Live Capitalized: High School CEOs

High schoolers, entrepreneurs, or tomorrow’s leaders… how about all three? Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge is transforming motivated high schoolers into entrepreneurs and giving them skills to be the Capital Region’s future leaders. Through the academy’s yearlong program, Baton Rouge Area high school student participants will develop business plans, pitch their plans to potential investors and potentially obtain funds to launch their companies. Learning from local entrepreneurs and professors from the LSU College of Business, participants will receive top-notch lessons and real-world advice on starting a business. The academy is currently accepting applications for its inaugural class and seeking local entrepreneurs to serve as business mentors or hosts for a field trip. 

Not a high school student, but looking for opportunities to hone your professional skills? Check out these other Baton Rouge Area programs. 

  • For the kids: Sign your little ones up for Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts to develop their life and leadership skills. 
  • For the college students: Check out local young professional organizations like Forum 35 and Club Blue to find networking, service and leadership events. 

Flavor of the Week: A Shining Star in the Heart of Mid City

The long awaited White Star Market has finally opened in Mid City! This food hall offers a delectable array of food choices from its nine current vendors. Here’s a couple places we think you should check out first: 

  • Gov’t Taco: Toss your bland burritos aside – local celebrity chef Jay Ducote is teaching us all a lesson about Taco Tuesdays. At Gov’t Taco, Jay offers a seasonal menu of tacos and an assortment of delicious Mexican sodas. Our advice: try the taco filled with pimento mac and cheese (it won best dish at Mac & Cheese Fest last year)! 
  • Mouton: Fill your weekends with Bloody Marys and mimosas at White Star Market’s resident cocktail bar. With signature cocktails, craft beers and wine, Mouton will add a splash of fun to your evening dinner plans.  
  • Chow Yum Phat:  Send your taste buds on an adventure with Baton Rouge’s newest Asian street food company. Chow Yum Phat offers a fresh twist on Asian cuisine that will only leave you wanting more. Plus, who doesn’t love KFC? Korean Fried Chicken that is.  

Be sure to tag your lip-licking and tummy grumbling Instagram posts with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on our blog. 

Workin’ It: Fund Development Manager

Big River Economic & Agricultural Development Alliance, also known as BREADA, is currently seeking a fund development manager to join their team and support their mission of building a healthy and strong local food system.  

The key responsibilities of the fund development manager are to cultivate donors, direct and oversee the annual giving campaign, maintain the organization’s funding database, implement special events and speaking engagements, and serve as the lead staff member for the board’s development committee. The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree, minimum of three to five years of fundraising or development experience, excellent communication skills, and an affinity for fundraising and working with people. 

Does this sound like a job for you? For more information, email 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about the job, employer or organization, email 

My Baton Rouge: Going Green for a Cure

LSU scientists’ recent study uncovered a slimy solution to ages old health issues. Lime-green blood found in several species of the New Guinea lizard could lead them to a cure for malaria and jaundice. LSU researchers Chris Austin and Zachary Rodriguez worked with Susan Perkins of the American Museum of Natural History in New York to discover multiple origins of green blood in this lizard species. Chris has been researching these lizards for decades and through his research at LSU he’s been able to analyze the biliverdin levels (what makes the blood green) and see their ability to fight off the malaria parasite.  

World-class research that brings the world a cure, that is my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email 

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