Category: Business

Cambridge Companies

Griffith construction company making a name in faraway places.

by Michael Puente

As companies go, Cambridge Companies of Griffith isn’t exactly the most well known in Northwest Indiana.

But while folks around here may not have the 26-year-old company’s name on the tip of their tongues, Cambridge is making a name for itself nationally, especially after taking on the largest recycling center in the state …

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Residential Real Estate Update

Prepare well for the most affordable mortgage options.

by Phil Britt

The Northwest Indiana housing market should be solid again in 2015, slightly ahead of the pace of a solid 2014, according to local experts. Most of the buying and selling of homes occurs in the spring and early summer, with real estate showings picking up significantly from Easter through Labor Day.

But even before …

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Black and Blue Over Purple

NLRB’s decision related to email systems may trouble employers.

by Jerry Lutkus

Many employers have email policies that prohibit employees from using the company’s email for non-work purposes. If you have a no-tolerance policy, a recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board should cause you to take another look at it. The new decision is called Purple Communications and it may leave employers feeling …

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Attorney and Fashion Artist

MADE TO MATCH Mark Roscoe designs
fashions for women and matching ties
for spouses.

For Mark Roscoe, both professions involve creative problem-solving.

by Laurie Wink

What woman doesn’t dream of appearing at a red-carpet event, looking stunning from head to toe in a couture ensemble designed just for her?

Mark Roscoe makes these dreams come true from his design studio in Valparaiso. Operating under the business name Mark Roscoe Designs, he creates everything from suits to cocktail dresses and …

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A Leadership Model for the 21st Century


In today’s fast-paced and turbulent environment, as a leader you struggle with the demands and burdens of assuming the mantle of leadership. You truly want to be a dedicated and effective leader, but you feel on the verge of burn-out as you face ongoing challenges which never seem to end. Your employees don’t seem as motivated, they’ve lost their commitment …

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High-Wage Jobs Are Out There

HOT JOB PROSPECTS The Steelworker for the Future
program includes onsite training at ArcelorMittal.

What does it take to qualify, and how is the region preparing workers?

by Laurie Wink

Northwest Indiana’s economic development is closely aligned with availability of a qualified, motivated workforce. Success is a matter of fitting the right people into the right slots. But as anyone knows who’s tried to complete a complex jigsaw puzzle, you have to keep the overall picture in mind as …

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How to Obtain Personal & Professional Balance

A Journey of Separation

By: Nathan Jamail

In business today, leaders and organizations have to be more aware than ever of how their employees balance their work demands and their personal demands. Organizations are constantly focusing on how to improve production, profits and performance, while at the same time maintaining a high level of morale. The issue is the search for personal and professional balance. …

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High Achievers Under 40

ENTREPRENEURIAL HEIGHTS Guy Rhodes’ photographic
work took him to the top of a wind turbine in Michigan.

Younger generation making a mark on the corporate landscape.

by Jerry Davich

A handful of relatively young entrepreneurs is changing the corporate landscape in Northwest Indiana with ideas, inventions and out-of-box thinking. They’re known for their innovative minds in an ever-evolving, technology-savvy business world. Here are their stories.

Guy Rhodes

Since the age of 5, when he asked a stunned Santa for a set of …

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Social Media Marketing


This tool is far too important to leave in the hands of the inexperienced.

by Laurie Wink

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest.

In today’s competitive marketplace, these social media tools are helping businesses boost visibility, enhance credibility and attract customers. To the uninitiated, the strange names can be intimidating, frustrating and overwhelming.

Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly talked to social media marketing experts who demystify …

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Give Her the Gift of Good Health

ADD A TRINKET TO HER WRIST Get a fitness activity tracker
that measures steps, calories and sleep patterns.

The best way to help the superwoman in your life take care of herself, as well as she takes care of others, is to remind her. Consider these gift ideas and woo the women in your life to choose good health.

* Get her a new red dress: The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day is February 6. Snap her photo while wearing red …

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