Business Briefs – Chicago Tribune

Diversified Marketing Strategies has promoted Michelle Pannell to vice president of the organization, according to a press release.

Pannell joined DMS in 2019 as a marketing and project coordinator, according to the release. The agency focuses on strategic business-to-business marketing.

In his new role, Pannell will have a more direct role in growing client relationships, in addition to serving as the point person for many of the company’s other operations, which include business events, association management and marketing strategies.

Prior to joining DMS, Pannell spent more than 31 years with Town and Country Industries Inc. in Crown Point.

Pulse Technology is expected to open a new location in Merrillville later this month.

Chip Miceli, CEO, said the company purchased a 13,500-square-foot building at 3801 E. Lincoln AvenueHighway, and is in the process of construction that will double the size of the existing building to nearly 27,000 square feet. The building, across U.S. 30 from the Avalon Banquet Center, previously housed a fitness center, and the building has been vacant for the past several years.

Pulse is a technology company serving the IT, managed print services and other needs of businesses throughout the Midwest and beyond, according to the release.

The Merrillville building will serve as Pulse Technology’s new Indiana headquarters, according to the release. Since expanding into Indiana in 2016, the company has operated out of leased space at 312 Roberts Road in Chesterton, which was home to McShane’s, one of the companies Pulse Technology acquired at the time.

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Franciscan Health and Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. will host the Be Well Health Expo on Feb. 4 in Griffith, the release said.

The event, hosted by Green Balance CBD & Wellness, will feature health and fitness experts from Franciscan Health and more than 20 other local organizations. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Avenue 912 Event Center, 202 W. Ridge Road in Griffith. The event is free, but advance registration is recommended, the press release said.

Franciscan Health will offer information on colonoscopies, breast health, bone density screenings, trauma, functional medicine, yoga, the Program of Comprehensive Care for the Elderly (PACE), home health services, family birth centers and an outpatient pharmacy at the Franciscan Health Dr. Clinic. John Lanman, as well as cardiac, pulmonary and vascular examination packages, according to the statement. Other presentations are planned. There will also be coupons available for a free gift after a mammogram at Franciscan Health Munster.

Register for the free event and free tote online at BeWellExpo.Eventbrite.Com.

Franciscan Health Crown Point and Geminus Regional Health Systems are partnering to host a free car seat safety clinic in Valparaiso, according to a news release.

The clinic is planned from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on February 18 at Fire Station no. 2 in Valparaiso, 2605 Cumberland Drive in Valparaiso.

Eligible Indiana residents could receive a new car seat thanks to a grant from Geminus Regional Health Systems, the release said. An authorized child passenger safety technician will fit the seats while supplies last.

Guardians must bring children to the event to allow technicians to make a safe, proper fit, according to the release.

Participants must be eligible to receive a new car seat and reservations are required. To schedule an appointment and determine eligibility for a new car seat, call Marissa Adcock at 219-488-1380.

Hammond Development Corp. will kick off the new year with an Alumni Networking Event on January 25 in Hammond.

Speakers including Chelsea Whittington, of CwhittPR; Lori Feldt, of the ISBDC; Kristin Burton, Purdue/The Big Sell; and Rockland Page, winner of The Big Sell, will discuss how small business owners can “make the perfect deal.”

The event takes place from 6:30am-8pm at The Hub, 5233 Hohman Ave., Hammond. NxLevel alumni get in free; HDC residents, $15; other companies $25. There will be food and drinks for adults, according to the press release.

The number of places is limited. For information or to make a reservation, email [email protected]

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