NSLP.� As such, FES has historically offered HR, benefits, payroll, communications, network operations, and other office and building services, even as the names and structures of the organizations they serve have changed. “About 15 years ago, we acquired a worksite content management system that had about 30 clients, mostly in the Lincoln area,� he said, a reference to SOCS. “Since that time, we have built it to about 600 websites.� These sites represent organizations from Texas to North Carolina and Illinois to Colorado, with a heavy skew toward K-12, as well as municipalities, other governmental divisions, and nonprofits. “About five or six years ago, the Beatrice Superintendent was in our building and, being a beta client for our new user app, he wanted to look at doing a rebranding for the school district,� Kunzman recalled. “He asked, ‘Can you do that?’And I said, ‘Sure. That’s what they do in that shop over there.� Eventually, the partnership resulted in complete rebrands for the city and downtown merchants’ group as well. “Since that time, we’ve done branding projects for Crete and Ashland, and for communities outside of the state,� he said. “It’s been a really great service to these organizations.�

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Shortly afterward, President and CEO C.J. Thoma started asking FES’ offices, “What other talents are in our team to offer to our nonprofit friends?� “The next one we started was data security,� Kunzman said. “That was followed soon after by tech support. “Small nonprofits who are concentrating on their mission can’t afford to spend a lot on tech teams. So, they may end up with somebody’s son or daughter as their tech support. That’s great, until they graduate and aren’t there anymore. The most recent one that came along was at the request of a client who was really struggling with payroll and the books. We now offer payroll and bookkeeping for four or five nonprofits in the Lincoln area.� With the rollout of such essential business services for nonprofits as a new brand, the acronym of “FES� was not a happy accident, as Kunzman indicated everything from social media presences to email addresses aligns seamlessly across Filament Essential Services and its parent company.

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For instance, Kunzman referred to how the organization deployed a wellness assessment app to the approximately 170 employees across its family of brands. The app eliminates the risk exposure, waiting and cumbersome management that is associated with conventional COVID-19 assessments. So, from this successful answer to an internal challenge emerged an additional service that they can offer externally. On the horizon, services may address the challenges faced by volunteer-driven organizations to pick up mail and other functions made increasingly difficult in the current environment with a reasonable price point. “We are kind of a 35-year-old startup,� Kunzman concluded. “We’re offering services in new ways and in new places. But we’ve been around for a while. Filament has reenergized folks.� Along those lines, Kunzman indicated, employees motivated to the mission-driven nature of nonprofits are getting a boost as they’re working externally with those nonprofits, rather than exclusively on an internal basis.


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A1 Garage Door Service expands to metro with comprehensive services Continued from page 1. branch in 1,100 square feet at 11529 Portal Road, Suite 17, features a simulation platform to which many types of doors can be hung and demonstrated. Learning-by-doing is an important part of the training, said technician Colby Burke, a Valley native who stresses the comprehensive list of door-related services that can be performed. Burke, who spent five years in the moving industry, became A1 Garage Door Service’s first Omaha technician to complete the eightweek training program in August. He said his career switch came because the paid training, ability to meet company executives including entrepreneur/owner Tommy Mello, and the colleagueship among veteran technicians was important to his decision. Mello entered the garage door repair business as a helper at age 13 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A roommate about 10 years later and a friend, who worked for a garage door company, reported to the entrepreneurial-minded Mello that the long-term projections for the garage door industry was “badass.” The young Mello decided to close

his then drip-system company to focus on garage door repairs. Seven years later Mello Home Service — a group of home-related service firms — had grown to 250 employees with a presence in 12 states. Comer and Burke admit that A1 Garage Door Service has taken a maverick approach to garage doors with better parts — many of which it has designed and made in-house via its Door 48 plant in Phoenix. Products produced include custom-designed folding garage doors and glass doors for residences. The territory served by Omaha technicians is centered on about a 50-mile radius. Comer, of Kansas City, who also manages the Wichita submarket, said the move into Omaha is the beginning of an expansion that will likely add a presence for A1 Garage Door Service to Lincoln and perhaps also Des Moines. Additional technicians will be given four weeks of training at the La Vista facility and taken to Phoenix for another four weeks. Burke said the depth of the training is important to the level of field service that can be provided to customers. For example,

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Banking industry remains steady Continued from page 6. to protect people from the spread of the virus,” Carey said. “As with all change, we have had some resistance from some customers with the implementation of our Green Machines, but we have about 99.5% of our customers embracing the technology, and less than 25% are even asking for teller assistance on their drive-through transactions. And, we have only had the ITMs running since around June 1.” Banks that will thrive in the next year or two are those who have listened to and observed the patterns of behavior from their customers during this COVID-19 time, Carey said. “I don’t think the customers will necessarily want or accept the old ‘business as usual,’” he said. “I believe there will always be a need for physical branches, but the changes made during this COVID pandemic will alter customer expectations for future banking needs.” Chuck Johannsen, president and CEO of First State Bank & Trust, said the housing market in Lincoln and Omaha and surrounding areas has been strong this year. When COVID-19 hit in mid-March, the bank closed its branches, including its Walmart

stand-alone facility. “It was a challenge for our business customers making deposits,” Johannsen said. “[Business deposits] take a little time. Everything was forced through our drive-throughs, [resulting in] some delays.” Employees who could work remotely were sent home, and some of the front-line people worked split shifts, which was a challenge for scheduling. Although the branches reopened in early July, safety precautions were still in force, such as social distancing, mask-wearing and limited social interaction. Johannsen expected the industry to remain strong next year. “The interest rate environment is treating our savers well,” he said. “CD and money market rates are at zero, so to speak. We also want to make sure our savers aren’t adversely affected but obviously they are by the low rates. On the borrowing side, it’s very positive for them. For a bank overall, what that does is we have to worry about profitability — our margins are being compressed. It’s a unique environment. When rates are this low, savers suffer and borrowers benefit.”


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• NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • Midlands Business Journal

Customers flock to Lincoln’s Francie & Finch Bookshop amidst pandemic Continued from page 1. a major distributor but never promoted it, talented community of artists in Lincoln and e-books causing many small independent choosing the option where the distributor there’s a great collection of art galleries in shops (and large bookstore chains) to managed online sales. After that company downtown Lincoln, so we do consignment shutter, to the impact of the pandemic, to exited the wholesale retail book market, for the art and typically we have some type independent bookstores finding innovative Huerta switched to the American Booksell- of reception on the first Friday of every ways to reach customers and the shop local ers Association’s e-commerce platform and month — we haven’t done that since April.” With the holiday season arriving, there is worked to improve movement. her bookstore’s online a big push for online ordering and preorders. One shared sen- Francie & Finch Bookshop “When we first sort of shut down, we presence, a service timent is that book- Phone: 402-781-0459 that is now a neces- were so busy with online orders and teles t o r e s p r o v i d e a Address: 130 S. 13th St., Lincoln 68508 phone orders and we were doing curbside sity. community gather- Founded: in 2016 by Leslie Huerta T h e A B A a n d and delivery and mailing and everything, ing space. Now that Website: francieandfinch.com publishers have pro- and all of my buying was pretty much orcapacity in stores is limited and gatherings are on hold, book- vided invaluable services for independent ders,” she said. “I didn’t do any speculative sellers aren’t able to host the author events bookstores, she said, offering resources, buying for a long time because I thought, nobody’s going to come into the store to updates and promotional ideas. that draw in crowds. The 1,500-square-foot store also fea- see it. But that’s changed. We’ve been open Further, the cancelation of events at local arenas have impacted Francie & Finch — lo- tures an art gallery and typically participates to the public and there’s more and more cated in a historic building on a path between in Lincoln’s monthly First Friday Artwalks. people coming downtown, and I’ve defimajor downtown hotels and venues like She expects that to resume once gatherings nitely been doing a lot of extra buying for the holidays.” the Cornhusker Marriott, Bourbon Theatre, are safe again. While shipping hasn’t been a problem The historic building itself, oozing with Rococo Theatre and Pinnacle Bank Arena among others — which typically has cus- quintessential bookstore charm, has proven yet, the industry is warning that distribution tomers walk-in from nearby businesses on to be a draw, with people commenting that could slow down during the holidays. “Then there’s been a big push for preortheir lunch breaks as well as tourism traffic. it looks like it could belong in any major ders just in general — we’re getting orders When the business shutdowns were city, she said. “It’s like my home, so I wanted to for books that aren’t going to be released announced in Nebraska, Huerta thought she’d have a chance to unwind a bit, but the decorate it,” she said. “I wanted it to be a until March or April of next year,” she said. demand for online orders has kept her busy, beautiful space — art, books and chocolate “When that first started happening I was like even though she had to reduce the store’s kind of all go together. And we have such a well, you don’t have to pay now, it’s OK, hours and put three employees on hold for the time being. She said she’s taking things day by day, color choices, signage and careful decisions continuing to boost online sales and coming by Dwain Hebda up with new ways to engage customers. Wider use of universal design is helping around traffic patterns within the space.” Walls said as universal design becomes For example, instead of hosting an more local companies create inclusive envimore normalized, vendors have in-person author event, she recently creat- ronments that serve and maintain followed suit with individual ed customized bookplates with the store’s the dignity of employees and products that fit into the overall branding and a place where the author can customers alike, say experts. usability of public and corporate add their autograph. “The biggest advancement spaces. “We hope this is a way to provide a within the industry is the in“More product vendors are personalized experience for our customers creased incorporation of univerexpanding their design visions that might otherwise get to meet the authors sal design as an expectation rather and product options to include in person while at the same time providing than an exception,” said Meaghan elements that go beyond the a visual that ties to F&F,” she said. Fitzgerald Walls, president/CEO minimums required by ADA Some events have gone virtual. Huerta of Assistology. “This change puts regulations; for example, broader is also considering offering a subscription a focus on the human experience door hardware options, motion service, something she’s put together for rather than checking boxes for Walls activation, tactile or talking sigindividuals by request, but not yet as a building codes. standardized process. “Oftentimes the design elements that nage and the use of Hearing Loop systems.” When she started the business four years make the biggest difference in equitable us- she said. “One element that is gaining in populariago, she had an e-commerce site through ability add little to no cost and are related to

let’s wait. Then I was thinking you’re buying it now, you’re going online and you’re paying for it now — it truly makes a huge impact on the publishers so then they can figure out what their sales are going to be like, the author and their commissions, and for us. It’s a wonderful way to be able to support all three of us.” Huerta, a 30-year Lincoln resident who traveled the world growing up — her dad was a hotelier, moving the family every year or so to open new hotels in locales like Canada and the Caribbean — graduated from high school in Grand Island, New York and then took a job in the travel industry. “Along with my brother, we were like Eloise in the Plaza,” she said. “The longest place that we lived was Antigua in the Caribbean. I remember going into town with my mother. She would be at the seamstress having gowns made for the hotel festivities and I would be at the little bookstore across the street.” After a career in corporate travel, Huerta decided that opening a bookstore was her dream. “My whole life, bookstores have been my favorite places — libraries, bookmobiles, bookstores,” she said, adding that bookstores are a part of her DNA and “a true pleasure.”

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ty is a fold-away, height-adjustable changing table in public restrooms so that individuals of any age and size can experience dignity when receiving assistance in changing clothes or incontinence pads.” Andrew Beagle, project manager at Boyd Jones, said design technology is helping firms ensure they are staying within code when it comes to inclusivity of spaces. “Laser scanning of existing building elements like stairs and restrooms has made it a lot easier to verify how elements meet code requirements and what changes are needed to bring an area up to code,” he said. “New advancements in virtual and augmented reality applications also let designers, builders and project owners walk through an existing space and see 3D models and proposed deContinued on next page.

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Four steps to helping a college student find a career by Natasha Frost

Your college-age son or daughter, statistically speaking, is likely clueless about the vast range of careers on offer in the world. Oh sure, they know what you and the spouse do, we hope, and maybe have in mind a half-dozen occupations Careers they’ve either come into contact with or admired from afar. A survey of 600,000 teens by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found them narrowly focused on a tiny handful of occuSUPER CROSSWORD

pations, from the plausible (teacher, doctor, engineer) to significantly more unlikely (designer, actor, professional musician). If your kid is approaching college age, or already enrolled, you may have wished your heavy lifting — helping with the algebra homework, critiquing the essays — was over. But now, if you value your current or future status as a happy empty-nester (that couch; all that’s in your refrigerator; honestly, your liquor cabinet), your job is to help acquaint your adult child with the working world in all its complex glory. POMES FOR BEGINNERS

Yes, it’s quite possible that your offspring isn’t taking your suggestions quite like they did a few years ago, and it might seem more comfortable to let them work all this out on their own. Unless they’re already dialed in to a high-demand, higher-income vocational track — nursing, pre-med, engineering, computer science — don’t. The country is awash in underemployed liberal arts grads, and you want to help your kid avoid a similar fate. This list will get you and them started finding a satisfying career. -Get a job now. No matter how demanding the field of study your child is in, they should be working part-time during college. To learn to show up on time. Do what’s asked. Work with others no matter how annoying they are. It matters less what job they do at this point and, in fact, having a crummy job is a great motivator to seek a good one in the future. -Discover occupations. It’s fine to say, “Dear, ask your Uncle Al about his work as a CPA.” But it’s best to be more systematic. Bloomberg, the world’s largest business news organization, and its fabulous weekly magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, feature countless companies you and your child have probably never heard of, and those firms have jobs you’ve likely never imagined. Make it a monthly conversation (you can save up a few articles on interesting employers) to discuss what each of you has read. Businessweek costs $99 a year, so $198 for the two of you. It’s old-fashioned to subscribe to a print publication, but having the thing land in your or your offspring’s mailbox weekly will prod you to have a look. Sound expensive? Think of the $100,000 to $200,000 you’re likely shelling out for college. The yearly Bloomberg 50 list (Google it) profiles fast-growing employers whose business is often part of a large economic trend. Learn about legal cannabis, direct to consumer retail, the booming world of batteries and more. -And about that liberal arts major. It’s

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OK — even tech companies hire more of them than they do engineers. Learn all about how liberal arts grads fit into the modern economy in a book by career expert George Anders: https://www.amazon. com/You-Can-Anything-Surprising-Education/dp/0316548804 -Learn to look for a job before you need one. Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder, USAJobs and more exist to match workers with jobs, but learning to sort through the literally hundreds of thousands of postings is a job itself. Your collegian has time and should spend some of it subscribing to daily and weekly emails (and then perusing them) from these services. Keywords around industry, roles, entry level, location are used to build the email you receive. Truth is, even the well-employed mid-career person should always be looking: https://www.rate.com/research/news/ looking-better-job You can post a resume on most of these platforms, too, and you should learn what to include: https://www.rate.com/research/ news/include-items-resume And what to leave out: https://www.rate. com/research/news/things-leave-off-resume -College career counseling offices. They’re only useless if you don’t use them. Your kid should be on a first-name basis with someone in this office, to inquire about internships and job fairs and career paths. The college may also refer your kid to affinity conferences: O4U, for instance, connects high-achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduates to top employers. ALPFA helps support Latino leaders at any stage of their careers. Once your offspring begins to think of college as, golly, a place to prepare for a career, they may want to spend more time with like-minded classmates, chat up professors and guest speakers in the outside world, and generally geek out on the job market. You’ll only know if you ask, repeatedly. If you find yourself losing motivation, and cowering in the face of young adult pushback, think of your couch. (c)2020 Rate.com News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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Continued from preceding page. sign changes in the field.” “That kind of technology enables members of the project team to visualize functionality of different proposed building elements and work areas.” Beagle said effective design is a collaborative mindset between client and design company. “During design, it’s key to focus on the needs of all employees and get input on what to include,” he said. “Accessibility codes might not address specific concerns or obstacles that employees may encounter, and a truly inclusive environment should provide 100% accessible space for workers of all abilities.” Various individual components within that space have also enjoyed advancements, making them easier to install and use, said Greg Anglim, president and co-owner of AEL. “Before, [manufacturers] had a plaque on an incline lift that you had to figure out, ok, I need to hit the ‘Platform Full’ button. Then, I need to hit the ‘Platform Ramp

Up’ button. And then, I needed to hit the direction button,” he said. “Technology now gives the person a ‘Call Station’ pad. You touch it, and the light lights up on the button that you’re supposed to push. “Also, with the incline platform, there’s no more switches or anything like that. They use light pulses and software packages, just like commercial elevators where everything is programmed. The stops are programmed, it automatically slows down and rolls around a turn.” Anglim also said the city deserves particular praise in its attention to inclusive workspaces. “The city of Omaha has done a phenomenal job of requiring businesses of all sizes to make sure that if they’re doing modifications to their building or building a new building that everything’s accessible,” he said. “Whether it’s your sidewalks, bathrooms, break rooms, school orchestra pits, press boxes, all of that type of thing, I have to give a shout-out to the city for that.”


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• NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • Midlands Business Journal

Fundraisers shift from ballrooms to Zoom as nonprofits struggle to keep donations flowing during pandemic by Robert Channick

For 18 years, PAWS Chicago has held its annual Fur Ball fundraiser at posh venues, where donors and their pets gather in formal wear to laugh, bark and fete the nonprofit animal shelter. This year, the dogs can dress down. PAWS is transforming its Fur Ball, scheduled for Nov. 13, into a virtual affair, with catered meal delivery, Nonprofit an online auction and small remote gatherings — black tie optional. It is a pivot many Chicago nonprofits are making amid the pandemic, as they seek to secure a crucial source of revenue. Donors paid at least $400 a plate to attend last year’s Fur Ball at the Drake Hotel, which raised $1.2 million, or about 10% of PAWS’ annual operating budget. Next week’s event is projected to fall about $500,000 short of that total, said Paula Fasseas, who founded PAWS in 1997. “It’s a big deal,” Fasseas said. “We are dependent on special events for funding, and it’s really hitting us hard this year.” Nonprofit organizations depend on fundraising to meet annual operating budgets, and it’s often built around a single large in-person event. Shifting those annual fundraisers from ballrooms to Zoom, nonprofits are giving up some glitz, but keeping desperately needed donations flowing during the pandemic. Most virtual fundraising events retain corporate sponsorship and cast a wider potential donor net by making admission free. Costs are lower too, helping nonprofits keep more of what they raise. But for many of the virtual events, revenues are down, the sense of community is diminished and the organizations are left scrambling for funding. “We’re very worried right now about the survival of a lot of nonprofits,” said Rick Cohen, spokesman for the National Council of Nonprofits. “We’re seeing a lot of nonprofits running into this place where the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) money has run out, the rainy day fund has run out and the people who usually donate to them aren’t able to.” The nonprofit sector has the third-largest workforce, behind the retail and hospitality industries, with 12.5 million employees in the U.S. as of 2017, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University. Nonprofits were not immune to the economic disruption of the pandemic, shedding 1.6 million jobs between March and May, putting “significant pressure on the crucial services” the organizations provide, according to the study. PAWS, the city’s largest no-kill animal

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shelter, is completely dependent on donations for its $12 million annual operating budget, Fasseas said. Much of that comes from individual donors. The Fur Ball is PAWS’ biggest fundraising event, so the projected loss of revenue from this year’s virtual version is going straight to the bottom line. “We’ll be down at least $1.5 million at the end of the year,” Fasseas said. “It’ll be our first time in the history of PAWS that we didn’t meet our budget in 23 years.” Fasseas said cutting services was the “last resort.” Instead, PAWS will tapits cash reserves to make up the shortfall, and step up fundraising when the pandemic is over, she said. The Chicago Urban League was projecting similar revenue declines for its 59th annual fundraising dinner Saturday, originally planned for the Hyatt Regency Chicago. When the pandemic hit, it was re-imagined as a limited attendance, socially distanced masquerade gala for 200 top sponsors, with other donors participating virtually by hosting small dinner parties. Last month, with COVID-19 cases rising, the in-person element was canceled. “We traditionally have one of the largest galas in the city,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “But after seeing COVID cases trending upward, we made the decision to go 100% virtual.” Last year’s event raised $1.5 million, with tickets running $600 per person or $6,000 per table. Dozens of major sponsors are participating in this year’s virtual event, but revenue expectations have been scaled back to $700,000, Freeman-Wilson said. At-home parties will feature dinner from Black-owned caterers at $150 per meal. Entertainment will be staged and streamed from the Hyatt, with gospel singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds performing live. Coordinating a virtual fundraiser has proved hard, Freeman-Wilson said, from the technical aspects of livestreaming to the timing on sending out catered meals. It’s a skill set she may need next year as well. “Frankly, I don’t know if we’ll feel comfortable hosting 1,200 people again anytime soon,” Freeman-Wilson said. “That’s just the reality of what we’ve seen.” The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago shifted its annual leader luncheon, this year on Nov. 19, from the Hyatt Regency to Zoom. The luncheon typically draws about 1,200 people and raises $750,000 to $800,000, said Molly Silverman, who heads up marketing and development for the YWCA. Silverman said the virtual luncheon is on track to match last year’s revenue through corporate sponsorships, and that lower expenses may make it more profitable. The biggest savings is a $100,000 check to the hotel, she said. “We don’t have any of that expense this year,” Silverman said. It’s also a much cheaper ticket for attendees. Last year, sponsorships started at $5,000 for a table of 10, with some individual tickets selling for $300 each. This year, anyone with a YWCA membership, which starts at $25, gets access to the virtual luncheon, Silverman said. The YWCA is hoping to have several thousand people attend to raise additional donations. So far, registrations have been lagging, Silverman said.

“I think people are getting to the point of Zoom fatigue,” Silverman said. Misericordia shifted its annual Heart of Mercy Ball, which had been scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Hilton Chicago, to a virtual event last month, falling short of the $1.2 million it raised last year. Lois Gates, chief development officer at Misericordia, a 100-year-old nonprofit that provides a residential community for the developmentally disabled on Chicago’s North Side, said the event fell short in other ways too. “Nothing takes the place of being with your community,” said Gates. “They’re more than donors after all these years. They’ve just become like family and friends.” The virtual ball raised about $1 million. Fundraising events help close an annual $20 million gap in Misericordia’s $80 million operating budget, Gates said. The organization also relies on grants, foundations and donations. Gates looks forward to a return to in-person fundraising, and has tentatively booked the Hilton for next year’s ball, with a COVID-19 cancellation clause. “When you greet somebody that just wrote you a very generous check, it’s hard not to reach out and touch them,” she said. “And right now you can’t. So it’s probably better that we’re doing all this virtual.” Friends of Prentice, a 37-year-old nonprofit supporting research at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital, shifted its annual fundraising event to a “virtual gala” on Oct. 24, raising nearly $600,000. Last year’s event at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel drew 450 donors and raised over $750,000. The net income was comparable because of lower expenses associated with the virtual event, said Kristen Field, executive

director of Friends of Prentice. Produced at Frost studios in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, the livestreamed event featured a full roster of Chicago talent, including a DJ, a sommelier and a band. “It was just a lot of fun,” Field said. “I had board members sending me photos of their grandkids dancing in the living room.” Tickets to the 2019 event started at $300 per person. The virtual event was free and reached more than 1,000 viewers, Field said, relying on an online auction and the largesse of donors to generate revenue. While it is harder to raise money with a free event, Field said the gala will be livestreamed next year to reach a broader audience, even if it returns to a hotel. “No matter what we do, I think there will always be a virtual component going forward,” Field said. The Adler Planetarium, which has been closed by the pandemic since March, held its annual Celestial Ball fundraiser in September as a virtual event streamed live on YouTube. It was, like other fundraising pivots, a radical departure from the 2019 event, which featured a seated dinner, dancing and a cosmic jazz lounge in the planetarium’s sky theater. In 2019, tickets costs $850 per person. This year, the streaming event was free. Revenue fell from $1.8 million in 2019 to $1.45 million this year. But with lower expenses, the 2020 event generated only $50,000 less, organizers said. “It was a big shift, but it was also still very successful for us this year,” said Ann Kora, senior director of development at the Adler. (c)2020 Chicago Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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BLAKE S. SCHNEIDERWIND, Attorney ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ACWE STORAGE HOLDINGS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ACWE Storage Holdings, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 and designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. a limited liability organization with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is TACTManagement, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Joseph J. Skudlarek. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 1055 N 115 Street - STE 301, Omaha, NE 68154. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Lucky Shots Coffee, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is John Gajewski. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 17935 Welch Plaza, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68135. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Triple Shot Java, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is John Gajewski. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 17935 Welch Plaza, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68135. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DTM PROPERTIES, LLC. NOTICE is hereby given that DTM Properties, LLC., has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the initial registered office 6455 S. 86th Circle Omaha, NE 68127 and the initial registered agent at that address is Devin Hoeg. The general nature of the business is Real Estate Management. The company commenced existence on the 9th day of October 2020. The affairs of the company shall be conduced by its members. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERIN K. ARTZ, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OFAMENDMENT TO CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF KSM HOME RENTALS, LLC Notice is hereby given that an Amendment to the Certificate of Organization of KSM HOME RENTALS, LLC, a limited liability company, was filed with the Secretary of State on October 30, 2020, to change the name of the business to Omaha Homes 4 Rent, LLC. LDM Business Services, Inc., Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF AC NELSEN CO PROPERTIES LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that AC Nelsen Co Properties LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 11818 L Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68137. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KATHRYN J. DERR, Attorney BERKSHIRE & BURMEISTER 1301 South 75th Street, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF PREMIER URGENT CARE/ FAMILY CARE OF NEBRASKA, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on October 29, 2020, Notice of Dissolution of Premier Urgent Care/Family Care of Nebraska, LLC, was adopted by said company. 1. Dissolution of said company was made upon the unanimous written consent of its members pursuant to the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act, § 21-2622. 2. Cynthia Hald, and Larry Hald, the Managing Members of said company, has been authorized by the company to wind up and liquidate the business and affairs of the company. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

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SCOTT A. MEYERSON, Esq. LIKES MEYERSON HATCH LLC 444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF NO VACANCY LLC Notice is hereby given that No Vacancy LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial designated office is 444 Regency Parkway Dr., #100, Omaha, NE 68114. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial agent for service of process is 5601 S. 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516 and the Company’s initial agent for service of process at such address is Registered Agent Solutions, Inc. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020 CLINE WILLIAMS WRIGHT JOHNSON & OLDFATHER, L.L.P., Attorneys Sterling Ridge, 12910 Pierce Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68144 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Livra LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of the designated office is 4734 South 27th Street, Suite 1E, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The initial agent for service of process and the agent’s address is InCorp Services, Inc., 5601 South 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-2340. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP, Attorneys 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CUSTOM PACK II, LLC Notice is hereby given that CUSTOM PACK II, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is Darren R Carlson, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on October 29, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Manager Managed Limited Liability Company. The initial Manager of the Company is Joel A Jacobs whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. Darren R Carlson, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

KARINE E. SOKPOH, Attorney SOKPOH LAW GROUP 10730 Pacific Street, Suite 247 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DOKS HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given that DOKS HOLDINGS, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under Nebraska laws, with its designated office at 10730 Pacific Street, Suite 247, Omaha, NE 68114. It is organized to transact any lawful business for which a Limited Liability Company may be organized under Nebraska laws and its duration is perpetual commencing from September 8th, 2020. Its affairs are to be conducted by the managers Karine E. Sokpoh and Damilola J. Oluyole. Its registered agent is Karine E. Sokpoh and her office is located at 10730 Pacific Street, Suite 247, Omaha, NE 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JUSTIN A. SHELDON, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KMAM LLC Notice is hereby given that KMAM 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 8010 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68124. The agent for service of process for the Company is David G. Wilwerding located at 8010 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF GOLDENROD SECURITIES II, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Goldenrod Securities II, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 10340 North 84th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68122. The Registered Agent of the Company is Zach Wiegert, 10340 North 84th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68122. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Tribal Empowerment Strategies, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with a registered office at 4211 S. 38th St., Omaha, Ne 68107. The general nature of its business is to engage in any and all lawful businesses for which am LLC may be organized. The company was organized and commenced on 08/01/2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The agent of the company is owner, Teresa Dameron. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ZMB ENTERPRISES, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ZMB Enterprises, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 12920 Ohern Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68137 and designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. a limited liability organization with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERIN K. ARTZ, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF SIESTA BEACH CONDO, 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 Siesta Beach Condo, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 18608 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE 68130. 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 is any or all lawful business. The company commenced existence on October 27, 2020 and shall have a 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 November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DENNIS P. LEE, Attorney JAKE T. HOULIHAN, Attorney LEE LAW OFFICE 2433 South 130th Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68144 NOTICE OF SUIT TO: COUNT COOK III, 4025 N. 44th Street, Omaha NE 68111 and MICHAEL THORNTON, 2115 Spencer st, Omaha NE 68110, you are hereby notified that on August 6, 2020, American Family Mutual Ins. Co. filed a suit against you in the Douglas County Court at docket CI20-14092, the object in prayer of which was to secure a judgment against you in the amount of $7,477.11, 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 4th day of January, 2021, the Petition against you will be considered as true and judgment will be entered against you accordingly. First publication November 13, 2020, final December 4, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF WEALTHPLAN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WealthPlan Investment Management, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 101 South 108th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION The Beard & Mane, LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act by a conversion from The Beard & Mane, Inc., a Nebraska corporation. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office of the company is 5113 NW Radial HWY, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Matthew Gosier, 5113 NW Radial HWY, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

LEGACY DESIGN STRATEGIES 9859 South 168th Avenue Omaha, NE 68136 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is KELLY DAY LIGHTING, LLC. 2. The designated office of the limited liability company is 9814 South 176th Street, Omaha, NE 68136. 3. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Adam Schaecher, at 9814 South 176th Street, Omaha, NE 68136. 4. The purpose for which the company is organized is to engage in any and all business which is lawful under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of the State of Nebraska. 5. The company commenced its existence on October 9, 2020, and the period of duration of the Company shall be perpetual. 6. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members in accordance with the company’s operating agreement. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

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 SUMMIT II LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Summit II LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 1120 South 101st Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is James E. Landen, 1120 South 101st Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The limited liability company commenced business on October 27, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF GUSTAFSON INVESTMENTS, 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 Gustafson Investments, LLC The name and street address of the company’s initial registered agent is Law Offices of Barbara MedberyPrchal, P.C., L.L.O., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 15638 Polk Circle, Omaha, NE 68135. Isaac Gustafson and Shelbi Gustafson, Member First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020 THOMAS H. PENKE, Attorney THOMAS H. PENKE, P.C., L.L.O. 12010 Shamrock Plaza, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR20-1654 Estate of ROBERT A. FLEMING, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on 28TH day of October, 2020, 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 DENNIS L. FLEMING, whose address is 16222 Redwoof Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68136, 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 January 20, 2021 or be forever barred. Kelley J. Golden Clerk of Douglas County Court First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF AMY HELLER HAIR, 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 Amy Heller Hair, 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., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Bennington, NE 68007. The designated office is located at 16028 N. 2nd Street, Bennington, NE 68007. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

STEVEN G. RANUM, Attorney C R O K E R , H U C K , K A S H E R , D e W I T T, A N D E R S O N & GONDERINGER, L.L.C. 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 2522 EDWARD BABE GOMEZ AVENUE, LLC The name of the limited liability company is 2522 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. The name and address of the initial agent for service of process is Steven G. Ranum, 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that Wegman Transport, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 15301 Davidson Street, Bennington, Nebraska 68007. The registered agent of the Company is Perry K. Wiseman, 1237 S. 119th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144. The Company was formed on October 26, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that G.B.C. Construction, L.L.C. (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 5118 S. 23rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The registered agent of the Company is Clemente Velasco, 5118 S. 23rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107. The Company was formed on October 26, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

MARK J. LAPUZZA, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF HIGHLAND POINTE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Notice is hereby given of incorporation of Highland Pointe Homeowners Association under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: 1. The name of the corporation is Highland Pointe Homeowners Association. 2. The Highland Pointe Homeowners Association is a mutual benefit corporation. 3. The street address of the Corporation's initial registered office is 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68116. The name of its initial registered agent at that office is Mark J. LaPuzza. 4. The name and address of the incorporator is as follows: Marc Stodola 3803 N. 153rd Street, Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68116 5. The Corporation shall engage in any lawful business for which a corporation may be formed under the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. 6. The Corporation shall have members. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WHITMORE LAW OFFICE LLC 7602 Pacific Street, Suite 200 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is hereby given that TallyPro Bookkeeping and Business Solutions, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the Company is 4602 N 52nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. The registered agent of the Company is Thomas E. Whitmore, 7602 Pacific Street, Ste. 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Company was formed on October 28, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ERICKSON l SEDERSTROM, P.C., Attorneys 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CSRK HERSHEY FARMS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CSRK Hershey Farms, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company has been duly organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its designated office located at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 and designating its registered agent as Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. a limited liability organization with its registered office at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

Notice of Organization Notice is here by given that a limited liability company has been formed under the name of Pa Mas, LLC. The registered agent is Joshua Martinez, 17102 Patrick Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The address of the designated office is 17102 Patrick Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The general nature of its business is to engage in and do any lawful act concerning any and all lawful business other than banking or insurance, for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The company commenced on July 15, 2020 and has perpetual existence. The affairs of the limited liability company are to be conducted by its members until such time as their successors(s) are selected pursuant to the Operating Agreement. Pa Mas, LLC Joshua Martinez 17102 Patrick Ave Omaha, NE 68116 First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020


Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ESHELMAN CHIROPRACTIC, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Eshelman Chiropractic, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 909 Capitol Ave apt 507, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is Registered Agent, Inc., 530 South 13th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DRAGON LAND COMPANY, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Dragon Land Company, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is Lisa Naylon, c/o Access Commercial, LLC, 1303 S 72 Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is Lisa Naylon, c/o Access Commercial, 1303 S 72 Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

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 COMFORT KEEPERS – OMAHA LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Comfort Keepers - Omaha LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 5437 North 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. 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 October 27, 2020. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DIANE B. METZ, Attorney 1823 H Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102 LEGAL NOTICE In the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. PR20-1440 Estate of Helen Goings, Deceased Notice is hereby given that on November 5, 2020, in the County Court of Douglas County, Nebraska, Harold Durman Goings, Jr. II a.k.a. H.D. Goings whose address is 9015 South 16 Place, Phoenix, Arizonia 85042 was appointed by the Court as 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 January 13, 2020 or be forever barred. CARROL L. MILLS Registrar First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF WADSWORTH 1823, LLC Notice is hereby given that WADSWORTH 1823, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is: Matthew Wurstner, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on October 26, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Manager Managed Limited Liability Company. The initial Manager of the Company is Jennifer Smith, whose address is 18523 Shadow Ridge Drive, Omaha, NE 68130. Matthew Wurstner, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PAPILLION SCHRAM ROAD PARTNERS LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Papillion Schram Road Partners LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is Lisa Naylon, 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

PATRICK M. FLOOD, Attorney PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF FERRIS JOHNSON, LLC Notice is hereby given of the organization of Ferris Johnson, LLC. 1. The name of the limited liability company is Ferris Johnson, LLC. 2. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office is 659 North 63rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68132, and the name and street address of the registered agent for service of process is Jeff Ferris, 659 North 63rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68132. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

WALENTINE O'TOOLE, LLP JAMIE M. HURST, Esq. 11240 Davenport Street P.O. Box 540125 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-0125 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF JJ METAL WORX, LLC JJ Metal Works, LLC, with its initial designated office 8640 Park View Boulevard, La Vista, Nebraska 68128, gives notice that it filed its Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 27, 2020, and that it has been organized as a Nebraska limited liability company under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial agent for service of process is Jamie M. Hurst, and her initial mailing address is 11240 Davenport Street, P.O. Box 540125, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The company’s period of duration is perpetual, and the general nature of its business 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. Jamie M. Hurst, Organizer First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

STEVEN G. RANUM, Attorney C R O K E R , H U C K , K A S H E R , D e W I T T, A N D E R S O N & GONDERINGER, L.L.C. 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200 Omaha, Nebraska 68124 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 12231 EMMET STREET, LLC The name of the limited liability company is 12231 Emmet Street, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. The name and address of the initial agent for service of process is Steven G. Ranum, 2120 South 72nd Street, Suite 1200, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF OMNICORP SCHRAM LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Omnicorp Schram LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. The Registered Agent of the Company is Lisa Naylon, 1303 South 72nd Street, Suite 209, Omaha, NE 68124. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

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 LEGACY 323, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Legacy 323, 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 November 3, 2020. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF Good Lookin’, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Good Lookin’, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 4919 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE, 68132. The Registered Agent of the Company is Christian Brabec, 4919 Underwood Ave. Omaha, NE, 68132. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

Notice is hereby given that Gifted Minds Investments LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 11235 Sahler Street, Omaha, NE 68164. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is Beverly Tate, 11235 Sahler Street, Omaha, NE, 68164. The company is member-managed. Nature of the Company is Real Estate. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

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CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC A NEBRASKA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY 1. The name of the limited liability company is CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC. 2. The period of duration for CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC is perpetual. 3. CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC is organized for the purpose of conducting any and all business as permitted by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. 4. The address of the initial designated office for CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC in Nebraska is 10527 S 97TH COURT UNIT 2206, PAPILLION, NE 68046. 5. The name and address of the registered agent for CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC in Nebraska is ETHAN SCHWARTEN, 10527 S 97TH COURT UNIT 2206, PAPILLION, NE 68046. 6. Additional provisions, not inconsistent with the law, for the regulation of the internal affairs of the limited liability company shall be provided for in the Operating Agreement. 7. ETHAN SCHWARTEN, organizer(s) of CELESTIAL CARDS AND COLLECTIBLES LLC has signed the Foregoing Certificate of Organization effective this 21st Day of October 2020. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MICHAEL K. HUFFER, Attorney CASSEM, TIERNEY, ADAMS, GOTCH & DOUGLAS, Attorneys at Law 9290 West Dodge Road, Suite 302 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF BOLD HOMES, LLC A NEBRASKA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bold Homes, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 331 Village Pointe PLaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68118 and with its initial agent for service of process being Michael K. Huffer whose office is located at 9290 West Dodge Road, Suite 302, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The general nature of its business is to engage in any lawful business. The company was organized and commenced November 9, 2020, and its period of duration will be perpetual, unless terminated earlier. The affairs of the limited liability company shall be conducted by its Managers until such a time as a successor or successors are selected pursuant to the Operating Agreement. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DAILYTEKK INCORPORATED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DAILYTEKK Incorporated has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office address of the company is 17330 W Center Rd, Ste 110-306, Omaha, NE 68130. The registered agent of the company is Chris McConnell, 17330 W Center Rd, Ste 110-306, Omaha, NE 68130. The total number of shares which the corporation shall have the authority to issue is 10,000. The incorporator of the corporation is LegalZoom.com, Inc., 101 N Brand Blvd, 10th Floor, Glendale, CA 91203. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JACOB A. ACERS, Attorney SMITH SLUSKY LAW8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DENKER FAMILY FARMS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 9, 2020, Denker Family Farms, LLC was organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, with a designated office at 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The Company's initial agent for service of process is Jacob A. Acers at 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 400, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has formed a corporation under the laws of the State of Nebraska. 1. The name of the corporation is DR. SWIRCZEK DDS, PC. 2. The address of the registered office is 4879 S 132nd Ave, Omaha NE 68137, and the initial registered agent at the address is Cynthia Breasch. 3. The general nature of business is to provide a dentistry services, and, in general, any type of service ancillary thereto, and to do business which is not forbidden by the laws of the State of Nebraska. 4. The authorized capital stock of the corporation is 10,000 shares of common stock with a par value of $1.00 per share, each of which may be issued for any medium permissible under the laws of the State of Nebraska and as is determined from time-to-time by the Board of Directors. 5. The corporation commenced existence on August 20, 2020 and shall have perpetual existence. 6. The affairs of the corporation shall be conducted by a Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and such other officers as may be chosen by the Board of Directors. 7. The incorporator is Holly Swirczek. The address of incorporator is 4305 Barker Ave, Omaha, Nebraska 68105 Holly Swirczek, Incorporator First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


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• NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • Midlands Business Journal

LEGAL NOTICES MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DISMAL RIVER HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given that DISMAL RIVER HOLDINGS, LLC (“Company”) is organized under Nebraska law. The Company commenced on October 17, 2016 and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The address of the Company’s initial designated office was 14301 FNB Parkway, Ste. 204, Omaha, NE 68154, and the Company’s initial registered agent was Joel Jacobs, whose address was 14301 FNB Parkway, Ste. 204, Omaha, NE 68154. The address of the Company’s current designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s current registered agent is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, J Jacobs Holdings, LLC. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SANDHILLS HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given that SANDHILLS HOLDINGS, LLC (“Company”) is organized under Nebraska law. The Company commenced on April 27, 2015 and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The address of The Company’s initial designated office was 16872 Larimore Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The Company’s initial agent for service of process was Joel Jacobs, whose address was 16872 Larimore Ave, Omaha, NE 68116. The address of its current designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s current agent for service of process is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF HIGHWAY 93, LLC Notice is hereby given that HIGHWAY 93, LLC (“Company”) is organized under Nebraska law. The Company commenced on January 23, 2020 and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The address of the Company’s initial designated office is 2002 Douglas Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s initial registered agent was Ryan Scott, whose address was 1299 Farnam Street, Ste. 1220, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s current registered agent is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

Jeffrey T. Palzer, Attorney KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF NON-PROFIT INCORPORATION 1. The name of the non-profit corporation is T.E.A.C.H. OMAHA, INC. 2. The registered office of the Corporation is 10828 Old Mill Rd., Suite 6, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The registered agent at that office is Jeffrey T. Palzer. 3. The corporation is a public benefit corporation and the general nature of the corporation is supporting teachers and educational providers. 4. The corporation commenced on October 28, 2020, and shall have perpetual existence. The name and address of the incorporator is Monte Lamond, 6001 S. 160th Street, Omaha, NE 68135. 5. The corporation will not have members. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Magnolia Therapy & Consultation Services, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Jessica L Winternheimer. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office is 3000 Farnam Street, Suite 6 East, Omaha, NE 68131 and of its initial registered office is 2611 N 191 Avenue, Elkhorn NE 68022. The Company is organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b), to wit: therapy and counseling. /s/ Jessica L. Winternheimer, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Willa J Collection, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Jennifer J. Seay. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 15606 William Plaza #106 Omaha, NE 68130. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Jennifer J. Seay, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JUSTIN A. SHELDON, Attorney VANDENACK WILLIAMS LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118-3121 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF SHINE 365 LLC Notice is hereby given that SHINE 365 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 18520 Van Camp Drive, Omaha, NE 68130. The agent for service of process for the Company is Douglas J. Wilwerding located at 18520 Van Camp Drive, Omaha, NE 68130. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CITY VENTURES CAPITAL, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City Ventures Capital, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 905 Jones Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is Chris Erickson, 905 Jones Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION A. Krier Real Estate, 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 331 Village Pointe Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68118. The name and street and mailing address of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Randall C. Hanson, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The company is organized to render the professional service of marketing and selling real estate as a salesperson requiring licensure under the Nebraska Real Estate License Act. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

BROWN & WOLFF, P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1925 North 120th Street, One Bennington Place Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CUBBY’S-BELLEVUE, LLC NOTICE is hereby given that Cubby’s-Bellevue, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The address of its Registered Agent is PHILLIP E. MORRISON and the registered office is 9229 Mormon Bridge Road, Suite 6, Omaha, Nebraska 68152. The purpose of the Company shall be to have such purposes and to engage in such activities with the exception of banking and insurance as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced on the 17th day of September, 2020, and shall have perpetual existence. The Company shall be managed by one (1) manager, PHILLIP E. MORRISON, and the designated office address is 9229 Mormon Bridge Road, Suite 6, Omaha, Nebraska 68152. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO THE CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF SKYLINE PROPERTIES, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Skyline Properties, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 1129 Skyline Drive, Blair, Nebraska 68008. 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 Certificate of Organization was filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 13, 2020 and a Statement of Correction was filed on October 15, 2020. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DRC III, LLC Notice is hereby given that DRC III, LLC (“Company”) was originally organized under Wyoming law on November 20, 2009. Articles of Domestication were field with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019, and the Company was domesticated into the State of Nebraska. The Company filed its Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019. The Company’s initial designated office in Nebraska is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s agent for service of process is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DISMAL RIVER LAND COMPANY, LLC Notice is hereby given that DISMAL RIVER LAND COMPANY, LLC (“Company”) was originally organized under Wyoming law on November 20, 2009. Articles of Domestication were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019, and the Company was domesticated into the State of Nebraska. The Company filed its Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State on October 2, 2019. The Company’s initial designated office in Nebraska is 2002 Douglas Street, Ste. 102, Omaha, NE 68102. The Company’s initial agent for service of process is Darren R. Carlson, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s purpose is to engage in any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under Nebraska law. The Company is managed by its Managing Member, Joel Jacobs. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CAVITO CHEMICALS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Cavito Chemicals, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 3211 West 12th Street, Hastings, Nebraska 68901. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Genna at Avalon II, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Genna L. Meuer. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is Suite 23, 10875 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is Super Power, LLC . The name of its initial agent for service of process is John Gajewski. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 17935 Welch Plaza, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68135. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JOSEPH J. SKUDLAREK, Attorney 1055 North 115th Street, Suite 301 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 Notice of Organization The Nebraska limited liability company’s name is WGM, LLC. The name of its initial agent for service of process is Joseph J. Skudlarek. The street and mailing address of its initial designated office and of its initial agent for service of process is 1055 N 115 Street - STE 301, Omaha, NE 68154. The Company is not organized to render a professional service as defined in § 21-117(b). /s/ Joseph J. Skudlarek, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020


Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES SEAN A. MINAHAN, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP, Attorneys 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF SUNSET COVE, 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 Sunset Cove, LLC. The address of the company’s initial designated office is 7104 Bay Road, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. The name and address of the registered agent is LDM Business Services, Inc., 10306 Regency Parkway Drive, Omaha, NE 68114. The general nature of the business to be transacted is all lawful business. The company commenced existence on October 6, 2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the manager as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. First publication November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF ANGEL'S ROOFING, 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 November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

ALLAN M. ZIEBARTH, Attorney 1702 South 10 Street, Suite 2 Omaha, Nebraska 68108 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 5280 SOLUTIONS, 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 November 6, 2020, final November 20, 2020

DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF LYNN FAMILY HOLDINGSOMAHA, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lynn Family Holdings-Omaha, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The Registered Agent of the Company is Jennifer L. Rattner, Esq., Ringenberg & Rattner Law, LLC, 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MATTHEW WURSTNER, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF MCVICKER, LLC Notice is hereby given that MCVICKER, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is Matthew Wurstner, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, NE 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on November 3, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Manager Managed Limited Liability Company. The initial Manager of the Company is Mary Kristine Woodward whose address is 5808 North 294th Circle, Valley, NE 68064 Matthew Wurstner, Organizer First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 SEAN D. MOYLAN, Attorney MOYLAN LAW, LLC 1010 South 120th Street, Suite 320 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION OF THE HOMETOWN TEAM, P.C. 1) Corporate Name: THE HOMETOWN TEAM, P.C. 2) Registered Agent: Sean D. Moylan 3) Registered Office: 1010 South 120th Street, Suite 320, Omaha, Nebraska 68154 4) Authorized Number of Shares: 1,000 5) Incorporator: Gary A. Mixan, 36963 S. Timber Ridge Road, Louisville, Nebraska 68037 6) Existence: Perpetual existence began on October 30, 2020 First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

SCOTT A. MEYERSON, Esq. LIKES MEYERSON HATCH LLC 444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DSPARKS LIMTED LLC Notice is hereby given that DSPARKS Limited LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial designated office is 5113 N. 158th Ave., Omaha, NE 68116. The street and mailing address of the Company’s initial agent for service of process is 5601 S. 59th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516 and the Company’s initial agent for service of process at such address is Registered Agent Solutions, Inc. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MONTE L. SCHATZ, Attorney VANDENACK WEAVER LLC 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3 Omaha, Nebraska 68118 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF FINSERV FOUNDATION Notice is hereby given that FINSERV FOUNDATION has been incorporated under the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. The corporation is a Public Benefit Corporation. The street address of the corporation’s initial registered office is 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118, and the name of the initial registered agent of the corporation at that office is Monte L. Schatz. The corporation is organized for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes. The corporation commenced on November 9, 2020. The name and street address of the incorporator of the corporation is Monte L. Schatz, 17007 Marcy Street, Suite 3, Omaha, NE 68118. The corporation will not have members. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF THE GOLDEN FIRST RESPONDERS FLAG, LCC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Golden First Responders Flag, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The office of the Company is 14019 Manderson Plaza, #107 Omaha, NE 68164. Registered Agent of the Company is Robert M. Connely, 14019 Manderson Plaza, #107, Omaha, NE 68164. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

JULIA K. PALZER, Attorney KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Company is ERIN'S DANCE STUDIO, LLC. 2. The street address of the initial designated office is 6732 N. 92nd Street, Omaha, NE, 68122. The registered agent is Erin Wolfe and the Registered Agent's address is 6732 N. 92nd Street, Omaha, NE, 68122. 3. The general nature of the Company is dance instruction. 4. The Company commenced on November 10, 2020 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 November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

KOLEY JESSEN P.C., L.L.O., Attorneys 1125 South 103rd Street, Suite 800, One Pacific Place Omaha, Nebraska 68124-1079 NOTICE OF MERGER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Articles of Merger of ThrasherKC, Inc., a Kansas corporation, with and into Thrasher, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, were filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State on August 27, 2020, in accordance with the Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act. The merger was effective upon August 31, 2020. The surviving entity in the merger was Thrasher, Inc., a Nebraska corporation. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

DENNIS P. LEE, Attorney JAKE T. HOULIHAN, Attorney LEE LAW OFFICE 2433 South 130th Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68144 NOTICE OF SUIT TO: ARELI ARAGON, 1101 S. 33rd St, Omaha NE 68105, you are hereby notified that on August 6, 2020, American Family Mutual Ins. Co. filed a suit against you in the Douglas County Court at docket CI20-14128, the object in prayer of which was to secure a judgment against you in the amount of $3,488.00, 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 the11th day of January , 2021, the Petition against you will be considered as true and judgment will be entered against you accordingly. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 11, 2020

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ANNE K. BURNETT, Attorney CARLSON & BURNETT, LLP, Attorneys 17525 Arbor Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KSGOODNIGHT PROPERTIES, LLC Notice is hereby given that KSGOODNIGHT PROPERTIES, LLC is organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The initial designated office is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68130. The Company’s initial registered agent in the State of Nebraska is: Anne K. Burnett, whose address is 17525 Arbor Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68130. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful business and activity, as may be mutually agreed upon by the Members from time to time, and which are not prohibited by the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced with filing its Certificate of Organization on October 22, 2020, and shall have a perpetual period of duration. The Company is a Member Managed Limited Liability Company. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DESERT PLAINS TRANSPORT, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Desert Plains Transport, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 6030 South 60th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68117. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

RICHARD A. TROIA, Attorney RICHARD TROIA LAW 9802 Nicholas Street, Suite 375 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-2168 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF J AND B BEHAVIORAL SERVICVES, 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 in J and B Behavioral Services, LLC. The address of the company’s initial designated office is 8515 California Street, Omaha, NE 68114. The name and address of the registered agent is Richard A. Troia, 9802 Nicholas Street, Suite 375, Omaha, NE 68114-2168. The general nature of the business to be transacted is all lawful business. The company commenced existence on September 29, 2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the manager as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

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 THREADWORKS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Threadworks, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 13616 California Street, Ste 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Brett Jackson, 13616 California Street, Ste 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The limited liability company commenced business on October 22, 2020. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

Notice of LLC Dissolution Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 21-150 (RULLCA 704), please be advised that Wood is Good, LLC, doing business at 166625 Jackson Street, Omaha, NE 68118 has been dissolved by mutual consent of the members as of September 30, 2020. 1. All claims against the assets of the limited liability company must be made in writing and include the claim amount, basis and origination date. 2. All claims must be sent to the Registered Agent: Matthew J. Bock, 9802 Nicholas Street, #115, Omaha, NE 68114. 3. All claims against the company are barred unless an action to enforce the claim is commenced within five years after the publication date of the third required notice. Dated: September 28, 2020. By: Matthew J. Bock, Registered Agent First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF CHRISTYLEZ, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Christylez,, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 2532 Decatur Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111. The Registered Agent of the Company is Christopher Brookins., 2532 Decatur Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020


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• NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • Midlands Business Journal

LEGAL NOTICES ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION South Arrow Coffee Company #1, 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 8712 West 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 Thomas J. Malicki, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

MYRON J. KAPLAN, Attorney McGILL, GOTSDINER, WORKMAN & LEPP, P.C., L.L.O. 11404 West Dodge Road, Suite 500, Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2584 NOTICE OFAMENDMENT TO CERTIFICATE OF ORGANIZATION OF KAREN AND DAVID, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Karen And David, LLC, a Nebraska limited liability company, has filed an Amended Certificate of Organization, effective November 4, 2020, revoking the provision of its Articles of Organization establishing the name of the Company and substituting the following provision in its place: Article 1 NAME The name of the Company is Briar Park Apartments, LLC. Natan Schwalb, Manager First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION South Arrow Management, 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 8712 West 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 Thomas J. Malicki, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020 DANA DOBROVOLNY, Attorney RINGENBERG & RATTNER LAW 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204 Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF 1341 GREENWOOD COURT CARWASH RE, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 1341 Greenwood Court Carwash RE, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 222 S. 15th Street, Suite 1404S, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102. The Registered Agent of the Company is Kendra Ringenberg, 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 204, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION of a Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given the registration with the Nebraska Secretary of state’s office of Portillo Cleaning, LLC under the laws of the State of Nebraska as follows: The name of the company is Portillo Cleaning, LLC. Registered agent and office of Portillo Cleaning, LLC is Rosa Guevara Fuetes at 2713 S 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68105. The designated address is 2713 S 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68105. Initial members: Rosa Guevara Fuentes. 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 in October 2020 for the perpetual duration and is managed by its members. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

ANDREW J. HUBER, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF JACKSON FENCE, 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 Jackson Fence, LLC. The initial designated office is located at 19707 Hansen Ave, Omaha, Nebraska 68130. 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 November 6, 2020 and shall have perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the Members, as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. First publication November 13, 2020, final November 27, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION Notice is given that GREAT PLAINS REMODELING, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska with the following registered agent and registered office: Cesar Dominguez Munoz at 1115 Ave F #431 Wisner, NE 68791. 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 October 28, 2020, 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 Francisco Rivera in accordance with the Company's operating agreement. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION PAV LLC has been organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The street and mailing addresses of the initial designated office of the company are 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. The name and street and mailing addresses of the initial registered agent of the company for service of process are Randall C. Hanson, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

RODNEY G. GNUSE, Attorney GNUSE & GREEN LAW OFFICES, P.C. 11311 Chicago Circle Omaha, Nebraska 68154 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PURPOSE REAL ESTATE, L.L.C. A Nebraska Limited Liability Company Notice is hereby given that Purpose Real Estate, 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 3173 Meredith Avenue, Omaha, NE 68111. 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 address of the limited liability company’s initial registered office is 11311 Chicago Circle, Douglas County, Omaha, NE 68154 and the name of its’ initial registered agent at such address is Rodney G. Gnuse. The Certificate of Organization was filed in the office of the Nebraska Secretary of State on September 18, 2020. 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 November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

EXHIBIT 12 NOTICE OF REQUIRED PUBLIC HEARING OR PUBLIC MEETING ON APPLICATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 23rd, 2020 at 2223 Dodge St.- Ste. 101, Omaha, NE, the Midwest Housing Development Fund & Arch Icon Development Corporation will hold a public hearing or meeting as applicable concerning an application to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for a HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), CDBG-DR or National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) award. This funding is available for local affordable housing activities. Midwest Housing Development Fund & Arch Icon Development Corporation is requesting $750,000 HOME and/or HTF, for the 1120 Lofts development: new construction of affordable housing at 1120 N 20th Street (SW corner of N 20th & Paul Street) – Omaha, NE 68110. The development will create 30 affordable multifamily apartments for tenants earning below 60% of the area median income. Funds being requested which will benefit low- and moderate-income families. There will be no tenant displacement. The grant application will be available for public inspection at 2223 Dodge St., Omaha. All interested parties are invited to attend this public hearing at which time you will have an opportunity to be heard regarding the grant application. Written testimony will also be accepted at the public hearing scheduled for 9:00 AM, November 23rd, 2020, at 2223 Dodge Street, Suite 101, Omaha, NE. Written comments addressed to Darin Smith at 509 Walker Street, Woodbine, IA 51579 will be accepted if received on or before November 22nd, 2020. Social distancing and facial coverings required due to Covid-19 precautions. Individuals requiring physical or sensory accommodations including interpreter service, Braille, large print, or recorded materials, please contact Darin Smith at 509 Walker St., Woodbine, IA 51579 or please call (712) 647-3355, no later than November 22nd, 2020. November 20, 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Blockchain Team LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The designated office of the limited liability company is 12020 Shamrock Plaza, Suite 200, Omaha, Nebraska 68154.. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Timothy Wilson office location,12020 Shamrock Plaza, Suite 200. The limited liability company commenced business on September 9, 2020. Subsequently, the name has been changed to Linkitup LLC. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF DAILEY OPERATION LAWN CARE, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Dailey Operation Lawn Care, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 5323 North Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. The Registered Agent of the Company is Kipp E. Dailey, 5323 North 51st Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68104. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

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 BUCK’S INTERMEDIATE HOLDINGS, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Buck’s Intermediate Holdings, 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 October 15, 2020. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN FLOORING, 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 American Flooring, 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., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 1213 Cimarron Street, Papillion, NE 68046. Dakota Garvey, Member First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF MISTLETOE QUILTING CO., 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 Mistletoe Quilting Co., 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., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 1107 W. 6th Street, #7208, Papillion, NE 68046. Haley Schober, Member First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

LEGACY DESIGN STRATEGIES 9859 South 168th Avenue Omaha, NE 68136 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is FRANCHISE OPTICS, LLC. 2. The designated office of the limited liability company is 17117 Oak Drive, Suite F, Omaha, NE 68130. 3. The registered agent and office of the limited liability company is Luke Towey, at 17117 Oak Drive, Suite F, Omaha, NE 68130. 4. The purpose for which the company is organized is to engage in any and all business which is lawful under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act of the State of Nebraska. 5. The company commenced its existence on November 4, 2020, and the period of duration of the Company shall be perpetual. 6. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by its Members in accordance with the company’s operating agreement. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

JEFFREY T. PALZER, Attorney KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF NON-PROFIT INCORPORATION 1. The name of the non-profit corporation is HOMECARE ADVOCACY NETWORK SUPPORT FUND, INC. 2. The registered office of the Corporation is 3610 North 163rd Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68116. The registered agent at that office is Mark Goetz. 3. The corporation is a public benefit corporation and the general nature of the corporation is professional caregiver support. 4. The corporation commenced on October 21, 2020, and shall have perpetual existence. The name and address of the incorporator is Mark Goetz 3610 North 163rd Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68116. 5. The corporation will not have members. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020


Midlands Business Journal • NOVEMBER 20, 2020 • LEGAL NOTICES PANSING HOGAN ERNST & BACHMAN LLP, Attorneys 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3728 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF FLANAGAN POINTE HOLDINGS, LLC Notice is hereby given of the organization of Flanagan Pointe Holdings, LLC: 1. The name of the limited liability company is Flanagan Pointe Holdings, LLC; and 2. The street and mailing address of the initial designated office is 17225 Clay Street, Bennington, Nebraska 68007, and the name and street address of the initial agent for service of process is Benjamin J. Pick, 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

JEFFREY T. PALZER, Attorney KELLOGG & PALZER, P.C. 10828 Old Mill Road, Suite 6 Omaha, Nebraska 68154-2647 NOTICE OF NON-PROFIT INCORPORATION 1. The name of the non-profit corporation is NAZARETH MINISTRIES, INC. 2. The registered office of the Corporation is 10828 Old Mill Rd., Suite 6, Omaha, Nebraska 68154. The registered agent at that office is Jeffrey T. Palzer. 3. The corporation is a public benefit corporation and the general nature of the corporation is to create Christian community and nurture discipleship. 4. The corporation commenced on October 2, 2020, and shall have perpetual existence. The name and address of the incorporator is Mary Stevens, 4545 Manchester Dr., Omaha, Nebraska 68152. 5. The corporation will not have members. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

ABRAHAMS KASLOW & CASSMAN LLP, Attorneys 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION 50851 Partners, 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, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska, and the name of the initial registered agent of the corporation at that office is Thomas J. Malicki. The corporation is authorized to issue 10,000 shares of Common Stock. The name and street address of the incorporator of the corporation are Thomas J. Malicki, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TOXIE’S TRADES, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN on October 30, 2020, Toxie’s Trades, LLC was organized as a limited liability company under the Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, with a designated office at 6009 Nebraska Avenue, Omaha, NE 68104. The Company’s initial agent for service of process is Kassandra R. Bendorf, whose address is 6009 Nebraska Avenue, Omaha, NE 68104. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020 ANDREW J. HUBER, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF HMS L STREET, 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 HMS L Street, LLC. The address of the initial designated office is 7887 F Street, Omaha, NE 68127. 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 is any or all lawful business. The company commenced existence on November 13, 2020 and shall have a perpetual duration. The affairs of the company shall be conducted by the Members, as prescribed by the Operating Agreement. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF BRENTALEC 1, 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 BrentAlec 1, 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., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 12502 Longshore Circle, Papillion, NE 68046. James Ditoro, Member First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF TEAM UNINVITED, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Team UninVited, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 7013 Hamilton Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68132. The Registered Agent of the Company is Registered Agents Inc., 530 S. 13th St., Ste 100, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

BARBARA MEDBERY-PRCHAL, P.C., L.L.O., Attorney 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103 Omaha, Nebraska 68164 N O T I C E O F O R G A N I Z AT I O N O F P E R F E C T D O O R INVESTMENTS, 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 Perfect Door Investments, 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., 11102 Blondo Street, Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68164. The designated office is located at 12502 Longshore Circle, Papillion, NE 68046. James Ditoro, Member First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

RUSSELL S. DAUB, Attorney at Law 2800 South 110th Court, Suite 1 Omaha, Nebraska 68144-4818 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION FOR BALLISTIX, LLC Notice is hereby given that a Company has been formed under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The name of the Company is BALLISTIX, LLC. The address of the Initial Designated Office is 12708 N. 182nd Circle, Bennington, Nebraska 68007. The address of the registered office is 12708 N. 182nd Circle, Bennington, Nebraska 68007 and the name of the company’s initial registered agent is BRETT S. THOMSEN. The Company shall engage in any lawful business for which a Company may be formed under the Nebraska Limited Liability Company Act. The Company commenced business on November 9, 2020, and its duration shall be perpetual. The affairs of the Company are to be conducted by its Members. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF JESSICA MARIE, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jessica Marie, LLC has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Registered Agent of the company is Jessica M. Martinez with registered and designated street and mailing address at 13304 W Center Rd Ste 110, Omaha, NE. 68144 First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: xLab5000 Name of Applicant: CIWRX, Inc., Address: 12658 Fowler Ave., Omaha, NE 68164 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: March 1, 2018 General nature of business: Develop and market proprietary software and services to various tyupes of business and governmental entities. JAMES S. MITCHELL Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 20, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Superior Fence & Rail of Omaha, LLC Name of Applicant: Jackson Fence, LLC Address:19707 Hansen Ave, 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: 11/06/2020 General nature of business: All lawful business STEPHANIE JACKSON Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 20, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Urban Loft Candle Company Name of Applicant: John McGauvran Address: 10934 Bel Air Drive, Omaha, NE 68144 Applicant is a Individual If other than an Individual, state under whose laws entity was formed: Date of first use of name in Nebraska: 10/30/20 General nature of business: manufacturer of artisan crafted candles and home fragrance products JOHN MCGAUVRAN Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 20, 2020

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APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Imua University Name of Applicant: CIWRX, Inc., Address: 12658 Fowler Ave., Omaha, NE 68164 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: June 1, 2020 General nature of business: To provide in a University context training in all aspects of information technology and other fields. JAMES S. MITCHELL Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 20, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: Imua U Name of Applicant: CIWRX, Inc., Address: 12658 Fowler Ave., Omaha, NE 68164 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: September 1, 2020 General nature of business: Domain name for Imua University. JAMES S. MITCHELL Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 20, 2020

ERIN K. ARTZ, Attorney LAMSON, DUGAN and MURRAY, LLP 10306 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3743 NOTICE OF THE ORGANIZATION OF CHUNKY CHICKENS, 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 Chunky Chickens, LLC. The address of the registered office is 634 Kingfisher Circle, Ashland, Nebraska 68003. The name and address of the registered agent 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 November 13, 2020 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 November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

DVORAK LAW GROUP LLC 9500 West Dodge Road, Suite 100 Omaha, Nebraska 68114 NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF KARTHAUSER FAMILY, LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Karthauser Family, LLC (the “Company”) has been organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. The Designated Office Address of the Company is 19407 Camden Ave., Elkhorn, NE 68022. The Registered Agent of the Company is DDLG Business Services, Inc., 9500 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF TRADE NAME Trade Name to be registered is: BetterCulture LLC Name of Applicant: MindSet LLC Address:1309 Harlan Dr, Suite 104 Bellevue NE 68005 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: October 13, 2020 General nature of business: any lawful business, including but not limited to leadership and culture improvement BRETT HOOGEVEN Signature of Applicant or Legal Representative November 20, 2020

AMANDA M. BARRON, Attorney P.O. Box 597 Fremont, Nebraska 68026 LEGAL NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT(s), EDITH J RYAN SHAUN P RYAN You are hereby notified that Credit Bureau Services, Inc., a corporation, filed its complaint in the County Court of DOUGLAS County, Nebraska on 08/27/2020 on Case Number CI20-16044, the object and prayer of which is to recover the sum of $373.00, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs. You are required to answer the complaint of the Plaintiff on or before 01/04/2021 or the allegations in said complaint will be taken as true and judgment entered accordingly. CREDIT BUREAU SERVICES, INC., A CORPORATION First publication November 20, 2020, final December 4, 2020


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REGIONAL LANDSCAPES

Briefs …

First National Bank of Omaha plans to build its newest location at 601 R St. in the Canopy Lofts building in Lincoln’s West Haymarket District. FNBO’s space on the first floor will include a retail branch, along with offices for its commercial banking and wealth divisions, mortgage, and its insurance affiliate Harry A. Koch. The branch will have a remote drive-thru teller, accessible from the adjacent alley. FNBO will occupy approximately 7,000 square feet of the leased space at Canopy Lofts. FNBO currently has three retail branches and one drive-thru only location in the Lincoln area. The bank operates a total of 96 retail branch locations across its seven-state service area. In response to COVID-19, Mutual of Omaha has launched Mutual Cares, a new online resource for seniors to help them stay well, connected, active and entertained. Through Mutual Cares, individuals now have online access to tools and resources, including ways to: Stay Well, Stay

Connected, Stay Active and Stay Entertained. Individuals can visit cares.mutualofomaha. com to access the loneliness and social isolation resources. Chase launched its first branch in Omaha in Aksarben Village as it continues its expansion into Nebraska. Chase plans to open a total of eight branches in Omaha over the next two years, creating about 80 jobs. The new full-service Chase branch is located at 6700 Mercy Road, Suites 106-108. Approximately 30% of new branches will be located in low-to-moderate income communities. The branch will be staffed with a Chase Private Client team who provides premium banking services, personalized attention and access to the expertise and investment capabilities of J.P. Morgan. Customers may also meet with financial and home lending advisors and business banking relationship managers. REI, an Omaha-based engineering and manufacturing company, has won Most Innovative Hardware during School Transportation News magazine’s recent Bus Technology

Summit. REI’s hardware was recognized out of 24 sponsoring companies at the virtual event, which featured advancements in school bus safety and operations. The award was received after a vote conducted from the 1,250 industry professionals in attendance. CLAAS Omaha Inc. has been named Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year in the large manufacturer category. The award recognizes Nebraska manufacturers that implement innovative ways to conduct business through the use of products, processes, technologies and strategies. Now with 138 employees and customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, CLAAS Omaha Inc. came to Nebraska in 2001 and has been expanding ever since. CLASS Omaha recently developed a dual-education apprenticeship program that includes both theoretical learning offered in typical schooling and formal training in the company and on projects. The program starts later this year. The Nebraska State Bar Association recognized members of the legal commu-

nity for their exemplary service. The NSBA recognized: Dennis Collins of Jewell & Collins, George H. Turner Award; Mark Fahleson, Award of Appreciation; Tara Paulson, Award of Appreciation; Jessica Källström-Schreckengost, Award of Special Merit; Anna Shavers, Diversity Award; Linda Crump, President’s Professionalism Award; Amy L. Van Horne, Outstanding Contributor to Women in Law Award; and Kara Brostrom, Outstanding Young Lawyer. McCarthy Building Companies has completed the conversion of a decades old building complex into a state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing facility for the family-owned Elliott Equipment Company. The 220,000-square-foot brick and concrete manufacturing facility is a showplace for the company. Located on 16 acres in southeast Omaha, it includes a 26,000-square-foot, two-story office building originally built in 1982 and a 194,000-square-foot warehouse built in 1977. Elliott chose the facility to consolidate manufacturing operations that had been spread out across five buildings in different locations across Omaha. Susan Sapp has become chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates and Tim Brouillette, Sean Minahan and Alex Lierz began their terms on the NSBA Executive Council. Sapp is a senior litigation partner with the Cline Williams law firm, practicing primarily in the areas of employment, professional negligence and Title IX litigation. Minahan is a partner of Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP and a member of the litigation department. Brouillette is currently the senior partner with Brouillette, Dugan, Troshynski & Bellew, PC, LLO. Lierz is an associate attorney at Rembolt Ludtke LLP and a member of the firm’s domestic relations practice group. Blueprint Nebraska highlighted the release of two key white papers outlining the case for broad modernization of Nebraska’s outdated tax system. The organization will consider themes presented in these papers as it prepares to deliver a final report outlining the path to tax reform consistent with its strategic growth plan for Nebraska. A final report is expected in late 2020. The white papers, available at blueprint-nebraska.org, are authored by the Tax Foundation and David Brunori, senior director at RSM US LLC and research professor of public policy at The George Washington University. FNTS, a multi-cloud and managed IT services provider, has launched its FNTS Financial Services Cloud and the FNTS Healthcare Cloud. Backed by the company’s 150-year heritage in banking and finance, the FNTS Financial Services Cloud and the FNTS Healthcare Cloud help organizations stay ahead of compliance requirements by adhering to regulatory standards pertaining to FFIEC, GDPR, GLBA, PCI and SOX. FNTS provides robust security programs that assist banks with FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool maturity, and medical-grade solutions that help healthcare organizations comply with HIPAA and HITECH regulations. Four statewide manufacturing groups pledged to join forces and coordinate their individual efforts to grow manufacturing and STEM workforce in Nebraska over the next decade. The “Made in Nebraska Manufacturing Alliance” is comprised of: the Continued on next page.


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REGIONAL LANDSCAPES Continued from preceding page. state’s Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council (NeMAC); the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition (NAMC); the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Nebraska MEP) at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; and the NE Chamber, Nebraska’s affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. The Greater Omaha Chamber announced Monthly Economic Indicators for August 2020. In August 2019, average private hourly wages in Greater Omaha were $28.05, compared to $29.38 in August 2020, an increase of more than a dollar an hour. According to the National Association of Realtors, the Greater Omaha’s August 2020 single-family construction permits were up 45% compared to last year, while commercial construction permits for the same period were down 33.5%.

Education notes…

A successful effort by a Creighton University physician epidemiologist to contain the outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant pathogen in a hospital specialty unit, and her rapid response to life-threatening infections from administration of unapproved biologic products, has earned her the 2020 McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes. Maureen Tierney, M.D., chair of the new Department of Clinical Research, assistant dean for clinical research and public health at the Creighton University School of Medicine and medical director for clinical research at CHI Health, received the award. Metropolitan Community College is the recipient of a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The award will fund a new program within MCC’s 180 Re-entry Assistance Program called Living In Freedom Everyday. LIFE will provide comprehensive education and employment support, increased coaching and tutoring to provide retention support. LIFE will focus service to 120 people housed at Omaha Correctional Center, state work release centers and to those transitioning from prison to reside

in the Omaha metro. The University of Nebraska at Omaha announced plans for distribution of more than half of a million dollars as part of Governor Ricketts’ Nebraska Career Scholarships program. The grant will support first-year students and transfer students interested in pursuing degree programs in the fields of health care, engineering, mathematics, and computer information systems. UNO students who meet the required qualifications may be eligible to apply for up to $25,000 per year in funding as part of this new program with potential renewal of the program based on meeting the necessary GPA, course enrollment and internship or apprenticeship requirements. Creighton University’s Financial Hope Collaborative is partnering with Nebraska Health Information Initiative and Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative for a long-term study measuring the impact of Creighton’s Financial Success Program on health outcomes. A 20-year longitudinal extension will study the long-term effectiveness of the financial education/coaching model used in the “Finances First” clinical trial that examined the link between this model and the physical and mental health in approximately 345 single low-income mothers. The longitudinal extension will begin once final results from the threeyear clinical trial are available in early December. Individuals interested in pursuing a University of Nebraska Medical Center degree in radiography can now get their start at Mid-Plains Community College. Soon they’ll be able to receive the rest of their education and training for that UNMC degree at Great Plains Health. A new agreement between MPCC and UNMC will allow Mid-Plains students to complete 26 credit hours that are eligible for transfer to the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions’ radiography program, should they be accepted. UNMC coursework for the 21-month professional curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging and therapeutic sciences will be completed onsite at Great Plains Health.

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Health care notes…

Hy-Vee, Inc. is introducing an automated cleaning system that fully cleans and sanitizes shopping carts after every use. By mid-November, more than 200 Hy-Vee stores across its eight-state region will have a Sterile Cart system in operation. This system cleans several carts quickly and consistently, eliminating the need for store employees to manually clean each cart throughout the day. Additionally, it cleans and sanitizes the entire cart and not just the handles and high-touch areas. Sterile Cart is manufactured by Minnesota-based IZZA Manufacturing and distributed by Ultra Green Packaging. It’s well known that cigarette smoking can increase one’s risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers now are learning other environmental contaminants also may increase the risk. University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers set out to determine the association between inhalant exposures with rheumatoid arthritis-related autoantibodies and severity in U.S. veterans. The results were recently published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. One of the study’s main conclusions found that military burn pit and military waste disposal exposures were associated with rheumatoid arthritis autoantibody expression, thus, may affect the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is expanding access to its Medicare Advantage plans to 42 additional counties in the state for 2021. The service area growth brings BCBSNE’s Medicare Advantage availability to a total of 68 Nebraska counties. New counties for 2021 include Lincoln, Dawson and Custer, among others. BCBSNE’s Medicare Advantage members will have access to new and continued

benefits, such as telehealth services, 24/7 nurse line, mail-order prescription drug benefits, and over-the-counter allowances for essential items.

Activities of nonprofits…

Midlands Community Foundation will honor Cathie and John Fullenkamp with the Reflection Award at the organization’s 2021 Reflection Ball. John Fullenkamp is celebrating his 50th anniversary of practicing law, is a Nebraska Bar Association Fellow and has served on several charitable, religious and civic boards throughout his career. He also has been recognized as the Best Lawyers in America publication’s 2006 Nebraska Lawyer of the Year and is a member of the Metropolitan Omaha Home Builders and CRE Commercial Real Estate Halls of Fame. Cathie Fullenkamp spent 19 years of employment at Archbishop Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. VIP Car Wash raised $3,630 for Open Door Mission, which will provide 1,688 meals to men, women and children experiencing homelessness. VIP Car Wash hosted a safe Halloween activity for the whole family with a Haunted Halloween Car Wash in October. It accepted donations for Open Door Mission to help feed the hungry and homeless and matched the donations up to $2,000. Goodwill Industries, Inc., serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been awarded the $70,000 Karnett Family Trust Grant by United Way of the Midlands Karnett Trust. The grant will provide vital funding for Goodwill Omaha’s Work Experience program, which gives developmentally disabled high school students opportunities to gain exposure to work situations in supportive environments.


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Training & Career Development A section prepared by the staff of the Midlands Business Journal

2020 A section prepared by the staff of the Midlands Business Journal

Topics may include: Mergers & Acquisitions overview: How the pandemic has affected this industry • Legal and financial advice: Experts offer tips of the “when” and “how” of M&As • After the deal: How to hit the ground running • Acquiring assets • The art of operating under a new partnership

Issue Date: December 4 • Ad Deadline: November 26

In The Workplace

Topics may include: • Entrepreneurship/Starting a business • Networking & Leadership • Community Involvement Issue Date: December 4 • Ad Deadline: November 26

Cybersecurity

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

Topics may include:

Topics may include:

A look at changing office space design • Retaining talent What employers need to know about COVID-19 policies Starting up a company diversity & inclusion team • Organizing your team Increased need for virtual services has put more focus on B2B software

• Cyber resilience: How businesses can protect their information • Phishing/virus schemes to look out for with a remote workforce • What medical institutions and telehealth companies are doing to protect patient data • The future of cybersecurity

Issue Date: December 11 • Ad Deadline: December 3

Issue Date: December 11 • Ad Deadline: December 3

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Corporate Security A section prepared by the staff of the Midlands Business Journal

November 20, 2020

Public health concerns add to complexities of protecting various types of corporate assets by Michelle Leach

Protecting one’s business takes on a lot of different forms and is as multi-faceted as the assets that need to be protected. The current environment is adding to the complexity. “We have multiple different products and services that bring safety to the workplace,” said Dustin Talacko, who owns Talacko Safety Solutions. “When someone goes into ‘sudden cardiac arrest’ they need immediate CPR and early defibrillation from an [Automated External Defibrillator]. We sell these to businesses, churches and schools all over the Midwest.” Maintenance programs assure AEDs Cloudt are “rescue-ready.” Additionally, Talacko’s team trains people throughout the Midwest on CPR skills. Bleeding control products can also be life-saving. “A person can bleed to death in less than three minutes,” he said. “It takes fire/EMS on average five to seven minutes to get to your door. What that means for your company is that you need to be able to bridge the gap between the time of injury and the time paramedics arrive.” Tourniquets, pressure bandages, and other supplies fill that gap. “Your typical First Aid kits do not carry these supplies,” he said. “Stop the Bleed curriculum was created by the American

College of Surgeons following the Sandy Hook Tragedy.” Talacko said the company has trained more than 1,800 organizations on these skills. Narcan administration training is also available to schools, businesses, and houses of worship, in the event of workplace opioid overdoses. Its proprietary Life Safety Station enclosure blends AED, bleeding control, EpiPen and Narcan. “We created this product after seeing that many facilities have four to five different life-saving products scattered in different enclosures around their facility,” he said. LaMagna-Reiter Talacko also acknowledged its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sold to businesses and schools to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. “The pandemic has helped us fast-forward some future looking or future thinking technologies,” said Jason Cloudt, vice president of sales with SEi, a more than 50-year-old home and business security system company. “We have a video verification system. So, when an alarm goes off, we can now see the cameras associated with the door alarm or see the teller at the bank that has pushed the panic button.” Another example might be the ability to see if a stray animal has set off a motion

Dustin Talacko, owner of Talacko Safety Solutions. sensor or a burglar attempting to steal from not to cross-contaminate, or to restrict the a trailer at a jobsite. areas only to certain individuals.” As organizations have regrouped or put Throughout the pandemic, its client entheir expansion plans on hold, Cloudt indi- gagements have been marked by a mix of the cated SEi is balancing the need to protect team proactively reaching out and concerned facilities that are sitting empty or are only businesses reaching out to them. occupied with essential workers, with the “We all are thinking different and have need to track or contact trace in the event of made adjustments, some of them on the fly,” a possible exposure. he said. “Throughout the pandemic, there has “We have had some examples of people been a raised awareness around customers who weren’t used to working away from the wanting to know their building is secure.” office, and maybe they’re not using the alarm The firm is also monitoring each visitor system at the level that they need to now,” he and factors such as how long each person said. “Restricting access is also big. We are is at the office. Spaces are being monitored using the card reader system to only allow and reports are run remotely from one’s Continued on next page. access to certain areas of the building so as


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Proper security on devices is needed for remote work by Gabby Hellbusch

As businesses across the nation continue to work remotely, managing and securing a remote workforce remains an ongoing concern. Leon Thomas, CEO of Jelecos, said with the growth of the internet of things comes significant opportunity, value and risk. “Companies need to develop a comprehensive deployment, management and security strategy to ensure risk and man-

agement overhead is kept to a minimum,” he said. “The security component needs to focus on device security, data security, network security and software security and should utilize extensive automation and monitoring tools. As the number of devices connected increases, completing basic tasks such as patching or upgrading functionality, can become unmanageable without the proper approach and tools.” Thomas encouraged companies to evaluate overall security strategy as a part of

any remote work initiative. “Five years ago, many companies objected to moving data and systems into the cloud over security concerns,” he said. “Today, it’s widely understood that companies

Public health concerns add to complexities

Continued from preceding page. mobile device. Vice President of Information Security with multi-cloud and managed IT services provider, Rob LaMagna-Reiter, said the biggest vulnerabilities to protecting one’s sensitive data assets include the likes of system and network configurations, which are made worse by rapid “work-from-anywhere” moves, and phishing and “spear phishing” attacks, the latter of which is more targeted than wider-ranging “exploratory” phishing. “The types of scams remain the same and include phishing/spear-phishing, credential stuffing, exposing data improperly secured due to misconfigurations … The volume and targets have changed,” he said. “Users are being targeted more directly, and if work-from-anywhere (or even home networks) are not secured properly, there is a higher likelihood of data loss or breach. Furthermore, contractors and vendors are being relied upon with greater frequency, raising the risk by lack of a proper vendor

or third-party risk management program.” The pandemic, LaMagna-Reiter said, has exposed tremendous “technical debt” as organizations modernize; for instance, it could be as simple as ensuring app-based multi-factor authentication is enabled for all access (email, SaaS and so on). “For those that rushed into flexible work arrangements at the beginning of the year, all configurations and workflows need to be reviewed to adequately ensure risk management concerns are addressed,” he said. He also emphasized the need for consistent user education and controls placed around flexible data access, processing and storage. “Rather than solving for point solutions and problems, it’s critical that businesses think about the holistic environment,” LaMagna-Reiter said. “This will enable organizations to leverage their limited cycles to ensure proper risk mitigation steps are taken and ensure existing security operations processes don’t have blind spots.”

Thomas Kandel can actually improve their security posture and lower risk by adopting public cloud infrastructure and following best-practices.” Puja Kandel, principal owner of CMIT Solutions, said vulnerable IoT devices can be accessed, which risks having information stolen, or the devices manipulated in a way that could cause a physical disruption. “In order to manage a remote workforce, update and patch loT devices to reduce the risk of an attacker exploiting a known weakness,” she said. “Reduce the vulnerability of all devices by changing their default passwords to passphrases in accordance with the latest National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.” All businesses should ensure that there is a clearly defined backup plan in place when it comes to cybersecurity. Also, preventative services will mitigate instances.

“No tactic can completely prevent a large-scale attack — that is why an expert must reevaluate their company’s cybersecurity policies and procedure more often than ever,” Kandel said. “Businesses should invest and consider implementation of multi-factor authentication such as password protection, biometric and/or facial authentication to avoid all these security problems.” C h r i s Vi l i m , president of CoreTech, said there are different protocols for different types of scenarios. “If the compaVilim ny’s data and applications are going to be on a machine, the computer needs to have appropriate security software and updates,” he said. “If an employee is taking a computer home, it’s no longer behind the corporate firewalls, eliminating some of that protection. This is why there needs to be compensation with other security.” If possible, Vilim recommended that end-users use company-owned and managed equipment so that the company’s IT provider can make sure it is secure. If that’s not possible, it’s best for businesses to deploy a remote desktop solution. Additionally, he stressed the importance of end-user training and awareness. “Most breaches and compromises are due to end-users clicking on a link or being subjected to a phishing attempt,” he said. Vilim said it’s critical to look at temContinued on next page.


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Incorporating building safety measures in the age of COVID-19 by David Kubicek

Architects are focusing on good ventilation and disinfecting surfaces to keep buildings safe in the age of COVID-19. Greg Kronaizl, executive vice president at Farris Engineering, said it’s important that outdoor ventilation is part of the system. Change air filters regularly, and keep the system running 24/7. “Follow good procedures in layout and construction that maintain clean systems and include as much filtration and virus-killing options that your budget can support,” he said. Many smaller buildings don’t have outside make-up air or intake for ventilation, but others like office buildings, schools, and other recently constructed commercial buildings have outdoor air intake. “It’s possible with some of the older systems to increase the amount of outside air circulated within the building,” Kronaizl said. “Typically, air filters on systems of that nature aren’t of the quality that would capture the viruses through the media filter.” Ultraviolet light (UV) — which would kill the virus — could be added to the interior of the air handling system. If UV can’t be added to the HVAC system, there are items on the market that would enable owners to mount UV lights at ceiling level. “You could operate the UV lights during those off-times when rooms aren’t occupied and to a large degree kill off any surface viruses,” Kronaizl said. “A number of different types are being marketed now.” Marcel Harmon, senior associate at Branch Pattern, suggested increasing the building’s natural ventilation, such as opening windows when possible, increasing your building’s filtration — use at least MERV 13 filters if possible — and add portable HEPA filter units to supplement the building’s ventilation and filtration. Increase relative humidity (RH) to between 40% and 60% and add upper room UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) systems.

Security on devices

Continued from preceding page. porary solutions to determine what needs to be done to make them more permanent and secure. Tony Cody, president at 12 Points Technologies, said businesses must change their cybersecurity strategy and posture when working remotely. “A great amount of control is lost when staff are working remotely, as typically the business has not provided the device/ computer the staff may be using to connect, and thus do not have adequate defenses in place on those personally owned devices,” he said. According to Cody, the two greatest risks are the use of personally owned devices and publicly accessible RDS. “Cybersecurity strategy and tools evolve constantly, as the methods and practices of hackers and scammers continually morph to exploit new vulnerabilities and weaknesses,” he said. “If a business doesn’t have cybersecurity policies and strategies in place, I’d strongly recommend creating and then integrating those with planning and budgeting.”

For buildings that weren’t designed to operate with such levels of interior relative humidity this can result in condensation on windows and inside the walls, so consult an engineer, building scientist, or envelope specialist first. “Add upper room UVGI systems, which are quite effective at eliminating the virus, but require careful design/installation considerations to achieve a system that actually works without exposing Kronaizl occupants and maintenance staff to UV radiation,” Harmon said. “There are also some potential hazards for maintenance staff if operational best practices aren’t followed. “We don’t recommend using bipolar ionization technologies — or other types of

electronic air cleaners — or UV-C ambient light fixtures. In both cases more research is needed to verify their effectiveness at eliminating airborne viruses in a variety of building conditions and that they don’t harm building occupants over the long term.” The Facility Infection Risk Estimator is one module from Branch Pattern’s Health and Productivity and Performance Estimator (happē) tool. It focuses on assessing Harmon the risk from airborne viruses within buildings by estimating how well strategies like ventilation, filtration, relative humidity and portable HEPA filter units function. It removes or eliminates an airborne virus from within a given space and translates those removal/

elimination efficiencies into probabilities of infection using an established mathematical model — the Wells-Riley model — of indoor airborne transmission of infectious diseases. The module is intended for use by individuals with some degree of understanding about how building systems are designed and operated. Organizations can use the module to evaluate which strategies are the most effective at reducing the probability of infection for their given situations. “This is particularly important given the limited budgets of many organizations, such as school districts,” Harmon said. “Instead of purchasing additional portable HEPA filter units for every space, organizations may determine, after doing an analysis, that only x-percent of the spaces require them. It’s also been used to help establish the maximum number of occupants allowed within a given space and/or a maximum exposure time, given the strategies that could be implemented.”


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Ron Baumert Vice President, Commercial Banking Division CharterWest Bank

CharterWest Bank has announced the addition of Ron Baumert as a Vice President to its Commercial Banking Division. Ron is a graduate of Bellevue University and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He has over 26 years of commercial banking with the last 9 years in the Omaha metro. Baumert has held leadership positions on several local community boards

including Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, The Fremont Area United Way, Burt County Economic Development Corporation, and has served as Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Church Finance Committee and Parish Council. Ron adds a substantial amount of commercial lending knowledge and experience to the bank’s commercial banking team. Ron’s focus will be to help build new commercial banking relationships by assisting local businesses with their ever-changing banking needs. “Ron’s experience and knowledge of the Omaha market is an excellent addition and we’re excited to have him on our team here at

CharterWest Bank,” said Steve Tooley, Elkhorn Branch President. “Ron will help us expand our business banking footprint in the Omaha metro area,” Tooley said. CharterWest Bank is a state-chartered community bank that started in 1985 in West Point, Nebraska. CharterWest continues to be headquartered in West Point and also has full-service bank branches in Pender, Walthill, Elkhorn, and Papillion. CharterWest Bank also has residential mortgage offices in Elkhorn, Omaha, South Omaha, Lincoln, Papillion, Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, McCook and Hastings.

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Jason Brett Vice President — Transportation Fleet Financing Union Bank & Trust

UBT recently hired Jason Brett as Vice President – Transportation Fleet Financing. Brett brings 17 years of banking experience to his new role, in which he will bring personalized customer service directly to transportation fleet companies by providing over-the-road equipment financing.


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Lisa Lorraine Executive Vice President, Director of Creative Development Swanson Russell

all areas of focus. In the coming months, Lorraine will be leading the Recruitment Council to help ensure the agency attracts and hires top talent as the agency continues to grow.

Katie Sands Executive Vice President, Group Account Director Swanson Russell

selection and implementation of a project management system, and most recently was asked to lead the agency’s diversity and inclusion program.

Lorraine was promoted to executive vice president, director of creative development. Throughout her 19 years at Swanson Russell, she has put her creative and strategic skills to work by helping her teams elevate some of the agency’s most prominent client brands. The work under her leadership has contributed greatly to client longevity as well as new client acquisition across

Sands was promoted to executive vice president, group account director. She joined Swanson Russell in 2010 as an account manager and quickly established herself as an action-oriented team leader. Over the past 10 years, Sands has played a crucial role in growing the agency’s client roster and is well-versed in a variety of industries. In addition, she’s been a driving force behind Swanson Russell’s corporate new business efforts,

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Tony Sattler Executive Vice President, Director of CX & Insights Swanson Russell

Sattler was promoted to executive vice president, director of CX and insights. He joined Swanson Russell in 2006 and has since gained more than 14 years of valuable account service and digital experience working with clients in many industries. Most recently, Sattler led a continuous improvement team through the development of a framework for the agency’s growing data and insights business. This will become his main

priority going forward. He will also be leading the agency’s growing focus on customer experience (CX) methodologies. Swanson Russell is a nationally recognized full-service branding, advertising and public relations agency with offices in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The agency partners with clients across many industries while specializing in agriculture, construction, landscape/turf, outdoor recreation and healthcare.

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Alex Barros

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Alex Barros celebrated 21 years with QAT Global. Looking to the future, he predicts a greater shift to mobile applications, personal medicine, and IoT devices. He finds constant change the toughest but most rewarding part of his job. He cites earning his MBA at UNO and the lasting relationships he has built with clients over the years amongst his greatest accomplishments.

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Brad Bass celebrated 3 years with QAT Global. Looking to the next decade, he predicts technology will continue to assist in advancing the medical industry drastically. He finds working on tasks other than development the toughest but finds seeing his work in action very rewarding. He feels fortunate to have found a career he was passionate about without trying other things first.

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Francisco Garcia celebrated 15 years with QAT Global. He finds keeping up with technology a challenging part of his work, but he loves it. Searching for new technologies and finding where to apply that technology is a passion of his. A large contribution he brings to the company is being bilingual, enabling him to help translate for many customer projects.

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Lauren Holden celebrated 22 years with QAT Global, having parlayed her love of math into a career she greatly enjoys. She finds tremendous satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals and being that “go-to” person that can be counted on to get the job done. Looking to the next decade and beyond, she expects the business world to embrace Blockchain.


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