Indianapolis Business Journal

AUG. 31-SEPT. 6, 2009

This week's issue includes a story on a new Cash for Clunkers program, this one focusing on energy-efficient appliances. We also have a report on efforts to revitalize an iconic American magazine. Our Dining column reviews a Martinsville restaurant with memorable homemade pies.

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MainGate Inc. racks up revenue with NFL deals

When Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 18, cheers could be heard at MainGate Inc.’s 7900 Rockville
Road headquarters. Predictably, Favre jerseys went flying off the shelves—about 6,000 in the first 72 hours—and
MainGate gets to keep a portion of those sales. The Vikings are one of six teams the Indianapolis-based merchandising
specialist has signed deals with in 2-1/2 years, making MainGate one of the biggest retail players in the goliath of professional
sports leagues.

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ICVA: Stadium’s retractable roof worth the cost

Three music events with direct visitor spending estimated at $28 million that were hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium offer proof,
city officials said, that the expense of the retractable roof and other features of the $720 million facility are paying off.

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FocusBack to Top

State education officials urge greater emphasis on two-year degrees

Only one in 12 Hoosiers has an associate’s degree. That’s a big problem because nearly half of all jobs expected
to be offered in the next decade and beyond will be middle-skill jobs—which require at least some post-secondary credential,
like an associate’s degree, but not a four-year bachelor’s degree.

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OpinionBack to Top

EDITORIAL: Teacher certification proposal deserves OK

Indiana’s top education official, Tony Bennett, ruffled feathers last month when he proposed increasing teacher expertise
in math, science and other subjects, and stripping red tape from teacher certification and hiring of administrators.

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MARCUS: Some things must be repeated

Some things need to be repeated over and over again. Repetition is required when a concept is hard to grasp or when narrow
interests are allowed to override the public interest.

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BARADA: What’s wrong with this picture?

There are some pretty basic things out of whack in our society. Not too long ago, a local newspaper reported that a union
member from an area General Motors Corp. plant, with a job title of something like “assistant tool room organizer,”
was being paid in the high $20-per-hour range, not counting benefits. The only requirement for the job—maybe a high
school diploma.

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Council faced unpleasant choice

[In the Aug. 17 editorial] IBJ accuses elected officials of making decisions based on partisanship rather than
good judgment. This superficial pronouncement of the reasons behind Proposal 285’s vote tally lacks thoughtful evaluation
of why councilors cast their votes the way they did at the August 10 council meeting.

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Shredding paper beats burning it

After reading [Tim Altom’s Return on Technology column] in the Aug. 17 IBJ on whether shredding or burning
documents provided the greatest security, I felt compelled to send you a note.

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In BriefBack to Top

Harrison Ford to consult on Indianapolis Prize

The $100,000 Indianapolis Prize, given every other year for achievement in animal conservation, said novelist and Miami
columnist Carl Hiaasen and actor Harrison Ford will be co-chairs for the September 2010 award.

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Two businesses open at Flagship Enterprise Center

The Anderson-based Flagship Enterprise Center is on a roll. In the last two months, the small-business incubator
and growth-stage accelerator signed up two new clients: software developers Soveryn Inc. and Coeus Technology.

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Not-for-profit wins $80K prize

College Mentors for Kids won $80,000 in products and services from a host of local companies in the Indy Business Makeover
Competition. The winner was selected from among 10 finalists through online voting.

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MZD to market volleyball sponsorships

Locally based MZD Advertising has signed a contract to market sponsorships and a trade show for the Mizuno Volleyball Mid
East Qualifier, to be held in 2010 in Indianapolis and St. Louis.

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