Team

Disaster Preparedness, Operations, Strategy, Team

The faces of agility and resiliency: How small businesses are fighting back

With her indoor restaurant closed, Cheesburger Baby’s owner Stephanie Vitori sought out partnerships to help keep her business afloat. In addition to pivoting to takeout and delivery only at her location, she partnered with a bar to run their commercial kitchen, serving up Cheeseburger Baby’s delicious burgers and fries to […]

Marketing, Networking, Strategy, Team

Pitching to a big enterprise? Here are tips from the other side of the table

Leila Blacking is the senior strategy team leader for innovation at Publix Supermarkets, a Fortune 100 grocery retailer. She has been on the receiving end of hundreds of pitches by small businesses seeking Publix’s business, including food businesses, logistics companies and tech startups. Her advice can help a small business […]

Marketing, Operations, Strategy, Team, Uncategorized

A fighter, Half Moon Empanadas rolls out new branding, store reopenings and expansion strategy

Nearly six months ago, I interviewed Pilar Guzman Zavala, owner of Half Moon Empanadas, after she had to shut all but one of her company’s 13 locations for Argentinian style-empanadas, including the lucrative Miami International Airport sites. She and her husband and co-founder, Juan Zavala, were looking at zero sales […]