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Porter-Starke Services, Inc Groundbreaking Ceremony (with Photos)


Porter-Starke Services, Inc and Chester, Inc hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking today, October 13, at the site of future new Porter-Starke Services building, located at 3176 Lancer Road, Portage, Ind. The ceremony opened with welcomes by David Kasarda from Portage Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Olga Velazquez, mayor of Portage. Rocco Schiralli, President and CEO of Porter-Starke Services, Inc also spoke, as well as Randall Zromkoski, Board Chair of Porter-Starke Services and Pete Peuquet, from Chester, Inc. Father Andrew Corona from Nativity of Our Savior Church blessed the site and the ceremony concluded with the groundbreaking. Read more



Previewing the Windows 7 Release


On October 22, 2009, Windows will release its follow-up operating system to Windows Vista, Windows 7. Vista had struggled mightily since its 2007 release, as users have complained about the operating system being too memory resource-heavy and confusing in its interface.

According to many PC insiders, however, Windows 7 has supposedly fixed many of the issues with the OS. Most early reviews of the operating system focus on improved reliability and security, along with a new, more user-friendly interface.

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Purdue Feeds Need with New Social Media Venture


Purdue University’s reputation for innovation is now spreading into the world of social media. The school has developed a tool to complement Twitter by ranking the popularity of messages. A school presser explains:

The first Twitter tool that ranks the popularity of individual messages plans to make the backchannel conversations at conferences and meetings more interesting.

Need4Feed, a new Twitter tool developed at Purdue University, ranks Twitter messages in several ways, allowing users to see...

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The days are changing, best to prepare...


The cool air is sweeping in. The days are getting shorter and shorter. My wardrobe has met the addition of the in between jacket. Not the heavy winter coat for the dead of winter; but a jacket with some substantial weight to it, to keep some body warmth in. It is also a good time of year to run some seasonal checklists through your head.

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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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Inflation Goes to College


Over the past 10 years, tuition and fees have grown more than 4% faster than the rate of general inflation at public four-year colleges and more than 2% faster than inflation at private four-year colleges.1

That’s pretty scary stuff, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your dream to see the kids (or grandkids) go to a college of their choosing. You have a friend with the answers to this test: the Section 529 savings plan.

Take Some Notes:

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Event Honors E Day Winners


Merrillville, IN – The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center will celebrate the success of its Entrepreneurial Excellence Award winners from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday October 29 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza.

The 18th annual E Day marks the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners as well as individuals who support the small business community.

The 2009 winners include Leigh Morris, lifetime achievement winner; Livemercial, entrepreneurial success;...

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Why Get Pre-Qualified?


MT OfficeWindow Col2Pre-qualification acts as a dry run of the loan application process. The mortgage lender will use details you provide about your credit, income, assets and debts to arrive at an estimate of how much mortgage you can afford. The whole process may take only minutes or a few hours at most, and is free.

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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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"Dealing with Diffcult People?" Workshops


Theresa Valade of Success Trek and Joe Ubben of BreakAway Performance Group are teaming up to offer a series of three workshop titled, “Dealing with Difficult People?” “One of the most common complaints Joe and I hear from our clients centers around having co-workers, staff members or even a boss that make the work environment intolerable. The problem is that many people just learn to tolerate the behavior rather than dealing with it.”

If you have employees or co-workers who are DIFFICULT, now is the time to stop ignoring or tolerating behavior that: Read more



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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