Category: Current Issue

Rising Interest Rates

The Fed is expected to make a move soon; what will the impact be?

by Phil Britt

The Federal Reserve is expected by many economic experts to hike interest rates as soon as September and perhaps again in December.

The Fed took a pass on increasing the Federal funds rate at its June meeting, with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen saying the board needed further …

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Business Plan Basics

Spell out your plans in detail in order to get startup financing.

For startup ventures, a well-written business plan will play an important role in the success of the business, but also will be required by banks to consider financing. The business plan basics should provide the bank with an overview of the company, market and competition, along with financial projections.

I highly recommend that …

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CEO Profile of John Phair

IT’S A HIT John Phair, managing partner, president and CEO of the South Bend-based
Holladay Properties, pictured at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs.

John Phair leads Holladay Properties in creating headlines and jobs across much of Indiana.

by Michael Puente

Hardly a week goes by when Holladay Properties isn’t in the news.

Whether it’s opening new commercial complex to construction of a new hotel location, Holladay Properties is involved in many business dealings across the northern part of the state and beyond.

“We’re into vertical integration these days. …

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Harnessing Solar Energy

TO THE FUTURE A growing number of Hoosier homes and
businesses are buyers and generators of solar power.

Rooftop power generation is more affordable than ever before.

by Michael Puente

In the 1985 blockbuster movie “Back to the Future,” Doc Brown famously told Marty McFly near the end of the film and looking 25 years into the future, “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!”

If the movie was released today, Doc Brown may have said, “Where we’re going, we don’t need to …

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Something Old, Something New

GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY Cardiologist Andre Artis, M.D., uses a tiny, wireless
CardioMEMS HF implant to monitor his patients, remotely, while they recover at home.

Address cardiovascular disease with both new technology and well-known advice.

by Cassie Richardson

Imagine if preventing a heart attack was as easy as swallowing a pill.

The idea may sound like an imaginary convenience taken straight from the Space Age world of cartoon character George Jetson. But at Google X, Google’s semi-secret research facility in Mountain View, Calif., scientists are working to bring this concept …

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A Future With the South Bend Cubs

TRANSFORMATION Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium is one of several gleaming state-of-the-art facilities in the Midwest League.

South Bend minor league team thrives as an affiliate of Chicago’s North Siders.

by Ben Smith

The past is here, beyond the shimmering emerald grass, beyond the walkway that runs behind center field, beyond the scoreboard welcoming everyone, on this blue-sky evening, to Four Winds Field and Back to the Future Night.

But first, back to the past.

It’s in a small enclosure behind the …

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The Big Disconnect

GEARING UP FOR CAREERS Students Michael Balzer and Nicole Attar inspect gears
from a print of an automatic transmission model on a 3D printer at Purdue Polytechnic.

Universities and businesses working together to better prepare students for real-world challenges.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

Gary Bertoline wonders how many times college engineering students have been challenged to redesign the flashlight. They study the circuitry, power source and look for ways to improve its durability, but there are limitations to their assigned task.

“A flashlight is a flashlight. It was designed 100 years ago, …

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Arts Update

Upcoming events in Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend.

Northwest Indiana
by John Cain

The fall season abounds with arts offerings! Hammond’s Towle Theater presents “Perfect Wedding,” September 11-27. An appalling situation occurs when a bridegroom wakes up on his wedding day to find a strange girl beside him in bed. Worse, during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the …

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Biomedical Breakthroughs

“IT’S 150 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE” Frank Szczepanski is cofounder, CEO
and president of IVDiagnostics Inc., which is developing a diagnostic test
for circulating tumor cells—the major cause of death in cancer patients.

Indiana researchers are making progress on everything from tracking cancer to healing diabetic wounds.

by Laurie Wink

Innovative research at area universities is producing promising results for advancing health and medical care. Breakthroughs could lead to new ways of tracking cancer cells, treating colitis and healing diabetic wounds, to name a few possibilities. But the process of taking discoveries from bench to bedside requires years …

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Bright Minds, Generous Hearts

Influential leaders, executives and researchers elevate our quality of life.

Welcome to our summer issue, which is packed with impressive examples of how our region’s best and brightest are generously sharing their intellect, their great ideas and their time to improve quality of life for all.

The cover story focuses on the brightest minds–Indiana researchers and companies whose studies and products …

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