Small Business

Sources: Angie’s List picks adviser to handle planned August IPO

June 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc., a website that provides consumer reviews of plumbers, electricians and other services, is preparing to file in August for an initial public offering, said two people with direct knowledge of the plans.
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Local motorsports supplier acquiring safety gear vendor

June 15, 2011
Atlanta-based Racer Wholesale has helped build national recognition for G-Force Racing Gear, which supplies racers with helmets, driving suits, gloves, shoes and other safety gear.
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Anson Group CEO thrives on helping clients work with FDARestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ann Finch
Colleen Hittle became CEO and sole owner of the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical and medical device consulting firm in April.
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R.Lynda clothing boutique pulls plug on venture before openingRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Construction of the shop at Traders Point Shopping Center was already underway.
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Locally based Business Furniture expands into Illinois, Iowa

June 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
New markets to be added later this year are expected to double the company's sales within five years.
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Indianapolis ad firm helps Sun King Brewing launch appRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Brewery wants relevant platform for its social media outreach.
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Positron plans $55 million cyclotron project, 80 jobs

June 10, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Medical imaging equipment maker Positron Corp. has agreed to move its operations to Noblesville, where it plans to invest $55 million to open a high-tech facility that will make isotopes used in cardiac PET scans.
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Eco-friendly downtown supply store closes

June 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Green Way Supply, a pioneering green construction products store, has gone out of business, but one of its partners is planning a new building supply store with mix of green and traditional products.
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WOJTOWICZ: Relief available for firms with falling real estate values

June 3, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
New law allows banks to refinance existing real estate and equipment debt through the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program.
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Family has steely plan for shifting business to next generationRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Norm Heikens
Westfield Steel owners Karyn and Fred Prine are well on the way to transitioning to the next generation—son Fritz—thanks to timely planning.
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Slow economy grinds on long-time sausage maker ClausRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Claus Muth has a proud heritage of making specialty meats, but now he faces circumstances that stand to threaten his south-side business: family-owned Claus' German Sausages and Meats.
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Ingredients in place for plethora of Hoosier IPOsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some Indiana firms are adding management and board firepower—moves likely to help them win over investors should they move ahead with public offerings.
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Rise of machines bodes well for tech firm Mesh SystemsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The founder of Mesh Systems, a company that develops wireless “machine-to-machine” communications software and hardware, says his products have countless applications. Earlier this month, Mesh closed on a $2.5 million private placement from investors in Indiana and Wisconsin.
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INSIDE DISH: Mexican mainstay puts second spot on front burner

May 27, 2011
Mason King
LaMarg_WatchVideoAfter 25 years at La Margarita, stabilizing sales and surviving family tragedy, owner Lori Rangel-Grubbs is branching out to Fountain Square.
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Indianapolis entrepreneurs rescue Choc-Ola from oblivion

May 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chocolate beverage Choc-Ola, launched in the 1940s and pitched to a generation of fans in the 1970s by Cowboy Bob on WTTV-4, is hitting store shelves again. South-side entrepreneurs Dan Iaria and Joe Wolfla are leading its comeback, landing an 18-state distribution deal.
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SHEPHERD: Credit cards hurting too many businessesRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Connie Shepherd
Expensive personal credit undermines credit scores and ultimately the odds of more traditional lending.
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Credit unions gun for more traditional bank business

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A push by credit unions for more leeway with small-business lending is fueling an old fight with their banking rivals.
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Frozen yogurt hot item on local retail sceneRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Frozen yogurt businesses are sprouting up all over the Indianapolis area, with owners hoping to cash in on the public’s appetite for what they perceive as a healthy treat.
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City's last independent map retailer set to fold

May 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Odyssey Map Store in downtown Indianapolis will close Aug. 31 after a 27-year run. The owners attribute the closing to the proliferation of GPS devices and smart phones.
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Franciscan Alliance takes control of VNS home health agency

May 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Visiting Nurse Service Inc., a 200-employee agency based in Indianapolis, will operate under the umbrella of Franciscan St. Francis Health, the organizations announced Thursday.
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City proposes stricter towing rules

May 18, 2011
A proposed ordinance would crack down on "predatory" towing practices by requiring tow-truck operators to adhere to several rules meant to protect consumers.
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Ratio finishing City Market design work

May 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The architectural firm is set to be awarded a $120,000 contract to complete the work after the original designer of the renovations, Woollen Molzen and Partners Inc., disbanded last month.
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Fountain Square project to include concert venue

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
The new owner of a 110-year-old building in the heart of Fountain Square is planning a renovation and expansion that will turn it into a restaurant, bar and 450-seat music hall called Pioneer.
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City slow to spend $29M in federal funding for neighborhoodsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis has lagged in making payments to not-for-profit developers executing a huge federal program to rehab neighborhoods, putting a strain on those groups and setting the city behind in spending its share of the money.
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Retail, eateries planned for Keystone office areaRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
A local developer’s $12 million project is transforming a four-story office building and five acres of surface parking lots adjacent to The Fashion Mall at Keystone into a new retail and restaurant destination.
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