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It Begins With ONE

One call. One click. One connection. It’s where some of the greatest success stories begin—with membership in the Greater Omaha Chamber. Large businesses, small businesses and every size in between—plus, virtually any industry, field and specialized service and product you can imagine, are represented. As a matter of fact, Omaha is one of the nation’s largest chambers, with nearly two-thirds of the metropolitan-area workforce represented through membership.

The diversity of Omaha’s economy not only enables the city to weather economic downturns, it also creates a great dynamic among Chamber member businesses—challenging the Chamber to look for new and diverse ways to make membership relevant and rewarding. Efforts and events reflect the Chamber’s response to members’ needs.

With membership comes access to more than 3,300 other member businesses and the opportunity to connect, interact, learn, lead, participate and grow—your knowledge, your career, your business and your revenue.

Early birds to night owls

From young professionals to entrepreneurs and those climbing the corporate ladder, you will find what you’re looking for, along with the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities your membership presents.

Casual get-togethers before office hours, over lunch or on the way home let you get to know familiar faces, exchange business cards and make connections.

Get preferential treatment

Chamber members want to do business with other Chamber members. Your memberships lets you do this more effectively than ever before with a web site that lets you instantly connect with other member businesses, take advantage of members-only money-saving offers and promotions and post your own promotions and events.

Shape the future

Collaborative efforts allow you to shape development in your neighborhood and throughout the metropolitan area— even legislation that impacts business statewide. And learn how we’re reaching out beyond state and national borders to take advantage of international business opportunities.

Go farther, faster

With the Chamber, members are able to accelerate many of the processes that help to build successful businesses with “tips” groups. These groups promote the exchange of leads and suggestions for managing and growing business, help businesses to train and educate their employees and provide access to research data that identifies trends and activities that can benefit your business.

The place for business

As you’ve seen, Omaha is definitely the place for business. And the Greater Omaha Chamber is the place for you.

Financial Super Stars — Play to Capacity Crowd

Paul McCartney, U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and The Police have all played to packed houses at Qwest Center Omaha. When financial superstars Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO, and Henry Paulson, Jr., 74th U.S. Treasury Secretary, took center stage at the Greater Omaha Chamber’s 2010 Annual Meeting on February 9, it was to a capacity crowd of nearly 2,500 people—making it the biggest annual meeting event in the Chamber’s history and drawing national and international media attention as well.

“The economy is number one on people’s minds,“ said David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. “When two of the nation’s most noted financial figures speak on the subject of what is arguably one of the most dramatic episodes in U.S. financial history and a highly controversial plan for restructuring the financial services industry, people want to hear what they have to say.“

Paulson’s book, On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System, provides his first-person account of the events leading to the impending financial collapse and the decisions behind the actions taken, including the race to develop and pass one of the most controversial elements of his plan, the Troubled Asset Relief Plan or TARP.

Obviously at ease with each other, Buffett began by taking the audience back to fall 2009 in what he referred to as a time, “when the financial world went into cardiac arrest.“ He and Paulson then began citing the warning signs that disaster was imminent, such as over-leveraged financial institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae being essentially broke, and that even the sixth largest bank in the country was worried about meeting payroll.

“I knew with certainty, it was going to get worse. I’m not sure I knew it was going to be 10 percent unemployment. But I knew it was going to be bad. And I knew if we didn’t do something and it collapsed, then businesses wouldn’t be able to fund themselves, wouldn’t be able to pay for their inventories and pay suppliers and would let employees go. It would ripple through the economy and we’d have Armageddon,“ said Paulson.

Paulson also put the U.S. economy in perspective with the greater global economy, noting that, “every other economy, including China, has more significant problems than we do. One of our biggest crises, a challenge really, is that it is very difficult to get the government to act, to get Congress to act and do anything that is big and difficult and controversial without immediate crisis. We had a crisis and we still haven’t gotten the regulatory reform we need.“

Turning the Corner on Community GREEN Spaces

Where 13th Street meets Howard Street, you’ll not only find one of Omaha’s most visible locales, you’ll also see a city turning the corner to support greater sustainability by creating green spaces that serve community and commerce equally well.

The space was once home to an 81-space parking lot. Now, the corner is a combination courtyard and parking plaza, offering a pedestrian-friendly, interactive, public green space for visitors and area residents and serving as the western gateway to the historic Old Market.

The plaza contains environmentally friendly native grasses, wildflowers and trees, tables and chairs, bicycle racks, free Wi-Fi, new lighting, a water fountain and a kiosk to be used for special events.

Certainly not to be overlooked in the plaza is the large LED screen with a relaxed “O! Guy“ sculpture casually leaning on the back of the video screen, welcoming visitors. Area artist Leslie Bruning created the O! Guy specifically for the plaza. Motion sensors cause the O! Guy’s head to turn—welcoming visitors to enter the plaza to enjoy the entire area. Tim Barry, artist and general manager of the Hot Shops Art Center, rounded out the project with a streetscape and donor wall on the back of the video screen.

Funded by corporate and individual donors, private foundations, governmental entities and in-kind contributions, the plaza represents the shared vision by the Chamber, the Omaha Downtown Improvement District Association, the new Omaha Downtown Arboretum and others to blend parking, community space, trees and greenery into outstanding assets for downtown Omaha.

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