Welcome to the July 19, 2019 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
New owners study opportunities for Humboldt Specialty Manufacturing
by Richard D. Brown Childhood friends John Houlihan and John Timmerman were well-entrenched in careers in other fields when they learned from a business broker over a beer at Barrett’s Barleycorn that a small 37,000-square-foot northeast Omaha manufacturing plant with 20-some employees might be available to would-be entrepreneurs. Financials were assembled but the firm’s founder — beyond retirement age — wasn’t able to reach a deal.
The Firm Business Brokerage gains international recognition
by Savannah Behrends The Firm Business Brokerage made history in 2018, beating out 2,000 merger and acquistion firms at the International Business Brokerage Association’s Member Excellence Awards for the top three awards, a first for IBBA.
Zesto returns to its nostalgic roots; rolls out cakes, catering business
by Michelle Leach The ingredients for Zesto’s sales growth in the past decade include a mix of getting in touch with the ice cream shop and grill’s deep roots in the metro, and the addition of cakes and catering.
Tailwind E-Bikes ventures to grow cycling community, broaden opportunities for customers
by Gabby Christensen Avid cyclist Paul Glenn has always been passionate about enhancing and growing the local biking community, which is exactly how he came to co-found Tailwind E-Bikes, a local company offering electronic bikes for daily commuting, outdoor exercise and everyday recreational use.
Cobalt’s Zitkovich draws inspiration from multiple leadership sources
by Dwain Hebda It’s not hard to see the impact of Terry Zitkovich’s leadership over the decade he’s been with Cobalt Credit Union. In that time, he’s led the conversion of acquired properties and built an impressive sales force wherever he’s been assigned.