Winter 2015 Issue • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Winter 2015

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine Winter 2015 issue.

Publisher’s Note – Winter 2015

Leading the Way Profiling entrepreneurs, manufacturers, fitness-oriented executives. Our cover story for this issue profiles the 2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence award winners, many of whom started from humble beginnings to become a class of their own. For example, Ridgeway Petroleum Inc., named Family Owned Business of the Year, evolved from supplying home heating oil to operating …

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Around the Region

by Jacqueline von Ogden BANKING Nick Matthews has joined Centier Bank as assistant vice president of business banking. Matthews services commercial loans throughout the Elkhart, South Bend and Mishawaka region and joins Centier as a seasoned banker with experience in commercial banking and commercial credit … Jim Pinarski has joined Centier Bank’s new Elkhart branch …

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Entrepreneurial Excellence

Outstanding professionals recognized for success and leadership. by Laurie Wink The 10 winners of the 2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards join a rich roster of distinguished business professionals who’ve been honored by the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for 23 years. This year’s E-Day Award winners were applauded by a packed audience at a …

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Who’s Coming to Town?

Meetings and conventions in Northern Indiana in 2015. by Shari Held 2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the tourism and event industry and Northwest Indiana is reaping its fair share of the business. “Naturally we are thrilled to see an upturn in the tourism and event industry,” says Carolyne Wallace, director …

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The Business of Making Things

Industrial employment is sluggish, but the region remains a great place for manufacturing. by Jerry Davich For more than a century, Northwest Indiana and manufacturing have gone together like steel mills and smokestacks. But slow economic growth, slashed wages and the loss of good-paying production jobs in 2014 has kicked another dent in the chugging …

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Business is Building

Construction industry is expecting a strong 2015. by Phil Britt Construction in Northwest Indiana is expected to continue to be strong in 2015, according to executives from major building companies in the area. All have significant projects that are in various phases of completion and have strong orders on the books for 2015 and the …

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Time to be Fit

Execs schedule their fitness activities, and hold to the schedule. by Jerry Davich Like so many busy executives in today’s global business world, Miche Grant pumps out 12-hour workdays either in her office, via remote means or somewhere in between. Over the past 20 years, Grant has worked in 28 countries while raising children, earning …

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Give Prompt Notice of Claims

Tell liability insurance company of claims or suits ASAP. by David L. Simmons, J.D. The Indiana Court of Appeals recently underscored the importance of giving prompt notice of an insurance claim in the case of Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. Maplehurst Farms, Inc., 18 N.E.3d 311 (Ind. App., 2014). This case involved losses incurred …

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New Ways to Pay

Mobile payment technologies nearly ready for prime time. by Phil Britt Consumers enter 2015 with a new payment option at some retailers–a mobile wallet that enables users to pay with their phone rather than swiping a credit or debit card, writing a check or using cash–but this alternate payment method is still in its very …

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Hoosier Bat Co.

Hitting home runs from the Little League to the Major Leagues. by Laurie Wink Located on a stretch of East Calumet Avenue near the Route 49 overpass in Valparaiso is a small company making a huge hit with baseball players from Little League to Major Leagues. Hoosier Bat Co. has supplied custom-made, high-performance bats to …

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