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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. 

Tales of Graves and Landry

Tales of Graves and Landry
October 28, 2016

It is not unusual for entrepreneurs to tell you that the single biggest attribute you need to succeed in business is "passion." Even if you've heard that a thousand times you won't fully appreciate what it means till you hear the business tales of Todd Graves and Brandon Landry. These two homegrown Baton Rouge entrepreneurs have defied the odds and the expressed wisdom of their elders to follow their dreams and... Read More »

Sports Biz

Sports Biz
October 21, 2016

You could say we’re sports crazy in south Louisiana. And with good reason: more professional athletes come out of Louisiana per capita than any other state in the U.S. Maybe it’s our famous cuisine. Or the chemicals in our environment! Whatever the reason, It’s taken us a while to capitalize on one of our greatest natural resources, but that is starting to change. Our sports-obsessed culture is spawning a growing number... Read More »

Active Shooter Lessons

Active Shooter Lessons
October 14, 2016

There's an old proverb that says, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime." Learning something new changes one’s perception of the world and opens so many doors. Being on the teaching end presents opportunities, too. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie introduces two entrepreneurs who are creating opportunities through education companies... Read More »

Candy Sweat

Candy Sweat
September 30, 2016

Many a young boy aspires to play in the NFL. But only a small percentage actually realize that dream. It’s similar to how many people dream of starting their own business, graduating from the work-a-day world, doing something they’re passionate about, and making it big.  On this edition of Out to Lunch, Andre Moreau sits in for Stephanie Riegel and hosts lunch with two members of a family who have done both... Read More »

A Better Way

A Better Way
September 23, 2016

How many times have you thought, "There's got to be a better way" to do any one a thousand tasks? Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch had the same thought. Then they went and did something about it. And in the process created a better way - to get from A to B, to publish a book, to find a job, to save your precious photos and... Read More »

Floating Guns

Floating Guns
September 9, 2016

Louisiana’s nickname is Sportsman’s Paradise, not only because of the affinity locals here have for hunting, fishing and water sports, but because of the lush natural landscape and warm climate that make those sports possible It’s the same factors that have given birth to two local entrepreneurs. Edward Daniel is the owner of Daniel Outdoors. It’s an online company that sells hunting, fishing and shooting products over the internet. The company's success,... Read More »

Cajun Hot

Cajun Hot
August 26, 2016

Our Cajun-Creole heritage in south Louisiana is famous all over the world. People come here for food, music, and historic architecture they can’t get anywhere else. And for those who can’t get here, or who want a taste of Louisiana once they get back home, we have some crafty entrepreneurs who have figured out how to capture our local culture, bottle it – or box it - and export it... Read More »

Non Profit Officer

Non Profit Officer
August 19, 2016

We all know the internet and the many mobile platforms it has given birth to are changing the way we do business. Still, it’s always amazing to learn about some new company or tech start up that is using the latest technology to solve a problem that you didn’t even know existed. Stephanie's guests on this episode of Out to Lunch include two Baton Rouge companies that are doing just that. Courtney... Read More »

Air Tight Hot Shots

Air Tight Hot Shots
August 12, 2016

When it comes to high-tech innovations, sometimes it’s not so much a matter of what a new technology can make happen, it’s what it can prevent from happening. Today, we have two guests whose companies have come up with innovations that have exciting applications in preventing real world destruction by things like corrosion and fire. Plank Road Technologies is a joint venture that is not based on Plank Road. It's actually... Read More »

Get Out of Town

Get Out of Town
July 29, 2016

Someone famously said that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. While travel can be very expensive, no one can deny that getting out and exploring new lands enhances the human experience and does, indeed, enrich the soul. It can also enrich those who make a living in the travel industry. The travel industry has changed a lot over the last 20 years, as the Internet has... Read More »

Yelp Like a Boss

Yelp Like a Boss
July 22, 2016

As the way we do business evolves over time, so do the tools we use. Today, products and services that didn’t exist 20 or 30 years ago are indispensable parts of our companies and commerce. That’s particularly true in the digital economy. "Word of mouth" has a whole new meaning. And power. Like, for example, Yelp. Yelp is the go-to public forum for online reviews, recommendations, and warnings about thousands of... Read More »

Baton Rouge Brain Gain

Baton Rouge Brain Gain
July 8, 2016

Did you ever wonder  who scored that perfect 100th percentile on the A.C.T.? Meet Craig Gehring. Craig is a Baton Rouge native who got a perfect score on his ACT and has turned his genius, test-taking ability into one of the fastest-growing companies in the area. Mastery Prep started out preparing individual students for the ACT and in just a few short years it has created an entire brand of test... Read More »

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