Top Story: Holiday Shopping Outlook 

John Talbott, Director, Center for Research and Education in Retail, IU Kelley School of Business

A surge in retail spending in October could be a key indicator to how consumers are planning to spend during the holiday shopping season. John Talbott weighs in on what to expect and how the supply chain crisis will impact supply and demand. 

Inside INnovation: TechPoint MIRA Awards & Sales Bootcamp 

Mike Langellier, President & CEO
Yaw Aning, CEO, Malomo

After a two-year hiatus, TechPoint is bringing back its popular sales bootcamp. We get more on the significance of the program and a look ahead to the 2022 MIRA Awards with Mike Langellier and Yaw Aning.

Around INdiana: Endangered Indiana – Gary Roosevelt H.S.

Mary-Rachel Redman, Inside INdiana Business 

At one point, Gary Roosevelt was one of the largest, mostly Black high schools in the Midwest. It has sat empty since 2019 and finds itself once again on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered List. Around INdiana Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman has an update on the future of this Lake County historic structure.

Business Spotlight: Hard Truth Distillery Co.

Jeff McCabe, Co-Founder and Partner, BWQOHT Inc.

In just seven years, Nashville-based Hard Truth Distillery Co. has grown into one of Indiana’s largest places to experience premium spirits. Jeff McCabe has insight into how it grew from a small pizza restaurant into a big-time destination.

Business of Health: Dr. Doug’s Balms

Dr. Doug Strobel, Co-Founder

Exercising outside in the Indiana cold can take a big toll on one’s skin. Carmel neurologist and endurance athlete Dr. Doug Strobel explains how he came up with an all-natural balm to speed healing after working out.

(i) on Education: Marian University

Dan Elsener, President

Marian University’s eighth president has used his passion for education to grow Indianapolis’ only Catholic university from an undergraduate college in 2001 to a vibrant university that now includes a medical school, four doctoral programs and a soon-to-open engineering school. We catch up with Dan Elsner to get his take on Marian’s transformation and what’s ahead for the university.

Inside This Week’s IBJ 

Lesley Weidenbener, Editor

Indiana businesses are looking to cash in on the infrastructure bill and big changes at the Fishers Test Kitchen. Lesley Weidenbener breaks it all down as we look at what’s ahead in this week’s IBJ.

The INsiders

Lara Beck, President, Beck Communications Group
Mike Hicks, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University
Mike Marker, Managing Director, VOX Global

What’s in store for shoppers this holiday season? What’s the outlook for the Indiana economy and how are things shaping up for next year? Plus, investments in Indiana’s tech sector continue to soar. We get perspective on these stories and more from our INsiders Lara Beck, Mike Hicks and Mike Marker.