April-May 2019 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

April-May 2019

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine April-May 2019 issue.

Troy Linker

Taking stock

Recognizing excellence in Region’s thriving business community Each spring the magazine is honored to shine a light on many of the outstanding businesses in our Region with our Best of Business awards. Too often we only notice what isn’t working or what could be better in our Region. It is important to be self-aware and …

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Jolanta Moore

Around the Region

Learn about people, companies making difference at work and in their communities Accounting Jolanta Moore, a certified public accountant, on Jan. 1 was named partner in the Munster-based accounting firm of McMahon & Associates CPA, P.C. Moore also is chairperson of the firm’s accounting and auditing department. Kruggel Lawton CPAs recently promoted staff accountant Alex …

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Geisen Funeral Homes

Be smart, plan for what’s next

Experts say best succession plans prepared in advance, not out of last-minute necessity or tragedy Mylese Tucker never considered having a succession plan for her business, Nature’s Cupboard, until she served on the board of the Independent Natural Foods Retailer Association. One of the group’s first strategic goals was to implement a succession plan. “We …

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Gary/Chicago International Airport runway project

Firms display best work online

Construction and engineering companies say website portfolios useful tool for attracting future business Building projects frequently present unique challenges on the long road to completion. When success is achieved, Region construction and engineering firms highlight their best projects on their websites. There they describe the specific challenges presented and the innovative solutions they developed. The …

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Region’s theater community thriving

Industry leaders offer innovative programs to keep local audiences flocking to area venues The magic of live theater continues to mesmerize audiences—from large to small—across the Region. Whether it’s in a more intimate venue or in an almost 100-year-old historic landmark, community members are falling under the spell of stages filled with music, comedy or …

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Astronaut Jerry Ross and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

Out & about in Northwest Indiana

One small step, one giant leap The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a space-themed concert in May. It will feature the Symphony Chorus and retired astronaut and Crown Point-native Col. Jerry Ross. Cinema and symphony meet as videos and photos from the historic 1969 moon landing accompany …

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Out & about in greater South Bend

Jazz jam session at Merrimans’ Merrimans’ Playhouse in South Bend recently transitioned into a 501c(3) organization. It operates as a nonprofit, but the day-to-day operations aren’t affected. Owners Stephen and Mary Merriman host an open jazz jam session every Tuesday night. They also regularly host national and international touring jazz ensembles. On April 17, it’s …

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Terry Velligan

Executive leads healthy life

Cline Avenue Bridge project manager says staying active helps social life too During the day, Terry Velligan oversees the $140 million rebuilding of the Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago. United Bridge Partners and Cline Avenue Bridge LLC will own the new toll bridge. “We’re about halfway complete,” said Velligan, general manager of operations on …

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BUNs Soapbox run by former nurse

Dream becomes reality

Former nurse turning soap-making hobby into so much more with line of goat’s milk products Jamie Fankhauser never thought about starting her own business. But in 2017 while fighting a life-threatening illness, she started to think about life’s possibilities. Now the Valparaiso entrepreneur looks to the future, which could include additional store fronts and a …

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