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Graphic Artist/Designer – Sarah Haig

June 15th, 2018 No comments

Do you need a graphic artist or designer to help you design a logo, wordmark or icon for your business? Please meet Sarah Haig. A member of Omaha Center Sphere chapter 05, Sarah helped my business with 2017 annual report layout, design and print coordination. She also helped design t-shirt logos for an upcoming event.

Growing up on a farm in Courtland, Kansas, Sarah developed an interest in the art profession early in her life. She studied art at Vatterott College, Kansas State University, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During college, Sarah recognized the power of computer applications to simplify and enhance her natural art/design abilities. This interest led her to become proficient in the online design of catalogs, brochures, flyers, business cards, letterhead stationary, newsletters and signage.

Sarah now has 18 years of business and graphic design experience working for various Omaha companies including Regal Awards and Midwest Design Imports. One year ago, Sarah initiated her own freelance graphic design business, Make Your Mark. “I help my clients do what they need to do in the advertising and marketing arenas. I can do it all, or I know who can,” she says. Sarah knows the Omaha print marketplace and is experienced in finding her clients the best print shop, while negotiating optimal pricing and delivery schedules.

All of Sarah’s custom logo design work is original. She does not use clip art except in rare instances. Sarah meets with her clients to understand their design ideas. “I love seeing the finished product of the collaborative effort,” says Sarah. I highly recommend Sarah’s business. You may contact her by email at: Happy Motoring!

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Grant Mussman – State Farm Agency

April 23rd, 2018 1 comment

Grant Mussman

Located at 606 S 72nd Street (6 blocks South of Dodge) are the offices of State Farm Insurance agent, Grant Mussman. A second-generation State Farm agent, Grant is the epitome of a “Good Neighbor”, providing insurance coverage to 2,000+ families in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

Grant’s telephone is very active. In a one-hour interview, his phone rings no fewer than 6 times and a client “drops in” to his office to submit an auto accident claim. He gathers their accident details. “We’ll get it taken care of! That’s why you have insurance!” Grant assures his client. An agent for 8 years, Grant clearly knows his products and interacts with his clients in a professional, down-to-earth, neighborly way.

A husband and father of two young boys, Grant is a serious Creighton Blue Jay and Nebraska Cornhusker sports enthusiast and alumnus. He’s also a huge social media and talk radio advocate. Always exploring new ways to use technology to engage the Omaha community, he participates in or conducts Facebook “live” events, podcasts, and talk radio programs.

Helping others is in Grant’s DNA. He attributes his “Good Neighbor” behaviors to lessons learned from his parents. At an early age, he watched his father, Gaylord (still as active State Farm agent in Fremont, Nebraska) tirelessly serving others in the community. And as active members of their church, Grant recalls at age 4 or 5, he accompanied his mother on visits to “shut-ins”, singing at nursing homes, and delivering Meals on Wheels. Participation in The Boy Scouts of America, provided additional service learning opportunities for Grant.  An Eagle Scout, his community service and philanthropy are now widely recognized across Omaha. Grant is active in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Center Sphere, the Kiwanis Club of Omaha, the Omaha Venture Group, Omaha Community Playhouse, Voter Information Project, and Swanson Elementary Community Club (PTA) to name a few. Grant also supports many community non-profits. He especially likes the Abide Network’s work to transform Omaha’s neighborhoods and their unique partnership with Creighton athletics and Omaha’s faith communities to make the city “Better Together.”

If you are in the market for home, auto or property insurance, please have a discussion with my friend and community partner, Grant Mussman. You may contact him by phone: (402) 932-0100, or by email: He’ll take care of you.  Happy Motoring!

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LogoLinda – Brand Promotion Specialists

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Located in West Omaha, in the shadow of the Sapp Brothers Water Tower/Coffee Pot is Omaha’s very best brand promotion company, LogoLinda.

Producers of custom embroidery or screen-printed fabrics (apparel, bags, etc.) and printed promotional items such as business cards, yard sticks, ink pens, signs and banners, the team at LogoLinda is ready to meet your every branding need, providing unmatched superior quality and timely service.

LogoLinda’s owners and operators, Linda & Terry Gadwood, are life-long friends of my wife and I and we’re always excited to recommend their business. LogoLinda recently celebrated their 10th year in business. “We want to see our customers succeed, and want to know them on a first-name business”, says Linda. The LogoLinda team’s friendliness, honesty, and caring concern for others, are qualities that keep customers coming back.

Do you need branded apparel for your sports team or sporting event? Corporate branded promotional items? Or, personalized items for a significant celebration such as a birthday, wedding or anniversary? Just contact the friendly folks at LogoLinda. No job is too small and no detail will be ignored. At LogoLinda, they enjoy seeing your project come together. Contact them by phone at (402) 669-3594 or by email at You may also purchase custom branded material on their business website: Happy Motoring!

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Jacob Stroh – Farm Bureau Financial Services

January 3rd, 2018 No comments

Located at 5728 S. 144th Street, in the same building as the Millard DMV, is Farm Bureau Financial Services and the offices of Jacob Stroh, a friend of mine who is also one of Omaha’s premier insurance agents. A native Nebraskan from Hickman (South of Lincoln), Jacob provides his customers with smart financial advice with a dose of small-town, neighborly service. Whether you’re getting married, purchasing a home, having a child, changing jobs, or retiring, Jacob has financial advice and assistance for your life transitions. The good news: his advice is FREE. A Business Management graduate from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Doane College, Jacob has been an insurance agent since October 2014.

An avid outdoorsman, Jacob enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing. No doubt that led to his decision to become licensed to serve clients in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming <smile>.

One incredible service Jacob offers his customers is an annual “Super Check” review. Equipped with a portfolio of insurance and financial products from some of America’s top companies, Jacob can help you find just the right level of protection for you and your family; from property and casualty coverage to life insurance to crop insurance, they have your back.

Stop by and visit Jacob or his Sales Associate Ryan Scheetz any time you are in Millard. They look forward to serving you! Give them a call at (402) 218-2630 or email Happy Motoring!

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Art Studio of Therman Statom

March 1st, 2017 No comments

Located just south of Leavenworth, on 20th Street, is the art studio of Therman Statom. An Omaha treasure, Therman advocates for youth across Omaha and around the world. Therman serves on the Board of Directors for Kaneko, and directs program development for that organization. Therman’s glass art works have been exhibited in galleries around the world through the Art in Embassies program of the U.S. Department of State.  The Smithsonian Institute’s recently opened African-American Heritage Museum on the National Mall in Washington D.C. displays some of his art works. Therman is active in the native american and South Sudanese communities of Omaha helping these people with issues of assimilation and preservation of cultural heritage. Inquiries (for purchase of his original works) may be directed to (402)315-7660 for a private viewing of his works. Happy Motoring!

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2014 Greater Omaha Leadership Prayer Breakfast

February 16th, 2014 No comments

Omaha Prayer BreakfastOne of my favorite Omaha events is the annual prayer breakfast held each Spring.  Hosted by the CBMC organization, the 49th annual breakfast will be held April 18, 2014 at 6:30 a.m. at the La Vista Convention Center, 12520 Westport Parkway, in La Vista.

Open to the public, and typically attended by over 600 people, this sit-down plated breakfast shows the ability of our business and community leaders to come together in unity and strength.  Prayers are offered for the community’s businesses, churches, and missions. Prayers are also lifted for our Omaha youth, the elderly, those serving in our government and military, and so on.

In the past year, Omaha has experienced several high profile homicides – violence is all around us. Now, more than ever, we need to be a city on our knees.

This year, the event’s host speaker will be Mark Whitacre, COO of Cypress Systems Inc.  Mark came to public attention in 1995 when, as president of Bio Products Division of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), he was the highest-level corporate executive in U.S. history to become a FBI whistleblower. His undercover work for the FBI became the inspiration for the major motion picture, “The Informant” starring Matt Damon, as Mark Whitacre.

Advance registration for the breakfast is required. Individual tickets are available from $49 to $89. Table reservations and corporate sponsorships are also available. You may visit the Omaha prayer breakfast website for more details, or register at the CBMC event website.

I strongly encourage your attendance at this life changing event. I promise it will be a great start to Easter weekend.  Happy Motoring!!

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Piccolo Pete’s

November 21st, 2013 No comments

PiccolosLocated at 2202 South 20th Street, is Piccolo’s Italian Steak House. A family friendly restaurant, Piccolo’s has been an Omaha favorite for lunch and dinner since 1934. Piccolo’s menu items are reasonably priced and the service is prompt. And, because of its proximity to the downtown area, it is a frequent choice of Omaha business workers. Piccolo’s dining hall is spacious and quiet, but the lighting is somewhat dim. Piccolo’s has a large party room and competitive rates for wedding banquets and special occasions. During our last visit, members of our party had the pork tenderloin, meatloaf, and roast beef sandwiches as well as the mostaccioli with meatballs. All the portions were generous and the food satisfying.

Piccolo’s serves dinner daily, and lunch Monday through Friday.  You typically do not have to call ahead for reservations. And, there is plenty of parking street side and on the north side of the building. Give it a try when you are in South Omaha and Happy Motoring!

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Plank Seafood Provisions

October 27th, 2013 No comments

Plank1Plank2Located at 1205 Howard Street in Omaha’s Old Market is Plank Seafood Provisions. Known for its fresh oysters, Plank provides a nice selection of southern seafood creations including blackened, Cajun and creole dishes on their menu.  Formerly a Subway sandwich shop, the Plank has modernized the décor to include a massive seascape photo. The frame of a boat hangs from the ceiling and supports the lighting system.  Wooden plank chairs and bright orange seat covers produce a pleasant atmosphere for your seafood dining experience.

The po’ boys (catfish, shrimp, alligator) are huge and flavorful. If the chef would go heavier on the spices and the mustard sauces it would be more to my liking.  Irrespective, Plank is an Omaha dining experience you should not miss. Plank is open daily for lunch and dinner.  Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and all day Sunday.  Check it out when you are downtown and Happy Motoring!

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The Market Basket

March 15th, 2013 No comments

Market_Basket_004Market_Basket_001Located at 911 South 87th Avenue in the Countryside Village Shopping Center, is The Market Basket restaurant. We celebrated my birthday here, sharing lunch with our good friends the Finch’s.

A popular dining spot, The Market Basket is cozy, quiet and off-the-beaten-path. The dining room is bright and colorful. A bakery display case containing desserts and assorted baked goods (scones, breads, muffins and danish) tempts arriving and departing customers.  The Market Basket serves full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus – while also offering extensive catering, delivery and carry out services.

Members of our group had soup and sandwich offerings for lunch. Others had the fish and chips. The baked patoto soup was a hit. And, so were the desserts!

After a leisurely meal, spend some time at the neighboring Starbucks or the Bookworm book store. Happy Motoring!

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Harvest Cafe

February 27th, 2013 No comments

Harvest CafeLocated at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza is Harvest Cafe and Wine Bar. Opened by owner Tom Sawyer after his wife’s death in 2010, the Cafe in the fulfilment of the couple’s dream.  Harvest Cafe serves California Cuisine style food, using locally-sourced organic and healthy ingredients.  The soups and sandwiches at Harvest Cafe are very good.

During a recent luncheon stop, I had the gourmet macaroni and cheese meal from the menu. It was yummy. Others in our lunch group had the home made roasted chicken salad on a croissant, and the beef panini. The dining area was spacious, comfortable and clean.

The wait service was stellar.  Executive Chef Robert Barr even took time to mingle with clients in the dining area, to make sure their meals were prepared to their liking.  The Cafe is open for lunch (Monday through Saturday) and for dinner (Wednesday through Saturday); closed Sundays.

Give it a try when you are in West Omaha. Happy Motoring!

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