Catering services – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 04:15:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://deborahjmiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-35-150x150.png Catering services – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ 32 32 Dwight Williamson: Dongming Pan’s Plans Advance Despite Opposition | Opinion https://deborahjmiller.com/dwight-williamson-dongming-pans-plans-advance-despite-opposition-opinion/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/dwight-williamson-dongming-pans-plans-advance-despite-opposition-opinion/ I continue to be fascinated by what was and by what could have been, as well as what should have been. Take for example the structures of the town of Logan. Each sustainable building contains its own stories of hard work, determination, good, bad and, in some cases, deceit and corruption. However, since I’m not […]]]>

I continue to be fascinated by what was and by what could have been, as well as what should have been.

Take for example the structures of the town of Logan. Each sustainable building contains its own stories of hard work, determination, good, bad and, in some cases, deceit and corruption. However, since I’m not in the mood to chastise those who already know what I’m talking about, I’ll talk about some of the good things that happen in a city that doesn’t have a street clock but still remains lost in time.

Logan’s oldest standing structure, which once had enough residents to be described as a “town”, is directly behind the Logan Post Office. This monstrous four-story brick building was opened around 1906, and its location next to the train tracks on what is known as Highland Avenue allowed for the loading and unloading of almost any building material imaginable during the early days of Logan’s rapid growth.

The building, which opened as Logan Hardware, sold everything needed to build homes and businesses, even selling machine guns used by Sheriff Don Chafin’s “army” in the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921.

After more than 100 years of service to the community, it was unfortunately left vacant – like other buildings have been – only to eventually crumble or be demolished, in both cases at a cost that would rival that of the fire that destroyed the historic Aracoma Hotel. in Logan on November 15, 2010.

Today, through the vision of Courtney McCoy Quick (recently married to Derek DeProspero), through hard work and determination, the site has been transformed into what can only be described as the equivalent of a constructive heart transplant. A restaurant, a gigantic bar with pool tables, and a third floor that’s been turned into accommodation, especially for Hatfield-McCoy trail runners, is just the beginning of the story. Large rooms are also reserved for weddings and other ceremonies with catering services available.

A stone’s throw from McCoy station are two more vintage structures that are being transformed into modern facilities. Located on Stratton and Hudgins Street, the former Logan National Bank building bought by David Gore has been modernized and even has beautiful night lights that illuminate the city center.

Although it once served as a bank, the building was first opened as an OJ Morrison department store, after the company purchased the property there in 1928. Today, several offices are available for public use. commercial.

The second building closer to opening for business is the former location of the Peebles store which is directly across the tracks from McCoy Station and directly across from the courthouse.

It’s this building – on a site that once served as Logan’s first cinema, which showed silent films – that has people curiously watching the progress of a business that its owner says will be a factory that could employ about 100 local people.

US citizen Dongming Pan, whom his friends just call Pan, has taken the town of Logan by storm, buying up the former Logan Banner and Letter Shop properties near Holland Lane and the former Newsroom building on Charles Street.

Extensive renovations have already been carried out at great expense, particularly to the former Logan Banner and Letter Shop locations. Pan ran for Logan City Council and Mayor Serafino Nolletti last September, and he hired locals almost immediately to begin what can only be called incredible renovations.

As a former Logan Banner employee familiar with these Stratton and Charles Street properties, this writer can tell you that the amount of change and progress there is something to appreciate, as it’s likely nothing less than demolition was in progress before Dongming Pan arrived. in town with a vision.

Pan’s optimism for Logan and his political views caused many Loganites, banking officials, and government officials to be skeptical of Pan’s intentions. It seems few people can understand why he would choose Logan as the location to open what he calls “factories,” which Pan says will employ locals in making clothes and textiles.

The New York-based developer, who is involved with businesses in New York, California, India and the UK, has expressed frustration with some local government officials, who he says don’t like what he’s doing. try to accomplish.

Other people even made such ridiculous comments as saying that Pan was planning to “take over the city” and bring Chinese laborers to town. Further ignorance was demonstrated by one man’s comment: “We don’t need people like him here.

Despite purchasing several 30-minute radio spots to talk about his plans for Logan, a website he created called My Logan Town, and a recent video made by his engineering employees to explain what’s planned, negativity is driven more by political views than towards local progress.

Although Mayor Nolletti has expressed satisfaction with the current occupation of empty buildings, there appears to be miscommunication between Pan and some other government officials.

Just last Thursday, a truck brought 27 pallets of boxes of materials to be used in fabrication at the Pan job site. Despite being on a business trip to Paris, France last Tuesday, Pan was delighted to hear that the materials had finally arrived, after being stored in boats off New York Harbor for several months. .

Even though Pan has announced a deal with the federal government to make some materials for the military at its soon-to-open Logan plant, his frustration is shown in an email he recently sent to the Logan County Commission.

Although the email is somewhat difficult to understand, it’s clear he doesn’t feel welcome at Logan’s. “I’m welcome wherever I go when it comes to business,” Pan said. “In Logan I am opening and renovating a building for potential factory work right next to the Logan County Commission building and none of them bothered to enter the building and leave. see what has been accomplished.”

However, Logan County Administrator Alvis Porter Jr. visited the site several weeks ago – unbeknownst to Pan – when I invited him to take a look at where an employee was showing me some new machines that had arrived. Porter said he was impressed with what he saw.

Perhaps Pan is dreaming as he plans to announce an international skateboarding competition to include competitors from around the world in a race from Logan to Williamson which he hopes to do in October when the beauty of the southern mountains West Virginia will be on full display.

“My wish is to have a child Logan one day to be a world champion,” said Pan, the dreamer. “I want to open a skate park in Logan.”

Perhaps you have heard the names of other people referred to as “dreamers”. How about Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Albert Einstein or other really older dreamers – Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln – get my drift?

A good sign in Logan of opposites working together is Pan and businesswoman Courtney DeProspero of the McCoy Station restaurant. Although on starkly different ends of the political spectrum, the two have worked together in plans for future improvements, with Pan even helping Courtney buy some of the items her business needs at a discount.

Before leaving Logan earlier this month, Pan was invited to Pikeville, Kentucky, where he was shown around their industrial park and invited to open businesses there.

Pan is expected to return to Logan in the coming days, and he hopes to sign a property deed on Dingess Street, which could be converted into a homeless shelter. Plus, he recently said it was going to cost half a million dollars to open a brewery/restaurant in Logan.

Maybe all those hopes and plans in Logan are just a dream.

If so, don’t wake me.

Dwight Williamson is a magistrate in Logan County. He writes a weekly column for HD Media.

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Food Service Disposables Market Size and Forecast to 2028 | Georgia Pacific LLC, Dart Container Corporation, D&W Fine Pack LLC, New Wincup Holdings Inc., Gold Plast Spa https://deborahjmiller.com/food-service-disposables-market-size-and-forecast-to-2028-georgia-pacific-llc-dart-container-corporation-dw-fine-pack-llc-new-wincup-holdings-inc-gold-plast-spa/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 03:28:27 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/food-service-disposables-market-size-and-forecast-to-2028-georgia-pacific-llc-dart-container-corporation-dw-fine-pack-llc-new-wincup-holdings-inc-gold-plast-spa/ The Global”Catering Disposables Market » The report provides an in-depth analysis of emerging trends, market drivers, development opportunities and market restraints that may impact the market dynamics of the industry. Each market sector is examined in-depth in Market Research Intellect, including products, applications, and competitive analysis. The report was created using three different recognition systems. […]]]>

The Global”Catering Disposables Market » The report provides an in-depth analysis of emerging trends, market drivers, development opportunities and market restraints that may impact the market dynamics of the industry. Each market sector is examined in-depth in Market Research Intellect, including products, applications, and competitive analysis.

The report was created using three different recognition systems. The first step requires conducting in-depth primary and secondary research on a wide range of topics. Approvals, ratings and findings based on accurate data obtained by industry specialists are the next steps. The research derives an overall estimate of the market size using top-down methodologies. Finally, the research assesses the market for a number of sections and sub-sections using information triangulation and market separation techniques.

The main purpose of the report is to educate business owners and help them make a wise investment in the market. The study highlights regional and sub-regional perspectives with corresponding factual and statistical analysis. The report includes the latest first-hand data, which is obtained from the company’s website, annual reports, industry-recommended journals, and paid resources. Food Service Disposables report will help business owners to understand the current market trend and make profitable decisions.

Profiled Market Leaders:

  • Georgia Pacific LLC
  • Dart Container Corporation
  • D&W Fine Pack LLC
  • New Wincup Holdings Inc.
  • Gold Plast Spa
  • Anchor Packaging Inc.
  • Biopac India Corporation Ltd.
  • MDS Associates
  • Inc.
  • Sysco Corporation
  • HT Berry Company
  • Inc.

Report Analysis and Segments:

Foodservice disposables are segmented on the basis of product type, application, and geography. All segments of Food Service Disposables are carefully analyzed with respect to market share, CAGR, value and volume growth, and other significant factors. We have also provided Porter’s and PESTLE’s five forces analysis for further study of catering consumables. The report also outlines recent developments undertaken by major market players, including new product launches, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, and other latest developments.

Based on Product Type, Food Service Disposable Items are segmented into –

  • Plastic
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Aluminum

Based on Application, Food Service Disposable Items are segmented into –

  • Restaurants & Hotels
  • Points of sale
  • Establishments
  • Others

The report provides information about the following pointers:

1️⃣ Market Penetration: Comprehensive information on the product portfolios of major fast food players.

2️⃣ Product Development/Innovation: Detailed information on upcoming technologies, R&D activities and product launches in the market.

3️⃣ Competitive Assessment: In-depth assessment of market strategies and geographic and business segments of major market players.

4️⃣ Market development: comprehensive information on emerging markets. This report analyzes the market for various segments across geographies.

5️⃣ Market Diversification: Comprehensive information on new products, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments in catering disposables.

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The regional assessment of foodservice consumables was conducted in six key regions, namely North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. Moreover, the report also provides in-depth information about ongoing research and development activities, revenue, innovative services, real demand and supply status, and pricing strategy. In addition to that, this report also provides details of consumption figures, export/import supply and gross margin by region. In short, this report provides a valuable source of advice and clear direction for the trader and the party interested in the market.

North America (US, Canada)
Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Others)
Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Others)
Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Others)
The Middle East and Africa

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How students can be resourceful despite the ASUU strike (2) https://deborahjmiller.com/how-students-can-be-resourceful-despite-the-asuu-strike-2/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:30:59 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/how-students-can-be-resourceful-despite-the-asuu-strike-2/ It is necessary for students in higher institutions, especially those affected by the current ASUU strike, to start planning how to become their own after-school boss. This is essential because the job market is already saturated, while the unemployment rate continues to increase day by day, while vacancies for white collar workers continue to decrease. […]]]>

It is necessary for students in higher institutions, especially those affected by the current ASUU strike, to start planning how to become their own after-school boss.

This is essential because the job market is already saturated, while the unemployment rate continues to increase day by day, while vacancies for white collar workers continue to decrease.

To this end, it is incumbent on students to start early enough, now that they have free time to work. The future certainly lies in entrepreneurship and the sooner students realize this, the better it is for society.

Therefore, students affected by the ongoing ASUU strike should take the following actions to hone their entrepreneurial skills:

Learn a skill

Undergraduate students are advised to acquire professional skill to gain proficiency in work experience and also to save money for resuming. They should look for trustworthy jobs. There’s always an opportunity, if you’re looking, and if you’re not comfortable with the jobs around you, then create one, establish a start-up business, no matter how small. Do something meaningful, brand it and sell it. You can also get freelance jobs to hone your career growth.

Volunteering and career development

You can decide to volunteer and join creative groups and associations to give back and serve humanity with minimal or no compensation. Therefore, volunteer, help your parents, help the elderly and less privileged. Volunteer in churches and mosques, volunteer in your society because sooner or later it will pay you back economically.

ASUU, others will soon call off strike, says Ngige

Create/Join healthy associations

Join or create healthy associations that will improve your skills and make you a better person. Participate and contribute actively, join clubs like book club, technical club, study groups, sports club, red cross, girl guides among others. These groups reinforce your identity and strengthen your relationships by creating networks between your peers.

Training and apprenticeship program

It is advisable and highly relevant for undergraduate students to acquire a skill at this crucial time. This will help them develop. Most apprenticeship programs are in the 3-6 month learning period before becoming a professional in the field.

You can learn, sewing, barbering, carpentry, painting, art design, graphic design, catering services, interior design, exterior design, hotel management services, laundry service, manufacturing shoes, video editing, content development and more.

These relevant skills help the individual to position themselves when there is a delay in finding a job or being recruited into the labor market.

Improve your mental well-being

Maximize this time to exercise your body and mind. Join a fitness club, eliminate excess body fat, adopt a balanced diet, improve your mental well-being by developing new habits. Work on your reading and writing speed as well as your listening skills.

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The mother-daughter duo receives a $100,000 grant to open a restaurant and catering service on Main Street. https://deborahjmiller.com/the-mother-daughter-duo-receives-a-100000-grant-to-open-a-restaurant-and-catering-service-on-main-street/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:47:16 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/the-mother-daughter-duo-receives-a-100000-grant-to-open-a-restaurant-and-catering-service-on-main-street/ NORRISTOWN – A mother-daughter duo received a $100,000 grant earlier this week to help develop a new restaurant in downtown Norristown. “I’m super excited. There are a lot of opportunities on Main Street,” said Ricole Morgan, of Simply Divine Catering. Morgan addressed Norristown City Council members during a business session Tuesday to share her plans […]]]>

NORRISTOWN – A mother-daughter duo received a $100,000 grant earlier this week to help develop a new restaurant in downtown Norristown.

“I’m super excited. There are a lot of opportunities on Main Street,” said Ricole Morgan, of Simply Divine Catering.

Morgan addressed Norristown City Council members during a business session Tuesday to share her plans for the space, located at 14 W. Main St.

Morgan and her mother, Juanita Cody, both of Conshohocken, were being considered for the six-figure grant funded through the Main Street Economic Development and Job Creation and Retention program.

Morgan shared how their business arrangement has two parts: Morgan’s business acumen and Cody’s culinary expertise spanning three decades.

Together, Morgan highlighted how this business is showing its strengths as it aims to bring “home-cooked meals” to Norristown.

“Our vision is to serve our customers happiness through delicious, quality cuisine and an extraordinary dining experience, while working for the greater good of our employees, the community and the environment,” said said Morgan in his presentation.

The space, which city officials say was the former Sound of Music record store, was purchased by Cody and Morgan in July 2021.

Ultimately, Morgan said the two-level space will feature “modern decor,” accommodating 52 seats, counter space and limited patio seating.

Ricole Morgan of Simply Divine Catering gives a presentation to members of Norristown City Council during a business session on Tuesday. (Rachel Ravina – MediaNews Group)

Cody and Morgan have set their hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, as they hope to attract the area’s “lunch rush.” Morgan added that the menu will include fresh food, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

“It’s going to be made with love, care and from scratch,” Morgan said.

Morgan also touted the company’s plans to incorporate weekly promotions and online ordering capabilities.

“There is a need for good food at affordable prices,” she said.

Morgan told council members how the “centrally located” building could provide walking opportunities from nearby offices such as the Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown Transportation Center, Department of Norristown Police, Montgomery-Norristown County Public Library, and other administrative offices.

In addition, the catering side would offer “onsite and offsite catering services,” as well as “private event space” and “prepared holiday meals and individual packed lunches for corporate events,” it said. Morgan in his presentation.

Also, building a relationship with the Norristown community was very important to Morgan and Cody. Morgan said forming that bond would include local hiring practices.

Their business plan included the possibility of staffing 12 positions, including seven food service employees, according to city officials.

As of December 31, 2021, they had invested $174,340, according to city officials. The $100,000 grant fund would cover the cost of several construction projects, including replacing the ceiling, drywall, floor and roof, renovating the kitchen ceiling, bathroom and door . Other spending initiatives included HVAC, plumbing and water heater upgrades.

Morgan said there is a planned opening date for summer 2022. While the dine-in restaurant concept is still in its infancy, Morgan said she and Cody would like to “start in Norristown”, with the potential to expand, launching additional locations in Montgomery County.

In the end, city officials approved the grant award by a 6-0 vote. Norristown City Council Vice President Heather Lewis was absent from Tuesday’s session.

“The yeses have it. Congratulations. Good luck,” Norristown City Council President Thomas Lepera said.

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Food City opens expanded supermarket in East Ridge https://deborahjmiller.com/food-city-opens-expanded-supermarket-in-east-ridge/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 23:44:23 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/food-city-opens-expanded-supermarket-in-east-ridge/ After more than 40 years of operating a 34,000 square foot grocery store along Ringgold Road at the south end of East Ridge, Food City has moved across the street to open a new supermarket expanded which adds a Gas ‘N Go gas station, food cafe, credit union office, and a wider offering of produce […]]]>

After more than 40 years of operating a 34,000 square foot grocery store along Ringgold Road at the south end of East Ridge, Food City has moved across the street to open a new supermarket expanded which adds a Gas ‘N Go gas station, food cafe, credit union office, and a wider offering of produce and groceries.

At 54,000 square feet, the $12 million store that officially opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday has more than twice as many employees as the store it replaces, adding nearly 100 full-time jobs full and part-time, said Food City President Steve Smith.

“It’s exciting to be able to have a larger store with more variety and selections and to be able to bring in Starbucks coffee, a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union office, and all of the additional food, merchandise, and service options. essence that this store now offers,” Smith said Tuesday night at the grand opening of the new supermarket.

Smith said the grocery chain had been looking for years to replace its store at 3715 Ringgold Road, which was originally a Red Food supermarket which Food City acquired when buying the area’s Bi-Lo stores of Chattanooga in 2015. With its additional services, officials expect the new store will attract shoppers far beyond the city of East Ridge, including the Brainerd area, Missionary Ridge and parts of Georgia du North.

Food City, the region’s largest grocery chain with 33 supermarkets in its Chattanooga district, built the new supermarket on a 7-acre lot that once housed a bowling alley. The new location at Ringgold Road and Bales Avenue has a traffic light to help both attract more customers and improve access to stores.

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Food City opens expanded supermarket in East Ridge

(READ MORE: Food City seeks to hire more than 1,500 workers in 5 states)

The new East Ridge store is one of four new supermarkets Food City is planning for the area. K-VA-T Food Stores, Food City’s parent company based in Abingdon, Va., operates 138 grocery stores in five states and is also adding new stores in downtown Chattanooga, Kimball, TN, and Cartersville, in Georgia.

Smith said work will soon begin on a planned 50,000-square-foot store on Broad and West 13th Streets in downtown Chattanooga on the site of the former Cater Distributing Co., where apartments and other businesses commercial are also planned.

“We’re going to launch this store this fall and hopefully have a 2023 opening,” Smith said. “Due to the complexity of this overall development, it will likely take us nine or 10 months to build, compared to six months (for most other stores).”

Food City is preparing to open a nearly 60,000 square foot supermarket in September in Cartersville and will open a store in 2023 in Kimball.

The new East Ridge Food City store unveiled Tuesday evening features an in-store bakery and deli offering fresh baked goods, deli meats, cheeses, hot meals, a large coffee lounge area, Asian wok, fireplace, fresh sushi, hickory smoker, pizza oven, fresh produce bar offering a variety of soup, salad and fruit selections, as well as full service catering and event planning. The new supermarket also includes a pharmacy, a florist and a quick checkout service on six checkout lines and seven self-service checkouts.

“Our customers are sure to benefit from the expanded variety/selection and exciting new amenities and services,” said Daryl Massey, district manager for Food City in Chattanooga, at Tuesday’s grand opening.

The new store will continue the same hours as the supermarket it replaces, opening at 7am and closing at 11pm.

The store also features the fifth branch of a Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union inside a Food City store.

“One of our biggest priorities as a credit union is to provide members with an accessible, convenient and enjoyable experience,” Todd Fortner, president and CEO of the credit union, said in an announcement. of the new location. “This new branch will enhance our services in East Ridge and surrounding areas while providing a great opportunity to reach new people.”

The branch includes a device for tvfcuLIVE Stream and two interactive ATMs, giving members direct access to credit union staff from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The full-service branch offers the same services as any other credit union.

Contact Dave Flessner at dflessner@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6340. Follow on Twitter at @dflessner1.

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Nova Scotia-based barbecue restaurant serves up a plate of ribs with a community edge – The Daily Gazette https://deborahjmiller.com/nova-scotia-based-barbecue-restaurant-serves-up-a-plate-of-ribs-with-a-community-edge-the-daily-gazette/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 23:28:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/nova-scotia-based-barbecue-restaurant-serves-up-a-plate-of-ribs-with-a-community-edge-the-daily-gazette/ SCOTIA — For Melissa Brown, food is love. And that message can be heard loud and clear at Backyard BBQ, Scotia’s barbecue restaurant that she runs alongside her husband Mac. Providing good food is, of course, a top priority for the Browns. But as the dynamic duo attempt to revive their restaurant after a series […]]]>

SCOTIA — For Melissa Brown, food is love. And that message can be heard loud and clear at Backyard BBQ, Scotia’s barbecue restaurant that she runs alongside her husband Mac.

Providing good food is, of course, a top priority for the Browns. But as the dynamic duo attempt to revive their restaurant after a series of devastation, it’s become clear that their business brings more to the table than a hearty plate of simmering meat and tasty side dishes – they also bring l community spirit.

“Our restaurant – yes, we do barbecues, but it’s more than that,” Melissa said. “We will treat you as if you were our family and everything will be done with excellence, everything we do.”

The Browns opened Backyard BBQ on Scotia’s Mohawk Avenue in 2019, but the restaurant’s story began a few years earlier. Mac had grown up in Kingston surrounded by a family that loved to cook and bake, and that passion persisted in him as he grew older, although he never really considered opening a restaurant.

It wasn’t until 2017, when he was fired from Ethan Allen after 18 years on the job – not to mention countless remarks from friends and family that he should sell his food – that he decided to give a barbecue restaurant a shot.

“When he lost his job…he couldn’t find another job because nobody wanted to pay him because he was there for so long,” Melissa said. “So I said, ‘you’ve always loved cooking, and you always said you wanted to do your own barbecue business, so why not do that?'”

They finally opened at the Via/Port Rotterdam shopping center in 2018, but realized the location wasn’t what they were looking for. Mac wanted a brick and mortar, and in 2019, after two weeks of searching, Backyard BBQ found their new home in Scotland.

The business grew rapidly, and soon the Browns were selling their beef brisket and ribs over the weekends.

But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Like many other restaurants in March 2020, Backyard BBQ was forced to close its doors and offer delivery-only services. Although Melissa worked long hours as a nurse during the pandemic, the income the couple lost as the restaurant closed made it difficult to pay monthly expenses.

“When restaurants close, you still have to pay your rent, you still have to pay your insurance, you can’t cancel it — everything has to keep getting paid while you’re not open,” Melissa said. “We used all of our savings, in fact, to keep our restaurant going during COVID.”

Eventually and slowly, the pandemic began to subside. Other restaurants began to reluctantly reopen in the early months of 2021, and in February the Browns began planning their next steps.

Due to ongoing restrictions and the pace of business before the pandemic, the Browns decided their best option going forward would be to continue the catering services they offered before the pandemic and participate in local farmers’ markets. They found their way to Schenectady Farmers Market and Delmar’s Feura Bush Farmers Market, both of which were due to open in May.

But the Browns were hit with another setback before they could make their comeback. Amid the pandemic, the couple packed all of their outdoor gear — grills, tables and other necessities for outdoor events — into a storage unit in Rotterdam. But on April 6, 2021, about a month before their Farmers’ Market appearances, the storage building, including the Browns’ unit, burned down. They suffered a total loss.

“We lost everything,” Melissa said. “We’re like, ‘what are we going to do? Are we just going to call in the day? Are we going to say, ‘you know what, we’re going to move on, this is too much’, or are we going to tell us, ‘you know what, let’s take what we got?’

The couple opted for the latter.

“We didn’t let it hold us back,” Melissa said. “We just said, ‘You know what, we’ll just figure it out from here. We’re going to find out because we know that’s what we’re supposed to do.

To get back on their feet, the Browns bought a few grills, pop-up tents and everything else they absolutely needed and then attended both Schenectady and Delmar Farmers’ Markets. Since then, they’ve also hosted a variety of events, including fundraisers, graduation parties, and a night at the Saratoga Casino Hotel.

The Browns have a motto: “faith, family, barbecue,” and it’s those first two things that have kept them going despite the devastation of the pandemic and the storage unit fire.

“If we hadn’t had faith, we would have given up when all of our equipment went up in smoke in that fire,” Mac said.

While faith, for them, was the biggest motivation to keep walking, they also say the role of family cannot be underestimated. Melissa and Mac run the restaurant as a married couple, but they also have two children, who both help out when they can. Their 19-year-old son, Darius, is often with them at the Schenectady Farmer’s Market.

“He sometimes helps out here cooking different things, salads, and he likes to help out on the grill as well,” Melissa said.

But at Backyard BBQ, family isn’t just about the husband and wife who run the restaurant or the son who stands next to his father at the grill. The Browns also start a family with their customers when they cook for them.

“It will feel like you’re part of our family,” Melissa said. “Let’s say it’s a college graduation – it will be like our kid has graduated and we want it to be the best day of his life.”

Because family is one of the most important aspects of the Browns’ lives, they also make sure that people outside of the restaurant’s clientele can feel that family warmth, especially since many have lost their family ties during the pandemic. For the past two years, the Browns have cooked turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and handed them out to people who couldn’t be with their families that day — bus drivers, Stewart’s Shop workers, the homeless.

“We go in, cook as many turkey dinners as we can and just drive around the community and just hand them out to people,” Mac said. “We would have to bring food to other people who can’t afford it or can’t be with their family on those days, so it was our way of giving back to the community and people who don’t. don’t have family – at least they have a Thanksgiving feeling.

By sharing this family spirit, the Browns hope to highlight the importance of community and encourage others to give back in the same way.

“I just go back to the golden rule of loving your fellow man,” Melissa said. “We want to show people and demonstrate to the community of people – that’s how it should be.”

The Browns have always been involved in youth activities. Their children were involved in school sports, Mac was a football coach, and Melissa was a commissioner. Today, one of the main ways the Browns try to support the community is through fundraising and organizing youth sporting events, even when it usually comes with a loss of income.

“Even though it’s hard and difficult for us to fundraise because you donate part of your profits, in the end it’s worth it,” Melissa said. “It’s worth doing because these kids are doing an activity where they’re building their characters, they’re learning to work with others, they’re learning a lot of different things.”

More recently, the Backyard BBQ hosted a few Tartan Youth Lacrosse tournaments in Scotia-Glenville. According to Rick Frederick, the president of Tartan Youth Lacrosse who asked the Browns to take care of the games, their enthusiasm to help was undeniable.

“When I first proposed to them to come to the lacrosse tournaments, they didn’t hesitate, they were definitely in agreement; they were really excited to be out there in the community and making sure everyone was fed,” Frederick said. “I’ve seen them at local youth football games and the same – a very positive vibe, and they’ve even donated to youth leagues.”

The Browns hope to grow their business enough to start hiring others in the near future. But in the meantime, Mac and Melissa will continue to run the show on their own and use their food as a way to support and inspire the surrounding community.

“You know what, we’re in this community, we’re in Scotland, we’re here for a purpose, we’re going to support them however we can support them,” Melissa said. “So for us, that’s how we can support them: it’s by going out and selling the food.”

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Cross River Hires Robinhood’s Crypto CCO https://deborahjmiller.com/cross-river-hires-robinhoods-crypto-cco/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 18:07:59 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/cross-river-hires-robinhoods-crypto-cco/ Former Robinhood executive Benjamin Melnicki is joining Cross River Bank, a New Jersey community bank for FinTechs, as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of its cryptocurrency team, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. June 17. Robinhood’s former CCO for crypto, Melnicki left in December and joined Cross River last month to oversee cryptocurrency compliance. A […]]]>

Former Robinhood executive Benjamin Melnicki is joining Cross River Bank, a New Jersey community bank for FinTechs, as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of its cryptocurrency team, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. June 17.

Robinhood’s former CCO for crypto, Melnicki left in December and joined Cross River last month to oversee cryptocurrency compliance.

A Cross River Bank spokeswoman confirmed that Melnicki had been named chief operating officer and declined further comment. A Robinhood spokeswoman declined to comment, according to the report.

See also: Cross River Bank explains how integrated finance can accelerate payments in niche markets

Robinhood recruited Melnicki last year from digital asset manager Grayscale Investments, where he was hired as chief compliance officer in early 2021 by tech firm Ripple Labs. Melnicki was Regulatory Advisor and Head of Regulatory Affairs for the Americas at Ripple and Global Regulatory Advisor at Blockchain. He has also held various regulatory or compliance positions at Bank of America Corp., Cantor Fitzgerald and Noble Bank International of Puerto Rico.

Read more: Crypto Talent War refocuses on lawyers as investments soar and regulation looms

Founded in 2008, Cross River is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, with branches in Teaneck, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, New York. The bank was founded by CEO and chairman Gilles Gade and has more than 800 employees and more than 80 partnerships, according to its website.

Although the bank offers traditional financial services, it makes extensive use of its position as a chartered bank and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to help FinTech companies offer services such as money transfer on the rails of the banking system, the WSJ reported. Many FinTech services would be difficult to offer under current US rules, as most are non-bank entities.

Related: Revolut partners with Cross River Bank to offer financial services in the United States

Melnicki was replaced in his compliance role on Robinhood’s crypto team by James Nguyen, the company’s former president and general counsel for the crypto division.

Robinhood attorney Norman Ashkenas, hired in September 2020 to serve as chief compliance officer for its brokerage business, will assume the role of senior compliance officer for all Robinhood-related entities in January, Bloomberg reported. Law earlier this week.

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Donuts, Tote Bags and Gas Vouchers: Companies Offer Sweeteners to Attract Workers to Airport Jobs | Air industry https://deborahjmiller.com/donuts-tote-bags-and-gas-vouchers-companies-offer-sweeteners-to-attract-workers-to-airport-jobs-air-industry/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 06:26:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/donuts-tote-bags-and-gas-vouchers-companies-offer-sweeteners-to-attract-workers-to-airport-jobs-air-industry/ There were cupcakes, donuts and $500 gas vouchers, along with promises of free training. Thousands of job seekers flocked to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport for a job fair on Thursday, to hear about vacancies that baggage handling, catering, retail and security – as well as major airlines and departments such as Border Force and Federal […]]]>

There were cupcakes, donuts and $500 gas vouchers, along with promises of free training. Thousands of job seekers flocked to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport for a job fair on Thursday, to hear about vacancies that baggage handling, catering, retail and security – as well as major airlines and departments such as Border Force and Federal Police – were looking to fill.

More than 30,000 people were employed at the airport before Covid, but an estimated 15,000 jobs have been lost throughout the pandemic, said Geoff Culbert, the airport’s chief executive.

Culbert said that despite promising attendance at the job fair, where more than 40 companies set up booths, long lines and travel disruptions resulting from understaffing will continue to plague the airport.

“I think every additional employee we can add to the airport is going to help alleviate congestion, but the reality is that these shortages are going to last a little longer,” he said.

“It’s the tightest job market we’ve seen in 40 years. We have 5,000 jobs to fill and it will take time,” he said.

While many of those who turned out on Thursday were school leavers and unemployed looking to enter the industry with printed CVs in hand, a large proportion of those attending were people employed in other sectors hoping for a change careers as well as former aviation workers let go during the pandemic.

Many were also those who lost their jobs due to vaccination mandates, with several stall workers telling Guardian Australia that potential workers ask if available positions require them to be vaccinated.

Qantas, which has suffered from a shortage of baggage handlers in recent months as it seeks to overturn a court ruling that it illegally outsourced nearly 1,700 ground staff, did not have a stand at the show. job on Thursday.

However, Swissport, one of the companies that Qantas and Jetstar have contracted for baggage handling services, was one of the most popular stands. One of its employees said the company was desperate to increase the number of baggage handlers. She said they only hire part-time contracts, but offer workers full-time hours under those contracts, at the rate of $23.41 an hour.

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The Border Force stand was overwhelmed with interest in the 80 jobs at Sydney Airport. “I didn’t expect this at all, it’s crazy,” said an ABF employee as he handed out one of his last blue tote bags to a high school graduate who had inquired about a job at full-time offering a salary as high as $57,000. .

“I only queued for the tote bag; I just nodded at what he was saying,” the Bachelor told the Guardian minutes later.

At the adjacent stand, the Australian Federal Police were looking to fill “loads and loads” of jobs, one of its employees said, as uniformed officers carrying machine guns fielded questions from those interested.

“It’s not just about working at the airport,” said one employee, saying that after taking an entry-level job at the airport, officers could move into intelligence positions at the airport. ‘foreign. “If you want to work in intelligence in Washington, The Hague or Islamabad, that’s where you start,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the nearby stand of a taxi company, fliers and employment brochures sat in a mostly untouched pile.

Certis, which Sydney Airports contracts to provide security screening services, is struggling to restore its workforce to pre-Covid levels and has had to offer staff incentives in recent months to show up for work.

Their booth, however, was one of the most popular at the job fair, with aviation control jobs offering $24.12 an hour plus a $1.70 stipend – a competitive wage per hour. to baggage handling and other manual roles.

Rex, a regional carrier that has expanded to major city routes in recent months while cutting several regional services, advertised pilots, flight attendants, engineers, ground handlers and service employees to customers. Private jet charter companies were also desperate for staff to meet a surge in demand for their services, a worker said.

The Australian Border Force stand was overwhelmed with interest in the 80 positions available. Photography: Bianca de Marchi/AAP

Luxury retailer Burberry was also trying to attract staff to the fair, as well as food outlets such as McDonald’s, Red Rooster and Sumo Salad.

Among those present at the job fair was Michael, a public transport employee who lives nearby and who did not want his last name published for fear that his employer would realize that he was looking for a new job. use.

“I’m not a big gunslinger, so the AFP dropout confused me a bit,” he said.

After walking through all the booths, with a collection of tote bags under his arm, Michael insisted on applying for a security screening job at Certis.

“I’m looking for a bit of a change in life, and it sounds exciting, and because they’re so desperate, they’ll accept me part-time so I can study on the side.”

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Inflight Catering Services Market Size and Forecast to 2028 | Journey Group, On Air Dining, KLM Catering Services Schiphol, Air Fayre, Servair https://deborahjmiller.com/inflight-catering-services-market-size-and-forecast-to-2028-journey-group-on-air-dining-klm-catering-services-schiphol-air-fayre-servair/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:49:22 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/inflight-catering-services-market-size-and-forecast-to-2028-journey-group-on-air-dining-klm-catering-services-schiphol-air-fayre-servair/ There “In-flight catering market » the research examines the market estimates and forecasts in great detail. It also facilitates the execution of these results by demonstrating tangible benefits to stakeholders and business leaders. each company must anticipate the use of its product in the longer term. Given this level of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 […]]]>

There “In-flight catering market » the research examines the market estimates and forecasts in great detail. It also facilitates the execution of these results by demonstrating tangible benefits to stakeholders and business leaders. each company must anticipate the use of its product in the longer term. Given this level of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 situation, this analysis is essential to better understand previous disruptions and increase preparedness for successive stages of decision-making. the most recent study attempts to alter the advanced market for business executives by providing strategic insights and showing resilience under sudden conditions. The information will help all potential readers to distinguish the necessary trading bottlenecks.

The main purpose of the report is to educate business owners and help them make a wise investment in the market. The study highlights regional and sub-regional perspectives with corresponding factual and statistical analysis. The report includes the latest first-hand data, which is obtained from the company’s website, annual reports, industry-recommended journals, and paid resources. The Inflight Meal Service report will help business owners understand the current market trend and make profitable decisions.

Profiled Market Leaders:

  • travel group
  • Live meal
  • KLM Catering Services Schiphol
  • Air Fayre
  • Servair
  • LSG Lufthansa Service Holding
  • Abby’s Restoration
  • AAS Catering
  • LSG Lufthansa Service Holding
  • ANA Catering Service
  • TajSATS airline catering
  • Brahim’s SATS Food Services

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  • Meal
  • Bakery and Confectionery
  • Beverages
  • Others
  • Market

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North America (US, Canada)
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Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Others)
Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Others)
The Middle East and Africa

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Contextual chatbot industry expected to reach $8 billion by 2028 -Nuance Communications, Google, AWS, Artificial Solutions, IBM Corporation, SnatchBot, Acquire.io, Chatfuel, Floatbot, Botsify, ChatterOn, Smartloop, Pandorabots, Flow XO , Boost.ai – Indian Defense News https://deborahjmiller.com/contextual-chatbot-industry-expected-to-reach-8-billion-by-2028-nuance-communications-google-aws-artificial-solutions-ibm-corporation-snatchbot-acquire-io-chatfuel-floatbot-botsify-chatter/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:37:30 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/contextual-chatbot-industry-expected-to-reach-8-billion-by-2028-nuance-communications-google-aws-artificial-solutions-ibm-corporation-snatchbot-acquire-io-chatfuel-floatbot-botsify-chatter/ The Contextual chatbots The research report studies primary and secondary research to effectively analyze the data. The market research also draws attention to crucial industry factors such as global customers, potential customers, and vendors, which drives the positive growth of the business. In order to assess the turn of the companies, significant key market […]]]>

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