Are you a food entrepreneur? Would you like to grow your business’s capacity and profitability? If so, join us for a five-part workshop series on improving your company’s operations and bottom line. Local restaurant expert and consultant, Rich Barmettler, will be leading participants through various topics that will help you assess the health of your business and how to level up. Each session will include practical examples, group discussion and a bit of homework.
This is a FREE five-part series provided by Kitchen Council and the Nebraska Enterprise Fund. You must apply to participate. Applicants must be available to attend all five sessions. Space is limited. You will be notified within 48 hours if your registration is accepted.
Session Topics & Dates:
- Session 1 | OPERATIONS: Foundations for Growth | Monday, May 1 | 5:00-7:30 pm
- Session 2 | MARKETING: Low-Cost Impactors | Monday, May 8 | 5:00-7:30 pm
- Session 3 | FINANCE: Profit and Growth | Monday, May 15 | 5:00-7:30 pm
- Session 4 | LEGAL: Things you Must Know | Monday, May 22 | 5:00-7:30 pm
- Session 5 | PEOPLE: Build the Winning Team | Tuesday, May 30 | 5:00-7:30 pm
Criteria to Attend:
- Participant owns an existing food/beverage business (restaurant, catering, food truck, packaged product, etc.); Carries necessary license(s) to operate
- Ideally, participant has owned business for one year or longer
- Local to the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region; Must be able to participate in-person
- Available to attend all five sessions over two months (with preference of attending at least three of five sessions)
Ticket includes admission, networking, beverages + light bites.
About the Facilitator:
Rich Barmettler is an operations and logistics expert and creator. With 35 years of industry experience, Rich has an impressive history of creating and opening new restaurant and bar concepts. To date, he has opened 25 new concepts, in which 20 are still operating (triple that of the national success rate). Additionally, through Rich’s industry leadership, 600 new jobs have been created in the Greater Omaha region. 80% of the BCG concept creations that were opened preceding Covid are still operating 26 months later. Rich has been a member and former president of the Omaha Restaurant Association and consults with the City of Omaha, realtors, developers and small cities around Omaha on various food and beverage initiatives. He has served on several local boards and enjoys the connectivity and cooperation of the hospitality world and bringing those benefits to his clients.
Barmettler Consulting Group (BCG) offers two primary services; 1) Creation of new custom concepts, and 2) Business advising with existing operators consulting with dozens of local and non-local businesses to engage systems, improve sales and profits along with developing management teams. BCG is involved with every phase of the business including projections for financing, design and flow, construction, equipment procurement, financial proformas, hiring, training, menu development and engineering and all operational systems.
Kitchen Council helps food startups start up. From finding affordable commercial kitchen space to navigating licensing and regulations, starting a food business is not for the faint of heart. With Kitchen Council, you are not alone. We provide access to a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, educational resources, a member community, events, mentorship and more.
Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) is a statewide microenterprise intermediary and Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing business development services and financing to micro and small businesses across Nebraska and Iowa. The NEF supports underserved communities by providing micro and small businesses with access to training, technical assistance and capital.
Photo and Video Release:
By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize Kitchen Council to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.
Need more information? Please contact Kitchen Council Staff at KitchenCouncil@omahachamber.org.