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

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    P&L Technology is offering a live and interactive web conference, Protect and Keep Your Internet Secure with Fortinet. Today's security risks require a whole new level of network monitoring and protection. Find out how Fortinet - a new security device - can provide an additional filter for virus and spyware at the network level to give you peace of mind. The free event will offer a look at this solution to managing internet activity that can threaten business operations.

    The event is June 4 at 10 a.m. (CT). Pre-registration for the event is required. Sign up today by visiting the registration link at www.pltechnology.com.


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    Aksarben / ARS Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing was recently recognized and honored as Carrier Dealer of the Year at the Carrier Annual Dealers' Meeting held in March, 2013, in Omaha. The award was presented by Comfort Products, a distributor of Carrier heating and air conditioning products serving a multi-state area.

    The Dealer of the Year Award is presented to Dealers that are dedicated to continuous training who have achieved strong sales volumes and also exhibit exemplary business practices. Additionally, they are known to offer outstanding customer service to their clients and demonstrate the traits of an outstanding HVAC contractor.

    John Aliano, General Manager of aksarben / ARS, was pleased to accept the award on behalf of his staff, indicating that it was their dedication to delivering quality customer service and solutions that made such an award possible.

    "We've been a trusted name in the Omaha area for over 35 years," said Aliano. "Receiving this award means that through the years we haven't forgotten that our success comes from taking care of the customer."

    In addition to providing commercial and residential heating and cooling repair and installation, aksarben / ARS also offers plumbing services to all of the greater Omaha metropolitan area.


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  • 04/22/13--07:43: Movers For Moms
  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Movers for Moms® Collects Gifts for Women in Local Shelters this Mother's Day Mother's Day should be a happy time for all moms. Unfortunately, many moms are forced to spend this holiday living in community shelters, the victims of domestic abuse or homelessness. For these women, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has initiated Movers for Moms®, a community-based program collecting simple treasures.

    Started by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Michigan franchisees in 2008, Movers for Moms is expanding to 15 states and more than 85 franchises in 2012. In Omaha, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will collect essential items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, soaps, feminine products, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, pillows, blankets, etc. for women staying at the Lydia House, WCA & the Stephens Center in Omaha, also the Crisis Center in Fremont.

    Last year, working with schools across Michigan, Movers for Moms collected more than 65,000 items for women in need on Mother's Day. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will seek to partner with local schools across the country, such as Early Childhood Center Papillion, LA Vista West Student Council, Papillion-LA Vista South High School, Omaha South High Magnet School, Carriage Hill Elementary and also all Hy-Vee's in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro area as well as US Banks & Alegent Health.

    In addition to partnering with community schools, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK welcomes support on Movers for Moms from local businesses and other organizations interested in bringing a smile to the faces of less fortunate women on Mother's Day. Anyone interested in supporting Movers for Moms can visit www.twomenandatruck.com to find the nearest participating TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise. Collection boxes will be placed middle of April till the week before Mothers Day in May.

    Follow Movers for Moms online at www.facebook.com/MoversforMoms or @MoversforMoms.

    TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company in North America. It includes more than 220 locations and more than 1,400 trucks on the road. Each location is independently owned and operated, and sells boxes and packing supplies. Locations complete both home and business moves as well as packing and unpacking services.

    For tips on packing, call your local Two Men And A Truck office or visit twomen.com.


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    Join AAA Travel and representatives from Oceania Cruises and Tauck World Discovery to explore your world like never before with a diverse array of travel options that span the globe.

    Destinations: Mediterranean, South Pacific, Europe and Asia Let us help you plan your vacation of a lifetime!

    Vacation Planning Seminar:
    Monday, May 20 - 6:30 p.m.
    Georgetown Club 2440 S. 141 Circle in Omaha

    To RSVP, please call 402-951-2411 or email NETRAVELEVENTS@aaane.com


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    Speaker: John Rubino, Rubino Consulting Services

    "Are We Really Communication? "Selling" The Total Rewards Package. Successfully!"

    Everyone agrees that communicating effectively with employees is a primary criteria for successfully designing and implementing a total rewards package --- and for achieving organizational goals. However, global research consistently tells us that most organizations do a poor job of communicating. Why?

    There are a multitude of reasons ranging from corporate culture to just not knowing how to do it right! John Rubino will explore these reasons and, most importantly, present his proven methodology for managing the communication process successfully. John will discuss specific communication tools and techniques that will help you really get your message across, and to "sell" the rewards package to your employees. This systematic, managed approach to communicating total rewards will give you a specific game plan and template for achieving the three primary objectives of successful employee communication:

    1) ensure understanding
    2) get buy-in/change perceptions and
    3) motivate the right behaviors.

    TECHNICAL SESSION: "What It Takes To Be An Effective Leader In The Human Resources Profession"

    HR has finally obtained the importance that it deserves. This is because the 'people' implications of business operations have become a primary strategic consideration for success, especially in the critical search for scarce talent and the related employee retention, motivation and engagement issues. In his dynamic and highly interactive workshop, John Rubino will identify and pragmatically detail how to acquire the types and quality of knowledge, skills, competencies, behavior and 'reputation' (and related tips and techniques) that are absolutely essential for today's HR leader to possess.

    In addition, you will have an opportunity to participate in the demonstration of successful HR leadership in action, through the use of real-world case study examples and practical hands-on exercises.

    This program has been pre-approved for a total of 1 hour of General credit and 3 hours of Strategic Business credit to the HR Certification Institute for review.

    REGISTER ONLINE: http://www.hram.org/igsbase/igstemplate.cfm?SRC=MD002a&SRCN=catalogthumbnail&GnavID=38&SnavID=52

    ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-REGISTER. REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013.


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    Attend or sponsor a wine tasting gala, which will allow Ollie Webb to help those in our community with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Ollie Webb provides development programs for those with developmental disabilities, in order to allow them to get job training and experience and to help them reach their highest potential. From kids all the way through adults, Ollie Webb makes a difference in our community every day.

    Please take the time to assist their great efforts. Contact Sasha Loock at sloock@olliewebbinc.org or 402.346.5220 for more information or to get invovled. Thank you all for your support!


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  • 04/23/13--11:33: Ultimate Wellness Fair

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    Feel Great Again! At Infinity Wellness- Omaha's newest wellness facility. We are as unique as you are!

    We are a group of specialized wellness professionals who have teamed together to provide a more personalized (and effective) approach to fitness or lifestyle changes. We don't have any fad or extreme programs here. We want our clients to have a safe and effective place to make those changes. We offer physical therapy, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition consulting, group fitness and health and lifestyle coaching.

    If you are looking for some assistance in making a lifestyle change, we can hold your hand every step of the way. Call today for a FREE initial health coach assessment and see how we can help. 402-885-8855

    156th and Maple
    15825 W. Maple Rd. Ste.102
    Omaha, NE 68116


    InfinityWellnessOmaha.com


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  • 04/23/13--11:33: Like to get sweaty?
  • We can make you sweat! Join us in one of our 10 high-energy, fun-filled exercises class at Infinity Wellness. Group fitness is the perfect alternative to the same old boring workout. Get results at Infinity Wellness.

    Check out our schedule online:
    InfinityWellnessOmaha.com

    156th and Maple
    15825 W. Maple Rd. Ste 102

    402-885-8855


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    The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is seeking input from Chamber businesses as it plans and prioritizes needed highway improvements in the region. Please consider taking this brief travel survey online at: http://bit.ly/omaha-travel-survey between Tuesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 25.

    A sound transportation infrastructure is critical to economic development. Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated.

    If you have any questions about the survey or would like additional information, please contact Sarah Skarka at 402-444-6866 or sskarka@mapacog.org.


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    June 8, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Attend or sponsor a wine tasting gala, which will allow Ollie Webb to help those in our community with developmental disabilities. Ollie Webb provides development programs for those with developmental disabilities, in order to allow them to get job training and experience and to help them reach their highest potential. From kids all the way through adults, Ollie Webb makes a difference in our community every day.

    Please take the time to assist their great efforts. Contact Sasha Loock at sloock@olliewebbinc.org or 402.346.5220 for more information or to get invovled. Thank you all for your support!


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    5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Opening Reception at General Crook House Museum.

    The evening will begin with a reception at the General Crook House offering Native American food, international dance troupe "Many Moccasins," and Dreams of Eagles tipis representing four Nebraska tribes.

    The General Crook House, also known as Quarters One of Fort Omaha, was built in 1878-79 as the residence of the Commander of the Department of the Platte, and named for its first occupant, General George Crook. The Douglas County Historical Society began restoration of the home in 1976. The Crook House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Fort Omaha is best known for its role in the landmark trial in Omaha in 1879 of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. In 1877, the Ponca Indians were forced by the U.S. Government to give up their homeland and move south, leaving behind most possessions and journeying on foot the 500 miles to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Chief Standing Bear wished to honor the request of his dying son to be buried in his homeland by the Niobrara River. As Chief Standing Bear and a burial party of 30 Indians started North, the Secretary of the Interior ordered General Crook to arrest them for leaving the reservation. General Crook followed orders to arrest Chief Standing Bear and place him under guard at Fort Omaha. However, General Crook's sentiments were with Chief Standing Bear. During the trial, General Crook, in his full military regalia, spoke on behalf of Chief Standing Bear.

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Reading of In My Father's Eyes, by playwright and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle at the Swanson Conference Center, Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus. Before the reading, attendees will enjoy live music by local musician Michael Murphy and a series of paintings entitled, "Ponca Chief Portraits" by artist Janice Rockwell

    8:30 p.m. - Discussion Panel with Audience Participation

    Q and A Immediately following the play, Mary Kathryn, an attorney with a New York law firm, will take part in a panel discussion on Native American issues. Joining her will be Dwight Howe, descendant of Iron Eye (Bright Eyes' father); Rodney Morris, Chairman of the Omaha Tribe; and Rebecca White, Chairwoman of the Ponca Tribe.

    THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


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    Pinot, Pigs & Poets is a premier wine and food tasting event that features outstanding Pinot Noir wines, savory pork dishes from some of Omaha's best chefs, quick-witted slam poetry, a Vintner Competition, and the Taste of Elegance Competition sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

    Proceeds benefit the Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs.

    Event reservations are now being accepted at http://pinotandpigs.org/.

    Patron, 6 to 10 p.m., $200

    Regular, 7 to 10 p.m., $125

    Ages 21-30, 7 to 10 p.m., $75


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    Omaha, NE, 04/23/2013- Superior Lighting announced today that Dave Sautter has joined the company as Project Manager. His responsibilities include managing lighting projects and retrofits along with electrical projects. He will also be responsible for the truck fleet which consists of 35 vehicles.

    Sautter's previous position at Control Services Inc. as Project Manager/Engineer makes him a perfect fit for the projects that our customers need. Some of the notable projects that Sautter worked on were at: Omaha Doorly Zoo, Century Link and AT&T. Sautter also worked as a City Electrical Inspector for the City of Omaha. While he was there he earned his IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors) certification. Sautter also has a State of Nebraska Electrical Contractor's License and an Electrical degree from Southeast Community College-Milford.

    President of Superior Lighting Inc., Bill Swarbrick, announced "Dave Sautter is a great addition to our team. He brings a vast knowledge from the electrical industry and we're looking forward to leveraging those skills in all of the projects with our customers." SuperiorLight.com


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    Chamber members receive a 10% discount from AG Human Resource Solutions on audit services.

    AG Human Resource Solutions uses over 20 years of knowledge and experience to provide strategy development and tactical execution to small and mid-size organizations.

    Areas of expertise include: human resource audits, compliance, employee handbooks, policies/procedures development, job descriptions, recruiting, employee relations guidance and much more.

    We can ensure your human resources policies, procedures and practices are legal, effective and meet the needs of your organization.

    For more information visit www.aghrsolutions.com or contact Andie Gordman at andie@aghrsolutions.com or 402-319-7798.


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    AG Human Resource Solutions uses over 20 years of knowledge and experience to provide strategy development and tactical execution to small and mid-size companies.

    We believe in developing strong, long-term relationships with our clients We start by understanding the unique requirements of each client and then tailor solutions to your business needs-one size does not fit all We allow business leaders to focus on their core business by providing expert human resources support.

    We have the experience to work with stakeholders across all of a company's departments to insure maximum effectiveness of the human resource function We provide organizations the benefits of advanced expertise, while limiting the cost and commitment of senior staff

    For more information visit www.aghrsolutions.com or contact Andie Gordman at andie@aghrsolutions.com or 402-319-7798.


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    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live Latin music, a beautiful patio view of Turner Park and drink specials at Cantina Laredo, as well as a few brand-new drinks created specially for the occasion.

    The party begins Saturday, May 4 on the outdoor patio at Cantina Laredo and lasts through Sunday, May 5. Listen to live music by a local norteño group in Midtown Crossing. Guests enjoy $5 signature Casa Margaritas, $5 Patrón shots and $2 Coronitas (Coronas) and Light Coronitas, on special all day Saturday and Sunday. The musicians will play throughout Midtown Crossing, primarily along the promenade from 6-8 p.m. May 4 and 2-4 p.m. May 5. Norteño is a popular Mexican folk genre.

    The Casa Margarita (House Margarita) is a Cantina Laredo classic, made with a premier blend of Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Cointreau and freshly-squeezed lemon and lime juice.

    Bring your friends to the fiesta to enjoy the new Cinco Mas Margarita Pitcher ("five more margarita"), custom-created for this event. This pitcher serves 4-5 people and is the perfect blend of Cointreau, lime juice, agave nectar and five unique tequilas - Cabo Wabo, Hornitos, Herradura, Giro and Cazadores Silver.

    Be one of the first to try the new watermelon and tamarind margaritas. The Watermelon Margarita and the tart, refreshing Tamarind Margarita are both made with Patrón Silver Tequila and Patrón Citrónge. These featured drinks are now available.

    Come for drinks on the patio and stay for dinner. For dinner reservations, call 402-345-6000 or email omaha@cantinalaredo.com.

    Specials:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cantinalaredoomaha
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/cantinaomaha
    Sign up for specials via email: http://www.cantinalaredo.com/e-club


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    You can help Community 360° hit one out of the park on May 19, 2013 when the Omaha Storm Chasers (a Community 360° partner) take on the Las Vegas 51s. This is a fundraiser for Community 360°.

    Tickets are $30.00 pp and includes $10.00 in food coupons. Our own Community 360° board members Pam Kragt and Diane Thomas of the musical group DeJa Blu will sing the National Anthem.

    Door Prizes provided by: Omaha Storm Chasers and Tuva Enterprises. RSVP: May 8 (to allow mailing time for tickets).

    More information: website: www.community-360.org or email
    ed@community-360.org or call 402-556-8032 x 13.

    Community 360° is an Omaha 501(c)3 that recruits, trains, and places volunteers in nursing homes to provide socialization and staff support to people who live and work in nursing homes.


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    Please join Outlook Nebraska, Inc. as we kick off a new chapter in our history! Celebrate with us as we unveil plans for our building and recognize supporters that make a difference in our ability to serve the blind. Special recognition of Congressman Lee Terry, a wonderful supporter of ONI, the AbilityOne Program and our associates will take place during the festivities.

    Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at http://outlooknebraska.org/celebration-and-open-house/


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