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Indianapolis architectural salvage yards still in the huntRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Jeff Newman
The recession and lingering uncertain construction market put the shops through a withering shakeout, but several have found ways to thrive.
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Chatham Tap crew buying ex-church for brewery, restaurant

April 19, 2014
Scott Olson
The owners of two popular pubs on Massachusetts Avenue are delving into the trendy micro-brewery business with plans for a brewery and restaurant in a historic former church a few blocks away.
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Small biz lending starting to thawRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Dan Human
More small businesses in Indiana are securing loans as owners learn to present their companies better and banks warm to small-business lending after years of hesitation.
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Façade grants available for urban businessesRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
The city of Indianapolis is stepping up its funding for a facade program that helps small business in distressed areas improve the exteriors of their buildings.
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Company conducts 'global warfare' against invisible cyber threatsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Dan Human
Corporate executives, shaken by fears of hackers, are enlisting Rook Security and an explosion of companies like it to monitor and chase cyber criminals across borders and recover stolen intellectual property.
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Bold developer stirs up nursing-home businessRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Zeke Turner, the 36-year-old CEO of Mainstreet Property Group LLC—who frequently sports a boyish grin and a bold-colored dress shirt, but rarely dons a tie—said he’s “just getting started” in transforming the staid nursing home industry.
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Angie's List earmarks $4M for lawsuit settlement

February 19, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Indy-based consumer reviews firm has set aside $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging Angie's List automatically renewed membership fees at a higher rate than members were led to believe.
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Internet-based weather forecasters offer bolder, more detailed outlooks

February 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A posse of Internet-based prognosticators is offering not just forecasts but sometimes even mounds of data left open to interpretation.
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Angie's List turns quarterly profit, but shares fall

February 12, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Shares in the Indianapolis-based consumer-reviews service fell 14 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday evening, despite a rare profit in the firm's fourth quarter.
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Purdue, Cook create $12M fund for life-science startups

February 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Foundry Investment Fund will join with other investors to provide funding for companies that use Purdue-licensed technology or expertise in human and animal health and plant sciences.
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New shooting range draws crowd in Hamilton County; another in the works

February 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The northern-suburb county should have two shooting ranges operating by the end of this year; owners of both business say Hamilton County is a ripe market.
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Airports find savings with Indy de-icing firmRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Staff Report
E Solutions Inc. makes systems that allow de-icing crews to adjust their mix of water and the chemical glycol, which costs $9 to $14 per gallon.
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Investors seek payoff from Indiana oil wells that big players ignore

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Indiana is experiencing a mini oil-boom, thanks to some big producers, but some small, private investors are also in on the game, through Indianapolis-based Midwest Energy Partners, formed four years ago by former CountryMark executive Bill Herrick.
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Investment firm ties crowd-funding to traditional fundraisingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Dan Human
The online investing marketplace Localstake brokered a little more than $1 million in private investments for an Indiana distillery and a solar-heating startup in 2013, through crowd-funding. Instead of receiving a T-shirt or other novelty for their money, as with typical crowd funding, contributors received an actual stake in the business.
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After 9-year hiatus, Caplinger family opens new fish marketRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Veteran seafood operators Nick and Andrew Caplinger opened a shop in December at East 75th Street and Shadeland Avenue that boasts a wide variety of fresh fish.
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Website operator for cities expandingRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis company that manages websites and processes payments for dozens of cities and towns plans to raise $2 million to grow.
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Podcasting allows DJs to carry on, without a radio stationRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Longtime disc jockeys Jason Hammer and Nigel Laskowski are free from the corporate overlords of modern radio, these days operating their own podcast after having lost their full-time on-air gigs.
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Pupils learn to talk fast, sell well in auctioneering school

January 11, 2014
Sam Stall
Melissa Davis is a third-generation auctioneer and president of Reppert School of Auctioneering. She helps lead quarterly courses running 10 days straight.
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Upswing causing slowdown in startups

January 11, 2014
Dan Human
The number of newly formed Indiana companies slumped in 2013, the first such dip since the recession, but the small drop could actually be a positive sign for the economy. Established companies have more job openings than a few years ago, meaning workers have less incentive to start their own businesses, as thousands did when the economy tumbled.
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Funding drought pinches life sciences firms

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
Nationally, venture capital investments into life sciences firms totaled $4.9 billion during the first nine months of 2013, down 30 percent from the same period in 2008, according to data from Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Indiana, life sciences firms raised $21 million during the first nine months of the year, far lower than any year since 2003.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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Angie's List hit with shareholder suit

December 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The complaint charges the company and executives with misrepresenting the strength of the Indy-based firm's business model, financial performance and future prospects.
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Therapist helps seniors, families decide when to relinquish keys

December 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Laura Noblitt is a Zionsville-based occupational therapist with 25 years of experience in geriatric rehabilitation. She has spent half a decade riding shotgun with elderly drivers in central Indiana, determining whether it’s safe for them to stay behind the wheel.
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Unintentional entrepreneur parlayed consumer-electronics savvy into PR firm

December 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arland Communications, run by former Thomson Consumer Electronics spokesman Dave Arland, is the only area firm focused entirely on the $200 billion-plus annual consumer electronics market.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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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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