Billy Werth’s passion for flying has landed him two jobs that pay the bills–as commercial pilot with Chautauqua Airlines and a major in the Air Force Reserves at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Peru. His third job is just for fun. Since 2006, Werth has owned an acrobatic flying company called Grayout Aerosports.
Two central Indiana entrepreneurs are making a new spirit from an old crop—supplied largely by an Amish farmer who doesn’t drink alcohol. The product is Sorgrhum, a distilled liquor made from the syrup of sweet sorghum, a stalk-like grain used as a sweetener before sugar cane became widely available.
City Market officials are giving public tours of the catacombs beneath the marketplace, in the hope that someone will be interested in transforming the 20,000-square-foot space into a restaurant or event venue.
Student Development Co. helps college students run Textbook Painting businesses, to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Thirty students in seven states are participating this summer, including 10 student entrepreneurs in Indiana.
A 3-year-old Westfield has taken advantage of the adventure-race trend by staging Mudathlons–obstacle courses conducted in the mud. More than 12,000 people were expected to participate in Mudathlon’s four races this summer, up from about 2,000 at the company’s first two races in 2010.
Co-working sites—shared office spaces designed to give entrepreneurs, free-lancers and consultants the tools they need to get the job done as well as the chance to interact with other professionals, sans cubicle—are gaining popularity nationally and, finally, in Indianapolis.
Innovate Indy, a program of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and Public Allies Indianapolis, encourages citizens to act on their ideas for improving the city. One of the most promising ideas to result: Re-Hub, which aims to reuse materials from abandoned homes.
Spawned at least in part by the “eat local” and organic-food movements, the regional facilities provide one-stop shops for consumers and farmers alike.