Welcome to the July 30, 2021 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.

Midwest Eye Care retains patient-centric model in 70th year
by Richard D. Brown
With 200 employees, including 17 doctors with a total of 247 years of clinic experience, and completion of 56,403 eye surgical procedures among five Omaha are and Council Bluffs locations, Midwest Eye Care is approaching its 70th year in business with at least one pillar steadfastly adhered to: patient-involved decision-making.
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BKD builds on 35 years in region with consultative service offerings
by Michelle Leach
Building upon its 35-year presence in Omaha and its diverse range of services, BKD has been retaining high single-digit, year-on-year growth rates in traditional audit and tax services, while securing gains in areas and products such as cybersecurity, its new LeaseVision product, and consultative, pandemic relief-oriented work.

CommTech Global sees swift growth within engineering consulting niche
by Gabby Hellbusch
In just four years time, Elkhorn-based engineering consulting company CommTech Global has grown to become an operation with 44 employees spanning five locations, serving clients across the country. President John M. Jachym attributed the rapid growth to bringing on key members of core staff and cultivating a positive work culture among team members.
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Lewis Art Gallery hits 50-year milestone
by Brooke Strickland
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of art, you’ll likely find it at Lewis Art Gallery. The retail business is the oldest and largest art gallery in the area and is marking 50 years of business this year. There is art in every style and price and inventory includes work by local, national, and international artists. The gallery also stocks over 400 lamps, small tables, decorative accessories, and unique gift items, and offers creative assistance with custom framing. Joe and Julie Wynn own and operate the company, and Joe Wynn runs the sister business Personal Threads Boutique, a knitting, crochet, and needlepoint shop in the same building.

Military service opens doors for Gipson Beasley’s other ventures
by Dwain Hebda
Valyn Gipson Beasley recalls always having ambitious dreams for herself and her career. Coming out of high school, she decided the U.S. Air Force was the ideal setting to help her develop the tools to actually achieve them.

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