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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. 

Poetry Party

Poetry Party
August 22, 2019

Baton Rouge is home to a lot of budding entrepreneurs. It’s also home to a lot of just plain interesting people, whose companies and careers have propelled them to be creative forces, influencers and advocates for nonprofits, the needy, and doing the right thing in the community. Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet and author of four books who served as Poet Laureate for the state of Louisiana from 2013 –... Read More »

That Was IBM, This is Now

That Was IBM, This is Now
August 15, 2019

Though Louisiana isn’t known for its tech community, Silicon Bayou has produced some pretty impressive tech companies over the years. One of the most impressive is a nationwide industry leader, Watch Systems. Mike Cormaci is president and co-founder of the nearly 20-year-old IT company that is well known to law enforcement agencies around the country because of its flagship product, Offender Watch, a sexual offender management and community notification software used... Read More »

The Wedding Show

The Wedding Show
August 8, 2019

In 2018, the U.S. wedding industry was worth an estaimted $75 Billion. The average wedding set the happy couple, or their parents, back by a whopping $44,000. That's nearly double the average cost of a just a year or two earlier. But, for every action there's an opposite and equal reaction. Today, brides are balking at spending big money on weddings. And savvy entrepreneurs are finding ways to make the special... Read More »

Education 2019

Education 2019
August 1, 2019

Although we all agree that education is the key to success in so many areas of life, getting an education isn't as straightforward and easy as we'd like. That's why Stephanie Riegel's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch Baton Rouge do what they do. Nancy Cadwallader is owner of Collegiate Advisory Placement Service, an independent educational consulting firm that helps families find the best educational options for their kids—from... Read More »

Crime

Crime
July 25, 2019

Crime is one of the biggest problems facing Baton Rouge at the moment.  In 2017, the city had one of the highest murder rates on a per capita basis in the country. It’s a problem that’s holding the community back, and affecting economic development. But efforts are under way to address the crime and the systemic problems that are causing it, especially in  the most impoverished areas of our community.   Rinaldi... Read More »

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 »

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