Welcome to the January 20, 2017 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 43 No. 3
Briefs in this week's issue

Kutak Rock hires Duchnak, Grattan, Marvin, Ramirez, Weiner, Whealy

One Source promotes Klabunde

Freeman appointed new partner with Woods & Aitken law firm

Streck appoints Akey new CFO

Lutz adds Stodola, Gaule, Heist

Veridian adds Hamilton to post

Investors Realty promotes Hansen

United Republic Bank appoints Goodsell to VP of compliance

Vandenack Weaver adds Schatz

Woods Bros names Hardesty to assistant managing broker

Special Sections:

• Retirement & Senior Issues

• Business Annual/Preview 2017

First National Technology Solutions grows with tech advancement
by Richard D. Brown

First National Technology Solutions, a 21-year-old subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, is riding a cloud of technological advancement that the firm’s new President Kim Whittaker is confident will take the hosted and remote managed services firm to double-digit growth in its work with about 150 clients nationwide.



Pay-LESS Office Products builds revenues within Midwest markets

by Michelle Leach


Off of its 30th year, Pay-LESS Office Products leadership is reflecting on the ability to replicate its office solutions through dealer-relationships nationwide and in markets such as Kansas City, where the Omaha-based business turned around a struggling shop.


Encompass Architects diversifies into commercial, hospitality work

by Michelle Leach


Encompass Architects’ strategic alliances with the likes of WRK and NGC Group is helping to secure commercial and hospitality projects in Lincoln, while the firm builds up unique competencies with tribal projects nationally, such as in the American Southwest — an area whose activity had cooled off in recent years.


Fala’s Treasures & Coffeehouse nding niche in Elkhorn

by Lee Nelson

Fala’s Treasures & Coffeehouse, open in Elkhorn since August, aims to attract a diverse customer base with its product mix and workshops, according to owner Jackie Schmidt.

Venue options plentiful for weddings and receptions

by Lee Nelson

Whatever a bride and groom desire for their wedding day, Omaha area venues can offer them an event from modern to traditional to casual.

Family Inc.’s Dacus sets course, grows programming strengths

by Dwain Hebda

In the past four years, Family Inc. has seen grant revenue increase by 60 percent, staff grow by 50 percent and finds itself riding herd over an impressive collection of programs.


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