Restaurants and Hospitality

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SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Learn the best ways to monitor and respond to online reviews of your bar or restaurant.

CustomersIn “Using Ratings & Review Sites to Market Your Bar or Restaurant,” I covered the basics of how ratings and review sites can benefit your restaurant or bar. In these days of social networking and 24/7 media, many restaurant and bar owners worry that one bad review will tarnish their reputation forever.

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Download this article for great tips on finding suppliers for your bar or restaurant!

Organic Food CoupleWhether you’re starting a new bar or restaurant, or running an existing business, finding good, reliable suppliers is a key factor in your business’s success. Where do you start?

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Getting the right look for your bar or restaurant website so it attracts customers, informs them about what you offer, and keeps them engaged can be challenging. These days, there are more and more bells and whistles you can add to your site to stay on the cutting edge. Mark Drake, CEO of imSMB.com, an online Web design and Web hosting company for small businesses, suggests the following tips for designing a great bar or restaurant website.

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

What makes customers choose one restaurant or bar over another? Sure, the food and drinks are a major factor in their decision; so is the price. But more often than you may realize, it’s the atmosphere of your bar or restaurant that convinces customers to come in…or sends them scurrying away.

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

What makes customers choose one restaurant or bar over another? Sure, the food and drinks are a major factor in their decision; so is the price. But more often than you may realize, it’s the atmosphere of your bar or restaurant that convinces customers to come in…or sends them scurrying away.

About the Author

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

As you plan the launch of your new bar or restaurant, one of the most crucial steps to success is developing a brand. Your brand encompasses your logo, trademark and marketing materials, among other things, but it’s more than the sum of these parts. To state it simply, your brand is the image of your business.

Building a Brand for Your Bar or Restaurant

Consider two businesses that both serve frozen treats, but have very different brands: Baskin-Robbins and Pinkberry. What do you think of when you think of these two brands? Here are some words that come to mind for me:

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

The mobile food truck craze is still going strong. If you own a brick-and-mortar restaurant, how can you take advantage of this popular phenomenon? There’s still plenty of room for more food truck players—especially in cities with big populations where the mobile trend hasn’t yet taken hold. And adding a food truck can expose your business to a whole new audience that may never have visited your restaurant.

Adding a Mobile Aspect to Your Existing RestaurantBefore you start shelling out money to outfit a truck with the latest cooking and storage equipment, however, ask yourself a few crucial questions:

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

John Elrick

John Elrick

John Elrick

Current City: Winchester, VA

 

  • Westat 2015 -- present
    • Project Manager/Senior Systems Analyst/Scrum Master​
  • Fenestra Technologies 2001 - 2015
    • Project Manager/Senior Systems Engineer/Scrum Master​
  • Elrick Enterprises 1999 - present
    • Owner
  • Computer Solutions of Winchester 1997 - 1999
    • Founder/Owner
  • Software Management Services, Ltd. 1988 - 1999
    • Founder/CEO
  • Toner and Ribbon Remanufacturing 1989 - 1997
    • Co Founder/President
  • Interface Computer Training 1988 - 1990
    • Co Founder
  • PC Consultants 1984 - 1998
    • Founder/Owner

Resume

Education

Institutional Education
CSU Global, Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, 2016 anticipated
CSU Global, Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership, 2010
Allegany College, Certificate of Data Processing, 1984

Continuing Education

Institute for Brain Potential, (October 23, 2014) Reasoning with Unreasonable People: Focus on Disorders of Emotional Regulation
Frederick County Community Leadership Program (2013 to 2014) CLP
Swift Software, (March 17 to 19, 2014) JobTraQ Workflow Training
American Society for Training and Development, (March 5 to 6, 2013) Coaching Certificate
Institute for Brain Potential, (November 5, 2012) How the Brain Forms New Habits: Why Willpower Is Not Enough. Brian King, PhD.
E-Myth Seminars, (March 1, 2012) Position Agreements
Toastmasters International (1995 - present)  Advanced Communicator Gold 2008
Otto Kruger Associates (2008) Myers Briggs Certified Practitioner
Rally Software (2005 Scrum Master Certification)

When most people think of technology for a food-service business, they think of a cash register. But with today’s social networks and Web-based software, that is rapidly changing. Here are 8 technology tools that you might want to consider to help you with everything from creating a full-service website with online ordering to managing a line of customers at your physical restaurant location.

About the Author

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

TJ McCue runs TechBizTalk, which posts product reviews to help busy business owners, and offers advice on how to start a website for businesses that need to get on the Web affordably and quickly.

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