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

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    HRAM Governmental Affairs Morning Session 'Health Care Reform - Preparing for 2014'

    Presenters: Kathy Magli & Juliana Reno with Kutak Rock This presentation will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act (the Act's) requirements, a description of the provisions in effect now and coming into effect in 2013.

    Because employer actions in 2013 will impact the penalties that accrue in 2014, we will spend half of the time on the details of the Act's employer penalty provisions--we will explain which employers are subject to the penalty, how the penalty is calculated and potential strategies for minimizing the penalties.

    This program has been submitted for a total of 1.5 hours of General credit to the HR Certification Institute for review. Register Online or fax, email or mail in Registration Form.

    HRAM MEMBER ONLY PROMO Want to join us for a THREE Session Series in 2013? Only $40 for 4.5 hours of recertification credit through HRCI!

    Promo Registration Form

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  • 02/14/13--09:04: Community Forum
  • Nebraska Families Collaborative and the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work are sponsoring a community forum on Child Welfare in Nebraska.

    The event takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Nebraska Omaha, 6705 Dodge St., UNO -Thompson Alumni Center. The purpose of the event is to make sure the community's questions are adequately answered and that those involved can receive valuable public input on improving the child welfare system in Nebraska.

    The format allows community members to learn about child welfare issues from two panel presentations. Audience members will also be able to ask questions.

    The presenters will be Thomas Pristow, Director of Children and Family Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Dave Newell, President and CEO Nebraska Families Collaborative. Each will give a brief presentation on the status of Child Welfare in Nebraska from their respective organizations. They will then be open to questions and feedback from the audience.

    The second part of this event will be a panel presentation from Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director Voices for Children, Sarah Helvey from Nebraska Appleseed Center, and Jack Dunn, MSSW, Executive Director of Progressive Research Institute of Nebraska.

    Please contact A'Jamal Byndon at or call (402) 492-2500 if you plan to attend. A'Jamal will provide you with a free parking permit for this event.

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  • 02/14/13--09:05: Uptown Switch & Connect
  • Multiple groups coming together to share ideas, tips and tools. Meet and greet potential customers, clients, other professionals, business owners and those you may never cross paths with. A great opportunity to meet many like-minded individuals in a short time due to the Switch & Connect Game. Switch your way to a new list of ideas, clients, alliances and strong business opportunities. Don't miss out, limited seating.

    Register Now! Uptown Switch Connect $5

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    Make reservations now for a three-course authentic Mexican dinner during Restaurant Month. The special three-course menu at Cantina Laredo features customer favorites, like Enchiladas Veracruz, traditional Carnitas Tacos and sizzling Mexican Apple Pie.

    The three-course, prix fixe dinner is only $24 per person, with 5-percent benefitting Heartland Walk for Warmth, which raises funds each year to help the needy in Omaha pay their heating bills.

    . Appetizer: Avocado Tostadas, Chicken Flautas or Chile Con Queso with corn chips
    . Entrée: Enchiladas Veracruz, Carnitas Tacos with chipotle win sauce or Chile Relleno
    . Dessert: Mexican Apple Pie with cinnamon ice cream or Churros with chocolate sauce

    View the complete Restaurant Month menu at

    Call 402-345-6000 or email to reserve. Learn more about Restaurant Month and Heartland Walk for Warmth at

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    Enjoy three tasty, low-cal cocktails & keep your New Year's or Lent resolutions going strong.

    . Tropical Fizz - savor a refreshing, medley of Cointreau, Malibu Rum & agave sour topped with soda, only 127 calories.
    . Skinny Raspberry Margarita - Hornitos Plata, fresh lime juice, agave nectar & raspberry create a sweet & tart combination, only 120 calories.
    . Blood Orange Sunset - experience a citrus explosion with Milagro Silver Tequila, blood orange & fresh lime juice, topped with Sprite, only 139 calories.

    Reservations: 402-345-6000 or Go here for photos & calorie count:

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    The Olson Group introduces HCR modeling tool employers can use to meet key provisions of PPACA

    Source: ContinuousHealth Reform Optimizer and Management Environment(CHROME)Compass Impact Modeler

    OMAHA, Neb., February 11, 2013 - The Olson Group, an Omaha locally-owned employee benefits company, is pleased with the new innovative employee benefits tool called CHROME Compass. CHROME helps employers optimize their health insurance program, and potentially reduce costs based on over 1400 employer results. The average cost savings is 12 percent using the CHROME optimizing tool.

    So, how will this strategic plan work? The Health Care Reform laws have been redefined and will be continuously changing in the next several years. On that note, this strategic plan will give employers the opportunity to be flexible while handling Health Care Reform. Employers are continually on defense if they are not following the ever-changing industry; however, CHROME Compass allows employers to learn an offense by understanding how to take advantage of key HCR requirements.

    Employers will have an opportunity to reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage within their health insurance program whether it is self-insured or fully insured.

    About ContinuousHealth. ContinuousHealth is a leading provider of innovative employee benefits technologies. According to, they use CHROME as a "proprietary employee benefit planning and execution framework used by CHROME Certified Consultants to assist employers as they make decisions on how to allocate compensation dollars in this evolving era of laws, regulations, mandates and new products."

    As a CHROME Certified Consultant, The Olson Group can teach employers how to create a strategy and reduce costs within the new regulations forthcoming. The Olson Group website is

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    A three-course traditional American dinner is only $19 per person at Black Oak Grill during the month of February. The special Restaurant Month menu features customer favorites, like Rosemary Grilled Chicken, The Black Oak Salad and Kahlua Ding Dong.

    . First course: Spinach & Five Cheese Dip, The Black Oak side salad or the Daily Soup
    . Second course: Rosemary Grilled Chicken, Smoked Chicken & Avocado Club sandwich, or Chicken Fried Steak
    . Third course: Kahlua Ding Dong, Bliss Old Market Bakery Seasonal Pie or Bliss Featured Cake Five-percent of sales benefit Heartland Walk for Warmth, which raises money to help the needy in Omaha each year.

    Call 402-341-0622 to reserve a table. View the complete Restaurant Month menu at


    Learn more about Restaurant Month and Heartland Walk for Warmth at Black Oak Grill is located in Midtown Crossing.

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  • 02/15/13--12:35: G.E.T. Productive! March 1
  • G.E.T. Productive! Workshop participants learn to apply best practices in managing the workday, controlling email, and getting their life back, plus plan to *get Inbox down to ZERO* during the workshop.

    Friday, March 1st: Check-in 8:00am, Workshop 8:30-12:30. Marriott Regency

    **Discounted Rate for MEMBERS:

    Pre-registration required, limited seating available. Learn & apply the BEST goal-achieving techniques so that Someday... becomes TODAY.

    Put routines, habits, & processes in use to GAIN CONTROL and use Email to BOOST your productivity! Implement 3 simple methods to MANAGE your work day. Accomplish MORE in less time.

    More info: 402-915-3007

    Proceeds to benefit Leadership Omaha/Chamber Foundation's Ann Goldstein Outstanding Young Leader Award; thank you for helping us make a difference!

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  • 02/18/13--12:43: Mozart
  • Holland Performing Arts Center Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury Concert Information:

    MOZART - Overture to La clemenza di Tito
    MOZART - Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, "Turkish"
    MOZART - Masonic Funeral Music
    MOZART - Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major Featuring Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin

    This program includes one of Mozart's profound final symphonies and one of his exotic early concertos, featuring Omaha Symphony's new concertmaster in her solo debut with the orchestra.

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    Holland Performing Arts Center
    1200 Douglas Street
    Omaha, NE 68102

    Help Melvin and Maestro Richardson discover the lost golden baton and stay out of the clutches of the evil monkey king in this thrilling musical select-a-quest adventure.

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    Conductor: Ernest Richardson
    Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 8 p.m.
    Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 p.m.
    Holland Performing Arts Center

    An all-star cast joins the orchestra for a lavish tribute to America's most beloved songwriter. Hear Berlin's timeless genius in songs including "Cheek to Cheek," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Blue Skies" and "God Bless America."

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    SHRM Nebraska State Council presents: 'Is Ignorance Bliss? HR for Small Business' by national speaker Ray Weinberg

    Thursday, March 21, 2013
    7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Security National Bank - 101st and Pacific Streets

    Did you know employee lawsuits have risen 400 percent in the last 20 years. Of those lawsuits, 41.5 percent are private employers with between 15 and 100 employees. Don't miss this two hour seminar which cuts to the basics of Human Resource Management for small businesses.

    . Top Ten Traps for Small Business HR
    . Why is HR different for small businesses
    . What are the risks?
    . Where are the opportunities?

    You are cordially invited to attend this important seminar tailored to small business in Nebraska.


    Session costs $25 per HRAM member. Visit to sign up!

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  • 02/19/13--10:58: Set Up and Run
  • Please be our guest...learn how to use QuickBooks to run your small business. Are you thinking about taxes?

    The timing is great to organize your finances and perform many more financial functions using QuickBooks. TWO workshops are being held during March to get you rollin'. These workshops will help you get organized for 2013 and will give you the training you need to set QuickBooks up for your business.

    At session one, Beginner's QuickBooks, you will be walked through this software, step by step, so that you have the basics of QuickBooks. This class is for beginners only - preferably those with no QuickBooks experience. Then you can graduate to the Intermediate level (two weeks later).

    Over the course of a three hour period, Maxine Dancer, QuickBooks Pro, will share a simple, but powerful approach to QuickBooks. These sessions will enhance your financial management skills and energize you to take action!

    Beginners QuickBooks and Intermediate QuickBooks
    Date: Beginners - Wednesday, March 6th

    Intermediate - Wednesday, March 20th Time: 9:30 am (check in at 9:15 am) until 12:30 pm
    Location: 5339 S. 139th Plaza, Millard Plaza Ballroom, Omaha Fee: $25.00 each session (includes lunch) (or $45 for both sessions)

    Registration Required Go to: to register (events link)

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    A paint party to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; $15 from every paid painter will be donated in the painter's name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    Our selected painting is Monet Lilies, as we are raising funds to honor our 6 year old honored hero, Lily! Join us for an evening of painting, appetizers, silent auction, fellowship and raising money for a great cause!

    $45 covers: $15 donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; 16x20 stretched canvas, easel, paints, paintbrush, apron, guiding artist and light appetizers. Cash Bar. Silent Auction.

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    Title Boxing Club will be opening by March 15th at 3535 N. 147th Street, Omaha Nebraska, 68116. You can lose up to 1000 calories in one Power Hour class.

    Your first shot is always FREE.

    Hit it hard at a complimentary boxing or kickboxing POWER HOUR workout.

    You've got nothing to lose but pounds and inches. Hope to see you soon!

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    Many of us take medications on a daily basis without thinking too much about it. Most people don't realize it typically takes approximately 10 years to develop new medications, and it's a costly process.

    One great way you can assist medical research with this process is to become a research volunteer with Celerion. Clinical studies are an important part of developing new medicines and without study participants, medical research would not be possible.

    Here are 5 reasons why you might consider becoming a research volunteer with Celerion:
    1. Give back to the community
    2. Learn about the process of developing new medications
    3. Meet new people
    4. Receive a thorough health exam
    5. Get paid!

    If you are interested in more information, please visit Celerion's website for research volunteers at, call 800-609-7297, "Like" us on Facebook at Celerion - Lincoln, or follow us on Twitter @CelerionLNK.

    We look foward to hearing from you!

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    Chamber members will receive a free Title Boxing Club starter kit when you become a member of Title Boxing Club at 147th & Maple.

    Starter kit includes Title Boxing Club bag, t-shirt, hand wraps, and boxing gloves.

    Check us out on facebook Title Boxing Club Omaha and/or our website at

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    If you don't have health insurance or a high deductible, would you like to be able to get diagnosed over the phone for most common illnesses for only $15 per month.

    With HealthNation, you have access to doctors for diagnoses and for questions; as well as a prescription discount, all for $15 for an individual and $20 for a family up to 6 members.

    Go to or call Jeff at 402-578-5800.

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