Nebraska Association for Financial Professionals 


Upcoming events

    • October 18, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Security National Bank - 1120 S 101st St. Omaha, NE

    Using Machine Learning 

    To Improve Cyber Security And Prevent Fraud

    Information systems like computers, network devices, and software applications generate massive amounts of log data. Historically, that data has been difficult to consume and interpret. Security technologies like anti-virus, firewalls, and data loss prevention tools are now leveraging the power of all that data by using advanced machine-learning algorithms to predict and identify anomalous system and user activity. In this session, we'll look at some of those technologies and show how the new paradigm of big data analytics and machine-learning has drastically improved our ability to identify malicious and fraudulent activity on information systems and networks

    Mike Welna currently serves as the Senior Information Security Officer for Father Flanagan's Boys Home (Boys Town) and Boys Town National Research Hospital. Mike has worked previously as a consultant in the areas of CISO consulting and executive support, security strategic planning, and as a PCI-QSA. Mike has experience in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, non-profit, education, government, and legal & regulatory compliance.



     Approved for up to 1.5  FP & A Recertification credits 

    Approved for up to 1.5  CTP/CCM Recertification credits

    • November 15, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Security National Bank - 1120 S 101st St. Omaha, NE
    Starting A Business
    The Bianchi Candle Co Story

    Meet the founder and operator of Bianchi Candle Co and The Wild Worksmen, 15 year old entrepreneur Nic Bianchi

    Nic will provide his background, and discuss start-up cost and finance of starting a business.

    - Started his company at age 12 with a $100 candle making kit

    - Built a plan and asked for investment of $500 to get his company started

    - Sold 160 candles at his first show just 4 months later making approximately       $1,280

    - Used the money to invest in product to create more candles

    - Secured an LLC in 2013 at the age of 13.

    - Borrowed $1,500 to purchase an industrial wax melter. Used revenue to design a manufacturing line where he still hand pours but is able to produce over 500 candles in a 24 hour period.

    - The terms – to be paid back in 6 months in full or 15% of every candle made for a full year.

    - In 2017 he sold thousands of candles wholesale to boutiques, stores and shows.

    - Bianchi Candle Co/The Wild Worksmen has double digit growth each year for the past 3 years.

    Nic Bianchi leverages his love of math and science to create a one of a kind all natural soy candle. From the wicks and wax to the scents and colors this all natural product is very important to this young artist.  He has designed a candle which boasts amazing smells while burning cleaner and longer.

    Nic Bianchi founded The Wild Worksmen at age 12 and founded Bianchi Candle Co at age 13. He handles every aspect of his business from negotiating & ordering raw product to hand-pouring in small batches to ensure quality and performance. They contain only the highest-quality fragrances and all-natural soy wax that burns cleaner and longer.

    You can find these amazing candles at Borsheims, Scheels, House of J, Village Pomegranate, True Blue Goods & Gifts, The Afternoon and MORE!


    Approved for up to 1.2  FP & A Recertification credits 

    by the Association for Financial Professionals 

    Approved for up to 1.2  CTP/CCM Recertification credits
    by the Association for Financial Professionals

Address: P.O. Box 8724  Omaha, Nebraska  68108-0724

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