Alliance brings together Chicago region.
The relationship between Northwest Indiana and the Greater Chicago area has often been described as a love-hate relationship. We love the proximity and the jobs provided for Hoosiers, but the state line has often seemed to be a barrier to collaboration.
A landmark study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2012 analyzed the economic interdependence between …Read Full Article
Service and ingenuity are the keys to this pallet manufacturer’s growth.
Entrepreneurs know to always be listening so they’ll hear when opportunity knocks. What about when an opportunity goes “moo”?
Yes, Wade and Susan Kohler of Pioneer Packaging answered that opportunity, too, when they got into the business of livestock bedding. It’s a perfect–but not necessarily obvious–complement to their primary business of making and delivering …Read Full Article
Non-profit changes lives by teaching business and painting skills.
by Lauren Caggiano
Everyone has the power to change the world for the better if they try. That’s the mantra Norma Williams embraces in her personal and business life.
The entrepreneur currently operates a successful residential and commercial painting business, Excellence By Design, which celebrated its tenth year in 2015. But it’s not just about making …Read Full Article
Loyalty program benefits financial institutions, merchants, members.
by Phil Britt
Financial institutions and local retailers and restaurants alike find themselves competing with much larger national companies for customers.
For the local financial institutions, the need to attract and retain customers has never been more critical. The largest banks in the country control half of the financial industry’s $15 trillion in assets.
In order to gain …Read Full Article
Is the region ready, and can leaders make it happen?
by Jerry Davich
Is Northwest Indiana ripe for a new, modern convention center, or is our region too rife with narrow-minded parochialism and political shortsightedness to finally pull it off? As with most long-term, big-scale projects in this contentious corner of the state, it depends which officials you ask.
“For the first time in my …Read Full Article
The economy is strong, but manufacturers are having trouble filling jobs.
by Steve Kaelble
Indiana’s jobless rate as 2015 wound down was holding steady at 4.4 percent. That’s as low as it has been in a decade and a half, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
That’s fantastic news, right? All in all, it’s a good sign for the workers of Indiana, a …Read Full Article
Cut costs, improve quality of life and keep workers happy.
by Laurie Wink
“Who has time to exercise?” is a common refrain in our tightly scheduled, overcommitted society. And, in spite of intentions to eat better, our fallback plan too often is a quick, high-fat meal grabbed on the run.
We all know a healthy diet and regular exercise are the keys to a quality …Read Full Article
The 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards.
by Laurie Wink
The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (NWI-SBDC) honored ten outstanding regional business professionals at the Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards luncheon on Nov. 4 at the Star Plaza in Merrillville. The event marked the 24th year the organization has singled out entrepreneurs from its seven-county service area for special recognition.
A number of award recipients entered family …Read Full Article
Honoring Glee Renick-May
Carrying forward the publishing legacy of my beloved wife.
We usually look forward in this part of the magazine, forward to preview the excellent articles in the pages that follow. Today, though, I want to take a look back, to reflect on the 25 years that the pages of this magazine were the life’s work of my wife, Glee Renick-May.
As Glee …Read Full Article
Northwest Indiana offers a host of attractive attributes.
by Michael Puente
On paper, Northwest Indiana has a lot going for it that other parts of Indiana simply don’t have.
That includes easy access to major highways, a well-trained workforce, an extensive rail system, regional airport and close proximity to the nation’s third-largest city: Chicago.
“We’ve got great assets. We’ve got access to the fifth-largest economy …Read Full Article