Category: Business

Publisher’s Note – Fall 2014

Innovations Everywhere

The region’s big thinkers open doors to the future.

Northwest Indiana is an excellent place to make things, as is the state as a whole, but our excellence in manufacturing sometimes overshadows our area’s brilliance when it comes to not just making but creating and innovating. The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, now in its 10th year, exists to shine the …

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SBA and National Woman’s Business Council Partner to Expand Opportunities

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of capital by and into small businesses run by women. The overriding goal is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of high-growth entrepreneurship.

“Developing a deeper pool of women investors and financiers is key toward expanding the …

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Craft a Perfect Publicity Cocktail

Media Mixology
Crafting the Perfect Publicity Cocktail

The handcrafted cocktail has skyrocketed in popularity. Thanks in part to period-piece television dramas such as Mad Men that romanticize bar scenes of yore, drinks like the Old Fashioned and the Sazerac have risen from the recesses of the speakeasy to the drink menu of the neighborhood watering hole. With its focus on precision and detail, the art …

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Indiana’s Domestic Violence Shelters Receive Additional Funds

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s (ICJI) Victim Services Subcommittee approved more than $1.2 million in additional funding for Indiana’s domestic violence shelters. The dollars will be added to the Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention (DVPT) Fund – which is used to provide immediate assistance and short-term support to victims of domestic violence.

“ICJI is moving quickly to ensure the domestic violence shelters receive …

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Giving Business a Lift

Vermette Machine Co. products move kegs, signs and other heavy items.

by Phillip Britt

If a company needs to lift an air conditioning or heating unit, multiple beer kegs or a variety of other materials, one of the first calls will likely be to Hammond-based Vermette Machine Co. Inc.

The company opened its doors in 1947 with one employee, Howard H. Vermette, the owner, product …

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The Crooked Yardstick

Redefining Success

By: Gerry Sandusky

Take inventory of your successes. What comes to mind? The title of your position in your company? How much money you make? The value of your home? An award you won? If you had to measure your success, would you place yourself in the top ten percent? Top five percent? Did your company or your team meet this quarter’s sales …

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Want to Start Living Like a Boss? Expert Tips

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.

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

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Emerging Young Attorneys

Making a difference by serving clients and communities alike.

by Cassie Richardson

Today’s young attorneys take their jobs as seriously as they take their suits. The area’s young and rising stars give back to their communities through philanthropic efforts or service on boards. Meet our top 10 picks from young legal professionals who are giving back and making a difference in their communities.

Carly Brandenburg,

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Why We Rescue

Rescue animals can enrich your life when you invite them into your home.

Anastasia M. Trakles

When I was a little girl, my mom and I were taking a walk in our garden in the small town of Interlochen, Michigan, and we heard a funny sound coming from the blackberry patch. We looked and found a beautiful Siamese kitten, not even 6 months old, rolling …

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The Cost of Crazy

Regardless of size, industry, customer, or platform, the success of all business boils down to one thing – the people.There are physical, mental, emotional, and economic costs associated conflict and drama, or as Anne Grady author of the new book 52 Strategies for Life, Love and Work likes to say, “crazy creators”.

Grady, an organizational transformation expert, teaches businesses how to both survive and …

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