Avoiding Accidental Franchise Pitfalls
Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful.
Tech Momentum Continues in Indiana
The hits keep coming for Indiana’s growing tech sector. The announcement that San Francisco-based Appirio has designated Indianapolis as its corporate headquarters is the latest in a string of positive news for the sector.The cloud services company says its goal is to add more than 420 employees in Indy over the next five years. In a text exchange, High Alpha Managing Director and ExactTarget co-founder Scott Dorsey told me it is “enormous validation” for the Indy tec...
Good Employment Numbers, But We've Got Issues
Hoosiers should be celebrating recently-released employment numbers that show private sector employment in the state is at an all-time high, more than 2,200 jobs higher than the previous peak in March 2000. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says unemployment in July dipped to 4.7%, its lowest level since November 2007. And, unlike neighboring states like Illinois, Indiana’s labor force is expanding, the state adding 10,000 individuals last month. Good stu...
Hot Air Blowing in From the West…Along With More Jobs
You’ve got to hand it to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. In April, the first term Republican generated headlines and raised the ire of Hoosiers when he vowed to “rip the economic guts” out of Indiana. Rauner’s rant was prompted by high profile efforts by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to lure companies from The Land of Lincoln with advertising campaigns including "Illinoyed" and "Stillinoyed."...
What Do Customers Really Think of You?
Ask a business owner how her customers think about the services they receive or the products they use, and you’ll hear comments like "they love us." But when a third party asks those customers the same question, the results can be eye-opening. I recently shared the story about developing a customer profile for a professional services firm that was eager to grow but lacked useful marketing intelligence about the business it was already handling. We helped them...
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Scotty's Brewhouse Files For Bankruptcy
Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says the decision was "driven largely by the challenges of some specific locations and was necessary because of the way the company was structured corporately." As a result of the deal, Scotty's will close four of its restaurants by the end of the year. In a news release provided to Inside INdiana Business...
Indy Chamber Unveils Legislative Priorities
The Indy Chamber has released its legislative agenda ahead of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. Priorities include early childhood education, hate crimes legislation and an increase to the state's cigarette tax.
Shelbyville to Debut Giant Sculpture
Officials in Shelbyville will this evening unveil a new art installation in the city's downtown. The city says the four-story, $150,000 sculpture known as Blue River - Wind, Rain and Water anchors its ongoing commitment to public art.
Dept. of Labor Honors Eleven Fifty
Fishers-based Eleven Fifty Academy says it is the first in Indiana and one of just a few in the nation to be recognized by the U.S. Department of labor as a registered software development apprenticeship program. The department is taking part in a ceremonial signing with the academy this morning at Eleven Fifty's headquarters in Launch Fishers. Founder Scott Jones says, with tens of thousands of tech jobs available in Indiana, the designation shows Eleven Fifty is...
Indy Airport to Introduce New Airline
Indianapolis International Airport will today host an event to welcome a new airline. Airport officials say the provider will add more routes to IND's growing roster of options. Earlier this month, the airport reported record-breaking traffic in the third quarter. IND said the more than 2.4 million passengers that passed through the airport in the third quarter of 2018 marked an 8 percent year-to-date increase over last year and the best third quarter in the facility's history.