Indianapolis Business Journal

NOVEMBER 9-15, 2015

The Indy Eleven, fresh off their second season, are gearing up to press the General Assembly again to support a financing plan for a new stadium. Anthony Schoettle looks at the soccer team’s continued strong performance and its prospects for legislative success. Also in this week’s issue, Jared Council looks at why the growth in small-business lending is lagging that of other kinds of commercial loans. And in Focus, Anthony Schoettle looks at the tourism plans in the works across Indiana to celebrate the state’s bicentennial.

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Bank loan activity rising, but small-biz lending lagging

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., at the end of 2008 Indiana financial institutions had $4.6 billion in small-business loans on the books that originated for less than $1 million. That figure stood at $3.8 billion this past June, about 17 percent lower.

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Angie’s List seeks to capitalize on ‘free users’

Monetizing free users is just part of the vision that new CEO Scott Durchslag, who took the helm of Angie’s List in September, is laying out to reinvigorate the struggling home-services company, which has seen revenue growth slow notably since last year.

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Merger chatter casts cloud over Dow AgroSciences

Talk of synergies and consolidation may warm the hearts of investors, who are eager for Midland, Michigan-based Dow Chemical to boost returns, but they cast uncertainty over some of central Indiana’s best scientific jobs.

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Indianapolis slips in ranking of best convention cities

Indianapolis ranked 31st in Cvent’s annual listing of top meeting towns—down five spots from its 2014 ranking. (File photo) Cvent, a maker of online software for event management that also conducts meetings and convention research, annually ranks the top 50 U.S. meeting towns. Orlando, Las Vegas and Chicago occupied the top three spots for 2015. […]

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Butler students publish book for Indiana’s bicentennial

Butler University recently published a book written by eight of its students in honor of the state’s bicentennial celebration in 2016. To commemorate the anniversary, the Indiana Bicentennial Children’s Book Team at Butler began writing and designing the book—“The Gifts of Indiana: A Tale of Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure”—in the spring of last […]

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EDITORIAL: South-side project good for region

The patience of Greenwood officials to find the best use for the high-profile intersection at Interstate 65 and County Line Road shows an economic-development mind-set that’s bringing renewed prosperity to the county.

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HUDNUT: Words on leadership from a four-term mayor

I heard many times: “Bill, if you put that tax on, you will never be elected to anything again.” We had to stick to our guns, or give up. Part of leadership is knowing when to stand on principle and when to be flexible.

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Teaching is a tough gig

Who can pay off college loans on starting salaries of $35,000 with no assurance of ever getting a raise in base pay and little or no financial compensation for achieving advanced degrees?

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IU panel pessimistic about 2016 economy

Real output growth in 2016 will average about 2.5 percent, which will be a little better than this year, but only equal to 2014, according to the forecast from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

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