OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Making it in today’s business environment isn’t about hanging out a shingle and selling lots of widgets. It’s about constantly reinventing yourself, creating your own unique brand and, in some cases, branding yourself as an expert in helping others create their own brand. It’s business 21st century style, and Baton Rougeans are proving themselves adept at playing by the new rules.
Cary Bonnecaze is owner of Bonnecaze Absinthe and Home, a Baton Rouge-based manufacturer and wholesaler of absinthe fountains, spoons, glasses and sugar cubes used to prepare traditional French absinthe as it was made in the Belle Epoque. You would think there would be a limited market for this, not least because the heyday of absinthe was not in the last century but in the one before that. But you'd be wrong! Bonnecaze Absinthe and Home sells to a robust clientele that includes Las Vegas casinos, large-scale absinthe distilleries and mom and pop retailers around the US and Canada. By the way, if you, think you recognize Cary's name from somewhere, In his previous life, he was the co-founder and world-class drummer of the hometown band that made it big in the 1990s, Better than Ezra.
Kate Gremillion is Founder & CEO of Mavenly and company, a professional development company that provides tools and resources for young women to have honest conversations about creating career and lifestyle with purpose. Kate has a related business, Mavenly Consulting, which works with businesses to attract and retain millennial and women talent in the workplace. Kate has worked with young women across the country through group workshops, corporate training and private coaching to equip them with the resources and mindset they need to pursue work that works for them. She also hosts a weekly podcast on iTunes, Women, Work, and Worth, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, and HerAgenda.