Summer 2016 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Summer 2016

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine Summer 2016 issue.

Noteworthy News Bits

Noteworthy News Bits from Around the Region by Michelle M. Searer BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Donald J. Rapley, president and general manager of Ozinga’s Indiana region, has been named the president of the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA). The non-profit organization is dedicated to expanding the use of ready mix concrete via education, training, promotion and …

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Higher Education ROI

Institutions have a significant impact on the region– and the area’s students. by Laurie Wink Students who invest in college degrees generally get higher paying jobs and earn more over a lifetime than those without degrees. So, while much has been said about escalating costs of higher education, the overall return on investment ROI of …

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Celebrating History

Officials look to landmark birthdays to ignite tourism industry. by Lesly Bailey Let the celebrations begin! Officials are looking to milestone anniversaries to further spark the tourism industry, ignite local residents’ interest and build momentum for years to come. The big blowout is the state of Indiana’s bicentennial, which includes bison and a torch relay, …

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Enterprising Women at the Helm

Enterprising women at the helm. Advice from women leaders who cleared the glass ceiling. by Jerry Davich Lynne Rehmel’s career wheels first hit the road 35 years ago. She has been involved in every aspect of the transportation business, from customer service and sales to safety director, terminal supervisor and operations manager. “As a new …

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Getting IT Right

Getting IT right. Small businesses gain top-notch tech solutions with outside expertise. by Jerry Davich It all started in the early 1980s for Jeremy Carnahan, with a Tandy 1000 SX that his parents bought for their Shell service station. While spending plenty of time drawing pictures in the paint program, found within DeskMate, he also …

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Creating an Ethical Culture

Trying to make the world a better place, in the workplace and in public service. by Laurie Wink In our highly competitive, hurry-up world, we face a continuous barrage of TV news, social media blasts and viral videos with freely shared opinions that can spark conflicts. In response to growing evidence of bad behavior, some …

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RV Industry Resurgence

Economics and demographics are aligning to propel the industry. by Lauren Caggiano The recreational vehicle (RV) industry is robust and poised for a bright future, according to several industry stakeholders in Elkhart County and beyond. RV dealer sales are one way to track the RV market. Pam Argostino is the general manager/president of Camp-Land RV, …

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Independence Days

BraunAbility’s vehicles give mobility to those with disabilities. by Barbara Eastman When spinal muscular atrophy robbed him of the ability to walk at 15, no one would have blamed Ralph Braun, who was born and raised in Winamac, Ind., if he felt a little sorry for himself. And perhaps he did–for a minute. But then …

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Things to Do and See

An update on arts and entertainment options and things to do and see across the region. Northwest Indiana by John Cain Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts is giving its annual outdoor festival, now in its 35th year, a new name (Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival) and a refreshing new twist this year, giving …

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