For Immediate Release
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October 8, 1999

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When the Countdown’s Over – Then What?

With less than 90 days left until the New Year, local business leaders and educators are prepared to help large and small businessY2K teams through the final phase of planning, as well as be on hand as an Emergency Rapid Response Task Force when the critical hour of 12:01 a.m. actually arrives on January 1.

Working in partnership, Indiana University Northwest’s Center for Management Development and the Northwest Indiana Forum will host a series of 8-hour seminars addressing last minute Millennium Business Solutions. 

Preparing for the Unthinkable: Crisis Communications will be on October 20 and will help businesses prepare for effective crisis management by offering management solutions to prevent, respond to and recover from potential crises. Presented by George Miga, IU Northwest business professor and consultant, topics of the seminar include understanding the crisis cycle, the crisis management planning process, crisis management operations and functions, and crisis communication – the media.

On October 27, Charles Hobson, IU Northwest business professor and consultant will present a Preparing Your Y2K Team for Around-the-Clock Operations seminar. He will address topics such as sleep disruption and/or deprivation, techniques for stress management, and creating an optimal work environment for round-the-clock operations, as well as giving information on developing a comprehensive plan for January 1, 2000 Y2K capabilities. 

Hardware and Software Strategies for Y2K Compliance will be the final seminar offered on November 3. Ranjan Kini, IU Northwest business professor and consultant will discuss hardware, software and electronic products affected by Y2K, along with strategies in compliance. He will also address how to determine and prioritize areas that can be corrected and made Y2K compliant, and strategies to work with problems from non-compliant devices.

All three seminars will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana University Northwest Library Conference Center. The cost of each seminar is $150.  Seminar participants and other Northwest Indiana businesses will also have access to the Emergency Rapid Response Task Force who will be available for consultation from Dec. 31 through Jan. 1 based at the Northwest Indiana Forum, 61000 Southport Portage.

More information or to make reservations for one or more of the seminars is with Dawn Kesic, director of the IU Northwest Center for Management Development at 219-980-6862 or at

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