August-September 2020 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

August-September 2020

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine August-September 2020 issue.

August-September 2020 issue

In this issue

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.

Mitch Frazier

Around the Region

Learn about people and companies making a difference at work and in their communities, including Mitch Frazier who recently was named CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, the organization that oversees the advancement of the agbioscience sector in the state.

Banks help businesses during pandemic

Bankers to the rescue

Lenders say relationships key to helping small businesses survive pandemic’s economic worst. With rules in constant flux for the SBA program, lenders burned the midnight oil to learn how to get funds to clients.

Businesses adapt

Creative survival during crisis

Northwest Indiana businesses found ways to adapt during COVID-19 virus shelter-in-place orders, and kept up with increased demand for shields and other protective supplies. Many companies also made changes to keep employees and customers safe.

Caucasian female doctor delivering telemedicine consultation to a patient

Healthier insurance enrollment

Experts say clients are concerned about the health insurance renewal process that will hinge on flexibility in plans and care options. Companies must think outside the box to make more informed decisions and avoid getting blindsided.

UPS at Gary/Chicago International Airport

Region invests in global reach

Northwest Indiana companies expect growth in overseas business with improved infrastructure and the help of state grants. In 2018, Indiana exported a record $39.3 billion of made-in-America goods to the world, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Pierogi Fest canceled

Find the fun in eventless summer

Leaders help communities cope with cancellations of large gatherings, including festivals, but also find alternatives to bringing people together. Organizers of Pierogi Fest, among others, say the uncertainty of the pandemic led to their decisions.

Natalie Shrader

‘Protective efforts’ in 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.

Cyndi Harbin

HR leads return to office

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

CPAs point to better future

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.

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