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INSIDE DISH: Tulip Noir owner learns as she goes

July 9, 2010
Mason King
TulipNoir Watch VideoDina Romay-Sipe, a designer turned novice restaurateur, cooked up Tulip Noir from scratch. Good advice along the way: Stick to your budget, pay your bills, and get it in writing.
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New Jersey names Indiana's Walsh to head investment division

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Timothy Walsh will take over a $68 billion pension fund, eight times larger than the $8.5 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund he headed since 2008.
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Regenstrief names new CEO

July 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Bill Tierney will replace Dr. Tom Inui on Oct. 1 at helm of Indianapolis-based medical research organization.
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Sales-prospecting firm expects to triple employment in 2010

July 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based consultancy LeadJen had 20 employees in January. Halfway through the year, the company already has hired 20 more, and President Jenny Vance expects to add another 20 over the next six months.
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Super Bowl Host Committee beefs up its staff

July 8, 2010
Three of the six additions are executives on loan from the Indiana Sports Corp. and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.
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Secondary lender sues Chase over fire sale

July 8, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Community Business Credit Corp. alleges breach of contract after JP Morgan Chase auctioned off assets of American Sentry Guard of Greenwood.
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Westfield's proposed Symphony development under review

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Westfield planning commission has asked city employees to further review the 1,400-acre mixed-use project that could include thousands of homes, shops, a YMCA and a baseball stadium.
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Canadian chip maker locating U.S. HQ in Fort Wayne

July 8, 2010
Saratoga Potato Chips plans to create 175 jobs in the northeastern Indiana city by 2013 and will begin hiring later this year.
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Ex-owner of cemeteries gets prison time

July 8, 2010
Associated Press
Robert Nelms, ex-owner of cemeteries in four states, including Indiana, has been sentenced to between 32 months and 10 years in prison for embezzling $4.2 million from a Grand Rapids cemetery.
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Harlan Bakeries planning $9.7M expansion

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Harlan Bakeries plans to expand its Georgetown Road production facility by 65,000 square feet to make a new line of products—creating 43 jobs in the process.
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Medical device firm eyeing Indianapolis growth

July 7, 2010
Greatbatch Medical wants to expand its facility on the east side of Indianapolis to accommodate its entrance into the orthopedics market. The New York-based company specializes in cardiovascular products.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Telamon CEO adopts unorthodox style

July 7, 2010
Mason King
LQ Chen Watch VideoAlbert Chen, founder of Telamon Corp., revels in a messy desk, espouses the benefits of humility, and admires Warren Buffett.
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Taco trio takes unusual road to entrepreneurship

July 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Former soldier, disc jockey and nurse get off to a fast start selling hand-held food from a mobile unit.
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Farmers Bank opening two branches in Hamilton County

July 7, 2010
Frankfort-based bank plans to open locations in Fishers and Noblesville as part of its plan to expand its presence in Hamilton County.
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Health reform rule could cost WellPoint

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has about $800 million riding on one arcane rule: how to calculate a medical loss ratio. The ratio quantifies the percentage of customers’ premiums were spent on medical care, rather than overhead or profits.
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Lilly's Lechleiter: No change in plans

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
The global financial press keeps asking John Lechleiter for his end-game strategy to survive Eli Lilly and Co.'s nightmarish patent challenges. And, like a broken record, the Lilly CEO keeps giving the same answer: pipeline, pipeline, pipeline—no mega-merger.
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Solar panel maker must prove low production cost

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company says it will hire 900 to 1,200 people in Indiana, but first, it must focus on successfully scaling up its existing facility in Colorado.
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Former loan officer charged with falsifying documents

July 6, 2010
Prosecutors say Robert Tolle falsified a construction progress inspection report while at Old National Bank. He faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence and $1 million fine.
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Indiana mine operation to close

July 6, 2010
Peabody will close mine south of Terre Haute by mid-September, but a majority of the workers will move to jobs in other mining operations.
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Men on Viagra, Cialis show triple rate of sex diseases in study

July 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The findings suggest that users of drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, including Eli Lilly's Cialis, may be more likely to engage in unsafe sex than nonusers.
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Pearson ad agency closing after more than three decades

July 6, 2010
Scott Olson
CEO Ron Pearson attributed the decision to the difficult economic conditions. The firm was hit particularly hard in 2007, when it lost a $20 million HHGregg advertising account.
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Local attorney elected U.S. Libertarian Party's vice chairman

July 6, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Rutherford wants America's third-largest political party to make inroads by showing competence at the grassroots level of government.
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Broad Ripple baker opens downtown coffee shop

July 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rene's Bakery Inc. of Broad Ripple opened its first satellite location, Cafe Rene, Tuesday morning at 50 S. Meridian St.
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Appraisers have little to go on in tough deal market

July 6, 2010
Tom Harton
Until the market stabilizes, appraisers will be operating in an environment where 20 to 50 percent drops in property values aren’t uncommon.
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Solar firm investing $500M in unused Getrag plant; 850 jobs planned

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Colorado-based Abound Solar will get federal help taking over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, creating as many as 850 jobs in the next three years and establishing what it says will be the largest such facility in the United States.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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