Omaha is home to more than 45,000 businesses and that number is constantly growing. With a low cost of living and a high quality of life, the steady economic growth in Omaha is the envy of the nation. As a local small business with the mission of promoting other local businesses, we are passionate about this community and the companies that thrive here. It’s our goal to help businesses grow and we know this process isn’t done without a strong support system in place. It’s also not something that can be accomplished overnight. It takes time and commitment to build a business from the ground up. In order to get an idea of what it takes to successfully grow a business, we talked to a handful of local industry leaders who have experience in this area and offer services that could help along the way.

Planning for the Future

Running a business is no small task and keeping it positioned for growth is even more difficult. As you go, you’ll need strategies to make more time, build better teams and increase money to your bottom line. It can be daunting, but ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE ( is ready to help. ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE is an award-winning business and executive coaching firm. As coaches, they partner with leaders to inspire innovative processes that continuously motivate them to reach their top leadership and professional potential. They work with businesses and individuals from start-ups to executives. Their coaching programs are designed to identify your challenges and to apply practical and results-driven solutions.

Linda Krei

Linda Krei, the senior partner and CEO of ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE, heads up a team of certified business and executive coaches to help driven and energetic business owners and leaders increase their profits and their operating efficiencies. As your team of coaches and advisors, they will help you achieve more through the use of proven tools, methodologies and systems tested and perfected over tens of thousands of businesses worldwide over the past three decades.

“We know everyone is starting this journey from different places. Whether you’re an executive of a Fortune 100 company or a startup a few months into the game,” said Coach Linda Krei, “each of our programs is outfitted with coaches who have years of experience developing the right routines, building the proper plans and massively growing businesses. We have been around for over 27 years and not only have the single best system in the world, we have a 17-Week Guarantee and Client Results to prove it.”

ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE has proven systems and methodologies that guide business owners to develop a commercial profitable enterprise system that can work without them if they so choose. The coaches guide business owners to learn how to work “on” their business instead of “in” their business which consumes and exhausts many business owners, not just those starting a business. Linda and her team help them develop a different mindset to approach their business, to help them see that it shouldn’t be a job; they will likely need to learn different skill sets and ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE offers business education to do so.

Are you ready to set your business on the ultimate track to success? If so, then Mentor Business Coaching with ActionCOACH ExcelEDGE is for you. You’ll have the tools and strategies you’ll need to guide your business to higher profits and greater levels of success. You’ll get an edge over the competition, and you’ll discover what thousands of other business owners already know about the positive impact Group Coaching has had on their companies. The average mentor client sees a 5x Return on Coaching in the first 12 months.

Marketing Masterpieces

As a print, mail and marketing provider, Aradius Group ( can deliver your message to future customers nationwide! After operating for more than 160 years, they continue to adapt and grow with the latest technology to provide their clients with the best solutions available in the industry today. Aradius Group’s award-winning team combines your marketing goals with their printing and mailing expertise so that you can expect a seamless customer experience from strategy and design to the final product. One of their most popular marketing solutions, REACH, is a tool that provides users the top ten most cost-effective formats and sizes to use for advertising mail today. Simply choose a template, design your piece and deliver your message with the best marketing rates possible.

Whether you’re trying to grow in local areas or catch the attention of potential customers nationwide, Aradius Group has a marketing solution that will align with your business strategy and make your brand come to life! Their services include pre-press, digital printing, offset printing, envelope printing and bindery and finishing. For direct mail services, they offer mailing lists, campaign consulting, personalization, fulfillment and postage audit.

Aradius Group wants to partner with your team to become a cornerstone in your marketing strategy. Once they get to understand your business and your company goals, they will propose the marketing strategy that they believe is the best fit for you and tailor it to suit your specific needs. Reach out to Aradius Group today to see how they can make your marketing dreams become reality.

Help is Here

BspokeIQ ( offers a range of products and services aimed at helping entrepreneurs and businesses grow and succeed. Their core services include coaching and mentorship, hiring and talent management and marketing and branding strategy. Through personalized support and guidance, they strive to empower individuals and businesses to achieve their full potential and create opportunities for success.

Renee Villanueva BSpokeIQ

“At BspokeIQ, we believe that the determining factor in successfully growing a business is personalized support and guidance,” said Executive Director Renee Villanueva. “Every business is unique and requires an individualized approach to growth. We work closely with our clients to identify their specific needs and challenges, and develop tailored solutions that help them achieve their goals.”

The coaching and mentorship services at BspokeIQ are particularly valuable to entrepreneurs and businesses looking to grow. They offer personalized guidance and support to help clients overcome challenges and achieve their goals. The hiring and talent management services are also essential for businesses looking to expand their teams and grow their capabilities. By helping businesses attract and retain top talent, BspokeIQ enables them to scale and achieve their full potential. The marketing and branding strategy services are also critical to businesses looking to increase their visibility and attract new customers. By developing personalized marketing plans and branding strategies, these services help businesses differentiate themselves from their competitors and grow their customer base.

“Anyone planning for the growth of their business should be prepared for the need to adapt and be flexible. Business environments are constantly changing, and entrepreneurs and business owners need to be able to pivot and adjust their strategies as needed,” Renee explained. “Recent changes in our industry, such as the rise of remote work and the increasing importance of digital marketing, have made it essential for businesses to be adaptable and innovative in their approach to growth.”

Empowering individuals and businesses to achieve their full potential through personalized support and guidance is at the core of everything they do at BspokeIQ. They believe in creating opportunities for success and fostering a culture of innovation and growth. By working closely with clients and offering personalized solutions, BspokeIQ helps businesses overcome challenges, achieve their goals and realize their full potential.

Keep Track of What’s Important

Forgetfulness is a trait we all can relate to at one point or another. Forgetting your keys before heading out the door, missing a dentist appointment or leaving an important item for the day at home are all things that can mess up your day but overall don’t cause much harm. Forgetting to keep track of your business’s financials, on the other hand, will create a world of hassle for your business and a huge headache for you.

Omaha Bookkeeping ( is ready to help your business succeed by keeping your business organized throughout each month with the financial transactions that occur. With their help, your business will be able to see a good financial picture and performance of the company at any given time throughout the year. Outsourcing bookkeeping duties may also save money in the long run by finding the partner that fits your business culture. Bookkeepers may also find ways to improve your process and identify areas where you may be overspending. They may also help to take advantage of bookkeeping software to help automate tasks, again saving time and money.

Jeff Doering
Omaha Bookkeeping

“I would make sure your business communicates with a tax professional and their accounting/ bookkeeping department to make sure all of your tax-related expenses are accounted for,” said Jeff Doering, owner of Omaha Bookkeeping. “It is important to stay on top of account reconciliations and recording and classifying every financial transaction of the business. That’s where my services come in. Keeping and logging the proper backup documents of each financial transaction will make tax process go a lot smoother.”

You want to be ready for next year’s tax season when it rolls around again, and there is no better way to ensure your business is prepared than with the help of Omaha Bookkeeping. They are dedicated to keeping you on track financially, so that you can reach your goals with ease.

Comprehensive Consults

Over 200 online records are compromised every second, and 60% of small businesses don’t have a plan in the event of a cyberattack. This is a risk you cannot afford to take. Trumbo Corporation’s ( service includes a comprehensive consult to help identify gaps and opportunities within your IT Department. Then, they put a custom solution together to help meet those goals and take the stress off your IT department. They also offer a suite of quality products that will help keep your network safe and secure. Cybersecurity is incredibly important in our current society and Trumbo wants to make sure your company is as safe and secure as possible.

Trumbo’s services include managed IT solutions, cybersecurity, website hosting, business phone services, disaster recovery and professional services. Whether you need PC or server maintenance, VPS hosting, onsite phone systems, graphic design, project planning or if you don’t understand what any of that means, Trumbo will be there to help.

Save your business a big headache and feel cyber-secured with Trumbo!

Solutions You Can Count On

Aaron Newell
AR Solutions

When you outsource your accounts receivable, you will be able to focus on doing what you do best while simultaneously bringing in more funds that will be instrumental in the growth of your business. To learn more, we spoke to Aaron Newell, founder of AR Solutions (

AR Solutions is a licensed, bonded and insured collection agency headquartered in Lincoln and offering services to the surrounding Lincoln and Omaha areas. With more than 60 combined years in collections, AR Solutions understands that you don’t have time to waste – in Accounts Receivable or in managing multiple vendors. Not only do they offer solutions, but they give you the time you need to balance the competing demands of clients and critical receivable management issues. There’s also zero risk and zero cost, with no fees incurred unless AR Solutions recovers money for you. All of the Asset Recovery Specialists at AR Solutions are American Collection Association (ACA) certified, so you can trust that your accounts will be handled with the highest quality and dignity.

Aaron Newell founded AR Solutions in 2005 after working in the collection industry since 1996. The company was created under the value of integrity: “If you have integrity, nothing else matters; if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters.”

“In addition to offering past due accounts receivable collections, we can also consult with clients to help them set up their receivables process to increase their in-house collections or to prevent future issues,” said Aaron. “I often use this quote: ‘Do what you do best and pay for the rest.’ It is as simple as being able to communicate with the consumer at a specific date and time. If you are not able to communicate with them at that specific time, you may not get a second chance. Collecting past due receivables is all we do… and if we don’t collect, we don’t eat.”

Aaron advises clients to gather as much information as you can on your customers before the transaction is complete, and to also keep in mind that not all customers are going to pay on time, or pay at all. At some point, you may need to use a law firm or collection agency to pursue payment on past-due accounts – AR Solutions has both under one roof. By outsourcing this job to a third party that you trust to uphold your reputation as an extension of your business, it takes the emotions out of it and you don’t have to be the bad guy.

AR Solutions works with all types of companies that have accounts receivable issues. They also have a specialized Healthcare division that is HIPAA compliant and understands the ebbs and flow of medical billing and insurance processing. They will partner with you and your staff to:

  • Accelerate cash flow
  • Transform accounts receivable
  • Backlog into cash
  • Sliding scale pricing based on
  • Accounts receivable aging
  • Lower operational expenses
  • Increase efficiencies
  • Reduce write-offs
  • Maintain positive consumer relations
  • Extend billing office capabilities

AR Solutions’ collection process is just as important as how they collect. Their specialists approach their work as skillful sales people and are trained and certified to remain professional, ethical, confident and firm – even in the most difficult situations – to get payment in full on the initial contact. Their company policy dictates that everyone is treated with respect and dignity while also approaching collections in a firm and persuasive manner. AR Solutions has recently implemented an AI (artificial intelligence) platform to increase collections, compliance and ease of communications with consumers.

Run Your Business

Run Payments ( is a payments consulting company that is building the next generation commerce hub. It’s not an off the shelf technology and pricing for businesses to fit into, but truly a customizable approach and experience to handle any business’s needs.

Run Payments creates custom payment workflows that work for you and your customers. They develop customized payments architecture for their clients that spans in-store, in-app, e-commerce and anywhere else your potential customers might be. You’ll have everything you need to get up and running and always stay one step ahead, because it pays to be flexible.

Don’t Forget About Us!

Last but not least, Strictly Business ( is an awesome marketing tool offering services in the Lincoln and Omaha areas, and we would love to partner with you to promote your brand and help your business grow. Not only do we offer advertising in print, digitally and on social media, but we also have the IN THE ISSUE monthly email blast that is designed to break down each issue of Strictly Business in a clean, concise and easy-to-digest digital format. Our goal is to get in front of even more people in this ever-growing digital age and to further promote all of the local businesses that we love and partner with. Contact us today to learn more!

Ready to grow your business? Contact these Omaha professionals to learn how they can help you expand your brand throughout the community and beyond.