UBR Spotlight: Restaurateur Karim Webb Talks The Food Biz

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Restaurateur Karim Webb (Image: Courtesy of Subject)

Restaurateur Karim Webb (Image: Courtesy of Subject)

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Steven Lewis sits down with California restaurateur Karim Webb, owner of two Buffalo Wild Wings franchises and co-owner of Ra Pour Restaurant, a new venture slated to open in Inland Empire in September 2011. Webb came by his taste for the food business honestly; his parents were owners of multiple McDonald’s franchises. Webb sits down at the Roundtable to share his journey to successful ownership of two franchise outlets, as well as his latest venture as a restaurateur.

Also, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young talks with money expert and BlackEnterprise.com contributor Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a.k.a. The Money Coach. A New York Times best-selling author, personal finance expert, and radio and television personality, Kalfani-Cox’s latest book is The Money Coach’s Guide to Your First Million: 7 Smart Habits to Building The Wealth of Your Dreams (Advantage World Press).

In addition, in my “Alfred’s Notepad” segment, I call on The Urban Business Roundtable community to share their ideas for speakers, sessions and topics for the next Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, to be held in Chicago in 2012. The nation’s largest gathering of Black entrepreneurs annually attracts more than 1,200 business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, including many of the nation’s largest Black-owned companies.

And finally, every week on UBR, you’ll get motivation and inspiration from author and entrepreneurial icon Farrah Gray, a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today business correspondent Charisse Jones, our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments and key economic intelligence for small business owners from our UBR economists Derrick Collins and Rasheed Carter.

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Alfred Edmond Jr. is the senior VP/editor-at-large of Black Enterprise and the host of the Urban Business Roundtable, a weekly radio show, sponsored by Ariel Investments, airing CST Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on WVON-AM 1690, the Talk of Chicago. You can also listen live online at WVON.com. Check back each week for UBR Spotlight, which features additional resources, advice and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs and experts featured on the show.

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  • FREELANCE WRITER

    THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS IS HEATING UP AND GETTING MORE COMPETITIVE IN FRANCHISING. BUFFALO WILD WINGS (BWLD) HAS DONE A GREAT JOB AS A COMPANY AND A FRANCHISER. ADVOCATING THERE PRIVATE LABEL BRAND SAUCE TO SUPERMARKETS HAS ADDED AN EXTRA BOOST TO ITS FINANCIAL GOALS. BUT COMPETITION IS NOT FAR BEHIND. MCDONALDS (MCD) FOR SO LONG HAS MARKETED UPON A LOCAL PLATFORM THAT GOES GLOBAL ITS CELEBRITY STATUS IS LONG TERM AS AN A-LIST RESTAURANT. JACK IN THE BOX (JACK) RESTAURANTS HAS CORNER A NICHED MARKET IN TEXAS. AND WITH THE MILITARY POPULATION IN FORT HOOD AND SAM HOUSTON’S MEDICAL COMMUNITY WORD IS OUT. CHIPOTLE (CMG) HAS ELEVATED ITS STATUS TO ONE OF NO STOCK SPLIT GOOGLE (GOOG) MINDED APPROACH. THE COMPANY’S RESTAURANTS CREATES A UPSCALE CAFE ORIENTED STYLE WITH ITS NETWORKING CUSTOMERS. IF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY IS WHAT YOU’RE SEEKING TRY RUSH HOSPITALITY (RUTH) KNOWN AS ON OF THE BEST UPSCALE RESTAURANTS IN THE BUSINESS. THEIR GENIUS IS LOCATION. CHECK UP THERE RESTAURANTS AND THE COMMUNITY AMBIANCE, VERY CHIC. SYNERGIES IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK OUT AS WITNESSED BY WENDY’S (WEN) AND ARBY VENTURE. WITH WENDY’S PROMOTING A FUTURE LISTED MENU IT JUST DOES GOE WELL WITH ARBY’S OBJECTIVE. NOT SOMETHING YOU WILL DRINK TO. HOWEVER I WILL DRINK TO A&W ROOT BEER AND YUM BRANDS (YUM) IT HAS CREATED THE FAMED PIZZA HUT AND KENTUCKY FRIED GLOBAL MARKET BRANDS, ALONG WITH ITS SEAFOOD BUSINESS INTO ETF BRAND COMPANY. AS NELLIE SAID, “ITS GETTING HOT IN HERE” BUT THERE COOKING AND READY.