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

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  • 10/26/12--08:54: Are you a closet Van Gogh?
  • Everyone is creative; yet most adults will say they aren't. Find out for yourself in a inspiring environment at Village Canvas and Cabernet.

    You will follow an artist's guide, step-by-step, and 2 1/2 hours later leave with your own masterpiece.

    Enjoy a glass of wine or beer to make that paint glide on a little easier.

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  • 10/29/12--08:14: Presentation anxiety?
  • Learn how to turn that anxiety into confidence! We have worked with thousands of presenters, teaching them the secrets to connect while limiting anxiety. Call today! 402-332-8299

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  • 10/29/12--14:16: Veteran's Day Celebration
  • Please join us to celebrate Veteran's Day. Brig. Gen. Jon. F. Fago from the Nebraska Air National Guard will be the keynote speaker.

    Veterans are encouraged to wear their ribbons/medals on Veterans Day so they are easily recognizable and so that others may thank them for their significant contributions.

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    The special election edition of America's Healthcare Challenge was designed to provide undecided voters with the appropriate information they need to know about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the economy, healthcare providers and state governments. It is also one of the only laws in America aside from Medicare and Medicaid that will impact all of us.

    Several scenarios were developed to show how small businesses will be impacted by added compliance. Large employers will have serious questions as rising healthcare costs squeeze their bottom lines. Healthcare providers face reimbursement challenges and added compliance requirements which may require upfront capital investment. State governments are required to design and run health insurance exchanges which are highly complex and quite expensive.

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  • 10/30/12--06:50: O! Did you know...
  • refugees make up approximately 5% of the Omaha population? Learn more about our refugee population and join us at the

    Refugee Dash 5k

    Nov. 3, 2012 | 10:15 AM - 1:15 PM

    Towl Park, 9310 West Center Road, Omaha NE

    Join us on Saturday, November 3rd for SSCA Omaha's first annual Refugee Dash 5K, sponsored by Westside High School volunteers. We want to raise awareness about refugees worldwide as well as in the Omaha community as many go without basic necessities that we take for granted. For this reason, participants are encouraged to run or walk the last kilometer without their shoes.

    To participate, please bring new or gently used winter gear to donate to refugee communities as well as $10 for early registration or $15 on race day.

    Location: Towl Park
    9310 West Center Road
    Omaha, NE 68132

    Check-in Begins: 10:15am

    Race Time: 11:00am

    Entry Fee: $10 for early registration
    $15 on race day
    **Along with the entry fee, we encourage participants to bring new or gently used winter gear to help refugees prepare for winter.

    To Register: Send your full name and telephone to by November 1st.

    No pressure, no timing. Just help.

    All proceeds will go to benefit SSCA Omaha programs and services.

    Visit our facebook page at!/SSCAOmaha/events

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    If so, we can help. At Omaha Towing and Security we have developed plans to improve street appeal, decrease tenant turnover, and completely remove criminal activity from your property.

    Give us a call at 402-916-4007 to find out more. You can also email, or check out our website at

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    Protect your clients, employees and visitors during cold and flu season with Midwest Maintenance's 14-point Touchpoint Cleaning package.

    Keep your employees healthy this year by detail cleaning these areas: Desktops, Phone Mouthpieces, Drawer Handles, Arm Rests, Door Handles, Push Plates and Light Switches.

    Protect your clients, employees and visitors from the spread of viruses and bacteria in these common areas: Handrails, Elevator Push Buttons, Door Handles, Arm Rests, Drinking Fountains, Push Plates and Light Switches.

    Please take advantage of our Touchpoint Cleaning package at a savings of 20 percent. Call Mikaela at 402-733-1114 ext. 120 today! Make sure to visit our website at for a complete list of our other value-added services!

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    Maintaining a high-quality physical environment is central to employee motivation and performance. Much has been written about customer moments of truth or boss-employee interactions that set the tone, but relatively little has been said about employees' physical environment, which is more permanent, harder to alter, and in people's faces constantly. Failing to keep it in tip-top shape is a powerful visual signal to customers, but also to employees. The physical environment surrounds them from the moment they arrive at work to the moment they leave. Everything about it signifies how much the organization cares. One large company that was trying to cut costs let trash accumulate and supplies run out in the rest rooms while peeling paint dotted the walls, thereby reminding people several times a day that their needs came last. To financially-oriented top management, such cuts are prudent. To customers and workers, they are daily insults.

    When the going gets tough, the tough should do maintenance.

    Maintenance is never as exciting as new investment. Companies prefer to make acquisitions rather than refurbish existing business units, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy when the neglected businesses start to under-perform.

    Neglecting the physical environment and failing to invest in upkeep is one sign of a downward spiral, the start of a losing streak. Let a little bit slip, and you're on a slippery slope.Economic times are tough around the world. The winners will be the ones that don't use tough times as an excuse to neglect maintenance. By keeping everything well-repaired and upgraded, they will be ready to soar when the economy takes off.

    For more information on maintaining a high-quality, physical environment please contact Mikaela at Midwest Maintenance at 402-733-1114 ext. 120. (excerpt taken from Harvard Business Review & written by Rosabeth Moth Kanter)

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    Every business has to maintain a clean work environment. Whether you run a customer service business with high customer traffic or an office building full of employees, you must maintain certain cleanliness standards. Doing this is often burdensome in a number of ways, but it does not need to be that way. A quality commercial cleaning service can ease the burden of the business owner in several ways.

    Cost Efficiency

    Commercial cleaning services are excellent money savers for a small business. In the long run, it is often far cheaper to hire a service to clean your business than it is to hire a full time janitor to do the same job. This is because a janitor will require a full time salary with benefits, sick days, and vacation. Additionally, you will be responsible for buying cleaning supplies and finding space to store them. On the other hand, a service will use their own supplies will clean your entire building in a matter of hours. Thus, you'll be paying less to have the same job done.

    Time Saving

    In addition to saving you money, a commercial cleaning company will save you time. Instead of making cleaning tasks part of your employees' job descriptions and having them spend valuable time on these tedious jobs, you will be able to have them devote all of their time to the tasks that make your business what it is. Additionally, a professional cleaner will require no oversight at all and will free up all of your time to devote to other matters.

    Increased Productivity

    Finally, a commercial cleaning operation will help to increase your business's productivity. Any time that someone has a clean and comfortable environment to work in it is more likely that they will be happy with what they are doing. It is common knowledge that a happy employee is a more productive employee. So, a good professional cleaner will go a long way in making you and your employees enjoy your work environment, and this will, in turn, make everyone more likely to work harder and happier.

    Thus, there are a variety of benefits that come from hiring a commercial cleaning company for your small business. These services can quickly save you money and time. Moreover, they can give you and your employees a more pleasant and enjoyable work experience, and you will quickly see the benefits of all of these things as the burden of finding a way to keep your business clean is lifted from your shoulders.

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  • 11/01/12--13:41: HOLIDAY DEALS FOR RETAILERS!
  • Many retailers feed their staff beginning Black Friday and some continue until Christmas. We have some special pricing for Black Friday weekend and the following weekends.

    Box Lunches as low as $5 and Pasta with Salad as low as $5.79.

    Please Contact Crystal Neun ~ Sales Manager 402-651-5990 for more information!!! Show them you care by feeding them the BEST!

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  • 11/01/12--13:42: Discover the Possibilities
  • Across Nebraska, people are learning more about the ministry of Mosaic through events called Discover the Possibilities. These events introduce Mosaic's mission by telling stories of the people Mosaic serves. The stories are very personal stories told in a very personal way, face to face and in small groups. The events last no more than one hour.

    Please contact Allison to make a reservation or with any questions or comments you may have at 402-896-9988 x2008 or email at

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    A simple yet effective way to promote your veteran-owned business, network for business opportunities and learn about issues in our community. Guest

    Speaker: Bill Cashell (author, speaker, and coach)
    -Recognition of all veterans by service
    -Performance by UNO Choir and AFROTC Color Guard
    -Introduction to local veteran programs.

    Lunch is $25 and you must register in advance. Register at or contact Kelly Grant at

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    No charge to be part of this unique networking event featuring professionally produced video interviews with Omaha's top executives, entrepreneurs and newsmakers.

    Host Lynn Hinderaker creates high energy, substantive, applause filled environment. Learn more by watching

    Connect with key executives, Creighton business students, sales prospects and trend setters in Omaha's haven for innovation and inspiration. Reserve your seat: 402-208-5519

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    This live audience videotaping experience is a totally unique business networking experience...and it's free! Host Lynn Hinderaker interviews heavyweight executives and trendsetters like Michael Dahir from Omaha National Bank, the local Chamber's Jim Butler and Larry Gomez, mayoral candidate Brad Ashford, Goodwill's Frank McGree, creative trainer Susan Thomas, the World Herald's Steve Jordon, Bozell's Robin Donovan, Angela McGree from Spin Linen and many, many more.

    Each of them bring their entourage and expect to meet YOU as they discuss today's cutting edge issues.

    Every fast paced dialogue adds fuel to your relationship building quest. Come ready to applaud! Questions: 402-208-5519

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    On Saturday, November 17th, Westroads will host SANTA'S GRAND ARRIVAL.
    Tickets are just *$5, can be purchased at, and based upon availability, may not be available at the door.

    Event Highlights include:
    - Bubble Show & Take Home Crafts by Omaha Children's Museum
    - Breakfast by Granite City Food & Brewery and Roberts Dairy
    - FREE Child *Movie Passes to Rave Motion Pictures - Omaha, NE to First 100 Children
    - Raffle Drawing $100 Mall Gift Card, "Hot" toys of the season and more
    - Mommy Corner Coupons, samples mommy make-overs by Bare Escentuals Westroads and Sephora & Sephora & much more!
    - Cookie Decorating by AAA Nebraska
    - New Holiday Decor Westroads will reveal our brand new Holiday D├ęcor package including a new Santa Set; Santa's Living Room

    *All proceeds benefit the Omaha Children's Museum.

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    As you start to reflect on this past year and give thanks throughout the holiday season please do not forget our men and women in uniform. Many of those who volunteer to wear this Nation's cloth and defend our freedom will be worlds away from their own families.

    To help show our appreciation Westroads Mall is teaming up with the American Red Cross for the sixth annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program. We will be collecting holiday greeting cards to send to our heroes overseas and in our own communities.

    You can join the effort and make a holiday card for a hero this Veteran's Day; Sunday, November 11th 2012 in the Food Court from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. You can also visit for all the program details.

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    Kick-off the holiday season with the hippest jingle-hop in town, complete with holiday libations, photo-ops with the big guy and dance music sure to make you shake your sleigh bells! Costumes are strongly encouraged-Don't be caught on Santa's naughty list!

    Register at: $15 ($20 at the door)

    *Must be 21 or older to attend!! All proceeds will benefit local youth mentoring program, Partnership 4 Kids.

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    Featuring Broadway dancers and singers, dancing Santas, live reindeer, and of course, your Omaha Symphony, Christmas with the Symphony is one show you don't want to miss! Make it your family's holiday tradition!

    Chamber of Commerce members receive a 50% discount to the Christmas with the Symphony performance on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Just use the promo code CHAMBER when you order your tickets at

    Hurry, this offer won't last long. Order your tickets to the Friday show by Sunday, Nov. 18. Thanks for supporting your Omaha Symphony! Not valid with any other discount or on previous purchases.

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  • 11/06/12--07:21: AAA Holiday Gift Membership
  • This holiday, give the gift that people will enjoy all year long -- a AAA gift membership. They'll benefit each time they use their card for special savings at retail outlets, restaurants, online stores, hotels, and more. With 24-hour roadside assistance and exclusive travel benefits, they will be elated to receive your gift. Act now and take advantage of the AAA Membership Sale! The enrollment fee is waived and additional members in your household may be added to your plan at half-price.

    Call 1-800-222-6327 or visit your local AAA office to learn more about gift memberships.

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