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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.

An Indianapolis Business Podcast: Off the Circle Douglas Karr

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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.

    JBJ Legal: Not Your Traditional Law Firm

    JBJ Legal: Not Your Traditional Law Firm

    The traditional law firm model is a dinosaur. Clients dread the billable hour and have come to think of lawyers as a necessary evil rather than a trusted adviser and business partner. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and individuals need a new way to work with sophisticated legal professionals. There is a better way to provide cost-effective, responsive, and dynamic legal services to clients.


    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.


    JBJ Legal is small enough to maintain lower costs which benefits their clients yet sophisticated enough to provide exceptional service and representation.
    Special Guests: Hannah Kaufman Joseph and Kimberly Jeselskis.
    Sponsored By:
    FullStack PEO: FullStack services include payroll processing, tax remittance, benefits administration, worker’s compensation administration, unemployment administration, and HR administrative support - which includes forms and templates, as well as advice and consultation on employment-related matters. Promo Code: offthecircleLinks:
    JBJ Legal — JBJ Legal provides full-service legal representation to entrepreneurs, individuals, and companies for all of their business, employment and litigation needs.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    WGU Indiana: Access To An Affordable, Fully Accredited Education for Busy Hoosiers

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

    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.


    WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.


    Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). WGU Indiana has helped 7,500 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. Another 5,900 students are currently enrolled.


    Facts about WGU Indiana:


    In 2010, Western Governors University was approached by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels about creating a state-based model for the university.
    Indiana became the very first state model and the first state-endorsed online university, creating positions for a local chancellor and local advisory board.
    WGU Indiana is a nonprofit, accredited, online university that serves students from all different backgrounds
    WGU Indiana is currently serving about 5,600 Hoosiers – a 166 percent increase in enrollment since 2011.
    WGU Indiana serves more than 520 active-duty military members, veterans or military family members.
    WGU Indiana has awarded degrees to more than 7,500 Indiana residents.
    WGU Indiana serves students who are not well-served by traditional colleges and universities; 72 percent are classified as underserved in one or more of four categories: ethnic minority, low income, rural residents, or first-generation college students.
    As of 2018, 86 percent of WGU Indiana’s students work full-time jobs while pursuing a degree.
    According to a recent Gallup-Purdue index, which provides insight into the relationship between the college experience and outcomes, WGU consistently scored higher than the national average when measuring school compatibility, mentorship, challenging curriculum, cost-worthiness and more.


    WGU Indiana’s tuition fees are nearly half the national average. Tuition is about $6,500 per 12-month year for most programs, and it is charged at a flat rate, which means students can complete as many courses as they are able in any term, at no additional cost. On average, WGU graduates increase their pre-enrollment income by $12,600 within two years of graduation and by $18,400 within four years. With an average cost of $16,500 for a bachelor's degree, most WGU graduates see a positive return on their investment within two to three years.
    Special Guests: Alison Barber Bell and Jacob Brown.
    Sponsored By:
    FullStack PEO: FullStack services include payroll processing, tax remittance, benefits administration, worker’s compensation administration, unemployment administration, and HR administrative support - which includes forms and templates, as well as advice and consultation on employment-related matters. Promo Code: offthecircleLinks:
    WGU Indiana — An affordable and innovative online education that's valued by employers.Indiana Small Business Development Center — Our sponsor, FullStack PEO, provided this resource for Indiana business professionals. The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) was created to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth

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

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

    On this episode, we interview Keaton Hendricks, founder of Sky Outfitters. Sky Outfitters is an online e-commerce company headquartered in Indianapolis. Since inception in 2016, Sky Outfitters (formerly known as Sky Footwear) has partnered with over 30 different homeless shelters across the Midwest and donated over 30,000 socks as a component of its “buy-one-give-one” mission.


    With every piece of apparel sold, the company donates that item to its homeless shelter of the month – August’s shelter being Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Launched in 2016, Sky Outfitters tripled its revenue in its first year – and in 2018, the company saw $127K in gross revenue – a number that is expected to steadily increase throughout the rest of 2019.


    Expanding the company’s retail line, the company's rebranding coincides with the launch of two new apparel products found on homeless shelters’ most requested items list – premium beanies and scarves.
    Special Guests: Keaton Hendricks and Keeton Hendricks.
    Sponsored By:
    DK New Media: If you're a marketing and technology firm that isn't driving leads through your online presence, we can help. We help you develop and execute a digital marketing strategy while educating your staff and providing all the resources. Promo Code: offthecircleMy IT Indy: My IT Indy is a complete technology solution provider. We are 100% committed to making sure business owners have the most reliable and professional IT service in the United States. Promo Code: offthecircleLinks:
    Sky Outfitters — Every item you purchase has the potential to help make a difference. For each item you buy, Sky Outfitters will give one to our shelter of the month.

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

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

    On this episode, we interview Chef Ben Hardy and Larry Dickerson on Indiana's Culinary Crossroads Initiative.


    Team Indiana is a talented and diverse group of Hoosier chefs and home cooks headed to Dallas, TX to compete in the World Food Championships October 16-20. They are representing the State of Indiana as part of the Culinary Crossroads initiative, with backing from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Indiana Grown, and other underwriters.


    Team Indiana is comprised of nine chefs from around the state, competing in seven different events at the 2019 World Food Championships. Among the team are several from Indianapolis, including:



    Ben Hardy (Indianapolis), co-owner and pastry chef of Gallery Pastry Shop
    Erin Gillum (Indianapolis), executive chef of Spoke & Steele
    Justin Miller (Carmel), executive chef of Anthony’s Chophouse
    Craig Baker (Indianapolis), restaurant consultant
    Cindy Hawkins (Indianapolis), owner of Circle City Sweets
    Roger Hawkins (Indianapolis), owner of Circle City Soups


    We discuss the cultural impact of culinary talent on the state's economy, Ben's history and his Pastry shop, as well as the upcoming World Food Championships.
    Special Guests: Ben Hardy and Larry Dickerson.
    Sponsored By:
    Lifeline Data Centers: When thinking about data protection and recovery, there is the age-old question of whether you should keep it in-house or use an outsourced data. Promo Code: Off the CircleLinks:
    World Food Championships — With more than $350,000 up for grabs, there's little wonder why over 1,50o cooks are traveling into Dallas in October to compete at the 8th Annual World Food Championships (WFC). Team Indiana - A Culinary Crossroads Initiative — Culinary Crossroads is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the people, products, services and attractions that make up the state’s culinary culture. Gallery Pastry Shop — Alison Keefer and Executive Pastry Chef Ben Hardy decided to follow their passion and open their own unique shop in Indy focused on European pastry and plated desserts. They are both excited to share their love of food and join the already talented Indy food scene!

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

    Where Speed Matters: The State of 5G in Indiana

    On this episode, we 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, the Indiana 5G Zone.


    The Indiana 5G Zone will occupy 3,000 square feet within the 24,000-square-foot downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the Eleven Fifty Academy, a non-profit educational entity that helps professionals upskill and launch careers in technology. Co-locating the Indiana 5G Zone here will integrate the 5G infrastructure and testing facilities within the academy’s immersive coding and cybersecurity training programs.


    The facility is being established by the Indiana 5G Forum, which has developed to include several notable stakeholders, including AT&T, Verizon, Purdue University, Eleven Fifty Academy, Indiana IoT Lab - Fishers, Battery Innovation Center, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), Energy Systems Network, Indiana University, and the University of Notre Dame with the intent to add more partners from near and far. The Indiana 5G Zone is sponsored as part of a strategic initiative established in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to leverage Indiana’s developing digital infrastructure to catalyze innovation and support rapidly-developing companies.


    The Indiana 5G Zone will offer businesses, universities, government, and research institutions the ability to book fee-for-service lab space at the facility, leveraging its unique 5G network infrastructure to develop and test new technologies, products or service applications, while also having access to shared spaces for programming and events. It will be the first node of what will become a statewide 5G-related resource network.
    Special Guest: Sean Hendrix.
    Sponsored By:
    Lifeline Data Centers: When thinking about data protection and recovery, there is the age-old question of whether you should keep it in-house or use an outsourced data. Promo Code: Off the CircleLinks:
    Indiana 5G: Where Speed Matter — The Indiana 5G Zone will occupy 3,000 square feet within the 24,000-square-foot downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the Eleven Fifty Academy, a non-profit educational entity that helps professionals upskill and launch careers in technology. Co-locating the Indiana 5G Zone here will integrate the 5G infrastructure and testing facilities within the academy’s immersive coding and cybersecurity training programs.5G Futures Indianapolis - October 10, 2019 — 5G will be transformative—making our lives better, our communities safer, and our country more prosperous. From new smartphone uses, automated vehicles, and the Internet of Things to remote healthcare, augmented and virtual reality, industrial automation and more, the innovations of the future will be built on 5G. Join CTIA & the Indy Chamber at 5G Futures: Indianapolis to learn what our future holds from the companies making 5G a reality.

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

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

    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.


    City Wide is a management company in the building maintenance industry with more than 50 years’ experience offering janitorial and 20-plus other facility services. In 2005, Jeff Smith, an Indiana native, opened City Wide of Indianapolis and began offering the company’s unique experience to building maintenance and janitorial services to commercial facilities in the greater Indianapolis metro.


    Jeff knew from experience that truly amazing client support took an extra level of engagement but resulted in successful lifelong relationships. He was drawn to City Wide because he recognized that they had a unique business model that offered this excellent support better than any team he had ever seen.


    Today, Jeff is transforming an industry often plagued with mediocrity.



    Offering a unique management approach
    Providing more than 20 different services
    Representing your needs
    Focusing on vendor selection, compliance & overall client satisfaction


    Clients aren’t used to the attention to detail and level of communication City Wide Maintenance offers and once they hired them, they love it! Their goal is to become an extension of your management team and save you time, money and the stress associated with facility management.
    Special Guest: Jeffrey Smith.
    Sponsored By:
    DK New Media: If you're a marketing and technology firm that isn't driving leads through your online presence, we can help. We help you develop and execute a digital marketing strategy while educating your staff and providing all the resources. Promo Code: offthecircleLinks:
    City Wide Maintenance of Indianapolis — City Wide is a sales and management company in the building maintenance industry. A single-source solution for all commercial janitorial and maintenance services, City Wide has nearly 60 years of experience managing interior and exterior services for its clients.

    • 15 min

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