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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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Indiana office to promote startups, small business

June 27, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence has created the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship that he says will focus on consulting, specialty programming, and integrating universities, private businesses and government agencies.
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Glass magic coming to end for venerable Fox StudiosRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Scott Olson
Fox Studios Inc., the venerable stained glass company whose work is on display at countless churches throughout the state and even the Indiana Statehouse, is closing.
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Startup pitching app as money-saver for hospitalsRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
The founder and CEO of Diagnotes Inc. thinks his company’s mobile app can help doctors run their office from their iPhones—just as many other professionals have been doing for years.
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Tiny Lebanon firm prevails in multimillion-dollar patent caseRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In the past 18 months, Larry Durkos—who invented a machine that attaches metal bed box springs and coils to wood frames—has scored two stunning victories over Leggett & Platt Inc., a Missouri-based box-spring conglomerate.
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Fusion cooking wins fundingRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
A Fishers financial analyst's crab mofonguito was tasty enough to win him money he needs to open his own restaurant.
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WOJTOWICZ: Lots to consider when weighing mortgage payoff

June 21, 2013
Jean Wojtowicz
You certainly don’t want to keep paying a mortgage if it restricts your business in other areas. But you don’t want to cough up too much at once and have the same effect.
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Building for game maker Fundex set for July auction

June 17, 2013
Scott Olson
One of the last remnants of the bankrupt game maker and distributor is set to be sold at auction next month. The parent of the company that makes the iconic Slinky bought Fundex in December.
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Mortgage firm is fastest-growing private companyRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Stonegate Mortgage Corp. returns to the top 10 for a second year thanks to geographic expansion—it now does business in more than 30 states, up from 20 at the end of 2011—and a couple of significant transactions.
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Bio-Response expanding in Hendricks County

June 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Wastewater equipment maker is moving to a Danville business park to build a $1.1 million facility.
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Sales of boomer-owned businesses deemed close at hand

June 8, 2013
Norm Heikens
Several factors have aligned to spark the long-expected trend.
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Locally produced laundry additive taking on skin cancer

June 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In a nondescript manufacturing plant on Indianapolis’ east side, a manufacturer is producing one of the most unique weapons in the war on skin cancer. Called SunGuard, the laundry additive is being called by some dermatologists a potential life saver.
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Former Indy Chamber prez scores consulting work

June 4, 2013
Dan Human
Scott Miller, who resigned from the chamber post after less than two years to follow his entrepreneurial bent, will help two local startups get off the ground.
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Summer basketball league has become big draw for NBA, college starsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Carlos Knox runs The Knox Indy Pro Am Summer League, one of only a few nationwide where basketball fans can find top college and professional hoops stars facing off against one another on the hardwood.
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Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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$225M Westfield project in works

May 25, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Developer Steve Henke’s vision for Grand Park Village is grand: a 20-acre lake surrounded by an East Coast-style boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops. He sees a carousel at one end of the lake and a Ferris wheel at the other—with a beach, mini marina and watering hole in between.
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Homebuilder focuses on 'pocket' communities near Carmel attractionsRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two Carmel natives operate Old Town Design, which is building small neighborhoods of new Craftsman-style homes in and near downtown Carmel's old neighborhoods.
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Indy startup sees green in cheaper 3D printing

May 25, 2013
Dan Human
Launched in January, 3D Parts Manufacturing joined a recent surge in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing operations known as 3D printers. Rather than screwing and gluing parts together, operators plug digital designs into machines that shape plastic and metal powders from the bottom up, one microscopic level at a time.
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Indy startup serves up keg beer with big data

May 24, 2013
Dan Human
SteadyServ Technologies has raised $1.5 million to help develop iKeg, which tells bar managers and beer distributors when they need to reorder.
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Denver-based firm laps up BlueMile running chain

May 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
BlueMile, a local six-store running specialty chain, has been acquired by a group that includes Indianapolis-based sports goliath The Finish Line Inc. The deal is expected to speed BlueMile's expansion.
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Kennedy partners with Olympic runner to buy shoe chain

May 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana running icon Bob Kennedy believes Movin Shoes Inc. has great potential for growth. Its California location doesn't violate Kennedy's non-compete agreement with Indiana's BlueMile chain.
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PINCUS: State needs better life sciences startup ecosystem

May 18, 2013
Jack Pincus / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s life sciences sector is mostly composed of legacy companies.
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Oesterle sells land to Angie's List, reaping millionsRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Angie’s List Inc. CEO Bill Oesterle has collected millions of dollars over the years by renting to the company property for its campus along East Washington Street. Now, the landlord and chief executive is pocketing millions more by selling Angie’s the property, at well above its assessed value.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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