Small Business

Angie's List CEO Oesterle grows east-side footprintRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Oesterle’s firm Henry Amalgamated has purchased 48 properties in the Holy Cross neighborhood from 2006 through this May. Nearly 40 percent of those purchases have been made since Angie’s List struck a $7.1 million incentives deal with the city of Indianapolis in October.
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Racing simulator lands real tax break for two-seatersRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Legislature agreed to extend to Indy Racing Experience the same sales-tax exemption enjoyed by race teams.
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Taxing career path ultimately appeals to entrepreneurRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Accounting, church jobs lead to software firm that helps tax accountants manage property tax disputes.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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For graying generation, startups are booming

May 26, 2012
Mason King
Since the 1990s, the demographic makeup of new entrepreneurs has been steadily shifting toward baby boomers as they seek personal and financial fulfillment. Count Fountain Square Brewing Co.'s Bill Webster among them.
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Mentors give entrepreneurs a business boostRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Good mentors can make a world of difference to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Countless business owners find themselves in need of a gut check from time to time and, these days, mentors are an essential part of their toolkit.
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Not-for-profit hoping to grow microloan program

May 26, 2012
Scott Olson
Small amounts of funding often ignored by larger banks.
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Biz boosters embrace One Click, but it's no sure thingRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started Greenwood-based One Click Ventures out of their home with $20,000 in 2005. They now own a portfolio of niche retail websites, including SunglassWarehouse.com, HandbagHeaven.com and Scarves.net, which brought $5.3 million in revenue last year.
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Kids to sell lemonade at the Indiana Statehouse

May 18, 2012
Associated Press
More than 15,000 young people from pre-school age through high school will open lemonade stands across the greater Indianapolis area this weekend.
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Chamber to merge with economic development groups

May 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce will lead economic development efforts for central Indiana by merging with Develop Indy, Indy Partnership and Business Ownership Initiative, the groups announced Thursday.
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Signature Inns founder plans auto-care franchises

May 17, 2012
Scott Olson
Honest-1 Auto Care hopes to open as many as 20 shops in Indiana over five to seven years and has tapped the founder of the Signature Inns chain to help lead the effort.
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Former Pac-Van owners return to mobile office biz

May 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Brent and Matthew Claymon have founded OnSite Space LLC and acquired Indianapolis-based Tyson Corp., to form OnSite Space by Tyson. The brothers sold Pac-Van in 2006 and have returned to the industry after their five-year non-compete expired.
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Digital textbook firm Courseload raises millionsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based digital textbook company Courseload completed a new round of fundraising in April that its CEO says gives the company the cash it needs to keep landing new university customers in what has become a fast-growing but hyper-competitive field.
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Progress spotty in narrowing tech field's gender gapRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Most technology firm startups are birthed by men in their 20s and 30s who have a background in computer science. To what degree women are underrepresented in the ranks of tech entrepreneurs is hard to quantify, but it’s a small universe.
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Carmel event firm sold, relocated to Castleton

May 12, 2012
EventzPlus, besides hosting large gatherings, will also offer daily office space rentals to small business owners.
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Purdue's Indy tech incubator nearing capacityRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Officials consider expanding facility that got off to a slow start but began filling up last fall.
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Want to check your coat? Now, there's an app for that

May 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based upstart CoatChex is preparing the launch of an iPad-based, ticketless coat-check system for bars through which a patron enters his phone number to check a coat and, later, to retrieve it.
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Fast-food clients fueling furniture-maker's growthRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facility Concepts’ can-do attitude has cemented the loyalty of clients like Southern Bells—one of the largest Taco Bell franchises in the country—and propelled it from startup consultancy in 2004 to full-fledged manufacturer.
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INSIDE DISH: Husband-wife team revive sushi joint's reputation

May 4, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Yokohama_WatchVideoScott and Debbie Bennett sank their savings into purchasing Greenwood's Yokohama, which had a past peppered with disappointed patrons.
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Power-grid software maker lands $7M in venture capital

May 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Blue Pillar Inc., which makes software to manage electrical grids, has closed on $7 million in funding from four venture capital firms, it said Monday.
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Veteran broker Hohmann leaves Cassidy Turley to go solo

May 1, 2012
Tom Harton
Hohmann has been involved in numerous high-profile real estate deals over the years, including the transaction that resulted in development of Intech Park and assembling about 60 acres for Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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BioCrossroads launches second seed fund

April 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
BioCrossroads Inc. has raised an $8.25 million seed fund in its second attempt to help startup life sciences companies grow to the point where they can attract venture capital or a corporate funder.
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Growth pushes Bluelock into blackRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The growing popularity of cloud computing is sending sales skyward for Bluelock, a 6-year-old firm that is turning a profit and garnering national attention.
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Firm finds opportunity helping employers with hiringRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Rushville-based Barada Associates Inc. specializes in helping business clients make good hiring decisions—services that have become more popular as companies find themselves inundated with eager applicants looking for work.
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MediaSauce co-owner leaves firm, starts new ad agencyRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Magnitude already has landed several big clients, including the Indiana Pacers and Northwestern University.
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  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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