Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Emeelia McCallum, Founder of Bamboo Fever Restaurant, located in Montego Bay, SJ, Jamaica.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Bamboo Fever Restaurant Caters to Retailers, Event planners, young to middle-aged health-conscious, working people with middle income.
Tell us about yourself
I started my business (Morning Munchies) in May of 2016 after being fired from my Job as a Customer Service/Sales Rep at Chukka Caribbean Adventures. I was unclear about what exactly I wanted to do, but one thing was clear I needed a new stream of income to support my children. Morning Munchies proved to be slow and was not producing sufficient funds to meet my needs, so I transitioned into a community grocery shop. In 2017 a Zone of Special Operation (ZOSO) was imposed in my community, which affected business sales, and I was forced to create another way to earn. I started cooking lunch for some friends, which quickly gained the attention of fans. With time, Bamboo Fever Restaurant became my passion & was registered in 2019. I continue to find creative ways to persevere despite the challenges.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being able to start and maintain not only a business but a brand from scratch that provides for my children & their future.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Having to constantly find the will to persevere.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Just Start (whether big or small), trust God & Put Him First.
- Educate yourselves as much as possible about your field of business & ensure that it's something you love.
- Do thorough research.
Where can people find you and your business?
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