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FOCUSING ON YOUR BRAND Great Brands That Compete On Value: Harness The Power Of Their People Chances are, you’ve heard the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work” used in a professional setting. Although used frequently enough to toe the cliché line, it really is true. Synergy is essential, but I’d like to offer another angle to consider: If you’ve attained that within your team, share the news about what makes your personnel special with your fellow community members who constitute the

local marketplace. A business/organization is only as good as the team that runs it, with those people being its most valuable asset. These are the individuals who are responsible for performing the mission-critical tasks within an organization, whether the face of the organization and the ones who are in front of current and potential customers or those behind the scenes/screens. Either way, they are making the impression that will be remembered long past the interaction strictly for the purpose of conducting business. Thus, they are a valuable part of your brand, breathing life into its personality - a construct that should be carefully shaped and developed upon over time. Brand personality is defined as “a set of human characteristics that are attributed to a brand name. A brand personality is something to which a consumer can relate…it refers to the outcome of all the consumer’s experiences with a brand. In other words, it’s the weighted average of previous impressions. In the consumer’s mind, these impressions merge to form an overall concept of what to expect from a brand.” The brand personality – its distinct core traits – is what makes a business/ organization recognizable, remembered, and relatable; one that people can identify with on a personal level. This connection when done right is worth its weight in gold. We all gravitate towards certain personalities, and the same is true with brands attracting consumers. Without a doubt, your people and the talent you have within your organization are an integral part of your branding efforts, contributing to the sum of all that makes up its unique personality. I’ve said it before (many times, as I’m sure our loyal readers are well aware), and I’ll say it again (because I believe in the power of consistent messaging) – People do business with who they know and like. The relationships

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you are able to build The brand personality – its distinct within the community core traits – is what makes a or communities in business/organization recognizable, which you do business remembered, and relatable; one will ultimately determine your long- that people can identify with on a term success. In terms personal level. of familiarity with a business owner, management, and employees alike, those who are visible and well known in their community and among their target market have a leg up on the competition. While there are many ways you could make an introduction or increase the comfort level of making contact, one of the easiest is to familiarize the community with the faces, stature/tenure/positions, expertise, qualifications, achievements, community contributions, etc. within your team. By sharing your personnel news, you are making a valuable, no-pressure introduction before the actual shaking of hands, moving the call from a cold one into somewhat warmer territory. Even if just to educate or praise, personnel news is a great tool for branding, similar to the power of networking. There are a lot of factors that influence our actions and choices regarding with whom we do business. However, in making the decision between two or more options, we are much more inclined to choose one where we know someone personally, are familiar or connected with someone there in some way, or have been referred by someone we know and trust. It’s one of the most compelling factors, in my opinion. In closing, I encourage you to take the opportunity to spotlight your team when warranted and acquaint those in our community with who they are and what makes them special. An effective way to do just that would be to send us your personnel news for consideration in one of our upcoming publications. And of course, make sure to check out the personnel news in this month’s issue and familiarize yourself with some of the talented professionals in the area! To learn more about how Strictly Business can help you, contact me directly at (402) 466-3330 or visit (You can also click on our Staff Letter tab online to view past articles)


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Serving the needs of their clients for the past 28 years, Benefit Professionals, Inc. is excited to have become a Bearence Management G r o u p c o m p a ny. T h e company continues to grow under the leadership of Lisa Daniels, Lori Fischer and Wendi Peterson-Stott.

This longevity is a testament to the quality service that TES OCA is provided to exceed ADV R YOU AS G SERVIN & FINANCIAL STRATEGIES IN INSURANCE their clients’ expectations. Team members at Benefit • Residential Remodeling Professionals believe • Planned Life Changes • Men’s Health • Supporting Non-Profits in earning their clients’ S C • Talon Steel Buildings b u s i n e s s e ve r y d ay. Benefit Professionals, Inc. will continue to service clients in the Midwest region with the goal of providing innovative solutions, expertise, and personalized service, allowing their clients to get the best value from the group coverage elected. They maintain an intense focus on their customers, not just at renewal time but throughout the year. RIVER CITY SIX


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library; and Wrap360, an online ERISA plan document system. The account management team (pictured on the cover) constantly explores new avenues for insurance products. Putting forth a proactive effort to combat rising healthcare costs allows them to react daily to changes in rules and regulations in the insurance industry. Benefit Professionals realizes the companies they serve deserve personalized service. All team members are dedicated to providing their customers with exceptional support and service. Working with all insurance companies, the management team serves as advocates for their clients, and as a result, can offer the richest plans and lowest premiums available in the market. Benefit Professionals is proud to be a part of Bearence Management Group, sharing the vision to redefine risk in the insurance and financial strategies industry. By identifying and merging with market leaders of a variety of insurance disciplines, Bearence continues to experience greater than average growth. Since 2005, the firm has focused on employee benefits, commercial property and casualty, contract surety, financial strategies, human resources outsourcing, corporate health and wellness, worksite voluntary products, home, auto and individual insurance. Bearence is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, and in addition to the Benefit Professionals office in Nebraska, they have an office in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

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The company represents all the major insurance carriers while brokering group benefit coverage. Insurance products managed by Benefit Professionals include: Fully-Insured and Self-Funded Medical, Life and AD&D, Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), Short Term and Long Term Disability, Dental, Vision, Voluntary Life and Flexible Spending Accounts (Section 125). The account management team also offers guidance on ERISA, Health Care Reform, Wellness Programs, COBRA, HIPAA, and Medicare Part D compliance. Clients who partner with Benefit Professionals receive additional services to aid them in their daily business functions, which includes access to Benefits BLVD, a platform to manage the benefits enrollment and administrative process; a Training Center that provides online employee education; HR360, the premier online human resources and benefits

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Bridge to Better Living Recipient of Small Business of the Year Award The Millard Business Association awarded Bridge to Better Living the 2017 Small Business o f t h e Ye a r Awa r d at the annual Millard Business Association Gala. Joanne Carlberg, Omaha consultant, received the award on behalf of Bridge to Better Living. Bridge to Better Living (BBL) was founded in 2010 and serves Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. BBL assists seniors, at no cost to the client, research and find living options in Independent, Assisted, Memory Assisted and Long-Term Care. Transition consultants are experts in answering questions about individual needs and provide one on one personal service to simplify choices. Consultants arrange tours and accompany the family and/or client on visits. BBL helps make the process smooth and successful. Feel confident you are making the right decision. Contact Bridge to Better Living at or call (402) 802-3301.

Construction Underway, On Schedule for New Marriott Capitol District Hotel in Omaha Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation and Shamrock Development, Inc. a leading Nebraska-based development company, has announced that construction is underway and on schedule for the completion of Omaha’s Marriott Capitol District Hotel. Slated to open this summer, the Omaha Marriott Downtown will be the first new full-service hotel to open in Omaha, NE in more than 10 years. Located at Capitol Avenue and 10th Street, the 333-room, 12-story fullservice hotel will serve as an anchor for the Capitol District, an upscale urban destination dining and entertainment community located in the center of downtown Omaha. As part of the development, the new Marriott hotel will have over 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with an additional 16,500 square feet of pre-function space. The 11,000-square-foot ballroom will be one of the largest among the downtown Omaha hotels. Other features and amenities include hospitality suites, a roof top swimming pool with bar/entertainment area, a full-service restaurant, two bars, coffee shop in the lobby, extra-large fitness center overlooking the pool, a parking garage and personalized concierge service. In anticipation for its summer opening, the hotel is looking to hire 150 full-time and part-time positions. New employees are needed for culinary, server, front office and guest service, housekeeping, and other operational positions. Prospective employees can search for and apply to job openings at, or by calling (402) 807-8000. New positions are added daily. For more information about the hotel, visit www.downtownomahamarriott. com.


Neighborhood Dental Opens in Papillion, Hosts Ribbon Cutting

New Builder Wausau Homes Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

Neighborhood Dental opened its newest location in Pa p i l l i o n a t 11366 S 96th St, Suite 121 on March 27th. In celebration, an official ribbon cutting was held on June 21st with the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce.

W a u s a u Homes builder Ruben Gomez has officially opened the doors of his new home construction business serving clients in Omaha, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held with local Chambers of Commerce in June to celebrate.

Please welcome Dr. Ryan Morrison to your neighborhood, the dentist serving patients at the Walnut Creek location in Papillion! Originally from Omaha, Dr. Morrison attended Boston College and then graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry. He then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) at Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morrison provides exceptional care and looks forward to serving new patients of the family practice. At Neighborhood Dental, the team strives to save you pain, time, and money. Offerings include on-time seating, free exam and x-rays to new patients, professional whitening, sleep apnea relief, and easy-to-read treatment plans – just to name a few. For more information, please visit or contact the office at (402) 964-2200 / walnut@neighborhooddentalcare. com.

On-Site Consultation Program Helps Businesses Identify Safety, Health Hazards The Nebraska Department of Labor provides the On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program at no cost to Nebraska employers in general industry and construction. Using this free consultation service, businesses can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational injury and illness prevention programs, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. Well-trained, professional staff from the Nebraska Department of Labor consult with employers on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available. Primarily targeted at smaller businesses, the program is completely separate from any OSHA inspection effort. No citations are issued or penalties imposed. The only obligation for employers is to correct serious job safety and health hazards in a timely manner. Information gathered during consultations is kept confidential. Individuals’ names, firm names, any information provided by employers about the workplace, plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers, are not reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff. Participation in the program helps businesses: • Comply with federal and state safety and health requirements • Recognize and remove hazards • Protect workers from injury and illness • Prevent loss of life at the worksite • Limit equipment damage and productivity losses • Improve employee morale To learn more, go to

The state-of-the art Design Studio showcases a welcome area where homebuyers can share their life story and vision for their new home. It also features everything from cabinets and countertops to siding and shingles, while providing the latest technology to help homebuyers plan and customize their new homes. Among the highlights is a 3D viewer that allows homebuyers to see their home plans take shape before their eyes so they will know exactly what their new home will look like before it’s ever built. Wausau Homes has redefined the homebuilding experience, making it stress-free for homebuyers by providing firm pricing, a firm movein date and a home customized just the way the customer wants it. Based in Wausau, WI, Wausau Homes has been building quality, custom homes in partnership with local builders throughout the Midwest for over 50 years. Visit Ruben at his Design Studio located at 1505 W Broadway Avenue, Suite 2 in Council Bluffs. Or visit the Wausau Homes website at for more information.

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We are totally focused on satisfying your needs... Stratus Building Solutions Celebrates 10th Economic Benefit Cheered as Costco Breaks Anniversary Ground on 1st Poultry Processing Facility Because it is your business. Stratus Building Solutions is celebrating 10 years of providing quality ser vice in Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding areas! A decade ago, Stratus Building Solutions was Contact us at 402-935-8007 for a free quote. Or visitenvironmentally-friendly developed to provide a superior, commercial cleaning experience driven by dedicated, entrepreneurial, small business owners and regional support centers. The company has since become a household name in the janitorial industry, widely recognized for its professionalism, attention to detail, and pursuance of cleaning for health. Now under new ownership, Stratus Building Solutions continues to strive for exceptional customer service and green cleaning solutions to fit the needs of any business. Offering a variety of specialized commercial cleaning services, state-of-theart cleaning equipment, non-toxic Stratus Green Clean chemicals that are biodegradable, and 24-hour emergency services, Stratus Building Solutions is second to none in the commercial janitorial service industry. With customizable cleaning options and competitive rates, Stratus Building Solutions provides services to a large range of clients, from schools, medical offices, shopping centers, warehouses, dealerships, religious centers, professional offices, daycares, retail stores, gyms and more. Contact the Stratus Building Solutions team today for a quote! For more details, please visit or contact Vicky Nolasco at (402) 935-8007 /

On June 19th, Lincoln Premium Poultry’s groundbreaking in Fremont for Costco’s first-ever poultry processing plant, hatchery and feed mill facility took place. Projected to open in April 2019, the $300-million project is expected to generate an overall economic impact of $1.2 billion annually, create approximately 800 new jobs and connect Costco to a dedicated network of producers in eastern Nebraska. The Lincoln Premium Poultry facility will utilize the latest technology to process an expected 2 million chickens a week for sale in Costco stores. Lincoln Premium Poultry joins a critical mass of agricultural-based companies that call Nebraska and the Greater Omaha region home. Statewide, one-in-four jobs is related to agriculture. Throughout the region, livestock and food processing industries employ nearly 20,000. Complementing the region’s existing industries, the farmer network needed for a facility of this scale brings an opportunity for farmers to diversify their portfolios and expand existing operations. Over the past year, the retail giant has worked with a multitude of partners to land the facility in the Fremont area. Those partners include the Greater Fremont Development Council, City of Fremont, Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska.

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BUSINESS NEWS Dana Farms at Mayberry to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Event You’re invited to attend Dana Farms at Mayberry’s “2017 Eclipse” viewing event on Monday, August 21st! Located on 614 Ave between Road 717 and 718, 4 miles west of Steinauer, NE, dayof and extended camping passes will be offered. The 3-Day/2-Night tent tickets for Saturday, August 19th through Monday, August 21st are limited to the first 20 reservations for $550. It includes the following: parking stall for one vehicle (no campers or trailers allowed), solar eclipse glasses, open-air movies, private concert with “Blue House,” wine sampling, nature walk, and several meals will be served to guests throughout the weekend. Day of event tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 & under. The first contact is approximated to begin at 11:30 a.m., with the total solar eclipse at 1:02 p.m. and the final phases ending around 2:30 p.m. A warm “Welcome” is extended to those who will be attending and all are encouraged to come out and experience this once-in-a-lifetime event! Please visit for more details and to purchase tickets.

Intellegen Opens New Conference Showroom Intellegen, a commercial custom integrator and low voltage contractor, held an open house and ribboncutting on June 1st to demonstrate the automation capabilities of their new conference showroom. Also on display were some of Intellegen’s capabilities in digital signage, indoor and outdoor audio-visual, computer network infrastructure and physical security and access control systems. Intellegen President, Toby Asplin, said, “What we’re demonstrating here today is the power and cost-effectiveness of leading edge automation technology. We can now provide functionality that has historically cost tens of thousands of dollars at a fraction of the price.” In attendance for the ribbon-cutting were members of the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Millard Business Association and Centersphere Networking Group. In all, nearly 100 people attended the open house and following seminars. Intellegen, a derivative of intelligent, was born out of the necessity for security and performance in a world increasingly dependent on technology. We strive to provide our clients with technology for intelligent living™. Whether it’s the automation of your home’s systems for energy savings and convenience or the provisioning of networking, security and audio-visual technology for your business, Intellegen has a solution – a solution with security and performance at its core. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Toby Asplin at (402) 504-3187 or email at info@


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Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement Now Offering AnaGize Hair Therapy Brooke Ahlman, owner of Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement, is excited to announce the addition of a new offering to the salon’s service menu that’s now available to clients: AnaGize Hair Therapy For Men And Women. AnaGize Hair Therapy is a series of hair and scalp products created to combat the causes of hair loss for both men and women. It cleans the scalp of topical DHT and promotes a healthy and abundant hair growth environment. The net effect is the reduction of hair loss and the promotion of stronger, fuller, and healthier looking hair, and it all starts with AnaGize. Located at 7405 Pioneers Blvd. #3 in Lincoln, Brookelyn’s Hair & Replacement offers non-surgical hair loss replacement services along with regular haircuts, perms, colors and extensions. The hair systems offered allow you to have hair again without any noticeable signs commonly associated with extensions or over-the-counter products, no matter how you style your hair. For more information, visit or call (402) 649-0212.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Adds Value Flex Service for Long-Distance Moves Just in time for the busiest moving weekend of the year, June 23-25, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Omaha released a new service that benefits those looking for a first class long-distance moving option at an affordable rate. Value Flex is the most groundbreaking service to hit the moving industry in recent history. When using the Value Flex® moving service, items will be loaded into a state-of-the-art 16x8ft. portable container and transported to the nearest TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise in the new town via designated shipping routes. When you confirm a long-distance Value Flex® move, you’ll be provided with an exact date of arrival for your belongings, eliminating any wait time once at your new home. Each container is GPS tracked and will only be loaded with the customer’s belongings. At the destination franchise, a professionally-trained and uniformed TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team will deliver and unload the items in the new home. Moving across the country has never been so easy & affordable. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the fastest-growing franchised moving company in the country and offers comprehensive home and business relocation and packing services. The Omaha franchise is locally owned and operated by partners Justin Tangeman and Tyler Whalen, who also recently acquired the Lincoln franchise. For more information or to schedule your upcoming move, please visit or call (402) 764-1002. JULY 2017 Strictly Business 9

BUSINESS NEWS CarePatrol of Nebraska Introduces New Online Resource C a r e Pa t ro l o f Nebraska has added another free resource to their offerings with the recent launch of a new informational website: This website is all about helping keep seniors safe in their home if that is where they choose to live. With an easily accessible Free Home Fall Evaluation, family members can fill out the online questionnaire about the senior’s home and will be provided with personalized tips and ideas on how to eliminate existing hazards and make the house safer. Upon completion, there is also the option of ordering any necessary items, such as grab bars and other safety items, which can be mailed directly to the senior’s home and installed by whomever they choose. As part of the largest no-cost senior placement agency in the nation, CarePatrol of Nebraska ( assists clients with the selection of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities at no cost to the family or senior. The CarePatrol team helps find the safest and best community for each client, matching them by care needs, wants, location and finances. The company thoroughly reviews the state’s care and violation history of every community before recommending them, and a CarePatrol representative will then line up the tours and personally accompany the client to help make sure all the right questions are asked. For more information, please contact Theron Ahlman directly at (402) 580-2116 /

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FitNest Inspired by American Ninja Warrior FitNest, an indoor obstacle course facility in Omaha, has been giving area children and teens the opportunity to test their abilities on obstacles popularized by the TV series and competition American Ninja Warrior. FitNest opened in Omaha last fall and offers ninja warrior classes, open gym and private group sessions, summer camps and birthday parties. The gym offers versions of the TV show’s obstacles including three Warped Walls in various sizes, Quintuple Steps, Salmon Ladder, Rock Wall, Spider Wall and many more. There is no age minimum, however the facility is geared towards older children (approximately 7 or 8 years old and up) and teens, but also caters to adults for family and group outings. Six week ninja warrior classes and open sessions are offered throughout the year for children and teens to improve upon their skills. FitNest owner Jeff Cauble has been a personal trainer for over 20 years, is the President of the West Omaha Track Club and a USA Track & Field certified coach. Cauble and his two sons are big fans of American Ninja Warrior, which along with his experience and background, inspired him to open FitNest. FitNest is located one block south of 109th & Harrison Street in La Vista. For more information about classes, open sessions, group outings, birthday parties or week-long summer camps please visit

Greater Omaha SCORE Opens Satellite Office at Commerce Village On July 1, Greater Omaha SCORE opened a satellite office in the new Commerce Village at 950 South 10th Street in Omaha. Commerce Village is in the newly renovated Rail & Commerce Building, formerly the Burlington Mail Terminal. SCORE has been providing counseling, mentoring and education to entrepreneurs and small businesses for over 25 years within the Omaha Metro area. The Rail & Commerce Building’s award-winning renovation is largely inspired by its location’s legacy as a place where Omaha’s commercial spirit began and thrived. Designed for the modern worker, Commerce Village provides amenities to make day-today business operations as stress free as possible so businesses can focus on innovation, networking, and growth. Through the partnership with The Greater Omaha SCORE, businesses and new entrepreneurs will have access to free business counseling and mentoring as well as education through workshops and seminars held within the facility. SCORE is excited to expand to this location, putting them closer to businesses and entrepreneurs in north, south and downtown Omaha. SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. This relationship with Commerce Village helps further their vision of providing every person the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner. Greater Omaha SCORE also has an office located in the SBA building at 10675 Bedford Ave, Ste #100. If you would like more information or SCORE’s assistance for your business, please visit or call (402) 221-3606. For more information on Commerce Village, please visit www. or call (402) 637-4455.

BUSINESS NEWS J-Tech Construction, J-Tech Solar Relocate Main Office

Parallel Technologies Acquires Building Systems Solutions

J-Tech is excited to announce that they are in the process of moving the company’s main office that houses both the J-Tech Constr uction and J-Tech Solar divisions. Headquartered in Lincoln, NE and currently situated in Historic Havelock, the new location was purchased at the end of May and relocation will be complete in July! It’s conveniently right down the street, at 6200 Havelock Ave., and allows more space for the growing company to continue its expansion. Havelock is home to owner Jason Olberding, where he and his father started J-Tech. Promoting local businesses and staying local are a huge part of Jason and J-Tech’s core beliefs. Olberding specifically purchased the building in the same neighborhood, and is remodeling it to fit the needs of the company as its “home base.” The company also has a satellite office in Grand Island, NE and serves clients across the state. J-Tech Construction is your Exterior Experts, specializing in seamless siding, triple pane windows, and roof replacement, among other remodeling products and services offered. J-Tech Solar helps residential and commercial clients go green and realize the benefits that renewable energy has to offer. With J-Tech, your desired results are guaranteed to be delivered on time and on budget. For more information about J-Tech Construction or J-Tech Solar, or to schedule a free consultation and estimate for your upcoming project, contact (402) 261-3682 / office@ or visit /

Parallel Technologies, an industry-leading reliable data center and intelligent building solutions company, has announced the acquisition of Omaha, Nebraska-based Building Systems Solutions (BSS). The privately-held company specializing in Building Automation Controls & Energy Management solutions was purchased for an undisclosed amount. The company’s 11 employees will continue to work out of an office in Omaha.

The Green Spot of Omaha Named 2017 Nebraska Retail Champion The Green Spot of Omaha has been named the 2017 Second Congressional District - Nebraska Retail Champion by the Nebraska Retail Federation. Owned by sisters Jessica Ellis and Whitney Kamish, The Green Spot specializes in natural, organic and eco-friendly pet food and supplies.

With the addition of BSS, Parallel Technologies’ is investing in the expansion of its HVAC and building controls capabilities. The BSS business will be incorporated into the company’s existing Intelligent Building division which currently offers physical security, audio visual, intelligent LED lighting, structured cabling, digital signage, wireless infrastructure, distributed antenna systems and managed services. Following the acquisition, founder Jay Stark will retain a key leadership role in refining Parallel’s Intelligent Building strategy and expanding the company’s footprint in the region. For nearly ten years, BSS has worked with companies in the Omaha area as well as throughout the United States, completing projects for companies representing a wide spectrum of industries including the Metropolitan Community College, Noresco, Omaha Public Power District, Scott Data Center, United States Coast Guard, US Foods, Valmont Industries, Zurich Insurance Group. BSS maintains reseller partner relationships with Siemens (Talon Building Control System), Tridium (Niagara 4) and Honeywell (WEBs-AZ). Additionally, the BSS team has a high degree of experience with other systems including Barber-Colman, Invensys, Carrier, Johnson Control, and Trane and has Certified Energy Managers and IT Professionals on staff.

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The award was presented at their Shoppes at Aksarben store by State Senator Sara Howard and Nebraska Retail Federation president Jim Otto on June 20th. The award includes an all expenses paid trip to the 2017 America’s Retail Champion competition in Washington D.C, July 17-19 sponsored by the National Retail Federation. The purpose of the Nebraska Retail Champion/America’s Retail Champion competition is to emphasize the huge contributions local retailers make to their communities. They pay local taxes, create local jobs, sponsor local charities, and collect the sales tax that is due on each retail purchase while their out of state online competitors do none of those. The Green Spot (TGS; opened in January 2012 with 1,300 square feet of retail space, located on 72nd & Pacific Streets in Omaha at the Shoppes of Aksarben. Over the years, TSG has added full-service grooming, an e-commerce website, Omaha’s first mobile food truck for dogs, and expanded into the corner bay next to the original space, almost tripling the square footage and adding self-serve dog wash areas. In 2014, TGS was named the Small Business of the Year for Congressional District 2 by the Nebraska District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. TGS understands how important supporting the community is and they make every effort to be as involved as possible, giving back and supporting local organizations in many different ways.

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BUSINESS NEWS Novozymes Unveils $36M Investment in Blair

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Less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America. The company’s new $36 million investment in the facility, which produces enzymes for renewable fuels, will increase the plant’s capacity to meet growing needs within the bioscience industry and global biofuels market.

OneWor ld Comm unity Health Centers has officially opened an additional clinic space at OneWorld Northwest, located at 4229 North 90th St. in Omaha.

Since 2012, production capacity in Nebraska’s biofuels industry increased by 7.8 percent. Nebraska is the number two ethanol producer in the nation and produces more than 2 billion gallons annually, second only to Iowa. Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois produce nearly half of the 15.2 billion gallons of ethanol generated each year in the United States. The company has hired more than 100 local contractors to install additional production equipment and water cooling units at the facility, where work is currently underway. Company officials worked with both state and local economic development partners to expand in Blair, including the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), Gateway Development Corporation and the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership. While the company’s North American presence includes its headquarters in Franklinton, NC, and 10 additional facilities in the United States and Canada, Novozymes’ Blair plant currently serves as its only American facility dedicated to the growing biofuel industry.

With the new expansion, patients will have access to a second Quick Sick urgent care clinic location, which will include both medical and dental services. The new medical clinic will be open evenings and weekends. The new clinic space will be unveiled during an open house reception on Tuesday, July 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at OneWorld Northwest. The public is invited to attend the open house for desserts, beverages and tours of the remodeled space. “We’re excited to be able to offer our patients two convenient options when they need urgent medical or dental care,” Andrea Skolkin, CEO of OneWorld, said. “Instead of having to schedule an appointment or travel to our South Omaha campus, patients can be seen right away at OneWorld Northwest.” For more infor mation about the expansion, visit www.

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BUSINESS NEWS Thermo King Christensen Launches New Online Parts Store

Strictly Business Lincoln Magazine Celebrates 24th Anniversary

Thermo King Christensen is pleased to announce the recent launch of their website:

This month, Strictly Business is celebrating 24 years si nce the launch of the Lincoln publication! It’s yet another milestone reached thanks to the support of our clients and readers, for which we are tremendously grateful. It’s also a prized achievement of our talented team of professionals here at Strictly Business. Our success wouldn’t be possible without the leadership and dedication of the founders of the company, President Paige Zutavern and Publisher Shayne Zutavern, and all those who have made significant contributions over the years. We are honored to be a part of the business community in Lincoln, as well as here in the Omaha Metro with our sister publication, and hope to continue the legacy we have built well into the future. As we approach our “Silver Jubilee” – our 25th anniversary in 2018 – and our 10th anniversary this fall for the Omaha magazine, we’ll be making some very exciting announcements, so make sure to stay tuned!

The new site now features an Online Parts Store to accommodate customers’ needs 24/7. Customers can browse through new and pre-owned refrigeration units, truck, trailer and parts inventory, find emergency uptime mobile service, check out seasonal specials or search for career opportunities. Besides branch locations in Omaha, NE, Sioux City, IA, and Grand Island, NE, the online sales option offers customers a wide choice of brand name heavy duty products. A steady increase in online sales has shown continued popularity with an ever-expanding customer base. Thermo King Christensen, based in Omaha, celebrated 70 years of operation in 2016. The full-service dealership is proud to continue doing business as Thermo King’s largest supplier of pre-owned reefer units in the United States. The Omaha location also features the Midwest’s largest electrical rebuild department, plus truck and trailer sales, repair and rental. For more information, visit the website or contact the Omaha location directly at (402) 331-6116.

Veridian Credit Union Celebrates Papillion Branch With Donation, Growth Announcement Ve r i d i a n C r e d i t Union (veridiancu. o r g ) c e l eb r a t e d the opening of its new branc h in Papillion, Nebraska o n T h u r s d ay, June 15th. City officials, chamber representatives and local educators Pictured R-L: Veridian President and CEO Monte Berg; Congressman Don Bacon’s Deputy District g a t h e r e d a t a Director James Wright; Papillion Mayor David Black; ribbon-cutting event Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Membership for the branch at Manager Candice Jacobs; Veridian Branch Manager 1 0 3 2 4 S . 7 1 s t Cathy Alm and Veridian Market President Jay Ferris. Terrace, where three local schools were awarded donations as part of the Veridian Gives Back campaign. “We’re celebrating each new branch with an interactive giving campaign,” said Veridian’s Papillion Branch Manager Cathy Alm. “Veridian Gives Back is a demonstration of who we are as a credit union and our commitment to being a strong community partner.” In the weeks following the branch’s May 1st opening, the credit union launched Veridian Gives Back for public input on which of eight local schools within closest proximity to the branch should receive a portion of $4,000 in donations. In response, the community voted for La Vista West Elementary School to receive $500, Tara Heights Elementary School to receive $1,000 and G. Stanley Hall Elementary School to receive $2,500. Event attendees toured the branch and received an announcement on the credit union’s next branch location. Veridian plans to open on South 144th Street (one block north of Center Street) in Omaha in early 2018. The new location will follow the Papillion branch’s 5,104-square-foot layout with space for consumer and commercial lenders, an entertainment-equipped family office to accommodate members with children during longer visits and biometric access to safe deposit boxes. The new location will be Veridian’s 31st branch across its field of membership and fourth in the greater Omaha area within the last two years. Veridian announced plans last year to open 10-15 greater Omaha branches in the next decade.

Concordia University, Nebraska To Host Solar Eclipse Event Concordia U n i ve r s i t y, Nebraska, will host an event to wa t c h t h e solar eclipse at Bulldog Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. on August 21st. Areas of Bulldog Stadium and the field will be open to the public, with eclipse updates and commentary from the Concordia science department being audible throughout the stadium. The school group registration deadline is July 31st for a cost of $100 per school. Registered school groups will have a controlled bus drop-off area, designated bus parking, reserved seating, and solar eclipse glasses. No registration is necessary for the general public and there is no cost for attendance. A limited number of solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available for purchase at the event. For more information or to register, visit

Last Call for 2017 Cornhusker State Games Registration To get signed up for the 2017 Cornhusker State Games, July 5th is the final deadline for most sports. This year’s Games, the 33rd annual, take place July 21-30 and offer competition in 60+ sports with divisions for all ages and abilities. Entries are projected to exceed 12,000 Nebraskans, and more than 50 sports venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities, will host competition. All registered athletes receive admission to the Opening Ceremonies, a free meal and games at SportFest, a voucher for a free ticket to a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game and a Cornhusker State Games shirt with their paid entry. Entry fees vary by sport. Online registration and all sport and special-event information can be found at or by calling (402) 471-2544. JULY 2017 Strictly Business 13

BUSINESS NEWS First National Bank Announces Community Development Grants

Home Instead Senior Care of Omaha Opens Doors to New Local Office

First National Bank awarded a total of $834,000 in community development grants to 47 organizations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota. The grants support programs focused on stable housing, vibrant neighborhoods and strong local economies.

Home Instead Senior Care®, a leading inhome care provider in Nebraska, is proud to continue its investment in the Omaha area. A local Home Instead office recently celebrated their grand re-opening and new location with a ribbon cutting and open house. Their new office is located at 10830 Old Mill Rd Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68154 and serves seniors in the Omaha metro area.

In Nebraska, First National Bank awarded $580,500 in community development grants to 26 organizations across the state. Grants for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization programs will enable the bank’s community partners to build, rehabilitate or finance 484 homes and provide 654 individuals with home ownership education and foreclosure prevention services. Grants supporting economic development initiatives will create or retain 362 jobs and assist more than 635 small businesses in Nebraska. First National Bank expects to announce additional community development grants in the fourth quarter of this year that will support initiatives that strengthen the workforce. In 2016, the bank awarded a total of $1.84 million in community development grants to organizations across its seven-state service area. First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.


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Home Instead Senior Care offers a variety of in-home care options for seniors and their families, allowing the senior to remain independent and safe in their own home. Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska by Lori and Paul Hogan, the local offices in the Home Instead Senior Care® network now employ approximately 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide services that span the care continuum – from personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service that helps enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. To learn more visit www.

BUSINESS NEWS Heartland International Announces Roof-TopTours in Lincoln and Omaha Heartland International, Inc. a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems is making available Roof-Top-Tours of completed and commercial roofing projects-in-process in the Lincoln and Omaha areas. Dennis Nun, President of Heartland says, “These Roof-Top-Tours are specifically designed for building owners, roofing contractors, architects and commercial builders who are not familiar with these Energy Star systems that are lightweight, durable, long lasting and environmentally friendly. We are scheduling these tours for individuals, firms or groups.” The Conklin Company is a Minnesota-based research, developing, manufacturing and distribution company who pioneered the manufacturing, installation and warranty programs for their fluid applied and single-ply energy star systems in 1987. They are celebrating their 40-Year anniversary of the introduction of their first product, Rapid RoofTM, in 2017. Conklin boasts of over 1-billion square feet of roofs installed with less than ½ of 1% in warranty claims, due in large part to their required extensive classroom, hands-on and field training programs their contractors attend. Heartland International, Inc. is based in Lincoln, NE and is responsible to screen and train contractors to install the Conklin Roofing Systems. For more information or to schedule a Roof-Top-Tour, e-mail DennisLNun@ or call (402) 430-7727.

Local HR Organization Receives National Award for Outstanding Achievement The Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM) was awarded the 2016 Platinum Excel Award by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The award recognizes HRAM for outstanding accomplishments in 2016. The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Membership retention, advancing the human resource profession, student chapter growth, and providing more strategic programming were goals identified by HRAM at the beginning of 2016. Through thoughtful and thorough internal initiatives, the organization achieved all four goals. “We are thrilled to receive the Excel Award because it validates the significant efforts made by our dedicated staff and volunteers to support and engage Omaha’s HR community,” said Kelli Lieurance, an attorney at Baird Holm, board president during the time that these goals were achieved. The board’s current president, Virginia Kiviranta, a staffing manager for Noll Human Resources, says that the organization will continue to strive to advance the local human resource profession and the people they serve through development and networking opportunities. The award will be announced to the HRAM membership at their program on July 11. HRAM will also receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences. HRAM ( is the premier organization for human resource professionals in the Omaha metropolitan area. With over 1,000 members, HRAM is a super-mega chapter, one of the largest nationally.

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Evonik, DSM to Invest $200M in Blair, Cargill Campus Another major announcement – the second in less than three months – signals more remarkable growth for the City of Blair and the Greater Omaha region. On June 15, Evonik and Royal DSM announced their plans to open a joint manufacturing venture – called Veramaris – in Blair on the Cargill campus. The $200 million facility will produce an innovative, new omega-3 fatty acid. Each will contribute $100 million over the course of two years. Venture partner Evonik is a known commodity in the community. The Germany-based company has been operating its own amino acid production facility in Blair for almost 20 years. The new commercial-scale plant, expected to be operational in 2019, will be located adjacent to Evonik’s current facility. Lisa Scheve, executive director of Gateway Development Corp., a member of the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership, has been working with Evonik the past three years to encourage expansion in Blair. The Veramaris announcement follows the news that international biotech company Evolva is planning to grow its global operation in collaboration with Cargill’s campus. The Switzerland-based company develops, makes and sells high-value specialty ingredients, including stevia, nootkatone and resveratrol.

InfiNet Recognized as Industry Leader by ChannelE2E The team of business computer services experts at InfiNet Solutions Inc. is thrilled to announce that they have been named to this year’s Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list by ChannelE2E. Every year ChannelE2E releases a number of extensively researched lists that rank MSP service providers in a variety of categories, and this year InfiNet is thrilled to have been recognized as a dynamic and strategic IT provider for Omaha businesses. Through their research, the ChannelE2E team determines the key performance indicators within the industry including business development, talent recruitment, management, financial models, marketing, sales and customer engagement. The Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list is compiled based on an assessment of Q1 industry results and this year, InfiNet received a ranking of 76! The InfiNet team is committed to providing forward-thinking IT and reliable IT support for Omaha businesses. Through their ability to provide extensive managed IT services, strategic IT guidance, and innovative consultation, InfiNet has earned themselves a unique and celebrated market position in the managed IT service industry. InfiNet is a strategic and proactive managed IT service provider, serving businesses and community organizations across Nebraska. The InfiNet team of professionals is made up of real people who are committed to being active technology partners who are approachable, focused and strategic in all the work they do. For more information please visit JULY 2017 Strictly Business 15

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provide a more finished appearance while helping to make the building quiet and comfortable. For the exterior façade, a variety of Canopies, parapets and faux finish exterior options are possible. Choose from stone, stucco or insulated architectural panels, all of which can add a distinctive flare to your structure while providing added surface for signage. Then, choose from overhang, gutter and downspout options to protect the foundation and property from erosion and water damage while beautifying the structure. Finally, for the entrance, whether you need a simple access door or an elaborate storefront system, Talon Steel Buildings has plenty of options that can be sized and configured to your exact specifications. Enhancing both the interior and exterior aspects of the building, strategically placed windows will add light and warmth, and residential or commercial windows can be installed based on the Headquartered in Lincoln, NE and serving clients statewide, desired look and function. In total, Talon Steel Buildings Talon Steel Buildings is proud to have established has a wide selection of options for all of the key building partnerships with high-quality product vendors such as features to suit any need and taste. Topline Steel Buildings, Central States Manufacturing. And Raynor Overhead doors. Topline Steel Buildings is All buildings are designed and fabricated according to another Heartland business and a premium provider of pre- the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and American engineered metal buildings that are constructed from 100% Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) specifications. Clients can count on quality and skilled craftsmanship along with American steel. top-of-the-line materials, for a finished product that will Talon Steel Buildings offers a wide array of quality features meet and very likely exceed their expectations. and optional accessories to improve functionality and enhance the building’s appearance. Clients can choose from Talon Steel Buildings firmly stands behind the quality a multitude of color and trim options to create the perfect and integrity of every building, whether it’s purposed for blend of form and function. For the interior design, steel commercial use, mixed-use, ag-related, self-storage, or any liner panels add style and energy efficiency. Additionally, laminated fiberglass blanket insulation, offered in a variety other number of possibilities. Find out more about Talon of thicknesses and R-value ratings, as well as thermal Steel Building’s offerings online at or efficiency systems for both interior walls and ceilings, by contacting the team at (402) 937-5937. 3800 N 27th St. Lincoln, Nebraska (402) 937-5937 • (308) 344-9345 JULY 2017 Strictly Business



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Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, Notre Dame Housing is a non-profit organization that provides service-enriched affordable and supportive services for seniors 55 and older. Brenda Stanislav is the Program Director at Notre Dame Housing. Tell us a little about your business. - As one of the largest affordable housing providers for seniors in Nebraska we offer a stable foundation that allows seniors to explore their potential, supported by programs devoted to maintaining and enjoying independent lifestyles. Notre Dame Housing’s programs and services are designed to help seniors remain independent, healthy and stable. Our Goal: To ensure that seniors have choices about how and where they age. No one chooses to be in the position of depending on the compassion of others to meet the basic need of shelter. Our Mission: To provide service-enriched affordable housing, fostering independence and dignity. Our Vision: To create community that provides older adults with the resources to maintain a safe, comfortable and self-sufficient lifestyle. Our Purpose: To provide service-enriched affordable housing to low-to-moderate income seniors. Tell us about your position. - As a Program Director I coordinate activities, community events and entertainment. I also oversee the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA) congregate senior lunch program/ senior center. Finally, I recruit, coordinate, supervise and train all of the volunteers and program staff for Notre Dame Housing. Tell us a little about your experience in the industry. - Over the past 20 years I have held positions in Activities, Social Services, Food Service and Nursing. I have worked in Senior Centers, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Livings, and Independent Living Facilities. I also have past case management experience in substance abuse/mental health as well as domestic violence. What has been your most important achievement professionally? There have been several. Earning my Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human & Social Service Administration from Bellevue University in 2004, receiving a ServSafe Certification in January of 2013, and becoming a certified instructor in Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance in 2016. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - When I moved to Omaha from the middle of the state, out in Grand Island. Relocating to the metro area offered me far more job opportunities. What are you the most proud of? - My education. I started with earning a diploma in Human Services, went on to receive my Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services from Central Community College, and then my Bachelor of Science degree. I feel my education and career experience has helped me to be a well-rounded person and professional. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Dedicated What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. What is your favorite movie? - Point of No Return starring Bridget Fonda. What is your favorite TV show? - Days of our Lives, The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Olive Garden. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Edgar Allen Poe If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Feel free to email me directly at or visit us online at


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CARTRIDGE WORLD Cartridge World is your first choice for top quality printing products, local service and expert advice. With a winning combination of home and business class print solutions, the team of professionals at Cartridge World can help you save up to 30% off big box store prices while you enjoy the brand selection you want, the quality products you need, and the unsurpassed value you simply can’t find anywhere else. Andy Neil is the President and owner of the local Cartridge World franchise. Tell us a little about your business. - Cartridge World is your local expert for anything printing! It’s all we do, allowing us to specialize in printers, printer repair and service (maintenance to extend the life of your equipment), and what most associate us with, printer cartridges. We’ve been in Lincoln for almost 13 years and expanded into Omaha last year. By understanding our customer’s specific needs, we’re able to develop solutions for them. Whether you’re a large or small business or a consumer and occasional printer, we work hard to earn your business and save you money. Environmentally friendly, quality driven and service proud! How did you get started in the business? - I was looking for a new challenge and started to research different business options. Cartridge World was new to the U.S. (they started in Australia) and through my due diligence, I discovered an unmet need in our market. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Fighting the ‘after-market’ stigma. Many of us grew up hearing if it’s too good to be true, it is. So when potential customers hear we can save them money, provide the same quality while keeping harmful plastics out of the landfills, they are skeptical. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Staying true to my values and beliefs in all aspects of my professional life. I’ve always felt it’s important to treat everyone you meet with respect – employees, customers, competitors – the way you want to be treated. Tell us a little about your family. - I have a beautiful, very caring and compassionate wife, Dee Dee. We have three wonderful daughters; Devin, who stays home with our extraordinary grandsons Lane and Lawson and is married to our great son-in-law Buck; Miranda, who’s studying in London right now and attends Wash U in St. Louis; and our youngest, Mia, who will be starting UNL this fall and is responsible for every family pet we have - Sadie and Jack Jack! What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Losing my son Adam at 15 to juvenile diabetes. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Spending time with my family. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - A commercial pilot. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Chapter 25 (formerly Lincoln Kids Against Hunger, Our family co-founded the Lincoln satellite. It’s a great organization driven by volunteers who put together simple, nutritious food packs that are distributed locally, nationally and internationally to orphanages, schools, churches for those suffering severe malnourishment. It’s a hands-on opportunity to really make a difference with just a little bit of your time. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Leonardo DiVinci. I want to know how he tapped into the full power of his brain! If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Email:; Website:


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What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Without a doubt, it’s been the growth and maturity of Five Nines outpacing my own ability to contribute at an executive level. I’ve always been a business IT consultant. That’s what I know, and what I do. Founders of companies most often look more like technicians of sorts, with a singular marketable skill, than fully-developed and educated businesspeople. As Five Nines grew, my proper place in the company rose above my education. Since I love Five Nines, and they are stuck with me, it was my obligation to my staff to become a more educated leader for the business. To that end, I completed Nebraska’s Executive MBA program out of the UNO campus. It was the best education I’ve ever had.

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What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Five Nines is going strong 10+ years in, providing great careers for our staff and critical services to our clients. Tell us a little about your family. - My wife Michelle, of 15 years, stays at home with our children, Alexis (7) and Kaden (10). We also have a strange variety of animals, primarily due to me just having newts as a kid…

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What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - My son was born 10 weeks premature the week after Nick Bock and I agreed to create Five Nines. Our world was turned upside-down as our new family moved into the NICU and Michelle left her career to become the mother our child required (Kaden lives with Cerebral Palsy). Our family needed Five Nines right when it happened. I’ll always see that as fate and I’m forever grateful. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I’m still getting used to that concept. Right now, we are in that wonderful time where our kids can participate in activities and we are enjoying every minute of that. What are you the most proud of? - Five Nines is a truly great company with fantastic people who choose to give it their all each and every day.


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What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - My son thoroughly enjoys my singing and guitar playing, which has come in very handy during hospital visits. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I have been on several non-profit boards and have enjoyed all of them. Five Nines dedicates money each month to support a wide variety of causes brought to us by our staff.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “There is always room for the best.” A comment from my father when he and I were discussing the rather competitive industry I was choosing to get into and my concerns about that. It was such a simple and truthful statement.

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URETHANE CONTRACTING SERVICES Urethane Contracting Services, LLC provides commercial roofing services utilizing a proprietary coating system manufactured by Conklin. Dennis Allen is the owner of Urethane Contracting Services, LLC, a local contractor affiliated with Heartland International, Inc. Tell us a little about your business. - We were the first urethane company in the Omaha, Lincoln and the surrounding areas and have been in business now for 39 years. The spray-in-place foam system is an insulating material that is placed over the top of flat commercial roofs. In most cases we don’t have to tear off the existing roofing system, or expose the interior to the elements, so it’s very cost-effective and there’s little-to-no downtime for the business. It’s also incredibly energy efficient; with the insulation properties and the final membrane added being white, it reflects 85-90% of the sun’s rays. Our offerings come with up to an 18-year non-prorated warranty. How did you get started in the business? - As a high school teacher with plenty of free time during the summer, I began selling Conklin products. When they introduced this line of roofing materials, I decided to start my own business, and it really took off from there. Now we train new contractors on installing the systems we specialize in too, with a training area in the shop dedicated to that part of our operations. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Initially, 39 years ago, nobody had heard of this system so I was introducing a brand new product to the area. Now that it’s well known because of buildings like the super dome, with so much growth the challenge has shifted to labor. I’m always looking for contractors to bring on! What has been your most important achievement professionally? The success of my business, but also being able to share my experience and impart my knowledge to those who are new to the business so they don’t have to go through the pitfalls that we did. Tell us a little about your family. - My wife Susan and I are also coming up on our 40th anniversary next year. We have two sons, Patrick (32) and Cory (30), who both worked with the company through high school and college. Now, one is an investment banker in Atlanta, GA and the other runs a company out of Dallas, TX that designs, builds, installs and tears down trade show booths nationwide. They both apply their strong Midwest work ethic to their current jobs and I couldn’t be more proud. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I collect cars, specifically Mustangs, so anything related to that. I’m also lucky to do a lot of traveling at this point in my life - Europe, Mexico, Thailand, and Israel have been the most recent adventures! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Do what you say you’re going to do and show up! If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Christian. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - A BTO classic, “Taking Care of Business.” What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I’m involved with CBMC and also support Harbor Ministries. What is your favorite local restaurant? - The Boiler Room; I appreciate the farm to table aspect and the setting is very cool. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Warren Buffet. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 560-8660; Email:

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No Mind Reading! “So, Nick,” said the prospect, “you have a very interesting product.” Nick wasn’t sure of what to say. Is the guy interested or not? Or is he just trying to blow me off? “I appreciate what you’re saying,” responded Nick, “but what do you mean by ‘have a very interesting product’?” “Well, it’s just that. If you mean specifically, well, it’s well engineered and thought out. I can see many places where we can use it.” To which Nick replied, “Oh. I’m not sure what you mean. What places?” He stopped and stared at the prospect, who then noted, “One place we really need this is in the front office.” “Why there?” Nick asked innocently. P: “I can see how this would cut down on our outstanding accounts receivable almost immediately. Just cutting that from 120 days to 90 days would do wonders for our cash flow.” N: “I guess that’s the only place then, cutting down on outstanding receivables?” P: “No, not just there. The people in the field could definitely use this to process orders.” N: “How would they use it for that?” P: “One of the biggest problems we have is that no one in the office can read their handwriting, and by the time someone can translate it, it’s an easy two weeks. With this, they just hand the disk to the office manager.” N: “I don’t suppose that you would consider buying more than one?” P: “Buy just one? No. We need at least two right away.” N: “What would you like me to do?” The RESULT: Here’s a question—just who is making the presentation in the above exchange? Nick just keeps asking questions, and what is the result? The dream of every salesperson—a self-qualifying prospect that is deeply involved in selling the product to himself. Salespeople are not hired for their ability at mind reading. Unfortunately, when prospects make statements such as those directed to Nick, the common salesperson’s reaction is to agree with the prospect and hope the prospect keeps talking. And if there is nothing forthcoming from the prospect, the salesperson keeps the conversation going, not by asking what the prospect meant by some statement, but by filling in with more words. Nick just kept asking the reasons for the statements the prospect was making. It is easier and more productive to ask questions than to try to guess what the prospect wants to hear. Asking questions is always safe; the sales professional never backs him/herself into a corner and the prospect keeps talking and selling themselves on why they should buy from you. That’s right, you salespeople, keep your mouths shut! Your goal is to learn what the prospect is thinking. You can only do that by asking what the prospect’s statements mean. How often have you thanked a prospect when he/she complimented your product? Thanking a prospect is appropriate, but then you should go further and ask why he/she is complimenting your product. You will then discover why your product is being considered for purchase. In addition, when the prospect explains why he/she is complimenting your product, he/she will be reinforcing the reasons for buying. The prospect will be telling you the benefits of buying what you are selling. Having a prospect tell you why he/she should buy your product is infinitely more powerful than you telling the reasons why, even if they are the same reasons. At the end of the story, Nick asks a very simple question, “What would you like me to do?” Consider what this prospect will probably do, just having told Nick how great his product is and how he sees it most effectively used. You can’t know what a prospect means unless you ask. Therefore, ask the questions and stop with the mind reading! 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 You can also follow his blog at


Josh Rosenberger Appointed Tabletop DH Specialist at Claritus

Jean Hartnett Hired to Lead Douglas County Health Center

Claritus, Inc (, an established provider of business document processing solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Josh Rosenberger as Tabletop DH Specialist for the Lincoln, NE office. His appointment as Tabletop DH Specialist is in addition to his responsibilities as an Account Executive within the Omaha, NE office. Tabletop DH Specialists concentrate upon assisting customers with automating the process of folding & inserting documents into envelopes. Josh and his wife Emily reside in Omaha, NE and are the parents of 5-children. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business at Western Governor’s University.

Jean Hartnett will never forget the time she worked as a certified nursing assistant during her early years of college. That’s when the Hubbard, Nebraska-native fell in love with taking care of seniors while learning about the front lines of care. “I had tasks such as bathing, dressing and toileting patients,” she said. “I learned there was a way to do those while keeping a person’s dignity and integrity intact. I realized it was a powerful gift to be able to do it. If I could do it, then perhaps I could teach or model that behavior for other people.”

Congratulations to Eric Rose on Promotion to Vice President at Cresa Cresa Omaha is pleased to announce Eric Rose has been promoted to Vice President. Since joining the Cresa Omaha team, he has continuously reinforced the mission, vision, and values of the organization. Eric provides tenant representation services and specializes in local site selection, market analysis, and strategic lease and purchase negotiations. His background in investment real estate has provided him with a keen insight into owner/landlord goals and motivations for his clients. Eric takes great pride in acting as a liaison for regional and national accounts and his persistence to get the best deal for the client is attributed to his knowledge of the market and analytical negotiation methods. Eric’s hard work and focus on client satisfaction has not gone unnoticed, as he was named a 2015 Cresa Rising Star. For more information about Cresa Omaha, visit or call (402) 513-9840.

Centris Federal Credit Union Announces New Management Hire Sean Heyen Centris Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the addition of Sean Heyen, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer to Centris’ management team. Heyen brings nearly 25 years of marketing, advertising and communication experience in healthcare, technology and nonprofit sectors to Centris. Notably, Heyen implemented and launched new corporate brand identities for Geist, Nelnet and Transcrypt and has extensive knowledge in preparing and managing multimillion dollar annual marketing budgets. He most recently worked for Firespring as Vice President of Marketing. Heyen holds a M.A. degree in Mass Communications and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Founded over 80 years ago, Centris Federal Credit Union is one of Nebraska’s largest community chartered credit unions. Centris serves Douglas, Sarpy, Lincoln and Pottawattamie counties and has 12 offices located in Omaha, Grand Island and North Platte, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Centris Federal Credit Union’s mission is to be a trusted life-long financial partner. For more information, visit the website at

Now with more than 15 years of health care administration experience, Hartnett has become the administrator of the Douglas County Health Center, effective June 19th with prior approval from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Hartnett will replace James Tourville, who retired after 24 years. “She has the ability to come in and provide a fresh set of eyes and evaluate where improvements can be made,” said Douglas County Administrator Patrick Bloomingdale. “In addition to her extensive experience, her strong reputation in the healthcare industry and her connections within the Omaha community will be invaluable for Douglas County.” Hartnett most recently worked as the executive director of Esprit Whispering Ridge in Omaha. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s gerontology department and has taught long-term care administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jereme Montgomery Joins Stephens & Smith as Business Development Coordinator Stephens & Smith Construction Co. has announced that Jereme “Bird” Montgomery has joined the S&S team as their Business Development Coordinator. His primary duties will focus on new and existing clients, sales, marketing, and social media. Mr. Montgomery has a wealth of experience within the concrete construction industry, having spent the past 11 years as the executive director for the Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Association (NC&AA). Jereme Montgomery obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska. He has nearly 20 years of experience in various aspects of the concrete industry. He started his concrete career working for the Nebraska Department of Roads in the Material and Testing Laboratory. Prior to joining NC&AA, Jereme worked as a concrete operations manager for a design and build firm, managing and constructing quality concrete flatwork. In 2015, Jereme was voted NRMCA State Affiliate Promoter of the Year. In 2016, he was recognized by Concrete Producer magazine as the industry’s Most Influential and also noted, Most Influential by Concrete Construction Magazine in 2017. Jereme joins Stephens & Smith Construction Company to continue their success providing concrete construction services to many of the top General Contractors and other clients in Nebraska and surrounding areas. Founded in 1971, Stephens & Smith Construction Company Inc. focuses on services in residential and commercial flatwork, foundations, decorative concrete, and specialty products. For more information, visit JULY 2017 Strictly Business 25


Nebraska Native Jennifer Walsh Recognized Among Top 100 Women in Las Vegas

Husch Blackwell Names Kyle Gilster Office Managing Partner in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Walsh, a graduate of Millard South High School and currently the coowner of Screen Content Management, was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Las Vegas. This recognition is based on her work in the tech industry, community contributions as a business owner, and volunteerism with the American Cancer Society and the American Dental Association. Walsh was honored along with the remaining 99 women during a luncheon with Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, on June 4th.

Husch Blackwell ( has appointed Kyle Gilster managing partner of its Washington, DC office.

Zaiss & Company Announces Promotions Zaiss & Company has announced the promotion of five professionals within the organization. Scott Bargenquast has been promoted to Creative Director of Zaiss & Company. Bargenquast has been with the Scott Bargenquast Robert Kirk company for 13 years. In his new role, he directs the creative product on behalf of clients, working to assure excellence in everything from concept to completion of every product on schedule. He directs the creative team Steve Hughes Tyler Catania to work closely with the account planner and account executives to design and deliver marketing communications that sell products and services and build brands. Robert Kirk, with Zaiss & Company for 19 years, and Steve Hughes, with the company for 9 years, now serve as Associate Creative Directors. Seasoned art directors, Kirk and Hughes deploy their considerable talents and experience to the creative process in developing marketing collateral, websites, Amy McAuliffe digital and social ads that deliver results. Tyler Catania has been promoted to eMarketing Manager. With Zaiss & Company for four years, Catania is responsible for assuring that the company’s work in the digital, direct email and social spheres delivers trackable results in growing clients’ business and brands. Amy McAuliffe has been promoted to Manager of Office Administration. With the firm for one year, McAuliffe is responsible for assuring that the office operates in the most efficient and effective way possible. Zaiss & Company is a full-service marketing, planning and communications company which has been named Best PR Firm in the Greater Omaha area for nine years in a row. The firm, which lists companies and institutions nationwide among its clients, has been in business in Omaha since 1988. Find out more at 26 Strictly Business JULY 2017

A partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group and its Public Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs practice, Kyle advocates advocating for client interests before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies to help them achieve their federal public policy goals. In addition, he provides campaign finance and election law counsel to clients that have interests in both political action committees and the local, state and federal election process. Gilster joined Husch Blackwell in 2004 after working on Capitol Hill for six years, notably as legal counsel for the House Financial Services Committee under Chair Mike Oxley of Ohio and Subcommittee Chair Doug Bereuter of Nebraska. Gilster also worked in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, the Nebraska State Legislature, and the U.S. House of Representatives. A Nebraska native, Gilster earned his B.A. with distinction from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (1994) and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law (1997). He is a member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar and National Association of Manufacturers.

Advent, LLP Adds Two New Team Players Advent, LLP ( is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Knapp and Heidi Antonson to its Intellectual Property team. Jeff Knapp is a registered patent agent with over 25 years of patent preparation and prosecution experience. Jeff was a Patent Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for over eight years before becoming a patent agent. At Advent, Jeff focuses primarily on patent drafting, prosecution, searching, and prior art analysis. Jeff’s background is in Ceramic Engineering (holding both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees), but has worked in a variety of technology areas including materials science, general electrical and mechanical engineering, heavy machinery, and medical technologies. Jeff is also an inventor, holding two US patents, both for gas turbine engine technology.

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Heidi Antonson has been working as a patent illustrator since 2003. In her role at Advent, Heidi Antonson Heidi creates, designs, and reproduces drawings that comply with the drawing standards of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as various international patent offices. These drawings include mechanical figures, 3D designs and models, technology areas, such as mobile devices, computer hardware and software, human interface devices, telecommunications, oil and gas technology, medical devices, food science, web technologies, biotechnology, integrated circuits, agricultural technology, point of sale systems, and mechanical devices.


Union Bank & Trust Promotes Nate Lindley Union Bank & Trust recently promoted Nate Lindley to Assistant Vice President in Commercial Lending at its location at 2720 S. 177th Street in Omaha. Lindley joined Union Bank in 2007 as a Customer Service Representative and has held numerous positions, most recently as Commercial Loan Officer in Omaha. In his expanded role as Assistant Vice President in Commercial Lending, he is responsible for serving new and existing businesses to provide credit facilities to support their needs. He specializes in credit for mergers & acquisitions, equipment purchases, working capital, and obtaining and improving owner-occupied real estate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lindley is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Millard Business Community Foundation. He also serves on the Golf Committee for UCP of Nebraska and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Basketball Bash. Union Bank & Trust is a privately owned, Nebraska bank that offers complete banking, lending, investment and trust services. 2017 is the Bank’s 100th anniversary with a focus on serving customers for the next 100 years. It is the third-largest privately-owned bank in Nebraska with bank assets of $3.6 billion and trust assets of $16.5 billion as of December 31, 2016. For more information, visit

Principal’s Tonya Mathison Receives Industry Award for Leadership Tonya Mathison has received GAMA International’s Management Award at the Gold level. Tonya Mathison, who is Managing Director with the Omaha Office of the Great Plains Business Center of Principal (, was one of eight recipients of this award nationwide and one of 934 award recipients across all levels in 2016. GAMA International is the only association dedicated to promoting the professional development needs and leadership skills of first-line and front-line leaders in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry. The awards program recognizes excellence in traditional and contemporary field management throughout the financial services industry. Tonya has been in the financial services industry for over two decades, and has had the opportunity to experience a lot of challenging, fun and diverse roles. Today, her role and commitment is to empower financial professionals to grow professionally and reach their awesome potential. Tonya feels that if a person has the tools and resources to convert their potential into success, she can help build toward that success together. Tonya has her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. She is active in GAMA and the local WIFS and NAIFA chapters. She is a ninetime qualifier for Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and has achieved Principal’s Management Achievement Round Table (MART) in 2013. The recipients of this year’s awards were recognized at GAMA’s LAMP conference in Washington, D.C., in March. Insurance products issued by Principal National Life Insurance Company (except in New York), and Principal Life Insurance Company. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 800/247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life, and Principal Securities are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392. Gary Karthauser, Principal National and Principal Life Financial Representative, Principal Securities Registered Representative, Financial Advisor. Principal, Principal and symbol design and Principal Financial Group are trademarks and service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.

Bridge to Better Living Introduces Jolee Urbanovsky Bridge to Better Living announces the addition of Jolee Urbanovsky to their team as a Transition Consultant for Retirement Living Options. Jolee is experienced in the management of a Senior Independent Community and served as a Client Manager at a non-medical Home Health Service. She is an active member of the Lincoln Alzheimer’s Association and facilitates many support and education groups. Jolee is a dedicated advocate for seniors and their families. Bridge to Better Living, at no cost to the client, assists seniors to find the best quality of life when choosing a move to a Senior Living Community; Independent, Assisted, Memory Care or LongTerm Care. Their experts serve Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas. Bridge to Better Living is locally owned and was founded in 2010 by Mary Ann Stallings. Jolee’s qualities and background are a tremendous asset to the Bridge to Better Living’s consultant team of Robbie Nathan and Joanne Carlberg. For more information or to meet with a transition consultant, contact or call (402) 802-3301.

Dr. Christie Banks Joins Fort Street Veterinarian Dr. Jerry Busselman, owner and founder of Fort Street Veterinarian, located on the corner of 144th and Fort Street in Northwest Omaha, has announced that Dr. Christie Banks, DVM, has joined the practice. An Omaha native, Banks has expertise in general veterinary medical care as well as experience in veterinary dermatology, oncology, senior pet care and the management of chronic health conditions. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. Prior to accepting the post at Fort Street Veterinarian she worked for four years at a small animal practice in Hastings, NE. From new kitten and puppy exams to senior pet wellness care, to specialized veterinary medical and surgical services, Fort Street Veterinarian gives pets in Omaha, Elkhorn and Bennington, NE the quality care and attention they deserve to keep them healthy and happy for a lifetime. The clinic is located at 14345 Fort Street in Omaha, NE and the phone number is (402) 884-3383. Hours are 7am to 5:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 7am to 8pm on Thursdays and 8am to noon on Saturdays. More information and customer reviews about the clinic can be found at www.fortstreetvet. com and on the clinic’s Facebook page.

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Cancer Alliance of Nebraska Announces Upcoming Fundraiser

Nebraska Recycling Council Accepting Nominations for Annual Award Recipients

Cancer Alliance of Nebraska (CAN) is set to host its upcoming fundraiser event featuring an auction and raffle on July 28th at 6 pm. This year’s event is called: SCREW CANCER. Held at the Omaha Country Club, it is an evening of music, dinner, and fun, and fundraising for the cause. All proceeds stay in Nebraska to support cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials and bring them new cancer treatments.

The Nebraska Recycling Council’s Business and Community Awards will be presented at the upcoming 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon, and nominations are now being accepted.

Cancer is personal. We’ve all been touched by it. And we all want to stop cancer from hurting people we love. Help Cancer Alliance of Nebraska raise funds to support breakthrough work in cancer treatment right here in Nebraska. Today’s research is tomorrow’s cure, and every day new treatments are discovered and we get closer to that goal. CAN collaborates with experienced physicians, hospitals, clinics, donors, and patients in communities across the state of Nebraska and provides breakthrough treatments directly from the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies to cancer patients in the comfort of the places they call home. The clinical trials supported by CAN have led to hundreds of successful outcomes right here in Nebraska. For more information about CAN or the upcoming event, please visit To donate or to obtain tickets, please contact Mary Beth Wilwerding, RN, Program Director, at (402) 991-8070.

Survivors Rising Introduces New Speakers Bureau on Intimate Partner Violence Sur vivors Rising has announced the formation of a new Speakers Bureau on Intimate Par tner Violence. It is a collective of individuals impacted by intimate par tner violence who have chosen to share their experience of violence and hope to educate the public, create social change, promote awareness of the prevalence and harm of domestic violence, train service providers, impact policy and legislation and assist in preventing violence in our communities. Presentations by survivors are available for training, conferences, awareness campaigns, panel discussions, vigils and other speaking engagements. Survivors Rising also provides training and workshops regarding intimate partner violence. Presentations include survivor experience, data on intimate partner violence in our community, information on identifying intimate partner violence, available resources for victims, and suggestions on how to help survivors. If you are interested in scheduling a training or presentation, or for those who are interested in becoming a member of the Speakers Bureau, please contact Kim at Survivors Rising is dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of intimate partner violence. The organization’s mission is to ensure that the survivor voice is represented in legislation and in the community, and that offenders are held accountable. For more information, please visit 28 Strictly Business JULY 2017

With the theme “Collaboration is Key,” the Annual Awards Luncheon will showcase this year’s most accomplished community and business members’ dedication and commitment to waste reduction and resource recovery in Nebraska. Taking place on Thursday, October 19th at The Country Club of Lincoln, the event will recognize and honor six businesses, communities and/or organizations that are leading the way. Nominations may be made in more than one category, and selfnominations are welcome. All NRC members are encouraged to apply! Please submit your nominations by the deadline of July 21st for the following award categories: Member of the Year Award, Service Provider of the Year Award, End Market of the Year Award, Green Team of the Year Award, Zero Waste Award, and Waste Diversion Project of the Year Award. Email your application to hcreevan@nrcne. org or mail to: Nebraska Recycling Council, 610 J Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508. The form can be found online at along with more information about the event, including registration, sponsorship and vendor opportunities.

Save the Date for Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend The annual Jennie Edmundson Foundation fundraiser for the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Cancer Center is underway. The donations raised during this event go toward the MJE Charitable Cancer Patient Care Fund, which provides m uc h needed financial assistance to cancer patients who are under-insured or not insured. This year’s event will take place at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA. Each year individuals are honored who have had a cancer diagnosis, and share their amazing stories. This year’s incredible recipients are: Mark Engelke, John McCreedie, Mindy Miller and George Smith. Each year local and national sports and television celebrities are also in attendance to support the cause, adding a little excitement and humor to the event! Mark the dates following dates and plan to attend! August 5 - Shotgun Scramble Golf Tournament (Spots filling fast!) August 5 - Dinner, Auction (silent and live) along with recognition of the 2017 Spirit of Courage recipients. August 6 - Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Please contact the Jennie Edmundson Foundation at (712) 396-6040 or visit the website at to learn more about this wonderful event and the sponsorship opportunities that are available. Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Veridian Credit Union.


Nebraska Methodist College Awarded $1.3M, 5-Year Upward Bound Grant

Matt’s Music Memorial Gears Up for Gretna Days 2017 Events

The Nebraska Methodist College Upward Bound Program has been awarded a $1,287,500 grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third Upward Bound grant for Nebraska Methodist College (NMC), which will receive $257,500 each year for five years.

Join in the fun for Gretna Days 2017 July 27-30! Matt’s Music Memorial is honored to participate in the Gretna Days Parade, Teen Night at the City Pool, and the Sunday Picnic. For those who wish to contribute to the cause, instruments will be accepted at each event. Find Matt’s Music Memorial volunteers around town to donate or learn more about the organization and what they do every day! Matt’s Music Memorial was started in honor of Cpl. Matthew Lee Alexander after his death in Baqubah, Iraq on May 6, 2007. Matthew had two passions in life - music and the military. This foundation aims to keep his passion for music alive by Making Music Possible for kids from all walks of life. For more information, please visit www.MattsMusicMemorial. org or contact Kara Alexander at (402) 670-1806 or via email at

Through the grant, NMC serves eligible students at Burke High School, providing after-school tutoring at the St. Luke Methodist Church Teen Center, mentoring, ACT prep, financial literacy training and college application and enrollment assistance. In addition, NMC hosts a sixweek summer program with instruction in the core academic areas and electives, as well as a summer bridge program for graduating seniors to take college credit. NMC served 61 students during the 2016-17 school year, and 100% of the program’s seniors were accepted and will enroll in college this fall. Since receiving its first Upward Bound grant in 2007, NMC has served a total of more than 550 students. Upward Bound program participants must be first-generation college students, low-income individuals or individuals who have a high-risk for academic failure and have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a program of education beyond high school. NMC receives no other sources for funding for its Upward Bound program, and 100% of the U.S. Department of Education grant is used for the college’s program.

ONI Earns 2016 Employment Growth Award From National Industries for the Blind The National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has recognized Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI; for increasing employment opportunities for the blind with the 2016 Employment G row t h Awa r d . T h e award recognizes Outlook N eb r a s k a ’s e f fo r t s t o increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind. “As a nonprofit, our founding purpose was to address the 70 percent unemployment rate among blind Americans,” Outlook Nebraska CEO Eric Stueckrath said. “We are proud to provide jobs for our visually impaired neighbors and produce a quality product at a fair market price for our customers. We have helped over 200 visually impaired people provide for their families. You can help us continue to grow by purchasing our janitorial products for your business. Outlook Nebraska is one of three NIB-associated agencies nationally receiving this award. We are being recognized for significant growth in 2016. Outlook employed 18 percent more visually impaired associates in 2016 and achieved a six percent increase in overall product sales. “It is an honor for me to recognize Outlook Nebraska with an Employment Growth Award for 2016,” said Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of NIB. “Outlook continues to lead the way in creating employment and high-growth career opportunities for people who are blind.”

Midlands Community Foundation Accepting Grant Requests Midlands Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations. Grants are limited to organizations that provide services in the Foundation’s geographic area of Sarpy and Cass counties. The Foundation places an emphasis on prevention and education and has a strong commitment toward programs benefiting health, art, culture, community, economic development, education, and human services. It does not provide grants for direct aid to individuals/families, religious programs, political organizations or projects, and dinners, tickets or conferences. Applications are due by August 1, 2017. Visit www.midlandscommunity. org for specific guidelines for submitting a grant and/or to obtain a grant application. For more information, call (402) 991-8027.

Metro Area Youth Foundation Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer Set for August 12th Chase was bor n July 17, 2008 with neurofibromatosis, a disorder that causes tumors to grow in various parts of his body, specifically his brain. In September of 2015, tumors were discovered in his brain. Through weekly chemotherapy treatments, Chase’s positive spirit, smile, jokes and hugs have sustained his family. Chase and his family extend an invitation to enjoy the Metro Area Youth Foundation’s 11th annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer being held August 12th at Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. Funds raised from this event will support everyday expenses of families that have children with cancer. This year’s event features an evening filled with fun and entertainment. Festivities include silent and live auctions, music, delicious food and beverages. Tickets are $100 for adults and $25 for children ages 5-12. For more information, visit the MAYF website at www., call (402) 689-7108 / (402) 658-2321, or email JULY 2017 Strictly Business 29


FITGirl, Inc. Empowerment Camp Sells Out, Wait List Offered

Hon. Bob O’Neal and Karla Rupiper Selected as 2017 Papillion Volunteers of the Year

FITGir l, Inc. is empowering young girls to positively c hange the way t h ey f e e l a b o u t t h e m s e l ve s by introducing them to a variety of wellness activities and positive role models who will help girls develop healthy habits that will set cadence for life. The FITGirl, Inc. Empowerment Summer Camp will be held July 16-18 for 8-11 year olds and July 23-25 for 12-14 year olds at Platte River State Park in Louisville, NE.

The Papillion Community Foundation is delighted to award longtime Papillion residents Judge Bob O’Neal and Karla Rupiper as 2017 Papillion Community Foundation Volunteers of the Year Award. O’Neal and Rupiper will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 70th Anniversary Papillion Days Parade. This award is given out annually to a Papillion resident or residents that have shown dedication and commitment to the Papillion community by sharing their time and talents. Both O’Neal and Rupiper have a strong commitment and passion for the Papillion community, evidenced by their many volunteer activities and community roles. For more information about the Papillion Community Foundation’s history & mission or how you can get involved please visit the website at: or call (402) 331-3917.

There are many studies that conclude physical activity leads to higher self-esteem, especially among younger adolescent girls and girls who are overweight. However, as early as ten years of age, girls begin to become more sedentary, and their activity levels dropping by as much as 83% as they transition through adolescence. Now in its 3rd year, the 3-day camp itinerary is full of awesome activities including yoga, meditation, journaling, hip-hop fitness, kayaking, paddle boarding, personal hygiene tips, self-defense classes and nutrition, with a huge focus on self-esteem, body image and inner dialogue. It has brought together the best wellness trainers and empowerment speakers in Omaha, including Ms. Nebraska and Miss Omaha. For more information, visit Although both sessions sold out within two months this year, if you’d like to be contacted if a spot opens up, email Cheri Dickmeyer at

Youth Emergency Services Presents Dance for a Chance At Youth Emergency Services’ Dance for a Chance event, presented by C&A Industries, on Friday, August 4, local community leaders will step out onto the dance floor to raise money for homeless youth! Dance for a Chance pairs local community leaders with professional instructors to perform a short routine in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of YES supporters. This year’s event will take place at the Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St, and will again include food, drinks, and silent auction. 2017 Dancers include: Shelley Callahan, Most Authentic Self; John W Ewing Jr., Douglas County Treasurer; Mike Maxey, C&A Industries; Heath Mello, Holland Children’s Institute & Movement; Mike Molacek, Guinns Irish Green Lawn and Landscape; Michelle Schrage, Business4Business; Rachel Tiller, Keller Williams Realty; Susan Thomas, Omaha Creative Institute; and Clyde Wilberger, The Harry A. Koch Co. Youth Emergency Services (YES) has been providing critically-needed programs and resources to homeless and near homeless youth in Omaha for more than 40 years. YES operates a street outreach program, an emergency shelter, a transitional living program, and a maternity home to benefit homeless youth in our community. YES helped more than 2,000 youth find shelter, food, and other necessary support in 2015-16. Visit to purchase tickets, vote for a dancer, or sponsor the event. For more information, please visit the event website or contact Ashley Flater at (402) 345-5187 / aflater@ 30 Strictly Business JULY 2017

Grief’s Journey Family Day Set for July 22nd Family Day at Grief’s Journey will be held on July 22nd, with the theme “Seas” the Day! It’s a FREE, fun-filled afternoon for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a significant death. The event will be held at Grief’s Journey, located at 7811 Farnam Drive in Omaha, and will take place from 1-5pm. Activities will include creating messages in a bottle, mosaics, beach lanterns and more! Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Please register in advance at, and you can also find more details about this event on the website. Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow) exists so that no one has to walk their grief journey alone. Since 2001, the agency has provided a welcoming, safe place for grieving children, teens, and adults to offer each other hope and support. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term successes for children, families, and communities. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Grief’s Journey provides free peer support groups and camps as well as training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. The agency relies on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism to support its free programs. Together, hope grows. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Ellie Noecker at (402) 502-2773 /

American Lung Association, Green Plains Join Forces to Fight For Air The American Lung Association in Nebraska has announced Green Plains ( as the presenting sponsor of the Association’s 2017 Corporate Cup in Aksarben Village on Sunday, September 10th. The 37th Annual Fight for Air Corporate Cup 10K and 2 Mile is the Lung Association’s signature fundraising event and is one of the largest corporate road races in the United States. The proceeds of the event will help fund the American Lung Association’s ongoing support of education, research and advocacy in finding a cure for lung disease. For company teams, registration is $25 until July 31st at or by calling (402) 502-4950. Registration is $35 after July 1st and $45 after September 1st. For individual participants, registration is $35 until July 31st, $45 after July 1st and $55 after September 1st.


Homeless Men Honored at Open Door Mission Father’s Day Celebrations Last month on June 18th, Father’s Day was celebrated throughout the nation. But there’s no celebrating on the streets, where fathers with children are among a growing segment of the homeless population. “These homeless men are someone’s father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, neighbor and friend. The community has been a huge blessing to Open Door Mission by showing our homeless men that they are special and loved,” says Candace Gregory, President/CEO. “Over 300 water bottles filled with candy were provided by caring supporters throughout the Metro. It is an honor to be the recipient of such kindness.” More than 300 homeless men celebrated Father’s Day at Open Door Mission this year. A Home Run Brunch and Guys Night In Grill Out were held on Saturday, June 17th at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center. Every man in attendance received a special gift in honor of Father’s Day, thanks to the generosity of the community. Open Door Mission ( is a Gospel Rescue Mission that provides 816 men, women, and children with safe shelter beds, serves more than 2,300 hot nutritious meals daily, and provides preventive measures to more than 275 families living in poverty. Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs for those recovering from life-altering addictions and abuse to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Omaha Home for Boys Graduates Four, Reaches Milestone The Omaha Home for Boys recently celebrated the high school graduation of four young men in its Inspiration Hill Residential Care Program. These young men were honored for their achievements at a luncheon and graduation ceremony held at the Omaha Home for Boys’ campus. As do all Omaha Home for Boys’ Residential Care youth, these young men attended the Omaha Home for Boys School, a Rule 18 high school focusing on credit recovery and accrual. The four graduates received their high school diplomas from Bryan High School, Central High School, and Lincoln High School. As graduate Kyle Walker-Bartak (pictured) gave his commencement address, he noted, “I would not be where I am today without Omaha Home for Boys.” The Omaha Home for Boys School had a record setting academic year with students earning 368 total credits, more than double the 174 credits that were earned the previous school year. An expanded teaching staff, a new academic and behavioral incentive program for students, and a new computer based curriculum all played a role in helping students achieve greater academic success than in the past. The Omaha Home for Boys School opened in August 2014 with six students and has grown to educate all of the Home’s Residential Care youth. The school’s goals are to develop character traits and provide educational programming that leads to school success, graduation, employment or higher education. Please visit to learn more.

NW Rotary Honors Sarah Caldararo for Outstanding Service The Omaha Northwest Rotary Club awarded Sarah Caldararo its 2017 Vocational Service Award for her outstanding ser vice, dedication, and contributions to the Omaha Community. Club President Eric Renner and Vocational Committee Chair Kenneth J. Backman presented the award. Caldararo is an adoption permanency services specialist at Child Saving Institute where she works to bring together adoptive families and children available for adoption through the foster care system.

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The focus of the meeting included honors Sarah Caldararo, Child Saving adoption permanency services Child Saving Institute’s 125-year Institute specialist, with its 2017 Vocational history of “responding to the cry Service Award. Pictured with Sarah of child” and the important work is Eric Renner, club president. of Foster Child Adoption. Peg Harriott, CSI’s president and CEO, Lana Verbrigghe, CSI’s director of child welfare services, and Mike Caldararo, Sarah’s husband, attended.

Local Organizations Grant $30K to Pediatric AML Research N eb r a s k a - b a s e d Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation and Lolo’s Angels have teamed up to raise $30,000 to fund a research project aimed at finding modern treatments for pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The “Target Pediatric AML” (TpAML) project is the largest, most comprehensive and methodical disease biology study ever conducted in pediatric cancer, and in acute myeloid leukemia. It is also the Children’s Oncology Group’s (COG) highest potential, greatest need AML-related research project. This focused discovery effort is sorely needed due to the complexity and diversity of this challenging disease, which remains one of the poorest prognoses in childhood cancers. It will leverage large-scale, deep, genomic sequencing of 1,000 banked patient samples, identifying new subtypes, drivers, enablers, unique identifiers (biomarkers) and vulnerabilities. This process will uncover new therapeutic targets, which will be mapped to all existing and emerging targeted agents, resulting in a much-needed, expanded treatment arsenal. The $30,000 grant is the first grant given away under Sammy’s Superheroes’ Sidekick Program. The Sidekick Program is designed to provide groups that want to raise money for childhood cancer the ability to offer tax benefits to their donors without having 501c3 standing. Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation ( is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to raise money for life-saving research that will lead to modern treatments for all types of childhood cancer. Lolo’s Angels ( is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for pediatric AML. JULY 2017 Strictly Business 31

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NAMI Omaha is excited to share that their free upcoming Mental Health NAMI Affiliate meeting, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, August 3rd from 6-8pm. The topic will be “First Episode Psychosis and Other Mental Health Research,” presented by professionals from Creighton Psychiatry. No reservations are necessary. A complimentary light meal will be served. These meetings take place the first Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church, located at 7020 Cass Street in Omaha. Parking is available on the east and north side of the church. Enter through door 4 or 6 and proceed to room 112. NAMI Omaha is a local affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. They provide free support to family and friends who have a loved one living with mental illness through education, literature, workshops, conferences, support groups and more. They also offer support groups to the individuals who have a mental illness. For information, go to or call (402) 345-8101. For helpful articles on mental illness, follow on Facebook at www.

Conference Hosts: Add Saving Lives to Agenda Oftentimes, at conferences or big events, attendees have spare time. By hosting an on-site blood drive, Nebraska Comm unity Blood Bank (NCBB) makes it easy for event goers to take an hour out of their day to give back to the community and be a lifesaving hero - without even leaving the conference. Every summer, hundreds of coaches from across Nebraska come together for the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) clinic. In addition to hearing from keynote speakers, networking with other coaches and learning about coaching fundamentals, NCA also hosts a “Coaches Care” Blood Drive with NCBB. “Giving blood gives us a chance to give back just like teaching and coaching,” said golf coach Keith Eriksen. “The convenience of the NCBB bloodmobiles right on site is a great opportunity. We keep coming back each year and encouraging others.” If you would like more information about hosting a blood drive with Nebraska Community Blood Bank visit our website at NCBB.ORG or email Through the month of July, all presenting NCBB donors will be entered to win a Scheels $25 gift card each week. 32 Strictly Business JULY 2017


American Heart Association Encourages Heart Healthy Summer Summer is here - which means high temps that not only encourage people to head outdoors for barbecues and activities, but that can also be harmful to your heart health. This summer, the American Heart Association wants to encourage you to protect your heart by following these steps: Staying hydrated helps your heart pump blood more easily through the vessels to the muscles, so it doesn’t have to work as hard. Exercising in the summer heat can be dangerous. Drink up and stay hydrated – preferably with water. Dress for the heat; wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton as well as breathable socks and shoes. Wear water-resistant sunscreen and take regular breaks. When making delicious meals that are also heart-healthy, opt for fish and chicken breasts instead of red meat. Take advantage of summer seasonal foods by serving up a salad or side dishes filled with raw fruits and veggies. Two of the greatest risks of spending too much time outdoors during the summer are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you experience any of these symptoms, cool yourself off with water or shade and call 911 if they persist: high fever (above 104° F); hot, dry, or red skin; fast or weak pulse; fast or shallow breathing; irrational behavior or extreme confusion; seizure or unconsciousness. For more information please visit

Three Member Charities Receive Grants From Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation Community H e a l t h Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) is proud to announce that three of its 22 member charities received the inaugural grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign. The ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter was awarded $4,000 to expand patient services into central and western Nebraska. The Nebraska Kidney Association was awarded $4,000 to purchase a new machine to expand their KEDS (Kidney Early Detection Screenings) program into central and western Nebraska. The Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation was awarded $1,000 to provide speakers for their new state fair program. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide direct support for health programs whose impact would be vital to individuals and the community. These initiatives would not otherwise be possible through CHC-NE’s annual workplace giving campaigns or through current charity resources. The grants are distributed from the interest and dividends earned each year. The CHC-NE Board of Directors is responsible for the Foundation’s management, including oversight of the distribution of funds through a grant-making process. For more information about CHC-NE and the work of its member charities, go to and or call (402) 614-8500.

Are you a homeowner who is thinking about doing some projects around the house yet this summer or into the fall? It might be major renovations or a minor improvement, but odds are that many will answer “yes” to this question. Well, no time better than the present to get going, and for those who are looking for inspiration, direction, motivation, resources, or all of the above, here are a few tips and suggestions from the pros! Design Elements Thanks to design, any space in your home or aspect of your property can be elevated, aesthetically and functionally. Most often remodeling projects are done when both need to be updated, but as a rule of thumb, both should always be taken into consideration regardless of one or the other being the reason for the project. Anything that gets a lot of use in the home or places where a lot of time is spent are generally the most common areas of focus when it comes to home renovations. In this particular setting, a lot of enjoyment is derived from one’s surroundings for a variety of reasons--relaxing, entertaining, specific use of space, etc. Kitchen and bath remodels are atop the list of popular remodeling projects, with benefits such as return on investment, additional square footage, better use of space and function, becoming more updated, and selection of enhanced design features specific to the homeowner. Although master bedrooms tend to fall further down the list, when working on a master bath it’s a natural progression to give that bedroom a makeover as well. The entire suite then becomes a sanctuary and place of peace and solitude, which is quite nice. With any area of your home that gets the most use or is highly-trafficked, it’s important that the design is functional, and that you’re investing in quality materials that are just as durable as they are attractive.

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“Quality of materials is really important, as is the proper installation of those materials,” emphasizes Danny Reynolds of Modern Concepts Tile. “Oftentimes what you’d buy at the big box stores to get a deal is just the opposite, because it will end up costing you more to replace sooner. Alternatively, with quality-checked materials that come directly from experienced suppliers and distributors combined with professional installation, you can be confident that the job will be done to the highest standards, without any headaches to deal with during or afterward.

Home remodeling is very much about the personal touches, so just about every project is different. With tile, so much can be done with design. Ultimately the goal is that with extended use, whatever improvement to your home that you’ve invested in stays looking and working just as nice as it does on day one. While with some aspects of a home wear and tear is unavoidable, there are many great products on the market that are engineered to hold up quite well, with tile being one that truly can stand the test of time even with frequent

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use. An experienced professional with working knowledge of materials and techniques will be able to advise you on the best options for your project in terms of design, durability, care and maintenance required, or any other variables that the average person might not take into account. It is worth paying an extra dollar or two per square foot for something that will look much better and for a much longer period of time. I can’t stress enough that proper installation and materials are both critical to longevity.” In agreement, Jason Tidblom of Ceramic Tileworks Center adds, “Place your trust in a reputable company; let them know what your preferences are and exactly what you have in mind, and they’ll be able to tell you about all of the options you’ll have. Everyone takes advice from friends and family, which is great, but it is even better to seek advice from knowledgeable suppliers and professionals. Also, do not always believe what you read on the internet about these projects. Not every method applies to every product.”

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Ceramic Tileworks Indeed, oftentimes in the excitement of Center exploring the possibilities, homeowners do not always look at the big picture in many ways. For that exact reason, enlisting the services of a professional designer can be immensely helpful, and bringing on the professionals who will be performing the work as early on as possible is also advised. At the completion of a remodel you do not want there to be a disconnect with existing elements. Work done in one area affects the rest of the home and a long-range plan is something one must keep in mind. With a keen eye for noticing and introducing things to you that others will not, why not take advantage?

As a prime example, while it’s easy to get caught up in all of the pretty materials and finishes, you might forget about the lighting, which will showcase them nicely and can really transform the space. (Since we’re on the topic, if you’re doing anything remotely related to the electrical system or that is powered by electricity, have a licensed electrician evaluate your home’s electrical panel to ensure it can safely handle any and all upgrades. Also, when selecting your fixtures, it’s wise to choose a quality fixture over the bargain-priced option – again, you get what you pay for with lighting just as is commonly cautioned with your other big ticket items.) Furthermore, keep in mind that while the world of HGTV has brought much attention to home remodels and is a source of inspiration for many, it has also given way to certain false expectations. When what is perhaps a months-long process from start to completion is made to look like mere weeks, that’s not likely to be congruent with reality. And, if it indeed does take that length of time, quality and craftsmanship may be compromised. High-Tech Home Improvements Given all of the amazing home technology that’s on the market today, chances are it’s on your radar for future upgrades. Specifically regarding possibilities for controlling your home’s systems, Pat Killeen of Engineered Controls and Control Depot advises, “Every residential remodel project starts with a dream. Homeowners may enjoy their homes, but over time they would like things to be different. The home no longer reflects the owner’s taste or lifestyle. Maybe the family’s dynamics have changed or making the home more environmentally friendly is a priority. In order to turn those dreams into reality, detailed planning is required. Would you like to use the Pat Killeen current space differently, or are you looking to Engineered Controls add innovation and technology to your home? and Control Depot We offer a whole host of Honeywell products that will improve your home’s comfort and help you operate your home


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more efficiently. From the most state-of-the-art thermostats and zoning systems to whole-house air cleaning systems, whole-house humidification and dehumidification systems, security and video systems; everything is geared to make homes more energy-efficient and secure. An option like Total Connect by Honeywell’s innovative home control technology is an investment to your home that’s well worth considering. Total Connect allows homeowners to remotely monitor and control their homes at any time, from anywhere in the world. Through a personalized web portal with mobile apps, the homeowner can stay connected to their home’s heating and air conditioning system and security system from their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Homeowners can receive alerts via emails, view live video and control and access their security system, control lighting, lock/unlock doors remotely, and more. Plus the simplicity and comfort that Honeywell’s wireless Prestige IAQ HVAC system provides offers a full-suite of wireless-enabled accessories that help you meet homeowners comfort and security needs. Items such as universal diagnostics, water sensor alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and ventilation filtration alarms are just a few of the added benefits of owning such a home automation system. The system also provides customizable reminders for replacing the humidifier pad or UV lamp replacement reminders. When starting a home remodeling project, think about how your lifestyle has changed and what you would like different. Are you simply looking to expand your kitchen or add new windows, or maybe replace your home’s central heating and cooling system? When planning to remodel your home, don’t overlook the importance of improving your home’s environmental control system. It will improve the air you are breathing, increase your HVAC equipment’s energy efficiency, increase your home’s comfort and offer peace-of-mind by increasing your home’s safety and security.” He also notes, “Although most of today’s cutting-edge technology is wireless, there are going to be times when your remodeling contractor may need to add new equipment above ceilings or in the basement and run additional wiring that requires disrupting the existing walls and ceilings. When a contractor installs upgraded controls, the goal is usually for everything to be out of sight. By taking advantage of a home remodel project to upgrade your home’s technology infrastructure, adding new equipment at the same time is much easier.”


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Exterior Features Whether it’s elements of your landscape or the exterior of the home itself that you’ve got your eye on improving, there are many different aspects of the property that could be the focus of a renovation project. With the addition or enhancement of outdoor living and entertaining areas continuing to be popular, there are so many options one could consider within just that area alone. Then there are the timeless items that will need replacement at some point, such as windows, doors, siding/gutters, roofing, walkways and driveway, garage, patio, etc. All told, there are many things to consider outside just as with the inside of the home, and some that will have a positive impact on both! If you’re looking for a company that does it all in terms of the first four exterior features that were just listed plus decks on occasion, Hawkeye/ Nebraska Siding, Window & Door, Inc. considers those its specialty areas. Offering the best exterior home improvement products, along with superior craftsmanship, the professionals at Hawkeye will perform a quality job at a reasonable price. They will also stand by their work with a warranty on anything installed, and are happy to provide references upon request, which is recommended to those researching residential contractors for an upcoming project. The locally-owned company is fully licensed, registered, bonded, accredited, certified, insured, and wellestablished, serving clients in Omaha, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas since 1990. Whether you know what you want or are looking for suggestions, consulting the professionals is a great place to start your home remodeling project. For those who plan to focus on the exterior of their homes, and/or hope to improve their home’s energy efficiency, Jason Olberding of J-Tech Construction and J-Tech Solar offers the following recommendations:

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“Upgrading your home’s windows is an excellent remodeling project that will not only improve the aesthetic appeal of your home but also your home’s energy efficiency. When you replace your windows, you are not just making a purchase, you are making an investment. It’s entirely possible to enjoy a beautiful new exterior look, and from the interior viewpoints as well, without breaking the bank. It’s not uncommon to see a 50% improvement in your home’s energy efficiency, or oftentimes more! Jason Olberding If you are searching for a project to compliment J-Tech Construction your new windows, I would recommend and J-Tech Solar Seamless Metal Alloy siding. Just like replacing your windows, brand new siding can cut back on your energy costs as well as provide a beautiful new look to your home. Our Seamless Metal Alloy siding comes in a variety of colors and is manufactured on-site, so it’s custom fit your home. It’s a great way to give your home a ‘face-lift.’

Speaking of energy costs, although solar energy is not necessarily a new concept, it has definitely seen a spike in popularity in recent years. Due to a competitive manufacturing market and advancements in technology, the price for a homeowner to have solar installed has decreased substantially. If you were previously interested in solar energy but wrote it off as too high of an expense, I definitely recommend getting a new estimate. You will more than likely be very pleasantly surprised at how much the investment price has decreased.” Olberding concludes with the following advice: “When you are ready to take on a new project, I suggest these three steps:

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1. Make a list of what is most important to you. Maybe you have a specific siding color in mind, or maybe you have a specific brand of shingles you want to use—whatever it might be, make sure your list is unique to your taste and vision. 2. Before you get your estimates, plan your budget. What can you afford right now? Maybe you have a budget that allows you to replace a few windows a year. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed when getting your estimates. 3. After you get your estimates, make sure you do some homework on each of the companies that provided you with an estimate. Are they local? What is their rating with the Better Business Bureau? How about their rating on Google or Home Advisor? Getting answers to questions such as these can help you weed out any bad contractors. Remodeling doesn’t always happen by choice; it can also come about out of necessity. Either way, we’re happy to help.” Do-It-Yourself Projects There will be projects around the house that you’ll feel comfortable with tackling on your own, or are OK with taking your chances on learning by doing yourself. If you find that you need a piece of equipment or special tool to complete the job that you don’t have on-hand or access to borrow, check with Honeyman Rent-All and you might be able to avoid the expense of purchasing something you may not use again. They have an extensive inventory and a team of professionals who can educate you on how to use anything they have to offer, which is really nice!

The possibilities of what you can do to improve your home are exciting to think about, particularly when there’s so much out there to consider. They’re even more satisfying when completed and able to be fully enjoyed. While there are plenty of capable Do-It-Yourselfers out there, other instances call for a professional, whether it’s a necessity or you’d prefer to have someone else perform the task. For the latter, make sure you get on the books sooner than later, as the demand is particularly high this time of year. Otherwise, to keep things on track, a little guidance from the professionals never hurts, and they’re just a quick drop in or phone call away!

In the April issue we went into depth about navigating unplanned life changes, and now it’s time to delve into the life events that are specifically planned. Some are much the same, as they can occur unexpectedly or as a part of an established timeline of events, while others wouldn’t just happen unless they were intended – and generally the better thought out, the better on all accounts. Furthering your education and graduation, marriage, having a baby, getting a pet, retirement, moving, buying/selling a home or business – there are so many wonderful, even if sometimes bittersweet, things in life that are planned occasions. We’ve consulted with some of our clients on the life events for which they commonly help their clients plan. From the guidance they’ve provided, we’ve compiled helpful information and advice to share with our readers, with a focus on those who are nearing their golden years, and for those who aren’t quite so near but want to plan ahead well in advance! In planning for one’s golden years, retirement is center stage, as is estate planning and making end-of-life arrangements, life insurance, securing Medicare benefits or adequate health care coverage otherwise, downsizing and planning for changes in living arrangements, investment planning, and so on.

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Oftentimes planning ahead involves saving, investing, and having adequate insurance coverage to minimize major expenses that would set you back. “The most common lifechanging events we deal with are retirement and adding new family members either by birth or marriage,” says Andy Storz of Good Life Retirement Solutions. “Ultimately we help provide peace of mind. We want to make sure the people we work with don’t have to worry about losing money due to market uncertainty or not having the resources they need if something happens to them or a family member.

‘How much is enough?’ is a popular question for all types of scenarios, whether it be savings, coverage, benefits, etc. I don’t have a single answer because everyone’s situation is different and needs personalized attention. We like to discuss someone’s goals and balance that with ‘what if’ situations to make sure we can take care of as many needs as possible. When planned life changes are coming up it’s a great time to get more information and plan for the future. Something commonly overlooked is simply taking the time to plan now rather than waiting. It will take

more effort to reach savings goals the longer you wait and the older you get certain forms of insurance will get more expensive. It’s best to start preparing early so planned life changes can occur without any added stress. With these types of things, it’s always important to stay informed and sometimes that means getting a second opinion. We all want to make sure that any decision we make is good for our families and making sure we know our options is a great benefit to that process.” He also notes, “Recently, in our business, the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule is a big topic of conversation. It just took effect in June after a great deal of debate. Although the reaction to it by the financial industry has some downsides, I believe that overall it will be beneficial to the public by forcing more transparency and highlighting fees and charges by companies that may not have been easy to see in the past.” Given our audience of entrepreneurs and business professionals, one thing you all may find surprising is that many business owners don’t have plans in place for an exit strategy although they know at some point they will sell their business or pass it on to the next generation. “Having an exit plan is so important,” emphasizes Jethro Hopkins of No Coast Business Advisors. “It’s one of the basics of being a business owner. Whether you’re the sole proprietor or in a partnership, you’ve got to be proactive in planning for everything you’ll do moving forward, from start to finish. In the event of your untimely passing, will your significant other, child(ren) or another family member take over, and are they prepared to do so? In the event of a partner’s passing, are you comfortable entering a partnership by Jethro Hopkins default with their spouse, children, parents, or No Coast Business someone else who you may have never met, Advisors who may not even live here, or who might not be as invested, or knowledgeable at all for that matter, in the operation and success of your business? Everything that would happen in the event of the sale of the business, dissolution of partnership, death, etc. should be well documented, written into your operating agreement or articles of incorporation. From the day you open the business, an exit strategy should be in place and the plan should be clear to all parties involved. When you’re ready to retire is not the time to be scrambling to put this together either. You want to have everything in order at least 3-5 years prior to when you JULY 2017 Strictly Business 37

want to get out of the business. Plan your exit, your partner’s exit, and ideally both, as early on as possible – and specifically for partnerships, while you are on good terms. Just like a marriage, business partnerships go bad, and that fallout tends to be exactly what you’d imagine or have experienced a bad divorce to be like. In terms of planning for the future, just the same as not saving early for retirement or having your will and power of attorney in place, not having an exit strategy will burn you. You don’t want your business going into probate and having a judge determines what happens to it. You have the power when it’s in writing, as your wishes for your business take precedence over a judge’s orders. Similar to a will, someone has to challenge it and prove it’s not valid to prevail. Not to mention that having an exit strategy in place will allow you to get the most money out of your business when it comes time to sell, as you’ll have all of the documentation ready for the bank and potential buyers. It’s a simple way to plan for, and protect, your future and the future of your business.” Planning doesn’t always have to be far off in the future; it can also be for something important that you need to have in place to reach a short-term goal. Another topic of importance for business owners, as far as your role as an employer, is putting together the best possible team. This includes attracting top talent and retention of those professionals. At some point, you’ll be making decisions as to what offerings will be available to your employees who are planning for their futures, and that’s quite a responsibility. Having an attractive employee benefit package, or at minimum one that covers the bases, is essential in today’s competitive job market. If you’re looking to put one together or improve on what you have currently, or would just like a few questions answered, the experts at Benefit Professionals are just a phone call away. Back to the particulars of retirement planning, there are a few other significant items on the agenda. Living and care arrangements is definitely one of those, although it tends

to get put off until it becomes absolutely necessary. For seniors of all ages and walks of life, this is mainly for fear of a loss of independence among other concerns. However, there are so many wonderful places in our community to consider, and resources that you may not know even exist but are available to you whenever you’re ready to begin the planning process. “At CarePatrol we help families plan for taking their next step in life which includes looking at independent living or assisted living communities, and our services are 100% free to those we help,” says Theron Ahlman of CarePatrol of Nebraska. “When families or seniors feel they are getting close to needing more help or no longer want to take care of a house and everything that goes with it, we step in to visit with them and learn as much about them as we can. From there we help them find the best and safest Theron Ahlman communities as we always review the state’s CarePatrol of Nebraska care and violation history, schedule the tours and personally go with them on the tour to help ask the right questions. Most seniors aren’t sure what to ask or where to even start, so we can save them a lot of time when looking, which also can save them a lot of stress and make it an enjoyable experience. By planning ahead they get to choose where they want to go, as opposed to it being involuntary, such as when an event happens that forces the move or the decision must be made on their behalf due to the circumstances. We have found that those who have moved into a community wish they would have done it 5 years sooner on average. A lot of seniors still think a nursing home is what assisted living is, so I always stress taking the time to go visit and really understand what all is offered to them. The sooner we begin looking into the options, the more time for enjoying life and having less to worry about. At CarePatrol we always suggest that seniors start looking as soon as they begin to

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feel that being at home is overwhelming, they are feeling isolated, not eating correctly, messing up taking their medications, or maybe are just tired of shoveling snow and mowing the yard. As for financial concerns, we can sit down and look at their current expenses and see how that compares to living in a community where almost everything is taken care of like food, cable, utilities and other expenses one might incur as a homeowner. To learn more about how CarePatrol helps seniors and their families navigate the ever-changing world of senior living, please call us at (402) 785-2262 to visit and learn more about your options, and to start looking towards the future to be better prepared for what life has ahead.” Another common thing that people would plan for during their retirement is to travel! “Now that you are retired, it’s time to tackle that Bucket List!” says Kris Reddy of The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company. “Where are all of the places you have been dreaming of going? The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company’s expertise can assist in putting together the trip of a lifetime or help you start planning numerous trips! No matter what you have in mind, start planning early! Planning in advance allows you access to more options such Kris Reddy as accommodations, flights, tours, etc. The The Vacation Store & Vacation Store & The Cruise Company The Cruise Company offers a price guarantee, and you’ll never be charged a service fee! Travelers adjusting to retirement are often very budget-conscious. They want the most “bang for their buck,” and that’s our goal too. Our specialists sit down with clients and find out their wants and needs, and then work together to create the perfect vacation that fits their budget. In this modern world of technology, many of us get overwhelmed with all of the options out there. The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company’s Leisure Travel Specialists take care of all the details. We can create a seamless vacation to take away all of the stress and let you focus on enjoying yourself. We’ll arrange it all, from your flights, transfers, accommodations, and tours to traveler’s insurance and other items that you might not think to set up. Those are just a few of the reasons why it’s beneficial to plan ahead. There are many cruise lines, resorts, and tours that are perfect for retirees. Looking for all-adults resort, an at-your-pace tour or an adventure around the world? Let us find the perfect fit for you - now is your time! Take the time to adventure and go to the places you’ve been dreaming of and saving for over the years. The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company’s expertise awaits you. We’re here to help you get your plans in place for those Golden Years of traveling, while always looking for ways to make your budget go further than ever!”

For the things in life that should be thoughtfully planned out in advance, there’s usually a palpable sense of urgency that’s not to be dismissed or ignored. It’s for good reason, because there are significant benefits to having arrangements made at the recommended intervals, if not sooner just for good measure. It always helps to have guidance when planning the important things in life, specifically from the professionals who will apply their knowledge and experience to ensure everything is in place and nothing is overlooked. An outside opinion doesn’t hurt either. By establishing these relationships, you’ll feel comfortable reaching out to consult with those whom you are familiar with and can trust in planning for any number of life changes you’ll experience down the road.

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There are plenty of recommendations to be made on how to achieve optimal health and wellness, or even just the small improvements you can make to your lifestyle with that goal in mind. In the scheme of things, nutrition is first and foremost in the discussion, because it is the foundation that supports the body functioning properly. Without good nutrition, one simply can’t sustain good health. Men still have a shorter life expectancy than women, and among the factors that influence that statistic is a higher rate of obesity than their female counterparts. In relationship to that,

they also undergo more obesity-related surgeries – knee and hip replacements, back surgery, open heart surgery, etc. – than women. Men are much less likely to watch what they eat or go on a diet, drink more alcohol on average, and when not working they tend to be more sedentary. These common behaviors are much to the detriment of their health when they become habit. However, it’s never too late to better yourself; with good nutrition and regular physical activity, improving your health at any age is possible. For every 10lbs you get closer to your healthy body weight, it drastically reduces your chances of experiencing a host of health complications that are directly linked to obesity. The good news for men is that you’ll lose weight twice as fast as those of the opposite sex almost across the board. The fact that men naturally have a larger percentage of body weight as muscle means their bodies will burn fat quicker. For those looking to looking to establish a meal plan, lose weight, build muscle, or just eat healthier, Just Good Meat provides high-quality meat that’s an excellent source of protein in a wellbalanced diet. You may not think of your local butcher as an expert on nutrition, but involved in the industry for decades and sourcing the best quality products on the market, bringing them from farm


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With men in particular, as a positive “sign of the times” so to speak, many have become more proactive in doing what’s necessary to maintain good health. Men in our society, young and young at heart alike, have indeed come a long way from the stereotypical, but once prevailing mindset, of stubbornness and an overall come-what-may attitude towards health and wellness. With many taking notice of the strong connection between taking good care of themselves and living longer, fuller lives, it’s become evident that the modern man is much more willing and apt to do the things that will benefit him – even if not always the most enjoyable.


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Having personal experience from his own weight loss journey, Sean Fuller of Just Good Meat advises to be aware of, and picky with, what types of food you buy. “Looking for all-natural products is more important now than ever before. For meat, in particular, do your research as to where it’s sourced, even down to how the animals are raised and what they are fed, because it makes a big difference. This idea is not necessarily new, but it’s always worth mentioning because what we put into our bodies is so important to our overall health.”

Important to take note of, related to nutrition among other things, is that men really need to focus on their testosterone. Testosterone is what makes men, men. It’s a great indication of how their bodies are functioning. A major contributor to healthy testosterone is the quality of foods you are putting into your body. Other factors include regular exercise and stress management. Staying on track requires commitment and also being mindful of your health in all of the different scenarios you’ll encounter. While there’s often an intentional focus on what we’re doing in our personal lives, it’s important to keep health and wellness in mind while at work too. In general, men tend to overlook or underestimate the importance of regular health screenings and reducing the physical strain on their bodies too. The old mentality of ‘tough it out’ or ‘no pain, no gain’ can lead to health conditions that become very challenging and costly to reverse or repair. Many health conditions can be managed and minimized if we are aware of the early warning signs. Rather than put off seeking medical consultation, it is far better to have a problem or question addressed early for the least amount of negative impact to your health. Particularly when it comes to cancer screening, the earlier it is detected and the more you know, the better the outcome. Especially with prominent types of cancer affecting men, such as prostate cancer, you may not experience any warning signs until it is too late.

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“We are the first in the nation to develop and apply proprietary MRI technology specifically for the detection of prostate cancer,” says Daniel Cinotto of FirstScan. “It’s a progressive, non-invasive procedure that can tell us a lot of information – location, size, the rate of growth, etc. – whic h greatly helps the patient in determining what the next step should be. It’s now commonly used for detection, active surveillance and monitoring progress of treatment.

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where breakthroughs are made all the time, with the propensity to positively affect so many lives. This is a perfect example; oftentimes once men are experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer it has already progressed very far. Statistically, 59% of men who have been diagnosed with clinically-significant prostate cancer showed no signs or symptoms beforehand, and that’s scary. In the other 41% who showed symptoms, it had already metastasized to other areas of the body and there was nothing that could be done at that point--also very scary. The prostate is located in the middle of your body, where you can’t see it or feel it like you would other types of cancers that appear as lumps or lesions. What we are trying to do is improve outcomes and drive down the statistics, which are currently that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and for 1 out of 39 of those cases, it will be terminal. Until a cure is found, the best we can do is educate, and to find it early enough to be able to do something about it. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and there’s nothing uncomfortable or invasive that happens during that time. It really helps to alleviate the fear associated with screening that’s recommended based on age and family history. If a man who has an elevated PSA decides to come to us first, and we determine that it’s related to something else, the biopsy can be avoided. If it does need to be performed, we can provide detailed information that gives an excellent frame of reference regarding the area to target. FirstScan has one of the only fellowship-trained prostate radiologists in the Midwest on our team, who has studied with the foremost thought leaders on prostate MRI. As such, we are lucky to have access to such a fantastic network of contacts that we can consult for additional information or a second opinion on findings. I urge men no to wait or put this on the backburner and avoid it. Guys tend to be stubborn about going to the doctor, especially in the age group when they need to be going regularly. It’s critical to follow the recommended intervals for health screenings. Also, so often these types of things go undiscussed, so I strongly advise getting educated, participating in shared decision making, asking questions, and talking about it with a trusted healthcare professional and with your loved ones. We’re happy to answer any questions and tell you about what we have to offer. Bring your printouts, your screenshots and online research, your questions and concerns; we welcome any of that. Open dialogue will be a critical part of your continued health and wellness.”

With more knowledge, awareness, resources, and support out there than ever before, there’s no excuse not to pursue anything that will help you maintain good health or improve your quality of life. Guys, we encourage you to stay on trend with becoming more proactive about your health and wellness, and there are plenty of qualified experts out there to consult if you have any questions or concerns. Stay healthy friends! JULY 2017 Strictly Business 41

What Strictly Business Magazine is all about, and has been since the publication was founded, is promoting local businesses and organizations. In doing so, we strongly encourage our readers to be conscious consumers, as we feel that it is incredibly important to support local businesses that support the local community. Likewise, we hope to inspire our fellow businesses to make giving back a priority, and shine a light on those that feel the same. It’s heartwarming to report there are many of these, both small and large, that contribute so much to making our city such a wonderful place to live and do business. Here in the Omaha Metro we are truly fortunate to have an amazing network of non-profit organizations doing such important work that touches the lives of others profoundly. There is great diversity within the non-profit community, which allows for all different types of needs to be met. This also affords citizens and companies the freedom to give back in whatever way they find to be most fulfilling and makes the best use of their time, talents, and/or income. Non-profits rely solely on donors and contributions to fund the work they do for the community. As such, every little bit counts towards both a better today and a brighter future. It is a great feeling to do your part and contribute to a cause that truly helps others, and to mobilize and encourage others around you in the workplace to do so as well. In leading by example, you are showing your team that you care and that they should too. With the opportunity to serve in any number of different capacities, it’s all about finding the perfect blend of bettering yourself and bettering the lives of others. Let’s say you choose to be on board or committee for a non-profit or fundraiser, benefit, etc. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with those outside of your own business/industry, or those who are connected in some way, depending on the composition of the group and the objective(s) you’re setting out to accomplish together. Either way, you’ll make the acquaintance of other like-minded professionals, which in turn grows your network while doing good for the benefit of others in your community. Whether you’re an employer and employee, serving in this capacity allows you to showcase your individual talents and the level of dedication you put forth speaks volumes, widely recognized by those you’re working with on the project and also those who witness the success of your collective efforts. Giving back to the community should be an enjoyable and exciting opportunity to be a part of something that benefits everyone involved. Choosing a cause that is particularly meaningful on a personal level will likely provide you with a greater sense of purpose, as well as greater worth of and pride in your investment. It is not feasible to contribute to every charity, and you will likely be pulled in many directions when it comes to choosing which ones you want to support. Be careful—all non-profits are not created equal! Do your research before you finalize your decision on which organizations you will promote and invest your time and resources in, with a focus on how they spend their money and utilize their resources. While awareness is incredibly important, actions often do speak louder than words. The work that each non-profit does, and in turn your contribution to their cause, should impact the community in a real and meaningful way. We have compiled a list of non-profits right here in our community, some of which may be familiar and others that may be new to you – but all of which need and welcome your support. If you’re reading this, we encourage you to get involved with the ones that speak to you, whether it’s a team or solo mission. Greater Omaha and the surrounding communities are a better place together because of the value we place on giving back here, but it takes consistent effort from each and every one of us to make the difference we want to see here at the community level and in the world. 42 Strictly Business JULY 2017

Did you know…Midlands Community Foundation (MCF) helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals and “Invest in the Power of Community.” MCF has played an integral part in managing three Affiliated Funds: Gretna Community Foundation, Bellevue Community Foundation and Springfield Community Foundation. These Affiliated Funds have worked hard in their own communities raising awareness and building partnerships to secure a strong Foundation in their respective city. MCF manages more than 100 charitable funds that serve an array of needs. This past fiscal year, more than $1 million has been distributed into the community through these charitable funds, MCF grants and discretionary gifts in the areas of health care, arts, culture, community, economic development, education and human services. MCF can provide you with a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving through a variety of charitable gifting vehicles. We hold ourselves to high standards, have strong integrity and most importantly work to make a difference in your local community. The time is NOW to create a charitable fund to benefit your personal interests. • Designated Funds • Donor Advised Funds • Field of Interest Funds • Scholarship Funds To learn more, visit or call (402) 991-8027.

Founded more than 40 years ago, and grounded by the solid belief that every person has the ability to recover, CenterPointe makes pivotal treatment available for people suffering from mental and substance use disorders. Meeting people where they are and supporting them to gain control of their lives is what CenterPointe aims to do. CenterPointe provides a full range of services including crisis response, treatment, rehabilitation, street outreach, and housing. The majority of people in services are homeless or nearly homeless. CenterPointe has programs in both the Lincoln and Omaha communities. Support from the community is essential for ensuring high-quality care is available for people working to turn their lives around. Last year, the community helped more than 1,700 women, men, teens, and veterans to overcome homelessness, mental illness and addiction. For more information, to support this work, or begin a career at CenterPointe:

Help save lives. Donate blood. “I’ve never been asked.” That’s the number one reason why people don’t donate blood. Today, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank is asking you to donate blood to help save lives. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. The rarest blood type is the one that’s not available when a patient is in need. That need is constant. Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been connecting people who need life-saving blood with generous volunteer donors for nearly 50 years. We provide life-saving blood to healthcare facilities throughout southeast Nebraska. Be part of our life-saving mission by becoming a blood donor with Nebraska Community Blood Bank today. Visit NCBB.ORG to learn more about hosting a blood drive or to sign up to donate blood at a donor center or blood drive near you. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter (@NCBBLincoln).

Youth Emergency Services (YES) is the only nonprofit in Omaha with the sole focus of helping homeless and at-risk youth. Last year, YES provided support and services to over 2,000 youth in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. YES offers a full-continuum of services to help these youth get back on track and on the road to self-sufficiency. Through the Street Outreach Program, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program, and Maternity Home, youth can get a hot meal, find a safe place to sleep at night, and connect with resources to help them get back in school, find a job, and secure permanent housing. While in the program, youth are required to work and/or go to school, do community service, and pay rent. For more information about YES’ programs, please visit

The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC) provides Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth. Our educational and coaching services include childcare development, microbusiness and micro-lending. MLCDC’s vision is to be a catalyst for a thriving, diverse, and inclusive community enriched by Latino influence, economic results, culture and leadership. Most recently, eager to create new opportunities for South Omaha, MLCDC and a group of business owners came together to develop Las Americas Global Market. MLCDC will build a commercial kitchen and light manufacturing facilities to create 45 jobs. On July 1, 2017, MLCDC is launching financial education and one-on-one coaching services. This program is offered to low-to-moderate-income Latinos seeking to build assets through affordable homeownership and build a plan to improve their financial capability through personalized financial coaching, financial literacy and the responsible access to financial products. Visit our website at or call (402) 933-4466 to learn more.

Since its inception in 2009, the mission of the SAVE Program (saveprogram. org) has been to connect under-served youth with opportunities and resources to be successful students and active individuals. It is carried out by providing educational opportunities through our partnerships with Intercultural Center of Creighton University and the Multicultural Affairs Departments of University of Nebraska-Omaha and Bellevue University, along with financial support towards extra-curricular activity involvement. By promoting opportunities for extra-curricular activity involvement that would otherwise be unavailable, the SAVE Program is able to introduce and implement effective academic mentoring programs into the lives of its participants. Adding its fifth school in January 2017, the SAVE Program now services over 150 students in the Omaha-metro area.

Nebraska Recycling Council is a statewide, member-based, charitable nonprofit supporting collaboration between communities, businesses, solid waste and recycling industries to improve recycling collection and infrastructure. Our mission is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. Visit or call (402) 436-2384. Recycling Information: Nebraska Online Recycling Guide, Phone assistance Education & Training: Webinars, Green team training, Networking events Services: Waste assessments, Zero waste events, Zero waste community consultation, Hub & spoke consultation Grants: Recycling equipment grants Publications: Best management practices, E-Newsletters, Case studies Annual Awards Luncheon: National speaker, Workshops, Business & Community Environmental Awards

Established in 1972, Santa Monica has been providing long term residential services to thousands of chemically dependent women, partnering with them on their journey to recovery. The program relies on the disciplines of the twelve step program of Alcoholics Anonymous®, while incorporating mental health and trauma treatment along with life skills. Santa Monica provides food, shelter, rehabilitative counseling, job acquisition guidance, and re-socialization training. Last year Santa Monica expanded services to include a step down level of care for the women, providing a more holistic continuum of care. These services will give the women more support as they transition back into the community. Donations are always valued at Santa Monica and the women benefit from toiletries, clothing and paper products. Visit our new website at for more information about the agency, what the future holds and how to help. JULY 2017 Strictly Business 43

NAMI Omaha is a local affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. We provide free support to family and friends who have a loved one living with mental illness. We do this through education, literature, workshops, conferences, support groups and more. We also offer support groups to the individuals who have a mental illness. One of our most successful educational programs is called FAMILY to FAMILY. It is a free series of 12 classes (one 2 1/2 hour session weekly). These classes are structured to help families and friends understand and support their mentally ill loved ones, while maintaining their own well-being. The classes include information about mental illnesses, medications, resources, problem solving, and family communications. For information go to or call (402) 3458101. For helpful articles on mental illness follow us on Facebook

Nebraska Methodist College has been teaching the meaning of care since 1891. An affiliate of Methodist Health System, NMC is a premier private health professions institution that offers certificate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees both on campus and online. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, NMC is small enough to really care about each student as an individual and large enough to provide outstanding academic programs in nursing and allied health. Students at NMC experience a holistic culture of caring while mastering the art and science of healthcare. They gain the skills and experience needed to become outstanding contributors to society through servicelearning experiences, community-based education and leadership development integrated throughout the curriculum. They are taught and supported by expert and nurturing faculty, as well as dedicated staff members. NMC ( is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Survivors Rising is a working group dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of intimate partner violence. Our mission is to ensure that the survivor voice is represented in legislation and in the community and that offenders are held accountable. Survivors Rising was created by a small group of survivors of intimate partner violence who are passionate about the cause. We recognized the need for advocacy, education in the community, and support for all survivors. Survivors Rising is a catalyst for change. We’re committed to working with survivors to provide hope and tools for healing and to providing survivor engagement in all aspects of our communities. Our programs include: speakers bureau, education & training, legislative and policy advocacy, and survivor engagement to promote system change and safety in our community. There should be nothing about us without us. Find out more at or follow us on Facebook at 44 Strictly Business JULY 2017

Matt’s Music Memorial was started to honor and remember a Nebraska hero, Cpl. Matthew Lee Alexander, after his death in Baqubah, Iraq on May 6, 2007. Matthew enjoyed life. Music was a passion for him growing up. He played percussion throughout middle and high school. After graduating from Gretna in 2004, Matthew joined the Army as an infantryman. He never made it home from his first tour. Matthew would want others to have the opportunity to experience the personal growth and enjoyment he found through his band experiences. This foundation aims to honor him and keep his memory alive by “Making Music Possible” for kids from all walks of life. If you’d like to know more, visit or call (402) 670-1806.

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

OneWorld believes that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare in a safe, welcoming environment. That’s why we provide a vast range of comprehensive services including: Adult Medicine • Pediatric Care • Prenatal Care • Women’s Healthcare • Behavioral Health • Dental • Pharmacy • Support Services OneWorld maintains an open-door policy, providing treatment regardless of an individual’s income, insurance status, race, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, immigration status or ability to pay. In 2015, OneWorld care for 35,557 patients during more than 145,000 visits and is ranked in the top 2% of the nation for patient outcomes. Our Mission: OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. Our Vision: To become an innovative leader in health care, empowering individuals and creating healthier communities. Follow what’s new at: or OneWorldCHC. For more information visit

Open Door Mission 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 2,300 nutritious meals and provides homeless preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. Visit or call (402) 422-1111 to see how you can make a difference in our community.

The mission of FITGirl, Inc. is to empower young girls as they develop and mature by demonstrating positive lifestyle choices; physical, mental, relational and nutritional. We do this through camp style programs with coaches and mentors who instill confidence and courage through educational and physical fitness activities. As early as 10 years of age, girls activity levels dropping by as much as 83% as they transition through adolescence. FITGirl, Inc. was developed in direct response to the decline in physical activity among young girls, lack of opportunity for participation in physical activity outside of select sports and the increase in low self-esteem. FITGirl’s after school programs and summer camps provide empowerment workshops focusing on relationships, body image, self-esteem, goal setting and self worth in tandem with various physical fitness and nutritional activities such as yoga, self defense, meal planning, fitness, dance, hiking, boxing and more. Find out more at

Child Saving Institute is celebrating its 125th year of serving children and families in the greater Omaha area. Child Saving Institute’s primary focus has always been children’s safety and well-being. Always an innovative leader in children’s services, our programs include: • An emergency shelter for youth in crisis or whose families are in crisis, • Quality, accredited early childhood education, • Free consultation services for low-income child care centers, • Foster care parent education and foster child placement, • Therapy, • Pregnancy counseling, • In-home services for struggling families, • Independent living skills education for youth aging out of the foster care system, and • Older child adoption. CSI’s programming is diverse, but so are the needs of today’s children and youth. With your support and the support of others like you, CSI serves more than 2,800 kids and families each year. With your assistance, we improve the lives of children in our community — and help them discover the joy of childhood that every child should experience. For more information, visit or call (402) 553-6000.

In 2011, Carole’s House of Hope, Inc. (CHH) was established as an organization purposed to transform the lives of young women aging out of the foster care system, pregnant or parenting mothers and their children. CHH address’ (remove the apostrophe) the gaps in the current model of service that can inevitably lead to high rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, mental health instability, criminal activity, early pregnancy, human trafficking and prostitution. CHH is intentional on creating a safe place in which women can stabilize, heal and lay the ground work for future endeavors while becoming self-sufficient. CHH provides housing, food/pantry items, clothing, baby supplies/cribs, wrap around services with community partners, individualized case management, individual/group therapy, financial literacy coursework, parenting education and many more life skill classes. Mission Statement: Carole’s House of Hope is designed to provide hope and healing for mothers and their children through innovative programming and services that promote self-sufficiency and independence. For more information, call (402) 991-HOPE (4673) or visit www.

Outlook Nebraska is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting everyone who is blind and visually impaired. We empower anyone in the community facing vision loss to gain confidence in their capabilities and achieve their life goals through employment, workplace training, and recreational and cultural opportunities. Our organization empowers the blind and visually impaired to be independent, confident and active, contributing members of society. We provide free training on computers, smartphones, and other devices to any members of the community facing vision loss and collaborate with other organizations to provide recreational and cultural activities for the blind. Through community education, Outlook Nebraska increases awareness of the capabilities of the blind and visually impaired and aims to help answer the call for social responsibility among citizens and business leaders. Nearly 70% of ONI’s workforce is legally blind and utilizes an array of innovative low vision technologies. Many work on the production floor of ONI’s growing tissue-converting facility, operating machines and packing a commercial line of recycled fiber tissue products. Others work in administrative departments such as sales, accounting and education and training. Outlook Nebraska is the only agency of its kind in a seven-state area. Our purpose is to positively change people’s attitudes about blindness. For more information about ONI, visit JULY 2017 Strictly Business 45

The Metro Area Youth Foundation (MAYF) was formed in 2006 by a group of Omaha area Optimist Club members who wanted to do more for families and children experiencing cancer. This all-volunteer group recognized that many organizations have been formed to help fight cancer, but there were not many resources available to the families who were in the middle of the fight. The goal is to allow the families to focus on the children not the money they owe by providing a short-term financial bridge. Many of these families were already struggling financially; a cancer diagnosis can often mean that only one parent can continue to work, adding to the burden. MAYF has been able to provide over 500 families a chance to keep the water and power on, rent to stay in their apartment, a mortgage payment to keep their home and a chance to keep life as stable and normal as possible. For more information about how you can get involved or donate to MAYF’s Childhood Cancer Campaign, visit or please call (402) 740-5158 or email

Mission: “To improve the quality of life by caring for the body and mind.” Jennie Edmundson Foundation is the fund raising arm of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. By engaging philanthropic leaders, we are able to help make certain that the equipment, facilities, programs, services and educational initiatives at MJE continue to meet community needs. The JE Foundation relies on donations and grants from our community. These funds go to help our Charitable Patient Care Fund, Breast Health Center, Medi-Bus Transportation and Scholarship Funds, to name a few. Generous contributions provide education, care and services to many who may not otherwise have access to healthcare services. Individual or Planned gifts, Memorials or becoming an event or corporate sponsor are also a few ways to help. Becoming a MJE Teen or Adult Volunteer gives you the opportunity to be involved in many facets of volunteerism. What a wonderful way to meet new people; develop new skills, interests and be rewarded through the experiences of helping patients, family members and hospital staff. To find out more about the JE Foundation and how you can get involved call (712) 396-6040 or visit our website: 46 Strictly Business JULY 2017

The mission of Omaha Home for Boys is to support and strengthen youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent and productive lives. More than 300 at-risk young men and women are served annually through the Home’s three core programs: Inspiration Hill Residential Care, Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living and Branching Out Independent Living. Through education, behavior training, employability classes and basic life skills coaching, the Omaha Home for Boys empowers young adults to transition from a state of crisis to one of safety and growth. As Omaha Home for Boys approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020, it will continue to evolve to meet the needs of children and families throughout the state. For more information about Omaha Home for Boys or to invest in the future of the youth served, please visit our website at

Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that raises money to fund research projects who are doing ground-breaking innovative work that will lead to modern treatment for childhood cancer. With only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget earmarked for childhood cancer, and Nebraska ranking 3rd in childhood cancer incidences, Sammy’s wants to ensure that research is being conducted for ALL TYPES of childhood cancer and that the little fighters battling this disease are not forced to use treatments designed for adult cancers or from as far back as the 1950s. Along with research funding, Sammy’s also has programs that reach out to families to offer support in one of the most terrifying and difficult times of their lives. For more information visit or follow our social pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Every year, Greater Omaha SCORE volunteers help entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for entrepreneurs and business owners to give back to the community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Greater Omaha SCORE Chapter is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce through its “Thrive” initiative for Greater Omaha small businesses. SCORE volunteers provide confidential business mentoring services. We lead seminars and workshops to help small business owners meet their goals and achieve success. Whether you own your own small business, are working or retired and have a sincere commitment for helping small businesses, there is a place for you as a SCORE volunteer. We are making a difference by helping new businesses be successful and we want to “help make dreams come true.” If you need help in starting a business, moving your existing business forward, or you wish to volunteer with us, please contact the Greater Omaha SCORE at (402) 221-3606 or e-mail You can also visit our website at

Phoenix Academy is a private school for students grades K-8th who are behind grade level in reading and/or math. For 24 years we have been teaching struggling students to read using an intensive phonics program. Students attend Phoenix Academy two years on average as we help them get caught up to grade level. We also offer summer school. The small class sizes, 12:1 student teacher ratio, and nurturing learning environment help with our students’ success. Independently evaluated test scores consistently show improvement. To register, schedule a tour, or for more information about Phoenix Academy call Nancy Liebermann at (402) 390-0556. 1110 N. 66th Street Omaha, NE 68132 |

Family Housing Advisory Services (FHAS) helps families improve their housing, finances and quality of life. FHAS offers a comprehensive menu of cohesive services to address poverty and provide tools for success. FHAS prevents homelessness, educates homeowners, provides foreclosure prevention options, develops financially-wise consumers (including youth transitioning out of foster care), offers affordable mortgage lending options, eliminates housing discrimination, and reduces poverty through access to tax credits. FHAS serves about 10,000 individuals and families annually. Families learn how to budget, save, avoid eviction or foreclosure; pursue homeownership, post-secondary education or microbusiness enterprise; exercise their fair housing rights, and access income tax credits. For more information about Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. please visit: or call (402) 934-7921

“Touching Lives…Making a Difference” Assistance League® of Omaha is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization whose members identify, develop, implement, and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of local children and adults in the Greater Omaha area. Signature programs include: Operation School Bell® offering school children in need the opportunity to shop for new school clothes; Operation Recovery providing support to women recovering from chemical addiction; ACT/PSAT Review Sessions preparing students for college entrance examinations; Assault Survivor Kits® supplying clothing & hygiene items to assault survivors; Operation Teen Parent encouraging teen parents to complete their educations and read to their children; and Operation Bear Hug furnishing stuffed bears to children in crisis situations. Assistance League of Omaha receives no federal, state or city funding. Donations and grants are needed. Serving Omaha since 1974, ALO returns 100% of proceeds after expenses to the community. Call (402) 342-4288 or visit for more information.

Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow) exists so that no one has to walk their grief journey alone. Since 2001, the agency has provided a welcoming, safe place for grieving children, teens, and adults to offer each other hope and support. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term successes for children, families, and communities. Carefully measured outcomes indicate that the programs of Grief’s Journey effectively move young people and their caregivers to health and resilience. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Grief’s Journey provides free peer support groups and camps as well as professional training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. The agency relies on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism to support its free programs. Together, hope grows. For more information about Grief’s Journey please visit www. or call (402) 502-2773.

What is a BBB Accredited Business? Better Business Bureau® (BBB®) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is a private, non-profit organization established in 1912. Its mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. Today, it is supported by over 9,000 BBB Accredited Businesses. BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’s products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’s product quality or competency in performing services. It means BBB has concluded that the business meets BBB Standards for Trust and has pledged to support the objectives and standards of fair advertising and ethical business practices. Not all businesses qualify for BBB accreditation, so make sure to look for BBB’s seal that identifies the business as one that “Starts With Trust®.” BBB’s headquarters is located in Omaha at 11811 P St. and it has a branch office at 300 N 44th St. #100 in Lincoln. For more information, please visit JULY 2017 Strictly Business 47

We are connectors and coordinators We connect providers to resources and funding that they may not be able to access on their own. We connect donors to good work that best supports their giving goals. We offer streamlined coordination and communication with school districts, which saves everyone time, money, and stress. We are cheerleaders We know that out of school time providers are doing what they do best – providing great programs and activities for our community’s youth. We are here to cheer them on, to advocate on their behalf to donors, the school district, and lawmakers, and to provide professional development, feedback, and assessment tools. We are building a community-wide system We are the entity that brings the right people to the table and guides the growth and development of the out of school time community. For more information go to or call (402) 932-2025

The Hope Center for Kids strives to faithfully inspire youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith. Opened in North Omaha in 1998, The Hope is home to multiple learning spaces, including The Hope Employment Academy, a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, and The Hope Skate roller rink. The Hope Center for Kids now serves over 2,700 youth, children and families through its programs and community events. The Hope serves youth ages 5-19 by offering strengths-based educational support and a safe place to play and grow, both educationally and spiritually. Youth, grades 10-12, also have the opportunity to apply and interview for The Hope Employment Academy, a two-year program that prepares youth for successful employment. In 2014, The Hope opened the doors of its second location in Fremont, Nebraska, which currently serves over 100 youth members each day. The Hope – Omaha, 2200 North 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68110. The Hope – Fremont, 555 West 23 Street, Fremont, NE 68025. To find out more about The Hope Center for Kids including information about volunteering, visit or call (402) 3414673. 48 Strictly Business JULY 2017

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from two of our nation’s top killers heart disease (No. 1) and stroke (No. 5). Powered by millions of volunteers nationwide, the Association’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20% by 2020, while reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20%. Currently, one person dies every 40 seconds from heart disease and stroke. Through events right here in Omaha like the Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Expo and Heart Ball, that startling statistic can change. For more information, visit

Launch Leadership ( provides leadership training for middle school and high school students. For more than 50 years, we’ve empowered young leaders that build better schools and communities. Everything we do is focused on helping students find out who they are and how they lead. Then, we challenge them to think about how they can apply what they’ve learned to the real world. The result is a community infused with motivated, focused, ambitious young leaders. Our Summer Leadership Workshop brings together over 500 students for an action-packed week of fun activities and lifelong lessons. We also facilitate services throughout the school year, including One-Day Workshops and Leadership Retreats. Our all-volunteer staff is composed of college students, professional educators and professionals from other walks of life. Most staff members are alumni of our services, and they joined Launch in part to help build the next generation of leaders. Call (402) 437-0011 to find our more.

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) was formed with one goal in mind: to help nonprofit organizations help their communities. NAM was incorporated in 2002, and CEO Anne Hindery has led the organization since 2008. “We serve and strengthen nonprofits of all sizes and missions in Nebraska and western Iowa. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, we help our members representing health and human services, the arts, education and other areas focus their energy to better help the communities and people they serve,” said Hindery. NAM has 437 members in Nebraska and western Iowa. It’s offering a new, six-week training series called Board Masters. The training program gives new and experienced nonprofit board members the skills and tools they need to successfully implement their organizations’ missions. Other NAM programs include the Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, DriveTime Networking, the Nonprofit Executive Institute as well as many diverse training opportunities. NAM is also recognized as the State Association for Nebraska by the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofits. You can learn more about NAM at

For more than 140 years, Heartland Family Service has been the area leader in creating the path to a better tomorrow for children and families. Each year, we serve over 30,000 individuals from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa through three program areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability. With over 50 programs, we are able to craft an integrated, multi-service approach to guide clients toward safety, wellbeing, and, ultimately, self-sufficiency. When life improves for one of us, life improves for all of us. We all matter. To support our mission of strengthening individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services, text “HFS” to 72727, visit, or contact Chief Development Officer Donna Dostal at (402) 552-7443 or DDostal@

Together, we can end child abuse. Project Harmony is boldly focused on ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community. We have reimagined how communities can come together by leveraging resources to respond to, treat and ultimately prevent child abuse. Project Harmony restores courage, facilitates healing and empowers each of us to be someone in the life of a child. Take the pledge to be someone in the life of a child today at To find out more about Project Harmony, visit www.projectharmony. com or call (402) 595-1326.

Founded in 1993, we are a nationally-recognized 501c3 nonprofit working with the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies to provide breakthrough treatments to cancer patients using clinical trials which we bring to the local community settings here in Nebraska. Every day we get closer to the cure. • Why Cancer Clinical Trials are Important • They lead to the discovery of new cancer treatments and cures • They can improve the health of participating cancer patients • They benefit future generations, impacting thousands of lives • When our research is shared – across the state and around the globe – we get closer to the cure even faster We succeed in our work due to the collaborative support of our experienced physicians, hospitals, clinics, donors, and patients in communities across the state of Nebraska. And we share in the collective belief that there is always something more we can do. Visit our site at

Nebraska State Stroke Association’s mission is “The prevention of stroke through education for Nebraskans of all ages as well as to maximize quality of life for all Nebraska stroke survivors and their families.” Nebraskans of all ages are experiencing strokes. In this fast-paced world, we are often surprised by the age of individual that arrives at the emergency room with signs and symptoms of a stroke. KNOW THE STROKE WARNING SIGNS: • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, leg—especially on one side of the body • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Sudden severe headache with no known cause If you experience any of the above, call 911 immediately. Nebraska State Stroke Association is totally funded by donations and all money stays in Nebraska. Check out Nebraska State Stroke Association at for events related to stroke awareness. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If you are interested in hosting a stroke awareness program, please contact us at hello@

It started with one home. The Reverend Charles and Alberta Danner lovingly opened their doors and hearts to a homeless child in need. As the number of vulnerable kids in their home grew, so did their needs. But the Lincoln community was there to wrap the couple with support, helping to purchase property and construct the CEDARS Home for Children. Seventy years later, providing refuge for children and youth who have no other safe place to spend the night is the heart of CEDARS mission, pursued through comprehensive efforts to help kids in crisis and build strong families. On CEDARS 70th anniversary, candid photos and heartwarming stories of children finding safety, stability and enduring family have been collected into a new historical book. Visit to learn more. For more information call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit www. JULY 2017 Strictly Business 49

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF) believes that all families, regardless of income, should be able to choose the best educational setting for their children. CSF provides tuition assistance scholarships so children from low-income families can access the private or parochial K-8 education of their choice. CSF is destination neutral and children attend approximately 80 different schools across Omaha and northeast Nebraska. A crucial piece of the CSF program is the commitment it requires from families. Each CSF family must contribute $500 toward their children’s education and their children must achieve a 90% attendance rate. Since 1999, more than 32,500 scholarships have been awarded and valued at nearly $33 million dollars. CSF Omaha relies solely upon donations to provide scholarships. If you or your company would like to make a donation or receive more information, please contact the CSF office. Through a growing network of ambitious people, Nebraska Community Foundation is helping local leaders unleash the abundant assets and talents within their own place to build stronger, more prosperous communities across the state. Using philanthropy as a tool for community development, NCF works with organizations and individuals every day to plan the charitable gifts and legacies that make dreams come true. In just the past five years, donors have invested more than $125 million in Nebraska schools, hospitals, community centers, libraries, fire and rescue units, parks and recreation, youth programs and our natural environment through Nebraska Community Foundation. NCF isn’t your typical community foundation. All grantmaking decisions are made by local affiliated fund leaders in communities across the state. NCF serves over 250 Nebraska hometowns and supports 1,500 volunteer leaders through training, financial management, donor education, and planning for a brighter future. Visit, call (402) 323-7330 or email info@ for more information.

Kids Can Community Center’s mission is to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences. Kids Can serves children 18-months to 13 years old. We offer a variety of programs including: early childhood education, before- and afterschool programs, summer and non-school day programs, tutoring, and mentoring. Kids Can utilizes the Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears activities for our youngest students with the goal of ensuring all students are prepared to enter Kindergarten. School-age children participate in the STEMsmart Academy which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math, strength, music, art, reading and tutoring supporting well rounded children. Founded in 1908 as Social Settlement Association of Omaha, Kids Can has a long history of making a meaningful impact in the community. Kids Can is located on 49th and Q Streets in Omaha. For more information about Kids Can! Community Center visit, call (402) 731-6988 or email jgillman@ 50 Strictly Business JULY 2017

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Community Health Charities of Nebraska is a fundraising family of 22 Nebraska-based affiliates of nationally recognized health charities dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by a chronic health condition. This year, we have added Team Jack Foundation, Autism Action Partnership and Nebraska Community Blood Bank to our team. In Omaha, we are proud to partner with United Way of the Midlands, as we know working together makes our community stronger. CHC-NE raises vital funds through workplace giving campaigns, corporate matching funds, individual gifts and foundation contributions to benefit these health charities. Dollars raised each year help our charities provide support for those with chronic health conditions as well as family members, friends and co-workers affected by chronic illness. Thank you for giving the gift of hope through your support. Omaha Office: 212 S. 74th St., Suite 205 | (402) 614-8500 | www. |

The Nebraska Sports Council is a non-profit organization that provides quality competition for athletes of all ages and abilities and promotes healthy and active lifestyle choices. Major programs include the NE 150 Wellness Challenge, which encourages all Nebraskans to get out and be active by participating in any physical activity, and the Cornhusker State Games, a 60+-sport Olympic-style athletic festival which attracts an average of 12,000 athletes to Lincoln/Omaha each July. Other events like the annual Pumpkin Run and Mud Run round out a full-year of fun and healthy activity offerings. 2017 program dates include the NE 150 Wellness Challenge, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31; Cornhusker State Games, July 21-30; Mud Run, Aug. 26 and Pumpkin Run, Oct. 7. Nebraska Sports Council programs and events require more than 3,500 volunteers and financial backing from more than 300 businesses annually. Those interested in supporting or participating in the Nebraska Sports Council can learn more at or visit us in person at 4903 N. 57th St. in Lincoln or by phone at (402) 471-2544.

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This month's cover features Benefit Professionals, Inc who has been serving the needs of their clients for the past 28 years, and continues...