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Evolving mobile phones indispensable for on-the-go technology 'addicts'

Mitch Roob oversees a state agency with a $6.5 billion budget and thousands of employees who deliver a range of services to more than a million Hoosiers. And he'd be lost without his BlackBerry. He is just one of the many Indianapolis professionals who use enhanced mobile devices, or smartphones, to keep tabs on their work and increase their productivity away from the office.
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Low-key guitarist's 'workaholic' approach helps Margot gain fame

Andy Fry has played in five bands in the past 10 years or so, serving in various capacities, including singer/songwriter. He and his seven bandmates of Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's have just recorded their second album, "Animal!"
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Tattoo artist inks reputation for detail

Away from the job, Monte Agee is like any other family man. But in his 12 years as a tattoo artist, he has inked everything from pop-culture icons such as the Powerpuff Girls to Renaissance-style portraits of biblical figures and full-color scenes straight out of the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are."
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Employee-ownership plans increasingly common: Selling to staff allows owners to ease back, gives workers stake in firms' success

When Unique Home Solutions owner Bob Dillon started thinking about retirement, he knew he didn't want to sell his company to the highest bidder. After all, he and his 125 employees worked hard to establish a corporate culture that has helped the service firm triple revenue in recent years-and win the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for marketplace ethics four times. So like a growing number of baby boomers, Dillon is planning to sell the business to his staff through...
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New Black Expo leader focusing on finances: Bell will draw on skills as attorney, community volunteer

Less than a month after starting a job she didn't know she wanted, Indiana Black Expo CEO Tanya Bell has big plans for the nation's oldest and largest group of its kind. Bell wants to diversify the statewide organization's revenue stream and expand its already-impressive roster of more than 100 corporate sponsors. Doing that will mean raising awareness of the year-round programs that have been overshadowed by IBE's two signature events: its annual Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic football...
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Memory Gardens lawsuit seeks $20 million

An Indianapolis law firm has filed a class-action suit seeking more than $20 million from a pair of financial-services firms it says facilitated the transactions that allowed a New Jersey couple to plunder cemetery trust funds. Cohen & Malad LLP filed the lawsuit late last month on behalf of thousands of customers of Indianapolis-based Memory Gardens Management Corp., which owns Memory Gardens in Greenwood, Lincoln Memory Gardens in Boone County and other cemeteries. The defendants are the company, New York-based...
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Brightpoint aims to stay ahead of wireless pack: Phone distributor looks to focus on add-on devices

If Brightpoint Inc. wants to keep its place at the top of the cell phone distribution business, its leaders know they can't expect to rest on their laurels. That's why the Plainfield-based company hired mobile industry veteran Bashar Nejdawi to spearhead an effort to expand Brightpoint's so-called mobile enhancement business, selling add-ons that enhance a phone's functionality, such as hands-free devices, battery chargers, phone cases and software. The company already offers such accessories, but has not seen substantial success outside...
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