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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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Lawsuit about parking issues puts Calle 52 restaurant project on hold

March 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Plans for a new Latin restaurant at 52nd Street and College Avenue are on hold after another restaurant owner sued to overturn city approval of a parking variance.
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Law student taps connections for shoe startup

March 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Arsene Millogo is sitting out the current semester at IU School of Law-Indianapolis to work on his own line of running shoes, a startup he and three friends financed with more than $50,000 of their own money.
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Massive Indy startup group heads south for convention

March 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
More than 100 local technology entrepreneurs will depart Thursday for what some call the Super Bowl of the startup world: the South by Southwest Interactive Conference.
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INSIDE DISH: Arsenal owners' ploy is gaming plus grubbing

March 4, 2011
Mason King
Arsenal_WatchVideoGameroom lords Andrew Chang and Troy Branam want players to come for Dungeons & Dragons and stay for the Wizards Gumbo.
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IEDC unveils statewide entrepreneurship initiative

March 3, 2011
Elevate Ventures could attract an additional $30 million in matching federal and private funding to support entrepreneurs statewide, Indiana Economic Development Corp. officials say.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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