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A weekly take on business news in central Indiana. The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.

A weekly take on business news in central Indiana. The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.


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A weekly take on business news in central Indiana. The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.








'Tumultuous.' That's how restaurateur Eddie Sahm describes surviving the pandemic.

Back in March, as the pandemic was unfolding in Indiana, podcast host Mason King talked with Eddie Sahm, who owns the Sahm's restaurant group with his father. At the time, Eddie talked about the company's pivot to providing meals to Second Helpings, in part to keep their staff employed, and converting some of the restaurant to marketplaces. Six months later, King catches up with Eddie about which Sahm's restaurants have survived, how business is going overall and how worried he is about the...


Breaking down the 5th District, the governor's race and the impact of early voting

Election Day is just weeks away and, already, thousands of Hoosiers are voting early in person and through mail-in absentee ballots. So podcast host Mason King talks with IBJ politics reporter Lindsey Erdody and Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University-Fort Wayne, about how the races are shaping up. They break down battles for the Governors' Office and the 5th Congressional District and evaluate the vice presidential debate. Plus, they...


Our CEO, Nate Feltman, talks about the need for a new vision for Indianapolis

Does Indianapolis need a new vision? A new strategy for its economic development, talent attraction and overall economy that will take the city into the next 40 or 50 years? A growing chorus of community and business leaders are saying yes, says Nate Feltman, co-owner and CEO of IBJ. He says the city's long-time strategy related to conventions and sports will continue to be a part of its strengths and successes. But he tells podcast host Mason King that a changing economy and the changing...


Could Indy become a virus-free 'bubble' for college basketball?

When the pandemic hit and the Big Ten and NCAA last spring began canceling sports events — many of them planned for Indianapolis — the Indiana Sports Corp. didn't go into hibernation. Instead, it went to work, trying to figure out how to be a player in whatever the sports world would become. The result is an idea that appears to have captured the fancy of a number of colleges and athletic conferences — although it's too soon to know whether any of them will take Indy up on the idea. The...


Pete the Planner urges immediate support for restaurants, plus answers to burning money questions

Since the pandemic began, Peter "Pete the Planner" Dunn has been talking on the IBJ Podcast and writing in the pages of IBJ about the need to get your discretionary spending under control to deal with the current economic downturn. But now, Pete has a new message to those who are stable: Spend some money at your favorite restaurant. We all know that restaurants have been devastated by the pandemic. Some have closed, and Pete predicts more are about to shutter. So he suggests determining...


A woman of color develops first wellness app for women of color

When Katara McCarty sees a need, she tries to find a solution. That's what led McCarty and her husband to start a church, a center for kids and a school in Africa. Now, McCarty has a new project—a smart phone app called Exhale that is meant to help women of color cope with the stress, mind their mental health and develop confidence to achieve their goals. McCarty talks with IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle about why she thinks the app is needed, what it took to launch it and how she hopes to...


Dissecting IU Health's plans for a 44-acre campus downtown

IBJ health reporter John Russell has been covering Indiana University Health's plans to expand the Methodist Hospital campus by eight blocks, or 44 acres, anchored by a new $1.6 billion hospital. The campus also will consolidate the operations of University Hospital, the Simon Cancer Center and much of the IU School of Medicine, all of which will move from the IUPUI campus. Russell joins podcast host Mason King to talk about what IU Health has revealed about the campus—and what key...


Remodelers reveal what homeowners want in COVID era

The pandemic has been a boon for the home design and renovation industry, as many people scramble to create office space, improve their yards and make other changes to make life in quarantine more acceptable. So podcast host Mason King talks to three industry experts about what clients now want, how the pandemic has affected their companies and how they work safely in clients’ homes. They are: interior designer Heidi Woodman, owner of Haus Love Interiors; Matt Troyer, owner of Emergent...


The latest wisdom on kids and COVID-19 from a Riley Hospital specialist

Six months into the pandemic, parents are still struggling with what COVID-19 means for the kids. Should they be in school? Can they go on play dates? Can they hug grandma? Of course, in many cases, there are no black and white answers to those questions. But host Mason King gets some educated opinions from Dr. James Wood, a pediatrician at Riley Children's Health and an expert in pediatric infectious diseases. Plus, Wood explains multi system inflammatory syndrome (which he describes as...


We're burning out on remote work and video calls. Here's how to get focused.

As the pandemic has stretched into months and the days seem to melt into each other, a vast majority of remote workers are burning out, according to a recent survey from At the very least, many are mired in remote working ruts. And the volume of boring and unnecessary video meetings just makes it worse. As some workforces face at least several more months of working from home, burnout threatens to become a dire business problem. But is this as good as it’s going to get? And...


Pete the Planner on derailed college, early professional careers

The pandemic has raised all kinds of new questions about college and student loans—and the value of an online education versus attending in person. Plus, what do you do if you graduated in May and still don't have a job? Host Mason King explores those issues and more with IBJ columnist Peter "Pete the Planner" Dunn. Also, read Dunn's latest column here. The IBJ Podcast is brought to you by the law firm Krieg DeVault.


The owner of Windsor Jewelry talks about surviving the riots and pandemic

Windsor Jewelry, located just south of the Circle on Meridian Street, was one of the businesses hardest hit by the riots that followed Black Lives Matter protests at the end of May. The vandalism and looting came just days after Windsor Jewelry reopened following the pandemic shutdown. The store is open again now, and the owner, Greg Bires, talked with podcast host Mason King about the one-two punch of the pandemic and violence and what it will take for Windsor and for downtown to...


This couple developed a robot that will kill the coronavirus in your workplace

Diana Brugh is a microbiologist with experience working with bacteria- and virus-killing ultraviolet lights. Her husband, Jason Brugh, is one of the state’s foremost robotics experts. And together, they've created a coronavirus-killing robot that they've just moved into the market. UVNinja Lux is the first product from the couple's newest company, AutoBio Reduction. It moves around a workplace (after mapping the space) and uses ultraviolet let to kill bacteria and viruses. Diana and...


Indy's top doc on the COVID response, masks, contact tracing, second wave

Dr. Virginia Caine has been in charge of the Marion County Public Health Department since 1994. Over her tenure she has fought waves of public health crises including HIV and AIDS, the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and the ongoing scourge of black infant mortality. But never has she taken such a visible and constant public role of authority as she has over the last five months of the coronavirus crisis. For Indianapolis, she is as one of the key interpreters of data, prime shapers of policy and...


When will office workers return to downtown Indy?

Before the pandemic hit Indianapolis in March, some 155,000 people were working regularly downtown. In the weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all non-essential workers to go home, just 5% or so of those workers remained. Essentially, the Mile Square became a ghost town. Today, some of those workers are returning. Many restaurants are open again. And a few offices are open. But IBJ reporters Samm Quinn and Anthony Schoettle spent a week talking with the leaders of downtown companies and...


Pete the Planner explains what's scaring him about the economy right now

It's been nearly four months since host Mason King sat down with Peter "Pete the Planner" Dunn to talk about personal finance. In fact, their last get together took place in person—and it was March 12, what some are now calling Black Thursday 2020, the day Wall Street suffered its largest single-day percentage drop since 1987. Pete talks about what he got right and wrong about the economy, jobs and the stock market the last time he and King talked. And Pete explains what is scaring him the...


Advice for hiring and nurturing a diverse workforce

Angela Freeman is an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg, formerly a molecular biologist at Eli Lilly and Co., and is finishing up a six-year stint on the board of the not-for-profit Women & Hi Tech, the last year as president. And in those roles, she's served on a number of search and hiring committees, which have often been charged with hiring diverse candidates. Freeman talks with podcast host Mason King about the biases that exist in hiring and promoting and explains some of the mistakes...


Indy Black Chamber of Commerce wants city support

The city of Indianapolis and Indy Chamber are close partners. Not only does Indy Chamber's Develop Indy division have a $1 million contract to handle the city's economic development efforts, the city has also given it millions of dollars for grants and loans to help companies deal with the pandemic. The Indy Black Chamber of Commerce, which launched in 2015, wants a piece of that action. Host Mason King with the Black Chamber's Larry Williams about why he thinks the city should be working...


Will the Indy 500 run with fans in the stands? IMS officials say yes.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are putting all their energy into running the Indy 500 with fans in August, despite continuing concerns about big crowds and the coronavirus. In fact, just weeks after IMS announced that NASCAR's Brickyard 400 would run in front of empty stands, the track's new owner—Roger Penske—said the Indy 500 would not run if fans couldn't be there. So we talked with IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle about the Indy 500 and his conversation with IMS President Doug...


Should the city help pay for damage done to businesses downtown?

Protests focused on racial inequality and police treatment of African Americans boiled over on May 29-30 into violence and vandalism that left businesses across downtown damaged and looted. Eric Wells, president of the Stadium Village Business Association, says the city failed to adequately protect businesses and has not communicated a plan or a vision for bringing the city's core back after the one-two punch of coronavirus and the riots. She talks with podcast host Mason King about ways...