Small Business

INSIDE DISH: Carmel Cajun eatery Mudbugs turns corner

August 12, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Mudbugs_watch_videoAfter a shaky start, ownership shakeup and puzzled looks from potential patrons, Belinda and Roy LeBlanc have turned their homegrown oasis for Louisiana cuisine into a profitable venture.
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Global micro lender Grameen ramps up in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Low-income women could receive loans in weeks.
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Firm helping others create 'an app for that'Restricted Content

August 6, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A two-man Indianapolis firm is making a splash in the graphic design industry with a Web-based tool that allows designers unfamiliar with Apple Inc. software code to build applications for iPads and iPhones.
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Tech startup Tinderbox picks up more funding, industry veteranRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A former executive vice president at Indianapolis-based e-mail marketing firm Exact Target will lead the firm’s effort to sell to bigger companies.
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Homegrown firm creates stir with Bloody Mary mix

July 23, 2011
Andrew Smith
Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary mix started 18 months ago and already is a profitable entity available in 350 locations and six states. This month, Hoosier Momma expanded into Kentucky, thanks to a deal with national distribution giant Southern Wine and Spirits.
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A few restaurants close as other eateries, retailers plan growthRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among the casualties is the downtown restaurant Hue and Carmel's The Glass Chimney. El Rodeo, Eggshell Bistro and Hotcakes Emporium are among those opening locations in the area.
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Chefs become teachers as appetite grows for fresh, homemade mealsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Maria LaMagna
Locally and nationwide, interest in live cooking classes taught by chefs has grown. Many such classes have abandoned a traditional in-kitchen experience, opting instead for “destination” demonstrations featuring local ingredients.
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Maker of singing coozie has deals with IU, Purdue, IowaRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Cooler Conversations thinks it can penetrate the novelty items market with beverage sleeves that can play school fight songs or corporate messages when a drink is inserted.
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STYLE: A behind-the-seams guide to Indianapolis tailors

July 16, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Any sharp-dressed man will tell you a good tailor is worth his or her weight in gold—and often just as tough to find. What follows is a treasure map to guide you to some of the city’s best tailors.
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Small Business Administration announces top state lenderRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp. has been recognized as the most robust lender through the SBA's 504 loan program.
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Big-box connection helps duo fight microbesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson-based company plans to take on popular disinfectants like Lysol with a mold-preventive product that its two founders have already convinced national home-improvement chain Home Depot to sell.
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INSIDE DISH: Meat-and-potatoes Murphy's makes subtle updates

July 15, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Murphys_watchvideoMurphy's Steakhouse may seem frozen in time, but owner Craig Stonebraker has expanded its footprint, revamped its menu and prepared for exterior upgrades.
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Employers face messy decision to drop health insuranceRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Companies that drop insurance coverage could, without spending any more money than they are now, give workers an 11-percent raise or else help them save as much as $2,000 per year buying health coverage in one of the exchanges, IBJ calculations show.
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Ultrasound broker finds stronger market overseasRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Used parts are in demand as health care reform changes industry dynamic.
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Purdue Research Park nears capacityRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Purdue just added a large tenant to the Indianapolis research park, bringing the total to 14.
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Two former Colts join technology startup The Tyros LLCRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Tyros offers an online training system and other web-based tools for hiring and rating sports officials.
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INSIDE DISH: King David Dogs nabs bigger digs

July 1, 2011
Mason King
Dish_KingDavid_WatchVideoThinking his emporium for all-beef franks has maxed out its sales potential, Brent Joseph cut a deal to relocate to an epicenter for downtown office complexes and triple seating.
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WOJTOWICZ: Missed tax payments could affect business loans

July 1, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
Property tax billing and collection were at their most confusing during the recession, when businesses were experiencing lost revenue, poor projections and, in general, toughing it out as best they could.
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Custom work helps tiny sign shop land big clientsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Maria LaMagna
ACS Sign Solutions is a small Hoosier company with a far reach, landing recent deals to create signs for The New York Times offices and Avon Cosmetics’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan.
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Bayh, Card to tour U.S. in Chamber campaign against regulations

June 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Former Senator Evan Bayh and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will tour the U.S. in a campaign by the Chamber of Commerce urging small businesses to fight regulations they say are stunting job growth.
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City's fast-growing companies surge with economic recoveryRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Marc D. Allan
An economic recovery blowing against their backs propelled some Indianapolis-area companies to scorching growth.
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Anderson firm to sell antimicrobial product in big box storesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Coeus Technologies has begun selling its Ultra7 product through HomeDepot.com.
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STYLE: Local entrepreneur teaches upholstery staples

June 18, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Shelly Leer had planned to start ModHomeEc on a small scale, but has found it tough to keep it there. She’s had to double class sizes from three students to six since January and has started offering three-day, out-of-town workshops in Chicago.
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Towing companies sue city over contracts

June 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The plaintiffs claim the city violated the bid process by awarding contracts to companies that didn't meet the requirements. They're asking for an injunction to prevent the contracts from taking effect.
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INSIDE DISH: Italian eatery tables expansion amid downturn

June 17, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Augustinos_WatchVideoAaron O'Mara, co-owner of Augustino's, expected to open several locales until the economic downturn and a dip in sales scuttled those plans. Now he hopes to hold the line.
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