Small Business

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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Businesses on MLK give revitalization another shotRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Whitney Lee
The newly organized MLK Business Revitalization Association aims to bring new life to the neighborhood west of downtown by uniting area business owners behind a common goal -- cleaning up the community to attract other entrepreneurs.
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3M prepares launch of Hoosier startup's toothpasteRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
In January, St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M will release "Clinpro 5000," a specialty toothpaste Indiana Nanotech developed.
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Note to Hoosier entrepreneurs: Fight on!Restricted Content

December 22, 2008
Jon Ford
Great leaders are not born out of good times â?? they are born out of severe challenge.
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IT veteran to teach entrepreneurship classRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Indiana University will offer a new course on entrepreneurship in the information technology sector at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI next semester.
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Local stores promote service and uniqueness, not discounts, during holidaysRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis merchants are banking on customer loyalty to achieve sales they hope will surpass the gloomy expectations forecast for the holiday shopping season.
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Franchises can be safer business investments in tough timesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Scott Olson
What is the current state of franchising, given the tough economic environment?
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Despite recession, small businesses support charityRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the Indianapolis area, small-business owners told IBJ that they give in whatever way they can, and would like to continue as long as their finances allow. But a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey indicates that giving is already on the decline.
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Sashay Modeling and Finishing School successful in first yearRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
After a 25-year real estate career, Claudia Lynch opened a modeling/acting school after she couldn't find a quality school where her own grandchildren could have fun, learn poise and gain confidence.
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Little Rox revisits '70s Pet Rocks fadRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
Little Rox offers 20 varieties of rocks, each tied to a character trait such as humility, honesty and tolerance, and sell online for $15 each.
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After a dozen years, Natural Stone Specialist growing seeks more commercial bizRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
Twelve years after opening Natural Stone Specialists, Laura Christy is still just as passionate about the Carmel-based business, which sells high-end stone, metal and glass tiles.
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To survive lean times ahead, small businesses must plan nowRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
David Clegg
Small businesses should plan for the worst while being attuned to what is happening in their industries, and to their customers.
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