Category: Current Issue

Giving Business a Lift

Vermette Machine Co. products move kegs, signs and other heavy items.

by Phillip Britt

If a company needs to lift an air conditioning or heating unit, multiple beer kegs or a variety of other materials, one of the first calls will likely be to Hammond-based Vermette Machine Co. Inc.

The company opened its doors in 1947 with one employee, Howard H. Vermette, the owner, product …

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Emerging Young Attorneys

Making a difference by serving clients and communities alike.

by Cassie Richardson

Today’s young attorneys take their jobs as seriously as they take their suits. The area’s young and rising stars give back to their communities through philanthropic efforts or service on boards. Meet our top 10 picks from young legal professionals who are giving back and making a difference in their communities.

Carly Brandenburg,

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Why We Rescue

Rescue animals can enrich your life when you invite them into your home.

Anastasia M. Trakles

When I was a little girl, my mom and I were taking a walk in our garden in the small town of Interlochen, Michigan, and we heard a funny sound coming from the blackberry patch. We looked and found a beautiful Siamese kitten, not even 6 months old, rolling …

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Health Care Honors

Our readers suggest some of the region’s standouts in medical care.

Thousands of people work in health care across the region, all helping patients get healthy and stay that way. Who is exceptionally good at doing so? We asked our readers for nominations in our third annual compilation of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Health Care Honors.

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond

Federal …

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Extend the South Shore Line

Thousands of jobs and new prosperity will ride into the region.

by Bill Hanna

Expanding the South Shore Line will give us the opportunity to increase connectivity to Chicago, one of the world’s largest economies. Since 1970, Lake County has experienced a decline in population and median income. In order to reverse these trends we must connect the great resources and investments already made in …

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Nurturing Innovation

Pfeil Innovation Center serves businesses and organizations alike.

by Lauren Caggiano

Necessity may be the mother of invention. But what about innovation? It can be argued that the Pfeil Innovation Center is the purveyor of innovation in the South Bend/Michiana area.

In the words of lead faculty Matthew Krathwohl, the Pfeil Innovation Center “brings innovation into reality.” The Pfeil Innovation Center is “a gift to …

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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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Leaders as Heroes

South Shore Leadership Awards recognize “our region’s greatest asset.”

by Jerry Davich

Michael Griffin knew he would be awarded the inaugural Crest Award by the South Shore Leadership Center at its third annual “Leaders as Heroes” event at Avalon Manor in Hobart. But the advance warning didn’t brace him for the waves of humility that washed over him just seconds before receiving it in front …

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Changing Definitions

Businesses must keep an eye on the courts and be ready to adapt to new marriage laws.

by Nancy Townsend

Indiana’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited same-sex marriage and refused to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, was ruled unconstitutional on June 25. Chief Judge Richard L. Young entered a final judgment in three federal lawsuits that challenged Indiana’s DOMA: Baskin v. Bogan, …

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Marketing Strategies

Reaching consumers through social media, public relations and word of mouth.

by Jane Bokun

Successfully marketing your company is one of the most important business goals your company can achieve.

Some companies send out more than 8,000 emails per day, while others prefer to send information through the mail. Still others use social media. Whatever the strategy, marketing your company is priority one in today’s …

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