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Veteran-owned business push lags goalRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Dan Human
A city program to help veteran-owned businesses fell short of its goal for its first three years, and it looks like the fourth will be the same.
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Indianapolis to boost businesses owned by disabled

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The companies could get a greater share of business from city and county contracts under a proposal signed into law Thursday by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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New minority supplier council chief aims to raise agency's profileRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Scott Olson
Carolyn Mosby brings a wealth of experience to the Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council, which she hopes to lead to the next level of success.
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City still working on mayor's mandate to do more biz with veteransRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard,a former Marine, has made some progress in the two years since he pledged his administration would purchase 3 percent of all city goods and services from veteran-owned businesses, but he remains far from his goal.
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City program benefits veteran-owned businesses

November 11, 2009
Scott Olson
The city's Veteran Business Enterprise program aims to increase the representation of veteran-owned businesses on city projects—an effort that has generated $217,000 in contracts for such firms so far.
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Minority suppliers diversifying into life sciencesRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council has made life sciences companies its latest target—part of an even larger effort to attract minorities to the burgeoning life sciences industry under way on a national scale.
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Minority, women contracts rise for Convention Center projectRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The hiring of minority- and women-owned businesses to work on the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion is far ahead of state requirements and has surpassed rates that were registered for the $715 million Lucas Oil Stadium project.
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Minority-owned contractor Mezzetta Construction downsizes dramaticallyRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Mezzetta Construction Inc., one of the city's largest minority-owned businesses and a contractor on the Lucas Oil Stadium project, is downsizing its staff and auctioning off its office and construction equipment while struggling with financial difficulties.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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