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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. 

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 »

Good Bye Charlie

Good Bye Charlie
December 14, 2018

Thirty years ago, a young, high-energy entrepreneur left his private sector job to create the Louisiana Business and Technology Center on the LSU campus, a business incubator for small startups. In the three decades since, the LBTC has helped launch hundreds of  businesses and has spawned the creation of the much larger LSU Innovation Park, a 13-year-old facility on its own south campus dedicated to research commercialization. This edition of Out... Read More »

Tincture of Camo

Tincture of Camo
December 7, 2018

 Andrea Leyerle is a Baton Rouge-based entrepreneur who has created an online and retail nutraceutical business, Andi Lynn’s Pure and Custom Formulary.   Andrea started the company in 2010 in her kitchen, where she began making her own version of elderberry syrup, known for its cold- and flu-fighting properties. In the years since, Andi Lynn’s Pure and Custom Formulary has expanded into a variety of homeopathic and natural remedies that are sold... Read More »

Royal Tee

Royal Tee
November 30, 2018

We’ve all heard about the Amazon Effect and how ecommerce is seriously disrupting the retail world. Savvy entrepreneurs are figuring out how to carve a niche for themselves, whether by offering unqiue products or that special personal touch you can’t get online, creating a unique shopping experience , or, by creating a whole new business model.   Mark Peirce is owner of The Royal Standard, a gifts, accessories and at one time... Read More »

Safety First

Safety First
November 9, 2018

Workplace accidents cost American companies some $60 billion every year. But, unlike the trajectory of most workplace costs, accident expenses are actually going down. The reason is better training and more proactive safety measures that come from the public and private sectors. Kathy Trahan is president and CEO of the Alliance Safety Council, a 60-year-old agency that trains workers to meet federal OSHA regulations. Under Kathy’s leadership over the past 15... Read More »

Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs
November 2, 2018

Seven out of 10 American households own a pet, generally a dog or cat. This has created a huge pet care industry and unlimited opportunity for creative, animal-loving entrepreneurs. It has also led to an unfortunate side-effect: little-loved animals, particularly cats, wandering our streets.  Angela Schifani is Development Director of Cat Haven, a non-profit cat rescue organization that was founded in 1999 in response to a community need for comprehensive rescue,... Read More »

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