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Aiming to save, Children’s Museum goes it alone: In-house construction crew builds exhibits from scratch

A sign on the basement wall reads “Construction Zone.” Nearby on the router table, window frames are taking shape along with decorative pieces that will adorn the façade of a World War IIera brownstone. Behind a red plywood wall a few floors up, hammers knock and saws shrill as workers erect a 13,500-square-foot homage to three children who changed the world. It’s just another day at the office for the production crew at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. For months,…

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DogDayz Playhouse & Retreat LLC: It’s a dog’s life Canine day camp offers hotel-like comfort

When Gabi comes to work, she enters a room with food and toys before walking down a winding hallway to greet her guests. The friendly welcome she receives could be due to her soft, black hair or her mellow charisma, but her happy tail wag is probably a factor, too. Gabi is “head dog” at Noblesville-based DogDayz Playhouse and Retreat. Her human companion, Brian Cottrell, launched DogDayz in 2003 to offer other pet lovers the kind of services he wanted…

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Working in Dinosphere lab painstaking, but rewarding

Working three years on one project can be tedious, but Mark Sims enjoys every minute he spends preparing dinosaur fossils
for display at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Sims, 44, works in the Paleo Prep Lab at the museum’s Dinosphere exhibit,
picking away at the dirt left on 65-million-year-old fossils.

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STARTUP GAZELLE WEB & CONSULTING LLC: Entrepreneur offers to help entrepreneurs

STARTUP GAZELLE WEB & CONSULTING LLC Entrepreneur offers to help entrepreneurs Type of business: Consults with startup and growing companies Location: 885 Waveland Lane, Greenwood Phone: 450-7746 E-mail: [email protected] site: www.gazellewebandconsulting.comFounded: December 2006 Owner: Brandon Lott Owner’s background: Lott, 33, grew up in the south side of Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a health care degree. He went to New York in 2005 to work as an operations manager for retailer Alan Flusser Custom Shop, but…

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Entrepreneurs getting younger: Corporate downsizing gives rise to ‘e-generation’

From selling shark tooth necklaces to his neighbors during summer vacations in Florida to running an online auction site that benefits charities, he’s no stranger to the hard work that comes with starting a business. “I’m interested in new things and looking into new things,” said Gough, who is among a burgeoning group of young entrepreneurs not content to work for others. They’d rather strike out on their own. In fact, nearly 71 percent of the 1,474 youth who participated…

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STARTUP ADVANCED IMAGING HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS INC.: Ultrasound technology hits the road

STARTUP ADVANCED IMAGING HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS INC. Ultrasound technology hits the road Type of business: mobile medical imaging Location: 75 Executive Drive, Suite A, Carmel Phone: 663-3289 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.aisolutions.info Founded: November 2006 Owners: Greg and Janet McCauley, Beau and Jennifer White Owners’ backgrounds: Jennifer White, 27, graduated from Indiana University’s dental school in 2001; her husband, Beau, 30, graduated from Purdue University in 2000, then worked in sales in the medical field. The McCauleys have been in sales…

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Brugge Brasserie gastro-pub to produce line of 10 beers

Since mid-2005, Brugge Brasserie’s beer tanks have been operating at full capacity–pouring out 400 barrels of its signature
Belgian brew each year. Now the Broad Ripple gastro-pub is aiming higher. Brugge owner Ted Miller is set to start producing
a line of 10 bottled beers–plus seasonal specialties.

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Museum reopens with changes: Community support needed as funding ends

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art reopens July 13 with a new look and a new plan for growth. The changes come as its primary funder is scaling back support-and backing a competing contemporary art museum planned for Carmel. That does not deter Executive Director Kathy Nagler from her efforts to develop IMOCA. Nagler, 51, was hired last summer to replace local arts enthusiast Jeremy Efroymson, whose family foundation also was its main funder. The Indianapolis-based Efroymson Fund helped get the…

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Experience keeps fireworks biz in demand

Phil Ramsey, 65, knows what he’s doing in the fireworks business–he’s been working fireworks shows as a volunteer since 1968
and founded Frankfort-based Ramsey Pyrotechnics Inc. in 1982. When he’s not battling Mother Nature, Ramsey is a grain farmer.

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STARTUP MOBIUS LABS: Software tester tries training, too

STARTUP MOBIUS LABS Software tester tries training, too Type of business: software testing Location: 9229 Delegates Row, Suite 290 Phone: 218-7709 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.mobiuslabs.com Founded: March 2007 Owner: Alan Wlasuk Owner’s background: Alan Wlasuk, 56, has a bachelor’s degree in math from Drexel University and a master’s in computer science from Ohio State University. About 20 years ago, the software developer founded two local enterprises for AT&T. Then 14 years ago, he created software-development firm Wlasuk, Delporte and…

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STARTUP THE SLEEPY HOLLOW STORE LLC: Irvington book store starting small

STARTUP THE SLEEPY HOLLOW STORE LLC Irvington book store starting small Type of business: books, music, art supplies and gifts Location: 5535 E. Washington St. Phone: 354-8000 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.sleepyhollowstore.comor www.myspace.com/sleepyhollowstore Founded: April 2007 Owner: Bobbie and Joanna Zaphiriou Owners’ backgrounds: Bobbie Zaphiriou, 25, has worked in bookshops since she was 16. Sister-in-law Joanna Zaphiriou, 31, graduated from IUPUI with a degree in anthropology, and managed Hollywood Bar and Filmworks, where she learned about running a business. Why…

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