Small Business

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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Midwest Energy oil firm drilling for $15MRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis investment advisory oil firm has been looking for blowouts in its own back yard. Midwest Energy Partners is preparing for its seventh—and largest—round of funding to pay for oil drilling in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
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Lawmakers may tighten grip on gold-buying businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State lawmakers and Indianapolis officials are looking to regulate the gold-buying business, which police say provides an easy outlet for stolen goods. Cash-for-gold stores have multiplied as prices more than doubled since 2007.
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Tax software upstart proves appeal to major companiesRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
AppealTrack's simplicity gains attention in growing market for firms managing property tax appeals.
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How 3 real estate entrepreneurs expanded during slowdownRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
Aasif Bade of Ambrose Property Group, Tadd Miller of Milhaus Development and Joe Whitsett of The Whitsett Group saw opportunity as many rivals retrenched.
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East-side biz incubator's new owner is old owner

December 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Enterprise Center on the near-east side has been acquired by a local investor group led by the former owner of the troubled business incubator.
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Slinky maker hoping to purchase bankrupt Fundex

December 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Plainfield-based Fundex Games Ltd., which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, said Poof-Slinky Inc. is the only potential purchaser that has shown interest in acquiring the company's assets.
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Record number of companies grow Indiana operationsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said 220 businesses have expanded or started here, and the number could grow before the end of the year.
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VC funds hope to help early-stage life sciences firmsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Early-stage venture capital has been harder and harder to come by for life sciences companies in recent years, but two Indianapolis investors are working to raise sizable funds to help fill the gap.
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WOJTOWICZ: Is small-business ownership for you?

November 30, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
The horror stories are sobering: Dun & Bradstreet reported earlier this year that businesses with fewer than 20 employees have only a 37 percent chance of surviving four years and just 9 percent will be around 10 years.
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Small stores vie for slice of holiday-shopping pieRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
National retailers are licking their chops over the $586 billion consumers are expected to spend during the holiday season, and small-business owners also are bellying up to the buffet.
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Developers of smartphone app win Startup Weekend

November 20, 2012
Recoverator helps users catalog belongings and generate professional loss reports for insurance agents and law enforcement.
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Yats founders prepare to franchise chain across MidwestRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Yats founders Joe and Regina Vuskovich decided earlier this year to grow their restaurant through franchising. Broad Ripple resident John Sutton and his sister Brittany Franken jumped at the opportunity.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Executives backing push to launch pro soccer teamRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A group of Indianapolis business executives is laying the groundwork to launch a professional soccer team here in 2014. Members of the group won’t identify themselves, but this month they launched a website—indyprosoccer.com—seeking season-ticket commitments.
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Green BEAN Delivery expands with second farmRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The locally based purveyor of organic produce is leasing 50 acres in Ohio to serve its customers in that state, Indiana and Kentucky.
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Local chain takes vacant Clearwater restaurant spotRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Zionsville-based Oobatz! will open in building formerly occupied by Uno Chicago Grill.
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Diagnotes takes top prize in health care challenge

November 16, 2012
Diagnotes LLC's On Call software, which delivers patient medical records to smartphones of an on-call doctor, won the inaugural Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge.
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