Georgia Restaurant Professionals invites you to help raise money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank on September 9th at Social Vinings. The Atlanta Community Food Bank is our favorite charity and we invite you to make a donation to the ACFB and mingle with restaurant professionals in September.LaurieInvite

Creating a stronger franchise system starts with the recruitment and selection process of new franchisees. Finding and recruiting top franchisees specific to your business model doesn’t have to be based on gut feelings or guesses by your team. Rather, franchise assessment tools are bringing clarity and consistency to the franchisee recruitment and selection process.

One such tool, Proven Match, has a 93 percent success rate when it comes to predicting the accuracy and future performance of prospective franchisee candidates. The company integrates seven behavioral dimensions into one comprehensive psychometric assessment to identify the profile of top performing franchisees within specific business models.

Identifying those individuals who are most likely to succeed is more than looking at their age, net worth, education and income. What other areas should you focus on before onboarding a new franchisee? Consider the following five areas to qualify candidate compatibility:


  1. What are the values and motives of the candidate?

Motives are the only true predictors of behavior and performance. Why does this candidate want to be a business owner? What kind of business owner will they be? These questions can be answered by better understanding what the candidate’s driving factors are for wanting to be a franchise business owner.

When speaking with a candidate, you may find that the individual aspires to be an influencer and is excited by innovation and new ideas. If so, a start-up franchise where they can make their mark or perhaps a cause-based business opportunity would be best suited for that candidate. On the other hand, an individual that values stability and security may find success in a mature brand with its firmly established processes and procedures.


  1. What type of leadership style does your franchise thrive on?

As a franchisor, it’s important to understand what type of leadership skills are required of your franchise owners. Turning towards your current top performing franchisees, you can use their style as a benchmark to compare against incoming candidates.

Does the franchise owner role require the individual to be an autocratic leader, making all of the decisions at the manager level? Or, is a collaborative style more conducive to the work environment? Leadership style will play a direct role in determining the direction of the business and employee motivation. A good leader can produce happy, motivated employees, which translates to higher productivity and a successful business.


  1. What is your ideal franchisee’s work style?

A candidate’s work style refers to those aspects of their personality pertinent to running a business. This includes managing time and resources. Work style can help determine how a candidate will prioritize, what type of workplace that individual will create, and identify particular strengths and weaknesses.

Take for instance a candidate who has a primary work style of a director. You can expect that individual to have strong administrative and leadership skills, work at a fast pace and create an efficient and structured workplace. If the franchise requires the owner to be the face of the business, then you are looking for a candidate that is enthusiastic, outgoing and social, in other words, a work style characterized as “promoter.”


  1. How does the candidate respond to rules, systems and procedures?

When assessing your candidates’ ability to follow rules and regulations, what you are reviewing is their compliance score. How willing are they to follow a certain set of procedures?

Depending on the life stage of your franchise, the systems may still be developing and evolving. If so, then it’s important to understand if a candidate can be flexible as those standards are changed and updated. Candidates unable or unwilling to follow policies and procedures, however, may find that franchising is not the best business ownership option for them.


  1. What core competencies are complementary to the business?

Core competencies refer to a candidate’s set of transferrable professional and technical skills. When reviewing potential franchisee’s skillset and business acumen, look for those areas that complement your own. For instance, does your franchise model thrive on building excellent rapport or helping others make educated decisions? Then perhaps you are looking for someone who has strong sales and promotional skills.

Assessing your candidates prior to bringing them into your franchise system allows you to not only recruit a better quality candidate, but also achieve greater retention. Knowing what to look for, however, begins with assessing your current top performing franchisees. They can be your best reference to understanding what values and motives, leadership and work styles, compliance and core competencies to look for during your recruitment and selection process. If you are ready to develop a consistent and accurate system that takes the guesswork out of identifying top performing franchisee candidates, it may be time to try a proven behavioral science assessment.

*Content provided by Proven Match to Goliath Consulting Group

About Proven Match

Proven Match is a franchise behavioral assessment tool designed for franchisors to recruit and identify ideal franchisee candidates. Powered by franchise industry leader FranNet, the Proven Match process combines neuro-linguistic programming technology with FranNet’s knowledge of more than 25 years in the industry. The comprehensive psychometric assessment is composed of seven behavioral dimensions and equips franchisors with insights about the specific and successful franchisee profiles in their system. For more information on Proven Match, visit

The first and only Aurelio’s Pizza in Georgia is offering anniversary specials and giving one Aurelio’s lover the chance to win free pizza for a year.

What: Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta Three-Year Anniversary Celebration
Who: Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta
When: June 27 and 28, 2014
Where: Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta
1255 Johnson Ferry Rd. | Marietta, GA 30068
Phone: 770-578-6606

Details:  The first and only Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta opened three years ago this month, bringing authentic thin crust Chicago style pizza to Georgians. In the process, franchise owner Paul Vitt, a Chicago native (Homewood, IL, no less), found that many transplanted Chicagoans and those passionate about Chicago-style pizza sure were happy he brought the iconic pizza to town. In celebration of its three-year anniversary, Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta is offering anniversary specials for $20.11, as well as free ice cream or cookies for dessert. Additionally, Aurelio’s is hosting a Facebook contest and one lucky winner will win free Aurelio’s pizza for a year. Entry forms are available on the Aurelio’s Pizza Marietta Facebook page.  In addition to other celebratory fun, a balloon artist will be working balloon magic for the kids.

About Aurelio’s
With a history as rich and entrenched in the community as the pizza it’s famous for, the very first Aurelio’s restaurant opened on Ridge Road in Homewood, IL as the pride and joy of Joseph A. Aurelio, Jr. who decided to give it a go as a restaurateur at the age of 26. With its legendary “old oven” dating back to 1959 in its Homewood location, Aurelio’s was the first suburban pizzeria in the United States and helped to launch pizza into the American lexicon. Since that time, Aurelio’s has become one of Chicagoland’s claims to fame. And, transplanted Chicagoans all over the map have helped to bring their favorite pizzeria franchise to 41 cities across six states, growing a strong fan base for the taste of Aurelio’s.
Franchise owner Paul Vitt has been eating Aurelio’s Pizza since it opened in 1959. Paul’s lifelong love affair with the iconic pizza began when Aurelio’s founder Joe Aurelio Jr. offered Homewood, IL little leaguers sausage pizza coupons for home runs. Paul got lucky enough to hit quite a few. Growing up Aurelio’s was his hangout place, his brothers even worked there. As an adult with a family, Paul and his wife lived in Tinley Park, IL where Aurelio’s was his family’s go-to place for all get togethers, birthdays and graduations. Paul’s parents had an Aurelio’s pizza night, Monday. His was Tuesday after his men’s basketball league. And, he and wife’s, Thursday. When the Vitts decided to relocate to the Atlanta area, eventually, they decided to become restaurateurs—the Aurelio’s seed planted by Paul’s mother and brother. When they opened June 2011 in East Cobb as the first and only Aurelio’s Pizza in Georgia, Aurelio’s fans from the greater Atlanta area flocked the restaurant and they’ve just kept coming.

Posted by: Jay Bandy | June 16, 2014

Elle PR & Events Partners with Goliath Consulting Group

From Noelle Jackson, Founder of Elle PR & Events:

Some of you may have heard that I recently founded a public relations and corporate events consultancy, Elle PR & Events. I’m excited to share my partnership with Jay Bandy of Goliath Consulting Group, an esteemed firm with over 20 years success in making restaurant and retail organizations profitable. This is a great opportunity for me to reconnect with those I have worked with in the past, and get started on some new projects with Goliath. We look forward to combining our skills and experience to make Elle PR & Events a premier consulting firm within the Atlanta area.

Here’s a snapshot of what we do:

Elle PR & Events specializes in presenting your business in the best possible light and reaching its target audience through creative marketing, relationship building and special event management. As the principal of Elle PR, my industry experience, work ethic and commitment to continued learning have proven effective, and are reflected through my clients’ successes. Areas of service include: public relations/marketing, corporate events and social media management. The Goliath team specializes in restaurant consulting with a focus on business planning, restaurant profitability, improving operations/training and restaurant development; and this strategic partnership has strengthened our ability to support clients in achieving their business goals, and ultimately in becoming more profitable.

For more details please call or email me.  There is also more information on Goliath Consulting Group’s website at:

Noelle Jackson

Founder, Elle PR & Events

Posted by: Jay Bandy | April 13, 2014

Goliath Consulting Group: Restaurant Services Overview

Goliath Consulting Group is a restaurant consulting company offering a full suite of services to independent restaurant operators and restaurant chains.  At Goliath, we guide restaurant owners through the process of opening and running their restaurants. The benefits are lower costs, opening on-time and running a more profitable restaurant.  We leverage our experience working with single store operators and multi-unit chains both inside and outside the franchise industry. Our business website is

 At Goliath, we have been busy building our team and adding some additional services that our clients have been asking for us in the marketing and social media arena, HR support tools, business planning tools just to name a few. We have either acquired tools or found industry leaders to offer these services to our clients. Our core list of services now includes:

  • Restaurant Development including Site Analysis, Construction Management and Opening Support
  • Brand Strategy, Marketing and Social Media
  • Business Planning and Strategy using the Five Pillar System
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Menu Analysis including Pricing, Recipes and Design
  • Restaurant Profitability Analysis Taking a Holistic View of the Restaurant and Systems
  • Training Manuals and Classes
  • Develop Operational Systems and Manuals

Contact us for more details on how we can help your business grow sales and profits:

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Beginning January 1, 2014, individuals and employees will have access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Exchanges (Also known as Health Insurance Marketplaces).


By October 1, 2013,  you are required to provide all current employees with written notice about the Exchanges.  You must also provide the notice to each new employee hired after Oct. 1, 2013.

The notice should be provided to all employees, regardless of employer plan enrollment or of part-time or full-time status.  You are not required to provide a separate notice to dependents.

The Exchange notice must include:

Information regarding the existence of an Exchange, as well as contact information and a description of the services provided by an Exchange.

Inform the employee that the employee may be eligible for a premium tax credit if the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the Exchange.

Contain a statement informing the employee that, if the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the Exchange, the employee may lose the employer contribution (if any) to any health benefits plan offered by the employer and that all or a portion of such contribution may be excludable from income for federal income tax purposes.


If you offer a health insurance plan to your employees, start here:


If you do not offer a health  insurance plan to your employees, start here:

Posted by: Jay Bandy | July 7, 2013

How can Reputation Management help your business?

What is Reputation Management?

Reputation Management is a tool that measures your online visibility and alerts you every time your business is reviewed or mentioned online. It gives you the opportunity to understand what potential clients are saying about you, how you compare to your competition and a confirmation that you are listed online properly wherever buyers are looking.

How can Reputation Management help your business?

1. You’ll find out where your business is listed online and you’ll acquire a better understanding of how your Google ranking can be affected by your business listings.

If your listing on a particular site is missing or inaccurate, we provide step-by-step instructions so you can easily update or add your info.

2. You’ll be informed whenever you are mentioned online (i.e. reviews sites, mentions from Twitter, Facebook pages, blogs, and local forums). Reviewing these mentions will help you gain valuable insights into how people think and talk about your business – what things you’re doing well and how you can improve.

3. You can connect Reputation Management to your company’s Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare accounts so you can track the growth of your audience.

When you have something to talk about – a promotion, a new item in stock, or a flattering piece of publicity – you can also use our Social Publishing feature to share it with your fans on all the major social networks at once.

Contact us at:

Posted by: Jay Bandy | February 7, 2013

Bassetts Ice Cream Now Available in Atlanta

At Goliath Consulting Group we keep an eye out for unique brands that standout and add equity to our clients.  Bassetts is one of those brands.  Established in 1861 Bassetts is the oldest ice cream company in the US.  It’s a high-quality premium product that is in the best restaurants up and down the east coast.  For more information visit the Bassetts website.

Here is a fact sheet on Bassetts products:  Bassetts Flash Sheet

Direct contact:  Brian Bebee  |   Bassetts Ice Cream Company  |  1211 Chestnut Street Suite 410  |  Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-864-2771 office  |  215-864-2766 fax

Business and financial plans are not something that a great number of independent restaurant operators spend time or money on prior to opening their restaurants.  We believe that financial plans must be completed before buying property or leasing a space for a new restaurant.  Why?  Because when you “run the numbers” some locations are not feasible financially.  Not enough seats, high development cost and not enough capital are just some of the reasons restaurants fail after opening.

Using a financial modeling tool and doing due diligence before moving forward with a location helps insure the future success of the restaurant.  Financial modeling is just one piece of the puzzle in developing a restaurant, but it’s a critical one you can’t do without.

Here is information directly from the INTERACT BUSINESS MODELS website on the INTERACT Restaurant Model tool:

The INTERACT Restaurant Model© is a financial operating tool developed expressly for restaurants.

In addition to all the capabilities of theINTERACT Model© it manages functions unique to Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Fast Casual and QSR units. It seamlessly integrates multiple units and a mix of restaurant concepts.

You can use your own chart of accounts or the uniform system of accounts for restaurants.

Its reports are designed for tracking sales, cost of sales and expenses in formats necessary for maximizing restaurant profitability.

 For more information on the Restaurant Model click on the link below.

 INTERACT Restaurant Model©


For more information on how Goliath Consulting Group can guide you through the successful opening of your next restaurant.

Email us at: or call 404-585-2095 for an appointment.


Facebook:  goliathconsulting

Twitter:  @goliathgroup

Posted by: Jay Bandy | February 9, 2012

Valentine’s Day: Romantic Dining in Atlanta

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away!  It’s that time of the year where your sweetheart gets treated to a romantic meal, maybe some flowers and a gift.  Reservations are pouring across the city at not only restaurants but florists, spas and a host of other retailers and boutiques.  We’ve got some great ideas for you that we know and your sweet heart will love.  Our clients are located across the city and the locations are as varied as the cuisine.  Here are four restaurant with menus designed with Valentine’s Day in mind:

FuegoMundo at the Prado offers authentic South American Cuisine that’s Kosher as well.  Recently in the voting for one of the top 10 Kosher restaurants in the US (announcement is next month), the cuisine is outstanding.  Unless we told you, you wouldn’t recognize that it Kosher by the cuisine or the decor.  All meats, poultry and fish are cooked on a wood-fire grill that is on display.  The sides are made daily from recipes brought back from Columbia and other countries in South America.

FuegoMundo is offering a four course meal including wine and a rose for $89 per couple (plus taxes & gratuity).  The menu is designed just for Valentines with an extensive number of choices to customize your meal.  The deluxe package includes:  Valentines Day 4-Course Dinner for 2 at FuegoMundo, bouquet of Red or Pink Roses, and a divine couples massage at Nava Sen Spa in East Cobb for $249.00/couple (plus taxes & gratuity).

Heading south to Buckhead, Imperial Fez Moroccan Restaurant has two five course meals available for you to choose from on the menu.  Chef Rafih Benjelloun will prepare a Moroccan feast for two in one of Atlanta’s Most Romantic settings.  Imperial Fez has been recognized locally as a top destination in Atlanta for a romantic dining experience.  Now open in Colorado, Imperial Fez has a location in Louisville.

In Decatur, Sprig Restaurant has a four course meal planned for $55 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $25. The menu includes locally sourced ingredients with Chef Britt Cloud’s southern flare. Sprig recently released their winter menu with many entrees now available in half portions to encourage grazing.

No matter where you are or what cuisine you’re interested in having for Valentine’s Day, we’re sure that one of these four restaurants will be a hit!


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