OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
For a number of years now we’ve talked about New Orleans as a great place to start a business. But we’ve learned it’s not such an easy place to take a startup to the next level. When the business you’re starting up is not technology, but you’re actually manufacturing a real-world product, it becomes even more difficult.
Jaime Glas seems to have defied the odds. Jaime started a manufacturing business. She’s based out of New Orleans. And her company is doing great. Jaime’s company is called Haute Work. She makes industrial flame-resistant clothing for women.
If that’s one product you would never have thought of inventing, Luke Hooper has a bunch more. Everything from a whole new version of chess, to baked goods, and a new way of keeping your shoes on your feet. Luke has a company called Factor 10 Design, where they take original ideas and turn them into commercial products.