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Sep 14, 2017

This week we learn more about what to expect from the Children's Museum in the next few months including the Haunted House, the new sports legends park, and find out what is coming in 2018. Plus we hear from a great organization helping men who are homeless or just out of jail learn a trade and gain employment. All this week on the EDGE!

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There is always excitement happening at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and we were lucky to be joined in our studio by Leslie Olsen, the public relations manager at the Children's Museum, and Liz Sewell, the head witch of the Wicked Woods Haunted House. The calendar has flipped to September and that means fall is in full swing and so the Children's Museum is gearing up for this year's Haunted House which will be the 54th year of this event. The Wicked Woods Haunted House opens on October 7 and will definitely feature a lot of scares!

Just this week, they also announced there will be 15 sports legends that will appear on the Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions in the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience which is slated to open in March of 2018. Some of the famous Indianapolis legends that will be featured include: Reggie Miller, Reggie Wayne, Larry Bird, Tamika Catchings, Hank Aaron, Pete and Alice Dye, A.J. Foyt, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby "Slick" Leonard, Oscar Robertson, Wilma Rudolph, and Barbara Wayne. This 7.5 acre indoor/outdoor sports park is also partnering with several of the Indianapolis professional sports teams and venues to build this park.

What's in store for 2018? They haven't officially said what will come in 2018 yet, but we leave it up to you whether to believe it (or not!)

To keep up to date with the latest events at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, please visit their website: https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

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On this week's Paul Poteet on the Edge features some more great stories! This week's featured stories include:

An Indiana farmer who has created a unique corn maze dedicated to Princess Leia - https://www.yahoo.com/news/indiana-farmer-plants-corn-maize-tribute-carrie-fisher-150146887.html

There is a new trend on the internet that has people sharing images of themselves with their historical doppelganger - https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/1522308/people-share-brilliant-doppleganger-snaps-of-them-with-lookalike-paintings-at-museums-and-galleries/

The most popular emoji used in your state is... - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4776530/Map-reveals-state-s-favorite-emoji.html

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If you haven't heard of Purposeful Design before, we're glad to introduce you to them. We met with Purposeful Design a few weeks ago about some furniture for our Site Strategics office and we had to bring their story to you. Purposeful Design is a fully-functioning wood shop making handmade furniture from Indiana hardwood and they are doing so well that they have outgrown their location on 16th street and are moving to a new location in 2018. But not only do they design beautiful furniture, but they are rebuilding lives at the same time. They employ and train men who are homeless or just out of jail by giving them a job and teaching them a trade.

Dan Mayes, the shop assistant at Purposeful Design, joined us on the show to talk about some of the furniture they created for Salesforce's new headquarters in the old Chase Tower and how they even got featured on the HGTV show Good Bones!

To see more of their furniture and learn more about their organization, please visit: https://pdindy.com/

 

Sep 11, 2017

This week on the Edge of Indy we're talking about the 5th annual Sun King CANvitational plus we're joined by one of the co-founders of Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda - another alcohol related show!


The 5th Annual Sun King CANvitational took place in downtown Indianapolis this past weekend, but we were able to talk to Dave Colt, the head brewer and co-founder of Sun King Brewery, before the event last week.

CANvitational is the Midwest's largest canned craft beer festival and it takes place right on Georgia Street and it brings together over 65 breweries from across America to downtown Indianapolis.

At the event, you can sample beer from all 65+ breweries and eat local food from food trucks with live music.

To learn more about CANvitational, visit their website: http://www.canvitational.com/

To learn more about Sun King Brewery, visit their website: http://www.sunkingbrewing.com/

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Have you ever struggled to find that perfect gift for that special loved one or friend? Well, on this week's Paul on the Edge, Paul Poteet found an article that helps you buy the perfect soap for that special someone...plus a mom-to-be took pregnancy photos with 20,000 little buzzing friends and thousands of dollars worth of legos were stolen from a house in Michigan. Here are the links to this week's stories:

10+ This company makes the most hilarious soaps ever - http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-soap-names-whiskey-river/


Pregnant woman poses with 20,000 live bees for crazy maternity photoshoot - http://www.boredpanda.com/bees-maternity-photo-shoot-emily-mueller/


Thousands of dollars worth of Legos stolen during Grandville break-in - http://fox17online.com/2017/08/29/thousands-of-dollars-worth-of-legos-stolen-during-grandville-break-in/

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If you haven't heard of Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda before this show, then where have you been? Garden Party was started by husband and wife team Stephen and Erin Edds and launched earlier this year.

Erin is a food and beverage entrepreneur and developed the hard soda over the course of one year and brought to market two flavors, Ruby and Violet.

Both the Violet and the Ruby are all-natural premium hard sodas with 8% alcohol and can be found in liquor stores across Indiana - with a goal of expanding their distribution across the globe.

To learn more about Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda, please visit their website: https://www.drinkgp.com/

Aug 30, 2017

It has finally happened...wine is on the set and Brittany couldn't be happier. The Indianapolis Wine Festival is coming up in a few weeks and we wanted to bring them on the show to talk about what we can expect this year. Plus, Indy Do Day is looking to get 20,000 people out for community service projects this year - Let's help them achieve this goal! All this and Paul Poteet is back...on the EDGE!

The Indianapolis Wine Festival takes place this year on September 15 and 16 this year at the Pan Am Plaza and a $30-45 ticket includes a tasting wine glass, 20 tastings, one pint of beer, seminars, musical entertainment and discounts to purchase wine.

Marcus Fischer, Trade Marketing Manager for Anheuser-Busch and organizer of the event, says there will be over 200 different wines from around the world at this year's event. Last year was the first year for the event so he's planning on having a great turnout this year (and hoping for better weather!)

To find out more about the event and see all the ticket options, please visit their website: http://indianapoliswinefestival.com/index.html

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If you think last week's Paul Poteet on the Edge stories were crazy...wait until you see this week's stories.

A 10-year-old Louisiana boy is being hailed a hero after stepping in to deliver his baby brother. Mom didn't realize she was in labor until she went to the bathroom and saw her baby's feet hanging out. - http://abc7.com/family/10-year-old-boy-helps-mom-deliver-baby-brother/2328342/?sf107824303=1

A Connecticut man didn’t get out the front door of the Bridgeport Correctional Center before corrections officers were wrestling back inside, slamming the steel doors behind him. What brought that on? - http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Parting-shot-earns-man-a-prison-cell-11948172.php

Reddit users compare most common breaches of etiquette...is anybody at Site Strategics clipping their toenails at work???
- https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/6uabr4/what_is_a_common_breach_of_etiquette_that_annoys/

If you have a story you want to submit for Paul Poteet on the Edge, please email thomas@sitestrategics.com with your suggestions!

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Indy Do Day is a yearly event where people and organizations take ownership of their neighborhoods and do community service projects. This year's event takes place on September 28-30 with a goal getting 20,000 people in Indianapolis to participate this year.

Last year, Jenny Dexter and Patrick Broccolo said there were 17,000 people who participated in Indy Do Day with projects ranging from picking up trash to food preparation to tutoring.

If you or your business wants to participate this year in Indy Do Day, please visit http://indydoday.org/

Aug 24, 2017

Are you an extreme couponer? Well, put those skills to benefit local shelters and pantries with Dotted Line Divas. Plus, Indy Women in Tech is hosting an LPGA Tournament at the Brickyard Crossing this year - we find out the details and more this week on the Edge of Indy!


You've heard of extreme couponing, right? Well, Christina Huffines and Tanorria Askew are putting this hobby/skill to good use with their organization called Dotted Line Divas.

Dotted Line Divas is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization where they purchase items at significant discounts with coupons and then given to families in need.

Since their start in 2014, they have helped over 2,500 families throughout central Indiana and are looking to partner with organizations and churches all over the state.

The Dotted Line Divas also opened their own Personal Care Pantry in 2016 where you can shop and purchase the products at a discounted rate to help fund more purchases for Dotted Line Divas!

To learn more about this organization, you can visit their website: http://dottedlinedivas.com

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Paul Poteet is back this week with some more exciting stories:

A horrified patient had to have a live gecko removed from his ear after the creature crawled into it as he took a nap. The man, from China, had settled down for a snooze when he suddenly woke up with severe itching. He could feel the little reptile 'squirming' inside his head...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4804138/Horrified-patient-live-GECKO-removed-ear.html


When this 84-year-old Canadian woman lost her engagement ring while pulling weeds at her family farm in 2004, she thought it was gone forever..til it showed up....as part of a vegetable!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/a-woman-lost-her-engagement-ring-13-years-ago-and-it-just-turned-up-around-a-carrot-on-her-farm/ar-AAqcnA2?ocid=sf


In Oregon, a golden retriever’s owners thought their dog found a time capsule in their backyard when he started digging one day. Instead, he discovered approximately $85,000 worth of black tar heroin!

http://katu.com/news/local/golden-retriever-discovers-85000-worth-of-black-tar-heroin-in-backyard

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The Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) organization created by Dan Towriss, the CEO of Guggenheim Life, and former Mayor of Indianapolis Greg Ballard to advance opportunities for women in the field of science and technology (STEM) - which includes robotics and assist women who are looking to get back into the workforce.

Former Mayor Greg Ballard and Karen Maginn, Director/Chair at IWIT and Senior Vice President at Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company join the Erin and Brittany to talk about their organization and why they think it is important for girls and women to be in the tech industry.

In a few weeks, IWIT will be hosting the LGPA's Indy Women in Tech Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course - famous for having four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This event takes place September 7-10 and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Indy Women in Tech organization.

To learn more about Indy Women in Tech, please visit their website: https://www.indywit.com/

To purchase tickets and learn more about the upcoming LPGA tournament, please visit: https://iwitchamp.com/

Aug 23, 2017

On today’s episode we are talking about the #DriveByDunkChallenge, which is rapidly canvassing many social media channels. Yes, it sounds like exactly what it is. It is taking on a life of its own, to the point where even NBA players are participating. Is your basketball goal in danger of a drive by dunking? Stay tuned for everything you need to know to protect your rim…

The #DriveByDunkChallenge started on July 18 by @t.currie on Instagram and has since taken social media platforms by storm. Even the Kentucky basketball team is doing it.

While the Kentucky basketball team has probably had the most impactful video so far, there are a lot of other players/coaches who have done it (oddly, many of them with Kentucky ties).

    • Anthony Davis
    • John Calipari
    • De’Aron Fox
    • Shareef O Neal – son of Shaq

Would you go attack someone’s rim to complete a challenge? Are you one of the many who has actually done this challenge?

Aug 18, 2017

Have you heard about the newest steakhouse in Indy? Red the Steakhouse, named one of America's sexiest steakhouse, opened a few months ago on Maryland street and they are upping the game for steakhouses in the city. Also, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Random Acts of Flowers are on the show to talk about their organizations and how you can help.

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Red the Steakhouse opened at 14 W. Maryland Street in May, just a few blocks away from the Indiana Convention Center, and have made a name for themselves in just a few months. The Indianapolis location of Red the Steakhouse is the fourth location - with two in Cleveland and one in Miami.

Certified Angus Beef Prime steaks are used at Red the Steakhouse and everything is made from scratch. In fact, Corporate Executive Chef and Managing Partner Peter Vauthy even uses his grandmother's meatball and red sauce recipe, his dad's green bean recipe, and the cheesecake recipe comes from a New York Italian market that Vauthy visited as a kid.

Some specials to look out for at Red the Steakhouse:

- Thursday night "Champagne and Oysters"
- Wine Dinner - August 23rd featuring Justin and Landmark Vineyards - 5 courses for $99
- On Colts games, they'll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a special football menu and drink specials
- Devour Indy is coming up and they have a great 3 for $39 menu

To learn more about Red the Steakhouse, please visit their website: http://www.redthesteakhouse.com/

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Paul Poteet returns to the Edge of Indy this week bring us the latest in the wacky news, the weekly forecast, plus what we can expect for the eclipse.

This week on Paul Poteet on the Edge:

Conservators find a 100-year-old fruit cake: https://www.nzaht.org/pages/100-year-old-fruit-cake-found-in-antarcticas-oldest-building#

Man accidentally pierces his own heart with a nail gun: http://www.wbay.com/content/news/It-didnt-really-hurt-Peshtigo-mans-heart-pierced-in-nail-gun-accident-440388193.html

Southern guy struggles to speak without an accent: http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2017/08/guy-hilariously-struggles-to-speak.html

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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is on a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places and they are doing that with several of their different programs. Abby Dennis, Volunteer Manager, and Cheria Caldwell, Community Engagement Coordinator, join us for a segment to discuss their organization and how people can get involved!

A few of the programs we talk about include the Adopt-a-Block program, the upcoming volunteer season - with tree plantings and cleanups, and their upcoming fundraiser THRIVE. THRIVE is the KIB annual fundraiser with their year's event taking place at the Circle City Industrial Complex.

To learn more about KIB and their volunteer opportunities, visit their website: http://www.kibi.org/

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Random Acts of Flowers looks to improve the emotional health and well-being of people in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers. Their team drives all over the state to pick up recycled flowers from grocery stores and florists and brings them to their Broad Ripple facility. And in only 10 months of operation in Indy, they have delivered more than 14,000 floral arrangements to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice facilities.

How can you help? Lindsay Potter, the Program Director for Random Acts of Flowers, says they are always needing vase donations and they are looking for company sponsors for their delivery cards.

On August 31, they will be hosting their first Flowers After Hours event from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50 a person and will include a floral design lesson from a local florist, one floral arrangement to take home, as well as snacks. This event is also BYOB - wine or beer.

To learn more about the Indianapolis chapter of this organization, please visit their website: http://indianapolis.randomactsofflowers.org/

Aug 10, 2017

Well, it has a catchy name, but what is Baby Got Brunch. Ashley Brooks, of Milktooth and the Garfield Farmers Market, decided it would be a great idea to highlight some of Indy's best brunch spots. Baby Got Brunch's mission is to promote restaurants with innovative brunch menus and use the proceeds to support The Patachou Foundation.

The Patachou Foundation is a great local organization that is looking to feed wholesome meals to food-insecure school children in our community and teach them to create healthy habits. Matthew Feltrop, the Director of the Patachou Foundation, joins this segment as well to talk about how they help feed under-resourced neighborhoods.

If you are an Indianapolis restaurant looking to join Baby Got Brunch, please reach out to us and we'll get you in touch with Ashley!

If you want to purchase a ticket to this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baby-got-brunch-tickets-36271845065

To learn more about the Patachou Foundation, please visit: http://thepatachoufoundation.org/

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It's time for another segment of Paul Poteet on the Edge. This week's stories include a brilliant counterfeiter, a new beer called 'Fried Fried Chicken Chicken', and is anyone interested in buying a clown hotel?

http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/sioux-city-man-tries-to-deposit-fake-million-bill-arrested/article_8287f023-a78c-53f2-9af8-dc08db8c4498.html
https://www.facebook.com/theveilbrewing/photos/a.830925673658282.1073741828.829480530469463/1410827872334723/?type=3&theater
http://abc7.com/realestate/nevada-clown-motel-possibly-haunted-up-for-sale/2283873/

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Eat Here Indy is a digital media channel dedicated to Indianapolis food and dining - they provide scalable solutions for photo/video production, social media strategy & distribution, influencer engagement and anything else a restaurant or someone in the hospitality industry might need. Brad Houser, the founder and president, and Austin Burris, the managing partner, of Eat Here Indy join the Edge of Indy to discuss more about their business and where some of their favorite brunch spots are in central Indiana.

We are also joined by Chris Eley, owner of Goose the Market and Smoking Goose, again on the show as he talks about some of the options they are having for Baby Got Brunch.

To learn more about Eat Here Indy, visit their website: https://www.eathereindy.com/

To see the delicious meats from Goose the Market, visit their website: http://www.goosethemarket.com/

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To see past episodes of the Edge of Indy, please visit our website at: http://edgeofindy.com/

Aug 4, 2017

Amplify Indy is an organization that was started by Harrison Painter three months ago and with this organization, he is promoting and "amplifying" awesome people/brands/causes who are doing great things in the Indianapolis community. One of those causes he is helping to promote is the Hope Center. On August 17th they are holding "Amplify Hope" at Collaborate 317 from 6-8 p.m.

The Hope Center is an organization that provides education, food, shelter, and mental health services to women who have been rescued from the sex trafficking and they are raising money to open the largest rescue center in the country, right here in Indianapolis. They are funded by different church organizations, business, and volunteer donations.

Here are some facts about human trafficking:

- Every year, 300,000+ children under the age of 18 are captured and forced into human trafficking
- The average child that is captured is 12 years old
- A woman that has been rescued has been rape up to 6,000 times

Through the Amplify Hope event, they are looking to raise $20,000 for the center to help them get the final funds they need to open their shelter. Amplify Hope is also looking for sponsors of the event and they are challenging 20 businesses in the Indy area to donate $1,000 to help them raise their goal.

If you are wanting to learn more about the event, please visit their website: http://amplifyindy.com/event/amplify-hope-a-benefit-for-hope-center-indy/


If you are a business and you want to sponsor the event, please call Harrison Painter at 317-871-1000 or email him at harrison@amplifyindy.com


And if you want to learn more about the Hope Center, please visit their website: https://hopecenterindy.com/

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Paul Poteet joins us again for another episode of "Paul Poteet on the Edge" and he really brought some wacky stories this week - Including a jail escape with peanut butter, turning human ashes into diamonds, and a new calf that looks like Gene Simmons! Here are the stories we talk about this week: 

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/peanut_butter_used_to_trick_yo.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/turn-human-ashes-diamonds-carbon-algordanza-2017-7
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gene-simmons-newborn-calf-texas-kiss-rocker-face-paint/

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Lisa Mitchell and Kara Kavensky join us on the show this week to talk about women entrepreneurship here in Indianapolis. Both Lisa and Kara are successful entrepreneurs here in Indianapolis and we ask them about what are some of the hurdles they have had to jump over when starting companies here in the Circle City.

Plus we talk with them about who they think are some of the great local women entrepreneurs here in Indianapolis and find out what their biggest failure has been in running their own organizations.

To learn more about Lisa Mitchell and her company, visit her website: http://powerbodylanguage.com/

To keep up to date about Kara Kavensky and next year's inX3 conference, visit the website: http://inx3.org/

Jul 27, 2017

This week we learn the latest offerings from Comcast Business's Michael Wilson and learn more about what to expect at the next Fail Fest in September.

First up on the show we are joined by Michael Wilson, the Public Relations Director for Comcast-Indiana. Michael Wilson has some exciting technological announcement from Comcast recently. In the last few weeks, Comcast announced a new technology called Machine Q. Machine Q leverages the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies to gather, transmit, and create actionable intelligence. This technology is only being introduced into 15 cities across the country - with Indianapolis being one of the 15.

Listen to all the great technology that Comcast is bringing to central Indiana in this segment. To learn more about their offerings, please visit https://www.xfinity.com/

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This week we are introducing a new segment in the show that we are calling "Paul Poteet - on the Edge." Every week Paul Poteet will join Edge of Indy to talk about some of the trending topics and wacky stories he sees on social media. And of course, he will provide us with a weekly forecast!

Here are some of the stories we discussed this week:

http://nypost.com/2017/07/24/this-tech-company-will-start-microchipping-their-workers/
http://nypost.com/2017/07/17/poker-player-goes-all-in-with-1-million-bet-to-get-in-shape/
https://twitter.com/wspd1pio/status/889621161646186496

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Last up on the show is John Wechsler, the founder of Launch Fishers/Launch Indy/Launch Indiana. John is a busy guy and we were able to get a few minutes of his time to talk about the next Fail Fest. This will be the fourth year of Fail Fest and this year the event will take place at Launch Indy within Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

If you have never been to a Fail Fest before, it is a day-long celebration of failure. The whole event is based on the idea that we can learn and innovate from our failures. This day is full of speakers that share with everyone their biggest failures in life, business, sports or more.

Site Strategics was a part of the inaugural year of Fail Fest and we had a pretty good fail of our own that year (you can watch the video here).

To learn more about Fail Fest, you can visit their website: http://failfest.us/

Jul 20, 2017

This week we have another great show to share with you! We have Tristan Schmid and Rob Caputo of the Brewers of Indiana Guild as well as Stephan Vincent, Julie Barker, and Max Yoder to talk about eX Summit!

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First up on the show were Tristan and Rob. They are a part of the Brewers of Indiana Guild and are coming on the show to talk about the upcoming 22nd Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival. It takes places on Saturday, July 29th at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. The festival starts at 2 p.m. and you can buy tickets at their website here: http://indianabeerfest.com/

This festival has been named Indy's Best Local Beer Fest for the last two years and will feature 100s of beers from 100+ breweries. The event will also benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana as well.

If you want to learn more about the Brewers of Indiana Guild, you can visit their website: https://drinkin.beer/

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Next up we talk about the upcoming eX Summit that will happen on August 3 at Butler University. Event Founder Stephan Vincent joined us on the show to talk about his vision for the event. With this event, he hopes to bring a different lens to the employee experience - with a focus on brand and customer experience rather than a tradition HR angle.

Also joining the show were Julie Barker, Senior Director of Global HR at Appirio, and Max Yoder, Co-Founder & CEO of Lessonly, - both of whom are speaking at the event this year.

If you want to learn more about this event, please visit their website: http://exsummit.com/indianapolis/

And if you want to purchase tickets to the event, please use discount code EDGE5 to get a $5 discount. You can buy your tickets now here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ex-indy-2017-tickets-34926188169?aff=EDGEOFINDY

Jul 12, 2017

We were lucky enough to record a live show during Indy PopCon last week at their podcasting stage. Thank you to all of the people who showed up to listen! For this episode, since we were going to be broadcasting at PopCon, we wanted to talk film.

 

Starting TOMORROW is the start of the Indy Film Fest. We were joined by Chris Overpeck and Dan Moore and they helped plan the yearly festival. This year's festival takes place July 13-23 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Some of the films they will feature this year are: Wind River, Lucky, and Patti Cake$

The festival is 10 days and there are several different ticket types available for purchase, depending on your schedule. If you want to purchase tickets, please visit their website: https://indyfilmfest.org/

 

You may not be aware, but one of the most influential companies for the movie studios is located right here in Indianapolis. Fizziology is a great company located in Broad Ripple and they provide social media data to all the movie studios (except Disney) to help them make casting decisions, choose opening days, and predict how well a movie will do at the box office. Their software tracks all the sentiment from users on websites like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc. and they provide all of that data for TV and movie studios.

Ben Carlson and Jen Handley are Co-founders and Co-CEOs of Fizziology and they also own The Hatch, a co-working facility located in Broad Ripple. Having traveled regularly to the east and west coasts, they saw what worked and what didn't with the typical office and co-working facility. So, they put those lessons into their office and created The Hatch.

If you would like to learn more about Fizziology, please visit: https://www.fizziology.com/

If you would like to learn more about The Hatch, please visit: https://thehatchcreates.com/

Jul 6, 2017

Have you heard about the new burger spot in Broad Ripple? BurgerFuel has opened up their first US location right here in Indianapolis. We'll find out why they chose Indy and learn more about BurgerFuel. Plus, this weekend, Indy PopCon is coming back to the Indianapolis Convention Center! We have Jake Waddell in our studio to talk about this year's convention and what we can expect this year!

 

First up on this show is Alexis Lam, the Marketing Manager at BurgerFuel. BurgerFuel is a restaurant based out of New Zealand and has jumped into the US market with their first location right here in Indianapolis in May. Alexis is here in the states for a few weeks and we were able to catch him before he takes the 12-hour flight back to the New Zealand.

BurgerFuel opened their first restaurant back in 1995 in Auckland, New Zealand. They have their sights set on more locations in the US, but those are kept secret for now.

Check out this fun interview with Alexis and learn more about their store in this show!

To learn more about BurgerFuel and their story, please visit their website.

 

Jake Waddell, the Assistant Event Coordinator of Indy PopCon, joins the show to talk about the upcoming Indy PopCon show at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The convention is held this weekend (July 7 to 9) with different events each day.

Some of this year's featured guests include Greg Grunberg (Alias, Star Wars, Star Trek, Heroes), Matt Ryan (Constantine, Assassin's Creed), Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Uncharted), and Johnny Yong Bosch (Power Rangers, Bleach).

Also new this year is the podcast awards. Every year they've had a podcasting stage for local podcasters to come and record a show at the conference but this year they are hosting an awards show.

You can still get tickets for the event. For ticket information and to learn more about Indy PopCon, please visit their website.

Jun 29, 2017

It's time to get healthy Indy! This week we are talking to the organisers of the Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival and Freewheelin' Community Bikes and the owner of Open Gym Indy!

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First up on the show are Jennifer Cvar, Founder & Event Director of the <a href="http://www.indycrit.org/" target="_blank">Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival</a>, and Holly Titus, Executive Director of Freewheelin' Bikes.

If you haven't heard of the Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival before, this event was founded in 2010 and every year attracts over 500 racers and thousands of spectators to downtown Indianapolis. Jennifer noted the lack of urban races in Indianapolis and conceptualised the race course through downtown Indy, with part of the race going around Monument Circle.

All of the festival's proceeds goes to benefit Freewheelin' Community Bikes</a> as well. Freewheelin' Community Bikes was founded in 2007 and teach kids ages 10-18 bicycle mechanics, safe riding, life and leadership skills.

This year's Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival takes place on Saturday, July 8.

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Jennifer Magley is the owner and founder of Open Gym Indy. Open Gym is the only fitness concierge in the state of Indiana, which lets you go to unlimited fitness classes at over 40 different gyms.

Last year she was named to the IBJ 40 Under 40 List for 2016 and was a former professional tennis player and trained with Maria Sharapova and Derek Jeter.

Jennifer is a lot of fun and we had a great time during her segment of the show.

Jun 26, 2017

It is officially summer in Indianapolis and we are kicking off the summer with Taste of Indy and Visit Indy.

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This year will be the sixth year of Taste of Indy and in case you haven't heard about the event, it is one of the bigger food events in downtown Indianapolis. This year, they will take over the circle downtown and feature local restaurants and musicians.

This event has grown every year and started at the canal, moved to White River State Park, and now at Monument Circle. Organizer Jonathan Warren joined us in studio to talk about what all will happen in this year's event!

To purchase tickets, please go to their website.

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Next up on the show is Morgan Snyder, the Director of Public Relations for Visit Indy. Visit Indy is the organization that helps bring groups and events into Indianapolis. Everything from conventions to events, Visit Indy has a hand in bringing those people to see our great city.

To learn more about Visit Indy and keep up to date with the latest events in Indianapolis, please visit their website

Jun 9, 2017

We are one week away from Indianapolis's newest tech conference, so we wanted to have Kara Kavensky on the show again to discuss more of the details of the inaugural year of inx3. Plus, she brought along a couple others who you will see at inx3. Brian McGinnis, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, was one of the first sponsors of the event and has helped Kara with the planning and strategy of the conference.

Also on the show is Thor Wood, Founder/CEO of Snapshyft, who will be one of the companies participating in the pitch competition of the show. There is still time to get your tickets, please use code "WeAreIn" to get 30% off of your ticket!

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For the second segment, we welcome Ashley Miser, Community & Events Manager at IndyHub, and Lesley Gordon, IndyHub Board of Directors, join us to talk about their upcoming event called Indyvolved. The event is held at the Central Library on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. and they will have over 100 non-profit, community, and young professional organizations for you to get connected and involved in the city!

Jun 1, 2017

We have another exciting show for you this week as we learn more from the culture at Gregory & Appel Insurance and find out more about the upcoming conference inX3.

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Gregory & Appel Insurance was founded in 1884 and is a 100% Family & Employee company. Recently, they were named as the #1 Best Place to Work in Indiana in 2017.

We welcome David Riley, COO/CFO, and Karl Ahlrichs, Senior Consultant, from Gregory & Appel on the show to talk about the history of their company and what they have done to create a company culture that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work.

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Have you heard about the newest conference coming to Indianapolis? It's the inX3 conference and this will be the largest regional gathering of entrepreneurial in the Midwest. This event will combine the Venture Club of Indiana's Innovation Showcase with TechPoint's Winner's Circle Event during a whole week in June. 

The event takes place June 13-17 at Union 525 and they have 111 sponsors for the event! Edge Media Studios is one of those sponsors and we will be live streaming at the event!

May 24, 2017

It's the month of May in Indianapolis and that means it is time for the Indianapolis 500! So, for this show, we wanted to have an IndyCar theme!

First up on the show is Michael Pearson from Daredevil Brewing. Michael is the Head Brewer and co-founder of Daredevil Brewing and he came on the show to talk about his Race Day Lager. If you don't know the story behind Daredevil Brewing, then this is the show for you! Plus he brought us several different kinds of beer for us to try and sample during the show!

In the last segment, we were lucky enough to track down Spencer Pigot, IndyCar driver for Juncos Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing. Spencer is one of the rising stars on the IndyCar circuit and he's getting ready to run in his second career Indy 500 on Sunday. On Sunday he'll be driving for Juncos Racing, a team he knows very well as they helped him rise through the ranks from the Pro Mazda Series to the Indy Lights. Be sure to watch for him on Sunday!

May 18, 2017

First up in this episode is Mina Starsiak, one of the stars of the HGTV Show "Good Bones". Locally, Mina and her mom (Karen Laine) own a local house rehab company called Two Chicks and a Hammer. They rehabbed their first home in 2007 and have been doing them ever since.

Mina was on the show to talk about the upcoming second season of Good Bones that premieres on May 30th at 10 p.m. Mina talks about some of the homes they encounter this season and also find out where you can stay at one of their designs on AirBNB.

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In the second part of the show (around the 24-minute mark) we transition our show and welcome on Charlie Henry, the Director of Communications with the Indianapolis Indians. The Indians are the local AAA affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates and are the oldest sports franchise in Indianapolis. 

The Indians are always coming up with some great ideas to get people out to the ballpark, and this year is no different. This year they have Superhero nights throughout the summer promoting a different superhero on select nights. And for the Craft Beer lovers, the Indians have Craft beer nights on Thursdays. 

Plus, we talk with Charlie about Gift Ngoepe and his incredible story about becoming the first player born in the continent of Africa to play in the Major Leagues. 

 

May 11, 2017

A 2016 Gallup report found that 71% of employees are not engaged at work, 60% of employees do not connect with their company's mission, and 60% of millennials are open to different job opportunities and likely to job hop.

Ryan McCarty is trying to change that trend with his organization called "Culture of Good." The program started when Scott Moorehead, the CEO of TCC Verizon (the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer), to help change the culture of his company of 3,000 employees at 800 stores across the U.S.

And ever since then, this movement took off and has spread across the country by helping companies inspire employees to have a positive impact in their community and the world.

Join Brittany and Ryan today as they discuss company culture on this episode of Edge of Indy!

May 4, 2017

What an amazing show do we have for you this week on the Edge of Indy!

First on the show is Pete Butler - the CEO, President, and Founder of MS Companies. MS Companies was founded in 1999 with a different outlook on hiring. They looked to place individuals in opportunities that engage individuals in short-term, or project-based, employment that they call the "Gig Economy."

In their 18-year existence, MS Companies is now one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation that has a 200,000 person talent pool and supports 900 customers across 14 states.

Listen to Pete Butler tell his story and learn more about his company's history in this episode!

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ClusterTruck joins us in the second segment of our show and are fresh off of winning two Mira Awards! If you haven't heard of ClusterTruck before, it is a combination of technology and dining. They are literally revolutionizing the way food is ordered, prepared, and delivered. They have combined 10 food-truck style menus under one roof and you can order from any menu and get free delivery!

We are big fans of their service at Site Strategics as we regularly order lunches from their - plus they have a great group ordering function too!

Check out their menu and service on their website!

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Stacey Smith, Sheri Strzelecki, Leah Brady, Lindsay Dotzlaf and Lindsey Mango all joined us for the last segment on the show to recap their live streaming event Live Your Light that happened this past Sunday. Edge Media Studios had the opportunity to do on-site conference recording and live streaming for them this past week too.

In this segment we recap the highlights from the event, discuss the technology Edge Media Studios used to record and stream the event, and talk about future events with Live Your Light.

Apr 20, 2017

We have a powerful show for you today. This week on Edge of Indy we talk with Andrea Cowley, the Associate Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis and Lisa Mitchell, the Founder of Power Body Language.

Dress for Success Indianapolis is an organization that helps women get clothes for jobs interview, help women keep their jobs under their Employment Retention Program and they also have programs to help women prepare for employment with through their Career Development Center. They have over 500 active volunteers and serve close to 1,400 women a year.

On April 23, Dress for Success is having a fundraiser at Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Salon in Carmel for women to get a free color service and the salon will donate $5 per person who shows up! If you want to learn more about the event, click here</a>.

Also, on May 18, Dress for Success will have a Spring Wine Dinner Fundraiser at Matt the Miller's Tavern in Carmel. For more information, please click here.

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Lisa Mitchell is the founder of Power Body Language and she specializes in body language and non-verbal skills training. She has also been featured by numerous media outlets by providing commentary and analysis on topics like human lie detection and political body language. Lisa also provides executive coaching and corporate training for companies as well.

Lisa is also the host of the "Shiny Things with Lisa Mitchell podcast" which she started this year. Her podcast teaches her listeners on how to use the Science of Body Language to figure yourself out a little and decode the people around you. Plus, she discusses dating, business communications, and how to be a more confident individual.

In this show, we cover a lot of different topics when it relates to body language - and we also learn about a new term called "RBF". What does RBF stand for and which celebrity is best at it? Listen to this week's show to find out!

 

Apr 13, 2017

What is NinjaZone? That's what we wanted to know - so we had the CEO of NinjaZone Casey Wright in our studio to discuss her NinjaZone sport has taken over the country.

NinjaZone is part gymnastics, obstacle course training, parkour, martial arts, and dance to create one unique sport for kids ages 3-11. The goal of the sport is to move through an environment or a series of obstacles with fluidity prowess and stealth.

This is done by using a combination of flips, jumps, rolls, spins, and kicks - children bring out their inner-ninja while getting a lot of great exercise and athletic skills that can be learned for life.

Coming up this year is the inaugural year for the Ninja Games. Regional competitions will be held in Sacramento, Cedar Rapids, and Chicago with nationals being held in Indianapolis on August 5, 2017.

Casey and her team has done an amazing job building this program and sport. They have already amassed more than 240 locations in just THREE years! Truly amazing and we were very excited to learn more about NinjaZone!

Apr 3, 2017

As you know, Indiana has a lot of great places to eat. In always wanting to try a new restaurant, we noticed that Yelp had just released a new list called "The Top Places to Eat in Indiana." So we wanted to have them on to discuss their new list!

Brittany Smith is the Yelp Indy Sr. Community Director and she helps connect local businesses with the Yelp platform. She published this list with the help a unique methodology: The rankings are based on reviews written by Hoosiers, and are places you can eat a full meal. The rankings were also determined by an algorithm that considered review trends in the last year and overall restaurant rankings.

And from the top 50 list, we brought in four Indianapolis-area restaurants that were featured in the list. Bosphorus Cafe, Caplinger's Fresh Catch, Three Carrots, and Goose the Market.

Mar 28, 2017

This week we have two great guests for you on the Edge of Indy!

First up on the podcast, we have Kate Franzman the owner of Bee Public. Kate wants to make Indianapolis a more bee-friendly city through education and community outreach. Since 2012, Kate has installed beehives all across Indianapolis with locations like the Monon Trail and Eskenazi Hospital. She also goes around to area schools to make classroom presentations on the importance of honeybees.

Second, we had a group of guests from Your Image Works and the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Twenty-Three chihuahuas were rescued from a hoarding situation in southern Indiana and brought to the Hannah Giere at Humane Society of Indianapolis for medical treatment and eventual adoption. Then, Courtney Bills and Shawn Quick-Raflik of Your Image Works saw the story and decided they wanted to help. They helped set up an online store and created fundraising campaign called #SayChis. 

Mar 21, 2017

This week we have two great segments for The Edge of Indy!

First up, we have Kasia Kwiatkowsa, Membership Director of the Skyline Club, and Steve Jefferson, the Crimebeat Reporter for WTHR, join us in the studio to discuss an event they are having at the Skyline Club. On Friday, March 24th, the Skyline Club is hosting an event called "Meet the Media." This event plans to bring together entrepreneurs, journalists, and business professionals from the Indianapolis metro area to build relationships with the local media. Plus, they will hold a roundtable discussion with news reporters about how to pitch your content to them and discuss different ways of advertising.

To register for the event, please sign up with Eventbrite here. 

Second, on the show, we talk to Tom Hanley of Nine13 Sports. Nine13 Sports is a non-profit organization that has developed the Kids Riding Bikes program that promotes health, wellness, and exercise by getting kids aged 5-18 on a stationary bike synced with their curriculum.

They partner with youth programs, schools, and other community organizations to bring in their program into their building and get kids excited about health and wellness.

Tom was also recently named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal for work with Nine13 Sports.

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