Small Business

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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Earle Travel Co. perseveres despite flu scare, recessionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Earle Travel Co. has been weathering challenges as the recession has deepened and H1N1 influenza spiked earlier this year. Those problems have nearly capsized many travel agencies, but co-owner Kelly Shea said Earle’s business slumped only 8 percent last year.
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Small-biz loan approvals for JuneRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
SBA loan guarantees for the month of June. These businesses have received loans from financial institutions with a guarantee from the SBA. Not all funds are disbursed immediately, and some approved loans are subsequently canceled.
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WOJTOWICZ: Stimulus is expanding small-biz lendingRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz
The economic stimulus package allocated $375 million to the U.S. Small Business Administration so it could offer more generous terms to small-business borrowers.
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Clients flee advisory firm for not-for-profitsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
WorkPoint, an Indianapolis firm entrusted to handle finances for not-for-profits, has lost several clients in the past 12 months, and all for the same reason—missing money.
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Time Factory will challenge Shutterfly, Flickr for Web photo marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis calendar publisher Time Factory Publishing is launching a Website to compete with photo sharing and publishing sites Shutterfly and Flickr.
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A taste of summer: CPA spends summers as ice cream manRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Certified public accountant Dave Norris bought a 1976 Good Humor truck and started his family-owned U Want Ice Cream mobile route in 2007, aiming to make a personal connection with people—along with a little extra money.
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Contest offers services for small-business makeoversRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Nine local companies have joined together to offer $80,000 worth of marketing services, computer reconfiguration and office furniture as the prize the “Indy Business Makeover Competition” for small businesses.
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Cats, dogs just too ordinary for exotic-animal veterinarianRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Kim Puckett
Clad in iguana-patterned medical scrubs, Angela Lennox moves quickly around the clinic laboratory, administering barium to a ferret and ordering a guinea pig X-ray. From there, she moves to an exam room, taking blood from an unruly bird and diagnosing an injured pet duck—all in the span of about 30 minutes.
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Web site aspires to be source for all things FishersRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noblesville resident Tom Wagenhauser is revamping the Hamilton County-centric Web site FishersFind.com and hopes to double its weekly traffic.
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Businesses discover dangers of relying too heavily on a single client or industryRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In this deep recession, many local small-business owners suffer a harsh dilemma: Heavily tied to a single supplier, customer or industry, they must diversify or die.
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Blue House Salon keeps it simpleRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Blue House salon owner Phil Salmon spends no money on advertising and yet makes a six-figure salary.
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LEADERSHIP: How to manage your workdayRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
CJ McClanahan
Here's why some leaders are able to get so much more out of their teams than others.
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SBA loan approvals for May 2009Restricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Small Business Administration loan guarantees in May. These businesses have received loans from financial institutions with a guarantee from the SBA.
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Basketball business shoots for custom marketRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
George Umbarger
After graduating from Indiana University with a business marketing degree, J.D. Allen saw every reason to combine his education and his passion for basketball in a home business.
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No. 7 Salon & Spa lets stylists go soloRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kim Puckett
With an interior-design overhaul in 2004 and a business plan restructuring last year, Gina and Tina LaGrotte's No. 7 Salon & Spa near downtown would be aesthetically and economically unrecognizable to their late father.
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Hoosier named to lead CDC trade organizationRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz, executive director of the Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp., has been elected to chair the National Association of Development Companies, or NADCO, board of directors.
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Irvington rolls out $1.2 million promotional campaignRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
In the midst of a $1.2 million campaign to upgrade streets, sidewalks and other neighborhood infrastructure, a coalition of Irvington businesses and residents is launching a unique marketing campaign to tout the neighborhood's recent enhancements and position it as an alternative to places such as Carmel, Zionsville, Geist and Noblesville.
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Heartland Distillers joins mini-boom in artisan spirit-makingRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kim Puckett
Since January, Heartland Distillers has turned out several small batches of its first signature spirit—Indiana Vodka—available at about 300 area retailers.
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Candy store aims for sweet successRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
A focus on old-world quality with modern services and efficiency drives the owners of Simply Sweet Shoppe & Second Story Playhouse.
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Here's a must-do checklist for personnel managersRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Tom Phillips
If you are a human resources professional, now is an excellent time for you to assess the human resource function in your company.
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HVAC company heats up sales in cool economy through acquisitions

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
Doubling annual sales might seem an impossible feat in a recession, but at the modest office of Williams Comfort Air and Metzler's Mr. Plumber, it is a reality.
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Myers Protection Services concentrates on alarm system monitoring, salesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kim Puckett
Myers Protection sells and monitors a range of security equipment, such as alarm systems, surveillance cameras and medical alerts.
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