Question: Where is your business located (city & state)? Who are the customers you serve? What products or services does you company provide?
Your Answer: Brooklyn NY
The customers are the community and online, providing healthy and nutritious foods that are low fat to help the community deal with health issues plaguing them ex: obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis. asthma etc. We make soul food and international foods. and baked goods that are healthy for you. No steam tables are used almost everything prepared fresh.
Question: When did you start your business? Why did you decide to start your own business?
Your Answer: I started my business from home in 2004, then acquired a storefront on 04/01/2011 to serve the community to help them deter away from eating so much fast foods. Have been living in the community for 46 years. I have been waiting for this dream for opening my own business for 30 years. Hence the name Taste Of A Dream.
Question: Did you quit your "day job" to start your business? How did you initially fund your business?
Your Answer: No was on disability for awhile, then decided I wanted to fulfill my dream before it was to late to do so. Through savings and Family help.
Question: What has been the biggest challenge in running your company?
Your Answer: Dealing with the Landlord he's hurting my business.
Financing, bills, inventory.
Question: What’s been the biggest opportunity that came from owning your business?
Your Answer: Letting people know that healthy food can heal some of your health issues. Being registered with the Department of Education as a vendor.
Question: What has surprised you most about being your own boss?
Your Answer: The headache of telling workers that don't want to listen what to do and how you want it done.
Question: Is there a success tactic you’d like to share that could help other business owners (i.e. implementing new software, tactic to grow sales, etc.)?
Your Answer: Sell on line or do online ordering.
Question: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to other small business owners?
Your Answer: Make sure you have enough money in escrow to back up unforeseen problems that will drain your pockets, and cause you to worry about where the money is going to come from.