Small Biz Profiles

Office-supply cooperative Stationers lands big contractRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A local company whose mission is to help mom-and-pop office-products dealers survive has a new weapon in the fight against big-box retailers.

Production firm turns out TV shows without leaving state

November 27, 2010
Sam Brattain
Indiana-based MMY Productions, an independent production company that specializes in reality TV, is working on a new show that chronicles action at Terre Haute's Crossroads Raceway.

Old-school costume shop survives new competition

October 23, 2010
Sam Brattain
Costumes by Margie isn’t a strip mall box store full of packaged—and disposable—costumes for sale. The shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for rent and a staff, including owner Cheryl Harmon, ready to help put together whatever disguise a customer can dream up.

Surveillance trailblazer Exacq Technologies touts big clients, rapid growthRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Clever adaptation of new technology has helped propel Exacq Technologies’ dizzying 1,624-percent growth rate in the last three years.

Owners enjoy Melody Inn's niche as well-worn music venue

September 18, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since Melody Inn owners Dave Brown and Rob Ondrish bought the 38th and Illinois streets mainstay in 2001, they figure more than 7,000 bands have played on the 18-inch-high stage tucked just inside their front door.

Summer is key time for those who raise Christmas trees

August 7, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Christmas and July harmonize like a blizzard on Independence Day, but the summer months are perhaps the most vital for Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, who raise 23,000 Christmas trees on their peaceful farm in Thorntown.

Independent optic lab fights giants with technologyRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Harding and his two partners in LensTech Optical, Greg Kyle and Greg Dallas, are striving to keep up with as many of the changes in the eyeglass manufacturing business as possible. It's a tall order for a lab with fewer than 30 employees.

Stone Creek owner adding to his dining empire

May 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike Cunningham has run dining spots ranging from a bar and grill to yogurt stands and is now growing a popular chain of upscale restaurants—primarily under the Stone Creek Dining Co. name—in Indiana and Ohio.

Noblesville company has high hopes for pomegranate

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Verdure Sciences, a botanical-extract distributor, has invested more than $1 million in marketing and research, and hopes to see its product in more foods and drinks, perhaps even mouthwash.

INSIDE DISH: Harried chef at R bistro tries to keep it fresh

April 9, 2010
Mason King
InsideDish_Rbistro_WVIn IBJ's new video feature on front-burner business issues that vex restaurants, Regina Mehallick of downtown's R bistro mulls the financial and personal demands of running a chef-owned eatery with a menu that changes every week.

Adversity prepared health exec for new role at helm of SynCare

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stephanie DeKemper believes everything in her adult life has prepared her to run SynCare LLC. She’s so sure that she’s buying the company.

Safis Solutions speaks 'FDA'Restricted Content

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis regulatory compliance consultant Safis Solutions snares contracts with Eli Lilly, other big clients. CEO Ping Poulsen has built company to 20 employees.

Barber shop thrives on retro appealRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Brownsburg's Everyday Joe's Barber Shop offers personal touch and a retro look.

Marketing firm Brandwidth helps clients with online brandingRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Firm combines traditional marketing, Web technology to help companies build successful brands. Measurable results help companies document effectiveness.

Fishers biz grows from dog-walking to full-service pet careRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Cristi Melson started Purrs & Gurrs 2-1/2 years ago with an idea and some fliers she distributed door to door. She didn’t have a formal business plan then and still doesn’t.

Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twistRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kim Puckett
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.

Blue House Salon keeps it simpleRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Blue House salon owner Phil Salmon spends no money on advertising and yet makes a six-figure salary.

HVAC company heats up sales in cool economy through acquisitions

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
Doubling annual sales might seem an impossible feat in a recession, but at the modest office of Williams Comfort Air and Metzler's Mr. Plumber, it is a reality.

Liquor store adapts to local tastesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
When Mr. G's Liquor opened in 1977, the wines du jour were Madera and Blue Nun. Bartels & Jaymes wine coolers were all the rage, and few of us had heard of craft beer. Today, Mr. G's is in its third location, where a 36-foot wall of whiskeys, vodkas and gins is rivaled only by the kiosks fully laden with local, domestic and imported wines and beers chilling in coolers.

Family business repairs what others tossRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Marc D.
Much of downtown has been erased and rebuilt over the last 38 years, but quietly and with almost no notice, Cento's Shoes has remained one of the few constants.

Mass Ave shops thrive 'in the city'Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Talk to anyone about Kristin Kohn and her "In the City" ventures and you hear the same thing, over and over: Smart. Enthusiastic. Fun. Entrepreneurial. And hardworking, especially when it comes to Massachusetts Avenue.

Crime-scene cleanup company eases burden of trauma victimsRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
On any given day, employees of Bio-Trauma 911 Inc. could be dealing with everything from the mess left by a decomposing body to a home that's been declared a biohazard. What may sound like a scene out of "CSI" is in fact a day at the office for the seven-person crime-scene cleanup company housed in unassuming offices in a strip center on East 56th Street at Interstate 465.

Beef & Boards stays popular by catering to audience, insisting on quality actorsRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-based Beef & Boards has survived 3-1/2 decades by giving viewers what they want. "We cater to our audience," said owner and artistic director Doug Stark. "I have no artistic problem with that."

Admitted 'geek' builds product-development prowess at Priio

April 30, 2007
Tammy Lieber
By Larry O'Cull's own admission, his company's northwest-side office is staffed with "a bunch of geeks," including himself. But as clients of product-development firm Priio will attest, it's hip to be geek. A tour of the office offers a glimpse at a playground for engineering-inclined grown-ups. One of the firm's 12 employees fiddles with the trigger on a paintball gun, while another tinkers with a concept for a propane-tank vending...

Kipps Brothers still evolving after 125 years

October 24, 2005
Candace Beaty
Walk through the Kipp Brothers showroom and you’ll find the makings of one heck of a birthday celebration: gag gifts galore, endless sugary treats and headgear that puts the traditional party hat to shame.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

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