Small Business

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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For graying generation, startups are booming

May 26, 2012
Mason King
Since the 1990s, the demographic makeup of new entrepreneurs has been steadily shifting toward baby boomers as they seek personal and financial fulfillment. Count Fountain Square Brewing Co.'s Bill Webster among them.
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Mentors give entrepreneurs a business boostRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Good mentors can make a world of difference to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Countless business owners find themselves in need of a gut check from time to time and, these days, mentors are an essential part of their toolkit.
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Not-for-profit hoping to grow microloan program

May 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Small amounts of funding often ignored by larger banks.
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Biz boosters embrace One Click, but it's no sure thingRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started Greenwood-based One Click Ventures out of their home with $20,000 in 2005. They now own a portfolio of niche retail websites, including SunglassWarehouse.com, HandbagHeaven.com and Scarves.net, which brought $5.3 million in revenue last year.
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Kids to sell lemonade at the Indiana Statehouse

May 18, 2012
Associated Press
More than 15,000 young people from pre-school age through high school will open lemonade stands across the greater Indianapolis area this weekend.
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Chamber to merge with economic development groups

May 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will lead economic development efforts for central Indiana by merging with Develop Indy, Indy Partnership and Business Ownership Initiative, the groups announced Thursday.
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Signature Inns founder plans auto-care franchises

May 17, 2012
Scott Olson
Honest-1 Auto Care hopes to open as many as 20 shops in Indiana over five to seven years and has tapped the founder of the Signature Inns chain to help lead the effort.
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Former Pac-Van owners return to mobile office biz

May 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Brent and Matthew Claymon have founded OnSite Space LLC and acquired Indianapolis-based Tyson Corp., to form OnSite Space by Tyson. The brothers sold Pac-Van in 2006 and have returned to the industry after their five-year non-compete expired.
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Digital textbook firm Courseload raises millionsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based digital textbook company Courseload completed a new round of fundraising in April that its CEO says gives the company the cash it needs to keep landing new university customers in what has become a fast-growing but hyper-competitive field.
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Progress spotty in narrowing tech field's gender gapRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Most technology firm startups are birthed by men in their 20s and 30s who have a background in computer science. To what degree women are underrepresented in the ranks of tech entrepreneurs is hard to quantify, but it’s a small universe.
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Carmel event firm sold, relocated to Castleton

May 12, 2012
EventzPlus, besides hosting large gatherings, will also offer daily office space rentals to small business owners.
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