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Company banks on targeted texting

Steven Dickerson realized the potential for mobile advertisements when he saw his daughter texting.
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Local chiropractor bounces into fitness business

Fishers chiropractor Steven Roberts had been teaching fitness classes using inflatable exercise balls for about seven years when he had a brainstorm—his adult clients might get even more out of them if the balls had handles.
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New shop offers nutrition, exercise advice

Fitness-minded partners collaborate to open a Broad Ripple nutritional supplement store.
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Businesses on MLK give revitalization another shot

The newly organized MLK Business Revitalization Association aims to bring new life to the neighborhood west of downtown by uniting area business owners behind a common goal -- cleaning up the community to attract other entrepreneurs.
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Little Rox revisits '70s Pet Rocks fad

Little Rox offers 20 varieties of rocks, each tied to a character trait such as humility, honesty and tolerance, and sell online for $15 each.
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Sashay Modeling and Finishing School successful in first year

After a 25-year real estate career, Claudia Lynch opened a modeling/acting school after she couldn't find a quality school where her own grandchildren could have fun, learn poise and gain confidence.
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$40M prison work program helps inmates, businesses

If you've ever cooked a hamburger over a grill at Shakamak State Park, sat in a hospital waiting room chair, or sipped from a water fountain, you may have used products made by Indiana convicts. Although offender work programs have been around since the 1920s, most Hoosiers know little about the Indiana Department of Correction's prison-based industries, which generate $40 million a year in revenue.


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After a dozen years, Natural Stone Specialist growing seeks more commercial biz

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Twelve years after opening Natural Stone Specialists, Laura Christy is still just as passionate about the Carmel-based business, which sells high-end stone, metal and glass tiles.
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No perfect fit for Main Street: Small-business owners fall on both sides of political line

Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year's presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there's little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop...
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Apples, pumpkins, kids keep orchard tour guide hopping

Ruth Butterfield works as a tour guide at Beasley's Orchard & Gardens three or four days a week every fall, leading an average of two tours a day. Most are school groups, but some adults come with their church groups or on nursing home outings, too.



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