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Take it easy on me

August 3, 2011
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I'm not an expert or an entrepreneur, but I look forward to learning from people who are and sharing my discoveries with you.
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Is it really veteran-owned?

July 29, 2011
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The Veterans Administration is cracking down on shaky claims about veteran-owned small businesses.
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Indianapolis dodges bullet in small-biz study

July 15, 2011
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The smallest businesses took hits in cities all around Indianapolis.
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Kill health care reform, see hiring recovery?

June 23, 2011
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The NFIB’s local leader says uncertainty is causing small firms to hold off on expansions.
 
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Christopher Clapp's reading habits

June 17, 2011
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Clapp took Angel Learning to a $94 million sale, and now he’s ramrodding BlueLock to something bigger. But what does he read?
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How happy are your employees?

June 3, 2011
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A survey shows workers like their jobs better than they did a year ago, but not as well as before hard times set in.
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Grant doubles size of 21st Century fund

May 19, 2011
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The fund, which had been ravaged by budget cuts, is now approaching its normal size.
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News on jobs and broadband

May 9, 2011
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Indiana isn't doing as well as neighboring states in recovering from the recession, and adoption of high-speed Internet varies widely in the Indianapolis area, new studies show.
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Who's best for small biz, Ballard or Kennedy?

May 4, 2011
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With the primary settled, small business could become an issue in the general election.
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Is social media pushing up PR headcounts?

April 21, 2011
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A boom in the number of local people identifying themselves as public relations managers is probably driven by the explosion of social media, says one long-time pro.
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Where are the wildly successful women entrepreneurs?

April 6, 2011
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Men dominate in ownership of the fastest-growing companies and smash hits like Aprimo and Suros.
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Indiana recovery well underway; up next, the expansion

March 31, 2011
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By at least one key measure, Indiana is almost back to where it left off before the recession.
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Why job creation falters in Indiana

March 28, 2011
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A Ball State prof says the media and politicians focus on the wrong things. As a result, entrepreneurship, and the Indiana economy, are suffering.
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Entrepreneurship fallacies

March 23, 2011
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You're starting a business to set your own hours? You're deluded, a blogger warns.
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Bigger small-business definitions

March 17, 2011
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The SBA wants to broaden the definition of a small business in 36 industries. Suddenly, 9,000 more businesses would be considered small.
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Whatever became of the cool cop car?

March 11, 2011
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The wheels of government turn slowly, a Carbon Motors exec explains. Meanwhile, the company has nearly stopped giving media interviews.
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Startup activity sputtering in Indiana, report says

March 7, 2011
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Kauffman Foundation's latest index ranks Indiana among the lowest in the weakest region of the country.
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Locate in the city or the suburbs?

March 2, 2011
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A new study shows certain industries flock to one or the other.
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Aprimo sale mints a slew of millionaires

February 25, 2011
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Co-founder Bill Godfrey details the payout from the $525 million sale.
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More good news on the Indiana economy

February 18, 2011
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An Indiana University index suggests the economy is still strengthening.
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Bitwise reaching back to middle-schoolers

February 16, 2011
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So many middle school students want to work at Ron Brumbarger's Web development company that he's starting a way for them to try out before they hit high school.
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Is it hard to build a thriving company in Indianapolis?

February 9, 2011
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Local entrepreneurs sometimes sell promising companies early because Indy is too small of a market, goes one explanation. But the market's size might not be the real reason.
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Chop the SBA?

February 9, 2011
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Members of Congress are asking the SBA to look for efficiencies. How any fallout will affect lending is up in the air.
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Lending felt tight last year? You were right

February 4, 2011
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Yes, 2010 was tough, an NFIB study shows. But poor sales and uncertainty were even bigger problems than finding credit.
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Less rust, more shine ahead for Indy, Midwest?

February 2, 2011
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An academic has compiled a string of reasons the Midwest might be verging on a come back. That should be encouraging to small businesses.
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  1. I am also a "vet" of several Cirque shows and this one left me flat. It didn't have the amount of acrobatic stunts as the others that I have seen. I am still glad that I went to it and look forward to the next one but I put Varekai as my least favorite.

  2. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  3. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  4. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  5. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

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