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

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  • 10/31/13--13:23: Handel's "Messiah"
  • Voices of Omaha presents its 45th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" as a gift to the community at the Holland Performing Arts Center. There is no admission charge!

    The 165-voice chorus accompanied by chamber orchestra will be joined by soloists: Anne DeVries, soprano; Janet Carlsen Campbell, mezzo-soprano; Paul Koenig, tenor; and Terry Hodges, bass. The performance will be conducted by artistic director, Edward B. Hurd.

    To make the event accessible to every segment of the community, the performance is ASL interpreted for persons with deafness and Audio Described for audience members who have blindness. To remove language barriers, stage and lobby announcements, and the printed program will be in both English and Spanish; "Messiah" will be sung in its original English language.

    Major funding for this performance of "Messiah" has been provided by Nebraska Arts Council/Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Whitmore Charitable Trust, Giger Foundation, St. John Lutheran Foundation, and the chorus membership. A voluntary offering will be taken to assist with remaining expenses.

    "For the past 271 years, Handel's 'Messiah' has been one of the most popular works in all of Western choral literature," said artistic director Edward Hurd. "The music is so moving and the texts are so compelling, this oratorio deserves its place in our musical heritage; 'Messiah' has proven to be a lasting masterpiece for the ages with a message for the entire human race!"

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    Private Exchanges (PEs) are the modern version of Cafeteria Plans. However, some rules have changed because of Health Care Reform.

    Private Exchange basics:
    . The term "defined contribution" simply means you continue to offer employee benefit programs based on a contribution policy using a flat amount, or as a percentage of premiums.
    . Some PEs are offered around group contracts where participation rules must be met -- typically not difficult to meet -- and employees enjoy tax-free premiums on the majority of benefit programs through the Section 125 plan. This option will be most common for groups of 100 or more.
    . Some PEs utilize individual insurance contracts through multiple insurance carriers with many options employees can choose from. However, premiums cannot be deducted pre-tax.
    . PEs set up with individual contracts will end up competing with the Supplemental Health Options Program (SHOP) offered by public exchanges for groups under 100 eligible employees.

    Solutions that Private Exchanges provide to employers:

    1. Online enrollment -- complete bill reconciliation for each insurance carrier, andunlimited employee benefit communications platform (employer initiatives, wellness promotions, company campaigns, etc.).

    2. Decision-based modeling -- Employees complete utilization profiles which are then calculated for every possible employee "benefit bundle" combination to produce the most cost-effective and appropriate package for each employee.

    3. Employees purchase benefits online in the comfort of their own home.

    4. The employer has flexibility in tailoring their website design.

    5. Once set up, the program will save HR considerable time administering the program, and with substantially less paper.

    The Olson Group has several groups enrolling on their Private Exchange Jan 1, 2014. If you have any questions regarding benefits or PEs, call them toll free at 1-866-289-1046, or visit their website at

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    Presenters: Kathryn Magli and Juliana Reno with Kutak Rock topic: "Health Care Reform - Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Individual Mandate"

    TOPIC: The health care exchanges (now renamed "marketplaces") will begin open enrollment in October 2013. We will use this session to explain how they work. We will also discuss which employees and employers are expected to use the marketplaces.

    This Session has been submitted for 1.5 hours of GENERAL CREDIT from the HR Certification Institute.

    Registration HRAM Member: $15
    Non-HRAM Member: $30


    *Registration deadline and cancellations is November 10, 2013

    About the Presenters

    Ms. Magli, a partner in Kutak Rock's Omaha office, concentrates her practice on employee benefits, including health and welfare plans, retirement plans, and executive compensation. Her primary emphasis is on health and welfare plans, including ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA issues. Currently, she spends much of her time advising employers concerning compliance and planning opportunities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"). She consults with clients concerning the administration and regulation of cafeteria plans.

    Ms. Reno's practice spans all aspects of employee benefits. Her primary emphasis is on health and welfare plans, including ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA issues. Currently, she spends much of her time advising employers, insurers and third-party administrators concerning compliance and planning opportunities under the new health care reform law. She consults with clients concerning the mental health parity rules and the regulation of cafeteria plans. Ms. Reno also has considerable experience in the retirement plan area, including restating plans, applying for determination letters, reviewing domestic relations orders and drafting submissions to the voluntary correction programs of the IRS.

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    Presenter: Candy Whirley Extended

    Keynote: "Bridging the Gap..Managing Genders, Generations and Genetics"

    Keynote: This interactive, energetic and entertaining presentation will enable participants to recruit and manage top candidates by learning the differences between generations X, Y, Boomers, and Matures, and their work habits and goals. Candy will also share her knowledge of gender differences in order to help participants understand that there is truly a difference in communication and conflict management. Those who have experienced Candy, know this presentation would not be the same without one of her famous activities! Put on your hardhats, you will be building a BRIDGE!

    This program has been submitted for a total of 2 hours of General credit to the HR Certification Institute for review.

    Registration HRAM Member:
    Extended Keynote: $25

    Non-HRAM Member:
    Extended Keynote: $40

    Corporate Table (seats 7): $150


    About the Presenter: From the Hawaiian Islands to London, England, and Seoul, Korea, Candy Whirley is famous for her high energy level, enthusiasm, innovative methods and contagious sense of humor. As a humorous keynote speaker, she combines light-hearted training techniques with more than 20 years of experience helping professionals improve their job performance and achieve their personal goals.

    Candy is a past President and former Board Member of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Speakers Association. You may recognize Candy as a former Kansas City Chiefs Chiefette, as a performer at Starlight Theater in Kansas City or as a model for the Kansas City Star Magazine. She graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Western State College with a B.S. Degree in Speech Communications, with a Human Relations Emphasis. She earned her Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix where she was selected by the faculty to present the commencement address.

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    'Tis the season for party planning at Cantina Laredo! Book a holiday party in our private dining room (no fee to book) or have us cater your special event.

    Get 10% off catering over $100 if booked by 11.30.13. (Not valid on already booked events.)

    Join our e-Club for specials:

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    Holiday parties. Holiday cheer with Black Oak Grill.

    Get 10% off catering over $100 if booked by 11/30/13.

    Call Mike to plan your party: 402-341-0622.


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    Get a free $10 gift card with your $50 gift card purchase.

    Free card valid Jan. to Feb. 2014.

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    Among our regular routes to Council Bluffs, Lincoln, Fremont, and Oakland-We are starting deliveries 2 times a week to Sioux City!

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    For the month of November 15% off WILL BE discounted off our rack rates. A simple account form must be filled out.

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  • 11/05/13--10:30: Save 15% on our deliveries
  • For the month of November 15% off! WILL BE discounted off our rack rates. A simple account form must be filled out.

    HotShot Deliveries 402-510-5521.

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    Christopher J. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, assumes the role of Managing Principal of the Omaha office of international architecture and engineering firm LEO A DALY. Johnson will oversee the Omaha team in executing projects and pursuing new business opportunities in markets including health care, aviation, higher education, Federal, and hospitality.

    Johnson will succeed Lloyd A. Meyer, R.A., AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, who has been with LEO A DALY for 42 years and served in the Omaha Managing Principal role for the last 17 years. Meyer will stay with the firm in an advisory role through his retirement.

    Johnson, who joined LEO A DALY in July, 2012 as business development director, previously worked for the firm as a project architect and project manager from 1990-2003. Before rejoining, he managed preconstruction services for The Weitz Company and Boyd Jones Construction Company. His 23 years of architecture and construction experience includes KETV Burlington Station Renovation, Carl T. Curtis National Park Service Midwest Headquarters, and College of St. Mary Madonna Residence Hall,

    Johnson's work on the Carl T. Curtis National Park Service Midwest Headquarters earned LEO A DALY the AIA Honor Award, the White House Closing the Circle Award, and LEED Gold designation. Johnson has also received AIA Honor Awards for SAC Air and Space Museum, UNLV Lied Library, First National Tower, Westside High School and Middle School, and Creighton Prep Student Commons. He also received the LEO A DALY Director's Award for Leadership and the Charles H. Weitz Award of Excellence for Pre-Construction Services at Midtown Crossing Turner Park.

    Johnson holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and served as 2012 president of the Omaha chapter. He is also a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Habitat for Humanity Building Committee, the Omaha-Council Bluffs American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team, and the Downtown Omaha Rotary Club.

    About LEO A DALY
    Established in 1915, LEO A DALY is an international architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. The Company's portfolio includes award-winning projects in 87 countries and all 50 states. With over 800 employees in 30 offices worldwide, the firm ranks in the top 10 largest design firms in the United States and top 25 globally. For more information, visit

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    Come on in and take your first shot free. We know you will love our high intensity interval training focused on a complete, full body workout. Become a member and we will waive your $99 enrollment fee. Title Boxing Club at the Shoppes at Grayhawk,3525 North 147th Street Suite 105,Omaha, Nebraska 68116.

    Like us on facebook at Title Boxing Club Omaha or check us out at

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    We are providing a 40% discounted price (over other companies) on all professional web design services because of increasing our ever-growing hosting accounts.

    Visit us on the web at or call 402-813-4034. We have tons of references and our clients love us. Hosting services start at only $19 dollars per year and up.

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    Order Mixed for your holiday party and earn a $50 gift card for orders of $150 or more

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    RALSTON, NE (November 8, 2013) - The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, will take the stage on Sunday, January 26 at the Ralston Arena. The show begins at 5:00 p.m. with doors at 4:00 p.m. Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) will perform The Fresh Beat Band Hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music.

    Fresh Beat Band party packages, which include a meet and greet with the Fresh Beat Band will be available. The Fresh Beat Band debuted in 2009 on Nickelodeon and has amassed an amazing core fan base. The Fresh Beat Band centers on four best friends - Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist - in a band who love to sing and dance. Kids are introduced to the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles. In each episode, preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges.

    Viewers also learn the importance of friendship, working together in a positive way and respecting each other's differences. The series has featured music superstar Ne-Yo with additional celebrity guests appearing in season three.

    "This is exactly the type of event the Ralston Arena was built for, great family entertainment. This is our first children's show which has previously sold out at the Orpheum Theatre but, now is moving to a larger, more convenient venue with free parking," said Paul Hendrickson, Ralston Arena General Manger.

    WHAT: The Fresh Beat Band: Live In Concert

    WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2013

    SHOW TIME: 5:00 p.m., doors open at 4:00 p.m.

    ADMISSION: Reserved Admission: $159.50 VIP Pkg., $59.50, $39.50, plus applicable fees.

    ON-SALE DATE: Friday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m.

    VENUE: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q Street, Ralston, Nebraska


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

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    Concord Mediation Center presents its Third Annual Family Holiday Movie... ELF!

    Monday, December 9
    Aksarben Cinema, 67th and Center, Omaha
    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Raffle prize drawings follow film

    Movie tickets: $10
    Raffle tickets: $5

    Proceeds support Concord Mediation Center's work on behalf of children and families. For tickets, call 402-345-1131 or email us at

    Concord Mediation Center offers problem solving processes for families and businesses. Concord Mediation Center is the only approved mediation center in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. That approval comes from the Office of Dispute Resolution in the Nebraska Supreme Court. We are required to provide dispute resolution services, regardless of a client's ability to pay. More than two-thirds of our clients meet low income guidelines and qualify for reduced services fees. Concord Mediation Center holds fundraising events to help offset the cost of these services.

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    MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's PRSSA chapter is seeking help from Nebraska PRSA to fill 100 backpacks with clothing and hygiene supplies to Youth Emergency Services (YES), a local nonprofit that serves homeless and at-risk youth.

    For only $35, PRSA members or their companies can sponsor a backpack in the "Say YES: Give Back with a Pack" drive that runs throughout the month of November.
    The UNO's PRSSA chapter has purchased 100 backpacks through its own fundraising but needs more assistance to fill them with such items as packages of socks and underwear, gloves or mittens, body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brushes and first aid items. Checks should be made out to UNO-PRSSA and mailed in care of Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser at Room 140, Arts and Sciences Hall, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182-0112.

    For more than 35 years YES has served struggling youth, ages 12 to 21 in Omaha and Council Bluffs, by providing critically needed resources that empower them to become self-sufficient. YES served more than 800 homeless and at-risk youth in 2010-11 alone through shelter and advocacy programs.

    Please contact Angela Eastep, PRSSA service director, for more information at

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    Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) invites you to attend its next Community Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Girls, Inc. located at 2811 N. 45th Street in Omaha. The meeting theme is Changes in Magellan of Nebraska presented by Sue Mimick, Chief Executive Officer, and Andrew Shapiro, Chief Operations Officer of Magellan of Nebraska.

    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 attend. 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. Please contact NFC with any questions at (402) 492-2500.

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