This issue of the magazine marks the end of a year no one ever imagined, including a global pandemic that led to a financial crisis. But Region businesses fought for their survival, especially those who earned E-Day awards.
The people of Northwest Indiana more than deserve Gov. Eric Holcomb’s designation as a 21st Century Talent Region. However, this designation does come with directives for keeping it.
Despite the pandemic, Northwest Indiana business owners and organizations were inspired to innovate during this unprecedented time. New leaders took the helms of companies; new products were launched; and people helped others during a great time of need.
Indiana is slowly reopening, but the road to recovery will not be easy. The key to how fast our economy gets back on track lies with our small business owners. They were among the hardest hit during the pandemic.
On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing the first Monday in September of each year as a national holiday—Labor Day. A day to celebrate the American worker.
As the Region charted unknown waters, many leaned on industry experts for advice to set a course toward the future, a few of whom share their guidance in this issue. We also share stories that highlight perseverance in the Region during a crisis.
Natalie Shrader, a partner at Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP, offers guidance on the law and keeping workers safe during a crisis. She says having a plan is key to navigating this crisis.
HR professional Cyndi Harbin says companies should create action plans for keeping employees safe as they return to the office from shelter-in-place orders.
Tim Anderson, principal at the Schererville office of CliftonLarsonAllen, says businesses are seeking financial experts to help navigate pandemic response programs and forecast the rest of 2020.
Benjamin Bochnowski, president and CEO of Munster-based Peoples Bank, says the pandemic-fueled financial crisis brings lessons in resilience, charity and community during difficult times.