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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. 

That Was IBM, This is Now

That Was IBM, This is Now
March 30, 2018

Though Louisiana isn’t known for its tech community, Silicon Bayou has produced some pretty impressive tech companies over the years. One of the most impressive is a nationwide industry leader, Watch Systems. Mike Cormaci is president and co-founder of the nearly 20-year-old IT company that is well known to law enforcement agencies around the country because of its flagship product, Offender Watch, a sexual offender management and community notification software used... Read More »

Training Wheels

Training Wheels
March 23, 2018

One of the biggest challenges in Louisiana is a lack of skilled workers in the technical trades. Companies complain about it all the time. And yet, many young people will tell you they can’t find a good paying job, which is a reason so many of them leave after high school. For the past several years, the business community in south Louisiana has been focused on this dynamic. On this... Read More »

Out and About in Baton Rouge

Out and About in Baton Rouge
March 16, 2018

While New Orleans gets the lion’s share of attention for being Louisiana’s premier tourist destination, Baton Rouge has some offerings of its own.    Michael Day is General Manager of the Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge’s premier event facility. Built in 1977, the River Center has more than 14-thousand square meters of exhibition space, a 12-thousand seat facility for concerts, performances and sporting events, a ballroom and meeting rooms and a... Read More »

Spoon Foodie

Spoon Foodie
March 9, 2018

Ryan Grizzafi is the owner of The Cajun Spoon, a four-year-old company that makes healthful, easy to prepare box mixes of beloved Cajun dishes like gumbo, etouffe and shrimp and grits. The Cajun Spoon started out as a food truck in 2014, progressed to become a catering business, and more recently has ventured into retail. To stand out from other, established, Cajun dinner products, Grizzafi’s company has adjusted its recipes to... Read More »

Stunning Business

Stunning Business
February 23, 2018

We know south Louisiana has a healthy number of budding entrepreneurs. We’ve met many of them on this show over the past year. But one thing we hear over and over again is that south Louisiana doesn’t have a very well-developed entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s starting to change, but is it happening fast enough? Arthur Cooper is on the frontlines of building that entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is the president and CEO of... Read More »

Alt Ed

Alt Ed
February 9, 2018

Quality education is a challenge. It seems like many of our schools are losing ground, as public funding for education is being cut. At the same time, there’s a greater emphasis on alternatives to the traditional school system and an increased interest in things that helps us think outside the box. Ashley Heard has spent a lot of time thinking about non-traditional education and the charter school system. Her firm, Ashley... Read More »

Hot Cocktails

Hot Cocktails
February 2, 2018

Some of us find relief for our stress through exercise or meditation. Others find their salvation after a long hard day in a good strong cocktail. Either way, local entrepreneurs have found a way to build businesses around our inherent need to unwind and escape. Stefan Boone, with his wife, Mercy Kitchen Boone, is owner of Preservation Yoga, a Bikram yoga studio on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge. Bikram is performed... Read More »

Hydrated and Healthy

Hydrated and Healthy
January 26, 2018

As Americans have become more health conscious in recent years, they’ve begun to pay more attention not only to what they eat but also what they drink. That’s created opportunities for local entrepreneurs, who are building businesses around healthful beverages.   Ash Shoukry is the owner of The Big Squeezy, a local chain of shops that sell cold-press juices and smoothies made from fruit and vegetables grown on the company’s farms in... Read More »

Crime

Crime
January 19, 2018

Crime is one of the biggest problems facing Baton Rouge at the moment.  In 2017, the city had one of the highest murder rates on a per capita basis in the country. It’s a problem that’s holding the community back, and affecting economic development. But efforts are under way to address the crime and the systemic problems that are causing it, especially in  the most impoverished areas of our community.   Rinaldi... Read More »

Building A Better Oyster

Building A Better Oyster
January 12, 2018

Seafood is something we do well here in south Louisiana. We’re fortunate to be blessed with an abundance of mollusks, crustaceans and fin fish that not only keep our local population well fed but have enabled Louisiana cooks and chefs to be recognized around the world for their culinary exploits. So you might think there’s not much room for improvement. But you would be wrong. Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch... Read More »

On The Air

On The Air
January 5, 2018

We live in a media-saturated world, dominated by 24/7 cable news networks and an ever-growing list of social media platforms that keep us updated, informed, and inundated with more information than we could ever hope to process. How do you make sense of it all? And how do you make money at it? On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie is joined by two Baton Rouge media experts.   Cyril Vetter... Read More »

Artsy Distilling

Artsy Distilling
December 8, 2017

Not so long ago, they used to roll up the sidewalks in downtown Baton Rouge at 5 p.m, or so the saying went. And it wasn’t far from the truth. Today, however, downtown is a burgeoning district, home not only to state office buildings and law firms, but to apartment complexes, restaruatns, museums and galleries and, even, a distillery.    Walter Tharp is the president and owner of that distillery: Cane Land... Read More »

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