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HAVE YOU THANKED A VETERAN LATELY? Even though we don’t always know each other, our Veterans truly believe in our nation’s freedom enough to have dedicated a major part of their lives to serve our country and protect our way of life. The individuals who have committed to serving in the United States military also play a vital part in their respective communities in addition to their invaluable role in serving our country. In honor of giving thanks during the holiday season, we are incredibly thankful every single day for these men and women who have contributed so much to our country’s prosperity, to the strength of our great nation, and who have served to safeguard the liberties of each and every U.S. citizen. They have and will continue to represent our nation with grace, humility, strength, and character; as ambassadors of our values and what it truly means to be an American. The businesses who have sponsored this page join us in extending our gratitude and appreciation to past, present and future members of our military.





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FOCUSING ON YOUR BRAND The Third Stage of the Buyer’s Journey: DECISION An understanding of the Buyer’s Journey is a must for any business owner or professional involved in the marketing efforts of an organization, as it offers valuable insight into the mindset of those in your target audience at several key junctures during the active research process leading up to a purchase. Over the past few months we’ve been examining what’s widely considered to be the conventional Buyer’s Journey model, having covered the two of the three stages thus far.

Beginning in the AWARENESS stage, a problem or opportunity requiring action/resolution at some point down the line has presented itself, prompting a person to seek out any relevant information that’s readily available in order to educate themselves accordingly. Having found a wealth of general data that has led to precisely identifying a need exists, those in the CONSIDERATION stage are still gathering information but in a much more concise, targeted manner and it’s predominantly solution-oriented. After exploring solutions, researching vendors, and determining strategy, a potential buyer is ready to move forward into the final stage, DECISION. However, this doesn’t simply mean he or she is in the act of officially pulling the trigger on the transaction quite yet. Instead, there is yet another wave of evaluation taking place. The potential buyer has now qualified a limited number of resources and is analyzing the solution method presented by each prior to ultimately selecting the one that he/she will commit to purchasing. As far as opportunity for interaction goes, the time spent in this stage will vary quite a bit compared to the first two. For reference, think about the decisions you’ve made in the past collectively. Some were more important than others, there was varying degrees of logic and emotion involved, not all required lengthy thought while others were pored over, and the analysis of investment vs. return yielded a different set of outcomes for each scenario, which had a direct impact on the ease of arriving at a final decision and your readiness to commit at that point. Both consciously and subconsciously, there was a lot more going on than you probably gave credit to during the decision process. From a marketing perspective, this is exactly what needs to be examined in detail in order to determine what needs to be done to close the deal. You’ll want to hone in on 1. The criteria buyers use to evaluate the available offerings; 2. What the potential buyer likes about your offerings compared to the alternatives; 3. Any concerns and expectations they have;

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and finally, 4. Disclosure of any future investment from the buyer that’s required as a result of the initial purchase. While those in the Consideration stage may or may not have made contact with the actual solution provider yet, you can count on anyone in the Decision stage going right to the source. For the select businesses remaining in the solution category at this point, it is mission critical to demonstrate that what you can provide aligns with the best course of action moving forward in a way that’s compelling and sets you apart from the competition. For optimal engagement, as this stage is all about comparison and presentation, you’ll want to highlight pros and cons, provide reviews and/ or testimonials, and offer live demonstrations or in-person consultations (combined with a free, no-obligation trial if applicable/possible). Moreover, you’ll need to have all of this readily available to present when a person walks through the doors or sits down at the table for a meeting, because in doing so they’ve identified themselves as being in the midst of or close enough to the Decision stage. They want to be convinced (reinforcing the choice they’ve already made), and since you already have a fantastic product or service that you stand behind 100% and confidently provide for the benefit to those you do business with, you’re in a position to win them over if you have all of your ducks in a row. Finally, of great importance to note, you’ll be evaluated not only on the solution you provide but on your company culture, core values, and your track record as to how you do business. As any purchase decision is both logical and emotional, people will ultimately, and without fail, gravitate towards doing business with those they know and like. So, you must not only have the best solution, but be the company that the potential buyer can personally identify with and find value in the partnership too. When it’s decision time, a potential buyer will be looking for a solution provider that has proven expertise and comes in at the right price point, but also one that has solved a similar problem with optimal results, and more specifically, knows and understands the associated challenges even better than the client. Combined with a strong company culture and presence in the community, all of which will need to be communicated through your marketing efforts, you’re the choice they’ll ultimately be satisfied with making, now and in the future.

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ALL-WEATHER Driving in inclement weather during the winters here in Nebraska is hazardous to some degree at all times. Taking all of the necessary measures to ensure that the minimal level of risk is present starts with the only thing that touches the road: your four tires. Even if you have the biggest, baddest 4WD truck on the streets of Lincoln, unless you have the proper tires, your safety isn’t guaranteed as these types of vehicles are still reported to be involved in a high rate of accidents in the winter. Tires are surprisingly technical products, consisting of many components and subject to exacting requirements. Since 1951, Walker Tire has been in the business of helping local customers find the right tire for the conditions we experience here in Lincoln, NE. Owner Nick Vuko has spent his entire career in the tire industry, during which time there have been many significant advancements. He’s always been passionate about sharing the vast knowledge he’s gathered, and this time of year in particular, a great example is educating customers here in Nebraska about the difference between All-Season and All-Weather tires. While it may sound like the same thing, many are surprised to find that in actuality these are two completely different tires when it comes to design and intended function. The all-season tread pattern is generally designed to be smooth and straight, which helps to grip the road in moderate to hot temperatures and repel water when you’re driving in the rain. However, this isn’t ideal for cold weather. Snow tires are characterized by blocky treads with grooves, which helps to move water more efficiently in the snow and slush varieties, and is also softer, allowing it to remain flexible even in cold temperatures. The all-weather tire is considered to be a hybrid; a combination of the all-season and snow tire designs that brings together the best of both worlds. You can count on all of the professionals at Walker Tire to have done their research about any tire they sell in their stores. As a result of thorough examination and comparison, the Nokian line of all-weather tires comes highly recommended, and with good reason. Nokian designed the very first snow tire and then building upon that concept, later introduced its most innovative creation, the all-weather tire. These are state-of-the-art tires that have been uniquely designed for superior handling of winter’s harshest conditions. Moreover, they are manufactured with the most durable, reliable materials and tested to perform under conditions commonly found in North America, which

includes us here in the Midwest. This is a tire that can flexibly adapt to the changes in weather – its grip is a true chameleon of the roads in all extremes. In our specific geographic location, we’re highly likely to experience it all – rain, snow, slush, sleet, and ice. Having tires that are appropriate for all weather conditions is just a part of driving safely and confidently in our climate. Anytime you see Walker Tire’s certified stamp of approval, you know you have the best tire – from manufacturing to installation and service. Combine that with an excellent warranty and free oil changes at Quick Nick’s Service Centers for the life of the tires, and you can’t find a better deal on quality tires that are perfectly suited for those living in Lincoln, NE year-round. As a family-owned business, the mission of the Vuko family and their team at Walker Tire and Quick Nick’s Service Centers is to care for customers with superior service, knowledge and products. Before winter weather strikes, stop by any of the four locations in town to check out the selection of Nokian tires for yourself, and get all of your questions answered along with the option of a complimentary demonstration!

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Geary Engineering Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Revolution Wraps Invests in Routing Equipment, Expanding Portfolio of Offerings

Geary Engineering is proud to be celebrating 25 years in business! An open house at their office, located at 7800 O Street, Suite 100, will take place in honor of this milestone after the first of the year. Further details will be announced soon, and everyone is invited to join! After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1980 and working for two other engineering firms, Ron and his wife Ann started Geary Engineering, Inc. in November of 1991. Ann handles all the business-related issues, leaving Ron to concentrate his efforts on the engineering. Geary Engineering provides the design of residential and commercial building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical power, lighting, fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems. Ron graduated as an electrical engineer and has gained experience in mechanical and fire protection engineering to complement his degree. He is a licensed professional engineer in three disciplines: electrical, mechanical and fire protection. When the business was started, Ron saw the need for personalized engineering services. Many times, engineers perform their design in the background with little or no contact with the owners. Ron prefers a hands-on approach, meeting directly with the clients and working closely with them in order to deliver optimal results. Ron is active in the engineering community and is a past board member for the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, current member of the HVAC Board of Examiners for the City of Lincoln, and has served on the Mayor’s Code Review Committee. Geary Engineering is licensed to do business in 23 states and has active projects from Florida to New York to Nevada. Internationally, Geary Engineering recently developed an alliance with a Chinese company to bring innovative geothermal applications to the United States. There are four installations of the unique technology in Nebraska, with several more on the planning board. For more information about Geary Engineering, please visit or contact Ronald Geary at (402) 489-7627 |

Revolution Wraps, known f o r q u a l i t y, large-format printing, has recently invested in an Esko Kongsberg C cutting table that exceeds standards in versatility, precision and productivity for graphics, signage, displays and packaging. The super-wide finishing table can cut, crease and route a variety of substrates at 66 ips including thin and flexible to rigid boards up to 2” thick and 10.5’ tall and wide. With its continuous, high-performance milling unit, finished projects stay consistently smooth without sacrificing speed, increasing efficiency and turn-around times. With the added equipment, Revolution Wraps can now produce more customized projects tailored to your company’s goals and objectives including, but not limited to, routed signs, contour-cut shapes and letters, packaging and custom product displays.

McGill Restoration Launches New Website McGill Restoration is excited to announce the recent launch of the company’s newly redesigned website! Undergoing a complete transformation, McGill Restoration’s website made its debut with a new look along with many new features. The website – – is thoughtfully structured to incorporate modern components that are both informative and engaging, showcasing McGill Restoration’s team at work in the community. It was also enhanced to be more user-friendly, with an emphasis on ease of navigation and a design that integrates strong visual elements with key company and project information. Qualified candidates interested in a position with McGill Restoration are now able to apply online, a direct approach that supports the company’s continued efforts to recruit the best talent in the area. Dedicated to “Building Relationships Through Craftsmanship,” McGill Restoration Inc. has been in business since 1985 and is a recognized industry leader throughout the U.S. in the rehabilitation and preservation of concrete and masonry structures. Make sure to stop by and check out McGill Restoration’s website at! The Lincoln office can be contacted directly at (402) 438-4110. 6 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

Revolution Wraps is one of the nation’s leading providers of highdefinition, large-format graphics. Our sales and design staff has been working in the advertising and marketing industry for 50+ years and are committed to utilizing their expertise to create a successful plan that helps grow your business. Headquartered in Lincoln with a second location in Omaha, Revolution Wraps is the only company in the state with 3M, UASG, PDAA VIP Master, Arlon and Avery installation certifications. To learn more about Revolution Wraps and to get a free quote, visit or call (402) 475-2886.

Work Starts on State-of-the-Art Transitional Care Center in Lincoln Promontory Healthcare Companies and Cheney Investments, LLC broke ground in mid-May on a new stateof-the-art transitional care center in the 14th & Old Cheney area of Lincoln. Manzitto Construction is building the new Old Cheney Rehabilitation on a 3.4-acre lot northeast of 14th & Old Cheney within the Kensington Center development. Construction on the $7.8-million facility is expected to take 12 months, and the center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. Once complete, Old Cheney Rehabilitation, or Old Cheney Rehab, will provide transitional rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in a distinct patient-centered and hospitality-driven setting with “suite style” accommodations for the patients. Old Cheney Rehab is being developed by Cheney Investments, LLC a Lincoln, NE-based company. Architectural Design Associates of Lincoln, NE is serving as the project architect, and Olsson & Associates of Lincoln, NE is serving as the civil engineer. Construction financing is being provided Mutual of Omaha. Old Cheney Rehab will be operated by Promontory Healthcare Companies, a multi-facility management company based in Portland, OR. Promontory Healthcare Companies specializes in transitional care and operates similar facilities in Oregon, Idaho, and Omaha, NE. Manzitto Construction is a full-service commercial builder in Lincoln, NE and surrounding areas, who over the last twenty years has constructed a variety of ground-up construction projects. For additional information, please contact Sam Manzitto Jr, Vice President, Manzitto Construction at (402) 483-2302.


UNICO Group Awarded Best Practice Agency for 70th Consecutive Year

Culinary Underground Introduces New Private Event Room

U N I C O G r o u p has been selected to be part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group.

Culinary Underground has announced the opening of its private event room, whic h i s n ow a va i l a b l e to reserve for your next event! The chic, yet comfor table atmosphere makes for a great setting to host corporate events, private tailgates, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays and holiday parties.  The event room is located at 728 Q Street, Suite B in the heart of the Historic Haymarket just one block from the Culinary Underground restaurant. Amenities include a full bar with bartender service, fireplace, large screen televisions, window seating, private sectioned seating, and of course, catering provided by Culinary Underground.

Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlantabased management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. More than 1,800 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 254 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories. UNICO Group is an insurance and financial provider that offers a consultative and relational approach to the insurance process. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 giants to local retail shops, UNICO’s risk advisors have extensive experience in custom strategies that generate long-term value. For more information about business and personal insurance and financial needs, call (402) 434-7200 or visit

FireGuard Celebrates 22nd Anniversary, Hosts Customer Appreciation Day FireGuard (www. recently celebrated the company’s 22nd anniversary and in honor of this huge milestone, hosted a Customer Appreciation Day on October 12th at their office location, 4404 S. 76th Circle in Omaha, NE. All were encouraged to join in the celebration, enjoying food and register for prizes along with checking out vendor displays and networking with other safety professionals. A huge thank you is extended to everyone who attended and for the continued support from the community. FireGuard, Inc., which is headquartered in Omaha, and its sister company Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company, LLC, located in Lincoln, are focused on the ultimate goal of keeping clients safe and protected at all times. With the motto “One Call Does It All,” commercial clients in the area have access to a comprehensive line-up of products and services in the areas of fire protection and life safety. As a resource for any related products, services and inspections, key offerings include fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and fire sprinkler systems, and so much more. For more information, please contact Rob Sorensen at (402) 5921999, toll-free at (888) 843-1991, or via email at rob.sorensen@ Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company can be reached at (402) 474-4203.

Bringing yet another unique concept to Lincoln, Culinary Underground offers a selection of new entrees and appetizers from Chef Nick Fraley along with an all-new full bar featuring a wide assortment of barrel-aged cocktails, craft beers, unique wines and specialty drinks. Culinary Underground is a great spot for casual and gourmet dining and drinks as well as a night out on the town in the vibrant Haymarket District. Positioned as a hidden gem to be discovered and enjoyed! For more information, please visit or call (402) 817-6510 to make a reservation or schedule a tour of the new private event space.

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GP Customs Adds New Division for 4x4s

Sumner Place Receives A Perfect Score

GP Customs recently added a brand new, specialized division focused specifically on the modification of 4x4 vehicles: GPC.

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation is proud to announce that they have received a “deficiency-free” result on their annual survey conducted by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The first client-commissioned custom job was a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport completed just last month, and the transformation from the starting point with all-factory features to the end result is absolutely amazing. You may have recently seen it showcased at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Expo! Highlights of the project include: Zone Off-Road 4” Suspension Lift, 37” Nitto Trail Grappler Tires, 20” Moto Metal Wheels, TerraFlex Upgrade Big Brake Kit for improved stopping power, Smitty Bilt Full XRC Off-Road Armor Package, fully sprayed in Non-Destructable Kevlar Liner, Alea Custom 1-Off Multitone Leather Seats, Metal Mulisha High Flow Exhaust, Heise Offroad Lightbars and Spotlights, VFR Steel Impact Bumpers, and a 1500-watt Sound System with Apple iPad flushed into the dash as a Command Center. GPC, a division of GP Customs, is already working on its next large builds, but is also currently accepting new clients/projects. Jobs of any size and scope on off-road vehicles will be considered upon request. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, GP Customs is your source for the latest technology, highest quality workmanship from industrycertified technicians, and superior customer service—all for the best prices in town! For more information, please call (402) 421-0888 or visit

Long-term care facilities are surveyed every year by a multidisciplinary team. Surveys are always unannounced. The rigorous survey, which is conducted over several days, cover almost 200 quality, safety and performance issues such as medication management, proper skin care, assessment of resident’s needs, respect for residents rights and dignity, food service, environment and administration, to name only a few. With increasingly stringent regulations, achieving the deficiency-free rating is exceedingly difficult. These surveys, and the subsequent ratings, are a useful tool for prospective and current residents, their families, and health care practitioners to make informed choices about the quality of a long-term care facility. Sumner Place is able to offer superior clinical care in a nurturing environment. With cutting-edge clinical programs, fine dining, recreational activities and amenities, residents can attain maximum recovery potential. Sumner Place is committed to delivering patient care with first-rate customer service. For more information about Sumner Place, located at 1750 S. 20th Street in Lincoln, please call (402) 475-6791 or visit

To the many donors who made it possible for Bright Lights students to experience summer learning adventures in 2016...

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A-4 Animal Hospital Abel Foundation Ameritas Charitable Foundation Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar Archictectural Foundation of Nebraska Assurity Life Insurance Company Barnes & Noble Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP Bettenhausen Family Foundation The Big Heart Initiative LLC Linda Birkes-Lance Bison Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE Book Fair Supporters Broadcast House * Cabela’s Capitol City Electric, Inc. Channel 10/11 KOLN/KGIN * Channel 8 KLKN * Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P. Community Health Endowment Cornhusker Bank

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Jeff & Sarah David Design Data Dietze Music * Digity * Dillon Foundation Donlan Foundation DuTeau Chevrolet Subaru Jan Dutton & Bob Beecham Firespring * First-Plymouth Congregational Church May L. Flanagan Foundation, Inc. Tim & Patti Gardner General Excavating Give to Lincoln Day Donors Jeff & Judy Greenwald Charley & Cathy Hedstrom Hoppe, Inc. Humanities Nebraska Mark & Deanna Hutchins Barb Hoppe Johnson Jim & Penny Krieger Family Foundation Richard P. Kimmel & Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc. Kimco Self Storage *

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• Kinder Porter Scott Family Foundation • Kohl’s • Steve & Carol Letts • LI-COR Biosciences • Lincoln Community Foundation, Inc. • Lincoln Industries • Lincoln Journal Star * • Lincoln Rotary Club #14 Foundation • Bruce & Lisa Mansur • Terrance Narofsky • Nebraska EPSCoR • Nebraska Press Association Foundation, Inc. • Northeast Sertoma Club • Novartis • Olsson Associates • Olsson Family Foundation • Paragon Sanitation, Inc. • Randolph Sew & Vac * • Rogers Foundation • Runza® Restaurants • James C. & Rhonda Seacrest Foundation • Mark T. & Margaret L. Seacrest Family Charitable Foundation

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• James Stuart III Family Foundation • Scheels • Sid Dillon Buick Nissan Hyundai • Slim Chickens • SolutionOne * • Sowers Club of Nebraska Foundation • St. Anthony Foundation • St. Mary’s School/Dr. Nina Beck • Rick & Jennifer Thompson • The 854 Y Street Foundation • Time Warner Cable * • U.S. Bank Foundation • UNL College of Education & Human Sciences • UNL College of Engineering * • UNL Nebraska Center for Materials & Nanoscience * • Usborne Books • Kenneth & Ernestine Von Bargen • Wells Fargo Foundation • West Gate Bank • Western National Bank • Whitehead Oil Co./ U-Stop Shops • Rick & Susie Windle

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Cornhusker Bank Mortgage Originators Recognized by NMA Cornhusker Bank congratulates the members of its mortgage team recently recognized for the second consecutive year by the Nebraska Mortgage Association (NMA) as members of the 2016 Champions Circle. Mortgage Loan Originators, Mike Barrett, Andrew Essay, Matt Gutschenritter and Luke Mitchell were recognized at the NMA luncheon in Omaha Pictured L to R: Luke Mitchell, Matt Gutschenritter, Andrew on Sept. 22nd. This recognition Essay and Mike Barrett. celebrates and honors the dedication and hard work mortgage professionals put into serving their clients during the home loan process. Benchmarks for being recognized include origination of either 100 loans or $12 Million in volume in the previous 12-month period. All four mortgage originators from Cornhusker Bank exceeded both benchmarks. Cornhusker Bank remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating hometown heart, stability, soundness and continued commitment to the success of its valued customers and associates. Cornhusker Bank remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating stability, soundness, and continued commitment to the success of its valued customers and associates. For more information, please visit us at

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BBB: Keeping Your Business Safe Online When huge organizations like Apple or Amazon are breached, it makes national news. But what happens when small and medium size businesses (SMBs) are hit by cybercrime? They rarely get mentioned in the news, but that does not mean that they are immune to these exploits. In a study done by Verizon Communications’ forensic analyst unit, it was estimated that nearly 72 percent of data breaches were at companies with less than 100 employees and anticipate that the trend of targeting SMBs will only increase. SMBs will continue to attract the interest of cybercriminals because they are typically easy targets. They lack the expertise, time and budget for adequate protection. It’s not a matter of who they’re targeting but what they’re targeting … your money and your personal information! So, what should we do with this information? “Be prepared is the simple advice,” stated Jim Hegarty, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa. “As the term ‘cyber security’ continues to become used more in everyday conversations, everyone should be building their awareness, knowledge and importance of this growing industry. Cyber security is not only about adding layers of security technology but is also about understanding and managing your cyber security risks.” The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s leading nonprofit public-private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet and digital privacy, recommends that a business needs a comprehensive cybersecurity plan to focus on: Prevention-Solutions, policies and procedures need to be identified to reduce the risk of attacks; Resolution-In the event of a computer security breach, plans and procedures need to be in place to determine the resources that will be used to remedy a threat; Restitution-Companies need to be prepared to address the repercussions of a security threat with their employees and customers to ensure that any loss of trust or business is minimal and short-lived. For more information, visit and

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Legacy Arbors Makes Donation in Honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and to show its support, Legacy Arbors, a local memory care community, recently donated $4,852.05 to the Alzheimer’s Association. The money was raised through the annual “Rockin’ for a Reason” event, the Alzheimer’s Walk and bake sales. The Legacy Arbors is a 36-unit memory care community and is under Legacy Retirement Communities’ management. Legacy Retirement Communities also provides independent living and assisted living at its three other Lincoln senior living communities.  For more information about Legacy Arbors, please call (402) 466-3777, or for more information on any of their IL/AL communities, please visit www. or call (402) 436-3000.


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Fertility Intensive Locations Announced by Yield Champions Dennis Nun, President of Yield Champions, has announced the location of the first eleven of twentyone soil fer tility seminars across the M i dwe s t c o m i n g 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.” These programs are scheduled for: Huron, SD Nov. 28th; Columbus, NE Nov. 29th; Imperial, NE Nov. 30th; Grand Island, NE Dec. 1st; Marysville, KS Dec. 1st; Auburn, NE Dec. 2nd; Sheffield, IL Dec. 5th; LaCrosse, IN Dec. 6th; Middleburry, IN Dec. 7th; Platteville, WI Dec. 8th; Indianola, IA Dec. 9th.


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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.” To preview the concepts shared by Oberlander there are several postings on at For more information on tickets to these events, visit or contact Dennis Nun at or text to (402) 430-7727.


ACLU of Nebraska Recognizes Award Recipients at 50th Anniversary Event The ACLU of Nebraska would like to honor those who won awards at its 50th Anniversary event: Carol Gendler, Robert M. Spire Founders Service Award; Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Defender of the Bill of Rights Award; Senator Heath Mello and Senator Tanya Cook, Roger Baldwin Civil Libertarian of the Year Award. For 50 years, the ACLU of Nebraska has worked in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the United States Constitution and laws of Nebraska guarantee everyone in the Cornhusker state. Over 2,000 supporters and 10,000 advocates in Nebraska work with the ACLU to defend basic rights and liberties. Find out more at

WasteCap Nebraska Recognizes 2016 Sustainability Award Winners WasteCap Nebraska wishes to congratulate the 2016 Sustainability Award Winners. At WasteCap’s Annual Awards Luncheon in Lincoln on October 7, five awards were given to businesses and entities that demonstrate initiative and commitment to sustainability practices including waste diversion. Green Team of the Year Award, given to Central Community College. In four years, the Green Team has ensured full recycling at all facilities, has surveyed all full-time employees to identify ways within their job to reduce their footprint, provided monthly trainings and diverted 25+ tons of material, putting them well on their way to reaching their goal of near zero waste by 2019. Member of the Year Award, given to Lincoln Public Schools. With their diversion of construction waste, adding composting to all schools and recycling in all schools, LPS is leading the way in Lincoln and serving as an anchor to build the necessary infrastructure and provide the necessary education and training to contractors to increase waste diversion, recycling and composting throughout the city. Service Provider of the Year Award, given to Big Red Worms. Commending their innovative efforts in reducing waste in Nebraska. In Nebraska, over 16% of waste entering our landfills is food waste. When composted, this food waste creates a nutrient-dense soil amendment to increase the health of soils and the food grown in those soils. Nebraska Farmers Union recognized the need for increased soil health and fertility, especially in local food production. Zero Waste Award, given to the George Witt Service. For implementing an extensive sustainability program and diverting 97% of their shop waste. In the process, Becky Witt has become a nationally recognized industry expert on extended-service oil changes and they have created a hassle-free and nearly zero waste way of servicing their customers. Zero Waste Award, also given to Closed Loop Recycling. Closed Loop Recycling, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, offers a sustainable solution to the problem of absorbent and fluid disposal in the manufacturing industry. This is done through the elimination of certain waste streams and providing reusable products for any nonhazardous absorbent needs. Nebraska clients have diverted 23,088 pounds of solid waste and 1,551 gallons of liquid waste from our landfills through the recycling and reuse program. Videos will be available soon at

SCC’s Surgical Technology Program Receives National Recognition Students in the Surgical Technology program at Southeast Community College have far exceeded the national averages fo r p a s s i n g t h e Certified Surgical Technologist exam. “The SCC Surgical Technology program has not only reached the 90-percent benchmark, our graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate for the last four years,” said Sharon Rehn, program chair. “The national average hovers around 69 to 70 percent pass rates.” SCC received a merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving at least a 90-percent pass rate on the CST examination for the cycle of Aug. 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016. Graduates who obtain national certification understand the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. It’s also required for employment at many health care organizations. Rehn said this is a stable career for students to consider when thinking about their future. “There are always job openings in this state for surgical technologists,” Rehn said. “Yet we struggle to find students who know much about our profession. Surgical technologists are highly paid health care professionals who play a vital role on the surgical team.” SCC has graduated four Surgical Technology classes at 100-percent pass rate. For more information on the Surgical Technology program at SCC, visit

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The Local to Host 1st Anniversary Celebration The Local is turning one year old in November! In honor of opening their doors on November 23, 2015, The Local will be celebrating with patrons during several special events they’ll be hosting throughout the week of November 21-26. Nov. 22: Trivia Night; Nov. 23rd: The Biggest Bar Night of the Year!; Nov. 24th: Closed for Thanksgiving; Nov. 25th: Guest DJ; Nov. 26th: Live Band, Flannel Channel! Great specials will also be offered throughout this week-long party. Stop by The Local during the holiday season to enjoy a friendly, neighborhood bar atmosphere and good company along with an excellent selection of domestic, import and craft beers including local brews, house and specialty cocktails, wines by the glass or bottle, and grab a bite to eat too. Leading up to this special milestone, The Local recently opened its party room and new kitchen just in time for the holidays along with the launch of its new website: Check out the website as well as The Local’s Facebook page for more information about the epic celebration happening later this month. Special thanks are extended to all who have supported The Local over the past year—make sure to come out and celebrate!

Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North Undergoes Renovations Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center is excited to announce the completion of its latest remodel, which just wrapped up in September. The project focused on the Breakfast Room as well as the Lower Level Banquet and Conference Rooms, which now feature an updated look that’s consistent with the rest of the hotel’s first-class facilities and impressive host of amenities. A palette of lovely muted grey tones is consistent throughout the Banquet and Conference Rooms, which creates the perfect backdrop for wedding receptions, conferences and meetings, or holiday events. The newly remodeled Breakfast Room has been transformed into a bright, modern environment to relax, work, and enjoy a fresh, hot breakfast. With its 15th anniversary coming to a close, Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center is excited to end 2016 and begin the new year with a fresh new look for the public spaces on the property that are most frequently utilized by guests. There will also be more exciting news to announce in the coming months, so stay tuned for future updates! Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North Hotel and Conference Center is located on N. 27th Street just 1.4 miles from Interstate 80. For more information or to place a reservation, please contact Deborah Carroll, Director of Sales, at (402) 476-5115, via email at deborah.carroll@, or visit the website at


Habitat Announces Holiday Events Mark your calendars! Habitat is excited to share their upcoming events in celebration of the holidays. A Holiday Open House is set to take place on Sunday, November 6th at their store location, 4107 Pioneer Woods Drive #112. Also, make sure to save the date for Habitat’s Ladies Day/Night Out that will be held on Thursday, November 10th. All in attendance will receive a free gift with purchase along with sipping wine and sampling food. Other businesses in the 70th & Pioneers area are also participating in this fun event so it’s not one to be missed! The full list of businesses can be viewed on Habitat’s Facebook page (/habitatgift) or is available at the store. Make sure to “Like” Habitat’s Facebook page to see the store’s latest posts and to view the updated schedule of events. For more information about Habitat, please call the store at (402) 466-1522 or visit the website at

The Body Shoppe Celebrates Grand Opening of New Location The Body Shoppe ( recently showcased its new space, hosting an open house on September 11th. Now at 4740 A Street, Suite 200 on the lower level of the Lincoln Surgical Doctors office building, the move from the original College View location was complete at the beginning of August and will allow for future expansion. At the event, guests had the opportunity to tour the new location and meet The Body Shoppe’s team of professionals, led by owner and licensed massage therapist Dennis Varley. Although the more central, convenient location in a high-traffic area is a plus, it was primarily chosen because of its flexible floorplan. The Body Shoppe is currently looking to add another massage therapist as well as the services of an in-house esthetician. Those interested in this opportunity may contact owner Dennis Varley at (402) 440-5852 or

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Roper & Sons Announces November Events Each month, Roper & Sons Funeral Care provides educational seminars/events which are free and open to the public. These opportunities are designed to help you live, grow, and plan for your future. This month’s Topic Breakfast, being held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17th, features Dr. Bob Bleicher, Medical Director at HoriSun Hospice. Dr. Bleicher will share insights into the importance of hospice care at the end of life, and how hospice helps to bring peace and comfort not only to patients, but to their families as well. This month’s grief support programs will include: First and Third Sunday: Guided Group with Melissa – support for those who experienced a loss more than 18 months ago. Second and Fourth Sunday: Structured Group with Tiffany – support for those who experienced a loss within the past 18 months, facing “firsts.” Second Sunday: Art with Anna ($10/registration required). Third Sunday: Chair Massage with Tonia (nominal charge per minute requested) For more information or to reserve your seat for an upcoming event, please call (402) 476-1225, email info@roperandsons. com, visit or find Roper & Sons on Facebook.

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Herbs & More to Offer Specials on Small Business Saturday You are invited to join Herbs & More on November 26th in celebration of Small Business Saturday! In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, on this day each year all are encouraged to shop exclusively at local businesses. In honor of Small Business Saturday, Herbs & More will be running the following specials: 25% off all in-stock items and $10 off onehour massage gift certificates from 11am-3pm. These offers are not valid with other discounts or promotions and no coupon is needed. Serving Lincoln for 20 years, Herbs & More carries a wealth of products that support health and happiness. Herbs & More also offers services from its in-house massage therapist and esthetician, which can be booked online or by calling the store. Make sure to check out their Facebook page for additional details about upcoming events, including their monthly classes! For more information about Herbs & More, visit, call (402) 423-7733, or stop by the store at 5740 Old Cheney Road, Suite 8.

Strictly Business is Calling All Non-Profits Strictly Business will be featuring a host of local non-profit organizations in our January 2017 issue and we want to help raise awareness for your organization too! As a part of the mission of Strictly Business magazine, we feel that keeping our readers education about local non-profit organizations and their unique and important contributions to our community is paramount. This bi-annual feature is an excellent opportunity for non-profits to gain exposure among our readers, as well as for our readers to familiarize themselves with the needs of these organizations and the valuable work that is going on in our community. If you are a local non-profit organization that is interested in being featured in Strictly Business, please call (402) 466-3330 or email Office@ You may view our past Supporting NonProfit stories at

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The Concordia Alumni Association at Concordia University, Nebraska, honored two individuals and three couples as part of its 2016 Homecoming a n d A l u m n i Re u n i o n Weekend celebration, Pictured (L-R): Rev. Dr. Harvey and Carol Oct. 7-9. The awards are given each year to Lange, Dr. Brandon and Vanessa Seifert, Dan Seim, Tim Moll, Larry and Bonnie Noack. recognize the service and accomplishments of Concordia’s alumni and friends. This year’s awards and honorees include: Alumnus of the Year - Tim Moll ’89, Seward, NE; Young Alumni of the Year - Dr. Brandon and Vanessa Seifert ’01 and ’02, Lincoln, NE; Church Leadership Award - Dan Seim ’65, Cornelius, OR; Partners in Mission & Ministry Award - Larry and Bonnie Noack ’65 and ’66, Lincoln, NE; Honorary Alumni Award: Rev. Dr. Harvey and Carol Lange, Brookfield, WI. Founded in 1894, Concordia University, Nebraska, offers more than 75 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit


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Monolith Materials Breaks Ground at Nebraska Manufacturing Headquarters M o n o l i t h Materials (www. monolithmaterials. c o m ) , a n ex t generation manufacturer of natural gas-based carbon black, officially broke ground on its U.S. manufacturing headquarters on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Hallam, Nebraska. The facility will bring 600 jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital investment in the state of Nebraska, and a clean energy source to the area. Monolith founders, Bill Brady, Rob Hanson, and Pete Johnson, were joined by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Pat Pope, CEO of the Nebraska Public Power District, to give remarks before a ceremonial groundbreaking event. Local dignitaries, additional representatives from both Monolith and NPPD, and other partners in the project were also present. Headquartered with their R&D facility in the San Francisco Bay Area, Monolith is bringing manufacturing back to America with innovative carbon black technology that uses natural gas as feedstock instead of oil, as does the conventional process, reducing emissions significantly. Carbon black is a safe, common material found in thousands of products Americans use every day - including tires, rubber and plastics, printing inks, and batteries. A co-product of its innovative manufacturing technology is hydrogen, a fuel that produces zero greenhouse gas emissions when burned. Monolith has partnered with Nebraska’s largest electric utility, NPPD, whereby they will replace an existing coal-fired boiler with a hydrogen-fired boiler at their Sheldon Station plant in Hallam, Neb. The new boiler will generate 125 mw of electricity – enough to supply power to 150,000 homes. The boiler conversion is also expected to result in a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gasses and other types of emissions.

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Onyx Piercing Studio: New Name, New Look Onyx Piercing Studio (for mer ly Know Piercing) has formally announced the rebranding of its industry-leading facility. Located at 1640 O Street, Onyx Piercing partners with and shares space at Big ‘O’ Tattoo, one of Lincoln’s oldest tattoo studios. On September 30th Onyx celebrated three years at this location, kicking off the event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. A reception followed during which time owner and senior piercer Matt Bavougian showcased his business’ new look and guests had the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and tour the renovated studio. Bavougian’s career in the piercing industry spans nearly 20 years, including over a decade lobbying for regulation in the body art industry. He and Mark Badberg, fellow piercer and Onyx’s manager, are Lincoln, Nebraska’s only members of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP); Bavougian is also a member of the APP’s Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Committee along with being recently appointed to the National Environmental Health Association’s Body Art Code Committee and the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ Body Art Subcommittee. Onyx’s modern and inviting atmosphere, commitment to utilizing the best tools and techniques, and dazzling selection of the highest quality jewelry are what set it apart as Lincoln’s premier piercing studio. More information can be found online at

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


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Rearview Billboard Introduces Banner Advertising Services Banner advertising at local baseball fields is an opportunity that’s now available to businesses and organizations in Lincoln, offered by local niche marketing agency Rear view Billboard. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, held on September 21st at Sherman Field, officially kicked off Rearview Billboard’s newest innovative venture. Owners Brian and Jenni Workman introduced the concept and then recognized the city of Lincoln, and Terry Genrich, Kent Stiles and Lynn Johnson individually, who they thanked for working diligently to allow this opportunity to exist. The fields in Lincoln are especially near and dear to The Workmans, who both grew up in Lincoln playing sports on them and now have had the pleasure of getting to see their kids play on them. Banner spots can now be reserved at participating locations from March through November of 2017. Along with the valuable, brand-new opportunity for exposure, companies that invest in banner advertising are partnering with Rearview Billboard to support our local sports scene, and in a way that doesn’t raise taxes. A percentage of the proceeds from all sales will go directly to the specific field where the business has chosen to advertise for future maintenance and improvements. For more information, please visit or contact Brian at (402) 570-4094 or

New Fundraising Opportunities With Smoking Gun Jerky S m o k i n g G u n J e r k y, Nebraska’s premier jerky manufacturer, is pleased to announce their new Fundraising Program.

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Results of the U.S. Manpower Employment Survey are in, showing steady hiring for the 4th quarter of 2016. The U.S. Manpower Employment Survey is one of the most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world. Every quarter, more than 11,000 U.S. hiring managers are asked about their hiring plans for the next three months. The results identify the strongest and weakest metropolitan areas, states and industries for hiring and pursuing jobs. Hiring plans nationwide have improved by three percentage points compared to the previous quarter, with all 13 industry sectors planning to increase their payrolls. Q4 2016 = Increase staff levels 22% , Decrease Staff levels 6%, Maintain Staff levels 69% Q3 2016 = Increase staff levels 23%, Decrease Staff levels 5%, Maintain Staff levels 71% Q4 2015 = Increase staff levels 21%, Decrease Staff levels 6%, Maintain Staff levels 71% In the Midwest, the outlook remains relatively stable. Complete results for the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey are available for download at The next survey will be released on December 13, 2016 to report hiring expectations for Q1 2017. To receive email notifications when the survey is available each quarter, visit

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NCGA (National Corn Grower Association) Yield Champion Jerry Cox of Cape Girardeau, MO, threetime World Champion s o y b e a n g r o w e r, Kip Cullers (160.6 Bu/A) and owner of the Conklin Company Charles W. Herbster have announced the release of a new tool to boost yields through foliar feeding of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. A decade of development efforts in South American fields went into Kip Cullers’ Nutrient Compass Foliar Fertilizer™ before being brought to the U.S. market in partnership with the Conklin Company.  Jerry Cox was one of the first growers to test the product on his 2,000-acre Missouri farm and showed consistent increases in yields $4 or greater return per $1 spent on the product. Nebraska farmer Todd Hoffman, who has been a part of the Conklin Nutrient Compass testing program for the past three years, remarked, “We’ve had the best soybeans this year (2016) that we’ve ever had overall. Our fields averaged 85 to 95 Bu/A with 1-quart of the Nutrient Compass™ being applied with our glyphosate application at V-5.  Our plant health has been amazing with the Conklin AgroVantage Program that we’ve been using for the past eight years.” The proprietary formula, which is now approved for sale and use in 46 states, is being offered in the U.S. nationwide for the first time for the 2017 crop year exclusively from the Conklin Company.  For more information, contact regional distributors Yield Champions in Lincoln by calling: Stan Smith at (402) 318-1743 or Dennis Nun at (402) 4307727 and request a FREE Jerry Cox DVD and more information on Kip Cullers’ Nutrient Compass Foliar Fertilizer™.


Rachel’s Boutique to Host Trunk Shows Rachel’s Boutique will be hosting two trunk shows in November. With ideal timing leading up to the holidays, these present the perfect opportunity to take care of your gift and party attire shopping! The Brighton trunk show and open house will be held on November 7th from 2-6 p.m. This event will feature jewelry, handbags, shoes and boots from the popular line of stylish and exquisitely crafted accessories. The Joseph Ribkoff trunk show and open house will be held on November 17th from 2-6 p.m. This event will feature a great selection of dresses and separates from the internationallyrecognized clothing line from designer Joseph Ribkoff. A good mix of classic items and pieces that reflect current trends will be available, including plenty of fun pieces, special occasion dresses, jackets and tops for the holidays, and high quality staples that are fashionforward. His collections are currently offered at Rachel’s Boutique in sizes 2-16 and up to 18 in select pieces. All are welcome to attend! For more information about Rachel’s Boutique, located at 7121 Pioneers Blvd., please call (402) 4203040 or visit

Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit Comes to Nebraska Innovation Campus The second annual Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit on November 17th at Nebraska Innovation Campus is fast approaching. The Summit will provide a nexus for educators, economic developers, community developers, policy makers, entrepreneurship advocates, and thought leaders to add to their knowledge and resources arsenals. Registration, only $50, includes morning break, lunch and a special networking and action planning reception as well as a treasure trove of new resources. More information can be found online - - including the agenda, presenter bios, and registration link. Questions? Contact Nancy Eberle ( or call (402) 471-4337.

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Raising Cane’s Donates 10% of Sales to the Fight Against Breast Cancer Raising Cane’s donated 10% of all sales on October 11 from their Lincoln and Grand Island restaurants to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Additionally, Justin Jones, owner of the Lincoln and Grand Island restaurants, personally raised funds for the event by being a part of Lincoln’s Real Men Wear Pink. The restaurants also collected donations from guests who wanted to round-up their orders to the nearest dollar or add any donation amount onto their check. 100% of donations went directly to the American Cancer Society along with the total amount from 10% of the day’s sales. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. One in eight, and that’s not okay,” said Justin Jones. “By raising money and educating people about the disease, we not only provide funds for research, but we can save lives by helping people take steps to reduce their risk through early detection when the disease is most treatable. Thank you to all who have supported the cause this year.” Since 2006, the Lincoln franchise has given back over $1 million to the Lincoln community.

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It’s true – health insurance premiums are going up 50% for those who buy their own policies and there will be fewer options to choose from. Nebraskans are not alone. There are steep increases in health insurance premiums across the country. So what’s a person to do? Make sure you have the facts. • BlueCross BlueShield will offer a Catastrophic and a Bronze HSA plan off-market only. • Medica offers the broadest plan choices and is available through the Marketplace and off-Market. • Aetna, the parent company of Coventry, will offer Marketplace plans. There are no HSA plans. Someone who qualifies for an off-market plan because of income will have to enroll through There is no off-market enrollment process for your agent to use. • What is the maximum out of pocket expense that you could be responsible for? • Networks have changed. Be certain to find out if your doctors & hospital are in the network. • Does the plan have a closed network of providers such as an HMO or is it a broad based PPO? • Are out-of-network benefits provided? • Drug formularies have changed. Always check the formulary to find out if a name brand drug is covered. • What additional services are offered? Virtual health, nurse lines, customer advocacy, price comparisons for medical services (transparency), member portals? • What services are being changed or reduced? One of the companies will not be sending insurance cards, except on request. You are expected to download an electronic card to a smartphone or tablet. Marketplace Eligibility Be certain to know if you qualify for a Premium Tax Credit on the Marketplace. You may be eligible if your income is between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. Here is a link to the 2016 Federal Poverty Level Table: uploads/2013/09/2017-FPL-Table-1024x791.jpg. If your income falls within the guidelines, you can estimate your premium tax credit. under-65/ The change in Premium Tax Credit from 2016 to 2017 is about 50% when based upon the same income. This means that those who enroll through the Marketplace may not have to deal with the extreme rate increases. Other Options Are you self-employed or employed by a small business that does not offer employee benefits? For the first time EVER, group insurance premiums will be less than individual premiums. Historically, small employers may not have offered benefits because it was less expensive for their employees to buy their own coverage. That is no longer true. Many small businesses are taking another look at implementing group insurance programs. Health insurance is complicated. A professional health insurance agent is your best resource for finding the best solution for your family or your business. If you need an agent, please contact ComPro.

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MCGILL RESTORATION McGill Restoration Inc. has been in business since 1985, and currently employs approximately 75 concrete and masonry restoration professionals. With annual revenues of approximately $12 million, McGill Restoration is a recognized industry leader in the rehabilitation and preservation of concrete and masonry structures throughout the U.S. Blake Berke is the Controller at McGill Restoration. How did you get started in the business? - I attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with degrees in accounting and finance. After college, I spent 3 ½ years in public accounting at Seim Johnson, LLP where I also obtained my CPA license. Last fall, McGill Restoration’s longtime accountant was preparing to retire and Tim McGill was looking to develop a Controller role within the organization. A mutual friend put me in touch with him last November and the rest is history. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Prior to me joining the team at McGill Restoration, most accounting records were maintained on paper and then compiled by external accountants. My most important professional achievement is evolving the organization’s accounting to be as paperless as possible. This has helped the company’s growth as we now maintain accurate, real-time financial records that assist in important decision making. Tell us a little about your family. - My beautiful wife, Danielle, and I met in college at UNL and just celebrated our 4-year anniversary. Dani is the Product Marketing Manager for Property Solutions at Sojern. I have four younger siblings: Kyla is a NICU RN at Avera McKennan Hospital, Shayna is a dental hygienist for Dr. Kusek’s practice, and twin brothers, Bo & Brady, who own and operate The Yard Barbers in Sioux Falls. I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD and much of my extended family still lives in the Sioux Falls area. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - My wife and I both enjoy traveling, fitness, and the outdoors. On a day off, odds are good that I will be doing something that falls into one of those categories, preferably all three at the same time. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - I would pick a combination of teleportation and supernatural intelligence. Imagine being able to travel around the world without lost time and being able to converse in any language. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - I officiate college football as a Center Judge in the MIAA conference. I was fortunate to be selected to work in the Division 2 Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium this season and hope to have a bright future in officiating. A lot of officiating qualifications can relate to working in business, but throwing a flag is not one of them. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - Most of my reading is non-fiction. I just finished Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. I’d recommend both. When in-between reads through Audible, I’m a big podcast fan (Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd, and Tim Ferris to name a few). If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Please feel free to give me a call at (402) 558-7989, email me at , or visit our newly designed website at


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THE WATERFORD COMMUNITIES The Waterford Communities are locally owned and operated, with two assisted living locations—The Waterford at College View and The Waterford at Williamsburg—and one location specifically dedicated to providing memory care—The Waterford at Wilderness Hills. All of The Waterford Communities offer a home-like environment along with a host of amenities that allow residents to maintain their independence and the quality of life that they deserve. Abby Mason is the Assistant Administrator for The Waterford Communities.

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Tell us a little about your business. - At The Waterford Communities we offer adult day services, respite care, long-term care and hospice care. We have amazing staff that truly become like family to our residents. We offer 3 meals a day with snacks in between. We provide daily housekeeping and laundry services. All of rooms come equipped with basic cable and internet services. We have activities that include, but are not limited to: exercises, bingo, Wii, arts & crafts, bible study and live entertainment that visit our facility throughout the year. We have a beautician and a nurse practitioner that visits our facility on a weekly basis, with our nurse practitioner also being available as needed. We also have a podiatrist that visits our facility as needed. How did you get started in the business? - From a young age I knew I wanted to help people. I obtained my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license and began working in skilled nursing, but then switched to assisted living and continued my education in order to become a licensed Medication Aide. At that point I knew that I’d found my calling. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Healthcare professionals are able to really connect with people. My passion to help others often results in forming bonds with my residents on a personal level, and while I consider that to be an incredible blessing, at times it can also make things extremely hard.

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BENEFIT PROFESSIONALS, INC. Established in 1989, Benefit Professionals, Inc. is a group benefits brokerage firm located in La Vista, NE that works with clients in Nebraska and Iowa. Candace Chapman is an Account Manager for Benefit Professionals, Inc. Tell us a little about your business. - We work with employers on all aspects of their Employee Benefits offerings with the goal of providing quality solutions that exceed our client’s needs and expectations. Our services include consulting, sales and ongoing client support. We explore options to help employers with the rising cost of health care, which has been a major focus for us in recent years and is expected to remain that way in the future. How did you get started in the business? - A little over 10 years ago, after my first child was born, I took a job at a local insurance brokerage as a receptionist. After a few years as an office assistant/ receptionist, I found myself learning to read policies and report claims for commercial business. From there I was given an opportunity to move over to the Employee Benefits division. Employee Benefits has been something that has felt like home since. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Balancing my roles as a full-time working mom and wife. Tell us a little about your family. - My husband Jonathan and I have been married for 8 years, residing in Omaha for 15 years. We have been blessed with two wonderful children, Vance (10) and Mila (6). What do you see as the biggest turning points in your life? - Each time our family dynamic changed; my wedding and the births of my son and daughter have been such wonderful milestones in my life, but also changed everything about it. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I enjoy good books, a good movie, and cooking. The occasional run also! What are you the most proud of? - Watching my children grow, advance and succeed. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Kind. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - My culinary skills. I love to cook for my family and friends. Which talent would you most like to have? - I would love to be able to sing. That is not a talent I was blessed with unfortunately. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Event planning. I enjoy hosting and organizing events for/with family, friends, and co-workers. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I have volunteered with the Open Door Mission and the Salvation Army in the past. It’s always so gratifying to help those in need. What is your favorite TV show? - Dateline. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Blue Sushi & Sake Grill. I love everything there—the cocktails, appetizers, and of course, the sushi! If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - You can contact me directly by phone at (402) 592-7777 or by email at You can also find out more about our company and offerings online at www. 24

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LAURIE Laurie McAdams

BUTHERUS, MASER & LOVE Serving the Lincoln community since 1883, Butherus, Maser & Love is a locally owned and operated full-service funeral home. Laurie McAdams is a Family Service Representative at Butherus, Maser & Love. Tell us a little about your business. - With a crematory, chapel and reception facility on site, we are able to assist the families we serve with the funeral arrangements they have chosen. How did you get started in the business? - Having lost my father, mother-in-law, mother and husband in four year’s time, I became very familiar with the funeral planning process. When my tenant of 15 years died in 2011, I sent his family to Butherus, Maser & Love. When I decided to retire from the City of Lincoln’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program after 30 years, I felt as if I was drawn to the funeral home and was hired shortly after that. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - I have found that many people are fearful of our industry. As such, it’s assuring people that getting their plans in order will certainly do no harm, but instead, will relieve the surviving family of the emotional burden of making funeral arrangement decisions at an already emotional time. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Any time I’m able to help families get funeral arrangements in place for a loved one long before it becomes absolutely necessary. Most people tell me that they have worried about “getting this done” for a long time. It is very satisfying when they leave the building saying that they feel great relief.

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GREENLEAF PROPERTIES Headquartered in Lincoln, NE, Greenleaf Properties is a team-driven commercial real estate firm assisting clients throughout Nebraska by offering a full cycle of services and forward-thinking strategies. Professional services are offered in the areas of brokerage sales and leasing, asset and property management, facility maintenance, and land development. Talisha Galaviz is a Property Manager for Greenleaf Properties. Tell us a little about your job. - I’m responsible for overseeing the daily management of approximately 25 properties and 8 associations. How did you get started in the business? - I’ve actually been around the commercial real estate industry almost my entire life. My mother, Tara Galaviz, has been with the same team here at Greenleaf Properties for nearly 20 years and she’s always been so happy and passionate about her work. When I had an opportunity to join the firm last year, it was a very easy decision. My position allows me to help others every day, which is extremely rewarding. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Learning to be more outspoken. I came into this job as a pretty quiet individual but quickly learned that in this role, that doesn’t always work. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - To date it would be getting my real estate license within the first six months of working in real estate. Tell us a little about your family. - My parents and I moved to Lincoln when I was about six months old and I have a brother who was born a few years later. I’m fortunate to have grown up here in Lincoln surrounded by my immediate family as well as most of my extended family. We are all very close and I love to spend time with them whenever I get a chance. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Relax with my family, friends, and dog. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - One of my biggest passions in life is gymnastics. I was in the sport for over five years when I was younger and continue to stay involved through coaching now. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “Stop wishing for it and start working for it.” If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Caring. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Teleportation. I love to travel so it would be amazing to be able to transport myself anywhere! Which talent would you most like to have? - Photographic memory. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Any animal rescue organization or advocate group. I am extremely passionate about rescuing animals. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. What is your favorite movie? - Bridesmaids. What is your favorite TV show? - Big Brother. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Sophia Bush. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - By phone at (402) 467-2525, by email at talisha@greenleafproperties. com, in person at 300 North 44th Street Suite 207, or you can visit us at



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SUTTER PLACE INTERIORS A newly acquired division of Willet Construction, Inc., Sutter Place Interiors provides complete interior design for people looking for an extraordinary experience. Rick Willet is the owner of Sutter Place Interiors. Tell us a little about your business. - We offer the following services: space planning, furniture layout, fine art curation, accessory placement, paint/palette selection, window treatments, and an updated Kitchen & Bath Design Center. Our design team will work with you to make your dream become reality using unique and top-quality products. How did you get started in the business? - While in high school I worked for a construction company and loved it. I have been doing remodeling in Lincoln since 1979. My wife, Marcia, and I started Willet Construction, Inc. Remodeling Specialists in 1995 with a goal to provide customers with an enjoyable design/build remodeling experience with top-quality service and products. This year, we were approached by Dean and Sherri Fandrich wanting to sell Sutter Place Interiors and retire after 44 years of great service to the Lincoln community. We loved the opportunity to expand our services to include one of the best interior design companies in Southeast Nebraska. We purchased the business in July of 2016 and have retained the same wonderful design team that has made Sutter Place Interiors great for many years. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Being blessed with 17 great employees that I really enjoy working with. Many of them have been with us more than 10 years. Tell us a little about your family. - Marcia and I have been married 36 great years. Our children and their spouses are: Brian (31) and Michelle Willet, Melissa (29) and Peter Barber, Jason (23) and Heather Willet. We have four grandsons and one granddaughter coming in November.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Adam Jones Joins Engineered Controls Engineered Controls, Inc. is proud to announce the recent addition of Adam Jones as Security Sales Engineer. Based out of their Corporate Headquarters in Omaha, Jones’ role will be to help develop and implement customer security growth opportunities throughout all locations of the organization with special emphasis on the total connected building solution for their clients. Adam comes to Engineered Controls with 20+ years of experience in the security industry where he has held a variety of positions in sales, installation and project management. Adam will be responsible for sales of access control systems, video systems and integration, as well as intrusion detection sales in both the new construction and owner-direct customer markets. Engineered Controls is a leading building control technology contractor whose goal is to provide customers with products and services that create efficient, safe and comfortable building environments. Engineered Controls has been honored multiple times as the “National Contractor of the Year”, by Honeywell, one of their national partners. Engineered Controls, Inc. has more than 85 employees with offices in Omaha and Lincoln, NE. To contact Adam, please call him directly at (402) 714-5513 or you can reach him at For more information about Engineered Controls, visit

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Lincoln Racquet Club is excited to announce the recent addition of Greg Smolinski as the Director of Baseball Operations at Lincoln Elite Baseball. Greg’s resume includes coaching at the University of Dubuque, instructor at the prestigious Eric Munson Baseball Academy, and Head Coach of the EMB Gold 13u #1 ranked team in the U.S. according to Baseball Youth Magazine.This was also the only team ranked in the top 25 from the Midwest. Greg brings a different approach to baseball lessons, tailoring his coaching style to each individual player. He is a nationally-certified instructor for the Velocity Plus Arm Care program and learned from some of the most respected hitting coaches in the game. Lincoln Elite Baseball is proud to provide its players with one of the most knowledgeable instructors in the Midwest. Greg is available, for hitting, defensive, and pitching lessons! Lincoln Elite Baseball is an academy focused on working with individuals, small groups and teams. The experienced staff of high school coaches, current professional baseball players and former Husker stars will provide your player with the basic fundamentals needed to achieve the goal of playing baseball at the next level. Contact Greg Smolinski at (402) 423-2511 or via email at Greg@ You can also visit the Lincoln Elite Baseball website at Lincoln Racquet Club is Lincoln’s premier family health and fitness facility. For more information, please contact the Membership Department at (402) 423-2511 or visit

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West Gate Bank® Promotes Katie Miller The West Gate Bank Board of Directors has elected Katie Miller to the title of Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the 84th and Eagle Crest location. Katie Miller joined West Gate Bank® in 2007 as a teller at the 27th and Cornhusker Highway location. In 2008, she was promoted to personal banker at the Midtown location, and promoted again in 2012 to assistant branch manager at the 27th and Cornhusker Highway location. ®

As Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, Miller is responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships with customers and providing personal service to meet their financial needs. In addition, she will lead and coach her staff to achieve customer service and sales goals. Miller is the chair of her Professional Networking Group. She is also a volunteer for Junior Achievement and Lincoln Public Schools. Katie Miller is located at West Gate Bank® Eagle Crest at 8400 Eagle Crest Road, and can be reached at (402) 323-8901 or kmiller@ West Gate Bank® is a full-service community bank focused on Lincoln. Stop by any of our seven branches to experience the local community bank difference and see how Lincoln’s Bank can serve you. Free checking, free gifts and a buy back program for your unused checks and debit cards. Visit for more information.

Todd Schrag Joins Roper & Sons as Funeral Director Roper & Sons Funeral Home welcomes Funeral Director Todd Schrag to their family! Todd grew up in Kansas, and graduated from McPherson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and German. He spent many years as an organist at a number of churches, and most recently owned a floral shop in Oklahoma City. Todd attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and graduated with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree. He has been a licensed funeral director for over 25 years in both Kansas and Oklahoma. Roper & Sons Funeral Home opened its doors in Lincoln, Nebraska in December 1901, when Charles H. Roper began offering funeral services with Charles Beecher. Today, they continue to uphold Charles H. Roper’s commitment to serving Lincoln residents and the surrounding communities as well as keeping the business in the hands of family.  Roper & Sons offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to making funeral arrangements—their mission is to answer your questions, assist you in designing a personalized service that honors the memory of your loved one, and oversee every detail along the way. For more information about Roper & Sons, please call (402) 4761225 or visit


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Lancaster Rehabilitation Center Employee Kristin Crouch Receives Champion of Care Award On Sept. 21, Kristin Crouc h, RN, Nurse Manager at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, received the 2016 Champion of Care Award from the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA). The award was presented to Crouch at the association’s Fall Convention in La Vista, Nebraska for John Turner, chair of the Nebraska Nursing providing outstanding Facility Association, presents the 2016 resident care. Crouch Champion of Care Award to Kristin Crouch, was nominated by Amy RN at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center. Fish, Administrator at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center. “Kristin is always seeking the next big challenge or opportunity to learn something new. She’ll help the campus succeed in whatever capacity she can lend the most support. She is a true team player,” Fish said. “Nebraska is filled with people like Kristin who are providing quality care to nursing facility residents every day. It is our pleasure to recognize Kristin in this way,” said Heath Boddy, President and CEO of NNFA. More than 800 nursing and assisted living facility owners, administrators, staff, and vendors participated in the four-day convention. Lancaster Rehabilitation Center is a 293-bed facility offering Short-Term Rehabilitation, Traditional Long-Term Care and Memory Care. Go to or call (402) 441-7101 for more information.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Dr. Tara Mohl Joins Green Chiropractic Green Chiropractic would like to formally introduce Dr. Tara Mohl, DC who joined the practice in early 2016. For more than 30 years, Green Chiropractic has supported the community of Lincoln providing advanced spinal correction (CBP©) combining chiropractic, physics and mechanical engineering principals with a goal to restore the spine to its normal alignment and posture. Dr. Mohl, a CBP specialist as well as a certified in the Webster Technique for the treatment of expectant mothers, now brings her experience in caring for whole families to Lincoln and the surrounding area to continue her success making valuable, life-changing improvements for individuals of all ages. Dr. Mohl has a degree in exercise science from NE Wesleyan and graduated with academic honors from Cleveland Chiropractic College. She is currently accepting new patients at Green Chiropractic located at 1161 N. Cotner Blvd. and accepting requests to schedule speaking engagements on spinal care- its impact on overall health and well-being. Call (402) 466-6454 to schedule an appointment. For more information on Green Chiropractic please visit www.

NAI FMA Realty’s Diana Schilf Named 2016 REALTOR® of the Year NAI FMA Realty is pleased to announce Diana Schilf, business development manager, has been named the 2016 “REALTOR® of the Year” by the REALTORS® Association of Lincoln (RAL). This award is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow on a member and recognizes an individual for professionalism and outstanding service for the association and the real estate community. Schilf was also awarded the Meritorious Service Award. Both awards were presented by the association at their annual installation and awards ceremony held on September 29th in Lincoln, Nebraska. Schilf joined NAI FMA in 1996 and has been a REALTOR® since 2000. She has served on numerous committees, task forces and projects for the local association. Currently, she is the 2016 secretary for RAL, serves on the Midlands MLS board of directors and chair of the Commercial Broker’s Committee. In the community, Schilf serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the Family Service Association of Lincoln, sits on the development committee for Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, a board member for Northview Lincoln Business Association and is a volunteer for Christ Lutheran Church, Christ Schools’ Elementary, and a member of Capitol Voices Toastmasters Club.


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PERSONNEL NEWS Madonna’s Ross Sukup Named a 2016 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Ross Sukup, RN, BS, support staff manager/ RN clinical super visor for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals—Omaha Campus, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 40 Under 40 award in nursing. This award honors Nebraska’s emerging nurse leaders by the Nebraska Action Coalition. Sukup has been with Madonna since April and a nurse for eight years, receiving his Associates of Nursing degree from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE. Rachel Thompson, MSN, RN, is the director of nursing for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals—Omaha Campus and nominated Sukup.

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The Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC)-Future of Nursing’s 3rd bi-annual award for emerging nurse leaders provides needed recognition of young nurses across the state. These nurse leaders, all under the age of forty, are the future of nursing, health and health care in Nebraska. The awards ceremony took place Sept. 16, 2016 at Union College in Lincoln, NE. To see the entire list, go to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals offers world-class medical rehabilitation and research. To find out more, visit

Tabitha’s Angie Cardwell Named Medical Provider of the Year Tabitha (, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce Angie Cardwell, APRNNP, director of Tabitha’s employee health and wellness, has been named Medical Provider of the Year from the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA). The award was presented to Cardwell at the association’s Fall Convention in La Vista, Neb., in recognition of her dedication to improving quality of life and wellness.

John Turner, chair of the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association, presents the 2016 Medical Provider of the Year Award to Angie Cardwell, Director of Employee Health and Wellness.

“The wellbeing of Elders we serve depends on the wellbeing of our team,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Angie understands the importance and develops an invaluable connection with our employees to ensure it. She has helped create meaningful programs and an overall culture of wellness at Tabitha. She couldn’t be more deserving of this award.” For over 10 years, Cardwell has been managing Tabitha’s employee wellness program that encompasses a free health clinic for employees and their families for treating common acute and chronic conditions. In addition to the 2,700 examinations she performs each year, she has led employee flu shot clinics, annual employee vitals monitoring, and a wellness program that encourages Tabitha team members to live in full health balance. In 2014, her program received recognition from the Governor’s Excellence in Wellness.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Woods Bros Realty Welcomes Three New Associates

Alzheimer’s Association Welcomes New Executive Director Sharon Jensen

Wo o d s B r o s Realty would like to welcome Laura Bonta to the Lincolnshire Square office, Dede Mau to the Wilderness Hills office, and Catina Tongish to the Country Club office. These professionals Laura Bonta Dede Mau have undergone extensive training and are well-qualified to help their clients in every aspect of real estate, including the latest in electronic document management and the finest technology tools in the area. Woods Bros Realty is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. The full-service company offers 127 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an Catina Tongish 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

The Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska C h a p t e r has recently appointed Sharon Jensen to serve as its Executive Director to help build on the support and education offered to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias throughout Nebraska. Jensen comes to the Alzheimer’s Association with more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit field. This includes fundraising and leadership experience at a range of nonprofit organizations including American Cancer Society, Nebraska Methodist Health System and Alpha Phi Foundation. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including an estimated 33,000 Nebraska residents, and as baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s will rapidly escalate. In 2015, 15 million caregivers provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including 81,000 Nebraskans who provided an estimated 92 million hours of unpaid care. To support those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease throughout the state, the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter helps provide support services and education programs, advocates for Alzheimer’s-related legislative issues and funding of Alzheimer’s research. There are a number of ways to help the Alzheimer’s Association support those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter and ways to get involved, visit or call (800) 272-3900.

Nebraska Community Foundation Welcomes Phuong Dinh Nebraska Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Phuong Dinh as the new IT System Administrator. Phuong is responsible for systems operation, maintenance and training; technology aspects of the website; computer network, customer relations module (CRM), software and hardware. He will also be involved with developing and implementing strategies to improve IT systems and infrastructure. Phuong previously ser ved as Senior Infrastructure Analyst with the State of Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance where he provided a wide range of support services to users in the Kearney, Omaha and Lincoln offices. He has also worked with Fiserv Financial Services as a software engineer and with Novartis as a hardware/software technician. Phuong earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration majoring in management information systems from UNL, where he was honored with the Award for Students of Diversity Achieving Academic Excellence. He was recognized as Employee of the Year alternate by the Banking Department in 2014. Phuong and his wife Kimiko live in Lincoln with their two children.


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Greg Adams Named Executive Director of Nebraska Community College Association A man whose professional career has been devoted to education has been named the new executive director of the Nebraska Community College Association. Greg Adams, current president and executive director of Accelerate Nebraska, will succeed Dennis Baack, who is retiring. Steve Anderson, of Concord, chair of the NCCA board of directors, made the announcement. Accelerate Nebraska is a non-profit corporation focused on improving educational outcomes and the alignment between high school, post-secondary institutions and the workforce. He also is a distinguished professor of practice at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Adams will be responsible for NCCA management and legislative relations, which includes lobbying. Adams said his educational background will be essential in facilitating the work of Nebraska’s community colleges as a whole. Prior to his present position, Adams served eight years in the Nebraska Legislature, representing District 24, from 2006-2014. He served as chairman of the Education Committee and was a member of the Revenue Committee; Committee On Committees; Developmental Disabilities Special Investigative Committee; Education Commission of the States Committee; the Legislature’s Planning Committee; and served as commissioner of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commission. Adams served as speaker of the legislature from January 2013 through December 2014. Prior to his time in the Unicameral, Adams was mayor of York from 1996-2006. The NCCA is comprised of Central Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College, and Western Nebraska Community College. Adams begins his new job with the NCCA on Nov. 1.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Stephanie Matejka Joins Advantage Insurance Agency

Nebraska Cancer Research Center Welcomes New Research Nurse Kristina Benson

Advantage Insurance Agency is pleased to formally announce addition of Stephanie Matejka to its team of professionals. Joining the team as Independent Insurance Agent in October of 2015, Stephanie has proven herself to be great asset in the past year she’s been with the company.

The Nebraska Cancer Research Center (NCRC) Program has announced the addition of Kristina Benson, RN, BSN as Clinical Research Nurse.

Stephanie has extensive experience with homeowners insurance, but specializes in life insurance and commercial insurance as well. This made her an especially good fit for her role as the agency’s Life Insurance and Commercial Lines Specialist, but she also enjoys working with first-time home buyers and will continue to do so with Advantage Insurance Agency. Advantage Insurance Agency is a full-service, independent agency with more than 50 years of experience brought to the table when working with each client. Working with over 20 companies, Stephanie is able to truly focus on client’s needs and then find the best products available.

Kristina will work in conjunction with the oncologists at Nebraska HematologyOncology, PC and Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center to screen and enroll patients to national, state-of-the-art clinical trials. She received her diploma in registered nursing from Bryan School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Prior to coming to NCRC, Kristina was a Nurse Supervisor at the State of Nebraska Department of Corrections.

An avid volunteer, Stephanie is most notably an active board member for Community CROPS, serving for the second year, and a longtime Girl Scout leader.

Over the past 32 years, NCRC has partnered with Bryan Health, Nebraska Hematology Oncology, PC, Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center and CHI Health Saint Elizabeth to enroll more than 1,900 patients and volunteers in treatment, cancer control and prevention studies. NCRC provides local access to National Cancer Institutesponsored clinical trials, many of the same studies available at the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, and other renowned cancer centers.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Union Bank & Trust Promotes Jill Smith and Kate Stous Union Bank & Trust ( recently promoted Jill Smith to Events & Community Engagement Officer and Kate Stous to Digital Experience & Strategy Officer. Smith joined Union Bank in 2004 in Customer Service and joined the marketing department as Events Coordinator in 2010. With over 12 years of experience at UBT, Smith brings a strong blend of customer service, hospitality, marketing and leadership to her new position.  She will coordinate and manage customer, employee and community events for Union Bank, whose corporate culture highly encourages community connections.  Smith drives all aspects of the bank’s community outreach efforts including chairing the Magic Moments, Community Involvement and United Way Committees and oversees the management of the Financial Assistance In Retirement (FAIR) Program.

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Recognizing a need for resources, education, and networking for event professionals, Kate Stous Smith founded EventLNK in 2012 and chairs its board of directors. She sits on the UNL HRTM Advisory Board, Community Volunteer Council, is a member of Junior League of Lincoln, serves on the Young Professionals Group Leadership Council, and is a past Volunteer Partners board member. Lincoln YPG and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce presented Smith the 4 Under 40 Award in 2013. Stous joined Union Bank in 2014 as the Communications Coordinator in the Marketing Department and has most recently held the position of Digital Marketing Coordinator.  In her new role, Stous will be responsible for identifying and supporting the implementation of digital financial management tools and applications as well as managing the ongoing development of UBTgo.  She will provide guidance to all bank divisions as new digital services are assessed for their clients.  Stous also facilitates the Lens advisory group which provides the bank with a millennial aged perspective on technology, services and communications.

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She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of NebraskaLincoln. Stous is a member of the Lincoln Young Professionals Group and the Lincoln chapter of the American Marketing Association.  Active in the community, Stous serves on the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Auction Committee, is a St. Monica’s Amazing Chase competitor and volunteers at the Berean Church Commons Coffee Shop.

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Tickets Still Available to Bridges to Hope Freed for Life Dinner on November 13th Tic kets are still available to this year’s Hope Freed for Life Dinner held by Bridges to Hope. The Freed for Life Dinner and fundraising event will be held on Sunday, November 13th from 6-8 p.m. at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd. Proceeds from the fundraiser and community awareness program go towards Bridges to Hope, Followers of Christ Prison Ministry and the FEAST program at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Featuring the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes as keynote speaker, reservations cost $25 per person or $200 for a table of seven guests plus one FEAST partner from the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln. These ministries provide support to inmates inside the prison and to those transitioning into the community. Bridges to Hope in Lincoln is a non-profit agency serving men and women soon to be or recently released from correctional institutions throughout NE. The goal is to create and sustain joint efforts to prevent Reentrants from falling back into their criminal behaviors and to lower the recidivism rate. This is done by providing Reentrants with everything they need to start up a new home. Furniture, clothing, household items and hygiene products are a few of the items provided to them at no cost. All items are donated by community members. Current needs are: dressers, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables, and lamps. To learn more about Bridges to Hope, visit or contact Rhonda Mattingly at (402) 420-5696 or

Bright Lights Thanks 2016 Summer Donors Bright Lights Summer Learning Adventures has 1,500+ students eager to learn and 100+ dedicated staff and talented teachers. But without donors, Bright Lights can’t provide Lincoln the amazing summer learning opportunities they have become known for over 30 years. Bright Lights, a local non-profit, is taking November to thank their 2016 donors who made it possible to provide yet another summer full of learning and fun for children. How does the program work? Students choose a class topic and are then immersed in it for a week of hands-on learning not often available to students during the school year. Parents know the class is teaching their children valuable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts/ literature and mathematics) principles, expanding their view of the world and helping them build new relationships; the students just find it fun. Bright Lights will be offering five weeks of quality learning programs to elementary and middle school students in Summer 2017. Without donations, this learning opportunity isn’t available. Funds are used to cover items such as classroom rental, supplies, teacher salary and student scholarships— scholarships which afforded 300+ students the opportunity to attend last year who otherwise could not have. The support and dedication of the Lincoln community has been and continues to be a vital part of Bright Lights success. Interested in helping this experience be available to more students? Please visit or call (402) 420-1115 to become a donor.


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Save the Date: Heartland Cancer Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night Mark your calendars and plan on spending your Fat Tuesday at the Hear tland Cancer Foundation’s 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Hillcrest Country Club from 6-9pm. This will be a night full of food, drinks, casino games, a silent auction and live entertainment. Last year’s event raised over $75,000 with the proceeds going to help cancer patients in need. Please help the foundation make this event a success once again. The mission of the Heartland Cancer Foundation is to connect local patients to care and reduce the financial stress that often accompanies cancer treatment. For more information, visit www. or call (402) 261-9974.

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St. Monica’s Kicks Off Final 2016 Campaign St Monica’s is proud to launch an exciting campaign to support and sustain the opening of its program for adolescent girls and new home in east Lincoln for adult women. With the goal of raising $100,000, the final 100 days of 2016 is the perfect time to show your compassion for women and children who want to build healthier lives for themselves and their families. St. Monica’s invites you to make a stand with them to help the most vulnerable women in our community. How your contribution helps women at St. Monica’s: $50 = 1 month of medications for 1 adult woman; $100 = 1 week of child care at our Early Childhood Center; $500 = 6 individual counseling sessions with a licensed drug, alcohol & mental health therapist; $750 = 3 weeks of groceries for families living at Project Mother & Child; $1,000 = 4 weeks of treatment for an adolescent girl in our Channels program; $2,000 = 10 days of full residential treatment services for 1 adult woman; $5,000 = 1 month of treatment for a Project Mother & Child family. To learn more about St. Monica’s and donate, please visit www.stmonicas. com. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Project Funway Coming Soon Don’t miss PROJECT FUNWAY, Lincoln’s own take on the popular reality TV show, Project Runway! This unique event showcases local designers while benefiting Fresh Start, a local transitional shelter for homeless women. The theme of the runway show is transformation and designers repurpose thrift shop clothing to create a new, creative original garment. A panel of judges, and event attendees, will select the winners of the competition at the end of the night. The event also includes a silent auction, Daisy Thrift Shop booth, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Event tickets are $40 each. VIP tickets are $60 each, which include a private reception and front row seating for the show. Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Local boutiques are invited to participate as sponsors, and will have the opportunity to showcase an outfit from their shop at the beginning of the runway show. All sponsors will be recognized during the event, in print and social media. This year’s Project Funway event will be held on Friday, November 18 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. It continues to grow each year, so purchase your tickets today online at, by calling (402) 475-1117, or by emailing

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by Collecting Needed Items National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This week-long o b s e r va n c e i s a n opportunity to share our compassion with neighbors who are in need and to work toward a community where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness. Individuals and businesses interested in addressing the issues of hunger and homelessness this holiday season can collect items for Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach such as non-perishable food for our pantry, socks, warm hats and gloves, blankets, and large and extra large sweatshirts and coats.  Quarters for laundry and gift cards to purchase basic household items such as towels, dishes and sheets are also needed for clients who have been newly housed through Matt Talbot’s Housing Program.  All donations received will be shared with the guests that come to Matt Talbot’s community kitchen for hunger relief, outreach, and housing services. Donations can be dropped off at Matt Talbot during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm).  Donations of coats, hats, gloves and sweatshirts can also be dropped off at Paul Mitchell The School which is located at 5601 S. 59th Street, Suite D.

People’s City Mission to Host Starry Nights Pe o p l e ’s C i t y Mission is pleased to announce the 2016 Starry Nights will be held on Saturday, November 26th and Sunday, November 27th. Starry Nights is a Christmas Tree Festival to benefit the homeless and impoverished in our community. The event includes viewing of 27 different Christmas trees that have been elaborately designed with over $1,000 of decorations on each one. You can also have your picture taken with Santa, get free holiday treats, hear live entertainment, and visit a number of children’s workshops for making ornaments, gingerbread houses, face painting and writing letters to Santa. The event is set to take place on the floor of the Pinnacle Bank Arena from 10am to 8pm Saturday, November 26th and 10am to 6pm on Sunday, November 27th. The cost is only $5 per person or $20 per family and covers all activities including viewing trees (you can even bid on some of them) and pictures with Santa. Come make Starry Nights a fun start to your Christmas celebration and you will help someone in need at the same time! For more information please visit or contact Abby White at (402) 475-1303 |

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Theatre Arts for Kids Announces Shows Theatre Arts for Kids is proud to present their upcoming November 2016 shows: Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. and Annie Kids. Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. will be playing Friday, Nov. 18th at 7pm and Saturday, Nov. 19th at 2pm & 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at tafkmillie. There will be two show times available to see Annie Kids, which will be playing Saturday, Nov. 5th at 5pm & 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online at  All our encouraged to come see a show to support Theatre Arts for Kids, a local non-profit organization working with hundreds of children each year through musical theatre programs.  To find out more about Theatre Arts For Kids, please visit or contact Leah Kolar at (608) 322-4549/

Northeast Sertomans Clean Up Highway 34 For 25 years, right-of-way along a three-mile stretch of Highway 34 east of Eagle has been cleaned twice a year by members of the Lincoln Northeast Sertoma Club. Wearing highlyvisible vests, eight members filled large trash bags on both sides of the road this From L to R: Ken Carlson, Lee Bring, fall.  Club president Jim John Shimonek, Sharon Cunning, Becker said the members Cathy Becker, Suzanne Frasier, Donna look forward to this and Maguire. Not pictured: Jim Becker. other community service activities the club has carried out during much of its 46 year history. 2016 is LINCOLN NORTHEAST SERTOMA CLUB’s 46th year of improving the quality of life for those impacted by hearing loss and supporting worthy human need causes.  Members work event concessions to raise and donate $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, contact club president Jim Becker, or via Lincoln Northeast Sertoma Club’s Facebook page.

A Warmer Day Collecting Winter Apparel for Underprivileged Children and Families Every year, thousands of Nebraskans who are in need do not have the means to provide winter clothing for themselves or their families. A Warmer Day assists these individuals and families by providing coats and other winter apparel. Please help to make sure that no mother has to send her children out in the cold without a coat, no veteran goes cold and no senior citizen has to face the brutal Nebraska winter unprepared. You can help warm someone’s life! For a complete list of locations, or additional ways to help, please visit A Warmer Day is a new non-profit, charitable organization that was recently founded in Clatonia, NE. Everything donated goes directly towards helping Nebraskans in need. For more information on how you can help A Warmer Day, please visit or contact directly at (402) 480-7463 or Find A Warmer Day on Facebook or follow on Twitter @awarmerday for updates!

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Child Guidance Center Needs Warm Coats, “Girl Noticed” Makes its Mark in Lincoln Hats, and Gloves for Boys Receiving Services Ar tist Lori Pratico and Would you and your coworkers like to provide a warm coat, stocking hat and gloves for a boy in need this winter? Child Guidance Center is in need of new warm coats in sizes medium (M) through 2 extra-large (2 XL) for boys ages 12 - 18 who are living in the Therapeutic Group Home.  During the last program year, 28 boys and their families were served through this program. A generous gift of $100 - $125 will provide a new warm coat, stocking hat and gloves for one boy in need this winter. Child Guidance Center is also in need of gifts to go towards helping provide additional clothing, including shirts and pants. Child Guidance Center is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of children and their families.  “We are so grateful for the generosity of local donors and community members because it shows that more people understand the devastating impact of mental illness and the value of treatment,” shared Katie McLeese Stephenson, Executive Director. For more information, please contact Jenny Cardwell (jcardwell@ or Whitney Kuhn ( via email or at (402) 475-7666.  You may also give your gift online today at or mail your gift to 2444 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE  68510.  Thank you for your generosity.

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photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan hope to create “Girl Noticed” murals in all 50 states over a three year period. The City of Lincoln, in partnership with NeighborWorks Lincoln and Lutheran Family Services, brought the project to town this summer. On Saturday, August 27th, the south N Street wall of the new Health 360 Clinic at 23rd and O St. became the perfect place for the charcoal mural displaying the “hidden strength and importance of women in our society.” Nominations were taken and more than 30 girls and women submitted their stories. This mural depicts two women who came to Lincoln as refugees: Haifaa Al-Saadi, who is completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology, plans to become an art therapist. She was born in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, and came to the U.S. at age 2, after her parents fled their home country of Iraq. Thuy Nguyen is the owner of Little Saigon Plaza on N. 27th Street. She came to the U.S. 40 years ago as a refugee from Vietnam and will be celebrating 25 years in business this next year. Take a ride down N Street and see the beautiful “Girl Noticed.” You will be inspired! For more information, visit

First Meeting Held for Caregivers Advocacy Network of Nebraska The inaugural meeting for the newly formed Caregivers Advocacy Network of Nebraska was held on October 5. Jodi Freeman of Roper and Sons Funeral Services presented information on communication and technology and its critical role for 21st century caregivers. She highlighted unique and easy to use applications that can be accessed from a tablet or smartphone and used for storing important medical, financial and legal documents all while protecting confidentiality but still enabling ease of access between family members. C.A.N.N. was formed by a group of businesswomen who saw within the elder care sector a need of adult children and/or caregivers to acquire additional knowledge and resources to assist them as they navigated this period of time in their parent’s/loved one’s lives. The mission of C.A.N.N. is to “Present substantial and meaningful content on issues of aging, older adult care, and available community resources to modern adult children, caretakers and caregivers.” The format is designed to be concise and give hand-on tools and resources that directly address the issues that matter to adult children of seniors. C.A.N.N. meetings are absolutely free to attend and open to the public. The next meeting will be held on November 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Residence Inn, southeast of 56th and Pine Lake Road in Lincoln. Tammi Uribe of Edward D. Jones and Christine Vanderford of Vanderford Law will be discussing planning for the unexpected and estate planning tips. Other founding members include Lee Nyberg of Home Care Assistance, Rhonda Saunders of Hospice Community Care of Nebraska, Beth Friesen of Oasis Senior Advisors, and Tanya Godwin, also of Vanderford Law. To find out more about C.A.N.N., check out the Facebook page (/ CaregiverAdvocacyNetworkofNebraska) or contact Beth Friesen at (402) 429-4002.


Make Small Voices Heard With Child Advocacy Center On November 1, the Child Advocacy Center launc hed their Small Voices campaign--a seasonal giving effort to raise funds to support services in 2017. Donations from generous individuals and corporate partners provide CAC with the resources to help child victims and their families begin the healing process. Please consider making a financial contribution to help them continue this important work. The CAC is a non-profit organization that works with children who make the courageous decision to tell the truth. The issues they face are not easy to talk about, including alleged sexual assault, serious physical abuse and neglect. The center provides a child-friendly space where children can tell their story in their own words to experts who are trained to deal with trauma. The CAC also offers medical evaluations and ongoing advocacy for children and their families.

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4th Annual Garden Party an Enchanting Evening in Support of the Alzheimer’s Association The 4th Annual “Garden Party” fundraiser, with all proceeds to again benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, was held on Tuesday, September 27th at the home of Paige and Shayne Zutaver n. G u e s t s, s p o n s o r s, a n d volunteers helped raise over $4,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association! The fun and enchanting event featured live music, cocktails and delicious food provided by Carmela’s Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Buzzard Billy’s, Capriotti’s, Venue, Legacy Arbors, Kona Ice, Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage, and Blue Blood Brewing Co. The team at Earl May provided a garden education session and handson Fairy Garden demonstration, with guests able to take home their finished product. The evening concluded with a live and silent auction featuring a fantastic selection of donated items, with all proceeds going towards the cause. Strictly Business, Hospice Community Care of Nebraska and Earl May Garden Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Great Plains Epoxy, Real Estate Avenues: The Brokerage, Oasis Senior Advisors, James Arthur Vineyards, Carmela’s Bistro, Legacy Retirement Communities, Alpha Delta Pi, HoriSun Hospice, Outback Steakhouse, Buzzard Billy’s, Outdoor Solutions, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Venue Restaurant & Lounge, Blue Blood Brewing Company, Pro-Scapes, Glenn’s True Value Hardware, Residence Inn, Wilken Woodcrafts, Herbs & More, 5 Elements Massage and Larry Pickrel . A special thank you is also extended to all of the volunteers and organizations who graciously supported and contributed to this event! Finally, thank you to all who attended the Garden Party in support of the Alzheimer’s Association! Color Copies Multi Color Color Copies MultiPrinting Color PrintingDigital Digital Digital Digital Black &Black White& White Full Color FullEnvelopes Color Envelopes CopiesCopies GraphicGraphic DesignDesign Engineering Engineering Service Wide Format Color ColorCrazy Fast Crazy Fast Service Wide Format

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Leadership Lincoln Builds Teams While Playing Legos

CEDARS Seeks Community Partners to Brighten the Holidays for Children

One unique aspect of Leadership Lincoln programs is that they bring together people from a wide variety of backgrounds. From manufacturing line workers to c hief executive officers, high school students to advanced degree holders, suburban dwellers and central city residents . . . these and many more descriptors could be applied to the individuals in their four main programs. One of the first challenges faced is bringing them together to work as a team. And that’s where the Legos come in. Participants are organized into teams of 5 to 7 members and each given identical sets of 15 Legos. In an adjacent room, using an identical set of Lego blocks, Leadership Lincoln constructed a design on a table. Each team may send one person at a time to look at the Lego design and return to their team with what they saw. Then another team member will go and report back, then a third, and so forth. The rule is they can only look at the display in the other room. No smartphone photos, drawings or written notes allowed. Teams have 30 minutes to take their Lego pieces and duplicate the model in the adjacent room. Leadership Lincoln promotes civic engagement and that happens best when people work together as a team. Building teams is one such example, and yes, some of it happens using Legos. For more information about Leadership Lincoln and their programs, please visit www. or call (402) 441-4661.

Year after year, businesses and individuals in the Lincoln community have opened their hearts to make the holidays a magical time for the children and youth in CEDARS care. For the 300 children who will spend their nights with CEDARS over this season, the holidays can be a tough time. When these children come to CEDARS, it is often because they have no other safe place to go. Many of them come with just the clothing on their backs. And for many, this is the first time they have spent the holidays away from their homes. Throughout the month, CEDARS will be collecting toys, clothes and other gifts for the children. For the 1,200 children who rely on CEDARS for daily support, this holiday season will retain all of the wonder and gain even more magic. Thanks to so many generous donations, each child in CEDARS care receives a gift for the holidays. These donations send such a strong, positive message to the children. Oftentimes, their lives are filled with chaos and disappointment, but these gifts show them that someone really cares for them. Anyone interested in becoming a CEDARS community partner by adopting an entire family or hosting a drive to #GiveJoy to children for the holidays is encouraged to contact Tracy Christensen at (402) 437-8820 or CEDARS will be thanking the many community partners and donors who #GiveJoy on social media. Supporters are encouraged to follow along on Facebook (, Twitter (www.twitter. com/cedarskids) and Instagram (

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10th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands: “Who’s Telling Your Story?” Registration remains open for the 10th annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, which is Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) strengthens the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the quality of community life throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa. “This year’s theme is ‘Who’s Telling Your Story?’ We want to help nonprofits tell their stories of the good work they’re doing for their communities,” said Hannah Young, policy and events manager. Keynote speakers are Andy Goodman, director of The Goodman Center, and Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. More information on the 2016 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, and other NAM programs, is available at

Child Guidance Center Receives Grant From Lincoln South Rotary Club The Lincoln South Rotary Club and The Rotary Foundation have awarded $2,000 to the Child Guidance Center. This grant is part of a program that allows clubs to support local organizations. Club funds are matched through a program of The Rotary Foundation based on donations by the local clubs. Child Guidance Center is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of children and their families in the Lincoln area and surrounding communities through effective and flexible therapeutic partnerships and a commitment to advocacy and positive social change. Pictured are Wayne Moore of Lincoln South Rotary Club and former CEO of the Child Guidance Center, Dr. Carol Crumpacker.

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Pius X Band Scholarship Established A newly endowed scholarship will honor the memory of the first band instructor at Pius X High School. Murphy may be most remembered and loved for his Pius Homecoming Lights Out Shows. Each year the Phil Murphy Memorial Scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a senior band student with demonstrated financial need. The $10,000 gift to establish the scholarship was made by Phil Murphy’s wife and family, including their children Janet Koerner, Paul Murphy and Jane Manzitto. If you would like to donate to this scholarship or another existing scholarship, or establish a new endowed scholarship or endowed fund, please contact the Pius X Foundation at (402) 488-1046. You may also donate directly to an existing scholarship by sending a check to the Pius X Foundation at 6000 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510 or safely and securely online at

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NON-PROFIT NEWS Mrs. Nebraska USA Universal Amanda Reinert to Host LFS Fundraiser for Children On November 4, Amanda Reinert, Mrs. Nebraska USA Universal 2016, will serve as master of ceremonies and guest speaker for the upcoming Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska fundraiser, Fandango® and Wicker and Wine®. During the event, Reinert will share her own personal story as a two-time survivor of child sexual abuse and how she is making a difference by supporting the LFS RSafe® program which serves children impacted by sexual abuse. “LFS is so important to not only myself, but also the community,” says Reinert. “This event is a great opportunity for the community to support children and learn about the how LFS supports thousands of children and their families each year. Last year, LFS provided child sexual abuse treatment to 289 children.” Funds from the event provide support for LFS’ 14 programs serving over 3,000 children and their families in Omaha, Council Bluff and surrounding areas. The event will be held at Hilton Omaha and begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a dinner, program and live auction. Tickets are $100 and are available at or by calling (402) 591-5063.

Partnership Between TeamMates and Sandhills Gives Employees a Way to Impact Student Successes T h e Te a m M a t e s Mentoring Program enjoys a rewarding partnership with Sandhills Publishing, an information processing company aimed at gathering, processing and distributing information in the form of trade publications and websites that serve the trucking, agriculture, construction, heavy machinery, aviation, and technology industries. Sandhills print publications and companion websites have made Sandhills a leader in the respective industries it serves. Sandhills Publishing is involved in the local community with outreach to area universities and by offering student scholarships. The organization has partnerships with many community organizations, hosts charity events, and encourages employee volunteerism to further provide community service. Recently Sandhills Publishing has hosted two TeamMates mentorrecruiting events. The organization also hosted an onsite new mentor training session. Sandhills employees are encouraged to become TeamMates mentors and will receive paid time off to meet with their mentees weekly during the school year. “Sandhills feels that partnering with organizations like TeamMates is important to give our employees an opportunity to share their time and talents with the community.   The TeamMates mentoring program is a good fit with Sandhills as employees can make a direct and meaningful impact on students to help lead them to success in the future,” said Nancy Paasch, Chief Administration Officer, Sandhills Publishing. “TeamMates looks forward to engaging even more volunteers at Sandhills Publishing as additional recruiting and organizational mentornetworking events take place,” said Emily Haack, TeamMates Mentor Recruiting staff member.

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Nebraska Community Blood Bank: So Thankful for Blood Donors

Active Life Family Chiropractic Celebrates New Clinic

Born at just over 25 week’s gestation, twins Etta and Lane each weighed only 1 pound 10 ounces. Due to their premature birth and small size they had very low blood volume and were unable to produce red blood cells fast enough to keep up with the demand of frequent blood draws for tests.

To celebrate the grand opening of their newest location, Active Life Family Chiropractic recently had a r i bb o n c u t t i n g in conjunction with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on October 13th. The North location officially opened its doors on September 1st. As a result of the recent expansion, Active Life Family Chiropractic is excited to be accepting new patients! With locations at 33rd & Cornhusker and 70th & Pioneers open 6 days a week, Active Life Family Chiropractic provides convenient and flexible scheduling for your quality chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is the key to staying young and maintaining your body’s mobility. For a limited time, Active Life Family Chiropractic is offering $40 New Patient Appointments that include a spinal examination, consultation with the doctor, posture analysis, and x-rays (a $220 value!). All proceeds from new patient appointments will be donated to local charities. Call (402) 420-0440 today to make an appointment with their amazing team and get started with your chiropractic care! For more information about Active Life Family Chiropractic, “Like” their Facebook page (/ActiveLifeFamilyChiropracticLincoln) or visit the website at

Etta and Lane spent a long and challenging four months in the NICU at Bryan Health. Etta received three units of blood throughout her stay in the NICU and Lane received blood a total of four times, the first transfusion at just six days old. Today, the twins are healthy and happy. They’ve returned to the NICU a few times since, but on happy terms, with gifts for other NICU patients and special treats for the staff. Etta and Lane survived because generous blood donors stepped up to give. An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born prematurely each year. Please consider donating blood this November in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month. Visit NCBB.ORG or call (877) 488-9414 to learn more about hosting a blood drive or to sign up to donate blood at a donor center or blood drive near you.

Advanced Medical Imaging is the only physician office in the region offering the new SphenoCath procedure that provides most patients with immediate relief of headache pain with a simple, gentle, comfortable in-office procedure. • 10-15 minute in-office procedure • Majority of patients experience immediate relief • Safe for adults and children as well as pregnant women • Reimbursed by most insurance companies and Medicare • SphenoCath treats migraines, cluster headaches and trigeminal neuralgia

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Nebraska Hearing Center Accepts Health Insurance Nebraska Hearing C e n t e r i s n ow contracted with va r i o u s h e a l t h insurance carriers that serve Lincoln and surrounding areas. “Trends have shown that our clients are getting younger.  Contracting with insurance carriers made sense,” says Leslie Frank, owner and audiologist of Nebraska Hearing Center.

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Plans for Federal and State employees/retirees offer benefits for hearing aids. Others offer a discount program.  Nebraska Hearing Center has an in-house insurance expert that assists clients through the process. Covered under insurance or not, all of the hearing devices at Nebraska Hearing Center qualify for reimbursement with your Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account. Nebraska Hearing Center is centrally located at 5625 O St, Suite 104.  Call (402) 486-3737 to schedule your free hearing evaluation today.

Workplace Health Solutions Unveiled by American Heart Association The American Heart Association proudly announces the transition of the Fit-Friendly Worksite platform into a new, more comprehensive workplace health program: the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions. This program is setting a new standard in the workplace health field which will lead to improved health outcomes for employees, and we invite all companies to join us. Workplace Health Solutions uses a continuous quality improvement approach to improve both the culture of health of your workplace and the health of your workforce by offering a complete suite of evidencebased tools to help organizations and their employees get the most out of their workplace health program. Workplace Health Solutions helps assess the comprehensiveness of current workplace wellness programs and the supportive workplace environment, provides expert resources on strategies for improvement, implementation employee engagement, and tracks progress toward ideal heart health. Why it Matters • 90% of employers do not measure their wellness program’s ROI. • Only 6.9% of worksites have a truly comprehensive health promotion program. • 77% of employers see lack of engagement as the biggest obstacle to successful workplace health programs. • 55% of employees believe it’s important to see CEO set the example in personal health. Recognition benefits for the Workplace Health Achievement Index will be more robust and comprehensive than the Fit-Friendly Worksites program by offering three levels of awards and additional promotional opportunities. For more information and to enroll, please visit www.heart. org/workplacehealth.

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FRIENDS 4 LUNCH Last Month: Cowboy Chicken Cowboy Chic ken has officially made its debut in Lincoln, with the recent opening of the first Lincoln franchise located at 2801 Pine Lake Rd, Suite J. For over 30 years, Cowboy Chicken has been cooking allnatural c hic ken over a wood-bur ning fire. Today, guests enjoy the same delicious, woodfired rotisserie chicken, along with seventeen homemade sides. If you missed our last Friends4Lunch, we challenge you to get your friends together to check out Cowboy Chicken and play your own similar activity or event, or we encourage you to come to ours next month!

Next Month: The Normandy With the bel ief 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. To join us for lunch at The Normandy on November 10th, 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.

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Changing Spaces SRS Got its Start at SCC’s Entrepreneurship Center

Jeannine Bryant Changing Spaces SRS Owner

When Debbie Patterson and her husband decided it was time to sell their house “The director told us things we didn’t want to hear,” she said. “He pushed us to and downsize, she knew exactly who to call: Changing Spaces SRS (Senior hire more employees, to spend more money on marketing. He also guided us Relocation Services). toward some of the legal parts of the job. He walked us through stuff that was not our forte.” “When we decided we were going to move, it was almost overwhelming to think about all the details that go into moving,” Patterson said. She said the office space was helpful, and they took advantage of the shared conference room in the incubator. She knew there was a deadline looming and Changing Spaces SRS helps seniors think about downsizing, then organizes the that they had to stick to it, something they wouldn’t have had if they set up the move and holds an estate sale, if necessary. For most seniors and their families, business in a home or commercial office space. this is a daunting task, and it can be challenging to know where to begin. “We knew we had a three-year deadline to become a real business by then,” Patterson had been recommending the business to residents of The Landing, she said. “We knew we had that amount of time to get our ducks in a row.” an assisted living facility where she works as a consultant. Now she can give When they finally did move out of the incubator they had a rude awakening them a firsthand account of her experience with Changing Spaces. She had when looking at the high cost of renting a space. Bryant is thankful for those them pack up and organize her house, move and unpack into the new home. three years to learn, grow and work out the kinks. “It’s the human touch,” she said. “They treat your objects the same way the “At times I wish I was still in the incubator so someone could tell me what to do owners would. That’s what sets them apart. They’re so sensitive to the human next,” Bryant said. side of the process.” “It’s a great success story,” said Cat Leverett, administrative assistant and “It’s a difficult transition,” said Jeannine Bryant, owner of the business. business coach in the Entrepreneurship Center. “Sometimes people look forward to the move, sometimes they don’t. We laugh and we cry with our clients.” Leverett said Changing Spaces was busy with clients from the moment they opened an office in the incubator. She said not all businesses are that far in Bryant has been the sole owner of Changing Spaces SRS since 2014, when development when they enter the Center, but this one came with a plan. she bought out the other partners. Prior to that they occupied an office in the business incubator in the Entrepreneurship Center at Southeast Community “Part of the success of Changing Spaces is they had a team in place when they College. came here,” Leverett said. “If you’re going to be serious about it, the incubator is great,” Bryant said. “You She also added that tenants need to realize it takes a minimum of three years write up a business plan, and it forces you to get your act together. It’s a very to get a business off the ground and start making money. energizing place.” “We have so many opportunities for people,” Leverett said. “We start with The business incubator is designed to provide support for entrepreneurs. information gathering and determine if you’re ready to start a business. If you’re Owners have their own offices, shared use of a copier and scanner and access not solving a problem for someone, it’s not always feasible.” to business coaches. Owners participate in business coaching, refine and develop their business model, and network with other entrepreneurs during As for the future of Changing Spaces SRS, Bryant has thought about opening other their three years in the incubator. branches and possibly even franchising the “You surround yourself with other business owners,” Bryant said. “It’s nice to business. However, with two small children have someone down the hall who you can talk with.” as well as the thriving business, she currently has a decent work-life balance. When Bryant started to work with the previous owners in 2010, they had 20 clients that year. This past year, she served 135 clients. She also has a “Maybe when the kids are older,” she said. 21-person staff, including a full-time office manager. She has come a long “My worst nightmare would be to start way in the past few years. She’s not sure they would be where they are today opening franchises and the level of service without the help of the Entrepreneurship Center. would go down.”

SCC’s Entrepreneurship Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special event in Lincoln on Nov. 3.

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Keeping You Healthy, Out Of The Emergency Room, & Out Of The Hospital Access Family Medicine is a membership-based, insurance-free Direct Primary Care clinic, and recently began offering services to all individuals in the Lincoln area, 0-99+, male or female, for a low monthly rate. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT ACCESS FAMILY MEDICINE. When a client joins our practice, they will receive excellent care when they need it; no more waiting in doctors’ offices for long periods of time only to be rushed through your appointment.   We do not bill insurance, and for this we are able to offer very affordable care.  This style of practice is designed to pair nicely with a high deductible insurance plan; pay for what you can afford and insure what you can’t. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN LINCOLN? We opened our doors on July 18, 2016.

it was becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to provide health insurance, and have addressed that by providing a service that helps meet the basic needs of those in our community. DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY OR MISSION STATEMENT? Our goal is to work with our clients to keep them healthy, out of the emergency room and out of the hospital. WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY AND YOUR COMPANY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS? Health care and health insurance have become incredibly expensive and unaffordable for many. The quality of care has diminished to a less than desirable state as well.  At Access Family Medicine, we believe that it is time to put the relationship back into health care by offering the time and attention our clients need.  We like having the ability to answer all of their questions when they have them. WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT YOUR COMPANY HAS FACED? Educating the community on how the model is intended to work is definitely our biggest obstacle. Most individuals instantly think that this model is for people without insurance. However, this is not the case.  Direct Primary Care is intended to be paired with a catastrophic plan, keeping the relatively inexpensive ticket items off of insurance claims.  In fact, many people with insurance come to us seeking the service/relationship aspect of the model, and are finding that they too are saving money.

WHO ARE THE OWNERS/IMPORTANT EXECUTIVES? Dr. Todd and Tiffany Johnson. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COMPANIES SIMILAR TO YOURS? We are the very first Direct Primary Care Clinic in Lincoln. Although Direct Primary Care often gets referred to as “concierge” medicine, it is uniquely different.   A client’s monthly membership pays for all their office visits; no extra co-pays at the door, unlike a true concierge practice. Also, while most concierge practices bill insurance, a direct primary care clinic will not submit any insurance claims.   WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN LINCOLN? The people!   Lincoln is a very remarkable community and provides tremendous opportunity for the people who live and work here.  We enjoy the personal attention that hasn’t been forgotten when you visit local businesses. WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/GROUPS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH? We are proud to be a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.  Outside of clinic time, most of our current efforts are focused on educating small businesses as to how they can use this model to provide Primary Care Services to their employees.  We realized that

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT AS A BUSINESS? Initially, we reached out to a pharmacy, lab service and imaging center to ask them to join forces with us and extend the savings in their area of expertise. We were thrilled when all of them agreed and jumped on board.  Now, many other service lines in health care are calling and wanting to be a part of our mission and philosophy, which is really exciting. We truly believe that direct primary care is a means to take control over the high cost of health care, and we cannot do it alone. WHAT DO YOU SEE HAPPENING WITH THE BUSINESS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? It is our hope that the community will grow to love Direct Primary Care as much as we do.  There is no one we cannot serve--young/old, male/female, regardless of financial conditions.  We take great pride in the fact that we can tell our clients EXACTLY what the cost will be for them to visit their doctor.  Our transparency with pricing on wholesale medications and procedures as well as pricing for imaging and lab services makes this model very attractive. We also hope more providers will get on board; the phrase “Rising tides raise all ships” is how we like to think of it.  The more physicians we have practicing health care in this fashion, the more we will be able to manage the cost of health care.  This model of care is truly a win-win situation for everyone involved.  The patient wins, because they receive excellent quality of care, when they need it, at an affordable cost.  The physician wins, because he isn’t expected to see 30-35 patients in an 8-hour day.   Insurance companies win as it helps regulate total claims submitted and total cost of care.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! With fall officially here, we look forward to the colors of the leaves changing all around us, crisp air, yummy smells and entertaining fall activities, so it’s only fitting that our team recently indulged in a little Fall Fun! For our November staff outing we went to Pinot’s Palette and wanted to share our experience with our readers. We encourage you to follow us along the journey! Pinot’s Palette, the rapidly growing paint and sip sensation, recently opened their studio in Lincoln at 40th & Yankee Hill Rd. The space is truly one of a kind. You can tell how thoughtfully they invested in designing the space to offer guests the best lighting, sound and microphone systems, A/V equipment and music selection, which all contributes to helping guests create beautiful pieces of art. Before our painting session began, we started with a little liquid courage: WINE. We were impressed with the selection of wines (and beer) that are available to enjoy. Once we began our paintings, we appreciated how you could not only hear what was going on from the instructor, but you could see the painting on the overhead TV. This allowed everyone to have a clear view of what was going on, from any angle. The artistic ability varied amongst our staff; however, it was hard to believe how easy the directions were to follow and how much coaching and encouragement the instructor offered. Pinot’s paintings are for all talent levels and even for those who are born without an artistic bone in their body. It was really neat to see the paintings come together stroke by stroke too! At the end of the session, we took home our own one-of-a-kind masterpieces! We were so astounded that each one of us had such a different outcome although we all had the same instructor. Every one of us had an artist buried within ourselves and Pinot’s Palette helped us realize that! Overall, we had such a great time and we are already looking forward to going back. Thank you Pinot’s Palette!

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


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Let The People Vote on Bonding I recently appeared before the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners to talk about bonding. LIBA has had a longstanding position that our taxing authorities should not issue bonds (issue debt) unless they get approval for the bonds by a vote of the people. Here is what I said regarding a change in state law that is being proposed by the Commissioners: LIBA is concerned about a legislative change that the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners is considering. The change is item number 4 on the proposed list of 2017 Lancaster County Legislative Priorities. This change in state law would allow Commissioners to use a special construction levy authority specifically reserved for the construction of county buildings for something other than constructing buildings. It would allow counties to use the special levy to pay for bonds to build bridges without a vote of the people to approve this debt.  This is a fundamental change in state law and excludes the voters. LIBA has been on record saying that bonding should be subject to a vote of the people.  The city of Lincoln has issued over $40 million without a vote of the people, and we are trying to change that law because we believe it circumvents the people. LIBA believes the Lancaster County Commissioners should also consider ALL of the bonding that is coming forward in the next three years. •

$9 million storm water bond issue

$42 million downtown Library

$6 million for branch library renovations

$369 million Southeast Community College bond

$20 million quality of life parks bonds

$30-$60 million phase 3 of Lancaster Event Center

We will likely have an LPS Bond in the next 4 years. LIBA is not saying bonding is the answer for construction of bridges, but if it is, it should be done with a vote of the people. The County Commissioners did not take the advice from LIBA. The Commissioners voted unanimously (5-0) in favor of changing the state law so they can bond bridges without putting the idea to the voters. LIBA believes this sets a bad precedent and asks you to contact the County Commissioners at LIBA would also ask for your support lobbying our state senators. If you are talking with a senator, be sure to tell them that this is a bad idea, and that they should allow the people to vote anytime a county or other government body wants to issue debt that is supported by our tax dollars. If you like what you read today and would like to be part of the Lincoln Independent Business Association, please give us a call or visit our web site at

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.


Matt Briggs: Cornhusker Bank Matt Biggs has 11 years of banking experience, which has made him a valuable asset to Cornhusker Bank’s lending team. Matt is responsible for development of new commercial business, the growth and expansion of existing business relationships, and the ongoing service and relationship management of existing customers. Barry Lockard, President noted, “Matt is a great member of our team. His technical skills in lending, coupled with his ability to deliver a great customer experience, set him apart.” Mr. Biggs holds a degree in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Matt participates on the bank’s project team for the bank’s One Day Without Shoes event, to benefit of the People’s City Mission. Cornhusker Bank remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating hometown heart, stability, soundness, and continued commitment to the success of its valued customers and employees. For more information, please visit or the Cornhusker Bank Facebook page:

Dr. Tara Mohl: Green Chiropractic Green Chiropractic would like to formally introduce Dr. Tara Mohl, DC who joined the practice in early 2016. For more than 30 years, Green Chiropractic has supported the community of Lincoln providing advanced spinal correction (CBP©) by combining chiropractic, physics and engineering principals with a goal to restore the spine to its normal alignment and posture. Dr. Mohl specializes in CBP as well as the Webster Technique for the treatment of expectant mothers. She now brings her experience in caring for whole families to Lincoln and the surrounding area to continue her success making valuable, life-changing improvements for individuals of all ages. Dr. Mohl has a degree in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan and graduated with academic honors from Cleveland Chiropractic College. She is currently accepting new patients at Green Chiropractic located at 1161 N. Cotner Blvd. and accepting requests to schedule speaking engagements on spinal care - its impact on overall health and well-being. Call (402) 466-6454 to schedule an appointment. Visit Green Chiropractic’s website at

Paula Von Busch: Stylz Salon & Boutique Stylz Salon & Boutique recently opened for business at 1075 N. 33rd Street in June. An industry veteran with over 26 years of experience, owner Paula Von Busch is excited to open this new joint spa and boutique concept and looks forward to continuing to serve clients in the Lincoln community. Stylz Salon & Boutique is a full-service salon and boutique that blends both atmospheres, providing a welcoming and vibrant yet relaxing environment for clients with an emphasis on excellent customer service and offering the highest quality products and services. In addition to women and men’s cuts, color, and facial waxing services, Stylz Salon & Boutique offers a variety of merchandise such as clothing, jewelry and accessories. To schedule an appointment or find out more about Stylz Salon & Boutique, call or text Paula at (402) 643-1452. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 55


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LINCOLN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE by Wendy Birdsall, President

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Everyone needs a champion in their life, someone who is in their corner advocating for their success at every turn in the road. At the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, we want to be your champion. That’s why we celebrate the successes of our members through the Celebrate Business Awards. Once again we have eight outstanding winners. I hope you will join me in congratulating them for being recognized by their peers. THE 2016 CELEBRATE BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS ARE: BURNHAM YATES CITIZENSHIP AWARD: Angie Muhleisen - Angie Muhleisen serves as President and CEO of Union Bank & Trust Company. She is responsible for the company’s growth, financial performance, bank-wide succession planning and bank culture. The bank’s success is based on the simple philosophy of caring about each other, the customer and the community. A key element in developing this caring approach is promoting a work/life balance. Associates are encouraged to make life outside of work their highest priority. As the CEO, Muhleisen is dedicated to the associates of the bank and acknowledges they are the most important ingredient to the UBT’s success. ROGER T. LARSON COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD: Doug Emery - Doug Emery is a lifelong Lincoln resident of 63 years who served in the Nebraska National Guard, is a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007 after 35 years of service. He is married to Denise and has two children, Jennifer and Shane, and four grandchildren. Emery was on the Lincoln City Council for eight years. CORNERSTONE AWARD: Nelnet - Nelnet’s roots go back to the formation of UNIPAC in 1978. UNIPAC was created to service student loans for two Nebraska banks: Union Bank & Trust and Packers National Bank. In 2000, UNIPAC merged with Nelnet, a student loan acquisition and financing company that formed in 1996. The combined company built on this initial foundation to become a leading originator, holder and servicer of federal student loans. Today, Nelnet is a diverse and innovative company with a focus on delivering education-related products and services and student loan asset management. ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AWARD: Quantified Ag - Quantified Ag is a precision livestock analytics company that provides state-of the-art sensors and software subscriptions to livestock producers throughout the concentrated feeding industries. GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD: Bosch - The Lincoln, Nebraska location began its zero-waste-to-landfill initiative in the fall of 2013. Since that time, additional local partnerships have been set up for recycling packaging materials, pallets and foam. These efforts have allowed Bosch to switch from a 40-yard roll-off compactor to a 2-yard dumpster. As of September of 2016, Bosch’s facility has reduced landfill waste by 97% since the initiative began.

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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD: Honest Abe’s - GroundUP Restaurants was created in 2011 by Erik Hustad and his cousin, Gabe Lovelace. GroundUP’s first venture was the “GUP” food truck. The first Honest Abe’s opened in 2012 and quickly amassed a loyal following. Due to the restaurant’s overwhelming success, “GUP” was retired, which allowed Hustad and Lovelace to dedicate all their energy to making Honest Abe’s the best burger restaurant possible. MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Benchmark Biolabs & Antelope Valley Bios - Benchmark Biolabs (BBL) is a 20-year-old biologics service company that brings biological assets and technologies to market around the world. BBL provides clients with a full range of scalable services focused on validation, development, licensure and commercialization of unique technologies. Collectively, BBL’s 40 team members are responsible for over 100 patents, 200+ USDA and FDA licensed products and establishments and many groundbreaking technology introductions. TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Pink Gorilla Events - Pink Gorilla Events is an independent event production company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded in 2008, their events have grown to over 20,000 runners and include the Market to Market Relay Series, Good Life Halfsy and the Born & Raced In Nebraska 10K Series. Pink Gorilla Events is a small business that provides large-scale economic impact, community wellness and charitable programs through their events. The Chamber’s mission is to improve the lives of Lincoln residents by providing increased economic opportunity and can only be accomplished together. For more information, please contact Jaime Henning at

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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT A Catering Experience Worth Savoring... Attitude on Food is a full-service, award winning catering company established in 2002. AOF Catering serves clients in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas, operating from its original location in Omaha and new satellite location in Lincoln at 501 West A Street that opened at the beginning of 2016.

revenue categories, Under Two Million and Over Two Million. We won best caterer for the West/Under Two Million. It’s time to go for that over two million spot now that we have surpassed it!

What do you like about doing business in Lincoln? We’ve noticed that it’s very similar to Omaha in that it’s a “foodie town.” Give us a brief synopsis of what your company does. People here get excited about food, and that excites us. It’s refreshing We are known for giving our clients not only great food and service, but to see so many people open their minds to trying unique foods. Both an experience they won’t soon forget. We specialize in custom menus, Omaha and Lincoln are also rich in small town values -- so much of our event planning, beverage services and much more. business is through word-of-mouth referrals. As the major commercial hubs in Nebraska, this provides for great corporate business as well. Who are the important owners/executives? Attitude on Food was started by Australia native, Nathan Newhouse. In What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved 2002, Nathan made the decision to take catering full time and leased with? his first kitchen at 3025 Farnam St. in Omaha, NE. In 2006, Newhouse We have partnered with local grassroots organization Saving Grace hired experienced caterer, Melissa Tibben and in January of 2015, Perishable Food Rescue (, which stops by she became a partner. Together they create a dynamic team, having AOF weekly to collect any leftover prepared food or ingredients we have knowledge and experience in all aspects of the industry. and then delivers these items to local non-profit agencies that serve families in need. We also donate to multiple charitable organizations What do you think makes you different from other companies throughout the year, and look forward to getting more involved in the similar to yours? Lincoln community now that we’ve established a presence here. Our relationships with our clients and vendors, customer service, and attention to detail are all things that set us apart from our competitors. What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business Both the Omaha and Lincoln markets have several great catering that most people don’t know? companies in town and it forces us to stay ahead of the We have an AOF Food Truck! Late last year we decided we had to trends and go above and beyond for our clients. We have one, so we bought an old bread truck and hired a company to do are also very blessed with an amazing team a complete overhaul on it. Since it was an empty shell, we were able who genuinely love what they do. Did we to design the kitchen exactly how we wanted it. The primary reason for forget to mention great food and unique adding a food truck to our fleet was to have the ability to have a mobile presentations? kitchen for off-premise events. Once word got out that we had a food truck, the requests came pouring in. We’ve done multiple food truck What has been your most rallies and rodeos. We’ve done dozens of corporate events and even a important achievement as a couple of weddings and we’ve had huge success with it. Because we business? are a custom caterer, we change up the menus as we see fit or at the Being named the best caterer client’s request. This works out great! in the West Region by a group of our peers. In 2013, we What is one goal for your business that you have yet to accomplish? received the highly sought That depends on which owner you ask…Nathan would like to have after Achievement in Catering some of our signature AOF products on grocery shelves and Melissa Excellence (ACE) award. The would like to do some destination catering for clients. But together, they United States was divided into both share the goal of creating the best possible working environment two regions, East and West, for their team. As we grow, we don’t want to lose sight of the amazing and divided again into two team that has supported our efforts for so long.

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Tokens Lands in Lincoln

In a seemingly short period of time, Walter Pitchford went from player to coach. While playing for the NBA, Pitchford, a former Huskers basketball player, had an idea. He thought about a deal app which could help customers easily use discounts at various businesses. While in deep thought, Pitchford found a name for the app: Tokens. Pitchford texted a friend with connections in the tech industry and quickly decided to start the app, which was outsourced to Intellectsoft, a company in Palo Alto. With development for Tokens in motion, Pitchford decided to return to Nebraska to helm his new business. He said his love for Nebraska remained after college and he treats Lincoln like home. “I’ve really enjoyed being here,” Pitchford said. “It was bittersweet that I had to depart from here in the first place, due to some family concerns. If I never came to Nebraska, I’m not sure I would have been doing this business. I have so much support from the fans, my Lincoln family here. That’s one thing, [I feel like] I’m giving back.” Once settled back into Lincoln, Pitchford met Aaron Cornwell, a Wesleyan graduate who connected with Pitchford over attending the same church. “I was waiting for a ride at 12th and P, and overheard Walter say to someone that he was taking a business class,” Cornwell said. “We crossed the street together and I jokingly asked if he wanted to start a business. He responded that he already had started a business, we chatted and exchanged numbers.” After a few meetings, Pitchford asked Cornwell to join Tokens as a cofounder. Eventually Cornwell introduced Pitchford to Platte Gruber, another acquaintance from church. Soon after, Gruber also joined Tokens as a developer and co-founder. As Pitchford was settling in Lincoln, he approached Paul Jarrett, founder of Bulu Inc. After setting up a meeting, Jarrett set up Pitchford with office space in the Bulu headquarters. In addition to working in the Bulu space, Pitchford credits Jarrett as a mentor and major influence on his business. “He helps me shorten my learning curve and he humbles me every day,” Pitchford said. “I’m always humbled coming in here. It’s a blessing that this has ever happened.” While Pitchford found influences and support in Lincoln, his family’s history of running a business played a driving role in the creation of Tokens. Pitchford’s grandfather was one of five co-founders of the Black McDonald’s Operators Association in the 1970s. Ray Croc, founder of the McDonald’s franchise, even attended the grand opening of Pitchford’s grandfather’s restaurant. “There’s business all throughout our family,” Pitchford said. “My parents worked for my grandfather, [and] that’s where that business part comes from and it’s been a part of me [my whole life].” Tokens now hosts seven interns with plans to move out of the Bulu headquarters and into a new office space in downtown Lincoln soon. “The mentality of having a team is like being a coach,” Pitchford said. “Your mindset has to be you’re a coach, not a player. That’s one thing I’ve been trying to transition into.” Pitchford recently announced he will merge his two positions as he returns to basketball once again with the Georgian Super League. He said he plans to oversee and invest in Tokens from overseas while his co-founders run day-today operations in Lincoln. Pitchford said starting his business and leading it through ups and downs has made him sharper and tough-willed. Something he said he couldn’t have done without the encouragement he’s received.  “Business has helped my mental game,” Pitchford said. “Business helps make you tougher. It is no joke. I’m just thankful to be supported.” 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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Advancements in technology continue to transform how we do business, and also how we do our jobs. Sophisticated technology that’s userfriendly and allows us to do so much more than ever before is exactly what’s being delivered by our local experts, and it’s never been more accessible. As with any investment that will have a major impact on how you do business, incorporating new technology into the workplace is something that requires thoughtful planning and precise execution. With so many useful applications in the workplace currently, and a future full of new innovations a certainty, this story could go on at length about the marvels of modern technology. As such, there a few key areas we’ll focus on that have the potential to make a big impact on a business’ operations and bottom line: infrastructure, central functions, control of key systems and communication. The internet has revolutionized everything about the way we do business, and as such, directly influences workplace technology and the role it plays in all operations. “A majority of businesses now rely on web applications for about everything from research, ecommerce, remote education, communication and even entertainment,” says Chad Mohling, a representative of NebraskaLink. “This makes it more crucial than ever to have a highly reliable connection with enough available bandwidth to support the needs of today’s enterprise. NebraskaLink provides carrier-grade fiber optic bandwidth to companies in the state of Chad Mohling Nebraska. Our service allows companies to NebraskaLink



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use the most advanced technologies available regardless of location. With so many software applications moving to the cloud, more and more bandwidth is being required. A good example is Microsoft Office 365. For years, businesses used to have a local server to process email, store documents, and share data. Now with Office 365 being hosted in the cloud it requires a more robust internet connection to access and process that data.  A high speed fiber optic connection can make that cloud based application feel like it is running on your network. It also helps that our fiber lines are directly connected to the data centers that host many of the largest vendor’s applications, thus reducing latency and increasing productivity. NebraskaLink also provides MPLS type connections, which can create a physical data link between office locations.  A network like this can not only provide fast, secure bandwidth between locations, but can also reduce the amount of corporate expenditures on hardware as each location can rely on one location’s firewall, server, and other shared technology like phone and printing functionality. Also of importance to note, the trend in the past few years has more and more companies moving their technology off-site to data centers.  It used to be that these data centers were just used for disaster recovery or those companies that needed massive computing power.  Nowadays, it is making more sense for companies of all sizes to outsource technology to data centers.  That is where NebraskaLink comes in. We can provide a direct connection to most all of Nebraska’s data centers and many larger ones out of state.  With a direct feed like we can provide it can make that remote technology function like it is on premise thus increasing productivity and access to your resources that make your business succeed.” Mohling also offers the following advice for those looking to incorporate new or updated technology. “Do your research.  When determining what technology to use in your business, really dig into the partners you are considering. Many people make a decision based on price or time, but if those are your only factors you may end up paying more in the long run. Really take a look at how the business is run, what their customers say, and how their service and support is set up.  In our world of providing bandwidth, if something happens and your internet is down it could cost you more than you think. If you rely on the internet to deliver quotes, invoices, or provide customer service, a day or even an hour without connection could cost you missed deadlines, sales, and even customers if they can’t reach you. It is NebraskaLink’s focus to provide the highest customer care and lowest amount of network interruptions possible, thus leading to satisfied customers Technology changes fast, so having a network service provider who can keep up with those changes is important to ensure you aren’t getting left behind.” Along with the internet, the devices used to complete tasks play a critical role in any type of business. Working hand-in-hand, advancements in one area will have an effect on how we use the other. “While we are all looking to utilize technology to improve performance, today it is much more about utilizing devices wisely,” emphasizes Kevin Knudson, owner of QTEQ. “From computer networks to tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, and all of the new technology on the horizon, there is certainly no lack of viable options. With a good understanding of the business itself, what impacts your field, and your goals, you’ll be able to implement and manage technology more effectively. Top requests recently have been creating a wireless environment, getting everything on the cloud, upgrading offices to new operating systems, ensuring proper security measures and firewall protection, setting up support Kevin Knudson and back-up systems, as well as our standard QTEQ

repair and tech support services. Now that technology is so accessible, the cost of these items has also gone down significantly. With extended hours at one central location, we’re able to help keep our customer’s technology up and running so it is maximizing their investment and operations. We also focus on keeping our customers as informed on and comfortable with technology as possible. Technology is a resource that can elevate your business when implemented strategically, so examining how it could add value to your business is a great place to start. If you have any ideas and questions, we can help you find the answers and deliver a solution.” He adds, “Technology truly is impacting every business in the world, and if you don’t think it is, I encourage you to think again. As I’ve been involved in the food service industry and the technology industry for my entire career, I’ve been able to offer a unique point of view in assisting businesses with implementing technology as it has evolved. There truly are more ways than ever before that technology can be incorporated into a business. At QTEQ, we come alongside our clients and learn about their business to find out what their needs are in the technology world.” Pat Killeen of Engineered Controls offers insight on the next focus topic: control of key systems. “From a building technology perspective, there are a whole host of Building Management System (BMS) programs that will incorporate more advanced technology in the workplace. These will apply whether your building is new or if it is an existing building as part of a retrofit project. Briefly, a few of our BMS technology offerings Pat Killeen for commercial buildings would include: Engineered Controls • Affordable integrated building control and automation systems that make your buildings smarter and more efficient by providing essential instrumentation and control. • Systems that make lighting much more efficient. Our lighting controls solution offers smart scheduling, presence detection and photocells to ensure lights aren’t left burning in vacant areas and that lights are off in areas where there is already plenty of natural light. • Integrated security solutions to meet your every need. These include standalone and networked access control solutions, an intrusion detection or video surveillance solution or a fully integrated security system, Engineered Controls can provide exactly what you needed. • Gas detection systems for parking garages and mechanical rooms with chillers and boilers where safety is a concern and where people can become sick and or even die if not ventilated properly. We are passionate to helping our customers achieve their hazardous gas needs with our Gas Detection solutions. • The latest in parking gate controls and revenue generation system solutions for airports, education, event, healthcare, hotels & public buildings, cities & municipalities, office, and retail. Engineered Controls offers our customers high quality products and services that create efficient, safe and comfortable building environments. So to that end, if someone was looking to improve the energy efficiency in their facility we have products and service that will do that. On the other hand, if someone is looking to protect their people and assets, we have safety products and service that do that as well. When working with a building technology contractor, it is proper to choose a system that has the ability to be scalable as your business needs grow. Do not skimp on features of the equipment thinking that the lowest priced option is equivalent. The axiom ‘You get what you pay for’ often applies. A good building technology partner will be able to explain the difference in the products available and is willing to inform you of your options. It is also beneficial to know the reputation of the building technology partner, ask them for their history and other business referrals. We have a team of engineers assigned specifically to create custom integration solutions to pull all of your building equipment into a common platform regardless of manufacturer. Our software design engineers

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can implement open interface protocols and develop third-party communication drivers to pull everything together.” Specifically regarding new trends and solutions that have been recently introduced to the market, Killeen further advises, “As far as technology advancements, the security industry probably has the lead in new products and solutions. There is a whole array of new video cameras with better low-light technology, and the number of manufacturers embracing the wireless locks technology is expanding so at some point it may overtake hardwired locks. Others to note are NFC readers that turn cell phones into credentials, integrated apps that notify law enforcement or others of emergencies, vandalism/ballistic window laminates to add to the physical security and protect the occupants inside of buildings.” The final focus topic, communication, needs very little introduction as to the impact it has on the success of a business or organization. In fact, we’ve already touched on it in all of the other areas we’ve covered thus far. There truly are so many different ways that technology is affecting how we communicate. We live in a busy world, with so much going on in our day-to-day work lives, but still need to remain in contact with our team and available to our clients. Wireless solutions are continuing to evolve because those who are always on-the-go don’t want to have to worry about connecting to their devices. “Bluetooth and wireless technology is always advancing,” explains Chelley Baack with Headsetters™. “The range of the devices is always growing farther, batteries are lasting longer, devices are getting more comfortable to wear, and strength and durability continues to improve while technology is becoming more sophisticated. Wireless devices are so popular among business owners and professionals because they make it easy to talk on the phone and be hands-free to multi-task or connect to another Chelley Baack wireless device without worrying about cords Headsetters™ or wires. Some of our headsets even have the capability to allow ‘multipoint connections’ where the headset can connect to a computer, a landline, and a mobile phone all at once. Furthermore, all it takes is the push of a button to tell it which one to make a call from. In addition to offering wireless solutions for our customers, Headsetters™ also offers mobile access to our products and services.   Even when we’re closed on nights and weekends, our clients never have to be out of info or out of contact.” Technology is here to stay, and it’s benefitting us in a big way. Those interested in remaining competitive and reaching their highest potential are the ones who are taking advantage of the technology of our time, harnessing it to do the most good for their businesses, employees, and clients. This quote from Stewart Brand hits the nail on the head: “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.” NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business


Look of Success

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professional attire, the biggest color in the men’s clothing right now is what I call “Fifty Shades Of Blue.” Navy, Ocean, Petrol, Air Force, Bright Blue--you name it and it is selling as fast as we can get it in the store.” He also touches on the benefits of working with an experienced professional to assemble a wardrobe that will allow you to look the part in any setting. “Historically, most men dress for failure. However, many men have not been properly educated on proper wardrobe attire and may not know what to do. Depending on the work setting, whether it be professional business attire, business casual, or just really laid back, my motto is always outclass your competition--so dress just a little better than them. Building a professional wardrobe first starts with professional wardrobe consultants. Most everyone has a banker, accountant, attorney, and financial adviser but the one that is commonly left out is a wardrobe consultant. This is where many men get into trouble. They assume that they can do it on their own or the help of their wife or significant other. It takes planning to build a professional wardrobe and we provide this free in our store. We do wardrobe cleans where we can come to an individual’s home and go through his closet and keep or discard items that are not useful. The latter items are donated and then we put a plan together that fits into his budget. Every six months we have a check-up meeting to see if that person is in need of another clothing item. Through this system our clients are always purchasing new items, and since these are being added as the old ones wear out, you are always current with new style trends and updating your wardrobe regularly. This is much a better investment than shelling out an enormous amount of money at any one time then not purchasing anything for say, five years.” From making an excellent first impression to refining a signature look that people remember you by, one’s look of success is to be considered a fundamental part of the total package that a person brings to their position in the business world. Along with fashion and style, taking care of yourself will indeed play a big part in this. How we take care of our body is directly reflected in our outward appearance. As such, nutrition and fitness are major aspects of our health that are critical components of our overall look of success. “It is essential for businesspeople to look and feel the part because they are direct advocates of what they are doing,” emphasizes Matt Skibicki, owner of Teriyaki Madness - Lincoln. “If they don’t, it can be an indication that they might not fully believe in or care about their own businesses. You then run the risk of coming across as only caring about money and not the customer. For example, I opened my store because I saw great value in the healthy options it provides. Anyone who knows me or sees me can instantly tell that I Matt Skibicki lead a healthy lifestyle. I promote my store as Teriyaki Madness being healthy, because in actuality, it is perfect for anyone who is working on losing weight or building lean muscle. I eat here 4 times a day and can vouch for that. In fact, I love to tell everyone that! My body is a direct reflection of the food I serve here, which makes me a walking billboard. Seeing is believing!” He continues, “Proper nutrition, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle positively impacts a person’s life by relieving stress, making one feel much more confident in themselves and fueling motivation instead of procrastination. The synergy of these key elements creates positive energy, which radiates from the person and can easily be picked up by others. A positive person is much more pleasant to be around than a negative one. Speaking for myself, I prefer to do business with people who have a positive attitude rather than a negative one. Every single thing that a person wants to accomplish with health-related goals has to start with what they eat. You cannot go to the gym three hours a day and eat fast food and expect change. It doesn’t work like that. Approximately 90% of change in your body will be from food, 5% from training, and 5% from supplements. So if you want to achieve your desired look of success, you must make smart meal decisions. And you’re in luck because we are ready to help you achieve those goals!” Natasha Plooster, President of Eat Fit Go Lincoln also offers insight

on achieving a complete look of success. “There are many aspects to success—material wealth is only one component. Deepak Chopra points out, ‘Success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of wellbeing, and peace of mind.’ Nutrition is at the root of all these aspects. Through proper nutrition, you achieve balance in your body, mental clarity, a sense of self-awareness, and energy necessary to drive your ambition. At Natasha Plooster Eat Fit Go, we provide our customers with Eat Fit Go fresh and nutritionally balanced meals that are ready to eat, freeing up their time to focus on executing their passion. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you feel good in your skin! She, too, addresses what it takes to make a good first impression, and the importance of doing so. “Psychology studies reveal that a 55% of person’s opinion of you is formed within the first 7 to 17 seconds of meeting.  Never forget your smile at home! Besides an outward appearance, spend time finding the inner confidence. Being healthy is the first step, so drink lots of water and eat clean. With the countless benefits of taking these two simple steps, you will be unstoppable!” Evident just by the name of the business alone, Physician’s WEIGHT LOSS Centers in south Lincoln is another great local resource that can help you achieve your desired look of success. With 32 years of development having gone into perfecting their six specialized, physician-monitored diet programs, Physician’s WEIGHT LOSS Centers assists clients in maximizing weight loss results through proper nutrition, the application of advanced technology, and continued support. With the help of their counselors, they will match you up with the program that works best for you. Whether your goal is to lose a significant amount of weight in a healthy way or take off a few extra pounds that are cramping your style, it’s attainable with a solid plan and the necessary support in place. Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers also helps those who want to make smaller, targeted improvements to their appearance. As many of us are all-too-familiar, stubborn fat in awkward places leads to being self-conscious. That is definitely not what you want to be focused on when you’re meeting with someone important or attending a big event. As part of a comprehensive weight loss program or utilized independently for those seeking a last-minute miracle of sorts, LipoGenics is a laser body contouring system that provides excellent results that oftentimes can be seen immediately after the treatment. “This procedure only lasts 30 minutes, every other day, and you are able to lose up to 10 inches off of your waist,” says Jethro Hopkins, owner of the Physicians WEIGHT LOSS Centers Lincoln location. “That 10 inches is equivalent to three to five dress sizes or up to Jethro Hopkins five pant sizes! It is permanent as long as you Physicians WEIGHT keep up a healthy diet and regular physical LOSS Centers activity. If you take the weight off of your core, it will come back at the same rate as the rest of your body. So, once it is off, it will stay off as long as your take care of yourself. Utilizing LipoGenics is really a great way to target any problem areas, so that your professional attire fits perfectly.” In the famous words of Zig Ziglar, “You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” To recap, in terms of local resources that can help you achieve your own signature look of success, there’s a fair amount of diversity but no lack of valuable offerings, guidance and support. From diet and fitness to spa services, and of course our local boutiques, clothiers and even your trusted dry cleaning professional, it all works together towards the same goal--presenting yourself in the best way possible.

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Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1 trillion (in 2016 dollars). Costs to Medicare will increase 360 percent. This dramatic rise includes a nearly five-fold increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and a nearly five-fold increase in out-of-pocket spending. Financial Impact on Families Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. How much of their own money do families spend to provide for the needs of the person with Alzheimer’s? In total, family caregivers spend more than $5,000 a year on average caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Are families prepared to handle the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease? Because studies on this important topic are scarce, the Alzheimer’s Association commissioned a nationwide scientific survey of more than 3,500 Americans who were asked these questions and more. Alarmingly, the survey revealed that many care contributors had to cut back on basic necessities — such as food and medical care — for themselves and their families. They are 28 percent more likely than other adults to eat less or go hungry because they cannot afford to pay for food. At the same time, many survey respondents had misconceptions about what expenses Medicare and Medicaid cover, leaving them unprepared to handle the tremendous costs associated with the disease. Taken together, the results of the survey point to the significant financial burden placed on families because their friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can no longer afford to take care of themselves. In light of this, planning ahead by getting financial and legal plans in place is of the utmost importance. Local Resources Right here in Lincoln and the surrounding areas, we are fortunate to have access to a wealth of resources dedicated to assisting those needing memory care and support as well as their families and caregivers. For those impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s, whether it’s you or a loved one, it’s important not to go it alone. In making the connection with professionals who can help you through the journey ahead, you’ll become part of a team working towards the same goals. “There are many options available in Lincoln for memory care and each has their own unique characteristics that make them different from the rest,” says Beth Friesen, RN, CCM, CSA, owner of Oasis Senior Advisors. “I think it’s so important for people to know that resources such as Oasis Senior Advisors are there to help them and that this service is FREE to them and their loved ones. I am able to sit down with them and review medical, social, geographical and financial needs and that knowledge, coupled with 25 years of nursing experience as well as Oasis’ proprietary software can help narrow their search to the Beth Friesen Oasis Senior Advisors specific communities that meet all of those needs. This eliminates performing constant searches and touring communities that in the end may not even be feasible options. This places the focus, time and effort on the best options for their loved one and on making the transition for their loved one as easy as possible. My number one goal is to be an ‘Oasis’ when they are going through this stormy time in life. Oasis Senior Advisors takes all of my experiences as a daughter of an

Alzheimer’s patient and combines it with my two decades as a nurse in a way that is very effective in serving those with Alzheimer’s as well as the loved ones caring for them. The road is long, frightening and full of grief and constant change. I cherish the moments when I can come alongside a family member and walk with them through this journey. If my presence, knowledge and experiences can somehow bring a calm to their storm and make them feel that someone is willing to travel the road with them, then I could never ask for anything more. Sometimes what they need are community resources and I can connect them with those. Other times they need a listening ear from someone who has been through it and still other times I can help them select the memory care community that best fits their loved one’s needs. My job is to meet them where they are today and minister to them there. I count it an immense privilege.” Speaking directly to caregivers, Friesen further advises, “The percentage of caregivers that end up dying before the Alzheimer’s patient is staggering. And that is not even taking into account the physical injuries that occur and the psychological toll it takes on the individual to be a primary caregiver for someone with dementia. Asking for help does not mean you are failing in your role as a caregiver. Ask for and then accept help. Read books about the role of caregiving, join a support group, watch videos about Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving by experts such as Teepa Snow. And maybe most importantly, realize that you are not alone. Caregiving can leave you feeling very isolated. You will take better care of your loved one if you also take care of you. Also, I would encourage all families to have the discussion long before it is needed as to how they would wish to be cared for and for how long they would want to remain at home. Have power of attorney documents in place; both medical and financial long before it is needed. Make sure your loved ones and power of attorney(s) knows who to call and how to access important information. Have a discussion with a trusted financial advisor about long-term care insurance. In short, plan with the hope you will never need it. But please don’t fail to plan. My services are absolutely FREE and I would love to have a conversation with anyone going through this journey. Whether you need a memory care community for your loved one or just a listening ear, I’m here to help.” “With a host of services to offer that are always free of charge, we help take a big burden off of the family as they don’t have to spend time calling around to different communities to find out who has open rooms, figure out costs, and assess which one is the safest,” adds Theron Ahlman, Senior Care Consultant and owner of the local CarePatrol franchise. “We assist those affected by

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Alzheimer’s or dementia by helping their families find the best and safest memory care community, along with connecting them to other valuable resources. We always review care and violation history; most families wouldn’t know where to find that information. We also line up tours, and then personally take our clients on the tour and walk them through the process to make everything easy as it possibly can be. Based on my extensive experience working with others in the industry, I can say with confidence that here in Lincoln we have some excellent communities that truly care about their residents and go out of Theron Ahlman their way to care for them. There are different CarePatrol ideas/theories on what’s offered to residents at the different memory care communities, and that is why I feel using a senior care consultant is so valuable. It’s hard for families to figure out those differences with one tour.” With respect to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, he too notes, “Taking advantage of respite care or day care is undeniably valuable--time off is needed to avoid caregiver stress. There are studies that show 70% of caregivers over 70 die before those they are taking care of, and to me that statistic alone just goes to show why it is so important to have some time for yourself.  Caregiving can trigger a host of difficult emotions, including anger, fear, resentment, guilt, helplessness, and grief. In order to deal with your feelings, it’s important to talk about them, whether it’s confiding in one person you trust or attending a support group.”

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“All too often, family members wait until they are in a crisis situation or worn down before they decide to ask for help,” cautions Michaela Williams, President of Care Consultants for the Aging. “Researching what options are available for those with memory needs can make these decisions much more manageable when that time comes. Figuring out what the government offers, insurances that can

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be used, and getting legal documents in place will only help when you need to make decisions for someone. It is realistic to need more than one type of service as you go through a caregiving journey. Knowing what financial resources are available will help in finding reasonable care options. Although they may be difficult subjects to broach, as previously noted, it is also important to discuss caregiving and end of life decisions with your loved one before they lose their mental capabilities. Questions to ask may include: If they lose their memory capabilities, would they prefer to move into a facility that specializes in memory care or would they prefer to remain at home where they are more comfortable? What are their thoughts on end of life decisions?” Specifically regarding caregivers, she further advises, “It is difficult to understand the importance of taking time for yourself when you are so focused on caring for someone else.  It is far too common for the caregiver to get ill because they do not take time for themselves.  This is true not just for the physical demands of caregiving but also for the mental demands. Home care is a great way to line up breaks as you need them.  It can be flexible and be used as often as you need.  Caregivers can help with things such as medical cares, personal cares, companionship, meals and light housekeeping. Since 1991, Care Consultants has helped thousands of seniors live independently. Our home care registry screens and refers caregivers for families to hire. Caregivers can help with medical and non-medical cares and can work from one to twenty four hours a day.  As many of our clients are affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s, our caregivers have extensive experience working with those with memory issues while providing assistance to help them to maintain their independence. Caregiving for a loved one with memory problems can be a long journey.  Many find themselves trying a variety of different services to manage both their physical and their mental healthcare needs.  It is important to realize that even if you do not need a physical break as a caregiver, respite is still important to your well-being.  Care Consultants’ ElderCare Resource Handbook is available in print and can be viewed online at  It provides a complete listing of services available for seniors in the metro area and as such, presents an excellent selection of options for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.” “This is an industry filled with people who are here to help,” says Christy Merritt, Executive Director of The Waterford Communities. “I think you could call any administrator, director, or care staff at a memory care community here in Lincoln and they would be happy to help get you the resources you need to navigate your way through this difficult journey. One of our communities, The Waterford at Wilderness Hills, is a memory care endorsed community. It is designed specifically for residents who suffer from types of dementia including Alzheimer’s. Our team receives continual training on how to create safe and loving environment in which our residents can thrive.

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Also, many memory care communities, churches and assisted living communities host support groups for families. As a caregiver you can become weary and sometimes overwhelmed. Everyone needs a break, even from those they hold most dear. It is okay to take a moment to breathe, to recharge. That is what respite stays and support services are for.

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When finding a memory care facility becomes necessary, to find the right fit, understand who they are at the core. What do they truly like--places, things, people? When the memory fades, the person inside still remains. It is helpful for us as caregivers to have pieces to help us connect with our residents. The more you know and understand about who your loved one is as a person--not just as a spouse, grandmother, father etc.--the more information you can give their caregivers to allow them to enter into your loved one’s world and create an environment in which they can be happy and thrive.” In agreement, Michelle Carlson, Activity Director at The Arbors, one of the Legacy Retirement Communities, adds, “Even if you suspect memory loss or it becomes apparent, you’ll want to make sure your loved one has a confirmed diagnosis to eliminate the possibility of anything else that might have an impact on their health. Lincoln has a wide variety of options for memory care, we really recommend that you get out and be proactive, take tours and ask questions. You need to make sure that you are informed and

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understand what the facility is offering your loved one. Understanding the costs, payment details, and funds that are available is a critical part of managing finances, so that’s an important part of the discussion too. Our local Alzheimer’s Association chapter is available to answer questions and provide resources that are available in our community. The situation you’ll want to avoid if at all possible is experiencing a crisis with your loved one and then trying to find a facility while under pressure.


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The process of finding a facility can be very difficult, but the important thing is your loved one is moving to an environment that is set up for them. The Arbors designed for someone with memory loss. There are scheduled activities all day, seven days a week. We offer entertainment, outings and a variety of activities designed to meet the needs of our residents. We are a family at The Legacy Arbors, and encourage loved ones to visit and be involved as much as they like. The Legacy Arbors has been offering quality dementia care for 10+ years. The design of our building and our staff training both provide for a high level of care and also family satisfaction. We offer the same amenities as our other Legacy communities, just for someone with dementia. Our staff is always available to help with questions or getting started on the process of finding memory care.”

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“As others have mentioned, seeking guidance in order to better understand the vast and varied resources available to assist with dementia and Alzheimer’s care is an excellent starting point,” Amy Fish, Executive Director of Lancaster Rehabilitation Center, further emphasizes. “It is important to access the most appropriate services at the most appropriate time, while anticipating future needs. There are services designed for inhome care, assisted living services, and skilled care. There are also a plethora of resources available to answer questions or provide individualized information for the family members.

Amy Fish Lancaster Rehabilitation Seek support, and accept the support services available and/or offered. On too many occasions Center we’ve needed to provide care to the caregiver as they find themselves exhausted from the 24-hour care they are attempting to provide.  The assistance that the team at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center provides allows for a spouse or adult children to continue to serve in a family member capacity and not as the primary caregiver. The memory care neighborhood at Lancaster Rehabilitation is staffed with professional nurses who are specially trained in Alzheimer’s and related disorders 24 hours a day. Our memory care neighborhood is designed with cultural, recreational, educational and social activities specified to meet the individual needs of those we serve.  The team at Lancaster Rehabilitation Center will help your loved one stay engaged in body, mind and spirit. Furthermore, the support and services provided at Lancaster Rehabilitation do not end with our residents; we are just as dedicated to helping loved ones stay healthy and involved in the caregiving experience. The Alzheimer’s Support Group at Lancaster Rehabilitation meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Community and family members are welcome to join us anytime to learn more about the disease process, or to just take a break and enjoy the company of others. Stop by to tour Lancaster Rehabilitation whenever you wish.  We’re anxious to show off all that’s new on our campus!” She adds, “It’s important for everyone to look ahead and plan for the future.  Family members should be made aware of your directives as it relates to health care, so that if or when the time comes that decisions must be made on your behalf, they honor your wishes.  Formal documents such as a Living Will or Advanced Directives help family members and health care providers care for you as you desire.”

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Specifically regarding these types of arrangements, Jodi Freeman of Roper & Sons Funeral Home further advises, “Planning early and maintaining your estate plan and/or will, financial affairs, healthcare wishes, and end of life plans are essential. As we age and our lives change, so do our priorities.  Plans made in prior years may change for a number of reasons, therefore keeping them up-to-date is key.  It is also essential to plan for these things when our mental capacity is strong, because once we begin to decline, both mentally and physically, proper planning can become a challenge. Besides being challenging, questions

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about mental or physical capacity can draw criticism and concerns about the validity of your plans, potentially leading to arguments and disregard of the plans, and even legal implications. One mistake we commonly see at Roper & Sons is not planning for your end of life decisions, or assuming that your family is willing and able to take care of your final arrangements. Life is unpredictable – we always tend to think ‘Oh, I have plenty of time,’ until one day, we don’t.  It is very difficult to think about our end of life decisions, without a doubt.  However, it is even more difficult for families in the midst of the greatest loss.  We strongly encourage everyone to make their final wishes known, through pre-planning at a funeral home.  Planning truly is one of the best ways you can give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind.” Along the same lines, hospice is a wonderful service to take advantage of when the time comes. “Despite its benefits, hospice is underutilized for advanced dementia patients,” says Deb Maguire, LPN, CDP, CADDCT, HoriSun Hospice Medical Records Coordinator. “Hospice has been shown to help dementia patients and their families. Dementia patients who died with hospice versus those who died without hospice have better pain control, are less likely to die in a hospital, and their families have greater satisfaction with end-of-life care. Hospice serves those in the end stages of dementia, relieving pain, controlling symptoms, improving quality of life and reducing anxiety and worry for patients and their families. Your hospice team Deb Maguire evaluates the dementia or Alzheimer’s patient’s HoriSun Hospice status and updates the plan of care as symptoms and condition change, even on a day-to-day basis. Hospice offers comprehensive services for patients like individualized plans of care, care for patients wherever they live, coordinated care at every level, and emotional and spiritual assistance. Most people are unaware of the many other benefits of hospice like comfort, personal attention, reduced hospitalizations and security that comes from knowing your loved one has medical support whenever they need it.” For family members, friends, and loved ones of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Maguire offers helpful insight based on her specialized training and


experience with dementia patients. “Many people with dementia will still enjoy their hobbies or interests. For example, if they like cooking, they may be able to help make a meal. Going for a walk or gardening is a simple way to get some exercise and a sense of achievement. Or they may prefer listening to music or playing a board game. Caring for a pet cat or dog can bring a lot of pleasure to some people. If the person you care for was very sociable and outgoing, or if they have a large family, they may really enjoy visits from one or two family members or friends. However, they may struggle to keep up with conversations if they have a lot of visitors at the same time. Make a memory book. Put pictures in this memory book of family, but these will need to be of when your loved one’s kids were around the age of 3 to 12 years of age because that is how they see them…not at the age they are now. Also, remember that we must go wherever the person with dementia is because this is their reality. You cannot force them to come into your reality. For example, if they are crying because they are going to be late to school a proper response could be, ‘You know there isn’t anything to worry about because there is no school today because it’s a teacher holiday.’ This will allow them to calm down and get done what needs to be done without causing any unnecessary behaviors. We are so blessed to live in a city as big as Lincoln is because it is full of resources. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be a long, stressful, and intensely emotional journey. But you’re not alone. Remember to ask for help, join a support group, learn how to manage your stress, use all available resources in the community, and take care of ‘you.’ Use respite services as you can, allowing yourself a break. Sometimes the Alzheimer’s Association has funds that can help with this expense or they can guide you to places that can help. Taking these breaks allows you time to recharge so you can be the successful caregiver you need to be without causing undue stress on you or your loved one.” She also touches on what’s cause for concern versus normal signs of aging. “We’ve all misplaced keys, blanked on an acquaintance’s name, or forgotten a phone number. When we’re young, we don’t tend to pay much mind to these lapses, but as we grow older, sometimes we worry about what they mean. While it’s true that certain brain changes are inevitable when it comes to aging, major memory problems are not one of them. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between normal age-related forgetfulness and the symptoms that may indicate a developing cognitive problem. Forgetfulness is a common complaint among older adults. You start to talk about a movie you saw recently when you realize you can’t remember the title. You’re giving directions to your house when you suddenly blank on a familiar street name. You find yourself standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what you went in there for. Memory lapses can be frustrating, but most of the time they aren’t cause for concern. Age-related memory changes are not the same thing as dementia. As we grow older, we experience physiological changes that can cause glitches in brain functions we’ve always taken for granted. It takes longer to learn and recall information. We’re not as quick as we used to be. In fact, we often mistake this slowing of our mental processes for true memory loss. But in most cases, if we give ourselves time, the information will come to mind. The brain is capable of producing new brain cells at any age, so significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. But just as it is with muscle strength, you have to use it or lose it. Your lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities have a huge impact on the health of your brain. Some suggestions to slow memory loss are stay social, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, manage stress, get routine regular sleep, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink green tea, and eat foods rich in omega 3 fats. Also important is to exercise your brain—do word games and puzzles, Sudoku, read, walk, and learn new things.” While working on a cure is ongoing, prevention isn’t a topic that we consider much with respect to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease because there is still much to learn and groundbreaking discoveries to be made. However, what we do know gives us some good indicators of things we can pay attention to now that may have a big impact later on down the road.

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However, certain local resources, such as Nebraska Hearing Center, are in fact in the business of prevention. There are several studies that suggest that seniors with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. The findings from John Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggest this could lead to new ways to combat dementia. Researchers suggest that the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia. They also speculate that hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Hearing loss is a slow process and often ignored,” says Leslie Frank MS, CCC-A, owner of Nebraska Hearing Center. “It is important to have your hearing tested annually, like any other checkup.” One small study investigated hearing aid use and cognition in elderly adults. A group of 12 adults was divided into three subgroups: normal hearing, hearing loss without use of hearing aids, and hearing loss with use of hearing aids.

The group who had hearing loss without hearing aid use showed the lowest scores on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale-Revised, while there were no differences in the normal hearing and hearing loss with hearing aid use groups. There is increasing evidence of a link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Whatever the cause, the scientists report their finding may offer a starting point for interventions – even as simple as hearing aids – that could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing. Overall, the ability to communicate with the help of hearing aids can help enhance quality of life for Leslie Frank Nebraska Hearing Center individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. “We are lucky to live in such an exciting time where technology is constantly improving,” says Leslie. “Hearing devices today are not your Grandma’s hearing aids. They are small, and the clarity is amazing. We have devices that sync to your cell phone where you can stream music and phone calls right to the aids. No one needs to know you have hearing devices unless you tell them.” Above all, no matter the specifics, being proactive is key. If you’re at the point where you are just starting to notice signs that indicate a loved one is having issues related to memory, the time to act is now, even if just to check out resources or ask questions. While a move to a memory care facility may not be the answer right away, there are other resources such as in-home care that can make a big difference in the wellbeing of your loved one. “Elders impacted by memory loss, dementia or other cognitive deficits often do not realize how impaired they are,” explains Kris Beckenbach, Director of Guardian Angels. “By providing Kris Beckenbach in-home assistance Guardian Angels, and other Guardian Angels agencies who offer similar care, bring numerous benefits to clients. Regular meals, socialization, better compliance with medication, and the ability to remain in their familiar surroundings are just some of the ways that elders benefit. Moreover, the family will benefit from knowing that a trusted caregiver will interact with their loved one on a regular basis and can let family know if changes are noted. As previously mentioned, respite is also critical for family members who act as caregivers. In-home care, even a short period, allows them to do something as normal as grocery shopping without worrying about their family member, which can be a true blessing. Guardian Angels was founded on the principle that all people have a sacred dignity that time does not take away. We take this principle very seriously. Our caregivers are trained early and reminded often that when in a client’s home, they are there to serve. Our staff includes a Certified Senior Advisor and Certified Dementia Practitioner. We are committed to providing quality care for all of our clients.” She concludes, “Don’t let a medical crisis, like a fall, force a difficult family discussion. As uncomfortable as it may be go ahead and start the dialogue. Talk with a home care company about how they screen their caregivers, what services are provided, and if there are minimum service requirements. The range of answers can vary greatly. Take advantage of tours and open houses at senior living communities too. These are not the nursing homes elders remember visiting when they were children. Gone are the dark hallways with cold tile floors where elders were not always treated with respect. Today’s elder communities are vibrant with decor and engaging activities. The extension of longevity is also fairly new to this generation. Elders who are just now recognizing the need to plan for their future do not have an example to follow from their parents’ experience. There are more resources than ever to meet the needs of those facing the challenges of cognitive deficits. This holiday season, while family is gathered together making memories, taking pictures, and reminiscing about the good times, also make time to listen to your elder loved ones’ desires for their future.”

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To end on a positive note, there are so many worldwide working tirelessly towards a common goal, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and all types of dementias. While those efforts continue, it is comforting to know that we are in good hands with our local resources as far as care and support is concerned. We encourage getting in touch with these professionals sooner rather than later if possible, and you can always reach the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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While there’s plenty to do during the holidays that necessitates being out and about, with shopping and parties being the main events this time of year, many of us are also inviting people to join in the celebration at our own homes. Entertaining does take work, but far less on the part of the host who utilizes the talents of our local businesses and puts them to work doing what they do best! {Your} Home for the Holidays Whether staying with you while in town or invited over for a gathering, if you’ll be opening your home to holiday guests, you’ll need to prepare accordingly. The basics of entertaining remain the same in your home as they do at any other venue around town. Key details to consider include atmosphere, fare, drinks, and entertainment. Charming Atmosphere When going out we focus on getting ourselves presentable, which by definition means “fit to be seen.” Those who are entertaining in their homes not only have to look the part, but must also ensure that the surroundings do too. As such, the emphasis is on cleanliness, creating a comfortable and welcoming ambiance, and of course during the holidays, festive décor is a must too. However, since this is a space that’s lived in daily, preparation in terms of the party setting can be quite the formidable challenge. Also, there’s the all-too-familiar panic-induced cleaning session the night before or day of the arrival or event that can suck all of the remaining time, energy and attention away from anything else that might be just as deserving of priority status. Unless you thrive in this type of situation, it’s to be avoided if at all possible. Hiring a cleaning company that performs services for residential clients around the holidays may be the option that’s right for you. With cleaning taken care of, which as we’re all aware can be a huge time suck, it will free up valuable time that you can spend on what’s probably a lengthy list of other things that will demand your attention. Whether it’s just key areas of the home that will be trafficked more with visitors, such as the kitchen and bathroom, or a full-scale cleaning session, there are generally no requests that are too small or large to accommodate. You will want to look into booking these services as soon as possible, because as you might assume based on the convenience factor plus the fact that most people don’t really like to clean anyway, they’re in high demand this time of year. “For those hosting in their homes, I recommend a deep cleaning of kitchen and bathrooms as well as dining room and living room,” advises Crystal Patzel, owner of Crystal Clean Housekeeping Inc. “These are the main rooms where guests will be spending time. The last thing you want is setting your turkey on the table and having dust bunnies fall from your fans, and dirty toilets are an absolute no-no. When booking a cleaning service for the holidays, be sure to call at least 2 weeks in advance so that you can time everything right. You’ll want to set the appointment as close as possible to the actual


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holiday if guests will be staying with you, or the date of the special event you’ll be hosting. This year we are offering $15 off your deep cleaning service around the holidays and would love to help you prepare to welcome guests into your homes!” As far as décor and ambiance go, holiday lighting is major. If you’re making an investment in lighting based on the potential of hosting guests at some point or for a planned event, you may as well enjoy it all season long. As with cleaning, this is another area where hiring a professionals can make life a lot easier. Arriving at a home that’s all decked out in a professional display of twinkling holiday lights is a fantastic way to welcome--and dazzle—your guests! This month is the ideal time to have holiday lights put up at your residence, and since you can simply turn them on or leave them off as you like, no time is really too soon to set the appointment. The team of professional holiday decorators at Christmas Décor by Festive Expressions right here in Lincoln, NE that will do it all for you – display design, installation, maintenance, takedown and clean-up/storage. “We evaluate and map the property, listen to our client’s desires, and create holiday lighting and decorating plans that accentuate the unique features of their home and its landscaping,” says David Hastreiter, owner of the local Christmas Décor by Festive Expressions franchise and sister company Pro-Scapes Landscape Development & Maintenance. “The decorating season is short, and our schedules tend to fill up by mid-November, David Hastreiter so now is the time to give us a call if you Christmas Décor by haven’t already made plans for your holiday Festive Expressions lighting.” On the other side of the coin, you might be in the group of folks who are dedicated to the task of putting their own holiday lights up each year. Whether you’re a complete novice or consider yourself as experienced as one of Santa’s elves, it’s important not to let your inner Clark Griswold take over for obvious reasons. There’s no one more familiar with the hazards than your electrician, who can also offer some great energy saving tips too!

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“Over the years, I have been excited to see more and more Christmas lights using LED technology as this greatly reduces the load on your circuits,” advises Matt Collins of Oak Electric, Inc. “Another tip to save energy would be to install timers to turn on and off your decorations. Some of my customers have even requested to have switched outlets installed in the overhangs so they can easily turn on and off their decorations with an interior switch. Matt Collins Oak Electric, Inc.

Also, when it comes to hosting family for meals, one of the first things I think that I find many people don’t is the Crock-Pots and slow cookers. You’ve seen them; a tidy row along the countertop plugged into power strips and extensions cords.  I have been to countless emergency calls where somebody smells smoke because a circuit has been overloaded and burned out.  Not only is this a safety hazard, but it can put a major damper on the holiday spirit. My wife and I host many family gatherings throughout the year and in my personal residence, I have wired each and every outlet in our kitchen to its very own dedicated circuit.   I strongly encourage anyone who is planning to host to consider having a licensed electrician inspect their current situation. Please consider these ideas and plan ahead this holiday season, because you’ll be disappointed if you wait until the last minute. To schedule a project, call us at (402) 440-5969 or visit our website at” Once you’ve got the outside lighting taken care of (and any other NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business


issues we’ve covered resolved, because safety first), you can focus on putting your decorating skills to work on the inside of your home, which is usually much more fun anyway! Speaking of which, when assessing what you need for décor along with the other party essentials and where you’ll go to find those items, keep in mind that rental may be a better options than purchasing outright in some instances. Whether you’re in need of practical items for your party, such as extra tables and chairs or place settings, or you’re looking for just the right accents to set the mood, finding a good place to rent these things for a short period of time will save you from spending money on something you may never use again. Categories of interest to those hosting parties this year might include bar service, candelabras, centerpieces, chafers, linens, chairs/tables/ dance floors, china and porcelain, décor, entertainment, event lighting, games…there’s so much good stuff just waiting to be put to use! Party Fare Appetizer spreads galore. Platters of pretty treats. Classic holiday feast staples. This is exactly what we all have to look forward to during this year’s festivities, no surprises there! As with the fare for any type of party, you can get as creative as you please since Lincoln is rich with culinary talent. If you’re going all out this year, get to it and start talking possibilities with the businesses at the top of your list to ensure you can still get on the books for the date(s) you need. Catering and having meals prepared in the home for parties, and even incorporating cooking classes into the mix, have also becoming much more popular and requested services; all of which would definitely take your party to the next level. Or, if you simply want to treat your guests to a few good meals during their stay but don’t want to slave in the kitchen to make that happen, no problem there either. In any scenario, working with someone who has done it before and can guide you through the process or alert you to things that may not have crossed your mind is highly recommended.

“The holidays are a very busy time so let Attitude on Food take the stress out of your event,” says Nathan Newhouse, owner and General Manager of Attitude on Food Catering. “Our highly-trained staff will take care of all the details so you as the host can enjoy yourself and entertain your guests. We’ll set up the room, arrange for all rental needs (china, linens, glassware etc.), coordinate vendors and even wash the dishes if needed, leaving your kitchen as clean as we found it.”

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Attitude on Food He further advises, “It’s very important to plan ahead and book a caterer, florist and other vendors as soon as possible. December and January are very busy times and waiting to the last minute can result in disappointment when you find out that your favorite vendor is unavailable.

Get your caterer to do a site visit at your home or business especially if this is your first time working with them. It is important for them to know where to load in, staging areas, trash removal and layout of the room for food and guests seating. Also, take into consideration some kind of coat check, whether you rent a clothes rack and tickets or you make room in a spare bedroom or closet. If you are planning a larger party you might also want to consider valet parking, especially if you have older guests or if the weather is not the best.” Newhouse also has some suggestions to offer for those who are looking to do something new and fresh for this year’s party. “From experience and what we’re seeing with the latest trends in Omaha and Lincoln, comfort food with a twist is big right now.  You want to plan a menu that your guests can relate to that’s also fun. Things like, for example, our famous Mac ‘n’ Cheese with a toppings bar of smoked chicken,



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Kelli Pilkington of Venue Restaurant & Lounge also highlights what they have to offer in this particular area. “For those who will be a hosting a gathering in their homes, we are more than happy to schedule a private event and bring the meal to you. We set-up gorgeous buffets, plated dinners, cocktail arrays and welcome any special requests. We absolutely love taking care of a full-service event so you don’t have to worry about it, and we’ll do it right in the comfort of your own home.

As another great option, during the holidays we offer amazing holiday trays for our guests to conveniently order online, over the phone, or by stopping in and placing an order with us here at Venue. These are simple yet elegant and will blow your guests away! Our specialty is putting all of the details together, so the most important thing now that we’re already into November is to make sure to get started with your planning right away.” Celebratory Drinks What’s a holiday party without a great toast? Being in the company of those we hold dear, mingling while sipping festive drinks, is the epitome of holiday soirees. Our local bars are not only a great escape from home when hosting guests (with or without them…), but can also help you get everything together for hosting guests in your home. Setting up a bar or drink station at home or preparing a special concoction to serve at your party requires a bit more planning than heading over to your neighborhood bar and lounge, but it’s almost as easy with the help of those who have plenty of experience in this area. “Setting up a wine bar is a particularly great option for those hosting

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in their homes because it doesn’t require messing with ice,” says Barb Ballard of From Nebraska Gift Shop and James Arthur Vineyards. “Or, for entertainment at your holiday party, you could buy a number of wines, including those from JAV, put them in brown bags and do a blind wine tasting. Have guests make notes and have fun trying a number of different styles of wine. The winery also makes a great place for an impromptu gathering, especially if family is in town. It’s a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy Barb Ballard each other’s company while sipping on wine From Nebraska Gift Shop and enjoying some Nebraska-made food & James Arthur Vineyards items.” On the other side of the coin, as a guest in someone’s home during the holidays, it’s customary to come bearing gifts. Bring a beverage of choice along to share with everyone or as a gift for the host, depending on what called for on that particular occasion. With great seasonal wines and limited edition gift arrangements this time of year, you’re sure to find something that will be a big hit at our local retailers. Ballard suggests, “At From Nebraska Gift Shop in the Haymarket, it’s a one-stop shop for great gifts. We offer all Nebraska products; anything grown or made in Nebraska, from food items, clothing and art to award-winning wine, the store has something for everyone. If you’re looking for an easy way to impress, From Nebraska Gift Shop also puts together an absolutely amazing assortment of gift baskets full of Nebraska-made goodies. The great thing about it is that we have pre-made gift baskets that are beautifully created or we can customize a basket to fit any need or budget. If the gift needs to be shipped, we can take care of that as well. When it comes to our offerings at James Arthur Vineyards, wine always makes a great gift for family, friends or co-workers. Whether it’s a 76

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gift for a host or wine for that special holiday dinner, we can help find the perfect match. We really try to encourage people to let us take care of all the details and make it as easy as possible for the customer, whether it be party or gift needs. For example, if someone walks into the From Nebraska Gift Shop, all they need is a budget and an idea of what they want and we’ll take care of the rest. Our goal is to simplify the process however possible. And, what better way to reduce stress than sampling some wine while you shop?” As it’s a traditional wine bar and shoppe, barVino offers plenty of great merchandise for the wine lovers and wine connoisseurs on your gift list too! There’s a nice selection of barware, accessories, glassware, and more. Jennifer Amen Tomka, owner of barVino, offers a few unique ideas for gifts, parties, and anyone hosting guests in their homes this holiday season. “We just started our wine club, and our members enjoy great perks. This includes monthly featured wines, which are perfect for bringing along to parties or sharing with guests, and an exclusive invitation to a monthly wine tasting on the 1st Friday of the month, which will be a nice respite from all of the holiday action coming up. This is in addition to our monthly wine Jennifer Amen Tomka tasting event that is open to anyone who barVino wants to join on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Cost for this tasting is $15 for guests, but it’s another free perk for our wine club members. The membership to the wine club itself is even an awesome gift. Since opening, we’re adding retail offerings and will have a great selection of barware, accessories, glassware, and fun items like t-shirts and keychains that make great stocking stuffers. Of course, there are tons of wines to choose from too! One variety in particular that has just arrived in time for the holidays is cru Beaujolais, which we’ve found to be a fantastic dupe for Beaujolais Nouveaux. This is a favorite of many that’s released the third Thursday of November every year and sells out fast, if you can even find it. Ours is a better quality version, which makes it way better paired with a holiday meal. Whether you’re looking to host your holiday party or gathering at barVino or just want to get everyone out of the house for a little bit together, we’d love to host your group. We like to think we have something for everyone, with plenty of wine but also a nice selection of beer and spirits along with a great appetizer menu. There is no fee charged for use of our facility on Sunday and Monday when we’re closed, and we can reserve space as needed throughout the week for groups of all sizes. Just call ahead and we’ll have everything ready when you arrive.” Festive Entertainment You’ve got everyone together, food and drinks have been thoroughly enjoyed…but there’s still something missing. What to do now? While sometimes conversation is all that’s needed for a great party, it also doesn’t hurt to plan on some entertainment to keep things interesting. For events hosted at a private residence, space is likely the determining factor, but there are still ways to incorporate fun and festive forms of entertainment. You can’t go wrong with holiday music—karaoke, sing-alongs, dancing to all of the classics, or even live music courtesy of carolers, local bands, or professional musicians if you’re going all out. Games are usually a great time too, and there are certainly plenty out there to choose from. Alternatively, as has been already mentioned, if you’ll have out-of-town guests staying with you during the holidays, getting out and about to have some fun will probably be on the agenda at some point. What to do then?

Here are a few fun things to consider: The Bowling Alley Remaining one of the most popular ways to spend time together with family and friends year after year, it only makes sense that our local bowling alleys are a hot spot during the holidays. Jennifer Davis Korn of 48 Bowl advises, “As you begin to prepare for the holidays and hosting guests in your home, you might start to wonder what you will do to entertain all of these extra people. 48 Bowl, Inc. (Parkway Lanes and Hollywood Bowl) can offer you a great venue for getting everyone together in a fun and friendly atmosphere that is not your home! As we’ve said before, this is our company’s favorite time of year because we get to help you celebrate with your family and friends. Here’s what makes bowling a great group activity: anyone can participate! As long as you come with a good sense of humor about the ugly rental shoes and any gutters you may throw, there’s opportunity for everyone to laugh and enjoy their time together. Here are some tips about how to plan your family/friends outing: • Make it informal. Bowling’s greatest strength as a group activity is that it offers everyone a chance to spend time together, talking, laughing and having fun. • Reserve your lanes ahead of time. We offer many opportunities for open bowling on weekdays, evenings and weekends, but the holiday season is our busiest time of year. Make your reservation with one of our centers at least 48 hours in advance and if you can, reserve now! The most popular times (Friday and Saturday evenings) can fill up a couple of months in advance. • Reserve 1 lane for every 4-6 people in your group. • Time considerations. If you have other plans to fit in your day, you can expect one game of bowling to take ten minutes for every person on your lane. For example, if you have six people on your lane, allow for about sixty minutes to bowl one game, and possibly a little more time if you have small children playing. For information about how to reserve lanes, you can visit our website at and click on the white “Reserve A Lane” button. If you’d rather speak with someone directly, please feel free to call our centers. For Parkway Lanes, 2555 S. 48th St., call (402) 483-7763. For Hollywood Bowl, 920 N. 48th St., call (402) 466-1911.

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In agreement, Jen Miseno of Sun Valley Lanes adds, “Hosting a family gathering can be a stressful occasion, especially with extra people around the house. When you have guests from out of town that need something to occupy their time, also perhaps allowing you to finish your preparations, send them bowling. It’s a great family bonding event in which everyone can participate. Also, as this is a time when the kids are out of school on break and looking for Jen Miseno entertainment, during the week between Sun Valley Lanes Christmas and New Year’s we give our league bowlers a break too. This means there are more open lanes available during prime-time weeknights so that anyone can come here and bowl. If you are considering an outing for your family, or your business, don’t wait until the last minute. Depending on the size of your group and the time frame you’d like, there may not be openings.  You should also assess the ages and capabilities of those attending.  While we offer something for all ages and skill levels, not all places will have that. If you are looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, keep us in mind too.  We host a variety of parties ranging from youth/family during the day and early evening to adult-oriented in the late evening.” The Escape Room This is one of the newer group entertainment trends that continues to

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be tremendously popular among all ages. If you’re looking for a new experience to try while family and friends are in town, test your skills at solving a mystery and book a visit to your local escape room! Anh McClure of Escape Lincoln points out, “We offer rooms for small and large groups on the weekends, but I think the best thing about our setup is we can accommodate custom requests for groups of any size for times during the week. Groups from 6 Anh McClure on up can set up a date and time with us Escape Lincoln where just their group will have access to the escape room. At our flat rate per room of $110 plus tax, it is actually a bit cheaper than a group of 6 costs on the weekend! This allows families and friends to plan events without the stress of trying to find a time during busy holiday weekends (although we are happy to coordinate weekend bookings as well!). The holidays can be a difficult time in terms of planning since so many others are doing the same things, but we make it a point to work with our clients to schedule custom times that work with their schedules.” Olivia German of Lincoln Escape Room also highlights the unique nature of their offerings. “We currently have 3 different rooms to choose from: the Cure, the Missing Musician, and LiCastro’s Lair. Depending on your room (or rooms) of choice, we can accommodate anywhere from 1 to 25 people at once. Escape rooms are for everyone, so bring on the corporate groups, friends, grandparents, and in-laws! Olivia German Lincoln Escape Room

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includes expanding our space and developing some new and exciting challenges, and increasing our maximum group size. We’re always pushing for the latest and greatest escape room experiences, and are also currently in the process of developing mind-blowing virtual reality experiences for single-player escape games. We’ll be able to push the limits of reality and create some experiences that can’t be done in real life! Each of our experiences has a unique scenario that challenges our guests to think outside the box. To decide what challenge is best for your team, visitors can check out our website for more information or to book a room. When it comes to corporate events and parties, we can provide tables and seating for select groups and private events. Special bookings can be made if a group wishes to bring in their own food and beverages; otherwise we offer snacks and soda for those interested. All you have to do is give us your event timeline and headcount; we’ll work with your schedule! Plus, larger groups receive special pricing, so don’t worry about having to skip dinner! If you do plan on grabbing a bite to eat before or after your event, our convenient location is in close proximity to establishments with very tasty fare. We will be continuing our regular weekday promotion through the holidays, which can be found on our website, and we plan on releasing some more soon! Anyone can stay up to date on our promos by checking our website – www.lincolnescaperoom - or following us on social media; including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat!” Regarding the planning-related specifics, she adds, “When it comes to large group bookings, it’s helpful to plan ahead. Let us know what you’re planning 2 weeks in advance, or earlier if possible, so you have time to snag rooms before they all get booked. This also gives us some time to adjust our schedule, if needed. There is a large group booking request form on our website that anyone with 13 or more participants can fill out and send our way. We’re usually able to reply within a day or two. Another step some groups might overlook is our waiver requirement. Every participant is required to sign a waiver before entering the rooms for liability reasons. It’s not like there’s anything dangerous in the rooms, it’s just a precaution. Anyone under 18 must have the form signed by a parent or legal guardian. The form is available on our website and can be printed out for guests to bring with them, or the form can be signed at our facility. Another misunderstanding we sometimes see here is groups getting paired with other groups when they don’t expect to get mixed. As stated on our website, any seats that are not purchased in your booking are available to book by anyone else. You do have the option to block off extra seats for $5.00 per seat, but we encourage making new friends! Finally, arrive early! In order to make sure your group starts on time, we ask that every participant show up at least 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled time in order to check in, use the restroom, and allow our Game Masters enough time to give preliminary instruction. Once you are locked in the room, you will not have bathroom access; so try to remember to go before you arrive!” The Paint & Sip Studio Yet another unique concept, the Paint & Sip experience can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter the level of artistic talent. Wine seems to come up frequently, as this is another place where you can enjoy sipping on your favorite variety with the added element of a creative outlet.

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The Holiday Light Tour Lori Hiebner of Leisure Limousine & Sedan offers a great idea that will get everyone in the holiday spirit—a tour of the holiday lights! “Holiday light tours are offered in the evenings throughout the month of December and include a pre-determined route of the city’s best light displays. Gather your guests or pack up the kids and enjoy this special time of the year together. Pajamas welcome! If you’re looking to see the Christmas lights Lori Hiebner in comfort and style, book your holiday light Leisure Limousine & Sedan tour now because spots are limited.” Anytime you venture away from your own home for the holidays, whether it’s to someone else’s home or any other destination, it’s important to plan for safe transportation. Hiebner advises, “It seems like transportation can sometimes be an afterthought when planning a party or going out with friends. Holiday parties with family or work friends tend to be a ton of fun!  Since many holiday parties involve alcohol, it’s wise to plan the transportation BEFORE the festivities begin.  I would suggest hiring a limo to pick everyone up and drop everyone off at the end of the evening to alleviate any concerns if someone has overindulged.  Don’t leave your holiday party transportation up in the air this year.  Make the impression you want to make while enjoying the peace of mind that a professional car service provides. Plan early so you can reserve your specific times and dates!” Decision Time After reviewing all of the details provided, those who are still reading

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If this means simply finding other arrangements for your guests while they stay in town for whatever reason, booking a hotel room it probably your best bet. Doing so as soon as possible will ensure you are in control of the decision and can pick one with the best location and amenities. At this point there are still plenty of wonderful options to consider with availability yet this year for private events, whether you’re hosting family and friends or a corporate affair. If a local venue is determined to be the best option for your event, the same advice applies--you’ll want to get your reservation made as soon as possible. Right now many are still planning their holiday parties, but are beginning to kick things into high gear for the most part. At Country Inn & Suites, you can arrange for your guests’ stay during their holiday visit, you can book a space for your party – or you can do both! “For our holiday events clients really like that we can offer a great hotel stay as well as a great event,” says Deborah Carroll of Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North. “It is always nice to find a venue that can provide you with a lovely atmosphere, great food, easy access, and guest accommodations at an affordable price, which is exactly what we do at Country Inn & Suites Lincoln North. With free hot breakfast, free parking, shopping close at hand, and a great indoor pool, not only can your guests attend your holiday event but they can stay and enjoy a short ‘staycation’ at the hotel at the same time.”

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Back to party fare and entertainment, Carroll also offers a few suggestions to consider. “In the past a traditional buffet has always seemed to be popular, but how about changing things up with food stations? We’ve created Slider Stations, Potato Stations, and the most popular, our Mac & Cheese Station, which are all great fun. You can always mix it up and offer several different stations to appeal to a variety of preferences and appetites too. This service style tends to lend itself to a more relaxed atmosphere.  Along with that the board game tables, Minute to Win It and other games and prize giveaways that can be arranged by our on-site event coordinators are fun and keep people engaged. Assistance with planning is complimentary for anyone hosting an event at our venue, and it’s something that we truly enjoy doing for our clients.” Recently opening a brand new private event space just in time for the holidays nestled in the Historic Haymarket, which is already well known for its festive ambiance this time of year, Culinary Underground is another go-to spot for those who are seeking the perfect destination to host their guests. The charming party room has its own full bar and bartender, fireplace, televisions, stage and window seating, private sectioned seating, and of course, an amazing selection of catering offerings courtesy of Culinary Underground. It’s well worth checking out for holiday events this year – you must see it in person to appreciate! {Leaving} Home for the Holidays Now that we’ve discussed at length what to plan for if you’ll be entertaining at home, let’s talk a little bit about things to keep in mind if you’ll be away from home during the holidays this year. Here is a handy Holiday Vacation Checklist for all of you soon-to-be travelers out there: 1. Create an up-to-date inventory of valuables, such as TVs,

jewelry, computers and other large-ticket items. Include detailed descriptions, photographs, makes, models and serial numbers. Make sure that this information is as organized and exhaustive as possible. 2. Store items that you consider to be most important in a fireproof vault or safe that’s hidden in a designated spot. 3. Install automatic light timers and set the timers to go on and off at logical times of the day. If you’re able to control your home’s key systems remotely, make sure to take advantage of that feature to periodically turn the lights on and off; set an alert as a reminder if you need it. 4. Turn down your thermostat to save on electricity or gas bills. (You may also be able to adjust this from your mobile device if you have a home automation system, but it doesn’t hurt to get in the habit of doing it before you leave for an extended period of time.) 5. Arrange for snow removal while you’re away so it’s not a telltale sign that no one has been coming or going. (And because it’s your duty as a homeowner in the city of Lincoln to keep those sidewalks cleared!) Also, make sure no vehicles are left on the street just in case an emergency parking ban goes into effect while you’re away. 6. Check your holiday lights for fraying or damage, including cracked lamp holders or loose connections. (When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, and even gas appliances or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.) Also, make sure to follow the golden rule of extension cords: Never connect more than one together. 7. Trim shrubbery and trees. Overgrown shrubs provide the perfect cover for would-be intruders. 8. Place a temporary hold on mail and newspaper deliveries or ask someone to pick them up daily for you. 9. Don’t leave holiday gifts out where they are visible to passersby or can be spotted through the windows. Break down boxes and place them in dark trash bags or recycle bins when you take them to the curb for pick-up. Leaving them out in the open will advertise what’s inside your home. 10. As you leave, do a final walk-through of your home to ensure all windows and doors are locked, and unplug all nonessential devices. 11. Activate motion detectors and alarm systems. Download your alarm company’s app onto your phone to monitor your home while you’re away. 12. Pass the word along to your neighbors so that they know to watch for any unusual activity while you are away. 13. Be aware of what you are posting on social media; most importantly, your location. If it’s common knowledge that you’re away, you become more of a target for home invasion and theft. 14. Designate a neighbor or someone you trust to check in periodically while you are gone, or consider inviting someone to stay in your absence. DO NOT leave a key under the mat, in the closest planter, at the top of the door frame, or any other common hiding spot.


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A great example is local firearms sales and service center DE Guns. “We take pride in our user-and mobile-friendly website, DEGuns. net, which makes purchasing gifts very easy for our customers,” says

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Derek Broman, owner of DE Guns. “Both shipping and in-store pick-up options are always available, and our Deal of the Day page always offers great merchandise at the lowest price around. So if you see a good deal on our website, don’t be afraid to purchase online because you can always pick up the item in-store and check it out thoroughly before you leave with it. Furthermore, sometimes our inventory moves really fast so if you see something you like you’ll want to get your order placed Derek Broman as soon as possible. Firearm accessories, DE Guns cleaning supplies and ammunition (especially defensive, which costs more but is well worth it for the benefits) always make great gifts. A gun safe is a really nice and useful item, and we also have a selection of concealed carry purses in many different styles that have been a popular online purchase.” Another good example is Body Nouveaux Spa, which always offers holiday gift certificates that can easily be purchased on their website and printed out anytime and anywhere you please. While some great deals can be found online from local retailers, some of which we’ve already mentioned, others will require a bit of luck in finding them at the source, in person at the store. A common option for gifts is the practical variety and more specifically, those that support what a person really loves to do or perhaps has always wanted to try. Take Play It Again Sports for example. There are tons of great gifts in every price range for the golfer, the runner, the gym rat, the coach, the outdoors enthusiast—even just for the person who’s always on-the-go or who is setting a fitness goal for the coming year. Furthermore, consider the fact that you could save a lot of money getting these items gently used. Check out Play It Again Sports first—their inventory is always changing and you can even


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trade in your gently used items for more money to spend on gifts! “We offer both new and gently used items at a fraction of the retail price,” says Diane Hesson, owner of Play It Again Sports. “Each year we bulk up on our inventory specifically for the holiday rush, which means you have an even better chance of getting a great deal on exactly what you have in mind. Gift cards are also available, and are particularly useful for the spring sports that are right around the corner. We welcome trades all Diane Hesson year long, which will allow you to get rid Play It Again Sports of items you don’t need any longer while stretching your holiday budget. In addition to our extensive selection of sporting goods, we also carry a full line of fitness equipment, apparel and accessories. Our goal is to make your holiday shopping experience painless, and we look forward to assisting holiday shoppers in finding exactly what they’re looking for over the next couple of months!” Another example of a place where it’s best to go right to the source to find those exciting “hidden gems” for the most important people on your gift list is Sartor Hamann Jewelers. With so many different options to choose from during the holidays, including the ability to design your own pieces along with their incredible inventory selection this time of year, you’ll definitely want to make this a designated stop on your shopping route. The familiar lyrics of a timeless holiday favorite say it best: “If you want to be happy in a million ways - For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.” As we all prepare for our upcoming holiday festivities, keep in mind that there are so many different ways our local businesses can be of service during this wonderful time of year. With gatherings and gifts, there are such amazing possibilities to explore - and the time to do that is upon us!

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