Small Business Persons of the Year Julie and Tony Bombacino, of Real Food Blends, take a moment to pose for a picture at the 2018 E-Day event.

Supervisor training series to begin in MC, LP

MICHIGAN CITY — “What All Supervisors Should Know” is a 12-week training series focused on positive employee relations and related laws. Effective, interactive supervisory training reduces the likelihood that wrongful conduct will take place, improves performance and provides a critical legal defense. Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’ five-year study revealed a 13 percent increase in productivity when replacing a poor manager with a good manager.

Two series are offered this fall: The La Porte Series is held every other Tuesday at The Blue Heron from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and the Michigan City Series is every other Wednesday at Patrick’s Grille from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The series run from Sept. 3 to Nov. 13, and are approved for 12 LEUs. Tuition is $500 per person for the series includes breakfast or lunch. Invest in your supervisors who have the greatest impact on your most flexible asset. Contact Nora T. Akins, Strategic Management for details and registration; 219-873-1735 or


NW-ISBDC launches E-Day Awards

CROWN POINT – Nominations are now open for the Northwest ISBDC’s 28th Entrepreneurial Excellence (E-Day) Awards, which spotlight the entrepreneurs and advocates who are leaving a vital imprint on the region’s business community.

Nomination packets are being accepted through Aug. 22, and are available by visiting or by calling the Northwest ISBDC office at 219-644-3513.

Honorees will be highlighted in the following categories: small business person of the year, entrepreneurial success, small business exporter, young entrepreneur, minority-owned small business person, family-owned business, emerging small business and small business advocate.

Entrepreneurs with a three-year track record of growth in the seven-county Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center area of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Jasper, Starke, Pulaski and Newton counties are eligible. The nomination process is open to the public.

Winners will be celebrated at the luncheon event Nov. 14 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

“Year after year, we are honored to illustrate how important small businesses are to our communities,” said Lorri Feldt, regional director of the NW-ISBDC. “Our team relishes the opportunity to share the extraordinary stories of entrepreneurs in our region at this time-honored event.”

Serving seven counties in the region, the Northwest ISBDC offers no-cost assistance for entrepreneurs starting or expanding their businesses. Through one-on-one consulting, the NW-ISBDC helps guide small businesses toward their goals by offering referrals, workshops, training opportunities and other essential business tools. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and other local partners.

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