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  • Arlington Students Walk the Bridge to Workforce Success

    Arlington Students Walk the Bridge to Workforce Success

    In this interview, sponsored by Arlington Public Schools (apseagles.org), business teacher Shawna Koger explains how high school students in this unusual community prepare for career success.  This interview focuses on “workforce development” and particularly, the value of making well informed financial decisions early in life. Koger looks at the “whole child,” emphasizing vocational exploration early in students’ career education. Koger also explains the importance of teaching proactivity in the workplace as well as contributing to the community as one’s career […]

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  • Family Businesses Cultivate a Rare Stability in Arlington

    Family Businesses Cultivate a Rare Stability in Arlington

    This interview, sponsored by Two Rivers Bank (2riversbank.com), provides a stark contrast to the disruptive, unpredictable image of America that many urbanites now have. Kelly Thompson runs a construction company in Arlington, Nebraska, that has been in his family for years. The continuity of the operation, which is staffed by an assortment of family members, symbolizes the cooperative nature and overall stability of the tiny rural community. Kelly Construction also hires young people, teachers and retirees from the local community. […]

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  • Arlington Schools at the Core of BusinessWeek Award

    Arlington Schools at the Core of BusinessWeek Award

    This interview, sponsored by Don Peterson realtor Jennifer Bixby (Jennifer@donpeterson.com), features the superintendent of Arlington’s Public School system, Lynn Johnson. Her dialogue with WOWBIZ host Lynn Hinderaker helps viewers understand why BusinessWeek named Arlington, Nebraska, the “second-best place to raise a child in America.” Johnson explains that her mission is to unleash the specialness that resides in each of her students. That involves a broadening strategy that is, at its heart, an individualistic, creative process. She insists that high academic […]

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  • Grassroots Activism Drives Arlington’s Success with Youth

    Grassroots Activism Drives Arlington’s Success with Youth

    In this interview, sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School (stpaulsarlington.org), Arlington’s Jeff Hallstrom explains how volunteerism and parental activism make this Nebraska village an elite rural community. The dialogue is spurred by BusinessWeek’s recognition of Arlington as the “second-best” place in America to raise a child. WOWBIZ strives to understand the basis for the award. Hallstrom explains that Arlington citizens get involved in youth sports even after their own children have graduated out of the renowned school system. […]

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  • Arlington Entrepreneurs Enjoy “Best of Both Worlds”

    Arlington Entrepreneurs Enjoy “Best of Both Worlds”

    In this interview, sponsored by the Arlington Community Fund, agriculture entrepreneur JP Rhea explains that living and working in Arlington provides “the best of both worlds” because of Arlington’s proximity to Omaha, Nebraska, a sophisticated metropolitan hub. Rhea was a management consultant in Chicago before returning to his family’s fifth generation business, so he understands the pros and cons of urban and rural business environments. For instance, entrepreneurs in Arlington enjoy extra community support. As the interview with WOWBIZ host […]

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  • How to Serve a Much Fresher, Healthier Chicken

    How to Serve a Much Fresher, Healthier Chicken

    In this interview, Jim Steffans explains how he raises ultra-fresh, flavorful chicken outside of Omaha, Nebraska, that makes it from “pasture to plate” in five days or less. His Massena Farms operation moves chickens around on open pastures and feed them organic grain. The chickens need no antibiotics because they are not confined, thus there is no illness among the birds. The poultry is processed right on the Massena Farms property using state of the art technology. Consumers order their […]

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  • How To Select a Coach To Help You Grow

    How To Select a Coach To Help You Grow

    This thoughtful video interview with Gallup-certified mentor and “guide” Val McPherson provides an inside peek into the world of personal and business coaching. McPherson’s career is based on the fact that many people feel blocked in their careers, which creates malaise and confusion. The first step is objective listening, he explains to WowBiz founder Lynn Hinderaker. Eventually, McPherson “moves” his clients toward clarity and creativity, encouraging them to re-examine long-repressed aspirations. As the self discovery process becomes more intense,  most […]

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  • How to Define Your Personal Style By Repurposing Your Heritage Jewelry

    How to Define Your Personal Style By Repurposing Your Heritage Jewelry

    As you mature, it becomes important to define your personal style. When you succeed at that, you feel more confident tackling the future. However, there’s a hitch: as your parents age and you learn more about your family origins, it becomes important to carry something with you that connects you to that very personal past. Few people can resolve the tension between expressing the future and the past in their appearance and personality. That’s where repurposed jewelry can play an […]

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  • Find Fulfillment by Becoming Your Own Boss

    Find Fulfillment by Becoming Your Own Boss

    Omaha self-employed attorney Cathy Saathof made the decision to leave the corporate world because she was being cut off from her deepest personal desire: to help people in need and interact with them face to face. But she admits that the challenges of self-employment can be daunting. In this revealing interview, WOWBIZ Weekly host Lynn Hinderaker asks Saathof tough questions about minimizing the risk associated with self-employment. She mentions the importance of planning and setting aside financial reserves before launching […]

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  • Dr. Walker: Telecommuting and Innovation Don’t Mix

    Dr. Walker: Telecommuting and Innovation Don’t Mix

    In this interview, Dr. Janet Walker discusses why Yahoo has reversed its decision to allow many of its employees to work out of their home offices to WOWBIZ Weekly host, Lynn Hinderaker. Dr. Walker, an expert in organizational development, explains how informal interaction between a diverse group of employees is one key to fostering new ideas that may lead to innovation. Simply having them in the same physical area is probably not enough, however. Walker explains that there must be […]

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