Runza Restaurants Break Fundraising Record with Junior League of Omaha Project

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Recently Runza® Restaurants conducted the 13th annual Great Books for Great Kids fundraiser. This year the funds raised benefited the Junior League of Omaha’s A Book of My Own community project. The League’s Board of Directors and project committee members staffed each location to provide members of the community more information about the Great Books for Great Kids event as well as general information about the league.

Blake (daughter of League President-Elect, Chaley Chandler) and Soren (son of League member Lexie Fraham enjoyed their frozen treats from Runza. A portion of sales from the day supported the League's community project.
Blake (daughter of League President-Elect, Chaley Chandler) and Soren (son of League member Lexie Fraham enjoyed their frozen treats from Runza. A portion of sales from the day supported the League’s community project.

Fourteen Omaha area Runza® Restaurants each pledged 15 percent of sales that day to the project. A record-breaking $8,162.07 was raised that day. Runza® has been a longtime supporter of reading. “Reading is vital to lifelong success and provides an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together,” stated Becky Perrett, director of marketing for Runza® National. “Donating funds for books and promoting literacy is an important endeavor for children and the community.”

League member and A Book of My Own community project Co-Chair, Cindy Guenzel and her children supported the event that raised over $6,0000.
League member and A Book of My Own community project Co-Chair, Cindy Guenzel and her children supported the event that raised over $8,100.

A Book of My Own has distributed close to 70,000 books to children in the Omaha area since the community project began in 2011. Visit the Junior League of Omaha’s Facebook Runza Great Books for Great Kids photo album to see more of this successful event. Special thank you to the A Book of My Own committee members who make this project successful: Britt Dudzinski, Cindy Guenzel, Katie Anderson, Becca Bode, Lyndsey Canning, Leigh Garvin, Gina Murante, Liz Akert, Maria Michaelis, Erin Glidden, Becky Heckman, Katie Martens, Sara Hemley, Laura Snyder, Chinh Doan, Emily Flom, Meghan Bothe, Sarah Carse, Amy Niederee, Melissa O’Neill, Megan Guenther, Nicole Seckman Jilek and Steffanie Luteran.

League member and Communications Chair, Melissa Hoeman Carlberg along with her several of her Nebraska Medicine colleagues supported the event by lunching at Runza that day.
League member and Communications Chair, Melissa Hoeman Carlberg, along with her several of her Nebraska Medicine colleagues, supported the event by lunching at Runza that day.

15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

15 Questions to Ask Yourself before Starting a Business

The Junior League of Omaha is proud of its many members who are successful business owners.

15 Questions to Ask Yourself - Starting a Business

These women serve as great role models and networking connections to our community’s future entrepreneurs, and are always willing to support the League. We asked business owners in the League, “What are the most important questions to ask yourself before starting a business?,” and they provided us with great food for thought.

Self Discovery

  1. Do I love what I do?
  2. Is my business idea really just a hobby?
  3. Is there a need for my product or service?
  4. Am I willing to fail to learn?
  5. Can I be patient with growth and success?
  6. Do I believe in my business?

Logistics

  1. Do I have a business plan?
  2. Does the business plan accurately detail how the business will make money?
  3. Do I want a business partner and go solo?
  4. Do I need start-up money? If so, where do I get?

“Do you have plenty of money to start with? You can definitely do it on a budget but you want to make sure not to skip certain steps because you don’t have the start up cash.  Find investors, look in to small business loans, etc.  You never want to start in the red – it will lead to always needing to catch up,” says Chaley Chandler, Junior League of Omaha president-elect and local clothing boutique owner.

  1. What type of legal work, state filings do I need to complete?
  2. Do you have an accountant and an attorney?

“The first year I was in business, I did all my own book keeping.  However, I realized very quickly that that was not what I should spend my time on.  Same with an attorney – it just makes it easier if you already have someone lined up and that you trust,” says Chaley.

Work-Life Integration

  1. Am I ready to dive in with both feet and do WHATEVER needs to be done?

“You need to be prepared to do everything from cleaning the toilets to hiring and firing employees to customer service to cleaning the windows. Just because you want to own a boutique, doesn’t mean that you will only be going on glamorous buying trips – you will be doing literally everything even if you have employees – employees do not own your business and do not notice things that need to be done like you will,” Chaley advises.

Chaley Chandler attends a market event to purchase clothing items for her boutique.
Chaley Chandler attends a market event to purchase clothing items for her boutique.

14. How to manage business and family time?
15. Are you willing to eat, sleep and breathe your business?

“In order for a small business to succeed, you will have to literally live your business – at least for the first few years or usually more.  You need to be prepared for it be all consuming – it will keep you up all night!  There is always, always something to do, something to change and something to think about.  You really have to be all in,” says Chaley.

In addition to Chaley Chandler we would also like to thank Lexie Frahm, Julie Hockney and Melissa Hegarty for their help in compiling this list of questions.