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A list of news and events submitted by members of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

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  • 08/23/12--08:28: Free Tax Credit Analysis
  • Not sure if you're taking advantage of all the tax credits available to your business? Give us a call for a free analysis!!!!!!


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    Presented by: Eric Tiritilli with Gross & Welch 'Social Media Best Practices'

    Topic: From Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn employees are engaged in social media in ways that would have been unheard of just a few years ago.

    Join us for a fast paced, practical and timely discussion of how to handle the tweet detailing an employee's trip to the bar, the Facebook post calling the boss a jerk and the changing landscape of social media and the workplace.

    Webinar rates:
    Single: $35 Group (3+): $99 Register Now Online!!

    http://www.hram.org/igsbase/igstemplate.cfm?SRC=MD002a&SRCN=catalogthumbnail&GnavID=38&SnavID=52

    Webinar access will be emailed out once registered.
    Registration Form ONline http://www.hram.org/downloads/Sept%20Webinar%20Form.pdf

    Mail in form to: 12565 West Center Road, Ste 220, Omaha, NE 68144 or Email to: staff@hram.org

    This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 1 hour of General credit to the HR Certification Institute. Hosted by the Governmental Affairs Committee


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    With the closing of Party Patch, many Omahans are left wondering - where do I go to buy invitations, stationery, holiday cards napkins and gifts?

    The answer is RSVP - located inside Memrical at 2821 South 108th Street - directly across from Rockbrook Village. RSVP goes beyond what Party Patch offered with wedding invitations and accessories, photo cards, luggage tags, plates - all personalized - and so much more!

    RSVP was given 2 distinguished dealer awards from Carlson Craft and Boatman Geller in 2011.


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    The Douglas County Historical Society presents its 3rd Annual Tombstone Tour. This year, two dates are offered; choose from either September 30th or October 7th.

    Our guided motor coach tour begins by heading toward South Omaha, as we explore cemeteries and honor the lives and contributions of Omaha's departed.

    We'll start at one of the city's oldest burial sites, Laurel Hill Cemetery near 21st and Polk Streets. We'll discover unique aspects of St. Mary's and St. Mary Magdalene's cemeteries before heading west to the Bohemian Cemetery and Westlawn-Hillcrest. Refreshments provided at each cemetery stop, as we toast the memory of those who have gone before us. Your tour guide will regale you with cryptic commentary, plus you'll receive a souvenir booklet on cemetery history.

    Boarding begins at 1:30 pm at the General Crook House Museum located in Historic Fort Omaha; pre-boarding refreshments and snacks provided. The bus will depart at 2 pm sharp and return to the Museum by 5:30 pm.

    Appetizers, wine, ghost stories and more will be provided at the Museum after the tour.

    Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members - make your reservations by September 1st and get $5.00 off!!!

    Reservations due by September 21st for the September 30th
    Tour and by September 28th for the October 7th Tour.

    Prepaid Reservations Only. Minimum of 25 passengers per bus required. Reserve your spot at DouglasCoHistory.org, or call 402-455-9990


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    The Douglas County Historical Society presents its 3rd Annual Tombstone Tour. This year, two dates are offered; choose from either September 30th or October 7th.

    Our guided motor coach tour begins by heading toward South Omaha, as we explore cemeteries and honor the lives and contributions of Omaha's departed.

    We'll start at one of the city's oldest burial sites, Laurel Hill Cemetery near 21st and Polk Streets. We'll discover unique aspects of St. Mary's and St. Mary Magdalene's cemeteries before heading west to the Bohemian Cemetery and Westlawn-Hillcrest.

    Refreshments provided at each cemetery stop, as we toast the memory of those who have gone before us. Your tour guide will regale you with cryptic commentary, plus you'll receive a souvenir booklet on cemetery history.

    Boarding begins at 1:30 pm at the General Crook House Museum located in Historic Fort Omaha; pre-boarding refreshments and snacks provided. The bus will depart at 2 pm sharp and return to the Museum by 5:30 pm.

    Appetizers, wine, ghost stories and more will be provided at the Museum after the tour. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members - make your reservations by September 1st and get $5.00 off!!!

    Reservations due by September 21st for the September 30th Tour and by September 28th for the October 7th Tour. Prepaid Reservations Only. Minimum of 25 passengers per bus required.

    Reserve your spot at DouglasCoHistory.org, or call 402-455-9990


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    Isabel (Bella) is a 12 year old girl who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. She has had two surgeries on her brain in the last month. Bella is determined to fight this cancer with all her might, Fight like a Girl!

    Westbrook Elementary Spaghetti Feed - Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 4:00pm-8:00pm , 1312 Robertson Drive - Open to the Public - Donations go to benefit Bella's family

    100% of all donations go directly to Bella's family

    Additional information and to follow Bella's story can be found on Facebook at Bella's Battle - Fight Like a Girl


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    Bellevue, Neb., August 27, 2012 -- The Bellevue Community Foundation was formed by engaged community leaders and caring citizens in May 2012 to strengthen the Bellevue community through charitable giving. The Foundation's mission is to ignite passion, inspire action and create capital to invest in Bellevue. The Foundation will build on great work by the City, the County, the school district, the business community, and so many nonprofits, policymakers, and individual Bellevue residents.

    Funds raised will help support important local issues and programs such as beautification, youth activities, parks, arts and culture, the environment, health and human services, economic development, and local non-profits.

    The Bellevue Community Foundation is seeking individual and corporate members to join its elite Founder's Club to be the introductory community builders to shape Bellevue's future. The following individual and corporate membership levels are available: Member $500-$999;
    Patron $1,000-$2,999;
    Bronze $3,000-$4,999;
    Silver $5,000-$9,999;
    Gold $10,000-$24,999,
    Platinum $25,000-$49,999 and
    Diamond $50,000 and above.

    Volunteers also are needed for fundraising activities as well as in-kind donations from businesses for marketing and printing services.

    Localmize, a local online optimization company, donated their services to create the initial Bellevue Community Foundation website www.bellevuecommunityfoundation.org. As such, they have earned Patron Founding Member status.

    "We are excited to support the Bellevue Community Foundation and look forward to continuing our support of the foundation's valuable work," Troy Peterson, Co-Founder of Localmize remarked. "Bellevue is a unique city and local business cooperation is an important component to maintaining Bellevue's distinctive character and economic advantage."

    About Localmize - Based in Omaha, Neb., Localmize is a leading provider of local and national online search optimization, reputation management, optimized web design, and social media promotion. Localmize specializes in making sure that local companies, small or big, get found on search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

    For more information about Localmize, visit www.localmize.com or contact Troy Peterson by phone: (402) 415-7740 or e-mail: troy@localmize.com.


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  • 08/28/12--07:17: NOVA 1-2-3 Recovery Walk
  • The NOVA 1-2-3 Recovery Walk is held in September during National Recovery Month, which focuses attention on recovery from substance abuse disorders through treatment programs.

    NOVA's walk will take place on Saturday morning, September 22 at Heartland of America Park, downtown Omaha. Check in starts at 8:30 and the walk begins at 9:30.

    Choose to walk one- two- or three-miles around the lagoon -- and help support NOVA Treatment Community's residential, outpatient and foster care programs.

    For registration and other information, call 402-991-8516 or go to www.novatc.org.


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  • 08/28/12--11:12: Spiketize your business
  • Spike Business Plans Opens

    Spike Business Plans is pleased to announce it has recently opened. Spike helps their clients obtain a clearer understanding of their mission and new ways of achieving their objectives through the business planning process. They help you attract new clients through complete and effective business and marketing plans.

    Spike's business planning program starts with industry specific market research and competitor research; which provides the necessary base for making good decisions. They will collaborate with you to craft a great mission and vision statement for your business. They take stock of your services, what you offer, what you know and turn these into irresistible programs that will make prospective clients sit up and take notice. Together, you will develop an extremely specific plan which helps you to reach your clients in large numbers.

    For more information about Spike Business Plans, please contact David Gregg at (402) 215-1960 or visit them online at www.spikebusinessplans.com.


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    Billy McGuigan and his high-powered tribute to some of rock's greatestlegends - from The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to The Monkees and Steve Miller Band. McGuigan, creator of three nationally touring shows: Rave On,Yesterday and Today, and Rock Legend, has wowed audiences in more than 2000 performances.

    His Turner Park concert promises to be an unforgettable evening of classic rock driven, in part, by audience requests. Inspired at an early age by his father's love of music, McGuigan's performances have broken box office and attendance records in six theaters across the country.

    He is backed by a group of in-demand musicians who have dedicated their lives to perfecting their craft. McGuigan's career highlights include a Spotlight Award for "Best Actor in a Musical," a nomination for an Arizoni Award in the category "Best Actor in a lead role - Musical," performing with two of Buddy Holly's contemporaries and Rockabilly Hall of Fame members Tommy Allsup (Buddy Holly's lead guitarist) and Sonny West (songwriter of Rave On! and Oh, Boy!), and most recently, winning an Omaha Arts Entertainment Award for Yesterday and Today.

    Midtown Crossing's End of Summer Concert Series will be held Friday evenings through September 28. All performances are free to the public. No reservations or tickets are needed. The venue opens at 5 p.m. Performances start at 7 p.m.

    For more information on parking and other amenities, please visit us at www.midtowncrossing.com.


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    Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown is excited to announce their 2012/2013 Omaha Performing Arts Broadway Packages are now available for the following Live Broadway Shows: Shrek the Musical (Oct 23-28, 2012), Beauty and the Beast (Dec 14-16, 2012), and The Lion King (Mar 12-Apr 7, 2013)!

    Each package includes 2-4* discounted best-of-house [at time of booking] tickets to the show of your choice, an overnight stay at the hotel with breakfast for up to 4* guests, parking in the hotel's garage, and shuttle service to and from Orpheum Theatre.

    Book your "Overnight with Broadway" through the following link: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/nebraska/hilton-garden-inn-omaha-downtown-old-market-area-OMADMGI/offers/index.htm *
    Must indicate the number of occupants in the room to guarantee the correct number of tickets is provided. For questions, please contact the hotel at 402-341-4400 and ask for David Fast.


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    Open house celebrating our 25th Anniversary. There will be food and drinks provided. Open to the community.


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    The Omaha law firm of Gross & Welch is pleased to announce that eight partners were selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in various litigation and business law practice areas.

    Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, Best Lawyers is considered a signal honor.

    The Gross & Welch partners included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America include the following, listed with their cited practice areas:

    Thomas A. Grennan: Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants & Plaintiffs)

    Michael J. Mooney: Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants & Plaintiffs)

    John W. Iliff: Workers' Compensation Law (Employers)

    Michael J. Whaley: Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law

    Ronald L. Eggers: Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

    James P. Waldron: Corporate Law, Real Estate Law

    William J. Lindsay, Jr.: Tax Law, Trusts & Estates

    Steven E. Achelpohl: Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense (White-Collar & Non-White-Collar)

    The law firm of Gross & Welch was founded in 1927 by Daniel J. Gross and is located in Omaha, Nebraska. The firm represents clients throughout the states of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and has lawyers practicing in the following areas: civil litigation, business law, insurance law, banking law, bankruptcy, employment law, estate planning and probate, real estate, family law and workers' compensation. More information about the firm can be found at www.grosswelch.com.


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  • 08/30/12--09:18: Splunk + Steak
  • We recently partnered with Splunk and we'd like to introduce them to you! Join us for lunch at Sullivan's Steakhouse to meet a few Splunk experts, users, and other interested peers.

    Participants will:
    . Hear real IT security success stories.
    . Learn how Splunk can help leverage machine data for competitive advantage, optimized performance, and lowered IT risk.
    . Take a quick look at Splunk's App for Enterprise Security and their PCI Compliance Suite...
    . Enjoy some good food provided by Sullivan's Steakhouse.

    Register by September 7th for a free Splunk T-shirt!

    More Info and Registration: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4d6bhecab&oeidk=a07e6aj4svx279a3713


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    Fellow Greater Omaha Chamber members,thank you for being a valued customer of Omaha Performing Arts.

    You may now order tickets at:
    http://www.ticketomaha.com/special-offers/default.aspx
    Password: OCC2013OPA

    This code is good throughout the year!

    On TicketOmaha.com, you will now be able to select your own seats and print your own tickets. This promo code can be used throughout the year to purchase tickets to select shows at a discounted rate. We recommend you order your tickets before they go on sale to the general public on September 7.

    Please contact Group Sales Coordinator Deidra Knaus with any questions at 402.661.8516 or Groups@OmahaPerformingArts.org.


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    The Women's Center for Advancement (WCA) is launching a series of workshops designed to give insights and tips for area job seekers. It will be held on four consecutive Mondays from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m., at the College of Saint Mary, Mercy Hall, located at 7000 Mercy Drive, beginning Sept. 10.

    The Series for Success is a collaborative effort between the WCA, Careerlink and HR professionals through the Human Resources Association of the Midlands (HRAM).

    "What makes this different than other workshop offerings is that the WCA is also partnering with HR professionals who will be presenting at the workshops. They will be providing valuable insights from area employers' points of view," said Nancy Peck Todd, Chief Career Partnership Officer.

    The workshops feature career readiness assessments, networking opportunities with local HR professionals, mock interviews conducted by employers, access to the WCA Career Clothing Closet for women's interview attire and first access for workshops attendees to the WCA's Two-Day Career Extravaganza.

    Todd said the Series for Success is aimed at those who are currently unemployed and seeking employment, currently employed but seeking a career change and those who want to polish skills and learn new job search techniques.

    Registration is open now. Call 402-345-6555 or visit the website at www.wcaomaha.org.

    Contact Nancy Todd at nancyp@wcaomaha.org. Career Services Program sponsorships are available.


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    Looking for entertainment for your company holiday party? Jeff Quinn, Magician/Hypnotist is offering a 20% discount to Chamber members.

    Jeff's shows contain plenty of audience participation, clean humor and terrific magic and/or hypnosis.

    Whether you need strolling magic for your cocktail hour, a 40-minute after-dinner magic show, a 70-minute hypnosis show or a 90-minute combination magic/hypnosis show, Jeff Quinn is the entertainer you want.

    Offer is subject to availability.

    For more information, or to reserve your date and time visit www.jeffquinnmagic.com or call (402) 339-6726. Dates are starting to fill up fast, so call soon!


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