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

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    We will be celebrating our grand opening. Come celebrate with us by seeing our fitting process first hand and enter to win giveaways.


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    WLA Consulting, Inc. (WLA) has hired Amanda Fox as a Professioinal Engineer. Ms. Fox brings experience in environmental engineering planning and design with an emphasis on treatment plant design, hydraulics, alternative analysis, combined sewer control plans, and stormwater best management practices.

    Ms. Fox holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was a Ph.D. candidate in Biological Systems Engineering from 2003-2005. Since that time she has been serving as an engineering consultant in various roles in Indiana and Illinois.

    She wes born and raised in Alliance Nebraska and now resides in Lincoln with her husband and two children.

    WLA Consulting works with organizations who want to improve their environmental performance, and who value personal service and peace of mind. WLA is an engineering design firm specializing in civil and environmental projects. WLA has a unique approach of applying process engineering principles to environmental challenges.

    The mission of WLA is to provide cost effective solutions to meet the environmental needs of our clients. WLA Consulting, Inc. has offices in Lincoln and Omaha. 402-475-8588 (Lincoln), 402-991-5833 (Omaha). www.wla-consuting.com


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    Please join us for an evening of music and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the grand opening of Bella Terre, the Metro's newest reception hall and vineyard. It will be an evening you won't want to miss.

    Located in the beautiful Loess hills of Southwest Iowa, Bella Terre is just a 20 minute drive southeast of the metro. This truly unique venue fashioned after old world Italy was designed to provide an amazing atmosphere for weddings, receptions, special and corporate dinners and other events & celebrations.

    A cash bar will be available at this networking opportunity. 402-657-5543 www.bellaterre.com


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    Please join us for an evening of music and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the grand opening of Bella Terre, the Metro's newest reception hall and vineyard. It will be an evening you won't want to miss.

    Located in the beautiful Loess hills of Southwest Iowa, Bella Terre is just a 20 minute drive southeast of the metro. This truly unique venue fashioned after old world Italy was designed to provide an amazing atmosphere for weddings, receptions, special and corporate dinners and other events & celebrations.

    A cash bar will be available at this networking opportunity. 402-657-5543 www.bellaterre.com


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    Please join us for an evening of music and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the grand opening of Bella Terre, the Metro's newest reception hall and vineyard. It will be an evening you won't want to miss.

    Located in the beautiful Loess hills of Southwest Iowa, Bella Terre is just a 20 minute drive southeast of the metro.

    This truly unique venue fashioned after old world Italy was designed to provide an amazing atmosphere for weddings, receptions, special and corporate dinners and other events & celebrations. A cash bar will be available at this networking opportunity.

    October 18, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 23375 Barrus Road, Glenwood, IA 402-657-5543 www.bellaterre.com


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    GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS MORNING SESSION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    Security National Bank 101st and Pacific Streets

    'The Importance of Developing a Formal Ethics Program - What is HR's Role?'
    Presented by: Sarah Waldman with BlueCross BlueShield
    Topic: Ethics is a key driver of employee and customer engagement and makes a difference to the bottom line.


    Do you have an ethical culture? How do you know? This interactive session will highlight the importance of developing a formal business ethics program, discuss the role of Human Resources in the development and maintenance of the program, review the essential elements of an effective program and provide a chance to apply what you've learned through case study evaluation and discussion.

    This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 1 hour of General credit to the HR Certification Institute for review.

    HRAM Member rate: $15
    Non-Member rate: $30

    ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-REGISTER.
    REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY October 23, 2012.
    Cancellations must be received by, October 23rd.
    Substitutions may be made.


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  • 10/02/12--08:56: Are you planning a party?
  • Are you Planning a Party? Whether it be a Birthday Party, Wedding Reception, Anniversary Celebration, or a Corporate Cocktail Gathering, why not consider enhancing it with "informal" light-hearted Close-up Card Magic entertainment?

    Ryan j. Thomas is a close-up card-mystifying magician who works his magic, either among small clusters of your invited guests, or as a key focus of entertainment. You can hire this performing artist for as little as one hour or up to three hours. The choice is yours, but the memories will be enhanced with this different type of addition to your next social event!

    Visit our website at www.ryanthomasmagic.com or call Ryan at (424) 253 - 6197, for personal details, pricing, and availability as you plan your next function Ryan j. Thomas Close-up Card Magic Entertainment


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    Omaha-based investment and retirement experts Roland Manarin, Aron Huddleston, CFA, and Stacy Van Blair will lead a free, two-hour training session on "Retirement Planning for the Small Business Owner" at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the west office of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, 13206 Grover St.

    The session, which is part of the Chamber Academy training series, will provide small business owners with the tools, background and information they need to prepare for the future.

    To register, call 402.346-5000 or visit www.omahachamber.org. For more information, call 402.330.1166 or visit www.manarin.com.

    Advisory services offered through Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd, an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm. Securities offered through its affiliate Manarin Securities Corporation, a registered Broker/Dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.

    CFA and Chartered Financial Analyst are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


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    Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) invites you to attend its' next Community Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Heartland Family Service located at 302 American Parkway, Papillion, NE. The theme for this meeting will be: Developing NFC's Response to Stakeholder Survey Feedback. Child Care will be available.

    The Community Advisory Board is made up of people who are child welfare stakeholders in Douglas and Sarpy counties. The Board discusses issues of concern in child welfare, including foster care, visitation, family team meetings, and treatment services.

    A portion of each meeting is set aside for public comments, questions, and concerns. Nebraska Families Collaborative encourages those who wish to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting to contact NFC at (402) 492-2532 to reserve a time or simply come to the meeting.


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    Career Clothing Closet and Makeovers Day. Select a complete interview outfit, receive professional makeovers, participate in mock interview sessions, take career readiness assessments, discover the tips and insights that every job seeker should know. |

    http://www.wcaomaha.org/Programs__Services/Career_Services_Program/Two-Day_Career_Extravaganza/index.asp


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    Employer Career Fair Meet Greater Omaha area employers hiring for job openings.

    http://www.wcaomaha.org/Programs__Services/Career_Services_Program/Two-Day_Career_Extravaganza/index.asp


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    The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) awarded StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC (Strategic) the prestigious Authorized Provider accreditation.

    IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

    "StrategicHealthSolutions is proud of the education programs we have developed in conjunction with CMS to provide training to physicians, pharmacists, dentists, other healthcare providers and beneficiaries on topics such as Fraud, Waste, and Abuse prevention; medical identity protection; and the use of Quality Improvement Program tools," stated Pam Douglas, Director of Strategic's Design and Training Division.

    Douglas added, "Our new partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs. We are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization and be recognized as part of an elite group of organizations that offers excellent continuing education and training programs."

    Strategic joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met.

    Strategic will be presenting two webinar sessions for CEU credit entitled "Do You Know Where the Drugs Are Going?"

    Topics covered in this program include: the definition of drug diversion, types of drug diversion, the targeted medications for drug diversion, the consequences of being involved in drug diversion activities, identifying drug diversion behaviors, and preventative actions.

    The webinars will be held October 31 and November 15 of thus year. For further information, please e-mail the CE Program at CEProgram@Strategichs.com.

    In order to achieve Authorized Provider accreditation, Strategic completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs.

    Strategic is now linked to the IACET web site and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.


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    Big Social Hours are held as a "thank you" to all of the fabulous volunteers that we have in our program! We also welcome anyone interested in learning about the agency to stop by and enjoy chatting with other Bigs!

    Bring a friend and relax after a long day at work! Meet current Bigs and staff members and enjoy some amazing food and drinks.

    RSVP for this event by Monday, October 22nd to lthomsen@bbbsomaha.org or 402.905.3347.


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    Village Canvas and Cabernet is Omaha's newest art venue, modeled after the popular "paint and sip" industry found in many cities across the US. It's a great place to celebrate the holidays, enjoy a glass of wine or beer and discover the creativity within ALL of us through art-as-entertainment paint sessions. Private events are available for up to 50 painters; 80 guests total.

    If you are looking for something different, this is it! Worried that you "can't even draw a stick person"??? Well, DON'T BE! No art experience is needed, whatsoever, to attend a paint session and have a great time! You will follow a guiding artist's step-by-step instructions, surrounded by art and inspiration, and paint your own 16 x 20 canvas masterpiece.

    Check out our calendar at www.canvasandcab.com

    Call 402-991-4278 to explore options for your holiday party, sure to please everyone on the guest list!


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  • 10/08/12--06:35: Are you planning a party?
  • Are you Planning a Party? Whether it be a Birthday Party, Wedding Reception, Anniversary Celebration, or a Corporate Cocktail Gathering, why not consider enhancing it with "informal" light-hearted Close-up Card Magic entertainment?

    Ryan j. Thomas is a close-up card-mystifying magician who works his magic, either among small clusters of your invited guests, or as a key focus of entertainment. You can hire this performing artist for as little as one hour or up to three hours. The choice is yours but the memories will be enhanced by this different type of addition to your next social event.

    Visit our website at www.ryanthomasmagic.com or call Ryan at (424) 253 - 6197, for personal details, pricing, and availability as you plan your next function! Ryan j. Thomas Close-up card magic Entertainment


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    Paws To Angels in the news. Families often don't know what to do, Where to turn, or who will understand them when there pet passes away, Paws To Angels is the answer to those questions.See about one of the many services that we offer to families wanting to Mourn, Memorialize, and Pay Tribute to their pets. Click on link below.

    http://www.ketv.com/news/local-news/Pet-loss-center-helps-families-move-forward/-/9674510/16800760/-/muditkz/-/index.html


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    Keynote: Absolutely Fabulous Organizational Change

    You can lead organizational change that creates huge opportunities and profits for your organization and your career. This "hands-on" presentation gives you proven methods to tackle many types of organizational changes.

    These changes include restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, consolidations, computerizing operations, turning cost centers into profit centers, starting an Internet business, plus many more.

    You will discover how America's best-run companies put
    Dr. Mercer's unique 3-ingredient model of organizational change into action. These organizations include IBM, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., C.I.A., The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, City of Indianapolis, Harley-Davidson, Washington Mutual, Intuit, VF Corporation, Excell, Mondavi, and more.

    Technical Session #1:
    Hire the BEST -- & Avoid the Rest You will profit from Dr. Mercer's 20+ years of expertise - condensed into the most effective and efficient method available to Hire the Best -- Avoid the RestT.

    You can use his 7 Step Method to hire applicants likely to become "superstar" employees:
    . highly productive & profitable
    . low-turnover Technical

    Session #2:
    Turning Your HR Department into a Profit Center Organizations live-or-die by the bottom line.

    However, the HR department typically plays only a minor role in improving the bottom line. Fortunately, HR departments definitely can help measurably improve profits -- and this presentation shows you how.

    Michael W. Mercer, Ph.D., delivers keynotes, workshops & speeches on Management, Hiring, Human Resources, Leadership & Organizational Change topics. Dr. Mercer is a business psychologist and author of 5 business and motivational books.

    This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 4 hours of General credit to the HR Certification Institute for review.

    ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-REGISTER ONLINE. http://www.hram.org/igsbase/igstemplate.cfm?SRC=MD002a&SRCN=catalogthumbnail&GnavID=38&SnavID=52
    REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY November 7th, 2012.

    Cancellations must be received by, November 7th. Substitutions may be made.


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    Egan Supply Company, a family owned janitorial supply firm, is proud to announce the opening of their retail store in Millard.

    Located at 13838 Industrial Road in Omaha, the store provides cleaning solutions for metro area homes and businesses.

    The public is welcome to celebrate the new retail store on October 25, 2012 at an open house. From 9 am to 3 pm, food, drinks, vendors, and exclusive savings will be available!


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    Join in on the Halloween Fun at the Westroads Mall Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat Event!

    Westroads Mall will give away Free Trick-or-Treat bags* filled with candy, terrific retailer offers and a Free child admission pass to Rave Motion Pictures. The bags will also be seeded randomly with special treats from some of our retailers. The line for the bags will form at the Food Court entrance on the lower level.

    *While supplies last.

    Children will then be allowed to trick-or-treat inside the mall at the various participating retailers. There will also be special appearances by our friends listed below!*

    The Omaha Police Department will have several uniformed officers as well as OPD Mascots; McGruff and Johnny Justice available to interact with event participants.
    * AAA Nebraska will provide safety tips and free face painting.
    * Omaha Tangier Shrine Clowns will visit and entertain Westroads guests.
    * The Omaha Storm Chasers mascosts Casey and Stormy will be on hand to visit with trick-or-treaters.

    And don't forget, it is always 78 degrees and dry at Westroads Mall!


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    The Omaha Children's Museum and Westroads Mall invite you to play. learn. together. at the Westroads Mall Kid's Club, held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30am - 11:30am on the Upper Level near the Children's Play Area.

    The November Kid's Club Event will feature: Discovery Dome (One World, One Sky) View the stars Wednesday morning with your favorite characters from Sesame Street! Elmo, and Big Bird will introduce you to their friend, Hu Hu Zhu, from China and take you on an amazing journey in the night sky (Seating is limited to youth and may require multiple showings).

    Membership is FREE and you'll receive a FREE bouncy ball from Old Navy for each child you enroll in the Kid's Club.

    As a member, kids also receive a birthday gift; a FREE Child Admission Pass to Click here for a Calendar of Upcoming Kid's
    Club Events. http://www.westroadsmall.com/Mallcoupons/westroads_kidsclubcalendar123112.pdf


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