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Indiana DWD Launches Updated Career Tool for Hoosiers


Hoosier Hot 50 Provides Information about Top High-Wage/High-Demand Jobs by 2020

state-flag-indianaThe Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today unveiled the “Hoosier Hot 50” jobs list, a tool which provides Hoosiers an insight into the most in-demand and high paying careers in today’s job market and in the future. First introduced in 2006, the Hoosier Hot 50 is published every two years by DWD. The 2012 installment lists the top 50 jobs of out of approximately 300 reviewed for the program to showcase the most high-wage and in-demand jobs of today in Indiana, through 2020.

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Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation Launches New Website


gledc-website-screenshot2012 has been an incredibly busy year for Bert Cook and the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation (GLEDC), with the groundbreaking for the Thomas Rose Industrial Park, the Inland Logistics Groundbreaking, Winn Machine expanding into La Porte, and a strong Read more



Wood Burning Stove Changeout Program Aims to Help Improve Air Quality


American-LungCredits offered for switching to cleaner burning appliances

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has partnered with the American Lung Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to provide up to $5,000 in instant rebates to northern Indiana residents who change out or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood burning boilers, stoves and fireplaces with more efficient appliances. The Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changeout Program was designed to help improve air quality and reduce pollution by encouraging adoption of cleaner-burning appliances.

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Automatic Refund Generates $111 Per Taxpayer


state-flag-indianaINDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2012) – Governor Mitch Daniels said today that Hoosiers who file individual returns next year will receive a credit of $111 and joint filers will receive a credit of $222 because of the state’s automatic taxpayer refund (ATR).

“We insisted on a per capita refund for two reasons: first, maximum simplicity, as seen on the new tax form. Second, to provide the most relief to lower and middle income Hoosiers, for whom $222 may be meaningful right now,” said Daniels. “Past a point of rock-solid fiscal strength, it’s better to leave this money in the pockets of those who earned it than to let it burn a hole, as it tends to do, in the pocket of government.”

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Why are Backups So Important?


computer-keyboardWhat is one of the most important things in our 21st century lives? Is it the Internet? Constant access to information or social media? While all those are important, something even more critical is our digital data. What do I mean by digital data? How about all those photos you took with your iPhone or digital camera this weekend of the kids? What about all those spreadsheets, word documents and QuickBooks files that make up your business. Could you suddenly, without warning, live without them?

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Ready to Roll: Learn How to Manage Your IRA


how-to-make-a-budgetThe average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times during their lifetime. That can mean leaving a trail of retirement accounts behind. Many people are finding that it makes sense to move those funds into a single IRA. The trick is to manage the process carefully in order to avoid triggering fees and taxes.

What is a rollover?

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Reduce Energy Consumption in the Kitchen This Holiday


NIPSCO-Residential-ProgramsWhile you're preparing for holiday cooking, keep in mind these easy tips to help reduce your energy consumption in the kitchen:

1) Give your stovetop and oven a thorough cleaning to assure more economical and efficient operation.
2) Plan oven meals and grill meals to accommodate more than one dish at a time, and time your baking for multiple purposes.
3) Do not use aluminum foil to line the oven. It can reduce the oven’s efficiency by interfering with air circulation.

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Customer Service as Important as Ever


IndianaChamber clrI was at a marketing conference a couple years ago when a presenter asserted that a company’s top marketers are really its customer service people. I found that to be one of these really simple, yet complicated concepts. We are lucky to have a great customer service team in place here at the Chamber, and they are often the face of our organizations both via phone and at our conferences. Fast Company delved into this notion in a recent interview with Thor Muller of San Francisco-based Get Satisfaction:

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Mike Langellier Selected to Lead Indiana's Technology Growth Initiative, Accelerate Connections and Collaboration


Former Orr Fellow who cofounded and sold his own software company last year is now taking helm at TechPoint, charged with ‘bridging the gaps’ and unifying the tech sector

MikeLangellierTechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, has a new leader – Mike Langellier. The 30-year-old Depauw University graduate and former Orr Fellow cofounded MyJibe, a personal finance and banking software company. He sold the company in November 2011 and has served as vice president of strategic partnerships with MoneyDesktop since then.

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Workshop Guides Entrepreneurs in Right Direction


nwi-sbdcThe Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is offering Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 11 at the Regional Development Company, 1757 Thornapple Circle.

The workshop focuses on new entrepreneurs and aims to help them evaluate their business ideas, prepare a sound business plan, manage expectations and increase chances of accessing capital. Workshop topics include: identifying personal objectives, skills and resources; describing business ideas and requirements; developing a sales forecast; identifying start-up expenses; estimating an operating budget; and analyzing feasibility results.

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NiSource Continues Women in Leadership Focus


nipsco-logoNiSource Inc. continues to take steps to build a pipeline of women leaders through national and regional leadership summits, a mentoring program, an employee affinity group and various other programs.

The Building the NextGen: Women in Leadership initiative provides opportunities for women at NiSource to come together to share ideas, build leadership skills, and ensure that the strong pipeline of woman leaders at the company continues to grow. To date, activities include networking, sharing leadership opportunities and challenges, and developing critical skills such as negotiating, critical thinking and influencing strategies.

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