Category: Business

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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Why Small to Mid-Sized Businesses Need to Evaluate Talent

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is managing talent. Attracting the best talent and retaining top talent is integral to success – but it’s also a major struggle, according to a recent study by the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business. “Most business owners feel ill-equipped to manage the onslaught of talent demands,” says …

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Technology to the Rescue

Eight emergency medicine innovations that could save your life.

by Cassie Richardson

If you’re feeling stressed out by your job, listen up! Having a highly demanding job, combined with a heavy workload and the belief that you have little control over how or at what pace the work must be done, can put your heart at risk.

A 2012 study of 200,000 men and women …

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Chipping In for Security

Card issuers pushing new system to fight credit card fraud.

by Phil Britt

Payment card issuers will be forcing merchants to take a more proactive stance against payment fraud by requiring that point of sale (POS) systems be able to meet so-called EMV standards, including the ability to accept chip-based cards, by Oct. 1, 2015.

Until that date, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express will …

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Executive Gift Guide

With the holidays coming, it may be time to update your naughty and nice list for that favorite boss or executive. Here in Northwest Indiana, there are gifts to dazzle the eye, balance the nerves and work out those kinks on the golf course. — By Jane Bokun

For Him

White Hawk Country Club
How about getting your boss a round of golf and some …

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