Should I Franchise My Restaurant? 3 Mistakes to Avoid.

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“Should I franchise my restaurant?” is both an exciting and daunting question. Hopefully, if you are asking yourself this question, it is because you have an exciting business concept that you want to quickly grow. It doesn’t have to be daunting, though. In this post, we demystify franchising and offer lessons-learned to accelerate growth and…

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Coronavirus & Restaurants: PPP 2.0 Key Updates

PPP 2.0

The SBA and Treasury Department announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP 2.0) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw…

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Stop the Frenzy: How to Prioritize Projects in 3 Steps

Is your team working hard in many different directions without much traction? If so, it might be time to pause, inventory initiatives, and prioritize projects. When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. We learned this lesson the hard way growing Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Many years ago, when I worked at Cane’s, we…

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A North Star Metric: Focusing Your Business Growth

The “Great Conjunction of 2020” is set to brighten the darkest day of the year on December, 21, 2020, as two giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) draw closer together. The last time the two planets were so close was in 1623. These two gas giant planets will appear close while they are actually hundreds of…

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Download our Free 2022 Restaurant HR Calendar Now

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2022 Month-by-Month Deadlines and Dates Every Restaurant Owner and HR Manager Need to Know As a small to medium restaurant business, navigating the many important HR dates and deadlines can be difficult. To help you proactively manage your year, Consult to Grow® has created this 2022 Restaurant HR Calendar. This document has not been legally…

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Abundance, not Scarcity, is the Greatest Fuel for Growth

As we look back at 2020, it is easy to see scarcity as a defining feature of personal and business transformations. Lockdowns and re-lockdowns have led to business slowdowns and employee layoffs. Sales are down and unemployment is up. Surviving restaurants are competing for fewer customer visits and leveraging digital platforms once considered more foe…

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10 Ways to Lead a Perfect Restaurant Shift

The Perfect Restaurant Shift

The Perfect Restaurant Shift is a key ingredient in the recipe to having a strong restaurant business. Here are 10 ways you and your restaurant management team can lead highly effective shifts to make your restaurant as successful as possible. Set the Tone for the Restaurant Shift Be a working manager.  Lead by example. Be the…

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Ending 2020 Strong: 21 Ways to Build Restaurant Sales

Win the Fight... End 2020 Strong! 21 Ways to Build Restaurant Sales

To say 2020 has been an all out brawl for restaurant operators is an understatement. You are here. You made it this far. That makes you a warrior. The courage it has taken to fight for your business, crew, customers and community is unimaginable. Be proud of yourself and your team. We totally believe you…

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3 Ways to Fix the Broken Performance Review Process

Few human resources practices are more hated than the annual process of sharing performance reviews. If you lament this routine as a financial and emotional drain on your workforce, you are not alone. An estimated 10 percent of Fortune 500 have moved away from performance rankings according to the Institute of Corporate Productivity. Companies such as…

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How to Drive Results by Setting Restaurant Goals

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Are you wondering why you should even set goals for your management team? Shouldn’t managers show up and do their best every day? Setting goals shows restaurant managers where they need to focus their time which helps them prioritize work each and every shift. In fact, research supports that setting strong goals boosts performance. Restaurant…

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