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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prince George’s County – MGM National Harbor Supports Andrews Business And Community Alliance



Subject: Prince George’s County – MGM National Harbor Supports Andrews Business And Community Alliance

MGM National Harbor representatives attended the April 27 meeting of the Andrews Business & Community Alliance, a forum that provides leaders of Joint Base Andrews the opportunity to give community updates to small business owners in and around Prince George’s County, MD. During the meeting, Jim Estepp, President and CEO of the Andrews Business and Community Alliance, thanked MGM National Harbor for being part of the alliance and shared with the group background on how MGM is living up to its commitments to Prince George’s County. The Alliance announced that Lt. Col. Patrick Gates, Commander of the 11th Wing Contracting Squadron, will hold the 2015 small business summit on May 26 at the Joint Base Andrews Community Center. The meeting will focus on the civil engineering and construction fields, but all small businesses are welcome. Space is available for 150 businesses, and those that want to attend my register using www.fbo.gov.

Andrews Business & Community Alliance Contact Info
Phone: (301)-860-0809

What action are you going take?
                                  
What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Christ
Title: Chef
Organization: Colony South Hotel in Clinton, MD
How He Can Help: Cook you a great meal at the Wayfarer Restaurant
Office Phone: (301) 856-4500
Address: 7401 Surratts Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prince George’s County – Support The Prince George’s County EDC’s Thirsty (For Business) Thursdays



Subject: Prince George’s County – Support The Prince George’s County EDC’s Thirsty (For Business) Thursdays

Jayson Williams of the Prince George’s County EDC came up with a great idea to showcase quality businesses and bring small business owners and entrepreneurs together. Thirsty (For Business) Thursdays doesn’t magically happen nor do the materials needed to produce it. Stakeholders, large and small, within the Prince George’s County community (for-profit, non-profit, government, private industry, residents) need to fund this monthly event which will be an indication that Prince George’s County is truly “open for business.” If we don’t put skin in the game to grow the small business sector why should we expect residents to patronize our enterprises or investors to seek opportunities and partnerships here?

Make a donation to carry on this very effective monthly tool called “Thirsty (For Business) Thursdays”

Link to Go Fund Me Campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/thirsty4business



Thirsty (For Business) Thursday at SoBe Restaurant & Lounge

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Cole
Title: Chef
Organization: Café Rue in Beltsville, MD
How He Can Help: Cook you a great meal at Café Rue
Office Phone: (301) 937-8800
Address: 11120 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705

Monday, May 18, 2015

Prince George’s County – GrubHub Online Will Help Increase Restaurant Revenues And Expose Public To Your Cuisine



Subject: Prince George’s County – GrubHub Online Will Help Increase Restaurant Revenues And Expose Public To Your Cuisine

It’s popular to say 90% of restaurants go out of businesswithin the 1st year of operation but that has been proven to be false. The reason restaurants have gotten a bad rap is because the profit margins are thin and to generate revenue orders need to constantly be coming in which means the register is always ringing. This scenario has been tough on Mom and Pop restaurants because they aren’t backed by a skilled backoffice team, they usually don’t invest in mass advertising and marketing, and the owners work in their business instead of working on the business.



GrubHub: Connecting local takeout restaurants with millions of diners

Luckily for Mom and Pops shops that provide a quality product and great customer/guest services, technology has removed the barrier to increasing orders and minimized the time for taking them. The answer is Grub Hub



Introducing OrderHub powered by GrubHub

If you’re a restaurant or bar that serves good and great food in Prince George’s County, call Grub Hub and ask them how their system can help your restaurant grow its revenues and in turn employ more well trained graduates from the Prince George’s Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality program.

Grub Hub Phone: 877-805-5081

If you’re a resident of Prince George’s County and you want some food delivered or want to search for new places you haven’t been exposed to, follow the link below to Grub Hubs order website.

Link to Grub Hub: https://labs.grubhub.com/



American Express Small Business Rules: The GrubHub.com Rule

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Christ
Title: Chef
Organization: Colony South Hotel in Clinton, MD
How He Can Help: Cook you a great meal at the Wayfarer Restaurant
Office Phone: (301) 856-4500
Address: 7401 Surratts Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Prince George’s County – Restaurants Should Hire Students From The Prince George’s Community College Culinary Arts Program



Subject: Prince George’s County – Restaurants Should Hire Students From The Prince George’s Community College Culinary Arts Program

If you are a restaurant owner, why not hire students who are currently attending or have graduated from the Prince George’s Community College Culinary Arts Program?

Isn’t this a No-Brainer?

It must not be a no-brainer because I have eaten at restaurants in Prince George’s County that have horrible customer service. Hiring a student that has graduated or an intern that is currently attending almost ensures that he/she has been taught how to deliver great customer service. Most importantly they know how to deliver an enjoyable experience which creates repeat customers.

I not only recommend the Prince George’s Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality program for restaurant personnel but I think it should be mandatory for all retail employees to attend a (1) week class and be shown the finer points of customer service and its benefits. This could be done through a partnership between the college, Prince George’s County Workforce Development, and the small business community.

Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ)
This program encourages Maryland companies to invest in training for employees and provides reimbursable grants that match the training investments of eligible Maryland companies. PWQ funds are used for Maryland companies with 150 or fewer employees that include manufacturers, technology companies and those threatened by the pressures of increased foreign or domestic competition. The program assists these companies to provide:
  • Training in manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical services
  • Job-specific training and training to upgrade or retain existing employees; or
  • Training related to strategic goals and objectives of a company
Funds are extremely limited; for more information, call (410) 767-6300 or (800) 541-8549.
- See more at: http://business.maryland.gov/grow/recruitment-and-training#sthash.D4u8Suvy.dpuf

I saw this program on the State of Maryland website and thought it would have to be tweaked by state elected officials to fit customer service and hospitality (1) week training. This is where the coalition of legislators, small business owners, residents, non-profits, and influencers in the business community work together to create the environment for business to flourish. I also saw Workforce Investment Area (WIA) which provides training services. If training in customer service and hospitality could make the difference in Prince George’s County businesses flourishing because customers appreciate how they are treated and the experience, I should hope the program is amended to provide funding.

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Christ
Title: Chef
Organization: Colony South Hotel in Clinton, MD
How He Can Help: Cook you a great meal at the Wayfarer Restaurant
Office Phone: (301) 856-4500
Address: 7401 Surratts Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Prince George’s County – Prince George’s County Needs A Consistent Coalition To Solve Small Business Challenges



Subject: Prince George’s County – Prince George’s County Needs A Consistent Coalition To Solve Small Business Challenges

I was watching C-Span and they convened a Youth Violence Summit which featured (4) mayors. The mayors discussed calling on all organizations and residents that sought to solve youth violence problems in order to build a coalition. They recognized and agreed that the person in power needs to give up some of that power in an effort to allow all involved in the coalition to develop ownership and feel they are contributing.



I think this same concept would do well being applied to small business development and challenges in Prince George’s County. A consistent, weekly or bi-weekly  (1) hour coalition meeting  consisting of the County Executive, County Council Members, venture capitalist, financial institution leaders, and other groups will allow individual small business owners to communicate what is working and not working for their businesses and what needs to be changed so small business can thrive throughout the County.

If a small business coalition exists in Prince George’s County and includes key people and true influencers, please let me know.

What action are you going take?

What Volunteer Tech Nation member are you going to collaborate with?

Name: Chef Cole
Title: Chef
Organization: Café Rue in Beltsville, MD
How He Can Help: Cook you a great meal at Café Rue
Office Phone: (301) 937-8800
Address: 11120 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705
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