The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to thank Jim and Bev Taylor of Cork & Barrel for hosting an excellent kick-off to our new Small Business Speaker Series, masterminded by our very own Judeth Tarter, Vice President of Community Outreach. Ideally, the series will help small business owners in the Bluegrass area, like Jim and Bev, understand the similarities of being an entrepreneur and the career of business analysis.
Judeth did an excellent job of preparing questions related to business analysis, quality analysis, quality control, and other questions that identified what techniques The Taylors are currently using, as well as past practices, to successfully operate a small business in this area. While Judeth interrogated (I mean questioned-lol) our panelists, we were able to partake and analyze their products (wines, cheeses, and crackers).
Overall, we all walked away with an understanding that, like Business Analysts, small business owners wear many hats. We analyze the business for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). We analyze quality of our products and services and make modifications where needed. We prove out our solution(s), which can mean in a Test environment, or in real life.
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Visit Jim and Bev’s website for more information on Cork & Barrel