Small Business

INSIDE DISH: Pizzeria novices hit their stride, watch sales rise

August 26, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Brozinni_watchvideoThe duo behind Brozinni Pizzeria in Greenwood didn't know much about dough in the beginning, but they're making a lot of it now.
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Seven Indiana companies make latest Inc. 500 list

August 23, 2011
Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO, a search engine optimization firm, ranked 58th, tops among the Indiana companies that made the list.
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Mobile video game trailer rolls into central IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Andrew Smith
Startup Game Guru 2 U is providing entertainment for about 10 events a month, but hopes to triple its business.
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Locally produced adventure show reaches 95 million homesRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Eddie Brochin, a lifelong outdoorsman who began leading hunting and fishing expeditions in the late 1990s, now chronicles his adventures in his own TV show, "Ultimate Outdoors with Eddie Brochin."
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Firm makes splash retrieving golf ballsRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Sam Stall
Mark Schmitt, president of Rawhide Golf Ball Co., runs a business that recovers dimpled pills from golf course water hazards, buffs them up, and resells them. (With photo gallery)
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Williams Randall lands Mike's Car Wash ad accountRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Williams Randall will be Mike's agency of record.
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Inventor on quest to bring medical device to marketRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Licensed practical nurse Nic Davis invented a device to kill and prevent the introduction of microorganisms that collect at catheter ports.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel Cajun eatery Mudbugs turns corner

August 12, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Mudbugs_watch_videoAfter a shaky start, ownership shakeup and puzzled looks from potential patrons, Belinda and Roy LeBlanc have turned their homegrown oasis for Louisiana cuisine into a profitable venture.
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Global micro lender Grameen ramps up in IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Low-income women could receive loans in weeks.
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Firm helping others create 'an app for that'Restricted Content

August 6, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A two-man Indianapolis firm is making a splash in the graphic design industry with a Web-based tool that allows designers unfamiliar with Apple Inc. software code to build applications for iPads and iPhones.
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Tech startup Tinderbox picks up more funding, industry veteranRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A former executive vice president at Indianapolis-based e-mail marketing firm Exact Target will lead the firm’s effort to sell to bigger companies.
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Homegrown firm creates stir with Bloody Mary mix

July 23, 2011
Andrew Smith
Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary mix started 18 months ago and already is a profitable entity available in 350 locations and six states. This month, Hoosier Momma expanded into Kentucky, thanks to a deal with national distribution giant Southern Wine and Spirits.
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A few restaurants close as other eateries, retailers plan growthRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among the casualties is the downtown restaurant Hue and Carmel's The Glass Chimney. El Rodeo, Eggshell Bistro and Hotcakes Emporium are among those opening locations in the area.
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Chefs become teachers as appetite grows for fresh, homemade mealsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Maria LaMagna
Locally and nationwide, interest in live cooking classes taught by chefs has grown. Many such classes have abandoned a traditional in-kitchen experience, opting instead for “destination” demonstrations featuring local ingredients.
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Maker of singing coozie has deals with IU, Purdue, IowaRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Cooler Conversations thinks it can penetrate the novelty items market with beverage sleeves that can play school fight songs or corporate messages when a drink is inserted.
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STYLE: A behind-the-seams guide to Indianapolis tailors

July 16, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Any sharp-dressed man will tell you a good tailor is worth his or her weight in gold—and often just as tough to find. What follows is a treasure map to guide you to some of the city’s best tailors.
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Small Business Administration announces top state lenderRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp. has been recognized as the most robust lender through the SBA's 504 loan program.
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Big-box connection helps duo fight microbesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An Anderson-based company plans to take on popular disinfectants like Lysol with a mold-preventive product that its two founders have already convinced national home-improvement chain Home Depot to sell.
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INSIDE DISH: Meat-and-potatoes Murphy's makes subtle updates

July 15, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Murphys_watchvideoMurphy's Steakhouse may seem frozen in time, but owner Craig Stonebraker has expanded its footprint, revamped its menu and prepared for exterior upgrades.
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Employers face messy decision to drop health insuranceRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Companies that drop insurance coverage could, without spending any more money than they are now, give workers an 11-percent raise or else help them save as much as $2,000 per year buying health coverage in one of the exchanges, IBJ calculations show.
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Ultrasound broker finds stronger market overseasRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Used parts are in demand as health care reform changes industry dynamic.
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Purdue Research Park nears capacityRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Purdue just added a large tenant to the Indianapolis research park, bringing the total to 14.
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Two former Colts join technology startup The Tyros LLCRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Tyros offers an online training system and other web-based tools for hiring and rating sports officials.
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INSIDE DISH: King David Dogs nabs bigger digs

July 1, 2011
Mason King
Dish_KingDavid_WatchVideoThinking his emporium for all-beef franks has maxed out its sales potential, Brent Joseph cut a deal to relocate to an epicenter for downtown office complexes and triple seating.
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WOJTOWICZ: Missed tax payments could affect business loans

July 1, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
Property tax billing and collection were at their most confusing during the recession, when businesses were experiencing lost revenue, poor projections and, in general, toughing it out as best they could.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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