Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
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SCORE NYC Headquarters 
26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center
On Worth Street between Broadway & Lafayette
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New York, NY 10278

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SCORE NYC Workshop Committee 

Starting Your New Restaurant or Food Service Business - 11/12/2019 - C1000 

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in opening a restaurant or food service business who wants to know what information and resources are needed before they invest money in their startup.


Many talented people want to open a restaurant or other food business in New York City but often don’t know where to start. This workshop, while emphasizing restaurants, will give you a realistic approach to opening a food service business in New York, whether it is a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, bakery or commercial kitchen.

The goal is not to discourage people from opening a restaurant or related business, but to make them aware of the guidance and help needed to accomplish that objective. We will go beyond “how to” lists and explore the “nuts and bolts” involved in opening a restaurant.

Speakers who are seasoned in the NYC restaurant world will use real life examples and stories, both positive and negative, that they have experienced in starting our own food businesses.

At the end of this workshop, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Define the ten key steps needed before opening a restaurant in New York City
  • Discuss resources, services and trades needed to initiate and complete the opening of a restaurant
  • Describe a more realistic approach to starting a food business

After the workshop, put the training to work. Schedule a free follow up discussion with a SCORE mentor to get you started.


William Belida
The Salon Group 

In 2008 Bill started a food services consulting firm and has since been involved in nearly one hundred projects in the industry. All the businesses on which he has consulted have grossed over $150,000,000 in first year sales, ranging from smaller existing operations to creating and establishing larger brands (some launching multiple locations). 

Growing up in a family that owned several restaurants, he worked in every position both front and back of the house and in the mid-90’s owned three restaurants consecutively for which he personally negotiated a successful buyout.

Bill's expertise learned over the decades has allowed him to lead workshops on restaurant operations and openings for the New York City branch of SCORE (an SBA affiliate), the New York State Empire Development Corporation and the NYC Small Business Services.

Bill is a graduate of Georgetown University where he studied economics and has a post-baccalaureate degree in analytics from the Wharton School. Bill served in the navy with a rating in cryptologic intelligence.


Workshop Fees:
Online registration $59; walk-ins $69 
There is a $10 discount on all Student and SEAP registrations
(valid ID must be presented at the door; bring SEAP form to workshop).

There will be no refunds for this workshop
unless SCORE NYC cancels it.

Please remember:

(1) Monitor your emails for any updates to the date/location/time.

(2) Our workshops are PAPERLESS, so you’ll receive an email the day before the workshop linking you to our handout. You should print it out or load it onto a laptop or tablet for viewing.

(3) Bring your cell phone as you will receive an email with a link to your workshop evaluation form. It will be sent to you toward the end of the workshop so you can complete it effortlessly online before you leave.