Small Business

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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Electronics manufacturer sees increasing demandRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A 65-year-old Indianapolis firm, Carson Manufacturing Co., is expanding its capabilities in printed circuit boards.
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Avon security company beefing up work force

October 31, 2011
Nolan Security & Investigations said it plans to add as many as 300 part-time and full-time workers to serve new clients.
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Startup aims to mend doctors' social media woesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
RepuChek software tracks, analyzes what's being said about doctors on the Internet.
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Owner launches HVAC business after selling family firmRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Larry Howald sold his father’s 40-employee HVAC business to Lennox in 2000 during a wave of industry consolidation. He stayed with the firm for a decade, but has now left to strike out on his own again.
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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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