The newly organized MLK Business Revitalization Association aims to bring new life to the neighborhood west of downtown by
uniting area business owners behind a common goal — cleaning up the community to attract other entrepreneurs.
After a 25-year real estate career, Claudia Lynch opened a modeling/acting school after she couldn’t find a quality school
where her own grandchildren could have fun, learn poise and gain confidence.
If you’ve ever cooked a hamburger over a grill at Shakamak State Park, sat in a hospital waiting room chair, or sipped from a water fountain, you may have used products made by Indiana convicts. Although offender work programs have been around since the 1920s, most Hoosiers know little about the Indiana Department of Correction’s prison-based industries, which generate $40 million a year in revenue.
Twelve years after opening Natural Stone Specialists, Laura Christy is still just as passionate about the Carmel-based business,
sells high-end stone, metal and glass tiles.
Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year’s presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there’s little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop…
Ruth Butterfield works as a tour guide at Beasley’s Orchard & Gardens three or four days a week every fall, leading
an average of two tours a day. Most are school groups, but some adults come with their church groups or
on nursing home outings, too.