Out to Lunch Acadiana

Wednesdays at Noon & Saturdays at 5:00 PM
  • Hosted by Aileen Bennett

Out to Lunch Acadiana finds Acadiana Business Consultant Aileen Bennett conducting business Acadiana style over lunch. Each week Aileen invites guests from Acadiana's business community to join her. Beyond the foundations of Acadiana's business economy - oil, cuisine, music, there is a vast network of entrepreneurs, small business, and even some of the country's largest companies who call Acadiana home. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the wider Acadiana Business Community.

A lot of people around here in Acadiana compare the recent downturn in the oil business to the downturn in the 1980’s. The general consensus seems to be that although this downturn is having a longer-term effect within the oil business itself, it’s having a lesser effect on the overall Acadian economy. The reason everybody gives for that is one word: diversification.

And it’s true. Over the past couple of decades the scope of local business has grown to include all kinds of new enterprises, from technology to tourism.

December 20, 2017

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like meat, you might want to keep this show on in the background and not listen too closely.

Tyler Woerner started his company in 2007. He called it Pixelbrush. It was a website company that designed, built and maintained websites. By 2016, Tyler had learned that he had actually started, and was trying to run, three companies. It turns out that website design, website building, and website maintenance are three very different businesses. And when you get successful, they require three very different types of people to run them. So Tyler pivoted. Now Pixelbrush is three different companies. Daysite. Eight Hats. And a new alignment with an existing company, Bizzuka.

Last year Americans spent $6b on grooming their dogs. How much did we spend on grooming men?

In Acadiana we love music. Not only do we listen to it, but many of us play it. There are probably more musicians per capita here than anywhere in the country. Music, for many families, is a way of both celebrating and passing on our culture. It is, as the late Eddie LeJeune, said, “In the Blood.” Despite the fact that music is a central part of our lives, making a living from music is not easy around here. While we have lots of music, we don’t have a lot of music business. We share that problem with the rest of the country.