Voices from the Industry

SHEPHERD: Credit cards hurting too many businessesRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Connie Shepherd
Expensive personal credit undermines credit scores and ultimately the odds of more traditional lending.

BISHOP: Warsaw's orthopedics whizzes will master biologicsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Industry cluster in northern Indiana has adapted to every other change in health care, and will absorb tissue regeneration, too.

GAHL: Corporate travel will follow Super Bowl in IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Chris Gahl
City has a strategy to pitch Indianapolis to honchos.

KULT: Mortgage loan officers punch the clock under new ruleRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Gregory P. Kult
The government now views loan officers more like factory workers than white-collar business managers.

TAYLOR: Reform will drive demand for health care facilities

May 8, 2010
Deeni Taylor
There has been a noticeable uptick in the level of health care real estate development activity this year.

MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.

REED: Imprudence, bad economy will claim several Indiana banksRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
John Reed
Banks are in trouble. Most are suffering at least a little, and many will not survive. That includes Indiana banks.

TROY: New law frees contaminated real estate from purgatory

February 20, 2010
Paul Troy
State environmental regulators now must consider leaving contamination in the ground so long as it doesn't threaten health

FEIGENBAUM: Expect uncertainty in the 2010 General Assembly

December 19, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
About the only certainty for the upcoming legislative session is that it will be over in March.

RELLER: Refinancings likely to undermine prices for commercial real estateRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Ross Reller
Buyers armed with cash stand to snap up distressed properties for 40 percent less than their 2008 appraised values.

MILLER: Travelers still want experiences despite proliferating technologyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Denise Miller
Consumers are using technology to look for the greatest value, not necessarily the lowest price.

WOODS: Too many contractors misleading prospectsRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Jeremy Woods
Some contractors, many of whom are desperate to replenish backlogs decimated by the recession, are not telling prospective clients the whole story about exit strategies.

SMITH: Cut health care costs by limiting malpractice lawsuitsRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Debra A. Smith
A peer-review panel of experts would help minimize unnecessary medical malpractice suits.

KALSCHEUR: Doctors eye precautions as reform gains steamRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Michael Kalscheur
Doctors are considering their options as health care reform gains momentum.

PITTSFORD: Business ownership brings stability and greater financial rewardsRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Gary Pittsford
Owning your own business is more attractive today than ever, especially if you are in your 20s or 30s.

COX: Converting to a Roth IRA offers considerable tax breaksRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Jay Cox
The deadline for converting traditional individual retirement accounts to Roth IRAs arrives at the end of the 2009.

MANN: Commercial real estate is next mortgage crisisRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Brian Mann
The cresting wave of maturing commercial real estate debt is the second act in our nation's credit crisis.

SCOLNIK: Indianapolis in dire need of more investment banksRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Glenn Scolnik
A scarcity of investment bankers is hurting business growth in the Indianapolis area. Investment bankers play a crucial role in helping businesses find growth financing.

BATTEN: FTC could resolve antitrust concerns on health care reformRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Linda M. Batten
President Obama recently announced a cooperative initiative where health care industry leaders plan to work together to reform the ailing health care system. Shortly after that announcement, the national media machine spawned considerable concern among several health care groups that the cooperative effort might violate federal antitrust laws for collusion and price fixing among competitors.

PEASE: Archaic physical therapy laws drive up health costsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Brian Pease
If you want to see a physical therapist in Indiana, you must first see a physician for a consultation and referral. It’s the law. Indiana is one of only six states where patients are denied direct access to physical therapy treatment, and one of only two states where evaluation without referral is prohibited.

ABEL: End in sight for 'pig in a poke' hourly billing by law firmsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Arend Abel
Fed up with excessive fees, some clients have started demanding alternatives to the tried-and-true methods, such as "value-based legal services."

KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.

KINDELSPERGER: Historical advantages of endowments dive with marketRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kris Kindelsperger
Life has changed in higher education and changed very rapidly. The value of most endowments, just like our portfolios and 401(k)s, has plummeted. Today, institutions with the strongest bottom lines are likely to be those with strong management and business plans that work in today's economy.

VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Hard-hit manufacturing has great potentialRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Jerry Conover
Indiana still ranks near the top in factories' share of total jobs and in share of states' economic output generated by manufacturing. But it has been hard-pressed by the economy's major restructuring, and it won't look the same when the dust settles.

VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Indiana has diverse manufacturing baseRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Steve Dwyer
The destinies of the troubled U.S. automotive sector and Indiana manufacturing are not inextricably tied. Our manufacturing industry is broad and diverse, and can weather the storms.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.