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Our readers make their picksfor theBest of Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend Michiana Businessin dozens of categories.
“The best of the best.” We all think quite highly of our state, and our region within the state. It’s the best, for sure, and no one will persuade us to believe anything different. So who is the best of the best? What businesses …Read Full Article
A quarter century of growth and change, and a vision for the future.
by Laurie Wink
Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly is celebrating 25 years as Indiana’s leading regional business magazine. To mark this milestone, we asked five area leaders to reflect on the region’s growth over the past 25 years and share their vision for the next 25 years.
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Mind-body-spirit connections lead to happier, more productive employees.
by Lesly Bailey
Employers are embracing a holistic approach to health with an eye to increased productivity, happier employees, less turnover and a thriving workforce. They understand the importance of bringing all components of health together.
Innovative wellness programs are looking at the impact of stress, drug and alcohol abuse, nutrition and lifestyle on an employee’s mind, …Read Full Article
State program helps companies compete whenselling to the government.
In 2013, to further support Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) was elevated to an independent agency under the direction of the lieutenant governor’s office. OSBE was charged with growing the state’s economy by assisting small businesses in their efforts to launch, raise capital, and create jobs …Read Full Article
Legal battle could have had unpredictable cybersecurity consequences.
By now, most people are familiar with the recent Apple vs. FBI dispute about the right to gain access to information on the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter who was involved in a terrorist event that rocked our nation. The case drew worldwide attention because the outcome threatened to alter the balance between privacy and security …Read Full Article
Business owners need to safeguard access to commercially valuable data.
The late twentieth century composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein wrote his much anticipated memoir “Blue Ink,” leaving it hidden behind various levels of passwords. In the 26 years since his death, no one has been able to decrypt the manuscript.
This is an example, albeit an unusual one, of a commercially valuable asset locked in …Read Full Article
Efforts today will pay off tomorrow.
Business owners regardless of their age have a responsibility to put in writing their wishes for business succession in the event they are unavailable to manage or wish to transfer their ownership of the business.
A starting point is to prepare a well-thought-out job description. What are your duties and are they transferrable to your chosen successor? Examples of …Read Full Article
Compassionate care for the region’s most vulnerable people.
by Barbara Eastman
Spring has arrived in Northwest Indiana and, overall, it was a pretty mild winter. However, if you found yourself homeless during a lake-effect snow storm, you might have a different opinion. The sad reality is that there are many homeless women and children in our region. There may be issues like addiction, alcoholism, or …Read Full Article
Ben’s Soft Pretzels rapidly grows from a market kiosk to 60 locations.
by Barbara Eastman
For most people, getting lost is never a good thing. But for Scott Jones, one of the founders of Ben’s Soft Pretzels, the Goshen-based business that has been recognized as the fastest growing pretzel franchise in the United States, getting lost was fortuitous. He recalls the day that changed his …Read Full Article
The year is already off to a hot start for single-family home sales.
by Phil Britt
In the spring a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of residential real estate.
And young people, in particular the millennials who had largely been absent from the residential real estate market, will be driving what is expected to be another strong market in Northwest Indiana’s single-family home …Read Full Article