Transcript for Florida caterer makes big pandemic pivot to survive
And back now with the caterer in Jacksonville, Florida, whose clientele that included American presidents, now forced to make a pandemic pivot when plans for the Republican national convention changed. My name is Liz grenamyer. I'm from Jacksonville, Florida. I'm a caterer, a chef and an event planner. Catering by Liz is a full-service catering company. We've catered for several presidents. Barack Obama was a guest at one of the weddings we catered. Both of the bush presidents. The pandemic has affected catering basically don't have caterers, we have a few events. But it's down about 70%. Originally, catering by Liz had around 37 to 40 employees and now, we have 19. However, there's -- there are very few catering events for them. First off, when I heard that the Republican national convention was coming to town, I was a little anxious and also excited with the possibility of perhaps having some business. We were excited to be picked as a vendor. It truly meant the team could get back to work again. And do some good catering. I was a little surprised when I first heard they were changing locations. However, not completely surprised. Considering the uptick in numbers with the pandemic and just having so many people so close together. We were a little nervous about it, most people are relieved. There was a lot of concern. Actually I do think overall it was a good decision for it to be moved and we've been lucky we've been able to pivot and focus on our gourmet to go or dinner to go shops. We have two of them. My advice to other small businesses struggling is to try and hang in there and brainstorm with others and see if there's some other way that you can bring in an income. I'm hoping by the end of the year we're looking at a different picture as far as the pandemic is concerned. That would be great.
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