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Open the Doors: Up and Running in the Food Service Biz

  • West Business Development Center 185 E Church Street Ukiah, CA 95432 (map)

Cost
$30 General Admission
$25 Women in Business or Chamber members

Learn how to open the doors to your restaurant audiences and prospects. Stephen O’Mara with over 30 years of entrepreneurial business experience will provide attendees the tools to effectively write the modern day business plan to achieve a more structured overall approach to your culinary venture. Julia Siderakis, an experienced restaurateur will complement the workshop with expertise in the necessary additions to running a culinary business in a highly attractive and competitive industry.

What you can expect to learn:

  • What financial institutions and lenders are looking for in a business plan to draw their

  • interest to your funding request.

  • How to narrow down a broad plan and make it intellectually attractive, to the point, and

  • memorable to persons of interest

  • What makes the restaurant business plan different from other types of industries

  • To make projections of food costs and how to ignite creative marketing to compete

  • What to look for in institutional and private lenders

  • What your credit history and past business experience can offer your financial backers.

Workshop Instructors
Both Stephen O’Mara and Julia Siderakis have over 50 years combined experience in the entrepreneurial spirit of owning and operating significant and prosperous businesses. As they have gradually retired from those businesses, they have integrated their expertise into the West Business Development Center as advisors, board members, and workshop leaders. In more recent years, instruction in the career and business programs at Mendocino Community College have welcomed their vast knowledge into their course offerings, certificate, and degree programs.

Supported by the Mendo Lake Food Hub