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Duo introduces app for hairstylistsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Founders of MyBestFriendsHair.com aim to help professionals manage client information.
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Gen Con gaming for another attendance recordRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Scott Olson
As crowds get bigger, businesses take more notice.
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INSIDE DISH: Unlikely pair pilot Ship to profit

July 20, 2012
Mason King
Dish_SinkingShip_watchvideoOK, so an accountant and a tattoo artist start a bar. Except it's no joke. Clearly defined roles have helped the odd-couple co-owners of The Sinking Ship navigate a turbulent startup and land on solid financial ground.
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Venture funding falls 12 percent in second quarter

July 20, 2012
Associated Press
Funding for U.S. startups fell 12 percent in the second quarter as venture capitalists poured less money into fewer deals than a year earlier. But the number of companies getting funded in the earliest stages of development reached the highest level in more than a decade.
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Carmel veterinarian opening animal hospital near Mass AveRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Woodland Animal Hospital owner will take former bookstore space in Chatham Arch neighborhood.
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Lilly Endowment awards Butler biz accelerator $3M

July 13, 2012
The gift will enable the accelerator to keep providing consulting services to mid-size Indiana businesses using the experience of consultants, as well as Butler University faculty and students. It launched in 2005 with the help of a $22 million grant from the endowment.
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Building relationships pays off for contractor GrayRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Steve Gray Renovations grew during the remodeling industry’s worst downturn in more than two decades.
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Co-working spaces multiply, giving independent workers options

June 30, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Co-working sites—shared office spaces designed to give entrepreneurs, free-lancers and consultants the tools they need to get the job done as well as the chance to interact with other professionals, sans cubicle—are gaining popularity nationally and, finally, in Indianapolis.
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Local ad firm BrandWidth rebounds after internal turmoilRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
BrandWidth puts legal scuffle behind it, emerges to nab several national accounts.
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WOJTOWICZ: It pays to know environmental requirements

June 29, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
Unexpected problems add to the headaches of opening or relocating a business, and we hear a lot about the hang-ups of required, but annoying, environmental investigations.
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Google unveils biz photo service in Indianapolis

June 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The interactive virtual tour gives customers a glimpse of the layout and decor of a business without setting foot inside the location. For St. Elmo Steak House, where the service was introduced locally, it was an easy sell.
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Image consultant aims to meld personal, professional stylesRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sola Adelowo, a certified image consultant and owner of Indianapolis-based ImageCube LLC, uses a surprisingly scientific process that starts with a personality-type assessment and results in custom-style kits and an illustrated wardrobe guide.
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Boutique Anderson ad agency expanding to IndianapolisRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Four-person shop opening office downtown got its start at Flagship Enterprise incubator.
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Benefits brokers gain ground without mergingRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
While mergers and acquisitions have been rampant in central Indiana’s benefits-broker industry the past five years, a handful of brokers has grown the old-fashioned way—by adding clients.
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Indianapolis firm launching dream-sharing appRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Remember.com's free Dreamt It app will be followed by a paid version with additional features.
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Compendium moving its business beyond blogging softwareRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Compendium Software says there’s money to be made in creating a place where marketing content can be centralized and repurposed and sent out via e-mail newsletters, social media channels and—of course—blogs.
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Burd Ford dealership closing by end of June

June 14, 2012
Manager Jon Parson told IBJ that he had "no idea" why the dealership was closing. Christine Burd took over the business in late 2009 following the suicide of her husband, Richard Burd.
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Angie's List CEO Oesterle grows east-side footprintRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Oesterle’s firm Henry Amalgamated has purchased 48 properties in the Holy Cross neighborhood from 2006 through this May. Nearly 40 percent of those purchases have been made since Angie’s List struck a $7.1 million incentives deal with the city of Indianapolis in October.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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Taxing career path ultimately appeals to entrepreneurRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Accounting, church jobs lead to software firm that helps tax accountants manage property tax disputes.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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For graying generation, startups are booming

May 26, 2012
Mason King
Since the 1990s, the demographic makeup of new entrepreneurs has been steadily shifting toward baby boomers as they seek personal and financial fulfillment. Count Fountain Square Brewing Co.'s Bill Webster among them.
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Mentors give entrepreneurs a business boostRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Good mentors can make a world of difference to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Countless business owners find themselves in need of a gut check from time to time and, these days, mentors are an essential part of their toolkit.
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Not-for-profit hoping to grow microloan program

May 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Small amounts of funding often ignored by larger banks.
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Biz boosters embrace One Click, but it's no sure thingRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started Greenwood-based One Click Ventures out of their home with $20,000 in 2005. They now own a portfolio of niche retail websites, including SunglassWarehouse.com, HandbagHeaven.com and Scarves.net, which brought $5.3 million in revenue last year.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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