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.

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 »

Sparkly 3D

Sparkly 3D
November 30, 2016

When we talk about “manufacturing” in the United States it’s usually in the context of how many big ticket items like cars are no longer made in Middle America. Louisiana is practically never mentioned in discussions about manufacturing. But there’s a surprisingly active manufacturing community here in Acadiana. A lot of it is based on making products – large and small – for the oilfield. But, despite what you might think,... Read More »

Acadiana Brews

Acadiana Brews
November 30, 2016

In 1964, Bob Dylan wrote, “The Times They Are A changin’.”  Perhaps nothing illustrates that the times are still changing better than the fact that Dylan now has the Nobel Prize in literature for that and other observations. There are countless Ph.D dissertations and pages of press punditry examining all the various social forces at work that are changing our country. Hopefully among them a social scientist is tackling one of... Read More »

The Kids Today

The Kids Today
November 23, 2016

There are very few things that can we all agree on. Employers, employees, politicians, and parents have a range of divergent views on most subjects. Except one. Education. Everybody agrees that education is the fundamental driver of a healthy economy and a healthy society. We attribute a good education system to everything from full employment and a low crime rate to individual self-fulfillment. From that position of unity, we very quickly return to... Read More »

By Design

By Design
November 9, 2016

Wherever you are right now, take a look around. If you’re in the car, check out the dashboard. You probably take it for granted but somebody had to design every component of it. If you’re at your desk, everything that’s on it - from your computer to business cards to coffee mug - had to be designed by somebody. Strangely, seeing every single thing in the world has to be designed, it’s... Read More »

Fascinating

Fascinating
November 2, 2016

Although Lafayette is a bustling city we like to believe we’re a small town where, if we don’t all know each other, we know of each other. Jezebel Lobelia may be the exception that proves the rule. Although Jezebel is known nationwide, it’s possible you’ve never even heard of her. From her home studio here in Lafayette, Jezebel Lobelia is the creator of fashionwear that she sells under the label Jezebel’s Fascination. Jezebel... Read More »

Getting Your Name Out There

Getting Your Name Out There
October 26, 2016

You’ve probably had this experience: You go to a great restaurant; you really like it and you go back regularly. But there’s hardly anybody in there. Ever. The even stranger thing is, the restaurant across the street is not nearly as good, but it’s always busy. Why is that? Well, there may be a number of reasons. But the principal ones are usually marketing, branding, advertising, and perception. All of which can... Read More »

Crate & Hub

Crate & Hub
October 19, 2016

Here in Acadiana there’s one thing we can all agree on. No matter what our politics, our age, our ethnicity, or anything else that separates us, the one thing we all have in common is a love of Cajun food. You don’t have to be Cajun or even raised in Acadiana to be an expert on the exact way you like your gumbo, boudin, and everything else that’s native to our... Read More »

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