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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. 

Building A Better Oyster

Building A Better Oyster
July 18, 2019

Seafood is something we do well here in south Louisiana. We’re fortunate to be blessed with an abundance of mollusks, crustaceans and fin fish that not only keep our local population well fed but have enabled Louisiana cooks and chefs to be recognized around the world for their culinary exploits. So you might think there’s not much room for improvement. But you would be wrong. Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch... Read More »

The Ever-Changing Healthcare Local Landscape

The Ever-Changing Healthcare Local Landscape
July 11, 2019

The rising cost of health care is one of the biggest challenges facing Americans today. Between 1996 and 2015, health care spending in the United States rose over a trillion dollars. And there is no end to this trend in sight. Locally, businesses and patients certainly feel the pressure. So do insurers and providers who are trying to innovate and find ways to keep costs down while remaining competitive and... Read More »

Capital Region Conscious Capitalism

Capital Region Conscious Capitalism
July 4, 2019

Conscious capitalism has become a popular buzzword around the country. It refers to companies and businesspeople who are about more than making money – they're about making a difference. Like Dave Treppendahl, right here in Baton Rouge. Dave is a real estate broker in the Baton Rouge area with NAI/Latter and Blum and has more than three decades experience in the commercial real estate sector. But over the past year, Dave... Read More »

XZ: Xenetech Zuelke

XZ: Xenetech Zuelke
June 20, 2019

Here in Baton Rouge we really think of ourselves as a big small town, where everybody knows everybody else. And Baton Rouge circles do tend to overlap, particualry in business. But there are so many small businesses out there you’ve likely never heard of doing really cool things and making their mark – literally – on the local economy and the world stage.   Guy Barone is President and CEO of... Read More »

Senior Moments

Senior Moments
June 6, 2019

In just 10 years, America will cross an important demographic threshold: all of the country’s Baby Boomers will be 65 or older. This will expand the size of the nation’s elderly population so that 1 in every 5 adults will be retirement age. What are we doing to prepare for this? And, who’s looking ahead to the not-so-distant future to prepare us for the changes this shift will bring to... Read More »

Visit Baton Rouge

Visit Baton Rouge
May 30, 2019

Living in the shadows of New Orleans, one of the great tourist destinations of the country, if not the world, Baton Rouge isn’t typically thought of as a hot spot for the leisure traveler.  But that has started to change in recent years, as the city and industry associations have begun marketing the Baton Rouge more aggressively as a place not to only to come do business at the state... Read More »

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 »

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