Small Business

Stout's Shoes expects website to become its largest 'store'Restricted Content

February 4, 2012
Sam Stall
After years of failed attempts to create a viable Web presence, Stout's Shoes has finally plunged into cyberspace using the route experts say many small companies follow: giving the job to a young, tech-savvy family member with an aptitude for social media.
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Contractor uses 'process mapping' to overhaul businessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ProClad Inc. founder Brad Hitzfield invested in a 30-year business veteran to help him remake his specialty construction firm when profits couldn't keep pace with revenue.
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Small businesses angle for piece of the big game

January 23, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
More than 400 companies statewide qualified for this year’s NFL Emerging Business program, an initiative that aims to open doors for minority- and women-owned enterprises seeking a sliver of Super Bowl spending.
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Indiana deals ranged upward of $800 millionRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions in 2011 ranged from WellPoint's acquisition of CareMore to a trucking company merger.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2011Restricted Content

January 21, 2012
A number of acquisitions last year disclosed no sale price. In the Indianapolis area, those deals ranged from MacAllister Machinery's purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Michigan to Herff Jones' acquisition of a Memphis, Tenn.-headquartered maker of cheerleading uniforms.
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House bill would cut barber licensing requirement

January 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Besides no longer requiring barbers and cosmetologists to be licensed, the bill also exempts dieticians, hearing aid dealers, private investigators and security guards.
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Extras help small firms boost business

January 14, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Small businesses like KnowSweat Workouts increasingly are adding products and services to keep revenue flowing during tight economic times.
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INSIDE DISH: Noodle readies for Super Bowl rush

January 13, 2012
Mason King
Dish Noodle Watch VideoOwner Hal Yeagy expects at least three months of business over 10 days at the newly nonsmoking Slippery Noodle Inn, and he's spending nearly $300,000 on physical improvements and a temporary tent to make sure it rocks.
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Brugge owners eye downtown buildings for brewery, eatery

January 10, 2012
Tom Harton
Owners of Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie want to bring a new restaurant concept to the Massachusetts Avenue district downtown, where they also plan to relocate the craft brewery that supplies beer to Brugge.
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Edible Arrangements franchisee opens third locationRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Ann Finch
Retha Parsley owns three franchises for Edible Arrangements, a fruit-bouquet-delivery business, including a new downtown location that also sells in-store dipped fruit, fruit smoothies and fruit parfaits.
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New venue will give startup crowd a place to socialize, share ideasRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A group of angel investors, entrepreneurs and high-tech aficionados on Jan. 18 will launch the Speak Easy, a 5,750-square-foot space on the southern edge of Broad Ripple that will serve as a gathering place for those active in the startup community.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Expanded Kahn's banks on holidays

December 29, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Arnold_Watch VideoHow much bubbly does Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits sell at year's end? How have operations changed with the addition of two new stores? Owner Jim Arnold has answers.
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INSIDE DISH: Patrick's finds room at the Inn in 'X-mas miracle'

December 23, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Patricks_Watch_VideoBeth Dickerson and Patrick Mullen had one month to find a new home for their struggling restaurant and move. A lucky break at Brick Street Inn and dozens of patrons (straight out of "It's a Wonderful Life") helped make it happen.
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State SBDC network gets new director

December 20, 2011
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday morning that Jacob Schpok officially has been named director of the agency. He was appointed interim director earlier in the month.
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City goes after tow-company license

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is moving to revoke the license of a prominent local towing company that officials say has violated local ordinances and elicited more than two dozen consumer complaints.
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WOJTOWICZ: Do homework before meeting business lender

December 19, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
Prepare to talk in detail about your business, the plans you are making and the reasons for expanding before you show the banker the facts and figures.
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Independent doctors fear loss of referralsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Independent health care facilities, like Body One Physical Therapy, are seeing referrals from physicians beginning to slacken as more and more doctors become employees of hospitals. The hospitals request that doctors send patients to their in-house physical therapy practices.
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Carmel office/retail complex hurt by road project gets second chance

December 13, 2011
Tom Harton
Merchants Pointe, a two-building office/retail development at 116th Street and Keystone Parkway, is getting a fresh start after major road construction drove away tenants and caused a previous owner to default.
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Sky Zone trampoline center bounces into Fishers

December 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Sky Zone, a franchised all-trampoline indoor recreational complex operated by Jeff Mast, opens Monday in Fishers at Cumberland Road and East 121st Street, just south of Interstate 69.
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Pair hopes to find niche in commercial real estateRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Scott Olson
First project for startup Loftus Robinson Development is a small conversion in Broad Ripple.
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Site aims to be city's go-to events calendarRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two local concert promotors have launched a calendar website, called Do317.com, that ranks arts and entertainment events according to the preferences of its users and designated “tastemakers.”.
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Entrepreneurs aim to deliver custom beverages

December 9, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
uFlavor_WatchVideoMad scientists, rejoice: An Indianapolis startup is rolling out a make-your-own-soft-drink campaign its founders hope will become the YouTube of the beverage industry. They left Thursday night on a 6,000-mile promotional tour.
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Giant Super Bowl ads set to adorn downtown buildings

December 7, 2011
Cory Schouten
Downtown building owners are looking to cash in on the upcoming Super Bowl by selling space for massive temporary advertisements.
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MyJibe's purchase validates Orr fellowship programRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A program to identify and cultivate entrepreneurs—the Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship—just hit a milestone. Orr fellow Mike Langellier has sold his upstart MyJibe LLC, in what appears to be the first Orr fellow to create a tech firm and take it full circle to liquidation.
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'Buy local' law to be tweakedRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
New requirement that local governments hire local bidders came under fire.
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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