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PROFILE: Piano Solutions Inc.: Shop singing piano's praises Shop owners want to give community an arts education

July 9, 2007
Piano Solutions Inc. Shop singing piano's praises Shop owners want to give community an arts education Piano Solutions Inc. owners Greg Durthaler and Brian Hostetler like to think they're in tune with the music industry-all the better to help their clients. The key (so to speak) is to offer a full range of products and services. "Today, we offer tuning, moving and storage of pianos while carrying an array of method books, print music and piano accessories," Durthaler said. "We...
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Full Perspective Video Services Inc.: Marketing firm is one-stop shop Company stays agile thanks to logistics unit

May 21, 2007
After a stint in public accounting, Whetzel went to work for Fleming Packaging Co., a firm that duplicated and distributed videotapes. After taking some losses on a couple of projects, the owners of Fleming didn't see the potential for video duplication and distribution, so Whetzel and business partner Charlie Seldon bought the company in 1991. Doing the deal wasn't easy. "I borrowed from family, refinanced the house, and took everything out of savings," he said. "I was dead broke and...
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PROFILE: Williams Beck & Hess Inc.: Demand fueled growing pains When quality suffered, Camby firm slowed down to work out the kinks

April 16, 2007
Williams Beck & Hess Inc. Demand fueled growing pains When quality suffered, Camby firm slowed down to work out the kinks At 24, Harry Beals turned down a job working for a once-prominent petroleum tank company that had lost its luster following its founder's retirement. Four months later, he bought it. After 30 years under Beals' control, Williams Beck & Hess Inc. has grown into a business that generates nearly $1 million in revenue each year-not a bad return on...
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Does gender matter in politics?: Despite high-profile wins, politics still remains a male-dominated field

December 11, 2006
1992 was dubbed the "Year of the Woman," when four women were elected to the U.S. Senate, but 2006 may be seen as the beginning of a new women's political movement, says Marie Wilson, president of The White House Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that's working to advance women in political office. Indiana has made some strides, but 85 years after women won the hard-fought right to vote, the number of women in elected office at the national level hasn't...
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Pools of Fun: Diving in the deep end Homebuilder's 'experiment' still paying off 25 years later

August 7, 2006
In 1981, few central Indiana residents considered an inground pool a backyard necessity, but Plainfield custom homebuilder Larry Good added one to a spec home anyway-and jumped into the deep end of a new enterprise. "After it was installed, the home sold immediately," said Bruce Holmes, CEO of the company Good launched. Pools of Fun started with one location and four employees. Today, it has five locations, a range of products and 90 full-time employees who share ownership of the...
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eImagine Technology Group: Technology firm aims to deliver service with its software Owner: Hiring good employees key to small company's success

June 12, 2006
Communication-and simplicity-can be a challenge when it comes to tech talk. "It's like the old adage, if you ask a tech guy what time it is, he'll tell you how to build a watch," said Joel Russell, president of Indianapolis-based software developer eImagine Technology Group. But Russell works around potential "lingo" problems when he's meeting with customers. No matter the industry, he looks for ways to automate inefficient processes using computer software. His goal is to save his clients time...
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Tan Mart Inc.: Tan 'fad' pays off for salon supplier But owner looking to add services to make it through slower months

May 1, 2006
When Dane Laster told his mother he wanted to distribute tanning-salon goods and services, she told him it was a fad that would never last. He has proven her wrong. "It's the fad that never died," he said, and the business he once dreamed of now supports him, his wife and their three kids. After his 1994 graduation from Perry Meridian High School, Laster went to work as a pharmacy technician before trying his hand at sales. Eventually, he made...
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Home Room Construction: Remodeler's building plan: Double revenue Company targets homeowners considering do-it-yourself projects

January 23, 2006
Scott Heinemeyer's business is all about potential. That's why Home Room Construction tackles many kinds of projects-everything from simple handyman services to complex room additions. After all, what's the point in limiting the possibilities? "We are a big company that happens to be small right now," Heinemeyer said of his four-person firm. All told, Home Room finishes anywhere from 200 to 300 projects a year, he said, and revenue is expected to nearly double to $500,000 in 2006. Heinemeyer started...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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