About Us

Building Indiana is the largest statewide business-to-business magazine in Indiana, reaching 60,000 readers six times a year. In each issue, the award-winning publication chronicles business and economic development throughout the state, covering topics as diverse as construction, tourism, real estate, finance, human resources, business management strategies and much more. Building Indiana also engages business and civic leaders throughout the state online, and through face-to-face business events.

Building Indiana is published by Diversified Marketing Strategies (DMS), a full-service marketing firm headquartered in Crown Point, Indiana.

Building Indiana debuted in the fall of 2005 as a 16-page newsletter covering construction and economic development in a seven-county region in Northwest Indiana. It quickly developed a following, and strong support from advertisers allowed us to expand to a magazine format. In 2010, Building Indiana expanded from its initial geographic niche and launched coverage of business and economic development statewide.

The magazine’s management and readers share a belief in quality and access to information needed to enhance business success. We encourage our subscribers to think of Building Indiana as their own magazine and provide our staff with editorial suggestions on emerging issues and trends, and opinions offering a different perspective.

Since the magazine’s first publication we have received numerous prestigious publication awards. By working together with business and economic development leaders, Building Indiana will continue to serve as the premier business-to-business magazine for the state of Indiana.


Communicator Award

Eight-Time Communicator Award Winner

For Editorial, Print & Design
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded nearly two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.


Apex Awards

Four-Time Apex Award Winner

For Publication Excellence
Business, nonprofit, agency and freelance communicators can enter APEX to win awards for their best writing, publications, campaigns, programs, design and media. Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX Awards, and advises professionals who write, edit and manage business communications, on best strategies and practices.


MarCom Gold Award

Eight-Time MarCom Gold Award Winner

MarCom Awards is an international competition for marketing and communication professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of marketing and communication programs and print, visual and audio materials. Building Indiana News won in the Industry Magazine category in both 2006 and 2007. Winners were chosen from over 5,000 entries from the United States as well as several foreign countries. Approximately 16 percent of entries received Gold awards.


Summit Creative Award

Five-Time Summit Creative Award Winner

This award was created to recognize and celebrate the creative accomplishments of small and medium sized advertising agencies and other creative companies throughout the world. Building Indiana News received a bronze level award in the category of Editorial/Publishing. For all entries, on average, only 16 percent of submissions receive an award annually.



Three-Time SIAA Award Winner

The SIAA recognizes advertising excellence in the service industry in businesses all over the country. Many other advertising awards are dominated by consumer goods, packaged goods and other tangible products. The SIAA helps recognize that the service industry adds a significant contribution to marketing and advertising. Building Indiana News was chosen from among 2,000 entries. We received this award for 2007 and 2008.


Hermes Gold Award

Four-Time Hermes Gold Award Winner

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals describes the Hermes award as “honoring the messengers and creators of traditional and emerging media.” An international competition, the award honors creative professionals in a variety of industries, including corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies, web based innovators and freelancers.


Davey Award

Davey Silver Award Winner

The Davey Awards may be for smaller organizations, but the judges have big reputations. The Davey is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms.