Episode 43: Why Indiana? We Discuss the Incredible Business Culture of Our Great State


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Joined by Frank Leonard and Harry Howe, on this episode, we speak with attorney Wes Zirkle who was part of a sports talent representation firm that went international and Emily Schoenbaechler, who worked extensively in the State House and is passionate about female representation in our technology space.

The conversation about our business climate was frank and honest. We're all proud Hoosiers who have invested heavily in our home state and want it to move forward. No doubt, we've had some setbacks, but that shouldn't stop every company that works here from helping one another drive their businesses forward!

Special Guests: Emily Schoenbaechler and Wesley Zirkle.

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  • Wesley Zirkle — Business executive and attorney with nearly two decades of experience counseling startups and mature businesses on strategic planning, administration, complex transactions, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and global growth.
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