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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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