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Carmel tech firm plans to expand, add 36 jobs

February 27, 2013
Cloud computing firm Polleo Systems Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a $2.5 million expansion of its Carmel City Center headquarters
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Three years after opening, Indiana Design Center fillsRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Norm Heikens
Tenants include interior designers, artists, kitchen cabinet firms.
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New microbrewer embraces history of near-east-side headquarters

February 23, 2013
Cory Schouten
A bottling house, which is all that's left of a brewing campus closed by Prohibition, will be home to two partners' startup this spring.
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Grant-funded projects aim to make Indianapolis nicerRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Ten winning proposals were selected from almost 200 applications for "Nice Grants" from local Web marketing firm SmallBox and consumer-ratings service Angie's List.
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Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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Allos Ventures raises $40 million for early-stage tech firmsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Allos Ventures has raised $40 million from local tech industry luminaries and others to invest in early-stage tech companies in the Midwest, a segment that has seen funding dry up. The fund, Allos II, aims to invest $3 million to $7 million each in about a dozen early-stage companies—not upstarts but those already generating solid revenue streams.
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'12 worst year for life sciences since 1990s

February 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
To understand why Indiana’s life sciences entrepreneurs are frustrated with the flow of venture capital, look no further than this statistic from a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report: 2012 was the slowest year for first-time life sciences investment since 1995.
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Sisters put sophisticated spin on popcornRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Just Pop In! retail stores feature traditional, popular flavors like caramel and cheddar—and an “Indy Style” mixture of the two—but a dizzying array of more imaginative concoctions sets the local chain apart.
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Purdue: Student inventors own intellectual rights

February 8, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University is opening up intellectual property rights to student-inventors who make technological breakthroughs using university resources.
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Craft brewers stay neutral on Sunday alcohol sales

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's craft breweries account for only a tiny percentage of annual statewide beer sales, but they've enjoyed a sweet spot on Sundays for the past two-plus years.
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Struggling Greenwood biotech firm finds buyer

February 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Elona Biotechnologies Inc., which has been struggling to repay Greenwood for more than $8 million in economic development incentives, says it has solution to its financial problems.
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Health care startups hungry for fundsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
Frustrated by up-and-down state funding for startup life sciences companies, industry leaders are talking up a plan to create a dedicated funding stream that could total $30 million a year.
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Marketer SmallBox helping clients improve their culturesRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
In mid-2011, the staff of local Web marketing firm SmallBox began a period of self-reflection that allowed the team to identify its “North Star,” the purpose, mission and vision that keeps a company headed in the right direction. It's now spreading the word.
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Maker of app that helps not-for-profits gets seed fundingRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cause.it, founded by students from I.U. and Purdue, was awarded $500,000 by Innovate Indiana.
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Green BEAN Delivery keeps growingRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Local deliverer of produce and groceries adds Lexington, Ky., and St. Louis to its territory.
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New restaurants: Upland in Carmel, Lincoln Square downtownRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Old Carolina Barbecue also announces expansion to Indianapolis market.
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Trafalgar company bringing reflective technology to consumer marketRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Halo Coatings, founded in 2007, spent its early years licensing its proprietary reflective technology for powder-coating applications to companies involved in highway infrastructure, such as guardrails. But it's now shifting its focus to the big players in the apparel, medical and consumer-product fields.
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New ChaCha unit to pair celebrities, advertisers

January 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The ever-evolving information/answers service ChaCha Search has launched a startup within the 7-year-old company. Social Reactor will match advertisers with participating celebrities and other “social influencers,” who will use social media tools such as Twitter to drive fans to advertisers. Verge founder Matt Hunckler was tapped to get it rolling.
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Microlenders aim to help businesses grow, survive

January 5, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indiana has three certified, not-for-profit SBA microloan intermediaries, which not only make short-term microloans—as any lender can—but also use the SBA grants they receive to offer business coaching along with the financing.
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Legal fight fuels tensions in tight-knit tech worldRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A trademark-infringement case brought against App Press LLC threatens to smother the tech startup in legal fees before it reaches its potential.
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Startup's stuffed toys help kids do goodRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Promise Monsters makes and sell plush toys that promote kindness through secret “missions” kids are asked to complete.
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IEDC seeks $30M fund to stoke life sciences firmsRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is looking to renew its commitment to life sciences by creating a $30 million venture fund. The amount dedicated to one sector would be equal to the state’s allocation for all high-tech startups over the past two years.
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Angie's List alters pay formula for huge sales forceRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
In a move to improve cash flow by an estimated $10 million a year, Angie's List is changing the way it pays its sales staff. Salespeople compose at least 600 of the more than 1,000 employees at Angie’s, which publishes consumer reviews of plumbers, pet groomers and other service providers.
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Indiana SBA lending drops in 2012, but still exceeds 2010Restricted Content

December 8, 2012
Indiana businesses borrowed $424.7 million through U.S. Small Business Administration programs in 2012, an 18-percent decline from 2011, latest SBA statistics show.
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Deal to save racing show had many twists, turnsRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
In a matter of a few months, operators of the Performance Racing Industry show and its upstart rival, the International Motorsports Industry Show, went from being bitter rivals to merging—a deal that will return the world’s largest motorsports trade show to Indianapolis next December.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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