Building a Healthy Future

DRIVER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH Significant
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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Posted in Business, Current Issue, Winter 2016 | Leave a comment

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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Posted in Banking, Business, Current Issue, Finance, Winter 2016 | Leave a comment