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Fishers launching business incubator

August 23, 2012
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The town of Fishers is making a bid to keep its entrepreneurs close to home, investing $350,000 to develop shared office space for the startup community. Co-working facility Launch Fishers is slated to open this fall.
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What's New: Blue Marble Design

August 1, 2012
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Meet M.J. Meneley and Randy Royer, landscape architects who rolled out Indianapolis-based Blue Marble Design LLC as a full-time enterprise in May.
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Does entrepreneurial speed dating work?

July 18, 2012
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The annual Innovation Showcase aims to connect area entrepreneurs with interested investors. Think speed dating with higher stakes.
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What's New: Charlie's Chillers

July 11, 2012
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Meet Sherri Campbell, who is ramping up Indianapolis-based Charlie’s Chillers LLC after winning last month’s Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge.
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What's New: MyBestFriendsHair

June 27, 2012
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Meet Janell Shaffer and Danielle McDowell, who started consumer-review service MyBestFriendsHair.com to help folks like them looking for the right hair stylist.
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Event-planning startup extending its reach

June 13, 2012
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Snappening.com, which offers a searchable database of central Indiana event venues and professional planners, is expanding its service to four new markets: Bloomington, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Louisville, Ky.
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What's New: Ready the Nest

May 30, 2012
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NICU nurse Becky Drummy's maternity concierge service helps new parents handle the arrival of their little life changers.
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Lemonade Day gives kids taste of entrepreneurship

May 18, 2012
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About 15,000 of central Indiana’s youngest entrepreneurs are testing their business-ownership chops this weekend in tried-and-true fashion: setting up and running lemonade stands.
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Contest aims to find next hot 'foodpreneur'

May 16, 2012
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About 60 aspiring food-business operators entered the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in hopes that they have the next big idea.
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New owner moving EventzPlus to larger location

May 2, 2012
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Less than two months after serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier and her partners staged a grand opening for Carmel party venue and event-planning service EventzPlus, they’ve sold the firm for an undisclosed sum.
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State's latest startup: Startup Indiana

April 20, 2012
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On April 25, local organizers will launch Startup Indiana, a regional affiliate of the Startup America Partnership. The national initiative—and its regions—brings together entrepreneurs, funders and other leaders to help promising startups succeed.
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What's New: Kreme Twenty-Four

April 11, 2012
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Gary Patterson and Jason White bonded over their love of fashion and their frustration with Indianapolis' shopping options, so they opened a boutique of their own.
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Survey: Small businesses serve customers better

April 4, 2012
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About seven in 10 of Americans say they are willing to spend an average of 13 percent more with businesses they believe provide excellent customer service.
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Is entrepreneurship for the young?

March 28, 2012
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Over the past 15 years, the percentage of entrepreneurs in the 20- to 34-year-old age group has dropped, according to a study released this month by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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What's New: Grateful Pet

March 14, 2012
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Melissa Kelly and Zach Pierson, who opened delivery service Grateful Pet LLC in July and are bootstrapping the business through Kelly's day job.
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What's New: PatentStatus

February 29, 2012
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This week, meet James Burnes, who launched virtual patent-marking service PatentStatus LLC in January and spent the first weekend of February hobnobbing with corporate bigwigs in town for Super Bowl XLVI.
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Forget the glass ceiling ... how about the 'pink ghetto'?

February 24, 2012
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What do you make of the criticism that there’s a "pink ghetto" of women-owned firms somehow less worthy than the myriad male-led tech startups that garner so much attention and praise?
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What's New: Snappening.com

February 8, 2012
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This week, meet Crystal Grave, who left a corporate marketing career to start event-planning resource Snappening.com.
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A morning-after question: Now what?

February 6, 2012
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The Indianapolis community undoubtedly will benefit from hosting the Super Bowl, but no one can just sit back and wait for the payoff. Lots of work remains—especially for small businesses.
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Startups vie for Super Bowl exposure

February 1, 2012
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One Indianapolis entrepreneur will spend Super Bowl Sunday huddled with startup guru Scott Case and another corporate combatant, working on a game plan for growth.
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What's New: Happy Dog Hotel and Spa

January 25, 2012
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This week, meet Bev Schroeder, who opened Happy Dog Hotel and Spa in Carmel last month.
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Entrepreneurs take risks without betting the farm

January 18, 2012
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Some small-business owners are taking divergent paths to build revenue during difficult economic times. Some are adding products and services, while others are focusing on core competencies. What's your take on the different strategies?
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What's New: Violet Vintage

January 11, 2012
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This week, we meet Vanessa Grider, who opened Violet Vintage this fall. The company collects and rents out unusual—and often time-tested—party supplies.
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What's New: Vital Skates

December 28, 2011
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Meet Naptown Roller Girls Amber Jones and Kate Bothwell, who opened Vital Skates in October to serve the growing roller derby community.
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Entrepreneurial adventures offer lessons

December 20, 2011
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Michael Cloran is problem solver. And he knows how to turn the answers into viable businesses. He also knows his limitations. Do you?
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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