Small Business

Fishers biz grows from dog-walking to full-service pet careRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Cristi Melson started Purrs & Gurrs 2-1/2 years ago with an idea and some fliers she distributed door to door. She didn’t have a formal business plan then and still doesn’t.
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Barrington Jewels sparkles despite economic downturnRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
The recession has put the squeeze on many retailers, but fine jewelry is an exception, at least at Barrington Jewels. Owners Goel and Mitra Ahdoot are seeing their business flourish.
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SBA loan approvalsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
SBA loan guarantees for the month of July.
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Two businesses open at Flagship Enterprise Center

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Anderson-based Flagship Enterprise Center is on a roll. In the last two months, the small-business incubator and growth-stage accelerator signed up two new clients: software developers Soveryn Inc. and Coeus Technology.
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Venture firms recapitalize Advanced Physical Therapy LLC

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based venture capital firms Cardinal Equity Partners and Centerfield Capital Partners have joined with Chicago-based bank Harris NA to recapitalize the state’s largest independent physical therapy provider.
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Handmade chocolates shop opens location in Chase Tower

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Best Chocolate in Town is expanding beyond its original store on Massachusetts Ave.
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INpact Medical Device Network matches start-ups with service providersRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Industry groups in the life sciences, medical and information technology realms have helped lure companies to the region and foster upstarts. Funding is almost always an issue, but it’s not the only barrier. Getting medical devices to market often requires product design, development and marketing resources that aren’t always apparent to upstarts.
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Dodson Group hit crisis mode after trusted CFO suspected of theftRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
At first, small-business owner Jim Dodson figured the problem must be a technical glitch. During a routine analysis of aging unpaid invoices last September, one of his employees couldn’t tie the latest figures to the company’s ledger. Accounts receivable for his company, the Dodson Group, had been overstated by $2.7 million—double their true value. And $422,539 was missing from the firm’s coffers.
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Summer program turns teens into entrepreneursRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Eighteen students from Indianapolis’ Haughville neighborhood sold their wares— ranging from caps and sunglasses to purses to home-baked cookies—as part of a summer business-education program for low-income youth.
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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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Local company acquires monster truck series

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Promotion Co Inc., an Indianapolis-based event promoter, said today that it has acquired the Monster Nationals series of monster-truck shows from Image Promotions Inc. in Chardon, Ohio.
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Vet supplier promises 30 jobs in Whitestown

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Idaho-based MWI Veterinary Supply Inc. said today it will establish distribution operations in Indiana by leasing space in Whitestown, creating more than 30 new jobs by the end of the year.
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Orr fellows finding opportunity in male-dominated tech industry

August 10, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Many young women who have participated in the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship program have landed at high-flying local technology firms.
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Emerging life sciences companies grabbing more in government grantsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
More emerging life science companies have found life in the form of federal Small Business Innovation Research grants.
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Carmel tech staffing firm Sales Diesel closes

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Sales Diesel, a Carmel company that provided salespeople for technology companies, appears to be out of business. The firm’s Web site was taken down last week and calls to its 11590 N. Meridian St. offices were not returned.
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Brownsburg car detailer lands link to upcoming movie

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mike Shumaker's Brownsburg firm Driven Auto Detail spiffed up a Porsche for the upcoming movie "Whistleblower," starring Matt Damon.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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Hamilton County Alliance spins off entrepreneurial center

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Hamilton County Alliance economic development group has spun off its Entrepreneurship Advancement Center, which serves fast-growing startup businesses in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the rest of Hamilton County.
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Barter network Tradebank opens branch in Indianapolis

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The barter network Tradebank has opened a franchise in Indianapolis with two veterans from Louisville.
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Is Indiana coming out of venture capital swoon?

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Dormir LLC’s announcement July 29 of $12 million in venture financing was the second local life sciences deal announced in July. It could suggest a turnaround from a woeful second-quarter performance, when Indiana life sciences firms announced zero venture capital deals.
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Downturn provides opportunity for restaurants hungry for expansionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The economic slump is giving independent local restaurants a shot at prime locations that in good times would be snapped up by chains.
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Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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Seniors are nation's fastest-growing group of entrepreneursRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
For four decades, Jim Ashby worked as a manufacturing floor manager, first for General Motors Corp., then, after a buyout, for an Ingersoll Rand subsidiary. He likes to relax and fish, but Ashby considers himself too energetic for retirement. He’s now 67 years old. And a first-time entrepreneur.
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Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twistRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kim Puckett
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.
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Consultant helps clients learn how to manage spaceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ashley Odle
MoveSmart LLC works with business clients looking to make better use of their space, helping to design, furnish and adapt their offices for maximum efficiency.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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