Small Business

ZALOUDEK: New normal is all about mixing work and pleasureRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Jim Zaloudek / Special to IBJ
The best talent in the Indianapolis area is flocking to interesting offices ... with kegs.
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Hendricks County promotes locally owned pizzaRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Amo Pizza Shop beat out Rock Star Pizza in a competition intended to boost sales for 16 homegrown eateries.
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Chicago university buys Fishers beauty college

April 6, 2012
Illinois-based Tricoci University of Beauty Culture has acquired Honors Beauty College in Fishers and plans to expand into the Indianapolis area with as many as seven campus locations over the next four years.
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Hofmeister seeks financing to emerge from bankruptcy

April 6, 2012
Scott Olson
Despite objections from unsecured creditors, a federal bankruptcy judge granted the jeweler's request to hire an outside consultant to help it seek alternative financing to repay the balance of a PNC Bank loan.
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FirstPerson buys FlashPoint HR unit

April 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based benefits brokerage FirstPerson acquired the small-employer human resource division of Indianapolis-based consulting firm FlashPoint last week in a bid to provide a wider array of services to small businesses.
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Startups launch apps to facilitate good deedsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two startup firms, Cause.It LLC and Trensy LLC, have created tools that link charitable behavior and consumption. Like the hit app Foursquare, the newcomers encourage users to “check in” when they show up at events or complete activities so they can earn rewards offered by local businesses.
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Ex-grocery exec Danny O'Malia providing service advice to sports franchisesRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Danny O'Malia, longtime leader of his family's Indianapolis-based grocery store business, now offers his customer-service-driven advice through his own consulting firm.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Foodie rebukes allure of 'Plan B'

March 30, 2012
LQ_Hoover_watchvideoWhat did the founder of Cafe Patachou learn from Butler's Brad Stevens? Why not try franchises? Martha Hoover responds in Part II of her IBJ interview.
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INSIDE DISH: Patachou Inc. has full plate with expansion plans

March 28, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Patachou_WatchVideoFounder Martha Hoover expects to open two new restaurants by the end of the year and as many as six more by 2020, including eateries outside central Indiana.
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New hardware store tries to carve out niche near downtown

March 27, 2012
Scott Olson
In a city and industry dominated by big-box home-improvement chains, North Meridian Hardware owner Keith Payne hopes his independent store can build a loyal following among downtown's denizens.
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N.K. Hurst's unsexy beans fill bottom shelf, bottom lineRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Sam Stall
N.K. Hurst Co. Inc. sells roughly 20 million packages of dried beans and bean soup mixes a year, from the West McCarty Street packaging plant it has operated since 1938. It has only about 50 employees, but its products are ubiquitous in the grocery industry.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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Popular barbershop gets makeover from community

March 18, 2012
Associated Press
Whiteland residents have rallied around a beloved barber who has been cutting hair in the Johnson County community for more than four decades by helping him remodel his shop.
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Motorsports marketing firm launches strategy divisionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
The move by Zionsville-based Just Marketing International reflects growing client demand for measuring return on investment from motorsports sponsorships.
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Local graphics firm Pratt acquired by Minnesota company

March 13, 2012
Pratt Corp., a 66-year-old Indianapolis-based retail graphics firm that saw ambitious expansion plans come up short during the recession, has been acquired by Vomela Group of St. Paul, Minn.
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Angel investors love health care deals

March 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Health care venture capital has become scarcer in Indiana the past two years, but there are indications that angel investors are picking up some of the slack.
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SBA lenders optimistic about year's loan outputRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Volume nevertheless is expected to fall short of last year's record numbers
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Local associations emerging to nurture small tech firmsRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Hamilton County and Bloomington are among places that are nurturing small technology firms in their own back yard. Local tech-focused organizations like theirs could stoke competition among Hoosier communities vying for coveted jobs.
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Lockhart Automotive moves Cadillac dealership to Fishers

March 3, 2012
The car retailer, rebounding from the discontinuation of some of its brands, is repurposing its former Hummer dealership.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Ad exec boils down rules for success

March 2, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Bryant_WatchVideoBruce Bryant founded Promotus Advertising with little experience as an entrepreneur. Through mentors, biblical scripture and hard-won experience, he has culled several tenets for staying solvent and keeping a clear head.
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Serial entrepreneur builds more than business

February 25, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield resident Jenn Kampmeier is a CEO—that’s “chief everything officer” in the get-it-done world of startups—who prefers an even-loftier title: Mom.
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WOJTOWICZ: Temporary program helps refinance commercial mortgages

February 24, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
A recent study from Credit Suisse found that over $15 billion of small commercial mortgages (under $5 million) are coming due in the next few years.
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INSIDE DISH: Gastropub owners get aggressive after big first year

February 24, 2012
Mason King
Dish_local_eatery_watch_videoThe Local Eatery and Pub in Westfield streaked past break-even point in its first 12 months, leading its relieved but exhausted owners to plan new projects.
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Angie’s List expected to continue financial losses

February 22, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based company should post a loss of 11 cents per share when it reports its first earnings as a public company on Wednesday afternoon. But at least one analyst is upbeat about its long-term prospects.
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Startup coaches clients on datingRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Miss Pivot is a social-skills training company that offers one-on-one coaching from professional “wing” women, group classes on topics like starting conversations, and now a mobile app that promises users the knowledge they need to “Fire Cupid.”
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