The year 2020 has been one unlike any other in recent history. While the pandemic has altered every facet of daily life, people have found ways to move forward. The crisis inspired innovations among small business owners as well as organizations. Manufacturers explored new avenues for automation. Local tax professionals helped small businesses navigate the long-term implications of quickly provided government assistance. The building and design industry revisited development projects in the works to accommodate requests for social distancing, and improve safety for workers and clients. As businesses found ways to continue operating, for many it was business as usual, including the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. It hit its 50-year milestone this year. New leaders took over at Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and the University of Saint Francis. The pandemic inspired the launching of a new manufacturing company in Rensselaer, which makes personal protective equipment. And a new initiative in Gary is providing jobs and a service to clean up the city. Enjoy the magazine!