Bonita Springs, Florida
I was hired as the General Manager of an established bar/restaurant by a struggling Owner that had started a bar as a “retirement business” many years ago and eventually found himself in a much different and competitive environment that had evolved.
From the beginning, it was clear that “The Cafe” had many challenges and no “systems” or controls, but it also had positive attributes that were not recognized or exploited. It needed a lot of expertise and attention to daily operations and staffing and an overall revamp. After enlisting Jeannette Goldman to help me with this endeavor, I was able to use analytical tools and procedures to correct problems, increase productivity, eliminate costly issues and more.
Jeannette made recommendations to streamline the theme and align the menu to convey a certain atmosphere to attract more business and new clientele.
Armed with the new knowledge, accountability and sales increased quickly!
The market strategy Jeannette helped to implement was very successful and proved to appease the existing “regulars” in addition to providing a welcoming addition of new customers.
I’m grateful for Jeannette’s guidance and expertise throughout this process. Her recommendations helped considerably to decrease expenses, increase sales and to streamline the operation from front to back, making it much more profitable. I have been in the Hospitality business my entire career – yet working with Jeannette opened my eyes and awareness so much that I was able to implement and execute a workable strategy to bring the restaurant to new levels of success.
Donna L Antonsson
PICNICS CAFE AND CATERING, LLC
Tampa Florida, 2010
Since 2010, Picnics Cafe And Catering, LLC has been providing Breakfast, Lunches and Catering to the Tampa business community
Jeannette provided so much more than just the traditional business mentoring and I can’t thank her enough for having such a positive impact on my business. In less than one year, she assisted me in the startup and the structure of my café and catering facility. I never expected to achieve so much in such a short space of time. Jeannette has real business insight and her own experience enables her to really get involved and give practical help.
As a result, I have had the opportunity to be the owner of Picnics and have been able to sell the business in order to pursue other opportunities.
Picnics continues to serve the Tampa Bay area and it is a rewarding experience to know I started the business and it is still running successfully. I will always be grateful for Jeannette’s guidance and believing in me and helping me make my dream of owning my own business become a reality.
I first worked with Jeannette when she and Pat Walsh owned Corporate Catering. I was going through many life and career changes including leaving my teaching career. They hired me with no experience in the business. Jeannette and Pat really helped me through the process of all this change and Jeannette taught me the culinary skills to run and work in a professional industrial kitchen.
When I decided to become a food business owner, I immediately called upon Jeannette to mentor me once again in starting Picnic’s Cafe. She not only accepted my offer she also agreed to work side by side with me for one year.
We met several times a week for almost 4 months to ensure I was implementing all the procedures necessary to open the doors legally and professionally. She helped me from finding the café’s location, sitting down with food services reps, employee interviews, to negotiating my lease, creating and costing out the menu, designing the kitchen and seating area to creating recipes and shopping for equipment and anything else, I needed her assistance and guidance.
I went to Jeannette seeking direction and focus! Jeannette not only helped me through my startup, she listened to me and helped build the confidence I needed to do and think like an owner. She really pointed me in the right direction from the beginning of my career in the industry to be an owner in the industry as well.
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I recently contacted startyourrestaurantbusiness.com after meeting Jeannette during a network meeting in St. Petersburg Fl.
Several years ago, I had a professional business plan written for a Magic themed restaurant concept I had created. Unfortunately, life and putting two kids through college took priority so I put the restaurant idea and the plan on the backburner until recently; I’ve been revisiting the idea of starting the Magic restaurant again!
When I met Jeannette at a networking meeting, I started to tell her about my idea and that I was thinking about starting a go fund me page. She suggested I have my original business plan reviewed and updated. I knew I would have to do this before setting up a go fund me page and look for investors. Meeting Jeannette, made feel like the stars where aligning. She came highly recommended through the network organization we were members.
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The review was comprehensive and thorough, because of that, I was able to navigate finances, develop growth, produce employee-hiring strategies, and research my target markets accurately.
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