How to make the best of meetings and events gone awry

Meeting and event planners spend years poring over details for big functions, plotting minute-by-minute schedules, and brainstorming every possible contingency to stave off disaster. Sometimes, though, even the best-laid plans go awry.
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In recession, commercial brokers struggle to determine property values

Few commercial real estate properties are changing hands in the Indianapolis area these days, creating challenges for brokers who say it's becoming increasingly difficult to determine the value of properties.
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Binford medical complex takes another punch

Distribution holds promise for Central Indiana

A new report shows that, despite a sluggish national economy, the Indianapolis area should continue to attract industrial businesses and distribution centers next year.
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Chicago's Jones Lang LaSalle attracts talented local brokers to establish Indy branch

Some of the city's most prominent commercial real estate brokers have resigned from locally owned Meridian Real Estate to launch an Indianapolis affiliate of Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Lease-to-own options becoming more popular

With credit tight and the economy shaky, homeowners around the region are increasingly choosing to sell their properties on a lease-to-own basis.
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Exit of anchor complicates Lafayette Square overhaul

The demise of apparel retailer Steve and Barry's University Sportswear deals another blow to efforts to turn around the ailing Lafayette Square Mall.
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Hat World shows sign of recovering from lackluster year

The locally based headwear retailer Hat World made a name for itself by snatching up competitors and opening hundreds of stores around the country. However, after sluggish sales in the fiscal year that ended Feb. 2, the company--a unit of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc.--says it plans to open fewer stores than usual this year so officials can put their focus back on existing operations.

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Independent coffee shops feeling perkier than Starbucks

At a time when Starbucks is closing hundreds of stores nationwide, he and other local independent coffeehouse owners say they're doing just fine, largely because they're infusing their stores with personality and offering consumers an experience chain stores can't replicate.

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Buckingham gets rights to develop apartments