Fall 2017 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Fall 2017

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine Fall 2017 issue.

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Innovation Fuels Growth

Look for innovations in your business We strive to cover innovation in every issue of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly, but our Fall issue is extra special as we profile the creative and talented individuals and teams honored by the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. The society honors five individuals in this it’s thirteenth year. …

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Around the Region

Stay current with local people, news and events Banking Michelle Anderson has been promoted to mortgage loan originator at First Financial. Anderson, a graduate of Purdue University, has served as a banking center manager with First Financial for more than 15 years… Horizon Bank announced the appointment of Mark Ritzi as market president for Porter …

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Northwest Indiana Innovators

Innovation is invention on steroids and a catalyst for growth The word “innovation” was once hurled as an expletive, not enshrouded with reverence. A transformation began during the Industrial Revolution, when “innovation” began marching in progressive lockstep with “industry” and “science.” Today, think of innovation as an invention on steroids, the act of introducing something …

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Majestic Star recently opened its new Majestic Chop House, part of non-gaming expansions it hopes will boost attendance.

Region Casino Gaming

Not just gambling, but dining, shopping and entertainment too Next year, Indiana casinos will see big changes in their state taxes that will help them keep more money for each person that walks onto the casino floor. This could let regional gaming do more outside the gaming realm—bringing customers in not just to gamble, but …

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Allison Bertl, Nathan Origer, Thomas Box, Chad Huber and Andrew Pesaresi stand in front of an electrical wiring training system in the training room at Winamac Coil Spring.

Skilling Up

Manufacturers, educators and community partnering to train workers Many Northwest Indiana manufacturers are facing a dilemma: not enough skilled workers to operate the sophisticated equipment on today’s factory floors. Training is the answer. But manufacturers are busy turning out products to service their customers. They don’t have the time or ability to develop full-scale training …

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Getting Insurance Right

Tailoring an insurance program to minimize risk Proper insurance coverage is an essential component of the entrepreneurial process. “Your insurance agent is just as important as your attorney and accountant,” says Larry Meyers, managing partner of property casualty, Meyers Glaros Group, which has offices in Schererville and Valparaiso. “All provide professional advice to help protect …

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NewPorte Landing project includes the redevelopment of 50 acres along Clear Lake in the heart of La Porte. Plans are to build spec and custom retail buildings of 8,000 to 10,000 square feet in 2018.

Regional Development Projects

Add jobs during and after construction Prominence at Promenade After five years of planning, Drew Mitchell, vice president of development at Holladay Properties, is excited to see the $40 million investment in the Promenade at Founders Square in Portage begin to take shape. The residential /retail facility will circle three sides of Founders Square Park …

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Simply Amazing Market—The gourmet treats are hand-produced and packaged by participants of the Opportunity Enterprises program, which supports adults and children with disabilities.

Holiday Gift Guide

Support a local business this year This year’s gift guide spotlights small businesses throughout the region and the unique products and services only they could offer. With Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25, mark your calendars to shop local and help the entrepreneurial community continue to flourish. Unique gifts Copper Butterfly Fine Arts and Gallery—Unique …

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Indiana Vision 2025 Report

Indiana Vision 2025

2017 report card measures Indiana’s, region’s economic performance The Indiana Chamber of Commerce works with legislators each year on the “short game” of crafting the best public policies to help move the state forward. But the long term is also top of mind for the Chamber, especially through its Indiana Vision 2025 economic development action …

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Integrative Flavors manufactures Cook’s Delight gourmet soup bases, flavor concentrates, gravy mixes, rubs and blends onsite in their Michigan City manufacturing facility.

Integrative Flavors

80-years of manufacturing in Michigan City Nothing satiates the appetite and soothes the soul quite like a hearty bowl of soup. Integrative Flavors, based in Michigan City, continues a nearly 80-year-old tradition of serving up the base of this comfort staple. Unlike many comfort foods, which fill you up with questionable and possibly detrimental ingredients, …

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