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The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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Kissinger speaks out about Indiana's 'passion' problem

September 28, 2010
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Pete Kissinger, who co-founded Bioanalytical Systems in West Lafayette, thinks Indiana needs more people like Bill Cook and Scott Jones—people who actually like their businesses.
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Lawyer: Raising money will get harder

September 13, 2010
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Noting banking reform already has limited the pool of investors for private placements, Jeremy Hill expects regulators to tighten restrictions even more.
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New venture capital firm off to blazingly fast start

September 9, 2010
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Cultivian Ventures began investing in a no-man's land just as the financial crisis ramped up, and now it's already considering a second fund.
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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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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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A peer remembers Will Koch

June 14, 2010
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An admiring amusement park operator says nobody managed better than the late CEO of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
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Rainmakers chief fingers Indy's greatest need

April 14, 2010
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Scelzo says the problem isn’t financing or other problems commonly lamented by the small-business crowd.
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Business plans run dry for angel network

March 19, 2010
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Halo Capital Group cancels regular meeting for lack of deals to peruse.
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Perils of non-family managers

February 25, 2010
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A former Toyota exec blasts non-family managers for the company’s problems. Are some Indianapolis-area companies better- or worse-off after families relinquished control?
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Light in the gloom

February 12, 2010
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More industrial construction is going on in Indiana than in any nearby state.
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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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Daniels and entrepreneurship

November 16, 2009
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Does Gov. Mitch Daniels' economic development strategy emphasize job attraction at the expense of entrepreneurship?
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Organizing armies of volunteers

October 10, 2009
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A company has started to organize logistics for trade associations and other groups that gather for conventions in Indianapolis and want to "give back" to the city while they're here.
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IU shines in entrepreneurship

September 1, 2009
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Entrepreneurship has become one of the hottest areas of academic research in business schools. And, by at least one measure, Indiana University churns out the papers as well as any institution in the world.
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Green light for local IPOs?

August 25, 2009
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If nothing else, you have to admire the patience shown by ExactTarget and Aprimo, two of the area's hottest tech companies, as they await better conditions to launch their initial public offerings.
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The latest fads in business names

July 17, 2009
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Nobody familiar with the intricacies of naming a business thinks the process is easy. Not if the messages words send to potential customers are grasped. So itâ??s easy to understand why the Indianapolis area is filling up with companies one way...
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Innovation drought?

June 8, 2009
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Beneath Americaâ??s financial woes lies a lack of innovation, a recent BusinessWeek article argues. A paucity of breakthrough products could have triggered the nationâ??s borrowing binge and ultimately the financial meltdown, it says. Hereâ??s the logic: A decade ago,...
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Goldsmithâ??s latest venture

June 4, 2009
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Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith, never one to let grass grow under his feet, has started a not-for-profit with one-time presidential candidate Howard Dean to promote Goldsmithâ??s pet cause of public-private partnerships. The Council of Project Finance Advisors aims...
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Foreign-born entrepreneurs

February 2, 2009
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Midwestern cities donâ??t attract a lot of immigrants, and Indianapolis is no exception. The weather is uncomfortable and the region has a reputation for close-mindedness â?? not the kind of place where newcomers want to sink roots. A recent blog...
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A remarkable comment

January 5, 2009
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Indiana has never been known as a hotbed of venture capital deals. That recognition has long gone to California and Massachusetts, and the numbers fall off quickly in other states. So a statement in this weekendâ??s IBJ was noteworthy...
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Vaunted program hits turbulence

August 20, 2008
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Ball State Universityâ??s entrepreneurship program has long been considered one of the stateâ??s crown jewels in business academics. Former funeral director Don Kuratko started the program before entrepreneurship was cool and pushed it to national prominence. Real-world business types like the...
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Indiana's entrepreneurial hotspots

August 5, 2008
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If youâ??re an entrepreneur, or dream of one day becoming one, which place in the state offers the best opportunity? Are you a fan of fast-growing exurbs like Fishers? If youâ??re into medical startups, is the best spot on the downtown...
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Progress with entrepreneurship

June 26, 2008
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Compendium Blogwareâ??s announcement today that it raised $1.6 million in private funding is another brick in the wall as the Indianapolis area and the state continue their push to build a culture of entrepreneurship. Investors are showing more interest...
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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