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By now, whether you’re at the pulse of marketing trends or not, if you’re a business owner or charged with the promotion of your organization, you’ve probably heard all of the hype about the evolution of the digital landscape, social media, analytics, SEO, apps, pop-up ads and click-through rates, and more. Let us also not forget the tried-and-true methods of television, radio, signage, and yes, print too (case in point, you’re reading this right now). These are all major players that are expected to remain impactful in 2017, and regardless of the business, finding the right combination that gets you in front of your target audience and compels them to act in a way that yields your desired results is the ongoing quest that all share in common. But what’s at the center, the single most important thing that will determine your success with any of these powerful promotional outlets, and what necessitates use of them to deliver a message in the first place? In a debate that now seems to be much like “Who came first, the chicken or the egg?” the brand itself is often overlooked in favor of winning the race to get out in front of people with a sales message. Without wings it cannot fly, absolutely, and the end goal of investing in any form of advertising is to increase profits, true as well. But it’s shortsighted not to take into consideration that your brand is among the top reasons for people to choose doing business with you, as most still opt to do business with those they know and like. In order to truly soar, all of the important attributes that together form your unique brand identity need to be present and cohesive in all that you do, from conducting business to the promotion of it. You see, branding remains as relevant as ever. We’re on this continuous soul-searching mission to find and hone in on the things that make our business/organization special in order to take it to the next level, and by sharing those very findings, we further differentiate ourselves from those occupying the same space in the marketplace. Regardless of what methods will best assist us in those pursuits, as the vehicles for delivery progress with the times, so must the engaging content that is being delivered to support our branding efforts. Once a strong core identity has been established, every single thing put out into the world will serve to further define the brand, much like scaffolding for those who are familiar with the process as it applies to education. Since I often find inspiration from the great minds in marketing, before I go any further, I’ll first pass along some brief-yet-wise words on exactly what “brand” means, what it should be to those you do business with and those within your company. As the next step is how to shape that

accordingly while achieving consistency with your messaging, we’ll be covering key branding principles in the coming months based on the following quotes and others that are equally insightful. Most of these were selected from a list of “30 Branding Definitions” compiled by Heidi Cohen in her actionable marketing guide, sourced from marketers and visionary leaders who she refers to as “the original Mad Men.” (In her own right, Cohen has deep knowledge of cuttingedge marketing across diverse product categories and has helped to build brands such as Citibank and The Economist. Source: heidicohen. com/30-branding-definitions/)

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“…A good brand should deliver a clear message, provide credibility, connect with customers emotionally, motivate the buyer, and create user loyalty.” -Gini Dietrich (Spin Sucks) “Branding is the representation of your organization as a personality. Branding is who you are that differentiates you.” -Dave Kerpen (Likeable Media) “A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. If the consumer (whether it’s a business, a buyer, a voter or a donor) doesn’t pay a premium, make a selection or spread the word, then no brand value exists for that consumer.” -Seth Godin “Attention is a scarce resource. Branding is the experience marketers create to win that attention.” -Jeffrey Harmon (Orabrush) “Branding is the art of aligning what you want people to think about your company with what people actually do think about your company. And viceversa.” -Jay Baer (Convince & Convert) “Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to the complex symbol which is the brand image.” -David Ogilvy

With all of that being said, likewise, although a brand wields great influence in its own right, it cannot stand alone and still fulfill its intended purpose. Once developed, it must be shared, and these are to be viewed as two distinct entities within an organization but planned and deployed in partnership. Cohen also offers the following advice, which I think is an important lens which to view our entire discussion on branding over the coming months: “By itself, a brand isn’t a marketing strategy.” Wherever you are at in the evolution of your brand, there’s always work to be done in sharpening it. As long as you keep it as the star of the show, you’ll continue to shine! To learn more about how Strictly Business can help you, contact me directly at (402) 466-3330 or visit strictly-business.com/connect. (You can also click on our Staff Letter tab online to view past articles)

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TCW Construction Inc. is a family-owned business derived

from Tony’s Cement Works Inc., which started out in the early 70’s as a patio, sidewalk and driveway Construction Company. Tony’s Cement Works Inc. gradually expanded its focus and as a result, naturally evolved into its new name and identity as TCW Construction Inc. Now in the hands of the next generation, the company continues to follow the same ethical policies regarding construction business that our father taught us over the years. We’ve also continued to produce the same types and high quality of work, only on a slightly larger scale. For instance, TCW performs all types of concrete work such as footings, finish floors, structural concrete and slip form paving of concrete roadways encompassing widths up to 33 feet. To help facilitate the placement of mass concrete for roadway paving, TCW created Husker Ready Mixed Concrete in 1998, and this has helped foster our competitive abilities in all avenues of the concrete industry. During the same year TCW also joined forces with the Butler Building Group and diversified into the pre-engineered metal building arena. Looking back this was a very aggressive move on our part, and it has since become another very good facet of the company that has also added to our diversity. Growth has been steady in this department due to the products Butler can offer, and it has enhanced our design build capabilities for our clients. TCW has received numerous High Performance Builder awards from Butler Manufacturing since incorporating their products as a part of our company’s offerings in 1998.

Current projects include working on the Papillion Creek with installing 500 lf of sheet pile, 3 relief wells, Riprap, concrete flexamat and concrete cap wall for the USACE. On the Pre-Engineered side, this includes a project for Unite States Air Force to install a slope-build up to remove valley gutter to one gable roof and installing high R-value insulation with new roof and wall panel. In summary, the targeted growth of TCW Construction and the addition of Pre-Engineered Butler Buildings to our portfolio has been a good mix for us. We take great pride in having created a complete turnkey operation that allows TCW to compete in several different market areas.

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BUSINESS NEWS Cornhusker Bank Hosts Grand Opening Celebration for New Bank Center

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Cornhusker B ank r ecen tl y celebrated the grand opening of Lincoln’s New Premier Banking Center at 8310 O Street from January 7 through January 14, 2017. Customers and members of the Lincoln community were invited to stop by for a personal tour of the center anytime during the week. An event to formally mark the grand opening was held on Thursday, January 19th, and was well-attended by many who joined in the celebration. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce kicked off the festivities, and original founder and Chairman Emeritus, Alice M. Dittman; Chairman, John F. Dittman; and President/CEO Barry Lockard all addressed the crowd, thanking them for their continued support. Construction was completed and associates moved into the new center in incremental tiers during the month of December. The facility is now housing its full staff, with room to for future growth. The former bank headquarters at 11th and Cornhusker remains a full service branch, along with five other branches located around the city. The new location is the bank’s seventh full service facility and houses corporate offices, as well as retail banking, commercial lending, small business services, private banking, financial services, insurance, wealth management, operations and IT teams. It also holds a community room for use by associates and community groups. For more information, please call (402) 434-2265 or visit www.cornhuskerbank.com.

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BUSINESS NEWS Maid To Please Celebrates 18th Anniversary M a i d To Please, Lincoln’s premier cleaning service, recently celebrated their “golden” 18th anniversary on January 18th. In celebration of this milestone, Maid To Please will be offering a special available to new customers this month! Those who schedule an estimate and regular cleaning in February will get a refrigerator or oven cleaned for FREE on the first cleaning, and will also receive their 8th cleaning FREE! Maid To Please, Inc. is a residential cleaning company that provides customized services on a weekly, biweekly, and monthly basis as well as one-time special projects for those hosting special events such as graduations, parties, or spring cleaning. Maid To Please understands that cleaning is the last thing you want to do in your free time. Clients not only enjoy a clean home, but peace of mind that every task is completed when it needs to be done, and by an experienced professional who is familiar with their unique requirements and preferences. All employees undergo criminal history background checks (yearly), physicals and random drug screens. These professionals are bonded and insured, and their performance is periodically reviewed by quality assurance managers on-site. Owner Brenda Schwery also founded Aiding Angels (www.aidingangels. com), a local, 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing free, professional housecleaning to the cancer heroes in our community during one of the most stressful times of their lives.

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BUSINESS NEWS The Normandy Transitions to Fine Dining Restaurant

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T h e N o r m a n dy has elevated its restaurant concept, transforming from a casual bistro into a fine dining restaurant. With this transition, lunches will now be reserved for private parties only and The Normandy is opening for dinner on Monday nights as well. As of January 30th, the new hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. For the fine dining experience, The Normandy has expanded its menu with the addition of several new dishes. All of the original menu favorites will remain, but The Normandy will now serve lobster, fillet mignon, caviar dishes and more to come. Over the years it has become increasingly clear that customers keep coming back to The Normandy for the unique experience it has to offer, with an authentic French menu, staple wine list, and iconic atmosphere. With the debut of the new fine dining concept, The Normandy has taken this to the next level, while continuing to provide guests the premier dining experience they’ve come to expect. The Normandy is located at 17th & Van Dorn St. in Lincoln’s charming Indian Village neighborhood. For more information, visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/ normandyrestaurant or contact the restaurant directly at (402) 4760606 or thenormandy@ymail.com.

Legacy Retirement Communities is proud to announce that they are opening their Fitness Center doors to their residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to Wellness Director Katie Johnson, “About 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day and they want more options and flexibility when it comes to their schedules, including workout times. We want to continue our personal training with residents in the areas that will most benefit them, including strength and balance training. Our extended hours will allow us to do that more easily.” Legacy Retirement Communities are locally, family-owned and offer Independent Living and Assisted Living at The Legacy, the Terrace and the Estates and also provide Memory Care at the Legacy Arbors. For more information please visit www.legacyretirement.com or call (402) 436-3000.

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BUSINESS NEWS Junkyard Opens, Debuts New Escape Room Concept Junkyard, Lincoln’s newest and most innovative escape room, is now open with their first room “Berserk Hotel.” Are you brave enough to face your fears & solve the mystery? Located in the Heritage Square Building (421 S. 9th St., Ste 102), Junkyard’s escape rooms combine old-fashion puzzle solving with mechanical & electrical props, which you must complete in order to find your way out through MULTIPLE, CONNECTED ROOMS. Those brave enough to have already experienced the adventure have said, “This is the most unique escape room I’ve ever been in. We loved it.” Book your adventure online at www.JunkyardEscape.com or LIKE them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JunkyardEscape.

Registration Open for 2017 Cornhusker State Games Registration is open for the 33rd annual Cornhusker State Games, featuring competition in 68 sports at 62 venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Most sports take place July 21-30, and officials expect more than 11,000 participants. F o o t G o l f m a ke s i t s Cornhusker State Games debut on Saturday, July 22 at Jim Ager Memorial Junior Golf Course in Lincoln. Rules and format are essentially the same as golf, except participants kick a soccer ball rather than hitting golf balls with clubs. The hole is much larger of course, and instead of strokes, kicks are counted. Three-on-Three Basketball, set for July 29-30, returns to the Cornhusker State Games for the first time since 2004. Five-on-Five Basketball will still be held on the Games’ main weekend, July 22-23. CSG competitions are open to Nebraska athletes of all ages and abilities. Registration and information are available at CornhuskerStateGames. com. The final deadline to register is July 5, but athletes can save $3-5 per person if entered by the June 21 discount deadline. Opening Ceremonies are set for Friday, July 21 at Seacrest Field with parade-of-athletes, skydivers, fireworks, patriotic tribute, mascot showcase and torch-lighting. A statewide search to determine the performer of the national anthem will begin in March. All registered athletes will receive a shirt, free meal, admission to the Opening Ceremonies and a chance to win one of 5,000 custom-cast gold, silver and bronze medals. Finishers in several events will receive commemorative medallions. The Cornhusker State Games is a qualifying event for both the 2017 and 2019 State Games of America (SGA). The 2017 SGA will be held Aug. 3-6 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The annual Cornhusker State Games Torch Run will be held June 19-29 over routes including Omaha, Scottsbluff, Bridgeport, Sidney, Ogallala, North Platte, Holdrege, Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island, Columbus, Norfolk, Seward and Lincoln. The Cornhusker State Games is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, which also conducts the NE150 Challenge, the Mud Run and the Pumpkin Run. Platinum partners include Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of Nebraska, LinPepCo and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. Learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.

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BUSINESS NEWS Nebraska Restaurant Association Recognizes Restaurants That Give Back The Nebraska Restaurant Association recently announced its 2017 Restaurant Neighbor award state winners. These individuals and restaurant groups have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to serving their communities through outstanding charitable service and philanthropy and will advance to the national level to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit. The Nebraska winners are: daVinci’s (Lincoln, NE): With a strong commitment to families and to the Lincoln community, the Knudson family chose Easter as one day to give thanks for the support they have received. Since 1984, daVinci’s has served a free Easter dinner to the low income and lonely - or anyone for that matter. Up to 34,000 free meals have been served since that first Easter dinner in 1984. Salt 88 (Omaha, NE): Salt owner, John Horvatinovich knows that it takes a community to staff his restaurant, and a community to dine at his restaurant. Salt focuses on giving back to the everyday needs of the community and being involved in as many projects as possible including: The Autism Center of Nebraska, local schools, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen and many others.

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Southern Hospitality Ventures (Lincoln, NE): When Justin and Jennifer Jones opened the doors of Raising Cane’s in July of 2006 it was their goal to not just be another restaurant in the community. They wanted to be THE community’s restaurant. Southern Hospitality Ventures has given over $1.25 million back to their restaurants communities and on average, help 3.3 events per day. They are most proud of their three annual community based campaigns: Raising Coats with Raising Cane’s, Cell Phones For Soldiers, and Stuff the Bus. Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs (Lincoln, NE): The team at Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs thrives on helping the community and strives to say “yes” in some way, to every request received. They have done 16 Dine to Donate nights in the last 2 years donating 10-20% of sales back to local high schools, sports teams and booster clubs. Goodcents also sponsors many charity events, fun runs, and the Cornhusker State Games each year. Additionally, Goodcents supports Junior Achievement and helping the youth within the community get educated as well as staying active. LaCasa Pizzaria (Omaha, NE): Since 2007, LaCasa has provided about $3,500 in gift certificates to local high schools for their fundraising activities. Additionally, another $4,000 has been contributed to local churches. They are proud to be able to contribute to other local, state and national nonprofit organizations including United Way of the Midlands and Nebraska Aids Project. LaCasa also continues to support Omaha’s Food Bank for the Heartland.

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From all state winners, three national Restaurant Neighbor Award winners are chosen by a panel of industry professionals and receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2017 where they are honored at a gala awards dinner during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affair Conference. Each national winner receives $10,000 to support their charitable giving efforts. Developed 18 years ago, the program is sponsored by American Express. Find more information and stories from all winning applicants at www.ChooseRestaurants.org/Awards.


BUSINESS NEWS Tabitha’s Aging Answers Recognized as Top Aging Blog Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce its blog, Aging Answers, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Aging Blogs Online by HealthcareAdministrator.org. Launched in 2014, Aging Answers has become a go-to resource for all things aging, including tips for families who care for aging loved ones, in-depth analysis on aging services like hospice care and in-home support, and news on the latest in aging research. Along with Aging Answers blog, Tabitha offers a collection of free digital educational services including aging and caregiving eBooks, online issues of its magazine, The Answer, podcasts of Answers on Aging, the region’s only radio show about the aging journey, and much more. Visit Aging Answers blog via the resource section of Tabitha.org. Learn more about HealthcareAdministrator.org’s 50 best aging blogs at healthcareadministrator.org/top-50-aging-blogs. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on KFOR (1240 AM or 103.3 FM), or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Blush Bridal Boutique Again Named Among 2017 Winners in The Knot Best of Weddings, WeddingWire Couples Choice Blush Bridal Boutique is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2017 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings and WeddingWire Couples Choice. B o t h a r e n a t i o n a l a wa r d s representing the highest-rated we d d i n g p ro f e s s i o n a l s a s reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot/WeddingWire, the leading wedding brands and marketplace. This is the 3rd year Blush Bridal Boutique has been selected for these distinctions. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan, and book their own unique wedding. “We feel so fortunate to have been so embraced by our local brides who value the importance of supporting small business in the community. We enjoy a client’s first appointment at Blush as the beginning of a relationship that will last for the better part of a year and beyond.” -Emmy Gorman, Owner Blush Bridal Boutique was founded in Lincoln in the fall of 2012. Over the past four years, Emmy and her staff have dressed more than 700 Midwest brides. Blush’s intimate environment, paired with exclusive bridal attire and unparalleled customer service, has quickly won over the hearts of Midwest brides and have made Blush a must visit destination and experience for all brides-to-be. For more information, visit BlushBridalNE.com or call (402) 261-5615

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SP Group, PC Celebrates 5th Anniversary at Current Location SP Group, PC, a growing entrepreneurial accounting firm, celebrated their 5th anniversary last month at their current location. They moved into the new offices on Aries Drive after outgrowing their original location. The Aries Drive location has provided them with the opportunity to grow and develop their resources. SP Group’s approach is to build long-term relationships with clients and their families that lead to sustained success. The pride of SP Group is in the success of their clients and the path they have traveled together as they’ve grown alongside them. SP Group strives to create strong relationships with each client to help them achieve their financial goals. As they continue to grow from their humble beginnings, their core values have stayed the same. They believe in Relationships, the Power of Team, Life/Work Balance, and Competitiveness. Matt Westenburg sums it up, “SP Group is lucky enough to call Lincoln our home.” SP Group looks forward to many years serving the community. For more information, please call (402) 420-7758 or visit www.spgrouppc.com. FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business 13


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Nelnet Acquires Online Payment Processor PaymentSpring From Firespring

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Online payment processing company PaymentSpring is relaunching with improved features following its acquisition by Nelnet. PaymentSpring was founded in 2014 under the umbrella of Firespring, a Nebraska-based marketing communications company. Terms of the sale were not released.

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PaymentSpring President Mike Phelan said Nelnet and Firespring share similar values that made the acquisition a perfect fit. “Both companies have a passion for serving nonprofit organizations and for supporting the startup ecosystem,” said Phelan. “PaymentSpring was nurtured in a great environment at Firespring, and we’re looking forward to its future as a Nelnet company.” Firespring CEO Jay Wilkinson says the transition is a natural step. “PaymentSpring began as an idea to improve payment processing for our nonprofit clients,” said Wilkinson. “The company’s explosive growth made it evident that it was ready to take on established competitors throughout the entire payment processing sector.” Phelan says PaymentSpring is able to securely process payments made through personal computers, mobile devices and point-of-sale terminals. It can be used by most types of businesses or nonprofit organizations and is ideal for software developers. Phelan says the company is also developing technology that will give clients more control of the process and improve security. But he says a key part of PaymentSpring’s offering is providing individual consultation. PaymentSpring currently employs approximately 60 workers at its locations in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Additional information and resources are available at paymentspring.com.

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Executive Travel’s New Technology Allows Uninterrupted Service During Ice Storm Executive Travel’s recently implemented cloud-based communication technology combined with virtual home-based agents allowed service to customers despite the massive ice storm that rumbled through the Midwest. The company’s goal has been to build a technology platform and disaster mitigation plan that would allow the company to operate even if disaster struck the corporate headquarters such as fire, weather, etc. The new cloud-based communications system allows phone calls and emails to be routed and answered by staff even if the corporate headquarters is not functioning. Adding even greater compliment to Executive Travel’s service plans are their virtual home-based travel advisors. Owner Steve Glenn commented, “Over 25 years ago Executive Travel was the industry leader in promoting virtual home-based travel advisors. Having virtual home-based travel advisors allows the company to operate even when weather events affect certain geographic areas. We have team members operating in 12 states so if one area is affected the other team members can still operate.” Glenn said, “The combined technologies of cloud-based communications and virtual home-based travel advisors are the perfect communication architecture that allows us to serve our customers when they need our help the most. Rain or shine (or ice), Executive Travel is committed to provide our customers with the best possible service and support.”

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Omaha Premiere of “Becoming Warren Buffett” a Red Carpet Affair The Omaha premiere of the HBO documentary film Becoming Warren Buffett took place on January 23rd at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Special guests Warren Buffett and producers George and Teddy Kunhardt were in attendance. Strictly Business Magazine’s news correspondents were invited to cover the distinguished red carpet event, and also had the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with Warren Buffett. With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells the improbable story of how an ambitious, numbers-obsessed Nebraska boy became one of the richest, mostrespected men in the world. The definitive documentary sheds new light on a man who has helped shape how the world views capitalism and, more recently, philanthropy. Told primarily in Buffett’s own words, the film features never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends. As a prominent businessperson and philanthropist who was born, raised, and built his hugely-successful career in Omaha, NE, Buffett has been largely responsible for keeping Nebraska’s biggest city, and the state in general, in the public eye nationwide over the years. When asked, “What do you enjoy most about living in Omaha?” his response was, “I am the happiest when I am in Omaha. I like living here, I like working here, I like the people I know here. I like the whole background. It’s the perfect city to live in.” Becoming Warren Buffett made its televised debut on Monday, Jan. 30th exclusively on HBO.

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BUSINESS NEWS CBMC Lincoln Introduces New “Trusted Advisor Group” C B M C ’ s L i n c o l n chapter is excited to announce the recent addition of a new forum group in January of 2017. “Trusted Advisor Group” is a peer advisory group of local Christian businessman, and was titled based on the recent qualification from the national organization for that exact designation. Shane Godtel, who is leading the group, has also completed the necessary facilitator training. CBMC Lincoln is a local organization of Christian business leaders and professionals that seek to encourage each other to conduct business in a way that glorifies God and serves the community on a daily basis. The Lincoln chapter offers business forums, team meetings, small-group studies and a variety of training, networking and relationship building opportunities. When businesses operate according to Godly principles, everybody wins! For more information on CBMC, or to learn more about the Trusted Advisor Group, please visit www.lincoln.cbmc.com or contact Ed Nix, Area Director, at (402) 730-8797 or enix@cbmc.com.

Proactive Solutions to Host Workplace Wellness Educational Event Proactive Solutions has announced its upcoming Lunch & Learn Open H o u s e fo r Ergonomic Solutions and Workplace Wellness. This event will take place on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at Data Source Media, located at 3505 N. 48th Street in Lincoln, NE. Proactive Solutions is partnering with Data Source Media to host the event, which provides an opportunity for business representatives to learn about ergonomic office solutions and how to maintain a safe, productive work environment for employees. Stop in any time during the above hours for a hands-on experience with a variety of ergonomic office devices including desks, seating solutions and other accessories. Company representatives will be available to offer education and guidance on making the right choices for your specific work environment. Attendees will also have the chance to enter a drawing for a free Ergotron sit-stand adjustable desk or Plantronics hands-free headset!

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There is no cost to attend; RSVP is requested via email: pschindler@ dsmedia.com. Data Source Media (dsmedia.com) is a local source for technology and printing solutions along with a full service line of ergonomic office solutions for positioning your employees in the digital world. Proactive Solutions (pashealthandwellness.com) partners with employers to offer on-site and virtual health and wellness services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, ergonomic evaluation and design, injury prevention programs and training, riskroot cause analysis and workers compensation case management. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact Katie Tiedeman, Midwest Regional Manager, at (402) 480-4266 or k.tiedeman@pashaw.com.


BUSINESS NEWS 9Round to Open Second Lincoln Location 9Round, a specialized fitness center that brings boxing and kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format, is slated to open its second location in Lincoln, NE. The new gym, which is located at 2655 South 70th St., Suite C, is set to open this month. The first Lincoln gym opened in May of last year and company plans call for as many as seven gyms throughout the area over the next few years. Prior opening her 9Round location in Lincoln, owner and head trainer Whitney Nichols worked in Omaha as a licensed chiropractor for two years. With a passion for supporting the health and wellness of others, she decided to open a 9Round gym after trying the workout with her mother, who owns the development rights for three 9Round gyms in Des Moines, IA. There are no class times, trainers are always onsite to lead the workouts, and routines change daily, giving members a fresh workout every time they come in. Membership includes hand wraps, boxing gloves, online nutrition support and guidance as well as one-on-one training. First-time guests get a free workout! 9Round S. 70th Street will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The gym is closed weekdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Sundays. For more information, please visit www.9round.com/lincolnNES70 or call (402) 480-6911.

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MassMutual Nebraska recently opened a new office in Lincoln, located at 2800 S. 70th Street, Suite 300 in the Park One Building. A ribbon cutting was held with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on November 10th to celebrate, with the event also kicking off the company’s growth initiative in Lincoln and surrounding communities. During the ceremony, MassMutual Nebraska’s Vice President and Sales Manager Donald Thomas, RHU, CLU, ChFC thanked those in attendance for their support and credited the company’s success thus far to the many Nebraskans they have the privilege to serve along with MassMutual Nebraska’s strong team of knowledgeable and experienced agents. “MassMutual Nebraska is a protection first, holistic planning firm focused on the needs of our clients,” he noted during his opening remarks. “We are very fortunate to represent a very strong company with ample advisor support and an open platform.” To find out more about MassMutual Nebraska’s Lincoln office, please contact Don Thomas at (402) 610-0534 or via email at DonaldGThomas@FinancialGuide.com. More information can also be found online at nebraska.massmutual.com. MassMutual Financial Group refers to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), its affiliated companies and sales representatives. Local sales agencies are not subsidiaries of MassMutual or its affiliated companies. Financial Services Representatives are not employees of MassMutual, its subsidiaries, or of General Agents with whom they contract. Securities, investment advisory and financial planning services are offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC Member SIPC www.SIPC.org. Supervisory address 10250 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 397-8600.

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Thrive Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture hosted a ribbon cutting with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on November 3, 2016 to formally mark the grand opening of the new practice, which began accepting appointments in July. Dr. Brittney Keller, formerly at Synergy Chiropractic Spine & Joint Center, started this new venture to better accommodate her specific areas of expertise and patient demographic. She provides care and wellness plans for all ages and walks of life, but specializes in prenatal and pediatric care. With a family-friendly atmosphere and focus on health and wellness, opening her own practice has allowed her to expand on her passion for helping moms, kids and families to THRIVE. Our bodies are under so much stress today - physically, chemically and emotionally. We are far too quick to pop a pill in hopes of health. Unfortunately, many of the things we seek for relief are actually adding fuel to the fire. Quality chiropractic care is a safe, healthy, natural way to achieve optimal health. Moreover, pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and childhood are some of the most critical times to get checked and adjusted. Chiropractic may also be beneficial if you want to have a baby, but have struggled with fertility issues. Thrive Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located at 2917 Pine Lake Road, Suite F. For more information, please call (402) 615-6022 or visit thrivelincoln.com.

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Holthus Convention Center is excited to host two popular trade shows this month! The Nebraska Bridal Show will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5, and this is a fantastic opportunity to connect with area vendors, check out all of the top trends and new offerings in the bridal industry, and also a convenient time to evaluate the Holthus Convention Center as a potential location for wedding-related events. For more details, please call (402) 363-2675 or email info@holthusconventioncenter.com. The 2017 Home & Garden Show will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18. Presented by the York Chamber of Commerce, this annual event also boasts a great selection of area vendors with booths, exhibits, demonstrations and more! Admission is free and complimentary parking lot shuttle is available. Find out more at www.yorkchamber.org. Also, make sure to save the date for the Crossroads Junk & Vintage Market to be held on April 29-30! Vendors interested in showcasing their business/offerings are welcome to contact Terri at (402) 363-2675/ info@holthusconventioncenter.com for more information about the event and booth registration. Conveniently located on Highway 81 just north of the I-80 York interchange, the Holthus Convention Center offers 40,000 square feet of beautiful, versatile indoor/outdoor event space. From weddings, meetings and banquets to trade shows and conferences, the staff at the Holthus Convention Center can help you plan your next event. For more information, please call (402) 363-2675 or visit www. holthusconventioncenter.com.


BUSINESS NEWS Lincoln Running Co. Named Among Top 50 Running Stores in America Lincoln Running Co. was named one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America for 2016. The presentation took place at The Running Event, the industry’s major trade show and conference in Orlando, FL. The 50 Best Running Stores in America is sponsored by the running magazine Competitor, Gatorade Endurance and Running Insight, the leading trade publication for the running business. The selection of Lincoln Running Co capped off a yearlong search to determine the running stores that offer excellent in-store service and have powerful connections to their local communities. Lincoln Running Co. was one of the stores that emerged as one of the 50 Best after a rigorous evaluation process that began when runners nominated their favorite stores for consideration through www.competitor.com. More than 16,000 nominations for almost 200 different stores were submitted by runners throughout the country. Those nominations were vetted and more than 120 stores were evaluated for their connections and service to their local communities. The final step in determining the list was a “Mystery Shopping” report conducted by Franklin Retail Solutions, the leading in-store merchandising company in the sports industry. The stores were rated on the service they provided using 25 different criteria.

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Culinary Underground Introduces New Catering Menu for Haymarket Event Venue As the owners of Culinary U n d e r g ro u n d look into the possibility of relocating the restaurant, expansion of the catering and event-hosting sides of the business has already taken place. The reimagined concept recently made its public debut with the official opening of Culinary Underground’s new private event space. Along with opening up the gorgeous venue for tours and booking, Culinary Underground launched its brand new, exclusive catering menu last month. Why choose ordinary when you can have extraordinary? Culinary Underground’s catering services will set your event apart, allowing you to provide your guests chef-prepared gourmet meals at belowrestaurant prices. The catering menu has been perfected and now the Culinary Underground team is excited to reveal the newest gourmet items! Culinary Underground’s private event space is located at 728 Q Street in the heart of the Historic Haymarket. It offers a chic yet comfortable atmosphere that makes for a great setting to host corporate events, private tailgates, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and more. Amenities include a full bar with bartender service, fireplace, large screen televisions, window seating, private sectioned seating, and of course, catering provided by Culinary Underground. For more details or to book your event, please call (402) 817-6510 or email info@craftfooddrink.com. You can also find more online at www.craftfooddrink.com or on Culinary Underground’s Facebook page. Visit the website to sign up for Culinary Underground’s newsletter to receive specials like 20% off any catering order over $100 during the month of February!

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Roper & Sons Announces February Events Eac h month, Roper & Sons provides educational seminars/ events which are free and open to the public. These opportunities are designed to help you live, grow, and plan for your future. This month’s Topic Breakfast, being held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 16th, features Jeannine Bryant of Changing Spaces. Jeannine will help attendees learn to “right size” their belongings, whether considering a move to a new location or just gaining control of the clutter. Be sure to reserve your seat as this is one you won’t want to miss! Roper & Sons Grief Program now meets every Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Reception Facility. Learn more by visiting roperandsons. com under Workshops and Events. For more information or to reserve your seat for an upcoming event, please call (402) 476-1225, email info@roperandsons.com, or find Roper & Sons on Facebook.

Lincoln Airport Passenger Numbers Up Slightly in 2016 Commercial airline passenger traffic at the Lincoln Airport grew by 1 percent in 2016, the fourth consecutive year of growth. A total of 320,586 passengers traveled through Lincoln on United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. When charter flights were added in, a total of 330,020 passengers flew in and out of the Lincoln Airport, about 4,000 more than in 2015. Passenger numbers grew by 4 percent on United Airlines, which flies to Chicago and Denver. Delta Air Lines served 2 percent fewer travelers in Lincoln, following significant increases the past 2 years. In 2014 and 2015 growth on Delta was largely fueled by new direct service to Atlanta, which started in September 2014. Delta also flies direct to Minneapolis. David Haring, executive director of the Lincoln Airport, says local demand remained strong but outside factors such as pilot shortage contributed to Delta’s declining numbers.” On the other hand, Haring said United boosted service to Denver and Chicago over the summer by upgrading to larger planes on those routes. Haring says his conversations with United and Delta officials haven’t raised any red flags regarding future service. “The Lincoln market is performing as expected. Our passenger count stabilized this year, but flights leaving Lincoln average 81 to 88 percent full, which is good,” said Haring. Haring says similar-sized airports could lose flights as airlines shift to larger planes, while reducing their overall flight schedules. But he’s hopeful about prospects for additional service in Lincoln. “We are aggressively pursuing opportunities to add more flights from the Lincoln Airport, and the feedback we’re getting is encouraging,” said Haring. “Support from area travelers has made the Lincoln Airport more attractive for airlines.”

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GREAT PLAINS EPOXY Great Plains Epoxy offers flake, mica, industrial and metallic epoxy flooring for commercial and residential properties. Marcus Hellwege is the owner of Great Plains Epoxy. Tell us a little about your business. - We offer a type of flooring that has interesting color, non-slip textures, easy maintenance, is allergy friendly, and has vapor-resistant qualities. We offer reasonable prices for residential garages, man caves and basements. Commercially, we offer a clean, germ-free product for warehouses, factories, medical offices, food and beverage plants, laboratories and attractive business fronts. Epoxy flooring is a great solution for a durable and easy to clean floor, and we’ve had a lot of interest in the Omaha Metro and Lincoln markets. How did you get started in the business? - I’ve installed similar products outdoors for the past 12 years. I first installed German resins for outdoor aggregates in patios. Then I installed pool decks, patios and play areas using another resin called porous pave. Over time we found an interest in garage floor coatings and gravitated more towards that specialty area. After research, hands on learning, working with chemists and training, we launched our epoxy flooring division. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Epoxy flooring products have been evolving recently and new products are coming out. From the US coasts to around the world, epoxy is used on floors, airplanes, cars, strengthening products and space shuttles. We are always learning about different techniques and uses. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Making the transition from landscape architect to a professional epoxy flooring installer. Great Plains Landscaping and Design and Great Plains Epoxy still function as sister companies, but my focus has naturally turned more towards the latter. I have designed a landscape for the ABC Home Extreme Makeover in Lincoln, NE and worked for famous athletes, coaches and comedians. However, I consider my greatest achievements to have been working with great clients to create spaces they can enjoy with family and friends. Tell us a little about your family. - I am getting married to Jessica, my fiancée, this spring. I have two stepsons, Hunter and Bailey. Jessica is passionate in her career as a hospice caregiver; she is currently opening agencies in the region for Avalon Hospice as the director. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I love to spend time with my family and travel. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I blew up roadside bombs in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. What are you the most proud of? - My soon-to-be wife and kids. It has been amazing to see my sons grow into great young men. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – Wrestling; I’m currently a coach at Lincoln Southwest High School. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The Bible. What is your favorite movie? - Die Hard. What is your favorite TV show? - Friends. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Texas Roadhouse (If you happen to be dining at the Lincoln restaurant say “Hi” to my stepson Hunter who works there!). If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Johnny Cash. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 417-6906; Website: www.greatplainsepoxy.com; Facebook: Great Plains Epoxy.


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GUARDIAN ANGELS Kris Beckenbach is the director of Guardian Angels, a local resource dedicated to providing exceptional, affordable in-home care to elders and others in our community. Tell us a little about your business. Guardian Angels offers assistance to clients in a wide variety of ways, from occasional transportation to 24-7 care for their personal and household needs. We’ve been helping people in Lincoln since 2003 and across Southeast Nebraska since 2009. Our goal is to keep elders as active and independent as their ability will allow while enhancing their lives. Caregivers assist in the client’s home, which might be a house, an apartment, or an elder living facility. What have you found to be the most common misconception about your business? - One in particular I’ve found is that people are under the impression that they need to qualify in some way to receive care. That’s not the case at all! We provide a complimentary consultation about how we can assist, explain fees, arrange a customized schedule and plan of care, and can begin services in just days from the first phone call. There’s no minimum weekly commitment of hours either. Whatever help is needed we are happy to provide. How did you get started in the business? - After 18 years at the University of Nebraska I was looking for a different career path. This position was great fit for my experience coordinating programs and efforts while also offering me the opportunity to give back to others. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I was with Guardian Angels for 4 years, gone for 4 years, and recently had the opportunity to return. It’s truly gratifying to find that so many clients and caregivers are still part of the Guardian Angels family. That speaks to the level of integrity and how people are cared for by everyone involved with this company. Tell us a little about your family. - Jeff and I raised our family in Lincoln. We enjoy having two of our children here, along with our grandchildren, and stay as connected as we can with our daughter in Southern California. My mom and my in-laws are still enjoying life in Lincoln as well. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Selling our home and adjusting to a more minimal lifestyle over the last few years. There’s not one item we donated four years ago that we have missed. We are committed to limiting ‘things’ and embracing relationships and experiences. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I enjoy public speaking and travel regionally to present after-dinner programs for clubs and organizations. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - If I was playing baseball my ‘stinger,’ the song they play when you come up to bat, would be Brick House by the Commodores. It speaks to my tenacity and my enjoyment of late 70’s funk! What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - KoZ International, a non-profit supporting a school for students living in urban poverty in Manilla, Philippines. It was started by dear friends who moved their family there to serve, and that devotion inspired us to be a part of this important work. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill has just about everything I could ask for in a restaurant: Great service, variety, and quality offerings in a lovely setting. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 474-4000; Email: kris@guardian-angels.us; Website: guardian-angels.us.

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Lutz is an accounting and business solutions firm that’s born and raised in Nebraska. Founded in Omaha in 1980, Lutz recently expanded into Lincoln with the opening of its newest office at 601 P Street in the Haymarket. Ryan Cook is an Audit and Consulting Shareholder at Lutz. Tell us a little about your business. - Lutz started as an accounting firm, but has since grown into a business solutions firm. We provide accounting services such as tax, assurance, business consulting, and outsourced accounting. Additionally, multiple divisions have been developed to help current and future clients thrive in all aspects of their businesses. These additional service lines include Lutz Tech, Lutz Financial, Lutz Talent and Lutz M&A. Lutz Tech was founded in 2000 and offers a wide array of expertise from managed network and IT services, to custom software and application development. Lutz Financial, founded in 2001, offers financial planning and asset management including individual risk management and retirement plan design and implementation. In 2014, Lutz Talent was created to offer placement services, temporary staffing and talent evaluation focused on the accounting and financial sector. Lutz M&A was established in 2015 to primarily offer seller-side advisory services and assistance with identifying qualified buyers. The “business solutions” tagline stems from our vision of believing we need to help provide solutions for our clients from the day they start their business to the day they transition or sell their business in the future. We embrace these businesses as our own to spark the right solutions and help them thrive. How did you get started in the business? - I’ve always had an interest in understanding how businesses operate. It started back in my hometown of Grant, NE working for the family business and helping out with the daily operations. I attended UNL and while in college I accepted an internship with Lutz in the summer of 2006 and after graduation I went full-time with the firm and have been there ever since.

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What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Understanding that all people tick in different ways. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Being afforded the opportunity to open Lutz’s Lincoln office! Tell us a little about your family. - My wife Katie and I have been married since 2008. Katie is a Physician Assistant with the Nebraska Spine & Pain Center. We are parents to two wonderful children, Keegan (3) and Collins (1). What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - The day I walked out of Physics 141 and switched my major from Pre-Med to Accounting/Finance. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - In my free time I enjoy playing golf and watching other sporting events. I also enjoy spending time with my family traveling. What are you the most proud of? - My family and watching the kids develop their own personalities. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Nothing good happens after midnight. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Read other people’s minds. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Professional golfer. What is your favorite movie? - Bad Boys. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Michael Jordan. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Call (531) 500-2002 (direct line), email rcook@lutz.us, or visit our website at www.lutz.us.

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SERVICEMASTER PBM Proudly serving clients in the Lincoln area for over 25 years, ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance provides a wide variety of commercial cleaning services performed by a team of experts who are trained, screened and tested to ensure top-quality, consistent results. William Vaughn is the Director of Operations at ServiceMaster PBM. Tell us a little about your business. - Our team at ServiceMaster PBM provides professional cleaning services to a wide range of customers, from offices and healthcare settings to industrial facilities and sites post-construction. We hold true to our franchise motto - “The clean you expect. The service you deserve.” - and my job is to ensure that operations run smoothly so we consistently deliver on that promise. ServiceMaster PBM is currently the only cleaning company in Nebraska to be GS-42 certified by Green Seal and is dedicated to utilizing the latest equipment and technology coupled with the safest, most environmentally-friendly cleaning agents and practices on the market. How did you get started in the business? - I started as a cleaner with ServiceMaster PBM over 11 years ago and worked my way up from there. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Grooming my character flaws. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I would definitely say it’s been building and developing a successful core operations team. Tell us a little about your family. - I have an awesome life partner and four kids. They are the reason I am where I’m at today and motivate me to succeed so I can provide them the best in life. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Having children was an eye-opener to the changes I needed to make in my life moving forward. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I was born in Alaska and lived there until I was 7 years old. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - To not make your bed hard because you will have to lie in it eventually. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Which talent would you most like to have? - The ability to read minds. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Personal investor/investment broker or financial advisor. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Our company is actively involved with WasteCap Nebraska. They promote sustainable business practices with the goal of eliminating waste in Nebraska through innovation, education, and policy change, so we’re very like-minded on environmental issues impacting our local and global communities. What is your favorite movie? - The Goonies. What is your favorite local restaurant? - JTK Cuisine & Cocktails. Although it’s a rare visit these days, generally on a date night, the Kobe beef is awesome! If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Via email at wvaughn@smpbm.com or they are welcome to visit our website at www.smpbm.com to learn more about our company and the services we offer.


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ROPER & SONS Family owned and operated, Roper & Sons Funeral Home has served families with honor, integrity, and dignity for over 115 years. From pre-planning and funeral services to providing outreach services such as grief support groups and monthly educational topic breakfasts, Roper & Sons is a trusted resource that remains dedicated to those in our community. Todd Schrag is a Funeral Director at Roper & Sons Funeral Home. Tell us a little about your business. - I’ve worked in all aspects of the industry, even facility upkeep and maintenance tasks such as mowing the lawn, scooping snow, washing cars and painting the building. Currently I work with families from the first time we are contacted by them, to making funeral arrangements and conducting funerals, to anything that still needs to be taken care of after the services are concluded. How did you get started in the business? - I grew up in Moundridge, a small rural town in central Kansas. When there would be funerals at our church we would help the local funeral director with set-up and ushering, etc. During college I helped him with conducting a few funerals at different locations and took interest in the industry. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - I have two. The first is always fight for the underdog. The second is no matter what profession you choose, do what you like to do and the money will follow (meaning you will be able to make a living at it). What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Travel. I like to visit larger cities and walk off the beaten path to see firsthand how people live their lives on a daily bases. This is especially interesting to me in cities outside of the United States.

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Theron Ahlman of CarePatrol Receives National Franchise Award

Tabitha Welcomes Dr. Kevin Reichmuth as Associate Medical Director

Theron Ahlman, owner of CarePatrol of Lincoln, has been named the national franchise’s All-In award recipient for 2016. He was honored for his hard work and dedication at the 2016 CarePatrol Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Bringing a new company to Nebraska and the first year in business for Theron had its challenges, but he kept his head up and continued to work hard helping seniors find the safest care options. He stayed positive, followed the CarePatrol way and decided to go even more “all in” with the recent purchase of the Omaha territory. This has effectively expanded the company’s service area to provide its offerings to clients statewide. CarePatrol is the largest no-cost senior placement agency that helps families find Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities. The goal is to find the safest and best community, which is matched by care needs, wants, location, and finances. The company thoroughly reviews the care and violation history of the communities recommended, and will then line up the tours and personally accompany the family to each one. This is all provided completely free of charge to seniors and their loved ones by a certified senior advisor. To find out more about your local CarePatrol agency, please visit www. carepatrol.com or contact Theron Ahlman directly at (402) 580-2116 or therona@carepatrol.com.

Tabitha (www.tabitha.org), your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin Reichmuth as associate medical director of Tabitha Hospice. He will be overseeing Tabitha’s main region which consists of Lancaster county and some cities in Gage and Saunders counties. Reichmuth comes to Tabitha with over 22 years of extensive experience and knowledge in the medical profession including pulmonary and critical care. He currently serves as the state surgeon for the Nebraska Army National Guard and is a member of several outstanding professional societies such as the American Medical Association and the American Thoracic Society. Throughout his medical career, he has also written several publications that have appeared in prestigious national journals for organizations such as the American Geriatrics Society. Chris Wismer, administrator, Tabitha Hospice, confirms Reichmuth’s success, “Kevin comes to Tabitha with an impressive background and a passion in his realm of studies and practices in the medical profession. We are humbled to work alongside him and grateful to have him as part of the Tabitha team.” As the first and most experienced provider of hospice care in the state of Nebraska, Tabitha Hospice is the gold standard for quality, compassionate, end-of-life care. Hospice care is provided throughout 28 southeast Nebraska counties, wherever the client calls home.

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Derek J. Kats of Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage Named Lincoln’s Top Residential Realtor in 2016 Derek J. Kats of Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage was recently named Lincoln’s Top Residential Realtor in sales transactions closed, with 159 homes sold in 2016! Derek credits his staff for aiding in the achievement of this great success. Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage, LLC is a real estate firm specializing in residential property transactions in the Lincoln area. Located in the Haymarket Square Building, the locally owned and operated firm is best known for its tech-savvy approach to providing a simplified process for buyers and sellers. As one of Lincoln’s first “paperless” real estate brokerages, Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage has ensured a quicker, safer, and more efficient transaction for all parties involved. With Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage, you can expect to work with an experienced, knowledgeable professional who is invested in achieving the desired results and will be there to guide you through the entire process. For more information on Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage, LLC, visit their website: www.reathebrokerage.com.

Union Bank & Trust Promotes Donna Crownover and Jennifer Ainsworth Union Bank & Trust recently promoted Donna Crownover to Vice President of the 529 College Savings Group and Jennifer Ainsworth to Health Benefit Solutions Officer. Crownover joined Union Bank in 1998 as an Internal Auditor and entered the Leadership Development Program a year later. She has held several titles in the College Savings Plan Group and most recently held the position of Assistant Vice President in Health Benefit Solutions. In her new role, Crownover will be responsible for providing client relationship Donna Crownover management and development with our state clients, broker dealers, large financial advisors, and other partners in the College Savings Plan Group. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in BusinessPsychology with an emphasis in Management/ Human Resources. Ainsworth joined Union Bank in 2004 as a Field Representative in the College Savings Plan Group. She has held several positions within the bank including the Manager of Jennifer Ainsworth Trust Fund Accounting and most recently as the Education Coordinator for Health Benefit Solutions. In her expanded role as Health Benefit Solutions Officer, Ainsworth will be responsible for business development for the Health Benefit Solutions department while continuing to provide relationship management services to existing corporate clients. She graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance in 2004. Union Bank & Trust (www.ubt.com) is a privately owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment and trust services. The bank has thirty-eight full service and loan production offices in Nebraska and Kansas. In addition to Lincoln and Omaha, branches are located in twenty-one Nebraska communities. It is the third-largest privately-owned bank in Nebraska with bank assets of $3.5 billion and trust assets of $15.5 billion as of June 30, 2016.

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Bright Lights, Lincoln’s premiere summer learning program for children, recently hired Renee Ford as education coordinator. Ford most recently taught third grade in Stafford, Virginia, but began her teaching career in Lincoln at Campbell and Kooser Elementary Schools. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in marketing and public relations in Lincoln. Linda Birkes-Lance, Bright Lights executive director, says Ford brings the right set of skills to the education coordinator position. “Renee has been a classroom teacher and a leader at the schools where she has served,” said Birkes-Lance. “And her public relations experience will help us share the great work Bright Lights is doing in our community. She also taught at Bright Lights so she’s very familiar with the program.” As education coordinator, Ford is responsible for leading the summer program, including developing curriculum and hiring teachers. “This is the dream job. I’m able to combine my education experience with my public relations experience to help Bright Lights grow and serve more children in the future,” said Ford. “I can’t wait to start working with the teachers, staff, parents and students.” Ford and her husband Rob have been living in Virginia with their two daughters for the past several years while Rob has been on a longterm National Guard assignment at the Pentagon. That assignment is ending and he will be returning to Nebraska soon.

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HOME Real Estate would like to welcome the following REALTORS to the company: John Kalogeras, Amy Kriz, and Nicole Philippi. The company also welcomes bac k Julie Tallichet.

John Kalogeras Nicole Philippi These agents c a n n ow o f f e r their clients the service, strength and stability that HOME Real Estate is known for. All HOME agents have undergone licensing through the Nebraska Real Estate Amy Kriz Julie Tallichet Commission, as well as completing an additional training program offered by HOME Real Estate. HOME Real Estate, an affiliate of HomeServices of America, is the area’s leading real estate company serving the Lincoln, Seward, and surrounding areas. The company’s agents are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in all stages of the building, buying, and selling process, including real estate, mortgage, title, and insurance. For more information about HOME Real Estate, visit www.HomeRealEstate.com.


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ServiceMaster PBM Announces Promotion of Chris Bambery Ser viceMaster Professional Building Maintenance is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Chris Bambery. He now serves as Customer Service Specialist. Chris was hired in December of 2014 and was also promoted to his new role in November of 2016. He is an outgoing, upbeat person who has many years of experience in sales and customer service, making him a great all-around asset to the company. Congratulations to Chris on his new role with the company! Since 1990, ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance has provided “The clean you expect. The service you deserve.” to commercial clients in Lincoln and surrounding areas. For more information on ServiceMaster PBM, please contact Jillian Thompson at (402) 476-2194, via email at officemanager@smpbm.com, or visit the company’s website at smpbm.com.

J-Tech Welcomes Maria Schilling J-Tech Construction is excited to announce the recent addition of Maria Schilling as Assistant Office Administrator. A seasoned professional with experience in many different areas that apply to her new position, Maria has already been a great addition to the J-Tech team. With a background in accounting and customer service, Maria most recently worked in recovery and substance abuse before coming to J-Tech. Maria has been married for 22 years to Dr. Timothy Schilling of the National Park Service, who works in the Midwest Archeological Center building here in Lincoln. J-Tech Construction specializes in exterior remodeling featuring seamless siding, triple pane windows, and roof replacement. With locations in Lincoln and Grand Island, through one company with endless capabilities, your desired results are guaranteed to be delivered on time and on budget. For more information about J-Tech, or to schedule a free consultation and estimate for your upcoming project, please contact Julie Parker at (402) 261-3682, via email at office@jtechconst. com, or visit the company’s website at yourexteriorexperts.com.

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Katie Ripa Joins KidGlov

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KidGlov has added Katie Ripa, a talented marketing communications and brand advancement specialist to their ever-growing team of fearless advertising professionals. Ripa will be serving as account director, a position that allows her to use her vast experience in creating meaningful strategies, strengthening current relationships and supporting new business efforts. “Katie is both smart and strategic,” states Lyn Wineman, Kidglov president: chief strategist. “She comes to us from the client side, which provides our team with a different perspective that allows us to approach work from all angles.” Before joining KidGlov, Ripa was the brand management and marketing strategist for Exmark Manufacturing, the business development representative for BVH Architects, the business development representative for E&A Consulting Engineers, and the associate marketing manager for NC+Hybrids. Outside of KidGlov, Ripa serves on the Lincoln Children’s Zoo Board of Directors Executive Council and is chair of the Trinity Childcare Parent Association. On weekends, she can be found in her kitchen baking treats from scratch for her family, going to concerts and events with her friends, and leading her family on outdoor adventures. KidGlov skillfully delivers traditional marketing and advertising, as well as surprises audiences with a multitude of unexpected brand experiences that advance and position organizations for success. For more information, visit KidGlov.com.

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The University of Nebraska Foundation has appointed Troy Wilhelm as its chief financial officer overseeing the nonprofit organization’s finance and accounting functions. Wilhelm most recently was chief financial officer at University of Minnesota Physicians. His professional experience includes a variety of executive leadership positions for public and private corporations, including accounting and finance, human resources, information technology and customer satisfaction. He has significant experience in the health care industry. Wilhelm has returned to Nebraska, where he previously spent more than 25 years, including 10 years as chief financial officer for UNMC Physicians in Omaha. Other positions he held include vice president for information technology and processes at Lozier Corporation and a variety of roles for Inacom Corporation. A graduate of Indiana University in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Wilhelm is also a University of Nebraska parent, with one child who graduated from the university and one who’s currently attending it. The University of Nebraska Foundation (nufoundation.org) is an independent, nonprofit organization that raises private gifts to support the University of Nebraska. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, donors provided the university with $228.9 million for scholarships, academic programs, medical and other research, faculty support and facilities. Each year, more than 99 percent of gifts are designated by donors for a specific university purpose.

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BancWise Realty Recognizes 2016 Award Recipients BancWise Realty is proud to announce the achievements of three local agents, who all received prestigious honors in 2016. Amy Pfingsten is the winner of the coveted 2016 BancWise ‘We Care’ Founder’s Award. This award is given to the individual who has not only reached high production standards for sales but also uses their time and talents to better those around them. Amy was voted by her peers to receive this award and is most deserving. Last year’s ‘We Care’ Founder’s Award winner Sandra Larsen commented, Amy Pfingsten “Amy is one of those special people who is easy to admire. She is our founder Larry Zitek’s last hire before his valuable time with us came to an unexpected end. He chose an amazing person to add to our team. Amy is kind, highly skilled, disciplined, effective and creative. It is a pleasure to work with her! I’m tickled that our teammates voted for her to be awarded our company’s highest honor.” Congratulations Amy Pfingsten! Sandra Larsen was named Top Producer for 2016. The award is given to the BancWise Sandra Larsen Realty Specialist with the highest dollar volume of closed sales in a given year. Sandra not only demonstrates a very high level of production but also a very high level of care for her clients and teammates. “Sandra’s example of serving people is a true testament to who we are at BancWise Realty. Sandra is in the trenches daily encouraging those around her while providing the highest level of service to her clients. When you care about others the way Sandra does, it’s not a surprise to see her attain this level of success. We exist to Sara Sanford serve others and make a positive difference in peoples’ lives; Sandra is a perfect example of this,” said Josh Sand, Managing Broker and Co-Owner of BancWise Realty. Finally, Sara Sanford was named 2016 Newcomer of The Year! This award is given to an individual agent who positively impacts the team environment while producing a high level of production. Sara has been a huge asset to the BancWise team and is truly worthy of this award. “Sara’s genuine care for people radiates in all she does. Her clients and teammates have been positively impacted by her strong desire to focus on people and not just real estate transactions. We are grateful for the energy that she brings to help our positive culture flourish,” said Co-Owner Bryan Trost. BancWise Realty, located at 6120 Apples’ Way #100 in Lincoln, NE, is your full service, one-stop resource for saving time and money while minimizing stress during the process of buying and selling your home.

It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know & Who Knows You! At Strictly Business Magazine we strive to recognize local businessmen and women for their significant awards, promotions, achievements, and/or efforts in partnership with other organizations and the Lincoln community. If you know of someone who meets these criteria and wish to include their news in our publication, please call (402) 466-3330 or submit your news via our website at www.strictly-business.com.

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John Ricks Hired as Nebraska Tourism Executive Director The Nebraska Tourism Commission has announced the hiring of John Ricks as its new executive director. The selection was made after a national search and public interviewing process. Gov. Ricketts, who met with Ricks during the interview process, said, “I commend the board of directors for working to address challenges. I am hopeful that Ricks’ experience in state government and the tourism industry will bring new energy to Nebraska Tourism, so they can continue inviting the world to see how Nebraska is growing.” Ricks’ resume includes decades in advertising and most recently working as the associate director for the Colorado Tourism Office. “I’m honored and excited to join Nebraska Tourism,” said Ricks. “The industry generates nearly $5 billion a year in visitor spending in the state— it’s big business and we want to grow it even more.” Ricks will be paid an annual salary of $102,000. According to the Commission, the salary was decided after research of comparable roles nationwide and in surrounding state tourism offices. “We are very pleased to have Mr. Ricks on board as the director of Nebraska Tourism,” said Deb Loseke, Commission chair. “Ricks brings extensive experience in tourism, marketing and partnering with multiple entities. We look forward to working alongside him and the entire tourism staff to increase tourism in Nebraska.” Ricks first day on the job was January 9. More information about the Nebraska Tourism Commission is available at VisitNebraska.com. FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business 33


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After 46 years with Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home as an employee and co-owner, Jim Love has decided to retire. Jim took over his portion of the ownership upon his father’s retirement (John B. Love) and will in turn pass his ownership interest along to his oldest son John Love. Jim says: “We are proud to be locally owned, and will continue to be so. I still plan to be available to support the funeral home when requested. I have many wonderful memories of my years of service to our community as a funeral director, and I know my son John will continue our tradition of caring service. I wish to thank the community and our staff for all they have done for me over the years.” Butherus, Maser & Love has been an active part of the Lincoln community since their beginnings in downtown as “Heaton Mortuary.” They moved to their current facility at 4040 A Street in 1962 and also have a chapel in Hickman, NE. For more information please contact their main office at (402) 488-0934 or visit them online at www.bmlfh.com.

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Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters along with their Board of Directors is pleased to announce Kiersten Hill as the agency’s new Executive Director. Since 2007, Kiersten had been serving as the Executive Director for Community Services Fund of Nebraska. She has also served on a variety of boards including: Lincoln Downtown Rotary #14, Girl Scouts Goldenrod Council, American Marketing Association Lincoln Chapter and the Seward Country Club. She’s a graduate of Leadership Hastings, Leadership Nebraska and Leadership Lincoln. She was a Midland’s Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner and was recognized as the 2013 Lincoln Nonprofit Executive of the Year. Kiersten, is married to Chad Hill and has one son, Cooper. The organization is excited to share their 2017 goal to match 100 new youth with caring and supportive Big Brother and Big Sister mentors. Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters helps youth to overcome obstacles and achieve academic and personal success. In addition, they offer a variety of specialized programs that focus on college and career readiness and expanded opportunities for learning and new experiences. For more information please visit www.hbbbs.org or www.facebook.com/heartlandbbbs.


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Ben Kramer Named Director of Development at Christian Heritage Christian Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Kramer to the position of Director of Development. Ben comes to Christian Heritage with almost 30 years of experience in business and raising funds for projects and ministries. As Director of Development for Christian Heritage, he will oversee donor engagement and serve as a spokesperson for the organization throughout the state. Ben’s passions center on family, friends, and faith. He and his wife, Keri, have six kids and two daughters-in-law. Christian Heritage has served the youth of Nebraska since 1980 through foster care, family finding, and fatherhood education. Its administrative offices are located east of Lincoln at 14880 Old Cheney Road, Walton, and branch offices are located at Omaha and Kearney. To learn more about Christian Heritage and the difference they make in the community, please visit www.chne.org or call (402) 421-5437.

Woods Bros Realty Names Matt Hardesty Assistant Manager, Welcomes Associates Woods Bros Realty announces the appointment of Matt Hardesty to assistant managing broker. Hardesty is the first grandson of the late Gene Ward, a longtime Lincoln Realtor and Woods Bros Realty managing broker. He will work in his new role to coach and support Woods Bros Realty agents, while he continues to help his clients buy and sell real estate in the Lincoln area. Hardesty was born in Southern California, Matt Hardesty grew up in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School. After returning to California and spending several years as a construction project manager, Hardesty and his wife, Whitney, moved back to Lincoln to begin their family. Hardesty holds several Realtor designations, strives to maximize his education and recently took part in the HomeServices Leadership Academy. He has extensive knowledge of construction & real estate sales, and believes in a much higher level of service to his clients. Tessa Warner Woods Bros Realty would also like to welcome Tessa Warner to the Country Club office, and welcomes back Theresa Star to the Wilderness Hills office. These professionals have undergone extensive training and are well-qualified to help their clients in every aspect of real estate, including the latest in electronic document management and the finest technology tools in the area. Woods Bros Realty is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. The full-service Theresa Star company offers 128 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, over 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

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Berry Law Firm Welcomes Andrew Strotman Michael Esposito Joins First American Andrew Strotman – a former judge advocate Payment Systems of the Marine Corps – has joined the Berry Law Firm, adding his years of white-collar advocacy to the firm’s repertoire. Berry Law Firm of Nebraska welcomes its latest addition, Andrew Strotman, to the firm, a lawyer with a military background and a strong reputation for handling white-collar criminal cases and civil litigation involving the government. Strotman served ten years in the Marine Corps, first as an infantry officer and later as a judge advocate. He graduated summa cum laude from the Creighton University School of Law. As a trial defense counsel at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Strotman participated in the defense of several high-profile cases involving charges ranging from homicide to capital espionage. Following his Marine Corps service, he practiced 26 years at a large Nebraska firm as a criminal and civil litigator, as well as the firm’s general counsel. Today, Strotman focuses heavily on white-collar criminal cases and parallel civil or administrative proceedings. His clients are typically businesses, their owners or officers, government officials, or medical or legal professionals. “I am excited to be a part of the Berry Law Firm tradition and to continue to serve those who serve,” Strotman says. To learn more about Andrew Strotman and Berry Law Firm, inquiring parties are encouraged to visit the firm’s website (www.jsberrylaw.com).

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Bryan LifePointe has announced Dr. Rubab Husain as the new overseeing physician of their Med Spa. Dr. Husain received her medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Located at 7501 S. 27th St. inside the Bryan LifePointe building, the Med Spa provides a full line of spa services that are open to the public. Rubab Husain, MD and Carrie Kleinschmidt, PA-C provide free consultations for the procedures they perform. From the moment you arrive at The Spa at Bryan LifePointe, you will enter a sanctuary of stress-free relaxation, healing, and a complete focus on your well-being. The Bryan LifePointe MedSpa offers the latest in procedures and treatments in cosmetic dermatology in a beautiful tranquil setting. Explore all of the relaxing offerings and make an appointment today. For more information, please visit www.bryanlifepointe.com/lp/spamedspa or contact Tiffany Olson at (402) 481-6327 or via email at tiffany.olson@bryanhealth.org.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Announces Two New Board Members Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS; www.lfsneb.org) is pleased to welcome two new members to its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Raphael Maldonado III serves as Talent Acquisition Manager for Omaha Steaks where he directs company-wide recruiting activities for all positions. Maldonado is both a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Maldonado is a veteran of the United States Raphael Maldonado III Air Force where he completed his military career as a First Sergeant providing general supervision for 325 personnel. Rosemary Ohles grew up in Malaysia and earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree, with a major in accounting and economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She recently completed a seven-year term on the board of trustees of Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Ohles is a member Rosemary Ohles of First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. In prior years she worked for Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C. and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Rockville, Maryland. Both Maldonado and Ohles were elected to three-year terms ending December 31, 2019. Current slate of board members: Susan Lewis, Chair; Debbie Fraser, Vice Chair; Kim Sucha, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair; Andy Massey, Chair, Governance Committee; Christopher Tonniges, Chair, Program Committee; Dr. Mary Reckmeyer, Executive Committee Member-atLarge; Bishop Brian D. Maas; Rev. Richard Snow; Anthony Anderson; Linda Daugherty; Stuart J. Dornan; Connie Duncan; Gwendolynn F. Edwards; Alicia Hoffman; Bradley D. Holtorf; Rafael Maldonado III; Christina Marroquin; Rosemary Ohles.

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LHRMA Announces February Meeting The Lincoln Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA) will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 14th at Firefighter’s Reception Hall at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon topic is Wellness and Suicide prevention related: QPR Gatekeeper Training by Rose Hood Buss, BA - Prevention Specialist with Region V Systems. The workshop beginning at 1:15 p.m. is titled Wellness Programs: Navigating the New Web of Regulations by Randal Limbeck and Catherine Cano, Jackson Lewis, LLC. All members of the community are invited to attend this event. Register online at www.lincolnhr.org with a deadline of February 10th. LHRMA’s mission is to be the go-to resource on people management for the community by connecting professionals to solve everyday problems, providing quality education, collaborating with community leaders, and leading change for our industry. The organization is comprised of 400 HR professionals from the greater Lincoln area and welcomes new members. For more information, please visit lincolnhr.org.

Lincoln Community Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $875,000 Designated funds established by generous donors with gifts to Lincoln Community Foundation made grants amounting to $875,000, which were distributed in November of 2016. The funds supported 148 nonprofit recipients that provide services in program areas such as health & human services, arts, education and youth. These 85 endowed funds provide annual financial support to the organizations specified by the donors, helping the community and the nonprofits grow and thrive forever. Contact LCF at (402) 4742345 for more information.

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Thunderbolts Give Back to Community The Pius X Swim and Dive Team embraced their school motto to “restore all things in Christ.” Inspired to give back to the community the student athletes and their families cooked and served lunch at the Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach on December 27. The Thunderbolts are led by Head Coach Mike Witt and Assistant Coaches Devin Jensen and Sheila Boothe. Team families purchased and donated the meal. Spaghetti, garlic bread, fruit, and brownies were served on the cold December day. The team also served, cleaned-up, and helped sort and organize donated clothing. The effort was led by Sally Heasty whose daughter, Morgan Heasty, is a junior on the team. Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (MTKO) is a faith-based hunger relief and outreach program that was established in 1992. Devoted to serving homeless and near homeless men, women, and children, MTKO provides meals twice daily, every day of the year. Ranking among the top 5% of all Catholic high schools in the country, Pius X provides an affordable, Catholic education in a positive environment. With its largest enrollment ever at 1,280 students, Pius X has served the Lincoln community for 60 years and works to instill six core values excellence, service, purpose, faith, integrity and charity - into the next generation of leaders. Learn more about Pius X High School and the Pius X Foundation at www.piusx.net or follow on Facebook (RestoreAllThings) and Twitter (@PiusXLincoln).

Ameritas “Exceeding Expectations” With TeamMates The TeamMates Mentoring Program of Lincoln relies on s u p p o r t f ro m local businesses, ser vice clubs and faith-based organizations to achieve their mission to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential. Ameritas has embraced TeamMates’ 2016-2017 theme of “Exceeding Expectations”. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, Ameritas had 26 mentors. Employees quickly realized the positive impact of mentoring and the number of mentors grew to 51. Two of the mentors meet with multiple students bringing the total number of matches to 53. Fifty-four percent of the mentors are members of the “24 or More Club” meaning they have met with their student mentee at least 24 times during the school year. Ameritas most recently supported TeamMates by holding a mentorrecruiting event featuring TeamMates co-founder, Dr. Tom Osborne and by initiating a Game Drive to collect board games to distribute to the 18 schools where Ameritas employees mentor. “Ameritas is proud to partner with TeamMates. We want our youth in Lincoln to thrive and graduate from high school. Our commitment to the community is a core value of who we are and our employees live it day in and day out,” said Liz Ring Carlson, Director of Marketing. For more information about the TeamMates Mentoring Program of Lincoln, visit lincolnteammates.org.

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Ribbon Cutting Held to Commemorate Opening of Head Start Center at Health 360 On October 17, 2016, Community A c t i o n Par tnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties celebrated the opening of its Head Start Center at Health 360 (23rd and O Streets). A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was part of the festivities that marked the occasion.

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Lincoln SCORE Seeking Volunteers in 2017 Lincoln SCORE (www.lincoln.score.org) wants YOU! Did you know that 53,377 new businesses were started in 2015 with the assistance of SCORE mentors? Business success is SCORE’S top priority! Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth, and SCORE is America’s premier source of free, confidential business advice. Most SCORE mentors have owned and operated their own companies or served in management positions. They understand business challenges because they’ve faced them too. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community. Would you like to assist someone who is considering starting their own business? Do you have experience in business (e.g. leadership, marketing, technology, etc.) and are willing to share your business experience with others? Would you consider sharing your time as a volunteer to encourage small business development? Please give back to the community and join the Lincoln SCORE volunteer team. You can make a difference in the success of a new business and HELP MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE! Take the next step in becoming a volunteer SCORE business mentor. Please visit www.lincoln.score.org, email infolincoln@scorevolunteer. org or call (402) 437-2409 to learn more about Lincoln SCORE.

Friendship Home of Lincoln Achieves 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator Friendship Home is one of only five charities in Lincoln and twenty-five in Nebraska to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charitable organizations. They assist donors in making intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of selected charities. The goal being to help people give with confidence while shining lights on truly effective organizations. Friendship Home’s 4-star rating indicates how efficiently financial support is utilized, how well programs and services for victims of domestic violence are sustained over time and the level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information. According to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator, “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Friendship Home of Lincoln apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction!” Friendship Home’s rating can be found at www.charitynavigator.org. To learn more about Friendship Home, visit www.friendshiphome.org. To access services, call (402) 437-9302.


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Celebrating Leaders in Lincoln: Nominations Requested At a concert we applaud. At a ballgame we hoot and holler. When it’s an individual we know we give them an award. Leadership Lincoln is seeking nominations for people in our community who deserve to be recognized. Those who wish to offer a nomination may now do so online at www.leadershiplincoln.org. Servant Leader – Each year, to honor Bud Cuca who was a servant leader with Leadership Lincoln, the Bud Cuca Servant Leader award is presented to someone who has lived and embodied the ideas of servant leadership by leading from the heart and working to make Lincoln a better place. Past recipients include Scott Young with the Food Bank of Lincoln, Peter Allman with Lighthouse, Ruth McKinstry with Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, and Shayne Pearson with The Bay and People’s City Mission. Mentoring – The Melvin W. Jones Mentoring Award honors Dr. Jones, who mentored many young men and women in Lincoln. If you know someone who has had an impact on others through assisting and mentoring, please consider offering a nomination. Past recipients include T.J. McDowell of Nebraska Wesleyan, State Senator Kathy Campbell, and Tim Linsenmeyer, a City Impact volunteer.

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Radio Talking Book Service Introduces New Programming for Nebraska’s 150th Year To c e l e b r a t e N e b r a s k a ’ s Sesquicentennial, a new weekly program on Radio Talking Book Network features volunteers reading from the new book by David Hendee entitled Nebraska, 150 Years Told Through 93 Counties. Each installment is about the history, people and landmarks of one of Nebraska’s counties. RTBN volunteers will also be reading excerpts from the Nebraska 150 list during the Bookshelf Hour: Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. Then, tune in for Community Conversations each Friday at noon for live interviews, and The Veteran’s Hour Saturday at 2 p.m., which features stories about Nebraska and Iowa veterans.

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Matt Talbot Provides Housing for Chronically Homeless Matt Talbot’s new program called First HOPE (Housing Opportunities & Prevention Efforts) is underway. This project provides permanent supportive housing for 12 chronically homeless individuals and 3 families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made funds available in early December 2016 and to date four previously homeless individuals have been assisted through this program and now have a warm place to call home. “First HOPE is an exciting part of our efforts to defeat homelessness, and we are grateful to have received the funding from HUD,” said Susanne Blue, Executive Director. “We are also very thankful to the landlords that have worked with our case managers and agreed to rent to this very vulnerable and underserved population.”

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Matt Talbot’s Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) forms partnerships between landlords, tenants, and agencies to find housing for the homeless in Lincoln. This type of initiative has been successful in other parts of the country and is considered a best practice for ending homelessness. The LLP includes a contingency fund that serves as financial insurance for participating landlords and covers expenses such as rental & utility deposit, moving expenses, cleaning, and possible damages to the unit. “We appreciate the compassion of the participating landlords and their willingness to take a chance on these clients,” said Susanne Blue. “Together we can make a real difference in the lives of the chronically homeless.”

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Nebraska Community Foundation: New Resources for the New Year This past December was one for the record books for generous Nebraskans. D o n o r s made 1,901 contributions, the second highest in a single month ever, to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Some major gifts boosted the overall total for a single month far past previous milestones. NCF received $7.4 million in December 2016. Thanks to all of the hard-working volunteers, generous donors, and everyone who is dreaming big for 2017! Now is the perfect time to check out NCF’s new resource for planning and protecting family financial wellbeing into the future. More than half of American adults don’t have a will or other estate plan in place. Visit Nebcommfound.GiftLegacy.com to download or request our free wills guide. It’s full of useful information and templates to record your family’s information, accounts, assets, liabilities and charitable intentions. Our new “Planning Your Legacy” guide is a tool to plan for providing for your family and supporting the community you care about. Nebraska Community Foundation (NebraskaHometown.org) is a statewide 501(c)(3) organization using charitable giving to build prosperous communities. NCF provides training, strategic development, gift planning assistance and financial management to volunteer leaders of community-based, organizational and donor-advised funds serving more than 250 hometowns.

Registration Now Open for SCIP’s “Hop, SCIP, Jump and Run” Event Registration is now open for Sc hool Comm unity Inter vention & Prevention’s (SCIP) annual fundraiser, “Hop, SCIP, Jump and RUN.” The event, set to take place on May 13, 2017 at Lincoln Southwest High School, will feature a 1-mile Fun Run and a 5K Race and is open to both children and adults. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit sponsor booths to become eligible for prizes. Proceeds will benefit SCIP, a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. The 5K Race is $25 per person and the 1-mile Fun Run is $15 per person. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the SCIP website www.scipnebraska.com. SCIP is a program designed to bring together families, schools and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health. SCIP’s mission is to provide an effective prevention and early intervention process for youth with behavioral health concerns, so they may achieve healthy, productive lives. SCIP works with schools by providing tools and resources to address behavioral and emotional health issues that impact children, adolescents and their families. Through this event, the hope is to encourage lifelong health and wellness, physically and mentally, of youth and beyond. For more information regarding sponsorship, booth or prize donation opportunities, contact Michaela Emmons at memmons@lmep.com or (402) 327-6843 or visit www.scipnebraska.com.

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Date Set for Annual Autumn House Foundation Golf Tournament Sunny days will be here before you know it, so save the date - May 18 - for the 6th Annual Autumn House Foundation Golf Tournament! The venue will once again be Woodland Hills in Eagle, Nebraska. All of the money that is r a i s e d g o e s t owa r d s providing respite and day care relief for caregivers who are charged with the care of anyone who suffers with dementia and other illnesses. By giving these caregivers a needed day or two of rest, who are often managing care for another individual 24/7, stress is reduced, better care is given, and their own health is improved. The Autumn House Foundation is a 501© (3) corporation; a receipt for any tax deduction will be provided to you. Registration will open at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Besides a great day of playing 18 holes, participants will enjoy an afternoon of fun and a wonderful dinner along with many prizes and awards. All golfers are welcome! For more information, please contact Barb Tyler at (402) 475-7755 or (401) 440-7060. Visit www.theautumnhousefoundation.org to learn more, become a sponsor, or to volunteer today.

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On Tuesday, December 20th 2017, Lincoln nonprofit, The BAY, cut the ribbon on their new All-Ages Concert Venue, Resource Center, and Coffee Bar. All are open for regular business hours and services. The all-ages concert venue supports our community by providing musical experiences and support for the musical/creative community. The all-access pass at the BAY allows 112 young people in our community to access our spaces for free, receive a meal every night, and get paired with a mentor through Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters. The resource center offers services and classes centered on preventative support and preventing individuals from being in situations of crisis. This resource center can be utilized by the community and also by the over nine-thousand individuals who have walked in our doors since we opened them. The coffee bar serves as a creative hub and connection point for building community and supporting the creatives in this community. It also doubles as a job-training program for individuals through our resource center. The community cup at the coffee bar replaces “tipping” after transactions with the opportunity for individuals to purchase cups of coffee for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. Find out more at www.thebay.org.


NON-PROFIT NEWS Save the Date: Party on May 5th to Benefit Child Guidance Center Child Guidance Center is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of children and their families in the Lincoln area and surrounding communities through effective and flexible therapeutic partnerships and a commitment to advocacy and positive social change. You are cordially invited to the 9th Annual Gourmet Comfort Classic event on Friday, May 5th, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Nebraska Club. The event will feature “fiesta” cuisine in honor of Cinco de Mayo! It will be a competition showcasing the area’s top chefs who will donate their fare and time to participate, with the goal of creating the finest “gourmet” version of a classic comfort food. The event will also include a band, silent auction, and more. During the event, the Leader in Children’s Mental Health Award will be presented to Bill Janike for his longtime commitment to children’s mental health. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available at the $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 level and include a table for ten with wine and increased marketing benefits at each level. Individual tickets may be purchased closer to the event for $75. For more information, please contact Jenny Cardwell at jcardwell@ child-guidance.org or Whitney Kuhn at wkuhn@child-guidance.org or call (402) 475-7666. You can also find out more about Child Guidance Center online at www.child-guidance.org.

Youth for Christ to Host See the Story Luncheon at Lancaster Detention Center You’re cordially invited to the See the Story Luncheon INSIDE the Lancaster Detention Center. Come and see firsthand the story of Youth for Christ’s work among jailed youth here in Lincoln through its Juvenile Justice program. During this one hour luncheon, you will tour the facility, see how community members are involved in impacting the lives of teens, and decide if there is a way you may want to be involved. Directions: Go directly to jail. (And do not collect $200, sorry.) But, don’t bring your checkbook either! Just bring your appetite and an open perspective. This is an event for you to witness the work God is doing in the lives of these teens who, every day, hear a 100-pound metal door slam shut behind them. The detention center is located at 1200 Radcliff St. Please RSVP to Eldon Dietrich at EldonD@ yfclincoln.org or (402) 420-7475. Youth for Christ Lincoln Area is a non-denominational, nonjudgemental, non-profit organization serving youth in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. Youth are engaged through three ministries: Campus Life to high school and middle school teens, Juvenile Justice to jailed teens, and Parent Life to pregnant and parenting teens. Through regular programming and special events, YFC Lincoln Area works with over 2,400 local youth with the goal of engaging them in a healthy relationship with God and others. To find out more, visit yfclincoln.org.

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Bowl for Junior Achievement in February Junior Achievement of Lincoln will host their annual BowlA-Thon fundraiser o n S a t u r d a y, February 25th at Parkway Lanes and Hollywood Bowl. JA of Lincoln is hoping to make this year’s bowl-a-thon the biggest yet! With a goal of 350 teams, they’d love to have your company participate in the event. Last year, over 300 teams raised pledges and bowled, collectively raising over $110,000 for Junior Achievement’s financial literacy programs. Join in the fun this year and recruit a team of co-workers, family, or friends to bowl! Not a bowler? With nearly 1,800 participants, sponsoring the Bowl-A-Thon is a great way to showcase your business. T-shirt and lane sponsorships are still available!

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Proceeds from the annual Bowl-A-Thon go to fund Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs in Lincoln’s K-12 public and parochial classrooms, reaching 28,000 students this year. If you’d like more information on sponsoring the Bowl-A-Thon or team participation, please contact Jessica States, Senior Director, at (402) 467-4479 or jstates@jalincoln.org.

HOMEGROWN LINCOLN Set for Feb. 24th Nebraska Children’s Home Society presents HOMEGROWN LINCOLN on Friday, February 24, 2017. The evening includes a new photography exhibit by Aly Sc henk Photography featuring children and families who have been served by NCHS. Refreshments served will include wine, beer tasting and appetizers. HOMEGROWN LINCOLN will be held from 5-8 p.m. in the Cornhusker Room (located behind the restaurant) at Venue Restaurant & Lounge, 4111 Pioneer Woods Drive. Tickets are available for $30 at www.nchs.org. All proceeds will benefit children and families served by NCHS.

Sing from the Heart Concert Set for Feb. 19 The Arts for the Soul Music & Fine Arts Series is pleased to announce the next concert of the 2016-17 season with Sing from the Heart on Sunday, February 19, 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 840 S. 17th Street, Lincoln, NE. Featuring the First Presbyterian Choir with conductor Dr. Brian Pfoltner and pianist Dr. Charles Ore, this year the popular dessert concert and charity fundraiser will be centered around the theme of Our Favorite Things, featuring choir and audience favorites from past years’ concerts. This event will also be spotlighting and taking a freewill offering for The Food Bank of Lincoln BackPack Program. Along with returning guest soloist, tenor Malley Keelan, exciting local guitarist Daniel Martinez will perform. Scott Young from the Lincoln Food Bank will be the special guest speaker. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for students, and children under 12 are $2. Tickets may be purchased at the church Mon. - Fri. from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. by check or cash, or online with a credit card or PayPal account, or at the door the evening of the concert if tickets remain. Seating is limited. For further information, contact First Presbyterian Church at (402) 477-6037, or go to the church website at: fpclincoln.org and click on Arts for the Soul.

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Nebraska Community Blood Bank Establishes Alzheimer’s Association Seeking Business New Sickle Cell Donor Program Sponsors for 2017 Dementia Care Conference As we celebrate Black History Month, Nebraska Community Blood Bank recognizes the achievements of Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, a pioneer in treating sickle cell anemia. She devoted her career to treating children suffering from sickle cell disease and her many accomplishments were instrumental in the development of sickle cell treatment. In the U.S., one in 500 African American children and one in 1,000 to 1,400 Latino children are born with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusions can often be the only relief from frequent episodes of pain and complications related to the disease. As we take time this February to recognize the African American leaders of yesterday and today, Nebraska Community Blood Bank asks businesses to empower their employees to step up and make a change in a child’s life through blood donations. Your blood type might be the right type if you are of African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian or Mediterranean descent. The Sickle Cell Donor Program uses an extensive blood typing process to screen donors and match their blood to patients in need. Nebraska Community Blood Bank supplies lifesaving blood to healthcare facilities in six counties throughout Nebraska and has been committed to connecting people and saving lives since 1968. If you are interested in learning more, please visit NCBB.org.

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The annual Statewide Dementia Care Conference is quickly approac hing, and the Alzheimer’s Association would like to feature your business as a sponsor or vendor at the event. Sponsors are vital to the consistent, relevant delivery of best practice dementia education to health professionals, family care partners, individuals living with dementia, and the general public. Please join! Several sponsorship opportunities are available and each sponsorship level offers benefits back to the business. Interested in signing up as a sponsor or vendor? Contact Chris Cummings at (402) 440-3491 or chris.cummings@aplaceathome.com. Interested in attending the conference? Visit alz.org/Nebraska for more information. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Nebraska, the 33,000 people living with the disease are cared for by more than 81,000 unpaid caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. With the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s, the organizations’ mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


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Nebraska Hearing Center Announces Free Battery February Nebraska Hearing Center is offering a package of free hearing aid batteries t o a nyo n e w h o stops by the Lincoln, Seward or Beatrice offices during the month of February! The Seward office is located in the Lied Senior Center at 1010 Manor Dr. An Audiologist is there every Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Beatrice office is located at 301 S. 6th St. An Audiologist is in Beatrice from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every Wednesday. The Lincoln office is centrally located at 5625 O St. #104. Free hearing evaluations are also offered at the Lincoln, Seward and Beatrice offices year-round. To schedule your free hearing evaluation at any of these locations, call (402) 486-3737.

Delta Dental of Nebraska Earns ‘A’ Rating in Financial Strength for 18th Time For the 18th consecutive year, insurance ratings organization A.M. Best Company (www.ambest.com) has awarded Delta Dental of Nebraska an ‘A’ rating – a recognition it reserves for insurance companies that have “an excellent ability to meet their ongoing insurance obligations.” This is among the highest financial strength ratings of any dental plan in the nation. Through its extensive dentist network, innovative product diversity, competitive pricing, brand recognition and high business retention rate, Delta Dental of Nebraska has built a solid position in the dental insurance market. Among other accomplishments, Delta Dental of Nebraska maintains a solid risk-adjusted capital level for their insurance and investment risks derived their ability to generate favorable net earnings over the long term. Delta Dental of Nebraska has been a leading provider of dental benefits in Nebraska since 1985. For more information, visit DeltaDentalNE.org.

#LincolnGoesRed for American Heart Month Did you know heart disease kills more Nebraskans than all forms of cancer combined? The designation of February as American Heart Month is aimed at increasing awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer, although many cardiovascular diseases are preventable with simple lifestyle changes including more physical activity and a healthier diet. To mark American Heart Month, Lincoln is going red with events throughout February, including: Red Dress Dash on Feb. 2; National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3, and the Heart and Stroke Ball on Feb. 18 at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. Themed “Playing for the Heart” and chaired by Jeff Noordhoek, Christy Phillips and Shawn Traudt, the event aims at raising features a Heart Hero child and celebrates the American Heart Association’s work and mission, the lives saved and improved thanks to donors and volunteers. The Nebraska State Capitol is also planning to make the Lincoln sky red on National Wear Red Day #LincolnGoesRed. For more information, visit www.heart.org/Lincoln.

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Last Month: Greenfield’s Greenfield’s serves freshcasual style breakfasts as well as delicious lunc hes and dinners. Choose from menu items such as their signature breakfast casseroles and griddle items to their crowd pleasing burgers, soups and sandwiches, all served in a distinctly warm and welcoming environment. Greenfield’s also offers a catering menu to serve groups small and large. From their great potato casseroles and fresh fruit, to their sandwich platters and specialty salads, they have you covered for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to start the day, a unique and delicious lunch with friends, or a date night with your sweetheart including great food and some local Empyrean ales or the wines the management has hand-picked to offer to their guests, Greenfield’s will not disappoint. We had our biggest turnout yet this month! Thank you to all in attendance, and we are looking forward to another great Friends4Lunch next month!

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Next Month: Ichiban Sichuan Located in the Historic Haymarket at 151 N. 8th St #100, Ic hiban Sichuan is dedicated to offering the most memorable dining experience for all. Ingredients are carefully hand-picked, using only the freshest and natural ones to prepare every dish. Attention is also paid to cooking dishes in a healthier way in order to provide the most nutritious food possible. The staff at Ichiban Sichuan ensure everything is in place for 2701toNenjoy 48tha Street guests great meal in an authentic atmosphere that’s cozy and inviting. (48th and St. Paul) On behalf of our entire Strictly Business team, we would like to invite you to our next Friends4Lunch event we are holding at Ichiban Sichuan on February 10th at 11:30 a.m. (Lunch prices range approx. $5-$14) Space will be limited and your RSVP is required. Please email office@strictlybusiness.com or call (402) 466-3330 to attend.

Friends4Lunch is one of our continued monthly networking events held at one of our favorite local restaurants. The tradition was established in the hopes of offering a casual way to make valuable connections with friends and strangers alike in the area over lunch while supporting our clients and enjoying their amazing cuisine.


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Business Analysis: This account perfectly suits businesses with higher activity levels, more sophisticated money-management needs, and the desire to maintain balances to offset fees. No matter the account, all accounts include: • Free Visa Debit Cards (with protection from FraudWatch Plus 24/7, 365 days a year) • Discounted Personal Size Checks OR $100 credit towards initial Deluxe Check order • Free Basic Business Online Banking • Free Safe Deposit Box for one year • Free Merchant Processing Analysis • Midwest Express Deposit Free for 1st 3 months • 0.25% Discount on Business Loan with established Business Checking Account • Benefit Banking Program for Employees

The foundation of a strong financial relationship begins with the right checking account. From small entrepreneurs to large corporations, Midwest Bank has an account that will fit your needs and your budget. Midwest Bank offers two business checking options that will benefit you: Free Basic Business and Business Analysis. For business savings, choose from the following options: Midwest Savings, Midwest Money Market, Certificates of Deposit and Flex CD. For business loans, the professionals at Midwest Bank can establish a loan portfolio that fits your needs. This includes: Commercial Loans, Small Business Administration (SBA) Guaranteed Loans, Ag Loans, USDA Guarantees, and Lines of Credit. Midwest Bank also offers several different options for credit cards: Visa Business Platinum, Visa Business Bonus Rewards, and Visa Business Bonus Rewards PLUS. Midwest Bank’s business clients have access to online banking services via the Business Online Banker. Cash management features include: • View all your balances with one click • Transfer funds between accounts • Review Transaction Activity • ACH Origination: Originate ACH files from your own office using ACH Manager. Payroll & billing files can be done in just minutes using this application in Online Banking. • Download account information into commercial accounting software packages • Access your account information • Make payments on loans or lines of credit • Wire Funds Transfers • Access document images online • Set up multiple users with varied levels of security and access times • eStatements: Sign up to retrieve your statement through online banking or as a password protected email attachment. It’s convenient, fast, secure, safe, environmentally friendly and FREE.

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Online Business BillPay is also available, and includes the following features: • Pay your accounts payable 24 hours a day, seven days a week from multiple accounts • Set up one time or recurring payments • Schedule your bill payments in advance • View Management reports • And much more! Other Cash Management services include: Midwest Express Deposit: Deposit checks electronically from your desktop. Midwest Express Deposit utilizes a desktop scanner that connects to your PC and the Internet. With it, you can scan checks received from customers and issue deposits electronically to the bank, anytime day or night. It’s the quickest way to turn check deposits into cash. Merchant Card Processing: Position your business for future growth and market leadership with our merchant processing services. These innovative solutions and competitive pricing options can help you improve efficiency and boost your bottom line: • • • • • •

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At Midwest Bank, we realize that no two businesses are the same. We’ll work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs and fits your business. Call Dina or Tyson (402-4200560) to learn more about these options and how to qualify for a cash bonus of up to $500 with a new business account at Midwest Bank. Member FDIC. FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business

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DOWNTOWN LINCOLN ASSOCIATION by Terry Uland, President

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What a fun year it has been. In 2016, Downtown Lincoln continued a period of large growth; however, one thing remains constant: our connected community. There were so many “tweetable” moments during the year, but the following garnered the most engagement from the Downtown Lincoln community making them the:

Top Ten Tweets of 2016 10. (March 11, 2016) Another beam is added to the future @Hudl Headquarters. #LNK #vision #future (Context: The $25 million Hudl expansion project is progressed through 2016. The 75,000 sq. ft. construction should finish this year.)

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9. (June 27, 2016) The wait is over! Hurts Donut is having its grand opening at 129 N 10th street. #LNK (Context: The highly anticipated 24 hour donut chain opened on the first level of the Grand Manse this year.) 8. (February 12, 2016) Think the Downtown #LNK dining scene has changed since 2010? View the difference. (Context: Follow the link in the onine version of this article for an infographic of the ever changing dining scene downtown. The stats might surprise you!) 7. (May 24, 2016) A snapshot on 11th street. #LNK #DTLNK (Context: 11th street has completely changed in 2016. Four new businesses including Tic Toc Bar, Thirsty’s Sports Bar, Method Cycles & Crafthouse and Cottonwood now make up an exciting area downtown.) 6. (November 4, 2016) Block 54 will combine two hotels, upscale condos and penthouses, parking and a concept restaurant, bar and rooftop garden. #LNK #DTLNK (Context: The Block 54 announcement is exciting. The downtown landscape will change with more living options moving forward.) 5. (September 2, 2016) Street ball is coming back to downtown #LNK like it’s 1992. Register your team today. (Context: Competitive street ball was a downtown staple in 2016. The Bar hosted its last weekly 2v2 tournament in the fall as well as the first annual Railyard Rims 3v3 basketball tournament in the Railyard. 4. (August 3, 2016) Did you know renowned architect I.M. Pei designed the Wells Fargo Center in the shape of Nebraska? #funfact (Context: It’s easy to overlook some of Lincoln’s hidden gems. The Downtown Lincoln “did you know” series kicked off with a fun fact about an easily overlooked building.) 3. (November 29, 2014) Pokemon trainers, have you made it downtown yet? #PokemonGo #LNK (Context: Pokemon Go may seem like a distant trend now, but when wild Pokemon appeared on the streets of downtown, many individuals could be seen hunting for their next catch.) 2. (January 3, 2016) Honest Abe’s now open in #DTLNK! #burgersandfreedom (Context: The well-known, and highly debated best burger in town, opened their second location in downtown Lincoln.) 1. (April 14, 2016) Catch the Spring Game on the #UBTCube in the @RailyardLincoln this Saturday at 1 PM. #LNK (Context: Hundreds gathered to watch the Spring Game in the Railyard. The Cube has been an exciting addition to the downtown scene and plays movies, shows and even the sport events that aren’t scheduled for regular television programming.) 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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LINCOLN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION by Coby Mach, President & CEO

LIBA NEW MEMBERS

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Pay Attention to the Legislature I know many of you are not into politics, but when State Senators introduce bills that could become law, you need to pay attention. At the LIBA office, we try to read every bill and decide how it will affect two things: business and taxes. So what should you know? Legislative Bill 373 will repeal the Build Nebraska Act, which is important to Lincoln because it provides funding for area roads and, more importantly, the new South Beltway Project. In addition to killing the South Beltway, it will also terminate the “Personal Property Tax Relief Act,” which has provided relief to business owners all across the state. While LIBA does not normally dive head first into issues for kids, LB373 contains a major change in youth sports. Today, adult and youth sports are not charged a sales tax. Under the bill, youth sports, even offered by the YMCA, churches and other non-profits, will be charged a sales tax for admission to sports events. Another bill of interest to LIBA, LB 312, will charge you a tax on the interest you pay on your business loans. Yes, sales tax on interest. It’s an interesting idea, but also a bad one if you ask me. Of course LIBA’s main reason for looking at the bill was the tax on business loans, but you should also know that home loans, auto loans, and even student loans will be taxed under this bill. Some of our members are watching LB343. This bill eliminates the need for a license to serve as an apprentice body artist, cosmetician, or student instructor for cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, massage therapy, and body art. While reducing the amount of government paperwork is something we would normally support, some in this industry believe that having a student, or apprentice license is important. I’m not sure if LIBA will take a position, but we are meeting with business owners who think the license is important. There is also LB211, introduced by Senator Hansen. Under this proposal the minimum wage for tipped employees will increase incrementally until it is 50% of the minimum wage rate by 2018. If the regular minimum wage stays at $9 per hour this would raise more than double the minimum wage for tipped employees by raising it from $2.13 to $4.50 by 2018. Many restaurant owners will be concerned about this bill. While the current tipped minimum wage of $2.13 sounds low, if a worker currently does not get enough tips to get to the $9 per hour, the employer must make up the difference. So under NO circumstances may a worker get under $9 per hour as the laws exist today. One local restaurant owner told me that his waiters and waitresses make an average of $20 per hour with tips. While public policy and politics can be complicated and overwhelming, that’s why we’re here. With your help and feedback, we will hold our Legislature accountable. It’s important for you to pay attention to the proposed laws that will affect your business and help us advocate for you by giving us – and the lawmakers – your thoughts. LIBA studies and promotes these types of issues that are important to businesses and our community. If you have an interest in joining LIBA, please call me at (402) 4663419. 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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Salon MohVi & Spa Salon MohVi & S p a (pronounced MohVee) offers a wide variety of services, including hair care, tanning, pedicures, manicures, massages, facials, threading and more. Professional make-up and customized services are also available for special occasions. The talented and experienced team of professional stylists, esthetician and massage therapist at Salon MohVi & Spa share the philosophy of providing extraordinary services at affordable prices. More Vivid, More Vibrant, More Value! Salon MohVi & Spa is centrally located at 5530 O Street #1 in Lincoln. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (402) 465-5363 or visit www.salonmohvi.com.

Ichiban Sichuan Located in the beautiful city of Lincoln, in the heart of the Historic Haymarket, Ichiban Sichuan restaurant is dedicated to offering the finest sushi and Asian-inspired cuisine for patrons who are seeking an elevated dining experience. All ingredients are carefully selected; the culinary team uses only the freshest and natural to prepare every dish, in the healthiest way possible, to provide the most nutritious and delicious fare possible. Much attention has gone into the overall experience to ensure you a cozy and inviting ambiance where you’ll enjoy not only the great meal, but also the authentic atmosphere. Owner Jason Diong and all staff in Ichiban Sichuan will greet you with the warmest welcome, whether you are a habitual patron or are dining for the first time. Painstaking efforts have been made to create the tidiest and cleanest dining place, and to guarantee friendly and timely service. For more information, please feel free to contact Ichiban Sichuan at (402) 904-4190, or browse their website www.ichibanlincoln.com. FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business 55


ENHANCE YOUR TEAM CULTURE We are fortunate to live in a community where there are endless possibilities for staff outings. In past issues you’ve followed us on some of the exciting, unique experiences we’ve put together as our recommendations. This month we’re excited for a change of pace and to remind our readers of another valuable opportunity for community involvement. Whatever your interests may be, Lincoln offers an abundance of volunteer opportunities for you to give your time and talents for the greater good. Lancaster Rehabilitation Center| 1001 South St 402-441-7101 | www.lancasterrc.com Perhaps, the most overlooked activities are those that involve volunteering at one of the remarkable facilities that serve our senior population. For an activity that costs you nothing, the outcome and impact as a result is priceless. Among the many benefits of volunteering in a nursing home are: building new friendships (with residents and staff alike); making a difference in a person’s life; trying something new; expanding on job experience; and being of service to your community. This month, our team was honored to volunteer at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln and we are thrilled to share our experience with our readers. Lancaster Rehabilitation Center is Nebraska’s largest skilled nursing facility, and is located at 1001 South Street. From the moment you walk through the front door, you feel at home in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere; the quality of living is apparent across the board in this state-of-the-art facility. In 2010, after the facility (formerly Lancaster Manor) was purchased by Altitude Health Services, a $2.5 million dollar remodel to much of the first floor was completed. The renovation project included a Husker lounge, Bistro Café, theater, library, and private dining room for residents and guests. However, most impressive is the state-of-the-art therapy gym with the sophisticated Alter G treadmill for rehab patients.

We had the pleasure of spending time with four of Lancaster Rehab’s residents - Mary, Marge, BJ, and Kay - in the Theatre Room. We brought yummy treats with us, cupcakes and muffins baked by Paige herself. The setting allowed for each of us to visit with them one-onone. We heard all about their colorful lives, reminiscing about the past and talking about what’s going on presently in the world. When our visit came to a close, we walked each resident to their room and they thanked us for spending time with them. We were amazed by how appreciative they were of our impromptu visit. We learned that the rewards of volunteering are two-fold. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll get back – whether it’s a new outlook or a warm smile – when you give your time to help another. For a full line-up from any of our staff outings, go to our Facebook page to see more! As for those who are considering planning a similar team-building activity or event, these are our recommendations of local businesses that can help you maximize your time while you treat your staff to a change of scenery and a chance to have some fun together outside of the office - whether it is just for a few hours or for the whole day. You’d be amazed at how much you will benefit personally and professionally from spending a little time together in a different environment! For more information on how to be featured please contact us at (402) 466-3330 or Office@ StrictlyBusinessOmaha.com.

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LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Count on us for EVERY Season by Wendy Birdsall, President 402-436-2350 • www.lcoc.org Taxes and The State of Nebraska

Tax reform, tax cuts, lagging revenues and the growth of the state will dominate the headlines coming from the State Capitol as the Nebraska Legislative Session runs its 90-day course. The Lincoln Chamber strives to be YOUR voice in the rotunda. In coalition with our partners at the State Chamber and the Greater Omaha Chamber, we will continue our push to adjust income tax rates in an effort to make our state more competitive for jobs and the talented people needed to fill them. The letter highlighted below was co-authored by David Brown, Barry Kennedy and I. David is the president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber and Barry is the president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. It first appeared in the January 15 edition of the Omaha World Herald. By Wendy Birdsall, David G. Brown and Barry Kennedy The hard truth is Nebraska is a high-tax state. These are the facts: • Nebraska’s top income tax rate for individuals is 15th highest in the country. • Our state’s corporate tax is 16th highest. • Nebraska’s combined state-local average sales tax rate is 25th highest. • Our local property taxes are 13th highest in a recent comparison by the U.S. Census Bureau. Something has to change. And with tax reform once again a key focus in the Nebraska Legislature, this year presents an opportunity to achieve that change. The Greater Omaha Chamber, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry believe the best way to accomplish growth in tax revenue is to do a better job of growing business activity, which in turn will attract more investment, increase population, grow jobs and boost quality of life. We can do all of this by creating a more competitive business environment. Our current tax structure is a disincentive to new investment; to the transfer of ownership of businesses and farms; to retirees to stay here; to young people who want to live in our state. That is why, with a united voice representing Nebraska’s business community, we are advocating for a significant reduction of state income tax rates. This is the tax reform that many experts consider to be the key to competitiveness, to ensure a healthy, diversified economy. While the Legislature has concentrated on property taxes for the past several years – allocating more than $200 million annually in the form of property tax credits – true property tax relief will never be realized until serious fiscal restraint is practiced locally, especially by K-12 school districts, counties, cities and other property-taxing entities. This will take political courage at the local level and more stringent oversight by taxpayers. We also encourage continued efforts to control the growth of state government spending, and we commend the governor and Legislature for their fiscal restraint in the last biennium. While tax reform is never easy, there has already been substantive work done on this issue. We look forward to working with the Revenue Committee chair, State Sen. Jim Smith, and with Gov. Pete Ricketts as they continue to consider ways to create a more competitive income tax environment for businesses and individuals in Nebraska. Also, we strongly urge policymakers to avoid shifting the tax burden by using state dollars to subsidize local taxes. Tax shifts have been tried in the past and have always failed to lower the local tax burden over the long term. Moreover, tax shifts diminish transparency and lessen local accountability. We know that accomplishing true tax reform will be a challenge in this year of budget concerns. Nonetheless, there has been no better time to forge a more competitive tax structure that will help the citizens and businesses of Nebraska thrive for years to come. Changing the way the State does business will be an arduous task. The Lincoln Chamber is committed to representing your interests every day. Together, as a united business front, we have an opportunity to accomplish lasting reforms that will grow our state. We look forward to serving your needs by lowering the burdens placed upon your business.

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for auto care in Lincoln, Nebraska! Their core value of looking after the customer is apparent in each visit. I appreciate their service, but even more, their approach to how they care customers, which has earned my long term business. Chris did a great job working with me, and the small touch of vacuuming my front floors won a rave review from my wife.” -Ben H. “Was very impressed with the location, the staff, and the service. Look forward to making this location our go-to spot for car services.” -Ashley T. Located at 84th and O Street, inMOTION Auto Care is locally owned and operated by lifelong Lincoln residents Sherri Stock and Jared McPike. Active in the community and dedicated to giving back, inMOTION Auto Care has hosted several car shows and supported many fundraising events to help local causes, such as the 3rd annual Show & Shine event that raised over $4,000 for the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack Program. (Make sure to save the date for this event in 2017, which is already set for August 5th!)

“These guys rock. After one visit they have my full confidence. They explain the work your vehicle needs in a way that’s easy to understand. Their detailed explanation of what they did to the car and why is the best I’ve ever seen. Plus, they are completely friendly and fun. Go inMOTION. Long may you wave.” -Barb D.

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Stop In Today! 7121 Pioneers Blvd., Ste 120 | 402.420.3040 Hey all you sweethearts out there, your holiday has arrived! Valentine’s Day is the designated day of the year in which we all shower the special someones in our lives—partners, kids, family, friends--with our affection, which in modern times can be just about anything as long as it comes from the heart. For most, it’s still celebrated with a special date and of course the customary exchange of gifts. If you’re looking for ideas in either department, as usual, we’ve got you covered with ideas from our local businesses. Here are the lucky seven in honor of those who are lucky in love! Idea #1: Hit The Lanes With Your Lover Ever been on a date at the bowling alley? We bet you have, because it’s a classic, and still holds rank on the list of fun ways to spend Valentine’s Day together. “Nothing says ‘love’ like lacing up a pair of bowling shoes and rolling a couple of games with your significant other,” says Jennifer Davis-Korn of 48 Bowl. “It’s a true test of your compatibility. It answers those lingering questions you might have about your partner like, ‘Is she comfortable enough around me to wear those ugly shoes?’ and “Is he still going to have a good sense of humor when I beat him at sports?’ If you’ve been wondering these things, then after your romantic dinner bring your date bowling at 48 Bowl centers, Parkway Lanes or Hollywood Bowl. Our $4-3-2-1 weeknight pricing is in effect, where the more you bowl, the cheaper it gets. Go ahead and spend frivolously on that special dinner. Our prices won’t break the bank. If you’re a single, then grab a couple of friends and come bowling anyway! You can get our $4-3-2-1 pricing, too! You might meet the person of your dreams on the lanes. We know several people who have. We’ve even hosted their wedding receptions. So, you never know! If you leave the lanes still single, at least you’ll have had fun. And if you want to drown your sorrows (responsibly, of course) we do have a full-service bar with extensive cocktails, bottled and draught beers on tap. Winter is our busiest time of year, so we do recommend making a reservation to guarantee a lane. You can do that by calling the center you wish to book at and ask to speak with a shift manager. To call Parkway Lanes, dial (402) 483-7763. To call Hollywood Bowl, dial (402) 466-1911.” Idea #2: Relax, Refresh, Romance Treating yourself to spa services is really nice in general, and even nicer when you’re able to enjoy the experience with that special someone here and there. Either way, it’s an excellent way to spend Valentine’s Day, even paying homage as an act of self-love. They also can be offered as a token of affection because they fall into the category of gifts that are universally well-received. A trip can be incorporated into a date or alternatively, in preparation for the big date, unwinding after the big date, make for excellent plans to pamper yourself if you don’t have a big date—there’s plenty of good reasons…and health benefits too!

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“Treating yourself is the way to go, and indulging in a massage or special treatment certainly fits the bill,” says Erin Lange of 5 Elements Massage. “If you are someone who enjoys holiday themes, you could even take it a step further and get creative. Have a little fun with it! I’ll be offering chocolate wrap massages as a Valentine’s Day special, and they are just as amazing as the delicious stuff we eat. While it’s a more well-known fact that eating 1 oz. of dark chocolate a day helps Erin Lange improve blood pressure issues, what most 5 Elements Massage people don’t know is that raw cocoa, when applied topically, can reduce the look of fine lines and uneven texture on the skin. It actively hydrates the lipids in your skin, tightens and tones, giving you a more youthful, slender look. It also has a very energizing effect on the body and spirit; it’s very cool how many positive health benefits are derived from the use of raw cocoa. Based on my professional training with sugar scrubs and salt glows, I’ve put together my own blends that I utilize in conjunction with the different massage modalities I offer. For the chocolate wrap massage, I created an all-natural blend with the main ingredient of raw cocoa. While the aroma is amazing, as a word of caution, I do advise against tasting the blend. As tempting as it will be to lick yourself, you will be offered chocolate to eat at the end of the treatment! For those who are curious about the procedure, here’s what you need to know: As much skin as can be exposed is encouraged, based on your comfort level of course. Dry brushing directly onto the skin is the first step. Once the body is covered in the chocolate treatment it’s wrapped in thermal wraps, sheets, and blankets. As your body

warms up it allows the treatment to absorb into the skin. During that time, a massage is given around your head and shoulders. Sometimes if the feet are exposed, they too can be included. Hot towels are then used to remove the chocolate from the skin and a lotion is applied once cleaned off.” Couples massages are especially popular, shared side-by-side in honor of Valentine’s Day with your favorite sweetheart. “It’s really a thoughtful gesture to book a massage and surprise your significant other,” says Dennis Varley of The Body Shoppe. “We still have limited availability for the weekend before, day-of, and the weekend after, so you can work it into your plans last-minute no problem. For those who still need to decide on a gift, it’s as simple as going online and purchasing Dennis Varley a gift certificate that can be printed off The Body Shoppe and presented to the recipient. They can then schedule their appointment at a time that works with their schedule and for their preferred massage technique, whether it’s Swedish, deep tissue, or left up to us to decide what would be the best approach. Anyone can benefit from a massage, and if it’s a gift, even better!” In a world of possibilities, there’s a vast array of professional beauty/spa services or procedures that make great gifts on any budget. So if there’s been a hint dropped, something you’ve noticed along the way, or if you have the perfect idea in mind, chances are it’s going to be a wonderful surprise. You might also give the gift of choice with a gift certificate to a location that has an extensive service menu, with the added convenience of getting them performed under one roof. Let’s not forget those who may need to book a last-minute pre-date trip, because you never know when Cupid’s arrow is going to hit the target! “We have many options for Valentine’s Day – Couples Massages, Pedicures, Manicures, Air Brush Tanning, and waxing just to name a few,” says Tiffany Olson of The Spa at Bryan LifePointe. “Our Medical Spa can do procedures such as Botox, lip filler, Kybella (reduction of double chin), and Laser Hair Reduction to spruce you up before the big heart day. Gift certificates are always a favorite. This gives the option for your significant other to choose the service they would like, and is Tiffany Olson a good choice if you’re uncertain of what The Spa at Bryan LifePointe service they would prefer. If you would like to purchase a gift item, Latisse (eyelash enhancer) or any of our medical-grade moisturizers or product lines would be a pleasant surprise for even the pickiest partner. You can also take advantage of the specials we are offering during the month of February: Waxing - Purchase a combo Brazilian and underarm wax for $60. ($70 value)

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be related to whether you are dating or married or a holiday associated with hearts. An afternoon at the spa with a friend can be just as enjoyable, or on the other hand, some much-needed alone time is always on many of our clients’ wish lists. Bryan LifePointe is connected with Bryan Hospital, so we make it a priority to have everyone’s health come first and foremost and you will find our facilities to be immaculate. To learn more and schedule your appointment, call (402) 4816321.” Right about now you might be feeling like your options are limited given the time until Valentine’s Day arrives, but don’t completely count out getting a coveted spot on the books yet this month. Tranquility Salon & Spa is another gem in Lincoln that still has availability on the books, but don’t put it off any longer if possible. Alternatively, you can always give the gift of a future spa date. “We specialize in pampering and full body relaxation, which is perfect as a gift or for anyone Tasha Schmeichel who is preparing for a big date,” agrees Tranquility Salon & Spa Tasha Schmeichel of Tranquility Salon & Spa. “For Valentine’s Day, as well as other holidays throughout the year, we offer themed gift cards and put together special packages. As previously mentioned, couples massages are popular for a Valentine’s Day date or to give as a gift for a future date. As an example of a package deal, you could opt to elevate the experience with a massage and pedicure. All of our services can be mixed and matched, so just pick the ones you prefer and it’s a customized gift that shows you put some thought into it. And really, who doesn’t love to be pampered? It’s fun to share that experience with your significant other, friends, kids, parents—you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with anyone you love! Our blowdry and makeup bar and Aveda spa services are also popular for those who are getting glammed up to go out on the town with that special someone, and our team of professionals will make sure you’re looking and feeling your very best.” You could even schedule a salon and spa day in conjunction with a boudoir photography session with Boudoir Boutique by Purple Sky Productions and really give him something to remember with this year’s Valentine’s Day gift exchange!

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A local boutique is a great place to find an outfit for your date, the right accessories to match what you’ve already put together, or a unique gift item.

adds a nice touch to complete an outfit. We carry a selection of hosiery in all fashion colors and patterns. These are made in Italy and retail anywhere from $19.95 on up. Men’s fragrances are also very popular, as is solid red neckwear.”

“Valentine’s Day presents a great opportunity to give a gift, even if it’s a gift for yourself,” notes Cherie Travis of Rachel’s Boutique. “We have a lovely Brighton Sweetheart tote that’s a free gift with a $100 purchase of Brighton products. Fill the tote with Brighton jewelry, a bottle Cherie Travis of wine, and a dozen roses, or any other Rachel’s Boutique assortment of items you please. Colorful scarves and spring items are arriving daily this month, and we have gift items starting at just $10 and up. Since Brighton is a line that often uses hearts on the jewelry, handbags, and leather accessories, it’s very fitting for this holiday in particular. You could also create a charm bracelet or necklace from our Brighton design studio here in the store. Or, if hearts aren’t really your thing, Rachel’s also features several other jewelry lines. Blo Vintage is a line of vintage whistles, which are pretty but also function as a personal safety device. Also new to Rachel’s is a line of crystal necklaces made from those used on chandeliers. Let us help you find the perfect gift for your Valentine!”

He also offers some guidance for men as to what might make for a big hit this Valentine’s Day. “First, and as simple as it sounds, you may not say it enough, so just make sure you tell her that you love her explicitly. Then, show your appreciation for all that she does in a way that’s fitting. Personal touches are often more meaningful than grandiose gestures that are general in nature. Yes, cards, flowers, and gifts are always welcome, but make time to do something special together too, even if it’s just serving breakfast in bed and sharing coffee.”

As far as gifts for men in the style department, Gary Novotny of Gary Michaels Clothiers advises, “The easiest and best gift that most men would enjoy is adding a colorful splash to their wardrobe with hosiery. The last few years hosiery, or simply ‘socks,’ have been making a major Gary Novotny Gary Michaels Clothiers style impact; whether dressy or casual, it

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Idea #4: Put A Ring On It (Or a Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings, Watch…) Speaking of which, a timeless gift that’s romantic and exciting, fine jewelry definitely nails it every.single.time. In the case of Valentine’s Day, it’s something that will be treasured long after the date has ended. It serves as a lasting reminder that the recipient is loved and treasured--every time that person looks at that piece of jewelry, they’ll think of you. As such, not just any piece will do; it’s much more personal than that, which is what makes it the perfect gift in the first place. At Sartor Hamann Jewelers, you’ll be able to shop the best selection in town, making finding just the right piece, and just in the nick of time, a virtual certainty. Idea #5: Give Me A Break! Really, do it. We all wish we could take a vacation from adult responsibilities at some point, so why not give that as a gift? The how is as simple as a gift certificate for professional cleaning services. “Giving the gift of free time is an excellent gift,” says Brenda Schwery of Maid To Please. “Ways to make that special person’s life easier and less stressful might include a gift card for cleaning, scheduling a surprise cleaning while they’re away from the home. Take them out while it’s being done, or maybe arrange for them arrive at a clean home and have dinner already prepared or a date planned from there. Or just simply perform all of the tasks around the house that need to be done such as laundry, cleaning, running kids around, etc. Make the day about the loved one by giving them the gift of time and let them relax. At Maid To Please, we can even take it a step further for Valentine’s Day and put together gift baskets that include a gift card for cleaning services along with other fitting items like wine, chocolates, etc. We can create these in various budget ranges, and it’s quite convenient. Let us give your loved one the gift of time along with offering the same to you by letting us put together a basket of wonderful things.” Idea #6: Wine + Whatever It’s as simple as it sounds, just enjoy wine along with great conversation, or even while creating great art together. You might already be familiar with the Paint & Sip Studio concept, and if you’ve never done it before, it’s a must-try experience. And if you have, you’ll never create the same piece of art twice and it makes for a great date, so why not give it a go.

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At Pinot’s Palette’s Lincoln studio, you can expect an upscale experience, with exceptional quality materials and care during an entertaining yet relaxing, fun and social night out with other couples and groups of singles alike who are celebrating Valentine’s Day. When enjoyed with a date, you can also create works of art that are meant to be displayed together (very cute!). Even if you opt out of that, it’s nice for the sentimental value of leaving with a piece of art to remind you of the time you shared together. Alternatively, you could make your local wine bar the date destination, or a part of the itinerary. Located at 28th & Pine Lake


Road, barVino is the place to check out if your Valentine loves wine, or who at the very least indulges in a glass on occasion as a special treat. There’s wine by the bottle, wine by the tap, wine by the glass, and for those who are treating their wine lover but don’t necessarily care for wine themselves, there’s also a nice selection of top shelf liquor and bottled beer. Pair that with an appetizer or dessert, depending on your preference, and you’re all set to enjoy a cozy, romantic date together. Or, if you’re planning to stay in for your date night, you can’t beat sharing a nice bottle of wine over dinner, during a movie, while playing games—really whatever you like. James Arthur Vineyards has a great selection of award-winning wines that can be picked up on-site, or for a more convenient option in Lincoln, at From Nebraska Gift Shop in the Historic Haymarket. Alternatively, if a mini getaway for an afternoon or evening is on your agenda, whisk your Valentine out to James Arthur Vineyards for a little wine tasting fun!

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As for gifts, wine is a good one, or take your pick from a fantastic selection if items that are all made with love right here in our home state at From Nebraska Gift Shop. “For a special Valentine’s Day treat, we can also recommend the perfect pairings of wine and cheese or wine and chocolate found in the store,” adds Barb Ballard of James Arthur Vineyards and From Nebraska Gift Shop. “There’s plenty of different gift baskets to choose from that have been specially curated by our staff and can be picked up last-minute, or we’ll be happy to put together a customized basket for you. Husker Red and Valentine’s Day are the perfect match!”

Idea #7: Treat Them to New Toys Just like kids on Christmas or any other gift-giving holiday, adults love new toys too. Whether it’s the latest and greatest technological gadget or something more specific to their particular set of interests, there’s so much out there to choose from that it should be no problem to find just the thing that will induce a serious heart swell. Does your significant other love to golf? Take off on a morning or evening run frequently? Play a certain sport? Or are they an avid fitness enthusiast in general? Have they perhaps just committed to a new boot camp or gym routine as a result of a New Year’s resolution? Or would it be nice for them to have an option to do their work out at home? If you answered yes to any of the above, a sweet gesture on Valentine’s Day would be to get them the gear they need to smash their goals or find more enjoyment in their favorite hobby. You’ll find a fantastic selection of new and gently used sporting goods and exercise equipment at Play It Again Sports, and you definitely can’t beat the price tags either. Or, do they really take pride their ride? Spend a lot of time in the car during the day? Need to have something done to their vehicle that they’ve been putting off? There are a lot of options as far as vehicle modifications, integration of state-of-the-art systems, and services that you could extend to your love. These are just a few of the many instances where gift-giving can be fun and purposeful all at the same time. In other words, they’ll be excited to receive it and it will get used—it’s a win-win!

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, it means more love will be spread around from the weekend prior to the weekend after. This bodes well for all of the last-minute planners and shoppers out there, and hopefully we’ve helped you out with some ideas to get you well on your way to enjoying the best one yet!

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Another year, another wonderful wedding season! In fact, with the trend towards having the ceremony whenever and wherever a couple darn well pleases, it’s more to be expected for your year outlook to include ceremonies and related festivities in any or all of the twelve months in 2017. With so many engagements over the holidays, so many couples already counting down the days until the big day while busy planning it to perfection, and those gorgeous spring weddings quickly approaching, there’s no such thing as an uneventful moment for those in the wedding industry either. No matter where you’re at in the process, it’s wise to enlist the help of the experts whenever possible. As with all of the most important of life events, it takes a village to plan and executive a wedding, even for those who wish to have the events surrounding their nuptials simple and intimate. With so many moving parts, here’s what those who report having the best, most amazing, stress-free, and memorable (in a good way) experiences all around share in common—they utilized the expertise of local professionals every step of the way, leaving nothing to chance except the weather! Selecting Your Venue & Caterer There are many wonderful venues in Lincoln that could be in the running for the special place you’ll be making memories celebrating your engagement or nuptials. The selection is particularly nice because of the uniqueness of each from the others, making it, much like everything else with a wedding, a matter of mainly preference and desired amenities. With a lot of variation in size as well, it’s generally not a problem to find one you love for all of those reasons but that also accommodates the number of guests you expect to be in attendance. If you’re familiar with Venue Restaurant & Lounge, you know that they deliver an upscale dining experience that’s a tough number to beat. This remains true of their offerings for any type of wedding-related events as well, and with plenty of experience in planning and executing these events for clients, you’re sure to be in great hands indeed. “Now with a large space with an elegant, vintage ambiance such as The Jasmine Room by Venue Catering & Events that’s considered among Lincoln’s historic gems in the line-up of wedding venues available, we’ve taken our offerings to another level in the past year,” says Kelli Pilkington of Venue Restaurant & Lounge. “It can accommodate up to 400 people and comes along with the exquisite food presentation and hospitality that Venue is known for providing our guests. In total, with Venue, there’s a choice of Kelli Pilkington five private dining rooms that are all ideal Venue Restaurant wedding-related events. Which one you & Lounge choose will generally be determined by the number of guests, but there may also be other aspects taken into consideration. With combined packages, couples can work with one


company to host any and all of the following: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor or bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and reception. We also added a luxury limo bus last year, and it’s been so nice to have available for our clients to book in conjunction with the events they are hosting at our venues. This platinum transportation includes state-of-the-art sound system, leather seating, track lighting, HD TV, room for 14 guests, and iPad music selection. Travel with your wedding party in luxury, and enjoy the convenience of working with one company to make the arrangements.” She adds, “Marriage is a special thing and that fairytale day, along with all of the events leading up to it, needs to be perfect, not stressful. We love being able to assure our brides/grooms that everything is always taken care of, which is a huge relief and weight off of their shoulders. With dedicated event planners on our team who have 30+ years of experience and a highly trained and friendly staff, along with our venues and offerings, it’s truly everything in one perfect package. When it comes to planning, be true to yourself and trust your vision, and make sure to work with vendors who are on that same page. It’s your day and it should be all about you. Also, don’t forget to make a memory of everything! The day is going to go by quickly so soak up everything little thing you can, and you may need to plan accordingly in order to be able to do that.” Nearby in York, there’s also a great venue that often goes under the radar, but is one that you should definitely consider: Holthus Convention Center. “We can do it all--weddings, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, you name it,” says Terri Carlson of Holthus Convention Center. “We are able to accommodate groups as small as 50 or as large as 900. One of the coolest features in our ballroom is that the wedding party is actually able to drive their bus, limo, etc. straight in for a grand entrance. We also offer both indoor and outdoor space, so for someone wanting to host an outdoor wedding and then bring the reception indoors, we are able to Terri Carlson accommodate their needs quite easily. Even Holthus Convention Center our lobby has been the perfect setting for bridal showers and ceremonies!” She also offers a few ideas and tips for those who are getting into the planning of their weddings. “I love that couples are becoming very creative! The traditional guestbook has somewhat become a thing of the past as couples are finding new ways to incorporate wedding wishes that are more personal, and can be displayed and enjoyed in their everyday lives. Examples of this I’ve seen include leaves on a tree, wine corks, signed rocks for a garden, etc. In actuality, it isn’t just the guestbook either; all aspects of weddings are becoming more personalized and couples are steering away from the traditional way of doing things. As another example of something that’s become quite common, cakes tables are now being reimagined based on the couple’s favorite sweets or a fond memory shared together. Often displayed and served buffet-style, this could be milk & cookies, favorite candy, themed dessert assortment, pies—anything goes! As far as getting everything nailed down, check with all your main vendors--church, reception hall, caterer, photographer, florist, DJ, etc.-before you book anything. We run into a lot of issues where a couple books the church before they check our dates and then we run into an issue finding space for them. Event planners are a truly wonderful resource to utilize because there is so much involved that must all be coordinated. You might even have access to one through the venue you book, which is a really nice perk. In addition, have a ‘go-to’ person who acts as your personal coordinator to help with putting together the plans that take into account before, during, and post-wedding. Don’t try and plan it all yourself! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed, even for those who are detail-oriented and skilled at managing multiple tasks let alone for someone who doesn’t possess those attributes. Couples getting married in 2017 and into 2018 should definitely

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want to slave over preparing it yourself, but still want that home-cooked appeal? For this scenario, Cowboy Chicken is a wonderful option. In actuality, with their catering offerings, they’d really be a nice addition for anything wedding related, and here’s why: “At Cowboy Chicken, we cook all-natural chicken over a wood-burning fire, along with signature sour-cream-tomatillo enchiladas and an abundance of home-style sides,” says Joe Armstrong, owner of Cowboy Chicken. “With catering options designed to fit any need, we can create a menu that is perfect for your event. Whether it’s our classic chicken, potatoes, and green beans, or you’d like us to design a more elaborate menu including enchiladas, ranchero beans, and Spanish rice, we’ll be happy to accommodate. Joe Armstrong As it’s important to stay within a budget for Cowboy Chicken weddings, our clients also enjoy the value we are able to provide. We’ll deliver a quality meal served buffet style, for a fraction of the price, and also provide plates and utensils for your party at no additional cost. This is a huge savings! Our offerings also include a beverage service of tea and lemonade that can include cups, ice, sweeteners, and fresh lemons. For a minimal additional cost, we can even provide staff who will assist with service and clean-up.” He adds, “The most important thing about planning food for your wedding is to ensure that when all is said and done, you’ll be serving what makes you and your spouse-to-be happy! Find someone to work with who is interested in putting your meals together with that in mind. Also, your catering company of choice should be able to help you get the important details in place so that there aren’t any balls dropped. This includes the amount of food appropriate for your event, what’s all necessary to complete the meal, and timing--who is responsible for delivery, set-up, table settings, service, and clean-up. At Cowboy Chicken, we are a family-owned business and aim for the warmth and comfort of our culture to be at the heart of everything we do. This respect and passion are experienced in the bold flavors of all-natural wood fire rotisserie chicken, the selection of wholesome ingredients, and the handcrafted preparation of our meals. We call it honest food. We have worked very hard to create a quality catering program, and with our dedication to great food and family values, we can help the bride and groom to navigate their way through one of the hardest wedding details, menu selection, and planning. We offer an array of catering services and provide fresh, home-style offerings that will please the entire guest list. We are available for small gatherings like showers and parties, but can also accommodate larger functions like the rehearsal dinner or the big day!” As yet another potential scenario, you might be looking into feeding your guests in a place that’s ideal for entertaining, hoping to knock out two birds with one stone when making arrangements. Brand new for brides and grooms to take advantage of this year and beyond, Culinary Underground has opened up a gorgeous private event space in the Haymarket, so make sure that’s on your list of possibilities as well. Since they just began accepting reservations, you’re likely to be able to get the date and time you need locked down on the books without any problems. So if you’re still looking for the right place, this is one that will fit the bill quite nicely. With a catering menu full of amazing chef-inspired items to choose from, and the ability to further customize your meal, it’s the perfect combination of ambiance and offerings that you’d look for in a venue to host your guests. You can also book Culinary Underground as your caterer for events hosted elsewhere, so make sure to double-check with your venue to ensure they allow outside catering services if this is what you have in mind. When you hit the town for your bachelorette or bachelor party, you’ll want to select venues that match the time you’re looking to have. Will it be a rager? Is low-key more your style? Are you organizing it around a specific event you’ll be attending, like a concert, or going on a trip together? For many, plans involve hitting the downtown Lincoln/ Haymarket/Railyard area for the occasion. In that case, Yowie’s Lodge, for example, is a great place for the guys (and ladies too, of


course) to gather in a rustic lodge-style atmosphere, with great food and drinks, watching sports or just hanging out, and it’s in proximity to many other places you might venture to later in the night. Deciding on the Cake Table As is customary with weddings, the cake plays a starring role in the wedding reception. In modern times, this has evolved quite a bit towards incorporating the sweet treat of the bride and groom’s choosing, which might not be cake at all. If it is indeed cake that you’re after, which still remains commonplace, there are also different variations of cakes to consider if you’re looking to get creative, such as those of the bundt variety. For those who haven’t tried the delicacies from Nothing Bundt Cakes, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. These little heavenly morsels are perfect for the big day, not only because they are delicious but also because of the arrangement that’s possible. There’s the cake for cutting displayed in the center, which is just small enough to be shared by the bride and groom, and it’s surrounded by a mixture of individual bundt cakes for the guests to enjoy. What an easy way to serve everyone, and it looks so nice too. You might also give the gift of a sweet treat, such as when you ask the ladies to be bridesmaids, or serve them up at your bridal shower. Special requests are always welcome! Booking a Wedding Photographer The professional images of your wedding will last a lifetime and beyond, displayed proudly and passed on to future generations. As such, proceed with the understanding that not all photographers are created equal. Do your research, and hire for experience, as well as finding someone you’ll enjoy working with to capture all of the wedding memories. “The wedding photographer you hire has the honor, and great responsibility, of capturing the important moments throughout the day,” says Gina Zabloudil of Zabloudil Photography. “It’s an incredible life experience, and one that goes by so quickly. As such, we’ve found that what works best for us is to build relationships with our clients beforehand. We get to know who you are as individuals, and as a couple, before the wedding day. We even go so far as to commit to memory the names of family Gina Zabloudil and those in the bridal party, along with Zabloudil Photography planning the formal group photos. We’ve found that this familiarity translates into a great working relationship on the wedding day. The pre-wedding rehearsal brings everyone together before the big day, so we make it a point to attend and meet everyone to put faces with names. If it’s an out-of-town affair, we stay the night to ensure no emergencies prevent us from being on time and ready to work. Once we are officially booked as the wedding photographers, we meet to put together a thorough plan and timeline, to ensure all parties are ‘on the same page.’ Our goal is to communicate expectations in delivering personal service, along with a finished product that meets, and hopefully exceeds, what the bride and groom envision. We also extend the opportunity to sign up for our interest-free payment plans; many couples choose to have a monthly payment. Since we’re frequently booked at least six months prior, and oftentimes a year, it’s easier to manage within the wedding budget. Chad and I are a husband and wife team, and we’re both professional photographers. By having two photographers on-site, more images are created, and there’s greater flexibility because we can be in two places at once. Both of us are a ‘package deal’ together, so couples aren’t paying any extra for a second photographer, which many have found to be a nice perk. With the two different styles, our clients end up with a well-rounded selection of wedding images. We’ve been photographing weddings for almost 15 years together, and with that experience have come lessons

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we’ve learned along the way to benefit our clients. Our approach is one that favors personal service and familiarity. We advocate for our clients’ best possible experience, and we prepare for each wedding so that we’re able to get the best images possible. For example, running a last-minute errand for the bride or providing snacks for a much-needed energy boost aren’t out of the question. This ‘above and beyond’ attitude on personal service is part of who we are, and what we offer our wedding couples.” Specifically on selecting a wedding photographer, she also offers the following advice: “Be sure you know what physical product you’ll receive for your photography investment. For example, will you be satisfied with only a thumb drive of images, or a website from which you’ll download images on your own, instead of actual prints provided by your photographer? Each of our collections includes a finished wedding album that’s delivered in a timely fashion. Quality images will always look even better when printed professionally, retouched and color-corrected to look their best. I advise couples to meet in person the photographers they are interested in and to view their image examples, along with getting the specifics on what will be provided. Make sure this is more than just someone with a nice camera, but real wedding photography experience. You want a professional who is skilled, but also that’s a match as far as personalities. It’s important is to know what it will be like to work with them day-of, along with what the outcome of their work will be.” Arranging for Transportation As previously mentioned, you may require transportation for your wedding-related events. This might be a party bus for your bachelor/ bachelorette party escapades, or extending a ride to your out-of-town guests as a part of being a great host. Not to mention another one of the most common needs when it comes to weddings, transportation of the bridal party from the church to the reception (and oftentimes, a few bars in between). This is also a time that stops can be arranged for photo ops. Consider this another thing to get on the books sooner rather than later, because it’s in high demand and there’s generally a

limited number of vehicles in a company’s fleet that can accommodate larger groups such as bridal parties. “Over the years, wedding parties have grown considerably in size which makes our 34-passenger limo bus perfect for large wedding parties,” says Lori Hiebner of Leisure Limousine & Sedan. “Our limo bus is beautiful inside and out. It has leather U-shaped seating, a state-of-the-art stereo system, two 42” TVs and it is impeccably clean! As Lincoln’s premier transportation service, we offer everything from airport transfer for your guests to limo service for the bachelor Lori Hiebner and bachelorette parties to limo bus service Leisure Limousine & Sedan for the entire wedding party. We pride ourselves on our service and our amazing drivers, which is what you can expect when you work with us. Our wedding parties all receive complimentary champagne and our drivers show up to your special day dressed in a tuxedo.” She also notes, “As a word of caution, if you are interested in booking a limo for your special day, please, please, PLEASE don’t wait until the last minute! Book it as soon as you schedule your wedding date.” Achieving the Perfect Look In terms of planning, it goes like this, but not necessarily in any particular order: Wedding dress, check. Accessories, check. Bridal party attire, check. Hair and make-up, check. Pre-spa session, check. Formalwear for the groom and bridal party, check. Aftercare of items mentioned, check. While this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it does cover the main points. First thing’s first, though, and I think most know exactly where it goes from here. You’ve seen them sprinkled across your social media feed, the photos of brides-to-be who are holding a sign that says “I Said Yes

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To The Dress!” Although weddings have evolved quite a bit in recent times, finding THE dress still remains one of the most special moments of the entire process. It’s not only one of the memories cherished long after the wedding has passed, but it’s when you see the first vision of yourself as a bride. As the “star of the show,” the dress is a big part of the big day, so the quest is to find the perfect one that fits your personality, takes everyone’s breath away, and of course, photographs exquisitely too. While it’s entirely possible to find “the one” right away as though it was just there waiting for you all along, for others it’s just like finding “the one” they are going to marry, build a life with, and grow old together—it’s a process. Either way, keep in mind that you’ll have the best results working with an experienced professional and also, that you get what you pay for. While having a nice selection to choose from is important, and there are plenty of places you can go to merely shop the racks, it’s often the expertise that’s most valuable in the long run. You’ll need to adhere to your timeline as far as customizing, ordering, tailoring, fittings, finding the right accessories, and more—everything will need to come together smoothly for the final overall look to be achieved. “Blush Bridal takes great pride in taking care of our brides from the minute they walk into our store until the minute they walk down the aisle,” says Emmy Gorman of Blush Bridal Boutique. “Brides enjoy our small and cozy atmosphere and working with a small group of trusted professionals. After all, your first appointment at Blush will begin a relationship that will last for the better part of a year and beyond! Over the past 4 years, we have really catered to the bride who truly wants to Emmy Gorman Blush Bridal Boutique make her bridal gown shopping a personal experience by incorporating custom design elements into her dress. Whether it be adding sleeves to a strapless dress or changing the entire silhouette, if you can envision it, we can likely do it. Brides lovingly call us ‘fairy godmothers’ as we make dreams come true! Right now we are also really excited about the separates trend and have a variety of bodices and skirts available. Our brides love mixing and matching those styles; another way to personalize your wedding day look! As far as planning goes, she also offers some helpful words of wisdom. “After you get engaged and before you start the planning process, sit down and have a conversation with all people involved in the wedding budget. Whether you have a $5,000 or $50,000 wedding, a budget will make all of your decisions go much more smoothly, and it’s more enjoyable if you know what to expect. Secondly, research your potential vendors. Instead of visiting ten bridal stores looking for your gown, take a look at reviews or talk to friends to see what vendors will be the best fit for what you’re looking for and narrow it down from there.” For the gentlemen, many are going towards the trend of the wedding suit. “More and more of our customers, both grooms and members of the bridal party, are purchasing suits for their wedding attire,” advises Andrew Shannon of Shannon Formalwear. “We offer an extensive selection of suits in styles that would be great options to don on the big day. For close to the cost of rental, suits can be purchased and then enjoyed for years to come as opposed to just one weekend. Suits have also gained popularity Andrew Shannon because orders can be placed 30-60 days Shannon Formalwear beforehand, eliminating the need to wait until the last minute to ensure the suit or tuxedo fits, let alone to perform any alternations as a result. Suits can be custom-tailored, as opposed to a rental garment that’s made to fit a broad range of people. There are many different ways an outfit can be styled too—bowties and suspenders for a timeless look are just one example. Our value generally speaks for itself, so I encourage grooms-to-be to look into

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the option of putting together an ensemble. Shannon Formalwear operates with great importance placed on providing superior-quality merchandise at the best value to meet the needs of our customers, and we uphold the principle that no sale is final until the customer is completely satisfied. Staying flexible and demonstrating a sense of urgency to respond to changing customer needs has allowed us to advance our quality and performance while maintaining the respect and loyalty of our customers. In addition, we employ professional, friendly, motivated, and highly-trained salespeople to understand and best assist with all aspects of weddings and events. Stop by and see for yourself all of the options and styles, which are presented in a way that makes the shopping experience quick and effective.” When it comes to looking your best, everything should come together to accentuate the qualities you find most attractive about yourself. This includes your attire and accessories, but also your personal features. Take your hair for example. There are endless possibilities with color, styling, accessories, etc. Achieving the look you want will require the talents of a professional stylist no matter what that may be, and you’ll want to get on the books as soon as possible. While men tend to require a more simple approach, it’s important to be well-groomed. Also, for women and men alike, there may be the desire for techniques that make hair appear fuller or that cover problem spots, such as replacement methods, treatments, or extensions. “Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement offers many different services that can help brides and grooms alike to look and feel their very best,” says Brooke Ahlman of Brookelyn’s Hair & Brooke Ahlman Replacement. “We offer updos, extensions, Brookelyn’s Hair and haircuts that can add length, volume or & Replacement

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both. Onsite styling is available upon request, which is a convenience that can make planning the day’s itinerary much easier. The party can get ready together while enjoying the moment, and the photographer is able to capture every treasured moment during the process. My best advice is to find someone you trust, who is open to your ideas and skilled at their craft, and book ahead of time. We all know how valuable time is, and you want to make sure you have your spot reserved. It is very easy to forget about lining up the stylist with all of the other planning at hand, but this is an individual who will play a crucial role in your wedding preparation. You can’t just assume that your normal stylist will be available, or will be able to arrange for any additional help in the event that they’ll need assistance to accommodate a larger wedding party, which is a common occurrence. Also, bridal trends are constantly changing, which includes hairstyles. Depending on your relationship with your stylist, even if they know you well, and especially if they don’t, keep in mind we’re not mind readers. It’s wise to have photos that you can show to communicate your ideas so that you can be on the same page, and make sure to include a trial run as a part of your agenda leading up to the big day. At Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement, we stay informed on what’s new in the industry and pride ourselves on being able to take an idea and bring it to life, creating anything that your heart desires. For those who would like to create something unique, I’m happy to brainstorm or take a concept and perfect it. Alternatively, it’s common for brides to pick something out of a magazine that they love, or to find great ideas online, especially with Pinterest being so popular for wedding inspiration. No matter the request, rest assured we’ll do our very best to make it happen!” Slimming down is often a part of the preparation for a wedding, but with so much going on, sticking to an aggressive diet can prove to be a difficult proposition. Simply focusing on eating as healthy as possible and staying dedicated to getting in exercise when you can will go a long way leading up to the wedding. Combined with LipoGenics, a procedure offered by Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers in Lincoln,

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you’ll see incredible results without devoting your every waking hour to worrying about whether you’ll get to your goal weight in time. Even if that’s the only thing you do to prepare your “wedding body,” as long as you do it as directed, there will be a visible difference in just a few short weeks. “LipoGenics really is ideal for those who are going to be in a wedding and want to get rid of a problem area quickly, or at the very least minimize it significantly,” says Jethro Hopkins of Physicians WEIGHT Jethro Hopkins LOSS Centers. “With laser body sculpting Physicians WEIGHT treatments, the results happen right away. LOSS Centers You spend 30 minutes a session relaxing, which can be a really nice reprieve from everything else that’s going on with your wedding planning, and you’ll lose inches after the very first treatment. You’ll also keep losing weight for 12 hours afterward, so many choose to capitalize on this by getting in an extra workout. With the recommended 8 treatments over just three weeks leading up to the wedding for maximum results, it’s not only a fast fix but a lasting one as long as you continue to eat healthily. Nobody wants to show off their back fat or love handles, which can be accentuated with the styles that are popular in bridal attire, and doesn’t hide belly fat well either. Especially at an event that’s as important as your wedding, or someone’s else’s where you’ll be photographed extensively and that’s documented heavily on social media, it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin so that it doesn’t detract from your enjoyment of being in the moment. We have bridal packages available, and this time of year we offer great specials, so you can come in yourself or get your whole bridal party in on the action.” On to the final point on the list, while it might not necessarily strike you as something to add to your planning agenda at first, making arrangements for the care of the dress after the big day is important too. It’s generally a major investment and should be treated as such,


not to mention that it’s a family heirloom that could potentially be passed on to be worn by a next-generation bride (this tradition does still happen, although it’s not incredibly common). After the wedding, you’ll want to get your wedding dress delivered to your professional cleaner of choice as soon as possible in order for it to be in optimal condition to undergo the cleaning and preservation process. “Even with wearing the gown only once, stains from food or beverages along with oils from the skin will cause damage or weakness to the fabric over time,” explains Quintin Yallaly of Starcrest Cleaners. “We always advise our clients to bring their gown in as soon as it is possible, whether they bring it in themselves or have a family member or friend transport it to us. In the event that someone else brings it in, we can meet ahead of time to make sure that all of the bride’s wishes are taken into account and expectations are met. At Quintin Yallaly Starcrest we understand the importance of all Starcrest Cleaners of the details and our staff of professionals operate with specific cleaning protocol in line with the preservation of your gown for generations to come. If you opt to have your wedding gown preserved, which is a popular option, also keep in mind that certain items can be included in the preservation box in addition to the gown and veil. This might include the program, an invitation, photos, shoes, jewelry, letters or anything else of sentimental value. In addition to offering wedding gown cleaning and preservation service, we also provide professional cleaning and finishing of any garments worn to a wedding. Starcrest can generally accommodate short notice and rush requests when needed. Wrinkles and stains are not a good look, and odors aren’t going to make a great impression either. With your wedding gown or any garment that is especially important to you, expect to receive special attention at the professional cleaners, whether in Lincoln or elsewhere. Emphasize that the garment is important to you and ask to speak to the owner, manager or individual that will be working on the garment. Once you have made contact with a knowledgeable person, they should be able to explain: how the garment will be cleaned, anticipated outcome of soiled areas (such as the hemline) and possible risks associated with cleaning. If you are not confident after speaking with the individual about your special garment, continue your search until you are comfortable. Above all, leave your special garment with someone you trust. Wedding gowns are prized possessions and quite often family heirloom so they should be treated accordingly.” Last but certainly not least, when it comes to jewelry, it’s two-fold for weddings. First comes the engagement rings, and then comes any accessories to complete your wedding day look. For either one of those possibilities, you’ll find the best selection of the most stunning pieces in town at Sartor Hamann Jewelers. The personal service you’ll receive is top-notch too. Putting Together the Gift Registry For the invitations, all of the key details are needed before design takes place, which includes where the couple is registered for gifts. So before the point in your timeline when invitations need to be sent out, you’ll want to choose the places to establish a registry and put it together—which aside from receiving the gifts, is the fun part! “Habitat is filled with wonderful gift items for the home,” says Jana Clark of Habitat. “We carry a nice selection of quality brands. For cookware, this includes Swiss Diamond, Le Creuset, Emile Henry, and Finex, and for bakeware, USA Pans, Doughmaker’s, and Fat Daddio’s. We have wonderful home interior pieces too, such as Darren Gygi canvas prints, Jana Clark table linens, Annieglass and Beatriz Ball. Habitat

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In fact, one of our personal favorites for an unforgettable wedding gift is Annieglass. This is a handcrafted glass tableware line that is produced in California. Each piece of Annieglass carries an engraved signature that guarantees authenticity. It is available in a broad range of complimentary patterns that offer an elegant mix of delectable color and transparent glass, with lush 24-karat gold, platinum, or metallic glazes. A favorite of celebrities, brides, and restaurateurs, Annieglass is durable, chip-resistant, and dishwasher safe. At Habitat we also have plenty of unique barware, recipe boxes and books, food products, and funky kitchen gadgets. A trend that we have noticed with wedding gifts is that grandmothers and mothers are putting together recipe boxes and books to fill with all of their favorite family recipes for the brides.” Habitat is also a place where many wedding event hosts go to find accessories to fit the décor and help serve guests. “It has become more common to offer miniature, bite-sized appetizers and desserts at bridal showers, and presentation is becoming more creative too,” Clark notes. “We have very functional pieces, like durable acrylic serving pieces, as well as the beautiful, show-stopping pieces from Annieglass.”

If you’re planning a wedding, or part of someone’s nuptials in the near future, we wish you the best of luck! While there can be a great amount of pressure involved with putting together a picture-perfect affair, and one to remember, you won’t need to rely on luck if you’re working with experienced professionals. In Lincoln, we are privileged to have some of the best, but keep in mind that they are also in high demand. Make sure to stick to your timeline and get everything booked as soon as possible so that it’s as magical a day as you’ve always imagined it would be. As with any of the most special moments in life, it’s one to be enjoyed, and that goes for all of the days leading up to the big day too. Enjoy the process, and enlist the experts! FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business

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Another year has passed, and we now look towards another filled with possibilities, and likely change too. For seniors, there are a wide range of changes that could be happening. Those just entering their golden years are perhaps downsizing or preparing for their retirement, while other elders may experience loss or issues with their own health, be looking into making the move to an apartment or senior living facility, hoping to get more involved in community activities or any other number of life occurrences that come with aging. Young or young at heart, there’s a truth that unites us all in adulthood – it’s never too early to plan for the future. Although as we age there’s great variation in the lifestyle we are able to maintain, so the term ‘senior’ is certainly not a one-size-fits-all designation, there are common concerns and information that we can all benefit from understanding for the benefit of our loved ones, neighbors, friends, and of course, ourselves.

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Even in looking towards the more simple pleasures in life, such as planning for things to get out and do once milder weather arrives, it always helps to know what’s out there. When it comes to the big decisions, there’s little doubt that you’ll want to be in the know and in modern times with a growing aging population, well prepared. Staying healthy and happy, and fulfilled, is the key to all of the good things that life has in store for us in our later years. It only makes sense to plan for our future so that we can enjoy it. Responding to the question of what seniors and their families should expect in the future, Beth Friesen of Oasis Senior Advisors offers an explanation based on here experience working with these folks on a daily basis:

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“Quite simply, our baby boomers are starting to age! Some have called it the oncoming ‘silver tsunami.’ Resources of all kinds that impact elders are going to be affected. Specifically as it relates to senior living communities, and assisted living in particular, there simply is not going to be enough spots available for everyone who needs them.

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Many people who could do quite well living independently don’t wish to move because they believe they can stay at home. And frankly, often they can. However, when one needs assisted living, it can be difficult to find openings because many communities fill their assisted living apartments with those already residing in independent living at their community. This leaves few vacancies that can be filled from outside. The best way that you can be prepared for this is to consider moving into the independent side of the community you’d prefer to reside in for assisted living before you actually need assisted living. For many this is


counterintuitive, but it’s critical to think about even for those in their 80’s now. However, for our baby boomers, it’s going to be even more critical to consider. Most of the families that I work with share that they wish they had known about Oasis Senior Advisors and the services I provide earlier. It’s either because they’ve gone through it before, or because they’ve been trying to navigate the senior housing market on their own, and found the process very overwhelming. In that first conversation or assessment, I work with the family to gain a firm understanding of their loved one as an individual and their specific senior housing needs. I look at a broad picture that encompasses many aspects of overall wellbeing, both medically and financially, and then together we map a plan that best fits their family. Along the way I also recommend other community resources that could be of value to them and help meet their needs.”

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She adds, “Spring signals everyone to come out of hibernation and get active and out-and-about once again. If you found the winter to be long, cold and rather lonely with too many responsibilities in the home for yourself or someone you love, it may be time to consider senior living options before old man winter shows up again. Take advantage of the springtime to start your journey to a fulfilling life in one of our amazing communities here in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. Even if it is not time to move, I can connect people with any resources they might need from state and county agencies, insurance, nutrition, physicians and in-home care to name a few. My background as a registered nurse and a case manager make me uniquely qualified in this arena. I can be reached anytime by phone (402) 429-8891, email BFriesen@YourOasisAdvisor.com, or via my website at Lincoln. OasisSeniorAdvisors.com.” Kayla Schaf of Legacy Retirement Communities joins in offering cautionary advice on the importance of preparedness too. “There may not be anything in the immediate future that’s cause for concern, but be sure to not let the future sneak up on you. For seniors, it is very valuable to discuss your plans and desires for the future with a designated family member or desired representative. There are several key documents needed, and in truth, these can be very critical in Kayla Schaf emergency situations. For instance, if a Legacy Retirement family member cannot locate important Communities documents like tax returns or bank account information, it could delay or even cause the senior to be denied benefits like Medicaid or VA benefits. Make sure you have important legal documents in place like durable health powerof-attorney or advanced healthcare directive so that if you do find yourself with declining health conditions, you have someone you trust making decisions that would be in your best interests.” Specifically geared towards those who are considering a move in the coming year, she also notes, “Without fail, those who move into any of our communities find themselves saying that they wish they had made the decision sooner. Many studies have shown that frequent social interaction greatly benefits your overall health and wellbeing. Many residents express how their lives have been enhanced by the many social opportunities provided by our Enrichment team, daily activities to choose from, and even a simple ‘Good morning!’ from staff passing by in the hall. The fine dining experience we deliver has had a great impact as well, and not just for the social atmosphere. Many have seen an improvement in their overall health by simply having their nutritional needs met through well-balanced meals provided by our dining services. I highly encourage starting the conversation, and if you don’t know how or don’t feel comfortable, reach out. The Retirement

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Living Advisors at Legacy Retirement Communities take a gentle approach to helping seniors and their loved ones navigate this season of life. They are caring professionals who can facilitate conversations and educate you and your loved ones about options. This can help clarify needs and wants and can make the decision process move along to get the best care for you or your loved one. Having conversations about retirement living can be sensitive coming from close family members, so having a professional to help guide the conversation can be very beneficial.

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Also, coming up at Legacy Retirement Communities, we kick off our summer events in June and go until September. This is an easy and friendly way to experience our communities. You can enjoy the sights and sounds (and food!) of Legacy Retirement Communities. Our signature events include our Capital City Culinary Classics, offering a variety of popular classics from Lincoln’s favorite restaurants, our Chef Showcase which includes cooking live cooking demonstrations from our culinary team, and our Terrace Town Carnival which is fun for all ages, offering fair-style eats along with carnival games, pony rides and more. Sprinkled in throughout the summer as well are our Patio Parties, where visitors can enjoy delicious drinks and appetizers while enjoying live music in our beautiful garden patios. Watch for dates as we get closer to those warmer months!” In agreement, Jodi Freeman of Roper & Sons Funeral Home adds, “No matter your age or health, it is always important to have your financial and healthcare affairs in order. We always seem to think that we are somehow invincible, no matter our age, so we tend to put off things we don’t want to deal with, often saying ‘I’ll get to that tomorrow, or next week, or next year.’ The hard truth is, we have no way of knowing whether tomorrow or next week or next year might be too Jodi Freeman late. Conversations about healthcare, Roper & Sons long-term care, and death are awkward and can be difficult to have, yet they are among the very most important things we can discuss. Some of those hard things to discuss including naming a Power of Attorney (POA) for finances and healthcare, having an asset management plan in place for finances and personal items, ensuring that your loved ones know your wishes for healthcare and end of life, and pre-arrange your funeral services, including payment. There are great tools available for planning, but I always advise reviewing those plans with an attorney to ensure that they will hold up in a court should they ever be challenged. Ensure that your POAs are someone you trust implicitly to make the best decisions on your behalf, and that your loved ones know who that person is, especially if he or she is not a family member. Finally, maintain all of your documents in a secure place, but make sure loved ones know where to find them in an emergency.

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I can’t stress enough the importance of having your estate, insurance, healthcare, and end-of-life plans in place, regardless of your age or health. Communication with loved ones, while you are still able, is very important. All too often, major illness or death occurs unexpectedly, and loved ones are left at a complete loss emotionally and financially. Even in the closest of families, emotional turmoil can cause stress and anxiety. When plans are in place, turmoil is lessened to a great extent. There are many wonderful professionals in Lincoln who can help with all aspects of planning and communication, all you need to do is ask!” As previously mentioned by another one of our local experts, Michaela Williams of Care Consultants for the Aging also speaks to the significant impact that the aging baby boomer population will have in the near future. “Senior care options are continuously changing and the look of senior care will evolve at a faster rate with the baby boomers


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needing long-term care. Assisted living specializing in Alzheimer’s/dementia care is the most common level in senior living options being built today. They offer a more detailed approach to care for those who have memory problems, and they tend to have a two year private pay minimum to move in. Knowing the options and pricing of in-home care and senior living options will help families make wiser decisions as they find themselves in a caregiving role.

Many families are surprised with our complicated long-term care system and feel overwhelmed when they need to make decisions. Care Consultants produces the ElderCare Resource Handbook, which offers a complete listing of senior services in the Lincoln and Omaha Metro areas. Having an awareness of senior care options and the prices that are associated with them helps greatly when you need to make decisions fast. Families often find that starting home care or adult day care on a small scale early on can help their loved one adjust when the need becomes mandatory, and gives everyone a little respite too. Furthermore, when you have concerns for a loved one’s health and/or wellbeing, looking into what the government offers, what insurances and finances that your loved one has, and getting legal paperwork in order are good first steps. Determining these issues before a health crisis can help in the stress that can occur with being one’s caregiver. It is also important to research home care options or adult day care centers that can give them that little extra assistance they may need to stay in their home.” On another timely subject involving maintaining quality of life for seniors, Williams notes, “Life is short and, as many will agree right about now, winter can seem long. As spring starts to show itself, it’s fun to get out and explore. Sometimes this can be difficult as mobility and the ability to live independently changes. Care Consultants can find caregivers who help seniors remain as active and independent as possible. They can take them to senior centers and outdoor parks within the community or help them play games, clean out a closet or plant flowers in their own home. Caregivers can work as little or as often as you need them. Sometimes a little bit of help goes a long way!” As far as finances go, for seniors, the cost of living can be significant and income may not always be able to match that number. As such, it’s likely no surprise that planning ahead— saving, insurance, allocating funds to future needs now, etc.-remains the prevailing theme here too. Theron Ahlman of CarePatrol advises, “I would recommend that families look into long-term care insurance to help pay for care as they get older. There are many different policies available, so it’s worth taking your time to research the plans and make sure you are getting the best one for the money spent. I have helped some families whose policies don’t help pay for assisted living, and the family had expected it do so. Theron Ahlman CarePatrol

Also, finding the right fit within a person’s budget can be more complicated than it sounds. As others have mentioned, many families that I help say they wished they had known about us sooner. They have gone to a couple communities on their own only to find out they don’t offer what they need, don’t ever accept Medicaid, or are too expensive. They have wasted a lot of time getting nowhere and once they find us, the process goes smoothly and they are happy with the communities we tour as they are a fit to the seniors needs, wants and finances.”

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He continues, “If you recently visited someone who isn’t safe in their home and they need to take the next step towards a community, I would recommend calling a senior placement company such as CarePatrol to help save time and make the process as easy as possible. We will come out and meet with the senior to do a care discovery, at which time we go over needs, wants, likes and finances to see what communities are the best fit. We then look up the communities care history to make sure it is a safe community, line up the tours, and personally take everyone on the tours of the communities that are safe options. We can help navigate long-term insurance policies, converting life insurance to money for assisted living, and if a bridge is needed to pay for care while a house is being sold, we can help thanks to our partnerships the many different companies. CarePatrol also has Certified Senior Advisors across the country, so no matter where the person you’re trying to help lives, or wants to live for that matter, we can help. Contacting your local advisor first is the best route as they can start the process and then work with the advisor in the state where residence will be to find the safest community. Typically in the spring there are a few health fairs in the area that are beneficial for seniors and their family members to attend. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to many different businesses about the services offered in one place, as well as getting to visit with others from the community who can share their experiences and tips. Going to these events will help you to be prepared when different needs arise, and will make finding help easier as these are professionals that have access to a network of valuable contacts they’ve already established within the community.” While no one knows what the future holds, it’s important to know that a person is no longer relegated to the “cross that bridge when we come to it” approach, nor is it advised in most cases. “Over the years I have seen that people are more inclined FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business

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Holidays, and not just the ones that have recently passed but ongoing throughout the year, are often a time of extra stress when older adults are involved. Kids come home to see that parents have ‘slipped.’ In a phone conversation it’s easier to lead family to believe they’re just fine. Often unable to care for themselves any longer, older adults know that decisions that are sometimes against their choice will need to be made. Although that might be the case, there’s a greater probability that it won’t be. As just one example, there are many in-home services available in our community. Families will realize that they could have kept Mom or Dad in their homes longer if they would have taken advantage of these services. In the funeral industry families often opt to make pre-arrangements when family is in town and can all make the decisions together. While children may not want to have these discussions, at the time someone dies, having made these arrangements in advance is overwhelmingly appreciated.” It’s easy to worry about what might happen or change as one ages, or as a loved one grows old, but being proactive will alleviate the perceived stress of the many ‘what-ifs’. In life, we look for those who are experts to come alongside and help us with the things in which we have little expertise ourselves. While the guidance of those who are dedicated to serving the elders in our community is still underutilized to some extent, gradually that is changing with the times. Most now see the benefits of planning for this season of life and are in favor of the approach that knowledge is power—and it truly is, no doubt.

As awareness grows, the prevailing attitudes towards reaching out to get informed before help becomes a critical and immediate need are more optimistic in nature. Not only are people taking the initiative to seek out information from the various resources in our community, but there’s more of a willingness to accept the changes that come with aging. The ultimate goal is to age gracefully and enjoy life to the fullest, and while there’s a different path to get to that destination for everyone, all can benefit from being well-prepared for what’s to come on such an amazing journey.


One of the lessons we learn very early on in life is that with ownership of property comes care and maintenance of said property. For businesses, when it comes to maintenance of space used for commercial and industrial purposes, it may fall under the responsibilities charged to the business owner, building owner, property management company, or divided between these entities accordingly. While there’s a trend towards businesses with online storefronts and more that are home-based or don’t have the need for a physical location, we still live in a thriving city with a landscape full of businesses with storefronts, warehouses, offices, mixed-use centers, and the like. While you see construction and new developments all the time just about anywhere you’re at in Lincoln, what’s usually not in plain sight is the regular upkeep that’s required afterward to keep these places as nice as they appear and of course, the doors open for business. In fact, building maintenance is an area where if performed properly, you wouldn’t notice a thing and vice versa. Once an issue becomes apparent due to maintenance falling by the wayside, it can be costly to resolve. As with any important topic that affects a business’s bottom line, we’ve consulted our local experts who perform building maintenance. Spoiler alert: Plenty of great tips ahead! Safe & Sound Buildings: Structural Upkeep A building’s “bones,” along with all other key components of the structure as a whole, are critical to assess, and repair or replace accordingly, periodically as specified by the professional you entrust with these matters. With regular use and exposure to the elements, it should be expected that maintenance at certain intervals will be required to maintain the integrity of the building. “By establishing a regular maintenance schedule a building owner is going to avoid a major overhaul for their building,” advises James Bouckaert of McGill Restoration. “With Nebraska’s severe freeze/thaw climate, it is imperative for a building owner to keep up on maintenance and keep water out of the structural areas of the building or parking structure. A common mistake made by building owners is failing to budget for repairs right from the beginning when the building is purchased or otherwise changes hands. James Bouckaert Then when repairs are needed down the line McGill Restoration there may not be enough funds available at that point, so a ‘Band-Aid’ solution or shortcut for the repairs is requested. This way of thinking and approach to the situation is going to cause them to spend more money than opting to have it done it right in the first place. Prior to purchasing a building, I highly recommend having an engineer evaluate it to determine what will need to be repaired now and what can wait. This will help you put together a timeline and work the required maintenance items into your budget accordingly. It can also give you leverage during the negotiation process. Along the same lines, a trend we are seeing nowadays, especially on taller building in highly-populated areas, is using drones to perform surveys of the building and getting an up-close look at areas hundreds of feet in the air. This is a very inexpensive way to evaluate a building with real video footage in areas not visible on the ground and otherwise

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very expensive to access. The other methods to access these areas would be either motorized swing-stage equipment or using a boom lift, which both are expensive and require heavy equipment. As far as upgrades to consider for any existing buildings in your portfolio, I personally think that installing water repellant or a protective coating to all exposed concrete especially in parking structures is key. One thing we know is concrete will crack and deteriorate; it is just a matter of when. This is going to eliminate a lot of future concrete repairs and also keep the structural parts of the garage out of the weather. With parking structures that are always occupied, it makes it difficult to perform repairs when needed and keep a garage in operation at the same time. By doing some maintenance up front the building owner is not going to lose out on income as they would if a parking structure needs to be closed down for repairs. McGill Restoration is a very diverse company with a wide range of capabilities. We help facilitate surveys for building managers of commercial buildings and parking structures to determine what work is needed to maintain a building. With our experience and reputation, we are often called to these types of sites to determine why things are deteriorating the way they are and how those problems can be resolved. If you have concerns with your property, we’d be happy to discuss them with you – feel free to contact our Lincoln office directly.” Sanitary Buildings: Waste Removal Systems The overwhelming majority of buildings have restrooms, whether public or private. These are systems that require maintenance to continue functioning properly with regular use. The same holds true for other waste removal systems, such as grease traps at restaurants or safe disposal of hazardous chemicals that are required for a number of different types of businesses. There could be a lot of reasons why you’d have an independently-operating septic system on your property. If you do happen to fall into any of the aforementioned categories, you’ll want to be familiar with the system and also stick to a regular maintenance performed by the professionals. “We feel maintenance is especially important when it comes to your liquid waste, whether it be for your business or residence,” advises Jaime Kubik of Southwick Liquid Maintenance. “Here’s why it’s such a big deal: When your septic system or grease trap backs up on you, typically that leads to other expenses and problems. For instance, if a septic system isn’t properly maintained and backs up, you’re then faced with your employees and clients unable to use the restroom facilities or other activities that Jaime Kubik involve using water until the system is repaired Southwick Liquid and restored to proper function. It also has the Maintenance potential to create messes that are anything but clean and sanitary. Liquid waste backing up is never good and many times you’ll then have to pay to have carpets and furniture cleaned because the system wasn’t properly maintained. Septic systems need to be pumped every 3-5 years and many people forget and let their systems go unattended for years. If you don’t change the oil on your car it will still function, but the longer you wait to change it the harder it is on your car and the less efficient it runs. The same concept can be applied to your septic system. Specifically for those with grease traps, restaurants as a prime example, there are similar problems. When you can’t use your kitchen efficiently, there are costs incurred for fixing the back-up issues but also the lost revenue. When your septic system or grease trap aren’t functioning properly, either of these scenarios can create quite the catastrophe. We offer maintenance programs, giving our clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing someone is who is educated about the system is charged with taking care of it. For septic systems, our customers are generally on a 3-year schedule. Every six months we check the tank and laterals to make sure all is well, and then every 3 years we pump the tank. We leave our check-up sheet

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with the customer so they can see what we found and then know that they don’t have to remember if it’s been 2 or 3 or 15 years since the last time their tank was pumped. For our restaurant customers, we work with them to discuss the frequency of their grease trap cleanings. Different restaurants fill their grease traps at different rates so we schedule accordingly. Typically, restaurant owners opt for it to be cleaned out every 3 to 6 months. As with any industry, new advances in research and technology help us serve our customers faster and in more cost-effective ways. Southwick Liquid Waste stays on top of what is the most beneficial for our customers. We want our customers happy and the better their system can function for them, the happier they will be!” Within the same theme of maintaining a clean and sanitary environment in your building, essential cleaning tasks can easily fall to the wayside if not entrusted to a professional. With everything else going on for a person who is charged with running a business, it’s best left on autopilot, meaning scheduled with a company that comes in on a regular basis, set schedule and all, and completes all required tasks. Everything will get done, and you won’t have to worry about the logistics. Along with keeping your place of business presentable year-round, utilizing the services of a professional cleaning company will also help to extend the life of certain features in your building that are exposed to regular traffic and use, defraying costs for future replacement. Smart Buildings: Integrated Technology and Automation Systems As technology progresses, so do its applications that fall within the realm of building maintenance. This is a really great thing for business owners and building managers for a variety of reasons, particularly with respect to all of the benefits that one enjoys with an investment made in this area. “At Echo Systems our specialty is the integration of technology into buildings that house businesses,” says Travis Stutzman of Echo Systems. “Smart Building Integration is becoming more popular as business owners are becoming more educated on the options available that can help to reduce costs and increase efficiencies with both the buildings and the personnel inside them. As an important part of our technology solutions, we offer software programs that Travis Stutzman reduce energy consumption by centrally Echo Systems monitoring, measuring, managing, and controlling lighting and building power systems in real-time in every space. We can create intelligent routines and adaptive schedules that optimize HVAC, lighting, and shade positions based on time of day, time of year, occupancy, and how the room is used. Our solutions can be integrated with existing Building Management Systems, so work spaces become smarter, sustainable, and more cost-effective. By utilizing our Smart Building Integration software, analytics can be used to establish what types of technologies are being used and how FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business

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they are used. We’re able to provide the analytics reports needed to acquire valuable insight into how your meeting rooms, facilities, and AV equipment are being used and how energy is being consumed. The reporting interface enables new reports to be added at any time. We can custom-build reports that support whatever business decisions you need to make, using any data that our software collects. This enables your organization to minimize your learning curve with your technology implementations. At the same time, it helps to ensure successful deployments and minimizing financial losses by putting the correct technologies in place without spending many years of trial and error to get it right.” He further advises, “As a rule of thumb with technology integration, choose a partner, not a vendor. By finding a technology partner, you can gain invaluable advantages. It may save your organization what could potentially add up to be hundreds of thousands of dollars invested into technology that does not fit your vision, culture, and most importantly the end user’s needs. With a partner, you’ll be able to get the best solution(s) in place that will serve the current needs and by factoring in intelligent upgrades, your future needs too. It’s so true: the best solution is not always the cheapest one. As companies blindly choose the low bid, rather than the best solution, they will still run the risk of not staying within budget if the goals were not met.” When allocating funds to the installation and upkeep of a building control system, as with any other upgrades to your building, it’s important that a return on investment can be quantified and justified. You’ll also want to work with a firm that can help you find ways to save money through rebates, tax incentives, and lower energy costs. Energy management and efficiency will be key to operations, and your maintenance program will keep everything going as planned. “From the viewpoint of being a previous Plant Operations Manager of a building that was in excess of 1,000,000 square feet, I fully understand the value of a responsible maintenance program and state-of-the-art energy management system,” says Jack Zohner of John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. “I found that the most sensible

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way to save money was to have a scheduled maintenance program to keep heating and air conditioning systems running longer while improving efficiency and reducing the risks of breakdowns. Historically this approach provides a guaranteed payback. All commercial buildings can benefit immensely from good energy management systems that control lighting and equipment to meet all operation needs. It’s possible to save 25% or more in energy usage while improving comfort and indoor air quality. The payback Jack Zohner is obviously very quick. Energy management John Henry’s Plumbing, systems have become very user-friendly and Heating & Air Conditioning the investment cost is fairly low. Even in smaller buildings, there are many things to do to reduce energy consumption. One of the most basic systems is in lighting control so let’s start there. Automatic light and exhaust fan switches are inexpensive and easy to install. They can provide operation only when needed and then shut off as programmed. A great reason to limit exhaust fan operation is that any air exhausted must be replaced and tempered. Typically that is accomplished by air infiltration that is full of pollen and other contaminants. In the summer, air infiltration requires cooling the air and removing humidity. In the winter, air infiltration requires heating the air and adding humidity. Less air infiltration reduces dust and pollens in the building. These inexpensive switches are also good for lighting that gets left on such as in closets, basements, hallways, etc. Energy savings thermostats are another inexpensive way to save energy. Many can be controlled by iPhones or other computer devices. Some will provide low or high-temperature alarms that can help prevent damages, such as frozen pipes in the winter. It’s important to match the thermostat with the equipment so it’s properly controlled. It’s a job John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning can do for you fairly inexpensively. John Henrys can provide controls for multiple systems that allow you to adjust them so they are working together rather than ‘fighting’ each other. All told, if you want guaranteed financial payback in a comfortable building, the answer is in quality maintenance and energy savings!” “Establishing a regular maintenance schedule is a great way to ensure that a building stays in the best condition possible,” agrees Talisha Galaviz of Greenleaf Properties. “It’s also of the utmost importance for any building owner to take into consideration the fact that building maintenance directly relates to tenant retention. Thus, a well-maintained building is crucial to a successful one, from a business perspective, for all parties involved. Along with maintenance, budgeting for upgrades should be well thought out. When units Talisha Galaviz and fixtures start to age, it becomes more Greenleaf Properties expensive to keep repairing versus completely upgrading. Upgrading these items can save money in the long run.” As previously detailed, technology is both helping us to maintain our buildings and also something that itself needs to be maintained. With many choosing to incorporate smart features into their buildings that control a number of systems, this is an area that also falls under the umbrella of general building maintenance that is beneficial to have scheduled at specific intervals. “Far too frequently, the building owner or manager doesn’t fully consider the value of what routine building maintenance will do for them,” says Pat Killeen of Engineered Controls. “The reality is that when a building’s systems are properly maintained they will run at top efficiency and for the longest possible amount of time, minimizing your operating costs and unnecessary capital expenditures. Properly controlled and maintained building systems equal maximum employee satisfaction, maximum productivity, and cost savings. In fact, a wellmaintained system can be cost neutral when considering both the energy


savings and extended life of the equipment. In addition, a good maintenance program will help to ensure buildings will experience smooth, uninterrupted operation for as long as possible. When it comes to building maintenance, service providers with a depth of support and solid system skills are critical to satisfying customers no matter the need. Our service maintenance team is comprised of long-term seasoned individuals who understand the value and importance in maintaining building Pat Killeen systems at peak operating performance. To Engineered Controls ensure this happens, we provide our service providers with the best possible tools, equipment, and training. Our service providers enjoy full factory support and I am pleased to say they are all factory certified on the products we service. What constitutes the ‘right’ level of service for security equipment and automation systems, on the other hand, differs from facility to facility. At Engineered Controls, our goal is to help the building owner or manager succeed by offering custom-tailored maintenance agreements to fit their staff’s skill sets and business needs. Whether that’s a business that simply needs to identify a reliable resource for fast and accurate repairs, or one that wants to continually optimize the performance of the building, Engineered Controls provides a tiered approach to service that meets individual equipment needs, failure tolerance, and budget. All told, when a building’s mechanical and electrical systems are working together in harmony, the environment will be pleasant, productive and safe for all.” With that statement in mind, indoor air quality has become more of an area of focus than ever before for those exact reasons. Scott Bahm of NAI FMA Realty explains, “Maintaining good indoor air quality requires attention to the building’s HVAC systems, and in particular, outdoor air dampers that introduce outdoor air into the building’s mechanical systems. Diligent maintenance of this equipment helps minimize the risk of damage to the mechanical systems and reduces expenses due to excessive energy Scott Bahm usage to maintain the comfort level and indoor NAI FMA Realty air quality. Indoor air quality is a major concern to businesses, building owners, and tenants because it can impact the health, comfort and productivity of a building’s occupants. So it’s beneficial that a building is run well for tenant satisfaction and helps in lease negotiations. Regularly maintained equipment also helps in budget planning. When equipment starts to show failing or deterioration to the point it needs to be replaced, it can be budgeted and planned for rather than an unexpected large expenditure requiring a quick decision. With the continued use of technology to control mechanical systems, we’re evolving ever more towards wireless operation (i.e. wireless sensors, remote thermostats). Upgrading the building mechanical systems to incorporate a building management system or energy management system into the control and operation of equipment is beneficial for energy usage and keeping up the integrity of the building’s systems as they were engineered and designed. Our expertise in this area has allowed us to best serve our extensive client base. NAI FMA Realty is a full-service brokerage firm and provides building management and maintenance for 4 million square feet of properties in Lincoln. Our skilled maintenance team responds to tenant concerns and service calls 24/7 and maintains properties to enhance the performance of the asset and keep systems running efficiently.” While on the topic of improving the indoor environment, as well as enhanced energy efficiency, you might also consider installation of window films to help minimize the costs of future building maintenance. According to Keith May of The Tint Shop, some of the greatest features

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and benefits are: Glare and Heat Reduction: “This increases the comfort of the building for all employees while reducing energy consumption and costs,” explains May. “3M Solar Control Films can cut the glare coming through the glass by over 85%; sometimes around 95% with the right kind of glass and film combination. They can be virtually clear, are safe for all glass, and also have the potential to reduce the heat coming through the glass by almost 70% while not changing the exterior or interior appearance of the glass at all. With these benefits, you’ll also reduce the strain on your building’s equipment, which protects your investment and extends the longevity of its life cycle. UV Protection: “All 3M films block 99% of UV light entering through the glass, which will keep flooring, woodwork, decorations, drapes, blinds and other interior furnishings from fading. Also, blocking UV rays can make an employee working in front of a window much more comfortable, and therefore more happy and productive,” May notes. Improved Aesthetics: Have you ever driven by a large commercial building and seen blinds halfway down in some windows, paper taped to the windows in some places, or even framework or insulation showing through a window from renovation? It’s not only a sign that glare may be an issue for those working inside as previously mentioned, but it’s an eyesore from the outside too. May states, “As far as maintenance-related upgrades to consider when addressing these types of issues, when a facelift becomes necessary, adding 3M Window Film is a relatively simple way to improve the appearance of the entire building. You always want your building to look well-maintained, both inside and out. Decorative & Obscuring: Along the same lines, he adds, “As far as interior decorating, 3M Fasara Frost Decorative Films are used in commercial spaces and offices to obscure vision into a certain room or area of the building, while still allowing natural light to come through the glass. Architects are on a very big trend of adding a lot of glass in offices presently and will be doing so for years to come. All of the glass helps open up an office environment immensely, as opposed to cubicles or walls. However, then privacy tends to become an issue, as well as FEBRUARY 2017 Strictly Business 81


concealing all the cords and wires from computers, phones, etc. These 3M Frost Decorative Films provide the cover needed to ‘clean-up’ those ugly areas under and behind desks, and in conference rooms, where privacy is sometimes needed. You won’t lose light in an area like you would with a dark black privacy film, and they do add a bit of décor and distinction to clear glass, which is a really nice touch.” 3M Window Films also come highly recommended by The Skin Cancer Association, ASID, and are Energy Star Rated. If you think 3M Solar Control or Decorative Window Films may be right for your building or office, May suggests doing a little research online first. On The Tint Shop’s website, tintshoplincoln.com, you can find out more information, request an estimate, and even ask questions, which will be answered in a timely manner by a 3M certified professional. Or, check out The Tine Shop on social media: Facebook (search The Tint Shop), Twitter (@ TheTintShopLNK), and Instagram (thetintshoplnk) to view past projects and see what’s new or being installed in other buildings across town and nationwide. Worry-Free Buildings: Outsourced Maintenance Building maintenance is indeed something that, no matter how it’s tasked, requires a team approach for optimal results. Today, with the prevalence of the landlord-tenant relationship, it’s become much more common for this to be the exclusive responsibility of the property owner or property management company. So while it impacts all business owners with a physical location, it generally falls squarely on the shoulders of a smaller population within that group. As commercial properties have evolved to better accommodate the needs of the modern business owner, fewer are actually charged with the maintenance of the space they occupy and within which they conduct business. As such, it may make sense for you to own your location, but the conveniences associated with renting space may prove more attractive--particularly, in this case, not having to worry about building maintenance at all, or spend money on it regularly. “With HIP Realty and HIP, OffiCenters, within our offerings, we have the opportunity to see both sides of building maintenance,” explains Michael Holroyd of Holroyd Investment Properties. “Our main focus

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at HIP, OffiCenters is to provide a professional office space for our clients that allows them to focus on their businesses. Because of that, we take responsibility for all maintenance required. Our clients don’t have the worry or expense of maintaining their office. As for HIP Realty, we have six skilled maintenance employees available to handle our maintenance needs. Besides giving timely service to issues as they arise, we also focus on completing preventative maintenance to avoid problems in the future. Our residents Michael Holroyd and owners can count on HIP Realty to provide Holroyd Investment 24-hour maintenance service all year long. Properties Moreover, we are constantly striving to be more efficient in our maintenance practices. Using LED lighting, following a recycling program, and completing frequent inspections are all ways we try to make maintenance easier. We have all experienced unexpected expenses. No matter how hard you try to prepare for them, there is never a good time for major maintenance issues to arise. This is a worry we’ve taken out of the picture for our clients. When planning, a business owner needs to consider how much overhead they want to take on themselves. Regular maintenance is part of that operating expense that must be budgeted. Each business must decide if that is the best route for them, or if an office suite where all of that is built into the lease is a better fit.” Building maintenance is key to protecting your investment in the structure itself. Its impact also extends past that to the environment, of the business atmosphere and its ecological footprint. Similarly, it’s also one of the best ways to ensure that the location where business in conducted is supporting these ongoing matters as opposed to jeopardizing them. After all, in order to be successful, your doors need to remain open with everything functioning as it should.


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