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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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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Tips for Meeting Planners


Keep these tips for meeting plannersin mind to create a successful event.

To pull off a successful event, meeting or convention, there are several factors to keep in mind beyond the size of a venue.

“Our main marketing objective is to target conventions and tradeshows with significant downtown hotel room commitments, while continuing to service our local market,” says Crista Tompson, director of sales …

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Ahead in the Cloud

SaaS, PaaS, IaaS.

Cloud computing is a term thrown around a lot these days, but what is it and how can businesses benefit?

The cloud is a distributed network of data centers and IT resources that are accessible on-demand over the Internet on a pay-as-you-go basis. While the concept of “the cloud” is abstract, ultimately it is made up of actual physical infrastructure. Like public …

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The Road Ahead

CROSSROADS OF AMERICA Indiana leaders are working on short-term road and bridge fixes and longer-term infrastructure strategies.

Indiana infrastructure needs.

by Michael Puente

Indiana is considered by many to be the Crossroads of America. But some of those crossroads are in need of a major upgrade. That need became evident last summer when a portion of Interstate 65 near Lafayette was forced to shut down for repairs. The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 between Lebanon and Lafayette were shut down for about …

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Cooperation Not Competition

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 …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Viewpoint, Winter 2016 | Leave a comment

Pioneer Packaging

PALLETS AND MUCH MORE For Susan and Wade Kohler, the business of making
pallets has led to warehousing, wholesaling, trailer rental, contract manufacturing,
and creation of livestock bedding made of ground-up wood scraps.

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 …

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Girls and Paint

CHANGING THE WORLD Norma Williams has a huge heart for helping others.

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 …

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Buzz Points

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 …

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A New Convention Center

CENTURY CENTER South Bend’s convention center is a regional economic magnet.

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 …

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