Summer 2013 Archives • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Around the Region

Businesses in Northwest Indiana have been quite busy since our last issue. Here’s a bit of what they’ve been up to. ACCOUNTING Erin Heldstab has been named marketing director for the South Bend accounting firm of Kruggel, Lawton & Company LLC. She is responsible for developing and overseeing core marketing communications for the firm. … […]

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Prompt Ambulance Service

Family-owned company provides quality service in changing environments. by Michael Puente Do the math and you’ll find that husband and wife duo Gary and Shar Miller have operated Prompt Ambulance Service for the last 15 years. In fact, the Millers say the family-owned company started in July 1998. Over that time, the couple has seen

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Leaders as Heroes

Honoring “founders, risk-takers and doers who make things happen.” by Jerry Davich Amid rousing applause and thumping music, 22 finalists were introduced recently at the second annual Leaders as Heroes South Shore Leadership Awards. The event at Avalon Manor in Merrillville reflected a wedding reception theme, with award winners strutting, strolling and sashaying into the

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Business of Nature

An investment in the environment can also be a good investment in business. by Chip Sutton and Ryan Anderson Wildfires once ran unchecked through Northwest Indiana’s landscape. Early settlers in Jasper County chronicled “the grand illuminations nightly exhibited in dry weather, from early fall to late spring, by numberless prairie fires. The whole horizon would

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Catching the Fever

WNBA’s reigning champs reach out to find fans. by Rick A. Richards The Women’s National Basketball Association is filled with remarkable athletes–the best in the world at what they do–and stellar competition. But when it comes to player salaries, television viewers and marketing prowess, the WNBA lags far behind the NBA. Julie Graue, vice president

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Legal Q&A

Indiana attorneys tackled common business law questions. by Jacqueline von Ogden Signing contracts. Taking your business online. Sorting through employees’ legally mandated time off. Filing I-9 forms properly. Understanding copyright law. There are plenty of legal pitfalls for businesses out there. It’s better to be in the know before a legal problem arises, rather than

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Andrew Berlin

South Bend Silver Hawks owner makes dreams come true (including his own). by Steve Kaelble “My father used to take me to a lot of White Sox games,” Andrew Berlin recalls. Yes, the family lived closer to Wrigley Field, but back in those days, the only Chicago ballpark with lights was Comiskey Park, and because

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Leading With Optimism

A tale of three mayors in three cities. by Jerry Davich Three innovative Northwest Indiana mayors. Three vastly different cities. Yet three similar strategies to address their unique yet ubiquitous challenges. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and Portage Mayor James Snyder are fast friends who share a personality trait that shines through

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Beware the Hack Attack

Small businesses are especially vulnerable to data theft. by Rich Shields In today’s society, it is imperative to stay up-to-date with all the latest technology changes and buzzwords, e.g., cloud, managed services, BYOD, bandwidth, security, etc. However, what can we do to ensure we are secure as businesses, consumers and individuals? Phishing and online scams

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The End of the Refinery Project

The construction jobs have been welcome. What happens when they go away? by Jacqueline von Ogden The talk on the streets regarding the BP Whiting Refinery Modernization Project (WRMP) wrap-up ranges from gloom…to doom. The huge project has been an economic blessing at a very opportune time, providing a wealth of construction work, but all

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