Spring 2012 Archives • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

A Successful State of Mind

Salon and spa owner fashions an attractive business story. by Rick A. Richards Keeping up with Patti Kobe isn’t easy. She drives herself hard to succeed and the growth of her salon and spa business offers plenty of proof that her formula of pushing herself to the limit is paying dividends. After working as a […]

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Salute to Business

Success isn’t just a matter of sales and profits. These standouts are committed to helping their communities succeed, too. by Bob Kronemyer Investing generous time and creative resources to help make their community a better place to work and live is a common thread among the six major winners of the “Salute to Business” competition,

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Divorce Flu?

The timing of business valuation is important. When a business owner divorces in Indiana, the business is most often inventoried as a marital asset, and must be valued for purposes of equitable distribution between husband and wife. The date of valuation can be a critical issue. Indiana uses the date of filing as the date

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Songs and Sculptures

“Glee” meets the symphony, sculptors hit the street. by John Cain Top-level local talent! Smash Broadway hits! Popular contemporary songs! The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Kirk Muspratt present “South Shore Glee!” on Thursday evening, May 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Featuring talent galore from area schools,

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A Lasting Legacy

Largest estate gift funds St. Joseph’s College scholarships. by Michael Puente For two years beginning in 2008, Maureen Egan provided vital information about St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer to a complete stranger. She had no idea what this person was going to do with the information or to whom they were going to pass the

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Pre-Employment Screening

Reduce costs and boost productivity, retention and morale. Test. Just the word may make your palms a little sweaty. But employers have no need to sweat over pre-employment tests. This is a test you want as a strategic part of your hiring process. Employers face a number of human-resource challenges, a number of reasons to

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From Scratch or From Franchise?

It’s easy to pick a new business winner when you choose to franchise. But you may have to check your creativity at the door. by Michael Puente Tyler Carter and Lindsay Dudzik are young, ambitious and relatively new owners of businesses. But both took different routes in earning that distinguished title of business owner. The

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Cubs vs. Sox

Chicago teams playing ball with fresh leadership and rosters. by Rick A. Richards There are barely 10 miles between Wrigley Field where the Cubs play on Chicago’s north side and Cellular One Field on the city’s south side where the White Sox play. Somewhere between is an invisible boundary that separates fans from both teams.

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Healthy Employees

Wellness programs benefit workers and employers alike. by Rick A. Richards It’s hard to find any disagreement with the idea that proper exercise and the right diet can do wonders, and it’s a formula Northwest Indiana companies are embracing for their workers. A growing number of companies are finding that encouraging workers to stay fit

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