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Startup aims to help relieve business leaders' stressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
No job is too small for Simply Helpful, which provides office-support services on a contract basis.
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Hopes slipping among state business owners

October 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A survey of Hoosier business owners shows an increasingly a ho-hum outlook, with only one in seven optimistic for their own company and even fewer encouraged about the U.S. economy.
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Royal Spa owner prevails in suits involving ex-employee

October 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Royal Spa CEO Robert Dapper won a small judgment against ex-employee Kevin Roessler, and had a complaint and counterclaim containing sexually explicit charges against him dismissed.
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Gerdt Furniture closing Castleton location

October 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The 26-year-old store at 8602 Allisonville Road is liquidating its merchandise and is marking down prices as much as 70 percent. Gerdt's original and lone remaining store, in Southport, will stay open.
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Defender Direct acquires Williams Comfort Air

October 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Home-security and satellite-dish installer Defender Direct Inc. has acquired local heating, cooling and plumbing powerhouse Williams Comfort Air, creating a home-services company with nearly 2,200 employees and $335 million in annual revenue.
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Local software developer plans to add 25 jobs

October 2, 2012
Connect Think LLC said it will add the jobs by 2016 and will invest $244,000 in equipment to continue its focus on mobile application development.
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Local pilot turns aerobatics into satisfying 'jobby'Restricted Content

September 29, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Billy Werth's passion for flying has landed him two jobs that pay the bills--as commercial pilot with Chautauqua Airlines and a major in the Air Force Reserves at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru. His third job is just for fun. Since 2006, Werth has owned an acrobatic flying company called Grayout Aerosports.
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Sale of signature game Phase 10 sent Fundex into ditchRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Greg Andrews
The nightmare that culminated with the Plainfield-based company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing began in the depths of the financial crisis, when the company’s lender yanked its more-than-$10-million line of credit.
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Startup aims to take business cards into digital ageRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis entrepreneur Nick Carter thinks he’s found a way to eliminate the “black hole” of marketing data: smart business cards that track how recipients use them.
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Sun King brewing another round of growthRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
After just three years in business, Sun King finds itself the second-largest brewer in Indiana, behind only Three Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster, which produces about 23,000 barrels and also is growing quickly.
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Event-planning vet Maribeth Smith has impressive resumeRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Maribeth Smith’s introduction to the world of event planning sure was a doozy—coordinating the city’s first significant Final Four in 1991. In the 20 years since, Smith has planned some of Indianapolis’ biggest soirees, highlighted this year by several events surrounding the Super Bowl, which helped cement her status as one of the city’s leading meeting planners.
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Study: Indiana tax code discourages small businesses

September 15, 2012
Associated Press
A new study of Indiana's business tax structure suggests the state's tax code discourages the small, home-grown businesses often considered the engines of job creation.
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MillerWhite signs slew of new clients in last six monthsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Marketing firm lines up almost two dozen clients, most of them based in Indiana.
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Hoosier Momma growing sales, ambitionsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Seller of Bloody Mary mix adds new concoctions, broadens distribution to seven states.
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New rules open door to ads for private placementsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
In accordance with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission will lift the long-standing ban on “general solicitation” of unregistered securities.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Film fest chief zooms in on fundraising

September 14, 2012
Mason King
LQ Heartland Sparks watch videoWhat "Twilight Zone"-ish connection does the founder of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures have to its new HQ? What tearjerking moment did he share with a major donor? How did he calm an infuriated Hollywood director? Jeffrey Sparks is ready for his closeup.
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Game maker Fundex files for bankruptcy reorganization

September 11, 2012
Scott Olson
The once high-flying Fundex is seeking to reorganize under the protection of bankruptcy as the lawsuits against the Plainfield-based company continue to pile up. Fundex lists assets of nearly $1.5 million and liabilities of $8.9 million.
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Real estate firm's niche is commercial Hispanic clientsRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Dan Human
Real estate entrepreneur Kelli Membreno, a bilingual native of northern Indiana, has built a business on helping Hispanic entrepreneurs navigate the barriers of language and American business customs.
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New company focuses on making football helmets that reduce concussionsRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Simpson, famous for pioneering multiple advances in auto-racing safety, has turned his attention to a new sport. His new company, SGH Helmets, is making a football helmet that Simpson hopes will help prevent concussions.
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WOJTOWICZ: Lenders need financial statements to protect investment

August 27, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
The bank needs to know how your business is doing right now (usually the most recent 30 or 60 days), rather than rely on your current year’s tax return that may have aged several months.
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Remodeling rebounds as homeowners opt to fix what they haveRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Cory Schouten
More homeowners are taking the plunge on pricey home remodeling projects—ranging from kitchens, bathrooms and basements to outdoor living areas and whole-house makeovers—after a roughly five-year lull that began with the housing downturn.
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Small firms using social media to tighten ties to customersRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
More small businesses are turning to technology to connect with clients. Nationwide, over half of firms with fewer than 100 employees use social media, according to a 2012 survey from research firm SMB Group Inc.
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Carmel ad shop FatAtom prospers by defying norms

August 25, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
In a time when many local, regional and national ad firms have been forced to downsize, FatAtom Marketing has seen its revenue increase from $180,000 in 2008 to a projected $1.25 million this year, CEO Todd Muffley said.
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Six from Indiana make top 500 on Inc.'s fastest-growing list

August 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A half-dozen Indiana companies were ranked in the top 500 in Inc.'s annual list of the the nation's fastest-growing private companies, but only two are from Indianapolis.
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Local distillers produce Indiana sorghum spirit

August 18, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Two central Indiana entrepreneurs are making a new spirit from an old crop—supplied largely by an Amish farmer who doesn’t drink alcohol. The product is Sorgrhum, a distilled liquor made from the syrup of sweet sorghum, a stalk-like grain used as a sweetener before sugar cane became widely available.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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