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Excerpt below is from an article written by The Houston Chronicle
Lamonte Waits, owner of Boogie’s BBQ catering service and restaurant in Missouri City, used to offer the lowest possible bid for his signature burgers and Chicago-style ribs. He figured a low price would secure a contract, even if the pay wasn’t great.
“I just wanted to get my foot in the door,” Waits said.
It wasn’t until Waits informally met with a fellow small-business owner at a community event that he learned how to better price bids.
In Missouri City, historically a bedroom community with middle- to high-income residents commuting into Houston for work and play, many soon-to-be retirees are seeking resources to run businesses in their own backyard. Existing mom-and-pop operations like Boogie’s BBQ are also seeking support, be it organized networking events or workshops outlining tips and tricks on bidding, bookkeeping and the like.