Adam Weisman VolunteerAdam Weisman currently works for Analysis Group LLC., a Boston-based economic consulting firm, primarily focusing on an…
Employer: Analysis Group
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Vinay Badami DirectorVinay is currently an MBA candidate at The Johnson School at Cornell University. He is the COO of the BR Venture Fund,…
City: Boston, MA
Employer: L.E.K. Consulting
Undergraduate: Cornell University
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Bryan Solar Co-FounderBryan Solar currently works with the Brookeside Group, where he is focused on sales effectiveness and corporate-client…
Employer: Brookeside Group
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Jon Scherr VolunteerJon is the Founding Director of Operations of Blueprint Schools Network, a Massachusetts-registered nonprofit organizat…
City: Boston, MA
Employer: Blueprint Schools Network
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
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East Boston Indian Restaurant (September, 2011)
- A local restaurant is restaurant located in East Boston, which was started in 2010. The restaurant provides Pakistani and Indian cuisine in adherence to Halal standards and is the only such restaurant in the area.
- The restaurant was financed through non-institutionalized debt which the owner acquired through friends and family, as a result of previous credit issues.
- Since its opening, the restaurant has seen customer traffic decrease dramatically and has been operating at break-even or a loss for the majority of the year.
- To date, the owner has done close to nothing substantive to market the restaurant.
- Due to the restaurant’s inability to be financially self reliant, the owner splits his time between running the restaurant and driving a cab.
- Main Street Partners worked with the restaurant over a period of 7 weeks, and created a program specific to the strategic initiatives the owner and MSP identified as being potential drivers to the restaurant’s business success.
Overview of Project Outcomes
- Performed a SWOT analysis that enabled the restaurant to capitalize on its individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as the specific demographics of the area, resulting in menu translations, new signage, and a focus on the delivery business.
- Created a website and mobile application that dramatically increased the restaurant’s visibility with potential customers, which resulted in significant increases to the restaurant’s delivery business.
- Later worked with the owner’s son to understand how to edit site and run online advertising campaigns for the restaurant moving forward.
- Developed a feedback mechanism for the restaurant to understand customer attrition, resulting in a creation of best practices for customer interactions.
- Collaborated with the owner to complete a full re-branding for the business, which resulted in a consistent theme throughout the business.
- Intervened before the owner invested in a marketing effort that would have had a highly negative, if not fatal, impact on the business.
- Assisted the owner in understanding his credit score and debt circumstance, in order to secure more working capital for the business in the future.
What you have done in the last 8 weeks, I could not have done in the next two years. I cannot thank you enough!
- Business Owner