February 1, 2019 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation

One of the most common issues a business owner will face is deciding when to expand and how to finance the expansion. Local entrepreneur Kelsey Rardon faced this very issue when she was evaluating the success of her business, Breathing Space Yoga + Meditation, which offers group and private…

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December 19, 2018 Emily Hayden

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Urban Contessa Flower and Gift Boutique

Urban Contessa flower and gift boutique isn’t your typical roses and daisies. They arrange the highest quality flowers in original, organic styles.  What makes Urban Contessa even more unique? It is owned and operated by a mother and daughter, Asia and Olivia. In our interview, Asia explained how their arrangements…

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November 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Solar Earth Lawn Care

Owner Gus Mariscal was inspired to start Solar Earth, Indiana’s first eco-friendly lawn care company, when he found out about the harmful effects that small engines have on the environment. After more research and planning, Solar Earth Lawn care was created with the mission to keep lawns beautiful while…

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August 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

Expanding Education and Childcare Through Local Entrepreneurship

Ten years ago, self-proclaimed child advocate and foster parent Antoinette Williams founded a daycare in her own home: Precious Moments Early Childhood Education Academy. The center serves working parents on Indy’s southeast side in it’s new location at House of God Ministries. Today, Antoinette Williams …

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July 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: La Guía Indy

  Indianapolis entrepreneur Marilyn Villagran understands that running a successful business takes a community of support. In her early years of entrepreneurship, Marilyn found herself looking for guidance to help build her graphic design business primarily serving the Latino community. However, after observing some of the difficulties her friends,…

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June 28, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Donald Mee Design

  Donald Mee Design, owned by Donald Mee and his wife Rebekah, specializes in creating custom commercial and residential furniture out of their Indianapolis studio. They focus on quality craftsmanship and heirloom one-of-a-kind pieces. However, like many businesses in the “maker” industry, the studio started off as just…

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April 27, 2018 Susanna Taft

Indiana City Brewing Taps BOI Loan to Double Production

  Indy native and passionate homebrewer Ray Kamstra had a dream of taking his award-winning beers to the public. In the summer of 2012, he and his wife successfully ran a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign that allowed them to start Indiana City Brewing Co. out of a historic…

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April 3, 2018 Susanna Taft

General American Donut Co. Leverages BOI Loan for New Take-Out Restaurant

Though donuts and ramen don’t readily seem to have anything in common, the odd combination makes perfect sense for the creative growth plans of two local food-preneurs.     A couple originally from Seattle, Adam Perry and Kari Nickander have always shared a passion for…

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February 26, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Plenty Lifestyle

  Faith, passion and purpose were the key ingredients for local entrepreneur Alyssa Norwalk’s new venture, Plenty Lifestyle, which opened June 2017 at 54th and the Monon Trail. Inspired by her mother’s retail career, Alyssa’s first experience with entrepreneurship was through co-ownership of Gingko, a boutique in Broad Ripple…

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December 14, 2017 Susanna Taft

Local Foodie Finds Success in the Test Kitchen

For most entrepreneurs, creative business ideas are born from a problematic experience. For one local entrepreneur, “It all started with crappy snacks”.   In March 2017, Nick Hinton started following a new Ketogenic diet, finding it very difficult to find snack food that aligned with the low-carb, high-fat diet. He…

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