Small business owners face consistent trials competing with larger corporations that sell similar products at a reduced price. However, the novelty is the American Dream–this is what a small business stands for. Dining at a home-owned restaurant tastes and feels better than restaurants that are simply a perfunctory brand. Who wants Italian from dehydrated plastic bags, prepared by cooks that have no attachment to their work, and served with buttered bread-sticks glowing in saturated fat? The opposite spectrum is diverting this pattern and supporting a local Italian shop run by owners who live and breathe their food. Owners who know their customers by name. The dining room walls are decorated with pictures of their families, sharing the same bowls of pasta as featured on their menus, from generations past.
If you are in the hospitality field, attend the 2nd Annual Food and Beverage Industry Symposium and Expo. This conference is being held on August 25th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, next to our DC hotel. Here, business owners can gain information, receive feedback, and absorb entrepreneurship encouragement. “Current business owners or any individual interested in opening a catering, restaurant, delicatessen, and/or vending business is encouraged to attend. Breakout sessions will include leasing agreements, regulatory processes, financing, and more.” –dcra.dc.gov
Regardless of reason, this conference is particularly important for new businesses that have recently opened in the district. This conference is sponsored by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Hannah, Innkeeper at American Guest House, a Washington, DC Bed and Breakfast