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From the Editor: B2B is the Best

Mar 26, 2021 03:14PM ● By Daisy Hutzell Rodman
managing editor Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

Photo by Bill Sitzmann

Spring, for auto enthusiasts, is often a special time. It’s when they bring their toys out of storage, dust them, and start driving them down the road. My husband and I bring my Mercedes and our Volkswagen out of storage each year and look forward to trips, whether cruising around town in the Merc or camping in the Volkswagen. How I Roll subject Scott Rouse also understands this joy. As an owner of Victory Lane, he sees many customers with special vehicles, but he also collects cars himself. Like my husband and I, two of those special vehicles include a Volkswagen and a Mercedes.

In the feature well, this edition brings readers articles about building a strong management team. Consultant Rick Faber and others discuss what common links can be found among those that have strong management in their companies.

This round will include the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, an event that caused an uproar and protests worldwide. Many business leaders had to make the difficult decision to speak out or not. We asked OPPD CEO Tim Burke and Unionist Printing owner Larry Maupin why and how their companies are taking a stand. We also spoke with advocate Andrew Aleman, a young Black professional and influencer in the LGBTQ community.

As the weather warms, those who enjoy water sports may be thinking about dusting off their fishing poles or sailboats for some time with their favorite hobby. We may not be fishing here at B2B, but we are thinking about water in two of our articles. Our In the Office article is about Wave Interactive, a web development and digital marketing company that recently renovated their offices to include many carefully thought-out details. The OmAha! department this round focuses on two companies here in the metro that are working with ozonated water, an alternative cleaning solution.

The third feature is about Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. New CEO Chanda Chacón tells why she became a hospital administrator, and how she plans to make this top-notch company go farther.

The fourth feature is one in which I learned a lot. Many executives, including myself, have read Richard Nelson Bolles What Color is Your Parachute, which emphasizes networking to achieve a desired position in business. Universal Information Services’ Todd Murphy, however, has discovered that companies need to achieve something even greater when hiring—enthusiasm. We interviewed three companies, including Murphy’s, that succeed in hiring with enthusiasm.

Our roundtable this month inolves three businesses that opened successfully in the last 12 months. They pivoted because of construction issues, because of the pandemic, and dealt with issues of low stock and slow sales. All three are still open, and the business owners are optimistic about opening businesses in the face of adversity.

Core Bank has a great group of employees with an interest in giving back to the community in a variety of ways. How the enable their employees to give to their preferred companies is our Biz + Giving article.

This issue is also our Best of B2B edition. This special list is curated by businesses, for businesses, and is a useful resource for many business owners in the community. The categories range from Best Heating/AC Service to Best Insurance Agency, giving our readers a wide variety of places to find services for their businesses. We take much pride in the integrity of this list. Businesses are only allowed ballot, and the ballots may not be copied or scanned. Some winners want you, the readers, to know how to contact them and have paid for the contact information that is placed under their name in the list.

There are a lot of great articles, and I hope you enjoy them all.