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It’s fall in Indiana! The colorful leaves are falling now, but soon crisp, white snow will usher in the holiday season. Whether you get in the holiday spirit by canvassing the stores for the perfect gift for everyone on your list or prefer the convenience of online shopping, here are some great gift ideas that will give you a head start on all your holiday …Read Full Article
Eight Northern Indiana companies with bright futures.
by Steve Kaelble
When they were handing out invitations to the recent economic downturn, these eight companies apparently didn’t open their mail. They’re Northern Indiana’s members of the 2012 class of Companies to Watch, and they’ve been bucking the trends and building bright futures.
Indiana’s Companies to Watch were chosen by experts the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the …Read Full Article
Marie A. Eisenstein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University Northwest
If the 2012 election is consistent with the past, it will be decided solely by the economy. Winning a second term is always a difficult proposition, and historically, no president has won re-election when unemployment has been so high for such a sustained period of time. While the polling indicates a close race, …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
Big projects in education, manufacturing, distribution and lifestyle amenities.
by Michael Puente
Northwest Indiana is experiencing a building boom of sorts with several major projects on tap for the coming year.
One large-scale project that’s slated for completion in early 2012 is the new headquarters and distribution center for North Coast Distribution, a wholesale beer distributor based in Valparaiso with a national reputation for excellence …Read Full Article
by Rick A. Richards
There isn’t a single nuclear power plant in Northwest Indiana–or the entire state for that matter–but that doesn’t mean the region is exempt from concern about nuclear plant safety.
Illinois and Michigan have nuclear power plants and some are within 30 miles of major population areas in the region. In the event of an emergency, those areas could be placed under …Read Full Article
IT’S NOVEMBER AND FOR MOST PEOPLE, GETTING INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT ENTAILS charitable giving, decorating the home, shopping those sales for presents for friends and family. But for business executives, the holidays are also an opportunity to thank employees for their dedication and contributions throughout the year.
Here are our suggestions for holiday parties for the office, gifts for employees and clients and even gifts …Read Full Article
Northwest Indiana a hot place for a health-care career.
by Bob Kronemyer
With a diversity of educational programs and health-care facilities, Northwest Indiana is a vibrant environment to pursue a caregiver career. Coupled with the latest recession and an aging population, “health-care opportunities are viewed as good career choices,” says Angie Hampton, director of human resources for Porter Hospital and Health System in Valparaiso.
Although …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
By Rick A. Richards
The landscape at BP’s Whiting refinery on the shore of Lake Michigan is a Rubik’s Cube of pipes, derricks, construction cranes and scaffolding.
Through a mindboggling maze of pipes, hissing steam, narrow roads and steel beams, it’s hard to tell where the refinery process ends and where construction on a $3.8 billion modernization project begins. By any measurement, though, it’s a …Read Full Article