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Local SBA lending dropped 17 percent in 2009

November 20, 2009
Mason King
Local loans issued through the Small Business Administration's popular 7(a) guarantee program plunged by an astonishing 64 percent for three of the city's four largest banks during 2009, while overall lending in the program slipped 17 percent in the metro area.
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Emmis loses license to operate Hungarian station

November 19, 2009
Hungarian officials took off the air Wednesday a national radio station operated by Emmis Communications Inc. and awarded the license to one of the country’s political parties.
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Speedway breaks ground on redevelopment project

November 19, 2009
Scott Olson

Speedway officials broke ground Thursday morning on the first phase of a $500 million redevelopment project they hope will transform the small town into a year-round racing-themed destination.

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Computer woes slow air traffic across the nation

November 19, 2009
Associated Press
The Federal Aviation Administration said the problem was fixed about 10 a.m. Thursday, but it was unclear how long flights would continue to be delayed. Dozens of flights to Indianapolis International Airport have been affected.
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Conseco plans new stock offering

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conseco Inc. plans to sell about $230 million in stock and use half of the net proceeds to repay debt under its senior credit agreement.
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Egg industry debates ethics of cage sizes

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The answers could have big implications for the egg industry, which counts Indiana as one of its leading producers. The Hoosier state ranked third in egg production in 2008, trailing only Iowa and Ohio.
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Financial flexibility drew Civic Theatre to Carmel center

November 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Civic Theatre could take as long as 20 years to pay the $10 million fee it agreed to as part of a deal to relocate to the state-of-the-art Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel.
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Premier Properties founder gets home detention for fraud

November 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
A judge on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Christopher P. White to one year on home detention and three years of probation in connection with a $500,000 bad check he wrote last year as he tried to save his real estate development firm, Premier Properties USA Inc.
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State lands $4 million grant to aid autoworkers

November 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Indiana Department of Workforce Development a $4 million grant on Wednesday to help autoworkers transition into alternate careers.
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Inlow estate decision reversed by high court

November 18, 2009
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered some good news to the widow of former Conseco Inc. Chief Counsel Lawrence Inlow, reversing a lower court’s order that she pay his estate $284,034 for funeral expenses.
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Conner Prairie reports rising attendance, revenue

November 18, 2009
Scott Olson
Conner Prairie is ending 2009 in relatively better health than last year, as attendance and revenues are up at the same time donations are lagging, executives of the living history museum said Wednesday.
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Lilly stock droops after rival claims faster-acting impotence pill

November 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based Vivus claims its drug acts in 30 minutes, compared with about 2 hours for Lilly's Cialis.
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Greenwood closer to annexing portions of township

November 18, 2009
A proposal to incorporate portions of White River Township into the city of Greenwood passed a major hurdle on Tuesday.
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Lilly Endowment boosts emergency fund by $1M

November 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The fund has helped more than 6,000 households in six counties pay for housing, utilities and food.
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Electric car maker plans Indiana manufacturing plant

November 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Norwegian electric car maker Think Global will locate its U.S. manufacturing facility in Indiana, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing information from a major investor in the company.
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Simon exploring bid to purchase rival General Growth

November 18, 2009
General Growth is the second-largest U.S. mall owner, trailing only Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, with more than 200 regional malls in 44 states.
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Civic Theatre confirms plans to relocate to Carmel

November 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Civic Theatre will move from the campus of Marian University to the Regional Performing Arts Center under construction in Carmel. The theater and Carmel Redevelopment Commission released a joint statement Tuesday announcing a long-term deal that calls for the Civic to pay $10 million to be the center’s primary occupant.
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Lawrence Township exploring fire department merger

November 17, 2009
A Lawrence Township trustee is proposing to merge the township’s fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in an attempt to further reduce its operating deficit.
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Cutbacks help Remy improve quarterly profit

November 17, 2009
Auto parts maker Remy International Inc. said Monday that profit rose to $16.5 million in the third quarter, up from $4.3 million in the same quarter a year ago, as the company cut staff and pay to compensate for lagging sales.
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AuthorHouse parent hooks up with publisher Harlequin

November 17, 2009
Bloomington-based Author Solutions Inc. announced Tuesday that it has entered into a self-publishing partnership with Toronto-based Harlequin Enterprises Limited, a prolific publisher of romance novels.
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Symphony reports record shortfall of $2.8 million

November 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall said he's expecting a smaller but still significant gap of $1.3 million in the 2010 budget year.
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Property tax-cap issue could dominate next Indiana Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Lawmakers meet Tuesday for Organizational Day and will begin debating measures Jan. 5 when the Legislature officially convenes for a short session.
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Failed jewelry retailer to sell millions in inventory

November 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
An old-line Indianapolis jewelry business has shut down, setting the stage for the sale of millions of dollars in remaining inventory through auctions planned in Indianapolis, Chicago, Miami and Naples, Fla.
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Biz interests expect tax issues to vex Legislature

November 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Increases in property and payroll taxes are among the key issues again confronting the business community when the General Assembly convenes in January.
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Mayor's European mission focusing on motorsports industry

November 16, 2009
A delegation of business and community leaders led by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard departed for Europe Nov. 14 on a nine-day economic development mission to help grow the city’s motorsports industry.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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