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

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  • 03/15/13--08:50: International Fair 2013
  • International Fair 2013 features food, displays and entertainment from around the world. Free and open to the public. Family-friendly. Attendees experience many cultural groups as they showcase the traditions of their countries and show pride in their heritage.

    April 11, 2013, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
    Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus Connector Building
    2902 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue Omaha, NE 68107
    (402) 457-2400
    Cost: Free

    Contact email:
    Contact phone: 402-457-2400

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    Metropolitan Community College will host the sixth annual Student Truck Driving Championship and the 11th annual College Lineman Rodeo on Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at MCC's Applied Technology Center,10407 State St. The competitions pit students from MCC and regional schools against each other as they demonstrate the skills of their trade.

    The competition is free and open to the public. April 27, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Metropolitan Community College Applied Technology Center 10407 State St. Omaha, NE 68122

    Cost: free
    Contact name: Rick Sanvig
    Contact email:
    Contact phone: 402-763-5813

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  • 03/15/13--08:46: Bliss Cake Show
  • Bliss Cake Show: Edible Works of Art Celebrating Omaha Locally owned, Bliss Old Market Bakery, will be partnering with The New Blk's art gallery (1213 Jones Street) later this month for its first ever cake show. The exhibit will display nine of Omaha's celebrated landmarks and organizations through edible works of art.

    The exhibit is free to the public and will run from Saturday, March 23rd to Friday, April 5th. Both the opening and closing will begin at 7:00pm. There will be cake and coffee samples along with live music with Stackshack at the opening and T-shirt printing and coffee brewing demonstrations by Beansmith Coffee at the closing of the exhibit.

    This event will be fun for the whole family and will demonstrate the possibilities of cake as an unexpected art medium. About Bliss Old Market Bakery-- Bliss Bakery opened in February of 2010 by Omaha native, Autumn Pruitt and makes a wide array of better-than-homemade baked goods. The company purchased its neighbor, Aromas Coffeehouse, in July of 2012 and has continued to grow since then, improving techniques and offerings in its space on 11th and Jones.

    While Bliss Bakery creates many wedding and celebration cakes, this exhibit is an opportunity to show off unique decorating methods and demonstrate the talent and imagination of its staff. Artist, Cait Irwin, joined the bakery team in August of last year and is spearheading the project. Her talent and passion for the unusual and artistic has made this cake show a reality.

    To learn more about this event, please contact: Autumn Pruitt, Owner Cait Irwin, Cake Decorator 1031 Jones Street Omaha, NE 68102 Business: 402.934.7450

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    Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

    • 6:00 pm - Check-in and Information Fair Open
    • 7:00 pm - Community Conversation
    • 8:30 pm - Community Reception
      Jewish Community Center 333 South 132nd Street Omaha, Nebraska

    Join Project Interfaith for this community conversation featuring Dr. Chris Boyatzis, a leading expert on religious and spiritual development in children, as he shares strategies parents can use to foster in their children a healthy spiritual identity while also instilling an appreciation for the diversity that exists within our community and world today.

    An information fair featuring various local faith-based and secular organizations that serve parents and children will also provide attendees an opportunity to connect to local resources in the community. This program is open to the public and is being held solely for educational purposes.

    No proselytizing or promotion of a religion or belief system will be allowed. Cost is $10 for non-students and $5 for students.

    Child care is available for children between the ages of 3-12 years old.
    Pre-registration is required in order to receive child care.

    Cost is $10 per child.

    Go to to register now!

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  • 03/18/13--08:46: Be a Facebook Rock Star
  • You are invited to our April 3rd workshop where you will learn how to use Facebook for your business like a professional. Facebook is an important social medium businesses can use to build their brand, establish their expertise in a particular market, and gain a loyal customer base.

    This information-packed 2.5-hour workshop is for those who want to use Facebook or already do but want to do more with it. We will start with a quick basics overview: setting up a page, what information to include, dimensions of cover photo and profile image, and so on. Then we will get into more intermediate topics: campaigns, calendars & scheduling, custom tabs, and other tactics. Discussions will include the importance of Facebook Events, best times to post, reading analytics, scheduling, and Facebook Ads.

    You will also take home valuable assets, like Photoshop files, scheduling calendars, and more!

    Date: Wednesday, April 3
    Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 9:15 a.m. Check-in, 12 p.m. lunch
    Cost: $35
    Location: Millard Plaza Ballroom, 5339 S. 139th Plaza, Omaha, NE 68137. 402-891-0779

    About your speaker:
    Kim Bultsma of Socially Reformed helps small businesses with the many channels of social media, from managing their social media to consultation and education. She has directed marketing for Rockbrook Camera and T'eez Hair Products, amongst others. In one year, Kim grew one client's email list to over 10,000 with an open rate of 30%, one of the highest in the retail industry.

    She has also grown another business' Facebook following from 600 to nearly 6,000, using practices she teaches in her public seminars. Kim also has experience in online advertising and extensive virtual campaigns.

    About your sponsor:
    David Gregg of Spike Business Plans is results-oriented professional who has 30 years of business experience. David is an experienced business planner who has helped over100 business reach their goals and objectives.

    Seating is Limited;


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    Register Now! Promotion Code: Chamber

    What's Happening On May 10, 2013, you will be empowered with growth insights from world-renowned leaders. This one-of-a-kind event will be broadcast live from Atlanta and simulcast into communities across the globe to more than 125,000 leaders. Join us at Bellevue University!

    What to Expect? You can expect to be challenged. Inspired. Encouraged. You will learn how to improve your own leadership skills and also have the opportunity to network with other leaders in the Omaha area.

    NOTE: This program has been approved for 5.5 CEU Credits by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR.

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    Are you Planning a Corporate Cocktail Party?

    Why not make it more exciting with "informal" light-hearted Close-up Card Magic Entertainment? Ryan j. Thomas is a close-up card-mystifying magician who works his magic among small clusters of your invited guests.

    Your corporate party is guaranteed to be remembered with this different type of entertainment.

    Visit our website at or call us at (402) 598 - 0198.

    That's Ryan j. Thomas Close-up Card Magic Entertainment

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    Omaha, Nebraska -- March 5, 2013 - Angela Lee, SHOLDIT founder and fashion security fusionist, announced today that April 2013 will be the first annual "Personal Security Awareness Month." With a national, regional and local launch planned, focus is on providing information to the general public on how to prevent being a victim of muggings, assaults and other violent crimes that are on the rise. Lee has made it her passion to raise awareness by founding PSAM. . In addition to providing information and products, SHOLDIT will also be donating 10 percent of its online profits in April to the National Crime Prevention Council.

    The Omaha launch will be on April 01, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Bellevue University School of Criminal Justice. The public is invited for free to hear and learn from local law enforcment as well as professional safety experts with international and national prominance.

    The mission of Personal Security Awareness Month (PSAM) is to raise awareness surrounding personal security options and deliver valuable knowledge and life-saving advice to men and women across the globe. Throughout April, SHOLDIT and other personal protection experts, law enforcement professionals, and companies will partner up to spread the word of PSAM's mission and inform the public on ways to keep themselves and their families safe

    Angela Lee is the inventor of SHOLDIT, a line of fashionable security products that within five months of launch was featured on the "Today" show, recommended by USA Today and profiled by The Associated Press as well as various local news broadcasts and websites.

    For more information, please visit or

    Andy Greenberg

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    LUNCH & HRAM ANN 11:30-12:00
    KEYNOTE 12:00-1:00


    HRAM April Diversity Keynote & Technical Session "Successful Integration and Implementation of Diversity in the Workplace"
    Keynote Speaker: Kim Strong, VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Target Corporation

    Keynote: Continue with your "Seat at the Table" by learning how Target does it! Kim Strong will present key concepts that Diversity & Inclusion, at Target that makes them a top leader in the marketplace and workplace today.

    . History of D&I @ Target Corporation
    . Framework - 3 R's
    . Seat at the Table - how do we accomplish this
    . D&I @ Target Corporation now and for the future

    Technical Session Speaker: Dwight Lavender, Group Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Target Corporation Technical Session: Strategy, Framework and Implementation - Building off of the concepts of Kim's keynote session, Dwight Lavender, will walk you through building a sound strategy that can withstand the pitfalls that can potentially plague strategy formulation. From this strategy session, he will help you to create and present a D&I strategy for your own company and glean from Target's deep dive into our 3R Framework. Steps: Talk about how being a strategic partner includes bringing up D&I

    . Exercise / Q&A - Definitions of D&I, Link exercise, etc. Lessons: Business Case
    . As a strategic partner, this is what you need to know about Diversity
    . Exercise / Q&A - relating the findings back to your industry and personal business Product: Target's Business Case -
    . How we leverage and utilize our partners, committees, ERG's, etc
    . Exercise - Vision, Mission, Values This program has been submitted for a total of 4 hours of General credit to the HR Certification Institute for review.


    ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-REGISTER. REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2013. Late Registration will incur a $10.00 fee. Cancellations must be received by Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Substitutions may be made.

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    Let the happy times roll during the new happy hour at Black Oak Grill, with a menu featuring 4 types of sliders, seven cocktails and all well drinks for just $5. Draft beers, appetizers and wine by the glass are half-price during happy hour. Slide up to the bar for 2 brand-new sliders exclusive to happy hour, the Meatloaf and Buffalo sliders.

    . Meatloaf Sliders - with Mom's favorite tomato sauce and garlic smashed potatoes
    . Buffalo Sliders - spicy and tender Buffalo Bites with ranch dressing
    . Cheeseburger Sliders - with Hoffman's Pepper Jack Sauce, an onion ring and mustard
    . Pulled Pork Sliders - BBQ pulled pork topped with a crispy onion and apple jicama slaw

    Happy hour at Black Oak Grill is every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar. All sliders are served with savory fries.

    Guests can get a Frozen Jack 'N Coke and an order of Pulled Pork Sliders for just $10.

    View the "Happy Times" menu at View the regular menu at Call 402-341-0622 for reservations.

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  • 03/18/13--13:07: Who's Ready For Spring!!!
  • More and more families are moving their living rooms outside. That's right - outside! The perfect outdoor living space can really add value and appeal to your home. MLS Construction, Inc. has an extensive background in designing and building outdoor spaces that bring families and friends together in a whole new way.

    Find out how easy it is to create an entirely new living space you can enjoy all season long.Call Mike at 402-990-7993 for you FREE estimate

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    Graceland Park Cemetery and Paws To Angels Pet Loss Center & Services will be holding the Grand Opening for Nebraska's First Pet Ossuary in a Human Cemetery.

    Event: April 12, 2013 at 2pm. Graceland Park is located on the S.W. corner of 42nd & L Streets Omaha, NE - A Pet Ossuary, "Pets at Peace Gardens" is a place of rest and reflection, a place for pet parents to mourn and celebrate their pet's life. "Pets at Peace Gardens" named by Cherie Fry, is a place to honor and remember the lives of pets that have brought years of joy and emotional support to pet families. A Pet Ossuary is a large underground urn for cremated remains.

    "There are no standards governing our pet death care so this addition to our community is huge for pet parents who want respectful and dignified treatment of their pet's remains" states Cherie Fry of Paws to Angels Pet Loss Center and Services.

    This Grand Opening event will be joined by Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue where they will be interring Maya, a husky that passed while in rescue, who died too young because of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her owners. Jackie Roach founder of Taysia Blues wants this to be Maya's Legacy. Maya will be the first of three pets to be interred. Families of those pets will be joining the Opening for a Memorial Service.

    Paws to Angels the first and only full service pet loss center in Nebraska, established in January 2012. "Our promise is to be here for the respectful, dignified, loving aftercare of your pet, to be your journey companion and guide you through this difficult time and celebrate a life remembered. Making certain that the final arrangements for your pet are exactly what you desire in creating a beautiful and lasting memory" said Cherie Fry, of Paws to Angels.

    If you would like further information about Graceland Park Cemetery Pet Ossuary, you may contact Andy Claussen at (402) 731-0264 or Paws To Angels, Cherie Fry at: (402) 507-0585 or visit their website at

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    Check out the place to purchase used low vision products, "The Vision Helpers Shop".

    The company Vision Helpers has the 7-Star Program to certify a used machine so you know you are making a good investment Vision helpers understands that not everybody likes to purchase a new unit and so they offer the best deals on used equipment. Every machine goes through their 7-Star Program to certify proper operation and a good used machine.

    The Exclusive 7-Star Program which certifies the machine
    1) A visual check of the product, included accessories and manuals.
    2) Power on and check of the standard operating functions of the product.
    3) Lubricate and adjust any moving parts as needed to insure the best possible performance of those parts and replace light bulbs if needed/applicable.
    4) 24 hours operation test to insure no problems become apparent after prolonged use.
    5) Document special features of the unit to provide customers with the most accurate information possible regarding their potential purchase.
    6) Examine the physical appearance of unit and perform any possible touch-up of blemishes.
    7) Final Inspection for Approval and this machine is certified for resell.

    Vision HelpersĀ® is a US registered trademark with franchises in Iowa and Nebraska. Vision HelpersĀ® exclusive Eye Doctor Referral Program is America's leading partnership between the technical industry and the Eye Doctor industry.

    If you know someone with low vision and they are frustrated because there eyeglasses are not enough, please refer them to Vision HelpersĀ®. Sincerely, Pat Fischer CEO

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    Omaha's Zurlo's Bistro Italiano is adding fresh surprises to their menu this Spring. In addition to delighting patrons with their annual Easter Brunch offering on March 31st, the restaurant is also putting the final touches on plans for an April Wine Dinner -- as well as finalizing touches on upcoming "Cooking with Chef Enzo" class sessions tentatively scheduled for the same month.

    "We've been kicking around this idea for a while," confesses Lori Stangl, owner of the popular eatery. "Chef Enzo recently returned from a catering convention held in Las Vegas, which will only add to his amazing skill of eloquently catering to the many Brides and Grooms this spring and summer. I know he's got several new savory secrets he can't wait to share with other food lovers!"

    Zurlo's guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind Easter Brunch entrees -- including favorites like the Amaretto French Toast and Del Mare Omelette - along with other delicious dishes on March 31st, from 10am-2pm. The very next day, Bistro staff will focus their attention on ensuring the April Wine Dinner and "Cooking with Chef Enzo" are delicious opportunities guests will relish. Dates for both events are still tentative, but those especially interested in attending may call the restaurant and sign up to be contacted immediately as reservation dates become available.

    Reservations are also strongly encouraged for the March 31st Easter Brunch.

    Ongoing highlights at Zurlo's currently enjoyed by guests will also continue. Upcoming Thursday Night Live Music includes Red Delicious taking the stage on March 21st, from 5-8pm. Omaha groups eNVy and Kelsey Nord will make appearances on March 28th and April 4th respectively.

    The Bistro continues to offer gourmet catering services for local weddings celebrations and has recently been taking special take-out orders for Chef Enzo's famous Cannoli Cake.

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    Omaha Metro and Houck Transit Advertising are offering advertising options on a limited number of Omaha Metro buses that will be dedicated to the Stadium Circulator route during the duration of the CWS this year. Advertising on the outside and inside of those vehicles is a great way to reach the crowds downtown with a huge, in-your-face message!

    Give us a call today!

    Brittany Wurdinger - Houck Transit Advertising

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    Through a single internet advertising budget, we enable our clients to reach local customers -whether using traditional computing devices or mobile devices-across the Internet, including through all of the major search engines and leading general interest and vertically focused online publishers.

    This consumer-led digital transformation has profoundly disrupted the ways that businesses of all sizes need to acquire, transact with, maintain and retain their customers. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, we believe that these trends will accelerate. To keep pace with this transformation, we believe that SMBs need to follow their customers and move an increasing portion of their marketing efforts and spend online.

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    Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) invites you to attend its next Community Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Recognizing Women's History month, NFC is holding its March meeting at the Women's Center for Advancement - 222 South 29th Street, Omaha, NE.
    A presentation of their programs will be shared with all attending. There will also be a legislative update given regarding information that is directly related to families and children.

    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. The public is invited and encouraged to come. 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.

    A light meal is provided to all in attendance.

    Please keep in mind that this is a public meeting. Any questions or concerns regarding specific cases should be discussed in a private setting. If you wish to privately discuss a specific case, please contact NFC at (402) 492-2500 and you will be directed to someone who can help you.

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