Category: Current Issue

A Special Place

Gary’s U.S. Steel Yard, home of the RailCats, where a child’s game is a way of life.

by Ben Smith

Dreams are not born here, not in this small gem of brick and wrought-iron, not in this lovely green space springing up in the lee of toll roads and train tracks and belching smokestacks. Dreams don’t even grow to manhood here.

What they do is …

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The Brains for Business

Campuses taking the lead in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

by Shari Held

Education and entrepreneurship. It’s a winning combination that’s only going to become more prominent in years to come. Institutions of higher education are teaching students the skills they need to start their own small businesses so they earn a livelihood or maybe even become millionaires (think Mark Zuckerberg). And more important, their innovations …

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Hoosier Spring Co.

SBA recognizes Mike Suth as Indiana Small Business Person of the Year.

by Jerry Davich

Regardless of topic surrounding his family’s award-winning, third-generation business, Greg Suth always springs back to his father. “My dad was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and work next to his employees, grinding, deburring and inspecting our products,” Suth says proudly. “He’d remind us that to be successful in …

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“Open for Business”

Businesses that had been on the sidelines are ready to expand or relocate and the region is ready.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

When Urschel Laboratories decided it needed to construct a new corporate campus with a manufacturing plant, the Valparaiso-based company embarked on an extensive search for a location. Urschel needed to find the right community, the right region and the right site to position …

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Little City By the Lake

Whiting celebrates its 125th year with a long list of big plans.

by Michael Puente

The great city planner Daniel Burnham once said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”

Burnham was referring to the big city of Chicago, but his words could easily be applied to the “Little City by the Lake,” Whiting, Indiana.

Just a couple of miles …

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Safe Haven

Properly insuring your business is a matter of thinking the unthinkable.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

None of us would buy insurance if we didn’t have to. Insurance agents acknowledge this and consumers admit it. And when it’s time to consider coverage, we are bombarded and barraged with advertisements that feature catchy slogans, memorable mascots or singsong jingles and promises of service and savings.

When someone …

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Accomplished Women

Meet some of the leaders of the region’s community foundations.

by Jane Bokun

As a woman with a lot of responsibility, Barb Young heads up the Porter County Foundation, which gives out more than $1 million in grants each year.

She began her career as a volunteer for Porter County and has been affiliated with the foundation since its inception. She assumed the role of …

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The Personal Touch

Call pioneers an automated way to keep patients from returning to the hospital.

by Shari Held

Launched in 2003, HealthCall LLC has successfully transitioned from a fledgling startup, operating on unchartered waters, to an industry leader in automated health care communications. For the past three years it has grown at a rate of 20 percent year-over-year. Located in the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana, …

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Publisher’s Note – Summer 2014

Changes Bring Opportunities

The region’s businesses, such as HealthCall, innovate and thrive.

The health care industry, like it or not, has been greatly impacted by the Affordable Care Act. And with the ongoing changes, opportunities grow for aspiring entrepreneurs, such as Dan Hayes, whose HealthCall LLC creates software products designed to help contain costs and reduce errors. Hayes shares his story about how this all …

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Arts Calendar

A varied menu of music, art and theater, including lots of free offerings.

by John Cain

The Northwest Indiana Symphony continues its South Shore Summer Music Festival with free concerts, sponsored by Strack & Van Til and JPMorgan Chase, at Central Park in Griffith on July 25, Franciscan Communities in Crown Point on July 26, Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond on August 1 and Redar …

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