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Out to Lunch

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. 

Safety First

Safety First
November 9, 2018

Workplace accidents cost American companies some $60 billion every year. But, unlike the trajectory of most workplace costs, accident expenses are actually going down. The reason is better training and more proactive safety measures that come from the public and private sectors. Kathy Trahan is president and CEO of the Alliance Safety Council, a 60-year-old agency that trains workers to meet federal OSHA regulations. Under Kathy’s leadership over the past 15... Read More »

Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs
November 2, 2018

Seven out of 10 American households own a pet, generally a dog or cat. This has created a huge pet care industry and unlimited opportunity for creative, animal-loving entrepreneurs. It has also led to an unfortunate side-effect: little-loved animals, particularly cats, wandering our streets.  Angela Schifani is Development Director of Cat Haven, a non-profit cat rescue organization that was founded in 1999 in response to a community need for comprehensive rescue,... Read More »

Performance Waitr

Performance Waitr
October 26, 2018

"The disruption economy" refers to the fact that technology is changing the traditional constructs of our capitalist economy. Amazon is one of the most obvious examples. Uber is another. Closer to home, local companies are part of that disruption economy, changing the rules of the game for everyone. Chris Meaux is founder and CEO of Waitr, the phenomenally successful tech start up that is revolutionizing the restaurant and food service industries... Read More »

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana
October 19, 2018

In 2015, Louisiana lawmakers joined their counterparts in a growing number of states to legalize medical marijuana for a long list of diseases and disorders, including cancer, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. Today, therapeutic cannabis is opening up all sorts of new and promising business opportunities for physicians, pharmacies that can dispense marijuana, and companies that can grow it. Dr. Victor Chou founded Louisiana's first Medical Marijuana Clinic... Read More »

10% Happier

10% Happier
October 12, 2018

Health and wellness is big business today—between 2013 and 2015, the global wellness industry grew nearly 11 percent —from 3-point-3 trillion to more than 3-point-7 TRILLION dollars. And it is continuing to grow. For local entrepreneurs, that is creating a lot of opportunities – but that also means there’s a lot of competition.   Nicole Cummins is owner of Barre 3, a boutique fitness studio that’s part of a Portland, Oregon-based chain with... Read More »

Silicon Bayou

Silicon Bayou
October 5, 2018

Local Baton Rouge companies are carving out an amazing space in the tech sector. They're designing impressive software platforms and tools that are attracting worldwide attention.   Steve McKinney  is the Chief Operating Officer of Cell Control, a Baton Rouge company that, in 2009, came up with technology to help eliminate distracted driving. In the years since, Cell Control has become the global leader in this field by selling its services to... Read More »

Advanced Signal

Advanced Signal
September 21, 2018

One of the chief goals of technology is to improve efficiency—to make it quicker and easier to do our jobs and to make money. Baton Rouge is home to a growing number of tech companies that are coming up with software products and services that increase efficiency in a variety of sectors.  Joel Costonis is CEO of Advanced Concepts and Engineering. The company's signature product is the ACE Auto-Grade Laboratory. It’s... Read More »

The Leading Edge

The Leading Edge
September 14, 2018

South Louisiana doesn’t usually get much recognition for being home to IT and biotech talent, but there are impressive start-up businesses you may never have heard of that are turning heads around the country. And beyond. Casey Roussel is Executive Vice President of Cloud Gavel, a company that is revolutionizing the way law enforcement officers do their jobs. More specifically, Cloud Gavel has created software that streamlines the way officers obtain... Read More »

Framed

Framed
September 7, 2018

Ann Connelly is a legend in the art world. Ann is founder and owner of Ann Connelly Fine Art where she is a curator, interior designer, and consultant to homeowners and businesses. Over the past 25 years, Ann has grown her business into a gallery that today carries the works of more than 40 creatives, and as a consultancy to some of the most prominent companies and institutions in Baton Rouge,... Read More »

Beautiful Baton Rouge

Beautiful Baton Rouge
August 31, 2018

Every place has a history and a past, but preserving the best of it and keeping it relevant doesn’t just happen, you have to work at it, through education, and preservation. Which is exactly what Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch do every single day. Michael Desmond is an architect and scholar in the LSU School of Art and Design, with a particular expertise in the history of architecture. For the... Read More »

For Sale

For Sale
August 24, 2018

Andi Holliday is a professional home stager with a local firm called Stage Presence. Andi’s been dubbed the “House Doctor,” writing out design prescriptions that can sell the unsellable. Her firm offers a range of services, from full staging to less expensive walk-through and written consultations, as well as “redesign” services - that's where Andi uses the client’s existing furniture and décor to showcase a room’s focal points. Andi's services can... Read More »

Building Tech

Building Tech
August 17, 2018

As the tech industry evolves and matures, all sorts of new opportunities are created for entrepreneurs, who see where existing technologies don’t meet a need or don’t go far enough to deliver what customers demand. But taking a good idea and developing it into the latest app – one that works – and then getting customers to buy it – is a challenge that kills a lot of enterprising start... Read More »

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