Despite the pandemic, Northwest Indiana business owners and organizations were inspired to innovate during this unprecedented time. New leaders took the helms of companies; new products were launched; and people helped others during a great time of need.
The pandemic has forced businesses and organizations to adapt for survival. Examples abound in northern Indiana of business plans being rewritten on the fly to operate under dramatically changed conditions.
Design experts help companies implement new safety precautions as they rethink work spaces during the pandemic while considering changes that might become permanent additions to future designs.
Pandemic inspires Rensselaer family to launch PPE-making company Indiana Face Mask, which began making FDA approved surgical face masks in March. The company produces between 40,000 to 50,000 surgical face masks weekly.
Indiana is slowly reopening, but the road to recovery will not be easy. The key to how fast our economy gets back on track lies with our small business owners. They were among the hardest hit during the pandemic.
Natalie Shrader, a partner at Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP, offers guidance on the law and keeping workers safe during a crisis. She says having a plan is key to navigating this crisis.
Tim Anderson, principal at the Schererville office of CliftonLarsonAllen, says businesses are seeking financial experts to help navigate pandemic response programs and forecast the rest of 2020.
Benjamin Bochnowski, president and CEO of Munster-based Peoples Bank, says the pandemic-fueled financial crisis brings lessons in resilience, charity and community during difficult times.
Mark Bates, president of Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana in Crown Point, offers guidance about keeping employees safe as they come back to office after shelter-in-place orders.
In the weeks since the first coronavirus cases were reported in Indiana, donations have poured in and manufacturers have boosted production of personal protective gear for those on the frontlines fighting the pandemic.