FIVE JOBS FRIDAY: The Time I Managed a Yogurt Shop

FIVE JOBS FRIDAY: The Time I Managed a Yogurt Shop

This week, in the midst of so many small businesses taking a hit from the COVID-19 crisis, I want to tell you about my experience as a manager of a small start-up and how powerful small businesses are in shaping communities. 

In 2011, I managed a start-up frozen yogurt shop and its 13 employees in Brookline, Massachusetts. Managing a new business was extremely challenging, and I worked all day, every day just to keep the operation afloat, often from 6 a.m. to midnight. I learned how to work with banks, vendors, owners, and operate payroll. Managing employees and keeping everything running opened my eyes to the hurdles small businesses face every day. And if anyone needs help understanding how to completely assemble and disassemble a yogurt machine from the ground up, I got you covered!

Right now, our small businesses are struggling with loss of business and mandatory shutdowns. If I learned anything from my experience that summer, it’s that small businesses are at the heart of every community. Business owners and employees are doing their best every day to make a living, support local vendors, and serve their neighbors. As the Ward 2 Councilmember, my approach will always be to lift up our small businesses and remove barriers so that they can do what it is that they do best — serve our community! 

Here’s what you can do right now to help Ward 2 small businesses: 
– Get takeout from your favorite restaurants and leave a good tip. Click here for a list. 
– Buy gift cards from your favorite shops to use later or give it to a nurse, grocery clerk, or other worker on the front lines.
– Leave a great review of your favorite places online.
– Sign up to volunteer with Ward 2 Mutual Aid on this form.

Let me know what you have been doing to help your community and we can share it with others looking for inspiration! 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally if you are struggling or have questions or concerns.
Thank you and stay safe, 
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