What are the future goals for the business?
We want to become Hampton Roads go-to plant-based brunch joint! Once we establish ourselves, we’d like to expand into key locations in surrounding areas where we can insert CLTRE and build micro-communities in areas where there is vibrant art culture, a focus on building up local businesses, an awareness to being more health conscious and a need for more social connections! Here are a few of our other goals to build on the general vision of our business. 1) Support local talent through our YouTube Series called “Local Time” where we give local artists a spotlight to showcase their talent and expose them to a larger audience on the local level. 2) Host various community-building events around health and wellness, including yoga, meditation, sound bowl healing, workshops and more. 3) Start a farmer’s market that will give locals access to more unique small businesses and fresh produce along with other locally made products.
What advice would you give to others who are interested in starting their own business?
Oh man, the biggest piece of advice I’d love to give someone interested in starting their own business is to first evaluate their leadership skills because you don’t just need them to lead a team of others, you need them to also lead yourself. You have to be willing to coach yourself by taking feedback and advice from mentors. Be coachable. Focus on your client and customers experience, they’re the real business-owners since you rely on them to keep your business flowing. Lastly, cross your T’s & dot your I’s in all aspects, especially finances. Build those processes and procedures so that they’re replicable in the event you are looking to expand.