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The non-profit organizations that make Lincoln a great place to live deserve their day of recognition. Now the city has one. It’s Give To Lincoln Day and it takes place on May 18th. That’s when we ask everyone to make a gift to our local non-profits who contribute so much to improving Lincoln. Together, we have the power to raise thousands of dollars and help them change lives.

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Great Brands That Compete On Value: Support Their Community

Last month I covered the importance of establishing a strong brand identity in the marketplace by spreading the word about your business, focusing specifically on topics within the category of Business News. It probably came as no great surprise to any of our readers that a business’s news has the potential to reach a multitude of other business professionals as well as consumers in the area. What we’ve found about our readership is that many from all different walks of life have come to rely on our publication for the latest on what’s happening here in our local business community. What they all share in common is that geography; they are all stakeholders affected by what goes on in their community. Which leads me to the following points: 1. There’s more to sharing your news than you might think; and 2. There are many types of news that are beneficial to share. (After all, it’s no coincidence that you’ll find four distinct news sections prominently showcased in every issue of Strictly Business.) As for the first, PR is center stage among the best strategies one could employ to place the emphasis squarely on the value of his/ her business’s offerings as opposed to leading with and focusing on the promotion of price alone. Concerning the second, great brands have a positive impact on their community in more ways than fulfilling a need and boosting its economy. While Lewis Carroll is famously quoted as saying “One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others,” today it’s not much of a secret anymore, and that’s an amazing thing to witness. We are lucky to live, work, and do business in a community that is strong in its values, particularly when it comes to giving back. While what an organization does to improve itself for the benefit of its current and potential customers is indeed noteworthy, what it does to improve the world around us and to support its neighbors in the community speaks volumes. With Give to Lincoln Day this month (May 18th folks – mark your calendars, set an alarm!), this is the perfect time to highlight the benefit of involvement in the community, and sharing that news with others. Partnering with local non-profits allows businesses to play an important role in the betterment of the community as a whole, which enhances a brand significantly. Here in Lincoln, there are so many ways to get involved

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and you could “Partnering with local non-profits allows support any n u m b e r o f businesses to play an important role in the causes to help betterment of the community as a whole, enhance the which enhances a brand significantly.” quality of life for us all. We truly can – and do - think globally and act locally here. The beneficial byproducts of promoting philanthropic efforts can be seen in the following areas that are critical to the success of a business: customer/brand loyalty; recruiting, morale, engagement and retention of top employees; attracting new customers; creating and cultivating business partnerships/relationships. Overall, generating recognition supports your efforts to achieve and maintain top-of-mind awareness and influence purchasing decisions (we generally do business with those we know and like, especially those whose support for causes aligns with what’s most important to us). And I think we can all agree, with so much negativity in the media these days, it is heartwarming to read about positive things that our fellow businesspeople are doing right here in our corner of the world. Bruce Burtch, dubbed the Father of Cause Marketing and author of Win Win for the Greater Good, hits the nail on the head in the webinar How to Orchestrate Successful Cross-Sector Partnerships: “There is nothing in business today that provides as much economic and social benefit, on as many levels, to as many stakeholders, as a strategic partnership between any combination of the nonprofit, for-profit, education and government sectors when focused on the greater good. Nothing else comes even close.” No matter the type or size of business, there’s a way you and your team can make an impact. You could host a fundraiser or charity event (or team up to organize one), volunteer as a group or individually, support as a sponsor, participate in any number of events/activities held in support of our local non-profits, make a donation or establish a grant program, offer to do pro bono work – and the list goes on from there. Then, let people know how you’re giving back and encourage them to get involved and do the same! 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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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 all completed with the staff of 40. Krueger Development is continuing to expand its focus primarily in South Lincoln. Just south of Pine Lake and 14th Street they are bringing a newer concept to the community with an innovative three-story mixed-use building with underground parking. The building to be named The Suites @ 15th, currently under construction, has over 14,400 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 40 one-bedroom apartment residences on the second and third floors. The underground parking adds convenience, security, and protection from the ever-changing Nebraska weather. Under the leadership of Project Supervisor Jeremy Daniel, the Krueger Development team is excited to work on such a project; the first of its kind for the developer. This structure will allow for a residential tenant to take a quick trip to the first floor to get a cup of coffee or haircut without ever having to get in the car.

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“It’s exciting to be a part of this project that will offer such a unique and convenient living space for our tenants. They will have access to retail products and services just below their feet.” – Jeremy Daniel President of Krueger Development, Rick Krueger, hopes that this building design can continue to be used throughout South Lincoln in areas of future development. Not only is it innovative in residential and commercial design, but structural design. To eliminate noise that could be carried between the commercial and residential floors or from the underground parking to the commercial floor, the first floor is sandwiched above and below between precast hollow core panels. The floor design of the commercial space is also highly flexible with easily mobile exterior wall panels. If a potential tenant wants to move a wall from here to there or add a window along 14th street, Krueger Development can make it happen. The Suites @ 15th residential and commercial spaces are projected to open this fall. David Conde, Commercial Property Manager at Krueger Development, will be managing both residential and commercial tenants living and working at this location. As residential apartments become ready for leasing, information will become available online at Any entity interested in occupying a commercial space can contact David now for floor plans, pricing and overall leasing information. David can be reached via phone at 402.423.4495, text at 402.804.2020, or email at

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BUSINESS NEWS Leisure Limousine & Sedan Approved to Provide Omaha Airport Shuttle Leisure Limousine & Sedan has officially begun offering a shuttle service between Lincoln and Eppley Airfield, Omaha’s prominent international mediumhub airport! The Lincoln-based, locally owned and operated company received permission from state regulators at the end of March, and began booking reservations and providing transportation immediately thereafter. With such a consistently high level of traffic, based on demand and availability in the area, expanding upon its current offerings to include this service made sense for the business. Cost for the shuttle service is $70 per person, and a discounted $35 for additional passengers (must be booked for the same pick-up/ drop-off location). Clients have the option of booking via phone or the convenient online reservation system. Leisure Limousine & Sedan plans to add fleet vehicles in the future to further support its efforts to meet the needs of local travelers. Leisure Limousine & Sedan is Lincoln’s premier transportation service. From dependable corporate car service and airport transportation to having the time of your life on special occasions, you can count on Leisure Limousine & Sedan for a safe and professional experience. To find out more or schedule your next reservation, please call (402) 476-8132 or visit

Groundbreaking Held for New Bethany Animal Clinic Bethany Animal Clinic is expanding – and moving this summer! Construction has begun on-site where the new Bethany Animal Clinic will be located, with the official groundbreaking ceremony held on April 13th. Owners Drs. John and Kaz Lionberger were joined by project supervisor Claude Mann to address those in attendance at the event, which marked the beginning of an exciting new era for Bethany Animal Clinic. Bethany Animal Clinic’s new home will be at 2000 North 112th St (112th and East Holdrege), the same location as Trude’s Dog Motel, which is also owned by the Lionbergers. Terwisscha Construction (TCW) of Wilmer, Minnesota is the general contractor for the project, which is estimated to be completed by August of 2017. The new 4,332-square-foot facility will include a large surgery suite with two fully-equipped surgery tables and the latest in equipment and technology to perform any type of surgery, including laser surgery for all canine and feline breeds. It will also include four private examination rooms along with separate preparation rooms, dental suites, tech stations, and executive offices. The new clinic will replace the current one located at 2348 N. Cotner, and the formation of a complex with a clinic and boarding facility is ideal for serving the needs of clients and patients in one convenient location. For more information, please visit or contact Dr. John Lionberger at (402) 467-4469.

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Attention Mothers: Habitat’s Annual Lamplight Event Set for May 4th

SP Group Named One of Lincoln’s Top Five Best Places to Work

Back by popular demand, Habitat has announced it will again host a very special Lamplight event! The evening of May 4th, Habitat will remain open from 6-8:30 p.m. for this exclusive after-hours affair. Guests will have the opportunity to shop by lamplight and create Mother’s Day wish lists while enjoying appetizers and wine. After completing a wish list, guests are welcome to supply the addresses of family members and Habitat will mail postcards to those individuals, passing a helpful hint along on behalf of Lamplight attendees. These wish lists are then kept on file at Habitat all year long, allowing family and friends to confidently grab a gift that the recipient is sure to love anytime – because she picked it out herself, and had a great time doing it too! Over the years, customers who have created a wish list have raved about the experience, and those who shopped from the lists have left feedback about how wonderful it was to know exactly what their loved ones wanted. You certainly can’t beat leaving with a gift that’s wrapped and ready to give either. A free gift wrapping service is offered yearround along with the wish lists that can be prepared for any occasion, making shopping a breeze! Habitat is located at 4107 Pioneer Woods Drive #112. For more information about this event, contact the store at (402) 466-1522.

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On behalf of Woods & Aitken LLP, the Lincoln Journal Star, and the Lincoln Human Resource Management Association, SP Group, P.C. was named one of Lincoln’s Best Places To Work in 2017. This is recognition of the company’s efforts to provide a productive, healthy, and fun workplace culture, resulting in engaged and satisfied employees.

As a growing entrepreneurial accounting firm, SP Group was founded on 4 Core Values: Relationships, The Power of Team, Life/Work Balance, and Competitiveness. SP Group believes in the power of positive relationships, and strives to serve the Lincoln community and its clients by applying those core values to everything the firm does. With a Team of uniquely talented individuals combining their strengths to help the firm’s clients reach their goals, SP Group works as a Team and wins as a Team. For more information about SP Group, P.C., please call (402)-4207758 or visit


Grand Opening Announced for Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers New North Location Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers is excited to announce the opening of a second Lincoln location! The new north location at 2601 Champlain Dr. (27th and Superior) will join the original location in south Lincoln at 5733 S 34th St #200 (34th and Old Cheney). The Grand Opening celebration will be held on June 1st at their new location, which will officially open to the public on June 10th. Stop by on June 1st between 7:30 am- 9am, 11am -1pm, or 4pm - 6pm and enter to win exclusive door prizes, sample their delicious nutritional products, and qualify for even more savings! Now through June 1st, pre-enroll for the complete 16-week program with services provided at the new location for only $357! Even better, bring a friend and you each only pay $238! PLUS, receive 1 free LipoGenics treatment with your purchase when you mention Strictly Business Magazine! Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers is an independent, locally owned and operated resource here in Lincoln that’s part of a nationwide network of medically-guided weight loss centers. The Physicians Weight Loss Center system has 47 years of proven results with no gimmicks and no fad diets! Find out more at or contact the Lincoln team at (402) 483-7952 or

bread&cup Under New Ownership bread&cup, founded by Kevin and Karen Shinn in 2007, has announced the sale of the restaurant assets to Food For Thought LLC, an investment group led by Lincoln businessman and community leader Nick Cusick. Kevin will remain as the Executive Chef, the creative force behind bread&cup and as a part of the management team. Megan Kritenbrink, who has been with bread&cup for four years in a lead kitchen role, has assumed a General Manager’s role. Watch for facility upgrades and special 10th Anniversary offerings in the coming weeks and months!


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UNICO Group Acquires Union Agency, Inc.

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U N I C O Group, a 2016 “Top Pe r fo r m i n g Agency” national award recipient headquartered in Lincoln, NE, is pleased to announce that they have acquired Union Agency, Inc. an insurance and risk management company affiliated with Union Bank & Trust (UBT;

Oak Electric, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of its new and improved website: www.!

Scott Nelson, President of UNICO Group commented, “We are excited about the enhanced partnership with UBT. Our organizations share similar cultures and have complimentary values of taking care of our people, clients and community.”

Oak Electric, Inc. teamed up with Evol Empire Creative for the new website build, collaborating on a design that incorporates both modern and functional elements to better represent the company and its offerings. The new website is streamlined to be more user-friendly and easier to navigate on smartphones and other mobile devices. Visitors now have access to fresh content about the company, its services, and community involvement.

UNICO Group is a client-focused insurance agency founded in 1988, and has experienced exceptional growth over the past ten years. UNICO has 140 employees and clients in all 50 states. In 2016, UNICO moved their headquarters to downtown Lincoln at 1128 Lincoln Mall.

Find bread&cup on the corner of 8th & S in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket and online at! Call (402) 438-2255 for more information, reservations or parking assistance.

The team at Oak Electric, Inc. thanks Evol Empire Creative for their professionalism and creative talent, and encourages everyone to stop by and check out the new website! Oak Electric, Inc. is a locally owned, full-service electrical contractor. For more information, please call (402) 440-5969 or visit www.

“UNICO is a high quality, local company emphasizing great service,” said Angie Muhleisen, President and CEO of Union Bank. “Through UNICO, Union Agency clients now have expanded insurance and risk solutions options available to them.” UNICO Group is a full-scale insurance agency with services ranging from commercial insurance, workers’ comp, and employee benefits, to personal insurance, financial planning, human resource solutions and wellness. UNICO was nationally awarded the “Top Performing Agency” in its class for 2016. UNICO is dedicated to getting you the best insurance products and services available today to protect you, your family, and your business. For more information about business and personal insurance and financial needs, call (402) 434-7200 or visit the website at MAY 2017 Strictly Business 9


Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement Now Offering Simplicity Hair Extensions Brooke Ahlman, owner of Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement, is excited to announce the addition a new offering to the salon’s service menu that’s now available to clients: Simplicity Hair Extensions. This system is uniquely designed to present more options for addressing targeted problem areas than can be achieved with typical extensions. Delivering instant volume and fullness, Simplicity Hair Extensions are ultra-thin, can be put on top of the head unlike most extension types currently on the market, and are so comfortable you will forget you are wearing them. With a fast application process that allows for this service to be completed in under an hour, it can be done in as little time as you’d have available over your lunch break or on-the-go in between business appointments! Ideal for mature clients with fine or thinning hair, Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement offers Simplicity Hair Extensions in a wide variety of shades. Located at 7405 Pioneers Blvd. #3 in Lincoln, Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement offers non-surgical hair loss replacement services along with regular haircuts, perms, colors and extensions. The hair systems offered allow you to have hair again without any noticeable signs commonly associated with extensions or over-the-counter products, no matter how you style your hair. For more information, visit www. or call (402) 649-0212.

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Cowboy Chicken is ringing a new kind of dinner bell, and it sounds a lot like a smartphone. The fast casual rotisserie chicken restaurant chain recently announced the launch of its new Cowboy Chicken app, now available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The new user-friendly Cowboy Chicken app enables guests to: Pay on the Go: add their preferred payment method to the app and easily pay with their phone at checkout. Order Ahead: browse the menu, personalize options, order from the app for pick up or delivery and receive notifications once order is ready. Earn Rewards: quickly and conveniently redeem rewards, including $5 earned for downloading the app, $5 for referring a friend, $5 for every $50 spent and $3 as a birthday reward. Buy Gift Cards: send gift cards directly from the app to the recipient’s email. Locate: find the closest location, directions to the restaurant and operating hours. Create a Personalized Profile: set up a profile (including dietary restrictions) for a truly personalized experience. The app is completely customized, helping the restaurant chain give guests more of what they want, not just on the menu but also in their wallets with the new loyalty program. For more information about Cowboy Chicken, located at 2801 Pine Lake Road, Suite J, please call (402) 420-0153 or visit – and make sure to download the new app!

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Lincoln First Realty Holds Ribbon Cutting at New 3rd Location On Friday, April 7th Lincoln First Realty, owned by Cornhusker Bank, held a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for its newest and 3rd location at 1101 Cornhusker Hwy, Cornhusker Bank Building, 2nd floor. Lincoln First Realty’s other two locations are in south Lincoln at 7575 S. 57th St. (56th and Union Hill) and 5701 S. 34th St., Suite 101 in Williamsburg. “We felt there was a need in the community to have a presence in north Lincoln,” said Pat Elgert, President of Lincoln First Realty. Cornhusker Bank recently moved to their new location at 84th and Cornhusker, creating the perfect space for Lincoln First Realty to open their north Lincoln office. “We currently have 7 agents at our new location but have room for a total of 25 agents,” said Lea Barker, managing broker for that location. Lincoln First Realty has 48 sales associates total at all 3 locations. They have seen strong growth in their organization which is stimulated by its agent-centric philosophy. Lincoln First will celebrate its 10th year in business in November 2017. Lincoln First Realty’s basic business philosophy is best described in its mission statement, which stresses the simple premise that the customer comes first and that all actions of its professional Realtors should always reflect that philosophy. For more information, please visit or call (402) 434-8688.





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Third Generation Builder will proudly showcase one of its beautiful custom homes on the Home Builders Association of Lincoln’s 2017 Spring Parade of Homes, May 14-21. Presenting its most popular floor plan, The Victoria, Third Generation Builder’s stop on the tour is located at 7371 Dempster Drive. This Parade home sits on a walk-out lot and features an open floor plan with 10’ ceilings, including 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor with an additional 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in the finished basement (5 BD/3 BA total). The spacious kitchen comes with granite countertops, island with undermount sink, undermount cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, and wood floors. The living room is open to the kitchen and has a custom-coffered ceiling with direct-vent gas fireplace placed between two custom built-ins. The master suite includes a walk-in closet, attached master bath with tile floors, and tiled walk-in shower with glass wall divider. To complete the first level there is a laundry/mudroom with utility sink and lockers. The low-maintenance exterior features stone with vinyl siding, a 3-stall garage, covered deck, with composite decking, and underground sprinkler system. With all of the options listed, this home is priced at $345,200. Contact Derek Kats, REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty, at 402-HOMES-4-U (466-3748) for additional information or to schedule a private viewing. Or, stop by and check it out during the Parade! Hours are Mon-Fri 6-9:00pm and Sat-Sun 1-6pm.

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Lincoln’s Backswing Brewing Company Celebrates Grand Opening The brainc hild of three friends whose mediocre golf games gave way to great craft beer, Backswing Brewing Company, 500 W. South St., Ste. 8, celebrated its grand opening April 6. Owners T.J. Walker, Pat Simpson, and Cory Sinclair opened the brewery in September and the taproom earlier this year. The grand opening included a Lincoln Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, brewery tours, pizza from Spokes Mobile Wood Fired Pizza and, of course, plenty of Backswing brews. The special event menu featured a brown ale, a wheat, an oatmeal stout and an English-style IPA that put Backswing on the map in 2015 when it became a hit at Brewsky’s Sports Bar and Restaurant locations. In its short time on the market, Backswing’s craft beer is already in nearly 100 bars and restaurants in southeast Nebraska and the new taproom has become a welcoming hub for craft beer lovers to gather around great beer and lively conversation.

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“We’re humbled by the overwhelming response to our beer and proud to be part of a city that has enthusiastically embraced the craft beer industry,” said Walker, who doesn’t miss the days of trying to perfect his golf game. “As we like to say around here, all you need for a great Backswing is a pint glass.” Learn more about Backswing Brewing Co. at www.backswingbrewing. com.


ELBA U to Focus on Pro Sales Techniques East Lincoln Business Association (ELBA) is excited to announce its Spring ELBA U Business Education event sponsored by C o m p u t e r Hardware. Topics of the evening will include top producer mindset and motivation, advanced closing techniques, qualifying like a pro, and outof-the-box creative prospecting. The cost to attend is $10 for members and $30 for non-members, which includes the presentation, networking, one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres This event will be held on Wednesday, May 10th at Suite One Eleven, located at 6891 A Street #111 in the Clock Tower Shopping Center. It is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. There are a limited number of spots still available. For more details, contact Jacquie Hirschman-Eller at j@

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Nebraska Craft Beer Added to 4th Annual Sip Nebraska Wine Festival Additional entertainment is set for Sip Nebraska at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park May 5-6, 2017. Guests are invited to take part in tastings of Nebraska wines, hard ciders and, NEW this year, Nebraska craft beer! All while enjoying local bands, shopping at over 20+ artisan and food vendors, dabbling in wine glass painting, kicking up your heels for salsa and line dancing lessons, taking in an educational wine session or yoga class … all activities included in the ticket price! Featured musicians, food vendors, artists and more are posted on the Sip Nebraska Facebook page ( sipnebraska) and on the official event website: www.sipnebraska. com. Tickets can be purchased on the website and are $25, $40 or $60; the $40 and $60 tickets include commemorative items, wine, hard cider and craft beer tastings. A limited number of cabins, lodge rooms and camp sights are also being held at the park for guests of the festival. For lodging, call (402) 882-2448. Volunteer, vendor and sponsor opportunities are still available. Call (402) 882-2448 or email at Blur Parties, Inc. for more information.

Lutz Learning Live Seminars Introduced to Lincoln Market Lutz, an accounting and business solutions firm, is excited to introduce Lutz Learning Live seminars to the Lincoln community. Lutz Learning Live is a series of free educational programs that offer upto-date information that matters to business owners and professional advisors. The topics will cover a wide range of issues facing businesses today. Presentations last approximately 45 minutes with the remaining time for Q&A. Free breakfast is provided, with the possibility for CPE credit as well. Below is a list of current dates for 2017. All seminars will be held at the Nebraska Club, 233 South 13th Street, Suite 2000, Lincoln, NE 68508. • June 14th | Mergers & Acquisitions Update • August 9th | Why Employees Leave Companies • October 11th | SALT: Credits and Incentives • December 13th | Tax Update and Planning To register to attend, visit Join us and let Lutz help you mind what matters!

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JB’s Burger Kitchen+Bar Hosts Grand Opening Roper & Sons Announces May Events JB’s Burger Kitchen + Bar celebrated their Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting and reception on Thursday, March 30. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was in attendance for an official ribbon cutting ceremony, which kicked off the grand opening festivities. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks afterwards, with plenty of specials offered during the event, and Complete Music of Lincoln provided entertainment. JB’s Burger Kitchen + Bar prides itself on providing specialty handcrafted burgers, appetizers, salads and more to patrons. They offer menu options ranging from appetizers like Garlic Parmesan Truffle Fries and Corkscrew Shrimp to a wide variety of burgers and sandwiches – including their signature “Big Red” Burger. Their selections also include a kids’ menu, Naan-za flatbreads, and desserts. The restaurant features a full bar and serves up a variety of tap and bottled beers, wines and signature cocktails, with Happy Hour specials Monday – Friday from 2-6pm. JB’s provides a laid-back, authentic American dining experience that offers something for the whole family. They live by the principle that this is America after all, a delicious burger is your right – perhaps even your responsibility! JB’s Burger Kitchen + Bar is located at 5353 N 27th St in Lincoln, attached to the Country Inn and Suites Lincoln North and Conference Center. For more information about the restaurant, visit them online at, on their Facebook page (@ JBsBurgerKitchenLincoln) or on Twitter (@JBsBurgers).

Each month, Roper & Sons 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, May 18th, is entitled Mind and Body Movement: Working to Improve Your Overall Health. Cathy Jewell of Sage Nutrition will teach attendees how the mind and body work together through exercise programs like yoga and Pilates to improve awareness, daily functioning, and overall wellbeing. 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 to learn more.

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FireGuard Launches New Website FireGuard is excited to announce t h e ro l l o u t of its newly redesigned website! Recently updated by REBEL, FireGuard’s website at has a fresh new look along with enhanced function. Now with user-friendly features and the addition of more useful online tools and resources, the revamped website allows customers access to simple navigation through a full explanation of products and services available. FireGuard, Inc., headquartered in Omaha and serving clients statewide, is focused on the ultimate goal of keeping clients safe and protected at all times. With the motto “One Call Does It All,” commercial clients in the area have access to a comprehensive line-up of products and services in the areas of fire protection and life safety. As a resource for any related products, services and inspections, key offerings include fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and fire sprinkler systems, and so much more. For more information about FireGuard, please contact Rob Sorensen at (402) 592-1999, toll-free at (888) 843-1991, or via email at rob. Make sure to check out the company’s new website at!

Concordia Business Students Compete in National Marketing Event Four students from Concordia University, Nebraska took part in the sixth annual Lutheran Churc h Extension Fund (LCEF) national marketing competition April 7, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri. They students worked together throughout Pictured (L-R): Jeremy Rodriguez, David Geidel, Emma th e s eme st er t o Jacoby, Curtis Byal, and faculty advisor Tim Heidorn. create and present a comprehensive marketing plan to the judging panel. They presented a marketing plan called “Giving your History a Future.” It used data from the Lutheran Annual and lists of Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod conferences to craft a communication plan that included a contest where congregations could win a professionally-produced video about the history of their church and its building. They also created a fully-integrated conference display that LCEF salespeople can use to promote products at conferences, aided by contests and bibelots for conferencegoers. Nine other schools from the Concordia University system participated in the event and were awarded cash prizes ranging from $5,000 for first place to $750 for participation. Concordia students who participated in the competition include: David Geidel, sophomore, Hesston, KS; Curtis Byal, junior, Louisville, KY; Jeremy Rodriguez, senior, Kansas City, MO; Emma Jacoby, junior, Lincoln, NE. Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that 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. For more information, visit

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Runway Closing Will Add Flights Over East, Southeast Lincoln The Lincoln Airport Authority recently released information regarding some changes in air traffic patterns due to a runway closure. From Jon Large, Deputy Director of Engineering, “We have begun a project to update our Runway 18/36 lighting and control systems, replacing the 25-year-old system installed in 1992. This project is expected to take approximately 60 days and will result in Lincolnites seeing and hearing more traffic in the east and southeast parts of town.”

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This $2M project is partially funded by a $1.8M grant from the FAA and means that the Airport has to rely more heavily on its smaller 14/32 runway which will cause an increase in the noise and visibility of Lincoln’s air traffic on the affected sides of town.

HBAL Presents 2017 Spring Parade of Homes The Home Builders Association of Lincoln’s annual Spring Parade of Homes is almost here! Once again, our builders, trade contractors and suppliers have created wonderful homes for the public to tour. We are very fortunate here in Lincoln to have so many excellent craftsmen who take pride in their work. A new home can create options for sustainability, energy efficiency, new floor plans, added space or modern features. Interest rates are historically low, and we all know they can’t last. Now is the time to take the leap into the home of your dreams. The Parade is May 14-21, featuring 56 homes located in all areas of Lincoln that are all free to view. Hours are weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Guidebooks are available at any open Parade home. The online flipbook will be available soon on the Home Builders Association of Lincoln’s web site,

EventLNK to Host Tour of Lancaster Event Center EventLNK brings together Lincoln’s event professionals by providing education and resources to enhance and support professional growth. Please join EventLNK on Thursday, May 18 for a tour of Lancaster Event Center at 4100 N. 84th St. in Lincoln to see the 400K-squarefoot facility and 160-acre grounds, with spaces ranging from banquet rooms to multi-purpose buildings. Attendees will learn about the history, recent improvements and future plans they have in store. You will also be given the opportunity to enjoy samples from their full-service on-site catering kitchen. Guests will meet at in the Lancaster Room; registration will begin at 3:15 p.m. followed by the tour at 3:30. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! To register, visit To find out more information about EventLNK, visit or email Jill Smith at info@


DISH Debuts New Spring Menu DISH has introduced its newest seasonal menu! The spring menu officially launched on March 28th and features a fresh new assortment of dishes created by DISH’s talented culinary team. With locally-sourced ingredients that reflect everything wonderful about springtime, there’s plenty of variety within DISH’s new seasonal menu, which will only be available for a limited time! DISH is a New American restaurant in the heart of Downtown Lincoln. The locally owned and operated establishment offers exceptional service and food quality in an upscale, yet comfortable setting. DISH staff works hard to provide each guest with an experience that fits their needs whether a business luncheon, romantic date, or evening out with friends. For more information, please visit or contact Marypat Heineman at (402) 475-9475 /

Lawhorne Design Becomes Incorporated for 10th Anniversary Lawhorne Design was started to offer affordable website design to local business owners back in May of 2007. Now, 10 years later, they’ve become Lawhorne Design LLC, offering a variety of marketing products & services. “It’s been a long time coming,” says Tony Lawhorne, owner/operator. “We’ve continued to grow every year & it was finally time to pull the trigger.” In the beginning, starting with simple website design to now offering products and services such as banners, signs, flags, vehicle graphics, clothing, commercial printing and promotional products as well as online services such as SEO, Tony has continued to expand their product selection in order to provide a one-stop shop of marketing. “If you can put a logo on it, we can provide it,” says Lawhorne. From a few local Lincoln businesses to now servicing clients all over the country, including Alaska, California & New York, they continue to grow their client base as well. For information on how they can help you stretch your marketing budget, give Tony a call at (402) 570-8433 or visit them online at www. & LIKE their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/LawhorneDesign.

Patio Party at Legacy Terrace Set for May 21st Legacy Retirement Communities is kicking off its 2017 season of signature events with a Patio Party at the Legacy Terrace! Located at 5700 Fremont Street in Lincoln, this event will take place on Sunday, May 21st from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy the music of the Humdingers while you show off your dancing skills, or sit back and tap your feet while sampling some delicious patio party treats like chicken wings, meatballs, mini corndogs, fresh fruit and relish tray (and of course lots of cookies). It’s an informal gathering of friends – some the Legacy team has yet to meet – so no reservation is required, just drop in. For more information, please contact Legacy Terrace directly at (402) 4645700 or visit You can also follow Legacy Retirement Communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on events like this!

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First National Bank Salutes Military at Husker Spring Game First National Bank provided 3,000 tickets to active military, veterans and their families to the 2017 Red-White Husker Spring Football Game. As the Official Bank of Husker Nation, First National offered the tickets as a way to show its appreciation to those who have served in America’s Armed Forces. First National Bank’s “Husker Spring Game Military Salute” initiative also included a special homecoming for a service member and his family. In partnership with Husker Athletics, the bank welcomed home SSG Matthew Hawke of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hawke’s surprise reunion with his family took place on the field of Memorial Stadium during the coin toss at the start of the game. SSG Hawke had been serving in Afghanistan since June 2016. During a special on-field ceremony featuring the bank’s Chairman and President Clark Lauritzen, First National Bank was recognized for renewing its relationship with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletics as the Official Bank of Husker Nation. Also announced was First National’s new agreement with the University to serve as the official Presenting Sponsor of the Red-White Husker Spring Game going forward. First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas. MAY 2017 Strictly Business 17


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To stamp the seal of integrity on your business, apply for the 2017 BBB Integrity Awards at! Application deadline is June 30, 2017. Application materials and instructions can be found at (click on the “Integrity Awards” image). The Better Business Bureau has also announced that there will be free workshops held for Integrity Award applicants in both Lincoln and Omaha. LINCOLN Dates: 1. Wednesday, May 3rd 2. Wednesday, June 7th Time: 2 pm - 4 pm time to be recognized Where: BBB Office (300 N 44th St, Suite 100 It’s for your commitment to Lincoln, NE) TRUST • HONESTY • ETHICS Contact: Teresa Stitcher Fritz at (402) 4362345 x8600 or to reserve your spot at a workshop. OMAHA Dates: 1. Friday, May 12th - Time: 8 am - 9:30 am 2. Friday, May 26th - Time: 3 pm - 4:30 pm 3. Friday, June 9th - Time: 8 am - 9:30 am Where: BBB Office (11811 P St Omaha, NE 68137) Contact: Jeff Niebaum at (402) 898-8550 or to reserve your spot at a workshop.

Fox Liquid Fertilizer Ser vice is pleased to a n n o u n c e, they are now serving the Lincoln area! “Homeowners should have choices when it comes to their lawn,” says owner/operator, Jordan Nun, a Lincoln native himself. “Most homeowners I’ve worked with really want a liquid fertilizer program, because they just don’t see the results they’re looking for with a traditional, dry ‘Weed n’ Feed’ program.” Fox Liquid Fertilizer Service only uses the highest quality liquid products available on the market, and is Lincoln’s only authorized applicator of Conklin’s AgroVantage Lawn Pro System (a company known nationally for working with competitive farmers and world-record holders). “There are not a bunch of secrets to a beautiful lawn, but there are a few things people need to know,” says Nun. “The bottom-line is, if you put in quality you’ll get quality back! Most of my customers are surprised at the results we can achieve with only 3 applications a season, but that’s exactly what we offer using our slow-release, premium liquid fertilizer.” Fox Liquid Fertilizer Service has been busy this spring spraying dandelions, Creeping Charlie, clover and other weeds that plague homeowners and have been labeled, “Hard to kill!” For more information or a bid on your lawn, call Fox Liquid Fertilizer Service at (402) 413-0020 or e-mail



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9Round of Lincoln Celebrates Grand Opening 9Round has arrived in Lincoln! Located at 2655 S. 70th Street, Suite C, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings boxing and kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. To celebrate, a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce took place on April 7th in conjunction with the grand opening festivities. Developed by reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. A real boxing bell rings to begin the workout, another to warn the station is ending and a third to signal the end. Members have a 30-second active break between rounds to recover. There are no class times, trainers are always on site to motivate and lead the workouts, and routines change daily, giving members a fresh workout every time they come in. 9Round of Lincoln (S. 70th) is open Monday-Thursday 8:00-1-30, 3:307:30, Friday 8:00-1:30, 3:30-6:30 and Saturday 8:00-12:00. First time visitors get a free 30-minute workout session! For more information, visit or call the gym directly at (402) 480-6911 or check out the website at

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James Arthur Vineyards to Host 20th Annual Renaissance Festival Enjoy a day of food, w i n e a n d m e d i e va l entertainment - James Arthur Vineyards will be holding its 20th annual Renaissance Festival on Saturday, May 20th from noon to 8pm! On the 20th, the Society for Creative Anachronism’s local chapter, dedicated to the study of arts and sciences of the Middle Ages, will conduct combat demonstrations in full armor throughout the day on the tournament lawn. The S.C.A will also feature artisans practicing and displaying their different crafts and hobbies as well wandering minstrels, dancers and singers. Archery will be a part of the day’s festivities too. Along with popular fire shows, local talent such as Chris Sayre, The Royal Griffin Acting Company, and Belly Dance Troupes will provide Renaissance style entertainment throughout the day. James Arthur Vineyards will feature tastings of its different styles of award-winning wines, including Mead, which is made from honey. Mead is considered the oldest wine in history, and was very popular throughout the Middle Ages. Food will also be available throughout the festival, including turkey drumsticks, half chickens, and other delectable medieval selections. This year’s festival will once again feature a large children’s area with games and crafts, with everything from feather writing to castle building. Kids will have the opportunity to make believe by creating costumes and transforming themselves into an array of characters from the age of fair maidens and brave knights. The admission fee for the festival is $2 per person with all proceeds going to Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters. Guests are welcome to purchase wine and food, and there will be an additional charge for children’s activities, with that money also being donated to HBBBS. To find out more about this event, visit or call (402) 783-5255.

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Limited Space Available in HIP OffiCenters Executive Office Suites

Heartland International Announces Training Events for Commercial Roofing Contractors

As of May 1st, Holroyd Investment Properties (HIP) has just a few spaces available in its HIP OffiCenters Executive Office Suites. Located at 5000 Central Park Drive, Suite 204, it’s situated right in the heart of the city and many amenities are included with monthly rent of office space. The HIP OffiCenters Executive Office Suites features a receptionist who greets visitors and answers the phone Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm, attractive reception area, all utilities paid, phone system, free parking, mail pickup, janitorial services, complimentary coffee, use of conference room (reservations required), break room facilities, and inclusion in the Building Directory Listing. Additional services available to tenants as contract options include: copy/fax, internet, office furnishings, mailing supplies and postage, and secretarial materials and services, and related office services and materials, including word processing and typing on your behalf. As an alternative to physical office space in the Executive Office Suites, virtual office space is also available. With a strong emphasis on customer service, HIP takes pride in providing a full-service environment that offers the tools needed to help businesses grow and be successful. To find out more about any of these options, please contact Kylee Dart at (402) 466-3932 / or go online: Call or stop in for a tour today!

Heartland International, Inc., a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems, has released the 2017 dates for upcoming training programs to qualify to install and warrant their roofing systems. The Conklin Company is a Minnesota based research, developing, manufacturing and distribution company who pioneered the manufacturing, installation and warranty programs for their fluid applied and single-ply Energy Star systems in 1987. They are celebrating their 40-year anniversary in 2017. With over one billion square feet of roofs installed they have less than ½ of 1% in warranty claims, due in large part to their extensive classroom, hands-on and field training programs. Dennis Nun, President of Heartland says, “We offer programs monthly, and as often as four times monthly in our Kansas City training center to meet the growing demand for qualified contractors. These programs consistently sell out, so it’s important for interested contractors to reserve a spot at least a month or two in advance to ensure they can secure a seat for either our 1-day Metal Roof System Training or the 3-day Advanced Roof Systems Training.” Heartland International, Inc. is based in Lincoln, NE and is responsible to screen and train contractors to install the Conklin Roofing Systems. For more information or to apply for one of the current openings, e-mail or call (402) 430-7727.


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Zabloudil Photography Debuts May Specials for Mother’s Day Zabloudil Photograph has announced that new this year just in time for Mother’s Day, they will be offering special ‘Mommy & Me’ mini sessions! There will only be 20 spots offered for the 30-minute indoor studio sessions on May 12 and 13, available Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These are easy to book through Sign Up Genius; simply log on to the Zabloudil Photography Facebook page and follow the link provided in the post. There will be special pricing on portrait orders for these sessions too! Another special offer that will run through Mother’s Day is a prepaid family portrait session for just $59 – a $100 value! This comes in the form of an adorable card that’s ready for gifting. Orders can be placed by phone and will ship out the same day. For more details about these Mother’s Day promotions or to find out more about Zabloudil Photography, visit or call the studio at (402) 464-7567.

National Food Entrepreneur Program Seminar Set for June 5th The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center is offering a one-day seminar for all individuals interested in exploring the idea of starting a food manufacturing business. “Recipe to Reality” will be offered on June 24, 2017. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline is June 5, 2017. Contact Jill Gifford at (402) 472-2819 or jgifford1@unl. edu for an information packet.

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2017 Outdoor Living Expo Set for May 12-13 Nebraska Outdoor Living Center’s signature annual event is coming up May 12-13! The 2017 Outdoor Living Expo will offer the opportunity to explore all of the latest and greatest outdoor living products, with the added bonus of special pricing during the event. It will take place at both business locations in Lincoln – 1742 N. 48th St. (North store) and 5632 S. 48th St. (South store). The Expo will open at 9 a.m. on both days, closing at 5 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees will be able to meet with local experts on outdoor shade products, the famous Holland Grill, patio furniture, Amish-made pergolas & gazebos, fairy gardening, solar screens, awnings & canopies, and wild bird feeding. Admission is FREE to attend and refreshments will be provided. Door prizes will be given away as well as a chance to win a FREE fire pit or Holland Grill! 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. For more information about this event, please contact Bill Budler at (402) 474-7011 / To find out more about Nebraska Outdoor Living Center, visit www.

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Local Professionals Honored at 21st Annual Excellence in Construction Award Ceremony The Cornhusker Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held their 21st Annual “Excellence in Construction Award” ceremony on March 23, 2017 at The Wick Alumni Center in Lincoln, NE. The awards competition is designed to publicly recognize the quality and distinction of merit shop construction projects built by Nebraska Contractors during 2016. Entries were evaluated by independent judges on craftsmanship, execution/coordination, budget and scheduling, owner satisfaction, difficult or unusual challenges, and safety. The 10 Eagle Award winners are now eligible to enter ABC’s National Excellence in Construction Awards Program. The 2016 Project of the Year award was presented to Lund-Ross Constructors for their project, KETV at Burlington Station - Omaha, NE, which was entered in the Restoration/Renovation-Less than $25 Million category. The 2016 Eagle Safety Award was presented to Garney Companies, Inc. for their project, Grand Island Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvements - Grand Island, NE, which was entered in the Public Works/Environmental category. The 2016 Chairman’s Project of the Year Award was presented to Cheever Construction Company for their project, Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab - Lincoln, NE, which was entered into the Institutional - $5 to $10 Million category.

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The following ABC Member Company received Excellence In Construction PYRAMID award at the ceremony: Cheever Construction Co. (St. Teresa Catholic Church Interior Renovation, Lincoln, NE, Restoration/Renovation - Less than $25 Million) The same date marked the installation of Associated Builders and Contractors – Cornhusker Chapter Board of Directors: Chairman Steve Bowen, The Durham School, UNL, Lincoln; Past Chair - Andy Bailey - Lueder Construction Co., Omaha; Rodney Brase, Brase Electrical Contracting Corp., Omaha; Lori Buchanan, Signature Electric LLC, Omaha; David Chapin, Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln; Mary Fischer, Holmes Murphy, Omaha; Ron Getzchman, Getzschman Heating LLC, Fremont; Roger Larsen, REW Materials, La Vista; Toni Watts McDonald, Watts Electric Co., Waverly; Bruce Petersen, Electronic Contracting Co., Lincoln; Ron Rogers, Overland Constructors, Omaha; Scott Scheef, HBE Becker Meyer Love LLP, Lincoln.

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Lincoln Culligan Expands to Facilitate Growth W i c h i t a Wa t e r Conditioning Inc. has announced the grand re-opening of its Culligan Lincoln dealership at a new location, 4801 Superior Street, Lincoln, NE. Culligan Lincoln will celebrate National Drinking Water Month and their grand opening by offering FREE on-the-spot water analysis, FREE 30-Day trial of bottled water and cooler, and discounted salt pricing on May 20 at the dealership’s Open House. “Culligan Lincoln has experienced a tremendous amount of growth over the last three years; the larger space was needed to allow for more adequate systems and flow in the warehouse,” said Culligan Lincoln General Manager Patrick O’Hara. “The expansion has certainly helped with space issues we were experiencing with all of the new Culligan Water customers.” Culligan Lincoln knows safe drinking and working water are critical for everyday business and life. The ability for our customers to take control of these components gives them peace of mind for themselves and their families. For this and other water related information/ solutions needed, check them out at or give them a call at (402) 476-3351.

Radio Talking Book Service Named Small Business of the Month by Omaha Chamber Radio Talking Book Service was recently honored with the Small Business of the Month Award by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. On March 17, 2017 the award was presented to Ralph Morocco, Chairman of RTBS Board of Directors, Bekah Jerde and Jane Nielsen, RTBS staff. Radio Talking Book Service was surprised and humbled to receive this award. The recognition received will help to build awareness of RTBS and get more radios into the hands of the blind and visually impaired. Radio Talking Book Service, Nebraska’s Audio Companion, was founded in 1974 and provides human-voiced print information for individuals with visual or physical disabilities that prevent them from reading printed material. RTBN’s 24/7 programming includes newspapers, magazines and books read by volunteers. Please visit if someone you know would enjoy hearing the printed word brought to life on RTBN.

Haymarket Farmers’ Market Opens May 6th MITA World Trade Conference Comes to Nebraska on May 17th The Haymarket lives up to its name each Saturday morning as farm fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and handmade items from over 100 vendors are sold on the streets and sidewalks, along with live performances from local artists and educational demonstrations. The City of Lincoln’s Haymarket Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm, beginning May 6th and continuing through October 14th. It will expand again this year, staging vendors along Canopy Street, from P Street north to Q Street. Feel free to contact Linda Hubka or Jeff Cunningham at the Haymarket office, (402) 435-7496, for more information.

WISB’s Monthly Luncheon Set for May 10th The Women in Sales and Business (WISB) monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10th at The Venue in the NE/ Lancaster Room at 4111 Pioneer Woods Drive, Lincoln, NE. The speaker this month will be Captain Joy Citta of the Lincoln Police Department. She will share her experiences as a woman in law enforcement and how that has changed over her more than 40 years in the field. Joy started her career in law enforcement in 1975 with the University of Nebraska Police Department and then moved to the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) in 1979 as a Patrol Officer. She has moved up the ranks within LPD with promotions to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. Joy holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Doane College. She is very active in the Lincoln community, sitting on various boards and holding officer positions. The meeting starts with lunch at 11:30am with meeting following from 11:55am until 1pm. Cost is $18 which includes lunch (cost is $10 if you only attend the meeting). Please register online at www. on our events page to RSVP. More information can also be found on the website or by contacting WISB via email at

The Midwest International Trade Association (MITA) is excited to announce the hosting of the 49th annual World Trade Conference on Wednesday, May 17, at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, LaVista, NE. This year’s conference will again bring a dynamic and informative list of speakers and all who are involved in international trade are encouraged to attend and participate. The World Trade Conference is a great way to network and will provide attendees insight to help solve issues and obtain information that can be implemented into their own strategic business plans. Presenters/Topics: Governor Ricketts - Announce the 2017 Nebraska Exporter and Importer of the Year; Derek Gianino, Director, International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Trade Update: A View from Washington; Nathan Kauffman, Assistant Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - U.S. and Regional Economic Outlook; Zengjun Wei, Vice Governor of Shaanxi Provincial Government of China - Connectivity, Communication, and Cooperation Spearheads Development of Economy and Trade between Shaanxi and USA; Tony Clayton, President, Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc. - Challenges of Developing an Export Market; Bill Reay, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, OBNI, Universidad de la Habana, Cuba - Cuba’s Next Revolution; Suzanna Cormie, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis - Canadian-U.S. Business Partnership Update; Jennifer Zhang, President, JZW International - Nebraska Import Success Story; Courtney Dentlinger, Nebraska Department of Economic Development - Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Efforts to Support International Trade in Nebraska. For the Conference agenda, details and information on how to register, go to, call (402) 596-1210, or email mita@ MAY 2017 Strictly Business 23

BUSINESS NEWS Firespring Merges IT Business With Bluestem Fiber

Rita’s Introduces Hand-Crafted Custard, Announces Special Promotion

Firespring has merged its managed IT services business with Bluestem Fiber, a Lincoln-based startup that provides high-speed fiber internet service. The resulting business will be called Bluestem IT, a division of Bluestem Fiber. The transaction also makes Firespring one of the primary shareholders in Bluestem Fiber along with founders Greg Dynek and Aaron Whyrick.

Rita’s Italian Ice & Custard of Lincoln is excited to debut a brand new product AND a new promotion beginning in May! In addition to their signature Italian Ice and frozen, creamy, oldfashioned custard, Rita’s of Lincoln recently introduced hand-crafted frozen custard. It is currently only available at select Rita’s locations. Hand-crafted custard comes in a variety of delicious flavors, served in a dish, cone or cookie sandwich. If you haven’t tried hand-crafted frozen custard yet, it’s another great reason to visit Rita’s! May is the month that kicks off Rita’s of Lincoln’s special Mom’s, Dad’s and Grad’s promotion. Don’t forget your mom, dad, or graduate – buy them a Rita’s gift card or just bring them in for their favorite Rita’s frozen treat to celebrate their special day or occasion! Located at 8222 Holdrege Street, Rita’s of Lincoln’s specialty is Italian Ice and frozen custard. Their signature treats are surprisingly smooth and made with real fruit, served daily within 36 hours of mixing. That’s pretty darn fresh, plus it’s Trans-Fat Free too! With dozens of refreshing flavors you can have an Ice Day, every day. For more information, please visit or contact Zack Hauder at (402) 975-8171 or via email at

Bluestem Fiber provides gigabit broadband Internet connectivity via fiber and wireless to residential and business customers in eastern Nebraska communities. The company has experienced rapid growth since its inception in 2015. Wilkinson and Dynek have known each other for many years after having met through the Nebraska Angels investors group. Bluestem Fiber’s interest in pursuing the benefit corporation model to build a purpose-driven connectivity company sparked the idea of a combination. Wilkinson will work with Bluestem on company culture initiatives and will assist the company in pursuing benefit corporation status. Firespring was the first such company in Nebraska. Among other things, Nebraska benefit corporations must demonstrate that the purpose of the corporation creates general public benefit and must prepare and publish an annual benefit report detailing its social impact. Bluestem IT will provide managed IT services for existing clients of Bluestem and Firespring as well as new clients throughout the Midwest. All employees of both companies will be retained and more positions will be added in the near future. Jeff Murphy, former vice president of Firespring Cloud IT, will lead Bluestem IT.


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LINCOLN AIRPORT AUTHORITY Jenny Ekeler serves as the Deputy Director for Administration & Finance for the Lincoln Airport Authority. Tell us a little about your business. - The Lincoln Airport Authority was established in 1959 to oversee the airport and aviation for the city of Lincoln. Today, the Airport Authority controls approximately 5,500 acres, operating the Lincoln Airport as well as Lincoln Enterprise Park, which is an industrial park development, and one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Perhaps because I’m currently experiencing it, I would say it’s been starting a new job in a new industry after spending almost two-thirds of my career at my previous job. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? Probably when I learned I was an introvert. I was then able to accept myself and stopped trying to live up to expectations that often come easy to extroverts. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I really want to visit Iceland! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My mom would say to us kids, ‘Stick your nose in the air and act like you know what you’re doing.’ I think it was her version of ‘Fake it ‘til you make it.’ It taught me that everyone feels insecure and inferior at times, but instead of hiding from it, you go out and face it, and eventually you won’t be afraid anymore. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Generous. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Ironically it’s flying, but without a machine. Which talent would you most like to have? - I tend to communicate much better in writing than in conversation, so I would say superb speaking skills. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I’d probably choose something in the field of psychological research. Who knows, I still might someday! What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Having served as Finance Director/CFO for St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for over 10 years, I’m very passionate about their mission and the benefits they provide to the community and the state. St. Monica’s provides gender-specific substance abuse and mental health treatment for women and their children. I have seen firsthand the miracles that happen there every day. Honorable mention goes to CASA, Friendship Home, and Fresh Start. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - I’m an avid reader, so it’s difficult to choose just one book. That being said, once when I was searching for a book for a report, my high school English teacher Mrs. Fette recommended Fail Safe by Eugene Burdick. I read it then and have read it several times since; it continues to be one of my favorite books. What is your favorite TV show? - The West Wing. Although I never watched it when it was actually on air, I discovered it later and have binge-watched it on DVD and Netflix. What is your favorite local restaurant? - La Paz Mexican Restaurant. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - JFK. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email:; Website:



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LANCASTER REHABILITATION CENTER Lancaster Rehabilitation Center, located at 10th and South Street in Lincoln is the largest skilled nursing facility in Nebraska. Brianna Henry is the Transition of Care Coordinator at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center. Tell us a little about your business. - We offer a full range of services including memory care, post-stroke and cardiac rehabilitation, postsurgical recovery, and orthopedic care for injuries and fractures, as well as speech, physical and occupational therapies. Along with the clinical services we provide, our residents enjoy the Husker lounge room, movie theater, bistro café, and beautiful courtyard. We truly are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the patients and residents we serve. How did you get started in the business? - I began my career at Lancaster Rehab in August of 2010 working various shifts as a float nurse until January 2017 when I accepted my current position. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Realizing that I cannot please everyone. Tell us a little about your family. - My husband Cuyler is a caseworker at the State Penitentiary and is currently working on his Master’s degree in Human Services. We have 3 children and love camping, fishing, playing in the backyard, and Friday night ‘movie nights.’ We spend the majority of our time together at the kids’ activities, some of our favorites being baseball, basketball, and gymnastics. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Coffee and then manicures with my mom and sisters. There is never a dull moment when the four of us get together. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - Most people would never guess it, but I love to hunt and fish. I recently had the opportunity to deer hunt with my husband and father-in-law. With a little help (and a whole lot of patience) from my husband, I brought home a pretty nice white tail deer! What are you the most proud of? - Seeing my kids express empathy, compassion and kindness towards others. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Do what is right, do the best job you can, and treat others the way you want them to treat you. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Genuine. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - Firework by Katy Perry. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Space-time manipulation! If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - There is no question; I would be a Crime Scene Investigator. It seems so thrilling, and just like all the CSI’s on TV, I’d have each and every case solved before I went home for the night! What is your favorite movie? - Catch and Release. What is your favorite TV show? - Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is my all time favorite show, but lately I’ve been binge watching New Girl. Zooey Deschanel’s character (Jess) is hilarious and so relatable to me. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Dino’s Eastside Grille; the Margherita Calzone is amazing! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Ellen DeGeneres. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - They can call me at (402) 441-7101, email me at admissions@ or check out LRC’s website at Hope to hear from you!


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Zabloudil Photography, Inc., a studio based here in Lincoln, creates images that artistically capture the special moments in life. Gina Zabloudil is the co-owner of Zabloudil Photography. Tell us a little about your business. - Zabloudil Photography is a full service studio, meaning we offer services from beginning to end. My husband Chad and I started our photography studio in 2003. We want our clients to have an amazing experience, and focus on superior customer service. Our specialty areas are Wedding, High School Seniors, and Family Portraits, but we have also photographed commercial work, maternity and newborns, and pets. We offer range of products, from wall art to custom albums, collages and storyboards, retouched prints and wallets. What is your favorite part of what you do in your business? - My favorite part of my job as photographer is working with an excited bride prior to her wedding day. Our approach to weddings is through learning the relationships of the people involved. Then, I can create a custom timeline, organizing the group formals efficiently, to ensure scheduled ‘down time’ to eat and rest, which are important elements for a great event. Chad and I actually attend rehearsals specifically to meet the wedding party and families. We become the advocates for the bride and groom to have an amazing day and experience. For each wedding we photograph, we include an Engagement Session. We use it as a chance to spend more time getting to know the couple, and an opportunity for them to feel comfortable, and experience how it feels to be photographed by us. Tell us a little about your family. - Chad and I have been married since 2000 and have four kids, ages 4, 5, 11 and 13. We say we have ‘two big ones and two little ones.’ We’ve had a 15-year adventure of raising a family while running our small business! What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - We have an uncommon last name and are fine with people pronouncing it however they like. But, when we are asked how, we say: ‘Zah – BLUE – jul.’ It was pronounced differently in the original Bohemian. Also, each of our family members is left-handed! We are 6 left-handers, with no bumping elbows at the dinner table. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - When I was in high school, I was known for my vocal abilities and routinely sang the National Anthem before sporting events. Sometimes I was asked at nearly the last moment, if there weren’t enough Pep Band members present! I actually have an Associates’ Degree in Fine and Performing Arts, which I’m not using much these days. Which talent would you most like to have? - I have always wished I could draw, even just sketch to communicate an idea. Also, I wish I were a good dancer. I like to dance, but I embarrass my children. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - We have made contributions to the People’s City Mission, and the Pregnancy Center. Actually, at our upcoming Mother’s Day Mini Sessions Event, we’re donating $30 for each Mom who participates. What is your favorite local restaurant? - We love Leadbelly. Chad recently hosted my 40th birthday at FireWorks, and it was terrific. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 464-7567; Website:; Email:; Facebook: Zabloudil Photography; or Instagram: zabphoto.

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Panology Tech Solutions is a Lincoln, NEbased technology solutions firm, bringing IT Support and Cloud to small businesses. Darren Lichty is the owner of Panology Tech Solutions. Tell us a little about your business. - Our focus on self-service solutions empowers the client to handle up to 90% of the things they encounter each day. This approach saves that business precious cash without sacrificing the technology that can help them excel. How did you get started in the business? - After spending 13 years in telecommunications, I found myself back on the job market. Instead of jumping into another corporate job, I knew I had to take the opportunity to start my own consulting firm. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Without a college degree, I have had to leverage every opportunity to build my skills and experience. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Winning the respect of my peers through my commitment and dedication. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - When I began working in telecommunications. This was at the dawn of the internet age (before broadband), and presented me with so many opportunities. I would not be where I am today had it not been for those opportunities. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Netflix & Chill. I don’t get too many days off, and I find this a great way to decompress. What are you the most proud of? - We just celebrated 5 years in January. This is a pretty big milestone for a small business. While it is definitely not smooth sailing from here, it does show that we have built a business model that resonates with the local business community. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - You only fail when you give up trying. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I have been working in technology for so long, I wouldn’t know what else to do. I did quite a bit of work in food service in my younger days though, so probably that one. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - I have read so many great books. If I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be one from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth series. Though I wouldn’t be able to pick just one, as I have highly enjoyed the entire collection (and have read it multiple times). What is your favorite TV show? - Currently it is The Walking Dead. What is your favorite local restaurant? - There are far too many great restaurants in Lincoln to choose from. It really depends on what type of food I am in the mood for. For Chinese I really like Ichiban Sichuan, for Mexican I like Hacienda Real, and for and for wings it is always N-Zone. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Dirk Gently series. I have enjoyed everything he published. He also enjoyed tinkering with computers and making computer games. With his sense of humor, and our shared interests, I think it would be a fantastic experience. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - They can reach me by email (, phone (402-525-0921), or they can book a day/time directly on my calendar at


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The AGC Nebraska Chapter is pleased to announce its 2017 officers and board of directors. Officers: President, Steve Samuelson, Constructors, Inc. (Lincoln); President-elect, Jim Van Kirk, Van Kirk Brothers Contracting (Sutton); Vice President, Jason Muhle, KEA Constructors (Milford); Treasurer, Courtney Jacobsen, M.E. Collins Contracting Co., Inc. (Wahoo). Board members: Julie Budnick, Werner Construction Co. (Hastings); Tyler Chicione, Garcia-Chicoine Enterprises (Milford); Tom Crockett, Hawkins Construction Company (Omaha); Scott Gerrard, SEMA Construction (Centennial, CO); Justin Grusing, Dustrol, Inc. (Lincoln); Ron Hall, Knife River Midwest (Sioux City, IA); Curt Hartter, Universal Surety Company (Lincoln); Dave Neill, Paulsen, Inc. (Cozad); Steve Peck, Simon Contractors (North Platte); Kyle Timmer, OMG Midwest (Omaha); Sean Vontz, Vontz Paving (Hastings); Shane Wegner, Midlands Contracting, Inc. (Kearney); and Doug Williams, A.M. Cohron & Son, Inc. (Columbus).

Changes in Lincoln Community Foundation’s Marketing Leadership Announced Lincoln Community Foundation welcomes Clover Frederick as Vice President for Marketing. She will direct the Foundation’s marketing, communications and public relations activities. For the past 16 years, Clover has worked as a fundraising and marketing consultant helping local nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and funding to help better meet their missions. Her experience with all aspects of nonprofit marketing and familiarity with nonprofit organizations in the community will be a valuable resource. Clover has stepped in as Pam Hunzeker retired in March. Pam served as VP for Marketing at the Foundation since 2012 and prior to that, advised LCF’s marketing efforts in her work as President of Bailey Lauerman. Lincoln Community Foundation (, established in 1955, strives to continually enrich the Lincoln community by promoting and achieving perpetual philanthropic support. The Foundation has distributed more than $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that have improved lives of thousands of residents.

United Way Announces 2017 Board Dr. Steve Joel, Lincoln Public Schools, will serve as the 2017 president of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County board of directors. Joining Dr. Joel as 2017 officers of the board are immediate past president, Nick Cusick, Bison/IMSCORP; president-elect, Linda Robinson Rutz, community volunteer; vice-president, Bill Mueller, Mueller Robak LLC; secretary, Rhonda Lahm, Department of Motor Vehicles; treasurer, Tim Sabo, Nelnet; and assistant treasurer, Doris Robertson, Union Bank & Trust. New board members include Robert Balfany, US Bank; Joy Citta, Lincoln Police Department; Charlie Foster, University of Nebraska Lincoln; Eric Moss, Bryan Physician Network; and Chrissy Waido, Zoetis. Other members of the board include Jim Barone, Ameritas; Brian Beck, Zoetis; Maureen Brase-Houchin, Taiko; Dwight Brown, Jr., Lincoln Public Schools; Chris Callihan, IBEW Local Union 265; Brian Chaffin, Olsson Associates; Nola Derby-Bennett, The HUB-Central Access Point for Young Adults; Connie Duncan, Duncan Family Trust; Todd Duncan, Duncan Aviation; Adam Kroft, Red Thread; Monica Ledbetter, Scheels; Philip Mullin, Garner Industries; Judy Muyskens, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ryan Nelson, NEBCO, Inc./Concrete Industries, Inc.; Kim Robak, Mueller Robak LLC; Russ Sebek, Wells Fargo; Jeff Sylvester, Black Hills Energy; Kevin Wailes, Lincoln Electric System; Jennifer Wooster, Ameritas; and Jan Zoucha, Assurity Life Insurance Company.


Auction Professional Jonathan Larsen Earns Top Industry Designation Jonathan Larsen of Larsen & Larsen Auction Company recently completed his training at the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI). CAI is the industry’s premier training program developed by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) for auction professionals. Larsen joins an exclusive group as there were approximately 860 current CAI designation holders in the world as of February 2017. The three-year CAI designation program provides auction professionals the opportunity to earn the industry’s most respected professional designation. CAI is an intensive, executive development program offering professional auctioneers with instruction and coursework in business management, ethics, finance, communication, strategic planning and marketing. The NAA conducts CAI every March at Indiana University in Bloomington. Jonathan R. Larsen is a professional benefit auctioneer specialist who works with organizations all over the country, partnering with them to increase their awareness and revenue so that they can continue to have a positive impact on those who need it. To learn more about Larsen & Larsen Auction Company, please call (605) 376-7102, e-mail, or visit

Beth Friesen of Oasis Senior Advisors Named Rookie of the Year at National Convention Owner, Beth Friesen, RN, CSA was named the “Rookie of the Year” at the Oasis Senior Advisors National Conventional held in San Antonio, TX in April. Beth, who opened the business in February of 2016, is a registered nurse and had a very personal experience with her mother who passed away due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Following her mother’s death, Beth was looking for a unique way to combine her professional nursing career with her personal experiences with aging parents and Alzheimer’s. “When Oasis Senior Advisors literally found me, I knew it was the opportunity I had been looking for,” she says. She continues, “I am able to come alongside families who are struggling to make the best decisions for their parents or loved ones and present to them all the possible options for senior housing, which can save significant time and stress. Plus, the family will have the assurance that they’ve been able to select the very best location for their loved one.” In addition to helping select independent, assisted living or memory care, Beth also provides valuable connections to other community resources such as in-home care, hospice as well as financial and legal experts. To learn more about the completely FREE service that Oasis Senior Advisors provides, visit or call (402) 429-8891 to schedule your initial consultation.

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PERSONNEL NEWS West Gate Bank® Promotes Margaret Hobelman The West Gate Bank® Board of Directors has elected Margaret Hobelman to the title of Senior Vice President/Cashier. Hobelman began her West Gate Bank career in August of 1999 and most recently served as Vice President/Cashier. As Senior Vice President, she will lead Asset Liability Committee, prepare the Call Report, oversee budgeting, accounts payables, liquidity management, correspondent account management, Business Analytics and various other financial duties. In addition to the promotion, Hobelman was also named to the bank’s Executive Committee. Hobelman is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, where she served as class secretary. She was recently awarded an Executive Officer License from the Nebraska State Department of Banking. Hobelman is involved in the Denton Auxiliary Post 355, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW #3606, and the Lincoln Lancaster County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln Class XXIII and has served on the Lincoln Children’s Museum Board of Directors. Margaret Hobelman is located at West Gate Bank® Center at 6003 Old Cheney Road, and can be reached at (402) 434-3476 or mhobelman@ West Gate Bank® is a full-service community bank focused on Lincoln. Stop by any of the seven branches to experience the local community bank difference and see how Lincoln’s Bank can serve you. Visit www. for more information.

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FUSE Coworking, a collaborative coworking space based in Lincoln, NE, has hired a new Executive Director, Rena Valentino, to continue to build and expand FUSE’s vision and mission after last year’s expansion. Valentino brings both entrepreneurial and brand strategy experience from establishing and running her own service businesses, as well as developing brand strategy, communications, and execution for her clients. She is excited about the new role and the opportunity to expand FUSE’s vision in alignment with the innovative startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem to foster the recruitment and retention of talent to the Lincoln and surrounding area, as well as Nebraska as a whole. Previous Executive Director, Lana Zumbrunn, has stepped down to pursue new ventures. She led FUSE through its expansion in January 2016 to its current location in the Haymarket after Nelnet and Speedway Properties approached the original three FUSE founders - Bob Hinrichs, Matt Westenburg, and Andy Beecham - to provide corporate investment and 10,000 square feet of additional space to the coworking company. FUSE hosted a celebratory open house on April 11th as a thank you to Zumbrunn for her service and a celebration of Valentino’s transition into the new role. FUSE Coworking houses a variety of different companies, from solopreneurs to small teams of individuals and corporate innovation projects. For more information, visit or contact

PERSONNEL NEWS American Concrete Institute Announces 2017 Officers, Board of Directors Nebraska’s Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) elected their 2017 Officers and Board of Directors at their annual meeting on February 3, 2017. The American Concrete Institute is a nonprofit technical and educational society that is one of the world’s leading authorities on concrete technology. Officers: Kristi Nohavec, President, Leo A. Daly; Josh Kankovsky, President Elect, Thiele Geotech, Inc.; Kyle Poff, Vice President, Kearney Concrete Company; Tom Trumble, Secretary, Olsson Associates; Michael Willman, Treasurer, WR Grace; Michael Gerdes, Past President, Thiele Geotech, Inc.; Jereme Montgomery, Executive Secretary, Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Assoc. Board Members: James Hamlette, NEBCO/Ready Mixed Concrete Co.; Bryan Kratky, Lamp Rynearson; Jiong Hu, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; David Thibault, Stephens & Smith Construction; Tyler Jensen, Ash Grove; Kelly Naslund, Paulsen Concrete. ACI ( is a forum for the discussion of all matters related to concrete and the development of solutions to problems. As its mission states, its purpose is to “Provide knowledge and information for the best use of concrete.”

Six UNL Faculty Members Awarded Professorships The University of Nebraska-Lincoln h a s a wa r d e d professorships to six faculty members. Three faculty were named as Willa Cather Professors. The professorships were established in 2001 to recognize faculty members Timothy Gay David DiLillo with the rank of full professor who have established exceptional records of distinguished sc holarship or creative activity. Those selected include: Susan Hermiller, professor of mathematics (not pictured); Timothy Sarah Gervais Martin Centurion Gay, professor of physics and astronomy; and David DiLillo, professor of psychology. Three faculty members were named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professors. The professorship recognizes faculty at the associate professor level who have achieved distinguished records of scholarship or creative activity and who show exceptional promise for future excellence. Those selected include: Sarah Gervais, Timothy Schaffert associate professor of psychology; Martin Centurion, associate professor of physics and astronomy; Timothy Schaffert, associate professor of English. Find out more at

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Oak Electric, Inc. Expands Team Oak Electric, Inc. has added two new members to the team, and is excited to welcome Barclay Hunt and Jeremy Crowther. Both will play a vital part in the growth of the company, with each bringing a different set of skills and capabilities to apply to the jobs performed by Oak Electric. A seasoned professional, Barclay has over 30 years of experience and has seen about everything. Jeremy has six years of experience, and with his eagerness to work hard and continue to learn new things, has a bright career ahead. Both men exhibit exceptional customer service qualities as well as problem solving abilities and are on par with Oak Electric’s reputation of providing honest, high-quality service. Oak Electric, Inc. is a locally owned, full service electrical contractor that has experience with residential, commercial, and industrial projects. For more information, please visit or call (402) 440-5969.

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John Losito of Sun Valley Lanes Named 2017 BPAA Proprietor of the Year John Losito of Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been selected as the 2017 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) Proprietor of the Year. The BPAA Proprietor of the Year Award is presented annually to a proprietor who has excelled at developing relationships within their community, including comradery with the local United States Bowling Congress association, while actively promoting the sport of bowling with a strong league base, by hosting tournaments and participating in BPAA programs. The individual, selected by the BPAA Awards Committee, runs an exemplary center and shares his/her successful business practices with the industry. “John is a perfect recipient for this award as he represents what every proprietor should strive to be,” BPAA President Nancy Schenk said. “He is continually updating his center and developing and implementing new ideas. This year, John remodeled his center, adding a beautiful game room to his traditional 32-lane center. Sun Valley Lanes is a perfect blend of league and open play. Besides hosting the state high school championships, collegiate tournaments and a Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour stop, this year Sun Valley Lanes also hosted the World Youth Championships. Tournaments of this magnitude are not always huge revenue generators, but John does them out of love for the game and not what they bring to his bottom line. For John, it’s about showcasing and growing the top competition at all levels of the sport. His commitment to the sport and the business of bowling are rivaled by few in our industry, and his customer service is second to none.” Losito will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, during International Bowl Expo 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. He also will be featured in the June edition of Bowling Center Management.

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CarePatrol Welcomes Andrea Crampton CarePatrol of Nebraska is pleased to announce their team is expanding with the recent addition of Andrea Crampton as Community Relations Representative. The company recently acquired the Omaha territory and Andrea will be tasked with community outreach and building the business there. Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has spent the past 25 years in the marketing/account representative field helping many large companies grow. She is excited to help CarePatrol establish a presence in the Omaha market while helping seniors and their families work through a challenging time. As part of the largest no-cost senior placement agency in the nation, CarePatrol of Nebraska assists clients with the selection of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities at no cost to the family or senior. The CarePatrol team helps find the safest and best community for each client, matching them by care needs, wants, location and finances. The company thoroughly reviews the state’s care and violation history of every community before recommending them, and a CarePatrol representative will then line up the tours and personally accompany the client to help make sure all the right questions are asked. To find out more about your local CarePatrol agency, please visit www. or contact Theron Ahlman directly at (402) 580-2116 or


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Youth for Christ Lincoln Area Welcomes Tyler Carter Youth for Christ Lincoln Area welcomes Tyler Carter as their new Ministry Director. Coming from a background in Business Administration/ Management, Carter joined the YFC team this fall as part of the Campus Life high school staff. This spring, Carter moved into the new position of Ministry Director. Matt Schulte, Executive Director of YFC, said, “Tyler’s experience leading large teams of millennials is a skill that will help us continue to grow our ability to reach kids. I am excited to have Tyler help lead our team of 25 staff.” Carter feels strongly about combating lies and false paradigms with truth and grace. When asked why he chose to move from a business job to a ministry job, Carter said, “Each generation, our families are disintegrating at a more rapid pace. The generation of youth today are more confused than ever. Many kids don’t know they are loved and have value.” Carter is eager to change that trend. Youth for Christ Lincoln Area is a non-denominational, non-judgemental, non-profit organization serving youth in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas 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. Find out more at


Matt Hardesty Named Manager of Woods Bros Realty Office Woods Bros Realty announces the appointment of Matt Hardesty to sales manager of the Lincolnshire office. He has been acting as assistant manager and more recently interim manager of the Lincolnshire office. Hardesty recently participated in the HomeServices Leadership Academy and values ongoing education, holding several real estate designations. “We are thrilled for Matt to take this next step in management,” said CEO Gene Brake. “Matt is a natural fit to lead one of our largest offices, and we are confident in his ability to foster a culture that helps the agents and the office grow.” Hardesty was born in Southern California, grew up in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School. After returning to California and spending several years as a construction project manager, Hardesty and his wife, Whitney, moved back to Lincoln to begin their family. He is also the first grandson of the late Gene Ward, recent Woods Bros Realty Hall of Fame inductee and longtime Woods Bros manager. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros. com.

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Peace Studio Architects Expands Team Peace Studio Architects has announced that Ilja Sanio and Corby Renard have joined the Lincoln-based firm as project coordinators. Both attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and have Master’s Degrees in Architecture. Renard earned his Master’s at UNL, while Sanio attended UNL and received his Master’s at University at Hannover, Germany. Sanio has 11 years of experience working at Lincoln-based architecture firms. He Ilja Sanio specializes in schematic design and design development. Previous work includes projects in housing, educational, office/retail, and planning in Lincoln, Nebraska. Renard has 10 years of experience in architecture at Nebraska-based architectural and construction firms. He specializes in project management and sustainable design solutions to fulfill customer needs. Additionally, the company announced that Will Ehrman, a Nebraska native, will be returning for his third summer as an intern at Corby Renard the firm. Ehrman is studying architecture at the University of Kansas and is expected to graduate with a Masters in Architecture in 2018. Gill and Samantha Peace opened Peace Studio Architects in September of 2013. Gill is a licensed architect with over 25 years’ experience designing award-winning projects across the Midwest. In just under four years, the firm has taken on projects in Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. The company has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to design some of the region’s most innovative and eye-catching architectural projects. Project types include; New Construction, Renovation, Retail, Educational, Hospitality/Restaurant, Housing, Residential, Office, Master Planning and more. Current projects include Kindler Hotel and Telegraph Flats, Fallbrook neighborhood projects, and Cooper Commons/ NeighborWorks project. At Peace Studio Architects, DESIGN MATTERS. Find out more at

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PERSONNEL NEWS Union Bank & Trust Promotes Three Union Bank & Trust recently promoted Travis Sears to Vice President of Bank Operations, Meghan Sonderegger to Assistant Vice President and Manager of Electronic Banking, and Amy Carkoski to Assistant Vice President in Retirement Plan Services. Sears has been with Union Bank since 1996 and has held multiple positions in Electronic Banking, most recently as Vice President of Electronic Banking. In his new role as Vice President of Bank Operations, he will be responsible for the strategic oversight of Travis Sears Deposit Services, Electronic Banking, Facilities, and Image Services. Sears graduated from Concordia University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and is a graduate from Operations School and the Advanced School of Banking through the Nebraska Bankers Association. Sonderegger has been with Union Bank for eleven years and has held numerous positions in Electronic Banking, most recently as Electronic Banking Officer. In her expanded role as Assistant Vice President and Manager Meghan Sonderegger of Electronic Banking, she works with the supervisor team to oversee all Electronic Banking products including ACH, ATMs, billpay, credit cards, debit cards, merchant services, online services, and wire processing. Sonderegger holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Carkoski joined Union Bank in 1998 in the Mortgage department as a Mortgage Loans Transaction Coordinator and has Amy Carkoski held numerous positions, most recently as an Investment Officer and Registered Representative in Retirement Plan Services. In her expanded role as Assistant Vice President, she is responsible for retail investments and rollover strategies for customers as well as SEP and SIMPLE IRA programs for small businesses. Carkoski is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Management. She is a Certified IRA Services Professional and has earned the Series 7 and 63 securities registrations and the State of Nebraska Insurance License. Union Bank & Trust ( is a privately owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment and trust services. UBT is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, with a focus on serving customers for the next 100 years.

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New Online Fundraising Platform Introduced Nebraskans Show Their Love on The for Give To Lincoln Day Longest Day Give To Lincoln Day returns for the sixth year on Thursday, May 18! Lincoln Community Foundation is excited to announce that local providers have designed a new online fundraising platform which will be introduced for Give To Lincoln Day. Firespring has partnered with a student team from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop new software that will allow community foundations and nonprofits all over the world to organize and conduct giving days. Firespring will not be charging a platform fee to host Give To Lincoln Day, so the only cost will be the industry standard credit card processing fees. This will allow for the return of more money to the nonprofit organizations in our community. The Lincoln Community Foundation and participating sponsors have also increased the Match Fund incentive for gifts made on Give To Lincoln Day. Every nonprofit organization will receive a proportional share of the $350,000 Match Fund, based upon its percentage of total dollars raised on May 18. The match fund increases every donation made on Give To Lincoln Day, making every gift even more meaningful. Last year, Give To Lincoln Day raised $3,076,995 for 348 local nonprofits. Give To Lincoln Day aims to promote philanthropy in the city. By helping nonprofits raise funds, the daylong event helps them carry out their important work and supplements budgets which are challenged to meet current demands. It also allows nonprofits to tell their stories and attract new donors. The Foundation encourages all Lincoln and Lancaster County residents to make a charitable donation to local nonprofits during this 24-hour day of giving. Gifts can be made online at



The Longest Day is all about love. Love for all of those affected by A l z h e i m e r ’ s disease. On June 21st, the summer solstice, Nebraskans are teaming up with t h e A l z h e i m e r ’s Association as part of a global movement to show their love, and to raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s. During the month of June, people across the state will celebrate The Longest Day by selecting an activity they love, or an activity loved by those affected. From swimming, to playing bridge all day, to horseback riding or golfing, you’re limited only by your imagination! You can live anywhere and participate; join with friends and family across the country — or even the world — and form a team that is active from multiple locations. To register for The Longest Day, visit There is a $20 “activation donation” to jumpstart your fundraising. You can start or join a team, host an event, or register as an individual. To advance research and provide care and support, each participant is asked to raise funds for the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Do what you love, because you love what you do, and for those who can no longer do what they love.

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Register Today for 6th Annual Autumn House Foundation Golf Tournament There is still time to sign up for the 6th Annual Autumn House Foundation Golf Tournament! The funds raised provide a needed break for those caregivers who deliver daily care to people with health concerns. Caregivers, who are often not paid for their services, need a little time for themselves to get away for errands or a quick trip in order to relieve the daily stress of providing care. By providing a source of respite care or day services for the people they care for day in and day out, caregivers relax, knowing that their loved one is being personally cared for in a safe and secure community. May 18 is the date at Woodland Hills in Eagle, NE., starting at 1 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Participants will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, fun, prizes and a catered dinner provided by The Outback Steakhouse. The Autumn House Foundation is a 501©3 corporation. For more information, call (402) 475-7755.

Junior League’s “Dish It Up” Fundraising Event Benefits Community The Junior League of Lincoln’s 13th annual Dish It Up event raised a record-breaking $50,090 on March 10 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln. All event proceeds from live and silent auctions, ticket sales, and donations support Junior League of Lincoln community service projects that promote children and women’s well-being. These include ClothesLine, The Hub: Central Access Point for Young Adults’s Home Goods Store, Lighthouse Girl Power Courses, and CEDARS Youth Action Committee courses. For more details about Junior League of Lincoln, visit Over 300 attendees enjoyed cuisine from Wilderness Ridge, Chef Au Chef, 9 South Chargrill, Billy’s, Blue Blood Brewing Co., Doorstep Diner, Lulubee’s Artisanal Chocolates, The Rabbit Hole Bakery, Chez Hay, Venue Restaurant and Lounge, Miller Time & Pub, and Gianna’s Java and Gelato. The Still and Blue Blood Brewing Co. provided the drinks. A VIP area offered cuisine and specially crafted cocktails provided by The Other Room and Venue. Awards given during the event included: Iron Chef Award – Aaron Young, Chef au Chef; Food Critics Best Creation Award – Eric Starley, Wilderness Ridge; Food Critics Best Presentation Award – Jeff Fisher, Doorstep Diner. Food critics were Jeff Korbelik from the Lincoln Journal Star, Senator Mike Hilgers, and Rob Tualaulelei, a prominent local foodie. Gina and Joe from B107.3’s The Gina and Joe Morning Show emceed the event. Event co-chairs were Junior League of Lincoln Members Chelsey Welch and Katie Maschmann. This event would not have been possible without sponsors and donors. The 2017 title sponsor was Slim Chickens. Petals to Platinum was the exclusive elegance sponsor and B107.3 was the exclusive media sponsor. Additional sponsors included Nelnet, The Abel Family, Hilgers Graben, Counter Culture, Union Bank & Trust, Welch Ophthamology, Casey Nelson Exteriors, Mark & Janelle Hegarty, Florence Strobel in Memory of Jim Strobel, Zysset Oral and Implant Surgery, Crete Carrier, Joanna Christiansen, REALTOR® at Keller Williams, Inspro Insurance, Runza, Bryan Health, Union Bank & Trust, Hey Cupcake and Kate DeCoste Photography.

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Domesti-PUPS Pet Therapy Certification Course Begins in June Domesti-PUPS has announced its upcoming Pet Therapy Certification Course will be held in early June! Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose, such as providing comfort and enjoyment for nursing home residents. Great therapy dogs: • Adore all people and want to be with people more than anything else; • Are able to handle loud noises, commotion, and various people, places and things; • Are mentally sound, not overly sensitive, nor reactive to other dogs; • Have a solid level of obedience. The prerequisite for the Domesti-PUPS Pet Therapy Certification Course is the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen designation. If your dog has passed this test, then you most likely will be ready to begin the pet therapy certification course. Domesti-PUPS Pet Therapy Certification Courses will be held in the following cities: Lincoln, Omaha, Auburn, and St. Joseph, Missouri. If you feel your dog would be a good candidate, email today to sign up! For more information please visit www.

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ATD Lincoln Announces Upcoming Events Don’t miss out on the following events coming up in the next few months: May • ATD Lincoln Book Club: Lincoln on Leadership for Today by Donald T. Philips: Just released in February, the book relates how Abraham Lincoln would handle the pressing crises of our modern world. Barnes & Noble’s Community Business Development Manager will introduce the book and lead a discussion, which will be split over two sessions. You’ll also get to meet other club members at this kickoff of the ATD Lincoln Book Club. June • Progressive Learning Event: Art & Soul and Zipline: Learn from two local companies how they lead their organizations, including tips, tricks, and what they have learned along the way. • Lunch SIG (Special Interest Group): Tech Tools Series with Ranelle Maltas of UNL: Join for one or all three one-hour sessions covering frequently asked questions concerning various software applications. July • Behind the Scenes with Spreetail: Fact or Fad? Myth Busting Culture and L&D Trends: As Learning & Development professionals, we are flooded with so much information about how to “revolutionize the classroom” and “pack a punch with this or that new training method” that we can get distracted from what really matters. Join the discussion and learn how to make a bigger impact by ignoring “shiny objects” and keeping the focus on goals. For more information and to register for these events, visit the ATD Lincoln website ( and scroll down to Upcoming Events. ATD Lincoln looks forward to seeing you! Questions? Contact Dana Meyers at (402) 323-3387 / president@



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CBMC to Host “An Evening with Joe Infranco” Don’t forget! CBMC is hosting “An Evening with Joe Infranco” on Wednesday, May 17th. Mr. Infranco, Senior Legal Counsel & Vice President of Alliance Coordination for the Alliance Defending Freedom, will talk about his work defending religious freedom, and specifically about faith in the marketplace. This free event will begin at 6:30 p.m., to be held at the new Cornhusker Bank Headquarters located at 8310 ‘O’ Street (Enter on the North Side). Space is limited. Please register at: www. Also, this month CBMC is participating in Give To Lincoln Day! (Online May 1 – May 18 and Live May 18th). If you’ve been considering a gift, now is a great time to give because of available matching funds. Check it out at! CBMC Lincoln is a local organization of Christian business leaders and professionals that seek to encourage each other to conduct business in a way that glorifies God and serves the community. The Lincoln chapter offers peer advisory groups, team meetings, small-group studies, and a variety of training, networking, and relationshipbuilding opportunities. When businesses operate according to Godly principles, everybody wins! For more information, please visit or contact Ed Nix, Area Director, at (402) 730-8797 or enix@cbmc. com.

CEDARS Continues Important Work to End Child Abuse Visitors to the Railyard in downtown Lincoln during the month of April might have seen thousands of blue ribbons adorning the handrails. CEDARS created this visually impactful display as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. L a s t y e a r, t h e r e were roughly 3,500 substantiated victims of child abuse and neglect in Nebraska. As one of the largest childcaring organizations in the state, CEDARS believes that even one victim of child abuse is too many. As parents and as a community, we can all work to prevent child abuse. Just as it was 70 years ago when CEDARS was founded, the support of the community to provide for the children and youth in crisis is critical. This year CEDARS will deliver services to nearly 2,500 children and their families. Providing refuge for children and youth who have no other safe place to spend the night is the core of CEDARS mission, pursued through comprehensive efforts to help kids in crisis and build strong families. For more information about preventing child abuse, call (402) 434KIDS (5437) or visit CEDARS online at

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Junior Achievement Golf Classic Registration Now Open, Sponsorships Still Available Join Junior Achievement of Lincoln on Friday, June 9th for the annual JA Golf Classic. The JA Golf Classic will be played at HiMark Golf Course with a four-person scramble shotgun start at 10:00am. If your business is interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, Team Sponsor, or Hole Sponsor, please contact Jessica States, JA Senior Director, at or (402) 467-4479. Funds raised at the annual Golf Classic go to support JA’s mission of promoting financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to over 28,000 students in southeastern Nebraska. Join them for a day of food, prizes and fun - all for a great cause!

Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. Launches Wellbeing Connections Warm Line Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of a new program, the Wellbeing Connections Warm Line, starting on May 1st! A warm line is a tollfree number people who are experiencing emotional distress may call in an effort to avert reaching the point of crisis. The Wellbeing Connections Warm Line is committed to providing a reassuring voice to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, wants a safe space to process thoughts and emotions, or simply needs to be reminded they are not alone. If you’d like more information, please visit the website at Wellbeing Initiative, Inc. is a local non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals living with mental health challenges to reach their fullest potential. For more information about Wellbeing Initiative, Inc., please visit them online or contact Skylar Linn, Executive Director, at (402) 4382970 /

Nebraska State Stroke Association Seeking Part-Time Executive Director Nebraska State Stroke Association (NSSA) has announced the addition of a parttime Executive Director position, to be filled as soon as possible. This professional will serve as the primary advocate for the mission of NSSA and has the lead responsibility of creating profitable and sustainable fundraising events to support the organization’s programs and initiatives. The application deadline is May 10th. Those interested in this position may begin the application process by contacting Mitzi Ritzman at (402) 617-7423 / NSSA’s vision is to be recognized as a statewide resource, working to reduce the impact of stroke and enhance the quality of life of those affected by stroke. NSSA serves Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services. For more information, please visit

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available for St. Monica’s Amazing Chase XII

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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 Nebraska Cancer Researc h Center is planning its 4th Annual “Colors of Hope: Cancer Research Fundraiser” brought to you by Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center. The event will be held at the Country Club of Lincoln on Thursday, August 24, 2017. It will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a delicious meal, a silent auction of desserts and other donated items as well as a live auction of larger items, which includes vacation packages. In 2016, more than 150 guests assisted with efforts to raise money for NCRC and bring awareness to the importance of cancer research to the Lincoln community. Thank you to all of last year’s guests and sponsors who helped raise over $20,000! NCRC is a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Over 2,000 volunteers have participated in treatment, prevention and control trials through NCRC over the past 33 years, helping to identify more effective cancer treatments and improve the quality of life of cancer patients. NCRC partners with local hospitals and oncology clinics to provide cutting edge research through clinical trials. At any one time, there are 30-35 clinical trials open for enrollment through NCRC. NCRC is currently looking for event sponsors and auction items. There are several generous marketing packages available to event sponsors. For more information, contact Kelly Madcharo at (402) 327-6851 or visit




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NON-PROFIT NEWS TeamMates Makes College More Accessible Golf Tournament to Benefit Friendship Home This May, over 80 TeamMates will graduate from Lincoln’s high sc hools. Many have been with their m e n t o r s fo r nearly 10 years. Throughout the community, generous individuals and businesses have given funds so that 35 of these young people will begin their post-secondary education or training with the help of LPS TeamMates scholarships. That number does not include the students who have received scholarships from the national TeamMates office or mentor support while writing essays and filling out forms for other scholarships. TeamMates mentors are committed to guiding students on the path to success by helping them to set goals and by staying consistent. For these students, getting into college makes a contribution not only to their own lives, but also to the communities in which they live. “My goal is to pursue a career that makes a positive impact on the world, Pediatric Nursing,” said a graduating senior. “Being in TeamMates has allowed me to grow and learn more about how to be a responsible person. I have learned about post-high school opportunities, and my mentor has been a positive role model, continuing to encourage me to do good things in life.” For more information about TeamMates, visit

On Sunday, June 25th, Friendship Home supporters will be “Driving to Putt an End to Domestic Violence” during the 10th annual golf tournament at HiMark Golf Course. This event is entirely vo l u n t e e r- c o o r d i n a t e d , meaning every penny raised goes to help local families escape violent homes. Teams of four will play in a scramble format with a 2:00pm shotgun start. The team entry fee is $300 and includes green fees, cart rental and lunch on the course. Participants will have opportunities to win flag prizes on the course. The tournament’s winning team will receive HiMark Pro Shop gift certificates. The deadline to register a team is June 1st. Limited to the first 25 teams. Interested golfers or hole sponsors should contact Amy at (402) 560-3916 or For more information, visit the Latest News page at Friendship Home is Lincoln’s confidential domestic violence shelter. Friendship Home offers emergency and transitional shelter, as well as safety planning, support groups and mental health counseling. Fundraising efforts like this golf tournament help Friendship Home maintain the quality of services to victims of domestic violence and their children 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Community Health Charities of Nebraska Adds Three Charities Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHCNE) has announced that three new member charities are now part of the fundraising federation: Team Jack Foundation, Autism Action Partnership and Nebraska Community Blood Bank. “The CHC-NE Board of Directors is very pleased to extend membership to these three charities,” said Craig Sall, State Board Chair. “The work they are doing is helping Nebraskans affected by chronic disease across the state, and we are honored to represent them in our workplace giving campaigns. Donors now have even more ways to make an impact when they give a gift though Community Health Charities of Nebraska.” CHC-NE is a fundraising federation of 22 premier non-profit health charities raising charitable contributions primarily through annual corporate employee giving campaigns. Other member health charities include: The ALS Association MidAmerica Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter, American Diabetes Association of Nebraska, American Lung Association in Nebraska, Arthritis Foundation Nebraska, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/ Iowa Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Nebraska Chapter, JDRF International - Heartland Chapter Lincoln & Greater Nebraska, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Nebraska Chapter, March of Dimes, Nebraska & Western Iowa Market, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska, National MS Society - Mid America Chapter, Nebraska AIDS Project, Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Nebraska Kidney Association, Susan G. Komen® Great Plains and United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska.

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Christian Record Services: Apply Now for Anne Lowe Scholarship Do you know a young adult who is preparing for college or is a returning college student? The Anne Lowe Scholarship, offered by Christian Record Services, Inc., is awarded for the purpose of furthering educational pursuits of people who are legally blind and meet the following criteria: *United States citizen *Undergraduate studies *Attending accredited college or university in the United States *Full-time student *Minimum 2.0 GPA. Christian Record Services will accept applications through Thursday, June 15, 2017. For more information and to apply online, visit the Anne Lowe Scholarship website at






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Goodwill to Host Community Event Goodwill Industries Ser ving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. ( is hosting a live radio remote with Matt McKay from KFRX 106.3 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vine Street Location, 4555 Vine Street, Lincoln, Neb., 68503. This is an opportunity for the community to meet and learn more about the partner agencies, including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center and YWCA Job Outfitters. The event will also include free Boss’s Pizza, fun activity and the chance to win prizes from these local businesses: Escape Room, Defy Gravity, Raising Canes, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Ace Hardware, Mellow Mushroom, Olive Garden, the Lincoln Stars Hockey, Yogurtini, Upstream Brewing Company, SouthPointe Pavilions, Corky Canvas, Lost in Fun, Outback Steakhouse, Sun Valley Lanes and more. The 10 for $10 Clothing Sale will also be happening, that means up to 10 pieces of clothing for only $10. Clothing with yellow tags and housewares with blue tags will be 50% off at all Lincoln and York Goodwill locations!

Mini-Golf Tournament to Support Fresh Start’s Programs for Women On Saturday, June 17 from 8:45am – 12pm, there will be a mini-golf tournament at Adventure Golf (56th and Old Cheney) in hopes of raising funds for Fresh Start. The event is sponsored by Baxter, Aesthetics, Inc, and General Excavating. S i g n yo u r t e a m u p t o d ay ! Registration is open until all spots are filled. This event is a fun activity for the whole family. Register your team of four at for $20/player. Entry fee includes one round of mini-golf, light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. There will be friendly contests and prizes– courtesy of donations from the Lincoln business community. There are also many different levels of sponsorship still available starting at just $100 (see website for sponsorship form). TAKE THE FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE! Teams are also challenged to raise $180 to benefit homeless women in Lincoln ($10 per hole). Participation is optional. All proceeds will benefit Fresh Start, a transitional shelter that empowers homeless women to utilize their strengths to become selfsufficient. For more information about the event or services provided by Fresh Start, email

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Plans Unveiled for Building Expansion Project Child Guidance Center’s Extended Day at Matt Talbot Treatment Program Expands, Transitions Matt Talbot Kitchen to Summer Hours & Outreac h is investing in new programs and staff to expand efforts to defeat hunger and homelessness and restore hope. In the past year Matt Talbot has initiated the Landlord Liaison Project, which makes renting to the homeless a win-win for both tenant and landlord, and the First HOPE Project, which uses a nationally proven model to house the chronically homeless and surround them with the support they need. These projects have expanded Matt Talbot’s capacity to help people move out of homelessness and into safe and stable housing. To accommodate the additional staff needed for these programs, Matt Talbot is planning a facility expansion to add 8 offices, records storage space, and a small meeting room. Additional parking and a garage for the outreach van are also included in the plans. “We are excited about our new programs and efforts in defeating homelessness,” said Blue. “Although this building expansion project is brick and mortar, what we are really building is our capacity to save and transform lives.” The fundraising goal for the building expansion is $750,000. An anonymous donor has pledged a generous challenge gift where every dollar donated will be matched up to $250,000. Learn more and donate at

The Child Guidance Center ( is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of children and their families in the Lincoln area and surrounding communities through effective and flexible therapeutic partnerships and a commitment to advocacy and positive social change. The Extended Day Treatment Program provides intensive therapeutic after-school and summer program for children 5 – 11 years old with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. The program operates Monday – Friday after school and during the mornings in the summer. During the last program year, Child Guidance Center saw a 15% increase in the number of children who were served through the Extended Day Treatment Program bringing last year’s total to 53 children and families. “Due to the increased need for this program, we have expanded the number of children and youth who can be served on a daily basis,” shared Katie McLeese Stephenson, Executive Director. “The impact of this program is seen one child and family at a time where a child learns to make behavioral changes so that they can stabilize their living arrangement and school placement.” For information about this program, please contact Jackie Prater, LICSW, Extended Day Treatment Program Director at jprater@child-guidance. org or call (402) 475-7666.




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LHRMA Announces May Meeting The Lincoln Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA) will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 9th at the SCC Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th Street Place, Lincoln, NE 68510. LHRMA is presenting Three Exciting Diversity & Inclusion Programs. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. with presentation on Creating An Inclusive Workplace: What’s Gender Identity Got To Do With It?. Two workshops follow the luncheon from 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Part 1 - LGBT Protections and the Workplace. Part 2- Helping Employees Transition Smoothly in the Workplace. All members of the community are invited to attend this event. Register online at with a deadline of May 5th. LHRMA’s mission is to be the go-to resource on people management for the community by connecting professionals to solve everyday problems, providing quality education, collaborating with community leaders, and leading change for our industry. The organization is comprised of 400 HR professionals from the greater Lincoln area and welcomes new members. For more information, please visit

Pius X Honors Student-Athletes in Signing Ceremony On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Pius X High School honored 22 Class of 2017 studentathletes who h a ve c h o s e n Front Row (L to R): Connor Smith, Robert Farber, Michael Lewandowski, Tyler Crouse, Joseph Berrick, Austin to participate Miller, Derek Kolbush, Bryce Holcomb, Joshua Guerra in collegiate Back Row (L to R): Kathleen Medill, Regan athletics and Taubenheim, Briley Sebek, Ellen Budell, Madelyne activities. Lupercio, Heidi Odom, Hannah Meyer, Aspen Students from Rolfes, Megan Hellem, Kayla Johnson, Madison 10 sports and Stockman, Mary Soden, Natalie Sjuts activities signed their letters of intent during the ceremony held at 11:30 a.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center and in front of fellow students, coaches, faculty/staff, family members, and guests. The following student-athletes were recognized: Joseph Berrick (Swimming, Midland University – Fremont, NE), Ellen Budell (Soccer, Benedictine College – Atchison, Kansas), Tyler Crouse (Baseball, Rockhurst University – Kansas City, Missouri), Robert Farber (Football, Midland University), Joshua Guerra (Football, Midland University), Megan Hellem (Soccer, University of Nebraska-Kearney), Bryce Holcomb (Track & Field / Cross Country, Wayne State College), Kayla Johnson (Soccer, Morningside College – Sioux City, Iowa), Derek Kolbush (Baseball, Nebraska Wesleyan University), Michael Lewandowski (Basketball, Peru State College), Madelyne Lupercio (Soccer, Missouri Western State University – St. Joseph, Missouri), Kathleen Medill (Volleyball / Track & Field, United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, Colorado), Hannah Meyer (Track & Field, Benedictine College – Atchison, Kansas), Austin Miller (Wrestling, Doane University – Crete, Nebraska), Heidi Odom (Soccer, York College), Aspen Rolfes (Track & Field, Nebraska Wesleyan University), Briley Sebek (Basketball, Rockhurst University), Natalie Sjuts (Track & Field, Benedictine College), Connor Smith (Football, Midland University), Mary Soden (Track & Field / Cross Country, Nebraska Wesleyan University), Madison Stockman (Golf, Nebraska Wesleyan University), Regan Taubenheim (Track & Field / Cross Country, University of Nebraska-Kearney).

Nebraska Community Foundation Travels to Ogallala Nebraska Community Foundation staff and board members from across the state convened in Ogallala, Neb. for a two-day quarterly board meeting, April 11-12. Quarterly meetings provide staff and board members an opportunity to discuss recent successes in NCF affiliated communities throughout the state, devise new ways to serve its 224 affiliated funds which directly benefit 251 Nebraska communities in 80 counties, and witness first-hand the extraordinary work of its community based affiliated funds, in this case, Keith County Community Foundation Fund (KCCFF). Since KCCFF began its work with Nebraska Community Foundation, local volunteers have raised over $1.6 million in charitable assets. The vast majority are held in endowments which will forever provide a steady flow of revenue to meet the needs and opportunities of the residents of Keith County. In the last 12 years, KCCFF has supported 93 projects and worthy causes including the Ogallala Library, Goodall Recreation Center, Ogallala Regional Arts Council and various funds to support local schools and students. Nebraska Community Foundation’s visit to Ogallala was highlighted by a guided bus tour of Keith County, hosted by KCCFF, which featured a variety of attractions that have received significant support from the fund (pictured here).

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Herbs & More is excited to announce they are now carrying kratom in their store stoc k of products due to popular demand. Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia, in Southeast the same family as the coffee tree, and its leaves have Nebraska Cancer Center offers been used as an herbal remedy for centuries. Kratom’s medicinal Certifi Fitters aresedative trained properties allowed for Mastectomy use as a stimulant (at lowthat doses), (at andrecreational qualifieddrug, to pain measure, fit,treatment dispense and high doses), killer, and for opiate adjust external breast prostheses, bras and addiction. Many people report that kratom is an effective treatment for arthritis, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and fibromyalgia. Kratom related supplies. is non-habit forming when used responsibly, and its effects usually last for 5-6 hours. We work with patients to assess emotional For moreneeds, information about Herbs & More, visitplan, www.herbsandmorene. formulate a treatment and provide com, callfollow-up (402) 423-7733, or stop by the store at 5740 Old Cheney care to ensure patient satisfaction. Road, Suite 8.

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Nebraska’s Specialty Medical Options on the Rise The area’s largest radiology group, Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI), is continuing to expand the specialty imaging services available to Lincoln residents and rural Nebraska communities. By the end of 2017, AMI will consist of over 30 radiologists, serving all of Lincoln and over half of the critical access hospitals in the state. Having a group of this size in Lincoln means that patients can receive local quality service 24/7 as AMI does not outsource any of their radiology work, even during the night. Many of AMI’s physicians, including three that will join the group this summer, have sub-specialties not accessible before in the area. By having physicians who have dedicated years of their lives to hone their skills in specific areas means better care. Radiology specialties in this local group include Pediatric, Breast, Musculoskeletal, Body Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Neuroradiology, which diagnoses abnormalities in the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, and head and neck. Advanced Medical Imaging also has three Interventional Radiologists. These physicians are the surgeons of radiology and use imaging to treat conditions through minimally invasive procedures. Patients looking for specialized treatment in any of these areas are encouraged to visit or call Advanced Medical Imaging at (402) 484-6677 to set up a consultation. Three words our clients love to see. Isn’t it time you start seeing them?

Tabitha Hospice Volunteer, Staff Spotlighted Tabitha (, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to congratulate Lani Glaser for the recent recognition she received at the annual Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) Conference in Lincoln on March 14. Glaser, hospice bereavement coordinator at Tabitha, has received the 2017 (L-R) Jennifer Eurek (NHPCA), Lani Glaser, Bereavement Coordinator Bob Ward (on behalf of Galen Miller) Scholarship. The Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care scholarships are funded by the Galen Miller Memorial Education Fund, which was established by NHPCA in memory of Galen Miller, late executive vice president of the National Hospice and Palliative (L-R) Jennifer Eurek (NHPCA), Sharon Care Organization. The fund Smith, Gary George (NHPCA) honors Dr. Miller’s passion for hospice and end-of-life care by providing scholarships to hospice and palliative care professionals in Nebraska. Tabitha would also like to congratulate Sharon Smith, Tabitha Hospice volunteer, who was recognized as an exemplary volunteer by the association. Each year, NHPCA recognizes volunteers who provided outstanding services during the previous year at a Nebraska hospice agency. As the first and most experienced provider of hospice care in the state of Nebraska, Tabitha Hospice is the gold standard for quality, compassionate, end-of-life care. Hospice care is provided throughout 28 southeast Nebraska counties, wherever the client calls home, as well as at two innovative hospice residences in Lincoln dedicated to compassionate end-of-life care, The Journey House on Tabitha’s main campus and The Seagren House in south Lincoln.


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Nebraska Community Blood Bank: Help Make a Life-Saving Impact A new partnership was recently announced between Nebraska Community Blood Bank and Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC- NE), which now provides those in the Lincoln and Omaha areas with even more ways to support the cause. “The life-saving mission of Nebraska Community Blood Bank goes hand in hand with the other member charities, supporting those facing chronic illness,” said Ellen DiSalvo, President of Nebraska Community Blood Bank. “We are excited to have the opportunity to further improve lives and engage Nebraskans in sustaining our healthy community. Every day, we are inspired by the stories of how blood and platelet donations from our donors help sustain and save the lives of patients in need. We are excited to see our dedicated donors, proud to wear Nebraska Community Blood Bank t-shirts around the community advocating for blood donation. We are proud of our team members who ensure our organization is able to deliver live-saving blood to meet the needs of our hospital partners. And we are grateful for those who contribute through corporate giving campaigns with CHC-NE.” Community Health Charities has giving opportunities through partnership campaigns with United Way or through individual contributions. When you give to CHC-NE, its 22 member health charities receive a percentage of the dollars. If you are interested in continuing to make an impact on our communities’ quality of life on a regular basis, please contact Erica Busta, Community Outreach Representative, at or (402) 486-9412.

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The American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good™ movement is rallying millions across the country to live life healthier lives, inspire lasing change and unify people around the simple idea that making a small change today can create a difference for generations to come. Now is the time to fight for lasting change. It’s time to put our health first and create a movement that truly lasts. It’s time that we commit to being Healthy For Good™. How can you get started? By participating in the Healthy For Good™ Heart Walk! Heart Walks across the country educate participants of the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and what we can do to prevent it. Funds raised support local medical research and educational programs of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Survivors of heart disease, stroke and related surgeries are honored the morning of the walk. Open to participants of all ages, although the Lincoln Heart Walk was held on April 22nd, there are still a couple chances to lace up those sneakers and walk for a good cause coming up: Saturday, May 6: North Platte Heart Walk, locally presented by Union Pacific Railroad, taking place at Cody Park. Learn more at Saturday, May 13: Omaha-Council Bluffs Heart Walk, locally presented by Physicians Mutual and Metro Credit Union and media sponsor 3 News Now, taking place at Miller’s Landing. Find out more at


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Established in 1973, Sutter Place Interiors is Lincoln’s premier interior design provider. Now under the ownership of Rick and Marcia Willet, who also own and operate Willet Construction, the combination of complementary offerings has elevated what both firms are able to create for clients. The professionals at Sutter Place Interiors will bring your vision to life by working closely with you to deliver your unique requirements and desires. With a detailed showroom, vast inventory, extensive experience, and a forthright approach, Sutter Place Interiors is a trusted resource and onestop shop for any and all of your interior design needs. Delivering only the very best service and results, Sutter Place Interiors offers the following services: . Space and/or Lighting Planning . Bath & Kitchen Renovations . Furniture Selection and/or Custom-Designed Pieces, Layout & Arrangement . Selection of Palette, Paint, Fixtures, Flooring, Finishes, Materials, Fabrics, Etc. . Fabrication of Custom Window Treatments, Upholstery, and Bedding . Millwork/Custom Cabinetry Design . Fine Art Curation & Specification . Accessory Selection & Placement, Tabletop Design . Purchasing, Order Tracking, and Delivery Coordination . Construction Coordination, Vendor Management, and Site Inspections Most of us have, at minimum, a vague notion of what our dream home or professional environment should look like. However, few of us have the vision and experience to align those expectations with reality. At Sutter Place Interiors, you’ll have access to the resources, skills and passion of a team that’s dedicated to bringing your dreams to life. These are talented professionals who understand that style and taste are unique to every individual. Whether your home decorating motif is contemporary or traditional, whether your taste reflects simplicity or eccentricity, or whether your preference is for American, European, Asian, African, or Latin American influences, rest assured that the designers at Sutter Place Interiors can create a look consistent with your personal style. Contact Sutter Place Interiors today to discover the possibilities for your space!

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Last Month: Piedmont Bistro by Venue

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A new restaurant concept introduced to Lincolnites at the beginning of this year, Piedmont Bistro by Venue is a c hic, comfor table neighborhood eatery serving house-crafted dishes with locally-sourced ingredients and amazing presentations you can’t get anywhere else. With everything from a hearty breakfast menu and delicious Sunday brunch to a full bistro lunch spread and a dinner menu full of culinary masterpieces, here you’ll find honest food and exceptional hospitality. Dine, sip expertly-crafted cocktails on the gorgeous patio, share a decadent dessert; any of the possibilities are sure to delight. At Piedmont Bistro by Venue, guests can expect a true local experience. A huge thank you is extended to everyone who joined us this month!

Texas T-Bone Steakhouse offers a casual, Texas-style dining experience. With the largest selection of USDA Choice premium steaks in Lincoln and signature “Create Your Own” salads made with the freshest ingredients available, at Texas T-Bone Steakhouse, it’s all about quality. The restaurant also places a major emphasis on value, with the motto “Everything is Big Except Our Prices!” Along with its impressive dinner menu, Texas T-Bone Steakhouse also has a fantastic lunch menu served Friday through Sunday, which features a selection of special Texas Size Sandwiches and Favorites. On behalf of our entire Strictly Business team, we would like to invite you to our next Friends 4 Lunch event we are holding on May 4th at Texas T-Bone Steakhouse at 11:30 a.m. (Lunch prices range approx. $8-$20) Space is limited and RSVP is requested. Please email office@ or call (402) 466-3330 to attend.

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Simplicity & Charm The American bistro is a restaurant sensation that is making a big comeback! Many are welcoming the simplicity, charm, and comfort that has come along with the reemergence of these neighborhood eateries. With its modern twist on this classic, Piedmont Bistro by Venue is offering just that to those in the Lincoln community. Now under the management of Venue Restaurant & Lounge, Piedmont Bistro by Venue recently opened a�er the concept was reimagined to reflect the signature style, quality, and originality of its new owner. If you’ve been following along with us, you may have seen that our Friends4Lunch event last month was held at Piedmont Bistro by Venue. How fortunate for us that we were able to return so shortly for dinner; between both experiences, there’s plenty to rave about! Focusing on a scratch-based culinary program like its sister restaurant, the house-cra�ed dishes on the menu incorporate locally-sourced ingredients, with amazing presenta�ons that are fi�ng for the chic bistro se�ng. Carrying that same focus to the bar, the drink menu includes tradi�onal cocktails with a mixology twist, excep�onal wines, and a great variety of cra� beers with an emphasis on local vendors. We started off our dining experience with several appe�zers - the Beet Fries(V•GF), Sweet Potato Hummus(V•VG•GF), Spinach Gouda Dip(V), and Brussels Sprouts(V•VG•GF). So tasty! All are unique items that can’t be found anywhere else and exceeded our ini�al expecta�ons. We also ordered the Garden Goddess Salad(V•GF) as a starter, which featured a nice variety of greens and balance of fresh, colorful ingredients. Then on to the main course, our group went with the same approach, ordering a diverse selec�on of entrees and sharing plates. We chose the Grilled CAB 16 oz Bone-in Ribeye(GF), Dijon Chicken Breast, Seared Scallops, Seared Salmon(GF), and the Maple Soy Glazed Chicken. Each had a flavor all its own and was done to perfec�on. The Seared Scallops were accompanied with the best riso�o we’ve ever V = Vegetarian | VG=Vegan | GF = Gluten Free

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tasted! Usually we have a clear favorite, but that was not the case this �me because they were all equally amazing. The menu is well thought out; it’s broad enough to cater to all appe�tes while s�ll having that ‘WOW’ factor present in each and every one of the innova�ve dishes. Honestly, there wasn’t anything on the menu that we would have turned down. All dishes we tried truly embody everything Piedmont Bistro by Venue represents and were liked by our team. Well enough, in fact, that there was nothing le� unclaimed. For the exclama�on point to an amazing dinner we were s�ll looking forward to dessert, despite being pre�y full at that point. Piedmont Bistro by Venue’s Pastry Chef Linda Cox has a reputa�on that speaks for itself, so there was no chance of us leaving without sampling some of her masterpieces. We picked the Panna Co�a Cheesecake and the Chocolate Dobos Torte. Both are as pre�y as they are delicious, or vice versa. Our recommenda�on to our readers would be to make sure you save ample room for dessert! It can definitely be said that at Piedmont Bistro by Venue guests can expect a

true local experience and excep�onal hospitality at this gem of a casual neighborhood eatery. Our dinner stay was nothing short of remarkable, and �me well spent indeed. The por�ons were very generous and allowed us to leave with le�overs to savor over the days to come! Their wine list is sure to please anyone, and pairs nicely with the fare (there’s even a Piedmont Cheddar Board on the appe�zer menu with cheese, salami, and veggies – the perfect combina�on!). On top of all of this, the service is prompt, warm and friendly. Our only regret was that we didn’t sit outside in the pa�o area because it was a beau�ful evening to enjoy the sunset by the fire pit. Since a return visit is definitely in the works, that exactly what we’ll be doing at some point in the future, along with trying out their daily breakfast or legendary Sunday brunch!

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That’s the goal of Powder Room Parlor, a new boutique hair and nail salon, now open next door to Iron Brush Tattoo. The space is simultaneously stylish and rustic, with exposed white brick, caramel-colored chairs and a plethora of greenery. Beyond looks, the comfortable atmosphere is meant to inspire friendships and bonds between stylists and clients. Liz Peck, a barber and stylist for the salon, said owner Melissa Stone wanted to open a salon for years and began renovating the Powder Room space in November. Currently three stylists and a nail technician are employed at Powder Room: Peck, Stone, Megan Cockrill and Holly Krause. Though they all work for Powder Room, each stylist is independent, meaning they decide their own hours and how many clients they want to take on. Prior to working at Powder Room, the four women worked with Stone and one another both in school and in various salons. Peck said Stone has always been the type of person you want to work with forever.

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Cockrill said it’s the relationship with their clients, their community and one another that sets them apart from other salons in the Lincoln. “It’s the dream team,” Cockrill said. Supporting local is a major part of Powder Room. The parlor’s plants, water bottles, coffee and decor come from various Nebraskan businesses, both from Lincoln and elsewhere. “We all love Nebraska,” Peck said. “We love every bit of Nebraska and cherish it. We’re big fans of it; we like to support a lot of local businesses.” Working next to the tattoo parlor is also a huge bonus for the women and contributes to a neighborhood-type feel on their block, they said. “We’re kind of the misfits of downtown because we’re off to the side of the main downtown area,” Peck said. “It’s cool to be a part of this area and when the Telegraph district happens, we’ll be sandwiched between that [and downtown] which is really cool. This space was perfect.” The salon is now accepting appointments and will celebrate their grand opening on May 13 with an open house. “It’ll be a big party and we want everyone to come and just enjoy downtown,” Peck said.

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WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT YOUR COMPANY HAS FACED? Educating those in our community about CarePatrol, and more specifically, that a service like ours is available and it’s 100% free to those we help. Many people are used to going around to many different communities on their own, only to learn that they aren’t a good fit for a variety of different reasons. Now there’s help with narrowing the search and screening potential matches, which saves quite a bit of time by ensuring that key criteria are met before moving forward with that process. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT AS A BUSINESS? Every senior we help place is important and helping them through a tough time is very rewarding. Each person is unique, and when an individual confidently picks his/ her new home and is hopeful about what the future holds, that’s a satisfying achievement for me. WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST TURNING POINT IN YOUR BUSINESS? Purchasing the Omaha territory has been the biggest to date. We more than doubled the size of our business, and the Omaha market is so very different from Lincoln and the surrounding towns that we cover. With those two factors, there has been a bit of a learning curve to get adjusted. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS HERE IN NEBRASKA? Those in the communities we serve are very friendly, clients and others in the industry alike. I enjoy working with nice people who also care about seniors. I do believe here in Lincoln and Omaha there are many people who are helping seniors for the right reason, and that isn’t the case in other cities. WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/GROUPS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH? Most recently, I served on the committee for the Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes football game to raise awareness and funds for the cause. I also help with NeFigure8n, whose goal is to help promote figure 8 racing in Nebraska. WHAT DO YOU SEE HAPPENING WITH THE BUSINESS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? I see us growing and adding more employees to keep up with the increasing demand. Although CarePatrol is still relatively new to the area now, as more people have become familiar with what we have to offer and utilized our services, word has already spread about how we are able to help seniors and their families. I expect this momentum to continue, and there are also some exciting things we’ll be rolling out, so stay tuned as I’m not able to announce them yet!

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City Council Should Not Surrender Authority The Lincoln City Council is still working on ways to fix the Lincoln Police and Fire Pension fund. The retirement fund was severely underfunded last year, but was helped by a recent infusion of cash. Now, the Council is considering an ordinance that would make funding the pension a city law. A law that would give too much power to the city actuaries. LIBA is not opposed to following the guidelines suggested by the Lincoln Pension Review Committee in May of 2016. However, we do disagree with the method that is being proposed. Instead of our elected officials making a determination about the funding level each year, the Council will give a couple actuaries complete control to make the decision. These actuaries are not elected and do not answer to the taxpayers. This law, if passed, will say that we have to fund the pension at a certain level even if the city is having financial issues. This will lead to one of two outcomes during tough financial times. We will either hear about how libraries and swimming pools need to close, or that we must raise taxes. The police and fire pension will be used as an excuse, and we will be told how draconian cuts to city services must be made, or we must increase taxes. Again, LIBA supports following the guidelines in the Pension Review report, but this ordinance change only cherry-picks one suggestion. Why isn’t the Council working on some of the other suggestions such as having the city and employees share the true cost of the plan?

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The Committee recommends changing the way contributions are determined for Lincoln’s plan. Instead of police and fire employees contributing a fixed amount—currently 8%—they would contribute a percentage of the total annual costs of the plan, with the City also contributing a percentage. This is an arrangement found in other plans. Some plans split the cost 50/50. Others are 60/40 or some other amount. If, for example, the pension plan cost was split with 60% paid by the City and 40% paid by public safety employees, the employee contribution could be about 10.25%--a small increase. The City’s contribution could be reduced a like amount. Instead of following this suggestion, if the Council passes this ordinance, they are saying that the taxpayers should make the plan whole.

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This ordinance fails in two ways. It does not reduce the taxpayer contribution as suggested by the committee report, and it has the Mayor and City Council relinquishing their budgeting authority and giving it to someone who does not answer to the taxpayers. The City Council should not surrender its authority to control city funds.

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.

Founded in February of 2003, JetSplash offers Lincoln’s premier top-of-the-line, full-service exterior car wash. Now approaching 15 years in business, here’s just a few of the reasons why JetSplash has earned the business of so many Lincolnites and continues to be a local favorite.

SERVICE {THE BEST AROUND, HANDS DOWN} As the times have changed, so have we. At JetSplash we’ve made it our goal to use up-to-date equipment and eco-friendly products. With conveyorized car washes powered by MacNeil Car Wash Systems, we’re able to utilize the most energy-efficient equipment to get the job done. We use eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable products from Qual Chem Midwest to clean, protect, and keep your car shining every time. And you can’t beat the free unlimited self-serve vacuuming with any wash at all locations.



Even with the best equipment and products, delivering consistent greatness wouldn’t be possible without our all-star team. You’ll find a friendly, professional staff at all of our locations. To make sure your car is cleaned to our standards, all JetSplash car washes are personally inspected and handprepped daily. Attendants monitor the entire process, then hand-dry each vehicle and inspect for cleanliness at the conclusion of the wash…thoroughly enough to ensure a Bug Free Guarantee, which is pretty darn impressive. Happen to drive through a puddle with your newly-washed vehicle? No problem, with a qualifying wash, just stop back by and redeem your 48-hour guarantee!

MEMBERSHIPS {CLEANER CAR, FATTER WALLET} Our unlimited memberships allow you to wash your car as often as you’d like - plus all of the exclusive perks at every JetSplash location. Every time your truck gets splashed with mud, the kids make a mess in the back seat of your van, or your car becomes a target for birds, you can swing through one of our four convenient locations to clean it up quick with no additional charge. In other words, your car stays clean and your cash stays in your wallet. Although important to all of us, saving money is just one of the benefits of having a membership. In fact, continuing to provide more value to members is an ongoing mission at JetSplash. There’s access to a designated AfterCare Area at all locations and special AfterCare Kits available for use, and you can even jet through the members-only fast lane! There are no sign-up fees, long-term contracts, or deals with the devil. Just pay month-to-month with autopay, or pick one of our longer packages and save up to $80 a year. You can even purchase and manage your membership online!

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS {BE GOOD, DO GOOD} JetSplash is dedicated to giving back to Lincoln and surrounding communities through support of events, fundraisers, and other charitable efforts. Teaming up with many local non-profits to date, JetSplash is committed to helping people make a difference in the city of Lincoln. Those who are coordinating initiatives are welcome to find out more about fundraising opportunities or request review of a donation via the website.

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Lincoln received some great news last month with the announcement of Ink Labs’ decision to relocate its corporate headquarters from the Silicon Valley to the Silicon Prairie. Ink CEO Jonathan Manzi made the announcement at a joint press conference with Governor Pete Ricketts, Ink Co-founder Denis Benic, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln CIO Mark Askren and me. Manzi said, “Lincoln, Nebraska affords Ink with the ability to attract smart, young, loyal talent at scale and offer them a superlative proposition for quality of life.” Manzi is hitting on what the Lincoln business community has known for a long time; Lincoln IS a great place to start and grow a business. We’ve got the world-class talent and business climate to foster the kind of ecosystem that supports startups. Startups bring new ideas and innovations to life and Lincoln, Nebraska is just the place to help launch and sustain them. Our success builds on their success and helps to position Lincoln for future growth. Ink’s signature product, the Ink Smart Station, is more than a printer. It helps college students streamline everyday processes to make their student life better. It creates a connected experience for students and empowers campus decision-makers to make a better environment. Since piloting the Ink Smart Station at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August 2016, Ink has expanded to 28 Stations across its UNL campuses. Ink has also added 12 institutions to its client list. Ink also announced the closing of $6.65 million in seed round funding. With this funding, Ink plans to expand operations and launch several new higher education partnerships by the fall of 2017. Nebraska is one of the fastest growing states when it comes to high-growth startup funding, making it a natural fit for Ink, a fast-growing company. Invest Nebraska provided $1.75 million and was the final investor that helped Ink to reach its seed funding goal.

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Also participating in the seed round were CEO Tony Hsieh’s VTF Capital, Base Ventures, G-Bar Ventures, Sipadan Capital, Nelnet, IT-Farm, Speedway and the Nebraska Angels. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development were critical in getting the right people around the table to convince Ink to relocate and to help attract local seed money. We’re deeply committed to growing Lincoln’s economy by attracting and assisting unique companies and innovative startups with breakthrough ideas. We believe the Ink team has significant potential to contribute and effectively implement big ideas that have a positive impact for Lincoln and the rest of the state. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development know the entire business community supports a growth strategy. There’s room in Lincoln for growing our 100-year-old businesses just like our startups. The key is being open to new ideas and innovation. We want to be your partner in helping to make that happen. The Chamber’s mission is to improve the lives of Lincoln residents by providing increased economic opportunity and can only be accomplished together. For more information, please contact Jaime Henning at

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Although our mothers are as important to our own lives as, let’s say, the sun is to life on Earth, we may not get the chance to show it every day. And while it’s entirely more likely than not that we’ll all seize the opportunity to do so on more than one occasion throughout the course of an entire year, there is a special day that’s designated for this purpose This year, that day is Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day is almost here, and it’s a big deal, so best to plan accordingly! For those seeking inspiration (aka those of us who don’t have plans made and/or a gift ready yet), here are a few great suggestions to help you easily accomplish the mission at hand within the next couple weeks. As far as gifts go, of course there are the things that she’s had her eye on or that you know she would love to receive for Mother’s Day. If you’re one who picks up on hint-dropping or has paid close attention to any mention of items she wants or needs, this is your moment to shine! Then, there’s the other route – something completely unexpected. This generally also turns out really well too; after all, she’s your mother, not random co-worker you’re picking a Secret Santa gift for on the fly. Knowing her well enough to find a meaningful gift that she’ll absolutely love without making her spell it out for you is pretty much part of the deal.

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Either way, buying a gift is on the agenda at some point. While she deserves the world, a thoughtful token of your love and affection will suffice.

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The heart is a symbol of love that we all recognize, so it’s particularly fitting for this occasion. Cherie Travis of Rachel’s Boutique states, “However big or small the gift, the best part is that it comes from the heart. Speaking of hearts, we have many Brighton pieces that are heartshaped or have the signature heart on them. Through May 7th, we have a special Brighton promotion going on at Rachel’s Boutique. Purchase a Brighton necklace and bracelet and receive a free pair of earrings!

A piece of jewelry, a scarf, a fun top – these are all stylish gifts that Moms will enjoy. Every time she wears the piece, it’s a heartwarming reminder that you picked it out especially for her. As an added bonus that we can all appreciate, Rachel’s Boutique will always gift wrap your gift free of charge. If you’re nervous about selecting the perfect gift, not to worry, a gift certificate will do the trick. Or, you could always bring Mom

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into the shop and let her pick out her own gift!” If you’re looking to dazzle her with fine jewelry – a gorgeous statement piece, lovely watch, stunning bracelet, special necklace or ring, the missing piece in her collection, a matching set –the selection at Sartor Hamann Jewelers will blow you away. But don’t let that fool you, because with gifts at a wide variety of price points, what you can afford will likely get you something really nice. Jewelry is especially sentimental and one can never really have enough, making it the perfect Mother’s Day gift! For the Mom who seems to have everything, with every passing holiday and special occasion it becomes a tougher proposition to find something special and unique. If you know full well you’re that Mom and want to make it easier on your loved ones this time around or in the future, plan to attend Habitat’s Lamplight event on May 4th. “We’ll stay open that evening from 6-8:30, welcoming guests to shop by lamplight and create wish lists while enjoying appetizers and wine,” says Jana Clark of Habitat. “These are kept on file, and we’ll send out postcards to those whose addresses are provided to drop the hint on your behalf. Then, all those individuals would need to do is stop in and pick a gift from the list; we’ll wrap it and send them on their way in no time!” Jana Clark She also provides a few gift ideas found Habitat at Habitat. “There are so many new items that have just arrived! Le Creuset just introduced two new colors, Oyster Gray and Marine Blue. Get her collection started and then you have future gifts all lined up, or add a piece to her existing collection. There are also new Beatriz Ball wooden pieces that can be engraved, new Nora Fleming pieces, special Vietri collector’s pieces, unique spring and summer entertaining pieces, beautiful whiteware and wooden pieces, and an expanded selection of baking items from brands such as King Arthur Flour, LorAnn’s emulsions and flavorings, Nordicware pans, fun aprons, and so much more.

Keeping up with today’s design trends, copper pieces make lovely additions to the kitchen, living and entertaining areas, and bathrooms. Or, as a fun gift, add a pop of color with pineapples or flamingos, both of which are popular seasonal designs this year. A new item here at Habitat that’s perfect for a gardener who is also a foodie or enjoys craft cocktails is a DIY grow kit. These come beautifully packaged in wooden crates, allowing you to grow your own rosemary, mint, or basil, which can be muddled in drinks, infused in alcohol, infused with cooking oils, or simply used to add flavor and freshness to your favorite dishes. Mint Mojito or Rosemary Tequila Sunrise, anyone? There are so many great gift items to choose from, you’re sure to find something that she will love and put to good use. Can’t decide? When in doubt, a gift certificate always brightens someone’s day.” Or, given the fact that Moms have a tendency to LOVE displaying family portraits, it may coincidentally be time to update those and that’s a pretty great gift to give! “This year, we’re excited to be hosting our first-ever Mother’s Day Mini-Session event!” says Gina Zabloudil of Zabloudil Photography. “On May 12th and 13th, we’ll be doing special ‘Mommy and Me’ Sessions, which would make a wonderful gift from the kids. Only 30-minute slots, times are available on Friday, between


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4-8 p.m., and Saturday times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s easy to sign up for your mini session slot on our Facebook page and pre-pay $50 to reserve the session. We’re limited to booking 20 sessions, so you’ll want to sign up early, to ensure you get a time convenient for you and the kids. These are studio sessions held indoors, so weather will not be a factor – come rain or shine, we’ll be all set up and ready to go! It’s an easy, fun way to do something nice for Mom that tends to get put off or overlooked. Both group and individual portraits will be created, and there is special pricing for purchasing portraits during this promotion as well. For $250, you’ll get 12 -5x7 portraits of your choice, which is normally valued at $500! Here’s another easy gift idea that would mean the world to a mom, treat her to a gift certificate for a prepaid Family Portrait Session. With a cute design, it’s ready to be presented to her, and you can snag one before Mother’s Day for just $59 for a session valued at $100. Just call us at (402) 464-7567 to place your order your gift card and we’ll mail it to you the same day. That’s all there is to it - Mom can then contact us later to put together all of the details.

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The treat of a relaxing getaway is quite a welcome and very much appreciated gift for moms too, for obvious reasons that need not be listed. While it could be a trip to a faraway destination, the type of relaxing getaway that’s a bit more feasible as a Mother’s Day gift is a trip to the spa! “Being a mother myself, I realize how worn out one can get caring for our children and sometimes we need to take a break and take care of ourselves,” says Tiffany Olson of The Spa and Med Spa at Bryan LifePointe. “A day at the spa is the perfect way to do this. With our extensive service menu between the Spa and Med Spa, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to putting together the perfect gift for the special mother in your life. We are offering specials in Tiffany Olson May on facials with our new product line, The Spa and Med Spa Eminence, and pedicures as well as laser at Bryan LifePointe treatment for spider veins with our new Cutera laser. Our gift certificates and gift cards are always a welcome gift for Mom; this way, she’ll get to select the services she wants to have done. Make sure you call (402) 481-6321 or order online to get yours.


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She also notes, “The Spa and Med Spa are open to the public and not just Bryan LifePointe members. We are open six days a week to cater to even the busiest mother’s schedule.” Even within the one specific area of what’s considered to be traditional spa treatments/services, such as massage, for example, there’s quite a bit of variety with all of the different options that are available. In general, massage of any type is a good call on a Mother’s Day gift.

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Erin Lange of 5 Elements Massage states, “Mother’s Day, the time of year when people do something special for the one they call ‘Mom.’ Many mothers get flowers, some get breakfast in bed or homemade items. Some get a special meal at a fancy restaurant, while others might simply get a little ‘me’ time or a quiet house because someone removed all of the children. Then there are the ladies who get gift certificates to a spa or for a massage, and that’s where I come in!

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Massage is relaxing and gives Mom the opportunity to get away from it all as a special treat, along with the many health benefits. Particularly for moms with young children and even teens, daily routines can leave little time and energy for keeping up one’s appearance beyond basic personal hygiene. There’s also little downtime to recover, so being tired and worn down often becomes a normal part of everyday life. Many women don’t take time for themselves because they are focused on caring for their child(ren) or family instead. Motherhood is absolutely amazing, and sometimes that just comes with the territory, but there should still be times when Mom comes first. This is definitely one of those! I love helping spouses and kids with gift certificates around this time of year, because I know how much it means to the ladies who are on the receiving end, and how much they will benefit from the gift of massage. So often I hear from my clients that it’s the one gift they look forward to receiving on a holiday. And just a 15-minute massage will do wonders!

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If you’re going to give the fabulous gift of massage, here are a few of my suggestions for package deals. All the way up until Mother’s Day weekend, you can get in on the Buy 3, Get 1 Free special. If she’s the adventurous type or you think she might like to try something new and different, the ‘Playing With Fire’ package offers a 45-minute massage with a fire-cupping technique for $60. Alternatively, the ‘Walk In The Woods’ package offers a full hour with a body scrub (sugar or salt) and heated bamboo massage. Any of these can easily be redeemed, all she has to do is schedule the appointment and show up. Aside from the Mother’s Day specials I’ve detailed, there are many other services that can be combined are great on their own too. I’m happy to help you put together your own special gift that will make her feel like a queen.” Are you one of the many who has been told by your mother or grandmother, “The only gift I need is the gift of your presence,” or some variation of that? Well, challenge accepted, because spending time together while doing something fun or relaxing, your treat, qualifies as such. Incorporating some sort of activity or entertainment into the day or as a gift for a future date is a way to achieve the perfect balance of making memories and making her feel special. There are plenty of ways to go about this, so it’s up to you to pick the one that’s most fitting. With the spring weather upon us, if it cooperates for the weekend, why not consider taking advantage? Head out to James Arthur Vineyards for the day and bask in the sunshine together while enjoying award-winning wines and taking in the beauty of the estate. (Side note: Wine from James Arthur Vineyards makes an excellent gift too! You can bring it home with you or stop by From Nebraska Gift Shop in the Haymarket and pick up her favorites – and there’s also a fantastic selection of gift baskets and novelty gifts to be found there as well!) If she enjoys being artistic, drinking wine, or a combination of the two, why not treat her to a session at Pinot’s Palette’s Lincoln studio? You’ll create works of art together that you can take home, commemorating Mother’s Day 2017 for years to come. If you’ll be foregoing the wine, there are of course many other things you could do together. We’ve already covered massage, but how about a couples massage? Everyone benefits, really. “Due to the popularity of these last year, we’ll be running a special on couples massages again this year for $5 off per person,” says Dennis Varley of The Body Shoppe. “Couples or individual sessions can be booked to celebrate the holiday or at a later date – as many Dennis Varley have mentioned, a gift certificate is great The Body Shoppe because of the flexibility to book your massage whenever it’s most convenient. Appointments for couples massages must be booked by phone, but for individual massages and gift certificates, you can also make those arrangements online. Massage is a way to give the gift of relaxation, something Moms can definitely appreciate, and it’s a healthier alternative that’s still quite enjoyable.”

There you have it, plenty of suggestions that you can still incorporate into the plans to shower all of your favorite ladies who also hold the title of “mother” with affection, gratitude, gifts, time together – all of the really good stuff worthy of their contributions to your life. For the mothers who have passed, we pay tribute – you are always in our hearts. For the mothers who are still with us, we celebrate and share the day together - every minute spent together and hug exchanged is a great blessing and privilege. For all of the mothers, everywhere - you are loved and appreciated, on Mother’s Day and every day.

Women’s Health

We are very fortunate to live in a community with exceptional resources when it comes to health and wellness. Of the diverse specialty areas, there are those that exclusively serve the unique needs of women, while for others, it’s considered an important part of their core offerings. Regardless, the first step towards being in control of one’s health is to know what resources are out there. Timing is also of the utmost importance, for both treatment and prevention. As with any other business topic, our goal is to help our readers be informed consumers. This is especially relevant in an aspect of our lives where knowledge and action can make all of the difference. In honor of National Women’s Health week, May 14-20, we’ve highlighted some of the key areas that directly contribute to the health and wellbeing of women, and what the professionals in our community want you to know about them. {Nutrition & Exercise} Still considered to be the keys to achieving and maintaining good health, eating healthy and staying active remain as important as ever, if not more so due to our changes in lifestyle and prevalence of unhealthy options. It’s not just being mindful of making good choices, but setting yourself up for success that will make all the difference. “As women, we tend to put the needs of all before our own, often extending ourselves beyond what we should,” says Natasha Plooster of Eat Fit Go. “This often translates to our nutrition and fitness. At the end of the day, I often find myself thinking ‘Did I eat today?’ The answer is usually NO, that’s why I am starving! I was busy feeding the kids and shuttling them to various activities, taking care of the house, finishing work projects, leading work meetings, etc. What better way to start your week than knowing that you have fresh, balanced meals Natasha Plooster without having to do the prep work yourself? Eat Fit Go Eat Fit Go makes daily nutrition simple, allowing our customers to focus on other tasks. Nutrition is the most basic way to take care of your body, but it’s an area of health that is neglected by many of us. Eat Fit Go focuses on making these needs easier to meet for the everyday woman.” She offers the following advice, “Eating whole ingredients and wellproportioned meals will always be the correct means to keep people healthy, but the key is to not overthink it. In the world of nutrition, there are so many diets that are invented daily. Our motto is simple: ‘We focus on providing real food, not diet food.’ As the fads change just about as fast as they come, we are proud of the consistently great results we see with our food. Our meals are prepared fresh, from scratch, and are perfectly portioned so there is no overeating. Nutrition should never be overcomplicated. Simply eating well-portioned meals that use real, quality ingredients will provide you with the nutrition you need to stay healthy in the long run. Eat Fit Go prides itself in providing just that for its customers. We are only equipped with one body, so we must take care of it. Focusing on nutrition and well-being will make you look better, feel better, and live better. When it comes to women’s nutrition specifically, being busy is a factor in our everyday lives. That is where Eat Fit Go comes in to save the day, providing healthy, portioned meals to make everyone’s lives simpler.” “What we eat and drink is killing us; it’s become that serious of an issue,” adds Jethro Jethro Hopkins Hopkins of Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers in Lincoln. “Good nutrition supports all of the Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers body’s systems and functions, and lack thereof

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contributes to a whole host of health conditions – heart problems, cancer, bone and joint issues, diabetes, obesity, and the list goes on from there. Particularly with the prevalence of processed foods and the presence of chemical preservatives and hormones in much of our food supply, while it’s not necessarily easy to stick to a healthy diet composed of all-natural ingredients free of additives, it’s well worth it to put forth the effort to do so. Being an informed consumer is more important now than ever before, and nutrition education is a fundamental part of our offerings. We are there to guide and support our clients every step of the way as they work towards their health and wellness goals, enabling them to make good decisions for themselves. The first step is making a conscious decision to approach how you are eating in a different way. Much of this involves changing food habits, so we’re big on meal planning. We’ll help you learn what to eat, in what portions, at what times, what to look for on labels, what you should avoid, etc. This starts with putting together a good shopping list, which helps to ensure all dietary needs are being met, that a variety of healthy foods are incorporated, and that healthy meals and snacks are readily available while eliminating unhealthy options around the house that a person tends to grab in their weak moments. We also have meals available for purchase, which are quick and easy options that can be incorporated into one’s diet or kept on-hand for those crazy days. Since everything here is physicianguided, you can count on advice that’s backed by medical professionals. Furthermore, we’ll even work closely with you primary physician or other healthcare professionals if needed. We’re not just worried about the number on the scale; we take into account all of the other ‘numbers’ and factors that influence health outcomes. We want our clients to succeed, and we’ll put a team of experts behind you to ensure that happens.” {Sensory Perception & Processing} Our five senses that are traditionally recognized – sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch – tell us everything we need to know about the world around us. As such, the health of the organs that deliver this information to our brains and allow for these central functions to happen is quite important. Let’s take hearing for example. Many studies have shown that hearing loss can lead to dementia, depression, and loss of balance. “I cannot stress enough how important prevention and wearing ear protection are,” states Audiologist Leslie Frank of Nebraska Hearing Center. “Women are generally proactive in taking care of their health, which fits in perfectly with our philosophy at Nebraska Hearing Center.” At Nebraska Hearing Center, hearing evaluations are always free. “I believe that Leslie Frank it is important to monitor your hearing health Nebraska Hearing Center annually like any other annual exam,” Frank advises. “That is why I offer complimentary hearing evaluations. The patient is able to set a baseline and monitor it year after year – at no charge.” Furthermore, technology is rapidly changing in hearing devices. If you find that you’d benefit from utilizing assistive technology, today’s hearing aids are so small, no one will know you are wearing them. It also addresses the common functions of daily life, such as frequent use of mobile devices. Nebraska Hearing Center is now offering the new Surflink Mini-Mobile, a small, simple, and affordable cell phone streaming solution. Mini-Mobile is able to connect to any Bluetooth-ready mobile device. It gives you the ability stream music, TV shows, or phone conversations directly into your hearing aids! When it comes to delivery of these messages, the spine is the direct connection to the nervous system, and its alignment makes a big difference. “Health and wellbeing for women and their families are built on a solid foundation of an aligned spine, making chiropractic care a critical part of every aspect of life success,” explains Dr. Tara Mohl of Green Chiropractic. “Over her lifetime, a woman will wear many hats and support an abundance of people. To be her best at all times, for all who look to her as a role model and viable support, she needs to maximize the potential of her body and mind, and keep them working together in harmony. This can be achieved naturally through chiropractic care.

In fact, findings from a recent study measuring outcomes revealed that when the spine was returned to a more normal alignment, the nervous system actually increased the velocity of nerve signals to the body, robustly impacting the ability of the body to routinely heal and respond at a high level of function. Specifically for women, this process to restore ultimate alignment can help ease the discomforts associated with issues specific to her such as menstruation, pregnancy, and birth. Mothers who are adjusted during pregnancy Dr. Tara Mohl typically have less pain and discomfort during Green Chiropractic pregnancy, maintain health for themselves and baby, and have healthier deliveries. As it’s my area of specialty, I have an advanced education in prenatal and pediatric care and am a certified Webster’s Practitioner. The Webster’s Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This, in turn, reduces tension in the uterus and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparing for birth. Children benefit greatly from chiropractic care too. For more than 30 years, Green Chiropractic has been dedicated to assisting women of all ages and walks of life. Because women are often the primary decision-makers when it comes to the health of whole families, we’re dedicated to supporting the wellness of all family members, from infancy to end of life.” {Psychological Wellbeing} In addition to the things that can impact our physical health, mental and emotional health are the other two components that complete the wellness trifecta. All must be taken into consideration as far as a person’s overall wellbeing is concerned. Counseling is often very beneficial for working through tough issues that can have a negative impact on our health if left unaddressed. Once intervention occurs, the healing process can begin. Choices Treatment Center is currently the only treatment center offering women’s specific counseling programs in Nebraska. To contact the office or 24-hour helpline, call (402) 476-2300. {Workplace Wellness} You may remember our story in the March issue that detailed the importance of wellness in all aspects of life, including on the job. Since many of us spend a lot of time working, it only makes sense that our needs and goals should be supported here too. As such, many are actively seeking out a work environment that takes this into account and places value on the health and wellness of its employees. In an effort to hire and retain the best employees, companies are realizing the importance of this aspect and getting on board. “Proactive Solutions Inc. works directly with each employer to ensure the needs of their female employees are being considered when designing an effective preventative wellness and ergonomic program,” explains Katie Tiedeman of Proactive Solutions Inc. “We offer onsite physical therapy, where a licensed physical and/or occupational therapist works one on one with each employee. Women oftentimes have different musculoskeletal concerns than men, and different goals for their fitness and health plans as metabolism Katie Tiedeman and hormone changes occur. Musculoskeletal Proactive Solutions Inc. health and ergonomics are not one-size-fitsall realms, so utilizing a generic approach will lessen the efficiency and effectiveness of a woman reaching her personal goals. More women are realizing they don’t need to compromise their careers, or their love of exercise and fitness, as they venture into pregnancy and motherhood. Proactive Solutions provides onsite consultations to ensure women advance through their pregnancy and post-partum recovery staying strong and active while also helping to prevent or manage injury due to ligamentous laxity or instability caused by hormonal changes during and after pregnancy. Treatment for pelvic floor weakness or dysfunction has also continued to advance in the past 5 years. Women are no longer functioning with MAY 2017 Strictly Business 71

the mindset that urinary incontinence or urgency is just a normal part of aging or post-partum life. Physical therapy is one of the most effective treatments for restoring pelvic floor stability and function. Our onsite therapy services allow women to manage the demanding schedule of work and family balance, ensuring their health is not neglected in the meantime, which can lead to more complex and expensive health problems. Prioritizing personal wellness will undoubtedly result in better physical, mental, and emotional health, allowing a woman to excel in her life and career goals. An effective wellness plan should provide you with customized metrics that are continuously measured, assessed and adjusted. Proactive Solutions utilizes this exact approach by providing a customized program to ensure companies are promoting employee health while also seeing a profitable return on their investment.” {The Dreaded “C” Word} Today, there’s rarely a person you’ll meet who has not been touched by cancer. We’re all affected by this terrible disease, and at risk to some extent. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer that women may face in their lifetime (with the exception of skin cancer, which is at an all-time high of cases found in both genders). Others such as colon cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer, and reproductive/gynecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar) are also prevalent. Methods for diagnosis and treatment have come quite a long way to date, not just for cancer but for a host of other health issues that could potentially present themselves at different times in a woman’s life. Outcomes, for the most part, have greatly improved as research has progressed and new approaches have been developed in both areas. Narrowing the field to breast cancer alone, there’s no shortage when it comes to support for those affected. Detection/Diagnosis Specifically regarding breast cancer, “Early diagnosis relies heavily on mammography,” explains Kim Coleman, MD of Advanced Medical Imaging. “Advanced Medical Imaging performs more mammograms

than any other clinic in Nebraska. Our newest mammogram tool called 3-D mammography is significantly increasing the ability of radiologists to find cancer previously hidden by normal breast tissue. The FDA-approved technology is a revolutionary improvement over 2D digital mammography. Instead of taking one picture of a breast on a mammogram, a 3-D mammogram takes over 50 pictures from different angles. Overall, 3D mammography has improved sensitivity and accuracy, and an increased cancer detection Dr. Kim Coleman rate and decreases the number of stressful Advanced Medical Imaging false positive call-backs as compared to 2D mammography. Like 2D mammograms, each breast is compressed and imaged in two different planes. Each acquisition takes only a few seconds longer and the radiation dose is almost identical to regular 2D mammography. However, with many more images available to evaluate, the 3D picture becomes much clearer. There is significantly less tissue overlap and findings are better visualized and characterized, especially in dense tissue. AMI’s Women’s Center prides itself on providing the most patient-focused care in the area. All mammography patients can become members of AMI’s free Mammo Club to receive free gifts and breast health information throughout the year.” MRI is another approach utilized in certain cases. Offering a comparison between the two, Dr. Curtis explains, “Advanced Medical Imaging also has a high-field strength 3 Tesla MRI for the detailed imaging of the breast. Breast MRI offers the highest sensitivity of all imaging modalities for identifying breast cancer, so it is utilized for screening women at high risk for breast cancer. For women recently diagnosed with breast cancer, MRI helps us to look for additional hidden cancers and define the extent of involvement prior to treatment. Other uses include problem-solving when there are questionable findings on mammography and/or ultrasound and to assess the source of palpable lumps. MRI can also be used to search

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for a cause of suspicious nipple discharge and to assess the integrity of breast implants. However, breast MRI is not used as a standard screening method because it requires an IV injection, a 30 minute imaging time, and is expensive.” In conclusion, she emphasizes, “Over 3 million women have been affected by breast cancer. Too many families have been torn apart by this disease that can usually be easily detected. With most insurance policies covering mammograms, women should start young and have one scheduled annually.” Regarding other types of cancer affecting women, Mary Curtis, MD of Advanced Medical Imaging adds, “Many find it surprising that lung cancer is the third most common cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer death among women. However, if the cancer is caught early, there is a chance for a cure. AMI offers lung cancer screening with a special low-dose radiation CT scan. No IV injection or special preparation is required. Annual screening is recommended for adults aged 55-80 years who have smoked the equivalent Dr. Mary Curtis of 1 pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.” Advanced Medical Imaging Emphasized by the American Cancer Society, and echoed by all of our local professionals, doing what you can to help prevent cancer is your best defense. Put simply on the American Cancer Society website,, “Knowing about cancer and what you can do to help reduce your risk of it can help save your life. The next key is early detection. Finding cancer early, before it has spread, gives you the best chance to do something about it.” Treatment Once a diagnosis is made, treatment begins. It will vary for each person, but generally involves radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, or a combination. For those who must undergo a mastectomy procedure, it’s life-changing in so many ways. Taking that into account, occupational therapists have become specialized in this area, helping patients to restore function and image after treatment as well as providing support in other aspects of life that have been affected as a result. Again, as it pertains to breast cancer, there have been many new developments in treatment methods and support services for survivors. “Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center has the only two certified mastectomy fitters in Lincoln, allowing us to provide comprehensive care,” explains Tracy Bender, OT with the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center. “The partnership of occupational therapy and fitting of prosthetics here has proven to be a very beneficial one for our patients. In fact, with our comprehensive care model, we can effectively address almost every aspect of survivorship. A Tracy Bender team approach is favorable to the outcomes Southeast Nebraska of patients, and we are able to work closely Cancer Center with all healthcare professionals to ensure the best avenue of treatment is provided. We are often involved with our patients prior to surgery, or ‘prehab’ as we call it, which helps us to take into account what daily life is like for the person and establish a baseline for getting back to that, or as close as possible, post-treatment. That’s the ultimate goal, and it is such a great feeling to help our patients accomplish that for themselves. Some of our patients have expressed that they avoided going to public places because they were embarrassed or scared they would have to answer questions or be treated differently. When they look in the mirror and the fears and anxiety are lifted, it’s quite a powerful emotional experience for everyone involved. Everything has changed so much, even in the past 5 years. I encourage women to educate themselves on what’s available and look for professionals who are able to offer solutions for the issues they are experiencing.” Going more in depth on the fitting process, Cortney Driewer with the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center explains, “We can begin about six

weeks post-surgery. Pursuant to a physician’s order, as a certified mastectomy fitter, we measure a patient and then properly fit, dispense, and adjust the external breast prosthesis, bras and related supplies based on the issues present. This is an integral part of the physical and emotional wellbeing of patients. If we are already seeing a patient for occupational therapy, we can start anticipating what they are going to need based on swelling issues and asymmetry of chest walls among other variables during the postCortney Driewer operative process, so we’re ready to present Southeast Nebraska the best options when it’s time for the fitting Cancer Center appointment. Our services are available to anyone, regardless of their primary physician, oncologist, surgeon, therapist, etc. Getting the fit right is SO important. As women, we are all well aware of the discomfort associated with an ill-fitting bra. For those with a breast prosthesis and pocketed bra, you can’t just go to the store and pick one up. These are considered to be durable medical equipment for a reason – they are specially designed with the appropriate materials, adequate support and coverage, properties that support lymphatic flow to help avoid swelling issues, correct weight to avoid postural abnormalities and mobility issues, among other things. There are so many options out there today. With some insurance policies covering a new prosthesis approximately every two years and 2-3 bras every six months, if the fit isn’t correct, you could be stuck with it for what seems like an eternity. Working with a certified mastectomy fitter means that this professional has completed training followed by 500 hours working with patients and finally, passed the exam which includes demonstration of competency with an actual fitting. Then, when the time comes for replacement, we have a tracking system that helps us alert our patients when they become eligible for new items.” Also regarding treatment, Kim Coleman, MD of Advanced Medical

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Imaging highlights another matter of importance for women: “Women’s health has been a big topic in the news lately and it is important to keep informed about relevant legislation. Most recently, bills are showing up in many states, including Nebraska, which require notifying women with dense breast tissue, and offering alternative screening tools. Supporters believe patient education is necessary to make the best decisions, while some oppose government mandates and feel it may confuse patients, and interfere with physicians in providing specialized care to every case. There are two sides to every issue and it is important for women to be educated and watchful of all issues affecting their treatment.” {Health & Aging} Aside from the different types of cancer, there are so many other things for which women are at risk, particularly as they age. What these all do share in common, however, is the importance of education and awareness. Again, the key is to address these things proactively instead of reactively. “While cancer diagnosis is, unfortunately, more prevalent among women today, heart disease is actually the leading cause of death in U.S. women,” notes Dr. Curtis of Advanced Medical Imaging. “A quick, easy, painless CT scan that does not require special preparation or an IV injection can be used to assess your risk for heart disease. It measures the calcium in the arteries of your heart—hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis. Your ‘calcium score’ can be calculated and compared to standards to determine your risk level. Another exam we offer at AMI that’s important for women’s health is bone densitometry imaging, called a DXA scan, to assess for osteoporosis or thinned, fragile bones. It’s a simple exam usually performed with you lying on your back. We use an extremely low dose of radiation to measure the density of your bones and the whole process takes less than 15 minutes. The results will help your doctor determine if you need to be treated for osteoporosis or if additional preventative measures are necessary. Followup exams can track your improvement or progression at regular intervals. Women achieve their maximal bone density in their teens to early twenties and then it holds steady until about age 35. After that age, bone loss occurs at a rate of 0.5 to 1 % per year but then accelerates Do I have a problem with money? Or do I have a problem with gambling?

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with menopause. This accelerated rate continues for 5-10 years before slowing back down to the original rate. Bone density scans are especially important for postmenopausal women for this reason. Thinned bones not only lead to a higher risk for fractures but decreased mobility, increased pain and potentially decreased quality of life. Hip fractures can lead to an increased mortality rate and permanent incapacitation and 20% of survivors require long-term nursing home care. A DXA exam of the spine and hips is the current gold standard for diagnosis of osteoporosis and diagnostic classification of your bone mineral density. Finally, women shouldn’t dismiss pelvic or uterine pain. Sometimes this pain can be caused by Pelvic Venous Insufficiency or Uterine Fibroids. Both of these issues can be addressed with non-invasive procedures by AMI’s Interventional Radiologists. Along the same lines of non-invasive procedures, AMI practitioners also treat a host of aesthetic issues with methods that allow patients to get back to their lives faster than traditional surgeries. Women can increase their confidence through treatments for varicose veins, spider veins, double chins, wrinkles, acne, and more.” Also weighing in on health issues affecting women as they age, Katie Hammer of The Waterford Communities goes further into depth on heart disease: “Most people don’t realize that women have a higher risk of having heart problems than men. Approximately 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease. At the top of that list of risk factors is being inactive. The Waterford Communities work hard to make sure all our residents stay as active as they can. We have daily exercises for our residents to Katie Hammer participate in as well as a variety of different The Waterford Communities activities that allow them to stay involved and active every day. A few of the benefits that go along with exercising for anyone whether you live in your own home or senior living community are: • Exercise is a social activity, and being social decreases the risk of depression. • Exercise improves strength and mobility which will keep you from having atrophied muscles. • Exercise improves healing time and allows for quicker recoveries. • Exercise increases mental capacity because it sends more blood flow to the brain. The next time you don’t feel like getting up and going for that walk, remember how beneficial exercise is to your health and mental well-being. Another thing that helps decrease your risk of heart disease is maintaining a proper healthy diet. The Waterford Communities offer residents 3 healthy meals a day, as well as having healthy snacks available at any time during the day or night. Making sure you are eating healthy meals also helps maintain a healthy weight, which also decreases your risk of heart disease. If you are experiencing any kind of chest pain, pain in your neck, throat, or jaw, or have pain in your upper abdomen or back make sure you contact your doctor right away. These could all be possible symptoms of heart-related health issues. While we here at The Waterford Communities are not licensed physicians, we are always willing to help you in any way we possibly can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions you might have.” There will be different health concerns to address at each stage of life – puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and within the age ranges where risk factors increase and action needs to be taken accordingly. In all areas mentioned and many others affecting women, healthcare professionals continue to learn more about them and in turn, there’s always work being done to develop new approaches that will improve outcomes or better serve the population affected. “While for a long time the approach was largely reactive, there’s been a major paradigm shift towards being proactive that extends into all areas of health and wellness,” says Dr. Steve Swanson of Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, PC. “As it applies to pregnancy, preconception counseling prior to a woman becoming pregnant is now strongly recommended. This helps

your OB/GYN to identify and understand any challenges that are present, and allows for more time to address those accordingly. By doing what’s necessary to improve health beforehand, it eliminates a lot of the issues and/or risk involved with getting pregnant, throughout the pregnancy, during delivery, and supports the health of the baby. The same is true for menopause; we want women to know how they can take care of themselves well before that time comes to ensure the last 30 years of life are as Dr. Steve Swanson enjoyable as the first. Women’s Clinic of Lincoln, PC. Genetics testing is exploding right now; it’s the future of medicine and what it’s able to tell us about a patient is incredible. A person’s genes provide invaluable data about family history, and in turn, which risk factors are present. We can tell if you’re more predisposed to certain types of cancer or diseases, or if there are factors that would influence pregnancy, and we can develop a course of action that takes this into account. That’s not to say that there aren’t still things where we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Regardless, no matter the issue, it’s important that if it impacts your quality of life, you bring it up with your doctor - and sooner than later. For those entering their senior years, there’s still a stigma surrounding menopause. This is unfortunate because there’s so much we can do now to help. Hormone imbalances, incontinence, vaginal dryness and other issues that affect a healthy sex life – these are all things that while not necessarily easy to talk about, effective solutions do exist. As physicians, we’re not here to judge; we want women to have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves.” {Caregiver Stress & Burnout} Women tend to be caregivers by nature, whether it’s for their spouses, children, parents, friends, co-workers, or any other people with whom they have a close relationship. With the population of seniors growing rapidly as the baby boomers are reaching their golden years, many of their children have assumed or will be assuming the role of caregiver to some extent. They will also be the ones to provide help with managing their parent’s affairs as they age. While also a topic familiar to Strictly Business readers as we touch on it in many of our senior-focused feature stories throughout the year, it’s an important part of health and wellbeing to address, not just for seniors but for their loved ones. Although not exclusive to gender, it does affect a significant number of women of all ages, and according to facts provided by the Mayo Clinic, one of the risk factors of caregiver stress does actually include being female. (Source: The article further details, “As the population ages, more caregiving is being provided by people who aren’t health care professionals. These informal caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care in the United States. However, family members who are actively caring for an older adult often don’t self-identify as a ‘caregiver.’ Recognizing this role can help caregivers receive the support they need. Caregiving can have many rewards. For most caregivers, being there when a loved one needs you is a core value and something you wish to provide. But a shift in roles and emotions is almost certain. It is natural to feel angry, frustrated, exhausted, alone or sad. Caregiver stress — the emotional and physical stress of caregiving — is common. People who experience caregiver stress can be vulnerable to changes in their own health. As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don’t realize that your own health and well-being are suffering. Watch for these signs of caregiver stress: *Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried; *Feeling tired most of the time; Sleeping too much or too little; *Gaining or losing a lot of weight; *Becoming easily irritated or angry; *Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy; *Feeling sad; *Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems; *Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications. The emotional and physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of the many resources and tools available to help you provide

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When it comes to investing in the perfect place to call home, there are two options on the table: build or buy. For those who decide to embark on the first path and build new, there will be many decisions to be made ahead. At the end of the process, the reward is a finished product that’s a direct reflection of the people who it was created for, and who played an active part in helping to create it themselves. With everything completely customized based on the preferences of the homeowner, this is ideal for those who would rather plan for the construction of their own dream home instead of taking their chances on finding it while navigating the tides of the current real estate market (where it’s not uncommon for homes to be listed and sold in the same day). {Builder Selection} If you’re going to proceed with building a home, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to enlist the services of a local home builder. While there are a limited number of other options one might consider depending on the circumstances, this is the most popular for a good reason. There’s already a process in place for everything that needs to happen along the timeline from start to finish, and you’re guided through it step by step. There are production home builders and custom home builders in the area, and both are able to deliver quality homes. When deciding between the two options, it largely depends on how many choices you wish to make and how much design input you’d like to have during the construction process. You might be asking yourself, “What’s the difference?” In short, it’s as follows: Production builders are simultaneously building a community of homes based on a library of floor plans, each with a limited array of options to personalize the home. Custom builders typically create one-of-a-kind homes, offering a wide range of design choices and with each built on a single lot. With production builders, you’ll commonly find that the home and land are offered together as a bundled package. There are a range of house plans to choose from, and buyers are able to select their preferences in several key categories. Of the selection of homes on the menu, there are options priced for first-time, move-up, and luxury buyers. Alternatively, with custom builders, it’s exactly like it sounds – everything about the home is built to the exact specifications of the buyer. Homes can be built on land you own or acquire, and you can supply a floorplan or commission one to be drawn up. You might choose to work with a separate architect or builder, or hire a company with design-build capabilities. There are advantages associated with both, it’s just a matter of deciding which is best for you. Aside from this aspect, there are a number of other things that should be taken into consideration when choosing a builder. “When it comes to finding the right builder to work with, it needs to be a professional who is experienced, but also one who communicates well and prioritizes maintaining a good working relationship with the client,” says Stephanie Krueger-Ponce of Third Generation Builder. “Do your research, not just for inspiration and to get a better understanding

of what you want, but on the credentials, reputation, and past work of the builders you’re considering. Once you’ve narrowed it down to your top choices, call the Home Builder’s Association of Lincoln to ask if they’re members in good standing. It’s not just a given; there are a few that are not and it’s for a good reason. You’re making a major investment, one of the biggest ones you’ll make in your lifetime. You don’t want to get into the building phase only to find Stephanie Krueger-Ponce out that you’ve made a big mistake. And then Third Generation Builder you discover you’re at a point where there’s nothing you can do about it. Another way to avoid that scenario is to ask exactly who you will be working with on the project. You should meet with that person before getting started. You might start out by making contact with a company representative, but that’s not necessarily the professional who will be managing the job. It’s a process, and for the best outcome, you and whoever that person is will need to work together harmoniously and have a mutual understanding of expectations. At Third Generation Builder, one thing we’ve tried to do is make our process so unbelievably easy that it’s as stress-free as possible, which is validated by the feedback we get from our clients. Many of our clients are also in the midst of major life events, such as planning for a wedding or having a baby, while they are building their new home. When it comes to guidance with making selections, understanding allowances, and negotiating wants and needs based on budget, we go through it all together step-by-step. It helps to decide the areas that you want to spend your money on ahead of time, so that’s where most of the focus is placed. The Spring and Fall Parade of Homes are great for getting ideas and inspiration, while also presenting a time to talk a little bit with a representative with the company and ask questions. Getting the plans in place is often where the most effort is concentrated; once we get started with building the home, the only thing that should be difficult is patiently waiting to see the finished product!” In agreement, Michaela Harrison of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln also points out, “When you build a home, you have the opportunity to pick out every finish item in your home, from the trim type and color to the faucet in the kitchen sink. If your budget allows, you can include every item on your wish list - i.e. three-car garage, drop zone, open floor plan, walk-in pantry - instead of settling for a home that may only have a few of those things. When you build a new home, your home is personalized to your tastes and Michaela Harrison likes. It’s an opportunity most homeowners Home Builders would love to have.” Association of Lincoln She also notes a few key trends locally, “We are starting to see development in some new areas of Lincoln. Recently, some land to the east of 84th St. and Van Dorn St. was approved for development. Residential construction in Lincoln is strong right now, with many builders as busy as they have ever been. As far as features of the home, a lot of people are choosing to build their new homes with outdoor living space. Along with sizeable decks and patios, the addition of outdoor fireplaces, kitchens and spaces designed for mounting a TV and integrating technology are now prevalent. Gray tones and painted woodwork are still very popular with interior finishes. Homeowners are using new flooring materials as well as modern twists on the traditional favorites. Options include hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, ceramic tile and luxury vinyl tile – and that’s just listing a few! Functional homes for families are important as well. Drop zones for the on-the-go families, larger garages to hold all of the owner’s ‘toys,’ and large open kitchens with pantries are at the top of the list of amenities potential buyers are seeking.” In conclusion, Harrison advises, “When considering building a home, we always recommend going to our website,, and reading

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our page with ‘Tips on Choosing a Contractor.’ There is great advice on choosing a builder, things to look for, and questions to ask. Buying a home is the largest purchase most people will ever make, and it is important to have a positive experience while building. The Spring Parade of Homes is coming up May 14-21, which is a great opportunity to view new homes and talk with builders about building your new home. It is free to visit all 56 homes; hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.” From a standpoint of a Home Inspection professional, Randy King of King’s Home Inspections, LLC adds, “A general contractor or builder who is a teacher—who can educate on the sequence and steps necessary to make building a home happen—is definitely someone you want to work with on the project. I also encourage anyone looking into building a house to interview different builders and find one that they communicate well with, who is flexible, and who is able to give them an accurate estimate of final cost. Most builders Randy King offer at minimum a one year warranty, and King’s Home most have clean-up crews that do final detail Inspections, LLC cleaning before the home is occupied as well as a crew that goes through the house and tests all lights, outlets, appliances, fireplaces, sprinklers, and so on to ensure proper operation. A good builder spells out his/her warranty, detailing exactly what is and is not covered. A booklet or workbook for the first-time homebuilder to use as a guide is also a very valuable resource. As far as new trends in home building, Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) is now being promoted by the Nebraska Radon Program (a division of State of Nebraska Health and Human Services). The smart builder offers RRNC as an option during the design and construction process. We all know we have high levels of Radon gas nearly everywhere in southeast Nebraska. It only makes sense when building to install RRNC into your home to minimize the health risk from this MAY 2017 Strictly Business 77

cancer-causing gas. Installing RRNC during the building process is easy and inexpensive; it’s less costly than to retrofit a house later on down the line. RRNC methods include installing a vapor barrier under the floor and tying the tile drain system into a vent stack that exits the roof of the house. This creates a natural chimney effect to vent the soil gasses (including Radon gas) that may accumulate under your floor. In the event that Radon levels still happen to measure high, it is easy to install an electric fan on the vent stack in the attic space and convert the passive system to an active one. This also comes at a price that’s far less costly than installing a complete mitigation system. The standards for uniformity on RRNC are still being ironed out, but the basic concepts are widely understood and agreed upon. Once built, it is wise to have your home tested for Radon gas every two years. As soil conditions change, it changes the pathways that Radon can enter J-Tech Construction - Brand Style Guide Templateyour home.” {Financing} When planning to build a home, you’ll not only be working closely with a builder/general contractor/subcontractors/etc. but also with an Logo experienced lender who will lead you through the financing process each step of the way. The process starts with getting pre-approved for longterm financing. Once that is in place, it’s a matter of having the discussion with the builder to determine who will be taking out the financing for the new construction and putting together a contract. the exterior experts. Mortgage rates continue to be relatively low, which benefits those building as well as buying. As far as costs go, it can be more expensive to build than to buy, but not always. The initial costs for new construction may be higher, but you can expect minimal expenses when it comes to repairs, decorating, and general upkeep for an extended period of time. With an existing home, there will likely be the need for replacing the roof, windows, utilities, etc. With a newly built home, everything is built to current code, and therefore should be less expensive to heat and Color cool. Most people do not realize that Homeowners Insurance is typically less expensive on a newly built home as well. Although construction loan PRINT WEB PMS HEX # rates will vary from one lender to another, usually the difference is minimal. Always keep in mind that the typical construction loan process is approximately six months long and during this period the customer only pays interest on the balance that has been drawn upon. Do not PMS 185 RED REFLEX BLUE #e4002b #001489 get overburdened with the construction loan itself--the bigger financial impact will come with the long-term financing. As such, look for a lender that has your best interests at hand for the long term. {Realtor} Typography Although you’ll be in the capable hands of the professionals we’ve already mentioned, the purchase of a home that will be built especially Primary Font - Myriad Pro (all weights and styles) Secondary Font - Arial (when Myriad is not available) for you often seems more complicated and intimidating than the purchase abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz of an existing home listed on the market. Thus, it’s important to work with abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz a real estate agent that’s experienced with the specifics of building a ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ new home. Most builders will have an agent, or a team of agents, that 123456789 123456789 represent them as the seller’s agent. However, it’s prudent for a buyer to enlist the services of an agent independent of the builder to represent them in the transaction. While the seller’s agent will be a great resource utilize during the process, as they are the most knowledgeable about Myriadto Pro - Semibold their client, a buyer’s agent is the one who will ultimately be responsible for looking after your best interests, because you are their client. {Design Features} When you build a house, you have the opportunity to select your favorite (fill in the blank) – you name it, there’s the exterior experts. probably a host of options to pick from during the process of assembling the key components that will come together to form your dream home. As far as the key exterior features of a new home, not accounting for aspects of Myriad Pro - Bold the property itself such as the installation of landscaping or outdoor entertaining areas, you’ll be deciding on the siding, roofing, windows and doors. “Windows really accent the aesthetic of a new home while making it as energy efficient and secure as Jason Olberding possible,” advises Jason Olberding of J-Tech J-Tech Construction Construction and J-Tech Solar. “Seamless and J-Tech Solar 78 Strictly Business MAY 2017

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siding has also become very popular here in Nebraska due to its durability and energy efficiency. We own our own siding machine, an investment that allows us to manufacture the siding on the job site. Our approach is to custom fit the home so there are no wasted materials and the client gets a first class product, and that’s not something you’ll commonly find with other siding companies here in the market. Also important to note regarding siding, although some products claim to be maintenance free, that is not always the case. I’d recommend going with a seamless metal alloy siding as opposed to vinyl or pre-painted cement board. This will prove to be a better investment down the road, and one that you will be thankful you made up-front. Speaking of investments, a home is one of, if not the most, expensive things you’ll purchase in an entire lifetime. Make sure to do your research before entering any contracts, choose companies that are as dedicated to seeing your dreams come to life as you are, and stay involved during the process!” Then, when it comes time to focus on establishing the landscaping and creating outdoor entertaining areas, you’ll have a blank canvas to work with, so it helps to consult with the professionals to get a plan in place. This might require tasks you’ll hire out, such as landscaping, concrete work or masonry, lighting, irrigation, and so on. There might also be some DIY work that you’ll have on the agenda, and a fantastic resource to utilize for materials is Outdoor Solutions, a retailer that boasts one of the largest properties to showcase its vast inventory in the area. Here you’ll find an impressive selection of decorative landscape rock, flagstones, boulders, mulches, topsoil, retailing wall materials, pavers, yard accessories, garden products, pond supplies, and so much more. Now that we’ve talked a little bit about the outside, let’s move on to the interior design. As was previously touched on, there are things that will need to be functional. Then, the elements that are purely for aesthetics as well, but many you’ll find are a good combination of both. Flooring, countertops, cabinetry, furniture, and fixtures all fall into the “combination of both” category. You can achieve a beautiful home that stands up to the test of being lived in too. However, let the professionals be your guide here too because they can alert you to the things you need to know when making the important choices on materials, finishes, brands, and so forth. Again, it’s all about narrowing your focus and making smart decisions. {Infrastructure} Then, there are all of the things that are hidden from sight, but are just as important as the ones that are when you’re finally living in your new home. The main components of a new home as far as its critical systems go – electrical, plumbing, HVAC, ventilation, etc. – are responsible for creating and maintaining the ideal living environment. All of the functions of daily life are supported by these systems, and as such, they are the big ticket items in a home. When it comes to any of these, it’s not the place in the budget to sacrifice quality. Instead, consider it a wise investment in performance, efficiency, reliability, and longevity. “Building your dream home is an exciting time,” says Matt Collins of Oak Electric, Inc. “There are so many aspects and variables to ponder. One of the most important pieces is the electrical. It is literally in every corner and room in the house. I have two pieces of advice to offer: First, I would like to encourage someone who is building their dream home to close their eyes and ‘live’ in the home. Think about how you would go about your daily life. What kind of lighting do you want? Do you want dimmers, can lights, mood lights? Where Matt Collins do you want your switches and outlets to be? Oak Electric, Inc. As an electrician, we are constantly being called to make changes after the fact. Second, being energy efficient isn’t just a popular trend; it’s a way of life. You can make your home more efficient by installing a high-efficiency heating/air conditioning unit and water heater. Furnish your kitchen and laundry room with high-efficiency appliances. Consider using LED lighting for both inside and outside your home. This is your dream home; with such a major investment, it’s not the time to cut corners just to save a penny.” {Technology} The technology that’s available today is pretty amazing, and there’s

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While we’ve mainly covered entertainment thus far, environment is another continent in the wide world of home automation. “Homeowners are definitely taking advantage of new, cutting-edge ‘smart home’ technology that improves the environment and living comfort, reduces energy consumption, and provides increased safety and security,” says Pat Killeen of Pat Killeen Engineered Controls. “From the most state-ofEngineered Controls the-art Wi-Fi enabled thermostats and zoning systems, to whole-house air cleaning systems, whole-house humidification and dehumidification systems, Zigbee and Z-Wave wired and wireless home security and video systems; it’s all quite impressive. It’s no secret that heating and cooling account for the bulk of a home’s energy usage, and simply incorporating a programmable thermostat can make a big difference. Smart thermostats such as Honeywell’s Preview all 56 homes Prestige Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat and the Ecobee3 allow the monitoring online at of temperatures at home from mobile devices and PCs. The thermostats monitor humidity and temperature and alter cooling cycles, resulting in energy- and money-saving opportunities. Honeywell’s Total Connect Service provides a personalized web portal with mobile apps that allow the homeowner to stay connected to their home’s heating and cooling system as well as its security system from SpringPHAd_StrictlyBusiness.indd 1 4/4/2017 3:15:19 PM their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. With Total Connect, the homeowner can monitor and control their home at any time and from anywhere. My advice to those interested in adding integrating technology into a new home is to make sure and do your research. There is plenty of information on the internet today that will make the average homeowner much more knowledgeable about what is available in the residential construction market than anyone realizes. It’s a great place to start, and then you are better able to articulate what you’re envisioning to decorative rock the professionals so that everyone is on the same page. As previously boulders | pottery | flagstone mentioned, far too often we too are contacted by homeowners once top soil | mulch | pond supplies they’ve already moved into their new house, only to find out that they fireplaces | brick ovens & more! did not get that they wanted. 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Krueger Development is continuing to expand its focus primarily in South Lincoln. Just south of Pine Lake and 14th Street they are bringing...

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