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Landscape architect stays small by designRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Ann Finch
Landstory, Joann Green's landscape architecture firm, is a snug four-person company that has designed exterior spaces for some major Indianapolis projects, such as the JW Marriott, Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana University's Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
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ALTOM: Is your company's website worth the money, effort?Restricted Content

September 10, 2011
Tim Altom
Too many websites for small and medium-size businesses that don’t sell online are a waste of time and money.
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TechPoint adds to Indiana Entrepreneur BootcampRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Annual program put on in conjunction with Ice Miller law firm will offer more workshops on business fundamentals.
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Not-for-profit seeks purchase that would aid Easter SealsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Crossroads Industrial Services Chief Operating Officer Curtiss Quirin has a certain sense of urgency as he looks to buy a business to add revenue to the not-for-profit contract manufacturer, because Crossroads provides jobs for people with disabilities, and generates a surplus that feeds the revenue-starved parent organization, Easter Seals Crossroads.
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Mayoral foes see different paths to boost businessRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Both candidates for Indianapolis mayor are touting a host of ways to improve the city's business climate. Incumbent Greg Ballard champions improving the city's amenities. Challenger Melina Kennedy focuses on recruiting entrepreneurs to the city.
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Car customizer Kenny Brown resurfaces in ChicagoRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Brown, who closed his local operation in 2005, has partnered with suburban-Chicago-based Heidts Automotive, which makes street rod and muscle car components.
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Defender Direct rolls out HVAC businessRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The home-security and satellite installer is pushing into the construction trades.
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Early buyer of Web domains venturing into softwareRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chad Folkening’s latest venture, domain-management software called Domain Power, turns blank sites into a miniature business in a few minutes.
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Not all fun and games for north-side comedy clubRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
New owners' focus on business practices, bigger-name comedians put Morty’s Comedy Joint on stronger footing.
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Ball State geothermal plant powers economic engineRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
Ball State University leaders hope the school's $87 million geothermal plant paves the way for others like it—as an economic-development opportunity as much as an environmental effort.
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Angie’s List faces challenges in bid to go public

August 26, 2011
Scott Olson, Associated Press
The company said in its initial public offering that it has lost money since its inception. But it still could be attractive to prospective investors, said a local lawyer who helps companies go public.
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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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