Category: Winter 2013

Fixing the Infrastructure

Roads, rail and bridges help drive the region’s economy.

by Rick A. Richards

Indiana’s motto, Crossroads of America, makes it clear transportation isn’t taken lightly in the Hoosier state. Thanks to eight interstate highways–more than any other state–the idea of Indiana being the nation’s crossroads has been expanded by making Indiana a business destination.

But most Hoosiers take Indiana’s 11,000 miles of state and federal …

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Blurring the Lines

Credit unions offer alternatives to traditional banking.
by Michael Puente

When the great recession hit in 2008 and lasted through much of 2009, securing a loan through a traditional bank became more difficult, with stricter income guidelines and tougher collateral requirements as a way to reduce the risk of loans going unpaid.

That meant some customers were turned away when they tried to secure a …

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Meeting Planning Trends

Clients seek value, convenience, technology and green sensibilities.
by Lauren Caggiano

Like many aspects of life and business, the economic viability of downtowns across the area has a profound impact on the event and meeting planning industries. Meeting planners from Northern Indiana venues weigh in on trends in customer service, food and beverage service, technology and building relationships.

Green meetings The green factor and social

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The Social Media Search

New tools help job recruiters connect with the right candidates.
By Steve Kaelble

Where do you hear about a great new restaurant in town? Increasingly, through social media. Where do you share that goofy, captioned photo of a cat playing a piano? A social media site, of course. What’s the verdict on the new episode of “Downton Abbey”? Your friends on social media will no …

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Who’s Coming to Town in 2013?

by Shari Held

It’s too soon to tell if 2013 will be a breakout year, but there’s a lot going on in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area for 2013.

“We are optimistic about 2013, with convention and sports bookings ahead of this time last year for the upcoming year,” says Carolyne Wallace, director of sales for Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “Over the past 12 …

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It’s a Material World at TradeWinds

Not-for-profit manufacturer serves those with special needs.
by Kathy McKimmie

The coveralls worn by the sailor cleaning the deck of the Navy’s USS Enterprise are likely made at Gary’s TradeWinds Services, a regional not-for-profit serving children and adults with special needs for 45 years. For 25 of those years it has carved a niche in providing custom contract sewing services, primarily for the U.S. Department …

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Entrepreneurial Success

Setting an example with perseverance and hard work.
by Rick A. Richards

The 2012 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award recipients have one thing in common: Not one of them expected to be where they are today and none anticipated they would be held up as a mentor for others.

But when the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center named its 2012 recipients, each of the nine became …

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The Year Ahead

After a solid 2012, prepare for an eventful 2013 in the region.
by Mark Maassel

2012 was another great year and we are already building on those successes as we enter 2013. With a focus on boosting jobs and the quality of life, Northwest Indiana continues to make great strides toward our future. And the Northwest Indiana Forum and our partners are a significant part …

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Around the Region

Since our last issue in the fall, a lot has happened in Northwest Indiana’s business community. Here are a few bits of information from around the region on what has taken place:

BANKING
Michael J. Purcell has been appointed to the board of directors of American Savings, FSB in Munster. Purcell is president and owner of Perfection Cleaning in Munster. … American Savings, FSB in …

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Publisher’s Commentary

New Year, New Leadership

Here’s to more growth, more prosperity and a little less drama.

As I reflect on this past year, 2012 had some significant events that have impacted our state economy. The Super Bowl was a huge image boost for Indiana, though Indianapolis businesses were the biggest beneficiaries. The passage of the right-to-work law, with all of its political drama, was another. Those …

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