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Business
12:31 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Can U.S. Still Lead In Economic And 'Soft' Power?

A Ford Focus on the assembly line in Wayne, Mich. "We have a lot going for us; we've got our problems, but others have problems that are as bad or worse," says Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 1:28 pm

At Monday night's foreign policy debate, the first round of questions for the presidential candidates will involve "America's role in the world."

The answers from President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney likely will focus on military readiness and anti-terrorism efforts. That's what most Americans would expect to hear, given that their country has been involved continuously in overseas combat since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Girls Gone Word

Juila Ballard, Peter Ricchiuti and LouAnn Lofton.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

LouAnn Lofton, author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Warren Buffet Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should Too, and Juila Ballard from New Orleans business news website Silicon Bayou News, join Peter for a word-filled lunch.

Wednesday At The Square
12:25 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Bellwether Technology to Sponsor “Wednesday at the Square” for 3rd Year in a Row

Bellwether Technology, a New Orleans-based IT consulting firm, has announced it will be a supporting sponsor of the 2013 YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series for the third year in a row. The popular twelve-week concert series runs every Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., from March through the end of May, and features some of the most well-known musical acts from across Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Inspiration on Out to Lunch

Arman Sadeghpour, Peter Ricchiuti and Sean Simone.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Inspiration is putting two things together that haven’t been put together before. For example, making toothpaste out of chocolate. Or turning your cell phone into a 650,000-volt stun gun.

Arman Sadeghpour is co-founder and CEO of Theodent, the revolutionary toothpaste that turns chocolate into the dentist’s friend, and Sean Simone is the co-founder of Yellow Jacket Case, the cell phone case that’s a stun gun.

Sugar Cane
12:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Sugar cane farmers: Outlook optimistic

Hurricane Isaac's winds paired with recent rains made a rough start for this year's sugar-cane grinding season. But industry officials are optimistic that weather will improve this month, helping the process along.

Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, tells The Courier several mills started grinding last week. The remaining mills are scheduled to begin work this week.

Simon says the sugar cane industry has an annual impact of about $1.1 billion in Louisiana.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Happy Entrepreneur Season

Tim Williamson, CEO of Idea Village, has their slogan, "Trust your crazy ideas" written on his hand.
Silicon Bayou News

New Orleans used to be a place you had to leave to have a decent business career. Now it’s a place entrepreneurs move to.

This radical change in our landscape didn’t just happen, it was engineered, in large part by The Idea Village. CEO Tim Williamson joins Peter for lunch, along with Matt Wisdom, co-founder of one of New Orleans’ most successful next generation companies, Turbosquid.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Coffee And Ice Cream

Peter Ricchiuti, Danielle Boyce Batten and Adrian Simpson.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Danielle Boyce Batten, Director of Sales & Marketing for Cool Brew Coffee, and Adrian Simpson, founder of New Orleans Ice Cream, are allies in the NOLA coffee and ice cream assault on the nation.

Shipping
9:09 am
Fri September 21, 2012

German shipping company adds Port of New Orleans to Latin American service

A German shipping company has added the Port of New Orleans to a weekly service connecting the city with several Latin American countries.

The port said Thursday that Hamburg Sud will provide the container service through a space charter agreement with Hapag-Lloyd.

The new service will connect New Orleans to ports in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil.

Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said in a statement that the new service gives customers better access and more frequent service to Latin American markets.

Westlake Vinyls Co.
8:51 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Vinyl chloride maker hit with OSHA fines

A chemical company that makes vinyl chloride has been slapped with fines for safety and health violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday that it cited the Westlake Vinyls Co. for 10 safety and health violations. The fines total $67,000. The company can contest.

Jack Turner, the acting director for OSHA in Baton Rouge, said Westlake Vinyls "exposed its employees to avoidable workplace hazards that can cause serious injury and possible death."

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Business
11:35 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business?

A used-car lot displays a sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, N.H., in January.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:43 am

Every election season, political signs sprout like dandelions from lawns across America. They also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn clients away.

Jeff Reiter, who owns the Blue Plate Lunch Counter & Soda Fountain in Portland, Ore., proudly displays a 2008 Obama campaign sign inside his restaurant and says he has "never tried to hide" his support for the president.

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