Local Consulting Services

Services for Local Operations

You have established a ready local market for your products.  Now it is time to focus on more aspects of the business.

Taproom (Tasting Room) Mangement

  1. Point of Sale System (POS)  and setup. The choice of POS system is critical to establishing good data. Remember, you cannot measure what you don't manage.
  2.  Merchandise. Believe it or not, merchandise can be a money-maker. The trick is to have nice stuff and make it available to sell.
  3.  Webstore. Some of your fans will not be local. Creating a good website gets the brand out to more people in different markets quicker.
  4. Food? The decision to offer food is a big one and should not be taken lightly.

Website

  1. Branding. It is all about branding. Spending time and effort on a good website will yield great dividends.
  2. Who maintains the website? The correct setup will save thousands down the line.
  3. Beer Finder. There should be a way for your fans to find the beer.

HR Practices

  1. Policies and Procedures. Now is the time to write out what the HR policies are. You don't have to invest in an employee manual just yet (but it is not a bad idea). We have seen good documentation and bad documentation. Let us set you on the right track.
  2. Document, Document. Employment is a contract between the employer and the employee. Now is the time to document properly the beginning of the relationship (via offer letter), status of the relationship (review), and the ending of the relationship (termination process).
  3. Good filing system. Now is the time to make sure that you have good filing system. Will your employees records stand up to scruntinty?

Capital Needs

  1. Money fuels growth. Everyone needs capital to grow. What is the best course? We have extensive experience in financing capital growth.
  2. Buy vs Lease. Often those decisions are not clear cut. Let us help you make the right decision for your company.

Forecasting

  1. START NOW, Don't worry if it is not perfect. You need to understand your future. Forecasting is like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger it will get. We have done bunches and bunches of forecasts. We can tell you how to start and how to get better once you have started.
  2. Budgets are important. Create a budget for next year. Trust me, it is worth the time and effort. Share it with everyone. That way everyone will be singing the same tune, and they will know what they are responsible for.
  3. Forecasts work together. Someone should be comparing the budget against the sales forecast. If you don't have anyone to do the work, find someone NOW.

Strategic Visioning

  1.  Bigger isn't always better. Think long and hard before you make an expansion plan. We have seen good expansions and bad ones. The secret is to make sure that they are well planned.
  2. Embrace Expansion. Once you decide to take on an expansion (either external or internal), look for all of the changes in the company and help everyone adjust to the change.
  3. What is the end game? Time to start pondering how you will exit the business.

Ready to get started?  Contact Us for a free consultation.

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