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Category: Small Business
Beer sales are falling, but craft beers are bubbling up in a big way. Breweries are opening all over the region.
by Rick A. Richards
The oldest known beer recipe dates back 3,900 years to Samaria. For craft beer aficionados in Northwest Indiana, that’s not surprising. Beer – long a human staple – is becoming a booming business in the region.
No one knows if …Read Full Article
Salon and spa owner fashions an attractive business story.
by Rick A. Richards
Keeping up with Patti Kobe isn’t easy. She drives herself hard to succeed and the growth of her salon and spa business offers plenty of proof that her formula of pushing herself to the limit is paying dividends.
After working as a hair stylist and a traveling consultant and representative for hair …Read Full Article
PORTAGE – Patrick B. McEuen has joined the law firm of Rhame and Elwood in Portage, where he will concentrate on personal injury and civil litigation.
McEuen graduated from Hobart High School, Wabash College and Indiana University School of Law. He is a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and has practiced law in Northwest Indiana for 19 years in Munster and Valparaiso.…Read Full Article
It’s easy to pick a new business winner when you choose to franchise. But you may have to check your creativity at the door.
by Michael Puente
Tyler Carter and Lindsay Dudzik are young, ambitious and relatively new owners of businesses. But both took different routes in earning that distinguished title of business owner.
The 30-year-old Carter owns and operates the hottest new franchise restaurant …Read Full Article
MISHAWAKA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has presented its Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year Award to Karen M. Barnett, president and chief financial officer of Valley Screen Process Co.
Barnett’s father founded the company in 1967. The company provides logos, decals and signs. The company has 51 employees.
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CROWN POINT – Lorri Feldt has been named regional director of the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. She has more than 25 years experience in business, including at Whirlpool Corp. where she worked in sales, customer service and marketing.
“I am excited about the opportunity to further engage SBDC resources to contribute to business growth and economic momentum in Northwest Indiana,” said Feldt.…Read Full Article
CROWN POINT – Bill Gregory has been named a business advisor by the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. Gregory will concentrate on Lake County.
“I believe I can impact the business community by continuing to beat the drum loudly about the need for economic growth in the entire region and how that can happen by assisting small businesses get started, then helping them …Read Full Article
MICHIGAN CITY – Horizon Bancorp, the parent of Horizon Bank, has announced it will increase the money it makes available for small business loans over the next two years.
Horizon has received $12.5 million as its share of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Horizon had purchased preferred shares in the program that was created as part of the Small Business …Read Full Article
Waffle-making executive earns Small Business Person of the Year honors.
by Steve Kaelble
What’s it take to bring about dramatic business growth? Some revolutionary new technology? Maybe. Or maybe just a new way to present a traditional ware, even an old product. And what could be more traditional than a piping hot breakfast, with delicious Belgian waffles?
Rick McKeel’s company has been making waffle mixes …Read Full Article
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Northwest Indiana. Small business incubators dot the region’s landscape – from Valparaiso to Hammond, from Merrillville to South Bend.
As the landscape for small business changes from traditional pursuits in manufacturing to high-tech ventures, new questions arise among entrepreneurs on how to ensure success.
To help answer those questions, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly has asked experts from …Read Full Article