Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

Back of Town Comes Back

Back of Town Comes Back
June 11, 2015

When people talk about which parts of New Orleans are desirable, you often hear the phrase, "block by block." Meaning, in blighted parts of town there are bright spots. And in the nicer parts of town there are areas that are not so great. Two parts of town that have been commercially block by block are the mostly empty lots around Loyola Avenue near the Superdome, and the largely abandoned Oretha... Read More »

Health 'n Ed

Health 'n Ed
June 4, 2015

No matter which era of recent U.S. history we look back on, we seem to be constantly working on two issues: healthcare and education. The debate at the center of these discussions is often financial. Where is Federal or state money for reform going to come from? And if reform is privately funded, how are these fundamental  requirements distributed equally? In Louisiana – and especially here in New Orleans – healthcare and... Read More »

Music Biz

Music Biz
May 21, 2015

If you live in New Orleans, you're a part of the music business. Even if you never go to Tipitina's or Bourbon Street, the revenue generated by music makes up a chunk of our local economy. We're also tied into the empire of the world heavyweight champion of live music, Live Nation, through the local offices of Live Nation Festivals North America. Live Nation Festivals North America Chief Marketing Officer is Sig... Read More »

Sopo Tchoup

Sopo Tchoup
May 14, 2015

Every time a new mobile device comes out we can put more stuff on it. These days we don’t need to carry a calendar, phone book, yellow pad, book, map, magazine, music player, camera, DVD player, laptop, or even a heart monitor. So what, exactly, are we putting in these bags and backpacks we all lug around? Somebody who knows the answer to that is Patti Dunn. Patti's New Orleans company, Tchoup Industries,... Read More »

Social Impact

Social Impact
April 30, 2015

New Orleans neighborhoods aren't like the rest of the country. Where else can you live on an expensive street that has potholes that can swallow a 5 year old. Where the streetlights are out but the traffic cameras work perfectly. And there's a street you’re never quite sure what the name is because it’s never had a sign. Stepping into this rich tapestry of communities is Neighborlynx, a company that puts... Read More »

Jazz Fest Economy

Jazz Fest Economy
April 23, 2015

When you go to Jazz Fest do you have stuff you have to do? Is there one band you have to see or one food item you have to eat? For many people that annual treat is Crawfish Monica. It's one of Jazz Fest’s most popular dishes. On this edition of Out to Lunch we have crawfish, and Monica. Monica Davidson, the Monica from Crawfish Monica and co-owner of Kajun Kettle Foods,... Read More »

L.E.D.G.E.

L.E.D.G.E.
April 16, 2015

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we’re now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you’d like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you. GE is the 6th largest company in the Fortune 500. They’ve been quoted as saying “New Orleans is becoming... Read More »

Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up
April 9, 2015

If you do your own laundry, you probably think you've got a small mountain of it if you have four or five loads to throw in the washing machine. There's a family firm in Kenner called Pellerin Milnor who have been making washing machines for nearly 80 years, but you wouldn’t buy one for your house. Their machines wash around 7,000 pounds of laundry. An hour. Pellerin Milnor washing machines and... Read More »

Expedia Express

Expedia Express
April 2, 2015

Back in the twentieth century when you wanted to fly somewhere you had two choices – you could call the airline and buy a ticket, or you could call a travel agent, who for some magical reason could get you the same ticket for less money. Then along came the online travel site revolution. Now, instead of making a two minute phone call we can spend hours, even days, comparing prices... Read More »

Sight and Sound

Sight and Sound
March 26, 2015

A normally functioning human body is something most of us take for granted, until we have personal experience that challenges us. It might be the birth of a child, an accident, or just staying alive long enough to have bits of ourselves wear out. Two of our senses that are susceptible to impairment are hearing and sight. Lighthouse Louisiana is the largest employer of blind people in the state. The company makes... Read More »

Big Deals

Big Deals
March 19, 2015

Most people who start a new business build on what has come before them. Every now and again there are revolutionary game changers, like  Apple's iPhone, but coming up with a totally new  product is not the rule, it's the exception. And that's what makes Al Andrews exceptional.  When Al founded TASC in 2009, with three other members of his family, he didn’t just change the design of sports apparel, he... Read More »

Dine Out Work Out

Dine Out Work Out
March 12, 2015

When you launch a new business, you have no way of knowing whether you’re going to make a billion dollars, or make a bunch of decisions that add up to little more than a valuable lesson. When a small group of New Orleans guys started hosting pop-up foodie dinners in deserted buildings, few could have predicted Dinner Lab would turn out to be a multi-million dollar nationwide business. Dinner Lab Co-founder Paco... Read More »

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