Entrepreneurship

Startups launch apps to facilitate good deedsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two startup firms, Cause.It LLC and Trensy LLC, have created tools that link charitable behavior and consumption. Like the hit app Foursquare, the newcomers encourage users to “check in” when they show up at events or complete activities so they can earn rewards offered by local businesses.
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Ex-grocery exec Danny O'Malia providing service advice to sports franchisesRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Danny O'Malia, longtime leader of his family's Indianapolis-based grocery store business, now offers his customer-service-driven advice through his own consulting firm.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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Arts groups run by founders lay groundwork for next generationRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Succession planning is critical for any organization but even more so when the person making the hand-off is the creator and driving force, and several local arts groups are still led by their founders.
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Serial entrepreneur builds more than business

February 25, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield resident Jenn Kampmeier is a CEO—that’s “chief everything officer” in the get-it-done world of startups—who prefers an even-loftier title: Mom.
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Startup coaches clients on datingRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Miss Pivot is a social-skills training company that offers one-on-one coaching from professional “wing” women, group classes on topics like starting conversations, and now a mobile app that promises users the knowledge they need to “Fire Cupid.”
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Marketer applies engineering skills to lead creative firmRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Ann Finch
Kathy Cabello left a lucrative IT career to start Cabello Associates Inc., a marketing consultancy celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
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DeveloperTown sees sale of first company it helped fund, coachRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Daily Lunch Deal sold last month after just a year in business, marking a milestone for its venture-firm mentor.
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Travel club startup patterned after Ambassadair trying to raise $5 millionRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A former employee of Ambassadair travel club is trying to raise $5.3 million to finance the first six months of a business created in its image.
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Techies aim to make money from memoriesRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Two DePauw University graduates are launching a website they hope will preserve the world’s memories, through a virtual bank of shared experiences.
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Small businesses angle for piece of the big game

January 23, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
More than 400 companies statewide qualified for this year’s NFL Emerging Business program, an initiative that aims to open doors for minority- and women-owned enterprises seeking a sliver of Super Bowl spending.
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Extras help small firms boost business

January 14, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Small businesses like KnowSweat Workouts increasingly are adding products and services to keep revenue flowing during tight economic times.
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New venue will give startup crowd a place to socialize, share ideasRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A group of angel investors, entrepreneurs and high-tech aficionados on Jan. 18 will launch the Speak Easy, a 5,750-square-foot space on the southern edge of Broad Ripple that will serve as a gathering place for those active in the startup community.
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Pair hopes to find niche in commercial real estateRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Scott Olson
First project for startup Loftus Robinson Development is a small conversion in Broad Ripple.
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Entrepreneurs aim to deliver custom beverages

December 9, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
uFlavor_WatchVideoMad scientists, rejoice: An Indianapolis startup is rolling out a make-your-own-soft-drink campaign its founders hope will become the YouTube of the beverage industry. They left Thursday night on a 6,000-mile promotional tour.
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MyJibe's purchase validates Orr fellowship programRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A program to identify and cultivate entrepreneurs—the Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship—just hit a milestone. Orr fellow Mike Langellier has sold his upstart MyJibe LLC, in what appears to be the first Orr fellow to create a tech firm and take it full circle to liquidation.
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Engineer wants to bring 3D printing to massesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Sam Stall
Doug Keenan, a 49-year-old electrical engineer and entrepreneur, is tackling something so cutting-edge that most of humanity doesn’t know it exists: 3D printing, or rapid prototyping.
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Develop Indy and partner will focus on small business supportRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Business Ownership Initiative of Central Indiana focuses on one-on-one counseling, capital access.
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JOSEPH: Valuing the entrepreneur's blood, sweat and tearsRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
More than ever, owners are simply digging in to finance their great idea through their own hard work, time and resourcefulness.
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My Toy Garden wades into specialty retail businessRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A teacher for 17 years, Carmel resident Janet Pillsbury opened her store in September to give shoppers more options.
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EDITORIAL: Learn right lessons from Litebox gaffeRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels has been derided in recent days for standing next to California businessman Bob Yanagihara and declaring, “We like visionaries, we love inventors, we love entrepreneurs. You are all those things.”
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Carmel resident takes entrepreneurship plunge with Amy's PJsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Amy Graham left her job as marketing director of a plastic surgery practice early this year to pursue her dream of running a high-end pajama boutique.
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Local tech firm owner makes most of flexibilityRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
About a year ago, Jon Arnold shuttered his technology firm’s office in Irvington, but not his company. He and his two employees now rely on technology to keep the company thriving as Arnold and his family spend a year traveling the country in a recreational vehicle.
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Mind Trust to spawn chains of charter schoolsRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
The local not-for-profit is launching a program this month that will dole out million-dollar grants to teams of education entrepreneurs to help them start local chains of charters.
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HETRICK: Ten tips on the way out the entrepreneurial door

October 8, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
In the hope that someone out there is hesitant to hang out a shingle and build a business, I’ll surprise you with this: Try it.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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