NFIB Indiana director Barbara Quandt

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Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable, "Post-Tribune" reporters Alexandra Kukulka and Carrie Napoleon are on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the stories they've put out in print and online.  Alex talks about her story on public concerns about the state's minimum wage (a recent protest elsewhere is pictured above) and a story on local prosecutors' battles against cybercriminals.  Carrie reviews her latest story about the makeup of the South Shore CVA board and the board's discussions about its contract with CEO Speros Batistatos.  We have a brief conversation from "Inside Indiana Business" about a womens' conference coming up this fall, and NFIB Indiana senior director Barbara Quandt talks about the latest NFIB survey of Hoosier small businesses trying to recover from the pandemic. The latest focus in the survey is on finding enough people to fill jobs, as businesses reopen.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the sentencing of Ex-Portage clerk-treasurer Chris Stidham, a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was the latest in a recent string of mass shootings across the United States, federal officials called for a pause on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Barbara Quandt NFIB/Indiana State Director…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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Today:   This "Regionally Speaking" focuses on business. The Indiana director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Barbara Quandt, is with us from Indianapolis to tell the latest about how Hoosier small businesses are coping with the effects of the pandemic.  We bring back our conversation with Indiana University (Bloomington) Kelley School of Business professor Bipin Prabhakar on Project HOPE, a program that helps small businesses create a digital presence if they do not have one.  And "Inside Indiana Business" television host Gerry Dick has a conversation with Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger about new business announcements which included Alliance Steel's ribbon-cutting of its new headquarters in Gary.

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Today:   We bring back two conversations with I.U. Northwest professors on the books they wrote or had a big hand in writing,  We begin with history professor emeritus James Lane who,  along with co-author Ronald Cohen, put together the latest edition of “Gary – A Pictorial History.”  Professor Lane says the latest book includes events in the Steel City into the 21st Century.  Then, a revisited conversation with Indiana University Northwest sociology professor Jack Bloom about "Class, Race and the Civil Rights Movement," a book he wrote and was published more than 30 years ago and is still relevant today -- so much so, that he added some new material for the second edition -- now in print.   NFIB Indiana director Barbara Quandt also joins us with an update on efforts by Indiana small businesses to recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Today: Barbara Quandt, the state director for NFIB, joins us to talk about how Hoosier businesses are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.  She highlights some northwest Indiana firms on her comments.  Donna Catalano, the new community development director for the Legacy Foundation, tells us more about her new position and the South Shore Neighborhood Corp.  We also have comments about the impact of COVID-19 from Lake County health director Dr. Chandana Vavilala.  And State Senator Eddie Melton of Gary has the latest on the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus' efforts to promote its stance on police reform -- including some proposals that may come before the 2021 General Assembly.  

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“Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte has a conversation with Barbara Quandt a NFIB State Director in Indiana about how small businesses in NWI as well as around the state are doing in seeking federal assistance to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte has a conversation with Barbara Quandt a NFIB State Director in Indiana about small businesses still urgently awaiting financial assistance via the Paycheck Protection Program. Jason Smith, the owner of Car Care in Merrillville joins in the discussion to offer insight how the application process has been both stressful as well as frustrating.  

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Today: We have three conversations about the coronavirus: one of them, with a Crown Point woman who has self-quarantined after testing negative for the flu, step-throat and RSV.   State Representative Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) talks about the 2020 General Asssembly session and of his own decision to stay at home, with symptoms of the cold and flu, because of his concern over COVID-19. And NFIB state director Barbara Quandt reviews a recent survey of Hoosier small businesses on how they are dealing with COVID-19.