Small Business

Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Pizzeria plagiarism? Napolese suing Crust over close likeness

October 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou founder Martha Hoover contends the owner of newcomer Crust in Carmel has stolen the look of her Napolese pizzerias and is confusing customers.
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Investors pour $5 million into beer technology firm

October 21, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based SteadyServ Technologies expects to roll out its keg-sensor system early next year and trigger an aggressive hiring phase.
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Controversial TV streamer planning to launch in IndyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A digital streaming service that television broadcasters deem so threatening they recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for help plans to enter Indianapolis next year.
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Tech companies building a charitable nicheRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Dan Human
An emerging group of software companies focused on serving charities—combined with the fact the city is home to the only philanthropy college in the country—could make the area a hotbed for an often-ignored area of business.
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Lawmakers eye tougher Indiana daycare rules

October 13, 2013
Associated Press
Operators of unlicensed daycare facilities that receive public money would have to undergo training or ensure they had adequate staffing under proposals being considered by lawmakers.
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Technology on track to dramatically change health care

October 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Cost pressures are forcing health care providers to extend the reach of limited resources.
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Digital archivist's lab will document Indy's mayoral historyRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Dan Human
History IT plans to hire 20 people for its Indianapolis office, which will focus on documenting Indianapolis' mayoral history.
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Eco-friendly lighting firm gains wattage after recessionRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
Eco Lighting Solutions in Fishers designs and sells induction lighting, which costs less to install than LED and requires less energy than fluorescent. Induction lights work a lot like cheaper fluorescent ones, but don’t burn out as quickly.
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RV exec seeking new start in IndyRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
A member of one of the recreational vehicle industry’s elite families hopes to get a fresh start in Indianapolis by launching a manufacturer of super-high-end RVs.
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Noblesville company taking on industry giants with healthier snacksRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Darlington snack company for 30 years peddled sweet treats to large institutional users—think schools, hospitals and nursing homes. But growing concerns over America’s obesity epidemic have the small Noblesville company hanging its hopes on healthier fare: all-natural, whole-grain-rich snacks.
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Chamber's microloan program swells to $2M after grant

September 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Business Ownership Initiative, a unit of the Indy Chamber, launched its microloan fund last September to help small business owners in Indianapolis.
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New gadget revives waterlogged cellphonesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Joel Trusty realized that if he could remove all the atmospheric pressure from a chamber, he could turn liquid—even liquid inside a cell phone—into a gas at a much lower temperature than otherwise possible.
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Omnicity lured teen to invest, state saysRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
State securities regulators allege that principals of Omnicity Corp. goaded a 19-year-old to invest $100,000 from his inheritance into the wireless broadband firm so that it could clinch the purchase of an Ohio carrier in 2010.
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Small biz owners: Unemployment systems not working

August 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Business owners told members of the Indiana General Assembly's Small Business Caucus that there's a problem: They can't compete with public assistance programs.
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Small business caucus sets central Indiana meetings

August 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly's Small Business Caucus will hold town hall meetings across the central Indiana the next two weeks to discuss the issues facing small businesses.
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Debt collectors brawling in courtRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
Todd Wolfe, the 41-year-old founder of Deca Financial Services in Fishers, is at the center of a legal feud with Educational Credit Management Corp., an Oakdale, Minn., not-for-profit that insures $35 billion in federal student loans.
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'Prototyper' sees business gain fizzRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
TWeatherford Inc. was launched in 2006 as a reseller for additive manufacturing equipment, often called 3D printers or rapid prototypers. It has done well with the machinery sales and rentals, but has begun providing actual manufacturing services on a larger scale.
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Pedal pubs are latest hit in a beer-loving cityRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Scott Olson
Booze and bicycling—in the most unconventional sense—is the thrust behind The Handle Bar, a local startup operated by Steve Lindsay and his brother Brian.
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Trio of women now owns Borshoff, city’s biggest ad firm

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Founding principal of 29-year-old Borshoff advertising agency, Myra Borshoff Cook, 65, and senior principal Erik Johnson, 62, have sold their ownership interest in recent years to three top executives at the firm, all of them women.
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Crowd funding taps passionate fan base for fantasy figurinesRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Dan Human
A growing number of small game companies will join a pantheon of industry titans starting Aug. 15 at the Gen Con Indy gaming convention. The small guys are there largely because they can get the money they need to keep themselves alive via the fundraising technique known as “crowd funding” or “crowd sourcing.”
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Angel-investing event may bolster startupsRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An emerging network of angel investors from around the state will team with Indiana University next month on a workshop that will put them in the same room with entrepreneurs who’d like their backing.
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Online markets help Indiana growers find new customers

August 4, 2013
Associated Press
Online "food hubs" have emerged as small and medium-sized farmers have worked together to find quicker and broader ways to distribute their produce.
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Life sciences venture capital dips againRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital surged in the first half of 2012, to $51.6 million in Indiana. But the pace of activity here fell off sharply in the second half of last year, and remained sluggish into 2013.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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