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.

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 »

Vision

Vision
January 4, 2017

We often talk about business and creativity as if they are polar opposites. In fact, business is a creative enterprise. Every great business, from Apple to Wal-Mart, stems from a great idea. As with other creative endeavors, like movies and music, the execution of an idea takes a team of collaborators. But the undertaking only becomes a success when all of the team players are contributing their individual talents toward creating... Read More »

Game Changers

Game Changers
December 28, 2016

There are a number of terms people use to try and make talking about business as exciting as talking about football. You’re probably familiar with the football clichés, “We’re going to go out there and play our own game.” “Our plan is to play hard till the final buzzer.” And all-time favorite, “It’s mental.” In business we hear people describing their business as being so exciting it’s “moving the needle.” A “paradigm... Read More »

Way Out There

Way Out There
December 21, 2016

If you live in Acadiana there’s a pretty good chance you’re connected in some way with the oil industry. Most of us know somebody who works offshore. These men and women are gone for days and weeks, ferried out to massive oil rigs in the Gulf. So massive that they often refer to them as “floating cities.” They call them cities because there’s a lot more going on on an oil... Read More »

Merely Players

Merely Players
December 14, 2016

William Shakespeare famously wrote in his play As You Like It - “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” Like much of Shakespeare’s work, you can look at this on many levels. One interpretation is, although we each believe we are masters of our own destiny, in fact much of our life... Read More »

Making It

Making It
December 7, 2016

Business today is increasingly about information, technology, and service. Before this era, business wasn’t so much people making things happen, it was simply about making things. Today on Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti is talking about people who make things. With robots. And steam. At the beginning of the 21st Century Missy Rogers and her husband Scott founded Noble Plastics with a bunch of employees who had no experience whatsoever making plastic products.... Read More »

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