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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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  • 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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  • What the WOWBIZ Content Revolution Really Means

    What the WOWBIZ Content Revolution Really Means

    People respond to people. In this emotional interview, video producer Dan Schneider explains why video content is redefining the Internet, which has been largely text-based. According to the owner of Stream Light Productions in Omaha, you are 53 times more likely to sell your product or service by using video instead of text. This statistic, combined with format experimentation, is changing the web-game. As he enthuses with WowBiz Weekly host, Lynn Hinderaker, Schneider puts the Creighton-supported business video podcast in […]

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  • Networking Expert Uncovers Appeal of WOWBIZ

    Networking Expert Uncovers Appeal of WOWBIZ

    Omaha consultant Larry Humberstone explains the importance of face to face networking and shares tips about starting a conversation with a stranger at a business oriented event. Then he turns the tables on WowBiz Weekly host, Lynn Hinderaker. Humberstone begins to interview Hinderaker about the value of WowBiz online videos. Hinderaker responds by emphasizing that video interviews need to instruct, instead of “brag and promote.” The two veterans discuss the time-and-cost-efficiencies of using the WowBiz online videos to prequalify sales […]

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  • Success Secrets of Omaha’s Business Glitterati

    Success Secrets of Omaha’s Business Glitterati

    The Executive Director of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce reflects here on the “success secrets” that the Business Hall of Fame inductees shared with the audience at the Omaha’s Holland Center in April, 2013. WOWBIZ Weekly host Lynn Hinderaker asks David Brown to summarize the advice given by each honoree after they received their Hall of Fame pins: Mogens Bay, Valmont: Don’t be afraid to experiment; find a mentor. Marshall Faith, Scoular Grain: Hire the best talent you can afford. […]

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