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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

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