Catena Creations celebrating 11 years

It’s always fun to stop on this day, Aug. 22, and reflect on what’s happened since I decided on Aug. 22, 2008, to start my own business and work from my home. Celebrating my 11-year anniversary seemed SO far away that day. But here I am, awkwardly typing while keeping two broken fingers safe, ready to mark another year finished and start a new year full of promises.

The biggest accomplishment for Catena Creations was relocating from Olde Towne Bellevue to the Omaha Regency neighborhood. I enjoy being established in a vibrant area for business, and am building new connections to other entrepreneus and professionals. My dog Juno and I get to walk nearly every day around Regency Lake, enjoying the flat walking trails, the geese and ducks with their babies, and the beautiful views.

I’m also enjoying the preparations for my son’s wedding in October. I got to design the invitations for my future daughter-in-law’s bridal shower, as well as the invitations for the rehearsal dinner. I am taking photos at pre-wedding events. But as the MOG (mother of the groom), I won’t be able to take photos at the wedding — a professional wedding photographer will be doing the job.

Of course, that won’t stop me from getting out my phone and snapping away! That’s why I bought a purse to go with my dress that’s just big enough to hold my phone and the tissues I’m sure I’ll need during the ceremony.

During the past year, I gave 10th anniversary insulated cups to the many friends and clients who have supported me in this venture. It was so fun to thank so many people for their support and help!

I continue to appreciate everyone’s contributions that have helped make this business a success. Thank you for giving me another reason to celebrate!

Global Humanity Initiative: Before and after by Catena Creations

GHI: Elevating a site for Nepal

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is helping clients whose businesses have grown, and their first websites need to be upgraded to meet their new needs. I got to do this again when I helped Global Humanity Initiative (GHI) update their website this spring.

GHI is a nonprofit that raises funds to care for children and senior citizens in Nepal. Its founder, Alicia Demetropolis, started it in 2017 after a three-month trip to Nepal inspired her to establish a long-term program to keep assisting the people she’d been helping.

Alicia had set up her original website on WordPress.com with a very simple template. The organization has formed partnerships with other like-minded nonprofits around the world, and was getting ready to start a fund-raising campaign for a new project. They needed to elevate the quality of their website so it would better highlight their mission and reflect their growth.

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Farewell to an employer and friend

This week I said goodbye to a friend who was also an employer. Charles E. Peterson Jr. died May 24 at the age of 92. His funeral was June 4.

I met Chuck in 1993 when I started working for TransEquity, which offered corporate relocation management services. It was a partner company of Byron Reed Company.

I worked for Eileen Segan, the vice president of marketing, and was a backup to Chuck’s secretary as well.

TransEquity is where I learned to do proposal writing. Chuck and Eileen taught me how to review a proposal, how to collect and edit the responses, how to format it and put it all together to meet the guidelines, and how to get it shipped on time.

TransEquity also is where my web design career started. I had left the company in July 1995 and had stayed in touch with Eileen. One day in spring 1997 she called and said, “Come back and run our website.” They were in the process of designing their site but needed someone to finish it and manage it. I returned in June, and that’s when I became a web designer.

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