Photo by Bill Sitzmann
Providing unique materials and products to help customers create a beautiful, sustainable future – that’s the aim of Reclaimed Enterprises, environmental champion and our April Small Business of the Month.
Founded in 2014, Reclaimed Enterprises specializes in promoting the use of reclaimed, repurposed, and salvaged wood in products, furniture, and design – an eco-friendly mix that is now being utilized in homes and businesses here in Omaha and across the U.S.
“We are working to incorporate unique, obsolete materials into projects, products and designs for our customers. Our greatest impact is in developing a use and providing a marketplace for these materials that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill or a pile of mulch,” says founder and president Jason Gilbreath.
To extend its impact even more, Reclaimed Enterprises has partnered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Johnson Deconstruction to “up” the amount of wood salvage being done in the metro.
Winning Insights from Our April Winner:
- Providing an Excellent Customer Experience
“We pride ourselves on being accessible to our customers. Our offerings are unique and many of our customers need help determining exactly how to use our products in their space. We have a team of people that know how to best utilize our material and our products, and that are willing to guide clients through the process every step of the way.”
- Empowering Employees and Creating a Culture in which They Can Grow and Succeed
“We strive to provide clear, consistent guidance while letting our employees work towards our overall company goals. Beyond that, most of our employees create products and designs that may become Reclaimed Enterprises offerings at some point in time.”
- Best Practice Tip
“Even if you are always present in your business, run it as if you know you won’t be there at some point. This forces you to build a more sustainable business, hire stronger more impactful people, and think about lasting growth. It is easy to fall into the trap tolerating sub-par performance, picking up the slack yourself and chasing revenue. Over the long term, these tactics will fail.”
- Value of Chamber Involvement
“Being a member of the Chamber has provided us opportunity for networking, exposure and access to expertise. We could definitely be exploring these opportunities more fully, but we have already benefited from being a member of an organization that cares as much about Omaha as we do.”
- Prioritizing Community Involvement
“We’re happy to leverage our unique products and skilled makers to help non-profit organizations achieve their mission. We’ve donated multiple furniture pieces to non-profit organizations here in Omaha. We’ve also worked with property owners and other organizations such as Creighton University to make deconstruction more viable by designing, manufacturing and selling products made from their own deconstructed materials.”
Want to learn more about Reclaimed Enterprises? Check out the companies’ website.
United Republic Bank is the sponsor of the Small Business of the Month award. View more information or nominate a small business online.