Out To Lunch

Thursdays at 1pm, Sundays at 5pm

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.

Find episodes of Out to Lunch here.

Ways to Connect

Ken Stewart

Many of us have a creative streak, or like to think we do, but for most of us it remains an outlet, a hobby.  Some of us, though, have the courage and the determination to turn our creative passion into a business enterprise – even if only a small one.  It can be a dream come true, though it’s not without its challenges.

Ken Stewart

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.

Fit and Fitted

Jan 22, 2016
Ken Stewart

Baton Rouge is a city that loves its sports. If you want to feel pumped up with pride in the Baton Rouge business community take a listen to this conversation.

While Tiger Football dominates the headlines, baseball has a large following too, as do soccer and basketball. And there’s a vibrant and growing outdoor community, active in running, cycling, swimming and rowing. That homegrown passion for sports and athletics hasn’t just resulted in some of the most die-hard fans you’ll meet, it’s also given birth to some impressive companies.  Really impressive.

Ken Stewart

December 11, 2015

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.

Ken Stewart

You may know about Baton Rouge’s growing tech industry, but you may not be aware one of the pioneers of internet retailing is right here in the capital region. Shopperschoice.com was founded in 1998, growing from a mom-and-pop barbeque equipment store to one of the top 300 online retailers in the U.S.  It’s also one of the 100 fastest-growing companies on and off line, with annual revenues heading for $75-million. CEO Corey Tisdale joins Stephanie Riegel this week.

Katie Barnett

In 2000, an LSU engineering professor named Kevin Kelly got an idea – to build compact, efficient heat exchangers that would help engines perform better. Today Kevin's company, Mezzo, is the world's leading company in micro tube heat exchanger technology. As Kevin tells Stephanie, "It's not difficult to be number one if you're the only one doing it." 

Ken Stewart

If you drive around Baton Rouge, chances are you’ve had your car washed at Benny's Car Wash. The locally owned company has 14 locations around the area and is as well known for its quick oil changes and B Kwik convenience stores as it is for its automated car washes, which can be had for as little as $4.


Hollywood South

Sep 11, 2015
Ken Stewart

When the State created the tax incentive program in the early 2000s to attract movie and TV producers to Louisiana, the hope was to turn Louisiana into Hollywood South. 15 years later, more movie and TV shows are shot in Louisiana than in any other state in the country. A big chunk of those productions have been filmed in Baton Rouge, at the Celtic Media Centre. Celtic is the largest studio in the state, with seven sound stages totaling more than 150-thousand square feet over four acres.

Ken Stewart

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 revenue, and it all started out as a little family business in the deep south.