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.

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling

Cajun Dogs Go Bowling
March 29, 2017

Just 135 miles apart, a 2 hour sprint on the interstate or a scenic ramble on the 90, New Orleans and Lafayette are two of America’s most culturally interesting cities. Economically, though, they’re different. New Orleans is booming and growing while Lafayette is facing headwinds from a depressed oil economy and the continuing after-effects of floods that are combining to limit opportunity. Given this situation, it would seem to be an unlikely time... Read More »

Eat Right

Eat Right
March 22, 2017

If you had a dollar for every time someone on radio or TV said, “Here in Acadiana we’re known for our food,”  you probably would have made about a hundred dollars this month already. You wouldn’t be as wealthy, though, if you were collecting a dollar on the sentence, “Here in Acadiana there is a sizeable segment of the population open to a medically holistic, nutritious approach to diet with an... Read More »

Moody Business

Moody Business
March 15, 2017

A few football seasons ago, after years of losing, the Saints suddenly started to become a winning team. People back then would explain the change of fortune with a knowing look and two words - “Drew Brees.” In Acadiana, people have recently started exchanging that same knowing look when they talk about the impressive number of new businesses starting up around here. Folks look at each other and say, “U.L.” What they’re... Read More »

New Oil

New Oil
March 8, 2017

There’s a great deal of uncertainty in the oil business these days. When times are tough and margins are slim, oil producers find ways to trim costs wherever they can. But, no matter how big or small your company is, there are only so many people you can lay off. There are only so many wells you can close down. Oil producers still need to produce oil. What they want to do... Read More »

Hi, Tech

Hi, Tech
March 1, 2017

If you’re a certain age and in business, you might have had a business mid-life crisis. It’s not about getting a tattoo and a Harley Davidson, it’s about being confronted with a massive change in the way business is done, and deciding what to do about it. If you started out before the internet, before apps, before social media, and in some cases before the computer, the relentless onslaught of technology... Read More »

Tee Tiny Houses

Tee Tiny Houses
February 22, 2017

This is a show about Acadiana business and, as you are probably well aware if you travel around Acadiana, there are no shortage of fascinating businesses to talk about in this part of the world. From oil and gas companies to jewelers and from accordion builders to app builders.  From all these choices, we have a couple of guidelines for whom to feature as guests on Out to Lunch. We only... Read More »

Inspiration Perspiration

Inspiration Perspiration
February 15, 2017

Thomas Edison was the 19th Century’s Steve Jobs. He invented the motion picture camera, the record player, and the lightbulb. Incidentally, Edison was known as “The Wizard of Menlo Park” which is the same part of Northern California where Steve Jobs lived and worked too. Edison explained his genius as being “one tenth inspiration and nine tenths perspiration.”  That formula can be applied to success in business too.  It’s pretty easy to... Read More »

Building and Rebuilding

Building and Rebuilding
February 8, 2017

Acadiana is different from pretty much every other place in the world. It’s even different from the rest of Louisiana. It’s hard to know exactly where on the I-10 the difference begins, but you know it when you see it. Because it doesn’t just feel different – which it does. And it’s not just because people are nicer – which they are. But you know it when you see it because... Read More »

Real Deals

Real Deals
February 1, 2017

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... Read More »

Bread and Meat

Bread and Meat
January 25, 2017

When you travel around Acadiana it’s amazing how many talented people live in this part of the world. You can stop in at almost any small town and find a handful of people living there who are doing something sensational. Take for example, Eunice. After being born and raised in Eunice, Michelle La Fleur McFayden went to college for electrical engineering, and got a job with NASA. From 1988 to 1998 Michelle... Read More »

How You Like Me Now?

How You Like Me Now?
January 18, 2017

When you own a business you generally believe that nobody knows more about your business than you. But there are times in the lives of many businesses that growth or success complicates things. At these points specialist consultants outside of your company can have greater insight than you about what you need to do to achieve your goals. When your business comes into contact in any way with local, State, or Federal... Read More »

Bud and Smothered Rabbit

Bud and Smothered Rabbit
January 11, 2017

Here in Acadiana we take the term “Southern Hospitality” seriously. We’re proud of how we welcome people into our homes, and into our businesses. And for some of us, hospitality is our business. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuto introduces two people at very different ends of the hospitality industry: Herb Schilling and David Billeaud. David is the founder and owner of one of Lafayette’s favorite institutions, T-Coon’s restaurant. David started... Read More »

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