Category: Current Issue

Borrowing Online

Choose carefully when deciding on a lending source.

In today’s world, small business owners have increasing demands put on their time from customers, employees and suppliers. Because of this, they are constantly in search of ways to be efficient with their time to accomplish more each workday.

One way that business owners save time and increase efficiency is through the use of online business services. …

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Posted in Banking, Current Issue, Finance, Summer 2016 | Leave a comment

Thinking Differently

Innovation isn’t just an “out of the box” mindset.

Thinking Differently! If you think differently, you will act differently. You will innovate.

Leaders like George Douglas, Indiana Beverage, and Cindy Hedge, Center of Creative Solutions, are among those who embrace this Applesque concept when approaching challenges to the marketplace. Indeed, they helped shape it.

This approach to problem solving isn’t just another variation of “out …

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Inbound Marketing

The digital age ushers in cost-effective concepts.

The times have changed, the digital age has taken over, and society now has a whole new format for receiving information. The digital age has altered the landscape of how marketers advertise and communicate brands for a more enhanced customer response to the buying process.

Thanks to the Google age, businesses are now dealing with a more educated, …

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James Muhammad

RISING STAR James A. Muhammad
joined Lakeshore Public Media as
president and CEO in 2013.

James Muhammadhelps Lakeshore Public Media cut debt, add programming.

by Barbara Eastman

James A. Muhammad, president and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media (LPM), grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He went to Stillman College on a choral music scholarship and traveled the country performing with the college choir, but majored in communications.

His parents were fans of public radio and television and Muhammad says, “They …

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Minor League Major Fun

“BEAUTIFUL BALLPARK” The 8,100-capacity Parkview Field is home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Amenities-packed ballparks draw lots of fans and families.

by Ben Smith

He’s a Fort Wayne guy, but he’s seen nothing like this. On this blue June evening he leans on the railing and looks out across an expanse of billiard-table green, looks at the players soft-tossing and the fans filling up the concourse and reserved seating and outdoor cafes beyond left field. And something almost …

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RV Industry Resurgence

“PEOPLE WITH KNOW-HOW”
Bill Fenech, Ron Fenech and Don Clark
founded Middlebury-based Grand Design
RV in 2011, citing a high level of confidence
in the industry, the local economy and the
skills of the local workforce.

Economics and demographics are aligning to propel the industry.

by Lauren Caggiano

The recreational vehicle (RV) industry is robust and poised for a bright future, according to several industry stakeholders in Elkhart County and beyond.

RV dealer sales are one way to track the RV market. Pam Argostino is the general manager/president of Camp-Land RV, a large family-owned RV dealership serving the Northwest Indiana-Chicago area …

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Posted in Business, Current Issue, Regional News, Summer 2016 | Leave a comment

Creating an Ethical Culture

“SOMETIMES STANDING BEHIND YOUR ETHICS ISN’T EASY” Ed Keleher is
a counselor in Valparaiso University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Trying to make the world a better place, in the workplace and in public service.

by Laurie Wink

In our highly competitive, hurry-up world, we face a continuous barrage of TV news, social media blasts and viral videos with freely shared opinions that can spark conflicts. In response to growing evidence of bad behavior, some area business, government and education leaders are encouraging civility and …

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Posted in Business, Current Issue, Making a Difference, Summer 2016 | Leave a comment

Getting IT Right

“PLANNING, PROTECTING, IMPROVING AND UNDERSTANDING IT” Stephen Massa
is senior partner for Golden Tech, which has offices in South Bend and Valparaiso.

Getting IT right. Small businesses gain top-notch tech solutions with outside expertise.

by Jerry Davich

It all started in the early 1980s for Jeremy Carnahan, with a Tandy 1000 SX that his parents bought for their Shell service station.

While spending plenty of time drawing pictures in the paint program, found within DeskMate, he also learned everything possible about the files on the MS-DOS boot …

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Enterprising Women at the Helm

“ CALCULATED RISKTAKING”
Heather Chik
is a licensed clinical
psychologist, as well as
owner and director of the Anxiety & OCD Behavioral
Health Center.

Enterprising women at the helm. Advice from women leaders who cleared the glass ceiling.

by Jerry Davich

Lynne Rehmel’s career wheels first hit the road 35 years ago.

She has been involved in every aspect of the transportation business, from customer service and sales to safety director, terminal supervisor and operations manager.

“As a new transportation carrier, it is very difficult to get started in …

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Celebrating History

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore hits its 50th this
year, as the state turns 200 and the state park system celebrates a century.

Officials look to landmark birthdays to ignite tourism industry.

by Lesly Bailey

Let the celebrations begin! Officials are looking to milestone anniversaries to further spark the tourism industry, ignite local residents’ interest and build momentum for years to come.

The big blowout is the state of Indiana’s bicentennial, which includes bison and a torch relay, while the state and national park systems are celebrating 100 …

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