podcasts pour tous les Acadiens

Out to Lunch

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.

A.I. (Acadiana Influencers)

A.I. (Acadiana Influencers)
October 10, 2018

Back at the turn of the century, in 2000, writer Malcolm Gladwell came up with the concept of what he called “connectors.” A connector, Gladwell said, is a person who knows a lot of other people. This connector is the center of a network of friends. These connectors and their networks are how fads and fashions spread. 2000 was 7 years before the invention of the iPhone. Today, Gladwell’s connectors are not just... Read More »

Friends and Family

Friends and Family
October 3, 2018

Typically, on Out to Lunch, Aileen invites people who don’t know each other to have lunch with her, hopes they’ll have something in common, and that they’ll get along. She doesn’t have to worry about any of that today. Aileen's lunch guests have a lot in common. And they’re friends. Charles Fenstermaker is Chief Financial Officer at C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates – a consulting firm that specializes in surveying, mapping, engineering, environmental... Read More »

The Lifestyle of Pie

The Lifestyle of Pie
September 26, 2018

When we hear about people who are successful in business, we tend to hear different versions of a familiar story. Somebody with a singular vision relentlessly pursues an idea, till, against all odds and after all kinds of hardship, they create Wal-Mart or Apple. What you hear less often, are stories about people who have no single-minded obsession, but are nonetheless successful and happy, doing something today that just a... Read More »

Bridal Party

Bridal Party
September 12, 2018

Some little girls grow up wanting to be a princess. Some little girls want to be a big star. And other little girls grow up wanting to be executive producer of a major live event where they get to control everything from the music to wardrobe to catering. When little girls actually do grow up, there is one magical day where all these dreams come true. Their wedding day. Of the thousand and one... Read More »

Waitr

Waitr
September 5, 2018

Things are changing around here. A few years ago, you never heard the words “entrepreneur” and “Acadiana” in the same sentence. Then we started to see what’s known an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” grow up here. That’s where people start up new businesses based on all kinds of outlandish ideas far removed from our usual oil and gas economy. To help these businesses succeed there are business incubators, business accelerators, angel investors, and even some access... Read More »

Jiu Jitsu Dancer

Jiu Jitsu Dancer
August 29, 2018

If you’re a kid today you hear stories from your parents and grandparents about how they grew up - and you only hope that if your parents treated you like that someone would call Child Protective Services on them. Things like, parents making their kids go outside and play. Kids having to walk or bike places - not being driven anywhere. No snacks between meals. No TV. And no phone. If you’re... Read More »

Healthcare Eyecare

Healthcare Eyecare
August 22, 2018

For most of human history, we’ve looked to our political leaders to bring about change. We can go all the way back to Cesar, Napoleon, Churchill, and Lincoln. Since the industrial revolution, we’ve been able to add the names of business leaders who have radically changed our world. Henry Ford. Sam Walton. Steve Jobs. Currently, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are changing everything from groceries to space travel. On a smaller scale,... Read More »

You're In Business

You're In Business
August 15, 2018

Sometime over the past few years, the meaning of the word “business” has changed. Business used to be something that men in suits conducted in offices and on golf courses. Today, some of the most successful men in business don’t own a suit. And business is no longer a boy’s only club. Shows like Shark Tank make business look like a game anybody can play; if you’re prepared to roll the dice and... Read More »

Allons a Grand Coteau

Allons a Grand Coteau
August 1, 2018

There are two ways of launching a successful business these days. One is to come up with an idea. Write a business plan. Create a pitch. Hire a pitch coach to sharpen your message. Go through a business incubator, followed by a business accelerator program. Go to friends and family for financing. Then raise investment capital, and finally become profitable. The other method is to stumble by chance into an already existing... Read More »

T-Shirt Woodwork

T-Shirt Woodwork
July 25, 2018

We often hear financial news pundits talking about manufacturing. Mostly in terms of how manufacturing has all but disappeared from the United States.  Locally, you might think of manufacturing as the businesses on Highway 90, and other industrial locations, that make equipment for the oil field. But there are other forms of manufacturing that are not giant plants churning out things made of steel. They’re small shops turning out products made of... Read More »

Sight Sound and Sales

Sight Sound and Sales
July 18, 2018

As humans, we have two ways to communicate. Sight and sound. We started out beating on wooden logs and scratching figures onto the walls of caves. We’ve evolved to where we are today – talking to a hand-held device and telling it to play music or movies. The biggest part of those millions of years of artistic and technological revolution has occurred in the past hundred years. First there was the invention of... Read More »

Motivational Money

Motivational Money
July 11, 2018

You may have heard the story about the famous bank robber, Slick Willie Sutton. In the early 1950’s, after a series of bank robberies, the police finally caught up with Slick Willie. When he was asked why he robbed banks, Mr. Sutton explained, “Because that’s where the money is.” Well, times have changed. Today, we think of someone completely different when we hear the name “Slick Willie.” And banks are no longer... Read More »

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