Category: Business

Companies to Watch

ON THE DRAWING BOARD President Pat Pasterick
leads Design Collaborative in Fort Wayne.

Special Report

Northern Indiana companies with great results and lots of promise.

by Steve Kaelble

The biggest success stories start small. Among the six Northern Indiana organizations on the 2015 Indiana’s Companies to Watch list are firms that started in garages and kitchen tables, companies created from scratch that have grown organically. They make wood pallets and architectural woodwork, provide architectural and environmental services, sell …

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Five Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Starting a business can be an incredibly daunting endeavor. From creating the initial concept to executing it in a smart, cost-effective manner, building a business and continually fostering it takes time, strategy and a tremendous amount of determination. Jay Yadon, co-founder and CEO of ResortShare, an award-winning company helping timeshare owners share their vacation time with travelers, can fully attest to this process. …

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Honoring Innovation

GROUND-SHIFTING WORK Geologist Erin Argyilan’s research involving
Mount Baldy reveals how people impact the Indiana Dunes.

Risk-takers challenge the status quo. Honoring innovation in the region.

by Jerry Davich

The word innovation is defined simply as implementing a new method, product or idea. But behind those new methods, products or ideas are creative risk-takers, adventurers and entrepreneurs who simply won’t settle for the status quo.

Their innovations can be fueled by fear, chance, accident or necessity. In Northwest Indiana, such problem-solving …

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Publisher’s Note – Fall 2015

Spotlight on Innovators

Visionaries are leading the way and challenging the status quo.

Where would we be without the idea people, risk-takers and self-made entrepreneurs? They boost our quality of life and drive the location economy.

For the past 11 years, the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators has put the spotlight on these kinds of people who have shared their remarkable innovations with the world. …

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Leaders as Heroes Inductees

SALUTING LEADERSHIP Pictured in front: Tiffany English, executive director,
The First Tee of Hammond, and O’Merrial Butchee, director of the Ivy Tech
Community College Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In back are
Alicia Nunn, founder and executive director of ARISE, and Scott Bourrell, first class patrolman with the Crown Point Police Department.

Winners of the 2015 South Shore Leadership Awards.

by Jerry Davich

Keith Kirkpatrick asked hundreds of guests to raise their champagne glasses to symbolically toast the newest Leaders as Heroes inductees.

More realistically, Kirkpatrick hoped his toast at the jam-packed Avalon Manor in Merrillville raised awareness to the importance of publicly recognizing our region’s “doers, founders and risk-takers,” as he calls them.

“This is our …

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St Catherine Hospital Helping Save Lives

Harold Ward survives a Triple A, in the right place at the right time.

By Elise Sims

Harold Ward of Gary worked for 39 years with the Department of Child and Family Services in and around hospitals helping plan care for kids with special medical needs. In relatively good health himself, he had never been hospitalized. Suddenly last July, he found himself on the receiving …

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Noteworthy News Around the Region

Noteworthy News Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden


PNC Financial Services Group Inc. of Mishawaka announced the appointment of Nicole Ross to vice president and senior relationship manager for Wealth Management in Northern Indiana. Ross has 20-plus years of experience and is responsible for managing the short- and long-term financial needs of affluent individuals, families and businesses in the region.


The …

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Degree Programs and Workplace Demand

“ENGINE FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT” Gathering to celebrate the opening of a
new Ivy Tech Community College instructional site in LaPorte are Dr. Thomas G. Coley,
chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and North Central regions; Mike
Seitz, president of the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce; Blair Milo, mayor of
LaPorte; and Rick Soria, president of Ivy Tech’s Michigan City campus.

Universities pay close attention to workplace demand as they develop new degree programs.

by Jerry Davich

Big data. It’s not only the next big thing in the business world. It’s also a skyrocketing trend with colleges and universities looking to recast their academic programs to better cater to students’ ever-evolving, real world focuses. They’re doing so by expanding students’ degree options to meet the growing …

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Rising Interest Rates

The Fed is expected to make a move soon; what will the impact be?

by Phil Britt

The Federal Reserve is expected by many economic experts to hike interest rates as soon as September and perhaps again in December.

The Fed took a pass on increasing the Federal funds rate at its June meeting, with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen saying the board needed further …

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Annual Emerging Women Conference

Emerging Women, a multi-tiered platform for women leaders is heading into their third Annual Emerging Women Conference at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, October 8th to Sunday, October 11th, 2015. The immersive four-day conference consists of integrative practices, workshops and networking circles, in addition to outstanding keynotes and stellar panel discussions, which inform, educate and highlight attendees’ authentic leadership skills.…

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