February-March 2019 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

February-March 2019

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine February-March 2019 issue.

Troy Linker

Igniting our innovation in 2019

More ways to share local business stories The mission of Northwest Indiana Business Magazine from its founding in 1991 has been to publish stories about people and ideas that inform, inspire, challenge and educate local business and community leaders. We want to help them improve their businesses, the local economy and the quality of life …

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Don Baker, banker

Around the Region

Learn about people, companies making difference at work and in their communities Accounting Kruggel Lawton CPAs, an accounting and business advisory firm with locations in Elkhart, South Bend and St. Joseph, recently announced that Julie Eslinger, a staff CPA, earned the designation of certified valuation analyst from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. …

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The 2018 Entrepreneurial Excellence (E-Day) Award honorees

Making their own way

Region’s E-Day award-winning serial entrepreneurs share experiences of business successes and failures Like most opportunistic kids, Jeff Conti not only worked on his newspaper route, he also shoveled snow and mowed lawns for his first entrepreneurial experiences. Conti explored other unconventional ways to challenge himself while growing up in the late 1970s and early ’80s …

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Kyler Laird driverless tractor

Indiana taking lead in farm innovations

Agribusiness entrepreneurs use technology to develop ideas that save them time, money Agriculture is big business in the Hoosier state, and there’s still plenty of room to grow. According to state estimates, Indiana ranks in the top 10 nationally in the 2017 production of corn, soybeans, peppermint, spearmint, watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupe and pumpkins. Sales in …

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Porter County Career and Technical Education Center

Outside-the-box projects

Companies in Region take innovative approach to traditional construction, renovation projects Companies in Northwest Indiana are betting on the area, and the proof is in both recent new construction/renovation projects and ones in the works. Industries ranging from education to hospitality—and everything in between—have invested resources to build or rebuild high-tech, high-touch, attractive and energy-efficient …

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Gamma Knife upgrade at Methodist Hospitals

A higher level of care

Providers say innovative approaches deliver better patient outcomes The term continuous improvement once only was talked about in manufacturing circles because those businesses always sought ways to shorten production and delivery times to boost profits. Now that practice has been adopted by many industries, including health care where positive patient outcomes push innovations by physicians, …

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A potential literary goldmine

Companies can find wealth of free resources at public libraries A public library might be viewed by business owners and working professionals as irrelevant to their needs. They might even see them as merely a place for young families, students and retirees to borrow books or as a place to hang out. However, hidden behind …

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St. Baldrick's Event in Merrillville

Philanthropic muscle

Impact Club Tri Town directs member dollars to under-the-radar charities Last year, Donna Criner’s charity received an email informing her organization it had been selected to give a brief presentation about its mission for a chance to win a cash donation. Immediately Criner thought the email was a scam but, after doing some research, she …

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Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc

Out & about in Northwest Indiana

Northwest Indiana Discover interesting events, exhibits, performances to see and do International Film Festival Valparaiso University’s annual International Film Festival continues this quarter with two films followed by group discussion with foreign language professors. Each is free and open to the public. The 2017 French film “Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc,” will be …

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Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard

Out & about in greater South Bend

Greater South Bend Discover interesting events, exhibits, performances to see and do On stage at Notre Dame The defending NCAA champion University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team is not the only source of excitement on campus these days. Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is stepping up its game as well with a busy …

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