podcast capital of the capital region

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 Food

Capital Food
August 18, 2017

We like to think of south Louisiana as the food capital of the world, and, certainly we’re known for our cuisine, but just because someone knows how to prepare good food doesn’t mean they know how to turn their culinary talent into a successful restaurant, catering operation or food-related venture. Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch would be the first to admit that. They’re food entrepreneurs who have... Read More »

Romance

Romance
August 11, 2017

Romance is the spice of life. It’s also a key to the success of certain businesses that are built on hearts and flowers, literally.   Buzzy Heroman is a fourth-generation florist in Baton Rouge and the owner of Billy Heroman’s Flowers, which has three stores in the area. The store was founded by his parents, Billy and Janet Heroman in the 1950s, though the Heroman family has actually been in the floral... Read More »

Flubber Needles

Flubber Needles
August 4, 2017

So many of us dream when we're kids of coming up with a really cool invention. Not many of us realize that dream. How do you turn a great idea into a product that could change the world? And how do you make money from new inventions and technologies?  Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch have some insight into those areas. By day, John Pojman is a chemistry... Read More »

Lemonade University

Lemonade University
July 21, 2017

It's pretty well agreed that the early years of development are fundamental in shaping a child's future. That extends from playground to classroom, to career choices. If you want to Cultivate a culture where kids can see themelves as entrepreneurs you have to start early. That’s what Lemonade Day is all about. It’s a nationwide event with chapters all over the country, including Baton Rouge, that teaches kids the basics... Read More »

Modern Clean and Rich

Modern Clean and Rich
July 14, 2017

The old saying "A man’s home is his castle" has never been more true than today. It’s no longer not just enough to provide shelter for yourself and your family, we also want to create a space that reflects our style in which we can live, work, and play. And that also looks really impressive. Baton Rouge has a long and venerable tradition in Southern vernacular architecture that has evolved over... Read More »

Makers Market

Makers Market
July 7, 2017

If you haven’t heard of a "Maker Space" you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years. "Maker" is one of the trendy buzzwords to enter the vernacular of late, and maker spaces are popping up in schools, universities and communities around the country. But what does it mean to be a maker? And how do makers make money? Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch... Read More »

Capital Capital

Capital Capital
June 30, 2017

Whether you’re starting a business or growing a business, one of the biggest challenges you face is access to capital. Where do you find investors? How do you get a loan? It’s a problem that is not at all unique to Baton Rouge, but in a mid-sized city like ours it can be particularly challenging for entrepreneurs and business owners.  Rob Powell is in the business of helping find solutions to... Read More »

Spicy Films

Spicy Films
June 23, 2017

It’s cool enough to have one successful entrepreneur in a family. What happens when you have two? Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch have a unique perspective on the topic of love and business. Greg Milneck is president and owner of Digital FX, which produces commercials and feature films, as well as post production work for the movie and TV industry. The company also rents equipment and leases... Read More »

Copy Crawfish

Copy Crawfish
June 16, 2017

Technology has created challenges and opportunities for businesses. Some companies have had to totally reinvent themselves to remain relevant. Others, well, just invent an app.   Patricia Brignac Talbot’s business would belong in the former category. When her dad started the business, now called Baton Rouge Digital Products, back in 1955, copying documents was a very big technological deal. It was called "duplicating." Carbon paper was one of the high-demand products, and... Read More »

Orange Yoga

Orange Yoga
June 9, 2017

Fitness has evolved from being a craze back in the 1970s and ‘80s to becoming a way of life today. Here in Baton Rouge, entrepreneurs have come up with all sorts of interesting and innovative to keep customers in the Captial Region in good shape. Elle Mahoney is the franchise owner and Louisiana area rep for Orange Theory Fitness, a new type of fitness center that’s taking the local market by... Read More »

As The Actress Said to The Mermaid...

As The Actress Said to The Mermaid...
June 2, 2017

Being a mid-sized city in the deep south, you don’t think of Baton Rouge as necessarily being a center for the performing arts. But there is a lot of hidden talent in this town, doing really impressive things on the stage – and at local birthday parties!   Jenny Ballard is the managing artistic director of Theater Baton Rouge. Jenny began her career in Tennessee and came to Baton Rouge after several... Read More »

Catching Up

Catching Up
May 26, 2017

Sometimes in life you get what you always want. Or what you thought you wanted. And it turns out to be different than you imagined. Sometimes, life throws you a curve ball and your path takes a sudden detour. On this edition of Out to Lunch Stepahanie is catching up with two of her first Out to Lunch guests, whose careers have both taken a dramatic turn since she first met them... Read More »

Web Application Development by NolaFlash.com