Red River Radio
9:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Leesville man aims to improve veterans' mental health one service dog at a time

This image is part of a slideshow and profile story on Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, featured in the Small Business Revolution campaign.

A Minnesota firm that works with millions of small businesses is celebrating its centennial year by putting the spotlight on 100 mom-and-pop companies that do good. Deluxe Corp. calls it the Small Business Revolution.

Several Louisiana firms are part of the campaign, including Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training founded by Phillip Ruddock. He trained 31 service dogs last year for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Growing Up Brennan

Lally Brennan and Ti Martin, co-proprietors of Commander's Palace.
Chris Kehoe

When Owen Brennan opened the Vieux Carré restaurant in 1946, he created a Louisiana dynasty that today numbers more than a dozen establishments run by multiple members of the Brennan’s clan. On this week’s show, we explore what it’s like to grow up Brennan.

Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share childhood memories and discuss what it’s like to be at the helm of Commander’s Palace today.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Out To Lunch: Sight And Sound

Renee Vidrine, President of Lighthouse Louisiana.
Credit 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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12:52 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

SWOT Analysis, and Why It Matters to Your Business

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:37 pm

Many businesses need to assess marketing and planning.  LSBDC's Barry Parker describes one of the best ways owners can review what's taking place with their planning efforts.

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8:57 am
Tue March 17, 2015

LSU AgCenter: State's forestry industry is healthy and growing

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass.

“Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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3:01 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Business Inventory Tax Clearance or Reduction

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:15 am

Have you noticed you don’t see “inventory reduction” sales regularly, like you used to? That’s because of Louisiana’s business inventory tax credit, put in place in the 1990s.

“It certainly has been no reason for companies to deplete their inventories at the end of the year,” state Sen. Robert Adley observes.

Businesses still do count their inventory, and pay local taxes on their stock on hand. But when they file their corporate income tax returns with the state, Louisiana reimburses the companies for every penny they paid in inventory tax—even if the amount exceeds the other state taxes the business owes.

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7:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

GNO Inc. Optimistic About Region's 'New Normal'

The economic development group Greater New Orleans Incorporated says the region is thriving as it approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The group says the greatest challenge is becoming complacent with success.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Out To Lunch: Dine Out Work Out

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Rick Lineberger

When you launch a new business, you have no way of knowing whether you're going to make a billion dollars, or make a bunch of decisions that add up to little more than a valuable lesson.

When a small group of New Orleans guys started hosting pop-up foodie dinners in deserted buildings, few could have predicted Dinner Lab would turn out to be a multi-million dollar nationwide business.

Dinner Lab Co-founder Paco Robert joins Peter on this edition of Out to Lunch today, along with Jason Navarro.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Out To Lunch: Green Orleans

John Hopper, Christal White and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

“Green” used to be just a color. Now it’s a way of life. Everything from household trash to billion-dollar industrial plants can be “green” — meaning we undertake an activity mindful of the impact we’re having on our environment.

We use the word “green” because it’s the most ubiquitous color in nature. In cities we’ve coined a term for urban nature — Green Space.

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3:01 am
Thu February 26, 2015

LABI Looks for Greater Access to Jury Trials

LABI president Stephen Waguespack

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:45 am

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry will push lawmakers to lower the state’s uniquely high threshold for civil jury trials in the upcoming session. LABI president Stephen Waguespack says current law violates your constitutional right to trial by jury.

“You — as a citizen — can’t get a jury unless you’re sued above $50,000,” Waguespack explains. “If you’re sued for $35-, $40-, $45-thousand, then you better hope you’re going to get assigned to the right judge, because it’s the only choice you’re going to get here.”

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