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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  • Julie Kratz: How Inclusive Leadership Leads to a Positive Workplace Culture and Better Business Results

    December 3rd, 2020  |  40 mins 44 secs
    business, diversity, hoosiers, inclusion, inclusive leadership, indiana, indianapolis, indy, julie kratz, leadership, next pivot point

    On this episode, we interview Julie Kratz. Julie is the founder and CEO of Next Pivot Point, an accomplished author, and public speaker. Julie is passionate about assisting business leaders focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace to improve business results and workplace culture.

  • Michael Reynolds of InnovateMap: How Businesses Can Accelerate Their Digital Transformation Due to the Pandemic

    December 3rd, 2020  |  34 mins 47 secs
    business, covid-19, digital transformation, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, innovatemap, lockdowns, michael reynolds, pandemic, product innovation, work from home

    On this episode, we interview Michael Reynolds of InnovateMap. His firm's expertise has been in assisting businesses to develop digital products and experiences. The pandemic has forced a transition of virtually every business to go digital, and Michael provides advice for business leaders to listen and adapt to changes in consumer and business behavior.

  • Fullstack PEO and CLA: Business Audits, Bookkeeping, Accounting, Taxes and Wealth Advisory Services

    December 3rd, 2020  |  33 mins 57 secs
    business, business accounting, business bookkeeping, business taxation, business wealth advisory, cla, fullstack peo, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, michael kelly, peo, randie dial, tech startups, tech-enabled

    On this episode, we interview Randie Dial of CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) and Michael Kelly of FullStack PEO about the importance of financial auditing, taxation, consulting, and wealth advisory services.

  • Jack Klemeyer: Leadership Coaching With An Uncertain Future

    September 30th, 2020  |  42 mins 5 secs
    business, coaching, grow your business, gyb coaching, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, jack klemeyer, john maxwell, leadership, leadership coaching, pandemic

    On this episode, we interview Jack Klemeyer, a veteran business coach with 25 years of experience. Jack provides his insight into the current uncertain economic future of business and how leaders should respond, react, and succeed.

  • Torchlite: The Marketplace for Small Business Salesforce Essentials "Flexperts"

    July 8th, 2020  |  27 mins 50 secs
    business, flexperts, hoosiers, indiana, indianapolis, indy, salesforce, salesforce essentials, susan marshall, torchlite

    On this episode, we interview Susan Marshall, founder and CEO of Torchlite. Susan shares the organization's partnership and focus on supporting small businesses with their Salesforce Essentials implementations and support.

  • How to Lead Like An Ally And Facilitate Inclusion in Your Workplace With Julie Kratz

    June 22nd, 2020  |  43 mins 3 secs
    black lives matter, blacklivesmatter, business, diversity, equality, gender equality, hoosiers, inclusion, inclusive leadership, indiana, indianapolis, indy, julie kratz, next pivot point, racial inclusion

    On this episode, we interview Julie Kratz. Despite the best of intentions, very few organizations are reaching their equality goals, even those deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. Julie is a speaker, author, and leadership consultant who assists leaders with driving business results with proven strategies to pivot to the next level with diversity and inclusion.

  • 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...