Indianapolis Business Journal

SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2011

This week, see why Herff Jones is cheering about a new acquisition and meet the owner of a small landscape architecture firm that is doing big things. In Focus, find out why the Audubon Society is targeting downtown building owners. And in A&E, find out what we thought of the new Indianapolis Colts Grille.

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ChaCha broadens business strategy

Mobile-phone-answers service ChaCha Search has dialed up its largest expansion yet—entering the United Kingdom and contracting with New York City’s “311” municipal information service.

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Critics: Wrecking ball won’t fix Indianapolis neighborhoods

Many neighborhood leaders have hailed Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to raze some 2,000 abandoned homes by the end of 2012 as a long-overdue means of tackling urban blight. But some residents and experts fear rampant demolition—without a clear plan for how to redevelop the properties—will fail to improve neighborhoods.

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Herff Jones jumps into cheerleading

Yearbook-and-class-ring maker Herff Jones on Aug. 1 bought Memphis-based Varsity Brands, the top supplier of cheerleader uniforms, as well as the force behind cheerleading’s evolution into a stand-alone sport. Varsity will bring Herff about $250 million in annual revenue through its uniform sales, training camps and competitions.

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Not-for-profit seeks purchase that would aid Easter Seals

Crossroads Industrial Services Chief Operating Officer Curtiss Quirin has a certain sense of urgency as he looks to buy a business to add revenue to the not-for-profit contract manufacturer, because Crossroads provides jobs for people with disabilities, and generates a surplus that feeds the revenue-starved parent organization, Easter Seals Crossroads.

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Landscape architect stays small by design

Landstory, Joann Green’s landscape architecture firm, is a snug four-person company that has designed exterior spaces for some major Indianapolis projects, such as the JW Marriott, Lucas Oil Stadium and Indiana University’s Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

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Class in Hoosier hospitality launched for Super Bowl

The class is being launched Oct. 3 with the goal of getting tens of thousands of front-line hospitality workers—from hoteliers, caterers and restaurant servers to cab drivers and airport employees—prepared for the barrage of Super Bowl visitors coming in February.

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Abound Solar undeterred by rivals’ bankruptcies

Abound officials are quick to reassure that the company is on track with its original business plan, which calls for adding a huge amount of manufacturing capacity in Tipton in 2012 or 2013 and hiring 900 to 1,200 people.

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Facts favor Ballard

As a college student who places a high priority on doing my homework, I take exception to Jake Bonifield’s one-sided column “Ballard and Kennedy’s Striking Contrasts” [Aug. 22 Forefront].

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