Small biz center helps woman realize dream
by Times Staff Report
PAINTSVILLE — Laurie Morgan had a dream to provide the residents of Johnson County and surrounding areas with a new venue of fine dining and catering focusing on fresh quality foods with made-from-scratch ingredients.
Morgan is an ACF graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, S.D. She attended their ACF accredited culinary arts training program from 2002-03, with special interest in fine and casual dining, banquet and event catering specialties. Morgan also received her CDM/CFPP national certification in 2010, which provided a professional knowledge base with regards to special nutritional regimens such as diabetic, gluten-free, renal and other common medical conditions that require lifestyle dietary modifications.
Morgan decided she wanted to open her own restaurant and catering business to continue doing what she loves — creating new foods from scratch and serving people quality products.
In December 2011, Morgan contacted management consultant Michelle Spriggs with the Morehead State Small Business Development Center, inquiring about the proper procedure in starting a business in Kentucky. As plans were discussed, Spriggs provided Morgan with a worksheet to calculate working capital needs, sales potential and overhead costs. In the months to come Spriggs met with Morgan several times to organize her LLC, business license, state and local taxes, develop a business plan, three-year cash flow with financial projections and other paperwork needed to start a business. In addition she guided Morgan in preparing the necessary loan package to submit for a commercial business loan. Morgan was able to receive her business loan through MACED in May.
“I am so grateful to Michelle and the SBDC for walking me through this process. I wanted to do things right and she gave me the guidance and insight I needed to do just that. She helped me cover my bases and get a realistic assessment for my business potential for success. She is totally familiar with the MACED process and helped me obtain the financial bridge I needed to get started. I really appreciate the MACED staff as well – they’ve all been wonderful,” said Morgan.
On July 3, The Gladstone Grille opened its doors to the public. The official grand-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 26 with numerous public officials, Hometown Television, Main Street officials, MACED representatives, Paintsville Chamber members, and a host of friends.
The eatery offer daily lunch specials, bake shop/dessert products, and catering for small and large groups.
Summer hours of business are from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, serving breakfast and lunch daily. Starting Aug. 10 and 11, “Dinner with a View” will be present on scheduled Friday and Saturday evenings. It will include a limited select dinner menu by reservation.
The Gladstone Grille - Catering and Fine Foods is located at the Paintsville Golf Course on Route 1107. For additional information, call 606-792-7329.
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