Out to Lunch

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

Flying Into Lakefront

Flying Into Lakefront
August 27, 2015

In New Orleans when we talk about "going to the airport" we automatically assume we’re talking about Louis Armstrong Airport in Kenner. But there's another airport. In Orleans Parish. Lakefront Airport is over 80 years old. Not all those years have been great for business. For some of them the airport was boarded up. Today, Lakefront might finally be lining up for take off. The airport's latest Director of Aviation is not the... Read More »

Ethics First

Ethics First
August 13, 2015

Everybody knows right from wrong. Everybody knows numbers don’t lie. And nobody wants to spend time in prison. Why, then, would a person lie about corporate profits knowing there’s a high probability they’re going to get caught and end up behind bars? Peter's guest on Out to Lunch wrote the book on business ethics, and it’s not theoretical. Aaron Beam went to federal prison for his part in a multi-billion dollar fraud, and... Read More »

Hair and Makeup

Hair and Makeup
July 23, 2015

If there's one thing we all like, it's being told we’re attractive. No matter how rich or poor, powerful or powerless, beautiful or pedestrian we might be there is nobody who doesn’t respond positively to, "You look great!" You can spend a little or a lot - of time and money - on your appearance. And when you think you’ve done everything you can to make yourself look good, you discover... Read More »

Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors
July 16, 2015

If you're a certain age and you grew up in the South, there were things you were expected to do, under the banner of "etiquette."  After you went to someone’s house for dinner or a party, you wrote them a thank you note. On your personalized stationery. Today, you’re more likely to send an email. But, if you want it, you can still find personalized stationery. Nancy Sharon Collins still makes... Read More »

Rollin' On The River

Rollin' On The River
July 9, 2015

We’ve got a lot going for us here in New Orleans these days. But even through the bad times – oil busts and oil spills, recessions, floods, and hurricanes – the economic heart of our city has kept beating. That’s largely attributable not to what goes on in the CBD, but what goes on on the Mississippi River. The stretch of the Mississippi River here in New Orleans is the busiest waterway... Read More »

NOLA Phoenix

NOLA Phoenix
July 2, 2015

New Orleans is rising from the debris of 2005 in ways that could never have been predicted, even by the most optimistic of prognosticators. For the first few years of the post 2008 bounce-back recovery, New Orleanians were taken by surprise. Accustomed to reading stories of disasters about the city, from natural to man-made - crime, corruption, shrinking population, disastrous education - locals were unprepared for what to do with an... Read More »

Dat On a Cool Tin Roof

Dat On a Cool Tin Roof
June 25, 2015

Whether you believe global warming is caused by man or nature, according to NASA, 2014 was earth’s hottest year on record. One of the causes of our continued heating is the depletion of polar caps and other frozen surfaces. They help cool us not so much because they’re cold but because they’re flat and white and reflect the sun, bouncing its heat off of the earth. That is also the concept behind... Read More »

Back of Town Comes Back

Back of Town Comes Back
June 11, 2015

When people talk about which parts of New Orleans are desirable, you often hear the phrase, "block by block." Meaning, in blighted parts of town there are bright spots. And in the nicer parts of town there are areas that are not so great. Two parts of town that have been commercially block by block are the mostly empty lots around Loyola Avenue near the Superdome, and the largely abandoned Oretha... Read More »

Health 'n Ed

Health 'n Ed
June 4, 2015

No matter which era of recent U.S. history we look back on, we seem to be constantly working on two issues: healthcare and education. The debate at the center of these discussions is often financial. Where is Federal or state money for reform going to come from? And if reform is privately funded, how are these fundamental  requirements distributed equally? In Louisiana – and especially here in New Orleans – healthcare and... Read More »

Music Biz

Music Biz
May 21, 2015

If you live in New Orleans, you're a part of the music business. Even if you never go to Tipitina's or Bourbon Street, the revenue generated by music makes up a chunk of our local economy. We're also tied into the empire of the world heavyweight champion of live music, Live Nation, through the local offices of Live Nation Festivals North America. Live Nation Festivals North America Chief Marketing Officer is Sig... Read More »

Sopo Tchoup

Sopo Tchoup
May 14, 2015

Every time a new mobile device comes out we can put more stuff on it. These days we don’t need to carry a calendar, phone book, yellow pad, book, map, magazine, music player, camera, DVD player, laptop, or even a heart monitor. So what, exactly, are we putting in these bags and backpacks we all lug around? Somebody who knows the answer to that is Patti Dunn. Patti's New Orleans company, Tchoup Industries,... Read More »

Social Impact

Social Impact
April 30, 2015

New Orleans neighborhoods aren't like the rest of the country. Where else can you live on an expensive street that has potholes that can swallow a 5 year old. Where the streetlights are out but the traffic cameras work perfectly. And there's a street you’re never quite sure what the name is because it’s never had a sign. Stepping into this rich tapestry of communities is Neighborlynx, a company that puts... Read More »

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