started working with Ed in 2010, with a dream to open my own barbeque
restaruant. Although I had been cooking and selling chicken and
rib plates out of my home for several years, I had no real business
experience and very limited capital. Ed told me that the first thing
that needed to be done was develop a formal business plan. Only
then could I substantiate my idea to both myself and potential lenders.
the next four years, I attended all of Eds's new business seminars,
and he helped me develop and fine-tune a plan; and in January 2015,
my dream was realized. The Pit Que was opened, creating one full-time
and four part-time jobs, in addition to my own. At first, business
was slow - - - then, Ed shared some marketing ideas that we put
into effect, and now customers are standing in line to get in. I
owe much of my success to Ed's continuing faith, encouragement and
support." JG, 3/15
I had a fulfilling career as a school teacher,I wanted to start
my own business so I could have more time to spend with my daughter,
who has special needs. A friend suggested that I schedule an appointment
with the local Small Business Center for guidance, which I did.
Ed suggested that I attend his small business development seminars
and start thinking about developing a business plan.
didn't know what I wanted to do, so we looked into several possibilities,
including a women's clothing franchise, a yogurt shop and a deli,
but none worked out. I had previous women's apparel merchandising
experience, and that was really where my heart was.
gotten really discouraged, and one day Ed called to see how I was
doing. I told him that I had decided not to start a business. He
would not let me give up. He encouraged me to continue looking for
the right opportunity.
the fall of 2013, I opened my business, Ginger's Boutique. First
year's sales and profits were even higher than we projected. If
Ed hadn't continued encouraging me, I probably would have given