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.
If you’ve ever bought a house, you quickly come to realize that buying something for hundreds of thousands of dollars is not quite the same as buying groceries or a bicycle.
If, like an increasing number of people these days, you decide to leave the safety of a steady paycheck and go into business on your own, you can be overwhelmed by the thousands of decisions that confront you, any one of which seems at the time like it could make or break you.
In either instance, starting up your own business or buying property, the difference between disappointment and success can come down to one word: advice.
If you’re starting up a business in Acadiana and you’re looking for the kind of seasoned advice you’d expect to find on the East or West Coast, you need go no further than Lafayette. That’s where you’ll find Geoff Daily and his company, Start Stuff Industries.
Start Stuff helps you start stuff. Coming from an impressive tech background up North, Geoff Daily fell in love with Lafayette in 2010 and has been helping locals start stuff in Acadiana ever since. Geoff, welcome to Out to Lunch.
Buying a piece of property – whether it’s your home or your business – starts with finding the piece of property. On the face of it that would seem pretty simple. But in reality it isn’t so easy to find the perfect property. And once you’ve found it, things only get more complicated from there, ending weeks or months later with a mountain of papers and a lifetime of debt.
As with starting a business, the difference between disappointment and success in buying property can come down to who is advising you. Peggy Grace and her company PAR Realty have been advising real estate clients in Lafayette and Lake Charles for 25 years.
In late 2016 Peggy took her company into a partnership with an international real estate company, Engel & Volkers. Having the power and resources of an international player gives Peggy a competitive advantage in Acadiana, and provides an advantage for Acadiana residents looking to move out of state.