Acceler8Success Cafe Wednesday 4.24.19

How Mexican Restaurateurs Are Taking the Lead on Immigration Activism in NYC

Through pro-immigration goods, employee assistance, and community outreach, these restaurateurs are speaking out to support immigrants

I always present myself as an indigenous woman of color,” Yajaira Saavedra, an owner of the Bronx’s standout Oaxacan restaurant La Morada,says. “I’m very proud of my roots.” Her family’s restaurant serves moles, tlayudas, and other Oaxacan dishes in a bright, often-packed space that prominently features a banner reading “No deportaciones / No deportations.” A lending library offering free books to the community sits in the back, and the front door has bright red letters on black that read “Refugees Welcome.”

Saavedra, along with other Mexican restaurateurs around the city, like Daniel Ortiz De Montellano Luft of Casa Publica and Guillaume Guevara of Miscelanea,have been vocal advocates for Mexico and for their communities here in NYC. All three have spoken out on Trump’s immigration policies, and Guevara launched a line of pro-immigration goods like hats, pins, and stickers in his Mexican deli that benefits the American Civil Liberties Union. Luft and chef Fany Gerson (the two are married) have assisted their employees with immigration proceedings and paperwork. Luft feels strongly compelled to do this work. “Hearing these stories from the people who work for us, it’s hard not to be engaged,” he says. Read more.

Why Do Struggling Chains Always Turn To Franchising?

Sixty-two Percent of Restaurants Feel Unprepared for a Mobile Future

Restaurants Admit Strong Fears About Keeping up With Tech

Are you ready to franchise your restaurant or put your recently franchised brand on the right track?

How to Keep Staff Turnover from Disrupting Your Restaurant

Essentials for Courting, Retaining Millennials

The Importance of Being a Social Concept

Help Wanted: Building a Workforce Pipeline for the Next Century

What is Rising Minimum Wage Doing to Restaurants?

In 2018, economists from Miami and Trinity Universities used Congressional Budget Office methodology to measure the effect a $15 federal minimum wage might have on the workforce. They found, if implemented in 2020, it would reduce employment by roughly two million jobs. Raising the minimum wage would also disproportionately impact entry-level positions where unemployment rates are the highest. In other words, it would hit the restaurant industry like a sledgehammer.

The National Restaurant Association recently surveyed 529 full-service operators with tipped employees. The median hourly earnings of entry-level servers were $19 per hour. More experienced servers made $25 per hour.

That’s a small sample of how serious this issue could be for restaurant owners, who already grapple with razor-thin margins and the challenges of running a small business. But unlike many companies, you have to toss gratuity into the picture. Read more.

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Acceler8Success Cafe Tuesday 4.16.19

17 Excellent Entrepreneurship Books You Can Read In A Weekend

As a new entrepreneur, you have a lot to learn, and you likely want to do it fast. Short but impactful business books can be the perfect solution for learning how to plan your business, hack your growth and develop other core entrepreneurial skills.

No matter what area you’re focused on, there are many books that cover all the bases. Click here for 17 Forbes Coaches Council members who share their must-read recommendations for emerging business owners. These picks are all 350 pages or fewer and can be finished in a single weekend—or a single sitting if you read quickly!

10 Small Steps You Can Take to Start or Grow a Small Business at Any Stage

How These Women Entrepreneurs Improved Their Supply Chain Finance

5 Essential Steps for Women Who Want to Become Entrepreneurs

Basic Principals of Creative Entrepreneurs

There Are Two Types Of Entrepreneurs – Both Can Benefit From An Aligned Hustle

Hard work is often lauded as the key American virtue that leads to success and opportunity. It has preoccupied the business world for years creating a divide and resulting in two camps: Hustle Nation vs. Ease & Flow.

On one side are entrepreneurs who grind. They put in long, arduous hours and focus on high-performance achievement, devoting themselves completely to their businesses.

On the other side are entrepreneurs who concentrate largely on sustaining lifestyle businesses (with a focus on mindset: clarity, alignment, and attraction).

Both sides have their pros and cons. Read more.

Finding Financing for Your Restaurant’s Stage of Life

The Delivery Dilemma Rages On for Restaurants

Restaurant Same-store Sales End 2018 on a High Note, Despite Low Traffic, High Labor Costs

Changing Dynamics of Craft Beer

Is Craft Beer as Close to a Sure Thing as an Entrepreneur Can Get?

Cannabis And the Beer Industry

Suddenly, CBD is everywhere. Here’s what’s next.

The CBD gold rush has begun. CBD, the chemical found in hemp and marijuana plants, is showing up in shampoos, lattes, body oils, gummy bears and dog treats. It’s being sold in coffee shops and farmer’s markets, mom-and-pops and high-end department stores and most recently, drugstore chain CVS.

“Literally overnight, you’re seeing CBD all around you and in everything,” said Troy Dayton, CEO of The Arcview Group, an Oakland, California-based cannabis investment and research firm. “This is a product that is going from relative obscurity to being on everyone’s mind: producers, consumers and especially entrepreneurs.” Read more.

11 Unexpected Ways You Can Relieve Headaches

The Preferred Meditation Apps of Entrepreneurs

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Acceler8Success Cafe Thursday 4.11.19

Today’s Featured Topic: Restaurants

Restaurant Sales to Hit Record-High $863 Billion 2019

Overall restaurant sales in the U.S. will reach $863 billion in 2019, according to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual State of the Restaurant Industry report.

Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) notes that this year’s projected sales figure of $863 billion is an increase of 3.6 percent over last year and constitutes a record-high industry performance. Read more…How Big Will the Restaurant Industry be This Year?

Are Fast-food Chains In a Discount Trap?

Tech Creates a New Class of Restaurant Employees

What McDonald’s Big Bet on Data Means for the Industry

The Changing Face of Restaurant Leadership

Are you ready to franchise your business or put your recently franchised brand on the right track?

Restaurant Same-store sales End 2018 on a High Note, Despite Low Traffic, High Labor Costs

5  Secrets From Restaurant Industry Leaders

QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards

5 Restaurant Trends to Watch For in 2019

How Much Are we Willing to Pay for Human Interaction in Restaurants?

In a recent article in the New York Times by San Francisco-based tech reporter Nellie Bowles, she writes, “Human contact is becoming a luxury good. As more screens appear in the lives of the poor, screens are disappearing from the lives of the rich. The richer you are, the more you spend to be offscreen.” Read more…

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