What better way to end a year and launch a new one but with a celebration of successes!
In this issue, the 2021 Entrepreneurial Excellence (E-Day) Award winners overcame hurdles to end the year strong. Behind the scenes, the Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest found five unique Region-originated efforts, which likely will have a broader impact beyond our borders.
From experts we learned the importance of succession planning and how accountants can do more than filing taxes and bookkeeping.
Workforce shortages are happening everywhere, but training and setting a career path helps with recruitment and retention. Mental well-being of a workforce and ensuring resources are available to help has become a top priority.
Laughter is the best medicine for one Region leader. And thanks to organizations, including the Crown Point Community Foundation, funding is available to groups that aid residents.
And another achievement, the spotlight is on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which just elected its first female tribal chair. We hope you enjoy this issue!
— Larry Avila, managing editor