Small Biz Funding

Venture funding falls 12 percent in second quarter

July 20, 2012
Associated Press
Funding for U.S. startups fell 12 percent in the second quarter as venture capitalists poured less money into fewer deals than a year earlier. But the number of companies getting funded in the earliest stages of development reached the highest level in more than a decade.
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WOJTOWICZ: It pays to know environmental requirements

June 29, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
Unexpected problems add to the headaches of opening or relocating a business, and we hear a lot about the hang-ups of required, but annoying, environmental investigations.
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Not-for-profit hoping to grow microloan program

May 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Small amounts of funding often ignored by larger banks.
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Power-grid software maker lands $7M in venture capital

May 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Blue Pillar Inc., which makes software to manage electrical grids, has closed on $7 million in funding from four venture capital firms, it said Monday.
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BioCrossroads launches second seed fund

April 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
BioCrossroads Inc. has raised an $8.25 million seed fund in its second attempt to help startup life sciences companies grow to the point where they can attract venture capital or a corporate funder.
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HUNCKLER: Old-style bootstrapping is alive and well in techRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Matt Hunckler / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis-area entrepreneurs are finding ways to fund their companies.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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SBA lenders optimistic about year's loan outputRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Volume nevertheless is expected to fall short of last year's record numbers
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WOJTOWICZ: Temporary program helps refinance commercial mortgages

February 24, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
A recent study from Credit Suisse found that over $15 billion of small commercial mortgages (under $5 million) are coming due in the next few years.
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DeveloperTown sees sale of first company it helped fund, coachRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Daily Lunch Deal sold last month after just a year in business, marking a milestone for its venture-firm mentor.
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WOJTOWICZ: Do homework before meeting business lender

December 19, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
Prepare to talk in detail about your business, the plans you are making and the reasons for expanding before you show the banker the facts and figures.
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WOJTOWICZ: Character always counts—even in loan decisions

September 23, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
During these difficult times, small-business lenders are looking harder at intangibles—including a borrower’s character.
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Early buyer of Web domains venturing into softwareRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chad Folkening’s latest venture, domain-management software called Domain Power, turns blank sites into a miniature business in a few minutes.
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Global micro lender Grameen ramps up in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Low-income women could receive loans in weeks.
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Tech startup Tinderbox picks up more funding, industry veteranRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A former executive vice president at Indianapolis-based e-mail marketing firm Exact Target will lead the firm’s effort to sell to bigger companies.
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Small Business Administration announces top state lenderRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp. has been recognized as the most robust lender through the SBA's 504 loan program.
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WOJTOWICZ: Missed tax payments could affect business loans

July 1, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
Property tax billing and collection were at their most confusing during the recession, when businesses were experiencing lost revenue, poor projections and, in general, toughing it out as best they could.
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Ingredients in place for plethora of Hoosier IPOsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some Indiana firms are adding management and board firepower—moves likely to help them win over investors should they move ahead with public offerings.
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SHEPHERD: Credit cards hurting too many businessesRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Connie Shepherd
Expensive personal credit undermines credit scores and ultimately the odds of more traditional lending.
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Credit unions gun for more traditional bank business

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A push by credit unions for more leeway with small-business lending is fueling an old fight with their banking rivals.
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Kitchen incubator celebrates graduation of first user

May 4, 2011
Avec Moi, a company that prepares meals to go, is moving to a permanent home at 701 E. 62nd St. In recognition of the event, the city of Indianapolis awarded Indy's Kitchen a $17,000 grant.
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Indianapolis angel investors land at Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Capital from members of StepStone Angels could fund business incubator's tenants.
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Companies seek equity in return for services to startupsRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A crop of Indianapolis companies is embracing the practice of developing and marketing products for startups in exchange for an ownership stake.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Webber gives tech firms their wings

April 7, 2011
Mason King
LQ Webber Watch videoHow does angel investor Scott Webber choose which companies to buy into? What common mistakes does he see early-stage entrepreneurs make? What's the best advice his father gave him? The local tech guru reveals all.
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High-end home audio gear will be made in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A team of former Klipsch Group engineers has spent the two years trying to infuse high-end home audio equipment with the all-in-one sophistication of a smartphone.
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