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merchandise at Hot Italian, Sacramento, California

Merchandise: Say My Name

Pepper the community with your brand The merchandise offerings from Hot Italian and Sizzle Pie couldn’t be more opposite. Sleek and fitted, the T-shirts, hats and other sundries at Hot Italian convey an elegant, chic, Calvin-Klein-esque vibe to upscale customers and bicyclists who frequent restaurants in Sacramento, Davis and Emeryville, California. By contrast, intricate, colorful...... Read More

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Profits Are Made in the Office

Get a grip on financials now, thank yourself later Let’s talk financials. For 33 years in this business, I have always maintained up-to-date financial reports. I use these reports to manage my pizzerias, but I am fortunate to have and understand how to use them in the first place. You see, I was forced to...... Read More

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Product Perplexity

Handle a product change with finesse Something’s different about this slice.” Your customer just zeroed in on your change in dough, cheese or sauce. Maybe you changed because your distributor went bankrupt. Or maybe you want to switch to fresh, organic ingredients to keep up with trends, but what do you do now? Address the...... Read More

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Know Your Competition

Want to become better? Analyze the competition What’s your mindset when you walk into another restaurant? Do you just want to not think about your place for a little while and decompress? Or, like most of us in this industry, do you compare it to your restaurant? Do you focus in on one aspect of...... Read More


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Mike Bausch: Concept Development Workshop

From Market Research to a Long-Term Brand Strategy With Mike Bausch and Keith Coffman No one intends to fail, but very few intend to succeed. By building a plan to succeed you can eliminate failure from the equation. Whether you’re working on you first pizzeria, considering expansion or giving your... Read More


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