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Valparaiso High grad co-authors corporate blog book

Valparaiso native Chantelle Flannery is co-author of <em>Corporate Blogging for Dummies</em>, a book that shares corporate blogging tricks of the trade and how to establish a strategy and measure the blog's success. (Photograph by The Times.)

Valparaiso native Chantelle Flannery is co-author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies, a book that shares corporate blogging tricks of the trade and how to establish a strategy and measure the blog's success. (Photograph by The Times.)

A 2001 graduate of Valparaiso High School who earned degrees at Purdue and Indiana universities has co-authored a book geared toward helping businesses and companies use a social media tool to become more productive and effective.

Corporate Blogging for Dummies, by Valparaiso native Chantelle Flannery and Douglas Karr, is now available at bookstores and Amazon.com.

“It’s kind of a shift in thinking from people looking at blogging as a political or personal thing,” Flannery said. “It’s the start of companies engaging online with the benefits of using a blog as a platform.”
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Dyer woman writes business ‘tale’ with new book store

Mary Freeman is living her dream.

The grandmother of six has been said she has been an avid book reader and lover “since she was a teenager.” Last month, she said she realized her dream when she opened A Cat’s Tale, a used book store at 3512 Joliet Street in Dyer.

It wasn’t hard to get the store’s first inventory set up. Freeman had more than 1,000 books at her home to serve as the starting stock.
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Dr. Rachael Ross

Keeping others healthy seems part of Rachael Ross’s own DNA. A family practice physician at the Tatum Family Health Center, Ross has followed in her father’s footsteps at the clinic David Ross, M.D., founded decades ago at 1619 W. 5th Ave., Gary.

Medicine was “a safe choice. I grew up just a few blocks from the clinic,” she says. “No matter what, my mom stressed, especially to the girls, that they become educated and be able to take care of themselves. My two sisters and a brother are also doctors.” A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Ross earned a medical degree from Meharry Medical College. A resident of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, she brings her medical expertise to many pursuits.

Part of Ross’s professional life revolves around the Gary-based health care clinic where she sees patients on a regular basis. “Our focus is on preventive care to keep families healthy. We show people how to take care of themselves,” Ross says.

Women have a natural nurturing spirit and are often the ones who take care of their families. But many times they go it alone, and these caregivers don’t always take care of themselves, she says. “We strive to help them mentally and physically,” she says.
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Going the (virtual) distance—Three keys to successfully leading in a virtual workforce world

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from Karen Sobel Lojeski:

More and more people are working virtually. Problem is, the old-school leadership models that once worked in America’s organizations no longer cut it in an environment in which coworkers type instead of talk and rarely see each other face-to-face. Author Karen Sobel Lojeski presents a new leadership model for today’s virtual workforce.

Just 20 years ago, “going to work” meant waking up, getting dressed, jumping in the car, and driving to a physical location where you interacted, face-to-face, with your boss and coworkers all day. In 2009 it might mean stepping across the hall to your home office and getting on a videoconference with a boss you haven’t seen in years—if, indeed, you’ve ever met her. Yes, everything about work has changed. It’s gone from a permanent, flesh-and-blood world of people who know their coworkers well—from where they live to how many kids they have to how they drink their coffee—to a transient one where the voices on the phone may change week to week and project to project. (Even inside an office coworkers are more likely to email the person in the next cubicle than speak to him.)
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How many haircuts is that tune-up worth?

BusINess recently received news that Tom Chmielewski, one of the contributors to its sister publication, Shore magazine, is listed as a co-author of a new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barter and Trade Exchanges.

In an email to Shore, Tom jokingly writes, “I’m the co-author. Or as I like to tell people, I’m not the idiot who wrote the guide. I’m the one who edited the idiot and made it work as a book.” The lead author is Jerry Howell, president of Midwest Business Exchange (mbebarter.com) in Portage, Mich., and a nationally known expert on barter for business.

The book will be available Dec. 1, from Alpha Books, a division of Penguin Books, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major booksellers online and across the country. It also will be available as an ebook.

The Penguin Books description reads:

With money tight, bartering is growing in popularity. Over 350,000 businesses make cashless transactions throughout America. Here is the only complete, step- by-step guide to how this potentially lucrative process works, including: the advantages of direct versus national barter networks; how to save and increase profitability; how to increase sales and revenue; and how to start a trade exchange.

Besides writing for Shore, Tom is an editor and publisher of TEC Publishing (tecpublishing.com), an independent publisher and editorial service company.