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Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Porter-Starke Services’ New Site

Porter-Starke Services, Inc and Chester, Inc. will host a ceremonial groundbreaking of Porter-Starke Services’ new site on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. The site is located at 3176 Lancer Road, Portage, Ind. (one block east of Willowcreek Road, near the intersection of Robbins and Lancer).

The tentative agenda which will begin at 10:00am is as follows:

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Networking Event Highlights Green Path for Businesses

Crown Point, IN – Carl and Lorrie Lisek of Legacy Environmental Services hope Kinetic participants take away a key message: Small businesses can impact the green movement. “What’s GREEN got to do with it?” will focus on how small businesses can take the green route during the NWI Small Business Development Center’s networking event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 27 at First Financial Bank, 11890 Broadway, at Broadway and U.S. 231.

“This is achievable, becoming greener and leaner is very much achievable,” Carl said. “It doesn’t take a...

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ValpoLife.com and Your Marketing Plans

When you are marketing your business or organization in and around the Valparaiso area, you have several different avenues through which you can broadcast your messages. You have advertising, public relations, direct mail, e-mail marketing, and a multitude of other marketing techniques, and each can serve their place within your overall plan depending on your business and what your goals are. ValpoLife.com adds a new dimension to those options where you can maximize your marketing dollar through low production costs and efforts on the part of you and your business, high targeting value in the Valparaiso community, consistent promotion on a daily or weekly basis in front of a fast growing and active online community, and an association with a media entity telling only the positive stories about Valpo’s best people,...

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Goodwill About Much More than Just Clothes

Writing for BizVoice magazine has afforded me many eye-opening experiences. Case in point: While interviewing an interesting new company, Road Rage Fun Signs, I also met with Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana (an Indiana Chamber member, btw). Goodwill is working as a partner on the production of these signs, which are geared toward making roads safer by allowing drivers to notify each other about upcoming hazards.

Now, if you’re like me, you’ve always had a very positive impression of Goodwill, but only thought of them as a place to donate clothing, nightstands, and maybe even...

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Purdue Offers Training in Efficient Use of Health-Care System

Purdue University is offering Indiana employers a program designed to train their employees in efficient use of the health-care system.

Healthy Workforce is a component of the Healthcare Technical Assistance Program and incorporates expertise from Purdue's School of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, and Department of Health and Kinesiology.

The program is open to all Indiana companies regardless of size and is available through package offerings or ala carte services. Fees are based on the...

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Lakeshore Public Television Seeks Donations for Award-Winning Holiday Gift Auction

Lakeshore Public Television invites local organizations to participate in the station’s annual on-air, online Holiday Gift Auction by donating a new product or service. The award-winning Lakeshore PTV Holiday Gift Auction airs Saturday, November 7 through Tuesday, November 10 on Lakeshore Public Television.

The Holiday Gift Auction provides a unique live television marketplace for businesses to showcase their services while supporting public television. This one-of-a-kind fundraiser offers local sponsors extensive on-air and online promotion during the four-night Auction broadcast.

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SBDC Offers Business Feasibility Workshop

The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is hosting “Want to Start a Business?” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 15 at the Hammond INnovation Center, 5209 Hohman Avenue.

The feasibility workshop is designed to help would-be entrepreneurs determine their preparedness and ability to start a business by examining the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges involved in business ownership.

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Popular Band Doing Away With Album Concept, Continuing Evolution of Music Business Paradigm

The band that brought you such ear-pleasing anthems as "Creep" and "Karma Police" announced this week that it plans to stop making albums, and focus on singles. Interesting concept, and it might prove fruitful. Although, I fear my life would have been far less enjoyable had Born to Run been released as a series of unconnected singles. On the upside, we probably never would have been introduced to Chris Gaines if the album concept hadn’t existed — so I guess it’s a push. At any rate, The New York...

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Valparaiso Web Site's 'Spreading the Good News'

Chris Mahlmann was raised to view the proverbial glass as half full. That lifelong attitude inspired him to create ValpoLife.com, a comprehensive web site unveiled this spring covering positive news and events occurring in and around Valparaiso.

Connecting all aspects of the city, it provides information in five categories: business, sports, health, community and entertainment. Media include articles, blogs, photos, videos and podcasts. In addition, the site promotes local businesses with free listings and coupons. Every Friday, a companion electronic newsletter shares the week's top stories.

"We wanted to make sure there is no company or organization in Valpo that can't get exposed to everyone even if they don't...

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Making the Entrepreneurial Call

I read an interesting summary of some academic research that suggests it’s not always best to be ahead of the crowd in launching a new business or product line. The deciding factor, according to the researchers, is the learning environment.

According to the research findings, in a hostile learning environment, entrepreneurs gain relatively little benefit by watching others. For example, if the relevant knowledge is protected intellectual property, studying the market before entering wouldn’t yield much advantage. In these...

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NW Indiana Forum Holding Business Leadership Roundtables

The Northwest Indiana Forum (Forum) will host a series of roundtables to tap in to the issues of business leadership in Northwest Indiana. The first of the series will be held in Starke County on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the Knox Community Center (55 East Lake Street in Knox, Indiana).

Breakfast and networking will be held at 8:00am (Central) with a meeting and open discussion at 8:30am (Central). If you are a Forum member or business leader with an interest in attending the complimentary event, please contact Tiffany Bley at Read more

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