Out To Lunch

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

When you tune in to Out to Lunch, you'll find 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 world of 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 U.S. to be an entrepreneur, and Out to Lunch is at the forefront of the new New Orleans.

Out to Lunch is also available on the It's New Orleans website.

Major support for Out to Lunch comes from Jones Walker and IBERIABANK. Additional support comes from LUBA Workers' Comp, and Fidelity Bank.

Matt Schwarz, Linda Pompa and Peter Ricchiuti.
It's New Orleans

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 Castle Haley Boulevard.

Today, that’s all changing.

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

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?

Dennis Brady and Peter Ricchiuti.
Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

A lot of tourists who come to New Orleans go home and describe the city as an oasis of European-looking streets lined with music clubs where people wander around drinking cocktails and eating beignets 24 hours a day. This fabulous wonderland is the same 13 riverside blocks that locals describe as dirty, smelly, crime-ridden, home to gutter punks, T-shirt shops, and over-priced restaurants they wouldn’t go to even if they could find a parking place.

Peter Ricchiuti and Lauren Rudzis.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you live in New Orleans, you're a part of the music business. Even if you never go to Jazz Fest 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.

Patti Dunn and Peter Ricchiuti.
It's New Orleans

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, makes bags and back packs.

Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

When it comes to having a great idea in business, the difference between success and failure is hard to pin down till you’re one or the other.

Lisa Lloyd doesn’t have the luxury of hindsight. Lisa is an inventor. She has invented products that have made millions. And she has had days that weren’t so good. On today's Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti discusses the invention business with Lisa Lloyd from the Lloyd Marketing Group.

Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

 

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 all the information about your neighborhood online in one convenient location.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you. GE is the 6th largest company in the Fortune 500. They've been quoted as saying "New Orleans is becoming the hub of the South." And they're putting their money where their mouth is. In downtown New Orleans, in the Place St. Charles building, GE Capital Technology Center has 70,000 square feet of office space.

Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

If you do your own laundry, you probably think you've got a small mountain of it if you have four or five loads to throw in the washing machine.

Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

A normally functioning human body is something most of us take for granted, until we have personal experience that challenges us. It might be the birth of a child, an accident, or just staying alive long enough to have bits of ourselves wear out.

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