Small Business

Former Indy Chamber prez scores consulting work

June 4, 2013
Dan Human
Scott Miller, who resigned from the chamber post after less than two years to follow his entrepreneurial bent, will help two local startups get off the ground.
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Summer basketball league has become big draw for NBA, college starsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Carlos Knox runs The Knox Indy Pro Am Summer League, one of only a few nationwide where basketball fans can find top college and professional hoops stars facing off against one another on the hardwood.
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Indianapolis education up-and-comers are fierce competitors

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Friends' competition for bragging rights lands both on Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists.
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$225M Westfield project in works

May 25, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Developer Steve Henke’s vision for Grand Park Village is grand: a 20-acre lake surrounded by an East Coast-style boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops. He sees a carousel at one end of the lake and a Ferris wheel at the other—with a beach, mini marina and watering hole in between.
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Homebuilder focuses on 'pocket' communities near Carmel attractions

May 25, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two Carmel natives operate Old Town Design, which is building small neighborhoods of new Craftsman-style homes in and near downtown Carmel's old neighborhoods.
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Indy startup sees green in cheaper 3D printing

May 25, 2013
Dan Human
Launched in January, 3D Parts Manufacturing joined a recent surge in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing operations known as 3D printers. Rather than screwing and gluing parts together, operators plug digital designs into machines that shape plastic and metal powders from the bottom up, one microscopic level at a time.
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Indy startup serves up keg beer with big data

May 24, 2013
Dan Human
SteadyServ Technologies has raised $1.5 million to help develop iKeg, which tells bar managers and beer distributors when they need to reorder.
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Denver-based firm laps up BlueMile running chain

May 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
BlueMile, a local six-store running specialty chain, has been acquired by a group that includes Indianapolis-based sports goliath The Finish Line Inc. The deal is expected to speed BlueMile's expansion.
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Kennedy partners with Olympic runner to buy shoe chain

May 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana running icon Bob Kennedy believes Movin Shoes Inc. has great potential for growth. Its California location doesn't violate Kennedy's non-compete agreement with Indiana's BlueMile chain.
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PINCUS: State needs better life sciences startup ecosystem

May 18, 2013
Jack Pincus / Special to IBJ
Indiana’s life sciences sector is mostly composed of legacy companies.
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Oesterle sells land to Angie's List, reaping millionsRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Angie’s List Inc. CEO Bill Oesterle has collected millions of dollars over the years by renting to the company property for its campus along East Washington Street. Now, the landlord and chief executive is pocketing millions more by selling Angie’s the property, at well above its assessed value.
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Kessler Mansion neighbors balk at business uses

May 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis City-County Councilor is looking into the possibility of zoning violations at the massive north-side property. The mansion will host a camp for entrepreneurs in June.
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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Co-founder's death alters Naked Monkey's growth plan

May 11, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The recession and then the death of a founder put the Carmel waxing spa on a new trajectory. Now co-owner Brenda Schultz is mulling expansion plans.
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New seed fund aims to make Indiana a hotbed for digital health startupsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Infuse Accelerator hopes to make early-stage investments in 12 to 15 companies a year.
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Entrepreneurs vie for invites to reality TV summer camp

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
Twelve lucky entrepreneurs chosen from hundreds of applicants will spend two months this summer in a luxury facility working on bringing new business ideas to market.
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Zionsville's Main Street aims to boost drawing power, charm

April 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville’s new economic development plan calls for ramping up commercial activity in the predominantly residential community—just not at the expense of the mom-and-pop shops that give the Boone County town its charm.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Angie's List posts smaller loss on soaring revenue

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
The latest results beat Wall Street estimates, driving the Indianapolis-based company's shares upward by nearly 7 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Greenwood's Old Town revival targets sidewalks, traffic flow

April 13, 2013
Dan Human
Greenwood city officials are in the early stages of a downtown revitalization plan that would begin with an investment of up to $9 million designed to make Old Town more appealing to both vehicle and foot traffic.
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IU medical school's push to launch startups bears fruitRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana University School of Medicine has launched 12 companies in the past 18 months—a burst of startup activity the school has never seen before.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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Digital marketers try to cut through clutterRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Element Three is among dozens of ad/marketing firms in the city that put digital marketing—in a dizzying array of formats and specialties—front-and-center. Often led by “millennial” types in their 20s and 30s to whom things like social media are second nature, they’re giving ensconced agencies a run for their money.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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