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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. 

Seersucker Sandals and Salad

Seersucker Sandals and Salad
July 1, 2016

Baton Rouge may not be the first place you think of in connection with high fashion. But there’s one notable exception: Haspel. It's the company that invented the seersucker suit - more than a century ago. Today Haspel continues to redefine that classic staple of the southern wardrobe, while also designing  some of the trendiest and most sought-after looks for fashion-conscious gentlemen. Laurie Aaronson is President of Haspel, and the granddaughter... Read More »

B R Apps

B R Apps
June 24, 2016

Fifteen years ago, no had heard of an app. They didn’t exist. Today, there are more than 1.6 million of them available to download on your smart phone or tablet. And new ones are being designed every day. Apps are an integral part of commerce and communication in our digital age, and here in Baton Rouge we have companies not only using cutting-edge apps to improve their business, but designing them... Read More »

Wood and Water

Wood and Water
June 17, 2016

Nearly 50% of Louisiana’s land mass is covered by forest. That's a whopping 14 million acres of tress. And these tress aren't just sitting there beautifying the countryside, they're hard at work. The forestry industry in Louisiana is the state’s second-largest employer. And there's a huge private sector in the world of woods as well.  Warren Peters has built a career around tending to Louisiana’s forest lands. His 20 year old company,... Read More »

Foodies

Foodies
June 10, 2016

In South Louisiana folks often say we we don’t eat to live, we live to eat. Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch have taken that Louisiana passion for food and turned it into business enterprises. Ryan McNeil is the founder and co-owner of Fresh Kitchen, a growing company that sells freshly prepared, prepackaged and healthful meals from two Baton Rouge locations. Fresh Kitchen has only been in business... Read More »

Poolside With a Paper Cup and Oyster

Poolside With a Paper Cup and Oyster
June 3, 2016

Sight, sound and tatse are three of our five senses. They're also the raison d'ewtre of three very different Baton Rouge businesses. SoundIf you spent any time by the pool or at the beach this summer you might have encountered products made by Audio Bomb. The Baton Rouge company makes portable, waterproof, inexpensive, audio equipment. And it keeps coming out with ever-cooler products in ever ever cuter little packages. They're even... Read More »

Geaux Green

Geaux Green
May 27, 2016

We may have heat and mosquitos in Baton Rouge, but we’re also blessed to have beautiful surroundings and lush greenery everywhere. Much of the old growth and verdant landscaping is a natural part of the flora and fauna here in south Louisiana, but much of it is cultivated through hard work and attention to detail. Mitch Mayes is the owner of Louisiana Nursery, which was established by Mitch’s father more than... Read More »

Incu-Biz

Incu-Biz
May 6, 2016

Baton Rouge has a bustling economy and plenty of entrepreneurs with great ideas, but baton Rouge doesn’t have an ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Whether it’s a culture, a lack of capital, or a little of both, Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch each have a unique perspective on what it will take to build a better ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Byron Clayton is President and CEO of the Research Park Corporation, which created... Read More »

Nutria Treats, Doggy Day Care and Prosthetics For Pets

Nutria Treats, Doggy Day Care and Prosthetics For Pets
April 29, 2016

Hansel Harlan has taken the hook-fanged scourge of Louisiana's disappearing wetlands and turned it into a dog's best friend. Hansel is the co-founder of Marsh Dog, creators of doggy treats in the form of biscuits and jerky, made out of nutria.  If you think giving your dog nutria treats is a little unusual, meet Niki Hansen. Niki can give your pet a lot more than a unique dog biscuit. Niki is the founder... Read More »

Downtown

Downtown
April 22, 2016

One thing you hear a lot from people who come to Baton Rouge after having been a way for awhile is how different it is. How much the city has grown, improved, and special mention is most often made about the rebirth of downtown and revitalization in other up-and-coming neighborhoods. All this redevelopment didn’t happen by accident. There has been a lot of planning over the past 25 years to bring... Read More »

Traffic

Traffic
April 15, 2016

Whether you live in Baton Rouge, work in Baton Rouge or just pass through Baton Rouge every now and then, you have experienced the Capital Region’s notorious gridlock. Baton Rouge ranks among the very worst mid-sized cities in the nation for traffic congestion. Business leaders last year in a Chamber survey listed traffic as the single-biggest problem facing Baton Rouge. The issue commanded a lot of attention last year during the... Read More »

Sparkling Style

Sparkling Style
April 8, 2016

In the age of Internet shopping, retail is an increasingly difficult way to make a living. When shoppers don’t care if you’re local and, no matter where they live, want current fashion and accessories at a fair price, how does a local business compete? Scott Berg says it starts with service. Scott has other strategies too, and proven successes to back them up. Scott is Baton Rouge Market President of Lee Michaels... Read More »

That New Business Smell

That New Business Smell
April 1, 2016

Many of us have a creative streak, or like to think we do, but for most of us it remains an outlet, a hobby. Some of us, though, have the courage and the determination to turn our creative passion into a business enterprise – even if only a small one. It can be a dream come true, though it’s not without its challenges. Judy Whitney Davis is a Baton Rouge native... Read More »

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