Small Business

City's last independent map retailer set to fold

May 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Odyssey Map Store in downtown Indianapolis will close Aug. 31 after a 27-year run. The owners attribute the closing to the proliferation of GPS devices and smart phones.
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Franciscan Alliance takes control of VNS home health agency

May 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Visiting Nurse Service Inc., a 200-employee agency based in Indianapolis, will operate under the umbrella of Franciscan St. Francis Health, the organizations announced Thursday.
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City proposes stricter towing rules

May 18, 2011
A proposed ordinance would crack down on "predatory" towing practices by requiring tow-truck operators to adhere to several rules meant to protect consumers.
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Ratio finishing City Market design work

May 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The architectural firm is set to be awarded a $120,000 contract to complete the work after the original designer of the renovations, Woollen Molzen and Partners Inc., disbanded last month.
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Fountain Square project to include concert venue

May 17, 2011
Tom Harton
The new owner of a 110-year-old building in the heart of Fountain Square is planning a renovation and expansion that will turn it into a restaurant, bar and 450-seat music hall called Pioneer.
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City slow to spend $29M in federal funding for neighborhoodsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis has lagged in making payments to not-for-profit developers executing a huge federal program to rehab neighborhoods, putting a strain on those groups and setting the city behind in spending its share of the money.
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Retail, eateries planned for Keystone office areaRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Cory Schouten
A local developer’s $12 million project is transforming a four-story office building and five acres of surface parking lots adjacent to The Fashion Mall at Keystone into a new retail and restaurant destination.
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INSIDE DISH: Monon restaurant gets lesson in shifting gears

May 13, 2011
Mason King
Dish_monon_watch_videoTim Williams learned to make big changes on the fly during the first year of his fledgling Broad Ripple eatery, including scrapping counter service, adding a wait staff and revamping the menu.
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New Fountain Square brewery shoots for August opening

May 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
The owners of a new microbrewery in Fountain Square, slated to open by mid-August, plan to differentiate the business by focusing on the "convergence of art and science" in brewing.
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Event promoter Compton teams with high schools to raise moneyRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Proceeds from tribute-band concerts go to athletic programs, music departments and other school offerings that have lost funding.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Fast-growing firm handles ascent

May 4, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Meyer_watch VideoMichele Meyer, a former Air Force brat, piloted CSCI Consulting to 850 percent revenue growth over four years. So, why is her advice to "start small"? What obstacles await when a firm takes off?
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Kitchen incubator celebrates graduation of first user

May 4, 2011
Avec Moi, a company that prepares meals to go, is moving to a permanent home at 701 E. 62nd St. In recognition of the event, the city of Indianapolis awarded Indy's Kitchen a $17,000 grant.
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Business groups say legislative session among best

May 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Victories include a reduction in corporate income taxes, an overhaul of the state’s unemployment insurance system, and the weakening of an immigration bill that initially resembled a controversial Arizona law.
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Watchmaker has a flair for precision

April 30, 2011
Sean Morrison
Bill Rostiser has practiced watchmaking for more than half of his life. At 60, he has worked 38 years at Windsor Jewelry just south of Monument Circle. During that time, he watched the downtown area flourish, along with the business.
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INSIDE DISH: 'Diners' TV spot boon and bane for Jersey's Cafe

April 29, 2011
Mason King
Dish_Jersey_watch_videoAfter a massive spike in traffic sparked by a Food Network show, owner Blair Laing must deal with food shortages, employee departures and long waits for patrons.
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Pet website enables owners to book kennels

April 23, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis startup looks to become the Expedia of pet travel.
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Wealthy local entrepreneurs hew to conservatism

April 23, 2011
Norm Heikens
Flashy displays of wealth seldom erupt in Indianapolis after an entrepreneur makes good, and they’re even more unusual now that the recession sobered even the most successful among them.
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Indy Chamber will award cash prizes to businesses that tell of challenges overcome

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A panel of judges, including Hoosier native, former NBA player and entrepreneur Jon McGlockin, will select three winning entries.
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Indianapolis angel investors land at Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Capital from members of StepStone Angels could fund business incubator's tenants.
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Pop-up retailers emerging in Indianapolis

April 16, 2011
Marc D. Allan
With the retail vacancy rate hovering around 13 percent locally and nationally, temporary retailers are becoming a fact of life in malls, strip malls and downtowns around the country.
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Companies seek equity in return for services to startupsRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A crop of Indianapolis companies is embracing the practice of developing and marketing products for startups in exchange for an ownership stake.
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Shelbyville uses new incubator to lure tech firm TyrosRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A company that will soon become Shelbyville’s newest corporate resident has a nifty, high-tech idea to help schools, leagues and sports associations connect with sports referees and officials.
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INSIDE DISH: Irvington cafe knows its audience

April 15, 2011
Mason King
Dish Watch Video LegendJohn Robertson swore he'd never go into the restaurant biz. Now his comfort-food oasis is an east-side institution, in part for hemming to its historic surroundings and middle-class roots.
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Six faces behind Indianapolis business Twitter handles

April 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Meet the people who tweet for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, AAA, Butler University and other local businesses.
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Indianapolis tech experts talk about the local industryRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
In a question-and-answer forum, leaders weigh in on topics ranging from tech transfer to the future of Aprimo.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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