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Paris SBDC Holding Virtual Meeting to Help Restaurant Owners

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Paris Junior College

Public Information Services

Those in the hospitality and food industry looking for assistance may register with the Paris Small Business Development Center for a virtual meeting to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. 

Meeting presenter is Chris Tripoli, founder of A’ La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group, who has 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In addition to his company, Tripoli remains active in The Foodservice Consultant Society International, The Texas Restaurant Association, and serves on the advisory board of The University of Houston Small Business Development Center. 

Those wishing to attend the meeting, held on Zoom, should register for the meeting on Paris SBDC Facebook Event/Eventbrite registration link to receive log-in information to the meeting, or may contact Paris SBDC at 903-782-0224 or email [email protected] to register.

Between being forced to close and adjusting to restricted dining capacity, local restaurants have been placed in crisis from the pandemic. Many are still doing a majority of their business through drive through or curb side service. With employee issues, product cost increases, new sanitation measures and very cautious guests, where do restaurants go from here and succeed under the new normal?

This one-hour program takes a hard look at how the independent restaurant operator has faced this crisis and redesigned processes for greater efficiency. It will address the complexity of menu offerings and re-examining management structure and staff responsibilities in order to maximize effectiveness.

The program will also demonstrate how to adjust financial models to maintain success during this period of lower revenue expectations and review marketing strategies to repair and maintain guest confidence levels in dining out again.

Paris Junior College — located in Paris, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas — has been a part of the Lamar County community since 1924.

Paris Junior College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Proficiency in technical/workforce fields. The college has expanded its academic curriculum through the years to encourage associate degree and university transfer candidates. Since establishing its first vocational program — jewelry and watchmaking in 1942 — the college has been aggressive in adding technical/workforce programs that will benefit students entering the workforce.

The campus of 54 tree-shaded acres includes 20 major buildings and residence halls and provides students a unique and pleasant environment for learning.

Paris Junior College also operates centers in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and in Greenville, Texas.


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Paris Junior College is a comprehensive community college serving the region’s educational and training needs while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of our diverse community.

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Author: Matt Janson

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