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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. 

TV Tommy & Mixmaster Jim

TV Tommy & Mixmaster Jim
December 1, 2017

Louisiana has gotten a lot of attention over the last 15 years for the program that transformed the Bayou State into Hollywood South. Today, the tax credits that attracted major motion pictures to studios in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport have been scaled back by the Legislature and savaged the burgeoning film business, but Baton Rouge is still very much a hotbed for the digital arts. Long before anyone had... Read More »

Capital Region Conscious Capitalism

Capital Region Conscious Capitalism
November 24, 2017

Conscious capitalism has become a popular buzzword around the country. It refers to companies and businesspeople who are about more than making money – they're about making a difference. Like Dave Treppendahl, right here in Baton Rouge. Dave is a real estate broker in the Baton Rouge area with NAI/Latter and Blum and has more than three decades experience in the commercial real estate sector. But over the past year, Dave... Read More »

Doing Good

Doing Good
November 17, 2017

Nonprofit organizations make a huge impact in the community. With decreased government funding for badly needed social services, nonprofits are more important than ever. But assessing need, figuring out how to make the most impact, and then raising money is a challenge.  There are all sorts of ways to make it work, but you have to be creative and very determined. Jennifer Maggio founded The Life of a Single Mom in... Read More »

Snaps

Snaps
November 3, 2017

Baton Rouge is rife with talent. Not just entrepreneurial and tech talent, which we focus on a lot on this show, but creative talent. Artists, writers, musicians, and photographers.    Nature photographer C.C. Lockwood's sublime images of Louisiana’s lush swamps, moss-laden oaks, endangered wildlife and fragile ecosystem have earned him international acclaim and a place in the hearts of so many Louisianans. C.C. has published a dozen books of photography, has done... Read More »

Dr. & Dr. Concierge

Dr. & Dr. Concierge
October 27, 2017

We hear a lot about the disruption economy – how Amazon is changing the face of retail, or how Uber is changing the way we get around. But there are more subtle – yet equally significant changes—at work in a variety of sectors, including philanthropy and medicine. And it’s not necessarily bearded, hipster millennials in skinny-legged pants who are leading this change. In Baton Rouge, two very different types of doctor... Read More »

Knock Knock

Knock Knock
October 20, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of the economy and of economic development to the health of a community like Baton Rouge. And certainly, jobs and opportunities are what keep a city growing and humming. But cultural and educational attractions like museums and galleries are increasingly key in attracting young people and what author Richard Florida has called “creative class professionals.”    Peter Olson is Executive Director of... Read More »

Dovetail Apps

Dovetail Apps
October 13, 2017

Technology is taking over so many aspects of our lives, from basic accounting and word processing to retail, even to building custom cabinetry. It can be intimidating and hard to get your mind around, until you understand what computers and robots are all about – and how to make them work for you.   Logan Leger has such an understanding. He is a software engineer and entrepreneur in Baton Rouge, who founded... Read More »

Life After Life

Life After Life
October 6, 2017

Life does not always unfold in a straight line. Sometimes we have to make turns that we didn't expect or that require major adjustments. One such turning point comes for military veterans when they leave the service and have to find their way in the civilan world. Another point comes when we realize we need to transiotion form an independent life to one that might require a little more TLC.  Charlie... Read More »

Water Works

Water Works
September 29, 2017

Here in south Louisiana, water is as much a part of the local landscape as is solid ground. And with coastal erosion, the ratio is becoming more skewed every year. Fortunately, environmental entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to help us deal with our water and coastal issues while also building viable businesses. Take Tyler Ortego, an environmentalist, engineer and aentrepreneur, who got his start with the Shaw Group and went out on... Read More »

Fish Flicks

Fish Flicks
September 22, 2017

Sometimes we fall into a career. Other times, we build one, doing something simple that we’ve loved since childhood. Stephanie's guests in this edition of Out to Lunch fall into the latter category. Mark Cartwright is a sport fisherman from south Louisiana, who grew up enjoying the bounties of Sportsman’s Paradise. But, as an adult and father of two boys, he often found himself spending weekends on the baseball field, instead... Read More »

Born In The Garage

Born In The Garage
September 15, 2017

It’s a well known cliché that some of the most successful entrepreneurs started out in their parents' garage. Actually there’s more than a kernel of truth to the stereotype. Lots of small businesses start from home, including plenty here in Baton Rouge.  Two local businesswomen are navigating the process. They are Joan Chastain and Shannon Countrymen, long time friends and moms, who decided in 2014, when the last of their litters... Read More »

Industrial Genomics

Industrial Genomics
September 8, 2017

Don’t let anyone tell you south Louisiana’s only about food and football. Startups in bio tech, high tech, and industry abound between Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the North Shore. And they’re focused on some really cutting edge things. Will they succeed? What are the hurdles they’re encountering as they try to launch? John Dowdle has answers. John is the coowner and founder, with his wife, Annette, of Insight GX. It’s a... Read More »

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