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UW SBDC Hosts Workshops in Casper, Gillette for Independent Restaurateurs

May 1, 2017
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Chris Tripoli, owner of Houston-based Á La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group, will host two Wyoming SBDC workshops, titled “Restaurant Reality … Mastering the 3 M’s: Menu, Management and Marketing.” They are scheduled Monday, May 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in Casper; and Tuesday, May 23, 8-10 a.m., in Gillette. (Á La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group Photo)

For small-business owners, who operate independent restaurants, they know their businesses face increased competition, labor shortages, and rising operating and occupancy expenses. 

For help in these areas, the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host two workshops, titled “Restaurant Reality … Mastering the 3 M’s: Menu, Management and Marketing,” scheduled Monday, May 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in Casper; and Tuesday, May 23, 8-10 a.m., in Gillette. The Casper workshop will be held at 300 S. Wolcott St., Suite 300. The Gillette workshop will take place at 2001 W. Lakeway Road, Suite C.  

The SBDC is a partnership among the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC focuses on educating small-business owners and potential owners on how to successfully start and operate small businesses. The SBDC’s main office is located at UW.

Chris Tripoli, owner of Houston-based Á La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group, will discuss how restauranteurs are succeeding and expanding, despite the challenges that are facing the industry today and their strategies for success. Tripoli will discuss menu practices that can increase revenue; technologies that will help manage costs; principles to use to properly select, train and retain staff; and ways to succeed at marketing, without a costly marketing budget. 

Á La Carte is an international restaurant consulting group that provides concept development, operations assistance and growth planning services. In addition to having developed award-winning restaurants, Tripoli also has worked with cafeterias, hotels, country clubs, airports, parks and convention centers. He co-wrote the book, “So, You’re Thinking About Owning, Operating or Investing in a Restaurant”; currently teaches at the SBDC at the University of Houston; and speaks at numerous hospitality meetings and workshops.    

Registration for the program is free of charge due to a Portable Assistance Grant from the U.S. SBA, but attendees must register to ensure a seat at www.wyomingsbdc.org/. For individuals unable to attend the classroom presentation in person, they can attend electronically via GoToMeeting. 

Additionally, Tripoli will conduct individual consulting with several local restaurants in both Casper and Gillette. The time available for consulting is limited. If you are in Casper, contact Cindy Unger at (307) 234-6683 or cindyu@uwyo.edu to set up a consultation or to obtain the remote GoToWebinar link. If you are in Gillette, contact Susan Jerke at (307) 682-5232 or sjerke@uwyo.edu. Restauranteurs are encouraged to call as soon as possible to schedule a time slot.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. For further information, call Unger at (307) 234-6683 or Jerke at (307) 682-5232.

The Wyoming SBDC Network is a business advising group of the Wyoming SBDC, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Market Research Center and SBIR/STTR Initiative. The network’s mission is to help Wyoming entrepreneurs succeed. Advising and most market research activities are free of charge to Wyoming residents.

The SBDC is funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA. Additional support is provided by the Wyoming Business Council and UW.

For more information, go to www.wyomingsbdc.org.


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