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Our Top Business Articles on PortageLife from 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the PortageLife Business section this past year. Employees doing impressive things, local businesses staying in the Region, and notable achievements were all fair game for sharing. With so many wonderful businesses in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Business articles from PortageLife in 2017!

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The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet Recognizes Businesses, Volunteers, Community Leaders
From restaurant owners to non-profit leaders, The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce honored all facets of the community who are moving the City of Portage in the right direction.

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Honesty and Integrity Define Reeder’s Auto Service Center
Portage-based Reeder’s Auto Service Center was established in 1993 as part of an expansion from a family-owned repair business started in 1962. Under the supervision of Jeff Reeder since that time, it has developed into the premier auto service facility in the area.

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Holladay Properties Grants Portage Their Downtown Dream
In recent years, Portage has truly become the “City of Growth.” With new shops, organizations, playgrounds, and parks, the City of Portage can add one more new project to the list: a downtown.

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Community Comes Together for Portage Chamber of Commerces 14th Annual Community and Business Night
The 14th Annual Portage Community and Business Night was held at Woodland Park in Portage this Thursday night to bring together organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses for a night of networking, community connections, and prizes.

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1st Source Bank Recognizes Porter County Community Leadership Award Recipients in 2017
1st Source Bank has awarded three Porter County business leaders the 2017 Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award. The three Porter County recipients are part of a larger group of ten from Northern Indiana.

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Chris Stidham of Rhame & Elwood Helping to Shape the Future of Portage
From a young age, Chris Stidham knew he wanted to make an impact, not only in his career, but also in his community.

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Rhame & Elwood Expands, Adding Scott McClure as New Named Partner
Rhame and Elwood have become noted in the Portage community for their legal knowhow and prowess in a diverse array of areas within the law, including: Criminal, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Corporate, Mechanic Leins, Collections, Worker’s Compensation, and Wills/Estates.

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Breaking Good News: Strack & Van Til Stays in Northwest Indiana: Local Group Wins Bid for Grocery Store Chain
When news broke in the first quarter of 2017 that Strack & Van Til would be sold by their parent company Central Grocers to Jewel-Osco, many Northwest Indiana residents saw it as another "the big guy wins again" story. However, thanks to a group of locally-focused investors, Strack & Van Til will stay in the hands of Northwest Indiana ownership after winning the auction bid on July 11, 2017. The news was first reported on WJOB.

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Society of Innovators to Announce Regions Innovation Awards for 2017
At Thursday’s 13th Annual Innovators Induction Ceremony starting at 6 p.m., The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana in conjunction with Ivy Tech Community College will announce its top awards in the individual Fellows category as well as the team category in The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond.

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Colleagues Reflect on Horizon Bank & Community Luminary, Dave Rose, Who Retires After 37 Years of Service
This month, Dave Rose, Market President of Porter County Indiana, announced his retirement from Horizon Bank after serving the company for 37 years. Rose, a recent winner of the prestigious, Sagamore of the Wabash award, has experienced a storied and illustrious career with Horizon Bank and in the communities which he has served.

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