The gaming market has largely stabilized in Northwest Indiana, with the immediate impact of Illinois moves like slots in bars and the Rivers Casino opening there now fading.
The continued uncertainty shrouding the Affordable Care Act is leaving many in the health care industry wondering what comes next.
Despite the best efforts of Washington politicians to cripple U.S. economic growth, American businesses are overcoming all odds to build a sustained recovery.
As the economy improves, advertisers are staying loyal to what works, whether that be traditional or new media, said Jennifer Finnerty, Radio One Communications general manager.
A soft economy and government stability worries may actually bolster attendance at shows, concerts and movies.
With autumn comes harvest, and local yields have been variable.
The banking sector has been improving gradually over the last couple years, and should continue to make positive gains, a Northwest Indiana banker said.
With announcements of economic development coming to Porter County, Rex Richards can't help but be optimistic about the health of that corner of the Region.
Consumer spending, credit card debt and consumer confidence held steady regionally in the third quarter of 2013, and large retailers are cautiously optimistic the fourth quarter will hold steady with holiday buying, said Connie Kann, area dir…
Enrollments at Indiana University Northwest increased again this fall, but the Gary school seems to be the exception, according to Micah Pollack, Indiana University Northwest professor of economics.
Grocery stores are working to remain relevant to customers, such as by offering more natural foods, said Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson.
Major financial markets have been performing well, but the shutdown could slow the pace of growth, a Northwest Indiana investment adviser said.
The manufacturing sector continues to improve, and the steel industry in particular has been buoyed by strong auto sales, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
The base of activity in Northwest Indiana's construction market is broadening, with residential and commercial activity now rebounding after years of lackluster performance.
A raised debt ceiling did more than end a federal government shutdown. It should ease people's minds as they do their holiday shopping.
Northwest Indiana home sales have increased on a year-over-year basis for 27 straight months due to better consumer confidence, increased employment and low interest rates.
Gas consumption has been flat in Northwest Indiana though prices have come down from the high $3 range, said Tom Collins, the chief executive officer of fuel distributor and retailer Luke Oil.
Lake County's last-in-the-state local income tax is now nicking wage earners' paychecks, but they will get something back for their money.
Last quarter indications show improvement may be on the horizon in the nonprofit sector.
Despite a one-year reprieve for small businesses, Obamacare remains a looming uncertainty for restaurants and others.
Small retailers are already preparing for the holiday season, while still striving to catch the last of summer and back-to-school shoppers.
Short line railroads like South Shore Freight are powering the nation's rail recovery, with total carloads on short lines up 7.5 percent compared to one year ago, according to Railway Age magazine.
Natural gas prices continue to trade within moderate ranges, despite some fears demand from gas-fired electric generating plants might drive up prices during the summer.
Too many people are still out of work, a local labor leader said.
Auto dealers had been enjoying the highest sales since 2007 until the government shutdown paralyzed many consumers with uncertainty, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
Continued confusion about the implementation and impact of the Affordable Care Act leaves unanswered questions about what the legislation, also known as Obamacare, means for the health care industry.
Northwest Indiana's economy continues to grow at a slow rate, and should continue to slog in an upward direction over the next six months.
It's hard to compete with a project employing more than 10,000 workers, but the local construction industry is hopeful renewed vigor in some sectors can fill the gap left by the winding down of the BP Whiting Refinery expansion.
To some parts of the country, corn belt states are known as flyover states. As people jet from coast to coast, the land below looks like swaths of brown, gold and green.
This year stands to be a profitable one for local farmers, in terms of crop yields and high commodity prices.
The auto industry has been having a pretty good year, and has been been boosted by a surge in pickup truck sales, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
Consumer sentiment has been improving, but the economy still has weakness, a Northwest Indiana banker said.
The mammoth BP refinery expansion in Whiting is winding down, but contractors are hopeful the local construction industry will stay afloat.
Numbers show consumers are loosening the grip on their wallets, but slowly.
Enrollment remains strong at local institutes of higher learning, following a swell of people returning to college when the market collapsed in 2008.
The gaming industry in Indiana continues to be affected by trends both national and regional, with casino operators keeping a wary eye on new competition from neighboring states.
High gas prices have squeezed the wholesale and retail gasoline industries, said Tom Collins, the chief executive officer of Luke Oil.
Northwest Indiana Realtors are riding a wave of almost two years worth of monthly sales increases, while keeping a wary eye out for market changes that could affect future sales.
Restaurant owners still worry about beef prices and the weather, but Obamacare remains No. 1 on the list of unknowns facing the industry.
A national feeling of uncertainty about the continued roll out of the Affordable Care Act, especially as the individual mandate portion goes into effect Jan. 1, has trickled down to the local level.
Lake County taxpayers will begin feeling the pain this October, when the county's first-ever income tax hits paychecks.
Work remains steady at Northwest Indiana’s major manufacturers, but a local union leader said the number of job would increase if there were more construction projects and infrastructure spending.
Business has been good for those with the experience and know-how to mine the Northwest Indiana media market, with stronger ad sales and social media boosting revenues.
Soft demand and overcapacity issues have been nagging the steel industry, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
Philanthropic donations are expected to grow in the next six months, in what will be a long return to donor levels before 2008-09, said Harry Vande Velde III, president and CEO of Legacy Foundation.
More commuters took the South Shore in both May and June as compared to a year ago, providing hope the commuter railroad may soon see a ridership turnaround.
Small retailers are keeping a wary on eye on prices while looking for new ways to better serve the customer.
Steelmakers continue to struggle with weak demand, low prices and overcapacity.
The retail sector is on an upward climb, with buyers looking to national economic health as their cue.
Cooler than normal summer weather is helping to keep electric prices moderate in the short-term, while low natural gas prices are doing the same for the long-term outlook.
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