Networking Groups

Local entrepreneur Dragoo takes helm of national group

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
Already one of the most influential women entrepreneurs in the country, Billie Dragoo will work herself even deeper into professional networking in July as she takes a new role as board chairwoman for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She hopes the connections she’s made over 18 years in business for herself will benefit the group’s members.
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SLAUGHTER: Networking is more important than everRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Robby Slaughter
Your personal network ... is what will grant you the most direct access to the people you need to know.
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Event merges forces of old, new venture-capital groups

July 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The third annual Innovation Showcase is getting a boost from a partnership between the Venture Club of Indiana and tech social group Verge.
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Chambers of commerce take bigger role in politics

May 30, 2011
Associated Press
After years of advocating pro-business positions, many chambers are taking the next step and issuing endorsements in hopes of ensuring business-friendly mayors get elected.
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Carmel arts center reaches out to young professionals

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Center for the Performing Arts is launching its own young professionals networking group called “The Scene.”
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Tech networking group Hackers and Founders changes name to Verge

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The new name is meant to distinguish the group from its Silicon Valley namesake.
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Columbia Club Foundation says funds stolen by director

February 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The private club's president alerted members to the theft in a letter, but declined to specify how much was taken. Still, he said the director, who is not named in the correspondence, is making restitution.
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Local social networking site connects users offlineRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kim Puckett
Growing by leaps and bounds, smallerindiana.com will host its first-ever "Bigger Ideas" conference for the high-tech and Internet-savvy crowd.
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Indy Gen-X group to tout city to out-of-town recruitsRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyHub, the city's young professionals network, will launch a new Web site, circlingthecity.com, to pique the interest of out-of-towners who are being recruited by local companies.
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CORRECTION: Since 1976, Indy Chamber has sponsored Lacy leadership seriesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Last week's story on page 5A should have stated that the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series since 1976.
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Columbia Club woos companies to boost membershipRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Chip Cutter
The 119-year-old Columbia Club downtown is offering corporate discounts for the first time in an effort to boost revenue and curb declining memberships. Previously, the Monument Circle institution sold memberships only on an individual basis. Under the new plan, corporations will receive a significant discount, on a sliding scale, if five or more employees join.
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New Chamber forum lets startups have a shotRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is developing a new weapon for local startups-Slingshot, a business-networking forum that will give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to swing sales meetings directly with high-ranking corporate executives.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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