Biz Buzz, June 17, 2012
Ryan Duncan has no experience in the restaurant industry. In fact, he spent 17 years in the pest control business, a professional path that food preparers would rather never cross.
But he’s been thinking about delving into the burgeoning mobile food vendor business for a few years, spurred in part by watching television shows dedicated to food trucks. And after researching such businesses in larger cities across the country, he and his family are preparing to hit the road with their own mobile eatery.
Duncan’s Gourmet Street Food soon will roll into a neighborhood or parking lot near you.
“There’s some food trucks (in Grand Junction),” Duncan said, “But nothing like this.”
With the assistance of his wife Jamie, father Eric (he sold Mountain Pest Control five years ago) and mother Jean, Duncan plans to offer a variety of items such as spicy tuna tacos, steak tacos, burgers and cheese steaks. The family is still developing the menu, but Duncan said he anticipates new items gradually being added. The family plans to do much of its prep work out of the Business Incubator Center.
Duncan said the 2003 Workhorse truck the family purchased in March will roam to various places in the community rather than set up at one location daily. He said he’ll post locations, the menu and other information on Facebook and Twitter.
■ What started essentially as a hobby for Kyle Stanley has grown into a profitable, full-time gig.
Nine months ago, the then-sports director for KKCO-TV began making recruiting tapes for high school athletes. He acted on a suggestion from his mother, who noted that because he was already shooting so much video of local student athletes, perhaps it could be used not only for the 10 p.m. sportscast, but for kids wh want to continue their athletic talents in college.
“I said, ‘Wow, Mom, that’s actually one of the few good ideas you’ve ever given me,’ ” he joked.
So Stanley, armed with his own camera, computer and video editing software, launched Reel Recruits. When his work helped land one high school graduate a $12,000-a-year athletic scholarship, Stanley knew he had a good thing going. He quit KKCO earlier this week to dedicate himself fully to Reel Recruits.
In addition to creating recruiting video for young athletes, Stanley is shooting Colorado Mesa University game footage and uploading it to the university’s website as a tool to entice prospective student athletes. He also will shoot video of Grand Junction Rockies games for the team’s website.
His goal is to expand his services throughout Colorado and perhaps beyond.
“When you know you can be your own business owner and work from home and make your own hours, and you can help athletes get to the next level, it’s so rewarding,” he said.