HR Business Weekly – “The Best of Food”
Watch the entire show here.
*Hunter Davis with Duck Donuts on how to know when to expand your business to another location.
Customers are critical. “In addition to looking at the bank, we are also looking at the location.”
“We have a family-based product, so we’re looking for families. Kids, they love to watch this stuff.”
On supporting the franchise model: “Seeing people who know how to do the restaurant business and do it effectively, that definitely sold us.”
“Now you’re starting to see the mom and pops coming back, but operating with good business models. I think that’s actually the future.”
Learn more about Duck Donuts here.
*Entrepreneur of the Week: Duane Thompson of Sabrosa Foods. Duane created his salsa recipe in his college dorm room and his business is now a multi-million dollar one. In the beginning, he tested his product at farmer’s markets. Then he took his product to the government, selling his salsa in commissaries and eventually providing services for government dining halls.
“Once that need is there, and it identifies itself, you have to be prepared to service that need, and we were prepared.”
Duane Thompson’s book is coming out in January of next year. Find out more about the company here.
*The Tan Plan with Cheryl Tan. Three mistakes you’re making when pitching the media.
1) Sending mass emails to pitch an event
2) Getting contact information wrong in your email or call
3) You are selling your product instead of a story
*Brenda Tusing, co-owner of The Royal Chocolate in Virginia Beach.
Hiring new team members – they don’t have online applications. They want prospective employees to walk into the store.
To entrepreneurs-to-be: “You have to really have a passion for it. You have to really want to do it.”
“The hard thing is going to be letting people know that you’re there, especially brick and mortar.”
“You’ve got to find creative ways to let people know you exist.”
Connect with The Royal Chocolate here.
*John Porter at Handsome Biscuit. “Create experiences that people can’t forget.” See the Handsome Biscuit menu here.