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' Set the bar high': LESSONS LEARNED KEVIN TEASLEY President, GEO Foundation CEO, 21st Century Charter Schools

December 31, 2007
KEVIN TEASLEY President, GEO Foundation CEO, 21st Century Charter Schools Kevin Teasley didn't have clear-cut expectations when he and a small group of reform-minded dreamers opened 21st Century Charter School in 2002. The publicly funded-yet-independent schools were brand new in Indiana, and no one really knew what came next. Would 21st Century's one-room schoolhouse approach draw talented teachers? Would students respond to a different kind of education? Organizers had high hopes, to be sure, but they operated more on instinct...

'BUILD YOUR BUSINESS by investing in it':

November 26, 2007
Creative Street Media Group has come a long way-literally and figuratively-from its humble beginnings 23 years ago. The small video production company has become a corporate conglomerate, with 67 employees in five facilities who handle everything from promotional materials to interactive education. Oh yeah, and they also crank out some award-winning TV shows-like the Emmy Award-winning "Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany." For all its progress, Creative Street is not done growing. Any day now, the company will expand its reach...


September 24, 2007
LESSONS LEARNED JENNIFER Q SMITH Queen of Fuzz, AvantGarb Have It's hard to take Jennifer Q Smith too seriously. Oh, she's the consummate professional, to be sure-responding to an e-mail inquiry about her company with the speed and savvy you'd expect from someone who has run her own business for 20 years. Her marketing materials are slick, her shtick smooth. Her northeast-side work space is clearly well used. But the hot pink fuzz ball that looms in the entryway (dressed...

LESSONS LEARNED: PAUL KNAPP CEO, Young & Laramore: 'Shoot for the Stars '

July 30, 2007
LESSONS LEARNED PAUL KNAPP CEO, Young & Laramore 'Shoot for the Stars ' Paul Knapp isn't one to declare victory. Nor is he eager to toot his own horn. But even he has to admit that something's working at Young & Laramore. The Indianapolis advertising agency Knapp leads has a stable of national accounts, is opening a satellite office in Canada, and has projected capitalized billings in 2007 will hit $80 million. So what's the secret of its success? Y&L's...

'Find your niche ':

June 25, 2007
His goal was to provide the proverbial one-stop shop, a place where "honey do" lists got done. Before long, he realized he may not have been aiming high enough. It seemed homeowners with not-so-handy honeys weren't the only customers interested in what Schneller was selling. He also got calls from real estate agents who needed some last-minute home repairs completed before a sale could close. "They came to us with a laundry list of items," Schneller said, ticking off an...


April 30, 2007
Small-business owners have plenty on their plates-like finding customers and keeping them happy. But CIK Enterprises partners Scott Hill and Andy Medley have found room for a heaping helping of generosity, too. The west-side direct marketing firm has a program in place that directs 1 percent of monthly profit to local charities, a seemingly small number that nevertheless is growing along with the 7-year-old company. That's the idea. "Capitalism has a negative connotation as something that's profitdriven and cut-throat," Medley...

TO DO LIST: BUTLER BASKETBALL: All together now: 'Let's go Bulldogs, let's go!'

February 5, 2007
TO DO LIST BUTLER BASKETBALL All together now: 'Let's go Bulldogs, let's go!' Looking for a way to satisfy your sports jones now that football season's over? Check out Indianapolis' other team-the Butler Bulldogs-at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The nationally ranked basketball squad is at its prime, and taking in a home game is an entertaining reminder of the good old days when college athletes played their hearts out for four years and communities came out in force to rally 'round...

Conner Prairie set free; will control own destiny:

December 26, 2005
The once-fierce battle over Conner Prairie came to a peaceful end in 2005 when Earlham College agreed to relinquish control of the living history museum and about $125 million in assets. Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter brokered the cease-fire, negotiating a settlement to the years-long dispute that has taken a toll on the Hamilton County institution. Carter entered the fray in mid-2003, following Earlham's ouster of the museum president and 27 of its 30 board members. As the state's not-for-profit...

Charter school leaving train station location for its own 'empowerment center':

April 18, 2005
21st Century Charter School is pulling away from Union Station. Nearly three years after reinventing 17,000 square feet of space that once housed a bar and Hooter's restaurant, school sponsor Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation has plans to build a stand-alone facility about five miles to the north. GEO has agreed to buy a two-acre parcel at 25th Street and Capitol Avenue that was to be the site of the Fall Creek Retail Center, an ill-fated project that fell apart in...
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