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Mac POS Company Partners with The Wounded Warrior Project.

Prosperity POS has teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project to aide physically and emotionally disabled veterans in returning to daily life in the United States.  At the end of 2014, 10% of all proceeds from Prosperity’s Mac and iPad POS systems, software, and services will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Wounded Warrior provides injured veterans and their families services and offers financial aid in a number of areas such as therapy and counseling, home modifications, college…

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Added by Ray Reynolds on March 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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Are Your Restaurant Marketing Programs an Expense or Revenue Generator?

How do restaurant operators look at the cost of marketing?

The NRA’s guidelines for restaurant marketing says that restaurants should allocate anywhere between two and four percent on restaurant marketing.  Do restaurant owners follow this model when budgeting for their business?  Like many families, the budget sometimes goes out the window when juggling expenses.  The day to day bills, gaps in the income stream and just being overwhelmed plague many independent…

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Added by Joe Welsh on March 7, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


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Great Menus Help Launch a Dream for Spa Entrepreneur

Wendy Hritz is doing what most of us simply dream of: going out on her own and being her own boss. After almost a decade of working for a variety of day spas, Hritz launched her own venture at the Courtyard Med Spa.…

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Added by Jim Williams on March 3, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

Penny-wise, Pound Foolish

“Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive” George Bernard Shaw

 

While I was working as an operations manager for a very colourful Greek called “Pondo Tatziki” I had to have many debates with old and new franchisees regarding ingredient specifications.

 

Pondo Tatziki

 

Pondo Tatziki is a nickname of course. Pondo is the Zulu word for horn referring to his…

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Added by Dirk on February 28, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments


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Quality Control Tips for Restaurants

We only have one stab at making a good, lasting impression for our customers. It’s either you make or break it—and it certainly rings true for any brand as much as it does for people. If a customer goes through something awful during their first visit at your restaurant, then people…

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Added by Cess Padilla on February 26, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments


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What are Your Employee and Recruiting Challenges?

Employees - they're kind of important for a business to succeed, no? This is especially true of restaurants, where a happy, well-trained employee can make the difference between a one-time diner and a regular customer (and an unhappy, untrained employee can drive away business). 

So why are the employee retention statistics for the industry so poor? The average restaurant experiences 88% turnover (QSR's come in at almost 100%!) annually, which would mean replacing 44 employees…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on February 25, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Will Your Restaurant Be Audited This Year?

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Added by Jules Dalsey on February 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Restaurant Acquisitions: What To Think About

Watching some restaurant franchisee network acquisition efforts underway currently, a number of common issues seem to be emerging. The need to get to the price right is enormous. Buying more restaurants is as final of a decision as is picking a site, signing a franchise agreement or building a new unit. You’ve got only one change to get it right.

All five of the points below have been noted in restaurant acquisition efforts underway currently.

Compose cross checks on the…

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Added by John A. Gordon on February 18, 2014 at 8:25am — No Comments


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The non-egg egg



Josh Tetrick, founder of Hampton Creek Foods, understands that there are people out there who can't consume eggs (and other foods associated with them). After working with more than 344 prototypes and studying about 287 different types of plants, his San Francisco-based company has successfully created…

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Added by FohBoh on February 18, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments


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Foodservice Lessons From The Sochi Games

Is your foodservice organization ready to annihilate the competition leading to the total destruction of their most profitable menu item?    
Creating the proper “supersport” attitude requires advanced culinary-purchasing Olympic teamwork. It takes more than just the rocket science…
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Added by Fred Favole on February 16, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

How to Produce Great Training Videos

By James Keil

Traditionally for restaurants, training videos have been hit or miss— but mostly miss. For quite some time, the video resources available to restaurant operators were pretty limited. You could purchase some stock video off the shelf on “Knife Handling”, “Bussing”, “Taking Orders”, etc., and hope the content somewhat resembled the way want things done in your restaurant. Your other option was to pour a bunch of money into professional video production. Thanks to…

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Added by Waitrainer on February 14, 2014 at 3:33pm — No Comments

UCLA Annual Restaurant Industry Conference

I absolutely love this event. Not only is it been delivering for 18 years, it's one conference that gets better and better with age.The team at UCLA Extension is so professional and because of this, they are able to attract outstanding speakers and provide a superior networking environment.

From my…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on February 13, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments


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Online Menu Builders Finally Make Sense

Successful Restaurateurs Use MustHaveMenus to Do A Week’s Worth of Work in A Day

“MustHaveMenus operates like we do: very straightforward, not gimmicky. When I called for help, a real person actually answered the phone.” — Stephanie Copeland, Bimini Bar &…

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Added by Jim Williams on February 11, 2014 at 10:09am — No Comments


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Mindfulness Management – Using Latest Practices to Land a Management Job

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Robert Krzak. You can visit his profile here.

The business world creates new problem solving theories every year. Management training and practice evolves yearly. This can make it difficult for managers to keep up. If you’ve been in a management position for a long time and are just returning to the work play you may find the new interview questions and…

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Added by FohBoh on February 11, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments


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5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in your Restaurant

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Ian Said. You can visit his profile here.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you to offer your customers something spectacular. Whilst dining at your…

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Added by FohBoh on February 6, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments


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IRS to Roll Out New Program For Small BIz Tax Payers

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jules Dalsey. You can visit his profile here.

The IRS is planning to roll out a new program that would help small…

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Added by FohBoh on February 5, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments


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Behavior That Can Cost Managers Their Jobs

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Robert Krzak. You can visit his profile here.

One of the most frustrating aspects of working in any corporation is being stepped over for a promotion. Another example would be the manager who solves problems, reduces turn over, increases revenue, brings the restaurant out of the dark ages, and then is fired despite their efforts.

1. A Poor Behavior…

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Added by FohBoh on January 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments


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Restaurant Industry Trends that Will Affect Your Dining Out Habits this Year and Beyond

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Cess Padilla. You can visit her profile here.

Now there’s more reason for you to step out and try out new restaurants this year with friends and loved ones, because for sure, following the release of the National Restaurant Association’s Industry Forecast this year, restaurants across the United States will be stepping up their game to provide the best food…

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Added by FohBoh on January 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments


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4 Reasons to Join the California Restaurant Association (CRA)

This post was originally written by the FohBohists at Waitrainer. You can visit their profile here.

Calling all California Restaurant Industry Professionals: Do you wish you could be more involved in restaurant industry-related legislation? Could you use some help navigating the ever-changing legal landscape of the industry including new labor laws, food safety…

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Added by FohBoh on January 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments


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How The Interviewer Tests Your Behavior and Personality

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Robert Krzak. You can visit his profile here.

Many Job Seekers are surprised to find that a job interview is similar to being profiled. The interviewer may be less interested in your experience, and more interested in your behavior, and what your personality type is. They may overlook areas where your education and experience are lacking.

Experienced…

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Added by FohBoh on January 21, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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Domino's Pizza Announces Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) announced results for the second quarter of 2014, comprised of strong growth in both same store sales and global store counts, which resulted in 17.5% EPS growth, or 67 cents per share.

McDonald's Reports Second Quarter 2014 Global Comparable Sales Flat

Global comparable sales were relatively flat, reflecting higher average check and negative guest traffic in all major segments - Consolidated revenues increase of 1% (1% in constant currencies), benefiting from expansion

Huddle House Diner Franchise Expands Into New Jersey

Huddle House recently announced its 10-unit deal in Long Island and has now signed an agreement with an experienced multi-unit investor to build six restaurants across the bridge in Northern New Jersey. Huddle House previously extended only as far as West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Second Quarter 2014 Revenues Up 28.6%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 17.3% - Restaurant level operating margin was 27.3%, a decrease of 30 basis points

Tava Indian Kitchen Appoints Jeremy Morgan As New Chief Executive Officer, Announces Expansion Plans

Tava Indian Kitchen, the Bay Area's rapidly expanding fast casual Indian restaurant concept, announced that Jeremy Morgan, formerly SVP of Marketing and Consumer Insights for Smashburger, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

CROWD FUNDING

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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

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