Industry: Restaurants & food services

  • An expensive look for a low price

    Joshua Smith, Lewisville, Texas
    What are some of the standards for developing a high-price look in a small business restaurant?

    Aug 1, 2008 9:25 AM ET
  • Starting a business from behind bars

    Ask FSB's experts advise an inmate looking to launch a business upon his release.

    Darren Montville, Collins Correctional Facility, Collins, N.Y. I, along with my father, would like to open a restaurant and catering company. I was wondering if you could give me as much advice as possible about small businesses, restaurants, catering, etc. I have plenty of great ideas that I believe will bring me investors and customers, but MORE

    Jul 30, 2008 9:44 AM ET
  • Promoting a grocery store

    Andreea, Brasov (International)
    I own a supermarket in my town. To improve sales and bring in more customers, I organized music concerts in the parking lot of the store. What other activities besides promotion prices and Sunday offers would increase sales?

    Jul 29, 2008 3:26 PM ET
  • Negotiating a business finder's fee

    Ask FSB's experts offer advice for a wine importer starting up a new line.

    I. Safdie, Miami, Fla. I introduced a South American wine to the person in charge of importing food to his Caribbean island. He has a sample of the wine, and agrees that it's good. I have no capital of my own, so am unable to import the product to the U.S., where I know it MORE

    Jun 25, 2008 10:12 AM ET
  • Securing small business loans in a melting economy

    The scoop on financing a chain of Dairy Queens

    Sid, Atlanta
    My partner and I have owned more than 10 Dairy Queens over the past 20 years. We've never lost any locations. Each is incorporated separately. We've been trying to capture another location in Alabama. They're asking $625,000 and we're ready to put 20 to 25 percent down. It seems hard to get a loan these days. Is it because MORE

    Jun 6, 2008 5:03 PM ET
  • Who gets the name in a business custody battle?

    A business "pre-nup" could have helped these squabbling partners resolve their differing visions for expansion.

    William Taylor, Denver, Colo. My partner and I are having disagreements on how we'd like to expand our business. We currently operate a small restaurant. My idea is to open more locations. To do so, we'd have to bring on additional partners in these new ventures, which would mean we would not have the same amount of MORE

    May 22, 2008 9:20 AM ET
  • Growing a horse treat business

    Monica and her partner want to grow their horse treat manufacturing and distribution business. Have you used outsourcing for your business? Would you recommend it?

    May 19, 2008 9:47 AM ET
  • Taking your business online

    Michael asked how to begin building a website for his business. Have you started a website for your business? Did you hire a company to design it for you? Share your experiences here.

    Apr 29, 2008 12:26 PM ET
  • How to get your product on Whole Foods' shelves

    Marissa asked FSB's advice on how to get her natural food line off the ground. Where can Marissa sell her natural food products?

    Apr 14, 2008 5:02 PM ET
  • How to be an award-winning business

    Linda asked FSB about her business being considered for awards or lists. Has your business been considered for awards? What strategies did you use to ensure recognition?

    Apr 3, 2008 9:26 AM ET
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