Owning a Successful Restaurant Franchise

Aroma, is the educational experience during Houston Black Restaurant Week hosted by the Greater Houston Black Chamber. This is a dinner discussion teaching industry hopefuls how to start their own restaurant business. Houston Black Restaurant Week hosted a panel of leading restaurant franchise owners discussing their successful business practices. Experts  offered advice on ways to get started in a industry, raising capital, and managing a successful business operations.


  • Jimmie Jones, Community Development Officer BB&T
  • Jonathan Howard, Smoothie King Franchise Owner
  • Lesleigh Robertson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Managing Director, Desired Projections
  • Shawn Taylor, President & CEO of Zaxby’s Houston LLC
  • Derrick Thomas, CEO Frenchy’s Chicken Development

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