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Despite his college degree and desire to help people, the country's poor job market stymied Kevin Hand’s job prospects until he found a solution.
DYER | Jason Ramirez hopes to soon retire from his job in safety management on electrical service and devote full time to his new business.
MERRILLVILLE | Customer service is everything, said Jason Smith, who owns M & M Total Turf Care with his wife, Jen.
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.
HEBRON | Dean Ricci investment in employees and equipment has made his business a leader in its field.
VALPARAISO | The name “Good to Go” is more than a catch phrase, it's an explanation of what's in store for its customers.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Linda Weber originally opened Urban Soles because she disliked having to drive into Chicago to buy the type of shoes she wanted.
Chris Paulk's entire career has been spent in mattresses and foundations.
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.
Chef Andrew Easterday says he brought a bit of Italy to Northwest Indiana when he opened his new restaurant in late November.
Ryan Davis' gunsmithing hobby has become his passion and his career.
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.
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.
HIGHLAND | Sweating it out means more than worrying about finances for the owner of recently-opened Pure Power Hot Yoga.
MUNSTER | An artist in her own right, Michelle Gladish has the knowledge and technique to restore the works of others to their former glory.
The new entrance into the front of Miles Books is just one of the changes the almost 30-year-old business has undergone.
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.
You may want to include your local grocer when you give thanks for your blessing this year.
HIGHLAND | Customer Cconvenience is spurring business at Galka’s Bowling Pro Shop since it moved to its new location within Plaza Lanes.
What could be better than watching your favorite sports team while eating a delicious pizza?
Dawn Johnson is optimistic about her store's 2013 holiday sales, but she's also concerned an ongoing government shutdown could squeeze shopper spending.
CROWN POINT | You don’t have to be lucky to find gold and gems at Jackie Goodman’s Gold Depot Mining Co.
Two businesses from Northwest Indiana are proving that making the list of the country’s fastest growing companies is no small achievement.
CHESTERTON | Chicago's oldest bookstore is becoming Chesterton's newest.
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.
GARY | Through grit and determination, experience and education, Ayesha Patterson has climbed the career ladder and is helping others do the same.
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.
CROWN POINT | She’s fast and she knows it, and she hopes her speed soon will be known around the world.
CRETE | After mowing lawns as a kid, then running a landscaping business for 30 years, Don Rietveld was ready for the next step.
VALPARAISO | Shipping is what it’s all about for MLT Providers.
HAMMOND | Swanel Beverage Inc., a producer of fountain syrups and energy drinks, is growing and outgrowing the Hammond location it has occupied since 1977.
Despite a common perception, gasoline prices don’t skyrocket just because it’s Independence Day or any other summer holiday, experts said.
GRIFFITH | William Mulligan decision to take his parents’ meat distribution business in a new direction has been its path to continued success.
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.
VALPARAISO | Nancy Van Santen travels the nation and the world looking for the unique merchandise she sells at Piper’s Boutique.
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.
The name of About Face Skin Care says it all. The skin care salon opened in March to offer facials, Swedish massages and more, all aimed at making its clients look and feel better.
CHICAGO | Calumet City, Lansing, Burnham, Riverdale, Thornton Township and Glenwood are among the proposed recipients of 2013 Community Development Block Grant Funds.
The retail meat industry has changed significantly during the 50 years since John Genzler began his career.
Their high cost isn’t stopping shoppers from grilling beef and chicken for their Memorial Day holiday events, but they may not be buying all their favorite cuts.
CHICAGO | The nation’s improved economy and the sales of Police Interceptors has the Ford Chicago Assembly plant working at maximum capacity.
HOBART | As owner of Chicago Health & Fitness, Mario Daklala has found the perfect balance between career and hobby.
Community banks say they are committed to offering more than financial services because they have a symbiotic relationship with the communities they serve.
Union membership in Northwest Indiana is holding steady despite membership rates at their lowest level in decades in the rest of the state and the country as a whole.
Robert Zahkar and Vince Kisala's business, an in-house and online auction house, handles property from estates, of collectors or just those who need to dispose of items they no longer want or need.
VALPARAISO | When John Barney hired an armed forces veteran at his company, it started a trend that continues as Axis Construction grows.
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