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James C. James of Lincoln-based James Enterprises

When he was seven years old, he knew how to drive a Mack truck so well he says he would train new drivers for his dad’s sand, gravel and rock hauling company.  Years later, James C. James not only still drives those big rigs, but along with his wife, Michelle, has expanded the operation to 10 employees of his own running the family-owned company in northwest Lincoln.

If you drove through the highway expansion work between Omaha and Lincoln, or on U.S. Highway 77 south of town, chances are pretty good there was a truck from James Enterprises offloading gravel there.  If you've flown out of Omaha's Eppley Airfield, you've taken off from a runway they've helped rebuild. And, if you're a Lincoln area homeowner you may have boulders and glittering rainbow rocks decorating your professionally-done landscape project delivered by them, too.

The business chalked up $1.75 million in revenue in both 2013 and 2014.

Business got off to rocky start

But it hasn't been easy.... Read More

She's not the stern and demanding homework taskmaster now.  She's back to the loving mom who smiles that her son is glad to see her when she walks in the door after a long, busy day, thanks to Back2Family's much-needed after-school services.

This is a scene that's being played out over the last year and a half in a number of busy homes in Lincoln and Omaha thanks to the up-and-coming company which claimed the SBA's InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge in March at Lincoln's Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center.

InnovateHER sought to unearth and empower entrepreneurs, developing products or services with a measureable positive impact on the lives of women and families, had the potential for commercialization, and filled a need in the marketplace. As demands on women and families grow in this country, the need for products, services, and technology addressing those needs increases.

During the competition in Lincoln, Delley... Read More

Bridge to Better Living

Mary Ann Stallings of Bridge to Better Living, helps families find the proper assisted-living community for those senior love ones in need

Over an emotionally frustrating span of about 10 years, Mary Ann Stallings needed to help six family members and a friend navigate through a difficult decision: finding a retirement community to meet their needs and personality.

"The process of finding the right place was always confusing and no matter how many times we did it, we found ourselves starting over," Stallings said. "It was difficult remembering important details about the level and type of care offered in each facility. I watched with empathy as I witnessed residents moving to other communities when their physical or mental needs changed, their families finding themselves at a loss attempting to discover the best community to meet their loved one’s needs.”

Her experience served as a beacon others sought; she sympathetically shared the lessons she learned... Read More

Dr. Bennett Achigbu, owner of BMaKK, a successful SBA 8(a) firm in Omaha

Dr. Bennett Achigbu had a degree in veterinary medicine in his native Nigeria, and a national honor for his academic work.  He also had a unique experience with the World Bank’s agricultural outreach program trying to improve cattle ranching among his country’s nomadic tribes.

What he didn’t have was a roadmap to success in this country.

“This place, America, where you have all these opportunities, I didn’t know what I was getting into,” Achigbu said, “so you create your own path as you go.”

Creating that own path led to starting his own company, and with the help of the SBA’s 8(a) program, to become the model company for solid waste management on military bases across the nation.  Since 2004, BMaKK Corporation has added a wood products division, over-the-road trucking services, recycling, hazardous waste investigation and remediation, and real estate development, and has grown from $1 million a year in revenues to 50 employees and $10 million in work a year.... Read More