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.

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 »

Swingin' Lafayette

Swingin' Lafayette
December 5, 2018

Some things about life in Acadiana are unique to this part of the world. And some things we share with the rest of the world. One of those common issues, in business, is making the link between the online world and the real world. These days, over 80% of all retail purchases begin with an online search. And, you know from your own experience, almost everything else you do starts online too... Read More »

Lemons to Lemonade

Lemons to Lemonade
November 28, 2018

You’ve probably heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s meant to be motivational – encouraging us to take something bad that’s happened to us, and turn it into something good. Aaron Beam is the poster boy for making lemons out of lemonade. Aaron was one of the founders of a company called Health South. Health South was a healthcare provider that, at its height, was a Fortune 500 company.... Read More »

Haute Design Squared

Haute Design Squared
November 21, 2018

If you’re in school – or think back to when you were in school – there are days when you wonder why you’re wasting your time getting an education. On those days, when you’re thinking of dropping out, some encouraging, older, person invariably tells you, “It’s worth hanging in and graduating  ‘cause you never know what you might end up doing with your degree.” If you need living proof of this advice,... Read More »

Popcorn Accolades

Popcorn Accolades
October 31, 2018

If you live in Lafayette, or you spend any time in Lafayette, you’ve almost certainly been to the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. There are a few staples there - people and products you know are going to be there every week. Among them is Abby Perkins. I can almost guarantee you’re thinking, “Abby Perkins…. No, don’t know who that is.” Well, how about if I said, “The Popcorn Girl.” The Popcorn Girl at the... Read More »

Sweet

Sweet
October 24, 2018

America loves maple syrup. You can find it anywhere in the country - from supermarket shelves to fast food restaurants. What America doesn’t seem to know is that maple syrup has a cousin. That is better looking, richer, and better tasting. It’s called cane syrup. Here in Acadiana, we know about cane syrup because we grow the sugarcane that makes it. We often use the name “Steen’s” as a synonym for cane syrup,... Read More »

Wallet and Plate

Wallet and Plate
October 17, 2018

If you’re eleven years old, you’ve already lived through a revolution. In July 2008, Apple launched the App Store. An app was a whole new thing. An application that would work on your iPhone to accomplish a specific task. And it was designed and built by a third party. That is, not Apple. Google and its Android operating system weren’t far behind, and over the past decade apps have been downloaded to phones... Read More »

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 »

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