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OE Simply Amazing Market Boxes
Opportunity Enterprises
Valparaiso, Indiana

Employees of Laciak>cpa and their loved ones pitched in to help teammate and OE Board of Directors Treasurer Michelle Gonzalez pack holiday boxes from Opportunity Enterprises‘ Simply Amazing Market. Shop online at — at Simply Amazing Market.

20 Under 40 Awards Banquet
October 26, 2017
Blue Chip Casino & Spa
Michigan City, Indiana

Twenty young professionals from around the Region, including Laciak>cpa’s own Brian Laciak, were honored during The Times Media Co.’s annual “20 Under 40” awards banquet at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, in Michigan City Thursday night.

The honorees, all under the age of 40, are leaders in business, education, government and social services around Northwest Indiana. The annual recognition program, sponsored by The Times Media Co. and IN Business magazine, is one of the Region’s signature business events.

Influential Women of Northwest Indiana
September 28, 2017
Avalon Manor
Merrillville, Indiana

Congratulations to Michelle Biel Ondas, sister-in-law of Laciak>cpa Accounting Manager Geoff Laciak, for being named the 2017 Overall Up and Coming Woman of the Year in Northwest Indiana. Ondas is Principal at School City of Hammond, and was honored for her contributions at the school and in the community during an awards banquet held September 28th at Avalon Manor. From everyone at team Laciak>cpa, congratulations Michelle! We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor.

Duneland Chamber of Commerce New Member Welcome
August 31, 2017
220 Broadway
Chesterton, Indiana

Yesterday morning, Laciak>cpa Client Services Director Jane Szymczak helped the Duneland Chamber of Commerce welcome new members Seramur Properties, LLC, an independent full-service brokerage specializing in residential and commercial real estate. Check out their featured listings at

Centier Bank Ribbon Cutting
August 17, 2017
108 N. Main St.
South Bend, Indiana

On August 17th, Laciak>cpa’s Jane Szymczak attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Centier Bank in downtown South Bend. Centier’s opening marked the end of decade without a bank in South Bend’s historic downtown.


Valparaiso YMCA Golf Outing
July 27, 2017
Valparaiso Country Club
Valparaiso, Indiana

A foursome representing Laciak>cpa were proud to participate in the 2017 Valparaiso YMCA Golf Outing, “On Course For A Cause,” on July 27th at Valparaiso Country Club. The team, comprised of Jane Szymczak, her son Tatum Szymczak, grandson Roenick Rex, and Ryan Bishop,  had a wonderful time, and were just five teeny, tiny, strokes off the winning team’s score.

Congratulations to YMCA Director of Annual Giving Donna Demko on a fantastic event, and a big thank you to all the event sponsors, especially Family Express for breakfast, water on the course, golf balls, and golf towels. Also kudos to Crystal Olympidis for raising more than $200 on the putting hole! We had a lot of fun, for a great cause.


Vyto’s Pharmacy & Home Health Solutions Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
July 17, 2017
8536 Kennedy Avenue
Highland, Indiana

Last evening, we were proud to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Vyto’s Pharmacy, Medical Equipment & Compounding Solutions’ new Highland location. Congratulations Damasius family on your continued success, and a huge thank you to Ideas in Motion Media and for the awesome photos from last night’s event:

Opportunity Enterprises “The Power of Potential” Awards Breakfast
June 8, 2017
Aberdeen Manor
Valparaiso, Indiana

Earlier this summer, Aberdeen Manor hosted “The Power of Potential,” an annual breakfast awards celebration for Opportunity Enterprises. Laciak>cpa’s Michelle Gonzalez serves as Treasurer for the OE Board, and attended the event with her husband and several member of the Laciak team. She’s photographed below, center, with her husband Chris on the right, and Dale Oliver of Laciak>cpa, on the left. Thank you OE for all you do, and congratulations to all of OE’s staff, volunteers, and clients who were honored at the banquet. Learn more about the event and how you can get involved on the Opportunity Enterprises website.


Score Business Breakfast
May 18, 2017
Briar Ridge Country Club
Schererville, Indiana

Yesterday morning, Briar Ridge Country Club hosted a Score Business Breakfast with the Highland-Griffith Chamber of Commerce, Schererville Indiana Chamber of Commerce, St. John Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Dyer Chamber of Commerce. Laciak>cpa’s Jane Szymczak was on the scene, along with friends Pat Popa of Popa Heating and Cooling, Nancy Barsic, and Gina Fezler of First Financial Bank.

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Business After Hours
Laciak>cpa Valparaiso
56 S. Washington St., Second Floor
Valparaiso, IN 46383
August 18, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Thanks to all who joined us for last week’s “Saluting the Sandwich Generation” Business After Hours with the Valpo Chamber! We had a fantastic time, and hope you did too. If you’re still hungry, check out our “Sandwich Generation” video above, or give us a call to discuss how we can help you “unsandwich” your situation.

Now, drumroll please, as we announce the winners of our Sandwich Generation giveaways:

1. Sandwich Lunch Every Month from Laciak Accountancy Group & Good To Go by Lucrezia – Valpo: Frank Kusbel of AM Stabilizers & Lisa Waters Kusbel of Realty Executives Premier.
2. BBQ Tools & Marinades from Laciak Accountancy Group: Susan Kulczyk of Fifth Third Bank and Todd Bruce of Lake City Bank
3. Floral Bouquet from Schultz Floral and Gifts: Benita Capps of Central Insurance Agency, Inc.
4. Backpack courtesy Bruce Brankle: Rich Shields of Chester IT.

Brewing Business II
June 16, 2016
Sand Creek Country Club
Chesterton, Indiana

Thank you to Northwest Indiana SCORE and the Northwest ISBDC, the Regional Development Association and the US Small Business Administration for hosting Joe and team at Brewing Business last night. Thank you also to Hunter’s Brewing, New Oberpfalz Brewing, Burn ‘Em Brewing, Ironwood Brewing, Maple City Roasters, and Fusion Coffeebar for the incredible brew samples and sage small business owner advice. Finally thank you Rex for moderating an excellent discussion with Joe’s fellow panel experts about the path to successful business start-up and beyond.


Association of Women in the Metals Industry Meeting
February 17, 2016
Lost Marsh Country Club
Hammond, Indiana

Last night, Laciak>cpa founder and President Joe Laciak spoke to attendees at the Association of Women in the Metals Industry meeting at Lost Marsh Country Club. With taxes a hot topic this time of year, Joe offered up some great advice on improving your bottom line in a shifting manufacturing economy, while complying with tax regulations. Thank you to AWMI for allowing us to be a part of your meeting! You are an impressive group of individuals, and we look forward to getting together again soon.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House
Laciak>cpa Valparaiso
56 S. Washington St., Second Floor
January 28, 2016
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join us for a ribbon cutting and Open House at our new downtown Valparaiso offices inside 5/3 Bank, in partnership with the Valparaiso & Duneland Chambers of Commerce.

ARTability 2015
November 19, 2015, 5:30 – 8 pm
Framing Concepts
Chesterton, IN

Laciak>cpa’s Jane Szymczak was on hand to support the 2015 ARTability show by Opportunity Enterprises. The show featured a wide variety of canvas, ceramic, and glass artwork from over 200 OE clients that Opportunity Enterprises was hoping would raise around $25,000. Guests were able to attend the auction for no cost and bid on artwork with a simple text message. Each piece of artwork supports the Art Enrichment Program and artists also receive a commission from every purchase made. Laciak>cpa is a proud supporter of OE and supplied our signature blue bags for shoppers to use to take home their purchases.

@PCgivingproject “Night at the Improv”
7 pm, November 6, 2015
Strongbow Inn, Valparaiso, IN

Mark your calendars! The @PCgivingproject “Night at the Improv” is scheduled for November 6 at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso! Check out what the founders of this great organization (including Laciak>cpa’s very own Geoff Laciak) were able to do with the first grant given to Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab.

The Porter County Community Foundation is proud to announce that the Founders of @PCgivingproject selected Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab to receive the first @PCgivingproject Fund grant. The $8000 grant will help fund aquatic therapy training and pool equipment for this nonprofit organization that serves children with special needs.

The @PCgivingproject is the Foundation’s group of young leaders and families who are dedicated to making a difference in our community through helping support innovative education and youth development programs that serve children and youth. Their goal is to give away half of the money they raise annually in grants and endow the other half in a permanent fund with the Porter County Community Foundation for future grants.



Chamber Network Night

October 15, 2015
Porter County Expo Center
Valparaiso, Indiana


Brewing Business In NW Indiana

June 16, 2015 5-7:30 pm
Sand Creek Country Club
Chesterton, Indiana

Earlier in June, Joe, Brian, and Geoff Laciak, and Jane Szymczak of Laciak>cpa attended Brewing Business In NW Indiana at Sand Creek Country Club. They were joined by other business owners and experts for an evening of Northwest Indiana’s finest brewed beers and coffee, hors d’oeuvres, and a panel discussion on growing business in the region. Joe Laciak was a panel member in front of a standing room only crowd at the event. To view pictures, click here.


Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840
March 17 – June 7, 2015
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

On St. Patrick’s Day, Laciak>cpa’s Director of Client Relations Jane Szymczak celebrated in style at the opening of the “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840″ exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Curated in part by Jane’s daughter-in-law Leslie Fitzpatrick, the project took more than 5 years to complete, and showcases home furnishings, accessories, musical instruments, paintings, and much more from a time when Ireland enjoyed great prosperity. The exhibit runs through June 7. Leslie will be a special guest speaker at the upcoming Valparaiso Rotary lunch on March 30. 


22nd Annual Opportunity Enterprises Gala
March 14, 2015
Avalon Manor
Hobart, Indiana

Hosted by Delta Theta Tau at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN, the Gala invites 500 business and civic leaders from the Northwest Indiana & Chicagoland area for dinner, dancing, a live band, and auction opportunities! A black-tie optional affair, the 2015 OE Gala is expected to be more elegant and entertaining than ever before.


Opportunity Enterprises ARTability Show
November 20, 2014
Framing Concepts
Chesterton, Indiana

This year, Laciak>cpa was once again proud to sponsor the Opportunity Enterprises ARTability show. The event showcased the original canvas paintings by the very talented artists of OE. The canvas was sold by silent auction using bid-by-text technology provided by Auctions by Cellular. Ceramic artwork was also sold during the event. You can view pictures from the event here


A Night at the Improv
November 7, 2014
Strongbow Inn
Valparaiso, Indiana

Join Geoff Laciak and the Community Foundation’s @PCgivingproject for a Night at the Improv! on November 7, 2014 at Strongbow Inn. The evening features the Chicago Improv Consortium and Underwater Equestrian Team as well as hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer tastings. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 8. Tickets are available at $40 a person, as well as sponsorship opportunities, by calling the Foundation at 219-465-0294.

Valpo Rotary Annual Golf Outing
September 4, 2014
The Course at Aberdeen
Valparaiso, Indiana

Mark your calendars and plan on joining Geoff, Brian and Jane at the Tee Off With Valpo Rotary Annual Golf Outing, Thursday, September 4 at the Course at Aberdeen. Golfers, sponsors, and volunteers welcomed! Contact Jane Szymczak at *protected email*.


St. John Corn Roast
August 8, 4 pm – 8 pm
Community Outpatient Centre (on the lawn)
St. John, Indiana

Join Laciak>cpa’s lovely Jane Szymczak and Heidi Frisch at St. John Chamber/ Tri-Town Rotary’s 11th annual Community Corn Roast.  Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 the day of. Children 3 ft tall and under are free. Ticket includes one hot dog or polish sausage, chips, a beverage, and all the corn you can eat. For tickets or more information, call 219-365-4686. All proceeds benefit local high school scholarship programs.


Duneland State of the Chamber & Community Awards
July 23, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Sand Creek Country Club
Chesterton, Indiana

Late last month, Laciak>cpa’s lovely Jane Szymczak attended the Duneland State of the Chamber luncheon at Sand Creek. The event included Duneland’s business, non-profit and community leaders prior to hearing who enjoyed a presentation from Town Council members and Chamber leadership about the State of Duneland’s municipalities. Attendees also celebrated the chamber’s shining stars during the presentation of community awards – including Duneland’s Distinguished Woman award.


Heart of Gold American Heart Association Ball
May 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Radisson Celebrity Ballroom
Merrillville, Indiana

Join the American Heart Association for “Fairy Tales Do Come True,” the 2014 Heart of Gold Gala held May 17 at the Radisson in Merrillville, Indiana. Laciak team member Heidi Frisch proudly serves on the committee for this amazing event that raises funds for life-saving heart disease and stroke research. Limited seating is available for the event, which includes dinner, a silent auction, martini bar, and entertainment.

For more information, contact Heidi Frisch at



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