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FOCUSING ON YOUR BRAND The Third Stage of the Buyer’s Journey: DECISION

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

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

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BUSINESS NEWS Revolution Wraps Invests in Routing Equipment, Expanding Portfolio of Offerings

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Revolution Wraps, known for quality, large-format printing, has recently invested in an Esko Kongsberg C cutting table that exceeds standards in versatility, precision and productivity for graphics, signage, displays and packaging. The super-wide finishing table can cut, crease and route a variety of substrates at 66 ips including thin and flexible to rigid boards up to 2” thick and 10.5’ tall and wide. With its continuous, high-performance milling unit, finished projects stay consistently smooth without sacrificing speed, increasing efficiency and turn-around times. With the added equipment, Revolution Wraps can now produce more customized projects tailored to your company’s goals and objectives including, but not limited to, routed signs, contour-cut shapes and letters, packaging and custom product displays. Revolution Wraps is one of the nation’s leading providers of highdefinition, large-format graphics. Our sales and design staff has been working in the advertising and marketing industry for 50+ years and are committed to utilizing their expertise to create a successful plan that helps grow your business. Headquartered in Lincoln with a second location in Omaha, Revolution Wraps is the only company in the state with 3M, UASG, PDAA VIP Master, Arlon and Avery installation certifications. To learn more about Revolution Wraps and to get a free quote, visit or call (402) 475-2886.

D1 Sports Training, the premier athletic-based training company, will be hosting a free Athlete Experience Event with D1 co-owner and former Green Bay Packers Running Back Ahman Green on Saturday, November 5th.

FireGuard Celebrates 22nd Anniversary, Hosts Customer Appreciation Day FireGuard recently c e l eb r a t e d t h e company’s 22nd anniversary and in honor of this huge milestone, hosted a Customer Appreciation Day on October 12th at their office location, 4404 S. 76th Circle. The community was encouraged to join in the celebration, enjoying food and register for prizes along with checking out vendor displays and networking with other safety professionals.   A huge thank you is extended to everyone who attended and for the continued support from the community.   FireGuard, Inc., which is headquartered in Omaha, and its sister company Jacobsen Fire Equipment Company, LLC, located in Lincoln, are focused on the ultimate goal of keeping clients safe and protected at all times. With the motto “One Call Does It All,” commercial clients in the area have access to a comprehensive line-up of products and services in the areas of fire protection and life safety. As a resource for any related products, services and inspections, key offerings include fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and fire sprinkler systems, and so much more. For more information about FireGuard, please contact Rob Sorensen at (402) 592-1999, toll-free at (888) 843-1991, or via email at You can also visit the company’s website at 6 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

The free event will feature two workout sessions in which participant’s ages 7 and older can experience a pro-style athletic training session with D1 Omaha co-owner Ahman Green and the D1 coaching staff. The 1-hour training sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Special promotions as well as meet and greet with photo ops and autograph signings with Green will be available. Spots are limited, so participants are asked to pre-register prior to the event. The training facility is the first of its kind in the Omaha area, with 15,000 square feet of training space including an indoor turf field, pro-style weight room, full service physical therapy and locker rooms. D1 is co-owned by professional athletes including Green, Danny Woodhead, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Doug McDermott along with CHI Health who provides Physical Therapy services in the facility. The event will be held at D1 Sports Training, 12220 K Plaza in the L Street Marketplace. For more information, call (402) 933-5173 or visit www.

Van Meter Inc. Expands Into Nebraska, Omaha Branch Now Open At the start of the year, Van Meter Inc., an Iowabased distributor of electrical and mechanical supplies and solutions, announced it would expand its business west into Omaha. As of September 26th, their new location at 10913 E. Circle in Omaha is open for business. An official grand opening and Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony was held the morning of Thursday, October 13 with lunch, tours and prize drawings taking place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The company’s new branch in Omaha expands Van Meter’s presence in the Midwest to 15 locations. Beyond servicing its existing Nebraska customer base, the company sees opportunity to attract new business and has assembled an experienced, ten-person team to staff its new location, with plans to hire at least three additional people. Positions range from sales personnel and product specialists to warehouse and delivery team members. Van Meter’s Omaha location is open for business Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customer inquiries by phone should be made to 1-800-247-1410. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Van Meter is Iowa’s largest distributor selling more than 800 brands of electrical and mechanical products to contractor, industrial and commercial customers nationwide, as well as internationally. Van Meter’s offering encompasses lighting, data communications, utility, automation, power transmission, renewable energy, core electrical components and more. To learn more, visit:

BUSINESS NEWS NBDC, PTAC to Host 2nd Annual Government Contracting Conference The Second Annual Meet t h e B u ye r s NBDC/PTAC Government Contracting Conference is set to take place on November 4th, 2016! You will have the opportunity to meet buyers from Federal Agencies and find Prime Contractors that are looking for small businesses to subcontract with. Learn which products, services and company qualifications federal agencies are seeking and increase your business sales through government contracting.  Confirmed Federal and State Agencies are: Offutt Air Force Base, US Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska Department of Roads, National Park Service, US Department of Veterans Administration, US Department of Urban and Housing Development, Small Business Administration, Omaha Public Power District, Omaha Public Schools, City of Omaha, Nebraska Safety Council, General Services Administration, National Guard, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kiewit, MPMSDC, CH2MHill. In Partnership with: Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, SBA. The event will be held on the UNO Campus at Mammel Hall, College of Business Administration (6708 Pine Street) from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $75. Register now on Eventbrite – visit www.eventbrite. com and search for “Meet the Buyers.” For more information about the Nebraska Business Development Center and its free services offered through the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, please visit

McGill Restoration Launches New Website McGill Restoration is excited to announce the recent launch of the company’s newly redesigned website! Undergoing a complete transformation, McGill Restoration’s website made its debut with a new look along with many new features. The website – – is thoughtfully structured to incorporate modern components that are both informative and engaging, showcasing McGill Restoration’s team at work in the community. It was also enhanced to be more user-friendly, with an emphasis on ease of navigation and a design that integrates strong visual elements with key company and project information. Qualified candidates interested in a position with McGill Restoration are now able to apply online, a direct approach that supports the company’s continued efforts to recruit the best talent in the area. Dedicated to “Building Relationships Through Craftsmanship,” McGill Restoration Inc. has been in business since 1985 and currently employs approximately 75 concrete and masonry restoration professionals. With annual revenues of approximately $14 million, McGill Restoration is a recognized industry leader throughout the U.S. in the rehabilitation and preservation of concrete and masonry structures. Make sure to stop by and check out McGill Restoration’s website at! The Omaha office can be contacted directly at (402) 558-7989.

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



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Scott Creative Designs New Logo for Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church Scott Creative, a graphic design studio based in Omaha, NE recently worked with Omaha’s historic Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church on a new logo for the church. Scott Creative had two objectives for KMLC’s new brand identity: modernizing the logo while retaining elements inherent to the existing identity system and providing KMLC with a logo that was truly unique to the church. After working with church staff and key decision makers, KMLC chose to move forward with a logo that draws inspiration from the shapes and forms found in KMLC’s unique and recognizable architecture, combined with KMLC’s existing logo typeface. This new, unique identity is suitable for use in multiple formats in printed materials, large scale displays and online. For further information about Scott Creative, please contact Jake Scott at (402) 208-5332 or Check out the website for more details at

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

BUSINESS NEWS Lutz Expands With New Office in Lincoln Lutz, an accounting and business solutions firm, is proud to announce their expansion to Lincoln. Since opening their doors in Omaha in 1980, Lutz has steadily grown to become the largest locally owned firm in Nebraska. Lutz started as an accounting firm, but has grown into a business solutions firm. Lutz provides accounting services such as tax, assurance, business consulting, and outsourced accounting. Additionally, Lutz has developed multiple divisions to help current and future clients thrive in all aspects of their businesses. These additional service lines include Lutz Financial, Lutz Tech, Lutz Talent and Lutz M&A. Lutz Tech was founded in 2000 and offers a wide array of expertise from managed network and IT services, to custom software and application development. Lutz Financial, founded in 2001, offers financial planning and asset management including individual risk management and retirement plan design and implementation. In 2014, Lutz Talent was created to offer placement services, temporary staffing and talent evaluation focused on the accounting and financial sector. Lutz M&A was established in 2015 to primarily offer seller-side advisory services and assistance with identifying qualified buyers.

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Local Chambers Launch The Kitchen Council The Greater Omaha Chamber and the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce have a message for the region’s food entrepreneurs– the prep work is done; The Kitchen Council is ready to serve. A unique food startup incubator, The Kitchen Council was founded to significantly lower the barriers to entry for new food companies while spurring economic development, job creation and entrepreneurial growth. Members will gain access to a fully-licensed commercial kitchen, providing them the tools, resources and space for production without the burden and costs of operating their own facilities. The Kitchen Council facility is located at 50 Arena Way, Suite 11 (formerly Famous Dave’s) in Council Bluffs, Iowa. More than 2,500 square feet of kitchen space can accommodate up to 30 foodpreneurs and will include a full complement of equipment – from convection ovens and large scale mixers to prep tables and walk-in freezer space. Beyond providing equipment, The Kitchen Council will manage day-to-day tasks, including inspections, maintenance and janitorial services, allowing members to focus on their products, customers and employees.

Farm-Fresh Turkeys Now Available for Pre-Order at Just Good Meat Holiday festivities are right around the corner, and Just Good Meat is excited to announce that you can now place an order to stop in or pick up your favorite holiday fare! Far m-fresh and smoked turkeys are available for pre-order as of November 1st. A $5 deposit is requested at the time the order is placed to ensure fulfillment and that all key details will be met accordingly. Quantities are limited and this is an item that’s in high demand every year, so it’s definitely something you’ll want to take care of right away! Additionally, you can make arrangements to include traditional sides such as mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and even pumpkin pie for dessert to accompany your turkey, ham or prime rib.

Members will also have access to business development assistance, including regular strategic review sessions with staff and volunteer mentors as well as marketing, sales, accounting, health and safety, and other support. Office space and free Wi-Fi are available to conduct meetings and business outside of the kitchen. Members pay a flat-rate, monthly membership fee based on intensity of facility use.

Just Good Meat will be closed on Thanksgiving so that employees are able to enjoy the holidays with their families, but pick-up of orders can be set for any time during hours of operation up until the day prior. Hours the week of Thanksgiving are as follows: Monday and Tuesday, November 21st & 22nd from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, November 23rd from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Kitchen Council is affiliated with Union Kitchen, the leading food incubator in the country, based in Washington, D.C. Union Kitchen has provided technical expertise in the planning and development of the project. To fund the project, the two Chambers were successfully awarded grant funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Entrepreneurial Investment Awards program, Iowa West Foundation and the Omaha Development Foundation.

Just Good Meat also recently extended its regular store hours just in time for the holidays and is now open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the store at (402) 339-7474 to place your holiday order. You can check out all of the items available online at NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 9


Leadership Resources Joins the Omaha Community The local demand for leadership development and strategic alignment within growing organizations has fueled the expansion of Leadership Resources to open a second office. A sought-after organizational development company, Leadership Resources has worked with hundreds of companies throughout the region. To celebrate, Leadership Resources invited clients, vendors and the public to join in an open house on Thursday, October 27th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the new office space, conveniently located in Miracle Hills at 1045 N. 115th Street, Suite 350. The event featured a ribbon cutting with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, as well as tours, food, and an opportunity to meet the Leadership Resources team.  Their new location will house a team of Leadership Development Specialists and staff, while providing a space for coaching, facilitation and forums. By strengthening its presence in Omaha, Leadership Resources is eager to continue building on and fostering their growing relationships within the community. Leadership Resources believes that development in an organization is vital to a company’s growth and success. Their team creates customized development journeys by identifying, aligning and developing high potential leaders within the organization. Through leadership content, strategic solutions, and their proprietary software LRSuccessPath®, Leadership Resources has a proven process that drives organizational and personal success. To learn more about Leadership Resources, visit


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AIM to Host Tech Celebration Join AIM on Thursday, Nov. 10 for Tech Celebration. This event honors the outstanding tech talent in our community and the profound impact they’re having on the tech world. Awards are given in six categories: Tech Student, Tech Educator, Tech Innovator, Tech Leader, Emerging Business, and Enterprise Business. The reception and awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. Tickets are free and can be reserved at careerlink. com/techcelebration/. For more information, contact Dave Vankat, Director of Events Management, at (402) 345-5025 Ext. 163 or

Rockbrook Village Announces New Tenants, Expansions Rockbrook Village has seen a flurry of tenant activity including five new tenant announcements, five businesses that have expanded their current spaces and one business that’s acquired new ownership. The five new businesses at Rockbrook Village Shopping Center are Randall School of Real Estate, Well Mama, Penny Layne Photography, Maresco’s Fine Italian Market and Midwest Cloud Computing. Opening next to Garden Café, Randall School of Real Estate is the largest real estate school in Nebraska. Providing pre-licensing courses and continuing education classes for the real estate community, Randall School of Real Estate opened its doors in 1973 and continues to be the industry leader in real estate education in Nebraska. Randall School of Real Estate plans to be open in December and will be located at 11036 Oak Street. Well Mama is a community fitness and wellness studio for mothers and children, specializing in mother and child centered yoga, barre and stroller classes. Childcare will be offered in the mornings for mothers to have the option to workout with their children and all classes are held in an intimate setting so mothers can connect with others. Prenatal groups and classes will also be offered. Well Mama plans to be open in November and will be located at 11043 Prairie Brook Road. Penny Layne Photography specializes in portraiture maternity, newborn, child and family photos. A professional photographer for 5 years, Penny connects easily with families and children, which allows her to capture special moments, personalities and even photograph births. Not only has Penny’s artistic background led her to this point, but so has her personal life as she has 5 children of her own. Penny Layne is open in Rockbrook Village and is located at 11045 Elm Street. Maresco’s Fine Italian Market is the first of its kind in Omaha. Featuring a deli counter, hot entrees, daily specials, sandwiches, soups, salads, spirits and Italian goods imported straight from Italy, it will be a culinary and travelers’ delight. Owner Ethel Merriman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Bologna will offer pasta-making classes while sharing her passion for the Italian culture and cuisine. Open seven days a week, Maresco’s will offer a large variety of specialty foods and imports from different regions of Italy that are currently not available in Omaha. Maresco’s plans to be open in November and will be located at 2821 S. 108th Street. Midwest Cloud Computing provides technology solutions for businesses of all sizes, which include hosting in the cloud, phone systems, network solutions, infrastructure solutions, security solutions, websites, social media and SEO. Midwest Cloud Computing is located in the business offices of Rockbrook Village at 2800 S. 110th Court, Suite 1. In addition to these four new tenants, Rockbrook Village has five existing businesses that are expanding their spaces due to growth and demand. Those businesses include: Creative Tailors, Custom Cruises & Travel, Bare Body Shop, Four Sisters Boutique and Great Harvest. Rockbrook Village also has one business with new owners, Wooly Mammoth Yarn Shop, another sign of growth. Rockbrook Village is home to 60+ locally-owned businesses, located at 108th & Center.


RTG Medical Celebrates Major Office Remodel RTG Medical is pleased to announce their recent open house held on October 27th. Guests were invited to tour the newly remodeled office space while enjoying beer and liquor tastings from local vendors.

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In partnership with the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, RTG Medical also hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony during the event to celebrate the new space. Beginning in January, RTG Medical underwent a large remodel that more than doubled the existing office space. Features of the remodel include improvements to the 2,500 sq. ft. Employee Wellness Center, the addition of a fully-stocked breakfast and lunch bar in the lunchroom, and an in-house Starbucks machine. Over the next three years, the company has plans to nearly double their existing staff of around 50 employees. This event provided an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career with RTG Medical to learn more about the company and network with current employees. RTG Medical is located on the second floor of First State Bank at 1005 E. 23rd Street in Fremont, NE. For more information, please contact Veronica Barrientos at (866) 784-2329 Ext. 257 or visit

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

Prevention: Solutions, policies and procedures need to be identified to reduce the risk of attacks.  • Resolution: In the event of a computer security breach, plans and procedures need to be in place to determine the resources that will be used to remedy a threat. • Restitution:  Companies need to be prepared to address the repercussions of a security threat with their employees and customers to ensure that any loss of trust or business is minimal and short-lived. For more information, visit and

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Firespring Acquires Jacob North Print & Media Solutions and A to Z Printing Firespring and Midstates, Inc. of Aberdeen, SD agreed to terms for Firespring to acquire Jacob North Print & Media Solutions and A to Z Printing, located in Lincoln, NE, effective October 1, 2016. Jacob North, established in 1888, was purchased by Midstates in 2013. Jacob North Print & Media Solutions has focused on commercial printing, mailing and cross- media marketing, while A to Z Printing has provided quick printing services. Justin Feickert, vice president of sales and marketing for Midstates, Inc. says customers of the two companies won’t notice any major changes. “Firespring is known for its excellent customer service and we’re confident this transition will be seamless,” Feickert said. “In addition, Firespring can provide integrated creative, website and Cloud IT solutions for our existing clients.” Firespring is one of the largest marketing communications firms in the Midwest, providing print, creative, website and IT solutions for approximately 6,000 brands, businesses and nonprofits all over the world. Firespring was recently ranked #2 on the 2016 Printing News Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers list and #829 in the  Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America. For more information, visit

Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit Comes to Nebraska Innovation Campus The second annual Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit on November 17th at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, NE is fast approaching. The Summit will provide a nexus for educators, economic developers, community developers, policy makers, entrepreneurship advocates, and thought leaders to add to their knowledge and resources arsenals.  It’s all about sharing what’s working, discussing challenges, and coming up with solutions that fit local needs  to “Grow Your Own” strong and vital economies and create powerful entrepreneurial eco-systems in your communities and across the state. The Summit encourages participants to “think big” about how to engage their entire community in partnerships for workforce and economic development through entrepreneurship. Registration, only $50, includes morning break, lunch and a special networking and action planning reception as well as a treasure trove of new resources.  More information can be found online - including the agenda, presenter bios, and registration link. Questions?  Contact Nancy Eberle at or Gregg Christensen at or  (402) 471-4337. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 11


Five Nines Launches 2016 Scruff 4 Schools Campaign This month, join Five Nines in raising awareness, food and donations for childhood hunger! After learning that 1 in 5 Nebraska children are food insecure, meaning they do not know where there next meal will come from, Five Nines has come together as a company in a unified effort to make an impact in the communities they serve. Scruff 4 Schools was started by Five Nines to put a charitable spin on No-Shave November. Along with other community partners, Five Nines will collect donations of food and funds during the month of November in addition to taking advantage of the many alreadyscruffy faces to raise critical awareness. On the final day of the month, Five Nines will stuff their Prius’ with food to be delivered to the Heartland and Lincoln Food Banks. All donations will benefit the Emergency Pantry in Lincoln and Pantry Packs in Omaha and Kearney. Both programs are for children currently on the backpack program waiting list in an emergency situation. Five Nines will continue to look for community partners to join in the efforts of raising food, funds and awareness in Nebraska. To get involved with Scruff 4 Schools, visit For more information about Five Nines Technology Group, visit www.


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First Nebraska Educators Credit Union Recognized Among Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America First Nebraska Educators Credit Union has been named one of the top 200 healthiest credit unions in America for 2016, based on a recent evaluation by First Nebraska Educators Credit Union was ranked as number #17 out of the Top 200 and earned an A+ health rating - representing the only credit union in Nebraska to be recognized at this level. Each year, evaluates the financial health of every federally insured credit union in the United States--more than 6,600 total--recognizing those who have shown exceptional fiduciary responsibility. Each institution is graded on a number of factors including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan-toreserve ratios in order to determine a comprehensive health score. First Nebraska Educators Credit Union is headquartered in Omaha at 10655 Bedford Ave. It is the 9th largest credit union in the state of Nebraska with assets exceeding $117M, and is the 1,409th largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1964 and as of June of 2016, has grown to 65 employees and more than 13,600 members at six branch locations in Omaha and Lincoln. First Nebraska Educators Credit Union is open to educational employees and students from all levels in both the private and public sectors, members of the Methodist or Lutheran faiths, healthcare professionals, the employees of the credit union affiliated select employee groups, and the family members of potential and current credit union members. For more information, visit or dial 1-800-882-0244.


Deadline Extended: VentureTech Launches First Contest for Software Entrepreneurs With such a huge feedback of interest and national partnerships, the initial deadline for b2b Innovate entries has been extended to Nov. 28. Tools of the trade, expert coaching, and knowing the right people make all the difference when launching a startup. That’s why VentureTech has launched b2b Innovate, the world’s first competition to help aspiring entrepreneurs validate their business to business (B2B) ideas for software as a service (SaaS). The b2b Innovate competition is the culmination of 20+ years of proven B2B product and market validation experiences. VentureTech and its competition partners understand the challenges and needs of emerging ideas. Many entrepreneurs need processes and help in validating their idea and avoid wasting time and money – hence b2b Innovate invites participants to “Start Differently.” Judging this groundbreaking competition is the Startup Maverick, Joseph Knecht and celebrity judges Brad Holliday of GrowthX and Peter Gardiner of Gardiner and Partners. Learn more and apply today at Get ready to launch your business and claim your own earnings for this year’s Cyber Monday!

Fertility Intensive Locations Announced by Yield Champions Dennis Nun, President of Yield Champions, has announced the location of the first eleven of twentyone soil fertility seminars across the Midwest coming up in November, December, January and February. “We’re excited to be able to bring cutting-edge fertility training to our customers and clients as well as opening up these programs to seed and fertilizer dealers, farm managers, land owners, agricultural extension specialists and other agricultural professionals. Our featured speaker for these programs will be a leading, innovative soil fertility agronomist, Cory Oberlander.”

Grant Thornton Expands Omaha Office Grant Thornton LLP has expanded its office in the Linden Place business center at 14301 First National Bank Parkway in Omaha. The new office was designed with a focus on collaboration with increased multi-purpose space, modern conference and team rooms. The space has state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities and all workspaces have access to natural light. The total space accommodates up to 90 people. Grant Thornton employees began work in the new office on Sept. 26. The firm employs approximately 400 professionals in the Great Plains. “This move reinforces Grant Thornton’s commitment to continued growth in Omaha and the surrounding area,” said Brett Lewis, Grant Thornton’s Great Plains market territory managing partner. “We see Omaha as a key market for the firm and look forward to further expanding our presence in the community.” Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. In the United States, Grant Thornton has revenue in excess of $1.45 billion and operates 60 offices with more than 550 partners and 8,000 employees. Grant Thornton works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. “Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions. Please see grantthornton. com for further details.

These programs are scheduled for: Huron, SD Nov. 28th; Columbus, NE Nov. 29th; Imperial, NE Nov. 30th; Grand Island, NE Dec. 1st; Marysville, KS Dec. 1st; Auburn, NE Dec. 2nd; Sheffield, IL Dec. 5th; LaCrosse, IN Dec. 6th; Middleburry, IN Dec. 7th; Platteville, WI Dec. 8th; Indianola, IA Dec. 9th. Oberlander, who manages the fertility programs for over 130,000 acres in 6 states, was brought to South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado by Yield Champions last year and spoke to several hundred producers. “The response from those attending was overwhelming to bring Cory back and the demand has resulted in the 20 programs that are now scheduled,” says Nun. He adds, “With low commodity prices, crop producers are looking for responsible and intelligent ways to reduce their production costs, while at the same time increasing their yields.  We’ve had many of our growers achieve 300 bushel per acre, field-average, corn yields and several exceeding 100 bushel-per-acre soybean yields.  But, many growers are still trying to figure out what it takes to achieve these yield levels.  That’s the purpose of these 1-day intensives.” To preview the concepts shared by Oberlander there are several postings on at  For more information on tickets to these events, visit or contact Dennis Nun at  or text to (402) 430-7727. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business


BUSINESS NEWS NorthStar Financial Group Celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility

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NorthStar Financial Group, LLC (“NorthStar”), a financial services holding company headquartered in Omaha, celebrated the grand opening of its second Omaha office facility after which guests were treated to tours. The new 45,000-square-foot facility, located at 17645 Wright St., has enough space to house 360 employees. Ground was broken in June 2015 and staff began moving into the new building in August 2016.

The Express Employment Professionals office located on 99th and Fort Street earned top honors at the international staffing firm’s Sales And Leadership Education Summit (SALESummit) held Sept. 23 – 24 in Minneapolis, according to Bernie Inbody, Omaha (North/Downtown) Express franchisee.

NorthStar is a holding company for several financial services subsidiaries housed Omaha, NE; Hauppauge, NY; and various other satellite locations: Constellation Trust Company, The Gemini Companies (which includes Blu Giant, LLC; Gemini Alternative Funds, LLC; Gemini Fund Services, LLC; Gemini Hedge Fund Services, LLC; Northern Lights Compliance Services, LLC; and Northern Lights Distributors, LLC), Orion Advisor Services, LLC and CLS Investments, LLC. Each company offers specialty services within the financial industry, including asset management, pooled investment solutions, portfolio accounting, fund distribution and compliance, and printing services. NorthStar oversees accounting, human resources, marketing, and legal and sales leadership for all of its subsidiaries. The company maintains offices in Arizona, California, Illinois, Nebraska, New York and Washington and employs 796 employees companywide. This includes more than 500 workers in Omaha, where the company was founded by Clarke’s father, Patrick Clarke, in 1989. The company’s strong ties to the city and its people are essential in building relationships with clientele. For more information about NorthStar, visit or call (402) 895-1600.

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The 99th & Fort Express office received first place in one of the awards for excellence and achievement in sales, recruitment and job placement. SALESummit allows Express franchisees and their office staff to participate in learning sessions that focus on recruiting, hiring and onboarding exceptional employees; developing relationships with clients; and enhanced sales strategies. Meetings were attended by more than 1,800 representatives from franchise locations across North America. The 99th & Fort Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in February of 2014 and serves much of Omaha and the surrounding communities with contract help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, customer service, light industrial, technical, legal and more. Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. The long-term goal of Express is to put a million people to work annually. The Omaha (North/Downtown) office, located at 5310 North 99th Street, is currently accepting applications. For more information, call (402) 933-9911 or visit

Kip Cullers’ Nutrient Compass Foliar Fertilizer™ Released for Nationwide Use NCGA (National Corn Grower Association) Yield Champion Jerry Cox of Cape Girardeau, MO, three-time World Champion soybean grower, Kip Cullers (160.6 Bu/A) and owner of the Conklin Company Charles W. Herbster have announced the release of a new tool to boost yields through foliar feeding of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. A decade of development efforts in South American fields went into Kip Cullers’ Nutrient Compass Foliar Fertilizer™ before being brought to the U.S. market in partnership with the Conklin Company. Jerry Cox was one of the first growers to test the product on his 2,000-acre Missouri farm and showed consistent increases in yields at a $4 or greater return per $1 spent on the product. Nebraska farmer Todd Hoffman, who has been a part of the Conklin Nutrient Compass testing program for the past three years, remarked, “We’ve had the best soybeans this year (2016) that we’ve ever had overall. Our fields averaged 85 to 95 Bu/A with 1-quart of the Nutrient Compass™ being applied with our glyphosate application at V-5. Our plant health has been amazing with the Conklin AgroVantage Program that we’ve been using for the past eight years.” The proprietary formula, which is now approved for sale and use in 46 states, is being offered in the U.S. nationwide for the first time for the 2017 crop year exclusively from the Conklin Company. For more information, contact regional distributors Yield Champions in Lincoln by calling: Stan Smith at (402) 318-1743 or Dennis Nun at (402) 430-7727 and request a FREE Jerry Cox DVD and more information on Kip Cullers’ Nutrient Compass Foliar Fertilizer™.

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

Max I. Walker Joins Top U.S. Cleaners to Trade Ideas Max I. Walker was among the nation’s top dry cleaners and launderers that gathered in Richmond, VA in late September for a critique of Richmond’s Puritan Cleaners. Their association, called The Round Table of Launderers and Dry Cleaners, conduct a “Fly-In” each year to visit one of its members, see their operation, and set the agenda for their upcoming annual meeting, which will take place in March of 2017 and is the 78th to date. The Round Table consists of seventeen of the nation’s most prominent dry cleaning companies who come together bi-annually to discuss industry trends, successes and failures, and exchange ideas on production, marketing, customer service, and all other aspects of their business. In October of 2017, Max I. Walker will host the next Round Table Fly-In for the third time. Rob Walker and family are proud to be a part of such a highly regarded group in the dry cleaning industry and look forward to trading ideas at their own operation. The Walkers have been a part of The Round Table for 30 years. Coming up, Max I. Walker is hosting the tenth annual Ultra Chic Boutique, a philanthropic event that sells donated formal dresses for $30 after Max I. Walker cleans them free of charge. All proceeds are donated to the Open Door Mission’s Lydia House. This year’s event will be held January 28, 2017 at the Omaha Design Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like more information about this topic, please email Bridget Hanson at

VA Opens Omaha National Cemetery for First Burials The Omaha National Cemetery hosted a private committal service for the family and friends of four deceased Veterans, who received military honors, and one Veteran family member on Tuesday, September 27th. Known as First Burials, this ceremony was conducted at Section 1 of the new cemetery and marks the first burial of casketed or cremated remains of eligible Veterans, spouses or dependents at Omaha National Cemetery. The new 236-acre cemetery will serve the burial needs of more than 112,000 Veterans in the cemetery’s service area for the next 100 years. The cemetery is located along South 144th St. (Highway 50), at 14250 Schram Road in Sarpy County. The cemetery will serve Veterans, spouses, and eligible family members in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa not currently served with an open national, state or tribal Veterans cemetery within 75 miles of their residence. To make burial arrangements at a time of need, family members or funeral directors may call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (800) 535-1117.

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Remington Heights to Honor Veterans at Recognition Program Remington Heights, A Senior Living Community, will honor those who have served our country at a Veterans Day Recognition Program on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at their location on 12606 West Dodge Road. The program will include a Flag ceremony, presented by the Burke High School Color Guard, patriotic music by Jimmy Weber, recognition and refreshments. RSVP is required as seats are limited. To RSVP for the event, please contact Erin Endress, Director of Sales and Marketing, at (402) 493-5807 or Veterans are asked to include their branch of service. Conveniently located between 120th and 132nd Streets just north of Dodge Street in Omaha, Remington Heights is a Premier Independent and Assisted Living Community that has been serving those ages 55+ for over 30 years. For more information about Remington Heights, please call (402) 4935807 or visit

Marketing 101 Bootcamp for Small Business Debuts This Winter Red Branch Media, a local marketing agency, opens their doors on December 2, 2016 for an 8-hour hands-on bootcamp for companies of all sizes. Companies will receive focused training in social media, digital marketing, content creation and public relations in addition to a logo and brand book, a full website, email and postcard templates and a workbook of resources to take home. Because Red Branch Media supports numerous clients all over the world, team members have had to tighten each area of the marketing process. This has made their process effective and highly focused. Each department will walk attendees through their daily process and the tools they use to reach marketing goals for a diverse portfolio of clients. After attendees purchase a ticket for Marketing 101 Bootcamp, they are ushered through a series of questions and layouts to help determine their goals, style and marketing level. The day of the camp, each attendee will move from station to station, learning both tactics and strategy from the instructors and leave with a complete arsenal of marketing tools, including a website. For more information about Marketing 101 Bootcamp, please email, call (402) 819-4577, or visit the website at NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 15

BUSINESS NEWS Annual Fall Golf Classic at Oak Hills Country Club Sponsored by A United Automatic Doors & Glass a Huge Success A United’s Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament, with all net proceeds to benefit the Open Door Mission, held on Monday, October 3rd at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha was a huge success! The day was perfect and  featured a hole-inone contest with a chance to win a new car provided by Sid Dillon Automotive Group in Blair, NE and a pair of bicycles  from the Bike Rack and Bike Masters.  Other prizes were awarded for longest drive, longest putt, lowest team score and highest team score.   In addition to the fabulous prizes for the contests, each golfer received a gift bag worth over $50, with all items donated by local businesses in appreciation of their participation. Lunc h was sponsored by American National Bank  and featured an amazing burgers and brats buffet. The gourmet dinner started with a prayer and was followed inspiring messages from Candace Gregory, President/CEO of Open Door Mission and Dr. Mark Christian of the Global Faith Institute.  The emcee for the event was radio personality and syndicated writer/columnist  Joe Herring.  After the program, golfers were treated with an awards ceremony where almost everybody won something. This year’s event set a new record for giving and attendance! A United is proud of the success of the event, which could only be achieved by the dedication from their staff, all of the golfers, and the many wonderful sponsors and volunteers that enabled it to happen.  A sincere thank you to the following sponsors: Mary Rosenthal, NP Dodge; Quality Glass & Mirror; Pinnacle Bank; Johnson Hardware Company; Stetson Building Products, Inc.; LSHC; Sid Dillon; OH-K Fast Print; Metro Credit Union; Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture; American National Bank; Centris Federal Credit Union; BEA Sensors; HAIBUA Marketing Group; and Golf USA. Please join next year for this fun event that continues to bring awareness of, and raise funds for, the Open Door Mission and the amazing work they do in our community. Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, and serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides personal protective measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.  For more information about A United Automatic Doors & Glass, please visit, call  (402) 558-6500 or email  info@ The S.C.R.A.M. division can be contacted directly at (402) 618-7880. 16 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

Oxide Design Co. Celebrates 15 Years This October marked 15 years of business for Oxide Design Co. (, an Omaha-based branding and design firm that has earned international recognition for its caliber of work. To celebrate, Oxide held an open house on Oct. 21 at its office at 3916 Farnam Street. Since 2001, Oxide has worked with nearly 300 clients on a wide variety of projects numbering more than 1,000. This includes working with higher education institutions like Metropolitan Community College, restaurants like Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria, and non-profits like The Nature Conservancy. Oxide believes very strongly in the power of design to create progressive change; over 50% of Oxide’s work is donated — in whole or in part — to a wide range of non-profit and charitable organizations such as Omaha Community Foundation, Film Streams, The 1877 Society, Omaha Performing Arts, Maha Music Festival, the Omaha Zoo Foundation, Nebraska Loves Public Schools, and Refugee Empowerment Center. In addition to its local presence, Oxide also works with a wide range of national and international clients. In its 15 years, Oxide has been awarded by every major design competition, including One Show Design, the CLIO Awards, and six different times by Communication Arts Design Annual (the most exclusive major design competition in the world) — accolades unmatched by any other Omaha-based creative firm. Oxide owner Drew Davies is a national president emeritus for AIGA (the nation’s largest design organization), and was recently presented the AIGA Fellow Award. He is also is the only Nebraskan ever to have judged the Communication Arts  Design Annual and has the honor of being named to  Graphic Design: USA magazine‘s exclusive list of “People to Watch.”

Industry Veterans Launch Omaha National Title Omaha National Title has purchased Core Bank Title, a title agency previously owned by  Core Bank  in Omaha. The new entity will operate as a completely independent title insurance agency with no controlled or affiliated business relationships in existence. The company will offer statewide title and closing services and plans to expand the operation to additional states over the next 3-5 years. J e n n i f e r D e s e c k w i l l l e a d t h e n ew o r ga n i z a t i o n a s President. Deseck previously served as a Core Bank Vice President overseeing the entire  Core Bank Title  operation for the past 15 years. With the rapidly changing complexities of the banking and title industry’s regulatory environment, Core Bank made a business decision to exit the title insurance business and offered Deseck the opportunity to purchase. Deseck has over 30 years of closing and title experience. Luke Smith will serve as Vice President of Title Operations. Smith has over 30 years of title industry related experience including previous title agency ownership and executive leadership positions. He had spent the past 6 years at American Title, Inc. as a vice president where he led operational and account management groups. Coquette Jensen will directly manage the closing side of the operation as Vice President of Escrow Operations. Jensen previously managed the closings area for Core Bank Title and has 18 years of closing experience. Jensen’s duties will include managing her team as well as continuing to personally service her lengthy list of satisfied clients. Omaha National Title  offers a complete title and closing solution servicing residential, new construction or commercial property, 1031 exchange, title searching or abstracting services with offices located at 12100 W Center Rd, Suite 501 in Omaha. For more information, please call (402) 827-9100.



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COUNCIL BLUFFS COMMUNITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION The Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation was founded in 1991 on the premise of opening Kids & Company, the before and after school program located in the Council Bluffs schools. Since then the organization has grown to encompass the Council Bluffs Alumni & Friends Network, STARS Scholarship Program sponsored by the Iowa West Foundation, and a variety of programs to support students and educators in the Council Bluffs Community School District. Arian Haddix is the Director of the Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation’s Alumni & Friends Network. How did you get started in the business? - I have worked in the nonprofit industry for many years in a variety of community engagement roles. As an alumni of the Council Bluffs schools, the opportunity to blend my past experiences in Council Bluffs and my professional background has been a rewarding transition. Tell us a little about your family. - I am married to my husband Dave, and we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We have 3 active kids that keep us on the go: Hunter (16), Jocelyn (15) and Cooper (9). What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Most definitively, having children. A parent’s life focus completely changes, priorities shift and the new job title of Mom offers the new challenge of a brand new “to-do” list. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Picking just one thing is difficult! I love working on home improvement projects, being outside, and being active playing and watching sports. What are you the most proud of? - Up to this point, I think that my children are turning into good people. My hope is that they continue to “do what’s right” and find their place in the world. Of course, after we survive the rest of the teenage years! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - My dad always told us when we were younger, “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?” That has stuck with me and can apply to so many areas life; work projects, first impressions, parenting challenges, and everyday tasks. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Impactful. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - Historic home renovation. There are so many beautiful homes in our area and I’d love to be able to restore them all! What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - The American Cancer Society has been a part of our lives for many years, as we like so many others have been affected by cancer in many ways. I’m also proud to serve on the board for the YMCA, where my children all attended child care and pre-school programs. We are proud to support organizations that provide opportunities for youth, whether it is educational support, sports activities, literacy, social support or other projects that give kids an opportunity to be successful and just be kids. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Barleys, on the 100 Block in Council Bluffs. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Maya Angelou. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Call (712) 322-8800 Ext. 8 or email You can find out more about the CB Community Education Foundation at; the Alumni & Friends Network can be found at

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NEBRASKA COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING A proactive state agency established in 1979, the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH) works towards building support, cooperation, and understanding regardless of hearing ability, resulting in fairness and equality for all Nebraskans. John Wyvill is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Tell us a little about NCDHH. - We promote and advocate for Nebraskans who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to achieve equality and opportunity in all aspects of their daily lives and enhance effective communications and telecommunications technology. How did you get started in the Commission? - Governor Huckabee asked me to work on his transition team in Arkansas in 1996 and I came to realize that my calling was to support and advocate people with disabilities, not in the practice of law. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - When people focus on a person’s disability not their ability; or being told I cannot do something. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Making a positive difference in the lives of the people I work with and for on a daily basis. Tell us a little about your family. - I have been married sixteen years to my wife Andrea. We have two children; the oldest in junior high, youngest in elementary school. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? Friday, November 13, 1998 - the first date with my future wife. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Go fishing. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - Apart from being a die-hard Cubs fan, most people don’t know that at age 4 I was diagnosed with a 95% hearing loss. The medical team told my parents that my educational opportunities were limited and not to be thinking about college. What are you the most proud of? - My family. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - From my parents: You can accomplish anything you want do with hard work. I became first person in our family to graduate college and law school. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Passionate. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - The theme song from Rudy. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Omnilingualism: The ability to understand, speak and read any language in the world. Which talent would you most like to have? - The ability to consistently hit a golf ball well. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Hands and Voices. It’s a parent driven organization to provide unbiased support to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. I feel it’s my way to pay it forward and give the families the same opportunities I have had. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. What is your favorite movie? - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. That is why I wanted to be a lawyer. What is your favorite TV show? - House of Cards. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - I would rather have dinner with extended family, past and present. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Call (402) 471-3593 or visit

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

EMILY Dr. Emily Buhr

URGENT PET CARE Urgent Pet Care is an emergency veterinary clinic with locations in Papillion (73rd & Giles) and Millard (4257 S. 144th St.). Dr. Emily Buhr is a veterinarian and co-owner of Urgent Pet Care, primarily working at the Millard clinic. Tell us a little about your business. - We offer all pet owners who enter our business the opportunity to provide their pet with excellent, compassionate and affordable emergency care on nights, weekends and holidays. How did you get started in the business? - I graduated from Kansas State University Veterinary School in 2003. I spent a few years as a general practitioner in Kearney, then moved to Omaha and began working for the Animal Emergency Clinic in 2005. In August of 2015 I joined the Urgent Pet Care team. Dr. Yonker, Dr. Starks, Debbie and I opened Urgent Pet Care Millard in November of 2015. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - To be able to provide the highest quality of veterinary care I can for each pet while keeping in mind the needs of the client at that time. Every pet has different physical needs and every client has different life situations. Balancing the needs of both is often difficult. Even though this is a challenge, I also feel this is the most rewarding aspect of my job. What has been your most important achievement professionally? Life occurs in stages and I feel that I have had a great many successes professionally. These include: graduating from vet school, developing my medical and surgical acumen over the last 10 years, and becoming a business owner and partner in Urgent Pet Care. However, I think my biggest accomplishment is doing my job well and being there for the clients, coworkers and pets that need me. Tell us a little about your family. - My family is from Elkhorn, NE where I grew up and graduated from high school. I went to UNO and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. While at UNO I met and married my husband Peter, who is also a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital. Together we have 3 children: Anna, Daniel and Jesse. We also have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 hamster and 2 hermit crabs. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I try to live every day of my life to please Him and walk in His ways. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - As a family we enjoy camping, walking, or biking together. What are you the most proud of? - My family and my faith. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I would love to be a veterinary missionary in a foreign country. If I could not do this I would love to work with underprivileged children or be on a hospice team. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Locally my husband and I support the Open Door Mission. We immensely respect the care they provide the underserved in our area. Internationally we support the work of the Christian Veterinary Mission. The organization provides veterinary care to the poor worldwide so that they may have healthy livestock and healthy lives physically and spiritually. What is your favorite local restaurant? - LongHorn Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Millard Clinic: (402) 991-9444; Email:; Website:

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McGill Restoration Inc. has been in business since 1985, and currently employs approximately 75 concrete and masonry restoration professionals. With annual revenues of approximately $12 million, McGill Restoration is a recognized industry leader in the rehabilitation and preservation of concrete and masonry structures throughout the U.S. Blake Berke is the Controller at McGill Restoration. How did you get started in the business? - I attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with degrees in accounting and finance. After college, I spent 3 ½ years in public accounting at Seim Johnson, LLP where I also obtained my CPA license. Last fall, McGill Restoration’s longtime accountant was preparing to retire and Tim was looking to develop a Controller role within the organization. A mutual friend put me in touch with Tim last November and the rest is history. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Prior to me joining the team at McGill Restoration, most accounting records were maintained on paper and then compiled by external accountants. My most important professional achievement is evolving the organization’s accounting to be as paperless as possible. This has helped the company’s growth as we now maintain accurate, real-time financial records that assist in important decision making. Tell us a little about your family. - My beautiful wife, Danielle, and I met in college at UNL and just celebrated our 4-year anniversary. Dani is the Product Marketing Manager for Property Solutions at Sojern. I have four younger siblings: Kyla is a NICU RN at Avera McKennan Hospital, Shayna is a dental hygienist for Dr. Kusek’s practice, and twin brothers, Bo & Brady, who own and operate The Yard Barbers in Sioux Falls. I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD and much of my extended family still lives in the Sioux Falls area. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - My wife and I both enjoy traveling, fitness, and the outdoors. On a day off, odds are good that I will be doing something that falls into one of those categories, preferably all three at the same time. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - I would pick a combination of teleportation and supernatural intelligence. Imagine being able to travel around the world without lost time and being able to converse in any language. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - I officiate college football as a Center Judge in the MIAA conference. I was fortunate to be selected to work in the Division 2 Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium this season and hope to have a bright future in officiating. A lot of officiating qualifications can relate to working in business, but throwing a flag is not one of them. What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? - Most of my reading is non-fiction. I just finished Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. I’d recommend both. When in-between reads through Audible, I’m a big podcast fan (Bill Simmons, Colin Cowherd, and Tim Ferris to name a few). What is your favorite local restaurant? - I enjoy the Benson-area restaurants – my recent favorites are Lot 2 and Benson Brewery. During football season I do a lot of travel, so Muscle Maker Grill’s to-go wraps are a fall staple. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Please feel free to give me a call at (402) 558-7989, email me at , or visit our newly designed website at 22

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DAN Dan Cheloha


Margarita Man is a frozen beverage machine rental company that provides high capacity, commercial grade margarita machines and everything needed to serve alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks in a wide variety of flavors. Dan Cheloha is the owner of the Margarita Man franchise serving clients in Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding areas. How did you get started in the business? - I’d been looking for a business opportunity for the last year or two. I came across this one, the local Margarita Man franchise, and found it to be a great investment that also looked like a lot of fun. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - So far it’s been managing our workflow during the weeks that we are really busy. We provide delivery, set-up, pick-up and cleaning afterwards, so with 18 machines, there are a lot of moving parts in motion. I’ve even had my family help out when things get a little crazy! What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I was in the insurance business for over 20 years. During my career in that industry I went from being an agent to building a very successful agency in Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. Tell us a little about your family. - My wife Michelle and I have been married 22 years. Our son Nick is 20 and he is living, working and going to school in Ames, Iowa. Our daughter Emily is 18 and she is a freshman pre-vet student at the University of Sioux Falls and also plays softball there. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Attending/watching ball games or hanging out with family and friends. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I was a walk-on for the University of Nebraska football team. What are you the most proud of? - During my time in the insurance business, I was the winner of the National Builder award two years in a row. Considering there were 300 candidates, it was an incredible honor and career achievement. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Over the years several important people in my life have told me to never ever, ever quit. Never give up, no matter what. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Energetic. What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - I started out as an accountant, but I don’t use those skills much anymore. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I would love to be a scuba dive instructor. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I’m a proud member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. My family and I are also a part of St. Pius X and St. Bernard’s Catholic Churches in Omaha. What is your favorite movie? - Tommy Boy, it’s a classic! What is your favorite TV show? - Probably Friends or The Blacklist. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Sgt. Peffer’s Cafe Italian. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Pope John Paul II. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - The easiest way to reach me is to call or text (402) 770-0665. The company email is and you can also visit our website at

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Imagine for just a moment that you are on a small deserted island with a single palm tree in the middle surrounded by the most beautiful beach. The waves are calm, and the sun is shining through a cloudless sky.  The temperature is a perfect 74 degrees with a gentle breeze and you are sitting up against the palm tree, eyes closed, perfectly relaxed and totally enjoying the moment.  Are you there?  While you are in this place, you can’t do anything that might otherwise be considered productive work.  You can’t talk with anyone, attend meetings, complete projects, go on sales calls.  You can’t be a spouse, parent, sibling, son or daughter.  You can’t do anything while you are on this island.  Now, I have a question for you:  While you are on this island, what is your value you bring to the world? If you are like most, your answer would be that you are of low value while on the deserted island.   You believe that the value you bring to the world is a function of the role you play and how well you play it.  But this is simply not true.  Just ask your mom or dad what they thought your value was when you were a newborn baby.   Unquestionably, your parents would have said at the moment they were holding you just seconds old that your value is immeasurable.   When we are babies, we can’t do anything that would be considered productive similar to being on the deserted island and yet, your parents correctly judged the value you bring to the world as extraordinarily high.  So, what happens then from the time we are born to when we becoming working adults?  Why do we devalue ourselves as we get older? The messaging we get in the world constantly reinforces the notion that if one wants to be great and of high value, one must do the things that the world would judge as great and of high value.  In other words success at athletics, academics, and/or career means you are a great person of high value but failure at these things means you are something less than great and of low value.  If you subscribe to this line of thinking, then you are going to have a hard time making it big in sales.  You see, in sales, you are going to fail a lot, and if you believe that you are of less value because you fail, then you will struggle when you go into your next call.  Your failures will sabotage your belief system that you can be great and what you believe to be true manifests itself in your life as truth regardless if the belief is actually true or false.   Do you think that a salesperson who has low self-esteem, low selfvalue, will be able to pick up the phone and call a prospective customer that is CEO of a large company?  Do you think this person would consistently execute a prospecting plan that keeps the pipeline full?   Will this person knock on doors, go to networking events, ask for referrals and do all the behaviors that must be done in order to succeed in sales?  I can tell you from experience, they won’t do the behaviors and if they do, they won’t do them very well.  Therefore, I have a rule:  You can only perform in your role to the level you perceive yourself conceptually.  High self-value, high performance.  Low self-value, low performance. Don’t listen to what the world says about you!  The truth is every single person walking on the face of the Earth is of extraordinary value independent of the roles they play.  It does not matter if you are a brain surgeon or a janitor that cleans elementary schools at night, the value of each is the same.  The wages earned are different and they should be, but the value of the individual is the same.  This means that you are of incredible value.  Can you believe this about yourself, or do you let what you believe about yourself sabotage your success? Sandler Training is a global training organization with over three decades of experience and proven results. Sandler provides sales and management training and consulting services for small- to mediumsized businesses (SMBs) as well as corporate training for Fortune 1000 companies. For more information, please contact Karl Schaphorst at (402) 403-4334 or by email at You can also follow his blog at


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

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

Harrison Financial Services Welcomes Mark Schneider Harrison Financial Ser vices (HFS) of  Northwestern Mutual  recently added a new member to support its Wealth Management and Planning department. Mark Schneider MBA, CFP joined HFS in the summer of 2016 as an Advisor with 19 years of experience in the financial industry. In his new role he will be adding to the expertise of retirement transition planning and asset allocation. He maintains Series 7, 63, Life & Health and Variable Licenses. Schneider is a University of Nebraska at Omaha alum. He enjoys supporting special needs athletic groups in the community, including the Special Olympics, with his son Logan. With 170 years of collective financial industry experience,  the Harrison Financial Services team serves decision makers and highly successful families in the Omaha/Metro area. As clients typically have multiple advisors (lawyers, accountants, investment advisors, and insurance representatives), Harrison Financial Services is committed to exceeding expectations by creating a high level of trust and bringing together all parts of financial plans. For more information, please call (402) 891-2302 or visit

Megan Freier Joins EDGE Physical Therapy EDGE Physical Therapy is pleased to welcome Megan Freier, Certified Hand and Lymphedema Therapist to their Physical Therapy practice in Papillion. Freier has over 10 years of experience treating orthopedic injuries, wound care and repetitive strain injuries affecting the upper extremity. Freier  is a graduate of the University of South Dakota where she earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. EDGE will continue to provide their physical therapy services with specialization in Postural Restoration.  EDGE Physical Therapy  is the only Postural Restoration Certified Center in Sarpy County. Postural Restoration is a unique treatment approach which looks closely at the postural adaptations and asymmetrical patterns of our muscles.  EDGE therapists work closely with the patient to establish an innovative treatment plan to relieve pain by correcting movement and postural dysfunction. For more information about EDGE Physical Therapy or to schedule an appointment, please call (402) 315-3603 or visit NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 25

PERSONNEL NEWS Madonna’s Ross Sukup Named a 2016 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader

Fleetmark Solutions Assigns Shawn Avis as Shop Manager

Ross Sukup, RN, BS, support staff manager/RN clinical supervisor for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals—Omaha Campus, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 40 Under 40 award in nursing. This award honors Nebraska’s emerging nurse leaders by the Nebraska Action Coalition.

Fleetmark Solutions is excited to announce the appointment of Shawn Avis, a hardworking, skilled master tec hnician, as Shop Manager. Shawn has proven himself from the beginning, with the drive, skill, knowledge, and integrity necessary for success in this position. He’s dedicated to the high level of repair and maintenance standards set by Fleetmark Solutions that its customers have come to know and depend on. Shawn brings 20+ years of repair experience with a wide variety of applications, from OTR trucks to small engines. His passion and honesty are evident on a daily basis, and he strives to accommodate any task thrown his direction. Fleetmark Solutions looks forward to a long future career seeing Shawn do what he loves most. Congratulations Shawn Avis, hats are off to you sir! Fleetmark Solutions specializes in commercial fleet maintenance and repair.  Gas, diesel, large or small–with their resources they can do it all!   With the understanding that your business depends on your commercial vehicles, the dedicated team at Fleetmark Solutions is here to help you keep your business running with efficient and effective fleet maintenance and repair services. The company has been built on a strong foundation of honesty, with the highest level of integrity at the forefront of every job performed. For more information about Fleetmark Solutions, please visit www. or contact owner Mark Griger at (402) 715-4487 or by email at

Sukup has been with Madonna since April and a nurse for eight years, receiving his Associates of Nursing degree from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE. Rachel Thompson, MSN, RN, is the director of nursing for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals— Omaha Campus and nominated Sukup. The Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC)-Future of Nursing’s 3rd bi-annual award for emerging nurse leaders provides needed recognition of young nurses across the state. These nurse leaders, all under the age of forty, are the future of nursing, health and health care in Nebraska. The awards ceremony took place Sept. 16, 2016 at Union College in Lincoln, NE. To see the entire list, go to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals offers world-class medical rehabilitation and research. To find out more, visit

Anne Constantino Named CEO of Children’s Respite Care Center Children’s Respite Care Center announces that a proven leader with a deep commitment to children and families, Anne Constantino, has been named chief executive officer. Her selection brings to a close a thoughtful nationwide search. Constantino is responsible for continued implementation of current capacity building initiatives, guiding CRCC’s strategic direction, policy development and implementation, forming and sustaining key relationships, and oversite and leadership of the organization. “Following the passing of co-founder, president and CEO Terri Fitzgerald in February of this year, CRCC’s board of directors established a search committee and engaged Ford Webb Associates, a national executive search firm to assist our organization in making sure we get this right,” said Mike Lebens, board chairman. Anne brings the right blend of expertise, experience, and passion to an organization of great value in our community. She brings strong leadership experience in both not-forprofit and for-profit environments that includes serving as Interim Head of School and Director of Institutional Advancement at Brownell-Talbot College Preparatory, until late in 2015. Her twenty years of experience in roles within education and healthcare including leadership at the CEO level, working in partnership with a board to carry out strategic initiatives and activities and serving as a leader for outstanding teams will help ensure CRCC continues having meaningful impact on the children and families served. Constantino received both a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and a Master of Education, Administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Founded in 1990, CRCC is the only facility of its kind in Nebraska providing comprehensive, complex integrated and individualized care to children with special needs age birth to 21 years. CRCC currently operates two facilities in the Omaha Metro, delivering programs focused on the holistic development of children. Please visit for more information. 26 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

Ameritas Announces Election of Sue Wilkinson as Chief Financial Officer JoAnn Martin, Ameritas president and chief executive officer, announces the election of Sue Wilkinson  to the position of chief financial officer for Ameritas. In this key role, Wilkinson will provide updates on performance trends and key financial issues; represent Ameritas to financial and business partners, financial institutions, insurance regulators, auditors and other external constituents; and provide oversight and leadership of accounting, control and financial policies and processes. She also will continue her current responsibilities for planning, benchmarking, rating agencies and corporate actuarial. Wilkinson  began her career with  Ameritas  in 1995 as a corporate accountant and has moved throughout the organization holding several key positions, most recently as senior vice president, chief risk and planning officer for Ameritas Mutual Holding Company. She earned her B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds her CPA and FLMI designation. Among her many activities in the community, Wilkinson serves on the board of directors for the Bryan College of Health Sciences, University of Nebraska Foundation’s audit committee, dean’s advisory board for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration and Pius X Board of Advisors. She is a member of the Nebraska Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. For more information, visit Securities offered through affiliate Ameritas Investment Corp., member FINRA/SIPC.

PERSONNEL NEWS Dr. Rowen Zetterman Named Chair of National Board on Medical Education Accreditation A University of Nebraska Medical Center professor, Rowen Zetterman, M.D., has been appointed chair of the governing board of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Dr. Zetterman has served as vice chair, chair elect, and a member of the ACGME board’s executive committee. He will serve two additional years as the chair. The ACGME is a private, 501(c)(3), not-forprofit organization that sets standards for U.S. graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) programs and the institutions that sponsor them, and renders accreditation decisions based on compliance with these standards. Dr. Zetterman is an internist, gastroenterologist and hepatologist, as well as a professor of internal medicine at UNMC, where he is director of faculty mentorship programs and associate vice chancellor for planning. He is dean emeritus, Creighton University School of Medicine, and a former chief of staff for the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Health Care System. He has served in leadership positions as president of the American College of Gastroenterology, chair of both the Board of Governors and the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), president of the Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society, and president of the Nebraska Medical Association.

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

Beth Stokes Joins CFO Systems Beth Stokes has joined the CFO Systems team to provide financial leadership to its clients through improved financial reporting, financial analysis, and management. Beth Stokes has nearly 20 years of accounting experience in the financial services industry that include roles as a CFO and as a member of several boards of directors. Her background includes recruiting and leading a staff, 401(k) and ESOP administration, serving as the pointof-contact for all FINRA, SEC, and NFA audits, and leading accounting and HR departments where she prepared consolidated and individual financial statements for four subsidiary companies. Beth’s experience also includes creating financial models used in the analysis of a merger between two broker dealers. CFO Systems, LLC provides financial leadership to small and middlemarket entities across the United States. It serves clients as interim and timeshare CFOs and Controllers, providing practical, experienced financial leadership on clients’ schedules. Its business financing division, CFO Capital, provides full-service solutions to companies looking to raise funds and works closely with banks, leasing companies, and a variety of capital providers. For more information, visit

McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp, P.C., L.L.O. Recognizes Lawyers McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp, P.C., L.L.O. is proud to announce the following firm’s lawyers have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017:  Gary M. Gotsdiner,  Keith A. Green,  Mary L. Hewitt, R. Thomas Workman, Richard D. Myers and Robert L. Lepp. Since it was first published in 1983,  Best Lawyers®  has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. In addition,  Gary M. Gotsdiner,  Robert L. Lepp  and Richard D. Myers have been selected to the Nebraska Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Nebraska are selected by Super Lawyers. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Based out of Omaha,  McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp, P.C., L.L.O. has been serving commercial enterprises and individual clients in a broad range of civil practice areas in the Midwest since 1975. For more information, visit or call (402) 492-9200. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 27

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Holland Basham Architects Promotes Brian Akert to Senior Associate Holland Basham Architects is proud to announce the promotion of Brian Akert, AIA, to Senior Associate. Akert is a registered professional architect who has been with HBA for five years. He has been involved in several substantial projects, including the Nebraska Multisport Complex in La Vista; the newest University of Nebraska at Omaha residence hall and commons building on the Aksarben campus: Scott Crossing and Maverick Landing; and various projects with Mutual of Omaha in the Midtown Crossing and Turner Park area. Akert is a recent graduate of Leadership Sarpy and an active participant in the Sarpy County Young Professionals. Holland Basham Architects is a regional architecture firm located in Omaha, specializing in architectural and interior design, programming and master planning. For more information, please call (402) 5510800 or visit

Champions Run Superintendent Greg Jones Earns CGCS Designation Champions Run is pleased to inform the community that its Superintendent,  Greg Jones, has earned the Certified Golf Course Superintendent  (CGCS) credential by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.  CGCS is the most widely recognized professional designation in the golf industry and is the highest level of recognition.  Jones  is now one of approximately 1,400 Certified Golf Course Superintendents  in the world. Attaining certification demonstrated his desire for personal advancement and his wish to provide Champions Run with the best playing conditions possible. It signifies professional excellence and dedication to the golf course management profession. Greg Jones joined the Champions Run staff in February of 2012 after spending five years as the Director of Agronomy for Montage Hotels in Laguna Beach, California. Originally from Western Nebraska, Greg graduated from Kansas State University with a Degree in Horticulture with a specialization in Golf Course Management. He is currently a Class “A” and has been a member of the GCSAA since 1999. Champions Run is located at 13800 Eagle Run Drive in Omaha. For more information, please call (402) 498-8900 or visit www. 28 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016


Nebraska Community Foundation Welcomes Phuong Dinh Nebraska Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Phuong Dinh as the new IT System Administrator. Phuong is responsible for systems operation, maintenance and training; technology aspects of the website; computer network, customer relations module (CRM), software and hardware. He will also be involved with developing and implementing strategies to improve IT systems group photos and infrastructure. group photos Phuong previously ser ved as Senior Infrastructure Analyst with the State of Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance where he provided a wide range of support services to users in the Kearney, Omaha and Lincoln offices. He has also worked with Fiserv Financial Services as a software engineer and with Novartis as a hardware/software technician. Phuong earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration majoring in management information systems from UNL, where he was honored with the Award for Students of Diversity Achieving Academic Excellence. He was recognized as Employee of the Year alternate by the Banking Department in 2014. Phuong and his wife Kimiko live in Lincoln with their two children. Nebraska Community Foundation is pleased to have Phuong Dinh join its team serving more than 1,500 volunteers across the state. In the last five years, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested more than $125 million into Nebraska communities. Visit for more information.

Centris Representatives Awarded NMA “Champions Circle” Distinction Centris is proud to announce that four of their mortgage representati ves were recognized in the Nebraska M o r t g a g e Association’s (NMA) “Champions Circle.” Winners include J e r a d B e r r y, Predrag Kopun, Laura Longo and Dan Harris. The award is given “to recognize and celebrate the service, dedication, and hard work that leading mortgage professionals put into servicing their clients during the home loan process.” “Earning and maintaining our member’s trust, identifying and understanding our member’s needs and goals are service promises they make and keep every day. Our Centris members have come to expect this high level of service from our mortgage department and I am extremely proud of our mortgage team and what they contribute to the mortgage industry,” states Heidi Weeks, Mortgage Production Manager. The Nebraska Mortgage Association (www.nebraskamortgageassociation. org) is a non-profit trade association that promotes sound and ethical business practices and methods. Seventy-nine members of the NMA were awarded the “Circle of Champions” distinction. Centris Federal Credit Union, founded over 80 years ago, is one of Nebraska’s largest community chartered credit unions with the mission of being a trusted life-long financial partner. Centris serves Douglas, Sarpy, Lincoln and Pottawattamie counties and has 12 offices located in Omaha, Grand Island and North Platte, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Visit for more information.


CFA Society of Nebraska Announces 2016-17 Officers and Directors

Tickets Still Available to Bridges to Hope Freed for Life Dinner on November 13th

CFA Society of Nebraska is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been elected to serve on the organization’s board for the 2016-17 term: President - Joseph M. Lionberger, CFA, Ameritas Investment Partners; Vice President - John E. Philo, CFA, Lozier Corporation; Secretary - Curtis R. Caldwell, CFA, Mutual of Omaha Companies; Treasurer – Damian L. Howard, CFA, Security National Bank; Past President – Daniel E. Frost, CFA, Union Investment Management Group; Director – Stacy A. Auman, CFA, First National Bank; Director – David H. Craft, CFA, Wells Fargo Private Bank; Director – Michael R. Gatliff, CFA, Ameritas Investment Partners; Director – Randy D. Jorgensen, CFA, Creighton University. The CFA Society of Nebraska is an association of local investment professionals consisting of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors, and other financial professionals. This association promotes ethical and professional standards within the investment industry, encourages professional development through the CFA Program and continuing education, facilitates the exchange of information and opinions among people within the local investment community and beyond, and works to further the public’s understanding of the CFA designation and investment industry. As a member of CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Nebraska connects members to a global network of investment professionals. For more information, please visit or call (402) 796-2505.

T i c ke t s a r e s t i l l available to this year’s Hope Freed for Life Dinner held by Bridges to Hope. The Freed for Life Dinner and fundraising event will be held on Sunday, November 13th from 6-8 p.m. at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd. Proceeds from the fundraiser and community awareness program go towards Bridges to Hope, Followers of Christ Prison Ministry and the FEAST program at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Featuring the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes as keynote speaker, reservations cost $25 per person or $200 for a table of seven guests plus one FEAST partner from the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln. These ministries provide support to inmates inside the prison and to those transitioning into the community. Bridges to Hope in Lincoln is a non-profit agency serving men and women soon to be or recently released from correctional institutions throughout NE. The goal is to create and sustain joint efforts to prevent Reentrants from falling back into their criminal behaviors and to lower the recidivism rate. This is done by providing Reentrants with everything they need to start up a new home. Furniture, clothing, household items and hygiene products are a few of the items provided to them at no cost. All items are donated by community members. Current needs are: dressers, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables, and lamps. To learn more about Bridges to Hope, visit or contact Rhonda Mattingly at (402) 420-5696 or mattinglyr1@

Project Harmony Enhances Access to Children and Families On Tuesday, October 18, Project Har mony (www., along with the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocac y Center (CAC), started delivering a coordinated response to children suspected of abuse/ neglect or witness to a violent event using a third partner, The Bridge in Fremont as an alternate site. The Bridge provides a child and family friendly space for Project Harmony to deliver forensic interviews and advocacy services. Coordination with mental health will be arranged with local providers and medical exams, when indicated, will continue to be delivered at Project Harmony in Omaha by medical providers with specialized training and expertise in child abuse/neglect conditions. The Northeast Nebraska CAC continues to provide the leadership to the multidisciplinary team and case review to ensure a high quality response. “We are excited about this new initiative to provide child advocacy services in the Fremont and Blair communities,” said Project Harmony Executive Director Gene Klein.  “This joint partnership will be more convenient for families and investigators alike.” The new collaborative effort serves children and families from Dodge and Washington counties every Tuesday at The Bridge.  Law enforcement and DHHS will continue to schedule appointments through the Omaha location as usual.  Any referral not served on Tuesday will access Project Harmony for urgent and non-urgent situations and will occur at the Omaha location.  All referrals from any other county in this service area will be coordinated with the Northeast Nebraska CAC in Norfolk, Neb.

Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. Awarded $300,000 Grant Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc.’s Fair Housing Center Program was recently awarded $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help prevent and eliminate housing discrimination. “Every person should have a fair c hance to live in a community of opportunity, free from discrimination,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Working closely with our fair housing partners on the ground, HUD remains deeply committed to fighting housing discrimination so folks have an equal shot at achieving the American Dream.” With this award the Fair Housing Center of Nebraska and Iowa will be able to continue to carry out their vision of ensuring all persons will have access to housing of their choice free from unlawful discrimination. The Fair Housing Center of Nebraska and Iowa is located at 2401 Lake Street in Omaha. The organization’s mission is to eliminate housing discrimination through education, investigation, testing, negotiation and advocacy by focusing on the following objectives: to educate persons about housing rights and responsibilities, to investigate claims of housing discrimination based on protected class, to conduct fair housing investigations to identify discrimination and to advocate for clients rights through civil rights organizations or legal action,  where deemed appropriate. To find out more about the services of the Fair Housing Center of Nebraska and Iowa, please visit or call (402) 934-6675 | (800) NOW-FAIR. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 29

NON-PROFIT NEWS Nebraska Sierra Club Hosts Harvest Moon Banquet

North Omaha Community Care Council to Host Annual Impact Luncheon

The Nebraska Sierra Club was honored to welcome Aaron Mair, president of the national Sierra Club and decades-long urban environmental activist and regional/national environmental justice organizer and strategist, as the guest speaker for the 2016 Harvest Moon Banquet held on Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Field Club of Omaha.

The North Omaha Community Care Council (NOCCC) will host its fourth annual Community Impact Luncheon celebrating 20 years of service to the community on Nov. 18. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Girls Inc. of Nebraska, 2811 N. 45th St. The luncheon will honor not-for-profit social service agencies, outstanding youth activism and commercial collaboration in service to the north Omaha community. Donna Steward, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist with Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic, is the keynote speaker. She will discuss behavioral health and creating healthy communities. Dr. Stewart has clinical experience in behavioral pediatrics and psychological assessment services and for more than 20 years she has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. The luncheon will honor awardees in three categories: Spirit of Business Award - Nebraska Children’s Home Society; Spirit of Advocacy Award - Marshall Tayler and Annette Tayler, The Aframerican Bookstore; and Spirit of Youth Award – Ghawayne Calvin. The luncheon also serves to celebrate and raise awareness of the quiet, effective service of the NOCCC to the north Omaha community. Individual tickets are $35 per person. Optional corporate packages also are available. Ticket prices include lunch, door prize drawings and take-home information from many of the NOCCC associate organizations along with tours of the newly opened Girls Inc. health facility. Registration and payment are due by Nov. 11. Registration is available ONLINE ONLY at: or on the Facebook page (/NorthOmahaCommunityCareCouncil).

Mr. Mair works for the New York State Department of Health. He has held many leadership positions in the Sierra Club including serving as the chair of the National Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships and the National Diversity Council. Mr. Mair was the recipient of the EPA Environmental Quality Award for clean-up of PCBs on the Hudson River. He served as a New York League of Conservation Voters Board Member and he is the founder of Arbor Hill Environmental Justice. Mr. Mair has testified before the U.S. Congress on behalf of the Sierra Club. This fundraiser helps the Nebraska Sierra Club in its extensive environmental advocacy efforts. For more information about the Sierra Club’s Nebraska Chapter, please visit nebraska.

Heartland Family Service Student League Program Kicks Off The Heartland Family Ser vice 2 0 1 6 - 1 7 Student League class kicked off the year with an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Sept. 2 5 a t H a p py Hollow Club. Student League, a program of the Heartland Family Service Friends Guild, was created to honor families who have been active in helping the social service community and who want to pass on that legacy to their children. Student League members are introduced to the social service community through the mission and programs of Heartland Family Service. The students gain practical leadership experience and develop a personal commitment to volunteering by participating in this hands-on volunteer experience. Each of this year’s 54 students will attend five large group events and at least five small group events from September through April for a total of about 20 volunteer hours per student. Large group events include a session with grant writers, during which the students will choose a program to write a grant for and then present to the Board of Directors, and also a poverty simulation, for which students will simulate living on minimum-wage income and learn what it’s like to navigate government assistance programs. Options for small groups include holiday parties at the Generations Center, Family Works or Youth Links, as well as sorting items at the Sarpy Donation Center and two domestic violence interactive activities that teach what it is like to be in an abusive relationship and how Heartland Family Service programs help survivors along the path toward healing. Kristie Stienike is the chairman for the 2016-17 Student League. Other committee members are Kjirsten Finnegan, Cindy Hanley, Teresa Johns, Kym Skretta and Colleen Woodward. 30 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

Women’s Fund of Omaha Awards $10,000 to Latina ‘Go Forward’ Program The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC) has earned a $10,000 grant from Women’s Fund of Omaha to help local Latina women work toward furthering their business goals. MLCDC provides training, coaching and technical assistance to lowincome Latina women to create successful and sustainable businesses and self-employment. “Women’s Fund of Omaha support for this program is greatly appreciated by Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation,” said Marta Sonia Londono Mejia, MLCDC executive director. “Many lives will change in a positive way; thanks to all who made a contribution.” Statistics show 4.6 percent of Spanish speaking people in Douglas County speak English “less than very well,” according to American Community Survey 5-year Estimates from 2010-2014. The survey also found 12.6 percent of the Latino households in the greater Omaha area are headed by females and 7.5 percent have children under the age of 18. Thirty-eight percent of these families live in poverty. MLCDC will use the grant money to improve the economic circumstances of these families, Londono said. For more information, please call (402) 933-4466 or visit www.

NON-PROFIT NEWS Celebrity Bartending Event to Benefit Angels Among Us

A Warmer Day Collecting Winter Apparel for Underprivileged Children and Families

The Brian Duensing Foundation will be hosting a Celebrity Bartending Event on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Jams Restaurant in the Old Market. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Angels Among Us, a Nebraska nonprofit which financially supports families battling pediatric cancer who are living in or being treated in Nebraska.  The evening will feature dinner and celebrity bartenders that include University of Nebraska Baseball Coach Darin Erstad, Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Brian Duensing, Major League Baseball player Joe Mauer, and Maggi Thorne from American Ninja Warrior among others.  

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

“The partnership we are developing with The Brian Duensing Foundation is a natural fit. They have the committed goal of helping families battling pediatric cancer, just like we do,” said Susan Nelson, Executive Director of Angels Among Us.  “We are so appreciative of them selecting us for their 2016 event.” Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Brian Duensing Foundation’s website,   For more information, please contact Susan Nelson at (402) 934-0999 or via email at

Valerie and Don Bellino to be Honored at 2017 MCF Reflection Ball Midlands Community Foundation ( is pleased to announce that Valerie and Don Bellino will receive the Reflection Award at the organization’s 2017 Reflection Ball on Jan. 21, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. Eac h year Midlands Community Foundation honors an individual or individuals who have contributed significantly to Sarpy and Cass counties and the mission of the Foundation with its Reflection Award. Valerie and Don currently own and operate several businesses including Bellino Properties which includes residential dwellings, farmland, and warehouses in Papillion and North Platte, apartments and commercial real estate; Bellino Fireworks which has hundreds of locations throughout Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and Missouri; Jerzes Sports Bar and the City of Papillion’s Keno operation, Players Keno; Cornhusker and Safeway Cabs that operate in the Omaha and Lincoln areas; DVAL, an institutional food service company; and Nebraska Sluggers elite high school traveling baseball teams. The Bellinos are members of the Omaha, Sarpy County and Ralston Chambers of Commerce, the National Fireworks Association and are sustaining members of the American Pyrotechnics Association. Through fireworks sales, the Bellinos have contributed millions of dollars to nonprofit and other community organizations. They annually donate fireworks displays for both Papillion and La Vista community celebrations. They also donate displays to Creighton University athletics.

Five Ways Nonprofits Can Maximize #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday is just a few weeks away, but it’s not too late for nonprofits to set up a successful campaign. #GivingTuesday 2016 is November 29, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Last year the online event raised more than $116 million for charitable causes in more than 70 countries. Dana Ostomel, vice president of nonprofit industry development for Firespring (, says #GivingTuesday has become increasingly important for many nonprofit organizations. Ostomel founded the crowdfunding platform Deposit a Gift (recently acquired by Firespring) to help nonprofits with online fundraising campaigns. She suggests nonprofits keep five key points in mind for a successful #GivingTuesday. 1. Offer incentives to your audience. Incentives motivate giving. One tactic that works well is donation matching. If your campaign reaches a certain donation level, the total will be matched by a generous donor, growing the impact of each contribution. 2. Create an online street team.  Recruit a committed group of advocates to help you create as much noise and reach as many people as possible online. Remember, you can’t do this alone. 3. Develop a strategic marketing plan.  Take #GivingTuesday as seriously as any capital campaign. Your marketing plan should drive your promotional efforts from pre-Thanksgiving through the new year. 4. Generate a sense of urgency.  Engage your audience with an emotional hook about the work and mission of your organization. Leverage this to convince them to give today and not wait until tomorrow. 5. Establish an appreciation strategy.  You don’t just want your supporters’ capital, you want their  social capital.  Gratitude puts people in the mood to share. Send each donor an immediate thank you email with a request to spread the word about your campaign.    On #GivingTuesday, Deposit a Gift will waive its platform fee for nonprofits that use the service to set up their campaigns. Deposit a Gift can help organizations create custom landing pages, develop promotional campaigns and manage donations. Nonprofit organizations interested in running their #GivingTuesday campaign on the Deposit a Gift platform can visit givingtuesday2016. Ostomel is also hosting a series of free webinars with tips on creating a successful #GivingTuesday campaign. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 31

NON-PROFIT NEWS Open Door Mission to Host Annual Turkey ‘N’ Fixin’s Food Drive

ACLU of Nebraska Recognizes Award Recipients at 50th Anniversary Event

Mark your calendars for Open Door Mission’s annual Turkey ‘N’ Fixin’s food drive event at Hy-Vee!  During the week of Thanksgiving, Open Door Mission will serve more than 14,700 meals to hungry and homeless and deliver over 5,000 Turkey ‘N’ Fixin’s food bags to families in the community.  To meet the need in the community, please shop for turkeys and non-perishable food items for Open Door Mission at area Hy-Vee stores on November 4th from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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

​Stop by any area Hy-Vee to shop for turkeys and non-perishable food items and say “Hi!” to Open Door Mission’s friendly volunteer! Plus, First National Bank will also donate $3 for every Fixin’s Bag purchased to help Open Door Mission prepare a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixin’s (up to $3,000). Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds, serves over 2,000 nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.  For more information, please call (402) 422-1111 or visit


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American Heart Association Launches 2017 Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign The American Heart Association is seeking handmade red hats, crocheted or knit, to provide to Nebraska newborns born during the next American Heart Month (February 2017), as a part of the national Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project, which is coming to Nebraska for the second time this winter. With Little Hats, Big Hearts, the American Heart Association is raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases, the No. 1 killer in the United States, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country, occurring in one of 100 babies. Hats will be given to each baby born in February at participating hospitals across the state. Hospitals in the area that have already confirmed their participation in this program include Bryan Health (Lincoln), CHI Health Bergan Mercy (Omaha), CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center (Omaha), CHI Health Immanuel (Omaha), CHI Health Lakeside (Omaha), CHI Health Mercy (Council Bluffs), CHI Health St. Elizabeth (Lincoln), CHI Health St. Mary’s (Nebraska City), Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (Omaha), Memorial Community Health (Aurora), Nebraska Medicine (Bellevue and Omaha). Additional Nebraska hospitals are participating and more will be confirmed and announced throughout the fall. The American Heart Association is working with both the mother-baby units and Neonatal Intensive Care Units in hospitals so donations of red hats in both premature and newborn sizes are needed. Because bows and buttons may be a danger to newborn babies, only red hats without decorations can be accepted for Little Hats, Big Hearts. Donations of red yarn to help those who will be knitting or crocheting hats are also being accepted. Yarn must be cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight and machine washable and dryable. All mailed-in donations must be received at the American Heart Association’s Greater Nebraska Regional Office in Lincoln (1540 S. 70th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68506) no later than Jan. 13. In-person donations can be made during regular business hours at the offices in Lincoln and Omaha (9900 Nicholas Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68114) or the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores located in Bellevue, Lincoln and Omaha. Visit  for more information. For additional information on American Heart Association events statewide, please contact Jamie Schneider at  402-810-6851,  (402) 9150955 or

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

Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha Announces Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities Kiwanis Club is volunteering to keep Omaha beautiful yet again! And, the local volunteer organization is always looking for more Kiwanis members to join in the efforts. Twice a year, Kiwanis members take over a 1 ½ mile stretch of Hwy 31, just north of Elkhorn, to clean up the roadside. This Adopt-A-Highway activity has been ongoing for over 20 years with poundage of debris cleaned up and recycled. Helping the elderly and disabled with fall yard clean-up is an important volunteer effort for Kiwanis Club too. They coordinate with a local church to take care of a few yards in Omaha to help these members of our community. These homeowners cannot otherwise get landscaping help, so the club pitches in by spending a few hours as a team with chainsaws, leaf blowers and garden tools getting their yards ready for winter. The Club will then return in the spring to wake these yards up for the season. As the season changes, volunteers will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at a store near you. All are encouraged to come join them for some hot chocolate, and feel great about giving back to your community. Come to a Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha for a Monday lunch meeting or visit for more details.

TeamPaint to Award Workshops to Nonprofits Nonprofit agencies will have the opportunity to take part in an innovative team building workshop with Omaha-based TeamPaintTM. Four nonprofit agencies will be awarded workshops for up to 25 participants each (valued at $2,500). The workshops will take place during 2017. The workshops will be led by Beverly Todd, who launched TeamPaint three years ago and has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership with nonprofit corporations in Nebraska. She also is a contemporary artist, with work hanging in businesses and homes across the U.S. and Canada. The two-hour TeamPaint workshop includes hands-on group painting with discussion as teams share what they learn about themselves and their teammates. Who has TeamPainted? Teams across the U.S. from California to Florida, including teams from Union Pacific, ConAgra, the University of Nebraska Alumni Association, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, have used TeamPaint as part of their development programs. Nonprofit agencies are asked to apply for a workshop by Dec. 10, 2016. Applications are available at, or may be requested from:

10th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands: “Who’s Telling Your Story?” Registration remains open for the 10th annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, which is T h u r s d a y, November 3, 2016, at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. Nonprofit organizations that haven’t joined the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands can receive a discount on their registration when they join within 30 days of the Summit. Registration is $150 for NAM members and $225 for nonprofit organizations that aren’t members of NAM. “This year’s theme is ‘Who’s Telling Your Story?’ We want to help nonprofits tell their stories of the good work they’re doing for their communities,” said Hannah Young, policy and events manager. Keynote speakers are Andy Goodman, director of The Goodman Center, and Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. More information on the 2016 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, and other NAM programs, is available at 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. With NAM’s growing base of nonprofits, the organization is committed to: enhancing public recognition of the importance and role of the nonprofit sector; providing access to high-quality assistance and information on effective nonprofit management and practices; advocating on issues that affect the capacity of all nonprofits to address their communities’ needs; and fostering communication and cooperation among nonprofits. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 33

NON-PROFIT NEWS GROW Nebraska Among Recipients of $700,000 SBA Grant

Heartland Family Service to Honor Family Advocate, Four Metro Families

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced seven awardees of $700,000 in new grant funding for continued projects to promote the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms eligible for assistance under the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program. Among those seven businesses is GROW Nebraska, with a funding amount of $100,000! GROW Nebraska will work with partners, Lakota Hope Center and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Extension, to capitalize on the talents and interests of entrepreneurs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in the  Whiteclay,  Nebraska area to create a group of entrepreneurs who work together and support each other as they build scalable small businesses that will generate a livable income for the business owner and his/her family, create jobs, and have a positive impact on Reservation residents. With this grant, GROW Nebraska, Lakota Hope and UNL Extension will create an innovative, entrepreneur-focused program that builds and supports a powerful business strategy for each participant involved in the program. To learn more about assistance provided to Native American small businesses and SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, please visit

Heartland Family Service (heartlandfamilyser will honor four families and a family advocate from the Omaha metro area on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Happy Hollow Club as part of its 34th annual Salute to Families program.

GROW Nebraska member, Lakota Hope Center, is a ministry serving the Lakota Nation specifically the Risen Warriors (street people) of Whiteclay and Pine Ridge. Lakota Hope also reaches out in different ways to encourage and promote healthy, economically self-sufficient native individuals and families– helping artists and crafters to make a life-enhancing wage with traditional and contemporary items. Shop Lakota Crafter items on

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Ted E. Bear Hollow’s 3rd Annual Grief Awareness Conference Set for Nov. 18th Did you know . . . Almost 16 percent of students in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously considered suicide, and 7.8 percent report having attempted suicide one or more times in the past 12 months. Ted E. Bear Hollow’s 3rd Annual Grief Awareness Conference is set to take place on Friday, November 18th from 8:15 am- 4:30 pm at Creighton University, Harper Center at 2500 California Plaza. The Grief Awareness Conference will increase awareness of the need for grief support following a suicide or other loss and bolster professional competencies in the field to aid in building a safe and supportive community for all grieving individuals. Registration is $125 for full day and $85 full day for Students/ Ted E. Bear Hollow Volunteer Facilitators. Morning Keynote Only (8:15-10:00am) – Understanding & Supporting Children & Teens After a Suicide Loss: $30. Award Luncheon & Ethics Keynote Only (12:00-2:00pm) – Treating Grief as a Mental Disorder: Concerns & Consequences: $30. Conference registration is available at Dr. Donna Schuurman will be this year’s keynote presenter. Dr. Schuurman is the Sr. Director of Advocacy & Training and former Executive Director at The Dougy Center in Portland, OR. A seasoned and compelling speaker to audiences around the world, she also serves as a national trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Schuurman will be conducting two plenary sessions for the Grief Awareness Conference. A complete list of workshops and continuing education credit information is available at 34 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

For 140 years, Heartland Family Service has been a leader in providing for the needs of children and families in the Omaha metro area. In recognition and thanks for leading the way to a better tomorrow, each year the Salute to Families program highlights families who place a high priority on building and strengthening their bond while encouraging individual growth.

Commitment to Family Sarah & Gary Heller

This year’s Salute to Families honorees are:

Community Service - Diva & Al Mejias Challenged & Successful - Sue & Jim Hamilton

Community Service Diva & Al Mejias

Leadership - Kathy & Mike Gross Family Advocate - Fr. Tom Fangman, currently priest at St. Patrick’s in Elkhorn and formerly of Sacred Heart in Omaha To learn more about the event or to make a donation in honor of a family, contact Development Coordinator Nicole Tromler at (402) 552-7424. For those who wish to attend, tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for children. Table sponsorship opportunities are also still available, which is $500 for a table of 10. For reservations, contact Brenna Hoffman at (402) 552-7426 or BHoffman@HeartlandFamilyService. org. Since 1875, Heartland Family Service has responded to the needs of our area’s most vulnerable children and families. Each year, the agency’s 50 programs serve more than 30,000 individuals of all ages — from infants in the Family Works program to seniors in the Generations Center — from more than 15 locations in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Heartland Family Service provides critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community through the following program areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention and Housing & Financial Stability. For more information, visit

Challenged & Successful Sue & Jim Hamilton

Leadership Kathy & Mike Gross

Family Advocate Fr. Tom Fangman

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Network Provides Increased Effectiveness in Care at Nebraska Cancer Specialists

Grand Opening Held for Expanded, Renovated Center for Healthy Living

Understanding how cancer behaves at the molecular level is helping oncologists treat cancer smarter. In order to provide the most advanced cancer treatment in the world, Nebraska Cancer Specialists is a member of The Caris Centers of Excellence for Precision Medicine Network (“COE Network”). The network consists of leading cancer centers that have demonstrated a commitment to precise medicine and who work collaboratively to advance the delivery of tumor profiling and establish standards of care for profiling solid tumors.

On October 10th, University of Nebraska Medical Center held a grand opening at its newly expanded/renovated Center for Healthy Living facility at 40th and Jones streets.

Nebraska Cancer Specialists utilizes the network’s tumor profiling service called Caris Molecular Intelligence to uncover “targets” or biomarkers in cancer and identify cancer therapies that may fight cancer more effectively.

The grand opening event marked the beginning of UNMC Employee Appreciation Week. Following remarks at the grand opening ceremony, tours of the new facility were offered. In addition, fitness on demand and cycling demonstrations were given, and students played ping pong on the center’s new tables. Free massages were also available.

As the first to offer comprehensive molecular profiling in oncology, Caris Molecular Intelligence is an industry leader, with 85,000-plus tumors profiled and counting. Caris Molecular Intelligence correlates molecular data from a patient’s tumor with drug targets derived from clinical cancer studies resulting in a Personalized Tumor Profile. Using a variety of advanced technologies, molecular information for approximately 60 FDA-approved drug associations are provided allowing Nebraska Cancer Specialist physicians to tailor specific treatments. Nebraska Cancer Specialists is a subspecialty practice of 13 collaborating physicians who are devoted to oncology and hematology, providing state of the art medical treatment and compassionate care in both outpatient offices and hospital settings. For more information, please visit

Nebraska Community Blood Bank: So Thankful for Blood Donors Born at just over 25 week’s gestation, twins Etta and Lane each weighed only 1 pound 10 ounces. Due to their premature birth and small size they had very low blood volume and were unable to produce red blood cells fast enough to keep up with the demand of frequent blood draws for tests. Etta and Lane spent a long and challenging four months in the NICU at Bryan Health. Etta received three units of blood throughout her stay in the NICU and Lane received blood a total of four times, the first transfusion at just six days old. Today, the twins are healthy and happy. They’ve returned to the NICU a few times since, but on happy terms, with gifts for other NICU patients and special treats for the staff. Etta and Lane survived because generous blood donors stepped up to give.  An estimated 15 million babies around the world are born prematurely each year. Please consider donating blood this November in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month. Visit NCBB.ORG or call (877) 488-9414 to learn more about hosting a blood drive or to sign up to donate blood at a donor center or blood drive near you. 36 Strictly Business NOVEMBER 2016

The $6 million project, which spanned nearly two years, included a 6,525-square-foot addition and renovation of 11,845 square feet of two floors of the building. The project was made possible by a lead donation by Omaha philanthropists Ruth and Bill Scott, longtime supporters of UNMC and the University of Nebraska.

The Center for Healthy Living, which is part of the Student Life Center, has seen more than 48,000 total visits so far in 2016. In addition, more than 1,500 participants have taken part in UNMC’s 10 intramural sports leagues this year, and the center plans to add three new intramural leagues for dodgeball, sand volleyball and pickleball. In recent years, with the creation of the UNMC Ice Rink in the Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza, UNMC has been able to add curling, broomball and bocce ball leagues.

Federal Grant to Fund Internship Training, Expand Behavioral Health Services in Underserved Areas of Nebraska The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) and the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) were recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund internship training for clinical counselors to address the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents and families in underserved areas of Nebraska. Through BHECN and MMI, the Nebraska Counseling Internship Collaborative was created, including Chadron State College, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Wayne State College. The one-year grant will support stipends for 21 counseling interns from these four graduate counseling programs. This marks the first collaboration of the four master’s level counseling programs in the state to coordinate interdisciplinary training. The goal is to expand the behavioral health workforce and the diversity of licensed counselors in the state who are trained to work with children and adolescents in underserved communities, in particular rural, frontier and inner-city areas. Interns will be placed in already established integrated behavioral health care clinics in rural and urban underserved areas, providing exposure to working with pediatricians, psychologists, nurses and family practitioners. They also will have an opportunity to develop competencies in working with rural and minority cultures. Through distance learning, interns will complete a series of learning modules on telehealth practices and integrated behavioral health care. Interns are projected to participate in more than 4,500 patient sessions during this program. Students interested in applying for the internship may contact program coordinator, Laura Holly at


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Nebraska Medical Association Announces New Leaders, Award Winners On September 16, the Nebraska Medical Association held its 2016 Inaugural Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Installed as President was Todd Pankratz, MD, of Hastings and nominated as President-Elect was Rob Rhodes, MD, of Lincoln. 2016 Award winners were also named: Distinguished Service to Medicine Peter Whitted, JD, MD, Omaha; Physician of the Year Chelsea Chesen, MD, Omaha; Young Physician of the Year Travis Teetor, MD, Omaha; Physician Advocate of the Year Bob Rauner, MD, Lincoln; Resident Advocate of the Year Jordan Warchol, MD, Omaha; Student Advocate of the Year Michael Visenio, Omaha; and Friend of Medicine Tom Obrist, Lincoln. The Nebraska Medical Association was founded in 1868, and currently represents nearly 3,000 Nebraska physicians, students and residents. The mission of the Nebraska Medical Association is to serve physician members by advocating for the medical profession, for patients and for the health of all Nebraskans. For more information, visit

Newly FDA-Approved Laser Expands Treatment Options for Nearsightedness On September 13th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of the new VisuMax Femtosecond Laser for the Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) procedure, to reduce or even eliminate nearsightedness in patients 22 years of age or older. Lance Kugler, M.D., local refractive surgeon and expert in the field, has been working closely with the manufacturer, Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc. of Dublin, California, to launch this technology in the United States. Myopia, or nearsightedness, has reached epidemic levels in America, with upwards of 40 percent of American adults dependent on artificial means such as glasses or contacts to function in their daily lives. The VisuMax Femtosecond Laser removes a small amount of tissue from the eye, permanently altering the shape of the cornea. This reshaping of the eye’s surface corrects nearsightedness by altering the way light enters the eye and enabling that light to be sharply focused on the retina. The safety and effectiveness of the new device has found that the SMILE procedure resulted in stable and effective vision correction at six months post-surgery. Dr. Kugler’s practice, Kugler Vision (, is a world-class refractive surgery center located in the middle of the country, making Omaha a destination for incredible vision correction outcomes.

Successful Opioid Summit Held in Omaha More than 300 members of the public health, medical, and law enforcement communities in Nebraska gathered Friday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for the first Nebraska Opioid Summit: “Charting the Road to Recovery: Nebraska’s Response to Opioid Abuse.” The Summit — hosted by the Office of the Nebraska Attorney General, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska Medical Center — focused on prevention, treatment, and law enforcement through direct collaboration with the public health, medical, and law enforcement communities in Nebraska.  Among the topics addressed: Nebraska’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; a primary care team-based approach to opioid prescribing and pharmacology of opioid addiction; the DEA’s efforts to work in a 360-degree method to break the cycle of drug trafficking, drug violence and drug abuse, and statewide solutions for prescription opioid abuse. Speakers included physicians from UNMC and DHHS, as well as Brad Schimel, attorney general for the State of Wisconsin; Jeffrey B. Stamm,  director, Midwest High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; John H. Armstrong, M.D.,  surgeon general and secretary of health, State of Florida, and Scott Collier,  diversion program manager, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, St. Louis Division.

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Workplace Health Solutions Unveiled by American Heart Association The American Heart Association p r o u d l y announces the transition of the Fit-Friendly Wo r k s i t e platfor m into a n e w, m o r e comprehensive workplace health program: the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions. This program is setting a new standard in the workplace health field which will lead to improved health outcomes for employees, and we invite all companies to join us. Workplace Health Solutions uses a continuous quality improvement approach to improve both the culture of health of your workplace and the health of your workforce by offering a complete suite of evidence-based tools to help organizations and their employees get the most out of their workplace health program. Workplace Health Solutions helps assess the comprehensiveness of current workplace wellness programs and the supportive workplace environment, provides expert resources on strategies for improvement, implementation employee engagement, and tracks progress toward ideal heart health. Why it Matters •

90% of employers do not measure their wellness program’s ROI.

Only 6.9% of worksites have a truly comprehensive health promotion program.

77% of employers see lack of engagement as the biggest obstacle to successful workplace health programs.

55% of employees believe it’s important to see CEO set the example in personal health.

Recognition benefits for the Workplace Health Achievement Index will be more robust and comprehensive than the Fit-Friendly Worksites program by offering three levels of awards and additional promotional opportunities. For more information and to enroll, please visit workplacehealth or contact Michelle Nielson, Senior Community Health Director, at (402) 810-6849 or NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business 37


by Karla Keegan, Branch Manager Manpower

Why Work With a Search or Staffing Firm?

As professionals in the staffing industry, we field a lot of inquiries from individuals seeking employment and from companies who are looking to meet their staffing needs. As such, I’ve taken this opportunity to provide answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. How do you know it is right for you to go to an employment agency? For many reasons! A recent graduate may want to test drive jobs in different industries before settling on a career path. A mom re-entering the workforce might start with a temporary assignment to maintain a flexible schedule. Someone who is unemployed may use a temporary job as a way to maintain an income flow while looking for permanent work. Others find permanent positions through their temporary assignments. And, some people simple prefer temporary work because it fits their lifestyle better than a permanent job. However, at Manpower we offer temporary, temp to hire and Direct Hire opportunities. The majority of our positions are Temp to Hire! How do you pick the right one? As the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, for over 60 years, we’ve helped job seekers everywhere find opportunities that fit their skills, interests and goals, delivering better results for our client companies. Come speak with us as we understand what its like to look for work. And part of our mission is to make the experience easier and more comfortable for you. We’ll work with you to identify your strengths, prepare you for your job search and use our connections to promote your skills.  We are all about connecting people as we love what we do! Once you have decided on an agency, what should you do? What steps should you take?  Apply at Call our office at  (402) 3975455 and speak with our Staffing Supervisors right away. We will set you up for an internal interview. We can help you make your best impression on paper and in person to help increase your chances of success. What should you expect and not expect from an agency?  Manpower recruiters are always paid by the employers, not the job candidates. At Manpower you will receive career advice, plus practical job search tips and tools to help you get that job you’re after. We want to help you keep your best foot forward once you start. We will speak with you about your resume, prep with interview questions, determine references, speak with you after the client interview, and discuss social media regarding skills sets and perceptions. Once with an agency, should you continue looking for a job on your own as well?  We always say not to put all your eggs in one basket; however we encourage our candidates to be aware of their attendance, performance, compatibility and how they feel they could acclimate to their new perspective job environment. What are the benefits and drawbacks to working with an agency? 88% of temporary employees say that temporary or contract work made them more employable. 40% of Manpower North America’s temporary assignment leads to permanent opportunities. Manpower offers automated payroll, benefits, training modules and online courses to increase skills, career guidance, full background check and drug screens that parallel the clients procedures, resources to help with everything from updating resumes and practice interviewing to determine the next steps in one’s career.  With job openings at the highest level since 2000 and continued steady increases in hiring, people feel more confident changing employers and career paths. We have also implemented a program called My Path. It is a collection of resource tools build to give associates a chance to obtain better and new opportunities in the future such as Free College Tuition Coverage Program, Power You and Assessment Tools. Manpower has been a leader in the search and staffing industry since 1948. The Omaha office is located at 707 N. 98th Street. 38

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Ribbon Cutting with President and CEO of Madonna Rehabilitation Hopitals, Paul Dongilli.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus

Ushers in New Era of Physical Rehabilitation With Opening Celebration Just two years after breaking ground, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus is complete and is ready to serve patients. A private grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting followed by self-guided tours was held on Thursday, September 29.

Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue to address the urgent need and to provide inpatient rehabilitation services for individuals with complex medical conditions. The 32-beds will move in to the new hospital shortly after the Omaha Campus opens.

The opening signifies a new era of specialized inpatient physician rehabilitation care in the region. The Omaha Campus features 260,000-square-feet of warm, inviting space. The 110 private-room hospital includes three major areas—an acute rehabilitation hospital, a rehabilitation specialty hospital and a children’s rehabilitation unit. The Madonna Institute of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering will be onsite, providing opportunities for advancement in rehabilitation research for patients.

The economic impact during the two-year construction of the Omaha Campus was $122 million. Once patient occupancy reaches full census, the Omaha Campus is expected to generate an estimated 700-800 full and part-time jobs.

In addition, new and exciting technology enables patients with only limited movement ability (i.e. twitching a muscle) to control lighting, window shades and television and even communicate with nurses. The hospital also has a main therapy gym, a warm-water pool, a chapel and Independence Square—a simulated community for patients to practice daily independent living skills, such as driving, laundry and grocery shopping. Outside thoughtfully landscaped walkways, courtyards and wooded areas offer opportunities for rehabilitation activities in a natural setting and enable patients and their family members’ space for rest and meditation.

A partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, is providing physician support for patients. Samuel Bierner, M.D., is leading the effort with more than 25 years of experience in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). In addition, Madonna and UNMC are establishing and supporting the new physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program in which medical students and residents will train at Madonna. The program is the first of its kind in the region.

“It tells people that Omaha is open for business. And it sends out the signal to others in the medical community that Omaha is a good place to be. It is just a very positive addition to our medical community to provide those services that are so needed,” said Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

“We are committed to our rehabilitation mission, innovation and research; it’s been our foundation since we first opened nearly 60 years ago. We are excited to According to a 2012 independent begin a new chapter for the benefit of patients in Omaha study, more than 1,300 individuals and the surrounding region,” said Dongilli. each year would qualify for

Colby Johnson, Former Patient Demonstrating the Ekso GT Robotic Exoskeleton, a wearable bionic suit that helps patients re-learn how to walk.

rehabilitation in the metro area but are referred to nursing homes or sent home instead. Madonna fills that void in Omaha’s health care continuum. As part of Madonna’s strategic plan to build a comprehensive continuum of rehabilitation, the $93 million project broke ground on September 4, 2014. Earlier that year Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital opened on the fourth floor of

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals offers world-class medical rehabilitation and research. Specializing in brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, pulmonary conditions, stroke and neurological diseases for adults and children; Madonna takes the most medically complex cases. Madonna offers hope and healing and returns patients to their community settings at a higher rate than industry benchmarks. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Omaha Campus is located at 17500 Burke St. and can be contacted directly at (402) 401-3100. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Lincoln Campus is located at 5401 South Street; the switchboard can be reached at (402) 413-3000.

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Advancements in technology continue to transform how we do business, and also how we do our jobs. Sophisticated technology that’s user-friendly and allows us to do so much more than ever before is exactly what’s being delivered by our local experts, and it’s never been more accessible. As with any investment that will have a major impact on how you do business, incorporating new technology into the workplace is something that requires thoughtful planning and precise execution. With so many useful applications in the workplace currently, and a future full of new innovations a certainty, this story could go on at length about the marvels of modern technology. As such, there a few key areas we’ll focus on that have the potential to make a big impact on a business’ operations and bottom line: infrastructure, central functions, control of key systems and communication. The internet has revolutionized everything about the way we do business, and as such, directly influences workplace technology and the role it plays in all operations. This makes it more crucial than ever to have a highly reliable connection with enough available bandwidth to support


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the needs of today’s enterprise. Along with the internet, the devices and programs used to complete any number of tasks play a critical role in any type of business. Working hand-in-hand, advancements in one area will have an effect on how we use the other. With that in mind, expert guidance and support with applications, functions, uses and outcomes of all workplace technology will ensure the full power is being harnessed in order to maximize all benefits. “One of the most, if not the most, critical exercise any team must commit to is a requirements gathering process,” emphasizes Jeff Newton, vCIO with Five Nines.  “All too often we see the situation arise where an individual, team, or entire organization is so far down the line with a software package, hardware system, Jeff Newton workflow change, or any other major initiative Five Nines

only to realize that the outcomes were never explicitly defined.  This leaves you with limited options in most cases, where you have to find ways to overcome the gaps, blind spots, additional work, or manual process workarounds just to get to the finish line. Our support model pivots around having the intimate knowledge of our partners’ businesses and infrastructures. This puts us in a position to be able to pull the necessary resources in a single room and attack a requirements gathering session, until there is consensus and the objectives are agreed upon and clearly stated.  Only from that point are you in a position to truly begin thinking through the upgrades or additions of new technology into your business. He further advises, “Never forget that technology is only a tool.  It provides little to no value if it is not adopted fully, integrated properly, and trained appropriately.  The unfortunate reality is that there is an overwhelming amount of hype/buzz/flash in the pan technology these days, and it only continues to become more prevalent as the days pass.  Never forget the basics of blocking and tackling, as you vet solutions or consider bringing in a new product or solution.  Don’t get caught up in the sales pitch, but make sure you take the time to explicitly define your objectives, and measure the solutions against those.  Understand how your workflows may also need to change to truly adopt something new.  One of the most applicable concepts I’ve been able to carry over from the more hands-on technical days into the solutions design or consulting area is that of goals-based troubleshooting.  What that means is never ‘dive in’ or begin troubleshooting the problem until you have a clear understanding on the goal of the individual(s) you’re there to help.  It’s no different at the higher levels of business.  If you haven’t taken the time to communicate, evaluate the implications, listen for understanding, and seek explicit clarification before you begin then you can be certain you’ll spend that time, money, or energy on the backend dealing with the repercussions. Technology is no realm to be impulsive. Five Nines vCIO (Virtual Chief Information Officer) role has been a fantastic addition to our service portfolio over the last 18 months. The key is to overcome the “we don’t know what we don’t know” as well as having a holistic view of an organization so we don’t make shortsighted decisions which undermine overall success.” In addition to assistance with the technology related to how you conduct business and perform work, you might also be looking to invest in building technology, which has plenty of advantages in its own right. Also at the core of business functions, Pat Killeen, owner of Engineered Controls offers insight on control of key systems: “From a building technology perspective, there are a whole host of Building Management System (BMS) programs that will incorporate more advanced technology in the workplace. Pat Killeen These will apply whether your building is new or Engineered Controls if it is an existing building as part of a retrofit project. Briefly, a few of our BMS technology offerings for commercial buildings would include: • Affordable integrated building control and automation systems that make your buildings smarter and more efficient by providing essential instrumentation and control.   • Systems that make lighting much more efficient. Our lighting controls solution offers smart scheduling, presence detection and photocells to ensure lights aren’t left burning in vacant areas and that lights are off in areas where there is already plenty of natural light. • Integrated security solutions to meet your every need. These include standalone and networked access control solutions, an intrusion detection or video surveillance solution or a fully integrated security system, Engineered Controls can provide exactly what you needed. • Gas detection systems for parking garages and mechanical rooms with chillers and boilers where safety is a concern and where people can become sick and or even die if not ventilated properly. We are passionate to helping our customers achieve their hazardous gas needs with our Gas Detection solutions.

The latest in parking gate controls and revenue generation system solutions for airports, education, event, healthcare, hotels & public buildings, cities & municipalities, office, and retail. Engineered Controls offers our customers high quality products and services that create efficient, safe and comfortable building environments. So to that end, if someone was looking to improve the energy efficiency in their facility we have products and service that will do that. On the other hand, if someone is looking to protect their people and assets, we have safety products and service that do that as well. When working with a building technology contractor, it is proper to choose a system that has the ability to be scalable as your business needs grow. Do not skimp on features of the equipment thinking that the lowest priced option is equivalent. The axiom ‘You get what you pay for’ often applies. A good building technology partner will be able to explain the difference in the products available and is willing to inform you of your options. It is also beneficial to know the reputation of the building technology partner, ask them for their history and other business referrals. We have a team of engineers assigned specifically to create custom integration solutions to pull all of your building equipment into a common platform regardless of manufacturer. Our software design engineers can implement open interface protocols and develop third-party communication drivers to pull everything together.” Specifically regarding new trends and solutions that have been recently introduced to the market, Killeen further advises, “As far as technology advancements, the security industry probably has the lead in new products and solutions. There is a whole array of new video cameras with better low-light technology, and the number of manufacturers embracing the wireless locks technology is expanding so at some point it may overtake hardwired locks. Others to note are NFC readers that turn cell phones into credentials, integrated apps that notify law enforcement or others of emergencies, vandalism/ballistic window laminates to add to the physical security and protect the occupants inside of buildings.” Finally, communication needs very little introduction as to the impact it has on the success of a business or organization. Moreover, there are so many different ways that technology is affecting how we communicate. We live in a busy world, with so much going on in our day-to-day work lives, but still need to remain in contact with our team and available to our clients. Wireless solutions are continuing to evolve because those who are always on-the-go don’t want to have to worry about connecting to their devices. “Bluetooth and wireless technology is always advancing,” explains Chelley Baack with Headsetters™. “The range of the devices is always growing farther, batteries are lasting longer, devices are getting more comfortable to wear, and strength and durability continues to improve while technology is becoming more sophisticated.   Wireless devices are so popular among business owners and professionals because they make it easy to talk on the phone and be hands-free to multi-task or connect to another Chelley Baack wireless device without worrying about cords Headsetters ™ or wires.  Some of our headsets even have the capability to allow ‘multipoint connections’ where the headset can connect to a computer, a landline, and a mobile phone all at once. Furthermore, all it takes is the push of a button to tell it which one to make a call from. In addition to offering wireless solutions for our customers, Headsetters™ also offers mobile access to our products and services.   Even when we’re closed on nights and weekends, our clients never have to be out of info or out of contact.” Technology is here to stay, and it’s benefitting us in a big way. Those interested in remaining competitive and reaching their highest potential are the ones who are taking advantage of the technology of our time, harnessing it to do the most good for their businesses, employees, and clients. This quote from Stewart Brand hits the nail on the head: “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”

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Memory Care With the significant increase in those affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, it’s become a major area of focus for healthcare providers, and specifically those specializing in services for our senior population and their caregivers. According to information sourced from the Alzheimer’s Association, which can be found online at along with much more on the subject, here are some current statistics and important details that are cause for great concern: Quick Facts • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. This is more than deaths from breast and prostate cancer combined. • More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia present. • In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care. • Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. By the mid-century mark, that number will be cut in half, with someone in the U.S. projected to develop the disease every 33 seconds. • In 2016, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $236 billion. Prevalence The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s). In fact, one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. These numbers will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the baby boom generation has begun to reach age 65 and beyond, the age range of greatest risk of Alzheimer’s. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. Previous estimates based on high range projections of population growth provided by the U.S. Census suggest that this number may be as high as 16 million. Mortality Among people age 70, 61 percent of those with Alzheimer’s are expected to die before the age of 80 compared with 30 percent of people without Alzheimer’s — a rate twice as high. As the population of the United States ages, Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death. Although deaths from other major causes have decreased significantly in the last decade, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased significantly — 71 percent. In 2013, over 84,000 Americans died from Alzheimer’s according to official death certificates; however, in 2016, an estimated 700,000 people with Alzheimer’s will die, and the disease likely will contribute to many of those deaths. Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Caregivers In 2015, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. That care had an estimated economic value of $221.3 billion. • Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women, and 34 percent are age 65 or older. • 41 percent of caregivers have a household income of $50,000 or less. • On average, care contributors lose over $15,000 in annual income as a result of reducing or quitting work to meet the demands of caregiving. Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on caregivers. Nearly 60 percent of


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Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; about 40 percent suffer from depression. One in five care contributors cut back on their own doctor visits because of their care responsibilities. And, among caregivers, 74 percent report they are “somewhat” to “very” concerned about maintaining their own health since becoming a caregiver. Cost to Nation Alzheimer’s disease is one of the costliest chronic diseases to society, and a growing crisis that is helping to bankrupt Medicare. • In 2016, total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice are estimated to be $236 billion for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with just under half of the costs borne by Medicare. • Medicare and Medicaid are expected to cover $160 billion, or 68 percent, of the total health care and long-term care payments for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. • Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In 2050, it will be one in every three dollars. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1 trillion (in 2016 dollars). Costs to Medicare will increase 360 percent. This dramatic rise includes a nearly five-fold increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and a nearly five-fold increase in out-of-pocket spending. Financial Impact on Families Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In total, family caregivers spend more than $5,000 a year on average caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Because studies on this important topic are scarce, the Alzheimer’s Association commissioned a nationwide scientific survey of more than 3,500 Americans who were asked these questions and more. Alarmingly, the survey revealed that many care contributors had to cut back on basic necessities — such as food and medical care — for themselves and their families. They are 28 percent more likely than other adults to eat less or go hungry because they cannot afford to pay for food. At the same time, many survey respondents had misconceptions about what expenses Medicare and Medicaid cover, leaving them unprepared to handle the tremendous costs associated with the disease. Taken together, the results of the survey point to the significant financial burden placed on families because their friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can no longer afford to take care of themselves. In light of this, planning ahead by getting financial and legal plans in place is of the utmost importance. Local Resources Right here in the Omaha Metro, we are fortunate to have access to a wealth of resources dedicated to assisting those needing memory care and support as well as their families and caregivers. In closing, awareness and action are both equally important as we move forward into uncharted territory. Lisa Sedlacek-Arp of SilverRidge Assisted Living and Memory Support offers guidance for those in our community who are or will be affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: “Three of the most important things with respect to memory care are early detection, education and acceptance. I can’t tell you how many tours I have done at SilverRidge with families who are either in denial of the problem or whose loved ones have been in such a structured environment that they haven’t noticed any issues until taken out of that familiar place. So often guilt is felt by family members or no one wants to come to terms with the fact that there is a problem. If a person does not want to leave the home, get dressed, bathe or

even sometimes eat, there is a problem. It’s common to overlook dementia because a person’s memory is seemingly there, but those in the early stages of dementia have the tendency to come up with ways to mask it or hide it from you. By not leaving the house, showing signs of weight loss, or not taking medication they are giving you signs without even saying a word. In most cases the loved one already knows they have a problem but it is certainly not an easy thing to admit, so it’s up to YOU as a caregiver to educate yourself and stay ahead of the curve. There are plenty of resources online, as well as through the Alzheimer’s Association, Lisa Sedlacek-Arp at any library, or through your local senior care SilverRidge Assisted Living facilities and organizations. You’ll want to do this and Memory Support sooner rather than later because if you wait too long, it only gets harder to try and persuade that person to cooperate. If your loved one has not been evaluated by a specialist in dementia, I would make an appointment as soon as possible. Talk to your doctor for a referral. At SilverRidge we can help in many ways, just give us a call. With 15 years of experience with caring for the senior population, we are well-versed in signs of dementia and the Alzheimer’s Association visits quarterly to work and train with our staff to ensure they have the proper skills to take care of folks with dementia. I also have a radio show ‘Aging Matters with Lisa’ on KCRO - 660 AM or 94.5 FM - every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. I have had guests on the show frequently who deal with dementia on a daily basis and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association who explain warning signs. Early detection and acceptance by everyone involved is key to treatment of this disease that currently has no cure. There ARE ways to continue to have a good quality of life, which is exactly why educating yourself is so important. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask and don’t be in denial. Don’t just tell yourself I will do it tomorrow or sweep it under the rug. Right now we are preparing for major growth in the population that will be diagnosed with the disease. It does not discriminate. Understanding the symptoms is the first step, and it’s critical to recognize that it is not just memory loss but a host of other things that can surface. Furthermore, being at home is a nice thing but sometimes it is not the right thing for financial, safety and longevity reasons. What if the caregiver passes away? Where does the loved one go in that event? What funds will be available to them? Are they able to make their own life choices still both medically and financially? If they aren’t, who will? Be aware, be informed and be prepared for all possible circumstances. All of these decisions include doctors, lawyers, financial advisors and possibly long-term memory care facilities.” “All too often, family members wait until they are in a crisis situation or worn down before they decide to ask for help,” adds Michaela Williams, President of Care Consultants for the Aging. “Researching what options are available for those with memory needs can make these decisions much more manageable when that time comes. Figuring out what the government offers, insurances that can be used, and getting legal documents in place will only help when you need to make decisions for someone. It is realistic to need more than one type of service as you go through a caregiving journey Knowing what financial resources are available will Michaela Williams help in finding reasonable care options. Care Consultants Although they may be difficult subjects to broach, for the Aging as previously noted, it is also important to discuss caregiving and end of life decisions with your loved one before they lose their mental capabilities. Questions to ask may include: If they lose their memory capabilities, would they prefer to move into a facility that specializes in memory care or would they prefer to remain at home where they are more comfortable? What are their thoughts on end of life decisions?” Specifically regarding caregivers, she further advises, “It is difficult to understand the importance of taking time for yourself when you are so focused on caring for someone else. It is far too common for the caregiver to get ill because they do not take time for themselves. This is true not just for the physical demands of caregiving but also for the mental demands. Home care is a great way to line up breaks as you need them. It can be flexible and be used as often as you need. Caregivers can help with things such as medical cares, personal cares, companionship, meals and light housekeeping. Since 1991, Care Consultants has helped thousands of seniors live independently. Our home care registry screens and refers caregivers for families to hire. Caregivers can help with medical and non-medical cares and can work from one to twenty four hours a day. As many of our clients are affected by dementia

or Alzheimer’s, our caregivers have extensive experience working with those with memory issues while providing assistance to help them to maintain their independence. Caregiving for a loved one with memory problems can be a long journey. Many find themselves trying a variety of different services to manage both their physical and their mental healthcare needs. It is important to realize that even if you do not need a physical break as a caregiver, respite is still important to your well-being. Care Consultants’ ElderCare Resource Handbook is available in print and can be viewed online at It provides a complete listing of services available for seniors in the metro area and as such, presents an excellent selection of options for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.” To end on a positive note, there are so many worldwide working tirelessly towards a common goal, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and all types of dementias. While those efforts continue, it is comforting to know that we are in good hands with our local resources as far as care and support is concerned. We encourage getting in touch with these professionals sooner rather than later if possible, and you can always reach the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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While there’s plenty to do during the holidays that necessitates being out and about, with shopping and parties being the main events this time of year, many of us are also inviting people to join in the celebration at our own homes. Entertaining does take work, but far less on the part of the host who utilizes the talents of our local businesses and puts them to work doing what they do best! {Your} Home for the Holidays Whether staying with you while in town or invited over for a gathering, if you’ll be opening your home to holiday guests, you’ll need to prepare accordingly. The basics of entertaining remain the same in your home as they do at any other venue around town. Key details to consider include atmosphere, fare, drinks, and entertainment. Charming Atmosphere When going out we focus on getting ourselves presentable, which by definition means “fit to be seen.” Those who are entertaining in their homes not only have to look the part, but must also ensure that the surroundings do too. As such, the emphasis is on cleanliness, creating a comfortable and welcoming ambiance, and of course during the holidays, festive décor is a must too. However, since this is a space that’s lived in daily, preparation in terms of the party setting can be quite the formidable challenge. Also, there’s the all-too-familiar panic-induced cleaning session the night before or day of the arrival or event that can suck all of the remaining time, energy and attention away from anything else that might be just as deserving of priority status. Unless you thrive in this type of situation, it’s to be avoided if at all possible. Hiring a cleaning company that performs services for residential clients around the holidays may be the option that’s right for you. With cleaning taken care of, which as we’re all aware can be a huge time suck, it will free up valuable time that you can spend on what’s probably a lengthy list of other things that will demand your attention. Whether it’s just key areas of the home that will be trafficked more with visitors, such as the kitchen and bathroom, or a full-scale cleaning session, there’s generally no requests that are too small or large to accommodate. You will want to look into booking these services as soon as possible because as you might assume based on the convenience factor plus the fact that most people don’t really like to clean anyway, they’re in high demand this time of year. As far as décor and ambiance go, holiday lighting is major. If you’re making an investment in lighting based on the potential of hosting guests at some point or for a planned event, you may as well enjoy it all season long. As with cleaning, this is another area where hiring a professionals can make life a lot easier. Arriving at a home that’s all decked out in a professional display of twinkling holiday lights is a fantastic way to welcome--and dazzle—your guests! This month is the 44

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ideal time to have holiday lights put up at your residence, and since you can simply turn them on or leave them off as you like, no time is really too soon to set the appointment. Once you’ve got the outside lighting taken care of, you can focus on putting your decorating skills to work on the inside of your home, which is usually much more fun anyway! Speaking of which, when assessing what you need for décor along with the other party essentials and where you’ll go to find those items, keep in mind that rental may be a better options than purchasing outright in some instances. Whether you’re in need of practical items for your party, such as extra tables and chairs or place settings, or you’re looking for just the right accents to set the mood, finding a good place to rent these things for a short period of time will save you from spending money on something you may never use again. Honeyman Rent-All is a leader in party and event rentals, serving clients in the area dating back to 1968. The company’s inventory is extensive, and can be viewed on their website-- www.honeymanrentall. com--under the Party Rentals tab. The equipment rental process is easy and designed to be as hassle-free as possible. Items are provided the day before the event and clients are allowed to return them the day after while only being charged rent for one day. There’s value in the cost savings, but also in the convenience of this arrangement. Categories of interest to those hosting parties this year might include bar service, centerpieces, chafers, linens, chairs/tables/dance floors, china and porcelain, décor, entertainment, event lighting, games, and more. There are so many possibilities there just waiting to be put to use! Party Fare Appetizer spreads galore. Platters of pretty treats. Classic holiday feast staples. This is exactly what we all have to look forward to during this year’s festivities, no surprises there! As with the fare for any type of party, you can get as creative as you please since the Omaha Metro is rich with culinary talent. If you’re going all out this year, get to it and start talking possibilities with the businesses at the top of your list to ensure you can still get on the books for the date(s) you need. Catering and having meals prepared in the home for parties, and even incorporating cooking classes into the mix, have also becoming much more popular and requested services; all of which would definitely take your party to the next level. Or, if you simply want to treat your guests to a few good meals during their stay but don’t want to slave in the kitchen to make that happen, no problem there either. In any scenario, working with someone who has done it before and can guide you through the process or alert you to things that may not have crossed your mind is highly recommended. One place in particular where you can find all of the traditional holiday fare and even some unique twists on classic favorites is none other than Just Good Meat. Pick-up, delivery, catering—they’ve got you covered! “Providing our customers with the highest quality meats and side dishes for their holiday dinners and parties is our specialty this time of year, and we absolutely love it,” says Sean Fuller, owner of Just Good Meat. “While our farm fresh and smoked turkeys are by far

the most popular of our offerings, especially this month, we always have a wide variety of meats to choose from including bone-in turkey breasts, bone-in or boneless old-fashioned dry cure ham, smoked prime rib and whole beef tenderloins, duck, geese and capons, just to name a few. Even better, every year we run specials on these items around the holidays as an added bonus. Along with the vast selection of main dishes to choose from, we have plenty of homemade sides available from garlic mashed potatoes to sage stuffing Sean Fuller with sausage mixed in, all the way down to Just Good Meat rolls and desserts. With the option to stop in and pick up items in the store, schedule an order for pick-up or delivery, or schedule our catering service, all with the ability to completely customize your meal, flexibility is our forte. While the majority of our offerings are always available at the store any time you pay us a visit, it’s important to be aware that some of the items such as the turkeys and smoked prime rib are by pre-order only. As we’ve just begun taking pre-orders for our turkeys at the beginning of November, there is still plenty of time to give us a call and get everything in place. However, especially for larger parties, you’ll want to place your order as soon as possible to ensure that you get exactly what you want, right when you need it.” As far as holiday treats and desserts go, again, there’s really nothing that comes to mind that can’t be done by one of the fantastic local bakeries here in the Omaha Metro. While some people love doing the actual baking themselves, others may prefer enjoying the finished product when it comes to holiday goodies. The Omaha Bakery not only delivers specialty treats that are to-die-for, but also takes great pride in providing the best customer service around. “Party trays and dessert bars are great for those hosting parties in their homes,” advises Michelle Kaiser, owner of The Omaha Bakery. “You can mix and match for a nice selection of seasonal goodies, which gives you a better chance of making everyone happy, and the presentation is sure to delight your guests! With such a wide variety of offerings, just stop by or give us a call and we can go from there. You’ll simply need to have an idea of what you might like, what your specific needs are, and the date that you Michelle Kaiser need your order completed. Special requests The Omaha Bakery are always welcome! As with almost anything to be done during the holidays, the sooner you get in contact with us the better. This is particularly true if it’s something that calls for creativity, customization, or for larger orders. If you do find yourself short on time, not to worry, we’ll put something nice together for you to pop in and pick up. We take pride in putting special touches on all of our creations, and we’d be honored to assist you in treating those you’ll be entertaining this holiday season!” Along with fantastic catering offerings and everything available for guests of the restaurant, Garden Café also has a full-service bakery at your service during the holidays. Well-known for producing delicacies that are just as pretty on the table as they are delicious to eat, a tradition that dates back to 1985, their amazing cakes and pies are always favorites during the holiday season. You can also arrange to pick up party trays or place a carry-out order for a meal that’s ready to serve, and to make your event that much easier, there’s even the option of home delivery. Service areas include Omaha, Chalco, Ralston, La Vista, Millard, and Elkhorn, NE and Council Bluffs, IA. It’s a great spot to treat your guests to breakfast or brunch while they’re in town too!

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of those we hold dear, mingling while sipping festive drinks, is the epitome of holiday soirees. Setting up a bar or drink station at home or preparing a special concoction to serve at your party requires a bit more planning than heading over to your neighborhood bar and lounge, but it’s almost as easy with the help of those who have plenty of experience in this area. For your holiday party spirits and refreshments, you’ll find an amazing selection to choose from at Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal. As knowing what to serve and the exact quantities needed can be quite the dilemma, the experienced staff at Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal will not only help you decide the best fit for beverage offerings but also the proportion of beer, wine, liquor, punch and soft drinks while also staying within your budget. In addition to carrying all of the classic party favorites, you’ll have convenient access to party goods such as tableware and professional bartenders are also available for hire. Furthermore, whether your choice is a complete bar set-up or a simple punch bowl you can count on the staff to provide a variety of great ideas. For those who are all about simplicity, but still want to serve up a mean drink for guests to enjoy, Margarita Man offers the best of both worlds. Margarita Man provides commercial-grade frozen beverage machines and a selection of 23 gourmet flavors that can also be mixed and matched for a signature party drink. Along with delivery and pick-up of the machine(s), they’ll take care of set-up on-site, provide the cups and straws, and will even mix up your first batch so it’s ready to go by the time your guests arrive. The ability to self-serve delicious frozen cocktails or drinks makes the party much easier to enjoy as a guest and especially as the host. After the first batch, mixing the product is the only work you are required to do to enjoy countless frozen drinks until your party ends. You can even leave the cleaning to the professionals, that’s included too! “The ease of serving beverages is a major benefit, particularly because you won’t have to worry about a bartender or running out of ice,” explains Dan Cheloha, owner of the Margarita Man Nebraska franchise. “For a party where both kids and adults will be attending, our Grand Fiesta Package with two machines is a great choice because it allows you to serve adult drinks in one machine and a non-alcoholic option in the other. We always strive to schedule the delivery of the machines early enough to help ensure that there is one Dan Cheloha less thing to worry about when getting ready Margarita Man for your guests to arrive. It’s easy, affordable, and the team at Margarita Man does all of the hard work for you, leaving you free to fully enjoy your party!”

Alternatively, if you’ll have out-of-town guests staying with you during the holidays, getting out and about to have some fun will probably be on the agenda at some point. What to do then? Going to the movies is a tradition for many during the holiday season, but if you’re going to show them a really amazing time, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the perfect destination. “Our guests can enjoy dinner, drinks, or any of the popular theatre snacks while they relax and enjoy the movie,” says Tyler Calabrese, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Franchise Principle for the Omaha Market. “We have casual dining options and a full bar available, with service right to your seats. It’s the ultimate move theatre experience, and Tyler Calabrese is equally as enjoyable for first-timers as it Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is for moviegoers who frequent our location here in La Vista.” With all of the natural beauty that Arbor Day Farm has to offer and its close proximity to the Omaha Metro, it’s a quick trip to make for an amazing holiday experience. “Guests are always welcome to visit Lied  Lodge & Conference Center  and enjoy our natureinspired holiday decorations,” says Brenda McIntosh, Sales Director at Lied  Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm. “Sit around one of our four fireplaces and enjoy great company with a glass of Arbor Day Farm Wine or hot chocolate from our Library Lounge. Then climb aboard Arbor Day Farm’s enclosed trolley for a tour of historic Nebraska City during the Holiday Tour of Lights or explore the 52-room Morton

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On the other side of the coin, as a guest in someone’s home during the holidays, it’s customary to come bearing gifts. Bring a beverage of choice along to share with everyone or as a gift for the host, depending on what called for on that particular occasion. With great seasonal wines and limited edition gift arrangements this time of year, you’re sure to find something that will be a big hit at our local retailers. Festive Entertainment You’ve got everyone together, food and drinks have been thoroughly enjoyed…but there’s still something missing. What to do now? While sometimes conversation is all that’s needed for a great party, it also doesn’t hurt to plan on some entertainment to keep things interesting. For events hosted at a private residence, space is likely the determining factor, but there are still ways to incorporate fun and festive forms of entertainment. You can’t go wrong with holiday music—karaoke, sing-alongs, dancing to all of the classics, or even live music courtesy of carolers, local bands, or professional musicians if you’re going all out. Games are usually a great time too, and there are certainly plenty out there to choose from. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business


Mansion at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, complete with holiday music and vintage décor.” Decision Time After reviewing all of the details provided, those who are still reading this likely fall into two categories. First, you may be even more excited to host guests in your home! Of course, we hope that you’re inspired, have new ideas to explore, and also are reminded of important items that can be easily overlooked during all of the holiday hustle and bustle. However, and this is not a bad thing by any means, upon further evaluation of the pros and cons associated with entertaining in your home, you may have decided to abandon ship in favor of proceeding with alternate plans. Should you find yourself in this position, not to worry…yet. If this means simply finding other arrangements for your guests while they stay in town for whatever reason, booking a hotel room it probably your best bet. Doing so as soon as possible will ensure you are in control of the decision and can pick one with the best location and amenities. At this point there are still plenty of wonderful options to consider with availability yet this year for private events, whether you’re hosting family and friends or a corporate affair. If a local venue is determined to be the best option for your event, the same advice applies--you’ll want to get your reservation made as soon as possible. Right now many are still planning their holiday parties, but are beginning to kick things into high gear for the most part. Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch has officially shifted into holiday gear now that Halloween and wedding season have passed, with facilities on the property that are perfectly suited for parties year-round. “With four Western-chic barns on the property, our venue can accommodate groups of all sizes,” says Tyson Schaefer of Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch. “We’ve been hosting parties for


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over 20 years now, so our team has had the pleasure of helping many different types of groups with their holiday gatherings, from company parties to celebrations with friends and family. Our two smaller barns will comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests, our mid-sized accommodates between 175-225 people, and our largest fits a minimum of 225 all the way up to 375 guests. If your guest list surpasses the highest number, we can even Tyson Schaefer work around that too. In the past we’ve Bellevue Berry Farm incorporated a large, heated tent attached & Pumpkin Ranch to the barn with an outdoor bar station and additional dance floor. Each of the barns has indoor/outdoor space that’s ideal for a good flow, with a private campfire area right outside to gather around. As far as feeding your guests, we have that covered too. While our traditional holiday meals are by far the most popular for the next few months, our clients are welcome to choose from anything on the menu including our specialty BBQ fare. We serve the entrees and side dishes buffet style so that people are welcome to seconds and are able to graze or eat whenever they are comfortable doing so. We also can provide a full bar complete with the service of trained bartenders, and if you have a specialty holiday drink in mind, just bring us the idea or recipe and we’ll take it from there. We are also fortunate to have a very talented decorator available who can bring a festive flare to your party so you don’t have to worry about finding everything you need and putting it together just right. The barns truly do come to life with the right special touches, providing a festive, charming atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming.” Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm is another scenic destination that comes alive during the holiday season.

“At Lied Lodge & Conference Center, our staff helps create and execute fun, unique ideas for holiday events of any size group and budget,” McIntosh also notes. “With so much here on the property, there are a lot of different options available. We do still have dates open now through January to partake in the festivities of the holiday season here at Lied Lodge. The best advice I can give is to plan early, but to also know it doesn’t hurt to make last-minute inquiries. Our staff is here to help make the planning process easy, from guest rooms to meals and group entertainment. Whether you are looking at planning a party in November, December, or January, we are here to help finalize all details down to the meal and entertainment. For a limited time, based on availability and some restrictions that apply, we are currently offering complimentary event space for holiday parties held through January, which is a fantastic deal!” Holiday-themed parties at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are one of the newer options available in the area, so if you want to do something different this year, any choice here definitely won’t disappoint! Calabrese also highlighted a few of the options available to choose from this holiday season: Action Pack Quote-Along Movies - Action Pack events include a host, props and games for a fun, fully-interactive experience. We’ve taken your favorite holiday movies and added in karaoke style subtitles for the best lines so that everyone can quote along with the characters on the screen: Bad Santa, A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Ultimate Holiday Party - Mix and match the following options for the ultimate party or add one 30-minute option to your event. All events include an Action Pack host to get everyone in the holiday mood. Action Pack Holiday Pops Sing-Along: We’ve mixed together all of the best holiday songs from pop favorites like *NSYNC, the Muppets, Bing Crosby, and Mariah Carey. With on-screen lyrics and props, your group will be dancing in the aisles in no time! Action Pack Grinch Bingo: Watch the classic animated How The Grinch Stole Christmas and play along with your own holiday bingo card. Includes bingo supplies, prizes, and interactive games. Action Pack Holiday Trivia: Seen every holiday special and heard every cheer filled song? Guests can test their holiday knowledge with audio and video trivia. Includes answer sheets and prizes. Holiday TV Party: Pick up to three of your favorite holiday TV specials from our list and encourage your guests to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater! {Leaving} Home for the Holidays Now that we’ve discussed at length what to plan for if you’ll be entertaining at home or at least in the city you call home, let’s talk a little bit about things to keep in mind if you’ll be away from home during the holidays this year. Here is a handy Holiday Vacation Checklist for all of you soon-to-be travelers out there: 1. Create an up-to-date inventory of valuables, such as TVs, jewelry, computers and other large-ticket items. Include detailed descriptions, photographs, makes, models and serial numbers. Make sure that this information is as organized and exhaustive as possible. 2. Store items that you consider to be most important in a fireproof vault or safe that’s hidden in a designated spot. 3. Install automatic light timers and set the timers to go on and off at logical times of the day. If you’re able to control your home’s key systems remotely, make sure to take advantage of that feature to periodically turn the lights on and off; set an alert as a reminder if you need it. 4. Turn down your thermostat to save on electricity or gas bills. (You may also be able to adjust this from your mobile device if you have a home automation system, but it doesn’t hurt to get in the

habit of doing it before you leave for an extended period of time.) 5. Arrange for snow removal while you’re away so it’s not a telltale sign that no one has been coming or going. (And because it’s your duty as a homeowner in the city of Lincoln to keep those sidewalks cleared!) Also, make sure no vehicles are left on the street just in case an emergency parking ban goes into effect while you’re away. 6. Check your holiday lights for fraying or damage, including cracked lamp holders or loose connections. (When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, and even gas appliances or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.) Also, make sure to follow the golden rule of extension cords: Never connect more than one together. 7. Trim shrubbery and trees. Overgrown shrubs provide the perfect cover for would-be intruders. 8. Place a temporary hold on mail and newspaper deliveries or ask someone to pick them up daily for you. 9. Don’t leave holiday gifts out where they are visible to passersby or can be spotted through the windows. Break down boxes and place them in dark trash bags or recycle bins when you take them to the curb for pick-up. Leaving them out in the open will advertise what’s inside your home. 10. As you leave, do a final walk-through of your home to ensure all windows and doors are locked, and unplug all nonessential devices. 11. Activate motion detectors and alarm systems. Download your alarm company’s app onto your phone to monitor your home while you’re away. NOVEMBER 2016 Strictly Business


12. Pass the word along to your neighbors so that they know to watch for any unusual activity while you are away. 13. Be aware of what you are posting on social media; most importantly, your location. If it’s common knowledge that you’re away, you become more of a target for home invasion and theft. 14. Designate a neighbor or someone you trust to check in periodically while you are gone, or consider inviting someone to stay in your absence. DO NOT leave a key under the mat, in the closest planter, at the top of the door frame, or any other common hiding spot. {SHOP LOCAL} for the Holidays Last but not least, now that we’ve thoroughly covered the gatherings, let’s end on an important topic related to finding all of these gifts. During a time when a significant amount of money is being spent, we can all make our dollars go even further by supporting our local economy and the businesses in our community. Keep in mind that many local retailers offer the option of online shopping, so you can do all of your normal shopping in the convenience of your home or wherever you may be with a little extra time on your hands while still doing business with the people right here in Nebraska. A great example is local firearms sales and service center DE Guns. “We take pride in our user-and mobile-friendly website, DEGuns. net, which makes purchasing gifts very easy for our customers,” says Derek Broman, owner of DE Guns. “Both shipping and instore pick-up options are always available, and our Deal of the Day page always offers great merchandise at the lowest price around. So if you see a good deal on our website, don’t be afraid to purchase online because you can always pick up the item in-store and Derek Broman check it out thoroughly before you leave DE Guns with it. Furthermore, sometimes our inventory moves really fast so if you see something you like you’ll want to get your order placed as soon as possible. Firearm accessories, cleaning supplies and ammunition (especially defensive, which costs more but is well worth it for the benefits) always make great gifts. A gun safe is a really nice and useful item, and we also have a selection of concealed carry purses in many different styles that have been a popular online purchase.” Also, there are so many wonderful things to do here in the Omaha Metro that giving the gift of an experience is a great way to go. This could be tickets to a show or game, treating someone to a meal, spa services, a fun activity, a class, or even something that contributes to what they love to do most.

Gerry Phelan Midwest Woodworkers

“How many opportunities do you get to give a lifetime skill?” says Gerry Phelan, owner of Midwest Woodworkers. “Giving someone the opportunity to learn a new skill would be a priceless gift.   If someone on your gift list is creative and enjoys working with their hands, a woodworking class is an awesome choice.   We offer fun, hands-on sessions where you don’t just talk about woodworking, you get to make something.  Or, you could take a class yourself and then make a gift.  If you are able to make something special with your own hands, that gift has a value that can’t be calculated. 

And woodworking isn’t just for guys. We are seeing more and more women getting into woodworking.   Can’t make an evening class?  We now have classes during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  In fact, we have had to expand to offering classes seven days a week.  Take a class or give a class – it will be a great gift either way. We get a lot of folks in the store who are shopping for a friend or 50

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relative who is a woodworker. Since woodworking offers so many different disciplines, it’s often difficult for folks to know to what to buy a woodworker if they haven’t been given a specific list.  We’ve had gift buyers who have purchased tools or equipment for their favorite woodworker, but more often we look for special items to enhance their workshops.   We try to have items on hand that any woodworker would value and we always look for interesting and unusual items that are related to woodworking to offer for the holidays so there are some fun and useful gift ideas available. Before I had the store I used to tell my family that a perfect gift would be to just get me a piece of wood from Midwest Woodworkers.  And believe it or not, we have had folks take home a special piece of exotic hardwood as a gift.  It is always fun to help a customer with a gift like that.  And I’m sure it makes for an interesting wrapping problem. We’re not for everyone, but if you have a woodworker on your holiday gift list, we should talk.  We carry the best in woodworking supplies and equipment and exotic wood that you won’t find anywhere else.  It can be hard to know what your woodworker needs, but we will try to help.  And if all else fails, we have gift certificates that can’t miss.  Our gift certificates have no fees or extra charges and they never expire. If any of this has piqued your interest, watch for our big Black Friday sale.  We’ll have great deals on awesome woodworking equipment.  Stop in on Black Friday; we’ll also have in-store woodworking demonstrations going on all day.  While all the craziness is going on in the malls you can enjoy peace and the smell of sawdust at Midwest Woodworkers!” The familiar lyrics of a timeless holiday favorite say it best: “If you want to be happy in a million ways - For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.” As we all prepare for our upcoming holiday festivities, keep in mind that there are so many different ways our local businesses can be of service during this wonderful time of year. With gatherings and gifts, there are such amazing possibilities to explore—and the time to do that is upon us!

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