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Great Brands Compete On Value, Not On Price Take a moment to consider this statement: “Great brands don’t compete on price alone.” If you are an entrepreneur or in a position where you’re responsible for the long-term success of a business, let that sink in, because it will ultimately determine how you fare with that task. In today’s increasingly diverse yet still often saturated marketplace, the chief goal is to be viewed as a brand, not a commodity. Time and time again consumers have demonstrated that they will happily pay more for a brand that delivers value and with which they share a connection – it’s a well-documented phenomenon that’s been motivating purchases way before our time. As far as future projections, there continues to be an overwhelming amount of compelling data released confirming a brand’s potential to significantly influence consumer behavior. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to stay priced competitively and to explore all of the different avenues that might positively impact sales and revenue. However, if price is the only distinguishing characteristic that would make a person choose you, you’ve fallen into the commodity trap - and sadly, you’re not alone. When you are focused on price as your competitive advantage, cost cutting is your primary tool. This can easily turn into a fixation that’s unhealthy for you and your business. It keeps you stuck in place with limited options, instead of being able to generate the numbers that will afford you a healthy margin to take risks and invest in areas of your business that will allow you to grow and improve over time. While discounting strategies might provide a moderate boost in the numbers of customers served or units sold, reducing prices may have a devastating effect on profit margins. If you can’t afford to keep the doors open, it doesn’t matter how many people want to go through them. To make things even worse, once you devalue your offerings it becomes the expectation moving forward. When you put a number out

in front of everything else, it develops into the most prominent facet of your identity and thus, others will view your business as one that lacks dimension and substance. To compound things, it’s a tactic that doesn’t encourage customer loyalty. Rather, it attracts those who may be just fine with doing business with you for the time being, but will just as easily move on to the lowest number without hesitation. You’ll ultimately find yourself exhausted and with little sustained growth to show for it, just a revolving door of new customers and one-time transactions. Limited population = Limited potential. All told, without an understanding of all of the reasons a person should do business with you outside of price, which you’re solely responsible for conveying to the public and more specifically your target audience, there’s no compelling reason to stick around. Instead of getting caught in a vicious cycle of vying for business by lowering your price, invest your efforts in setting yourself apart from your competition in other areas, thus creating interest and at the same time, establishing that you’re more than just a price tag. Because you are - but it doesn’t really matter if you’re the only one who knows it. So, because it can be somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction to turn to pricing strategies first because they’re likely to yield instant gratification results to some extent, consider at what cost and remind yourself, “Great brands don’t compete on price alone.” Instead, stay committed to building a brand that brings clients coming back to you because of who you are and what you bring to the table. Be a trusted resource, share your expertise. Be a quality provider in all areas, from your actual offerings to your character and actions as a good community partner and involvement in the place where you do business. Be willing to provide value even when you’re not immediately compensated, to go above and beyond whenever and wherever possible. Then, be the one who shares those aspects with the world! To learn more about how Strictly Business can help you, contact me directly at (402) 466-3330 or visit (You can also click on our Staff Letter tab online to view past articles)

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Over the past two years, McGill Restoration has significantly grown in all aspects of their business. Starting in 2015, McGill Restoration began to expand their service offerings into new markets and different construction industries. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Infrastructure projects have become a bigger part of their strategic business plan and they have increased the types of services that the company traditionally offers in this construction segment. The company has started to branch out further than Nebraska and Iowa and is looking at performing work in additional states. McGill Restoration has formed strong business relationships with other key construction companies, which is part of what has allowed them to expand into new geographic areas. In 2015, McGill Restoration expanded their company footprint by opening up an office in Lincoln, NE. Over the years, McGill Restoration has always done business in Lincoln, but Tim McGill (President) believed it was time to open up the companies 2nd location to better serve that market. In the first full year of being operational (2016), McGill Restoration exceeded its revenue target for their Lincoln location, and the outlook for 2017 appears to be very promising as well. McGill Restoration has also started performing work on parking garage projects for customers as far north as Sioux Falls, SD and as far south as Kansas City, MO. Tim McGill has hopes that an additional office will also become a priority for the company over the next three years. This winter McGill Restoration added a training facility to their Omaha location. This facility will serve

as continuing education resource for their highly skilled workforce. The training that is conducted in this facility includes many safety programs as well as technical training for the company’s field workers and leadership positions. Over the past two years, McGill Restoration has been able to add an additional 30 full-time craftsmen to their field personnel alone. This has been cited as one of the key elements for the business’s successful growth in recent years. McGill Restoration has been recognized as an Inc. 5000 company for the last two years and was recently ranked as the 15th fastest growing private company in the state of Nebraska. The McGill Restoration team puts a lot of focus on a simple business strategy – taking care of their customer’s needs and paying close attention to the small details. Tim McGill has helped spur his company’s recent growth by creating and implementing a solid strategic plan that is shared throughout the entire company. He has surrounded himself with a very talented group of key managers and company leaders who share and hold the same desire for doing things right! McGill Restoration continues to be an industry leader in the parking garage and stadium renovation industry, as well as the most experienced masonry restoration company in their market area. What does the future hold for McGill Restoration? “Controlled, Continued, and Sustainable growth is what we are positioning ourselves for,” says Tim McGill. “We will continue to add highly competent people in all areas of our business. That is the driving force behind the success we have had over the years.”


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BUSINESS NEWS Eat Fit Go Healthy Foods Set to Open 2nd Lincoln Location Eat Fit Go has announced the opening of its second location in Lincoln is set to take place this month on March 8th! Eat Fit Go will open in Southpointe Pavillions, operating in addition to its established location at 2901 S. 84th Street in a shared space with Scooter’s Coffee House. Eat Fit Go provides a simple solution to eating healthy on the go. With fresh ingredients and meals prepared daily, the restaurant’s unique concept features an innovative, chef-driven menu that allows people quick access to a variety of healthy, delicious food options — which can be a challenge for us all in today’s busy world! Come in to the store and grab one meal or stock up for the week with Eat Fit Go’s popular weekly meal plan, The Perfect Week. House Accounts are also available for maximum savings for customers that are committed to healthy eating or reaching a health-related goal. Feel free to visit Eat Fit Go online at, stop by the either Lincoln location, or call (402) 875-2728 to find out more!





Lincoln First Realty Opens Third Location Pa t E l g e r t , President of Lincoln First Re a l t y, h a s announced the opening of a new branch office located in the Cornhusker Bank Building at 1101 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 200. The office officially opened its doors for business on February 15, 2017. Elgert also made the announcement that Lea Barker has been named as the managing broker for the newest location. The office accommodates up to 25 agents, and coupled with the company’s other two locations at 7575 S. 57th St. and 5701 S. 34th St., provides the adequate space necessary to continue its trend as one of Lincoln’s fastest growing real estate companies. Currently, Lincoln First Realty has 48 agents working out of its two existing locations. Lincoln First Realty is a full service professional real estate company offering services ranging from representation of buyers and sellers in real estate transactions to pricing opinions and marketing strategies that assist their clients in making good business decisions. The phone numbers for the three locations are (402) 434-2222 at 7575 S. 57th St., (402) 434-6786 at 5701 S. 34th St., and (402) 432-8688 at 1101 Cornhusker Hwy Suite 200. The company’s website address is


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BUSINESS NEWS The Damage Guy Launches in Lincoln The Damage Guy, a locally ow n e d a n d operated business specializing in repair of damage caused during moving, is now open for business! The company officially launched at the beginning of the year, and is serving both residential and commercial clients in Lincoln and surrounding areas. Offerings include, but are not limited to: drywall repair, hardwood floor touch-ups, and furniture repair and touch-ups. The Damage Guy is a trusted partner for moving companies to utilize when any damage is incurred during jobs, for property management companies who are repairing damage done by tenants, or for homeowners who are selling or have moved into a new home and need damage repaired, just to name a few. Marty Marrison, owner of The Damage Guy, has applied his expertise gained from 30 years of experience in the moving industry with Two Men And A Truck’s Lincoln franchise to launch of his new enterprise. He is well-versed on current moving regulations as well as industry standards and procedures, having completed extensive training through TMAAT’s established programs responsible for educating moving professionals nationwide. Additionally, he’s completed numerous continuing education courses through Mohawk Refinishing, staying up-to-date on materials, applications and techniques. To find out more about The Damage Guy, please contact Marty Marrison at (402) 310-4646 (calls and texts welcome) or via email at

MyRacePass Formalizes Relocation to Lincoln With Ribbon Cutting MyRacePass recently reac hed the one-year mark since relocating the company’s headquarters from Sioux Falls, SD to Lincoln, NE. In honor of becoming an established business in the community, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to celebrate. MyRacePass was started in 2008 by founders Zach Calmus, Ross VanEck, and Josh Holt. The three have since built the company from the ground up into the leader in motorsports website and software development. Specialties include race management and online registration/ticket sales, and MyRacePass has naturally diversified to offer single-order apparel and print marketing services as well. The move to Lincoln was part of strategic expansion efforts, largely due to the acquisition of Winner’s Circle Software, a Florida-based race management software company. MyRacePass has grown to a team of 17, bringing in people from all across the nation. It’s also amassed an impressive client base spanning all 50 states as well as internationally in Canada, Australia, and Europe. MyRacePass doesn’t just build websites for the motorsports industry, but for your business as well! To find out more, please visit or contact Jamie Kromberg at (402) 302-2464 /


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CarePatrol Expands Into Omaha Metro C a r e Pa t r o l of Nebraska took over the Omaha area i n Ja n u a r y to add to its current territory, which encompasses Lincoln, Fremont, Blair, Wahoo, Nebraska City, Seward and other small towns around the major cities covered. Now with access to the free services offered by CarePatrol, the expansion will make it even easier for families to find the safest and best care no matter where they would like their loved one to live. CarePatrol is the nation’s largest senior care referral/placement network, serving families who are searching for safe and quality care options. Theron Ahlman is the owner of the local CarePatrol franchise that helps clients find Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care communities at no cost to the seniors and families they are helping. A knowledgeable and experienced CarePatrol representative is with the family every step of the way, providing local insight and expert counsel, guidance and reassurance. Clients also benefit from access to a wealth of resources and support through the franchise. The company always reviews the care history of the communities before making any recommendations to ensure the safest options are presented, and will then line up the tours and personally accompany the family to each one. For more information on CarePatrol of Nebraska, please visit www. or contact Theron Ahlman directly at (402) 580-2116 or

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The shareholders and directors of Lutz are pleased to announce that selected offices of Nebraska-based accounting firm McDermott & Miller will be joining forces with Lutz. The transaction is expected to be effective May 1, 2017 and the combined firm will retain the Lutz name. McDermott & Miller offices located in Hastings, Grand Island and Omaha, along with their eight shareholders and over 40 personnel, will join the Lutz team. The joint entity will bring the total number of Lutz employees to more than 250. “We are excited to partner with the leading CPA firm in Central Nebraska. McDermott & Miller professionals will strengthen Lutz’s commitment to the agriculture industry as well as bring additional nonprofit and tax resources,” said Mark Duren, Managing Shareholder of Lutz. Lutz will provide McDermott & Miller clients a deeper breadth of service offerings including: • Financial Planning and Wealth Management • Talent services including Recruiting, Search and Staffing • Technology Consulting, Custom Software Development and Managed Network Services • Merger and Acquisition Advisory Andrew Janzen, shareholder of McDermott & Miller’s Hastings office said, “On behalf of the McDermott & Miller shareholders, we are excited to join forces with Nebraska’s largest locally owned CPA firm. Lutz offers a full range of business solutions that will benefit our clients and they will also provide best practices to our offices including service delivery efficiencies and cutting edge consulting skills.” For more information about Lutz: MIND WHAT MATTERS + WWW. LUTZ.US.


Walker Tire Introduces Nokian zLINE A/S Just released by N o k i a n Ty r e s a n d now available to consumers in the United States, Walker Tire is one of the select retailers now carrying the new zLINE A/S tires. The Nokian Tyres zLINE A/S is an all-season model that has been engineered specifically for use in northern climates, making them a great choice for those who live in Nebraska. According to Nokian: “Safety and performance come together with comfort and luxury in the all-new Nokian Tyres zLINE A/S, a performance all-season tire designed for spirited driving throughout the year. Precise handling capabilities and advances in technology ensure the zLINE A/S will get drivers where they want to go, as quickly as they want to get there.” The advanced features within the areas of Excellent Handling and Stability, Controlled Driving Comfort, and Safety combine to provide drivers with the ideal balance of performance and luxury. The manufacturer offers a limited treadwear warranty on this product, and when purchased at Walker Tire, you’ll receive free oil changes for the life of the tires from Quick Nick’s! Walker Tire / Quick Nick’s Service Centers work together with the same mission: To care for all customers and their vehicles with superior service, knowledge and products. This unique combination allows for a one-stop-shop for all of your vehicle’s maintenance and needs. For more information, please visit or stop by any one of the three Lincoln locations!

Nebraska Outdoor Living Center Adds New Product Lines In order to continue to serve clients by offering the best outdoor living products available, Nebraska Outdoor Living is proud to announce the addition of several exciting new product lines. These include: Holland Grill, Oxford Garden, Outdoor Interiors, Emerald Home Furnishings, and Sunesta. Holland Grill is the maker of “America’s Greatest Grill,” with a 30+ year history of quality and innovation. Oxford Garden and Outdoor Interiors are both premier outdoor furniture lines, with collections in varying styles that are both beautiful and durable. Emerald Home Furnishings also has a specialty division of patio furniture, bringing the luxury of their offerings from the indoors to the outdoors. Finally, Sunesta is a pioneer of the awning industry, as one of the first companies to manufacture custom retractable awnings and shades. These products will join the vast offerings already available from Nebraska Outdoor Living Center’s two Lincoln locations. The specialists at making outdoor living comfortable, Nebraska Outdoor Living Center has been helping people transform their decks and patios into the coolest rooms of their homes for over 13 years. Offerings include a wide range of quality outdoor furniture, gas fire pits and fireplaces, pergolas, gazebos, retractable awnings, shades, and solar screens plus an amazing fairy garden department. North Location: 1742 N. 48th Street / (402) 474-7011; South Location: 5632 S. 48th Street / (402) 904-9769. For more information, contact your nearest location or visit

Heartland Moving Celebrates 10th Anniversary One of Lincoln’s longstanding businesses will be celebrating an impor tant milestone during the month of March. Heartland Moving opened its doors for business in March of 2007 and has since enjoyed a successful 10 years in business! Special thanks are extended to all of their loyal customers in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas for their continued support. Located off of 56th and I-80, Heartland Moving is Lincoln’s largest locally-owned moving company. Heartland Moving provides local, in-state and cross-country moving services with the assistance of professional movers who take great pride in the quality and timeliness of service delivered. The company’s well-rounded fleet has the capability to perform jobs of all sizes, covering a range of options from straight trucks all the way up to full-size semi-trailer trucks. Free in-home estimates eliminate any surprises for customers, and extra time is devoted to helping prepare for the move to ensure a smooth transition. Now with the recently established partnership with the People’s City Mission, Heartland Moving also offers the option of hauling anything “in good condition” for donation on customer’s behalf. Heartland Moving also provides on-site storage and no-cost hold-over on household items if unforeseen issues arise. For more information about Heartland Moving, please contact Lee Saltzgaber at (402) 466-1112 or, or visit the company’s website at


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Roper & Sons Announces March Events

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Each month, Roper & Sons Funeral Care provides educational seminars/events which are free and open to the public, as well as ongoing support through grief program events. This month’s Topic Breakfast, being held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 16th, is entitled “Today’s Real Estate Market and You.” Join Realtor Russ Meyer with Nebraska Home Sales to learn how today’s real estate market may affect your decision to sell or refinance your home. Topic Breakfast is held on the third Thursday each month. To reserve your seat, please call (402) 476-1225 or email The Grief Program meets weekly from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Reception Facility. Roper & Sons Grief Programs are open to the public, regardless of whether services were facilitated by Roper & Sons. 1st and 3rd Sundays: Guided Group with Facilitator Melissa Thorne, designed for those whose loss took place more than 18 months ago. 2nd and 4th Sundays: Structured Group with Facilitator Tiffany Eisenbraun, designed for those whose loss is more recent than 18 months, who may be addressing some more pressing first-time needs. 2nd Sunday: Art with Anna – a guided art program, considered “creative therapy”, allowing participants to address their grief through more creative outlets such as painting, ink designs, crafts and other artistic mediums. Great for all ages, regardless of artistic abilities. Please visit our website at to learn more.

Harris Academy of the Arts is pleased to announce their selection as a 2017 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on In 2017, only 2% of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on have received this distinguished accolade. In its eleventh annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2017, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed over 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. For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit Serving the Lincoln, NE area for 13 years, Harris Academy of the Arts offers both private and group music lessons for a variety of instruments and ages. In addition, Harris Academy of the Arts offers a complete live performance service of professional musicians and musical group options for any event. Learn more today by visiting www.


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Midwest UAV Imaging Endorsed by Google Midwest UAV Imaging has begun offering virtual tours to their clients, a service that was officially launched at the start of 2017. Upon exceeding the criteria set by Google to become a Trusted Photographer, Midwest UAV Imaging will carry the Trusted Google Endorsement for Virtual Tour Photography. Virtual Tours are just one of the many services offered by Midwest UAV Imaging; others include drone banner advertising, inspections, surveys and aerial wedding photography. Studies show that virtual tours of any business have more online viewing, raise people’s interest in their business and driving higher sales. Midwest UAV Imaging is excited to be one of just a small handful of businesses in the Lincoln area to earn that endorsement. Contact Jase Robak, Midwest UAV Imaging, at (402) 802-5804 for information regarding virtual tours or to schedule a virtual tour of your business. To find out more about Midwest UAV Imaging, visit www.

Hunt Irrigation Celebrates 20th Anniversary Hunt Irrigation, I n c . ( w w w. huntirrigation. com) is pleased to announce that 2017 marks its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1997, Hunt Irrigation, Inc. has positioned itself as a leader in the underground irrigation industry with a strong focus on water conservation. Hunt Irrigation, Inc., The Water Smart Company, is a full service irrigation company offering design and build services for both commercial and residential irrigation systems. Hunt Irrigation, Inc. also offers low voltage outdoor lighting installation and service specializing in LED lighting fixtures. Backflow testing and snow removal rounds out the company’s offerings. When owner and President Jeremy Hunt started the irrigation company that bears his name 20 years ago, it was basically a one-man show. With the help of his wife and family, the business has grown to include 7 full-time employees and 8 to 10 seasonal workers. Dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices, Hunt has also been an integral part of water conservation efforts at the local, state, and national levels. On a local level, he is a past member of the Mayor’s Water Taskforce Committee. He also worked with the Lincoln City Council to enact the Rain Sensor Ordinance in 2007, which mandates that all irrigation systems installed in the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County have a rain-sensing device connected to the irrigation controller. This requirement saves approximately 2,000 gallons of potable water per rain event per residence, and water savings totals are even higher on commercial sites. On a state level Hunt, along with the help of Gov. Dave Heineman, was involved in the proclamation of July as Smart Irrigation Month in Nebraska. On a national level, Hunt is both an EPA Water Sense Partner and an Ambassador for the Irrigation Association of America. Hunt attributes his company’s growth and longevity to a solid client base that shares the value of conservation along with high standards for customer service, professionalism and quality workmanship. The team at Hunt Irrigation, Inc. would like to thank their clients for a successful 20 years in business, and looks forward to continuing to serve those in Lincoln and surrounding communities well into the future!

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J-Tech Solar Putting Finishing Touches on Largest Install to Date J-Tech Solar is on course to complete the largest user-owned photovoltaic solar panel system install in Nebraska. The 940 panel system is located at 300 M St. in the Lincoln Haymarket on top of what used to be the Meadow Gold Dairy Plant. The 940 solar panels are being installed atop a total of eight rooftops and will generate nearly 300 KW. The project was started on December 5th of last year. J-Tech Solar collaborated with SWT Energy on the project. J-Tech Solar’s 13 member installation crew must work closely with restoration contractors to integrate this system into existing and historical structures. Federal tax incentives, rebates from Lincoln Electric Systems and the steady rise in the cost of electricity were driving factors in the decision to complete such a large project. Also, because the price of solar energy has decreased more than 62% since 2009, the time has never been better to invest in solar. This project is certain to catch the attention of many business and homeowners not only in Nebraska but across the Midwest. To find out more about J-Tech Solar’s offerings, please call (402) 261-3682, email, or visit the company online at MARCH 2017 Strictly Business 11


Kingery Construction Opens New Storage Facility: Store.It.All Kingery Construction is excited to announce the recent opening of the brand new self-storage facility also owned and operated by the c o m p a ny c a l l e d Store.It.All. Officially up and running as of December 2016, Store.It.All is located at 3321 Ox Bow Circle in Lincoln, just east of North Star High School on 33rd Street. Along with storage units available in various sizes, services available include U-Haul truck rental and packing supplies are also conveniently available for purchase.


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The secured facility is completely fenced in with gate code access. Surveillance cameras are regularly monitored and the property is well-lit throughout, including lighting inside each unit. Units can be rented in-person and online, and can be reserved by phone as well. Kingery Construction ( is a commercial contractor that has been in business for 92 years, providing services for schools, universities, hospitals, churches, commercial, government, industrial, and private projects. The company has developed relationships with owners and architects that stretch back decades and continues to be proud of our ongoing relationships and projects. For more information about Store.It.All, please visit www. or contact Rod Berens at (402) 975-2244 or

Panology Tech Solutions Celebrates 5th Anniversary Pa n o l o gy Tech Solutions has reached a significant company m i l e s t o n e, kicking off 2017 by celebrating five years in business! Starting the year with an anniversary, Panology Tech Solutions recently began officing out of FUSE Coworking in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket. Panology Tech Solutions was launched in January of 2012, and has since grown its client base to an impressive mix of SMBs and commercial accounts as well as serving the needs of residential customers. The technology solutions firm provides comprehensive offerings that are customized to fit the client’s needs and budget, with emphasis on customer satisfaction and quality of service. Darren Lichty, owner and founder of Panology Tech Solutions, and Jay Krull, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, offer a combined 20+ years of experience in various technologies, from consumer electronics to nationwide service delivery platforms. This experience includes a robust background in assessing technical opportunities, designing pertinent solutions, executing precise implementations, administrating superior operations, and empowering efficient growth. The technological skills obtained and continually developed have been leveraged to the benefit of their diverse client base. Krull and Lichty attribute the success of the business to the strength of relationships with its clients, and would like to thank them for their loyalty and support over the past five years and into the future. For more information about Panology Tech Solutions, please call (402) 937-9137, email, or visit


Oasis Senior Advisors Celebrates 1st Anniversary On February 1, 2017, Oasis Senior Advisors marked one year of business in Lincoln and surrounding communities. Oasis Senior Advisors is owned by Beth Friesen, RN CCM CSA who opened the business to help others walking the journey with aging parents. Beth comes alongside seniors and their loved ones to assist them in finding the best assisted living or memory care, all at no charge to the senior or their family. She can also assist with finding independent living, skilled nursing or even hospice care communities. In addition to senior housing options, she often connects families to the valuable community resources that they may need. These resources include elder care attorney’s, county and state resources, long-term care insurance providers and many others. Inspired by her mother Ellen, who passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, Beth desires to continue her mother’s legacy of loving and helping others during difficult times through Oasis Senior Advisors. To start the conversation or for additional information, please reach out to Beth at (402) 429-8891 or

UNICO Group Nationally Recognized as “Top Performing Agency” U N I C O Group is honored to announce its national recognition as “Top Performing Agency” by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”). The Lincoln-based insurance agency has received the “Best Practices Agency” award for the past seven years and this year excelled to the elite status of “Top Performing Agency” in 2016 for its respective revenue size of $10 to $25 million.




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Hospice Community Care of Nebraska Now Offering Grief Support Group The professionals at Hospice Community Care of Nebraska are excited to announce a new addition to their aftercare services. As part of the Bereavement program, a Grief Support Group will be offered beginning March 8th from 10-11:30am. It will be held at the Hospice Community Care office (5550 S. 59th St., Suite 12) and take place every Wednesday. The six-week “Understanding Your Grief” support sessions are for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. This group is open to the community and all are welcome regardless of when the loss occurred. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register for the Grief Support Group, please contact Alyssa Christensen at (402) 328-2350 or

4th Annual Wine Festival Now Sip Nebraska The 4th annual wine festival, now called Sip Nebraska, highlighting wines and hard ciders from Nebraska wineries from around the state, will once again be held at Eugene T. Mahoney State (SP) Park May 5-6, 2017. The weekend will also include a live entertainment line-up, unique food pairings, artisan vendors, education sessions, dance lessons, trolley tours through the park, and much more. Transportation options to and from the festival from nearby cities and Uber as an option on-site are available. Details are posted on the Sip Nebraska Facebook page at and the official website at www., where tickets are available for purchase. A limited number of cabins, lodge rooms, and campsites are also being held at the park for guests of the festival. Volunteer, vendor, and sponsor opportunities are still available! Call (402) 882-2448 or email stacy@ at Blur Parties, Inc. for more information.

SCC’s Automotive Technology Program Receives Donation of Cutting-Edge Equipment The Automotive Te c h n o l o gy program on S o u t h e a s t Community College’s Lincoln campus recently received a sizeable contribution from Hunter Engineering, an international c o m p a n y. T h e Kevin Darling, Hunter Engineering & Ken Jefferson, SCC $34,000 piece of equipment is an alignment machine for students to learn the latest techniques in the automotive world. “Our students get to learn on the latest equipment,” said Program Chair Ken Jefferson. “Every two years Hunter Engineering will update the equipment.” The Automotive Technology program at the Milford Campus also received a sizeable contribution. Two tire balancers, two tire changers and an alignment system is valued at close to $150,000. Jefferson says this is a valuable addition, as all 40 students in the program will have a chance to use it. “It’s one of the biggest donations we’ve received,” he added. Southeast Community College plays a vital role for our communities in southeast Nebraska by bridging the higher education affordability gap and filling a need for a qualified workforce in Nebraska. SCC empowers and transforms its students and diverse communities by offering more than 50 programs of study on campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford. For more information, visit

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“This two-day event is a training program and trade show that will be attended by existing commercial roofing contractors, architects, general contractors, painting and remodeling contractors, commercial builders and residential contractors expanding into the commercial roofing field,” says Nun. “Several hundred attendees are expected from a dozen states as far west as Colorado and as far east as the Atlantic coast.” In addition to giving attendees the opportunity to learn about the profitable field of commercial roofing from successful contractors, they will learn about the energy saving, renewable roofing systems available from manufacturers including the Conklin Company and roofing equipment suppliers. For more information on this program and registration details contact Dennis Nun at or call (402) 430-7727. For contractors unable to attend this event, a packet of information is available, following the program, by request.

SP Group Announces New Website, New Team Members SP Group is excited to announce the rollout of its new website. Recently updated by Evol Empire Creative, SP Group’s website at www.spgrouppc. com has improved interactive features and provides easier access to information about ser vice offerings and the team, as well as useful tools and resources for clients. The goal was to create a fresh look and emphasize the company’s From L-R: Austin Sankey, Kelsey core values: relationships, Appleby, Ross Reynolds, Erica teamwork, life/work balance, Yound, Clayton Peterson. and competitiveness. Along with the new website, SP Group is pleased to introduce the firm’s new Tax Season Interns: Erica Yound, Clayton Peterson and Austin Sankey. They are currently attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and are majoring in Accounting. Additionally, Kelsey Appleby and Ross Reynolds have been promoted to full-time Team Accountants. SP Group is focused on providing clients with the services they need in order for them to be successful. The team strives to ensure clients have the necessary support to feel confident about their financial future and building trusted relationships is integral to this goal. With the completion of the new website and the addition of new team members, SP Group continues to provide these value-added services. For more information, please call (402) 420-7758 or visit the new website at


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Greenfield’s Begins New Year With New Look In honor of its 8th year in business, Greenfield’s has announced its plans to begin rolling out exciting restaurant-wide changes for a fresh, new look in 2017. From introducing new menu items to new attire for staff, and even a brand new website, Greenfield’s is getting a makeover! Already in the works since the beginning of the year, the management team at Greenfield’s - owner Kevin Knudson, Director of Business Operations Michele Ehresman, and other key staff - will be debuting the first phase this month. Coinciding with the launch of this year’s Lenten specialty menu are an assortment of other new menu items, with specific attention to the addition of healthier menu options. Customers may also notice the Greenfield’s team wearing brand new uniforms, further enhancing the overall look of the restaurant. The new look will also extend to Greenfield’s online presence with the launch of a brand new website later this month: Highlights include enhanced, user-friendly design features and catering options, online gift card purchasing, and the most up-to-date information on events. Located at 87th & Hwy 2, Greenfield’s is proud to be celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, which is already shaping up to be the best yet. Thanks Lincoln for 8 GR8 Years, and make sure to stop in or online to check out all of the exciting changes that are happening at Greenfield’s!

BBB: QuickBooks Phishing Con Targets Small Businesses Don’t Click on Phony QuickBooks Email! This clever new phishing scam is fooling small businesses. The message looks like an email alert from accounting software QuickBooks, but it’s really a phishing con. How the Scam Works: You receive an email with the subject line “QuickBooks Support: Change Request.” The message is “confirming” that you changed your business name with Intuit, QuickBook’s manufacturer. However, you never made such a request. It must be a mistake, but fortunately the email contains a link to cancel. Pause before you click! Scammers know that you didn’t make this request, and the link to cancel is simply bait. It downloads malware to your device, which scammers use to capture passwords or hunt for sensitive information on your machine. This can open you up to identity theft. How to Spot a Phishing Scam: • Check the reply email address. One easy way to spot an email scam is to look at the reply email. The address should be on a company domain, such as • Check the destination of links: Hover over links to see where they lead. Be sure the link points to the correct domain (www.companyname. com) not a variation, such as or Scammers can get creative, so look closely. • Consider how the organization normally contacts you. If an organization normally reaches you by mail, be suspicious if you suddenly start receiving emails or text messages without ever opting in for the new communications. • Be cautious of generic emails. Scammers try to cast a wide net by including little or no specific information in their fake emails. Be especially wary of messages you have not subscribed to or companies you have never done business with in the past. Don’t believe what you see. Just because an email looks real, doesn’t mean it is. Scammers can fake anything from a company logo to the “Sent” email address.

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BUSINESS NEWS Nebraska Electrician Named ABC Craft Professional of the Year Finalist

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) this week announced that Chris Allison, a Lincoln-based electrician with ABC Cornhusker Chapter member Sentry Electric, has been named a finalist for its 2017 Craft Professional of the Year. Winners awards will be announced March 3 during ABC’s Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Patty Nun, an NRA Trained Pistol Instructor, has announced that the March 11th Basic Pistol Class has sold out. The next class has been set for October 21, in Lincoln, Nebraska for women who have little or no previous experience handling a pistol. Early registration is encouraged.

“Chris Allison is a true professional both in the field and in the classroom and we are thrilled that he has been named a finalist for ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year,” said ABC Cornhusker Chapter President Anne Klute. “Chris not only supports his fellow professionals on the job, but he gives back to the industry as an instructor in the ABC Training Programs and to the community through providing education during our Scout Saturday Merit Badge. I am proud to say the Chris and Sentry Electric are longtime ABC members and am confident they will represent Nebraska well at during ABC’s Workforce Week.” ABC presents the Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professional who excels in his or her field while also demonstrating a commitment to safety, training and the merit shop philosophy. The 2017 winner will receive a brand-new 2017 Ram Tradesman Crew Cab truck from the award’s exclusive sponsor, Tradesmen International, with custom upgrades donated by ABC business partner Ram Commercial. In addition, each of the finalists received a tool kit from Bosch.

“More than ever, women are concerned for their safety. We all know there is no substitute for being prepared and aware of our surroundings to ensure the safety of ourselves and our family members. That is the common theme of the training we do at Living in the Yellow,” says Nun. “This is a course for someone who has never held or fired a pistol and does not currently know the difference between a single-action or double-action revolver, or even between a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol. We provide a relaxed setting where women can learn in a safe environment with a trained, professional team that always have safety as the priority.” She adds, “This does not qualify as a conceal carry course for women, but we plan to offer that in the very near future. We will require the Living in the Yellow Basic Pistol Class prior to attending our CCW training program.” To find out more information or to register, go to www. or call Patty Nun at (402) 432-6470.


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BUSINESS NEWS Nesco Resource Wins Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards N e s c o Resource, a leading employment agency in engineering, IT, administration, and commercial staffing with a branch office in Lincoln, NE, was recently announced as a recipient of Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Diamond Awards for 2017. Nesco Resource has been recognized with Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for the past five years in a row prior for providing superior service to their clients and job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and the permanent and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs. With fewer than 2% of all staffing agencies in U.S. and Canada earning the Best of Staffing Award, just 23% of the 2017 Best of Staffing winners earned the Diamond Award distinction. There are currently over 17,000 staffing firms in the U.S. alone. The winners of this award truly stand out for exceeding client expectations Through its branch office network, Nesco Resource and its affiliated companies offer clients and employees services ranging from Temporary Staffing, Permanent Placement, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Onsite Management Services and more. Nesco Resource has dedicated offices supporting Engineering & IT, Clerical & Light Industrial, and Accounting & Finance specialties. For more information, please call (531) 289-1116 or visit


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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ® Lincoln franchise is one of the longest standing franchises in the entire system of over 350 locations and has been owned by the Marrison family for over 23 years. In February of this year, Eileen Marrison made the exciting decision to step away from the business and retire. She sold the franchise to Justin Tangeman and Tyler Whalen, current owners of the Omaha franchise (also previously owned by Marrison). Prior to opening the Omaha location Tyler and Justin started off as drivers at the Cedar Rapids location and worked their way up to become managers before becoming franchisees. Justin and Tyler have seen incredible growth at the Omaha location in 2016 due to a large investment in new trucks, employee training, and a large focus on culture development. The plan for the Lincoln franchise will target aggressive growth in the same way. Both the Lincoln and Omaha locations are actively seeking movers and drivers with good work ethic and desire for advancement. Those interested in starting a career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are welcome to fill out an application at Fun Fact: One in three franchise owners in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system started as a mover or driver. For more information, please visit or or contact Brian Beadle at (402) 597-6683 or

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Brian and Chris attended the Capitol Conference for the health insurance industry in February. This is the annual gathering of health insurance professionals in Washington DC. Time is spent hearing from Congressional and industry leaders on significant issues and pending legislation. The Nebraska delegation had appointments with our elected officials to present our recommendations and listen to their perspective on the future of healthcare. Change is coming. As we left DC on Feb 15th, the Trump Administration published its first significant health policy action with a proposed rule that is intended to stabilize the individual and small group private health insurance markets for 2018. gov/2017-03027.pdf In 2016, Nebraskans who purchased their own health insurance could select from 4 insurance companies – BlueCross BlueShield, Coventry /Aetna, Medica, or United Healthcare. In August, United Healthcare announced it would not offer individual coverage in 2017. In the fall, BCBS decided that it would not participate in the Health Insurance Marketplace and would offer only a Bronze HSA and a Catastrophic plan to “off-market” individuals. Coventry/Aetna announced that they were withdrawing from all but 4 states with Nebraska being one of the 4 surviving states. Only Medica remained as an insurance carrier in the individual market in 2017 with little change in benefits or network. Insurance companies have withdrawn from the market because they have incurred substantial losses on policies sold to individuals and families since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Those companies that remained have increased premiums by an average of over 50% in Nebraska just to try to curb the losses. Without significant change, Nebraskans face the real possibility of having only one insurance company available in 2018 for individual and family health insurance plans. This week has also seen an announcement by Humana that they will be withdrawing from the individual market and a statement by the CEO of Aetna saying that he believes Obamacare is in a “death spiral”. Market stabilization is the first priority. No business can continue to operate without the expectation of making a profit. We must create an environment where an insurance company can successfully participate in the individual market. Many ideas are being discussed in Washington to bring stability to the market. Adjusting the Open Enrollment and Special Enrollment Period rules; expanding eligibility for catastrophic coverage; and encouraging the use of Health Savings Accounts are frequently offered as effective tools to attract and keep more people insured and to diminish the volatility in the market. HealthCare Reform version 2017 – here we go again!

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Founded in 1917, Union Bank & Trust (UBT) delivers a breadth of services to their customers including a full line of personal banking, lending, treasury management, trust and investment services. UBT currently has 39 locations, including branches in Omaha and Kansas along with those in Lincoln. Stephanie Dinger is Vice President – Small Business at Union Bank & Trust. How did you get involved with helping small business owners? - I was hired as a teller 14 years ago, and held numerous positions within the customer service department. After 12 years in management, I decided I needed a new challenge. We’d identified a gap in how we serviced some of our business customers that weren’t quite big enough to warrant working with a commercial officer but not small enough for the best fit to be working with a personal banker. These were businesses that needed experts to help them with their financial questions, but weren’t getting serviced as well as they could be. With my interest and experience in small business, the bank allowed me to create a small business department with dedicated business bankers in that specialty area. Our Catalyst program is one of the offerings to our small business customers that supports them with competitive products and tools to make banking easier, a meeting space to utilize free of charge, speakers to help them learn, and a network of resources to help get them where they want to go. Tell us a little about your family. - My husband, Eric, owns a company called Powderhook. He is an entrepreneur at heart and has dedicated his career to thinking differently and taking risks. We are proud parents of three pretty cool kids; Maddie (16), Reagan (5), and Raleigh (4). What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - My perfect day off includes going for a jog with my headphones blaring and then finding something random to do with my family. Whether that’s going hunting, driving aimlessly in the country listening to loud music, reading books with the kids or going junking, we always seem to find a way to laugh and have fun. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - When I was in high school I would go home sick on the days we had to dissect animals because I couldn’t stand the idea of touching something that was dead. I now go hunting as often as I can and have a true appreciation for the outdoors. What are you the most proud of? - I am most proud of my marriage. My husband complements my personality. I am proud of him for what he is doing as a businessman and entrepreneur to bring about change in the world. Not only is he focused on growing his own company, he’s always willing and interested in helping other businesses and organizations succeed. While the work day never really ends as a business owner, he is never too busy to play with the kids even if it means working on projects or presentations until the wee hours of the night. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I am chair of the Board of Trustees at First-Plymouth Church. Growing in love of God and neighbor is my family and church’s mission. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Nancy Reagan.


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Proactive Solutions, Inc. specializes in designing, implementing and supporting workplace health, safety, and wellness programs. Katie Tiedeman is the Midwest Regional Manager of Proactive Solutions, Inc., including management of operations for the Lincoln office. Tell us a little about your business. - Proactive Solutions, Inc. promotes a preventative or ‘proactive’ approach for small and large businesses in their wellness and injury prevention programs. Our commitment is to work with each business to help develop a meaningful program that helps them attract and retain talent, increase productivity, reduce stress and injury and increase overall employee health and satisfaction. What we offer is different from traditional wellness programs as it features hands-on guidance from licensed physical and occupational therapists who work onsite within a company to address their individualized needs. Our programs pay for themselves, with an average return on investment of 5 to 1 for the employer. How did you get started in the business? - I have been a physical therapist for 13 years and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. I met Rudy Haberzettl, CEO of Proactive Solutions, in Colorado Springs and learned about the innovative work his company was doing to get ahead of the traditional reactive approach to healthcare. As my family and I prepared to relocate back to Nebraska Rudy and I discussed the potential for expanding Proactive Solutions into the Lincoln area. After moving here and seeing how welcoming the community is to new technology and entrepreneurship I knew Proactive Solutions would be a great fit in the local business community. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - I started a very intense manual therapy program shortly after having my first child. It consisted of approximately 240 hours of post-graduate work while juggling a full-time career and adjusting to a growing family. However, it was well worth the time as I use the skills I gained from it on a daily basis. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Whether it’s helping an elderly man uphold his family tradition and return to the ski slope with his family to celebrate his 70th birthday, helping a 40 year old woman overcome a pain that has hindered her ability to perform and enjoy her job, or helping a teenager return to their sport that means the world to them, I consider each success to be an important achievement. Tell us a little about your family. - I have been married to a wonderful man, Rob, for almost 13 years. We have 2 children, ages 9 and 7 years old, 3 goofy chocolate labs, and recently added a cat to the mix. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Hang out with my kids in one of the many activities they participate. Whether it involves going to one of their sporting events, scouts or a school activity, they keep me busy. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I’m pretty good with power tools! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - If you want something you need to work for it. Both my parents instilled that in my brothers and I from a very young age and modeled it in their daily lives. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and the American Cancer Society. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 480-4266; Email:; Websites: or www.



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Established in 1991, Care Consultants for the Aging is a home health registry with offices in Omaha and Lincoln, NE. Additionally, Care Consultants publishes its ElderCare Resource Handbook every two years, which is a valuable resource for seniors and their family members who live in each respective area. Lori Barrio is a Placement Coordinator at Care Consultants for the Aging. Tell us a little about your business. - Care Consultants for the Aging recently celebrated its 25th year in business serving clients across Nebraska and Iowa. We connect seniors and those who are disabled in our community with the services and resources they need. How did you get started in the business? - I was previously employed as a medical assistant at a local facility with family practice and surgical offices. Six years ago I made a change to still work with seniors, but in a different capacity. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Leaving a position I held for 30 years. Change is hard. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Also staying at one job consistently for 30 straight years of my life. The younger generation might think I’m a dinosaur but I am proud of those three decades of service. Loyalty to employers seems to be something of the past now unfortunately. Tell us a little about your family. - I’m a ‘DINK,’ which as some of you might be familiar, is an old 80’s term for Double Income No Kids. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Loss of loved ones. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Gardening, baking, nesting. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I would have loved to have been a cop! What are you the most proud of? - Being married to a wonderful guy for 35 years and counting. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - ‘Not to sweat the small stuff,’ but I never seem to actually take it. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Loyal. If you could have one super power, what would it be? - To fly. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - Problem solving. Which talent would you most like to have? - Musical talent. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Again, I’d have to go with law enforcement, even in today’s troubled times. What is your favorite movie? - Out of Africa. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I enjoy volunteering for my Neighborhood Association with group projects and meeting new people. It is always nice to be part of neighborhood improvements, plus it really helps keep me informed about what is going on in my little corner of the world. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I can be reached directly at our Omaha office by phone at (402) 3981848. More information about Care Consultants for the Aging can also be found online at or by contacting our Lincoln office directly at (402) 488-3771.



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What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I’ve experienced some major health issues in my past that helped guide me to where I am today. It woke me up and fast-tracked the decision about what I wanted to do with my life. I decided that was to build a business helping other people grow their businesses out of a hobby of mine, and that’s exactly what I did. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Playing guitar, snowboarding, and traveling are at the top of the list. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - Where to start! I’m bilingual and speak fluent Spanish, I love to cook and almost went to culinary school, I enjoy painting too, I used to be the lead singer in a band… What are you the most proud of? - The success of Nuclear Networking and where we are today. I started the business when I was 22 and it’s incredible to see what it’s grown to become since. We’ve been able to quickly build capital and have even begun investing in local companies, some of which are our local clients. We’ve even developed a standalone service for that called Angel Insurance. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Innovative. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - The ability to create matter out of thin air. I could create a house. I could create a cheeseburger. I could create money. The possibilities are endless! What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Too many to list. Locally, we support faith-based organizations such as Elevate, which does a lot of mission work overseas. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Yia Yia’s. Great beer selection and great food, and much the same feel as Colorado culture. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Email:; Website: www.

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SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE Southeast Community College plays a vital role in our community by bridging the higher education affordability gap and filling a need for a qualified workforce in Nebraska. Allie Buesing is the Wellness Coordinator at Southeast Community College. Tell us a little about your role at SCC. - In my position I assist, motivate and inform students on the importance of health and wellness. Students can get exercise programming, health assessments and personal training all free of charge. Many programs are developed for students throughout the quarter that educate them on all aspects of wellness, including stress relief, nutrition, giving back to a good cause, and much more. I aspire to motivate others to live a balanced and well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Changing the mindset of individuals when it comes to health and wellness. Everyone wants a quick fix, or six-pack abs, or to try the latest greatest program out there. When you tell people that this is a lifestyle and you won’t see results in four weeks, they tend to get frustrated. A lot of individuals don’t understand that health and wellness is a journey that is unique and individualized. What works for one person may not work for you. It’s hard at times to break stereotypes in the industry and educate individuals on the science. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Landing this job has been a huge achievement for me. It has allowed me to pursue a career with my degree, knowledge and passion. Tell us a little about your family. - My family is from Cozad, NE. My parents are successful business owners of Grow and Mow Lawn Service. I have a brother who is two years older who manages a salvage yard in Cozad. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I have two. When I overcame childhood obesity, I realized that health and wellness doesn’t have to be obsessive and found a good balance in life. Then in college I received many awards and recognition for various activities, and that showed me that I had leadership ability and potential. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I like to get in a good workout. If it’s nice I like to spend time outdoors at the park or walking trails. I like to do yoga, refurbish/decorate furniture, cook, and spend the day with my boyfriend. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I can twirl a baton. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Believe in yourself, be patient, and don’t worry, because things will always work out just how they are supposed to in the end. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Strong. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I’m passionate about any non-profit organization that focuses on childhood obesity, just from my own life experience as an obese child. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - I’m currently reading The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Alwyn Cosgrove, Cassandra Forsythe, and Lou Schuler. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Hacienda Real. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Via email at I also have a new personal blog about balance within health and wellness called Ying Yang and Everything Between. You can check it out at yingyangeverythingbewteen.



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With a local team you can count on, First American Payment Systems provides credit card merchant processing, integrated payments, point-of-sale equipment, gift card and check processing, and more. Adam Roberts is the Lincoln Regional Manager for the First American Payment Systems Nebraska office. Tell us a little about your business. - I started the Nebraska office for First American almost 10 years ago; then when I saw what was happening in this industry, I saw an opportunity. The two things I learned about this business right away are: 1) There are way too many credit card processors out there, it doesn’t need any more that’s for sure; and 2) What it does need is MORE HONESTY. So that’s what we’ve set out to do. I think we’ve carved a niche here in Lincoln by doing business the right way. How did you get started in the business? - My background was in the freight/shipping business. I helped grow a 3rd party shipper in Nashville, TN to almost a million in revenue in 2006. However, my wife and I decided we wanted to raise our kids in Lincoln (where our families are from originally) and I had signed a non-compete. So I couldn’t do freight anymore, but I wanted to do something similar where I could have long-term customers, use my cold calling skills, and build customer relationships. I stumbled on this opportunity and have since worked hard to build it up by changing the industry and doing things differently. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Almost 10 years ago when I established the First American Payment Systems Nebraska office, I started out with zero customers and zero relationships, hence no income. We were living in a small apartment and I remember worrying how I was going to feed my family. I went out and knocked on over 6,000 doors and I must say it was not easy. I faced a lot of rejection. Those early days were pretty scary, especially in such a challenging and cutthroat industry. Today we have hundreds of happy customers all built on the reputation of honesty and integrity, great low rates, and our hands-on approach to dedicated, fast, personal service. We take a lot of pride in what we’ve been able to accomplish. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I’d say when we were able to add Sartor Hamann Jewelers, Schaefer’s, and Dietze Music to our client list. Those are three of the most successful retail businesses in Lincoln. And we worked very hard to win their trust, which helped us get established. It means a great deal to serve them and every Nebraska business that puts their trust in us. Tell us a little about your family. - My kids are ages 11, 8, and 5, and we also have 13 chickens and 3 dogs. My wife patiently manages the chaos of raising and homeschooling three little ones day in and day out, along with running our household. I’m lucky I get to retreat to my office! She’s doing the real hard job. What are you the most proud of? - My wife and kids. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center. I’m personally friends with Pat McCarthy and they are doing tremendous work. They fight the battles in the trenches for those who can’t fight for themselves. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Jesus Christ. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 261-6700; Email:; Website:

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Lincoln Christian School Selects Marty Riley and Jill Ballard Lincoln Christian School is pleased to announce Mr. Marty Riley as the new Elementary Principal. He will officially begin his duties July 1, 2017. Mr. Riley’s life displays a consistent focus. He is passionate about Jesus Christ, passionate about impacting the lives of students and families, and he is fully committed to Lincoln Christian School and mission. Mr. Riley has served as an elementary teacher at Lincoln Christian for 24 years and has recently Marty Riley served on the School Improvement Team. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and his Masters in Educational Leadership. Mr. Riley also has immense leadership experience outside of education involving the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve where he serves as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has acted as a senior instructor for Officer Candidate School and the senior instructor for an OCS nine state region. In this role, he has been responsible for the evaluation of instructors, writing training Jill Ballard schedules and enforcing testing procedures and standards. These leadership experiences will serve him well in his new role as Lincoln Christian School Elementary Principal and on the school’s leadership team. Lincoln Christian is also excited to announce the hiring of Mrs. Jill Ballard as the new Director of Admissions and Communications. She will also officially begin her duties on June 1, 2017. Jill Ballard is blessed to bring nearly 20 years of impressive results and related experience to the school. Her diverse background includes leading human resources and recruiting efforts for two Fortune 500 companies – ConAgra Foods and Mutual of Omaha. Additionally, Ballard has experience in communications, event planning, wellness, ministry, and most recently education. She joined the teaching team at Lincoln Christian in the fall of 2016. Mrs. Ballard has been an asset to Lincoln Christian and has proven her commitment to the mission and vision of our school in the short time that she’s been here, serving as the K-4 PE teacher. We’re excited to more fully utilize the unique combination of skills and experience she has, and we are blessed that she will add tremendous value to our leadership team. Ballard will continue to help foster a culture of excellence at Lincoln Christian School. Lincoln Christian School is an independent PK-12 Christian school that has provided quality Christian education centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ to Lincoln and the surrounding communities since 1951. With over 675 students, the school is fully accredited by the State of Nebraska and has received AdvancED Regional Accreditation as well as certified by the Association of Christian Schools International. (ACSI). To learn more about Lincoln Christian School, visit www.lincolnchristian. org or call (402) 488-8888.

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Cornhusker Bank Promotes Perry Boe to Marketing Director Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Perry Boe to Marketing Director. Mr. Boe has 35 years of experience in the marketing industry. He has been with Cornhusker Bank for over a year, proving himself as a valuable asset developing strategies for marketing, advertising, promotional activities, website enhancement/maintenance, and graphic design needs throughout the bank. “Perry’s creative talents continue to help elevate the bank’s brand,” according to Carissa Bullock, Vice President/Marketing. He has won numerous Advertising Federation of America- Lincoln Print Design awards. Perry and wife, Gina, have 4 children. Cornhusker Bank remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and investing in the future growth of the community, valued customers, and associates. For more information, please visit

HOME Real Estate Honors Top Associates H O M E Re a l E s t a t e celebrated its 2016 top professionals at an awards luncheon Feb. 2, 2017 at the Country Club of Lincoln. Don Dahlquist wa s n a m e d Don Dahlquist Megan Ourada Mary Stull Mai Do Jessi Gipson 2016 Realtor of the Year, and Megan Ourada was the recipient of the Steve Schleich Community Service Award. Mary Stull received the Donna Melichar Ultimate Eric Lemke Jeff Johnson Todd Lorenz Amy Birkholz Abby Burmeister P ro f e s s i o n a l Award, in memory of the late Donna Melichar. Employee of the Year honors were given to Marketing Coordinator Mai Do, and the Most Outgoing Referrals Closed Award went to Jessi Gipson. Agents nominated and voted for those agents who best exemplify the spirit of HOME, and Agent Choice Awards were given to Fran O’Leary, Erika Bartels, Roger Schreiner, and Aaron Wagner. Being the first year in one consolidated HOME Real Estate office at Midtown, the company opted to switch up the awards, giving platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards in different categories. Top Producing Associates were Eric Lemke, Platinum; Jeff Johnson, Tiffany Heier The Searcy Team Gold; Todd Lorenz, Silver; and Amy Birkholz, Bronze. The Top Overall Producing Team awards went to Abby Burmeister and Tiffany Heier, Platinum; and The Searcy Team, Gold; and the Top Overall Producing Couple awards went to Paul and Madonna Kardell, Platinum; and Lydi and Vladimer Gorbun, Gold. The Newcomer of the Year awards went to Kimberly Rempel, Platinum; Bri Buser, Gold; Daria Springer and Marsha Artz, Silver; and Phil Knudson, Bronze. Top Overall New Construction awards were as follows: Lydi and Vladimer Gorbun, Platinum; Sherri Walker, Gold; Amy Birkholz, Silver; and Katie Bugbee, Bronze. Top Overall Listing Associates were Jeff Johnson, Platinum; Eric Lemke, Gold; Sherri Walker, Silver; and Katie Bugbee, Bronze. The Top Overall Selling Associate awards went to Todd Lorenz, Platinum; Eric Lemke, Gold; Kimberly Rempel, Silver; and Paul and Madonna Kardell Lydi and Vladimer Gorbun Stacy Hartgerink, Gold. Most Units Closed awards were given in three categories. Individuals: Jeff Johnson, Platinum; Eric Lemke, Gold; Stacy Hartgerink, Silver; and Kimberly Rempel, Bronze. Team: The Searcy Team, Platinum; and Abby Burmeister & Tiffany Heier, Gold. Couples: Paul and Madonna Kardell, Platinum; and Lydi and Vladimer Gorbun, Gold. To see more of the sales awards, visit 30 Strictly Business MARCH 2017


Josh Stark, RN Joins Access Family Medicine Access Family Medicine is very excited to announce the newest addition to the team, Josh Stark, RN! Josh officially joined the clinic staff in late November of 2016. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and the desire to deliver excellent health care. Prior to transitioning to Access Family Medicine, Josh worked for Davita Dialysis for ten years. This has served him well, as Access Family Medicine is now performing lab draws in the office, making services even more convenient for patients. The first Direct Primary Care clinic in Lincoln established by Dr. Todd and Tiffany Johnson, Access Family Medicine is membership-based and serves patients of all ages. With a model that allows for personalized care tailored to each patient’s preferences and comfort, members have unlimited access to their physician at a low monthly rate. This includes office visits, with same-day or next-day appointments available, along with full access to virtual medicine, via phone, email, text, webcam and more. Diagnostic and in-house procedures are provided at wholesale cost, as well as labs, imaging and medications. At Access Family Medicine, the number one priority is helping prevent, diagnose and treat your health issues with affordable solutions that work best for your life. To find out more about Access Family Medicine, please call (402) 858-1510, email, or visit the website at www.

Craig Willeke Named Member of 2017 Million Dollar Round Table Craig Willeke, an agent for New York Life in Nebraska, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) for 2017. Ac hieving membership in MDRT is a distinguishing life insurance career milestone, attained only by those who have demonstrated superior professional knowledge, experience and client service. MDRT is an international, independent association of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals. MDRT membership is recognized worldwide as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Willeke has been a New York Life agent since 2003, and is associated with New York Life’s Nebraska General Office in Omaha. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an M.O.T. in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. Willeke has also received his LUTCF designation from the American College and CLTC designation from the corporation for long term care certification. New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments provides institutional asset management. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life’s website at for more information. Willeke can be contacted directly at (402) 483-6656. New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.

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Legacy Terrace Chooses Kathy Thompson as New Director of Nursing Kathy Thompson has been named the new Director of Nursing at the Legacy Terrace, located at 5700 Fremont in the Havelock neighborhood. Thompson became an LPN in 1993 and received her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue in 2009 and her Assisted Living Administrator License in 2010. Because she has a love of learning and a desire to improve, Thompson returned to school and became a Registered Nurse after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Union College in 2016. Thompson has worked with the geriatric population since 1989, when she started as a Nursing Assistant. Since then she has worked in Long Term Care, Acute Care, a physician office and Assisted Living. “One of the reasons Kathy stood out as a candidate to us was her global knowledge of nursing and her great interest and history in caring for the 55+ age group which we serve,” said Barb Scott, Legacy Retirement Communities’ Clinical Director. “I am thrilled to be working with the Legacy Family,” Thompson stated. “It’s a blessing to work for a local, family-owned company that strives to do its best for seniors. I hope to continue to help each staff member understand the value in each of their roles and build lifelong relationships with the residents and their families.”

Woods Bros Realty Recognizes Top Sales Professionals Woods Bros Realty celebrated its top sales professionals with an Awards Banquet Feb. 9 at the Country Club of Lincoln. Vladimir Oulianov of the Country Club office was named the Salesperson of the Year, in addition to the Most Transactions Closed, Most Listings and Sales Closed, and Highest Volume of Closed Listings and Sales. Oulianov also received the Century Award for closing more than 100 transactions in the calendar year. Vladimir Oulianov Bruce Hahn of the Country Club office was honored with the Woods Bros Realtor of the Year award for 2016 for his contributions to the company, the community, and his fellow agents. Joanne McCoy of the Country Club office won the Excellence in Outgoing Referrals Sold award for helping people relocate in other communities. The Sales Team of the Year was The A Team of the Lincolnshire office. Ashley Person The year’s Rising Star for most success within the start of her career was Victoria Keck of the Wilderness Hills office. Keck broke a company record for highest volume in an agent’s first year in real estate. Ashley Person of the Country Club office earned the overall Outstanding Achievement award for his increase in sales from 2015 to 2016. Office Outstanding Achievement Awards also went to: Ben Bleicher, Lincolnshire; Kelly Shandera, Wilderness Hills; Linda McCall, Beatrice; Melanie Bachman Melanie Bachman, Grand Island; Kelby Nitz, Seward; and Gayle Coffin, York. Top Sales Associates by office were: Oulianov, Country Club; Bleicher, Lincolnshire; Lois Kohmetscher, Wilderness Hills; Carol Schulz, Beatrice; Shelly Nitz, Seward; Chuck Winkler, Grand Island; and Gayle Coffin, York. The late Gene and Pat Ward were inducted into the Woods Bros Realty Hall of Fame for their lifelong dedication to the company and real estate profession. To see more of the top awards and photos, please visit www.


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YFC Announces New Parent Life Director Dr. Tiffany Leonida Youth for Christ has hired Dr. Tiffany Leonida as their new Parent Life Director. Dr. Leonida has her Doctorate in Chiropractic, specializing in fertility, pregnancy, birth, and pediatrics care. She is a prenatal, pediatric, and family chiropractor at Healthy Start Family Chiropractic and Wellness. Combining her passion for prenatal & pediatric care, education, and her faith, Dr. Leonida will be leading the Parent Life team. Parent Life is an outreach to pregnant and parenting teens. The staff work to equip these at-risk teens with the support, skills, and resources they and their families need in order to be healthy and successful. Dr. Leonida has felt compelled to be furthered involved in supporting families who choose to keep their baby despite an unplanned pregnancy. Dr. Leonida is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge and specialized education to the teen moms and dads involved in the Parent Life program. Youth for Christ Lincoln Area ( is a non-denominational, non-judgemental, non-profit organization serving youth in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. YFC engages youth 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.

Union Bank & Trust Welcomes Maggie Schiefen and Jay Killgore Union Bank & Trust ( recently hired Maggie Schiefen as Vice President of Human Resources and Jay Killgore as Vice President and Business Development Officer in Retirement Plan Services. Schiefen brings 24 years of comprehensive human resources management experience to Union Bank. Prior to joining Union Bank, she served as Chief Administrative Officer at RMH Franchise Holdings, Inc., where she led several departments, including Human Resources. Maggie Schiefen Schiefen also served as the President and Vice President of Concord Neighborhood Corporation and was a partner at the law firm of Harding, Shultz and Downs where she focused on labor, employment law, and business strategies for both private and public sector clients. As Vice President of Human Resources at Union Bank, she will oversee all aspects of the bank’s training and development, employee satisfaction, hiring and retention, payroll, benefits and wellness programs. Schiefen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics from Creighton Jay Killgore University; Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. Schiefen is the current Chair of the City of Lincoln Personnel Board and has experience serving on several boards of non-profit organizations. Killgore brings 22 years of comprehensive retirement plan service experience to Union Bank. He serves as a relationship manager responsible for retirement plan sales and service in Omaha. Killgore graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He holds CEBS and QKA designations and is a past president of the Nebraska Chapter of CEBS and the current Secretary/Treasurer of Financial Service Professionals Omaha Chapter.

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Greta’s Gourmet Welcomes Tucker Seaman Greta’s Gourmet Catering welcomes Tucker Seaman to their team as Production Captain. Owner Kevin Mandigo is pleased to announce the addition of Tucker Seaman to the awardwinning staff at Greta’s Gourmet. “Tucker brings extensive experience and know-how to our staff. His training and background will make him a great addition to our team!” Tucker received his degree in Culinary Arts from Southeast Community College in 2011, and went on to work at The Nebraska Club, Sandhills Country Club, and Source. Eat Fit prior to assuming his new role at Greta’s Gourmet. Greta’s Gourmet is an incredible place where food=love. You can smell it the second you walk in the door, and taste it in every bite. At Greta’s Gourmet, their goal is to create an exceptional dining experience for every client and their guests. For more information about Greta’s Gourmet, please call (402) 420-6328 or visit www.


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Nebraska Home Sales Welcomes Brynna Luke Nebraska Home Sales (www.nebhomesales. com) is pleased to welcome Brynna Luke to their Lincoln office. She was born and raised in Monterey Bay, CA and has lived in Lincoln since 1999. Luke loves imagining and discovering the potential in homes old and new and teaching others how to create their dream home with good design and a bit of ingenuity. She is excited to help others discover the special places they’ll call home. Brynna Luke invites anyone seeking professional real estate services to contact her at (402) 853-4172. A locally owned and operated full-service real estate company, Nebraska Home Sales is Lincoln’s top producing agent-owned real estate company and is excited to announce their expansion to the Omaha market. Nebraska Home Sales carefully selects its agents, who have achieved some of Lincoln’s highest real estate volumes and have established a reputation as individuals of dedication, integrity and personalized service. These full service and expert agents are what sets Nebraska Home Sales apart. Go to for more information, or contact Brent Robinson at (402) 979-7253. The main office phone number is (402) 489-9071.

ServiceMaster PBM Welcomes Derek Mick Ser viceMaster Professional Building Maintenance is pleased to announce the recent hire of Derek Mick, who will now serve as a recruiter for the company. Derek is an experienced recruiter coming to ServiceMaster PBM from Advance Services Inc., where he worked as an HR coordinator onsite at Kawasaki. The team at ServiceMaster PBM is excited to have him on board to help support the company’s sustained growth. Welcome Derek! Proudly serving clients in the Lincoln, NE community since 1990, ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance employs professional experts who are trained, screened and tested to ensure top-quality service. Their professional cleaning services will not only leave your business looking spotless, but also will enhance its overall appearance for employees, customers, and clients to enjoy. 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

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PERSONNEL NEWS Mary Kinney Celebrates 12th Anniversary at The Waterford Communities The Waterford Communities is pleased to congratulate Mary Kinney on her 12th anniversary with The Waterford at College View. Mary joined the team at the local assisted living center in February of 2005 and currently serves as the Activities Director. She is passionate about her job and the residents, going out of her way to provide excellent customer service and to make everyone around her feel special. Mary is absolutely a shining star on The Waterford team, and the staff and residents are beyond blessed to have her at The Waterford Communities. The Waterford Communities have three assisted living locations in Lincoln. The Waterford at Williamsburg, located on the corner of 40th and Pine Lake, provides assisted living care. The Waterford at College View, located at 4848 South 48th Street. The Waterford at Wilderness Hills, located at 27th and Yankee Hill, provides memory care in a home-like setting. Each community specializes in providing a variety of housing and care needs for mature adults and a welcoming atmosphere for their families. For more information about The Waterford Communities, visit www. or contact Christy Merritt at (402) 423-0000 or

Carrie Malek-Madani Joins Nebraska Community Foundation Nebraska Community Foundation (www. is pleased to welcome Carrie Malek-Madani as its new director of marketing & communications. Carrie is responsible for developing and implementing NCF’s goals and strategies to build awareness and support for NCF and its affiliated funds. Carrie creates and oversees the production of NCF’s publications, advertising, social media and video production. She also assists NCF’s affiliated fund volunteers located across the state with press releases, donor stories, fundraising letters and other marketing tools.





Prior to NCF, Carrie worked for the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln where she managed the organization’s public relations, brand strategy and communications efforts. Her previous professional experience includes work for S&S Public Relations, where she developed PR and media relations strategy for clients in industries ranging from technology to education. Prior to S&S Public Relations, she worked for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s marketing department.


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Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in communication: media management, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism & Mass Communications in integrated media communications. She is a member of the National Communication Honors Society, Lambda Pi Eta. Originally from Vermillion, S.D., Carrie lives in Lincoln with her husband, Gunnar, and daughter, Eleanor.


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Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center Selects Justin Rousek as New Exective Director Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center is excited to announce the recent hiring of Justin Rousek, PhD, MPH, MS as the executive director. Rousek is responsible for overseeing the administration, finances and strategic plan of the organization. Most recently, he was the senior performance excellence coach at CHI Health in Omaha. He has led complex process improvement initiatives, focusing on healthcare value, quality and growth strategies. Rousek’s professional experiences include cutting-edge research at a variety of healthcare institutions in the surrounding area, including CHI Health, the Nebraska Medical Center, Bryan Hospital and the VA NebraskaWestern Iowa Healthcare system. He has presented research findings at several national healthcare conferences and is also a certified six sigma black belt and project management professional. Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care in Lincoln and eleven communities in Southeast Nebraska, combining advanced medical oncology and radiation oncology services at two locations in Lincoln. For more information about Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, visit

BancWise Realty Announces Four New Agents BancWise Realty is pleased to officially announce the addition of four valuable new team members. Jessica M o n ro e, L u ke Brown, Jess Hustad and Carma Bryan have hit the ground running and are already proving Jessica Monroe Luke Brown to be effective real estate professionals! These four agents exemplify positive energy, honesty and genuine care for helping people meet their real estate needs that h a s p ro p e l l e d them to early success through Jess Hustad Carma Bryan the BancWise Mentoring Program. The BancWise team is confident these newest team members will continue forward in their real estate careers providing excellent assistance to their clients. BancWise Realty, located at 6120 Apples’ Way #100, is your full service, one-stop resource for saving time and money while minimizing stress during the process of buying and selling your home. Their experienced agents provide all of the guidance a home buyer or seller needs with flexible fees, full service and proven results year after year. The mission of BancWise Realty is to simplify the process, while making a positive difference in the lives of their clients and employees. For more information, please call (402) 323-6777 or visit

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Friendship Home Welcomes Six New Board Members Friendship Home of Lincoln is pleased to have recently welcomed six new members to their Board of Directors. Mac Rodgers is the president of Mac Rodgers Consulting and came on the Board in August 2016. In 2017, five others joined. Kris Baack is a returning Board Member and is the Director of Leadership Development for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Civic Engagement. Kirstie Engel is an Associate Pastor at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Becky Ferguson is the Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Union Bank and Trust. Susan Swanson is the Second Vice President, Project and Portfolio Manager at Ameritas Life Insurance Company. Rounding out the group, Lincoln Zehr is the President and CEO of Hampton Enterprises. Special thanks are extended to these professionals for their commitment of service to victims of domestic violence in the Lincoln community. The gift of their time and talent is truly invaluable. Friendship Home provides safe shelter, support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and their children. To access shelter and services, call (402) 437-9302. To learn more about Friendship Home, visit www.

Theatre Arts For Kids Announces Line-Up for Summer Season Join Theatre Arts For Kids this summer for an Imagination Sensation! TAFK just announced its upcoming season, and registration is now open for a host of great classes/ performances. The TAFK Summer 2017 Season: Imagination Sensation! will offer a variety of educational opportunities in the performing arts, including: Imagination Playground (Ages 8-12) Date/Time: June 5-9 9:30am3:30pm; Performance will be held on June 9 at 2pm. Location: Kloefkorn Elementary. Cost: $190. Xanadu Jr. (Ages 8-15) Date/Time: June 12-23 M-F 9:30am-3:30pm; Performances will be held on June 23 at 5 and 7pm. Location: Christ Lutheran Church. Cost: $390. Magic Treehouse Collection: Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids (Ages 6-10) Date/Time: June 26-July 7 M-F 9:30am-3:30pm (No class July 4th); Performances will be held on July 7 at 5 and 7pm. Location: Christ Lutheran Church. Cost: $390. Butterflies & Spies (Ages 3-8) Date/Time: July 10-14 9:30-11am; Performance will be held on July 14 at 7pm. Location: Christ Lutheran Church. Cost: $190. Director Training (Application required) For aspiring directors ages 13-18 will also be offered May 29-June 9 M-F 9:30am-3:30pm. Cost: $150. Also, auditions will be held for James and the Giant Peach on June 15th at 7pm. Seeking performers of all ages – kids, teens, adults – for the show; more information is available online at Performances will be on July 28 and 29 at 7pm. To register or learn more about Theatre Arts For Kids, visit the website at

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“I love volunteering as a blood drive coordinator!” Tanya Lebsock, Assistant Vice President for the Union Bank & Trust (UBT) Investment and Trust Division Compliance, has volunteered as a blood drive coordinator with Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) for more than 15 years. Diagnosed with a melanoma in 2000, Tanya is unable to donate blood. She felt serving as a blood drive coordinator was the perfect opportunity to still make a difference. Union Bank & Trust has since increased their participation from two blood drives per year to now hosting two drives simultaneously at two branch locations 6-7 times per year. Since 2012, employees have collectively donated more than 1,100 units of blood. Giving back is part of Union Bank’s culture, and they accommodate schedules so employees at all branches have time to participate. On-site bloodmobiles make it convenient for many employees to simply walk out to the parking lot and donate. NCBB partners with businesses, organizations, civic groups and schools to host more than 500 blood drives each year. New blood drive sponsors are needed every day. NCBB recruitment representatives make the role of coordinators as easy as possible by helping pick dates and providing all the materials needed to help recruit and schedule donors. If you are interested in hosting a blood drive or learning more, please visit NCBB. ORG or email

Community Action Needs Your Help Putting Books in Homes of Lincoln Children Books: they have the power to insight our imaginations and transport us into extraordinary worlds. Books not only improve our quality of life, they are also important tools young children need to learn… to be ready to achieve success in kindergarten. Unfortunately, not all children have access to books while they are at home. In the spirit of Reading Month, which is during the month of March, Community Action is seeking support from people like you to build at-home libraries for the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers enrolled in its Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Chapters Book Store, based in Seward, NE, has generously contributed half the cost of this effort. “We are proud to be able to contribute to this project, which will provide all children with access to books,” said Carla Ketner, owner of Chapters Book Store. “We hope others will join us in bringing this project to fruition.” Here’s How You Can Help: • Sponsor a child - $25 provides a sack of 5 books for one child. • Sponsor a classroom - $200 provides books for all children in an infant/toddler classroom and $425 provides books for all children in a preschool classroom. Community Action’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs ensure our community’s youngest and most vulnerable children are able to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. To donate now, or to learn more about the campaign, visit www. or contact Heather Loughman at (402) 875-9339 or


Okto Beerfest, Sertoma Clubs Raise $16K for Nebraska State Stroke Association The Gateway Sertoma Club of Lincoln recently made a donation of $16,100 to the Nebraska State Stroke Association. T h e m o n ey w i l l b e u s e d h e r e i n Pictured L-R: Harold Klein - Gateway Sertoma, Nebraska to continue Colten Zamrzla - Gateway Sertoma, Darlene s t ro ke a wa r e n e s s Berks - Volunteer, Tom Bassett - Nebraska Stroke Board, Jim Krysl - Gateway Sertoma, programs and education throughout Kristy Weissling - Nebraska Stroke Board, Tom Klein - Gateway Sertoma & Nebraska Stroke the state. The funds were raised from the Board, Tammy Ward - Nebraska Stroke Board. annual Okto Beerfest held every year in the fall by all of the Lincoln Sertoma Clubs. It will be held again this year on September 28th at the Lancaster Event Center. It is Nebraska’s biggest Beerfest, and 2017 marks the 24th year of raising money for the Nebraska State Stroke Association. Sertoma is a volunteer civic service organization with clubs throughout the world. Have questions? Call (816) 333-8300 or visit The Gateway Sertoma Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at Tabitha Health Care Services, located at 4720 Randolph Street.

Alzheimer’s Association’s Annual Statewide Growing Hope Gala Raises $70K The Alzheimer’s Association raised $70,000 during its annual statewide Growing Hope Gal a on February 11, 2017 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. The Gala traveled back in Pictured rom L-R: Gala attendees Jenn Gjerde, time to the Roaring Tyler Gjerde, Megan Myers, Nate Emhke, Twenties, complete Megan Conway, ​and Rob Tualaulelei. with feather head pieces, fur coats and flapper dresses. The event featured a cocktail hour, live music, silent auction and Brewsky’s Blazin’ Pianos. The 2017 Courage Award was given to Brad Anderson of Lincoln. Anderson lost his wife and high school sweetheart, LuAnne, to semantic dementia in late January. When he was not caring for her, he was donating his time and talent to the Alzheimer’s Association. Anderson is an Ambassador and Advocate, speaking to local and national groups and members of Congress. He is also the team captain of LuAnne’s Clan and raises thousands of dollars each year at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Anderson was recognized for his efforts to promote a greater understating and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, dispelling public misperceptions and moving people to take action. The award is sponsored by the Association’s partner, First National Bank. The Association would like to thank the more than 250 guests who helped to make the Growing Hope Gala a success. A special thank you to all sponsors, especially Platinum Sponsor Pen-Link and Gold Sponsors CountryHouse Residences and The Arbors. Together, more than $70,000 was raised that will go directly towards Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska TeamMates’ Business Partners Show Eliminates 15 Refugee Resettlement Positions Continued Appetite for Serving Lincoln On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the largest refugee resettlement organization in Nebraska, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS), gave notice of the elimination of 15 employee positions in the organization’s 90-day federally funded refugee resettlement program in Omaha and Lincoln. Seven employees were reassigned or offered vacant positions within other programs of the organization. The President’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” issued January 27, 2017 reduced the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S. from 110,000 to 50,000 during federal fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017). By March 3, 2017 it is estimated that 39,000 refugees of the 50,000 will already have been resettled. The Executive Order also halted refugee resettlement to the U.S. for 120 days. During the halt in arrivals, LFS will focus on strengthening its post-90-day services to refugees who already call Nebraska home. At the LFS International Center of the Heartland (ICH) in Omaha, refugees are served no matter how long they have lived in Nebraska. Businesses and organizations interested in hiring affected staff – some of whom are refugees – are encouraged to contact the LFS Human Resources Department at (402) 978-5665 to connect with potential candidates. Members of the community can support the ICH in Omaha or post-90day services in Lincoln by making a donation at or signing up to volunteer via email at

L i n c o l n Te a m M a t e s has been operating in the community since its inception in 1991 by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne. In the 26 years since, TeamMates has been fortunate to have numerous business partners within the Lincoln community offer financial support, and encouraging their employees to mentor. Through the last year, over 35 community businesses have lent a hand to the TeamMates Program. This support is of the utmost importance. TeamMates of Lincoln hosts several events throughout the year that would not be possible without the help of our community’s generous businesses. Their contributions have led to successful events this school year, including the Fall Kick-Off, Toys for Tots Toy Drive, January Recognition Dinner, and the Appreciation Breakfast for mentors of graduating seniors. These have been glowing successes this year and it would not be possible without TeamMates’ business partners. If you are one, TeamMates is grateful for your support. Without our over 35 community business partners, these vital events would not be possible. Continuing in that tradition, TeamMates is excited to participate in its ongoing partnership with Runza Restaurants. On April 4th Runza and TeamMates are celebrating Runza Day. Lincoln’s sixteen Runza’s will be participating in this year’s event. TeamMates encourages businesses and organizations to put together large group orders at Runza on that day to support the fundraiser. Businesses and organizations that are interested learn more at

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Bright Lights Seeking Summer Classroom Assistants Bright Lights has summer c l a s s ro o m a s s i s t a n t volunteer opportunities available for 9th – 12th grade students, college students and adults. Discover some fun for yourself while providing enrichment for students! Classroom assistants play a valuable role in helping Bright Lights students in grades K-8 discover and pursue their passion in science, the arts, math, music and technology. Over 250 assistants are needed to work with Bright Lights teachers during all five program weeks: June 5-9, June 1216, June 19-23, June 26-30 and July 10-14. No prior Bright Lights or teaching experience is necessary. Orientation sessions take place in May. Bright Lights main class site for Summer 2017 is Holmes Elementary (52nd and Sumner Streets). Additional classes are held at other community sites in Lincoln, NE. For those interested in an international experience, apply to be an assistant at Lux Middle School the week of June 19-23 when students from Japan join American students in class. Time spent as a classroom assistant can fulfill high school volunteer service requirements, such as those needed for Government and Politics. Students are credited 20 hours for helping with just one week long half-day class. Apply at beginning March 8. See class descriptions and schedule for all of the Bright Lights Summer 2017 classes at BrightLights. org. Apply early for best class selection. Student registration for the classes begins April 1. Questions about volunteering may be directed to: (402) 420-1115 Ext. 49 or

Christian Record Services, Inc. Relocates to New Lincoln Location Christian Record Services, Inc. announced plans in early 2016 to restructure the organization and relocate to new headquarters in Lincoln. The ministry moved in December 2016 to suites in the Trade Center, and is now located at 5900 South 58th Street, Suite M, approximately one mile south of the location the organization operated from since 1963. The new office was designed to increase efficiency and workflow to better serve both clients and donors. For Christian Record, an organization that serves individuals who are blind or cannot hold a book, the new office supports an audiobook lending library, Pictured: Recording Studio recording studio, and a correspondence Director Kalvin Follett Bible school. Plans call for a museum to be added soon. From the headquarters, large print, braille, and audio resources are produced to be mailed to approximately 20,000 clients in nearly 80 countries. Christian Record appreciates the many volunteers and business partners who helped during this transition. Plans are underway for an open house later this year. Since 1899, Christian Record Services, Inc. has provided reading materials and services to people who are blind. In Lincoln since 1904, Christian Record distributes materials in braille, audio, large print, and digital download. Additionally, National Camps for Blind Children, a program of Christian Record, provides opportunities for summer and winter camping experiences in locations around the United States. The ministry also offers educational scholarships for people who are blind. For more information, visit or call (402) 488-0981.

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Join the Fun: Sponsorship Opportunities Available for St. Monica’s Amazing Chase XII

Child Guidance Center Raising Funds to Refurnish Therapeutic Group Home

For over 50 years, St. Monica’s has provided opportunities for women to transform their lives. Last year 288 women came to St. Monica’s to overcome addiction, improve their mental health, develop better parenting skills and become productive members of our community. You can help make those opportunities available to women in the coming year by becoming a sponsor of Amazing Chase XII on Saturday, August, 26, 2017. By becoming a sponsor of Amazing Chase XII, you’re also taking advantage of a great opportunity for business recognition. Your logo or name will be on hundreds of T-shirts worn by participants and volunteers, on promotional materials, on banners all over town on Chase day, and will be on both our website and social media. The Amazing Chase brings together competitors, volunteers, friends and families for a fast-paced scavenger hunt all across town with zany challenges at every stop. All summer the teams of four collect support for St. Monica’s, in fierce competition for the best starting time on Chase day. And they and their supporters will be seeing your name/logo all along the way. To find out more, please contact Valerie Murphy at valerie.murphy@ or call (402) 441-3768 Ext. 111.

The Child Guidance Center has announced a fundraising initiative with the objective of reaching $25,000 in donations to provide study, wooden furniture for the boys’ rooms at their Therapeutic Group Home. The Therapeutic Group Home provides residential treatment and intensive outpatient services for boys, ages 12-18, who have experienced trauma. It has been in existence for almost 25 years and the furniture in the boys’ bedrooms desperately needs to be replaced. Almost every room needs a new desk, large wardrobe, a dresser, and bedside table. To understand the impact of this program, here is an excerpt from a letter written by one boy’s grandparents; “Our child is not the same child who came to Child Guidance that first day. He instead has been given the tools needed to become successful in life and has also learned the impact that his poor choices had on himself and others. He has once again made us aware that we do have the best kid in the world and he just needed some special help at a particularly difficult time in his life. Our family will be forever grateful to Child Guidance for what they have done for our child and family.” To help, contact Jenny at or (402) 475-7666. Find out more about the Child Guidance Center at www.

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JDRF Dream Gala “Havana Nights” Presented by Horizon Bank Set for April 1st Please join JDRF on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 for the 19th Annual JDRF Dream Gala “Havana Nights” presented by Horizon Bank. This will be a night like no other as guests experience an evening set in Old Havana while Embassy Suites-Lincoln is transformed into a tropical Cuban getaway! It will be a fun-filled, inspiring evening with cocktails, dinner and entertainment. Raise your paddle for fabulous silent and premier auction items and one-of-a-kind live auction packages—all as critical funds are being raised for lifechanging type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. “Horizon Bank has been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Lincoln Chapter for over 25 years. We have witnessed the amazing progress of the research for treatment of those living with type 1 diabetes. We are honored to be the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Dream Gala ‘Havana Nights’ and look forward to a great event for a very special cause.” -Janet Latimer, CEO, Horizon Bank. This is your opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of the 1.25 million Americans effected by T1D, including thousands of children and adults here in Nebraska. Reserve your spot - tickets and sponsorships are available today! For more information, please contact Jayne Ullstrom at (402) 484-8300 or Together, we will create a world without T1D!

Matt Talbot Presents 12th Annual “Feeding the Soul of the City” on March 23 Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach will honor the 2017 Compassion in Action Award recipients at the Feeding the Soul of the City dinner and fundraising event at Nebraska Innovation Campus on March 23rd. The public is invited to attend and support Matt Talbot and its continued outreach and support of the homeless, near homeless, and hungry in Lincoln. The Individual Compassion in Action Award will be given to Dr. Ram Bishu. Ram termed-off the Matt Talbot board last year after devoting nine full years. He served as the chair of the fundraising committee for most of those years. In addition, he leads several different hunger relief serving teams from the India Association of Lincoln. He conveys compassion in action towards our guests. We are honored to recognize him. The Collaboration Compassion in Action Award will be presented to Dennis Hoffman and CenterPointe. Dennis helped Matt Talbot with the massive task of applying to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the First HOPE project. He is considered the local expert on all things HUD and is always willing to help improve homeless services. CenterPointe is a long-time partner. We’ve worked closely with them to help our guests gain access to disability services, through Street Outreach, the Lincoln Homeless Coalition, Project Homeless Connect and a host of other collaborations. CenterPointe is a strong advocate for persons who are homeless and a great community partner. Feeding the Soul of the City starts at 5:30 pm with a social hour and silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 pm. Visit our website to become a sponsor, save your seat for this event, or learn more.

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While the Concordia University, Nebraska campus was closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, many faculty, staff, and students volunteered hours of service. Concordia received grants from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, Nebraska District and Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) for one service project to prepare flood buckets. These are five-gallon buckets filled with cleaning supplies for use by individuals who have survived a flood, shipped all over the United States for disaster relief. Concordia partnered with Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln to store them until needed. Additionally, 34 individuals from Concordia University attended Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster Training held by Rev. Meyer of the LCMS Disaster Relief organization. By the end of this workshop, participants were FEMA certified as faith-based first responders and received an ID card that can be used anywhere a disaster happens.

HBAL Installs 2017 Officers and Directors Matt Kleinschmit, Pride Homes, was installed as president of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln on January 23. The 2017 Home Builders Association of Lincoln board of directors is as follows: Executive Committee: Matt Kleinschmit, Pride Homes, president; Bo Jones, Tru-Built Construction, president-elect; Denny Van Horn, Van Horn Family Building Co., 1st vice-president; Perry Haralson, Cornhusker Bank, 2nd vice-president; Lori Wellman, Lincoln Cabinet, secretary; Bob Bryant, Bryant, Katt & Associates, treasurer; Justin Johnson, Hoppe Homes, LP, immediate past president; Michaela Harrison, executive vice-president. Board of Directors: Mark Aksamit, Window Option Specialists; Taylor Ashburn, West Gate Bank; Jess Baker, Wilderness Construction, Inc.; Kelli Fleek, Bath and Kitchen Idea Center by Lincoln Winnelson; Ruth Hietbrink, Black Hills Energy; Matt Kinning, Kinning Design Build, Inc.; Jerry Maher, Maher Custom Homes; Stephanie Krueger-Ponce, Third Generation Builder; Lance Roach, JL Exteriors; Marlene Stroup, Schwinn Homes, LLC; Ken Svoboda, Ray’s Lawn & Landscape; Jason Woita, Woita Homes & Remodeling. Remodelers Council Chair: Pam Magner, Reynolds Design; Remodeling Young Building Professionals Council Chair: Tyler Reynolds, Woods Bros. Realty.


WISB to Host Monthly Luncheon on March 8th The Women in Sales and Business (WISB) monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8th at Home Instead Senior Care, 1400 Dahlberg Drive, Suite E, in Lincoln, Nebraska. This month’s meeting will be focused on Our Future, Your Future with WISB! With excitement WISB has announced changes to benefit its members, including a new meeting location, new member benefits, and MORE! You don’t want to miss this meeting! Please take the opportunity to join WISB this month and get to know the organization and its members! The meeting starts with lunch at 11:30 AM with meeting following from 11:55 AM until 1 PM. Cost is $18 which includes lunch. Please register online at or email to RSVP. More information can also be found on the website or by contacting WISB via email.

CASA Partners With Kuck’s Motor Sports to Host Benefit Car Show Join CASA representatives on Saturday, March 25 from 2-5pm at Kuck’s Motor Sports for a rare opportunity to view one of the finest car collections in the country! Proceeds from this annual event will again benefit CASA for Lancaster County’s ongoing mission of being the voice for abused and neglected children in the court system. This is an adult/older child event – please limit children to 13 and older. Cost to attend: $25 – Advanced Purchase/Reserved Tickets 2-5pm Public Tour; $35 – Day of the event, at the door; $75 – Exclusive VIP Guided Tour 12:30 – 2:00pm *available to a limited number of participants. For tickets and more information: You may also email Kristen Anderson at or call (402) 474-5161. Kuck’s Motor Sports is located at 2251 Humphrey Avenue in Lincoln, NE – see you there!

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Fresh Start to Host Spring Open House Fresh Start’s Spring Open House will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 4:00- 6:00PM at 6433 Havelock Ave. The Board of Directors invites the community to stop by for tours of the shelter, to enjoy appetizers, to socialize and to learn more about the services offered by Fresh Start. There will be resident artwork featured. The Daisy Thrift Shop will be open during the Open House. Fresh Start is a transitional shelter that empowers homeless women to change their lives by recognizing and utilizing their strengths to overcome barriers to self- sufficiency. While at Fresh Start food, shelter and other basic needs are provided, along with case management to facilitate the residents to succeed in their goal program. Call Audrey at Fresh Start at (402) 475-7777 for more information, visit www.FreshStartHome. org or find Fresh Start on Facebook (search Fresh Start Home Lincoln).

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Stepping Stones for Families Awarded CARF Sage Nutrition Now Open at New Location Accreditation Sage Nutrition has CARF International has announced that Stepping Stones for Families has been accredited for a period of three years for its assessment and referral: alcohol and other drugs/addictions (adults) and outpatient treatment: alcohol and other drugs/addictions (adults) programs. The latest accreditation is the second consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF has awarded Stepping Stones for Families. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. The survey report for Stepping Stones identified no recommendations, which is an accomplishment achieved by only three percent of CARF surveys. Stepping Stones for Families is a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, a non-profit organization located at 4600 Valley Road in Lincoln. Stepping Stones for Families helps individuals and families find the path to improve their lives and offers support for those struggling with substance use. A sliding fee scale is available for individuals without insurance and pregnant and parenting women and/or IV drug users are given priority admission. Stepping Stones for Families is funded in part by Region V Systems and Lincoln/Lancaster County. To find out more about Stepping Stones for Families, visit www.lmep. com or call (402) 488-6511.


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Sage Nutrition was started in August of 2014, with the vision of providing a safe space that offers hope and healing for individuals who struggle in their relationship with food, weight, and body image. It has since grown to support four employees, and now a larger space to provide services. At Sage Nutrition, you’ll find an attentive, compassionate focus on these issues along with individualized services to “wholistically” meet each person where they’re at and to help them achieve the goals they have for moving forward. Sage Nutrition offers individual nutrition consultations in the areas of eating disorders, weight management, intuitive/mindful eating, prenatal, early childhood, and sports nutrition. Additionally, Private Pilates and yoga sessions are available with Sage Nutrition’s Mindful Movement Coach, and counseling services are available with a Licensed Psychologist. Sage Nutrition is now located at 2917 Pine Lake Road, Suite E. For more information, please contact Emily Estes, MS, RD, LMNT at (402) 417-9264 / or find Sage Nutrition online at


Governor Leads Walk to Kick Off NE150 Challenge The NE150 Challenge, a year-long webbased wellness program, officially opened Jan. 23 at the Nebraska State Capitol with Governor Pete Ricketts leading the annual Governor’s Walk for wellness. It is one of the 13 official initiatives of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission. The NE150 Challenge allows Nebraskans to track physical activity miles and minutes. As they meet certain benchmarks, they earn virtual badges, many of which are themed after Nebraska’s 150th year of statehood. The program also helps users find trails and parks where they can walk, run, bike, or paddle. More than 1,450 Nebraskans are already registered and recording miles. The NE150 Challenge is free for individuals and groups, but a corporate membership program has been established to offer additional workplace wellness incentives and help fund the Challenge. For $500, member companies receive a kit with shirts, medals and posters to promote the Challenge and reward high achievers. They also become eligible for corporate awards based on employee numbers. Learn more at or

Children’s Expands Lincoln Presence, Moving Specialty Clinics to Madonna Children’s Hospital & Medical Center will expand its presence and services in Lincoln by relocating its specialty clinics to leased space on the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Lincoln campus. The 12,000-square foot space will accommodate more specialties and physicians, tripling the capacity available at Children’s Specialty Pediatric Clinic at 86th and Pioneers Boulevard. The move is scheduled for this fall. Patient volumes have steadily climbed at Children’s Lincoln outpatient clinic facility since it opened in 2008, ultimately outgrowing the space. In 2016, the location saw more than 2,100 patients, logging more than 5,400 clinic visits. Meanwhile, many Lincoln families still travel to Children’s Specialty Pediatric Center in Omaha to receive care; last year, around 2,000 patients were seen from Lancaster County alone. Children’s new outpatient specialty clinic at Madonna’s Lincoln Campus will be located at 2121 South 56th Street. Madonna purchased the building this year, with remodeling expected to begin in April with completion by this fall, when Children’s opens its specialty clinic space. “The purchase of this building is part of our strategic plan, to partner with exceptional health care providers to continuously offer exceptional care for patients,” said Victor Witkowicz, executive vice president and CFO of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. “After opening the Omaha Campus this past fall, this project with Children’s allows our Lincoln Campus to continue to expand.” In its Lincoln outpatient clinic, Children’s currently offers 10 pediatric specialty services provided by nearly 30 physicians: Cardiology, Endocrinology, HEROES (Pediatric Weight Management), Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Surgery and Urology. With the new, larger location, Children’s plans to bring other specialty services to Lincoln within the year; however, no specific clinics or physicians are confirmed at this time.

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A: Kind of everyone, we mostly do blowouts, updo’s and those kinds of things. We cater to special occasions, but we also do memberships. There are people that come in once a week and they pay a certain amount a month so they don’t have to do their own hair at all. That saves them a lot of time and money on shampoo. We do makeup, we do nails and at our South location we also have/do aesthetics. Q: How has the response been since your opening in 2015? Was the Haymarket your first location? A: This one was the first location. We opened the South location at the beginning of October of 2016. We’ve done pretty well, especially when there are concerts. Also wedding season and bachelorette parties keep us super busy. New Year’s Eve as well. Q: Why do you think it’s important for Lincoln to have a blow dry bar? A: I think everyone needs to experience it. They’re huge in bigger cities everywhere. Michelle {owner} wanted to bring that here because nobody really knows what it is. I think our service just makes people’s lives easier. It’s so chaotic all the time, especially for downtown people. Q: Have you ever had any notable, interesting experiences while working here? A: I mean all of our experiences have been positive. We get bachelorette parties, pre-wedding parties and it gets loud - we love it. Those are our favorite, but we also love our customers that come every week because of the relationships that we create with them. We also love these big parties because they bring so much to the room. 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 ‘Like’ us on Facebook at


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FROM THE GROUND UP For over 30 years Krueger Development has contributed to Lincoln’s residential and commercial marketplace by developing residential and commercial communities, retail centers and multi-family residences. Family owned and operated, Krueger Development strives to bring long-term value to its’ clients and community. Street design and dirt moving; structural design and construction; finish design including painting and carpet installation, and finally landscape design and planting are completed with the staff of 40.

Currently, Krueger Development is continuing to expand its focus primarily in south Lincoln. Just south of Pine Lake off 14th street they are bringing a newer type of concept to the community with an innovative 3 story mixed use building with underground parking. The building, currently under construction, has over 14,400 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 40 one-bedroom apartment residences on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The underground parking adds convenience, security, and protection from weather. Continuing south on 14th street toward Yankee Hill Road, Krueger Development is working on expanding its’ Yankee Hill Business Center—a commercial district with businesses that own or rent their work space. Nine thousand square feet of commercial space is available for future development. Spaces are available to own or lease ranging from a 1,250 square foot area to a 9,000 square foot area. Krueger Development has staff that is ready to design a building and tailor the interiors to meet the specific needs of an individual business. The existing zoning allows for a wide number of uses to be located in Yankee Hill Business Center. Everything from office, to flex space, day care and family fun centers are already enjoying the superior location of the Yankee Hill Business Center. Krueger Development is also building the Woodlands at Yankee Hill, located on the south side of Yankee Hill

between 70th and 84th streets. With the upgraded paving of Yankee Hill and the close proximity of the new schools, YMCA, and parks this neighborhood is fast becoming Lincoln’s newest location to live and play. The single family lots are currently being developed and sold to individuals and builders. The commercial corner at 70th and Yankee Hill will start construction with the completion of the major street improvements. The Enterprise Center located on the west side of 84th has already started selling lots to business owners.

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Last Month: Ichiban Sichuan

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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.

Located at 7701 Pioneers Blvd, MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante offers an authentic menu of appetizers, pizza, entrees and more. MoMo’s is the place to go if you are looking for an outstanding lunch spot with great ambiance, delicious food, and superior service. MoMo is an authentic Italian restaurant with products straight from Italy. All items offered on the menu, which varies seasonally, are made in-house from scratch by MoMo’s talented chefs with locally sourced, quality ingredients. They also offer an enormous selection of beverages including house made amaretto & Limoncello, as well as their own personal wine cellar. MoMo’s has delectable food and specialty drinks for all to enjoy!

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On behalf of our entire Strictly Business team, we would like to invite you to our next Friends4Lunch event we are holding on March 2nd at MoMo Pizzeria & Ristorante at 11:30 a.m. (Lunch prices range approx. $5-$14) Space is limited and RSVP is requested. Please email office@ 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.

ENHANCE YOUR TEAM CULTURE At Strictly Business we recognize team building and employee engagement is a key factor to retaining great employees. In this new series, we share our staff outings in hopes of educating our readers about fun activities to do with employees and co-workers. Among the best investments for small and large companies alike, without further adieu, we encourage you to “Enhance Your Team Culture!”

Lincoln Stars Hockey | Ice Box Arena (402) 474-7827 | For sports lovers, Lincoln, NE is known to be home of the beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers. But let’s not forget about the other local sports teams out there that provide a variety of other sporting events for our enjoyment. The Lincoln Stars hockey team has been a Lincoln staple since 1996, bringing fans to The Ice Box and providing an entertainment experience that caters to all walks of life. The Ice Box arena is located on the former Nebraska state fairgrounds and holds more than 4,500 fans. We were especially excited for our upcoming staff night out, as we know at Lincoln Stars games you’re guaranteed to have a good time! Hockey, beer, sports.. OH MY. Strictly Business reserved the Monzon Law Party Suite for the game we attended. In our opinion, a suite is unquestionably the way to go. It offers a great opportunity to reward employees, entertain and get to know your clients better, or just for a great night out with friends and family! The suite is located in the northeast corner of the arena and accommodates up to 20 people, choice of two snacks, and also includes two drink tickets per person for the bar. Whether you›re a diehard fan or don›t necessarily consider yourself to be a sports enthusiast the suite allows for you to get the best of both worlds. Those who wish to watch the game are easily able to do so and those who›d rather socialize are able to chat or network with those around you. When you break down the cost per person it›s very affordable too. Side note: The Ice

Box is called that for a reason- it›s cold! Make sure to dress warmly and of course wear your Stars blue. Parking can be a production, so we would recommend arriving early. They have an excellent selection of food, drinks, and snacks available for those in attendance, so you don’t necessarily have to grab dinner beforehand either. Even though our team lost by 1 goal, we still had an incredible experience. We even got to witness a live wedding on the ice inbetween periods. Those are some diehard fans! Thank you for the hospitality Lincoln Stars Hockey. If you are a business in the Lincoln area that offers activities for staff outings and would like to be featured, please contact us today! 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 MARCH 2017 Strictly Business



Your Lawn. Your Landscape. Your Source. The first day of Spring is March 20th, and while you may not be thinking about your lawn and landscaping yet, it’s the ideal time to do just that. This season, depend on us to make your landscape and lawn what you want it to be!

Your Lawn Making your lawn look good is what we do best. You and your lawn will grow to expect our professionalism. Sharp and ready, we arrive on your turf weekly with right-sized equipment and a treatment plan just for your lush, green and healthy lawn. Depend on Ray’s to make your lawn (residential or commercial) what you want it to be. A few of the special touches we are known for are changing the direction of cut and removing debris from your paved surfaces. Among our most popular service offerings are mowing, edging, treating, aerating, and complete lawn renovation.

Your Landscape Let Ray’s be your landscape source at your home or office. Working with clients to update and maintain the face of their properties through renovation or a fresh new look is one of our specialties. Helpful ideas, plans and attention to your budget are all things that come free when you work with us. Retaining walls, ponds, hard surface borders, wide-variety of rock, aggregate cover and mulch are all available possibilities. Our most requested services include general landscaping, mulching, shrubbery shaping and tree trimming, pruning and treatments.

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the work ethic of being a Midwest family-owned business at its roots. You and your property will be treated with the utmost respect and in the hands of professionals who provide reliable, expert care. Look to Ray’s as your source for a good-looking landscape and lawn and you won’t be disappointed! Here are a few things clients here in Lincoln have to say about their experience working with Ray’s Lawn & Landscape: “When I first shopped for a lawn service several years ago, Ray’s pricing was competitive and they’d been around awhile, so I didn’t have to worry about them going away anytime soon. I’ve been pleased with their service ever since.” “We started with Ray’s a few years ago. They do a good job and take care of concerns I have. They know my yard and how to help me care for it.” “Ray’s has great customer service. They work with us and understand our wants, as well as providing ideas to enhance our landscaping. They help us get what we want and stay within budget by providing options for us to consider.” Whatever the job may be, no request is too big or small, and you can count on the professionals at Ray’s to perform from start to completion, taking the time and consideration to do it right. Familyowned since 1966, Ray’s Lawn & Landscape has been named Best of Lincoln consecutively for over a decade and maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Make Ray’s your lawn and landscape source too – helpful ideas, plans, and attention to your budget are all just a phone call or email away.

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Appropriate Education Spending The LIBA School Liaison Committee had me testify on a couple bills at the Nebraska Legislature this past month. I thought I would share their thoughts on these issues with the readers of this column. First, LIBA opposed LB247 which affected a special levy controlled by Lincoln Public Schools. The QCPUF levy was allowed by the state to deal with problems like Asbestos, mold and other environmental and health hazards. The taxpayers have solved many of the problems in our local school districts and paid, through taxes, to solve the problems.

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This is a tax that could go away someday. Rather than let this tax go away, LB247 expands the use of the tax. It would allow schools to use the tax for cyber security issues, which would almost ensure that this tax will never go away. Last year, the lid for QCPUF was lowered from 5.2 cents to 3 cents, but it grandfathered projects that were already started. It appears to us that this bill would allow schools to include cyber security at the higher 5.2 cent tax because they were working on cyber security prior to April 2016. The fiscal note says that schools would be subject to the 3-cent lid, but does not address grandfathering. Even if cyber security is not grandfathered in, because cyber security is an ongoing issue, it would mean that this tax never goes away. We certainly support our school districts spending money on cyber security. The staff and the students deserve to have a secure environment for sensitive documents, personal information, and general use. However, tapping a special levy that is outside the tax lid is not the best way to pay for it. Finally, the use of QCPUF allows districts to tax and Bond without a vote of the people. Last year, in April of 2016, the Shickley school board used QCPUF as a way bond and circumvented a vote of the people. Their superintendent, Bryce Jorgenson, was quoted as saying “the QCPUF route also allows us to NOT have to go to a vote...” LB554 is another bill that LIBA addressed. We supported this bill because it would increase transparency regarding school district budgets. Lincolnites give approximately 60% of their property taxes to the Lincoln Public School System (LPS) and ESU, but we don’t know where those tax dollars go. This bill moves our school systems toward more transparency. Every district in Nebraska should support transparency. LIBA also suggested that this bill be amended so that every check written is posted on a school district’s website. That would be true transparency. LIBA gave the Senators copies of a document from the Millard Public Schools website. The document showed that during this particular month MPS posted every check, from $7 to $73,000 for the public to view on the internet. 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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We often hear the term “fans in stands” when talking about drawing outside events to Lincoln. But drawing an event to Lincoln is more than ticket sales. For our community, drawing events to Lincoln means more people going out to eat, more people staying overnight, more people using services from car repair to urgent care. A Dean Runyan and Associates report estimated that in 2012, direct travel spending in Lancaster County was $414.7 million. It takes the entire community to make it happen. The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) event partners are valuable to us. One of those is the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) who recently re-awarded Lincoln the NSAA State High School Volleyball Championships for 2017-2019. We have the best grouping of facilities to host such contests. The NSAA noted that Lincoln was able to grow the attendance over the past three years. That’s good for high school volleyball, and it’s good for Lincoln. Case in point, you’ve seen Lincoln’s own March Madness with our hosting this year’s NSAA Girls and Boys High School Basketball Championships. Using industry formulas, the 2010 Boys State High School Basketball Tournament had an estimated impact of $3.2 million. The 2010 Girl’s State High School Basketball Tournament had an estimated $2.1 million impact. The financial impact of hosting these tournaments grows alongside attendance increases. To complement high school sporting events, your CVB staff is busy recruiting large groups from the religious and non-profit sector; plus business meetings and association gatherings. We work with City and County officials, as well as tourism partners across the community, to draw attention to the Railyard District, Haymarket, Lancaster Event Center, shopping, and local attractions. There are so many businesses across Lincoln who are busy putting on events and activities for our citizens and out-of-town guests. Regional/National Focus In 2016, more than 82 percent of all proposals submitted by the LCVB were targeted to attract regional or national events. That is a five-year high. Examples of those events include our ongoing relationship with USA Roller Sports, the World Tenpin Youth Bowling Championships this past year, the Olympic volleyball qualifying tournament in January 2016 and the recent announcement with our partner the Lancaster Events Center (LEC). Lincoln will host the 2020 and 2021 National High School Rodeo Finals with a chance to host again in 2026 and 2027, at the LEC. This is one of the few times the rodeo finals will be held outside of Wyoming and speaks volumes about Lincoln’s ability to attract and land high caliber national and regional events. All that said, we couldn’t do it without you. Lincoln knows how to roll out the hospitality. Our business community provides the hotels, services, and infrastructure that make Lincoln a great place to work and live—and, a great place to visit. Get out and see a game!

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What to Know Before Fostering The CEDARS Foster Care Team has worked with hundreds of foster families in the community and surrounding area and answer many questions about what to expect on the journey of fostering. Here is their list of top “must-knows” for anyone considering becoming a foster parent. Foster kids are good kids. For many potential foster parents, a misunderstanding has led to a belief that they will be opening their home to kids who are “bad” or “out of control.” The reality is, these kids are living with the effects of trauma. They want and need the same love as other kids. “Foster care is the situation that these kids are in, but it doesn’t need to define who they are,” says Adrianne Poppe, CEDARS foster care recruiter. “They have the same excitement, hope and pride that other children have. They really just want someone who’s going to open their home to them, take time to sit down with them, get to know a little bit about them and just be their support and give them love.” Foster kids can be any age. It isn’t just babies and young children who are in need of homes. There are many teenagers as well who are in need of the safety, stability and family relationships that a foster family can provide. CEDARS foster care works with all ages of children and youth in crisis. CEDARS doesn’t call you about every child. The CEDARS team works closely to identify a “best fit” for each child and family. They take many factors into account, including foster parent preferences. Kids come into foster care for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, CEDARS goal is to either safely reunite children in their care with their families or find a permanent new home for them. Until these goals can be achieved, foster families give kids stability and room to grow as individuals. It’s okay to feel under-prepared. That’s normal. Foster parenting is just like step, adoptive, biological or any other type of parenting. Life has its ups and downs, but with the right tools, resources and support, a loving foster family with the desire to succeed can make all the difference in the life of a child. Every day, CEDARS foster care team is working to ensure that over 200 children and youth flourish with our foster families. Because foster parents are an integral part of the CEDARS professional team, they are equipped with exceptional training, have access to support 24/7, monthly support groups and there are quarterly gatherings for foster families to attend. Foster kids simply need the same thing that all kids need—someone to believe in them! There is no typical CEDARS foster family. Foster families include parents with children at home, single adults, couples hoping to adopt and empty nesters. All you need is a stable home, an open heart, and a willingness to reach out to a child in need. “When a foster son or daughter begins to relax and grow in your home, that is a truly rewarding experience for a foster parent,” Poppe says. “It is a privilege for me to witness that as our team walks alongside them.” The steps to becoming a foster parent aren’t complicated. If you are over 21, passionate about helping kids and are excited to open up your heart and home to a child in need, the process starts with you. Foster parents play a special role in the life of a child. If you have ever considered fostering and would like more information, please contact Adrianne Poppe at 402-890-1410 or apoppe@

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As business professionals, we are on a constant quest to improve ourselves in order to be successful at what we do – to meet our goals, to grow our personal spheres of influence, to sharpen our skills, to develop our talents, to expand upon our expertise, to build a strong network within the business community, to contribute to our chosen career field, and to play a part in making our businesses more successful as a result of those efforts. If you think that there’s no single way to accomplish all of those goals, the good news is you’re mistaken (not usually two things that go together, that’s for sure). By simply joining a professional organization, you now have the support of an industry-focused ally, which in turn, affords you access to specialized training, targeted networking opportunities and the chance to make valuable connections within your industry locally and nationwide, relevant continuing education events, and so much more. Essentially you’ll be at the pulse of what’s going on in your industry. Many of these organizations are also very involved in the communities in which they have an established presence, so you’ll also be contributing to the greater good of the place you live and work. You may then opt to dedicate as much time as you have available to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves, that’s all there is to it. Above all, what you can expect from any organization is a relationship that’s symbiotic in nature. Even for those who don’t have free time to devote to participation in an organization’s offerings, many welcome members who are only interested in contributing monetarily as a gesture of their ongoing support. Altogether it’s a way we can actively back organizations that align with our values or that are critical to the advancement of our respective industries, in order to ensure they are able to exist and carry on with the enrichment of our community. It’s also well worth mentioning that besides the support, camaraderie, and visibility, belonging to business organizations can increase your business’s credibility in your respective marketplace. Many potential clients or customers view membership in relevant business groups as a sign that you’re representing an established business that’s accepted by your industry peers and places importance on continuous learning and community involvement. Now that we’ve convinced you that joining organizations is a great way to grow both professionally and personally, while also making you more of an asset to your employer and an ally who is interested in the success of the business you represent, the next step is to find those that would be a good fit. The Strictly Business team has compiled a list of suggestions that while not exhaustive, are widely considered to be the very best in the area. We encourage you to take a look through these wonderful local organizations that would love to have you as a member! 58 Strictly Business MARCH 2017

The Junior League of Lincoln is a women’s leadership and volunteer organization that has served the Lincoln community for 95 years. Our membership of 125 current and 200 sustaining members volunteer and provide financial support to a range of projects like providing clothing to kids in need and teaching classes to help youth become independent. Each member attends regular meetings, volunteers, and participates in both social and educational activities. We accept new members every summer. For more information please visit or contact by phone (402) 464-2050 or by email

BNI Heartland (Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Western Iowa) offers members the opportunity to build a firm networking foundation, to nurture referral partner(s). Last year alone BNI, with over 211,000 members, in more than 7,500 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world – 73 countries, generated more than 8.8 million referrals which resulted in over $11.17 billion dollars of tracked business for our members. Cumulatively, since 1985, BNI has generated over $70 Billion dollars in tracked business for our membership! Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you that carry your information with them, and when they meet someone who could use your products or services, they recommend you. BNI provides a structured, supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment during breakfast, lunch and happy hour meetings in which you develop personal relationships with other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you will have the opportunity to substantially increase your business. For more information about BNI Heartland please contact our regional office at (402) 880-6311, email or visit our website,

The Home Builders Association of Lincoln is a visible, effective and respected trade association which promotes home building through professional education, member communication and civic participation, and which represents builders and associated professionals in community, governmental and industry forums. With more than 700 members, HBAL proudly promotes the Nebraska Builders Home & Garden Show, Spring & Fall Parade of Homes and Tour of Remodeled Homes. These events not only benefit our members, but also the public. Whether it is to earn an industry designation or to be better prepared for an OSHA or EPA inspection, HBAL offers education and training to its members. To learn more about joining the Home Builders Association of Lincoln (HBAL), go to for a membership application and to see the many services of this 66-year-old builders association.

The Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) (www.mitaonline. org) is an organization that was established to encourage the expansion of trade between the Midwest and foreign markets by sponsoring: meetings and networking events, international trade conferences, and educational seminars. These events are designed to offer ideas and present current information to help businesses succeed in importing and exporting. Both newcomers as well as seasoned veterans of international trade benefit from the diverse membership and combined experience of MITA members that helps you address your international trade concerns and create new ideas for business development. MITA also hosts the annual World Trade Conference scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Omaha. The 2017 Monthly Calendar of Events can be found on MITA’s website. Information on these events, as well as membership information or how to become a sponsor of the World Trade Conference, can be found at, office at (402) 596-1210, email

Launched in 2010, East Lincoln Business Association (ELBA) is a collective group of business professionals dedicated to enhancing the business climate of East Lincoln. We discuss the current impacts on our business and how, using the collective experience and voice of the group, we can affect those opportunities. Local businesses make an impact in the lives of all of Lincoln’s citizens, and we give you an opportunity to help determine what that impact will be. ELBA hosts a quarterly ELBA U! learning seminar focused on providing valuable resources and education for the membership. ELBA U! is open to the public as well. Each luncheon includes presentation from a representative from various organizations and elected individuals who impact our businesses and provide information on upcoming issues in our growing community. Lunch meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Firethorn Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us any month for lunch!



International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a vibrant global network of over 12,000 communication professionals in more than 80 countries who are committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Lincoln’s local IABC chapter is comprised of members who work as consultants, independent business owners, and corporate staff in diverse fields such as marketing, corporate communications, government relations, and human resource communications. The chapter’s career-enhancing monthly meetings, workshops, and networking opportunities are designed to improve each attendee’s professional abilities and keep them abreast of the latest industry trends and best practices. In addition, IABC Lincoln’s leadership opportunities allow members to develop deeper relationships with peers, stay in the game while in transition, and gain experience outside of their career specialty. For more information, or to learn more about the chapter’s upcoming professional development events, please contact Allisa Lovitt, IABC Lincoln VP of Membership at or visit lincoln.

LIBA offers numerous opportunities to network with other Lincoln business leaders. LIBA’s monthly Bizco Biz-Net events are free to attend with complimentary food and beverages. This provides a great place to meet other local business people and City Council members. The people who attend Biz-Net are eager to have a discussion about your business. Because it is a free event, you can invite customers or vendors to attend and give them a chance to grow their businesses too. While the Biz-Net is an after-hours event, we also have a morning “Capriotti’s Coffee & Contacts” every month. Also free to attend, this event is tailor-made for exchanging business cards. Yes there is more, including the monthly LIBA luncheon where you have the chance to have lunch with hundreds of business and community leaders every month. We would like to add your voice to our organization. Call (402) 466-3419 and talk with Val Bartunek or Laurie Fraser about joining LIBA. They would be happy to visit your office and answer all your questions. You can also visit for more information.

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To be a Chamber member is to be our partner. We honor that partnership by creating opportunities for growth and development, providing commitment from our team and ensuring every business thrives. We aim for the best environment for your business and our 1,700 members. We understand each member has unique ideas and ambitions in mind, and we’re here to provide the best opportunities for you to get the most out of your membership. For more information on how to get your business engaged call Jaime Henning, Membership Director at (402) 436-2366 or e-mail at For more information please visit the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce website at

Lincoln Human Resource Management Association is the go-to resource on people management for the community. LHRMA connects professionals to solve every day workforce problems, provides quality education, collaborates with community leaders, and leads change for our industry. The organization is comprised of 400 Human Resources professionals from the greater Lincoln area and welcomes new members. Benefits of membership include: • Monthly meetings with learning events and professional speakers • Professional networking • Career development • Sharing of HR information • Monthly newsletter access • Membership directory • Professional certification study groups • Committee work with peers • Legislative updates • Scholarship programs • Community and diversity programs Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 14th, at Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. Luncheon 11:30 – 1:00 “Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump: What to Expect”. presented Sarah J. Millsap, Principal and Jessica Kallstrom-Schreckengost, Associate both of Omaha, NE office, Jackson, Lewis P.C. Annual membership is $50. Become a member of LHRMA in March and mention this ad to receive FREE Monthly Luncheon valued at $15. For more information or to register for a meeting visit

The Lancaster Prevention Coalition (LPC) is a grassroots organization with a vision for safe families, safe schools and safe communities. LPC works together to reduce substance abuse related risk factors as well as promotion of mental health among youth and young adults ages 12-20. To achieve its mission, LPC has launched, a comprehensive and engaging website aimed to help parents understand how parenting style can impact binge drinking and other risky behaviors in adolescents. The website offers a number of valuable resources to help families, schools and community to have more meaningful and healthy relationships with teens and is in cooperation with NE DHHS and Region 5 Systems Prevention. Discover how your business can partner with the LPC to help reduce binge drinking among all Lancaster County youth and young adults. Contact Teri Vosicky at (402) 441-3807 or 60 Strictly Business MARCH 2017

The Nebraska Restaurant Association acts as the principal advocate for Nebraska’s hospitality industry and promotes the qualities of strength, unity, and excellence in and of its membership. The association is dedicated to serving Nebraska’s restaurant and retail beverage industries by providing comprehensive industry education, proactive representation, aggressive industry promotion and the highest quality member benefits. Membership is a small investment with big rewards in the health of your business and the entire food service industry. It’s a big world out there and we will do all we can to make it a bit smaller! For membership information and the Nebraska Restaurant Association contact Brandy Nielson at or (402) 488-3999. Nebraska Restaurant Association is on the web at www.nebraska-dining. org or

The Cornhusker Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (www. continually strives to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry in Nebraska. The organization’s main goal is to provide member companies and their employees with an opportunity to succeed winning work and delivering that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Whether a large or small company, joining ABC provides value. ABC offers training, continuing education courses and opportunities for networking and showcasing project successes. Our mission affords us the opportunity to share the industry through student event to help build workforce for Nebraska. For more information or to discuss joining ABC Cornhusker Chapter, contact Anne Klute at (402) 477-4451 or You can also visit to find out more.

The roles of training and development professionals today are much broader and deeper than ever before, and they have become a critical business partner in organizations across all industries. The Association for Talent Development (ATD – the Lincoln chapter is ATD Lincoln) – formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development or ASTD – is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD Lincoln chapter members make valuable local connections, gain knowledge at learning events and workshops, and enjoy access to nationally recognized certificate programs. Members have full access to a website packed with resources, job postings, and more. In addition, through ATD Lincoln you can connect with ATD’s 125+ U.S. chapters as well as professionals from over 120 countries via an ATD national membership. For more information about the Lincoln chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), to become a member, to learn about and attend learning events and workshops where you can network with others for knowledge, skills and attitudes about talent development, or to find resources including the job bank, visit us at

The Lincoln Young Professionals Group is dedicated to empowering young professionals with educational, leadership and networking opportunities. Serving 1,400+ members, the Lincoln YPG is one of the largest in the country. Lincoln keeps its young professionals here by fostering a collaborative community enriched with a bolstering economy, connectivity and endless opportunities. Lincoln Young Professionals group believes members can make the difference they want to see, develop a career that is pleasing to them and grow into the professional that they want to be. To learn more about Lincoln YPG call Jaime Henning at (402) 436-2366 or e-mail at For more information please visit our website at

We have much to celebrate, and we’d love to have you join us. Leadership Lincoln’s 3,000 alumni (well some of them anyway) will gather on Friday, April 7 for a noon celebration of the incredible civic involvement we enjoy here in Lincoln. We’ll send out a cheer to our current classes that are among the largest we’ve ever had. We’ll applaud the work graduates from our programs are doing. We’ll stand and cheer as we recognize the Servant Leader and the Melvin Jones Mentoring award winners. Then, we’ll walk away challenged by the thoughtful words shared by Ben Hecht, President and CEO of the Living Cities Organization. Register today. www.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is an organization of women that are employed in the construction industry. Our core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. Our goal is to be the association that empowers women to influence the direction of the construction industry. We provide educational opportunities at the local, regional, and national levels. We have multiple leadership opportunities and work within the community to promote the construction trades. We offer many personal and professional networking opportunities. We have been chosen to work with the City Planning Department to assist in the rollout of a new inspection system. The Greater Omaha Chapter meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at varied locations in the Omaha, Nebraska area. We welcome visitors to join us. Find current information about our upcoming meeting locations, topics, and times on our website at

Lincoln’s event networking group, EventLNK, is dedicated to bringing together Lincoln’s event professionals by providing education and resources to enhance and support professional growth. Membership is open to event/meeting planners, coordinators and managers, along with industry professionals in catering, design, entertainment, and hospitality. Monthly meetings include site visits to various venues in the Lincoln area and presentations from vendors, suppliers, hospitality professionals and other related industry experts. Meetings also include topic-driven discussion time giving our members time to share ideas, experiences and resources. In 2012, EventLNK was founded by five local event coordinators. The group was eager to find local educational opportunities for event professionals. After months of searching they discovered there was a need for such an organization. With the financial support of Union Bank & Trust, EventLNK held its first meeting in March 2013. EventLNK has grown from 30 members to 200+, simply by word-of-mouth. We continue to look for relevant venues, educational topics and networking opportunities to help our members grow professionally. For more information visit our website or email

The Apartment Association of Nebraska is the local affiliate of the National Apartment Association (NAA). The NAA currently has over 170 affiliate, and boasts over 8.7 million apartment homes globally. Founded in 2002, Apartment Association of Nebraska (AAN) was created by a group of property manager and owners with a vision to help create and maintain a high level of professionalism in the multi-family rental housing industry in the greater Nebraska area. On October 5, 2002 the AAGOL received it’s charter from the National Apartment Association (NAA). In 2014, the name was changed to the Apartment Association of Nebraska to better represent our membership. Our members include multifamily owners and management companies, apartment communities, and the supplier members who service this industry. The Mission of the Apartment Association of Nebraska is to support, inform, and connect the multi-family community through education, legislation, and professional networking. For more information about​the Apartment Association of Nebraska and our upcoming events, be sure to visit

Women in Sales & Business (WISB) has been empowering professional women to grow their businesses and the community since 1987. Networking is a powerful and cost-effective advertising tool. If you want to build relationships with friendly, determined, professional women, we’ve got a seat at the table for you. Each month we feature speakers who will help you grow your business and your professional network, as well as offer the opportunity to meet other businesswomen in the community. WISB meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Venue (4111 Pioneer Woods Drive) in their NE/Lancaster Room with lunch and networking from 11:30-11:55 a.m. followed by our meeting and speaker. We complete each meeting by 1 p.m. We welcome you to join our group of passionate and supportive women. Want more information about Women in Sales & Business (WISB)? Reach us at or find us online at or MARCH 2017 Strictly Business 61

We’re lucky to live in a community that strongly values and supports education, and as such, one that’s diverse in its programs and offerings available to students of all ages. From fantastic programs that prepare little learners for the classroom, to our excellent public and private K-12 schools, and on to prestigious post-secondary institutions and other notable continuing education programs, there’s no shortage of opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally. Particularly for those who intend to pursue a college degree of some sort, there’s so much diversity just in that area alone. We’re all familiar with local favorites University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Southeast Community College, but there are also institutions such as Concordia University, Nebraska with campuses in Seward and Lincoln that have seen a steady increase in enrollment across all of their degree programs in recent years. With the uptick in student population has come exciting growth and expansion that will bring even more opportunity to future generations. Since business is our forte, we consulted with Kathy Farrell, Interim Dean at the UNL College of Business Administration and State Farm Professor of Finance for the inside scoop. She definitely didn’t disappoint, providing a detailed account of what’s been in the works to date and what can be expected for the future of the CBA. “The new $84 million, 240,000-square-foot College of Business building is the largest academic building project in the recent history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Located Kathy Farrell at 14th and Vine Streets, the new building is UNL CBA the east bookend for Memorial Mall looking west toward Memorial Stadium. Architects for the project are Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Omaha. The new building will serve as a central gathering place for the CBA community and will be a welcoming place for the university and larger business community. It offers endless possibilities for the Big Ten College of Business, including interactive learning in state-of-the-art classrooms, one-stop student support services, cutting-edge technology, and space to host many events in the future. Duly notable, the Clifton Strengths Institute was established by Gallup and the Clifton (Foundation) Family $30 million donation made in 2015 and is the only strengths research lab hosted at a college or university currently. The institute’s programming is designed to identify and maximize the talent of college students, faculty and staff to guide their personal, professional and leadership development through the use and application of strengths-based sciences. Every business student identifies their strengths through the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and receives one-on-one strengths coaching through an eight-week course their freshman year. Currently, CBA is the only institution to offer all students the one-on-one coaching. Throughout their time at CBA, students also revisit their strengths in the Professional Enhancement Program (PrEP) annually. The institute also positions students to develop entrepreneurial talent and leadership skills to build businesses, teams, and communities through the Clifton Builders program. Students, groups, and organizations within the university can also receive strengths coaching and workshop training. All student services, such as undergraduate advising to assist students with planning their courses and career services who help with resumes, mock interviews, and internships, will be located on the first floor of the new building along with a Trade Room and the Clifton Strengths Institute. 62 Strictly Business MARCH 2017

There will also be a student-operated store, now called the Husker Lab, that will serve as a hands-on learning environment. The sales data from the store will also be shared across the college to use in projects for all majors. There are so many new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff in the new building which opens this August 2017.” She also details highlights from other areas that have been developed within the CBA in recent years. “The Center for Sales Excellence prepares students for careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession. A ‘Top University for Professional Sales Education’ by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) in 2015 and 2016, the program teaches students how to sell themselves to employers, pitch their ideas and enhance their communication skills. Open to both business and nonbusiness major students, students earn a certificate in professional selling after completing 13 credit hours of coursework. CBA created the Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics in 2016 to meet the educational demands students face in both supply chain management and business analytics. The department also offers a business analytics minor, and graduate certificates in both supply chain management and business analytics. The CBA School of Accountancy ranked third in archival tax research and seventh in archival audit research in the latest Brigham Young University Accounting Research Rankings. The rankings indicate the quality of research and also expectations of publishing in top rated journals. The rankings also model a standard of excellence for those considering entering the Ph.D. program in accounting. In the spring of 2016, the School of Accountancy also began offering a new internship program which split the spring semester between an eight-week tax or 10-week audit internship partnered with six-week classes. This allows students to determine whether public or private accounting works best for them without delaying graduation. Prior to this new option, students often had to delay graduation to take a semester off to complete an internship. We’ve also seen an increase of online MBA students for the fall. Our online MBA ranked number 12 in the world by Financial Times and 21st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.” Also a strong proponent of the trades, and with the labor shortage there as well as demand for professionals across the different medical fields, we consulted with Kat Kreikemeier of Southeast Community College, who reports the following trends as far as the most popular degree programs among their offerings. “Three programs of study at SCC have wait lists for the 2016 Summer and Fall quarters. They are Automotive Technology on the Milford Campus, Radiologic Technology on the Lincoln Campus and Welding Technology Kat Kreikemeier on the Lincoln Campus. Other programs that SCC have traditionally been very popular include Associate Degree Nursing (Lincoln Campus) and Practical Nursing (Beatrice and Lincoln campuses). As the need for qualified workers continues to increase in Nebraska, manufacturing-related programs will be in demand. Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Precision Machining and Automation Technology are just two of SCC’s programs in which those graduates will be highly sought after.” She also elaborated on what sets SCC apart from other programs in the area, and those that are comparable across the U.S. “Southeast Community College is committed to being accessible. One of the ways we do that is by keeping costs down. SCC has one of the most affordable tuition and fee rates among Nebraska colleges. If people can’t afford to go to school, it’s not accessible. Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available. The college also has made an effort to reach out to military veterans and their families. SCC has the distinction of being a Military Friendly School, and there is a dedicated Veterans Connect Center located on the Lincoln Campus. For those students considering coming back to school, we have a talented team of admissions advisors who meet individually with students (and sometimes their support system, because we know that coming back to school often involves others in the student’s life) to discuss their goals.

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Based on the student’s goals, we develop a plan that is workable based on the life pieces they share. We discuss program options, career outlook, salary information, costs, financial aid, and scholarships, as well as what it would take to get started. We know that it’s a BIG step, and we’re going to be with a student every step of the way. Non-traditional learners are often seeking educational opportunities that they can complete quickly while still balancing their current responsibilities at work and home. SCC has done a great job of meeting these needs by offering coursework at a variety of times throughout the day, and we continue to see more programs offering evening and hybrid coursework. The flexible scheduling options gives non-traditional students opportunities that weren’t previously available. We even have some programs that have specific cohorts of students based on their schedule needs.” As for Concordia University, Nebraska, the institution was recently ranked in the top 150 by U.S. News & World Report for the 2017 “Best Online Education Program.” Concordia launched the online M.Ed. in 2011 and has seen steady growth in both students and number of programs. “Our Master of Education programs in Education Administration, Literacy, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) have been designed by seasoned administrators and classroom teachers to provide our students with a dynamic experience in gaining the knowledge that will not only help them become better educators, but also leaders in their schools and districts,” said Jonathon D. Moberly, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Education. “These programs have held accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) since their inception and are now accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP). We are honored that Jonathon Moberly our Master of Education programs have been Concordia University, NE

recognized in this way which is a strong testament to the work of our Master of Education Program Directors.” Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited university. With its main campus in Seward and a Lincoln location in the Fallbrook area of NW Lincoln, Concordia currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. Also among the highlights of Concordia’s degree programs is an MBA program, which was restructured a few years ago to a cohort model. Designed with both traditional and non-traditional students in mind, it boasts a well-networked program to balance work and stying that provides students with hands-on experience. Dean Moberly adds, “The Concordia University Nebraska MBA Organization Development Clinic that began in May of 2015 remains one-of-a-kind for MBA programs in the Lincoln area, providing students with hands-on experiences working with real organizations that need help while receiving course credit. Ideal participants are entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and existing small businesses whose values and missions align with ours. Concordia University Nebraska MBA students and faculty collaborate with these clients to assure a high-quality service is provided through a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence and the integration of faith. Businesses and organizations interested in this opportunity are welcome to contact Dr. Shannon Leinen, MBA Program Director, at (402) 643-7376 or” While this is just the tip of the iceberg on what these prominent schools have to offer, and as far as all that’s available overall, as you can see there’s substantial opportunity out there for those who are interested in continuing their education. It’s a big commitment, but one that has the potential to be rewarding beyond measure as long as you find the right fit. We encourage you to explore your options, because you may be surprised at what direction it takes you.

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Wellness in the workplace has become the focus of many, for employers and employees alike. Now that we know so much more about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and one that’s well-rounded in every aspect of our lives, that it only makes sense to capitalize on the numerous benefits of anything contributing to that end goal. If you’re interested in ideas to incorporate into your workday or to implement in your workplace, they can be found everywhere here in Lincoln. The diversity of resources covers the whole spectrum of wellness and accounts for the diversity of working environments and conditions that are present. By doing what works best for you, you’ll be at your very best at and outside of work; the same holds true for a workplace that values wellness. Vitality… Is defined as the state of being strong and active; energy. Something we all need at work, that’s for sure. As employees, we hope to be this unfailingly, and as employers, we hope to have this in every member of our team in order to perform at top levels.

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This has everything to do with a person’s health and wellbeing. Key components are nutrition and exercise, but in truth, there are so many other things that can be utilized to achieve this feeling of zest and passion that guide our drive, productivity, and ultimately what we are able to achieve. We’ve gathered a few of the ideas we’ve found to be less prominent but well worth incorporating into the wellness offerings in the workplace. B12 Shots You may have heard the buzz about B12, and it’s well-founded. This is a vitamin that plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, the formation of red blood cells, and is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body. At levels only slightly lower than normal, a range of symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and poor memory may be experienced. Many of us aren’t getting our daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals, so aside from taking a daily multivitamin, the option of B12 injections has become attractive to many.

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these injections outside of our clinic and trained in the proper procedures accordingly. Since its benefits include reducing stress, boosting the immune system, and providing energy along with clarity, your employees will be happier, healthier, and more productive. You’ll see a reduction in sick days, higher morale, and stronger performance. It’s a very costeffective approach that’s simple and takes a matter of minutes.” As far as all of the other components of wellness that his team can help with, Hopkins explains, “If your employees don’t know what they should be doing, and there’s no one to help them figure it out or encourage them to do the things that support a healthy lifestyle, their habits won’t change. Case in point, spending the whole day sitting will take a toll on one’s health. But so many people do just that without noticing, or understanding it’s a problem. So, simply encouraging employees to make sure to take a break at specific intervals, and during that time to incorporate some sort of moderate physical activity, will be a nudge in the right direction. Just getting up and going outdoors for a 10-15 minute walk does wonders. In addition to the exercise and a breath of fresh air to clear your mind, sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, another essential nutrient that provides great health benefits. That being said, no amount of exercise will counteract the negative effects of a poor diet. To help with that, we specialize in putting together customized meal plans as well as providing ongoing support through recommendations and counseling as needed. As a medically-guided facility, we’re uniquely situated to offer a host of services to individuals and at the company level, with the B12 injections and customized meal planning just two among the possibilities. Out team is able to come alongside a company and provide options for what would make the most sense and have the most impact, and to support the objectives they put in place. Maintaining health and wellness is about making good choices.

Employers can play a part in influencing their employees to make good choices, which in turn is beneficial to them. Offering benefits in the workplace that support health and wellness is important, and thinking outside the box will make you stand out. In a time when retention of the best and brightest employees is critical, you need to show your employees that you care about them as people.” Chair Massages Massage is another technique that can be performed in the workplace and has numerous health benefits. “A quick 15-minute massage gets the blood flowing, which is a natural way to mimic the effects of caffeine,” says Erin Lange of 5 Elements Massage. “It can be easily targeted to each individual’s specific needs and is refreshing and rejuvenating, similar to taking a quick nap. Comparable to naps, keep in mind that the amount of time of a massage will determine its effectiveness. While 10-15 minutes is ideal for workplace massages, 20 minutes or more will relax you more than you’d want in that particular environment.

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In short, massage calms the nervous system for a period of time, so afterward you’ll feel energized, a lift in your mood, sharper brain function, more focused, and a release of all of that tension and stress that tends to build up as the day goes by. I challenge any employer to give chair massage a try. It’s an employee benefit that’s fun, enjoyable, and has real health benefits that will positively impact your team and your business. We can find a quiet area that won’t interrupt operations, and make it into an inviting oasis with dim lights and calming music. That’s all there is to it!

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As for employees, when it’s chair massage day, be prepared to tell the massage therapist where you need help! It takes time to develop a relationship with a client and understand their needs and preferences, but that will help to target problem areas right away so you’ll get the most out of your down time.”

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Gathering around the water cooler dates way back, that’s for sure. That history alone suggests the importance of providing your employees with a clean source of drinking water is significant. “Savvy employers know they need to provide great tasting h2o, keeping their team hydrated and performing to full potential,” says Eric Schnakenberg of Aqua Systems of Nebraska. “New automatic water and ice dispensers are the way to go. You’ve probably used a typewriter in the past, Eric Schnakenberg but are you still using one? Chances are Aqua Systems of Nebraska you’ve upgraded your technology. Those old machines still work, but there are much more efficient ways to get a message out. Water coolers are no different. Eliminate the antiquated method of using bottles, set up an automatic dispenser, and remove the water cooler from your to-do list. You can still gather around the cooler, just without the hassles of managing it.”

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Ergonomics… Is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Sounds important, right? It’s a way to design what we use in the workplace taking human factors into consideration, such as a sit/stand desk for those who are working at a desk for extended periods of time. If any number of items we use to do our job on a daily basis are poorly designed or improperly adjusted for human use, the user may suffer unnecessary stress, fatigue, health complications, body deterioration, and even serious injury as a result of constant exposure over time. So yes, it is quite important. Simply focusing on what you can do to improve your work environment will go a long way. As an employee, be conscientious of the things you are in control of that can positively affect your wellbeing while you’re at work. As an employer, you may want to bring a professional in for an evaluation, leaving you with recommendations and a course of action moving forward. For employees, Dr. Tara Mohl of Green Chiropractic advises, “Whether you sit for long periods of time or stand and are active in your job, proper ergonomics are very important. We all fall into typical patterns of movement at work, particularly when the nature of the work is more repetitive. For example, sitting at a computer all day creates posture stress because our bodies aren’t designed to sit for 8 hours a day. At Green Chiropractic, we evaluate regular habits and movement patterns of each individual’s typical day, recommending strategies that will help them become more mindful of the necessary and positive changes that will improve their spine and posture – thus their overall health! Dr. Tara Mohl Green Chiropractic

If you work at a computer, make sure the monitor screen is at eye level and ensure the chair has lumbar support. Make it a point to get up and move at least once every hour. Set an alarm as a reminder if needed. If your job involves physical labor, make sure to bend at the hip joints and use your legs to lift, focusing on keeping the back flat instead of rounded to take stress off of the lower back. Our team at Green Chiropractic can share exercises with you to stretch muscles and move your spine after work to counter stress created through your typical work habits.

402.488.8463 Sign up at And for employers, she offers the following, “An appropriate workplace wellness program is most effectively developed when company leaders first take time to learn and clearly understand the true meaning of ‘wellness’ and ‘healthcare’ along with the power of health that comes from within our bodies. Doctors at Green Chiropractic can offer complimentary 30-minute talks to inform and expand on this topic. Investing in the wellness of employees is investing in the success of the company. In short, companies that do so have more engaged and productive employees who experience fewer days of absenteeism as do their dependents, translating to company benefits savings.” She goes on to say, “Workplace and individual wellness offerings are available through Green Chiropractic. As part of an international organization called ‘The Wellness Champions,’ our goal is to reach out to the community - schools, businesses, and groups - and provide complimentary education on health and wellness topics including, but not limited to: Stress Less, Healthy to 100, The Corporate Athlete, Occupational Athlete, Heart Healthy Paleo, etc. Talk to us about our lunch and learn options – we’ll bring the lunch! We also offer free spinal screenings by appointment and welcome participating in company-sponsored health and benefit fairs. If your business or corporation would be interested in having us come speak, please contact Green Chiropractic at (402) 466-6454.” Plan… Is defined as a detailed formulation of a program of action; a method for achieving an end. To achieve your goal of having the healthiest, happiest, and most productive employees on your workforce, you’ll need to make sure there’s a plan in place because consistency is key. Wellness isn’t just a one-time thing; it’s an ongoing process of actively doing things that support that goal. The same applies at the individual level. Incorporating wellness programs and offerings of any kind in the work environment is a step in the right direction, but keep in mind that the right combination of variables is necessary MARCH 2017 Strictly Business


for those efforts to be most effective. For employees, Katie Tiedeman of Proactive Solutions, Inc. offers a few of her top recommendations: “Find a coworker who is also interested in improving or maintaining their own wellness. This person will not only be there to encourage you but also hold you accountable to keep going towards your goals. Use the technology you have available to remind you to take breaks and when it feels tempting to skip the break Katie Tiedeman because you’re in the middle of something Proactive Solutions, Inc. keep in mind movement and exercise boost brain function, reduce stress and increase your mental alertness. You’ll be able to return to your work with improved efficiency and productivity.” She also directs a word of caution to employers, “More companies are acknowledging the need for workplace wellness but are falling short on the follow-up to assess the actual effectiveness of their programs. There is more than one aspect to assess starting with employee satisfaction. Many people ‘participate’ in a wellness program to earn a reduction in their insurance cost but if you actually stop to talk to them they will tell you they haven’t really changed anything with their personal wellness to improve their health. They are essentially going through the motions to meet the requirement. Setting metrics that are important to your employees and the success of your company and periodically checking your progress is a very important step in getting the true value out of your program. A successful program will produce lower out of pocket healthcare costs, lower workers compensation costs, improved productivity and most importantly improved employee satisfaction and longevity.

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In total, she advises, “Proactive Solutions, Inc. is centered around improving the quality of workplace wellness. We understand the needs of each company are going to be different and we work directly with each company to customize the wellness components that will produce the best results for their employees and the company. We provide onsite expertise from a physical or occupational therapist for all realms of workplace wellness. Ongoing feedback is then produced via customized metrics to allow the company to assess the effectiveness of their program and justify their costs for the program. We use a unique approach to the typical wellness offerings by providing onsite physical and occupational therapists who are licensed to assess and treat employees within their work setting to promote a preventative approach to health and wellness. We’re also available onsite to address ergonomic concerns, injury prevention, and meaningful wellness participation. When addressed early, these situations can be corrected quickly and employees can maintain their active and productive role within their company and avoid a more expensive situation as a condition worsens.” Bryan LifePointe is another resource in the community with wellness offerings specifically designed for companies. “The services we can provide include health screenings, fitness assessments, educational opportunities on exercise, nutrition, recovery, and group class offerings,” advises Nick Reimers of Bryan LifePointe. “Ideally, the offerings are dependent upon the needs of an organization. The first recommendation I would offer is Nick Reimers to build a relationship with a high-quality Bryan LifePointe health professional or organization. The world of health and performance is less about fancy gimmicks and more about consistent, quality work. Building a relationship of trust and high standards will set the foundation for creating a wellness program that is meeting the needs of the company employees. Start with educational opportunities (i.e. lunch and learns) that give real-world applications for problems people encounter. Start to build in programs and classes that create context for the health behaviors all are trying to achieve. Yoga, meditation, group exercise, step challenges, and cooking demonstrations are great examples. The company and employees will see value. From there, the need for assessments, screenings, and data acquisition will establish consistency. Many times the programs need to be organic. They need to have freedom to change and grow as more information is acquired and the needs change. The culture will establish itself when the employees and company see the value they bring to each other. When it comes to creating an environment or a culture that supports the individuals within an organization, a common challenge is finding ways to meet the specific needs of each of those individuals. Each employee has a unique environment they are asked to perform in each and every day. An employee’s relationships, financial situation, physical capabilities, and eating habits are all shaped by their current knowledge, skills, and abilities. A wellness program should be designed to help employees in multiple areas of their lives. This is where appropriate needs assessments are important. Find out what the biggest needs within the company from a health and wellness standpoint are, and create an environment where the employees have autonomy to improve in areas specific to them. Acquiring the help of skilled professionals enhances this process. The evidence is consistent that high-quality companies are filled with high-quality individuals. Investing into employees improves employee engagement, job satisfaction, decreases employee turnover, and increases the skill of employees. Improving the health and fitness of employees will prevent illness and injury, improve productivity, and decrease insurance costs. All of these add to the bottom line.” For employees, he emphasizes, “Without a doubt, sleep and stress

management are two avenues that individuals can work on to improve mental and physical performance at work. Sleep and stress management play a key role in the recovery process to allostatic load. For example, when I have a client that is pushing too hard in the gym and not recovering appropriately, that person will start to experience mental and physical symptoms such as mood changes, sleep disturbances, changes in resting heart rate, blood pressure, and the onset of more body pain. The same thing occurs when subjected to long-term stress at work. Sleep and stress management can provide the necessary recovery to enhance performance with mental and physical tasks.”

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Healthcare… Is important to us all, and having access to it or being able to provide it as an employee benefit at a reasonable cost is a concern for many. While it seems that there’s no end in sight to the uncertainty surrounding the future of our health care system in the U.S., it’s encouraging to see many healthcare and insurance professionals take a proactive role in adapting to the current conditions. These are people right here among us who are at the forefront of change for the better. It all starts with knowing they are out there and then it’s just a matter of looking into what they have to offer and deciding if it makes sense for your specific situation and needs.

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For example, there is now a clinic here in Lincoln that operates with a Direct Primary Care model, the first of its kind in the state. Dr. Todd Johnson, owner and primary care provider at Access Family Medicine, offers the following overview of what his practice is able to offer employers here in Lincoln. “Access Family Medicine and Direct Primary Care have small business owners in mind. We realize the value in having your employees at work working for you and the strain it puts on the company when your employees are out sick. We also realize Dr. Todd Johnson how difficult or nearly impossible it is in Access Family Medicine today’s economy for small businesses to offer a health care benefits package to their employees due to the rising costs. Direct Primary Care was designed to help employers offer an extra benefit to their employee package without jeopardizing their business. At Access Family Medicine, we offer small business owners one low flat rate for their employees to receive Primary Care Services. We are finding that employees are thrilled with this benefit, as it is an expense that provides their employees with health care. It is not an expense coupled with premiums, deductibles or co-pays. Your small business and your employees will no longer have to worry about the rising cost of their health insurance due to submitting claims for primary care needs. Direct Primary Care is designed around basic finance principles; pay for what you can afford and insure what you cannot afford or predict. Here are a few examples of the benefits your employees will have as members at Access Family Medicine: • Low flat rate for your employees; we will also extend this rate to their spouse and family if they would like to sign their families up as well. • Unlimited access to you physician. • Same-day and next-day appointments. • Full access virtual medicine: phone, email, text, webcam and more. • Wholesale labs, imaging, and medications; up to 90% off the retail price. I’m happy to answer any and all of the questions you may have on the concept, because it is a new and exciting, but very different, way to approach healthcare and employee benefits.”


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Nutrition… Plays a major role in our health and wellbeing; arguably, it’s the most important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. It helps one to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, sustain energy and focus, and on from there. A problem that arises within many workplaces is easy access to healthy food options. When you’re on a project deadline and the closest food item comes out of a vending machine, that’s probably what’s for lunch, dinner, or both. As employees, we can do a variety of things like meal prepping or keeping healthy options within reach. As employers, being aware of the options available and simply making sure there are healthy ones in the mix at the very least is a great way to support the goals and continued wellbeing of your employees. Building on that idea, there are also excellent options available for catering healthy meals when you’re ordering in for your team. Natasha Plooster of Eat Fit Go offers some helpful tips for employees, emphasizing the balance of good nutrition with several other key factors. “Sleep, drink water, move every 30 minutes, and plan your meals. Proper sleep gets people ready for the day ahead instead of waking up tired and cranky. Drinking water throughout the day will help keep energy levels up and keeps the body working properly. Dehydration can cause hunger, headaches, irritability, and keeps the brain from functioning to the Natasha Plooster best of its ability. Moving around even if Eat Fit Go it’s just a lap around the office or filling up your water bottle is a great way to get the blood moving which will help keep you awake and energized all day. Having a plan for food sets you up for success as opposed to having no plan and going with what everyone else is doing. Going out for lunch or happy hours add up at the end of the week!” She also touches on why nutrition in the workplace is important for employers to keep in mind. “Nutrition is the most important thing. If you eat right, typically you sleep well, wake up feeling rested, your clothes fit better and your body has fewer aches and pains. Proper nutrition allows everything else to work the way it should. If you can get your team eating quality foods and moving throughout the day, as an employer, you will have a very healthy team. Create incentives for bringing lunch to work, or better yet cater a healthy lunch for all your team members! Create step challenges to motivate people to move around during the day, consider making teams so people will hold each other accountable.” As for what Eat Fit Go has to offer in this area, she notes, “We can provide the perfect meal for any team member. Low carb, paleo, vegetarians, etc. it doesn’t matter what the diet is, we have you covered. We are able to feed teams 15-500 by providing individual meals, HOT for immediate consumption or COLD to allow flexibility in a busy workday – because let’s be honest, not everyone wants to eat their lunch between 12-1pm. We love to work with teams to deliver a plan that fits YOU and YOUR COMPANY’s needs. Companies are getting active together – this push towards community wellness is so refreshing to see. We love the being a part of this healthy movement and are ecstatic to fuel this revolution!” As the saying goes, health is wealth, and that rings true on both sides of the employer/employee coin. As you can see from the suggestions we’ve included, there are a wealth of different options out there that are well worth considering no matter what constraints are present. You may not be able to do a lot, but you can still do a little, because anything is better than nothing. Cheers to good health in all areas of our personal and professional lives in 2017!

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Commercial construction is one of the key indicators of a thriving city and economy; it’s a sign that business is good, and the market supports such a major investment into growth. Lincoln is a city that has enjoyed 402-802-5804 steady growth, which is projected to remain true again this year as construction season is about to begin. Every year we kick off our construction series with our Commercial Construction feature because it’s so exciting to talk to all of our clients about the plans they have in place for major projects in the coming months, and this year is no different. In doing so, we’ve also gathered details about what’s new in many of the different industries that contribute to the different components of commercial construction along with a lot of tips and guidelines that are helpful for those who are rolling around the idea of building. So if you’re wondering what’s in store for the business landscape here in Lincoln, keep reading for the inside scoop! New Developments Nothing is quite as exciting as seeing a new mixed-use development being constructed. Serving as a commercial hub or sorts, it signals the potential for many different types of businesses to pop up in one convenient location. For the most part, these are now being constructed in areas that are somewhat on the outskirts of town near newer residential developments, and often bring in new businesses along with additional locations of existing ones. However, it’s not out of the question for a new development to be constructed right in the middle of town, as evidenced by the recent revitalization efforts along O Street. However as you’ll notice, particularly in south Lincoln, there are a lot of new commercial construction projects underway within new mixed-use developments that have been established. Here’s just a glimpse as to what you can expect for new developments in Lincoln, NE: Kensington Center: The Kensington Center is a mixed-use development positioned at 14th & Old Cheney Rd., a well-trafficked location that serves as Lincoln’s southwest entrance to the city. Along with the potential for much new construction ahead within Kensington Center, it already houses a nice assortment of businesses and more are expected to join throughout the year. Upon filling all of the available space, Kensington Center will be comprised of a balance of office, medical, and retail businesses. As far as food options, restaurants already located there include Culvers, Mr. Goodcents, Dairy Queen, and a Scooters Coffee and Yogurt Drive-Thru. In the area of fitness, there are two unique concepts already locked in. Powercycle, Lincoln’s first exclusive spinning studio, is located in Kensington Center. Additionally, with the Rock Island Bicycle Trail adjacent to the development, Joyride Bicycles, Lincoln’s specialized bicycle dealer, has opted to capitalize on that location. One of the most high-profile members of Kensington Center will be Old Cheney Rehabilitation, which is set to open this year. Project specs indicate this will be a state-of-the-art, upscale “suite style” skilled nursing facility, which will meet the growing demand for these offerings in our community. Promontory Health Care Companies and developer Cheney Investments, LLC broke ground on Old Cheney Rehabilitation mid-May of 2016, and Manzitto Construction is currently building on the 3.4-acre lot. Construction of the $7.8M facility was projected to take a full year, and is on schedule to be completed this summer. Architectural Design Associates is serving as the project architect and Olsson & Associates of Lincoln as the civil engineer. Construction financing is being provided Mutual of Omaha. If you’re a business looking to have a location in the south Lincoln area, Kensington Center is a fantastic option to explore! You can check out the website,, to find out more details as they are announced. MARCH 2017 Strictly Business 71


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Plaza Court Office Park: This is another exciting new development in south Lincoln, but in the eastern quadrant at the corner of 84th & Hwy 2 in a high-visibility, high-traffic location. Tru-Built Construction is responsible for all new commercial construction within the Plaza Court Office Park, an office park development that’s an ideal home for many different kinds of offices. This might include: Medical (general practice, dentist, chiropractor, pediatrics and other specialty practices), Multi-Purpose Office (insurance, finance, banking, accounting, other general office uses), Education (child care facility, academy, or post-secondary education facility), and the potential for other unique uses that require a storefront. If you’re a business that’s interested in building in this location, call (402) 610-0523 for more details about available space and requirements. For passersby and consumers in the Lincoln area, it will be exciting to see more businesses open in such an ideal location in 2017. Woodlands at Yankee Hill: Although this is a residential development that’s still in the early stages, it’s already blossoming into an established Lincoln neighborhood on the south side of Yankee Hill Rd. between 70th & 84th Streets. As a result, Krueger Development is set to begin construction on the commercial corner at 70th & Yankee Hill – The Woodlands District - upon completion of the major street improvements that area already underway. On the easternmost border, lots have already been purchased and secured by businesses in the new Woodlands Enterprise Center, located on the west side of 84th & Yankee Hill. Yankee Hill Business Center: Back to the southwest quadrant of Lincoln, expansion is currently underway on Krueger Development’s Yankee Hill Business Center development at 14th & Yankee Hill Rd. This is an established commercial district with a mixture of businesses that own and rent their spaces, and approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of commercial space is now available for future development, starting at 1,250 sq. ft. The existing zoning allows for a wide number of uses, so you can expect to see a diverse range of businesses in this area too. For both the Woodlands at Yankee Hill and the Yankee Hill Business Center, Krueger Development serves as the builder and property manager. If you’re interested in the opportunity to custom-build your dream space in one of these developments, contact the main office at (402) 423-7377. Now that we’ve covered what’s going on around town to change the commercial landscape, let’s get into all of the other things that would likely be on the radar of those who are considering embarking on a commercial construction project. There are many different types of companies that might be involved at different points in the project timeline, all with professionals who bring something different to the table with unique skill sets, experience, and offerings. General Contractor This is the first of many things to come that will involve a major decision on the part of the business owner/investor. You’ll want to choose your general contractor wisely, because their level of experience and the established network of subcontractors they’ve chosen to partner with for projects will make all the difference in the outcome of yours. “As the contractor on a project we get to bring the vision and dream to life for the owner, and that’s not something we take lightly,” says Rod Berens of Kingery Construction. “Most people will only be involved with one or two major construction projects in their life so we try and make it a fun, positive experience for them. Prior to our role, clients work with an architect to put together a design. You’ll want to interview several before committing to one. Pick someone that you can easily work with Rod Berens and who will allow you to be involved with Kingery Construction the design process. Be very detailed about the design, because changes that become necessary or are wanted later in the project cost much more than if they were incorporated into the initial design. Next, it’s helpful to be aware that there are a few different contract methods when dealing with general contractors/construction managers.

Educate yourself on these different methods, and the one you are most comfortable with should be your choice moving forward.” Regarding the different methods, John Hyland of Hampton Construction explains, “By the time we are contacted typically the client has made the first decision, ‘We need to build.’ The second, and in our view the most important a client makes is, as it relates to cost, time, and value should be ‘How are we going to build?’ That question must be addressed before anyone is contracted. The most farreaching question then becomes ‘What is the best process for this project?’ In answering this question, and setting out in a method of John Hyland procurement, you’ll live with the outcome for Hampton Construction months or years as the project is designed, developed, budgeted, procured, and built. No decision is more critical, and may determine satisfaction when all is said and done more than this one. At Hampton, for example, we respond to bid requests in any of the following contractual methods: Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, or Construction Management. These are the arrangements for the project delivery process that a client would choose from depending on their needs and preferences. As previously noted, there are benefits to a project within each of these methods. We advise our clients of the potential advantages to each method, helping them to ultimately decide for themselves and the companies or organizations they represent which will be the best process to move a project forward successfully. After making the decision about how you are going to build, you’ll want to put together a solid team. The trust level between the client, the architect and the general contractor is one of the most significant factors in the success of the project. Simply said, always remember ‘whoever is on your team is spending your money.’ On every project, there will be things that don’t go according to plan – so relationships will be tested. Pick a contractor and an architect that you trust and let them work together to deliver your project.” He adds, “At Hampton Construction one pillar of how we operate today, which was practiced by Joe Hampton, is stated in a quote from Joe we have in large letters on a wall just outside our board conference room. This gives us a reminder of how the company was built and how it is expected to operate in the future. The quote reads as follows: ‘If we are building something for other people, we treat it as if it was our own.’ Our company is involved in all sizes and types of building projects. We are poised and organized to professionally help guide clients through any projects they may bring to our attention.” In agreement on the many capabilities of a general contractor, Justin Kurtzer of Cheever Construction notes, “As a commercial general contractor, the expertise and established network we bring to projects allows us to provide complete coordination of all details. From an idea to completion, this includes obtaining competitive bids from all trade sub-contractors, handling the contracts, and supervising all phases of construction. With our skilled employees alone we’re able to self-perform installation of concrete Justin Kurtzer foundations, both rough carpentry and finish Cheever Construction carpentry installation of doors, cabinets, restroom partitions, hardware, and many other specialty items. From projects that require limited assistance to extensive projects with multiple phases and new construction, we’re versatile enough to be capable of delivering a quality finished product on budget that meets all expectations. My advice would be to work with someone who is experienced and has a proven track record, but also who is invested in gaining a complete understanding of your goals and budget, and then commits to keeping open lines of communication throughout the project.” J-Tech Construction is another local company that can serve in this

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capabilities of conventional fiberglass insulation as it relates to R-value and U-value.” Another type of pre-engineered metal building seen all around Lincoln is the Butler Building, an offering of TCW Construction, which is also well-known for its concrete capabilities. “At TCW, we provide general contracting and design-build services, with an emphasis on pre-engineered buildings and concrete construction for commercial clients,” says Chad Aldrich of TCW Construction. “Since 1977, we’ve acted as a trusted trade partner to some of Nebraska’s most successful businesses and public entities. We pride Chad Aldrich ourselves in our ability to consistently provide TCW Construction quality results and reliable performance, proactive solutions, and responsible service. As a select Butler Builder, we’re able to deliver pre-engineered metal buildings that combine 100 years of experience, the strength of BlueScope Steel, and the collective expertise of others in the network. Altogether these buildings provide reduced material use, utilizing salvaged and recycled products, have a long life cycle, feature structural finishes that meet or exceed EPA regulations, and are energy efficient. Butler provides custom designed and pre-engineered one to five-story steel buildings for use as offices, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, schools, shopping centers, theaters, churches, medical buildings, banks, and other commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.” Parking Structures With new construction for commercial space often comes the need for new construction to accommodate parking, whether it’s a garage or lot. When it comes to any project where concrete and/or masonry are involved, it’s important to work with those who have plenty of experience with these specific materials. Here in Nebraska, the changes in weather

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So what are the latest and greatest advancements in irrigation? To begin with, the irrigation systems of today are not remotely akin to the irrigation systems our parents had installed at their homes and businesses. Advancements in irrigation range from web-based interactive controllers to pressure regulated sprinkler heads and sub-surface irrigation that offers direct delivery of water to the turf’s roots with no working parts to ever fail. Flow sensors are a great way to reduce water loss on mid- to large-sized commercial sites. A ruptured pipe or broken sprinkler left undetected can result in substantial damage or money loss. Plants and ground cover can be flooded, slopes can be eroded, and hundreds of gallons of water can be wasted. Flow sensors guard against these damages in the event of a ruptured line or broken sprinkler head, shutting down irrigation if it detects a flow rate higher than the programmed limit. Therefore, the amount of water loss and system damage is substantially reduced in the event of high external leak. If you couple this with a smart controller, you will also receive notifications to your smartphone. Your irrigation service provider can also be notified through the same system. Smart Controllers have become very user-friendly and even more accessible. You are now able to communicate and monitor your irrigation system right from your smartphone. “Smart” irrigation controllers work by monitoring and using information about site conditions, (such as soil moisture, rain, wind, slope, soil, plant type, and more), and applying the right amount of water to the landscape based on those factors. Once the “smart” controller is installed and set up, the “smart” controller automatically takes care of seasonal weather/site specific adjustments and makes ongoing monitoring possible. Smart controllers can reduce water use by up to 50% on most projects. Pressure regulated sprinklers are a must in high-pressure areas of town and can reduce your water consumption by up to 30% annually. A newer concept in drip is SDI (subsurface drip irrigation) for turf, which is another great addition to a new commercial project. Subsurface drip irrigation is a variation on traditional drip irrigation where the dripline (tubing and drippers) is buried beneath the soil surface rather than laid MARCH 2017 Strictly Business


on the ground. SDI is more than an irrigation system; it is a root zone management tool. Water and fertilizer can be applied to the root zone in a quantity where and when it will be most beneficial, resulting in greater use efficiencies and better turf performance. Subsurface works great in high traffic areas, in those places that are harder to irrigate such as the parkways ( the area between the curb and sidewalk) and areas prone to vandalism. Along with sub-surface irrigation, drip irrigation is also a great tool for irrigating plant material. Buildings are becoming more architectural, and with this trend, storefronts have more glass and are less rigid-looking. We’re seeing warmer colors that are very eyecatching and vibrant perimeter landscaping. Watering closed-in areas is much more efficiently done with drip irrigation. Drip is also a great component for parking lot islands where over spray can cause damage to both employee and clients’ vehicles. Just like sub-surface, there are no working parts, which reduces both vandalism and maintenance costs. Technology is not just something that’s in the boardroom and or the desktop. The advancements that have been made in irrigation are not just a passing phase or a playful widget; they are very effective moneysaving tools that are also very functional and easy to use. Commercial outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, used mainly for lawn and landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce overwatering by applying water when and where the turf and plants require it. Starting a new commercial project? As your new commercial project comes to a close and it is time to finish up the outdoor portion of the project, resist the urge to sacrifice on the irrigation system. A welldesigned irrigation system can give your commercial project the largest ROI of anything you do on the entire project, while a poorly designed irrigation system will cause you years of headaches and costly repairs. If you would like more information on what the Water Smart experts can do for you and your commercial property, feel free to contact our

office at (402) 438-8151.” Also related to curb appeal, with recently completed construction, although you may have plans in place to establish landscaping right away, it can take time to achieve the look you desire. In the meantime, instead of resigning to the fact that your property may look barren for awhile, there are many different ways it could be enhanced temporarily or permanently with decorative features that don’t take time to grow. Or, why not consider incorporating an outdoor oasis that can serve as a workspace or break area for your employees to enjoy, or an additional meeting space on those nice days where you just want to be outside for a bit of fresh air and sunshine? You’ll increase your useable square footage by extending it outside too! Technology Aside from the technology we’ve already covered to include in your project planning and implementation and on your property, there are still a whole slew of equally impressive options for cutting-edge technology that can be integrated into your new building. “Our key role in commercial projects is to act as a resource for our clients for technology solutions,” says Doug Seaman of Echo Systems. “Complex systems such as audio, video, lighting design, lighting control, and automated shades require special attention to detail to execute them correctly. We have developed systems, processes, and people to do just that. Our main points of concentration for 2017 include, but are not limited to, the following: Assisted Living Facilities, Board Rooms, Conference Rooms, Video Doug Seaman Conferencing, Network Operations Centers Echo Systems (NOC), Digital Signage, and Commercial Sound. Our trademark is a well designed and engineered solution. Ultimately, we want to do what’s right for the client. One of the challenges for many

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integrators working in the commercial arena is the inability to showcase the products and services available. Within our $2.5 million showroom in Omaha, commercial clients can experience a world-class conference room, along with demonstrations of video conferencing and distribution, access control, video surveillance and control systems. We also place an emphasis on simplicity and ease of use in the systems we design and implement. If you can’t figure out how to use technology, it becomes a boat anchor and eventually collects dust. The most important piece of planning advice we give to clients is to get us involved as early as possible in the design process. Sometimes as technology integrators, we can have a substantial, material effect on the overall design of a project based on the choices we can offer. Decisions such as cabinetry, furniture placement, lighting, speaker placement, microphone placement, and so on can all affect an overall construction plan. Architects and interior designers (and owners) are well advised to consult with integrators on a design-build project to see if there are design options and choices that could help them achieve their goals.” Control of a building’s systems is another area where offerings, and the potential they have to positively impact a commercial building and the business inside, have been steadily developing to address the needs of building owners. “There is now a great demand for energy efficient buildings, high-tech devices and enhanced security systems that are now central components of building management systems (BMS),” advises Pat Killeen of Engineered Controls. “BMS provide efficient control of internal comfort conditions, effective use of energy, and quick and effective responses to HVAC and security problems that save both time and money. These systems also provide information on problems in the building, allow for computerized maintenance scheduling, are Pat Killeen easy and effective for employees to use, and Engineered Controls easily detect problems. By integrating HVAC, lighting and security functions all within one common BMS platform, a building’s power systems; lighting and illumination; electric power and control; security, video surveillance and magnetic card access; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems will all be monitored and controlled from one central location. Studies show that by 2018, it will be the integrated control systems that will show the greatest growth in future years. Although hardwired building management systems have been around since the late seventies, it will be the wireless technology will continue to revolutionize building automation system market forward in 2017 and beyond.” He also offers the following advice: “First, I would tell clients interested in adding building control technology to do their research. There is plenty of information on the internet today that will make the average building owner much more knowledgeable about what is available in the commercial construction market than anyone realizes. Next, I would suggest that building owners need to get to know the consulting engineers that are designing their buildings. It is crucial for building owners to participate in the design process and to be smart buyers. Since the new construction industry consists of architects, consulting engineers, general contractors, mechanical contractors, and so on, many of the basic decisions that are being made regarding system type, configuration, manufacturer, functionality, etc. are all being made by everyone EXCEPT the customer. Far too often we see building owners moving into a new building only to find out that they did not get that they wanted. Or occasionally the BMS system is too complicated for them to operate. So the moral of the story is to get involved, ask questions, know what you want, and know what you are getting BEFORE the decisions are made by everyone but you, the customer.” Safety You’ll need to ensure that your new building is designed to be up to current code and compliant with all OSHA regulations and laws in place. Putting the right safety systems in place is a big part of that for any business; whether a restaurant, warehouse, or office building, there will

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be different things you’ll need to take into consideration, although quality and function will remain constants for all. You are not only protecting your investment in the property, you are protecting the lives of your employees and clients. “FireGuard eliminates the need to contact multiple companies by offering complete life safety solutions,” advises Bob Sorensen of FireGuard. “We design, sell, install, inspect, and service all types of fire protection and life safety equipment. All new construction commercial-use buildings will have a need for these types of systems, so my advice is to involve the professional that will be tasked with the installation of the system(s) you require as early on in the design-build process as possible. By having this incorporated Bob Sorensen into the plans early on, you’ll ensure that FireGuard everything goes smoothly down the line during construction and that you have exactly what you need in place to get up and running on schedule.” Finishing Touches Once the building itself is complete, it then will undergo a transformation on the inside to become your office, shop, boutique, salon, restaurant, showroom, etc. From the flooring and paint to cabinets and finishes to furniture and décor, the potential here is limitless. Working with a professional interior designer is advised, as well as the design team at any of the vendors you’ll use for the different features. The quality of materials is imperative because durability and longevity are they key to getting the most out of your investment. A professional will be able to guide you as to the pros and cons of the various materials to ensure you’re making an educated decision. Again, you get what you pay for, and the appearance of your place of business, inside and out, and the environment you’re able to create is part of your brand signature and an extension of your reputation. The impression it makes on your customers and those who are considering doing business with you in the future, and the effect it has on your employees, are not to be underestimated. At this point, you may also be considering the installation of window films, and you’d be in good company by doing so. “Decorative Window Films, sometimes referred to as ‘Frost Films’ are one of the BIGGEST trends in new commercial construction right now,” says Keith May of The Tint Shop. “The 3M Fasara line of Decorative Films offers a wide variety of Frost finishes including Lined, Dot, Prism, and Etched finishes. These films are perfect for today’s modern office designs, which are replacing walls and doors with glass. While this gives the office a very ‘open’ feel and makes the workspace not as closed off to the world, it does come with some drawbacks. One of the biggest complaints we hear regarding the glass ‘open’ floor plan is the lack of privacy. Privacy in an office, or on a desk, is a big concern in some cases. This may also be the case in conference rooms. Sure the glass-enclosed conference room looks great and is very impressive, but if you are trying to have an important meeting with an overhead or projector, you are having that meeting with whoever is on the outside of the glass room as well. Another problem that comes along with giving full visibility into offices is clutter. Whether it’s an unorganized employee’s desk, an employee break room, serverIT room, or even just the bundle of wires under employee’s desks, 3M Fasara Window Films can conceal all of those things, and do it without sacrificing light or costly glass upgrades. At the same time, it gives the whole office a nicer decorative appeal as well as breaking up all the glass. Of course, there are also many other applications for window films in commercial buildings too, with benefits ranging from increased energy efficiency to privacy and security. If you’re curious about the possibilities, I’m happy to provide more information or a free estimate for your project.” There you have it, all that you ever wanted to know about Commercial Construction in Lincoln…and probably more! It’s a booming industry, and we’ve got great companies doing great things here to build our great city. Should you be part of the excitement in the future, make sure to utilize the expertise of the professionals to get it done to the highest standard of quality and performance.

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Our cover for the month of March features some of the awesome team at McGill Restoration! The McGill Restoration team puts a lot of focus on...