January 2020 NEWSLETTER
Happy New Year!

Please join us Monday, January 27 at NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska for our monthly General Membership Meeting.

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska is a private nonprofit community-based development corporation. They use federal, state, and local funds to help individuals and families achieve the American dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Northeast Nebraska has been working in Northeast Nebraska since 1994 to increase the number of new homeowners and expand the supply of affordable housing.

Come and support your fellow member and our host for the evening, NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska. We would love to see you there!
Will you be attending our dinner meeting?
NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska (2554 40th Avenue)

01/27/20 6:30pm - 01/27/20 8:30pm

Let me know either way if you are planning on attending or not. Hope to see you there!
Just me!
I'm bringing a guest!
Sorry, I can't make it!
Thank You Pinnacle Bank!
Thank you Pinnacle Bank for hosting, what feels like ages ago, our October General Membership Meeting! Pinnacle Bank has the perfect conference room to host your events. Spacious and comfortable with the tech needed for power point presentations. Again, thank you Pinnacle Bank and to Hollie Olk for setting us up.

Columbus Home Builders would also like to thank Bob Irby with Pathfinder Wealth Advisors and Lori A. Peters, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Columbus for presenting. Bob gave us 10 reasons to why we should save for retirement. Many Americans aren't prepared and 67% of respondents to a retirement survey said they planned to work in retirement! Do you plan to work in retirement? Plan now!

Lori updated members on the projects the Habitat was currently working on as well as letting us know the amount of work that goes into putting up a Habitat house and the number of volunteers needed to do so. Please consider volunteering your time to helping build a house or become a member of Club82 (provide a donation of $82 or more). The cost of building a Habitat home is $82 per square foot, which means each $82 donation is providing one foot of change in someone's life. The Habitat is a wonderful organization that has helped many families move into their dream house and call that house a home.

Board of Directors

President - Levi Abbott
Vice President - Jerry Nauenburg
Treasurer - Hollie Olk
Past President - Steve Long

NSHBA Directors

Steve Long (Executive Committee)
Levi Abbott
Jerry Nauenburg
Calendar of Events

January 27
General Membership Meeting
NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska
6:30 PM

February 11
Wisnieski Corporation
56022 East Highway 275
Norfolk NE
Register at norfolkeo@cableone.net 
or call Jane at 402-992-5114.
Deadline February 5th

February 21-23
Contact Steve Long at 402-562-7068

March 5
Legislative Banquet
Wilderness Ridge
6:00 pm

April 2-4
SkillsUSA Nebraska
February 11, 2020


Wisnieski Corporation
56022 East Highway 275
Norfolk NE

NAHB, through a grant, will be sending a trainer to Nebraska for a 4 hour Fall protection Training Course on February 11.

This is a great opportunity for our members and another “member benefit” through your membership.

Food will be provided by Keith Krajewski with Farmers Insurance.

Please email Jane at norfolkeo@cableone.net 
or call her at 402-992-5114. Deadline to register is February 5th.
Columbus Home Builder's Show
February 21-23
The Columbus Home Builders Association is excited to announce that the 2020 Columbus Home Builders Show will be February 21-23 at the Agricultural Park Exhibition Hall in Columbus.

Our Show will feature the latest in building and remodeling, as well as a wide variety of related services and products. Our Show is a great opportunity to showcase your business.
Legislative Banquet
March 5

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, March 5, 2020 HBA's from across the state will be gathering to honor the Senators of the Nebraska Unicameral. Meet your senator for dinner at The Lodge located at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln.
6:00 pm Cocktails   
7:00 pm Dinner
Cost - FREE to CHB Members and their guests

More information to come in February!
Free Member Yard Signs
CHB has member yard signs to give to anyone that might have a place to put them. Designed to promote the CHB logo around the community of Columbus, the member yard signs are free to place at jobsites, in front of member businesses, or in our member's yards.

Please let Levi know if you are interested in helping to promote your association and he will hand deliver you a sign.
First Quarter Target Businesses
Sherwin Williams
City of Columbus
Home 360
Renovate with Brooke Wegener
Style Builders Inc
Double Our Membership

If every member recruited just one new member we'd double our size! It's easy math but much harder to ask a sub-contractor or friend to pay money to join an association they may not be familiar with. Solve the problem by inviting them to a monthly meeting. Bring them with you to an upcoming event like the CHBA Steak Fry in August or the Holiday Party in November. Invite them to help roof the Habitat house when we partner up with Columbus Habitat for Humanity. Help them to get to know us!

Please refer to the list to the left. If you know anyone on a personal level or you work with them, please invite them to join CHBA.
The larger the Federation, the louder its voice will be.
Attention Members! Our logo is at Columbus Custom Embroidery. Next time you are ordering shirts with your company logo on them, consider placing our logo on the shirts as well.
Member Benefits
If interested in signing up for the state government affairs committee follow these steps.
  1. Email NSHBA explaining that you would like to serve on the Government Affairs Committee
  2. Mail a personal check for $50.00. (This money goes to NSHBA Pac and must be a personal check) Mail check to: NSHBA at PO Box 22931 Lincoln, NE 68542-2931
NSHBA Legislative Report
Part of the benefit of your membership into the Columbus Home Builders Association includes membership into the Nebraska State Home Builders Association (NSHBA) as well as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

During the most recent Legislative session, NSHBA was at work watching what bills were being introduced. The first session ended on May 31st, 2019. 739 bills were introduced and 294 bills were passed into Nebraska law.  Nebraska State Home Builders Association monitored over 40 bills as they narrowed the intent of the bills which were closely associated with the home building industry.

CLICK HERE to read NSHBA's Legislative Report in full.
NAHB Member Savings program
As a benefit of being a member, you have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies. All programs, rates and prices are subject to change without notice.

NAHB members can access each program using the co-branded links below, or download an overview of all discounts including phone numbers and program codes.
General Motors

General Motors is proud to offer NAHB Members a Private Offer of $500 or $1,000 towards your next purchase or lease of select Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles.


NAHB Members can save up to 75% on over 93,000 products at Office Depot and OfficeMax! Shop online or print off a FREE In-Store Purchasing Card.

In business for over 75 years, GEICO gives you the benefit of great rates on high-quality personal auto insurance. You could be eligible for a special NAHB membership discount on GEICO personal auto insurance. Ask about our competitive rates for Homeowners and Commercial auto insurance as well.

3-in-1 Membership
Home Builders Association
Join CHBA Today!- Feel free to forward CHBA's Newsletters to friends and business contacts who are interested in joining our association. Bring those interested to a General Membership Meeting and let them see first hand what our association is all about. 

They can also click on the above "Join CHBA Today" link which should take them to the membership application they can print off and return with the application fee. Be sure to add your name at the bottom of the application next to "Sponsor" so that you can begin earning Spike credits through NAHB.

City of Columbus - Building Department Report

Nebraska State
Home Builders Association

OSHA Training and Updates - Your state and local HBA's are partnering together to bring you the OSHA training that your business and your employees need.

NSHBA Rebate Program - Free Member Benefit to Builder & Remodeler Members of the Nebraska State HBA

There are currently over 50 of the country's leading Manufacturer Brands participating in the Member Rebate Program offering the same rebates as the "Top-5 Builders" receive regardless of your volume.Register, submit your rebate claim and receive a rebate check. Log on to NSHBArebates.com to register.
National Association of
Home Builders
E-Learning: Webinars and Online Courses - Building professionals are busy people. NAHB knows how difficult it is to make time for even the most compelling courses, seminars and workshops. It's easy to miss the learning opportunities that help you to stay abreast of the latest technologies, newly passed regulations and cost-effective ways of doing business.
NAHB offers virtual learning opportunities that are priced right and fit easily into your busy schedule. From online courses to Webinar Wednesdays, NAHB learning opportunities will help you.

CHBA is here for the people of Columbus. Between sponsorships, donations, and physical labor we work hard to complete the vision and purpose that the leaders of our great city of Columbus have. Below are images of just a few of CHBA's recent projects and events that we've been involved with. 
Can you imagine a world without the automobile, the telephone or the computer? Innovation is impossible without the ability to dream and discover. The inventors of tomorrow are today's dreamers. Columbus Public Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy wants to help them branch out and grow roots in their career. STEM fosters creativity and innovative thinking and teaches students to become problem-solvers.

The Nebraska Association of Skilled and Technical Educators has presented its Program of Excellence Award to CHS. The honor is meant to recognize educational programs within the state that exceed in providing students with learning experiences and knowledge of industry work, careers and applications of basic skills.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school and college students in programs preparing them for technical, skilled and service careers. In addition to technical skills training, SkillsUSA provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

2020 Conference: April 2-4
Mike Rowe Uses Celebrity Influence
To Grease The Wheel For Skilled Labor
CHBA Membership

Beard Warren Heating & A/C
-Tim Warren bwhtg@frontiernet.net

Black Hills Energy

Century 21 Realty Team
-Kim Hoefer kim@callkim.com

Columbus Bank & Trust
-Michelle McMillan mmcmillan@colbank.com

Columbus Telegram
-Vincent LaBoy vincent.laboy@lee.net

Columbus United Federal Credit Union
-Brian Christensen brian@bankingwithyou.com

Copper Care Wood Preservatives, Inc.
-Levi Abbott sales@coppercare.com

Dubas Refrigeration, Inc

Gehring Construction & Ready Mix
-Merlin Gehring merling@gehringconcrete.com

Great Plains Building Supply Co.
-Tony Bahr tony@gpbsco.com

Berkshire Hathaway/Premier Real Estate

Loup Power District
-Greg Badstieber badsteiber@loup.com

Mead Lumber Co.
-Curtis Loosvelt cloosve@meadlumber.com

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
-Tim Kenny tim.kenny@nifa.org

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska
-Rena Beran renab@nwnen.org

Pella Windows

Pinnacle Bank

Platte Valley Precast, Inc

Preferred Plumbing

Preister Well & Backhoe
-Gary Preister preisterwell@hotmail.com

Schumacher,Smejkal,Brockhaus,&Herley P.C.
-Scott Smejkal scott.s@gotcpas.com


Tri County Title & Escrow
-Patty Beckner tri@megavision.com

Window World

member pic

A & A Builders
-Ken Armstrong aabuilders615@gmail.com

B-D Construction

Ebner Siding & Construction
-Dave Ebner debner@neb.rr.com

Granville Custom Homes Inc.
-Steven Ramaekers sheila@granville-homes.com

Korte Construction, Inc
-Wendall Korte klkorte@megavision.com

Steve Long Construction

Woerth Construction Co.
-Mike Woerth mwoerth72@gmail.com
*If you don't see your name on the member list or the listed email is wrong, please contact Diane at
Builder Members:   Builders  are the heart and soul of the home builders associations.  Builder members  are directly involved in building homes. They include small-volume  builders , production builders , light commercial  builders  and remodelers.

Associate Members:   Associate members  provide products or services to home builders. They sell lumber, windows, appliances, etc. or offer services such as mortgage finance. 

Affiliate Members: Affiliates enable the employees of builder and associate members to reap the rewards of NAHB/NSHBA/CHBA membership at a fraction of the cost.

NAHB Member Statistics
  • Number of NAHB members - 140,000
  • Builder members - 32%
  • Associate members - 68%
  • New homes constructed in the U.S. each year that are built by NAHB members - 80%
  • NAHB celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017
  • NAHB members will save an estimated $7,500 per housing start in 2018 due to NAHB's advocacy efforts in 2017 and other select member benefits.
Diane Jorgenson | Columbus Home Builders Association |