Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shavonne Manson, owner of Yes Ma'am Cuisines, located in Nashville, TN, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Yes Ma'am Cuisine is a black business that caters to all aspects of a fine dining experience. We love setting the tone for fine dining. Our customers are hard-working and deserving of a great dining experience. Customer service and satisfaction for all is our biggest goal.

Tell us about yourself

The joy of cooking for friends and family. Coordinating and designing a perfect dining experience has always been my passion. In 2016, I decided to bring this passion to fruition. At Yes Ma'am Cuisines, our goal is to bring "Love" back into food. I'm motivated by the drive I have, and the fact all of my customers love my food helps a lot.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Enjoying the love and respect I have for food and cooking and showing my skills to my customers every day.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Being able to manage your time with family and friends. I've managed to have a great support system when it comes to my business. My family helps with all aspects, and It's the best feeling.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Research as much as possible.
  2. Have a marketing plan.
  3. Get a website to help with business maintenance and shipment.

Where can people find you and your business?


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