Category: Current Issue

Great Economic Development Selling Points

TAKE THE TRAIN The South Shore Line expands its reach to Munster.

Northwest Indiana offers a host of attractive attributes.

by Michael Puente

On paper, Northwest Indiana has a lot going for it that other parts of Indiana simply don’t have.

That includes easy access to major highways, a well-trained workforce, an extensive rail system, regional airport and close proximity to the nation’s third-largest city: Chicago.

“We’ve got great assets. We’ve got access to the fifth-largest economy …

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Paco’s Custom Clothiers

aims to create the best handmade
garments in the country.

Quality lands thousands of customers across the country.

by Michael Puente

On August 17, 1999, Paco Fernandez resigned from his job at the Chicago clothing company where he had worked for 28 years.

At the time, the native of Tampico, Mexico was living in East Chicago.

He set out to start his own clothing company to take advantage of the knowledge and experience he had …

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Optimistic Climate

MEDICAL SPACE IN MISHAWAKA Demand for various types of commercial space is on the rise across St. Joseph and Elkhart counties.

Demand is high and the region’s attributes are attractive.

by Jacqueline Von Ogden

The state of the development in Northwest and Northern Indiana has, of course, had its peaks and valleys within the last decade. Remember 2009? Most want to forget it. We took the time to speak with leading commercial realtors who not only identified the latest developments but also told of the possibilities …

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Supporting Indiana Businesses

The state’s efforts to create a lot more “Companies to Watch.”

On August 27, a large audience of Hoosiers gathered in Indianapolis to honor the 2015 class of “Companies to Watch.” Presented by the State of Indiana and Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, this designation recognizes privately held Indiana businesses that have experienced exceptional growth and …

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Death and Taxes

There’s no reason that odd couple has to stay together.

Benjamin Franklin reminded us that nothing is certain except death and taxes, and history proves him right. However, there is no rational reason the two should be linked and in fact much progress has been made in taking the tax sting out of death.

Dead and buried

The Indiana inheritance tax was repealed effective 2013. …

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Keying Into Customer Needs

GOING MOBILE Banks and customers are embracing mobile deposits, online bill payment,
electronic person-to-person payments, online statements and other electronic services.

High-touch meets high-tech–personalization with less human interaction is keying into customer needs.

by Phil Britt

Over the past few years, banks have added mobile banking, enabling customers to deposit checks by taking pictures of them with smartphones. Banks have also extended their online banking offerings, so that customers can have more convenience to bank when and where they choose, and to take advantage of upgraded …

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Noteworthy News from Around the Region

Noteworthy news from around the region

by Jacqueline von Ogden


Kruggel Lawton CPAs is pleased to announce that Cindy Stammich has joined the firm as a staff accountant in their Business Accounting Services group. Stammich has more than 30 years of public accounting experience, with an extensive background in accounting and bookkeeping, monthly/quarterly/annual compilations, and QuickBooks. Originally from Osceola, Ind., Stammich earned her associate …

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Agents of Change

“FIGHTING FOR TALENT” Craig Menne is president for
General Insurance Services,
which helps employers craft
benefits packages to gain an edge in hiring top people.

Insurance pros are agents of change on the front lines of health care reform.

by Laurie Wink

Leading health insurance professionals in our region describe the Affordable Care Act as “overwhelming,” “complex,” “high stakes,” and “time consuming.” But they also say the health care reform legislation has been a boon to their business.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA)–referred to as Obamacare by its critics–was enacted …

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The Professionalism of Frank Gore

“GREAT LEADERSHIP” At age 32, Frank Gore of the
Indianapolis Colts is willing to do whatever he’s asked to do.

Colts sign veteran Pro Bowl player Frank Gore to build up the offense.

by Ben Smith

Frank Gore doesn’t really want to talk to you. Don’t take it personally.

Oratory is not generally a thing for NFL running backs, who traffic in the more elemental arts of collision and truckloads of hurt. And so, on this Friday back in September, Gore entered the Indianapolis Colts

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Attacking Cancer

Dan Archambeault, Senior Radiation Physicist, and Jodi Dauby, Chief Radiation Therapist
Using the Vision RT infrared guidance system to setup a patient to receive Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the Varian Truebeam linear accelerator

Technology boosts speed and accuracy of treatments.

by Laurie Wink

Area hospitals and medical practices are using leading-edge approaches to diagnose and treat cancer patients. By harnessing the power of the latest high-tech tools, physicians are significantly improving the speed and accuracy of cancer treatments and reducing the pain and discomfort of patients during medical procedures.

Cancer continues to be the second leading cause of …

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