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Second Helpings closes catering armRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Local caterers will have one less competitor in 2009, after Second Helpings closed its for-profit catering arm, Just Cause.
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Targanta receives rescue line for drugRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
A former Eli Lilly and Co. antibiotic being developed in Indianapolis will live to try again. The company developing the drug, Massachusetts-based Targanta Therapeutics Inc., has agreed to be acquired by New Jersey-based The Medicines Co. for $42 million.
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BankruptciesRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Majestic Plaza LLC and W.H. Construction Inc.
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State warns businesses about scamRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has issued a warning about a fraudulent letter targeting Indiana businesses.
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Distribution holds promise for Central IndianaRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Chip Cutter
A new report shows that, despite a sluggish national economy, the Indianapolis area should continue to attract industrial businesses and distribution centers next year.
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Indy-art-loving lawyer pays studio rent for artistsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Paul Hunt, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg, recently decided to pay seven months' studio rent for two artists at Harrison Center for the Arts. And the Columbia Club on Monument Circle is looking for new members.
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Attorney, sports marketer takes on new challengesRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
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Planning for U.S. 31 rebuilding continuesRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
State and federal highway agencies have approved the final environmental impact statement for the 13-mile rebuilding of U.S. 31 from Interstate 465 to 216th Street.
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Apartment revitalization work begins in IrvingtonRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Apartment developer Christopher Piazza has closed on financing for a $1.2 million renovation of a 1914 apartment building in Irvington.
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Beech Grove government bracing for budget cutsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Property-tax caps should help Hoosier homeowners save a bundle next year.
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Indians score $1.23 million profitRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
The Indianapolis Indians made $1.23 million this year on $8.7 million in revenue, according to the publicly traded company's most recent financial disclosure.
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My Health Care Manager goes nationalRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Less than three years into its life, Indianapolis-based My Health Care Manager is going national.
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A health plan for job hoppersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Indianapolis-based Golden Rule Insurance Co. has launched a plan aimed at people who move in and out of jobs that don't offer health insurance.
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IT veteran to teach entrepreneurship classRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Indiana University will offer a new course on entrepreneurship in the information technology sector at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI next semester.
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Givers get strategicRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
 Wealthy people are getting more advice from hired professionals and less from peers and not-for-profit personnel when making decisions about charitable giving, a new study shows.
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Cincinnati construction company sues Indy airport for failure to payRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
A suburban Cincinnati construction company known for airport and interstate projects alleges the Indianapolis Airport Authority has failed to pay on a $14.7 million contract to build aircraft parking spaces.
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BSU football scores record TV ratings, attendance boostRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
The Ball State University victory over Central Michigan University Nov. 19, televised live on ESPN2 and seen in more than 1.6 million homes, ranks as the most-viewed and highest-rated college football game ever for a Tuesday or Wednesday night on the network.
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Hamilton County businesses expandRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Despite the recession, Hamilton County continues to enjoy economic growth from both old companies and new ones.
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Conference center plan for Hendricks County gets positive interestRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
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Group plans special-needs sports complex in MartinsvilleRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
A not-for-profit group led by an account executive at Clayton-based Ray's Trash Service is raising money to build a sports complex designed for people with special needs.
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Recession forces Shelby County's largest employer to cut workersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Knauf Insulation is cutting 11 percent of its work force in Shelbyville as the recession prolongs the housing downturn that began two years ago.
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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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Quest to improve corridors continues in LebanonRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
The corridors leading into downtown Lebanon are a step closer to becoming more attractive.
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Lease-to-own options becoming more popularRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
With credit tight and the economy shaky, homeowners around the region are increasingly choosing to sell their properties on a lease-to-own basis.
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Maurer gift is IU's fourth largestRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
IBJ co-owner Michael Maurer's $35 million gift to the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington is the fourth largest from an individual in the history of the university.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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