Small Business

Real pinball wizard makes career of repairs

May 11, 2009
George Umbarger
Game technician Doug Clark has been going full tilt in unusual niche for 31 years.
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A real pinball wizard

May 11, 2009
It's a rainy Monday morning and Doug Clark is making a house call--an early but otherwise average start to his week.
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Blogging is no longer optional for entrepreneursRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Lorraine Ball
In 2009, blogging is not optional. If you have a business, you must have a Web site. If you have a Web site, you must have a blog!
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Federal stimulus trickles downRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
There's a smorgasbord available for small businesses in the federal stimulus package. The trick is figuring out how to get a plate. Plenty of local experts are serving up access to the buffet. And some entrepreneurs are digging in. But others consider the stimulus warmed-over leftovers.
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Liquor store adapts to local tastesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
When Mr. G's Liquor opened in 1977, the wines du jour were Madera and Blue Nun. Bartels & Jaymes wine coolers were all the rage, and few of us had heard of craft beer. Today, Mr. G's is in its third location, where a 36-foot wall of whiskeys, vodkas and gins is rivaled only by the kiosks fully laden with local, domestic and imported wines and beers chilling in coolers.
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'Peanut King' diversifies to keep 52-year-old company thrivingRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Sam Stall
Richard Green Co., founded in 1957, is a mini-conglomerate of sorts, selling pretty much anything necessary for work in the food-concessions business.
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Doctors should adapt to ratingsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Rating doctors via online services helps consumers make better health care decisions.
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Dry cleaners offer free service in exchange for resumesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
On April 14 and 15, locally based Fabric Care Center will clean and press one business interview suit for any job seeker free of charge, as long as the customer brings a current resume when dropping off clothing.
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Trophy-seeking hunters keep Greenwood taxidermist busyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
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Playground installation biz travels further to find clientsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
George Umbarger
Child's-Play, a small business that installs playground equipment, has been hurt by the residential construction crunch, but is surviving by traveling more and providing more maintenance services.
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Company delivers hyper-targeted messagesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Amanda Getchel
Radius Connection, a new national marketing service, wants to offer innovative products within five years to help small-to-midsize businesses grow their revenue and expand their market share.
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Franchise outlook is murkyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Undaunted, some entrepreneurs still count on franchises, despite the shaky economy.
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Indy Power drops electric-car focus for more lucrative control boxesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After a stint making parts for electric cars, Symphony Motors recently became Indy Power Systems, changing course to make power control boxes for a variety of vehicles and also industrial and military applications.
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Proprietary developments withering from recessionRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Scott Olson
Financing is the lifeblood of companies turning intellectual property into a product or service, but turbulent economic conditions have made it increasingly difficult to raise cash from investors who are content to wait out the storm by concentrating on their existing portfolios.
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A post-stimulus survival guideRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Instead of waiting around for the state to save your business, plan strategically to survive.
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Geist restaurateur buffeted by financial squalls

March 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
Henri and Shelley Najem, who own The Bella Vita restaurant in Geist, represent the scores of Indiana restaurant operators feeling financial pressure, given the severe economic slump.
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How to innovate your way out of this recessionRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
CJ McClanahan
It doesn't matter what industry you are in or how well you have prepared--we will all be affected by what has taken place in the financial markets over the past several months.
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Broad Ripple natives grow up to be neighborhood entrepreneursRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Many Broad Ripple business owners say the neighborhood is an oasis for eclectic and independent small entrepreneurial ventures.
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Family business repairs what others tossRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Marc D.
Much of downtown has been erased and rebuilt over the last 38 years, but quietly and with almost no notice, Cento's Shoes has remained one of the few constants.
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Great Fermentations continues to prosperRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Ashley Odle
Revenue at Great Fermentations has increased 71 percent since the business moved in 2006 to a new, much larger location.
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Company banks on targeted textingRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Whitney Lee
Steven Dickerson realized the potential for mobile advertisements when he saw his daughter texting.
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Fast-growing Tuitive seeks to put unintuitive programmers in back seat of software, Web designRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Jonathan Arnold sees big business potential in his firm "Tuitive," which specializes in cleaning up the confusion caused by programmers, who often put features and functionality ahead of making their product intuitive to use.
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Some female small-biz owners anticipate boost from changes by new administrationRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Della Pacheco
Some local women business owners are encouraged by the election of President Barack Obama and his appointment of a new chief at the Small Business Administration who is thought to be especially interested in the needs of women-owned businesses.
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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Small firms get creative to avoid layoffsRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
As the recession deepens, many small-business owners face a dilemma. When small businesses slow down, it doesn't make headlines like a shuttered manufacturing plant would. But relatively speaking, their layoffs are just as meaningful. Losing even a handful of key people can be crippling.
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