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Brand Engagement: Occupying Precious Space in Limited Circles

PAIGE ZUTAVERN Omaha/Lincoln - President 402-730-0096 | Paige@StrictlyBusinessOmaha.com

Welcome to our July issue! Recently we’ve been discussing key content marketing principles that when properly applied, will serve to elevate your brand. As a brief overview, the emphasis has been on the power of the customer experience, and harnessing that by providing valuable content that establishes your credibility and sets the stage for further engagement. Now more than ever, particularly with social media being the darling in the modern group of “Platform Power Players” utilized for marketing purposes, it’s important to actually connect with your audience, especially on an emotional level, and to do so in a way that allows for discourse between the two of you that will help to build a strong relationship over an extended period of time. This is ultimately what will set you apart from your competitors in what’s become an all-around competitive marketplace for most businesses. As nationally-renown marketing mind Jillian Falconi put it in one of her recent webinars, “If you’re not an experience, you’re not a brand.” To fully grasp the potential impact of sharing unique content as a part of your promotional efforts (and the relationships you’ll be building in the process), there’s an interesting concept related to anthropology that’s quite eye-opening: The Dunbar Number (also known as the Monkey Sphere). In an article sourced from Target Marketing, Thorin McGee explains the relevance of this principle to marketing. “Robin Dunbar was an anthropologist who studied primates. He found that social group size corresponded to the species’ brain size. Each species could only handle so many social connections. Beyond that number, the rest of the primates ceased to be seen as discrete individuals. Everyone who didn’t fit inside that limited social sphere was just a monkey. Using the same ratios, Dunbar figured that the average human’s personal social sphere — the people who you know by name, know how they connect with the other people in your sphere, and that you have ongoing social relationship with — is limited to about 150 people. The thing is, brands are monkeys too. There are the ones you identify with and talk about inside your sphere, and the rest are just monkeys.

The problem with being just a monkey today is when people build their online communities and media bubbles, the monkeys don’t get in. And you can’t buy your way in with more ads. The only way to be more than a monkey is to create experiences that make personal connections with the people in your audience.” Indeed, we’re all being overwhelmed with so many messages that most of them pass in front of us unnoticed (or are blocked altogether), or if we do briefly acknowledge them, they are either intentionally avoided as an annoyance or simply aren’t retained for recall at the perfect moment when they would have an impact on our behavior. It’s all-too-easy with people’s attention diffused across more touchpoints and devices to float right by without a passing glance if you’re not attracting awareness to the defining qualities that set you apart from the pack in a way that’s not intrusive or off-putting. Thus, in order to maximize your investment of time and effort along with what you’re actually spending on your campaign, it’s far more beneficial to set your sights on how you’ll accomplish the task of creating and distributing unique content with substance and value that positions you as the expert in your field--and as such, a key resource that is deserving of a coveted spot in the circle. Scaling your approach to connect on a personal level with such a large population can indeed be challenging, but many platforms have evolved to take this into account, and the print world is no exception; in fact, it’s long been the rule and there are a wealth of statistics readily available that prove it remains just as influential today (if not more so as online competition continues to intensify). And finally, as lasting relationships are those that are mutually beneficial, you’ll not only want to consider the best ways to get inside each person’s circle, but conversely, how to keep them all from becoming just monkeys to you. Earning your status as a trusted insider isn’t just about driving business and increasing profits; as many of us in the business world can attest, it’s the relationships that are oftentimes the most rewarding of all.

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Great Plains Epoxy is a newly-established division of Great Plains Landscaping & Design that focuses specifically on design and installation of epoxy flooring. A trend that’s been popular on the coasts for some time but recently has been picking up steam in the Midwest, epoxy flooring has numerous applications in both residential and commercial properties. The division was created in response to significant demand for epoxy flooring in the Omaha Metro and Lincoln markets, and as one of the only companies specializing in these specific types of materials and application techniques in the area, it’s really taken off since being launched at the beginning of 2016. Epoxy is a very strong and durable material that can be designed to match with any color scheme. Ease of cleaning and maintenance are at the top of the list of its many benefits; epoxy flooring is slip-resistant and barefoot friendly, acts as a vapor barrier to the floor which protects the area from water going coming up or going down, is allergy friendly and sterile as it doesn’t harbor dust, mold or germs, and so much more. Most notably, it’s being used to enhance the look of the home’s notoriously less aesthetically pleasing spaces, such as the garage or basement, providing a clean, nice appearance along with optimal function. Depending on the materials chosen and the weather conditions, it takes about 1-2 days to install epoxy flooring, with the goal of minimal disruption to the homeowners or building occupants. For those who enjoy being hands-on with their projects, Great Plains Epoxy utilizes a computer program that provides an interactive design process. It allows you to virtually layer the colors of flake to find the perfect match, offering the opportunity to see a swatch that’s an accurate representation of what the finished product would look like on a much larger scale. With thousands of color mixture choices, and with finishes from flat to metallic, there are exponentially more colors that are possible as a result of mixing the flake. As faux finishes are big right now, there are also different options to achieve the desired look such as lava flow for a rippled, wave-like appearance or the flake colors for epoxy can be mixed for a granite or stone appearance. You can even incorporate a logo or design into the flooring as seen on the cover with the Big Red “N” logo. Whether you opt for a licensed logo or would like an original design, Great Plains Epoxy has the ability to deliver a unique finished product that adds personality to your space. With the trend towards mixed-use spaces, epoxy flooring is the perfect addition for those who want to utilize their garage for entertaining (especially on game days here in Nebraska!). It’s also great for a man cave or game room—the list goes on and on!

Locally owned and operated, Great Plains Epoxy has already established a solid record in the floor coating industry and has performed projects for many clients statewide. In addition to epoxy flooring, which has been the most requested, Great Plains Epoxy also specializes in the following services: Stained Concrete, Patio and Pool Deck Coating, Porous Pave, and many other flooring and sealing options. Adding both value and visual appeal to any property, the ultimate goal is a surface that will withstand the test of time and traffic and won’t fade or lose its color from exposure to the elements, along with achieving any other project-specific goals. No matter the scope of the project, the company’s trained installers guarantee that you will enjoy a professional experience from start to finish.

To find out more about Great Plains Epoxy, or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call (402) 417-6906 or visit www.GreatPlainsEpoxy.com.

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BUSINESS NEWS

First Row Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

New Omaha Wedding & Event Venue Opens

First Row Fitness LLC is excited to announce the grand opening of their new facility located at 623 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs, IA. Officially opening the doors on June 6th, a ribbon cutting with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce was held to celebrate the Grand Opening on June 1st from 4-5:30 p.m.

NOAH’S Event Venue held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, following its official grand opening over the weekend. Construction on Omaha’s newest event venue was recently completed and NOAH’S began hosting events in June. NOAH’S Building Manager Brei Wagner was joined at the event by the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Omaha Chamber as well as members of the business community and wedding industry.

At First Row Fitness, they believe in a life of health and fitness. Classes are focused on movement, fun, and balance! First Row Fitness offers a personalized and positive approach to customized workouts in which they strive to promote endurance, strength and mobility.  In addition to personal training and nutrition coaching, First Row Fitness is the first in the area to offer classes built around the WaterRower, an innovative piece of equipment at the center of what’s become a very popular form of exercise.  The WaterRower uses 84% of your muscles and is perfect for all fitness levels as it is low-impact while delivering great results. With the help of the trained professionals at First Row Fitness, you can overcome any perceived fitness limitations. You’ll become stronger and more fit while avoiding plateaus. Their style of training promotes correct methods, safety and efficiency!

The brand new venue is equipped with a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, free wireless internet, hardwood floors, and a unique, moveable ceiling with patented technology that allows decorations to be suspended (without the need for a ladder) to transform the look of the Main Hall. Additionally, the Main Hall features an electric stage that rises out of the floor for a live band, DJ or presentation. The facility also houses a Bride’s Room, catering prep kitchen, outdoor patio, and game room.

For more information about First Row Fitness LLC, please contact Carrie McDonald at (712) 314-4959, via email at  carrie@ firstrowfitness.com, or visit their website at FirstRowFitness.com.

Natural Night-Scapes Installs First ColorChanging Landscape Lighting System in Omaha Metro Area Natural NightScapes recently installed the firstof-its-kind lighting system in the hills of Council Bluffs. With a full color spectrum of 30,000 hues to choose from, Natural Night-Scapes was able to create a design that will allow for the lighting to coordinate with an abundance of themes for any occasion. Some examples that are now possible include bursts or color or a patriotic display for the 4th of July, wedding colors for a bridal shower or blue/pink for a baby shower, team colors for game day, festive colors for the holidays, and so much more!  Furthermore, adding even more versatility, each fixture can be zoned and dimmed (0-100%) to give the exact look the homeowner is looking to achieve. The FX Luxor ZDC System is a truly groundbreaking offering in the outdoor lighting world.  The homeowner can control the entire system through their iPhone or Android smartphone with the FX app that is linked directly to the transformer through a WiFi connection.  Check out the company’s Facebook page for photos of recent projects and tips or contact Natural Night-Scapes anytime to see what they can do for your property! Natural Night-Scapes provides clients with custom lighting designs that bring security, ambiance, and a new perspective to residential and commercial properties. For more information or to schedule a consultation, which includes a free demonstration, please call (402) 204-0944, email info@naturalnightscapes.com, or visit www.naturalnightscapes.com. 6 Strictly Business JULY 2016

Customers can rent out the entire 8,700-square-foot facility at 17121 Marcy St. for their event or can rent any of the four rooms individually. The Omaha location has small and large conference rooms commonly used for birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events for up to 350 people. If you’d like more information about NOAH’S of Omaha, please contact Building Manager Brei Wagner at (402) 906-2074, via email at omaha@ noahseventvenue.com, or visit www.noahseventvenue.com.

Simply Nola Opens, Hosts Ribbon Cutting Simply Nola is now open for business! Conveniently located in the Mall of the Bluffs Food Court at 1751 Madison Ave, Simply Nola is proud to be the first Cajun restaurant in Council Bluffs. Bringing the best of New Orleans style fare to guests in the Council Bluffs area, an official ribbon cutting was held with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce on June 7th.  Simply Nola would like to thank those who came out to show their support, including the Mayor, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Nonpareil, and everyone else who made this special day of celebration that much better! Simply Nola serves classic New Orleans cuisine. Does the thought of Cajun scare you? Don’t be, you can try it before you buy it! At Simply Nola their goal is to have every guest satisfied when they walk out the door. Everything is made in house from scratch every day--even the seasoning! Enjoy any of Simply Nola’s signature entrée’s alone or have the Tour de Nouvelle Orléans and enjoy four smaller portions of their entrées in one sitting. They can’t wait to feed you! Stay tuned for the launch of Simply Nola’s website coming soon. In the meantime you can find them on Facebook and Instagram! For more information, please contact Nathan or Iris directly by phone at (712) 256-2723 or by email at  ninthwardlog@gmail.com or iristhomas2010@gmail.com.


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Kidwell Hosts Ribbon Cutting, Open House for New Omaha Location Kidwell recently hosted an open house and ribbon cutting with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Grand Opening of Kidwell’s new Omaha office location at 10840 Old Mill Road, Ste. 100. Kidwell, the leader in delivering integrated solutions from power to business technology, selected the larger, more advanced and centrally located Omaha office so that its engineers and technicians can better serve their amazing customers. At the Grand Opening held on May 25th, guests were treated to a fun lunch from Localmotive Food Truck and provided the opportunity to learn more about Kidwell’s partners and services. The event was a tremendous success, with over 120 guests attending from local businesses. Kidwell is a multi-solution technology provider, with offices across the state of Nebraska, that has been serving businesses both nationally and regionally for over 60 years. Kidwell realizes that implementing technology into an organization--whether that is your phone system, building security, redesigning a conference room, or day-to-day information technology needs of an organization--can be challenging. Kidwell helps make sense of all the options out there and provides its clients with comprehensive solutions to streamline all business infrastructure needs. For more information about Kidwell, please visit kidwell.us.com or contact Jessica Rustad at jrustad@kidwell.us.com or (402) 800-2701.

Firespring Named a 2016 “Best Workplace” by Inc. Magazine Firespring, one of the largest communications firms in the Midwest, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural 50 Best Workplaces list. The list includes American companies with up to 500 employees that deploy state-ofthe-art techniques to keep their staffs happy and productive. According to Inc., selection criteria include valuing company culture, offering standout worker benefits and prioritizing employee wellbeing. The full list of award winners and feature coverage of the Best Workplaces program are included in the June issue of Inc. Magazine and at Inc.com. Inc. worked with employee engagement and culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE to measure criteria related to the employee experience. The resulting list shows how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and keeping the best talent. Some of the unconventional benefits at Firespring include unlimited vacation, flexible work hours and catered lunches. The workspace includes an open-area “Firepit” with games including pool, ping pong and shuffleboard. Team members give back eight hours per month volunteering (on the clock) for non-profit organizations of their choice. And the Firespring “Culture Club” organizes social and volunteer events to bring team members together throughout the year. Firespring appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for the fifth time in 2015. Based in Lincoln, the company is in the process of consolidating its Omaha printing and creative agency teams in a newly renovated facility near Aksarben Village. Firespring has grown significantly over the last 18 months through mergers and acquisitions, employing more than 250 team members in Lincoln, Omaha and Council Bluffs, IA. Find out more about the company at www. firespring.com.

Summer Concert Series Continues at Rockbrook Village At Rockbrook Village (rockbrookvillage.com), local musicians are entertaining families every Friday night from 7-8 p.m. throughout the summer. Depending on the night, you’ll hear jazz, pop, blues, Latin… you name it! Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a delightful evening for the whole family. July 8 - Belles & Whistles July 15 - Bozak & Morrissey July 22 - Camille Metoyer Moten Band July 29 - Sabor August 5 - USAF Offutt Brass August 12 - Blue House August 19 - Rat Pack Jazz August 26 - Mariachi Zapata This event is co-sponsored by the Rockbrook Village® Merchants’ Association and the Music Performance Trust Fund and U.S. Recording Companies, who help fund in whole or in part, the instrumental music for these performances, as arranged by Local 70-568, American Federation of Musicians.

Mick Law P.C. Named Finance Monthly’s 2016 Due Diligence Law Firm of the Year Mick Law P.C. has had a stellar year by most accounts. The firm’s reputation as a subject matter expert in securities offering due diligence and underwriting has led it to being highlighted for its strengths in the world of investment management. Not only has the firm been awarded the “Due Diligence Law Firm of the Year” by Finance Monthly for the second year in a row, but also been featured in Forbes Magazine’s articles, “Now Anyone Can Become A VC. Thinking of Trying It? Here Are The Risks” and “Want To Invest In A Crowdfunding Deal? 7 Tips For Doing It Right.” The firm extends its gratitude for the accolades and awards it has recently received, and hopes to continue to be a source of information in various investment asset classes, including real estate, energy, private equity and hedge funds. Mick Law P.C. is based in Omaha, NE and maintains its position as a specialty due diligence and underwriting law firm. The firm boasts a stable of attorneys with business and broker-dealer backgrounds, enabling them, in concert with the firm’s contract real estate underwriters, petroleum engineers and asset class research databases, to deliver real assessments of prospective investment performance. For more information about Mick Law P.C., visit the website at www.micklawpc.com. JULY 2016 Strictly Business 7


BUSINESS NEWS

Kajoma’s Celebrates Anniversaries of Both Locations Kajoma’s Boutique is proud to announce two major company milestones reached in June – the original location in downtown Papillion is celebrating its 10th anniversary, while the newest location in West Omaha is celebrating its 1st anniversary!

Holmes Murphy & Associates Combines Area Offices to Accommodate Growth Local independent insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy & Associates has combined its two area offices into one larger location to accommodate recent company growth. The office of 44 employees is now be located in the Zurich building at 13810 FNB Parkway in Omaha. “There’s a lot of energy and excitement about the move and what it means for our future in Omaha,” said Beau Reid, Division Leader in Employee Benefits. “Bringing everyone together in the same space will create a more collaborative environment and allow us to better serve our clients.” The company has experienced significant growth in Omaha since acquiring a brokerage that serves the needs of fraternal organizations last year, adding on the specialization to the existing services of Property Casualty and Employee Benefits. The acquisition resulted in double the number of Omaha team members, requiring a larger space to hold everyone under one roof. “We are thrilled to be operating alongside our Property Casualty and Employee Benefits colleagues,” said Ned Kirklin, Practice Leader in Fraternal Services. “As we continue to grow in the Omaha area, we look forward to finding additional avenues for increasing efficiency and improving our product in all business areas.” In addition to its office in Omaha, Holmes Murphy & Associates has a presence in 11 markets across the nation. Find out more about the company at www.HolmesMurphy.com.

Capital Business Systems, Inc. Honored as PROs Elite 100

Capital Business Systems, Inc. has been awarded a 2016 PROs Elite 100 certification - a national symbol of recognition and distinction in the office imaging industry. PROs Elite 100 certification is awarded annually to a very limited number of office imaging organizations that display world-class service delivery. Only the top 100 office imaging dealers in the United States and selected international markets earn PROs Elite 100 status. Capital Business Systems is the only independent dealer in the Wyoming and Nebraska markets to be awarded this distinction in 2016. Cliff Davis, Capital Business System’s Director of Service, has also been named as a PROs Elite 100 Service Executive of the Year. Industrywide, only five service executives are honored with this award each year. Capital Business Systems, Inc. is one of the largest independent office technology, managed document and network service dealers in the Midwest and Mountain states. Capital Business Systems is dedicated to helping clients manage costs and improve productivity and profitability by providing solutions for better document and IT/Network management. Founded in 1982, Capital Business Systems, Inc. currently serves clients in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Iowa. For a complete range of the company’s products and services, please visit www. capitalMDS.com. 8 Strictly Business JULY 2016

A fun celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 1th at both locations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Come out and enjoy food, wine tasting, and great in-store specials—there will even be 100 swag bag giveaways and everyone who attends will receive $10 in Kajoma’s Kash! Owner Kim Ahlers and her staff extend many thanks to their loyal customer base for the support over the past decade. The success of Kajoma’s led to the addition of a Kajoma’s West, their second location. The expansion into West Omaha has been well received and they’ve enjoyed a great first year in business. With statement pieces as their specialty, Kajoma’s (84th & 1st Streets, Papillion) and Kajoma’s West (14450 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha) feature unique, eclectic décor from floor to ceiling, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that enhances the overall shopping experience. Garments come in a wide range of sizes and prices, with fun, sassy and whimsical fashions from a great variety of brands along with plenty of accessories to choose from – there truly is something for everyone at both locations! Combine that with a warm, welcoming environment and quality customer service and you’ll quickly see why they call Kajoma’s a “Must See” boutique. Remember to follow Kajoma’s on Facebook and Instagram for the latest announcements and special offers. For more information, call Kajoma’s Boutique in Papillion at (402) 991-4477 or Kajoma’s West at (402) 991-4442.

AAA Insurance Named Auto Insurance Brand of the Year AAA Insurance has earned “Brand of the Year” status in the auto insurance category, according to the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study (www. theharrispoll.com). “AAA – The Auto Club Group has been providing our members with insurance they can trust for several decades,” says Steve Brown, Senior Vice President for Insurance Operations. “Being a membership driven organization, it is especially rewarding to be recognized by the Harris Poll for the exceptional value we are providing our members and customers.  We are honored that American consumers selected AAA Insurance as the highest ranked auto insurance brand in the nation.” Using an academically-vetted brand equity model that examines familiarity, quality and purchase consideration, the annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® survey captures and analyzes more than 97,000 American opinions on more than 3,800 brands across nearly 500 different industry categories.  Brand perceptions, such as emotional connection, functional attributes, brand awareness, influence and familiarity are measured and ranked against key competitors in each category. AAA Insurance received the highest numerical Equity Score among Auto Insurance brands included in the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 97,120 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online between Dec. 22, 2015 and Feb. 1, 2016.  Individual opinions may differ.  “Highest Ranked” was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of auto insurance brands. Visit nebraska.aaa.com for more information.


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2016 Nebraska Science Festival Sets Attendance Record For nine days in April, Nebraskans celebrated in what organizers are deeming the first truly statewide science festival. The 2016 Nebraska Science Festival topped more than 17,600 attendees – 4,000 more than last year – who participated in a wide range of activities that stretched from Omaha to Scottsbluff and communities in between. Between April 15-23, students launched high altitude balloons, built kites, robots and 3D objects, walked through an inflatable heart exhibit, read Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) stories and took part in planetarium and water shows. Adults learned the biochemistry of beer making, watched rocket launches, met a stem cell scientist, heard from women in STEM and art and design careers, engaged with keynote speaker LeVar Burton of “Star Trek” and “Reading Rainbow” acclaim, and participated in hands-on science activities alongside family and friends. This year’s 88 festival events engaged Nebraskans at 48 participating sites across the state, and in communities including Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island and Scottsbluff. In contrast, the 2015 festival had 56 events in 36 sites. Among the new activities this year: a statewide social media scavenger hunt, Science Night at Werner Park, a 3D Invent-a-Thon competition and a “Women in STE(A)M” panel discussion. Planning already is underway for the 2017 Festival, which will run April 20-29. For SciFest updates and information, visit the website at www.nescifest.com, Twitter (@NESciFest) and Facebook.

Streck Partners With Phenomblue Streck, manufacturer of hematology, immunology and molecular biology products for clinical and research laboratories throughout the globe, recently selected Phenomblue as their primary communication partner helping the organization modernize their communications with prospects, customers, employees and the community. Phenomblue will be responsible for re-imagining the customer facing website by defining and aligning strategic business goals with the new communications tool. “Phenomblue’s analytical and clean approach to strategy is what led us to pursue this partnership. From our first meeting we knew that our business goals were going to be the top priority and engraved in each step of the process. With straightforward deliverables and opinions, Phenomblue’s team made us feel comfortable with our decision to revitalize the way we interact with our clients,” said Steve Bullock, EVP of Streck. “At Phenomblue we constantly emphasize prioritizing results over activity. We’re excited about working with Streck to define, design and implement a web communications and customer experience plan that will help them create better customer engagement, internally and externally. The way we interact with organizations and brands is constantly changing. It is so important to not only keep up with these changes but align new tactics to ultimately increase effectiveness and maximize results,” said Joe Olsen, Co-Founder and CEO of Phenomblue. Omaha-based and globally recognized Streck (streck.com) joins a successful group of regional and national companies who prioritize results over activity, partnering with Phenomblue (phenomblue.com) for measurable business strategy, creative and technology solutions.

BBB Alert: Business Email Compromise A message with the name and signature from your CEO in your inbox isn’t always from who you think it is. It may be an “imposter” email, also referred to as an email masquerade, a business email compromise (BEC) or CEO fraud. According to the FTC, the scammers have been contacting businesses by both email and phone. When contacting businesses via email, the scammers often make subtle changes to an address (Ex: john@example.com could be altered to john@exanple.com). Although W2 themes are the latest trend in impostor emails, this type of attack is nothing new although it represents a shift in tactics. Because these emails look and feel legitimate, the email recipient often complies, resulting in attackers receiving funds or confidential information. Typical impostor email requests have a sense of urgency, secrecy, and sender with authority. Because these threats rely on social engineering rather than malware, impostor emails can often evade security solutions that look for only malicious content or behavior. The FTC is offering businesses several tips to ensure their companies don’t fall victim to the masquerade scam: 1. Establish a multi-person approval process for transactions above a certain dollar threshold. 2. Confirm that any request to initiate a wire transfer is from an authorized source within the company. 3. Double- and triple-check email addresses. 4. Take time to verify any request, even an urgent one. 5. Be suspicious of requests for secrecy. Speak to the executive on the phone or in person. If you still have doubts, speak to another senior executive. Businesses that think they may have encountered a masquerade scam are encouraged to report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov and the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Businesses can also report the scam on BBB Scam Tracker: www.bbb.org/ScamTracker. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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BUSINESS NEWS

Renegade Bootcamp and Boxing Celebrates Grand Opening

Conklin Company Hosts 2016 Pro Grower Event

Renegade Bootcamp and Boxing is excited to announce the grand opening of their new gym that specializes in boot camp and boxing fitness classes. To celebrate, an official ribbon cutting with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce and open house event was held on April 28th.  The gym is conveniently located at 1851 Madison Ave. in the Shoppes on Madison Avenue.

Twenty-four-time NCGA (National Corn Grower Association) Champion Jerry Cox and threetime World Champion soybean grower Kip Cullers (160.6 Bu/A) spoke about new technologies and ways to boost yields through foliar feeding at an event sponsored by the Jerry Cox, Kip Cullers and Charles Conklin Company on W. Herbster headlined the speakers May 17th in Hastings, at the 2016 Pro Grower Event. NE at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Hosting the event were owners of the Conklin Company Charles W. & Judy Herbster and District Sales Managers from Hastings, Todd & Lisa Hoffman. Also addressing the farmers in attendance on the importance of increasing world food production was former governor David Heineman, currently a member of the Conklin Company Board of Directors. Jerry Cox farms 2000 acres in southeast Missouri and has more national wins in the NCGA competition than any other farmer in America.  Recognized as an authority in agriculture, Kip Cullers farms 23,000 acres in southwest Missouri and has devoted his life to the cultivation of vegetables, corn, soybeans and small grains. His newest contribution to American farmers is the introduction of KIP CULLERS’ NUTRIENT COMPASS FOLIAR FERTILIZER, which is exclusively available through the Conklin Company. The Conklin Company was founded more than 40 years ago and produces a wide range of products for agriculture.  For more information, contact regional distributors Heartland International, Inc. in Lincoln by calling: Stan Smith at (402) 318-1743 or Dennis Nun at (402) 430-7727 and request a FREE Jerry Cox DVD.

Owners Cassie Green and Christina Foutch have been best friends since 6th grade and have both struggled with the times where they were overweight women with plenty of excuses why they couldn’t “get fit”. Together they were able to find a love for fitness and wanted to share that with others. When the opportunity to partner with longtime trainers John Urzendowski and Kurt Wildasin presented itself, Renegade Bootcamp and Boxing became a reality.  With John as the Bootcamp Trainer and Kurt as the Boxing Trainer, their extensive expertise in each respective area is what makes this fitness concept as unique as it is effective. Renegade offers Bootcamp, Boxing, and Mixxed Fit classes to people all age ranges and athletic abilities, offering a familyfriendly atmosphere that allows all of their members to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Stop by and check it out for yourself – the first class is free! More information, including pricing and a class schedule, can be found on Renegade Bootcamp and Boxing’s Facebook page.

BREW Coffee House & Tasting Now Open Owners Patrick a n d Te r e s a Mejstrik recently opened BREW Coffee House & Tasting Room and welcomed their first patrons on May 20th during the Valley Days celebration in Valley, NE. Conveniently located at 318 N. Spruce St in downtown Valley, an official ribbon cutting was held with the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening on June 17th.  The event was a huge success and a special thank you goes out to everyone who came out to help celebrate and try their coffees and sweets! BREW Coffee House & Tasting features all the traditional coffees, lattes, and Italian drinks you would find in an Italian coffee house, along with all the sweets that go along with them.  They also offer light fare for breakfast and lunch.   BREW Coffee House & Tasting is also a Tasting Room, hosting events such as pairings and tastings from Nebraska breweries and wineries on Friday evenings. They also cater to anniversaries, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, etc. and are happy to accommodate your next event.  Small groups are encouraged to book your next private event at their venue! BREW Coffee House & Tasting Room hours are Monday - Friday 7 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. -1:30 p.m. For more information on BREW Coffee House & Tasting Room, please visit brewcoffeevalley.com.  You may also contact Teresa Mejstrik at brewcoffeevalley@gmail.com or (402) 933-7255. 10 Strictly Business JULY 2016

DE Guns Expands Retail Offerings DE Guns is excited to announce that a selection of Homak safes and workbenches are n ow a v a i l a b l e for purc hase on DEGuns.net or can be ordered in-store. All offered at a discounted price, the selection of inventory includes steel gun cabinets in varying sizes with the option of an ammunition storage locker or lockable box, electronic gun safes in varying sizes, and an industrial steel workbench with cabinet storage. All Homak products carried by DE Guns are covered by a 5 year limited warranty through the manufacturer. These items are available to be shipped directly to your doorstep, and some may also picked up at the East Lincoln warehouse. To find out if any additional rebates, promotions or coupon codes are available or for a freight quote, contact the DE Guns Sales Team at (402) 875-6500. Locally owned and operated, Discount Enterprises Firearms Sales & Service (DEGuns.net) was started in 2010 to bring its customers the best products at the lowest price. The store, now located at 3101 O Street in Lincoln, NE with construction underway for its new, expanded headquarters at 134th & O Street set to open late summer/early fall of this year, offers an extensive selection of firearms, ammunition, optics, and related products, supplies and training programs. For more information, please call (402) 875-6500 or visit the mobile-friendly website at DEGuns.net.


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Governor’s Summit on Economic Development Set for July 12th Governor Pete Ricketts will host a first-of-its-kind “Governor’s Summit on Economic Development” in Lincoln, July 12, at The Cornhusker-A Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. The summit is open to the public. The Summit will focus on results generated by SRI International, a nonprofit, independent research center that was hired earlier this year to update and expand upon the Battelle Report, written for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) in October 2010. “We felt it important to take an in-depth look at all factors that truly drive our economy moving forward so we hired SRI International to do a comprehensive review of our current economic development programs,” said Gov. Ricketts. SRI will conduct several sessions during the summit, focusing on findings as these relate to the state’s target industries, housing and community development, and workforce and talent. SRI also will offer an analysis of the state’s innovation ecosystem. Lunch and keynote speaker Julie Curtin, executive vice president and partner at Development Counsellors International, will talk about her approach to building integrated marketing campaigns as it encompasses marketing communities for investment, talent attraction, branding, and harnessing the power of social and digital media for communities. Learn more about the summit and register at negovsummit.com.

Jet Linx Appoints EVINS Communications as Agency of Record Jet Linx Aviation (www.jetlinx.com), a private aviation company headquartered in Omaha, NE, has tapped EVINS Communications as its Agency of Record, effective immediately.  EVINS, a renowned branding, marketing communications and digital media company, will handle Jet Linx’s strategic marketing and communications initiatives as well as assisting with event, programming and partnership development. Founded in 1999, Jet Linx has flown 50 million miles and recently surpassed 75 total aircraft in its managed fleet ranging from light, mid, super mid and heavy jet aircraft. The company boasts local, private terminals in 14 cities spanning from East to West.  Additional milestones this year include the addition of 27 new aircraft to the Jet Linx fleet, including a Challenger 605, two Challenger 604’s, two Citation X’s, and a Falcon 900C. To continue to provide the most efficient service, Jet Linx introduced an online Fleet Forecast Map, arming wholesale partners with real-time and future availability as well as an easy-to-read visual overview of all the different types of aircraft available in the Jet Linx fleet. Jet Linx is also among the four percent who have earned an ARGUS Platinum Safety Rating, the highest safety rating awarded to an operator which has been presented to the company every year since 2005, in addition to attaining The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 3 certification this year (the highest IS-BAO rating), which has become a globally accepted “gold seal” for business aviation operations attesting to the highest standards in safety and efficiency.

Bishop Business Earns Diamond-Level Service Excellence Award for 2nd Consecutive Year Bishop Business (www.bbec.com) recently announced that the company has earned the Diamond-Level Service Excellence Award from BEI Services for the second year in a row. Bishop Business ranked 6th of 190 dealers in the nation surveyed. All of the company’s technicians received awards as the top in the nation as well. BEI Services is the only company that provides national machine and service performance rankings based on metrics and rigorous data audits. “The BEI award is the most credible in our industry. To win awards from this organization, for our performance overall and for every one of our technicians, is validation that we live our mission every day to keep our customers so satisfied that they wouldn’t think of going anywhere else,” said Dave Bishop, President and CEO. James Driscoll, Vice President of Customer Service added, “This is not a popularity contest by any means. The award is based on data and the proof of performance our customers can count on. Every day we commit ourselves to providing outstanding service to our valued customers. The BEI awards are based on the data that supports this commitment.” The awards affirm that Bishop Business was evaluated and proven to outperform other dealerships nationally in key areas relating directly to quality customer service, including first call effectiveness, parts on hand, and average copies between visits. The Omaha office can be reached at (402) 537-8000.

Prairie Cloudware’s Digital Payments Guardian Goes Live With Mobile Payments Prairie Cloudware, an innovator in omnichannel digital payments services, recently announced that its Digital Payments Guardian mobile wallet is live with a multi-billion dollar regional bank, facilitating tap and pay transactions with tokenized credit or debit card numbers contained in a secure, bank-branded mobile wallet environment. Prairie Cloudware CTO Brent Adkisson performed the first tap and pay transaction using his mobile phone and tokenized Visa credit card to purchase a Twin Bing candy bar at a local convenience store on June 23. Digital Payments Guardian acts as a digital vault for financial institutions, providing customers with an easy way to use and manage their credit and debit card accounts in digital channels. The solution utilizes industry standard tokens provided by the card networks, replacing sensitive consumer information with unique tokens, and NFC tap and pay utilizing Android HCE at the point of sale, enabling payments to be performed easily, conveniently and with minimal risk. Omaha, NE-based Prairie Cloudware enables financial institutions to meet their customers’ need for choice, convenience and security when purchasing goods and services online or at the point of sale. Its Digital Payments Guardian™ enables financial institutions to leverage their role as the trusted provider of payments services for consumers while decreasing the cost of fraud and improving their return on investment. Visit www.prairiecloudware.com to learn more.  JULY 2016 Strictly Business 11


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Sandler Training to Host Prospecting Seminar

Primrose Retirement Community Opens Max-Ability, Hosts Ribbon Cutting

Registration is still open for Sandler Sales Tra i n i n g ’s upcoming seminar on July 7th, which will focus on Prospecting.

Council Bluffs’ Primrose Retirement Community, located at 1801 E. Kanesville Blvd., has partnered with Snyder Char leson Therapy Services of Omaha to provide a wide range of therapy services at Primrose through MaxAbility Therapy Services. Primrose is pleased that Max-Ability is here to help residents in need of therapy, and look forward to a long partnership with them.  

Are you anxious about making cold calls? Tired of not getting past the gatekeeper? Struggling to hit your numbers?  Most sales professionals hate making cold calls for one of two reasons: They don’t have a system, or the system they have doesn’t work.  If this sounds like you or your team, this seminar may be for you.  At this event, you’ll learn how to overcome call reluctance, get past the gate-keeper, get out of voicemail jail, make your first 30 seconds on the phone count, engage prospects in a real conversation, and get invited in as opposed to begging for time. The seminar will be held at the Sandler Training Center, located at 3828 Dodge Street in Omaha, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $500 or $250 for President’s Club members, which includes lunch and all materials. Those interested in signing up for this seminar may do so via sandlertraining-prospectingseminar.eventbrite.com. Sandler Sales 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 medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as corporate training. For more information, contact Michelle Halpenny at michelle.halpenny@sandler.com.

Grand Re-Opening Celebration Marks Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare’s Expansion Into Lincoln Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare celebrated the grand re-opening of the for mer Wa g ey D r u g pharmacy on June 1st, kicking off the event with a Lincoln Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare, family owned and operated in Omaha since 1948, purchased Wagey Drug in 2015. Located at 800 N. 27th St., Wagey Drug was established in 1924 and has remained a trusted community pharmacy in Lincoln for over 90 years. Since the purchase of Wagey Drug in Lincoln, physical improvements are evident from the corner of 27th and Vine Streets. New, bright blue awnings have replaced the previous faded maroon ones and a large new electronic LED sign showcases the store’s specials and important health reminders. Inside, a larger selection of medical equipment is displayed in the newly remodeled facility to include many displays and a showroom for people to touch, feel and try items to keep them independent and in their homes longer and safer. Displays include in-store demos of stair lifts, wheelchairs, scooters and more. New rooms have been built for compression and mastectomy garment fittings. Additionally, Kohll’s created on a new custom compounding lab as well as a pre- and postnatal section in the store. A past recipient of the Governor’s Wellness Award, Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare has nine locations in Omaha, Papillion and SW Iowa. For more information, please call (402) 895-6812 or visit www.kohlls.com. 12 Strictly Business JULY 2016

To commemorate this partnership, an official ribbon cutting with the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce was held on June 4th. Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, SD, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care. Founded in 1989, the mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create a happy and healthy living environment for seniors.  From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 33 locations in 15 states. For more information, please visit www.primroseretirement.com or contact Dan Smilloff at (605) 725-8743 or email dsmilloff@ primroseretirement.com.

Establishing Cases Begins for Internment at Omaha National Cemetery In September, the Omaha National Cemetery will begin interments, including the interment of those Veterans and eligible family members who have already passed and whose loved ones would like their remains memorialized at the Omaha National Cemetery. As of June 6, to ready their deceased loved ones for interment at the Omaha National Cemetery in September, families should establish cases with the National Cemetery Administration’s Scheduling Office in St. Louis. To make these arrangements, fax all military discharge documents to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (866) 900-6417 or scan and email the documentation to NCA.Scheduling@va.gov with the name of the decedent in the subject line.  Follow up with a call to (800) 5351117 in order to confirm your desire for burial at the Omaha National Cemetery when construction is completed in September. “Being able to keep your loved ones close to their birthplaces or families is just one important aspect of being able to honor our Veterans at a new National Cemetery. We are excited to be able to announce this step on our way to the cemetery’s opening this fall,” said Cindy M. Van Bibber, director of the Omaha National Cemetery. Omaha National Cemetery staff will return calls in late August or early September to schedule the interment for those families who have established cases as instructed above. Transferred remains, and new burials will occur beginning in the fall in the first phase of 35 acres, providing about 5,000 gravesites and accommodating both casketed and cremated remains. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at (800) 827-1000.  For more information about Omaha National Cemetery, visit www.cem. va.gov/cem/docs/factsheets/omaha.pdf.


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SolutionOne Wins Konica Minolta Pro-Tech Award for 12th Consecutive Year

Local Attorneys Offer Management a Pound of Litigation Cure

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. has announced that SolutionOne of Omaha and Lincoln, NE has been honored with a 2016 Pro-Tech Service Award, which recognizes those Konica Minolta dealerships that demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction. A Pro-Tech Service Award winner for the 12th time, SolutionOne, headed by John Kuchta, President and Owner, is dedicated to delivering professional, reliable service and maximum performance for Konica Minolta’s awardwinning solutions.  To attain the Pro-Tech standard, each element of SolutionOne’s operation was evaluated and measured, including its management skills, inventory control systems, technical expertise, dispatch systems and customer satisfaction ratings.

In 2015, according to their statistics, 174 lawsuits were filed nationwide by employees with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for discrimination based on ability, race, or age among other charges.

SolutionOne is the only locally owned office technology company that provides the fastest service and comprehensive Managed Print and IT Network Products and Programs for small- and medium-sized companies and non-profits in the Omaha and Lincoln, NE metro areas. Utilizing the highest level of training, the SolutionOne Team provides the right technology and software solutions to increase productivity, efficiency, profitability, security, and image. For more information, visit www.solutiononenow.com or contact the Omaha office directly at (402) 671-0841.

Veridian Breaks Ground in Omaha, Cuts Ribbon on Council Bluffs Branch Veridian Credit Union celebrated two milestones marking its expansion into we s t e r n I owa and eastern Nebraska. A groundbreaking event was held at the future site Omaha Groundbreaking (L to R) – Bridget Martin (manager o f Ve r i d i a n’s of engagement, Greater Omaha Chamber), Jay f i r s t O m a h a Ferris (market president, Veridian Credit Union), Monte branch on June Berg (president and CEO, Veridian Credit Union) 1. Construction is and Jenni Soukup (president, Western Douglas County Chamber) turn shovels of dirt at a groundbreaking now underway on event on June 1 at the future site of Veridian’s first a 5,104-squarefoot branch at the Omaha branch at West Maple Road and 150th Street. The branch is expected to open in early 2017. corner of West Maple Road and 150th Street. Veridian officials expect it to open in early 2017. Chamber and city officials also gathered on June 2 to cut the ribbon on Veridian’s new Council Bluffs branch. The 6,880-squarefoot branch opened at 2040 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs on April 11. In conjunction with the ribbon cutting event, Promise 4 Paws, Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center and Family Inc. were recognized as top vote-getters in the credit union’s Veridian Gives Back campaign. The Council Bluffs branch staff nominated nine local organizations last month and requested the public’s vote on which organizations should receive one of three donations. Promise 4 Paws received 2,153 votes and $2,500. Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center received 1,715 votes and $1,000. Family Inc. received 1,397 votes and $500. Veridian Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa as John Deere Employees Credit Union. The credit union offers a full range of business and consumer financial services, including accounts, loans, guidance, investments and insurance. Membership is open to anyone living or working in the credit union’s 45-county field of membership, including Council Bluffs, Omaha and surrounding communities. For more information, visit veridiancu.org or call (800) 235-3228.

Most companies do their best to avoid these types of lawsuits by keeping their employee handbooks and anti-harassment policies updated.  However, many companies could be doing more. Tim Loudon, a Principal in the Omaha office of Jackson Lewis, P.C. and a former investigator for the EEOC, has helped management successfully defend against over 1,000 discrimination charges. Loudon will keynote the Human Resource Association of the Midlands’ (HRAM) July Program. During his keynote, titled “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of…Attorney’s Fees,” Loudon will focus on the preventive measures employees should take to avoid litigation. Followed by his keynote, Catherine Cano, an Associate in the Omaha office of Jackson Lewis, P.C., will offer a technical session where she will discuss anti-retaliation protections in the workplace. A second technical session will be offered by Ben Watson of the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission (NEOC). Watson will discuss the increase in retaliation claims and how to prevent them. The July Program will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at the Scott Conference Center on the UNO campus at 6450 Pine Street. The general public is invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hram.org/events/event-registration until July 6.

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Interstate Commodities, Inc. and Pellet Technology USA, LLC Launch Strategic Business Partnership Effective immediately, Interstate Commodities, Inc. (ICI) will market and sell 100% of the products manufactured by Pellet Technology USA, LLC. “The most exciting news in agriculture since the advent of ethanol and distillers grains is Pellet Technology USA, LLC. Like the ethanol industry turning corn into fuel that can be used to power your cars, Pellet Technology USA, LLC turns low quality crop residue into high quality feeds to feed your cattle and other ruminants,” says Ki Fanning, Ph.D., PAS, of Great Plains Livestock Consulting. “The crop residue’s energy availability is improved so dramatically that it can actually replace 20% of the corn in finishing diets or totally replace a creep feed without any lost performance in either substitution.”

Certificate in Safety Leadership Now Offered at UNO The National Safety Council, Nebraska announces a new partnership with the University of Nebraska-Omaha to offer the Certificate in Safety Leadership program. The new certificate program will focus on building strong leaders, reducing risk, best practices, and performance measurements in the safety and health field. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the University of Omaha and the Nebraska Business Development Center to offer the Certificate in Safety Leadership,” said Beverly Reicks, President and CEO, National Safety Council, Nebraska.  “This new partnership and the expansion of our safety consultant team represent our commitment to deliver the highest level of education and safety services across Nebraska.”

Pellet Technology USA, LLC is a Nebraska-based agricultural manufacturing company. The company’s innovative processing of agricultural residues produces consistent, safe and high-quality animal feed.

The program consists of nine days of interactive learning and sharing over nine months. It is recommended for safety professionals from all industries wanting to improve their leadership skills, employees involved in safety interested in furthering their safety credentials, and safety veterans wanting to improve their influence and persuasion skills.

Interstate Commodities, Inc. is a third generation, family owned business founded in 1947. ICI’s Omaha office is responsible for a major portion of the company’s overall corn trading, which includes the origination, merchandising, storage, and risk management of grain and feed ingredients. Interstate Commodities will utilize their customer base and expertise in supply chain management to sell and distribute this exciting new product to cattle feeders nationwide.

“We believe safety is paramount in every business. We all know that safety is no accident; that effective leadership is crucial to safe practices,” said Harold Sargus, Manager, Professional and Organization Development, Nebraska Business Development Center, UNO College of Business. “We believe this is a one-of-a-kind program that will build on the foundation and commitment to the safety of all individuals.”

For more information about PowerFeedPellets™ or to obtain a quote, please contact Interstate Commodities, Inc. at 1(866) 683-5819.

For more information, please contact Susan Booth at (402) 898-7354 or visit www.SafeNebraska.org.

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VentureTech Applies Pre-Validation Process to Launch New Venture: The Poultry Exchange VentureTech is pleased to announce the launch of The Poultry Exchange, an innovative new online trading platform facilitating fresh and frozen spot market transactions for commercial chicken buyers and sellers. “We very excited to introduce The Poultry Exchange,” said Joseph Knecht, managing director at VentureTech. “This product will allow buyers to quickly see what is available in the market and access more suppliers directly. Sellers will be able to access more buyers and find the right buyer quickly. In all, it streamlines the negotiation process for buyers and sellers.” In collaboration, VentureTech partnered with Janette Barnard, CEO and founder of The Poultry Exchange to bring this innovative new solution to the market place. Using a unique pre-validation approach, the partners were able to build The Poultry Exchange using potential consumers as the road map—creating a solution that’s successful and intuitive. The Poultry Exchange allows commercial chicken buyers and sellers to efficiently buy or sell chicken while driving operational efficiencies and financial results. Learn more about The Poultry Exchange at www. thepoultryexchange.com. VentureTech works with non-technical entrepreneurs who’ve identified a technical solution to their industry challenges. The VentureTech model leverages a precise mix of proven technology and market validation techniques to help entrepreneurs launch their software products with expertise and success. Learn more about the ventures made possible at www.venturetech.net.

Taste of Florence Food Festival Hosted by Senior Health Foundation Coming Soon Tickets to the 1st Annual Taste of Florence food festival will be available online soon. The event, hosted by Senior Health Foundation is set to take place on September 11, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. at Florence Home Healthcare, located at 7915 North 30th. Taste of Florence will feature nearly 20 local restaurants from the Florence neighborhood and surrounding areas.  Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of food served by some of the best restaurants in the metro area. Join Emcee Scott Voorhees from KFAB for a day of fun, food, and community.  There will be fun for all ages including a special Kid’s Zone with face painting, games, and prizes.  The Nebraska Humane Society’s PAW van will make an appearance and have animals to show and adopt. The Omaha Fire Department will be present with their Fire Safety Trailer, in which children can learn how to exit safely if their home is on fire.  Other activities include a jazz quartet, special appearance by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rogers for autographs and pictures, a live mural painting by two of Omaha’s best graffiti artists, and a special 9-11 first-responders tribute. The afternoon will culminate with an exciting pumpkin-carving competition pitting some of Omaha’s finest chefs versus Omaha’s finest surgeons in what promises to be a fun time for all. Senior Health Foundation helps fill in the gaps in critical programs for seniors in Omaha through Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. MGI is a non-profit 501c3 management company for Florence Home Healthcare, Royale Oaks and House of Hope Assisted Livings, and House of Hope Alzheimer’s Care. This is an event you won’t want to miss!  For more information on the Senior Health Foundation event, please visit www.tasteofflorence.net for details.

Papillion Community Foundation Hosts 69th Annual Papillion Days Celebration The Papillion Community Foundation was proud to again host its 69th annual Papillion Days celebration, with the theme “Patriotic Papillion.” Highlights included a welcome by Mayor David Black and Papillion Idol competition at Sumtur Amphitheater, free hot dogs and chips provided by Hy-Vee followed by a free showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, communitywide ice cream social in the First Street Plaza, senior citizen night including live music sponsored by American National Bank in Papillion’s City Park, carnival and vendor fair, an all-school reunion at the Portal School hosted by the Papillion Area Historical Society, a hot wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, beer garden featuring live music each night, a spectacular fireworks display provided by Bellino Fireworks & NightVisions, Kiddie Parade and Duck Derby sponsored by the Papillion Junior Woman’s Club, and of course, the annual Papillion Days parade. The weekend wrapped up with a Pancake Feed to benefit the Boy Scouts, along with the Papillion Duathlon at Walnut Creek Recreation Area. SAC Federal Credit Union was once again the Presenting Sponsor for the Papillion Days celebration and has supported the even for more than 20 years. The Papillion Community Foundation is grateful to have many community sponsors, including 2016 Presenting Sponsor PenFed Credit Union. Papillion Days has been chosen as one of the Nebraska 150 events for 2017, which will be Papillion Days 70th Anniversary. In addition to Papillion Days the Papillion Community Foundation also hosts the annual Winter Wonderland celebration. For more information about the Papillion Community Foundation’s or how you can get involved, please visit www.papillionfoundation.org or call (402) 331-3917. JULY 2016 Strictly Business 15


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www.CoxBusiness.com by Cody Sims, Voice Product Senior Manager • Cody.Sims@cox.com

Choosing a Phone System for Your Business

When business phones work properly, they basically become invisible. Everyone is doing their task, communicating with clients and vendors without a thought to the phones. Yet when the phones don’t work, every phone call becomes a burden – worse, clients and vendors feel it. Finding the right system that can “get out of the way” of productivity is critical. And every once in a while, you’ll find a system that can actually boost productivity. There are two approaches to phone system offerings in today’s fast paced telecom world – purchased and hosted. Generally speaking, the purchase model includes buying the phone system along with some kind of support or maintenance agreement. The hosted model includes paying for the phone system as a service through a monthly service fee. Let’s look at some of the benefits and challenges of each. On premise phone systems offer much with functionality, options, and name recognition. These systems come from resellers who’ve provided phone systems for years. Premise phone systems use private voice connectivity to avoid quality degradation which often occurs with over the internet solutions. However, while today’s phone systems offer more functionality, they face new challenges. Once, a business could purchase a phone system and depreciate it as an asset for years. However, because of sprinting technology advances, new equipment costs, new feature licensing, and phasing out of “old” equipment, phone systems become an unexpected burden both at initial purchase and throughout the system’s life. Once, phone systems lasted 20 years. Now, the average replacement cycle is less than 7 years with firmware upgrades required for continued technical support. Hosted phone systems are usually cloud based meaning the intelligence of the phone system is hosted away from the business premise. Additionally, the equipment is not owned but is part of a monthly service expense. This means that when new features become available, there’s no licensing fees or mandatory upgrade charges. Many hosted systems have exceptional feature functionality and provide superior disaster recovery (because the “brains” are not located on premise). Some hosted solutions, however, run across the public internet. Because the provider doesn’t control the public internet, there is no way to ensure that the quality of service across that public space and when call quality suffers, internet bandwidth can only solve part of the problem. To avoid the challenges that come from either of these solutions, some businesses have found a solution that provides the benefits of both the hosted model and a premise solution. Cox Business provides this phone system in its IP Centrex service. IP Centrex is a hosted and managed phone system with great features that are available because of the cloud architecture. Cox provides the equipment as a service. Any question, change, problem is resolved by calling Cox – not 3 different vendors for phones, internet, or phone service. A business doesn’t have to worry about “Is it the phone system? The local line? The long distance?” and so on. One provider means one point of resolution. IP Centrex is a paradigm shift where the wiring, equipment, programming, and support are available as a monthly service charge. And, new features are pushed – there’s no charges for firmware upgrades and feature enhancements. This ever-green approach means no cycling through phone systems that eventually age. Cox provides a skilled application designer to help program the system around how you do business. For some businesses, having an automated system for call routing is essential to free up scarce resources. For others, having a live person answer every call is top priority. Cox will help identify your top communication priorities and develop a design that supports the culture of your business. IP Centrex is a scalable solution that can support small businesses with as few as 3 stations all the way up to campus style environments. And with frequent new feature releases, like unified communications, instant messaging, presence, and more, Cox ensures that businesses stay competitive and productive. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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fastsigns® of omaha FASTSIGNS® of Omaha – 114th Street is an independently owned and operated sign, graphics and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes and across all industries. Bob Danielson is the owner of the FASTSIGNS® located at 114th and Dodge. Tell us a little about your business. - At FASTSIGNS®, we solve visual communications challenges – large and small.  From the simple…to the simply impossible™.  Leveraging our marketing and sign knowledge, state-of-the-art technology, project management and innovative thinking, we help your business, event or organization achieve your objectives (realize your full potential™) and make you the hero in the process. How did you get started in the business? - I had my own plumbing business, Danielson Plumbing, for 10 years. In 1989 we installed restrooms for the previous owner of our store.  I became interested in this fairly new technology for the sign industry--computer-generated graphics.  In 1990 I pursued opening a FASTSIGNS store in Lincoln because the Omaha market was not available, but wasn’t able for a several reasons.  The next year I was approached to purchase the Omaha store, and in a matter of three months, I had sold my plumbing business and purchased the Omaha FASTSIGNS franchise from the previous owner. My training at Fastsigns International took place in January 1991, the same month that ‘Operation Desert Shield’ was winding down. As I look back on it I could have picked a better time to start a new business venture. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Making the transition from master plumber to sign shop owner.  Learning the technology was not an issue; that I enjoy. What is your most important achievement professionally? - I have had my franchise since 1991. This year we are currently ranked 34th in a network of now over 600 stores today.  We consistently have been in the top 5% grossing stores and have won numerous prestigious awards. Tell us a little about your family. - I’m married to Cheryl Danielson and have two sons from my previous marriage with Susanne Danielson.  Bob Jr. just started his own business with his partner Jason Halstead called Vector Commissioning.  Andy works with me in outside sales with the store. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - My wife Cheryl and I like to cook and entertain.  We also love to play golf together. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - That I was on Jean’s Storytime for two years. It was a Sunday morning television show on KMTV with music, puppets and biblical teachings. What are you the most proud of? - My sons and who they have become. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - If your business isn’t growing it is going backwards. If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? - Fun. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - American Red Cross. What is your favorite local restaurant? - The Drover. Whiskey Ribeye and the salad bar! If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Bobby Jones. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Via our website at www.fastsigns.com/47  or email me directly at bob. danielson@fastsigns.com. 18

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kathy Kathy Boroff

remington heights Conveniently located between 120th and 132nd Streets just north of Dodge Street, Remington Heights is a Premier Independent and Assisted Living Community that has been serving those ages 55+ for over 30 years. Kathy Boroff is the Executive Director of Remington Heights. How did you get started in the business? - I started at Remington Heights in 2002 as the RN and Director of Healthcare. In 2013 I left to pursue other ventures, but retuned in 2014. It was like coming home. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Currently, the biggest challenge would be the 9.5 million dollar renovation taking place. The outcome will be absolutely amazing so it is worth the time and effort it takes to get this complete renovation accomplished! What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Having been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and then taking the position of the Executive Director a year ago. Tell us a little about your family. - My husband Bob Boroff and I have a blended family of 9 children and 15 grandchildren, with a 16th due to enter this world in August! We are very proud of their many accomplishments they have achieved in their lives. What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Marrying my husband Bob. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Go camping! What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - That I have traveled to many places outside of the continental Unites States such as the Virgin Islands, Germany, Italy, Paris France, London England, Belgium, and the Bahamas. What are you the most proud of? - The staff at Remington Heights. They are so dedicated and care so much about the residents that live here and treat them like family. In fact, we have many dedicated staff members who have been with us for over 10 and even 15 years! What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - Family first. If you had a theme song, what would it be? - “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. If you could have a super power, what would it be? - To take away people’s pain and suffering. Which talent would you most like to have? - To be able to play the guitar and piano fluently. If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? - I always aspired to be a physician, probably in pediatrics. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - The Food Bank because there are so many hungry children in the world and in our own community. So many people throw away food away every day, yet 1 in 6 children face hunger every day and 49 million Americas struggle to put food on the table. What is your favorite movie? - Field of Dreams What is your favorite TV show? - Anything on HGTV. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Olive Garden or any place with Italian food. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - John F. Kennedy. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? Email me at kjboroff@centurypa.com or call (402) 493-5807. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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Jonathan Jonathan Larsen Larsen & Larsen auction co.

Larsen & Larsen Auction Co. specializes in fundraising auctions as well as offering premier consulting services to non-profit clients. Jonathan Larsen is the President & CEO of Larsen & Larsen Auction Co. Tell us a little about your business. - We work with groups to take their fundraisers to the next level by increasing their revenue so they can maximize their mission of saving and impacting lives. How did you get started in the business? - I was selling insurance when a friend asked me to be the auctioneer for his fundraising gala. After that experience, I knew how I was going to use the gifts God gave me. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - Helping executive directors of non-profit organizations realize how much more money they can raise with less effort when working with a professional benefit auctioneer like myself. Any fee is an investment they will get back ten-fold. This is proven by the fact that nearly all my business is repeat clients. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Completing my 2nd year of the Certified Auctioneers Institute. It is a 3-year commitment and comparable to a Masters Degree in auctioneering. Fewer than 3% of auctioneers worldwide have this designation. It has opened doors to a larger network of professional fundraisers I can turn to all across the country. Tell us a little about your family. - I have been married to my wife, Rachel, for 9 years. We have 3 children--Phoebe (5), Elliott (3), Amelia Grace, who’s just a little over a month old--plus Arizona and Hank our beloved Australian shepherds. Along with being a business owner I’m also a stay-at-home dad. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I worked on a dude ranch in Colorado and Arizona as well as taught line dancing. What are you the most proud of? - I’m really proud of my children. I now understand the parents who get all crazy at sporting events. I am their biggest fan. They inspire me to be the person they think I am. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? - “You’d better marry Rachel before someone else does.” If you could have a super power, what would it be? - Time management or maybe flying. Though I do feel like a superhero when I put on my tuxedo and help raise thousands of dollars. But if I could fly while I do that… What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - I’ve been making some fun videos on YouTube lately, some of which can be viewed on my website, and I plan on expanding on that newfound talent by incorporating it into my business. Which talent would you most like to have? - I am the only one in my family that can’t roll my tongue. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - As a benefit auctioneer, I get to be a philanthropic partner to my partner organizations. I strive to get to know each organization so I can be their personal ambassador while on stage raising money. One is The Open Door Mission in Omaha. I’m amazed how they treat children and their families like their very own. They throw a monthly birthday party for needy children with presents and the works. They are doing amazing things there. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - I think a singing telegram would be a fun way to be contacted. You could also contact me at (605) 376-7102, via email at jonathan@ larsenauctioneering.com, or visit www.larsenauctioneering.com. 20

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dennis Dennis Nun Heartland International, Inc.

Heartland International, Inc. has acted as an independent manufacturer’s representative for the Conklin Company, Inc. since 1974. Dennis Nun is the President of Heartland International, Inc. Tell us a little about your business. - We screen, select, train and support a network of over 600 field managers nationwide for Conklin that generate 20% of the company’s annual sales. Our two major product divisions are AgroVantage™ and Conklin Building Products. AgroVantage™ products make up a reduced-cost/high-yield crop production system for corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Conklin Building Products consists primarily of 12 commercial roofing systems. How did you get started in the business? - In 1973, one of Conklin’s first representatives in Nebraska, Ben Welch, showed their products to my father who operated a farming and livestock operation in Fillmore County. He was so impressed by the products that he encouraged me to get involved with the company. So, while completing my master’s degree in Ag Economics at UNL my wife Patty and I began developing a business with Conklin as an independent distributor. That was 42 years ago. We took our initial training and have enjoyed the benefits of having a business that has continued to grow thanks to our staff, customers, and great support from the Conklin Company. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? Balancing my responsibilities as a husband, father (to six) and business professional. I could easily work 80-100 hours a week, but being a husband and father (and now a grandfather) is more important to me, and my family. Finding a balance has been challenging at times but having the support of an excellent staff and our son, Jordan, taking a lead role in our business has allowed it to continue to grow. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - I’ve had the opportunity to author four books, three of which are specifically designed to train our Conklin network of independent distributors and managers. In addition, I regularly have the opportunity to participate in the training of new Conklin Wholesale Distributors and Managers. It’s rewarding to see entrepreneurial couples dramatically increase their income and gain the freedom and independence we’ve enjoyed by becoming a part of our organization. I’ve also authored DAD’S CLASS, a book for young dads who are striving, as I have, to invest quality time with their kids. Tell us a little about your family. - Patty and I were married in 1973 and we have six children--Sarah, Adam, Jordan, Chelsea, Brianna and Lauren--ranging in age from 34 to 23. They’ve scattered around the country with Sarah and Brianna in Chicago, Adam in Phoenix, Jordan working with us here in Lincoln, Chelsea in Huntsville, AL and our daughter Lauren (a recent grad of Creighton University) now in Honduras for a year working at an orphanage there. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I love to travel, read, study, and teach. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I’m a member of the International Mensa Society. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - I served on the board of Campus Life for 28 years, on the board of Lincoln Christian School, and I’m currently on the Lincoln Christian Foundation Board, because I believe that sharing eternal truth with the next generation is our greatest responsibility. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - At (402) 430-7727 or www.heartlandinternational.com. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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james James Cavanaugh

Douglas County Commissioners James Cavanaugh is one of the seven Douglas County Commissioners. Each of the county commissioners has about 73,200+ citizens within their districts, and they run for office every 4 years. Serving Douglas County for over 150 years, the entity primarily oversees an annual budget of approximately a third of a billion dollars and over 2,000 employees, covering diverse areas from healthcare to corrections. How did you get your start in public office? - I’m an Omaha native and grew up in a family that values public service as an honorable profession. My father was actually a commissioner before me. When I graduated from law school, I went to work for the Douglas County Public Defender’s office. After 9 years of doing that I went into private practice, serving clients with social security disability applications, and also served on a wide variety of local non-profit boards. I have always had an interest in the Douglas County government in particular, so when the opportunity came along in 2014, I felt that I would be able to make a great contribution and decided to run. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Providing the highest level of healthcare to those in our local communities. Our job as trustees of the Douglas County Health Center is to ensure the tools needed to serve Douglas County residents are available. We are currently developing a public healthcare corridor in partnership with UNMC and the Omaha VA Medical Center, which is an exciting, strategic development of public health in the Metropolitan area. Tell us a little about your family. - I am married and the father of four children, with three daughters and one son. They are the light of my life, and I take my responsibilities as a husband and father most seriously. My wife is a practicing attorney as well, so between our two careers and our home life, we stay very busy! What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - I was involved in a very serious car accident about 3 ½ years ago. When one has a close brush with death, it offers an opportunity to reflect on what is important in life along with feeling greater cause and purpose. You definitely appreciate all the gifts that you have. It had a big effect on my decision to serve in elected office. When my brother Tom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away suddenly last year, it was yet another turning point and opportunity to reassess and reevaluate my priorities in life. Do as much good as you can every day. Live life to its fullest. Leave the world a better place. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I like to swim, ride horses, camp, and gather with family. What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I have canoed every river in Nebraska. One of my favorites would be Snake River. What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Justice For Our Neighbors. It’s the largest free legal clinic for undocumented immigrants and I served on the board for 8 years. Also, the Omaha Irish Cultural Center; it works to establish a home for Irish cultural programs here in the Omaha Metro and I served on the board there as well. What is your favorite local restaurant? - Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob. If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Mark Twain. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - Call (402) 341-2020 or email me at james.cavanaugh@ douglascounty-ne.gov. 22

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donde Donde Plowman

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Donde Plowman is the Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tell us a little about your business. - The College of Business Administration at UNL is home to over 4,000 students who are pursuing business degrees and over 1,000 students from other colleges who are pursuing the Minor in Business. CBA is second only to Arts & Sciences in the number of undergraduate enrollments. We offer undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees in business. Our College has experienced a 22% increase in enrollments in the last five years and a 63% growth in first-time freshmen in the last five years. We seem to be the place to be at UNL. How did you get started in the business? - After receiving my PhD in Management at UT Austin, I began as an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Texas at San Antonio and was promoted to Professor and then Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research. After 19 years at UTSA, I moved to the University of Tennessee where I had an endowed professorship and became Department Head of the Department of Management. From there I was recruited to apply for the position of Dean at UNL. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? - To succeed as an academic at major universities requires conducting high level research that is reviewed blindly by your peers from around the world, and which is accepted for publication into high visibility journals. I have published over 60 articles and each one of them is a process that often takes 2-3 years to be published. There are many rejections along the way; the recognition comes in bits and pieces and it can be hard on one’s soul. I have always collaborated with others – so that it is not such a lonely process – and I have lived a rich personal life, raising children, being active in church and the community, which counterbalances the long stretches of discouragement that often accompany the research aspect of being a professor. What has been your most important achievement professionally? - Since becoming Dean at UNL, I have had the great fortune to work with incredible faculty, staff and alums, who have helped us achieve the goal of raising over $80 million dollars in private funds for the construction of our new CBA building, scheduled to open in June of 2017. We also received a $30 million gift from Gallup and the Clifton family to establish the Clifton Strengths Institute in CBA. I am really proud of these accomplishments. Tell us a little about your family. - My dad is a retired Methodist minister living in Tulsa, OK. We lost my mom to Alzheimer’s over a year ago. My husband is Dennis Duchon, who is the Department Chair of Management in our college and to whom I have been married for 13+ years. I am mother to 3 sons: Kevin (28), Chijioke Onuoha (27), and Christopher, who was killed in a car wreck at the age of 20. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - I have recently taken up golf and I love playing with my husband and our son, Kevin. I love being outside with the two most important men in my life, trying to do something challenging, and just being in the experience (which is often frustrating). What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? - Mourning Hope. I’m passionate about helping others who have experienced the death of a family member. If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Via email at dplowman2@unl.edu  or visit cba.unl.edu. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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SANDLER TRAINING

The Issue the Prospect Brings You Is Never the Real Issue

A patient visits the psychiatrist because he is having trouble sleeping at night. Each session, the trained psychiatrist asks a series of questions that slowly uncover the reason for the insomnia. After a half-dozen meetings, the real issue surfaces from the depths of the subconscious, a plan is put in place to address the issue, and the patient is enjoying restful nights again. Now, if the patient knew up front what the real issue was that caused the sleepless nights then there would be no need for the psychiatrist. But the issue that the patient brought to the psychiatrist in the beginning was not the real issue and it took a trained professional to find it. It is no different in the profession of selling. Oftentimes the professional salesperson must act like a psychiatrist if he/she is to reach a level of high performance. Just as a doctor uses a scalpel to cut away healthy tissue in order to get at the disease, so does the sales professional use questions to knife through surface issues to uncover what is really important to the prospect. Below are two example dialogues. The first shows what typically happens when questions are not used effectively: Sales: “Tell me about the service you have received.” Prospect: “Well, it’s okay, but it has been annoyingly slow and the timing has been off.” Sales: “Service is our strength and we have dozens of examples of how we have exceeded the expectations of our customers. Some of the initiatives implemented were . . .” In the example above, the issue brought forth above by the prospect is service. Immediately the salesperson, who can proficiently address the service issue, begins to sell how service can be improved. However, is service really the prospect’s issue?

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by Karl Schaphorst, President • www.karlschaphorst.sandler.com In the second example, we will see what happens when questions are used effectively: Sales: “Tell me about the service you have received.” Prospect: “Well, it’s okay, but it has been annoyingly slow and the timing has been off.” Sales: “Tell me more about what you mean when you say “annoyingly slow.” Prospect: “I mean that we couldn’t get our system back up fast enough.” Sales: “What did you do?” Prospect: “We tried to fix it. Sales: “And were you able to?” Prospect: “No. In fact we damaged it even more in our attempt.” Sales: “So how much has this cost you?” Prospect: “The repairs, the cost to fix it are nothing. It cost me one of our biggest orders for the quarter since we were unable to deliver and it has put me on notice with our investors. Sales: “Wow. This is a big deal. Suppose I could provide a solution that would prevent this issue from happening again, what would that mean to you?” Prospect: “If you could do that for me, you would have my business!” The issue that the prospect offered up to the sales professional at the beginning was slow and untimely service. But that was not the real issue. In the second example, after patient and professional questioning, the real issue of lost business and dissatisfied owners surfaced and now the sales professional can present a solution that addresses what really is important to the prospect. So, which salesperson gets the order? Always remember, the issues your prospects bring to you at first are generally never the real issues. Sandler Training is a global training organization with over three decades of experience and proven results. Sandler provides sales and management training and consulting services for small- to mediumsized businesses (SMBs) as well as corporate training for Fortune 1000 companies. For more information, please contact Karl Schaphorst at (402) 403-4334 or by email at kschaphorst@sandler.com. You can also follow his blog at karlschaphorst.sandler.com


PERSONNEL NEWS Dakota Guardian Trust Promotes Two Dakota Guardian Trust announces the appointment of Tom Van Robays, JD to president and Renee Zikmund, CTFA to senior vice president. Van Robays previously served as Dakota Guardian’s senior vice president and has dedicated more than 25 years to the field of estate planning, financial services and trust services. He is a member of the Omaha Estate Planning Council and is involved with numerous charitable organizations. Van Robays replaces Tracy Edgerton, who is leaving the firm to follow her passion and return to the nonprofit field. Zikmund joined Dakota Guardian in 2014 and has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years with a focus on trust services. She recently earned the certified trust financial advisor designation from the American Bankers Association to complement her experience. Zikmund volunteers her time and talents with a variety of community organizations, including the Nebraska Chapter of the American Stroke Association.

Marilyn Viehl, RN, BSN, MHA, has been named administrator of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital’s Omaha Campus, part of the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals system. She began her duties June 6, 2016, and joins Jason Doll, who was recently promoted to administrator for the Omaha Campus’ Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital. Tom Van Robays

Renee Zikmund

With an advisor, friendly approach, Dakota Guardian Trust partners with financial and estate planning professionals to help families ensure their financial legacy. Dakota Guardian has offices in Omaha, Lincoln and Rapid City, and its South Dakota charter provides clients enhanced flexibility and access to the state’s favorable trust laws.  Learn more at DakotaGuardianTrust.com.

Cresa Announces Top Producers, National Recognition Awards Cresa, the largest tenant representation firm in the world, announced their Top Producers and Rising Stars of 2015 at the company’s annual spring conference, held May 12-14, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. Awards for Cresa Omaha include: Steven Edlefsen, Top Producer; Eric Rose, Rising Star. CEO Jim Underhill said, “It is with great satisfaction that we recognize the up-andcoming professionals within our organization who have advanced quickly in their development, and demonstrate outstanding potential for continued growth. The quality of the work this year’s rising star award winners are producing is substantially beyond expectation and embodies the promising future of Cresa.”

Madonna Builds Out Omaha Campus Leadership Team

Steven Edlefsen

Cresa is the world’s largest tenant-only commercial real estate firm. In representing tenants exclusively — no landlords, no developers — they provide unbiased, conflict-free advice. Their integrated services cover every aspect of a real estate Eric Rose transaction from site selection and financing to project management and relocation services. Cresa offers clients customized solutions with over 60 offices covering 75 markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.cresa.com.

In Viehl’s new role, she will oversee the daily operations of the acute rehabilitation taking place for both children and adults at the Omaha hospital. Prior to Madonna, Viehl has spent the past 19 years at Bryan Medical Center, most recently as the nursing director for the Medical and Surgical Services and Nursing Administration. While there, she was responsible for a number of areas including the transitional care unit (TCU) and rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient therapy, pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) therapy teams and pastoral care. Viehl received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, and a Master of Health Care Administration degree from the University of Minneapolis.

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Jason Doll

Likewise, Doll will be responsible for the daily operations of the Omaha Campus’ Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital. Prior to Doll’s new role, he has been the director of Ancillary Services and Physician Practices for the Lincoln and Omaha campuses since 2015. Doll earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He spent the past nine years leading healthcare operations and the ten years prior to that working in finance. Rachel Thompson, MSN, RN, is the director of nursing for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus. She began her duties in late February and will work closely with Viehl on daily operations for acute rehabilitation. Prior to Madonna, Thompson was the chief nursing officer for Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha. She attended Clarkson College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emphasis on nursing education. She has also been working toward a doctorate in Health Care Leadership at Clarkson College.

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Jackie Anderson

Rounding out the Omaha Campus leadership team is Jackie Anderson, RN, BSN, CRRN, director of nursing for Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital Bellevue Campus since it opened in February of 2014. Anderson received a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Minnesota and has 30 years of experience in healthcare management, including 12 years with Madonna. She works closely with Doll on the hospital’s daily operations and will transition to the Omaha Campus once open. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus, located at 175th Plaza and Burke Street, is a full continuum of inpatient rehabilitation care for both adults and children. The 260,000-square-foot facility includes 110 beds and is scheduled to open in the fall. Visit www.madonna.org/ careers to find out about the opportunities that are available. JULY 2016 Strictly Business 25


PERSONNEL NEWS

Scott Koethe Earns CCIM Designation Scott Koethe, Senior Associate at Cushman & Wakefield/The Lund Company in Omaha has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute. The designation was awarded during the Institute’s mid-year business meetings April 5 in Chicago. The CCIM designation is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon successful completion of an advanced analytical curriculum and presentation of a portfolio of qualifying industry experience. CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis.

Strictly Business Announces Changes to Production Team Strictly Business is excited to formally announce a recent transition within the company and introduce our readers to the new key members of our Art Department. We recently said goodbye to our longtime Art Director Mercedes Meza. She was central to the quality and growth of the Strictly Business brand, beginning her time with us as an intern and in her eight years with the company, playing a major role in milestones such as the launch of the Omaha publication and our social media presence along with her dedication to many of our signature events such as our Best Dressed Gala and annual shopping trips. As many of our clients will agree, she will be missed and we wish her well in all of her future endeavors!

A graduate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree, Koethe is an active member of Omaha Venture Group, Mustaches For Kids, and the Nebraska CCIM Chapter. He can be reached at (402) 548-4046 or via email at skoethe@lundco.com.

Seldin Affordable Housing Names Phyllis Peterson Senior Director, Mitch Hart Director of Due Diligence

Tingleska Hallum

Tingleska Hallum, who joined the production team as a graphic designer for our Lincoln and Omaha publications in April of 2015, was promoted to the position of Art Director and we’ve officially welcomed Holly Ryan as our newest graphic designer. In her time Holly Ryan with the company, Tingleska has already been involved with many projects, from ad design and creative to print, video, web posting, and social media campaigns for Strictly Business magazine. She has taken on the additional responsibilities of layout for both publications and management of the advertisement component of all client accounts. Tingleska has definitely hit the ground running, taking on the additional responsibilities of such an integral role with passion and dedication, which has made for an impressively seamless transition. Holly Ryan, who was hired on as graphic designer on May 1st, is a Friend, NE native. She attended Doane College in Crete, NE with a Women’s Golf Scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Graphic Design. Prior to her new role at Strictly Business, she worked at The Printer as a graphic artist and also part-time as a guest service representative for Nothing Bundt Cakes, where she is still currently employed. In addition to assisting with ad design and promotional materials, Holly will also be posting content to our websites and social media accounts. Tingleska and Holly can be reached at our office, (402) 466-3330, or via email at design@strictlybusinessomaha.com or creative@ strictlybusinessomaha.com respectively. Please feel free to join us in welcoming them to their new positions! 26 Strictly Business JULY 2016

Seldin Affordable Housing Program, an affiliate of Seldin Company, has named Phyllis Peterson as its Senior Director. Phyllis brings with her a wealth of industry knowledge, having spent over 12 years in housing development. Peterson’s accomplishments include assisting many non-profit organizations in financing affordable housing for low to moderate income families, including individuals with disabilities, mental illness, seniors and homeless veterans. Peterson’s passion for people and focus on details has led to the Phyllis Peterson creation of over 700 LIHTC and transitional housing units in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Colorado. In her role, Phyllis will be responsible for identifying and facilitating the acquisition of affordable multifamily properties for direct investment, overseeing underwriting quality control and leading due diligence efforts for the Seldin Affordable Housing Program. Phyllis’s certifications include Housing Development Finance Professional from National Development Council, HUD Certified Occupancy Specialist from National Center Mitch Hart for Housing Management, and Certified Credit Compliance Professional (CCCP) through Spectrum. Mitch Hart has recently been named as Director of Due Diligence with Seldin Affordable Housing. Hart joined Seldin Company in December 2013 and has assisted in underwriting and due diligence efforts for the Seldin Affordable team. Most recently, Hart helped with the transfer of physical assets (TPA) for Cedarwood Apartments, a 150 unit tax credit property located in Omaha, NE and Featherstone Apartments, a 147 tax credit-HUD mixed unit property, located in Council Bluffs, IA. In his role, Mitch will be responsible for coordinating due diligence efforts as they relate to the Seldin Affordable team. Mitch will continue to assist in facilitating applications for tax credits as well as working closely with Phyllis Peterson on affordable-lead projects. Seldin Company is an award-winning property management company headquartered in Omaha, NE. To learn more about Seldin Company, visit www.seldin.com.


PERSONNEL NEWS

Waltermeyer, Thalken and Wichman Join Outlook Nebraska Susanne Waltermeyer, Mark Thalken and Nathan Wichman have joined Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI; outlooknebraska. org). ONI, a charitable organization that’s the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska, is dedicated to empowering our community members who are blind or visually impaired through training, employment and enriching experiences. Susanne Waltermeyer joined Outlook N eb r a s k a a s exe c u t i ve a s s i s t a n t . Waltermeyer will serve as liaison for the chief executive officer to stakeholders and many community leaders and organizations important to Outlook Nebraska. She will help coordinate community collaborations and partnerships to increase awareness of the capabilities of the blind and visually impaired. Prior to ONI, Waltermeyer held similar roles at McCarthy Group, LLC, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Oriental Trading Company, and Valmont Industries, Inc. Waltermeyer has an associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College and is a Certified Professional Secretary.

Susanne Waltermeyer

Mark Thalken

Mark Thalken and Nathan Wichman have both joined the Outlook Nebraska sales team as federal account representatives. They will be responsible for promoting and selling blind-made products to supply stores and federal government customers. With Outlook Nebraska product being made from 100% recycled material and containing 30% post-consumer recycled product, ONI promotes environmentally safe and sustainable solutions. Whether it is Nathan Wichman the Pentagon or a soldier that is deployed overseas, Outlook Nebraska’s product is involved in every operation. These products are produced in Omaha, NE with pride by people who are blind or visually impaired, allowing them to be independent, confident and active.

DRM Appoints Nick Murray as Restaurant Construction and Remodeling Project Manager Nick Murray has joined the DRM team as its Restaurant Construction and Remodeling Project Manager. He will contribute significantly to the development and remodeling projects as the company adds 25 new Arby’s restaurants over the next 7 years. Murray has an extensive background in construction, and prior to joining DRM he was the Facilities Operations Manager for a large nursing home company. Among many other talents, Murray brings proactive project management skills to DRM and has experience with administering budgets, labor management and inventory control. Working alongside Marc Johnson, COO, and Michael Swoop, CFO, Murray will be responsible for managing all of DRM’s new development and remodeling projects. Following DRM’s 25 restaurant development agreement, Murray will be an integral part to the success of these new projects. DRM, Inc., based in Omaha, NE, owns and operates 71 Arby’s Restaurants in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. DRM is a family-owned and operated company, which was founded in 1977 by Dean Johnson. His sons, Matt and Marc Johnson, who joined the company in 1984, are President & CEO and President & COO respectively. Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading international quick-service restaurant company operating and franchising nearly 3,400 restaurants worldwide. The Arby’s brand strives to inspire smiles through delicious experiences. For more information, visit drmarbys.com.

Thalken previously was an adult services specialist at the Millard branch of Omaha Public Library. He has a B.A. Degree from Creighton University. Wichman graduated from the U.S. Navy Technical School with honors and earned a COBOL programming certificate from Creighton University. As a national account program manager with Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, he built loyalty and long-term relationships with customers and exceeded customer satisfaction. He also managed an account with annual revenues of more than $4.3 million.

It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know & Who Knows You! At Strictly Business Magazine, we strive to recognize local businessmen and women for their significant awards, promotions, achievements, and/or efforts in partnership with other organizations and the Omaha Metro community. If you know of someone who meets these criteria and wish to include their news in our publication, please call (402) 466-3330 or submit your news via our website at www. strictlybusinessomaha.com. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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NON-PROFIT NEWS

Nebraska Gambling Opponents Launch Anti-Casino Campaign

Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha Sends Kids to Camp

A coalition that has for years battled vigorously against allowing casinos in Nebraska has once again mustered up its resources to fight a ballot campaign to allow casinos at licensed horse racing tracks.

T h i s s u m m e r, Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha sent 3 kids from Boyd Elementary to Camp OK. Qualifications include students that have never attended a camp, have a clear financial need and demonstrate academic gifts. Kiwanis Clubs in Nebraska and Iowa send 105 campers to the YMCA camp in Boone, IA.

Gambling With The Good Life officially began its campaign against the ballot measure at a news conference held in February of 2016, backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, family advocacy groups, a handful of state senators and former Husker football coach and U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. The petition group, Keep the Money in Nebraska, began gathering signatures in October of 2015 to place three gambling-related proposals on the upcoming November 2016 ballot. Former congressman and Omaha mayor Hal Daub, who opposes gambling, called the wording of the petitions intentionally confusing, and worried that the proposed regulatory committee could operate without legislative or executive oversight and take advantage of Native American communities. Nebraska allows keno, horse racing and a lottery, but voters have resisted video gambling machines. For specific details on the three proposals or to find out how you can get involved, please visit Gambling With The Good Life today at gwtgl.com or contact Pat Loontjer at (402) 551-2776.

Best-Selling Author Donald Miller to Speak at The Hope Center for Kids Gala The Hope Center for Kids, along with Honorary Chairs Pastor Edward and Juanita King, will host its 9th Annual Gala at the Embassy Suites in La Vista on Friday, September 30. The evening celebrates the transformational work The Hope does in Omaha and Fremont and helps fund the organization’s year-round programs that impact over 2,700 youth, children and families. The formal evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the program. Donald Miller, the New York Times best-selling author of “Blue Like Jazz” and “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” will share how our life stories can have a positive and inspiring impact on the next generation through messages of HOPE. The Hope Center for Kids faithfully inspires hope in the lives of youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith.  The Hope Center for Kids-Omaha provides strengths-based programming and nutrition; as well as a safe place for fun and relationship building. The Hope Center for Kids-Fremont opened in 2014. The Hope Center for Kids serves over 2,700 youth, children and families in Omaha and Fremont. For more information about The Hope Center for Kids, please visit www.hopecenterforkids.com or call (402) 341-4673. 28 Strictly Business JULY 2016

The goal of Camp OK is to provide experiences with nature, water activities, leadership skills, science and opportunities to share talents. Through camping the students learn independence, responsibility, how to get along with others and how to make good choices. The Kiwanis motto of serving the children of the world is lived out by its defining statement:  A global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.  Involving kids in Camp OK is testimony of Kiwanis serving our children. To join Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha for a meeting, see the organization’s website at KCOGO.com.

Heartland Family Service “Strike A Chord” Event Raises Over $78K Nearly 300 guests took a retro road trip on Friday, June 17 at the 12th annual “Strike A Chord” at the Mid-America Center to help Heartland Family Service raise $78,114 for c hildren and families throughout southwest Iowa. As guests entered the casual-attire event, they were taken on a Honorary chairs Jason and Shari James and retro road trip around Heartland Family Service President and CEO John the USA and treated Jeanetta (right) get ready to hit the road for Strike to Tire Toss and Wine A Chord. The event theme was Road Trip USA. Toss games, a Polaroid photo booth, map pin board, as well as cocktails and appetizers from around the country as they bid on more than 100 silent auction items. During dinner, which also was a culinary trip around the U.S., featured musical act VeeJay DJ Rob played retro road songs as images of landmarks played on video screens. After dinner, the crowd watched videos featuring the amazing journeys of each honorees, Verne Welch, who received the Salute to Leadership Award, and Michelle Kaczmarek, who was presented with the Salute to Achievement Award. The evening ended with the live auction and the crowd sending up a huge cheer as the heart graphic on the projector screens overflowed after reaching the event goal of $75,000. All proceeds will benefit Heartland Family Service programs in southwest Iowa, including housing and support services for the homeless; a K-12 therapeutic school; integrated health home; mental health counseling; and substance abuse and problem gambling treatment. Heartland Family Service operates from eight locations throughout southwest Iowa, with offices in Council Bluffs, Logan and Glenwood. Visit HeartlandFamilyService.org for more information.


NON-PROFIT NEWS

Make-A-Wish® Iowa Hosts Ribbon Cutting

MLCDC Celebrates 10 Years

An official ribbon cutting with the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce was held at Firespring’s Council Bluffs location on April 7th to celebrate a major milestone for Make-A-Wish® Iowa. Now with staff representation that will extend throughout the western half of the state, for the first time there will be dedicated individuals available in the area to further the organization’s work in the communities it serves.

The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC) va l u e s l e a d e r s h i p, education and civic r e s p o n s i b i l i t y. T h e o r ga n i z a t i o n , w h i c h provides Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth in the Midlands, will reach a major milestone—its 10th anniversary—on July 14th.

Council Bluffs Chamber Ambassadors were in attendance as well as Make-A-Wish Iowa representatives, volunteers and other community supporters. Mayor Matt Walsh welcomed guests with an opening speech and Amy Forsythe, a Wish Mom, shared her family’s experience with Make-A-Wish Iowa. Make-A-Wish Iowa grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.   Last year, 189 wishes were granted in Iowa alone.  On average, Make-A-Wish Iowa grants a wish every other day and are on track to exceed that number this year.  In order to do so, they now have 14 staff members in addition to nearly 500 volunteers across the state.  All of the money raised in Iowa stays in the state to grant the wishes of Iowa children.  The foundation doesn’t receive government funding so they rely on the generosity of sponsors, individual and corporate donors. For more information, please visit www.iowa.wish.org or contact Jen Schroeder at (402) 990-7581 or by email at jschroeder@iowa.wish.org.

Domesti-PUPS Therapy Dogs to Assist USA Swimmers As USA Swimming athletes get ready for their races with the highest stakes on the line, local pet therapy group DomestiPUPS will provide nearly 2,000 competitors with a relaxing environment to help them prepare for their events. From June 26-July 3 in Omaha, NE swimmers will compete for a coveted position on the national swim team that will represent America in August in Rio de Janeiro. For eight days, swimmers will battle to be among the top two finishers in their race to qualify for the world’s largest sporting event. This is the only selection meet to determine the final team. The pressure, disappointment, and judgment that professional athletes can face is often very trying, and pet therapy dogs can provide the athletes with some sort of release. Therapy dogs are commonly found visiting hospitals, classrooms, university campuses, courtrooms, and a number of other events and venues, where stress levels can be elevated. Scientific studies show that canine interaction increases a human’s level of oxytocin, a hormone that reduces anxiety and blood pressure. Petting a dog helps people become less frightened, more secure and diverts their attention away from their own fears or anxieties. There will be 30 Domesti-PUPS pet therapy teams from Lincoln, Omaha and St. Joseph, MO, available to the athletes throughout the competition. For more information about this event visit www.usaswimming.org/trials. For more information about Domesti-PUPS, visit www.domesti-pups.org.

MLCDC’s educational and coaching services include childcare development, micro-business, micro-lending, financial education and computer training. Latina Women make up 90 percent of the clients at MLCDC. The organization has provided ongoing education to 3,060 women through several programs. This has created 70 new childcare centers, 156 new businesses and 275 new jobs in the Omaha metro area. Through its micro-lending program, MLCDC helps small businesses that have no access to bank loans by providing business loans. These initiatives include developing business plans tailored to ongoing management and operations, assisting owners in the preparation of documents necessary to bank loans and/or other financing through micro-lending. MLCDC will officially become a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 2017. These are institutions that are 100% dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream. For more information about MLCDC, please contact Marta Sonia Londoño at (402) 933-4466 or visit www.midlandslatinocdc.org.

Homeless Men Honored at Father’s Day Celebrations at Open Door Mission On June 19th, Father’s Day was celebrated throughout the nation. But for many on the streets, where fathers with children are among a growing segment of the homeless population, there wouldn’t have been any opportunities to celebrate without the efforts of Open Door Mission. “These homeless men are someone’s father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, neighbor and friend. The community has been a huge blessing to Open Door Mission by showing our homeless men that they are special and loved,” says Candace Gregory, President/CEO. “Over 300 water bottles filled with chocolate hugs and kisses were provided by caring supporters throughout the Metro. It is an honor to be the recipient of such kindness.” More than 300 homeless men celebrated Father’s Day at Open Door Mission this year, many with their family members. Every man received a special gift in honor of Father’s Day, thanks to the generosity of the community. There was also a Home Run Brunch and Guys Night In – Grill Out held on Saturday, June 18th at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center. To learn more about Open Door Mission or to help support the work they are doing in our community, please call (402) 422-1111, visit www. opendoormission.org, or connect via social media. JULY 2016 Strictly Business 29


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Project Harmony Launches New Website Project Harmony invites visitors to explore its new website ( w w w. P r o j e c t H a r m o n y. com) – a website devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of child abuse and neglect. Their new website has been designed to provide a more user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing site visitors to access relevant information and videos. The Project Harmony website provides specific details on programs and services offered along with additional resources to help keep kids safe. The site also provides numerous ways that visitors can give back to help Project Harmony with its mission focused solely on ending child abuse and neglect. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for Project Harmony’s monthly electronic newsletter. “The Project Harmony website redevelopment is part of a larger brand realignment strategy,” said Executive Director Gene Klein.  “This site will enable visitors to stay informed on the most current, up-to-date information regarding research, trainings and events taking place in our community all with one goal in common – ending child abuse.” Anyone can have the opportunity to help a child – to help that child find the courage to use their voice – and to see the vision of what potential that child can have.  Thanks to the vision of Project Harmony, anyone can be that someone.  One Child. Once Voice. One Vision.  #BeSomeone. Together, we can end child abuse.

Tickets Still Available to MAYF Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer Don’t miss your chance to attend this year’s Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer on Saturday, August 27th at Ramada Inn, located at 72nd and Grover Street in Omaha. The Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc. (MAYF) is the proud host of the event. The jungle-themed event will include dinner and auctions, with the proceeds to benefit families who have children with cancer by providing financial assistance directly to the families in need as well as local hospitals and camps. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Honorary Chairs Dr. Lee and Marie Simmons and Childhood Cancer Ambassador Alex. For more information or to make your reservation, email summerbash@cox.net, visit the website at www.summerbashforccc.org, or find the Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer event on Facebook. The Metro Area Youth Foundation (MAYF) was formed by a group of Omaha area Optimist Club members who wanted to do more for families and children experiencing cancer. In the past two years alone, MAYF has been able to provide over 75 local families a chance to keep the water and power on, rent to stay in their apartment, a mortgage payment to keep their home and a chance to keep life as stable and normal as possible. For more information about how you can get involved or donate to MAYF’s Childhood Cancer Campaign, please call (402) 510-4083. 30 Strictly Business JULY 2016

Merrymakers to Host Annual Songs and Suds Fundraiser Songs and Suds, Merrymakers 4th annual fun-, fund- and friendraising karaoke event, will be held at the Old Mattress Factory on July 28th at 6:00 p.m. Highlights of the event will include live entertainment featuring DJ Howie along with a raffle to win a Borsheims necklace valued at $2,500! You will also be able to meet some of the professional performers in person and of course, hear them sing! Event chairmen are Kasey Harrison and Stacey Quandahl. Honorary chairs are Mary and Tom Kerr. Funds raised at this event, now in its 4th year, will go towards providing professional entertainment at 136 senior homes across Nebraska and Iowa, improving the quality of life for an exponentially higher number of senior residents. Tickets are $75 or $30 for those under 30. Sponsorships are available for host couples ($250) and companies ($500). See the Merrymakers website for tickets: www.merrymakers.org or call (402) 697-0205 for more information.

$18,000 Raised for OneWorld’s Baby Boutique Program Approximately 150 guests enjoyed authentic Mexican cuisine, drinks and live music while supporting prenatal care and baby wellness at OneWorld’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the organization’s Historic Livestock Exchange Campus, located at 4920 S. 30th Street. The event raised $18,000, with all funds going to support OneWorld’s Baby Boutique, an incentive program that encourages women to seek early and consistent prenatal care by providing baby essentials they may not be able to afford. As in previous years, attendees donated newborn-sized diapers, clothing, blankets and other related items, and received a complimentary drink or raffle ticket in exchange. For more information about OneWorld Community Health Centers, visit www.oneworldomaha.org.

Applications Open July 8 for Nonprofit Executive Institute Nonprofit leaders in Nebraska and Western Iowa can apply for the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) Nonprofit Executive Institute starting this month. Applications for next year’s Nonprofit Executive Institute open July 8. NAM offers the 11-month program for nonprofit leaders to build upon their skills and strategies, enhance their organization’s sustainability, and transform their community. The Nonprofit Executive Institute (NEI) focuses on capacity-building seminars in the following areas: • Visionary Leadership • Prosperous Leadership • Strategic Leadership • Innovative Leadership • Public Leadership • Ethical Leadership. Each class is limited to 16 participants. Classes begin in January and are taught by NEI Leadership Team members. More information on the Nonprofit Executive Institute is available at www. nonprofitam.org. Next year’s Institute attendees will be announced at the Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands on November 3.


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Midlands Community Foundation Raises More Than $42,000 at 2016 Golf Tournament Midlands Community Foundation raised more than $42,000 at its 2016 golf tournament at Platteview Country Club on Monday, May 16. At this year’s tournament, donations were awarded to Heartland Family Service’s Safe Haven Shelter for battered and abused women and children, and Special Olympics Nebraska. The proceeds from the tournament also will continue to endow the Children in Crisis Field of Interest Fund at Midlands Community Foundation. For more information, contact Diane Knicky, Director of Operations and Public Relations, at (402) 991-8027 or visit the organization’s website at www.midlandscommunity.org.

The STAR Project Announces New Partnership The STAR Project, a non-profit animal rescue organization, is pleased to announce their recent partnership with Best Friends Animal Society. The partnership as a Best Friends Network Partner will allow The STAR Project to utilize additional resources that will aid in assisting more animals and in helping them find their forever homes. With this new partnership, The STAR Project will be more active in the community and is seeking volunteers to assist in upcoming events, marketing and fundraising initiatives, and finding new foster homes. If interested, please contact The STAR Project via email at hello@thestarprojectinc.org.

Register Today for 18th Annual Ted E. Bear Hollow Remembrance Walk Ted E. Bear Hollow is exc i t e d t o announce that the 18th Annual Remembrance Walk is set for Saturday, July 23rd from 10 a.m. to noon at Miller’s Landing on the Riverfront Trail. Families, friends, neighbors, co-workers – all are welcome to join on this special day to honor those special people in our lives who are no longer with us.  The event will feature a 5K walk across the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, with team prizes awarded afterwards.  There will also be plenty of fun activities for guests to enjoy, with a variety of vendors, a wellness booth, photo buttons, balloon animals, memory tiles, and even an obstacle course. Registration can be completed online at www.tedebearhollow.org. The cost is $25 (adults 19+); $10 (kids 3 – 18); Free (under 3).  T-shirts will be available to purchase for $10 (+ $2 for sizes XXL and above). Since 2001, Ted E. Bear Hollow has been a welcoming, safe place where grieving children, teens, and adults find hope. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Ted E. Bear Hollow provides free peer support programs as well as training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. For more information about this event, please contact Karen Galvin at (402) 502-2733 or email kgalvin@tedebearhollow.org.

Tickets on Sale for Omaha Home for Boys Fundraising Gala Headlining Ken “Coach” Carter Ken “Coach” Carter – immortalized by Samuel L. Jackson in the movie Coach Carter – is the keynote speaker for the Omaha Home for Boys’ Imagine Our Youth fundraising gala to be held on Thursday, September 15 at Embassy Suites OmahaLaVista. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner and speaker presentation. Former Omaha Mayor and business leader Hal Daub and wife, Mary, are serving as Event Chairs. Gala tickets are available by calling (402) 457-7165. Event sponsorships at all levels except Speaker Sponsor are still available. More information is available at www. omahahomeforboys.org.

North Omaha Intergenerational Human Services Campus Celebrates Grand Opening Heartland Family Service (HeartlandFamilyService. org) and Holy Name Housing Corporation (HolyNameHousing.org) hosted a grand opening for their newly completed joint project, the North Omaha Intergenerational Human Services Campus, on Thursday, May 12. Now fully operational, this two-site, $31 million project provides to the neighborhood a bustling network for youth and seniors, as well as supportive housing for families. The back half of the 9.8 acre-campus, the former site of St. Richard School, at the corner of Fontenelle and Fort Streets, houses 44 cottages that make up the Holy Name Housing Corporation Senior Cottages Village. The school building, which was completed in February 2015, houses senior programming at the Heartland Family Service Generations Center, as well as the Youth Links crisis stabilization program for juvenile offenders. Across the street, the old rectory building is now the home to the Holy Name Housing Corporation’s administrative offices and a Charles Drew Health Center. The final phase of the project was completed in April about a mile to the southwest at 48th and Sahler Streets. The former site of the Park Crest Apartments now houses Heartland Family Service Family Works, a supportive sober housing program with eight residential units for pregnant women and mothers and 16 housing units for families. For more information, please call (402) 552-7480 or email info@ HeartlandFamilyService.org.

Notice of Retraction: In the Omaha Gives! featured page published in our May 2016 issue, the contact information for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha was displayed inaccurately. The correct details are as follows: Phone: (402) 346-9377 | Website: www.rmhcomaha.org. We apologize for any confusion; please direct any further inquiries to Nicole Parker at nparker@rmhcomaha.org or Jenna Hubl at office@ strictlybusinessomaha.com. JULY 2016 Strictly Business 31


HEALTH NEWS

Respite Across the Lifespan Now Housed at Meyer-Munroe Institute

American Heart Association Wants YOU to Go Red For Women in August

Respite Across the Lifespan, an organization representing the Eastern Region of the Nebraska Respite Network, is now officing at the MeyerMunroe Institute. Respite associates Ellen Bennett and Janet Miller moved to their office from the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging From left, Ellen Bennett and Janet Miller, respite associates at Respite Across the Lifespan, (ENOA) on April 1.

One in three women die each year from cardiovascular disease and stroke, making it the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. But you can make a difference for women everywhere by attending the 2016 Go Red For Women Expo sponsored by Methodist Health System on Aug. 30 at the Embassy Suites in La Vista.

now housed at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

The program covers Douglas and Sarpy County for the state, providing not only respite training but acting as a hub for families seeking respite providers. Respite Across Lifespan keeps a roster of trained respite providers, who undergo annual background checks, for caregivers seeking help. Both Bennett and Miller are trained to do the Respite, Education and Support Tools (REST) training, and both already were coming over to MMI often to help provide training. Being closer to their MMI collaborators, who provide respite training and avenues to respite for families with members who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, has been an advantage along with many other benefits. Respite is mainly focused on those family members who are acting as a caregiver. Studies are showing that the family caregivers’ own health can be compromised by balancing caregiving, a job and family duties. Respite allows them to have someone stay with their family member so they can relax and rejuvenate. To find out more about the resources offered by Respite Across The Lifespan, please contact Janet Miller at (402) 559-5735 or Ellen Bennett at (402) 559-5732.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Helps Reclaim the Future for Millions The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Omaha residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future fo r m i l l i o n s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Wa l k t o E n d Alzheimer’s®. Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on September 25, 2016 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for more than 2,000 participants in Lincoln who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony. In addition to the 2 mile walk, participants will enjoy entertainment, a kid zone, food and vendor booths from local sponsors, and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. To start or join a team today, visit the Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/ walk. To learn more about disease and available resources, call the toll-free Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900. 32 Strictly Business JULY 2016

The Expo begins at 4:30 p.m. with a health fair and an electronic silent auction. The night continues with dinner, a live auction and an inspiring survivor story, this year highlighting Tamsen Butler, who had a stroke in 2015. Individual tickets and tables are available now at OmahaGoRedForWomen. org. Event sponsorships are also available. Proceeds benefit the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Last year, the Association invested nearly $2.4 million in 14 new and continuing studies in Nebraska alone. The Go Red For Women Expo is a part of the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Approximately 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease but many are unaware. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use. The Expo aims to raise awareness and change the startling statistics. Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined.

Blood Drive Hosts Needed Culture is becoming one of the hottest topics in business today. The economy has picked up, allowing employees to be choosier. Prospects and employees are looking for companies who allow employees to engage with the community. Join the more than 150 regional businesses, schools, civic groups, and faith-based organizations in southeastern Nebraska that host blood drives with Nebraska Community Blood Bank. When you partner with Nebraska Community Blood Bank, you empower your co-workers, family, and friends to help save lives in our communities. Nebraska Community Blood Bank makes it easy! Your coordinator will work closely with an NCBB representative to plan, promote and recruit. “You may not be able to donate money to support a charity, but you can give of your time and give your blood, and that saves lives in a very direct way. It’s easy to host drives with Nebraska Community Blood Bank,” said Cindy Mefford, Blood Drive Coordinator for Eastmont Towers. The need for blood is constant. The supply is not. Only volunteer blood donors can make a life-saving difference to someone in need. Sign up to host a blood drive today by visiting NCBB.ORG or calling (877) 486-9414.


Supporting

Non-Profits Supporting the growth and prosperity of local businesses has always been the focus of our work at Strictly Business, but we are also strong supporters of our local non-profit organizations whose work and outreach impacts so many individuals and families in our community. With so many non-profit organizations here in the Omaha Metro making a unique contributions yet all serving as agents of change where it’s most important, if there’s a need, you can be sure that there are people who are working tirelessly to ensure that it’s met. With the primary role of connecting people with resources, by principal and design, non-profits are dedicated to the common good of the community and measure their success according to quality of life and not quantity of profit. In the business world, we are always working hard towards our goals but also to make our community a better place. We are invested in a thriving community because it allows us to build our businesses as well as our families, friendships, fellowship in the community and to contribute to ensuring that our city is the best place possible to live and work. Non-profit organizations are the glue that holds our community together; they are the source of initiatives that are focused solely on helping to make an impact on the lives of those who live in our community—to make our tiny part of the world a better place for all, and for many, their work reaches out to affect more people than just those in the Omaha Metro. These organizations also create jobs in our community, allowing many people to fulfill their greater purpose by doing what they love while touching lives and truly making a difference.

One thing’s for sure, we can all contribute in some way to the valuable work that our non-profits are doing every day. As individuals, whether you offer your time, talents, or prefer to donate money or items to the cause, there’s always a need that can be met with whatever you have to give. Businesses also have the opportunity to encourage their employees to get involved, which unites everyone together for a worthy cause. Many companies participate in fundraising and awareness events or volunteer together as a group; there are plenty of ways to get involved that can be tailored to fit the needs and goals of your organization. Likewise, as we always encourage consumers to be conscious of their purchasing decisions, staying informed and supporting the businesses that make an effort to support non-profits in the community is paramount. With the ever-growing number of non-profit organizations it can be hard to decide where to focus your efforts. With continued emphasis on the importance of understanding that all non-profits are not created equal, make sure to do your research before making the commitment to support a particular organization. It’s important that the organizations you choose to support align with your beliefs and are working towards something you are passionate about, but a practical understanding how resources are put to work will ensure your efforts are maximized. Transparency is highly regarded in the nonprofit sector, so even spending just a few minutes doing your due diligence to ensure that a majority of the funds they are generating will be used specifically for the cause they are promoting will suffice.

In closing, we ask that everyone reflect upon how they are currently giving back to the Omaha Metro community, and consider supporting the wonderful non-profit organizations we’ve featured that are invested in creating positive and lasting change for the betterment of all. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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Gambling With The Good Life (GWTGL) formed as a grassroots, citizen-action nonprofit organization in 1995 to oppose gambling expansion in Nebraska. GWTGL encompasses a coalition of individuals, businesses, political leaders, media and religious groups in their efforts to stand up against the predatory gambling industry. Since that time, GWTGL has successfully fought off all efforts to expand gambling in our great state. GWTGL sees casino gambling, slot machines and expanded gambling as a negative influence on Nebraska citizens, families, communities, businesses, local economies and public policy decision-making. Gambling With The Good Life stands up to fight the predatory gambling industry and welcomes all fellow Nebraskans who share our concern to join us in this courageous battle. If The Good Life of Nebraska is to be preserved for our children and grandchildren, now is the time to act. Unlimited Casinos will be on the ballot in November. We need your help now! For more information on how you can get involved, please visit Gambling With The Good Life today at gwtgl.com or contact Pat Loontjer at (402) 551-2776.

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WasteCap Nebraska is a statewide, member-based non-profit organization building zero waste communities in Nebraska. We help leaders identify zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure appropriate for their community. Business assistance is a key strategy for achieving community zero waste goals. We provide business solutions for controlling waste management costs through vendor selection, service optimization, prevention and diversion.

The STAR Project is a 501(c)3 organization based in Nebraska. Our Mission is to bring change to the lives of animals who are at risk for unnecessary euthanasia, have suffered abuse and neglect, deemed special needs, rapidly deteriorating in the shelter, or facing breed discrimination. The STAR Project will provide a home through our network of approved foster providers, and offer medical care and treatment until they find their forever home. We rescue animals nationwide, and provide support to the humans who make it possible. Interested in learning more? Contact us at hello@thestarprojectinc. org or visit our website at www. thestarprojectinc.org.

Our goal is Zero Waste. What’s yours? For more information about WasteCap Nebraska, visit www. wastecapne.org or call (402) 436-2384.

“Touching Lives…Making a Difference”

The Hope Center for Kids strives to faithfully inspire hope in approximately 1,600 youth and children of North Omaha and Fremont, Nebraska through education, employability, collaboration and faith. Founded in 1998 by the late Ty and Terri Schenzel, The Hope desires that every youth graduate from high school with a plan for their future. The Hope offers programming and nutrition, as well as a safe place for fun and relationship building for youth and children ages 5 to 25. Youth receive tutoring, participate in job skills training and attend weekly Bible studies. It costs only $1,500 to sponsor a child for an entire year and give them the opportunity to attend The Hope’s life-transforming programming. The Hope – Omaha, 2200 North 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68110. The Hope – Fremont, 555 West 23 Street, Fremont, NE 68025. To find out about volunteer opportunities and become a part of the impact being made in your community, visit www.hopecenterforkids. com or call (402) 341-4673.

Assistance League® of Omaha (ALO) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization whose members identify, develop, implement, and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of local children and adults in the Greater Omaha area. Signature programs include: Operation School Bell®, offering school children in need the opportunity to shop for new school clothes; Operation Recovery, providing support to women recovering from chemical addiction; ACT/ PSAT Review Sessions, preparing students for college entrance examinations; Assault Survivor Kits®, supplying clothing and hygiene items to assault survivors; Operation Teen Parent, encouraging teen parents to complete their educations and read to their children; and Operation Bear Hug, furnishing stuffed bears to children in crisis situations. Assistance League of Omaha receives no federal, state or city funding. Fundraising projects include a thrift shop at 36th & Leavenworth and the annual Christmas Caravan tour of homes. Donations and grants are needed. Serving Omaha since 1974, the organization returns 100% of proceeds raised to the community. Call (402) 342-4288 or visit www. alomaha.org for more information.


The Alzheimer’s Association® is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. For an estimated 33,000 Nebraskans, Alzheimer’s disease is the ultimate thief — of their identity and precious memories. Their caregivers and loved ones are left feeling alone and heartbroken. The Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support to those who face dementia every day. On a national level, the Association advances critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Find out how you can get involved visit www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.

What is your Good Life? While each person’s version of The Good Life is different, each shares common ground in the opportunity and the freedom to try to achieve that life. Since 2009, the Nebraska chapter of Americans for Prosperity has fought for each Nebraskan to have the opportunity to attain their version of The Good Life. AFP-NE is a 501c4, non-partisan, grassroots organization that advocates for free-market policies at the state and local level. Join the more than 40,000 Nebraskans and fight for The Good Life by talking with your neighbors on the phone or door-to-door, lobbying your elected officials, and more. Check out Nebraska chapter of Americans for Prosperity at AFPNebraska.com, Like us at Facebook. com/AFPNebraska, and follow us at Twitter. com/afpne. Want to get involved or have a question? Email us at InfoNE@afphq.org.

Better Business Bureau® (BBB®) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is a private, non-profit organization established in 1912 and under the current leadership of President and CEO Jim Hegarty. Its vision is an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other. Its mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this by: • Setting standards for marketplace trust. • Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and education consumers and businesses. • Celebrating marketplace role models. • Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior. • Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities. BBB Accredited Businesses must meet BBB Standards for Trust. They have pledged to support the objectives and standards of fair advertising and ethical business practices. Not all businesses qualify for BBB accreditation, so make sure to look for BBB’s seal, which is identified with honesty, trust and excellence. BBB is headquartered in Omaha, located at 11811 P St., and can be contacted directly at (402) 391-7612. For more information about the Better Business Bureau, please visit bbbinc.org.

The Avenue Scholars Foundation program is designed to prepare well-qualified employees for Omaha’s workforce. We guide students from low-income families from high school, through post-secondary education and training, and into careers. The key component of the program is the supportive relationship between each Avenue Scholar and a teacher and life coach called a Talent Advisor. Through these established relationships, Talent Advisors help Avenue Scholars develop, navigate, and achieve realistic education and career goals. The ultimate success of the program lies in our ability to lead our students into financially sustaining careers. We need local businesses to partner with us and provide our students with crucial career-building opportunities that align with their skills and interests. Please join our effort by providing career exploration, preparation, and placement opportunities for our students. Together, we can help businesses fill specific workforce gaps while providing career opportunities for highly motivated, ready-to-work young adults. For more information, please call (402) 916-9777, email info@ avescholars.org, or visit www. avenuescholarsfoundation.org.

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

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) was formed with one goal in mind: to help nonprofit organizations help their communities. NAM was incorporated in 2002, and CEO Anne Hindery has led the organization since 2008. “We serve and strengthen nonprofits of all sizes and missions in Nebraska and western Iowa. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, we help our members representing health and human services, the arts, education and other areas focus their energy to better help the communities and people they serve,” says Hindery. NAM has 332 members in Nebraska and western Iowa. It’s offering a new, six-week training series called Board Boot Camp. The training program gives new and experienced nonprofit board members the skills and tools they need to successfully implement their organizations’ missions. Other NAM programs include the Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, NAM @ Night, and the Nonprofit Executive Institute. NAM is also recognized as the State Association for Nebraska by the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofits. You can learn more about NAM at www.nonprofitam.org. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. Visit www.opendoormission.org or call (402) 422-1111 to see how you can make a difference in our community.

Every year, Greater Omaha SCORE volunteers help entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for entrepreneurs and business owners to give back to the community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Greater Omaha SCORE Chapter is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce through its “Thrive” initiative for Greater Omaha small businesses. SCORE volunteers provide confidential business mentoring services. We lead seminars and workshops to help small business owners meet their goals and achieve success. Whether you own your own small business, are working or retired and have a sincere commitment for helping small businesses, there is a place for you as a SCORE volunteer. We are making a difference by helping new businesses be successful and we want to “help make dreams come true.” If you need help in starting a business, moving your existing business forward, or you wish to volunteer with us, please contact the Greater Omaha SCORE at (402) 221-3606 or e-mail score@scoreomaha. org. You can also visit our website at www.omaha.score.org. 36

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With its historic roots established nearly 125 years ago, Child Saving Institute’s primary focus has always been children’s safety and well-being. Always an innovative leader in children’s services, our programs now include an emergency shelter for youth whose families are in crisis, quality early childhood education, consultation services for lowincome child care centers, foster care, therapy, pregnancy counseling, in-home services for struggling families, independent living skills education for youth aging out of the foster care system, and older child adoption. CSI’s programming is diverse, but so are the needs of today’s children and youth. With your support and the support of others like you, CSI serves more than 2,700 kids and families each year. With your assistance we are improving the lives of children in our community—and helping them to discover the joy of childhood that should be every child’s right. For more information, visit childsaving.org or call (402) 553-6000.

The Metro Area Youth Foundation (MAYF) was formed in 2006 by a group of Omaha area Optimist Club members who wanted to do more for families and children experiencing cancer. This all-volunteer group recognized that many organizations have been formed to help fight cancer, but there were not many resources available to the families who were in the middle of the fight. The goal is to allow the families to focus on the children not the money they owe by providing a short term financial bridge. Many of these families were already struggling financially; a cancer diagnosis can often mean that only one parent can continue to work, adding to the burden. In the past four years alone, MAYF has been able to provide over 250 families a chance to keep the water and power on, rent to stay in their apartment, a mortgage payment to keep their home and a chance to keep life as stable and normal as possible. For more information about how you can get involved or donate to MAYF’s Childhood Cancer Campaign, visit SummerBashforCCC.org or please call (402) 740-5158 or email SummerBash@cox.net.

The Cross Training Center exemplifies the message, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” We empower and equip undereducated and economically disadvantaged men and women through character development, vocational training and real hands-on work experience. Our students have experienced setbacks in life due to incarceration, homelessness, mental health disorders, human trafficking, challenging circumstances and generational poverty. They gain skills, knowledge and hands-on work experience at our center, where we serve the public through various operations including: • Electronics Recycling • Computer and Electronics Retail Store • Computer Refurbishing and Repair • Automotive Maintenance and Repair Services • Banquet Facility and Food Services Cross Training Center’s mission is to provide Solutions to Poverty through Work. Contact Brenda Banks at (402) 590-2100, via email at brenda@ crosstc.com, or visit www.crosstc. com for more information.

For over 15 years, Domesti-PUPS has been supporting people in our local, regional and national communities through the assistance of animals. From therapy dogs in the classroom motivating children to excel in their learning environment, to pet therapy visitations in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living centers, our pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. The Adoptables program provides rescue dogs with obedience training and placement in their forever homes. Our service dog teams provide increased independence when paired with a disabled partner. These highly skilled canines can turn on lights, provide balance and mobility, retrieve dropped items, bring a bottle of water from a refrigerator, respond to medical emergencies and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide life-saving measures for their disabled partner. For more information about DomestiPUPS, visit www.domesti-pups.org.


Leadership for Life (LFL) is a unique leadership development opportunity where professionals learn, practice, and integrate faith-based leadership skills into their personal and professional life. It is designed to maximize personal growth and effectiveness so that participants can positively impact their workplace, home and community. Leadership for Life wishes to congratulate our 2016 graduates: Matthew Bernard - Capstone Consulting; Robb Clemans Home Instead Senior Care; Todd Conkright - Cornerstone Solutions; Bryce Curry - Cole Information; Derek Eisan - Youth for Christ; Marla Gernstein - Vetter Health; Rob Johnson - Abide/Bridge Church; Tanisha Lewis - Salem Media; Sara Longcrier - American National Bank; Trevor McClintock - Salvation Army; Miekka Milliken - Vetter Health; Arlene Porzelt - Pinnacle Bank; Dave Price - Bellevue University; John Pryor - Maestro Health; Ashlei Spivey - Heartland Family Service; Julie Thomas - Assure Women’s Center; and Jamie Wallingford - Capstone Consulting.

Kids Can! Community Center serves children ages 18-months to 13 years old. Kids Can! offers a wide variety of programs including: early childhood education, childcare, before- and after-school activities, out-ofschool programs, tutoring and mentoring. Kids Can! utilizes the Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears programs for young students. School-age children participate in STEM smart activities focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, strength, music, art, reading and tutoring. For families and individuals, Kids Can! offers many community-based programs including holiday assistance, free tax assistance, and neighborhood events. Originally founded in 1908 as Social Settlement Association of Omaha, Kids Can! has a long history of making meaningful impact in the community. Located at 49th & Q Streets in Omaha, Kids Can! Community Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information visit KidsCanOmaha.org, call (402) 731-6988 or email jgillman@kidscanomaha.org.

The 2016/17 cohort begins in September. View the schedule of monthly topics and explore the Leadership for Life program at www.lflomaha.org.

Nebraska Community Blood Bank needs your help. We are seeking opportunities to partner with communities, organizations, businesses, schools, and places of worship to host blood drives in Omaha and the surrounding communities. We make it easy for you to host a drive—you’ll work closely with a Nebraska Community Blood Bank representative to plan, promote, and recruit prospective blood donors. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. Volunteer blood donors can help ensure blood is available for patients in area hospitals. Visit NCBB.ORG or call (877) 4889414 to learn more about hosting a blood drive with your local Nebraska Community Blood Bank.

Our focus is on changing the world by serving; one child and one community at a time—for us that includes taking students to the zoo, volunteering at Special Olympics, AllPlay, Bell Ringing, and more. Meetings include community speakers that educate and inform us of what is happening in Omaha. Check us out as we would love for you to be a part of it! Contact Shawn Linehan at (402) 9347887 Ext. 4 to learn more about joining.

The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC) values leadership, education and civic responsibility. MLCDC provides Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth in the Midlands.

Contact Todd Conkright for more information: tconkright@lflomaha. org or (402) 650-4921.

Help save lives. Host a blood drive.

Kiwanis provides simple volunteer opportunities within the community through a network that is well-suited for the working business professional. Members not only perform service — we have fun! Business connections and friendships form by working together on service projects, attending meetings and enjoying social events. It’s a great setting for meaningful and professional networking.

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

Our educational and coaching services include childcare development, microbusiness, micro-lending, financial education and computer training. Latina women make up 90 percent of the clients at MLCDC. We have provided ongoing education to 3,060 women in several of our programs. This has created 70 new childcare centers, 156 new businesses and 275 new jobs in the Omaha metro area. Through our micro-lending program, MLCDC helps small businesses that have no access to bank loans by providing business loans. These initiatives include developing business plans tailored to ongoing management and operations, assisting owners in the preparation of documents necessary to bank loans and/or other financing through micro-lending. MLCDC will become a CDFI during 2017. For more information please contact Marta Sonia Londoño at (402) 933-4466 or visit www. midlandslatinocdc.org. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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The Pregnancy Center is a non-profit, faith-based organization located in the heart of Lincoln just off O Street. Every month over 400 young women in our community come to the Pregnancy Center for answers. These women desperately need our love and support. Many of them are afraid and feel like they have no options. The Pregnancy Center offers complete information about every option available to a woman facing an unintended pregnancy. The Pregnancy Center also provides confidential counsel, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, materials support, parenting classes and characterbased relationship education in schools all at no cost to our clients or taxpayers. Call the Pregnancy Center at (402) 483-4247 or visit www. support.pregnancycenterlincoln. org for more information.

As Nebraska’s largest employer of the blind and visually impaired, Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI) is a charitable organization that empowers anyone in the community facing vision loss to gain confidence in their capabilities and achieve their life goals. Through employment, workplace training and recreational and cultural opportunities, ONI provides essential services to enhance the lives of those they serve. Nearly 70 percent of ONI’s workforce is legally blind and utilizes an array of innovative low vision technologies. Many work on the production floor of ONI’s growing tissue-converting facility, operating machines and packing a commercial line of recycled fiber tissue products. Others work in administrative departments such as sales, accounting and education and training. In addition to employment, ONI provides Enric hment Programs, including free adaptive tec hnology training and collaborative recreational opportunities, for the visually impaired of all ages. Through community education, ONI increases awareness of the capabilities of the blind and visually impaired and aims to help answer the call for social responsibility among citizens and business leaders. For more information about ONI, visit outlooknebraska.org. 38

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Angels Among Us – Helping Families Battling Pediatric Cancer Angels Among Us is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 2006 to financially assist families living in or being treated in Nebraska who are battling a pediatric cancer diagnosis. In our ten-year history, we have helped over 270 families with over $1.1 million in support.  Families are identified by the social work offices of Nebraska Medicine and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.  Angels Among Us supports families with up to $500 per month with a cap of $5,000. Through our many events, you can help families living the cancer nightmare right here in our community.  Mark your calendar for the 2016 Evening Among Angels Gala, to be held on September 30, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, downtown Omaha. To learn more about Angels Among Us and our many events, please call our office at (402) 934-0999 or visit www.myangelsamongus.org.

Bridges to Hope in Lincoln is a non-profit agency serving men and women soon to be or recently released from correctional institutions throughout Nebraska. The goal is to help 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. Bridges to Hope survives off of financial and in-kind donations from community members. We would like people to understand that everyone deserves a second chance and to be forgiven. 95% to 98% of all inmates will be released into our communities. With no job, no money, no treatment, no clothes, no furniture and no place to live, those reentering the community often find themselves facing the same pressures and temptations that landed them in prison in the first place. Bridges to Hope provides them with the second chance needed to begin their new life, free of crime! For more information, please visit bridgestohopene.org or contact Rhonda Mattingly or Nina Vejnovich by phone at (402) 420-5696 or by email at mattinglyr1@windstream. net or infob2h@windstream.net.

OneWorld was built on the belief that every person deserves access to the best possible health care services. That’s why we offer state-of-the-art medical, dental and behavioral health services to everyone, regardless of income or insurance status. Unlike other health organizations, OneWorld offers top-quality, personalized health care to our patients. And we do so in a welcoming environment where anyone can feel comfortable and safe. You may have heard of OneWorld if your child attends a school where we offer a school-based health center. But you may not know that we have health centers throughout the Omaha area where we provide comprehensive services, including the following: • Adult Medicine • Pediatric Care • Prenatal Care • Women’s Health Care • Behavioral Health Care • Dental Services • Quick Sick Clinics: Urgent Care Services Visit our website at www. oneworldomaha.org to find a location near you. At OneWorld, everyone can afford the outstanding health care they deserve.

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF) believes that all families, regardless of income, should be able to choose the best educational setting for their children. CSF provides tuition assistance scholarships so children from low-income families can access the private or parochial K-8 education of their choice. CSF is destination neutral and has no religious affiliation—children attend approximately 80 different schools across Omaha and northeast Nebraska. A crucial piece of the CSF program is the commitment it requires from families. Each CSF family must contribute $500 toward their children’s education and their children must achieve a 90% attendance rate. Since 1999, more than 29,000 scholarships have been awarded and valued at $31 million dollars. CSF Omaha relies solely upon donations to provide scholarships. If you or your company would like to make a donation or receive more information, please contact the CSF office. Contact information: Mary Boyle, Annual Giving Manager: mary. boyle@csfomaha.org – (402) 8194990 – www.csfomaha.org.


As part of its mission of Supporting and Strengthening Youth, Young Adults and Families, the Omaha Home for Boys is committed to providing services to young men and women ages 12-24 through familystyle, community-based programs supported by education. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, we will continue to adapt and change to meet the needs of youth and families throughout the community. Our promise began more than 95 years ago – to help youth become productive, independent adults who contribute positively to and responsibly in their community. The Omaha Home for Boys is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization providing services to youth regardless of race, religion or ability to pay and is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA). The Omaha Home for Boys is designated as a Gold Participant – the highest honor – by Guidestar. For more information, please call (402) 457-7000 or visit www. omahahomeforboys.org.

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

Senior Health Foundation helps fill the gaps in critical programs for low-income seniors in Omaha through Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. MGI is a non-profit, 501c3 that operates the senior residences of Florence Home Healthcare, Royale Oaks and House of Hope. We have served Omaha seniors for 109 years. Of the residents in our care, 2/3 are paid by Medicaid, a payer that few organizations are willing to accept due to the disparity between reimbursement and actual cost of care. We couldn’t fulfill our mission without support from the community. We have recently been featured in the Omaha World Herald and on WOWT News for the outstanding care and special services that we provide to our residents. Residents in our care are provided with a warm, inviting and loving home where they often spend the final years of their lives. Our mission is to inspire those we serve to live life to the fullest as they age. For more information about Senior Health Foundation, please visit www. seniorhealthfoundation.org or call Mark Kresl at (402) 827-6051.

At Ted E. Bear Hollow, we believe no one should have to walk their grief journey alone. Nebraska Community Foundation is a statewide movement using philanthropy as a tool to build stronger, more prosperous communities. NCF is a partner for meeting your charitable goals no matter where you live. It’s the way to give back to your hometown. Thanks to generous donors, in just the last five years more than $120 million has been reinvested in our schools, hospitals, community centers, libraries, fire and rescue units, parks and recreation, youth programs and our natural environment. Thousands of citizens have enjoyed the arts, earned scholarships and received specialized training to grow local economies in Nebraska communities. NCF is a charitable giving resource for all Nebraskans, offering donor-advised funds, designated funds, field of interest funds and life income funds which provide many tax benefits. Gifts to your hometown can be made using cash, securities, real estate, insurance, ag commodities, retirement plans, bequests and other assets. Visit NebraskaHometown.org, call (402) 323-7330 or email info@ nebcommfound.org for more information.

Established in 1972, Santa Monica has been providing long term residential services to thousands of chemically dependent women, partnering with them on their journey to recovery. The program relies on the disciplines of the twelve step program of Alcoholics Anonymous®, while incorporating mental health and trauma treatment along with life skills. Santa Monica provides food, shelter, rehabilitative counseling, job acquisition guidance, and re-socialization training. In 2016 Santa Monica will be expanding services to include a step down level of care for the women, providing a more holistic continuum of care. These services will give the women more support as they transition back into the community. Donations are always valued at Santa Monica and the women benefit from toiletries, clothing and paper products. Visit our new website at www. santamonicahouse.org for more information about the agency, what the future holds and how to help.

That’s why, since 2001, we’ve been offering a welcoming, safe place where grieving children, teens, and adults can find hope and support from each other. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Ted E. Bear Hollow provides peer support groups, day camps, and overnight retreats as well as training, education, and consultation for professionals. All of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s support programs are free to participants, thus Ted E. Bear Hollow relies heavily on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term successes for children, families, and communities. Healthy grieving is not just important for the individual and family; it is important for the entire community. For more information about Ted E. Bear Hollow please visit tedebearhollow. org or call (402) 502-2773. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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The Merrymakers Association began providing professional entertainment to area senior homes in 1986 and will be celebrating 30 years serving our greatest generation throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Merrymakers’ program is a unique service serving 136 care facilities. This includes assisted and long-term living facilities, senior apartments, hospice and senior centers. These programs are scheduled once a month among 20 of our contracted professional musicians to provide live, onsite entertainment to all of these residents, including those with Alzheimer’s and who are in memory care. Merrymakers is 100% supported through donations, grant funding and our summer “Friend-raiser” – Songs & Suds and our signature Toast event held in November each year. Please join us for two unique evenings of fun and laughter: Songs & Suds featuring DJ Howie; Honorary Chairs: Mary & Tom Kerr - Thursday, July 28, 6-9 p.m., Old Mattress Factory, 501 N. 13th Street, Omaha, NE. Merrymakers 26th Annual Toast, Honoring Creighton’s Head Coach Men’s Basketball, Greg McDermott - Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6-9 p.m., Embassy Suites – LaVista. For tickets and additional information, visit www.merrymakers. org or call (402) 697-0205.

Project Harmony grew out of the vision of several Omaha community professionals and advocates to create a better system of protection for abused and neglected children.  Today, Project Harmony is one of the largest Child Advocacy Centers in the nation.  This is not due to an overwhelming volume of child abuse, but due to the level of collaboration that comes together to address the issue – collectively.  The Child Advocacy Center model has been replicated to impact child abuse as a best practice community response. When Project Harmony was established in 1996, there were about 35 Centers operating across the United States. Today there are more than 850 – serving a collective 350,000 children each year. With incredible support of the Omaha c o m m u n i t y, n ow m o r e t h a n 2 0 0 professionals are co-located under the Project Harmony roof, and are working together to provide abused children the best possible community response. This collaborative approach strives to ensure that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them. Project Harmony is committed to a vision with a focus on one goal: ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect.  Together, we can end child abuse. To find out more about Project Harmony, visit www.projectharmony. com or call (402) 595-1326.

Midlands Community Foundation (MCF) helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals and “Invest in the Power of Community.” MCF has played an integral par t in managing three Affiliated Funds: Gretna Community Foundation, Bellevue Community Foundation and Springfield Community Foundation. These Affiliated Funds have worked hard in their own communities raising awareness and building partnerships to secure a strong Foundation in their respective city. MCF manages more than 85 charitable funds that serve an array of needs. This past fiscal year, more than $580,000 has been distributed into the community through these charitable funds, MCF grants and discretionary gifts in the areas of health care, arts, culture, community, economic development, education and human services. MCF can provide you with a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving through a variety of charitable gifting vehicles. We hold ourselves to high standards, have strong integrity and most importantly work to make a difference in your local community. The time is NOW to create a charitable fund to benefit your personal interests. • Designated Funds • Donor Advised Funds • Field of Interest Funds • Scholarship Funds To learn more, visit www. midlandscommunity.org or call (402) 991-8027.

Don’t Miss Out! This is an excellent opportunity for your non-profit 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 participating in the next SUPPORTING NON-PROFITS feature in Strictly Business, please call (402) 466-3330 or email Office@StrictlyBusinessOmaha.com today!

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Life’s many defining events fall into two categories: things that you’ve planned for…and those that you haven’t. While both may turn out to be blessings in the end, generally the planned life events are the most exciting and rewarding ones that we look forward to over the years. This includes things like getting married, having a baby, buying a home, college graduation and career building, and retirement, to name a few of the most prominent. As there are always new things to keep in mind along with the basics, we’ve focused on a few that we think you’ll want to consider! Meet Baby – Live! For those who are planning to have a baby, it comes as no great shock to most that there’s so much out there to consider. As is the case with many of the common practices that have changed over the years, such as bottle feeding vs. breastfeeding, the more we know, the more we evolve and adapt. During such a special experience, there are also things to take advantage of now that weren’t available to expecting parents even ten years ago, such as 3D and even 4D ultrasounds. “Ultrasound is wonderful tool that has many uses during pregnancy,” says Cathy Fraser of Stork Vision Omaha. “In today’s busy healthcare environment, ultrasounds performed in a doctor’s office can be rushed due to time constraints and the necessity to obtain the required set of images to adequately examine baby’s wellbeing.  Many times family members and siblings are not permitted in the examination room and very few images of baby are provided for parents to take home and cherish for the remainder of the pregnancy. With 3D/4D imaging, mom, dad, Cathy Fraser siblings and family members are able to have Stork Vision Omaha a remarkable bonding experience by being able to ‘meet’ baby before s/he is even born. Watching baby move, suckle, and open his/her mouth in live time, all while still in the womb, is truly a one-in-a-lifetime experience. We allow as many guests as the client wants to bring, with two full-sized couches and a 60” viewing screen; anyone in attendance is also welcome to take pictures, record video or even FaceTime with those who are not able to attend in person. For planning purposes, the best time for 3D/4D imaging is between 26-33 weeks.  At this point baby has had time to build up subcutaneous fat and looks much more like a newborn.  However, this is simply a recommendation; we have imaged earlier than 26 weeks and later than 33 weeks.  We will always work with our clients to give them the best possible images at any point in their pregnancy. You’re Retiring – Now What? Retirement remains just the same as it always has for the most part, the end of your career and the beginning of a new lifestyle as a result. It’s another significant life milestone that many are planning for years in advance. Generally the focus is on finances, but what about how you plan to spend your time once you are no longer spending a majority of it working for a living? While for some, a wealth of things come to mind, for others who may not have thought it out that far, loneliness and lack of purpose are things that can really take away from what’s supposed to be a great time in anyone’s life. Things like hobbies or travelling can certainly fill the void. Gerry Phelan of Midwest Woodworkers poses, “Is your whole identity wrapped up in your work?  Work can be really hard to let go of without outside interests. It’s far better to retire to something rather than just retire from work.  What is it you want more time for?  Family?  Travel?   Volunteer work?  Or perhaps something creative?  Woodworking is an excellent outlet in retirement.  It stimulates Gerry Phelan your creativity and it’s not as difficult or Midwest Woodworkers mysterious as you might think.  Plus, you end

up with projects you can give away or use and display for years to come. You can’t beat the satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands. If you’ve never done it before, try taking some classes – it will show you the basic skills you need and give you a chance to experience woodworking before you make an investment in tools. For those who have past woodworking experience, there’s plenty of inspiration on the Internet or better yet, check out the local woodworking clubs where you can find like-minded woodworkers you can learn from.” With extended amounts of free time at your disposal, travel is also a popular activity during retirement years. “Many people have their bucket lists and they want to get the chance to do those things that they’ve never done before,” says Kris Reddy of The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company. “The world of travel has become so much easier in all areas, particularly with affordable options such as all-inclusive resorts or cruises. Working with a knowledgeable travel agent will ensure you get the most out of your experience and also, that you’ll have access to all of the great deals Kris Reddy that come across their radar. For our clients, we meet to decide what your prerequisites The Vacation Store & The Cruise Company are and then alert you whenever a matching offer is available. With 100 years of expertise to apply, we ensure that our clients have plenty of options for planning and a stress-free, enjoyable experience during their travels, no matter the destination. Contact our office at (402) 339-6800 to find out more about what the world has in store for you!” As a critical part of planning for any major life event has to do with finances, most notably budgeting accordingly but also investing wisely and so on, you’ll want to develop a relationship with your accountant, tax professional, and insurance agent to ensure that you’ve confirmed with a professional that all of the bases are covered. All in all, as said best by Alexander Graham Bell, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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Men’s Health

While many things about our health are essentially the same for men and women alike, there are also differences between the two genders that are important to take into account. As the saying goes, health is wealth, and just as much for men as for women, maintaining good health requires being proactive and staying educated, establishing good habits, making the necessary lifestyle adjustments to correct or eliminate any existing issues, and for all of the aforementioned, utilizing the expertise of the experts who have dedicated themselves to their specific areas of expertise for guidance and support. Living in this day and age, we know a whole lot more about health and wellness than ever before, so it only makes sense to take full advantage of the wealth of resulting benefits. Nutrition and regular activity are basic factors that have an impact on all of our body’s central functions. With an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food and drink options often the most easily accessible, many adults struggle with weight issues that can ultimately have a serious health consequences. This being the case for men of all ages, a healthy diet and exercise are a great place to start for those who are committed to making lifestyle changes that are in their best interests. In fact, according to recent statistics provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), almost 3 in 4

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men in the U.S., or 74% to be exact, are considered to be overweight or obese. In addition to physical health, body image factors into our wellness, affecting our mental and emotional health as well. A science based on intake and output, balance is only achieved when a person’s lifestyle—their daily actions and choices—is in harmony with their goals. When it comes to successfully losing weight and keeping it off, the only solutions that are both effective and health-conscious are the ones that are focused on achieving long-term results. There are so many different products on the market that making a decision as to what will work best for an individual is overwhelming and confusing to say the least. As many of us can identify with the struggles of losing weight, mainly when it comes to finding something that really works, it only makes sense to enlist the guidance and support of the professionals who are dedicated to the health of their clients and are there to help every step of the way. For those looking to looking to establish a meal plan, lose weight, build muscle, or just eat healthier, Just Good Meat provides high quality meat and can even go as far as to portion it out for those who follow a meal plan. For those who are interested in establishing a meal plan for themselves, Just Good Meat can help with that too. You may not think of your local butcher as an expert on nutrition, but involved in the industry for decades and sourcing the best quality products on the market, bringing


them from farm to table in most instances, along with helping many customers with special requests over the years has certainly positioned them to offer their expertise to those who are looking for guidance. Meal planning is perfect for those people who are always in a hurry and need to avoid fast food options. Just Good Meat has plenty of meats that are already portioned out for consumers, such as buffalo, chicken, tilapia, salmon, ground meat, and many other healthy options. They even have a 7-day meal plan package already put together and ready to pick up for just $39.99. Once you get away from processed food, you will notice results right away.

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Having lost 50 pounds himself, Sean Fuller of Just Good Meat advises to be aware of, and picky with, what types of food you buy. “Looking for all-natural products is more important now than ever before. For meat in particular, do your research as to where it’s sourced, even down to how the animals are raised and what they are fed, because it makes a big difference. This idea is not necessarily new, but it’s always worth mentioning because what we put into our bodies is so important to our overall health.”

Along with regular activity and exercise in combination with the nutrition element, chiropractic care is also something that has wide-ranging benefits for both short-term and long-term health. “We focus on keeping men feeling their best and injury-free so their bodies are prepared for the demands of everyday life,” says Brad Schmitt, DC of Schmitt Chiropractic & Rehab, P.C. “We offer a variety of services with this in mind, including chiropractic care, active release, dry needling, functional rehab, and sports taping that all help with function, performance and pain. We can also help with nutrition too; as well all know, nutrition is vital for losing weight, but it is also a huge factor in dealing with many types of pain. We try to take a look at the whole picture and utilize some, if not all, of these methods to help men with their health goals.” In fact, Schmitt Chiropractic & Rehab focuses on how important nutrition is in all aspects of a man’s life. Not only is it important with weight loss and helping with pain, it also can alleviate fatigue and help with focus. Poor dietary habits wreak havoc on our hormones and their functions. This can lead to many different types of diseases and dysfunction within the body. Sometimes what seems to be an “aging” problem is actually a dietary problem. Brad Schmitt Schmitt Chiropractic & Rehab

Schmitt also offers an important reminder: “Men need to realize the importance of setting goals when it comes to their health, and then taking steps to achieve those goals. Healthy is a lifestyle, not a 30-day diet. It starts with changing habits!” Although many things related to our health can be prevented, there are some that cannot be avoided and therefore, must be managed in a way that allows for the best quality of life possible. For those who are living with a disability or faced with a chronic health issue, support from loved ones is critical. This care, however, can come at substantial costs to the caregivers, their families, and to society. According to an AARP/National Alliance for Caregiving report, 40 percent of caregivers are men. Over the past few years, the number of caregivers has been increasing. Men who don’t have strong networks of support are much more vulnerable to stress and stress-related illnesses, including depression. Combined with the fact that men are less likely to seek treatment or support for such problems, it can really have a dramatic impact on their health and wellness.

Located in the Munroe-Meyer Institute on the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campus, Respite Across the Lifespan is available to help family caregivers access qualified respite care providers to help the caregiver take a break from the demands of supporting an individual with a disability or chronic health issue. Just call (402) 559-5732 to learn more about respite, it’s that easy! Janet L. Miller of Respite Across the Lifespan explains, “Our program covers Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska, but we are happy Janet L. Miller to provide information to anyone who contacts us. For those in the program area, our staff will Respite Across the Lifespan work with you to find the most appropriate type of service to meet the needs of you and your loved one. We can also assist you in applying for funding to help pay for the costs of paying respite providers. In addition, we are aware of support programs that may be of interest to men in caregiving situations and we can help refer them to these various types of programs offered throughout the Greater Omaha area.” She also emphasizes, “Men need to realize the strain and stress that can be caused by caring for a loved one with a disability or a chronic health condition (such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or a developed disability). Men have historically not been encouraged to share their feelings, frustrations, or fears with others, which can cause a wide array of health-related conditions. It is extremely helpful for most people to have an opportunity to speak to another person in a similar life situation. Contacting our office is one step that can be made towards the goal of help or assistance. Other agencies to contact would be those that offer support and advocacy services to persons that experience specific health or disabling conditions. These groups can help connect you with others who are ‘walking in your shoes’ and can also work towards guiding you through this journey.” As different as people come, as do their health issues. For some, health has never been an issue, but it will be at some point in the future. But, for others, health has been an ongoing issue that they have struggled with their entire lives. An important thing to take with you in regards to men’s health is that there is never any harm in seeking help or even just asking questions.

For men of all ages, there are numerous things that can be done in an effort to stay as healthy as possible, now and well into the future. Health is something that shouldn’t ever be taken for granted, and we are lucky today that many of the health conditions and diseases that men are facing can be prevented or treated—if found or addressed early. It’s well worth the investment in yourself and those that you love to be proactive about your health, which will allow you to live life to the fullest. JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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Residential Remodeling When a home is first bought, there’s generally a feeling of great excitement in the air! Typically if a home isn’t being built specifically to the new homeowner’s specifications, there are areas where a homeowner envisions making improvements at some point down the road. Or, rather than being move-in ready with a few improvements that can be done whenever the opportunity is right, the home may be intended as a fixer-upper in the first place. For any significant home remodeling projects that are going to be enjoyed for years to come, it’s important that you utilize the vast expertise of the capable professionals here in the Omaha Metro to help you convert your vision for your home into a finished product that’s exactly what you had in mind. There is great potential in any home, from adding living space or modern decorative touches to repurposing existing space to better fit your needs and so much more—the sky is truly the limit! Key Design Features The appearance of a home is often a main priority to individuals. However, as many are fully aware after going through the home buying process, looks are not everything. Structure in a home, often referred to as its “bones,” and everything functioning as it should is also important. Thus, making sure that elements that have been remodeled both work and look nice can be seen as the “golden rule” in residential remodeling. Anything that gets a lot of use in your home or places that you spend a lot of time can be seen as the most popular areas when it comes to residential remodeling projects. In the home setting, a lot of enjoyment is derived from one’s surroundings for many different reasons--- relaxing, entertaining, and specific purposes for space, among other things. As such, upgrades to the kitchen and living room areas are enjoyed by all because they get the most regular use and can have multiple purposes. Many are advised to allocate a majority of their remodeling budget into these areas, and with good reason, because they are high-traffic, focal points of the home that double as both living and entertaining areas. Flow or circulation planning is essential, followed by the selection of the appropriate and most functional features and finishes that also look stunning. For those with a limited budget, you’d be surprised how much, for example, a new backsplash in the kitchen or updating the fireplace can really add to the atmosphere.

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Mike Prendergast of Modern Concepts Tile advises, “We see a lot of people adding to the areas of the home that they utilize for entertaining, such as the bar and the flooring. Flooring is always an investment that enhances the overall look of the home. Trends can be found in larger floor mat tiles and plank tiling, as well as faux wood finishes. As far as design goes, there really are so many different styles and looks that you can choose from to achieve the exact look that you are going for. For those with JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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families or in high traffic areas, the larger tiles in a quality porcelain material are made to last so that you’ll avoid costly premature replacement. Longevity is key to a good return on investment when it comes to any of the materials you’re incorporating in residential remodeling projects.” Particularly with flooring, Prendergast further advises, “A level surface is critical when it comes to flooring--- it needs to be perfectly flat and depending upon the surface that can be tricky, so certain flooring systems make it easier to ensure proper installation with all of the corners and edges nicely fitting together. One thing that I’d caution people on is buying lower quality materials typically found at big box stores. It is more difficult to install most times and you can tell the difference in the look once it is installed, as opposed to qualitychecked materials that come directly from experienced suppliers and distributors. It is worth paying an extra dollar or two per square foot for something that will look much better and for a much longer period of time. I can’t stress enough that proper installation and materials are both critical to longevity.” Home remodeling is very much about the personal touches, so just about every project is different. With tile, so much can be done with design---especially with areas that you can incorporate intricate designs, such as bathrooms. It is a space that must be functional, but also aesthetically pleasing for a luxurious experience or daily use. Modern Concepts Tile has helped clients that are at many different points in planning, from the very beginning with a clean slate to just coming on for the installation process based upon a design that is already established. It all depends on defining the client’s vision so that what is in their mind is translated to what the finished product will ultimately look like when all is said and done. As some people already have picked out and/or purchased their tile, Modern Concepts Tile would then come alongside to help with the design and installation so that it all comes together right. Alternatively, if the client is just starting to look into the possibilities, Modern Concepts Tile can provide plenty of ideas.

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The goal of Modern Concepts Tile is to just ensure that their clients are happy with the finished product. But, getting to that point is different for each job. “With planning, we find that it is important to cover all of the bases right from the beginning, which generally comes from knowing which questions to ask,” says Prendergast. “For example, how much shelving do you need in your shower? It is always the little things that people do not necessarily think of, but a professional knows to look out for so that the end product comes out great. Our job is to have our clients thinking about anything that may need to be included or would have a benefit to them if included.” When it comes to options, with all of the new items out there are also the classics that have only improved with time. While we just discussed the popularity and advantages of faux finishes, to this day, hardwood flooring remains one of the most popular remodel requests. It definitely has other benefits in addition to the obvious, it’s timeless beauty. Jim Kwasniewski of Heartland Wood Floors notes, “This type of flooring gives the consumer the option in the future of changing color multiple times throughout the life of the wood floor. No other floor covering will do that without removing the total floor and having to replace it.” As far as the different looks that can be achieved with wood flooring, reclaimed materials, wider planks, and rusticlooking materials continue to be on-trend. Jim Kwasniewski “Engineered floors in the wider dimensions Heartland Wood Floors actually help with expansion and contraction too,” Kwasniewski elaborates. “Always look at the mill thickness of the top layer of material to ensure that there is enough workable surface


for future sandings. However, keep in mind that not all wood flooring can be sanded—the thickness of the wear layer will determine that.” If you are planning to take on flooring as the complete focus or just one part of your remodeling efforts, it is important to consider the maintenance that will be required in the future to keep it in the best shape possible. Another popular trend on our radar is expanding into an adjoining bedroom to make the master suite larger, with more space allocated to the bedroom, bathroom, adding a walk-in closet, or a combination of all three. A lot of times, older houses are broken up into different rooms, whereas newer homes are more open, but a different floor plan that’s more in line with your taste or intended use can be achieved from homes originally built in many different time periods. The possibilities for the outcome really depend on the unique features of your home and the space you have available. The location of the rooms and walls will determine most of what you’ll be able to do in terms of creativity. If you have a room you can give up and it’s in ideal proximity, you’re good to go. This same idea goes for build outs, which are usually the kitchen or master suite area. However, the size of your lot and ability to obtain a building permit from the city based on their guidelines are the limiting factors here. All told, some things are easily changes while some things are forever, so it’s helpful to approach planning with that in mind. Particularly with respect to the kitchen and master bath area, as previously touched upon, tilework can prove to be both beautiful and beneficial. Jason Tidblom of Ceramic Tileworks Center encourages those who are considering a remodel to do a little bit of homework before approaching the job. “Place your trust in a reputable company; let them know what your selections are and exactly what you have in mind, and they’ll be able to tell you about all of the options you’ll have. Everyone takes advice from friends and family, which is great, but it is even better to seek advice from knowledgeable suppliers and professionals. Also, do not always Jason Tidblom believe what you read on the internet about Ceramic Tileworks Center these projects. Not every method applies to every product.” Tidblom also further advises that trend-wise, large walk-in showers have grown to be more popular. These luxury showers can contain amenities such as a bench or multiple shower heads, just to name a few. This trend is seen as replacing the popular Jacuzzi tubs from 20 years ago. As a word of caution, interior planning and design is a critical part of the process that tends to get neglected, especially if the project seems fairly straightforward. Particularly now with the popularity of open floor plans, it’s important to put thought into the design because again, there are many different ways that older homes can be altered depending on your preferences and intended use of the resulting space. Open floor plans provides a lot more flexibility along with a nice look and flow if designed properly, so it’s certainly something where the outcome is well worth the investment. Along with guaranteeing that you’re not cutting corners with the quality of the materials as previously mentioned, it really is of the utmost importance to partner with an experienced, reputable professional who will make sure everything is in place so that the job gets done right. When it comes to selecting who that will be, make sure to do your research and check reviews. Many contractors will also provide references of past clients so that you can call and ask them for yourself. While a commodity mindset largely prevails to this day, with many operating on the assumption that not much differs from one contractor to another, but be assured that is not the case. There are many great ones and unfortunately there are the not-so-great JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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ones that give our industry a bad name altogether. Ensuring that you are working with someone who is just as invested in the outcome of your remodeling endeavor as you are is by far the best way to go. Incorporating Cutting-Edge Technology Presently living within the age of technology, it is no wonder that accessories and amenities are ever so popular in homes. Not every form of technology, system work, or in-home accessory is as glamorous as the next, but they all generally add something in terms of function, aesthetic value, or both. However, we are living in a time where homeowners are able to take advantage of impressive technology in all areas of their residences. Echo Systems is a great source for all things related to technology with applications in the home, ranging from invisible speakers throughout the house to automated shades, or even just a simple home wireless network. In fact, a home’s wireless network has actually become one of the most important upgrades that one can make this day in age. A couple dozen homes today use the Internet more than the whole world did just 6 years ago! Given this current reality, a $50 router from a big box store is no longer a good fit for the world we live in. According to Doug Dushan of Echo Systems, hiding technology is one of the most common requests when it comes to home upgrades. “Whether a client wants a small or even invisible speaker, or a television behind a mirror or piece of art, we are willing to provide assistance with that. The demand for customized home technology has grown exponentially in recent years. Despite the fact that some of the better aesthetic solutions can be on the pricey side, we’ll find a way to work within almost any budget to deliver a design that doesn’t compromise appearance.”

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If incorporating cutting-edge technology sounds like a part of your remodel dream, heading over to the showroom at Echo Systems will allow you to see a world of possibilities with your own two eyes, and experience how these things function as well. Make no mistake, not all audio and video capabilities are created equal and the proper infrastructure to support all that you’re incorporating is critical. Indeed, “Smart homes” are definitely on-trend; in fact, accordingly to wireless industry group GSMA, the smart home market is projected to grow to $44 billion dollars in annual revenue by 2017, which signals that there is major interest and demand from homeowners. Pat Killeen of Engineered Controls offers some ideas to consider in the area of smart home technology: “How cool would it be if you had a house you could control from wherever you are? Or if you never had to remember to turn the lights off again, or worry about losing your house keys, or worry if the kids are home alone? For this reason, every home remodel project is the perfect opportunity for homeowners to upgrade their home’s technology to an environmentally friendly Connected or Smart Home.

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By partnering with professional security companies like Engineered Controls, we have proved products from industry manufacturers such as Honeywell and others that provide connected homes technology of the future: a connected home where heating, security and entertainment are fully automated and all of the latest gadgets enable creature comforts with the press of a button or a spoken command. These companies have been providing the desired features of smart home systems for years. From award-winning wireless thermostats and zoning systems to control your home heating and cooling comfort system, to security and monitoring technology like wireless occupancy 48

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sensors and IP cameras to give homeowners the peace of mind they are looking for. And the beauty of it is Engineered Controls already has integrated smartphone apps for the end-user interface from both Androids and iPhones. And the best part is that even if you’re not a technology wizard, you can purchase a household’s worth of sensors, cameras and devices for far less than it would have cost just a few years ago.” That fact is, the world of technology is changing so rapidly that it is imperative to work with a company that stays up-to-date on the latest training and certification coursework. If anyone in the technology field says “We have always done it this way,” you should run the other way! Furthermore, remember that as new features are being added to the home when it comes time for a residential remodel, it is important that the home’s existing infrastructure will be able to support them. Otherwise you’ll be looking at an investment in that area as well to get the desired results. Your electrician will be a great source to utilize for anything that is related to your electrical system, whether that’s updating some old lighting fixtures or installing new control devices for your home’s systems in place of the outdated ones. Maximizing Your Space When deciding that a remodel project is in order for your home, the exterior features may get passed over in favor of improving the indoor space where the homeowners spend the majority of their time. Yet, most of the perception of a home is generally shaped quickly after just scanning the outside of a home. Past presentation and curb appeal, there’s often additional space that’s not being utilized and has a wealth of untapped potential. Within the entirety of your property, there are ways that remodeling projects can achieve the goal of adding more usable space to the home. This includes build-outs or targeted improvements to the existing features, such as the garage or outdoor square footage that’s not currently serving a purpose. In fact, HGTV recently stated that outdoor living upgrades very commonly have a very high return on investment. Not only will you get most, if not all of your investment back when you sell your home, but you also get a really nice outdoor living area that makes your home nicer, more enjoyable, and more desirable. Adding a sunroom is one way to get the best of both worlds as far as indoor entertaining space that’s protected from the elements but that offers full exposure to natural light and the beauty of the outdoors. With a variety of sunroom types, including: Gable sunrooms, Studio sunrooms, Solariums, Conservatories, screen rooms, and existing sunroom work or fill-ins, Malibu Sunrooms is a great business to reach out to if having a sunroom is your dream, or alternatively, if your improving upon your existing sunroom or adding living Terri Petersen and/or entertaining space is your goal. Malibu Sunrooms “Sunrooms not only add value to your home, but it’s like bringing the outdoors ‘in’,” says Terri Petersen of Malibu Sunrooms. “They add character and charm when you see them on a home, but from the inside, the benefits are even greater. They allow more light into your living space, more room for relaxation and they give you a positive, peaceful state of mind. It’s everyone’s favorite room in the house! Just ask Paige Zutavern, owner of Strictly Business--she’s a proud owner of a Malibu Sunroom!” Another space that can serve multiple functions is the garage. In terms of the space it occupies, you can also make upgrades that will allow you to utilize it for more than its original intended use, which is obviously parking your car. For many, it can double for entertaining as an extension of the yard and driveway where guests can get out of the elements. So, if entertaining outside is your goal, Great Plains Epoxy is a great source for helping you to transform what’s generally a boring and barren place into a fun and usable space.

Epoxy is a thermosetting resin that is applied as a coating that’s used for areas that require a safe, clean, and barefoot friendly, non-slip surface. It is also an aesthetically appealing flooring solution that can easily incorporate design elements (Husker fans: think a Big Red “N” in the center of your garage for when you’re having friends over for the game). Epoxy is low maintenance and easy to clean with no resealing or grout. It is more affordable than vinyl or tile and increases your home’s re-sale value too, even if you’re not using your garage for anything other than to shelter your vehicle. However, many homeowners are opting for turning their garage into a space to accommodate overflow for larger gatherings. These events might include: graduations, football games, family get-togethers, and entertainment. Marcus Hellwege of Great Plains Epoxy Marcus Hellwege notes, “Homeowners are installing televisions, Great Plains Epoxy sound systems, heaters, and dressing up their garage in general now more than ever before. Our new thing is installing decals into the floor, which has really taken off. We also do lava flow for interior rooms, such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, bar areas, and mud rooms.” No outdoor living and entertaining area, or landscape for that matter, is complete without beautiful lighting to illuminate the area and accent the property overall. At Natural Nightscapes lighting is seen as a multi-functional way to bring beauty, drama, and added security to your landscape. They see every space as an opportunity to make it unique and profoundly satisfying. On the topics of design and quality, Travis Lerdahl of Natural Night-Scapes states, “These are everything in the outdoor lighting world. Every beautiful outdoor lighting project starts with a design, and the design starts with an understanding of the client. The initial consultation is our time to talk about the style, characteristics of the property, and the overall expectations between us and the customer. Upon discovery, the landscape and architectural lighting design begins.”

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The latest and greatest innovation in lighting Natural Night-Scapes is seen as color changing outdoor lighting, which really adds drama and is an upgrade that when incorporated, will truly elevates the overall look of your property. Certain projects such as those that involve landscaping, outdoor living and entertaining spaces, and build-outs will first require properly defining where you property lines lie. Toni Montana of Land Survey Inc. advises, “One should not begin to implement a project near property lines without knowing exactly where those JULY 2016 Strictly Business

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borders are first. The effort, time and money spent on planning and then building can easily go down the drain without taking the initial time to have a professional boundary survey done. I have experienced too many property owners skipping this process and unfortunately it ends up costing more than double the money (or more) to properly complete their landscaping project.  By getting a professional boundary survey of your property done, it will be on file and any future disputes will be nullified.  You’ll then Toni Montana be able to proceed with your project and Land Survey, Inc. enjoy the fruits of your labor for the rest of the year and on into the future without any complications that would arise from accidentally crossing past where your property lines lie.”

knowledgeable staff will make sure you fully understand how to operate each piece of equipment that you rent before you leave with it and are on your own. Troy Honeyman, General Manager of Honeyman Rent-All, explains, “Our main goal, besides having everything you might need available, is to provide guidance and hands-on service in order to ensure that you have the right equipment and tools for the job so that you can bring your home remodeling project to life!”

As the average cost of a home remodel ranges from $18,000 to over $100,000, it is no wonder professionals and those who have already remodeled their home recommend hiring experienced professionals for the job. Many times it seems simple enough to translate a Pinterest idea or something you’ve seen on TV into a do-it-yourself job, and then you get started and realize you’re out of your depth. However, that’s not always the case; some people are just much more inclined to carry out these projects successfully than others.

Whether the indoors or the outdoors are more important to you as the homeowner and whether you want to remodel your whole home or focus more on a certain area, residential remodeling can be the answer to many of your problems and complaints regarding the place that you spend most of your time; your home. As everyone has different design concept related to their taste and desired functionality, the main ideas of residential remodeling remain very similar and consistent. As we’ve covered, the home’s appearance and functionality are two of the most important factors when it comes to design, seeking out help for the remodel job will save you a lot of time and money, incorporating home accessories is an exciting way to keep things fresh and new as the homeowner, and don’t forget about your home’s exterior features. Also, remember that when it comes to your remodel that you should always do your research, not only on the professional that you hire to complete the work but on the materials and features you’ve got your heart set on incorporating to ensure that they’re the best choices after all. If each of those are carefully considered, the road to your remodel will be taken with much more ease and executed productively.

If you are thinking that a job is easy enough for you to do and all that is missing are the machines or equipment needed in order to carry it out, Honeyman Rent-All would be a great source to utilize as opposed to investing in items you’ll only likely use that one time. After all, this is money that you can put into your remodeling project! Honeyman Rent-All takes pride in their extensive rental inventory and hands-on customer service, thus, making them perfect to be your equipment supplier. Their goal is to help you turn your remodel vision into a reality. As an added value, Honeyman Rent-All’s

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Also, you might be ready to host a party once your remodel is actually done to celebrate your accomplishments and show off your new digs to all of your guests. If so, Honeyman Rent-All also has a comprehensive party and event rental side of the business, with inventory including canopies, centerpieces, linens, games, and supplies—basically anything you could possibly need to throw that backyard barbeque or fun soiree in honor of your remodel!


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Business Description: This neighborhood bar has been a fixture in its area for over 65 years, giving it a very well developed group of regulars to keep it busy. Keno and pickle cards in house provide additional streams of revenue. Bar also has an onsite kitchen that the owners are currently not using that could be reopened to further increase revenue.

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

Cash Flow: $38,165 | EBITDA: N/A | FF&E: $21,440 | Inventory: N/A | Real Estate: N/A | Established: N/A | Employees: 6 Business Description: This popular Nail Salon & Spa is conveniently located in west Omaha. The business is in very good condition and the building and equipment is kept very clean. It comes with all of the equipment, most of the decorations, and all of the products. Several personal belongings are in the shop and those will go with the current owners. These items will be disclosed during the walkthrough and none of them are included in the price.

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