Success Stories

Doug Taylor, owner of Taylor-Made Wood Solutions

You know those people who say one day they’ll quit their corporate job, maybe travel the world on a pilgrimage and then come back to run their own small business? 

Go talk to Doug Taylor. He did that. 

These days, you’ll often find him on the shop floor, watching his company’s craftsmen turn out high-quality carpentry and millwork products.  Maybe you’ll catch him helping to unload a truck on a delivery of moldings and columns to a residential builder.

In the summer of 2014, his company, Taylor-Made Wood Solutions, took over two Ralston manufacturing businesses, Plywood, Inc. and Mycotec, from the longtime owner who started them years ago out of a garage and built them up to become fixtures in the Omaha area. 

Both firms today occupy a large warehouse just south of the suburb’s historic downtown. 

“We work with a variety of builders working on homes in the $200,000 to $300,000 range to builders all the way up to homes in a multimillion-dollar... Read More

Cassidy Pflanz of Pflanz Publications

Being the boss of an up-and-coming women's lifestyle magazine in Lincoln often means editing an article on plastic surgery, to closing an advertising deal with a local business, all while meeting demanding deadlines.  As editor-in-chief, Cassidy Pflanz had the perfect preparation to run her own publication.

For five years, the North Platte native worked for the Nicole Miller label in New York's Garment District, where she sometimes thrived, sometimes cried, but came out of that experience ready to be a business success back home, thanks to a little SBA help.

Pflanz’s publication, Women’s Edition, is a glossy free monthly publication offering content that’s upbeat on fashion, cultural trends, beauty tips, and personal finance guidance.  For small business owners looking for ways to stretch scarce ad dollars, the magazine also provides an affordable way to reach middle- to upper-income women, who often make and influence buying decisions. 

The magazine is part of... Read More

John and Angela Sievers, owners of Omaha's Green Beans Coffee

Before the first customers through the door took a sip from their cup of fresh espresso, before the workmen dodged the new commercial shelving not even out of its boxes as they drilled, painted and put in new plumbing, before the sign went up on the location off 168th and Harrison in Omaha, there was a soon-to-be retired veteran sitting in a classroom at Offutt Air Force Base wondering what he was going to do with his life.

That class was Boots to Business, a collaborative effort among SBA and resources such as SCORE and the Nebraska Business Development Center to introduce the basics of entrepreneurship to transitioning service members. And John Sievers, along with his wife, Angela, was about to start something about which he’d later say “I didn’t have a clue.”

B2B grad brings friend to veterans overseas home to Omaha

Green Beans Coffee is a friend to military men and women stationed at far-off bases eager for a taste of home, be that a cup of premium coffee or a... Read More

ABC Recycling owner Pamela Pacheco

She turned her passion for solid waste and scrap generated by businesses into a family company in North Platte that helps protect our environment a pound at a time.

Thanks to an SBA guaranteed loan, Pamela Pacheco started All Business & Commercial (ABC) Recycling, a company working with commercial, agricultural and industrial business owners to lessen the load on landfills, with dramatic results.  Since opening their doors mid-June, Pacheco said they’ve helped recycle some 250,000 pounds of disposed material; by the end of October 2014 another quarter of a million pounds will be diverted from the waste stream.

“Probably 80 percent of that is new stuff we’ve convinced them to recycle that otherwise would have gone into a landfill,” Pacheco added.  “A year from now, I expect us to be handling millions of pounds of hard to recycle material that was previously going to landfills. 

“We have markets already established, companies domestic and overseas, that want... Read More