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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. 

Capital Region Cyber Tech

Capital Region Cyber Tech
July 6, 2018

Technology plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives today. The more entrenched it is in government systems, in our offices and in our home appliances the more vulnerable we are to cyber attacks. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie Riegel introduces two local experts on the subject of cyber security. One developing technology; the other trying to protect us from malware and hackers.   Mo Vij is... Read More »

Downtown Fit

Downtown Fit
June 29, 2018

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on in Baton Rouge. From the redevelopment of neighborhoods downtown and in Mid City to the young entrepreneurial culture that is fostering startup companies willing to take risk and take advantage of new technologies. Gerald Drefahl's company, Kinesics, is a homegrown, biotech start up that licenses a software program that analyzes the physical mobility of athletes, workers and other users and then gives predictive... Read More »

Consulting Baton Rouge Style

Consulting Baton Rouge Style
June 22, 2018

Though Baton Rouge, in many ways, is slow to change, in recent years there has been a gradual shift in the balance of power. New, young firms and new, young business leaders are taking over from the Baby Boomer generation that preceded them.  One such leader is Julie Laperouse. Julie is Director of Training at Emergent Method, a management consulting firm owned and run by an ambitious group of Millennials that in... Read More »

Blue Women

Blue Women
June 15, 2018

Few industries in our economy today are changing as rapidly and dramatically as health care. In Baton Rouge we are far from immune to these national changes.  Teri Fontenot is President and CEO of Woman’s Hospital, the only independent, community-owned women’s and children’s hospital in the country and the largest birthing and neonatal intensive care facility in Louisiana. Teri has been at the helm of Womans for more than 22 years,... Read More »

Sonic Blast

Sonic Blast
June 1, 2018

Ted Kergan is the largest franchisee of Sonic drive in restaurants in the state of Louisiana. Ted owns 58 Sonic locations in the central and southern part of the state. That sounds like a lot but it's just a fraction of the more than 150 Sonic restaurants Ted has developed during his nearly 40-year career. Ted Kergan is originally from Detroit. Ted began his career in 1977 as a managing partner in... Read More »

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 »

Signature Stores

Signature Stores
May 11, 2018

Local retailers give a city a sense of place, setting it apart from the next big exit off the interstate. In Baton Rouge, we’re fortunate to have several much-loved local retailers who, in some cases, have spent generations serving Baton Rouge shoppers with quality products.   Manuel Martinez is a well known fixture in Baton Rouge for his sartorial style and for his Corporate Boulevard storefront, Martinez Custom Clothier, which sells Manuel’s custom made... 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 »

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