Small Business

Web startup aims to connect private businesses, investors

July 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Private firms that need to raise relatively modest amounts of capital have a hard time finding money. Now three Indianapolis entrepreneurs think they have the answer: crowdfunding. Individuals make small investments that are aggregated to fund a business. Indianapolis-based Localstake wants to be the matchmaker.
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Firm gives college kids the opportunity to run a painting businessRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Student Development Co. helps college students run Textbook Painting businesses, to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Thirty students in seven states are participating this summer, including 10 student entrepreneurs in Indiana.
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Multi-employer health clinic to open downtownRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
NoviaCare Clinics LLC will open a multi-employer health clinic in downtown Indianapolis this fall, opening the door for smaller employers to add the service to their health benefits.
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Mudathlon makes a splash as obstacle course races growRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Ellen Kobe
A 3-year-old Westfield has taken advantage of the adventure-race trend by staging Mudathlons--obstacle courses conducted in the mud. More than 12,000 people were expected to participate in Mudathlon's four races this summer, up from about 2,000 at the company’s first two races in 2010.
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Duo introduces app for hairstylistsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Founders of MyBestFriendsHair.com aim to help professionals manage client information.
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Gen Con gaming for another attendance recordRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Scott Olson
As crowds get bigger, businesses take more notice.
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INSIDE DISH: Unlikely pair pilot Ship to profit

July 20, 2012
Mason King
Dish_SinkingShip_watchvideoOK, so an accountant and a tattoo artist start a bar. Except it's no joke. Clearly defined roles have helped the odd-couple co-owners of The Sinking Ship navigate a turbulent startup and land on solid financial ground.
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Venture funding falls 12 percent in second quarter

July 20, 2012
Associated Press
Funding for U.S. startups fell 12 percent in the second quarter as venture capitalists poured less money into fewer deals than a year earlier. But the number of companies getting funded in the earliest stages of development reached the highest level in more than a decade.
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Carmel veterinarian opening animal hospital near Mass AveRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Woodland Animal Hospital owner will take former bookstore space in Chatham Arch neighborhood.
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Lilly Endowment awards Butler biz accelerator $3M

July 13, 2012
The gift will enable the accelerator to keep providing consulting services to mid-size Indiana businesses using the experience of consultants, as well as Butler University faculty and students. It launched in 2005 with the help of a $22 million grant from the endowment.
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Building relationships pays off for contractor GrayRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Steve Gray Renovations grew during the remodeling industry’s worst downturn in more than two decades.
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Co-working spaces multiply, giving independent workers options

June 30, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Co-working sites—shared office spaces designed to give entrepreneurs, free-lancers and consultants the tools they need to get the job done as well as the chance to interact with other professionals, sans cubicle—are gaining popularity nationally and, finally, in Indianapolis.
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Local ad firm BrandWidth rebounds after internal turmoilRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
BrandWidth puts legal scuffle behind it, emerges to nab several national accounts.
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WOJTOWICZ: It pays to know environmental requirements

June 29, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
Unexpected problems add to the headaches of opening or relocating a business, and we hear a lot about the hang-ups of required, but annoying, environmental investigations.
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Google unveils biz photo service in Indianapolis

June 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The interactive virtual tour gives customers a glimpse of the layout and decor of a business without setting foot inside the location. For St. Elmo Steak House, where the service was introduced locally, it was an easy sell.
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Image consultant aims to meld personal, professional stylesRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sola Adelowo, a certified image consultant and owner of Indianapolis-based ImageCube LLC, uses a surprisingly scientific process that starts with a personality-type assessment and results in custom-style kits and an illustrated wardrobe guide.
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Boutique Anderson ad agency expanding to IndianapolisRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Four-person shop opening office downtown got its start at Flagship Enterprise incubator.
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Benefits brokers gain ground without mergingRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
While mergers and acquisitions have been rampant in central Indiana’s benefits-broker industry the past five years, a handful of brokers has grown the old-fashioned way—by adding clients.
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Indianapolis firm launching dream-sharing appRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Remember.com's free Dreamt It app will be followed by a paid version with additional features.
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Compendium moving its business beyond blogging softwareRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Compendium Software says there’s money to be made in creating a place where marketing content can be centralized and repurposed and sent out via e-mail newsletters, social media channels and—of course—blogs.
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Burd Ford dealership closing by end of June

June 14, 2012
Manager Jon Parson told IBJ that he had "no idea" why the dealership was closing. Christine Burd took over the business in late 2009 following the suicide of her husband, Richard Burd.
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Angie's List CEO Oesterle grows east-side footprintRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Oesterle’s firm Henry Amalgamated has purchased 48 properties in the Holy Cross neighborhood from 2006 through this May. Nearly 40 percent of those purchases have been made since Angie’s List struck a $7.1 million incentives deal with the city of Indianapolis in October.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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Taxing career path ultimately appeals to entrepreneurRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Accounting, church jobs lead to software firm that helps tax accountants manage property tax disputes.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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