Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative – Your Recipe for Success

Restaurant owners have a dream of turning their passion into their profession. However, there are many aspects of running a profitable restaurant beyond making and serving food.  Restaurateurs do not always have the resources available to operate at peak profitability. At the SBDC’s Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative we offer free consulting services from dedicated industry experts to help turn your restaurant dreams into reality.

Areas of assistance

Startup

Let us help you start your restaurant.  Avoid costly startup mistakes and get your business started the right way from day one.

Operations

Need help streamlining your business? We can help with strategies to improve your day to day operations.

Marketing

Growing your brand is important.  The WRI can help you with both traditional and digital marketing strategies.

Financial Management

Get help to completely understand your financials. Help to manage important areas like Cost of Goods Sold and Labor Cost as well as setting and developing a budget.

Growth

Do you have a successful restaurant and you are looking to expand?  The WRI can help with different growth strategies, from adding a second location to franchising.

Financing

Let us help you gain access to capital to help run or improve your restaurant. We can help you with business models, projections, loan options and more.

Transition

Looking to sell your restaurant?  Let us help you get your business in order to maximize its market value. 

Lead Consultant

Jason Schleip

Jason has over 27 years of restaurant creation, management and franchise experience. He started Falbo Bros Pizzeria as a UW-Madison student in 1992. Jason transformed and grew the company into a $5 million/year, multi-state franchise, with 12 locations in three states. Learn more by listening to his interview with Tera Johnson on the Food Finance Institute’s Edible-Alpha® Podcast. And hear more about how he works with restaurant owners in this Wisconsin Public Radio segment.

Contact Lead Consultant Jason Schleip to find Your Recipe for Success.
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