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Their business is helping small business

March 15, 2019 / JEFF MAYES

A La Porte County entrepreneur has teamed up with a Valparaiso small business owner to start a new venture with a somewhat unusual business plan.The new business, known as The Collective, is the brainchild of Mandy Krickhahn, a Michigan City native now living in La Porte; and Gabrielle Pazour of Valparaiso."At it’s core, it is a community to support small business owners/entrepreneurs while giving back to the community," Krickhahn said. And in that vein, they will be hosting their first artisan market – "All of our vendors make or upcycle the products they are selling," Krickhahn said – on Saturday at the La Porte Civic Auditorium."With each market we do, we will also be facilitating a fundraiser for a non-profit organization," she said. "At our first event, we will be raising money for Lakeshore Paws, a dog rescue in Northwest Indiana."Several of the vendors will be donating 10 percent of their sales from the day, while The Col...