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Business Surpasses 30,000 Members- Milestone , a social-networking site for traders and investors, announced today the TraderPlanet community has reached its 30,000-member milestone. Since its launch in January 2009, the TraderPlanet community has attracted nearly 300 contributors offering educational information and resources to its members from over 150 countries around the world.

"We're happy to announce the TraderPlanet Community has achieved this significant milestone. Our rapid and consistent growth has justified our efforts and investment in the...

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FHA Changes On The Horizon

FHA just announced that there will likely be some changes to their requirements for insuring loans effective April 5, 2010. The main ones include an increase in the upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP) and a decrease in seller concessions from 6% to 3%.

For those who don’t know what UFMIP is, it is the “downpayment” that a buyer makes on the mortgage insurance when they use an FHA insured loan. This payment, which can be financed, helps keep down the monthly cost of mortgage insurance.

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PNC to Hold Career and Internship Fair

Purdue University North Central Office of Career Development will host its Spring Career Day Job & Internship Fair on Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. This free event is open to all current Purdue students and alumni, regardless of campus, including PNC, ?Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Calumet, IPFW and ?IUPUI.

More than 25 employers are expected to attend. Among the companies who are seeking resumes for employees or interns are: Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City; Camp Ray Bird, South Bend; Dunes Learning Center, Chesterton;...

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Building a Team and Leading It; The Missing Piece

I’ve been in many situations and environments with groups of people. Some of those groups I was a leader, and some I wasn’t. I’ve been on teams, involved in organizations, and in the military. I’ve worked with not-for-profits. The interesting thing throughout all of the experiences was how the people interacted with one another. At our most basic level, we need companionship and camaraderie. Normally we’ll prefer to work with others to accomplish a common goal. When we’re all on the same page, things go great. When there’s a person on the team that doesn’t work with the rest, though, we see dissension and the crumbling of productivity. So how...

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Ivy Tech President to Speak at Economic Club in February

The president of the nation’s largest statewide community college and Indiana’s largest post-secondary institution will be the featured speaker at the Economic Club of Indiana luncheon on February 23. Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder will share with attendees what higher education is doing to change lives and make Indiana great.

Before becoming president of Ivy Tech in 2007, Snyder was a tremendously successful CEO of Delco Remy International – nearly tripling the firm's sales in 11 years. He now leads the state’s fastest growing college with more than 120,000...

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10 Smart Consumer Electronic Tips for the Home

Here is the list:

  1. Wire for everything now…even wireless – If you are building or remodeling a home, start with a plan for future wiring needs. Wire is necessary to support wireless applications. While no one can guarantee what the future will look like, professionals make it their business to stay current to offer expert advice about technologies on the horizon.
  2. Insist on integrated systems – Make sure the electronic equipment you are buying can be...

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Valpo Insurance Advisor Named Top 100 Achiever

HealthMarkets has named Valpo insurance advisor Trish Ramirez one of its Top 100 1st Year Achievers for 2009. "I love my job," says Trish, "I love helping other people every day find insurance solutions and gain peace of mind."

In 2010, HealthMarkets launched Insphere Insurance Solutions to meet more of the life, health, long-term care and retirement needs of the self-employed and self-insured in Valpo and throughout the nation.

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NWI Forum President and CEO Resigning

NWI Forum President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent Galbiati today announced that he is stepping down from his role with the Forum. "In my five years at the Forum, we have been able to build a strong, vigorous organization which can aggressively support the interests of business here in Northwest Indiana," said Galbiati.

"Vince took an organization needing to refine its mission and purpose and worked long hours to build the Forum into a vibrant regional institution" added Mike Baird, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum. "Today, the Forum is seen as a place where the business...

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Chris Mahlmann to Speak at the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Give Details for


Join us for NETWORKING with other ambitious business leaders like you, our ever popular 30 SECONDS OF FAME and to find out about the happenings of the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce.

Our guest speakers, Ken Elwood and A. J. Monroe, are speaking about the Portage Education Foundation and introducing our audience to an exciting event coming to Portage: a new website called...

Read more Announces New Mobile Site has just launched a Mobile Site! The new site is a steamlined version of, that only contains our top 10 stories. With the mobile site, you will also be able to view links from our newsletter, twitter, facebook and more in mobile view. The New Site is designed to be very fast on mobile phones, so it doesn't include resource intensive items like photos or videos.

If you visit the site on a mobile phone recognized by our system, you will automatically be re-directed to our mobile site. Otherwise just enter to visit the mobile site.

We have also set up a new system for...

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CEO: What Poker Taught Me About Non-Profits

Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something, wrote an interesting piece recently for Fast Company magazine about what she learned years ago in poker rooms, and how it’s helped her run a not-for-profit:

You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em … Every poker hand is like a fund-raising pitch. Your first bet needs to be high enough to garner respect from the other players, but not so high that you scare them all away. It also can’t be so low that you make them think you’re desperate. And that first bet has less to do with your cards than with who’s at the table,...

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