Category: Current Issue

Slam Dunk Turnaround

WINNING CLOSE TO HOME Nicki Monahan was a basketball star
at Portage High School when she was recruited by Ryan Shelton,
the women’s basketball coach at Indiana University Northwest.

A fast rebuild for the IU Northwest women’s basketball program.

By Ben Smith

History and home. That’s what Nicki Monahan saw when Ryan Shelton came calling.

She was a basketball star at Portage High School who was a self-professed “family kind of gal” and so, when she was recruited by Shelton, the women’s basketball coach at Indiana University Northwest (IUN)–12 miles down the road–the appeal …

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Things to Do and See

Things to Do and See

An update on arts and entertainment options across the region.

Northwest Indiana

by John Cain

South Shore Arts presents “Motown vs. Chi-Town: The Indiana Connection,” November 13 through January 29, 2017. More than an exhibit, “Motown vs. Chi-Town” is a cultural event and historical survey from the Chicago Blues Museum that traces the Chicago music scene of the 1950s through 1970s. Featured installations will include …

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Dust Furniture

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Furniture is ‘functional art on a human scale.’

by Barbara Eastman

Dust & Ashes Productions Inc. is a Valparaiso-based custom furniture and home accessories company owned by Vincent and Jessie Leman. They founded the company in 2005, before they were married, and have spent the last 11 years growing the business.

Growing up on a farm in the tiny hamlet of Francesville, Ind. (population 1000), …

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Jeff Strack

“PUT THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE FIRST” Jeff Strack started as a stock boy and is now
president and CEO of Strack & Van Til, the grocery chain his grandfather cofounded.

Leader of Strack & Van Til started as a stock boy and bagger.

by Barbara Eastman

One of Jeff Strack’s fondest childhood memories is going to visit the grocery store founded in 1959 by his German-born grandfather, Ernie Strack, and his partner, Nick Van Til. Jeff’s dad worked in the business and started bringing Jeff to the store before Jeff was in grade school.

Jeff …

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Executive Gift Guide

TASTY OLIVE OIL CO. Oils of many varieties, plus vinegars and specialty products to fill a gift basket.

by Lesly Bailey

‘Tis the season to start holiday shopping! This year’s executive gift guide spotlights small businesses throughout the region and the unique products and services only they could offer. With Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26, mark your calendars to shop local and help the entrepreneurial community continue to flourish.

For Her

For the fashion-ista

Seasons on the Square–Owner Donna Phelps stocks …

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Shaping the Next Decade

Innovators will ensure a prosperous third century for Indiana.

Governor Mike Pence and Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb sent a clear message on Indiana’s commitment to strengthening and accelerating Hoosier innovation earlier this summer. When they announced the state’s plan to invest $1 billion in Hoosier innovation and entrepreneurship over the next 10 years, they showcased Indiana’s dedication to building our strategic partnerships across the state. …

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Social Media Best Practices

It’s a great marketing tool, but it’s also a source of significant risk.

For most companies, social media is a cheap, effective marketing tool, which is easy to access, manipulate and maintain. But social media traits that benefit companies can also expose them to a myriad of legal risks.

* Ensuring Your Company Owns and Controls its Social Media Accounts–Some companies entrust their social …

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Standard Operating Procedure

GOING BEYOND LAPAROSCOPY Douglas Dedelow, DO, with St. Mary Medical Center,
says robotic surgical techniques allow more surgeons to accomplish more things.

The future is now with advancements in robotic surgery.

by Laurie Wink

John Lynam, DO, had little exposure to robotic surgery during his urology residency. When he started his practice with Porter Physician Group in 2011, it was cutting edge technology.

“Over the next couple of years, it went from a new, cutting edge thing to almost a standard of care,” Lynam says. “What used …

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Green In More Ways Than One

A SOLAR REVOLUTION According to TJ Kanczuzewski of Inovateus Solar, solar energy is
gaining prominence as a power source in both residential and commercial development.

More and more people cashing in on the benefits of clean energy.

by Michael Puente

In 2007, TJ Kanczuzewski had an idea while working for his dad’s 2-year-old company, Inovateus Development.

The South Bend based company deals with small commercial and residential developments with a sustainability focus, including the use of solar energy.

“My father, Tom, saw there was a huge opportunity to transition …

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Economic Renaissance

ANOTHER 150 JOBS Monosol, a global leader in the manufacture of watersoluble
films, opened a new $95 million manufacturing facility in Portage.

Cooperative economic-development efforts are bearing fruit.

by Laurie Wink

Recent ribbon cuttings at manufacturing facilities across the region are signaling an economic renaissance in what was once considered the rustbelt.

Key economic development professionals, business leaders and elected officials at local, state and federal levels are joining forces–across affiliations and party lines–to promote the region as vibrant and full of opportunity for companies looking to …

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