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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. 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock
October 20, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of the economy and of economic development to the health of a community like Baton Rouge. And certainly, jobs and opportunities are what keep a city growing and humming. But cultural and educational attractions like museums and galleries are increasingly key in attracting young people and what author Richard Florida has called “creative class professionals.”    Peter Olson is Executive Director of... Read More »

Dovetail Apps

Dovetail Apps
October 13, 2017

Technology is taking over so many aspects of our lives, from basic accounting and word processing to retail, even to building custom cabinetry. It can be intimidating and hard to get your mind around, until you understand what computers and robots are all about – and how to make them work for you.   Logan Leger has such an understanding. He is a software engineer and entrepreneur in Baton Rouge, who founded... Read More »

Life After Life

Life After Life
October 6, 2017

Life does not always unfold in a straight line. Sometimes we have to make turns that we didn't expect or that require major adjustments. One such turning point comes for military veterans when they leave the service and have to find their way in the civilan world. Another point comes when we realize we need to transiotion form an independent life to one that might require a little more TLC.  Charlie... Read More »

Water Works

Water Works
September 29, 2017

Here in south Louisiana, water is as much a part of the local landscape as is solid ground. And with coastal erosion, the ratio is becoming more skewed every year. Fortunately, environmental entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to help us deal with our water and coastal issues while also building viable businesses. Take Tyler Ortego, an environmentalist, engineer and aentrepreneur, who got his start with the Shaw Group and went out on... Read More »

Fish Flicks

Fish Flicks
September 22, 2017

Sometimes we fall into a career. Other times, we build one, doing something simple that we’ve loved since childhood. Stephanie's guests in this edition of Out to Lunch fall into the latter category. Mark Cartwright is a sport fisherman from south Louisiana, who grew up enjoying the bounties of Sportsman’s Paradise. But, as an adult and father of two boys, he often found himself spending weekends on the baseball field, instead... Read More »

Born In The Garage

Born In The Garage
September 15, 2017

It’s a well known cliché that some of the most successful entrepreneurs started out in their parents' garage. Actually there’s more than a kernel of truth to the stereotype. Lots of small businesses start from home, including plenty here in Baton Rouge.  Two local businesswomen are navigating the process. They are Joan Chastain and Shannon Countrymen, long time friends and moms, who decided in 2014, when the last of their litters... Read More »

Industrial Genomics

Industrial Genomics
September 8, 2017

Don’t let anyone tell you south Louisiana’s only about food and football. Startups in bio tech, high tech, and industry abound between Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the North Shore. And they’re focused on some really cutting edge things. Will they succeed? What are the hurdles they’re encountering as they try to launch? John Dowdle has answers. John is the coowner and founder, with his wife, Annette, of Insight GX. It’s a... Read More »

Sod Foot

Sod Foot
September 1, 2017

Some of us embark on a career path and we’re set for life. But sometimes one career unexpectedly leads to another. Or prepares us for another in ways that we don’t quite see at first. Take Dr. Meredith Warner. Dr warner is an orthopedist with a practice in Baton Rouge, Warner Orthopedics and Wellness, that she opened in 2013. Meredith's career dealing with bones and joints has led her to a second... Read More »

The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate
August 25, 2017

In historical Britain the three estates of the realm were the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners.  The Fourth Estate is a segment of society that wields an indirect but significant influence on society, even though it is not a formally recognized part of the political system. The most commonly recognized part of the fourth estate is the news media. However, these days, it's more difficult to  ascertain just what kind of influence the news media exerts,... Read More »

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 »

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