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.
We all know the internet and the many mobile platforms it has given birth to are changing the way we do business. Still, it’s always amazing to learn about some new company or tech start up that is using the latest technology to solve a problem that you didn’t even know existed. Stephanie's guests on this episode of Out to Lunch include two Baton Rouge companies that are doing just that.
Courtney Sparkman's company, OfficerReports.com, creates affordable and easy- to-use software that helps security guard companies better manage their operations, better service their current contracts, and win new business. This is one of those things you’ve probably never thought of, unless you’re in the security business, which Courtney was. Over the years Courtney saw all sorts of ways that technology could make it easier for security officers in the field to do their jobs and for the owners of such companies to keep tabs on their employees. Now, Officer Reports proprietary software is being sold to security firms both locally and intrenationally.
Sevetri Wilson is the co-owner of a new tech startup called ExemptMeNow.com. The company has created software with a user friendly mobile platform that makes it easy for nonprofit organizations to get started and, once started, stay compliant, by helping them file all the cumbersome, confusing paperwork that is required of tax-exempt organizations. Anyone who’s ever worked with a 501-c-3 knows what an issue this is.