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What To Do Now? Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

Is your investment strategy on track in early 2010? Investors experienced a bumpy ride in 2009 when the stock market plunged during the first nine weeks and then rose sharply by 65% to close the year with one of the strongest surges in recent history.
Still in 2009 “most participants in company retirement plans stayed the course,” says Pam Hess, director of retirement research for Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting firm. Participation rates remained unchanged and contribution rates dipped only slightly in 401(k) plans.

However, the...

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Be Bold

I have just started using the Blackberry Bold 9700 from my friend Eric at Cartronix. I have been a crackberry addict for over 10 years, dating back to the original mini-brick that displayed about 20 charachters at a time, long before most anyone had ever heard of them. I have always loved them because they were rock solid reliable, the keyboard was awesome long before anyone else even tried to do a keyboard well, and at least they used to be good for one thing and one thing only - email. While limited, the early versions did do email incredibly well, whether you were working off a blackberry server or a general email account like hotmail or gmail.

Who Am I and How Did I Get Here?

So, I get an email asking me to write a blog about who I am and why I’m here. (I’m guessing they aren’t requesting my reason for being and existing on this planet but rather why I am part of this thing called ValpoLife and PortageLife.) So that part of the request has been figured out, but then there’s this “blog” thing. I’ve read blogs, never written one, but I used to keep a diary in 2nd grade; does that count? So, I will channel my inner child and hope that youthful creativity begins to flow.

Well, if you missed the little blurb under the title with the author’s name, I’m Robyn Walsworth. I’ve been in Valpo a long time. I used to say when I graduate high school was leaving this town. Then I said when I graduate college,...

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ValpoLife Good Stuff Guide: Car & Truck Guide Released June 8th

car-truck-guide-rotAs part of our ongoing commitment to bringing you all the good stories about the people, organizations, and businesses in town, we will be producing a series of Good Stuff guides about services, products, dining, shopping, seasonal things we do like home and garden improvements and weddings, to dining out and shopping, and other areas of interest across the city. These Good Stuff guides will allow us to bring much more depth to each area, not only during that specific week that each specific Good Stuff newsletter release, but as ongoing growing sections of the site that we will be building upon so we keep bringing you the all the Good there is to hear about in Valpo.


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Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Inspector

Certified Home Inspections prides itself on providing the home buyer or seller a comprehensive and impartial residential inspection.Certified-Logo1 Some home inspection companies will breeze through the inspection process to please the realtor and the results can be alarming. We have created a way to satisfy the realtor and perform a thorough home inspection for the buyer or seller simultaneously. Here is a helpful list to guide you on your quest.


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Purdue Students Create More Than 30 Innovations

Purdue University mechanical engineering students dreamed up and built more than 30 inventions in senior design classes this semester -- projects ranging from medical devices to sidewalk-advertising printers.

Purdue last week announced the School of Mechanical Engineering Spring 2010 Dr. Thomas J. and Sandra H. Malott Innovation Award winners.

"Innovation is crucial to the economic well-being of our nation in today's global economy," said E. Daniel Hirleman, Purdue's William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering. "Our faculty have developed the facilities and curriculum for Purdue students to convert their dreams and ideas into real hardware that helps people."

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Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon

The Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Fast Track Luncheon on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 11:30am at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave in Chesterton, Indiana. Lunch sponsor Harris Bank and speak Joe Laciak of Laciak Accountancy Group will be partnering to offer tips and procedures after tax time for individuals and small business owners. The lunch will be catered by Red Cup Café.

The luncheon is $12 for Chamber members if prepaid and $14 if invoiced. The cost to attend for non-Chamber members is $16. For more information on joining the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce or to RSVP, please contact the Chamber office at (219) 926-5513 or visit their website at www.chestertonchamber.org.

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TraderPlanet.com Achieves 40,000 Member-Milestone And Announces Launch of Web Video Service

TrPlanet_Today.jpgwww.TraderPlanet.com, a social-networking site for traders and investors, announced today that the TraderPlanet community has reached its 40,000-member milestone. Since its launch in January 2009, the TraderPlanet community has attracted over 350 contributors offering educational information and resources to its members from over 150 countries around the world.

"We're happy to have achieved this significant milestone -- bringing us one step closer to achieving our mission to provide the best educational resources for individual traders and investors to help them navigate today's volatile global markets," said Lane J. Mendelsohn, Founder and President of...

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Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy Named Innovation of the Year by National Business Association

PurdueLogo.jpegThe Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy on Tuesday (May 18) was named as the Incubator Innovation Award winner at the National Business Incubator Association's (NBIA) 24th International Conference on Business Incubation held in Orlando.

The three-year-old program, which introduces Indiana high school juniors and seniors to entrepreneurial processes and creating startups, has been honored for its work in advancing entrepreneurship and business incubation in young people.

"To capture the entrepreneurial imagination of these Indiana high school students, my colleagues at the Purdue Research Park and our community volunteers are diligent in guaranteeing we provide the best...

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3rd Annual INsight Design Conference To Contain 'Graphic' Material

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On Friday, May 21st, 2010 the INsight Design Conference (www.insightdesignconference.com) will look to call out the NWI talent pool of graphic design artists and bring them together for an evening of fun, inspiration, and real-world education.

In this economy, there has never been a more critical time to show and grow your portfolio. INsight will offer one-on-one portfolio reviews with leaders in the industry. There will also be invaluable “Breakout Sessions” offered to expand your creative mind and capabilities.

Founder and designer Joseph Gonzalez (www.miracletwentyone.org) started INsight as a way to “give back” to the local Design community. The...

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Chamber Seeking Community of The Year

IndianaChamber_clr.gifPaging the outstanding communities from all regions of the state! The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Community of the Year Award.

This honor will be presented at the Indiana Chamber’s 21st Annual Awards Dinner November 9 in downtown Indianapolis. The winning community will be announced in August.

The purpose of this annual award is to give special recognition to a deserving community in Indiana for significant contributions to its...

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