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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.

From Acadia to Acadiana

From Acadia to Acadiana
April 17, 2019

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Aileen Bennett sorts out the complex web of economic development organizations in Acadiana. Well, more or less.  Aileen says there are so many of these business-boosting organizations that,  "If I just read out a list of all the economic development and business support organizations in Acadiana and gave you a one-sentence description of what they do, I would still be reading by the time... Read More »

The Mind Body Connection

The Mind Body Connection
April 10, 2019

For hundreds of years, philosophers puzzled over the mind-body connection: the relationship between our physical body and the feelings, emotions, and mental abilities that define us as human beings. Eventually, philosopher Rene Descartes summed up the mind-body connection as, “I think therefore I am,” which seemed like the final word on the subject. Then, as we progressed as a society, the mind-body connection conundrum became the province of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and... Read More »

Market Art

Market Art
April 3, 2019

Many of us aspire to a life in the arts. For evidence of that, you only have to look at the massive popularity of long-running shows like American Idol and The Voice. Apparently, competitive sketching does not make  compelling viewing, so we don’t see TV shows about visual artists. But there are many people who have dreams of being able to make a living from their painting or drawing.   Cayla Zeek is... Read More »

Downtown TV

Downtown TV
March 27, 2019

The tension between town and country has been around since the Industrial Revolution. It exists in every developed nation where there are cities. The fact is, cities depend on surrounding rural regions to produce food. And rural regions depend on cities to produce manufactured goods, even as basic to their survival as tractors and shovels. But because of economics, politics, and other factors, we frequently find urban and rural populations at odds with... Read More »

Hypno Boy Goes Bowling

Hypno Boy Goes Bowling
March 6, 2019

One of the knocks we frequently hear about being an entertainer in Acadiana, is that if you don’t play Cajun or Zydeco music, you’re not going to work. If it’s true that the exception proves the rule, you’re not going to find a bigger exception to that rule than Flip Orley. Flip doesn’t play an accordion or fiddle. But he could make you play one. Flip Orley is a comic hypnotist. Flip has been... Read More »

Laundry Dogs of Lafayette

Laundry Dogs of Lafayette
February 27, 2019

In 1994, a guy called Jeff Bezos was working in banking when he decided to start up his own business, selling books online. Most people thought that was a stupid idea, for two reasons. One, nobody would want to give a total stranger their credit card number. And, two, if you wanted to buy a book, why wouldn’t you just go down to the bookstore? In the face of withering criticism,... Read More »

Pepper Jerky

Pepper Jerky
February 20, 2019

You’re probably familiar with the saying, “Nothing personal, it’s just business.” People use it as a justification for doing something that’s going to advantage them, to the detriment of someone else. The underlying assumption is that wise-business-decisions and personal feelings are opposites. There’s nothing more personal than taste. So, how wise is it, when launching a business, to base the whole company on your personal taste? That’s exactly what both of Aileen's guests on... Read More »

Ducks Dressing

Ducks Dressing
February 6, 2019

The difference between men and women is a subject that’s been examined from perhaps the beginning of time. Whether you believe the conversation starts with Adam and Eve, or a couple of organisms crawling out of the primordial soup, commentary about what sets genders apart is the province of everyone from archaeologists to comedians. You’d be forgiven for wondering what we could contribute to this conversation on a radio show and podcast... Read More »

Cajun Blush

Cajun Blush
January 23, 2019

When we talk about a successful business, we usually talk about the idea behind it. We tend to do that because a single moment of inspiration is more exciting to talk about than the years of hard work it takes to build a business. But there’s also another quality that’s vital in making the leap from inspiration to action:  courage. You can have the best idea in the world for a business,... Read More »

Copyright Blue Dog

Copyright Blue Dog
January 16, 2019

You’re probably familiar with the saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” At the same time that saying was coined in England, here in the United States, the sentiment was quite different. In 1790 the Federal Government passed the first Copyright Act, which made imitation illegal. We’re still in the process of working out exactly what is imitation and what, legally, isn’t.  For example, George Rodrigue’s famous Blue Dog. Rodrigue’s Blue Dog is... Read More »

Get Stuff Done

Get Stuff Done
January 2, 2019

You might remember a guy called Zach Barker. Zach used to be the director of the startup business incubator, Opportunity Machine. Zach had a basic business philosophy which he summed up in three words, “Get stuff done.” It sounds simple. But in reality, in business, the difference between success and something less is the ability to execute. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Talk is cheap. To succeed you have to get stuff... Read More »

All About You

All About You
December 19, 2018

When we talk about business, we all understand that the basic objective of what we’re doing is trying to make money. Implicit in this understanding is an assumption that we’re trying to make money for ourselves. Or our company. But there are people who dedicate themselves, and their careers, to making money for others. Other people. Other companies. And even whole communities. Rick Fontova has spent over a quarter of a century in... Read More »

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