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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.”

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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. 

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Aaron Cass, owner of Acass-Systems of Omaha

From inside an old, repurposed brick bakery on a rough stretch of Leavenworth Street in the Big O come some of the most cutting-edge infrastructure ideas for stadium and festival shows around the world.  But while Aaron Cass had all the experience and the technology to turn a concert designer’s vision into “real nuts and bolts,” he told Omaha’s KETV, it wasn’t until he got financing with an SBA guaranteed loan that he could make a business out of it.

Cass personally knows what show runners in far-flung locations need, and how fast they need it, after spending 15 years touring and supporting some of the biggest performers around the globe, from N*Sync to Britney Spears, and from to Bruce Springsteen to the Stones. Name a city from Australia to Japan, and “I know a good restaurant or a bar there,” he said. Over time, he built his Rolodex starting out as a roadie eventually working up to stage manager bouncing from tour to tour, often working up to 100 hours a week.

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Dr. Jennafer Glaeseman, owner of Blue Valley Veterinary Clinic, and patient.

The day after Dr. Jennafer Glaesemann closed on her loan to take ownership of Blue Valley Veterinary Clinic in Beatrice, she left her office to head out to a nearby farm.  A donkey was suffering a troublesome birth, and she needed to sedate the stricken animal before she could start treatment. As she tells it, the farmer’s inexperienced son tried to help her hold the donkey still so she could safely administer the sedative.

“The donkey wasn’t real fond of the situation,” she explained.  And when the donkey charged forward on him, jostling her, she accidentally jammed the needle into her own thigh.

“Like, welcome to real life,” she sighed.

No place to go from there but up, right?

And so she has, with monthly revenues from the business up by a third since she bought the practice two years ago, with help from SBA financing.

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