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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. 

Goodwood and Upward

Goodwood and Upward
December 23, 2016

Real estate is one of the largest sectors of the Baton Rouge economy. In the world of Baton Rouge real estate you don’t get any bigger than Mike Wampold. Over the past three decades Mike's Wompald Companies has established itself as the premier developer in Baton Rouge, with a portfolio that includes an extraordinary list of apartments, hotels, office buildings and planned unit developments. Mike's devleopment, Harveston, is transforming the landscape of the... Read More »

Marathon Traction

Marathon Traction
December 9, 2016

Sports today is big business in the United States, and Baton Rouge is no exception. Since 2006, sporting events that have been lured here over have generated an economic impact of more than $304m.   Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the leading lights growing Baton Rouge’s sports sector. Pat Fellows is a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, created the Louisiana Marathon in 2012. In the years since,... Read More »

The Classics

The Classics
December 2, 2016

To be a great city you have to have great performing arts organizations. For nearly 70 years, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences in the Capital Region with performances that rival those found in any major market in America. The organization’s Executive Director is Cary Byrd. Cary started out as a French horn player with the symphony in the late 1990s. Since then he has helped lead the LSU... Read More »

Capital Coffee

Capital Coffee
November 18, 2016

Next time you’re in a hotel room with a little coffee maker, take a look at the individual coffee pod. There’s a good chance it came from right here in Baton Rouge, headquarters of Pod Pack International. The local company manufactures  and distributes single cup brewing solutions – not only for hotels, but for offices, restaurants, convenience stores, and homes. And as of recently for every Taco Bell in the... Read More »

Free Trade

Free Trade
November 11, 2016

Sometimes what makes a business interesting is not so much what it does as much as how it does it. Today, the internet and mobile platforms make it possible to do business in all sorts of new ways. Then again, the digital era has also made it possible for savvy entrepreneurs to improve on age-old business models. Like the barter economy. And come up with something better. Stephanie's guests on... Read More »

Meet Me For Coffee

Meet Me For Coffee
November 4, 2016

In today’s high tech world, we’re increasingly isolated from one another. And yet, in some ways it’s easier than ever to make connections. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie Riegel introduces two guests who are helping us connect. One, through an app that brings people together; the other, through an organization that helps start up businesses connect and find synergies that can help them thrive and grow. Alayna Dixon is... Read More »

Tales of Graves and Landry

Tales of Graves and Landry
October 28, 2016

It is not unusual for entrepreneurs to tell you that the single biggest attribute you need to succeed in business is "passion." Even if you've heard that a thousand times you won't fully appreciate what it means till you hear the business tales of Todd Graves and Brandon Landry. These two homegrown Baton Rouge entrepreneurs have defied the odds and the expressed wisdom of their elders to follow their dreams and... Read More »

Sports Biz

Sports Biz
October 21, 2016

You could say we’re sports crazy in south Louisiana. And with good reason: more professional athletes come out of Louisiana per capita than any other state in the U.S. Maybe it’s our famous cuisine. Or the chemicals in our environment! Whatever the reason, It’s taken us a while to capitalize on one of our greatest natural resources, but that is starting to change. Our sports-obsessed culture is spawning a growing number... Read More »

Active Shooter Lessons

Active Shooter Lessons
October 14, 2016

There's an old proverb that says, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime." Learning something new changes one’s perception of the world and opens so many doors. Being on the teaching end presents opportunities, too. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie introduces two entrepreneurs who are creating opportunities through education companies... Read More »

Candy Sweat

Candy Sweat
September 30, 2016

Many a young boy aspires to play in the NFL. But only a small percentage actually realize that dream. It’s similar to how many people dream of starting their own business, graduating from the work-a-day world, doing something they’re passionate about, and making it big.  On this edition of Out to Lunch, Andre Moreau sits in for Stephanie Riegel and hosts lunch with two members of a family who have done both... Read More »

A Better Way

A Better Way
September 23, 2016

How many times have you thought, "There's got to be a better way" to do any one a thousand tasks? Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch had the same thought. Then they went and did something about it. And in the process created a better way - to get from A to B, to publish a book, to find a job, to save your precious photos and... Read More »

Floating Guns

Floating Guns
September 9, 2016

Louisiana’s nickname is Sportsman’s Paradise, not only because of the affinity locals here have for hunting, fishing and water sports, but because of the lush natural landscape and warm climate that make those sports possible It’s the same factors that have given birth to two local entrepreneurs. Edward Daniel is the owner of Daniel Outdoors. It’s an online company that sells hunting, fishing and shooting products over the internet. The company's success,... Read More »

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