Small Biz startup

Engineer doubles as inventorRestricted Content

December 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Hidden Toilet Paper, a small business in Fishers, patented a device that installs toilet-paper rolls into walls, keeping paper safe from pets and children.
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Bringing self-publishing to the classroomRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Professor Textbook aims to bring self-publishing to college campuses by helping professors publish their own textbooks.
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PickyList helps small businesses market themselves onlineRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Startup online marketing firm PickyList is bringing the Twitter/Craigslist concept local, and helping small businesses use social networking and online branding.
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Real estate marketer launches 4 Walls Etc. from homeRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Startup real estate firm specializes in marketing, digital floor plans and site plans.
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Real estate firm launches in rough watersRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Kim Puckett
Business partners Dan Adams and Bob Harton left a real estate franchise to start an agency of their own.
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Consultant helps clients learn how to manage spaceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ashley Odle
MoveSmart LLC works with business clients looking to make better use of their space, helping to design, furnish and adapt their offices for maximum efficiency.
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Basketball business shoots for custom marketRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
George Umbarger
After graduating from Indiana University with a business marketing degree, J.D. Allen saw every reason to combine his education and his passion for basketball in a home business.
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Candy store aims for sweet successRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
A focus on old-world quality with modern services and efficiency drives the owners of Simply Sweet Shoppe & Second Story Playhouse.
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Company delivers hyper-targeted messagesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Amanda Getchel
Radius Connection, a new national marketing service, wants to offer innovative products within five years to help small-to-midsize businesses grow their revenue and expand their market share.
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Company banks on targeted textingRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Whitney Lee
Steven Dickerson realized the potential for mobile advertisements when he saw his daughter texting.
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IT consultant connects business, technologyRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Whitney Lee,
Jim Jordan founded Strategic Data Management, a consulting firm that sells suites of software and hardware designed to handle the flow of information throughout a company from the time it's produced to when the data is archived to make sure information gets to the right people at the right time.
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New shop offers nutrition, exercise adviceRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Whitney Lee
Fitness-minded partners collaborate to open a Broad Ripple nutritional supplement store.
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Plainfield salon a family enterpriseRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Beth Metzger has talked about opening a salon and day spa with her daughter, Jill Dennis, for years.
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Sashay Modeling and Finishing School successful in first yearRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
After a 25-year real estate career, Claudia Lynch opened a modeling/acting school after she couldn't find a quality school where her own grandchildren could have fun, learn poise and gain confidence.
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Little Rox revisits '70s Pet Rocks fadRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
Little Rox offers 20 varieties of rocks, each tied to a character trait such as humility, honesty and tolerance, and sell online for $15 each.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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