Alisha became a client of Nova Scotia Works Employment Solutions in November 2018. She came to our Hubbard’s office with a clear goal and a determined spirit. Alisha envisioned owning and running a restaurant in her community. Being a resident of Hubbard’s and with a commitment to her community, Alisha was excited and motivated about her plans. She knew the perfect location for her restaurant. Alisha wanted to purchase a well-known Diner in Hubbard’s that was for sale. She imagined running her restaurant in a central location, a spot that the community of Hubbard’s was familiar with. She wanted to support her local community, so this location was ideal. Alisha wanted to create a menu that would include something for everyone, be it a dish that was tried and true or something unique and new. Alisha also wanted to cater to individuals with food restrictions and those looking for something healthy. With a lot of experience working in a kitchen, both as a cook and in a management role, she had the essential tools and a good foundation to help her start in her business pursuit.
Although she had the essential skills needed for running a kitchen, Alisha had not owned a business before. She came to Nova Scotia works Employment Solutions in pursuit of support of the Self Employment Benefits Program to help her gain these skills. She enrolled and was accepted into the program. From the beginning, Alisha was optimistic, motivated, and ambitious. She took full advantage of the services offered in the SEB program, attending more than the required number of workshops, meetings with her business counsellor and networking with likeminded businesspeople. Along with the program, Alisha benefited from other community resources that were at her disposal. She attended networking functions, fundraisers, and food expos. Alisha gained insight, skills and explored many avenues to help with her ideas. She was determined to succeed in the plan she envisioned for her restaurant.
Succeed she did. Today the Savary Plate Eatery and Pizzeria has become a fast favorite to many people from local residence to tourists. The business is thriving with an extensive menu to please many taste buds. It is a busy spot with great food and a friendly atmosphere. Alisha has employed a good team of Staff who work hard to ensure customer satisfaction.
With her a strong vision mixed with hard work, positive attitude and passion for what she does, Alisha was able to turn her dream into reality.