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Great Brands That Compete On Value: Understand Knowledge Is Power(ful)

For the past couple of months, among the features in the magazine that we’ve covered there’s been a prevailing theme. For those who haven’t been following, and to recap for those who have, I’ve emphasized the significance of personal branding for business professionals. As such, we tie this into much of what we do at Strictly Business. It’s not just your mere presence, but the qualities you are best known for that will be compelling factors when it comes time to select the recipient of one’s business. Why choose you? What have you done to influence that decision? As previously discussed, the more well-acquainted someone is with you personally, the more comfortable he/she will be with approaching you and trusting you. Building a good rapport and gaining trust takes time and consistency. Bearing this in mind, an effective way to establish credibility is sharing your knowledge - with no strings attached. Consider it an investment in developing a relationship based on mutual trust in hopes that it will yield a return later on down the line. And chances are, it will. Given the dynamics of today’s business/consumer relationship, it’s important to understand that process has to start with a business putting forth the effort to attract the consumer by differentiating itself from the competition in the marketplace. As the saying goes, give and you shall receive. By providing something of value sans immediate compensation, it’s a gesture of good faith, and a very telling sign about how a relationship would be moving forward. Make no mistake, people will take notice and it’s greatly appreciated, so the perceived value is there and it’s impactful. By making this type of impression consistently, then through the power of word of mouth, it will eventually become your reputation. Once you’re seen as an authority in your area of expertise, there’s much less convincing that needs to be done on your part to draw in clients. Sharing knowledge isn’t just limited to public perception in terms of benefits. It also helps you educate your audience about the many ways what you have to offer could potentially apply to them. Assuming this

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is obvious is a common mistake. By presenting ideas to consider, you’re actively engaging your audience to do the same; it’s a non-invasive call to action. You don’t always have to completely break it down, which might easily be seen as excessive or pretentious depending on the subject matter. Rather, in order to keep the attention of those in your target audience, you need to find new and interesting ways to clarify or reinforce the possibilities related to your offerings and the value of those. As you might suspect, Strictly Business has several ways to help you accomplish this both in print and online. One of those is our monthly Feature Stories. If you’ve read any of them, you’ve undoubtedly learned a few things from a wide variety of local professionals. Their willingness to offer their expertise to our readers is easily identified, and it’s inferred that you can expect the same if you call, email, or ask them personally. Many who have past experience doing business with them are well aware of that and have found them to be valuable resources all around. For others who don’t, if they ever find themselves in a position where they would need assistance from that type of professional, there’s comfort in knowing exactly who to contact when the time comes. The more approachable and helpful you are to others, even when it doesn’t appear to directly benefit you, the more likely people will be to gravitate to you when they need something. With 4-5 different topics each month, we cover a lot of ground over the course of a year. This provides the opportunity to weigh in on topics directly related to a business, as well as to identify areas where you can get a little creative with your approach in applying your expertise. With a prominent representative of a business pictured alongside his/ her quote in the story, and in proximity to a display ad, these elements all tie in together nicely for maximum impact. If you want to be seen as an expert, positioning yourself as one is just as important as actually being one. Remember, your knowledge isn’t just something you apply to conducting business, it’s also something you can leverage to drive business. 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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How Important is Team Building in a Company?




Many would agree the greatest team-building coach of all time is Tom Osborne. Although he coached Husker football teams to win five national championships, his most important achievements may have been his contributions to helping others reach their potential. Tom Osborne hired exceptional coaches. Coach Ron Brown led the spiritual side of the team. Coach Boyd Epley made sure players were more physically capable than their opponents. Tom Osborne’s other talented coaches trained young athletes to be the best on the field and also responsible adults. Off-field issues were dealt with in a caring but responsible manner.

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Tom Osborne set the example for the players by being humble and kind. Husker fans followed his lead as they cheered for the other teams as they left the field after games. Commentators have recognized Nebraska fans as the best ever.

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Husker football players traveled in sport coats and ties. They handed or tossed the football to the referees after a play rather than tossing it the other direction. They helped their fellow teammates and opposing team up off the ground. Their trust in their teammates showed in their dedicated efforts. Academics were obviously important too since Nebraska soon had the most Collegiate Academic All-Americans.

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Tom Osborne’s teams are a great example of what can be accomplished when teams pull together. That type of team building can make a difference in businesses too. The John Henry’s Leadership Council members are the Team building starts with a responsible business philosophy that is lived each day “coaches” for their team. They work closely together to by talented managers who can coach the team to do great things. Great teams do the right things for the right reasons. They hire for will remain loyal to each other and perform well. Their pride will naturally take attitude and train for skill. them to the next level. Accolades tend to follow great teams. John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Accolades also follow responsible companies like John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, thanks Tom Osborne and everyone involved in the and Air Conditioning. Last month, John Henrys received the 2017 Chamber of Nebraska football program who has set the example of Commerce Green Business of the Year Award. This is an impressive award to how to be successful in life…and business. add to their long list of awards and accomplishments. Thanks also to the “fans” (customers) that support the Owner John Henry (Jack) Zohner feels “being recognized for protecting our John Henry’s team! environment is especially meaningful because all of our hard work has taken us to another level. It feels like we won a national championship!” John Henry’s services heating and air conditioning equipment to improve efficiency. They also sell quality Trane and Lennox high-efficiency equipment. The service and sales combined with their impressive recycling program allowed them to reduce the carbon footprint in our community by approximately 19,213 metric tons, which is the equivalent of removing 4,087 vehicles from our streets! Their recycling program includes proper recycling of cardboard, tearing down used heating and air-conditioning equipment, sorting it, then putting those proceeds, which are approximately $40K annually, in the employee 401K savings plan. • 402-435-5555 2949 Cornhusker Hwy, Lincoln, NE 68504




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James Arthur Vineyards Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Eustis Body Shop Breaks Ground on Future Lincoln Location

This year mar ks the celebration of James Arthur Vineyards’ 20th year in business! To celebrate this special occasion in honor of reac hing suc h an incredible milestone, a party will be held on Friday, September 15th with a number of activities. All are invited to come out and join in the festivities, which will include cake and ice cream, live entertainment, and of course, great wine! Check the winery’s website at or the James Arthur Vineyards Facebook page for more details as they are announced leading up to the event!

Eustis Body Shop is expanding to Lincoln! An official groundbreaking for the new location at 8820 Amber Hill Court was held with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on July 27th. The Lincoln facility, on the lot east of Miracle Mile Motors, is set to open in early 2018. The Eustis Body Shop family were excited to have such a wonderful turnout at the event and thankful to the Lincoln community for their support. Another celebration is in the works once this location is open for business, so make sure to stay tuned for more details to be announced!

James Arthur Vineyards began growing grapes near Raymond and officially opened the winery in 1997. Under the ownership of the Jim and Barb Ballard and James Arthur and Neenie Jeffers, the winery has won numerous international awards for its wine, and has created a destination site that has brought thousands of visitors to the vineyard from around the country, as well as the world. Today, James Arthur Vineyards is Nebraska’s largest and most awarded winery. For more information, please call (402) 783-5255 or visit

Eustis Body Shop is a family-owned business, established in 1979 in Eustis, NE with additional locations in Cozad, Lexington, Kearney, Grand Island, and soon, Lincoln! The professionals at Eustis Body Shop have repaired tens of thousands of vehicles in central Nebraska. Striving to be the most progressive auto body repair centers in the state of Nebraska, Eustis Body Shop’s investments in repair and paint equipment technology will get your vehicle back to factory specifications faster, ensuring you and your family’s safety. This also means less hassle for their valued customers. Learn more about Eustis Body Shop online at www.eustisbodyshop. com or find them on Facebook!

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Coming Soon: Lincoln Chamber Presents 2017 Lincoln Business Expo

Immanuel’s The Landing Receives National Award for Excellence in Care

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is proud to again host one of the region’s largest business trade shows. Due to popular demand, even more booths have been added this year! The 2017 Lincoln Business Expo will be held on October 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The event is free and open to the public!

Immanuel’s The Landing at Williamsburg Village is proud to announce excellence in senior living after receiving the 2017 Silver Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA – / NCAL – One of only 191 communities nationwide, six in Nebraska and the only community in Lincoln receiving the distinction, the Silver Achievement in Quality Award recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in skilled nursing and assisted living.

Why attend? Make new connections, exchange ideas, and meet with potential business partners at this power-packed event. Mix, mingle, and meet with 100+ exhibitors and 1,000+ attendees in all business sectors, all in one day! Why exhibit? As an exhibitor, you can take advantage of networking with key industry professionals to forge new connections, exchange ideas, and meet with potential business partners. Not to mention the opportunity to be in front of 1,000+ attendees. Additionally, those in attendance will have the opportunity to enter to win many great prizes and sample craft beer from local breweries. Vendor registration for the 2017 Lincoln Business Expo is now open. Easily completed online, just pick your booth and register your company with a few clicks. For more details, please visit

McGill Restoration Makes Inc. 5000 for 2nd Consecutive Year For the second year running, M c G i l l Restoration, a Nebraskab a s e d contractor specializing in concrete and masonry repair, as well as high performance specialty coatings, earned its place on the Inc. 5000 list by living out its philosophy of “building relationships through craftsmanship.” The Inc. 5000 list represents the 5,000 fastest-growing, privately-held companies in America and their overall revenue growth over a three-year period. Inc. Magazine announces the list each year, which celebrates entrepreneurial success, leadership, and innovation across the country. This year, McGill Restoration was ranked 3723 with a 3-year growth of 80.27% and was ranked the #16 fastest-growing privately-held company in Nebraska. That’s up 115 spots from last year’s ranking of 3838 and 79% (#15 among Nebraska companies). “We are proud to make our second appearance on the Inc. 5000 list. It’s confirmation that, by focusing on the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our customers, we are doing things the right way,” said Owner and President Timothy F. McGill. “I want to recognize each and every employee’s contribution to our growth,” he said. “Without their professionalism and dedication, this would not be possible.” Founded in 1984, McGill Restoration is a family-owned business specializing in restoring and preserving infrastructure such as buildings, parking garages, stadiums, and roads. McGill Restoration has performed projects for some of Nebraska’s most notable companies, including Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska Medicine, Woodmen of the World, Creighton University, US Bank, First National Bank, CHI Health, Bryan Health, and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Omaha campuses. Learn more at

The Landing received the honor after demonstrating effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes for residents. Silver Award recipients are recognized at the AHCA/NCAL’s annual convention this fall and are eligible for achieving the program’s highest gold status – awarded to only three communities in 2016. Nestled perfectly into the surrounding Williamsburg Village, Immanuel’s The Landing provides a full range of living options for an exceptional continuum of care. From independent living amenities to the complete services of long-term care, The Landing offers compassionate health care support, enriching activities, elegant dining experiences, and AgeWell, an exclusive wellness program with qualified, professional staff. To find out more about The Landing, visit or call (402) 420-9355.

Ohio National salutes Sean Quigley, LUTCF Sean Quigley was recently awarded the prestigious Quality Leader of the Month award by Ohio National Financial Services. In addition, Sean completed all the requirements to qualify as a member of Ohio National’s 2017 President’s Inner Circle. We take great pride in congratulating Sean on another outstanding year.

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Panology Tech Solutions Contributes to FUSE Coworking Expansion

MōMō Pizzeria & Ristorante Debuts New Website

Panology Tech Solutions recently helped out with a major expansion to FUSE Coworking in the Haymarket. This expansion took place in the basement of the building at 151 N. 8th St., where FUSE already occupies all of fifth floor and will soon be expanding onto the second floor. Panology’s contribution was in the form of a wireless network covering the entirety of the space with Internet connectivity through the existing network that’s utilized on the 5th floor. They were able to build out the network ahead of the completion of the rest of the construction in the space. Most of the space is being rented out by a single tenant but there are also two conference rooms and a commons area. FUSE Coworking is a growing organization that gives startups, entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, freelancers and telecommuters a place to call work, and Panology hopes to be a part of future expansion projects as well. You can find out more about FUSE online at Panology Tech Solutions provides the assistance you need to improve how your business utilizes and incorporates technology. The locally owned and operated technology solutions firm provides comprehensive offerings that are customized to fit the client’s needs and budget, with emphasis on customer satisfaction and quality of service. For more information about Panology Tech Solutions, please call (402) 937-9137, email info@, or visit

MōMō’s website has a new look! Upgraded to enhance the brand and display the local restaurant’s signature offerings, the website – www. – has been completely updated. At MōMō Pizzeria & Ristorante it’s all about the experience, and the new website reflects that core belief. The newly-redesigned layout is more visually appealing and has many new elements incorporated to best showcase everything that sets MōMō apart. It’s mobile-optimized and has user-friendly features that include access to the full menu that rotates seasonally, upcoming events and promotions, community involvement, online private dining reservations, and more. Located in the Preserve Development at Pioneers Boulevard and Lucille Drive in south Lincoln, MōMō is a must-try destination for lunch, dinner, or drinks. MōMō Pizzeria & Ristorante is an upscale restaurant and bar best known for creating modern takes on classic Italian fare - all made in-house from scratch by MōMō’s talented chefs with locally sourced, quality ingredients - plus its impressive wine list and specialty cocktails. For more information, make sure to check out the new website at www., or you are welcome to contact Anthony Bonelli at (402) 261-5966. You can also find out about special events and new offerings by staying connected with MōMō on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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BBB Announces Speaker for Lincoln’s Integrity Awards Event Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation will honor metro Lincoln’s ethical businesses and students at its Annual Integrity Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10th at the Cornhusker Hotel - Marriott Convention Center Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. The keynote speaker is Timothy Clare; a partner in the law firm of Rembolt Ludtke LLP, where he practices in the areas of estate and business planning, estate administration and probate. He is a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Nebraska, representing District 1, and served as Chairman in 2013. Additionally, Mr. Clare serves as Vice Chairman of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency, a 3-person agency overseeing the Pinnacle Bank Arena and the West Haymarket Development project. Mr. Clare is also active in many not-for-profit organizations in Lincoln. He is a member of the Lincoln Community Foundation, past president of the Boards of the Lincoln Chapter of Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Lincoln Children’s Museum and Cedars Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of Rotary Club #14 and the Lincoln Independent Business Association. Drawing from his experience as an attorney and community leader, Clare will speak about integrity and ethics in public service at the awards luncheon. For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information please contact Teresa Stitcher Fritz at (402) 436-2345 x8600.

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Star City Heating & Cooling Recognized by RoughRiders as Fundraiser Supporter Star City Heating & Cooling was proud to be a part of this year’s RoughRiders annual fundraiser, which was held on June 24th. Owner Keith McRoberts was approached by members of RoughRiders, and after hearing about their various community outreach efforts, Star City Heating & Cooling was on board. Mr. McRoberts donated a VIP Maintenance Plan, which was auctioned off at the event, with all proceeds to benefit the organizations supported by RoughRiders. This includes the Down Syndrome Association for Families, Make A Wish Foundation, Charlie M. Wilson House, Food Bank of Lincoln, Kiwanis Backpack Program, Shrine Transportation Fund, Catholic Social Services, Dave Dillon Memorial Fund, Tribesmen Help Fund, RoughRiders Rough Start Award Fund, and more. The objectives of RoughRiders are to promote and encourage brotherhood in the biker community, promote safe motorcycle riding, and support those in need in our community. You can find out more at or on the RoughRiders Facebook page. To show their appreciation, a few of the members rode to the shop to present the Star City Heating & Cooling team with a plaque. Serving residential and commercial customers, Star City Heating & Cooling offers a full range of quality products and services performed by a team of industry professionals who are experts in their trade. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (402) 464-7827 (STAR) or visit

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Thad Anderson Opens 1st Colonial Life Agency in Lincoln A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was held on July 19th to mar k the opening of the first-ever Colonial Life agency in Lincoln, NE. It is owned and operated by Thad Anderson, who relocated from Michigan to Lincoln this spring specifically to establish and develop a presence here. Joining Thad are assistant managers Michael Gharzai and Sam Zitek, and sales representative Jennifer Reed. The office, which officially opened its doors in June, is located downtown on the 11th floor of the U.S. Bank building, at 233 S. 13th Street, Suite 1100. For more than 75 years, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company ( has had one mission: To help America’s workers preserve and protect the vitally important things they work so hard to build. Thad Anderson and his team at the local Colonial Life agency work with small, medium, and large businesses as well as organizations in the public sector market. They pride themselves on personalized customer service and technology for a streamlined, simple enrollment. Specializing in providing voluntary benefits, they also partner with health insurance brokers to assist clients with related needs. Services are complimentary to the employer; the agency’s “Making Benefits Count” program helps retain employees, attract new employees, and saves the employer money through payroll taxes. The local agency can be contacted directly at (402) 480-5717 / thad.anderson@ 10 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017


Screamers Dining and Cabaret Coming Soon An exciting new restaurant concept is coming to Lincoln this fall! Introducing Screamers Dining and Cabaret: Home of the Singing Servers, where you can wine and dine the night away while enjoying world-class musical entertainment. Slated to open in early November, Screamers Dining and Cabaret will be a full-service restaurant and bar featuring live entertainment performed daily by the staff. The atmosphere is sure to provide a truly unique dining experience in the Historic Haymarket at 803 Q St., Suite 150. The one-of-a-kind concept is inspired by the former UNL show choir, The Scarlet & Cream Singers (A.K.A. Screamers). Screamers will offer lunch featuring the most popular music of a different decade daily, a piano bar happy hour each weekday afternoon, and nightly, the servers will be singing a variety of music from all genres and all eras. Weekends will feature buffet brunches with special music. For more information about Screamers, please visit www.

Tabitha Announces Grief Groups, Hospice Volunteer Training, and Remembrance Walk Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce its grief groups, remembrance walk and hospice volunteer training throughout the month of September spanning across the city of Lincoln. Grief and support groups will be available throughout the month and open to anyone in the community experiencing loss or needing support and helpful caregiver tips. “Loss of a Loved One Drop-in Grief Group,”- held every Monday, 10 - 11:30 a.m., and every Wednesday, 1:30 - 3 p.m., at the Harbor Coffee Shop, 1265 S. Cotner Blvd. “Men’s Drop-in Grief Group,”- held every other Friday, 1:30 - 3 p.m., at Hy-Vee-deli, 7151 Stacy Ln. “Caregiver Drop-in Support Group,”- September 20, 5 - 6:30 p.m., at Tabitha The Club—Adult Day Services, 4600 Valley Rd. Care for loved one provided at no charge. Meals are available for $5. Six-week “Growing Through Grief Support Group,”- held Wednesday evenings, September 13 - October 18, 6 p.m., at Tabitha, 4720 Randolph St. To register, please contact Lani Glaser, at (402) 486-8546 or email Tabitha also offers hospice volunteer training throughout Lancaster County. Tabitha Hospice volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement support, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to Tabitha clients. For questions about hospice volunteering, contact Jamie Scott, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at (402) 486-8577 or email Jamie. Finally, Tabitha invites you to join the Tabitha Hospice team for a special remembrance walk to celebrate the life of your loved one and share in the support of our community. The service will be held on Tues., September 12, 6 p.m., at the Sunken Gardens, 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. To register, please contact Lani Glaser at (402) 486-8546. For general questions, please contact Tabitha at (402) 486-8520 or (800) 418-9335.


Care Consultants for the Aging Announces New Ownership Care Consultants for the Aging is excited to announce that the company has transitioned to new ownership. The sale of the business was finalized on June 15th. Care Consultants for the Aging, with offices in Lincoln and Omaha, NE, is now owned and operated by Kyle Johnson, who is also the owner of the Oasis Senior Advisors Omaha franchise. The company structure and its operations will remain the same. Established in 1991, Care Consultants for the Aging is a locally owned and operated company that began out of a need in the community. Throughout the years, its Home Care Registry and ElderCare Resource Handbook have helped thousands of people in Nebraska with their eldercare needs. Care Consultants for the Aging has been referring qualified, screened, independent contractor CNA-level caregivers who provide in-home care to the elderly in addition to connecting them with a wide variety of services in and around the communities it serves. To find out more about Care Consultants for the Aging, visit www. or contact Kyle Johnson at (402) 488-3771 /

John Henry’s Receives Centurion Award John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning has received the Centurion Award again for 2016 for the 7th time from Lennox Industries Inc., an international heating and air conditioning manufacturer. The award is given to only the top five percent of Lennox heating and air conditioning contractors in North America. Lennox recognizes the John Henry’s team for outstanding accomplishments in areas of business including sales and service performance, company growth, promotional success, and business planning effectiveness. “The Centurion Award winners epitomize achievement, growth and a commitment to make their organizations the best,” said Doug Young, president and chief operating officer, Lennox International Residential Heating and Cooling. “It is our privilege that John Henrys is a Lennox dealer.” Lennox Industries Inc., based near Dallas, markets its residential and commercial products through over 7,000 independent Lennox dealers worldwide. John Henry’s was founded in 1996 by Deb and Jack Zohner and has 70 employees. John Henry’s continues to increase its concentration on plumbing, heating, and air conditioning service, along with emphasis on remodels. They also do duct cleaning. Owner John Henry (Jack) Zohner feels the award reflects the hard work and hearts of their team members. “This award, along with the other prestigious recognition we’ve received over the years, is a direct reflection of our team and the relationships they build with our 35,000+ customers,” said Zohner. “John Henry’s primary focus will always be providing good customer service and being a good neighbor in our community. It’s our way of thanking those that believe in quality service.” John Henry’s can be reached for a free estimate at or (402) 435-5555.


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BUSINESS NEWS Celebrate Grandparent’s Day at Legacy Terrace Town Carnival Step right up to the Legacy Terrace Town Carnival to celebrate Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, September 10th from 1 - 4 p.m. You and your friends and family can get a feel for Legacy Living while enjoying pony rides, classic corvettes, face painting, and a photo booth all while noshing on great fair food like cotton candy, snow cones, fry bread, corn dogs, soda and more! Parking is available at the Cross the Line Church (formally The Falls) located at 5925 Adams Street. The Legacy Retirement Communities van will be happy to shuttle you from the Cross the Line parking lot to the Terrace Town Carnival and back again when you’re all tuckered out from carnival fun. For more information about the Terrace Town Carnival or Legacy Retirement Communities Living (Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care), please visit or call (402) 464-5700. Legacy Retirement Communities have been family owned and operated in Lincoln for over 20 years and invite you to bring your family to this free celebration.

Talon Room to Host Oktoberfest Tailgate T h e Ta l o n Room is pairing up with Chef Nic with We b s t e r Bistro and Derrick Heydon with Amplified Sessions to bring you a one-of-a-kind tailgate! The Oktoberfest Tailgate at the Talon Room will be held on September 16th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets to the event include: Live Viewing of the Husker Game * Bratwursts and Handmade Pretzels * Souvenir Beer Stein * (3) Drink Tickets * Music by DJ Derrick Heydon * Awesome Game Day Atmosphere! Drink like a German, Party like a Husker! Tickets are $25 in advance for adults over the age of 21 and $15 for guests under 21. IDs will be checked at entry. Tickets purchased at the door will be $35. To purchase tickets please visit talon-room. The Talon Room is an event and reception venue located in the lower level of the old Spaghetti Works building at 230 N 12th Street, Suite 1 in Lincoln, NE. It is a prime location to host your wedding, next business event…and especially a tailgate party! For more information, please visit or contact Matthew Rogge at (402) 641-0943 /

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BUSINESS NEWS Salon MohVi & Spa Introduces New Product Line: MONAT Salon MohVi & Spa is pleased to announce a new product line that is now available to clients - MONAT. It was officially available starting in August and the feedback so far has been incredible. MONAT attracts people for numerous reasons, but one that can’t be overlooked is quality. Formulated with powerful active botanicals, their products are designed to work together to give consumers their best hair day ever. Whether you’re looking to bring an end to thinning hair or turn frizzy, fried strands into smooth, add volume or supple locks – MONAT has the solution. Book a consultation with an experienced stylist today to find the products that are best suited for your needs. Although products in this line are currently obtained by special order only, Salon MohVi & Spa will also have a selection of MONAT products on-hand that are available for clients to try.

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I/O Innovation Summit Unites Corporate and Startup Innovators T h e f i r s t - e ve r Inside/Outside Innovation Summit brought 600 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate innovators and speakers from around the globe to the Pinnacle Bank Arena earlier this summer. The three-day event included a diverse batch of speakers, networking and matchmaking opportunities, a startup showcase and a $100,000 startup pitch competition. The conference was centered on matching startups with corporate innovators and forming relationships between the corporate world and the startup ecosystem. The startup showcase featured the best in startup innovation from over 64 startups based out of 20 cities. Major sponsor Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development helped to facilitate and fund startup companies from Australia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco to come to Lincoln for the showcase. Each startup had a booth in the “demo pit” for visitors to learn about their business and had the opportunity to participate in matchmaking meetings with participating corporates. The finale of the summit was the $100,000 startup pitch competition sponsored by Nelnet. Six startups from across the country were selected to pitch prior to the summit and other four were chosen by Nelnet from the startup showcase, just one day before the pitch competition. Lincolnbased startup CompanyCam, a software solution allowing contractors to manage field work with smart photos and instant messaging, won the prize. Luke Hansen, founder and CEO of CompanyCam, said the money will help the company create more jobs in Lincoln.


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Cowboy Chicken Participating in “Stick a Fork in Cancer” Campaign

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Cowboy Chicken is proud to join restaurants across Lincoln this year for the “Stick a Fork in Cancer” campaign, a community effort to fight back against cancer and support the American Cancer Society. On September 19th, Cowboy Chicken will host a “Stick a Fork in Cancer” event to promote awareness, and will donate 20% of the day’s revenue to the American Cancer Society of Lancaster County.

In September, the Nebraska Department of Labor’s On-Site Consultation P r o g r a m will have consultants in attendance at several safety conferences and trade shows in Omaha, Gering, Kearney, and Lincoln. The On-Site Consultation Program helps employers identify potential hazards at worksites and improve their occupational safety and health management systems. Visit the booths at these events to meet consultants and find out more about the no-cost, confidential, safety and health consultation process.

Be sure to mark your calendars, and visit for more information. Located at 2801 Pine Lake Road, Cowboy Chicken serves hearty and healthy dishes that are available during lunch and dinner for dine-in, take out, catering and delivery. On-the-go diners can order on the Cowboy Chicken app, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, which allows guests to order ahead, pay with their phone at checkout and earn rewards. For more information about Cowboy Chicken, visit www.

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Midtown Body & Paint Celebrates 2nd Anniversary Under New Ownership Midtown Body & Paint recently celebrated its twoyear anniversary since transitioning to the current ownership of Dan Pape. He continues to operate the business with the belief that the key to success is learning to do something right and then doing it right every time.

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“When you take your vehicle to Midtown Body & Paint, you can count in it being repaired safely and properly every time,” says Pape. Midtown Body & Paint is a collision repair center with a tradition of excellence, serving clients in the Lincoln area since 1950. Midtown Body & Paint is staffed with professional auto body repair specialists who have extensive experience and training in framework and collision repair. Remaining family owned and operated, Midtown Body & Paint provides quality auto body repair for all makes and models of vehicles. Whether you require major or minor auto body damage repair, Midtown Body & Paint is here to help. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. To find out more about Midtown Body & Paint, located at 332 S. Antelope Valley Pkwy in Lincoln, please call (402) 474-4818, visit, or find them on Facebook.

Yield Champions Field Day Events, New Products and Pro Ag Trainings Announced Dennis Nun, President of Yield Champions, and Todd & Lisa Hoffman of TJH Farms hosted a field day in Juniata on August 17th. On hand for the event were nearly 100 far mers, agronomists, seed, c hemical and fertilizer dealers as well Pictured L-R: David Heineman, Chef Ryan as Conklin Company owner Hughes, Rodd Hoffman and Charles W. Herbster. Charles W. Herbster and Conklin Company board member former Nebraska governor David Heineman. The Hoffman’s 2016 crop had suffered three major hail events in June, July and August, but thanks to the AgroVantage Foliar Feeding Program their fields looked amazing! Nun says, “We show growers how to lower production costs on a per acre and per bushel basis and that remains the key to profitability for farmers.” At this event a new product INTENSIFY was announced to be available by November for use in the coming crop year as well as the schedule for the Pro Ag I programs, including the first in Kearney, NE to be held November 29-30. Yield Champions exclusively markets the Conklin Company’s AgroVantage™ products for crop production. For more information, contact Dennis Nun at (402) 430-7727 or go to

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Oak Electric, Inc. Proud Supporter of JDRF Annual One Walk Fundraiser

Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Cuts Ribbon With LIBA for North Location Grand Opening

This month, Oak Electric, Inc. is teaming up with JDRF for the annual One Walk on September 24th at Haymarket Park. Oak Electric, Inc. is honored to be one of this year’s corporate sponsors for the JDRF One Walk to cure type 1 diabetes. Owners Matt and Crystal Collins have a personal connection to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as their oldest son was diagnosed with this fatal disease when he was only 4 years old. Their goal is to raise awareness and contribute the cause in hopes of finding a cure. If you live with T1D, you spend a lot of time thinking about your bloodsugar levels now and worrying about the complications that T1D may one day bring. You don’t want anyone else you love to ever know the physical, emotional and financial toll this disease takes. You want a cure. The JDRF One Walk has one goal: To create a world without T1D. Get registered now at For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Chapter at (402) 484-8300 / Oak Electric, Inc. is excited to be a part of this annual tradition and give back to the community. JDRF is their #1 charity! For more information on Oak Electric, Inc. please visit www. or call (402) 440-5969.

As part of several notable public ceremonies held to celebrate the opening of the newest Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers North location, a ribboncutting was hosted in conjunction with the Lincoln Independent Business Association. Owners Jethro and Nancy Hopkins are longstanding members of LIBA with current and previously-owned businesses. The event kicked off an entire day of festivities on the morning of June 15th, with other members of the organization and the Lincoln community in attendance to show their support. Scott Orlando, a representative of the Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers franchise who is responsible for research and development as well as outreach and training for franchises nationwide, was also present. There are now two Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers locations in Lincoln for the convenience of clients. Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers North is located at 2601 Champlain Drive, Suite 200 (northwest corner of 27th & Superior) and can be contacted directly at (402) 904-6042. Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers South is located at 5733 S. 34th Street, Suite 200 (34th & Old Cheney) and can be contacted directly at (402) 483-7952. To find out more about how Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers can help you work towards accomplishing your goals, stop in or call either location, or check out the website at



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Blu Velvet has moved! As of August 1st, the local boutique has a new home at 1265 S. Cotner Blvd. in the Shoppes at Piedmont. Blu Velvet has all of the current fashion must-haves, from clothing and shoes to jewelry, bags and accessories. Stay connected with Blu Velvet on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – to be the first to check out new arrivals and find out about special promotions!

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Join Blu Velvet for a Sip & Shop event on September 8th from 4 - 7 p.m. held at their new location in the Shoppes at Piedmont! Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening of shopping, with lots of fun fall merchandise showcased that will be available to purchase. Appetizers and drinks will be provided by both Blu Velvet and Salon Bah-Shah, which will be hosting other fun activities. There will be in-store specials, discounts and gift with purchase giveaways too!

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Just last month, Jacuzzi, Inc. announced the acquisition of BathWraps, the leading supplier of one-day bathroom transformation services. Fueled by the new deal, BathWraps is now launching an aggressive expansion plan in Nebraska, with Lincoln as its first target to establish a strategic partnership. “We’re already receiving customer inquiries in Lincoln, so we’re very confident that this will be a major market for us moving forward,” said Eric Bohner, vice president of sales at BathWraps. “We’re currently looking for a Lincoln-area business to exclusively add our one-day bathroom transformation products and Jacuzzi walk-in tubs to its portfolio.” BathWraps was first started because home owners were looking for a simple solution to replacing their outdated or damaged bathroom wetspace. The brand quickly found success partnering with businesses that focus on the home’s exterior and want to reduce the seasonality of their business. BathWraps is now looking for similar businesses in the greater Lincoln area. “By joining the Jacuzzi family, BathWraps is now positioned to continue our rapid growth, and we’re excited to find the perfect partner in Lincoln to grow with us,” Bohner said.

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BUSINESS NEWS Rita’s of Lincoln Introduces New Mobile Trailer

Ironhide Construction Awarded Contract for New Papillion Community Center Fieldhouse

Rita’s Italian Ice & Custard of Lincoln has a new mobile trailer to better serve clients at off-site events! It is fully-equipped to provide all of the same great Rita’s treats you can order in the store. Whether you want Italian Ice, Custard, or a Gelati, Frozen Drink, Misto or Shake, you can get them all by having Rita’s be part of your next event. Now there are multiple options available, as Rita’s also offers smaller mobile carts used for only Italian Ice or hand-crafted frozen custard. With the new addition, Rita’s can now accommodate multiple events at one time and tailor the treats and service offerings to whatever you desire at your next event!

Ironhide Construction is excited to announce it has been awarded a contract on an exciting project set to begin in November – the construction of the field house for the new Papillion Community Center. After a very competitive bidding process, Sampson Construction, the general contractor, selected Ironhide Construction as a subcontractor for the steel building portion of the project. The new Papillion Community Center is an estimated $45M project and the plans include the field house, containing a recreation area and meeting spaces. The 56,000-square-foot facility will feature indoor aquatics, a walking track, exercise facility, gymnasiums, and more. Voters approved the project to move forward during last November’s election. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Lincoln, NE, Ironhide Construction specializes in commercial and industrial construction and offers an array of general contracting services. With a reputation throughout the Midwest for providing quality buildings and genuine service at a reasonable price, the locally owned and operated company prides itself on providing expert advice, skilled craftsmanship and top-notch construction management. Ironhide Construction is an Authorized Builder for Chief Buildings, a division of Chief Industries, Inc., and has since grown one of the top producing companies nationwide. For more information about Ironhide Construction, please call (402) 420-4961 or visit

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 80+ refreshing flavors you can have an Ice Day, every day. Want to make sure they have your favorite flavor? Call ahead and they’ll make sure to have it prepared for you! For more information about Rita’s of Lincoln, please visit www. or contact Zack Hauder at (402) 975-8171 /


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CarePatrol of Nebraska Contributes to Success of 1st Annual Bets for Vets Event CarePatrol of Nebraska was proud to be a part of the first annual Bets fo r Ve t s event, which took place in Omaha on July 28th. Not only did CarePatrol of Nebraska donate to the event, but Andrea Crampton, Community Relations Representative, volunteered as a casino worker to help make the night enjoyable for all. With such a fun event for a great cause, effort from a lot of passionate people, and generous donations, Bets for Vets raised over $1,500 in cash plus gift cards, bus passes, two van loads of food and comfort items. All of the items are going to help homeless veterans here in our community who served our great country. 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. By thoroughly reviewing the state’s care and violation history of every community before recommending them, then lining up the tours and personally accompanying the client to help make sure all the right questions are asked, the goal is to make the process is as easy as it can be. For more information, visit or contact Theron Ahlman directly at (402) 580-2116 /


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ALLO Communications Presenting Sponsor of 5th Annual Garden Party The Garden Party committee is excited to recognize ALLO Communications as the presenting sponsor of this year’s event. Special thanks are extended to the entire ALLO Communications team for graciously supporting the 5th annual Garden Party to benefit DomestiPUPS. You can find out more about this organization online at www. A limited amount of tickets are still available for this event, which will be held on Friday, September 8th from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at a private residence. It will begin with the customary garden education and demonstration program, including the opportunity to build your own Fairy Garden (additional cost of $10; guests bring their own flower pot). Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine, beer and specialty cocktails will be served along with live music and a silent and live auction featuring items for both garden lovers AND pet enthusiasts. The muchanticipated finale will be a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of Brett Ferguson with Light Up My Life Displays! Make sure to get your tickets today as this is an event you won’t want to miss! Cost of admission is only $30, and there are also options for reserved/sponsor tables of 6 and 8 people. Please contact Paige Zutavern at (402) 466-3330 for tickets, sponsorship details, or to make a donation in the event you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute.

Roper & Sons Announces September Events At this month’s Topic Breakfast, being held at 7:30 a.m. T h u r s d a y, September 21st, the group will be joined by Attorney Andrew Loudon. Andrew is always a wealth of Estate Planning and tax planning knowledge, and one of the most popular speakers. Please be sure to reserve your seat early. Topic Breakfast, held on the third Thursday each month, is free and open to the public. To reserve your seat for Topic Breakfast, please call (402) 476-1225 or email The Grief Program meets weekly on Sundays 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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Hickman Area Chamber Established There is now a Chamber of Commerce dedicated to the thriving business community in nearby Hickman, NE and the surrounding small communities that encompass the Norris School District! With the growth in the population and commerce in the area and the significant boost to the economy that has come with it in recent years, it was decided that the time was right to form a Chamber of Commerce. Making its official debut this spring, the Hickman Area Chamber of Commerce was established with a goal of providing economic development support focused on that specific area. It’s one that includes startups, long-time neighborhood stores, midsized and large companies, and a tight-knit business community where everyone is invested in helping one another succeed. The first order of business has been addressing a major lack of housing, and the Hickman Area Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking ideas to develop multi-family and apartment housing in the community. Another focus of its growth plan is attracting small and startup businesses to the area versus large corporations. For more information about the Hickman Area Chamber of Commerce, or if you are interested in membership, please visit www.hickmanchamber. org or contact Austin Roper, President at (402) 937-0704 / info@

Green Flash Brewing Co. Selects Lincoln as Site of 3rd Brewery Less than one year after opening doors to their second brewery on the east coast, Green Flash Brewing Co. announces they are expanding into the Midwest and opening a third location in Lincoln, NE. They have purchased a 10,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room with a restaurant in the Nebraska state capital, and will join Lincoln’s burgeoning craft beer community. The new brewery was purchased intact, and Green Flash expects the tasting room, restaurant, and brewhouse to be open and operating by the end of this year. This will be the first full-scale restaurant venture by Green Flash, and approximately 2,000 square feet of the space will be dedicated to food and beer service for about 100 seats. From a production standpoint, the new brewery will operate with a 10,000 BBL annual capacity under the direction of Brewmaster, Erik Jensen. In Nebraska, they will focus on brewing both Green Flash and Alpine beers to increase the supply of supply fresh, locally priced beer to the region. Green Flash Brewing Co. is an award-winning brewer of fine, handcrafted ales, and specializes in brewing assertive and distinctive beers, such as the nationally-acclaimed West Coast I.P.A. Green Flash will celebrate their 15-year anniversary this fall and is currently available in all 50 states and select international markets. Please visit the Green Flash website for more information. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 19


Habitat Introduces Erbario Toscano Brand

Pumpkin Run Set for Oct. 7 at Pioneers Park

Habitat is excited to announce that it has brought Erbario Toscano to Nebraska. Straight from the Italian countryside, these fragrances and body products contain genuine ingredients from Tuscany, with no fillers. Tuscan Spring, Olive Complex, and for men, Pepe Nero (Black Pepper) are the varieties available for purchase in the store. Erbario Toscano is a brand known worldwide by devotees of the Tuscan style. Its products for body and hair care, perfumes and home fragrances capture the authenticity of a region that is in touch with the everyday life for those who live elsewhere. It pulls from the unique international reality that’s transformed everyday actions into rituals of self-care and of the home. Erbario Toscano is the experience of a lifestyle, transforming Tuscany into a region of the spirit. Refined, in their extreme craft simplicity, Erbario Toscano products, suspended between art and beauty, are the ideal gift. Serving the Lincoln community since 1975, Habitat remains true to the concept reflected in its name—that a home is your habitat. It’s a place where you should be comfortable, it should reflect your style, and you should enjoy spending time there. As such, at Habitat you can find a wealth of contemporary, unique, fun, and functional items from all across the world to help you create your own habitat. Habitat is located at 4107 Pioneer Woods Drive #112. For more information, please call the store at (402) 466-1522 or visit

The 16th annual Pumpkin Run, a one-mile fun run for youth runners, is set for Saturday, October 7 at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. More than 50 sc hools are expected to be represented in what is believed to be the largest youth-only cross-country run in the nation. Heats will be held every 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and are divided by grade and school size. Each runner receives a shirt, commemorative cup, Gatorade and granola bar along with certificates for free meals and two free games of bowling. Last year, more than 3,400 kids participated, and 25 area schools earned awards for having at least 10% of their students participate. The Pumpkin Run is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, with assistance from Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the Lincoln Track Club. Allo Communications is the presenting partner, and major sponsors include Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry, Complete Chidlren’s Health and UNICO Group. Those interested can register or find more information at

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Are you or friends or family faced with losing your individual coverage at the end of the year? Letters have been sent by BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska and by Aetna telling policyholders that their 2017 policies will end on 12/31/17. Approximately 12,500* Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE members will be losing their ACA plans. (BCBS still does plan to keep its Pre-ACA block of business) and another 50,000* people with Aetna will lose their coverage come January 1, 2018. What options will be available? So what options are left and where do you to turn if you are one of these 62,500 people in Nebraska? 1. The first choice to consider is keeping an ACA-compliant health insurance plan. This guarantees “full” coverage with no limitations based on preexisting health conditions. Those who qualify for financial assistance will continue to receive a Premium Tax Credit that reduces your monthly premium. Only Medica has filed with the Nebraska Department of Insurance to offer plans in 2018. This also protects you from the possibility of paying a penalty when you file your taxes. 2. Another option is to participate in employee benefit plans that may be offered by your employer or your spouse’s or parent’s employer. A small business that does not currently offer health insurance benefits would be wise to consider it for 2018. Premiums for a group plan may be less than the premiums for individual coverage. This is particularly true for those whose income does not qualify for financial assistance. There are requirements that must be met in determining if the business is eligible to offer a group health insurance plan. 3. Short-term health insurance policies provide very basic insurance benefits. This can work well to fill the gaps but there are limitations in the benefits. Short-term plans do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. No benefits are provided for pre-existing health conditions, preventive care, maternity or behavioral health. Those with significant pre-existing health conditions are not eligible for a short-term plan. The policy term is limited to 90 days. You can write successive 90-day policies to provide coverage for a full year. It can be a lower cost option, but beware of the limitations. 4. Another option that will appeal to some is a faith-based healthcare expense sharing program. This is not health insurance. It is a program where medical expenses are shared among the people who participate in the program. There are several similar programs offered. Eligibility criteria will include your agreement with principles of faith. The programs have medical guidelines such as limitations of coverage on pre-existing medical conditions, prescriptions, and preventive care. So why would you consider this option? You can save money on monthly expenses for healthcare if you are willing to give up some of the guarantees of health insurance.

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CHOICES TREATMENT CENTER Choices Treatment Center is an outpatient treatment and recovery facility committed to helping individuals overcome problems related to gambling, substance abuse, and mental health. Jeremy Eberle, LIMHP, CDGC, PLADC is a counselor at Choices Treatment Center. How did you get started in the business? - I graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and took a job at the Regional Center right out of school. While there, a friend recommended a job opportunity working at a halfway house helping people dealing with addiction. So I did, and enjoyed the work but found that I was more interested in the counseling side. I returned to school and obtained my master’s degree, and began working at Choices in 2010. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Addictions are complex disorders, and not very well understood by the general public. Most notably, there can be a lot of shame that accompanies them, which can make treatment difficult for individuals. What has been your most important achievement professionally? There have been many that I consider significant, but what I feel the best about is witnessing the transformation. Working with this population is complicated, because most often these are good people facing tough issues. From seeing them for the first time to then looking back at what they’ve accomplished a couple years later, knowing that the work was all theirs but you helped walk them through it. When people come in and express feeling like there’s no hope, and then being able to play a part in helping them rebuild that for themselves – that’s rewarding beyond measure. Being able to watch that light come back within my clients has been really cool. Tell us a little about your family. - I’ve been married to my wife Londa for a little over two years. We recently bought a house together, which was terrifying…but well worth it. We’re soon-to-be dog owners and pretty excited about that. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - As cheesy as it sounds, when I realized I was going to ask my wife to marry me. It meant I’d have to grow up and do adult things, so that kind of put everything into focus for me. I began taking things more seriously – my career, finances, my personal relationships, all aspects of my life. I felt that if I was asking her to join me on the journey, I couldn’t just fly by the seat of my pants anymore. What’s the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - There might not be one considering if I’m passionate about something, you’re going to know about it! My wife says I have two speeds, completely obsessed or completely indifferent. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - At times you’re going to be afraid, but walk through it anyway. Fear is a prerequisite for growth. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - At Choices, we’re affiliated with a non-profit called Creating Family Choices. With addiction typically comes money problems, and that combination tends to have a devastating impact on the entire family. This organization advocates for families who are destitute and truly need help to recover, a cause I’m also passionate about. What is your favorite local restaurant? - La Paz! If you could have dinner with one person from the past or the present, who would it be? - Fyodor Dostoyevsky; I find him to be very intriguing. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 476-2300; Website:

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Tell us a little bit about Immanuel. - As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation. Immanuel Communities owns and operates 10 independent living, assisted living and long-term care retirement communities on six campuses. Immanuel Pathways operates three PACE ® Centers in Nebraska and Iowa. The Immanuel Community Foundation, a Resident Assistance Fund, provides financial assistance to independent living residents. Finally, the Immanuel Vision Foundation extends financial support to non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organizations that share purposes in alignment with Immanuel’s service centered mission. How did you get started in the business? - Forever curious and passionate about helping companies and people aggressively grow I launched into marketing in college at the University of Nebraska. I have since had the honor of working inside and outside of marketing/advertising agencies and in a variety of interesting industries, from manufacturing to consumable goods (chocolate!). After college I moved to the West Coast where I served as the Director of Public Affairs and Programs for the USO of San Diego, supporting our troops and families through September 11th and the months of deployment that followed. I made a big loop up the coast and through the northern Midwest, eventually landing back in Lincoln. Tell us a little about your family. - I met and married the most wonderful husband in the world in Lincoln (a New York City transplant) and we now live with our dog in downtown Omaha. Both lovers of the water, we are now splitting our time between the fun of the Old Market and our family lake house on Johnson Lake.







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If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Life-changing. My life’s mission is to positively impact millions of lives, helping people grow as professionals and in their personal lives while aging with grace. As an insider in the healthcare industry, with an emphasis in senior care, I’ve seen the polarizing impact health has on lifestyle as we age—either ultra-positive or devastatingly negative. I am passionate about raising awareness surrounding the factors we can positively impact to help us age with grace, ensuring we live active and full lives well into our later years. With my life’s mission guiding, I launched the podcast and blog “Food, Success and Life for the Modern Woman” (; on iTunes; on Stitcher Radio in the GooglePlay Store and iHeartRadio) years ago. Weekly I connect with physical, mental and emotional health experts from around the globe, showcasing cutting-edge research and information to help listeners take charge of their ‘health-style.’ Additionally, in my new role at Immanuel, and I’m excited to be part of an organization that is at the forefront of the retirement living industry with the lifestyle and wellness initiatives we extend our residents and participants throughout our Nebraska/Iowa service area, across all six of our senior living community campuses and three PACE® centers. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Email:; Website:



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

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PERSONNEL NEWS Derek J Kats Ranked Among Top-100 Realtors Nationwide

West Gate Bank® Promotes Johanna Hannemann

Congratulations to Derek J Kats of Keller Williams Lincoln, who was recently named one of America’s top real estate professionals. He is now a member of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national award sponsored annually by REAL Trends and published in The Wall Street Journal. He is now ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.25 million Realtors® nationwide.

The West Gate Bank® Board of Directors has elected Johanna Hannemann to the title of Retail Training Officer.

The Thousand announcement was officially released on June 23, 2017. There are traditionally four separate categories honoring the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence, divided by sales volume and transaction sides for individual sales professionals and team professionals. For the third year, REAL Trends also awarded The Thousand ranking based on average sales price, broken down into the top 50 residential agents and agent teams. According to The Thousand, Kats was in the elite Top 100 for transaction sides, totaling 170 closed for the 2016 calendar year. The full ranking of The Thousand can be found at Keller Williams Lincoln is part of the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world, with a local team of real estate professionals offering decades of combined expertise and proven results. Derek J Kats is the owner of the local Keller Williams Realty office at 5539 S. 27th Street, Suite 206 and can be contacted directly at (402) 7705021 /

Hannemann joined West Gate Bank in February, 2004 as a Part-Time teller at our South Street location. Through her career with West Gate Bank, Hannemann has served in a variety of roles—Full Time Teller, Universal Banker, Personal Banker and Assistant Branch Manager at our Southridge location. In June 2016, she was promoted to Retail Trainer where she is responsible for training Retail employees, as well as bank-wide security training. Hannemann is a UNL graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is an active classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement and serves as the bank’s JA company coordinator. Hannemann is also a recent member of the Willard Community Center Board of Directors. Johanna Hannemann is located at West Gate Bank® Center at 6003 Old Cheney Road, and can be reached at (402) 323-8919 or West Gate Bank® is a full-service community bank focused on Lincoln. Stop by any of our seven branches to experience the local community bank difference and see how Lincoln’s Bank can serve you. Free Checking, Free Gifts and a Buy Back program for your unused checks and debit cards. Visit for more information.


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PERSONNEL NEWS Immanuel Adds Three to Leadership Team Immanuel, Nebraska’s leader in senior living, is pleased to welcome three new additions to its leadership team: Julie Kaminski, Jennifer Knecht, and Colleen Maciejewski. Julie Kaminski joins Immanuel as senior vice president and chief operating officer. In her role, Kaminski will provide strategic leadership and direction for all Immanuel services spanning a two-state region including Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines and Council Bluffs. With a master’s degree in gerontological studies and nursing home administrative license, Kaminski has held leadership positions at LeadingAge Nebraska, Notre Dame Housing and Life Care Services. Her passion for seniors and service led her to participate as an adjunct instructor on aging and business at University of Nebraska-Omaha and Midland University. She has served on numerous aging committees including Advancing Excellence LANE, DHHS Advisory Board, the Medicaid Advisory Assistance Council, The Dreamweaver Foundation and Scripps Gerontology Center Alumni Advisory Board.

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Colleen Maciejewski joins Immanuel as vice president of information technology. In her role, Maciejewski will further establish Immanuel’s information technology initiatives by providing leadership and expertise for innovative systems. Maciejewski comes to Immanuel with an extensive information technology and leadership background. Through her executive positions at some of the area’s most prominent business leaders, Maciejewski gained expertise in IT and business transformation, entrepreneurship, program development, brand creation, mentoring, non-profit management, organization design and facilitation. She is a current board member for the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, and is involved in other philanthropic activities. Maciejewski is a graduate of ICAN’s Influence and Defining Leadership programs, and previously earned an MBA from UNO, with an undergraduate degree from UNL. Since 1887 Immanuel ( has been providing Christ-centered service to seniors, each other and the communities in which the organization serves. As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation.

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First State Bank Nebraska Announces Leadership Transition

Lincoln Rotary Club #14 Presents Miller Math Award to Douglass Matulka

First State Bank Nebraska announced that Jerry L. Lentfer will succeed Tom Damkroger as CEO. Damkroger will remain chairman of the bank and chairman, CEO and president of First State Holding Co., the parent company of First State Bank Nebraska. Damkroger will emphasize his focus on capital allocation for the holding company and strategic initiatives. Lentfer, as CEO and president of First State Bank Nebraska, will work across First State’s footprint in eastern Nebraska to deliver on the bank’s responsible growth strategy through Jerry L. Lentfer connecting customers with the financial services and products that will help them realize their dreams. From $60 million in assets in 2001 to $475 million and growing, the growth strategy has served the bank and its communities well. Lentfer earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska and resides outside of Firth. First State Bank Nebraska is also pleased to welcome back Jeff Kanger as executive vice president. Kanger returns after pursuing a passion outside of banking. He started Jeff Kanger his banking career as a legal intern and was quickly promoted to leadership positions. Kanger is originally from Omaha and earned his law degree at the University of Nebraska. Find out more online at

Lincoln Rotary Club #14 presented the 2017 Miller Math Award to Douglass Matulka at its July 18 meeting. Matulka teaches geometry and advanced algebra at Lincoln High Sc hool. He has ser ved on the Technology Committee in charge of planning and use of new technologies in classrooms and led workshops aimed at integrating and basic troubleshooting of technology in the classroom. In addition, he participated in a variety of meetings to help plan the best course for individual students. In short, he goes beyond the basic classroom disciplines of teaching to creating learning paths for those who need a little extra help moving ahead in math. The Miller Math Award has been presented annually since 1992 to recognize outstanding mathematics educators in the Lincoln area. The club endowed this award in honor of former member, past club president (1986-1987) and Rotary leader, Donald W. Miller. Awardees are selected based on their ability to inspire students to explore and master mathematics; innovation and creativity with respect to teaching methods; and history of leadership in promoting math education. Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Lincoln Rotary is Lincoln’s oldest service organization.

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Linda Stephen Joins Nebraska State Stroke Association as Executive Director The Nebraska State Stroke Association (NSSA) is proud to introduce Linda Stephen as the new Executive Director! Assuming her new role at NSSA in August, Stephen brings more than 15 years of public relations and community outreach for national and local nonprofits, international agencies, and book publishers on topics that include aging in place and remodeling homes for accessibility. She looks forward to leading the organization in continuing its work in promoting public awareness of stroke prevention and support here in Lincoln and statewide. More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. The mission of the Nebraska State Stroke Association is to serve Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services. For more than 30 years, NSSA has been providing education and outreach on the signs of stroke - and serving as a resource to enhance the quality of life of those affected by stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Nebraska and the leading cause of disability in the US. To donate to NSSA or find a speaker, or to find out more information about the organization, please visit or contact Linda Stephen at (402) 484-8131 /

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Benefit Professionals, Inc. Recognizes Wendi Peterson-Stott for Reelection to OAHU Board, Welcomes Ashley Hendrix

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SP Group PC Celebrates Theresa Roggenkamp First National Bank Announces Jack Weeks as 13th Anniversary Lead Director, Commercial Lending in Lincoln On July 20th, Theresa Roggenkamp celebrated her 13 year anniversary with SP Group PC. One of SP Group’s first hires, Theresa is the warm and caring first contact clients are greeted by when they step through the doors or call the office. She’s the glue that binds the firm together and keeps the Team humming along smoothly and meeting our deadlines. As every new hire is told, “any job you do here, you can bet Theresa did it at some time during her years at SP Group.” As SP Group has grown, Theresa continues to support our commitment to building relationships through her unwavering desire to make every client feel truly cared for and part of the SP Team. She is the epitome of the Golden Rule – to treat others the way she would want to be treated. In her free time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, and six grandkids who keep her busy attending their many extracurricular activities. Theresa embodies The Four Core Values for The Team: Relationships, Teamwork, Life/Work Balance, and Competitiveness. Call the office at (402) 420-7758 to congratulate Theresa or visit SP Group at to learn more about the firm. Here’s to 13 more, Theresa!

Jack Weeks has been named Lead Director, Commercial Lending for First National Bank, announced Rich Herink, Lincoln Market President. Herink said Weeks will be based in Lincoln and will focus on developing new relationships and growing existing relationships with key commercial clients in the Lincoln market while managing a team of Commercial Lenders. Weeks joined First National Bank in 2003 as a Commercial Credit Analyst in Lincoln. He moved to South Dakota in 2006 and served as a Lender and then Senior Lender for the Bank. Weeks provided oversight for the South Dakota Commercial and Ag Lending portfolio, while serving as chair of the South Dakota Loan Committee and a member of the company’s Asset Liability Committee (ALCO), as well as a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors. He has served on the First National of Nebraska Credit Policy Committee since 2014. Weeks completed his undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and received an M.B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls. He served on the Yankton Chamber Board of Directors, the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors and Junior Achievement. 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 of Nebraska 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.

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UNANIMOUS Adds Joanne Morgan to Team UNANIMOUS is pleased to announce the addition of Joanne Morgan as senior marketing consultant. As a seasoned marketing and communications professional, she has contributed her talents for over 25 years in the manufacturing, education, software and healthcare fields. Joanne earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey. UNANIMOUS is a marketing agency that assists clients with branding, marketing and website design. With over 350 active clients across 15 states, the agency is known for its collaborative style and prides itself on rhyme, reason and results. UNANIMOUS recently launched its newly-redesigned website – check it out at

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Dr. Erin Bravo and Dr. Daniel Finn Join Advanced Medical Imaging The physicians of Advanced Medical Imaging are pleased to welcome Erin K. Bravo, M.D. in the practice of Diagnostic Radiology and Daniel T. Finn, M.D. in the practice of Neuroradiology and Diagnostic Radiology. Originally from Friend, NE, Dr. Bravo completed her fellowship in Breast Imaging at University of Wisconsin Hospital during June of this year. At the University of Wisconsin Hospital, she also completed a diagnostic radiology residency in 2016. Before receiving her certifications in Wisconsin, Dr. Bravo Erin K. Bravo completed an Internal Medicine Internship and her doctor of medicine degree at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha. Her undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Dr. Bravo started work at AMI in August. Her special training in Breast Imaging makes her one of the only physicians in the area specializing in this type of women’s imaging and high risk breast cancer diagnosis. Her professional affiliations include the Society of Breast Imaging, American Roentgen Ray Daniel T. Finn Society, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Radiology Society of North America (RSNA), American Board of Radiology, and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Originally from Lincoln, NE, Dr. Finn completed his Neuroradiology fellowship at the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Phoenix, AZ. His diagnostic radiology residency was done at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2012. Dr. Finn’s intern year was spent at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. He received his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his undergraduate years were spent at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Finn will start at AMI during the month of September. His professional affiliations include the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Greater Kansas City Radiological Society(GKCRS), and American College of Radiology(ACR). From 2013 to 2015, he was on the Board of Directors of the Bacchus Foundation, an organization focused on raising funds for Kansas City children’s charities. Founded in 2001, Advanced Medical Imaging is the largest independent radiology group in Nebraska. They serve the Lincoln area and are the sole radiology providers for nearly half of the Critical Access Hospitals in rural Nebraska, and two regional health centers, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln and Mercy Medical of Sioux City, IA. For more information, please call (402) 484-6677 or visit

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PERSONNEL NEWS NAI FMA Realty Announces Promotions, Leadership Changes NAI FMA Realty has promoted Drew Stange, R i c h a r d Meginnis, Scott Bahm, Scott Vyskocil, and Shawn Doering. Although the Drew Stange leadership t e a m continues its responsibilities, Drew Stange will now assume the role as Chief Executive Officer. Stange has been with the company since 1989 and recently Scott Bahm was President, serving as Managing Broker for the company as well as other management duties. In his new role, Stange will provide leadership and management necessary to execute the firm’s expansion strategy and enhance its operations.

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Ric hard Meginnis was promoted to President. In this new role, Meginnis will continue to serve as the head of sales and leasing division and will support and facilitate agent efforts to advance Shawn Doering the company’s goals. He has more than 26 years of commercial real estate experience specializing in the sales and leasing of commercial properties as well as tenant and buyer representation for corporate clients. Scott Bahm, who has led the company’s facility maintenance division for more than 21 years, was promoted to senior vice president, facility maintenance. He brings 38 years of experience as a commercial property engineer in the Lincoln area. Scott Vyskocil, selected as senior vice president, property management, will continue to head the property management division. He has 31 years of experience in management services and has been with NAI FMA for 14 years. Shawn Doering has been promoted to vice president, finance, and continues his responsibilities for the organization’s accounting and lease administration department. Doering joined NAI FMA in 2006 and recently served as treasurer.


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PERSONNEL NEWS Allysa Diehl Recognized With Joekel Award for Leadership Development in the Classroom Lincoln Public Schools Middle School English Coordinator Allysa Diehl received the Ron Joekel Leadership Award at Launch Leadership’s annual Fire and Fuzzies banquet held Aug. 5. The award recognizes an educator who is a champion of youth leadership development in the classroom and community.

Award recipient Allysa Diehl with Bill Schulenberg, principal at Schoo Middle School Diehl was nominated by and Kiley Kahler, the nominating student.

a former student and was selected to receive the award based on her dedication to promoting youth leadership during her nine years as a language arts teacher at Schoo Middle School. During her time at Schoo, Diehl was the student council advisor and developed a leadership class for middle school students. She was recognized as the middle school advisor of the year by the Nebraska Association of Student Councils in 2012. Diehl has impacted the lives of countless students and gave them the opportunity to find their voice as a leader and work to make their schools and communities a better place. The award is named for the late Ron Joekel, a long-time educator who taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for more than 40 years and was instrumental in the development and growth of Launch’s Summer Leadership Workshop. He served as the director of the Nebraska Association of Student Council for 20 years, the national president of Phi Delta Kappa and on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.

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Prairie Gold Homes Consultant Renee Bauer Appointed to Montana Board of Parole Prairie Gold Homes is pleased to announce that former Executive Director and current consultant Renee Bauer has been appointed by Montana Governor Steve Bullock to the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole. The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole reviews requests by prison inmates for early release into parole or other community placements. The board typically approves parole for six of every 10 offenders who request release, according to the board’s website. In July, the board switched from a volunteer board to a professional board, with the goal of speeding up the parole process and making decisions fairer and more consistent. Under the volunteer board, decisions were often made on a case-bycase basis and did not rely upon research or best practices, critics say. Current Executive Mark A. Wentz stated: “Prairie Gold Homes is excited about the opportunities this appointment may provide in not only continuing to work with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, but in also having closer partnerships with other states.” Prairie Gold Homes is a Lincoln, Nebraska-based non-profit organization that helps individuals in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services gain skills in the construction industry while building energyefficient houses. This skills training enhances the individual’s employability upon release, helping them stay out of prison, which saves substantial tax dollars. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mark A. Wentz at (402) 434-3904 or email at

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Jeremy Wilhelm Named CEO of Midwest Farmers Cooperative

Dr. Daniel Smith Joins Consultants in Infectious Disease

The Board of Directors of Midwest Farmers Cooperative is pleased to announce that Jeremy Wilhelm has been selected to serve as the Cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer effective September 5, 2017. Wilhelm will succeed Dale Piper who announced his retirement effective August 31, 2017. Wilhelm brings extensive experience in agriculture and finance to Midwest Farmers Cooperative. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations at Western Milling, LLC headquartered in Goshen, CA where he oversaw multiple rail receiving locations. Wilhelm’s career highlights also include selection into First National Bank of Omaha’s Management Trainee Program in 1997 and serving as Vice President-Commercial Lending for Farm Credit Services of America. “Wilhelm’s agriculture and financial experience, customer and employee focus, and vision for the future were key characteristics the Board of Directors were seeking in our new CEO”, commented Neil Stedman, Board Chair. “We are excited to begin working with Jeremy to write the next successful chapter in the history of our cooperative. Midwest Farmers Cooperative has a very promising future.” Wilhelm was raised on the family farm near Unadilla, Nebraska. He graduated from Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School and received his BS in Finance and Management from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. Find out more about Midwest Farmers Cooperative online at www.

Consultants in Infectious Disease, LLC welcomes Dr. Daniel Smith to the practice. A native Nebraskan, Daniel T. Smith, M.D. comes to Lincoln from Houston where he recently completed his fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Smith has received his Diploma of Tropical Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and completed his internship and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Consultants in Infectious Disease, LLC is a consultative medical practice for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease. The office is located at 1500 S. 48th Street and can be contacted directly at (402) 489-1110.


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West Blue Realty Opens New Corporate Headquarters, Builds Team West Blue Realty, PC, is pleased to announce the opening of its new corporate headquarters in the US Bank Building located on 233 South 13th Street in Lincoln. West Blue Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage firm founded by attorney Kelly R. Hoffschneider in 2013. Hoffschneider grew up on the family farm located south of Waco in the West Blue Township of York County. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with degrees in Business Administration and Education and Kelly R. Hoffschneider also obtained his law degree from UNL. Hoffschneider still has an active law practice that specializes in real estate, estate planning, agricultural and corporate law. He has a wide range of experience and expertise in all three segments of West Blue Realty’s real estate service offerings; residential, commercial and agriculture. Tom Luebbe joined the firm in 2017 and is an 11-year veteran of the real estate industry. Luebbe’s early years were spent in Beaver Crossing just east of the West Blue Township. Tom Luebbe He later moved and has spent most of years in Lincoln since graduating from Lincoln Southeast High School and obtaining a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. He is also a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and specializes in residential real estate. Mike Hoffschneider also joined the firm in 2017. He was also born and raised in the West Blue Township and is still active in the family farm operation consisting of row crops and cattle. He is a 1986 graduate of Mike Hoffschneider the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. Mike Hoffschneider brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in agricultural transactions with his expertise in selling farmland and farm machinery by auction. Call West Blue Realty at (402) 260-7842 or visit www.westbluerealty. com today for all your residential, commercial or agricultural real estate needs. What can West Blue do for you?


Volunteers to Go Bald for Childhood Cancer Research Firespring ( will host Lincoln’s eighth annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at the Railyard, Friday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers will take the stage to have their heads professionally shaved, all to raise money for childhood cancer research. Event organizers hope to raise $30,000 and shave 50 heads during the event. Last year’s event brought in nearly $28,000. Volunteer shavees are needed to show solidarity with children who often lose their hair during cancer treatment. Shavees raise funds through donations, and other individuals and organizations can participate by donating directly or helping to sponsor the event. Anyone interested in joining the fight against childhood cancer can sign up to shave or donate at the event website, In addition to head-shaving, local families affected by childhood cancer will share their stories. Since it began, the Firespring event has raised more than $150,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation..

Pooches on the Patio Benefit Set for Sept. 30 The annual Pooches on the Patio event at MōMō Pizzeria & Ristorante will be held on September 30th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend this pet-friendly event, with free pizza and soda provided for guests who make a donation. It will also feature a silent auction as well as fun costume and owner-pet look-alike contests, with prizes awarded to the winners. All proceeds will go towards supporting one of our wonderful local animal organizations doing important work here in the Lincoln community – make sure to watch for the exciting announcement on MōMō’s Facebook page coming soon to see which one was selected! If you are interested in making a donation of funds or an auction item, please contact Tara Schroeder at (402) 261-5966.

Dates Announced for Kansas City Weekend With Middle School Campus Life Announcing a great opportunity for middle sc hoolers! Campus Life has a Kansas City weekend trip planned for October 15-16. The group will depart on Sunday and play at Worlds of Fun all day. Then they’ll be spending the night in a church and heading out Monday for a full day of exploring Kansas City local favorites like Lego Land, Crown Center Mall, Sea Life Aquarium, the original Windstead’s restaurant, and more! Watch the website for more details: Youth for Christ Lincoln Area is a non-denominational, nonjudgemental, non-profit organization serving youth in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. Youth are engaged through three ministries: Campus Life to high school and middle school teens, Juvenile Justice to jailed teens, and Parent Life to pregnant and parenting teens. Through regular programming and special events, YFC Lincoln Area works with over 2,400 local youth with the goal of engaging them in a healthy relationship with God and others.

Registration Open for Survivors Rising Run2End Violence 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk Join Survivors Rising for the 2nd annual Run2End Violence 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk, to be held on October 14th. It is one of several events planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and will be held at Millers Landing, 151 Freedom Park Road in Omaha. Check in begins at 8:00 a.m., with the race/walk to start at 9:00 a.m. A post-race gathering will include refreshments and awards! This is a timed race and medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in all events. Age Categories: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. Registration for this event is open now through October 12th, and can be completed online at: information.php?event_id=127833. Entry fee is $25 through September 30, and $30 from October 1-12. Cost includes event admission and t-shirt. Packet pick-up will be held at Peak Performance at 519 North 78th St. on October 13th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Survivors Rising is dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of interpersonal violence, including sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. For more information, please visit or contact Kim at (402) 850-0301 / Survivors Rising asks that community members come together during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to Step Up & Stop the Silence of Violence! SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 39


DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, THEN STAND BEHIND YOUR SERVICE Your HVAC system – tasked with controlling the interior heating, ventilation and air conditioning – is typically the most expensive appliance in a home, and a substantial expense for a business. The life expectancy of this equipment is generally 15 years. When serviced annually and maintenance is performed at the recommended intervals, in many cases it will have no problem holding up to that time frame and we see many last much longer. On the Constantine Syiny, President other hand, without regular service and maintenance, it could be far less time until you’re looking at the full cost of replacement. After the 15-year mark, when a major failure occurs, you may need to consider replacement. That’s not to say repair won’t be possible; it’s just a good guideline to follow when setting your expectations and planning for the future. If replacement is needed, choosing the right company to perform that service is of the utmost importance. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of extremely expensive equipment not installed properly. This results in low operating efficiency, which will ultimately impact its longevity. So how do you find the best contractor for the job? As I’ve previously emphasized regarding reviews, it’s essential to research companies in your area if you do not already have a preferred HVAC service provider. I advise getting proposals from 2-3 companies and not just comparing those on price. Look at websites, reviews, rating with the Better Business Bureau, ask around, research the type of equipment based on the particulars of your home or commercial space, and then ask those companies specific questions based on your findings. It’s wise as a consumer to be involved in the process and have a clear understanding of what the plan will be moving forward. Most importantly, ask how the size of the equipment was determined, which should be based on the square footage and location of the house or building, insulation, and the size of the windows and doors. Proper sizing is critical; this will never be a one-size-fits-all situation, so beware of anyone who tells you otherwise. Unfortunately, I tend to see a lot of oversized equipment, and it’s not like say, a television, where the bigger you go, the better. The comparison I often make is that it’s similar to driving a sports car in town. When the system size exceeds what’s needed for it to operate properly, it’s very hard on the equipment. There will be short-cycling, which means it’s continuously turning on and shutting off, with very short intervals of time in between. It will not pull the humidity out of the air properly, which here in Nebraska is of great importance to our comfort indoors, and there will be areas of hot or cold temperature extremes because there’s not proper airflow and circulation based on run times. All too often people entrust the job to a company that claims to do things the right way, only to discover that wasn’t the case later on down the line. To avoid finding yourself in that position, look for a company that goes extra lengths to prove it by standing behind their work. At All Pro Heating & Conditioning, we feel it’s important that our customers know what we’re doing and why it’s recommended, but also that they know they have nothing to lose by choosing us. They not only have comfort in their homes and places of business, but comfort in the peace of mind that comes along with our best-in-class warranty and 100% money-back guarantee. There is a minimum 5-year warranty on labor and 10-year warranty on parts backing up our promise that we take full responsibility for proper equipment and installation. In the event that a customer is not satisfied, we will return in a timely fashion to address the problem and fix it. Then, if that doesn’t resolve the issue, we will pull the equipment out and refund the full amount paid. There are no small print conditions to worry about either. We take such a huge risk because we’re confident in how we do business and dedicated to proving our commitment to excellence.

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The Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Friends of Dog Parks are excited to announce the Inaugural Dog Bowl fundraising event presented by TMCO, Inc. from 4 - 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3 at Pinewood Bowl, South Coddington & West Van Dorn Streets in Lincoln. It is a fun, musical event to raise funds for the Lincoln Dog Runs Campaign, sponsored by the Friends of the Dog Parks and the Lincoln Parks Foundation. This FREE familyfriendly fundraiser will feature food trucks, craft beer, vendor tents, dog activities and live music. Dogs are welcome to attend, if they are on leashes. All proceeds will go to support additional features at Lincoln’s three new public dog runs and our current public dog run, Rickman’s Run. The new dog runs are expected to be open by the end of 2017. The Lincoln Dog Run campaign has reached 54% of its goal of $861,000, which includes $240,000 from the City’s capital improvement budget. For more information about the campaign or the Dog Bowl, visit or call the Lincoln Parks Foundation at (402) 441-8258.

Join CenterPointe for Annual Gala On Sept. 13, CenterPointe will host its annual Discovering the Future Gala at the Cornhusker Marriott in downtown Lincoln. The Discovering the Future Gala is CenterPointe’s largest fundraising event and brings in hundreds of people every year. All proceeds for this event will go toward the pivotal treatment of mental illness, addiction, and homelessness. This year’s gala will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a threecourse meal and a reception, as well as an inspirational keynote presentation by actor, activist, and three-time New York Times best-selling author Christopher Kennedy Lawford. Mr. Lawford has been in recovery from addiction for over 30 years and will share his experiences during his journey. Standard tickets for the gala are $100 each and include the meal, reception, and keynote presentation. Premier tickets are also available for $250 and include access to a private reception with Mr. Lawford, as well as the meal and keynote presentation. To purchase tickets for this event, please contact Abbigail Swatsworth at (402) 475-8717 Ext. 133 / or find out more online at www.

Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers to Honor Local Officers Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers will recognize three local law enforcement officers for their work in solving cases using tips submitted to Crime Stoppers during the last year. One officer each from the Lincoln Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department will be honored at the Crime Stoppers Awards Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 13 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Cornhusker Marriott. Proceeds from the event will support Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers, an independent nonprofit organization. Over the last five years 1,134 cases have been cleared resulting in 1,420 arrests due to anonymous tips submitted to LincolnLancaster County Crime Stoppers. During the same period of time 9,507 tips were submitted. Over the lifetime of the program more than 43,000 tips have been submitted leading to more than 11,000 cleared cases. The top five categories for crimes solved through tips are: 1. Drugs; 2. Theft; 3. Warrants; 4. Robbery; 5. Fraud. Sponsorships and individual tickets for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers Awards Luncheon are available by contacting Tiffany Fougeron with Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers at (402) 7612216 or


ATD Lincoln Announces Upcoming Event Don’t miss out - ATD Lincoln will be hosting an engaging event in September! Join them on Thursday, September 14th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Venue Restaurant & Lounge for a “Membership and Social Event.” Come get to know others in the chapter while enjoying food and drinks. Bring a friend, or associate, who would like to join or learn more about their chapter. Cost for ATD Lincoln or ATD Nebraska members is $12 and $5 for their guests; cost for non-members is $16. Learn more and register at ATD Lincoln looks forward to seeing you! ATD Lincoln offers professional development opportunities for training practitioners and those focused on developing talent, including educational events, workshops, a job bank, and more. Questions? Contact Dana Meyers at (402) 323-3387 /

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St. Monica’s Celebrates 53 Years C e l eb ra t i n g ye t a n o t h e r anniversary, St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services is excited to announce it has been proudly serving women in our community for 53 years! At St. Monica’s, treatment focuses on helping these women find the root cause of their drug/alcohol addiction and giving them tools and strength to build a new healthy life for themselves and their families. Last year, 36% of the women served by St. Monica’s were either homeless, in a shelter, or in a treatment/recovery institution with no permanent housing in place. When women arrive for residential treatment they receive a welcome bag with personal care items in it. St. Monica’s accepts donations of these items year-round, which includes: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, towel and wash cloth. Donations of children’s books and diapers are also needed. If you would like to donate items or funds for these items, please contact Valerie Murphy at (402) 441-3768 Ext. 111.

JDRF Announces Presenting Partners for Lincoln One Walk The JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Chapter is proud to announce Nebraska Bank of Commerce, along with the Lee and Debbie Stuart Family Foundation, as the Presenting Partners for the 2017 and 2018 Lincoln One Walk events! Their incredible commitment and continued leadership in the mission to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) is greatly appreciated! All are invited to join the NBC team and the Stuart family on Sunday, September 24th at Haymarket Park to come together as a community for the 2017 JDRF One Walk. Registration is now open, with team and individual participant options available. When you participate in the JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by T1D. Last year, over 4,000 dedicated participants raised over $290,000 in support of T1D research! Get registered now at For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Chapter at (402) 484-8300 /

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Opportunities for Preschoolers at CEDARS With a curriculum based on kindergarten-readiness, CEDARS offers quality care for children ages six weeks through six years at two Early Childhood Development Centers. For parents working long hours trying to make ends meet, finding high quality childcare can be a struggle. Because CEDARS serves neighborhoods that have few options, this type of community-supported access to quality care is vital. Recently, CEDARS Northbridge Early Childhood Development Center, located on North 27th Street, underwent a lush transformation to update a key learning space. The new outdoor classroom gives the children opportunities to explore nature while learning about the world around them. Spending more time in nature can facilitate better social and physical development, improve fitness, motor-skills and well-being, supports creativity and imaginative play, inspires collaboration and reduces violence and bullying. In nationally accredited learning environments, CEDARS gives children their best start. To support each child’s learning, teachers prepare each day by using research-based creative curriculum. Individualized attention to the child’s development and learning give them an advantage when it is time for them to go on to kindergarten. Both centers are currently enrolling, with immediate openings for preschoolers at the Northbridge location. For more information call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit www. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 41


Friendship Home: Safe Quarters Volunteers Christian Heritage to Host Annual “Foster Needed Stories” Educational Event SAFE QUARTERS S AV E L I V E S . O n S u n d a y, October 8th, over a thousand Friendship Home volunteers will walk the city collecting financial contributions from every Lincoln household for the 15th year of Safe Quarters. Safe Quarters is Friendship Home’s largest fundraiser, raising over $100,000 in one day for victims of domestic violence. Friendship Home is looking for teams of volunteers to go door-todoor in Lincoln neighborhoods on October 8th. A team generally consists of 12-15 members and all ages are encouraged to participate. Volunteers will receive t-shirts and collection buckets for the drive. Register your Safe Quarters team at friendshiphome. org. In order to meet the needs of the 1,600 victims Friendship Home will serve this year, the help of the whole community is needed. Funds collected provide a safe, confidential home, crisis services and ongoing support for families who are rebuilding their lives because of domestic violence. Please sign up a volunteer team today and/or donate when a Safe Quarters volunteer comes to your door on October 8th. Your participation will help end violence in the lives of victims in our community. For questions and/or more information about Safe Quarters, contact Erin at or (402) 434-0167.


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Christian Heritage is pleased to announce that their upcoming “Foster Stories” meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28th from 6:15 – 8 p.m. It will be held at Christ Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Rd in Lincoln. “Foster Stories” is an annual event in September where you can hear stories from current foster parents and enjoy dinner courtesy of Christian Heritage! This event is aimed for people just like you wishing to learn more about the different ways Christian Heritage cares for at-risk children, ask questions, and learn more about the children and families they serve. Whether you feel called to foster care or would simply like more information about foster care through Christian Heritage, this opportunity is FREE to the public and all are welcomed to attend. There is no obligation to become a foster parent after attending this event. Please RSVP to Christian Heritage has offered hope to children and families in Nebraska since 1980 through foster care and parenting education. Its administrative offices are located east of Lincoln at 14880 Old Cheney Road, Walton, and branch offices are located at Omaha and Kearney. To learn more about Christian Heritage and the difference they make in the community, please visit or contact Brian Berrier at (402) 421-5437 /


Support Fresh Start’s Project Funway Benefit Registration Now Open for the 2017 This year, Project Funway will Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands be held on Friday, October 13th at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. What’s Project Funway? Project Funway is Lincoln’s own take on the popular reality TV show, Project Runway! This unique event showcases local designers while benefiting Fresh Start, a local transitional shelter for women who are homeless. The theme of the runway show is transformation and designers repurpose thrift shop clothing to create a new, creative original garment. A panel of judges including Dr. Hillestad, Ms. Nebraska (Sarah Christiansen), Breanne Reiss (2016 winner of Omaha Fashion Week), Megan Ehrke (owner of Select Style Boutique), and event attendees will select the winners of the competition at the end of the night. In addition to the runway show, the event includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The Daisy Thrift Shop will also have a booth. Event tickets are $40 each. VIP tickets are $60 each, which include a private reception and front row seating for the show. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Local boutiques are invited to participate as sponsors, and will have the opportunity to showcase an outfit from their shop at the beginning of the runway show. Depending on level of sponsorship, sponsors will be recognized during the event, in print and social media. This event continues to grow each year, so purchase your tickets today online at , by calling (402) 475-7777, or by emailing

TeamMates: Lincoln Businesses Making a Difference and a Profit The companies in Lincoln that are most focused on making a difference in our community are also some of the most profitable in the city. This is not happenstance, recent studies on corporate social responsibility (CSR) indicate that 87% of people will purchase products because a company advocated for a cause that they believe in. People want to do business with caring companies. What better cause is there in a community than caring about its children? Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in Lincoln in 1991 with the goal of impacting our community by helping students reach their full potential through mentoring. Having a mentor gives students a relationship that inspires them to achieve academically and attend classes regularly. The numbers prove this, too, with 55% of mentees showing an increase in academic success last year and 85% showing a decrease in absences. As the number of students positively impacted by mentoring rises, the number of students waiting for a mentor also increases. Lincoln TeamMates wants businesses to support mentoring at schools in their neighborhood and flex their CSR muscles. Your business could become part of this empowering dynamic for Lincoln students, helping schools find mentors. Join the team of businesses already positively impacting our schools and community! If you are interested in collaborating with a local school, please do not hesitate. Learn more at or call (402) 436-1990.

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) and D.A Davidson have opened registration for the 11th annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, which is Wednesday, November 1 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista. The annual Summit celebrates more than a decade of nonprofits helping their communities. The theme for this year’s Summit is “Breaking Barriers.” Blog author and nonprofit leader Vu Le, who is widely known for his great humor and keen ideas, is the keynote speaker for this year’s Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands. Le is the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Le will discuss tangible actions the nonprofit sector can take to advance an equitable society. As the writer behind Nonprofit AF, Le is known not only for his humor but also for his no-nonsense approach. Anyone who is interested in the nonprofit sector is welcome to attend the Summit, which will feature breakout sessions and workshops on a variety of topics, including, fundraising, lobbying and moving strategic plans forward. Register for the Summit online – the link is located in the event listing at Do I have a problem with money? Or do I have a problem with gambling?

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Matt Talbot Celebrates 25 Years of Serving the Lincoln Community

Child Guidance Center inspires healthy futures for children and families through comprehensive behavioral and mental health care. Child Guidance Center provides hope and healing to children who have suffered trauma from abuse or neglect, or those experiencing anger, depression, anxiety, and more.

Twenty-five years ago Matt Talbot’s founders, Mary Costello and Ruth McKinstry, set out to address a community need. They saw the homeless on the streets of Lincoln, many struggling with substance use, and they wanted to feed them. After sharing their vision with members of their church and recruiting volunteers, the first meal was served on Saturday, September 6, 1992. Through the grace of God, lots of hard work, a giving community, and unending hope – their vision of feeding the homeless became reality and over time grew far beyond their initial dream. A quarter of a century later, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is a permanent fixture of Lincoln’s safety net – with volunteers still feeding the homeless and near homeless (now lunch and dinner every day) and professional staff offering a wide range of outreach services to prevent and alleviate homelessness. Matt Talbot’s 25th anniversary is a testament to its enduring stability and service to the vulnerable citizens of our community. A special 25th celebration luncheon for the community will be held at Matt Talbot on September 6th at 12:15 with founders Ruth and Mary serving birthday cake. In addition, during this special anniversary year, volunteers, donors and guests are asked to visit and share a comment or story about how Matt Talbot has touched their lives.

Enjoy great food at all Raising Cane’s Lincoln locations on Thursday, September 28th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., to support Child Guidance Center! Child Guidance Center will receive 20% of sales if you make sure to share that you are supporting Child Guidance Center when you order your food. Raising Cane’s four Lincoln locations are as follows: 403 N. 48th Street, 201 N. 14th Street, 2820 Cornhusker Highway, and 5810 So. 58th Street. This includes ALL dine in, drive thru and carry out orders! Your support will ensure that we are able to serve every child and family that needs mental health treatment. Please share with your friends, colleagues, and family members. For more information about Child Guidance Center’s fundraiser at Raising Cane’s, please contact Jenny Cardwell, Development Director, at or (402) 475-7666. Find out more about Child Guidance Center online at

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CBMC Lincoln Golf Classic a Success July 25th was one of the hottest days of the summer, but that didn’t put a damper on the 16th Annual CBMC Lincoln Golf Classic! In fact, CBMC Lincoln had their highest turnout ever! And everyone seemed to have a great time! Besides a round of golf, the day included a wonderful lunch, a raffle, a silent auction, and an inspiring speaker. The speaker of the event was the “KC Wolf,” Dan Meers. He shared with attendees how an accident while performing a stunt as part of his job (as Mascot to the Kansas City Chiefs) changed his outlook on life forever. His advice? Think of life as a coin. It’s yours to spend, but only once, so spend it wisely! 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. CBMC Lincoln offers peer advisory groups, team meetings, small-group studies, and a variety of training, networking, and relationship-building opportunities. When businesses operate according to Godly principles, everybody wins! For more information, please visit lincoln.cbmc. com or contact Ed Nix at (402) 730-8797 / or Larry Middendorf, at (402) 730-8797 /

Domesti-PUPS Announces Upcoming Fall 2017 Training Classes Domesti-PUPS is excited to share the dates and details for the following 6-week Fall 2017 Training Classes: Puppy Manners - Tuesday mornings, 9:00 a.m., beginning Sept. 26. Cost: $139 + tax. Classes begin September 26. Be ginning Obedience Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 25. Cost: $139 + tax. Dealing With The Adolescent Dog - Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 26. Cost: $139 + tax. Intermediate Obedience - Monday evenings, 7:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 25. Cost: $139 + tax. AKC Canine Good Citizen Class - Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m., beginning Sept. 27. Cost: $179 + tax. Introduction to Competition: AKC Rally – Tuesday mornings, 11 a.m., beginning Sept. 27. Cost: $179 + tax. For more information, visit the Training Classes link at Also, mark your calendars for The 5th Annual Garden Party, with all proceeds to benefit Domesti-PUPS, which is set for Friday, September 8th from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails will be served along with live music and a silent and live auction featuring items for both garden lovers AND pet enthusiasts. The event will conclude with an incredible fireworks display! Tickets are only $30; reserved/sponsor tables for 6 and 8 are available upon request. Make sure to get yours today as this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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Nine-year-old Tyson came to CEDARS in need of a loving foster family. Like all children do, Tyson needed to live in a house where he could experience the everyday routines that make a home, as well as build trusted relationships that will give him the foundation for a successful future. Kids come into foster care for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, the goal is to either safely reunite children with their families or find a permanent home for them. Until these goals can be achieved, foster families give kids stability and room to grow as individuals. Every day, the CEDARS team is working to ensure that over 250 foster children and youth flourish in loving families. Because foster parents are an integral part of the CEDARS professional team, they are equipped with exceptional training, have access to support 24/7, monthly support groups and quarterly family gatherings. “These kids really just want someone who’s going to open their home to them, take time to sit down with them, get to know a little bit about them, and give them love,” says Adrianne Poppe with CEDARS Foster Care team. “Foster care is the situation that these kids are in, but it doesn’t define who they are.” Unfortunately, Tyson had big emotions about the changes in his young life. He felt a sense of loss, embarrassment, and even guilt. These emotions plus many others are common for a child in Tyson’s situation. Because his foster parents persistently and gently demonstrated love, understanding and support, Tyson became comfortable enough to talk about his feelings. Most importantly, his foster parents listened. It was this acknowledgment of his feelings that gave Tyson confidence to fully open up. This was the best skill they could demonstrate as foster parents. CEDARS staff walk alongside children and families every step of the way. With encouragement, guidance and direction, the team has the honor of watching lives change. “I hear so often from foster parents,” Poppe says, “that fostering is the best thing that happened to them.” It is important to know that there is no typical CEDARS foster family. CEDARS foster families include parents with children at home, single adults, couples hoping to adopt and empty nesters. To help, all you need is a stable home, an open heart and a willingness to reach out to a child in need. If you have ever considered fostering and would like more information, please contact Adrianne Poppe at (402) 890-1410 or apoppe@

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HEALTH NEWS YOLO Curve Lipo Laser Now Exclusively Available at Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers is excited to announce the addition of a new laser lipo device, and one of the most cutting-edge of its kind yet to hit the market, the YOLO Curve by Meridian Medical. The YOLO Curve was designed to specifically address body contouring through inch loss. Administered in relaxing 20-minute sessions, the YOLO Curve provides inch loss, but without the pain, the risks, or the extensive recovery time associated with surgery. By directly targeting subcutaneous adipose cells (or fat cells), the YOLO Curve offers a safe and effective spot fat reduction solution that can be applied to multiple problem areas. Using Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Technology, the YOLO Curve mimics the body’s natural metabolic process to provide a painless and non-invasive alternative to surgery. During each treatment, the YOLO Curve’s laser energy safely penetrates your skin at a specific wavelength, permeating the cells and releasing their triglyceride content so that the body may utilize it as an energy source. As it moves into circulation, the cell size diminishes, resulting in inch loss and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. The Yolo Curve is currently at the South location only, but can be used by any existing or new client. Call (402) 483-7952 to schedule your appointment, and walk-ins are welcome too! Stay tuned for more new and exciting offerings at the Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers South and North Lincoln locations in the coming months!

Free Stop the Bleed Training Offered in Nebraska In today’s world it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to be trained in the basics of life-saving techniques, such as how to properly use a tourniquet and apply pressure to wounds. That’s why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security developed the Stop the Bleed Program. Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) knows how important saving lives is; our blood donors help us do it every day. 1 in 7 people who enter the hospital need blood. Depending on the severity of an accident, a single trauma patient may use many units of blood. Patients at Bryan Trauma Center, as well as other Southeast Nebraska hospitals, rely on NCBB to be there with the right type of blood they need.That’s why NCBB, in partnership with Bryan Trauma Center, is hosting free Stop the Bleed training. No matter how rapid the arrival of medical professionals, bystanders will always be first on the scene. Stop the Bleed training empowers individuals to act quickly to help save lives and control excessive bleeding. Trainings are held monthly and are hosted at NCBB’s 84th and O donor center in Lincoln. They are free and open to the public; attendees outside of the Lincoln area are always welcome. To find out more information or to register, visit NCBB.ORG/bleed. You can also sign up to be a blood donor or to sponsor a blood drive while attending.

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American Heart Association: Decreasing Heart Disease Together It is the mission of the American Heart Association to decrease cardiovascular disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, for all Americans. How are the national organization and its local chapters tackling this? One way is through partnerships with local hospitals participating in Get With the Guidelines® quality programs. Use of these programs shows the commitment to quality and improving outcomes for patients. 2017 Lincoln Award Winners: Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award - Lincoln Fire and Rescue Stroke | Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus - CHI Health St. Elizabeth Resuscitation | Get With The Guidelines® - Resuscitation Gold - CHI Health St. Elizabeth STEMI | Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Gold - Bryan Health

JMISKO Provider of Stem Cell Treatments in Nebraska JMISKO Surgical Design MD Premier Regenerative Stem C e l l We l l n e s s Clinics is proud to announce that it’s the first Nebraska medical practice now offering adult-derived mesenchymal stem cell treatments! Stem cell therapy performed by the JMISKO team of doctors is an innovative way to use your body’s own stem cells to treat chronic painful orthopedic problems (knees, hips, shoulders, feet/ankles) or spinal disc injuries and conditions that have not improved following conservative, non-surgical treatments. JMISKO now offers two main types of stem cell treatments: 1. Intravenous – procedure that uses stem cells derived from your own bone marrow and puts them back into your body intravenously. It is used for many people who suffer from an array of chronic illnesses. 2. Orthopedic Site Injections – This stem cell therapy treats chronic orthopedic pain in bones, joints and the spine, and can be an alternative to invasive surgery. JMISKO is the leading research and treatment facility in the United States, providing the most innovative and proven techniques and therapies using the body’s natural healing power of stem cells. Their fellowship-trained doctors are using the power of your own stem cells to treat all kinds of injuries, acute illnesses, and aches and pains from aging. They work with patients from around the world using the newest and most advanced technology to treat orthopedic injuries and bone and joint pain, as well as relieving symptoms and improving the lives of patients with a multitude of illnesses. Their team has worked with professional athletes, weekend warriors and thousands of patients seeking relief from debilitating pain or illness. JMISKO Surgical Design MD Premier Regenerative Stem Cell Wellness Clinics are endorsed by the NFL Alumni, Gridiron Greats, NHL dignity after hockey and the Pro Football Legends. Request a complimentary consultation online at

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Registration Opens for 5th Annual EYE RUN Christian Record Ser vices, Inc. ( is excited to announce registration is now open for the 5th annual EYE RUN, an eye health awareness event and fundraiser which will be held Sunday, October 8 at Holmes Lake Park and many other locations through virtual runners and walkers. The EYE RUN offers three events for teams and individuals: One Miler Run/Walk, 5K Run/Walk, and 10K Run. In addition to the run/walk, the EYE RUN hosts the Healthy Lifestyle Choice Expo, which includes booths from sponsors and area agencies that offer supportive services to people who are blind. Businesses owners are encouraged to use the EYE RUN as part of their corporate wellness programs, with group pricing for teams of 10 or more available by request. For corporate sponsorship or team opportunities, call (402) 488-0981, Option 3. General registration is open through event day. Visit to learn more.

Lincoln Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab Announces New Certifications Lincoln Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, LLC proudly recognizes two professionals at the practice who have recently obtained new certifications. Alan Thompson, PT, DPT, CHT has earned his board certification in Hand Therapy. Alan is a 1998 graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, BA, and 2006 graduate of Creighton University with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. He joins Dan Creal, PT, CHT, Nebraska’s first physical therapist board certified in hand therapy in 1990. Together Alan Thompson they form the most experienced hand and upper extremity rehab team in Lincoln. Thompson’s board certification re-affirms Lincoln Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab’s commitment to hand, elbow and shoulder rehabilitation, in the community. Thompson’s expertise in upper extremity also forms a solid foundation for the implementation of a throwing program for overhead athletes, swimmers and racquet sport athletes. Troy Goetsch, PT, DPT, SCS has earned his board certification in Sports Physical Therapy. Troy Goetsch Troy is a 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, BA, and 2015 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. He then completed a rigorous, two-year specialized sports residency program that included class, training room, on-field, and clinical components. He joins Chad Wemhoff, PT, SCS at our location in south Lincoln. Together they form a duo highly dedicated to the optimal rehabilitation of athletes of all kinds and ages. Goetsch has a special interest in the strength and fitness communities that has been reinforced by his own competitive experiences in power lifting, Strongman, and the Highland Games, as well as movement screening, prehabilitation, and injury prevention. The staff at Lincoln Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, LLC (lincolnpt. org) has over 150 years of combined clinical experience and provides unmatched specialized physical therapy services.

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Last Month: Cowboy Chicken Cowboy Chic ken has been cooking all-natural chicken over a wood-burning fire all around the nation for over 30 years. Today, guests can still enjoy the same delicious, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, along with an impressive selection of homemade sides and seasonal menu items. Offering an authentic, welcoming dining experience, Cowboy Chicken’s Lincoln restaurant is located at 2801 Pine Lake Rd., Suite J. Thank you to our friends who joined us this month!

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Eat Fit Go recent ly opened its 2nd Lincoln location at SouthPointe Pavilions! Eat Fit Go provides a simple solution to eating healthy on the go with fresh meals prepared daily that are never frozen, low in sodium, high in protein, allergy-friendly, and contain no preservatives. The refrigerators are stocked with a wide variety of pre-packaged, ready-to-consume meals and snacks. All have simple ingredients clearly listed on the package, and most with fewer than 600 calories. With options like breakfast tacos, fajita bowls, chicken pesto and citrus salmon, there’s something for everyone. On behalf of our entire Strictly Business team, we would like to invite you to our next Friends4Lunch event we are holding on Wednesday, September 13th at Eat Fit Go’s SouthPointe location (2820 Pine Lake Rd., Suite 2) at 11:30 a.m. (Lunch prices range approx. $5-$10) Space is limited and RSVP is requested. Please email office@ or call (402) 466-3330 to attend.

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UBT Specializes in Creative Financing for Small Business Serving small businesses and start-ups is not a new venture for Union Bank. They’ve been doing it for the past – well, 100 years. Then, in 2013, they formalized their efforts in serving start-up businesses with Catalyst; a program designed to serve small businesses and start-ups with the services they need, when they need it. “Naturally, financing and business banking is a piece of what we do,” said Tullen Mabbutt, UBT’s Business Banking Advocate.“ The Catalyst Program contains so much more of what’s important to a new business. We’re often the connector to a whole network of people that can help a new business thrive. Whether I’m helping a client with their cash flow analysis or pointing them to a resource for legal advice, I take my role as advocate literally.”

“It’s about being flexible and listening. If we truly understand who the business owner is and what they’re trying to achieve, we know we can help them be successful.” - Stephanie Dinger, Vice President — Small Business

The Catalyst program integrates many vital pieces that small businesses need to succeed. Specifically: • It provides resources to reference and get assistance on basic business essentials • A network of professionals to help • A meeting space to invite creativity and strategic thinking • Products and services to tie it all together • Access to speakers and past presentations with valuable business knowledge Union Bank’s Small Business team is responsive and quick, ready to learn more about each client and their business. From traditional banking to the Catalyst program, they understand entrepreneurs and are ready to help. To get started, contact a business advocate today.

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The Lincoln Independent Business Association, with feedback from its Budget Monitoring Committee, sent a letter to the Mayor and Lincoln City Council regarding the issuance of more debt. We reiterated by this letter, our long-held position against the city’s excessive use of COP bonds. FACT #1 – As of August 31, 2016, the city of Lincoln had $45,370,000 in “voterapproved” bonding debt. FACT #2 – The bonded debt issued without a vote of the people is over $37 million. FACT #3 – If you approve this new request of $3.77 million, our total non-voter-approved debt will climb to $41 million. Our non-voter-approved debt is hovering around the amount that has been approved by voters. The City of Lincoln is using COP bonds to purchase the types of items that normally would require a vote. We have purchased the $6.5 million Experian building and a clubhouse for a golf course. LIBA believes that COP bond and installment contract debt should be tied to the amount of debt a government body has had approved by the voters. It would be easy to suggest that NON-voter-approved debt should be no more than 20% of the total of “voter-approved” debt. That would set the lid for Lincoln at $9 million. However, it would also allow the lid to increase if voters approved more debt. Keep in mind, in 2003, Lincoln only had $1.7 million in COP bond debt. Since then, COP bonds have been used so many times we are over $37 million, costing taxpayers $1,129,722 in interest alone in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. LIBA is aware of the advantages of COP bonds. For example, COP bonds are an important funding mechanism where COP bonds allow for money savings or allow the municipality to overcome time constraints associated with a project. COP bonds can be advantageous in certain circumstances. LIBA simply wants to see COP bonds used responsibly. The Lincoln Journal Star editorial board has agreed with LIBA on the subject of COP bonds, saying the debt “can’t continue to grow at this rate without causing problems at some point in the future.” Due to the overwhelming amount of non-voter-approved debt, LIBA asked the City Council to vote NO on the use of COP bonds for street lights. Alternatively, we asked that they place the issue before the voters. Election Commissioner David Shively told LIBA that placing this issue before the voters during the next election would likely cost less than $100,000. He thought the cost could be closer to $75,000. When Mayor Beutler and the City Council are considering putting the citizens on the hook for another $3.77 million, LIBA believes they should get to vote.

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LIBA NEW MEMBERS The Woodlands at Hillcrest Introducing The Woodlands at Hillcrest – Assisted Living and Memory Care at its Finest. T h e Wo o d l a n d s a t Hillcrest is a senior living community unequaled in hospitality, care, amenities and programming. It offers comfor table elegance in a desirable location adjacent to the well-known Hillcrest Country Club, with breathtaking views of the golf course. Assisted Living at the Woodlands offers residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living the freedom to live in their own private residence with more safety and security all within a warm and supportive setting. Memory Care at The Woodlands provides a life-enriching approach through Heartfelt CONNECTIONS Memory Care Program® offered by Life Care Services, connecting residents, caregivers and family to achieve maximum quality of life, offering genuine comfort and peace of mind. The Woodlands at Hillcrest will open in early 2018. Reservations are now being taken. Please contact via email at or call (402) 261-0261.

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) 466-3419. LIBA membership is not restricted to just businesses. We also have “individual” memberships for those who want to help influence our local government decisions. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 55



TOP-100 REALTORS Derek Kats had a promising start right out of the University of Nebraska. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he had been recruited by two different Fortune 500 companies, the world was open to him and he was fast-tracked to climb the corporate ladder... however, something was missing. The corporate world that his new job existed within limited his entrepreneurial spirit (plus made him get up at 6 a.m. and drive to Omaha). Realizing that was no lifestyle for him, Derek walked out abruptly one afternoon and drove home in search of new career ideas. With no background in real estate or construction, he decided to start his own real estate investment company named Real Estate Avenues that was set up to flip houses and hold rental properties. Thanks to detailed and “creative” maneuvering of the banking system (noting this was in 2005 when anyone could get a loan, or two or three), his investment company acquired foreclosure properties at a rapid rate that was only accelerated by the real estate recession of 2007-2008. Since then, Derek and his investment company created a sister company named Real Estate Avenues: General Contracting, in order to aid the growth and maintenance of the investment company and its properties. To date, Derek and his investment company have bought or sold over 250+ investment properties in the Lincoln area, along with contributing to the revitalization of Lincoln’s distressed properties and neighborhoods, a necessary factor in fueling today’s hot housing market.   During this period of extreme growth in the investment property industry, Derek was simultaneously working on getting his real estate license, which he thought would solely be used to aid his personal investing and his investment company. Never did he anticipate obtaining a license in order to service and sell real estate for others, or as he calls it, “Realtoring.” It was only 2010 when he began this part of his career, but by the second half of 2011, he was already ranked as the top Buyer’s Agent Realtor in Lincoln. It was at this time he realized his talents and unique skill set as a REALTOR and decided to put his investment company on auto-pilot in order to make “Realtoring” his primary focus. In 2014, Derek once again decided to try something new. Needing more freedom and the opportunity to build something of his own, he founded Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage. REA was created with specific goals in mind - to serve as a real estate brokerage that was more professional than an upstart brokerage and more tech savvy and innovative than what traditional brokerages could offer. There was a need for a more streamlined approach to buying or selling homes that was not being fulfilled by Lincoln’s existing Brokerage models, and Derek was able to capitalize on that. In 2016, Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage had become the fastestgrowing brokerage in Lincoln, with over 200% sales growth attracting the attention of both local and national brokerages. Out of all the companies showing interest in REA, only Keller Williams matched culturally, technologically, and in terms of agent independence, so a merger was completed in early 2017 to form the fourth largest brokerage in Lincoln. Since the merger, Keller Williams Lincoln has continued to grow in sales as well as agent count, and is currently in the process of purchasing a new commercial office building to house the quicklyexpanding brokerage. Derek is quick to show and discuss his excitement about the opportunity to be a part of the beginning of a Keller Williams in Lincoln, noting the consistent success of the surrounding regional and national Keller Williams Brokerages. He is also first to trumpet the incredible opportunities for Keller Williams agents in not only the Realtor sales side, but also with


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the ability to become a part of the organization and gain passive income from the Brokerage as well as its ancillary companies and other investment opportunities. As Derek puts it, “There is a reason Keller Williams is the biggest in the world, and I’m excited that their corporate think-tank realized the opportunity that was arising in Lincoln and focused their corporate resources on our growing city.” During the aforementioned time spanning the Brokerage launch, growth, and the eventual merger with Keller Williams, Derek not only maintained his success as an individual REALTOR sales associate, but he was actually able to grow his practice. With hard work and the implementation of systems and support staff, Derek was recently ranked as Lincoln’s #1 Residential Realtor for Homes Sold in 2016 (Transaction Sides). Even more staggering, in July 2017 Derek was also recognized in the Wall Street Journal by Realtrends as a TOP-100 REALTOR IN THE UNITED STATES for Homes Sold (Transaction Sides). This is nearly unheard of for a small- to moderate-sized market such as Lincoln’s when competing against a field of approximately 2,000,000 other licensed real estate agents (licensees) from across the United States, many of whom are in densely populated cities. In a letter from the Keller Williams CEO John Davis, Derek was praised openly for this accolade and was also recognized by Keller Williams Realty International with a full-page article in the Wall Street Journal. Today, our real estate market is moving at an incredible pace. While the speed and pricing of real estate can be exciting, it is important to remember the potential pitfalls that come with this market. Diligence in both buying and selling is important, and utilizing the services of a skilled REALTOR is essential. In order to capitalize on the amazing opportunities in this market, one needs to select a REALTOR who understands the contracts and process, always keeping in mind that “finding the buyer” or “finding the house” is only half of why you hire a REALTOR. The other half is understanding how to write a favorable contract that keeps the client safe along with making sure the under-contract process goes smoothly and closes on time. Buyers can find homes and sellers can find buyers, but rarely can buyers or sellers understand Derek J Kats a 10-15 page contract...nor the Owner & Realtor magnitude of the liability that comes with it. Derek Kats and his team of agents at Keller Williams Lincoln are focused on representing their clients’ best interests and consistently performing at the highest level. 402-HOMES-4-U (402-466-3748)

LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE by Wendy Birdsall, President

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Everyone needs a champion in their life, someone who is in their corner advocating for their success at every turn in the road. At the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, we want to be your champion. That’s why we celebrate the successes of our members through the Celebrate Business Awards. I hope you will join me in congratulating them for their accomplishments. BURNHAM YATES CITIZENSHIP AWARD: Jim Abel Jim Abel serves as CEO/Chairman of NEBCO, Inc., a 3rd generation family business started in 1908. Under Jim’s leadership, the company has grown its construction and concrete building materials businesses through acquisitions across the state and continues to focus on building the company’s real estate and recreation segments. A founding member of Lincoln’s 2015 Vision group, he supported the development of the West Haymarket and was instrumental in the creation of Haymarket Park. ROGER T. LARSON COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD: Jon Camp Jon Camp, a lifelong Lincoln native, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1967 and attended the US Air Force Academy for two years. Following a medical discharge, Jon completed his undergraduate and law degrees at UNL. In 1982, Jon and three partners took the “plunge” and started the first redevelopment in Lincoln’s modern day Historic Haymarket. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this month, Haymarket Square now has nine buildings in Haymarket. Jon is also in his 19th year of serving on the Lincoln City Council and is President of the District Energy Corporation. CORNERSTONE AWARD: Speedway Speedway Motors is America’s Oldest Speed Shop and a trusted source for specialty automotive and racing parts for 65 years. Founded by “Speedy” Bill Smith, Speedway has grown from a one-man storefront to a worldwide retailer and manufacturer known for personalized expert service. Still family owned, the company is now led by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce’s four sons – Carson, Clay, Craig and Jason. ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AWARD: Social Assurance/Ben Pankonin Born and raised in Lincoln, NE, Social Assurance is a software service company that provides technology for financial marketers. It is comprised of a team of software developers and marketing specialists with various backgrounds that help bring unique and innovate solutions to clients. The cofounders, Ben Pankonin and Matt Secoske, have built both an internal and external culture of innovation and collaboration. They strive to create a business that positively impacts its industry, clients, employees and community. GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD: John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Co. John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Company was started on in 1996 by Deb and John Henry (Jack) Zohner. The 65 members of the John Henry’s team focus on the safety and health of our community by providing quality plumbing, heating, and air conditioning customer service. SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD: Evol Empire Creative Evol Empire Creative is a full service creative agency. Evol specializes in branding, web development, eCommerce, videography, campaign creation, SEO, SEM, social media advertising and content creation, email marketing, direct advertising, and more. The team is known for their commitment to design and infectious culture. With a team of 20 and growing, the company has experienced rapid growth since opening its doors in May of 2016. MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., or KMM, is a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, LTD. of Kobe, Japan. Established in 1974, KMM became the first foreign vehicle manufacturer in the United States. To date, the Consumer Products division has delivered over 3.4 million vehicles. The Rail Car division was established in 2001 and has produced over 2,000 subway and commuter rail cars. These cars have been delivered to New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Lincoln Marathon First run in 1978, the Lincoln Marathon is one of the preeminent events in Lincoln. Drawing over 15,000 runners from across the globe, the race is a great example of the economic benefit visitors and tourism development brings to our community. 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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DOWNTOWN LINCOLN ASSOCIATION New Scents & New Classes! by Terry Uland, President 402-434-6900 • Java Depot Focuses on Quality Coffee

Filled with fresh coffee beans, mounds of homemade cream cheese and a wide variety of bagels, Java Depot is downtown’s newest independently owned coffee shop. It is owned by Mark Whitehead of Whitehead Oil Company, but was conceptualized by Bob Von Kaenel, Java Depot’s supervisor. For 13 years, Von Kaenel previously owned Big Apple Bagels on O Street. He said he’d retained his passion for bagels and coffee, and told Whitehead he’d love to run another shop one day. As Whitehead and Von Kaenel looked around for the perfect location for their new Which Wich store, they realized the space they wanted could be split in two, one side for the sandwich shop and the other for Von Kaenel’s creation. Soon after, Java Depot was born. In addition to the coffee, a selection of sweet and savory bagels, as well as muffins, are on display at the store. Muffins at Java Depot are homemade and baked each morning. Von Kaenel uses the same baker he worked with at Big Apple Bagels. Java Depot also sells seven different types of cream cheese, each made in the store each day. “I have a cheddar bacon cream cheese that goes really well on the savory bagels,” he said. “We have a veggie cream cheese and we’re actually chopping veggies each morning to put in there.” He said aside from seasonal drink specials, he doesn’t see much rotation in terms of flavors for the shop. After 13 years of running Big Apple Bagels, Von Kaenel said he knows what customers want. “Our real specialty is our coffee,” he said. “We get our beans from a few local roasters. I’ve been a coffee geek for about 20 years. After owning a coffee and bagel shop, I started getting really into it. I went to coffee shows and then I got certified to be a barista trainer in Chicago. Then I got certified to be a barista judge in competitions. I’m deeply into the coffee culture. We get our beans in fresh every week. They’re very well done and all fair-trade and organic. I was lucky enough to get my boss to go along and get the very best equipment to get the very best drink.” In addition to serving up quality coffee and food, Java Depot puts the history of their location on display with a large photograph mural, the photo dating from 1908. “This is the old depot,” he said, referring to the photo. “That one was torn down in the ‘20s. Middle left of the mural is Java Depot location. We had help from Nebraska Printing. When we were designing this place, I called Ed Zimmer, local historian, and he told me to swing up to his office. I figured we would frame some old photos and put them on the wall. When I went in there, he showed me some old photos and was projecting them on the wall. A light bulb went off and I got in touch with Nebraska Printing and there you go. They had to do quite a bit of cleaning up on the photo because this literally was a postcard. They did a nice job.” As summer months continue, Java Depot will continue offering cold beverages and monthly deals. In July, the store offered an ice cream blended coffee drink for 99 cents. Von Kaenel said he plans on creating seasonal drinks for the fall and winter and taking customer’s input to continue creating crowd favorites. Java Depot is located at 601 P Street, Suite 102. Hours are MondayFriday 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Founded in 1967, the Downtown Lincoln Association provides services and champions initiatives for maintaining and enhancing our vibrant downtown. Our vision is to create an energetic downtown environment where we live, learn, work, invest and play. DLA has evolved into a multi-faceted organization supporting a wide range of programs and activities including maintenance, economic development and advocacy. For a complete listing of downtown businesses, events and residences visit ‘Like’ us on Facebook at

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JOINING ORGANIZATIONS All seasoned business professionals can look back and pinpoint the things that they did that helped them to succeed – exactly what got them to the point they are today and why. While what that entails does vary for each person to an extent, it’s standard that there are a few shared in common. These generally aren’t things that come as any big shock or are much of a secret, either. But they do require an investment and commitment in order to reap the benefits, just as with anything worthwhile in life. At the top of the list is involvement in a professional organization of some type, whether it’s a networking group, business association, Chamber or advocacy/special interest group, trade association or industry organization at the local, state or national level. The list goes on from there, but these organizations present many valuable opportunities and provide continued support, which are incredibly beneficial capitalize on throughout one’s career. Career-building, skill-building, character-building, network-building, resume-building; all are things that being active in a professional organization can do for you, thus making it a fundamental part of professional and personal success. For the individual, it’s all about learning, growing and getting well-connected. Relationships and resources are what you can expect to gain from membership in a professional organization. We’re fortunate to live in a community where people genuinely like to get to know each other. Professional organizations provide opportunities to meet people with whom you might not cross paths or get acquainted with otherwise. Being able to put a name with a face and have personal interaction helps you build a better rapport, and in turn, makes it much easier to get your foot in the door if it’s someone you really would like to work with in the future. Equally important, networking isn’t just effective when utilized for prospecting outside of your profession; it’s also how you stay connected within your profession. Making connections is vital to one’s success and by joining a professional organization, you’ll have a multitude of opportunities to do so – on the local level, but in many cases, regionally, nationally, and perhaps globally. Being tapped into that magnitude of network is invaluable. Professional organizations are usually composed of individuals at all different points in their careers, so it’s an exceptional melting pot of talent, experience, and many different points of view although there’s commonality in what has brought them all together. As a part of a professional organization, you are tapped into a think-tank of ideas and shared knowledge about what’s going on in your field and in the

area. That dialogue between peers is a compelling incentive to join. Mentorship greatly helps us to evolve as people and professionals. On one end, professional organizations provide an opportunity for young professionals to connect with a mentor in their field/industry. On the other, it allows seasoned professionals to offer their mentorship to the next generation. Then there are the resources available that help you stay up to date on all of the latest news, upcoming opportunities, emerging trends, new tools and research findings, etc. Additionally, most have continuing education components, with courses, seminars, trips, training, scholarships and project funding, and so on. For a business, involvement in professional organizations is a way to gain exposure among that group and by extension, the community. When a business’s representatives are actively involved and visible in the community, it enhances the brand and strengthens people’s connection to it. Establishing a presence in any given career field or marketplace niche demands going above and beyond. Putting in the work is critical to career advancement; although being involved in a professional organization may not be required by your job, it is how you get a step ahead of the competition – which is fierce in just about every industry today. In addition to improving aspects of yourself which will make you more marketable, many employers favor those who have taken the initiative to get involved with a professional organization among their peers in the business community. With respect to both an individual and a business, setting yourself apart and making a name for yourself requires significant time and effort, so it’s wise to make the most of your resources whenever and however you can. That’s what professional organizations bring to the table. Professional organizations not only play a big part in the development and success of members. With the collective efforts of its membership, they make significant contributions to our community at large. Many of our local organizations place importance on giving back; it’s as much a part of the agenda as quarterly meetings or annual conventions. By joining a professional organization, you’ll be in the company of other motivated, like-minded individuals who want to make a difference in the world along with improving themselves, and there’s strength in those numbers. We encourage you to check out the opportunities we’ve highlighted, learn more about our local organizations, and if there’s one that piques your interest, get involved!

The roles of training and development professionals today are much broader and deeper than ever before, and they have become a critical business partner in organizations across all industries. The Association for Talent Development (ATD – the Lincoln chapter is ATD Lincoln) – formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development or ASTD – is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD Lincoln chapter members make valuable local connections, gain knowledge at learning events and workshops, and enjoy access to nationally recognized certificate programs. Members have full access to a website packed with resources, job postings, and more. In addition, through ATD Lincoln you can connect with ATD’s 125+ U.S. chapters as well as professionals from over 120 countries via an ATD national membership. For more information about the Lincoln chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), to become a member, to learn about and attend learning events and workshops where you can network with others for knowledge, skills and attitudes about talent development, or to find resources including the job bank, visit us at 60 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

The Lincoln Young Professionals Group is dedicated to empowering young professionals with educational, leadership and networking opportunities. Serving 1,400+ members, the Lincoln YPG is one of the largest in the country. Lincoln keeps its young professionals here by fostering a collaborative community enriched with a bolstering economy, connectivity and endless opportunities. Lincoln Young Professionals group believes members can make the difference they want to see, develop a career that is pleasing to them and grow into the professional that they want to be. To learn more about Lincoln YPG call Kayla Meyer at (402) 436-2369 or e-mail at For more information please visit our website at

Lincoln SCORE wants YOU! Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth, and SCORE is America’s premier source of free, confidential business advice. Most SCORE mentors have owned and operated their own companies or served in management positions. They understand business challenges because they’ve faced them too. Please give back to the community and join the Lincoln SCORE volunteer team. You can make a difference in the success of a new business and HELP MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE! Take the next step in becoming a volunteer SCORE business mentor. Please visit, email or call (402) 437-2409 to learn more about Lincoln SCORE.

The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) is a statewide voluntary membership health care trade association representing Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems. The health care industry touches many aspects of public policy. The NHA monitors a broad spectrum of issues on behalf of its members. This year, the NHA was deeply involved with legislation affecting credentialing, provider payment models, workforce development, insurance, taxation and health care program funding. Public policy and advocacy priorities are driven by a vision that every Nebraskan has access to affordable, safe, high-quality health care. Through effective leadership, member participation and collaboration with policymakers and other partners, we seek to develop a unified voice to establish effective health care policy. We also provide members with trend and regulatory information, educational programming, communication, data reports and special services. Under the leadership of President Laura J. Redoutey, FACHE, we are proud to celebrate 90 years. Visit

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

Nebraska Recycling Council (NRC) is a STATEWIDE, member-based, 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit with a long history of recycling advocacy. Our MISSION is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. Our GOAL is to re-energize resource recovery in Nebraska through the power of COLLABORATION. We are helping to build public and private partnerships statewide to increase recycling capacity and leverage the economic benefits of resource recovery. How can NRC membership provide VALUE to your business or community? NRC offers expertise, research, training, and facilitation to assist your business or community with improving solid waste and recycling infrastructure, rules and processes. We provide opportunities to learn from peers, share resources and participate on the NRC board, Advisory Council and regional committees. Visit for more information. SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business 61

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

The Hickman Area Chamber of Commerce is a community of businesses including startups, long-time neighborhood stores, mid-size and large companies that help one another succeed. The Hickman Area Chamber of Commerce was established in April 2017 with a goal of providing economic development support to Hickman and the surrounding small communities that encompass the Norris School District. Initial Board Members voted through the end of 2019 are President Austin Roper with The Voice News, Vice President Amy Keetle with United Country Real Estate, Secretary Cami Rawson with First State Bank, Treasurer Joni Ransom with Sugar Bee, Dr. Rachel Tietjen with Family First Dental, Dr. Brian Garton with Complete Chiropractic and Cassandra Ivy with The Voice News. If you would like more information about becoming involved in the Hickman Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit, email, or call (402) 937-0704.

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is a grassroots, member-based nonprofit. We work toward purposeful beauty in private and public landscapes through publications, workshops, regional plant recommendations and other outreach efforts. We believe landscapes have a dramatic impact on quality of life. They renew the environment, help form neighborly connections, create more vibrant business districts and improve the social, physical and psychological health of people of all ages—from toddlers to seniors. We use our 40 years of experience with landscape efforts, sciencebased reasoning and a good dose of inspiration to encourage environmental efforts both large and small. We believe people can have a positive impact on their surroundings and that thoughtful stewardship inspires and motivates change and hope. We challenge and enable people to make a difference—in their homes and in their communities. We love plants. Give us a tree to hug. A flower to smell. Dirt in our nails. Learn with us. Be part of good, green work by becoming a sponsor or joining us at tours, plant sales and workshops statewide. Visit us at 62 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

BNI Heartland (Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Western Iowa; offers members the opportunity to build a firm referral program, to nurture referral partner(s). Last year alone BNI, with over 225,000 members, in more than 8,000 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world – 73 countries, generated more than 9.3 million referrals which resulted in over $14 billion dollars of tracked business for our members. Cumulatively, since 1985, BNI has generated over $90 Billion dollars in tracked business for our membership! Even more important is locally our chapters closed over $40 Million in tracked business - creating an ROI of 700 times their investment! Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you that carry your information with them, and when they meet someone who could use your products or services, they recommend you. BNI provides a structured, supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment during breakfast, lunch and happy hour meetings in which you develop personal relationships with other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you will have the opportunity to substantially increase your business. BNI’s Core Values are Givers Gain, Building Relationships, Life-Long Learning, Traditions + Innovation, Positive Attitude, Accountability, and Recognition! For more information about BNI Heartland please contact our regional office at (402) 880-6311, email, or visit our website,


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Fall Landscaping With the official arrival of fall this month comes the return of pumpkin spice everything, autumn colors and fashion, new seasons of your favorite TV shows and of course, football – and if that doesn’t get you excited, it’s time to get some important tasks accomplished on your property! Well, exciting for some and not so much for others, but it should be on everyone’s radar regardless. Although the weather may not necessarily reflect the shift into fall quite yet, it will soon enough, and then in the blink of an eye, it’s winter. That being the case, this month is prime time to check all of the season-change preparedness items off of the list and to tackle any projects you want to get accomplished for your outdoor enjoyment yet this year. “Though we’re hoping any preparation for winter is several months away it is inevitable that the cold months of winter won’t evade us forever,” says Ken Svoboda with Ray’s Lawn & Landscape. “Preparation for winter is pretty much the same for both residential

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and commercial landscapes. It begins with sustaining a maintenance program through the fall months, which includes weeding the landscape areas, dead-heading perennials, and as leaves begin to fall, keeping them cleared away. Matted leaves form dense obstacles for fall rains and landscape watering to serve their purpose and can stunt the growth of the landscape plants. Speaking of rain and watering, it is essential that landscape plants go into their winter dormancy with an ample supply of Ken Svoboda moisture at their roots. Evergreen trees and Ray’s Lawn & Landscape shrubbery especially need root moisture, as these plants don’t go into complete dormancy. Though they no longer continue to grow during the winter months their root systems need the moisture to maintain life. In fact, in order to maintain optimal conditions for the following spring, water your lawn and plants as long into winter as possible. The root systems of both your turf and your landscape plants will continue to uptake moisture through the early winter months until the soil is frozen. Evergreen shrubbery and trees will continue uptaking moisture well into, and in many cases throughout, the winter. For the evergreens in your landscape, especially new or young plants, a slow deep watering throughout the winter will help ensure a healthy plant come spring. It seems the most common question in the fall is also the most common question in the spring, ‘When can you get started?’ In most cases, landscapers are finally getting caught up from the many projects they’ve sold and have been working on throughout the summer. If a fall landscape project is on your want or need list, it’s best to get on your landscaper’s project list now to ensure it will get done in a timely manner yet this season. As we approach the fall months, aside from tasks related to landscape maintenance, our company increasingly receives requests for the design and installation of fireplaces and both wood and gas firepits.

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Fireplaces are an emerging element of the ultimate backyard outdoor living space. These can be custom-designed and installed to meet the specific needs of the owner or the more popular option, a prefabricated modular multiple-piece fireplace. As with firepits, fireplaces can be installed with a gas fire set-up or a more traditional wood-burning set-up. In most cases, for those wanting to have the convenience of gas, a plumber will need to install a gas line from the home, so that’s something to keep in mind. Firepits can be as simple as stacking a few landscape blocks in a square or circle, or there are a multitude of options for more elaborate gas-fired pits that can take nearly any shape. Stainless steel burners come in a variety of shapes and sizes including straight-line, S-shaped, round, square and can also include water in the firepit for a unique look.

If you’re looking for a fall project, don’t wait. Contact a professional today. This time of year is extremely busy and it may take a few weeks to not only set an appointment but to get a design in place and agreed upon. But mostly have fun with the process.” Back to the topic of irrigation in the fall and into the winter, Jeremy Hunt with Hunt Irrigation goes more in depth, advising on both establishing new landscaping and maintaining existing features. “Fall is a great time to add or revise your landscaping,” he notes. “The weather is typically cooler and establishment is much easier. When doing so, it is important to remember that major bed renovations will also require adapting your irrigation Jeremy Hunt system. Sprinkler heads that are trapped Hunt Irrigation inside new or existing landscapes will reduce the coverage of turf areas, causing stress to the turf and even overwatering some plant material. Landscaping is a major investment whether on a residential or commercial project, so consult with both your landscaper and irrigation professional. While you are updating or adding landscape beds, particularly those that border the foundation, consider irrigating them with drip irrigation. When properly installed, drip irrigation can enhance the plants’ health and ensure that your landscaping will thrive for years to come. Drip uses approximately 50% less water than aerial delivery systems, it is more precise, more controllable, and requires less weeding of landscape areas. With the drier weather Eastern Nebraska has been experiencing it is also a great way to keep the soil moist around the foundation of your home to assist in preventing foundation shift. Fall is also a great time to have your irrigation system audited. If your irrigation system is older and has not been tuned up in at least the last two years, it is time for a check-up. Just as you perform maintenance on your car, HVAC system, or lawn mower, your irrigation system also needs a little attention from time to time. Always keep your eyes out for the obvious such as broken heads, leaky valves, squishy areas in the lawn, but also look for signs of stress or uneven watering. If there are areas of your yard that look greener than others, or you have high and low areas, consider giving your irrigation professional a call. This could be something as simple as cleaning a nozzle obstruction or it could be a sign that your irrigation system is not designed correctly. Proper water distribution (matched precipitation) is a very important part of your sprinkler system’s operation and your turf’s health. One of the most important things to keep in mind in regards to your underground irrigation system as fall draws near is the winterization process. Whether you choose to use the gravity drain method or blow the system out with pressurized air you want to make sure you or your irrigation professional winterize the system correctly. An improper winterization can lead to expensive repairs in the spring. While it is not required on most residential systems, winterizing with pressurized air is the only way to ensure all the water has been evacuated from your system. If you blow-out your own irrigation system make sure to never exceed 70 psi.” Aside from irrigation, Hunt highlights a few items that will add both value and aesthetic value to your home and its landscape: Turf Management “Fall is a great time to plant just about anything. From a turf management perspective, fall is a great time for aeration and overseeding. The best seed window is from September 15th to October 15th. If you do not intend to aerate your yard in the fall then consider slit seeding or drilling the seed. Either one of these methods implants the seed in the soil and protects it from neighborhood friends like birds, squirrels, and rabbits. Seeding in the fall usually requires less water to establish the newly planted seed. Another advantage to fall over seeding is weed control. Weeds are at the end of their growing cycle.”

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and even motion lights. As the seasons change and it starts to get darker earlier, it really is a safety concern for both residential and commercial properties. Not only does exterior and landscape lighting enhance your safety, it also enhances your curb appeal. You can get very creative with outdoor lights by either installing them in your soffits and/or on the ground and “wash” the side of your house with the lights. Before starting any electrical project, we highly encourage you to have a licensed electrician inspect your panel to ensure it is up to code.” For many of the landscape features we’ve already covered and more, Outdoor Solutions is an excellent source for materials if you’re taking on a DIY project yet this year. Here you can an extensive selection of items for the exterior of your home, the most popular of which this time of year are fire pits, fireplaces and outdoor kitchen features like grill islands and brick ovens, landscape lighting, pavers and flagstone, outdoor furniture, and retaining wall materials. Mulch is also available in abundance, and putting down a nice thick layer will help hold moisture in the ground for your plants.

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Finally, a healthy lawn is a requirement for a beautiful landscape. Just like plant beds, shrubs, and trees, staying on a watering schedule (which might need to be adjusted a bit depending on the weather) and clearing leaves and debris in a timely manner is critical. In addition, there are a few other recommendations that are specific to lawn care in the fall. Preparing your lawn for the winter is fairly easy and not terribly time-consuming, but it is also something that is often overlooked and with detrimental results,” advises Lee Schumacher of TDK Lawn Care. “Most importantly, applying a winterizer is highly recommended to adequately support your lawn’s root system. It’s a late fall fertilizing method designed to help lawns store more food for winter survival and to encourage thick and rapid growth and rooting in the spring. A winterizer isn’t meant to encourage Lee Schumacher fall growth of grass; rather, it is the finishing TDK Lawn Care touch for a good start in the spring. In fact, it’s considered the most important fertilizer of the year for northern grasses. The best time to apply a winterizer is after the grass stops growing in the fall, but while it is still green. In Nebraska, this will be sometime in late October all the way up until mid- to late November in some instances. A good rule of thumb is when you put the mower away for the year it’s time to apply winterizer to your lawn. Aerating and overseeding in the fall will also help promote root growth. The stronger the root system, the better chance your lawn will have to withstand the harsh winter conditions in Nebraska every year. As previously mentioned, fall is a great time for planting trees too. It may seem strange, but especially after the leaves have fallen off. As with your lawn, this gives the tree a chance to grow a strong root system prior to dormancy while not being stressed out trying to create leaves.” Speaking of leaves, and mass quantities of them in your yard to be more specific, some would just rather not have any involvement with the whole raking and bagging process. Luckily for those folks, even if that’s all the help that’s needed, there are great local companies that are happy to help. You won’t want to wait to secure their services though, as it’s quite the popular request this time of year. For any type of grounds maintenance needed in the fall, time is of the essence, and as such, our local professionals are in high demand.

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Entertaining Clients What have you done lately that involved spending time with your clients aside from when you were conducting business? If your answer to that is nothing, you’re missing a major opportunity that’s one of the most rewarding out there. Business is all about relationships – establishing them, developing them, and strengthening them. It only makes sense to set up enjoyable events that facilitate the interaction necessary to accomplish those objectives periodically. The effort you put into the relationships with your clients and to show gratitude for their continued business will greatly influence your success. “Clients are the life blood of any company,” says Jennifer Jones with Raising Cane’s. “Without them, we simply wouldn’t exist. So it’s important to let them know just how much you appreciate them. Holding events, parties, or small gatherings is the perfect way to show your appreciation. It will not only give you a chance to get to know them outside of just your business relationship, but will strengthen your partnership overall. In the end, people do business with people. If you can make your clients feel like they are doing business not just with your company, but your people, you will keep your clients happier and Jennifer Jones lengthen the longevity of your partnership. Raising Cane’s Particularly around this time of year, corporate tailgate events are a popular way to entertain clients. Raising Cane’s and tailgate parties are the perfect combination. For smaller parties we recommend tailgate orders of 25, 50, 75 or 100 chicken fingers with our

homemade Cane’s Sauce. From there you can add on additional items such as our lightly buttered and grilled Texas Toast and creamy coleslaw. For larger parties, our food trailer would be a huge hit. It’s equipped with a full kitchen, and your food will be cooked hot and fresh as needed throughout your event. We also offer our freshly-brewed sweet tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade by the jug, to help quench the thirst of your guests. Although a fun opportunity to enjoy alcoholic beverages, it’s important to do so in moderation when entertaining for business purposes, and to offer a non-alcoholic option so that no one gets left out.” As a general rule to follow, food brings everyone together. Jones notes, “When you have a gathering where are most people hanging out? The kitchen! Planning an event to bring in customers, clients or prospective customers isn’t much different than an event you’d hold at your house. And in order for either to be successful you need just a few things to create a warm, inviting, and fun atmosphere—food, drinks, and good company.” For those seeking unique ideas to consider, the hospitality professionals are notorious for offering great suggestions for these types of events, as representatives of the most common destinations for client entertaining. “Venue Restaurant & Lounge frequently hosts special events such as our inhouse wine and beer dinners, themed murder mystery dinners, celebrations of life, official business functions, and in-home or off-site catering, as well as the typical family gatherings and intimate, romantic affairs, to name a few,” says Cherie Anderson with Venue Restaurant & Lounge. “We provide easy and unique opportunities to show your clients appreciation by offering extraordinary, one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Venue boasts a Certified




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Sommelier and an award-winning Pastry Chef on staff, is the only Gluten Free Certified kitchen in Lincoln, has an in-house dry aged steak program, and uses the freshest, local Nebraska farmers’ produce. Put this all into one basket and you’ve got the recipe for an amazing experience that will broaden your sense of taste, touch, smell, and sight beyond the everyday encounter. Your clients will feel appreciated. Venue has four private dining rooms on-site and books reservations for The Lion’s Den at our sister restaurant, Piedmont Bistro. Venue also Cherie Anderson operates The Jasmine Room by Venue, a 300+ Venue Restaurant person reception facility located in downtown’s & Lounge historic building, The Grand Manse. Once you’ve booked your reservation, you will work with our talented event coordination staff who possess over 30+ years of combined experience. These are the professionals who will help plan your gathering down to the last detail, making your event a memorable one. Standing out from the crowd and making a big impression on your clients can be tough. It’s especially tough when facing fierce competition from other players in your field. So, what is going to make you stand out from the rest? Take the time to listen to and invest in your clients’ wants and needs. This is a must for successful and lasting business relationships. If you are not putting thought into this, you are behind the eight ball.” She adds, “Event planning and details not your gig? Great, it’s ours! Our staff’s attention to detail is impeccable. They walk you step-by-step through the decision-making process and will assist you to make sure nothing is missed. We strive to ensure that you look good and that your clients walk away feeling special and appreciated.” Anderson also points out that tailgate parties are a safe way to go if you want to plan an event yet this fall, as well as extending the invitation to an upcoming event for those who want to bring their clients, which is quite the convenient alternative to hosting one yourself. “Who doesn’t love a good tailgate? At Venue, we love football and we love the Huskers! On Saturday, September 2nd, we invite you to our inaugural tailgate, kicking off this year’s football season in style downtown at The Jasmine Room. Our first home game tailgate begins at 3 p.m. Entry is free and this tailgate includes food and bar specials, three projection screens broadcasting the game, a live DJ, $3 Bud Lights, a whole roasted pig and a whole lot of fun! Want to plan your own tailgate? Contact Venue’s event coordination team and let’s plan your very own football bash! GO BIG RED!” For those looking to mix it up a little bit for their tailgate event as far as refreshments are concerned, Mike Malone with Rita’s of Lincoln offers another unique suggestion that can be enjoyed by all. “Rita’s Italian Ice & Custard can be a great addition to a Husker tailgate event especially for those early games in hot weather. With over 80 flavors of Italian Ice and dozens of flavors of custard, there is something for everyone. Our Custard Cookie sandwiches are a hit in hot or cold weather. Order several gallons or a party bucket of ice or get some quarts of your favorite flavor of our ‘hand-crafted Mike Malone custard.’ Get your treats to go and serve yourself Rita’s of Lincoln or have the Rita’s Treat Team come serve at your next corporate tailgate event. If you’re tired of the same old fare at your tailgate and are looking for something exciting, new and refreshingly delicious, look no further than Rita’s! To order, call Zack at (402) 975-8171 or e-mail” With endless options for entertaining, it’s wise to be thoughtful about selecting how you will occupy your time together. “Entertaining clients can go a long way towards your business success, so it’s good to know a bit about your client(s) tastes and interests and plan your event with these in mind,” advises Jennifer Davis-Korn with 48Bowl. “To plan your event or outing with a client, start by asking yourself what you are trying to accomplish during your time with them. Is it to get to know them better? Is it to thank them for their business? Is it to approach them about new work? Or is it to plan a project you already have in the works? The answer to this question should give you an idea of an appropriate venue to take them and what types of activities will accomplish your mutual goals.

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402.783.5255 | While 48 Bowl, Inc. centers are not the venue and atmosphere to bring every type of client, or even accomplish all of those goals, you might be surprised to find the unique settings and variety we do offer at Parkway Lanes and Hollywood Bowl. If it’s a quiet lunch or dinner you’re after, we highly recommend the Parkway Pub, which offers a full bar and award-winning burgers and other American Fare in a distinctive pub setting. A meal at the Parkway Pub is a great opportunity to converse with your clients over drinks and a meal. If you are looking to entertain your clients, we’d recommend drinks, appetizers, and bowling at either center. While evenings can be full with leagues, we do have some open lanes during most weekdays and the atmosphere is always fun and relaxing. Bowling can be played by everyone and can be a great ice-breaker or bonding experience with a client while you laugh at the ugly rental shoes and the gutter balls you inevitably throw. We hear more often than not from customers as they return their shoes at the end of a round, ‘That was really fun, we should do that again soon.’ The other great benefits to planning a bowling event are that it won’t get rained out, our rates are reasonable, and there is a lot of flexibility in the amount of time you choose to spend on the activity. You can also easily move from the lanes to a table in the bar to switch gears from fun to business. If you are looking to entertain many clients at once, whether it be throwing an appreciation event or even a tailgate party, we do allow the reservation of lanes and our bar areas at either center. We host multiple tailgate parties each year so it’s good to plan early to get the date you want. Our party packages are always built to suit you and your budget and can include any combination of bowling, food and beverage service. If you think have questions about reserving lanes or one of the bars, please contact Terri Jo Podraza, Special Events & Programs Director, at (402) 483-7763 or via email at” When it comes to entertaining clients, it’s all in the details. For those planning this type of event, the location will determine a lot of the other aspects that will need to be coordinated and decisions to be made, so securing that is at the top of the to-do list. It’s also extremely helpful to book an event at a venue with experienced professionals that can help you with planning the details. It can easily end up being a lot of work to do so on your own, and it’s likely not one of your greatest talents either, otherwise, you’d probably be doing it for a living.

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“Planning an event to entertain your clients can be as difficult or as easy as you would like to make it,” asserts Matthew Rogge with the Talon Room. “The Talon Room offers its service to help take the daunting event planning portion off of your to-do list. How large your company and customer base is in total, or the size of the targeted group you’re entertaining, will determine your venue options for hosting such an event. While some events are appropriate at your office or place of business, others will be better suited at an off-site Matthew Rogge location. Setting a budget and understanding Talon Room any limitations that are present is important as that will factor into the decision on where to host your event as well. Aside from the setting, your hospitality is what will make a lasting impression. Every event aimed at entertaining customers should include the following crucial aspects: staff (including owner, CEO, President, etc.), food and beverage, entertainment, and a token of appreciation such as a parting gift or prize drawing. By including a large portion of your staff, it lets clients know that you are pulling out all of the stops. It shows that you really appreciate their loyalty and care enough to get to know them personally. Food and drinks are always a good idea because hospitality is a big part of entertaining. Whether you have tableside service or a simple buffet and bar option, your guests will not be disappointed. Providing a drawing or some sort of prize system is a great way to entice customers to attend and stay at your event; everyone likes to win something. Then, top it off with a parting gift, which is a nice gesture that’s always appreciated. These crucial aspects of a successful client event are made even simpler by choosing the Talon Room to handle all of your event planning and venue needs.” Rogge also offers insight into some trends and popular entertaining ideas. “There are always new trends emerging, especially with new technology offering instant gratification to each and every person. I think each client base is impressed differently depending on age and service. Less tends to be more in these situations, because the main focus should be on the personal interaction. If you try too hard, some guests may be put off at your attempts. Finding equilibrium is important, and this starts by getting to know your clients. One trend that I feel has become very popular is incorporating local craft beers/breweries and offering specialty cocktails. Providing one or both of these options will go leaps and bounds in developing a connection because it sets the tone for a relaxed environment. Most enjoy having this option at a social engagement, whether it’s business or personal. Providing an opportunity for clients to interact with your company representatives on a more personal and less business-related level helps create a bond between your customers and staff that may not be possible in a business setting. This bond will, in turn, develop a loyal customer base and help make your customers feel important and rewarded for using your services. With Husker season back and in full swing, corporate tailgates are abundant. If you’re looking to set yours apart from the rest, the Talon Room offers a great Husker Tailgate themed event. The location of the venue is perfect for parking, partying and getting to the game. We are partnered with ChefauChef catering to provide the top tailgating food. Why party out in the street when you can party at the Talon Room?” If the setting you have in mind is one outside of the city, which is a great way to do something a little different and get people out of the office setting and into the fresh air and sunshine, of course, we can provide a couple of ideas for that type of event too! “Our riverfront property is perfect for client entertaining as it’s a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of seating and room to mingle, games to play, standard amenities provided, it’s a secluded spot that’s not open to the public, and of course, the highlight of the event as it’s not something most do on a regular basis, airboat rides!” says Bryson with Bryson’s Airboat Tours. “We host a lot of these events every year, and the feedback we receive is that in the three hours spent together, you learn more about each other than the three years you’ve shared a business relationship together. That really says something about the importance of making the time to plan and host an event for your clients. It’s a unique, fun experience, and one that’s not overly complicated or with too many distractions, which can get in the way

of the bonding that’s the whole reason behind coming together. Although it might not come to mind first, it’s also an excellent spot to host a Husker football watch party too. The property can be rented for the day with or without the airboat rides, you can bring in your generators, TVs and A/V equipment, and anything else needed for the ultimate tailgate, and make it your own private party spot.” For those who are hosting outdoor events, he also offers a word of caution regarding planning for the weather accordingly. “Ensuring there is Bryson a covered area is highly recommended. If there Bryson’s Airboat Tours isn’t one already on-site, consider renting one. If you’re putting time, money, and effort into an event, you want everything to be perfect. In Nebraska we have the extremes, which during our open season, are storms and scorchers. Protection from the elements, whether it’s for shelter or shade, will ensure your guests will stay longer and enjoy themselves more. A tent or awning is such a simple thing that surprisingly really does transform the area, and people do tend to gravitate towards those. Paying attention to the details necessary to create the ideal environment is an essential part of entertaining. Also, keep in mind that there’s usually a reason why things are done a certain way. If you have a creative or wild idea, pass it by the professionals to make sure it will work, because they’ve seen it all – or most of it at least - before. With plenty of past experiences to reference, they can easily tell you what works best and what to avoid, so take their word for it. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations or either; we’re always happy to help!” We are also lucky to have fantastic wineries in close proximity to Lincoln, with facilities that are designed for hosting small and large groups. Capitol View Winery & Vineyards is a new favorite of many, with its tasting room recently expanded and tours available to book for corporate entertaining, and with a historic barn and 2 ½ acre vineyards, there’s an abundance of possibilities for a memorable event. Then there’s James Arthur Vineyards, a longtime favorite and host to many an event for the purpose of entertaining clients. These are both also great places to stop out if you’re just spending time together one-on-one, or in a small group. With all of this talk about the beverage options you plan on offering and fun places to enjoy them, it’s also worth mentioning that if the alcohol will be flowing, it’s not a bad idea to arrange for your guests to have a safe ride home should they need it. Also, if you want to put together an itinerary that requires traveling to another, or several, destinations, depending on the locations and proximity to one another, arranging for group transportation may be advantageous in this scenario too. By including transportation as a part of the entertaining when needed, it shows you’ve been thorough with your planning and really want your guests to enjoy themselves. “With a 34-passenger limo bus and a wide array of sedans, SUVs, and several different sizes of limousines in our fleet, we are able to accommodate both small and large groups,” says Lori Hiebner with Leisure Limousine & Sedan. “We are a premier transportation service, so you can count on us to provide a safe and professional experience no matter what you have planned for your client.” In closing, Derek Kats with Keller Williams Lincoln offers the following thoughts on the opportunities entertaining can create within Lori Hiebner your existing relationships, but also how it could Leisure Limousine & Sedan potentially help you attract new clients: “Entertaining clients is not only essential to client retention, but if implemented correctly, you can actually develop clients from those entertainment opportunities, both directly and indirectly. ‘Direct’ being the face-to-face networking opportunities with new clients it may afford (typically those who join the event as a guest of your existing client), whereas the more valuable yet harder to attain ‘indirect’ opportunities are only created by providing a high-quality entertainment experience that will cause that existing client


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to become more willing to actively refer you in the future. Nearly all companies and business people are savvy enough to realize the modern-day business need to entertain your clients. But just like any form of marketing (let’s not act like entertaining clients is not a direct form of marketing to a captive audience, as well as rewarding them for their past and present business), not all capitalize on their entertainment opportunities correctly. There is much more to the process than just putting some money towards a marketing Derek Kats medium or entertaining/networking event. The content is what truly separates the entertainment Keller Williams Lincoln experiences that are to be remembered and talked about, versus those that just blend in with all the others. As a Top-100 Realtor in the United States and an owner of multiple businesses, I have the luxury of providing my clients with exclusive high-end, full-access entertainment experiences both in Lincoln as well as nationwide. That ‘entertainment value’ has served as a tremendous asset to my client development and retention rates. Whether it is access to a country club golf course, dinners by reservation only, client appreciation events at exclusive venues, suite tickets to shows and concerts, VIP evenings in the Haymarket, or nights overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, the more you show your clients appreciation by providing them exclusive entertainment, the more dividends it will pay! To experience the benefits of being a client, please feel free to contact me for a free real estate consultation.”

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This month we’ve still got a little left of summer yet to enjoy before transitioning into fall. Then, in what seems like a blur, it will already be time to carve pumpkins, turkeys, and hams – and all of the other good stuff that happens throughout the remainder of the year. Everything inevitably happens so quickly. That being the case, especially for seniors and their loved ones, now is the time to start thinking about the things that are needed to get through another winter happy and healthy, and to fully enjoy the upcoming holiday season. Although it might seem a little early, rest assured you’ll be in a much better position if you have a plan in place and have made arrangements well ahead of time, rather than putting things off and being forced to make decisions on very short notice or in crisis. As such, we decided to consult with the professionals a little earlier than usual this year about winter and holiday preparations just for good measure. But not to worry, we’ve also thrown in some great ideas for getting out and enjoying the beautiful fall weather while it lasts, and a lot of other important things to consider with respect to planning for the future! It comes as no surprise to us Nebraskans that the weather can easily be cause for concern, particularly at times of the year when it’s more likely we’ll experience the extremes. Although by nature it’s unpredictable, to an extent we can anticipate how it will affect us going about our lives. We generally plan according to what the conditions are likely to be at certain times as a force of habit, and that’s not a bad thing--better safe than sorry. For seniors, winter, in particular, presents its fair share of challenges and concerns. “Winter is only a few months away and it’s important to consider having our loved ones in a safe environment,” says Mary Ann Stallings with Bridge to Better Living. “In senior living communities, residents are able to be warm, have medical needs met, attend indoor social activities and enjoy hot, nutritious meals. Snow and ice removal on pathways decrease the chance of falls. If families are proactive now a Senior could be moved to a community before winter or increase the chances for a specific apartment they would prefer by being on a waiting list. Good health and company are both important when it comes to maintaining quality of life.

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The holidays tend to be an emotional time for most, with both happiness and sadness conveyed. The word presents takes on a new meaning during the holiday season. Instead, it presents many situations and circumstances difficult for all family members. Prior to the season discuss family traditions, meal preparation, shopping for gifts and planned activities. What traditions will continue? With the busy lives of family members how much time will be devoted to the holidays and sharing the memories of yesteryear?

Family members often spend less time with their senior loved ones during the holiday season due to their own hectic schedules. Skyping and social media are wonderful ways to stay connected. In senior communities, the staff is available to assist residents with technology. In addition, families are welcome to reserve private areas for their own celebrations. Living in a senior community offers many possibilities to enjoy new and old traditions. The goal is to have seniors live a quality life with a spirit of purpose.

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Managing the expectations and activities of intergenerational family members may be difficult and each member needs to be sensitive to the desires of others. Take the time to sit down, discuss the holidays and think of ways to help avoid the all-consuming loneliness many people have during these special, enjoyable times. Give the present of memories, traditions, and love.” In agreement, Amy Fish of Lancaster Rehabilitation Center adds, “Memories made during the holiday season last forever, and are important for seniors to continue to experience. The holidays tend to be overbooked with parties and activities, so it’s important to plan in advance to make that special time happen. When planning family gatherings, keep in mind the location, and if it is handicap accessible. Try to avoid gatherings in locations with stairs or narrow bathroom Amy Fish facilities. If the plan includes an overnight Lancaster Rehabilitation stay, ensure medications are organized Center and available to take when scheduled. From now until the holidays, there’s another meaningful set of events that’s important to take into consideration. When the calendar turns to fall in Nebraska that means it’s football season. For those elder family members unable to attend the game, consider hosting a watch party to cheer on the Huskers together. Also, while there’s still an opportunity to enjoy the nice fall weather, farmer’s markets are a fun and relaxing way to get out and about. You might also consider a short day trip to one of the state parks to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Once winter arrives, getting out and about can be treacherous for anyone, let alone for those who have physical limitations or safety concerns. Therefore, before deciding to make that trip to the store or medical appointment, seniors need to be sure the route will be free of obstacles like snow banks or icy sidewalks. Volunteering to clean the drive or sidewalk for a senior is a kind gesture and may allow them to make even simple trips to the mailbox worry free. Another kind gesture would be offering to assist them with their travel needs, or just stopping by to pass the time. The cold and dangers of winter can isolate seniors, making simple tasks more difficult. It is important to lean on the many resources our community offers to seniors every day, including things like meals on wheels and home health care services. At Lancaster Rehabilitation we also offer short-term respite stays, where seniors can take up temporary residence until spring arrives. That way, they get all the comforts of home, including delicious home-cooked meals, and can stay engaged with others by taking part in our activity program.” Expanding upon that last item addressed, as others have mentioned, seniors are particularly susceptible to becoming isolated and having less social contact. “One of the biggest concerns we see for seniors who live alone, especially during the winter months, is isolation,” says Jennifer Knecht with Immanuel. “As we get older, social structures change, family dynamics change. And for seniors who are retired and living alone, social experiences—something that’s so important for emotional wellbeing—require extra effort. From social gatherings to volunteer opportunities and community events, the fall and winter months are filled with lifestyle activities and ways to get involved. Wellness classes and lifelong learning opportunities are also ways

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to expand social structures while focusing on health. At Immanuel Communities, this social aspect is so ingrained in resident life. Activities are available for all interests and lifestyles, including health and fitness. We realize that when seniors are involved socially, there’s much less risk for isolation and depression. Also, winter is often a time where seniors start considering the upkeep of their home Jennifer Knecht and whether the maintenance required Immanuel to get through the winter is still feasible. Whether it’s time to make a move to a maintenance-free senior living community or that decision is down the road, the holidays can be a good time to start the conversation with family, get a pulse on how much home maintenance is feasible during the winter, and start researching living options. At Immanuel, our senior living consultants provide answers to options for every lifestyle. They’re a good place to start when getting the feel of what’s out there and what services are available. Exploring senior living can be daunting, and assistance in navigating them can be helpful.” Knecht also offers advice as we approach the holidays that’s focused on the importance of self-care and support. “The holidays can be joyous times celebrating with family and friends. But for some seniors, the dangers of flu season and icy roads or the memories of friends and loved ones who may have recently passed can be difficult. It’s important for seniors to go into the holidays prepared with wellness of mind and body as the first concern. Encourage your loved ones to get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, and stay socially active going into flu season. Fall can be a great time to SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business


get up-to-date on vaccinations and meet with doctors about any existing health concerns. For seniors who live alone, isolation can only increase during the winter months. Social activities can help prevent the loneliness and in many cases, depression that can arise from isolation. Facing the holidays without loved ones who have passed can be difficult. Again, recognizing the need for support is important. Reach out to aging loved ones and talk to them, especially if they’ve lost a loved one in the last year. Planning a special activity of a remembered tradition can help honor the late loved one. Depression during the holidays is felt at any age, but for seniors, reaching out can be difficult. Talking through the grief during the holidays or reaching out for medical help is just as important to wellness as exercise and a healthy diet.” Moving to a 55+ community or assisted living facility has its benefits, particularly since the needs of this population have been identified and everything has been thoughtfully designed around them.

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“Seniors tend to have the idea that ‘assisted living’ is still going to be like the ‘nursing home’ that their mother lived in, but boy have things changed!” says Beth Friesen with Oasis Senior Advisors. “In assisted living, our seniors are encouraged to be as independent as possible. They all have their own apartment, food choices abound, and there is a constant source of activities to participate in if the senior wants to do so. The senior remains in charge of their care as long as they are able and their wishes are respected.

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the upcoming months. “As far as spending time together with your senior loved ones this fall, orchards and pumpkin patches are always a huge hit. I remember taking my mother with Alzheimer’s to the pumpkin patch. We enjoyed some time walking around the various sizes of pumpkins, looking at the holiday decor and drinking apple cider together. With the holidays on the horizon, I would encourage families to plan ahead. Not knowing what the definite plans are can cause a lot of unnecessary stress for the senior. Putting things into place and getting them ‘on the calendar’ brings a sense of calmness that is comforting and reduces anxiety. On the other hand, it’s also helpful to prepare any family members who may not have seen the senior for an extended time for what they should expect in terms of any changes in condition. Consider taking advantage of the holidays to have some ‘family meetings’ in order to make sure that the senior’s affairs are in order. Make sure that estate planning, wills and power of attorney documents are up to date and that family members know how to access them. If a move may be needed in the next year, take the time over the holidays to discuss the possibilities and contact a senior living advisor to begin the discussion and investigation. My more immediate recommendations aside from planning for holiday events well in advance are mostly safety-related. Make sure that the furnace is inspected and in good working order before it is actually needed. Put contingency plans in place for getting to appointments and doctor’s visits when the weather turns for the worse. Have discussions about their driving skills and make sure they are safe to drive in the dark and on less than optimal road ways, and if not, make arrangements otherwise.” Going back to moving, for some it is a more immediate and pressing need, while for others, it’s being considered as a suitable option but there’s no big rush. For those who find themselves in the latter

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“If a decision is already made to move, it may bring a sense of closure to make arrangements so that you can enjoy one final holiday season in your home. Embrace family traditions and make it a positive experience by taking photos throughout the day to create a scrapbook or keepsakes for later. Help your loved one make the favorite family meal in their home. This is a great way to bond over wonderful memories and look forward to making new traditions.

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Over the winter months, take a room each week to see how you can downsize it or organize it. Challenge yourself to think about the value of the ‘stuff.’ You’ll come across items that you’ve had for as long as you can remember, but ask yourself, ‘Is this something that I am using quite often or has it been packed away in a box or tub for years?’ Take time to reflect on yourself as well. Ask yourself or your loved one questions like ‘What are some of the challenges you may be facing in your current situation? Is there a way to make things better or safer? If not, what does that change look like for you? How do the winter months affect your social life? Are you still able to get out and do the things you love?’ The answers to these questions might help you sort out any ambivalence you may be having towards retirement living options. As for family members and friends, you’re the people who can offer a helpful outside opinion. During the holidays, spend time with your senior loved one in their day-to-day routine and keep an eye out for safety hazards. Discuss this with your loved one and try to find a solution within the home. This may also be an opportune time to open up the discussion about retirement living options. It’s also advised for seniors and their loved ones to get out and tour the different senior living communities together or to attend events they’re hosting to see and experience them for yourself. The Legacy Terrace will be having their Terrace Town Carnival Sunday, September 10th from 1-4 p.m. at 57th and Fremont St. There will be carnival favorites such as corn dogs, cotton candy, balloon animals and more! This is a perfect opportunity to informally visit Legacy Terrace and to get a feel for the lifestyle. Please take advantage of our shuttle service for the event! The shuttle will be located at Cross the Line Church (previously The Falls reception hall), 5925 Adams St. and will run from 12:45 – 4:30 p.m.” Kyle Johnson with Care Consultants for the Aging highlights even more things to think about this time of year. “For those who are able to take a little day trip, the AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City is a fantastic event that’s fun for all ages. Just getting out and enjoying your surroundings can positively influence your health and state of mind. Or, in closer proximity, there are great pumpkin patches in the area, but I’d advise avoiding the weekends if at all possible. Being around kids can be Kyle Johnson a mood booster for seniors, particularly if Care Consultants they’ve raised kids of their own or enjoy for the Aging them. Sometimes family members aren’t available to accompany their senior loved ones, but that need not prevent involvement as there are plenty of other options to consider. Getting connected with a local senior center will afford you many opportunities to take advantage of activities and social outings. Those in senior living communities also have the option of attending regularly scheduled events, and generally transportation is provided, which is nice. Or there are professionals who provide one-on-one in-home services that can be scheduled for as little as a few hours for an outing together or transportation to one.

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Once the temperature starts to drop, it’s easy to become homebound. As far as safety is concerned, for seniors who are able to remain living at home, and especially for those who are living alone, at the very least having a life alert or call pendant to connect you with emergency response is a good idea. Especially for seniors who retired, staying involved socially is important, so it’s a good idea to have some things lined up ahead of time. Especially during the winter months, there are far too many seniors that sit at home alone all day, for days on end. When seniors have lost that interaction with others and the world outside the confines of their homes, they tend to dwell on the negatives. Just watching the news, very little of which is positive these days, can cause stress and depression that’s exacerbated by continued isolation. Our mood affects everything from appetite to hygiene to energy level and the motivation to be active and social. Even something as simple as caregiver services – having someone to come over and provide companionship, monitor health and living conditions, help with tasks around the house, or take a senior out to run errands or attend an event – can be tremendously beneficial. There’s a vast amount of resources available to seniors, but in my line of work, we often find that many are apprehensive of taking advantage for a variety of reasons. Most notably, it’s a common misconception that it sounds expensive so therefore it must be, which causes people to dismiss perfectly viable options altogether. Struggling with the loss of independence is another worry for seniors; as we age, we find that we need more help, but it can be hard to ask for it because we don’t want to be a burden. But far too often I talk with people who wish they would’ve just asked sooner. Don’t wait too long and pass up opportunities, then find yourself in a bad situation. There’s no harm in reaching out for recommendations, asking plenty of questions, and seeking out help from others in your community who are here for you.” Respite services are indeed something to consider as they benefit SEPTEMBER 2017 Strictly Business


both seniors and their loved ones who are also acting as caregivers in addition to their many other roles in life. During the hectic holiday season and with winter chill, Elders naturally become more homebound. If getting out becomes an issue, let Tabitha deliver a daily hot, nutritious meal and check-in through Tabitha’s Meals on Wheels program. Just $6.25 a day gives Elders the independence to stay in their homes and their families the peace of mind to know that someone will be checking in on them daily. Moreover, Tabitha The Club – Adult Day Services provides a safe and cozy atmosphere for Elders to socialize and just get out of the house. It is equally important for caregivers to take care of themselves. The Club provides much-needed respite for those caring for Elders who do not feel comfortable leaving them at home alone. You can have peace of mind knowing your family member is in a safe place while you get holiday errands accomplished or simply just take a break. “The Club is an economical way for caregivers to get the compassionate daytime support they need and a way for them to remain independent longer,” said Kristine Dykeman Schoening with Tabitha, Continuum. “It also allows both the caregiver and the Elder to maintain an active lifestyle. It’s the best of both worlds.” Kristine Dykeman Schoening Tabitha

Oftentimes, during the holidays is when families notice a big change in an Elderly loved one, especially for an out-of-town son or daughter visiting. It is important to address the situation and understand

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In preparation for relocating, when families begin to make plans for the holidays, one thing that they can start thinking about is downsizing. In my experience, the families that downsize prior to making a decision to move are much further ahead when discussions about moving into a community begin. The Woodlands at Hillcrest will offer services through local companies to help folks with downsizing, organizing thus making the process much easier. With the winter months just around the corner, as others have mentioned, families would also be wise to start planning for such things as socialization events to prevent isolation. Snow removal and transportation are two other issues that arise over the winter. Oftentimes snow removal companies get booked up so it is wise to get a company hired prior to the first snow. Making arrangements for who will transport the senior to appointments, shopping, and other events are also things that are best planned ahead. Try and arrange the recommended 6-month physician appointments for a check-up before and after winter. Stock up on non-perishable food items so that shopping trips are quick and can be done easily. Finally, plan events based on the senior’s needs, have as many events at their home or community versus going out in the winter months.” As you can see from the wealth of feedback from our local professionals thus far, there are a lot of things one can do to positively impact the lives of senior loved ones, but especially

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during winter months and the holidays. By paying close attention and staying involved, you can also identify potential issues so that they can be addressed proactively. Leslie Frank with Nebraska Hearing Center offers yet another example related to her area of expertise. “Seniors with undiagnosed or untreated hearing problems may avoid social situations because of difficulty communicating or embarrassment. Particularly during the holidays, seniors look forward to family gatherings and community festivities. If you see your loved one pass up an opportunity and it’s out of their character, or become increasingly withdrawn, there are other Leslie Frank signs to look for that may point to hearing Nebraska Hearing Center loss. Some of the more common ones include repeatedly asking “What?”, having the TV up too loud, and trouble understanding conversation in a noisy environment. Seniors often have trouble hearing higher-pitched voices such as grandchildren or women too. If you notice any of these signs bring the senior in to Nebraska Hearing Center for a complimentary hearing evaluation. A hearing aid may be the only barrier between that person and better health. If upon evaluation it’s determined that a hearing aid is needed, choosing the right one for that individual’s needs is very important. At Nebraska Hearing Center there are many things we take into consideration when helping choose the best hearing aids for our clients. These days there are so many different options out there, and there are always new ones being advertised. All hearing aids aren’t created equal and neither are all patients. That is why it is so important to come in and sit down with one of our audiologists to discuss all of the options available and the differences between them. As winter and the holidays approach, encourage seniors to continue to get out of the house. It is important to stay engaged in the community and with friends and family. Those with a hearing loss sometimes don’t even realize it. They tend to slowly withdraw from social activities. Make sure to offer them transportation and help them schedule outings, and at family events, give them a task or purpose and make sure to include them in activities. Set a time to come over and help them clean up their yards, put up holiday decorations, or take them to a movie or out to lunch. And encourage them to have their hearing checked and hearing problems treated! There is no better time than before all the family gatherings around the holidays to come get your hearing checked. Call us to set up your complimentary evaluation at (402) 486-3737, and come visit us at our new location, 333 S. 70th Street, Suite 101.” Also healthcare-related, Kasey Malm with Old Cheney Rehabilitation further advises, “Understand your insurance benefits. Your insurance plan should match your needs. Too many times we see people that need our types of services and the different insurance plans, including Medicare replacement plans, can increase your costs of care. There are times that insurance coverage does not cover the entire length of stay needed. Many are surprised to discover the difference Kasey Malm between Medicare A coverage and Old Cheney Rehabilitation private insurance plans. We’re more than happy to discuss your insurance plan and coverage, over the phone or in person.” She also cautions, “Be prepared in the winter months. It is a great idea to hire a snow and ice removal service. Many people think they won’t fall and that is exactly when it happens. You can fall

and injure yourself at any age. At the very least, wear practical shoes. It is also a good idea to wash your hands often and get your flu shot and any other recommended vaccinations. Prevention is the key. Or don’t and then you’ll run the risk (or have the good fortune) of being my patient at Old Cheney Rehabilitation. As a physical therapist with specific expertise in geriatrics, I focus on fall prevention and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Currently, there’s a need of post-acute care in a non-nursing home environment among the senior population. This environment creates hope and optimism that is a joy to work in. When people come through our doors we immediately start planning the recovery process. You will leave Old Cheney Rehabilitation with a better understanding of your health and how to live successfully in your home. Our success is your success. We are having an Open House on September 21 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. I’d love to show you our state-of-the-art gym. If you aren’t able to attend the open house, call us for a tour.” Jodi Freeman of Roper & Sons brings up a couple other timely issues that could easily be overlooked but are important to keep in mind in the coming months. “Many people travel to a destination with a warmer climate in the winter, especially seniors who are retired and families using holiday break to take a fun trip together. Something to consider when preparing to travel is how your affairs would be handled in the event of your death out of Jodi Freeman state. Having a funeral home chosen, along Roper & Sons with having your funeral arrangements made and paid in full or a payment arrangement in place is very important, particularly for those who spend part of the year out of state. It is also essential to keep in mind that transporting your body from one state to another can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. At Roper & Sons, we offer an ‘out of area protection plan’ that covers those expenses. If you travel regularly, be sure to ask about out of state coverage when you are preplanning funeral arrangements. Switching gears, one of the biggest stressors during the holiday season is gift giving, especially for seniors who might be on a restricted income. The holidays are a great time to start thinking about, and planning for distributing those ‘sentimental assets’ we all collect – the ‘yellow pie plates’ so to speak. As a society, and especially younger generations, we are becoming more mobile and more minimalist. Deciding what to do with our treasured possessions can become a source of stress. The approaching holiday season is the perfect time for seniors to talk with their children and grandchildren about what things are important to each of them, and why, and then to determine who – if anyone – wants those possessions. Then, instead of struggling to buy more ‘stuff,’ use the holidays as a time to gift those sentimental items to family members and dear friends. A gift with meaning and history is often so much more thoughtful and meaningful than some trivial item.”

Many of us don’t really want to think about winter weather that will be here in just a few short months or all of the holiday madness quite yet (although of course there are those who wait with bated breath, we all know at least one). Yet, as you can see, there are some practical reasons and compelling arguments for making certain arrangements well in advance, particularly for seniors and their loved ones. If there’s one takeaway, it’s that no matter what you need, just ask, because there are a wide range of resources here in our community for the diverse population of seniors who call Lincoln home.

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and troubleshoots customers’ technical problems. Customers want to solve their IT problems easily, quickly and efficiently. They are looking to us as their trusted advisors to provide them the best possible solutions to facilitate their IT needs so they can focus on running their businesses. We utilize powerful software to keep a watchful eye on our client’s computer health, protection status, and data. If a problem is identified, we are able to address it immediately before it becomes a bigger issue. Binary Net occupies the bank vault of the 1st National Bank Building, in which customer servers are stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. But we go way beyond just storing customers’ servers. We also offer solutions to optimize the functioning of our customers’ servers, which are also monitored 24/7. If a problem comes up we have staff who will address the problem at all hours of the day and night; whether that means remotely or on-site, there is someone working on it in a timely fashion. We also offer bandwidth services as well as customer support. At Binary Net, one of the services we offer that set us apart from others is our WordPress Management package. We provide technical guidance and support for nearly every aspect of the site, with the only exception being custom code that customers have built themselves. It’s really nice to know if you have to call support, you can talk to the actual engineer who maintains your site instead of calling a hotline. All of the WordPress core and plugin updates are handled by our staff, which can save a lot of time on the customers’ part when updates go awry. Website security is handled by Binary Net, which covers not only the security of

the site content itself, but also ensures that if the site is ever hacked by an attacker, Binary Net will repair the hack for no charge as part of this service. Since fixing hacked sites in today’s world can easily be a multi-thousand dollar venture, this is huge for our clients. With Information Analytics, our primary focus is to provide information services such as web development, hosting, databases and custom programming. We offer Managed Hosting plans now that allow us to apply automatic software and security updates to our customer’s sites. Oftentimes when businesses get sites designed, they are not informed of how important these updates are to keep them up to date and secure. Information Analytics is different because we explain these options to our customers and educate them on what software they are using. Consumers are increasingly more involved in the selection, creation, and management of their digital identity. Information Analytics wants to partner with them to provide excellent customer care and content.” Looking forward, he concludes, “As far as new trends that have gained traction, mobile-friendly website layouts are important now because Google ranks websites according to their ‘mobile score,’ meaning that it appears great on all mobile devices. This scoring, if higher for mobile, allows Google to rank the site higher in search results. Security and cloud solutions have been two areas of growth which we benefit from by having direct access to a development team (Information Analytics) and data center (Binary Net) that allows us to offer custom solutions like cloud storage, server hosting, offsite backups and security solutions to lock down remote connections. Each customer’s needs are different, and that will continue to be the same. As such, we get to know our customers and their specific IT business needs. We then customize specific technological solutions that will optimize their businesses. Not only do we provide customers with top-notch technology services, but we are also constantly updating our internal infrastructure as well as educating our employees on the constantly evolving new technology that is out there. We believe technology should enhance people’s lives.” Next up, if you’ve not heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) yet, you can be sure that you will soon. Getting ahead of the curve now should be part of your long-term business strategy if you hope to maintain a competitive edge. “The Internet of Things is here, and it’s opened up a world of possibilities,” says Kevin Knudson with QTEQ. “Presently, and moving forward, there are about 50 billion reasons to keep up on your technology products and services. Google ‘Internet of Things by the year 2020’ and you will find many articles on the ways it is expected to transform everything about technology, even as we know it now. The Internet of Things, simply put, is anything connected to the Internet. An example of this is the ‘Smart Home,’ which applies to places Kevin Knudson of business in the same way. We now have QTEQ the ability to adjust the thermostat, turn lights on and off, monitor security systems and more from a smartphone or other personal devices. Smart devices are here to stay, and now you can work securely from anywhere too. Tablets, laptops, and smartphones are all tools now used for the mobile office. By creating a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, your company can access your own private, protected data from any device with internet connectivity. Then there’s the cloud, a term that encompasses anything stored offsite. Virtualizing your server presents the opportunity to save thousands of dollars just by having it in the cloud. It eliminates the need for hardware or software upgrades in your business and reduces the maintenance and support needed. At QTEQ, we love helping businesses with their technology plans and pride ourselves on offering the best products and solutions on the market. As a fellow owner of multiple small businesses, it’s my passion to help small businesses thrive, not just survive. We are always looking for ways

to drive profits, boosting the bottom line for our clients. For those who are interested in incorporating technology into their businesses, the professionals at QTEQ can help you learn how and where it would be most advantageous. That includes what will provide the best return on your investment. We want to become your business partner and help you double your profits this coming year, all the while helping you to be best prepared for 2020. There are a lot of great, affordable options today. You can upgrade and save money, which is an excellent place to start.” With more people moving towards the cloud, there have been a lot of innovations in that area in recent years, particularly for business use. “Cloud-based solutions, or Software As A Service (SaaS), have been around for quite some time,” says Darren Lichty with Panology Tech Solutions. ”However, the recent trend is one of more small businesses leveraging them. This gives them access to valuable technology and tools while controlling cost. Technology no longer needs to be a major investment and can grow with your business. Panology has Darren Lichty extensive experience using these solutions to Panology Tech Solutions help our clients succeed. The objective most commonly expressed by potential clients is saving money while retaining access to the support they need. Panology achieves this objective by replacing the traditional monthly contract with a quarterly heath check and update. In many situations, this can save the client up to 75% compared to the traditional model. With our package pricing model, knowing how much it is going to cost up front helps to plan for, and avoid, unexpected expenses that can really hurt a business.” Specifically regarding selecting the technology that will benefit a business the most, Lichty further advises, “Technology should empower your business to achieve its goals. If it is holding you back, replace it with an alternative. Keep in mind, technology will not solve problems

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with your internal processes, but it can help those processes run more efficiently and consistently. Start by clearly identifying the goals you wish to achieve (in order of priority), then seek out the tools and technology that will help you achieve those goals. Likewise, seek the advice of an expert who can answer your questions clearly and provide you with options. This should be a conversation, not a statement. Panology prides itself on educating and empowering our clients to make informed decisions.” The integration of technology, while oftentimes complicated and thus best left to the experts, can prove to be incredible once accomplished and put into use. Once you have it, you can’t imagine what life was like without it. Consider audio/visual technology as yet another example, and one that has been rapidly advancing too. “Many clients approach us looking for out-ofthe-box thinking and engineering for huddle rooms/spaces, remote connectivity, video walls, digital signage, and sound masking,” says Michelle Brinkman with Echo Systems. “Ease of use, flexibility, and scalability are all important across the board with any of these or other types of technology for business use. As others have mentioned, remote connectivity is the big one right now. People want to be able to log into their system to make changes and perform service-related tasks. The ability for clients, strategic business partners, Michelle Brinkman team members or other guests to sit down in Echo Systems a board room and connect their laptop or table wirelessly to a video wall or screen display is desirable as well. In order to achieve your goals for audio-visual systems integration, get professionals like us involved as early on in the design process as possible. This also holds true for most other technology that a business would want to incorporate. The one thing constant about the tech industry is that nothing is constant. 82 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2017

We spend a lot of time, energy and money keeping up with technological advancements in order to be on the cutting edge while staying away from the bleeding edge. Not only are we innovators when it comes to design and installation, but we also have a dedicated service department. This includes 24/7 phone support, remote monitoring and the ability to fix certain things remotely. One of our core values is service after the sale; we focus on building lifetime relationships and you can expect us to be a partner that you can count on.” When it comes to technology in the workplace, as evidenced by all that we’ve discussed up to this point, there’s a lot of ground to cover. There are the devices you use to conduct transactions, to communicate with clients and perform critical tasks, to store and access your data, to research and analyze it, A/V for presentations and training, not to mention access to a bevy of apps and programs. Not to be left out, there’s even a host of building technology systems and devices that when fully integrated, can have a major impact on your people and their productivity in the workplace as well as minimizing your expenditures and asset protection. “From a building technology perspective, there are a whole host of Building Management System (BMS) programs that effectively incorporate more advanced technology in the workplace,” advises Pat Killen with Engineered Controls. “These will apply whether your building is new or existing, which for the latter would be part of a retrofit project. Briefly, a few of our BMS technology offerings for commercial buildings would include: • Affordable integrated building control Pat Killen and automation systems that make your Engineered Controls buildings smarter and more efficient by providing essential instrumentation and control. • Systems that make lighting much more efficient. Our lighting controls solution offers smart scheduling, presence detection, and photocells to ensure lights aren’t left burning in vacant areas and that lights are off in areas where there is already plenty of natural light. • Integrated security solutions to meet your every need. These include standalone and networked access control solutions, an intrusion detection or video surveillance solution or a fully-integrated security system. • Gas detection systems for parking garages and mechanical rooms with chillers and boilers. These are areas where safety is a concern and where people can become sick or even die if not ventilated properly. • The latest in parking gate controls and revenue generation system solutions for airports, education, event, healthcare, hotels & public buildings, cities and municipalities, office, and retail. At Engineered Controls, our specialty is providing high-quality products and services that create efficient, safe, and comfortable building environments. To that end, if someone was looking to leverage technology to improve the energy efficiency of their facility, we have products and services that will do that. On the other hand, if someone is looking to protect their people and assets, we have safety products and services that do that as well. We have a team of engineers who create custom integration solutions to pull all of your building equipment into a common platform regardless of manufacturer. Work with a building technology contractor to choose a system that has the ability to be scalable as your business needs grow. Do not skimp on features of the equipment thinking that the lowest-priced option is equivalent. The axiom ‘You get what you pay for’ often applies. A good building technology partner will be able to explain the difference in the products available and is willing to inform you of your options. It is also beneficial to know the reputation of the building technology partner. Ask for credentials, experience, and references.”

One thing you can count on with technology for business use is that there will always be something new and innovative that will help you achieve your objectives. If you’re not ahead, you’re behind. There are so many possibilities to explore, and a good starting point for anyone is to reach out to our local experts.

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