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

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  • 08/14/13--14:20: Bronco
  • Grupo Bronco is a Mexican Grupero group from Apodaca,N.L.,Bronco's modern take on the Norteno style in the '80's and '90's helped earn them a number of international its.

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  • 08/14/13--14:25: Monster Jam
  • Monster Jam Mid-America Center Arena
    January 3, 2014 | 7:30pm
    January 4, 2014 | 2pm and 7:30pm
    January 5, 2014 | 2pm

    Don't miss this family event featuring the best monster trucks in the business! Weighing 10,000 pounds, with 1,500 horsepower - Monster Jam stars will battle to be the best in the full throttle racing competition and the audience-scored "freestyle" competition. It's all the excitement you can handle with highflying fun, car crushing craziness, and hardcore horsepower.

    RESERVED ADVANCE ADMISSION
    Adults | $35, $22 Kids, ages 2-12 | $5
    Children under 2 are free

    RESERVED DAY OF SHOW ADMISSION
    Adults | $37, $24 Kids, ages 2-12 | $7
    Children under 2 are free

    Tickets can be purchased at the MAC Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or online at ticketmaster.com For general event inquires please contact the box office at 712.326.2295


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  • 08/19/13--06:53: Paint to Support Pet Rescue
  • Village Canvas and Cabernet, Omaha's "paint and sip" art gallery and event venue in Aksarben Village, will host a Paint Your Pet Night every month through October. A donation of 15% from each registration will support the good work of local rescue organizations.

    The way it works: after you register/pay online, you email a photo of your pet. Your canvas is sketched, so when you arrive the artist will walk you through the process of painting. The session runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration fee covers, pre-sketched canvas, everything needed for painting, the guidance of an artist, a complimentary drink (beer, wine, coffee, soda) a donation to the rescue group of the month, and a gift bag, courtesy of The Green Spot from the Shoppes of Aksarben.

    Class size is limited, so don't hesitate-register today at www.canvasandcab.com/calendar Sept 24-Hearts United for Animals Oct 22- Hands, Hearts & Paws


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  • 08/21/13--08:50: Sales Acceleration Course
  • Audit Your Sales Process! Learn the secrets to increasing sales by obtaining a Sales Auditor Certi?cate. Offered through a partnership between Creighton University and Verde Martin, this ?ve-part course will lead company representatives through a sales process analysis resulting in a strategic sales plan, tactical ?ndings, and key performance indicators for measuring continued success.

    These sessions are usually priced at $1000, but because of a recent grant, they are available for just $275. That's only $55 per class! Classes begin October 8th.

    Sign up today! https://businessinstitute.creighton.edu/courses/audit-your-sales-process


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  • 08/21/13--08:51: Food For Football
  • Let us cater your football parties. Pickup or delivered. See our MENU on our web site, ozarkbbq.net. over 25 years serving Omaha guarantees satisfaction. Call us at 402-333-1744 or visit us at 114th West Center Rd., behind Jiffy Lube.

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    Interactive Concert to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Andrews Episcopal Church - Headliners Billy McGuigan and Jimmy Weber to Delve into Extensive Repertoire

    Audience favorites Billy McGuigan and Jimmy Weber bring their popular, high-powered all request show to Lauritzen Gardens on Friday, September 13. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Omaha.

    The outdoor performance is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

    "Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and settle in for a fabulous night on the green - all to benefit two very worthy institutions. You can't beat that!" said event organizer Susie Thorne of St. Andrews Church.

    McGuigan, who lost his father to Leukemia, is the creator of three nationally touring shows: Rave On!, an homage to Buddy Holly, Yesterday and Today, an interactive Beatles tribute, and Rock Legends, an audience customized rock experience. He has wowed audiences and broken attendance records at theaters across the country. The performer lives in Omaha with his wife and two children and is actively involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Country musician Jimmy Weber, also from Omaha, has opened for top entertainers such as Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Clint Black and the Beach Boys. He recently retired from active duty after 24 years of service with the US Air Force. A former member of the US Air Force Band, he deployed five times.

    The entertainers have a combined repertoire of more than 1,000 songs. During the interactive show, appropriately titled "By Request Only," cues from the audience will determine their playlist.

    Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students. Children under 5 years old are free. A Meet & Greet package, which includes the show and a pre-concert reception, is available for $75 per person. Tickets are now available online through Ticketswest, at the St. Andrews church office and after Sunday services.


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    2013 Diversity and Inclusion Conference

    What Information Does the Conference Cover?

    • How local service agencies advocate and provide support for protected classes of people under the Civil Rights Act. - Who are Omaha's refugee, immigrant, native american and african communities and what diverse skills do they bring to the labor pool.
    • How support services and training programs link diverse people to local businesses and potential employers.
    • How your company and staff can embrace diversity and engage in an inclusive workplace.


    Who Should Attend?

    • Human Resource Supervisors and Staff, Hiring Department Management and Staff, local businesses and community members, anyone who wants to learn more about diversity and inclusion in Omaha.

    What is the Conference Schedule?
    8:30 a.m. - Registration - visit booths

    9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks - Mayor Jean Stothert (pending) and ChristaYoakum - You're Welcome in Omaha Campaign

    9:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 1 - Omaha's refugee, immigrant, and native communities: Native Americans; African Americans; Immigrants; Refugees - Diversity in Omaha

    12:30 - Luncheon - Keynote speaker - Inclusive communities and impact individuals bring to enhance our community

    1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. -Session 2 - Protected classes of people and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Rhonda Uher, City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department. Services local agencies provide to assist diverse clients in support services, community engagement, and ultimate self-sufficiency. Hilton Hotel HR department testimonial - diversity brings increased productivity and decreased turnover.

    3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Wrap up and visit participant / organizational information booths

    What is the Cost to Attend?

    • Individual (includes lunch) attendee $85.00
    • Table Sponsor (table of 8 & table sign) $750.00
    • Table Sponsor (table of 8, table sign & program recognition) $1,000.00
    • Gold Sponsor ( 2 tables of 8, table sign, program recognition, sponsor promotion) $2,500.00
    • Refugee / Student attendee $35.00
    • Luncheon Only attendee $55.00
    • Nonprofit Group Rate $350.00 (includes table of 7 and table sign)

    Visit www.sscaomaha.info for more information, or visit the link at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=r4i78ieab&oeidk=a07e7mk0kpx4f33531d


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    Just in time for Nebraska football, two new burgers arrive at Black Oak Grill.

    Named for the Blackshirts, the Black & Blue Burger is a cheese lover's dream. It comes topped with blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese dressing, along with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle - all on a brioche bun. Or try the Husker Burger, heaped with aged cheddar, smokehouse bacon, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. Both burgers come with savory fries.

    Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. partners recommend pairing the burgers with light, easy-to-drink beers. Try the seasonal strawberry-flavored Flip Flop, available on tap for a limited time, or the Pre-Prohibition Style Lager for something a little more traditional.

    Black Oak Grill is located in Midtown Crossing. Call 402-341-0622 for reservations.


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    Join us to work together and expand opportunities for women in a traditionally male dominated arena. Help yourself and help other women in the construction business by contributing your experience and expertise.

    This event is free but you must register here: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/events/woman-owned.cfm or email Roger Johnson at wrjohnson@unomaha.edu to attend.


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    You will learn to become FIRST in finding opportunities in government contracting and how to ensure that your proposal is complete and accurate. This workshop will give you the confidence to compete successfully for contracts. The workshop is free, but you must register to attend.

    Register online here: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/events/ or email Tara Clawson at tclawson@unomaha.edu


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    Five time Grammy award winning country music superstar, Wynonna Judd, will take the stage on Sunday, December 15 at the Ralston Arena. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with doors at 6:00 p.m.

    Wynonna will perform "A Simpler Christmas" mixing classic Christmas favorites with her own holiday songs, and sprinkle in a few of her biggest hits, all backed by her band, The Big Noise.

    Her impressive career has produced hit songs such as: "I Saw The Light", "She Is His Only Need" and "No One Else On Earth". Wynonna, who has been a staple of the country music scene for more than 30 years, sold more than 20 million albums performing with her mother Naomi as half of the legendary duo The Judds.

    Since 1992, she's also had a successful solo career, selling 10 million albums. Wynonna is currently working on her eighth studio album due out later this year. It's just the latest in a string of hit albums that started with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, Wynonna. That set spawned four number one hits and was the best-selling country album ever by a female artist at that time. In 1994, Wynonna received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards, and Rolling Stone called her "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."

    ADMISSION: Reserved Admission: $99.00, $59.00, $49.00, $39.00, plus applicable fees ON-SALE DATE: Friday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m.

    MORE INFORMATION:www.wynonna.com or www.ralstonarena.com

    Tickets can be purchased at the Ralston Arena Ticket Office, online at www.homepridetix.com or charge by phone at 800.440.3741.


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    StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC, is being honored as an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company, coming in at number 1162 out of 5000 on the 2013 list. In the Government Services category, Strategic is ranked at 64 out of 202 companies listed in that category.

    Strategic joins an elite group of businesses that have won the award, such as Microsoft, Intuit and Oracle. For a closer look at Strategic's ranking profile, click here: http://www.inc.com/profile/strategichealthsolutions

    Headquartered in Omaha, Neb., with a second office in Columbia, Md., Strategic has grown from President and CEO Peg Stessman's basement into a thriving company that currently employs more than 160 people.

    "It's an honor to be recognized by Inc. 5000 as a growing and successful company," said Stessman. "Achieving this recognition is due in no small part to the hard work and passion our team has for making Strategic a leader in our industry."

    StrategicHealthSolutions is classified by the government as a Woman-Owned Small Business and works with the Federal government to improve the quality, efficiency and value of health care. Areas of specialization include medical review; education and training; program management and systems integration; research and analysis; monitoring and compliance; and enrollment and eligibility.


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    Good morning Friends and Family, Effective today, August 29th I have launched Accessibility.TV which is the only Internet TV station dedicated to Accessibility and assistive technology products. The goal is to provide a one stop educational source for assistive technology. Assistive technology is something I have been involved with for 25 years and it is the great equalizer. Assistive technology is hardware and software we add to a computer to accommodate a person with a disability. For someone who is unable to use a keyboard or a mouse, we can add voice recognition software and they can talk to a computer and emulate what a keyboard and mouse does. There is also expanded keyboards, various switches, and other types of technology to provide input. On the output side if you are blind and unable to see the screen we can add software called a screen reader and have the information on the screen read to you. If you have low vision like macular degeneration, than there is software to provide magnification so you can enlarge what you are looking at on a screen. If you are blind and a braille reader, then you can have a refreshable braille display hooked up to a computer and so now rather than hearing the information on the computer screen, you can read it in braille. If you have a learning disability and cannot read print, there is software and a camera that can instantly turn paper work and printed books into spoken words on a screen for you to read. There are also software tools that help a person write that needs that help. Assistive technology is the great equalizer and it opens a lot of doors for persons with disabilities. Accessibility.TV is a web site which was created to unite everybody to create and share videos that show success using assistive technology. This website is not selling anything but sharing videos divided into two categories; Vendor and Product.

    Please watch the video at this link to learn more. http://www.accessibility.tv/about.htm

    Accessibility.TV is operated by volunteers and if you are interested in helping us, please email me your qualifications. We need Content Experts, Website Designers, Graphic Artists, Programmers (CGI, Database, Java and Flash), Video camera experts, Video editor, and users of assistive technology.

    With much respect,
    Pat Fischer
    CEO Corporate Office Accessibility dot Net, Inc.
    11110 Fort St., Suite 103
    Omaha, NE 68164
    Local: 402-491-3191


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    When was the last time you experienced an adventure that took your breath away? Well, the time is now. Holland America Line and AAA Travel proudly present ON STAGE ALASKA, an exhilarating live performance and film presentation. You'll discover all the Great Land has to offer: towering mountains, Ice Age glaciers, abundant wildlife, dog sledding, gold panning and so much more, all in the hands of Holland America Line, Alaska's oldest and most respected Cruisetour company! ON STAGE ALASKA. is here for a limited engagement Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Club located at 2440 S 141 Circle in Omaha TO RSVP CALL AAA TODAY at (402) 951-2411 or email us at NETRAVELEVENTS@aaane.com

    Stop by your local AAA Travel Agency or call AAA for details: Clocktower 815 N 98 Street 402-390-1000 West Center 2606 S 132 Street 402-333-8200 West Maple 16016 Evans Street 402-493-2700 Bellevue 3905 Twin Creek Drive., #107 402-938-0080

    Don't miss this refreshingly different travel show, or the opportunity for the bonus travel benefits that it offers... ON STAGE ALASKA!


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    Mr. Philippi is an associate who concentrates his practice in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits. He represents clients encountering a variety of issues related to employee benefits plans including Internal Revenue Service and United States Department of Labor corrections, plan design and administration, and reporting and disclosure compliance.
    With 750 attorneys practicing in 54 locations nationwide, Jackson Lewis provides creative and strategic solutions to employers in every aspect of employment, labor, benefits and immigration law. To learn more about our services, please visit
    www. jacksonlewis.com.

    Jackson Lewis LLP
    10050 Regency Circle, Ste 400
    Omaha NE 68114 | 402.391.1991


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    Join us on September 19, 5-6 pm for September's SalesTalk networking and learning event, hosted by Cella Quinn Investment Services, where Cynthia Buettner, Senior Vice President of IT, Marketing and Sales for SAC Federal Credit Union will present "The Member Experience: Keeping True to the Mission."

    Cynthia will share her insights on ways to understand the member experience, how it translates to your brand promise and ultimately to your company's mission and purpose.

    The presentation will be followed by a chance to connect with fellow business leaders from a variety of industries. Refreshments will be provided. Register at: https://salestalksept.eventbrite.com/


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    Football Stadium
    Purse and Bag Restrictions
    Solved by SHOLDIT

    August 29, 2013, Omaha, NE - Just in time for the opening day of professional football games, Angela Lee founder of SHOLDIT, announced that she has invented an ideal solution to the football stadium restrictions imposed on purses and bags.


    "There is general agreement that the ban is designed to look out for the personal and public safety for all those whom attend games. The patent pending Clutch WrapT purse has been found to meet those requirements in addition to enhancing comfort and security even further. Worn as a scarf, its hidden secure zipper pocket(s) have more than enough room for a cell phone, wallet, keys, tickets and other items of importance used during a game" announced Lee. "We are thrilled that since the product was launched less than two years ago, it has been profiled by The Today Show, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune and a host of other national, regional, and local news outlets."


    The SHOLDIT Clutch WrapT purse conveniently unfolds from a clutch into a fashionable infinity wrap which can be worn across the body, double- or single-wrapped around the neck, and around the shoulders as a shrug while still having access to the secure zippered pockets. When the Clutch WrapT purse is not being worn, it can be simply inverted back into the main pocket and for use as a clutch purse.

    The SHOLDIT Clutch WrapT purse has been making a splash across the country and been touted by Accessories Magazine as "one of the most innovative fashion accessories seen in years." Comments also include "Every woman in every city across the globe needs one!"

    For more information contact Andy Greenberg 402-250-3895 or speakingofandygreenberg@cox.net and, please visit www.SHOLDIT.com or email angelalee@SHOLDIT.com or call Phone: 1-855-SHOLDIT


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    Known for innovative cocktails, the newest margarita at Cantina Laredo does not disappoint. The Hibiscus Margarita is made with 1800 Cointreau Silver, hibiscus flower syrup and fresh lemon and lime juices. It is garnished with an edible candied hibiscus flower atop a floating lime wheel.

    Cantina Laredo is located in Midtown Crossing. Call 402-345-6000 for reservations.


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    LaRue Coffee & Roasterie is proud to announce that they will be working with B&R Stores, Inc in launching the original officially licensed Husker Coffee within Russ's Markets and Super Saver's throughout eastern Nebraska. The five available Husker Coffee blends (out of 11 total) will be Coach Tom Osborne's limited edition Coach's Choice, Joel Makovicka's Mocha Mak, Calvin Jones' #44, Game Day, and Eric Crouch's Hut Hut Husker Nut.

    Customers can find these Husker Coffee blends in their local Russ's Markets in Lincoln and Hastings and Super Saver's throughout Omaha, Council Bluffs, Lincoln, and Grand Island.

    LaRue Coffee & Roasterie has been family owned since 1972. In 2002, they opened their first state of the art roasting and packaging facility where LaRue coffees are roasted daily. With having their own roasting facility, they roast coffee for 60 different coffee companies according to the customer's exact blend and roast specifications. The coffee beans are purchased direct from mills and farms in 35 different countries. And with route delivery in 13 states in the Midwest, LaRue Coffee Roasterie currently has over 10,000 customers and ships nationwide from their distribution center.

    LaRue Coffee & Roasterie has a passion for providing excellent customer service and with the products available, they're able to create a program specific to individual customer needs.

    For more information, visit http://www.laruecoffee.com/


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