Indianapolis Business Journal

FEB. 2-8, 2024

You might not recognize the Mile Square once festivities for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend get under way Feb. 15. Real estate brokers are filling vacant retail spaces with corporate parties, personal events and a wide assortment of fan-focused pop-ups, anticipating the largest crowds downtown since the 2012 Super Bowl. John Russell and Mickey Shuey detail the preparations. Also in this issue, Peter Blanchard explains the big fight between beer wholesalers and liquor and wine wholesalers over ready-to-drink cocktails. And Dave Lindquist explores author John Green’s switch in focus from young-adult fiction to an initiative to improve health care in Sierra Leone.

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Made in Indiana: Roasted duck by Maple Leaf Farms

History: The company was founded in 1958 by Donald Wentzel, who bought a poultry plant in northern Indiana after deciding to leave the feed trade in Chicago, where he had sold duck feed to farmers on Long Island. He saw how inefficient and costly it was to transport feed cross-country from the Midwest. Wentzel thought […]

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Indiana 250: Julie Roe Lach

Julie Roe Lach is commissioner of the Horizon League, an athletic league made up of 11 universities in six states. She joined the league in 2014 as deputy commissioner. Before that, she founded JRL Consulting, which merged with CCHA Collegiate Consulting, where she serves as of counsel with the firm’s sports law practice. And before […]

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