Category: Business

The Power of Video

It has the power to move customers more than still images.

Last winter’s relentless cold, snow and ice made it hard to draw visitors to the Indiana Dunes.

Then we shot “the video.”

Using a camera-equipped remote control helicopter, we got dramatic aerial footage showing the beautiful, Arctic-like shelf ice along the Lake Michigan shore at Indiana Dunes State Park.

We donated the video to …

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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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Become Invaluable at Work

Indispensable, Irreplaceable You

6 Tips to Creating Peerless Value at Work

By: DeEtta Jones

Given the rapid pace of change in most organizations, it is likely that you have—at least on occasion—considered the value you add (and what you have invested in it). Value is the return on investment benefit that your company enjoys because of your unique contribution to clients, colleagues and work product. …

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Time to Support Public Schools

It’s not good business to cause financial hardship for schools.

If economic development is in any way related to the quality of public education, then business leaders must demand a shift in public education policy that places public schools as the top priority. The ability of any community to attract new economic development is dependent upon having a skilled and available work force. Only a …

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Companies to Watch

Northern Indiana companies with dazzling promise.

by Steve Kaelble

These companies innovate, they simplify, they find new ways to serve customers and make life easier. Among other things, the seven Northern Indiana organizations on this year’s Indiana’s Companies to Watch roster have made it easier to pay bills, improved the educational process, refined the business of making trailers, designed an easier way to control security, …

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Dress Drive for Glamour Event to Benefit Hello Gorgeous

SOUTH BEND – Goodwill and U93 will host a “Goodwill Gives” Dress Drive on Saturday, January 31st to benefit Hello Gorgeous at Flourish Boutique in Granger. The Dress Drive will be held from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Centennial Place Shopping Center parking lot to collect gently used fashions for their upcoming Glamour Event in February.

U93 will broadcast live encouraging ladies to …

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Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden

ACCOUNTING
Kruggel Lawton CPAs announced the addition of Stephen J. Beasy, CPA, as a senior manager in the firm’s Elkhart office. Beasy brings 17 years of public accounting experience and is an active member of the Indiana CPA Society.

BANKING
Christopher Campbell of Centier Bank has been promoted to senior vice president and serves as market president of Porter, LaPorte and …

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Playing It Safe

Protecting your business from cybercrime and scams.

by Shari Held

Target. Home Depot. UPS. JP Morgan Chase. They’ve all made the headlines lately–and not in a good way. They’ve been hacked! And confidential information was compromised.

“The threat is very real, and pretty much a weekly occurrence,” says Tanya Buerger, senior vice president and chief information and technology officer for Peoples Bank in Munster. “It’s …

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The Heroine’s Journey: Women and Leadership

By: Ruth Crocker

It appears that more women than ever are stepping up to positions of leadership, but the path is still not as clear and unobstructed as we might think.

When Ella Fitzgerald, the queen of jazz, was asked the secret of her success, she said: “It’s simple, I owe it all to one woman, Marilyn Monroe. She stood up for me. She went …

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Hiring Dos and Don’ts

Base your decision on job-related factors, and ask questions carefully.

For employers, hiring quality employees has always been of critical importance. Various laws require employers to be more focused in this effort.

For example, it was not that long ago that employers asked any questions they wanted: how old are you, do you have any illnesses, are you involved in any church activities, etc.?

The …

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