Spring 2017 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Spring 2017

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine Spring 2017 issue.

Troy Linker

Recognize Excellence

Take a moment to recognize local businesses Our lives are busy. We are pulled in many different directions by our family, work, school and health. Hopefully, we save some time to pursue art, music, wellness and some leisure. With all the pulls on our time, we don’t often take a moment to recognize the wonderful …

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Around the Region

BANKING President and CEO Michael E. Schrage of Centier Bank announced the appointment of Anthony R. Contrucci as vice president of community and business development. Contrucci, a member of the fifth generation of Schrage family management and leadership, will work closely with Lake and Porter County communities to integrate and align philanthropy, financial wellness, and …

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A worker removes rolls of corrugated paper produced by Pratt’s Valparaiso mill which saves 20,000 trees and diverts 3,500 cubic yards of paper from landfills every day.

Growth Fosters Growth

How expansion has helped NWI businesses blossom Growth and expansion in Northwest Indiana’s manufacturing sector is so much more than a symbolic ribbon cutting, a few shovels stuck in dirt, and a groundbreaking ceremony. Manufacturing remains a key economic engine in this region, and in Indiana, producing more than $90 billion to the state’s gross …

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Urschel Laboratories’ newest facility incorporates energy-efficient features to infringe as little as possible on Chesterton’s natural Coffee Creek area.

Going Green

Local companies take the lead in environmental responsibility Every business, municipality and school corporation in Northwest Indiana plays a part in the tremendous use of natural resources, and each has the potential to decrease the environmental impact and dependence on products that can have a negative effect on the planet in ways both large and small. …

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Lorri Feldt, Regional Director, NW-ISBDC and Jim Hubbard, SCORE District Director, explain the multitude of local resources available to business owners and potential business owners.

The Start-up Toolkit

NWI host to multiple resources designed to help entrepreneurs Cultivating communication skills, mentoring, giving sound advice and offering a collaborative environment are among the ways region organizations are fostering the young entrepreneurial community. “Starting a business isn’t easy. There’s a lot of risk associated with it,” says Lorri Feldt, regional director of the Northwest Indiana …

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Valparaiso’s downtown has experienced a renaissance. Small businesses have flocked to the downtown filling it with a mixture of restaurants, retail shops, boutiques and more.

Community Comrades

Small business provides a sense of place Small business is the lifeblood of every city or town, regardless of size. A 2012 study by Civic Economics, a company that analyzes the impact of buying local, found that local businesses are known to have a “multiplier effect” on their communities; for every dollar spent at a …

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Maximized Marketing

How marketing firms help businesses rise to the top In our increasingly digital world, the role of marketing looks drastically different than it did a decade ago. It’s never been easier for a company to market itself, but at the same time, the number of options to do so can be overwhelming. This is why …

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Building Hope

Steel City Salvage initiative addresses blight, creates jobs in Gary A nonprofit hopes to spur economic development while addressing issues like blight, in hard hit Gary. The Chicago-based Delta Institute is committed to building both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions. The Steel City Salvage initiative in Gary is a local example of its …

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Navigating the Waterways

NWI Paddling Association combines community and conservation She’s the first to admit that the ancestral spirit of the French voyageur likely doesn’t breathe within her. Nor does that of the Olympic kayaker. Instead, Debby Stoit says she’s still a novice at this business of paddling canoes and kayaks along the waterways of Northwest Indiana, and …

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