Spring 2015 Archives • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Spring 2015


Spotlighting the Best in Business Check out our readers’ picks, along with other award winners. Welcome to our spring issue, as we again recognize the “best in business,” voted by hundreds of readers in Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend. We thank you for voting, and applaud this year’s recipients. Our small business focus this […]


Social Media Marketing

This tool is far too important to leave in the hands of the inexperienced. by Laurie Wink Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest. In today’s competitive marketplace, these social media tools are helping businesses boost visibility, enhance credibility and attract customers. To the uninitiated, the strange names can be intimidating, frustrating and overwhelming. Northwest Indiana

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Drivers for Change

Salute to Business winners have a big impact on the South Bend area. by Heidi Prescott Wieneke A South Bend native who holds a doctorate in neuroscience. A tireless champion of women. A distinguished leader in health care. A family entertainment center owner. The recipients of the 2015 Salute to Business awards in St. Joseph

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A Solid Plan

A Solid Plan Call in the experts to prepare for transferring company ownership. by Jerry Davich Grant DeNormandie never dreamed of transferring ownership of his beloved business after investing more than a half-century of love, sweat and tears into it. At age 72, he is just now undergoing the arduous process of a business succession

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High-Wage Jobs Are Out There

What does it take to qualify, and how is the region preparing workers? by Laurie Wink Northwest Indiana’s economic development is closely aligned with availability of a qualified, motivated workforce. Success is a matter of fitting the right people into the right slots. But as anyone knows who’s tried to complete a complex jigsaw puzzle,

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High Achievers Under 40

Younger generation making a mark on the corporate landscape. by Jerry Davich A handful of relatively young entrepreneurs is changing the corporate landscape in Northwest Indiana with ideas, inventions and out-of-box thinking. They’re known for their innovative minds in an ever-evolving, technology-savvy business world. Here are their stories. Guy Rhodes Since the age of 5,

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The Executive Home

Today’s buyers want green features, open floor plans and big master suites. by Jane Bokun You might think today’s executives are only looking for mega-mansions in hyper-exclusive communities, and in some cases, you would be right. But, not in the case of Northwest Indiana, according to Gary Green, owner of Wagner Homes. Green says executives

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Designing a Home Office

Options vary greatly, depending on occupation and personal tastes. by Jane Bokun When it came to working at home, I’ll admit it. I was afraid of the freedom. I needed an angry supervisor and a rudimentary desk, combined with coworkers who talked about the same things throughout the day. You could say the freedom of

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