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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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Teens not as eager to go it alone in bizRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In its seventh annual "Teens and Entrepreneurship" poll, Junior Achievement has found that 13- to 18-year-olds are less interested in starting their own businesses than they were a year ago.
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Lean companies have best chance to surviveRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Jean Wojtowicz
Make your business look as attractive as possible to your banker because you are competing for financing with other small businesses.
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Name change, consolidation streamlines company missionRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Gabrielle Poshadlo
The corporate name change to 'That's Good HR' strengthens the identity of staffing firm.
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Here are tips for small biz survival during recessionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mickey Maurer
For small businesses to survive, they must be prepared to withstand economic difficulties for some time...
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Winter farmers market to openRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
A new market called Indy Winter Farmers Market is scheduled to open Nov. 15 at 2442 N. Central Ave. It will be open all winter on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Turbulent times spell opportunity for small businessesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Connie Shepherd
Healthy banks have adopted stronger risk prevention measures for good reasons, but it's important to know that well-performing banks are still writing loans for small business and servicing their needs every day.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Benefits to buying or leasing in a troubled economyRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Keith R.
As real estate professionals well know, a troubled economy is making it harder to negotiate and close deals. However, buying or leasing real estate in a troubled economy also provides great opportunities for buyers and tenants. Real estate brokers often talk about it being a buyer's and renter's market and focus on selection and price; however, there are several other benefits when buying or leasing commercial real estate in a troubled economy. These additional benefits include tax abatements or credits...
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Was HIP program enough?: Candidates spar over impact of Daniels' health reformsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
J.K. Wall
Just how big of a deal was the Healthy Indiana Plan? That seems to be the key question dividing Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and his Democratic challenger, Jill Long Thompson, in their competing plans over health care reform. Daniels' campaign for re-election points to his administration's ongoing rollout of the Healthy Indiana Plan as his entire plan for health care reform in his second term. The plan, which uses cigarette tax revenue to offer health insurance and health savings accounts...
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No perfect fit for Main Street: Small-business owners fall on both sides of political lineRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Whitney Lee
Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year's presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there's little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop...
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NOTIONS: Lessons learned from the candidates' communicationsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Have I told you about my e-mail from Sarah Palin? Did you know that Obama campaign manager David Plouffe briefs me on campaign strategy? I've let slip, haven't I, that Bill Clinton invited me to his place to munch on potato chips and watch Hillary's televised debate? I receive streaming video from Gov. Mitch Daniels letting me look in on campaign stops statewide. His opponent, Jill Long Thompson, connects via Facebook. And at 3 a.m. one Saturday, Barack Obama texted...
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Entrepreneurs say businesses must act quickly to survive recessionRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's most seasoned entrepreneurs aren't standing idly by as the nation slides into what many economists believe will be the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
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More small businesses allowed to jump in pools: Law lets employers join together for cheaper ratesRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Scott Olson
Small businesses in Indiana stung by rising health care costs now can band together to broker better deals from insurance providers. The rule from the Indiana Department of Insurance took effect in late August and is the final piece of a 2007 health care expansion state lawmakers financed with a 44-cent increase in the cigarette tax. The pooling program is open to businesses with two to 50 employees and is meant to give them strength in numbers so, in essence,...
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EDITORIAL: Lilly looks forward with ImClone deal: CEO Lechleiter taking bold stepsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Lilly looks forward with ImClone deal CEO Lechleiter taking bold steps It's premature to pass judgment on Eli Lilly and Co.'s $6.5 billion plan to acquire biotech firm ImClone Systems Inc., but the giant deal is one more sign that relatively new CEO John Lechleiter isn't afraid to make bold moves on Lilly's behalf. The local drugmaker agreed Oct. 6 to pay $70 a share for New York-based ImClone, maker of blockbuster cancer drug Erbitux, outbidding an earlier offer of...
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Creativity pays off for firms: Business owners delay projects, seek alternate funding sourcesRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Sam Stall
Large Wall Street firms with a taste for bad debt aren't the only institutions weathering a financial storm these days. In a classic case of trickle-down bad news, small businesses are suffering as well. But instead of facing a maelstrom, firms seeking expansion funds and entrepreneurs looking for startup cash are enduring a drought. Access to capital has dried up as spooked banks relentlessly tighten their loan requirements. That translates into greater scrutiny of business plans, bigger demands for collateral...
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EYE ON THE PIE: What really drives Hoosier economy?Restricted Content

September 15, 2008
Morton Marcus
I enjoy the propaganda of government agencies pleading the causes of special interests. This is the opening sentence of our state profile prepared by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy: "Small businesses are the heart of Indiana's economy." Frequently, we hear that farming is the beating heart of our economy. Others claim the thumping sound we hear is that of manufacturing. Teachers tell us the economy is only as steady as its educational footing. Steel has a claim...
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IT firm rakes in VC cash: Interactions Corp. has raised $35M since 2002 inception

September 15, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

A fast-growing Carmel startup is using a blend of innovative software and human guides to answer questions over the phone. The company could have located on either coast, but instead chose Carmel's Clay Terrace. And the company, Interactions Corp., has raised more than twice as much money as ChaCha Search Inc., a higher-profile startup in a similar business that's also housed in Clay Terrace.


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Commentary: Can we Bank on Indianapolis?Restricted Content

September 15, 2008
Tawn Parent
Whoa. Those figures, based on national averages from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., don't paint a pretty picture. People without bank accounts tend to keep cash at home or in their pockets, which increases the likelihood of crime. They create a market in which predatory lenders can thrive. They fail to reach their full potential, and so do the cities where they live. We have a problem. Now what can we do about it? We could take a cue from...
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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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