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State SBDC network to get new director

December 14, 2011
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Indiana’s Small Business Development Center network soon will have a new leader. Jeff Heinzmann, state director since 2007, resigned effective Dec. 1.
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What's New: Indy NUT House

December 7, 2011
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Meet Margaret Broderick and Mike Lehane, who opened Indy NUT House in May to sell “nice, useable things" to home rehabbers.
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What's New: Acting Up Productions

November 30, 2011
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Meet Brian Noffke and Beth Hofmann, who opened acting school/production company/art gallery Acting Up Productions in downtown Greenfield in late summer.
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Angling for a piece of the pie

November 28, 2011
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As consumers were nursing their Black Friday hangovers and warming up their clicking fingers ahead of Cyber Monday, entrepreneurs nationwide had their sights set on Small Business Saturday.
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Development groups form alliance

November 22, 2011
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Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana has big plans for its 15th year, including a new location, a new partner and a new strategy for delivering its services.
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What did you do this weekend?

November 21, 2011
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Dozens of enterprising entrepreneurs spent 54 hours planning new businesses as part of Startup Weekend Indianapolis.
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What's New: CrossFit NapTown

November 16, 2011
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This week, we meet ex-IUPUI soccer players Peter Brasovan and Jared Byczko, who opened CrossFit NapTown last month in a Delaware Street building that once housed an FBI tactical team.
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What's New: Technical Threads

November 9, 2011
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Meet Adam Howell and Matt Simon, who left “high-dollar, high-profile and high-pressure” sales jobs to launch a company distributing industrial fasteners.
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What's New: The Make-Up Shop

November 2, 2011
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In this week's startup profile, we meet Brenda and Jennifer Sotolongo, professional makeup artists who want to teach others how to apply cosmetics. Their Fishers shop opened in August.
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Cashing out: An entrepreneur's dream or nightmare?

October 31, 2011
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Some would say Larry Howald accomplished every small-business owner’s dream: Selling his company to a big competitor for “good” money.
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What's New: Amy's PJs

October 26, 2011
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This week, we meet Amy Graham, who opened upscale pajama boutique Amy’s PJs in Indianapolis on Oct. 1.
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Flexibility lets firms focus on products, not processes

October 24, 2011
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Can small-business owners afford to loosen their control of employees’ schedules? Can they afford not to?
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What's New: My Toy Garden

October 19, 2011
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In this week's startup profile, we meet Janet Pillsbury, who opened My Toy Garden in Carmel last month.
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Venture for America aims to help startups

October 12, 2011
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Modeled after the Teach for America program that trains recent college grads for two-year stints as educators, the initiative would put other graduates to work at fledgling companies.
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Apple's Jobs lived entrepreneurial dream

October 6, 2011
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The director of IU's Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation said Steve Jobs “epitomized the revolutionary genius that through hard work, determination and a maverick spirit, our world can be changed by one person.”
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Jobs bill aims to give small business a boost

October 5, 2011
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The American Jobs Act, which President Obama unveiled Sept. 8, includes several provisions intended to encourage small-business hiring. But would it really help?
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What does Facebook tell your banker?

September 26, 2011
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In addition to the expected factors like a potential borrower’s credit history and business plan, lenders increasingly are weighing intangibles such as moral character.
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Is being your own boss overrated?

September 22, 2011
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Freedom and flexibility are long-term goals for many entrepreneurs, but getting there is anything but easy.
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Critics: Patent overhaul could hurt startups

September 14, 2011
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When the Senate passed legislation last week overhauling the U.S. patent system, large multinational corporations like Eli Lilly and Co. rejoiced. But small-business advocates cried foul, saying the changes would put innovative startups at a disadvantage.
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Should city do more to aid small biz?

September 7, 2011
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Both candidates in the Indianapolis mayor's race have promised to help small businesses as part of their economic development efforts—to different degrees.
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To franchise or not to franchise

August 24, 2011
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Are new small-business owners better off buying a franchise these days, or should they go it alone?
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Stuffing the 'best of Indy' ballot box

August 19, 2011
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Sure, it’s nice to be able to say you’re the best cat wrangler in central Indiana, but does it bring customers through the door?
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Survey: Social media pays off

August 12, 2011
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If there’s one thing most small-business owners don’t have in abundance, it’s time. But investing more of that precious resource in social media appears to be worth the effort—if it’s done right.
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Are benefits the key to happy employees?

August 9, 2011
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Employee retention will be a challenge as the economy recovers—and that could hit smaller firms especially hard.
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Small biz outlook: All doom and gloom?

August 3, 2011
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The National Small Business Association’s 2011 Mid-Year Economic Report, released Wednesday, shows that small-business owners are losing confidence in an economic recovery.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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