Small Business

Recession forces small-business owners to take second jobsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With sales slowed to a crawl, some entrepreneurs must take second jobs working for others to make ends meet.
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Angel investment group off to flying startRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Scott Olson
HALO Capital injects $8 million into startups in first year of operation despite recession and membership turnover.
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Recession has a domino effect on venture capitalRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Call it a trickle-down effect, but not the kind President Reagan would have liked. The recession has cost most institutional investors, such as university endowments, about a quarter of their value. As a result, venture capitalists' primary source of funding has dried up. The implications for Hoosier entrepreneurship are stark.
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Real pinball wizard makes career of repairs

May 11, 2009
George Umbarger
Game technician Doug Clark has been going full tilt in unusual niche for 31 years.
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A real pinball wizard

May 11, 2009
It's a rainy Monday morning and Doug Clark is making a house call--an early but otherwise average start to his week.
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Blogging is no longer optional for entrepreneursRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Lorraine Ball
In 2009, blogging is not optional. If you have a business, you must have a Web site. If you have a Web site, you must have a blog!
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Federal stimulus trickles downRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
There's a smorgasbord available for small businesses in the federal stimulus package. The trick is figuring out how to get a plate. Plenty of local experts are serving up access to the buffet. And some entrepreneurs are digging in. But others consider the stimulus warmed-over leftovers.
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Liquor store adapts to local tastesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
When Mr. G's Liquor opened in 1977, the wines du jour were Madera and Blue Nun. Bartels & Jaymes wine coolers were all the rage, and few of us had heard of craft beer. Today, Mr. G's is in its third location, where a 36-foot wall of whiskeys, vodkas and gins is rivaled only by the kiosks fully laden with local, domestic and imported wines and beers chilling in coolers.
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'Peanut King' diversifies to keep 52-year-old company thrivingRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Sam Stall
Richard Green Co., founded in 1957, is a mini-conglomerate of sorts, selling pretty much anything necessary for work in the food-concessions business.
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Doctors should adapt to ratingsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Rating doctors via online services helps consumers make better health care decisions.
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Dry cleaners offer free service in exchange for resumesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
On April 14 and 15, locally based Fabric Care Center will clean and press one business interview suit for any job seeker free of charge, as long as the customer brings a current resume when dropping off clothing.
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Trophy-seeking hunters keep Greenwood taxidermist busyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
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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.
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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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Franchise outlook is murkyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Undaunted, some entrepreneurs still count on franchises, despite the shaky economy.
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Indy Power drops electric-car focus for more lucrative control boxesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After a stint making parts for electric cars, Symphony Motors recently became Indy Power Systems, changing course to make power control boxes for a variety of vehicles and also industrial and military applications.
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Proprietary developments withering from recessionRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Financing is the lifeblood of companies turning intellectual property into a product or service, but turbulent economic conditions have made it increasingly difficult to raise cash from investors who are content to wait out the storm by concentrating on their existing portfolios.
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A post-stimulus survival guideRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Instead of waiting around for the state to save your business, plan strategically to survive.
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Geist restaurateur buffeted by financial squalls

March 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
Henri and Shelley Najem, who own The Bella Vita restaurant in Geist, represent the scores of Indiana restaurant operators feeling financial pressure, given the severe economic slump.
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How to innovate your way out of this recessionRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
CJ McClanahan
It doesn't matter what industry you are in or how well you have prepared--we will all be affected by what has taken place in the financial markets over the past several months.
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Broad Ripple natives grow up to be neighborhood entrepreneursRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Many Broad Ripple business owners say the neighborhood is an oasis for eclectic and independent small entrepreneurial ventures.
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Family business repairs what others tossRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Marc D.
Much of downtown has been erased and rebuilt over the last 38 years, but quietly and with almost no notice, Cento's Shoes has remained one of the few constants.
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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.
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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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Fast-growing Tuitive seeks to put unintuitive programmers in back seat of software, Web designRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Jonathan Arnold sees big business potential in his firm "Tuitive," which specializes in cleaning up the confusion caused by programmers, who often put features and functionality ahead of making their product intuitive to use.
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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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