Summer 2015 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Summer 2015

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine Summer 2015 issue.


Bright Minds, Generous Hearts Influential leaders, executives and researchers elevate our quality of life. Welcome to our summer issue, which is packed with impressive examples of how our region’s best and brightest are generously sharing their intellect, their great ideas and their time to improve quality of life for all. The cover story focuses on […]


Biomedical Breakthroughs

Indiana researchers are making progress on everything from tracking cancer to healing diabetic wounds. by Laurie Wink Innovative research at area universities is producing promising results for advancing health and medical care. Breakthroughs could lead to new ways of tracking cancer cells, treating colitis and healing diabetic wounds, to name a few possibilities. But the

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The Big Disconnect

Universities and businesses working together to better prepare students for real-world challenges. by Heidi Prescott Wieneke Gary Bertoline wonders how many times college engineering students have been challenged to redesign the flashlight. They study the circuitry, power source and look for ways to improve its durability, but there are limitations to their assigned task. “A

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Degree Programs and Workplace Demand

Universities pay close attention to workplace demand as they develop new degree programs. by Jerry Davich Big data. It’s not only the next big thing in the business world. It’s also a skyrocketing trend with colleges and universities looking to recast their academic programs to better cater to students’ ever-evolving, real world focuses. They’re doing

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Fiber Optic Connections

Communities upgrading their fiber optic connections and communication technologies to aid in economic development. by Laurie Wink In today’s world of high-speed communications, a fiber optic infrastructure is an essential tool for economic development in communities throughout our region. Cities that already have fiber optic systems, such as South Bend, are expanding their networks. Others, including

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Harnessing Solar Energy

Rooftop power generation is more affordable than ever before. by Michael Puente In the 1985 blockbuster movie “Back to the Future,” Doc Brown famously told Marty McFly near the end of the film and looking 25 years into the future, “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” If the movie was released today, Doc Brown

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CEO Profile of John Phair

John Phair leads Holladay Properties in creating headlines and jobs across much of Indiana. by Michael Puente Hardly a week goes by when Holladay Properties isn’t in the news. Whether it’s opening new commercial complex to construction of a new hotel location, Holladay Properties is involved in many business dealings across the northern part of

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Business Plan Basics

Spell out your plans in detail in order to get startup financing. For startup ventures, a well-written business plan will play an important role in the success of the business, but also will be required by banks to consider financing. The business plan basics should provide the bank with an overview of the company, market

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A Future With the South Bend Cubs

South Bend minor league team thrives as an affiliate of Chicago’s North Siders. by Ben Smith The past is here, beyond the shimmering emerald grass, beyond the walkway that runs behind center field, beyond the scoreboard welcoming everyone, on this blue-sky evening, to Four Winds Field and Back to the Future Night. But first, back

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Arts Update

Upcoming events in Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend. Northwest Indiana by John Cain The fall season abounds with arts offerings! Hammond’s Towle Theater presents “Perfect Wedding,” September 11-27. An appalling situation occurs when a bridegroom wakes up on his wedding day to find a strange girl beside him in bed. Worse, during the ensuing

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