Welcome to the August 10, 2018 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.

Adaptability drives growth engine for Bank of Bennington
by Richard D. Brown
Bank of Bennington, a 90-year-old family institution founded to serve a small community that was then northwest of Omaha, is seeking to capitalize on growth that’s taking it much farther than its original charter would have provided and expanding the financial products and services being offered.
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YESCO Sign & Lighting Service makes regional debut with Omaha franchise
by Michelle Leach
The company behind the famed “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and neon for other iconic destinations like the Stardust and Golden Nugget casinos, debuted in Nebraska in May with the opening of YESCO Sign and Lighting Service Omaha, and the Bremer family of serial owner-entrepreneurs are poised to add more trucks and technicians while benefiting from the family-owned and operated franchisor’s almost 100 years in lighting and signs.

Artifact boosts local sales with new storefront, expands product offerings
by Michelle Leach

What started as a part-time, basement-based labor of love in 2010 has evolved into a bricks-and-mortar flagship location showcasing home products curated from around the globe alongside Artifact’s staple handmade bags and aprons.
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Restoration Exchange Omaha sees neighborhood pride fueling interest in historic preservation
by Becky McCarville

As Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO) goes through a restructuring process and evaluates its mission statement and strategic plan, the core work of the organization remains — to preserve historic buildings, bridges and neighborhoods, “the historic fabric of the community,” said Executive Director Laura Shiffermiller.

Marimo channels life journey into entrepreneurial pursuits
by Dwain Hebda

Ruth Marimo, founder of Ruth's Cleaning Services, has gone through many of the same ups and downs any entrepreneur experiences. Yet through hard work and dedication, the Zimbabwe native has created a company providing jobs and futures for her family and her employees.

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Briefs in this week's issue

The Schemmer Associates elevates five to associates

First State Bank & Trust adds Mimick to assistant VP role

TEAM Software appoints Davie as tech firm’s new president

Swanson Russell names Harding, Jensen to roles in Omaha office

LTi Technology Solutions names Weeks to SVP, COO

Green Plains Partners appoints Salinas as independent director

University of Nebraska selects Pottorff VP, general counsel

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