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FOCUSING ON YOUR BRAND The Second Stage of the Buyer’s Journey: CONSIDERATION Last month we covered the first of three stages in the traditional model of the Buyer’s Journey, a term referring to the active research process a buyer goes through leading up to a purchase. To recap, during the initial AWARENESS stage a problem or opportunity requiring action/ resolution at some point down the line has presented itself. This is something that calls for expansive research in order to be more precisely identified. If it’s deemed worthy of pursuing after broad-spectrum exploration, the potential buyer will continue gathering information but in a more concise, targeted manner. This brings us to the CONSIDERATION stage.

A person in the consideration stage has now clearly defined and given a name to the situation at hand. While a better understanding of the central issue has been gained, there’s still much more to come in the way of research and analysis. Since at each stage the prospective buyer is technically seeking information, it helps to understand what differentiates each to best grasp reaching a person in the middle during the consideration stage. In best gauging your approach as far as content is concerned, I find that it’s helpful to think of the stages this way: Awareness=Informational; Consideration=Directional; Decision=Transactional. As those in the consideration stage have already found a wealth of information that’s very general in nature, now they are moving forward to research available approaches and methods to solve it. They know it’s highly likely that they will eventually be buyers, but now it’s less about exhaustive online research and more about exploring solutions, researching vendors, and determining strategy. Approaching this from a navigational perspective—determining which avenue is best—is an identifying characteristic of those who have moved on to the consideration stage. Since the rule of thumb for interaction with someone in the awareness stage is providing educational, vendor-neutral content that’s quickly and easily digested, a person entering the consideration stage has already absorbed a great deal of content and feels well-enough

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educated to proceed with solution-oriented investigation. I often describe it as follows: first, get to the root of the problem and define it; second, create a list of options as to how you’ll address it and then thin that out to the best of the bunch; third, make the final selection. Therefore, to succeed at remaining a trusted resource in contention to ultimately be identified as the provider of the optimal solution, you’ll want to offer content that goes further in depth to help define what’s most important to the potential buyer, guiding them through the process of narrowing down the options. As it’s also critical to communicate value and promote further engagement, this will likely include any of the following types of promotional content: Ask The Expert, Testimonial, Q&A (or FAQ), How To, Seminar/Webinar, Video, Case Study, News, Podcast, and so on. Furthermore, it’s necessary to understand your buyer persona (the characteristics of your ideal customer)—their goals, challenges and motivations—so you can provide the best content as they look to you along with a mixture of other sources. The desire for comparison is a key indicator that the customer is far enough along in the Buyer’s Journey to have passed the awareness stage into the consideration stage, but keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily translate into a readiness for a direct sales approach. Your goal still remains to play a fundamental part in making your potential buyer more intelligent, and while it may be tough to hang tight in the lead nurturing phase, it will pay off in establishing your credibility to the person that you’ve already taken the time to help free of charge at this point. With a focus on the needs of your customers, existing and potential, the goal of incorporating the Buyer’s Journey into your strategy for content marketing is to find ways to better position your business to address the needs that would lead to the conversion of your target audience to leads and then ultimately, to customers. It’s very much all about delivery of the right content in the right place at the right time. As for the consideration stage, it’s the optimal time to leverage your knowledge and presence in the marketplace to lead potential buyers to you as they’re transitioning into the final stage, DECISION, which we’ll be examining next month. 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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Though J-Tech has been installing solar panels around Nebraska for several years now, the official launch of the J-Tech Solar brand at the beginning of 2016 has really helped to generate the solar energy buzz. Through education and free consultations, J-Tech is teaching business owners and homeowners alike about the benefits of solar energy. A 30% Federal Tax Credit and rebates from local utility companies are just a few things that J-Tech Solar Consultants go over when they meet for free on-site consultations.



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J-Tech is hoping to bring all of that knowledge and buzz to the Tri-City area this fall. Opening this second location is a very proud stepping stone for CEO Jason Olberding. “We are excited to take this step and bring our services to the Tri-City area,” Olberding says. Jason has had even further success with J-Tech Solar’s parent company, J-Tech Construction. Specializing in roofing, windows, siding, and gutters, J-Tech Construction will also be a big part of the new location opening in Grand Island. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID Z.A.A. Inc. LINCOLN, NE PERMIT 1328

Growth in the renewable energy industry is, most obviously, beneficial for the environment. Unlike conventional power, solar energy produces zero harmful emissions that hurt the environment. In America alone, fossil fuels are used to generate an overwhelming 68% of the electricity we consume. As a result, the emissions generated from the combustion of these fossil fuels are incredibly harmful to our planet. Eliminating the need for these fossil fuels while saving homeowners and businesses money is exactly why J-Tech Solar is in business.



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Final arrangements are taking place for J-Tech Solar’s second location in Grand Island, Nebraska. With the completion of a 20 Kilowatt Solar Panel System at the Country Swim School in Bennet, the project completed on the Strictly Business building in Lincoln, and several residential projects so far, 2016 has been a very successful year for J-Tech Solar. The opening of J-Tech’s second location on West Capitol Ave. is truly the cherry-on-top of an exciting year. This is good news for not only J-Tech but for the entire solar industry.


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Jason credits his success to the people he employs; because of that, J-Tech’s philosophy is completely employee based. What that means is simply that J-Tech prefers to hire crew members on as employees rather than using sub-contractors. This makes it easy to set a standard for their craftsmanship. “Knowing your guys and what they are capable of makes it easy to maintain a high standard for quality work,” Jason says. With over 30 busy employees, getting the J-Tech crew all together for the cover photo shoot was no easy task but they had a fun time doing it. Featured in the photo are the majority of the J-Tech Solar and J-Tech Construction installers, office staff members, and the famous J-Tech fleet! Jason and his team are thankful for the customers that have brought them the success they’ve had in the 2016 year and it will definitely be exciting to see what J-Tech will do next. From what it sounds like, the expansion into the Tri-City area is just a start for this growing business!

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BUSINESS NEWS Eat Fit Go Commemorates Opening of First Lincoln Location

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Eat Fit Go recently hosted a ribbon cutting event in conjunction with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, concluding the grand opening festivities surrounding the opening of the first location in Lincoln.

McGill Restoration recently hosted a ribbon cutting with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on August 25th. Coinciding with the two-year anniversary since opening the Lincoln office and warehouse located at 2939 Cornhusker Hwy in July of 2014, the event was held to showcase recent upgrades to the facility and property and in honor of officially becoming a part of the Lincoln business community. An open house reception followed the ribbon cutting, with refreshments provided along with the opportunity to tour the new office.

Located at 2901 S. 84th Street in a shared space with Scooters Coffeehouse, the new Nebraska-based restaurant concept features an innovative, chef-driven menu incorporating fresh ingredients with all meals prepared from scratch. Customers can opt to dine in the restaurant, stock up for the week, or call ahead for pick-up through the drive-thru. Catering is available for parties between 25-600 people. The aim of Eat Fit Go is to provide those in our community with quick, convenient options to eat healthy without sacrificing the enjoyment of a delicious meal. In addition to its menu offerings, Eat Fit Go offers a 5 day meal plan called The Perfect Week for customers as well as the option to open a house account, which include discounts for those who are committed to healthy eating or reaching a health-related goal. More information about Eat Fit Go can be found online at and the Lincoln location can be reached directly at (402) 875-2728.

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Tim McGill, President of McGill Restoration, addressed attendees at the event, thanking those in the community for their support during the process of establishing a presence in Lincoln, which was largely due to the company’s growth and active role in many restoration projects in the area. McGill Restoration is based out of Omaha, NE and operates its overall business strategy to service each location’s customer-based needs. McGill Restoration Inc. has been in business since 1985, and currently employs approximately 75 concrete and masonry restoration professionals. With annual revenues of approximately $14 million, McGill Restoration is a recognized industry leader throughout the U.S. in the rehabilitation and preservation of concrete and masonry structures. For more information about McGill Restoration, visit www. or contact the Lincoln office at (402) 438-4110.

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A special reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Grata in Lincoln. Two successful incubator alumni, Steve Maly of Maly Marketing and Piyush Srivastav of N AQ S E n v i r o n m e n t a l Specialists, will each be presented with awards. Tim Mittan, the founding director of the Entrepreneurship Center, will present the awards. For the last decade, the Entrepreneurship Center has helped a number of people develop their businesses from an idea to a success story. The full-service hub offers everything from office space, coaching, educational opportunities, and more. “During the past 10 years, the SCC Entrepreneurship Center has helped hundreds of people in southeast Nebraska achieve their dreams of business ownership,” said Steve Bors, director. “We average nearly 1,300 coaching meetings a year with existing and potential entrepreneurs. We also host free workshops and networking events for prospective business owners.” For more information on the Entrepreneurship Center at SCC, visit the webpage at

BUSINESS NEWS The Normandy Introduces Chef’s Tasting Club Attention all food enthusiasts and lovers of everything Frenc h! The N o r m a n dy i s incredibly excited to announce the official launch its newest offering: The Normandy Chef’s Tasting Club. By joining The Normandy Chef’s Tasting Club you’ll receive an invitation to monthly wine & food dinners, which will showcase the finest of authentic French cuisine. This includes new, exclusive dishes you won’t see anywhere else! The Normandy Chef’s Tasting Club is open to anyone and free to join. Members will have access to exclusive chef’s tasting dinners as well as many other special events. Subscribe to the new Facebook page for more details, and those who book a table will receive a free box of dessert pastries! With the belief that fine dining is an experience everyone deserves to enjoy, The Normandy prides itself on bringing a genuine taste of premiere French cuisine to the Lincoln community. Set within an elegant yet casual French bistro, guests are welcomed by seasoned and experienced staff members all charged with the sole purpose of providing guests with a comfortable and exquisite dining experience. For more information on The Normandy, please visit or call (402) 476-0606.

Evol Empire Creative Celebrates Agency’s Relocation to Lincoln Evol Empire Creative recently hosted an event to formally c e l eb ra t e t h e agency’s recent relocation from Denver, CO to Lincoln, NE. Held on September 13, a ribboncutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and grand revealing of its new home office in the Historic Haymarket kicked off the festivities, with the rest of the evening focused on client appreciation and networking. source. EAT FIT provided an amazing array of food and High Society Cheesecake provided its signature desserts for guests to enjoy.

Raising Cane’s Kicks Off 10th Annual Coat Drive Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is kicking off their 10th annual coat drive. Winter coats are being collected at all four Lincoln restaurants during the month of October and will be donated to those in need at the People’s City Mission and Homeless Prevention Center at the beginning of November. In appreciation, those who donate will receive a free meal when purchasing another Combo + drink. Since its creation in 2007, supporters have donated over 13,400 new and gently used coats to those in need. “Each year as winter starts to set in, there are thousands of children and adults who don’t have a winter coat to keep them warm,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln Raising Cane’s franchise. “As we kick off the tenth year of our coat drive, we’re asking for your help to spread warmth this season by cleaning out your closets with the coats you no longer need and donate them to those who need them most in the Lincoln community.” Since 2006, the Lincoln Raising Cane’s franchise has given back over $1 million to the Lincoln community. Stay connected with Raising Cane’s on social media for details on current community initiatives: or



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Having already had the opportunity to work with a number of clients in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska, Evol Empire Creative is grateful for such a welcoming reception into the marketplace, which has been both overwhelming and humbling. Special thanks are extended to all who were in attendance as well as friends of the company who provided the amazing fare and drinks. Evol Empire Creative is an end-to-end digital agency, with a team of experts specializing in branding development, logo design, web design and development, online marketing, search engine optimization, AdWords, social media management, and videography. Technology is a powerful tool for local businesses to utilize as part of their growth strategies, and it’s the main competency of Evol Empire Creative. The company completes the digital ecosystem for its clients to combat the disconnect of modern marketing. For more information about Evol Empire Creative, please visit or contact Andrew Tuzson at (402) 3185741 or

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AR Solutions Celebrates 11 Years in Business Last month marked the 11th anniversary since AR Solutions, Lincoln’s premier locally owned and operated collections firm, opened its doors for business. Founder Aaron Newell is honored to partner with and have the opportunity to serve many thriving businesses and organizations in our community, and extends his thanks to all of the clients who have trusted AR Solutions with their accounts receivable over the past 11 years.

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Habitat Announces Upcoming Events Habitat, Lincoln’s premier independent kitchen, gourmet, and gift store, is excited to announce two special events coming up! The Le Creuset Tour de France will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m.6 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample crepes made in Le Creuset cookware paired with a selection of wine to enjoy. Habitat will also be offering door prizes and in-store specials. Speaking of the holidays, Habitat will be hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 6th from noon-5 p.m. There will be new product demonstrations, gourmet food tastings, more in-store specials, and the opportunity to register for some fantastic prizes! Make sure to save the date as these are events you won’t want to miss, particularly for those who are getting a head start on holiday shopping! 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. For more information about Habitat, located on the northeast corner of 70th & Pioneers, please call the store at (402) 466-1522 or visit the website at 8 Strictly Business OCTOBER 2016

Accounts Receivable Solutions – AR Solutions, Inc. – is a licensed, bonded and insured Nebraska Collection Agency. All Asset Recovery Specialists are highly trained and experienced in addition to being certified by the American Collection Association (ACA), so you can be assured that your accounts are handled professionally, preserving your relationships while also providing results with the highest recovery possible. For more on AR Solutions, visit or call (402) 817-3929 to schedule a free private consultation.

barVino Hosts Pre-Game Tailgate Parties Red Rules! Join barVino for an indoor tailgate party every Husker game day 3 hours prior to kickoff.   Husker fans will be able to enjoy drink specials offered before, during and after the game. Plus, its Sangria Saturday, so you’ll enjoy 1/2 price sangria too.  Park free and ride the SouthPointe Mall shuttle to the game! Billed as Lincoln’s first true-to-concept wine bar, barVino offers guests an impressive selection of eight wines on tap and over 100 boutique wines that can be paired with its house appetizer menu in addition to a smaller selection of specialty craft beers and top shelf liquor. Located at 2801 Pine Lake Road Suite H, barVino is a must-try experience for both wine connoisseurs and those who just simply want to enjoy a glass or two with good company. For more information about barVino, please contact owner Jennifer Amen Tomka at (402) 525-1572 or via email at jtomka@ or find them on Facebook.

Executive Travel Earns Spot on Inc. 5000 Inc. magazine recently honored Executive Travel as one of the nation’s fastest growing travel management companies in the 35th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastestgrowing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Executive Travel joins Zappos, Under Armour, GoPro, Timberland, Square, and Dollar Shave Club among other prominent brands who are Inc. 5000 alumni.  Executive Travel has been honored on the Inc. 5000 list in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The Inc. 5000, ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015, was harder to get into this year than ever in its history.

BUSINESS NEWS Union Bank & Trust Selects Alegeus to Power Benefit Account Offerings Union Bank & Trust is pleased to announce a partnership with Alegeus, the market leader in consumer directed healthcare (CDH) solutions. Union Bank & Trust (UBT; has selected the Alegeus (www.alegeus. com) platform to power UBT’s benefit account product offerings. In addition to supporting UBT’s existing health savings accounts (HSA), the Alegeus partnership will enable UBT to expand its portfolio to include additional account-based products – such as flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). These expanded benefit account products will deliver enhanced value to UBT’s broker and employer customers, and position UBT as a one-stop shop for all benefit account-related products and services. Account-based benefits have become a staple of employee benefit packages. The number of consumers in HSAs is now nearly 20 million and growing at a rate of more than 20 percent annually. In order to best serve this growing market’s demand, UBT recognizes the need for a specialized technology solution that extends beyond the capabilities of its core banking platform. Alegeus has a deep understanding of the HSA and benefit account landscape, the broker communities, and the dynamics of benefit adoption in order to build a go-to-market strategy that maximizes employer group sales and consumer participation.

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BBB Rewards Work That Changes the Game at 2016 Integrity Awards Luncheon Agricultural High Yield Fertility Intensives The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will be Announced by Yield Champions recognizing Omaha’s ethical businesses and remarkable students at its 21st Annual Integrity Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista Conference Center from 11:30 am –1:00 pm.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first doctor to discover and diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes and in veterans. He will share his story of coming to the U.S. as an immigrant from war-torn Nigeria and his journey to becoming the physician who revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine and safety, and the entire sports industry. The recent movie “Concussion” (starring Will Smith) details the challenges Omalu faced to ensure that the truth—and risk—of chronic brain damage was known, understood, accepted and prevented. In fact, UNL’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) and UNMC are now national leaders in concussion research and its effects on human behavior as a result of Omalu’s discovery. Dr. Omalu will be introduced by Clete Blakeman, a former Cornhusker quarter back and the honorary chairman of the event. Mr. Blakeman is a Personal Injury Attorney at Carlson & Burnett in Omaha and is also a professional referee. He served as Crew Chief at Super Bowl 50. His uniform number is 34. This event is open to the public and the entire community is invited to attend. Individual reservations, tables for 10 and sponsorships are available. To make your reservations to hear Dr. Omalu’s moving account of his “courage under fire” and his triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, go to

Dennis Nun, President of Yield Champions, has announced the scheduling of twenty soil fertility seminars across the Midwest coming up in November, December, January and February. “We’re excited to be able to bring cutting-edge fertility training to our customers and clients as well as opening up these programs to seed and fertilizer dealers, farm managers, land owners, agricultural extension specialists and other agricultural professionals. Our featured speaker for these programs will be a leading, innovative soil fertility agronomist, Cory Oberlander.” Oberlander who manages the fertility programs for over 130,000 acres in 6 states was brought to South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado by Yield Champions, last year and spoke to several hundred producers. “The response from those attending was overwhelming to bring Cory back and the demand has resulted in the 20 programs that are now scheduled,” says Nun. He adds, “With low commodity prices, crop producers are looking for responsible and intelligent ways to reduce their production costs, while at the same time increasing their yields. We’ve had many of our growers achieve 300 bushel per acre, field-average, corn yields and several exceeding 100 bushel-per-acre soybean yields. But, many growers are still trying to figure out what it takes to achieve these yield levels. That’s the purpose of these 1-day intensives.” For more information, please visit, contact via email at, or text to (402) 430-7727. OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business 9

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Kimberly Arms Shirk Releases Book: “Remote Fears & Silver Linings” September 3, 1997. Nineteen years ago a near tragedy took place in Des Moines, Iowa. While setting up for a Remote Live Television Broadcast a colleague of Kimberly Arms Shirk raised the mast of their Live truck into electrical lines grounding a path for 13,000 volts of electricity first to the colleague and then after a daring rescue attempt, coursing through the body of Kimberly.  Burned over 12% of her body and face, and against all odds, she survived to tell the story of a devastating physical journey and spiritual healing through it all. Released on September 3, 2016, REMOTE FEARS & Silver Linings is a documented television reporter’s account of the initial accident, the five years of surgery and therapy that ensued, and the hope found in the healing process. While we as a society search constantly for meaning in life, Kimberly maintains that by simply changing our perspective, one can find hope and healing in any situation. Books are available to purchase from Outskirts Press, Amazon and Kindle, and Barnes & Noble. A Lincoln, Nebraska resident, Shirk is a Senior Marketing Strategist with Talent Plus. To book a speaking engagement or purchase a signed copy of REMOTE FEARS & Silver Linings, visit www. or email • Mon-Thurs 10-8 • Fri-Sat 10-6 • Sun 12-5


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1776 Grounds Maintenance Celebrates 15th Anniversary Roger Berte, owner of 1776 Grounds Maintenance, is excited to announce that the company is celebrating 15 years in business this month! 1776 Grounds Maintenance has always been passionate about providing excellent service to its customers and taking the absolute best care of their properties.  Locally owned and operated, 1776 Grounds Maintenance serves a wide variety of commercial and residential clients in the Lincoln area. Just this year, to accommodate its growing client base, 1776 Grounds Maintenance expanded its fleet and is prepared for fall cleanup and winter snow removal ahead. The team at 1776 Grounds Maintenance extends its sincere thanks to those clients and the Lincoln community for their continued support over the past 15 years!


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Tranquility Salon & Spa is excited to introduce the Aveda Waterless salon Pedicure, their most spa luxurious pedicure yet! Indulge your mind, body and senses into this aroma journey of complete relaxation and pampering of your feet and calves!  Taking every measure of sanitation by eliminating the water tub, guests can lay reclined back on the heated massage bed and relax without ever lifting their legs!  Hot steamed towels are used for the entire process of cleansing, exfoliating, massaging and painting.  It is truly a one-of-a-kind spa experience and takes getting a pedicure to a whole new level!


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Lutz Expands With New Office in Lincoln Lutz, an accounting and business solutions firm, is proud to announce their expansion to Lincoln. Since opening their doors in Omaha in 1980, Lutz has steadily grown to become the largest locally owned firm in Nebraska. Lutz started as an accounting firm, but has grown into a business solutions firm. Lutz provides accounting services such as tax, assurance, business consulting, and outsourced accounting. Additionally, Lutz has developed multiple divisions to help current and future clients thrive in all aspects of their businesses. These additional service lines include Lutz Financial, Lutz Tech, Lutz Talent and Lutz M&A. The new Lutz office is located at 601 “P” Street, Suite 103, Lincoln, NE 68508, in the heart of Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket District. This office will complement Lutz’s existing location at 13616 California Street, Suite 300, Omaha, NE 68154. MIND WHAT MATTERS + WWW.LUTZ.US.

NeighborWorks Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for Antelope Square On August 30th, NeighborWorks Lincoln and Assurity Life Insurance Company broke ground at the site for Antelope Square, a 24 unit townhome development around 22nd and Q Street. This project is the result of a partnership between NeighborWorks Lincoln and Assurity Life Insurance Company, and has been made possible through the support of community partners including Nebraska Home Sales Realtor Russell Meyer, the City of Lincoln, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The development will consist of 24 total townhome units, and will include a mixture of Low-to-Moderate Income units, as well as units that will be sold to market rate clients. The Antelope Square Development will help to strengthen the Hawley Area and Malone neighborhood by supporting economic diversity and providing high quality and affordable housing. Construction is expected to begin soon. For more information on Antelope Square, call the NeighborWorks Lincoln office at (402) 477-7181, or look out for the occasional project updates on their Facebook page. For more information about NeighborWorks Lincoln, visit

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Ribbon Cutting Held in Honor of HBAL’s 65th Anniversary, New Logo Unveiled Celebrating their 65th anniversary in 2016, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln is building their future with a new look. To commemorate this momentous event, the HBAL logo was redesigned by the organization’s board of directors and unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on September 8th. The event took place at HBAL’s office located at 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C. Variations of the previous logo date back to the early 1960’s, which does not reflect today’s style of building. The new logo is more modern, reflects the change in times and in the industry. One thing that has remained constant in the logo design is “Experience, Ethics, Excellence.” HBAL is committed to this motto and encourages people looking for contractors to visit the organization’s website at www. to find a list of members. For more information, please contact Michaela Harrison, Executive Vice President, at (402) 423-4225.

National Awards to Recognize Restaurant Industry Icons in Diversity, Philanthropy and Leadership The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ( N R A E F ) has begun accepting nominations for its coveted 2017 national recognition awards: Restaurant Neighbor Award, Faces of Diversity Award, and Ambassador of Hospitality Award. Applications and nomination forms are available online at until October 15, 2016. The awards honor professionals who have enhanced the restaurant and foodservice industry through tireless work and remarkable leadership. The winners will be recognized at a gala awards dinner in Washington, D.C. during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in March 2017. Now in its 18th year, the Restaurant Neighbor Award, founded in partnership with American Express, honors restaurants and restaurateurs for their philanthropic efforts and dedication to their communities. Each year, a small business, a mid-size restaurant company, and a large or national chain each receive $10,000 to support a charity or community project. In partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, the Faces of Diversity Awards program honors individuals in the restaurant industry who have realized the American Dream through hard work, determination and enterprise, and now also work to help others do the same. North Lincoln 402-477-3110


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The Local Launches New Website, Opens Kitchen and Party Room There has been a lot going on at The Local recently, with several new key offerings now in place as the popular neighborhood lounge approaches its one-year anniversary next month! The Local has officially launched its new website, Here you can find plenty of information online about current specials, upcoming events, and more—make sure to check it out! With the completion of its kitchen addition, The Local has also introduced a brand new menu and daily food specials! Dine-in, takeout, and catering are all available from The Local’s menu, which can also be viewed on the new website. Finally, the party room has been reopened just in time for the holidays, which can be utilized for just about any type of festivity and can accommodate small and large groups. In conjunction with the opening of the kitchen, catering is now available for parties booked at The Local as an optional offering. Stop by The Local to enjoy a friendly atmosphere along with a great selection of domestic, import and craft beers including local brews, house and specialty cocktails, wines by the glass or bottle, and a bite to eat too. You can also visit the new website or The Local’s Facebook page to find out more!

Stacy Leners of Blur Parties a Featured Speaker at XLIVE 2016 Stacy Leners of the Nebraska-based tailgate and event production company Blur Parties is among the impressive list of featured speakers slated to present at XLIVE 2016, the world’s premiere live event production conference.


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9Round Celebrates Grand Opening of First Lincoln Location 9Round, located at 5609 S. 27th Street, Suite A1 (between CVS and Pizza Hut), opened its doors this spring. This marks the company’s first location in Lincoln and is a part of a larger expansion initiative throughout the Lincoln area over the next few years. The official grand opening celebration was held on August 6th, kicking off with a ribbon cutting facilitated by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce followed by a group workout that was completed by over 130 guests in attendance! Developed by reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises and kicking and punching on numerous types of punching bags. There are no class times, the workout changes daily to keep it new, fresh and challenging for the members and the best part is a trainer is always there to help guide the member through the workout. First time visitors always get a FREE 30-minute workout! For more information, visit or call the gym directly at (402) 420-KICK.

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Butherus, Maser & Love Promotes Awareness of Safe Driving Practices The last several years we have seen way too many accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. Butherus, Maser & Love is trying to raise awareness of the need to share the road as well as the necessity of drivers to focus on driving and of pedestrians to remain aware of their surroundings. Lighted reflectors and flashing lights are being distributed to various organizations around town for use on bicycles and/or backpacks.  It is their hope that the increased visibility will lessen the chances of future accidents.  As pictured, Duane Wunderlich, Chef and Food Manager at the F Street Community Center, accepts a supply of lights from Family Service Representative Laurie McAdams.  Duane said he was very happy to be “...serving up safety”. As a part of Lincoln Parks and Recreation, “F” Street Community Center (12th & F) is committed to creating a safe, fun, recreation-based environment where children, adults and senior citizens can come together.  They strive to provide services and programs that strengthen family unity, personal growth, health, and community awareness. Located at 4040 A Street, Butherus, Maser & Love has been an integral part of the Lincoln community since 1883 and endeavors to stay involved in the activities and events of the families they serve. To find out more about this initiative, please contact Bryan Block at (402) 488-0934. More information about Butherus, Maser & Love, located at 4040 A Street in Lincoln, can be found online at


Talon Steel Buildings Donates Structure to Branched Oak Observatory Talon Steel Buildings recently made a donation in support of the Branc hed Oak Observatory. The agricultural and commercial steel building sales and construction company donated a 12x24’ pre- engineered garage to the observatory to be used as a visitor’s center. Branched Oak Observatory is a unique star park just 25 minutes northwest of Lincoln where visitors can meet with astronomy enthusiasts and explore the night sky through a variety of telescopes. As a general contractor specializing in all- steel pre- engineered buildings, Talon Steel Buildings brings excellence and integrity to each commercial project from the initial design to the final. Talon Steel offers a wide array of quality features and optional accessories to improve functionality and enhance your building’s appearance, while standing behind the quality and integrity of every building they sell. For more information, please visit or contact Darren Kinney at (402) 937-5937/

Francisco Souto’s “A Memory in Peril” on View at Kiechel Fine Art Gallery Kiechel Fine Art Gallery, located at 1208 O Street in downtown Lincoln, is pleased to present “A Memory in Peril” – Francisco Souto: A Solo Exhibition. An opening reception was held on the evening of Friday, September 16th and the works will be on view until November 19th. “A Memory in Peril is a compilation of works in response to the current reality that is affecting my native land. These drawings are visual testimonies of the social, economic and political deterioration that is eroding Venezuela.” - Francisco Souto, 2016 Since 1986 Kiechel Fine Art ( has specialized in 20th Century American Art with a focus on artists from the Midwest. Kiechel Fine Art Gallery was recently named one of the 25 Best Galleries in America and the Best Gallery in Nebraska for 2016, as designated by the American Art Awards.

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Midwest UAV Imaging Launches New Online Sales Division: Nebraska Drone Shop A new online drone sales division of Midwest UAV Imaging—Nebraska Drone Shop—has been launc hed, offering consumer drones from companies like DJI and Yuneec.    As an authorized dealer of each brand, consumers get the brand warranty but localized friendly service and support. You can browse the selections online at  Any item purchased on the website will come with local, personalized service just a phone call away. If you want to test out or look at any drones prior to any purchase you may call Midwest UAV Imaging and set up an appointment to test out for yourself. Midwest UAV Imaging, founded by Jase Robak, offers aerial drone photography services for various industries including construction, real estate, insurance and surveying.  Midwest UAV Imaging was the first FAA compliant commercial drone business in Nebraska, and now offers the first drone-specific e-commerce store in the region.   Nebraska Drone Shop is an authorized retailer of DJI and Yuneec, selling platforms on its website, Google and Amazon.  For more information, please contact Jase at (844) 436-9828 or visit or

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Firespring Acquires Jacob North Print & Media Solutions and A to Z Printing Firespring and Midstates, Inc. of Aberdeen, SD have agreed to ter ms for Firespring to acquire Jacob North Print & Media Solutions and A to Z Printing, located in Lincoln, NE, effective October 1, 2016. Jacob North, established in 1888, was purchased by Midstates in 2013. Jacob North Print & Media Solutions has focused on commercial printing, mailing and cross- media marketing, while A to Z Printing has provided quick printing services. Customers won’t notice any major changes, as Firespring is known for its excellent customer service and all parties are confident this transition will be seamless. Firespring is one of the largest marketing communications firms in the Midwest, providing print, creative, website and IT solutions for approximately 6,000 brands, businesses and nonprofits all over the world. For more information, visit

Strictly Business Launches Magazine Flipbook Feature Online Have you ever wished you could read through the pages of Strictly Business magazine on your computer or mobile devices? Well now you can! A new flipbook feature has been added for online readers, allowing them to view the entirety of the magazine from cover to cover, page by page, with just the click of a button or swipe of a finger. The flipbook for the current issues of Strictly Business magazine, including both the Lincoln and Omaha publications, as well as a selection of past issues, can be found on our websites: (Lincoln) and (Omaha). For those who prefer the stand-alone article posts, this familiar format is still available on the websites along with the flipbook format that allows you to virtually turn the pages of the magazine, viewing it as you would if you were reading it in the office or at any number of local businesses. Check out this month’s issue online using the flipbook and enjoy immediate, convenient access to your very own virtual copy of Strictly Business!

Roper & Sons Announces October Events Each month, Roper & Sons Funeral Care provides educational seminars/events which are free and open to the public. This month’s Topic Breakfast, being held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20th, will feature Tracie Foreman with Aging Partners. Tracie’s motivational and inspirational topics, combined with her endless energy, always ensure a lively breakfast! Topic Breakfast is held on the third Thursday of each month and all are welcome to attend. For more information or to reserve your seat for an upcoming Topic Breakfast, please call (402) 476-1225 or email Also, the Grief Program is now meeting weekly from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Reception Facility. To learn more about the educational opportunities and special events offered by Roper & Sons, please visit 16

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Rogers Jewelers Celebrates Reopening of Newly Renovated Gateway Mall Store Rogers Jewelers is proud to announce its newly remodeled location in G a t e w a y Mall, which was officially completed this summer. Shoppers will be delighted with the store’s new modern design that creates an inviting atmosphere - a perfect complement to Gateway Mall’s premier destination shopping experience. The store’s design, combined with Rogers’ jewelry expertise, provides an exceptionally memorable shopping experience. Energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable materials were consciously integrated into the store’s design as well. Rogers Jewelers held its grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on August 11th.

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Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc. Successfully Closes Exchange Offer, Names New CEO Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc., a leading source of textbooks and service provider to higher education retailers across the United States, has announced the closing of its previously announced exchange offer relating to its 15.0 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2016. Under the terms of the transaction, the Company retired certain of its 15.0 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the “Existing Notes”) in exchange for new 2.0 percent Convertible Senior PIK Notes due 2026, as described in the Company’s Offering Memorandum dated March 18, 2016, as amended (the “Exchange Offer”). In addition, the Company amended its ABL credit facility to increase availability and to (1) fund privately negotiated repurchases of Existing Notes not tendered in the Exchange Offer, (2) repay in full any remaining Existing Notes and (3) pay professional fees and expenses in connection with the Exchange Offer and related transactions. The Company also announced the appointment of Rick Bunka as the Company’s president and chief executive officer. Bunka brings to Nebraska Book Company an experienced business executive and technology leader with over 30 years’ experience driving strategic change in the retail and service sectors. He has been serving the Company in a consultative capacity since June 2016 through Point North LLC, a strategic advisory services company he founded in 2013. Bunka succeeds Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Ben Riggsby, who will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors. Bunka was also elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc., more commonly known as Nebraska Book Company (NBC), began in 1915 as an independent college bookstore and is now a key resources partner to over 2,000 independent college retailers nationwide. With its strategic business services and technology offerings, including localized e-commerce capabilities, back-end system access and support as well as textbook solutions, Nebraska Book Company is devoted to supporting and strengthening independent higher education retailers across the United States. For more information about Nebraska Book Company, visit

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NorthMarq Capital’s Omaha Office Arranges $7.1M Refinance of Chantacleer Apartments John Reed, managing director of NorthMarq Capital’s Omaha-based regional office, arranged the $7.1 million refinance of Chantacleer Apartments, a 104-unit multifamily property located at 1400 Garret Lane in Lincoln, Nebraska. The transaction was structured with a 20year term and 30-year amortization schedule. NorthMarq arranged financing for the borrower through its correspondent relationship with a life insurance company.

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WISB to Host Monthly Luncheon on Oct. 12 The Women in Sales and Business (WISB) monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at The Hillcrest Country Club at 9401 O Street, Lincoln, NE. Wo m e n i n S a l e s & Business began meeting in 1987 to offer business women the opportunity to network within an intimate group. Today, the goal is to encourage and develop creative leadership in women and to promote growth through the accumulation and sharing of knowledge. WISB will be hosting a panel discussion of women’s groups from Lincoln, including Sarah Haskell, Director, Alumni Engagement and Outreach with The Nebraska Alumni Association, representing the Nebraska Women’s Leadership Network and Brett Ebert, Trust & Estate Attorney with Baylor Evnen, representing 100’s of Women Who Care. The meeting starts with lunch at 11:30 a.m. with the program following from 11:55 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cost is $18 which includes lunch. Please register online at or email wisblincoln@gmail. com to RSVP. More information can also be found on the website or by contacting WISB via email.

Dundee Venture Capital Raises $20M Fund III to Back Midwest Startups Dundee Venture Capital (, an Omaha-based seed-stage investment firm, recently announced that the firm has raised $20M for its Fund III. The capital will be deployed into seed and early-stage investments targeting e-commerce, B2B SaaS and consumer-network focused startups. Dundee Venture Capital has made over 30 investments in startups to date, including Nebraska-based Bulu Box, with a goal of actively transforming the business landscape of the Midwest through entrepreneurship. With a target capital raise of $30M, Fund III will be 65 percent larger than Dundee’s previous fund.


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Led by Mark Hasebroock, who founded and Hayneedle Inc. (now a part of Walmart), Dundee Venture Capital is dedicated to building and scaling the Midwestern tech economy. Capital from Fund III will be primarily invested in startups located in the broader Midwest region including Denver, Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City, Madison, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago.


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We’ve heard that health insurance premiums will be going up in 2017...a lot. There’s also been news about insurance company changes. Here’s an update. Three insurance companies will be offering individual / family coverage in Nebraska in 2017 – Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, and Medica. All 3 companies will offer products both on-exchange (through and offexchange (directly from the insurance company). •

Aetna is the parent company of Coventry. In 2017, policies will be offered under the Aetna brand rather than Coventry. All 2016 Coventry individual policies will end on 12/31/16. Those policies will NOT automatically renew into an Aetna plan. Policyholders need to select new coverage for 2017. Aetna recently made a decision to withdraw from “onexchange” business in many states. However, the company will continue to offer on-exchange coverage in 4 states – Nebraska, Iowa, Delaware, and Virginia. BlueCross BlueShield will also offer products both “on” and “off” the exchange. Changes have been made in the network of hospitals and doctors in the Lincoln area. BCBS has offered the SelectBlue network in the Omaha area and is now extending it to Lincoln. There will be a narrower panel of providers that participate in the network. However there is also a lower premium when you agree to stay within the SelectBlue network.

Medica was introduced in Nebraska and Iowa in 2016 and will continue in 2017. The company is also expanding into Kansas next year. Midlands Choice will remain as the network of medical providers that Medica utilizes.

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Located at 40th & Normal Blvd., HoriSun Hospice is a locally owned and operated hospice agency that provides compassionate end-of-life care with a staff dedicated to the dignity and comfort of the patients and their loved ones. Bob Bleicher, MD is the Executive Director and Medical Director at HoriSun Hospice. How did you get started in the business? - Twenty-five years ago I received a request to work for a hospice organization in Lincoln and I have been honored to be involved in the industry since. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Receiving patients early enough in the course of their illnesses to make an impact on their lives and the lives of their families. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Developing a professional staff that is considered by many to be some of the best and most experienced in the business. Tell us a little about your family. - I am married to wife Staci of 42 years. We have two children, Ben and Jeremiah, and two grandchildren. We also have two dogs and a cat. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? Becoming a physician and establishing a successful practice. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I enjoy landscaping and improving the world. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I’m like an open book. There probably isn’t anything about me that everyone doesn’t already know. What are you the most proud of? - I’m hoping that over the years, as a physician, that I have made a difference in peoples’ lives. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Live every day to its fullest because there may not be a tomorrow. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Compassionate. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - Climb Every Mountain, one of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classics from The Sound of Music. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - To be able to make wishes come true. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - Cooking. Which talent would you most like to have? - Artistic talent. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Chef. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Those that help people in need, particularly Clinic with a Heart, the Lancaster County Medical Society, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for People in Need. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. What is your favorite movie? - Blazing Saddles. What is your favorite TV show? - You may find it hard to believe, but I do not watch television. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Venue Restaurant & Lounge. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Albert Schweitzer. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Our office number at HoriSun Hospice is (402) 484-6444, or you are welcome to visit our website at



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JACOBSEN FIRE EQUIPMENT COMPANY & FIREGUARD, INC. Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company, LLC, a fixture in Lincoln with roots dating back to 1925, and FireGuard, Inc., its sister company headquartered in Omaha, are focused on the ultimate goal of keeping clients safe and protected at all times. Robert Sorensen is the President of Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company and FireGuard, Inc. Tell us a little about your business. - With the motto “One Call Does It All,” commercial clients in the area have access to a comprehensive line-up of products and services in the areas of fire protection and life safety. Our key offerings include fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler systems, and so much more. We also serve as a resource for any related products, services and inspections. FireGuard is a company I started 22 years ago. With over 50 years of experience in the industry as well as successfully running FireGuard for 22 years, a company that I started from scratch, when the opportunity for the acquisition of Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company, a well-established business in Lincoln, presented itself we took the opportunity to expand our operations. The acquisition was finalized in November of 2015. How did you get started in the business? - Back in the mid 1960’s I began by helping a friend of mine who was installing different types of fire protection systems. I was in my late teens and working for the sheriff’s department at that time as a radio dispatcher, but was considering going into the military. He hired me to assist him for 3 or 4 installations, and I quickly realized that this could be for me. Fast forward 28 years and I retired as Reserve Deputy Sheriff all while I was doing fire protection. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - I’d definitely say government regulatory requirements. This presents difficulties for any small business owner. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Surrounding myself with a great staff, which has been very rewarding indeed. I am a big believer in a strong work ethic and the right attitude. Tell us a little about your family. - I have three wonderful children; two are involved with the business and one is very successful in her own endeavors. I also have four grandchildren with whom I appreciate spending time. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I had a stroke last October from an accident in which I tore an artery in my neck! It was definitely an enlightening experience. Luckily I’ve been recovering nicely. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Hunting and fishing. I also enjoy spending time working on my log cabin in central Nebraska. I have to keep myself busy! What are you the most proud of? - The success of my business. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My father taught me years ago through his work ethic that if you are going to do something on your own, make sure all your ducks are in line and then take a shot. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - We are a big supporter of Project Harmony and local winter clothing drives. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Ronald Reagan. I am proud to be able to say I shook his hand years ago while he was in Omaha.


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MARILYN Marilyn Viehl

MADONNA REHABILITATION HOSPITAL Established in 1958, Madonna is a national leader in specialized rehabilitation programs. Marilyn Viehl, RN, BSN, MHA is the Administrator for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital’s new Omaha Campus. Tell us a little about your business. - We’re opening an exciting new hospital this month providing inpatient rehabilitation services for adults and pediatrics. Although those we serve are medically stable, they have functional and cognitive issues that need to be addressed in order for them to have a successful return to their life and their community. How did you get started in the business? - Most of my career has been outside of traditional hospital walls, including home health care, hospice, infusion and respiratory therapy. My master’s degree in health care administration was from the ambulatory care track in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, which helped me with community focus. Most recently at Bryan Medical Center, I also have many years of experience in the traditional hospital management, so I consider myself a “generalist” in administration. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - My husband and I worked for a corporation for many years that provided community living experiences for intellectually-challenged people coming out of institutions. This was in the 70s, when community integration was brand new. We had our first two babies living and working in group homes serving up to eight persons at a time. It was the hardest, best work and we loved it. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I am planning my most important achievement professionally to be with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus! It won’t be a “personal achievement” because so many persons have worked this dream for five years to make it reality, but it is a huge honor to be in a leadership role with this cutting-edge and caring team. Tell us a little about your family. - I have four children and eight grandchildren. My husband and I just celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary. We raised our kids in Wisconsin but moved to Nebraska almost 20 years ago and have enjoyed it here very much. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - My husband works in the teaching ministry. He was invited to go to Haiti on a mission trip and we were forever changed. Warren was able to go many times to teach at a seminary there, I was able to do some health work and two of our children went to teach and help build a clinic. We made some lasting friendships and are so grateful for the time we had there. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Anything outside! Gardening, hiking, a ball game or going to one of Nebraska’s fabulous parks. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - The law, especially economics and health care policy. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - We volunteer at City Impact during the holidays; I love the caring attitude and the emphasis on dignity. We also support the Wachiska chapter of the Audobon society; I’d love to learn/do more with them whenever we retire. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I’d encourage everyone to check out the website The Lincoln switchboard number is (402) 413-3000, our Omaha Campus can be reached directly at (402) 401-3100, and there is a great video that will tell you more about the fantastic hospital services coming to Omaha.

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OAK ELECTRIC, INC. Oak Electric, Inc. is a locally owned, full service electrical contractor. Matt Collins is the Foreman at Oak Electric.

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Tell us a little about your business? - Our company performs work on residential, commercial, and industrial projects. We are currently in the process of putting together a team of individuals who care about precision and craftsmanship and who can represent Oak Electric’s core values. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Competition. Some customers will call around looking for the lowest-priced electrician and that is not Oak Electric. We believe you get what you pay for. We will take a little extra time to ensure our craftsmanship is on par with our customer expectations and we refuse to use the cheapest products and lighting. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - They say that a referral is the best compliment and it truly is. Having a customer share my name or call me back for continued service work is very rewarding.

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Tell us a little about your family. - My wife, Crystal, and I are blessed with 2 extremely active boys ages 10 and 16. Between music lessons, marching band, and football practices we still manage to find time to enjoy a day at the lake with our ski boat. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - That’s easy! Meeting my wife! My life had little direction before I met her and now my family is the most important thing to me. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My dad used to say to me, “If you are going to do a job half-a**ed (or halfway) then don’t bother doing it at all!” If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Honest. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - That’s a tough one, but I would have to say to be cloned or some other way to have two of me. I have a tendency to always say “yes, I can do this or that” and I find myself running out of hours in the day to get everything done and sometimes stretch myself too thin. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. One of our boys was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when he was only 4 years old. Since that day our lives were forever changed. For many years, we have participated in fundraisers and their annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Lincoln has so many great options, but I will have to go with Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. Not only do they have a great menu, but I have always been impressed by the teamwork of their entire staff. Plus, they are also big supporters of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. What is your favorite movie? - I don’t necessarily have a favorite movie, but any good action movie that can keep me entertained for two hours is alright by me. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I am available by phone at (402) 440-5969 – call or text. Or visit our website at


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DAVE Dave Conde

KRUEGER DEVELOPMENT Krueger Development builds and manages commercial and residential real estate, predominantly in south Lincoln. Dave Conde is the Director of Property Management for Krueger Development. Tell us a little about your role with the company. - I oversee the property management operations. This includes our commercial properties, of which we have retail, office and warehouse as well as our residential apartment communities. We manage some of the most preferred commercial space as well as the most desirable places to live. How did you get started in the business? - My career in property management started 21 years ago in my home town of Baltimore, MD. I went to work for a large REIT in 1995 and knew immediately that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have a passion for this industry and love what I do. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - There are so many but one of them was certainly with Krueger Development. I was hired in 2014 primarily to manage our commercial portfolio. Despite all of my experience in residential property management, I had very limited experience on the commercial side. Fortunately for me, I have had the opportunity to work under Rick Krueger who has taught me a great deal about this business. It has certainly been challenging but also very rewarding to take on this role and I have come to appreciate commercial real estate every bit as much as I do the residential side. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I have won numerous awards, and each time I was proud and honored to have done so. However, I am most proud of those I have been able to mentor. I feel good knowing that I helped guide their careers through my belief in training and education. Tell us a little about your family. - I live in Clatonia, NE with my beautiful wife, Valerie, and we have three daughters ages 21, 17 and 3. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? The decision to move to Nebraska in 2010 was huge. I’ve met so many amazing people and had so many wonderful experiences, which never would have happened had I stayed in Maryland. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Professionally, the advice was “When in doubt, teach.” This has served me very well. I never stop learning and I never stop teaching. It is the foundation by which I have based my entire career. I continue to serve on the board of directors for the Apartment Association of Nebraska and I chair the Lincoln Education Committee so that I can remain focused on learning and teaching. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - My Way by Frank Sinatra. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I have always said that there is only one thing that has prevented me from pursuing a career as an NFL player. Unfortunately, that “one thing” is talent. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - My wife and I recently founded a charitable organization called A Warmer Day. Our mission is to provide coats to needy children and families. If you would like to learn more about A Warmer Day, please visit www. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @awarmerday. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Office: (402) 423-4495; Email:; Text: (402) 804-2020; Web:

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Last Month: Yowie’s Lodge Yowie’s Lodge offers a scratch-based menu that’s got fantastic range with a unique take on all of the classic lunc h fare. Choose from salads and soups, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and seafood, or the popular Lodge Special that changes daily. While Yowie’s Lodge is definitely a recommended stop for lunch, it’s one that’s wellsuited for just about any occasion: dinner, drinks, and definitely on a Husker game day! If you missed our last Friends4Lunch, we challenge you to get your friends together to check out Yowie’s Lodge and plan your own similar activity or event, or we encourage you to come to ours next month!

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BUSINESSES FOR SALE Family Owned Specialty Sporting Goods Store: Asking Price: $75,000 | Gross Income: $89,000 Cash Flow: $10,500| EBITDA: N/A | FF&E: $17,000| Inventory: $25,000 Real Estate: N/A | Established: N/A | Employees: Owner Operated

Business Description: This specialty store located in Lincoln, Nebraska is the perfect business for anyone with a passion for this particular sport. This business has a huge growth potential for an owner that wants to devote a full time effort to expanding the business.

80% Remodeled Motel in York County Nebraska: Asking Price: $499,000 | Gross Income: $175,678 Cash Flow: $61,487 | EBITDA: N/A | FF&E: $216,960 | Inventory: $20,000 Real Estate: $190,600 | Established: 1955 | Employees: Owner Operated

Business Description: This is a great business for those looking to move to York, Nebraska or for a Motel owner looking to expand their business. This motel’s business is long term and it is setup for long term stays with most of the rooms being suites with kitchenettes. The motel comes with a large apartment conversion for the owner or manager to live in with 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and 2 restrooms. 26

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Next Month: Cowboy Chicken For over 30 years, Cowboy Chicken has been cooking all-natural c hicken over a wood-bur ning fire. Today, guests enjoy the same delicious, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, along with seventeen homemade sides. Treat yourself to a change of scenery and a chance to connect together outside of the office while enjoying amazing company and cuisine! Leave inspired....and full! To join us for lunch at Cowboy Chicken on October 11th, please RSVP to or give us a call at (402) 466-3330.

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


Benefit Professionals, Inc. Welcomes Candace Chapman Benefit Professionals, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Candace Chapman as an Account Manager. Chapman comes to Benefit Professionals with 10 years of insurance experience.  She will be responsible for providing account management and client relations. Chapman graduated from Western Iowa Tech with a major in Marketing.

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Established in 1989, Benefit Professionals is a group benefits’ brokerage firm located in La Vista. They work with clients in Nebraska and Iowa finding solutions to meet their individual needs when it comes to employee benefits.  Benefit Professionals can be contacted at (402) 592-7777.

CASA for Lancaster County Welcomes New Development Director Kristen Anderson CASA for Lancaster County is pleased to announce the hiring of its first Development Director. Kristen Anderson has joined the CASA staff and will be working to increase the financial support necessary to grow the program and serve more children. Kristen brings her experience working with non-profit trade associations to CASA as well as her knowledge of the agency. Kristen became a CASA volunteer advocate in May, 2015 and just completed her first case. Kristen received her BA in Political Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and is involved in RISE Lincoln as well as multiple community groups in Lincoln. If you’d like to learn more about the various ways to support CASA for Lancaster County, you can reach Kristen Anderson at (402) 474-5161 or CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Lancaster County is a local not-for-profit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, truant and ungovernable youth in Juvenile Court. For more information, please visit

Frontier Bank Welcomes Tezra Greder Frontier Bank is pleased to announce that Tezra Greder, VP Residential Lending, has joined its expanding Lincoln team. Greder will assist clients with all their mortgage needs through a full suite of products including conventional fixed rate mortgages, adjustable rate mortgages, jumbo mortgages, VA and FHA mortgages and construction and lot financing. Greder brings more than a decade of professional experience to the position, including time spent as director of client relations for a local wealth management company. Tezra can be reached at (402) 434-2510 or at Frontier Bank is a provider of full-service banking solutions, serving the Lincoln community from its location at 84th & GlynOaks Drive with a second location opening this fall at Meridian Park, 70th & O Streets. With affiliates across Nebraska, Frontier Bank manages over $900 million in customer assets. For more information on Frontier Bank, please visit or call (402) 434-2525.

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Deb Maguire of HoriSun Hospice Receives Alzheimer’s and Dementia Certifications HoriSun Hospice is pleased to announce that Deb Maguire, LPN has received her certification to become an Alzheimer’s Dementia and Disease Trainer as well as become a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Maguire underwent training through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. This training emphasizes education of caregivers and healthcare professionals so that they may better understand the challenges of caring for those with dementia. Additionally, Maguire has over 20 years of experience in working with elders and dementia. HoriSun Hospice is delighted to offer this education at no cost to anyone or group interested in learning more about dementia. You may call (402) 484-6444 or visit and go to the Speakers and Education tab to request this training.

The Body Shoppe Welcomes Sarah Bryant The Body Shoppe is excited to welcome Sarah Bryant, the newest massage therapist, to its growing team of professionals. Sarah is a graduate of the Myotherapy Institute located in Lincoln, NE. In addition to her training in massage therapy, Sarah is a licensed practical nurse. She has spent her entire professional career dedicated to the wellbeing of others-it was her love of nursing that led to an advocated interest in massage therapy and the many benefits it has to offer. A Lincoln native, Sarah is a graduate of Southeast High School and Southeast Community College. With balance of the mind, body and spirit as the ultimate goal, The Body Shoppe offers a wide variety of massage techniques that promote relaxation and healing. The Body Shoppe is now centrally located at 4740 A Street, Suite 200 on the lower level of the Lincoln Surgical Doctors Office building and is open seven days a week by appointment only. For more information, visit

Kelly Stenka Named New Marketing Specialist for Legacy Retirement Communities Lori Fischer

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Kelly Stenka has recently been chosen as the Marketing Specialist for Legacy Retirement Communities ( Stenka grew up in Weston, NE and studied Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She comes to the position with a background in working with retirement communities and their advertising campaigns, including her latest role as Advertising & Event Sales Consultant for the Lincoln Journal Star. According to Human Resources Director Jenny Gall, “Kelly’s experience in advertising, marketing and design fits in nicely with the future direction of Legacy Retirement Communities. With Kelly’s expertise in the field, she will bring our communication and brand to a new level for our employees and residents, as well as a higher level of connection with the community.” Stenka and her husband, Anthony, have one son and two daughters and enjoy rediscovering life through the eyes of their children.


Nebraska Data Centers Names Mike Friend Director of Nebraska Colocation Centers Nebraska Data Centers, LLC is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Mike Friend as Director, Nebraska Colocation Centers. Friend’s IT background, and talent for assisting his clients in developing strategic technology advantages, will benefit  Nebraska Data Centers’ current and prospective customers. Friend will be responsible for extending the market presence of Nebraska Colocation Centers, a division of Nebraska Data Centers. Since serving 8 years in public service, six as a Nebraska State Senator, Friend has held several IT services related positions, ranging from technical documentation to business development for colocation and managed services. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Creighton University. As the owner of two distinct data center facilities and the only carrier hotel in Nebraska, Nebraska Data Centers provides customers with affordable, secure and reliable facilities to host computer network infrastructure. The presence of over 40 carriers offers connectivity and bandwidth options unmatched by any other facility in the region. Nebraska Data Centers serves customers of all sizes and industries that manage local, regional, national and international networks. To find out if colocation is right for your business or organization, or to schedule a tour of one of the facilities, call (402) 342-2656 or email

New Members Elected to Board of Regents at Concordia University

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Concordia University, Nebraska (cune. edu) welcomed Timothy Hu and Rev. James Woelmer as new members of the Board of Regents and began new terms for three existing members of the Board as of Sept. 1, 2016. Hu was elected in July at the LCMS national convention. Woelmer was appointed to the Board by the Praesidium (the president and six regional vice presidents) of the LCMS. Timothy Hu is an accomplished Electrical Engineer from Cheyenne, Wyoming. As a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Laramie, Wyoming, Hu currently serves as the congregational President and Head Deacon. Hu was elected as a Regent during the 66th Regular Convention of the LCMS in July. He replaces Tim Moll who completed his service to the board in August.

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Rev. James Woelmer, Senior Administrative Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas, earned his Master of Science in Family Life from Concordia Nebraska in Rev. James Woelmer 1999. In addition to his work as Pastor, Woelmer is an advocate for Lutheran education and has published an article in the Classical Lutheran Education Journal. Two Board of Regents members were reelected in June 2016 by the delegates of the Nebraska District Convention to continue their service on Concordia’s Board of Regents until August 31, 2019: Rev. Keith Grimm from Andover, Minnesota; Rob Cooksey from Omaha, Nebraska and Jill Johnson from Seward, NE.

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PERSONNEL NEWS HOME Real Estate Welcomes Associates HOME Real Estate would like to welcome the following REALTORS to the company: Dominic Milioto, Tanner Briggs, Erika Bartels, Brandy Trook, and Amanda Fischer. The company also welcomes back Andie Young. These agents can now offer their clients the service, strength and stability that HOME Real Estate is known for. Dominic Milioto Tanner Briggs All HOME agents have undergone licensing through the Nebraska Real Estate Commission, as well as completing an additional training program offered by HOME Real Estate.

Erika Bartels

Brandy Trook

Amanda Fischer

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HOME Real Estate, an affiliate of HomeServices of America, is the area’s leading real estate company serving the Lincoln, Seward, and surrounding areas. The company’s agents are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in all stages of the building, buying, and selling process, including real estate, mortgage, title, and insurance. For more information about HOME Real Estate, visit


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PERSONNEL NEWS Dr. Aaron Braun Joins Advanced Medical Imaging The Physicians of Radiology Associates, PC and Advanced Medical Imaging are pleased to welcome Aaron Braun, M.D. in the practice of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Dr. Braun, originally from Nebraska, completed his fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology from Medical College of Wisconsin in 2013. He completed his residency in 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow Neuro Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., and completed his transitional internship in 2008 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Braun is board certified in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. His professional affiliations include the Society of Interventional Radiology, Radiology Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society and American College of Radiology. Dr. Braun’s special interests include clinical interventional radiology, aortic and peripheral arterial disease, and advancing medicine through image guided minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Braun enjoys hiking, Husker football and home improvement projects. He and his wife, Cassy, have three young children. Advanced Medical Imaging, located at 7601 Pioneers Blvd., is a full service Outpatient Radiology Imaging Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Advanced Medical Imaging, please call (402) 484-6677 or visit

WHERE HOME IS... Stepping Stones for Families Welcomes New Counselor Shannon Miller The Stepping Stones for Families (SSF) Program has announced the hiring of Shannon Miller as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Shannon will conduct alcohol and drug evaluations and provide outpatient counseling and treatment services, including interim services for those waiting for a higher level of care. Shannon received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University.  Shannon is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling through Bellevue University.  Shannon has 10 years of experience as a substance abuse counselor and 14 years of experience in the Human Service field. Stepping Stones for Families is a licensed Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center.  For individuals without insurance, fees are assessed on a sliding fee scale.  All individuals are welcome and pregnant women and/or IV drug users are given priority admission.  Stepping Stones for Families advocates for families by connecting them with resources, meeting basic needs and offering support and services for those struggling with substance abuse. Stepping Stones is a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, 4600 Valley Road, Lincoln.  To schedule an appointment, call (402) 327-6822.  To find out more about Stepping Stones, visit the website at

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PERSONNEL NEWS Two Men And A Truck® Promotes Frank Bauer Woods Bros Realty Welcomes Associates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, a home and business moving company, is pleased to announce the promotion of David Francis “Frank” Bauer of Lincoln, NE. Frank has been with the Lincoln team for 2 years. He was promoted to Crew Leader about a year ago. As Crew Leader he has been the role model for the other team members to follow. Recently Frank was promoted to Trainer. The criteria for Trainer is someone who is reliable and a team player, who shows natural leadership qualities, and who cares as much about his coworkers’ success as his own. As Trainer his job is to ensure the new hires feel comfortable in moving furniture before they go on the truck; that they know the rules of the road, how to move safely and most importantly, how to ensure customer satisfaction. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are more than 280 national locations and 1,800 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates 311 locations and 1,900 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than five million moves since its inception in 1985. Each location is independently owned and operated. For franchising opportunities, visit www. For more information, call the Lincoln TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at (402) 466-4669 or visit

Wo o d s B r o s Realty would like to welcome Erin Nelson to the Lincolnshire Square office and Rob Johnson, and Sandy Van Pelt to the Wilderness Hills office. These professionals Erin Nelson have undergone extensive training and are well-qualified to help their clients in every aspect of real estate, including the latest in electronic document management and the finest technology tools in the area.

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Woods Bros Realty is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. The full-service company offers 127 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an Sandy Van Pelt easier way to buy and sell, over 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Brad Meyer Achieves Board Certification in Medical Practice Management Brad L. Meyer, CMPE, Chief Executive Officer of People’s Health Center (www., has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) by the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification entity of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The designation of CMPE demonstrates that Meyer has achieved board certification in medical practice management. Through industry-leading board certification and Fellowship programs, ACMPE certifies an individual’s professional competence when s/he passes rigorous essay and objective examinations that assess knowledge of the broad scope of medical practice management skills sets as outlined in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management. These include business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management. The individual must also earn a minimum of 50 continuing education credit hours. Today, MGMA membership is comprised of more than 6,600 individuals who have attained CMPE or ACMPE Fellow status or who seek certification. Before becoming the CEO of People’s Health Center in 2014, Mr. Meyer served the healthcare community for 18 years as a Firefighter/ Paramedic, Clinic Director, and Public Health Administrator.  He has a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree and has recently started his MBA program at Bellevue University.

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PERSONNEL NEWS West Gate Bank® Promotes Four The West Gate Bank® (www.westgatebank. com) Board of Directors has elected Jennifer Szwanek to Vice President and Manager of Commercial Loan Operations; Brett Sundberg to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer; Kirby Reardon to Loan Officer, Commercial Lending; and Taylor Price to Loan Officer, Commercial Lending and Residential Construction Lending.





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Angie Sullivan Named International Vice President of IAIP Angie Sullivan, AIC, CIIP, an insurance underwriter in Lincoln, NE was recently installed as International Vice President for the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP) at their annual convention held this year in Richmond, VA. Angie is currently employed at State Farm Insurance where she has worked for 24 years in various departments and capacities of the insurance industry. Angie stated that her employment opportunities and affiliation with IAIP has developed her both professionally and personally. Angie has been a member of IAIP and her local association the Insurance Professionals of Lincoln, Inc. for over 17 years. Angie has held every leadership position within her local Association.  Angie was a Council Director in Nebraska for two consecutive terms and the Regional Vice President for the states of  NE, KS, CO, WY, NM from 2013-2015 before being elected as IAIP 2015-2016 International Secretary. The International Association of Insurance Professionals (www. was officially organized in 1940 and is an association of insurance professionals dedicated to the development of leaders in the insurance industry.  The international organization has 225 local Associations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The Association is best known for providing insurance education, skills enhancement, and leadership development to its members. 34 Strictly Business OCTOBER 2016

Jennifer Szwanek began her West Gate Bank® career in April of 2012 as Loan Operations Manager. In her new role as Vice President and Manager of Commercial Loan Operations, she will continue to manage team members in addition to facilitating procedural and policy changes. Szwanek brings over 20 years of banking experience to this role and is skilled in coaching, team building as well as conducting audits of systems and processes. She can be reached at (402) 323-6518 or jszwanek@westgatebank. com. Brett Sundberg began his career at West Gate Bank® in May of 2011 as a Credit Analyst. In spring of 2013, Sundberg transitioned into the residential construction department as the industry shifted and demand increased, and was promoted to Loan Officer in 2014. Sundberg will continue to specialize in originating and servicing residential construction loans for West Gate Bank®; continuing the bank’s role as a leading provider in this segment. He can be reached at (402) 323-8968 or

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9th Annual Golfing For A Reason Tournament a Huge Success The 9th annual Golfing For A Reason Tournament to benefit the Aiding Angels Foundation held on August 27th was well attended (144 golfers), propelling the organization’s fundraising efforts to secure FREE cleaning services for individuals going through cancer treatment. The event raised close to $14,000, which will enable Aiding Angels to provide services to many in the community during a very difficult season of their lives. Aiding Angels applauds the efforts of so many for such a worthy cause, with a huge thank you extended to everyone who contributed their donations and time. A special thank you to the following event sponsors:  Saving Seniors Money-Jim Schueth, Premier CompaniesTom Schueth, DuTeau Chevrolet, Bushwood Bunch, Dr. Annette Cserna DDS, Star Digital Print, MaidEasy Software, Southeast Nebraska Hematology & Oncology, Infinity Promotions, O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer, Schultz PC LLO Law Firm and Maid To Please Inc.  Again, thank you to everyone for being a part of the golf tournament and helping Aiding Angels with their mission of providing assistance to cancer heroes in our community. Make sure to mark your calendars for the 10th annual Golfing For A Reason Tournament, which is already scheduled for August 26, 2017 at the Highlands Golf Course. For more information, please visit or contact Brenda at (402) 434-2472 or by email at

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Theatre Arts For Kids Proud Supporter of 6th Annual Run To Overcome In an effort to reach local youth most in need of our help, Theatre Arts for Kids hopes you will join in the Run to Overcome and make a difference! The 6th Annual Run to Overcome event presented by Project 4:7 will be held on Sunday, October 30th at Lincoln Southwest High School. The kids’ 1-mile fun run is set to start at noon followed by a 5k run at 1:00 p.m. Participants will come together to focus on the importance of mental health treatment, raise awareness, help erase the stigma, and support those who have loved and lost.  All proceeds from Run to Overcome will go towards helping people in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. Theatre Arts For Kids works with hundreds of children each year through musical theatre programs.  The benefits of theatre are far more than face value--improved mental health is one of many.  Theatre Arts For Kids is honored to be a sponsor of Project 4:7’s Run to Overcome, in strong support of the organization’s mission to help provide financial assistance for mental health care to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it as well as bringing awareness of difficult subjects like suicide into the open as a preventative measure. To find out more about Theatre Arts For Kids, please visit or contact Leah Kolar at (608) 322-4549/

Community Health Charities Announces New State Board of Directors Members Several area business and community leaders were named to the Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) State Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting on August 25. Teresa Layton, Great Western Bank, was elected Board Chair Elect. Other Officers include: Craig Sall, First National Wealth Management, Chair of the Board; Clarence Nichols, United Republic Bank, Immediate Past Board Chair; Erica Hinrichs, ACI Worldwide, Secretary; and Ralph Davoli, Hancock & Dana, PC, Treasurer. Additionally, Mike Wade, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company, was elected to the Executive Committee. Other Executive Committee Members include: Sharon Brodkey, iLuicom; Michael Demman, SimplyWell LLC; David Gilinsky, Bergman Incentives; Larry Guenther, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.; Stanley Kathol, Omaha Airport Authority; Thomas Macy, Nebraska Medicine; Deenie Meyerson, Community Representative; Amber Preston, Baird Holm LLP; and Loren Steenson, Community Representative. The following individuals were also elected onto the State Board: Vicki Anzalone, Nelnet, American Diabetes Association of Nebraska representative; Homer Fouquier, Jr., Prudential Financial Services, March of Dimes, Nebraska & Western Iowa Market representative; J. Erin Hunt, HDR, at large; Stephen Jackson, Douglas County Health Department, Susan G. Komen Nebraska representative; Rondi Kinney, Community Representative, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska Representative; Heather Kudron, Wells Fargo Bank, at large; Tom Neal, Nebraska Organ Recovery, Nebraska Kidney Association Representative; Mark Neilsen, Valmont Industries, Inc., Nebraska AIDS Project Representative; Paul Petera, TD Ameritrade, at large; and Chris Tooker, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., Arthritis Foundation, Heartland Region, Nebraska Representative. Community Health Charities of Nebraska is a fundraising federation of 19 premier non-profit health charities raising charitable contributions primarily through annual corporate employee giving campaigns. For more information about CHC-NE and the work of its member charities, go to and or call (800) 990-2423.

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Nebraska Hearing Center Sponsors Child Advocacy Center Monster Dash To benefit the Child A d v o c a c y C e n t e r, N eb ra s k a H e a r i n g Center hopes you will join them and DASH to make a difference! The Monster Dash will be held on October 29th at Roca Berry Farm in Roca, NE. This is a 5K/1 mile Halloween fun run through the fall countryside. Race awards will be given to the top three female and top three male finishers of the 5K run, and to the top four children finishers of the 1-mile run. Prizes for costumes will also be announced.  Awards for costume include scary, fun, or whimsical!   Awards will be given to the best adult and child Halloween costumes. Registration is available online at Nebraska Hearing Center is conveniently located at 5625 O Street, Suite 104. It is locally owned by Audiologist Leslie Frank and has been helping Lincoln hear better for over 40 years. Call (402) 4863737 for your free hearing evaluation today.  You may also visit the website for more information about Nebraska Hearing Center at

Huskers Helping the Homeless a Success for 20th Year Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach ( teamed up with over 600 volunteers for the 20thAnnual “Huskers Helping the Homeless” the weekend of September 17th. Local businesses and individuals showed their support by serving as sponsors for the event.  All funds raised support hunger relief and homeless prevention services 365 days a year. “The fundraising efforts of our local businesses, volunteers, and generous community members for our annual Huskers Helping the Homeless event have been amazing,” said Susanne Blue, Executive Director.  “In addition to the funds raised, the positive community spirit that comes from so many students, families, and people of all ages working together to make this event so successful is inspiring.  We are grateful.”


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HUSKER Sponsors: Greg & Darla Ernst; Lincoln Journal Star; Lincoln Mattress & Furniture Company; Mainelli Wagner & Associates; and MBA Apartments. BLACKSHIRT Sponsors: Aspen Builders; Latsch’s Inc.; Legacy Retirement Communities; Molex Inc.; Tracy’s Body Shop; and Tuttle, Inc.  GO BIG RED Sponsors: Custom Machine & Design, Inc.; Durst Motors; Firespring; HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros. Realty; Keller Williams Realty – Deb Fisbeck, John Janovy and Mike Kistler; The Railyard; REALTORS® Association of Lincoln; Rochester Armored Car; and Union Bank & Trust.  BIG TEN Sponsors: AlarmLink USA; Austin Crop Insurance; B&R Stores; Casey’s General Store; Cornhusker Winnelson; Rick & De Costello; Happy, Cornhusker & Safeway Cab Companies; Johnson Controls; Lincoln Industries; Maize Popcorn Company; NECO Security; Olsson Associates; Recycling Enterprises; Runza®  Restaurants; Sinclair Hille Architects; SolutionOne; Sun Tan City; Willnerd & Associates, LLC; Sean & Tracy Kenney; and Steve Wolf Designs.

NON-PROFIT NEWS Lincoln Helps CEDARS Give Kids Backpacks, Dignity Just in time for Lincoln students to return from summer vacation, local businesses collected and donated new school supplies to children their families who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Every day, CEDARS supports over 1,000 children and youth in such situations. For many of the children and youth served at CEDARS, a great number of other family needs take priority over acquiring school supplies when the time comes each year. This year, the first day of school felt different for 350 children and youth supported by the CEDARS team as they proudly entered their classrooms with new backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. Generous sponsors and donors that made these gifts possible include Raising Cane’s, Max Tan, Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis Club and Sunrise Kiwanis Club, Mosier/Timperley Chiropractic, Random Act of Kindness, Inspro Insurance, and numerous individuals. Anyone interested in becoming a CEDARS community partner and helping kids in crisis is encouraged to visit for CEDARS current Wish List or to make a secure, tax deductible donation. Donations by check or money order may be sent to CEDARS Home for Children Foundation, 6601 Pioneers Blvd. Ste 2, Lincoln, NE, 68506. Questions may be directed to Tracy at (402) 437-8820. Supporters are also encouraged to follow CEDARS efforts on Facebook ( and Twitter (www.twitter. com/cedarskids).

Northeast Sertoma Elects New Officers Jim Becker, co-owner of JC Company, is Northeast Sertoma Club’s 2016-2017 president. Joining him in the club’s officer group are Harry Wimer, board chair, Donna Magwire, president elect, Suzanne Frasier, secretary and Lee Bring, treasurer. Jim thanked outgoing president Harry Wimer and board chair Sharon Cunning for leading the club’s efforts to raise significant funds through concessions at the L to R: Jim Becker, Suzanne Pinnacle Bank Arena. All of this Frasier, Harry Wimer, Donna money goes right back into the Magwire, Lee Bring community through grants to worthy non-profit organizations. “As incoming president, I will be asking the club to consider developing a special project to which a significant portion of our earnings will be dedicated.” LINCOLN NORTHEAST SERTOMA CLUB celebrates its 47th year of improving the quality of life for those impacted by hearing loss and supporting worthy human need causes. Members’ concession work has raised, and donated $247,000 since 2000. The Club meets weekly from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Thursdays at the HyVee community room, 5010 “O” Street. Program speakers are public/private sector leaders making a difference in our community. Guests are welcome. For more information call/email club president Jim Becker, (402) 467-5137 /, or visit www.

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Did you know that 53,377 new b u s i n e s s e s   we r e s t a r t e d   i n 2015 with the assistance of SCORE mentors? Business success is SCORE’S top priority! Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth, and SCORE is America’s premier source of free, confidential business advice. Most SCORE mentors have owned and operated their own companies or served in management positions. They understand business challenges because they’ve faced them too. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community. Would you like to assist someone who is considering starting their own business? Do you have experience in business (e.g. leadership, marketing, technology, etc.) and are willing to share your business experience with others? Would you consider sharing your time as a volunteer to encourage small business development? Please give back to the community and join the Lincoln SCORE volunteer team. You can make a difference in the success of a new business and HELP MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE! Take the next step in becoming a volunteer SCORE business mentor. Please  visit, email infolincoln@scorevolunteer. org or call (402) 437-2409 to learn more about Lincoln SCORE.

NON-PROFIT NEWS Nebraska Alumni Association Welcomes New Alumni Leaders Summertime brought a raft of new appointments to the Nebraska Alumni Association’s board of directors and advisory council. These positions are crucial for providing leadership and policy governance for the association. Joining the seven-member executive board of directors are Duane Kristensen and Douglas Law. Kristensen graduated in 1978 with a bachelor of science in agriculture. He is VP of operations and general manager for Chief Ethanol Fuels based in Hastings. Law earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1983. He is a senior attorney with Black Hills Corp. in Papillion. In addition, eighteen new members joined the alumni advisory council. Members are ambassadors for UNL in their respective communities. Advisory council members represent all UNL colleges and a wide range of class years, geographic communities and business profession. For more information about the Nebraska Alumni Association, visit or contact Hilary Winter, Nebraska Alumni Association at (402) 472-8914 or

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Safe Quarters Save Lives on October 9 Please open your doors and your pockets on Sunday, October 9th to Friendship Home’s Safe Quarters volunteers. With the goal of knocking on the door of every household in Lincoln, these dedicated volunteers will be armed with collection buckets and information about the devastating impact domestic violence has on its victims and on the community. Safe Quarters is Friendship Home’s largest fundraiser, the goal being to collect $100,000 this year. Funds collected provide a safe, confidential home, crisis services and ongoing support for survivors and their children. When you open your door on October 9th, you ensure Friendship Home’s doors remain open to families escaping domestic violence. Your gift, big or small, will help save and change lives. Please give generously. To access Friendship Home’s services, call the 24-hour helpline: (402) 437-9302.

Nearly 300 Youth Benefit From On-Site Therapy at School in 2015-16 Provided by Child Guidance Center Child Guidance Center is providing Sc hool Based Therapy services to youth in 13 Lincoln Public School sites this ye a r : C l i n t o n Elementary School, Dawes Middle School, Elliott Elementary School, Everett Elementary School, Goodrich Middle School, Hartley Elementary School, McPhee Elementary School, Mickle Middle School, Northeast High School, North Star High School, Park Middle School, Pershing Elementary School, and Prescott Elementary School. The School Based Therapy Program is funded in part through support from the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. In addition, Child Guidance Center provides Therapeutic Consultation services within Don Sherrill Education Center and Nuernberger Education Center and these services are provided through Region V funding. “During the last school year, we served 299 children and youth through these programs. For more information about how to access these services in one of the schools we offer services, please contact the school social worker or administrator at that site,” shared Wendi Anderson, Director of Outpatient Services. Since 1949, Child Guidance Center has been meeting the mental health needs of children and their families in the Lincoln area and surrounding communities through effective and flexible therapeutic partnerships and a commitment to advocacy and positive social change. For more information about Child Guidance Center, please go to or call (402) 475-7666.

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The Lincoln South Rotary Club Foundation has awarded $1000 to Mourning Hope.

Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School recently celebrated the completion of its Science Renovation Project. The remodeling of two different areas in the building was completed before the first day of school. A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was held on August 19th.

Mourning Hope companions grieving children, teens, young adults and their families when someone significant in their lives has a serious illness or has died. The local organization provides support groups, community education, grief resources and referrals.

Pictured is Lincoln South Rotary Club President 2015-16 Clay Ehlers presenting the $1000 to Pam Fuhr Dinneen.

“Our new classroom and lab facilities are an amazing demonstration of our Lincoln Lutheran family. Their contributions are allowing the next generation of scientists to learn in a state of the art setting. Along with the new construction students are experiencing the latest technology and probeware available for students,� said Dr. Chris Deeter, Lincoln Lutheran Science Teacher.

Lincoln South Rotary is a Service Organization that supports a variety of activities. Recently the club and its members provided support to Windsong Equitherapy, Madonna Angel Dog Program, and Dictionary Program (for all 4th Grade Students).

Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School includes 6th through 12th grades. At the beginning of the new 2016-17 school year, enrollment reflected more than a 10% increase in number of students, with a record number of 6th graders (68).

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Grants from the Lincoln South Rotary Club Foundation are selected for programs that focus on children or education. Specifically these grant funds will be used to support the Camp Erin program.

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NON-PROFIT NEWS 23rd Annual Okto Beerfest to Benefit Nebraska State Stroke Association Join the Lincoln Sertoma Clubs and the Nebraska State Stroke Association for the 23rd Annual edition of the Okto Beerfest on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Lancaster Event Center. This is the first year the event will be held on a Friday!   At this popular fundraising event, attendees will be able to sample over 200 kinds of beer, different varieties of wine, and a wonderful selection of food.  VIP hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with the general admission from 6:30-9:30 p.m.   This year’s event brings in a wealth of vendors promoting new businesses in Lincoln as well as some of our local favorites.  Make a difference in Stroke Awareness--support the Lincoln Sertoma Clubs and the Nebraska State Stroke Association to heighten stroke education for all ages!  Prost! For more information, please visit or contact Marcia Matthies at (402) 499-4209 or matthies.  You can also visit the NSSA website at www.

NICF Distributes $10,400 in UPS Scholarships The Nebraska Independent College Foundation (NICF) has distributed $10,400 in UPS Scholarships to low-income students at private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC; in Washington, DC. Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year, which will be distributed through state-based private college associations around the country. Colleges in Nebraska that received UPS Scholarships this year from NICF include Bellevue University, Hastings College, Union College, and York College.

Public Awareness Campaign Comes to Nebraska With Goal of Saving Babies A new partnership has the potential to save hundreds of babies in Nebraska. The Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPQIC) is joining forces with Count the Kicks, a public awareness campaign that encourages expectant moms to track their baby’s movements in the third trimester of pregnancy with the goal of delivering a healthy baby and preventing stillbirth. Since the campaign was created in neighboring Iowa in 2008, the state’s stillbirth rate has decreased by 26 percent. Scientific studies indicate kick counting, a daily record of a baby’s movements (kicks, rolls, punches, jabs) during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits. Healthy Birth Day, the non-profit organization that created Count the Kicks, hears from parents across the country who say their baby was saved because they knew to monitor their baby’s movement and alert their provider when the movement pattern changed. NPQIC plans to support this campaign by dissemination of the initiative throughout the state of Nebraska. As of Thursday, September 1, doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics in Nebraska now have access to free Count the Kicks materials by visiting the website Maternal healthcare providers are encouraged to learn more about Count the Kicks and share the lifesaving message with their patients.

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NON-PROFIT NEWS TeamMates Invites Community Partners to Join the “And One” Campaign

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TeamMates hopes to set a record of no students waiting for a caring adult mentor to help them reach their full potential. Businesses who would like to get involved or who currently encourage employees to mentor are invited to host an “and one” event. Bring employees who are current and potential mentor together for a presentation by the TeamMates staff. Current partners are encouraged to recruit another business to foster employee mentoring. By encouraging mentoring, your organization will be part of TeamMates “and one” effort, a concept that comes from basketball. In a recent presentation, basketball Coach Jim Molinari drew three analogies between the “and one” play on the basketball court to mentoring and recruiting a mentor for another student.

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Just like getting the ball through the hoop, mentoring can be challenging at times. Yet, that persistence in the face of obstacles can also be one of the most rewarding experiences that an individual can have. The results, a player following through to make a basket or mentoring a student each week, can be uncommonly exciting. Just as the “and one” play can change the momentum of a game; when a child is matched with a mentor, it can change the “momentum” of that student’s life. Encouraging mentoring can also positively change the momentum of your business. TeamMates invites your business to join “and one.” To learn more, email

Christian Record Services, Inc. Offers Free Programs and Services for the Blind Do you know someone who is blind or is losing their vision because of ageor health-related issues? Perhaps Mom and Dad struggle with reading, even if large print is offered. Maybe Grandpa has given up driving because “It’s too hard!” Many people fear blindness. However, life doesn’t end when someone loses his or her eyesight. Christian Record Services, Inc. (dba Christian Record Services for the Blind), offers programs and services for people who are blind. Once an individual qualifies for reading services through the State or the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, he or she also qualifies for free services through Christian Record.  Additionally, Christian Record sponsors summer and winter camp experiences for people ages nine to 65 through National Camps for Blind Children. These programs and services are provided through generous gifts of businesses and individuals. Christian Record Services, Inc. is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded in 1899, it published the first Christian Braille magazine, which is still in circulation. Christian Record is a non-profit ministry of compassion that offers resources and services worldwide for people who are blind or unable to hold a book.


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To learn more about available services or to schedule an informational lunchtime business seminar, contact Joshua at Christian Record at (402) 488-0981, Option 3. Christian Record is also online at www.

NON-PROFIT NEWS Bennie Shobe Jr. Honored With 2016 Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Service Award From the very beginning of Leadership Lincoln, those in the organization knew that its graduates would plug in and help make things happen for Lincoln. As you begin to explore who’s involved in Lincoln, you’ll discover there are some fantastic Leadership Lincoln Alumni deeply committed to our city. Each year one person is selected from the nearly 3,000 alumni and recognized with the Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Service Award. It’s Leadership Lincoln’s way of recognizing an alumnus who has displayed exceptional involvement, service and leadership to the Lincoln community.


The 25th Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Service Award for 2016 was given to Bennie Shobe, Jr, graduate of The Academy for Local Leadership (Project ALL) Class IV. Bennie moved to Lincoln from Bowling Green, Kentucky in the late 90’s to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in Medical Sociology Statistics. He works for the State of Nebraska as a Program Analyst of Unemployment Tax. He’s taught at Doane University and currently teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Past Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Service Award Winners include Deane and Gerry Finnegan, Trudy Hines, Rich Clausen, Mary Bruning and Linda Robinson Rutz.

American Heart Association Wants You to Go Red For Women in November Lights. Camera. Go Red. Join the American Heart Association for a celebration of women’s heart and brain health at 2016 Go Red For Women on Nov. 10 at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. Tables and individual tickets are available now at

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The event, which has a movie theme this year, begins at 5 p.m. After information booths and an electronic silent auction, the night continues with a plated dinner, an inspiring survivor story featuring Rachel McCaslin and recognition of the BetterU Makeover Challenge participants. The event will be hosted by Matt McKay and Lindsey of KFRX 106.3, one of the media sponsors of the event. 10/11 News is also a media sponsor. Proceeds benefit the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Last year, the Association invested nearly $2.4 million in 14 new and continuing studies in Nebraska alone. The Go Red For Women is a part of the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Approximately 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease but many are unaware. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use. The event aims to raise awareness and change the startling statistics. Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined. For information on sponsorship, contact Liz Zillig at liz.zillig@heart. org or (402) 875-7376.

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NON-PROFIT NEWS ATD Lincoln Presents: “Controlling Your Daily Chaos” ATD Lincoln is pleased to present three rotating breakout sessions addressing how to take control of the pressures of daily life and work schedules. The sessions will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:45-8:00 p.m.; first session starts at 6:00 p.m. The event, titled “Controlling Your Daily Chaos,” offers three half-hour sessions held at different locations in downtown Lincoln within walking distance of each other and with breaks in between to allow for rotation. Areas covered are: 1. What Causes Chaos; 2. Thriving Under Pressure; and 3. Controlling Your Chaos.

NAM Celebrates 10 Years of Summit With 10 Facts About Nonprofits The Nonprofit Association o f t h e M i d l a n d s ( w w w. is celebrating the 10th year of its Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands. The theme of this year’s Summit, which will be held Thursday, November 3, is “Who’s Telling Your Story?” NAM helps more than 330 charitable organizations in Nebraska and Western Iowa with the tools they need to tell their story. With the 10th annual Summit approaching, NAM wants everyone to know 10 facts about nonprofits: 1. The nonprofit sector is Nebraska’s third-largest industry. In Nebraska, 1 in 11 people work for a nonprofit. 2. One-third of the nonprofits in Nebraska are human services organizations. Another 14 percent are health care. 3. More than three-quarters of the nonprofit employees in Nebraska—82 percent—live outside of Douglas and Lancaster Counties, the state’s two largest metro areas. 4. According to Giving USA, charitable donations reached $373.25 billion in 2015, an all-time high. Individual giving was up four percent. 5. In 2014, 25 percent of adults nationwide volunteered with a nonprofit organization. In Nebraska, 36 percent did so. Nebraska ranks seventh in the nation in volunteering. 6. As of 2013, there were 1.41 million nonprofits registered with the IRS. 66 percent of those had expenses of $500,000 or less, qualifying them as small nonprofits. 7. As in Nebraska, 35 percent of all charitable organizations nationwide are human services-focused. Educational organizations are second, and health care third. 8. In 2012, nonprofit organizations employed 11.4 million people in the U.S., which represented 10.3 percent of all private employment. 9. December is the most popular month for giving. Donors gave the least on July 5, according to an online giving report issued in July. 10. Every Nebraskan uses a nonprofit every day. This year’s Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands has two keynote speakers. It’ll be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. 48 Strictly Business OCTOBER 2016

For more information and to register, visit the ATD Lincoln website (, click on the “Events” link along the top bar, then scroll down and click on the October 19 event. The ATD Lincoln team looks forward to seeing you there! As a non-profit organization, ATD Lincoln’s mission is to achieve a better utilization of human ability and potential in business, industry, education, and government through promotion and understanding of talent development as a basic responsibility of management. ATD Lincoln offers professional development opportunities for training practitioners and those focused on developing talent, including educational events, workshops, a job bank, and more. For more information, please visit or contact Barbara Palmer at (402) 440-4338 or

Local Group Forms Food Policy Council After two years of discussion and exploration as the Local Foodshed Working Group, a diverse group of farmers, gardeners, businesses, and individuals who want to strengthen the local food system have formed the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council. As part of the launch, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council is releasing its first report: The Lincoln-Lancaster County Community Food Assessment. This report provides a snapshot of what the local food system looks like today and what possibilities the group can explore to make the food system better in the future. Highlights of the report include the natural resources of our region, the changing agricultural landscape of Lincoln-Lancaster County, the economic benefits to our community, and data from local farmers serving the Lincoln community. The Council’s stated purpose is to “develop integrated policies that promote a healthy and sustainable local food system” and the Council is actively seeking members from all aspects of the food system, from farmer to consumer. This independent community group will be a forum where policies impacting the food system can be debated and discussed. Partnerships between citizens, businesses, and government will be pursued to implement policies and projects that grow out of the group discussions. In the early stages, the council intends to focus on three areas: assessing zoning and land use for urban farming, a media campaign to encourage gardening, and promoting the food assessment while identifying future research needs and innovative projects. Meetings of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Food Policy Council will be held on the second Thursday of even-numbered months. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact Megan McGuffey, Coordinator at

HEALTH NEWS Access Family Medicine First to Offer Direct Primary Care in Lincoln Access Family Medicine, Lincoln’s first Direct Primary Care clinic located at 2800 N. 83rd Street Suite E, recently hosted a ribboncutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on August 26. When you think of seeing your doctor there’s probably a few things that come to mind. Long waits, rushed appointments, mafia-like fees.  Well not anymore.  Todd Johnson, D.O., is making that a thing of the past by putting a modern twist on an old fashioned medicine, the way it should be.  The ever-growing model of Direct Primary Care has made its way to Lincoln and is going to change the way you look at healthcare.  With Dr. Todd Johnson’s practice, Access Family Medicine, patients pay a monthly membership fee from $10-$100 and have unlimited access to their doctor in person, by phone or on other social media channels.  There are also no copays with access to wholesale medications, labs, imagining and free in house procedures like stitches, biopsies and joint injections. Dr. Johnson decided to open Access Family Medicine with a direct primary care model because he found this model to be an avenue for providing his patients with the tailored, quality care they deserved, without all the hassles and hoops to jump through. You can contact Dr. Todd Johnson directly at (402) 858-1510 or drjohnson@addcessdpc. com, or visit to learn more.

Nebraska Safety Council Partnership Yields Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest Employers in the Midwest struggling with workplace health and safety issues now have a stronger ally in their efforts to promote a safer and healthier workforce. Recognizing the critical needs in the region, particularly among small employers, the Nebraska Safety Council is pleased to announce their new efforts in the expansion and launch of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, in partnership with the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis, to provide increased attention to these issues. The expanded center is part of a new, five-year commitment from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which has funded the Healthier Workforce Center at the University of Iowa since 2006 to address Total Worker Health. Associate Director of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH at Washington University is pleased to bring more than 25 years of experience as an occupational medicine doctor and as researcher in occupational diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and chemical exposures to bear to help employers and employees maximize their well-being. Tonya Vyhlidal, Director of WorkWell at the Nebraska Safety Council invites Nebraska organizations to join the effort. “The Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell partners with a variety of organizations to help them improve their overall health, safety, and wellbeing initiatives. We can now provide even more resources, trainings, outreach, and development opportunities for organizations across the state.” Find more information at

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Personal Health Care Services, LLC Hosts District 21 State Senate Candidates on Home Care Visits Personal Health Care Services, LLC, a home Personal health agency in Lincoln, Health Care NE, met with state senator candidates Larry Scherer Services, LLC and Mike Hilgers. Scherer and Hilgers learned about the skilled healthcare services that home health providers deliver to Nebraskans to help them maintain their independence and quality of life at home or in their local community. Scherer met with Ellen Kapperman, a long-time volunteer at the Center for People in Need in Lincoln. Hilgers visited Personal Health Care Services clients Gerald Walrath and Maxine Walrath, along with their daughter Diane Ahlstrand, who is the primary live-in caregiver for her parents. Personal Health Care Services, LLC is a member of the Nebraska Home Care Association. The Nebraska Home Care Association’s mission is to help equip members to be valued healthcare partners and providers through advocacy, networking opportunities, education, information and support. The professional staff at Nebraska’s home health and hospice agencies and private duty home care companies provide medical care, hospice, companion services care, and support at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill adults and children in need of medical, nursing, hospice, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance. For more information about Personal Health Care Services, visit  For more information about the Nebraska Home Care Association, visit

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Lincoln Raises $160,000 More than 2,000 residents from the Lincoln area joined t h e A l z h e i m e r ’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions at Holmes Lake Park. Participants raised more than $160,000 so far to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. The total is expected to hit $200,000 by the end of the year as funds continue to come in. The Alzheimer’s Association thanks our generous sponsors for making this year’s Walk a success. A special thanks to Edward Jones, our National Presenting Sponsor, and CountryHouse Residences, our Platinum Sponsor. The 120+ Walk to End Alzheimer’s teams did more than complete the 2-mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies and support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans  to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Nebraska alone, there are 33,000 people living with Alzheimer’s. For more information or to make a donation, visit

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Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Joins Fight Against Breast Cancer October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers has announced it will be joining other franchises nationwide in making a contribution to the cause. This month, for every pound lost by clients at the Lincoln location, Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers will match it with a corresponding donation of $1. New clients are currently being accepted at Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers, so if you have a weight loss or health-related goal to meet, now is the time to get started because you’ll also be supporting the effort to further breast cancer research and raise critical awareness, impacting the outcomes of many in our community through early detection and testing. The local organization to benefit from this initiative is yet to be determined and those who would like to be considered are welcome to contact the Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Lincoln team at (402) 483-7952 or via email at Make sure to watch for an upcoming announcement including the total amount of pounds lost and funds donated, as well as the recipient to benefit from the efforts of the clients at PWLC as they work towards reaching their health and wellness goals!

Nebraska Community Blood Bank Offering Free Educational Sessions About Donation


What is the most common type of blood? What is my blood type? Whose life can I save? Whose blood can save my life? Why do I need to donate blood? Does giving blood hurt? Help educate your colleagues by hosting a Lunch & Learn or blood typing event with Nebraska Community Blood Bank ( These educational opportunities, hosted at your company, organization, or school, provide individuals the chance to participate in an informal conversation about the business of blood banking, the everyday need for blood donations and how blood donors, sponsors and volunteers help the community. “People thought it was the most informative and interesting session they have attended in some time,” said Kim Kallhoff, Assisted Living Coordinator at Gateway Vista in Lincoln. “Attendees were impressed!” Everyone, who is able, should donate blood. But not everyone does. Why? The most common answer is that they were never asked.  Consider this our plea. Patients in local hospitals depend on Nebraska Community Blood Bank to be there with the right blood type they need to survive. By taking steps to learn more about your blood type, about blood banking and the life-saving gift you can offer through blood donation, you are helping make a difference in the lives of those in our community. To schedule your free educational opportunity, please contact Kari Lundeen at (402) 486-9427 /

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As a business owner, a unified team of employees can be crucial to your success. In most businesses, staff work closely together and wear many hats. Because teamwork is so significant to a business’s success, team-building activities are essential. In this way, company team building can improve staff retention. Having fun also stimulates creative thinking, which can lead to improved productivity, better communication and better relationships. Company outings are without a doubt a great way to rejuvenate your staff and build team camaraderie amongst employees. Creating a fun environment outside of the office where staff members can work on communication without the day-to-day business in the way is great way to build overall team morale. At Strictly Business we recognize team building and employee engagement is a key factor to retaining great employees. We are excited to introduce a new monthly series in the publication where we’ll share our staff outings in hopes of educating our readers about fun activities to do with your employees. From small to large companies alike, one of the best investments is in moral boosting, team building and getting outside of the work environment. For our first month we decided to put together one of our own staff outings in the Historic Haymarket and share our experience with our readers. We encourage you to follow us along the journey!

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We started our journey at Culinary Underground for delicious craft food and drinks! Located in the heart of the Haymarket, there was no better way to begin our adventure than to fill our bellies with their vast variety of new entrees and appetizers along with their quality selection of drinks. Culinary Underground partnered with PUSH Consulting Group to create new specialty crafted cocktails that are flavorsome. It was tough to choose which of the many great selections available on the menu to start with. We ordered the Chipotle Chicken Rolls, Bruschetta, and the Chicken Salad Sampler Platter for our appetizers- which we would highly recommend! We enjoyed each other’s company and were able to unwind in the relaxed yet vibrant environment that is Culinary Underground. With a great location in the Haymarket scene, the venue is also offering private event space. We will be returning before long to check out their exclusive Sunday Brunch from 10- 2:00 pm featuring their new self serve Bloody Mary Bar, the ever popular mimosas and their specialty brunch menu!

We continued our staff outing with Group Therapy Bike Tours. Group Therapy offers just that- therapy for all on a 15-passenger pedal-powered trolley that encourages groups to “ride their way to happy!” Taking an exciting two-hour tour through the Haymarket we had the ultimate experience by removing ourselves from the busy office and into the therapeutic outdoors with some fresh air and laughs with one another! Half of the excitement is the reaction you receive from onlookers as they watch you pass by! Now with a fleet of two bikes available to choose from- a 15-passenger trolley bike and a new 6-passenger conference bike- it gives groups both small and large the chance to get together for some Group Therapy! You can opt for a tour that has already been designed, or you can customize your own, and we highly recommend it as a wonderful team-building activity.

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A very special thank you to Jase Robak of Midwest UAV Imaging for capturing our day with a drone. The Nebraska Drone Shop, a new innovative division of Midwest UAV Imaging, followed our team throughout the afternoon all while live streaming the aerial footage online. Drones are quickly becoming popular for weddings, events, and family photo sessions simply because of the unique perspective they can add to such photo or video sessions. It was such a unique and extraordinary way to document our team building activities!

For a full line-up from our staff outing go to our Facebook page to see more! As for those who are considering planning a similar teambuilding activity or event, these are our recommendations of local businesses that can help you maximize your time while you treat your staff to a change of scenery and a chance to have some fun together outside of the office—whether it is just for a few hours or for the whole day. You’d be amazed at how much you will benefit personally and professionally from spending a little time together in a different environment! For more information on how to be featured please contact us at (402) 466-3330 or OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business



UBT Health Benefit Solutions Healthcare costs are continually on the rise, and are a major concern for businesses and employees alike. Managing those costs and maximizing our healthcare dollars is more important than ever. Union Bank & Trust has kept a sharp eye

on these trends for years, recognizing that area businesses need an expert partner to help them manage and administer benefit accounts. This led UBT to form its Health Benefit Solutions team, which is focused solely on administering Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for employers and individuals.

UBT’s team is known for its expertise, and has a strong reputation among businesses and gatekeepers. UBT has big plans for its Health Benefit Solutions area, which is emerging as the Midwest’s leader in offering and administering HSAs. To this end, UBT has implemented a new administration platform, which will also allow the bank to begin administration of other consumer-driven healthcare products, such as Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs).



UBT’s new platform offers a wealth of enhanced features, tools, and resources for businesses and accountholders: • Increased functionality, efficiency, and flexibility in managing accounts • Greater levels of automation mean more control over account details, settings, and administration • Improved participant engagement providing all of the account management features we currently offer, plus enhanced online and mobile capabilities

Helping employees make the best possible benefit decisions, thereby making the most of their healthcare dollars, is our primary goal. • New and improved participant portal with educational resources, interactive videos, and robust calculators. • A powerful mobile app allowing participants to manage accounts, view transaction history, and more – all from their iPhone or Android device. • Both deposit and investment HSAs are available. Once a participant meets the threshold in a deposit HSA, he/she can open an investment HSA in the Health Benefit Solutions portal.

ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION UBT’s team of HSA specialists works closely with employers and employees to ensure all of your needs are met. UBT provides a one-stop solution where account administration, compliance assistance, employee education, and investment options are all part of our value-added services. Backed by a responsive, local team, customers’ calls are answered promptly by people right here in Lincoln.

HISTORY OF HSA EXPERTISE EMPLOYEE EDUCATION It’s imperative that employees understand their health care benefits and how to most effectively use them. UBT offers education online, by phone, and personal on-site visits for topics from enrollment, features and benefits, and account management. Account holders will also get regular updates from account basics to changes in rules and regulations.

Union Bank & Trust began offering HSAs in 2005. In 2006, a full-time HSA Education Coordinator was hired to educate employees on the benefits and uses of HSAs. In 2007, the Investment HSA was introduced, making Union Bank & Trust the first and only local financial institution to offer the product in tandem with educational services. Today, Union Bank administers over 10,000 Deposit and Investment HSAs for more than 275 organizations ranging in size from 10 to over 3,000 employees.

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Vote NO on $369,000,000 in November This past month the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) announced its opposition to the Southeast Community College’s (SCC) ballot issue that asks for $369 million in new property taxes to construct a new campus in downtown Lincoln and to complete a multi-facility renovation across its existing campuses. LIBA said that the biggest concern is the simple fact that the request ignores the crisis we have with increasing property taxes that affect Nebraska families, businesses, and farmers. LIBA pointed out that the Nebraska Legislature has been trying to provide relief from our high property taxes, often referred to as a crisis. According to WalletHub’s 2016 research, Nebraska has the 7th highest property taxes in the nation. SCC’s proposal will only add to this growing crisis. Among the specific issues cited by LIBA is the fact that the proposal fails to account for the two-cent levy authority the college has to repair, construct, and maintain its buildings. What this means in the most simple terms is that if voters approve the $369 million bond issue and accept an increase in their property taxes, the SCC Board could unilaterally decide to impose an additional property tax increase in the future. LIBA members discussed this concern with SCC representatives and suggested that the bond proposal should account for this levy authority so that taxpayers could be assured their taxes would not be raised twice. Representatives of SCC refused to accept this idea. Aside from the possibility that the proposal as presented could result in multiple tax increases, LIBA also raised the following concerns: The $369 million tax increase is only part of the picture. Taxpayers will also be responsible for tens of millions more in interest. There is no definite termination date of the bond issue. SCC representatives have only said that they expect to pay-off the $369 million in bonds by at least the year 2047. Last year, SCC increased its property tax levy an astounding 26.6%. Increases in operational costs and staffing requests will likely come with the new construction if the bond issue is passed by voters. This may mean an even higher tax levy. There is no clear plan for how the new construction and renovation would affect existing facilities, and whether any existing facilities – such as the Energy Square building in downtown Lincoln, or the former Gallup building at 68th and N owned by SCC – would be sold to offset some of the bond costs. SCC has existing space available that is not fully utilized, such as the Career Academy in Lincoln that could be shared better with Lincoln Public Schools. LIBA said that the local community college is a tremendous resource for our community, and there is no doubt that SCC develops students into productive members of society. But a bond proposal of this magnitude that could add to our crisis of increasing property taxes until the year 2047 cannot be taken lightly. Visit for more information about why LIBA is urging voters to vote NO on the SCC bond issue in November.

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.

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at the UNL College of Business Administration The southeast corner of 14th and Vine Streets shines brightly these days. A new $84 million, 240,000-square foot University of Nebraska– Lincoln College of Business Administration building rises in the campus skyline and testifies to the college slogan, “Start Something”. The building, with its signature dark blue glass cube peeking out toward Memorial Mall, will become the east bookend looking west toward Memorial Stadium when it opens in the summer of 2017. It will also be home to a top 48 undergraduate business school as recognized by the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.


sets for contemporary businesses. Students can choose between a supply chain management major, a business analytics minor, as well as graduate certificate programs in both areas. The master’s degree programs received a major boost recently with the addition of a master of arts in business administration (MABA) to complement UNL’s highly ranked MBA program. The MABA is an accelerated, on-campus 11-month program that lets students take classes in cohorts, where lasting relationships with peers can develop. Alongside the MABA is the new master of arts in business with a specialization in intercollegiate athletics administration (MAIAA).

“We are thrilled to be recognized among this elite set of business schools – both private and public,” CBA Dean Donde Plowman said. “We have had a singular focus to raise the stature and visibility of our college. This ranking, our growing enrollments, our new privately funded building and our exceptional faculty and staff are indicators that we are making great progress.”

“This one-of-a-kind partnership program with the Nebraska Department of Athletics is rising in stature and popularity,” said Plowman. “The number of applicants has been growing since our inaugural year.”

The college checked in at No. 48 in the publication’s annual rankings released Sept. 13, which was a 13-spot jump from last year. The rankings also reflect the expanding selection of majors, minors and graduate programs offered for an increasing student population.

Another signature program is the CBA Honors Academy, which opened its doors in 2013. Academy students complete courses together, and are integrally connected to the college mission of molding the next generation of ethical leaders for Nebraska and the world.

“The entire building project is privately funded by our alumni for future alumni.”

“The quality of students enrolled in the CBA Honors Academy and the number of outstanding applicants we are attracting nationwide demonstrates the college’s growing national stature,” said Plowman. “To be selected is a testament to their scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership and communication skills, and their desire to become leaders in the business world.”

“But the building is just part of the story. Our alumni engage with us through advisory boards, classroom presentations and mentorship. These are business people from successful companies throughout the world, helping to shape curriculum, guide decisions on critically needed academic programs and provide internships. We couldn’t be where we are without them,” said Plowman. During the past six years under Plowman’s leadership, a variety of new programs have opened at the college. The new Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics offers two of the most needed skill

Additional high impact programs started during Plowman’s tenure include a business minor for non-business majors, a Career Services at CBA office, the Clifton Strengths Institute, an executive education program and more.

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Fierro also stressed his food will not replace the coffee portion of Indigo Bridge; they have simply expanded the kitchen area to allow both in their space. Though Pepe’s location is new, Fierro said he plans on keeping the same generous spirit as before, and is already thinking up communitydriven events to benefit local charities. “You have to give back to the community,” Fierro said. “When I came to Lincoln to look for work, I was living out of my car. I always feel grateful for what Lincoln’s done for me, so I always want to try and give back.” 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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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time when we celebrate the many contributions of workers with disabilities. It also presents an opportunity to educate those in our community about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of everyone’s unique skills and talents. In an effort to promote further awareness, we consulted with several key resources: Nebraska VR, the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI), and the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH). Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) is an employment program for people who experience a disability. Nebraska VR’s Employment and Business Services Team serves the entire state and spends the majority of their time working with local businesses to identify creative hiring opportunities for job seeking candidates. Lindy Foley, Program Director of Employment and Business Services with Nebraska VR, highlights areas in which we can all benefit from a better understanding: Lindy Foley “The theme for this year’s National Nebraska VR Disability Employment Awareness Month is #InclusionWorks and this could not be more true. Building an inclusive workforce is good for business as inclusive organizations benefit from higher employee job satisfaction, lower turnover rates, higher employee morale, and access to a new customer base. The goal of inclusion is to place individuals in the world of work to live independently and enjoy the benefits and privileges that go with it. This includes becoming a taxpayer. There are several commonly held myths we encounter when introducing our business services. Myth: Hiring individuals with disabilities can create problems. Truth:  Hiring individuals with disabilities is an opportunity to foster a culture that respects the different skills and abilities of workers.  Inclusion is also a vehicle to set your organization apart from competition. Myth: Fostering an inclusive workplace is expensive. Truth: Businesses recognize that hiring individuals with disabilities often increases moral, reduces turnover and absenteeism, while increasing productivity.  In addition, businesses who hire individuals with disabilities may also be eligible to receive tax credits. Myth: Inclusion means lowering standards. Truth: Inclusion is about making each individual count by matching individual skills and abilities with the hiring needs of the business. Because Nebraska enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, businesses often find it a challenge to find qualified applicants.  Many hiring managers may not know that Nebraska VR provides the services of a staffing agency with a focus on placing qualified workers who face challenges entering or re-entering the workforce. This allows businesses to tap into an underutilized pool of talent. Nebraska VR offers pre-screened qualified candidates, support with employee training and may even be able to provide a free trial employment period and other services. Nebraska VR may be able to help employers retain current employees who come to have a disability due to an accident, illness, injury or addiction.  Sometimes this may include a workplace modification. Businesses and hiring managers who have not yet worked with Nebraska VR or hired individuals with disabilities often experience fear of the unknown when it comes to employing individuals with disabilities.  For example, many employers, regardless of the size of organization, have questions about the costs associated with hiring individuals who 60

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experience disabilities. In reality, there may be no costs associated with meeting ADA requirements. The Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership is also a resource for identifying technology to meet the needs of individuals in the workplace. Nebraska VR works with Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership to meet the needs of individuals to be productive at work.  Services can include evaluation, design, adaptation, or technical training.  Assistive technology specialists can provide recommendations for worksite modifications for your employees. Demonstration and trial use of assistive technology equipment will be provided. Another concern may be that the hire comes at a cost to productivity.  The fact is Nebraska VR provides job candidates with the skills and abilities to do the job. Nebraska VR is an eligibility program that helps individuals with disabilities who want to work to prepare for, find, and keep a job. Individuals with physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and learning disabilities receive services to identify their strengths and abilities in order to find success in the world of work. We offer customized and individualized services that are tailored to a person’s specific needs and job goal, with the ability to provide training and the supports necessary to help our clients succeed. Nebraska VR can provide education and services to employers who have hired or are interested in hiring individuals with disabilities as well.  This could include disability awareness training and an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Training programs can be designed to meet your specific needs and are “customized” according to the skill level of the trainee. Nebraska VR partners with business to provide work-based learning opportunities like internships, short-term employment, or pre-employment transition services.  We have many innovative ways to introduce you to potential workers. Services are also available to provide employers with qualified applicants who are individuals with disabilities. Training after the hire, support to address disability related obstacles to continued employment, and accommodations are also available. Nebraska VR’s business service team can be reached by email at or by phone at (877) 637-3422. More information about statewide services for business and individuals with disabilities is available at” Further emphasizing the importance of being educated about all of the options available, Carlos Servan, Deputy Director of VR Services for the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI), has also taken the opportunity to clarify a few things regarding workplace accessibility and inclusion: “With the proper training, blind people can compete on an equal basis with their sighted peers.  There are many misconceptions about the abilities of blind people.  Almost Carlos Servan everything that you do visually, you can also Nebraska Commission do non-visually. We have had blind people for the Blind and work as teachers, carpenters, lawyers, Visually Impaired chefs, small business owners, ophthalmologists, marine biologists, manufacturing positions, website designers—the list goes on from there. In fact, many of the methods that blind people use in the workplace, sighted coworkers start to use as a result of exposure. A blind cafeteria worker needed to find a way to slice pie evenly, so we developed a pie slicer for her and everyone started to use it because it was easier.  For a dispatcher we installed a board so that she could keep track of the keys easier.  It increased the efficiency of the whole office since they didn’t have to search for keys any longer. Many employers are concerned about safety on the job.  There have

been studies that show that blind people are actually safer on the job than their sighted counterparts. The biggest barrier that blind people face is the attitudes of the public and employers because they are not sure how a blind person would do the job.   Sight is a very powerful sense that most of us rely on for the information that we take in.  A blind person can effectively use their other senses to travel independently, use the computer, cook, clean, take care of children and all the other tasks that need to be accomplished daily.  They can’t drive but self-driving cars are around the corner. The main issue that blind people face is accessibility.  Sometimes websites and other software programs are difficult to access with screen reading software.  It is also a barrier for blind customers or clients to access your business services.  NCBVI is available to consult with businesses and provide resources to build programs and websites that are accessible to the blind. Our team at NCBVI is very knowledgeable about accommodations in the workplace.  We have technology specialists on our staff who are able to assess equipment and make recommendations.  NCBVI will purchase all equipment necessary to make your business accessible to a blind employee.  There may be some resources that may need to be Brailed or put into a different format.  NCBVI is available to make that happen. On the other end of the spectrum, we assist those seeking employment by helping them develop the compensatory skills that they need to be competitive in a workplace.  We teach job seeking skills, develop resumes, provide job leads, and offer job coaching as needed.  We provide internships and job readiness skills.  We partner with businesses to work on interviewing skills and networking.  Essentially we work out any accommodations that need to be made and provide those so there is little to no effort required on the part of the employer.” Similarly, John Wyvill, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH), provides information from yet another perspective: “Every person with some form of hearing loss has different needs. Communication accommodation needs for each employee can be determined by discussion on what they need for proper communication access. Many employers do not understand hearing loss, since it cannot be seen it is often overlooked. This is why assistive technology, interpreters, John Wyvill Nebraska Commission a telecommunication relay service, and other options are crucial to bridge that for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communication gap. For individuals who are hard of hearing, it is important to remember those with hearing aids or cochlear implants do not ‘make’ an individual hear; it increases their access to sound. A common thought is, ‘If I talk louder, they can understand me.’ Hearing sounds and understanding speech are two different concepts. For those who are Deaf, it is important to discuss with them what mode of communication access they prefer, whether it be a sign language interpreter present, live captioning in meetings, or a video relay service provider. Technology is in every aspect of today’s world; and for assistive technology in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, that is no different. There are many different types of equipment that can be used to accommodate not only hard of hearing and deaf individuals. Again, it is important to work with each individual, as their situation will be unique to find how their needs can be met. The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has Advocacy Specialists that are willing to provide assistance with this technology as well as provide and offer training for employers and staff to make the transition smooth and most effective. The interested applicant or employee who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing typically has the role to notify what accommodation may be most effective for them to do their essential job duties. However, it is not a bad idea for an employer to bring up conversation and ask what communication access accommodations will be needed. The Commission also has developed a resource handbook for advocacy, and one of

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We’re here to help! Call Carlos today! (402) 471-8104 | our Advocacy Specialists would be more than willing to work with an employer, employee, or applicant to help provide these services. Please do not hesitate to reach out to NCDHH, via website, e-mail or phone. We have regional offices located throughout Nebraska. To help find the closest office near you, please call us by telephone at (800) 5456244 or (402) 471-3593, reach out by e-mail at NCDHH@nebraska. gov, or visit our website at” Coinciding with October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), those in our community are called upon to reflect on the important role disability plays in workforce diversity. In observing the contribution of workers with disabilities and the value of a workforce that is inclusive of their skills and abilities, NDEAM is an opportune time to review business hiring practices to ensure they convey a commitment to an inclusive workplace culture. We encourage you to reach out to our local resources to find out more about what you can do in your workplace to promote accessibility for all. OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business



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E nhanc E Y our c u r b a ppEal ! Fall Landscaping As we are entering the time of year where the green is giving way to a gorgeous display of autumn hues, it also signals that it’s go time on yard projects in an effort to get everything in order before the arrival of winter. In the fall we often focus on tying up loose ends and addressing anything that’s been waiting in the wings because it’s best done this time of year in addition to the annual list of general grounds maintenance tasks. “Make sure that you prepare your lawn for winter so that it not only survives, but thrives next season,” advises Lee Schumacher of TDK Lawn Care. “This includes clearing all debris, especially leaves, and applying a winterizer. A winterizer is a late fall fertilizing treatment designed to help lawns store more food for winter survival and to encourage thick, rapid growth and rooting in the spring. A winterizer isn’t meant to encourage fall growth of grass; it is the finishing touch now for a good start in the spring. Early fall Lee Schumacher fertilizing, which can still be done in October TDK Lawn Care too, is widely 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. Basically, when you put the mower away for the year, apply winterizer to your lawn.

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Aerating and overseeding are also a good idea. This will also 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. Also, fall is a great time for planting trees—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. 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.” As for landscaping projects, the optimal approach is two-fold: handle what needs to be done now and plan for the coming year (yes, already!). Marcus Hellwege, owner of Great Plains Landscaping & Design and Great Plains Epoxy, offers the following advice:

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September is the ideal time to aerate and seed, but if you haven’t gotten there yet, make sure it’s attended to as soon as possible. I’m often asked if it’s a good idea to trim shrubs and grasses back in the fall, and my advice is to wait until early spring for a trim as the leaves provide protection for plants throughout the winter. If OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business


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you do move forward with a fall cleanup make sure you mulch around the crown of the plants for extra protection. Finally, make sure your spaces are neat and tidy prior to winter so that your plants and beds in close proximity to your porch, walkways, driveways and any other point of access do not get damaged during the snow removal process.” He adds, “With the addition of our epoxy flooring division, we are getting a lot of requests for outdoor flooring space. Most often this is due to the fact that the homeowner’s concrete has matured and looks a bit tired and worn down. We have helped numerous homeowners’ vision become a reality for these spaces by resurfacing with epoxy and concrete overlay. For outdoor spaces, we offer everything from flake to mica and lava flow.  Did I mention this option is a fraction of the cost of replacing the current flooring? Whether it’s landscaping or flooring, get on the calendar with us now as dates are filling up.  We would be happy to come out and help you get a plan in place.”

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Specifically addressing the do-it-yourselfers or those who are contemplating going in that direction for this year’s landscaping endeavors, he adds, “Landscaping isn’t something to fear or dread. I help clients design and install their own landscapes quite often. Most homeowners take great pride in their homes and their properties. Along with the feeling of accomplishment comes a sense of fulfilment and even a touch of therapy while working outdoors. Preparing your living landscape for winter is extremely important. Ensuring the root system is adequately covered is key to the long term health of the plant. Where most homeowners fail is in providing enough water to the plant’s root ball going into winter. Just because there are no leaves on the plant doesn’t mean the plant is fully dormant. Evergreens, both broadleaf and needle, need plenty of water going into winter. As long as the ground isn’t frozen solid and still accepts the moisture without running off you should maintain regular watering.

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With the exception of a few select things, the majority of projects that can be done during the regular growing season can be done in the fall too. Similar to landscaping in the spring, when it comes to assessing what should take priority some projects are best suited for late summer and fall. “Renovating your lawn can be done at any time during the season, but fall is the optimal time,” advises Ken Svoboda, owner of Ray’s Lawn and Landscape. “The soil is still warm, the rains are a bit more frequent, the sun does not Ken Svoboda have the scorching effect it does in July and August, and finally you’re not competing with Ray’s Lawn and Landscape heavy weed growth and turf feeding insects. The same holds true for landscape projects. You will generally receive a better value on your landscape material in the fall as growers and retailers are offering end-of-season discounts. You’re also getting a full year’s worth of growth for the cost of the plant when calibrated in the early spring.”

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If you’re considering a fall landscape project and need the assistance of a professional, don’t wait any longer. Good landscapers are very busy in the fall and the chances of getting a late season project started yet this year may be winding down. However, that doesn’t mean you should not make contact with the professional now. Some work may be able to begin this year with completion of the project in the spring. If we have a nice long fall then you’re ahead of the game. Ray’s Lawn & Landscape is a full service lawn care provider as well as a complete landscape firm. Our imagination for a landscape project at your home is only limited by your budget and you’d be surprised how much imagination you get for your dollar at Ray’s. We offer free, no-obligation estimates which in many cases include a scaled full size drawing and itemized quote. Ray’s Lawn and Landscape has been serving the Lincoln and southeast Nebraska market for nearly forty-nine years and the testimonials from our many satisfied customers are a tribute to the hard work and dedication instilled in the second

generation ownership from Ray himself.” In agreement with our landscaping professionals, Jeremy Hunt of Hunt Irrigation offers corresponding irrigation-focused tips: “Fall is a great time to add or revise your landscaping. The weather is typically cooler and establishment is much easier. When renovating landscape it is important to remember that major bed renovations will also require adapting your irrigation system.  Sprinkler heads that are trapped inside new or existing landscapes will reduce the coverage of turf areas causing stress to the turf and even over watering some plant material. Jeremy Hunt Hunt Irrigation

Landscape is a major investment, whether on a residential or commercial project, so again, consult with both your landscaper and irrigation professional. While you are updating or adding landscape beds consider irrigating the beds with drip irrigation. When properly installed, drip irrigation can enhance the plant’s health and ensure that your landscaping will thrive for years to come. When installing foundation border landscapes, drip irrigation is a great addition.  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 to your car, furnace/AC or your 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 as 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.” Since outdoor living spaces are still all the rage moving into fall, you may also be considering this type of project yet this year. In terms of benefits, adding square feet to your home by way of outdoor living space enhances the value and your enjoyment of your property. There are many ways homeowners can improve or add interest to outdoor living and entertaining spaces to make them comfortable and inviting. “Decks and patios are not just for summer use; more and more people are extending their use of outdoor living space into the fall months,” notes Bill Budler, owner of Nebraska Outdoor Living Center. “With the cooler evenings the two most popular products are retractable screens and fire pits. Modern retractable solar screen systems are designed to block the sun during the summer and keep the heat out. During the fall and winter the screen keeps the heat in! Systems that feature side retention of the screens even help tame the wind. Some of our clients refer to it as their ‘three season room’.

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Another popular option for outdoor living is a gas fire pit. Unlike a wood burning pit the gas fire pit is convenient to start. When you’re done there’s no need to drag out a bucket of water, with gas you simply turn it off. There are no messy ashes to deal with and you

don’t have to worry about hot cinders. There’s something really special about gathering around a comfortable cozy fire this time of year.” With cooler temperatures, fireplaces are being fired up all across town too. While most people don’t think about their fireplace during times of the year when we are enjoying warmer temperatures, masonry repairs are ideally performed in warm weather so that the mortar sets up correctly. We may get lucky and still have a little time yet this month in case you run into any complications, so if you haven’t already inspected your fireplace, and the part of the chimney that’s exposed to the elements in particular, you’ll want to do that as soon as possible. For optimal function as well as the best possible color match to the existing brick, you’ll want to have a professional help you find the right materials and in most cases perform the repair too. The same holds true with concrete: “During the fall months, it’s very important to get any concrete work you may need completed due to the inability to do concrete in the winter,” advises Jonathan Zuniga of Elite Concrete, LLC. “If you have any plans to get something done at your home or business before winter comes, let us know as soon as possible!” When you’re doing all of your fall maintenance, it’s a great time to assess your entire property and take note of anything Jonathan Zuniga that’s damaged or deteriorated. Key areas Elite Concrete, LLC you’ll want to focus on are structures, patios and decks, driveways, walkways, stairs, curbing/edging/bordering, and retaining walls. This will be helpful in planning for what will take priority next spring if it’s unable to be addressed yet this fall. With the fall season approaching and the days becoming shorter, now is also definitely a good time to look at installing an outdoor lighting project. When you spend time outdoors with family and friends, you’ll need adequate outdoor lighting to illuminate your landscape areas. Whether you’re sitting outside on a deck or patio or you wish to place a spotlight on a specific area of your yard, outdoor lighting can create a very pleasurable and inviting space. There is a variety of lighting styles to choose from such as up lighting, path lighting, and down lighting. A professional can assist you in designing and selecting the perfect lighting effects for your outdoor lighting project. It’s important to consider what you need and how you will use the lighting to ensure that you choose lighting with the features you need. With many benefits of functional outdoor lighting, finding the lighting style and fixtures that will add beauty, function and safety to your outdoor areas is easy with the help of a professional. Some of the benefits of outdoor lighting include: Safety Outdoor lighting can add safety in a variety of ways. Illuminate OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business


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walkways to ensure that people navigate these areas safely. Use zone lighting to add light to areas of your yard and landscape for nighttime use. Zone lighting can be effective for lighting a patio, deck, garden, pool area or outdoor seating area. Illuminate sidewalks, driveways, garages and entryways to keep your landscape safe after dark. The more lights, the safer your outdoor areas will be. Comfort Extend your living areas by lighting your outdoor landscape. If you have a deck or patio with seating, add comfortable and attractive lighting to enable you to use these areas after dark. The ambiance of outdoor seating can be pleasant and inviting, especially when you feature attractive outdoor lighting that adds to your outdoor decor. Décor Showcase and highlight specific areas of your landscape with decorative lighting. By installing up lighting around your landscape in various spots, you pull the eye to these areas and display them attractively. Landscape lighting is also an effective way to display planting areas or flower gardens. Install mood lighting along outdoor buildings to add pleasant splashes of light in your landscape. You can even add low-voltage exterior lights to trees and shrubs outdoors to illuminate planting areas and add beautiful accents to your exterior areas. Curb Appeal A well-lit home gives a maintained impression to the entire neighborhood. Your house will appear warm and inviting as it sits quietly on your property. In contrast to a dark and drab home, your illuminated home will draw people in and offer a warm refuge for family and friends. Cutting-Edge Technology There have been some great advancements in outdoor lighting over the past few years. LED technology allows for over 1/3 less power 66

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Regardless of the purpose of your outdoor lighting, the benefits are all positive. From increasing safety and security to creating a warm and inviting environment, adding outdoor lighting will enhance and beautify your home. To recap, here are a few key guidelines for fall landscaping in general: 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 over seeding.  The best seed window lasts until 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. Plant Trees (Especially Fruit Trees) Fruit trees should be planted in the fall or very early spring. Planting fruit trees for a fall landscaping project will be rewarding for years to come. Decide what type of tree you want to plant and make sure that it will survive in your zone and fit into your landscape once fully grown. Many fruit trees come in dwarf varieties and can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. Look for a young and healthy tree at a local nursery. Follow planting recommendations for your variety of tree. Winterizing 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 winterizes 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. Outdoor Lighting With the fall season approaching and the days becoming shorter now is a good time to look at installing an outdoor lighting project.  When you spend time outdoors with family and friends, you’ll need adequate outdoor lighting to illuminate your landscape areas. Whether you’re sitting outside on a deck or patio or you wish to place a spotlight on a specific area of your yard, outdoor lighting can create a very pleasurable and inviting space. When light is brought to a dark backyard or front yard, it visually pushes the boundaries of a house. The more elements that are lit, the more people will push the edges of where a person will tend to gravitate to beyond the interior of a house. Pushing this boundary creates a visually striking look for the outside of the house.  A properly designed outdoor lighting project can add both beauty and security to any home.

As you can see, there’s much more to be done on a property during the fall than one might think. While there are some general rules of thumb to follow, every yard is different as are the possibilities to explore, so what’s on the to-do list will vary. Since we only have precious little time until winter weather is upon us, if there’s anything you have yet to tackle, now is the time!

Integrative Health While the roots of holistic health can be traced back to ancient Greece, in more recent times it’s an area that’s become widespread and with good reason—many are benefitting from it. Maintaining good health has become increasingly more important, and unfortunately more complicated, with the changes in our environment, lifestyle, and any number of other hazards to be aware of and try to avoid at what seems like every turn. As a society we’ve tried to combat this by embracing integrative health, which focuses on the whole person and makes use of all appropriate best practices to achieve optimal health and healing. Found across the spectrum are a myriad of therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals in a wide variety of specialties, and a host of different professions with the propensity to positively influence outcomes. With the evident success of this approach, terms have evolved to encompass exactly what integrative health is, particularly in recent years when the most forward progress has been achieved. According to the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, “Many terms have been commonly used to describe this field over the past two decades. Alternative medicine was a term used to express approaches that were separate from conventional medicine. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) then became the preferred term, indicating a broad range of healing philosophies and approaches that were outside of conventional approaches but could be used as stand-alone alternatives or adjunctive approaches to conventional care. Integrative medicine is a newer term that emphasizes the integration of CAM approaches with conventional medicine, and is the term that is preferred by educational and governmental institutions.” Just as defined, CAM approaches working in unison with conventional medicine is the way to achieve the best possible health and wellness. What’s more, you are likely already engaging in this approach on some level, whether or not you made the conscious decision to do so. Here are a few of the most common ways you could incorporate what are considered to be holistic practices with excellent benefits for health and wellness, courtesy of our local resources! According to a startling statistic found on, 95% of chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies, and lack of physical exercise. So let’s first address the leading three because it’s all about what we put into our bodies--our diet. There are many foods out there with beneficial nutritional content that can help out with any number of ailments, keeping us healthy and properly fueling our bodies. And, unfortunately, there are many that lack any nutritional value whatsoever that we are drawn to because they are “easy” or “delicious”, particularly of the fast food variety. A healthy diet can protect the human body against certain types of diseases, making it a key component in an integrative health approach.

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run. By providing such a convenient nutritious solution, the individual is able to spend more time focusing on the other important pillars of a healthy lifestyle - mental, emotional and physical. At Eat Fit Go, all of our meals are free from preservatives and artificial ingredients. By eating clean natural food, the individual is able to improve the immune system and brain function, essential elements of a healthy lifestyle. At Eat Fit Go we help clients with a broad spectrum of needs. We have many low carb options that are great for diabetics, our low sodium options help keep the heart healthy, and the clean ingredients we use mean less digestive issues and aches and pains throughout the body. We hope that Eat Fit Go can be a partner for everyone’s healthy lifestyle journey. On the days that making healthy food choices, including controlling portion size and reading food labels, is overwhelming, Eat Fit Go is ready to help!” Aside from food intake, Plooster also offers the following advice: “Find activities that you can enjoy and really let go of every day stresses in the meantime. Yoga, meditation, or prayer have been proven to reduce stress and create mental clarity. Gardening, going on walks, and even just taking long consistent deep breaths will also help reduce stress. Finally, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of drinking lots of water! The more water you drink, the better your body functions!”

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It’s no big secret that obesity is a major epidemic we’re facing as a society, with wide-reaching negative effects on our health and wellness. “Most of the leading killers of Americans are linked to poor diet and obesity,” says Jethro Hopkins, owner of Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Lincoln location. “The way we eat and what we put into our bodies is killing us. The large amount of time we spend sitting versus the much smaller amount of time we spend active is killing us. Stress is killing us. We seem to live our lives these days racing to death, with so many of our lifestyle choices leading to bad outcomes.

Weight loss is all about lifestyle changes. Think of it this way: If it took you years to get to the point you are at, it will take you time to break your bad habits, establish new good habits in place of those, and put in the work to get to where you need to be. There are plenty of fad diets and programs out there that promise aggressive results, but we remain focused on weight loss at a healthy rate so it stays off long-term. Likewise, the longer it takes you to address the fact that you’re at an unhealthy weight, the more damage you are doing to yourself by continuing down the same path. The scary part is that it doesn’t take much extra past your ideal body weight for you to experience the nasty side effects. If overeating is the problem, it’s like any other addiction; the first step 68

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to getting healthy is to recognize it as a problem and seek help. Many people have medical issues that are at the source of weight gain, and since all of our plans and treatments are medically supervised, we are uniquely positioned to help those clients too. Furthermore, poor diet can contribute to weight gain without necessarily overeating. Our goal is to teach our clients how to shop so that they are able to lose weight with the items anyone could purchase at a grocery store. Since weight loss is only successful with a change in behavior, which we all know can be tough, support is a key component. We provide counseling services as a part of our plans to help redirect the habits that you’ve developed over a lifetime that have led to the weight gain, which is just as critical as the food itself. Because obesity is considered a medical condition and we are physician-guided, with the ability to do testing in-house including bloodwork, EKG, pulse and blood pressure, etc., we often work in partnership with a client’s primary physician. Here’s a good example: For someone who is taking blood pressure medications, the dosage is based on their weight, so if they’re losing weight, that amount will need to be adjusted at certain intervals. Some health insurance plans will even reimburse the cost of our services; we will fill out a medical letter of necessity for the doctor who will in turn submit it to the carrier. This integrative approach allows us to provide the lowerlevel monitoring in between doctor’s visits for the safety of our clients during the process of losing weight. The single most important thing a person can do for a happier, healthier life is to do what is necessary to lose weight by changing his or her lifestyle.” He adds, “For anyone trying to meet a weight loss goal and achieve better health, it’s well worth looking into B12 and B-Complex injections as there are many benefits. They increase your metabolism, help you sleep better, ward against depression, and even help to fight fatigue that comes from too much caffeine. With pills, it takes a while to absorb and the body processes most of the good stuff out of your system, whereas with injections, it goes straight into your bloodstream, bypassing all of that filtering so that most of it is retained and used by the body.” Supplements are indeed out there in full force, but as with food you should always be careful with what you put into your body. While something might seem to be good for you, that’s not always the case, so a healthy level of skepticism is always advisable. To ensure that you’re doing what’s best for your health, you’ll want to consult with a professional who is knowledgeable about holistic approaches and products, sticking to all-natural ones whenever possible. Herbs & More is a great local resource for anything related to healthy living, with a great selection of products available in-store and will also special order anything they don’t happen to carry. “At Herbs & More, we offer herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals to help you get and stay healthy,” says Julie Boyd, owner of Herbs & More. “We are happy to help find products that work with your current wellness regimen and any other specific needs. Along with taking a good multi-vitamin and Omega’s for your brain at the bare minimum, to enjoy a fuller life, it’s also recommended to drink lots of water and to take a 10-minute walk, particularly if you need to de-stress or have been sedentary for an extended period of time.”

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As previously mentioned, stress greatly contributes to health issues. There are many ways to relieve stress so that you can enjoy better health, particularly exercise and anything that promotes relaxation. “When we stress out, cortisol (the stress hormone) is released into the blood stream,” explains Erin Lange, LMT, owner of 5 Elements Massage. “That is when we find ourselves hugging our ears with

our shoulders, becoming upset over trivial things, or unable to sleep at night. Everything has the potential to rapidly decline into a downward spiral. When you visit a massage therapist, you are trusting that person to help you relieve that stress build-up.  With their knowledge of the human body through schooling, they help your body naturally release oxytocin (a calming hormone). With that hormone activated, many are able to once again enjoy the small things in life. Erin Lange 5 Elements Massage.

Massage is used in many other ways, whether it’s controlling anxiety or relief after a strenuous day at the gym. (Ever push yourself so much you can’t walk down stairs without complaining?) Human touch is very powerful and can take someone from a pain scale of a high 9-10 down to a much tolerable level of 4-5. In light of this, massage has been used to help with recovery from surgeries, management of depression, and even improvement of neurological damage (depending the cause of the damage). Anyone can benefit from incorporating massage into their lifestyle, and unless a doctor says differently, anyone can receive a massage. One thing that I emphasize to people is when you add massage into your life, it could reduce your doctor visits up to 20% in a year. I also find myself reiterating that massage isn’t just a once a year pampering session.  It is considered a healthy lifestyle change if you add massage to your routine—anywhere from 4-12 times a year is typically best! Also, there are many types of therapists to choose from, so don’t feel like you have to settle on just one.  Explore and find the one that works best for you! Ask questions if you don’t understand something.  Most importantly, communicate your needs and wants.  You will know when you have found the right massage therapist.” On the topic of massage, Dennis Varley, LMT, owner of The Body Shoppe, further advises, “Massage has many health benefits for infants and seniors alike. It not only helps with aches and pains from normal everyday life but also with anxiety and depression as previously mentioned, and even helping kids cope with ADHD among many other things. Massage helps with blood flow and circulation, which can help with arthritis in seniors. Massage also helps lower blood pressure and blood sugars for people with Dennis Varley diabetes and high blood pressure. We The Body Shoppe offer a wide range of massage techniques designed to help with any of these issues. Getting regular massage, kind of like going to the gym and working out, is very beneficial. The main problem we see in our society these days is we are all very busy and a lot of people don’t take time for themselves. If in this busy life everyone could just find an hour or two each week for themselves, we could become a more relaxed and healthier society.” As we find ourselves at work for the majority of our waking hours, it’s only common sense that a wellness component should exist in that space too. Many contemporary workplaces have taken notice of the importance and benefits of offering wellness programs for their employees, with the successful integration of initiatives that promote achieving optimal health.

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“Our programs have always been focused on prevention through multiple avenues at work,” explains Katie Tiedemann of Proactive Solutions Healthcare. “The primary focus comes from education by our

professional staff on all aspects of living healthy from workplace ergonomics to starting a healthy lifestyle through realistic nutrition and activity custom programs. Since our team is made up of healthcare providers who clinically treat the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, we can directly influence the changes needed in one’s life to prevent these issues. A healthy employee is a more productive employee; this was evident after a recent analysis of our program for a medical manufacturer that showed an 800% increase in productivity for our client. Our focus at Proactive Solutions Healthcare is directly with the employers in the community. We provide onsite services for them, which may include physical therapy, massage therapy, ergonomic assessment and modifications, prevention and wellness program development and management, and safety protocol. This keeps their employees healthy and safe while being productive at work. On average employees spend 45-60 hours of their week engaged in work activities. I can’t think of a better place to influence the members of our community.” She adds, “The two key areas we find ourselves addressing most are sedentary work habits (prolonged computer work) and the highly repetitive work (manufacturing or material handling). These two areas show the unbalanced employee who feels the detrimental effects of this work lifestyle. Our interventions focus on counteracting these variables and restoring the balance resulting in a more productive but healthy worker. After all, the key is balance, whether you are at work or your personal life. This is unique for each individual so you can’t have a one-sizefits-all program as many try to implement. If you have a diverse professional team that can effectively manage a custom program that’s unique to the factors that exist in your workplace, the results will speak for themselves. This is what we do for our clients and practice in our lives. If you can achieve balance you will be happier, healthy and live a better quality life.” In finding that ideal balance, you’ll also want to establish a good foundation by ensuring that your central body systems are functioning at optimal capacity, which will allow you the maximum benefits from all other efforts. “Spinal health is one of the most important but overlooked aspects of our wellbeing,” notes Dr. Tara Mohl of Green Chiropractic. “The spine and nervous system hold the key to overall health affecting how we look, feel and move. At Green Chiropractic we strive to understand the root cause of each patient’s issues.  The first step is a thorough evaluation to clarify the state of alignment and posture.   With that information, our doctors develop a customized plan of action that includes choices for the patient based on their specific

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goals to feel better, establishment of prevention strategies and coaching on lifestyle changes that can ensure future success. Thousands of patients who’ve benefited from the care and expertise of Green Chiropractic know that as we age, we don’t have to give up the things we love to do, but can continue to enjoy a full and active life. Better Spine, Better Life!” She also offers the following advice to reflect upon moving forward: “The first key to living a healthy and holistic lifestyle is self-awareness-to know what you most enjoy from life and hold true to what you are not willing to give up just because you age.  Then open the door to exploring what is in your way today, or might be a barrier to the future YOU.  Establish a formal plan including specific action steps with support of an expert and follow through.  Include the routine practice of periodic spinal adjustments to continue to look, feel and move better.  Enrich this with components of wellness including daily movement, good nutrition and healthy thoughts.  Seek to spend as much time as possible with others who actively practice this vision of healthy living.” In closing, consider the following information sourced from the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, which can be found at “We are all too aware of the staggering economic impact of the most common preventable chronic diseases. Integrative health and medicine focuses on prevention, high-quality partnerships among clinicians, a collaborative relationship between practitioners and patients/clients, and evidence-based therapies that are not only effective, but tend to improve health. These areas of focus may feel merely conceptual within a conventional framework, but they are the driving factors behind the success of an integrative health model. It is important to understand that integrative health is inclusive of conventional care; over 40% of hospitals offer at least some integrative services to inpatients, and integrative services are now becoming normalized in institutional and clinic settings. It is clear that the appeal of integrative health and medicine to patients is escalating. Use of integrative health and medicine is as high as 90% for certain patient populations in the US and is 38% for all adult Americans. The most common conditions successfully treated are chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, depression/anxiety, cancer, and stress. Importantly, HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores are higher when patients receive integrative services. In one study, 76.2% of patients who received integrative services for pain in the hospital felt their pain was improved as a result of the integrative therapy.
 Health-related quality of life was significantly improved for patients who received integrative care. Treatments were also found to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and pain, and increase patient satisfaction in thoracic surgery patients. Additional studies have corroborated the observation of reduced pain and anxiety in inpatients receiving integrative care. Data from the Bravewell Collaborative demonstrated the efficacy of an integrative approach to health care derived from three sources: research conducted at universities, studies at corporations for employee wellness and pilot projects run by insurers. The research also revealed that significant health benefits can be realized by using three strategies: integrative lifestyle change programs for those with chronic illness, integrative interventions for people with depression and integrative prevention strategies for all. One diabetes study found that every dollar invested in lifestyle intervention cut $3.50 in medical costs, while a review of more than 120 studies of comprehensive health management programs offered by employers revealed an average 26% reduction in health care costs and an average $5.81 returned for every $1 invested in worksite health promotion initiatives. Additional research is anticipated to continue to confirm that integrative health and medicine support the triple aim to improve the experience of care, to improve the health of populations, and to reduce the per capita costs of health care.”

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Holiday Party Planning In the spirit of the holiday season, which is much about fellowship and celebration, the calendar for the next few months is highly likely to be jam-packed for most of us, with parties, gatherings and events positioned throughout. In order to get everyone on the same page for the best turnout, you’ll want you party to get penciled in as a priority well before it’s in competition with a crazy mix of engagements. Furthermore, the calendars for our local businesses with holiday offerings are already filling up, so it’s a rule of thumb to secure your date, and even your vendors, this month if possible for any holiday event that you’ll be hosting yet this year. Selecting Your Venue Similar to wedding season, while we do have a fantastic selection of local venues, it’s astounding how fast they all book up for the holiday season. The most popular dates tend to book the earliest, which would be your Thursday, Friday, and Saturday affairs.

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With off-peak dates and times only slightly less desirable in this particular scenario (and for a variety of reasons, preferable to some), these too are hot commodities within such a limited window of time. If you have your heart set on that perfect place to host your holiday party, or will need a specific venue to accommodate the size of the party, theme or desired activity, catering preferences, or any other determining factors at play, you’ll want to get this one detail finalized as soon as you can. Parties are unique, with no one the same as the next. While the holiday theme is what the majority will have in common this time of the year, there is quite the diverse spectrum of options available to choose from in the Lincoln area. With so many local venues to consider, it really depends on your vision for the event, and more importantly with precious little time to spare, how much time and effort you want to invest. While some are natural party planners and find great satisfaction in coordinating all of the details, others will greatly benefit from partnering with experienced professionals. These are the people who specialize in taking all of the OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business


stress and responsibility off of the client’s shoulders and onto theirs during the planning stages along with flawlessly executing their role when it’s party time. If you’re looking for somewhat of a blank canvas or open area that can be transformed to your own taste and specifications, a ballroom or designated event space will afford you plenty of options. Alternatively, you may want to go where the action’s at to keep your guests engaged with one another and entertained, possibly even providing the opportunity to try something new. Or, you could even create an itinerary for a “night on the town” experience and travel to several different locations, which could be in close proximity and within walking distance or arrived at via group transportation. With so much fun to be had all around town, it can really be tough to narrow it down to just a few options, so we’ve provided a few great examples of each to check out for inspiration!

Another fantastic find that’s perfect for an intimate gathering or vibrant soiree this holiday season is The Normandy, one of our local fine dining establishments.

“So many employees look forward to the holiday party every year so we want to make it special,” says Kelli Pilkington of Venue Restaurant & Lounge. “All of our rooms are simply gorgeous and we decorate beautifully for the holidays.  Whether a team of 20 in our Nebraska Room or a team of 300 in our Jasmine Room, this will be the holiday party they rave about wanting again next year.

“We extend the option of reserving our venue for private parties with no additional room or party rental fees on Sunday and Monday as the restaurant is closed on those days,” says Lawrence De Villiers, head chef and owner of The Normandy. “Our specialty is French cuisine, and we cook everything from scratch, which allows us a lot of freedom in designing a meal that’s sure to impress. In fact, every aspect of your event can be customized at The Normandy. Together with the chef, party hosts create their menu. Our expertly curated Lawrence De Villiers wine list contains ample selections that will The Normandy pair nicely with each course. Bring in your own décor too; we welcome our guests to transform the space as they see fit. Our specialty is sit-down formal dinners, so space is limited to 25 people for private parties held at the restaurant. However, for larger parties held at another venue in town, we’ll gladly cater a buffet spread for up to 200 people. The Normandy guarantees the ideal convivial setting for your grand celebrations as well as intimate surroundings for your social and business gatherings. We very much look forward to assisting with the planning and hosting of holiday events, making this a most memorable occasion for both you and your guests.”

She also notes, “Lots of times with our busy schedules we tend to forget about the anticipated holiday parties until someone

A classic, timeless form of entertainment that’s just as fun today as event, bowling is fun for all ages and skill levels, making it a great choice for a holiday party.

Offering five private dining rooms as well as The Jasmine Room at The Grand Manse, Venue Restaurant & Lounge has great spaces available for your holiday party in addition to its impressive catering operation which can be booked in conjunction with your event at Venue or alternatively, any other location of your choice.

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mentions it, then we scramble to find the best food and available space at the last minute. Take the last minute stress out and have fun planning your holiday festivities starting now!  We love this time of year where we get to start planning holiday events and boy do they fill up fast.  Have fun with planning your parties the way you truly want and start today.”

Jennifer Davis-Korn of 48 Bowl offers direction for those interested in scheduling a holiday party at one of their two local venues: “The holidays at Parkway Lanes and Hollywood Bowl are one of our favorite times of year! We love having the opportunity to make each gathering of family, friends and co-workers in our centers a special one. But, as the days get shorter and temperatures dip, our bowling centers get busier. That is why if you’re thinking of a bowling party, we encourage you to plan and schedule your event as soon as possible. October is not too early to book a date for your holiday party. To make your booking easier, here’s a few helpful items to prepare before you call one of our centers: 1. What are the date(s) and time(s) you are hoping to book? 2. What is your group size? (Estimates are okay for a start!) 3. Are you wanting to provide bowling, food and beverages for your guests? 4. Do you have a budget in mind? If you’re not sure if your budget will cover everything you want to provide, call us and ask. Every booking we do is a custom package to meet your needs. We’re here to help you figure that out. Getting your group scheduled on our books is first and foremost. You can always secure your date with us now and we can deal with food and beverage options closer to your reservation. Also, keep in mind that your reservation does not have to include bowling. We have wonderful pub and lounge areas that are also available for group reservations. If you’re the type that likes to do your research before you call, our group rates and booking information can be found online at http://48bowl. com/group-rates.html. If you’d like to speak with someone who can help you, please call and ask to speak with Terri Jo at Parkway 74

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Lanes (402.483.7763) or Chris at Hollywood Bowl (402.466.1911).” In agreement on a bowling center being an ideal venue for a holiday party, and on the importance of planning well in advance for this year’s event, Jen Miseno of Sun Valley Lanes further advises, “I highly recommend planning early in order to reserve the best possible time for your party.  Some groups book their parties a year in advance to make sure they get the time and space that they Jen Miseno want.  However, these are generally higher Sun Valley Lanes demand times for larger groups.  Planning for smaller and more flexible groups should begin now as things do fill up fast.  Keep in mind, the prime time spots (such as a Saturday before Christmas) will book up much sooner than a lower traffic time (like a Monday or Wednesday afternoon in November). At Sun Valley Lanes, our “Strike Package” is still one of our most popular packages.  Included is 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, soft drinks, and a 2 entrée/4 appetizer buffet.  However, we do have many other options for food packages based on your specific wants and needs.  If you haven’t been out bowling this past year, you are missing out on our Fun Valley Arcade, a 1500 sq. ft. arcade and redemption center with 20 state-of-the-art games and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes.  We can add arcade credit to any event, is a great opportunity to take the fun to the next level in the Fun Valley Arcade. After all, you are here to have fun and enjoy yourself while celebrating the holidays, so why not make the most of it!” She adds, “The great thing to keep in mind for corporate event is that our activities cater to all ages and capabilities.  No one is left out!” Participating in a fun group sport or activity could be a great fit for your holiday party, but here in Lincoln we also love our live sporting events. With that in mind, aside from Husker football and volleyball, the most popular local events for spectators this time of year are definitely Lincoln Stars Hockey games!


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If you want to get creative with your holiday party, that’s certainly not going to present a problem with all that Lincoln has to offer for entertainment. For example, with its location in close proximity to many other entertainment establishments in downtown Lincoln, the Historic Haymarket, and even the Railyard, you could plan an entire afternoon or evening of holiday fun with your group that includes a stop at Escape Lincoln. “Escape rooms offer a fun and unique activity that will give you something to talk and laugh about during the rest of your company’s holiday event,” says Anh McClure, co-owner of Escape Lincoln. “We can accommodate large groups broken down to smaller teams to ensure everyone is involved and has a great time. And if you booked a holiday party with us last year, we have redone all three escape rooms this year and have a whole new experience for you to try! Anh McClure Escape Lincoln

She also emphasizes, “With so many companies and families planning events around the holidays, it’s important to schedule ahead. If you are looking for a fun activity (possibly to pair with a dinner outing in the Haymarket), you could plan an event at Escape Lincoln. We are open by appointment during the week, which means we can customize your group’s escape to work with your other plans.” Another of the somewhat “non-traditional” yet fantastic ideas for a holiday party is none other than a spa party! “We love doing spa parties!” says Tasha Schmeichel, owner of Tranquility Salon & Spa. “In fact, treating employees or clients to a mini spa day has become quite popular within the last couple years.

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With our brand new facility we are able to accommodate large and small parties and we have a wide variety of services to choose from. Evenings and Saturdays fill up fast; another popular daytime party would be a Spa Friday! With health and wellness becoming more of priority, stressrelieving massages and relaxing facials are a wonderful gift and most of our offerings can be planned around enjoying them together in a group environment. You can find out more by calling us at (402) 328-0777 or visiting us online at”

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Pairing wine (or another beverage of choice) and art, with the added bonus of taking home a custom piece that you created, Paint & Sip studios such as Pinot’s Palette, which recently opened a new studio in Lincoln, are quite the popular destination for holiday parties too. With holiday spirits a part of many celebrations, our local bars and restaurants are by far the most common venue to host a holiday party. It’s a convenient place to gather that doesn’t require a lot of planning or work to put together unless you want to do so. The Local is a favorite south Lincoln gathering spot with a fun, casual atmosphere, and with the recent opening of its party room, it’s a great venue to host your upcoming holiday event!

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“Our party room is a versatile space that’s fitting for both energetic events with live music or a DJ and those that are more quaint and quiet, just depending on what atmosphere you want to create,” advises Tracy Graham of The Local. “Preparing early for holiday events is essential in order to locate a venue that meets your specific needs. Then on past that, booking your space early so you have time to personalize your celebration is key. We work closely with the host(s) to plan every event, and with optional food catering services along with plenty of flexibility to accommodate each occasion, every party is uniquely individual. You could also choose to have your party in conjunction with one of our regular events, such as Trivia Tuesdays or our Wednesday .75 cent taco special, or when we have live bands or karaoke going on at the bar. We have a great happy hour daily too for smaller or impromptu holiday get-togethers. Check us out at!” Wine and the holidays go hand-in-hand, and if you’re someone who feels the same way and are surrounded by like-minded loved ones, co-workers, or clients, you may want to consider having your holiday soiree at barVino! With a great vibe, eight wines on tap and over 100 boutique wines that can be paired with items from the house appetizer menu, and of course to be inclusive to all, a selection of specialty craft beers and top shelf liquor, it’s a great place to host a party or simply pop by to enjoy a few holiday spirits (especially since it’s right across the street from SouthPointe Pavillions, making it a convenient reprieve from holiday shopping!). Jennifer Amen Tomka, owner of barVino, advises, “Although barVino is closed on Sundays and Mondays, we are available to host your private events and can accommodate small and large groups alike. Give us a call to schedule your holiday or anytime event or to make reservations ahead of arrival for a larger impromptu gathering any other day of the week—we’d love to have you!” You could also opt to go straight to the source-James Arthur Vineyards offers an intimate setting for holiday gatherings and parties, Jennifer Amen Tomka barVino with the added bonus of its signature wines to enjoy. “One of the most popular events we host is a holiday dinner that incorporates a wine tasting,” says Jim Ballard, owner of James Arthur Vineyards. “Our Winemaker’s Dinner, a sit-down four-course meal paired with JAV’s award winning wines, is always popular, as is a more casual event


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with appetizers and a wine tasting. Tasting stations can be incorporated into the dining experience, which allows guests to travel from station to station, enjoying different pairings of wines and appetizers. Out caterer can create a personalized menu for any event, and you are also welcome to incorporate live entertainment. Some fun ideas I have seen are comedians, magicians, or a cabaret-type performance. We work with a number of entertainers in the area that we could schedule for your holiday event; just ask and we’ll Jim Ballard provide great recommendations. You could James Arthur Vineyards also opt for a basic wine tasting class as the entertainment, with JAV’s winemaker leading a hands-on class in the ‘5-S’s’ of wine tasting.” Arranging for Transportation Holiday parties are notorious for having the drinks flowing, whether it’s at a bar, restaurant or just about anywhere else for that matter. Closer to the holidays there are free cab rides offered by local businesses, and with Uber there is much better access to safe transportation in Lincoln these days. However, as a responsible party host, booking transportation for your guests would be greatly appreciated and allows everyone to let loose and enjoy themselves without worry of logistics as the event draws to a close. “Car service after a party is always a smart thing to provide,” says Lori Hiebner, owner of Leisure Limousine & Sedan. “If you have the car on hand, you won’t need to feel like you’re making a call to a car service and run the risk of embarrassing your guest when they have over-indulged. Better yet, let them know in advance the limo will be waiting to take them home afterwards. If transportation isn’t offered, reserve a limo for that special holiday party! If you’re going to go through all of the effort of dressing up, why not rent a Lori Hiebner limo and ensure it’s a night to remember? We Leisure Limousine & Sedan have an extensive fleet, with a wide array of sedans, SUVs, limousines that accommodate from 6-14 passengers, and a 34-passenger limo bus, which allows us plenty of options in meeting your holiday party transportation needs.”

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Also, with the popularity of the “party bus” as well as other unique forms of transportation, such as the Group Therapy bikes, which are still available to rent weather permitting in the winter months for holidaythemed tours, there’s plenty of fun to be had on-the-go. You’ll have the freedom to stop at any number of places, and with the change in scenery at each, it’s an eventful and memorable way to spend your time together out and about on an adventure of sorts. Group Therapy Bike Tours offers booking options year-round, with ride sessions and mobile concierge bar services being the most sought after during the holiday season. These examples of transportation are also perfect for light tours and holiday shopping trips – ‘tis the season! Providing the Entertainment As with some of the venues we’ve already mentioned, the entertainment is already a part of the equation. However, there are also other forms of entertainment that can be incorporated at almost any venue of your choosing. Once you have the basics in place, all of the special touches can be arranged accordingly. As holiday music is an endearing staple of the season, incorporating a live performance from professional musicians is especially complementary. It’s something that really enhances the ambiance of your holiday party, setting the mood appropriately for an unforgettable event.

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“Music is one of the key factors that helps to set the tone that one is wanting for their party or event – and live musicians take it a step further by providing a warm, inviting atmosphere for those in attendance,” says Vicki Harris, owner of Harris Academy of the Arts. “Whether you’re hosting a small inhome holiday gathering for family, or a large corporate holiday event for your business, Charles Dickens Carolers are generally the most in-demand option we have to offer this time of year. The four-part harmony and Vicki Harris yuletide cheer of the Holiday Carolers will fill Harris Academy the air with comforting sounds of days gone of the Arts by. The spirit of holiday music, accompanied by vibrant costumes of a Dicken’s Christmas, will entertain and relax guests in any atmosphere. Holiday Carolers can stroll through your party and even lead your group in sing-a-longs. While our Charles Dickens Carolers are indeed very popular over the holidays, Harris Academy of the Arts offers a wide variety of professional musician services including string quartets, instrumental duets and trios such as piano/violin, piano/cello, violin duets and more. Whatever atmosphere you’re seeking for an event, we’re able to customize a musical ‘playlist’ just for you! Musical selections from classical all the way to popular radio tunes are available, and samples can be heard on our webpage:” As far as booking is concerned, she further advises, “For those planning holiday events, it is absolutely advantageous and essential to plan ahead! Early preparation practically guarantees that outsourced event necessities such as catering, entertainment and more are likely to have your event date available for you to book. Harris Academy of the Arts offers free consultation with our professional musician services in order to efficiently assist with your event preparations.” Choosing a Caterer With one of the more eagerly anticipated aspects of the holiday party experience being the fare, as one might suspect, caterers also book up rather quickly during the holiday season. As such, this will likely be another priority item to check off of your list, and with a similar sense of urgency as booking the venue. There are several different avenues to consider for party catering, all with a wide variety of possibilities for customizing your spread: 1. Choose from the catering selections available at the venue you’ve booked; 2. Hire a local catering company; or 3. Utilize one of our local restaurants with catering offerings. Setting up a meeting with your top two or three choices to really get a grasp of what they’d be able to provide is advised since you’re working with a little more time on your side at this point. Hosting in Your Home (or Office) In addition to the line-up of holiday parties where you’ll be out on the town, you may also be hosting your own party, gathering or event inhouse. Along the same lines of being prepared and beating the holiday rush, with a lot of cooking going on during the next few months in order to prepare all of the seasonal favorites, you may find yourself needing to upgrade certain items in your kitchen. “It is important to have the right cookware and tools for cooking and baking during the holiday season,” advises Jana Clark, store manager at Habitat.  “If you’re missing any of the necessary items, you’ll want to beat the rush and find your turkey brine, turkey lifters, butcher’s twine, roasting pan, roasting rack, pie plates, pie weights, baking mats, cookie cutters—and the list even goes on from there. This way you can concentrate on finding the right recipes and getting your house decorated for guests. For those planning to spend some time in the 78

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kitchen, we also have a selection of fantastic new beer bread mixes, including the following varieties: The Classic, Roasted Garlic, Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry Orange, and even Hatch Green Chili Cheddar. We’ve also found a new vendor for peanut brittle with really unique flavors such as Chili Lime Tequila, Brandied Harvest, Micro Brew Beer, and Triple Nut Kentucky Bourbon. While it’s easy to focus specifically on the cooking, don’t forget the ambiance! Frasier Fir home fragrance is one of our most popular items this time of year and will really set the mood for a holiday party or gathering. Since you’ll be sharing a meal, the table setting should be attractive and inviting. We have a fantastic selection of cloth table linens and also some fun paper placemats that can be colored.  While these are perfect for the kids’ table, you could have fun with them at the adult tables too. You could also choose to take advantage of a new service we’re offering and have your paper plates, napkins, or cups personally imprinted for your holiday party or any type of special event.” If you prefer to opt out of the cooking and baking for your holiday party, whether you’re lacking in the culinary skills department or simply can’t find the time, don’t let that stop you from serving up an amazing meal! Many of our local caterers will gladly plan for a prepared meal to be served in your home. “Let us bring the comfort of a holiday feast directly to your living room while you shower your guests with a heart-warming gathering,” proposes Kelli Pilkington of Venue Restaurant & Lounge. “We set up, elegantly serve, and leave your home spotless while you wine, dine and entertain.  Whether our house or yours, let us cater your holiday!” Joe Armstrong of Cowboy Chicken, another fantastic option for catering in the Lincoln area, adds, “I feel that with any holiday gathering, whether it be at the office, home, or other venue, food plays the biggest role.  Choosing the right entrees and side dishes can really make your gathering memorable.  It is often difficult to find the time or energy to prepare a large feast.  At Cowboy Chicken, we do all of the heavy lifting for you so that you can enjoy the time with your guests.  We have a wide variety of side options to go with our wood fire rotisserie chicken.  Also, in November and December, we will have our wood fire rotisserie Turkeys, just in time for your holiday events.  We can serve any size group from small to large, at any type of venue, and we can deliver it right to you.  With over 30 years in the restaurant industry and with Cowboy Chicken being locally owned and operated, we can help you plan your menu and come up with some unique and creative ideas for your family or business event.” Making Plans for Your Pets There is a lot packed into a short amount of time during the holidays, with much to do that requires more of a commitment of time and attention (and probably a lot of running around town) than during the rest of the year. With travelling and entertaining in the home to add to the equation, you’ll want to make sure that any necessary arrangements for your family members of the furry variety are handled soon because this is another area of high demand during the holiday season. Particularly if you’re hosting a gathering at your home, visitors and so much action may be a stressor to your pets. With everyone coming and going, it’s also easy for your pet to slip out the door unnoticed. If you don’t have a quiet, secure place in your house where your pet can lay low during the festivities, you’ll probably want to plan for transport to another location, whether it’s a friend or family member’s house or a place where you can board your pet. Alternatively, if your pet enjoys being the center of attention, a trip to the grooming salon for a holiday style is likely on the agenda. “Our boarding facility and grooming salon become very busy during the holidays,” says Dian Quist of KENL INN. “Setting early reservations and appointments will assure that your pet’s needs are fulfilled. Your pets are certainly a part of your family, and we feel the same way here at KENL INN. Take care to make your pet feel comfortable when you have guests over for parties by treating them to a party of their own! We offer a variety of options throughout the year, including

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nature hikes, group play, one-on-one play or cuddle time, and ‘Gym N Swim’; however, during the holiday season our special events are a big hit. This includes Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, and even a New Year’s Eve celebration!” She also emphasizes the importance of taking necessary precautions, advising to “Take time to familiarize yourself with potential hazards to your pet associated with the holidays.” Indeed, during the holidays it’s especially important to keep the safety of our furry friends in mind. Whether at home or for our pets in the workplace, here are a few tips provided by the ASPCA (www.aspca. org) that will help to ensure that the holiday season is enjoyable for all! • Make sure that your Christmas tree is securely anchored so that it doesn’t tip and fall, potentially injuring your pet. This will also prevent the tree water (which may contain fertilizers that can be toxic or cause an upset stomach if ingested) from spilling. Keep in mind that stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he/she drink it. • Avoid the tinsel. Many pets, especially cats, love this stuff and consider it to be something fun to play with. However, if swallowed, it can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration, and possible surgery. • While it’s commonly understood by pet owners that chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol is a big no-no, it’s also important to keep them away from just about any other variety of holiday fare and treats. Especially during holiday parties and gatherings, make sure to keep your pet away from the table and unattended plates of food or cocktails. Also, be sure to secure the lids on the garbage cans or promptly take out any trash after the party. • Ditch the mistletoe, holly and lilies. Although a staple of holiday décor, they are toxic to animals so the faux versions are a far better option for pet owners. Holly, when ingested by pets, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. • Keep all of the wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth. • With all of the commotion and stimuli, pets are prone to anxiety during the holidays. Give your pet his/her own quiet space to retreat to, complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. … And Everything Else

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What’s a party without plenty of fun photos to look back on fondly at a later day – or to post on any number of social media channels immediately to show everyone how much fun you’re having, who are we kidding?! As such, dressing the part is a must. You might have go-to statement pieces in your wardrobe, but it’s always fun to debut a brand new look that’s fitting for the occasion. Holiday parties run the gambit from casual dress to glitz and glamour, and even venture into themed

attire—you’ve probably got an ugly sweater just waiting to be unleashed yet again this year. If your goal is to dress to impress, make sure to check out the local boutiques in town because these are the places where you’re sure to find the best hidden gems! At Rachel’s Boutique in southeast Lincoln or 3 Daughters Boutique in the Haymarket you’ll find a great selection of pieces that are perfect for holiday parties, with new arrivals coming in all throughout the season. Action! Now you should be well on your way to putting together the best holiday party yet!

Holiday Gift Preview With all of the holiday party necessities out of the way, this brings us to an equally important topic during the holidays: Shopping for the perfect gifts. While for most gifts there is a little time to spare before you’ll need to get started with your holiday shopping adventures, for a select few items now is the time to act. Gifts that need to be special ordered are best to get out of the way as soon as possible, particularly if there are lead times involved. A prime example is anything you’d need personalized—a last name embroidered on sports apparel, an engraved watch or flask, and anything that would be custom-made, from furniture to jewelry and so many more possibilities on past those. Corporate gifts often fall into the customized area, if not because of the gift itself but because they are generally ordered in numbers as opposed to just one item. Placing your orders this month is ideal to ensure you receive your gifts with enough time to distribute them accordingly. It’s also the best time to pick up the items that will be in high demand; while you may find good deals during the holidays, there are plenty of other items that may not vary that much in price when all is said and done.

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To get you started, we’ve listed some ideas for gift giving provided by a few of our favorite local businesses: “We put together food and gift baskets year-round, with a customized assortment of items that can be arranged at many different price points. As just one example of a great holiday office party gift, we can put together a basket with jams and a spreader for under $10 apiece. To beat the rush, it’s a good idea to pre-order your gift baskets this month. We also have some canvas art pieces that can be customized that make great gifts. While we are well-known for our selection of houseware items, we have FABULOUS fall ponchos, scarves and gloves in great colors and at great price points too.” – Jana Clark, Habitat “Our gift card bundles are always popular with businesses and people love receiving them. Business owners, managers and HR representatives contact us for large amount of gift cards for their team members and we in turn give them a percentage off pending on the amount they purchase.  It’s a fantastic gesture to give those who work hard all year round a chef-inspired evening at Venue.  We also love when businesses buy gift cards for their clients!  Whether to say thank you for your business or treat them to a Venue gift card for being a loyal customer, it’s always a great gift for the holidays.” – Kelli Pilkington, Venue Restaurant & Lounge We offer tons of gift ideas at Tranquility Salon & Spa and can help you customize the perfect gift for just about anyone! For example, we carry a complete bath, body and candle line from Lollia, which smells and feels amazing! Our spa gift cards are always a wonderful option, making gift giving less stressful and fun. These can be purchased straight from our website, or we welcome you to stop in and browse our gift items to pair with a gift card. If those options won’t work, you can even purchase over the phone and we will mail it to you! –Tasha Schmeichel, Tranquility Salon & Spa “Boudoir photography is one of the most personal gifts that you can give to your significant other - no one else can give him the same gift! What OCTOBER 2016 Strictly Business


guy doesn’t want some sexy images of his lady? We are booking now for those women who want their images ready in time for Christmas. We recommend that you schedule your session 6-7 weeks prior to when you want them in-hand.” – Jaime Incontro, Purple Sky Productions “Escape Lincoln offers gift certificates which have been popular giveaways and gifts year-round. You can purchase gift certificates online for any group size, or contact us with a custom request.” – Anh McClure, Escape Lincoln “Harris Academy of the Arts doesn’t just offer professional musicians for holiday parties – we also provide quality private music lessons and group class opportunities. Our most popular gift offering for the 2016 holiday season is our gift cards – customers can request a specific dollar value for their gift-receiver, or they can even purchase a gift card for a set amount of lessons or classes. Giving the gift of music is one of the greatest gifts of all, and gift certificates make the best stocking stuffers!” – Vicki Harris, Harris Academy of the Arts “In addition to the ability to put together really nice gift baskets, we will be featuring holiday-specific wines throughout November and December that are perfect for gift giving! We will also be starting our wine club, with the opportunity to attend a free monthly wine tasting for members, who can then select two of the three featured wines to take home. A membership or a bottle from the tasting would both make great gifts too!” – Jennifer Amen Tomka, barVino “‘Tis the season to order your corporate gifts for clients and employees, and creative promotional products fit the bill nicely! Customized pens or pen sets and drinkware are usually the most popular, but there are literally thousands of items to choose from in every price range. Not only does this get your name out and recognized, but it is a thoughtful gesture of thanks during the holiday season. Since most plan to give these gifts during the month of December at holiday events and not just at the end of the month around the Christmas holiday, making arrangements early is ideal. The lead time for ordering these customized products is at least


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While there are always going to be those things on the holiday checklist that end up getting put off until the last-minute, there are others that you’ll want to get on top of right away. Most notably, if your holiday party plans necessitate a date in November or December, or if you’ll need to special order a custom gift, this month is the time to act!

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