An Indianapolis Business Podcast: Off the Circle

Listen to the Indianapolis Business Scene Like You've Never Heard It Before

About the show

Listen to Indy-based entrepreneurs and business-people, their experience and expertise. Have some laughs and learn along the way on this episode of Off the Circle. Your hosts are Douglas Karr and Ryan Grimes. We're sharing motivating stories, newly discovered businesses, exceptional leaders, and other topics associated with the great city of Indianapolis.

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  • Empowering Employers to Benchmark and Improve Employee Culture

    April 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    business, culture, employee culture, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, jobs, john qualls, marine, marine corps, purpose, purposely, recruitment, role, skills, talent, value, veteran

    In this episode Douglas interviews Indianapolis Entrepreneur, John Qualls. John has had an incredible career launching and leading several technology startups. His most recent company is Purposely, a platform to empower employees or individuals to optimize their talents.

  • JBJ Legal: Not Your Traditional Law Firm

    January 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    attorneys, business, contracts, coworking, employment law, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, industrious, indy, jbj legal, legal, legal profession

    On this episode, we interview Hannah Kaufman Joseph and Kimberly Jeselskis, two of the founding attorneys at JBJ Legal. The business of practicing law is changing rapidly with the advent of automation, self-service legal options, and increasing competition in the marketplace.

  • WGU Indiana: Access To An Affordable, Fully Accredited Education for Busy Hoosiers

    November 7th, 2019  |  29 mins 26 secs
    alison barber bell, alison bell, business, business degree, chancellor, college, education, fifth third bank, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, jacob brown, non-profit, online degree, university, veterans, wgu indiana

    On this episode, we interview Alison Barber Bell, Chancellor of WGU Indiana, and Jacob Brown, Graduate of WGU's Master's in Business Leadership and Vice President of Fifth Third Bank. We discuss WGU's unique non-profit, accredited online degree program... from WGU's new Indiana offices downtown.

  • Sky Outfitters: A Buy-One-Give-One Apparel Company Serving The Homeless

    October 20th, 2019  |  31 mins 6 secs
    bogo, business, buy one give one, homeless, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, keaton hendricks, keeton hendricks, mission, shelter, sky outfitters, socks

    On this episode, we interview Keaton Hendricks, founder of Sky Outfitters. Sky Outfitters is an online e-commerce company headquartered in Indianapolis. For every item you buy online, a matching item is hand-delivered to a homeless shelter.

  • Chef Ben Hardy and Larry Dickerson on Indiana's Culinary Crossroads Initiative

    October 12th, 2019  |  38 mins
    ben hardy, business, cindy hawkins, craig baker, culinary crossroads, erin gillum, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, justin miller, roger hawkings, team indiana, world food championships

    On this episode, we interview Chef Ben Hardy and Larry Dickerson on Indiana's Culinary Crossroads Initiative. Ben is joining Team Indiana and headed to Dallas, TX to compete in the World Food Championships.

  • Where Speed Matters: The State of 5G in Indiana

    October 7th, 2019  |  25 mins 20 secs
    5g, business, hoosiers, indiana, indiana 5g zone, indianapolis, indy, iot, mobile, purdue research foundation, sean hendrix

    On this episode, we interview Sean Hendrix, the Director of Emerging Technology Partnerships for the Purdue Research Foundation and the managing director of the Indiana 5G Zone. We're discussing the latest public private initiatives to drive 5G implementation and innovation here in Indiana.

  • Jeffrey Smith of City Wide Maintenance: Finding and Growing an Award-Winning Franchise

    October 2nd, 2019  |  15 mins 31 secs
    business, city wide maintenance, commercial cleaning, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, janitorial services, jeffrey smith

    On this episode, we interview Jeffrey Smith. Jeffrey researched and identified a franchise opportunity and landed on janitorial services and commercial cleaning. City Wide Maintenance continues to grow and retain clients at phenomenal success and Jeffrey shares his experience here.

  • Upper Hand: A Suite of Tools for Sports Organizations to Tech-Enable and Manage Their Business Online

    April 9th, 2019  |  26 mins 14 secs
    business, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, kevin maccauley, myles grote, online tools, software, sports, sports technology, technology, upper hand

    On this episode, we interview Kevin MacCauley and Myles Grote, co-founders of Upper Hand. Upper Hand offers sports organizations a suite of online tools to effectively manage their businesses.

  • Matt Hunckler and Powderkeg: Innovation Outside of Silicon Valley

    April 9th, 2019  |  53 mins 20 secs
    business, hoosiers, hunckler, indiana, indianapolis, indy, innovation, matt hunckler, midwest, orr fellowship, pitch competition, powderkeg, tech conferences, technology

    On this episode, we interview Matt Hunckler, founder of Powderkeg.

  • The 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year

    March 31st, 2019  |  41 mins
    blood cancers, boy of the year, business, fundraiser, girl of the year, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, katelyn sussli, leukemia, leukemia and lymphoma society, lls, lymphoma, man of the year, tim houterloot, woman of the year

    On this episode, we interview Tim Houterloot, a ten year survivor of Hairy Cell Leukemia. Tim is a candidate for the Man of the Year award. And we have both this year's boy and girl of the year on the show...

  • Mayor Greg Ballard Discusses His Book: Less Oil or More Caskets

    March 31st, 2019  |  32 mins 5 secs
    author, book, business, energy, greg ballard, hoosiers, indiana, indiana university press, indianapolis, indianapolis mayor, indy, less oil or more caskets, politics

    On this episode, we interview Indianapolis' former Mayor Greg Ballard. Mayor Ballard has written a new book, Less Oil or More Caskets: The National Security Argument for Moving Away From Oil.

  • Matt Foley of ScoocH: From Soccer Dad to $6 Million Mobile Case Business

    March 31st, 2019  |  24 mins 39 secs
    business, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, iphone case, matt foley, mobile phone case, scooch, scooch case, smartphone case

    On this episode, we interview ScoocH President and Co-founder Matt Foley on his journey to rival the PopSocket by creating the No. 1 phone case for video streaming.

  • Mike Reynolds of Innovatemap: An Indiana Digital Product Agency

    March 31st, 2019  |  33 mins 10 secs
    broad ripple, business, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, indytech, innovatemap, marketing, mike reynolds, product marketing, product roadmap, technology

    In this Martech Zone Interview, we speak to Mike Reynolds, founder of Innovatemap, a digital product agency. Mike has been ideating and delivering digital products to market for over 20 years.

  • Episode 44: Brian Rowe of Perceivant: An Active Learning Interface and Reporting Platform for Higher Education

    March 31st, 2019  |  42 mins 54 secs
    brian rowe, business, college, higher education, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, interactive learning, perceivant, reporting, technology, university

    On this episode, we interview Brian Rowe of Perceivant. Perceivant is an Indianapolis-based educational technology company serving the higher education marketplace.

  • Episode 43: Why Indiana? We Discuss the Incredible Business Culture of Our Great State

    February 11th, 2019  |  46 mins 29 secs
    attorney state, business, business climate, emily schoenbaechler, hoosier, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, wes zirkle, women in business, women in technology

    On this episode, we speak with attorney Wes Zirkle who was part of a sports talent representation firm that went international and Emily Schoenbaechler, who worked extensively in the State House and is passionate about female representation in our technology space.

  • Episode 42: Richard Banta of Lifeline Data Centers Explains the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)

    January 8th, 2019  |  31 mins 30 secs
    business, compliance, data center, defense acquisition regulation supplement, dfars, electromagnetic pulse, emp, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, lifeline data centers, national institute of standards and technology, rich banta, richard banta

    On this episode, we interview Rich Banta, founder and Chief Compliance Officer of Lifeline Data Centers. Rich leads the country in compliance and certifications and has been instrumental at driving innovation in the Data Center industry.