Small Biz Updates

Marketer SmallBox helping clients improve their culturesRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
In mid-2011, the staff of local Web marketing firm SmallBox began a period of self-reflection that allowed the team to identify its “North Star,” the purpose, mission and vision that keeps a company headed in the right direction. It's now spreading the word.

City's last independent map retailer set to fold

May 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Odyssey Map Store in downtown Indianapolis will close Aug. 31 after a 27-year run. The owners attribute the closing to the proliferation of GPS devices and smart phones.

Sweet Things keeps same flavor with new ownerRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Tawn Parent
Candy store on north side of Indianapolis changes hands, but new owner Cassandra Schuchman keeps chocolate recipe intact. The shop has stores at North Willow Mall and River Crossing.

AccuPay Payroll expands in a down economyRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Brock Benefiel
AccuPay Payroll in Indianapolis has expanded while competing against larger, national competitors like New Jersey-based Automatic Data Processing and New York-based Paychex.

Software firm eImagine grows on military contractsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Brock Benefiel
eImagine, an Indianapolis software developer, has seen a 218-percent increase in revenue in large part due to work in the public sector, including a major contract for the U.S. army.

Utility-locating service Blood Hound grows quicklyRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Brownsburg company Blood Hound adding offices and revenue is booming.

Barrington Jewels sparkles despite economic downturnRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
The recession has put the squeeze on many retailers, but fine jewelry is an exception, at least at Barrington Jewels. Owners Goel and Mitra Ahdoot are seeing their business flourish.

Earle Travel Co. perseveres despite flu scare, recessionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Earle Travel Co. has been weathering challenges as the recession has deepened and H1N1 influenza spiked earlier this year. Those problems have nearly capsized many travel agencies, but co-owner Kelly Shea said Earle’s business slumped only 8 percent last year.

No. 7 Salon & Spa lets stylists go soloRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kim Puckett
With an interior-design overhaul in 2004 and a business plan restructuring last year, Gina and Tina LaGrotte's No. 7 Salon & Spa near downtown would be aesthetically and economically unrecognizable to their late father.

Myers Protection Services concentrates on alarm system monitoring, salesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kim Puckett
Myers Protection sells and monitors a range of security equipment, such as alarm systems, surveillance cameras and medical alerts.

Playground installation biz travels further to find clientsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
George Umbarger
Child's-Play, a small business that installs playground equipment, has been hurt by the residential construction crunch, but is surviving by traveling more and providing more maintenance services.

Great Fermentations continues to prosperRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Ashley Odle
Revenue at Great Fermentations has increased 71 percent since the business moved in 2006 to a new, much larger location.

Tougher standards give Appel Heating and Air Conditioning a boostRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Business at Carmel-based Appel Heating and Air Conditioning isn't cooling off, despite the nation's economic woes. Revenue continues to increase as the industry becomes more environmentally friendly.

After a dozen years, Natural Stone Specialist growing seeks more commercial bizRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
Twelve years after opening Natural Stone Specialists, Laura Christy is still just as passionate about the Carmel-based business, which sells high-end stone, metal and glass tiles.
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