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Bringing NWI online community offline

NWITweetup organizer Nat Finn checks his phone at the group's January meeting at Northwoods Restaurant in St John. (Photograph by Tim Hunt/The Times.)

NWITweetup organizer Nat Finn checks his phone at the group's January meeting at Northwoods Restaurant in St John. (Photograph by Tim Hunt/The Times.)

Bringing the region’s online community together offline while helping local businesses learn how to use social media as an effective marketing tool is the goal behind monthly “tweetups” happening in Northwest Indiana.

The gatherings provide a stimulating meeting place for local marketers and designers, said NWITweetup organizers Kathy Sipple, and Dave Woodson and Nat Finn.

“Tweeting and social media in the region will grow with people’s understanding of it,” Finn said.
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Tuesday business workshop outlines business ownership

The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is offering its Launch Your Own Business workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hammond INnovation Center, 5209 Hohman Ave.

The workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs determine their preparedness and ability to launch a business by examining the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges involved in business ownership.

Cost is $25, and registration and payment are required in advance.

To register, contact the NWI SBDC at 219.644.3513 or visit nwisbdc.org, click on Seminars and Events, then the title of the workshop and follow the instructions.


Ford targets social media

A Ford F-150 is displayed Wednesday during the 2011 Chicago Auto Show media preview at McCormick Place in Chicago. Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will focus on social media and other new advertising strategies for 2011 vehicles. (Photograph by Thomas Quinn/The Times.)

A Ford F-150 is displayed Wednesday during the 2011 Chicago Auto Show media preview at McCormick Place in Chicago. Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will focus on social media and other new advertising strategies for 2011 vehicles.
(Photograph by Thomas Quinn/The Times.)

Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will focus on social media and other new advertising strategies for 2011 vehicles.

Jim Farley, marketing chief for Ford, told the crowd at the Chicago Auto Show media preview that the only media that grew in 2009 and 2010 was online and mobile, and that information is changing Ford’s marketing campaigns.

“With 500 million people on Facebook, we can reach more potential customers in a more personal way,” Farley said.
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Local competition to spotlight entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who want to test their start-up business idea can enter the Big Sell Entrepreneurs in Action competition.

The competition provides an opportunity for 50 entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to audience members and judges and share more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, including free office space for a year at the Hammond INnovation Center.

The event was developed by Purdue University Calumet and its Center for Entrepreneurship Success in cooperation with Hammond Development Corp.
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An insider’s view into buying and selling a home

It’s no surprise that potential homebuyers have a few lingering concerns about the housing market today.

Even so, results of the recent National Association of Realtors® (NAR) 8th annual Housing Opportunity Pulse Survey reveal that 8 out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market.

With a dozen developing new home communities in the area, a good number of potential new homebuyers in northwest Indiana visit the information centers and models by Olthof Homes. In general, they all have very similar questions and concerns, according to Todd Olthof of Olthof Homes.
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Museum exhibit chronicles Burns Harbor’s past

Westchester Township History Museum curator Jane Walsh-Brown talks last week about the Burns Harbor Exhibit, which traces the history of Westchester Township's youngest town from its early 19th century settlement through the years when it was known as Westport. Through various artifacts and photographs, the exhibit also looks at the construction of Bethlehem Steel, the town's incorporation and its present-day life. The exhibit is open through mid-January. (Photograph by The Times.)

Westchester Township History Museum curator Jane Walsh-Brown talks last week about the Burns Harbor Exhibit, which traces the history of Westchester Township's youngest town from its early 19th century settlement through the years when it was known as Westport. Through various artifacts and photographs, the exhibit also looks at the construction of Bethlehem Steel, the town's incorporation and its present-day life. The exhibit is open through mid-January. (Photograph by The Times.)

Bulldozers crisscross the Dunes, shoveling huge masses of sand and removing “vegetation.” Buckets hauled by cranes remove silt from “swamps” as other machines fill in the pockets of water left behind.

Footage from a Bethlehem Steel promotional film made in 1968 plays on a monitor at the Westchester Township History Museum, surrounded by a display that chronicles the controversial destruction of the Central Dunes and the creation of Bethlehem Steel. The steel company was one of the groups involved in incorporating the town of Burns Harbor more than four decades ago.
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Be smart about money with United Way help

The United Way of Porter County will host several free classes on timely money topics during Money Smart Week, Saturday through Oct. 23. The Federal Reserve promotes Money Smart Week nationwide and this is the first year Porter County has participated. Classes will be offered in Valparaiso and Portage.

Valparaiso:

9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the United Way office, 951 Eastport Centre Drive; 1st Source Bank will present “How to Budget.”

5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Way office, attorney Valerie Rice will present “Credit Cardology.” Participants can learn about President Obama’s new credit card law.
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Business Calendar

mondays

Merrillville | The Referral Organization of Indiana (ROI) Business Networking Group meets Mondays at A.J. Specialties, 1308 East 85th Avenue. Networking starts at 7:15 a.m.; meetings start at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Tony Schifino at 219.736.0367.

Merrillville | Toastmasters of Southlake Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the University of Phoenix, 8401 Ohio Street. Call Kim Kosmas at 219.218.3877.

Valparaiso | The Northwest Indiana Professional Network meets from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays in the Alumni Room of the Harre Student Union, 1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. Contact Sandra Alvarez at the Center of Workforce Innovations at 219.462.2940 or salvarez@innovativeworkforce.com.

tuesdays

Gary | The Indiana Business Professionals Chapter of the Networking Club meets from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Baker’s House upstairs meeting room, 6004 Miller Avenue. For information, call Tammie Galloway at 888.263.6926 ext 1.
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Tina St. Aubin

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Last year, in recognition of the city’s efforts to revitalize itself without raising taxes, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce named Valparaiso “Community of the Year.” Tina St. Aubin had something to do with that honor, the first for a Northwest Indiana town: As executive director of Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events, Inc. (VCFE) since 2008, St. Aubin has played a central role in ensuring that her city’s downtown remains attractive to families and businesses alike.

“Our goal is to continue to bring events to the community that everyone can support,” says St. Aubin, 37. “That’s what we do. If we can help businesses to succeed, that’s even better.”

As a lifelong resident of Valparaiso and member of a family of small business owners, St. Aubin would seem to offer the perfect blend of community passion and practical knowledge. “We do events that can help business be successful,” says St. Aubin, who has worked as operations manager at Duffy’s Place, the Valparaiso bar and restaurant her husband owns. “I understand their challenges; I understand the risks that they’ve taken.”

Formed in 1999, VCFE is dedicated to improving Valparaiso’s retail environment, initiating cooperative efforts and providing family-oriented recreational events. In practice, that means St. Aubin spends much of her time working closely with city officials and VCFE’s board of directors to plan and oversee a variety of annual events, many of which are familiar to Valparaiso residents. These include the long-running Popcorn Festival (Orville Redenbacher resided in Valparaiso), this year’s inaugural Valpo Brewfest, the Fall Harvest Festival and the VCFE Concert Series, which is a fundraiser for the organization. (VCFE is partly funded by the city, but it is an independent nonprofit.)
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Indiana policy leaders speak up for Afterschool, webcast October 4

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 Indiana Afterschool Network:

This ninety-minute interactive webcast, presented by the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) on October 4 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will help Indiana afterschool providers organize successful advocacy events and get ready for Lights On Indiana. Lights On events are hosted by afterschool, school and community partners to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs.

Hear directly from Indiana’s public officials and afterschool advocates and have the opportunity to ask questions. The national Afterschool Alliance will introduce tools and resources for the event.

Confirmed Speakers:
US Senator Richard Lugar
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett
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