Welcome to the November 21, 2014 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 40 No. 47

Briefs in this week's issue

Omaha’s McGladrey promotes Young, Baumann, Bogenreif, Fratzke

SCORR Marketing adds Kennedy, Bielecki and Wasenius to staff

McGrath North law firm selects Griffard, Lam as new attorneys

CopyCat Printing hires Hunter

Smith Gardner Slusky Law names McLeay as partner in Omaha firm

TS Bank hires Blum; TS Banking Group adds Wellenstein to post

Westin names Poppen president

Galloway named CEO at Universal Pasteurization and Cold Storage

World Group adds Palmer to firm

Special Sections:

• Employment & Staffing

• Women in Business

Weitz grows via multiple projects for long-term clients
by Richard D. Brown

In the 25 years since The Weitz Co., a full-service national contractor based in Des Moines, opened its Nebraska office in Omaha, the number of projects and revenues generated have grown in large part on the firm’s perspective, which Nebraska Office Leader Chris Harrison describes as taking a look at each client’s needs from a long-term perspective.



General Service Bureau, Early Out Services expanding with new hires

by Michelle Leach


General Service Bureau and Early Out Services have added around 45 employees in 18 months, boosting its staff to approximately 163 as it meets demand from health care clients while navigating the regulatory environment.


MBJ’s 13th annual 40 Under 40 Awards showcases drive of young professionals

by Tiffany Brazda


Demonstrating community change both within the Greater Omaha area and within each win- ner’s respective organization, the 13th class of Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipients has proven to be a driving force in the area’s professional population.


Lincoln Plastics leveraging recent equipment investments to diversify

by Michelle Leach

Thanks to combined investments of $2 million in upgraded equipment and refined processes since 2008 and 2009, President Dominic Pynes said Lincoln Plastics (formerly Geist Plastics) has the capabilities to expand its custom profile extrusion business, with a current focus on deploying staff to identify, sell and market services to original equipment manufacturers within a 500-mile radius of its 25,000-square-foot headquarters at Lincoln’s Airpark.

Vic’s Corn Popper sees growth potential with Internet sales, customized canisters

by Becky McCarville

Vic and Ruth Larson started popping corn as a side job on Jan. 2, 1980 at their 250-squarefoot flagship store at 50th and Leavenworth streets, and by July 1980 had already opened their second retail store. Business has been brisk ever since.

Omaha Code School founder Jain’s road to entrepreneurship started at young age

by Kristin Durbin

Two classes have graduated from the new Omaha Code School, and founder Sumeet Jain said three more classes are planned for 2015 — 45 more students who will have completed 800 hours of training and completed portfolio projects as new Web developers.

Be cautious and select carefully when choosing financial adviser

by Lori McGinnis Black

When selecting a broker or financial adviser is on your to-do list, remember that not just anyone will be the best for your needs. Tread carefully, seek referrals and look at credentials.

MusicSpoke building marketplace for sheet music, catering to composers

by Lee Nelson

Newly formed Lincoln venture Music- Spoke has increased sales by 245 percent month over month since debuting this summer. The brainchild of Lincoln businesswoman Jennifer Rosenblatt and her husband, composer and conductor Kurt Knecht, allows music composers to sell their sheet music but also retain the copyrights.


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