Category: News

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ACCOUNTING

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.

AGRICULTURE

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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Posted in News, Spring 2014, Statewide News | Leave a comment

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

Summer and Fall Calendar

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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Posted in A & E, Arts & Entertainment, Events, Regional Events, Retirement Living | Leave a comment

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

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

Balancing Act

Developing new employees and the existing workforce.

by Shari Held

Chuck Knebl, communications manager for WorkOne in South Bend (Region 2), says economic conditions have improved substantially across Indiana’s Northern Tier–composed of 23 counties across three regions. For instance, the jobless rate is coming down and employment grew in several sectors during 2013.

“Indiana’s Northern Tier serves as a noteworthy compass of the labor market’s …

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

Q&A With the Governor

Mike Pence talks taxes, jobs, infrastructure, workforce and tourism.

by Michael Puente

The 2014 Indiana legislative session was considered a “short session.” While the session was short in length, it was not short on substantive issues.

From the controversial elimination of a business property tax to economic-development initiatives, Gov. Mike Pence tells Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly that he views the past session, his second since …

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Posted in Business, News, Special Features, Spring 2014, Statewide News | Leave a comment

Arts Update

From pop culture to popular movie music to two takes on “Hamlet.”

by John Cain

South Shore Arts opens its summer-long exhibit “Baby Boom or Bust” on June 15, featuring iconic imagery of the 20th century by artist Brian J. Sullivan along with memorabilia from an “atomic” childhood. As Baby Boomers arrive at the upper reaches of middle age, this exhibit takes a fond look …

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Posted in A & E, Arts & Entertainment, Events, Regional Events, Spring 2014 | Leave a comment

Around the Region

ACCOUNTING

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), ranked as one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and consulting firms, has a new principal in its Chicagoland offices. Charles (Chuck) Taylor, CPA, was promoted to principal, effective November 2013. Taylor provides services from both the Oak Brook, Ill., and Schererville offices of CLA, and will oversee tax compliance, planning and consulting services for a wide range of privately …

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