S2 E29 Veteran Turns Mobile Bar Into A Profitable Business
Mar 12th, 2020 by saunderscash
Pat Pelkowski as a veteran of the U. S. Air and a retired Air Traffic Controller who knew he loved the idea of owning his own business. He retired at 50 years of age and as he started thinking about what would come next he turned to entertaining others with a mobile bartending service.
With a degree in entrepreneurship from Wichita State University he also gives back by ensuring 20 to 25 percent of his business is provided to non-profits with his mobile bartending business. Shaken or Stirred is a service he provides for weddings, corporate events and parties of all types.
It’s interesting he didn’t create his business plan on the back of a napkin. He actually grew his business mostly from word-of-mouth referrals. He found that only 10 percent of his business came from bridal fairs, and 90 percent came from referrals.
The business has grown for just his wife and himself to several employees and several events each week that includes corporate events, private parties, anniversaries, birthdays and weddings.
One key advantage of using a professional mobile bartending service is Pat and his team have figured out how to best plan and put on a successful event, from planning the beverages to serves customers it all takes some experience.
He also offers the Art of Mixology classes so you can learn just what it takes to mix a great cocktail. Much like a cooking school except for drinks.
Over the four years he has been in business his business has grown each year growing from just one event a month to several events each week with teams of employees handling the set-up and serves requirements. Pat actually started his business before he actually retired so that by the time he was ready to leave air traffic control work, he was ready to go full-time.
He actively works to nurture his network for repeat business by reaching out to corporate events that frequently happens every year and makes sure that he gives back to the community by providing his services to local non-profits.
He also actively works the local business networking events to make sure people are always aware of his services by attending several different chamber of commerce organizations and the local vistor's agency.
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