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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. 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property
May 23, 2019

With the technology explosion that seemingly never ends, there’s never been a more exciting time to be an inventor, an innovator or a creator. But the same tech that brings an inventor's ideas to life also open us up to complications, and challenges that make us vulnerable to threats from competitors who may want steal our great ideas. And that's why we have Intellectual Property laws.   Michael Leachman is an attorney... Read More »

Second Time Around

Second Time Around
April 18, 2019

"One man’s trash is another man’s treasure" is not just a cliche, it's a fortunate dynamic for those whose livelihoods and missions are built around selling second-hand stuff. Used merchandise was once pretty much limited to hipsters in funky neighborhoods. Today, it’s gone mainstream, particularly among younger millennials and I-Gen-ers, who have turned a cottage industry into a major retail sector.   Charlotte Smith is owner of Pop Shop Records, a locally... Read More »

High on Mushrooms

High on Mushrooms
April 11, 2019

Paul Charbonnet is the owner of Atmosphere Cinema. Atmosphere Cinema is not a movie theater, it's a Baton Rouge company that shoots aerial video and photography, primarily from its fleet of drones. Paul founded the company in 2014. Atmosphere Cinema shoots video for the movie industry. Car chases, sweeping shots of landscapes, and other scenes that would normally take a huge crew, a huge amount of time, and huge expenses, can... Read More »

Tech Talk

Tech Talk
April 4, 2019

Padma Vatsavai is founder and CEO of Vinformatix. Vinformatix is a software development company that specializes in designing and maintaining web-based applications, websites, and portals for public and private sector clients. Vinformatix designed the web-based system that 90,000 victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas used in 2017 to apply for disaster aid. The firm also designed two web-based portals for Louisiana Economic Development, including Louisiana Job Connection, which helps businesses find potential... Read More »

Hollywood South 2: A New Dawn

Hollywood South 2: A New Dawn
March 28, 2019

Just five years ago, Louisiana led the nation as the number one site to make movies, outpacing even California and New York. We attained this lofty position as a result of  a generous program of state tax incentives , which cost the state treasury real dollars. But what did we gain in the process? By any measure, a lot of economic ripple activity and brand recognition, until the legislature put... Read More »

Song and Dance

Song and Dance
March 21, 2019

Being a mid-size city in the Deep South — known as a "tertiary market" in the business world — Baton Rouge is not known for being an artistic hub. But the Capital City has a wealth of artistic and musical talent that is often overlooked and under appreciated. It’s not hard to find, it’s just that the city cares more about the fortunes of its beloved LSU Tigers than its... Read More »

The E.R. in B.R.

The E.R. in B.R.
February 28, 2019

Dr. David Carmouche is President of the Ochsner Health Network, the accountable care network of the massive Ochsner Health System - the largest nonprofit, academic healthcare system in Louisiana. It boasts 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers, nearly 25,000 employees and more than 4,500 physicians.   Dr. Carmouche is a veteran of the healthcare industry in Louisiana. Prior to joining... Read More »

It's a Woman's World

It's a Woman's World
February 21, 2019

There are countless studies of equality in the workplace that demonstrate how unequally men and women are treated, in everything from opportunity to income. In entrepreneurship, we create our own playing field. In small women-owned businesses, women are the boss and they make a point of treating of other women how they would like to be treated. Monique Scott Spaulding is owner of Jani King of Baton Rouge, the local franchise... Read More »

Be Hair Now

Be Hair Now
February 14, 2019

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie's guests can make you look like a million bucks and feel like a million bucks. Blair Couatre, with her husband Dustin Clouatre, owns a business called Mera Salon Suite, a co-working space for aesthetic entrepreneurs. Mera rents out space in its state-of-the-art salon on a weekly basis to beauty and wellness professionals, who want to go out on their own but don’t want... Read More »

Be Nice And Win Big

Be Nice And Win Big
February 1, 2019

In 2011, Mary Patricia Wray was a young law student at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. Just three short years later, she found herself serving as the communications director for a longshot candidate in the Governor’s Race, a democratic state Representative from Amite named John Bel Edwards. You know what happened next: Edwards made the runoff and went on to beat his Republican challenger David Vitter and become... Read More »

Putting the BR in Brand

Putting the BR in Brand
January 25, 2019

Stafford Wood is one of the most talented women in Baton Rouge, and the founder and owner of Covalent Logic, a full-service integrated communications firm that specializes in branding, corporate communications, graphic design, web design, public relations and crisis communications. Covalent’s clients, past and present, include hospitals, banks, state agencies, churches and nonprofit organizations. Stafford founded the firm in 2005, after spending a decade in the private sector, first with The... Read More »

Shape Up

Shape Up
January 18, 2019

We talk a lot about the importance of getting in shape - especially at the beginning of a new year or before hitting the beach — but do you know what it really means to be in shape? And how, exactly, do we get healthy? It’s a question local businesses and entrepreneurs are helping their clients better understand using new technologies, and new approaches to fitness. Tiffany Stewart is a clinical... Read More »

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