Survive and Thrive: Hospitality Employer Resources

Operating any business is tough, and doubly so in the culinary and hospitality field. Nationally, just three out of four restaurants make it past the first year, and just two out of five survive past five years.

So, what gives? In Arkansas’ growing hospitality market, there are ways to land more solidly on the side of success. It just so happens that Arkansas Food Jobs has some affiliate partners and friends who can help:

1. Attend and hire from University of Arkansas—Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.

UA-PTC CAHMI’s two-year Culinary Arts degree doesn’t only include cooking; it also teaches the basics of operating a food-related business profitably. Graduates understand food costing, employee management, marketing, menu planning and more. Employers who are graduates, students, faculty/staff or board members also receive a 10% discount on job board services at Arkansas Food Jobs and other discounts upon a negotiated contract for temp-to-perm or direct placement services.

If you can’t attend UA-PTC CAHMI yourself, hire people from there and benefit from their excellent culinary program.

2. Join the Arkansas Hospitality Association.

AHA offers training, support and advocacy for Arkansas’ hospitality-related businesses. Members can also participate in the Arkansas Restaurant Association, the local chapter of the powerful National Restaurant Association.

Through the AHA, you can:

  • Receive ServSafe sanitation training for you and your staff.
  • Invest in one of the most profitable Workers Compensation Insurance trust programs in the nation. In the last 20 years, it has returned an average of 27% of the premiums paid in.
  • Network and learn new skills at their excellent annual events, including the Arkansas Hospitality Convention and Trade Show held every September.
  • Get significant discounts on business services such as music licensing, credit card processing, and office supplies.

3. Join the Central Arkansas Cooks Association in Central Arkansas or the Northwest Arkansas Chefs Association in Northwest Arkansas.

These groups are the local chapters of the powerhouse American Culinary Federation, giving members numerous opportunities for professional development and training. Members can pursue certifications such as Certified Culinarian or Certified Executive Chef, tested locally in partnership with the above-mentioned University of Arkansas—Pulaski Technical College.

Members can also participate in local, regional and national competitions and take advantage of discounts on conference registrations, merchandise and term life insurance. And best of all, members who meet regularly enjoy camaraderie, networking and advice from others in the same daily trenches, as well as learning new techniques and industry knowledge at regular meetings.

We’d love to hear your stories. What has helped you stay profitable in business? How has one of our affiliates or friends above helped you?

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