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EDITORIAL: Seek tolerance in the workplaceRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Balancing the rights of employees and entrepreneurs is tricky.
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Dentist driven to draw blacks to professionRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Ann Finch
When Jeanette Sabir-Holloway entered dental school at Indiana University in 1976, she was one of only three black students in a class of 120. She would be the only African-American to graduate with her class four years later.
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Decision nears on fate of freed-slave sculpture

October 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Controversy has swirled around a piece of art commissioned for the Cultural Trail’s $2 million public art program. What ultimately happens to Fred Wilson’s “E Pluribus Unum” sculpture of a freed slave could alienate local African-Americans who oppose it or draw the scorn of national art critics.
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Local distributor HP Products acquires St. Louis company

September 13, 2011
Indianapolis-based HP Products Corp. has acquired Renard Paper Co., a 58-year-old distributor of commercial-cleaning, paper and food-service products, based in the St. Louis area.
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Local bar ordered to pay $45,000 to fired worker

August 12, 2011
The Wild Beaver Saloon in Broad Ripple agreed to the payment as part of a settlement reached Thursday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the bar for allegedly firing the female employee because of her pregnancy.
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Black Expo sees attendance rise at Summer Celebration

July 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Attendance at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration was up 5 percent compared to last year, the local organization reported Friday afternoon.
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Black Expo changes to come after Summer Celebration

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Organization directors will announce in August any recommendations from an outside consultant brought in after employees voiced concerns about the leadership of president and CEO Tanya Bell.
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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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Black Expo employees lodge complaints against CEO

June 3, 2011
Seventeen employees sign letter to the organization's board of directors complaining that Indiana Black Expo President and CEO Tanya Bell has created a hostile work environment.
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Peru immigrant built career on helping local Hispanics

March 12, 2011
Ann Finch
Aida McCammon has spent 20 years helping Hispanics improve their lives and succeed in the United States.
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Minority group hosts networking event

March 5, 2011
The not-for-profit Indianapolis Professional Organization will conduct its eighth annual networking luncheon from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 27 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.
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Greenwood contractor is minority small business person of the year

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The winner of the Small Business Administration award has seen steady growth during its 10 years in business.
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Controversial Martin University president to retire this month

December 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Algeania Freeman will retire Dec. 31 after three years at the school, officials said late Monday morning. Former NCAA executive Charlotte Westerhaus will serve as acting president while the predominantly black university conducts a nationwide search for a new leader.
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Diversity key to west-side revitalization plan

November 20, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Over the last few months, a wave of events has given momentum to grass-roots efforts to revive the West 38th Street corridor and its broader neighborhood, which includes Lafayette Square Mall.
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Cash crunch hits Indianapolis Urban League

October 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
After losing a key grant, Indianapolis Urban League laid off employees and failed to make three months' worth of retirement payments into one former worker's account—something that was remedied after the worker complained to the Labor Department.
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Female engineers appeal discrimination ruling

October 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two female engineers who pursued a gender-discrimination case against Rolls-Royce Corp. for the past four years intend to appeal a judge's decision in the company's favor.
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MORRIS: Don't fear diversity; embrace it

September 25, 2010
Greg Morris
We cannot allow this failure of our government to tear apart the benefits of diversity that helped make this country great.
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Indianapolis Black Alumni Council hosting college fair

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The fair at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School will introduce students to post-secondary opportunities at historically black colleges.
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Two Indianapolis firms make Inc. magazine list

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The firms are among the 10 fastest-growing black-owned businesses in the nation.
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'Landstory' name opens new chapter for firmRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Moniker reflects ownership change years earlier, better description of company's focus.
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Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration schedule

July 3, 2010
Indiana Black Expo kicks off its 40th annual Summer Celebration July 12 with a full schedule of events.
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MAURER: Another look at the glass ceilingRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Mickey Maurer
My longtime assistant, Marla Smith, had a sign on her desk that read, “The best man for the job is often a woman.” I have grown to appreciate and believe in that advice.
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Black professionals cope with poor economy

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The panel discussion, “Staying Alive and Productive During Economic Hard Times,” will be part of IPA’s annual networking lunch April 25.
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Athletic entrepreneur helps clients build camaraderie, improve leadershipRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Tawn Parent
Deseri Garcia's Vida Aventura consulting firm uses challenge courses, other unusual techniques to improve teamwork, morale.
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Minority networking event set for April 25Restricted Content

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
"Staying Alive and Productive during Economic Hard Times" is the theme of the Indianapolis Professional Association's seventh annual networking luncheon. It will include a roundtable discussion of the economic state of local minority businesses and organizations.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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