Please join us March 25 at Black Hills Energy for a presentation by Danny Willets with Black Hills Energy. Builders and Contractors, did you know that Black Hills Energy has a new entry tool for you on their website that lets you enter your connection requests without having to contact anyone over the phone, or through the call center? Learn all about that and their system at our meeting.

The location of the new Black Hills Energy building is 3132 E 18th Street. Just west of Camaco. It is advised not to use Google Maps to find your way. It does not recognize E 18th Street and will send you to the west end of town! 

Hope to see you there!

Will we see you at Black Hills Energy?
3132 E 18th Street, Columbus, NE 68601

03/25/19 6:30pm - 03/25/19 8:30pm

Bringing a guest? Email Diane the total number attending. Please let us know either way if you plan on attending or not.
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2019 Board of Directors

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

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

March 25
General Membership Meeting
Black Hills Energy
6:30 pm

March 26, 2019
NSHBA Legislative Banquet

April 22, 2019
General Membership Meeting
Ernst Auto
6:30 pm

May 20, 2019
General Membership Meeting
6:30 pm

November 9
Holiday Party
Entertainment - Comedian Kris Covi

January 21 - 23
International Builders Show

Beard Warren Heating & A/C
-Tim Warren

Black Hills Energy

Century 21 Realty Team
-Kim Hoefer

Columbus Bank & Trust
-Michelle McMillan

Columbus Plumbing
-Terry Douglas

Columbus Telegram
-Vincent LaBoy

Columbus United Federal Credit Union
-Brian Christensen

Copper Care Wood Preservatives, Inc.
-Levi Abbott

Dubas Refrigeration, Inc

Ernst Auto Center/Ernst Toyota
-Abbi Hellbusch

Gehring Construction & Ready Mix
-Merlin Gehring

Great Plains Building Supply Co.
-Tony Bahr

Berkshire Hathaway/Premier Real Estate

Loup Power District
-Rick Cheloha

Mead Lumber Co.
-Curtis Loosvelt

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
-Tim Kenny

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska
-Rena Beran

Pella Windows

Pinnacle Bank

Platte Valley Precast, Inc

Preferred Plumbing

Preister Well & Backhoe
-Gary Preister

Schumacher,Smejkal,Brockhaus,&Herley P.C.
-Scott Smejkal


Tri County Title & Escrow
-Patty Beckner

Window World

member pic

A & A Builders
-Ken Armstrong

B-D Construction

Ebner Siding & Construction
-Dave Ebner

Granville Custom Homes Inc.
-Steven Ramaekers

Korte Construction, Inc
-Wendall Korte

Kuehler Construction
-Joe Kuehler

Steve Long Construction

Woerth Construction Co.
-Mike Woerth
*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.
Member Events
Legislative Banquet
March 26, 2019
Wilderness Ridge
Lincoln, NE

Meet your senators! Your voice is IMPORTANT and must be heard. For more information click on the link below.

November 9, 2019

Put it on your calendar! The Annual Holiday Party is November 9 with Comedian Kris Covi for the Entertainment!

Kris is the winner of several comedy competitions including the 2014 Great American Comedy Festival (amateur) and was a finalist out of 450 comics in the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. He is a regular at the Omaha Funny Bone and can be seen at comedy clubs and corporate events around the country. He is married and has two adorable daughters. He also has a son. A toddler son. A #!*%! toddler son who spends his days devising ways to break all the stuff. 
When he is not in comedy clubs he is performing for corporate parties, private events, and the club he made in his basement full of stuffed animals the dog hasn't destroyed yet. It's a tough room but they are always good for a hug.

In addition to stand up comedy Kris is available as an emcee and charity auctioneer. He has helped raise over $1,000,000 as an auctioneer for some of Omaha's most wonderful charities. Contact him at for booking information. 
1st Quarter Target Businesses
Home 360
Renovate with Brooke Wegener
Style Builders Inc
Sharp Home Solutions
Heartland Builders Co
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 Legislative Banquet. 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.
Member Benefits
NAHB Member Savings program
NAHB Member Savings  gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $20M through Member Savings. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit .
When your business calls for more hauling power, you need a vehicle that can handle the job as well as the road. And with a long-lasting Ram Truck, you can be confident that you have the capability to conquer any challenge.

Your $500 NAHB Member Benefit Discount is stackable with other great offers during Commercial Truck Season. See your dealer or for more information.
With the FCA US vehicle allowance, members, their employees and household family members, are eligible for a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or FIAT vehicles. This extra benefit is stackable with most national and local offers, increasing your ability to save! Visit the FCA page to learn more about this program and to access your Proof of Membership Form. Please note, only named NAHB members of record are able to access and print eligibility forms for their employees and family.
Don't miss the Lowe's 5+5 Business Credit Event, February 26-28.  Print this flyer and "Ask For" 10% off your in-store purchase for new and existing Lowe's Business Accounts (5% off for any other way you pay).* Offer not available online.
International Builders' Show ®  ONLY SPECIAL PROMOTION!!!
Have your members stop by the Lowe's ProServices booth C4107 and apply for a Lowe's Business Account between February 19-21 and they will receive 3 gifts while supplies last. Click  HERE  for more details.

We took the guesswork out, and put the easy in. It's now easier than ever for you and your members to save on domestic and international shipments with your new and improved  UPS flat rate pricing
Savings include:
  • 45% on Domestic Next Day/Deferred
  • 25% on Ground Commercial / Residential
  • Up to 50% on additional services.

Whether it's air, ground or an international delivery, you want shipping services you don't have to think twice about. Rely on your NAHB UPS Savings Program to find solutions that help fit your needs and receive the same convenient and reliable service at an even lower price. 
Ready to ship? Go to
Need marketing material to promote to members? Click  here
Have questions? Call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET or email .

Chairman Discuss NAHB Victories
NAHB is launching a new monthly video series, The Chairman's Update, to highlight how the association is addressing key issues impacting its members. In the inaugural video, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde outlines two important victories that NAHB has secured for its members already this year. Watch here.

NAHB Launches Housing Developments Podcast

This week NAHB launched Housing Developments, a new podcast co-hosted by CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin, who will provide expert analysis on the latest news in the housing industry and inside NAHB. In the first episode, Howard and Tobin recap IBS highlights and discuss the state of politics in Washington leading up the 2020 election. Listen to the episode at
NAHB Chairman
Greg Ugalde
Jerry Howard
NAHB Chief Lobbyist
Jim Tobin
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 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. 
Columbus Ice Sponsor
Annual Habitat for Humanity Build
Columbus Days
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.
Leadership and Skills Conference
April 11-13, 2019
Heartland Events Center & Fonner Park
Grand Island

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. The state championships showcase the best career and technical students in Nebraska. First-place winners compete in the SkillsUSA national championships in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 2000 people - including students, teachers, and business partners- are expected to participate in the 2.5 day event. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in over 100 contests in areas of: Architecture & Construction, Arts, Audio/Video Technology, Business Management & Administration, Education, Health Science, Public Safety, Hospitality & Tourism, Leadership, Manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, Information Technology, Transportation & more!
Diane Jorgenson | Columbus Home Builders Association |