Small Business

Entrepreneurs square off during Startup Weekend

November 15, 2012
Scott Olson
The eighth Startup Weekend in Indianapolis begins Friday, when dozens of potential business owners pit their plans against each other in the fast-paced event spanning three days.
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TechPoint picks young entrepreneur as new leader

November 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Leaders for TechPoint, the statewide technology business initiative, have tapped a new president who they think is a veritable poster child for successful entrepreneurship.
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Small biz exposure clouds WellPoint's future

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint’s average small-employer client has just 8.5 lives covered on its health plan. And firms of that size are far more likely to use the new health insurance exchanges, said WellPoint Chief Financial Officer Wayne DeVeydt.
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Indy loses promising health startup

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
LabDoor, which soon will launch an iPhone app that assigns A-F grades to over-the-counter vitamins and medicines, moved last month from Indianapolis to San Francisco, where it received $100,000 in startup financing.
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Lemonade Day wants to grow seed money

November 12, 2012
Lemonade Day is having a fundraiser Monday evening to raise $5,000 to $10,000 for a startup capital fund for the annual children's entrepreneurship event.
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Local scientific software firm plans to add 63 jobs

November 12, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Indigo Biosystems Inc., a scientific software provider, announced Monday morning that it plans to add 63 jobs by 2015 as part of a $1.4 million expansion.
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Hoosier colleges discover patents aren't just for faculty anymoreRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Universities that once focused on faculty inventions now are encouraging students to pursue patents. Last year, 355 Purdue University students filed a patent, a 62-percent jump from 218 student-filed patents the previous year.
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Life sciences finance pro heading to startupRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
If a biotech startup were akin to a rock band, Kristin Sherman might be the keyboardist. She’s not front-and-center on the stage, but the ballad wouldn’t be as dynamic without her pounding the chords.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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Production of Inc. 500 firms ranks city sixth nationallyRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis area produced more Inc. 500 companies per person from 2001 to 2010 than all but five other U.S. metro areas with more than 1 million residents, according to a recent study by the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation.
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Purdue researcher harbors high hopes for new ventureRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Pete Kissinger hopes Phlebotics will follow in the footsteps of another of his creations, Bioanalytical Systems Inc.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel eatery unafraid to break a few eggs, rules

November 2, 2012
Mason King
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                           bistro_watch_videoRestaurateur Larry Hanes stuck to his guns in creating Eggshell Bistro, bending conventions with eclectic decor, artisanal coffees, and a simple menu with restrained portions.
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Small businesses share space to find efficienciesRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Popular waxing spa The Naked Monkey is set to open its third location Nov. 1—a “Mini Monkey” inside MDG Salon | Studio’s new space downtown. The independent businesses are sharing space to cut costs.
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Charter airline proposed by local entrepreneur on investment firm's radarRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Legacy Travel Club finds believer after months of fruitless fundraising locally.
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Purdue-born app wins $15,000 Startup Bowl prize

October 22, 2012
FoundOPS took first place with a mobile app that offers route optimization, customer-relationship management, data collection and GPS tracking for field-service companies.
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Digital marketing firm starts landing big clientsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Google manager returns to roots to launch FoundSM.
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Indianapolis tech firms, hospitals discover mutual needRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An initiative is matching tech entrepreneurs with hospital officials in the hope of solving health care problems.
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Startup answers call for better phone bankRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville-based VolunteerYourVoice is setting out to revolutionize phone banks with a Web app that allows advocacy groups to manage virtual campaigns, getting instant results from calls volunteers make through their home computers.
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VIDEO: 12 startup pitches distilled to 3 minutes

October 19, 2012
Mason King
startup bowl watch videoBoiling down the dozen pitches from budding entrepreneurs at Thursday's Startup Bowl reveals vital themes: the mammoth influence of mobile, an intense craving for consumer data, and the relentless pursuit of revenue.
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Banks eager to loan, but small firms hold backRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana banks can tout more success in small-business lending since the recession ended, but the success is hard-won because the masses of entrepreneurs remain cautious about borrowing.
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Microsoft, Chase fuel ad shop's growth spurtRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Thanks to blossoming relationships with corporate behemoths like Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase, local ad agency Bradley and Montgomery is making plans to double its 50-employee work force.
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INSIDE DISH: New partners boost sales at Pure

October 12, 2012
Mason King
Dish Pure Watch videoReceipts at the locavore's haven in Fountain Square have surged since February, when two new partners took over day-to-day management, redefined the space, expanded the menu and turned its hours of operation upside down.
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Startup aims to help relieve business leaders' stressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
No job is too small for Simply Helpful, which provides office-support services on a contract basis.
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Hopes slipping among state business owners

October 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A survey of Hoosier business owners shows an increasingly a ho-hum outlook, with only one in seven optimistic for their own company and even fewer encouraged about the U.S. economy.
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Royal Spa owner prevails in suits involving ex-employee

October 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Royal Spa CEO Robert Dapper won a small judgment against ex-employee Kevin Roessler, and had a complaint and counterclaim containing sexually explicit charges against him dismissed.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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