Category: Business

Five Tips to Build a Brand in 2015

By Owen Shapiro

For the past seventy years, business branding has been largely guided by principles developed in the 1950s and 1960s, when there were only three television networks, messaging through advertising was easy to control, and information flowed from a few “trusted” news sources to millions of people.

This one-to-many model of information flow has been upended since the advent of the Internet and …

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Real Estate Comeback

Commercial construction is on a roll.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

When Tim Healy started work for Holladay Properties in 2000, the South Bend-based company had nothing going on in Northwest Indiana. It was just him, a trailer and 386 acres of vacant land Holladay had purchased from Bethlehem Steel. Healy had his work cut out for him.

Holladay wanted this site to rival the strongest …

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An Alternative to “No”

With loans and advice, Accion Chicago helps borrowers succeed.

by Shari Held

This year Accion Chicago, a non-profit microlender affiliated with Accion International, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. And the thousands of underserved, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners the lender has helped over the years are celebrating right along with Accion. That includes clients from seven Northwest Indiana counties–Lake, Porter, Jasper, LaPorte, Newton, Pulaski …

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Spotlighting Innovation

A look at the annual honorees of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.

by Jerry Davich

Innovation. It can be sparked by serendipity, discovered by risk-takers or fueled by fear. It often manifests itself through a new idea, novel device or reinvented process. And it takes place each day in Northwest Indiana at the intersection of imagination and problem-solving.

Innovation can be powered by …

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1st Source Bank Highlights Women in Business

By Caitlin Vanlaningham

On Thursday, the Valparaiso Country Club was filled with ladies who were all there for one purpose: to celebrate women in business.

“We are a force to be reckoned with,” Jayne Cooper, Regional Sales Manager of the Valparaiso Region for 1st Source Bank said at the beginning of the luncheon. “Currently there are 9.1 million businesses that are women-owned and one in …

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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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