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

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    mPWR10 is endorsed by Ken Blanchard and used by several Corporations, Colleges, and Athletes to reduce stress and accelerate goal achievement.

    Call today to learn how you can do the same! 402-332-8299


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  • 11/27/12--08:28: Are your employees happy?
  • The verdict is in, those employers that invest and develop their employees keep them productive and engaged.

    mPWR10 is used by several companies to inspire and motivate employees to be their best everyday.

    Call today to learn more 402-332-8299


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  • 11/27/12--08:29: Present with Confidence
  • We have worked with thousands of presenters to help them connect with confidence and limit anxiety.

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    The new Zurlo's Catering Van may not fit underneath a typical holiday tree, but the gleaming white vehicle proves Chef Enzo must have been extra good this year.

    December and January feature busy weeks for everyone at Zurlo's Bistro Italiano with various business and wedding catering events, Christmas Eve and, of course, the restaurant's annual New Year's Eve Party.

    "Our new van already has its own new car smell," laughs Zurlo's Bistro owner Lori Stangl. "When you open the van doors, heavenly aromas from smoked gouda, Italian chicken or cheesy garlic crostinis greet you. My personal weakness is the Tri Tower Napoleon Tart."

    Upcoming catering bookings will likely enhance the van's delicious scent. Zurlo's staff will be delivering Zurlo's Caprese, Chicken Won Tons and Salmon Crostinis as the Bistro helps local businesses host various celebrations.

    The van isn't the only additional luster boasting a festive spirit for Zurlo's patrons. Guests dining at the restaurant for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch will enjoy the greenery and sparkling decorations adorning the interior of Zurlo's Bistro during the upcoming holiday weeks.

    Couples opting for a romantic dinner may also 'accidentally' stumble across some mistletoe over dessert and be lightly teased by their server to sneak in a quick smooch before enjoying a Zabaglione dessert. (The fresh fruit and hazelnut cream dessert is specially garnished during the holidays.)

    December's Live Music line-up is also shimmer-worthy. Each Thursday, from 5-8pm, patrons dropping in for a cocktail, appetizer and/or dinner will enjoy several of Omaha's most popular local musicians. On the schedule is Mark "Sharky" Sanford (Dec 6th), Chris Saub (Dec 13th), Brian Alexander (Dec 20th) and eNVy (Dec 27th).

    The Bistro will be closed December 25th and January 2 in observance of Christmas Day and New Year's Day respectively. However, Zurlo's will be open Christmas Eve from 11am to 7pm. And of course, Zurlo's preparations for the Bistro's very popular annual New Year's Eve celebration have been arranged.

    Course menu selections can be reviewed at the link above.

    Reservations can be made for three seating times beginning at 6pm. Live Music performances by Darryl White, Janet Staley and Ev Yates are planned as part of the New Year's entertainment. Reservations may be made via the website or by calling 402.884.9500.


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    Here are three reasons why stripping and waxing your floors periodically by a professional janitorial service makes more than good sense.

    Floor Integrity - All the clatter in this day and age is about "integrity;" but what does integrity mean? Consistency. Unwavering reliability. Unimpaired virtue. Soundness. All things which are good qualities for a life partner; what's more of a life partner than the earth beneath your feet? Having a janitorial service regularly strip and wax your floors preserves this integrity and maintains their consistency.

    Floor Cleanliness - Another rather obvious reason for wanting your floors regularly tended to by a professional janitorial service is so that your floors can get that clean they've been lacking. When a janitorial service comes in and strips your floors the dullness that has invaded them is removed along with any obvious stains. As well hardened dirt will be loosened adding further luster to that tired old floor which it was before.

    Floor Durability - One more reason to have your floors regularly handled by those in the janitorial services industry is so that you don't need to have the floor replaced. If you're just walking around on tired old portions of yesterdays dirt and mess you're going to naturally put more wear and strain on the floor than is necessary. By having janitorial services regularly cleaning your floor it will delay your actually having to have any oft-used floor replaced.

    Getting your floors stripped and waxed in a regular manner by professional janitorial services is of great benefit for your floor. The only way to do that with any amount of success is to make sure you employ a janitorial service that knows what they are doing. However once you've seen your floors before and after being stripped and waxed you will wonder how you ever went so long without having this process done.

    Midwest Maintenance will come out to your business and evaluate your floor care needs and design a quality program to fully and efficiently meet your specific needs FREE of charge! Call us today at 402-733-1114 and ask for Mikaela, Rob or Bruce!


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    As many of you know, Medicare and Medicaid will no longer foot the bill for hospital-acquired infections (HAI), which puts a lot of pressure on environmental services professionals responsible for cleaning and disinfecting.

    Some startling statistics: 2.4 million people were affected by HAIs, resulting in between $35 to $45 billion in excess healthcare costs. Talk about pressure.

    This potential financial burden and public relations nightmare has resulted in increased scrutiny for custodial professionals, who focus on proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures - and documentation - to remain compliant. In fact, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) is specifically looking at disinfection policies during the auditing process, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is analyzing best practices closely.

    Proper disinfection is especially important in areas where Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), E. coli or Clostridium difficile (C.diff) have been detected. If ignored, MRSA can live on surfaces for up to 7 months, E. coli can live up to 16 months and C.diff can live up to 9 months. And all spread quickly and easily among building occupants.

    It is essential that custodial personnel have a clear understanding of when and where to disinfect. But more importantly, it is vital to read disinfectant kill claims and use the correct product for the application.

    If you need clarification, reach out to Midwest Maintenance by calling 402-733-1114 and ask for Mikaela, Rob or Bruce!


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    "Indoor Environmental Quality," as the name implies, simply refers to the quality of the air in an office or other building environments. Workers are often concerned that they have symptoms or health conditions from exposures to contaminants in the buildings where they work. One reason for this concern is that their symptoms often get better when they are not in the building.

    While research has shown that some respiratory symptoms and illnesses can be associated with damp buildings, it is still unclear what measurements of indoor contaminants show that workers are at risk for disease.

    In most instances where a worker and his or her physician suspect that the building environment is causing a specific health condition, the information available from medical tests and tests of the environment is not sufficient to establish which contaminants are responsible.

    Despite uncertainty about what to measure and how to interpret what is measured, research shows that building-related symptoms are associated with building characteristics, including dampness, cleanliness, and ventilation characteristics. Indoor environments are highly complex and building occupants may be exposed to a variety of contaminants (in the form of gases and particles) from office machines, cleaning products, construction activities, carpets and furnishings, perfumes, cigarette smoke, water-damaged building materials, microbial growth (fungal / mold and bacterial), insects, and outdoor pollutants. Other factors such as indoor temperatures, relative humidity, and ventilation levels can also affect how individuals respond to the indoor environment.

    Understanding the sources of indoor environmental contaminants and controlling them can often help prevent or resolve building-related worker symptoms. Practical guidance for improving and maintaining the indoor environment is available. Regular cleaning schedules make for healthier environments for your clients, guests and employees!

    Call Mikaela, Rob or Bruce at Midwest Maintenance today to set up your free consultation!


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    6:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday evenings
    9:00-11:00 a.m. (Saturday Study Sessions Optional)

    This course is designed to be effective for both PHR and SPHR candidates. There are many opportunities to practice test-taking skills with practice exams and scenario-based questions.

    This course is designed for:
    . HR Professionals desiring a review course in preparing for the HRCI exam.
    . HR professionals seeking a broad overview of human resource management.
    . HR specialists desiring a broader understanding of human resource management.
    . Certified professionals who want to acquire credits for re-certification of PHR or SPHR.

    This course uses a lecture format that encompasses the six functional areas that make up the HR Body of Knowledge as defined by HRCI:
    - Strategic Management
    - Human Resource Development
    - Workforce Planning and Employment
    - Total Rewards (Compensation and Benefits)
    - Employee and Labor Relations
    - Risk Management

    The course provides a manual outline of lecture material. A pre-test, post test question review night, and six optional Saturday study sessions give students experience in test taking similar to HRCI testing.

    RATES:
    HRAM Member: $395 (Includes all materials. No books to buy!)
    Non-Member: $475 (Includes HRAM Membership and all course materials. No books to buy.)

    REGISTER ONLINE NOW! OR REGISTRATION FORM to mail, fax or email in.

    Cancellation policy:
    Registration fees will be refunded in full, less a $25 administrative fee, for cancellations received by January 4th, 2013. A voucher will be issued for cancellations made after January 11th, to be used within 12 months.


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    THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT:
    What Employers Need to Know Wednesday, December 19th 11:30 am - 1:30 pm First National Bank 1601 Dodge Street Omaha NE

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was amended to address the needs of breastfeeding mothers in the work force. You are invited to an informational luncheon designed to help employers better understand the FLSA changes and how to support breastfeeding employees. This event is designed to be interactive and will include a panel of area human resource executives, an attorney and moms with experience in breastfeeding in the workplace.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND
    All employers, wellness coordinators, business managers and human resource managers in the Omaha metro area are invited to attend

    REGISTRATION
    There is no cost to attend this event. Space is limited to 100

    Parking will be available at the Double Tree parking garage, across the street from the First National Bank Tower Register by December 12th to: http://www.employeesignup.net/tw/signup/WELCOM

    Lunch will be provided for those that register before December 12th.

    Questions? Please call WELCOM at 402-934-5795 This event is sponsored by HRAM, WELCOM, Live Well Omaha Kids Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition, Women's Health Advisory Council, First National Bank and Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce


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    Give them the gift they'll love.Cantina Laredo!

    Buy $50 in gift cards from Cantina Laredo, and get a free $10 card for you to use during January & February, 2013. What can you get for $10? Try something on the new Bar Menu.

    Get a Bar Plate, like the Chicken Empanadas (pictured), for half-off during Happy Hour, weekdays 4-7 & 9-close and Saturdays 12-5.

    Reservations: 402-345-6000 or omaha@cantinalaredo.com. Visit our Facebook page for more specials: https://www.facebook.com/cantinalaredoomaha.


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  • 12/04/12--12:44: Omaha Health Expo
  • The 6th Annual -- Omaha Health, Wellness, & Fitness Expo is coming back to Omaha and the CenturyLink Center -- April 13-14, 2013.

    Includes the Senior Living Expo, Beauty and Spa Show, Cooking Demonstrations and everything to do with health and wellness. How to live better, live longer, and be more healthy!! See web site -- www.OmahaHealthExpo.com or call 402-346-8003 for more info....


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    The 47th Annual Triumph of Ag Expo -- Farm and Ranch Machinery Show is coming back to Omaha at the CenturyLink Center!

    One of the largest farm and ranch shows in the Midwest and the nation!! Right here in Omaha -- if you are in farming, ranching, agri-business - you should be in the show! Everything to do with the farm and ranch.....Free Admission!

    See web site - www.showofficeonline.com or call for more info - 402-346-8003.


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  • 12/04/12--12:46: Omaha Home & Garden Expo
  • The 47th Annual -- Omaha Home & Garden Expo is coming back to Omaha on Feb 7-10,2013 at the Centurylink Center Omaha!

    The spring's most complete showcase for everything to do with the home -- inside and out! The lawn, Flower, & Patio Show, garden clubs, organics, cooking demo's, and so much more.....

    See our web site for more info -- www.showofficeonline.com or call - 402-346-8003.


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    We can provide vehicle removal services for cars you do not want on your property. We can patrol your parking lot or work on an on call basis. We have the best patrolling consistency and call response time in the industry. Give us a call, we would love to help. Omaha Towing and Security 402-916-4007


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  • 12/05/12--08:09: Car Won't Start?
  • Did your battery run dead in the cold? Has your car finally given up the ghost?

    Call us, we will be there fast and have you on your way. If we can't get your car started we can take it to a shop and give you a ride to where you need to go.

    Give us a call, we would love to help. Omaha Towing and Security 402-916-4007 www.omahatowingandsecurity.com


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    We have found that patrolling a property in a tow truck makes the criminals not want to hang around at that property. It is the greatest visual deterrent in the security business.

    We can patrol your property on a regular basis and call the police if we witness criminal activity. Give us a call, we would love to help. Omaha Towing and Security 402-916-4007


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    When the destination is Disney, nobody beats AAA Travel Agency. Join us for a special event-highlighting exclusive benefits and savings on packages to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Special values for Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney will also be featured.

    Exclusive discounts and offers this day only! PLUS AAA Members can SAVE up to $750! Special Disney Guest in Attendance! Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    The Georgetown Club 2440 S 141 Circle in Omaha Free Brunch and Door Prizes! Find a better price and we'll match it, plus give you $50 in future travel savings; that's our AAA Best Price Guarantee! Contact AAA Travel Agency for details.

    Please RSVP by calling AAA at 402-951-2411


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    Have Yourself a Merry Little Cupcake ! With HUGE flavor and beautifully decorated!

    Gigi's Cupcakes West Omaha is delighted to help make the season brighter with a Chamber Member 20% discount on all on-line orders placed through 12/31/12.

    Office Gifts, Parties, Family Gatherings http://westomahane.gigiscupcakesusa.com

    facebook.com/GigisCupcakesWestOmahaNebraska

    Enter Promo Code: BIGO at checkout

    Try our delightful Jingle Box with holiday minis or our decadent cheesecakes that party like a cupcake! Beautiful packaging will make everything extra special.

    Baked fresh every morning with only the finest ingredients! Locally owned and proud to be a Chamber Member.


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    Visit www.taggfundraising.com today to take advantage of discounts on holiday gifts cards and other great deals, while supporting local organizations of your choice!


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