It is crazy to think that this month marks 30 years for Strictly Business in Lincoln and over 15 here in Omaha! Where has the time gone? Having started in Lincoln before expanding into the Omaha market, we have great pride in our community and the impact we’ve made. What a ride it has been.

Looking back, it is so hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the very beginning of Strictly Business. We have embraced the changes that have come with time, as we now reach more readers than ever before with our eye-catching covers and strong internet presence. Our In the Issue email blast gains new subscribers all the time, as does our list of clients that take advantage of directly reaching readers with their news. What started out as a black and white news print is now a colorful magazine that accommodates approximately three times the number of local businesses. And we’re still growing! I can hardly believe it.

With constant change and growth, I am especially thankful for the great team that keeps Strictly Business running. Though it has been sad to part ways with old employees, we couldn’t be more proud of them for stepping into a new stage of their life – close to 10 past employees now run a successful business of their own! Entrepreneurship is something I highly value, so I take great pleasure in helping promote those who start local businesses.

We take great pride in promoting Omaha, making it our mission to be a source of information for the community. By making community members aware of the current news in Omaha, we not only rally community support, but get to show our own support as well. One great thing about Omaha is that people are always consciously trying to support local businesses, something that hasn’t changed in our 15+ years of businesses in this community.

Watching small businesses grow and develop because of community support is one of my favorite aspects of Strictly Business. The success of local businesses is our top priority, so we can’t help but celebrate their success. Since the start of advertising with us, we have witnessed several small businesses thrive, with some even becoming large entities whose presence is known far beyond Omaha.

We wish the best for all local businesses, helping out in any way we can. We welcome new clients, regardless of if they are new or old businesses – it’s never too late to connect with the community. This issue, we are proud of the number of nonprofit organizations participating in our Supporting Nonprofits special feature story. We love to show our support and help rally community support by having a story built just for them! If you aren’t currently involved with nonprofits in the community, we have plenty of amazing ones around for you to choose from. We run our Supporting Nonprofits story every January and July, with nonprofits submitting press releases every month in between. There’s always something going on!

To our readers, thank you for helping us support local businesses for the last 15+ years. We hope you will continue to support local businesses, whether you find them through Strictly Business or elsewhere, and that you share with our clients that you saw their business right here at Strictly Business. It’s our pleasure to rally the Omaha community together to support local businesses.