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PNC Chancellor Honored by Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly

James-DworkinPurdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has been selected by "Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly" magazine as one of its 2012 top CEOs and Community Leaders.

Those honored were nominated for recognition by the readers of "Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly." Selected as top community leaders were Dworkin and Carl J. Lisek, president of South Shore Clean Cities Inc. Roberta Imborek of Baums Natural Foods Inc. was named Upcoming Community Leader. The CEOs named were Daryl Pomranke, CEO of Citizens Financial Bank and George Cressy, CEO of Grubb & Ellis/Cressy & Everett in South Bend.

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Leadership La Porte County 29th Adult Session Has Begun

leadership-la-porte-countyFor the 29th year Leadership La Porte County has begun a new adult leadership class.  The class recently participated in a 2-day retreat at Red Mill County Park where they began their 9-month community leadership training journey. Twenty-seven citizens from throughout La Porte County will meet monthly around the area to discuss local issues, connect with community leaders, learn about La Porte County, and practice 21st century leadership skills and techniques. “It is always exciting and challenging to bring together a group like this and help them discover the county, themselves, and each other,” according to Leadership Executive Director, Monica Komasinski.

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B & E Marine Offering Great Deals on Winter Storage Services

storageWhy is everyone heading to B & E Marine? Because of their winter storage services!

B & E Marine is offering great deals on their storage services for boats, TVs, cars, PWC and more, starting at just $200.

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Visclosky Announces Grant to Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana

visclosky-town-meeting2Congressman Pete Visclosky announced an award to Portage’s Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The award was given as part of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

This grant will allow the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CAF) to continue to provide critical safety training to area contractors and their craft employees to ensure safe working environments on construction sites throughout Northwest Indiana. The grant funds will be used to continue the CAF's Site Safety Certification training program, an intensive series of eight-day training sessions that prepares contractors and their employees to successfully manage on-the-job safety procedures and requirements.

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America's Best Place to Live Gets a Mobile App

carmel-chamber-appThe Carmel Chamber mobile app provides all of the information and real time interaction that a Carmel resident or Chamber member would need, right in the palm of their hand.

Get the Carmel Chamber for Android | Get the Carmel Chamber for iPhone

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Small Business Spotlight: Precision Printer Services

precision-printer-servicesRoy Gooch started Precision Printer Services before the ink dried on his college diploma.

The business began in 1991 while Roy was attending Western Michigan University. It has grown over the years and now employs 42 people at its location in Portage, Michigan.

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Just Pick Up the Phone, Please!

IndianaChamber clrA recent CareerBuilder survey has some interesting numbers related to generational differences in the workplace. It focuses on communication and work styles, hours on task and career paths.

The one (of several) that jumps out for me is the fact that no one — no matter their age — wants to use the telephone anymore. As some of my co-workers can attest, this really bothers me. When a 30-second direct conversation (preferably in person but the phone will suffice in many instances) can replace many, many e-mails, why do people insist on hiding behind the keyboard?

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Building a Budget for Easy Money Management

budgetBuilding a budget, especially when dealing with multiple credit/debt/income sources, can seem like an uphill battle. Don’t fret! Minor planning can go a long way, and we’re here to help you get started.

Create a spending plan
Where’s your money going? If you have trouble keeping up, perhaps it’s time to create a rudimentary plan to track your expenditures. We’ll walk you through the first few steps to make it happen. Here’s a basic budget worksheet to help you get started.

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Global Engineering Company Opens Facility in Porter County

paul-wurth-logoLt. Governor Becky Skillman joined executives from Paul Wurth, Inc., an international steel and iron engineering manufacturer, today to announce the company's plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2018.

A subsidiary of the Luxembourg-headquartered Paul Wurth S.A., the company has invested $3.6 million to purchase, renovate and equip a 55,000 square-foot facility located at 2800 E. Evans Ave. in Valparaiso. The new location, which opened its doors in May of this year, specializes in the sale of new spare parts and the reconditioning of used parts for blast furnaces.

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Can Small Changes Mean Big Savings?

NIPSCO-lightbulbSaving big on your energy bill is easier than you might have thought. Small changes like those listed here can really add up to be big savings. Plus, the more energy efficient we become, the smaller the impact on our natural resources. And that's good news for all of Northern Indiana.

Save $180 a year
By switching all your incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient CFLs, you could save up to $180 per year. Plus, CFLs last up to 10 times longer.

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New Buoy Offers Real-Time Lake Michigan Data in Indiana

seagrant-buoyBoaters and beach-goers visiting the Indiana shoreline of Lake Michigan now can learn current conditions such as water temperature, wind speeds and other information provided by a new environmental sensing buoy.

Placed four miles off the coast of Michigan City on Sept. 4, the buoy is the first of its kind in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan.

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