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Fishers launching business incubator

August 23, 2012
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The town of Fishers is making a bid to keep its entrepreneurs close to home, investing $350,000 to develop shared office space for the startup community. Co-working facility Launch Fishers is slated to open this fall.
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What's New: Blue Marble Design

August 1, 2012
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Meet M.J. Meneley and Randy Royer, landscape architects who rolled out Indianapolis-based Blue Marble Design LLC as a full-time enterprise in May.
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Does entrepreneurial speed dating work?

July 18, 2012
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The annual Innovation Showcase aims to connect area entrepreneurs with interested investors. Think speed dating with higher stakes.
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What's New: Charlie's Chillers

July 11, 2012
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Meet Sherri Campbell, who is ramping up Indianapolis-based Charlie’s Chillers LLC after winning last month’s Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge.
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What's New: MyBestFriendsHair

June 27, 2012
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Meet Janell Shaffer and Danielle McDowell, who started consumer-review service MyBestFriendsHair.com to help folks like them looking for the right hair stylist.
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Event-planning startup extending its reach

June 13, 2012
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Snappening.com, which offers a searchable database of central Indiana event venues and professional planners, is expanding its service to four new markets: Bloomington, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Louisville, Ky.
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What's New: Ready the Nest

May 30, 2012
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NICU nurse Becky Drummy's maternity concierge service helps new parents handle the arrival of their little life changers.
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Lemonade Day gives kids taste of entrepreneurship

May 18, 2012
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About 15,000 of central Indiana’s youngest entrepreneurs are testing their business-ownership chops this weekend in tried-and-true fashion: setting up and running lemonade stands.
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Contest aims to find next hot 'foodpreneur'

May 16, 2012
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About 60 aspiring food-business operators entered the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in hopes that they have the next big idea.
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New owner moving EventzPlus to larger location

May 2, 2012
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Less than two months after serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier and her partners staged a grand opening for Carmel party venue and event-planning service EventzPlus, they’ve sold the firm for an undisclosed sum.
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State's latest startup: Startup Indiana

April 20, 2012
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On April 25, local organizers will launch Startup Indiana, a regional affiliate of the Startup America Partnership. The national initiative—and its regions—brings together entrepreneurs, funders and other leaders to help promising startups succeed.
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What's New: Kreme Twenty-Four

April 11, 2012
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Gary Patterson and Jason White bonded over their love of fashion and their frustration with Indianapolis' shopping options, so they opened a boutique of their own.
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Survey: Small businesses serve customers better

April 4, 2012
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About seven in 10 of Americans say they are willing to spend an average of 13 percent more with businesses they believe provide excellent customer service.
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Is entrepreneurship for the young?

March 28, 2012
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Over the past 15 years, the percentage of entrepreneurs in the 20- to 34-year-old age group has dropped, according to a study released this month by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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What's New: Grateful Pet

March 14, 2012
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Melissa Kelly and Zach Pierson, who opened delivery service Grateful Pet LLC in July and are bootstrapping the business through Kelly's day job.
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What's New: PatentStatus

February 29, 2012
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This week, meet James Burnes, who launched virtual patent-marking service PatentStatus LLC in January and spent the first weekend of February hobnobbing with corporate bigwigs in town for Super Bowl XLVI.
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Forget the glass ceiling ... how about the 'pink ghetto'?

February 24, 2012
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What do you make of the criticism that there’s a "pink ghetto" of women-owned firms somehow less worthy than the myriad male-led tech startups that garner so much attention and praise?
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What's New: Snappening.com

February 8, 2012
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This week, meet Crystal Grave, who left a corporate marketing career to start event-planning resource Snappening.com.
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A morning-after question: Now what?

February 6, 2012
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The Indianapolis community undoubtedly will benefit from hosting the Super Bowl, but no one can just sit back and wait for the payoff. Lots of work remains—especially for small businesses.
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Startups vie for Super Bowl exposure

February 1, 2012
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One Indianapolis entrepreneur will spend Super Bowl Sunday huddled with startup guru Scott Case and another corporate combatant, working on a game plan for growth.
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What's New: Happy Dog Hotel and Spa

January 25, 2012
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This week, meet Bev Schroeder, who opened Happy Dog Hotel and Spa in Carmel last month.
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Entrepreneurs take risks without betting the farm

January 18, 2012
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Some small-business owners are taking divergent paths to build revenue during difficult economic times. Some are adding products and services, while others are focusing on core competencies. What's your take on the different strategies?
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What's New: Violet Vintage

January 11, 2012
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This week, we meet Vanessa Grider, who opened Violet Vintage this fall. The company collects and rents out unusual—and often time-tested—party supplies.
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What's New: Vital Skates

December 28, 2011
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Meet Naptown Roller Girls Amber Jones and Kate Bothwell, who opened Vital Skates in October to serve the growing roller derby community.
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Entrepreneurial adventures offer lessons

December 20, 2011
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Michael Cloran is problem solver. And he knows how to turn the answers into viable businesses. He also knows his limitations. Do you?
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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