Small Business

Local Lotus dealership is one of only 42 in United StatesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Gator Motorsport opened in October as Indiana’s sole Lotus dealer. It’s owned by 41-year-old Young Kim, a first-generation Korean immigrant and Ball State University grad who fell in love with the British hand-built brand as a youngster growing up in Chicago.
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Indianapolis homebuilder combines dashing design, prefabricated contructionRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Sam Stall
Ursula David hopes her first manufactured home will catch on at other infill lots close to downtown.
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Star caterer Jack Bayt on upswing after tumble

August 23, 2014
Sam Stall
Six years after having the area's largest catering business sold out from under him, Jack Bayt is back, leading a revamped Crystal Catering. But the new iteration is much smaller than in the days when Bayt and his partners wanted to become a regional or even national player.
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Builders Estridge and Davis rebound from bust, run own firms again

August 23, 2014
Scott Olson
Brad Davis and Paul Estridge Jr. belong to a select fraternity. They’re prominent Indianapolis homebuilders whose companies faltered during the housing downturn, only to re-emerge in another incarnation.
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Broad Ripple lawyer represents cyclists involved in personal injury accidents

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis attorney Tim Caress’ desire to combine his after-work passions with helping people whose “lives have been turned upside down” resulted in his rolling—and running—into a new and growing line of business.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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Family peanut-butter venture sees sales take off

August 9, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
B. Happy Peanut Butter is a hit at the summer market—and then some. Available at more than a dozen retail outlets in central Indiana, its seven varieties of hand-packed PB could produce sales of $100,000 this year.
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Will a new app disrupt snow, lawn-care businesses?

August 9, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Starting this month, Indianapolis area residents and business owners can order up lawn mowing and snow plowing services through an app.
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Startup objects to IndyGo's no-bid deal with rival

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis software startup that hopes to win contracts from public-transit agencies across the country is protesting a no-bid deal by IndyGo.
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Tech entrepreneur launches Indy Visitors Channel

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Folksy chief cements deals with handshakes, promotes tourism spots with video network in hotels.
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Homegrown Krazy Klothes defies overseas-made clothing trend

July 26, 2014
Sam Stall
Owner Dan Murphy's more-than-two-decades-old, Indianapolis-based company is something of an anachronism—a small-scale domestic clothing manufacturer doing business in a field dominated by Asian-based titans.
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Bar owner alleges racism in lease dispute

July 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The owner of a nightclub in the heart of Broad Ripple believes his landlords nearly doubled his rent for just one reason: to force him and his mostly African-American clientele from the building.
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Competition soars at Indianapolis-area airportsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An airport near Zionsville is upping the ante for Indianapolis International Airport reliever fields.
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Former newspaper editor now telling stories on screenRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Documentary filmmaker Ted Green recently completed production of “Bobby Slick Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier,” a 90-minute documentary that will debut at Bankers Life Fieldhouse July 29.
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Drone startup off to flying startRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Dan Human
Two friends and drone enthusiasts in 2012 hatched the idea, as a side gig, to build flying devices small enough to fit in a briefcase. But the idea shifted to a full-scale manufacturing operation that will launch in mid-August and is projected to produce up to $10 million in revenue next year.
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Financial planner parlays meals for clients into money lessonsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Joe Clark says the two things that seem to matter to people the most are food and money. He has found a way to combine the two, cooking for client families in their homes once or twice a month as he answers questions and gets to know them better.
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Veteran private investigator steps up cyber sleuthingRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Dan Human
Overbearing spouses, disgruntled employees and corporate moles have a wide new path for spying, considering that nine in 10 adults own mobile phones. Aiding the hackers is protective software that’s thin at best.
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Chicago-made medical gel wins Innovation Showcase pitch contest

July 11, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based expo for featuring innovations and courting potential investors crowned an unusual winner of its pitch contest on Thursday.
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Tricky transition: Pillows balance family, business as son preps to take over

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
Even before taking over, Eddie Pillow is making changes at the logistics and courier company his dad started in 1988.
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Indy Chamber fights shrinking membershipRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The chamber has lost 19 percent of its members since the start of 2011, even while other chambers of commerce around the country see renewal rates recovering along with the economy.
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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Reimbursement snag trips up local DNA testing firmRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
Strand Diagnostics LLC's Know Error test uses DNA analysis to make sure a tissue sample that has been declared cancerous does, indeed, belong to the patient doctors think it does. But Strand is having trouble convincing Medicare that the test is medically necessary.
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Flex-office operator adds 58 suites in Mass Ave area

June 24, 2014
Scott Olson
Regus Group plc, which has other locations in the Indianapolis area, has taken more than 10,000 square feet downtown to open its latest flex-office center, where business owners can rent space by the day, week or month.
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Fishers health analytics firm to expand, add workers

June 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Healthiest Employers LLC plans to move software development to its Fishers headquarters in an expansion that will add up to 90 jobs by 2017.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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