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Similar to, and expanding upon, what we discussed last month - the importance of sharing personnel news about the people who power your business and who also play a defining role in its brand identity – there’s another component of our publication that’s even more impactful. It all began with the goal in mind of better acquainting those in our community with key business professionals in the area. We wanted to go beyond the standard content you’d commonly find in a news release, which is by design a summary that succinctly touches on several key points – news, position/duties, experience, accolades, perhaps a sentence or two of personal information depending on preference, and company details (boilerplate). While there’s a little room for creativity and nuance, the majority are fairly straightforward. As the magazine gained momentum and developed out of its infancy stage, with a growing readership that afforded us a unique platform as an only-business-focused publication with all-local content, we decided to develop a special feature through which local business professionals could connect to our audience on a more personal level. To that end, we created a standalone column in a Q&A format that allowed us to capture a more in-depth picture of the prominent professional and personal aspects of each individual. It seemed fitting to display the six professionals featured on the cover too, which increased visibility that much more. The result was a unique human-interest piece that’s one of our most noticed and well-read features in the magazine to date. Its popularity is not only evidenced by the feedback received by and from our clients, but also according to page views on our website and social media interaction. The River Six column succeeds because it focuses first on the featured individual’s company and professional background that piques interest, but follows that up with more in-depth personal information that keeps it. The professional aspect helps us understand his/her qualifications and backstory, positioning that persona as a credible expert in his/her field and with the company – thus, adding credibility to the brand. The personal aspect helps us become familiar with the person who is in the role, which in turn helps us relate to him/her and compels us to “like” or “dislike” that person accordingly.

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While people are always “Personal branding is essentially the interested in personnel ongoing process of establishing a n e w s - n e w h i r e s , prescribed image or impression in the promotions, certifications, mind of others about an individual, training, awards, volunteer group, or organization.” efforts, causes supported, etc. – they are also generally interested having an idea about who a person is with whom they choose to do business, or to whom they give their business and referrals. Our individuality, image (appearance + reputation), personality, viewpoints, priorities, affiliations, actions, and the life experiences we share with others are all a part of our personal brand. The term “branding” tends to be related to companies, but today, nearly every individual has a personal brand. Although not necessarily something that a person has consciously built for him or herself, it exists nonetheless. How we perceive the world around us also helps us define it in our terms, and in the business world, that goes for the company and its team of professionals. Consider the following definition courtesy of Wikipedia: “Personal branding is essentially the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others about an individual, group, or organization.” One’s personal brand contributes to the construct of the company’s brand, and vice-versa. For a company, that’s big, as it drives business – because as you’ll hear me say time and time again, people do business with who they know and like. When there’s a sense of familiarity and commonality, you feel more confident and comfortable giving someone your business. Truth be told, it feels good to give business to someone in your community who you know really deserves it as opposed to a stranger you know nothing about. We encourage you to check out our River Six each month to get familiar with the many talented professionals here in the Omaha Metro who contribute to our thriving business community. (Beginning with this issue, that includes a member of our very own Strictly Business team!) And if you’d like to be in front of a large audience of fellow businesspeople and consumers right here in our city, I encourage you to get in touch to find out how! To learn more about how Strictly Business can help you, contact me directly at (402) 466-3330 or visit (You can also click on our Staff Letter tab online to view past articles)


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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will celebrate the opening of its new College of Business from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Students, alumni, friends and more can attend the Open for Business: Ribbon Cutting and Back to School Bash by RSVPing at The $84 million, 240,000-square-foot building is the largest academic building project in the recent history at the University. The college is located in the center of City Campus at 14th and Vine Streets. The event kicking off the 2017-18 academic year features live music, food and drinks, prizes and a celebration of the college’s community. The bash is sponsored by Sandhills Publishing. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. and includes speakers from university leadership, including Interim Dean Kathy Farrell. Farrell believes the building symbolizes the strong growth seen at the college during the past six years. Many programs and services such as the Business Career Center, Honors Academy, Clifton Strengths Institute, Executive Education and others did not exist until recent years. “The new building provides experiential learning possibilities we couldn’t accomplish in the old space. One new feature includes a 1,689-squarefoot Huskers Shop, which is a merchandising partnership with Fanatics, selling Nebraska athletic gear. Our students will use data from the store in classroom settings to analyze financials, marketing trends and much more,” said Farrell. Donations from alumni built the privately-funded facility, which possesses an iconic look of sand-colored limestone and deep blue glass adjacent to

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Morrill Hall’s famous bronze mammoth statue and across Memorial Mall from Memorial Stadium. Alex Fernando, a senior business administration and broadcasting major from Jefferson, South Dakota, embraces the opportunity to spend his final year at Nebraska attending classes in the new building. “I’m very excited for the new building,” said Fernando. “It shows the growth of our college which also reflects the growth of the university. I’m involved with a lot of recruitment efforts at Nebraska such as showing prospective students around campus through a part-time job with Campus Hosts. The new building definitely makes an impression.” Rik Barrera, associate dean of student services and chief operating officer, managed the building project on behalf of the college, coordinating construction with Hausmann Construction, who saw the project through to completion on time and budget. “We have worked on this building project for five years, and when we move in there will be a new sense of pride and motivation,” Barrera said. “It will be a wonderful place to go to class, work, study, visit with colleagues and friends, get something to eat and hang out. This building will strengthen our already strong community.” More than 4,200 students, 117 faculty and 65 staff are part of the College of Business. An additional 1,500 non-business majors take business minor courses. To learn more and RSVP for the Open for Business event, visit:


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BUSINESS NEWS Cresa Represents Medical Solutions in Local, National Expansion

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In one of the year’s largest commercial real estate transactions in Omaha, Cresa represented leading national healthcare staffing provider Medical Solutions in its 50,000 square-foot lease renewal and expansion at Westroads Business Park. Cresa Managing Principal Steven Edlefsen and Senior Advisor Johnny Dorn represented Medical Solutions, Dale Scott of CBRE-Mega represented the landlord. The long-term Johnny Dorn transaction allows Medical Solutions to align its overall business initiatives with its real estate portfolio, accommodating their flourishing growth and long-term stability in one of the most competitive and desirable office parks in Omaha. In addition, Cresa also represented Medical Solutions entry into the Denver market, signing a lease at 2930 Umatilla. The site boasts a prime location at the epicenter of Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, adjacent to popular restaurants Linger, Lola, and Vita. The building is perched high above Denver’s Central Platte Valley and features panoramic views of Denver’s downtown cityscape as well as the Front Range’s Rocky Mountains. “Culture, rapid growth, and stability played a huge role in these transactions,” said Cresa Managing Principal Steven Edlefsen. “We take pride in working with clients that share the same pioneering, inventive culture we do at Cresa. These transactions allow Medical Solutions to grow into a new strategic market in Denver, and continue to flourish in Omaha’s strong business climate. More importantly, we were able to achieve long-term stability in Omaha, securing Medical Solutions anchor tenant status in a nearly 100% occupied business park with great views of the highly anticipated proposed Top Golf development.” Known for their award-winning company culture, high-quality nurses, and unsurpassed customer experience, Medical Solutions has grown to be one of the leading healthcare staffing firms in the nation. “As evidenced by our numerous awards for Best Places to Work and Employee Engagement, Medical Solutions prides itself on offering a fun, collaborative, and innovative open work environment,” said CFO Michael Polcyn. “We have been thrilled to work with Cresa, a firm we feel shares a very similar culture and took the time to genuinely understand our space needs,” added Polcyn. “The results of these transactions reflect our continued commitment to the Omaha market, as well as provide us the space and atmosphere we need to continue scaling at a rapid pace.” Cresa is the world’s largest tenant-only commercial real estate firms. In representing tenants exclusively—no landlords or developers—Cresa provides unbiased, conflict-free advice. Its integrated services cover every aspect of a real estate assignment, including strategic planning, employee demographics, workplace strategy, site selection, incentives negotiation, market research, transaction management, project financing, project management, portfolio management, and relocation services. Cresa offers clients customized solutions worldwide through more than 60 global offices. To find out more about the Omaha office, visit www. or call (402) 513-9840. 6 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017

Metabolic Research Center Moves Locations Metabolic Research Center recently moved locations from Bellevue t o Pa p i l l i o n ! To celebrate the relocation, effective June 14th, an official ribbon cutting was held with the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. Please feel free to stop in and visit their new location at 1410 E Gold Coast Rd, Suite 200 in Papillion! Metabolic Research Center has been helping people successfully lose weight for over 30 years. Their science-based approach makes weight loss easy and effective, and their one-on-one support ensures you have all the tools you need to succeed. Everyone talks about eating healthier. At Metabolic Research Center, you’ll be shown, taught, and provided the essentials you need to eat and live healthy, and sustain those habits long-term. Consultants address both the physical and emotional aspects of your journey through one-on-one weigh-ins. Group classes and educational materials are all designed to equip you with everything you need to be successful, feel confident and achieve your goals. Today is the day - call now! For more information, please visit or contact Lisa Elliott at (402) 682-9000 /

Five Nines Ranked #105 Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers Five Nines ranks among the world’s most progressive 5 0 1 M a n a ge d Service Providers (MSPs), according to MSPmentor’s 10th annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds. Collectively, they amassed $14.48 billion in total revenue, up more than 15 percent from a year earlier. The complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at “Being named to this list is a great honor and validation of our team’s efforts to provide the highest level of service in Nebraska,” said Joel Friesen, President of Five Nines. “We are committed to our ongoing investment in the best people, processes, and technology to drive our client’s success. We are also grateful for our dedicated team and our loyal clients who have been the drive and energy behind what has grown Five Nines.” “On behalf of MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate Five Nines for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree,” said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2017 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.” 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 and 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:

BUSINESS NEWS BBB Announces Speaker for Omaha’s Integrity Awards Event Better Business Bureau (BBB) will honor metro Omaha’s ethical businesses and students at its Annual Integrity Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 17th at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center 11:30 a.m. –1:15 p.m. The keynote speaker is Jenn Lim, the CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and in everyday life. Jenn has been a consultant with Zappos from its start-up days in 2003 to the several billion-dollar business it is today, and has spoken at companies, universities and organizations such as Twitter, Pixar, Stanford, UCLA, and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Her key message is that “focusing on employee happiness and well-being can translate into positive outcomes for your business.” She will challenge the audience to move beyond the traditional avenues of achieving happiness -- money, title, status -- to develop their own core values. At the luncheon, raffle tickets will be sold for $1 apiece. Four winners will get to go on an all-expense paid trip to the Zappos campus in Las Vegas on November 9-10. For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information please contact the BBB at (402) 898-8526.

New Omaha Capitol District Restaurant and Bar Concepts Unveiled The Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District recently unveiled its new dining and bar concepts, Society 1854 and Burdock + Bitters, located in Omaha’s Capitol District upscale urban dining and entertainment community. Scheduled to open later this summer, both concepts pay homage to Omaha’s industrial history, bringing a timeless, high-quality dining experience to guests and locals alike. The two new concepts will be under the creative direction of Executive Chef Brent Hockenberry, Omaha Chef Jon Seymour, and Craftsman and Beverage Expert Grandville Sharpe. Society 1854 – Omaha Eatery Society 1854, named for the year Omaha was founded, will offer a regionally-inspired menu featuring handcrafted recipes focusing on “all things local.” The menu will feature familiar American cuisine, while incorporating a unique, creative flair that highlights the region’s finest ingredients. The eatery will also tap into Omaha’s local breweries, offering a thoughtfullycurated craft beer list from some of the best brewers in the state. Burdock + Bitters – Omaha Bar & Lounge Omaha’s newest bar and lounge, Burdock + Bitters, will offer an array of spirits and cocktails, select beer and wine, and delectable small plates sure to take guests on a sensory food and beverage journey. Named for the two prominent ingredients in the classic American drink, The Old Fashioned, Burdock + Bitters will be perfect for after-work happy hours, unwinding or a fun night on the town.

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Best Buy Signs Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Again Named #1 Sign Shop This year is a milestone for Best Buy Signs for a couple reasons. One is that this year is the 30th year Best Buy Signs has been in business here in Omaha and an involved member of the community. They were also awarded #1 Sign Shop by Omaha Magazine’s Best of B2B for the 9th straight year! Best Buy Signs is a sign company specializing in outdoor advertising, signs and displays. They are located at 17410 Storage Road, off of 180th and Harrison Street in southwest Omaha. They also manage the Omaha Bus Bench and Omaha Parks Program for the City of Omaha. For further information on all they provide to businesses, please contact Best Buy Signs at (402) 861-0384 or visit their new website at ooa. agency.

Sarpy County Chamber Brings Payment Technology Solutions to Members The Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce has announced a partnership with Comdata, a payment technology company and one of North America’s largest commercial MasterCard issuers. The Chamber is now offering businesses technology to improve the way they pay invoices and employees, along with automated expense reporting tools and corporate credit cards. Also included in the partnership is access to a virtual credit card for accounts payable program, or ePayables, which allows Sarpy County Chamber members to pay their vendors electronically using Comdata’s virtual MasterCard payments system. Virtual credit cards are better than printed checks because payments are delivered electronically with a secure, single-use MasterCard number. And because funds are delivered through the Mastercard network, Comdata users are eligible for monthly rebates on spending, similar to the way individuals earn cash back on consumer credit cards. “We are constantly looking for innovative ways to bring value to our members,” said Karen Gibler, President of the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. “We know many of our members want to streamline functions like accounts payable and payroll so they can focus on more important things. Comdata has technology that helps with every kind of payment a business needs to make so we’re excited to bring this to our members.” As a technology company that is focused on payments, Comdata has built tools that help clients move money in smarter and more efficient ways. And its focus on making easy-to-manage products and comprehensive support and consultation helps clients of all sizes build world-class payments programs. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 7


Holthus Convention Center to Host Red, White & Ribs BBQ Competition Holthus Convention Center will be the home of this year’s Red, White & Ribs Competition, which will be held on Saturday, September 9th. Put on by the Midwest BBQ Association, anyone is eligible to enter! Admission to the venue and beer garden will open to the public at 1p.m. The Kids Q competition is set to begin at 2 p.m. Children 12 and under are eligible to compete and will cook two burgers. Fare will be ready to serve at 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $12 for adults and $8 for kids (12 and under), which includes three ribs, pork sandwich, sides and a drink. Additional rib tickets will be available to purchase. Then, stay to cheer on the Huskers as they take on the Oregon Ducks! Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m and game will be on the big screen! There will be tailgate games before and during game as well as a football skills contest at halftime! Anyone interested in competing may contact the Holthus Convention Center at (402) 363-2675 / Conveniently located on Highway 81 just north of the I-80 York interchange, Holthus Convention Center offers 40,000 square feet of beautiful, versatile indoor/outdoor event space. Let the staff at the Holthus Convention Center help you plan your next event! For more information, please visit or contact Terri Carlson at (402) 363-2675 /


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Candlewood Suites Celebrates Grand Opening, Hosts Ribbon Cutting Candlewood Suites is excited to announce the recent grand opening of its newest location in Millard. In celebration, an official ribbon cutting was held with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce on July 12th. Candlewood Suites Omaha - Millard Area officially opened its doors this past spring and is located at 13003 I Street. Ideal for a long stay or a weekend getaway, the pet-friendly property is nestled right in the heart of Omaha’s corporate community. Guests enjoy the independence of their own apartment-like suite, featuring a fully-equipped kitchen with cookware and utensils. The Outdoor Gazebo is a perfect place to grill your favorite dinner and relax and unwind after a day at the office. The Candlewood Cupboard, the on-site convenience store, offers an array of snacks, meals and beverages for guests who are on-the-go. Conveniently located in Millard, the extended stay hotel is just minutes from many companies such as Kiewit, Kellogg, Boys Town National Research Hospital and Tyson Foods. With complimentary High Speed Internet and a 24-hour Business Center, guests can get their work done without leaving the comfort of the hotel. For more information please visit us/en/omaha/omacw/hoteldetail, call the hotel directly at (402) 9739220, or email

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Foster Group Achieves 10 Years of CEFEX Certification Denoting Fiduciary Excellence

Bryson’s Airboat Tours Hosts Ray’s of Hope Ride to Benefit Team Jack Foundation

Following the rollout of the DOL’s fiduciary ruling, the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) recognized Foster Group, Inc., for achieving 10 years of CEFEX certification. The independent certification process ensures the trustworthiness of investment fiduciaries and acknowledges that Foster Group complies with the defined Standard of Practice. This registration serves investors who require assurance that their investments are being managed according to commonly accepted best practices.

The second annual Ray’s of Hope Ride was held on July 15th from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at Bryson’s Airboat Tours, situated on the banks of the Platte River near Fremont, NE. It was amazing and emotional fun-filled day on the river for family and friends of the Team Jack Foundation who were in attendance. Timothy Bryson, owner of Bryson’s Airboat Tours, would like to extend special thanks to those who helped put on such a special event with his team. This includes the fellow airboaters who came out to give rides and Justin and Joel Jelkin, owners of Edward Jones and Baby Huey’s, who sponsored the food. The Team Jack Foundation’s work in our community to benefit children with pediatric brain cancer, and the stories of strength and courage, love and faith despite such circumstances, is an inspiration to us all. Through events and initiatives year-round, working with families impacted by the disease and other childhood cancer foundations, the organization works to raise critical funding for research and find ways to make a difference both now and in the future. To find out more about Team Jack Foundation, visit www. To find out more about Bryson’s Airboat Tours or to schedule an upcoming event, visit or call (402) 968-8534.

CEFEX launched in 2006 and Foster Group was the first advisory firm in Iowa and Nebraska to receive the certification. “Long before the DOL ruling, Foster Group’s approach has always been focusing on our clients’ needs and developing a relationship that ensures they are truly cared for,” said Buck Olsen, CEO of Foster Group. Find out more about Foster Group online at

Heartland International, Inc. Recognizes 2017 National Premier Commercial Roofing Contractors Heartland International, Inc., a nationwide distributor of Conklin Commercial Roofing Systems, has named the recipients of their National Premier Commercial Roofing C o n t r a c t o r Awa r d , Bill & Tanner Feland of Preferred Roofing Foam & Coating, Inc. of Bethany, Oklahoma. This award recognizes t h e a c h i e ve m e n t o f Preferred Roofing, Inc. and the Felands in qualifying annually as Conklin Preferred Contractors every year since 2003, their consistently being the top volume contractor in the U.S. Bill says, “I chose Conklin because of its systems approach to roof coatings, offering a complete system with great products with realistic warranties. One of the most rewarding benefits of becoming a Conklin Preferred Contractor is that it has allowed me to give back to my community in a way I could have never imagined. In 2016, my roofing business—Preferred Roofing Foam and Coating, Inc.—took an antiquated baseball complex and transformed it into a state-of-the-art facility that proudly serves the students, faculty, and staff of my alma mater, Southern Nazarene University (SNU), and the citizens of the surrounding community. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of such a meaningful project and give back to SNU and my community. Being a Conklin Preferred Contractor has provided me with many blessings. Without the right planning, team and tools —including Conklin Roofing Systems, this field of dreams would not have become a reality.” Heartland International, Inc. is based in Lincoln, Nebraska and is responsible to screen and train contractors to install the Conklin Roofing Systems. For more information or to apply for one of our current openings, contact Dennis Nun at or call (402) 430-7727.

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BUSINESS NEWS Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch’s 9th Annual Midwest Pirate Fest is Here

NDOL’s Boiler, Elevator Inspection Programs Reduce Fees, Allow Online Payments

Bellevue Berry Far m & Pumpkin Ranch will host the 9th Annual Midwest Pirate Fest on Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27!

In an effort to reduce costs, eliminate paperwork, and to reduce the lag time between inspection and certificate issuance, the Nebraska Department of Labor’s Boiler and Elevator Inspection Programs have developed online payment portals for their customers to use. Both portals charge a modest convenience fee; however, to account for this, both programs have reduced the fees charged for inspections. In both cases, inspection fee reductions outweigh the convenience fee. “The decision was made to reduce fees so that owners of boilers and elevators would have the ability to use the more efficient online payment system without it negatively impacting their bottom line,” said Chris Cantrell, Director of the Department’s Safety Division. “Paying invoices online allows owners to receive their certificates in a timelier manner after the inspection has been performed, and reduces the amount of paperwork required. In some cases, we have processed payments and issued certificates within hours of the inspection. This usually takes two or more weeks when payments are made by check.” More information about these two programs and their payment portals can be found online at:

What is this Pirate Fest ye be askin’? Why, it be the best place to meet up with other pirates, rogues, wenches, scallywags, deck-swabs, cabin boys, first mates and maybe a few parrots and the like, whilst ye enjoy some fyne entertainment, and see the latest wares brought to port from far-flung lands! There be foods to sample after yer long days aboard ship, and much tastier than what cooky was sloppin’ from the galley on yer last voyage. This year’s event promises more to do than ever before! There will be multiple live stage performances, hands-on games, free make & take activities and learning demonstrations for the whole family. Kids will enjoy a daily treasure hunt and a stroll through artisan exhibits and the sea-side marketplace. For all adventurous souls, spend time in the Enchanted Forest, bounce about in the inflated pirate boat, or feel the wind in yer face on the Heave-Ho pirate ship swing! With all there is to see and do, come hungry and enjoy tasty festival foods served throughout the weekend. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children (per festival day) and can be purchased online at Rain or shine, you’ll find the all of the action happening at 11001 S. 48th St. Papillion NE, 68133 (S. 48th & Cornhusker). For more information, please call (402) 331-5500.

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Immanuel Communities Celebrates Residents at Community Event In celebration of seniors, the Immanuel Community Fo u n d a t i o n wa s proud to host its annual appreciation luncheon for residents on June 15. The event welcomed over 840 residents, guests and employees who arrived in-style to share in celebration and hear inspiration Immanuel residents receive inspiring words and a few autographs from Tuesdays with Morrie from bestselling author Mitch Albom. Internationally renowned author of Tuesdays speakers is just one way the Immanuel team with Morrie, columnist celebrates the nearly 1,000 residents served and radio host, Mitch throughout 10 communities in Omaha and Lincoln. Albom. Also featured was a performance from the 100-Voice All-Immanuel Choir. This annual appreciation event celebrates the nearly 1,000 residents Immanuel is honored to serve 365 days a year in 10 communities spanning from the Omaha metro to Lincoln. Since 1887 Immanuel ( has been providing Christ-centered service to seniors, each other and the communities in which the organization serves. As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation. More about Immanuel’s brands: Immanuel Communities owns and operates 10 independent living, assisted living and long-term care retirement communities on six campuses; Immanuel Pathways operates three PACE® Centers in Iowa and Neb.; the Immanuel Community Foundation, a Resident Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to independent living residents; and the Immanuel Vision Foundation extends financial support to non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organizations that share purposes in alignment with Immanuel’s service centered mission.


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Who run the world? Dogs. Omaha-based online dog boutique, Ripley + Rue, which was first launched in August of 2016, is excited to announce the recent launch of Ripley + Rue’s Mobile Pawtique — the first mobile dog accessories boutique in the nation! Inspired by owner Jeannie North’s two doodles, Ripley + Rue is a girl-owned dog accessories boutique with a loud and colorful personality. All products are handcrafted in the U.S. by the R + R team and other talented artisans nationwide. Ripley + Rue carries unique, modern and quality products that you won’t find in traditional pet stores, including witty bandanas, personalized bandanas, organic rope leashes, vegan leather collars, hand-painted doormats, and human t-shirts and accessories to name a few. Strictly Business PO BOX 57397, Magazine Lincoln, NE 68505


The Greater Omaha Chamber is expanding its twoyear-old REACH initiative with the launch of REACH Beyond, a 12-month mentoring program designed to move top-performing small and emerging construction businesses to higher levels of success. “Each business is matched with a mentor from a general contracting firm and they spend their time tackling a different pillar each month,” explained Winsley Durand, REACH Executive Director. “First though, we make sure our participants are well-equipped and ready to make the best use of their time.” All mentee businesses develop a strategic plan for their year in REACH Beyond after taking the Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder, the Gallup BP10 and the Bellewether Filter assessments. In addition to working with their mentors, they are connected with a team of expert volunteers who can provide additional assistance in areas, including accounting and financing, operations, strategy, human resources and legal issues. “REACH Beyond is another way we’re working to support our REACH mission, which revolves around helping our small and emerging businesses land new projects and reach their strategic goals,” Durand said. On July 18, the launch event brought together participating mentee businesses and mentors as well as representatives from Gallup, Bellewether, the Chamber Board and Economic Development Council. REACH accomplishments to date and upcoming plans to continue fueling the growth of Omaha’s small and emerging construction businesses were highlighted. For more information, please contact Savannah Cuevas, Project Manager – REACH, at or (402) 978-7929.


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The dog-friendly Mobile Pawtique opening party was held on Saturday, July 22nd from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Westroads Mall in Omaha in front of Flagship Commons. The event debuted the full reveal of the newly-finished boutique and their friends, hello ruby and Little Mango, were in attendance to help celebrate! Visit for more information on the Mobile Pawtique Tour and to view or purchase Ripley + Rue merchandise. Make sure to catch up with R + R on Instagram @ripleyandrue and Facebook too!

JRM Investment Counsel Named Among 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors JRM Investment Counsel is pleased to announce it has been named one of the Financial Times Top 200 Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) in the United States. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the country based upon an objective methodology developed by the Financial Times (FT). The FT invited more than 2,000 RIAs to apply for consideration. 725 RIAs applied and their firms were independently researched by the FT, including regulatory filings. The list is merit based, and assesses firms on quantifiable metrics that are considered desirable traits for investors. “Being a relatively small operation, it is an honor to be considered one of the top firms in the country,” said Phil T. McDonnell, Vice President. “We have an extraordinary group of clients, and we consider it a privilege to work with each of them. Knowing our clients well and customizing each portfolio to meet their unique objectives is the core of what we do.” JRM Investment Counsel is a Nebraska-based independent Registered Investment Advisor firm founded in 2006. The firm specializes in meeting the financial planning and investment management needs of institutional and high net worth investors. For more information, visit or call (402) 884-3737. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 11


BUSINESS NEWS Great Nebraska Beerfest Aims to Use Craft Beers to Cure Global Blindness The Great Nebraska Beerfest is using its platform of the region’s premier beerfest to help others throughout the world. Over 90+ breweries will come together on Saturday, August 26th to showcase their craft beers all while helping to cure blindness. This year’s beerfest will help fund outreach planned in Ethiopia later this year. The hope is to restore sight to over 1,000+ patients in a week’s time. The Great Nebraska Beerfest puts the spotlight on Nebraska and Regional breweries with many of the actual brewers and owners on hand to help sample their selections. Education is the goal: brewers are proud to share their creations and help attendees SEE the difference between factory beers and craft beers. Now in its 9th year, The Great Nebraska Beerfest is known for its short lines, shade, seamless organization at Werner Park and huge selection of beers making it a not to miss event for beer drinkers of all levels. Beer connoisseurs will appreciate the complexity and rareness of the beers on hand and those looking to get into craft beers will have ample selections to choose from in helping to identify their pallet preferences. Each paid admission to the event (accompanied with a valid ID that proves a minimum age of 21 years) will receive a banded bracelet and a 4 oz. tasting glass that allows attendees to receive 2 oz. pours as many times as they’d like at the craft brewery stations. General Admission to the event begins at 2 p.m. Designated driver tickets are also available. Purchase tickets at

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BUSINESS NEWS Fastest Labs Plans for Expansion in Omaha Fastest Labs, the nation’s leading drug testing franchise, announced it has identified Omaha as its next expansion hub. Fueled by increasing rates of drug and alcohol abuse, the Omaha area has an increasing demand for affordable and fast drug testing. This fact, coupled with the growing need for workplace safety, is opening the doors for up to seven Fastest Labs locations to enter the market. Fastest Labs was founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Dave Claflin and offers clean, fast, drug, alcohol and DNA testing services with a high level of customer service. Clients are seen within five minutes of arrival and no appointment is necessary. Test results are immediately sent within minutes of the test, which differentiates the brand from competitors. Through its efficient testing and highest-quality standards, Fastest Labs has created a niche in the $1.5 billion drug testing industry. Fastest Labs is looking for customer service-focused entrepreneurs in Omaha to join the rapidly growing Fastest Labs family. With a low initial investment of $74,650 to $88,900, Fastest Labs offers a simple to operate, turnkey system that includes low operating costs and high margins, and requires no previous medical experience. A majority of Fastest Labs’ business stems from B2B clientele, creating a recurring revenue stream for franchisees within their communities. Fastest Labs currently has 22 units open in eight states. In addition to adding up to seven locations in Omaha, Fastest Labs aims to have 50 to 60 units by the end of 2017, including metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati and Dallas, among others. For more information regarding the Fastest Labs franchise opportunity, please visit

ALDI Embarks on Omaha Store Remodel Plan ALDI has announced its stores in Omaha have begun undergoing renovations as part of the company’s nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 US stores by 2020. In February, ALDI announced an aggressive $1.6 billion investment in its stores across the country, with more than $10 million dedicated to enhancing stores in Omaha. ALDI intends to remodel six stores in Omaha and the surrounding metropolitan area, with a goal of completing all remodels by 2019. That total investment amount includes the new and improved ALDI store located at 3135 Manawa Center Dr. in Council Bluffs, IA, which reopened on Wednesday, July 26th. A Grand Reopening celebration was held that kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an exclusive preview provided to attendees prior to opening to the public. The new ALDI store look delivers on its customers’ desire for a modern and convenient shopping experience with a focus on fresh items, including more robust produce, dairy and bakery sections. Remodeled stores will also feature a modern design, open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting. ALDI is proud to offer a wide range of premium groceries at prices up to 50 percent less than the competitors. In the last few years, ALDI has added a number of new product lines that have quickly become customer favorites, and expanded on existing lines. ALDI stands behind this quality with a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer doesn’t like an ALDI exclusive brand food, ALDI will give them their money back and replace the product. ALDI is in the midst of an accelerated growth plan, and by the end of 2018, there will be nearly 2,000 ALDI stores serving 45 million customers each month from coast to coast. Find out more about ALDI online at

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Jiffy Lube Collecting Donations in Support of MDA Summer Campers Omaha and Lincoln area Jiffy Lube service centers will MUSCLE UP® in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the sixth consecutive year. Beginning August 1 through August 31, when drivers visit a Jiffy Lube location and make a $3 donation to MDA, donors will receive a savings book containing more than $100 in savings including Jiffy Lube discounts such as $5 off a Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change and $10 off Fuel Filter Replacement Service as well as coupons for Aeropostale, Enterprise, FTD, Office Depot and Office Max and Redbox. Donations received will help ensure kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases have the opportunity to experience a week where anything is possible at MDA summer camp — at no cost to their families. Jiffy Lube does more than change oil; Jiffy Lube strives to positively impact the lives of others. For more information or to find a Jiffy Lube service center near you, visit

West Unveils “Visual Voice” to Improve SelfService Experience With A/V Integration In order to help companies create a differentiated experience by making it easier for customers to self-serve, West is announcing the release of its Visual Voice solution. West’s Visual Voice is a more interactive, multi-channel approach to traditional Interactive Voice Response (IVR) that enhances customers’ overall self-service experience by allowing callers to use their mobile devices to read texts, type responses and navigate mobile web pages and forms, while intelligent IVR simultaneously guides them through every step. Visual Voice provides a more efficient means of collecting customer data by reducing error rates and customer frustrations tied to IVR alone. Additionally, it presents an opportunity to help streamline customer interactions by making tasks such as keying long number sequences, scheduling appointments, enrolling in programs and making payments easier. West Corporation is a global provider of communication and network infrastructure solutions. West helps its clients more effectively communicate, collaborate and connect with their audiences through a diverse portfolio of solutions that includes unified communications services, safety services, interactive services such as automated notifications, telecom services and specialty agent services. For 30 years, West has provided reliable, high-quality voice and data services. For more information on West Corporation, please call 1-800-841-9000 or visit For more information about West’s Interactive Services segment, visit AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 13


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Welcomes 2017 Millionth Visitor This year’s millionth visitor to walk through the redemption gates at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was Dave Albrecht of Lincoln, Nebraska. He entered the Zoo at 9:34 a.m. on June 30th. Albrecht, 43, is visiting with his wife, Trish, 45, and their two kids, 11-year-old Ethan and 13-year-old Lauren. Each child also had a friend with them; 11-year old Taytum and 11-year-old Trey joined the family on their day at the Zoo. Albrecht received a complimentary membership to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, a Zoo gift basket, all-day ride wristbands, a gift card to spend at the Zoo and a Zoo tour unlike any other. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top five zoos, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is recognized nationally for its conservation, animal care and exhibit design.

Vendor Applications Now Available for Holiday Market Omaha Public Markets, Inc. announces the opportunity for vendors to apply for participation in this year’s Physicians Mutual and WOWT Holiday Market. The market will be housed under heated tents at Aksarben Village on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers will enjoy a bustling Holiday Market inspired by Germany’s classic Christmas markets. Applications are now available online at www.omahaholidaymarket. org for interested and eligible vendors. Eligible vendors are those who sell locally-produced merchandise including crafts, seasonal items, baked goods, jams and jellies, coffees, condiments, gourmet foods, ethnic foods and much more. Space is limited and applications must be submitted by Friday, September 22. Applications and additional information may be printed from under the “Vendor Information” tab at www. The Omaha Farmers Market is a non-profit organization, professionally managed by Vic Gutman & Associates. For more information on applying to be a vendor at the Physicians Mutual & WOWT Holiday Market, please contact Kristen Beck via email at or (402) 345-5401 Ext. 115.

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For 15 years, Rob Formanek and his team of PC experts have helped Omahans get the most out of their computers as part of the Friendly Computers franchise. Now, Rob is excited to announce that the company has relaunched as Friendly PC. Having established a reputation for unparalleled expertise in repair, security, and customization of computers of all kinds, the team at Friendly PC has become Omaha’s go-to experts for mobile computer troubleshooting, diagnostics, and repair. Whether you have a simple question or a complex issue, Friendly PC is your solution. “We feel the growth of the company will be best served by this rebrand. It means that we are now 100% independent and local,” said Formanek. “Our customers have come to rely on us for personal service and we are committed to retaining that exceptional standard of customer care.” Every aspect of service has been carried over. From our brick and mortar location at 5016 S. 108th St. to our team of experienced technicians, as well as our mobile residential services, Friendly PC is committed to maintaining the high level service that has earned us so many repeat customers and positive reviews. If you would like to learn more about Friendly PC and their mobile and remote computer repair services, please visit www.


Village Pointe Summer Events Heating Up Village Pointe’s Vibes Concert Series and Farmer’s Market are still going strong, with plenty of upcoming events on the schedule to enjoy. Every Saturday (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) through October 1, rain or shine, the Village Pointe Farmer’s Market is open in the southwest parking lot. Here you’ll find the perfect mix of culinary inspiration, from organic vegetables to farm fresh eggs and cheeses. Then, on Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through August 19th, grab a blanket or a chair and enjoy fantastic live music. Concert guests can enjoy a cold beverage at the Brew Patio hosted by Village Pointe restaurants and Sam Adams. Vibes at Village Pointe is located in the CHI Health amphitheater (between BRAVO! and Gunderson’s).

Nebraska Sports Council: Don’t Miss the Fun at the 2017 Mud Run Nebraska’s longestrunning mud/obstacle race, The Mud Run, will take place Saturday, August 26 at Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln. The 11th annual Mud Run, sponsored by Nebraska Lottery and Scheels, features a course laden with more than a dozen obstacles, including a creek crossing, multiple mud pits, fire jump, and the NSC’s signature, a giant slip-n-slide. The fun begins at 9 a.m. with the miniMud Run, followed by the 3-mile events, including 3-person tethered teams, at 10 a.m. More than 1,500 runners from more than 70 Nebraska communities and surrounding states are expected to take part. All participants receive a Mud Run soft t-shirt, coupon for a free Arby’s Roast Beef sandwich, a free age-appropriate beverage (Gatorade or beer), and access to the post-race party featuring a photo backdrop, vendor giveaways, music, food and beverages. Awards include medals for the top three male and female finishers in each age group and finisher medals for all other runners. Deadlines are August 25 for the 1-mile Mini-Mud Run and August 22 for the 3-mile. Those interested can register or find information at

Heartland Computer in Omaha Now Boasts U-Haul Equipment U-Haul Company of Nebraska is pleased to announce that Heartland Computer has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Omaha community. Heartland Computer at 13812 Manderson Circle will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items, and in-store pick-up for boxes. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. After-hours dropoff is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (402) 403-1792 or visiting www.uhaul. com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Omaha-NE-68164/027170/ today. Heartland Computer owner Rajendra Shrestha is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Douglas County. Furthermore, every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air. Heartland Computer is a great place to become U-Haul Famous®. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to to submit photos and learn more.

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McCarthy Building Companies Continues to Expand, Enhances Local Presence One of the nation’s largest commercial construction companies, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (, continues to build upon its Omaha presence to support the needs of Nebraska and western Iowa by opening an office located at 14217 Dayton Circle, Suite 8. The full-service Omaha office broadens the national builder’s geographic reach and increases its ability to build mutually beneficial relationships across the region. Since 2001, the higher education and healthcare building leader has completed more than $450 million of projects in Nebraska. McCarthy has completed dozens of projects for CHI Health, most recently the $22 million, 80,000-square-foot Creighton University Medical Center University Campus, which is the first and only freestanding Emergency Department in Nebraska. In recent years, McCarthy has expanded in the K-12 market with the award of several high-profile projects with Omaha Public Schools, including the $29 million, 162,616-square-foot renovation and addition project at the Beveridge Magnet School for Global Studies and the Arts, a $6.5 million renovation and addition of Sunny Slope Elementary School and $26.5 million of additions and renovations to Norris Middle School. “Expanding McCarthy’s services in Omaha solidifies our commitment to delivering exceptional building solutions for our clients in Nebraska and Western Iowa,” said Omaha Project Director Ryan Sawall. “McCarthy currently has more than 30 employees working on several healthcare and education projects in the local area, and we look forward to continuing to build on this experience while also expanding into other markets bringing our industry leading national expertise to the pharmaceutical, food, manufacturing and other highly technical markets in Nebraska and Iowa.” AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 15


Revela Announces Sponsorship Program for Non-Profit Organizations

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Revela, an experience-driven leadership training and consulting firm, has announced the launch of the INSPIRE! Sponsorship Program. For many years, Revela has given back to the community through volunteering, fundraising, and helping to create awareness for organizations such as the MS Society, the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program, Completely Kids, and the Nebraska Humane Society. This year, however, Revela wanted to take giving back to a whole new level.

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Every year, Revela hosts several courses on leadership where employees and leaders from different companies come together to learn how to lead and be more effective and influential. INSPIRE! provides the opportunity for area businesses to partner with Revela to sponsor individuals from non-profit organizations to participate in one of Revela’s leadership programs. Revela believes they will have the greatest impact in the community through developing the leaders within non-profit organizations. Building their organizational bench strength and inspiring them to be their best so they can fulfill their organization’s mission. “We wanted to have a bigger impact on our community, and what better way to do it than develop the leaders of those organizations that are already making an impact?” said Andrea Fredrickson, President of Revela. “It’s important to us to continue working toward developing future leaders and giving back to the Omaha community.” All of Revela’s fall programs are now eligible for INSPIRE! sponsorships, and Revela is currently accepting applications. For more information about the INSPIRE! program, visit

Every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. through August 30, 5-6 local farmers will offer farm-fresh, local produce in support of Omaha Farmers Market’s designation as a “green market” with produce as its priority. Non-profit vendors that are health related will also rotate throughout the season providing information. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and WIC recipients can use their benefits with all Market vendors. For the entire run of the CDHC Market, the Sherwood Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska provide a match of five dollars in SNAP tokens if shoppers purchase five dollars or more; more information is available onsite at the Information Booth. The Omaha Farmers Market has expanded from a small group of vendors in the Old Market in 1994 to more than 100 vendors participating in three locations today. The Old Market location is open on Saturdays at 11th and Jackson Streets from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a Sunday Market is open in Aksarben Village (67th and Center Streets) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., both through mid-October. Visit or follow Omaha Farmers Market on Facebook and Instagram for special events, vendor updates and seasonal produce recipes and tips.

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The Greater Omaha Chamber’s CAREEROCKIT, a bold, new talent development initiative, is now award-winning. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has named CAREEROCKIT the winner of this year’s Regional Innovation Award. The honor recognizes “organizations and alliances that are committed to building strong and vibrant communities through groundbreaking collaboration and program development.”

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Held the first week of April 2017, the inaugural CAREEROCKIT brought business and education together to excite and inspire tomorrow’s workforce. All told, more than 11,000 students immersed in career experiences, including tours, workshops and hands-on activities – direct exposure to the array of career opportunities awaiting them in Greater Omaha. In addition to area business and school leaders, crucial CAREEROCKIT partners included Urban League of Nebraska, Boys and Girls Club, Latino Center for the Midlands and the AIM Institute. As it accepts the ACCE recognition on the collaboration’s behalf, the Chamber is celebrating another indicator of CAREEROCKIT’s success: 100 percent of the businesses that answered a post-event survey said they were planning to re-engage in CAREEROCKIT next year – February 12-18, 2018.


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Tell us a little about your business. - As the newest and only fullservice Marriott hotel in downtown Omaha we are the anchor of the Capitol District. The hotel is situated in a prime location with attractions in all directions, bridging previously separated areas of interest: CenturyLink Center to the east, TD Ameritrade Park and NoDo District to the north, Old Market District to the south and the highlight, the Capitol District to the west, Omaha’s first entertainment district offering unique dining experiences. Our hotel is a relaxing retreat with endless possibilities for the sophisticated traveler. As we strive to be the top hotels in Omaha, we go to great lengths to ensure our guests’ stay is as comfortable as possible. Visitors are invited to enjoy our outdoor rooftop swimming pool and extra-large fitness center, dine in at our full service restaurant, Society 1845, our bar, Burdock and Bitters, or in-house Starbucks® coffeehouse. Our 333 room hotel also offers meeting planners the opportunity to make use of over 17,500 square feet of event and meeting space. How did you get started in the business? - My entry into the world of hoteliers started when I graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha. I saw an article about a new hotel being built and it piqued my interest. I tracked down the author of the article, got the name and number for the person that they interviewed, and soon after that I had an interview of my own. The 15+ years that has followed has been an exciting ride. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - This is my 4th hotel open. It is really remarkable how each hotel has left an impact on my life both professionally and personally. There are few opportunities in one’s life where you can create something that will be lasting and make an impression on others. With each hotel, I feel like I have done this on varying levels. From naming meeting rooms at my first hotel, developing relationships with guests and coworkers alike, to planning and executing weddings that will last in the bride and groom’s memories for a lifetime, these moments have shaped my career to what it is today. Being able to take the canvas of a new hotel and develop it into a place with an enduring reputation for excellent service and quality is truly an achievement to be proud of. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I have a background in visual arts so any organization that supports arts and art education holds a special place in my heart. I also think a strong sense of community comes from urban design and development; support for parks and green space along with impactful design in a city and even rural environment is important to everyone’s lives. I seek out organizations that support such causes and while sometimes life doesn’t allow the time I wish I could dedicate to them, these causes are often top of mind in my daily activities and decisions I make both personally and professionally.

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CHILDREN’S RESPITE CARE CENTER Children’s Respite Care Center (CRCC) is a community-based resource dedicated to providing a comprehensive coordination of care that includes nursing, educational, weekend respite, behavioral health and therapy services to children with special needs. Anne Constantino is the CEO of Children’s Respite Care Center. Tell us a little about your business. - Our primary goal at CRCC is to help each child reach his or her fullest potential. Our Therapy Center’s team of experts provide physical, occupational, speech, feeding/ swallowing and several cutting-edge mental health outpatient therapies.

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Meet Amanda Wilson, Editor of Strictly Business Magazine! How did you get started in the business? After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in English with minors in Psychology and Secondary Education, I wasn’t quite sure where that would lead me on my future career trajectory. So I continued my college career of bartending and serving, which fortunately allowed me to be picky about what professional endeavor I wanted to pursue. As fate would have it, our previous editor, who had been in that role for over a decade, made the decision to transition into a new position with the company. After an intense, highly competitive interview process, I was selected as her successor for both our Omaha and Lincoln publications. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - At first, it was the steep learning curve that came along with my new career. After that, it’s been maintaining high standards for the editorial content of our publications, given the high volume of work produced within monthly deadlines. Serving as a journalist/copywriter in addition to the traditional editor role, I have the opportunity to work directly with our clients and others in the local business community, spanning a wide variety of industries, who all have different goals for the promotion of their businesses/organizations. I’ve always got a lot of balls in the air, that’s for sure. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Having so much of my work published and read by thousands of people monthly, and consistently exceeding the expectations of our clients. It’s been so rewarding to help local businesses grow and be a part of their success. Tell us a little about your family. - They’re the best! My parents Rex and Linda both work for the State at the Department of Roads; my dad coordinates the utilities for roadway projects and my mom works in the Communication Division. My guy Aric and I have the sweetest dog; she’s a red Doberman named Hurley. We just lost our other furry family member, Starr, last month; she was 14 and had health complications but it all happened really quickly, so that’s been tough. My brother Ryan and sister-in-law Marie have blessed me with two nephews, Tristan and Jack, who are really fun little guys with big personalities. August is a wild month for us – first, it’s my dad’s birthday, then my parent’s wedding anniversary and oldest nephew’s birthday on the same day, then my birthday, and then my brother’s birthday! What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Anything with live music, getting outdoors, being adventurous, hanging with family and friends, and sometimes just relaxing. Whatever the day brings! If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Educator. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I’ve had the honor of working with a number of non-profits in the Omaha Metro and Lincoln areas, and all are doing such incredibly important work. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - My dad read me A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle as a kid and it’s a favorite memory of mine. I also very much adore Pablo Neruda’s books of poetry. I’m actually pretty fond of children’s books too – my faves are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Maya Angelou or Maynard James Keenan…probably not at the same time. But, although she’s not famous, my late grandma Hilda would beat both of them out. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Phone: (402) 466-3330; Email:; Website:


Andrea Crampton

CAREPATROL OF NEBRASKA As part of the largest no-cost senior placement agency in the nation, CarePatrol of Nebraska assists clients with the selection of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities at no cost to the family or senior. CarePatrol of Nebraska serves the Omaha Metro, Lincoln, and surrounding communities. Andrea Crampton is a Community Relations Representative for CarePatrol of Nebraska. Tell us a little about your business. - We help families through the entire process of finding the best fit for their loved ones. We thoroughly evaluate many different aspects – looking at needs, wants, location, amenities, finances, reviews, safety features, staff experience and turnover, the state’s care and violation history, and more – before making our recommendations. Once we’ve narrowed the search to the preferred options, we line up tours and personally accompany the client to help make sure all the right questions are asked. How did you get started in the business? - I met the owner of CarePatrol of Nebraska, Theron Ahlman, through a mutual colleague. Since I helped my mom go through the process with her parents, he was very interested in discussing an opportunity he had available with the company. When he offered me the position, I happily accepted. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Educating everyone about CarePatrol and the industry itself. It can be very confusing and it’s usually during a difficult and stressful time for loved ones. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I enjoy being outside (when it’s not 100+ degrees). I love to do yard work, sit by the pool, or dining al fresco at a restaurant with friends. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - Baton twirling is a skill I possess. I competed when I was younger and twirled with the band in high school. What are you the most proud of? - My kids! They are 22, 19 and 16. They are thoughtful, grateful, and hard working. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you are going to do. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Generous. Not so much monetarily, but with my time. What do you feel is your greatest talent? - The gift of gab, which fortunately I get to use every day, in my professional and personal life! I love to talk and get to know new people. Which talent would you most like to have? - I would love to be able to sing well. I enjoy it very much, and sing in the car all the time. But I’m just not good at it! If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - An attorney. I love the law and the debate of different views and interpretations. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - The local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association in Omaha and Lincoln because my grandma died with the disease. I also support those affiliated with hospice care locally. What is your favorite TV show? - It was Person of Interest, but it ended last season. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille. The food is great, but it’s also where I meet my dad to spend time and catch up with him. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email:; Office: (402) 785-2262; Direct Line: (402) 880-1257; Website:

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Since 1887 Immanuel has been providing Christ-centered service to seniors, each other and the communities in which the organization serves. Jennifer Knecht is the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Immanuel. Tell us a little bit about Immanuel. - As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation. Immanuel Communities owns and operates 10 independent living, assisted living and long-term care retirement communities on six campuses. Immanuel Pathways operates three PACE® Centers in Nebraska and Iowa. The Immanuel Community Foundation, a Resident Assistance Fund, provides financial assistance to independent living residents. Finally, the Immanuel Vision Foundation extends financial support to nonprofit, charitable 501(c)(3) organizations that share purposes in alignment with Immanuel’s service centered mission.

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NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR The Nebraska Department of Labor strives to grow Nebraska by supporting the stability of its employers and the quality of its workforce. Grace Johnson is a Public Information Officer for the Nebraska Department of Labor. Tell us a little about your business. - We prepare Nebraskans to prosper through responsive workforce services that connect highgrowth, high-demand industries to educated and skilled workers through a service delivery network of public and private partners. The Department administers unemployment insurance benefits, collects labor market information and administers safety and labor standards programs. American Job Centers and career centers across the state deliver services to workers and employers in person and online through How did you get started in the business? - I was previously a reporter for the Nebraska City News-Press, but have always been interested in government, so I was excited to find an opportunity where I could use my communication background in the public sector. No two days are the same and I enjoy being part of an organization that helps people improve their quality of life through the services that we provide. Tell us a little about your family. - My husband Nic and I are expecting our first child, a daughter, yet this summer. I’m the youngest of six children and have 13 nieces and nephews, and 1 great-nephew. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I have dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. Most of my siblings spent part of their childhood in Canada before my family moved to the U.S. after I was born. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - The best way to get where you want to go in your career is to do the best you can where you are now. I believe that opportunities present themselves when you are busy putting in the work and not focusing solely on moving up. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Adding more time to a day or the ability to transport myself instantly anywhere in the world. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Something in the travel industry. My husband and I have traveled to Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Spain and have many more countries on our bucket lists! I would especially like to visit more of the areas my ancestors came from. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - I am currently reading Leah Remini’s book Troublemaker. It is a really interesting read on a serious subject, but she injects a lot of her humor in it too. What is your favorite movie? - Twister. I have been fascinated by tornadoes since I was little. I watched one from my front yard where I grew up. What is your favorite TV show? - Master Chef. I recently ate one of the best meals of my life at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants in Las Vegas and I love to watch him demonstrate how to prepare the most basic foods in new ways. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Abraham Lincoln. To me, he is the most fascinating of the presidents. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Email:; Phone: (402) 471-4189; Online:

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PERSONNEL NEWS Shawntal Smith Joins Omaha Home for Boys as Talent Development Leader

Ryan Lawson Joins PJ Morgan Real Estate as Director of Commercial Property Management

The Omaha Home for Boys has hired Shawntal Smith as Talent Development Leader. Smith will be responsible for guiding organizational and leadership development and implementing processes to leverage employee strengths, develop talent, and identify improvement opportunities.

PJ Morgan Real Estate, a full service Omaha, Nebraska based real estate firm, is excited to welcome Ryan Lawson as Director of Commercial Property Management. Ryan will oversee the commercial property management team, and its operations and growth. Ryan adds a wealth of capability and knowledge to the team, having maintained hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial, mixed-use and multi-family space. His client-focused approach centers on preventative maintenance, project management, and facilitating long-term relationships. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Ryan will assist in shaping and leading strategic company initiatives. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.S. in business administration and his Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University. Founded in 1995, P.J. Morgan Real Estate provides full service real estate including commercial sales and leasing, residential sales, property management, project development, business sales and auction services, and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. For more information, visit

Smith joins Omaha Home for Boys after a successful career as the Statewide Administrator for Community Services at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska where she was a leader in bringing quality human care services to individuals and communities across the state. Smith’s professional experience also includes time as an Attorney and Guardian ad Litem at several firms and as the Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. “Shawntal has proven to be a powerful voice for child welfare in Nebraska,” said Omaha Home for Boys’ President & CEO, Jeff Moran. “She brings a strong background in nonprofit programming as well as many years of experience representing youth in the juvenile justice system to Omaha Home for Boys, and we are pleased to have her at the Home.” The Omaha Home for Boys equips and inspires young men and women to lead independent, productive lives through three core programs: Inspiration Hill Residential Care, Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living and Branching Out Independent Living. Learn more at www.

Dr. Deb Carlson Takes Over as Head of Nebraska Methodist College Effective Aug. 1, Dr. Deb Carlson is now president and CEO of Nebraska Methodist College. The NMC Board of Directors unanimously selected her in January to succeed Dr. Dennis Joslin, who retired on July 31 after a total of 41 years at the college. Carlson has been with NMC since 2004 and has served as a faculty member in the Arts and Science division, president of the Faculty Senate, director of the Office of Institutional Research, vice president of operations and, for the past three years, executive vice president. She is the first female president of the college since its founding in 1891 and the third since it became a degree-granting institution in 1985. Prior to joining NMC, Carlson was a research professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in the Educational Psychology program and the Center for Instructional Innovation. She started her career teaching at Wayne State College, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and sociology. She also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Nebraska Methodist College – the Josie Harper Campus, based in Omaha, has been teaching the meaning of care for 125 years and counting. An affiliate of Methodist Health System, NMC offers certificate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees both on campus and online. Nebraska Methodist College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

FireGuard Adds Professionals to Sales Team FireGuard, a full-ser vice Fire and Life Safety company, has hired Mike Kistler, Chase Orsborn, and Meghan Sedlacek to its sales team. M i k e K i s t l e r, Engineered Systems Re p r e s e n t a t i ve, Mike Kistler brings over 20 years of experience in sales, with 15 in the Life Safety field. Kistler’s vast knowledge of Fire and Life Safety systems will be a tremendous asset.

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Chase Orsborn, Sales, attended the University of Nebraska, and will use his experience as a business owner to bring in new business, both in Lincoln and Omaha. Meghan Sedlacek, Engineered Systems Meghan Sedlacek Sales & Marketing, brings over 15 years of experience in Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining FireGuard, she held leadership positions at PayPal and Farm Bureau Financial Services. Sedlacek will represent FireGuard in professional associations. FireGuard eliminates the need to contact multiple companies by offering complete life safety solutions. The locally owned and operated company designs, sells, installs, inspects and services all types of equipment, including: Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Special Hazard Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Door Inspections, Restaurant Systems, Exit & Emergency Lights, Fire Appliances & Accessories…and more! Find out more online at www. or contact the office at (402) 592-1999. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 25


Immanuel Grows Leadership Team, Welcomes Four New Directors

Roger Morrissey of Realcorp Awarded Prestigious Professional Designation

I m m a n u e l , Nebraska’s leader in senior living, is pleased to announce additions to its leadership team. These new directors will provide leadership across Immanuel’s evergrowing ser vice Alan Jarecki Jeannie Schlotfeld area spanning a t wo - s t a t e a r e a including Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines and Council Bluffs. Please join in welcoming: Alan Jarecki as director of development and special projects. As director, Jarecki Daniel Spicer Dena Stevenson will develop and lead new initiatives that support Immanuel’s mission of Christ-centered service to seniors. Jarecki has held leadership positions across health care industry and across Nebraska ranging from Omaha, to Hebron to Blair. Jeannie Schlotfeld, MSW, LMHP as director of sales. Schlotfeld is a team manager with 15+ years of experience in health care, management, mental health and marketing. She has earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a graduate certificate in gerontology. As director of sales, Schlotfeld will provide direct oversight of sales processes including enhancement of strategies, and staff training. Daniel Spicer CDM/CFPP as director of dining and culinary operations. Spicer has over 20 years of experience throughout the food and hospitality environments. In addition to receiving training as a chef, Spicer brings strong leadership skills to the Immanuel team after holding management positions at organizations like Leslie Hospitality, and CHI Health. Dena Stevenson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as organizational training and development director. As director, Stevenson will evaluate organizational development and improve processes for efficiencies across Immanuel’s service area. Stevenson has 20+ years of experience in leadership positions ranging from health care, to the banking industry to government agencies. Since 1887 Immanuel ( has been providing Christ-centered service to seniors, each other and the communities in which the organization serves. As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation.

Realcorp Inc. (, a leading real estate appraisal firm in Omaha, Nebraska, is pleased to announce that Roger Morrissey has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s prestigious AI-RRS designation (Appraisal Institute-Residential Review Specialist). This designation is held by real estate appraisers who are experienced in residential appraisal review.

It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know & Who Knows You! At Strictly Business Magazine, we strive to recognize local businessmen and women for their significant awards, promotions, achievements, and/ or efforts in partnership with other organizations and the Omaha Metro community. If you know of someone who meets these criteria and wish to include their news in our publication, please call (402) 466-3330 or submit your news via our website at 26 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017

By receiving the AI-RRS designation, Morrissey has joined an elite group of appraisers who have met rigorous professional requirements relating to education, testing, experience, understanding and ability. The Appraisal Institute established a professional appraisal review designation program in response to the growing and critically important role that appraisal review plays in risk management and mitigation for many clients/users of appraisal services. Morrissey graduated from Creighton University and has over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. In addition, Morrissey served as the Douglas County Assessor from January 1999 to January 2015. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Morrissey joined Realcorp in 2015 as Vice President and has been key in developing future strategies and long-range planning for the firm. He also serves as an in-house expert for quality assurance.

Anthony DeLuca Named Among 2017 Great Plains Rising Stars Attorney Anthony DeLuca was recently selected to the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers “Great Plains Rising Stars” List in the practice area of Estate Planning & Probate. The Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less, and who have attained a high level of professional accomplishment. The selection process includes evaluation on 12 different indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected for this honor. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Tony manages the firm’s trust administration & probate practice, advising fiduciaries on a wide range of estate and trust administration matters, including taxation and fiduciary compliance issues. In addition to that role, Tony provides his clients with an assortment of services ranging from basic estate plans to more advanced strategies involving wealth transfer and estate, gift, and income tax considerations. Tony also devotes a portion of his practice to charitable planning, including nonprofit entity formation and nonprofit corporate compliance. Legacy Design Strategies, L.L.C. (, a part of Andrew C. Sigerson, P.C. L.L.O., is a boutique law firm with a focus on estate planning, business planning, Medicaid planning, and charitable planning. The firm is based in Omaha with offices in Iowa, North Dakota, and Missouri.


BlueCloud Names Miranda Tenney COO BlueCloud has promoted Miranda Tenney to Chief Operating Officer. Miranda has been part of BlueCloud management team since 2010 and will continue to have direct impact on the company’s overall strategic plans. As Chief Operating Officer, she will be responsible for the implementation of the company’s standard operating procedures while working closely with the project management team. BlueCloud ( is the Midwest’s premier provider of single-source, whole-workspace cleaning solutions. The company provides the highest level of workspace clean by repairing, restoring, and maintaining architectural finishes, inside and outside of buildings such as carpet, furniture, stone, metal, wood, and concrete.

MCL Construction Announces Promotions, New Hire MCL Construction, a Construction M a n a g e r and General Contractor in Omaha, Nebraska, announces the promotion of Tyler Dunklau to Director of Project Operations and Jason Jansen to Tyler Dunklau Jason Jansen Director of Field Operations. The team at MCL Construction also introduces and welcomes Jason Bauer, who has joined the team taking on the role of Project Manager. Tyler Dunklau started with MCL Construction in 2007 as a Project Engineer. He transitioned into a Project Manager in 2011 and directly manages large-scale projects for MCL Construction. Dunklau will focus on providing improved client services, streamlining project management processes, and team training. Jason Bauer Jason Jansen started with MCL Construction as a Project Superintendent in 2012. He has 20 years of building experience and is ready to use that knowledge to lead the MCL Construction team. Jansen is a Wayne State College graduate with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. His new leadership role allows him to work one-on-one with teams to ensure client satisfaction. He will work closely with the MCL Construction innovation team to bring new technologies to the field that improve the building process and he will establish guidelines for field operations and support functions. Jason Bauer, who is a 17-year veteran of the building industry, recently completed duties as the General Superintendent for the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project at Nebraska Medicine. He is a Norfolk, Nebraska native and a 1999 graduate of Wayne State College with a major in Industrial Technology. Founded in 1987, MCL Construction is one of the area’s largest locallyowned and operated construction firms. It specializes in several markets emphasizing a collaborative approach to building driving efficiency in cost, schedule, and communication. MCL Construction is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2017 and was recently awarded a Business Excellence Award for Innovation by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Find out more about MCL construction online at www.

BKD Announces the Election of Christopher Lindner to Partner Tim Wilson, managing partner of BKD’s Nebraska practice, announces the election of Christopher J. Lindner to partner, effective June 1, 2017. Lindner provides audit and consulting services to commercial, governmental and utility entities and leads BKD’s governmental practice in Nebraska. He also serves on the firm’s Center of Excellence for Government and chairs the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants State & Local Governmental Accounting & Auditing Committee. Lindner is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants (NESCPA) and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He serves on the BKD Foundation Committee, as well as the board of directors for the NESCPA and YMCA of Lincoln, and is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln.

Baird Holm LLP Welcomes Two New Health Care Attorneys to the Firm Baird Holm LLP ( is pleased to welcome Kimberly A. Lammers and Thomas S. Dean to the Firm. Both Lammers and Dean will join the Firm’s Health Care practice group. Kimberly A. Lammers assists clients with advice and representation for issues relating to Federal health care program fraud and abuse laws; regulatory compliance; Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement; clinical denials and appeals including RAC audits; contracting; medical staff; licensure; credentialing; conflict Kimberly A. Lammers of interest; and human subject research and IRB issues. She is a Certified Professional Coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders, and has completed ICD-10 proficiency testing through the AAPC. She is active as a member of various legal associations, including the American Health Lawyers Association and the Health Care Compliance Association. Immediately prior to joining the Firm, Lammers spent 13 years working at a large health system in the areas of compliance and revenue cycle, and most recently served as that health Thomas S. Dean system’s Vice President of Compliance. Thomas S. Dean provides clients with a full range of health law services, including mergers and acquisitions between healthcare providers; physician recruitment and compensation design; regulatory advice including Medicaid regulations; Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute issues; compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation; and HIPAA Privacy Rule Issues. He has significant experience with medical staff issues, such as bylaws re-design, merging of medical staffs, peer review, and credentialing issues. Dean also has broad experience in reimbursement and audit issues. Prior to joining the Firm, Dean served as general counsel to integrated healthcare systems for ten years, and also held an additional position as Director of Patient Financial Services. He has also served as Chief Administrative Officer of a multi-specialty physician group that included eight clinics. Dean has been a member of the American Health Lawyers Association since 2006, acting as the Assistant Chair of the Physician In-House Counsel Affinity Group. He has held the position of Chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 27

PERSONNEL NEWS Cassling Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP Welcomes Jessica E. Thomas

C a s s l i n g announced that current President a n d C E O M i ke Cassling has named Kyle Salem, Ph.D., as the company’s President. While Cassling will continue as CEO and shape the future and vision for the organization, the change gives Salem responsibility for the day-to-day operations of sales and service.

Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP is pleased to announce that Jessica E. Thomas has joined the firm as an Associate. Mrs. Thomas was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2011 and the Nebraska Bar in 2012. Thomas graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, magna cum laude in 2008. She received her law degree from Creighton University in 2011. Her practice focuses on real estate, business law and business planning. Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP is a full service law firm that has provided legal services to its clients in extensive business and litigation matters for more than a hundred years. The firm offers a diverse group of partners, associates and legal assistants who have collective expertise in virtually every area of law - from complex litigation to complicated business and tax matters. Each attorney has a broad legal background with individual areas of specialized emphasis and expertise. Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP serves local, regional and national clientele with a broad array of legal services necessary in an increasingly complex society. Find out more online at www.pheblaw. com or contact the office directly at (402) 397-5500.

Mike Cassling

Since 2001, Cassling has ser ved as an Andy Beer authorized fullline sales and service representative for Siemens Healthineers’ world-renowned imaging products in the Midwest. In 2014, Cassling grew to represent Siemens in 14 additional states throughout the southern and western United States.

Kyle Salem

Joe Matthews

Salem joined the Cassling team in 2005 and most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining Cassling, Salem was a manager in Siemens Medical Solutions MRI business. He also Carol Armitage serves as Chief of Staff for Cassling’s parent company, CQuence Health Group, and is on the Board of Directors of other CQuence Health Group holdings. Executive Vice President Andy Beer has led the Cassling sales organization for 15 years and will continue his sales leadership role. Senior Vice President of Service, Marty Huebner, who has led the company’s service organization for more than 30 years, will be retiring at the end of the year. Huebner will be replaced by two long-standing Cassling team members: Joe Matthews, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Service, and Carol Armitage, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Operations. Matthews has been with Cassling for 31 years and most recently served as Director of Service. Armitage will work with the organization’s operational departments including sales order processing, contract administration, data management and analysis, and the 24/7 call center based here in Omaha. Armitage has served as the Director of Service Operations for the last nine years. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Cassling is committed to offering comprehensive support to its customers—including world-renowned imaging equipment, 24/7 service, project management, marketing, continuing education and everything in between. Cassling helps organizations of every size, from critical access hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers to large health systems and IDNs, to increase efficiency, decrease costs and enhance patient care. Learn more at 28 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017

First National Technology Solutions Expands Business Development Team Joseph S. Duryea has joined First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) as vice president of sales and marketing. In this executive role, Duryea will lead FNTS’ long-term sales and go-to market strategies as it continues to expand its Infrastructure as a Service, Public Cloud and Digital Transformation business. Duryea is an experienced global sales and marketing leader with a strong track record of achieving rapid revenue growth, uncovering new markets and spearheading international Joseph S. Duryea expansion. Duryea, who joins FNTS with over 25 years in the industry, was an early leader in international IT Outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing industries. He and his teams consistently closed long-term, multimillion- dollar client engagements, primarily with Fortune 1000 companies. His previous career experience includes senior sales and marketing leadership roles at American Express, Softbank and IBM. In addition to Duryea, Colum O’Donovan has joined FNTS as global partner manager. O’Donovan is a senior sales professional Colum O’Donovan with a proven track record in closing new business and strategic partner management for organizations within the technology sector. As global partner manager, he will work closely with FNTS’ existing partners (Dell/EMC, IBM, Microsoft, Pivotal, Cisco) and partner relationships. O’Donovan has held sales management positions with Amazon, Oracle, Paypal and Quest Software. With over 20 years in the managed IT services industry, First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) is a leading provider of flexible, customized hosted and remote managed services. Specializing in best of breed cloud technology and data center services, FNTS is dedicated to quality personal service, guaranteed uptime, and custom-built solutions that fit individual enterprises today, and align with their future strategic growth plans. For more information on FNTS, visit or follow us @FirstNatTechSol.

NON-PROFIT NEWS MLCDC Awarded Grants Totaling $70K From Peter Kiewit Foundation

Join in Supporting Omaha Home for Boys at Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration

T h e Pe t e r K i ew i t Foundation has approved $70,000 in grants to be allocated to the Midlands Latino Comm unity Development Corporation (MLCDC). A $60,000 grant, with $30,000 dedicated to loan capital and $30,000 to program operating costs, has been approved to support the Micro-Lending and Business Assistance Programs. The foundation is also providing a $10,000 grant to support MLCDC’s technology renovations and improvements, including new computers along with new hardware and software.

The 2017 Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration to benefit Omaha Home for Boys is drawing near! Set for Friday, September 29th, this annual event featuring keynote speaker Ice-T supports critical programs and outreach to at-risk youth across the state.

The significance of these grants goes beyond the monetary value. It shows Peter Kiewit Foundation’s understanding and concern for the need to create economic development opportunities for all sectors of our community. The opportunity provided through MLCDC’s Business Development and Micro-Lending programs for Latino business owners is critical to build personal assets, increase incomes, and provide jobs in the community. The generous support from the Peter Kiewitt Foundation will have an incredible effect on the organization, those it serves, and the community at large. To find out more about MLCDC, visit or contact Marta Sonia Londoño Mejía, Executive Director, at (402) 933-4466 /

Michael Ripa Selected as 2017 Recipient of Bob Mohr Memorial Scholarship The Bob Mohr Baseball Scholarship Fund committee, in partnership with the Midlands Community Foundation, proudly announces Michael Ripa as this year’s recipient of the Bob Mohr Memorial Scholarship. The Bob Mohr Baseball Pictured (L-R): Cheryl Ripa (parent), Chuck Johnston Sc holar ship Fund (committee member), Mike Ripa (parent), Michael was established at Ripa (recipient), Nate McCabe (committee member), Mohr (wife of Bob Mohr and committee Midlands Community Debbie member). Not pictured: Committee members Foundation in 2016 Sarah McCabe, Kristen Morgan, Dan Johnston, after Bob passed Chuck Zurcher, Mark Freirchs, and Matt Morgan. a wa y f r o m n o n Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. He and his family wanted to honor a Papillion-La Vista baseball player who “loves baseball, loves the Papillion-La Vista Monarchs and is a good citizen - the three things that describe Bob best.” The fund makes this scholarship available to students who are graduating seniors from Papillion-La Vista High School, current members of the Papillion-La Vista High School baseball team, and who show strong leadership along with exemplary team guidance and management. The $1,500 Bob Mohr Memorial Scholarship was presented to Michael Ripa, a 2017 graduate of Papillion La-Vista High School, on Tuesday, June 27 at 3 p.m. at Fricke Baseball Field.

Held at Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center, the exciting itinerary for the evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner and an inspirational program. There will also be live and silent auctions with a wide variety of items, such as a captivating journey through Ireland and a Santa Barbara wine lovers trip! Tickets for individuals and groups are available, as well as VIP tickets, which include the opportunity to meet and interact with Ice-T at an exclusive VIP reception. There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities available. All proceeds from this event will support the youth, young adults and families served by Omaha Home for Boys. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, individual or VIP tickets, or tables, please visit or call (402) 457-7014.

Grief’s Journey Volunteer Wins Prestigious National Award On June 22, 2017, the N a t i o n a l A l l i a n c e fo r Grieving Children bestowed upon Kay Kronholm its highest honor, the Founder’s Award. The Founder’s Award is given annually to one individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of children’s grief support as a volunteer. For over four decades, Kay Kronholm has played an integral role in the provision of children’s grief support in Nebraska and Iowa. She is currently one of Grief’s Journey’s most active volunteers, logging hundreds of volunteer hours each year as a member of the Programs, Training, Conference Planning, and Curriculum Development committees. Some of Kay’s more notable contributions to the field include helping to develop: One of the first school crisis teams in the greater Omaha/ Council Bluffs metro area; Camp Hope, Grief’s Journey’s overnight retreat for teens; Adults Helping Adults (AHA), Grief’s Journey’s free support group program for adult caregivers (now serving all adults); and Grief’s Journey’s first non-bereavement support groups for families grieving a life-changing illness or injury. 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 AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 29


How We Can All “Care For Our Community”

Date Set for Childhood Cancer Glow Gold Rally

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and local area C o m m u n i t y Pa r t n e r s a r e dedicated to improving the health care needs of the SW Iowa community. The Caring for our Communities in Southwest Iowa program is designed to strengthen our communities by linking high-risk individuals with local resources to ultimately empower patients to become accountable for their own health. Working collaboratively with community partners, barriers that prevent some of our most highrisk, complex individuals from accessing health care services will continue to be overcome. Resources are provided that can address problems and guide individuals to a better way of living. Avenues such as counseling disease prevention, healthy eating, mental health counseling, housing assistance, home health care, diabetes care, to name a few, are all integral parts in working with individuals to bring them back to a healthy productive way of life.

Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation has set a date for its Glow Gold Rally in Omaha, Nebraska, which will be held on September 10, 2017 at Village Pointe Toyota. The event is the Foundation’s largest Omaha event and will raise money to support severely underfunded childhood cancer research. It also serves to raise awareness of the fact that the taxpayer-funded National Cancer Institute only earmarks 4 percent of its budget to childhood cancer, with Nebraska ranking 3rd in childhood cancer incidences.

This program operates through donations and grants. To find out more on how you can help, please contact Lorrie Reddish, (712) 3967693 or email Visit the website for more information on the program at Jennie Edmundson Foundation’s mission is – “To improve the quality of life by caring for the body and the mind.”

Nonprofit Salary and Benefit Report Now Available The 2017 Nonprofit Salary & B e n e f i t Report, which summarizes the results of a compensation and benefits survey from approximately 200 nonprofits in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been published by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) and is now available for purchase. The yearly Nonprofit Salary & Benefit Report is a tool to help organizations promote transparency, understand trends, attract the best talent and better manage their human capital. A record number of nonprofits participated in this year’s survey by providing NAM with information collected on salaries and benefits in 2016. The survey addresses questions regarding nonprofit employee pay, sources of revenue and benefits provided to employees. The report has been generated each year since 2007 as a way to build public trust, accountability and effective management of nonprofits in America’s corporate sector. The 2017 Nonprofit & Benefit Report is a great way to ensure that Nebraska and Iowa organizations are attracting the best candidates with competitive salaries and benefits. Another way NAM furthers this mission is by offering an online Career Center. Regional nonprofit organizations can post job listings in NAM’s Career Center to recruit high quality talent, and job seekers can search for open positions. Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) strengthens the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the quality of community life throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa. Find out more online at 30 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017

The event will include a variety of activities for all ages, including a bounce house and face painting for younger kids, as well was virtual reality and an Apple experience booth for older kids - plus much more. Food and drinks will be included in the admission fee. There will be a short ceremony and the West Dodge Station Elementary Choir’s rendition of “Clouds,” a song written by Zach Sobiech, a pediatric cancer patient. The event will finish with one-mile honor walk to remember all those who fight and those angels we have lost. The event will start at 3:00 p.m.; admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Register at Sponsorships are still available. Contact Jeremy Stanislav at (402) 560-1578 or for more information. Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Children’s Scholarship Fund Awards $2.7M in Scholarships for 2017-18 School Year On July 1st, Children’s Scholarship Fund released their awarded scholarships for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. CSF is the only provider of K-8 scholarships in the state. For the 2017-18 school year, CSF has awarded nearly 1,800 scholarships totaling $2.7 million. Since 1999, relying solely on private donations, CSF has awarded over 33,000 scholarships totaling nearly $34 million dollars to families in the community. Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF; believes that all families, regardless of income, should be able to choose the best educational setting for their children. By providing low- income families with K-8 scholarships, CSF empowers parents to choose their children’s school during the time their educational foundation is being established. CSF awards scholarships solely on the basis of financial need, following guidelines similar to the National School Lunch Program. CSF is destination neutral. Scholarship recipients attend approximately 80 different schools throughout Omaha and northeast Nebraska. A crucial piece of the CSF program is the commitment we make to our families, and the long term commitment we require from them in return. Provided a CSF family continues to be financially eligible, CSF provides scholarships to each student in a family every year until they graduate 8th grade. In return, each CSF family must contribute $500 toward their children’s education and their children must achieve a 90 percent attendance rate each year.


Launch Leadership Announces Open Board Positions

Hy-Vee, Pinky Swear Foundation Announce Omaha 5K & Fun Run Event

Are you a community member with a passion for bettering the youth of Nebraska? Launch Leadership is currently looking t o f i l l s e ve r a l board positions! Launch Leadership is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization focused on developing leadership skills in young people. Its mission is to promote and develop youth leadership as a tool with which to better student leaders, schools and communities. Launch’s goal is to spark the “fire” - an individual’s passion, courage and empowerment to change their schools, communities and the world through robust leadership skills. Services provided include two annual five-day summer workshops in Wayne, Neb. and dozens of yearround offerings all over Nebraska and in the surrounding region. All create a positive environment where students are empowered to discover themselves, build confidence, and develop leadership skills. Launch is based in Lincoln, Neb., with more than 200 active volunteers throughout the United States who have fostered a tradition of youth leadership for over 40 years. Collectively, they have created a culture of compassion, understanding, and collaboration. During the month of August, Launch Leadership welcomes qualified individuals who would like to be considered to contact Megan Falke at (402) 320-2155 / Find out more about Launch Leadership online at

Hy-Vee, Inc. announced it is once again partnering with Pinky Swear Foundation, a national charitable organization that supports children with cancer and their families, to host several kids fundraising events across the Midwest this summer, including one in Omaha. This year, instead of a triathlon, the event will include a 1 mile or 1K fun run and a 5K run/walk for the entire family, as well as a fitness expo. It will be held on September 30th at Lewis & Clark Landing.

Open Door Mission Celebrates Program Graduates On June 24th, Open Door M i s s i o n c e l eb ra t e d N ew Life with 13 graduates. At the ceremony held at the Gar land Thompson Men’s Center Chapel, these men and women received Certificates of Completion during a cap and gown ceremony. For most, it was the first time they experienced a cap and gown graduation. A reception honoring the graduates and their families followed the service. A recent Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion report featured the Open Door Mission along with other faith-based organizations responding to homelessness in Omaha. Open Door Mission President/CEO Candace Gregory said, “Based on its findings, the Baylor study projects that these 13 graduates will likely benefit Heartland taxpayers $21,745 each in savings on social services and from increased income tax revenue. That’s $282,685. Yet their changed lives, of course, are infinitely more valuable.” Now in its 63rd year, each day Open Door Mission offers 816 safe shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,300 hot, nutritious meals, and provides preventive measures to keep 275 individuals and families in their homes. Open Door Mission is a Gospel rescue mission providing basic needs and life-changing programs for hungry, homeless, at-risk and addicted people in the Heartland. For more information, please visit

Instead of focusing on competition, children and families at all fitness levels are encouraged to participate to help raise money for kids with cancer and their families. The money raised provides basic needs — such as mortgage and rent, transportation, utilities, gas cards and food — and experiences that create emotional support to impacted families. According to Pinky Swear Foundation, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 45 minutes in the United States and 1 out of 11 families given that news will file for bankruptcy. Over the past two years, more than 4,200 kids ages 6–18 participated in the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Kids Triathlons, raising more than $630,000. Register now to participate in one of the Hy-Vee Pinky Swear 5K & Fun Run events at

Omaha Home for Boys Receives 175K Grant From United Way of the Midlands Omaha Home for Boys (www. O m a h a H o m e Fo r B oy s. o r g ) i s pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $175,000 grant from United Way of the Midlands (www. Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, the more than 200 young adults served each year by Jacobs’ Place and Branching Out, Omaha Home for Boys’ Transitional and Independent Living Programs, will have access to workforce readiness training and basic needs, such as food, shelter and medical care. Additionally, the grant will fund educational support services allowing the young men attending the Omaha Home for Boys’ School the Terrance could have gotten a new opportunity to get a quality education pair of sneakers, but instead he when the public school system is not opted to purchase several new books as part of his reward for the best fit. proper behavior, consistent school Both Jacobs’ Place and Branching attendance and passing classes at Out empower young men and women the Omaha Home for Boys’ School. ages 14 to 24 with the skills needed Students can earn prizes as part to lead independent, productive lives. of the school’s incentive program. Most youth who enter the program have a history of trauma, have had six or more placements from group homes to foster care, and lack employment, education and a healthy support system. Jacobs’ Place and Branching Out work with these struggling youth to create individualized plans to help them move from a state of crisis to one of safety and growth. The Omaha Home for Boys’ School educates more than 100 young men annually who are served by the Home’s Residential Care Program. The typical student who first enters the Omaha Home for Boys’ School has issues with truancy, lacks school credits, struggles with sobriety and has had multiple educational placements and suspensions. On average, students progress more than one grade level in math during their time at the Omaha Home for Boys’ School while reading scores improve more than three grade levels. During the 2016-2017 school year, students earned a record-breaking 368 credits, more than double the 174 credits earned the previous school year. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 31

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WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME AN EVENT PARTNER OR SPONSOR? “I have experienced conditions in my life that are similar to being homeless. Even though this was many many years ago, I have never forgotten how awful it was and helpless you feel with no where to turn for help. The realization that anyone could end up homeless is enough to motivate me to participate in lending a helping hand to those who need it.” - Kevin Kuta, President of Quality Glass & Mirror Services, Inc. “It’s nice to raise money for a such good cause. It will be a great event to meet other like minded business professionals and also as a golf related business it’s nice to get to know other golfers in the community.” - Jason Gomez, Owner of Golf USA

You won’t want to miss this year’s event! Join us for a memorable day! Call Mike Hannum at 402-980-8625 for information & sponsorship opportunities!


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Registration Opens for Nebraska Recycling Council Awards Luncheon & Workshops Join Nebraska Recycling Council on October 19, 2017 for the Annual Awards Lunc heon & Workshops: Collaboration is the Key, to be held at The Country Club of Lincoln. Ellen Martin, Vice President for Impact and Strategic Initiatives for Closed Loop, will be the keynote speaker. Ellen tracks the progress and impact of the Closed Loop portfolio and generates actionable insights for investors, municipalities, and industry. She will lead an industry-wide study on the capital landscape for circular infrastructure in the U.S. Afterwards, don’t miss out on a workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from one of the following: “Teaming Up To Change Your Community’s Solid Waste Management System” - How do communities navigate the process of changing their solid waste management plan with a diverse group of stakeholders? Hear from a panel of community leaders who have been through the process. Learn about accomplishments and lessons learned. “Building Business Partnerships to Maximize Savings in Solid Waste Management and Recycling” - Where are the opportunities for businesses to improve recycling outcomes by pooling their resources? A panel of experts will share their experiences from a variety of partnership models, from business to business, recycler to business, government, nonprofits and investors. For more information and to register, visit:

YES: Meals Needed For Homeless Youth O n a ve r a ge, 6 0 yo u t h v i s i t Yo u t h Emergency Services’ (YES) Street Outreach Center to receive a hot meal e a c h we e k n i g h t . Because this may be the only food a homeless youth receives that day, the Street Outreach Center provides a basic need to youth aged 12-21 that isn’t available anywhere else. YES relies on the generosity of the community to provide these meals to youth. Individuals, community groups, and businesses are invited to prepare these meals off-site or deliver catered meals from restaurants. YES’ Street Outreach Center, located at 2602 Harney Street, allows homeless and near homeless youth the opportunity to not only eat a warm meal but to take a hot shower, do laundry, meet with heath care professionals, receive job training, and more. This vital program serves more than 1,000 youth at the Center every year. In addition to the Street Outreach Center, YES outreach workers hit the streets of greater Omaha, looking for youth in crisis. They carry backpacks filled with basic needs and emergency supplies and patrol areas where homeless and near homeless youth tend to congregate. Outreach workers are trained to identify a young person in need and to provide immediate information and services. YES has been providing critically-needed programs and resources to homeless and at-risk youth in Omaha for more than 40 years. If you would like to provide a meal, please visit www.yesomaha. org/meals for more information and to sign up.


OneWorld Helps Local Children Prepare to Learn

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Tax Season, Orientation Dates Announced

OneWorld’s 2017 Back-to-School Bash is just around the corner! This year, the event will take place on Friday, August 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the northeast parking lot of the Livestock Exchange Building (4290 S. 30th Street). At this event, free health screenings and information are provided to approximately 750 community members through a health fair, and school supplies, snacks and fun activities are available for children as they prepare for another school year. Many of the families cared for at OneWorld do not have enough money to buy groceries, let alone basic school supplies like backpacks, notebooks and pencils. The Back-to-School Bash is OneWorld’s way to help children receive the materials they need to achieve academic success. To learn more or to sponsor the event, please contact Fundraising and Events Specialist Kelsey Brozek at (402) 502-8940 or kbrozek@

The Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition invites you to be a force for financial empowerment of your fellow comm unity members by volunteering as an intake specialist or tax preparer.

Strike a Chord Raises $100K for Local Families In its biggest year yet, more than 300 guests escaped to the tropics on June 16 at the 13th annual “Strike a Chord” to help Heartland Family Service raise a record-breaking $100,000 for children and families throughout southwest Iowa. At the casual-attire e ve n t i n t h e M i d (L-R): Strike a Chord Honorary Chairs America Center, guests Pictured Scott and Susan Hartman with Heartland were treated to games Family Service President & CEO John Jeanetta. and raffle excitement, an instant camera photo booth, and the limbo dance. They also spent the night bidding on 125 silent auction items. Longtime Master of Ceremonies and Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber introduced featured musical act Michael Fitzsimmons of Dancing Man Music, with special guests Ron Cooley and Joey Gulizia, who played the steel and bongo drums as guests enjoyed the island cuisine and tropical vibes. President and CEO John Jeanetta then presented the program and introduced the honorees for the Heartland Family Service Salute Awards, Ali Heimbaugh (Salute to Achievement Award) and Barry Cleaveland (Salute to Leadership Award). The evening ended with the live auction and a large round of applause as the heart graphic filled to the top after exceeding the initial event goal of $80,400. All proceeds will benefit Heartland Family Service programs in southwest Iowa, including housing and support services for the homeless; a K-12 therapeutic school; integrated health home; mental health counseling; and substance abuse and problem gambling treatment. Heartland Family Service operates from eight locations throughout southwest Iowa, with offices in Council Bluffs, Logan and Glenwood.

Volunteer orientation will be held at the Coalition office located at 3605 Q Street and are scheduled for the following dates/times this month: Thursday, August 10th @ 11:00 a.m.; Monday, August 14th @ 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 16th @ 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 19th @ 9:00 a.m.; Thursday, August 24th @ 10:00 a.m.; Monday, August 28th @ 6:00 p.m. The Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition advances financial empowerment, asset development and community prosperity for low to moderate income families through quality volunteer tax return preparation, community partnerships, and strategies to improve savings. On top of helping families achieve financial stability, there are many additional services offered by the Omaha EITC Coalition that are provided by volunteers throughout the year to continue empowering them for the future. For more information about current or upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit or contact Roxana Corral at (402) 546-1013 /

Tee It Up Fore Sight Raises Money for Blind Teens On June 8, perfect weather allowed for 184 golfers and 11 Blind Golf Academy participants to hit the course. Outlook Nebraska’s Tee It Up Fore Sight tournament, benefitting their youth recreation programs, and the Blind Golf Academy was held at Indian Creek Golf Course. Outlook Nebraska ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting everyone who is blind and visually impaired through employment, training, and experiences to build confidence and help them achieve their goals. The four-person scramble tournament had three flights. Golfers teed off at noon, following a grab and go lunch, with a shotgun start. The tournament concluded with a short program about ONI’s youth recreation program and Camp Abilities, announcement of the winning foursomes, drawing of raffle prizes, and a casual fried chicken and barbecue beef dinner. 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 $20,000 was raised for Outlook Nebraska’s youth recreation programs. These programs include monthly recreational activities adapted for the blind and visually impaired teens, including the Blind Golf Academy. Additionally, Outlook supports Camp Abilities Nebraska with Boys Town National Research Hospital. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 33

NON-PROFIT NEWS Nebraska Community Foundation: Save the Date to Celebrate

Matching Gift Donation Opens Opportunity to Support Hope Lodge Nebraska

Mark your calendar for Nebraska C o m m u n i t y Foundation’s Annual Celebration on November 2 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista! NCF’s Annual Celebration is a gathering of Nebraska’s most ambitious citizens committed to building stronger, more prosperous communities across the state. This year’s event centers on the theme “Together a Greater Nebraska” and kicks off with training sessions designed for volunteers in NCF’s affiliated fund network serving over 200 Nebraska communities. Nebraska Community Foundation invites the public to attend the affiliated fund expo demonstrating the incredible work of over 1,500 volunteers representing communities of all sizes. Attendees will share ideas, plan for action, break bread and celebrate success with a growing network of dreamers and changemakers. Watch our website – www.nebcommfound. org – for more details and a registration link, coming soon! A few event sponsorships remain. For more information, call (402) 3237330 or email

The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce a $500,000 matching gift opportunity for the community to help save lives from cancer by Giving Hope a Home through Hope Lodge Nebraska.

Survivors Rising Announces Upcoming Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October and Survivors Rising is planning several events. The month will kick off with a Women’s Fund Giving Circle Friend-Raiser event on October 5th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. It will be held at Vino Mas at 14450 Eagle Run Drive in Omaha. There will food, wine tasting, music and a brief presentation about Survivors Rising. The purpose of the event is to introduce Survivors Rising to the community and promote awareness of intimate partner violence. The second event will be the Survivors Rising Second Annual 5K Walk/ Run. It will be held on October 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Millers Landing in Omaha. Registration will open August 1st and can be completed at: The purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to: *Mourn those who have died because of domestic violence; *Celebrate those who have survived; and *Connect those who work to end violence. More activities will be forthcoming for Domestic Violence Awareness Month from Survivors Rising and other programs. Follow them on Facebook or check out their website for updates! Survivors Rising is dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of intimate partner violence. The local organization’s mission is to ensure that the survivor voice is represented in legislation and in the community and that offenders are held accountable. Programs include: speakers bureau, education & training, legislative and policy advocacy, and survivor engagement to promote system change and safety in our community. For more information, please visit or contact Kim at (402) 850-0301 / 34 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017

Hope Lodge Nebraska is currently under construction at 8030 Farnam Drive, on land donated by Methodist Health Systems. This Hope Lodge will provide a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers traveling to Omaha for treatment. The facility will have 32 private rooms and community areas where guests can connect with one another in a supportive and nurturing environment. This free lodging program helps eliminate many emotional and financial concerns and allows patients to focus on what is most important, getting well. Hope Lodge Nebraska will join over 30 other Hope Lodges currently open across the country The Giving Hope a Home opportunity is for businesses, individuals, families, friends and survivors to have a personal stake in building a community of hope by making general donations to the Hope Lodge Nebraska campaign or by purchasing a lasting commemorative piece, a luminaria. Displayed day and night on the facility’s campus, luminaria represent our shared vision for a cancer-free future. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge program and how you can support the campaign, visit or contact Doug Bottger at (402) 3980771 /

Heartland Family Service Presents Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids!” Comedy Night Join the Jefferson House Advisory Committee in putting smiles on the faces of vulnerable children from Dodge County and the surrounding area by attending the 13th annual Heartland Family Service Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids!” Comedy Night on Saturday, August 5 at the Fremont Golf Club. The evening, planned by co-chairs Jeff Hoffman and Jenny Estudillo, will just tickle guests and includes dinner, dessert dash, silent and live auctions and entertainment by Magician & Hypnotist Jeff Quinn. And, for the second year, the Spirit of Jefferson House award will be given out to recognize an individual, couple or group who has made an exceptional contribution to the Jefferson House. This year’s inaugural honoree is Michelle Wiese. All proceeds will benefit the Heartland Family Service Jefferson House, which provides residential safety to children from birth to age 18. The event will be held at the Fremont Golf Club at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorships are $600 for a table of eight. Heartland Family Service has more than 50 programs, which serves more than 30,000 individuals each year in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Critical human services are provided in the following areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability.

NON-PROFIT NEWS Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Speak at NFC Championship Luncheon

JDRF Announces New Omaha-Council Bluff Board Members

Nebraska Families Collaborative will hold a luncheon honoring the children and families they serve in Douglas and Sarpy counties and those who support their mission on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Lauritzen Gardens. The luncheon’s featured speaker is three-time Gold medalist and three-time World Champion gymnast Gabby Douglas. Douglas first competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she won Gold in both the All-Around Individual and Team competitions. She returned to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where she won her third Olympic Gold medal in the Team competition and is the only all-around Olympic Gold medal gymnast, in U.S. history to return to a second Olympics. Nebraska Families Collaborative is a community-based system of care for at-risk children and families in eastern Nebraska. Its services includes foster, kinship and group home care, adoption and guardianship placement and training, in-home treatment, family support, parent and peer mentoring and aftercare services for youth and families following the closure of case management services in the child welfare system. For more information about the event or questions about attending, contact Liz Franco, development coordinator for Nebraska Families Collaborative, at (402) 492-2503 or register at championship-luncheon.

JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, has announced the appointment of new Omaha-Council Bluffs Chapter board members and said farewell to those retiring. Chapter boards and their members provide volunteer guidance to the chapter and play a vital role in executing fundraising, leadership and advocacy activities to ensure that its efforts remain aligned with the needs of people who live with the disease. New JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Board Members: Mike Fischer; Doug Hegarty, PayPal, Inc.; Chad Richter, Jackson Lewis P.C.; Steve Shirmang, TD Ameritrade; Heather Smith, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Retiring JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Board Members: Kathy English, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center; Drew Fossum, Tenaska; Lisa Johnson; Jill Rotella; Daron Smith. “We are delighted to welcome our new Board members to the JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Chapter,” said Laci Naber, Executive Director. “We’re confident they will provide the strengths needed to advance JDRF’s goals of improving the lives of all those living with this disease. We also thank our retiring Board members, because of their continued passion and dedication our Chapter has been able to support our T1D community through outreach and funding life-changing research. They have helped shape the future of our organization.” The Omaha-Council Bluffs JDRF Chapter was formed in 1985 and has established an impressive track record in raising funds for research, family mentor program, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy. For more information, please visit, follow on Twitter @JDRFOmahaCB, or call (402) 397-2873.

American Heart Association: Go Red for Women This September Unite Sept. 12 as the American Heart Association hosts the annual Omaha Go Red For Women Expo locally sponsored by M e t h o d i s t Health System with media sponsors KMTV Action 3 News, Star 104.5 and metroMAGAZINE. The event, chaired by Gail DeBoer, president of SAC Federal Credit Union, is at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. The Expo begins at 4:30 p.m. with an electronic silent auction, exhibitor booths and health expo and educational hot topic sessions. The night continues with a plated dinner, a live auction and an inspiring survivor story, this year highlighting Omaha’s Sarah Prenosil, who has had two heart transplants by age 30. I n d i v i d u a l t i c ke t s a n d t a b l e s a r e a va i l a b l e n ow a t Event sponsorships are also available. Proceeds benefit the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Last year, the Association invested nearly $1.7 million in 10 new and continuing studies in Nebraska alone. The Go Red For Women Expo is a part of the American Heart Association’s national movement, sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, to end heart disease and stroke in women. Approximately 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease but many are unaware. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use. The Expo aims to raise awareness and change the startling statistics. Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined.

Archdiocese of Omaha Honors ACD Members The Archbishop’s C o m m i t t e e fo r Development (ACD) honored three couples at the 42nd Annual ACD Recognition Dinner on Thursday, June 8 at Omaha Country Club. Archbishop George Lucas and Arc hbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss were among the 125 in attendance.

Pictured L-R: Mickey Anderson, Krista Anderson, Bob Reed, Betsy Reed, Mary Jo Coffey, Dick Coffey, Archbishop George Lucas.

The ACD was established in 1972 and currently has 200 members. The ACD provides leadership and expertise to the Archbishop of Omaha on quality Catholic education, stewardship, estate planning, development and finance. Archbishop George J. Lucas gave special recognition to Quarter Century Honorees Mary Jo and Dick Coffey for their twenty-five years of service on the ACD. He also gave tribute to Special Honorees Krista and Mickey Anderson and Betsy and Bob Reed for the impact they have made on the archdiocese. The generous support and dedication of these three couples has greatly benefitted their parishes, Catholic schools and other ministries of the Catholic Church. Past award recipients attending the evening’s celebration included Mary Joy Anderson, Marilyn and Jerry Buresh, Archbishop Elden Curtiss, Msgr. James Gilg, Mike and Suzie Lawler, John Maginn, Jim McGill, Paul and Patty Mendlik, Doug Quinn, Peg and Gene Steffensmeier, Kelly and Britt Thedinger, Vera and Roman Uhing and Herman Weist. AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 35

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As of last month, patients looking for convenient and state-of-theart primary care have a brand new but familiar option. Nebraska Medicine – Brentwood Village is now open at 8604 Giles Road, just minutes from the previous clinic site near 84th and Giles. The clinic is open five days a week, available to treat a full schedule of internal medicine, rheumatology and pain medicine patients. The new clinic has 15 exam rooms, five consult rooms and a procedure room. The expanded space also includes new equipment including X-ray, electric exam tables and scales. “Our Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care will be enhanced with a more accommodating clinic space to better serve our patients,” said Susan Schwedtfeger, MD, medical director, Brentwood Village. The PCMH model puts the patient at the center of everything the clinic does, providing multiple services all in one location. Multidisciplines at Brentwood Village will include Pharmacy, Behavioral Health, Diet/Nutrition and Social Work. The clinic is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday and Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Children’s Physicians Expands to Fremont Children’s Physicians, the primary care network of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Fremont, NE. Pediatrician Terry Wooldridge, M.D., and his staff will practice as Children’s Physicians, Fremont. The office currently practices under the name Kid Care, located at 220 E. 22nd Street. This will be the 14th Children’s Physicians location in the Omaha metro area; it is expected to open in August of 2017. Dr. Wooldridge received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency through the Creighton-Nebraska Universities Health Foundation Pediatrics Residency Program. He has cared for children in Fremont for more than 20 years. Children’s Physicians will be communicating more details with Dr. Wooldridge’s patient families as the opening date nears and more information is available. Children’s Physicians is a group of board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners providing expert pediatric care at 13 offices throughout the Omaha area, two with adjacent urgent care facilities. Ten offices have been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Children’s Physicians pediatricians hold themselves to levels of care that far surpass national quality of care standards in pediatrics. They maintain these outstanding credentials as the only pediatricians practicing in partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine’s pediatrics training program. For more information and pediatric resources for families, visit Children’s Physicians at 36 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017


Regents Approve New Child Health Research Institute The University of Nebraska Board of Regents have approved the creation of the Child Health Research Institute, a collaboration between the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. The institute will provide a base for an already established and growing research program within the 10-year-old affiliation between Children’s and UNMC. No state funds were requested to create the Institute.

NAMI Omaha Announces Upcoming Meeting NAMI Omaha is excited to share that their free upcoming Mental Health NAMI Affiliate meeting, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, September 7th from 6-8 p.m. The topic will be “A Report on the NAMI 2017 Convention in DC,” presented by local members who were in attendance. No reservations are necessary. A complimentary light meal will be served. These meetings take place the first Thursday of each month at First United Methodist Church, located at 7020 Cass Street in Omaha. Parking is available on the east and north side of the church. Enter through doors 4 or 6 and proceed to room 112. NAMI Omaha is a local affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. They provide free support to family and friends who have a loved one living with mental illness through education, literature, workshops, conferences, support groups and more. They also offer support groups to the individuals who have a mental illness. For information, go to or call (402) 3458101. For helpful articles on mental illness, follow on Facebook at

Nebraska Community Blood Bank: Save Lives, Win Tickets How about taking one last family trip to the zoo or catching the latest blockbuster with friends before we say goodbye to the lazy days of summer? Through September 5, all presenting Nebraska Community Blood Bank blood donors will earn chances to win tickets, including a family four-pack to Henry Doorly Zoo, Lincoln Children’s Zoo or tickets to Marcus Theatres. Maintaining a stable blood supply during the summer months can be especially difficult as schools are out of session and people take vacations, but the need for blood remains constant. With your help as a volunteer blood donor you can make a life-saving difference to someone in need. Visit NCBB.ORG to schedule your blood donation appointment today at one of the three donor centers or at a community blood drive. To learn more about the August 2017 promotion visit NCBB.ORG/ZOO. Nebraska Community Blood Bank supplies lifesaving blood to healthcare facilities in six counties throughout Nebraska. All blood types are needed—especially O negative (O-) and O positive (O+). Only volunteer blood donors can make a life-saving difference to someone in need.

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Mark your calendars - Husker Harvest Days 2017 will take place on September 12-14. Now in its 40th year, Husker Harvest Days will bring together anywhere from 400-600 exhibitors to Grand Island, NE from across the nation and even abroad. These businesses, made up predominantly of farmers and ranchers, ag businesspeople, and ag-related companies, will have the opportunity to connect with thousands of people – in past years, attendance has been over 100,000, which is incredible. Its impact on our state’s economy is major, as is the impact of these businesses on our lives locally, regionally, and nationally. Agriculture is profoundly significant here in Nebraska - it’s a billion-dollar industry that accounts for a sizeable portion of our thriving business climate. In fact, estimated to account for around one-fourth of the state’s total economy, it’s a percentage share that’s unmatched elsewhere in North America with the exception of South Dakota. What’s produced here in Nebraska is feeding our fellow Americans, and those across the world too. Husker Harvest Days is the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show, and the area’s largest and most complete one, featuring the latest equipment, supplies and technologies available to today’s producers. Attendees have a multitude of opportunities at this event, which is geared towards Nebraska and western Corn Belt agriculture. The newest tractors, combines and harvesters, grain-handling equipment, and irrigation technologies will be on display. Watch and even participate in live demonstrations of these as well as new models of pickups and ATVs, with all of the experts on-hand to answer questions. Or, check out the field demonstrations, crop technology exhibits, and livestock handling demonstrations. There’s so much more too; you really have to see to believe all of the amazing things going on at Husker Harvest Days, just ask anyone who has been before. With an exhibit field spanning 80 acres, it’s a massive display of what’s happening in agriculture today and what the future holds. If you plan on attending this year, make sure to stop by and check out our featured exhibitors!


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Swinger Mfg. is a company with products made by grain producers for producers. The Swinger hopper mover eliminates getting in and out of the semi-truck to unload grain from the field. With the easy to use fob, nothing stands in the way of the auger repositioning. Swinger utilizes two direct drive motors that provide enough power and torque to effortlessly move your hopper throughout the long days. Swinger Mfg. warrants the Swinger for one (1) year from the date of purchase against product defects. Try the Swinger for 60 days and if you aren’t completely satisfied, we will refund you the full purchase price (excluding shipping). If your Swinger needs repair during the warranty period, the product can be returned to Swinger Mfg. in Des Moines, IA. If you have additional questions about your Swinger, contact us (844) 763-3490 or Swinger Mfg. is located at 1501 NE Broadway, Suite 1 Des Moines, IA 50313.

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) looks forward to joining you at Husker Harvest Days 2017. Along with other commodities, we will be discussing the importance of Nebraska farming in international trade and marketing, animal agriculture and other related topics. High Oleic soybeans arrived in Nebraska during the growing season of 2016, and they continue to improve product nutrition and extend shelf life. This variety has expanded the market for soybean oil and offers a premium to producers in specific areas. Take Action, a farmerfocused education platform, will also be on display to target weed and pest management and encourage farmers to utilize practices that decrease the impacts of herbicide-resistant weeds. Stop by our booth and visit our other commodities in the Ag Commodities Building along Main Street at Husker Harvest Days 2017! For more information about the NSB, visit our website at www.

Brothers Equipment, Inc., a family-owned agricultural business specializing in fertilizer application parts and equipment, was started in 1975 in the small town of Friend, Nebraska. With over 40 years of experience, Brothers Equipment has been committed to finding innovative products and technology that increase your yield and profits, by providing equipment from a variety manufacturers to meet your specific application needs. Our sales and parts departments are committed to service making sure your fertilizer equipment is ready for the field. Our inventory is fully stocked with new and used equipment and parts for all makes and models. Products we carry include: Salford/BBI Spreaders, PLA Sprayers, Kraus Blending, Case IH Fertilizer, Montag Dry, Banjo, CDS John-Blue, Hypro, Ace, TeeJet, Ag Hose, Raven, Shield NH3, KZ valves, and much more! For more information and to see our online catalog, please visit www. or call (800) 742-7746. You can also visit our facebook page at

At Husker Harvest Days’ booth #DIBN1575 (North Diversified Industries Building, towards the middle of the show site) once again Conklin’s AgroVantage System will be on full display with representatives from all across Nebraska. AgroVantage is the largest division of Conklin Company, and with more than half of the NCGA, national winners utilizing this system, you can see why they call it “The Company of Champions.” Back in the late 60’s AgroVantage released it’s first wetting agent called Wex and from there has continued to develop a no-nonsense, systems approach to higher yields with a focus on lowering a producer’s cost per bushel. They have gone on to develop a state-of-the-art, online soil testing system, built in conjunction with MidWest Labs. Known for some of the best agronomy and soil science training programs, AgroVantage continues to both research, develop and manufacture a crop management system starting from the furrow and working backwards.


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Wedding Planning By this time of the year, there have been many weddings celebrated (Congrats newlyweds!). Although there’s still plenty of action happening before fall sets in, the nuptial agenda is winding down for most of us. That’s not to say there won’t be a beautiful winter wedding or two coming up; with less of a well-defined “wedding season” in favor of the freedom to set the date anytime you please, year-round affairs have become commonplace.

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Rewinding back to where it all begins, for those who recently got engaged or who are ready to begin the planning process, let’s get into those details!

“It’s important that every wedding couple feels confident with their venue choice as they embark on their wedding planning; it’s usually the first decision they will make and all other plans revolve around their ceremony and reception venue,” advises Sue Bennett with The Club at Indian Creek. “We would love to be your wedding venue of choice!

Getting engaged is a beautiful thing and one of life’s most memorable moments, as are the wedding festivities that follow. Many future brides and grooms are at that point in their journey now or will be soon. With much planning ahead it may seem overwhelming, but should ultimately be as enjoyable as possible as you put together all of the details to bring your vision to life. While this is an expansive list of items to cover, as each wedding is unique and there is so much to explore, there are certain essentials and guidelines that don’t change much. You’ll be making a lot of decisions together, that’s a given. With the guidance of our local experts, the process and your experience during it will be less stressful and more pleasurable – a memorable one in all of the most wonderful ways. {Save The Date: Selecting The Venue & Setting The Scene} It’s best to have a few dates and venues in mind as the very first step. Then you’ll begin narrowing those down based on the availability of those venues, booking details, and research on other events or happenings that are going on at the same time to determine if there’s reason for eliminating them as possibilities. Some of the main things you’ll be taking into consideration beyond availability on a specific date would be location, occupancy to accommodate your guest list, set-up and amenities, décor and ambiance, vendor partnerships and any restrictions on bringing in your own, and then there are potentially others based on your preferences. When meeting with the representatives at each venue, ask any and all of the questions you can think of that would impact


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There are many fantastic venues here in the Omaha Metro and outside of that but still in the area, with each having unique characteristics that make them desirable locations for a wedding, reception, or other related events.

The Club at Indian Creek combines natural beauty and stylish settings to provide the Sue Bennett best in casual elegance for any event. Our ballroom can be divided into two smaller The Club at Indian Creek rooms to accommodate events ranging from a small intimate shower or rehearsal dinner to a large reception of up to 400 guests. Our caring, experienced event staff will help you create a unique event that reflects your own personal style. We have an outdoor ceremony area overlooking our beautiful 27 hole golf course, and best of all, we are open to the public – providing you with a private club atmosphere without the expense of membership to an exclusive facility.” She also mentions a couple things to keep in mind that deviate a little bit from what’s traditionally been considered the norm and the reasons why. “Fridays seem to be returning as the day to host your 2018 wedding! The Club at Indian Creek is excited to be your partner as your wedding venue of choice any day of the week, but for many couples, an off-day wedding-perhaps a Friday or Sunday-is more appealing. This is especially true for those who don’t have a lot of time for wedding planning and preparation. Lower airfare is often available for your out-of-town guests during the week. Some hotels

and restaurants require a lower minimum number of guests for offday weddings. If you’re on a tight budget, such savings can make a difference. Another reason for the growing popularity of off-day weddings is the chance to spend more time with your family and friends. Many couples plan weddings lasting several days, or longer, so they can pay more attention to those who traveled to be there. For example, the wedding ceremony could be held Friday, with activities planned through your honeymoon departure on Sunday. But even if an off-day wedding isn’t your first choice, it offers many social, economic and emotional advantages. If properly planned, off-day weddings aren’t cookie-cutter weddings, but instead, can be the chance for you to make each moment of your celebration a memorable pleasure. Also, many couples feel the need to hire a wedding planner to assist with their day-of wedding arrangements, but that might not always be necessary. For example, The Club at Indian Creek not only provides you with an Event Coordinator for the day of your wedding to oversee everything at the venue from start to finish, but we also meet with every couple during the planning process to assist with decision making and planning.”

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“The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company have plenty of expertise to offer, with over 30 years spent helping our clients plan their dream weddings and honeymoons,” says Dana Smithberg with The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company. “We are here to assist and walk you through every step of planning your destination wedding and/or honeymoon, or a trip to a beautiful place where you plan to pop the question (or the champagne if the trip is in honor of your recent engagement).

For an engagement affair to remember, what’s more romantic than proposing on the beach or how about an elegant cruise ship? Let us help plan a getaway that is truly one she will never forget! Already engaged? Why not celebrate with a trip! Take the time to celebrate your engagement, check out your special destination and relax before all of the crazy wedding planning begins! Destination weddings continue to a hot trend, and many have taken the idea of getting married abroad to a whole new level! Couples today are looking to tie the knot in unique locations while doing so in style, all within their set budget. From the small and simple private wedding to the large and extravagant celebrations, there’s something for everyone! And along with the ceremony and reception, they’re doing everything from an arrival day welcome cocktail party by the pool to a ‘day after the wedding’ bonfire on the beach, complete with s’mores and drinks.


Another current trend is incorporating excursions. Adventure has definitely been on the minds of many destination couples. Whether it’s snorkeling in Belize, hiking in the mountains of Italy, or boating on the coast of Australia, wedding couples are customizing these experiences to their interests as well as what their guests will enjoy. When planning a destination wedding or honeymoon, the earlier you start, the more availability and options you will have to choose from. We suggest one year in advance of your date if possible. At The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company, our services are complimentary; we never charge a service fee. Make sure to ask one of Destination Wedding Specialists about free wedding packages or how the Bride & Groom can go for free! Come see us, we’d love to discuss what you have in mind and show you all of the possibilities!”

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You don’t necessarily have to travel the world to achieve the feel of a destination wedding either. If the scenic beauty of nature, the charm of the countryside, outdoor chic, or something similar is how you’d describe the setting of your dream wedding, the Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day farm is nearby in Nebraska City, and fits the bill perfectly. “Across our 260-acre property, the beauty of nature creates the perfect location for any ceremony or reception, from traditional to casual,” says Patricia Pierce with Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm. “It delivers big time for couples wanting an inspirational backdrop for their event. We offer indoor and outdoor venues in unique settings, including a rustic barn and historic mansion. Whether your wedding or ceremony is large or small, the options are truly endless.

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location — The Meadow. The space, located on the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park grounds, is an open area surrounded by towering evergreens with Arbor Lodge Mansion as the backdrop. It can be used for both ceremonies and receptions. If the perfect engagement setting is what you seek, the 50-foot tree house at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure is an option I’d recommend considering. Any couple looking for that type of unique idea can certainly find it throughout the Lied Lodge & Arbor Day Farm property. My advice to any couple seeking a wedding venue is to visit in person for a guided tour of the property. The perfect start is looking online, but seeing it in person is a must. A personal tour of the venue

allows you to meet the staff you’ll be working with on all the details for your big day. At Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm, our staff is with you every step of the way, offering experienced support and high-quality customer service. In fact, one of our team members was recently awarded the Nebraska Tourism Frontline Customer Service Award, a testament to the caliber of professionals we have here. We take pride in our work on each and every wedding. Here at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm, we make wedding planning easy for the bride and groom so they can focus on making memories that will last a lifetime.” Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch is another charming destination with plenty of possibilities. “There are so many different things we can do here for weddings as well as engagement parties and prenuptial events,” says Ed Schaefer with Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch. “As a family-run business, you get a level of personal service, including flexibility with accommodations, that is often hard to come by. In our lengthy time hosting these types of events, we’ve done quite a bit of different things and found ways to make everything so much easier when it comes to planning and execution.

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Across 80 acres on our property, we can set up outdoor weddings anywhere, and have four different indoor facilities of varying sizes and motifs that also have outdoor areas with firepits. We can accommodate small, intimate affairs all the way up to ones with guest lists in the hundreds. Some are fully decorated in a western theme decked out with antiques and all, while others are less decorated; any one can be made to look however you like. Overall we are considered an ideal destination for those who are envisioning a rustic feel, but the spaces can be transformed based on your vision, whether that’s country western to elegant and sophisticated. We have a very talented in-house decorator that can lend her services if you like, and are happy to recommend other vendors too. For the meal served at the reception, we offer a buffet-style spread with selection of two entrees and four sides, and it’s all you can eat. There’s quite a bit of range as far as our fare goes and you can expect a quality meal no matter what you choose. We take pride in our team’s culinary talent and use fresh ingredients, many of which are grown and raised here on the farm. As far as the bar, we also have that completely covered for our clients. Our most requested offerings above and beyond the venue, catering, bar services, and decorating are the special touches that really make it a memorable affair. Campfires for an engagement party, or after the rehearsal dinner or wedding, and hayrack rides to picturesque locations on the property for the immediate family and bridal party photo session, are the most popular. It’s also a plus for many that we’re kid friendly, complete with play areas that are lit up at night, and pet friendly as well. With packages that cover the essentials and the opportunity to add what you like past that, planning a wedding can be done without being too terribly time-consuming or overwhelming and you’ll get exactly what you want.” Back to venues here in the Omaha Metro, there’s soon to be a brand new one in town, which is always exciting. In fact, the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District is the first full-service hotel to open in Omaha in more than a decade. It’s location in the Capitol District, an upscale urban dining and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Omaha, is ideal for wedding-related events, let alone the impressive amenities the hotel itself will have to offer. “The Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District has event space both indoors and out for weddings of any size, including a rooftop pool deck, the only one of its kind in Omaha,” says


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Jennifer Murphy with The Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. “We can host any wedding event from ceremonies to receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, brunches and more. All of our function rooms offer an option of natural light that will stream through the floor-to-ceiling windows. In my role as events manager, I serve as a wedding planner for couples and am dedicated to turning the vision of your Jennifer Murphy wedding into reality. I love to consider Marriott Omaha every aspect of the entire wedding Downtown Capitol District weekend. All of the little details add up to a very special experience for your wedding guests, both on the wedding day and in the days leading up to and following the celebration. We’ve put together a selection of special packages that think beyond the wedding itself, such as getting-ready-room packages and welcome amenities for out of town guests. Our hotel offers many options for wedding dinners of all sizes, but there is one new type of meal service we are bringing to the Omaha area. We are offering a custom creative dining experience for events; this type of services applies restaurant-style ordering at the table with a curated event execution. Wedding guests can order their preferred meal choice the evening of the event, with options available to suit each individual’s tastes and the ease of the selected meal being served tableside. This also saves a lot of work for the bride, who won’t have to track what each guest would like for dinner in advance. Overall, when planning, understand what is most important to you on your big day. Obviously, the goal of weddings is to get married, but the engaged couple and their families should discuss what they want next on the list. For some it is the look and décor, for others, it is the entertainment and feel of the event, while for some the food and drink are the most important element to complete their day. My advice to any newly engaged couple is to discover what you want and communicate this to all of your vendors. These are professionals who will take the specifics of your vision and make it happen – it is what we do every day.” {The Reception: Eat, Drink & Be Merry} When it comes to weddings, there’s quite an emphasis on entertaining your guests and making it a memorable event for all. The décor, the fare, the flowers, the music – all of these along with any other special touches you add will set the mood and make it magical. While it’s common for special event venues to provide catering and bar services for those who book the space, others may not but will be able to present you with recommendations. Only once you’ve had the opportunity to discuss with your venue what is offered and/or allowed should you make your selection. It’s essential to understand the specifics of whether booking that venue means you are entering into an agreement to use their exclusive catering services or partners, or if you have your heart set on a specific company, that you are able to bring them in. Every venue is different, as is every caterer and wedding vendor for that matter, so it’s advised to meet in person and explore what is possible before making the final decision. Catering is an art and there is a lot of talent and diversity to be found here in the Omaha Metro. As such, there are plenty of options out there to fit any taste and budget. When selecting a menu, the more you have to choose from at each price point, the greater chance you’ll have of arriving at a meal that matches both. Just Good Meat is a perfect example, with the ability to customize a meal that incorporates any type of meat you could imagine, along with offering a large selection of homemade sides, and even options as to how it is ultimately served. For the backyard or outdoor reception, Just Good Meat can bring its food truck on-site, or as

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with any wedding, their staff can set up a spread or perform a full meal service. Or, for those working with a limited budget, you can choose to have someone stop by the store and pick up your order, which is ready to be set up and served when you arrive at your destination. When it comes time to establish a budget, catering is typically one of the first areas to work the numbers depending on whether it’s provided by your venue or not. “While on average plates can run from $15 to $20, our plates typically cost between $8 to $10, and sometimes even less,” says Sean Fuller with Just Good Meat. “Since very few people have unlimited wedding funds, couples have to make sacrifices to stay within their budgets. With that in mind, we’ve made it a point to have plenty of Sean Fuller options for excellent, quality fare available Just Good Meat so that our customers can feel confident in whatever they select, and strive to make the entire experience very convenient and positive. Planning a wedding and wedding reception can be so much fun as it’s full of possibilities, but that can also make things stressful at times. Choosing a business with plenty of experience and solid offerings can help relieve so much of that stress so that everyone can relax and enjoy themselves, because that’s the whole point.” As for the bar, there will be important decisions to make in planning to accommodate your guests here too. “There should be options for everyone, and to make that easier to estimate, we suggest dividing the guest list into four age groups for planning purposes,” says Jim Sobczyk with Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal. “For the partygoers who are minors, you’ll want to factor in punch, juice or soda. As you’d suspect, for those 21 to 35 years old it is the exact opposite. They are consuming the most at the party and the 35- to AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business


55-year-olds are right there behind them. But, the 21- to 35-year-olds are typically drinking more name brand beer and liquor than the other age groups. Predictably, the 55-year-olds and older are the first ones to leave and do not drink as much in general. They lean towards liquor opposed to beer. This idea carries over to engagement parties as well. In fact, in certain cultures, the engagement party is even bigger, with more beverages being poured, than Jim Sobczyk the wedding reception itself. After all, an Cornhusker Beverage engagement party is a good way to have & Bridal fun and introduce people to one another before the wedding day arrives, similar to a rehearsal dinner but on a larger scale. Whether it’s the reception or another wedding-related celebration, if you’re not opting to stock a full bar, a signature drink works nicely. It’s the perfect solution for those who only want to offer beer and wine, but at the same time, don’t want to completely overlook those who enjoy liquor. Everyone has their own preferences for alcohol, so it’s important to keep that in mind and try to cater to that if at all possible.” Sweet treats are yet another wedding reception staple with unlimited variations. There’s still plenty who go the traditional route of a beautiful wedding cake, while others are getting quite creative with their dessert, or doing the cake plus one or more dessert items. Whether you have a classic tiered cake in mind or one that’s decorated uniquely, want to serve your favorite treat or have a themed spread, or would like a dessert table with an assortment of indulgent options because it’s always nice to have choices, The Omaha Bakery can bring your dessert dreams to life. And for all of the other affairs leading up to the big day, you certainly can’t

go wrong with serving a decadent dessert either! Should you need anything for your set-up and don’t want to allocate a part of the wedding fund to buy it outright, you might want to consider rental. With a division dedicated to serving wedding clients in the Omaha area since 1968, Honeyman Rent-All is a trusted resource for party and event rentals, and has quite the extensive inventory to offer. With backyard wedding and receptions remaining on trend, Honeyman Rent-All has everything you’d need to complete the transformation – and even has another division with equipment rentals if you want to do some work to the property to get it whipped into shape! {Everything Else: More Must-Know Wedding Tips} Now let’s sum up everything we’ve discussed thus far and add a few extra recommendations in the mix for good measure. We’ve been honored to promote local clients who have been named Best of The Knot, so as one of the most well-respected resources for all things wedding, we picked a few tips to share from their article titled “30 Essential Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks.” It’s a fantastic compilation as-is, but we revised with our own recommendations based on what we’ve learned from consulting with local experts over the years. *Get an idea of the approximate number of guests you’ll be inviting BEFORE you book the venue. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25-30 square feet per guest. Once you add in the tables and chairs, dance floor, stations, decorations, and room for the vendors to work, it’s really not as much space as it seems like based on the measurements alone. *Before picking a date, decide on several and research anything that would make them a no-go. This includes major events happening that could impact your big day, including anything that would affect guest attendance, traffic, and/or hotel availability. (We’ve all been invited to a wedding on a Husker game day, so although it’s not necessarily a full-on blackout or avoided at all costs, it does mean that those who have their heart set on a Bye weekend need to plan WELL in advance.) *The weather – while it’s something you can’t control, you can plan accordingly for certain factors that you know might be at play based on the date, time, setting, etc. You want your guests to be comfortable so they are able to enjoy themselves. If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding with tents, try to avoid the months where rain or extreme heat are most likely. The same actually holds true with winter weddings; make sure the areas you’re entertaining guests will be properly heated, especially if it’s a large open space.

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*Having a system for organizing everything is essential. A binder is the most common; keep all correspondence with vendors, contracts, inspiration photos for vendors, meeting notes, etc. together in one place. Having an email account dedicated specifically to the wedding will also be immensely helpful, along with storing vendor contact information on your phone. (Also, keep an emergency contact sheet or phone with your vendor contacts readily accessible on your wedding day—it may come in handy in case your limo driver gets lost or you decide you’d like your photographer to take some behind-the-scenes shots.) There are really great apps to investigate too, as new and improved ones are being introduced all the time like any other app. Put together a wedding planning schedule and follow the steps succinctly. And keep a paper trail for everything – any adjustments, additions, addendums, changes of any kind to the original agreement. Sending confirmation details to establish correspondence is never a bad idea. Considering that it’s not at all unlikely that the same contact may not be working there to vouch for you a year down the road, it’s critical. *Use your credit wisely. Budgets do vary quite a bit, with some opting for a very small or minimal affair, but for the most part, weddings are costly. If you consolidate all of your expenses on one credit card that offers nice benefits, you can use those to offset other expenses. You can rack up airline miles to use when booking

your honeymoon or the money back can go towards your balance. *Planning for enough fare to feed your guests can be a little tricky with the last-minute RSVP’s and even unexpected attendees sometimes. An experienced caterer will factor in a meeting with you to fine-tune everything closer to the date. As the duty of a good host, you should also make sure to factor in feeding your vendors who are on-site providing services at your reception. Of course you’ll remember your photographers, videographers, entertainers, and others playing key roles, but don’t forget the low-profile folks too; perhaps you’re having a live band, which probably has roadies accompanying them to set up and tear down, or your photo booth might have an attendant. Furthermore, some vendor contracts will require you to provide the same meal you are offering your guests, so it’s wise to look for this before you sign the dotted line. While generally for buffet style meals this isn’t such a major expense or request, if you’re serving plated meals with entrees like lobster tails or filet mignon, you may want to consider cutting costs by having your caterer make a separate (but still hearty and delicious) meal plan for your vendors. *As for the serving of the drinks, or even if you have a cookto-order meal being served (i.e. the common trend for outdoor weddings of having a food truck), you’ll want to make sure that the wait times are kept to a minimum. Be clear with your venue/ vendor about what your expectations are as well as the number of guests who will be in attendance so they can staff accordingly. For the bar, a rule of thumb is one bartender per 50 guests. If you have a signature cocktail that’s more complicated than the pour of a few ingredients - anything that needs to be stirred, shaken, ornately garnished, muddled, blended, etc. - or that isn’t being made in large quantities ahead of time, designating an extra station/server is advised. *For allocating funds, try the Magic Formula: 48-50% of your budget assigned to the reception, 8-10% for flowers, 8-10% for

entertainment/music, 10-12% for photo/video, 2-3% for invitations, 2-3% for gifts, and 8% for miscellaneous items. That being said, it’s ESSENTIAL to reserve an extra 5-10% of your money for surprise expenses – printing extra invites because of mistakes, damaged items, additional tailoring needs, umbrellas for a rainy day or fans for a scorcher, etc. *Be clear on your policy about children. You have four choices: 1. Welcome children of all ages with open arms. 2. Have an “Adults Only” wedding (and try to be clear about the age cut-off in a polite way). 3. Include immediate family only. 4. Hire a child care service to provide services at the reception venue, your hotel block, or a family member’s home. It’s wise to avoid selectively inviting/ excluding children, with an exception for the youngsters in your bridal party. *Go over any other ground rules. In a place of worship, is there a dress code or is flash photography allowed? For an outdoor venue, are tent stakes, playing music, sectioning areas off, or decorations that involve trees, etc. allowed? *Finally, when it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly harried), look at your mile long to-do list and cut three things. Yes, you heard right, eliminate three things out of the equation. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate only the over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs or baking treats for gift bags. Cross them off and make a pledge not to think about them again or go back and forth, just take a deep breath and move forward. If you’re one of the lucky couples who will soon be exchanging “I Do’s” witnessed by all of your loved ones and well-wishers, and with all of the celebratory events surrounding the occasion, you’ve got some serious planning to do before that day comes. Rest assured you’re in good hands with the caliber of professionals we have here in the Omaha Metro, so make sure to use them early and often!

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representing you in the purchase or sale of a business – make sure to ask the questions and carefully consider the answers.” Another excellent resource from which to gather information and utilize for advice and guidance available to those here in the Omaha Metro area is Greater Omaha SCORE. “SCORE offers free counseling for people considering starting or buying a business as well as for current owners who want advice on enhancing or selling their businesses,” advises Gerry Phelan, a longtime business owner and representative of Greater Omaha SCORE. “Buying or selling a business is a complicated process that most of us do not get involved in very often. It pays to seek outside advice. SCORE has volunteer consultants with expertise in a wide variety of business disciplines, including volunteers like myself Gerry Phelan who have experienced buying and selling a business firsthand. We don’t provide legal or Greater Omaha SCORE accounting services but we can help with evaluating options, creating business plans and connecting buyers and sellers to the resources they need. Nationally, 71% of SCORE’s clients go into business after initial mentoring, and further benefit from ongoing mentoring as they operate their business. Specifically on the topic of the most imperative items for buyers and sellers to consider, he offers the following thoughts: “Buyers should think about what their real reason for investing in a business. Are you buying a job? Investing for the future? Seizing an opportunity? Those answers may influence how much you are willing to pay and what items you are willing to negotiate. In addition, buyers should be aware of what value they can bring to the business. Will your talents and past experience support you in running the business? Assuming that you will need a business loan to purchase the business, you will need to grow the business to cover the debt service and still make a profit. How do you plan to do that? Is it your marketing expertise? Sales or purchasing connections? Operational experience? One tool we have found to be useful at SCORE is called the Lean Canvas - it helps you to look at all aspects of the business with a simple, one-page tool. With positive results, you can confidently continue on to building a business plan. Sellers should prepare in advance if possible. Get your house in order before you begin. That would include ensuring that your books and records are in order, your inventory, accounts receivable and account payable are current and your business is ready for inspection. Just like selling a home, you will want to ‘stage’ the business to show it in the most positive light. Be prepared to answer questions about everything from the customer base to vendor relationships to your willingness to stay on in the business after the sale. You also should consider some intangibles; why are you selling – what is most important to you in the deal? Is it only cash? Or is maintaining your legacy and preserving the business you built important to you? What about protecting your employees? Often businesses end up being sold because the owner has no one to whom they can turn the business in order to retire. Succession planning before it is time to sell can help. SCORE offers a workshop on succession planning and can offer counseling to help with that process. Buyers and sellers should both consult with legal and accounting professionals before beginning negotiations. You want to be sure that you have someone representing your interests in the often complex sales process. Depending on the circumstances you may want to work with a business broker to locate a prospective buyer or seller and to assist in navigating the process. Even if your deal doesn’t involve a broker, you may want to consult with a broker for a fee to evaluate the sale price. There are many formulas used for business valuation and you want to be sure the price is right. Also, consider in advance what the seller’s role will be after the sale; do you need them to work in the business for continuity, at least for a while? I purchased my business in 2008 and sold it in the spring of this year. In my case, the sale served two purposes; I was going to have to sell the business so I could retire and if I chose not to sell, I faced the very real prospect of having the buyer, a national chain, enter the market on their

own and become a tough competitor. The sale was a win-win for both parties and since both parties understood what we wanted, we were able to readily compromise on the details of the deal. One way to help your negotiation process is to put yourself in the shoes of the person on the opposite end. What do they want/need out of the deal? Asking that question may help you arrive at the best terms for both parties.” As for current or projected conditions in our marketplace that would impact the decision to buy or sell, Phelan notes, “Omaha’s economy has been good and the overall economy is slowly improving. The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Economic Outlook Survey shows 33% of business leaders anticipating accelerated growth in 2017 and 54% expecting growth similar to 2016. That suggests a stable, expanding economy that will be a good business environment. You do need to be looking for a specific industry, market or legislative changes that could affect your deal. You can’t anticipate every possibility, but if you do your homework and research the marketplace, you can put the business risks in perspective. I know from experience that you need to be cautious about sales and profit projections. I bought my business right at the start of the 2008 banking crisis. In my business plan, I had included a modest 1% sales increase per year and I thought that with all the opportunities the business presented, I would have no problem crushing that goal. But I seriously underestimated the effect the banking crisis would have on durable goods. That led to a 14% revenue drop the first year instead of an increase and it leads to some very tough years. On the positive side, I quickly became an expert at managing cash flow.” Phelan also sheds light on some common misconceptions related to buying and selling a business. “I can’t afford to buy a business.” P: You will find that many businesses could actually be affordable – as long as you are realistic about what you can afford, get help in locating funding resources and make smart business decisions. Most lenders will require 20-25% down or more so you need to save your investment capital and set your sights on appropriately prized business. “It’s too risky.” P: You should always do your research and dig deep into the business’s financial statements. This is where getting outside expert help can provide comfort that you are making a good decision. You can’t mitigate all risk but you want to go into the deal with as much information as possible. “I can get a business loan with no money down.” P: Lending institutions require that you have some “skin in the game.” They know that when you have a significant personal investment in your business, you will have greater motivation to succeed and they will likely have a lower risk of default on the loan. Plan on raising personal capital to get a business loan. “I get to enjoy turning my hobby into a business.” P: You should invest in something you know and love but be aware that running a successful business requires many skills and you will have to focus on what is important. The demands of customers, vendors, employees, and bookkeeping can mean no time left for you to participate in your hobby. Running a business is demanding and satisfying work, but it may not be the work you envisioned when you set out to buy it. “Sales are what matters.” P: Of course you need sales, but cash flow is king. In the early years of business ownership, cash is the key to staying in business. You will need cash flow to pay your vendors, your rent and make payroll. And how will you implement your improvement strategies without the cash to fund them? Pay close attention to cash flow in your initial business plan. Make sure your banking relationship will include a line of credit to help you balance the ups and downs of starting up. Successful small business owners focus on cash flow and know how to read their cash flow statement. He concludes, “SCORE operates in cooperation with the SBA to provide entrepreneurs with business information vital to their success, including counseling on financing options, business planning, marketing strategies, product development and more. In most cases, services are provided free of charge or at very little cost. SCORE’s individual counseling and workshops help evaluate business opportunities and create business plans as well as providing coaching through the process. If you have an interest in buying or selling a business we would love to help.”

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Callfor Joan for a custom solution! Contact Mike McGavran a custom solution! 402.850.5384 To recap, your broker generally will have a significant role in the process, and having a mentor and advisor who has past experience with this process to also help guide you is highly recommended. Outside of that, as previously noted there are other professionals you may need when you’re preparing to buy or sell a business, during the process, or once you’ve completed the transaction and are planning for the future. For all of the above, your banker, accountant, and attorney are the ones you can plan on regularly consulting and working with throughout all of the phases. Then there are the people you employ. When it comes to staffing, there are things for both sellers and buyers to carefully consider. In some instances, the employees will remain with the business, while in others, the new owner will want to bring in their own team – and sometimes, it’s a blend of the two. If you’re a seller and know the buyer will not be retaining your staff, it’s going to be tough to break the news, but it must be done. Consider connecting them with a local staffing agency to set up a meeting, especially if you’ve worked with one in the past and know that your staff will be in good hands there. Or, if you’re buying a business and know that there will be key personnel gaps to fill, it can be tough to dedicate your resources to hiring at a time of transition when so much else is going on. Consulting with a staffing agency to see what they can do for you is wise at this point because with their help, you’re more likely to be hiring someone who is qualified for the position as they’ve already been screened, which is also a way to minimize the potential for turnover. It can take quite a bit of time devoted to hiring with promoting the position(s), reviewing applications, conducting interviews, and then there’s training. Having the right people in place is a major factor in a smooth transition when a business changes hands. With hiring comes onboarding and HR-related requirements, so if you’re a new business owner, you’ll also want to make sure to partner with a company that can help you with your needs in those areas. PAYCHEX specializes in payroll, human resources, benefits solutions and so much more. Tax services, hiring assistance, insurance and retirement plan management, payment processing and expense management, and even a small business loan center are all part of PAYCHEX’s offerings. With the purchase of an existing business, the goals moving forward will be dependent on a host of different factors. If it’s already successful or has a lot of brand equity – a strong reputation with an established clientele of repeat customers - you may decide that not much needs to change and stick with a good thing. If you’ve decided to take a risk with one that will take some work getting to that point, it could mean a number of things will need to happen. If rebranding is part of the plan, you’ll want to consult with the professionals on this too. In short, with anything that’s done to change the image of the business, the design of all critical elements and promotion of it moving forward will need to align. Buying or selling a business requires having all of the necessary things in place for the best possible outcome. While those are different for each party, what remains the same is surrounding yourself with competent professionals who can help you get to that point is critical. Being a business owner is such a rewarding venture, but it’s certainly not for everyone, and those who will succeed won’t do it alone. Best of luck in your future endeavors, entrepreneurs! AUGUST 2017 Strictly Business 49

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School It’s back to school time! What’s happening in the lives of students and their families this month as they prepare varies greatly depending on the scenario. What this looks like for parents sending their kids off to their first day of elementary school is different than parents sending them off to middle school or high school. Then there are the parents sending off their new college freshman who will be living on campus, in-state or outof-state, young adults preparing for another year of college, and on to adult students who are returning to the classroom to pursue a degree, some of whom are making preparations at the same time for their children who are also going back to school. For all of these, there’s a lot to do and think about ahead of time. Not to worry - no matter what you need to be well-prepared, there’s a local resource that can help you with it! While shopping for clothes and supplies and orientation are a given, there are others out there that you may not know about, but if you did, you’d absolutely add them to the list. One such resource that is making a big difference in the lives of kids with special needs and their families here in our community is the Children’s Respite Care Center. With such busy schedules resuming once school is in session, the Weekend Respite Program at CRCC is designed to provide the entire family a break from the intense structures of the weekly routine and offers an enjoyable, relaxing experience. Sarah Tselentis with Children’s Respite Care Center offers the following details about the program: “Our Weekend Respite Program provides support to families from 6:00 p.m. on Friday until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Whether a family needs a few hours to run errands or a weekend getaway Children’s Respite Care Center is a unique resource for families. Operated from our Northwest center, this recreational and leisure program includes group and individual time, with opportunities for indoor or outdoor Sarah Tselentis play. Experiences can include large-motor Children’s Respite activities, games, music, arts & crafts, cooking Care Center activities, socializing with friends or a quieter atmosphere for a retreat-like weekend. For instance, the Weekend Respite Program’s Movie Nights are a Friday night event for our clients and a night out for their parents. They get to enjoy a featured movie on the big screen! The night includes dinner, a movie, and activities to go along with the featured film. Movie nights are scheduled every 4-6 weeks, with overnight care available. Another exciting program Weekend Respite has to offer is Themed Weekends. Whether it’s an alien encounter at our ‘Out of This World Weekend,’ an indoor snowball fight at our ‘Weekend Winter Wonderland,’ a karaoke sing-off at our ‘American Idol Showdown,’ or telling ghost stories at our ‘Spooktacular Saturday,’ Theme Weekends are all about fun. The weekend program hosts these special events quarterly. There are many different activities, entertainment and special treats all based around a theme. It is a great time for the clients to enjoy a party atmosphere that is designed to fit their needs.” As for what all CRCC provides for children and families in general, she explains, “Here at CRCC, we understand the difficulties families face when trying to manage the business of daily life. Having a child with special 50 Strictly Business AUGUST 2017

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will celebrate the opening of its new College of Business from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18. “The ne...

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