Entrepreneurship

Maker of singing coozie has deals with IU, Purdue, IowaRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Cooler Conversations thinks it can penetrate the novelty items market with beverage sleeves that can play school fight songs or corporate messages when a drink is inserted.
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Custom work helps tiny sign shop land big clientsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Maria LaMagna
ACS Sign Solutions is a small Hoosier company with a far reach, landing recent deals to create signs for The New York Times offices and Avon Cosmetics’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan.
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STYLE: Local entrepreneur teaches upholstery staples

June 18, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Shelly Leer had planned to start ModHomeEc on a small scale, but has found it tough to keep it there. She’s had to double class sizes from three students to six since January and has started offering three-day, out-of-town workshops in Chicago.
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Sources: Angie’s List picks adviser to handle planned August IPO

June 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc., a website that provides consumer reviews of plumbers, electricians and other services, is preparing to file in August for an initial public offering, said two people with direct knowledge of the plans.
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Slow economy grinds on long-time sausage maker ClausRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Claus Muth has a proud heritage of making specialty meats, but now he faces circumstances that stand to threaten his south-side business: family-owned Claus' German Sausages and Meats.
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Ingredients in place for plethora of Hoosier IPOsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some Indiana firms are adding management and board firepower—moves likely to help them win over investors should they move ahead with public offerings.
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Indianapolis entrepreneurs rescue Choc-Ola from oblivion

May 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chocolate beverage Choc-Ola, launched in the 1940s and pitched to a generation of fans in the 1970s by Cowboy Bob on WTTV-4, is hitting store shelves again. South-side entrepreneurs Dan Iaria and Joe Wolfla are leading its comeback, landing an 18-state distribution deal.
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Kitchen incubator celebrates graduation of first user

May 4, 2011
Avec Moi, a company that prepares meals to go, is moving to a permanent home at 701 E. 62nd St. In recognition of the event, the city of Indianapolis awarded Indy's Kitchen a $17,000 grant.
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Wealthy local entrepreneurs hew to conservatism

April 23, 2011
Norm Heikens
Flashy displays of wealth seldom erupt in Indianapolis after an entrepreneur makes good, and they’re even more unusual now that the recession sobered even the most successful among them.
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Indianapolis angel investors land at Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Capital from members of StepStone Angels could fund business incubator's tenants.
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Indianapolis tech experts talk about the local industryRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
In a question-and-answer forum, leaders weigh in on topics ranging from tech transfer to the future of Aprimo.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Webber gives tech firms their wings

April 7, 2011
Mason King
LQ Webber Watch videoHow does angel investor Scott Webber choose which companies to buy into? What common mistakes does he see early-stage entrepreneurs make? What's the best advice his father gave him? The local tech guru reveals all.
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Growth funding drying up in Indianapolis

March 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A key financial stepping stone for Indianapolis-area startups is dwindling, with no significant replacement on the horizon.
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High-end home audio gear will be made in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A team of former Klipsch Group engineers has spent the two years trying to infuse high-end home audio equipment with the all-in-one sophistication of a smartphone.
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Hamilton County resource center aids entrepreneurs of all agesRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Sean Morrison
Spun off from the Hamilton County Alliance as a separate not-for-profit in early 2010, the Entrepreneurship Advancement Center offers assistance to county residents who aspire to own a business.
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Indiana bill enhances rural areas for young entrepreneurs

March 24, 2011
Scott Olson
A bill signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels will create a type of auction among rural communities for young entrepreneurs graduating from some universities in the state.
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Law student taps connections for shoe startup

March 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Arsene Millogo is sitting out the current semester at IU School of Law-Indianapolis to work on his own line of running shoes, a startup he and three friends financed with more than $50,000 of their own money.
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Irsay, Simon tie on magazine's world's-richest list

March 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
In a feat not possible for their teams, Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tied for 879th place on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the richest people in the world. Bill Cook and Dean White also made the list.
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IEDC unveils statewide entrepreneurship initiative

March 3, 2011
Elevate Ventures could attract an additional $30 million in matching federal and private funding to support entrepreneurs statewide, Indiana Economic Development Corp. officials say.
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Experts: Economy too weak to fuel venture-capital investmentRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Norm Heikens
Activity won’t gain much steam until more entrepreneurs become optimistic, and optimism won’t materialize until the economy gets warmer, said John Barnard, managing director of Pearl Street Venture Funds.
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Business Ownership Initiative hires executive director

February 15, 2011
Sean Morrison
Julie Grice, a 10-year veteran of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and former business owner, began her tenure as executive director of the not-for-profit Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana on Sunday.
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Software startup takes on personal finance heavyweightsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
MyJibe forces everyday consumers to set savings goals and plan what they will need to spend before they spend it.
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INSIDE DISH: Squealers goes whole hog on franchising

February 4, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Squealers_watch_videoJeff Yater has ushered his meat-lovers concept from the barbecue competition circuit to two Indy-area restaurants. Now he wants to recruit wannabe franchisees with $500,000 and a passion for chicken, beef and pork.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Inside the mind of Scott Jones

January 26, 2011
Mason King
LQ_JOnes_WatchVideoDid the serial entrepreneur really "invent" voice mail? What's his tie to "Dr. Dunkenstein"? Why is lemonade so crucial? The CEO of ChaCha Search has answers.
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INSIDE DISH: Venezuelan chef keeps day job, hatches big plan

January 21, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Caracas_watchvideoDaniel Blanco took a serious shot at the restaurant biz, working 19-hour days as both a truck driver and owner of a South American eatery, with more on the way.
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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

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  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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