Business News Feed - NWILife Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:21:33 +0000 en hourly 1 Region Hustle Highlight Video Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:03:35 +0000 Logan Ozdyck Region Hustle Highlight Video Region Hustle Q3 Business Networking Event Wed, 18 Sep 2019 18:34:51 +0000 Jenny Craig Brown Region Hustle Q3 Business Networking Event Local professionals discover new opportunities at Region Hustle Q3 Networking event Wed, 18 Sep 2019 03:56:06 +0000 Sarah Corn Where in the Region can professionals go to meet other professionals, share stories, and build support in a relaxed, growth-driven environment? Up until the beginning of 2019, there really weren’t too many options.

“When we met a few years back, we realized that there was not a lot of places for us to go to network and meet different people throughout the Region,” said Alex Nickla, President and Owner of The Nickla Group. “We wanted to bring something together that allows anyone, whether they are a business person, an entrepreneur, an investor, an artist, or a musician, who is trying to do something different in their life.”

Thus was born the idea for the Region Hustle, co-founded by Nickla and True Mtn Marketing CEO and Co-Founder John White to help business people and entrepreneurs in the Region make connections and build relationships, without having to navigate a sales-oriented networking environment. 

“We’re not selling anybody anything. We’re not making any money off of this. We’re doing it for fun because we thought this was a big need in the area,” White said. “This is more of a modern approach. We told people right away that this is for those who want to grow themselves and succeed.”

True Mtn Marketing Partner and event co-organizer Jono Gross agreed, explaining that a big part of the purpose of the event was to bring like-minded people together to share struggles and solutions.

Region Hustle Q3 Business Networking Event 2019

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“We started this event just to see what other creative people were in the area, connect with other professionals, and grow as a community,” Gross said.

They held their second quarterly Networking Event Tuesday evening at Crown Point’s new community gathering venue, Bulldog Park. The recently opened multi-use park boasts an impressive amount of space for attendees to mingle, making it the perfect location to host the growing event.

“This venue really showcases the heartbeat of our community, which is our downtown square,” said attendee and Crown Point Mayor David F. Uran. “We get to show it front and center here tonight with a lot of business owners who are looking for their next location to expand their business or relocate.” 

The first Region Hustle Networking night, held earlier this year in February, drew over 300 guests.

“It’s great getting out and meeting people in our industry that we don’t get to see day-to-day make new contacts, and start new friendships to grow over time,” said attendee Mike Tezak, Broker/Owner at Realty Executives Premier in Valparaiso and Crown Point.

After seeing the success of February’s gathering, GreatNews.Life jumped on board as media sponsor for Tuesday’s night of networking, alongside Crown Point Printing, Roeda Signs, WIN Home Inspection, Peoples Bank, Elite Vision Consultants, and Richter Dental.

“It is awesome to see good people bringing a fun, new style of networking to the Region,” said Jenny Craig-Brown, Executive Team Leader at GreatNews.Life. “This type of event makes it so much easier and more comfortable to network and meet new people. John White, Alex Nickla, and all the people putting this on are young and innovative and that helps with the success of the event.”

Thanks to their support, the event was free to attend and featured a cash bar for those 21+ and a free headshot photo booth.
More information about Regional Hustle events and sponsorship opportunities can be found on their website at

Local professionals discover new opportunities at Region Hustle Q3 Networking event
Region Hustle Q3 Business Networking Event 2019 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 03:49:48 +0000 Sarah Corn Region Hustle Q3 Business Networking Event 2019 Community Healthcare System VIP Open House and Ribbon Cutting of new Crown Point Hospital 2019 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 22:28:20 +0000 GreatNews.Life Community Healthcare System VIP Open House and Ribbon Cutting of new Crown Point Hospital 2019 Application submitted to render Northwest Indiana a 21st Century Talent Region Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:15:53 +0000 Center of Workforce Innovations The Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) and the Northwest Indiana Forum are on the way to establishing Northwest Indiana as a 21st Century Talent Region.  On September 4th, they hosted Secretary Blair Milo from the state’s Office of Career Connections and Talent for a discussion about taking the region to the next step for the designation, based on an application submitted by CWI and the Northwest Indiana Forum.

21st Century Talent Regions are places that commit to using a systems approach to attract, develop, and connect Hoosier talent. The regions are self-defined with regard to their geography and are working toward building and implementing a plan to increase educational attainment, raising household income, and growing the population. The framework for the application being used is the regional economic development plan called IGNITE the Region.  “With the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Office of Career Connections and Talent, and technical assistance from Civic Labs, becoming a 21st Century Talent Region will allow Northwest Indiana the opportunity to build upon the many efforts and initiatives currently in place, especially if you look at our Ignite the Region plan” said Linda Woloshansky, President & CEO of CWI and chair of the Talent Pillar of IGNITE.  Woloshansky said that the community driven plan is intended to support the development of an even stronger talent pool of a future generation of workers and our current well prepared and highly motivated working citizens. 

Heather Ennis, President & CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum believes that the teams engaged and working on Ignite the Region are certainly a model on how collaboration across the many industries and community organizations can make a difference on numerous fronts related to attracting, developing, and retaining talent here in our region. “Progress is already being made as a result of Ignite,” Ennis said.Northwest Indiana stakeholders who supported the application included Indiana University, Ivy Tech, Northwest, NIPSCO, Indiana Beverage, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans, NW Indiana Community Action, Lake Ridge Schools, School City of Hobart, and La Porte County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora.

Application submitted to render Northwest Indiana a 21st Century Talent Region
EPIC Young Professionals Networking Night at Semento’s in Valpo Tue, 17 Sep 2019 01:54:58 +0000 Contributor Our September Networking Night will be held at Sementos’s in Valparaiso, IN.
As always, this is a free networking event, you are just responsible for your own food and beverages you order.
21+ at the bar area please.
Share this event and invite your friends, can’t wait to see everyone!

EPIC Young Professionals Networking Night at Semento’s in Valpo
PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon joins board of La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Mon, 16 Sep 2019 23:14:47 +0000 Purdue University Northwest HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Chancellor Thomas L. Keon has been elected to the board of directors of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO). 

The LCSO has served the residents of La Porte County and beyond for 47 years with its esteemed orchestra of 60 musicians. The orchestra performs a variety of acclaimed concerts, including the annual Holiday at the Pops event, as well as educational concerts for the children of La Porte Community Schools and nearby school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with disabilities. 

Keon is a longtime advocate of engaged partnerships between universities and local communities and a strong supporter of civic engagement and the arts. Currently a board member for the La Porte County Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the Alliance for Regional Development, One Region, the Northwest Indiana Forum, and serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Keon is pleased to also serve the prestigious LCSO, a cornerstone of the performing arts for the area. He will serve on the symphony’s Engagement Committee.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit

PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon joins board of La Porte County Symphony Orchestra
Contributing Editor Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:53:00 +0000 GreatNews.Life GreatNews.Life, publishers of Valpo.Life, Portage.Life, LaPorteCounty.Life, and NWI.Life, is seeking a full-time editor to join the team at the company’s Valparaiso office.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Editing and posting articles and events to the website
  • Updating and managing the event calendar 
  • Event coverage on an as-needed basis  
  • Writing and editing articles and stories that highlight aspects of the Northwest Indiana community
  • Client engagement and project management
  • Ability to address issues after business hours
  • Dashboarding shifts i.e. social media management on all our platforms

Desired qualification:

  • Energetic, with a self-starter mindset 
  • The ability to follow directions, think on your feet, and complete tasks in a fast-paced environment 
  • Solid understanding of social media and marketing including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram 
  • Ability to take constructive criticism 
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about his/her work 
  • Flexibility in a role that is consistently changing, ability to work on occasional nights and weekends 
  • Degree in English, Journalism, Communications or Marketing is preferred 
  • HTML, CSS experience is a plus 
  • Experience using content management systems such as Joomla or WordPress is a plus

*We are not able to offer benefits currently.

*This is an entry level position

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Horizon announces Cara Jones as Business Banker Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:47:55 +0000 Horizon Bank Steve Kring, Regional President of Northwest Indiana, is pleased to announce Cara Jones to Business Banker for Horizon’s Michigan City market.

Jones joined Horizon in 2015 as a Branch Manager for Horizon’s largest office in Michigan City located at 3631 Franklin Street where she oversaw branch operations, sales, and risk management. In her new role, she will provide specialized banking services to business customers including financial counseling, lending and treasury management as well as market retention and business development.

Jones was born and raised in Michigan City and is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Michigan City Rotary and Salvation Army.

About Horizon Bancorp, Inc.

Horizon Bancorp, Inc. is an independent, commercial bank holding company serving northern and central Indiana, and southern and central Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary, Horizon Bank. Horizon Bancorp, Inc. may be reached online at Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.

Horizon announces Cara Jones as Business Banker