Category: Business

Time to be Fit

Execs schedule their fitness activities, and hold to the schedule.

by Jerry Davich

Like so many busy executives in today’s global business world, Miche Grant pumps out 12-hour workdays either in her office, via remote means or somewhere in between.

Over the past 20 years, Grant has worked in 28 countries while raising children, earning higher-education degrees and supporting her extended family.

“Yes, I do …

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It’s Gary’s Time

Not-for-profit offers hope and opportunities for ex-offenders.

by Jerry Davich

Roger Hayward had just returned home from another drunken bender.

He forgot about his dog left alone in the apartment for three days. He came back to a sobering mess. His poor dog defecated all over his home and urinated on his pillow.

“I got mad, really mad,” Hayward recalls of that day in Pennsylvania …

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Purdue Women Innovators Benefit Global Society

WEST LAFAYETTE – American women have discovered and developed numerous inventions used across all industrial sectors that benefit our global society. Tabitha Babbitt was a Shaker toolmaker who invented the circular saw; Dr. Patricia Bath created the Laserphaco Probe to remove cataracts more quickly and accurately during surgery; Grace Murray Hopper conducted programming language design work that led to COBOL, one of the first computer …

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Business is Building

Construction industry is expecting a strong 2015.

by Phil Britt

Construction in Northwest Indiana is expected to continue to be strong in 2015, according to executives from major building companies in the area.

All have significant projects that are in various phases of completion and have strong orders on the books for 2015 and the beginning of 2016, they say, admitting that attempting to forecast …

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Influence: The Ultimate Power Tool

In business today, effective influence is essential. Want your ideas implemented? You must influence others to act on them. Want more clients? You must influence people to buy from you. Want more advancement or responsibility? You must influence executives to see the value you offer. And to be an effective leader you must be able to influence others. In all respects, being able to influence …

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More Jobs and Improvement

Indiana should surpass the nation in GDP and income growth.

by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.

As 2014 wrapped up, economic growth for the first three quarters was 2.3 percent. This is close to the 2 percent growth I predicted a year earlier. Growth in the third quarter showed a marked improvement from the 1.2 percent growth over the first half of the year, which included …

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Stress-Busting Strategies for Life and Work

Much of the stress we experience comes from our hyper-connected lifestyles, as we try to cope with the fast amount of information being thrown at us each day, explains Anne, who holds a master’s degree in organizational communication. “Our short-term memory can only store two to four items at once. When we are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it’s not necessarily because we have so much …

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Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden

BANKING
Nick Matthews has joined Centier Bank as assistant vice president of business banking. Matthews services commercial loans throughout the Elkhart, South Bend and Mishawaka region and joins Centier as a seasoned banker with experience in commercial banking and commercial credit … Jim Pinarski has joined Centier Bank’s new Elkhart branch as bank officer and branch manager. Pinarski, a graduate of …

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Who’s Coming to Town?

Meetings and conventions in Northern Indiana in 2015.

by Shari Held

2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the tourism and event industry and Northwest Indiana is reaping its fair share of the business.

“Naturally we are thrilled to see an upturn in the tourism and event industry,” says Carolyne Wallace, director of sales, Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “Encouraged by the significant …

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Study: Women Make Better CEOs

Rick, Mintigo, a company whose integration and predictive analytics prowess make them an interesting company to watch (according to Forbes and Inc. magazines), recently conducted a comprehensive gender study on US companies with over 100 employees or over $50 million in revenue.

The results indicate that companies with over 1,000 employees should probably hire a female CEO. However, women only make up 17% of …

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