Small Business

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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Miller Brooks fattens client roster

April 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville marketing agency recently signed deals with Michigan-based Masco Cabinetry, North Carolina-based BASF, Indianapolis-based Beckman Coulter and California-based HD Supply.
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INSIDE DISH: St. Elmo stakes out expansion plan

April 1, 2011
Mason King
St Elmo Watch VideoCo-owner Craig Huse's designs to create a 3,000-square-foot bar above the landmark eatery is just another example of Elmo's tradition-based evolution.
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Organic-food delivery service growing its operations

April 1, 2011
Sean Morrison
Indianapolis-based Green B.E.A.N. Delivery planted a seed here four years ago, and now the organic food-shipping service is cultivating its own 60-acre farm in Sheridan.
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Bank seeks to foreclose on Polo Club restaurant

March 28, 2011
The south-side steakhouse is named in lawsuit stemming from a $1 million loan made to the former owners of a Steak & Ale restaurant at the location on South East Street.
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Growth funding drying up in Indianapolis

March 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A key financial stepping stone for Indianapolis-area startups is dwindling, with no significant replacement on the horizon.
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High-end home audio gear will be made in IndianaRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A team of former Klipsch Group engineers has spent the two years trying to infuse high-end home audio equipment with the all-in-one sophistication of a smartphone.
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Hamilton County resource center aids entrepreneurs of all agesRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Sean Morrison
Spun off from the Hamilton County Alliance as a separate not-for-profit in early 2010, the Entrepreneurship Advancement Center offers assistance to county residents who aspire to own a business.
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Indiana bill enhances rural areas for young entrepreneurs

March 24, 2011
Scott Olson
A bill signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels will create a type of auction among rural communities for young entrepreneurs graduating from some universities in the state.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Startup a study in quick growth

March 23, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Bohlsen_Watch_videoVicki Bohlsen explains how her solo PR firm with $25,000 in seed money grew to 14 employees with $780,000 in revenue in one year.
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Self-funded plans draw small-firm interest

March 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
In the face of new health reform restrictions, expect more small employers to opt for self-funded health benefits, concludes a report this week from Indianapolis-based United Benefit Advisors.
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Fountain Square staple Peppy Grill thrives on independenceRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The sign behind the counter at the we-never-close greasy spoon sums up its distinct personality: “Cows may come and cows may go, but the bull in this place goes on forever.”
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Practical IT firm Formstack a quiet success

March 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Formstack, the Indianapolis-based drag-and-drop form builder software firm, isn’t flashy like its California social-media-site sister Formspring, but it’s intensely practical for organizations needing contact forms, order forms and other online business tools.
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Plastics specialist Genesis plays to eco-conscious marketRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Fortville manufacturer plans $3.3 million expansion
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INSIDE DISH: Cafe bolsters base of Turkish food fans

March 18, 2011
Mason King
Bosphorus Watch VideoAscending from server to owner of Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe, Orhan Demirtas has leveraged a relationship with Eli Lilly and Co. to diversify revenue, and solidified his base by opening a new breakfast cafe and hookah bar.
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Angie's List lands $53 million investment

March 17, 2011
Jeff Newman
The privately held firm, which has been raking in private investment since 2005, landed the biggest round of funding in its history from “two of the world’s largest public money managers.”
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Retail chain Family Leisure finding new identityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
Recreational product superstore Family Leisure changed its name from Watson's two years ago, but it could take years before the company led by Kevin Prefontaine builds the kind of brand equity tied up in the old name.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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