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Happy Holidays from Strictly Business! The holiday season always reminds us to count our blessings, both in to say farewell to long-time employee, Lizzy Werner, who landed her our personal and professional lives. It’s a time to look back at all the first full-time job as a parent educator for Family, Inc. (Congrats, Lizzy!) things we’ve accomplished and endured in this past year, while also Megan Keyser and Rebecca Boyd recently joined the Strictly Business looking forward to the opportunities that await us in the year ahead. team as part-time sales interns. Megan and Rebecca have been working With a lot of transition and growth at the magazine in recent months, closely with Owners Paige and Shayne Zutavern to learn the ins and we are grateful to feel like we have finally established a solid team outs of the magazine and how to present it as a strong advertising tool of people who are all on the same page as we work toward our goal to local business leaders. They have already had the opportunity to of being Lincoln and Omaha’s most conduct their own sales meetings with powerful and trusted source of local potential clients. Both ladies attend the business news. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The most recent development we Megan is in the College of Business had was welcoming Annie Carbutt Administration, studying marketing as writer and co-editor to Hannah and management. Rebecca attends Hundley. Annie originally applied for classes at the College of Journalism the position of assistant, but our team as she works toward a degree in felt strongly about her experience advertising and public relations with in English and writing and her allan emphasis in psychology and minors around curiosity of the world around in English and theatre. her. This is what sparked the idea of Kadi Carleton, an English major at UNL having Annie come on to take over with minors in biology and women/ the majority of press writing and gender studies, was introduced back compiling feature stories, allowing in September as a writing intern. Kadi Hannah to direct her attention back has been a great help to Hannah to the operational duties she enjoyed Photo by Bradley Jensen. Pictured (L-R): Top Row – Megan Keyser, Annie each month and will now work closely Carbutt, Rebecca Boyd, Julia Everston; Bottom Row – Lizzy Werner, when she first joined the Strictly Business with Annie. Around the same time, team as the executive assistant. (Learn Hannah Hundley, Paige Zutavern, Katherine Crawford, Kadi Carleton. Julia Everston was brought on as a more about Annie by reading her creative intern. Julia is an advertising and public relations major at press announcement in this issue!) UNL with minors in fashion merchandising and English. She has gained Hannah will continue to oversee major editorial pieces such as Star/ valuable experience designing advertisements and spotlights for clients River City Sixes, Client Spotlights, Restaurant Exposés, etc., but will now under the direction of Katherine. be in charge of coordinating events and sales meetings, carrying out the Not only are we thankful for the amazing group of women we have on-boarding process for new clients, and handling other administrative in place at Strictly Business, we also want our clients and readers to office duties. Hannah and Annie both work closely with Art Director know how much we appreciate their support. Everything we do is for Katherine Crawford who has excelled in her role since being hired you! It is a pleasure to share stories and positive news about the local back in April of this year. businesses that make up our community! Our team is excited about the addition of a handful of new interns From all of us at Strictly Business to you and yours, as well, though we are harboring some mixed feelings about having Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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to being treated in a traditonal setting. Plus, with healthcare prices on the rise, we wanted to be able to offer the community affordable options for the highest quality of care.” Rahul Razdan, MD is a long-time vascular and interventional radiologist and the Medical Director at the Advanced Medical Imaging Surgery Center. He is an advocate for treating cancer and many conditions that formerly required traditional open surgery with minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures. However, when surgery is required, Dr. Razdan is excited to now be able to treat his clients right there at AMI where they can feel safe and comfortable throughout the whole process. Also pictured on the cover (left) is Quinton Kelly, MD, another vascular and interventional radiologist at AMI. He joined the group in recent years when he moved back to his hometown of Lincoln to help open the ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Kelly is an alumnus of University of Nebraska School of Medicine, Creighton University and Lincoln East High School. Not pictured is AMI’s third vascular and interventional radiologist, Eric Vander Woude, MD. Dr. Vander Woude will also perform treatments at the new surgery center and is one of the only physicians in the state to be certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Advanced Medical Imaging has taken every measure to make their facility both safe and welcoming. To ensure the highest quality of care, they offer the largest number of subspecialists in the area. Having physicians who have dedicated years of their lives to hone their skills in specific areas means better diagnostic capabilities and patient care. Radiologists from AMI are on call 24 hours a day for many Nebraska hospitals and their fellowship-trained specialties include pediatric, musculoskeletal, body imaging, nuclear medicine, neuroradiology, and vascular and interventional radiology. • TECHNOLOGY • HOLIDAY WRAP-UP • ENERGY EFFICIENCY • WINTER DRIVING • SENIOR CARE CLIENT SPOTLIGHTS • KINGERY CONSTRUCTION CO. • GRACEFUL IN-HOME HEALTHCARE • JETSPLASH

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As the largest independent radiology group in Nebraska and now a fullservice outpatient surgical center, Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI) is proud to offer a unique alternative to health care. Expansion plans for the 10,000-square-foot surgical center began with a groundbreaking ceremony in June of 2018 and should be fully complete by the end of 2019. The new multi-million-dollar center is connected to the original 24,000-square-foot, full-service imaging facility that opened in 2001 at 7601 Pioneers Blvd. Being able to offer patients the highest quality of imaging services AND the ability to do outpatient surgeries onsite makes Advanced Medical Imaging a pioneer in Nebraska’s healthcare industry. AMI’s mission is to provide compassionate, patient-focused, low-cost care through unsurpassed operational excellence and advanced technology. This is why the physicians and partners at AMI specifically choose to integrate the GE Discovery™ IGS 7 into their hybrid operating room. The GE Discovery™ IGS 7 is a fixed imaging system that is three generations ahead of its time and produces extremely high-quality images, all while bringing complete flexibility to the operating room. This flexibility gives physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and technologists at AMI space to work together effectively for the best patient outcomes. The GE Discovery’s advanced design optimizes image clarity while keeping radiation dosage as low as possible. Investing in the GE Discovery is an example of AMI’s commitment to only offering their patients the highest quality of imaging whether it’s for surgery or diagnostic services, including MRI, CT, X-rays, ultrasounds, and mammography, to name a few. “The 3D mapping we are able to do with the GE Discovery allows us to see blood in the liver or the formation of tumors before anyone else,” explained Dr. Rahul Razdan. “We could have gotten any other imaging system, but we want the best of the best for our patients. When people come to AMI, they know they can trust our diagnostics and treatment options. By rounding out our advanced services to include surgeries, people have an alternative

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BUSINESS NEWS UNICO Group Honored with Governor’s Wellness Awards

Sartor Hamann Presents Champagne Gala Sales Event with $5K Worth of In-Store Prizes

U N I C O G ro u p i s o n e o f 42 Nebraska employers recognized by Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs to its employees. They have been honored as a recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Wellness Awards in the Sower Category.

Join Lincoln’s premier jeweler for two full days of extravagant sales at Sar tor Hamann’s SouthPointe location during their Champagne Gala Sale on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is the time to select the perfect gifts with special holiday pricing on all fine jewelry and watches! You don’t want to miss out on $5,000 worth of prizes in-store. Some of the drawings include half-carat diamond studs, a gorgeous baguette and round diamond ring, and three $500 gift certificates. Plus, there will be a grand prize drawing of a spectacular one-carat diamond! Sartor Hamann will give away beautiful gift bags for the first 20 customers at the door on both Friday and Saturday. While you shop, enjoy munching on yummy Christmas cookies and get into the festive mood with free champagne, beer, and hot cider. As a special bonus, if it snows on Christmas day, all fine gift purchases will be free! Purchases must be made between November 21 and December 15, and the snowfall must be at least three inches or more at The Lincoln Municipal Airport as measured by the National Weather Service. For more information about these amazing Christmas deals at Sartor Hamann Jewelers, visit sartorhamann.com, call the SouthPointe location at (402) 420-2244, or stop in and ask one of the knowledgeable salespeople.

The Governor’s Wellness Awards are given to businesses that dedicate leadership, resources, and time to wellness efforts in the workplace. The application process is designed to recognize businesses that have planted and nurtured the seed for wellness within their organization. Each applicant must provide information in the areas of leadership, data collection, intervention strategies, policy/environment support, and evaluation of outcomes. UNICO’s wellness program has been established for over a decade. In 2017, the program was enhanced by utilizing FitThumb, an online wellness platform that creates a simple way to track wellness activities. UNICO continues to fine tune their wellness program every year for the benefit of their employees. UNICO Group is a locally-owned insurance and financial agency providing innovative solutions from a team of experienced professionals. They have offices in Lincoln, Columbus, Kearney, and Papillion. For more information about how UNICO can meet your insurance and financial needs, call (402) 434-7200 or visit unicogroup.com.

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BUSINESS NEWS 1776 Celebrates 18 Years of Business September marked 1776 Grounds Maintenance’s 18th year of providing grounds care services! The company was started in Des Moines in 2001 by Owner Roger Berte and moved to Lincoln in 2008. Since then, 1776 Grounds Maintenance has transitioned from residential projects to providing grounds care for commercial properties only. 1776 Grounds Maintenance is structured to provide you with complete grounds care. Services provided are lawn care, snow removal, weed control, and tree care for commercial properties. Learn more at www.1776gm.com or contact (402) 217-2314 / roger@1776gm.com.

Lincoln Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab to Hold Open House at New Location Lincoln Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, LLC has moved their North l o c a t i o n a c ro s s t h e street to 2550 Superior St., STE 100. To celebrate the move, their staff will be holding an open house on Thursday, December 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and guests will enjoy food, drinks, and the opportunity to meet the team at Lincoln Physical Therapy, which includes Doug Kavanaugh PT, MPT, OCS; Chad Wemhoff, PT, MPT, SCS; Andrew Creal, PT, DPT, OCS; Meghan Mueller, PT, DPT; and Jonathan Meyers, PTA.

Nebraska Alumni Association Launches Online Career Platform, Husker Connect The Nebraska Alumni Association is excited to announce that this month marks the launch of a new online platform—Husker Connect—to connect UNL students with alumni and professionals to share guidance and tips about succeeding in the classroom and in careers. Husker Connect is a partnership between the Nebraska Alumni Association, the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Center for Entrepreneurship. The platform was introduced to UNL alumni in December and will be rolled out to UNL students in the above colleges in January. “Huskers look out for each other in the classroom, in business, and in life,” said Jordan Gonzales, director of alumni engagement at the Nebraska Alumni Association. “One of the biggest demands of both our alumni and current students is to get advice and tips from people who have been in their situations before. Whether you’re a student trying to jump into the job market or a professional trying to advance in their career, Husker Connect will help you take the next step.” Husker Connect allows students and professionals to devote as much or as little time as they would like to be in a mentorship. It can be as simple as asking a few questions via email or phone on a one-time basis or setting up periodic phone calls or chat sessions. Joining Husker Connect is free, and UNL alumni and other professionals are invited to sign up and create a profile at huskerconnect.unl.edu. For more information about Husker Connect, contact Jordan Gonzales at (402) 472-4219 / jgonzales@huskeralum.org.

Lincoln Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab has provided quality physical therapy services since 1984. They currently have four Lincoln locations and multiple board-certified therapists. Specialties include sports, orthopedics, and hand/upper extremity. To learn more about Lincoln Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, LLC, please visit www.LincolnPT.com.

Bridge to Better Living Attends Physician Conference in Nebraska City Bridge to Better Living was one of 10 vendors given the opportunity to attend the annual Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians conference held at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City on November 2. Family physicians from as far as Scottsbluff attended the two-day conference and engaged in conversations with Bridge to Better Living and other vendors about subjects impacting their patients and families. Bridge to Better Living, represented by Transition Consultants Kristine Dykeman-Schoening and Robbie Nathan, shared their core value of Placement with Passion®. Quality of life is important to all ages, especially to seniors transitioning to a new lifestyle. The relationships formed with professionals in the senior care industry are integral. Bridge to Better Living is a no-cost-to-client transition service helping seniors and their families. They serve Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding areas. Call (402) 802-3301 or visit www.BridgetoBetterLiving.com to schedule a free consultation. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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BUSINESS NEWS Oak Electric Expands Services to Include Security Camera System Installation

Attic Energy Efficiency Now Offering Insulation and Ventilation Services in Lincoln

Oak Electric, Inc. has partnered with Open Doors Computer Services to provide and install security camera systems in your home or business.

On September 1, Attic Energy Efficiency began offering business services to the public. Their business model is built on a standard of going above and beyond the code. Attic Energy Efficiency provides services that can upgrade any attic space to maximum efficiency levels. “We believe that anyone can do insulation work, but not everybody can make the total attic package go above and beyond,” Owner Rex Schroder said. “That’s where we come in.” Rex adheres to a high standard of integrity and honesty and says he will never sell anything to a customer that he does not absolutely think they need. Attic Energy Efficiency’s mission is to help fix uncomfortable homes and make them comfortable. They guarantee to fix your home correctly and do it right the first time, no matter how small or big the job. Attic Energy Efficiency offers attic ventilation analysis and upgrades as well as other energy efficient techniques to help transform uncomfortable homes into efficient and comfortable ones. To learn more about their services, visit their Facebook page (@atticenergyefficiency) or contact Rex at schroderrex@yahoo. com / (402) 450-9323 to schedule your attic analysis today.

According to FBI Crime Statistics, a burglary happens once every 23 seconds. However, crime data shows that since 2008, burglaries in the U.S. have dropped by 37%. Experts agree that this is likely due to the increased availability of user-friendly security systems. Homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized. Oak Electric will professionally install your hard-wired security camera system as it is more reliable than a wireless system. Open Doors Computer Services will sync the system into your home or business network. This system includes continuous recording for up to 28 days and has no monthly fees. When you are away, you will be able to monitor your system from your mobile phone or tablet. For questions or to learn more, please contact Oak Electric, Inc. by calling (402) 440-5969, or you can email oakelectriccompany@ gmail.com to schedule a free consultation. More information can be found online at oakelectriccompany.com.

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BUSINESS NEWS Maly Marketing Acquires Optix Digital Media Maly Mar keting, a Lincoln-based advertising agency, has acquired Optix Digital Media. According to Maly Marketing Founder Steve Maly, this acquisition was made to serve clients better. “Ultimately, it came down to an increasing need that we kept running into,” said Steve. “With the rise of digital media, and the primacy of video in that ecosystem, our clients needed a streamlined, costeffective way to incorporate video into their marketing plans.” The acquisition is seen as a win-win. Optix Principal Jameon Rush noted that this arrangement allows him and the rest of their video team to just focus on producing high-impact video for clients. The rest of the Maly Marketing team has noticed the difference as well. “Bringing these talented people in-house has really allowed their company to turn around video projects that much quicker, especially with client requests,” said Creative Director Griffin Gale. It’s even had an impact on the business development side as Kurt Hesser, director of business development, is able to get quotes and bids to clients faster and with more certainty on the numbers. Maly Marketing is a strategy-focused, full-service marketing and advertising agency that works with clients throughout Nebraska and the Midwest. To learn more, visit malymarketing.com or call (402) 875-6228.

Sumner Place Recognized for Superior Services on 2020 Best Nursing Homes List Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation of Lincoln was recently ranked as an elite skilled nursing and rehabilitation community by U.S. News & World Report in their 2019-20 Best Nursing Homes list. In what was reportedly one of the most in-depth analyses of U.S. nursing homes ever published, Sumner Place was ranked among the 19% who earned a high-performing rating. Sumner has also received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who highlighted Sumner’s exceptional Alzheimer’s Unit. Sumner was evaluated on their ability to care for residents who need daily assistance with medical needs such as administering medications and non-medical needs such as dressing, eating, and meeting personal care needs. Sumner Place is highly-focused on creating a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, and dignity. They approach their work as “Family Serving Family.” Sumner’s commitment to relationships and exceptional service speaks for their desire to meet individual needs and to always act with honesty, fairness, and compassion. They consider it an honor to be recognized as a premier skilled nursing and rehabilitation community not only in Lincoln, but throughout the state and even the nation. Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is one of 31 communities owned or managed by Vetter Health Services of Elkhorn. For more information about Sumner Place, a proud member of the Vetter Senior Living family, please call (402) 475-6791, visit www.SumnerPlaceCare.com, or stop by for a tour at 1750 S. 20th St. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Southeast Community College Opens New Coffee Shop on Lincoln Campus With the recent opening of a new coffee shop, students and staff at Southeast Community College’s (SCC) Lincoln Campus don’t have to leave to get their coffee fix anymore! Vanilla lattes and caramel macchiatos are just steps away at Course Ground Coffee, which is located in proximity to the SCC Great Plains Culinary Institute’s Course Restaurant. The coffee shop opened in August at the beginning of the fall semester. Many people had expressed a desire for a coffee shop on campus. The new shop provides benefits beyond simply satisfying a craving for coffee. The coffee shop is prime space for the sale of baking items prepared fresh in the Culinary/ Hospitality Program’s classes. It’s also a perfect place for barista training and coffee roasting. All of this adds relevant content and opportunities to the Culinary/Hospitality Program. In addition to many types of coffee drinks, the shop also sells hot and iced tea, chai lattes, hot chocolate, lemonade, juice, and smoothies. Food items include breakfast sandwiches, scones, coffee cakes, oatmeal, lunch sandwiches, and wraps. The majority of the food is made at Course Restaurant by students. There’s also a “Mug Club” through which customers can buy a gold Course travel mug for $15 to get 50 cents off all subsequent drink orders. Visit the Southeast Community College in Lincoln today to check out Course Ground Coffee’s exciting offerings anytime Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about Course or the Culinary/Hospitality Program at SCC, visit www.southeast.edu or call (402) 437-2727. DECEMBER 2019 Strictly Business 7


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BUSINESS NEWS Lincoln Cabinet Announces Showplace Cabinetry Promotion Showplace Cabinetry, offered by Lincoln Cabinet, has an amazing promotion going on through January 6. Choose one of 11 door styles and select from one of seven wood species at their base price, which is usually only available in oak. This type of promotion does not happen very often, so Lincoln Cabinet encourages everyone to take advantage. Now is the perfect time to consider updating cabinetry in your home or adding a new bar, bookcase, or built-in dresser area! To learn more or schedule a time for your in-home consultation with Lincoln Cabinet’s highly-skilled and qualified design team, call (402) 475-0650 or visit their newly-remodeled showroom at 624 K St. They can be reached Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., or check out their website at www.lincolncabinet.com anytime.

First National Bank Announces Community Development Grants First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO)recently announced its fi nal round of community development grant recipients for 2019, including the following grants awarded to organizations in the Lincoln area: $10,000 to Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties and $10,000 to Nebraska Children’s and Families Foundation. Pictured (L-R): Rory Bowen; Andrew Ritta, financial The grants support programs focused well-being administrator, on educational workforce initiatives Community Action Partnership; that will help strengthen individual core Vi See, executive director, competencies and lead to improving Community Action Partnership; economic self-sufficiency. Ritchmy Richard, financial well-being intern, Community Community Action Partnership of Action Partnership; and Lancaster and Saunders Counties Michelle St. Clair. is a nonprofit community-based organization that has been serving the low-income populations in Lancaster and Saunders Counties in Southeastern Nebraska since 1965. The grant from First National Bank will support financial education and coaching and match savings opportunities for assetspecific purchases. Nebraska Children and Families Rory Bowen, managing Foundation supports children, young Enterprise Banking, adults, and families at risk with the director, FNBO; Mary Jo Pankoke, overall goal of giving the state’s most president/CEO, Nebraska vulnerable kids what they need to Children and Families thrive. The grant from First National Foundation; Connie Duncan, Bank will support academic enrichment vice president/philanthropy, Nebraska Children and and workforce readiness for young Families Foundation; and people with foster care experience. Michelle St. Clair, director, First National Bank of Omaha Branch Banking, FNBO. awarded a total of $1,862,000 in community development grants in 2019 to 103 organizations across its seven-state service area. With its final disbursement of grant funding for the year, First National Bank awarded $717,000 in community development grants to 33 organizations across Nebraska and Western Iowa. To learn more, visit www.fnbo.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Elite Home Cleaning Now Offers Home Space Organization Services LaShasta Messinger, owner of Elite Home Cleaning Service LLC, has added new services to meet more needs of her residential clients in Lincoln. In addition to weekly, biweekly, and monthly house cleanings and deep cleans for rental properties, LaShasta is now also focusing on home space organizing. She can come in and help you maximize your space by making it clean and functional— whether it’s your laundry room, kitchen pantry, office space, or LaShasta’s favorite, your closet! LaShasta can help you organize your closet by color and style, including clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. She can even help you sort through unwanted items, and then she’ll box and seal them and take them to a charity donation center. LaShasta creates organizational solutions that fit your lifestyle and are attractive to your taste. LaShasta is married to a farmer and together they have four children. As a homemaker for 14 years, she decided that her sweet spot was organizing and cleaning. She enjoys helping others bring order to their spaces and in their lives. Realizing how busy and overwhelming life can be for moms and professional women, LaShasta focuses on each individual clients’ needs and then takes the burden of home organization off their shoulders. She believes in good, old-fashion customer service. It starts with a visit in a consultation where the client can express their specific concerns and then a plan is crafted in partnership. To learn more about the home cleaning and organizing services offered through Elite Home Cleaning Service LLC, contact LaShasta at (402) 237-9212 or go online to elitehomecleaningservices.pro. DECEMBER 2019 Strictly Business 9


BUSINESS NEWS Sun Valley Lanes & Games to Host New Year’s Eve Costume Party

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Ring in the New Year with Sun Valley Lanes & Games! The local bowling alley will continue its beloved annual tradition of hosting a costume-themed New Year’s Eve party on December 31. Limited to adults 21 years of age or older, the party will take place from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. This year’s event will be a pajama/onesie party, and participants are encouraged to dress the part as there will be a costume contest and prizes. The staff at Sun Valley Lanes & Games are excited to see how creative the guests will get with their costumes. They expect the party will be a fun way to close out 2019. The cost is just $134.95 for those that pay before December 24 but will then increase to $159.95. This will buy four hours of XTREME™ glow-in-the-dark bowling, shoe rental, pizza, champagne, and party favors for up to eight people per lane. Prizes will be given away throughout the night. In addition, Sun Valley Lanes & Games will host two separate familyoriented parties earlier in the day on December 31. These will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost and more information for these events can be found online. Sun Valley Lanes & Games, located at 321 Victory Ln., is Lincoln’s premier bowling and recreation center. Lane reservations can be made through their online booking system at www.sunvalleylanes. com or by calling (402) 475-3469. Customers using the promo code “BOWLNYE” will receive 10% off reservations.

Office Interiors & Design (OID) officially marked the opening of their new showroom at 1401 Dahlberg Dr. with a ribboncutting ceremony conducted by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on September 25. OID has expanded their s h ow ro o m t o a l l ow m o r e furniture offerings along with demountable wall systems and so much more.

Heartland International Announces Upcoming Commercial Contractor Trainings Heartland International, Inc., a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems, is offering training programs this month and in January for contractors and those with an interest in developing a successful commercial roofing enterprise. These trainings are being held in Kansas City. On December 19, there will be an all-day workshop on metal roofing systems at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City International Airport. Then, on January 8–10, an advanced roofing systems training will take place at the Conklin Headquarters, 3951 N Kimball Dr. Since the introduction of the first, innovative Conklin Roof Coatings in 1977 and the first roofs applied in Lincoln in 1978, the network of Heartland International’s contractors has spread to over 25 states, installing Conklin Roofing Systems that outlast and outperform conventional systems from coast to coast. The demand is strong for these energy-saving systems, and Heartland International is actively recruiting additional contractors to meet the need. Record growth in business in 2018 and 2019 have combined to nearly double previous annual benchmarks, indicating the kind of demand and urgent need to expand the network of trained contractors. Heartland International, Inc. is based in Lincoln and is responsible for screening and training contractors to install the Conklin Roofing Systems. Call (402) 430-7727 for the free book entitled FAMILY21 PROFITALBLE PROJECT PROFILES to learn of the profit potential possible with these innovative and progressive commercial roofing systems. For more information about the upcoming trainings or to apply for one of Heartland International’s current openings, email DennisLNun@gmail. com or go online to www.TheSecureRoof.com. 10 Strictly Business DECEMBER 2019

Founded in 1995, OID was created to fill the need for a local furniture dealership that would help companies improve office space, inspire high levels of performance, and facilitate optimal business results. OID has is now a leading full-service interiors specialist in the Midwest. Office Interiors & Design specializes in creating amazing workspaces for corporations, small businesses, healthcare facilities, and educational facilities. To learn more about their products and services, visit www.oidinc.com or contact Melinda Stanton at (402) 484-7500 / Melinda.stanton@oidinc.com.

Raising Cane’s Donates 1,800 Winter Coats to People’s City Mission The Lincoln Raising Cane’s restaurants recently wrapped up their annual coat drive. During the month of October, individuals were asked to bring in new and gently-used winter coats to be given to those in need at the People’s City Mission and Help Center. Through these efforts, over 1,800 winter coats were donated by individuals in the Lincoln community. This was the 13th year the Raising Cane’s franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—has held a coat drive at their restaurants. Since 2007, over 22,500 winter coats have been donated to those in need in the Lincoln community. “We are so grateful to everyone in Lincoln and the surrounding communities who were able to donate a coat this year,” says Jennifer Jones, Co-owner of the Raising Cane’s franchise. “It’s through your generosity that nearly 2,000 people will be a little warmer this winter season. From the bottom of our hearts—thank you.” Distribution of the winter coats to shelter residents was held on November 5 and made available to the public at the Help Center on November 6. The Raising Cane’s franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—was opened in 2006 by Justin and Jennifer Jones, who moved to the Midwest from Louisiana. Since opening their first location, they have set out to make a change in their community by becoming active community leaders with programs such as this one. Since 2006, the franchise has given back over $1.6 million to their restaurants’ communities. Raising Cane’s has One Love—quality chicken finger meals—and focuses its menu offering on fresh, made-to-order chicken fingers paired with their homemade Cane’s Sauce, grilled Texas toast, fresh coleslaw and crinkle-cut fries. Learn more by going to the Lincoln Raising Cane’s Facebook and Twitter page (@RaisingCanesSHV). #PrintProudDigitalSmart


BUSINESS NEWS West Gate Bank Named to Forbes 2019 Best Banks in Each State List This year, West Gate Bank was named as one of Forbes’ Best Banks In Each State. More than 25,000 customers in the U.S. were surveyed for their opinions on their current and former banking relationships. Financial institutions were scored on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five subdimensions (trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, and financial advice). West Gate Bank is honored to receive this ranking, but also recognizes they don’t earn this without their loyal customers. As a family-owned community bank with 10 locations in Lincoln and Omaha, West Gate Bank makes your financial goals their first priority. For more information, visit westgate.bank.

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Nebraska Safety Council Creates New Business Development Position The Nebraska Safety Council recently announced the addition of a new business development role within their organization. The position will entail active networking and partnership-building in the community, a perfect opportunity for anyone who loves connecting with others rather than sitting in front of a computer all day. The organization hopes to propel their mission forward through finding a highly-motivated individual for the position who is eager to assist people in finding workplace safety and wellness solutions and making a meaningful impact in the community. The Nebraska Safety Council is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Lincoln that provides education and leadership to empower people to live safe and healthy lives. For more information or to apply for the new business development position, visit www.nesafetycouncil.org. or contact Lisa Henning at (402) 483-2511 / lhenning@nesafetycouncil. org with any questions.

WISB to Host Monthly Luncheon on December 11 The Women in Sales & Business (WISB) monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at Venue Restaurant & Lounge in the NE/ Lancaster Room at 4111 Pioneer Woods Dr. The meeting starts with lunch at 11:30 a.m. with meeting following from 11:55 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cost is $16 which includes lunch (cost is $10 if you only attend the meeting). At the December meeting, members and guests will be participating in several fun, holiday-themed networking activities and games, including a gift exchange ($15 limit). Participants will also be bringing donations for CEDARS Home for Children. Women in Sales & Business began meeting in 1987 to offer business women the opportunity to network within an intimate group. Today, their goal is to encourage and develop creative leadership in women. WISB is dedicated to promoting growth through the accumulation and sharing of knowledge. Learn more or register for the December meeting online at wisblincoln.org on the events page. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Capital Cigar Announces New Year’s Events, Masquerade Ball and Champagne Toast Capital Cigar Lounge has two grand events planned for the New Year celebration this month, giving Lincoln multiple ways to go out of 2019 in style! On Friday, December 27, the lounge will host a Masquerade Ball. The event will start with a cocktail hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cocktail hour is $25 a ticket (limited available) and allows early entry to the lounge to claim a seat and light hors d’oeuvres. The actual Ball will start at 7:30 p.m. with a $10 cover. In addition, on New Year’s Eve, Capital Cigar invites everyone to come together to watch the ball drop and raise a toast to 2020! The event will start at 8 p.m., and guests have the option to reserve one seat for $50 or two seats for $75 (limited available). Each ticket includes complimentary champagne for a lounge-wide toast at midnight. There will also be a bourbon and wine tasting option throughout the evening. Capital Cigar Lounge is the Midwest’s premier public and members cigar lounge. It is a space where friends enjoy friends over fine cigars and specialty cocktails. Each month, the lounge organizes interactive events to encourage new relationships to form. These events include Young Professional Tuesdays, tasting and pairing events, watch parties, poker nights, and so much more. Tickets to the Masquerade Ball can be purchased at the lounge or by visiting eventbrite.com and searching for Capital Cigar Lounge. Learn more about the lounge online at capitalcigar.com or call (402) 430-9109. DECEMBER 2019 Strictly Business 11


BUSINESS NEWS Shirts 101 Raises Over $1.5K in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

PILLAR Restaurant Group Announces Bonus Card Giveaway for Holiday Season

Employees, friends, and families of Shirts 101 bundled up on October 20 to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk held at Holmes Lake Park. The event united people of all ages and backgrounds for a common cause. Funds raised were donated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and support for cancer patients. The Shirts 101 participants rallied together, surpassing their fundraiser goal by over $1,000 for a total of $1,502. Shirts 101 prides themselves on having passionate, energetic, and creative employees who live to make an impact in even small ways. The locally-based company works with everyone from Kindergarten classes to large universities and corporations, specializing in custom shirts/apparel, promotional products, graphic design, and e-commerce. To learn more about Shirts 101, please visit their website at shirts101.com or call (402) 441-5555.

PILLAR Restaurant Group recently announced an exciting new promotion to warm your pocketbooks this holiday season. They’ve decided to make giving even better by offering gift card bonuses. For every $50 card you purchase, you’ll receive a $5 bonus card; for every $100 card purchased, you’ll receive a $15 bonus card. PILLAR Restaurant Group is a company that consists of five main concepts: Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, Venue Restaurant & Lounge, Piedmont Bistro by Venue, Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina and Venue Catering & Events with the Jasmine Room by Venue, and the Scottish Rite Ballroom by Venue. Learn more and order today at venuedelivered.com. Questions can be directed to (402) 488-8368 / info@yourvenue.net.

Doane University Unveils New Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion On October 9, Doane University for mally unveiled the new Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. In Doane’s 147-year history, this marks the first time the university has had a Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This marks a significant step forward in Doane’s commitment to fostering a community where diversity, equity, and inclusion are considered mission-imperative areas. Luis Sotelo, vice president for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, joined Doane University as chief diversity officer in February of 2017. Since then, Sotelo has advanced Doane’s commitment to inclusive excellence by establishing an evidence-based diversity, equity, and inclusion framework that guides the system’s infrastructure, initiatives, resources, and engagement with community organizations. Through these community connections, Sotelo has been developing an understanding of their needs and interests and how the university can be of greater collaborative assistance. The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion also allows Doane to have a more unified structure and accelerate programs in delivering equity outcomes for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Doane’s Multicultural Support Services, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Veteran/Military Student Services, CAPE (Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education) Project, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist will be housed in this division. While some of these offices have historically focused their work on Doane’s Crete campus, under the new division, their work will expand to more frequently serve students, faculty, and staff at Doane’s campuses in Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island and increase their impact on university systems and strategies. For more information about Doane Universiry, please visit doane. edu or call (402) 466-4774. 12 Strictly Business DECEMBER 2019

Center Sphere Announces Network-Wide December Events Center Sphere hosts events each month that are open to both members and guests in order to give non-members a chance to learn more about this amazing network. Dates for this month’s public events include: • December 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Social Hour and Ugly Christmas Sweater Party hosted by Murray Custom Homes, 6272 Waters Edge Dr. • December 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Meet Center Sphere in Hickman, 9 South GharGrill, 1204 Park Dr. • December 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Coffee & Connections hosted by Jacki Kment with Integrity Dermatology, 1620 S 70th St., STE 103. Center Sphere is an established network of business professionals whose mission is to share referrals, ideas, and resources through genuine relationships. The Lincoln Network is currently made up of nearly 30 chapters. For more information, visit www.centersphere.com or contact Area Director Lona Anderson at (402) 416-5700 / Lonaanderson@ CenterSphere.com.

EventLNK Announces Date of “Plan On It” Conference, March 5 EventLNK is excited to bring attention to their inaugural “Plan On It” conference, which will provide professional development for event-related professionals. The event will take place on March 5, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. This conference is the first of its kind in Nebraska for professionals in the event and hospitality industry to advance personal knowledge and build connections with others in the region. EventLNK is dedicated to bringing together Nebraska’s event professionals and provide education/resources to enhance and support professional growth. Membership is open and complimentary for event/meeting planners, suppliers, and all affiliated event-related professionals. In addition to this annual conference, EventLNK meetings are held monthly. Learn more or get registered for the conference online at tinyurl.com/planonit. Questions can be directed to Dr. Kristin Malek at (704) 661-3055 / DrKevents@unl.edu. For more information about EventLNK, go to eventlnk.org or email info@eventlnk.org. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


BUSINESS NEWS Lincoln Running Co. and Lincoln Track Club to Host Annual Holiday Run December 8 Lincoln Running Co., in partnership with the Lincoln Track Club, is excited to host the Annual Holiday Run at Pioneers Park on December 8. The whole family, two- and four-legged family members alike, are invited to come out to the park at 10 a.m. for a fun morning of festive running! A 5K and one-mile race will take place through Pioneers Park’s grass cross country course. Registration cost is $15 through December 2 and $25 after December 2. The Annual Holiday Run is dedicated to Lincoln’s animals. Participants are encouraged to bring their pets to run along with them, and all proceeds will go to the Capital Humane Society. Festive attire is also encouraged! Every entrant will receive a special holiday gift and each dog will be given a squirrel cookie from Nellie’s Pet Snacks. Lincoln Running Co. has been locally owned and operated, and their team has been helping people in Lincoln find the right shoes and gear to be fit and active since 1976! For more information about Lincoln Running Co. or this event, call the store at (402) 474-4557, email lincolnrunning@windstream.net, or visit www. lincrunningcompany.com.

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Axe SP Group About Year-End Tax Planning Recently, SP Group, P.C. went on an afternoon outing to do some axe throwing and team building before their year-end tax planning season took off. This is where they came up with the saying, “Axe us about year-end tax planning!” The SP Group team also discovered that there had been an axePictured (L-R): Ross Reynolds, throwing professional in their Jason Hardy, Austin Zimmerman, midst all along—their very own Mark Chapin, Amy Windle, Dave Swan, Erica Vossler, Kim managing partner, Dave Swan! Miller, and Rachel Clymer. It was decided that he must have mastered the craft during all those years on the farm in Grant, NE. “Axe SP Group about year-end tax planning” is more than just a delightful play on words, year-end tax planning is a critically important part of their service as it lays the foundation for the work they will eventually do on a tax return. There’s still time to consider some decisions that could positively impact taxes before the end of 2019. SP Group is ready to plan for your year-end tax projection. One of the four core values of SP Group is competitiveness. This competitive-minded culture not only makes for a fun axe-throwing match, it also makes the firm better at achieving success for its clients. Take some time to plan for the future and ask SP Group some important year-end questions. Follow SP Group, P.C. on Facebook (@SP Group, P.C.) or Twitter (@SPGroupPC). For more information, please call (402) 4207758 or visit www.spgrouppc.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Since its opening in 2001, Wilderness Ridge Golf Club has been open to the public, but the club recently announced plans to go to a membership-only model for golf starting in 2021. Wilderness Ridge General Manager Chip Cary said the club has been considering the change for a couple of years and discovered this was something members wanted. With the change will come expansion and new amenities. These will include an aquatics complex as well as a new pro shop building that will also house its year-round Nebraska Golf Academy, in addition to a new members-only bar and grill called the 19th Hole and a fitness center. Construction for the new plans will begin in the spring of 2020 and will not affect the 18hole championship golf course eith minimal changes to be made to the nine-hole executive course. Learn more online at www. wildernessridgegolf.com or call Chip at (402) 434-5125.

Kids to Enjoy Free Cookies and Time with Santa at Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar Kids of all ages and their families are invited to Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar on December 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Rock ‘n’ Joe will provide free cookies for all children who pay a visit to Santa during this time. Adults can join in on the fun as well as free hot chocolate will be available with any purchase. You can make it an extra cheerful and productive morning by purchasing a gourmet basket or gift card for anyone left on your gift list. Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar is a great place for anyone who loves exceptional coffee, premium food, and quality rock ‘n’ roll music in a relaxing environment. Find them on Facebook (@RnJLincoln) to stay up to date with their fun happenings! You can also reach Rock ‘n’ Joe directly at (531) 500-4684.

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Arnie’s Pet Food Store is celebrating three years of business this December with a special holiday offer. Purchase a Christmas stocking for your pet from Arnie’s Pet Food Store for $5, and the money for the stocking will be donated to the Nebraska No Kill Animal Shelter. Then save 10% on whatever treats, chews, and toys you can stuff into your pet’s Christmas stocking. Every family member deserves to wake up to a stocking full of surprises on Christmas morning, and so should your pet! Plus, when you purchase a Christmas stocking from Arnie’s, you help a sheltered dog enjoy the holiday while your own pet enjoys a stocking full of goodies. Arnie’s Pet Food Store carries top-rated, all-natural lines of dog foods. Their treats and chews are all natural as well and made in the USA from listed sources. Stop by their store, located in the Alamo Plaza at 5601 S. 56th St., STE 7, for some hot cider and cookies this holiday season and see what Arnie’s Pet Food Store has to offer. Learn more online at www.arniespetfoods.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


BUSINESS NEWS Grindstone Media Opens Public Audio and Video Podcast Studio On October 11, the community got a look at the first and only local, full-service audio and video production studio— Grindstone Media. A ribboncutting ceremony was conducted in conjunction with the Lincoln C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e, Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA), Greater Omaha Chamber, and Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird to celebrate Grindstone Media opening to the public in the Lincoln and Omaha markets. Grindstone Media is also proud to be partnering with other local businesses such as The Copper Kettle and Capital Cigar Lounge, which catered drinks at the event. Grindstone Media was founded in August of 2017 by Nebraska native Landon Rhodes. The small independent agency specializes in audio/video production, digital marketing, paid media, content creation, and has now expanded into podcasting. After weeks of construction, their state-of-the-art Podcast Studio is now ready to host a premium audio/visual experience. Learn more about Grindstone Media by going online to grindstoneagency.com or contact (402) 266-1332 / contact@ grindstoneagency.com. The studio is located at 1701 Windhoek Dr.

Shepherd’s Rest Partners with Gateway Mall to Host Goat Yoga Classes Shepherd’s Rest Goat and Sheep Rescue, in conjunction with Juniper Spa & Yoga Studio, is excited to announce that they have teamed up with Gateway Mall to host goat yoga classes on the last Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. near the children’s play area by Dillard’s. The first class was held on November 30. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat/towel and water bottle. All ages are welcome, and classes are $20 per person to support the rescue organization in their efforts to provide hay for food and pay medical bills for the goats and sheep. Shepherd’s Rest Goat and Sheep Rescue exists to rescue, rehabilitate, adopt, and provide sanctuary for goats and sheep in need. They also educate the public about goats and train goats and humans as therapy teams. Goat yoga has many wonderful benefits, including a deeper sense of connection to nature and stress reduction.

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BUSINESS NEWS Second Annual Cutts & Carols Event to Spread Joy to Seniors on December 11

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Arrive Community + Coworking

Cutts Floral Distributors, Strictly Business, Hospice Community Care of Nebraska, and Home Care Partners of Nebraska are teaming up for the second year in a row to spread holiday cheer throughout the senior community in Lincoln with their Cutts & Carols event. On Wednesday, December 11, 4-5 p.m., anyone who is interested can meet at one of the following assisted living communities at 4 p.m. to sing Christmas carols to residents:

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to o f f i c i a l l y we l c o m e A r r i ve Community + Coworking, a female-focused cowor king space, to Lincoln with a ribboncutting ceremony on October 11. Attendees were given a tour of the new space, located on the second floor of the Lorraine Plaza at 3883 Normal Blvd., along with celebratory cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Founded by Jenna Vitosch and Eva Prettyman, Arrive is a community made up of Lincoln’s female business owners who wish to support other women in their business endeavors. They welcome all entrepreneurs, creatives, executives, and professionals to their supportive and empowering workspace. Through their membership program, women gain access to their state-of-the-art digital content studio, private conference room, drop-in desks, and private or shared office spaces 24/7. They also have options for non-members to rent out office space as well. Arrive isn’t just an office, it’s a space meant to empower and support the business endeavors of Lincoln’s female entrepreneurs. They work to continuously assess the needs of the community in order to provide the right resources, amenities, and support. For more information about Arrive Community + Coworking’s prices or membership, visit arrivecoworking.com or call (402) 890-9374.

• Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1750 S. 20th St. RSVP to Hannah Hundley at (402) 219-3792 / editor@ strictlybusinessomaha.com. • Homestead Rehabilitation Center, 4735 S 54th St. RSVP to Karla Frese at (402) 304-0226 / Karla@HomeCarePartnersofNebraska.com. • Lancaster Rehabilitation Center, 1001 South St. RSVP to Rhonda Saunders at (402) 405-1797 / rsaunders@hospicenebraska.com. Sara Sudman, owner of Cutts Floral Distributors and Fields Floral, will be donating poinsettias to hand out to all three communities, and the other sponsors will bring candy and fun festive props to give to residents. The holidays can be a difficult and lonely time for seniors, so take this opportunity to give the gift of your time to these members of our community this season. Sheet music will be provided and you don’t have to be a good singer to participate! Questions about Cutts & Carols can be directed to the Strictly Business office at (402) 466-3330.

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BUSINESS NEWS Local Toastmasters Chapter to Host Handling Hecklers Workshop December 11 The Greater Communicators Club 2114, a local Toastmasters club, will host a Handling Hecklers workshop on December 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 3405 S 11th St. in Council Bluffs. Handling Hecklers is for anyone who would like to learn valuable skills in dealing with a difficult crowd or audience. The event is part of a four-part series that kicked off on November 20 with a workshop titled Listening to Understand. Subsequent installments of the series include Preparing Presentations on January 8 followed by Words that Win on February 12. The Greater Communicators Club 2114 upholds the traditions of Toastmasters International in creating a safe and enjoyable place to learn, grow, and hone public speaking skills for work and pleasure. The club is built on good camaraderie, close friendships, and mutual interests through which club members are able to learn from one another and appreciate the diverse experiences that unite them under the Toastmaster’s umbrella. Visit their Facebook page (@club2114) to learn more. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. The organization has more than 292,000 memberships in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. For more information about Toastmasters International visit www.toastmasters.org.

CBD American Shaman of Lincoln Partners with Leafly As of November, CBD American Shaman of Lincoln has partnered with Leafly, the leading expert in the cannabis industry. As a result, CBD American Shaman’s products will be available to be viewed on the Leafly website and app. Leafly is constantly pushing the envelope on innovation in the cannabis industry. They are completely customer-based, offering a lot of educational resources online. As a company, they have an uncompromising commitment to facts and science. Leafly gathers data and provides the most accurate information to their partners and customers. CBD (cannabidiol) hemp oil is changing lives by interacting with the body through the endocannabinoid system, which is the system that regulates the body’s normal homeostasis. With advancements in science and technology, the processing and refinement of industrial hemp has improved. Therefore, CBD can now be extracted with little to no THC present through an entirely organic process. CBD American Shaman has three locations in Lincoln to serve the community’s needs. Each location offers free sampling every day. Like Leafly, their team is all about educating people about the body’s endocannabinoid system and how CBD products can manage physical and emotional stress. To learn more, go online to www. cbdoflincoln.com or contact Lance Schroeder at (531) 500-3672 / lincolnamshaman@gmail.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Being accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) expands your online presence, inspires trust, and makes consumers feel good about spending their dollars with you. Customers and businesses entered into the holiday season with a level of uncertainty this year. The trade war with China has left many consumers concerned about rising prices. Economic forecasters keep predicting a possible slowdown. Chains that thrived for decades are closing. So, if customers are a little more hesitant to spend their dollars, how can you make sure the ones they do spend are with you? Being a BBB Accredited Business increases your reputation and your website traffic. BBB accreditation comes with tools you can use to grow your business. Those include your BBB profile, the BBB Accredited Business Seal, an Accredited Business Directory, and more. You can get ahead of the game by taking the steps to becoming accredited by the Better Business Bureau by applying at bbb.org/ become-accredited or by calling (800) 649-6814.

Home Instead Senior Care Presents “Be a Santa to a Senior” Program Home Instead Senior Care® is once again offering the Lincoln community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 1.2 million gifts and brightened the season for more than 700,000 deserving seniors nationwide. Last year, more than 900 Lincoln area seniors received 1,200 gifts. Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, with generous support from area businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers, and members of the community. The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Lincoln area has partnered with Aging Partners, Meals on Wheels, and local low-income senior housing communities to help collect the names and wishes of area seniors who are in need. Visit one of the participating locations listed below and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display until December 6. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping—community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays. Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations: • Lincoln Area CVS Pharmacies • Danny’s Downtown Deli, 941 O St. • Four Star Card & Gift Gallery, 5500 Old Cheney Rd. • Buddha Leaf CBD, 4848 Normal Blvd., STE D • Fanchon’s Nails, 6101 S. 56th St. • Energize Home Medical, 1400 N. 48th St. • The Coffee Roaster, 5022 Old Cheney Rd. Home Instead Senior Care® will also host a public gift-wrapping party on Monday, December 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. or until finished. Please RSVP by calling (402) 423-8119. For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com. For more information about how you can help seniors in your community, visit imreadytocare.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


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During this holiday season, many of you are thinking of parties, family, and other special times. What are we thinking of at ComPro? Health Savings Accounts! What is more festive than that? Here are some of the latest updates and reminders on HSA accounts. Contribution Limits—As you are planning on year-end taxes, it is good to clarify how much you can contribute to your HSA. The 2019 maximum contribution is $3,500 for an individual and $7,000 for a family. Those ages 55+ may contribute an additional $1,000. One note of clarification, if you have a couple and both are eligible for the additional $1,000 contribution, the deposits must go into separate HSA accounts. The deadline to make 2019 HSA contributions is April 15, 2020. The 2020 contribution limits are $3,550 for an individual and $7,100 for a family. The additional $1,000 contribution for those 55+ still applies. Over the Counter (OTC) Medications—There are several OTC medications that are eligible to be paid for with your HSA account. To take advantage of this you must have a prescription from your physician. Examples of eligible medications are acid controllers, allergy and sinus medication, hemorrhoid treatment, motion sickness medication, etc. Other OTC items are still ineligible for HSAs such as bandages, braces and supports, catheters, crutches, and reading glasses. To see a complete list of eligible and ineligible expenses refer to IRS Publication 502. Medicare and HSA Accounts—Once a person turns 65, they can use their HSA account to pay for Medicare Part B and D premiums in addition to HSA eligible expenses. It cannot be used to pay for a Medicare Supplement plan. At age 65, a person can take penaltyfree distributions from the HSA for any reason. However, in order to be both tax-free and penalty-free the distribution must be for an HSA eligible expense. Withdrawals made for other purposes will be subject to ordinary income taxes. Direct Primary Care—A common question is, “Can I pay for my Direct Primary Care (DPC) physician from my HSA account?” Under existing interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code, people with HSAs are prohibited from engaging in paying for DPC memberships with HSA funds. However, President Trump signed a health care executive order in June which supports direct primary care and allowing patients to use HSA accounts to pay for DPC memberships. We hope to see further clarification on this issue. Fund Rollover—HSA funds rollover from year to year. Unlike a Flexible Spending Account an HSA is not “use it or lose it”. Your balance can continue to grow every year. There is no time limit on using the funds. If you have any questions you would like discussed in future articles, please email bmcpike@comproins.com. Merry Christmas!

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Maly Marketing is a full-service marketing agency based in Lincoln. Jameon Rush oversees video production at Maly Marketing. Tell us a little about your business. - We’re driven to help our clients succeed and to do work that we’re proud of. Creative problem solving is our specialty. Because most of our clients aren’t dealing with massive budgets, we’ve found that it helps to look for solutions that are straightforward and inexpensive to implement. How did you get started in the business? - I joined the team at Maly Marketing in June of 2019. Prior to this, I owned and operated Optix Digital Media, a video production company that was based in Hastings. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Starting my own business from the ground up. Being responsible for payroll and the livelihood of your employees is always a huge responsibility and challenge. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Making the decision to quit a good job to start my own business and do what I love each and every day. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I’ve made two big moves in my life. Originally from Clay Center, KS, I came to Nebraska to attend college in Hastings where I lived for a total of 12 years. I just recently made the transition to life in Lincoln this past summer. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - My two biggest passions are traveling and staying active. When I can combine the two, it’s even better. Here in Lincoln, I enjoy cycling, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and sand volleyball. Throughout the year, I make several trips out to the mountains where I enjoy hiking, camping, downhill mountain biking, and snowboarding. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - Shortly after college, I trained and fought in a mixed martial arts (MMA) program in Omaha. I retired with an undefeated 1-0 career. What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “Never half-ass two things, full-ass one thing.” - Ron Swanson If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Hard-working. Which talent would you most like to have? - Being able to sing well would have been a great talent to have. This is something I was not blessed with, but I love listening to really any type of music with great vocals. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I would be most interested in a career in the culinary industry. Creating great food in a great environment would be an exciting and fulfilling career, second only to my current career as a video producer and filmmaker. What is your favorite movie? - My list of top movies seems to have several movies from Director Christopher Nolan. I love his focus and commitment to using practical effects instead of CGI. His movies also seem to always have a top-notch story and amazing acting. What is your favorite TV show? - I think it will be a long time before anything rivals what HBO was able to pull off with Game of Thrones. Although it may not have ended in the best fashion, the show was on a scale and scope of nothing else. Band of Brothers is a close second. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 875-6228; Email: Jameon@malymarketing.com; Website: www.MalyMarketing.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


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Delta Restoration Services offers water, fire, mold, and sewage mitigation and full reconstruction services. Jeff Carstens is the owner of Delta Restoration Services. Tell us a little about your business. - My wife Sandy, our son Connor, and I opened Delta Restoration Services because we want to help people who are in need. From the moment we receive a call and arrive on site, we have one simple goal—to restore the customer’s property and valuables to the condition they were in before the disaster. We will do everything in our power to make the process as painless as possible for the customer—ensuring “Peace of mind during uncertain times!” How did you get started in the business? - I purchased Chem-Dry Carpet Care of Lincoln in 1987 when I was 18 years old. Since then, I have seen my share of water damage. I have always wanted to expand into full restoration but the timing did not work out until now. My wife was ready for a new challenge and Connor was eager to start Delta with us. So, 32 years after I started Chem-Dry, I have another bucket list item checked off! What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - The everchanging technology and processes with that! We work diligently to keep up to date with new techniques, equipment, training, and procedures so we can continue to offer our customers the best possible outcome. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I am proud to say we have been in the top 10% of Chem-Dry franchisees world-wide for over 25 years straight, and we are the first franchisee to own a Chem-Dry, NHance Wood Renewal, and Delta Restoration Service—the three brands of our franchisor. Tell us a little about your family. - I have been married to Sandy for 29 years, and we have four children who are all here in Lincoln. In addition to Connor, we have a daughter named Ali. Her and her husband Anthony have five young boys. Our other two sons are Tyler, who works in the construction field, and Ethan, a senior at Southwest High School. We also have a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrior named Buster Brown, who we named appropriately! What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Spend time with my family doing anything—boating, fishing, backyard games, attending NE sporting events—anytime we are together, we have fun. Who inspires you? - People who excel at their craft. What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Dedicated. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bob Marley. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Duplicate myself. I never have enough time in the day to get everything done! What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. What is your favorite local restaurant? - I recently dined at Dish and it was AWESOME. Go-to restaurants include Lazlo’s and Hacienda Real. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Any of the Founding Fathers at the time when they were writing the Declaration of Independence—what foresight they had! If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 318-3737 / (402) 202-9406; Email: jeff@ deltalincolnsenebraska.com; Website: www.DeltaLincolnSENebraska.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


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What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” - Derek Jeter If you had a theme song, what would it be? - “Love Is My Religion” by Ziggy Marley. What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Lincoln has several good sports clubs, and I like to sponsor teams, help coach, or even get a kid a glove or a bat that they might need but can’t afford. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 488-2545; Email: mmoorhead@shelterinsurance.com; Website: www.shelterinsurance.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


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CEDARS Receives $235K Grant to Provide Support to Pregnant and Parenting Young People Experiencing Homelessness CEDARS, a local nonprofit serving children, youth, and families, recently received a $235,000 grant from the Federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to provide housing and additional support to pregnant and parenting young people and young adults experiencing homelessness. This new program will be an extension to the continuum of services CEDARS already provides to youth in our community. CEDARS transitional living programs, which provide 24-hour support to young people and young adults, focus on teaching independent living skills as youth transition from care to independence. Youth spend time working toward education and employment goals, as well as life skills and developing positive community connections. This new CEDARS program will focus on helping young women who are experiencing homelessness while at the same time pregnant or parenting young children of their own. Securing housing and additional supports for these young women is a priority for CEDARS, as well as the Lincoln community. Lincoln has identified eliminating homelessness among youth and young families as a priority, as these youth are at risk for many negative well-being outcomes. “With this new funding, CEDARS can strengthen our approach to how we serve vulnerable children, youth and families in our community,” says CEDARS President Jim Blue, “but it is the support of our friends near and far that provides the critical assistance necessary to help kids in crisis and build strong families.” Each young family accepted into this program will work closely with several CEDARS staff who will work on positive role modeling, increased levels of youth involvement in goal setting and community, and supportive outreach with the goal of promoting long-term economic independence and prevent intergenerational poverty. CEDARS has been supporting children, youth, and their families for over 70 years and remains committed to helping kids in crisis and building strong families. This year, CEDARS will deliver services to over 2,000 children and their families. As it was when CEDARS was founded in 1947, CEDARS mission is to help children and youth achieve safety, stability and enduring family relationships. For more information or to find out how you can help, call (402) 434-5437 or visit www.cedarskids.org.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Pat Ohmberger to Lead National Association of REALTORS® Region 8 Patricia L. Ohmberger, associate broker at HOME Real Estate, was installed as the Regional Vice President for Region 8 at the National Association REALTORS® in San Francisco, CA. Region 8 consists of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. In her 27 years of experience in real estate, Ohmberger has held many positions locally, statewide, and nationally. A few are regional vice president (2010) Women’s Council of Realtors, president (2008) Realtors Association of Lincoln, Realtor of the Year (2013) Nebraska Realtors Association, and national director (2015-17) National Association of Realtors. Ohmberger says she has strived to serve in national leadership roles since becoming part of a Leadership Academy class in 2011. In Nebraska, Ohmberger has been active in raising money for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), as Nebraska has won numerous awards. She is a Lifetime Member and in the Hall of Fame of RPAC on both state and national levels. Her voice has been heard through her advocacy for private property rights at all levels. Pat Ohmberger has been opening doors for people since 1992 and, as part of HOME Real Estate, has access to a whole team of professionals to help Lincoln home buyers and sellers. To connect with Pat, call (402) 4322822, or find her online at www.patohmberger.homerealestate.com.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Center Sphere Welcomes Alex Pearson as National Sales Director

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Center Sphere is excited to announce the newest member of their corporate team, Alex Pearson, as the national sales director. Alex will be focusing on growing the membership in all areas nationwide and is a great fit for the role. Alex came to Center Sphere after leading and owning a successful local lawn and landscape company for 15+ years. As an owner, he not only facilitated the operational functions of the business but was able to develop meaningful and long lasting relationships with both his customers and employees. Increased business knowledge through ownership led him to the understanding of all aspects of business including; marketing, human resources, management, sales, technology and, of course, networking. Alex enjoys time with his wife Annie and their Australian Shepherd Elbee. He has a passion for fitness, as well as stand-up comedy and DJ’ing. Alex tends to be very competitive, even if it’s just on his local sand volleyball court during the weekdays. You may reach Alex at Alex@CenterSphere.com. Center Sphere is an established network of business professionals whose mission is to share referrals, ideas, and resources through genuine relationships. Learn more online at www.centersphere. com or contact Area Director Lona Anderson at (402) 416-5700 / LonaAnderson@CenterSphere.com.

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City Impact is excited to welcome Ashley Larson as Impact Reading Director. Ashley originally joined the City Impact team in 2008 and worked as a teacher and leader with City Impact until 2012, when she took the opportunity to stay at home with her children. Now she has returned, and the organization is thrilled to have her! Ashley is inspired by City Impact’s steadfast commitment to the community and wholistic gospel focus. Her dream is for City Impact’s work to open doors for Lincoln youth that will create lasting change in the kids and families of our community. City Impact is a nonprofi t organization whose mission is to transform vulnerable communities through wholistic youth, family, and neighborhood development. They mentor, teach, and empower kids to overcome their vulnerable circumstances and to transform their lives and neighborhoods from the inside out. To learn more about City Impact, visit cityimpact.org or contact Lisa Guill at (402) 477-8080 / lguill@cityimpact.org.

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Emily Ruwe and Rachel Smith, two of the managers at Kenl Inn, attended the International B o a r d i n g & Pe t S e r v i c e s Association’s (IBPSA) 7th Annual Pet Care Services Educational Conference & Trade Show, which was held October 1–3 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, CA. Pictured (L-R): Emily Ruwe IBPSA is the pet care services and Rachel Smith. industry’s professional trade association. They are on a mission to provide the education and resources that pet care facilities need to create the safest and most professional environment for your pets—which is the mission of Kenl Inn, too. Conference session topics, presented by industry experts, included pet care staff education, customer service, canine enrichment, caring for stressed, anxious, and depressed pets, and even cyber safety. There were also sessions focused on helping attendees make sure their business is a successful one so that they can be there long term for you and your pets. Emily and Rachel had the opportunity to meet with exhibitors offering products and services designed to improve their level of service—from facility maintenance to cutting-edge technology for improved customer service. Even when having fun outside of the sessions, the presence of other pet care providers from across the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Italy created a unique opportunity to learn from others dedicated to providing premier pet care. Set on 44 acres just outside of Lincoln, Kenl Inn has grown to be the area’s premier boarding, training, and grooming facility. Learn more online at kenl-inn.com or call (402) 488-8190. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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PERSONNEL NEWS The Set Me Free Project Welcomes Summer Woolsey The Set Me Free Project announced recently that Summer Woolsey, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, has joined their team for a full year as an event and communications coordinator. The team has already benefitted from her support and willingness to help. They are excited to see all that she will accomplish in this role. Summer has previously worked as a student services specialist for University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Peace Corps Education Volunteer. She is valued for her commitment and dedication and her experience in higher education administration, international development, and nonprofit management. The Set Me Free Project is continually rallying people to the fight against human trafficking through their educational events at schools, community centers, and businesses. To learn more, go online to setmefreeproject.net. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for The Set Me Free Project’s Comedy for Change event on March 26, 2020. Tickets are already available for purchase, and there are various sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more, contact Stephanie Olson at (402) 521-3080 / info@ setmefreeproject.net.

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Immanuel Executive Director John Croghan Named Future Leader in Senior Living Immanuel is proud to announce that John Croghan, executive director of The Landing at Williamsburg Village, has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long-term and post-acute care. Croghan joins the association’s year-long Future Leaders program that offers training and guidance for long-term and post-acute care professionals. “We are extremely proud of John and this honor,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president and CEO. “John is an incredible presence at The Landing, one of our continuing care campuses. He brings to life our nonpprofit mission of service to seniors, each other and the community.” John Croghan has served the retirement living industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Immanuel, he gained experience at the leadership level in managing and opening new retirement communities throughout the Midwest. Since 2004, AHCA/NCAL has hosted long-term and post-acute care professionals in the Future Leaders program. Selected participants demonstrate leadership potential and represent the interests of both state and national long-term care providers. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. Immanuel Communities owns and operates 14 independent living, assisted living, and long-term care retirement communities on eight campuses. Learn more online at www.immanuel.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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PERSONNEL NEWS Waterford Communities Congratulates Kathy Jennings on Retirement

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The Waterford Communities Assisted Living and Memory Care would like to congratulate Kathy Jennings on her retirement. Kathy has served Waterford Communities for nearly 20 years as a lead bookkeeper, office manager, and human resources representative. Through these positions, she has helped Waterford Communities navigate growth and challenges over the years. She has truly been a blessing to the Waterford family. The leadership team and fellow staff members wish her much happiness in this next chapter of her life. The Waterford Communities are locally owned and operated with two assisted living locations—The Waterford at College View and The Waterford at Williamsburg—and one location specifically dedicated to providing memory care—The Waterford at Wilderness Hills. All of The Waterford Communities offer a home-like environment along with a host of amenities that allow residents to maintain their independence and the quality of life that they deserve. To learn more, go online to www.thewaterford.net or call (402) 423-0000.

B&R Stores, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Senior Vice President of Operations Mark Griffi n to president, COO, effective January 1, 2020. Griffin has been a key player in leading the growth of B&R Stores since July of 2016. Griffin’s promotion to president of B&R is a recognition of the leadership and responsibilities he has undertaken since he came to the company. He is highly respected by his associates, vendors, and customers. B&R looks forward to working with him for years to come. Prior to joining B&R Stores, Griffin had over 25 years of executive management experience working with Spartan Nash, Associated Food Stores, and Affiliated Foods. B&R Stores, Inc. was founded in 1964 by Russ Raybould. The employee-owned company has grown to include 20 stores under several banners, including Russ’s Market, Super Saver, and Apple Market located in Nebraska and Iowa. To learn more about the History of B&R Stores and their available career opportunities, visit www.brstores.com.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Beth Friesen of Oasis Senior Advisors Appears on Health Talk Show “The Doctors” On November 8, Beth Friesen of Oasis Senior Advisors appeared on the popular health and wellness talk show, The Doctors, to offer advice to a New Jersey resident caring for her grandmother with Alzheimer’s. Beth gave the gift of comfort and wisdom through her tips on how to deal with situations such as this. Since the release of her book, I Love Someone with Dementia…So Why Am I Losing My Mind?, Beth has become increasingly sought after for her advice and experience on caring for family members with memory loss; the book reached the top 10 in Amazon’s list of books on dementia on November 9. A certified dementia practitioner and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care trainer, Beth returned to the air again to share her wisdom and experience on Lifetime Network’s Balancing Act on November 25. Oasis Senior Advisors’ mission is to come alongside families and give them a customized approach that is specific to their needs. For more information about Oasis and their free service for families, visit their website at OasisSeniorAdvisors.com. Beth Friesen can also be reached at (402) 429-8891.

EMO Flooring Welcomes Hannah Jelden and Shelly Millo to Sales Team To meet a growing demand for services, EMO Flooring recently expanded their team to welcome two new employees working in sales, Hannah Jelden and Shelly Millo. Each brings experience and enthusiasm that are already proving to be a great asset to the EMO team. Hannah Jelden has a degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has spent her post-graduate years building relationships with clients by Hannah Jelden educating them on products and services in the world of interior design and retail. Hannah enjoys turning an idea into a reality and is already using this to enhance the experience of EMO customers. Shelly Millo grew up in Western Nebraska and has lived in Lincoln for more than 30 years. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and watching HGTV. Shelly has years of experience with home remodel which allows her to assist customers in creating spaces that fit their unique plans and circumstances. Shelly Millo The mission of EMO Flooring is to provide flooring products of the highest quality and value with sales expertise, service, and professional installation. They offer a comfortable and fun environment to pick out all your flooring needs. EMO Flooring offers carpet, luxury vinyl, tile/stone, laminate, resilient flooring, and wood flooring along with other services for your home. Stop by the store or call (402) 420-2323 to talk to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at EMO Flooring, or go online to www.emoflooring.com to view their catalog. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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PERSONNEL NEWS Legacy Retirement Communities Recognize Jerry Joyce Living Legacy Award Recipients The Legac y Retirement Communities and KFOR have announced Jan Hughes, Susie Brown, Ed and Cecelia Reinhardt, and Barb Harpham as their newest recipients of the Jerry Joyce Living Legacy Awards. A luncheon to honor the recipients was held on November 7 at Legacy Estates. Pictured (L-R): John Kopetzky, The Living Legacy Awards executive Director of Legacy Terrace have been given since 2011 in (co-emcee of the luncheon); Greg memory of Jerry Joyce, founder Joyce, CEO and grandson of the late o f t h e L e ga c y Re t i r e m e n t Jerry Joyce; Barb Harpham, Susie Communities, to honor volunteer Brown, Jan Hughes, Cecelia and Ed heroes who exhibit the same Reinhardt, and Cathy Blythe, KFOR kind of quiet, giving spirit that personality (co-emcee of the luncheon). Jerry Joyce had shown to others in his life. Jan Hughes was selected for the work she does throughout the community as a volunteer in several facets, including distributing food at the Lincoln Public School emergency food pantry, transporting household goods and clothing donations to the Barnabas project, and many more. Her $2,500 award will help the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, People’s City Mission, and the Food Bank. The other Jerry Joyce Living Legacy Award was awarded to Susie Brown, who is not only the full-time Meals on Wheels volunteer and delivery coordinator but also works to feed and provide emotional support for the youth served through the F Street Community Center. Susie Brown’s $2,500 award will go to MRP, the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for We Can Do This, which is the children’s food program Susie facilitates at the F Street Community Center. Ed and Cecelia Reinhardt received a Jerry Joyce Caring Heart Award. They were cited for their passionate work with the Special Olympics. They are using their $1,000 award to help aid their fund the Special Olympics competitions. Barb Harpham also received a Jerry Joyce Caring Heart Award. She was cited for her volunteer work at Mahoney Manor. She has chosen to give her $1,000 award to Lincoln Housing Authority, earmarked for a new van that will bring ease of transportation for the residents at Mahoney Manor. Legacy Retirement Communities provides Lincoln with awardwinning elegance and superior care. From independent living to assisted living and memory care, Legacy Retirement Communities offers a world-class experience for its residents and employees. Learn more at www.legacyretirement.com or call (402) 436-3000.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Michelle Broman Announced as New Executive Director of CountryHouse Lincoln CountryHouse of Lincoln, a member of the Agemark Senior Living communities, is excited to announce the hiring of Michelle Broman as the new executive director. A native of Stanton, NE, Michelle brings experience in business administration, nursing, education, and leadership to CountryHouse. She began her career in business administration before making a switch to nursing in 2005, starting first as a CNA, working in-home health, long-term care, and hospice care. She’s also spent time as an oncology nurse, a clinical research nurse, and an oncology nurse navigator. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a Master of Nursing Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and has served as an adjunct instructor for nursing at Union College, a clinic educator, and a director of clinical education in senior health care. CountryHouse of Lincoln, located off of 70th and O Streets, offers memory care for seniors in a compassionate, caring, and home-like setting. They are committed to treating everyone like family and creating moments of joy for all community residents. Learn more online at countryhouse.net or contact Ashley Gloystein-Klatt, national marketing director, at (402) 289-8842, Ext. 23 / agloystein-klatt@agemark.com with any further questions. To meet Michelle or tour the CountryHouse community, call Angie Hilsabeck at (402) 421-2200.

Strictly Business Welcomes Annie Carbutt as Co-Editor and Writer Strictly Business is thrilled to welcome the newest member to its small-but-mighty team, Annie Carbutt! Annie came to Strictly Business in October, and her experience in English and writing made her the ideal candidate. Annie will work closely with the current editor, Hannah Hundley, to write press releases and feature stories. This will allow Hannah to take over more of a director of operations role while still overseeing major editorial pieces such as Star/River City Sixes, Client Spotlights, Restaurant Exposés, etc. Annie looks forward to building relationships with clients of the magazine in Lincoln and Omaha as she corresponds with them month to month to share their announcements and present them as the experts in their fields. Prior to joining Strictly Business, Annie worked as a visiting instructor of English at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China’s top-five universities, where she taught classic English literature and writing composition classes. Prior to moving to China, she worked as an English teacher’s assistant at Brigham Young University-Idaho and enjoyed conferencing one-on-one with college students and helping them perfect their essays and other writing. Annie loves the universal human story and finding ways to shape and share this story through written word. She holds a Bachelor of English degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho (Rexburg, ID), and an Associate of Science degree from Adams State College (Alamosa, CO). Strictly Business is an established and trusted local news source and advertising tool in Lincoln and Omaha. To learn more, visit strictlybusiness.com / strictlybusinessomaha.com. To welcome Annie to Lincoln and the Strictly Business team, call (402) 466-3330 or email her at Office@StrictlyBusinessOmaha.com. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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NONPROFIT NEWS CEDARS Earns Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating

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CEDARS was recently honored with a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive time that CEDARS has earned this top distinction. Charity Navigator has stated that CEDARS’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from other nonprofits and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public. Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of a 4-star rating. This adds CEDARS to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome the world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support CEDARS. CEDARS has been a vital part of the community for over 70 years. What started as a grassroots effort to provide safe refuge to children and youth who had no other safe place to spend the night has grown into a dynamic and dedicated team of over 150 professionals serving 2,000 kids and families each year. Anyone interested in helping the children and youth in CEDARS’ care is encouraged to contact Tina Reeves at (402) 904-3261 or treeves@cedarskids.org. For more information about how CEDARS cares for children and their families, call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit cedarskids.org.

On Saturday, February 22, nearly 2,000 eager bowlers will join Junior Achievement (JA) for the Lincoln Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event. If you’re looking for a fun, impactful, team-building activity this winter for your employees or co-workers, look no further! Get a team of four to six people together for a two-hour game of bowling full of prizes, trivia, and, of course, food and drinks! Participants can choose the bowling alley (Parkway Lanes, Hollywood Bowl) and the time (morning, afternoon, or evening). Each bowler will raise at least $45 for Junior Achievement, with help from friends, family, co-workers, etc., and then come together for some bowling and socializing! This is a great way to get employees together to facilitate teamwork and fun, so companies are encouraged to consider covering a portion of the registration and/or pledges. All of the money raised through the Junior Achievement Bowl-AThon will go to providing JA programs to nearly 31,000 K-12 grade students in the community! These programs are educating students on financial literacy and entrepreneurship, while preparing them to be a part of the future workforce. Register your team today by contacting Kim Pramberg at (402) 467-4479 or kpramberg@jalincoln.org.

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NONPROFIT NEWS Wear Yellow Nebraska Announces New Year Kick-Off Event

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska Given $40K from Workers’ Compensation Association

Join Wear Yellow Nebraska on Thursday, January 23, 6–8 p.m., at Gorat’s Steak House, 4917 Center St., for their 2020 Wear Yellow Nebraska KickOff to celebrate the successes of 2019 and jump into planning for an outstanding 2020! Included in the evening’s festivities will be tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks, registration information for the 17th Annual Wear Yellow Ride, Run & Walk, new routes, and of course, that stylish Wear Yellow Nebraska gear everyone loves. Wear Yellow Nebraska is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a clear focus on niche initiatives that offered cancer survivors support in ways that weren’t being addressed and for people who would otherwise fall through the cracks, truly caring for an individual’s special circumstances. To learn more or register for the event, go to www.wearyellownebraska. org or contact (402) 965-1699 / wearyellownebraska@gmail.com.

K i d s ’ C h a n c e o f N eb ra s k a was recently presented with a generous donation of $40,000 from the Workers’ Compensation Association of Nebraska. The Association presented the check to Kids’ Chance of Nebraska at their annual Nebraska Symposium, a two-day event that was held October 24–25 and featured multiple courses and panels by experts from across Nebraska and the Midwest. The evening before the symposium, Kids’ Chance of Nebraska held their Wine & Indian Food Fundraiser, which turned out to be a very successful event.

Tabitha Recognized for Commitment to Workplace Safety Nonprofit Tabitha received the Star Award at Nebraska Safety Council’s conference and trade show. This annual honor is presented to organizations across the state that have made a difference Tabitha’s Safety and Risk Management in workplace safety. Tabitha is Director Shawn Martin (center with one of just five to receive this award) and Wellbeing Coordinator Cheto Cerda (far right) stand with year’s prestigious award. Nebraska Safety Council’s Executive

This recognition is a result Director Lisa Henning, Vice President Heather Vanover along with Chief o f Ta b i t h a ’s o u t s t a n d i n g Medical Officer for the State of commitment to evaluating, Nebraska, Dr. Gary Anthone. understanding and improving processes as they relate to workplace injury and illness across its 1,000+ strong workforce. Tabitha serves 28 Nebraska counties including residential living community campuses in central and south Lincoln and Crete. As Tabitha has transformed over the years to become the state’s leader in senior care services, so has its safety department. Through the collaboration of dedicated TEAMembers from safety, falls and quality assurance committees, Tabitha has a below average injury and illness rate for its industry the past three years. Tabitha has also had a significant drop in its DART rate, which is the rate of injury cases that have involved days away from work. In 2018, Tabitha reported only three cases of this degree of injury. The Workplace Safety Award Program is designed for Nebraska Safety Council member companies, like Tabitha, that encourage and promote the prevention of occupational injuries and illness in their workplaces and have achieved superior results in the success of their safety programs. Applications are peer-reviewed by industry professionals in a volunteer committee that evaluates various aspects of their programs. Tabitha is Nebraska’s industry-leading and quality award-winning senior care expert. Serving friends and neighbors for over 130 years and encompassing 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha offers results-driven rehabilitation, accessible at-home health care, innovative living communities, and compassionate hospice services. Learn more at Tabitha.org. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

In 2019, Kids’ Chance of Nebraska has given out 15 scholarships totaling $63,750. All of this couldn’t be done without the ongoing support of the Workers’ Compensation Association of Nebraska and other sponsors who aid in their fundraising efforts. The Mission of Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and their mission is to provide financial support to further the education of the children of Nebraska workers who have been severely injured, totally disabled, or killed as a result of employment-related injuries or occupational diseases. It is the goal of Kids’ Chance of Nebraska to make a difference in the lives of these children by providing scholarships to help eligible students achieve both their educational goals and their families’ dreams. Email kidschanceofnebraska@gmail.com with any questions or go online to www.kidschanceofne.org for more information.

Goodwill Partners with Gateway Mall to Offer Gift Wrapping to Shoppers Goodwill Industries Ser ving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is partnering with Gateway Mall to bring your holiday shopping and wrapping experience all in one place. Located in the Food Court, visit the gift wrap experience until December 24 to find everything you’ll need from boxes to bows, paper to packages. Find ideas and supplies at the DIY Inspiration Station to personalize the perfect gift for a special someone. Also, bring a friend to any of Goodwill’s five retail locations for the $10 for 10 clothing sale on December 13 and 14 and the $0.99 Clothing Sale December 27 and 28. As the year comes to an end, Goodwill would like to thank their partners, donors, and customers. From supporting community events to shopping in stores, it all allows Goodwill to continue to provide employment and training opportunities for people with barriers to employment while offering residents an outlet for recycling unused household items and clothing. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores remains the largest source of funding for its programs and services. It is with this understanding that Goodwill provides funding to colleague agencies to help with their own programs that align with Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized. For 86 years, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been strengthening the Lincoln community. For more information about Goodwill and its role in the community, visit www.lincolngoodwill.org. DECEMBER 2019 Strictly Business 37


NONPROFIT NEWS CBMC Lincoln to Host Lunch and Learn Events in 2020

DSAF to Participate in National Inclusive Schools Week

CBMC Lincoln will continue to conduct free “Lunch and Learn” events into 2020 in order to educate people about their Peer Advisory Groups. Lunc h and Learns are typically held every other month at the CBMC office at 5625 O St. At these luncheons, CBMC leaders demonstrate, explain, and enable attendees to experience the CBMC Peer Advisory Group process. A Peer Advisory Group consists of 8–12 men who are business owners, senior leaders, and professionals. The purpose of these groups is to provide Godly counsel, mutual support, accountability, and insights and solutions to business and life challenges. The foundation is based on biblical and sound business principles that enable individuals to grow in their personal, professional, and spiritual life. CBMC Lincoln is a ministry to business and professional individuals, encouraging them toward spiritual development, personal integrity, principled leadership, and a desire to impact others. To learn more, call (402) 204-1997 or connect on Facebook (@ cbmclincolnne). A brief video that illustrates a typical CBMC Peer Advisory Group can be viewed on the website at Lincoln.cbmc. com. To inquire specifically about Lunch and Learn events, contact Ed Nix at (402) 730-8797.

The Down Syndrome Association for Families (DSAF) of Nebraska announced that they will participate in National Inclusive Sc hools Week taking place December 2-6. Inclusive Schools Week is a time designated to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students, and parents in making their schools, and consequently their communities, more inclusive. DSAF will be providing encouragement during this week for schools to showcase their efforts to provide inclusive environments. Since the inaugural celebration in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has been celebrated by tens of thousands of students, families, and educators in schools and communities in every state in the United States as well as communities across the globe. To learn more about Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska and their upcoming events, including their monthly educational series held at Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar and their annual holiday party at Firespring on December 7, visit www.dsafnebraska. org. Further questions can be directed to Program director Dawna Daily at (402) 421-1338 / director@dsafnebraska.org.

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NONPROFIT NEWS Center for People in Need Presents Toyland Cooper Foundation Features TeamMates of for Kids Event December 14–16 Lincoln in Fall Report The Center for People in Need recently announced their highly-anticipated annual Toyland for Kids event for the holiday season, which will take place Saturday, December 14 through Monday, December 16. Low-income parents and guardians of children ages 18 and under are invited to go to the Center for People in Need’s distribution room, 3901 N. 27th St., to “shop” for toys for their children so they can fill their children’s stockings with cheer and surprises for Christmas morning! Throughout the year, the Center for People in Need assists approximately 16,000 people in need of some help. They are dedicated to their mission of providing services to low-income people and helping them to address their basic needs and to work toward economic independence. The organization provides basic services, including food, emergency services, English language skills, educational opportunities, and employment skills. For more information about their Toyland for Kids event hours or acquiring an updated Center Card before the event, call (402) 476-4357 or visit cfpin.org.

TeamMates of Lincoln was recently featured in the Cooper Foundation’s Fall Report as one of the many strong and sustainable nonprofit organizations it funds. The Cooper Foundation’s support for operational funding provides a crucial pillar of support for nonprofits like TeamMates, helping fund the necessary “behind-the-scenes work” to make projects happen and achieve measurable outcomes. While TeamMates of Lincoln has served thousands of students in its 28 years, there are currently 800 students waiting for a mentor, so mentor recruitment is the top priority for the 2019-20 school year. Pledging to push recruitment efforts to new heights, TeamMates of Lincoln meets the Cooper Foundation’s goal to support organizations that fill gaps, try new approaches, and are mission-driven. Founded in Lincoln in 1934 by Joe Cooper, a Russian immigrant who launched a successful multi-state movie theatre business, the Cooper Foundation continues Mr. Cooper’s support of the community and young people through grants for education, the arts and humanities, human services, and the environment in Nebraska. To learn more about the Cooper Foundation, visit cooperfoundation.org/about/history. For more information on TeamMates of Lincoln and to find out how to make a difference in the life of a child, go to LincolnTeamMates.org.

HopeSpoke Directs Fundraising Efforts to Going to the Dogs Campaign George and Teddy, HopeSpoke’s therapy dogs, make a huge impact on the positive experience a child or adult has when they come in for therapy. This is why HopeSpoke has decided to focus their fundraising efforts during Giving Tuesday and beyond to their new Going to the Dogs campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise $1,000 or more to help provide dog food, trips to the groomer to keep them fresh for petting and hugging, ongoing veterinarian visits and supplies to clean their teeth and keep up with their special health needs, and to purchase dog toys to help them stay active. A gift of $60 will pay for a trip to the groomer and a gift of $100 will provide food for a month for George and Teddy.

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NONPROFIT NEWS Domesti-PUPS Celebrates Service and Therapy Dog Graduations

Friendship Home Partners with Capital One to Offer Educational Opportunities

Domesti-PUPS held a graduation ceremony for three service dog teams and one Edu-PUP (classroom therapy dog) on October 15. The ceremony was held at both places where the dogs were trained—in the morning at the Nebraska State Penitentiary and again in the afternoon at the Lincoln Correctional Center. Each dog was individually trained with an inmate to meet their needs and help them lead a more independent life. The service dog teams that were placed include two wheelchair/ mobility support dogs, a combination mobility/diabetic, and alert/ seizure response dog. Recipients of the dogs are from Lincoln, Firth, and Orleans, NE. The Edu-PUPS (classroom therapy dog) is being placed in a school in Lincoln. Classroom dogs are innovative teaching tools as the dogs are non-judgmental and unconditionally loving. They bring a renewed inspiration and excitement to the learning process and motivate students. They also help develop self-esteem, responsibility, motivation, self-discipline, and communication skills. Domesti-PUPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Lincoln. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with special needs through the assistance of animals, and to promote awareness through education. For more information on service, therapy, or companion dogs, email info@domesti-pups.org or visit www.domesti-pups.org.

This is the second year Friendship Home has announced that they will be partnering with Capital One to offer education classes for victims of domestic violence. Those who attend the class will be empowered to understand economic oppor tunities through education on a variety of topics which will advance their ability to be independent and rebuild their lives free of violence. More specifics on the classes will be available in coming months. Capital One has a corporate culture of assisting vulnerable individuals in communities to achieve financial security as well as a commitment to build and foster a society in which every voice is heard. They believe that helping the individuals in our community to reimagine their opportunities, financial and otherwise, can change the world. Visit capitalone.com to learn more. Friendship Home of Lincoln has provided safe shelter and comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children for over 40 years. At Friendship Home, there is always a need for gift cards for gas and groceries, financial donations, and volunteer support to help with special events. For more information, visit www.friendshiphome.org or call (402) 434-0168.

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NONPROFIT NEWS Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center Marks 120th Year of the Christmas Bird Count The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a community science program that provides data for the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and other organizations to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action. In its 120th year, the CBCs for Lincoln and Omaha have been scheduled for Photo by Camilla Cerea, Audubon Saturday, December 28. The CBC is crucial for birds’ survival. Audubon’s recent climate report, Survival by Degrees, shows that two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction due to climate change. The data collected from this count could provide additional information to drive stronger conservation actions and policies. The CBC is not limited to avid birders, though. Everyone is welcome to participate in the count, from experts to kids and families. Eleven circles are scheduled across Nebraska spreading from Omaha and Lincoln west to Scottsbluff. “This is a great event for volunteers of all ages and experience levels,” said Jason St. Sauver, the Lincoln CBC coordinator. To learn more about Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center or to participate in the Christmas Bird Count in Lincoln, email jstsauver@ audubon.org or call (402) 797-2301. If you would like to participate in a different city, visit www.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count for more information on how to register.

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Angels Among Us to Host Birds & Beer Bash for Pediatric Cancer Angels Among Us will host Birds & Beer Bash, an all-you-can-eat-and-drink event, on Thursday, January 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Buildertrend. The event is intended as a fun way to both raise money for pediatric cancer and also to invite young professionals into an easy-going atmosphere where they can learn about all the great things Angels Among Us is doing! Attendees will have the chance to taste craft beers from brewers all across the state in partnership with the Nebraska Brewers Guild. Also present will be local restaurants such as Skyybox Grill & Bar and Hilton downtown who are preparing unique and tasty chicken dishes to try. Come for a fun night out with your peers and coworkers. You don’t want to miss this! A $35 ticket includes all you can eat and drink, an event t-shirt and pint glass designed by Soul & Swag, and the knowledge that you are doing good for Nebraska families battling pediatric cancer! Angels Among Us is a Nebraska nonprofit that provides financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling pediatric cancer. Any family living in or being treated in Nebraska is eligible to apply for financial support. In 2018, Angels Among Us provided financial support to 99 families, giving over $355,000. Register now to wing in the new year with Birds & Beers at www. myangelsamongus.org. Only 250 tickets available. While you’re online, check out the various sponsorship levels and opportunities available with Angels Among Us. Contact Alyssa Theilen, director of community relations and development, at (402) 934-0999 / alyssa@myangelsamongus.org with any questions. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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NONPROFIT NEWS Make-A-Wish Nebraska to Host Annual Wish Ball February 15 Make-A-Wish Nebraska ® will host their annual Wish Ball, presented by Daws Trucking Inc., on February 15 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln, 1040 P St. Join them for this special night to learn why they’re wild about wishes and witness the impact a wish can have on wish kids, their families, and donors. Take part in a raffl e, silent and live auctions, and all the excitement of the evening! Most importantly, help Make-A-Wish grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses right here in Nebraska by securing your ticket today. Every 34 minutes, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a critical illness in the U.S. Make-A-Wish serves a unique role in helping strengthen and empower these children and their families during a time often clouded with worry. To learn more about the organization, visit nebraska.wish.org or call the Lincoln office at (402) 475-9474. For more information about the Wish Ball and sponsorship or ticket information, please contact Melissa Davis-Schmit at mdavischmit@nebraska.wish.org.

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year that Matt Talbot has earned this top distinction. Only 9% of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Matt Talbot is among the top charities in America in adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way. “Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Matt Talbot to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Matt Talbot.” “We want to share this news with our generous community to affirm that we are using their donations wisely to defeat hunger and homelessness,” said Susanne Blue, executive director of Matt Talbot. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.” Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge at charitynavigator.org. Learn more about Matt Talbot at mtko.org. #PrintProudDigitalSmart


NONPROFIT NEWS Nonprofit Association of the Midlands to Host Annual Holiday Party

American Heart Association Announces Chairs for 2020 Lincoln Heart Ball

Nonprofi t Association of the Midlands (NAM) will host their annual holiday party, sponsored by The Harry A. Koch Company, on December 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. As a thank you to their community of nonprofits for all their hard work this year, NAM is giving the gift of celebration and connection through their annual holiday party. Guests will enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to greet old friends and make new ones! The party is free to attend, though registration is required.

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce the chairs for the 2020 Lincoln Heart Ball: Dr. Matthew Johnson with Bryan Heart and his wife Mrs. KaCey Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a cardiologist in Lincoln who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of heart and cardiovascular conditions. The annual black-tie event will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Embassy Suites, 1040 P St. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m., followed by a live auction and a chance to hear about the meaningful work the American Heart Association is doing.

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands strengthens the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the quality of community life throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa. With NAM’s growing base of nonprofits, the organization is committed to: enhancing public recognition of the importance and role of the nonprofit sector; providing access to high-quality assistance and information on effective nonprofit management and practices; advocating on issues that affect the capacity of all nonprofits to address their communities’ needs; and fostering communication and cooperation among nonprofits. The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands is a state association that currently represents more than 650 nonprofit organizations. To learn more about NAM or register for the holiday party, visit www.nonprofitam.org/events or email abby@nonprofitam.org.

The Lincoln Heart Ball was created to celebrate the energy, passion, and commitment of donors, healthcare providers, community leaders, sponsors, volunteers, and survivors to raise funds for lifesaving research and education. Funds raised during the event will support the fight against cardiovascular diseases— the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States each year. You can learn more about the American Heart Association’s events in Lincoln by visiting www.heart.org/Lincoln or calling (402) 875-7382. Contact Brianna Georgeson at Brianna.Georgeson@ heart.org or visit www.heart.org/lincolnheartball to learn about sponsorship opportunities and to reserve your tickets for the 2020 Lincoln Heart Ball.

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F3 Omaha Joins Nebraska Community Blood Bank for Company Donor Day F3 Omaha recently joined the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) for a day of generous giving at NCBB’s newlyopened Omaha donor center. Twenty members of F3 Omaha, an energetic group of men who are building up male leadership in the community through daily workouts, came together to give offer the gift of life and strengthen their bond as a group. Snacks included custom-made cookies featuring the F3 Omaha logo! Nebraska Community Blood Bank invites you to celebrate giving back by organizing a Donor Day of your own. Donor Days are a chance for small groups of coworkers, friends, and/or family to donate blood together at one of NCBB’s four donor centers between Lincoln and Omaha. Donor Days are a great way to celebrate a special occasion or honor someone special in your life while providing even more life-saving blood for Nebraska hospital patients. Depending on how many donors are in your group, your Donor Day can take place over several hours in one day or over the course of a few days. You’re welcome to bring decorations like balloons or treats to make your day even more special! To learn more about the impact you can make by donating blood to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank, visit NCBB.org or call (402) 486-9402. Specific questions about organizing a Donor Day can be sent to Sandy via email at slemon@ncbb.org. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Fresh Start hosted their 10th Annual Project Funway on November 1 at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. O ve r 2 6 0 g u e s t s we r e i n attendance. This year’s event ra i s e d a r e c o r d - b r e a k i n g amount of $32,000. The runway show featured 37 local designers and University of Nebraska Lincoln students who explored the relationship between flexibility and fashion. Each design showcased the designer’s unique interpretation of the theme transformation. The event had a special showcase highlighting clothing fashions from the past 10 years. Event sponsors included Hampton Enterprises – Properties & Construction, Sid Dillon, Union Bank & Trust, and Walmart. Fresh Start is a nonprofit transitional housing and goal-oriented program designed to support women who are working diligently to improve their lives. To learn more, visit www.freshstarthome. org, call (402) 475-7777, or find Fresh Start on Facebook (@ FreshStartHomeLincoln).

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Donations to Community Action’s Gathering Place Matched $1 for $1 through Year-End Thanks to the support of several generous match sponsors, all monetary donations r e c e i ve d fo r C o m m u n i t y A c t i o n’s Gathering Place, a soup kitchen serving over 29,000 hot evening meals to those struggling with hunger each year, will be matched $1 for $1. The campaign launc hed on October 14 and is made possible thanks to the generosity of match sponsors who have contributed a total of $78,000. These include lead sponsor Acklie Charitable Foundation, as well as Rogers Foundation, Miriam Moeller Charitable Trust, INSPRO Insurance, Union Bank & Trust, Nebraska Presbyterian Foundation, Lincoln Rotary Club #14 Foundation, and Bukaty Companies. “We are humbled by the tremendous support exhibited by our match sponsors,” said Vi See, executive director of Community Action. “Their partnership is making it possible to offer $1 for $1 match on donations for the Gathering Place, which is hugely motivating to individuals as they are considering their year-end giving. We hope all will join in supporting the important work of the Gathering Place, and thank all who already have!” Community Action hopes to receive $78,000 in community contributions by December 31 to leverage the maximum $78,000 contributed by their match sponsors.

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HEALTH NEWS American Cancer Society Serves Over 1.4M Cancers Patients

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The American Cancer Society offers programs and ser vices to more than 1.4 million cancer patients each year as well as their family and friends. The team in Nebraska invites any and all who are touched by cancer to take advantage of their resources. The association provides information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to those who need it, all for free. These resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help guide cancer patients and their loved ones through the cancer experience. Whether someone has been recently diagnosed, is currently going through treatment, or is caring for a loved one with cancer, the American Cancer Society is here to help. From free lodging and transportation to help making decisions about your care, they offer programs, services, and resources listed in the Find Support and Treatment section of their website.

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Giving you accurate, up-to-date information on cancer is one of the American Cancer Society’s top priorities. To learn more about their support and treatment services, visit cancer.org/treatment or call 1-(800) 227-2345.

CHAD Nebraska Recognizes Charity Campaign Partners CHAD (Combined Health A ge n c i e s D r i ve ) r e c e n t l y recognized 14 of its 21 member charities for not only contributing to the CHAD workplace campaign in their areas but also achieving 100% participation. These charities include: Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter; Arthritis Foundation Nebraska; Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska; Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/Iowa Chapter; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Nebraska Chapter; JDRF Nebraska- Southwest Iowa Chapter; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Nebraska Chapter; Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska; Nebraska AIDS Project; Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation; Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association in partnership with Nebraska Health Care Association; Nebraska Kidney Association; Team Jack Foundation; and United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska. “By participating in the campaign, the staff at each of these organizations are showing the community that our member charities recognize the importance of community involvement and giving back,” said Michelle Grossman, President and CEO. “They are mirroring what we are asking others in the community to do, which makes our mission stronger.” Not only did CHAD’s partners participate, CHAD also had 100% participation—all staff participated in the United Way of the Midlands campaign in Omaha, United Way/CHAD partnership campaign in Lincoln, and the statewide CHAD campaign in Greater Nebraska. Since its inception, CHAD of Nebraska has raised $58,159,054 for charities who are supporting those in need in the community. To learn more, call (402) 614-8500 or visit www.chadnebraska. org. You can also connect with the organization on social media (@CHADNebraska). #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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HEALTH NEWS Nebraska Cancer Specialists First in U.S. to Enroll Patients in Phase 1 Trial

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Two patients at Nebraska Cancer Specialists are receiving a cuttingedge, phase I cancer trial, and they are the first two patients in the United States to receive this treatment. Only three other sites in the country are recruiting patients for this trial. Nebraska Cancer Specialists was the first of the four U.S. sites to enroll not just one, but two, patients for this trial that just opened in August 2019. The trial is targeted towards patients who have advanced stage cancer in an area of the body in which the cancerous tumor can be injected with the drug by means of ultrasound guidance. The treatment type is referred to as oncolytic virus therapy, and it is administered in collaboration with an interventional radiologist who performs the intra-tumoral injection. An oncolytic virus is administered to attack and kill the affected diseased tumor cells. When the virus infects a tumor cell, the virus spreads until it bursts the cancer cell. The bursting cell releases materials that allow the cancer to then be recognized by the body’s immune system. To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one other oncolytic virus therapy used for treating melanoma. This new phase I trial at Nebraska Cancer Specialists is currently being offered at the Legacy location where the guided ultrasound can also be offered at the Midwest Cancer Center. Patients or referring physicians can learn more at Nebraska Cancer’s robust Research Department by visiting nebraskacancer.com/research. For inquiries, use the online form on this page or call Director of Research Megan Meays, M.A., CCRC at (402) 691-6971.

Comfort Family Chiropractic and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce joined together on October 10 to celebrate Comfort Family Chiropractic’s brand new facility at 1600 S. 70th St. STE 201. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with tours of the new office space. Led by Dr. Alex Kallio and Dr. Swanson, Comfort Family Chiropractic’s mission is to provide expert natural health care to the Lincoln community with a patient-focused approach. Their staff works hard to always offer same-day appointments, have convenient scheduling hours, and minimize wait times. They want to respect the time of their clients in every way possible. Comfort Family offers many aspects of care including chiropractic, physical therapy, ART/cupping, nutritional counseling, pediatric care, pregnancy care, and postural training. They want to help people optimize their health in all aspects of life, which is why they have a strong focus on educating their clients on how to elevate their health so that they can avoid further complications in the future. If you would like to know more about Comfort Family Chiropractic, visit their website at comfortlincoln.com. To sc hedule an appointment, give them a call at (402) 484-5166.

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FRIENDS4LUNCH Last Month—Venue Restaurant & Lounge Our Strictly Business team enjoyed dining with friends—both old and new—at Venue Restaurant & Lounge on November 8. It was a fun time to sample a few yummu items on their menu while getting to connect with a variety of active professionals in the Lincoln business community. Venue Restaurant & Lounge uses the freshest ingredients and farm-totable products from Nebraska farms. They take pride in being GlutenFree Certified. Venue is one of PILLAR Restaurant Group’s brand concepts in Lincoln, which also include Piedmont Bistro by Venue, Cactus Modern Mexican & Cantina by Venue, and the five Lincoln Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs locations. The restaurant is located at 4111 Pioneer Woods Dr., STE 100. They are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sundays. Find them online at www.yourvenue.net or on Facebook (@VenueLNK). Thank you to all our friends who joined us last month!

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This Month—The Chocolate Season Be one of the first people to check out Lincoln’s newest artisan coffee shop and food vendor, The Chocolate Season, for our Friends4Lunch event on Wednesday, December 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Officially serving customers out of their newlyremodeled storefront in Williamsburge Village at 3855 Village Ln., The Chocolate Season offers a seasonal “nosh n’ nibbles” menu, drinks crafted from in-house syrups, and international chocolates. The Chocolate Season will also offer educational experiences and team-building opportunities with a variety of dessert and chocolate classes, and Owner Erika Jensen has also introduced a “barista for hire” truck concept that can cater to open houses, weddings, graduations, etc. For our December Friends4Lunch event, we encourage you to show some holiday spirit by wearing festive attire such as Christmas colors or your favorite ugly Christmas sweater. This is event is open to clients and nonclients alike. RSVP is encouraged but not required. Email editor@ strictlybusinessomaha.com or call the Strictly Business office at (402) 466-3330 to let us know if you plan to attend. You can also find the December Friends4Lunch event on Facebook! If you don’t receive our email reminders for Friends4Lunch and would like to, please let us know.

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Kingery Construction Co., one of Nebraska’s oldest, locally owned and operated commercial construction companies, is proud to be celebrating our 95th Anniversary in 2019. After three generations in the Kingery family, long-time employees, Rod Berens and Rick Wintermute, purchased the company in 2014 and forged a path for the future. Dedication to integrity and quality construction remains and continues to drive the company today. CONSISTENCY • Kingery Construction Co. has a 95-year track record of successful projects. • We are appreciative to have an employee average of 18 years of service with the company. PROACTIVE • We pride ourselves on strong attention to detail. • Our experience enables us to evaluate each project’s unique set of challenges and provide a variety of solutions to be evaluated. INTEGRITY • Honesty and strong moral principles are evident in our work daily. RELATIONSHIPS • Our goal is to provide you with an enjoyable, quality construction experience. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have formed with owners and architects, many of which span decades.

• We are proud to have an employee average of 29 years of service within the industry. EXPERTISE • We provide Construction Management, Pre-Bond/ Pre-Construction Assistance, Design-Build, and Design-Bid-Build services to owners in Nebraska and surrounding states. • Our team has the expertise to manage any type of project and we pride ourselves on being able to adapt to the needs each brings while looking forward to new and challenging opportunities. • We are honored to have built iconic landmarks, The Lied Center for Performing Arts and The State Capitol Fountain Restoration project, and completed numerous builds for educational, medical, religious, commercial, governmental, industrial and private owners • We consider quality control a team approach and attitude. Everyone associated with a project, including contractors and suppliers, are considered part of the quality control team. • We continue to implement the latest technology and eco-friendly building developements in the construction process. We are grateful to the Lincoln community for providing one of the most encouraging environments for locally owned companies to establish strong roots.

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Startup Week, IO Summit Energize Entrepreneurs

An exciting Lincoln Startup Week from October 18–25 had many different events and meetups to take in, including the exciting and well-attended Inside Outside Innovation Summit. In its third year, the IO Summit, held October 20–22, brought innovators from all over the world to Lincoln with the goal of networking and showcasing and celebrating the local startup community. Not only did the IO Summit attract a record attendance of nearly 400 people at the Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts on the University of NebraskaLincoln campus, but Lincoln Startup Week as a whole attracted more interest and continues to grow. Christina Oldfather, director of innovation and entrepreneurship for LPED, says startup week’s evolution has been incredible to see, benefitting local entrepreneurs: “Lincoln Startup Week has continued to grow and offer content and sessions for startups at every stage, from how to find an idea to tactical growth strategies.” The biggest draw remained the IO Summit. This year, the IO Summit featured over 20 amazing keynote speakers including Lorrie Vogel who helped bring innovation to Nike as the former VP of material science and innovation; Zainab Ghadiyali, product lead at Airbnb and former tech lead at Facebook; and Fernando Garibay, an American record producer, songwriter, DJ, and entrepreneur. In a week jam-packed with presentations and ideas, the summit helped create a buzz that ramped up as the week continued. “The IO Summit was a great addition to Lincoln Startup Week, creating a lot of momentum and leveraging a lot of great speakers that we were able to bring into Lincoln for those unable to attend the Summit,” according to Oldfather. The big winner from the Startup Pitch Competition at the IO Summit was Lincoln-based startup Layer, whose management app makes it easier for building and construction professionals to manage and update their project workloads. Winning the pitch competition secured a $25,000 LaunchLNK grant from the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development in addition to other services from local Lincoln companies. After the conclusion of the IO Summit, evening events at Turbine Flats were held. The events featured the Startup Tech Crawl, which helped connect local startups and tech organizations to potential interns and employees, and Startup Grind x Lincoln, which saw Oldfather and an audience conduct a fireside chat with Doug Durham, CEO of Don’t Panic Labs and co-founder of Nebraska Global. Turbine Flats joined other venues in hosting a variety of events, (L-R): Luke Peltz, director such as the Carson Center, FUSE ofPictured business development, LPED; Pat Coworking, The Barnyard, Catalyst, Haverty, vice president, LPED; Wendy Union Bank & Trust, The Foundry, Birdsall, president, LPED and Lincoln and Arrive Coworking. Chamber of Commerce; Christina Oldfather; Jeff Eellss, director of Ultimately, the idea was to business development, Layer; Kayla celebrate the startup network that Meyer, coordinator, Lincoln Young exists in Lincoln and to inspire others Professionals Group; Kaylie who have designs on becoming an Hogan-Schnittker, director entrepreneur themselves. of talent strategy, LPED.

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Graceful In-Home Healthcare has earned a well-deserved reputation for having a skilled and compassionate team of professionals who are focused on proving exceptional care for patients of all ages and varying needs.

Pictured L to R: Grace Kats, RN/BSN, director and Michelle Hill, AMA, clinical intake coordinator

Give me a brief synopsis of what your company does.

What do you like about doing business in Lincoln?

Here at Graceful In-Home Healthcare, we provide care for families so they can stay safely in their homes where they can continue to live their life as they have always done. Care services we offer include:

The best thing about business in Lincoln is we all come together to do what is best for our community when needed.

• Senior • Personal • Disability • Emotional Support • Alzheimer’s and dementia • Postpartum and maternity • Flight companion How long have you been in Lincoln? We’ve been in Lincoln over three years with hopes of our expansion office to be in Omaha by the 1st of 2020.

What kind of community organizations/groups is your business involved with? As winners of the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award in 2018, Graceful In-Home Healthcare works to be involved in our community as much as possible. We are also members of American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, LIBA, Nebraska Home Care Association, and Autism Society, amongst others. What is your business philosophy or mission statement? Our motto at Graceful In-Home Healthcare is simple: treating people the way we would want to be treated, with love, peace, dignity, and respect.

Who are the owners/important executives?

What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?

Grace Kats, RN/BSN is the director and Michelle Hill, AMA is the clinical intake coordinator. They work side by side running Graceful In-Home Healthcare.

There has been a decrease in resources that pay for in home healthcare and state and federal funding.

Grace was born in Nigeria where her respect for elders was created at a young age. When she moved to Lincoln in 1999, she started working at Clark Jeary. She worked as a waiter in the dining room and got to know the elders on a personal level. It was at that point she decided to become more involved in their day-today life. Her CNA evolved into her nursing degree and her nursing degree evolved into Graceful In-Home Healthcare.

What do you see happening with the business in the next five years? Graceful In-Home Healthcare hopes to have growth and expansion to greater serve outlying areas and the entire state of Nebraska. Graceful also looks forward to adopting more medical practices as well.

Michelle has been nursing for the past 21 years. She began as a means to provide for her family and worked her way up the ranks at Tabitha becoming the AMA charge nurse on the Solarium unit for Alzheimer patients. Her time at Tabitha also gave her several years of experience working with Hospice patients. Because of her experience, Michelle knows exactly what it takes to work with any client or potential client that walks through the door.

By far our biggest achievement was winning the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award and being a Best of Lincoln Award winner. In addition, Grace Kats was recently nominated for the 2019 Journal Star Women’s Inspire Award.

What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours? We have a diverse range of services—not only do we offer elderly care, we do travel companionship, maternity care, child disability care, emotional support for any age, and so much more. Services are provided on an hourly basis all the way up to 24-hour care, seven days a week. Private pay, long-term insurance, and Medicaid are accepted.

What has been your most important achievement as a business?

What was the biggest turning point in your business? Being recognized in the community as top of home health care providers. We were very humbled by this recognition! What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know? We have certified healthcare providers on staff, including RN, BSN, LPN, and MA.

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Downtown’s First All-Vegan Restaurant is Serving Up Plant-Based Comfort Food

A little over a year ago, Sara Brown left her corporate America job for greener pastures— that is, developing and opening Rutabagas, downtown Lincoln’s first completely vegan restaurant. Rutabagas opened its doors in September and started serving up plant-based mac n’ cheese, nachos, hamburgers, and other comfort foods in the old Spaghetti Works space at 230 N. 12th St. Business has been booming. Clearly, a market in Lincoln has been waiting for something like this to make an appearance. “There’s quite a few vegetarian places but there’s not anyone solely dedicated to a vegan diet,” Brown said. “While I’m not vegan, I knew that was where my business was going to flourish.” Brown switched to a vegetarian diet a few summers ago and realized her love for meal prepping as well as the need for more vegetarian and vegan meal prep services in Lincoln for people on the go. She began operating out of a private kitchen in east Lincoln to develop her vegetarian and vegan recipes and do grab-n-go orders, where customers could come on Sundays to pick up meals for the work week. Word started getting around, and Brown found herself hosting pop-ups and catering events. “I’ve had a lot of experience in restaurants and so it really just came to me that I was ready to open a restaurant,” Brown said. “About four months ago I got serious about looking for a space. The rest is history, here we are. It’s wild.” Brown’s favorite vegan creation is her Rutabangin’ Nachos: corn tortilla chips topped with seasoned ground mushrooms, street corn, black beans, nacho “cheese,” green chili sour “cream,” and pineapple guacamole. They’re all the flavor with absolutely no dairy or meat in the mix. “They’ll make us world-famous some day,” she said. “If somebody is on the fence about vegan food, or they’re thinking that they’re going to miss the meat, they’ll have our nachos and they’ll be like, ‘we don’t know how that’s not meat.’ It’s just plants. It gives people the sense that they have eaten the foods that give them comfort, which I think for a lot of people is animal-based products. You can still get that comfort from dishes without the animal products.” Pivoting her career from corporate management to owning her own restaurant has been a whirlwind of a year, but Brown says she owes it all to mentors she’s sought out for guidance and her dedicated staff. “The people I have are amazing, and they just make all the difference in the world,” she said. “I feel like just making sure that you hire right will make or break a business, because we could have just fallen flat on our face already this week, just with how busy we’ve been.” She’d recommend switching careers to anyone who is wanting to pursue a passion and willing to make the plunge. “Go for it, because life is short,” Brown said. “And life is too short to not do what you love.” Founded in 1967, the Downtown Lincoln Association provides services and champions initiatives for maintaining and enhancing our vibrant downtown. Our vision is to create an energetic downtown environment where we live, learn, work, invest and play. DLA has evolved into a multi-faceted organization supporting a wide range of programs and activities including maintenance, economic development and advocacy. For a complete listing of downtown businesses, events and residences visit downtownlincoln.org. ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/downtownlincoln.

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Give me a brief synopsis of what your company does. In 15 years, over five million vehicles have passed through our car wash tunnels. Our washes feature the most advanced technology available, eco-friendly detergents, computer-controlled equipment, and the exceptional customer service for which JetSplash is known. JetSplash also features free vacuums and free air at all of our locations. Our dedicated and talented team members work hard to earn our customers trust and to keep them coming back. JetSplash has thousands of members who wash on an unlimited basis by paying a monthly membership price. How long have you been in Lincoln? JetSplash was founded in Lincoln in 2003. We opened our first car wash at Highway 2 and Pioneers, and have since expanded to five Lincoln locations. Who are the owners/important executives? JetSplash is locally owned and operated. Owners Matt Toombs and Ty Prucha oversee the operations on a daily basis. JetSplash has management teams and maintenance personnel assigned to each location as well as approximately 150 wash line attendants and customer sales advisors. What do you like about doing business in Lincoln? The Lincoln community is really supportive of locallyowned businesses, and we have been successful as a result of the strong local employee base of hardworking individuals.

402-464-0001 What kind of community organizations/groups is your business involved 84th & Hwy 2 with? 8420 Eiger Drive We have a great 531-500-4896 fundraising program that any organization or group 56th & Pine Lake is eligible to participate 7355 Crosslake Lane in. They sell the washes 402-261-3846 and get up to 50% of the amount sold to use for their group however they choose. We’ve had more than 50 organizations participate in our fundraising program. What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years? There has been an influx of investment and consolidation in the car wash industry in the last few years. There are more wash options for the consumer as a result. What do you see happening with the business in the next five years? The investment in the industry doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Our goal is to continue to look for expansion opportunities as Lincoln continues to grow and thrive. What was the biggest turning point in your business? The biggest turning point in JetSplash history would have to be the introduction of our Unlimited Monthly Membership, along with the introduction of our free vacuums. What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know? The level of effort we put into ensuring the highestquality finished product and optimal customer experience.

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Supporting Our Local Businesses During the time I was transitioning from my previous position and preparing to begin in my new role with LIBA, I had an interesting conversation in the car with our high school daughter. We were talking about it, and she looked at me and said, “Why the change in jobs?” What a great question! As soon as she asked, I took just a moment to pause and collect my thoughts. There are a few good reasons: 1. First and foremost, I love Lincoln and I love Nebraska. Although I have not spent my whole life here, Lincoln IS my home. Because of my love and passion for our community, I can’t think of a better role than one that allows me to dedicate my time and energy to bettering it. 2. I love helping other people. I found this role with LIBA as an opportunity to help our business community in many ways. I am primarily motivated by LIBA’s focus on education for members and the community. By building relationships and finding ways to help businesses through education, connection, and advocacy, I want to see businesses in our community grow and prosper. Learning about the businesses and being able to connect businesspeople is such a cool thing to be able to do. I’m prepared to be a resource for business leaders in our community, developing relationships with them and adding value to their businesses and lives. 3. I want to help Lincoln remain a place where our kids and grandkids are proud to live, work, and raise their families. What greater gift to the next generation than the long-term stability and prosperity of our community. 4. Finally, I enjoy shopping at our locally-owned businesses. Lincoln offers many great restaurants, stores, and services. In this role, I plan to increase how we promote and support our local businesses. I felt great about myself and my response to her question—one that was thoughtful and from the heart. Her response was, “Ok, cool.” Coming from a teenager, I take that as a win. Now thinking back on that conversation, this sums up why I was so passionate about going through the selection process to become the president of LIBA. My family and I are thankful for all the opportunities and security we have here in Lincoln. It is a good place to raise a family and do business, and I intend to help keep it that way. I hope you and your family enjoy Lincoln like we do, and please get involved with LIBA if you’re not already and want be a part of strengthening our community. I also encourage you and your family to support our locally-owned businesses, especially during this holiday season. Oftentimes, our initial thought is to jump online and just “order it” because it’s easy. I understand this and have been guilty of doing the exact thing. However, this holiday season, I invite you to join me and our family in the effort to shop local. Remember, supporting local businesses is putting money back into our community. The Lincoln Independent Business Association is made up of approximately 1,300 members who strive for lower taxes, government efficiency, less government regulation, and a better environment for creating jobs and promoting business growth in Lincoln and Lancaster County. Learn more online at www.liba.org or call (402) 466-3419. LIBA studies and promotes these types of issues that are important to businesses and our community. If you have an interest in joining, please call LIBA at (402) 466-3419. LIBA membership is not restricted to just businesses. We also have “individual” memberships for those who want to help influence our local government decisions.

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Barnwood & Leather Barnwood & Leather, owned by Mike and Brenda Clark, works with small business owners who manufacture American-made furniture products or offer high-quality pieces from outside of the U.S. Their team is thrilled to exclusively offer unique barnwood furniture and custom cabinet options by craftsmen who pride themselves in creating each piece. They also proudly sell an Amish line of hardwood furniture pieces that you cannot find anywhere else in Nebraska. Barnwood & Leather’s fine Italian leather products can be designed to suit your needs and are manufactured by Omnia of California. The storefront is now open in southwest Lincoln at 1401 Dahlberg Dr., STE H. Mike and Brenda aspire to be that ‘location destination’ for Nebraska shoppers while remaining much closer to home! Learn more online at www.barnwoodandleather.com or call (531) 500-4848.

Emsud’s Clothiers The story of Emsud’s Clothiers starts when Owner Emsud Deumic arrived in Nebraska in 1993 with his wife and two children. They had lost everything in war-torn Bosnia but were able to finally find refuge in Lincoln. Emsud’s knowledge and skills in the tailoring business, taught to him by his father, helped him gain employment in an alterations department at a large locally-owned department store. Emsud’s determination to someday own his own business again led to the opening of Emsud’s Expert Alterations in 1998. Emsud looked to expand the family business further into retail and ended up outgrowing two locations before building the store they operate out of today at 56th and Pine Lake Road. Emsud’s Clothiers boasts 8,000 square feet of retail, tailoring, wedding consultation, and office areas. Most customers continue to find Emsud’s through word of mouth, and its success is proof that anyone who is willing to work hard and offer a good product and service can achieve the American Dream. Learn more about Emsud’s Clothiers online at www.emsuds. com or call (402) 420-7288.

WOOF! Dog Care Center WOOF! Dog Care Center has been proudly serving Lincoln’s dog population (and their humans, too!) since September 2 0 1 4 . T h ey o f f e r d o g boarding, doggie daycare, salon and spa services, training class, and they are a veterinary care provider. The mission of WOOF! is to provide a fun, comfortable, and safe experience for all furry friends. Conveniently located south of 14th and Pine Lake Rd. at 1300 Infinity Ct., WOOF!’s Dog Care Team is highly trained through an industry-best training program, including fundamental understanding of dog behavior, psychology, and physiology. The indoor space at WOOF! is also temperature controlled, humidity controlled, and features a state-ofthe-art carcinogen, allergen, and pathogen removal system ensuring highly purified air at all times. Learn more about WOOF! Dog Care Center on their website at www.wooflincoln.com or contact the office at (402) 476-WOOF (9663) / frontdesk@wooflincoln.com. DECEMBER 2019 Strictly Business 53


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Putting off technology updates like purchasing new computers and virus software can cost you big time in the long run, as can being out of the loop on the latest technology advancements in your field. In our research on this topic, we found key information and resources to help educate our readers on the importance of staying current with technology trends. Educate Yourself on Emerging Technology Trends There are a surprising number of ways a layperson can stay informed on emerging technology trends, including reading the latest technology research reports, watching online tutorials, and subscribing to get alerts when new tech hits the market—but if you’re just looking to gain a better grasp on technology in general to apply to a field that isn’t inherently tech-related, one of the best ways is to take a class or even pursue a new degree. It doesn’t have to be a tech-related degree! You’ll find yourself among peers and teachers who can help bridge the gap in your tech knowledge. With the availability of online education through programs such as those offered by the University of Nebraska, you can expand your expertise in your field without missing a beat. The University of Nebraska is committed to equipping Nebraskans with high-demand skills and offering accessibility to high-quality online programs that will enhance their careers and advance the state’s future in this modern, fast-paced, and tech-heavy world. Classes are specifically designed to accommodate people who already have an established career and are not able to put it on hold for more schooling. Online options fit the lifestyles of many adult students who may be juggling multiple demands, including work, family, and other commitments. Business Administration, BA; Cybersecurity, BMS; and MBA are just a few of the 150+ online and blended degrees, certificates, and endorsement programs, from bachelor’s to doctoral, across 16 fields of study offered by the four campuses of the university. They truly have something for everyone, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve stepped foot in a classroom. You can easily take steps today toward a greater understanding of new technology in your field. Create an IT Strategy With the rate of change in the technology world today, being aware that you need to keep up isn’t enough. You need a strategy. One of the first steps many businesses take to form an IT strategy is to protect their data with some form of backup, such as cloud-based (IaaS) or software (SaaS) storage services, though the variety of options available can lead some to wonder what the best options for their situation really are. We talked to ALLO Communications’ Director of Product Development Tyler Pearson about Tyler Pearson the importance of protecting data and developing an IT strategy. ALLO Communications “The IT paradigm has shifted dramatically in the last few years with cloud-based SaaS and IaaS,” Tyler said. “The #PrintProudDigitalSmart


financial and productivity efficiencies gained by utilizing the many services like those that AWS and Microsoft Azure provide are truly invaluable for some businesses. The key to forming an IT strategy that maximizes ROI depends on a comprehensive evaluation of IT strengths, IT weaknesses, and resources.” Tyler understands that, ultimately, needs vary from business to business. By connecting with professionals like Tyler and the rest of the team at ALLO, you can get the help you need to assess what the best investments for productivity and efficiency in your business will be. “Although SaaS and IaaS can almost always provide software and infrastructure solutions for a business at substantial savings versus traditional in-house IT infrastructure costs, there will always be a threshold of knowledge and resources required to maintain a business’s IT infrastructure, regardless of whether it’s in the cloud or not,” Tyler said. “There is a perception among small business especially that SaaS and IaaS are only for larger businesses. In reality, small businesses can realize relatively substantial IT costs savings by using services provided by AWS and Azure. SaaS/IaaS also provides small business access to IT services that previously would have been cost prohibitive, like data backup/ recovery. By leveraging the low-cost data storage products through AWS or Azure, every business can maintain a data backup/recovery infrastructure via the cloud and without needing to maintain their own hardware/software or paying for an expensive third party provider. Above all, Tyler encourages business owners to remember that technology is not something to fear, but rather something to leverage to your advantage. “As a business owner or business leader, having a technology mindset is paramount to competing and succeeding,” he said. Establish an Online Presence Renee Sobotka with True North Technologies also believes in the power of having a technology mindset. “Businesses need to stay on top of technology trends to stay relevant. Potential and current customers are looking to you as an industry expert, and they want to know you really are the best at what you do,” she said. “New technology brings many opportunities and potential advantages to businesses through the online sphere, including marketing and customer retention. Everyone should establish Renee Sabotka True North Technologies an online presence.” Renee understands how to help businesses navigate the process of establishing an online presence. She loves offering services to make this experience easier. “At True North Technologies, we can help establish your brand online through innovative digital marketing techniques,” Renee explained. “The ultimate goal is to develop a relationship with your customers so that they return to your business instead of working with a competitor. The first rule of any business is to retain customers and build a loyal relationship with them so they don’t take their business somewhere else. Through our app and website design services, True North Technologies loves to connect businesses with their customers online and help them establish good relationships.” “Implementing the latest technology to improve the customer experience will keep your customers returning,” Renee added. “We can help your business succeed by improving customer experience because we know what customers want. Keep it simple! Nobody wants a 10-step checkout process. Whether through completing an online purchase or navigating your website, a customer’s interactions with your business should be quick and painless. You can show customers that they matter by continuously improving their overall experience.” Stay Ahead of the Competition In a recent Microsoft survey, 90% of participants said that dealing with a company with outdated technology would raise a red flag and likely cause them to take their business elsewhere. Keeping up with technology allows businesses to stay ahead of competition and secure customer confidence. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

“I believe the most important reason to keep up with changes in technology is because your competition could be ahead of you in their customer interactions,” Marcus Malcom with Wireless World said. “Whether it’s taking a payment at a guest’s house out in the field, being able to get signatures, pulling up building plans, etc., we are in a world of instant action, and staying current with trends in technology gives you an edge.” Wireless World, a Verizon authorized retailer, is all about helping customers get that edge, in Marcus Malcom and out of the business sphere. Marcus told us Wireless World about some of the exciting new products they have that make this possible. “We all want to have the latest and greatest in life, and new technologies can open doors to a whole new world,” he said. “Verizon is currently developing 5G technology, and we’re seeing 20 times the speed of 4G. Just think how quickly you can download a video, song, movie—in the blink of an eye! We also have products to help keep you safe on your phones, tablets, and computers so you don’t get hacked. Verizon even has products that can stop those fun scam calls we all receive. And our new Protection plan, Verizon Protect, gives you the ability to have a secure VPN network when you are on a Wi-Fi network that maybe isn’t protected properly.” Plus, with Verizon’s Business Unlimited plan, you can grow with your business and work where you work, all on America’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. Though technology in our world is always changing, there is no need to fear! Advancements in technology provide endless opportunities for businesses to grow and improve. Connect with local tech experts today to create a plan for moving forward and optimizing your systems and services. The future awaits!

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Holiday wrap-up In this last part of our holiday series, we’ll be helping you “wrap up” all those loose ends of your holiday preparations. We mainly want to focus on the importance of shopping local and the trend of hosting your company’s holiday party after all the busyness leading up to the new year. Don’t just shop local, stay local! When you have family or friends coming into town for the holiday—or even if you have an event downtown and you want to do something different—choose to stay at Lincoln’s first luxury boutique hotel, The Kindler Hotel! “The Kindler Hotel has created a cozy atmosphere and unmatched distinctively memorable guest experience,” Cheryl Deiro, director of sales at The Kindler Hotel, shared with us. “This is something that, up until now, Lincoln has been lacking in its hospitality industry. We are seeing young professionals, corporate executives, and lifelong Lincoln residents wowed by their experience at The Kindler Hotel. Our Boitano’s Lounge evokes a feeling rarely attempted in Lincoln that you’d expect from a hotel in a large urban center.”

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If you want to impress your guests from out of town, book them a room at The Kindler Hotel! The staff at the Kindler partner with local brands to make their guests’ stays exceptional, and they are always happy to refer you to excellent local businesses to shop and dine. Shop Local for Your Holiday Gifts December calendars are infamous for being packed with holiday parties and family commitments. With so much going on, it can be hard to find time to shop around town for gifts and festive outfits. That is why many people end up doing most of their shopping online. We think this is a tragedy! When you shop local, not only do you know exactly what you’re buying, but your money goes straight back into Lincoln’s economy. This is something to keep in mind when shopping at large department stores as well, as opposed to locally-owned businesses. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, 48% of each purchase at a local independent business is re-circulated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores. Every purchase you make has a direct, indirect, and induced impact on Lincoln’s economy. The direct impact is obvious—you give that business your money—but the indirect and induced impacts show the larger picture. The indirect impact happens as your dollars re-circulate in the community, while the induced impact refers to the additional consumer spending that happens as employees, business owners, and others spend their income in the local community.

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Smaller, locally-owned shops have great holiday deals and steals like the large retailers do, so you can find awesome gift items at good prices while also doing your part to sustain the local job market and help our community thrive. “Enjoying a local product always has its benefits,” noted Joe Finegan with Piedmontese Beef. “From supporting a local, family-owned business to knowing where your food comes from, both are very important in today’s landscape. We know what the holidays are all about— surrounding yourself with family, friends, and loved ones and being grateful for time spent together. Not many things bring people together like food. Many memories are made at the dinner table. Joe Finegan At Piedmontese, we want to add a Piedmontese Beef little extra flavor to those memories this holiday season, so we are offering a 25% discount on all of our beef products available on our website. We’ll ship right to your front door—or to the door of a friend or even a business client anywhere in the country!” This time of year is also when people start thinking of their New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier is a common resolution for many people. Fortunately, Certified Piedmontese Beef is actually healthier for you than standard beef, and it doesn’t sacrifice flavor or tenderness as a result. Their cattle, which are responsibly and carefully raised on family ranches across the Midwest, are also healthier. They’re never given antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. “Piedmontese beef contains half the fat, calories, and saturated fats (comparable to Atlantic Salmon or white meat from a nutritional profile perspective), all while being an all-natural red meat protein!” Joe exclaimed. “At Piedmontese, we subscribe to

a ‘ranch-to-fork’ approach. Our program is a source-verified operation rooted in a dedication to our land, ranchers, cattle, consumers, and products.” Piedmontese’s progressive ranching protocols, such as EID (Electronic Identification) tagging technology, DNA testing for heritage, and database tracking initiatives all ensure their beef meets their standards for care, handling, and quality. Their method ensures traceability, environmental sustainability, humane animal handling, and responsible resource management at every step in the ranching process. Piedmontese cattle are sustained on the mixed grass prairies of the Heartland and the fresh water of the Ogallala Aquifer. Piedmontese’s “Beef Club” allows participants to enjoy premium beef either once a month or four times a year. With two different subscription levels and the choice of when it’s delivered, this is a perfect gift for a family member or friend. They also have Business Gift collections that even include seasonings to pick from to add that extra special something to your gift. Holiday gift shopping can be stressful if you’re feeling the pressure of getting your loved one the right thing. You want to get them something they’ll love and actually use. One way to take the pressure off is to get them a gift card to their favorite store or venue. This way, they can decide how and when they want to use it! Especially when you get a gift card to a place where memories can be made, you’re actually giving your friend an experience that they will cherish for a long time after the fact. “When it comes to getting a gift card for someone, many people might not consider a gift card to a bowling alley,” addressed Jen Miseno from Sun Valley Lanes & Games. “However, Sun Valley Lanes is so much more than a bowling alley! We are a unique entertainment destination. Groups love coming here together to hang out, play some games, enjoy good food, and

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Sun Valley Lanes & Games will be open on Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. There will be open bowling the entire last week of December, so include Sun Valley Lanes in your holiday plans this year! Another good place to get a gift card for your friend or coworker is a coffee shop. Give the gift of experience from coffee shops like Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar. This fresh, hip coffee house is locally-owned by Dennis and Jayna Nienhueser and managed by their daughter Tara Ihde. They all agree that the best gifts are those that can be catered to anyone’s tastes.

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“Give someone the gift of a nice, warm, seasonal drink at Rock ‘n’ Joe this holiday Dennis Nienhueser season!” Dennis Nienhueser encouraged. “We have something for everyone. A Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar gift card is a great excuse to try out a new shop that someone may not have heard of, and it takes the guess-work out of giving because it can be used for anything in our shop. We also offer pre-stocked gift baskets. This year, we have three different sizes/price ranges. They’re available for pre-order if customers want to skip the holiday rush.” Not only does Rock ‘n’ Joe have some rockin’ coffee, but they also have pastries, sandwiches, and other food options. Rock ‘n’ Joe also has wine and Nebraska craft beer tastings all day long in their Whispering Winds Vineyards Tasting Room as well as live music and other events that keep the atmosphere cheery and bright, even through the cold winter months. They keep the winter spirit going past the 25th with their Sip, Chalk, and Create events. On January 10, they will be partnering with independent designer Stacy Hyde to teach the hottest new DIY home decor trend—Chalk Couture. Gift cards will be usable at Sip, Chalk, and Create as well as all other Rock ‘n’ Joe events. Another local vendor to keep your eye on this time of year is Fields Floral. They will be doing “12 Days of Deals” this year, with a new special offer each of the twelve days! The fun will begin December 2, with 20% off all gift items (excluding fresh flower arrangements). Owner Sara Sudman told us that we can find the deal of the day on their Facebook page. “If you’re looking for something more long term, we have our monthly fl oral Sara Sudman membership program,” Sara said. “This is perfect for families with loved ones in Fields Floral assisted living programs. You wouldn’t have to worry about monthly scheduling since we get information about birthdays, anniversaries, etc. when you place the order. If you sign up for this program before December 31, you get free delivery every month in 2020!” “As a business owner and consumer, I can’t stress the importance of shopping and supporting local,” added Sara. “It’s the small #PrintProudDigitalSmart


businesses that keep the community going, and when we shop big retailers, we are sending our money out of Lincoln and into corporate America. Remember, it’s the small businesses that support your kids’ bake sale, your galas and fundraisers, etc., so turn to them for your holiday shopping.” Fields Floral also has monthly events that pertain to the season. On December 5, they will have their Wine and Design DIY class, and they will be making Mini Grinch Trees. Attendees decked out in ugly Christmas sweaters will receive $5 off their registration. There will also be a discounted shopping hour in-store following the event for any last-minute holiday shopping. Some gifts need more consideration than others. For example, you wouldn’t give your significant other the same thing you would give a coworker. The more you care about a person, the harder can be to find a gift that expresses how much you appreciate them. If you’ve looked and looked but still can’t decide on a gift for a loved one, don’t forget that you can never go wrong with jewelry.

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“The holidays are fast approaching and Sartor Hamann has fine jewelry for all occasions and every budget,” exclaimed Nancy Morgan with Sar tor Hamann Jewelers. “Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the perfect gift, and we’ll even gift wrap it for no extra charge. Whether it’s the holidays or you are getting engaged, celebrating an anniversary, need custom work or jewelry repair, we want to be your local jeweler.” Nancy Morgan “Buy local if at all possible,” Nancy Sartor Hamann Jewelers advised. “Purchasing jewelry online can

be frustrating because you can’t tell the quality or size from a computer screen. You may then find yourself returning it and starting all over. Jewelry is a personal item, so you need to see and touch to determine the quality. Due to our wide selection of name brand lines, we may already have your ideal gift in one of our stores. If not, we can typically order it or make it for you, and you can choose all the details. Our trained staff will guide you through the process, even probing with special questions to get the perfect gift for that special person.” Sartor Hamann is the official jeweler for Husker Athletics, so stop in to get Husker-themed jewelry for the die-hard Husker fan in your life. In addition, Sartor Hamann is hosting their Champagne Gala Sale on December 6 and 7, so visit their SouthPointe location for yummy Christmas cookies, free champagne, beer, and hot cider while you shop. Plus, there will be $5,000 worth of prizes in-store. Some of the drawings include half-carat diamond studs, a gorgeous baguette and round diamond ring, and three $500 gift certificates. There will even be a grand prize drawing of a spectacular one-carat diamond! While many people immediately think of shopping for a woman in a jewelry store, there are many gift options for men as well! They have their new line of Citizen Eco Drive watches that are powered by light. That means no battery replacement—ever. They also provide custom designs, jewelry appraisals, engravings, and insurance, so you don’t have anything to worry about when you find your perfect gift. Sartor Hamann is a family-owned business that has been in the Lincoln community for over 115 years. Their jewelers are the best in the business, and they pride themselves on quality and customer service. They’re widely known for their exceptional quality, selection, and customer service. Their friendly staff is available to make your jewelry dreams come true. Hosting Company Holiday Parties After the New Year Having a holiday party for employees is a great thing for companies to do. It’s a time for staff and management alike to #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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come together to celebrate the success in the current year and look forward to the year ahead. However, with so many other engagements on the agenda—whether it’s a family gathering, an open house hosted by a client, a fundraising gala, or a community event—there are a lot of busy schedules to compete with. Because of this, many companies opt to have their company party in January, after the craziness of the holidays die down a bit. When planning a party or outing for your staff, there are a few questions to ask yourself. Are you wanting the event to be casual or are you thinking of something more fancy like a sit-down banquet? Do you want to open up the invitation for plus-ones or family of staff? Is your goal to organize a come-and-go-as-youplease event with food and drinks, or do you want there to be some kind of set program in place? Are you hoping to host the festivities at your office or at an off-site venue? A great venue to consider for your event is the Graduate Lincoln. This unique, boutique hotel in downtown Lincoln has event space that can accommodate up to 550 people with custom catering and beverage options. Their 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is decked out with the latest technological touches. They also have their luxury Topgolf Swing Suites that are available for rent. Smaller companies have the ability to rent singular units while larger companies can rent the entire floor/bar space. Up to 60 people can enjoy the bar and lounge space while enjoying food and drink from John J’s Tiki Bar. This is a great space to hold an employee appreciation event or a new year’s kick-off celebration in 2020. The Topgolf Swing Suite provides a leisurely environment that helps your employees ignore the cold outside. They can take a night to escape from the pressures of work while imagining rolling greens. With Graduate Lincoln’s delicious food options as well, it’s bound to be a great time! Give your friends, employees, or family something to look forward to in January. You can also take the fun to 48 Bowl, Inc.! We talked to Jennifer

Davis-Korn to learn about why their venue would make a great place to host a holiday company event: “If you want a place where you can bring your employees and their family to celebrate the new year, this is definitely the spot. Our centers have options for large or small business and provide catering, beverage services, upbeat music, WiFi, and, of course, bowling! You can customize the food and beverage options to suit your specific company needs. We have food and drink options for every budget and group type—even non-alcoholic options—so just inquire about reservations at any 48 Bowl location!” “We also are holding events specific to New Year’s Eve this year! We have our Family Fun Package, Early Family GloZone, Rockin’ Red Pin, and our Rock & Bowl GloZone. Whether you’re looking for a late night party or an early family-friendly option, we have something for you! Our parties all include bowling and shoe rental for up to six people. Some packages have food and beverages built in. All parties are available to reserve now by visiting 48bowl.com and clicking on the link on the home page. Hurry to make a reservation, as the popular party times always sell out fast.” “Gift cards are also a great option if you want to give the gift of fun! A 48 Bowl gift card can be used for bowling, shoe rentals, food purchases at our Hollywood location, and beverages at both Parkway Lanes and Hollywood Bowl.” If you’re looking to do something for just the grown-ups, consider renting a room at Talon Room. The Talon Room has a variety of price ranges to fit every budget and event type, and their unique environment sets the perfect environment for a party. “I always tell people, we set it up, you make it a party!” Matthew Rogge, owner and director of Talon Room, told us. “Talon Room is Lincoln’s perfect venue for any social gathering whether that be professional or personal. Due to our partnership with local vendors, we have the ability to plan and execute any event you need. Event setup to full-service bar, we can meet all your event needs while exceeding expectations. As an owner myself, I get the need to go above and Matthew Rogge beyond to show your employees how much Talon Room they mean to you and the company. Let us do the heavy lifting while you can make memories with the people who help your business succeed.” Talon Room is a unique space with a lot of character. The delicious food and wide drink selection make this a perfect spot for any large company event. Another fun experience you could organize for your team is a party bus. Party buses have become very popular. People like them because they can take you to a destination in style while jamming to music that gets everyone dancing and having a good time. We recommend renting a bus from Tailored Dreams Party Buses. Locally-owned by Tyler and DeeDee Loomis, Tailored Dreams’ friendly drivers make all the difference. Passengers can feel safe and welcome when working with Tailored Dreams. You’ll also be pleased to know that Tailored Dreams is the only party bus company in the area that has handicap-accessible buses in their fleet. They’ve thought of everything in order to create a custom driving experience at an economical price. Tailored Dreams will work with you and your guests to make sure everyone has a great time. All of their vehicles have thumping speakers, heating and A/C, and LED lights! Whether you’re doing some last-minute gift shopping or planning an event for the new year, don’t forget to support local businesses. There are so many people and places in the community that can help you wrap up this holiday season like a perfect bow!

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opening install (we go down to the original studs), we can completely insulate and seal properly around each window and door, eliminating any potential drafts.” Coming into the winter months, most people realize how bad their windows are and they are very tired of the constant drafts and coldness of their home. That is why this winter, Heartland of Nebraska Windows is offering a 25% discount on all their windows and patio doors. They even offer traditional financing along with a guaranteed, low-rate government energy loan. Most people are not even aware of this option, which allows them to finally be able to purchase new windows and patio doors. “It only makes sense to do our part if we can,” Gary said. “If you can reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing our high efficiency Heartland windows and patio doors, reduce your energy bills and finally have a comfortable climate in your own home, then it’s simply a win-win for everyone.” There are so many window companies out there to choose from, but Heartland of Nebraska Windows is a local, family-owned business that wants to help you with your window challenges. Another common source of air leaks in many homes and buildings is attic space. We spoke to Rex Schroder with Attic Energy Efficiency for more information about the services they provide to improve energy efficiency through the attic space in your home or office building. “Attic insulation is a highly important aspect of energy efficiency in a building that people may not consider because it’s out of sight, out of mind,” Rex said. “Our company is expertlytrained to optimize your attic space to improve temperature control in any building. Rex Schroder By installing baffles from a soffit vent and up Attic Energy Efficiency the rafter bay, we are able to insulate every available inch of attic floor space. Without baffles, some space would remain uninsulated and allow drafts of cold air to leak into your home or building. We can also improve ventilation and increase airflow into your attic, which reduces moisture problems and helps with temperature control. We use cellulose instead of fiberglass insulation, which has a higher R-value per inch than fiberglass.” With over 10 years of expertise in the industry, Rex can customize services to fit your needs—and your attic! By upgrading your attic, you can improve energy efficiency in your home or office building and see big savings on your power bill. The less energy you use, the smaller your carbon footprint. “Shrinking your carbon footprint ultimately comes down to smarter choices,” Rex said. “By using professional services that improve the energy output of your home or office, you are choosing to make wise decisions today that will benefit you and others tomorrow.” Addison Collingsworth with Simply Smart Homes also spoke to use about how important it is to consider our carbon footprint. “Getting started in reducing your footprint has never been easier than it is now!” Addison exclaimed. “Simply Smart Homes has lots of different products that can help people make their spaces more energy efficient and cost effective. We have things like smart thermostats, automated lighting solutions, water flow management for sprinklers, and Addison Collingsworth even whole-home power monitoring.” Simply Smart Homes “Our smart thermostats often pay for themselves in just the first year or two based on the energy savings alone,” Addison shared. “Multiple independent studies have shown that smart thermostats such as Nest can save an average home anywhere from 10% to 15% on energy costs per year, leading to about $100 annually on average. Similar savings can also be found by controlling lighting carefully with automated smart switches #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Winter Driving Winter isn’t just coming anymore, it’s here. With temperatures dropping and snow falling, it’s time to start thinking about what this means for the road and your car. If something goes wrong—maybe a weather-related accident or engine failure—having to handle it in the cold isn’t just inconvenient, but dangerous as well. This is why Sherri Stock, owner of inMOTION Auto Care, told us it is best to be prepared. “Winterizing a vehicle these days really means getting the oil changed and a good Sherri Stock thorough inspection to get a clear idea of any inMOTION Auto Care potential problems. Bad batteries, hoses, belts, water pumps, spark plug wires, etc. can cause a car to break down. Getting repairs and maintenance done now will greatly reduce the chance of breakdowns and being left on the roadside later,” says Sherri. One vital service task for cold weather is checking tire pressure. Tire pressure drops by one pound for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. Tire pressure monitors are required on all cars, but if you have an older car, you should be checking your tire pressure about once a week. We spoke with Fred Knight with T.O. Haas Tire & Auto who told us about a new generation of winter tires. “All-season tires do pretty well for the most part, but weather forecasters are projecting a harsh winter this year, so you might want to consider buying tires with the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol. These tires are built with special rubber compounds to stay soft and provide maximum traction in temperatures below 45 degrees with tread block patterns that are designed to grip Fred Knight better in extreme ice and snow conditions,” T.O. Haas Tire & Auto said Knight. “This new standard is intended to complement the current M&S rating on tires and will be identified with a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall. Tires with this designation provide a much higher level of snow and ice traction and therefore must be mounted only in sets of four. This is necessary to maintain the handling of the vehicle. The advantage of an all-wheel drive vehicle can be multiplied using 3PMS tires.” We also talked to Kendall Warnock, owner of A1 Automotive, a locally-owned automotive repair facility that is committed to their company motto of Always/Honest/Answers. “I want to debunk this myth before more people waste gas,” Kendall stated. “You do not need to idle your car for 10 or more minutes before getting in the car to drive! Less than a minute is all it takes for the oil of your car to properly lubricate the engine. Idling your car in winter wastes gas and can even cause damage to your engine’s pistons and Kendall Warnock cylinders if you have a combustion engine. A1 Automotive Idling doesn’t heat your engine or yourself any faster. The only way to heat the engine properly is to drive. A simple #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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When we think of the holidays, our thoughts often turn to the twinkle of Christmas lights and the warmth of a cozy fire. We remember pleasant times with family and friends, great food, cheerful and festive music—all the things the holidays should be filled with. What we may not think of are the people in our midst who feel disconnected from the cheer and the warmth. For the seniors in our community, the holidays can be difficult and lonely. They may have health that make it difficult for them to attend holiday gatherings due to mobility issues, chronic pain, or memory loss. The daily challenges and limitations that many seniors struggle with are amplified when it seems like everyone else is gathering together during the holiday season to enjoy themselves. At Strictly Business, we believe the holidays should be just as warm and welcoming for seniors today as they were for them 30 years ago. We encourage readers to reach out and give special attention to your elderly family members, neighbors, and even strangers who are living in an assisted living community. Find small ways to include them and make them feel special—give them a Christmas card or a plate of cookies, sing them some carols, or take them on a drive to see Christmas lights. When you are spending time with your elderly loved ones, make sure to watch for any signs of them requiring additional care or assistance that they may not already be receiving. Some seniors may wish to avoid putting a damper on the holiday spirit by alerting their family of growing health concerns. Other seniors may not even be aware of their own needs. With all this in mind, we decided to talk to some local experts in the senior care industry for more advice. First, we asked Mary Ann Stallings with Bridge to Better Living about her thoughts on tuning in to the condition of seniors during the holidays and winter months. “When visiting over the holidays, take time to listen to your loved one,” Mary Ann offered. “Understand their situation but also take notice of slight changes. Are they clean? Do they have difficulty conversing, forget words, ramble, or repeat themselves? Is the home safe, cluttered, poorly lit, or is outdated food in the refrigerator? Is medication being taken Mary Ann Stallings properly? If they complain of being lonely, Bridge to Better Living note whether there is available transportation to activities or if your loved one has a way of knowing what activities are being offered around them.” Mary Ann understands all acts of love and service, even the small things, are essential for our seniors. “There is power in a hug or a simple touch of the hand. Let your loved one know you care and give them the best present of all—your time,” she said. Mary Ann believes anyone is able to be involved with the seniors in our community this time of year. “Bridge to Better Living has always recognized the value of volunteers,” Mary Ann noted. “They save billions of dollars in our country’s economy #PrintProudDigitalSmart


every year, but more importantly, they enrich the lives of others simply by bringing joy to so many people. There are times when a volunteer is the only contact a senior has with the outside world. During the holidays, there is no better gift than the voice or smile of another person.” Mary Ann shared with us some of the ways senior living communities use to ensure no senior is alone during the holidays. “Some communities have rooms the residents may reserve for their own family celebrations and will even cater the food. There may be a guest room at the community for out of town visitors, or the resident may be welcome to invite company to spend a night with them. There is never a reason for an absent family member to worry their loved one is alone.” The entire staff of Bridge to Better Living stays engaged with their clients during the holidays. They enjoy visiting their clients and pay particular attention to those who have no family or local support. They take the extra steps needed so families and seniors are able to enjoy their holidays rather than worry about the “what ifs” of life. Quality of life is important every day. Jocelyn Fitzgerald with Legacy Retirement Communities had similar thoughts on ensuring that seniors are not alone for the holidays. “If senior loved ones are in a retirement community, see if you can have the party in one of the available rooms where they live,” she said. “This way, no one needs to worry about organizing transportation for them, and they’ll more likely be more comfortable in their new home than trying to get to and from someone else’s, especially if mobility is an issue. Make your reservations far ahead Jocelyn Fitzgerald in advance, though. Those rooms can book Legacy Retirement up quickly.” Communities Jocelyn also had a few suggestions for volunteering and community involvement opportunities that can provide memorable connections for seniors: “Many seniors themselves enjoy volunteering as a way to stay active, socialize, and give back to the community. Many residents of Legacy Retirement Communities enjoy helping out at the Food Bank, decorating Tabitha’s bags for Meals on Wheels, and reading to children at Zeman Elementary. If you have a loved one looking for a way to spend their retirement years and find fulfillment in helping others, making a call to their church or a favorite local nonprofit is a great place to start.” For seniors living in the Legacy community this holiday season, Jocelyn says they can expect to enjoy a variety of activities such as special events and dinners, festive outings, live music after dinner, and more. Jocelyn and the rest of the staff at Legacy love to bring joy and socialization to seniors both in and outside of the Legacy community. Grace Kats RN/BSN with Graceful In-Home Healthcare is another senior care expert who believes the holidays and winter months should be a time of companionship and comfort for seniors. “Include them in family gatherings to let them know they are an important part of their family,” Grace said. “A unique way to bring the elderly continued happiness is to help them make new friends. You can do this by hosting a get together for your loved one, for example. They can socialize and build relationships, Grace Kats giving them people to reach out to during Graceful In-Home the holidays.” Healthcare Grace also emphasized the importance of watching for signs of deteriorating health in your elderly loved ones: “While spending time with seniors, it’s important to look for signs like changes in mood, confusion, decline of appetite, etc.” Grace urges loved ones to make sure seniors have the help and assistance they need to live comfortably and safely during the winter months, such as adequate transportation. Graceful In-Home Healthcare has caregivers #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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Lancaster Rehabilitation invites everyone to join in the making of happy memories with seniors this year. Amy emphasized the important role that volunteers play in providing joy for seniors during the holidays. “Volunteers provide companionship and love for seniors throughout the year and especially during the holidays. They are able to be a muchneeded friend to many of our residents here at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center,” she said. “Around the holiday season, there are a number of volunteer groups that provide music entertainment and religious services to residents. Volunteers also come in to assist with activities, provide personal visits, and simply share their love. The first step for a prospective volunteer is to contact Lancaster Rehabilitation Center and fill out a volunteer application. A member of our team will work with you to find the best fit for an assignment and get you started on one of the most fulfilling journeys you can ask for.” Kim Kalhoff with Carriage Glen also spoke to us about the importance of volunteers serving seniors during the holidays. “Holidays can be tough on seniors,” she admitted. “If family is not close by and is unable to come home for the holidays, this can lend itself to potential isolation. Families can reach out to local churches or senior community groups that can help to ensure their loved one is not alone. Volunteers can help make sure seniors are included and loved. This is so important, as nobody should be alone or isolated during the holiday season.” The staff at Carriage Glen sees value not only in volunteers helping seniors but also in seniors acting as volunteers themselves to bring a sense of meaning and connection to the season. “At Carriage Glen, we are helping seniors to gather gifts through a giving tree for kids within the foster care system,” Kim explained. “The combination of young and old is always so rewarding. Our residents are able to get an ornament off of a tree and purchase something for a child in need who might not have anything under the tree. This keeps our seniors engaged and knowing that what they are doing makes a Christmas wish come true for a child.” Aubrey Paulsen, senior living advocate at Tabitha, was able to share some additional insight on the benefits of volunteering for seniors. “Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house, socialize, and give back to the community,” she said. Aubrey has seen the difference this can make for seniors. She strongly encourages seniors to do whatever they can to connect with others Aubrey Paulsen and take advantage of opportunities to be Tabitha active and social. “Participating in health and fitness programs at local senior centers is another great way for seniors to remain engaged and maintain a healthy lifestyle when it is more difficult to be active outside,” she offered. Aubrey knows how crucial staying healthy is for seniors, especially during the winter. She advises families to monitor their older family members and watch for any signs of decline. She adds that the holidays can actually be a good time for this. “As we gather to celebrate the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to check in on an older friend’s or relative’s status,” she said. “If you notice an overall decline in your loved one’s health or that they are having difficulty managing the upkeep of their home, this is the perfect time to discuss wishes and put plans in place to ensure their safety and well-being as they grow older. One uncomfortable conversation will result in a more positive experience down the road.” Aubrey told us that, unfortunately, most simply avoid these discussions until a crisis happens, but there’s no need to wait. “Addressing ‘what’s next’ eases the stress of making difficult decisions during an emotional time and frees up valuable time to spend with each other,” she said. #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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When it comes to family time during the holidays, Christy Merritt with The Waterford Communities suggests being flexible and open to the needs of senior family members. “When you are visiting seniors during the holidays, it is important to understand that you may have to adapt plans so that they can enjoy the holidays, too,” she said. “Understand that if it is snowy or icy, you may need to move the time or location of your gathering so that your senior can safely participate. Having a “plan b” ahead of time will save everyone Christy Merritt stress and disappointment.” The Waterford Communities Christy knows it’s challenging for seniors to express their needs if others don’t notice. “Remember, a key characteristic of seniors today is that they don’t want to burden anyone—if you wait for them to ask for help, you may never know they need anything,” she said. Fortunately, Christy has also observed that seniors can be made to feel safe and comfortable such that they are able to express their needs. The best way to facilitate this? Connection. “Connecting with your loved one is the single most important thing you can do during the holidays,” Christy said. “These days, everyone has busy schedules and limited time to set aside for big family gatherings. Sometimes sending a card, floral arrangement, or a special dessert to be delivered to their table during a holiday meal, or just planning a get together when things slow down a bit, can help seniors feel included.” Monica Kuhns, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Lincoln, told us about a special way that Home Instead works to help seniors in Lincoln feel special each Christmas. Through their Be a Santa to a Senior program, Home Instead Senior Care is touching the lives of over 600 Lincoln seniors this holiday season. This is the 15th year Owner Monica Kuhns has coordinated the program, which provides gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who don’t have family around during the holidays and wouldn’t receive gifts if not for the program. Monica Kuhns Home Instead Senior Care “While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Monica. “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through Be a Santa to a Senior and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.” Having been a caregiver herself, Monica knows firsthand how important special moments of connection can be, both for seniors and their caregivers. She recommends Home Instead’s professionally-trained CAREGivers for providing extra assistance so there is always time to sit and share a special moment with someone. One thing that can put a damper on a senior’s sense of connection with others is difficulty communicating with family and friends. Hearing loss is a common culprit. In addition to offering hearing aid technology, the Nebraska Hearing Center also provides free hearing examinations to determine the extent of hearing loss. Owner Leslie Frank MS, CCC-A is all too familiar with the harm done by hearing loss, physically and emotionally. “Hearing healthcare is a significant issue for seniors,” stated Leslie. “As we age, our hearing Leslie Frank Nebraska Hearing Center changes and worsens. Much like we start to need reading glasses in our 40s, a great number of individuals in their 60s (and younger!) begin to need hearing aids. It’s important to manage hearing healthcare just as we would any other medical need.” #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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“The holidays are joyous times, but they also remind us of those holidays that have past and family members who are no longer here to celebrate,” Jennifer said. “Discover ways you can involve your senior loved ones and honor those who have passed. This will help them connect with both the past and the present and avoid isolation.” Beth Friesen with Oasis Senior Advisors warned us about how being disconnected from others can be the beginning of a serious decline for seniors, as isolation has been clinically proven to lower a person’s immunity. “As a registered nurse, I am particularly concerned for our seniors who experience increased isolation over the winter months,” admits Beth. “I would encourage people to participate in local Christmas gift drives to ensure that all of our elders have a gift to open at Christmas. Be aware of the elders Beth Friesen in your social circle, church, or neighborhood. Oasis Senior Advisors You can even choose to invite them to dine with your family for the holiday!” When visiting elderly relatives this holiday reason, take a moment to make sure that their homes are winter-ready. Safety during winter months is of paramount importance. “Check their heating unit and even schedule a maintenance visit from a trusted company. Make sure that they have received their influenza shots and are up to date on pneumococcal vaccinations as well,” she said. Beth also acknowledged that many times, holiday visits are the first seniors have had from their family since the summertime. This can sometimes lead to some startling revelations. Perhaps mom or dad has declined physically or cognitively in the previous six months; this can cause adult children to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are many people and services that can help. We all dream of creating the perfect holiday atmosphere where friends and family will feel welcome and at ease. We especially desire to make home a place of cheer and joy for the seniors who once provided this for us! However, when the task of caring for seniors with increasingly high needs combined with personal responsibilities and the bustle of the holiday season becomes too much, it may be time to reach out to providers and organizations who can help, or even consider new living arrangements with comprehensive services for the senior in your life. If you’re seeking 24-hour long-term care for your loved one, it’s important to focus on what matters…care, comfort, and cost. Orchard Park Assisted Living prides itself on being the best at what matters. Don’t settle for an ordinary facility or be pressured into a resort-style locale that pushes irrelevant bells and whistles. Instead, seek out a community that feels like home—familiar, comfortable, and with friendly faces at every turn. This is especially comforting for seniors during the holidays when all they want is to be home with their family. Orchard Park Assisted Living has more registered nurses on staff than any other assisted living facility in town. The result is more thorough, thoughtful care for residents across a wide range of aging-related health issues. The community is nestled off of 48th and Van Dorn, right in the heart of south Lincoln. This makes it easy to visit your loved one during your lunch break or sometime over the weekend if you live on this side of town. Another wonderful option for senior living in Lincoln is Gramercy Hill, which offers independent living and assisted living services. Located on six beautiful acres of hills and walking paths, the community invites residents to enjoy comfort and relaxation while taking advantage of exceptional services. Gramercy offers residents a vibrant lifestyle that encourages health and independence through innovative recreational, educational, health, and wellness programs. Spacious apartments provide peace of mind with thoughtful safety features while also offering residents sought-after amenities and privacy. Residents can enjoy the companionship of other warmhearted, interesting people who enjoy freedom from the worries and dangers of solitary living. Someone is always at hand if help is needed. Social events let residents get to know new friends and include everything from book clubs to social hours and #PrintProudDigitalSmart


day trips. A holiday spent at Gramercy Hill offers much of the same warmth and comforts of home with the benefit of built-in community! If your loved one is experiencing signs of memory loss or dementia, Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation just might be the right home for them. With specialized health care services and an emphasis on life enrichment for every single resident, Sumner Place is special—and you can feel it right when you walk through the front doors. We talked to Admissions and Public Relations Coordinator Megan Herter to learn more. “We work hard to create a living environment that continuously enriches each resident’s life,” Megan Herter Megan told us. “Whether it’s taking a resident Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation to a movie they want to see, organizing inhouse activities or social engagements with the community, or offering daily spiritual services, at Sumner Place, we focus on personalized care. Our annual events, such as Senior Prom, Dog Pageant, or the Sumner Place Picnic, offer the ‘Family Serving Family’ feel that we are committed to. Social events and activities bring magic to ordinary days all year round. The holidays are no exception!” During past holidays, residents of Sumner Place have enjoyed celebrating the season by enjoying carols, fresh specialty coffee, and pictures with Santa and live reindeer. The staff at Sumner Place work continually to provide opportunities for special moments to their residents. Megan shared some of the ways their staff connects with residents on a daily basis through even the smallest of interactions: “Sumner Place also uses Buddies Forever, which is a comprehensive dementia program. These techniques and skills, such as getting down below eye level, using simple statements, and endorphin boosts, create a foundation for personcentered care. A program that we are also proud to be certified in is Music & Memory, which taps into the long-term memory, an area of the brain unharmed by dementia. Selecting the appropriate music for each resident triggers pleasurable emotions from their past.” Fallbrook Assisted Living & Memory Care is another great local senior community. Fallbrook offers six levels of care for seniors based on a nursing assessment administered prior to admission. Fallbrook’s services are designed to support seniors “in maintaining as much independence as possible.” It is their desire to provide an environment that relieves the stress you may feel from living alone. Great food, friends close by, entertaining things to do, a private apartment to call your own, and a caring staff of people always available if and when you need them. At Fallbrook, the primary concern is helping patients live comfortable, satisfying lives. Sometimes, after doing all we can do, the loss of aging loved ones becomes inevitable. This can be challenging and painful, especially if this unfolds during the holiday season. No one desires Christmas day to be burdened with the pain of remembering someone who is no longer present or whose time is short. At these times, it is especially important to surround yourself with the support of friends and family who can bear your loss with you. For families of seniors who understand that each day matters because there’s no knowing how many you have left, compassionate hospice services exist to ease the waning hours of life. Hospice Community Care in Lincoln is one such service. Hospice Community Care is “the premier provider of hospice care that promotes hospice services and access as an integral piece of the continuum of care through education, service provision, demonstrated outcomes, and collaboration with other health care providers and community resources.” Hospice Community Care cares for people with Alzheimer’s, Pulmonary Disease, CHF, Cancer, Liver Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Renal Disease, Huntington’s Disease, ALS, and all end-stage diagnoses. They offer a place for patients to find comfort and assistance in their final moments of life. Knowing that their loved ones are in good hands also brings peace and comfort to family and other caregivers. If you have a family member who is nearing the end of life, don’t #PrintProudDigitalSmart

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postpone the important end-of-life conversation until it’s too late. During a crisis, we aren’t always at the top of our game. Educating yourself and discussing your options with your loved ones before a crisis strikes is key. The holidays may be the only time some families have together and, therefore, are the most logical time to have a discussion that allows everyone to express their wishes. “It may seem a little awkward to have these discussions, but if the holidays are the only time your whole family is together, it may be the only opportunity you have,” noted Tom Roper with Roper & Sons. “I don’t recommend jumping right in with ‘death-talk,’ but there are some great tools for starting discussions, including the ‘Talk of a Lifetime’ program. (You can request a brochure from Roper & Sons, either by calling or through our website.) This program is a great tool for having conversations about memories and the ways Tom Roper you would like to be remembered, which often Roper & Sons naturally leads to discussions about final health and funeral or memorial wishes. It is very important that loved ones know the details of your estate and funeral plans, including where those plans are located, who your attorney is, what your healthcare wishes are, including how critical illness and the end of life should be managed, and which funeral home you wish to use and all of the plans you have in place regarding a funeral or memorial service. Your estate plan, your healthcare, and your end of life choices are yours, but we do encourage you to seek input from your loved ones when it is appropriate.” Preplanning funeral and burial arrangements not only ensures that our final wishes are known by our loved ones, but also allows us to make financial arrangements now so that our loved ones don’t feel the financial burden when we pass. Thoughtful preparations can offer peace of mind not only to the one making the plans but also to those left behind. Preplanning is also a practical gesture because it allows you to make unhurried, informed decisions. Preplanning compels you to organize important documents your survivors will need later. With advance planning, you can choose a reasonable budget and even set aside the funds over a period of time to ease the financial burden to your family. Wyuka, Lincoln’s premier choices for funeral care, can assist you in your pre-planning. With Wyuka, you can be assured that when the time comes, your final wishes will be known. This can provide an enormous relief to those close to you, and by opting to pre-fund your plan, you can rest assured in the knowledge that your expenses will be covered when you need them to be. Bryan Block with Butherus, Maser & Love adds, “There are many questions that could be answered and specific wishes put in a file so when the time arrives, all concerned know exactly what the person wanted and how they wanted their funeral plans to go. In my experience, the individual who is nearing the end of their life has no problem talking about their funeral plans. It’s usually the kids who have the problem with the discussion. So often we hear children leaving our facility after making funeral arrangements for a deceased Bryan Block parent saying ‘I hope that’s what they would have wanted.’ Eliminate that indecision and Butherus, Maser & Love doubt and have a conversation with your loved ones, then talk to us so we have your wishes on file, and we can make sure these plans take place the way you want.” In conclusion, we encourage you to reach out to the seniors in our community to offer them a little joy. Never hesitate to ask for help from the people and organizations whose expertise can lighten your load. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the seniors and senior caregivers in the Lincoln!

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