Welcome to the July 25, 2014 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 40 No. 30

Briefs in this week's issue

NP Dodge Real Estate hires eight residential sales associates

Jackson-Jackson & Associates selects Korth as new president

All Makes Office Equipment adds Mitten, Hardy, Rudolf and Kalin

Methodist Women’s Hospital adds doctors Oarhe, Connealy, Dahlke

Omaha’s Paul J. Strawhecker firm selects Grauman project manager

Investors Realty appoints Kuehl

American National Bank promotes officers Garren, Meier, Vosika, Klug

Mid-Continent Properties names Ewing and Biehl to new positions

Special Sections:

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Work Related Injuries

3E grows offerings with consolidated Omaha operations
by Richard D. Brown

When Des Moines-based 3E — a full-service, electrical distributor with customers in five states — moved into Nebraska with major operations in Omaha and branches in Lincoln, Colum- bus, Norfolk, Lexington and North Platte six years ago, the expansion came with the acquisition of Electrical Fixture & Supply.


SkyWerx Aviation facility debuts, driving demand for more aircraft
by Michelle Leach


Two months after its public unveiling at Blair Municipal Air- port, fixed-base operator and pri- vate aircraft company, SkyWerx A viation, has had such momentum and positive feedback from pilots that it has added another charter plane and is headed toward additional investments in hangars and runway expansion to accommodate more and bigger aircraft.


Outpatient expansion among drivers for projected staffing increase for Avantas
by Michelle Leach


With greater than 20 percent year-on-year revenue growth, Avantas is poised to add at least 15 employees after hiring as many full-time employees in two years.


Dice Communications prepares for growth with hosted voice offerings
by Dan Scheuerman

After four years of 100 percent annual growth since its founding in 2009, this has been a year of “honing in on operations” for Dice Communications, according to owner Zach Dice. The telecom company has cut noncore offerings, and invested in operational improvements in preparation for the launch of a new hosted voice service in September..

Iowa Western Community College debuts entrepreneurial hub, program changes
by Michelle Leach

by Michelle Leach With a targeted focus on technology-oriented careers and programming to prepare businesses for growth early in the process, President Dr. Dan Kinney reports Iowa W estern Community College’ s new incubator is poised for success. Coupled with changes to academic offerings driven by medical and manufacturing advances alike, the entrepreneurial center represents among the latest innovations for the Council Bluffs- based educational institution.

Retail center Shoppes at Piedmont makes comeback on the fast track
by Dwain Hebda

Lincoln businessman Steve Glenn is nothing if not enthusiastic about his latest project, the resurrection of the Shoppes at Piedmont, located at A Street and Cotner Boulevard in Lincoln.

Omaha Children’s Museum focuses on innovative exhibits, engaging community
by Becky McCarville

The Omaha Children’s Museum has grown in recent years from a $2 million budget to over $3.5 million, with 285,000 visits last year, up from 125,000 previously. The family membership base is at 8,300, and the traveling exhibit upstairs fuels the purchase of memberships so that visitors can see the exhibit multiple times before it leaves.

Critser builds Phoenix Construction Group through industry partnerships
by Dan Scheuerman

Dave Critser was determined not to move his family again. So, after being laid off from his project management job in 2011 — the job he had moved his family from Denver to take less than two years earlier — he turned down two offers out of state, strapped on his tool belt, and began finishing basements in Omaha.


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