Webinar-Restaurant Survival: Strategies for Stage 3 Reopening & More


Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation - VSEDC

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/vermont-slauson-economic-development-corporation-vsedc-27269019241

Online Event


Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that restaurants will be able to serve dine-in customers as  part of Stage 3 of the State’s re-open plan. While his administration has not announced an exact date, your restaurant should be prepared to leap back into action. This webinar highlights the mandates for re-opening that will help you avoid fines and closures. 

Topics include: 

  • Review current social distancing protocol and required checklist for restaurants

  • How to incorporate grocery sales on your restaurant menu

  • Guidelines for alcohol sales


Aja Beard is a native Angeleno and a UNLV Rebel.  She has been in the Hospitality Industry for 25 years and spent 15 years managing and opening new restaurants.  Her experience ranges from fine dining to quick service and joined the VSEDC team in Sept 2019 as the Restaurant and Hospitality Advisor.  Her passion for restaurant efficiency, customer service excellence and kitchen cleanliness is demonstrated when she teaches.  She currently instructs Food Cost 101, LA County Health Inspection Preparation, Customer Service Excellence for Restaurants and ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification classes.

Aja has worked for several prestigious companies in Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles, CA.  She assisted with opening the fine-dining restaurant Sensi at the Bellagio Resort; she was the Hotel Manager at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and later became the Food Service Director for United Healthcare’s corporate cafe and catering with Aramark and Compass.  While living in LA she opened Boca, a fine-dining restaurant at The Conga Room in LA Live, was the General Manager of The Lab Gastropub, part of USC Hospitality and was the Food Service Director for Northrup Grumman’s three Aramark cafes.  She most recently assisted owners Kim Prince and Greg Dulan with opening Hotville Chicken in the Crenshaw community.  This restaurant has quickly become one of LA’s hottest new eateries serving up authentic Nashville Hot Chicken from a 90-year-old recipe.


Aja is excited to help VSEDC clients create the proper foundation for long term success in the restaurant industry.  Delicious food and excellent customer service are not the only winning ingredients for great restaurants; profitability and cleanliness are the silent partners that keep them in business!

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