Small Business

Chamber's microloan program swells to $2M after grant

September 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Business Ownership Initiative, a unit of the Indy Chamber, launched its microloan fund last September to help small business owners in Indianapolis.
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New gadget revives waterlogged cellphonesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Joel Trusty realized that if he could remove all the atmospheric pressure from a chamber, he could turn liquid—even liquid inside a cell phone—into a gas at a much lower temperature than otherwise possible.
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Omnicity lured teen to invest, state saysRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
State securities regulators allege that principals of Omnicity Corp. goaded a 19-year-old to invest $100,000 from his inheritance into the wireless broadband firm so that it could clinch the purchase of an Ohio carrier in 2010.
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Small biz owners: Unemployment systems not working

August 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Business owners told members of the Indiana General Assembly's Small Business Caucus that there's a problem: They can't compete with public assistance programs.
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Small business caucus sets central Indiana meetings

August 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly's Small Business Caucus will hold town hall meetings across the central Indiana the next two weeks to discuss the issues facing small businesses.
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Debt collectors brawling in courtRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
Todd Wolfe, the 41-year-old founder of Deca Financial Services in Fishers, is at the center of a legal feud with Educational Credit Management Corp., an Oakdale, Minn., not-for-profit that insures $35 billion in federal student loans.
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'Prototyper' sees business gain fizzRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Dan Human
TWeatherford Inc. was launched in 2006 as a reseller for additive manufacturing equipment, often called 3D printers or rapid prototypers. It has done well with the machinery sales and rentals, but has begun providing actual manufacturing services on a larger scale.
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Pedal pubs are latest hit in a beer-loving cityRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Scott Olson
Booze and bicycling—in the most unconventional sense—is the thrust behind The Handle Bar, a local startup operated by Steve Lindsay and his brother Brian.
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Trio of women now owns Borshoff, city’s biggest ad firm

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Founding principal of 29-year-old Borshoff advertising agency, Myra Borshoff Cook, 65, and senior principal Erik Johnson, 62, have sold their ownership interest in recent years to three top executives at the firm, all of them women.
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Crowd funding taps passionate fan base for fantasy figurinesRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Dan Human
A growing number of small game companies will join a pantheon of industry titans starting Aug. 15 at the Gen Con Indy gaming convention. The small guys are there largely because they can get the money they need to keep themselves alive via the fundraising technique known as “crowd funding” or “crowd sourcing.”
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Angel-investing event may bolster startupsRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An emerging network of angel investors from around the state will team with Indiana University next month on a workshop that will put them in the same room with entrepreneurs who’d like their backing.
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Online markets help Indiana growers find new customers

August 4, 2013
Associated Press
Online "food hubs" have emerged as small and medium-sized farmers have worked together to find quicker and broader ways to distribute their produce.
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Life sciences venture capital dips againRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital surged in the first half of 2012, to $51.6 million in Indiana. But the pace of activity here fell off sharply in the second half of last year, and remained sluggish into 2013.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Indiana small business caucus meeting across state

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
The General Assembly's Small Business Caucus will host town halls across northern, central and southern Indiana beginning in early August and continuing through mid-September.
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Small-business group absorbed by state was ailing

July 20, 2013
Dan Human
Gov. Mike Pence in June signed an executive order that folded a tiny northern Indiana not-for-profit called Partners in Contracting Corp. into a new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. What he didn’t say was that Partners in Contracting was in trouble and likely would have folded operations had the state not stepped in.
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New owners plan to upgrade apartments plagued by shortcutsRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Scott Olson
The ill-fated Di Rimini apartment project that city officials halted three years ago because of numerous code violations is set to be resurrected by two local businessmen.
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Health tech startup aiming for fences

July 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Flying under the radar for much of its existence, local health tech startup hc1.com Inc. now thinks it’s ready to soar. The company, spun out last year from Zionsville-based Bostech Corp., is on pace to generate annual revenue of $10 million by year's end. And it thinks business could triple next year.
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Tech showcase crowns unlikely winner in pitch contest

July 12, 2013
Dan Human
Emphymab Biotech, with a treatment for emphysema developed by a group of Indiana University medical professors, received the top prize at the Innovation Showcase on Thursday.
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Former Pacer invents device to increase leg strength

July 6, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In April, Jonathan Bender launched a company based on a device he invented to help others avoid the knee troubles that put an end to his promising NBA career. Already, he’s brokered a deal with California-based Relax The Back retail chain.
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Anderson woman churning out dog chews made from elk antlers

July 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cindy Dunston Quirk spent a decade coming up with an allergy-free dog chew idea, then, within two weeks of deciding on elk antlers, had a product packaged and ready to sell.
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Benefits firm to continue growth spurt, add 25 jobs

July 1, 2013
Mason King
Nyhart Actuary & Employee Benefits plans to invest $840,000 to lease and equip an expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters, and already has started hiring.
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LeadJen President Vance launches social networkRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Technology industry up-and-comer Jenny Vance, at age 35, has achieved the rank of “serial entrepreneur” with the launch of her third business, PlanSoon.
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David and Marilyn Shank are survivors in PR industry

June 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over the last quarter century, the husband-wife duo has outlived a number of bigger and slicker competitors, even as the Great Recession decimated some bigger PR and advertising shops.
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Junkyard cleans up mess after IDEM finds violations

June 28, 2013
Dan Human
The state says a Hancock County salvage yard had made headway in fixing environmental violations found during a March inspection. The owner still faces an unrelated lawsuit from county officials.
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