Essential Resources For Restaurant Owners

Restaurant owners will find excellent resources for building, maintaining and running their restaurant business, both online and offline. Here are some of the best:

National Restaurant Association

At their website you’ll find relevant news and event information to the restaurant industry available for free. When you become a member, you’ll have access to helpful tools to increase your profits, industry news, analysis and trends, legal updates, access to development and training resources, extensive research, plus services and discounts that range from credit card processing, workers compensation insurance, health insurance and more. The association also promotes the restaurant industry and helps to represent and protect the industry as a whole during the political process.

Visit them at

A fantastic resource for restaurant owners, offers dozens of downloads including customer service checklists, restaurant operations checklists, training manual templates, cash flow worksheets, inventory worksheets, shift rosters, schedule forms, maintenance history logs, cash audit forms, marketing and promotion tracking templates, server checkout summaries, manager performance review forms and many more helpful downloads.

Joining also gets you access to online multi-media seminars, access to a members only discussion forum, teleseminars with industry experts, hundreds of articles and special reports on marketing, hiring, customer service, employee turnover, catering, cost control and a free subscription to the Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine, a magazine sent to you each month by mail.

Visit them at

International Hotel & Restaurant Association

Membership to this truly international association offer benefits like networking with other industry executives, access to industry reporting, statistics and analysis, preferential job posting rates, special rates at IH-RA events plus private members only website access which offers issues & positions, essential documents produced by international agencies, consultants’ information relative to tourism & hospitality, consultants’ publications offered at special members rates, listing on the International Agencies Directory, international agency briefs, private sector association briefs, yearly IH&RA industry affairs reports and regular issues briefs updated often.

Visit them at

Whatever organization you join, be sure to take advantage of all the information and adavantages they give you access to.