"First Steps in Starting a Restaurant"

Another Practical "Toolbox" Workshop Brought to You by SCORE-Richmond in Partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration  

Richmond was recently described as a top destination for food travel and an up-and-coming foodie destination.  How can you cash in on this trend and avoid being among the 60% of restaurants that fail in the first year?  Join a local professional restaurant coach to learn: 

  • Is owning a restaurant right for you?
  • Buy existing, buy a franchise, start a new concept
  • Why some restaurants make it and others don’t
  • Financial and people resources to get started
  • Creating a practical restaurant business plan
  • What it takes to sustain a profitable restaurant
  • A month and year in the life of a restaurant owner

If you have ever considered opening your own restaurant, this workshop is the place to begin!

FEE: $25 pre-registration

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Your Speaker:  Martha Looney- Owner of Restaurant Positive.  Professional Restaurant Coach  

Martha has been a General Manager, Regional Director of Operations and Small Business owner.  She has opened over 20 restaurants and led teams in sales volumes ranging from $2 million to over $80 million in annual revenues.

Areas of Expertise: Restaurant Start Up; Talent Acquisition, Retention and Development; Systems, Tools & Processes; Leading the Guest Experience; Creating Absentee Ownership, Staging Restaurants for Sale.  Education: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Center for Creative Leadership