Category: Current Issue

Seeing a Need

Nick Popovich quietly spreads donations across the region.

by Jerry Davich

Nick Popovich and his staff of aircraft specialists have repossessed hundreds of luxury jets and high-priced airplanes the past three decades. But the high-flying philanthropy behind his Valparaiso-based firm, Sage-Popovich Inc., often takes place away from the public’s radar.

The exhaustive list of groups, nonprofits and organizations to which Sage-Popovich has given monetary donations …

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Real Estate Comeback

Commercial construction is on a roll.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

When Tim Healy started work for Holladay Properties in 2000, the South Bend-based company had nothing going on in Northwest Indiana. It was just him, a trailer and 386 acres of vacant land Holladay had purchased from Bethlehem Steel. Healy had his work cut out for him.

Holladay wanted this site to rival the strongest …

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An Alternative to “No”

With loans and advice, Accion Chicago helps borrowers succeed.

by Shari Held

This year Accion Chicago, a non-profit microlender affiliated with Accion International, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. And the thousands of underserved, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners the lender has helped over the years are celebrating right along with Accion. That includes clients from seven Northwest Indiana counties–Lake, Porter, Jasper, LaPorte, Newton, Pulaski …

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Spotlighting Innovation

A look at the annual honorees of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.

by Jerry Davich

Innovation. It can be sparked by serendipity, discovered by risk-takers or fueled by fear. It often manifests itself through a new idea, novel device or reinvented process. And it takes place each day in Northwest Indiana at the intersection of imagination and problem-solving.

Innovation can be powered by …

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Publisher’s Note – Fall 2014

Innovations Everywhere

The region’s big thinkers open doors to the future.

Northwest Indiana is an excellent place to make things, as is the state as a whole, but our excellence in manufacturing sometimes overshadows our area’s brilliance when it comes to not just making but creating and innovating. The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, now in its 10th year, exists to shine the …

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