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

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    We are reducing inventory and selling the two domains and and so we need a buyer who loves Omaha.

    Someone who will take care of these unique names that sit on the Internet mainstreet of the world.

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    Omaha, NE Contact: Andy Greenberg
    June 08, 2012 402-250-3895
    Nebraska's Got Talent
    Opens Audtions
    To Benefit
    Together Omaha

    (Omaha, NE) Nebraska's Got Talent today announced that auditions are open for the August 25 preliminaries and the Finals on Sept 15. All proceeds from the sale of tickets will be donated to the area's premier non-profit homeless prevention agency for over 30 years.

    James Wagner founder of PerformersUSA who created the concept for local talent to be recognized and discovered while benefiting a major non-profit , commented " our first show in 2010 was an amazing success and this year will be even better, Each year we will select a non-profit organization to donate all ticket sales proceeds. If we sell out both shows it will raise $15,000 for Together. This is a great organization that has done some remarkable work in Omaha"

    "We are very excited to have been selected as the show's first non-profit" announced Together's Interim Director Mike Hornacek.. "With today's uncertain economy we are continuing to see an influx of people in need, last year we provided over 44,000 services to Metro residents!"

    Andy Greenberg and Becki Jelinek the show producers announced "we encourage all singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, jugglers and entertainers from age 5- 90 to enter before August 01. We will select 120 to compete on August 25 at Burke High School. 15 will be selected for the finals to be held on September15, 2012. Our judges will be well known Omaha celebrities and personalities.

    All entry forms are on To qualify for an audition review, please refer us to a posted U Tube video that exists (or post a new one) or send in a CD or DVD to Nebraska's Got Talent 663 N 132nd street PMB 164 Omaha, NE 68154 with an entry form. As with last year's show there will be prizes for the final three and they will perform at this year's "Fall Home and Garden Expo" held at the Century Link Center on Oct 19-21.

    For media inquires and to arrange for interviews call Andy Greenberg 402-250-3895 or e-mail or visit

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    Omaha's revitalized Turner Park has become an unprecedented hotspot - and not just for community events. The seven acre gem is now the first city park in Nebraska to offer free Wi-Fi internet

    The high-tech enhancement comes at no expense to Omaha taxpayers. Midtown Crossing spearheaded and funded the improvement.

    "We're seeing more and more people relaxing and taking advantage of the scenic and spacious Turner Park," said Molly Skold, marketing director for East Campus Realty, the Mutual of Omaha subsidiary that owns Midtown

    "Adding the free Wi-Fi service will only make it more attractive to our residents and visitors." The internet service will be available beginning June 23, in time for the spectacular Architects of Air exhibit.

    "We were thrilled to hear Turner Park is now offering free
    Wi-Fi," said Omaha Parks and Recreation Director Brook Bench.
    "This is another great distinction for the park and the kind of unique, customer-focused offering we've come to expect from Midtown Crossing."

    Named the City of Omaha's top park by the Omaha World-Herald, Turner Park hosts an array of community events, including Jazz on the Green, Yoga Rocks the Park and, this June, the world-renowned Architects of Air experience.

    The addition of Wi-Fi is the latest in a string of enhancements that have transformed the once non-descript green space to a vibrant destination. In conjunction with the development of Midtown Crossing, 112 year old Turner Park was expanded from five to seven and one half acres and revitalized with 574 new trees; 35,455 flower bulbs; 3,042 shrubs; and an almost 7,000 pound, 100 foot flag pole.

    The Wi-Fi service in Turner Park is free and accessible without a password.

    For more information about Midtown Crossing, including the latest on residential and retail offerings, events and development amenities, please visit or contact Molly Skold at 402-598-9676.

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    Together Omaha announced its plan to maintain its food supply as their yearly USDA allotment has already been exhausted.

    "Together has redistributed 1 million meals yearly to 17 Omaha food pantries and our own clients from food supplied by the USDA," announced Krissy Madej, Development and Marketing Manager. "When we learned that we have already used the 2012 USDA allotment, we knew the impact it would have on the 500,000 meals we distribute during the last half of the year would be devastating. We immediately notified the food pantries that rely upon Together for food that can be obtained from various Omaha sources. Fortunately we are in the kick-off stages of Project 94 with 13 local Omaha businesses and faith organizations to replace the food that would have been provided by the USDA.

    PROJECT 94, is Together Omaha's first community-wide summer food/fund drive. The goal is to raise $94,000 in food relief for the 94 days of summer

    "Together is reaching out to help kick-off this important endeavor. Our goal is to jumpstart the campaign by raising $20,000 (or 20,000 pounds of food.) before the official kick-off on June 21, 2012," stated board President Mike Lechtenberger.

    As a result of this announcement we are asking all of the Omaha community to visit participating businesses listed on our website and drop off food products. We are also encouraging our website visitors to take an opportunity to make a monetary donation in any amount they feel comfortable with. We feel a strong obligation to continue to provide much needed food to our community and show that Omaha is capable of "Coming Together."

    Mike Hornacek, Operations Manager and Interim Director added "we are also thrilled with an up and coming partnership announced with "Nebraska's Got Talent" that could benefit Together by an additional $15,000 by September. They are one of many organizations including Lamar Advertising who donated space to publicize Project 94.We invite all of Omaha to join us.

    Together has humbly helped people for the past 37 years and coordinates over 44,000 services each year. As a full service agency, Together supplies food to many of Omaha's Food Pantries, provides rent utility assistance, medical, clothes, pantry, furniture and transportation to the greater Omaha area.

    For information contact Andy Greenberg (402) or Mike Lechtenberger, or 402-351-8345

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    Summer temperatures are warming up...and Omaha's Zurlo's Bistro Italiano is adding some extra heat to their menu to delight of restaurant guests, as well.

    Hot and fresh daily fish specials -- including Chef Enzo's very popular Black Grouper entrée -- are now being featured during the restaurant's lunch and dinner menu.

    The Bistro's summer hour schedule is also now in full swing in an effort to accommodate patrons who enjoy warm evening breezes on the Zurlo's outdoor patio while they sip their chilled Bellinis or Sangrias. (See below for hours listings.)

    Thursday Live Music features at Zurlo's will continue through the summer months on the patio. Upcoming groups performing include Chris Saub on June 14th, Karly Jurgensen on June 21st and eNVy on June 28th.

    Musicians share their music each Thursday from 5pm-8pm, an ideal time for groups wanting to socialize after work and take advantage of the 3pm thru 6:30pm daily Happy Hour Specials.

    "As you can see, our patio is a favorite gathering place for us," laughs Zurlo's Bistro owner Lori Stangl. "We've been honored to receive Best of Omaha Magazine honors for our Brick Oven Pizza and other distinctions over the last several years. This year, though, we're especially hoping voters consider us for the 'Best Patio' award."

    Voting on Omaha Magazine's annual 'Best of Omaha' contest begins July 1st via Stangl and Chef Zurlo's wait to see how their beloved bistro patio fares in the upcoming 2012 local patio race will likely go seemingly fast.

    The restaurant's staff is currently focused on preparing for an upcoming Father's Day Brunch on June 17th as well as planning for various business lunches, wedding rehearsal dinners and other catering events.

    A limited-time gift card bonus is also currently available in honor of Dads who appreciate innovative Italian cuisine. Purchases of $25, $50 and $75 cards will earn a free $5, $10 or $15 card respectively.

    Reservations for Father's Day and inquiries on catering options can be easily completed via the Zurlo's website at or by calling 402-884-9500.

    Zurlo's Bistro Summer Hours:
    Monday - Thursday -- 11am - 11pm
    Friday -- 11am - midnight
    Saturday -- 3pm - midnight
    Sunday Brunch -- 10am-2pm

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    Proceeds from all passes purchased through the Strike Zone at (402) 398-1238 will benefit MVP4Life for the Tailgate Omaha, featuring Omaha Steaks, is a premier tailgating destination during the College Baseball Championship Series June 15 - 25/26.

    Only 40 yards from the stadium, on southwest corner of 13th and Cuming streets, The Tailgate Omaha IS the perfect location to catch all the baseball action and spend the day entertaining friends, employees and clients in a unique tailgate environment!

    Choose from the Hospitality Tailgate, your own Private Tailgate or just swing by and grab a snack at the Tailgate Concessions.

    MUST PURCHASE PASSES AT (402) 398-1238. Enjoy, food, fun,TV's and Music, Entertainment and so much more.

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  • 06/13/12--08:39: Veterans in Business Forum

    Each month, veteran-owned businesses will introduce their services and products in five-minute presentations. Our special guest speaker, Congressman Lee Terry (Congressional District II) will present a topic of concern to veteran business owners.

    Join us for business promotion and networking opportunities. Get to know your fellow veterans. This event is free but you must register before the day of the event to ensure a spot.

    Register at or call Kelly Grant at 402-554-6252

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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 before the day of the event to ensure a spot.

    Register at or contact Kelly Grant at 402-554-6252.

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    Each month three women-owned businesses introduce their services and products in a five-minute presentation. Each breakfast will also feature a special speaker who will present a topic of interest to women in business.

    During breakfast all attendees will introduce themselves, so please bring business cards, brochures, etc., make some contacts and enjoy the fellowship of other women in business.

    This event is free but you must register before the day of the event.

    Register at Cost: $13(Members), $20(Non-members)

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    Vision Helpers introduces the Low Vision Reader web site, along with two new Low Vision Reader computer systems which help persons with low vision read the newspaper on-line.

    "All newspapers are very hard to read for a person with low vision, and with more newspapers being read on-line, that is exactly why we invented the Low Vision Reader computer system", says Pat Fischer, CEO of Vision Helpers.

    The two new models come in either a desktop model with a 37 inch High Definition Display, or a laptop with a 17.3 inch High Definition LED Display. Both models come with Zoomtext Magnifier Reader to provide magnification, and text to speech software so the newspaper can be read to you.

    "The Low Vision Reader is exactly what consumers with low vision need in order to remain independent, and that is why we have created these computer systems. If you know someone with low vision and they miss reading the newspaper in print, or miss using a computer to read on-line, then have them call us today 402-491-3191 so we may help them".

    In addition, Vision Helpers has solutions to help a person read the printed word with its video magnification products that enlarge newspapers, books, prescription bottles, and everything else in print.

    Vision Helpers recognize that reading is part of healthy living and being able to read when you want to read is independence, and the low vision reader is the best solution to remain independent.

    Vision Helpers is a division of Accessibility dot Net, Inc. and last year Accessibility dot Net invented the Library Reader which is a ADA Library Computer System to accommodate persons with disabilities.

    "We love the Library's of America and created Library Helpers last year as a way to help promote US libraries and how important they are to America.

    With 24 million Americans with low vision, and over 77 million American's getting on-line in library's every year, it is easy to see why we are passionate about libraries in America and helping library patrons read", says Mr. Fischer.

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    Saturday, August 18 6:30 p.m.
    Skutt Catholic High School
    3131 S 156th St.

    Ten local celebrities will take the stage with professional dance instructors, competing in front of celebrity judges and an audience of YES supporters.

    The event includes a dance competition, food and beverage, and a silent auction and raffle.

    Tickets: $50 in advance/$60 at the door Contact: Kristin Neemann at or at 402.345.5187 ext 105


    Youth Emergency Services (YES) is an organization that serves homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.

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    Omaha, Nebraska (June 15, 2012) -
    Protex Central, an industry leader in fire, life safety and security solutions that help protect people, property and assets throughout the Midwest region, is proud to announce their move to 6775 South 118th Street (Suites 103 & 104) Omaha, Nebraska 68137.

    Protex Central will be celebrating their move on July 26th from 10:30am - 1pm with a clean agent product demonstration, open house, and luncheon. Space is limited to the event so RSVP by July 19th; more information can be found at

    For more information about the Open House or Protex Central, Inc. contact Audrey Merrill at (402) 592-8225 or by email at

    "2012 SAMMY Award Finalist for Installer of the Year by Security Sales and Integration Magazine"

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    Thanks to a program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called Mission: Small Business, your support could translate into a $250,000 grant for PAWfect Pet Services. But we need at least 250 votes at to qualify.

    To vote for PAWfect Pet Services:
    1. Go to click 'Log In & Support' and log in using Facebook.
    2. Search for PAWfect Pet Services by name OR filter by state (Nebraska) and city (Omaha).
    3. Click on the blue Vote button next to PAWfect Pet Services to show your support for our business.

    Thank you for your support!

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    On Saturday, Oct. 6, The Kent Bellows Studio, an Omaha center for youth artist mentorship programming, will celebrate a milestone with its five-year anniversary and introduce its inaugural signature event, the WISHBONE Gala.

    In addition to being a first for The Kent Bellows Studio, this event will unveil a unique and versatile commercial space, the fully renovated Omar Baking Company building on 4383 Nicholas Street.

    WISHBONE 2012 promises to be a remarkable celebration that will break the traditional gala/fundraiser mold by bringing together a stunning showcase of 2012 student and mentor artwork as well as a one-night-only gallery of an exclusive collection of Kent Bellows' work.

    The event itself, produced by experiential marketing firm, STEP Group, will move guests through a series of mini "venues," including a cocktail lounge, pop-up art gallery, catering stations, and interstitial live entertainment by Quixotic Fusion. Playing off the veracity of Kent's work, internationally renowned Quixotic Fusion ( will be integrated into the event atmosphere with performances throughout the evening, incorporating dance, music, as well as video and animation, highlighting Bellows' and student art themes.

    The Kent Bellows Studio seeks to provide young artists with an environment of creative growth and support; in order to continue their young tradition of service to the community, the Studio is seeking to grow its base of supporters and generate operating revenue with this inaugural WISHBONE event.

    For more information regarding the WISHBONE 2012 event, contact STEP Group, Caroline Hinrichs, 402.312.6238,

    For information about the Kent Bellows Studio, contact Executive Director, Anne Meysenburg,

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    The HRAM 2012 Salary/Wage & Benefits Survey is ready for purchase!

    Last year's survey contained data from over 100 companies and covered approximately 200 positions. In 2011, we added 13 additional positions including some in the fields of E-Commerce, Information Technology, and Architecture; along with additional questions on the topic of Health Care Reform.


    Survey Participant(HRAM Member)
    Full Survey $200
    Benefits Survey Only $125

    Survey Participant(Non-HRAM Member)
    Full Survey $275
    Benefits Survey Only $175

    HRAM member
    Full Survey $450
    Benefits Survey Only $150

    Non-HRAM member
    Full Survey $525
    Benefits Survey Only $225

    If you would like to order your 2012 Survey today, follow this link

    Please fax or email the form to 402-932-1095 or Credit cards or checks will be accepted. If your company needs an invoice, please call the HRAM office, 402-932-1007. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the HRAM office.

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    The Omaha Police Department will host the 60th Annual Kindergarten Traffic Training at Westroads Mall this summer.

    Children will be formed into small groups. Each group will move through training stages escorted by uniformed police officers and firefighters. Training will last approximately 45 minutes, with new groups starting every 10-15 minutes.

    Once a group has completed all of the training stages, the children may leave with their parent/guardian.

    Registration will take place between 10am & 2pm The training is provided at no cost to participants. All parents having children entering elementary school for the first time are urged to participate, and each child that completes Kindergarten Traffic Training will receive a FREE admission pass to Rave Cinemas - Westroads 14 + D-Box!

    Click here for a flyer to print out and post at your school, church or daycare!

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    Joseph R. Trnka, AICP, CEP, Environmental Specialist, has joined Kirkham Michael as a new Project Manager for their Transportation Department. He brings with him 23 years of environmental engineering experience. Trnka will be responsible for project management of NEPA and other environmental projects from concept to completion.

    Joe's primary areas of expertise are preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), and Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); historic preservation analysis in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance; protected property analysis in accordance with Section 4(f); and the integration of these three processes with other environmental requirements. His NEPA experience includes a variety of projects in many states. His NHPA experience has earned him the recognition by agencies and regulators throughout the country as a professional historian and architectural historian with specific expertise in highways, airports, railroads, and power lines. Mr. Trnka's Section 4(f) compliance experience includes evaluations for various state departments of transportation on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and their state partners. He also teaches courses and presented on subjects ranging from Section 4(f) and Section 106 to wetlands and Section 404 and the NEPA process.

    Trnka is a Certified Environmental Professional and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Joe has his Bachelor of Arts in Geography; Russian and Soviet Studies from the University of North Dakota and Graduate Studies in Geography, with emphasis in Conservation of Environmental Quality from San Diego State University.

    Kirkham Michael was founded in 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska, and has evolved into a professional practice providing civil engineering, environmental, land surveying, and construction engineering services to public and private clients. Kirkham Michael employs over 80 professional staff and is focused on our clients' success and strives to exceed expectations with innovative and practical solutions. Additional offices are located in Lincoln and York, Nebraska; Phoenix, Arizona; Des Moines, Iowa; and Ellsworth, Kansas.

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