Small Business

INSIDE DISH: Great Divide bridges Lockerbie past, present

October 28, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Ralphs_Great_DivideRalph's Great Divide has staked out an identity as a downtown survivor, making vital changes after its first proprietor's death and weathering a big downturn in sales during the recent recession.
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Local tech firm owner makes most of flexibilityRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
About a year ago, Jon Arnold shuttered his technology firm’s office in Irvington, but not his company. He and his two employees now rely on technology to keep the company thriving as Arnold and his family spend a year traveling the country in a recreational vehicle.
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Bostech's software aims to rein in lab-test costsRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
The company saw sales surge after introducing software in May that helps medical labs manage their disparate computer systems from a Web portal.
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Olympia Media Partners' newspapers reaching more college campusesRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IU grads add employees, revenue as they prepare to expand their company's footprint to 45 schools.
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INSIDE DISH: Avec Moi in midst of startup tests

September 30, 2011
Mason King
Dish_AvecMoi_WatchVideoKris Parmelee pulled off a major career shift by switching from consultancy to the kitchen. But getting her home-cooking takeout startup, Avec Moi, off the ground has been tough.
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Indianapolis tech companies seeded by big '90s successRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Money and experience have flowed to a number of firms from Software Artistry executives.
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Big ambitions for small planning firm

September 24, 2011
Andrew Smith
Eden Collaborative, the three-man company Adam Thies founded in 2004, is working to revitalize St. Clair Place on Indianapolis’ east side, among other projects.
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WOJTOWICZ: Character always counts—even in loan decisions

September 23, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
During these difficult times, small-business lenders are looking harder at intangibles—including a borrower’s character.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Design guru abides in rocky economy

September 21, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Garner_WatchVideoWhy does the owner of A2SO4 Architecture believe a 20 percent drop in billings is a victory? Just how cutthroat has the design field become? What's the significance of moving the firm into a church? Sanford Garner has answers.
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Columbia Club nudges aside one foundation, forms secondRestricted Content

September 19, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Columbia Club has formed a not-for-profit, the Columbia Club Historic Preservation Foundation, to preserve its 1924 building on Monument Circle. The 28-year-old Columbia Club Foundation already exists for the same purpose, and its fate is now unclear.
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IU launches $250K student biz-plan competition

September 19, 2011
A group of 10 investors created a $1.1 million fund to support $250,000 in annual prize money to Indiana University students in Bloomington who submit the best business plans for an Internet or software company.
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Classes emphasize connection between artists, entrepreneursRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Universities and other not-for-profits are ramping up business training for artists and art students—in the form of workshops, classes and counseling—in hopes of making “starving artists” a thing of the past.
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State Fair tragedy drives demand for crisis PR planningRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Local agency heads said that sector of their business had grown even before the Aug. 13 stage collapse.
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INSIDE DISH: Willard builds on family-dining plan

September 16, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Willard_WatchVideoFranklin's neighborhood brew-and-pub-food palace—with roots in the community reaching back to 1860—has boosted sales through a shift in strategy following a city smoking ban.
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Landscape architect stays small by designRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Ann Finch
Landstory, Joann Green's landscape architecture firm, is a snug four-person company that has designed exterior spaces for some major Indianapolis projects, such as the JW Marriott, Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana University's Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
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ALTOM: Is your company's website worth the money, effort?Restricted Content

September 10, 2011
Tim Altom
Too many websites for small and medium-size businesses that don’t sell online are a waste of time and money.
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TechPoint adds to Indiana Entrepreneur BootcampRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Annual program put on in conjunction with Ice Miller law firm will offer more workshops on business fundamentals.
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Not-for-profit seeks purchase that would aid Easter SealsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Crossroads Industrial Services Chief Operating Officer Curtiss Quirin has a certain sense of urgency as he looks to buy a business to add revenue to the not-for-profit contract manufacturer, because Crossroads provides jobs for people with disabilities, and generates a surplus that feeds the revenue-starved parent organization, Easter Seals Crossroads.
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Mayoral foes see different paths to boost businessRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Both candidates for Indianapolis mayor are touting a host of ways to improve the city's business climate. Incumbent Greg Ballard champions improving the city's amenities. Challenger Melina Kennedy focuses on recruiting entrepreneurs to the city.
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Car customizer Kenny Brown resurfaces in ChicagoRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Brown, who closed his local operation in 2005, has partnered with suburban-Chicago-based Heidts Automotive, which makes street rod and muscle car components.
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Defender Direct rolls out HVAC businessRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The home-security and satellite installer is pushing into the construction trades.
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Early buyer of Web domains venturing into softwareRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chad Folkening’s latest venture, domain-management software called Domain Power, turns blank sites into a miniature business in a few minutes.
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Not all fun and games for north-side comedy clubRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
New owners' focus on business practices, bigger-name comedians put Morty’s Comedy Joint on stronger footing.
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Ball State geothermal plant powers economic engineRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
Ball State University leaders hope the school's $87 million geothermal plant paves the way for others like it—as an economic-development opportunity as much as an environmental effort.
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Angie’s List faces challenges in bid to go public

August 26, 2011
Scott Olson, Associated Press
The company said in its initial public offering that it has lost money since its inception. But it still could be attractive to prospective investors, said a local lawyer who helps companies go public.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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