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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. 

Cajun Hot

Cajun Hot
August 26, 2016

Our Cajun-Creole heritage in south Louisiana is famous all over the world. People come here for food, music, and historic architecture they can’t get anywhere else. And for those who can’t get here, or who want a taste of Louisiana once they get back home, we have some crafty entrepreneurs who have figured out how to capture our local culture, bottle it – or box it - and export it... Read More »

Non Profit Officer

Non Profit Officer
August 19, 2016

We all know the internet and the many mobile platforms it has given birth to are changing the way we do business. Still, it’s always amazing to learn about some new company or tech start up that is using the latest technology to solve a problem that you didn’t even know existed. Stephanie's guests on this episode of Out to Lunch include two Baton Rouge companies that are doing just that. Courtney... Read More »

Air Tight Hot Shots

Air Tight Hot Shots
August 12, 2016

When it comes to high-tech innovations, sometimes it’s not so much a matter of what a new technology can make happen, it’s what it can prevent from happening. Today, we have two guests whose companies have come up with innovations that have exciting applications in preventing real world destruction by things like corrosion and fire. Plank Road Technologies is a joint venture that is not based on Plank Road. It's actually... Read More »

Get Out of Town

Get Out of Town
July 29, 2016

Someone famously said that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. While travel can be very expensive, no one can deny that getting out and exploring new lands enhances the human experience and does, indeed, enrich the soul. It can also enrich those who make a living in the travel industry. The travel industry has changed a lot over the last 20 years, as the Internet has... Read More »

Yelp Like a Boss

Yelp Like a Boss
July 22, 2016

As the way we do business evolves over time, so do the tools we use. Today, products and services that didn’t exist 20 or 30 years ago are indispensable parts of our companies and commerce. That’s particularly true in the digital economy. "Word of mouth" has a whole new meaning. And power. Like, for example, Yelp. Yelp is the go-to public forum for online reviews, recommendations, and warnings about thousands of... Read More »

Baton Rouge Brain Gain

Baton Rouge Brain Gain
July 8, 2016

Did you ever wonder  who scored that perfect 100th percentile on the A.C.T.? Meet Craig Gehring. Craig is a Baton Rouge native who got a perfect score on his ACT and has turned his genius, test-taking ability into one of the fastest-growing companies in the area. Mastery Prep started out preparing individual students for the ACT and in just a few short years it has created an entire brand of test... Read More »

Seersucker Sandals and Salad

Seersucker Sandals and Salad
July 1, 2016

Baton Rouge may not be the first place you think of in connection with high fashion. But there’s one notable exception: Haspel. It's the company that invented the seersucker suit - more than a century ago. Today Haspel continues to redefine that classic staple of the southern wardrobe, while also designing  some of the trendiest and most sought-after looks for fashion-conscious gentlemen. Laurie Aaronson is President of Haspel, and the granddaughter... Read More »

B R Apps

B R Apps
June 24, 2016

Fifteen years ago, no had heard of an app. They didn’t exist. Today, there are more than 1.6 million of them available to download on your smart phone or tablet. And new ones are being designed every day. Apps are an integral part of commerce and communication in our digital age, and here in Baton Rouge we have companies not only using cutting-edge apps to improve their business, but designing them... Read More »

Wood and Water

Wood and Water
June 17, 2016

Nearly 50% of Louisiana’s land mass is covered by forest. That's a whopping 14 million acres of tress. And these tress aren't just sitting there beautifying the countryside, they're hard at work. The forestry industry in Louisiana is the state’s second-largest employer. And there's a huge private sector in the world of woods as well.  Warren Peters has built a career around tending to Louisiana’s forest lands. His 20 year old company,... Read More »

Foodies

Foodies
June 10, 2016

In South Louisiana folks often say we we don’t eat to live, we live to eat. Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch have taken that Louisiana passion for food and turned it into business enterprises. Ryan McNeil is the founder and co-owner of Fresh Kitchen, a growing company that sells freshly prepared, prepackaged and healthful meals from two Baton Rouge locations. Fresh Kitchen has only been in business... Read More »

Poolside With a Paper Cup and Oyster

Poolside With a Paper Cup and Oyster
June 3, 2016

Sight, sound and tatse are three of our five senses. They're also the raison d'ewtre of three very different Baton Rouge businesses. SoundIf you spent any time by the pool or at the beach this summer you might have encountered products made by Audio Bomb. The Baton Rouge company makes portable, waterproof, inexpensive, audio equipment. And it keeps coming out with ever-cooler products in ever ever cuter little packages. They're even... Read More »

Geaux Green

Geaux Green
May 27, 2016

We may have heat and mosquitos in Baton Rouge, but we’re also blessed to have beautiful surroundings and lush greenery everywhere. Much of the old growth and verdant landscaping is a natural part of the flora and fauna here in south Louisiana, but much of it is cultivated through hard work and attention to detail. Mitch Mayes is the owner of Louisiana Nursery, which was established by Mitch’s father more than... Read More »

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