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Episode 26: TeenWorks: Empowering Teens to Achieve Excellence in College, Career, and Community

On this episode, we interview CEO Tammie Barney and Program Manager Thomas Christenson of TeenWorks. TeenWorks provides a year-round employment and college readiness program with supportive services for teens throughout the school year. While their paid employment program gives teens the chance to earn a paycheck, the TeenWorks experience is much more than a job. Participating teens build professional resumes, gain job skills for the future, participate in volunteer projects to give back...


Episode 25: Joe Mack: Leadership Lessons From West Point to Perot Systems... and Beyond

Indianapolis is home to some great industry leaders. Joe Mack started his career as an Army Officer who graduated from West Point Military Academy. He moved on to Perot Systems, mentored and guided by Ross Perot. Joe Mack has personally been in charge of over 50 teams, ranging in size from 3 to over 150, in military and civilian organizations, in both peacetime and forward-deployed situations... and he's consulted on enterprise-level technology transformations for companies ranging from...


Episode 24: Archos Advisors: Why Does Culture Matter In An Organization?

Remember when you first started your business? You had a clear idea of exactly what kind of workplace you wanted to build, and were sure your employees would thrive in a fun, productive, and challenging environment. But somewhere along the way, something went wrong. Perhaps personality conflicts emerged. Maybe you grew faster than you could manage. Possibly, your organization lost sight of its original goals and ideals. Or it could be that you’re anxious to prevent any of these problems...


Episode 23: Learn About The 10|100 Committee And You'll Feel Better About Our Political Future

If you're like most of the country, you're not feeling great about politics nowadays. After this interview with Executive Director Jamar Cobb-Dennard and Tri-Chair Adrianne Slash, I'm confident you'll not only feel better, you'll want to help this bi-partisan effort. The vision of the 10|100 committee is to raise monies that are invested in developing a pipeline of candidates-of-color that will populate campaigns, down-ballot through Congress, with qualified servants who represent values...


Episode 22: Fullstack PEO: What and Why Your Business Might Use a Professional Employer Organization

A professional employer organization (PEO) is a firm that provides a service under which an employer can outsource employee management tasks, such as employee benefits, payroll and workers' compensation, recruiting, risk/safety management, and training and development. Fullstack PEO was born out of necessity with the technology startups launched with DeveloperTown and has now expanded to assist any technology startup in the state. (Fullstack PEO does cover 2 other states and many other...


Episode 21: Corporate Security: HIPAA Compliance and Ransomware

Security in business is essential these days. With the recent outbreak of ransomware at various local medical facilities you should be downright terrified of the potential for a data breach. Indianapolis is the home of many technologists, and we bring two security experts to the table for a fascinating interview on corporate security. Mike has a background in assisting small to medium-size medical businesses get HIPAA compliant. Mark has an extensive background in large enterprises and has...


Episode 20: Startup Challenges... with The Indy Startup Challenge

The mission of The Indy Startup Challenge is to teach Indiana founders how to practice the best in class startup methodologies that are now commonplace in many startup hubs throughout the country in order to create a wave of lasting startups throughout Indiana. In this episode, we speak to Stephanie Corliss and Thor Wood, co-founders of Snapshyft and Diana Morris, founder of Ladybug Collaborative. These are both startup companies that are building platforms for their respective industries....


Episode 19: What Every Business Needs to Know About Google Analytics

In preparation for an upcoming training class on Google Analytics, we speak with Indianapolis Analytics expert and "all things Google" Jennifer Denney. Jennifer's company, Elevated Marketing Solutions, has been booking sold-out Google Analytics training for DK New Media since last summer. Analytics - and Google Analytics - is often misunderstood and never fully implemented by companies. Just as important as getting your accounting in order, businesses today should have their analytics in...


Episode 18: What Makes Biking in Indianapolis so Fantastic?

We gathered some avid cyclists from in and around Indianapolis to speak to why this city is such an amazing place for bicycling. Tune in to hear from veterans, charities, mechanics, and even a cyclist with a national following! Special Guests: Alison Cole, Anthony Barr, Chris Wiggins, Derek Sitzman, and Jamey McPherson.


Episode 16: So You Want to Be a Solopreneur?

What are the benefits and challenges of being a solopreneur? We share the good, the bad, and the ugly with three new entrepreneurs and some experienced ones here in Indianapolis. Being a solopreneur is not for the faint of heart or soul. Solopreneurs are a different breed of worker, that have cast away the notion of simply "having a job". One day they decided to follow their dreams to create something different for themselves. Their stories are unique, challenging, scary, and exciting...


Episode 10: Women-Owned Businesses Serving Their Community

Does your work inspire you? Does it serve others? Are you changing the world around you? Today, we speak with three female entrepreneurs that left corporate life and the stability of a great paycheck to pursue their passions. We have an amazing conversation with 3 female business owners who have created businesses serving their community. The founders of JenDaisy Boutique, Indiana Originals, and Fatherless Daughters are an inspiration - and we interview them here in Off the Circle. Special...


Episode 8: Kenzie Academy: Preparing Indianapolis' Growing Demand for Technology Talent

Indianapolis is turning into a hotbed for technology and startups. In 2016, 43 technology companies committed to add over 5,000 full-time jobs. These tech jobs pay twice the median average wage. Two-thirds of the $77 million in 2016 venture capital in Indiana companies went to technology companies (three-quarters of all companies who received VC) and since 2000, $7 billion in acquisitions and IPOs from more than 2 dozen companies has materialized. According to SmartAsset, Indy is ranked...


Episode 7: Know Your Finances! Learn Both Personal and Business Financial Tips!

How you handle finances is key to your success at operating a business as well as how you prepare for retirement. Today we talk about personal and business finances, taxes, and how to plan ahead for the highs and lows of owning a business. What should you do when the money is good, and how to plan for seasonal work, when you need to ask for assistance... all on Off the Circle! Special Guests: Dan Rodgers and Ed Gunnell.


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