Category: Current Issue

Cooperation Not Competition

Alliance brings together Chicago region.

The relationship between Northwest Indiana and the Greater Chicago area has often been described as a love-hate relationship. We love the proximity and the jobs provided for Hoosiers, but the state line has often seemed to be a barrier to collaboration.

A landmark study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2012 analyzed the economic interdependence between …

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Pioneer Packaging

PALLETS AND MUCH MORE For Susan and Wade Kohler, the business of making
pallets has led to warehousing, wholesaling, trailer rental, contract manufacturing,
and creation of livestock bedding made of ground-up wood scraps.

Service and ingenuity are the keys to this pallet manufacturer’s growth.

Entrepreneurs know to always be listening so they’ll hear when opportunity knocks. What about when an opportunity goes “moo”?

Yes, Wade and Susan Kohler of Pioneer Packaging answered that opportunity, too, when they got into the business of livestock bedding. It’s a perfect–but not necessarily obvious–complement to their primary business of making and delivering …

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Legal Liability Checklist

A checklist for reducing the risk of liability.

The New Year presents a great opportunity for small business owners to review their operations and implement procedures to reduce the risk of liability for the coming year. Business owners face the risk of liability on many fronts, whether from transactions with customers, government regulation, or claims from employees.

The most efficient way to address legal liability …

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Practice Makes Perfect


The Pacers’ Glenn Robinson has a powerful work ethic.

by Ben Smith

Practice is long minutes over for the Indiana Pacers this warmish December afternoon, but still the shots are going up out there, rising and falling in flawless net-rustling arcs. Glenn Robinson III, a young man with a ringing Hoosier name and a profile you have seen before, is working on his craft. It …

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Building a Healthy Future

movement in the construction industry suggests that the region is poised for a healthy future.

Region’s construction projects are a sign of economic health.

by Lauren Caggiano

The construction industry is one of the prime factors and drivers of economic growth. It is not an exaggeration to say that significant movement in the construction industry is an indicator of the economic health. And if the amount of new commercial construction projects in Northwest Indiana is any indication, the region is …

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Posted in Construction, Current Issue, Real Estate, Winter 2016 | Leave a comment

Girls and Paint

CHANGING THE WORLD Norma Williams has a huge heart for helping others.

Non-profit changes lives by teaching business and painting skills.

by Lauren Caggiano

Everyone has the power to change the world for the better if they try. That’s the mantra Norma Williams embraces in her personal and business life.

The entrepreneur currently operates a successful residential and commercial painting business, Excellence By Design, which celebrated its tenth year in 2015. But it’s not just about making …

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Buzz Points

Loyalty program benefits financial institutions, merchants, members.

by Phil Britt

Financial institutions and local retailers and restaurants alike find themselves competing with much larger national companies for customers.

For the local financial institutions, the need to attract and retain customers has never been more critical. The largest banks in the country control half of the financial industry’s $15 trillion in assets.

In order to gain …

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A New Convention Center

CENTURY CENTER South Bend’s convention center is a regional economic magnet.

Is the region ready, and can leaders make it happen?

by Jerry Davich

Is Northwest Indiana ripe for a new, modern convention center, or is our region too rife with narrow-minded parochialism and political shortsightedness to finally pull it off? As with most long-term, big-scale projects in this contentious corner of the state, it depends which officials you ask.

“For the first time in my …

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Finding Skilled Workers


The economy is strong, but manufacturers are having trouble filling jobs.

by Steve Kaelble

Indiana’s jobless rate as 2015 wound down was holding steady at 4.4 percent. That’s as low as it has been in a decade and a half, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

That’s fantastic news, right? All in all, it’s a good sign for the workers of Indiana, a …

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Arts Update


Upcoming events in Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend.

Northwest Indiana
by John Cain

Theatre at the Center kicks off the 2016 season with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” February 18-March 20. Adapted from the 1935 film and 1915 novel by John Buchan, this thrilling comedy has been a hit on Broadway and the West End. The story follows Englishman Richard Hannay, who inadvertently embarks …

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