Small Business

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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Some female small-biz owners anticipate boost from changes by new administrationRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Della Pacheco
Some local women business owners are encouraged by the election of President Barack Obama and his appointment of a new chief at the Small Business Administration who is thought to be especially interested in the needs of women-owned businesses.
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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Small firms get creative to avoid layoffsRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
As the recession deepens, many small-business owners face a dilemma. When small businesses slow down, it doesn't make headlines like a shuttered manufacturing plant would. But relatively speaking, their layoffs are just as meaningful. Losing even a handful of key people can be crippling.
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UPDATE: Castleton Cosmetic and Family DentistryRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Amanda Getchel
Bill Tellman is reaching out to other cosmetic professionals, plastic surgeons and salons to work together in expanding a new client base: the 95 percent of his customers who are relatively unaffected by the recession.
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Phase 10 inventor's lawsuit sets up high-stakes fight

January 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
The man who created Phase 10 is suing to yank Plainfield-based Fundex Games' rights to make and market the popular card game.
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Companies selling indulgences find ways to get byRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Sam Stall
Many Indianapolis-area folks who sell products and services that can't, by even the most tortuous logic, be described as "needs"are weathering the recession quite well. At least for now.
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City Market's renewal strategy may make or break vendorsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
City Market vendors are counting on new executive director Jim Reillyto rejuvenate the downtown landmark. And he has months, not years, to show them results.
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Mass Ave shops thrive 'in the city'Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Talk to anyone about Kristin Kohn and her "In the City" ventures and you hear the same thing, over and over: Smart. Enthusiastic. Fun. Entrepreneurial. And hardworking, especially when it comes to Massachusetts Avenue.
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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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Tougher standards give Appel Heating and Air Conditioning a boostRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Business at Carmel-based Appel Heating and Air Conditioning isn't cooling off, despite the nation's economic woes. Revenue continues to increase as the industry becomes more environmentally friendly.
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Market owner: "Look into the future"Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sarah Layden
Georgetown Market has stayed in the health food game since 1973, in part because of owner Rick Montieth's ability to see down the road.
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Have a plan to motivate and keep key employeesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Eric Manterfield
The success of many closely held businesses is dependent on their key employees. These employees may not be family members and probably will never be owners of the business. Nevertheless, their efforts help increase the value of the business.
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Angie's List chief builds company, rebuilds Holy CrossRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
For several years, Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle also has been quietly attempting to revitalize the near-east side.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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