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.
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?
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
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 »
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
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
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
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
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 »