Small Business

Kessler Mansion neighbors balk at business uses

May 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis City-County Councilor is looking into the possibility of zoning violations at the massive north-side property. The mansion will host a camp for entrepreneurs in June.
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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Co-founder's death alters Naked Monkey's growth plan

May 11, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The recession and then the death of a founder put the Carmel waxing spa on a new trajectory. Now co-owner Brenda Schultz is mulling expansion plans.
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New seed fund aims to make Indiana a hotbed for digital health startupsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Infuse Accelerator hopes to make early-stage investments in 12 to 15 companies a year.
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Entrepreneurs vie for invites to reality TV summer camp

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
Twelve lucky entrepreneurs chosen from hundreds of applicants will spend two months this summer in a luxury facility working on bringing new business ideas to market.
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Zionsville's Main Street aims to boost drawing power, charm

April 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville’s new economic development plan calls for ramping up commercial activity in the predominantly residential community—just not at the expense of the mom-and-pop shops that give the Boone County town its charm.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Angie's List posts smaller loss on soaring revenue

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
The latest results beat Wall Street estimates, driving the Indianapolis-based company's shares upward by nearly 7 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Greenwood's Old Town revival targets sidewalks, traffic flow

April 13, 2013
Dan Human
Greenwood city officials are in the early stages of a downtown revitalization plan that would begin with an investment of up to $9 million designed to make Old Town more appealing to both vehicle and foot traffic.
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IU medical school's push to launch startups bears fruitRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana University School of Medicine has launched 12 companies in the past 18 months—a burst of startup activity the school has never seen before.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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Digital marketers try to cut through clutterRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Element Three is among dozens of ad/marketing firms in the city that put digital marketing—in a dizzying array of formats and specialties—front-and-center. Often led by “millennial” types in their 20s and 30s to whom things like social media are second nature, they’re giving ensconced agencies a run for their money.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Graphic designer advises marketers on nuances of reaching LatinosRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Advertiser Carlos Sosa has designed some very recognizable work—including logos for IndyGo and the Indianapolis Indians—but he is more focused these days on helping businesses more effectively market to the Indianapolis Latino community.
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Crunching the numbers on Obamacare

March 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
The biggest changes from President Obama’s 2010 health reform law take effect nine months from now, so many Hoosier employers have started crunching detailed numbers to cost out their options.
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Company taps sports market with bacteria-stalking chemicalRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Anderson-based Coeus Technology has invented a chemical that kills dangerous bacteria, including potentially deadly staph, by forming a germ-killing barrier that lasts two weeks to six months.
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Urban biz accelerator giving leg up to startupsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based startup Dreamapolis is finalizing the details of its first Dreamapolis Accelerator class, a 12-week crash course designed to help high-potential urban businesses get up to speed quickly.
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Indiana tech startups deemed seeds of promise

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
There’s the company founded by a college kid, in his dorm room. Another firm was launched by a guru from the shadowy world of cyber security. And the other was founded by tech veterans old enough to remember IBM punch cards. Three Indiana tech companies have surfaced among standouts in the notes of judges for TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards—the Hoosier tech version of the Oscars.
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Angie's List grows bullish on e-commerce effortRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Angie’s List Inc. is taking a page from the Groupon playbook to build its new e-commerce initiative into a genuine revenue generator.
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Online used-car marketplace expands into CincinnatiRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
MaxTradein, which allows dealers to bid on cars, adds former ChaCha executive to pursue roll-out to 30 markets.
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Ex-Marcadia executive co-founds software firmRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A fixture in Indianapolis' startup community, Marcadia Biotech co-founder Kent Hawryluk is backing a project management software firm.
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Chief financial officer Millard leaving Angie's List

March 15, 2013
Robert Millard, chief financial officer at Angie’s List for less than two years, will step down at the quarter’s end, the company announced Thursday.
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WOJTOWICZ: Prepare, then apply for small-business loan

March 4, 2013
Jean Wojtowicz
To write (or refresh) your mission statement, think about what you do, how you do it and why you want to do it.
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