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HAMMOND | The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center business adviser Bill Gregory will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at the Hammond INnovation Center, 5209 Hohman Ave. To meet with Gregory, visit, fill out a business assessment and call (219) 644–3513 to schedule an appointment.

PORTAGE | The Northwest Indiana Professional Network meets from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays at Portage Work One, Ameriplex Commercial Park, 1575 Adler Circle, Suite A. For more information, contact Sandra Alvarez at the Center of Workforce Innovations at (219) 462-2940 or .



HAMMOND | The Rotary Club of Hammond meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in the Student Union Library Building at Purdue Calumet, 2200 169th St. For more information, call (219)513-0549, or visit .

MERRILLVILLE | Southshore Business Networking, will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month Cafe Divine, 9000 Taft St. Call Rick Gosser at (219) 808-9888 or visit .

HIGHLAND | BNI, Business Networking International will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Harry's Grill, 9400 Indianapolis Blvd. Contact Michael Pelz at (815) 370-2940.



CROWN POINT | BNI, Business Network International, meets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at White Hawk Country Club, 1001 White Hawk Drive, in the Members Lounge. For information, call Michael Pelz at (219) 427-5933 or (815) 370-2940.

CROWN POINT | The Referral Organization of Indiana (ROI) Business Networking Group meets Wednesdays at Red Key Realty Leaders, 503 E. Summit St. Networking starts at 7:15 a.m.; meetings start at 7:30 am. For more information, visit .

MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillville Chapter of BNI, Business Networking International, will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St. Contact Michael Pelz at (815) 370-2940.

VALPARAISO | BNI, Business Network International, meets from 7 to 8:30 am at The Hampton Inn, 1451 Silhavy Road. For information call Beckie Guffin at (219) 462-2771.



MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville Breakfast Kiwanis meets from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Petro's Restaurant, 6190 Broadway Ave. For more information, please contact Mary Jane DiMichele at (219) 934-6318 ext. 239 or visit .

MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillville Noon Kiwanis Club meets from noon to 1 p.m., Thursdays at Petro's Restaurant, 6190 Broadway Ave. For more information call Bruce Woods at (219) 794-1259 over visit .

SCHERERVILLE | A BNI (Business Networking International) business development group meets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Holiday Inn Express, 1773 Fountain Park Drive. Call Michael Pelz at (815) 370-2940 for more information.

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Business League meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Round-the-Clock restaurant, 217 E. Lincolnway. For more information, visit .

VALPARAISO |The Referral Organization of Indiana (ROI) Business Networking Group meets Thursdays at the Regional Credit Union, 2801 Boilermaker Ave. (Door needs to stay locked until 9 a.m., so knock). Networking starts at 8 a.m.; meetings are from 8:15 to 9:15 am. For more information, contact Sue Baxter at or (219) 464-9237. Visit for more information.



MERRILLVILLE | NWINP, Northwest Indiana Networking Professionals, meets from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Fridays at AJ Specialties, 1308 East 85th Ave. For more information, visit or contact Carl Watroba at (219) 776-7423.

HAMMOND | Free business counseling services are available through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) from 9 and 10 a.m. Fridays at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, 5246 Hohman Ave. If you are starting a business, or having problems in business, call (219) 931-1000 for an appointment.



Sept. 13

INDIANAPOLIS | The third INVESTIndiana Equity Conference returns to Indianapolis, providing institutional investors, fund managers, analysts and investment professionals the opportunity to hear about the performance and prospects of Indiana's leading public companies. The one-day event will be at the Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, visit .

MERRILLVILLE |  The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is teaming with social media coach Kathy Sipple to present a new workshop on Pinterest for Business from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at the Purdue University Calumet Academic Learning Center, 9900 Connecticut Drive, in Room 221. The cost of the workshop is $50 and registration and payment are required in advance. To register, visit, click on seminars and events, the workshop, and follow instructions or call (219) 644-3513 


Sept. 14

MUNSTER | Family Christian Center, 340 45th Ave., is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the church. Pastor John Ponder said 100 companies are being sought to participate. Vendors are asked to register at For more information, contact Ramona Turner at (312) 914-4734 or emailed to

MERRILLVILLE | Lakeshore Public Television is hosting the The Lakeshore Professional Women's Conference, a full-day event featuring professional development and networking opportunities for women at all levels of the business world. The conference is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave. Cost is $125. For more information, call (219) 756-5656 ext. 327

SCHERERVILLE | Jill Ritchie is the director of public policy and governmental affairs for United States Steel Corp., will speak at the next Lake County Advancement Committee Monthly Meeting at noon at Teibel's Restaurant, 1775 U.S. 41. The cost is $20. To make reservations, email Caitlin Mills-Groninger at or call (219) 473-4325 by Sept. 10. Guests are welcome.


Sept. 18

VALPARAISO | The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is offering “Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Regional Development Company, 1757 Thornapple Circle. The cost is $25 and registration and payment are required in advance. To register, visit, click on seminars and events, the workshop, and follow instructions or call (219) 644-3513.


Sept. 21

CROWN POINT | Rick and Susan Riddering, the owners of NorthStar360 Business Solutions, will present a work/life balance program from 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at First Financial Bank, 11890 Broadway at the corner of U.S. 231 and Broadway. The program will include networking and refreshments. RSVP to Judith Mariola at or (219) 226-2066.


Sept. 26

HAMMOND | The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce's eighth annual Business Expo will be at Dynasty Banquet Center, 4125 Calumet Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the expo will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The theme will be "The Strength of Indiana Business” and the keynote speaker is Charles L. Evans, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. A business after-hours is set from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Luncheon reservations are $20. Booth space is available for a charge. To RSVP call (219) 931-1000.


Sept. 27

MERRILLVILLE | Schepel Cadillac, 2929 W. Lincoln Highway, will host an after-hours business networking event at 5 p.m. to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. This will be the middle event in a series of three called Training for Great Futures. For more information on the event and to register, visit


Oct. 6

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana High Speed Rail Association will host the 13th Annual Golden Spike Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Structurepoint, Inc, 7260 Shadeland Station. Registration is $55, which includes lunch, or $45 before Sept. 15. Payment can be made on line at or sent to the Indiana High Speed Rail Association, 2645 Ridge Road, Highland, IN 46322.


Nov. 14

MERRILLVILLE | Jim Oberweis, owner of Oberweis Dairy, will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Luncheon Nov. 14 at the Star Plaza in Merrillville. The event, which honors entrepreneurs throughout the seven counties in Northwest Indiana, is sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. The awards luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $40. Call the NWI SBDC at (219) 644-3513 or email to buy tickets. For more information about the event or sponsorships, visit .


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