Category: Business

Data Breaches

They happen everywhere. How can your company be safe?

Almost no industry seems to be free of data breaches. In retail, we’ve heard about Target and Neiman Marcus (and now Sears and other retailers are investigating whether they have been hacked). In education it’s Indiana University and University of Maryland, the most recent as of this writing. We’ve heard about Barclays Bank and the government …

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Clearing the Hurdles

South Bend area seeing economic-development success.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

It’s not every day that a $3 billion company like Hubbell Inc. makes a long-term commitment to Indiana. But that is exactly what happened last year when the international steel box manufacturer invested more than $3 million in a new South Bend distribution center designed around its RACO brand.

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Hubbell moved its warehouse operations last …

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Improving Quality Of Life in Your Business

By Ruth W. Crocker

If you find yourself listening to co-workers complain at work, you’re not alone. Jane, a registered nurse, often eats her lunch sitting on a curb in the parking lot next to the clinic where she works. She’s looking for just a few minutes of peace and quiet from the chaos and complaints that echo off the walls in the employee break …

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Health and Well-Being

Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana has a broad impact.

by Lauren Caggiano

Everyone benefits when our communities are healthier and stronger. That’s what drives the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CFNI) in its everyday work.

CFNI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership and resources for the enhancement of health and the quality of life in Lake and Porter counties.

“At the heart of …

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A New Spin

Merrillville venture remakes the Lazy Susan.

by Kathy McKimmie

At The Image House at Home, Amy Slater dreams of the day when every home will have one of her artsy Lazy Susans.

She’s no stranger to dreaming big dreams, evidenced by the fact that the year-old venture is a spinoff division of her successful large-format, high-resolution digital printing company, The Image House, established in 2005. …

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Recruiting Talent

By Mark Miller

First, I think the distinction in the opening paragraph is significant. Unfortunately, many leaders do not recruit talent, they select people. To select is to sort through applicants and choose the best one. To recruit is different; recruiting is…

The process of identifying the most appropriate people for a specific role and aggressively pursuing them.

As in most definitions, the words matter; …

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Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Ad Sales Role-Play

I am always amazed at the number of ad sales reps that never, everpractice their trade in an effort to improve. Just imagine if TigerWoods never practiced. Would hebe as successful? Probably not. Why did Michael Jordan shoot hundreds of free throws each week? Why do the best actors in Hollywood have acting coaches?

Because being the best requires practice, mentoring and

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Ahead of the Game

Dedication and inspiration create jobs across the region.

by Jerry Davich

Without fresh ideas and out-of-the-box thinking, the economy would never grow. That’s why young, entrepreneurial minds are such a vital part of the region’s future. Read on for some of their stories.

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Ideas. Innovation. Inspiration.

These words best define Christopher Barbauld.

“It’s what I live for,” he says after coming off a …

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Around the Region

ACCOUNTING

Kruggel Lawton CPAs, welcomes Michelle Chupp as a staff accountant to the Elkhart office, and Mike Reed and Michele Reed, both staff accountants to the South Bend office. … Jill A. Jones, CPA, and vice president of McMahon & Associates, has earned a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation. Jones successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) …

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Top 10 Presentation Skills Challenges

By Scott Topper

The biggest challenge for a newer sales team might be how they actually feel when they give their presentations. Many first time speakers want to feel confident, want to engage their audience, and want to feel good about actually giving their presentation. But how is this achieved?

Public speaking can change you as a person and boost your confidence. You will learn …

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