How to build your brand awareness — with help from an editor

Pitch stories that ring with interesting facts, quotes and sources. BY HEATHER PFUNDSTEIN, NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS MAGAZINE The movies often make editors sound oh, so cool — and sometimes a [...]

Commentary: Chicagoland’s Latino Entrepreneurial Ecosystem on the Rise

From Waukegan to Hammond, Ind., and as far west as Elgin and Aurora, the entrepreneurial spirit of greater Chicagoland’s Latino community is fueling innovative ventures and economic growth. This is [...]

Indiana Celebrates Small Business Week and the Vital Impact Entrepreneurs Have on Thriving Hoosier Economy

Governor Holcomb proclaims April 28-May 4 as Small Business Week in Indiana, IEDC awards small business of the year recognition to eight Hoosier companies Governor Eric J. Holcomb today issued [...]

Minority Business Skills Enhancement Program Gives Underserved Groups a Hand Up in Northwest Indiana

Small businesses are the economic engines of local communities and the national economy, though they aren’t always on an equal playing field with their larger counterparts. Yet more disparities exist [...]

11 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in the Workplace

February is Black History Month (BHM) and when the US celebrates African Americans’ contributions and achievements throughout history. This is an opportunity for HR to collaborate with their people to [...]

8 Reasons To Support Small Business & Shop Local This Holiday Season

With the holiday season now in full swing, it's more important than ever to keep our small businesses top of mind when tackling our shopping lists. Sure, every television channel [...]

Promoting Accessibility and Inclusion During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

As we close National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, I find it fitting to take a moment to recognize the efforts of the individuals and organizations who work tirelessly [...]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams

October marks the 20th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  The Census Bureau goes to great lengths to protect your information. We are committed to safeguarding the information of survey participants so [...]

How Small Business Owners Can Provide Benefits/Perks to Employees

One of the most important parts of a business is its people. When employees feel valued, cared for, and part of a big mission beyond making a profit, they will [...]

Ranked: The Best States To Start a Business In 2023

Millions of Americans are ditching their day jobs in pursuit of starting a business that will give them more happiness, fulfillment and—hopefully—income. But starting a successful business is no easy [...]

The Success of Veteran-Owned Businesses and Ways to Support Them

Veterans contribute to society in many commendable ways, and the path of entrepreneurship is one particularly impactful example. There are close to 2 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S., and [...]

Helping Small Businesses to Sustain and Succeed

Dr. Janell Harvey discusses how small businesses can utilize strategic planning in a post-pandemic society.  Due to the recent pandemic, leaders in the non-profit and for-profit sectors often face several [...]

EDA Celebrates Black History Month

African American entrepreneurs are increasingly central to the maintenance of a strong U.S. economy. According to one recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of Black small business owners [...]

Small Business Saturday – November 26, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small [...]

Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

By: Office of Disability Employment Policy • October 4, 2022 A strong workforce is the sum of many parts and perspectives, and this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, “Disability: Part of the [...]

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A Tax Guide for Gig Workers

Even before the pandemic, the number of Americans self-employed or working on a side hustle had been growing, with more than 27 million taxpayers reporting “sole proprietor” income to the [...]

Starting a Small Business? You Need the Right Checking Account

You found your big idea; now it is time to start planning for a successful business launch. Before you open your doors, establishing a small business checking account should be [...]

Indiana Creatives are Fierce Entrepreneurs

Sixty percent of Indiana’s creative workforce is self-employed, while only twenty percent of the nation’s creative workforce is self-employed. If you’re an artist or creative professional in Indiana, you’re an […]

Innovate WithIN

Innovation and problem-solving are synonymous. Successful new products and services simply solve real problems for real people. The most successful innovations solve those problems at scale. Earlier this month, problem-solving […]

The Impact of COVID Vaccine Acceptance on Small Businesses

The connection between acceptance of the COVID vaccine and small business is very simple: they can greatly benefit each other. Now that the vaccines are available for all small business employees, […]

Financial Literacy Is Crucial For Businesses, Not Just Consumers 

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the business landscape for so many in the last year. The public health crisis quickly halted the economy, and businesses which relied on foot traffic or […]

March is National Nutrition Month

I can’t put all on my experiences as a small business owner into an article but I will list the most important lessons I have learned as an entrepreneur that […]

The Importance and History of Black-owned Businesses

“Regular or Unleaded?” “Fill’er up!” I remember like it was yesterday! My parents owned a gas station on Gary, Indiana’s West side for nearly 35 years, and I had the […]

MCAS Safe Harbor

As I celebrate February as Youth Leadership Month, I am proud to reflect on the 10 years I have spent in the field of Youth Leadership in Northwest Indiana. After […]

Love Your Library

The library is not just a place of books anymore. Libraries are essential community centers thatoffer classes, online research tools, meeting spaces, and materials to help you in your businessendeavors. […]

National Mentoring Month

During these tumultuous times, SCORE’s SLATE mentoring methodology, which all SCORE mentors must know prior to providing services to our clients, provides continued guidance on how we do business and […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

To quote former President Bill Clinton, “ In the new economy, information, education and motivation is everything.” What seems new is actually old. On the eve of his birthdate we […]

Concept to Commercialization

Purdue University Northwest’s Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center (PNW/CMEC) initiated the “Concept to Commercialization” (C2C) program to offer startup education and support to entrepreneurs. The Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) […]

Year-End Tax Advice

No matter your specific tax situation, it’s a good idea to review key areas before the end of December to ensure you’re making the most of your tax filing circumstances […]

International Day of Disabled Persons

For the past 28 years the United Nations has declared December 3 as annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons. Up until recently when it was a question […]

Shop Small – Small Business Saturday… Are You Ready?

There has never been a more important time to Shop Small. Small Business Saturday is part of the Shop Small Movement, created by American Express during the recession in 2010.  […]

Celebrate Northwest Indiana Small Business Success!

While most days the team at the NW Indiana Small Business Development Center is advising and assisting small business owners and start-ups, E-Day is the day we celebrate them! The E-Day Entrepreneurial […]

Welcome to NWI BizHub

Welcome Business Owners and Aspiring Business Owners to NWI BizHub. Regardless of the size of your business or where you are on the spectrum of business ownership or start-up, NWI […]

Entrepreneurship as a philanthropic mission

Recently, I was explaining NWI BizHub to an entrepreneurial colleague.  He said; “This seems very different from the mission of Unity Foundation. How does it fit in?” It was a […]

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