Category: Current Issue

Adding Fuel

New team brings professional hockey back to Indy.

by Ben Smith

Five days before Christmas, and no peace on earth this night.

Instead, there is only a scoreboard tilted against them again, and a flat crack echoing off the cinderblock walls of this narrow hallway outside the visitor’s dressing room in Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. The Indy Fuel of the ECHL, …

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New Ways to Pay

Mobile payment technologies nearly ready for prime time.

by Phil Britt

Consumers enter 2015 with a new payment option at some retailers–a mobile wallet that enables users to pay with their phone rather than swiping a credit or debit card, writing a check or using cash–but this alternate payment method is still in its very embryonic stages.

Apple Pay, available on the iPhone 6 and …

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Posted in Banking, Business, Current Issue, Finance, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

Give Prompt Notice of Claims

Tell liability insurance company of claims or suits ASAP.

by David L. Simmons, J.D.

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently underscored the importance of giving prompt notice of an insurance claim in the case of Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. Maplehurst Farms, Inc., 18 N.E.3d 311 (Ind. App., 2014). This case involved losses incurred by Maplehurst as a result of environmental contamination caused by …

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The Business of Making Things

Industrial employment is sluggish, but the region remains a great place for manufacturing.

by Jerry Davich

For more than a century, Northwest Indiana and manufacturing have gone together like steel mills and smokestacks. But slow economic growth, slashed wages and the loss of good-paying production jobs in 2014 has kicked another dent in the chugging industry.

“Since 1990, the region has lost almost 50 …

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Time to be Fit

Execs schedule their fitness activities, and hold to the schedule.

by Jerry Davich

Like so many busy executives in today’s global business world, Miche Grant pumps out 12-hour workdays either in her office, via remote means or somewhere in between.

Over the past 20 years, Grant has worked in 28 countries while raising children, earning higher-education degrees and supporting her extended family.

“Yes, I do …

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It’s Gary’s Time

Not-for-profit offers hope and opportunities for ex-offenders.

by Jerry Davich

Roger Hayward had just returned home from another drunken bender.

He forgot about his dog left alone in the apartment for three days. He came back to a sobering mess. His poor dog defecated all over his home and urinated on his pillow.

“I got mad, really mad,” Hayward recalls of that day in Pennsylvania …

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Posted in Business, Current Issue, Making a Difference, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

Business is Building

Construction industry is expecting a strong 2015.

by Phil Britt

Construction in Northwest Indiana is expected to continue to be strong in 2015, according to executives from major building companies in the area.

All have significant projects that are in various phases of completion and have strong orders on the books for 2015 and the beginning of 2016, they say, admitting that attempting to forecast …

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Posted in Business, Commercial Real Estate, Construction, Current Issue, Economic Development, Real Estate, Winter 2015 | Leave a comment

More Jobs and Improvement

Indiana should surpass the nation in GDP and income growth.

by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.

As 2014 wrapped up, economic growth for the first three quarters was 2.3 percent. This is close to the 2 percent growth I predicted a year earlier. Growth in the third quarter showed a marked improvement from the 1.2 percent growth over the first half of the year, which included …

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Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden

BANKING
Nick Matthews has joined Centier Bank as assistant vice president of business banking. Matthews services commercial loans throughout the Elkhart, South Bend and Mishawaka region and joins Centier as a seasoned banker with experience in commercial banking and commercial credit … Jim Pinarski has joined Centier Bank’s new Elkhart branch as bank officer and branch manager. Pinarski, a graduate of …

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Who’s Coming to Town?

Meetings and conventions in Northern Indiana in 2015.

by Shari Held

2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the tourism and event industry and Northwest Indiana is reaping its fair share of the business.

“Naturally we are thrilled to see an upturn in the tourism and event industry,” says Carolyne Wallace, director of sales, Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “Encouraged by the significant …

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