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Top 10 Business Stories on NWIndianaLife in 2016


We published several hundred business stories to the NWIndianaLife.com Business section this year. Stories on great local businesses to awards and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Business Stories in Northwest Indiana from 2016!

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Steiner Homes Ltd. Talks Style, Trends
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As with everything from cars to clothing, styles and trends change. Some trends change every year while others can take decades. In the area of home design, trends move a little slower and to get an idea of what’s in and what’s out Ideas in Motion Media sat down with one of Northwest Indiana’s premier home builders, Steiner Homes Ltd.

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IKORCC Breaks Ground at Merrillville Training Center and Administration Building
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Dozens of union members and administrative leaders gathered early Monday morning to witness the groundbreaking ceremony at the new site of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ (IKORCC) Merrillville Training Center and Administration Building. The site, which is conveniently located just off of I-65 near Mississippi Street and 69th Avenue, is the perfect location for future apprentices to gain necessary skills as they work towards lifelong carpentry careers. The location of the future buildings is highly visible to the thousands of drivers passing by on I-65 every day. The site is a true display of Northwest Indiana’s dedication to developing skills and furthering education for blue collar workers of the region.

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St. Mary Medical Center Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrating Expanded Cardiovascular Outpatient Services
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With a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony, St. Mary Medical Center unveiled their multi-million dollar expanded Cardiovascular Outpatient Services center on Tuesday.

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Africa Tarver, Director of Economic Development, Sees Business Relationships, Sustained Growth as Keys to Future of Hammond
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On the third floor of Hammond’s City Hall is the office of Economic Development. The floors are hard and shiny, and the hardwood and glass panel door opens to a small office. There is a coffee maker, and an empty whiteboard. Photos of children line the desk and a small window looks out over the rooftops of the city. The nameplate on the desk reads, “Africa K. Tarver – Director of Economic Development.”

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BoBB Chrysler: Delivering Help From Cedar Lake to Baton Rouge, With Love
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When times are tough, The Region comes together. Baton Rouge, Louisiana is certainly in tough times. Historic flooding has displaced families, destroyed homes and businesses, and left many in the area looking for help from anyone willing to give it.

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Hoist Celebrates Opening in East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana
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On Thursday, Hoist Liftruck held an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new manufacturing facility recently completed in East Chicago. On hand to welcome Hoist Liftruck to Northwest Indiana was East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Hoist President Marty Flaska and members of the Lake County IN Economic Alliance who helped bring Hoist to the region.

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NIPSCO's 2016 Luminary Awards Honor Leaders Throughout Northwest Indiana
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Community leaders, local and state representatives, and NIPSCO employees were in abundance at Thursday night’s 5th Annual NIPSCO Luminary Awards ceremony. Since 2012, NIPSCO has been hosting the ceremony to recognize achievements in four different categories: Environmental Stewardship, Education, Economic Development, and Community Leadership. The Luminary Awards provided NIPSCO the opportunity to highlight some of the best and brightest people and organizations in Northwest Indiana.

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Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce Gatsby Gala a Roaring Success at Radisson
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Success is often achieved by a plan of growth, cooperation, and building relationships. In 2009, the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and Merrillville Chamber of Commerce looked into the idea of merging to form a stronger, more unified entity that could bring together the individual strengths of each to more effectively serve their communities. In 2010, Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce was born and that idea became a reality.

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Lakeside Wealth Management: Securing the Future Through Young, Energetic Advisors
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At Lakeside Wealth Management, bringing on young advisors and staff has played a big role in creating the unique atmosphere that the financial firm has cultivated and proudly touts as one of their defining characteristics.

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Porter County Chamber Coalition Network Night Helps to Bring Region Businesses & Organizations Together
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Businesses and organizations from across Northwest Indiana gathered at the Porter County Expo Center this week to take part in this year’s Porter County Chamber Coalition Network Night. The Duneland, Portage and Valparaiso Chambers of Commerce hold the event every year as a way to connect and strengthen the business community that keeps the Region thriving year after year


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