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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. 

High Performance

High Performance
March 11, 2016

In 2000, an LSU engineering professor named Kevin Kelly got an idea – to build compact, efficient heat exchangers that would help engines perform better. Today, Mezzo is one of the leading companies in the country in the area of micro tube heat exchanger technology, and the company’s products are used in dozens of applications and across industries – from aerospace to oil and gas to, believe it or not,... Read More »

Head Out On The Highway

Head Out On The Highway
March 4, 2016

If you drive around Baton Rouge, chances are you’ve had your car washed at Benny's Car Wash. The locally owned company has 14 locations around the area and is as well known for its quick oil changes and B Kwik convenience stores as it is for its automated car washes, which can be had for as little as $4. Justin Alford is  a member of the third generation of the Alford... Read More »

Entree-preneur

Entree-preneur
February 26, 2016

South Louisiana is one of the true food capitals of the world, known for both its Creole and Cajun fare, and, more recently, it’s contemporary twist on classic southern dishes. And though New Orleans often gets top billing for its famous restaurants and innovative chefs, Baton Rouge has a growing food scene that is vibrant and exciting in its own right. In fact, Baton Rouge is home to the school that... Read More »

Hollywood South

Hollywood South
February 12, 2016

When the State created the tax incentive program in the early 2000s to attract movie and TV producers to Louisiana, the hope was to turn Louisiana into Hollywood South. 15 years later, more movie and TV shows are shot in Louisiana than in almost any other state in the country. A big chunk of those productions have been filmed in Baton Rouge, at the Celtic Media Centre. Celtic is the... Read More »

Hello, My Name Is...

Hello, My Name Is...
February 5, 2016

We live in a world today where content is king, everyone can be an expert on the Internet, and building your own personal brand is the secret to success in our post-modern digital age. While all of that may be second nature to those who were born during the Clinton presidency, some of us need a little help. That’s where Kenny Nguen and Big Fish Presentations comes in. Kenny is President and... Read More »

What's Your Sign?

What's Your Sign?
January 1, 2016

If you're driving down the highway almost anywhere in this country you're likely going to see a Lamar Billboard. And while you may know  that Lamar is one of Baton Rouge's biggest companies, you might not realize it's also one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S. Lamar has more than 144-thousand billboards in the US, Canada and Peurto Rico and more than $1.8 billion last year in... Read More »

Passion For Poisson

Passion For Poisson
December 18, 2015

South Louisiana is famous for its seafood - but can you harness our passion for poisson and turn it into a fast-food fish biz, like Popeye's and Cane's have done with chicken? That’s what Tyler Pizzolatto is banking on. Around a year ago Tyler, whose family is steeped in the Baton Rouge fish biz, opened Crispy Catch - the area’s first fast causal restaurant featuring farm-raised catfish in every menu item.... Read More »

Batonline Rouge

Batonline Rouge
December 4, 2015

You may know about Baton Rouge's growing tech industry. What you may not know is that one of the pioneers of internet retailing is right here in the Capital Region. Shopperschoice.com was founded in 1998 and  has grown from a mom-and-pop store selling barbeque equipment to one of the 300 biggest online retailers in the country, behind Google, Amamzon, Apple, eBay and the other household names. It's one of the... Read More »

Tigers Run Hard

Tigers Run Hard
November 27, 2015

If you’re so much as an occasional jogger around Baton Rouge you know Jenni Peters. Even if you’ve never donned a pair of running shoes, you know the Varsity brand and the slogan emblazoned on the back of the t-shirts that are almost a uniform around Baton Rouge: Run Hard Live Easy. Jenni Peters is the creator of the brand and the company, which now has 3 stores in south Louisiana... Read More »

I've Got a Good Idea

I've Got a Good Idea
November 20, 2015

When it comes to entrepreneurship, you won’t find many people who know more than John Elstrott.   Recently retired as professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Levy Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane, John is chairman of the board of directors of Whole Foods, originator of Celestial Seasonings, and runs Elstrott, Maurer and Hunnewell, a consulting practice that advises start up businesses.  John also serves on the boards of several public and... Read More »

Baton Rouge Blues

Baton Rouge Blues
September 4, 2015

When it comes to the Blues, Baton Rouge is one of the best-known cities on the map. Some will even tell you the Blues were born right here in the Red Stick on the banks of the Mississippi, despite what those in the Mississippi Delta or Memphis might say. For more than four decades Stephanie's guest on Out to Lunch, Johnny Pallazotto has been a tireless promoter, producer, manager and advocate... Read More »

Your Name Here

Your Name Here
August 21, 2015

In today’s economy, branding is everything. One way companies get their brand in front of you is by putting their name and logo on everything from golf shirts to water bottles. Baton Rouge entrepreneur Carey Guglielmo is carving a niche for himself in the field of promotional marketing by NOT putting logos on everything. Carey's company AST Marketing Group, only places branding on name-brand merchandise, like Nike and Under Armour. Once you've... Read More »

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