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Tuesday, May 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Things to Know Before You Open the Business

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This panel includes experts in the food/bev industry who know what it takes to get a startup Up and going" and how to navigate common challenges along the way. Including experts on legal, real estate, PR, and team development.

Moderators
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Chris Shirer

Founder, Madison + Fifth
Chris Shirer’s marketing agency, Madison + Fifth, works with several high profile Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant groups and single location restaurants.  She drew on her 18-year relationships in the space to create JoinMyTable - a social dining and guest relationship management... Read More →

Speakers
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Chuck Davis

Vice President of Human Resources, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Chuck Davis joined the team at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in May 2002 as the Vice President of Human Resources. Chuck helps ensure the best practices and policies are in place to attract and retain great Associates, and to support the company’s principal goal of always putting... Read More →
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Ed Hastie

Managing Member, Hastie Law Offices
Ed is the Managing Member of Hastie Law Offices, a boutique law firm in Columbus focused on advising business owners in all facets of operations.  His focus is on the hospitality industry, primarily bars, restaurants, breweries, and the like.  In his 14 years of practice, he estimates... Read More →
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Hinda Mitchell

Founder and President, Inspire PR Group
Hinda Mitchell is the founder and president of Inspire PR Group, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The agency provides counsel to clients nationwide in areas including media relations, social and digital strategy, crisis preparedness and response, issues... Read More →
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Mark Smith

Mark Smith specializes in retail/restaurant leasing and tenant representation as well as site development acquisition and investment sales. An 18-year corporate real estate veteran, Mr. Smith has worked with a variety of retail and restaurant concepts in developing and implementing... Read More →