Category: News

Residential Real Estate Update

Prepare well for the most affordable mortgage options.

by Phil Britt

The Northwest Indiana housing market should be solid again in 2015, slightly ahead of the pace of a solid 2014, according to local experts. Most of the buying and selling of homes occurs in the spring and early summer, with real estate showings picking up significantly from Easter through Labor Day.

But even before …

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Posted in Business, News, Real Estate, Regional News, Spring 2015 | Leave a comment

Best of Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend/Michiana Business

Pictured is Benjamin Bochnowski,
president and chief operating officer.

Our readers make their picks in dozens of categories.

“Do your best”–people are told that from preschool throughout the rest of life. Businesses want to be the best, too, and they judge their success by sales, profits, and perhaps the most gratifying, the opinions of satisfied customers.

That’s what we try to reveal each year through Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly‘s reader survey… the high …

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Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden

Nick Matthews has joined Centier Bank as assistant vice president of business banking. Matthews services commercial loans throughout the Elkhart, South Bend and Mishawaka region and joins Centier as a seasoned banker with experience in commercial banking and commercial credit … Jim Pinarski has joined Centier Bank’s new Elkhart branch as bank officer and branch manager. Pinarski, a graduate of …

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Posted in Business, News, Regional News, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

Who’s Coming to Town?

competition comes to the South Bend area.

Meetings and conventions in Northern Indiana in 2015.

by Shari Held

2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the tourism and event industry and Northwest Indiana is reaping its fair share of the business.

“Naturally we are thrilled to see an upturn in the tourism and event industry,” says Carolyne Wallace, director of sales, Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “Encouraged by the significant …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Regional Events, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden

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.

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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Around the Region


Michelle Gonzalez, accounting manager and CPA with Laciak CPA, was appointed to the board of directors for Opportunity Enterprises. Gonzalez brings nearly 15 years of accounting experience to assist with financial information preparation and reporting for the 47-year-old Valparaiso-based non-profit organization, whose mission is to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities.


Purdue Extension dairy management specialist Michael …

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Posted in News, Regional News, Summer 2014 | Leave a comment

Stuck in the Past

It’s time to take a smarter approach with Indiana marijuana laws.

by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage)

The young woman called my law office, tearfully pouring out her story. As an 18-year-old at a graduation party, she had been arrested and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. She was booked and made bond, pleaded guilty, went through substance abuse evaluation, did community …

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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.


Hubbell moved its warehouse operations last …

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, News, Regional News, Spring 2014 | Leave a comment

Summer and Fall Calendar

A TALE OF LOVE AND HUNGER “Cascabel” is a culinary and theatrical experience
featuring celebrity chef Rick Bayless, this summer in Chicago.

A roundup of festivals, events, theater, music, art, wine tastings and more, across Northwest Indiana and nearby cities.

by Jane Bokun

Summer and fall in Northwest Indiana, Chicago, Michigan, Indianapolis, South Bend and all throughout the area–it’s a thing to behold. People here couldn’t feel better about a lovely break from the polar vortex that we’ve had to deal with all winter and spring. Now …

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A New Spin

ANYTHING BUT LAZY Adorning this Lazy Susan is a photograph by Jocelyn Muscalero, an artist who helped with the product concept.

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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Posted in Business, Regional News, Spring 2014 | Leave a comment