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Morse + Harris Marketing Receives Gold at Aster Awards

MICHIGAN CITY — Morse + Harris Marketing was recently recognized for excellence in marketing communications for work it produced on behalf of WorkingWell Occupational Health. WorkingWell Occupational Health is a part of the Franciscan Alliance Health System. The Aster Awards Program is an elite competition recognizing the nation’s most talented healthcare marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in advertising.

Morse + Harris was selected among hundreds …

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Peoples Bank Completes Acquisition

MUNSTER — NorthWest Indiana Bancorp (NWIN.OB), the holding company for Peoples Bank SB, announced today that Peoples Bank has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hammond (“First Federal”), a federal mutual savings bank headquartered in Hammond, Indiana. Peoples Bank acquired the assets and liabilities of First Federal in a voluntary supervisory merger conversion transaction. No shares were …

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MJ Insurance Focuses on Employees

INDIANAPOLIS — MJ Insurance, a leading property-casualty and employee benefits agency, has launched MJ YOUniversity, an employee development program that focuses on both personal and professional growth. To further expand educational resources to its employees, MJ has also partnered with trueU, a new nonprofit organization that aims to inspire a greater purpose in business.

As MJ Insurance celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, the …

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SBA Improves Small Businesses Access to Loan Programs

U.S. small businesses will gain improved access to two major government-guaranteed loan programs once a final rule to that effect issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration becomes effective April 21, 2014.

The SBA recently published a Final Rule on the Federal Register that eliminates or revises several requirements for its two main loan programs, 7(a) and 504. The rule expands eligibility, makes it easier …

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SBA Seeking Nominations for Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Awards.

Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.sbir.gov/news/2014-tibbetts-and-hall-fame-award-nominations. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT, May 2, 2014.

The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. The award is named for …

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Startup Weekend Event

On April 25-27th, 2014, Purdue Entrepreneurship Center in Northwest Indiana will host the first local Startup Weekend Event, with prizes ranging from Lunch with a VC to startup office space in the NWI Purdue Technology Center.

They are giving entrepreneurs and innovators a platform, process and an audience to build a startup team, test their ideas and learn to present. If you know a budding …

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Purdue Calumet Faculty Members Named as Professors

HAMMOND — Purdue University’s Board of Trustees recently ratified Purdue University Calumet faculty members Kuan-Chou Chen as the Thomas M. McDermott, Sr. Professor in Economic Development and Cyril Pat Obi as the White Lodging Professor of Finance in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Chen, a professor and head of the Department of Information Systems, Finance and Business Analytics, as well as interim head of Graduate …

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United Way Places in Every Category at GEM Awards

VALPARAISO — United Way of Porter County (UWPC) is pleased to announce it received one out of the three coveted GEM Awards given out each year, along with several first and third place wins and an honorable mention in the 2014 GEM Awards.

Golden Excellence in Media (GEM) entries are judged on innovation, accomplishment of purpose, production quality and measurable success. The contest is open …

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Porter Regional Hospital’s Physicians and Nurses Complete Mission Trip

By generously donating their time and talents, several Porter physicians and nurses made a difference in the lives of children and adults in Nicaragua in February. Traveling with the nonprofit organization, Healing, Health & Hope, the volunteer medical team comprised of Plastic Surgeon Nicholas Retson, M.D., Anesthesiologist Vikram Appannagari, M.D., Nancy Lijewski, RN, Martha Schweizer, RN, and Janine Button, CST, performed 58 procedures in one …

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Nine Purdue Calumet Faculty Members Promoted

HAMMOND — The Purdue University Board of Trustees granted promotions to nine Purdue University Calumet faculty members at the April 4th Trustees meeting held at Purdue University North Central.

Nicolae Tarfulea of Hammond (Mathematics) was promoted to full professor.

Additionally, the following were promoted to associate professor: Muhammad T. Anan of Munster (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Ge Jin of Munster (Computer Information Technology and Graphics), …

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