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Tech entrepreneur launches Indy Visitors Channel

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Folksy chief cements deals with handshakes, promotes tourism spots with video network in hotels.
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Homegrown Krazy Klothes defies overseas-made clothing trend

July 26, 2014
Sam Stall
Owner Dan Murphy's more-than-two-decades-old, Indianapolis-based company is something of an anachronism—a small-scale domestic clothing manufacturer doing business in a field dominated by Asian-based titans.
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Bar owner alleges racism in lease dispute

July 26, 2014
Scott Olson
The owner of a nightclub in the heart of Broad Ripple believes his landlords nearly doubled his rent for just one reason: to force him and his mostly African-American clientele from the building.
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Competition soars at Indianapolis-area airportsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An airport near Zionsville is upping the ante for Indianapolis International Airport reliever fields.
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Former newspaper editor now telling stories on screenRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Documentary filmmaker Ted Green recently completed production of “Bobby Slick Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier,” a 90-minute documentary that will debut at Bankers Life Fieldhouse July 29.
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Drone startup off to flying startRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Dan Human
Two friends and drone enthusiasts in 2012 hatched the idea, as a side gig, to build flying devices small enough to fit in a briefcase. But the idea shifted to a full-scale manufacturing operation that will launch in mid-August and is projected to produce up to $10 million in revenue next year.
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Financial planner parlays meals for clients into money lessonsRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Joe Clark says the two things that seem to matter to people the most are food and money. He has found a way to combine the two, cooking for client families in their homes once or twice a month as he answers questions and gets to know them better.
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Veteran private investigator steps up cyber sleuthingRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Dan Human
Overbearing spouses, disgruntled employees and corporate moles have a wide new path for spying, considering that nine in 10 adults own mobile phones. Aiding the hackers is protective software that’s thin at best.
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Chicago-made medical gel wins Innovation Showcase pitch contest

July 11, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based expo for featuring innovations and courting potential investors crowned an unusual winner of its pitch contest on Thursday.
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Tricky transition: Pillows balance family, business as son preps to take over

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
Even before taking over, Eddie Pillow is making changes at the logistics and courier company his dad started in 1988.
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Indy Chamber fights shrinking membershipRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The chamber has lost 19 percent of its members since the start of 2011, even while other chambers of commerce around the country see renewal rates recovering along with the economy.
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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Reimbursement snag trips up local DNA testing firmRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
J.K. Wall
Strand Diagnostics LLC's Know Error test uses DNA analysis to make sure a tissue sample that has been declared cancerous does, indeed, belong to the patient doctors think it does. But Strand is having trouble convincing Medicare that the test is medically necessary.
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Flex-office operator adds 58 suites in Mass Ave area

June 24, 2014
Scott Olson
Regus Group plc, which has other locations in the Indianapolis area, has taken more than 10,000 square feet downtown to open its latest flex-office center, where business owners can rent space by the day, week or month.
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Fishers health analytics firm to expand, add workers

June 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Healthiest Employers LLC plans to move software development to its Fishers headquarters in an expansion that will add up to 90 jobs by 2017.
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Angie's List Grand Prix sponsorship targets service providers

June 21, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
It was no surprise that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approached the Indianapolis-based consumer-review service about sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis before the inaugural event in May. But the first response from Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle was no.
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Record number of Hoosier upstarts hunt for investorsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana companies are lining up for private investments in record numbers—a trend driven by the growth of dozens of Indianapolis technology companies that have left the startup stage and want to quickly hire and expand.
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Fledgling local organization crusading for innovationRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Greg Andrews
Jerry McColgin saw firsthand the power of innovation during his 15 years at Whirlpool Corp., starting on the factory floor and working up to lead an Evansville-based team of 35 people scattered across 17 countries.
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Carmel retailers play defense against U.S. 31 construction

June 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Business has skidded for some eateries along the corridor as work crews transform it into a limited access highway. Proprietors are reaching out to customers with promotions but gripping the bottom line.
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Housing developer hopes farm hooks new residents

June 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A growing number of housing developers thinks farms, rather than golf clubs, are the perfect hook to lure residents. The first to experiment with the concept in central Indiana is Mike Higbee of Central Greens LLC, with his Seven Steeples Farm on the site of the old Central State Hospital.
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Former restaurateur Peter George partnering on small new eatery

June 7, 2014
Scott Olson
George, 60, is targeting an August opening for Tinker Street, a chef-driven and plant-based concept he’s launching with business partner Thomas Main, 56, who also has a restaurant background.
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Surge in craft breweries strains hops supply

May 31, 2014
Scott Olson
Hops, used as a flavoring agent, are in high demand by microbreweries that need the crop to give their pale ales and other varieties more taste than what’s found in traditional mass-market beers.
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Upstart chip-maker wins space on shelves of local groceries

May 24, 2014
Dan Human
Mark McSweeney launched Broad Ripple Potato Chip Co. last year out of his existing business, a franchise of Great Harvest Bread Co.
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Grab-and-go meals on menu for Patachou owner

May 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Local restaurateur and entrepreneur Martha Hoover wants to open kiosks offering healthy meals on the go in public places, including along the Monon Trail.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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