Small Business

Economy pushes executives into small firms

August 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In the recession, folks with former big-company careers are increasingly taking jobs with small businesses. For some downsized executives, it’s about the desperate need for a paycheck. Others, who felt impotent and pigeonholed in corporations, discover they prefer the challenge of entrepreneurship.
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Real estate firm launches in rough watersRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Kim Puckett
Business partners Dan Adams and Bob Harton left a real estate franchise to start an agency of their own.
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MARKETING: Why Discount Tire gets my vote, again and againRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Lorraine Ball
There are plenty of “low-tech” companies exploring ways to build social media into their marketing strategies with outstanding results.
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Fishers biz grows from dog-walking to full-service pet careRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Cristi Melson started Purrs & Gurrs 2-1/2 years ago with an idea and some fliers she distributed door to door. She didn’t have a formal business plan then and still doesn’t.
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Barrington Jewels sparkles despite economic downturnRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
The recession has put the squeeze on many retailers, but fine jewelry is an exception, at least at Barrington Jewels. Owners Goel and Mitra Ahdoot are seeing their business flourish.
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SBA loan approvalsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
SBA loan guarantees for the month of July.
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Dodson Group hit crisis mode after trusted CFO suspected of theftRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
At first, small-business owner Jim Dodson figured the problem must be a technical glitch. During a routine analysis of aging unpaid invoices last September, one of his employees couldn’t tie the latest figures to the company’s ledger. Accounts receivable for his company, the Dodson Group, had been overstated by $2.7 million—double their true value. And $422,539 was missing from the firm’s coffers.
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Orr fellows finding opportunity in male-dominated tech industry

August 10, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Many young women who have participated in the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship program have landed at high-flying local technology firms.
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Emerging life sciences companies grabbing more in government grantsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
More emerging life science companies have found life in the form of federal Small Business Innovation Research grants.
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Brownsburg car detailer lands link to upcoming movie

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mike Shumaker's Brownsburg firm Driven Auto Detail spiffed up a Porsche for the upcoming movie "Whistleblower," starring Matt Damon.
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Downturn provides opportunity for restaurants hungry for expansionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The economic slump is giving independent local restaurants a shot at prime locations that in good times would be snapped up by chains.
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Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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Seniors are nation's fastest-growing group of entrepreneursRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
For four decades, Jim Ashby worked as a manufacturing floor manager, first for General Motors Corp., then, after a buyout, for an Ingersoll Rand subsidiary. He likes to relax and fish, but Ashby considers himself too energetic for retirement. He’s now 67 years old. And a first-time entrepreneur.
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Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twistRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kim Puckett
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.
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Consultant helps clients learn how to manage spaceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ashley Odle
MoveSmart LLC works with business clients looking to make better use of their space, helping to design, furnish and adapt their offices for maximum efficiency.
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Earle Travel Co. perseveres despite flu scare, recessionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Earle Travel Co. has been weathering challenges as the recession has deepened and H1N1 influenza spiked earlier this year. Those problems have nearly capsized many travel agencies, but co-owner Kelly Shea said Earle’s business slumped only 8 percent last year.
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Small-biz loan approvals for JuneRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
SBA loan guarantees for the month of June. These businesses have received loans from financial institutions with a guarantee from the SBA. Not all funds are disbursed immediately, and some approved loans are subsequently canceled.
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WOJTOWICZ: Stimulus is expanding small-biz lendingRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz
The economic stimulus package allocated $375 million to the U.S. Small Business Administration so it could offer more generous terms to small-business borrowers.
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Time Factory will challenge Shutterfly, Flickr for Web photo marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis calendar publisher Time Factory Publishing is launching a Website to compete with photo sharing and publishing sites Shutterfly and Flickr.
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A taste of summer: CPA spends summers as ice cream manRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Certified public accountant Dave Norris bought a 1976 Good Humor truck and started his family-owned U Want Ice Cream mobile route in 2007, aiming to make a personal connection with people—along with a little extra money.
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Contest offers services for small-business makeoversRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Nine local companies have joined together to offer $80,000 worth of marketing services, computer reconfiguration and office furniture as the prize the “Indy Business Makeover Competition” for small businesses.
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Cats, dogs just too ordinary for exotic-animal veterinarianRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Kim Puckett
Clad in iguana-patterned medical scrubs, Angela Lennox moves quickly around the clinic laboratory, administering barium to a ferret and ordering a guinea pig X-ray. From there, she moves to an exam room, taking blood from an unruly bird and diagnosing an injured pet duck—all in the span of about 30 minutes.
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Web site aspires to be source for all things FishersRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noblesville resident Tom Wagenhauser is revamping the Hamilton County-centric Web site FishersFind.com and hopes to double its weekly traffic.
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Businesses discover dangers of relying too heavily on a single client or industryRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In this deep recession, many local small-business owners suffer a harsh dilemma: Heavily tied to a single supplier, customer or industry, they must diversify or die.
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Blue House Salon keeps it simpleRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Blue House salon owner Phil Salmon spends no money on advertising and yet makes a six-figure salary.
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