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.

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 »

Are You Ready For The Rebound?

Are You Ready For The Rebound?
June 27, 2018

Over the last couple of years, we’ve talked a lot about diversification of the Acadiana economy. We’ve talked about how our local economy has to change to withstand global oil and gas market. And how we can re-train people who have been hurt by the downturn in the oil field.  What has been lost to some extent in these conversations about the new economy, is how these changes have affected the companies... Read More »

Digital Towny

Digital Towny
June 20, 2018

When you have a small business in a small market, like Acadiana, you’re facing challenges today that nobody has faced before you. There is no previous generation to turn to for advice on how to compete with online retailers. Or how to market to your local customers who might live next door but are getting all of their information online. These are essential issues that every small business has to confront. Aileen's guests... Read More »

Virtual & Real Healthcare

Virtual & Real Healthcare
June 6, 2018

There seems to be a never-ending debate about healthcare in the United States.  In this debate there are four main parties. The patient. Government. Insurance companies. And doctors. Despite their differences of opinion, all of these parties claim to agree on one simple thing. And that is, medical decisions are best made by doctors. Despite that, the fact is we have a healthcare system that is anything but simple, and that often filters... Read More »

The Acadiana Innovation Machine

The Acadiana Innovation Machine
May 30, 2018

After the oil crash of the mid 80’s, everybody around here realized that for the economy to come back, and for us to have a chance of surviving a future downturn, we’d need to diversify. In other words, we’d have to start up businesses here that employ people in fields other than oil and gas. That’s easy to say. But we live in a free market economy. Politicians can’t direct people to... Read More »

Elemental

Elemental
May 23, 2018

Acadiana is changing. Yes, we still jealously guard our traditions and our culture, but we also embrace change. We’re happy to have the fastest internet in the country. We’re happy to be home to some very cool tech businesses. And we’re happy to be able to go downtown to a coffee shop like Reve, which is as hip as any place in any major American City. But none of this fell out of... Read More »

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