Small Business Consulting

We can spend as little as a few hours or several days, depending on your needs.  My expertise is especially relevant to retail operations and specialty food & drink.  Of course, if you happen to be in the coffee industry, I can train you and your staff on all things coffee as well!

Customized session - variable

Whether you are just starting out, about to hire your first employee, or want to amp up an existing business, I can put together a customized session for you. You choose your topics and I'll put together the material!

Range of topics include:

  • Concept development: Mission, vision, purpose, values
  • Business plan guidance
  • Systems & workflow
  • Menu planning and pricing strategies
  • Interviewing and hiring
  • Team building & leadership
  • Coffee fundamentals & preparation
  • Equipment selection
  • Advanced coffee prep & sensory skills

"Pick my brain" session - 1 hour $100

SO many people ask to "pick my brain" about starting a coffee shop or other small business.  Before I became involved in the industry, I would've loved to have had insider access!!   I can be that expert in your corner.  During our time together, you can ask me anything over the coffee of your choice and I'll shoot you straight.  As a result, you will save time, cut your learning curve, and get an accurate picture of what it's really like to own a retail shop.

Email me to get on the schedule!

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Custom Events

Let's work together to create a custom event or workshop!  Based on your goals and the needs of your audience, we can custom-design a unique event using an easy modular approach.

I've created a variety of coffee and business-related talks where clients pick and choose from my consulting topics (see above).

Examples of custom events I've done:

Connect over coffee:

An interactive coffee history, aroma challenge, brew demo, tasting, and dessert pairing.

Leading your team like a boss:

A "lunch & learn" session" on creating a purpose-driven business, building a cohesive team, and leading with heart by serving others.

What to Expect:

  • Prompt & courteous communication before, during and after the event
  • Collaboration with your team to help market the event on social media
  • Kindness and commitment to serve to the best of my abilities
  • Authentic, engaging and interactive personal style
  • Professionally prepared and delivered subject matter to meet your expectations
  • Post-event follow-up for feedback and evaluation purposes

Every aspiring entrepreneur CAN build a small business with careful planning & determination. The question is not can you build it, but can you sustain it?
Will you run it or will it run you?

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E2 is an excellent example of a local, community-based business. Kudos to the whole staff. There's no place I'd rather go to hang out. (Nice work, Teresa!)

Paul Ballas, Loyal Customer

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-E2 is an excellent example of a local, community-based business. Kudos to the whole staff. There's no place I'd rather go to hang out. (Nice work, Teresa!)

Paul Ballas, Loyal Customer

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