Entrepreneurship

Pace of life sciences venture capital deals in Indiana picks up

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After no Indiana health and life sciences firms announced venture capital deals in the second quarter, five did so in the third, and two more have already this month.
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Debt collectors try soft approach

October 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Recession forces entrepreneurs to rework bills. Cracking down on small businesses doesn't help bills get paid faster.
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Indianapolis-based FAST Diagnostics gets funding from BioCrossroads' seed fund

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Money will help the company refine its tool to treat acute kidney injury.
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Funding cut jeopardizes popular Indiana Artisan programRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
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My Health Care Manager lands $3 million investmentRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The company, which guides working adults and their parents through the maze of decisions and agencies involved in care for seniors, plans to use the money primarily to augment its sales staff and operations.
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Bartering booms during recession

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a recession, cash is a commodity few small businesses can spare. That’s why more businesses are trading goods and services without exchanging cash.
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HETRICK: To teach your children well, put away the parachutesRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Asking our kids to take responsibility sometimes has unexpected consequences.
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Region's expertise in hybrid cars goes beyond high-profile players

September 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Bright Automotive and EnerDel are well known for their development of components for hybrid cars, but the region has several other players poised to be big players in the sector. In fact, few realize that North America’s largest producer of electric motors for hybrid vehicles is based northeast of Indianapolis, in Pendleton.
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Economy pushes executives into small firms

August 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In the recession, folks with former big-company careers are increasingly taking jobs with small businesses. For some downsized executives, it’s about the desperate need for a paycheck. Others, who felt impotent and pigeonholed in corporations, discover they prefer the challenge of entrepreneurship.
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Fishers biz grows from dog-walking to full-service pet careRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Cristi Melson started Purrs & Gurrs 2-1/2 years ago with an idea and some fliers she distributed door to door. She didn’t have a formal business plan then and still doesn’t.
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Two businesses open at Flagship Enterprise Center

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Anderson-based Flagship Enterprise Center is on a roll. In the last two months, the small-business incubator and growth-stage accelerator signed up two new clients: software developers Soveryn Inc. and Coeus Technology.
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INpact Medical Device Network matches start-ups with service providersRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Industry groups in the life sciences, medical and information technology realms have helped lure companies to the region and foster upstarts. Funding is almost always an issue, but it’s not the only barrier. Getting medical devices to market often requires product design, development and marketing resources that aren’t always apparent to upstarts.
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Summer program turns teens into entrepreneursRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Eighteen students from Indianapolis’ Haughville neighborhood sold their wares— ranging from caps and sunglasses to purses to home-baked cookies—as part of a summer business-education program for low-income youth.
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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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Orr fellows finding opportunity in male-dominated tech industry

August 10, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Many young women who have participated in the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship program have landed at high-flying local technology firms.
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Emerging life sciences companies grabbing more in government grantsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
More emerging life science companies have found life in the form of federal Small Business Innovation Research grants.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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Hamilton County Alliance spins off entrepreneurial center

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Hamilton County Alliance economic development group has spun off its Entrepreneurship Advancement Center, which serves fast-growing startup businesses in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the rest of Hamilton County.
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Seniors are nation's fastest-growing group of entrepreneursRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
For four decades, Jim Ashby worked as a manufacturing floor manager, first for General Motors Corp., then, after a buyout, for an Ingersoll Rand subsidiary. He likes to relax and fish, but Ashby considers himself too energetic for retirement. He’s now 67 years old. And a first-time entrepreneur.
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Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twistRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kim Puckett
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.
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A taste of summer: CPA spends summers as ice cream manRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Certified public accountant Dave Norris bought a 1976 Good Humor truck and started his family-owned U Want Ice Cream mobile route in 2007, aiming to make a personal connection with people—along with a little extra money.
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Businesses discover dangers of relying too heavily on a single client or industryRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In this deep recession, many local small-business owners suffer a harsh dilemma: Heavily tied to a single supplier, customer or industry, they must diversify or die.
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Heartland Distillers joins mini-boom in artisan spirit-makingRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kim Puckett
Since January, Heartland Distillers has turned out several small batches of its first signature spirit—Indiana Vodka—available at about 300 area retailers.
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Recession forces small-business owners to take second jobsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With sales slowed to a crawl, some entrepreneurs must take second jobs working for others to make ends meet.
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Recession has a domino effect on venture capitalRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Call it a trickle-down effect, but not the kind President Reagan would have liked. The recession has cost most institutional investors, such as university endowments, about a quarter of their value. As a result, venture capitalists' primary source of funding has dried up. The implications for Hoosier entrepreneurship are stark.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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