Page 1


Strictly Business Lincoln



Celebrates 25 Years

• Men’s Health • Residential Remodeling • Supporting Non-Profits Client Spotlight • Engineered Controls


In This Issue

Pictured clockwise from top left: Holly Ryan, Art Director; Schyler Zutavern, Sales Associate; Amanda Wilson, Editor; Lizzy Werner, Intern; Paige Zutavern, President; Hannah Hundley, Executive Assistant


Peak Pathways


Bridge to Better Living


Echo Systems

JORGE ANDAZOLA STEVE PROBST DANIEL EPSTEIN Northwest Feed & Goosmann Law Firm Red Lion Roofing 1 Grain Co. JULY 2018 Strictly Business


Strictly Business Magazine PO BOX 57397, Lincoln, NE 68505


There will be times you miss the most important meeting of the day. That might not be a big deal to other companies, but it is to us. Cox Business knows the sacrifices you make for your business. That’s why we work right alongside you with personal service from experts in your hometown, offering unrivaled 24/7 support. You can find us hard at work any time, day or night, because we care about your business as much as you do. 24/7 BUSINESS-CLASS SUPPORT









with a 3-year agreement

SWITCH TODAY. Call 402-934-3891 or visit *Offer ends 8/31/18. Available to new commercial data and voice subscribers (excluding govt agencies and schools) in Cox service areas. $84.00/mo includes VoiceManagerSM Essential with unltd nationwide long distance and Cox Business InternetSM 25 for mos. 1-6 and $99.00 for mos. 7-36. Price based on 3 year service term. Early term. fees may apply. Std. rates apply thereafter. Prices exclude equipment, installation, construction, inside wiring, taxes, surcharges and other fees, unless indicated. Offer is nontransferable to a new service address. Uninterrupted or error-free Internet service, or the speed of your service, is not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary. Rates and bandwidth options vary and are subject to change. DOCSIS 3.0 modem may be req’d, unless indicated. See for complete Cox Internet Disclosures. Unlimited plan is limited to direct-dialed domestic calls and is not available for use with non-switched-circuit calling, auto-dialers, call center applications and certain switching applications. Phone modem provided by Cox, requires electricity, and has battery backup. Access to E911 may not be available during extended power outage or if modem is moved or inoperable. Telephone services are provided by an affiliated Cox entity. Services are not available in all areas. Discounts can’t be combined or added with other promotions nor applied to any other Cox account. †Visa® Prepaid Card available with qualifying new services ordered and activated between 5/1/18 and 9/1/18 with min. 3 yr. contract. Must mention “reward promo” when placing order. Account must remain active, be in good standing, and retain all services for a min. of 30 days after install. Online redemption req’d by 9/30/18 and must follow instructions rec’d after service activation. Limit one Prepaid Card per customer, total not to exceed $200. Allow 6-8 weeks after redemption for delivery. Cards issued by MetaBank®, member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc and are subject to issuing bank’s terms and conditions of the card. Card does not have cash access and can be used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted within the U.S. only. Cards valid through expiration date shown on front of card. Valid in U.S., U.S. territories and Puerto Rico. Offer subject to change at any time without notice. Other restrictions apply. © 2018 Cox Communications Inc. All rights reserved. FPA105473-0011


Strictly Business JULY 2018

Has your broker spoken to you about Alternative Funding options for your health plan?

We have a solution, add us to your team! The link between your company and the insurance carrier. 8204 South 109th Street • La Vista, NE 68128 (402) 592-7777/Phone • (402) 592-1924/Fax

From L-R: Lori Fischer, Lisa Daniels, Wendi Peterson-Stott (seated), and Candace Chapman

Help Building Occupants Stay Alert, Refreshed & Learn More! Honeywell products increase comfort, energy efficiency, and improve indoor air quality.

Call us today to learn more about how Engineered Controls can help improve your building environment.

1-866-395-0186 | JULY 2018 Strictly Business



25 Years 1993-2018

and still counting!

Happy Silver Anniversary to Strictly Business Magazine!

After recently celebrating 10 years in the Omaha market, our team was extremely excited and humbled to take part in commemorating 25 rewarding years in Lincoln where the magazine got its start. In light of this milestone, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the journey. It’s fun to point out all the ways the magazine has developed and grown—going from a small coupon book in Lincoln to a prominent monthly news source in Nebraska’s two largest markets—but the only thing more noteworthy than how much Strictly Business has changed is how much it hasn’t. Throughout the years, Strictly Business has remained committed to providing the community with positive, reliable local news. There have been many people involved in the effort to uphold and contribute to the integrity of the magazine, but the two who have been present for it all are Shayne and Paige Zutavern. Shayne was raised in Dunning, Nebraska and Paige grew up just 30 minutes down the road in Thedford. The two of them met in 1979 and got married in 1987 after moving to Lincoln to attend college at the University. Shayne, along with friend and colleague Mike Branigan, poured his entrepreneurial spirit into Z.A.A. Inc., a direct marketing communications company. They were printing and distributing a monthly coupon book in Lincoln until they saw the need for a business publication in the local marketplace. After overwhelming support and positive feedback from the community, Shayne decided to shift the focus towards creating “Lincoln’s Business News & Marketing Magazine,” and in July of 1993, the first issue of Strictly Business was introduced. In many ways, Shayne built the magazine, but Paige gave it wings. She took on an official role as sales manager soon after the magazine got up and running. This position allowed her to fulfill her natural ability to form connections and build relationships while promoting something she felt passionately about. It was her dream job.

Together, Paige and Shayne have taken Strictly Business to great heights, including launching a second edition in Omaha in the fall of 2007, with the help of fellow entrepreneur Angela Lee Diaz. Today, she’s widely recognized as the founder and president of SHOLDIT, the #1 brand for solution-based accessories. Thank you Angela!

To celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary, we commemorated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by officials of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at the Strictly Business office on Friday, June 15. As we gathered together with friends, family, clients, past and present staff members, and lifelong supporters, we couldn’t help but feel overwhelmingly thankful. Today, our fantastic staff is made up of our editor, Amanda Wilson; art director, Holly Ryan; executive assistant, Hannah Hundley; parttime sales associate, Schyler Zutavern; and intern, Lizzy Werner. Amanda has been with Strictly Business for over 5 years, creating and overseeing all editorial that’s published in the magazine. Holly


4 Business 23 Personnel

25 Non-Profit 29 Health


15 16 32 39

Foster Care River City Six Travel Series: Desination Las Vegas Engineered Controls

ASK THE EXPERT 22 Sandler Training


31 Men’s Health 33 Residential Remodeling 40 Supporting Non-Profits 4 Strictly Business JULY 2018




PRODUCTION TEAM: Editor Amanda Wilson - Art Director Holly Ryan - SALES TEAM: President/Sales Paige Zutavern - Sales Associate Schyler Zutavern - Executive Assistant Hannah Hundley - Publisher/Founder/Accounting Shayne Zutavern - STRICTLY BUSINESS is not responsible for unsolicited material. All rights to submission, including letters, will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication and copyright purposes and are subject to our unrestricted right to edit and comment editorially or creatively, unless otherwise negotiated with the author. Nothing may be printed in whole or part without the written permission of the publisher. The publication of any advertisement in STRICTLY BUSINESS is not an endorsement of the advertiser or of the products or services advertised. Printed in the U.S.A. Copyright ©2018 by PZAK, Inc. Third Class Postage Paid at Lincoln, NE 68505

has been on staff for 2 years, enhancing the magazine with her graphic design skills. Hannah joined the team earlier this year and has taken on many responsibilities, from event planning to collaborating with clients on monthly press submissions. Paige and Schyler make up the sales team. Paige is mainly in Lincoln while Schyler focuses on the Omaha market. Lizzy is a student at UNL and comes in to assist with website posting and other day-to-day office functions. Shayne oversees the billing department, offering his expertise on marketing and advertising from time to time. The magazine is and always has been a team effort. Strictly Business has been blessed with amazing staff members throughout the years—dedicated, enthusiastic, and driven—many of whom have gone on to start businesses of their own! There are far too many people to thank individually, but we’d like to give a big “Thank you!” to all of our loyal clients and readers. We have clients who have been entrusting us with their advertising ventures for many years, some even for the full 25! We have over 50 clients who have been with us for over 10 years. It’s a pleasure working with some of the most successful and ambitious businessmen and women to help them promote their goods and services. We’d also like to acknowledge our readers. It’s no secret that technology has advanced over the past 25 years and print media has had to navigate the impending “takeover” of digital media, but we’ve remained an industry leader by being one of the first and largest local publications with a consistent online presence. By sharing our content in print, online, and on social media, we’ve built a lasting reputation in the Lincoln and Omaha Metro communities as a trusted source of relevant business news. Our loyal readers are a blend of businesspeople and consumers. They look to Strictly Business when making purchasing decisions for their households, and some who are also making purc hasing decisions on behalf of their businesses, because they know our advertisers are the best experts in their respective fields.

but for the businesses we feature. There is nothing that brings us more joy than when we hear about a connection or partnership forming because of our magazine. We invite all our readers to take the time to reach out to the businesses and individuals we feature to simply tell them, “Hey! I enjoyed reading about you in Strictly Business!” After 25 years, our magazine still operates by the timeless statement, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” We’re grateful for the opportunity to not only promote local businesses, but to give a deeper look into those businesses and the people who run them. On the front cover of our first Lincoln issue, the headline reads: “New Business to Business Publication Fills Niche”—a statement that still rings true today in both Lincoln and Omaha. As long as there are businesses in the area, that means there is business news; and Strictly Business is dedicated to being the source for that news. Thank you to the Omaha community for embracing Strictly Business Magazine over 10 years ago and for helping us celebrate o u r 2 5 - ye a r- o l d roots.

Just like the business communities in the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan areas, our distribution list has grown and changed. We started out direct-mailing to 6,600 businesses in Lincoln, now our magazines go out to over 10,000 businesses in Lincoln and 15,000 in Omaha respectively. We also generate a large online reach with more than 350,000 page views a year between our Lincoln and Omaha websites. We’d like to thank our audience for their continued support, not only of Strictly Business itself First Issue: July 1993

Contact us today, at 402.466.3330, to see what Strictly Business can do for you and your business!

STAY CONNECTED /StrictlyBusinessMagazineOmaha

To Subscribe:


Strictly Business Magazine P (402) 466-3330 • F (402) 466-3476 JULY 2018 Strictly Business


BUSINESS NEWS Cornhusker Bank Opens Loan Production Office in Omaha Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the opening of a Loan Production Office in Omaha. The bank has leased space in the OMNE Building located at 13340 California, just one block north of 132nd and Dodge Streets. According to Allen Chaffee, Cornhusker Bank’s Omaha market president, “This represents a great milestone in Cornhusker Bank being able to continue building relationships with current Omaha clients and the Greater Omaha community.” Mr. Chaffee can be contacted at (402) 779-1420 for an appointment at the Omaha office. Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank president/CEO noted anyone having an existing relationship with another Cornhusker Bank associate who is interested in meeting in Omaha should call their banker to ask about meeting in the new office. Cornhusker Bank’s mission and “Hometown Heart” banking model focuses on doing life together with the customers, and helping them reach their financial goals. Cornhusker Bank has demonstrated stability, soundness and investment in future growth of the community, its valued customers and associates throughout its 115-year history. For more information please visit

The Center Sphere Network is Expanding The mission of Center Sphere is to provide a network of local support for businesses through trusted, profitable, and proven relationship building. Founded in 2010 right here in Omaha, The Center Sphere Network was established to provide affordable, structured networking with a twist. Soon after, The Network expanded to Lincoln, Des Moines, and the Greater Phoenix Area. Most recently, Center Sphere has taken off in Tulsa, the Greater Chicago Area, Greater New York City and the Iowa City Corridor, in addition to the latest areas of expansion in Salt Lake City and Minneapolis. Area leaders were recently in Omaha for training with the Center Sphere Corporate team, which includes Founder and CEO Brett Boyer; CMO Christopher Slater; COO Sarah Moore, and VP of Area Development Erin Pearson. “After having had the opportunity to visit personally with so many members of the Omaha Area Network, I am absolutely blown away by the impact that Center Sphere has had, and continues to have, on businesses and non-profits. The philanthropic efforts of this Network are inspiring. I am eager to see the same massive influence in the Salt Lake City Area,” said Larry Mitchell, Salt Lake City’s new area director. “I can’t wait to see us grow to the size of Omaha’s Network,” Mitchell added. The Omaha Area Center Sphere Network currently has nearly 800 members and 45 chapters that meet across the Metro and provides Network-wide Coffee & Connections as well as multiple social hours and professional development trainings each month for its members. For more information about the Center Sphere Network, please contact Christopher Slater, area director, at (402) 881-2811 or You can also learn more online at 6 Strictly Business JULY 2018

Introducing Urban Security Solutions LLC Urban Security Solutions LLC was formed in May of 2018 and strives to provide the best physical security product available in the Omaha Metropolitan area using local certified and uniformed law enforcement officers to create a safe and secure environment for your business, employees, clients, and potential customers. At Urban Security Solutions LLC, an omnipresence of safety is created with an efficient and flexible product, saving you money without sacrificing security. With over a decade of experience in security and law enforcement, Urban Security Solutions LLC is an insured local company that promises to take the burden of physical security off of you, giving you the ability to focus on your business and what makes your company successful. Urban Security Solutions LLC is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the ability to work within your schedule to fit your budget. This allows you the flexibility of a physical security presence throughout your entire business day, during peak hours, or anything in between. If you would like to inquire about how Urban Security Solutions LLC can assist you with your physical security needs, contact them by phone at (402) 885-9962 or via email at

McGill Restoration Wins International Award for Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation McGill Restoration is proud to announce one of its projects was selected as a recipient of the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) 2018 Awards of Excellence. The Nebraska Medical Center Durham Parking Structure in Omaha was one of two winners in Category V – Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration. McGill Restoration was the contractor and construction manager for the project, with owning agency Nebraska Medicine responsible for facility project management and Walker Consultants serving as the engineer and architect. This project began in June of 2015 and was completed in October of 2016, coming in at a total cost of $1.8 million. The Durham Parking Structure, built in 1989, is a vital asset for patients and visitors of the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. After nearly three decades, corrosion and leaking were widespread and severe deterioration of structural members jeopardized safety. The existing parking function also forced circulation patterns that created the perception of a full facility, yet more than 10% of the capacity was hidden from drivers and often left unused. The significant loss of parking precluded demolition, so separate improvement packages were developed to phase improvements, including major structural repair packages, waterproofing, striping, and wayfinding signage. The entire facility was painted to improve reflectivity and LED lighting was installed to enhance safety. Eight phases of closures during two years allowed work to go on 24 hours a day. Other design challenges were mitigated during the project as well to add parking spaces. As the parking function had no significant structural modifications, Nebraska Medicine realized tremendous safety and parking improvements at minimum capital cost. The result is a muchimproved parking experience for visitors that will serve the Omaha metro area for decades. Selected by a judging panel of architects, parking experts, and city, airport, and university officials, the McGill Restoration team was among the winners who were honored at the 2018 IPI Conference & Expo held June 3-6 in Orlando, FL. To get in touch with McGill Restoration about your project needs, visit or contact the office at (402) 558-7989.

BUSINESS NEWS Honeyman Rent-All Celebrates 50 Years This year marks a major milestone for Honeyman RentAll, having reached their 50th year in business! A l o c a l l y ow n e d a n d operated family business established by the Honeymans in 1968, today the business is managed by Pat Honeyman, family, and valued employees. Headquartered in Omaha and serving clients in the Metro area and across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, Honeyman Rent-All has two separate divisions: Equipment Rentals and Party & Event Rentals. Having amassed an extensive inventory over the years and continuing to add new items regularly, the divisions are housed at separate locations, with the Equipment Rentals division at 4423 S. 84th Street and the Party & Event Rentals division at 11226 Wright Circle. Today, celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary, the seasoned team of professionals at Honeyman Rent-All continue their dedication to helping customers turn their dreams into reality for projects, parties, and productions of all sorts and sizes. Serving the Omaha community and so many others across Nebraska and Iowa for the past 50 years has been a great pleasure and Honeyman Rent-All is tremendously grateful for the continued support of their loyal customers. Check out all that Honeyman Rent-All has to offer online at www. or by visiting either location. The Equipment Rentals division can be contacted directly at (402) 331-6013 and the Party & Event Rentals division can be contacted directly at (402) 333-2882. “From Forks to Forklifts,” Honeyman Rent-All has it all!

Business Ethics Alliance Launching New Governing Board Ethics Education The Business Ethics Alliance announces a new ethics education product: Governing Board Ethics. The series is like an ethics toolkit for boards. Purchased individually or as a package, each microlearning module highlights a common challenge to board cohesion and the ethical implications of such challenges. Complex ethical concepts are simplified so that the modules can be administered by anyone on the board. Streamlined explanations and examples inspire conversations as brief as 15 minutes, giving boards the flexibility to embed important discussions into regular meetings. “This new program was born out of a recognition that governing boards of both for-profit and non-profit organizations are often overlooked when it comes to education about ethical responsibilities,” says Dr. Beverly Kracher, executive director and CEO of the Business Ethics Alliance. “Legal rulings, new standards for board accountability, media coverage of board failures—all of these indicate the need for ethics training in governing boards.” Boards can begin the program with an online assessment of members’ shared values, beliefs, and perceptions of board culture. Equipped with that knowledge, they can purchase the entire series at a discounted rate or choose from a menu of topics: Conflict of Interest, Accountability, Groupthink, Interpersonal Communication, Confidentiality, and Executive Compensation. Ethical culture doesn’t stop at compliance. Codes of conduct and other policy documents can only go so far. Learn more about the new Governing Board Ethics series and other products at

Xcel Roofing Contributes to Completion of Habitat Houses Xcel Roofing is proud to be a mission partner with Habitat for Humanity in the communities in all seven markets where the company currently has offices and operations. Recently, Xcel Roofing donated materials and labor for roofing and siding to help complete several projects. In Omaha, as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2018, Xcel Roofing teamed up with professional builders and suppliers to come alongside and help with some of the homes built in the Adams Park neighborhood from June 4-8. In Lincoln, coinciding with Give to Lincoln Day on May 31, Xcel Roofing joined other volunteers to help complete a Habitat house in one day. Xcel Roofing is committed to helping more people build and improve decent places to call home, which only serves to strengthen the fabric and economies of the cities and towns in which we all live and work. By supporting Habitat for Humanity projects across the Midwest, the company is proud to be a part of assisting more families across the U.S. with building strength, stability, and self-reliance through improved shelter. For nearly 30 years, Xcel Roofing has provided customers with quality products and services for their residential and commercial properties, including replacement and repair of roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. Xcel Roofing is now serving customers and improving communities in six states, including Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota & Minnesota. Call (402) 345-9235 today to schedule your free inspection or discuss your roofing or exterior needs. For more in-depth information about Xcel Roofing, visit

Your Clothing Care Company! Our company is not like your original dry cleaners...Rather than using harsh chemicals on your garments, we are completely green and eco friendly. We want our customers to trust in what we do and see the benefits that we can bring to the table. Our staff will treat you with the upmost customer service and we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee! RECEIVE 50% OFF YOUR FIRST VISIT WITH US! The safer alternative to Dry Cleaning with 30 years industry experience!

Contact us today to learn more!

402.884.4250 16869 Audrey St. | Omaha, NE JULY 2018 Strictly Business



Introducing Wardrobe Spa Have you heard about Wardrobe Spa, a new business serving customers in the Omaha area? Wardrobe Spa is now open, offering a safe alternative to traditional dry cleaning. A special soft opening event was held on May 29 to introduce Omaha’s new premier clothing care center to the public. Located at 16869 Audrey Street in Omaha, Wardrobe Spa uses a process that is safe for the environment, you, and your clothes.  There is absolutely NO use of any hazardous chemicals or solvents. You can use Wardrobe Spa’s convenient drive-thru for drop-off and pick-up, or you can opt for the pick-up and delivery service at no additional charge! There is also a wash and fold service for those with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle.  Check out the website at for more information, including pricing details. You are also welcome to email betty@ with any questions you may have. Or, call (402) 8844250 and any of the trusted and knowledgeable staff at Wardrobe Spa will be happy to assist you with your questions and needs. The staff at Wardrobe Spa, your trusted neighborhood cleaner, look forward to meeting you! 

Omaha Fashion Week Kicking Off Another Season in August Omaha Fashion We e k h a s proudly grown into the nation’s 5th largest fashion event, supporting more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region! As the Midwest’s premier fashion event, Omaha Fashion Week connects designers, stylists, photographers, artists, and models through engaging opportunities, and spotlights fashion innovation and creative excellence. Omaha Fashion Week kicks off another season August 20-25! See the full designer lineup below, and snag tickets online at www. today! Monday, August 20: Omaha Bridal Salon - Brides can plan their big day in fashion by enjoying an evening of inspiration at this glamorous bridal themed showcase. Tuesday, August 21: BALANCE Emerging Designer Showcase featuring Aleah Creative, Elyse Anastacia Flores, Kate Lavender, Orchid Eden Designs, Anna Naomi, Rachel Kruse, Abigail Faith, Makaylee Gayed Designs, with Headlining Designer Tú. Wednesday, August 22: EMPHASIS Emerging Designer Showcase featuring Alexis Amina, Lauren Nicole, Chiara Kaufmann, KLYNNE, Karissa Goosic, Anisha Fashionista, SKM Fashion, H.Art Studios, with Headlining Designer Dan Richters. Thursday, August 23: HARMONY Featured Designer Showcase featuring Zaftig Kitty, Vivi Design Studio, Nokota.Style, Maria Behnen, CJB Designs, Judy Bales Design, with Headlining Designer AD Delgado. Friday, August 24: MOVEMENT Featured Designer Showcase featuring Hannah Caroline Couture, Crystal Brakhage Designs, K:13, Parodi Designs, Ideas from the North, Q Liu, with Headlining Designers Denise Ervin Designs and Sushe by J. Tracey. Saturday, August 25: VIP Runway Finale - Celebrate the best of Omaha Fashion Week and watch the top Emerging and Featured Designers compete for their respective Fashion Cups and prize packages, with Headlining Designers Michael Drummond and Borris Powell! Sunday morning, August 26: Shop the Runway Sunday - Join the OFW Team for a “breakfast of champions” featuring donuts and mimosas. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the collections featured on the runway and meet the designers behind the clothing. Free and open to the public. 8 Strictly Business JULY 2018

BBB Partners With FTC, Law Enforcement to Stop Small Business Scams The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has partnered with state and federal agencies on a research project called “Operation Main Street: Stopping Small Business Scams” - an initiative targeting operations seeking to defraud small businesses. BBB joined with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and two U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to launch the effort. Addionally, BBB announced a new research report, “Scams and Your Small Business.” It provides substantial new insights into how fraud affects small businesses. The study suggests that scam activity directed at small businesses is growing, that these scams pose a significant risk, and they can result in a higher monetary loss than those targeting individuals. In addition, the FTC and the BBB have created new business education materials designed to help small business owners and their employees avoid, identify and report scams. “Scams are a significant and growing problem for small businesses,” said Beverly Baskin, president and CEO, Council of Better Business Bureaus. “Nearly two thirds of those we surveyed said their business had been targeted by a scammer in the past three years, and many said that their businesses suffered a loss of consumer trust as a result. BBB is pleased to partner with the FTC to help small businesses spot and avoid scams and fraud.” To learn more about the entire study, visit

Emspace + Lovgren Poised to Offer Unrivaled Branding, Marketing & PR Firepower Elizebeth Murphy, president of Emspace, recently announced the acquisition of Lovgren Marketing Group, owned by Linda Lovgren, APR. Lovgren Marketing Group was founded in 1978. The award-winning company is well-known throughout local and regional business communities for their marketing and public relations expertise in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. Emspace, founded by Murphy in 1992, has grown from its graphic design roots to a full-service strategic communications and branding firm. The new organization, Emspace + Lovgren, leverages a combined 65 years of communications excellence. “Together, our teams add up to more expertise, capacity, and creativity. We both like to delve deep into issues that are important to the future of the community, and we both take the success of our clients very personally. This unprecedented pairing results in unrivaled branding, marketing, and public relations firepower for our current and future clients,” Murphy said. Lovgren, who was the first woman to chair the Greater Omaha Chamber Board of Directors and is a member of the distinguished Omaha Business Hall of Fame, remains intentional about how her career evolves. “I had three unfinished business goals: to transition the company in a way that would continue its legacy; to find a new female owner with a like-minded passion for the community and business; and to ensure the Lovgren staff would be able to continue their careers. Working with Emspace made all of this possible in a really exciting way,” Lovgren said. Lovgren Marketing Group’s four-decade reputation for successful business and meaningful community involvement dovetails with Emspace’s focus on elevating projects, organizations, and ideas that transform the local community. “We’re really looking forward to introducing the expanded team to our clients. We have a big vision for the future,” Lovgren said.


AIM Heartland Developers Conference Coming to Omaha Metro AIM Institute’s Heartland Developers Conference (HDC), a 3-day software development event in Omaha, Nebraska, will take place September 5-7 at La Vista Hotel and Conference Center. The event includes hands-on workshops, speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Attendees have all-access to the opening reception on  Wednesday, September 5 as well as Thursday and Friday keynotes, 35+ sessions, sponsor exhibition, and included meals. Proceeds from the event are infused directly back into AIM’s work toward building and strengthening the tech talent pipeline across the Silicon Prairie through youth and adult tech education at the AIM Brain Exchange. Register online today at If you have questions about this year’s HDC, contact Dave Vankat at

ProStart® Teams Serve It Up at Nationals Two Nebraska ProStart teams served up their best at the National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) held April 27-30 in Providence, Rhode Island, and they placed higher in the competition than any previous Nebraska team. Team members Savana Moore and Jazmin Koebel from Papillion La Vista South High School’s “MoodFood” competed against 45 other teams in the Management competition and took a commanding 6th place finish. “Guac and Roll,” Lincoln’s Career Academy’s team of Francisco Chavira Gonzalez, Tessa Mariscal, Corbin Reinhardt, and Sagan Smith, placed in the top 25, a strong showing in a tough Culinary competition. ProStart is a program of the Hospitality Education Foundation, the educational arm of the Nebraska Restaurant Association. The curriculum is designed to teach high school students the culinary and management skills that lead to successful careers as professionals in the hospitality and food service industry. Annually, over 400 of the top ProStart students from across the U.S. - the winners of Regional and State competitions - vie for scholarships in the secondary school invitational which focuses on restaurant management and culinary arts. Attendance at the competition would not have been possible without the support of National ProStart sponsors Don & Millie’s and Nebraska Pork Producers. As one of the 46 teams in the Management competition, the “MoodFood” team was required to develop their own unique restaurant concept. The team presented a written and oral proposal to a panel of world-class judges who then quizzed them on how they would solve some of the challenges restaurateurs face daily. “MoodFood” received invaluable support and training from Educator Louise Dornbusch and Mentor Casey Craven of Herbe Sainte, a ProStart “alum.” Culinary contenders, the “Guac and Roll” team showcased their creativity and proficiency by preparing a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners and without access to running water or electricity. Judges evaluated “Guac and Roll” not only on taste, but on skill, teamwork, safety, and sanitation. Chef Maybell Galusha, the Career Academy educator, and Mentor Justin Stout, corporate chef for Eat Fit Go, provided unparalleled professional guidance and assistance to the team.

Check This Out Affordable Wireless Headsets for Home and Office Plantronics CS540 Premium Wireless Headset System 1-Year Warranty Only $140.00

Get them now! Call Mickaela


HEADSETTERS.COM • 7758 Cass St. JULY 2018 Strictly Business


BUSINESS NEWS First National Bank Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Open New Branch in La Vista First National Bank (www. hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 11 to celebrate the opening of its newest retail branch location. The branch is located at 7978 Main Street in La Vista’s new City Centre development. It replaces the branch location that First National Bank opened in 1994 at 7855 S. 84th Street. The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured representatives from First National Bank, Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce, Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and local city officials. The branch, which features a tribute to iconic locations in the La Vista area and its history, is the bank’s 28th location in the Omaha metro area and serves as an anchor in the new City Centre development along 84th Street. First National’s La Vista location is designed to provide a superior banking experience and more effectively serve the area’s increasing need for financial services. It offers full-service banking, from savings and checking accounts to certificates of deposit and IRA accounts; mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit; auto loans and personal loans; credit cards, investments and planning, wealth management and 529 College Savings Plans. Business banking, commercial lending and agricultural banking services are also available, as well as online and mobile banking options.

Sandler Training Center Opening This Month This month, the new S a n d l e r Tr a i n i n g Center located at 10711 O Street in Omaha will officially open its doors! The new 3,100-squarefoot training facility is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, designed to be the perfect environment for training salespeople who want to become true professionals in their craft. It can also be used by the community or other businesses that need a high-quality meeting space. A grand opening celebration will take place on September 19. Be sure to mark your calendar and watch for more details to be announced about the upcoming open house. Just in the past year, the local franchise has experienced significant growth and heightened interest in the Sandler Sales System here in Omaha and throughout the Midwest. With this new facility, Sandler can better accommodate current demand and future growth. Sandler Sales Training is a global training organization with over three decades of experience and proven results. Offerings include sales and management training and consulting services for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as corporate training. For more information about Sandler Sales Training, contact Karl Schaphorst at (402) 403-4334 / You can also find out more online at

We conquer legal problems and help you crush your goals.

Call our Omaha Attorneys Today! (402) 280-7648 • w w w. G o o s m a n n L aw. co m


Strictly Business JULY 2018

Located in West Omaha next to Village Pointe 17838 Burke Street, Suite 250, Omaha, NE 68118

BUSINESS NEWS Warren Distribution, Community Partners Announce Potential $12.8M Expansion A potential $12.8M, 211,000-square-foot expansion that may create as many as 30 new jobs in Council Bluffs was announced on June 11. Warren Distribution proposes expanding its Council Bluffs River Road warehouse/distribution site to facilitate growing manufacturing and packaging needs of its worldwide operations, pending approval of incentives by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board and the City of Council Bluffs. Warren Distribution is a privately owned manufacturer, marketer and distributor of automotive aftermarket products. Headquartered in Omaha, and with additional facilities in Guntersville, AL, Glen Dale, WV, Houston, TX and Shadyside, OH, Warren has had a Council Bluffs presence, including a more than 15-acre, 165,000-square-foot distribution center, since the 1970s. “We are proud of our long history in Omaha and Council Bluffs, and remain committed to manufacturing, packaging and distributing superior lubricants and performance fluids,” said Bob Schlott, chief executive officer, Warren Distribution. “This expansion affirms our continued collaboration within the region, as well as our desire to provide customers the most comprehensive product experience of its kind.” Matt Walsh, mayor, Council Bluffs, echoed Schlott’s remarks, “We are in an era of exponential growth and positive change. Advancement is all around us, and with partners such as Warren, we anticipate many, many vibrant opportunities for collective progress ahead.” Schlott, grandson of corporate founder James Schlott, said the company anticipates breaking ground on the proposed project in Summer 2018. Warren Distribution’s potential-growth announcement comes as Council Bluffs’ industrial projects continue to gain regional momentum.

We Will Personally Guide You to Find Safe Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Alzheimers/Memory Care.


We Proudly Serve Lincoln, Omaha & Surrounding Cities We are a FREE Locally Based Service!

Theron Ahlman (402) 904-8296 Certified Senior Advisor®

/TheOmahaBakery 608 S. 72nd St. • Omaha, NE

AUGUST 20-25, 2018

DEI Communities Announces Name Change to Haley Residential, Celebrates 25 Years DEI Communities – a national property management company – celebrates its 25th year anniversary with the announcement that it is changing its corporate name to Haley Residential. This name change serves to honor founder Jack Haley’s legacy as the company launches into the next phase of the vision to be the best in the industry. “The decision to honor Jack’s name was a very easy one. Haley Residential will continue to be driven by the same core values as it looks toward the next 25 years in the multifamily industry”, said Dan Clatanoff, president of Haley Residential. Haley Residential was founded in 1992 by Jack Haley upon his return to Omaha after decades of distinguished service in the United States Air Force. Haley grew the company by forming a strong leadership team with expertise in the industry’s core disciplines: investment debt and equity, legal and transactional, strategic thinking and best practice multifamily operations. Continuing strategic and technological growth at Haley Residential requires the continuous improvement and entrepreneurial spirit spoken of in the organization’s core values. Today Haley Residential is a nationally-recognized leader in the multifamily industry with services that include property management, construction management, asset management, due diligence/asset valuation, disposition services, receivership services and fee-managed property management. Centrally Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Haley Residential operates more than 40 multifamily properties across the United States. Haley Residential acquires and maintains apartment communities that provide quality living spaces to its residents and value to its investors. For more information, visit

Photo: Heather and Jameson • Suit: Denise Ervin • Bracelet: Heather Kita Jewelry Styling: Jared Spence • H+MU: Kristen Jo Rozmiarek + Maria Isabel Schmitt • Model: Gabby P. of Develop Model Management

JULY 2018 Strictly Business


BUSINESS NEWS La Casa Pizzaria Celebrates 65 Years of Legendary Pizza & Pasta

Olina’s Nail Lounge & Spa Celebrates One Year in Business

In 1953, La Casa Pizzaria founder Joe Patane opened his doors on 44th & Leavenworth in Omaha. His Neapolitan-style pizza immediately gained a fan base. As word spread, patrons knew they could drop by to relax and have some signature Italian comfort food. As time passed, the demand for pizza outgrew the capacity of the dining room and La Casa began offering carry-out. This allowed convenience to La Casa’s customers, and suddenly anyone within driving distance had the opportunity to enjoy the signature rectangular-sliced pies in the comfort of their own home. A few years ago La Casa recognized a new way to make sure far away fans could enjoy their favorite pizza by adding shippable pizzas to their operations. Now anyone, anywhere can serve up their favorite pizza from the locally well know shop on Leavenworth. In 2014, it was time once again to evolve. That spring, the La Casa Food Truck began bringing the restaurant’s signature recipes to businesses and events all over town. You’d be hard-pressed to find a spring or summer day when the truck isn’t at a scheduled stop serving lunch or dinner to adoring, hungry fans. This year, La Casa is celebrating 65 years in business. Coming from a single start-up pizza shop, to an Omaha landmark with pizza requested nationwide is quite an achievement. Place your order today at or by calling (402) 556-6464.

Olina’s Nail Salon & Spa recently celebrated one year since owners Olina and Nick Nowatney officially opened it for business. Located on the corner of 144th and Center under Old Chicago and next to Palm Beach Tan, now clients in the Omaha Metro area don’t have to travel to New York, Los Angeles or Las Vegas for an upscale experience.


Strictly Business JULY 2018

The spacious 3,444 sq. ft. salon features 14 manicure stations, 21 pedicure stations (12 of which are newly remodeled), and 2 esthetics rooms for facials, waxing and eyelash extensions. Olina’s also has a liquor license, so the clients can order wine and beer while they are waiting for their services. With the space to accommodate larger party events, Olina’s has hosted couple’s pedicures, bridal parties, baby showers, a ladies outing during game day, a mother/daughter event at the salon, and even a funeral group. Olina, who also acts as the general manager, is a licensed nail and esthetics technician and has been in the cosmetology field for several years both in the United States and Thailand. Nick is a retired Special Forces combat veteran and runs the business side of things. There are also 15 other professionals on site who can provide a wide range of services. Olina’s Nail Salon & Spa does take walk-ins but appointments are preferred, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit, OlinasNailLounge or call (402) 614-9440.

BUSINESS NEWS Yield Champions Field Day Dates Announced Dennis Nun, president of Yield Champions, will be hosting five field-days in four states during the week of August 13-18. On hand to address farmers, crop advisors, seed and fertilizers dealers in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas will be 24-Time NCGA National Yield Champion Jerry Cox of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Jerry will be sharing the steps he’s taken to increase his farm average corn yields over 100 bushels per acre over the past 14 years. Nun says, “We show growers how to lower production costs on a per acre and per bushel basis and that remains the key to profitability for farmers. At these events we will be sharing the impact of a new product INTENSIFY-PGR developed by 3-time world record soybean grower Kip Cullers that was just introduced this growing season.” Yield Champions exclusively markets the Conklin Company’s AgroVantage™ products for crop production. For more information, contact Dennis Nun at (402) 430-7727 or go to www.300BushelCorn. info or

Experience the Future of Nursing Care Today! Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages Freestanding skilled nursing households

Foundry Services Co. Announces Rebrand to Blue Patriot Fab Introducing Blue Patriot Fab, formerly Foundry Services Co. Established in 1989, Foundry Services Co. was built to fit the needs of the ductile iron pipe fabrication industry. Nearly six years after it was purchased, the leadership team has decided to rebrand, better reflecting what the company does and the mark it has made within the waterworks fabrication space. “We bring a history of innovation to the industry, from our patented product, the Kempf Kollar, to the outstanding customer service we provide. Our new name emphasizes not only our expertise, but also realigns our vision and commitment to the industry as fabrication leaders,” stated Blue Patriot Fab President Ken Kempf. The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the company’s products and services throughout the 2018 calendar year. Blue Patriot Fab is paving the way with their extensive industry knowledge in waterworks and fabrication. Strength. Innovation. Integrity. That is Blue Patriot Fab. For more information visit the newly-launched website at or follow on social media @BluePatriotFab.

BELFOR of Omaha Obtains IICRC Water Restoration Technician Certification BELFOR of Omaha is proud to announce its recent certification as IICRC Water Restoration Technicians. As of March 2018, the company is even better equipped to help with your water damage needs as all employees are now IICRC WRT certified. From the office manager to the estimators, project managers and technicians, the entire staff can mobilize and help with your water mitigation needs. The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, sets the standards for the restoration and insurance industries on how to appropriately address the damages to your commercial property or home. BELFOR sent eight members of its staff to a training class to receive the Water Restoration Technician Certification from the IICRC. After attending the class, studying and passing the certification test, it is official that BELFOR has every member of its staff prepared to help with your needs! Fires, pipe breaks, sewage backups, and natural disasters - BELFOR is prepared to help in any way possible to get your business or home back to normal. BELFOR of Omaha serves eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and is available 24/7, 365 days a year at (402) 891-1300. Find out more at

(402) 885-7000

6082 Grand Lodge Ave, Papillion Take a virtual tour at

American National Bank Shows Support for Omaha Gives! The 6th annual Omaha Gives! 24-hour day of giving on May 23 sponsored by American National Bank and brought to you by the Omaha Community Foundation was a great success. American National Bank employees and the community came together supporting 960 organizations with 50,338 donations which raised over 7.3 million dollars! American National Bank, as the presenting sponsor, was proud to once again support this community effort as they have done since day one. Giving back is part of their foundation as a community bank. American National Bank is actively engaged in strengthening, energizing and supporting each of the communities they serve, as they help to drive passion and purpose. All year long, staff are committed to serving on local boards, volunteering for local organizations, and donating time and energy to the things that matter most to them. So during Omaha Gives! – a day created to celebrate the important work of nonprofits throughout the community – enthusiasm among American National Bank employees was at an all-time high. Employees were encouraged and incentivized to donate during Omaha Gives! Throughout the day of giving, employees shared signs highlighting the nonprofits they supported. All employees who gave to an organization were eligible to receive a match from the bank. It is important to support our non-profits all year long and mark your calendar to save the date for the 24-hour day of giving next year on May 22, 2019! JULY 2018 Strictly Business 13

BUSINESS NEWS Living In The Yellow Announces Women’s Concealed Handgun Permit Class

Zoo Brew Series to Feature New Limited Edition Beers From Zipline Brewing Co.

Patty Nun, an NRA Trained Pistol Instructor and owner of Living In The Yellow, has announced the addition of a fall Women’s Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) Class to be offered in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, October 27. This program is approved and required for women who would like to apply to the Nebraska State Patrol to be able to carry a concealed handgun. Living In The Yellow has been providing Women’s Basic Pistol Training Classes since 2014 and that class is a prerequisite for those who would like to attend their CHP training. Nun explains, “We feel strongly that a basic pistol class better prepares a woman to know and understand how to safely operate a firearm and provides them with the confidence needed to be able to select a gun they will be personally comfortable with owning and operating.” Living In The Yellow’s next Basic Pistol Course for Women, for women who have little or no previous experience handling a pistol, is Saturday, September 22. “We all know there is no substitute for being prepared and aware of our surroundings to insure the safety of ourselves and our family members. That is the common theme of our training,” says Nun. To find out more information or to register for a class, go to www. or call Patty Nun at (402) 432-6470.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Zipline Brewing Co. are partnering for a Zoo Brew Series, consisting of four limited edition beers, to begin launching in July. Each beer will focus on conservation efforts of a different animal species, with proceeds directly supporting field conservation projects around the globe. Red Panda Wheat, brewed with red wheat and bamboo shoots (a favorite food of red pandas), is the first beer in the series to be introduced. Launching at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Brew at the Zoo event on July 14, proceeds from Red Panda Wheat will support red panda conservation in Asia. Specifically, by replanting bamboo food sources and providing economic alternatives and educational programs to people living in red panda habitats. Three other beers will follow throughout the remainder of 2018 and into 2019. Among those slated for release are an India Pale Ale produced exclusively with hard to find South African hops. “Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is truly one of our state’s great institutions,” said Tom Wilmoth, co-founder of Zipline Brewing Co. “Its mission of conservation, research, recreation and education is fully in line with values we hold closely as a brewery. We relish the opportunity to work with the Zoo and to help engage its members to raise awareness of the needs of these animals.” The Zoo Brew Series will be available for purchase at Zipline Brewing Co., as well as multiple retail outlets in the Zipline distribution territory. Visit for more information. Find out more about Zipline Brewing Co. online at

Professional Service You Can Trust PARKING GARAGES/STADIUM REPAIRS Concrete Repairs – Shotcrete Post-tension Repairs Deck Coatings Water Repellents Concrete Strengthening Expansion Joints Vertical & Horizontal Caulking Epoxy Injection Wall & Ceiling Coatings Power washing & Cleaning Partial/Full Depth Concrete Repair

INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS & HIGH PERFORMANCE COATINGS Concrete Repairs – Shotcrete High Performance Coatings Faux Finishes Concrete Strengthening Epoxy Injection Water Repellents Abrasive Blasting Expansion Joints Bridge Deck Patching

INDUSTRIAL RESTORATION & COATINGS Caulking & Glazing Patching & Repair Pedestrian Coatings & Decorative Concrete Wall Coatings Below-grade Waterproofing Hot-applied Waterproofing Epoxy Flooring Pour in Place Concrete

MASONRY RESTORATION Tuck Pointing Repair & Replacement of masonry units, terra cotta, and precast Exterior Building Façade Cleaning Patching & Repair Water Repellents Caulking


Building Relationships Through Craftsmanship

Omaha 402.558.7989 | | Lincoln 402.438.4110 14

Strictly Business JULY 2018

BUSINESS NEWS Omaha Runza® Restaurant Locations, Office Staff Earn Top Honors

Nebraska Highway 66 Concourse Classic Set for July 21-22

Several Runza®  Restaurant locations as well as a member of the corporate office staff received top honors at the company’s award celebration. Two Omaha locations earned the Improvement in Store Profitability award - 121st & Giles and 168th & Dodge. The honor is presented to stores that are well-managed and show advancement in profitability. Jim Placzek, district supervisor, was awarded the Corporate Office Employee of the Year honor.  This recognition goes to a staff member who is respected for their hard work and years of service to Runza® as well as their positive and supportive attitude. Runza® Restaurants - famous for the Runza® Sandwich with its delicious blend of ground beef, cabbage, onions and secret spices baked inside homemade bread, made-to-order hamburgers and homemade onion rings - operates and franchises 82 restaurants in Nebraska, Kansas (Lawrence), Colorado (Loveland) and Iowa (Council Bluffs and Clarinda). More information can be found online at

The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is hosting its annual premier classic automobile show with over 100 classic autos and motorcycles displayed around historic aircraft inside the museum.

Veterans in Business Forum Announces Upcoming Meetings The Veterans in Business Forum (VIBF) meets the first Friday of every month (0800-0900). Their next meetings are 6 July and 3 August 2018 at the UNO College of Business Administration, Mammel Hall – Room 215, 6708 Pine Street, Omaha, NE 681820048. Guest speakers for July include Mike Hanafan from the American Red Cross and Michael McKee of Legal Shield. Michael will speak on identity theft. The guest speaker for August is Dan Donovan from Greater Omaha SCORE. The mission of the Veterans in Business Forum (VIBF) is to provide business support, education and advocacy to help veterans succeed in business and increase community awareness of veteran-owned business activities. Veterans, active duty, reservists, and civilians are welcome to join and support each other and veteran-related goals. For the latest information, to be a guest speaker and/or to be added to the mailing list, visit VeteransinBusinessForumOmahaNetworking or contact Michel Thornhill at (402) 932-7243 /

Storm Chasers Community Week a Success The Omaha Storm Chasers organization’s 4th annual “Chasers Community Week” presented by Summit Dental Health took place last month. Omaha Storm Chasers players and front office members, as well as representatives from Summit Dental Health, volunteered their time throughout the Omaha Metro community from June 5-11. Events included include players visiting Children’s Hospital and the Boys & Girls Club of South Omaha, as well as attending All Play Miracle League games at Seymour Smith Park. Members of the Storm Chasers front office staff served lunch at Open Door Mission and teamed up with players and Sarpy Habitat For Humanity to work at a project site, with Summit Dental working there as well and hosting a Lemonade Stand outside of the Werner Park gates to help raise money for Open Door Mission. Finally, Storm Chasers players and coaches also volunteered their time by participating in the annual Lil Chasers Baseball 101 Clinic at Werner Park. Single game tickets for all remaining Storm Chasers home contests are still available and can be purchased online at www., or by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office from noon until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday at (402) 738-5100.

The show highlights vintage and collectable cars, hotrods, and motorcycles from every era starting with the early 1900s, featuring rare finds such as a 1910 Ford Model T originally sold by a car dealership in Omaha, an original 1919 Excelsior motorcycle with a sidecar, and a 1950 Oldsmobile convertible with brown leather interior. Jerry and Connie Vincentini, honorary chairs for the show, and a committee of collectors personally handpicked and invited rare auto owners to participate. The auto show will take place on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, concluding with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. The public will be given ballot cards as they enter the museum show and will vote for their favorite. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and general admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and military, and $6 for youth ages 4-12. The show is free for members and open to the public. General admission applies but the show is included in general admission.

Collaborative Effort Aimed at Landing Tech Firm in Council Bluffs Development Pillar Technology (, a Columbus, Ohio IT consulting firm known for uncovering and executing industry-disrupting opportunities, plans to occupy 8,000 square feet in the first office building of the River’s Edge mixed-use development in Council Bluffs. Presently, Pillar operates The Forge, its unique, energy-driven, integrated workspace, in Columbus, OH; Palo Alto, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; and Des Moines, IA. Its expected expansion to Council Bluffs would be the result of collaboration between Pillar, the Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation, the City of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The Council Bluffs City Council, Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, and the Iowa Economic Development Board of Directors will vote on a total of $1.3 million dollars in incentives, an economic investment intended to fuel Pillar’s decision to locate in the region. Pillar would commit to creating 30 new full-time IT positions over the next seven years, and move into the building’s third floor in the first quarter of 2019. Council Bluffs would be Pillar’s sixth Forge, following an announcement in May that Pillar also plans to open a Forge in Jefferson, Iowa as part of Future Ready Iowa, an initiative with the state and its educational system aimed at keeping attractive IT jobs in the region. Linc Kroeger, Pillar’s Regional Lead in the state, believes the Omaha metro area is an ideal fit for the firm’s expansion plans. “At Pillar, we know that some of the best IT talent can be found in the Midwest,” Kroeger explained. “But all too often that talent heads to the coasts, in search of more attractive jobs. We believe the potential in the Silicon Prairie is limitless. That’s why we’re expanding our presence here, bringing on board the best software developers and problem solvers the region has to offer in order to build software the right way, right here.“ Pillar would be the River’s Edge office building’s second tenant. The Iowa West Foundation will occupy the building’s fourth floor. Plans for the 21-acre riverfront site include two multi-story office buildings, a parking structure, apartments, townhouses, and various mixed-use buildings. The Noddle Companies is the master developer of the project. JULY 2018 Strictly Business 15

BUSINESS NEWS Control Depot Holds EasyIO Training Class

Commercial Roof-Top Tour Coming to Lincoln

On May 22 and 23, Control Depot brought in an EasyIO corporate trainer to give 12 students from around the Midwest a comprehensive education on EasyIO building automation controls and energy management systems.

Heartland International, Inc., a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems, has announced a Commercial RoofTop Luncheon and Tour in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, July 27. This program is designed to help experienced general contractors research the potential of expanding into commercial roofing and for commercial building owners to see the energy saving systems that have been protecting commercial buildings in the Lincoln and Omaha area for over 40 years.

EasyIO is an emerging leader in Building Energy Management Systems, offering scalable solutions that are perfect for all types of buildings. With an attractive price point and open protocols, EasyIO are ideal for any new or retrofit controls projects. Control Depot is a building automation and controls distributor serving Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota. As a controls distributor, Control Depot sells and supports a wide selection of residential and commercial controls and components to contractors and building owners. This includes everything from a simple thermostat to a complete web-based building automation system. At Control Depot, their goal is to build strong and lasting relationships with their customers by providing value and experience that is unparalleled in the industry. Striving to excel in all aspects of the business, Control Depot offers quality services in a timely manner at affordable rates. Contact Control Depot today for more information at www. or (402) 934-0078/

Dreams set the direction; courage charts the course!

Leadership/Executive Coaching helps leaders to personally grow in areas important to business results. Career Transition Coaching emphasizes accelerating success for leaders facing new roles and responsibilities. Team Coaching is working with staff members at various levels to reach new heights of productivity and personal satisfaction. Team Selection & Development creates strategic plans and routines to hire and develop the right person for every job.

Contact us today! 402.203.9004 |


Strictly Business JULY 2018

Dennis Allen of Urethane Contracting Services, the first commercial roofing contractor to install these systems in eastern Nebraska, will be sharing profiles of commercial roofs they have installed in the area. In addition to a virtual tour, attendees will also have the option to personally inspect roofing systems in Lincoln or Omaha that have been protecting commercial buildings for many years. Dennis Nun, president of Heartland says, “At this time there is a critical need for additional qualified contractors to be trained to install our proven Conklin Roofing Systems.” For more information or to attend this program, email or call (402) 430-7727.

Leadership Omaha Class 40 Graduates Leadership Omaha, one of the longest-running community leadership programs in the nation, graduated its latest class of standouts during a ceremony at The Venue at The Highlander on June 7. Like the more than 1,700 Leadership Omaha alumni before them, members of Class 40 spent 10 months learning about challenges and opportunities in the community. Class members also participated in small-group projects designed to have a positive, direct impact on the community. Projects included “40 for 40,” a mindfulness campaign that encouraged community members to unplug from all electronic technology for 40 minutes per day for 40 days, as well as Connect Omaha, a June 2 event to encourage public transportation use. For the group, graduation caps a year-long educational journey; one that immersed participants in community issues and opportunities for civic involvement. Class 40 Graduates include: Emily Anderson, Home Instead, Inc.; Drew Antonio, Enterprise Bank; Victor Beanum, Cox Communications; Ryne Bessmer, Karstens Investment Counsel; Catherine Cano, Jackson Lewis PC; Kasey Cappellano, Kutak Rock LLP; Allen Chaffee, Cornhusker Bank; Amy Cherko, Olsson Associates; Vicki Christ, LinkedIn; Kurt Cisar, Holland Basham Architects; Charles Coley, The Cloudburst Group; Matthew DeBoer, HDR; Vanessa Denney, University of Nebraska Foundation; Alex Epstein, OMNE Partners; Joe Finnegan, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Brendan Flanagan, C3 Brands; Suzie Heffernan, BioTAB Healthcare; Luke Holst, McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO; Ed Kaspar, Physicians Mutual; Keegan Korf, Omaha Public Schools; Andrew Lang, Morrissey Engineering; Jeremy Langer, Kiewit Building Group; Amy Lawrenson, Baird Holm LLP; Daniel Lawse, Verdis Group; Andy Liakos, Proxibid; Jay Lund, GreenSlate Development; Lauren Maskin, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center; Erin McArthur, Women’s Fund of Omaha; Parker McKenna, Union Pacific Railroad; Nathan Morgan, The Big Garden; Alisa Parmer, Purdue University; Anthony Pasternak, BKD, LLP; Alex Petrovich, Lockton Companies; Joe Pogge, McNeil Company; Mark Pohl, Omaha Public Power District; Diane Poots, Greater Omaha Chamber; Alysia Radicia, RDG Planning & Design; Ben Ries, LEO A DALY; Tara Slevin, Methodist Jennie Edmundson; Bruce Stec, CQuence Health Group; Suzi Sterba, U.S. Bank; Dakotah Taylor, First National Bank; Melissa Taylor, Mutual of Omaha; Christopher Tooker, Merrill Lynch; Sue Violi, Omaha WorldHerald; Cornelia Vremes, Nebraska Medicine; Jill Wallen, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Carrie Weiler, Union Bank & Trust; Alex Wolf, Koley Jessen, P.C., L.L.O.



We Became Foster Parents, And You Can Too Brian and Karren Husa take pride in their loving family. “We’ve taken care of three foster children,” says Brian, “and we’ve been blessed to add two of them to our family forever.”

MarketingTip #1 Get into prospects’ minds BEFORE they search! Get prospects to type YOUR NAME in the search box instead of key words, which means...

“It’s amazing,” adds Karren. “These kids are resilient. It seems like one hug, one smile, one toss of a ball and they were in. They felt like they were part of your family—not excluding their bio family. Now they just had two families.” Kids come into foster care for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, CEDARS goal is to either safely reunite children with their families or help find a permanent home for them. Until these goals can be achieved, foster families give kids stability and room to grow as individuals.

YOU GET THE SALE! Make YOUR NAME the search term!

With offices in Lincoln and Bellevue, the Nebraska-based CEDARS has been serving children and families for over 70 years. The CEDARS Foster Care team works every day to ensure that over 200 foster children and youth flourish in loving families. Because foster parents are an integral part of the CEDARS professional team, they are equipped with exceptional training, have access to support 24/7, monthly support groups and quarterly gatherings for foster families. Brian and Karren believe that it wasn’t any special quality that allowed them to make a difference for children, but it was the conscious decision to open their hearts and home. “They just need to be loved and hugged and a family that they can sit at the dinner table with and eat dinner together,” says Karren. CEDARS staff walk alongside children and families every step of the way. With encouragement, guidance and direction, the team has the honor of watching lives change. It is important to know that there is no typical CEDARS foster family. CEDARS foster families include parents with children at home, single adults, and empty nesters. To help, all you need is a stable home, an open heart and a willingness to reach out to a child in need. “To get involved with foster care,” says Karren, “is life-changing in the most amazing way you’ll ever know. Changing the life of even one child is huge.” If you have ever considered fostering and would like more information, please contact Cassie Rosenthal at (402) 802-8646 or


AND when prospects do search for YOUR NAME they will find all of the great content we help you create!


Every day, there are children in need of a loving foster home right here in our community. Will you be the one to help? CEDARS has been serving children, youth, and families in Southeast Nebraska for over 70 years. HELPING KIDS IN CRISIS. BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES. 402-436-5437 |


JULY 2018 Strictly Business


Commercial Vehicle Repair, Large Or Small...


All Day. Any Day. No Appointment Necessary.

49.95 DOT Inspections $


Complete Vehicle Maintenance Oil Service • Transmission Services Antifreeze/Cooling System Services Differential Services • Brake Services

207 N. Jackson Street Papillion, NE 68046

“No hype, no upsell, no BS; just straightforward technology advice”

Technology Made Easy

Adam Walter Chief Information Officer

Andrew Storz Chief Agile Officer

Your Partner for Technology Strategy

Creating Frameworks for More Effective Organizations

Technology is a critical part of every business. However, many organizations fail to align their technology strategy with their business strategy. Our mission is to help guide your technology strategy & implementation to keep your business optimal. Technology is an Ocean. We are Navigators.

Agile is a mindset. Whether you’re an organization looking to gain competitive edge or an Agile organization looking to help with continuous improvement, we can help you realize your full potential. Agile is an Ocean. We are Navigators.

Contact us today! Info@VirtualC.Biz | www.VirtualC.Biz 18


Dan Weber

Strictly Business JULY 2018

Meet Dan Weber, executive coach and CEO of Peak Pathways LLC. Tell us a little about your business. - Peak Pathways LLC provides creative, customized coaching solutions to individuals and organizations to help them reach their goals. Using a holistic approach focused on sustainable results, we help clients assess, control, reverse, and prevent the causes of low performance. Working with leaders and their staff during group and one-to-one meetings, we help them find their way to the top with selfawareness, knowledge, skills, and support. The four key areas we focus on are leadership/executive coaching, career transition coaching, team coaching, and hiring/developing employees. How did you get started in the business? - I started the company 15 years ago after a successful career in corporate finance and general management. I always enjoyed helping people grow in their careers and I realized that was becoming less and less a part of my function. I had great business knowledge and experience in a variety of situations and knew I could help people grow personally and professionally as well as grow their business. I did some research, earned my coaching certification, and then found my first client who was the new COO of a major golf equipment manufacturer in California. From there, things grew and evolved. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My father told me not to bother telling people what you are going to do; just do it and people will notice without being told. That advice became the do/say ratio, a concept we coach leadership clients to utilize in building trust with their teams. Successful leaders have a ratio greater than one. However, when people honestly track their ratio they often discover room for improvement. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Supercentenarian! Yes, I’d like to live to 110 or more; my goal is actually 120. I enjoy living and learning and want to keep doing both for as long as possible. I will have eternity in the next life so I want as much time in this one as possible. From my coaching work, I know that setting stretch goals is important in maximizing success. Having 120 as my goal positively influences my choices about health, finances, and relationships. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I am a trustee and ambassador for the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics, commonly known as the Business Ethics Alliance. Trust is the foundation of successful leadership and teamwork, but ethics is the bedrock on which that trust is built. Having worked with a couple of low-ethic leaders, I know firsthand how devastating that it to employees, vendors, customers, and the community. I also know it is often a thin line between ethical and unethical behavior, so leadership diligence and employee awareness are critical. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - A personal favorite and the book I recommend most frequently to clients is Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High. Communication is 60% or more of leadership, sales, and business in general. However, most people do not have the skills to effectively communicate when it matters the most. What is your favorite local restaurant? - My wife and I recently discovered Hook & Lime in NoDo. Their smoked trout taco, guacamole, and margaritas are all terrific! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Jim Rohn. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (402) 203-9004; Email:; Website:


Kaylee Chilton

BRIDGE TO BETTER LIVING Meet Kaylee Chilton, the newest addition to the Bridge to Better Living (BBL) team who works with clients in the Omaha Metro area as a transition consultant. Tell us a little about your business. - Bridge to Better Living was started by Mary Ann Stallings eight years ago from a passion to help friends and family find the right fit for retirement living. BBL helps individuals, at no cost, research Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long-Term Care options. How did you get started in the business? - I had been familiar with BBL and an Omaha consultant when I received a phone call asking if I was interested in joining the team. I LOVE the mission of Bridge to Better Living, “Placement with Passion.” What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - I’m saddened when people have not prepared for the future and there are limited options for senior living communities. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Connecting with seniors and their families and developing a trusting relationship to assist with one of the biggest and sometimes most difficult decisions. Tell us a little about your family. - I have been married for 25 years and am blessed with three handsome boys. We also have two Schnauzers, one black Lab, and a hedgehog. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? At the young age of 32, my sister was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. Her condition became critical and we almost lost her. Treasure family and friends. Live life to the fullest. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Spending time with my boys. My summer tan is courtesy of baseball and track. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - My family and I have swum with whale sharks in Mexico. I have also parasailed in Florida. Topping my bucket list is to view Great White Sharks. What are you the proudest of? - My children. My oldest (21) is in the Construction Management program at UNO, my middle son (17) enjoys playing football and track for Gretna, and our youngest (14) is an active volunteer. He received the Presidential Award for volunteering over 100 hours with Memory Care residents. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - One person can make a difference. Use your voice and stand up for your beliefs. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Child advocate attorney. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I help host donor drives and am a registered donor for Be the Match. When it was determined I wasn’t a match for my sister, my family hosted several drives in Iowa and Nebraska to raise awareness for the need for blood marrow donors. Through Be the Match, my sister was able to find a perfect match from a donor in Germany. I’m also an American Red Cross blood donor and do some hospice volunteering. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Anything Mexican! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - My grandparents who have passed on. I was close with them and miss them dearly. They had wonderful stories to share. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone: (515) 710-4848; Email:; Website:

Protect Your Home & Family

Call or text Grant & his team today! 402.909.5050 Text “StrictlyBiz” for a free gift card to the Omaha Bakery


Defining what’s important.



Knowing you’re always protected.

JULY 2018 Strictly Business


19 6/11/18 8:49 AM


Michelle Brinkman ECHO SYSTEMS

Serving Our Community For Over 125 Years

DOUGLAS COUNTY health center

Specializing in: • Long Term Care • Short Term Rehabilitation • Memory Care

Quality of Care Five Star Rating by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

402-444-7000 | 4102 Woolworth Ave., Omaha 20

Strictly Business JULY 2018

Meet Michelle Brinkman, a commercial sales consultant with Echo Systems. Tell us a little about your business. - Echo Systems is a part of Echo Group, which does business in five states and employs almost 500 people. We now rank #32 on CE Pro’s list of the top 100 audio/visual companies in the United States. Echo Systems specializes in the design and installation of lighting control, motorized shade solutions, audio and video distribution systems, video surveillance, video conferencing, huddle spaces, conference rooms, sound masking, classrooms, auditoriums, houses of worship, digital signage, and much more. We have a one-of-a-kind $2.5 million “Experience Center” in Omaha, NE. How did you get started in the business? - I was working in another industry when someone from Echo Systems who thought I would be a good fit for the business approached me about an employment opportunity. Once I got started working with the Echo System team I realized it really was a perfect fit for me, and it has been an absolute joy working with them every day! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “Be teachable and treatable. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. That has been a major part of my professional and personal life; you never know who you might meet. What are you most proud of? - My daughter and granddaughter. They make me proud each and every day! What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? To have been given the opportunity to work in the tech industry. It was a completely different career path for me and with the continuously changing landscape of technology, it definitely keeps you on your toes! The fact that I work with such a talented group of individuals helps me grow and expand my knowledge base every day. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - My family has been involved in two restaurant operations in Omaha for over 50 years. My uncles, Al Cascio and Joe Cascio, started Cascio’s Steak House and my aunt and uncle, Rose and Fred Bruning, started Big Fred’s Pizza. Both restaurants are still being run by family members and remain two of Omaha’s longtime favorites. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Creative. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I’d love to be a fashion designer. Fashion is so much fun and a great way to show off your creativity and personality each time you walk into a room. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Of course my family’s restaurants, but definitely can’t forget about Pasta Amore, which is amazing too! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Warren Buffett. He’s been incredibly successful for such a long period of time, so I might be able to pick up some great finance tips at the very least! Is there anything else you’d like to mention to our readers who are interested in what Echo Systems has to offer? - If you’re looking for help learning about how you could use technology to enhance your home or business, I’d love to talk. We essentially make technology smarter and more intuitive for people’s lives. I recommend that anyone interested come and see our Experience Center firsthand. Words just don’t do it justice! If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 334-4900; Website:


Steve Probst

NORTHWEST FEED & GRAIN CO. Meet Steve Probst, co-owner of Northwest Feed & Grain Co. Tell us a little about your business. Northwest Feed & Grain Co. is a diverse provider of animal feeds, animal supplies, lawn and garden products, animal bedding products, livestock equipment and outdoor items. How did the business get its start? - Our exact location at 8625 Military Rd. has been in operation since the 1940s. Prior to that it used to be 8 miles from Omaha and was a feed and grain operation, as well as supplying coal and some lumber for local farmers. Our family got involved in the business in 1978 and has acquired ownership over time. What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that many people probably don’t know? - Most people aren’t aware of the diversity of animal feeds we provide and the logistics of our operations. We actually have two locations; there’s Northwest Feed & Grain in Omaha and we have another location in Blair, NE, WashCo Feed & Supply. The two locations are vastly different. Our Omaha location is more of a retail store, whereas our location in Blair is more on the commercial side. We deliver most of the feed from our Blair location directly out to farmer-feeder operations. What types of customers do you typically serve? - One of our most high-profile clients is the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. We provide them with everything from elephant supplements to primate diets, hoof stock diets, specialized diets for the flamingos and kangaroos/wallabies, and at least 20-30 more items for various species of exotic animals in the care of the Zoo. We are also one of the area’s larger providers of equine feeds and serve many cow/ calf producers as well as feed yards raising cattle. As for our Omaha location specifically, pet business is the majority of what we do there. We’ve seen a big increase in customers who are raising poultry in their backyards; people really like having the ability to raise their own animals and having access to farm-fresh eggs without needing to have a farming operation. Then there are acreage owners raising sheep, goats, pigs, calves, etc. We actually do business with quite a few wild bird enthusiasts too, as feeding them and birdwatching has become a popular hobby. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - One of the biggest challenges was being a young person in the business back in the early 80s and acquiring financing and operating capital to grow our business over the years. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Continuing to successfully operate a family-owned business with all of the challenges that both a family business and just a business itself bring. With husbands, wives, and a son working together as family and business partners, and never completely getting away from your work, it can be a challenge. I believe we have done a great job of balancing the combination of the two. Tell us a little about your family. - My wife Diane and I, and my son Joe and his wife Amber, are the owners of our business. We also have two daughters, Jenni and Jill, sons-in-law Chris and Sam, and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren: Lena, Ben, Max, Alex, Sam, and Weston. They all live in the Omaha area. What are you the most proud of? - That would definitely be my family. Parents, kids, and grandkids! Most of everything that we are and do has revolved around our business, and it has taken a lot of hard work and sacrifice to make it happen, so I’m extremely proud of our accomplishments in running a successful business too. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 571-0305; Website:

Quality Tools & Amazing Hardwoods Get into Woodworking with a class! Call today for information.

402-330-5444 14605 Wright Street Omaha NE •

1st place 13 straight years!

402.558.3500 402.502.8757 402.502.5511 Corner of 50th & South Saddlecreek

SW Corner of 144th & Industrial Rd

SW Corner of 120th & Maple


Corner of Washington & Lincoln; Papillion

Dingman’s Mechanical Repair now open on the SW Corner of 120th & Maple!

“We’d Rather Be The Best Than Apologize for Anything Less.” JULY 2018 Strictly Business



Daniel Epstein

GOOSMANN LAW FIRM M e e t D a n i e l E p s t e i n , a B u s i n e s s, Construction, and Litigation attorney with Goosmann Law Firm’s Omaha office.

Change Your Water, Change ® Your Life! Make your own healthy, alkaline, antioxidant drinking water that's rich in minerals and purged of impurities, right in your own home!

Benefits of Kangen Water®: Preserves your daily life hygiene Healthy drinking and cooking Removal of chlorine, rust and cloudiness Gentle cleaning and beauty care Disinfecting properties

Tell us a little about your role with the firm. - I represent owners, general contractors, developers, architects, subcontractors, engineers, suppliers, insurers, and lenders in countless disputes, state and federal lawsuits, and arbitrations. As a complex problem solver, I try to listen closely to each client’s needs and goals to formulate a strategy to help them overcome any obstacles standing in their way. How did you get started in the business? - I developed an interest in becoming an attorney at a young age from watching my father in the courtroom. He was an attorney, so growing up, I watched him represent people and help defend their interests. So, from a young age, I always viewed being an attorney as a noble profession. Tell us a little about your family. - I am married to Michelle, a personal injury attorney here in Omaha. We have three wonderful girls: Ella, Lilly, and Lucy. What are you most proud of? - I would have to say that I am most proud of raising three smart, beautiful, and caring girls. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I like to start the morning off with a cup of coffee, put some meat on the smoker, spend the day with family and friends, and then, entertain over food and drinks at night. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - The ability to time travel. I was a history major, so the ability to be a spectator during historical events would be fascinating. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I would choose to be an astronomer. Space has always intrigued me, so I would love to study and observe other galaxies, stars, and planets. Which talent would you most like to have? - The ability to sing and play musical instruments. I can’t carry a tune or play any instruments, but I love music. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I am on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Community Center. I spent a great amount of time during my youth playing sports at the JCC. I love having the opportunity to help the JCC grow and expand for future generations. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - I just finished Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I love detective novels. What is your favorite movie? - The Usual Suspects.

Stop in today and enjoy some refreshing Kangen Water® for free! 14441 F St. | Omaha, NE 68137 | 402.938.4267 22

Strictly Business JULY 2018

What is your favorite TV show? - Seinfeld. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Bronco’s or Greek Islands. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Abraham Lincoln. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Phone (402) 502-3934; Email: EpsteinD@goosmannlaw. com; Website:


Jorge Andazola

RED LION ROOFING Meet Jorge Andazola, the owner of Red Lion Roofing. Tell us a little about your business. - Red Lion Roofing is a local company that is dedicated to helping our customers navigate their exterior home repair projects from start to finish. What truly sets us apart is our passion for customer satisfaction. We enjoy delighting our customers by going the extra mile on every job no matter how large or small. How did you get started in the business? - I’m originally from Grand Island, NE. After I graduated high school, I attended UNL and then transferred to Nebraska Wesleyan University, where I obtained my business degree with a project management certification. I actually started roofing with my neighbor as a weekend job, mainly doing new construction for builders in Lincoln. I learned from him and when he moved to Texas, I bought his company and ran it as a side job for about two years. When I saw that I needed to focus on either my roofing or corporate career, I decided corporate. About a year later, I lost my corporate job due to restructuring. At that point, I was panicking; I had not been in the job market in over 12 years. I interviewed for various positions with no luck. After about 3 months, I had a long heart-toheart talk with my wife and we decided to go all-in on starting our own roofing company. Best decision, hands down! With the help of my good friend, Red Lion Roofing was started in 2017. Thanks to hard work and countless hours behind the wheel, we are making moves in the right direction to become a household name when it comes to roofing and exterior craftsmanship.   

A NEW Year NEW Smile with Receive $500 off an invisalign® treatment through July 31st

NEW! No credit check, no interest,flexible payment patient financing Call for an appointment today!


What has been your most important achievement professionally? I’m extremely proud of starting my own business, which was a lifelong dream of mine. Tell us a little about your family. - My family is absolutely amazing. My wife Jessie and I have four children and a dog. Much of our free time is devoted to running our kiddos around to sporting events and activities, and we love spending time together, especially on family vacations. Family is the most important thing to me; everything I do, I do for them. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? Leaving the corporate world and all of the security and perks that come along with it behind to start out on my own. This was a scary/exciting/ challenging/satisfying experience. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I do enjoy a day to Netflix binge! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Observing both of my parents and the work ethic that they brought to everything they did was very inspiring. My dad always reiterated to me that everything I do, do it with a sense of pride. To this day it keeps me very motivated to go the extra mile. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Adaptable. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Having the ability to see into the future, and specifically, to predict hail storms!

We are local. We are your neighbors. We live and work in your community. As a full service financial institution, we offer all the products and services you would expect from a bank, but with a people-first mentality.

Come to Centris for all your financial needs: ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡

Totally Free Checking Accounts Auto and Personal Loans Mortgages and Home Equity Loans Visa Credit Cards Savings, Certificates and IRAs Business/Commercial Loans

What is your favorite local restaurant? - The Oven. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Scott Frost. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 999-ROOF (7663); Website:; Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: Red Lion Roofing.

Federally insured by NCUA

(402) 334-7000 • (800) 334-2328 •

JULY 2018 Strictly Business



by Karl Schaphorst, President


You Don’t Have to Like Prospecting, You Just Have to Do It

Bob absolutely detests cold calling, and when he is in a sales slump, like he is this month, he’ll do just about anything to avoid the phone. He’ll update his CRM with all the new phone numbers that he can remember. Picking the lint off his suit becomes a serious endeavor. Figuring out his commissions, then considering if he should make some sales beyond the normal price points, requires intense calculator work. Lunchtime starts at around 10:40 a.m. With luck, he’ll remember that one of his customers mentioned three months ago that she might know someone whom he should stop by and see. At last, someone to call. But, unfortunately, she is on vacation this week. Have to mark that one to call next week. Going through his CRM file of past “dead” prospects, he decides to sort them by when he saw them last. Then he’ll call the oldest ones, figuring that by now they probably want something. But, looking at the contacts, he realizes that not all of them have Date Of Last Contact filled in. “Damn, that won’t work,” he mutters to himself. “I know what I can do,” he says to himself, feeling much better. “I’ll go find the sales manager and bug him about not having the latest product information sheets that were promised five weeks ago. I really need them today if I’m going to get anywhere.” Coming back to his desk an hour later, without any new product information sheets, he decides that now, since its 2:10 Wednesday afternoon, no one he calls will have any time for him. “I’ve got an appointment tomorrow morning at 10:45 so that kills tomorrow for cold calling,” he reasons. “I think I’ll spend the rest of the day preparing for that meeting. It is my first time into the company. I want to make a good impression.”   Bob has not accomplished any prospecting activity that will generate any future sales. In fact, as he sits there, his prospects are being cold-called



We’re experts who’ve mastered the art of collaboration, offering you a diverse collection of resources under one roof. With connections to the best insurance carriers in the industry, you can trust UNICO to connect you to a full suite of insurance solutions designed to protect your business and family.

Some of our services include: ⊲ Home and Auto

⊲ Property & Casualty

⊲ Individual Health

⊲ Worker’s Compensation

⊲ Professional Liability

⊲ Employee Benefits

⊲ HR Solutions

⊲ Risk Control & Safety Services 402.434.7200 (O) Where Connections Make a Difference.


Strictly Business JULY 2018

by the competition. And if he contacts them some other day, only to find out they bought from the competition, will he see the point of “Why didn’t you cold call me?” Unless you have a prospecting plan that is reasonable and doable, you will never do any serious prospecting. Instead, much like Bob, you will go from day to day “running into” prospects who might or might not buy your product. Most salespeople decide to create a prospecting plan when they are in a sales slump. While a sales slump does provide motivation to do something, the psychological push to do something is based on the fear of failing. Fear is a lousy motivator because every act that the salesperson thinks of doing becomes tinged with the thought that it won’t work. “And since it won’t work,” thinks the salesperson in the slump, “why bother doing it? I’ll just fail.” The vicious circle of a sales slump, fear of failing, then thinking of things to do but coloring them as probable failures, leads to doing nothing productive. Perhaps Bob’s preparation for tomorrow’s appointment will result in a sale. If it does, he will believe that when he is in a sales slump, the proper action to take is preparing for a future appointment.  What will Bob do when he does not have an appointment the following day? There are many ways for salespeople to prospect. Cold calling on the phone, physically showing up unannounced, sending invitations to seminars, asking existing customers, “If you were me, who would you call?”—literally hundreds of ways. None of them will work unless the salesperson does them on a daily basis.  You don’t have to like prospecting, you just have to do it. 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

PERSONNEL NEWS American National Bank Welcomes Emer Murphy, Samual McKelvey and Deric Poldberg American National Bank is pleased to announce the addition of three new employees to the American National Bank team. Emer Murphy joins the bank as senior manager treasury services operations. With over 12 years of extensive analytical and transactional processing leadership, Emer will help lead the treasury services operational teams across the bank implementing new systems, processes and expansion of product strategy and development. In her previous role, she Emer Murphy was chief product owner for all transaction applications and manager of ACH and Wire Operations. “We are thrilled to add Emer’s talents and experience to our organization. Her operational expertise and extensive capabilities managing complex portfolios is a welcome addition to our team,” said COO Jill Jensen. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Political Science, the University of Edinburgh with a B.A. in Political Theory and Samuel McKelvey earned an M.A. from Creighton University in International Relations. Emer holds certifications as a Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master. Samuel McKelvey has been named vice president and will be responsible for developing and managing new and existing client relationships with real estate developers and investors in diverse industry segments throughout the bank’s geographic footprint. Mr. McKelvey has been in the banking industry for over 12 years gaining a wide range of experience as a relationship manager Deric Poldberg implementing strategic initiatives to increase loan production and leading regional operations in deposit and growth expansion. “Sam is an accomplished finance professional who brings a wealth of industry and regional knowledge to our commercial real estate team. His extensive experience building relationships and expertise in product solutions will ensure delivery of exceptional financial value to our clients,” said Brian Andersen, commercial real estate team leader. Mr. McKelvey received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Strategy from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, NC. Deric Poldberg has been promoted from business banking service specialist to commercial banker. Deric will be responsible for developing new commercial loan and deposit relationships along with servicing an existing portfolio of commercial clients. “Deric is a welcome addition to our commercial team. His enthusiasm, knowledge of the industry, and deep roots in the Council Bluffs community will facilitate further growth within the region. Deric is an exceptional resource for the bank and will provide superior customer service for our clients,” said Jason Hansen, director of commercial banking. Deric received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN. American National Bank ( is the second largest locally-owned bank based on deposits in the Omaha/Council Bluffs market area.

Five Nines Announces James Bowen as CEO Five Nines, Nebraska’s largest independently owned IT company co-founded by Nick Bock & James Bowen in 2006, has announced James Bowen as the new CEO of the company through a planned transition that has been years in the making. “In our journey to create a well operating 50/50 partnership, Nick became the CEO, and I led and performed a lot of the engineering effort. As Five Nines grew and prospered, we engaged Leadership Resources for strategic planning.” said James Bowen, new CEO of Five Nines. “During these discussions Nick and I identified that one day, years out, Nick’s goal was to either move on to other interests and opportunities or retire. We also discovered that Five Nines is and likely always will be my life’s work and passion.” In a detailed letter written by James about the transition, he stated. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and for the wonderful people who choose to make Five Nines their work family. Furthermore, I’m grateful for our clients who trust us with the management of their technology, the security and safety of their data, and the business continuity which protects their revenue.” To read the letter about this announcement from the new CEO, visit: Founded on an intense desire to solve problems and build long-term relationships with clients, Five Nines leverages technology to drive business success. With offices in Lincoln, Omaha & Kearney, Five Nines advises the best IT solutions for Nebraska based businesses, offering Managed IT Services. Through its unique service model, Five Nines’ clients experience reduced costs, accelerated growth, and increased productivity. Learn more at:

Nebraska Community Foundation Welcomes Kira Geiger as Creative Specialist Nebraska Community Foundation is proud to announce the hiring of Kira Geiger as creative specialist, a brand-new position for the growing nonprofit. As creative specialist, Geiger will craft compelling messaging and design concepts that translate into dynamic marketing, education and training materials to further the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska, as well as support the work and needs of 219 Nebraska Community Foundation affiliated funds across the state. Originally from Seward, Nebraska, Geiger received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University – Nebraska. Prior to joining NCF, she was the graphics specialist for the Lied Center for Performing Arts for seven years where she enjoyed branding the Lied’s marketing materials each season as much as she loved witnessing the greatest artists in world perform live in Lincoln. Geiger has also served as a graphic designer for TierOne Bank and the HobbyTown USA franchise, as well as an instructor of darkroom photography, and wedding and special events photographer. Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska. The Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving 250 communities. In the last five years, 39,142 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1993, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $292 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit JULY 2018 Strictly Business 25


Nebraska Cancer Specialists Expands Integrated Care With Hire of Lori Wingerter

Performance Group, Inc. Names Drew Tefft to Lead Business Development for New Division

Nebraska Cancer Specialists (NCS) has hired Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner Lori Wingerter to join its patient care team. The addition of mental health services builds on the NCS model of fullyintegrated care for cancer patients. Wingerter, who earned her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, has been a practicing psychotherapist whose work has increasingly specialized in providing emotional support to cancer patients, their families and caregivers. She is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology, the Association of Psycho-Oncology Society, the American Counseling Association, and locally sits on the board of directors of A Time To Heal, a cancer rehabilitation organization. She also works on behalf of the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. NCS is among the first specialized cancer practices in the Midwest to provide mental health services as part of their overall, holistic approach to patient care. These services join patient resources such as occupational therapy and industry-leading access to clinical trials in creating a comprehensive resource for cancer patients. Nebraska Cancer Specialists is a subspecialty practice of 13 collaborating physicians who are devoted to oncology and hematology, providing state of the art medical treatment and compassionate care in both outpatient offices and hospital settings. For more information, please visit

Performance Group, Inc., one of Nebraska’s leading supply chain print management companies, announces the hiring of Drew Tefft as the company’s director of business development. In his role, Tefft will oversee a new division of print services at Performance Group in the rapidly expanding world of large format graphics. Prior to joining Performance Group, Tefft spent 6 years leading a nationwide print and large format graphics franchise network. Tefft has held several sales and management positions during his 18 years in the wireless and business equipment industry.  “We feel very fortunate to add Drew to our team at Performance Group. His consultative approach to understanding the business requirements for his clients, and matching the proper technology for the desired solution, is outstanding,” said Steve Connelly, president and CEO of Performance Group. Performance Group, Inc. was founded in 1995. The business, based in Omaha with offices in Lincoln, Fremont, and Kansas City, is a full-service print management company that offers a complete line of digital print solutions, on-line print and document management services, and procurement programs that allow clients – right from their desktop – to manage the print process from start to finish. The new large format graphics division will focus on print solutions such as indoor and outdoor signage, banners, point-of-purchase displays, and fleet wraps. For more information about the company, visit 

Attorney Nick Montague Joins Goosmann Law Firm’s Omaha Team Jeana Goosmann, CEO and managing partner of Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce that Attorney Nick Montague has joined their Omaha, Nebraska law firm team. Montague provides personalized estate planning to individuals and families throughout the Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri region. As an Omaha attorney for Goosmann Trust Law Counsel, a boutique estate and business succession planning department within the full-service law firm, Montague assists clients with developing the peace of mind to know that their assets and family members will be taken care of when they are gone. He focuses on helping individuals and families plan for the unexpected and the inevitable through holistic estate planning approaches. Montague has experience in all aspects of estate planning, including the use of revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, wills, and powers of attorney. Montague says, “My estate planning career started with a hug. My very first client had an incredible effect on me and I began to approach estate planning in a whole new manner. I realized that estate planning is more about relationships and telling your story than it is about documents. We all have a story to tell and a legacy to leave. I am thrilled to be a part of the growing Goosmann team in Omaha and look forward to creating legacies for clients that have a lasting impression on what’s worth it to them.” Originally from Arkansas, Montague received his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas and Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. The Goosmann Law Firm is a full-service law firm with locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To learn more about the Goosmann Law Firm, visit www.GoosmannLaw. com or call (855) 843-4531. 26 Strictly Business JULY 2018

JDRF Welcomes New Omaha-Council Bluffs Board Members and Executive Committee JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, announced the appointment of new Omaha-Council Bluffs Chapter Board members and Executive Committee members and said farewell to those retiring. “We are excited to welcome our new Board members to the JDRF OmahaCouncil Bluffs Chapter,” said Laci Naber, executive director. “Our Board members provide volunteer guidance to the Chapter and play a vital role in executing fundraising, leadership, and advocacy activities. We also thank our outgoing Board members, because of their passion and dedication our Chapter has been able to support our T1D community through outreach and funding life-changing research.” New JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Board Members: Wendi PetersonStott, Bearence Management Group; Heather Voegele, Dvorak Law Group, LLC; Jess Zeiss, First National Bank. Outgoing JDRF OmahaCouncil Bluffs Board Members: Bob Begley, Lockwood Development; Cindy Irvine; Steve Loftus; Paul Meyers, Lutz; Kendra Ringenberg, Dvorak Law Group, LLC. Executive Committee: President – Joel Falk, UMB Bank; President Elect – Leigh Cheloha, Bank of the West; Corporate Development Chair – Chad Richter, Jackson Lewis; Nominating & Board Development Chair – Scott Mingus, RE-Max Commercial Midwest; Leadership Giving Chair – Kyle Robino, Flower Girl, LLC; Advocacy Team Chair – Steve Shirmang, TD Ameritrade; Outreach Chair – Gabrielle Mormino. The Omaha-Council Bluffs JDRF Chapter was formed in 1985 and has established an impressive track record of patient education programs, fundraising, public awareness, and advocacy. For more information, please visit, follow on Twitter: @JDRFOmahaCB, or call (402) 397-2873.


Hydrate the Homeless Campaign Still Going Strong as Summer Heats Up

Heartland Family Service Presents 25th Annual Safe Haven Golf Tournament

The hot and steamy summer means Open Door Mission is distributing hundreds of bottled waters on the streets of Omaha and its campus! Could you help Hydrate the Homeless? Grab bottled water and donate at the Timberlake Outreach Center or any of Open Door Mission’s other Family/Donation Centers, and listen for the Hydrate the Homeless media campaign in July for more drop-off locations. Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing basic needs and life-changing programs for the homeless and needy who need them most. For more information, visit or call (402) 422-1111.

Monday, September 10 marks the silver anniversary of Heartland Family Service’s Safe Haven Golf Tournament. For the past 25 years, the community has played golf to “putt” themselves in the shoes of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Grief’s Journey Announces 20th Annual Remembrance Walk

The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in the community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service currently serves more than 52,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

Join Grief’s Journey on Saturday, August 18 from 9-11:30 a.m. for the 20th Annual Remembrance Walk to celebrate the life of loved ones who have died. The 2018 event is set to take place at Miller’s Landing (151 Freedom Park Rd.) and the theme is “Teams, Tennis Shoes, and Tutus.” There will be mascots, cheerleaders, and celebrity sports team appearances along with fun happenings including arm art, hair chalk, a tutu creation station, and memorial crafts. Prizes will be awarded to the largest team and the most creative costume/t-shirt. The walk is open to the public; registration is $30 for adults 19 and older, $10 for kids ages 3-18, and free for kids under 3. Since 2001, Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow) has been a welcoming, safe place where grieving children, teens, and adults find hope. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Grief’s Journey provides free peer support programs as well as training, education and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Grief’s Journey relies on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism to support its free programs. For more information, visit or contact Kelly Morris at (402) 502-2773 /

BBBS Partners With Local Barbershops for Real Men Mentor Campaign Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Midlands is continuing its partnership with local barbershops for the Real Men Mentor - Barbershop Campaign. This campaign is designed to encourage men to become mentors for the boys on BBBS’s waiting list. There are currently 75+ boys, ages 7 to 14, in Omaha waiting to be matched with a mentor. If you want to help put the next generation of young men in our community on the right path, volunteer to be a mentor today! Since all it takes is 4 hours per month and matching is based on interests, being a mentor (also known as a “Big”) is as easy as being yourself. As a Big, you and your “Little” can spend time doing things you both enjoy, like shooting hoops, going to a movie, playing video games, or getting your hair cut together! Participating barbershops are: Arlan’s Barbershop (3157 Farnam St.), Evoluxion Barbershop (2409 M St.), Fourstar Barbershop (2426 Cornhusker Rd.), and Lyle’ Stylez and Cutz (318 S 72nd St.). Learn more today at or call (402) 330-2449.

You are cordially invited to join Heartland Family Service on the green again this year for the 25th anniversary of the Safe Haven Golf Tournament, which will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Oak Hills Country Club. Team play for a group of four people is $500, and individual play is $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting at $300. All proceeds go to Heartland Family Service’s Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault programs.

For more information about this event, visit HeartlandFamilyService. org or contact Sarah Dighans, development manager, at (402) 5527475 /

Tee It Up Fore Sight Raises Money for Outlook Nebraska’s Programs for the Blind On June 7, it was the perfect day for 188 golfers and nine Blind Golf Academy participants to hit the course. Outlook Nebraska’s Tee It Up Fore Sight tournament, with proceeds benefiting Outlook’s Enrichment Programs and Blind Golfer Academy, were held at Indian Creek Golf Course. The four-person scramble tournament had three flights. Golfers teed off at noon, following a grab-and-go lunch, with a shotgun start. This year, a women’s flight was added, and eleven teams participated. The tournament concluded with a short overview presentation of Outlook’s Enrichment Programs. Outlook Nebraska’s Blind Golf Academy took place in the morning. Several visually impaired golfers were paired with golf pros and adaptive sports specialists to learn putting, chipping, and driving. Following their lessons, they played a few holes on the course, meeting up with the tournament golfers at lunch before they took to the links. Nearly $40,000 was raised for Outlook Nebraska’s Enrichment Programs. Through recreation activities designed for teens with vision loss, participants gain confidence, build skills that will stay with them into adulthood, and are able to form valuable friendships with peers who understand visual challenges. These activities include the Blind Golfer Academy. With the help of generous donors, Outlook Nebraska clients are also reconnecting with the world by learning how to use computers, smartphones, and other devices with limited or no vision. Additionally, they are able to do the things they love, such as attending audio described live theater performances and tactile art workshops, through Outlook’s Enrichment Programs. Thank you to the following partners for supporting Outlook Nebraska programs: American National Bank, UMB Bank, Industrial Packaging Corp, Sam’s Club, Truhlsen Eye Institute, and Vistage. Learn more at JULY 2018 Strictly Business 27


HETRA Announces Equine Services Events for Veterans, Military Personnel

Dreamweaver Foundation Part of #GIVE65 Fundraiser for Seniors July 10-12

So far, in 2018, HETRA is proud to have served 18 active service members, veterans and their family members. The Veterans, Active Service Members and Family events serve as an introduction to HETRA’s Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, Carriage Driving Therapy, and Equine Services programs.

Dreamweaver Foundation is excited to announce that they are once again participating in #GIVE65 - the first crowdfundraising platform exclusively devoted to helping nonprofits raise funds online for programs that create hope for seniors in their communities. Dreamweaver is seeking funding to assist the organization in granting over 100 dreams for deserving seniors this year. Specifically, the funds will be used to cover all costs associated with each dream; ensuring that the Dreamers are receiving an opportunity that is not only exciting, but more importantly, provides family enrichment and social and emotional support at the end of their lives. Every donation made up to $5,000 will be matched thanks to community partner Vetter Senior Living! Mark your calendars for July 10-12…Make your gift count! For more information about #GIVE65, go to

These unique and informative FREE events are scheduled on Friday afternoons, taking place on July 27, August 24, September 28, October 19 and November 9 from 1-4 p.m. In addition to these customized events, HETRA is sponsoring a Veterans Community Resource Fair on October 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Prior service, active military, including reserves, and veterans of any age and type of disability are welcome to participate. These one-day events introduce the novice and reacquaint the experienced to Herd Dynamics, Grooming, Horse Leading and Round Pen activities. Sessions are conducted by the HETRA team consisting of PATH certified therapeutic riding instructors, occupational therapists, a mental health therapist and veteran volunteers. HETRA’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children of all ability levels through equine assisted activities. Contact Chris O’Callaghan at chris@ / (402) 359-8830 or visit to register or learn more about HETRA’s Veteran Program and Events.

Omaha Home for Boys Looking to Fill Open Teaching Positions Omaha Home for Boys is currently seeking passionate, dedicated individuals to join the teaching staff at the Omaha Home for Boys High School. The Home seeks candidates who are looking for a rewarding teaching career where they have the opportunity to help at-risk young men reach their full academic potential. Omaha Home for Boys offers top-notch benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance with 75% of premiums for employees and their families paid by the employer. The Home also offers a 401K with a generous employer match, paid vacation, sick time and holidays as well as tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional training opportunities. Other benefits of working at Omaha Home for Boys include free lunch, a free on-site workout facility, a robust wellness program, a paid volunteer day, and numerous employee engagement activities, such as volleyball, holiday dinners, service awards, potlucks and team building. Omaha Home for Boys is a nonprofit organization located at 52nd and Ames Streets in Omaha with a mission to support and strengthen youth, young adults and families. Teachers at the Omaha Home for Boys High School help create a positive learning environment while guiding students in a variety of subject areas and helping students build positive behaviors. To learn more about the open teaching positions and to apply, please visit 28 Strictly Business JULY 2018

Girl Scouts Opens State’s First Zip Line Tour High-flying adventurers gathered April 15 for the grand opening of Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour, an attraction open to the public at a Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska camp near Fremont. Celebrants cut a ribbon in honor of Nebraska’s first multi-station zip line tour after spending the afternoon taking a sneak peek of the attraction. Open to the public and to Girl Scouts, Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour gives thrillseekers a bird’s-eye view of the Elkhorn River Valley and its surrounding forest and prairie. Riders progress through the course with guides certified in zip line safety. With five runs, or individual zip lines, Soaring Hawk sends riders careening across prairies and through the woods. Runs vary in height and length, building in speed and intensity as the course progresses, and reaching speeds up to 30 mph. Riders should plan for 2-3 hours to complete the tour, depending on group size, and must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 60 and 275 pounds. Prices range from $20 to $50 per person. To learn more or to make a reservation, visit or call (800) 695-6690.

Old Chicago Summer Camp Challenge to Benefit CEDARS During the summer months, Old Chicago restaurants across the country are hosting a Summer Camp Challenge in which diners can participate to win prizes. On special nights in Lincoln and Omaha, those events will benefit the children and families served by CEDARS. On July 11 and August 8, from 4:30 p.m. to close, 15% of all sales will be donated to CEDARS. Additionally, 50 cents from select beers will also be donated. On each of these “kickoff” evenings, representatives from CEDARS will be available at all Old Chicago locations in Lincoln and Omaha to answer questions about the child-caring organization. CEDARS passion for helping kids in crisis and building strong families has been fueled by community involvement and support for over 70 years. Since its founding in Lincoln in 1947 by a passionate couple who sought to provide a loving home for 22 children in need, the organization has been on a mission to provide safe refuge to children and youth who have no other safe place to spend the night. To learn how CEDARS supports families in the community, visit or call (402) 434-5437.


Midlands Community Foundation Accepting Grant Requests

Heartland Hope Mission Seeking Stuff a Truck Volunteers

Midlands Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit 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. Visit for specific guidelines for submitting a grant and/or to obtain a grant application. For more information, call (402) 991-8027.

Heartland Hope Mission is in need of volunteers for various shifts during their annual Stuff a Truck food drive. This year, the event will take place Thursday, August 16 through Sunday, August 19 at all Omaha area Hy-Vee stores. Stuff a Truck is a kid-friendly volunteer activity that’s open to church groups, Scouts, individuals, and corporations. Help to fight hunger in the community and sign up for a shift at

Vehicle Donation Program Still Going Strong After 12 Years 2018 marks the 12th year for the Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands’ Vehicle Donation Program, which makes the organization’s efforts possible. Thanks to your continued support, many individuals who are working to overcome addiction have been able to successfully change their lives for the better. Donations accepted include cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, campers, RVs, tractors and more! Arrangements will be made for pick-up (whether you’re home or not) and they’ll handle all the paperwork, making donation simple and hassle-free. All that is needed is the vehicle keys and the title, signed by everyone listed as an owner. At the time of pick-up, they’ll remove and return your old plates and issue you a receipt that shows that they took possession of the vehicle and that their liability insurance is activated at that moment. Once the car arrives at their facility, the titling paperwork will be completed and you’ll receive a 501(c)3 donation tax-deductible receipt in the mail. If auctioned and the vehicle sells for more than $500, it’s required to be reported to the IRS and you’ll receive a completed Form 1098C for your records within 30 days of that transaction. If you have a vehicle to donate (running or not), please call (888) 344HOPE (4673). For more information, please email

Tickets on Sale for 12th Annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer Sponsored by the Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc., an all-volunteer organization comprised of Omaha Metro Area Optimist Clubs, the 12th annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites La Vista Convention Center. The event will feature a program, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and dessert auction. Cancer is the leading cause of death among young children. Its catastrophic effects hit both the patient and the entire family. Funds raised from this event will support everyday expenses of families going through childhood cancer, pediatric oncology units at Children’s and Nebraska Medical Centers, as well as Camp CoHoLo and Camp Quality Heartland. Tickets: $100 for adults and $25 for children ages 5-12. Registration deadline is August 16. For more information, visit

At Heartland Hope Mission’s South Omaha and Millard food pantries, working poor families select a week’s supply of nutritious groceries including milk, frozen meat, and fresh produce to prepare wellbalanced meals at home. However, Heartland Hope is more than a pantry. Clients receive clothing, hygiene items, diapers, and access to a Client Service Specialist who assists with SNAP (food stamp) applications and navigational services. Heartland Hope’s Jobs Paths Program provides access to current job postings and on-site interviews with employers. Clients can also participate in financial classes, nutrition education, and a community garden. The goal is to provide programming and wrap-around services to prevent families from becoming homeless and to help people achieve or rebuild self-sufficiency. For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit or contact (402) 733-1904 Ext. 16 /

10th Annual Dance for a Chance Fundraiser to Benefit Homeless Youth Youth Emergency Services’ 10th annual Dance for a Chance fundraiser is quickly approaching, and there’s still time to show your support for the event that benefits local homeless youth. This year’s dazzling event will take place on Friday, August 3 at Omaha Design Pictured (L-R): 2018 dancers Chris LaCroix, Center, 1502 Cuming St, Michele Ernst, LaShonna Dorsey, Diana and will include heavy Florescu, Rob Corsaro, Megan Thom, and appetizers, drinks, dessert, Nikita Miles. (Not pictured: Nick Huff) and silent and live auction. Presented by C&A Industries, Dance for a Chance combines fun and philanthropy as inspiring community leaders and their instructors take the stage to compete for the mirror ball trophy. The line-up of 2018 dancers includes: Rob Corsaro, Physicians Mutual; LaShonna Dorsey, AIM Institute; Michele Ernst, First Data; Diana Florescu, UNMC; Nick Huff, hutch; Chris LaCroix, Verdant; Nikita Miles, Aureus Medical; and Megan Thom, Harry A. Koch Co. YES is the only organization in the Omaha metro area with a sole mission of meeting the needs of homeless youth in our community. Many of these young people have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home. Without YES, these vulnerable young people cannot succeed independently. Visit today to purchase tickets, vote for a dancer, or sponsor the event. JULY 2018 Strictly Business 29

NON-PROFIT NEWS 2018 Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend Coming Soon

Project Harmony Encourages Participation in National Be Someone Day on July 21

Jennie Edmundson Foundation is in full swing preparing for the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Cancer Center - Spirit of Courage fundraiser the weekend of August 3-5. This event raises funds for the MJE Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund. Money raised provides much-needed financial assistance to cancer patients who are underinsured or not insured. Each year four amazing individuals are honored for their strength, courage, and determination in their fight against cancer. This year’s recipients are: Erin Berkley, Jose Hernandez, Joan Minikus, and Glen Mitchell. Each will share their inspiring story.  Also joining to share their support in the fight against cancer are local and national sports and television celebrities who add a little excitement and humor to the event! Mark your calendar! August 3 – Harrah’s Stir Cove Concert (receiving $1 per ticket sold); August 4 - Shotgun Scramble Golf Tournament (SOLD OUT); August 4 - Dinner, Auction and 2018 Spirit of Courage recipients presentations; August 5 - Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament - Mid-America Center. For more details on all the weekend events, visit or call (712) 396-6040. Learn more, become a sponsor, make your reservations.  Be a part of a wonderful event!

On July 21, National Be Someone Day challenges each of us to take 10 seconds to make a difference in the life of a child. What can be done in ten seconds? We can order a cup of coffee or water a plant. We can hear or tell a bad joke. In ten seconds, we can change our minds and after doing so say a prayer of thanks. When we walk into a room, in that time, we can register the pain in someone’s eyes and begin to provide comfort. We can praise and honor someone who deserves it. We can also commit to report child abuse. On National Be Someone Day, take the pledge to be the person to make a difference in a child’s life. Most importantly, be someone prepared to report when a child trusts you enough to tell you they’ve been hurt. How to Observe: Take the pledge on National Be Someone Day (www.ProjectBeSomeone. org). Use #BeSomeoneDay to share on social media. Project Harmony founded National Be Someone Day to help end child abuse and bring communities together through education and awareness. Learn more at

United Way of the Midlands Invests in MLCDC United Way of the Midlands (UWM) is making a significant financial investment in Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC; during the next two years, with $20,000 approved for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. These funds will be invested in new workforce development programs for low-income communities, including food processing and sewing training. A Community Development grant from Office of Community Services (DHHS) will match funds with the UWM grant to pay a full-time position. The food processing program is going to be focused on educating participants about how to start a successful food business. It will start this month working in partnership with No More Empty Pots in North Omaha. Additionally, construction plans for the MLCDC’s commercial kitchen are in the process of being approved by Douglas County and the city of Omaha. The construction of Las Americas Kitchen Express will begin this fall and is expected to be fully operational in the spring of 2020. It will help low-income food entrepreneurs to formalize and grow their businesses by giving them the opportunity to become self-sufficient and create many new job opportunities for low-income people in their communities. With the support of three designers who are MLCDC’s clients, the sewing program will also start this month, producing trained and workready entrepreneurs and employees for the Clothing Manufacturing Cooperative. Sewing training will be provided in the factory of Little Miss Fashion. MLCDC designed a curriculum which will include three levels of education, each lasting two months, along with microbusiness training. Special thanks to the United Way of the Midlands for this important contribution that will allow MLCDC to fulfill its mission of lowering the poverty level of the people in our community. 30 Strictly Business JULY 2018

Angels Among Us Announces 2018 Gala Date Angels Among Us will host its 2018 Gala, “No Place Like Home,” on Friday, September 21 at A View On State. This important event helps raise funds for families from Nebraska and Iowa who are battling pediatric cancer, providing critical support that enables them to remain financially stable. The event will feature dinner, silent and live auctions, music and a program featuring the stories of families who have been helped by the support of Angels Among Us and major event sponsors are the David Spence Cancer Fund and Craig and Jane Pohlman. Angels Among Us is a Nebraska-based nonprofit that provides financial support for families needing assistance due to a cancer journey. Any family living in or being treated in Nebraska is eligible to apply. Angels Among Us pays $500 per month up to 18 months for bills to creditors on behalf of the family, ensuring that funds go for their intended purpose. As of January, Angels Among Us has supported 89 families this year alone and over 375 families over its 12-year history. If interested in any number of sponsorships or to purchase a table or tickets, please visit

Local Builders Join Forces for Habitat Omaha Blitz Build As part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2018, professional builders and suppliers provided the labor, funding, and materials to help more families across the U.S. build strength, stability, and self-reliance through improved shelter. Habitat Omaha celebrated its 11th year participating in this special build. The organization partnered with eight local builders to build nine homes in the Adams Park neighborhood from June 4-8. Builders took these homes from foundation to drywall in five days and will put the finishing touches on the houses later this summer. A total of ten homes will be complete before the end of summer, making Habitat Omaha’s total investment in the area more than $1.5 million this year. More than 10 additional homes will be constructed on adjacent streets later this year and in 2019. Special thanks to the following 2018 Home Builders Blitz partners: Build Omaha, JE Dunn Construction, Kiewit, Kitchens Redefined, Lund-Ross Constructors, McLeay Building Company, MCL Construction, and The Weitz Company. Stay updated on the build on Facebook (@HFHOmaha), Instagram (@ habitatomaha) and Twitter (@HabitatOmaha)!

HEALTH NEWS Save the Date: Omaha Go Red For Women Expo Promotes Heart Health

Western Regional Trustee Symposium Concludes in Omaha

The American Heart Association will host its annual Omaha Go Red For Women Expo on Tuesday, September 25 at Embassy Suites – Omaha – La Vista Conference Center. Chairperson of the event is Jane Miller, president and chief operating officer, Gallup. The event is part of the Go Red For Women movement that encourages local women to take charge of their heart health by making it a top priority so they can live stronger, longer lives. Guests will have the chance to participate in free educational seminars, a health expo and silent auction. The ticketed heart-healthy dinner and program will feature survivors of heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement uncovers the truth about heart disease – an often silent, hidden and misunderstood killer – so that all women can share the truth. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America today. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for females and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. More than one in three females has some form of cardiovascular disease taking the lives of more than a half million women every year – more than the next FOUR causes of death combined. Tickets for the Omaha Go Red For Women Expo can be purchased at Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and CVS Health and sponsored locally by Methodist Health.

Nearly 200 hospital trustees and healthcare leaders gathered this week in Omaha for the 22nd Annual Western Regional Trustee Symposium. The event was held June 6-8 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha, adjacent to the Old Market.

CHI Health Named Presenting Sponsor of Project Pink’d EXPOSED Benefit Project Pink’d (www. is proud to announce CHI Health as the Presenting Sponsor for their upcoming EXPOSED Annual Benefit, a magical celebration of hope, inspiration and survivorship. “CHI Health is very proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for 2018 EXPOSED: That’s How We Roll Annual Benefit. As a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how much events like this mean to patients, both for fundraising purposes and for emotional support. Groups like Project Pink’d and its Gift of Hope program are so very important,” said Kathy Bressler, CHI Health senior vice president, chief operating officer. The Project Pink’d EXPOSED: That’s How We Roll 9th Annual Benefit will be held at the Hilton Downtown Omaha Grand Ballroom on Friday, August 17. The event is officially sold out with an expected attendance of over 650 guests. “We welcome CHI Health’s new role and increased support for our mission as Presenting Sponsor for our annual fundraising event. It is vital to our success in helping survivors that leaders in our community, like CHI Health, validate our efforts through their support. We will continue providing services to survivors in our community so CHI Health and all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers are proud of what we accomplish together,” said Cynthia Sturgeon, Project Pink’d founder and president. Embracing their “What’s Raised Here Stays Here” philosophy, all proceeds from the evening will directly benefit survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

Representing Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, participants spent the week learning from their peers on topics including: recruiting strategies for attracting physicians, developing strong organizational cultures in rural critical access hospitals and challenges surrounding population health. The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) served as host and Galen Wiser, a member of the NHA Board of Directors, served as chair of the symposium. Galen serves on the Board of Trustees for Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska. “This was a very successful symposium, packed with some really dynamic speakers and lots of timely information;” remarked Wiser. “Omaha served as a great city for this event and hats off to the NHA for being such gracious hosts.”

Zoetis Recognized as Corporate Blood Drive Sponsor of the Year Nebraska Comm unity Blood Bank (NCBB) recognized Zoetis as its Corporate Sponsor of the Year for rallying employees to donate more blood than any other of the local nonprofit blood bank’s corporate partners. Zoetis beat out its Pictured (L-R): Betty Mason, Bill Short, c o m p e t i t o r, D u n c a n Aviation, by just 34 units Danielle Griffin, Kari Lunden, and Jack Coogan. of blood—a narrow win, but a victory nonetheless. Both Zoetis and Duncan Aviation host blood drives every other month with NCBB, and together rallied employees to generously donate nearly 1,200 units of blood in 2017. “Both organizations did an absolutely wonderful job promoting and growing the competition,” said Kari Lundeen, NCBB donor recruitment representative. “We saw a 27% increase in donations from both groups overall and a 30% increase in new donors. It created a friendly rivalry and also got more employees involved. The true winners are the patients in local hospitals receiving the generous donations.” Each organization had their own tactics for recruiting blood donors, including giveaways, internal promotion from leadership, newsletter features and free blood typing at lunch and learns. Does your company’s culture include giving back? NCBB hopes to grow the challenge to include more organizations. If you’re interested in upping your blood donation game or want to host your own friendly blood drive competition, call (402) 486-9427 or email blooddrives@ JULY 2018 Strictly Business 31

Christmas in July


Strictly Business JULY 2018

Men’s Health Attention guys – what are you doing to take care of yourselves? Are there things you’re currently doing to improve your health? What have you made a part of your routine or a priority to stay in good health? While these answers will vary for each individual, they probably involve nutrition, regular physical activity, and regular visits to a physician and dentist, as well as perhaps an optometrist, audiologist, chiropractor, massage therapist, counselor, or other specialized care providers. Much more common today, perhaps you’re even trying out some holistic approaches or that cool new cutting-edge thing that has just been introduced. From diet and exercise to sleep habits, work-related aspects of wellness, and an outlet for stress relief among other things, self-care is important but is still all-too-often overlooked or not as much of a priority in our lives as it should be. It is human nature that how we look impacts how we feel, and vice versa. There’s a powerful connection that dates back as far as the very first civilizations. If there’s something about your appearance that bothers you, chances are addressing it will benefit you in other ways than just boosting your confidence. For men, some common issues that cause a negative body image are excess weight, hair loss, and hormone imbalance. The solutions to any of these can be found at JMISKO surgical design | md. Brianna Kuebler with JMISKO Brianna Kuebler surgical design | md goes a little more inJMISKO depth on each: Hair Restoration: “Whether you are in early stages of hair loss and need prevention options or in later stages that require a hair restoration, Dr. Justin Misko, M.D. has over a decade of experience in hair restoration and hair loss management. From prescriptions and topical hair loss products to the most advanced robotic tool on the market for hair restoration, we are experts at every option and for every budget.” Hormone Replacement Therapy: “As we age it becomes more difficult for our bodies to produce appropriate levels of hormones — this can cause unwanted symptoms that affect everyday life. We have a hormone expert that specializes in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to relieve symptoms of andropause for men.”  Weight Loss Solutions: “Our weight loss expert specializes in programs for weight loss and weight loss management. The programs are designed to not only lose weight but to keep it off. There are many different options we offer for weight loss, including appetite suppressants, supplements, B12 injections, and specialized weight loss programs.”  Delving deeper into hair restoration, she explains, “So long to the days of hair plugs. We are currently the only facility in Nebraska that offers the robotic hair  restoration option. With the  evolution of technology and equipment, more options have become available for quicker, more natural-looking results. The variety of options gives our patients multiple different routes to go. If you are considering making an investment in a hair transplant, be aware that experience truly matters. Not only does experience matter, but options  and  results  matter equally as well. We offer a variety of options for hair restoration  — just because the ARTAS robotic hair transplant option is best-suited for one patient, does not mean that it is for another. The only way to know which options are best for you is to schedule a hair consultation with Dr. Justin Misko, M.D. His decade

of experience will ensure you get it right the first time. You cannot put a price tag on happiness and confidence. Finally, it’s important to know that you are not alone. If you are feeling embarrassed, unsure, or inadequate because of hair loss, at JMISKO there ARE options. Whether you are in your early 20s and noticing premature thinning/balding hair or you’re in your late 50s — we treat every case with the same quality and care. We have treated young, old, and everyone in between. If hair loss is hindering your personal or professional life, we encourage you to schedule a consultation and find out the options you have.” Kuebler also makes note of one of their offerings that is a relatively newer concept to most people, stem cell therapy. “Stem cell therapy utilizes cutting-edge techniques and harnesses the power of the patient’s own stem cells to naturally heal areas of discomfort or pain. The simple, 45-minute  procedure can relieve pain, promote healing, and may be a viable option to surgery. We have seen an avid golfer come in thinking there was no way he’d ever swing a golf club again. One treatment and six months later, he has played multiple times, pain-free. Over the past decade, the medical field has benefited tremendously from stem cell research. These scientific findings have given way to the new, exciting field of Regenerative Medicine. We believe stem cell therapy is the future of medicine and are excited to provide this progressive, ahead-of-the-curve treatment option to our patients.”  In closing, Kuebler notes, “Anyone who is interested in a consultation for hair restoration, hormone replacement, weight loss, or stem cell therapy, please call (402) 484-5144 or visit for more information.” As far as products we use in our daily lives, no matter what you’re looking for to improve your health or enhance your quality of life, you’re likely to find it at Cherish You Boutique. “We offer natural, organic, drug-free products that are good for your health,” says Donna Retherford with Cherish You Boutique. “From the incredible Kangan Water systems and Püre-Light miniature air purification systems to product lines from Native Deodorant, Monat, VOXX, Plexus and Core Health, there’s so much here under one roof that can have a dramatic positive impact on your health and wellness. There have been many advancements in the health products field and we try to provide as Donna Retherford many of them to the public as possible. From proper PH drinking water to performance Cherish You Boutique socks to supplementation, we want our community to know that they can come to our shop for 1-on-1 or group sessions and learn all about the health benefits that are available from today’s health products.   Men, in particular, need to know that there are many very beneficial health and personal care products out there just for them. And it doesn’t make them any less manly for using them. The benefits are too great to allow old stereotypes to keep them from seeing the results.” Today, there’s so much out there to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. With that being the case, it’s encouraging to think that there’s a solution out there just waiting for you to find it, or the thing you’re missing that would make your life so much more enjoyable healthwise. Cheers to your continued enjoyment of healthy and happy lives, gentlemen readers! JULY 2018 Strictly Business



Las VegasThe City That Never Sleeps Since it’d been almost 2 years since our last visit, we decided to go back to Las Vegas where there are always new things to see, do, and (best of all) eat! Here are some of our favorites: Hakkasan Restaurant | | (702) 891-7888 On the first night, our party of five made reservations at Hakkasan, located in the MGM Grand, for an upscale dining experience. We ordered appetizers to share, which included the Hakka Steamed Dim Sum Platter (aka the best dumplings in the world) and the most unique display of shrimp any of us had ever seen. For dessert, we treated ourselves to the Lemon Pot which will push any lemon lover over the edge. And to mirror their impressive menu of professionally-crafted entrées and à la carte items, they also have an excellent assortment of specialty cocktails. Overall, our dining endeavors at Hakkasan were a success and our waitress made the experience even better, with her friendly service and helpful suggestions. Turns out nice people, like us Nebraskans, are in Vegas too! Hakkasan Nightclub | | (702) 891-3838 After indulging ourselves at the restaurant, we heard the dance floor calling our names. Lucky for us, the fourth floor was all the farther we had to travel to bust a move. Convenience is such a luxury, especially when you’re wearing high heels. As we ascended up to the main nightclub, the nightlife element of Hakkasan began to show its face—its sweet, beautiful face. The energy was contagious! This amphitheater-style club is equipped with an elevated DJ booth, a large full-service bar, and VIP seating areas that surround the dance floor. Between the rockin’ music, walls with floor-to-ceiling LED screens, and a visually stunning two-story water feature, the nightclub at Hakkasan will have all your senses tingling. A.Y.C.E. Buffet | | (866) 9427770 After a late night out on the town, our only hope for a quick 360 recovery was food and a lot of it. Thankfully, we found ourselves at A.Y.C.E. Buffet which recently opened up its doors in the Palms Casino & Resort. A.Y.C.E., which stands for All-You-Can-Eat (so clever!), features made-from-scratch recipes and various worldly cooking methods. It isn’t like other buffets where you go around and scoop the food onto your plate. Almost everything was pre-portioned into perfectly-sized servings in cute containers. We recommend the eggs Benedict and their French onion soup— holy delicious! Our group also enjoyed their shrimp cocktails and New England clam boil with tasty crawfish. In addition, their meat selection with offerings like Moroccan lamb and smoked turkey wings, was definitely on point. All they were missing was some good ol’ Nebraska beef… but we won’t hold that against them. The buffet also had great vegan and vegetarian options. For just under $20 per person, this top-notch eatery not only offers all the food your heart desires, but also bottomless mimosas on Sundays! That’s right—all you can eat AND all you can drink. Needless to say, A.Y.C.E. Buffet is a must when you’re in Vegas.

WOW | | (855) 234-7469 Well, the name ‘WOW’ is pretty fitting because we literally said it at least hundred times during the show. WOW is an internationallyacclaimed production full of flips and tricks that will blow your mind. This is definitely a show we’d recommend seeing while in Vegas. This 90-minute production at the Rio features about 30 artists who dance and fly across the stage in conjunction with 3D-multimedia projections, holograms, fast-paced choreography, and great theatrical lighting. And the intimate, 180-degree theatrical set-up allows the audience to feel like they’re right up in the action. There was a comical pirate skit that our group really enjoyed, along with a “dancing in the rain” number that had us on the edge of our seats. The shock hasn’t completely worn off yet, but you can’t expect anything less from a Vegas production. Sushi Roku | sushiroku | (702) 733-7373 Our experience at Sushi Roku was full of many pleasant surprises. This was a last minute addition to our itinerary, but ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! The restaurant is located on the third level of the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, overlooking the Strip. Everything we ordered was yummy, but the Chilean Sea Bass literally melted in our mouths. It’s amazing how much emphasis was put on presentation—not just on the food platters, the drinks too! We ordered the prettiest cocktail any of us had ever seen. It was a seductive shade of pink, garnished with a purple flower, and infused with dry ice that caused white smoke to ooze over the edge of the glass. It was mesmerizing! The outstanding hospitality and guest experience offered by Sushi Roku definitely didn’t go unnoticed. And we’re happy to report that the prices were comparable to those of sushi joints here in Nebraska, which made it even better! It’s safe to say, Sushi Roku is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Las Vegas. ABSINTHE | | (877) 849-4868 For our final outing, we were able to find tickets on to ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, an adult combination of comedy and circus performance presented by Spiegelword. We recommend Tix4Tonight to all our friends and family—it’s the #1 ticket seller in Vegas, offering discounts on top shows as well as tours and attractions. As far as shows go, ABSINTHE has earned itself quite the reputation. This burlesque-like production is guaranteed to make you gasp, either because you’re offended or because you just saw the most amazing acrobatic stunt you’ve ever seen. One of our favorite moments included a hand-to-hand balancing act in which two men portrayed as bankers, wearing suits and ties, showed off their super-human strength. And we can’t forget about the host/producer of the show The Gazillionaire—let’s just say he isn’t afraid to hurt anyone’s feelings. This show isn’t for everyone but we definitely enjoyed the theatrics. (Side note: also has a Vegas Dining Card featuring more than 70 of the most popular restaurants, including bars and buffets. And not only is the Vegas Dining Card valid for 7 days, it will save you hundreds on food and cocktails for your entire trip!)

Until next time, Vegas! It was a pleasure, as always.

Be sure to check out the extended version of our Travel Story with additional photos and details regarding our Vegas experience! You can find the extended version online at


Strictly Business JULY 2018

Residential Remodeling Have you been thinking about taking on a home remodeling project lately? Is there something that really needs to be done or that you feel would significantly add to the enjoyment of your personal or family living space? Or do you want to improve energy efficiency, upgrade with smart home features, or do any of the other on-trend home updates you’ve been seeing or hearing about? Enhancing the look and/or function of the exterior and/or interior of one’s home can mean a lot of different things as there is so much potential in any given residential property. Roofing, Gutters, Siding & Windows These are the main elements of a home’s façade, with both function and aesthetics being important aspects to consider. If one or the other is lacking, a home improvement project is presumably in your future, and then you’ll end up with the best of both worlds. If not simply due to age, oftentimes repair or replacement is needed to fix damage to these specific parts of a home caused by the myriad of severe weather that’s commonplace in our region. Sometimes this is clearly apparent right away while other times it can go unnoticed, only later to find that it’s what has led to a more serious problem.

Granting Dreams of Home Ownership

“Many insurance companies only allow one year after a storm hits and a home has been damaged to file a claim and repair the damage,” explains Matt Preister with Xcel Roofing. “In Nebraska and the Midwest, there’s always the potential for storms to cause damage to our homes, especially the roofing and siding. We love our communities and keep watch over them Xtensively, weather systems included. Living in your home long-term and raising your family under that roof does go far beyond Matt Preister protecting it from the elements of the Xcel Roofing weather, though, and we take that to heart at Xcel Roofing.” With that in mind, he advises on the following two major benefits of maintaining a good roofing system and exterior, including your siding and windows. Enhanced Energy Efficiency: “Shingles are not just shingles! The same goes for siding and windows, too. There are so many choices on the market now. It’s advantageous to work with a consultant who will educate you on the differences and on the new and most innovative materials. In the case of shingles, they’ll be able to direct you to the ones that deliver on the promise of reflecting sunlight rather than absorbing it. With siding and windows, minimizing energy loss is a focal point of the products and installation process too. This will help keep your HVAC system from having to work so hard and save energy dollars for your family. But as we think about energy efficiency, let’s absolutely not ever forget about ventilation! As part

Now is the perfect time to buy or remodel your dream home.

“Let my experience work for you!”

Jennifer Coyle Mortgage Loan Officer 402-689-8034 NMLS #521200 JULY 2018 Strictly Business strictlybusiness_homeownership_ad.indd 1


6/15/2018 10:43:22 AM

of Xcel’s roof replacement, we make it a point to go into the attic to confirm that rising warm air can easily escape. Many times this gets missed in the process, which is again why it is important to work with a professional who will make it a point to walk you through the entire process. Using best-in-class shingles and roofing systems like what Xcel Roofing uses, Owens Corning, and earning a Preferred Contractors status, our systems come with a manufacturer 50-year problem-free performance and 5-year labor warranty. This gives homeowners peace of mind knowing that a reputable company that is firmly established in the community is there to take care of them.”

that remodeling projects can take on a life of their own. Even the most seasoned remodeler can run into issues that would be nearly impossible to anticipate at the onset. To keep the frustration level under control and credit card from heating up, we recommend the following:

Amazing Curb Appeal: “As homeowners, we all appreciate that a good weather-tight roof, siding, and windows can not only prevent extensive, expensive water damage but also lend a boost to the outside appearance of your home and neighborhood. Specifically regarding roofing, from the different aesthetics that can be created with the various colors and styles to the new Impact-Resistant highend materials to replace the wood shake shingles, Xcel Roofing’s consultants will help you with selection to achieve your desired look and function. Different homes feature different roof lines and exteriors, but seeing cracked, curled, or even missing shingles is not doing your home any favors and won’t win you any ‘Neighbor of the Year’ awards. A reputable company should be able to guide you through the entire process of a roof replacement from the day you decide on the colors and styles that will complement your home through the final day of installation. Providing you with digital tools to show you what a certain shingle with a certain siding color looks like might just make that process easier for you. You should not only get a new roof that performs well, but has the pride of the homeowner in looks.” 

• Shop for project materials ahead of time, not as you go.

Jim Harding with Xcel Roofing also weighs in, offering the following tips: “If you’re a fan of home improvement shows or if you have already attempted your own DIY work, you’ll quickly learn

• Plan out your project by creating a step by step process you can follow.

• Hire a pro if it involves an advanced skill level or special tools to do it right.

Jim Harding Xcel Roofing

• Get a permit from your local municipality if required. Don’t perform unpermitted work. • Expect that during the process things can go wrong and changes may need to be made. • Budget what you think it will cost and add in a 15-20% contingency. • Make sure your pro has proper insurance coverages.  Ask your own agent for help with this. • Get references if you hire a pro.  Get help and suggestions if you are doing it yourself. As for the first part of that last bullet point, homeowners first and foremost need to check out a company’s reputation and make sure that customer service is their first priority. Does their vision for service and company standards meet or exceed your expectations? Look at the information provided by the Better Business Bureau to






When your home has been hit by LOVE OUR ROOFS • Our repairs or replacement will meet or exceed LOVE OUR ROOFS a hail storm, you might have to city and national construction codes. call your insurance company to file a claim. Instead of dreading • You’ll receive written guarantees for the product the process of getting your roof and workmanship. and exterior repaired, let the professionals at Xcel Roofing help you out. We offer nearly three • Your work will look as good or better than what decades of experience dealing with you had before the storm. insurance claims.

ROOFING • SIDING • WINDOWS • GUTTERS Call today to schedule your FREE ROOF INSPECTION! 402.345.9235 | |


Strictly Business JULY 2018

make sure that this is a company that has been accredited and has good reviews. Finally, understand what your own goals are in wanting to tackle remodeling projects on your home. How long do you plan to live in the home? Are you remodeling it for sale? Are you fixing a functional problem or a cosmetic defect?  If this is your ‘forever home’ and you want it to reflect your own unique style then feel free to go crazy with color and design. It’s your home! However, if your goal is to sell the house in the near future, try to keep the cosmetic changes neutral and any structural repairs permitted and documented.”   He concludes, “The American dream of homeownership is still alive and well in most communities.  The purchase of a home remains the single largest investment most people make in their lifetime. Like any investment, it can grow in value or it can simply take your money. The best dollars you will ever invest in your home are in maintenance items.  They’re really boring for most people--furnace filters, gutter cleaning, air conditioner checks, exterior caulking, the list goes on and on. Maintaining your home properly really sets the stage for some fantastic remodeling opportunities. Otherwise, it’s just lipstick on a pig. Happy remodeling everyone!” Interior Design & Upgrades Moving inside your home, there’s probably plenty of things you love – and a few things that fall in the “left a lot to be desired” category. What are those misses for you and what can you do to resolve those issues? Once you’ve answered those questions, you’ve now got a list of your wish list for future home improvement projects. Now it’s up to you to decide what’s feasible and the order of importance. You’ll want to take a look at functionality and how the room(s) could better fit your needs, which could necessitate a bigger kitchen or living room, more storage space, or extra bathrooms. Kitchens and master bathrooms are two areas where investing in remodeling to update them is well worth it. When you think about your daily routine and what gets the most use in a home by your family or when you’re entertaining, it’s those areas. They are used daily, need to be functional, and you want them to look and feel nice. For the same reason, an updated kitchen and master bath are going to be attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell, providing a significant return on your investment on top of your personal enjoyment while living there. Widely considered to be the “oldest trick in the book,” simply changing the color of the walls can transform the look and feel of any room in your home. Do the walls match your personality and lifestyle? If not, change it up! Some prefer cozy, some want clean and simple or sleek and modern, some want rich tones for a luxurious feel, and some go for bright colors to match their disposition or active nature. Your color palette and the tones in it will make a big difference in the feel of the room. “When considering your home remodeling project, picking a color palette that fits your lifestyle, needs, and wants can be overwhelming,” says Mike Gerst with Gerst Painting Inc. “Let us help you unlock the Psychology of Color with our top color picks! First, cool grays continue to be a leader in residential remodels. Gray is classic and a perfect backdrop for any color combination. Painting a room in gray tones Mike Gerst represents those that are intelligent and Gerst Painting Inc. disciplined. For reference, if you’d like to come in and check them out, our top three cool grays are Mindful Gray (SW 7016), Dovetail (SW 7018), and Black Fox (SW 7020).

Faux Finish & Decorative Paint Residential & Commerical FA U X F I N I S H I N G Metallic Plasters  Foils  Mica Glass Bead  Old World Textures Stencils  Glitter & More Serving Lincoln, Omaha and the Surrounding Areas

Call Julie at 323-610-2387 for a free consultation

Helping You Get the Job Done since 1968 Celebrating 50 years of being your source for equipment & party rentals! Pressure Washers

Drum Sanders

For Equipment Rentals, Call Today!


Check out our website for more items!

402-331-6013 •

Second, beige is another timeless pick. It continues to be elegant year after year. Painting your room in beige tones help create serenity and flow throughout your home. It gives the sense of comfort and simplicity. If this is more of what you’re looking for, our recommendations would be Kilim Beige (SW 6106), Latte (SW 6108), and Hop Sack (SW 6109). The Psychology of Color can change your mood and your space. If you need help with your Psychology of Color for your remodeling project, get in touch with us and we’ll apply both the art and science of color selection to get you the best possible result. Visiting us online at is a great starting point!” Today, there are new techniques beyond just a couple of fresh coats of paint to explore as well. You’re probably familiar with the accent wall, which creates dimension and allows you to play with color and tie in the flooring, furniture, fixtures, and art. With the same goal in mind, you’d be amazed at the different designs and textures that can be created with paint. “People are incorporating impact walls in every room in their house. The master bedroom and bathroom, dining room, rooms with fireplaces, and powder rooms are the areas of the home where this is especially popular,” says Thomas Rajkovich with Thomas Faux Finishing. “Grays and neutrals look like they’re here to stay, but they don’t have to be boring. Glass bead and metallic looks are everywhere in Europe and on the coasts, and it’s been exciting that clients are asking for these here in Nebraska Thomas Rajkovich too. Fine faux finishing is one of the quickest Thomas Faux Finishing and most economical ways to update and transform your home without knocking down walls. Decorative finishes, which is like custom art for your walls, have come a long way too. JULY 2018 Strictly Business 37

Whether your style is contemporary or more traditional, you can’t make a mistake choosing a metallic, glass bead, or even a finish with foil. The new wave of decorative finishes fit any style. If you’re going through the time and expense of remodeling, try something new with color, texture, and light! Don’t worry if you don’t have a designer. We have a design consultant to show you our extensive portfolio, which makes it easy to find what suits you best. During the planning stages, clients are able to see a digital recreation of what the finished room will look like so there are no surprises.” Many choose to update flooring and decorative accents at the same time to tie everything together. You may just need to have the floor’s refinished, or you may be looking into installation of new carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, or stone flooring. For your kitchen or bathroom remodeling or for updated flooring, the professionals at Modern Concepts Tile can do incredible custom tile work.

Danny Reynolds Modern Concepts Tile


“From the size of the tiles to the material and even really neat textures that have been coming out in tile products, there’s so much you can do with design,” says Danny Reynolds with Modern Concepts Tile. “The color palette, finishes, accents and patterning selections are all things to take into consideration. Color and texture contrast is important, as many opt for accent walls or different tile for the walls versus the flooring. You can achieve an endless number of different looks when you add in accent tile or mosaics and grout color.

Strictly Business JULY 2018

Combine those with the other design elements, such as built-in shelving, heated flooring, frameless or no glass at all and zero-entry walk-in showers for master baths, and you’ve got yourself a plan. All of these things together are what really makes each project unique. Custom bathrooms and kitchens are definitely a selling point for a house, and they are a conversation piece too. In areas where guests in your home will naturally gravitate towards or be using, interior design makes a favorable and lasting impression and quite possibly could be a source of inspiration. While things like Pinterest and touring homes on the market are still the most popular ways to get a good idea of what you like and what you don’t, time and time again we have people tell us they saw something at a friend or family member’s house that they want to recreate. We love to have people bring us their ideas and show them the possibilities. There truly are so many amazing things you can do in a home with tile work that delivers on beauty and function!” Finally, there’s the integration of technology, which can also make a dramatic difference in the aesthetic and functional qualities of a home. Doug Dushan with Echo Systems advises, “At Echo Systems Experience Center, we have the pleasure of blowing people’s minds on a daily basis. Designed as a multi-million dollar home, we feature the single best facility in the world to showcase where residential technology is at today, with special emphasis on the aesthetic integration of said technology.

Doug Dushan

For example, our most popular renovation Echo Systems requests have to do with making primary television locations look more appealing. There are many aesthetic

alternatives to a large black triangle with a plastic bezel, which is a look we all know but have resigned ourselves to. Instead, that television can disappear into a framed mirror when turned off.  Or, a scrolling piece of artwork when not in use. Often, visitors will ask what can be done in existing homes, seemingly skeptical that any of the cool stuff we showed them can be done without building from scratch.  Our staff is always excited to explain that putting in intelligent wiring infrastructure can and should be done, whether it’s new construction or retrofit. It is often easier than people assume. Truly, when it comes to home technology, the biggest obstacle to homeowners is lack of knowledge about what is really available to them. Often, assumptions are based on old information. Occasionally, we will get visitors in the showroom who have just finished a remodel and are outright angry with their contractor for not telling them about what they see in our Experience Center.  In summary, come see what is available at a professional technology showroom and make an informed decision about what is right for you.

Update Your Home to


Additionally, infrastructure planning is critical for taking advantage of the conveniences technology is bringing to our lives. Not to mention it is increasingly expected as a hoped-for item in the resale of a home. By planning and installing a comprehensive wiring infrastructure, a homeowner can embark on a path of enhancements at their own preferred pace. Specifically in existing homes, I encourage people to take advantage of even the smallest remodeling project to then run the proper wires in their homes.  If you are having any drywall patching or painting done, that is the perfect time to carry out a plan to wire your home.  Patching drywall is relatively inexpensive, but what you can do with a competently wired home will advance your enjoyment of it for many years. It remains a very common, and critical, misconception that running wires in an existing home is too invasive or difficult to be worthwhile. This is almost always not the case.  Even if the budget won’t allow for a large technology purchase, planning for the future in any endeavor always bears fruit. This case is not different.”

• Local tile contractor

Project Planning & Execution Diving right in without a well thought out plan is the last thing you want to do unless it happens to be something relatively simple and straightforward, and even then, proceed with caution. There aren’t an abundance of nightmarish and “comedy of errors” experiences during home remodeling projects out there, especially ones of the DIY variety, for no good reason. Instead of thinking it won’t happen to you, take it as a sign that you better know your stuff or know someone who does, be willing to suffer the consequences of any mistakes you might make on your own, or just hire a professional. Particularly for major projects, especially ones that involve the infrastructure or major systems such as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical, the latter is probably a wise move.

• Custom design, showers, & heated floors

Danny Reynolds

• We work with you to make your home remodel stress free and to perfection!

A great starting point for planning your next remodeling project is to take a good look at your home and picture what you can and can’t live in or with. No one wants to be uncomfortable in their own home or to see something they hate day in and day out. The big thing to consider is two-fold. First, what do you love about your home? Second, what would you like to fix? You may come to find out that simply changing your décor or finishes is what’s needed. On the other hand, you may realize that it’s going to be a more in-depth process to turn the things you don’t like into things you love about your home. Once you’ve pinpointed what takes priority, if you have the funds, time and/or resources to remodel your home, you can work towards figuring out what would be a much better fit for you. With remodeling projects, it’s important to know your budget going into the consultation with a professional. With this information, they’ll be able to make best suggestions for products and design that fall within that range. It’s similar to shopping for a home – if you fall in love with a $60K project, then find out you only have $20K to spend, there’s a feeling of disappointment that overshadows the

Mike Prendergast

CUSTOM TILE & DESIGNS Bathrooms ♦ Kitchens ♦ Floors

Call today to learn more! 402-578-3777 | 402-905-5859 Check out our projects online! JULY 2018 Strictly Business


A Roofing Specialist You Can TRUST SERVICES: Roofing Siding Windows Gutters

Dedicated to providing the highest level of QUALITY, SERVICE, and PROTECTION. Contact us today! 402.999.ROOF |

402-512-5899 402-512-5899




www. gerstpainting. c o m

-Premium Grade-


EXCELLENT SELECTION / ODORLESS PAINT AVAILABLE 3 YEAR WARRANTY LIMITED TIME SUMMER SPECIAL! Book an exterior painting project this summer & you’ll receive 5 gallons of interior paint for FREE to be used on your winter projects this coming November or December 2018! NOW THROUGH JULY 31ST 2018.

Strictly Business JULY 2018

It’s also important to decide who will be involved in the project and to what extent. A good starting point is being honest with yourself about the amount of sweat equity you’re willing and able to put into the project. If you’re capable of doing the entire project or even just certain parts of it and know exactly what you’re getting into, go for it and save some money! You may simply be lacking a few things to get the job done, and if that includes tools, you can easily rent them at Honeyman Rent-All instead of buying them outright or hiring someone else for the job for that reason alone. However, if there’s any uncertainty, it’s wise to leave it to a professional. Especially on a big project, it’s worth the money for the expertise you’re getting. No matter the amount, it’s probably a lot of money to you, so the assurance that it is getting done correctly, accomplishes your goals, and meets your needs is pretty important. If it’s determined that you’ll be obtaining financing for the project, Jennifer Coyle with American National Bank offers the following advice: “With any type of financing, you will need to gather all income and asset documentation; however, on a remodel job, you would need to have the scope of the work being done, contractor, and at least an estimated bid to determine the loan amount. We can always look at ‘What if?’ scenarios with a budget that will be no Jennifer Coyle more than X amount of dollars to start out American National Bank and evaluate the possibilities from there.

Storm Damage & Insurance Claim Specialists


entire experience.

We have three different types of renovation loans, each with its own restrictions. Then there’s the option to purchase a home and incorporate the improvements all in one loan using the value after it has been improved, which meets the needs of our clients who want to buy a home that needs to be updated. Any of these allow our clients to do minor updates all the way up to major upgrades - luxury, health and safety, livability, and structural.  Kitchens and bathrooms do continue to offer the biggest bang for your dollar. Speaking of which, it’s important to address one of the biggest misconceptions – that the work that is being completed will be dollar for dollar towards the home’s value. That is most often not the case. For those who already own the property, I would suggest having a market analysis done ahead of time using current conditions and then again afterward factoring in the improved conditions.  The realtor can give a close estimate of what the increased value potentially may be based on the upgrades. The same is true for a buyer looking to purchase and do the remodeling all in one loan. When looking at remodeling, oftentimes the homeowner intends to stay at their current residence for a while, so there’s the value of their enjoyment of the surroundings.  But you also need to take into account how long it will take to recoup the funds being invested into the property, if you’re overbuilding for the area, and most importantly, if the changes being done will hinder the resale when you are ready.”  Hopefully all of this information has left you feeling inspired and eager to take on your next home improvement project! When in doubt, it never hurts to ask a pro and lucky for you, they can easily be found here in the Omaha Metro area. Be sure to keep in mind that if you are remodeling your home with the hope of living in it for an extended period of time, it’s wise to approach your project with the intention of getting exactly what you want (budget-permitting, of course). However, you may decide that it’s best to approach home improvements a bit differently if you have the intention of putting yours on the market and make some compromises accordingly. Be sure to check out our Resell Remodeling feature story in the October issue if that’s more of what you’re going for with your upcoming project!

Your Building Control Technologies Contractor Engineered Controls is Nebraska’s premier building control technologies contractor, with offices in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. For more than 20 years, we have been dedicated to designing easy-to-use building automation and security systems that provide the highest possible energy efficiency, while ensuring occupant comfort and maintaining a safe and secure workplace. Engineered Controls designs, installs, manages, and services building management and security solutions for buildings and facilities of all sizes and types. As a technology contractor, our vision is to participate in projects that transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated, and to create environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. From the integration of new control technologies to the contracting work we engage in for new construction, and the service we provide after our projects are completed, we’re proud to deliver solutions that meet our clients’ needs now and well into the future. Clients seek the help of Engineered Controls for a wide range of services and solutions including building design, equipment retrofits, commissioning, training, repair, preventive maintenance and energy management. Design & Consulting With extensive, specialized product and system knowledge, Engineered Controls is available to assist building owners and managers and/or consulting engineers and contractors with developing comprehensive planning documentation for projects.

Integration Engineered Controls specializes in integrating diverse building subsystems into one centralized network, which is a vital element of energy efficiency and increased productivity.

Construction & Retrofit Engineered Controls is contracted by building owners and managers, consulting engineers, and mechanical and electrical contractors for projects within their areas of expertise.

Training Engineered Controls offers affordable, customized, classroom or on-site technical training for building owners, building managers, system operators and technicians.

Maintenance & Repair Your HVAC equipment, building controls, and security systems are some of the most vital assets to your facility. System failures and equipment downtime can take a toll on your building performance, the productivity of your people, and the profitability of your organization. Our specialized technicians offer scheduled maintenance and emergency repair service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Engineered Controls field technicians use remote analysis and diagnosis of system performance prior to service calls, ensuring time and cost efficiencies. They use hand-held computers to speed the dispatching and service delivery process, diagnose problems correctly and fix problems the first time. At the same time, they will assess the overall condition of the affected systems, looking for worn and obsolete components likely to cause trouble in the future. After each service call, you will receive a summary report via fax or e-mail, verifying that your mechanical systems were repaired or components were replaced and are operating correctly. Our advanced diagnostic capabilities and swift repair and replacement services will quickly restore your system’s operating efficiency and return your building to peak performance. Building Services - Engineered Controls provides commercial customers with reliable, cost-effective HVAC building automation and control service and energy solutions. Energy Optimization - Saving energy saves money; it’s as simple as that. As most building owners know, energy is the single largest expense in a building’s total operating budget. Engineered Controls will customize a solution to meet your specific needs. Today, we have achieved a reputation as the premier service provider in our industry by developing a solid reputation for creating innovative building management and energy performance solutions. Our portfolio includes corporate, education, government, healthcare, hotel and housing, industrial, parking structures, recreation and entertainment, religious, technology, and green building projects. When you choose Engineered Controls, you can be confident you are receiving dependable service from highly-trained industry experts, who will respond promptly, work diligently, and who are committed to ensuring the best possible outcome.

Engineered Controls has experience in a variety of industry and facility types. Since 1994, we’ve been delivering innovative solutions to help our customers improve building efficiency and reduce the cost of operating their buildings.



Project Categories: Education Government Healthcare Hotel & Housing Industrial Parking Corporate Recreation Entertainment Religious Technology Here’s what clients had to say about working with Engineered Controls: “My experience with Engineered Controls can only be described as an A+. The Preventative Maintenance program they provide us has been a real success in keeping our system running efficiently. I would absolutely recommend Engineered Controls to everyone!” – Brent C. “Engineered Controls has done a great job providing building comfort to our hospital and has also assisted us with many energy savings projects. Everyone on their staff is very knowledgeable and always willing to assist us.” –Kevin N.

Contact Us Today! | Omaha: 402.339.1300 | Lincoln: 402.434.2110 JULY 2018 Strictly Business


Supporting Non-Profits As businesspeople, while working hard towards our goals, we also know that we play an important part in making our community a better place. We are invested in those efforts because it allows us to build our businesses as well as raise our families, cultivate friendships, and lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Here in the greater Omaha metropolitan area, you’ll find many people working together to care for one another, to give a hand up to those in need for the greater good, to protect our environment, and to make our city the best place to live and work it can possibly be. In a community that understands the importance of giving back and places a lot of value in it, you’ll also find it to be a big part of corporate culture here in small and large businesses alike. Supporting our local non-profit organizations is something that we can all do to give back individually - and to truly make a difference collectively. An excellent example of the power of philanthropy at the local level just happened a couple months ago. For the sixth year, the Omaha Metro community came together for Omaha Gives! on May 23 and showed their support in a big way. With over 50,000 donations to almost a thousand different non-profit organizations, the total raised came in at $7.4 million. Those funds are going to change lives for those here in our community, and is a powerful statement of what can be accomplished when we all come together for the greater good. But it doesn’t stop there. While not diminishing the fact that these funds are greatly appreciated and put to good use throughout the year, it’s important to be mindful that monetary donations aren’t the only way you can give back. There are a variety of ways to contribute to the valuable work that our non-profits are doing day in and day out, all year long. While funds will often be allocated to certain areas that are determined to be of importance, there are other needs that will arise throughout the year. This may be a donation of items or hosting a donation drive, volunteering, sponsorships, participating in special events, helping to raise awareness, and so on.


Strictly Business JULY 2018

As individuals, whether you offer your time, talents, or prefer to donate money or items to the cause, there’s always a need that can be met with whatever you have to give. Businesses also have the opportunity to encourage their employees to get involved, which unites everyone together for a worthy cause. Many companies incentivize employees to volunteer, participate in fundraising and awareness events, or volunteer together as a group; there are plenty of ways to get involved that can be tailored to fit the needs and goals of your organization. Likewise, as we always encourage consumers to be conscious of their purchasing decisions, staying informed and supporting the businesses that make an effort to support non-profits in the community is something we can all do. Leveraging resources to further reinforce those actions has a ripple effect, as does setting an example, spreading your passion for a cause, and getting others involved. Our local non-profits are the source of initiatives that are focused solely on helping to make an impact on the lives of those who live in our community—to make our tiny part of the world a better place for all. Oftentimes their reach extends beyond that to make an impact at the state, national, and/or global level. These organizations also create jobs in our community, allowing many people to fulfill their greater purpose by doing what they love while touching lives and truly making a difference. At Strictly Business, the focus of our work has always been supporting the growth and prosperity of our local business community. That said, we feel strongly about supporting our local non-profit organizations too. The two really do go hand-in-hand. By shining a light on all of the different ones here in our community, it is our hope that we are encouraging our audience to get involved with the cause(s) they are passionate about supporting. So without further ado, we’ve highlighted some of our local non-profit organizations so that you have the opportunity to learn more about them and take action!

Angels Among Us provides financial assistance to families whose children are battling pediatric cancer. Any family living in or being treated in Nebraska is eligible to apply. Once approved, families are provided with $500 a month for 18 months to help them stay financially stable during treatment. Funds are paid directly to the creditor, which ensures that funds are used for their intended purpose. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, a family’s life as they know it comes to an abrupt halt. Unfortunately, their monthly expenses do not. Since 2006, Angels Among Us has assisted over 350 families with $1.5 million in support. Will you join us as we fight to keep families stable? Gifts of any amount are welcome and encouraged. There is strength in numbers. There is also hope, help, and monetary relief.

For over 18 years, Domesti-PUPS (www. has been supporting people in our local, regional and national communities through the assistance of animals. From therapy dogs in the classroom motivating children to excel in their learning environment to pet therapy visitations in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living centers, Domesti-PUPS pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. Our service dog teams provide increased independence when paired with a disabled partner. These highly-skilled canines can turn on lights, provide balance and mobility, retrieve dropped items, bring a bottle of water from a refrigerator, respond to medical emergencies such as responding to a seizure or alerting to a diabetic high or low, and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide lifesaving measures for their disabled partners.

For more information, contact Angels Among Us at (402) 934-0999 or visit our website at “Transforming Lives * Strengthening Community” 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.

Assistance League® of Omaha (ALO) 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; Assault Survivor Kits® supplying clothing and hygiene items to assault survivors; Operation Teen Parent encouraging teen parents to complete their educations and read to their children; Operation Bear Hug furnishing stuffed bears to children in crisis situations; Project Literacy providing books for children and adults; and ACT/PSAT Review Sessions.

CEDARS has been a vital part of the community for over 70 years. What started as a grassroots effort to help kids in crisis has grown into a dynamic and dedicated team of over 200 professionals serving 2,750 kids and families each year.

Cross Training Center empowers and equips undereducated and disadvantaged youth and adults through character development, vocational training, and work experience. Our students have experienced setbacks in life due to incarceration, homelessness, mental health disorders, human trafficking, challenging circumstances and generational poverty. They gain skills, knowledge and hands-on work experience at our center, where we serve the public through various operations including: • Electronics Recycling • Computer and Electronics Retail Store • Computer Refurbishing and Repair • Automotive Maintenance and Repair Services • Banquet Facility and Food Services Cross Training Center’s mission is to provide Solutions to Poverty through Work. Contact Brenda Banks at (402) 590-2100, via email at brenda@crosstc. com, or visit for more information. JULY 2018 Strictly Business 43

For those children and youth who are unable to live at home, CEDARS provides an array of safe places to stay that offer structure and support while working to facilitate a successful transition to a more permanent living situation. For families in need of resources, support and education, CEDARS work focuses on maintaining healthy connections and helping families remain together. For youth who are at risk for, or who have committed law violations, CEDARS provides positive development programs to prevent subsequent law violations and prepare them to live successfully in the community. Today, CEDARS will serve nearly 1,000 children and youth. To learn more call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit

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.

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

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. A Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationship is designed to provide youth with a sense of safety and security, emotional support, social skill promotion, and help them with academic, technical, and other skills. Children with a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple stay in school, have improved relationships with family and peers, and avoid risky behaviors. A mentor helps bring out a child’s full potential. A Big is not only a mentor but a friend. To learn more about how to become a Big, or to make a donation or find other ways to get involved, go to or follow us on social media.

Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) is a fundraising family of 22 Nebraskabased affiliates of nationally recognized health charities dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by a chronic health condition, disability or end-of-life issue. 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. In Omaha, we are proud to partner with United Way of the Midlands. In 2019, look for us as Combined Health Agencies Drive. Omaha Office: 212 S. 74th St., Suite 205 | (402) 614-8500 |

Are you looking to start your own business o r g row a n existing business? Did you know there’s a free service dedicated to helping people just like you? For over 50 years, SCORE has been America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. In Omaha, we have over 70 knowledgeable counselors who can help you at every stage of your business – from starting up and growing to developing an exit plan. SCORE is ready to help you: • FREE One-on-One Confidential Counseling – discuss your business idea or challenges with one of our certified counselors. • FREE Mentoring – receive ongoing support to help you stay focused and on course. • Valuable Education – keep your business skills sharp for a fraction of the cost of other business seminars and workshops. Take the next step and contact SCORE today! Online: Email: Phone: (402) 221-3606 In-person: 10675 Bedford Ave., Suite 100 or Commerce Village, 950 S. Mason 44 Strictly Business JULY 2018

Child Saving Institute (CSI) focuses on the prevention, intervention, and healing of childhood trauma, neglect, and abuse. Since its beginning more than 126 years ago, Child Saving Institute’s primary focus has always been children’s safety and well-being. As an innovative leader in children’s services, our programs include an emergency shelter for youth whose families are in crisis, quality early childhood education, consultation services for low-income child care centers, foster care, therapy, pregnancy counseling, in-home services for struggling families, pediatric social services in low income medical clinics, independent living skills education for youth aging out of the foster care system, free parenting workshops, and older child adoption. The agency also operates the Triage Center at Project Harmony, providing a comfortable environment, food, and fresh clothing to children who have been abruptly removed from their homes in crisis. 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, improving the lives of children in our community — and helping them discover the joy of childhood that every child should experience. For more information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, visit, or call (402) 553-6000.

Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands exists to be a catalyst for 180-degree life change in the addict. We offer residential, 12-month faith-based programs for men and women 18 and older. This program is designed to assist individuals in gaining freedom from drugs and alcohol and destructive behaviors that accompany addiction. During the program, we also support the spouses and families of those enrolled through our family ministry. Additionally, we have a substance prevention program geared toward adolescents called “Know the Truth.” We facilitate presentations in junior high and high schools and share our real-life stories of addiction and the effect it had on our lives. Our goal is to change perceptions and in turn, behavior. By partnering with Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands and Know the Truth you can change lives! Visit us at or call (402) 551-2322.

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 financiallywise consumers (including youth transitioning out of foster care), offers affordable mortgage lending options, eliminates housing discrimination, and reduces poverty through access to tax credits.

T h e B L U E BA R N T h e a t r e i s dedicated to theatre’s most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and c hange. Bringing artistically significant scripts and professional production values to area audiences since 1989, BLUEBARN has established itself as Omaha’s professional regional contemporary theatre company. Each year BLUEBARN produces five to six contemporary plays in a season that runs from September through June. The repertoire is diverse in theme and style, ranging from works by some of America’s most renowned modern playwrights to regional premieres of work produced on the coasts, to new works by writers whose voices deserve to be heard. Now enlarging its artistic boundaries in its innovative new performance space, BLUEBARN looks forward to a future of theatre that will challenge both theatre artists and patrons. The BLUEBARN is located at 1106 S. 10th Street in downtown Omaha. Visit for more information.

Grief ’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow) exists so that no one has to walk their grief journey alone.

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. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, please stay tuned for event Save the Dates to celebrate with us.

Since 2001, the agency has provided a free and 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 and work 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 participants to health and resilience. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Grief’s Journey provides free peer support groups, family days, and camps as well as professional training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

For more information about Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc., please visit or call (402) 934-7921.

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.

Nebraska Recycling Council is a statewide, memberbased, nonprofit supporting collaboration between communities, businesses, solid waste and recycling industries to improve waste diversion systems. Our mission is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. • 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 Visit or call (402) 436-2384 to learn more.

Why BBB Matters Today The Better Business Bureau (BBB; has been assisting consumers and businesses since 1912. It is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing trust in the marketplace. In 2017, BBB provided nearly 225 million instances of service to businesses, charities and the general public. BBB has Business Profiles on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on over 11,000 charities, all available for free at Today, BBB serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is supported by approximately 10,000 Accredited Businesses that have voluntarily committed to adhere to BBB’s Standards of Trust. BBB offers services to both businesses and consumers by creating a community of trustworthy businesses through accreditation, setting standards for trust, encouraging and supporting ethical business practices, celebrating community role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior. BBB does not compare businesses to each other, but rather evaluates them against its standards – and BBB’s standards clearly speak to the character and competence of an organization. JULY 2018 Strictly Business 45

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 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 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, Instagram, or Twitter (@NCBBLincoln).

Dreamweaver Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling l i f e l o n g d r e a m s fo r terminally ill seniors in need. We strive to enrich the quality of life and are committed to honoring our most cherished generation in their final days. Making the impossible dream, possible. We serve seniors who are at or below the federal poverty guidelines in the Greater Omaha Area, Lincoln, eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The granting of a Dream is a simple act, and yet the outcomes are profound. Dreams give the gift of hope. Dreamweaver Foundation is celebrating five years of making dreams come true for terminally ill seniors by hosting our first Boots & Buckets fundraising event, presented by Pinnacle Bank. The casual event will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018 at A View on State in Omaha. For more information about our event or Dreamweaver, visit our website at or email us at

At the Heartland Hope Mission South Omaha and Millard food pantries, working poor families choose a week’s supply of nutritious groceries including milk, frozen meat, and fresh produce to prepare well-balanced meals at home. But, we are more than a pantry. Clients also receive clothing, hygiene items, diapers, and access to a Client Service Specialist, who assists with SNAP (food stamp) applications and navigational services. Our Jobs Paths Program provides access to current job postings and on-site interviews with employers. Clients can also participate in financial classes, nutrition education, and a community garden. Our goals are to provide programming and wraparound services to prevent families from becoming homeless and to help people achieve or rebuild self-sufficiency. Pantry Hours: South Omaha (2021 U Street): Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Thursdays 1:30-4:00 p.m. | Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Millard Pantry (5321 S. 139th Plaza): 2nd Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Last Wednesday 1:30-3:30 p.m. Find out more: | (402) 733-1904 Strictly Business JULY 2018


The Omaha Home for Boys has served as a pillar of hope for at-risk youth across the state for nearly a century. The lives of more than 300 young men and women are changed and saved every year through the Home’s residential, transitional living and independent living programs. Omaha Home for Boys empowers young adults with the confidence and skills needed to transition from a state of crisis to those of safety and growth. The youth who seek the guidance of Omaha Home for Boys come from a myriad of troubled backgrounds, but thanks to supporters like you, they find brighter futures through the Home. For more information about Omaha Home for Boys or to invest in the futures of the youth served, please visit our website at

Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. We train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market, such as at-risk youth. Many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing or household items. However, did you know that Goodwill is also a place where thousands of formerly unemployed or underemployed individuals have been given the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life? Goodwill offers a variety of employment programs and job opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency. These programs include AbilityOne, Business Solutions, Community Service, Employment Ready, Work Experience, and YouthBuild Omaha. For more information about Goodwill’s mission programs call (402) 3414609, email, or visit

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to get energy from food. T1D strikes children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or exercise. JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research. We’re accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. You can help make a difference by participating, volunteering or fundraising. Events: JDRF One Walk – 8/25/2018 Vala’s Pumpkin Patch JDRF Event – 10/14/2018 JDRF TypeOneNation Summit – 11/11/2018 JDRF Promise Gala – 2/23/2019 Research Updates/Networking – Throughout the year Programs: Advocacy – Advocate for government support of research & new therapies. JDRF Youth Making an Impact – School education & fundraising opportunities. Outreach – Resources for individuals & families. Empower1 – Connecting the adolescent T1D community. Ride – Destination cycling experience for all fitness levels. YLC – Young professionals raising awareness & funds for T1D. Learn more at or (402) 397-2873.

Founded in 1989, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children of all ability levels through equine assisted activities. Therapeutic Riding, Therapy Services, Carriage Driving, Life Skills, Veterans, and Equine Facilitated Learning programs are at the heart of HETRA’s services. The organization employs Occupational, Mental Health, and Physical Therapists, 16 PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructors, and is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Accredited (PATH) facility in Nebraska. Today, as a result of 28 years of dedication and commitment, HETRA serves over 125 participants weekly with the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers who donate over 18,000 hours annually. HETRA offers year-round programming, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, a herd of over 20 horses, and is situated on 25 beautiful acres in Gretna, NE. Learn more at www.

Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.

Youth Emergency Services (YES) is the only nonprofit in Omaha with the sole mission to help homeless and nearly homeless in our community. Last year, YES provided support and services to a record number of 3,376 youth in the Omaha metro area. Many of these youth have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home. Without YES, these vulnerable young people cannot succeed independently.

Established in 1972, Santa Monica has been providing long-term residential ser vices to thousands of c hemicallydependent 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. Santa Monica provides a Halfway House program, followed by a ¾ way house program and transitional apartment living. This approach to step-down levels of care for the women, provide 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.

YES offers a full continuum of care to ensure all youth receive the support they need, no matter their situation. This includes a Street Outreach Center, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program and Maternity Home. Throughout these programs, we offer case management, job readiness classes, group activities, support for the LGBTQ+ community, and specialized services for trafficked victims. To ensure youth are successful once they leave our care, youth in YES› programs are required to set short and long term goals, be enrolled in school, have a job, or both; and do community service. For more information about YES’ programs, please visit

The Nebraska Wildlife Federation (NEWF) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the preser vation and protection of Nebraska’s wildlife and habitat. We promote this through clean energy, conser vation far ming, growing certified wildlife habitats, and education. NEWF co-authored the Husker Power Plan (with the help of committee members from Nebraska conservation groups), which we hope the three major utilities in Nebraska will use as a template to increase their use of renewable energy and lowering their carbon footprint. This will not only benefit wildlife and habitat but humans as well. Please go to for further reference. NEWF has also been very busy developing and implementing monarch/pollinator gardens throughout the Lincoln area, mainly around schools, recreation areas, and churches. As we all know, humans cannot survive without pollinators. NEWF encourages everyone to create their own wildlife habitat in their backyard. Or on their acreage. Or somewhere. You can have your wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation, in conjunction with NEWF. Please go to our website for additional information: We can always use assistance to amplify our message and efforts. Feel free to contact us at (402) 477-1008 or nebraskawildlife@

Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors, and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving 250 communities. In the last five years, 39,142 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1993, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $292 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit

Visit our new website at for more information about the agency, what the future holds, and how to help.

The mission of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is to preserve the history of Strategic Air Command, the Cold War and aerospace artifacts and to inspire learning through imaginative, innovative, and inspirational programs and exhibits. The museum is not funded by any government source and relies on the community to help carry out its mission. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of Cold War aircraft and artifacts in the U.S. Visitors can touch iconic aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft as well as learn about historic leaders and events. The museum offers free public tours, family events, Children’s Learning Center, and educational programs. The museum’s STEM programming supplements public education with field trips, camps, and monthly workshops. Looking for a thrill? Fly in the museum’s flight simulator or visit a STEM exhibit. There is something for everyone at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum! Just 20 minutes from Omaha or Lincoln. To check out the museum’s monthly events, rental spaces, or how to become a member, go to! JULY 2018 Strictly Business 47

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 2,100 nutritious meals and provides homeless preventive measures to more than 1,000 people living in poverty.

For almost twenty years The La Vista Community Foundation (LVCF) has been helping make our growing community a GREAT place to Live, Work and Play. The word community is the key, and it is what makes things happen in La Vista, Nebraska. We have been a leader in funding activities through collaboration and cooperation of our citizens, businesses, civil representatives, and community sponsors.

Visit or call (402) 422-1111 to see how you can make a difference in our community.

LVCF facilitates Community Impact Grants each fall. We have supported and shared success with many area charities, education programs, human service organizations and civic/recreation activities. Yearly contributions support our efforts, and several donor-advised funds are also used to support our grant program. We have been able to give back over $300,000 to the La Vista Community since our early years.

The mission of the Veterans in Business Forum (VIBF) is to provide business support, education and advocacy to help veterans succeed in business and increase community awareness of veteran-owned business activities. Veterans, active duty, reservists, and civilians are welcome to join and support each other and veteran-related goals.

We promote a fun and engaging LVCF Golf Classic fundraiser each summer, and we work to raise dollars from the proceeds at a local fireworks tent each year. And importantly, our organization has chosen to lead the metro area in honoring our U.S. Veterans with our annual “Salute to Veterans” Dinner event, each November at the Embassy Suites - La Vista Conference Center. This event is no charge for veterans who attend.

The VIBF meets the first Friday of every month (0800-0900) and ser ves the Omaha area. ( VeteransinBusinessForumOmahaNetworking) Speakers may be from VIBF members, business groups, veteran groups, NBDC, PTAC, SBA, SCORE, or private sector and government agencies on a wide range of topics. VIBF encourages collaboration through networking. Each month, members can bring up issues and concerns to discuss with the group to get recommendations to help come up with effective solutions. Contact us to learn more: Michel Thornhill, (402) 932-7243, info@ Mailing Address: VIBF c/o Little Mountain Web Design, P.O. Box 461235, Papillion, NE 68046.

Mission: “To improve the quality of life by caring for the body and mind.” Jennie Edmundson Foundation is the fundraising 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 at www. 48 Strictly Business JULY 2018

We look forward to helping La Vista grow! Our goal is solid: to identify need, involve people, and engage support. For more information about LVCF, or to support our mission with a donation or a donor-advised contribution, please contact John Yochum, executive director, at (402) 960-9625. You can also email us at Our website is

Lutheran Family Ser vices of Nebraska (LFS) expresses God’s love for all people through quality human care services for people in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County, supporting Safety, Hope and Well-Being through: • Children Services strengthening families and restoring safe, happy childhoods through a continuum of care from prenatal to adulthood. Programs include Centers for Healthy Families in North Omaha and Council Bluffs, Adoption, Foster Care and RSafe® sexual abuse treatment. • Behavioral Health programs healing minds and hearts through cutting-edge trauma therapy, substance abuse treatment and integrated care services. Programs include Outpatient Mental Health, Crisis Response and “LFS At Ease” support for active military, veterans and their loved ones. • Community Services welcoming and providing comprehensive services to those seeking refuge from violence, oppression, and persecution, including refugee reception/placement, immigration legal services and the International Center of the Heartland. LFS has received the Better Business Bureau of Nebraska’s Integrity Award in 2017 and 2013 and a Greater Omaha Chamber’s Business Excellence Award in 2018. Please consider volunteering your time, sharing your expertise or making a financial gift. Other ways to support LFS include collecting items for donation such as children’s clothing and diapers. To donate or learn more, please visit, send an email to, or call (402) 978-5622.

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.

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:

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 115 charitable funds that serve an array of needs. This past year, more than $1 million has been distributed into the community through these charitable funds, MCF grants and discretionary gifts in the areas of healthcare, 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.

Childhood cancer is severely underfunded and misunderstood. Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease among children, yet only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is dedicated to researching childhood cancer. And while over 60% of adult cancer research is paid for by big pharmaceutical companies, they don’t even give 1% to childhood cancer research due to low profits. A cure for childhood cancer will be funded by small, private groups like Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Sammy’s is a Nebraskabased 501c3 non-profit which funds researchers who are doing groundbreaking, innovative work that will lead to modern treatments that will save and have less debilitating side effects for these sweet little fighters. Sammy’s main mission is to raise funds for research, but also to comfort families in the hardest times of their lives. Join the fight, visit www. or find us on Facebook to get involved. 

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 after-school 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. Schoolage 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@

Outlook Nebraska is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting everyone who is blind and visually impaired. Outlook helps anyone dealing with vision loss find the resources they need, learn how to use technology to stay independent, find out about employment opportunities and stay active through recreation and cultural activities. We provide free training on computers, smartphones, and other devices to any members of the community with vision loss. We 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. More than 60% of Outlook’s associates are legally blind and utilize an array of innovative low vision technologies. Many work on the production floor of Outlook’s growing manufacturing facility, operating machines and packing a commercial line of recycled paper. Others work in administrative departments such as sales, accounting, and marketing. Outlook Nebraska is the only agency of its kind in a seven-state area. Our aim is to positively change people’s attitudes about blindness. For more information about Outlook Nebraska, visit JULY 2018 Strictly Business 49

Helping Survivors Thrive With a focus on survivorship, our bold and compassionate programs tackle the real issues that challenge the lives of survivors and their families. From the moment of diagnosis through end of life, Project Pink’d, Inc. provides tools, resources, and a strong network to strengthen and renew the mind, body, and spirit of breast cancer survivors in our local community. In 2017, we had the honor and privilege of impacting the lives of over 2400 breast cancer survivors in 26 counties throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa.   Those diagnosed with breast cancer often face challenges related to finances, anxiety, depression and sexual wellness, self-esteem and strained relationships with family. This is WHY Project Pink›d focuses on quality of life AFTER a breast cancer diagnosis. Our programs focus on improving the quality of life for survivors, providing support for survivors› emotional, physical, and financial well-being. 

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 52,000 individuals from more than 15 locations in east-central Nebraska and southwest Iowa through three program areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability. With over 50 programs, we are able to craft an integrated, multi-service approach to guide clients toward safety, well-being, 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@

For more information, please visit 

Our Mission: To be Nebraska’s primary resource for Parkinson’s Disease information, educational programs, and exercise classes. A Journey Shared. We b u i l d c o n n e c t i o n s t o s t r e n g t h e n Nebraska’s Parkinson’s community in mind, body & spirit. Our website, newsletters, and staff serve the nearly 16,000 Nebraskans living with Parkinson’s. Since 2016 we have sponsored 1000+ specialized exercise classes, host monthly educational talks, and assist individuals and organizations with accessing important equipment and support. We’re locally based, passionate, and HERE to help! Our Big Plans: Parkinson’s Nebraska will host a “Delay the Disease” training class in Grand Island this September. This workshop will empower professionals across Nebraska to deliver quality Parkinson’s programming! Please join us for what we hope to be our biggest fundraiser to date, Walk & Run the Park for Parkinson’s—featuring the 1st Annual “Shake-a-Leg 5K!” on September 30 at Elmwood Park in Omaha. Find out more a

Don’t Miss Out!

This is an excellent opportunity for your non-profit to gain exposure amongst our readers, as well as for our readers to familiarize themselves with the needs of the various organizations and the valuable work that is going on in our community. If you are a local non-profit organization that is interested in participating in the next Supporting Non-Profits feature in Strictly Business Magazine, please call (402) 466-3330 or email today!


Strictly Business JULY 2018

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) purpose and passion is “Advancing the Gospel, in sport, through transformational leaders.” In order to do this, we must adhere to our strategy of “to and through the coach.” In other words, disciple coaches to be disciple-makers. Billy Graham once said, “A coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime.” We’ve seen this to be true. The average coach spends approximately 1,000 hours of face-to-face time with a student-athlete each year. We want these coaches to feel equipped and empowered in their engagement with their athletes, prepared to be there for their students, not just on the field or in the locker room, but in daily life. In order to accomplish this, we need staff, volunteers and financial partners. We would be honored if you would partner with us to make this happen. For more information, visit

Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC) provides Latinos and low-income individuals with opportunities to generate economic growth by providing financing products, development services and community development that advances their ability to develop a sustainable future in the Midlands. The top programs the organization provides are Business Development, Childcare creation, Micro-lending and Financial Capability programs. We have been serving the community for about 10 years with these programs. Since 2009 we have been provided ongoing education to more than 3,500 women in several of our programs. This effort has developed around 85 new childcare centers, 315 new businesses and 1,260 new jobs in the Omaha metro area. MLCDC educate and offer one-on-one coaching to low-to-moderateincome constituents 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. For more information, visit

Get The Maximum Amount For Your Business By Getting Pre-Qualified Before You Sell! What this means for you: • Raise the value of your business by getting pre-qualified. • Getting pre-qualified leads to a quicker and hassle-free process. • Loans from $30,000 - $5.5 million are now available for ALL businesses. • Operating capital can be provided during the business transition.

You have put in the time now get the full reward for all of your hard work!

We are the ONLY business brokers in Nebraska that can provide financial third-party verification to validate your asking price!

CALL TODAY TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU! 402-217-2833 • JULY 2018 Strictly Business


The Holiday Season Is Coming! Less than 20 weeks until Thanksgiving! Over 91% of clients turn on the lights the next day!

Let us take the hassle out of the holidays. Our experts can transform your business into a winter wonderland, getting your customers in the holiday spirit!

when your consultation is completed by August 15th

Contact us today to schedule your consultation! 402.421.2204 | 604 Calvert St. | Lincoln, NE 68502


Strictly Business JULY 2018

Strictly Business Omaha July 2018  
Strictly Business Omaha July 2018