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Moving Marines and the equipment they need to fight a war is more than planning and effort; it’s a practical art just to get both tanks and toilet paper to the fight.  There’s just as much to be done to move the grunts and their gear back home when the war is won.  Surprisingly, a small part of that real-time logistics planning work in today’s Corps isn’t done on a baked desert battlefield; it’s done half a world away in a comfortable basement in a quiet, tidy suburban neighborhood in Bellevue.

Those leathernecks know one of their own, Marcus Preasha, has their back.  

Providing crucial support for Marine Corps systems

Preasha started his own consulting firm, Preasha Logistics and Consulting, about two years ago, taking his eight years’ experience in uniform and subsequent resume in the logistics industry into a government contracting business serving clients from the Marine Corps to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

It’s some high-level work sometimes... Read More

With her Army husband deployed overseas, Chelsey Hershey returned to her home town to finish up a business degree and with a dream to go into business for herself.  She found a place for sale and during a long-distance call to her husband exclaimed: “I could be a business owner tomorrow!”

His quick and supportive answer?  “Go for it!”

And within a few months, her shop, Down Home Emporium, made a quick name for itself as the go-to florist in rural central Nebraska.  Her place offers fresh and silk arrangements, brand-name greeting cards, a selection of toys and jewelry, and the perfect feature to finish off any home décor.

“We take care of a lot of little towns that don’t have floral services,” said Hershey, who offers services for weddings and funerals up to 75 miles away from the shop’s location in Arnold. 

It’s a big help that Hershey, along with her two part-timers and a seasonal employee, have a passion to serve their customers. 

“At first, we... Read More

Omaha business owner returns to his days as a kid lifting a hammer with purchase of handyman firm

Toby Asplin (center, flanked by his crew) was looking to make an offer on a small business information technology consulting firm when he got a call from his broker.  Bad news: the deal had fallen apart.  That was a big disappointment. But it was what the broker did next that took Asplin full circle, back to the time, when as a child, he often followed his dad and uncle to remodeling jobs with a hammer in his small hand.

By the time he could lift a drill, Toby was boring holes for new doorknobs; later, he'd pull nails out of reclaimed lumber, and be paid for every pound he recovered.

"So by a young age I was already on a production-based compensation plan," Asplin chuckled.

His first job was at age eight, selling greeting cards thanks to an ad in the back of Boys Life magazine.  With his parents urging him to save at least half the proceeds from that gig, the odd construction job and birthday money from relatives, by the time he was nearly 12, he had enough... Read More

Designs for the stylish young clothes horse, Omaha's Little Miss Fashion sees opportunity thanks to SBA Microloan

She was so good at making pretty, new dress designs out of her old dresses that she almost lost her school’s financial aid.  Yolanda Diaz had earned a scholarship to pay for living costs and transportation to attend high school in the Mexican city of Chihuahua, and like every teenager, she wanted to have lots of different clothes to wear each day.  Once, though, she was called into her principal’s office and told her there would be no more aid, because such scholarships weren’t for rich families who could afford so many new dresses for their daughters.

Yolanda wasn’t rich, of course.  She’d just learned how to sew and design new clothes growing up poor in her small town some 500 miles south of El Paso.  Still, the principal didn’t believe her, not until she put Yolanda to the test:  “If you make dresses, then you make one for me.”

So she did. As a result, the principal was so impressed she helped Yolanda get her start as a clothing designer.  One of her first jobs was... Read More