BIZ BUZZ: April 3, 2014

Randy Emmons believes his new restaurant will succeed where others have gone before. The location of his latest enterprise, not surprisingly named Randy’s Southside Diner, opens in the 2500 block of North Avenue in June.

Emmons’ confidence is probably justified. He discovered the secret to good diner food a few years ago and then trained his staff to prepare it in a consistent way.

“Consistency is the key,” he said.

With busy morning and lunch crowds at his other two locations, 3210 I-70B in Clifton and 2704 S. U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa, Emmons and his wife, Heather, decided to tackle another challenge, which started with a total gutting of the restaurant that once served Chinese food by the scoop, Emmons said.

Emmons and his wife were measuring the place for new appliances Tuesday.

Before he opened his own restaurant, Emmons said he spent several years managing Golden Corral restaurants, where consistency means the difference between a customer who returns again and again and one who walks away forever after a bad experience.

“All it takes is one negative experience and they never come back,” Emmons said. “That’s what I tell all of my employes,” who number nearly 30 at present.

■ The Small Business Development Center of Montrose/Delta, Western Colorado State University, Region 10 Small Business Resource Center and the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up to offer a series of classes for those considering going into business for themselves, town officials said in a news release.

A second class will be held simultaneously for those who are already in business and need help optimizing their operations, officials said.

“Business 101: What You Need to Start Your Own Business” and “I’m in Business – Help!” will have a free, two-hour introductory class on April 17. One session will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon; a second will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

After the introductory class, students who wish to continue can take part in an in-depth, nine-week course meeting each week on Thursdays from May 1 to June 26.

The series costs $329 per business, including materials.

At the end of the course, entrepreneurs will have either a new a business plan ready to present to banks and investors or will have an updated business plan to help them stay in business for years to come.

Additionally, at the successful completion of the course, $100 of the class fee will be rebated and will pay a portion of your membership dues in your local chamber of commerce.

Classes will be held in the upstairs conference room at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 Main St. Classes are limited to 15 people. Call (970) 872-5444 to register for the class or for more information.

■ Palisade’s Peach Tree Distillers won silver and gold medals for its agave spirits at the second-annual Colorado Distillery Tasting at Telluride Ski Resort in March.

Tasting participants sampled distilled spirits in small batches by 20 local, Colorado-based distilleries, including 14 whiskey and nine gin offerings to taste and compare.

Approximately 150 people participated over the course of the weekend, which included “On Mountain” tastings, “People’s Choice” and two blind tasting sessions.

Trail Town, Montanya, Mile High, Peach Street, and Trail Town distilleries were repeat winners.

Also, new distilleries at the Telluride tasting and 2014 winners included Breckenridge, KJ Wood, Leopold Brothers, Peak Spirits, Stranahan’s, and Santa Fe distilleries.

“The quality and creativity of spirit production coming out of the Colorado distilleries is exceptional,” said Rick Gomez, a blind tasting judge for both the 2013 and 2014 events.

“We are in the midst of the birth of a boutique distillery industry in Colorado. While several Colorado distilleries have already received national and international recognition, it is only a matter of time before more of the small-batch Colorado distilleries are recognized on a bigger stage as well,” Gomez said.

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