Nebraska Business Development Center
Business Success & Economic Impact
Vol. 2 Issue 6

NBDC develops a unique customized professional development program
Omaha Steaks International r ecognizes the value of fostering innovation and investing in high-potential talent. The company recently challenged a group of employees, who had demonstrated passion for the brand, creativity and innovative thinking, to come up with project ideas around increasing revenue or reducing costs. The goal was to engage the most inventive employees, but also to benefit from their productive ideas.

Omaha Steaks' marketing department contracted with NBDC to deliver a training program that would help these employees improve skills in influencing-up, project management, leading change and persuasive presentation while developing a strong business case for their ideas.

At the end of the program, 23 proposals were presented. From these, eight projects were selected by an executive panel and are now in different stages of implementation. 

Sargus leads organizational development team

Harold Sargus, MBA, SHRM-SCP, has 25 years of  human resource, organizational development and consultative sales experience. Before joining NBDC to head its professional and organizational development program, he served as a lead HR professional within the nonprofit, manufacturing and construction sectors. Sargus has consulted with a variety of organizations on projects involving HR audits, process improvement, leadership development and applied research. 

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NBDC offers a full suite of business services:
  • Financial projections, planning and loan packaging
  • Market research and analysis
  • Export consulting
  • Technology commercialization consulting
  • Government sales consulting
  • Business valuation and transition planning
  • Project management and leadership training
  • Process improvement and sustainability training
  • Organizational development consulting
    and customized training
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