Small Business

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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UPDATE: Castleton Cosmetic and Family DentistryRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Amanda Getchel
Bill Tellman is reaching out to other cosmetic professionals, plastic surgeons and salons to work together in expanding a new client base: the 95 percent of his customers who are relatively unaffected by the recession.
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Phase 10 inventor's lawsuit sets up high-stakes fight

January 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
The man who created Phase 10 is suing to yank Plainfield-based Fundex Games' rights to make and market the popular card game.
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Companies selling indulgences find ways to get byRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Sam Stall
Many Indianapolis-area folks who sell products and services that can't, by even the most tortuous logic, be described as "needs"are weathering the recession quite well. At least for now.
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City Market's renewal strategy may make or break vendorsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
City Market vendors are counting on new executive director Jim Reillyto rejuvenate the downtown landmark. And he has months, not years, to show them results.
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Mass Ave shops thrive 'in the city'Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Talk to anyone about Kristin Kohn and her "In the City" ventures and you hear the same thing, over and over: Smart. Enthusiastic. Fun. Entrepreneurial. And hardworking, especially when it comes to Massachusetts Avenue.
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New shop offers nutrition, exercise adviceRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Whitney Lee
Fitness-minded partners collaborate to open a Broad Ripple nutritional supplement store.
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Plainfield salon a family enterpriseRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Beth Metzger has talked about opening a salon and day spa with her daughter, Jill Dennis, for years.
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Tougher standards give Appel Heating and Air Conditioning a boostRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Business at Carmel-based Appel Heating and Air Conditioning isn't cooling off, despite the nation's economic woes. Revenue continues to increase as the industry becomes more environmentally friendly.
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Market owner: "Look into the future"Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sarah Layden
Georgetown Market has stayed in the health food game since 1973, in part because of owner Rick Montieth's ability to see down the road.
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