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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. 

Expert Advice

Expert Advice
February 17, 2017

As our economy has become more specialized, so have the consultants who come into our companies and help us improve performance, from the loading dock to the boardroom. In the digital economy it gets even more interesting: consulting firms don’t have to rely on local or regional clients. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report Stephanie Riegel is joined by the principals of... Read More »

Italiano

Italiano
February 10, 2017

People in most places eat to live. Here in south Louisiana we live to eat. For those who make their living in the culinary world that means the stakes are high and the competition intense. Daniel Thompson knows this only too well. He is the executive chef and co-owner of D’Agostino Pasta, a Baton Rouge-based company located in the Drusilla Shopping Center that makes homemade pastas and pasta sauces and is... Read More »

Capital Region Cyber Tech

Capital Region Cyber Tech
February 3, 2017

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 »

The Art of Influence

The Art of Influence
January 27, 2017

Some of us are fortunate enough to be born with a creative flair or a sense of style. Suppose you are one of the fortunate few, now you are posed with a problem: how do you turn your talents into something that can sustain you?   Grace Emden is a Baton Rouge artist, more specifically, a makeup artist, who specializes in special effects makeup for the movie industry. Grace actually started... Read More »

BR 3D

BR 3D
January 12, 2017

Technology has enabled us to accomplish all sorts of things that we never thought possible. And it’s not only world-renowned experts in Silicon Valley who are accomplishing these feats. Scientists and engineers right here in South Louisiana are creating amazing technologies and products, and building successful businesses around them. Craig Billings is co-owner of Acadian Robotics, a nearly five-year-old company that is Louisiana’s only manufacturer of 3D printers. Craig and his... Read More »

Maison Blog

Maison Blog
January 6, 2017

Though the world of retail fashion has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, the art of good salesmanship never changes. And it continues to be the key to many a successful business. Hans Sternberg is something of an expert on this topic. For 30 years Hans had a successful career in retail with his family’s beloved department store, Goudchaux’s. Then, in the early 1990s, Hans embarked on a second career... Read More »

Selling Yourself

Selling Yourself
December 30, 2016

When you sit down to search the internet for something, you’ve probably noticed the advertisers vying for your attention. What you may not be aware of is that all those helpful blogs and lists of 10 things you gotta know are often carefully crafted marketing pieces designed to draw you in. And, eventually, sell you something. In this brave new world of marketing and messaging Natalie Noel is a local expert. Natalie's... Read More »

Goodwood and Upward

Goodwood and Upward
December 23, 2016

Real estate is one of the largest sectors of the Baton Rouge economy. In the world of Baton Rouge real estate you don’t get any bigger than Mike Wampold. Over the past three decades Mike's Wompald Companies has established itself as the premier developer in Baton Rouge, with a portfolio that includes an extraordinary list of apartments, hotels, office buildings and planned unit developments. Mike's devleopment, Harveston, is transforming the landscape of the... Read More »

The Two Biggies: healthcare 'n infrastructure

The Two Biggies: healthcare 'n infrastructure
December 16, 2016

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 »

Marathon Traction

Marathon Traction
December 9, 2016

Sports today is big business in the United States, and Baton Rouge is no exception. Since 2006, sporting events that have been lured here over have generated an economic impact of more than $304m.   Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the leading lights growing Baton Rouge’s sports sector. Pat Fellows is a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, created the Louisiana Marathon in 2012. In the years since,... Read More »

The Classics

The Classics
December 2, 2016

To be a great city you have to have great performing arts organizations. For nearly 70 years, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences in the Capital Region with performances that rival those found in any major market in America. The organization’s Executive Director is Cary Byrd. Cary started out as a French horn player with the symphony in the late 1990s. Since then he has helped lead the LSU... Read More »

Capital Coffee

Capital Coffee
November 18, 2016

Next time you’re in a hotel room with a little coffee maker, take a look at the individual coffee pod. There’s a good chance it came from right here in Baton Rouge, headquarters of Pod Pack International. The local company manufactures  and distributes single cup brewing solutions – not only for hotels, but for offices, restaurants, convenience stores, and homes. And as of recently for every Taco Bell in the... Read More »

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