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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Kempo Jujutsu Academy of Martial Arts, Dyer

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Kempo Jujutsu Academy of Martial Arts, Dyer

DYER | Jason Ramirez hopes to soon retire from his job in safety management on electrical service and devote full time to his new business.

July 12, 2014 11:37 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: M & M Total Turf Care

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: M & M Total Turf Care

MERRILLVILLE | Customer service is everything, said Jason Smith, who owns M & M Total Turf Care with his wife, Jen.

July 05, 2014 5:36 pm Photos

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Falling trees mean climbing business

Falling trees mean climbing business

While the Emerald Ash Borer is endangering and killing thousands of area ash trees, the insect’s creating a spike in business for local tree services.

June 28, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Ricci's Landscaping Management Inc.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Ricci's Landscaping Management Inc.

HEBRON | Dean Ricci investment in employees and equipment has made his business a leader in its field.

June 21, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Good to Go by Lucrezia, Valparaiso

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Good to Go by Lucrezia, Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | The name “Good to Go” is more than a catch phrase, it's an explanation of what's in store for its customers.

June 14, 2014 12:13 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: White Inventory Service Inc., Laning

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: White Inventory Service Inc., Laning

The job of White Inventory Service Inc.'s employees is to count everything: cans of coffee, bottles of wine, stalks of celery, bags of chips and anything else, sold in each retail site they inventory.

June 07, 2014 12:00 pm
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Thoesen Tractor of Indiana Co. Inc.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Thoesen Tractor of Indiana Co. Inc.

LYNWOOD | When the economy went into recession five years ago, Joseph Thoesen’s business servicing construction equipment had to change or crash along with many of the dirt-based markets it had served.

May 31, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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PROFESSIONALS TO WATCH: Heather Ennis

PROFESSIONALS TO WATCH: Heather Ennis

Loving her community and being civic minded are traits that have spurred Heather Ennis’s career in public service and economic development.

May 13, 2014 3:02 pm Photos

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PROFESSIONALS TO WATCH: John Diederich

PROFESSIONALS TO WATCH: John Diederich

His long career on banking and his attitude toward the customer truly make John Diederich a people’s person.

May 12, 2014 3:32 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Pancake Club, Schererville

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Pancake Club, Schererville

SCHERERVILLE | With many of their customers coming from south county, Dina and Harry Les decided that was where they should expand their business They opened Pancake Club in October, almost a decade after opening Les Brothers, their Highland restaurant, and a full 38 years after the first "L…

May 10, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Harvest Circle Workshop, Valparaiso

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Harvest Circle Workshop, Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Former event planner Apryl Niksch has morphed her belief in natural foods and natural living into her new business, Harvest Circle Workshop.

May 03, 2014 10:35 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Scare Antiques & Collectibles

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Scare Antiques & Collectibles

DYER | Scarce Antiques & Collectibles came about through John Perkovich's love of history coupled with a bit of nostalgia and decades of collecting the rare, the old and the unique.

April 19, 2014 3:21 pm
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Wigs on Wheels

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Wigs on Wheels

Donna Fox is in business not just to earn money, but also a way to give women their confidence back.

April 12, 2014 11:43 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Urban Soles, Valparaiso and Michigan City

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Urban Soles, Valparaiso and Michigan City

Linda Weber originally opened Urban Soles because she disliked having to drive into Chicago to buy the type of shoes she wanted.

March 22, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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NWI BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME: Thomas Katsahnias

NWI BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME: Thomas Katsahnias

His long-term goal was to lead an interesting life, and his career and achievements show Thomas Katsahnias has achieved that ambition.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Auto industry on fast track for 2014

Auto industry on fast track for 2014

Automobile manufacturers and dealers saw a rebound in auto sales in 2013, and predict 2014 will be another banner year for the industry.

March 03, 2014 1:15 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Bedzzz Direct, Valparaiso and Schererville

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Bedzzz Direct, Valparaiso and Schererville

Chris Paulk's entire career has been spent in mattresses and foundations.

March 01, 2014 12:00 pm
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Mathnasium, Schererville

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Mathnasium, Schererville

While reading a magazine while waiting in her dentist's office, educator Tiara Harris learned about a method to help students who need special help in math.

February 22, 2014 10:55 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Little Italy, Dyer

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Little Italy, Dyer

Chef Andrew Easterday says he brought a bit of Italy to Northwest Indiana when he opened his new restaurant in late November.

February 15, 2014 1:45 pm
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Cross Saber Gunsmithing, Kouts

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Cross Saber Gunsmithing, Kouts

Ryan Davis' gunsmithing hobby has become his passion and his career.

January 25, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Eco Chic Boutique, Dyer

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Eco Chic Boutique, Dyer

DYER | If you’re looking for designer clothes at bargain prices, or if you want to rid your closet of all your unused clothing, Eco Chic Boutique can help.

January 18, 2014 11:46 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Smith Animal Clinic, Crown Point and DeMotte

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Smith Animal Clinic, Crown Point and DeMotte

CROWN POINT | When James Willard Smith began practicing veterinary medicine in the late 19th century, he began a line of veterinarians that continued from his son, C. Harvey Smith, to his grandson, Harvey R. Smith, and to his great-grandson, Kirk A. Smith.

January 04, 2014 2:54 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Pure Power Hot Yoga, Highland

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Pure Power Hot Yoga, Highland

HIGHLAND | Sweating it out means more than worrying about finances for the owner of recently-opened Pure Power Hot Yoga.

December 28, 2013 3:25 pm
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Gladco Arts, Munster

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Gladco Arts, Munster

MUNSTER | An artist in her own right, Michelle Gladish has the knowledge and technique to restore the works of others to their former glory.

December 21, 2013 10:28 am Photos

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Highland bookstore gets new look

Highland bookstore gets new look

The new entrance into the front of Miles Books is just one of the changes the almost 30-year-old business has undergone.

December 08, 2013 12:40 pm Photos

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Octogenarian furniture store owner hopes to change fortunes in Gary

Octogenarian furniture store owner hopes to change fortunes in Gary

GARY | More than 55 years have passed since 88-year-old Albert Cohen opened the furniture store that remains a Washington Street fixture in the city’s otherwise bleak retail habitat.

December 05, 2013 11:16 pm Photos

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Cost of average dinner taking smaller slice out of consumers' budgets

Cost of average dinner taking smaller slice out of consumers' budgets

You may want to include your local grocer when you give thanks for your blessing this year.

November 23, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Galka’s Bowling Pro Shop, Highland

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Galka’s Bowling Pro Shop, Highland

HIGHLAND | Customer Cconvenience is spurring business at Galka’s Bowling Pro Shop since it moved to its new location within Plaza Lanes.

November 09, 2013 12:00 pm
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Coaches Pizzeria, Portage

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Coaches Pizzeria, Portage

What could be better than watching your favorite sports team while eating a delicious pizza?

October 26, 2013 11:02 am Photos

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Holiday spending still a guessing game

Holiday spending still a guessing game

Dawn Johnson is optimistic about her store's 2013 holiday sales, but she's also concerned an ongoing government shutdown could squeeze shopper spending.

October 12, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Gold Depot Mining Co., Crown Point

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Gold Depot Mining Co., Crown Point

CROWN POINT | You don’t have to be lucky to find gold and gems at Jackie Goodman’s Gold Depot Mining Co.

October 12, 2013 12:04 pm Photos

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20 UNDER 40: Dana Liss

20 UNDER 40: Dana Liss

At age 29, Dana Liss has spent her life proving that you’re never too young to make a difference.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Medicine takes a look inside

Medicine takes a look inside

The Region's hospitals and healthcare centers are tapping into new imaging technology that aids diagnostic procedures for the health and comfort of the patient.

October 04, 2013 7:15 am Photos

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It's all in the numbers: Fitness and nutrition devices record daily body stats to keep people on track

It's all in the numbers: Fitness and nutrition devices record daily body stats to keep people on track

You can't fool Mother Nature and body monitors don't let you fool yourself. FitBit, Jawbones UP, BodyMedia and other monitors collect physiological data to track and/or measure body activity..

September 26, 2013 12:15 pm Photos

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Two NWI companies make Inc. list

Two NWI companies make Inc. list

Two businesses from Northwest Indiana are proving that making the list of the country’s fastest growing companies is no small achievement.

September 24, 2013 6:30 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: O'Gara & Wilson, Chesterton

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: O'Gara & Wilson, Chesterton

CHESTERTON | Chicago's oldest bookstore is becoming Chesterton's newest.

September 15, 2013 4:00 am Photos

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Achieve your goals with B.FIT.N.LIFE

Achieve your goals with B.FIT.N.LIFE

DYER | Carter Rickey learned about health and fitness only after a tragic loss and now wants to share the knowledge through his business, B.FIT.N.LIFE.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Valparaiso Shrimp Co., Valparaiso

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Valparaiso Shrimp Co., Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | The whole idea of raising shrimp in a Northwest Indiana warehouse seems implausible, but that’s exactly what the Valparaiso Shrimp Co. did.

August 31, 2013 12:00 pm Photos

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Local business consultant hopes book will help others

Local business consultant hopes book will help others

GARY | Through grit and determination, experience and education, Ayesha Patterson has climbed the career ladder and is helping others do the same.

August 28, 2013 6:00 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: True Lux Car Wash, Griffith

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: True Lux Car Wash, Griffith

GRIFFITH | As he reached age 40, David Coslov decided he wanted a career change that would allow him to spend more time off the road and with his family.

August 17, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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Local captioning business owner shoots for world record

Local captioning business owner shoots for world record

CROWN POINT | She’s fast and she knows it, and she hopes her speed soon will be known around the world.

August 05, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Crete Garden Center and Nursery

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Crete Garden Center and Nursery

CRETE | After mowing lawns as a kid, then running a landscaping business for 30 years, Don Rietveld was ready for the next step.

August 03, 2013 4:06 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: MLT Providers, Valpariaso

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: MLT Providers, Valpariaso

VALPARAISO | Shipping is what it’s all about for MLT Providers.

July 27, 2013 12:28 pm
MADE IN NWI: Swanel Beverage Inc., Hammond

MADE IN NWI: Swanel Beverage Inc., Hammond

HAMMOND | Swanel Beverage Inc., a producer of fountain syrups and energy drinks, is growing and outgrowing the Hammond location it has occupied since 1977.

July 25, 2013 6:00 am Photos

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Gasoline prices fuel perception

Gasoline prices fuel perception

Despite a common perception, gasoline prices don’t skyrocket just because it’s Independence Day or any other summer holiday, experts said.

July 02, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Applewood Farms, Griffith

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Applewood Farms, Griffith

GRIFFITH | William Mulligan decision to take his parents’ meat distribution business in a new direction has been its path to continued success.

June 29, 2013 2:59 pm Photos

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Summer vacations may equal more work for those still at the office

Summer vacations may equal more work for those still at the office

Summer may be the peak vacation period, yet business and industry still must go on despite having employees at the beach rather than on the job.

June 23, 2013 12:24 am Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Piper's Boutique, Valparaiso

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Piper's Boutique, Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Nancy Van Santen travels the nation and the world looking for the unique merchandise she sells at Piper’s Boutique.

June 22, 2013 5:01 pm Photos

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Business has been providing flags to region for almost a century

Business has been providing flags to region for almost a century

CHICAGO | Through its almost 100-year history, W.G.N. Flag and Decorating Co. has provided millions of the flags flying throughout the region on Flag Day and every other national holiday.

June 13, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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