Category Archives: Business

Valparaiso Parking & Picnic Tables Help Downtown Restaurants Amid Covid19

In March, city of Valparaiso implemented a number of 15 minute spaces to encourage carry-out and curbside pickup for our local downtown restaurants. The 15 minute parking spaces allow for quick trips for carry out and curbside pickup, shopping, and services that have become important to local businesses during the pandemic. Due to the outcry…

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Businesses to Re-Think Marketing During Pandemic Downturn

    The recent forced closures and Pandemic Downturn forces businesses to re-think their Marketing efforts.       As stated in the Northwest Indiana Business Magazine  “The rule still stands that you should never do just one media. It’s a committed mix over time,” Julie Olthoff of VIA Marketing in Merrillville said. “It takes six weeks for…

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Valparaiso Recreation Center Makes Changes Amid COVID-19

Although you may have heard that the Coronavirus has greatly effected the hospitality industry the most, you would be surprised that it hasn’t effected Inman’s Recreation Center in Valparaiso Indiana. Yes, they have made several changes to their operations since opening with Indiana’s Stage 4.5 “Back On Track” opening, but attendance is in full “swing.”…

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Highland Begins Park Expansion Downtown

On Tuesday, July 21, Highland Redevelopment Department announced the construction of “The Depot”  at the corner of Highway Ave and Kennedy Ave will begin. This is an effort to enhance the downtown Highland experience and make it a great place for business to thrive. The downtown Highland is dotted with lots restaurants, shopping and special…

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Miller Beach Farmers Market Remains Open During Covid

  The Miller Beach Farmers Market has a new schedule for summer.  They are more than just fruits and vegetables.  The Market opened June 7th, 2020.       The Sunday market now runs 11am-3pm, every week, June through August 30th. Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of the Market and our 2020 Pandemic Edition…

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PanoramaNOW Publishes First Magazine Since Pandemic

The pandemic has hit the Hospitality Industry the hardest, and that includes PanoramaNOW Entertainment News. In spite of focusing only on Festivals, Events and “Things to do,” PanoramaNOW Entertainment News just published their first issue of the year! The decision to focus only on Festivals, Events and “Things to Do” was a business strategy made…

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Indiana Unemployment Extends Benefits 13 More Weeks

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says some out-of-work Hoosiers will now have access to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits starting the week ending July 4. In total, it means that between state and federal measures, unemployed workers could access up to a year’s worth of benefits. The extended benefits are in addition…

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Hampton Inn Groundbreaking in Crown Point Indiana

     Beacon Hill Development, in partnership with Good Hospitality Services (GHS), hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crown Point Hampton Inn hotel on Wednesday, July 15th at 11:00 am CST. The groundbreaking took place at the site of the new hotel in Crown Point, IN (10850 Delaware Parkway, on the corner of I-65…

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BP To Donate Fuel to Medical Workers & First Responders

     BP continues supporting first responders, doctors, nurses and medical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic by announcing a discount of up to 15 cents per gallon on every fill up at bp and Amoco stations for sixty days. Program sign up is available through bp.com/localheroes and rewards can be used at…

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Local Puzzle Store Booming Cause of Covid-19

     What started out as a passion a few years ago, has turned into a phenomenon during the Covid-19 outbreak. “We Can’t keep puzzles on the shelf,” stated Joel Bender, owner of Mindbenders puzzles and games. “In fact, we have started a waiting list,” he continued.      Take a stroll or cruise along…

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