Welcome to the November 28, 2014 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 40 No. 48

Briefs in this week's issue

NP Dodge Real Estate hires seven associates in residential sales

Nebraska Book Co. adds Elliott

Tentinger joins Mortgage Center in Omaha with Bank of Nebraska

Nebraska Corn Board appoints Thornburg in communications

Mutual of Omaha’s Neary plans to retire; Blackledge successor

NebraskaLink names Shaw CEO

Home Instead appoints Froendt

Redstone hires Carlson, Redmer

Lincoln’s Nebraska Home Sales appoints Bishoff as new agent

Special Sections:

• Corporate Security

• Architecture

Marathon Ventures preps operations for national growth
by Richard D. Brown

With an increasing number of products and a steadily expanding footprint in the national marketplace, Bellevue-based Marathon Ventures — a full-service food and beverage processing, manufacturing, packaging and marketing company — has plans to streamline and mature its processes while strengthening its infrastructure to support its national growth plans.



CQuence Health Group of Omaha set to expand with new products

by Michelle Leach


CQuence Health Group, which spans partners Cassling, Ensocare and Members.MD, has doubled its business and revenue volumes and has expanded from the central U.S. to include the West Coast, according to President and CEO Mike Cassling.


Pallet Advisors reports new pallet demand up in changing economy

by Kristin Durbin


Pallet Advisors, also known as Quality Pallet among its Omaha customer base, notes an increase in new pallet demand and improved economic conditions, which has historically translated to improved sales, according to Karen Lancaster, owner and president.


Equitable Bank sees gains while adding hires to Omaha market

by Michelle Leach

As the eight-year-old Omaha arm of 132-year-old Equitable Bank, promoting the community bank on a person-to-person basis is a must, according to Market President Doug Nodgaard, who said he’s been in a position to add three hires and, bankwide, it has netted a 227 percent profit, and has seen increases in loans and total assets.

Healthcare Data Solutions experiences double-digit annual growth

by David Kubicek

Since its beginning in 2006 Lincoln-based Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS) has experienced annual growth in the high double-digits, and President and CEO Bill Horne expects that growth to continue.

Sweat, Cycle & Soul founder DeWispelare aiming to inspire clientele with health goals

by Kristin Durbin

Designing a boutique fitness studio brand from scratch, Kelli DeWispelare had to be all things to her new business Sweat, Cycle & Soul — owner, studio manager and instructor — all in one.

Baby boomers find challenges, opportunities working beyond age 65

David Kubicek

Some baby boomers who work beyond the traditional retirement age of 65 believe that they don’t have a choice, but others are finding advantages to staying in the workforce longer.


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