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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. 

The Two Biggies: healthcare 'n infrastructure

The Two Biggies: healthcare 'n infrastructure
May 25, 2018

Nationwide, there’s a lot of talk these days about two major subjects: Infrastructure and health care. Specifically, how to improve and rebuild roads, bridges and other vital connections that we all depend on, and how to pay for the level of increasingly complex care that our aging population requires. Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch are problem solvers whose locally owned companies are in the thick of these two fields... Read More »

Fridge Zeeland

Fridge Zeeland
May 18, 2018

We’re serious about our food in south Louisiana, and food-related businesses are as interesting and varied as are our own family recipes for gumbo or oyster dressing. As the food industry becomes more complex and sophisticated there are ever more opportunities for entrepreneurs to craft new business models and come up with new ways of serving an ever expanding clientele. Emliy Carlson is the Account Leader of an advertising and marketing... Read More »

Yes You Can

Yes You Can
May 4, 2018

Teaching skills and imparting knowledge are perhaps the greatest gifts and tools we can give to the young, and the young at heart, hungry to learn. Local Baton Rouge entrepreneurs are coming up with creative ways to turn the act of teaching and educating into small businesses with limitless potential. Jacques Hopkins was an electrical engineer whose desire to be an online entrepreneur led him, five years ago, to walk away... Read More »

Hashtag Baton Rouge Too

Hashtag Baton Rouge Too
April 27, 2018

In recent months, female empowerment has become an important topic dominating the media, and the issues raised by the #metoo movement have forced this country to have important discussions about how women are treated in the workplace and beyond. Here in Baton Rouge we have some incredibly strong, powerful women who have their own stories of struggles and successes to share. Dima Ghawi specializes in empowering women and helping them reach... Read More »

King and Queen Makers: The Power Behind the Power

King and Queen Makers: The Power Behind the Power
April 20, 2018

In politics there are the kings, and then there are the king makers: political consultants who are the power behind the power. In business, it’s not that different. There are the companies, and then there are the consultants, experts and industry associations who lobby on their behalf, help them shape their image, and guide them through crises with messages that will resonate with an increasingly skeptical public in an increasingly divisive... Read More »

Mavenly Bonnecaze

Mavenly Bonnecaze
April 13, 2018

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... Read More »

Poetry Party

Poetry Party
April 6, 2018

Baton Rouge is home to a lot of budding entrepreneurs. It’s also home to a lot of just plain interesting people, whose companies and careers have propelled them to be creative forces, influencers and advocates for nonprofits, the needy, and doing the right thing in the community. Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet and author of four books who served as Poet Laureate for the state of Louisiana from 2013 –... Read More »

That Was IBM, This is Now

That Was IBM, This is Now
March 30, 2018

Though Louisiana isn’t known for its tech community, Silicon Bayou has produced some pretty impressive tech companies over the years. One of the most impressive is a nationwide industry leader, Watch Systems. Mike Cormaci is president and co-founder of the nearly 20-year-old IT company that is well known to law enforcement agencies around the country because of its flagship product, Offender Watch, a sexual offender management and community notification software used... Read More »

Training Wheels

Training Wheels
March 23, 2018

One of the biggest challenges in Louisiana is a lack of skilled workers in the technical trades. Companies complain about it all the time. And yet, many young people will tell you they can’t find a good paying job, which is a reason so many of them leave after high school. For the past several years, the business community in south Louisiana has been focused on this dynamic. On this... Read More »

Out and About in Baton Rouge

Out and About in Baton Rouge
March 16, 2018

While New Orleans gets the lion’s share of attention for being Louisiana’s premier tourist destination, Baton Rouge has some offerings of its own.    Michael Day is General Manager of the Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge’s premier event facility. Built in 1977, the River Center has more than 14-thousand square meters of exhibition space, a 12-thousand seat facility for concerts, performances and sporting events, a ballroom and meeting rooms and a... Read More »

Spoon Foodie

Spoon Foodie
March 9, 2018

Ryan Grizzafi is the owner of The Cajun Spoon, a four-year-old company that makes healthful, easy to prepare box mixes of beloved Cajun dishes like gumbo, etouffe and shrimp and grits. The Cajun Spoon started out as a food truck in 2014, progressed to become a catering business, and more recently has ventured into retail. To stand out from other, established, Cajun dinner products, Grizzafi’s company has adjusted its recipes to... Read More »

Stunning Business

Stunning Business
February 23, 2018

We know south Louisiana has a healthy number of budding entrepreneurs. We’ve met many of them on this show over the past year. But one thing we hear over and over again is that south Louisiana doesn’t have a very well-developed entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s starting to change, but is it happening fast enough? Arthur Cooper is on the frontlines of building that entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is the president and CEO of... Read More »

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