Category: Business

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

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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A Diversity of Arts Events

Comedy, drama and music on stage, plus unusual exhibits.

by John Cain

In LaPorte County, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents “Work Local: Speak Global,” February 7-April 18. This exhibit unites local artists, craftsmen and graduate students from IIT in Chicago with local producers of materials, products and/or services that will celebrate the possibilities of local talent in fields as diverse as fine arts …

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Entrepreneurial Excellence

Outstanding professionals recognized for success and leadership.

by Laurie Wink

The 10 winners of the 2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards join a rich roster of distinguished business professionals who’ve been honored by the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for 23 years. This year’s E-Day Award winners were applauded by a packed audience at a Nov. 12 luncheon at the Radisson in Merrillville.

Ross Pangere, …

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Six Ways to Live Like a Boss

by Jen Lawrence

So, do you want to live your life like a boss, calling the shots and living on top? Consider living lifelike a boss.We’ve taken six top tips from the business world that can improve your personal life too.

Have a vision.
Any CEO worth her salt has a clear idea of where she wants her company to go. Often, …

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Publisher’s Note – Winter 2015

Leading the Way

Profiling entrepreneurs, manufacturers, fitness-oriented executives.

Our cover story for this issue profiles the 2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence award winners, many of whom started from humble beginnings to become a class of their own. For example, Ridgeway Petroleum Inc., named Family Owned Business of the Year, evolved from supplying home heating oil to operating gas stations today. Once an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati …

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Running Off Track?

Your workforce talent holds the key to the answer.

What is the most valuable element of your organization? It’s not a fully stocked warehouse or a huge customer list. Regardless of your product or service, your most valuable asset is your workforce. Smart managers know that they are also essential to the success of your business.

Just as a chain is only as strong as …

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Answering the Call

Blair Milo returns to LaPorte and becomes problem-solving mayor.

by Michael Puente

Blair Milo could be living a pretty incredible life in Washington, D.C.

A little more than three years ago, that’s exactly what she was doing. The 28-year-old was wrapping up a five-year career in the U.S. Navy that saw her serve two deployments to the Persian Gulf, including maneuvers in Bahrain and Iraq.…

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