Small Business

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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Engineer wants to bring 3D printing to massesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Sam Stall
Doug Keenan, a 49-year-old electrical engineer and entrepreneur, is tackling something so cutting-edge that most of humanity doesn’t know it exists: 3D printing, or rapid prototyping.
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Martinsville Candy Kitchen hangs hopes on handmade canes

November 26, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Martinsville candy
                           canes watch videoShop owners John and Pam Badger churn out more than 20,000 candy canes in November and December, but they'd like to boost business the other 10 months of the year.
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Develop Indy and partner will focus on small business supportRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Business Ownership Initiative of Central Indiana focuses on one-on-one counseling, capital access.
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New restaurant to anchor Fountain Square Theatre buildingRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The End of the Line Public House will replace the Shelbi Street Cafe.
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Trio of ad agency executives launches boutique firmRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Three well-known advertising industry executives formed an agency this month that industry insiders think could make some noise in the local market.
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INSIDE DISH: Brewpub beats sales goals in rocky first year

November 18, 2011
Mason King
Black Swan Watch VideoWith an $80,000 nut and some luck with bank loans, D.J. McCallister has beaten staffing woes and an unforeseen sales slump to make newcomer Black Swan Brewpub a break-even enterprise.
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Angie’s List stock surges after shares hit market

November 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc. shares rose as much as 44 percent in their trading debut Thursday after the company raised $114 million Wednesday in its initial public offering. The stock closed the trading day up more than 25 percent, at $16.26 per share, after rising as high as $18.75 early in the morning.
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Sign-company owner builds full-service firm on trustRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Ann Finch
Beverly Miller has built a successful sign company by providing clients full service, from helping them navigate city code regulations, to designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing their signs.
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Social media hot topic at TechPoint summitRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Zuckerberg's sister gives tips for exploiting Facebook as a marketing tool.
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My Toy Garden wades into specialty retail businessRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A teacher for 17 years, Carmel resident Janet Pillsbury opened her store in September to give shoppers more options.
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Buyers edging back into Indianapolis commercial real estateRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
Most buyers are bottom-fishers, investors looking for better returns or companies wanting their own building.
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NASCAR deal comes at good time for C&R RacingRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The company will lose $2 million next year in IndyCar-related business, but company founder Chris Paulsen has no fear.
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Indianapolis' tech sector getting some Silicon Valley credRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
TechPoint’s 13th annual technology summit might be more notable not for who is on the formal agenda but for who is in the audience.
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Carmel resident takes entrepreneurship plunge with Amy's PJsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Amy Graham left her job as marketing director of a plastic surgery practice early this year to pursue her dream of running a high-end pajama boutique.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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