Small Business

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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Custom work helps tiny sign shop land big clientsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Maria LaMagna
ACS Sign Solutions is a small Hoosier company with a far reach, landing recent deals to create signs for The New York Times offices and Avon Cosmetics’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan.
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Bayh, Card to tour U.S. in Chamber campaign against regulations

June 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Former Senator Evan Bayh and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will tour the U.S. in a campaign by the Chamber of Commerce urging small businesses to fight regulations they say are stunting job growth.
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City's fast-growing companies surge with economic recoveryRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Marc D. Allan
An economic recovery blowing against their backs propelled some Indianapolis-area companies to scorching growth.
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Anderson firm to sell antimicrobial product in big box storesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Coeus Technologies has begun selling its Ultra7 product through HomeDepot.com.
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STYLE: Local entrepreneur teaches upholstery staples

June 18, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Shelly Leer had planned to start ModHomeEc on a small scale, but has found it tough to keep it there. She’s had to double class sizes from three students to six since January and has started offering three-day, out-of-town workshops in Chicago.
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Towing companies sue city over contracts

June 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The plaintiffs claim the city violated the bid process by awarding contracts to companies that didn't meet the requirements. They're asking for an injunction to prevent the contracts from taking effect.
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INSIDE DISH: Italian eatery tables expansion amid downturn

June 17, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Augustinos_WatchVideoAaron O'Mara, co-owner of Augustino's, expected to open several locales until the economic downturn and a dip in sales scuttled those plans. Now he hopes to hold the line.
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Sources: Angie’s List picks adviser to handle planned August IPO

June 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Angie’s List Inc., a website that provides consumer reviews of plumbers, electricians and other services, is preparing to file in August for an initial public offering, said two people with direct knowledge of the plans.
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Local motorsports supplier acquiring safety gear vendor

June 15, 2011
Atlanta-based Racer Wholesale has helped build national recognition for G-Force Racing Gear, which supplies racers with helmets, driving suits, gloves, shoes and other safety gear.
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Anson Group CEO thrives on helping clients work with FDARestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ann Finch
Colleen Hittle became CEO and sole owner of the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical and medical device consulting firm in April.
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R.Lynda clothing boutique pulls plug on venture before openingRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Construction of the shop at Traders Point Shopping Center was already underway.
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Locally based Business Furniture expands into Illinois, Iowa

June 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
New markets to be added later this year are expected to double the company's sales within five years.
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Indianapolis ad firm helps Sun King Brewing launch appRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Brewery wants relevant platform for its social media outreach.
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Positron plans $55 million cyclotron project, 80 jobs

June 10, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Medical imaging equipment maker Positron Corp. has agreed to move its operations to Noblesville, where it plans to invest $55 million to open a high-tech facility that will make isotopes used in cardiac PET scans.
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