OUT TO LUNCH finds creative business consultant Aileen Bennett conducting business Acadiana style: over lunch. Each week Aileen invites guests from Acadiana's business community to join her. Beyond the foundations of the Acadiana economy - oil, cuisine, music - there is a vast network of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and even some of the country's largest companies who call Acadiana home. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the wider Acadiana business community. You can also hear the show on KRVS 88.7FM.
The conventional wisdom about starting a new business is, target a specific market.
Dustin Melancon and his wife Jennifer decided to throw that idea out the window. Instead they set out to manufacture a product that can be enjoyed by Sophisticates and Punks. What product could satisfy that wide of a target market? Cupcakes. Sophi P Cakes – a self-described “cup-cakery” - has been in business in Lafayette since 2010. Sophi – without an “e” at the end - is short for sophisticated, and the “P” is for punk.
Andrew Klenert is taking on the holy grail of adolescence. Imagine if you could cure acne. And while you’re at it how about Eczema, Psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, cold sores, bug bites, poison ivy, even pet rashes? That’s what Andrew’s product Thyme Out is on the road to doing. Andrew’s all natural product is made here in Lafayette and shipped to 18 states and 150 stores around the country, including Walgreens.