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.

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.

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.

Web site aspires to be source for all things FishersRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noblesville resident Tom Wagenhauser is revamping the Hamilton County-centric Web site and hopes to double its weekly traffic.

DINING: Mudsocks Grill doesn't mess around

March 16, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Mudsocks Grill offers a delicious grilled tilapia sandwich, blue-cheese-laden-pasta and Chili Con Queso. Try the fried cheesecake too.

Town of Fishers considers new form of governmentRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sitting in gridlocked traffic along Interstate 69, Fishers residents might already think of their town as a city. This sprawling suburb of 65,000 people certainly looks nothing like the burg of less than 1,000 it was three decades ago. But down at the municipal government complex, Fishers is still a town, just as it was incorporated in 1891.

Fishers tables $100M developmentRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
An Ohio developer and the town of Fishers have agreed to cancel a 2007 development agreement that called for a $100-million mixed-use project featuring 250,000 square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of office.

Conner Prairie balloon ride part of 10-year strategyRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Andrea Muirragui

Conner Prairie wants to pay homage to early aviator John Wise with a balloon ride that recalls his August 1859 trip from Lafayette at the helm of a gas-filled balloon bound for New York City with the nation's first air-mail delivery. An ill wind blew him Wisecourse, ending his flight in Crawfordsville, but he still earned a place in history--and a U.S. Postal Service-issued stamp honoring his pioneering effort.


Marsh sues Roche over sublease dealRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Cory Schouten

Two giants of local business are preparing to slug it out in court over a soured sublease deal. Marsh Supermarkets filed suit in Hamilton County this month to enforce a deal with Swiss pharmaceutical and medical-equipment powerhouse Roche to sublease the grocer's entire 148,000-square-foot headquarters in Fishers. The deal, worth more than $47 million over 18 years, is one of the largest of its kind in central Indiana in years.


Fishers' hoops venue signs 2 franchise deals, plans moreRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
A multi-court basketball fieldhouse is doing such brisk business in Fishers, its owners have decided to franchise the operation. Scott Burton, CEO of The Fieldhouse, said deals have already been signed with franchisees in Merrillville and in Naperville, Ill.

Exclusive golf club opens up--a littleRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Until now, gaining entrance into the exclusive nine-hole golf course built on 40 acres next to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers was as difficult as a commoner scoring an invitation to a royal palace. But admittance to Balmoral is loosening--a little.

With 'dark days' behind it, Conner Prairie gets back to businessRestricted Content

July 31, 2006
Andrea Muirragui Davis
In the 2-1/2 years following a 2003 overhaul of Conner Prairie management orchestrated by Earlham College, the Hamilton County attraction was mired in uncertainty over its future and an increasingly bleak financial outlook. Now the skies are brightening.
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