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Articles by Cory Schouten

Downtown ice rink in the works

Ice skating on Monument Circle ended in the mid-1980s after damage from the weight of ice was discovered in the fountain basin. But outdoor skating downtown might return. White River State Park plans to build a $1.5 million Olympic-size rink complete with sound and light equipment and a skate-rental stand.
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New owner takes over at Marsh

Marsh Supermarkets Inc. saw big changes in 2006 as new owners and a new CEO took over, and the Fishers-based company announced store closures and layoffs. Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sun Capital Partners in October closed on its $88-million purchase of Marsh. The purchase included the assumption of about $200 million in debt. For the first time since the company's founding in 1931, a Marsh isn't calling the shots at Marsh Supermarkets. With the deal's closing, Sun installed Frank Lazaran, the...
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Small talk with new SBDC chief: Central Indiana counseling office gets fresh start after years of uncertainty

Victoria Hall this year took over the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, which counsels more than 500 Hoosier entrepreneurs annually. Hall, a former vice president for H&R Block Tax Services, oversees four employees, including three business counselors. She also teaches part-time at Ivy Tech Community College, which hosts the local SBDC. She earned her MBA from the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne. One of 11 regional centers in Indiana, Central Indiana SBDC has been plagued in recent...
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Verizon amphitheater might be redeveloped

The potential redevelopment of Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville could open the door for a new concert venue in Indianapolis, but industry veterans don't expect it would look anything like the popular Hamilton County amphitheater.
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Small biz unsure about '07: Legislative agenda is clear, but advocates still worried

Big changes at the Statehouse, including a shift to Democratic control in the House of Representatives and a leadership switch in the Senate, mean there are more unknowns and more unpredictability. Meanwhile, top issues such as health insurance, tax reforms and regulatory changes provide a minefield of concerns for small-business owners. New health insurance mandates could add to already skyrocketing premiums. New local taxing authority could increase the burden on small businesses. Changes to the state's regulatory structure could dramatically...
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Residents say safety is a growing concern: Survey: Fewer feel comfortable downtown after dark

Most central Indiana residents feel safe in downtown Indianapolis when the sun is out, but remain leery of the city at night, according to a study by the IUPUI Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management. The annual study, which is designed to gauge the impact of cultural tourism on quality of life, gives the city high marks overall in areas ranging from cultural attractions to cleanliness, public transportation to parking. But it also shows the city has more work...
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H.H. Gregg betting big on flat screens

Locally based Gregg Appliances Inc. found itself flat-footed last holiday season when consumers demanded flat-panel TVs. The popular televisions were in short supply at H.H. Gregg stores. This year, Gregg has bet on a huge selection of flat-panel TVs to buoy sales.
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Starbucks pours it on in Indiana

Over the last seven years, Starbucks has inundated virtually every corner of the Hoosier landscape. And the company has no plans to slow down. Several Indiana towns--from Gas City to Angola, Batesville to Bluffton--will get their first Starbucks in 2007.
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Crystal Food Services to go national

Crystal Food Services plans to team with several prominent restaurant chains for a nationwide expansion after severing ties with Marsh Supermarkets Inc. early next year. The locally based catering and food-service company will report directly to Florida-based Sun Capital Partners, which acquired Marsh in September.
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