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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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NFIB chief fears sales tax talk

September 3, 2010
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As legislators scout for revenue, Quandt says small businesses could be hit from two directions.
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Notaries headed toward endangered list

July 30, 2010
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The number of notary publics, a group that proudly dates its services back a couple of thousand years or more, is in free fall.
 
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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Sue Shields' faves for state supreme court

July 8, 2010
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Legendary former judge would prefer that three women—and a man—go to Daniels for a final choice.
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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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Downstream problems with professionals

June 2, 2010
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Should engineers be required to spend time in repair shops, and architects with the lunch bucket crowd?
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Some law firms are mouthfuls

May 6, 2010
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Indianapolis still has some doozies in an era when the savviest firms are trimming to the optimal two names.
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Indy turns architectural corner

February 8, 2010
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A Ball State architect thinks Indianapolis residents will like what they see in the new J.W. Marriott hotel downtown and beat drums for more interesting buildings.
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Underrated entrepreneurs

February 5, 2010
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The Indianapolis area is home to myriad unsung entrepreneurs who run interesting companies, make money and create good jobs. Here are some of them.
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Thoughts on the Tebow ad

February 1, 2010
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From the perspective of return on investment, the Super Bowl ad might be considered a failure.
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Real estate commissions

December 30, 2009
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Realtor incomes went down this year despite a miniscule increase in commission rates.
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Bye-bye, billable hour?

May 15, 2009
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A staple of professional services, the billable hour, is beginning to erode. Law firms increasingly are being asked to shoot a set price for a specific service, and now the movement is spreading to advertising, as Coca-Cola announced...
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Measuring your performance

April 24, 2009
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From the beginning of time, engineering and the hard sciences have been held to account by laws of nature because results of faulty reasoning are obvious. Heavy airplanes wonâ??t leave the ground, patients given the wrong drug die. In recent decades...
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Preparing for the turnaround

April 21, 2009
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In his conversations with business owners and CEOs, Carmel consultant Bud Roth sees attitudes about the recession changing, but not changing enough. Many leaders have figured out whether or not their organizations will survive, says Roth, who was vice president of...
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Katz Sapper's embarrassment

December 17, 2008
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Yesterdayâ??s disclosure by KSM Capital Advisors that its clients might be out $15 million from the alleged Madoff scandal probably wonâ??t be the last local fallout. At minimum, it has been a stressful and embarrassing time for a...
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Legal news keeps coming

December 2, 2008
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Law firm mergers keep making news. IBJ Scott Olson reported this morning that Ice Miller is about to join with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Louisville. In May, Sommer Barnard was absorbed by Taft Stettinius &...
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Headhunter: Market not so bad

October 31, 2008
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A corporate recruiter says employers in Indianapolis arenâ??t acting like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, if headlines are to be believed. The employment market here has stayed fairly resilient, says Steve Mattei, a partner in Pinnacle Partners Inc. Pinnacle specializes in...
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Cheering up the real estate crowd

September 30, 2008
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Imagine being asked to speak to a crowd hit by the biggest downturn in its industry in decades, and motivate them to get back out there and keep selling. Or try to sell. Thatâ??s what Dan Lappin faces when he speaks...
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Is Hall Render marooned at No. 2?

June 18, 2008
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If a high rank brings bragging rights and marketing juice, then the Indianapolis law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman (permission granted to catch your breath) has plenty of ammo. But it never quite gets the most ammo. Hall Render...
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Taxing lawyers, docs, Realtors

January 7, 2008
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Your lawyer probably isnâ??t complaining. Neither would your doctor, Realtor or accountant. In all the talk about reforming property taxes, hardly a word has been said about shifting some of the property tax burden to services. That means some of the most...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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