Startup Write-up: Gnarly Pepper® + LOVOTO LLC

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Two businesses, one woman, many goals.

Innovation Market, two time winner, Sara Gotch has a great outlook for LOVOTO LLC (2nd place IM 2013) and Gnarly Pepper (1st place IM 2017) in this 2018 year!

In the past, LOVOTO LLC has marked its brand as a digital scrapbooking company, bringing old printed photos into the digital world, with a side of videography and freelance graphic design. Today, LOVOTO LLC is shifting its direction into a creative design company (graphic design + social media + website design + videography)*.  Sara has worked with companies such as: Lieber Construction, White Lake Hunting Lodge and Elite Dentistry.

Moreover, Gnarly Pepper, a custom spice blend company that pairs with plain greek yogurt has reached many goals through its first year of business. Starting out with larger, value-sized packaging to tear packets, has allowed Sara to reach more customers on a larger scale. Gnarly Pepper, though a food company, strives to make the world a better place. Sara and her fiancé, Zach, have been traveling the US. From coast-to-coast, Sara has tapped into her brand more and more about a few things other than it being the healthier option.  Gnarly Pepper is providing less waste, teaching the ‘free the guilt’ mentality and hitting markets like: gluten free, vegan friendly & Non GMO. In reference to ‘creating less waste’ it’s the understanding that one would by a large tub of plain greek yogurt and mix and use the blends as needed. No more extra containers, bottles etc. in your fridge. Gnarly Pepper hopes to expand its flavor options soon. Flavors right now include: Veggie Dip, Onion Dip & Like Mayo (< a great mayo/miracle whip alternative for chicken salad, pasta salad and more) — The Veggie and Onion blends are very versatile with its uses: canning, marinating, hummus and more.

The Gnarly Pepper tear packets pair easily with the 5.3 oz cups of plain greek yogurt. A great way to stay healthy for lunch, snacking and even dinner.  Many people view greek yogurt as a breakfast item, but Gnarly Pepper is hitting your salty, savory taste buds — making it an everyday versatile item.

Within this Startup Write-up, Sara would like many business leaders, community staff and others to see her as an innovator. Sara claims to have 60+ ideas in her iPhone notepad waiting to be unleashed. Not all of them great ideas of course, but who would have thought fidget spinners would have trended like they did?  Sara is seeking investors and like-minded people to reach out to her to build brands and startups. No idea is a bad one, until it is tested.  Sara attended Venture School in the spring of 2017. While attending, she learned how to test and shift ideas into profitable businesses.

“The only way to build a community on ideas (outlandish or not) is to bring everyone together. The Innovation Market is a great starter for that, but then what? I feel like there is a push in the right direction in our community to help entrepreneurs, but the entrepreneurs themselves have to make things happen,” Sara mentions.

Sara invites you to attend and vote on ideas at the Innovation Market, where she will speak, February 15, 2018 • 6pm at the Sioux City Public Museum.

Please contact Sara with any design needs at sara@lovoto.co and visit http://www.lovoto.co

Purchase Gnarly Pepper and learn more at http://gnarlypepper.com or gnarlypepper@gmail.com

*not limited to these services— Sara is a remote designer, on-site photography & videography will need to be scheduled in advance.

Wayne State College MBA Program…now is the time for you to take advantage of this great opportunity!

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About the MBA Program

As a busy professional, you want to move ahead in your career, but getting away from the workplace to attend classes on a college campus can be impossible. Wayne State’s online MBA program provides the perfect solution. Working professionals can earn a high-quality MBA from anywhere in the world. On top of the convenience, the program is nationally ranked for affordability. The MBA program is 30 credit hour, non-thesis, 100 percent online program with no required visits to campus. Tuition is a flat $348.75 per credit hour regardless of residency. Low cost doesn’t mean a sacrifice in terms of quality. Wayne State’s MBA classes are generally taught by on-campus faculty with terminal degrees or appropriate credentials in their fields.

Wayne State College is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Formed in 1997, IACBE accredits business programs and colleges and universities worldwide that demonstrate characteristics of excellence, with more than 230 member educational institutions in more than 20 countries.

Wayne State College’s MBA program is proud of the significant benefits of accreditation by IACBA: Enhanced Reputation, Evidence of Quality, Sharing of Best Practices, Public Accountability, and International Partnership Opportunities.

Wayne State Ranked for Online MBA

Wayne State College rose to the top among programs across the nation that combine quality and affordability from http://www.affordablecolleges.com/rankings/affordable-online-mba-programs/! Additionally, The Wayne State MBA program has recently received high rankings on four independent ranking sites.

These rankings have been determined by low-cost and high-quality online education.

  • Ranked 14th out of 20 for best online MBA programs from Great College Deals.
  • Ranked among the top five online business degrees on The Best Master’s Degrees website
  • Ranked 3rd out of 97 institutions from Get Educated: Best Buy Regional Online MBA.
  • Ranked 6th out of 25 for most affordable online colleges on SR Education Group website.

On average, there are approximately 100 students enrolled in the program every semester.

Now is the time for you take advantage of this great opportunity! Contact us today! Registration opens Monday, November 13 for the Spring 2018 semester! Please contact Jennifer Brandow, MBA Director at Wayne State College by e-mailing mba@wsc.edu or calling 402-375-7587.

Goosmann Law Firm Expands to Omaha, Nebraska: Joel Carney, Josh White, and William J. Hale Join Goosmann’s Omaha Team

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Goosmann Law Firm in Omaha, Nebraska

Jeana Goosmann, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce their growth and expansion in the Omaha market and the addition of three new team members: Joel Carney, Josh White and William J. Hale.  Joel Carney has joined the Goosmann team as Managing Partner of their new Omaha office. In addition to Carney, Josh White, Former UNO Senior Associate Athletics Director, has joined their team as Executive Director of the Omaha location.  Attorney William J. Hale has also joined the team. Goosmann opened their new Omaha office in the innovative and newly built Advent Building located in West Omaha this past July. Omaha is the firm’s third office location in addition to their offices stemming up and down the I-29 corridor in Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Joel Carney

Carney joins the Goosmann team with over seventeen years of experience as a litigation attorney with a wide range of experience in all realms of the dispute process involving creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and litigation. During his career, he has represented financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, small and large businesses and individuals dealing with creditors’ rights issues, bankruptcy representation, personal injury, property damage litigation, wrongful death, subrogation, product liability and more.

Carney attended law school at Creighton University in Omaha, where he first met Jeana Goosmann. After law school, Carney and Goosmann worked closely as part of the Iowa and Nebraska Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Goosmann says, “I’ve known Joel for many years, and there couldn’t be a better fit to manage and grow our Omaha office. Joel is someone I’ve always wanted on my team and is a prime example of what our firm stands for. Real people who get life, business, and the law.”

Carney is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Iowa Bar Association and has held multiple leadership positions in the Nebraska Bar Association for more than a decade. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Iowa.

“I love my job because every case in litigation is unique and challenging. I pride myself in getting solid results for my clients and keeping them involved every step of the way,” says Carney.

Josh White

Executive Director Josh White oversees the development and continued growth of the Goosmann Law Firm as the Executive Director of the firm’s Omaha location and prides himself as being a “culture keeper.” White manages the firm’s business development efforts and long-term client relationships for their Omaha market.

White’s experience spans from seventeen years of leadership and management in various positions including, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Assistant Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and Associate Director of Membership Services at the NCAA. He understands the legal industry having received his Juris Doctor at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

White has been actively involved in Nebraska professional organizations and Omaha and Lincoln’s community charities, having served on boards and committees, including: the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, FBI Citizens Academy, Quality Living Institute (QLI) Fair, Victory Boxing Club, the Nebraska Sports Council Board of Directors, American Heart Association, and the Nebraska State Board of Health.

White says, “I am excited to get back into the legal industry and look forward to growing relationships and helping maintain Goosmann’s unique culture in the Omaha market.”

William J. Hale

Joining Carney and White, Attorney William J. Hale will focus his practice on Business and Intellectual Property Litigation. Hale protects clients “secret sauce” when sensitive, confidential, and proprietary information, ideas, and concepts are compromised.

Hale joins the firm with seven years of experience working in the security industry handling investigations, reporting, consumer relations and settlements.  He received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law, graduating top of his class, and is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Iowa.

Hale says, “It’s wonderful joining a firm with innovative thinking and cutting-edge services that’s growing at such a rapid pace. We are business-minded attorneys at Goosmann and I am looking forward to helping our clients protect their secret sauce, keeping them ten steps ahead of the competition.”

“The firm’s business approach, team, and culture will be attractive to Omaha’s top talent. The firm offers a high-energy, fast-paced, family-friendly environment that encourages and rewards excellence, high achievement, innovation, and professional development. Our team supports the growth and development of our attorneys from new ideas, innovative tactics, strategic business ideas, expanding practices, and working together.  As a woman-owned firm, we value diversity among our team and our communities to enrich the lives of our professionals, clients, and cities. I am looking forward to growing and enhancing our team to ultimately better serve our clients,” says Carney.

The Goosmann Law Firm looks to expand the firm’s Omaha team and will be actively recruiting throughout 2017 and 2018.

The Goosmann Law Firm is a full-service law firm with locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To learn more about the Goosmann Law Firm, visit their website at www.GoosmannLaw.com or call (402) 280-7648.

How to Stay Compliant: 7 Year Rule on Criminal Reporting

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When navigating the choppy waters of criminal records, a common question comes up. “Why can you report criminal convictions that are over 7 years old?” The simple answer is because the Fair Credit Reporting Act, (the federal law that regulates background check companies like One Source) allows for convictions to be reported indefinitely unless prohibited by a state law. The 7 year rule we often hear about relates to credit history information, not criminal information.

Where did the seven year rule come from?

Under federal law, the consumer reporting agencies cannot report an arrest over seven years old. However, they may report a conviction no matter how old it is. So if you are arrested and the charges are dismissed, the consumer reporting agency is not supposed to report the arrest if the arrest is over seven years old. If the arrest results in a conviction, (a finding of guilt) then the agency can report the information forever.

The seven year rule has one important exception–if you are applying for employment and the salary is over $75,000, the agency can still report the arrest. Source: Fred Dahr Attorney

There are currently 5 states that do not allow for criminal convictions to be reported unless the applicant makes a certain amount in a year and 3 that prohibit regardless of income: See State Restriction on Criminal Reporting

  • California, Montana, and New Mexico
    • Strict 7 year rule, regardless of income
  • Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington
    • 7 years of information if the applicant makes $20,000 or less

It is always helpful to include the income and the applicant’s state of residence when entering orders, so One Source knows how to keep you compliant. Want to know more? Feel free to reach out to the Operations team at 800.608.3645 or email orders@onesourcebackground.com.

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day at Prince Hydraulics

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Celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6th! Prince Hydraulics located at 4600 S. Lewis Blvd. will have a Community Open House from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Stop by and take a tour and learn what it requires to produce a cylinder.

Bev and Jim Wharton Receive Siouxland Chamber’s Highest Honor

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Local Couple Recognized for Forty Years of Community Leadership

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce presented the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award to long-time community leaders Jim and Bev Wharton at their Annual Dinner this evening.  This marks the 27th consecutive year the Deming Award has been presented by the Siouxland Chamber dating back to 1991 when the initial recipient was Ted Waitt of Gateway.

For decades, the Whartons have been known for the numerous public and private sector leadership roles they have held throughout the Siouxland tri-state region.  Perhaps most significantly, Bev served as the President of Briar Cliff University for 15 years and Jim served in elected office on the City Council in Sioux City, including terms as Mayor, as well as Mayor Pro-Tempore.

The Whartons affirmed their commitment to their adopted hometown stating, “It is truly humbling to receive this honor and to share it with great leaders in our community.  Moving to Siouxland in 1976 was a short-term decision.  Staying in Siouxland for 41 years reflects our love for this community.”

In addition to her tenure as President of Briar Cliff University, Bev served for many years as a senior executive with the corporation known today as MidAmerican Energy.  Jim’s service as Mayor of Sioux City was complemented by his work in the local media, as well as roles in executive management, fundraising, marketing, and public relations with organizations including Gateway, the Diocese of Sioux City, Mercy Medical Center, and the Siouxland Community Health Center.

Not only were the Whartons engaged in the for-profit sector, but their collective contributions to local not-for-profits and regional charities has been equally impressive.  Over the course of their working careers, the couple served in a variety of incredibly broad and diverse volunteer leadership roles stretching from the United Way to the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.  Bev is a past Chair of the Siouxland Chamber’s Board of Directors and continues to serve on the organization’s Good Government Committee.  Jim served as the emcee for countless community philanthropic events including many years leading the program for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner.

Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, expressed his appreciation to Bev and Jim for all they have contributed to this tri-state area saying, “Siouxlanders have been the beneficiaries of the Whartons’ extraordinary commitment to leadership, citizenship, and public service.  They have shown themselves to be role models within both the public and private sectors and we owe them a deep debt of gratitude for all they have contributed to our community.”

The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership &

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Award Criteria: The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.

Recipients

  • Ted Waitt, Gateway
  • Wrede Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  • Harold Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  • Fred Davenport, Davenport Companies
  • William Dible, Terra Industries Inc.
  • Byron Brower, Brower Construction Company
  • Sam Bernstein, State Steel Supply Company
  • Robert Williams, Williams and Company
  • Roland Junck, Prince Manufacturing
  • William Metz, Metz Baking Company
  • Robert Peterson, IBP, Inc.
  • Eldon Roth, Beef Products, Inc.
  • Chuck Long, Long Lines
  • Irving F. Jensen, Jr., Irving F. Jensen Company
  • Pat Boeshart, Lite-Form Technologies LLC
  • Ken Ackerman, K & B Transportation
  • Leonard Gill, LP Gill, Inc.
  • Allen Mahaney, Soo Tractor Sweeprake Company
  • Mike Bennett, Terra Industries
  • Roger and Jane Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  • James Yanney, Guarantee Roofing & Siding
  • Steve Schneider, Gerkin Windows and Doors
  • Mike Wells, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
  • Garrett Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  • Regina Roth, BPI
  • Richard A. Waller, Security National Bank

Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More

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Sample craft beers, bid on unique auction items, and visit with artists about their work at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” fundraiser Saturday, September 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

The “blue jeans casual” evening includes nature art, beer tasting, food, raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction. Guests can sample more than 40 brews and craft beers including Oktoberfests, IPAs, ciders, lagers and beer alternatives. In addition there will be some select wines to sample at the event. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food will also be available throughout the evening.

“This event is extremely popular. People look forward to it every year because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items,” said Dawn Snyder, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Education Programs Director. “Our goal is to raise funds for conservation education programs and exhibits,” continued Snyder.

The Nature Calls event attributes its success to numerous sponsors and local donors, and has become a fun and profitable evening for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s special projects such as the Nature Center indoor exhibits, the Raptor House, and the very popular Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

A highlight of the event is the Live Auction which includes a one week stay and Fly-in Fishing Trip for six people to Ara Lake Camp in Ontario, Canada; an original Fourth Street Brewing Company of Sioux City Jacket; Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills football tickets; fine jewelry; custom made knife; original artwork; overnight cabin stays; and much more. In addition, more than 60 Silent Auction Items have been donated for the event.

Two gun raffles will be featured with proceeds to go toward Summer Youth Programs. The guns include a Kimber Micro 9 two-tone 9mm handgun and a Mossberg .243 caliber Patriot Rifle with a scope.

Eleven area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit their items available for purchase at the September 23 event. Items include fused glass, bowls from reclaimed wood, wild honey and honey products, cutting boards, natural-edge slab furniture, graphite wildlife drawings, birdhouses, handmade duck calls and jewelry. Artists include Julia Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Justin & Tori Engelhardt from Wild Hill Honey of Sioux City; J. Mark Lary from Second Chance Woods of Sioux City; Lynn Jarvis of Snowflake Woodcrafts from Hornick; Susan McCulley from Sioux City; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; Jana Peterson from Autumn Prairie Designs Jewelry of Anthon; Chaeli Kohn from Shady Grove Pottery of Sioux City; Norma Lash from Birds of a Feather of Sioux City; Diane Culver from YLime Beads of Dakota Dunes and Logan Heissel from Buck Creek Custom Calls of Spencer.

Advance tickets for “Nature Calls” are available for $30 each by calling the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838 or online at http://www.woodburyparks.org.

Beginning September 22 and at the door the tickets increase to $35 each.

For more information on contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838. View more auction items, sponsors, artists, and beers featured at the event at http://www.woodburyparks.org.

American to Add Second Flight to Dallas in November

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Sioux City, IA – Officials at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field in Sioux City announced today that American Airlines will add a second round trip flight out of Sioux City to their hub in Dallas/Ft. Worth from November 20-28, 2017.  This additional flight will help to accommodate holiday travel.  The scheduled time for the new flight is:

Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 8:30 a.m. – Arrive Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) 10:52 a.m.

Depart Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 8:55 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 10:54 p.m.

This flight is a nice complement to the current daily service at Sioux Gateway Airport:

Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 6:10 a.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) 7:46 a.m.
Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 12:34 p.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) at 2:09 p.m.
Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 2:49 p.m. – Arrive Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 5 p.m.

Depart Chicago (ORD) Sioux City (SUX) at 10:30 a.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) 12:03 p.m.
Depart Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 12:25 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 2:23 p.m.
Depart Chicago (ORD) at 8:20 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 9:55 p.m.

“We’re excited about having the second flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth during the last week of November, perfectly timed for the holiday season, “said Darrell Jesse, Sioux Gateway Airport Board President.

“We have noticed a demand for the second flight and expect to see good ridership during this time. We hope to see Siouxland travelers support this temporary addition of a second flight to Dallas.  If you have been flying out of another airport we truly believe you will be impressed with the ease and convenience of flying from Sioux Gateway. “

Travelers are reminded that anyone flying on American Airlines must be checked in 45 minutes prior to departure.  For airline and flight information visit the Sioux Gateway Airport website at www.flysux.com.

Pre-Employment Background Screening 101 – How to Mitigate Your Risk

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What employers can do to mitigate risk with respect to their background screening program. By: One Source The Background Check Company

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) employers have two critical responsibilities when using the services of a third-party background screening firm to request background checks on prospective employees.

Employers must do the following in order to comply with the FCRA when requesting a background check:

  1. Employers must provide prospective employees a clear and conspicuous disclosure regarding the fact that you will conduct a background check AND you must get the individual’s written authorization to conduct such. This is typically called the disclosure and authorization notice and it must be in a stand-alone document. The FCRA requires that when an employer requests a background check (aka a “consumer report”) for employment purposes they must provide “a clear an conspicuous disclosure” in writing “before the report is procured or caused to be procured, in a document that consists solely of the disclosure” and “the consumer has authorized in writing….” (15 U.S.C. § 1681b(b)(2)(A)(i)-(ii))
  2. Employers must follow the adverse action process, which is potentially a two-step process. The first step is typically referred to as the “pre-adverse action step” and you cannot send a final “no hire” letter until you complete this step. So, hypothetically speaking, after completing step 1 above you receive the results of a background check from your background screening vendor. The report indicates a criminal history or some other adverse item of information.  Based on this information, you may decide not to hire the individual.  Now what?  Before you take any final adverse action you must first provide the individual with a copy of the report you are reviewing and a summary of their rights as prescribed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  This allows the prospective employee to review the report and alert you if any information contained therein is inaccurate or incomplete and also to act on that incorrect or incomplete information with the background screening company. You should wait at least five business days before taking any final adverse action although realize that in some states and cities, Fair Chance laws and ordinances (aka Ban the Box laws and ordinances) may impose greater time periods. For more about Ban the Box, click here.

At a minimum, employers must follow above two steps to comply with the FCRA.  Depending on what state or city you are in there may be additional requirements, but these are the basics when doing pre-employment background checks on prospective employees.

Which brings me to the class action litigation and a sampling of the cases brought against employers for alleged non-compliance with the FCRA related to steps 1 and/or 2 described above.

  • Class action complaint filed against an airline catering and provisioning company (Case No. 2:17-cv-1298) for allegedly not following the pre-adverse action process.
  • Class action complaint filed against a major retail pharmacy chain (Case No. 5:17-cv-6019) for not providing the proper disclosure that a background check would be conducted and failure to follow the pre-adverse action process.
  • Class action complaint filed against a plasma provider (Case No. 5:17-cv-6018) for not following the pre-adverse action process.

There is a very active plaintiff’s bar filing complaints against both employers and background screening companies for alleged violations of the FCRA.  They do not discriminate based on type of employer or size of your business.  You’ve been warned.

But not all is lost as these are curable compliance issues. You start by reviewing your background screening program–your policies and procedures–with counsel versed in the FCRA and state consumer protection laws and guidance that govern background screening. You need to go step by step through the hiring process to understand where you may have deficiencies and need to shore up your compliance. For instance–if, as an employer, you utilize an adjudication matrix or screening standards to automatically classify individuals as “ineligible” for hire and automatically proceed to send a no hire letter we should talk about your background screening program and whether it complies with the requirements of the FCRA.  Or, your FCRA disclosure and authorization has a lot of “extraneous language” such as a release of liability language, we should talk.  Willful violations of the FCRA are eligible for statutory damages of $100 to $1,000/violation, plus punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

One Source The Background Check Company provides TotalCheck screening on applicants, while maintaining superior turnaround time and customer service. Find out more about how One Source can help your company or organization with your background screening needs – call today 800.608.3645.