I am looking for a Pizza Consultant, if that exists, to help me with the start up of a new restaurant. I have a friend who has experience in pizzerias and other restaurant management, but I am looking for a real expert. Someone who has the time to spend a week in Southern California, someone who has knowledge of a high volume place. Obviously I will pay for Travel, Lodging, Time, etc. I apologize if this should go in the classified section.

Give Big Dave Ostrander a holler!

Michael Hartzell is amazing! Here is his website to check out[/url]. I encourage you to check out his site and give him a call. He is by far the best consultant I have ever been around. Good Luck!

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60-Second Guide to Finding the Right Business Coach

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I am a SCORE counselor and I own two pizza restaurants. I have done several consulting projects such as you are looking for.

If you do decide to work with a SCORE counselor, make sure that the one you are referred to has experience in both restaurants and in small business. Most of the SCORE counselors out there come from fortune 500 companies and while helpful, will not be as helpuful as a better match might be.

I’ll second what Bodega said…SCORE is a fantastic service, but if you need to get into specific areas of the restaurant trade, make sure you’re working with a mentor that has that particular background…the benefits will be so much greater for you!!

Also remember that Tom Lehmann from AIB does on site mentoring/counseling as well if your specific needs are in the product handling area.

And let me give my support to bodegahwy. Steve is very knowledgeable about contracts as well. Just a smart guy even if he does seem to be a bit too serious. :smiley:

Hi Redmeat,

New operaton? Fun!

jdogpizza21 referred my name already and his words of praise are appreciated. Thought I would introduce myself?

I have been in operations for many, many years. My multiple sales awards are really a reflection of my great teams and my unusual approach to marketing as well. … shows my video. Tells a part of the story.

With that said, here are some thought,

  • Gregster offered an outstanding resource for a selection process.
  • SCORE is an another good option. I too recommend them.
  • Big Dave Ostrander has been in the market many years and I hear great things as well.

I can add one more possibily to your list: Jeffrey Summers at: is a option to consider. He has the depth of experience, the reources and keeps up with trends.

Of course, I too am an option to talk with. I will not claim to be the best match for you until we can speak on what your goals are. I can tell you that I have lived it, done it, trained others to do it and created volume from nothing via “magic” some might say. :slight_smile: High volume?

Seems odd I refer others? :slight_smile: I do not look as those in my business as competitors … but as collaborators since our goal first and foremost is to ensure success of others. To that end we have common ground. Consider carefully and interview well.

Go through the list Gregster gave you. Make some notes about where you have no worries and which areas might be of concern. What is it you will be needing help with from a “consultant”?

I look forward to hearing from you. Hope to chat soon.

Michael Hartzell

Can someone post some numbers as to what it would cost to hire a consultant? I feel that before I would take that step, I would need to maximize what I already know but have been curious to the costs involved. Knowing there are probably different levels of consulting, is there some ballpark figures to consider?

Thanks for the info. I have Emailed a couple of the people or groups you recommended. I just want to start out on the right foot. First Impressions are important. My biggest concerns are the same as everyone, quality and efficiency. Anyway, thanks again for the input.

In case anyone wants to contact me:

Hey pizzapirate we are neighbors. I was right in your area 3 or 4 times the past few weeks while I was down at the County Court House area (at the ABC office) signing the final papers for my Beer and Wine license.

If I have to make another run down there I will stop in a see you.

We are going to be in the Buena Park/Cypress area… more North Orange County.