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FOCUSING ON YOUR BRAND The First Stage of the Buyer’s Journey: AWARENESS

As we begin to explore the Buyer’s Journey— the active research process a buyer goes through leading up to a purchase—the first stage of the three in the most widely accepted model is AWARENESS. During this initial stage, a person is seeking out any relevant information in order to learn about a topic or solution. So at this point, for those who want to market their businesses effectively, it’s very much about casting a wide net. Yet it is also important to employ a strategy as to how you’ll shape and situate your unique promotional content. It must be readily accessible to those who are skimming many sources to get a feel for what’s best to look into further moving forward as they narrow their focus from a wealth of possibilities to a select few. While exposure is key, keep in mind that the experience you’re providing is most powerful. Of equal importance, it must not only provide general information but also a call to action for those moving into the next stage, CONSIDERATION, where initiating direct contact to find out more specific information is most likely to happen. Of the three stages in the Buyer’s Journey (Awareness >>> Consideration >>> Decision), the awareness stage is where the most time is generally spent. As such, to those who don’t see the value in promoting your business simply to achieve top-of-mind awareness among their target market and even with those a few degrees of separation from that: I highly advise you to reconsider. While it doesn’t make sense to spread yourself thin trying to appeal to anyone and everyone, it does make sense in most scenarios to target a wider audience than what you’d consider to be your ideal client. The “why” lies in the age-old proverb—the student becomes the teacher. After someone has left their own personal awareness stage, he or she will retain that information to share with others who express that they’ve found themselves in the same position. In the awareness stage, buyers will be doing several things—first, identifying a need; second, conducting research; and then third, prioritizing criteria. For those identifying a need, you’ll want to deliver informative content that helps buyers begin to understand what you do and more importantly, exactly how you can help them. Once a person realizes they do in fact have a certain need or “pain point,” it’s time to move on to research. Now he or she is seeking content in the

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form of educational materials, which will include fact-based information but also testimonials, recent news and customer reviews, and so on. This is information that should be readily available on your website, linked to your social media and promoted there for further traction, and backlinks should also be provided to reputable sources that corroborate your expertise. Finally, after a wealth of information has been gathered for analysis and cross-referenced, the person will prioritize the goal or challenge to see if it’s ultimately worthwhile to pursue any further. To be perceived as a priority, it’s critical to highlight benefits and provide compelling content that, as I emphasized at the very beginning, incorporates a call to action to facilitate the transition to the next stage of the Buyer’s Journey. While you fully understand the value of your offerings, never assume that everyone else will instantly recognize it too. Instead, take the opportunity to educate them so that they can see the value through their own unique lens. To engage and best satisfy the requirements of those in the awareness stage in terms of the content you’re creating and sharing, I encourage you to consider the following questions: • What are the goals or challenges of the buyer? (Also, how have your past clients described their goals or challenges?) • How are buyers most likely to educate themselves on these goal(s) or challenge(s)? • Are there common misconceptions about addressing the goal(s) or challenge(s)? • How do buyers decide whether the goal or challenge should be prioritized? • What are the consequences if the buyer doesn’t choose to act? All told, seizing opportunities to consistently promote brand awareness will be the determining factor as to whether your business makes the cut once a prospect is ready to move on to the next stage of the Buyer’s Journey. The famous words of Herbert Spencer say it best: “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”

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COMMITTED TO SERVING OMAHA Madonna Responds To Rehabilitation Need With Omaha Campus Opening

The finishing touches are being made to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus. Early G OMAHA IN RV SE TO D MMITlassTE vation & Research CO next month the hospital opens its Rehabilitation, Inno Through World-C doors to patients, ushering in a new era of specialized inpatient rehabilitation care. “The opening of the Omaha Campus allows Madonna to serve an increasing number of individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries or disabling conditions. The state-of-the-art facility and cutting-edge technology when combined with specialized clinical treatment teams will provide those served with the best chance of resuming activities that give their lives meaning,” said Paul Dongilli Jr., Ph.D., president and CEO of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. Madonna provides world-class rehabilitation for adults and children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, neurological diseases and pulmonary conditions. Trauma hospitals across the country refer patients and families to Madonna, which served the top 1% most medically complex cases in the country during fiscal year 2014-15. In the past five years, Madonna has served patients from 45 states and every county in Nebraska. In 2012 an independent study highlighted the underserved need for specialized rehabilitation for the Omaha metro area. As part of Madonna’s strategic plan to build a comprehensive continuum of rehabilitation from the ground up, the $93 million project broke ground on Sept. 4, 2014. The hospital is located across from Village Pointe Shopping Center at 175th Plaza and Burke Street. Earlier that year Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital opened on the fourth floor of Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue to address the urgent need and to provide inpatient rehabilitation services for individuals with complex medical conditions. The 32-bed hospital will close and its patients will move to the new hospital. Leadership Team a’s Omaha Campus page 3 for more! see story on

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The Omaha Campus features 260 square feet of warm, inviting space. The 110 private-room hospital includes three major areas—an acute rehabilitation hospital, a rehabilitation specialty hospital and a children’s rehabilitation hospital. The Madonna Institute of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering will be onsite, providing opportunities for advancement in rehabilitation for patients. In addition, new and exciting technology enables patients with only limited movement ability (i.e. twitching a muscle) to control lighting, window shades and television, and even communicate with nurses. The hospital also has a main therapy gym, a warm-water pool, a chapel and Independence Square—a simulated community for patients to practice daily independent living skills, such as driving, laundry and grocery shopping. The campus includes landscaping, courtyards and wooded areas. In addition to providing opportunities for rehabilitation activities in a natural setting, these areas enable patients and their family members’ space for rest and peaceful interactions. A partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, is providing physician support for patients. Samuel Bierner, M.D., is leading the effort with more than 25 years of experience in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). In addition, Madonna and UNMC are establishing and supporting the PM&R program whereby medical students and residents will train at Madonna. The program is the first of its kind in the region. The economic impact during the two-year construction of the Omaha Campus was $122 million. Once patient occupancy reaches full census, the Omaha Campus is expected to generate an estimated 700-800 full and part-time jobs. “We are committed to our rehabilitation mission, innovation and research; it’s been our foundation since we first opened in Lincoln, Nebraska, nearly 60 years ago. We are excited to begin a new chapter for the benefit of patients in Omaha and the surrounding region,” said Dongilli.

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BUSINESS NEWS HIP OffiCenters Virtual Office Space Connects Omaha Area Businesses

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Attention Omaha area businesses! HIP OffiCenters offers virtual offices for companies looking to establish a presence in Lincoln, NE. There are multiple packages to choose from as well as the option of physical office space for companies looking to expand. HIP OffiCenters is a locally owned and operated company focused on meeting the needs of your business and would like the chance to help your company grow. Call today for more information or to set up an office tour!

Hegg Companies, Inc. recently announced that the $11 million Staybridge Suites in West Omaha is in the final stage of construction and will be opening in September 2016. Clark Anderson of West Center Lodging, LLC and Hegg Companies will co-own the four-story, 67,000-square-foot all-suite property.

Holroyd Investment Properties (HIP Realty) is a full-service company offering management, leasing and sales of apartment and commercial properties. HIP OffiCenters is a division of HIP Realty that offers the tools needed to help a business grow and be successful, beginning with an ideal office environment. At HIP OffiCenters, excellent customer service for both the tenants and their clients is paramount. There are many amenities included with HIP OffiCenters space, from receptionist/phone answering to administrative staff, conference and break room facilities, complimentary coffee, free parking, all utilities paid, janitorial services and more. Renting an office from HIP OffiCenters will ensure you have a productive, inviting and professional space to conduct business. For more information on HIP OffiCenters, please visit www.hiprealty.com or contact Lacey Torske at (402) 466-3932 or office@hiprealty.com.

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Located at 2720 Oak Drive in west Omaha, near the intersection of West Center Road and South 168th Street, the Staybridge Suites is located just minutes from the Shoppes at Legacy, and CHI Health Lakeside Hospital, in addition to many nearby shops and restaurants. The hotel will feature a mix of studios, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. Each guestroom features a range of amenities, including a full kitchen and free high-speed internet access. The Staybridge will offer several other unique amenities such as complimentary guest laundry and on-site guest storage lockers, a workout facility, deluxe complimentary daily breakfast buffet, a 24-hour convenience store, a 24-hour business services center, and an expansive patio with grills and a fire pit. In addition, guests can enjoy The Social, the brand’s complimentary evening reception three days a week for refreshments and light snacks. There will also be a boardroom and den that can be utilized for small meetings. Hegg Hospitality Management, LLC will manage the property. Hegg Hospitality operates a portfolio of business class hotels under franchise license agreements with Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Starwood, and Hilton. Hegg Companies has partnered with Clark Anderson on past hotel projects including preopening services and ongoing management for the Hyatt Place in Lincoln, NE and more recently, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Omaha West which Hegg started managing in January 2016.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Presents: SeptemBURTON Everybody knows a Tim Burton movie the second they see one. His new movie,  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, hits theaters on September 30, which was all the excuse movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema needed to create SeptemBURTON, a month-long celebration of the artist. Alamo Drafthouse isn’t your average movie theater, though, so this won’t be your average marathon of movies right before a new release! The local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 12750 Westport Pkwy in La Vista will be putting on retrospective screenings of classic Burton movies. Among the classics that will be featured are Batman (1989), Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. These retrospectives will be showcased as just the movie, but also offered in special “Movie Party” events with contests, props and other assorted surprises. Costumes are encouraged for those particular screenings, so start putting together your Beetlejuice getup now! As with any show, guests will enjoy food and drink service directly to their seats, but there will also be a special menu for SeptemBURTON! Choose from Jokers Laughing Fish, Peculiar Chocolate Pudding, Bat Burger, Scissor Chopped Salad, and more chef-inspired and prepared dishes. With locations across the country, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas present the best film, food and drink all in one seat for an experience that’s secondto-none. To find out more about upcoming events, visit drafthouse.com or call (402) 505-9979.


BUSINESS NEWS Fleetmark Solutions Now Open Fleetmark Solutions, a fastpaced commercial vehicle repair facility focused on eliminating downtime for its clients, is excited to announce that they are open for business! Located at 207 N. Jackson St. in Papillion, owner Mark Griger officially opened doors in February.  A small company comprised of only 3 key employees and a 6,000 sq. ft. repair facility located in Papillion, Fleetmark Solutions is focused on getting vehicles into the shop when they show up, with the ability to diagnose and repair them most of the time that same day. The goal is to promptly return vehicles to service so that customers save time and money.  As an added convenience, no appointments are necessary.

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Surveys Identify Omaha Area Job Opportunities Two new reports prepared by Dr. Eric Thompson of the University of Nebraska’s Bureau of Business Research provide insight into career opportunities in the Omaha area, and the hiring needs of Omaha businesses. The “Survey of Omaha Businesses about Skill and Training Requirements” and “Omaha Area Skills Gap Report” were commissioned by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Department of Labor. Sarah Moylan, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Senior Director – Talent, said the studies underscore the importance of the Chamber’s new tech talent strategy and long-standing efforts to connect business and education. “Ensuring our employers have the talent they need to thrive is a priority for us and our community partners,” she said. “We appreciate the effort that went into conducting this comprehensive study.  By aligning skill sets and open positions, we’re boosting both our employers and those entering or hoping to advance in their careers.” “Results show that Omaha’s labor pool provides most employers with a quality workforce that largely matches the skills that local employers need,” said Courtney Dentlinger, Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. “But there are opportunities for additional workers to enter the market, particularly those with skills in IT, mathematics, construction, and production manufacturing.” The Omaha reports, as well as previously published reports for Lincoln, can be obtained at neworks.nebraska.gov. Under Labor Market Information, click Publications. Then go to Nebraska Labor Availability Studies.

Alotta Brownies Bakery Closes, Reopens as The Omaha Bakery Alotta Brownies B a ke r y, l o c a t e d i n the historic Downtown district of Fremont, has announced that the business will be closing p e r m a n e n t l y. T h e longstanding gourmet bakery is excited to undergo rebranding and is relocating to Omaha as The Omaha Bakery. Owner Michelle Kaiser brings over 25 years of experience and is thrilled for the transition into Omaha, while also extending her thanks to the Fremont community for their continued support and loyalty through the years. Although the name and location has changed, The Omaha Bakery will continue to provide its customers with the same tasty line-up of specialty dessert items along with the excellent customer service they’re known for! The Omaha Bakery is set to open September 1st.   Conveniently located at 608 South 72nd Street, the new boutique bakery is styled with a French country shabby chic theme, offering guests a charming space to enjoy their desserts! Decorated in all black and white, with subtle hints of teal and pink, chandeliers hang from the ceilings for added elegance.  Now offering a small lunch menu, and scones made fresh daily, all are welcome to come in for a delicious sweet treat!  The Omaha Bakery is open Tuesday-Sunday and closed on Mondays. Offering flavorful and fancy desserts of all kinds; if you can dream it, The Omaha Bakery can make it a reality!  For more details, please call (402) 690-3527 or email michelle@omahabakery.com.  Website coming soon! SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 7


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Greater Omaha Chamber Announces Latest Leadership Omaha Class The Greater Omaha Chamber is proud to introduce the 49 members of its latest Leadership Omaha class – Class 39. This diverse group of professionals will spend the next ten months immersing themselves in community issues, ultimately joining a network of more than 1600 Leadership Omaha alumni. Established in 1978, Leadership Omaha is designed to develop effective leaders who will strengthen and transform the community. Class members are chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and career advancement. In addition to their Aug. 4 orientation – and prior to graduating in June – participants will attend a retreat in September and then monthly, daylong seminars on community issues. Class members will also complete small group projects for the benefit of the Omaha community. Meet Leadership Omaha Class 39: Rishi Bhakar, Tenaska; Amanda Bogner, Energy Studio, Inc.; Krystal Boose, Inclusive Communities; Anne Bowen, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Kim Cappellano, Wells Fargo Bank; Jason Coleman, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Andrew Collins, Erickson | Sederstrom, P.C.; Karlus Cozart, Sr., Omaha Public Schools; Karen Daneu, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Nebraska Affiliate; Taylor Dieckman, Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.; Scott Dobbe, DLR Group; Tonya Eggspuehler, Union Pacific; Patrick Fay, SilverStone Group; Jeremy Fitzpatrick, Kutak Rock, LLP; John Grose III, First National Bank of Omaha; Phil Haussler, Quantum Workplace; Caroline Hinrichs, BVH Architects; Erin Hunt, HDR; Shaun Ilahi, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha; Zach Klebba, LEO A DALY; Nickie Konen, Fraser Stryker PC LLO; Teresa Mardesen, Farm Credit Services of America; Whitney Mastin, Midlands Mentoring Partnership; Shannon McClure, Greater Omaha Chamber; Don McKay, US Strategic Command; Brandy Menaugh, Creighton University; Julie Minton, Cox; Beth Morrissette, Westside Community Schools Board of Education; Stephanie Mueller, Metropolitan Utilities District; Ed Mullen, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company; Seraphim Mullins, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture; Forrest Newburg, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Luke Paladino, US Bank; Echo Perlman, Nebraska Methodist College; Kate Richling, Phenomblue; Amy Roland, McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO; Kate Root, Bank of Bennington; George Schuler, Boyd Jones Construction; Nate Scott, BKD LLP; Brenda Smith, Dvorak & Donovan Law Group, LLC; Joey Soares, Omaha World-Herald; Jeff Spiehs, Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency; Andy Stine, Kiewit Building Group; Kim Sucha, KPMG; Jannette Taylor, Lutheran Family Services; Wendy Townley, Omaha Public Library Foundation; Margaret Vacek, Boys Town; Brenda Watke, Mutual of Omaha; Anna Zelaya, Gallup. For more information about Leadership Omaha, contact Lynda Shafer at (402) 978-7928. 8 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2016

Jonathan Larsen of Larsen & Larsen Auction Co. Attends Benefit Auctioneers Summit

Larsen is considered to be one of the top benefit auctioneers in the country and has recently been asked to head up the committee for the first-ever marketing summit and next year’s benefit auctioneer summit. He is a certified Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, which is a designation that only 1% of all auctioneers have earned, along with having extensive experience in event planning and management. Larsen & Larsen Auction Co. specializes in fundraising auctions and offers premier consulting for non-profit organizations.  The firm works with groups to take their fundraisers to the next level by increasing their revenue so they can maximize their mission of saving and impacting lives.  Those interested in learning more about Larsen & Larsen Auction Co. can visit larsenauctioneering.com or are welcome to contact Jonathan Larsen at (605) 376-7102 or Jonathan@ larsenauctioneering.com.

Join Blur Parties for Dedicated Nebraska Pre-Game Tailgate at Northwestern Blur Parties, host of the popular tailgate parties on Game Days here in Lincoln, is excited to announce that as in year’s past, they are hitting the road for the first away game to host the annual Dedicated Nebraska Pre-Game Tailgate at Northwestern University! The game is set for Saturday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network. The tailgate will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201, which is two blocks east of Ryan Field directly off the CTA Purple ‘L’ Train (Central Station). Those in attendance will enjoy an appearance from the NU Spirit Squad along with other surprise guests. There will be football combine challenges, including relay and throwing accuracy, along with classic tailgate games including washers, bag toss, beer pong and flip cup. Watch football games on HD TV’s or listen to the DJ while enjoying an unlimited Chicago style buffet, beer, Nebraska’s only Sea of Red game day wine, soda and of course, Husker punch! Tickets are on sale now and there is a limited amount of space available. Visit www.blurparties.com/northwestern for more information, to purchase tickets and to view videos from past 2012 and 2014 Blur Parties Northwestern tailgates. Contact Stacy at (402) 882-2448 or stacy@ blurparties.com with questions or to book over the phone.


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Costco Moves Forward With Due Diligence in Fremont Costco Wholesale Corporation has officially filed a petition for annexation and rezoning for a poultry processing complex at Hills Farm, an industrial tract located south of Cloverly Road in Fremont, NE. “We are thrilled that we were able to help Costco find an appropriate location in the Greater Fremont area,” said Scott Getzschman, Mayor of Fremont. “It is rare for a community to realize a project of this scope and size. It speaks to all the regional assets we have that will make this project successful, and we are grateful for Costco’s commitment to the relationships they have developed throughout this process.” “This location with its infrastructure and industrial character is a great fit for the project,” Fremont City Council president Larry Johnson shared. “We look forward to playing our role in the approval process.” Cecilia Harry, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council (www.FremontEcoDev.org), expressed her enthusiasm about moving this location forward through the formal process.

5th Anniversary of ARTsarben Arts Festival Biggest and Best Yet The fifth annual ARTsarben, managed by the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, will again bring thousands of people to Aksarben Village for two days of browsing and buying art. Visitors will also enjoy DIY art classes, an active KidZone, live entertainment and food trucks. ARTsarben will take place along 67th and Mercy Streets at Aksarben Village, on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Free parking will be available all weekend at Baxter Arena and either Aksarben Village parking garages - one at 64th Avenue and the other off of Aksarben Drive. For the first time, ARTsarben, the American Lung Association’s Corporate Cup 10K and 2 Mile (www.OmahaCorporateCup.org) and the Omaha Farmers Market (omahafarmersmarket.com) will share Aksarben Village on Sunday, September 25. For more information about ARTsarben, visit www.artsarben.org. Become a fan on Facebook and follow the event on Twitter and Instagram (@ artsarben). Additional volunteers are still being recruited for ARTsarben. Volunteers who give three hours or more of their time will receive a free t-shirt and a complimentary lunch coupon. Interested volunteers should contact Christine Dunn at cdunn@vgagroup.com or visit the ARTsarben website for details.

Papio Roofing Opens, Launches New Website Jeremy Eickhoff and his partners are pleased to announce that they have opened Papio Roofing. Papio Roofing, which services Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding communities, offers quality, competitively-priced roofing, siding, window and gutter services for homes and commercial buildings. Jeremy and his team have decades of combined service in the construction industry and are excited to provide high quality service through their new independently-owned company.  Operating out of Papillion, Nebraska, Jeremy and his team know the local industry, are heavily involved in the local community and have a solid reputation that you can trust. Papio Roofing offers new roofs and roof repairs, various types of siding including vinyl and steel, window replacements and gutter replacements.  They have experience in both home projects as well as large commercial and are happy to provide free estimates for any project within their scope of expertise. To learn more about their services, please visit their new website designed by local online marketing company eSpark Media.  Their site can be found at www.PapioRoofing.com or you can reach Jeremy by calling (402) 429-3183.

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Midwest Business & Industrial Expo Returns to Lincoln, Date Announced for Omaha Show The 20th Biennial Nebraska Products Show for Business & Industry, to be held on October 27 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, is set to be one of the largest and most diversified Expos in the Midwest. The event will be both a marketplace and technical center, where suppliers and vendors will be able to display their products, materials, and services for area users and buyers. At a venue with over 100,000 square feet of indoor show space, guests will enjoy free admission and acres of free parking available. The Products Show officially opens at 8:00 a.m. with the Opening Breakfast sponsored by the Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau. If you are interested in showcasing your company and exhibiting at the Nebraska Products Show, contact Bob Mancuso, Jr. with Mid-America Expositions, Inc. at (402) 346-8003 or bmancuso@showofficeonline.com. Alternating between cities each year, make sure to also save the date for next year’s 27th Biennial Omaha Products Show, which will be held in the CenturyLink Center Omaha on October 26, 2017.

SilverRidge Joins in 2016 Gretna Days Celebration S i l ve r R i d ge A s s i s t e d Living & Memory Support recently joined in the celebration of their community during Gretna Days, held July 28-31. The weekend was jampacked with a mix of new and traditional events; highlights of the festivities were the annual parade, carnival, fireworks show, dance and beer garden, car show, community picnics and grill outs, along with so many other fun activities. This year, the SilverRidge float even won 1st place Best in Show at the Gretna Days Parade held on July 30th! Directly after the parade, SilverRidge hosted its Annual Hot Dog Feed and staff helped to serve over 1,200 hot dogs to guests—it was a great turnout! Located in Gretna, NE, SilverRidge Assisted Living and Memory Support Community is locally owned and operated by the Sedlacek family. SilverRidge offers 81 Assisted Living Apartments and 28 Memory Support Apartments for those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. For more information, please visit www.silverridgegretna.com or call (402) 332-4280. Coming up this month, look for the SilverRidge booth at the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Omaha on September 25th--mascots from the Omaha Storm Chasers may even make an appearance! SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 9


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Hayes & Associates Moves to New Location, Hosts Ribbon Cutting

Firespring Acquires Nonprofit-Focused Crowdfunding Platform Deposit a Gift

Hayes & Associates is excited to announce their recent move to a new office location in Council Bluffs! Located in a hi storical ly renovated space in the 100 Block at 134 W. Broadway, an official ribbon cutting was held with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce on July 27th followed by a reception where guests in attendance enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Firespring (www. firespring.com) has acquired Deposit a Gift, a crowdfunding platform focused on helping small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations plan and execute successful crowdfunding campaigns. Firespring Founder and CEO Jay Wilkinson says the acquisition positions Firespring as a leading provider of crowdfunding services for those organizations.

Hayes & Associates provides professional tax, audit, and accounting services in the Council Bluffs and Omaha metropolitan areas. The firm specializes in small to medium business and individual tax return and accounting assistance as well as not-for-profit and government audit and accounting work. Hayes and Associates would be happy to help you harness the power of your hard-earned assets. Their commitment to the Omaha community combined with their team approach to client services has helped them serve their valued clients with integrity, while allowing them to give back to meet the needs of their Omaha-area neighbors. For more information about Hayes & Associates, please visit www. hayes-cpa.com or contact Brad Yoder at (712) 322-5503 or byoder@hayes-cpa.com.

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“Nonprofit groups are exploring crowdfunding as a source of revenue, but many don’t know how to go about it,” Wilkinson said. “Deposit a Gift provides our clients with easy access and expert assistance in crowdfunding. It’s a perfect fit with our mission to help nonprofits make the most of their limited resources.” Deposit a Gift is different from other nonprofit and individual fundraising platforms because it offers hands-on support and coaching, lets users customize the look and feel of their campaign, and offers integrated ticket sales. Founder Dana Ostomel started the business in 2010 and will serve on the Firespring management team, providing vision and thought leadership to the nonprofit sector. Details about Deposit a Gift are available online at depositagift.com. Wilkinson says the acquisition is an important step in continuing Firespring’s recent growth trend through mergers and acquisitions. “We’re always looking for ways to better serve our clients by adding the capabilities they need to be successful, whether they be in the for-profit or nonprofit arena.”


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A United Automatic Doors & Glass Introduces New Division: Secure Card Readers and More A United Automatic Doors & Glass, Inc. is thrilled to announce the recent expansion of the company with the addition of their new division: Secure Card Readers and More (S.C.R.A.M.) As a division of A United, Secure Card Readers and More is proud to offer the best security products and service in the industry. S.C.R.A.M. allows your business to get doors, secure access and entry, and surveillance seamlessly, in one package, all in a convenient and cost effective manner from one source.  A United discovered an important need in the market that was not being met, which led to the creation of S.C.R.A.M., which will provide unified products for secure access, entry and exit for businesses. A United Automatic Doors & Glass in Omaha, NE is a family owned company with three generations of experience in glazing and commercial manual and automatic doors.   The emphasis of quality is the focus for all products and services.   The parent company, A United Automatic Doors & Glass provides new installation of manual doors and automatic swing or sliding doors, infection control doors, handicap access doors, glass storefronts, and will service all makes and models of automatic doors.  As an AAADM Certified Automatic service company, you’ll receive the quality assurance you deserve from a company with more experienced technicians than anyone in the region and 19 years of consistent service to the community. Their 9,500 sq. ft. Office and Service Center is located at 1410 N. Saddle Creek Rd. For more information on S.C.R.A.M. or A United Automatic Doors & Glass, please visit www.aunitedglass.com/scram, call (402) 672-0177 or email info@aunitedglass.com.

Just Good Meat Debuts New Tailgate Packages Everyone is gearing up for another exci ti n g s eas on o f Husker football and plenty of NFL action, and Just Good Meat is no exception! New tailgate packages are now available with the option to customize as you like. There are a wide variety of items to choose from that are perfect for throwing on the grill, including grass-fed beef and a variety of marinated chicken breasts and homemade sausages, or you could also choose from a number of options that are already prepared and ready to serve, such as little smokies, meatballs, or BBQ pork, beef or chicken. Of course, don’t forget about the homemade sides too! You can check out all of the items offered by Just Good Meat online at www.justgoodmeatomaha.com. With the convenient options of ordering over the phone or online for in-store pick-up or delivery, as well as the option of stopping by the store to grab what you need on the spot, Just Good Meat is ready to help with your upcoming celebration, party, gathering, or backyard grilling session. Located on 84th Street between L and F Streets, Just Good Meat is the place to the finest quality beef, chicken, pork, and seafood in Omaha today. For more information about Just Good Meat or to place an order for pick-up, delivery, or catering, please call (402) 339-7474 or visit www.justgoodmeatomaha.com.

Cunningham’s Pub & Grill to Host “Cornhole for a Cure Tournament” On Saturday, September 24th from 12:30-5:30 p.m., Cunningham’s Pub & Grill located at 10904 West Dodge Road in the Old Mill Plaza will host its second annual cornhole ‘bags’ tournament. Teams of two can sign up at www.gameovercancer.net. Registration includes food buffet, adult beverages and BIG first, second and third place prizes with 100% of proceeds directly benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS; www.lls.org) through Game Over Cancer. Additionally, there will be a Silent Auction, with all proceeds to also benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Featured highlights include: Boston Celtics Package with two roundtrip Southwest flights, two-night Hilton Hotel stay, two game tickets, meet-and-greet with Coach Brad Stevens and a tour of TD Garden before the game. Game Over Cancer will also be auctioning off 2016-17 season tickets for Creighton Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Cunningham’s Pub & Grill has been locally owned and operated since 2010, offering 30+ beers on tap, the best selection of hand-pattied Angus beef burgers and a mouth-watering variety of made-to-order smoked wings. Find them online at www.CunninghamsPubandGrill.com.

Zebulon Innovations Joins Forces With Local Nebraska Companies Zebulon Innovations is working with two prominent alternative fuels companies in Nebraska, Otte Oil and Propane and C.A.F.E. Nebraska, to educate and promote the use of clean, affordable, domestic alternative fuels. Zebulon is the Exclusive North American Importer and Distributor of the Zavoli LP gas (liquid propane gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicle conversion systems, and Exclusive U. S. Distributor of a select line of IMPCO Automotive conversion systems. A subsidiary of Century Towing Inc., a highly respected company serving Lincoln and surrounding areas since 1989, C.A.F.E. Nebraska sells and installs both LP gas and CNG vehicle conversion systems for Zebulon and has been performing conversions for five years. Otte Oil and Propane is a trusted name in Nebraska, with five public access LP gas stations including four convenient locations in Lincoln and one station in Columbus. Fleets across the country are converting to LP gas and CNG. Zebulon offers a complimentary estimated return on investment with no obligation; call (515) 289-2121 or visit www.zebgas.com to learn more. The Nebraska Energy Office rolled out their Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebate Program in January of this year. The program offers qualifying fleets and personal vehicles a $4500.00 per vehicle rebate to convert to LP gas and CNG. Government fleets also qualify. For more information on Nebraska’s rebate program visit www.neo.ne.gov or call (402) 471-2867. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 11


BUSINESS NEWS Suji’s Korean Grill Opens in Omaha Suji’s Korean Grill (SKG), a new fast-casual restaurant serving modern Korean food, has opened for business in prime retail space at Aksarben Center located at 1303 South 72nd Street #101 in Omaha. The restaurant is the first in a proposed chain under the Suji’s brand, which already is introducing Americans to prepared Korean meals, entrees and sauces under the Suji’s Korean Cuisine label at retailers including Costco, Whole Foods, Target and H.E.B Grocers. It is the brainchild of entrepreneur Suji Park, who has launched and established American-themed restaurants in Seoul and Tokyo, and now is introducing her native Korean food to the states. Suji’s Korean Grill restaurant business will be led by CEO Matt Hollenbeck, a 25year industry veteran formerly associated with such companies as Starbucks Coffee and Panera Bread. The restaurant held a soft opening on June 30th for “friends and family” then hosted a fundraiser that evening to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland, with 100% of proceeds donated to the not-for-profit. A Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Jean Stothert then took place on July 22. Suji’s Korean Grill is open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Notable menu items at Suji’s include recognizable Korean elements such as Bibimbap (mixed rice bowls), Bulgogi (thinly sliced meat served in Korean sauce), Kimchi (seasoned, fermented vegetables) and Jeon (savory Korean pancakes). While Korean food is known for its complex, spicy flavor profile, the guests at SKG can select from savory or spicy seasoning to customize each meal according to their own taste preference. To learn more about Suji’s Korean Cuisine, visit www.sujiskorean.com.

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Fall Fashion Days to be Held at Kajoma’s and Kajoma’s West To k i c k o f f this year’s Fall Fashion Days, an event annually hosted by Kajoma’s Boutique in downtown Papillion and Kajoma’s West in Omaha, a special Sneak Peak Preview Night will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 3-8 p.m.! Fall Fashion Days will continue of Friday, September 9th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both locations. There is plenty of fall merchandise rolling in and both Kajoma’s locations are busting at the seams -- with so many fabulous styles to shop through, it’s going to be hard to pick what to take home with you. However, Kajoma’s is going to make it easier with great discounted items and specials on clothing, boots and accessories for the upcoming season all weekend long! Make sure to join the Kajoma’s staff and be the first to see what’s new for Fall 2016, not to mention plenty of custom Husker gear! On top of all of the in-store specials during Fall Fashion Days, guests will also get to draw for up to 50% off one item, excluding Brighton pieces. For more information, follow Kajoma’s on Facebook at facebook.com/ kajomasboutique and Instagram or call Kajoma’s Boutique in Papillion at (402) 991-4477 or Kajoma’s West at (402) 991-4442.


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SKAR Advertising Honored With Pro Patria Award SKAR Advertising of Omaha has been recognized for support of its employees in the National Guard and Reserve by the Pro Patria Award, the highest level award that can be given by the state committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Omaha firm was nominated for the award by Stephen Condon, second lieutenant in the Army National Guard and an account executive for SKAR. Recipients have demonstrated support to Guard and Reserve employees, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the Guard and Reserve. The award is given annually to small, large and public sector employers in each state or territory, and SKAR was the Nebraska recipient in the small employer category. SKAR Advertising Inc. is a full-service brand communications agency, located in Omaha, Nebraska since 1962.  SKAR offers expertise and services in creative design, media research and buying, interactive promotions and web design, event marketing, brand planning, account management and public relations. SKAR also is a full-service research facility with on-site focus group capabilities. Visit skar.com or call (402) 330-0110 for more information.

BBB Issues Warning to Businesses: Directory Scams on the Rise Recently the Better Business Bureau has seen an uptick in directory scams (or “Yellow Pages scams”) aimed at small businesses. Reports to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker) have been increasing dramatically, and BBB is reminding business owners and employees not to fall for this trick. Here’s how the scam works. The company gets an invoice in the mail for what turns out to be a fake directory ad. The scammers are hoping that the company’s accounting department will just pay the invoice without checking to see who ordered the ad. The most recent angle to this scam is when the scammer calls the business claiming to be “verifying your information” for a directory or “updating our records.” The caller asks a bunch of questions, including the address for the business. An important aspect to this scam is getting the employee to say the word “yes” at some point. Soon, the business receives an invoice for several hundred dollars for a directory ad. The invoice often fraudulently uses the name Yellow Pages or its famous walking fingers logo to appear authentic. If the business protests that they never ordered the listing, the scammer offers as “proof” a recording of the original phone conversation, which may be edited to make it sound like the employee said “yes” to advertising. Whatever the scenario, if the company refuses to pay, the scammer makes collection calls, sends urgent collection notices, and even threatens to report the company to a collection agency, take them to court, or ruin the credit of the owners and employees. Often, the business will pay up just to get the scammers to leave them alone, but that rarely works. Once scammers have pegged a business as an “easy mark,” they will be back with more scams in the future. Your best bet is to simply ignore the scammer. If you get a call, fax mail or email solicitation say “We are not interested” and hang up. For more information to help your business, go to bbb.org/biztips.

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Nominations for Omaha Business Hall of Fame Now Being Accepted Nominations are now being accepted for the Omaha Business Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, October 12. A program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, the Omaha Business Hall of Fame honors individuals whose accomplishments in business are historically significant to the development of Omaha. Inductees will be honored at the Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala on Wednesday, April 19, at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The Omaha Business Hall of Fame was initiated in 1993 in celebration of the Chamber’s centennial anniversary. Individual inductee achievements are showcased in the permanent Omaha Business Hall of Fame display at The Durham Museum.

12 Points Technologies Becomes Bromium Reseller 12 Points Technologies, an Omaha-based IT company that specializes in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Investigations, is pleased to announce that they have become the first and only Omaha-based reseller of the Bromium product. In addition, they are currently the only reseller worldwide authorized to offer this product to the small to medium business market. Bromium, the pioneer of next-generation endpoint protection using virtualization, provides the only solution that protects a business from breaches while still enabling users to click on anything without risk of compromise.  This groundbreaking technology removes the ‘human error’ that has previously always been the largest factor in breach incidents. 12 Points Technologies, who has a long-standing tradition of bringing emerging technologies to the Omaha SMB market, was introduced to the product at a conference in London and immediately realized the implications.  Because modern anti-virus software is only about 45% effective, they knew that a product that stopped malware from gaining access to a system in the first place was a game-changer. “We are very excited to be able to offer this unprecedented level of security to small to medium size businesses here in Omaha”, says Trish Cody, Co-Owner of 12 Points Technologies. “Researching emerging technologies all over the world and working with the vendors to make them immediately accessible here locally is part of our mission at 12 Points.” If you are interested in learning more about the Bromium product or other Cyber Security products and services 12 Points Technologies offers, please contact Trish Cody at (402) 995-1113   or visit www.12PointsInc.com. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 13


BUSINESS NEWS TS Ag Finance and CGB AGRIfinancial Announce Partnership Approaching the one year anniversary of the launch of TS Ag Finance, a division of the TS Banking Group, the company has announced its partnership with CGB AGRIfinancial. CGB is one of the three primary Central Servicers for Farmer Mac, and also has eight originators of Regional Sales Officers that will have the opportunity to now refer and coordinate client business with the TS Banking Group for depository services, operating loans, and wealth management and trust services. TS Ag Finance is committed to serving agricultural producers (farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses) with financial services. The primary goal of TS Ag Finance is to partner with agricultural real estate loan originators and lenders to help them retain and expand their agriculture client base and services offered. Through this partnership TS Ag Finance will create a National and Regional team of individuals with first-hand knowledge and years of experience in agricultural lending. TS Ag Finance strives to address the quickly approaching gap with ongoing retirements across the industry in ag lending expertise in community banks; and provide competitive long-term fixed interest rate products for agriculture real estate loans by efficiently providing competitive long-term fixed rates through non-bank outlets, such as Farmer Mac. The division is equipped with over 40 seasoned agriculture lending relationship managers and underwriters with expertise in agricultural production and real estate, and can be found at its newly formed website: www.tsagfinance.com.

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Bridges Investment Management Named a Top Registered Investment Adviser by Financial Times Bridges Investment Management has been named as one of the Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisers in America. The firm is one of just two Nebraska-based firms to be recognized for this prestigious honor. This is the third annual listing of Top Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) ranked by the Financial Times (FT). The publication considers these firms to be the top firms across the U.S. In order to qualify, RIAs must be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and have a minimum of $300 million or more in assets under management (AUM). Of the more than 2,000 U.S. RIAs who were invited to participate in the ranking, approximately 650 firms qualified. Qualifying firms were evaluated based on AUM, asset growth, years in existence, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record and online accessibility. AUM and asset growth count for roughly 80 percent to 85 percent of each company’s score. Bridges Investment Management is an independent, employee-owned RIA based in Omaha, NE, providing investment advisory services to individuals, business owners, endowments, foundations, retirement plans and trusts. The firm traces its roots in Omaha back to 1945. Today, the firm manages nearly $2 billion in AUM in connection with affiliated firm, Bridges Investment Counsel. For more information, please call (402) 397-4700 or visit bridgesinv.com.


BUSINESS NEWS NFIB Endorses Candidates for Nebraska Legislature Sixteen candidates for the Nebraska Legislature now have the backing of the representative association for the mom-and-pop, Main Street businesses that are the engine of the state’s economy and the central pillar of every community. Eight of the 16 candidates are incumbent senators who had a 90 percent or better pro-small-business voting record over the past four sessions of the Legislature; five are running in open seats; one, Ian Swanson, is challenging an incumbent; and another, Tom Briese, is running for an open seat unopposed. Endorsements for non-incumbents were based on interviews or their responses to a questionnaire. The NFIB/Nebraska SAFE Trust endorsed candidates are: District 1 Sen. Dan Watermeier; District 3 Sen. Tommy Garrett; District 15 Sen. David Schnoor; District 17 Joni Albrecht; District 19 Sen. Jim Scheer; District 21 Mike Hilgers; District 23 Sen. Jerry Johnson; District 25 Suzanne Geist; District. 31 Ian Swanson; District 33 Sen. Les Seiler; District 35 Gregg Neuhaus; District 39 Lou Ann Linehan; District 41 Tom Briese; District 43 Sen. Al Davis; District 47 Karl Elmshaeuser; District 49 Sen. John Murante. NFIB is the nation’s largest and leading small-business association with 350,000 members nationwide, including nearly 5,000 in Nebraska. For more information, visit www.nfib.com/NE or call (402) 474-3570.

Heartland International, Inc. Recognizes 2016 Premier Commercial Roofing Contractors Heartland International, Inc. a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems, has named their Illinois, Colorado and Kansas 2016 Premier Commercial Roofing Contractors. Ken and Jeff Dean and their company Dean Construction of Canton, Illinois is Heartland’s I l l i n o i s P r e m i e r Ro o f i n g Contractor for 2016. This award recognizes Dean Construction for their reputation built on successful installations of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems over the past 25 years and their recognition as Conklin Company Master Contractors for the past 18 years. They have installed over 550 roofs in four states, including their largest project of 175,000 square feet…that’s 4 acres! Leonard Hostetler, the founder of Quality Cool Roof Solutions in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and his sons-in-law, Randall Hostetler and Aden Gingerich, are being recognized a Heartland International’s Colorado Premier Roofing Contractor for 2016. Quality Cool Roof Solutions started in the spring of 1997 doing commercial roofing projects in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas. The business was taken over by the next generation fully in 2013. Francis Taphorn and his company FRT Company, LLC is Heartland’s Kansas Premier Roofing Contractor for 2016. Taphorn has been associated for 39 years with the Conklin Company and installing Conklin Roofing Systems since 1981. FRT Co. has completed commercial roofing projects large or small across Kansas, but no city in the U.S. probably has a higher percentage of their city protected by Quality Conklin Roofing Systems than Marysville, Kansas—over eighty percent of the roofs in this city of 3,300 are protected by Conklin Roofing Systems. Francis is also Sales Director for the Conklin Company, a duty he’s had since 1994 working with all of Conklin’s six product divisions. Heartland International, Inc. is based in Lincoln, Nebraska and is responsible to screen and train contractors to install the Conklin Roofing Systems. For more information or to apply for one of our current openings, email JordanDNun@gmail.com or call (402) 540-1545.

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Streck, UNeMed Begin Collaboration Effort A new agreement between UNeMed and Streck has created a research and development collaboration between the two largest biotechnology firms in the state. UNeMed (www.UNeMed.com), the technology transfer and commercialization arm of UNMC, entered into a master collaboration agreement with Streck (www.streck.com), an Omaha-based company that develops and manufactures diagnostic products for clinical and research laboratories. The master agreement provides the framework for a myriad of new and continued collaborations that could lead to new healthcare products. For their first collaborative project, Streck will finance the work of UNMC researcher Catherine Gebhart, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the pathology and microbiology department. Dr. Gebhart also oversees the virology testing procedures for Nebraska Medicine’s organ transplant program. In a two-year project, Dr. Gebhart will focus on developing a more powerful testing method for the human Herpes simplex virus.

Ribbon Cutting Held for Opening of St. John Paul II Newman Center In January 2015, the Archdiocese of Omaha purchased 3.5 acres of land in Aksarben Village to build a Newman Center for UNO students. Construction on the 100,000 sq. ft. facility is nearly complete.   This brandnew facility near UNO’s Pacific Campus, 71st and Pacific Streets, will be a home away from home for many.  Its location in Aksarben Village gives students easy access to bike trails, shopping and entertainment offerings, dining variety, Baxter Arena, UNO shuttle services and medical facilities.  The building will open in Fall 2016 and will house 164 students within apartment-style dorm rooms.  To commemorate, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 15th followed by a reception and tour.  Archbishop George Lucas also blessed university students and the Newman Center building. The Newman Center is a spiritual home where University of NebraskaOmaha and area college students can thrive with others in support of their faith.  The beautiful new structure is designed with elements representing the early life of St. John Paul II in Poland and his appreciation of the outdoors and natural beauty.   Structural elements include natural limestone, white oak and brick foundations.  The chapel will feature pale stained glass windows that will filter natural light to create warmth and beauty in the sacred space.  The commons area will feature tall windows enabling residents to view an outdoor courtyard and the treelined Papio Creek and Keystone Trail.  Located on-site is a rectory for the pastor and associate pastor. For more information on the St. John Paul II Center, please visit JPiiOmaha.org. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 15


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D3 Banking Receives Depth of Service Award in Celent Vendor Analysis Report D3 Banking, the leading innovator in Data Driven Digital™ banking, received the Depth of Service award in Celent’s report, Ubiquitous Digital for Channel Banking: Global Digital Platforms Solutions Vendors, Digital Specialist Edition, 2016, recognizing the company for its commitment to customer service and innovation. The Depth of Service award acknowledges D3 Banking for investing more resources in research and development than other vendors included in the report and highlights the company’s exceptional client engagement. “We’re honored to receive Celent’s Depth of Service award, because creating digital banking solutions that utilize data to provide personalized, consistent digital banking to the customers and members of banks and credit unions differentiates us in the space,” said Mark Vipond, CEO of D3 Banking. “Providing the most scalable, configurable data driven solutions to these institutions would not be possible without our strong dedication to the satisfaction of our clients.” D3 Banking reduces the cost and complexity of digital banking by providing a scalable single code base solution for consumers and small businesses that can be accessed via laptop, smartphone, tablets and wearables. The company provides responsive web design in a scalable transactional environment to deliver a consistent user experience. Its Data Driven Digital™ banking leverages a powerful, proven analytics engine that delivers value-added financial management tools to consumers and small businesses while providing financial institutions with the ability to use this information to personalize their product and service offerings. Learn more about the company at www.d3banking.com.

ConAgra Foods Announces Continued Support for Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign ConAgra Foods recently announced plans to continue supporting its annual Shine the Light on Hunger campaign, as well as the ConAgra Foods Ice Rink that has become the centerpiece of this community-wide effort to address hunger in the area. In 2016, the ice skating rink will move from the ConAgra Foods campus to a new, temporary location on an undeveloped lot on the east side of 10th Street bounded by Dodge and Capitol Streets. This site will serve as a transition during the holidays in 2016, and in 2017 the ice rink will permanently move across the street to the newly constructed Capitol District. The lot is owned by Capitol Place, LLC, which is a partnership of AmeriSphere Properties and Shamrock Development. The ConAgra Foods Ice Rink, which drew nearly 16,000 skaters last year, benefits Food Bank for the Heartland through both cash and in-kind donations. ConAgra Foods donates 100 percent of proceeds collected at the rink to the Food Bank and the company’s foundation matches these donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Skaters also are encouraged to donate non-perishable items in collection receptacles located at the ice rink. In addition, ConAgra Foods extends the reach of the Shine The Light on Hunger Campaign beyond the ice rink by supporting in-kind, non-perishable food collections at various local business and organizations such as Baker’s Supermarkets, The Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha. During last year’s Shine the Light on Hunger campaign, ConAgra Foods and the community contributed 144,696 pounds of non-perishable food and $447,805 in cash gifts. The food and funds generated last year are equivalent to more than 1.4 million meals. For more information, visit www.holidaylightsfestival.org. 16 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2016

AAA: Don’t Pokémon Go and Drive Pokémon Go has recently become one of the most popular appbased games. Those playing the game – identified as “Pokémon trainers” - can be found staring at their phones while walking along city streets throughout the U.S., but there is danger if those “trainers” decide to play while behind the wheel. “Trying to catch a Pokémon while behind the wheel is a major distraction and increases your risk of causing a crash,” said Rose White, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Put your phone down while driving. Just one quick text or glance to see the next Pokéstop could end up costing you or someone else their life.” It is estimated at any given daylight hour there are 660,000 motorists using a cell phone while driving in the United States. Distracted driving killed 3,179 people and is responsible for 1 out of every 10 deaths on our nation’s roadways, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers engaging in an activity such as texting can remain mentally distracted for up to 27 seconds. According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, updating social media on your mobile device is just slightly less cognitively challenging than solving a complicated math problem while driving. Visit AAA online at Nebraska.aaa.com for more tips and information.

Updated Omaha ElderCare Resource Handbook Released Imagine having the answers to all your senior care questions right in the palm of your hands. It’s possible…thanks to the folks at Care Consultants for the Aging. On July 28th, the 12th Edition of the Omaha ElderCare Resource Handbook for 2016-2018 became available to the public in both the book format and online. The Handbook serves as a valuable resource for information and services offered to seniors in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas. The Handbook list options divided into five tabbed sections: “Government, Financial & Legal”, “Medical Support”, “Home Health Care & Support Services”, “Living Options”, and “Senior Services”. It also includes an index of services and companies to make the right organization easier to find. The ElderCare Resource Handbook is updated every 2 years and available for the Omaha and Lincoln areas. It is commonly used by social workers, medical professionals, pastors, human resource professionals, police officers, facilities, and the general public. You can obtain the Handbook five ways: • Stop by the office at 7701 Pacific Street, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114 - $8 • Send a check or money order to have one mailed - $12 • Call (402) 398-1848 with a credit card to have one mailed - $12 • Log on to www.careconsultants.com and click on the “ElderCare Resource Handbook” link to view for free or to have one mailed - $12 • Available for purchase at Kubat Pharmacy, Nebraska Medicine’s CornerStone (University Tower) and Clarkson gift shops, and Think Whole Person pharmacy. The 9th edition Lincoln ElderCare Resource Handbook for 2015-2017 is also available.


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DataVizion Hosts 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament DataVizion (www.datavizion.com), a leading edge provider of business technology solutions, hosted its first annual charity golf tournament on August 29th at Tiburon Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Omaha. All proceeds from the event will benefit Child Saving Institute (www. childsaving.org). The organization provides services including counseling, therapy, education and support for children and families in the community. “The golf tournament was a great way to spend time with our clients and partners while giving back to a very worthy cause,” Nick Patrick, Vice President of Sales, said. “We greatly appreciate the support of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, who sponsored the event and to all our other generous hole sponsors who have helped make this event possible.”

Geiger and The Creative J Announce Affiliation The Creative J officially joined Geiger as an affiliate in July of this year. For over 12 years the promotional marketing company of The Creative J has successfully built strong relationships with clients all over the country providing guidance and direction utilizing their expertise. Geiger is the largest privately owned and managed promotional products distributor in the nation. The Creative J team is comprised of Jill Adams, CAS, owner; Valerie Sutej, marketing and apparel consultant; and Natalie Griffith, TAS, assistant promotional consultant. By affiliating with Geiger, The Creative J team will focus on expanding client opportunities with Geiger’s program capabilities and software solutions like e-commerce store sites. “We are excited to be a member of the Geiger team as we now have the opportunity to offer many new services to our clients.  It was important to affiliate with an organization that shares our customer focused philosophy,” Jill Adams says. “The Creative J team is a very professional, well regarded company in the Nebraska region. Geiger is pleased to be affiliated with a strong company whose philosophies align closely with Geiger’s,” states Laura Holt, Regional Vice President. Please visit www.thecreativej.com to learn more about The Creative J.

Jim Masters Named Winner of Campbell Fraser Award for Coaching Excellence Certified FocalPoint Business Coach Jim Masters was honored with the Campbell Fraser Award for Coaching Excellence at the annual FocalPoint Business Coaching International Conference. The award is recognition of the coach who has achieved the best client results and feedback, while also balancing a large number of clients served. The Campbell Fraser Award for Coaching Excellence is named for Campbell Fraser who, along with Brian Tracy, wrote the methodology that serves as the framework for FocalPoint Business Coaching. The award’s namesake was on hand to present Masters with the award, which is in its 6th year of existence. Masters was chosen out of a group of over 200 Business Coaches from all over the world. He has been a Certified FocalPoint Business Coach for nine years and has worked with a large number of small, mid-sized, and large businesses, helping them increase profitability and improve their bottom line. Jim Masters is an Area Developer, Business Coach and International Trainer for FocalPoint Business Coaching. His firm, Masters Business Performance Coaching combines his 30+ years of business and leadership experience with the powerful results-based content and expertise of internationally renowned business authority, Brian Tracy. For more information about Masters Business Performance Coaching, please call (402) 990-4866 or email jmasters@focalpointcoaching.com.

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If you could have a super power, what would it be? - My one super power would be the ability to be in two places at once. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything accomplished and it would help to balance work and home life. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - The births of my two children have been the biggest turning points in my life. I never imagined how in an instant all of my priorities in life could change. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - The one word I would choose to be remembered as is dedicated. I’m not only dedicated to family but also my friends and my job. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Blue Sushi Saki Grill is by far my favorite restaurant in both Lincoln and Omaha. I enjoy everything from the Pink Grapefruit cocktail to the Cabo Roll. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I am fortunate to be employed at my favorite non-profit: the Arbor Day Foundation, the world’s largest non-profit tree planting organization. Lied Lodge & Conference Center is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, and everything we do falls in line with our mission: to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Growing up in Nebraska City – the home of Arbor Day – it was instilled from an early age the importance of trees for current and future generations. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Readers are welcome to contact me directly at (402) 873-8747 or via email at mhermann@arbordayfarm.org. You can also check out our website at www.liedlodge.org.

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TRAVIS Travis Stutzman ECHO SYSTEMS

Echo Systems is the premier residential and commercial automation division of Echo Group, Inc., a company with roots in Omaha dating back more than 60 years. Travis Stutzman is a Sales Consultant at Echo Systems. Tell us a little about your business. - Echo Systems’ primary focus is as a design-build technology firm focusing on shading solutions, A/V technologies and security solutions. Our niche in the industry allows us to provide the highest quality solutions for our clients’ technology needs.  Our clients can immerse themselves in the possibilities that our solutions can provide by taking a guided tour through our one-of-a-kind Experience Center, where they are actually able to see, hear and touch everything. We also provide the industry’s most experienced talent to design, deploy, manage and support A/V systems. How did you get started in the business? - Growing up, I was obsessed with figuring out how things worked and would essentially reverse engineer them.  As I entered my adult years, my focus was more towards electronics. After initially pursuing a degree in Architectural Engineering, I realized that my true calling was technology. I then fulfilled my calling by obtaining my degree in Computers and Electronics Engineering.  During this pursuit I began my career in the engineering and manufacturing of electronic components.   This led to the natural progression of commercial AV integration and I was instantly hooked.  Over twenty years later I am continuing to learn and constantly evolving along with the technology that we embrace.  Echo Systems allows me to look consistently outside the box and customize the best solution for our clients. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - “The race to zero.”  Some of you may have heard of this term.  With the rise of online shopping, companies responded to the demands clients placed onto them for lower prices by cutting margins and reducing the overall quality of the provided systems and/or services offered to their clients. I’m continually educating clients on these risks and as to why, as the premier choice, we are able to provide service and solutions that set us apart from the pack. Although we are not the most inexpensive technology partner, we are always looking out for their best interests and provide a prominent value. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Both Echo Systems and I are passionate about the importance of continuing education.  I have obtained many certifications throughout my career in commercial A/V and most recently, obtained my CTS (Certified Technical Specialist) Certification, one of three highly coveted certifications offered by infoComm International.  I have the remaining two certifications, CTS-I (Installation) and CTS-D (Design), set as goals in the very near future.  There are very few individuals that hold all three certifications in the US.  It is also very important to me to show my children that one must never stop learning and setting goals. Tell us a little about your family. - I am very blessed to be married to the love of my life.  My wife Mary and I have been married for 1 ½ years.  Together, we have five wonderful children: Lily, Bella, Bryce, Jack and Grace. Never a dull moment, but we’re greatly blessed and wouldn’t have it any other way. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - My hobby is that of an aquarist. I really enjoy the combination of simplicity and complexity. I have multiple aquariums, including fresh water and mixed-reef coral fish tanks (saltwater). I’m currently planning and designing my next tank, which is a 225-gallon mixed reef salt water aquarium. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Call (402) 670-5684, email tstutzman@echosystemsmidwest.com or visit echosystemsmidwest.com.

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What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - It happened early in my life. My father was killed in a farm accident nearly 50 years ago, leaving behind me, my mom and my two younger sisters. Before the accident, I was destined to be a farmer – I loved farming, but this tragedy changed my course of study, the school I attended, and ultimately where I would make a life. As they say, when one door closes, another opens. I don’t know how my life would have turned out had the accident not happened, but I cannot imagine being more blessed than I am today.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - I have a couple examples. Literally one of the last things my dad said to me was – The most valuable lessons you will learn in life will come at the feet of your elders. In other words, experience is a great teacher. Perhaps there is some connection to that advice and where I am today. In addition, my wife had a constant word of advice for our daughters that I think would benefit any of us – Never turn down an opportunity to be kind. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I am such a huge sports fan and have been my entire life that any alternate profession consideration would likely be sports related. I have always thought it would be great fun to be a broadcast journalist or some type of sports information director.

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Tell us a little about your family. - I have been married for 29 years to my wife, Fran, and we have two married daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. Both are nurses in Omaha. Last January, we were blessed with our first grandchild.

What are you the most proud of? - Without a doubt, I am most proud of my family. Both of our daughters have grown to be responsible, respectful women, but that doesn’t just happen. My wife has been a wonderful role model for them. It is supremely satisfying to see my kids become successful and embark on difference-making vocations, and to have had a steadfast partner to accompany me on my life journey.

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How did you get started in the business? - For most of my career, I served in various IT leadership capacities in the insurance industry. In 2013, I was invited to join Immanuel’s Board of Directors to bring a technology perspective to the board. After a year, I was asked to lead IT team to meet the growing demand for the senior services we offer. It was very much a matter of being at the right place at the right time.

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If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - John Wooden, the late famous basketball coach at UCLA. While he was an ultra-successful coach, he was also a management guru and behavior specialist. He was a masterful example of someone who saw people’s talents and helped them utilize those talents to realize their utmost potential. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Via email, tgarvey@immanuel.com, or visit www.Immanuel.com.


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FIREGUARD, INC. & JACOBSEN FIRE EQUIPMENT COMPANY FireGuard, Inc., which is headquartered in Omaha, and its sister company, Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company, LLC, are focused on the ultimate goal of keeping clients safe and protected at all times. Robert Sorensen is the President of FireGuard and Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company. Tell us a little about your business. - With the motto “One Call Does It All,” commercial clients in the area have access to a comprehensive line-up of products and services in the areas of fire protection and life safety. Our key offerings include fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler systems, and so much more. We also serve as a resource for any related products, services and inspections. FireGuard is a company I started 22 years ago. With over 50 years of experience in the industry as well as successfully running Fireguard for 22 years, a company that I started from scratch, when the opportunity for the acquisition of Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company, a well-established business in Lincoln, presented itself we took the opportunity to expand our operations. The acquisition was finalized in November of 2015. How did you get started in the business? - Back in the mid 1960’s I began by helping a friend of mine who was installing different types of fire protection systems. I was in my late teens and working for the sheriff’s department at that time as a radio dispatcher, but was considering going into the military. He hired me to assist him for 3 or 4 installations, and I quickly realized that this could be for me. Fast forward 28 years and I retired as Reserve Deputy Sheriff all while I was doing fire protection. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - I’d definitely say government regulatory requirements. This presents difficulties for any small business owner. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Surrounding myself with a great staff, which has been very rewarding indeed. I am a big believer in a strong work ethic and the right attitude. Tell us a little about your family. - I have three wonderful children; two are involved with the business and one is very successful in her own endeavors. I also have four grandchildren with whom I appreciate spending time. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I had a stroke last October from an accident in which I tore an artery in my neck! It was definitely an enlightening experience. Luckily I’ve been recovering nicely. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Hunting and fishing. I also enjoy spending time working on my log cabin in central Nebraska. I have to keep myself busy! What are you the most proud of? - The success of my business. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My father taught me years ago through his work ethic that if you are going to do something on your own, make sure all your ducks are in line and then take a shot. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - We are a big supporter of Project Harmony and local winter clothing drives. What is your favorite local restaurant? - The Drover. It’s a very small restaurant that serves the best whisky fillet anywhere. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Ronald Reagan. I am proud to be able to say I shook his hand years ago while he was in Omaha. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Call (402) 592-1999 or email me at robert.sorensen@fireguardusa.com.


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ACHIEVEMENT UNLIMITED, INC. Achievement Unlimited, Inc. is a locally owned and operated leadership development company working with all types and sizes of organizations. Rose Mary Hefley is the President of Achievement Unlimited, Inc. Tell us a little about your business. - We improve leadership skills through coaching, strategic planning, revenue generation, effective hiring, and continuous improvement. We also conduct workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations on leadership. How did you get started in the business? – I started the business 21 years ago because I wanted to use my education, experience and skills in growing organizations to work with leaders who wanted to grow their business. My husband George and I saw many small- and medium-sized businesses that would be more successful if they had better people skills, systems and processes in place. Because we knew a lot of business owners who faced challenges, when we approached them with ideas that would improve their bottom line and would also grow their people, they were appreciative and referred us to others. The business continued to grow, so George came on 10 years ago as Vice President and we’ve been fortunate to do what we love and help others grow their businesses. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – I’d say it was getting the capital to ensure our business venture had a chance to be successful. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Creating a business by self-funding, and working with business owners to develop ways to manage their cash more successfully.

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402-403-4334 SANDLER TRAINING by Karl Schaphorst, President • www.karlschaphorst.sandler.com

You Should Hate Doing Sales Presentations

When I first entered into sales, untrained and hungry, I loved doing presentations. They were fun to put together and I gave killer performances. I actually believed that when I gave presentations, I was doing my job and the time was well spent. Of course I was completely fooling myself because I was 100% commission and only three out ten presentations actually paid for my performance. I have since learned to hate doing presentations and only do them if I am almost completely certain I will get the order when the presentation is done. My current close rate is over 80%. Therefore, I want you to hate doing presentations because I believe your close rate will increase dramatically as a result. Warning, this is not for wimpy salespeople... First, let’s do a little exercise. On a sheet of paper, build an inventory of activities, materials needed, and resources required to pull off a presentation to a prospect. Now, sum up the number of hours used, multiply that by your hourly rate, and add the hard costs of printing, marketing materials, plane tickets and other expenses. The sum total represents how much each presentation costs you and your business. This is good information to know so you can better appreciate that presentations are not free. When I was in commercial HVAC sales, simple presentations took about two to four hours to prepare and the more complex presentations took multiple days and lots of resources. My cost would vary between a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. This expense drags on the margin of a business if you are only closing three out of ten. Are you starting to hate presentations yet? Now, I would like you to think about how much time, effort, and money you have invested into yourself to become the industry expert that you are. Your prospects know that you are the expert in your field and that you contain knowledge that will help the prospect’s business. They very much want your knowledge, your proposal, your pricing because if the prospect can get it, the prospect has power. For some reason, in sales, this valuable knowledge is given away to prospects for free almost all the time. In fact, from the previous paragraph it actually costs the salesperson money to give away their intellectual property for free. Next time you go to a movie, tell the person in the ticket booth that you will pay for the movie on the way out but only if you like it. What do you think your response will be? And they make a lot less money than you. Are you starting to hate presentations yet? Yes, I do presentations. But when I agree to present a solution to a prospect, I am certain that what I am really doing is going in to pick up the purchase order. Before I agree to a presentation, the prospect has revealed to me his/her genuine, emotional need for the service I provide. The prospect has demonstrated that he/she has the ability to pay for the service. The prospect has proven to me that he/she can make a decision, yes or no, in regards to my service. If the prospect fails to reveal, demonstrate, prove their qualification to me, the sale is over, I close the file, and I leave without giving a presentation. When these three elements of qualification are effectively vetted, you will be amazed at how much the prospect will be leaning in to your solution. So much so that you will know that when they see it, they will buy it! In fact, I have had prospects close themselves during the qualification process, without even seeing a presentation! So, I have a rule. The best presentation you will ever give is the one the prospect never sees. Presentations take time. Presentations cost money. If you give a presentation that does not result in an order, then all you have done is give away valuable knowledge to your prospect for free. To me, this makes no sense. If you do present, then at least agree that if the prospect likes what you present, they will agree to buy it. So, are you starting to hate presentations yet?

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Sandler Training is a global training organization with over three decades of experience and proven results. Sandler provides sales and management training and consulting services for small- to mediumsized businesses (SMBs) as well as corporate training for Fortune 1000 companies. For more information, please contact Karl Schaphorst at (402) 403-4334 or by email at kschaphorst@sandler.com. You can also follow his blog at karlschaphorst.sandler.com.

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PERSONNEL NEWS

Larry King Announces Retirement, Pat Dees Named WoodmenLife President & CEO WoodmenLife President & CEO  Larry King has announced his retirement, effective March 2017.

Ryan Uher has joined Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI; outlooknebraska.org), a charitable organization that’s the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska, as brand marketing associate.

The company announced that he will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board through October 2017. King joined  WoodmenLife  as a Sales Representative in Kentucky in April 1974, and went on to hold a number of key management positions within the Sales Division. He was appointed President & CEO of WoodmenLife in October 2012 and was named Chairman in July 2013.

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Under his leadership, WoodmenLife: Successfully rolled out a company-wide rebranding campaign, uniting more than 900 chapters, 1,100 Sales Representatives and 700,000 members behind one brand identity; Launched a new member website; Released several innovative products and developed new strategies; Achieved clarification of the property tax code as it Pat Dees relates to fraternal benefit societies, and gained equal treatment and protection under the law for WoodmenLife to achieve a property tax exemption that was on parity with other not-for-profits in Nebraska through the passing of Nebraska Legislative Bill 414; Further positioned the company as a Midwest institution through extensive building renovations and frequent lighting of the iconic WoodmenLife Tower to raise awareness for various charities and causes; Continued to demonstrate growth in assets, surplus, insurance in force, and other key categories during a difficult period in the industry. The WoodmenLife National Board of Directors has appointed Pat Dees as President & CEO, effective March 2017. Dees joined WoodmenLife in 1988 in Angleton, TX. He was appointed a Regional Director in March 1996 and served in that role in California, Florida and South Georgia. Since joining the WoodmenLife Home Office in 2009, Dees has held various senior management positions, currently as Executive Vice President, Fraternal, in which he oversees WoodmenLife’s community service strategy nationwide. Dees serves on the Board of Directors of Woodmen Financial Services, RedBasket.org, Crossroads of Western Iowa and the Nebraska Humane Society. He is also the current Board Chair of the American Fraternal Alliance. The  WoodmenLife  National Board of Directors has also appointed  Matthew Ellis  as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, effective March 2017. Ellis began his career with WoodmenLife in 2006, serving as Director and Assistant General Counsel, and currently as Vice President and General Counsel, where he is responsible for coordination of all legal efforts for the company, including litigation, corporate matters, compliance, and risk management. WoodmenLife (www.woodmen.org) was founded in 1890 as a not for profit, giving back to its more than 700,000 member customers who share a commitment to family, community and country. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers insurance, annuities, mutual funds,* and 529 College Savings Plans. * Securities are offered through Woodmen Financial Services, Inc., 1700 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, 1-877-664-3332, member FINRA/SIPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society (collectively “WoodmenLife”). Securities other than the WoodmenLife Variable Annuity are issued by companies that are not affiliated with Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.Not all products are available in all states. Not all Representatives are licensed to sell all products. Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Home Office: Omaha, NE.

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Through training, employment and enrichment programs, ONI empowers local citizens of all ages with vision loss to be independent, confident and active, contributing members of society. As brand marketing associate, Uher will work to sustain and strengthen the ONI mission to positively impact everyone in the community who is blind or visually impaired. By sharing stories via social media, the web and other digital assets, Uher will increase awareness of the capabilities of the blind and visually impaired, motivate followers, clients and donors to engage with the ONI brand, and inspire advocates to invest further in the organization’s mission. Prior to ONI, Uher was marketing director at Recuperative Care Center, a program of the National Health Foundation in Los Angeles. There, he increased program revenue, created a dashboard reporting system to track census and patient disposition, and developed strategic marketing plans. Uher also has held marketing positions with Marine Corps Community Services at Camp Pendleton and Nebraska Book Company. Under these roles, he was responsible for managing a wide range of marketing outreach initiatives, including campaigns, promotions, large-scale events, social media and website content. Uher has a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nebraska Community Foundation Welcomes Janny Crotty Nebraska Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Janny Crotty to its team of affiliated fund development coordinators. Crotty will provide training and technical assistance to NCF’s community-based affiliated funds to build community awareness and engagement, conduct successful fundraising efforts and increase community impact through grantmaking and convening. Crotty most recently served as certification officer at Peru State College where she administered education certification programs, taught and developed curriculum for orientation courses, and served as a student academic advisor. While earning her master’s degree from Syracuse University she assisted with numerous educational and technical programs, including the Urban Video Project and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. Crotty was the University of Nebraska Foundation development officer for the 2015 Vision – a three-pronged partnership between UNL, the City of Lincoln and the private sector – managing communications and campaign strategies among numerous public and private sector partners. These efforts led to several of the City’s recent major developments, including Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Railyard, Innovation Campus and more. When she is not helping volunteers in communities across southeast Nebraska, Janny Crotty works from her home office in Auburn, where she lives with her husband, Ryan, and two children, Liston and Nash. Nebraska Community Foundation is a statewide 501(c)(3) organization using charitable giving to build prosperous communities. Visit NebraskaHometown.org to find out more.


PERSONNEL NEWS

Pinnacle Bank Names Ryan Juhl Branch Manager, Retail Banking Officer Pinnacle Bank recently promoted Ryan Juhl to Branch Manager and Retail Banking Officer of the Golden Gate Drive branch in Papillion. In his new role, Juhl is in charge of retail banking, new accounts, consumer lending, sales and service, as well as managing the daily activities of the retail branch. He has been with Pinnacle Bank for nearly five years gaining experience in various roles including teller and as a personal banker. Juhl is a native of Papillion and attended Papillion South High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of NebraskaLincoln in 2011. Family-owned since 1938, Nebraska-based Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc., is a $9.2 billion financial holding company operating 140 community banks in seven states including 61 locations in Nebraska. For more information, visit pinnbank.com.

MIT Images 360 Spreads the Word About Virtual Tours With Addition of Kelly Sundling MIT Images 360, a business that shoots Google Streetview virtual tours of business interiors in Omaha, Lincoln and beyond, has added another member to its team to help more businesses learn about the virtual tour opportunity. Kelly Sundling, who has had extensive experience in retail management, has joined the team to help spread the word about Google Streetview virtual tours. Other team members include Randy McGinnis of Bellevue and Lori Black of Lincoln. MIT Images 360 shoots rich 360-degree virtual walking tours of business interiors that are placed on Google business pages. They are also available for business websites. For an affordable price, MIT Images 360 photographers will shoot the virtual tour along with traditional interior photos and place them on Google within one to two weeks. The tours boost a company’s presence on Google. For more information, contact Black at (402) 807-3236.

Renze Display Welcomes Sarah Slobotski Renze Display (www.renze.com) is pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah Slobotski as a Project Manager. An Omaha native and graduate of University of Nebraska Omaha, Sarah brings strong customer service and technical skills to her role in assisting Renze clients in their marketing efforts. Prior to joining Renze, Sarah had been a Market Research Analyst for 12 years with Wiese Research Associates. According to company president Doug Buchanan, “Sarah’s attention to detail and great customer service skills make her a valuable addition to Renze Display. We are happy to have her on our team.” Sarah can be reached at sslobotski@renze.com or at (402) 3421111 Ext. 124.

Gayleen Bradley Joins Comfort Keepers Comfort Keepers is pleased to welcome Gayleen Bradley, who joined the company in July as a Client Care Provider. In this outreach-focused role, Gayleen will meet with those interested in Comfort Keepers to personally answer any questions they may have. She will also be a quality assurance and customer service liaison for clients during their care. Gayleen has been working in the health care industry for 10 years in the Lincoln and Omaha areas, with experience in home care, independent living, assisted living, skilled care and hospice settings. A Qualified Dementia Care Specialist through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), she’s earned several different certifications in dementia care and conducted support groups through the Alzheimer’s Association, also serving as an ambassador for the Lincoln Chapter. Her insight into Alzheimer’s is already helping provide practical solutions to problems the family and caregivers working with someone with dementia may be experiencing. Serving the Greater Omaha community for 14 years, Comfort Keepers is a leader in the home care industry, providing companionship and personal care services to seniors and those who are recovering from injury, surgery or illness as well as providing staffing to local assisted living and skilled care communities. For more information, visit www.comfortkeepers.com/omaha-ne or www. comfortkeepers.com/councilbluffs, call (402) 991-9880, or email Omaha@ComfortKeepers.com.

Metonic Announces Two Additions to Management Team Steve Roberts has joined Metonic Real Estate Solutions  as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. He is now responsible for development and oversight of the company’s financial management strategy, investor relations, insurance and treasury services. Prior to joining Metonic, Roberts served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a well-known food chain with local corporate offices for nine years, where he was responsible for key business operations. Roberts was also a founding member and shareholder of Steve Roberts eFrame Technology, LLC and served as their Chief Financial Officer. During the company’s start-up, he successfully raised multiple rounds of venture equity and debt financing. Roberts earned his BSBA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Brandon Ivey  has been promoted to Senior Commercial Asset Manager. He was previously overseeing a commercial retail asset portfolio valued at $140 million. Ivey will continue to oversee these assets while taking the lead on all commercial-lead asset management Brandon Ivey  activities. He has more than 12 years of experience in the real estate industry and has held a variety of roles in property management and finance for commercial real estate portfolios. Ivey earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Metonic Real Estate Solutions is a private real estate firm located in Omaha, NE. The firm’s objective is to provide investment partners with a strong risk-adjusted rate of return through well-researched acquisitions, real estate development and asset management. For more information, please visit metonicres.com or call (402) 952-4599. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 27


PERSONNEL NEWS Todd Scholz Named Director of Capital Projects at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Equitable Bank Adds Erol Kinkaid as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer

Todd Scholz has been named the Director of Capital Projects at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (OmahaZoo.com). He will be responsible for managing, coordinating and supervising construction processes at the Zoo.

Doug Nodgaard, Community Bank President of Equitable Bank, is pleased to announce that Erol Kinkaid will serve as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer in its Omaha branch.

Scholz joins the Zoo from Kiewit where he served the last 15 years as a project manager and then project executive. He has worked on Zoo projects including overseeing the renovation and expansion of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, Garden Classroom, and more recently, the African Grasslands, Alaskan Adventure, and Education projects. Scholz is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology. In addition to his Zoo work, he has served as the project executive at universities, high schools, non-profits, churches, banks, and performing arts centers. His work has included athletic facilities, headquarters buildings, Olympic swimming pools, dining halls, residence halls, science buildings, fitness centers, and retail stores. In addition to his work experience, Scholz has received training in risk allocation, contract negotiations, surveying and engineering, planning and scheduling, formwork design, and project management.

Kinkaid brings to  Equitable Bank  ten years of valuable banking and management experience from his previous employment.  Kinkaid  will manage his own portfolio and will focus on business development, commercial lending and community involvement. Kinkaid is a native of Kansas and graduated from Baker University in Baldwin, KS with a B.S. in Business Management. He has worked in the Omaha market since 2010 and is very involved in volunteer work in the local community. He and his wife have two children and reside in Elkhorn. Equitable Bank has been in operation in Nebraska since 1882. A full-service, community bank with 5 branches in Grand Island, North Platte and Omaha, Equitable offers personal, business and AG loans, home loans, depository accounts and financial planning services. Contact the Omaha office at (402) 827-8100 or visit www. equitableonline.com to learn more.

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PERSONNEL NEWS Sara Rochford Achieves Advanced Paralegal Certification

Employees From FASTSIGNS® on 114th Street Receive National Recognition

Sara A. Rochford, paralegal with Adams & Sullivan, P.C., L.L.O., has been awarded the prestigious Advanced Certified Paralegal designation by NALA, The Association of Legal Assistants-Paralegals.

Mark Cullinane and Andrew Danielson, Outside Sales Professionals at FASTSIGNS® of Omaha – 114th Street, each received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2016 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit, recently held in Arlington, Texas.

Rochford completed the requirements for advanced certification in the area of trial practice. She is now authorized to use the “ACP” designation, and may pursue advanced certification in other legal disciplines in the future. Rochford joined the Adams & Sullivan team in 2010 with nine previous years of paralegal experience. She is also currently enrolled in the advanced certification program for alternative dispute resolution. Although Rochford has worked in all facets of law, she is actively assisting with corporate and civil litigation matters at Adams & Sullivan. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Nebraska Paralegal Association and NALA. Adams & Sullivan Law and its predecessors have been a fixture in the Greater Omaha legal community since 1951. The firm has legal proficiency in real estate matters, business planning from formation to complex business transactions, estate planning, probate and trust law, municipal and school law, Public Service Commission and Nebraska State Administrative issues, criminal defense, family law and personal injury claims after accidents caused by negligence. The firm’s diverse clientele includes families, businesses, municipalities and sanitary improvement districts. Additional information about Adams & Sullivan Law can be found at the company’s website, www. adamsandsullivan.com.

Omaha Dentist James Gerner Receives AGD Mastership Award The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD; www.agd.org) is pleased to announce that James G. Gerner, DDS, MAGD of Omaha, NE received the association’s  Mastership Award during the AGD 2016 annual meeting, which took place July 14 to 17 in Boston. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award,  Dr. Gerner  completed 1,100 hours of dental continuing education. As a Mastership Award recipient, Dr. Gerner joins more than 2,300 active AGD Masters who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. “This award requires an extraordinary amount of time and effort,” says AGD Immediate Past President W. Mark Donald, DMD, MAGD. “Dr. Gerner should be commended for his unflagging commitment to continuing education, which allows him to provide the best possible dental care and oral health education to his patients.” Dr. Gerner graduated from Creighton University, Boyne College of Dental Science in May 1977. He has practiced dentistry in Omaha since then, currently at Dentistry for Omaha, and specializes in Bioesthetic Dentistry. For more information about Dentistry for Omaha, located at 600 N. 93rd Street, Suite 200, please call (402) 393-3532 or visit dentistryforomaha.com.

The Bronze Sales Award recognizes Outside Sales Professionals who achieved sales between $300,000 and $499,999 from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. With more than 615 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers worldwide, 90 Outside Sales Professionals received this award.

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“We’re very proud of our team for their outstanding sales achievements and for providing excellent service to our customers every day,” said Bob Danielson, franchisee of FASTSIGNS on 114th Street. “We look forward to continue helping local businesses and organizations increase their visibility and achieve their goals using superior visual communications solutions.” Andrew Danielson FASTSIGNS of Omaha – 114th Street is an independtly owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that has served area businesses and organizations for 26 years. The center is located at 751 N. 114th St. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, visit fastsigns.com/47 or call (402) 493-7960.

Jackson Lewis P.C. Welcomes Heather Panick Jackson Lewis P.C is proud to announce that Heather C. Panick has joined the firm’s Omaha office. Panick has an active ERISA and federal i ncome tax practi ce i nvol vi ng the representation of clients in tax adversary proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service, United States Tax Court and Second Circuit Court of Appeals relating to payroll, trust fund recovery penalties, employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements.  She  represents corporate clients in employment discrimination, retaliation, SEC investigations, tax and ERISA litigation matters and her representation of clients in labor and employment matters ranges from defending and responding to EEOC charges, worker’s compensation claims, worker misclassification claims and state administrative proceedings. The Omaha office is located at 10050 Regency Circle, Suite 400 and can be reached at (402) 391-1991. To find out more about Jackson Lewis P.C., visit www.jacksonlewis.com. Make sure to Save the Date for the Annual Labor & Employment Conference, which will be held on November 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street. Join attorneys from the Omaha office for its annual half-day seminar, which will address the latest developments in workplace law.  In addition to receiving updates and practical solutions, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their specific employment-related issues with Jackson Lewis attorneys during a breakout session.  This program is designed for corporate counsel, human resources management and professionals, business owners and federal contractors. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 29


NON-PROFIT NEWS State Senator John McCollister Awarded Fellowship for Midwestern Leadership Institute

Assistance League® of Omaha’s Operation School Bell® Provides Clothes for Local Children in Need

Nebraska State Senator John McCollister of Omaha was among 33 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.

Operation Sc hool Bell (OSB), sponsored by Assistance League of Omaha, will be held at JCPenney Store/Westroads Shopping Center from October 4th through 16th this year.

Senator McCollister met with fellow lawmakers from Nebraska and 10 other Midwestern states, and four Canadian provinces on August 12-16 in Madison, WI for The Council of State Governments’ 22nd annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). Since 1995, more than 700 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute. State legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin are chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process. Members of the Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan legislative assemblies are selected by their caucuses to take part in the program. A program of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Office, BILLD is held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Courses and seminars are conducted by La Follette faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, education and corrections policy.

WasteCap Nebraska 2016 Mission to Zero: Annual Awards Luncheon & Workshops WasteCap Nebraska is hosting the 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon & Workshops on Friday, October 7th. Join for the workshops and to honor the annual awards winners plus enjoy the company of others who share your business and community values.   The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at The County Club of Lincoln and will feature keynote speaker Will Sagar, Executive Director of the Southeast Recycling Development Council.  Two workshops will be offered including Recycling by Design and Zero Waste Business starting at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Sagar is going to present Recycling by Design, a workshop where government, industry, and non-profits can come together to form an effective and sustainable recycling system in Nebraska. This workshop will provide expertise on how to approach the development of Hub and Spoke systems, improve contamination rates, negotiate agreements, and provide effective incentives for recycling. Also presenting a workshop will be Carrie Hakenkamp, Executive Director of WasteCap Nebraska, who received her certification as a Zero Waste Business Associate with the US Zero Waste Business Council. Carrie will be presenting a workshop called Zero Waste Business, which will focus on 12 credit areas including redesign, recycling, leadership, innovation, reduce, training, closed loop system, reuse, hazardous waste prevention, diversion, compost and upstream management. Learn more about our Mission to Zero Annual Awards & Workshops and its impact on Nebraska.  For more information and to register, visit: www.wastecapne.org/2016-annual-meeting. 30 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2016

Operation School Bell is the major philanthropic program of Assistance League of Omaha’s community service programs, providing new clothing for children in Omaha and the metro area. Last year approximately 3,500 children in need shopped for new school clothes, shoes, and coats at Westroads thanks to the proceeds of fundraisers such as Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes, donations, and grants. Assistance League of Omaha is an all-volunteer community service organization. Approximately 75% of its 350+ members will be working a total of 16 shifts throughout the 12 days serving children from kindergarten through 8th grade.  There will be more than 10 school districts with 198 schools served by referrals from each school based on the poverty rate of the school and its population. Over 4000 children are being scheduled for this year. This will bring the total number of children served to over 60,000 since OSB began is 1976! To learn more about Assistance League of Omaha, visit www. alomaha.org or the organization’s Facebook page: www.facebook. com/assistomaha

Papillion Community Foundation Honors Red & Joyce Timmerman as 2016 Volunteers of the Year The Papillion Community Foundation was delighted to award longtime Papillion volunteers Red & Joyce Timmerman with the annual Papillion Community Foundation Volunteers of the Year Award. The couple was honored at the annual Papillion Days Mayor’s Luncheon and served as the Grand Marshals for the Papillion Days Parade. This award is given out annually to a Papillion resident(s) that has shown dedication and commitment to the Papillion community by giving back. Red Timmerman, a Korean War veteran, is a lifelong Papillion resident. His wife Joyce has been a resident since 1955, shortly after the two married. The Timmermans have been active members of First Lutheran Church and a variety of community organizations. Red has been active in the Jaycees and Papillion Lion’s Club, where he served as President in 1976. Both Red and Joyce are active on the Board of the Papillion Cemetery and help to care for the grounds. However, the community organization closest to their hearts is the Papillion Area Historical Society. Active since 1986, Red and Joyce have worked on countless projects including raising enough funds to get the Portal School moved to its current location. Both Red and Joyce have served as stewards for the Portal School and spent many hours caring for the property and also educating children about the history of Papillion. Joyce has been a treasured volunteer for many events including the annual Winter Wonderland and Holiday Luncheon. For more information about the Papillion Community Foundation’s history & mission or how you can get involved, please visit www. papillionfoundation.org or call (402) 331-3917.


NON-PROFIT NEWS One Million Meals and Counting: Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue Reaches Milestone One million pounds of excess perishable food rescued and delivered to feed those in need. It’s a milestone Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue reached in late July – just 34 months after the nonprofit agency began operations. The one million pound mark was reached a month earlier than anticipated, thanks to large donations this summer. Saving Grace provides a pipeline that connects excess perishable food that would otherwise go to waste with nonprofit agencies that feed the hungry. The organization’s efforts also keep thousands of pounds of food a month out of the landfills. Each weekday morning, Saving Grace’s two professional food handlers drive refrigerated trucks on scheduled and on-call stops to pick up excess perishable food from a network of 30 regular donors. It’s delivered the same day - free of charge - to a network of 20 local nonprofits that serve low-income families in the Omaha area. Trader Joe’s is one of Saving Grace’s earliest and largest donors. Since February 2014, the grocer has donated more than 185,000 pounds of excess perishable food through Saving Grace. Other major donors over the past three years are Greenberg Fruit (160,000 pounds), Hy-Vee #9 at 180th and Q (129,000 pounds) and Atkin’s Natural Food Store (112,000 pounds). A list of all of Saving Grace’s 30 food donors and 20 partner nonprofit agencies is available at savinggracefoodrescue.org.

Ted E. Bear Hollow Presents 10th Annual Comfort Food Classic I n t h e U . S. , approximately 1 in 7 children experience the death of a parent or sibling before age 20. Our community is all too familiar with such tragedies. Consequently, grieving students grow up with unanswered questions and unresolved issues and are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders and poor school performance that may follow them into adulthood and negatively impact our communities.  Ted E. Bear Hollow is proud to serve these kids, their families and other grieving adults through free support groups, day camps, and overnight retreats. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of a foodie event with heart, Ted E. Bear Hollow’s Comfort Food Classic will be held on Sunday, October 9th at the Ramada Convention Center, located at 72nd & Grover. Six past winners will return to recreate their winning cuisine and compete for the title “Best of the Best”.  The food is not to be missed, and neither is the returning host, always-entertaining local comedian Kris Covi. Guests will get to sample and judge the creations from six of the area’s top chefs.  Judging categories include presentation, creativity, and taste.  Guests will also enjoy free beer, wine, appetizers, and desserts and may participate in a silent auction via electronic bidding. All proceeds will support the agency’s free services provided in Omaha, Council Bluffs and the surrounding communities. Tickets: $90; Tables of 10 are available. Find additional event information online at www.tedebearhollow.org.

Project Harmony Shares Eight Questions for Safer Sleepovers With school in session - comes new friendships, the rekindling of old friendships, birthday invitation after birthday invitation, and the request for sleepovers. The word Sleepover is enough to make any parent’s radar start a-buzzing. Torn between one of the exciting joys of childhood and wanting to keep your child safe – what do you do? “It is our mission to protect and support children,” says Project Harmony Executive Director Gene Klein. “When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource.” Thanks to Darkness to Light, they have compiled eight questions for parents to refer to for safer sleepovers. Beyond the gut check, ask yourself the following questions and really think through the answers to each. 1. What would make my child, tween, or teen “ready”? 2. How well do I know this family? 3. What kind of adult supervision will there be and who else will be present? 4. What is their household like? 5. Can I talk with this parent(s) about my concerns and needs? 6. What are my hard and fast rules? 7. What safety and comfort contingencies can I put in place? 8. What check-in points can we put into the mix? Having considered all of these questions, now what is your gut feeling? For more information about Project Harmony, please visit www. projectharmony.com.

Child Saving Institute Guild to Host PurseOnalities 2016 On Wednesday, October 5, the Child Saving Institute Guild will host the PurseOnalities 2016 Annual Luncheon to help raise funds for at-risk youth and families served through CSI programs. The luncheon will be held at Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. This year’s event theme is “Home Sweet Home” and will also feature a silent auction of fabulous purse packages and fun boutique shopping. Keynote speaker is former foster child Ashley Rhodes-Courter, author of Three Little Words. The Luncheon Honorary Chair is Cindy Heider, widely known for her generosity of spirit and devotion to children. The Event Chairs are Karen Burmood, Amy Epp, and Mary O’Connell. The Patron event starts at 10:30 a.m.; Silent Auction begins at 11 a.m.; and the Luncheon Program begins at 11:45 a.m. Individual ticket prices start at $75. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, visit CSI’s website at www.childsaving.org or call (402) 504-3661. Come for the bags or come for the speaker… but most important, show up for the kids! Child Saving Institute is dedicated to the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. CSI has met the changing needs of metro area children for nearly 125 years based on the belief that ALL children should have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 31


NON-PROFIT NEWS Two Keynote Speakers, Theme Chosen for 2016 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands

Boys Town Pediatrics Harrison Street Clinic Adds Child Psychiatry

“Who’s Telling Your Story?” is the theme of the 2016 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands. This is the 10th year of the Summit, sponsored by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands. To celebrate a decade of helping nonprofits help their communities, NAM has two keynote speakers lined up for this year’s Summit. Tim Delaney has served as president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits since 2008. He previously founded and was president of the Center for Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service. Andy Goodman is co-founder of The Goodman Center and the author of three books on storytelling, presenting, and strategic communications. Goodman is internationally recognized for his expertise in storytelling. The Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands is Thursday, November 3. More information is available at www.nonprofitam.org.

Boys Town Pediatrics is now offering child and adolescent psychiatry services provided by Sheila Forsman-Bierman, M.D. at the Harrison Street Clinic, located at 180th and Harrison Street. Dr. Forsman-Bierman  is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center - Creighton University Medical Center. To find out more or schedule an appointment, please call the Harrison Street Clinic at (402) 996-2300. Visit www.boystownpediatrics.org for more information about Boys Town Pediatrics.

3rd Annual KANEKO Soirée to Feature “From the Collection: Passion and Obsession” Exhibition The third annual KANEKO Soirée event will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. at KANEKO, 1111 Jones Street. This year’s Soirée will bow the exhibition, From the Collection: Passion and Obsession, with artwork curated from the personal collections of Karen and Robert Duncan, Kathy and Marc LeBaron and pieces from other private collections. Rarely exhibited pieces will be on display and paired with rare offerings for sale by world-renowned artists Sunkoo Yuh, Goro Suzuki, and Jun Kaneko. James Beard nominated Chef Clayton Chapman and his team from The Grey Plume will share their culinary expertise in an innovative fashion that parallels the KANEKO exhibition themes of “Passion” and “Obsession”. Three signature KANEKO cocktails—created using seasonally inspired ingredients—will pair with a menu that is both interactive and playful. Tickets are $175 per person for general admission and $75 for young professionals (under the age of 35). For more information or to purchase tickets, go to thekaneko.org/soiree or call (402) 341-3800. KANEKO Soirée proceeds keep exhibitions free to the public and help foster creative endeavors at KANEKO. Event Chairs are Mary Lou Brasee and Polina Schlott. Honorary Chairs are Dr. James and Karen Linder.

Ollie Webb Awarded $13K Grant to Grow 3rd Largest Book Club Program in the Country Coffee, cupcakes, and conversation are frequently part of the evening’s offerings. So are laughter and books when one of the Next Chapter Book Clubs meets.  About 150 people with developmental disabilities across the Metro take part in the groups every week.  And thanks to the generosity of the United Way, even more people who are on waiting lists will get the chance to take part. Almost 95% of participants in the Next Chapter Book Club have annual incomes less than $10,000.  Studies show illiteracy contributes to poverty.  That’s where the book clubs make a difference.  Three-quarters of participants say the time spent reading and discussing books increase their literacy skills. The Next Chapter Book Club is a national program and Omaha has the third largest in the country. Ollie Webb Center, Inc. (www.olliewebbinc.org) is made up of two organizations: The Arc of Omaha and Career Solutions, Inc.   Both are focused on enriching the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through support, programs and advocacy. 32 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2016

Outlook Nebraska Launches Major Expansion Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI), a charitable organization that’s the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska, celebrated a major milestone on Aug. 3 with a ceremonial groundbreaking for expansion of its headquarters, located at 4125 South 72nd Street. The expansion Denise Leinemann Scholz of the Ethel S. Abbott is the largest in ONI’s Foundation (left) and Nebraska State Senator Merv h i s t o r y, a n d w i l l Riepe (right) participate in a beam-signing at the feature more space launch for Outlook Nebraska’s new expansion. for education, training and community engagement to support the blind and visually impaired. ONI President and CEO Eric Stueckrath unveiled plans for the expansion in front of a crowd of business and community leaders, including Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, State Senator and ONI Board Member Merv Riepe, Mayor Doug Kindig of La Vista, Omaha City Council Member Garry Gernandt. Generous supporters of the organization, including Dorothy Pflug and Denise Lienemann Scholz of the Ethel S. Abbott Foundation, and Honorary Capital Campaign Chairman Dr. Stanley M. Truhlsen, were also present. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 70 percent of blind Americans who want a job are not able to find one. Advocates blame a lack of awareness—among both blind individuals and employers—of the adaptive technology available to help the blind perform certain job duties, such as using a computer and other electronic devices. Once finished, the expansion will triple ONI’s capacity to provide adaptive technology training so that more individuals who are experiencing vision loss may gain independence and achieve their life goals. Plans for a community space are also featured in the expansion, which will allow ONI to accommodate large groups for educational programs that increase awareness of the capabilities of the blind and the availability of adaptive technology among community and business leaders. ONI’s programs serve the visually impaired of all ages through employment, technology training and cultural and recreational activities. The project is being supported by private donations and grants. Nearly $2 million has already been raised to support the project, and ONI is now turning to the public in a final push to raise approximately $1 million through its “Bridge the Gap” capital campaign. Supporters are encouraged to visit www.outlooknebraska.org/donations to make a charitable contribution.


NON-PROFIT NEWS Touch-A-Truck a FREE, Fun Family Event The Child Saving Institute Guild proudly presents the 10th annual Touch-A-Truck event, Saturday, September 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the First Data/UNO parking lots, just south of 69th & Pacific. The CSI’s Guild’s exciting “friend-raiser” is a FREE event for the entire family where children can see and climb on “real life” vehicles! Kids, accompanied by their parents or guardian, can explore emergency and military vehicles, semi-trucks, cranes, race cars and other commercial vehicles and talk to the people who operate them. Other activities will include face-painting, prizes, bouncy tents, clowns and more. Touch-A-Truck Event Chairs are Meghan Hope, Heather Vanourney, Susanne Waltermeyer, and Mindi Wilsey. The event is sponsored by First National Bank NEST Program, KETV Channel 7, McCarthy Capital, Oriental Trading Company, Runza, and Woodmen of the World. Child Saving Institute is dedicated to the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. CSI has met the changing needs of metro area children for nearly 125 years based on the belief that ALL children should have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved.

Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 25th The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Omaha residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for m i l l i o n s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on September 25, 2016 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for more than 2,000 participants in Omaha who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. In addition to the 2-mile walk, participants will enjoy entertainment, a kid zone, food and vendor booths from local sponsors, and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixthleading cause of death.   As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/ walk. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Methodist Health System Returns as Presenting Sponsor for Go Red Following a successful 2016 Omaha Go Re d Fo r Wo m e n Expo presented by Methodist Health System on August 30, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are proud to announce that Methodist will return as the local presenting sponsor for 2017. Methodist has presented the event since 2009. Gail DeBoer, who is the president/CEO of SAC Federal Credit Union, is the chair of 2017 Omaha Go Red For Women Expo. Gail Yanney will oversee the Circle of Red in its seventh year while the third edition of Omaha Men Go Red For Women will be chaired by Gary Gates. The event is slated for fall 2017. The Omaha Go Red For Women Expo aims to empower women to take control of their health, while also raising funds for lifesaving education, research and more. Started in 2004, Go Red For Women Expo is a part of the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women, and is sponsored nationally by Macy’s. Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women each year, more than all forms of cancer combined. Approximately 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease but many are unaware. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use. For more information, visit OmahaGoRedForWomen.org.

A-United Annual Golf Classic to Benefit Open Door Mission One of the highlights of A United’s (Automatic Door & Glass) year is their annual fundraiser to benefit the Open Door Mission. This year’s benefit will be held again at Oak Hills Country Club on Monday, October 3rd, with the shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m. A Burgers & Brats buffet will be provided for lunch with awards, prizes, social hour and dinner to follow the tournament. Prizes for Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Low Team Score, Highest Team Score, Duffer and more will be awarded. Last year’s event successfully raised about $30,000 for Open Door Mission’s outreach efforts.  A United is proud of the success of the event that could only be achieved by the dedication from their staff and the many wonderful sponsors that enable it to happen.  Please join them this year for this fun event as they hope to achieve their 2016 goal of raising $50,000 for Open Door Mission! Open Door Mission (www.opendoormission.org) is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. To register for this event or more information on how to become an event partner or sponsor, please visit www.aunitedglass.com/golfclassic, call Mike Hannum at (402) 558-6500 or (402) 980-8625, or email golfclassic@aunitedglass.com. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 33


NON-PROFIT NEWS Innovative Blood Resources and New York Blood Center Join Forces in Lifesaving Mission

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Awarded $843,700 in Grants

Innovative Blood Resources (IBR; www.innovativebloodresources.org) and New York Blood Center (NYBC; www.nybloodcenter.org) recently announced that they are combining their operations to create one of the nation’s leading blood centers, serving patients and hospitals in the Northeast, Midwest and nationally.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS; lfsneb.org) is pleased to announce it was recently awarded five grants totaling $843,700 from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, LFS will further its vision of “safety, hope and well-being for all people” in the Omaha metro. Funding will provide support for services that enhance overall individual, family and community well-being, including: child and adult therapies, early intervention to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, integration for refugee and immigrant families, and support for children and families impacted by child sexual abuse. With the help of these grants, LFS is able to offer these human care initiatives to build the resilience of over 7,000 individuals right here in our community.

Currently one of the leading blood centers in the Midwest, IBR was formed in 2012 through the combination of two strong, nationally recognized, community-based nonprofit blood centers: Minnesotabased Memorial Blood Centers and Nebraska Community Blood Bank. With a combined 100 years of blood industry experience, IBR provides comprehensive product and service capabilities focusing on value-driven solutions for patients, hospitals, physicians, researchers, and other health care partners. The combination of the strengths of IBR and NYBC provides the opportunity for greater breadth of services, efficiency and financial stability. The goal is to continue to provide the highest level of blood and hematology related products and services in a fast-changing environment for community blood centers nationwide. IBR’s donors and volunteers will continue to receive the excellent service they’ve come to expect from the organization. Moreover, hospital customers will have access to an even broader range of blood products and services as a result of the partnership. In an exciting expansion of IBR offerings, NYBC’s cutting-edge medical, laboratory and testing services are expected to become part of the organization’s offering to current and future customers.

Develop the Next Generation of Leaders and Save Lives: Partner With Nebraska Community Blood Bank Does your business employ high school students? Offer them more than just their first paying gig, empower students to be leaders in their community.   Nebraska Community Blood Bank partners with high schools to help students build a lifelong commitment to community service as blood donors and as leaders in organizing and conducting school-sponsored blood drives. We are asking business leaders to encourage young leaders to step up and lead. As leaders of the blood drives, students build skills similar to those at work.  And, when blood drives collect a minimum of 50 units during the school year, graduating seniors receive scholarship funds.  High schools are able to host multiple drives, making it easier to reach their goal and earn more scholarships. Business professionals are encouraged to support young leaders by stopping by blood drives and making their own life-saving donation.  To learn more about the high school blood drives near you, please visit NCBB.ORG or contact Kari Lundeen at (402) 4869427 /  klundeen@ncbb.org. Since 1968 Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been committed to connecting people and saving lives. Nebraska Community Blood Bank supplies lifesaving blood to healthcare facilities in six counties throughout Nebraska. For more information, call 1-877-486-9414 or visit www.NCBB.ORG. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter @NCBBLincoln. 34 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2016

Annual Garage Sale to be Held at Sarpy County Museum The Sarpy County Museum’s (sarpycountymuseum.org) annual garage sale fundraiser will be held Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. It runs from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. The annual garage sale is the historical museum’s second largest fundraisers of the year. You can shop while showing support for the Sarpy County Museum! Many shoppers return year after year for the selection of reasonably priced items. The museum is now also accepting items for the garage sale and will do so through September 13th. Household items, books, craft items, holiday décor, antiques, toys, and jewelry are all great sellers year after year. Please no adult sized clothing or TVs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the museum at (402) 292-1880.

Nebraska Community Foundation Celebrates Small-Town Success Nebraska Community F o u n d a t i o n (NebraskaHometown. org) held its quarterly board meeting in Shickley, NE on August 25-26. The 18-member board, representing communities from across the state, travels to affiliated fund communities for its regular board meetings, and takes full advantage of getting out and among the people they serve. On Thursday afternoon board and staff members toured Reinke Manufacturing led by Sandi Wendell, who serves on both the Reinke Manufacturing board of directors and the NCF board. The group also visited the new Jennifer Reinke Public Library in Deshler, which was funded in large part by Jennifer Reinke’s NCF donor-advised fund. Later that afternoon, the Byron community (pop.83) entertained the group at its new million-dollar community center, built with the help of a gift of land which NCF helped to arrange. An evening reception, dinner and program was held in the Shickley Community Center, also built entirely with charitable contributions. Volunteers from affiliated funds in six adjacent counties participated in an evening celebration. Twelve affiliated funds in those six counties –Fillmore, Thayer, Clay, Nuckolls, Adams, Webster – currently have nearly $5.8 million in charitable assets. What’s more, $4.3 million of those assets are held in permanent, unrestricted endowments, which means a steady flow of revenue will be available forever to meet the needs and opportunities that cannot yet be envisioned today.


HEALTH NEWS Omaha Locals Rally to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research You can become a lung cancer hero! Fundraise and register to walk or run with hundreds of community members as they gather at the Omaha Free to Breathe Run/Walk September 11th at Elmwood Park Pavilion in Omaha. The inspirational day will include a 5K run/walk or a 1-mile walk, along with family friendly activities including a scavenger hunt, coloring and more. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception. Help us double lung cancer survival by 2022! To register and begin fundraising, visit freetobreathe.org.

Nominate Your Outstanding Volunteers for ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards Organizations, businesses, civic clubs, and schools are encouraged to submit nominations for the annual ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards which recognizes outstanding individuals and groups for significant contributions made through volunteerism. Nominations will be accepted in nine categories including Adult Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, Volunteer Group, Corporate Community Volunteer, National Service Volunteer, Veteran Volunteer, Disaster Volunteer, Community Media Partner and Lifetime Achievement. “Due to the Labor Day holiday, the nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, September 9, 2016,” stated Rose White of AAA, who serves as a volunteer commissioner for ServeNebraska.  “We encourage Nebraskans to use this opportunity to recognize volunteers who unselfishly serve their community.” Governor Pete Ricketts is personally involved in this program.  Once the nomination period closes, Governor Ricketts will thoughtfully review submissions and select those deserving of recognition.  The award winners will be honored during a luncheon banquet on Friday, October 28.  To learn more or to submit an online nomination, visit www.serve.nebraska.gov.

The Hope Center for Kids Gala to Feature Best-Selling Author Donald Miller The Hope Center for Kids along with Honorary Chairs Pastor Edward and Juanita King will host its 9th Annual Gala at the Embassy Suites in La Vista on Friday, September 30. The evening celebrates the transformational work The Hope does in Omaha and Fremont and helps fund the organization’s yearround programs that impact over 2,700 youth, children and families. The formal evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, and program. Donald Miller, the New York Times best-selling author of “Blue Like Jazz” and “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” will share how our life stories can have a positive and inspiring impact on the next generation through messages of HOPE. The Hope Center for Kids faithfully inspires hope in the lives of youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith.  The Hope Center for Kids-Omaha provides strengths-based programming and nutrition; as well as a safe place for fun and relationship building. The Hope Center for Kids-Fremont opened in 2014. The Hope Center for Kids serves over 2,700 youth, children and families in Omaha and Fremont. For more information about The Hope Center for Kids, please visit www.hopecenterforkids.com or call (402) 341-4673.

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OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. Awarded $438,300 Grant to Fund Five Programs O n e Wo r l d C o m m u n i t y Health Centers, Inc. (www. oneworldomaha.org) proudly announces that five programs will receive grants totaling $438,300 for 2016-2017 from United Way of the Midlands (www.UnitedWayMidlands. org). Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, lowincome and uninsured patients in our community will receive culturally respectful, quality health care at OneWorld. The Community Clinic Care for Children program meets the basic health care needs of children who are uninsured because their parents cannot provide health insurance or because the children do not qualify for Medicaid or other insurance options.   With the United Way funding, uninsured children receive immunizations, screening and counseling for weight, and treatment plans for asthma. The Health Supportive Services program addresses the basic needs of low-income patients with chronic conditions and diseases who are uninsured and unable to pay for necessary health care.  With a United Way grant, OneWorld helps patients to achieve a healthier lifestyle by learning to manage chronic conditions and diseases such as hypertension and diabetes with medical care, case management and financial assistance. The Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health Care for South Omaha program provides access to comprehensive primary medical and behavioral health care to low-income patients in South Omaha and Bellevue.  With United Way funding, a primary care physician works with a behavioral health therapist, clinical pharmacist and support staff as a team to improve patient outcomes. The International Center for Health Education program focuses on recent immigrants and refugees with basic health needs as well as infectious diseases, chronic illnesses, and mental health issues.  With funds from United Way, OneWorld’s Referral Coordinator Nurse provides immunizations, flu shots, access to physicals and medications, and case management. The Promotoras for Douglas County program provides access to care to low-income, uninsured and Spanish-speaking residents of South Omaha.  With the United Way grant, Hispanic community health workers known as promotoras provide screenings and follow-up for heart disease, diabetes and obesity; promote behavior change to reduce risks; and link individuals to a medical home. SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 35


HEALTH NEWS Midlands Family Urgent Care Opens at Midlands Place

UNMC Opens New Home for College of Pharmacy

Expansion continues in Midlands Places as it welcomes Midlands Family Urgent Care to the shopping center. Midlands Family Urgent Care will occupy 2,000 square foot next to Egg and I on the east end of the shopping center.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education on August 23.

Owner James Dean is opening a location in Papillion, NE with the expectation of providing the Sarpy County community with the most comprehensive urgent care facility in the area. “The city of Papillion is a growing community with a wide variety of health needs,” says Dean. “Our staff has over 55 years of experience in providing quality health care. Our goal is to give the residents of Papillion more convenient, affordable health services as an alternative to emergency room visits.” Midlands Family Urgent Care offers a complete spectrum of services aimed at young families to professionals, of any age, who are looking for convenient and affordable health care. Services include digital x-ray, comprehensive lab, fracture care, workers compensation, sports physicals, general illnesses and overall health care. Midlands Family Urgent Care also accepts all major insurance plans. “We are excited to bring affordable, quality health care to the Papillion area,” says Dean. Midlands Family Urgent Care will open on Thursday, August 25th in Midlands Place—just off of 84th Street and Highway 370. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 6 p.m. For more information please contact James Dean at  (402) 6127777 or email james@midlandsurgentcare.com.

Home Nursing With Heart Attains Highest Medicare Rating in Omaha Metro Home Nursing With Heart, a local rehabilitation and skilled nursing company, is proud be a 4.5-Star rated company with Medicare, an impressive metric that has remained steady throughout 2016. As the highest rated agency of its kind in the Omaha metropolitan area, Home Nursing With Heart will again be evaluated in October 2016 when the next ratings are released. Medicare’s Home Health Compare website uses a quality of patient care star rating to show consumers how the performance of a home health agency compares to other agencies. Agencies get a rating from 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 representing the highest performance. Agencies get more stars when they follow recommended care practices for more patients, and when more of their patients show improvement. The quality of patient care star rating summarizes each agency’s performance on average across nine of the quality measures reported on Home Health Compare. These measures were selected to give a general overview of agency performance on measures that apply to the most people. With the overwhelming amount of information for patients to consider when choosing a home health provider, the star ratings should provide a consumer-friendly way to help patients and their families understand quality performance. To find out more about Home Nursing With Heart, email Jim Laughlin at Jim@NursingWithHeart.com or call (402) 614-4622. 36 Strictly Business SEPTEMBER 2016

The new $35 million home for UNMC’s College of Pharmacy boasts state-of-the-art laboratories and education space equipped with nextgeneration technology and simulation and experiential-learning tools designed to help prepare future pharmacists for expanded roles in a changing health care landscape. The 85,000-square-foot facility is made up of three floors, each a football field long. Principal benefactors include Ruth and Bill Scott, Dianne and Allan Lozier, and Joseph D. and Millie E. Williams. The UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education was built solely through private donations. The former College of Pharmacy building, now the Joseph D. and Millie E. Williams Science Hall, will continue to serve as home to several College of Pharmacy researchers and their labs. College of Pharmacy scientists also have research labs located throughout UNMC’s Omaha campus, including in the Durham Research Center towers.

Helipad at Nebraska Medical Center Reopens After being closed for campus construction a little more than a year ago, one of the helipads at Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center has reopened. The helipad on the north side of Clarkson Tower officially reopened at 3:00 p.m. on August 9th. Simultaneously, the temporary helipad on the southwest corner of Saddle Creek Rd. and Farnam St. was permanently taken out of service. The Clarkson Tower helipad was closed in June of 2015 because of its proximity to cranes that were erected for the construction of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, the Lauritzen Outpatient Center, College of Pharmacy and a new parking garage. Those cranes have since come down, allowing for the reopening of the helipad. The second helipad on campus, located on top of the Durham Outpatient Center, has remained open throughout construction. Two more helipads will be located on top of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center when it opens in May of 2017. The temporary helipad at Saddle Creek and Farnam will revert to its old use as a parking lot for 200 med center staff members after the helipad is taken out of service.

HITS Endurance Partners With Nebraska USATF, Omaha Marathon Named Official Championship Race HITS Endurance has announced its partnership with the USA Track & Field Nebraska. The Omaha Marathon, which takes place September 18, 2016, is now officially the Championship race for Nebraska USA Track & Field members. The Omaha Marathon, put on by HITS Endurance and voted the ‘Nebraska’s Best Marathon’ by TripAdvisor, features five distances: Half Marathon, Marathon, 5k Friends & Family Mile and 10K. 443 racers completed the full marathon in 2015. HITS Endurance expects that number to grow, as Nebraska USATF has over 400 active members. Elite runners from Nebraska and the surrounding states will compete for substantial prize packages. The complete 2016 race schedule is finalized and registration for all HITS events is available at HitsEndurance.com.


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Entertaining Clients Establishing a good rapport with clients and building a relationship that’s mutually beneficial is the goal of any businessperson who understands exactly what it takes to be successful. Entertaining clients is one of the best ways to achieve this because it’s not all about the business transaction, but more so about finding common ground. By inviting your client to get together outside of the normal business setting and treating them to a nice experience, you’ll not only so have a better understanding of each other afterwards but as a result of that important personal interaction, your partnership will become stronger. When it comes to matching the client’s personality, interests, preferences, and so on with the ideal activity or setting, it can be tricky to decide what’s best out of the many options that are available. Therefore, we’ve covered some of our favorites below to give you a few ideas to roll around! A Quick Lunch Let’s start simple. You’d be surprised at how much ground you can cover of the course of a lunch meeting, and not necessarily just for conducting business either. Inviting a client to grab a quick lunch and catch up is always welcomed, schedule permitting. There are plenty of great places around town to grab a bite, so you can pick and choose based on the most convenient location, your favorite spot, or a new place that you can introduce to your client or both try out together. You’ll both be enjoying a

little bit of actual real-world face time, which is refreshing given that so much work now is done via computers and mobile devices. The expense of two lunches and the time away from your desk is minimal compared to the relationship that you’re cultivating. Grabbing Drinks Whether the plan is to hit up a vibrant happy hour or unwind and enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere, getting together for drinks is one of the best ways to spark up an easygoing conversation. Each bar, lounge and restaurant in town offers its own unique atmosphere, so it’s all about choosing the scene that you think best fits the person you are entertaining. Since there’s something for everyone, you can have fun “picking your poison!” But also in this particular setting, be sure not to over-indulge and to stick as closely as possible to your usual business etiquette; even though the goal is to get personal, there’s a fine line between unwinding and coming undone. Out & About Aside from lunch dates and meeting for drinks, there are plenty of other opportunities to invite your clients to get together for a little fun outside of the work environment. The setting and experience should always be determined by what you think the client would like as well as what you

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Whether you’re entertaining your family or a group of clients, there is an activity for everyone’s and skill level interest. At Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm entertaining clients is about cultivating relationships and leaving inspired.” Alternatively, you might not have to go very far at all to feel like you’re outside of the city. For a fantastic time that’s perfect for the fall season that’s upon us, Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch has a few upcoming festivals that you could organize an event around that’s fun for all ages, which is the perfect fit if your goal is to not only include your clients but their families as well. Fall offers a wide variety of events and activities to get involved in, including the Great Pumpkin Roundup, hayrack rides, fire pit rentals and many more Halloween festivities. “We have a lot of corporate clients that book our barns and bring everyone out for a meal or meeting, and as an added perk they can enjoy everything else that’s going on at our venue during that time,” explains Tyson Schaefer of Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch. “At Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch we always have seasonal activities, whether it’s Tyson Schaefer getting in on the harvest, enjoying live music or Bellevue Berry Farm a deejay, partaking in any number of special & Pumpkin Ranch activities scheduled for that day such as our festivals, hayrack rides, or haunted house. Depending upon what your client enjoys doing in their spare time, we find that a lot of people enjoy that our barns also offer the opportunity to have a campfire. This way you can prepare a meal together or simply enjoy the outdoors and each other’s company. Daytime or evening requests are welcome, and our team can even plan an itinerary for a client entertaining event to accommodate your unique group. This might include an obstacle course, zipline, karaoke or dance party – there are a lot of unique options that we can set up. Our venue is particularly nice for relaxing, with beautiful scenery and a comfortable environment that’s conducive for bonding and a fun experience that isn’t your average ‘dinner & drinks’ engagement.” Planning an Event As a client, it’s especially nice to be treated by those you do business with as a gesture of thanks for your continued partnership. So on the other side of the table, hosting your own event to entertain a number of clients is the perfect way to bring many busy professionals together, and when that happens, you know there are sure to be multiple benefits! Everyone in attendance will also have the opportunity to expand their own circle, so by providing the opportunity to mix it up, make connections and have a good time, it’s a win-win for all. If you are setting up a special event where you’ll be entertaining your clients, you’ll want to line up the location and then work out the details for catering, because no event is complete without great fare! As with lunch or drinks, this is also an area to consider what best fits those you’ll be entertaining. “It’s a good idea to try and stay within everyone’s comfort zones when it comes to the food,” advises Sean Fuller, owner of Just Good Meat. “Offering an arrangement of several different items will help you to cover the bases so that there’s at least one thing that will appeal to each person in the group. When it comes to meat, we have so many different items to choose from--smoked chicken, pulled pork, brisket, specialty recipes such as Carolina-style barbecue with coleslaw mixed in, items that are easy to eat such as Sean Fuller sliders, and the list goes on well past that. With Just Good Meat plenty of different sides, the combinations for your spread are endless. For those who need to stay on a set budget, we have the ability to mix and match just about any of our items so that you can put together a quality meal that still has variety without overspending.

At Just Good Meat we really enjoy working with our clients on custom orders, as we feel that consultations are the perfect way for us to get an idea of what you’re envisioning, how many people you’re entertaining, what your goals are for the event, and what your budget is. Likewise it allows the customer to get a good idea of what we have to offer so that they can ask questions and feel comfortable that they’ve made the best decision from our wealth of options. Since we’ve introduced our food truck and catering services we have been working with more large parties, as it’s an effortless and fun way to serve a lot of people a quality meal while everyone has a good time with one another. But we also still see a lot of clients stop in and grab what they need for their event because we have it all ready to go and set-up is a breeze. Either way, you’ll be all set with a good meal that your clients will enjoy!” The same idea of having a spread to choose also works really well with dessert. “One of our most popular services for client entertaining and appreciation events is providing a dessert bar with an amazing spread of customized treats,” says Michelle Kaiser, owner of The Omaha Bakery. “These can be as simple or elaborate as requested, and we are happy to provide set-up and clean-up for corporate events. Our team can work with any budget, and we take pride in accommodating just about any request that comes our way. We Michelle Kaiser also offer party trays that can be customized The Omaha Bakery in so many ways. Some examples are cookie trays, cheesecake trays, brownie trays, assorted pastry trays, chocolate dipped fruit trays, or any mixture of those and more.” Among the highlights of an event that leave a lasting impression, food and drink are atop the list, but it’s also nice to add to that foundation by incorporating other unique elements. You build everything around a special theme or add that one thing that’s the “cherry on top” – anything SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business

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that you do to go above and beyond will be noticed and appreciated. When it comes to adding the special touches, Stacy Leners with Blur Parties offers a few key pieces of advice. “The number one thing to do is be prepared ahead of time for not only the event but things that may come up during the event! The more prepared you are, the more stress-free you will be and the more time you will have to entertain and make the most out of the entertainment experience. Second, whether you’re entertaining a client or potential client, find out what interests them.  What do they enjoy doing as a hobby, do they like to golf, are they foodies, or are they sports fanatics?  You want to invite them to something they enjoy so they are comfortable in the situation.  For example, don’t take someone golfing who has never been on a course before.  This can create a stressful time for the client and is not enjoyable or beneficial for either party. All of the events that we host, including College World Series and of course, Nebraska football tailgates both in-town and out-of-state, as well as an annual wine festival, are all-inclusive ways you could entertain your clients. While tailgates are full of action, fun, and energy, the wine festival is a more easygoing setting that would be a better fit for a client who enjoys wine, local artisans and live music. It’s all about finding or creating that ideal opportunity to connect.” Stacy Leners Of course, a Husker tailgate is at the top of the list of fun activities that you could opt for Blur Parties given the time of year! Hosting out of town clients on game days here in Nebraska is sure to provide an amazing, unforgettable experience. And, since the vast majority of your in-town clients are fellow Husker football fanatics and will be observing the same Saturday tradition, you may as well capitalize on that and host an amazing tailgate event!

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“At Blur Parties our specialty is game day tailgate hospitality, both for Nebraska football and the College World Series, including entertainment with the day’s best games on TV, DJ’s, food and beverage, along with celebrity appearances and tailgate games and giveaway,” Leners further details. “Everything is pre-arranged and pre-paid so that all our clients have to do is invite their guests, show up and we take care of the rest! For these types of events it’s best to know your guests interest levels ahead of time, and not only sporting interest but social interests.  What do they like to eat and drink? Do they like to partake in tailgate games or would they rather watch other games that are on that day? Is there a certain type of music they prefer? We also put together packages with game tickets, hotel and transportation for guests coming from out of town. As many of you are already aware, our first away game is at Northwestern this year on Saturday, September 24th. Staying true to our tradition, Blur Parties will be bringing our famous Husker tailgate to Evanston, IL! Full package options are available online at www. blurparties.com/northwestern and you can also view videos from past 2012 and 2014 Blur Parties Northwestern tailgates! The advantage to selecting any type of Blur Parties tailgate is you can create a full game day experience where everything is already taken care of, making it easy to simply sit back and entertain while others do the work such as setting up the environment, managing a guest list, catering, tearing down the tailgate, and so on. Leave the hard work to us and sit back, entertain and enjoy the day, which can include the tailgate and on to attending the game or alternatively, just hang out at the tailgate and watch the game with beverages still flowing!” Another popular form of entertainment that is guaranteed to be enjoyable for just about anyone is a night out at the movies, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema isn’t just your average movie theatre! “With such a unique venue and offerings, we are able to offer a wealth of options for customizing corporate events,” says Tyler Calabrese, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Franchise Principle for the Omaha Market. “Our dedicated wait staff, professional kitchen staff providing chef-inspired and prepared fare, and experienced bartenders at our full bar are all at your service to ensure that you and your guests can sit back, relax and converse before and after the movie while we bring everything right to your seats. If you’re Tyler Calabrese planning to host an event for a large group Alamo Drafthouse Cinema of clients, we have 8 theatres ranging in size from 52-196 seats and in-house catering can be arranged accordingly. There are several options to choose from, including full menu service, buffet service, and plated custom service or alternatively, you could go with the classic popcorn and drink option. If you’re looking to get creative or for something new, we’ve done different themes for Movie Parties and we offer Action Packs, with interactive options such as sing-alongs and quote-alongs. Other fun options are ‘Geeks Who Drink’, a quiz including audio or video elements that helps to break the ice and gets everyone in the game for a little friendly competition, or ‘Heckelvision’, where you pick your favorite (or most annoying) movie and then let guests text their own commentary straight from their phones to the big screen! Just let us know what you have in mind and our team will ensure all of the bases covered for a memorable experience.” Now that we’ve presented a range of different options, it is our hope that you’ll be able to draw inspiration for your next opportunity to not only entertain your clients, but do so with flare. While we often spend most of our time in the business world educating people about the benefits of our offerings, sometimes it’s more about taking the opportunity to simply entertain and see where the time spent together takes you. As put very eloquently by Walt Disney, “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate and hope they were entertained.” The point is that there is always something you can learn by simply spending time with one another outside of the environment in which you do business.


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First, you’ll want to assess anything that appears dated. If there’s wallpaper, you’ll probably benefit from getting rid of it. Fixtures are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace, such as lighting, outlets, handles and knobs, etc. For resell remodeling, it’s mainly about the little things you can do at a reasonable cost that will make the biggest impact. A fresh coat of paint is one of the less expensive ways to freshen up the look of the home’s interior when you’re getting it ready to list and show, so it’s almost a given to get a home ready to list. Backsplash tiling is another great example of a way to incorporate color that can be easily adjusted, of course not as much as paint, and also serves the purpose of transforming the look of a house. New finishes of any kind are going to be attractive to buyers. While some projects you can easily tack DIY (Do It Yourself) style, others are best left up to the professionals. Either way, the materials you pick will largely determine the cost of the project. With the reputation of being a specialty store without the specialty prices, you can achieve a stunning look while staying within just about any budget you’re working with by getting your materials at Ceramic Tileworks Center. “We offer over 250,000 feet of inventory to choose from, all available for purchase at our location, so you won’t have to order and wait,” says Jason Tidblom with Ceramic Tileworks Center. “A lot of times resell remodeling projects need to be completed in a short window of time, so that convenience Jason Tidblom factor is valuable in this particular scenario. Ceramic Tileworks Center We take a consultative approach to working with clients, so our experienced staff will be able to offer a host of targeted options to choose from depending on your specifications, whether it’s tile or countertops. You can also pick up any other supplies you’ll need such as underlayments, mortars, grouts and caulks—with all of the materials in-hand when you walk out of the door, it will save you valuable time that you can put towards getting the project done.”

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From a landscaping perspective, buyers want clean planting beds without a lot of clutter and a new palette to work with once they are the homeowners. Easy maintenance is attractive too, particularly for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, which is a significant percentage of the population these days.

• An inspector cannot, with certainty, determine how old a water stain is, how old termite damage is, how long a pipe has been corroded, or predict the service life left in an appliance or shingle. They can give you estimates and averages, and that is what you should take them for. Estimates. Averages. Not guarantees. • Radon testing is becoming more common as there is a lot of radon in southeast Nebraska and it is proven to cause lung cancer. The only way to know if your house has it is to measure for it. You can have very low radon levels while the house next door can be off the charts. If your house is high, lowering it is a priority. • If the house has been vacant a while, rubber seals in stools, dishwashers, and faucets may begin to drip or leak after being pressed back into service. A roof that appears fine may leak, and your inspector may not be able to detect that in dry weather. Again, your home inspector cannot look behind walls, inside of pipes or water heaters, scope sewer lines, etc. Those are specialized inspections that your home inspector may recommend if they suspect a problem, or you can also elect to have those done upon request. Regarding hidden issues that will eventually come to light, Marcus Hellwege with Great Plains Landscaping and Great Plains Epoxy advises, “Water drainage issues from the past are a major red flag that no one wants to deal with, let alone right after purchasing a home. Many times an effort has been made to try and hide these issues by installing new carpet, drywall, and painting over areas that might be rotted.  The first areas that I always check for drainage problems are: Marcus Hellwege • How many times does the sump pump Great Plains Landscaping go off? and Great Plains Epoxy • Are there any cracks in the foundation or

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Luckily, there are a number of ways to solve these types of issues, but some are more costly and take more time than others. This might include adding soil along the foundation or installing larger gutters, drainage tile, French drain, rain gardens, interior drain tile or adding sump pumps. Directing the flow of water away from the house is key!” As far as features of the home that he’s found to be more attractive to potential buyers, Hellwege adds, “While it’s a largely still a seller’s market, the trend with current home buyers is that they still want everything new or as close to that as possible. As previously mentioned, flooring is a very popular project to take on specifically to help sell a home. When it comes to choosing the flooring you’re going to have installed, there are many options that are worth exploring and ones you may not even be aware exist! Epoxy flooring for garages and lava flow or flake in basements, patios and concrete floor areas are the most popular as far as residential applications, and with good reason.  Epoxy can be less expensive than tile and

No matter what type of remodeling project you’re considering, be careful in who you hire and get at least 3 bids. Ask a lot of questions and do not go with the cheapest price; instead, opt for the best design and plan when hiring out work to help renovate or sell a house. From landscaping and tree trimming to epoxy and correcting drainage issues—all of the little things matter.” Your property and its curb appeal is what will make the first impression on a potential buyer, so it only makes sense that it’s just as important to address as anything inside of the home. You’ll want to clean out flower beds, trim the bushes and trees, fix any peeling paint or damaged fencing, keep your lawn cut and edged, get rid of any leaves or debris that have settled into areas of your property, seal cracks in the driveway, replace broken sections of sidewalks, and so on. Adding a pop of color with flowers or freshening up the plant beds with new mulch can really transform the look of a yard without making a major investment. This also might include ensuring that doors open and close correctly, garage door rollers are lubricated and openers operate correctly, drains clear well, gutters are clean and spikes aren’t loose, and the seals around sewer vent stacks are in good condition. Hiring a handyman to go over your house and fix all of the little things shows a potential buyer you have cared for the home. The saying holds true: You only get one shot at a first impression. If you do decide to take on a major outdoor project that’s deemed necessary to sell your home, it’s crucial to know exactly where your property lines are. You may be in a rush to get the project done, but keep in mind that it will be a major, potentially costly, setback in the long run. “Knowing where your boundaries are on any lot will not only help you assess your landscaping projects accurately, but it will also give you the peace of mind that you are only improving upon your own property and not your neighbor’s by accident,” advises Toni Montana, owner of Land Survey Inc. “Furthermore, making sure that the property is properly surveyed is a major advantage to any seller, because the information can easily be presented to buyers so that they know exactly what they are buying.”

Toni Montana

Land Survey Inc. Above all, keep the big picture in mind with any improvements you do to your home. While you may be living there for a number of years, it likely won’t be forever; eventually it will come time to sell. Personal tastes do vary a great deal, but it’s wise to express that in ways that can be adjusted to a more universally-pleasing look when the time comes. When weighing out the pros and cons, your best bet is to get outside opinions directly from the professionals.

Finally as one last piece of advice, homeowners who remodel without considering that value of the other homes in the neighborhood can find themselves in a bad position later on down the line. Be very careful on overspending and then getting stuck with a home that’s not priced comparatively as this can be a disadvantage when it comes time to sell. With so many different ways to improve your home in order to make it more attractive to potential buyers, it’s important to target your efforts towards what will provide the best return on investment. When all is said and done, the best feeling ever is seeing the SOLD sign in your yard as a direct result of your resell remodeling efforts! SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business

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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT

“ Building Relationships

Through Craftsmanship ” For Over

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McGill Restoration began in 1985 as a small company with a handful of employees and a big vision. After only 5 years in business they were so successful that in order to meet the demand for their services, a move to a larger facility was required. Yet again 18 years later, the company expanded to the over 30,000-square-foot facility where they are currently located in the heart of the Florence Area in Omaha, NE. McGill Restoration also has a 6,000-square-foot facility in Lincoln, NE which was opened in 2013, mainly to best serve their growing clientele in the Capital City and surrounding areas. From the very beginning Timothy P. McGill, Founder of McGill Restoration, has had a firm commitment to doing things the right way. McGill realized early on that if the business was going to succeed they had to develop a good reputation by consistently satisfying the needs of the customer.

Pictured L to R Darin Cielocha, Vice President; Dennis Rice, Superintendent; Tim McGill, Owner/President; Jeff Benning, Estimator/Project Manager

“That’s the thing that fueled our growth – saying this is a long-term business. How do you survive in the long term? You have to do exactly what it is you tell people you’ll do.” - Timothy P. McGill Because McGill Restoration has consistently implemented these principles over the years, they have formed partnerships with some well-known companies that have come to count on the excellent service and dependability of McGill Restoration and their second-to-none craftsmanship. Following in their father’s footsteps, Timothy P. McGill’s sons have been actively involved in the business throughout the years. The second generation has been equally dedicated to upholding the company’s standards of excellence and preserving its legacy. Timothy F. McGill came on board as an Estimator in 2000, bringing his expertise in Structural Concrete Repairs and Protective Coating Applications to the team. In 2010, when Timothy P. stepped down as President of McGill Restoration, Timothy F. became the President and Chief Operational Officer. Along with Lincoln’s key team members – Jeff Benning, Estimator/Project Manager, who brings a wealth of knowledge about concrete restoration and specialty coatings; Dennis Rice, Superintendent, who has 30 years of experience in the industry and is responsible for critical aspects such as safety, quality control, production, scheduling, and development; and Darin Cielocha, Vice President of Business Development, who excels in working with clients, design professionals, and has extensive knowledge of construction materials – the strength of the team’s collective experience and industry knowledge is unparalleled. While McGill Restoration’s primary focus of business started with masonry restoration, over the years it has expanded into many different facets of repairs. Today the company’s portfolio of projects includes parking garages, stadiums, industrial manufacturing facilities, power plants, bridge repair

and preservation, and ag-grain storage facilities, just to name a few. Tim’s leadership has brought new growth, as McGill Restoration continues to aggressively expand their Specialty Services while consistently providing the highest level of excellence in the Concrete and Masonry Restoration industry. Their core services now include Parking Garage & Stadium Restoration, Masonry Restoration, Historical Restoration & Cleaning, Building Envelope Services & Commercial Waterproofing, and Industrial & Infrastructure Restoration – when it comes to restoration, McGill Restoration has the expertise and industry knowledge to perform the task to perfection. “I started working with Tim in 2008, and since then McGill Restoration is my first call on projects that relate to concrete flat work, waterproofing or major parking structures. He has the knowledge as well as the resources to tackle most any restoration project and has assisted both myself and The Nebraska Medical Center in many different projects. Tim is extremely personable, ethical and I would recommend McGill Restoration on any project, especially those related to where your building is exposed to the elements.” - Brian Hovey, Bellevue Medical Center No matter the scope of the project, you can count on McGill Restoration to uphold their promise: “To provide the highest quality restoration services in the industry that meet the needs of our customers and exceed their expectations.” There’s truly no other company in the area that takes pride in preservation as much as the dedicated team at McGill Restoration.

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As the senior population in our community grows, we are proud to report that the resource-rich Omaha Metro area has stayed on pace with meeting their needs. Not only that, but in an effort to best anticipate the needs of the future, there is always work being done to improve current services and to fill in any gaps as they are identified. Across the spectrum of senior care, there will always be new problems to address and solutions to be applied as things change with time. However, much remains the same every year at this time with respect to preparations for the winter months or planning how you’ll spend the holidays, and it’s also one of the more ideal times to adjust to any changes that need to be made, such as a move or integrating a higher level of care, if deemed necessary. As such, we’ve taken the opportunity again to catch up with our local experts, who have graciously provided helpful information for our readers about a host of timely topics related to senior living. With the baby boomers now entering their senior years, it makes sense that as such a large population transitions, there will be plenty going on in an effort to accommodate that influx. As this is ongoing, many professionals in our community are contributing their efforts to ensure that all seniors are receiving what they need to remain healthy and happy despite the various challenges that are currently present. “There are a lot of issues facing seniors today but a few that stand out to me include the cost of healthcare as well as disabilities stemming from cancer and heart issues,” notes Jim Laughlin, Vice President of Home Nursing With Heart. “Seniors are living longer and due to this, their retirement savings struggle to accommodate the extra years. This combined with the rising cost of healthcare creates a challenging situation for not only the senior, but the family as well. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) Jim Laughlin has resources and tools to help find ways to Home Nursing With Heart offset these financial burdens. Another area of concern is when a disability is the result of cancer and heart conditions like heart attacks, stroke, heart failure or any other acute health issue. When disabilities arise, the independence of the senior is compromised. Although hopefully they can overcome the disability, sometimes they cannot. In this scenario major decisions regarding living arrangements, costs, government support and family support must be made. I’ve always been a proponent of the services provided by CareMatrix for these decisions as well as any Medical Social Worker, who will be able to present a wide array of support options, some of which many people aren’t aware of but would benefit from considering. In addition to the services and community support available, I constantly talk to seniors worried about how they’re going to pay for skilled nursing and therapy services in the home. Seniors have worked their entire life paying into the Medicare fund and it’s time

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they take advantage of the benefit they’ve earned. Their generation tends to fend off the thought of asking for help, but this is a benefit that they’ve earned for themselves. If skilled nursing and/or therapy services are needed at home you can call any home nursing company like Home Nursing With Heart and we can provide the information for what will be covered and for how long. Smooth transitions occur when everyone in the circle of care is involved and informed. From the senior, the family members, caregivers, nursing, therapy, and the facility they’re transitioning to, the more communication, the better.” With the reality now that many adult children are trying to care for their aging parents while also raising children and sometimes even grandchildren, there can be ongoing challenges present in the lives of all involved.

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“Navigating our long-term care system can be overwhelming and problematic for people taking care of seniors in our society,” says Michaela Williams, President of Care Consultants for the Aging. “It can be somewhat difficult to research available options when making decisions for a loved one, especially during a crisis situation.  If  you are a caregiver for someone, it is helpful to know what government programs are available in order to determine what financial resources and options your loved one has and to work on getting legal affairs in order.

Throughout ones care journey, the reality of needing more than one service to care for your loved one is high. Those who know what senior services are offered tend to make better choices when they need to change or add to their care plan.  Care Consultants produces

the ElderCare Resource Handbook.  The Handbook offers a complete listing of senior services in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.  It is available in print and can be viewed for free online at  www. careconsultants.com.” She also expands on several other key issues impacting seniors, their loved ones, and even caregivers in the near future with the onset of winter weather. “Winter is approaching and tends to lead to higher levels of isolation.  Caregivers can be utilized to help keep seniors active and safe.  They can come over and visit with a senior who may not receive a lot of visitors.  Or they can take the individual out on a walk, to get a bite to eat or to participate in activities.  Sometimes those simple encounters that we take for granted can make a huge difference in a senior’s life.  Senior centers and other organizations around town offer bingo, card games and clubs for seniors to socialize with people with similar interests. When assessing a senior’s living environment, it is important to consider safety, nutrition and socialization.  Not only is it necessary to make sure they are physically safe, it is important to make sure they have access to proper food as well as opportunities to socialize and keep mentally stimulated.  If you have concerns about your loved one’s safety, it is wise to seek help.  Home care can always be a good first step when you are looking for care.  Sometimes having companionship, someone to prepare meals or assistance with personal cares can be just what is needed to help the senior keep their independence.  Care Consultants can find caregivers to work with seniors from one to twenty-four hours a day.  It can be flexible and adapt to your changing needs.” Along the same lines of understanding the different types of resources that are available to seniors, Roxann Rogers-Meyer with Immanuel Communities also points out, “The choices for senior housing are often misunderstood.  Many people believe their only option is a nursing

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home. Our goal at Immanuel Communities is to educate the public on the types of senior housing and to guide and advise families on making an informed decision.

Roxann Rogers-Meyer Immanuel Communities

Seniors and their families could benefit from doing their homework and researching options before a health crisis forces them to make a decision. Immanuel’s website, Immanuel.com, features a questionnaire that can guide families on the appropriate care level.

In the past few years, we have experienced more families visiting our communities at a time when their loved one can no longer live safely at home. In many cases, the senior has waited too long and independent living is no longer a choice.  Assisted living is the appropriate level of care and that can be difficult for the senior and their loved ones to comprehend. Immanuel Communities hosts the University Series.  This educational forum gives seniors the opportunity to explore the community and to better understand independent living.  Research shows that seniors who move into independent living when they are healthy live an average of seven years longer.” She also touches on another important aspect of senior living, the opportunity (or lack-thereof) for social interaction. “Social isolation can impact the health, well-being and quality of life for seniors. It is important for seniors to stay active – physically, cognitively and socially.   Immanuel Communities has a wellness philosophy that addresses the Body, Mind and Spirit.  Our residents participate in Wii tennis tournaments, bocce ball tournaments, competitive bridge and The Landing at Williamsburg Village produces an annual Melodrama featuring the residents and staff.  Immanuel AgeWell Centers focus on physical health by tailoring individual plans to improve well-being. Spiritual health is addressed through Bible study, worship services and the exploration of all faiths. Staying connected is the key to avoiding social isolation.” Jennifer Dil with Comfort Keepers Omaha further advises, “There are generally three key issues for seniors: health, finances and housing. Omaha has an amazing group of builders, planners and senior housing options, from buy-in senior apartments to independent living and assisted living, seniors have more choices than ever. Don’t want to mow? Try the apartment. Want prepared meals and a weight room? Try independent living! It is wonderful for us at Comfort Keepers to see the options continue Jennifer Dil to grow because we work in all of those Comfort Keepers Omaha settings. As health declines we go wherever our client calls home. We help keep our clients independent in all of those settings. The issue of finances directly affects your choice in housing and care options. If you have a long term care policy and savings, you have more choices: you could stay in your home with care as needed or move to a community with around-the-clock care. Without preplanning, you may find your choices are uncomfortable. Estate planners, older friends and family, insurance agents and physicians are all examples of wonderful resources to answer the question: What should I be preparing for when I am in my latter years and no longer as strong as I am now? Also, you’d be surprised at home many different resources are available that you may not have any idea about. Comfort Keepers works with those who are injured, recovering from illness or who need help due to the aging process, but I find many people do not know my industry exists. Most people expect to remain healthy; taking time out of an already busy schedule to find out who to turn to if you

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injure your back slipping on the ice isn’t in the list of things to do. It is an immediate learning curve when needed. The same applies to aging--the expectation is that the only things on the senior checklist are the will and advanced directives, and so many people don’t even get to those. It is hard to think about who will come into your home to help you get dressed and showered at age 91 when you are a healthy 67 year old. As mobility becomes an issue, things in the home that might be dangerous are also commonly overlooked until they become a problem. Do you have knee and hip problems now? Think you might need a wheeled walker in 20 years? Most walkers do not roll well over carpet. Do you have carpet in areas of your home that are highly used? If you plan on staying, you might want to remove it. Did you know standard sized wheelchairs cannot fit through many household doorways? If you have a disease that will eventually have you in a wheelchair, you may want to modify strategic doorways in your home to accommodate your chair. It is never too early to put grab bars near the shower for stabilization getting in and out of the tub/shower. Even children can benefit from the bars in a slippery situation. Finally, regarding smooth transitions, check your stoicism at the door and accept help from others. We were never meant to age alone, meaning with no one to help us. It is hard to adjust to the fact you need help getting the groceries bought and put away, or that you need helping toileting. If you do not accept the help, small inconveniences (like having someone help you wipe) compound into major problems (like a urinary tract infection that leads to a temporary state of dementia that lands you in the hospital on very strong medication).  That is a surprise, isn’t it? Unfortunately it happens all too often.” It truly is of the utmost importance for seniors to live in an environment where all of their needs are being met and they are receiving the level of care they require, not matter where that may be. One of the main reasons, especially in the winter months, is avoiding a catastrophic event after which the senior may end up in a nursing home instead of an assisted living facility.  Lisa Arp with SilverRidge Assisted Living and Memory Support explains, “If you have a family member or a friend that has a family Lisa Arp member who is on the border of living SilverRidge Assisted Living by themselves, and you are not sure, ask yourself this: Do you see them on a ladder? and Memory Support Shoveling snow? On the roof? Mowing the lawn? Raking leaves? Driving long distances? Any of these things could lead to a broken hip, arm, or shoulder, driving  accident or worse. It is up to family members or friends to notice that these things SEPTEMBER 2016 Strictly Business

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are out of the realm of possibilities for these folks. Have a friend or hire someone you ask? You could, but what if one has dementia and forgets that they hired someone and does it anyway. All of the above leading to an event that puts them in the hospital is avoidable if you are proactive and have a conversation early. Introduce the topic to them ahead of time. Make them understand that they are very much involved in the process. If they do have dementia, the conversation is really not going to be a good one. But if they are in the early stages they might still eventually decide to talk about it and they may make it sound like their idea. Go along with it. Don’t argue. If it is their idea, absolutely fantastic! That will make life so much easier for you! Stick to your guns though. This is a touchy talk but very necessary! Social interaction and activity out of the house is important for seniors as well as anyone. Winter depression is not any different than any other seasons. All you have to do is shut the shades. Interaction with someone that is their same age and in their same situation is helpful due to the fact they are not feeling alone and isolated in their situation.” Finding the best mix of appropriate services to fit a person’s unique needs is often just a matter of filling in the gaps. In-home care is a great example, but there are also other gems to consider as fantastic short-term solutions.

Kathy Boroff Remington Heights

“We currently have four assisted living apartments that are completed furnished like a hotel. These are intended for those who need short term stays, such as when family or caretakers leave for vacation or has surgery, need to arrange for respite care, etc.,” advises Kathy Boroff with Remington Heights. “Once people hear about our program, they always comment that they wished they would have known sooner!”

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She adds, “Another one of our offerings that not many people know about is that we’re the only facility in Omaha that has staff trained and certified to teach Rock Steady Boxing, a fitness program for those with Parkinson’s disease. There are more people per capital in Nebraska with Parkinson’s than in any other state in the nation, so we felt strongly about introducing it to those in our community. Michael J. Fox, one of the most visible faces of those with Parkinson’s in the U.S., participates in this program and has been doing amazing! There will continue to be more specialized offerings like the ones I’ve mentioned for our senior population, making the future one of hope for maintaining a high quality of life as we age.” The common theme with the helpful tips we’ve covered is the importance of preparing as much as possible—for the future, for a smooth transition, for what’s to come on our journey in life. As you’d assume, this is also particularly significant when a move becomes necessary. “I always suggest that seniors and their families start planning as early as possible so that the person doesn’t start to feel overwhelmed and stressed out,” says Tyler Whalen, co-owner of the Two Men And A Truck Omaha franchise. “When it comes to making some of the big decisions it’s advantageous to get other family members involved so there’s more than one person helping with decisions, which can also cut down on the stress.” For seniors especially, there is also generally some downsizing that needs to happen with a move from their home to an apartment in a retirement or assisted living community.

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Whalen advises, “It’s never too early to start downsizing. A great way to downsize is to have a garage sale or consign items at a local thrift shop. This allows the individual to make some extra money as they clear unneeded items out of their house. Most seniors have lived in their houses for 30+ years and don’t realize how small the new space is that they are going to be moving into.  After a particular apartment is chosen, it can be helpful to ask the complex for an overhead drawing of their new space.  Use a pencil and start drawing in what furniture you will take and where it will go in the apartment.  This will give you a good idea of your plan of action moving forward. This way you’ll avoid bringing too much furniture with you and will also make for less decisions needing to be made on move day, which will help cut down on stress.” As far as logistics, he adds, “Our typical move really does consist of two men, but when doing some moves into senior living we can send 4-8 men to help reduce move time.  Our services that have been popular among our customers is scheduling one day to come into their home to get everything packed, make the move to senior living, and get everything unpacked and organized all at once.  When doing a full-service, one day move for a customer we’ve found that it can really cut back on the severity of the impact the move has on them.” With so much for seniors and their loved ones to consider, it truly does help to simply have someone to talk to about anything, big or small. As with most other things in life, it’s all about using the available resources to your advantage. There are certainly plenty within our community, and there’s no time like to the present to begin familiarizing yourself with what’s out there. Planning for the future encompasses what might happen tomorrow or next month as well as years down the line, and often our decisions now impact those that we will face later on, so with that in mind it’s never too early to ask the important questions and search for what the right answers are for you and your family as you continue down your path in life.


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BUSINESSES FOR SALE Omaha Area Nail Salon and Spa: Asking Price: $97, 100 | Gross Income: $191, 715

Cash Flow: $38, 165 | EBITDA: N/A | FF&E: $21, 440 | Inventory: N/A | Real Estate: N/A | Established: N/A | Employees: 6 Business Description: This popular Nail Salon and Day Spa is conveniently located in West Omaha; the business is in very good condition and the building and equipment is kept very clean. It comes with all of the equipment, most of the decorations, and all of the products. Several personal belongings that are currently in the shop will go with the current owners after the business is sold. These items will be disclosed during the walk-through and are not included in the price.

Omaha Janitorial and Carpet Cleaning Company: Asking Price: $320, 000 | Gross Income: $208, 000

Cash Flow: $102, 000 | EBITDA: N/A | FF&E: $60, 000 | Inventory: N/A | Real Estate: N/A | Established: N/A | Employees: 5 FT / Owner Managed Business Description: We hear all the time from buyers looking for a business they can Owner Manage instead of being down in the trenches every day. Here it is, owner does QC, sales, scheduling and back office work. For the rest, they have assembled a staff of faithful and dedicated employees with years of experience. This business has built its reputation on its high standard of service that it provides to all of its clients. It averages a business increase of 30-50% year after year and is still servicing and expanding its list of long-term clientele. Contracted income from daytime janitorial alone is approximately $10k a month. And that’s daytime! Up-to-date and well-maintained equipment and two carpet vans are included. After building the business into the well-run organization it has become the owner has started to feel the entrepreneur’s itch again and is ready for a new challenge. That being said, you don’t see a smoothly running business with room for continued growth in this price range very often.

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