Small Business

WOJTOWICZ: Is small-business ownership for you?

November 30, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
The horror stories are sobering: Dun & Bradstreet reported earlier this year that businesses with fewer than 20 employees have only a 37 percent chance of surviving four years and just 9 percent will be around 10 years.
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Small stores vie for slice of holiday-shopping pieRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
National retailers are licking their chops over the $586 billion consumers are expected to spend during the holiday season, and small-business owners also are bellying up to the buffet.
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Developers of smartphone app win Startup Weekend

November 20, 2012
Recoverator helps users catalog belongings and generate professional loss reports for insurance agents and law enforcement.
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Yats founders prepare to franchise chain across MidwestRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Yats founders Joe and Regina Vuskovich decided earlier this year to grow their restaurant through franchising. Broad Ripple resident John Sutton and his sister Brittany Franken jumped at the opportunity.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Executives backing push to launch pro soccer teamRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A group of Indianapolis business executives is laying the groundwork to launch a professional soccer team here in 2014. Members of the group won’t identify themselves, but this month they launched a website—indyprosoccer.com—seeking season-ticket commitments.
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Green BEAN Delivery expands with second farmRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The locally based purveyor of organic produce is leasing 50 acres in Ohio to serve its customers in that state, Indiana and Kentucky.
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Local chain takes vacant Clearwater restaurant spotRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Zionsville-based Oobatz! will open in building formerly occupied by Uno Chicago Grill.
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Diagnotes takes top prize in health care challenge

November 16, 2012
Diagnotes LLC's On Call software, which delivers patient medical records to smartphones of an on-call doctor, won the inaugural Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge.
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Entrepreneurs square off during Startup Weekend

November 15, 2012
Scott Olson
The eighth Startup Weekend in Indianapolis begins Friday, when dozens of potential business owners pit their plans against each other in the fast-paced event spanning three days.
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TechPoint picks young entrepreneur as new leader

November 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Leaders for TechPoint, the statewide technology business initiative, have tapped a new president who they think is a veritable poster child for successful entrepreneurship.
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Small biz exposure clouds WellPoint's future

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint’s average small-employer client has just 8.5 lives covered on its health plan. And firms of that size are far more likely to use the new health insurance exchanges, said WellPoint Chief Financial Officer Wayne DeVeydt.
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Indy loses promising health startup

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
LabDoor, which soon will launch an iPhone app that assigns A-F grades to over-the-counter vitamins and medicines, moved last month from Indianapolis to San Francisco, where it received $100,000 in startup financing.
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Lemonade Day wants to grow seed money

November 12, 2012
Lemonade Day is having a fundraiser Monday evening to raise $5,000 to $10,000 for a startup capital fund for the annual children's entrepreneurship event.
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Local scientific software firm plans to add 63 jobs

November 12, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Indigo Biosystems Inc., a scientific software provider, announced Monday morning that it plans to add 63 jobs by 2015 as part of a $1.4 million expansion.
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Hoosier colleges discover patents aren't just for faculty anymoreRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Universities that once focused on faculty inventions now are encouraging students to pursue patents. Last year, 355 Purdue University students filed a patent, a 62-percent jump from 218 student-filed patents the previous year.
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Life sciences finance pro heading to startupRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
If a biotech startup were akin to a rock band, Kristin Sherman might be the keyboardist. She’s not front-and-center on the stage, but the ballad wouldn’t be as dynamic without her pounding the chords.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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Production of Inc. 500 firms ranks city sixth nationallyRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis area produced more Inc. 500 companies per person from 2001 to 2010 than all but five other U.S. metro areas with more than 1 million residents, according to a recent study by the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation.
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Purdue researcher harbors high hopes for new ventureRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Pete Kissinger hopes Phlebotics will follow in the footsteps of another of his creations, Bioanalytical Systems Inc.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel eatery unafraid to break a few eggs, rules

November 2, 2012
Mason King
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                           bistro_watch_videoRestaurateur Larry Hanes stuck to his guns in creating Eggshell Bistro, bending conventions with eclectic decor, artisanal coffees, and a simple menu with restrained portions.
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Small businesses share space to find efficienciesRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Popular waxing spa The Naked Monkey is set to open its third location Nov. 1—a “Mini Monkey” inside MDG Salon | Studio’s new space downtown. The independent businesses are sharing space to cut costs.
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Charter airline proposed by local entrepreneur on investment firm's radarRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Legacy Travel Club finds believer after months of fruitless fundraising locally.
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Purdue-born app wins $15,000 Startup Bowl prize

October 22, 2012
FoundOPS took first place with a mobile app that offers route optimization, customer-relationship management, data collection and GPS tracking for field-service companies.
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Digital marketing firm starts landing big clientsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Google manager returns to roots to launch FoundSM.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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