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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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