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Chamber Orchestra lands $600K giftRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s latest fundraising initiative, launching later this year, received a sizable kick-start thanks to a $600,000 gift from an anonymous donor.
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Bill would force feds to recognize startupsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, wants to help startups compete for federal contracts and obtain access to loans.
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Fort Wayne ad agency hangs shingle in IndyRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Fort Wayne-based advertising/PR firm Asher Agency has opened an Indianapolis office, at 255 N. Alabama St., in the Lockerbie Commons Firehouse.
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Gov. Mike Pence tours GermanyRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence seemed to be looking for ideas about education as much as economic development deals on his recent trip to Germany.
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Kirr Marbach fund wins top Lipper recognitionRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Columbus, Ind.-based Kirr Marbach & Co. LLC is furthering its reputation for smart stock picking among the nation’s investment advisers.
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Pet show marks new territoryRestricted Content

January 4, 2014
Indianapolis-based “Pet Pals TV” will be seen on three additional television stations, bringing the total to 14.
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IHS lands $690K grant for bicentennial educationRestricted Content

January 4, 2014
The Indiana Historical Society has received a $690,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help develop educational resources tied to the state’s bicentennial celebration in 2016.
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Other 2013 news of note: From Pacers to panhandling

December 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A look at some of the runner-up top Indianapolis business stories from 2013.
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Smulyan grooving to debt-reduction rhythmRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff

Emmis Communications Corp. founder and CEO Jeff Smulyan recently told Billboard that getting a better grip on debt after the Great Recession “is probably the most gratifying thing of my career.”

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Michigan architecture firm opening local officeRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A Michigan-based engineering and architecture firm is expanding to Indianapolis and has signed a lease to occupy space on Massachusetts Avenue.
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Distributor plans 60 hires for hub in PlainfieldRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff

A New York logistics and distribution company plans to add about 60 jobs in Plainfield.

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Design firm moving to new downtown space

November 30, 2013
Rowland Design Inc. was set to move from its longtime Lockerbie Square location to 702 N. Capitol Ave., adjacent to the Cultural Trail, on Nov. 30.
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Summit awarded leasing of troubled BMO Plaza

November 30, 2013
The tall task of signing tenants for the troubled BMO Plaza, which sits nearly half vacant, has been handed to Summit Realty Group.
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Software developer Blue Pillar changes CEOsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013

Blue Pillar Inc. selected Thomas Willie III to take over as its CEO following the departure of Kevin Kushman. Willie started the new job Nov. 4.

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Faces changing on local TV newsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Several new faces have been appearing on local television news broadcasts.
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ExactTarget lauded for Facebook softwareRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
The Indianapolis-based digital marketer developed a program called Active Audiences, which lets companies better tailor advertisements to individual customers as they scroll around the social network.
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Pence appointments bring lottery commission to full strengthRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Luke Bosso, a Republican, and Debra Kunce, a Democrat, will join the five-member board.
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Investment rep fined over disclosure rulesRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A Bartholomew County investment representative will pay a $20,000 fine under an agreement with regulators over allegations he failed to make proper disclosures in research reports.
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Old-line manufacturer poised to close for goodRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A manufacturer that has roots in Indianapolis dating to 1924 plans to permanently cease operations in late November unless it can find a buyer for the business.
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Reverse commuter route launches on northwest sideRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
There’s a new reverse-commute bus route connecting the northwest side of Indianapolis with major employers in west Carmel.
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Gov. Pence courting Japanese firms during tripRestricted Content

September 14, 2013

Gov. Mike Pence will have met with every major Japanese employer in central Indiana by the time he returns Sept. 14 from his first overseas trade mission. Pence is trying to drum up new investment while thanking the companies that have had a presence here for decades.

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TrendyMinds building a video production facilityRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Staff Report
The facility will include a 16-foot cyclorama—a curved wall that presents the illusion of an endless landscape.
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Allos attracts Ohio investorRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Carmel-based Allos Ventures has secured more money for a $40 million investment fund from an Ohio investor.
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Summertime and the reading is easy and prize-worthyRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s summer reading program attracted almost 60,000 participants this year—the most since 2004.
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Local Publicis office awaiting merger falloutRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
One of the city’s top ad agencies is still waiting to see how a merger between French parent Publicis Groupe and New York-based Omnicom affects the local operation.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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