Category: Business

Best of Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend Michiana Business

BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR Co-winners Larson-Danielson Construction Co., which was also named Best Construction
Company for Commercial Office Remodeling and Expansion Projects and runner-up for Best Commercial Construction Company.
(Seated: Mark Danielson, Terry Larson, Tim Larson, Tom Walter, David Merkel; back row: Nick Larson, Brian Larson).

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 …

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Looking Back Looking Forward

“WE’RE A GREAT UNIFYING FORCE”
Heather Ennis of Northwest Indiana Forum
and Ty Warner of the Northwest Indiana
Regional Planning Commission.

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.

Heather Ennis
Northwest Indiana Forum

Twenty-five …

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Holistic Approaches

“WE ARE BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN
DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND
WELLNESS,” says Pam Johnson, wellness
champion at Franciscan WorkingWell.

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, …

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Sojourner Truth House

AN URGENT NEED Sister Peg Spindler holds one
of her youngest clients, as another client shops.

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 …

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Thinking Differently About Downtown

TASTY REDEVELOPMENT An abandoned building in downtown
Griffith became the New Oberpfalz Brewery in 2015.

The heart of the city is ground zero for revitalization these days.

by Laurie Wink

America’s downtowns were once vibrant hubs for business and entertainment. The advent of our car-centric culture–fueled by creation of the nationwide highway system–led to suburban sprawl and shopping centers. The historic cores of cities fell out of favor and languished.

Over the last decade, downtowns have been making a comeback. …

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Bright Young Professionals

“TRUE HIDDEN GEM” Matthew Wells
and his wife, Erin, moved to Valparaiso
and decided to stay put.

Keeping the best minds in the region, innovating and leading.

by Jerry Davich

What will it take to keep Northwest Indiana’s best and brightest young professionals to remain in this region over the next 10, 20 or even 30 years? To name a few points of criteria, it must involve better paying jobs, enhanced diversification, improved school districts and stronger leadership, they say.

Northwest Indiana …

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Reaching the World

“WE NEED TO RAISE THE PROFILE
OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN OUR
REGION,” says Keith Kirkpatrick,
vice president of membership for the
Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance
and president of his own KPM Group Inc.

The region’s businesses find an eager appetite for reaching the world with exports.

by Michael Puente

When Todd Cannon left the Air Force in 1999, still in his early 20s, he wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do. He returned to his native Rolling Prairie, Indiana, to think things through.

“I thought I was going to have to leave Indiana to be successful …

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Coworking Together

AN “ECOSYSTEM” The Depot at Union
Station Technology Center offers hightech
office space without the burden of
overhead expenses.

Flexibility and collaboration bring success to fledgling businesses.

by Lauren Caggiano

Coworking has been in the entrepreneurial vernacular for a few years now. The idea is simple: that independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. And thanks to several facilities in Northwest Indiana, coworking is no longer just a concept, but a reality.

Union Station Technology Center
What …

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Noteworthy News Bits

Noteworthy News Bits from Around the Region

by Michelle M. Searer

AGRICULTURE
Red Gold’s Scott Rice, James Rice, and David Rice were awarded their seventh Master Grower Award for delivering quality production and exhibiting professionalism and industry leadership at Rice Farms in Wanatah … Kathy Little, of Hebron, won third place in the AA non-irrigated division of the 2015 National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Yield …

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Publisher’s Note – Spring 2016

Troy Linker and Conrad May

Excellence and Milestones

On our 25th anniversary, we spotlight the best and welcome new leadership.

Welcome to our spring issue! In this issue we recognize the Best of Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend/Michiana Business, as voted by our readers across the region. Thank you for taking the time to vote, and we applaud this year’s recipients!

Read on for an issue packed with thoughtful …

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