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Women in construction: Two Omaha business owners leading the charge

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:47 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:57 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Capable of everything from real estate to construction, these two Omaha women business owners are passionate about growing the north Omaha community.

Ashely Kuhn and Maranda Adams run Blair Freeman, a one-stop shop for companies looking to develop. They already have $65 million of projects going on there.

“It’s important to invest into the community that we are a part of and it’s been amazing to see all of the development people have been doing great things in North Omaha for a long time and just to come in and be able to help,” said Adams, vice president of Blair Freeman.

They are all about keeping the history of north Omaha alive. Their goal is to renovate old buildings, not tear them down.

“The biggest is ensuring that the cultural fabric that’s already in place stays in place I think second is ensuring that the folks that are already in North Omaha are able to stay in North Omaha in quality homes, in affordable housing,” said Kuhn, Blair Freeman president.

Not only are these two women working on dozens of projects, but they are also hoping to inspire the next generation of women. They do it by working closely with groups like Girls Inc. to get young girls interested in careers in stem.

“There’s thousands of construction companies in the city. How impactful would it be if maybe we were the first but in 50 years we can look back and there are thousands of women-owned construction companies and women in the field,” Kuhn said.

The Blair sisters, Jordan and Jenii, are two of the young girls who have signed up. They say after this experience they may be looking to follow in the footsteps of Kuhn and Adams.

“My grandfather does a lot of construction so he taught us a lot about it so that’s why I wanted to do this,” Jordan said.

“I like to make and destroy things,” Jenii said.

And now that the women of Blair Freeman are making a huge impact on development and the future — they are ready for anything.

“What’s the end goal now?

Maranda: “The sky is the limit.” Ashley: World domination.”

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