Small Business

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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Eco-friendly downtown supply store closes

June 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Green Way Supply, a pioneering green construction products store, has gone out of business, but one of its partners is planning a new building supply store with mix of green and traditional products.
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WOJTOWICZ: Relief available for firms with falling real estate values

June 3, 2011
Jean Wojtowicz
New law allows banks to refinance existing real estate and equipment debt through the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program.
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Family has steely plan for shifting business to next generationRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Norm Heikens
Westfield Steel owners Karyn and Fred Prine are well on the way to transitioning to the next generation—son Fritz—thanks to timely planning.
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Slow economy grinds on long-time sausage maker ClausRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Claus Muth has a proud heritage of making specialty meats, but now he faces circumstances that stand to threaten his south-side business: family-owned Claus' German Sausages and Meats.
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Ingredients in place for plethora of Hoosier IPOsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some Indiana firms are adding management and board firepower—moves likely to help them win over investors should they move ahead with public offerings.
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Rise of machines bodes well for tech firm Mesh SystemsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The founder of Mesh Systems, a company that develops wireless “machine-to-machine” communications software and hardware, says his products have countless applications. Earlier this month, Mesh closed on a $2.5 million private placement from investors in Indiana and Wisconsin.
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INSIDE DISH: Mexican mainstay puts second spot on front burner

May 27, 2011
Mason King
LaMarg_WatchVideoAfter 25 years at La Margarita, stabilizing sales and surviving family tragedy, owner Lori Rangel-Grubbs is branching out to Fountain Square.
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Indianapolis entrepreneurs rescue Choc-Ola from oblivion

May 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chocolate beverage Choc-Ola, launched in the 1940s and pitched to a generation of fans in the 1970s by Cowboy Bob on WTTV-4, is hitting store shelves again. South-side entrepreneurs Dan Iaria and Joe Wolfla are leading its comeback, landing an 18-state distribution deal.
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SHEPHERD: Credit cards hurting too many businessesRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Connie Shepherd
Expensive personal credit undermines credit scores and ultimately the odds of more traditional lending.
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Credit unions gun for more traditional bank business

May 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A push by credit unions for more leeway with small-business lending is fueling an old fight with their banking rivals.
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Frozen yogurt hot item on local retail sceneRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Marc D. Allan
Frozen yogurt businesses are sprouting up all over the Indianapolis area, with owners hoping to cash in on the public’s appetite for what they perceive as a healthy treat.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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