Small Biz Funding

Experts: Economy too weak to fuel venture-capital investmentRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Norm Heikens
Activity won’t gain much steam until more entrepreneurs become optimistic, and optimism won’t materialize until the economy gets warmer, said John Barnard, managing director of Pearl Street Venture Funds.
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Software startup takes on personal finance heavyweightsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
MyJibe forces everyday consumers to set savings goals and plan what they will need to spend before they spend it.
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Molecules are moneymakers for software firm Indigo BioSystemsRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Eli Lilly and Co. spin-off has landed new private investment and may double its work force this year.
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Bill seeks to boost investment credit, startups

January 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The legislation, assigned to a committee on Wednesday, would increase the maximum for venture capital tax credits from $500,000 to $1 million, helping high-potential startups attract outside funding.
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WOJTOWICZ: How to lay your hands on working capital

December 6, 2010
Jean Wojtowicz
Small-business owners looking for working capital would be well-served to do their research in advance and can ask their bankers about several approaches, including financing based on assets.
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Indiana life sciences upstarts tap health reform booty

November 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The federal legislation is roundly criticized at a BioCrossroads meeting, but some firms have found a silver lining.
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State entrepreneurship drags despite wealth of resourcesRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Norm Heikens
What does Indiana have to show for the deluge of resources made available to would-be entrepreneurs in recent years—venture capital, angel investors, incubators and the like? Judging by the number of people taking the plunge into business ownership, not as much as might be expected.
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WOJTOWICZ: Be careful when locking in low loan rate

August 27, 2010
Jean Wojtowicz
This may be a golden opportunity for small-business owners to lock in a low rate to finance expansion. But make sure you understand the loan agreement.
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Indiana life sciences companies capture more venture capital money in first half of 2010

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Venture dollars for Hoosier companies are still few, but the flow of deals is picking up.
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Small business lending measure clears filibuster

July 23, 2010
Associated Press
Community banks may soon be able tap a $30 billion government fund to help them increase lending to small businesses.
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Private companies struggle to raise funds once reaching critical massRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Several Indiana companies are in a position, or soon will be, to launch an initial public offering. But don't expect a wave of new Indiana public companies. In the recession, with both revenue and profits down, companies may choose to wait until they have better numbers to report.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Small-biz tips from finance whiz

May 26, 2010
Mason King
Wojtowicz_WatchVideoJean Wojtowicz, whose firm has helped fund more than 1,200 Indiana companies, recommends the "front-page test," looking seriously at expanding, and pulling the trigger quickly on toxic employees.
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Small-biz lending on the rise

April 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Federal loan programs that help fund company expansions are seeing more activity from program administrators in Indianapolis.
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Obama's stimulus aims to boost access to small-biz loans

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
No incentive can make a bad deal bankable. But President Obama's stimulus measures are spurring some promising small businesses to begin borrowing again, despite the recession.
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Entrepreneur says quality of venture capital as important as quantity

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Pearson knows a thing or two about raising money from venture capitalists. And he has some advice for BioCrossroads: Teach entrepreneurs the value of money.
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Estate tax confusion leaving family businesses in limboRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Federal estate taxes are set to expire next year, but increase in 2011. Confusion is leaving family businesses like Greenwood-based Byrd Enterprises in limbo. Vice President Jonathan Byrd II is still sorting through the aftermath of his father's August death.
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WOJTOWICZ: Is it time to buy rather than lease space?Restricted Content

November 28, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz
Buying a building for your business is still possible in a tight lending market, but bankers will review real estate purchases carefully.
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SBA loan approvals - October 2009Restricted Content

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
SBA loan approvals for the Indianapolis area for October 2009.
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Small businesses changing hands despite recession

November 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Even in recession, entrepreneurs buy and sell local small businesses. Plenty of Indianapolis-area companies are for sale.
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Local SBA lending dropped 17 percent in 2009

November 20, 2009
Mason King
Local loans issued through the Small Business Administration's popular 7(a) guarantee program plunged by an astonishing 64 percent for three of the city's four largest banks during 2009, while overall lending in the program slipped 17 percent in the metro area.
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Scott Watanabe looks to transform digital textbooksRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Watanabe, son of the late Eli Lilly and Co. scientist, has hired investment bankers to help raise $10 million for his business, Encompass Media.
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Pace of life sciences venture capital deals in Indiana picks up

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After no Indiana health and life sciences firms announced venture capital deals in the second quarter, five did so in the third, and two more have already this month.
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SBA loan approvals for Indianapolis - September 2009Restricted Content

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Small Business Administration loan guarantees for the month of September 2009 for Indianapolis area
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Indianapolis-based FAST Diagnostics gets funding from BioCrossroads' seed fund

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Money will help the company refine its tool to treat acute kidney injury.
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Local lenders support small-biz loan initiative

October 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Small business lenders in Indianapolis are supporting a proposal announced by President Obama Wednesday that would increase the size of government-backed loans.
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