Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Locksmiths Award Winner: Carl Jarl Group

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Carl Jarl Group is a two-time award winner in 2019.

If you are looking for a trusted and reliable locksmith that has withstood the test of time, look no further than this award-winning company!

Carl Jarl Group has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.66 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 94.56 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and one of the top three locksmiths in Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The front door key to my business broke inside the lock. On a Sunday, they answered on the second ring, got there in 20 minutes, and did it all at a great price! He went above and beyond helping to answer all of my questions, even fixing the door frame to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.” – L.K.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Carl Jarl Group is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Locksmith

We were excited to learn all about Carl Jarl Group and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Adam.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Carl Jarl Group stand apart from its competitors. Adam told us that they have proudly served the city of Omaha for over 100 years, and that their inventory and tenure set them apart from the rest. With some of the oldest locksmiths in Omaha, it is experience that really makes Carl Jarl Group the best of the best.

Building Success Through Community Involvement

Carl Jarl Group has earned a fantastic reputation over the years, so we were excited to hear about some of the ways they have gotten their name out and become the well-known, award-winning business they are today. Adam told us that while their techs ask for reviews, they mainly focus on being an active member of their community. They frequently donate money to good causes; they advertise through local baseball teams and in churches, and in the winter, they go around to households in need to make sure they can safely lock their doors.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Carl Jarl Group has managed to. We asked if Adam could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Pay attention to your employees, and treat them and your customers well.”


Congratulations to Carl Jarl Group for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Adam for taking the time to speak with us!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Photographers Award Winner: Elwood Photography

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Elwood Photography is an award winner for photographers in 2019.

If you are looking for a photographer that will uniquely and expertly capture your most extraordinary moments, look no further than this award-winning company!

Elwood Photography has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.11 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 photographers in Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“These guys are amazing, and honestly, they made me feel really relaxed about having my picture taken. The pics turned out fantastic. The whole experience with them was great. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!!! Thanks again for this!” – P.K.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Elwood Photography is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Photographers

We were excited to learn all about Elwood Photography and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Matt Elwood.

Matt photographed his first wedding in 2004, when he started Elwood Photography, and has gained over 15 years of experience capturing people’s most memorable moments. Matt has done many shoots outside of Nebraska, including destination weddings. He told us that he is willing to travel wherever the camera takes him.

We wanted to know was what it is that makes Elwood Photography stand apart from its competitors. Matt told us that the production value he puts into every photograph helps him to stand out from the rest. He told us that he uses unique light sources and uses different styles of lenses to really make his pictures pop.

Building Success By Giving the Clients What They Want

We wanted to know what Elwood Photography has done to get their name out there and grow their business. Matt said that he has started to utilize social media and has been posting his work for people to see.

We asked Matt what his secret is to earning such a strong reputation. He said:

“It’s as simple as giving the clients what they want and treating them as I would want to be treated as a client. I see it as documentation of a special day and being able to do it in a creative way.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Elwood Photography has managed to. We asked if Matt could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Do it. Don’t get discouraged easily. Market as much as you can online. Always be learning.”


Congratulations to Elwood Photography for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Matt for taking the time to speak with us!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln is the number one martial arts center in all of Nebraska for 2019!

If you’re looking for a martial arts center that can help you tone up, reduce stress and burn fat, look no further than CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln.

CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln has received hundreds of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked as the number one martial arts center in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I do NOT like to work out but I can’t wait to go to kickboxing! After my first class, I knew I wanted to join CKO. I have already noticed changes in myself after only a month and a half. The staff/trainers are awesome and patient. I always leave feeling good about myself.” – Tia T.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to know what makes Nebraska’s number one martial arts center so special, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner of the Lincoln Franchise, Josh Burton.

The first question we had for Josh was what makes CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln unique compared to their competition in Nebraska. Here’s what he had to say:

“We appeal to all fitness levels. Everyone gets their own heavy bag to work at. Our instructor-led classes are made for everyone.”

We also asked Josh about CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln’s mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Josh told us that they aim to be able to make a positive difference and to be a positive force for change.

Building Success Through Consistency and a Great Atmosphere

When we asked Josh what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln, he pointed to the fact that they are consistent out in the community and provide a great atmosphere for their guests. He also told us that they encourage reviews here and there.

Apart from building the kind of online reputation any business would envy, CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln has spread the word about their service by being active on Facebook, hosting boot camps on campus, reaching out to other businesses and giving student discounts, but most of their marketing is handled by the franchise.

Every business owner wants to grow their business and build their online reputation the way CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln has. Here’s Josh’s advice for them:

“The people in the community are everything that drives you — that’s the focus that will always lead you the right way.”


Congratulations to the team at CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Josh, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend CKO Kickboxing – Lincoln. Visit their website today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Plumbers Award Winner: American Rooter Plumbing

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that American Rooter Plumbing is a two-time 2019 award winner in Nebraska!

When you need a plumber you can rely on to get the job done right the first time in Omaha, you need American Rooter Plumbing.

American Rooter Plumbing has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.71 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 97.09 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the top 10 plumbers in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Bradd went out of his way on a last-minute call to get our sink fixed before a party. [He was] professional, reliable and knowledgeable — exactly what you want when the pipes aren’t working. [I] will recommend [him] to anyone. Thanks!” – Mike S.

Not Your Average Plumbing Company

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Bradd and Sarah Conn, President and Vice President of American Rooter Plumbing.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes American Rooter Plumbing a one-of-a-kind plumbing company in Nebraska. Here’s what Bradd and Sarah had to say:

“American Rooter Plumbing is proud to be ‘SWEET’ plumbers. We value self-improvement, wow experiences, educating clients, encouraging one another and transforming lives.”

We also asked Bradd and Sarah what their mission is at American Rooter Plumbing and how they work to make the world a better place. Bradd and Sarah shared American Rooter Plumbing’s mission statement with us, which is:

“Improving clients’ lives while enhancing ours.”

Bradd and Sarah went on to add:

“We love to stay involved with the community and give back. We are doing the Benson Days Parade at the end of July, so come see us there!”

Building Success by Putting Service First

Bradd and Sarah attribute American Rooter Plumbing’s strong online reputation to their commitment to putting service first in their training and in how they treat their customers.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, American Rooter Plumbing has gotten their name out there through online marketing and a print campaign, which they recently started. They also send out thank you letters and an e-newsletter every month.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation American Rooter Plumbing has. When we asked Bradd and Sarah what advice they have for those business owners, they said:

“Be consistent, and know who you are and why you are doing it. Always ask for help if there are things that you do not know. Ask for reviews each time.”


Congratulations to the team at American Rooter Plumbing for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Bradd and Sarah, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend American Rooter Plumbing in Omaha. Visit their website today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Orthodontists Award Winner: Omaha Orthodontics

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Omaha Orthodontics is a 2019 award winner for orthodontists in Nebraska!

If you’ve been dreaming of a healthier, more beautiful smile, there’s no better option than Omaha Orthodontics.

Omaha Orthodontics has received hundreds of reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 96.96 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 orthodontists in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Omaha Orthodontics has outstanding customer service! The facility is beautiful with several amenities to keep the parents and children occupied while we wait for our appointment. The team was so friendly and made the experience for my daughter a great one!” – Brandi P.

Not Your Average Orthodontic Office

We wanted to learn all about Omaha Orthodontics and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the Marketing Director, Shelby.

The first question we had for Shelby was what is it that sets Omaha Orthodontics apart from their competition in Nebraska. Here’s Shelby’s response:

“What makes our team different is our office culture. Culture is a huge part of our everyday work life. We not only want our patients to love coming to our office, but we want our team to also love coming to work every day.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Omaha Orthodontics and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Shelby had to say:

“Our mission statement is, ‘To be a positive influence in the lives of our patients, our team and our community.’ One of the ways that we attempt to live out our mission statement is through supporting the Give Kids A Smile program. We have partnered with the Creighton University School of Dentistry to support this amazing program that works to provide free oral health care for underserved children all over our nation. Specifically, in our community, Omaha Orthodontics has joined Creighton University in working with the Nelson Mandela and Sacred Heart Elementary Schools to help provide the students with toothbrushes, dental sealants, check-ups and oral health education. The overall goal is that the students at these schools will be cavity-free by 2023 and know how to keep their smiles healthy for the rest of their lives.”

Building Success by Treating Patients Like Family

Shelby attributes Omaha Orthodontics’ strong online reputation to their commitment to treating their patients like they would treat their own family members:

“Our patients and their health are the most important things to our team, so we strive to do what is best for them every day.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Omaha Orthodontics has gotten their name out there by being a part of their community as much as possible. They sponsor and support various organizations throughout Omaha, and both Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Morrison are involved in Smiles Change Lives.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Omaha Orthodontics has. Here’s Shelby’s expert advice for them:

“Being active on social media is such a useful tool for a business.”


Congratulations to the team at Omaha Orthodontics for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Shelby, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Omaha Orthodontics. Visit their website today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Lawn Care Companies Award Winner: Sunworks Lawn Care

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sunworks Lawn Care is a 2019 award winner for lawn care companies in Nebraska!

From mowing to fertilization and aeration, Sunworks Lawn Care in Omaha has what it takes to make your yard beautiful, and to keep it that way.

Sunworks Lawn Care has received dozens of reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 95.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 lawn care companies in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“Sunworks does an outstanding job with mowing and trimming. They are always timely and pay close attention to detail in all of the work they do. I will continue to use them well into the future and would highly recommend their services.” – Rylee P.

Not Your Average Lawn Care Company

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Ryan Humlicek, the owner of Sunworks Lawn Care.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Ryan about what makes Sunworks Lawn Care unique compared to the many other lawn care companies in Nebraska. Ryan told us:

“We are 100-percent satisfaction guaranteed. If anyone is ever unhappy with a service, we will come out and correct the problem and make sure it never happens again. Customer service is the highest priority for myself and my employees.”

Ryan also shared with us a little bit about why he started Sunworks Lawn Care:

“I just really wanted to be my own boss. I have worked for a lot of people in this industry, but I felt I could do this on my own.”

Building Success by Doing Good Work

Ryan credits Sunworks Lawn Care’s strong online reputation to their commitment to doing good work. They also ask their clients for reviews.

Ryan and his team have found so much success that they are currently at capacity. He shared with us that he wants to ensure that they can take the best possible care of their existing customers.


Congratulations to Sunworks Lawn Care for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ryan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Sunworks Lawn Care in Omaha. Visit their website today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Interior Designers Award Winner: Gotcha Covered

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Gotcha Covered is a 2019 award winner for interior designers in Nebraska!

For all of your interior design needs in Lincoln, there’s no better firm to work with than Gotcha Covered.

Gotcha Covered has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.75 stars, earning them an extraordinary Rating Score™ of 86.94 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 interior designers in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We have used Gotcha Covered for several projects, including two full remodels. Julie is great to work with, helping with everything from choosing paint colors to custom designing a kitchen cabinet layout, down to the details of hardware on vanity doors. They have great products for any budget and style. I really appreciate the care they have for their clients; a vibrant family culture exists at Gotcha Covered, and when you become a client, you become part of the family! Julie, Kelli, Kara and Nick are all great to work with, and I would highly recommend Gotcha Covered. [They are] the best in town!” – Spencer H.

Not Your Average Interior Design Firm

Kelli Fowler, the CEO of Gotcha Covered, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Gotcha Covered apart from the many other interior design firms in Nebraska. Kelli pointed to their longevity and family, and shared with us that Gotcha Covered is a small, multi-generational family business that has great employees; some of whom, have been around for 20 years.

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Gotcha Covered and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Kelli had to say:

“We try to really take the stress out of it and make it fun, while finding the best style for their needs. We really build into that relationship, and the end results show that.”

Building Success Through Repeat Clients and Referrals

Kelli attributes Gotcha Covered’s success to their repeat customers and referrals, and she told us that they don’t do any additional advertising to get their name out there:

Clearly, Kelli knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Just do your best every single day, and it will follow.”


Congratulations to the team at Gotcha Covered for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kelli, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Gotcha Covered in Lincoln. Visit their Facebook page today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Child Care Providers Award Winner: Old MacDonald Preschool

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Old MacDonald Preschool is a 2019 award winner for child care providers in Nebraska!

If you’re looking for the right preschool for your child in North Platte, look no further than Old MacDonald Preschool.

Old MacDonald Preschool has received dozens of reviews on verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an exemplary Rating Score™ of 92.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 child care providers in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We are very glad we decided to send Gavin to Old Macdonald. They have been wonderful to Gavin. I’ve never heard a negative comment about this school. And you know your child is being treated properly and fairly when they can’t wait to go to school. With that being said, I would like to thhank the entire staff for all you have done for Gavin and all the kids.” – Vanessa H.

A One-of-a-Kind Child Care Provider’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Old MacDonald Preschool has managed to build the kind of reputation any business owner would envy, and to learn a little more about that reputation and this one-of-a-kind business, we sat down with the owner, Madonna Masden.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Old MacDonald Preschool unique compared to the many other child care providers in Nebraska. Madonna told us that they are a preschool that offers old-fashioned teaching to help kids get ready for kindergarten. She added:

“Kids are our future. We are the foundation of our future.”

When we asked what the secret is to such a solid online reputation at Old MacDonald Preschool, Madonna pointed to the fact that she’s built up experience in her time at Old MacDonald and that she loves what she does.

Making the World a Better Place by Making Learning Fun

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Old MacDonald Preschool and how they work to make the world a better place. Madonna shared with us that their goal is to make learning fun!

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Old MacDonald Preschool has grown over their many years in business through word of mouth. Madonna added:

“Hundreds of kids have come through Old MacDonald Preschool — even second- and third-generation kids!”

It’s clear that Madonna knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other child care providers out there:

“Treat your kids and their family like they are your own, and love what you do!”


Congratulations to the team at Old MacDonald Preschool for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

We highly recommend Old MacDonald Preschool in North Platte. Visit their Facebook page today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Pest Control Companies Award Winner: ABC Termite & Pest Control

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that ABC Termite & Pest Control is a 2019 award winner for pest control companies in Nebraska!

When you need professional pest control solutions in Omaha, there’s no better company to rely on than ABC Termite & Pest Control.

ABC Termite & Pest Control has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.69 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 92.87 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 pest control companies in all of Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“They came promptly and were straightforward about what needed to be done. We really appreciated their professionalism and courtesy as well as their willingness to work with our neighborhood group to devise a treatment plan for the vole problem. I would call them if another pest problem arises.” – Sharyn W.

Not Your Average Pest Control Company

We wanted to learn all about ABC Termite & Pest Control and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner of the Omaha location, Ryan Ross.

The first question we had for Ryan was what is it that sets ABC Termite & Pest Control apart from their competition in Nebraska. Here’s Ryan’s response:

“We’re problem solvers! We’re not trying to sell you a one-size-fits-all program. We’re going to tailor your program to your needs. If clients don’t need or want a service, we don’t include it. We also run off of a pretty strict appointment schedule, not a window of time. We give long-range scheduling, too. Our recurring customers will know a year in advance when their appointment is. We want the homeowner to be there to interact with the technicians, so that they and we have the full picture of the pest problems. We’re local, too. We only have two offices, one in Lincoln and one in Omaha. We have 12-13 customer service representatives, and you’ll always talk to someone local!”

Ryan went on to add:

“We are a full-service pest control company. We do all the creepy-crawlies that you’ll find out here. We also do quite a bit of termite abatement, treatment and inspections. We’ll do rodent control, mosquito control and have quality companies that we’ll recommend for larger pest control (like squirrels, owls and the like).”

Ryan also told us about how ABC Termite & Pest Control was founded and how get got started in the company:

“Both Nick (Nick Helzer owns the Lincoln location) and I have a long-standing pest control background. Nick’s family owned a pest control business in Missouri, and he built ABC from the ground up when he moved up here. He had an unfortunate accident about 10 years into the company and was fortunate to have friends that helped him run the business while he recovered. That’s a big motivation for him. It gave him a second wind and really drove him to make sure that we were the best! I came on in 2006. Our sons were friends, which is how we met each other. I was a science teacher, and there’s a lot of science in this business. I taught school for 15 years and have been here for 13 since then.”

Building Success by Doing a Good Job Each and Every Day

When we asked Ryan about their secret to such a strong online reputation at ABC Termite & Pest Control, he said:

“A lot of times, if we hear that customers have had a good experience, we ask them to share it. We want other people to hear about it! Our customer service speaks for itself, and we get a lot of reviews because we’re out there doing a good job day in and day out.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, ABC Termite & Pest Control has gotten their name out there through Google and television ads, and they plan to get into radio advertising soon. Ryan added:

“We’re trying to do some branding and keep our marketing model simple. We want our customer service to be what we’re known for. In fact, we’ve won the Best of Omaha for the past three years!”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation ABC Termite & Pest Control has. Here’s Ryan’s expert advice for them:

“It’s really important for any business to always take an ethical stance on everything it does. Do what’s right by your customers! You need to do what’s fair and reasonable. You also need to be available and responsive to your customers. Be happy to talk to them, too! They’re looking for a solution, and you need to be happy to provide that solution.”


Congratulations to the team at ABC Termite & Pest Control for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ryan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend ABC Termite & Pest Control in Omaha. Visit their website today!

Nebraska’s Top Rated Local® Pet Groomers Award Winner: Puppy Junction

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Puppy Junction is an award winner for pet groomers in 2019.

If you are looking for a pet groomer that will pamper and polish your pooch, look no further than this award-winning company!

Puppy Junction has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across multiple verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 94.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 pet groomers in Nebraska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I absolutely love how my baby Bo looked after he got all pampered. He was in such a good mood, as he got to play with new friends and actually was able to run around and not be locked in a cage. You guys are amazing! Thank you.” – J.A.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Puppy Junction is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Pet Groomer

We were excited to learn all about Puppy Junction and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Amy Johnson.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Puppy Junction stand apart from their competitors. She said:

“We give the pets a little more homelike atmosphere, and everyone gets a neat finish at the end. We just try to put out quality work.”

Building Success By Working Hard

Puppy Junction has gained an incredible reputation and has marketed and grown their company by advertising in the local newspaper, but they have primarily seen new business thanks to word of mouth.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Puppy Junction has managed to. We asked if Amy could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“You need to work hard and to find a perfect technique to get a good trim on every dog. You also need to build a good rapport with your customers, both with the dog and the human!”

Amy ended our chat with a friendly reminder:

“Think ahead when you book appointments, and remember when holidays come up.”


Congratulations to Puppy Junction for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Amy for taking the time to speak with us!