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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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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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