Restaurants and Hospitality

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El Borrego

El Borrego started in a driveway with one customer, but quickly grew with people traveling hours for the "El Borrego", which translates to the lamb. They started with a quarter of a pound of meat and in just 3 months they were going through 600 pounds of meat in one weekend. Soon, they needed a restaurant and went to SCORE to help them get started.

Owner/Founder
Rodnia Navarro
My Location
4280 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego CA 92105
United States
My Successes

El Borrego has grown from a small local operation to a large restaurant, catering and may soon be at your local grocer. They continue to grow and offer healthy options for the community from barbacoa to birra, beef or goat stew to home-made pozole, quesadillas and pancita. El Borrego has been in business for nearly 15 years and has been featured in the San Diego Reader, City Beat, and Union Tribune and on NBC and ABC. El Borrego is located at 4280 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105. They offer on-site dining and catering.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE mentor, Elias Sheinberg helped Rodnia Navarro and her mother, Rosario Sotelo create a formal business plan to start their business as an authentic Mexican restaurant. He assisted them in finding the right immigration lawyer, real estate layer, business accountant, business bank account and even their restaurant location. Mr. Sheinberg's contacts with a remodeling business helped Ms. Navarro remodel the restaurant location at a very low-cost. Mr. Sheinberg gave advice along the way and assisted the business during the recession.

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Bruce J. Chips

Bruce J. Chips

Current City: Jupiter, FL
Chapter: Palm Beach SCORE

1968-1982 Consolidated Rail Corp. Senior Industrial Engineer.  Specializing in quality control, job and facility studies. 

1983-2007 Founded, built and operated my first full service family restaurant. Handled all facets of the operation. Including staffing, training, ordering (food & alcohol), menu planning and design. Handled all advertising, designed and published my print display ads and menu's. In 2011 we were voted, "Best Family Dining Restaurant," statewide by Connecticut Magazine Readers Poll. I am very knowledgeable regarding all facets of restaurant operations.

1994-2012 Opened my second restaurant.

2012-Retired

During my 30 plus years in the restaurant industry I also served on the board of directors of the Guilford Chamber Of Commerce for 10 years. Was elected  to the Board of Finance in Guilford, CT, served for 2 years. I am an active Rotarian for 30 plus years. Chaired numerous fund raisers, public service activities, was awarded a Paul Harris fellow, the highest award Rotary awards for exceptional service to the community. In 1994 I was awarded Business Person Of The Year by the Guilford, CT chamber of commerce.

 

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Ron Elliard

Ron Elliard

Current City: Meredith, NH

Ron Elliard is driven by a passion for people--motivating them to reach for the highest standards of success. As the founder and CEO of Evermore Consulting Services, Ron trains business executives and management professionals to be the best they can be, inspiring them to strive to get to the top...and stay there. His innovative, no-nonsense approach is based on applying what he has observed in his seventeen-plus years as a business leader, motivational speaker and trainer. Ron reveals the common business habits of the top 20% of performers in upper quartile organizations, and insures his clients stay committed to their goals.

Ron Elliard has worked extensively with business and healthcare facilities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantics states, and has a rich mix of business development, operations and strategic planning for 1 million to 50 million-dollar organizations. Ron's diversity of experienced from start-up to work out, turnaround and rapid growth, has helped him in resolving long-standing problems and creating solutions that improve operational efficiency and profitability. By utilizing expert analysis and insights to promulgate lean approaches and team empowerment Ron has helped help 100's of companies to drive organizational improvements and instills best practices. With dynamic leadership and business acumen Ron brings about dramatic change to organizations which produce extraordinary results. Ron worked for companies like American Management Services and Arthur Andersen before starting ECS in 2000. Ron currently consults, holds webinars, coaches, writes, and does speaking engagements. Ron also Chairs the (BLR) Business Leaders Roundtable which is a peer advisory group that helps end the isolation of being the top executive, allows for peer-to-peer feedback when tackling common business issues and helps top executives hold themselves and each other accountable.

Specialties:

  • Practice Management & Development

  • Process Improvement

  • Turnaround or Rapid Growth

  • Strategic Planning

  • Family Business

  • Succession Planning

 

 

 

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Education

 

Ron attended the University of San Francisco in California, for his undergrad in business administration while in the military (USMC). Ron has always been entrepreneurial by nature and had several business of his own before starting his consulting career. While running his own security company with 60 plus employees Ron went to school at night at New Hampshire College to attain his MBA. In 1992 he sold the Security Company and went full time into consulting, first with Authur Andersen, then American Management Services.  In 1995 Ron opened a 10 man consulting firm, North Star Small Business Strategies Inc. which grew rapidly and specialized in all types of industries from start up to 50 Million in revenue. After Five years it was time to slim down and concentrate the practice to a more specialized and hands on service for his clientele. In 2000 Ron revamped his practice to more align with his passion thus ECS was born.

Ron and his wife of 25 years Mary collaborate often in support of those who cannot help themselves and spend a fair amount of time traveling in that pursuit. A recent trip took them to Peru where they hiked Machu Picchu and then spent time at the local orphanage where they still send support to children today.  Ron has two adult children, recent college grads and two dogs…Skye and Koda.

 

Business Productivity Case Study: Kombuchick

SCORE and MassMutual know how important it is to get good advice. That is why, for SCORE’s 50th anniversary, we are sharing helpful, relevant, and succinct tips for your business success. The tips are based on real-life experiences and successes from people like you.

These case studies are real-life business owners that used the advice from SCORE mentors, applied it to their business, and achieved real, measurable results. 

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Kombuchick: A Kombucha Bar & Microbrewery Co.


Owner/Founder
Leslie Crews

Location
Norfolk, VA

Website
www.kombuchick.com

SCORE Mentor
Tom Vaughan

 

Shelby Handley

Shelby Handley

Current City: Columbus, GA
Chapter: SCORE Columbus

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