STORY OF THE WEEK

2014-03-09T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
March 09, 2014 12:00 am

Manufacturing center presents 'tremendous opportunity' for region

While flanked by a robotic arm, a helicopter engine and other "pretty cool stuff," President Barack Obama joked at a news conference last week that he was announcing they were building Iron Man.

New leader tapped for NWI Forum

A new leader will take the reins at the Northwest Indiana Forum, a privately funded economic development agency. Heather Ennis will take over as president and chief executive officer in April. She is the first woman to lead the organization, which aims to promote business investment and job creation throughout the region.

IU Northwest prepares MBA students to lead effectively

Someone who inspires, excites and encourages people to follow - a leader is really anyone whose achievement requires the support of others. At Indiana University Northwest, MBA students are shown how they can lead people more effectively.

Cold, snowy winter affecting many small businesses

This winter is one of the coldest and snowiest in history, and small businesses across the region are suffering from its effects. Business owners have been reporting slower-than-average sales, which is causing them to trim hours and consider new promotions to help boost sales and make up lost funds during the summer months.

Report: Two area hospitals among best in the nation

Community Hospital in Munster and Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey have been ranked among the top hospitals in the country.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Bedzzz Direct, Valparaiso and Schererville

Chris Paulk's entire career has been spent in mattresses and foundations. Paulk, who recently opened his second Bedzzz Direct store, began working in the industry as a high school senior delivering mattresses for a well-known furniture store that developed into a huge chain of bedding stores before it was sold to a national retailer.

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