Hello and Good Wednesday Evening
I want to introduce you to a dynamic woman I call my friend! Her name is Griselda Barajas, and she is the owner of Griselda's Ventures Inc. When you meet her in person, you can tell the "wheels" are always going a mile a minute and she rarely takes a moment to relax. I have had the privilege of knowing Griselda for a few years and have always been impressed with her business mind.
I recently went to the State Capitol to have lunch with Griselda and chat with her about her business. Griselda is a warm, caring, friendly, and upbeat lady and this is evident the minute you see her.
Because of Griselda's prominence in the Sacramento community, I will run this blog as a two parter. Day one will be the interview portion and tomorrow I will talk about some of Griselda's accomplishments. Here are some of the details of question and answer session:
dwo34: "Hi Griselda, how are you! So good to see you. I am glad that we were able to schedule this meeting"
GB: "My pleasure David, it's nice to see you too"
dwo34: "How long have you been in business Griselda?"
GB: "I have been in the business for about 17 years now... Oh my how time flies"
dwo34: "Tell me, what types of food do you cater and the types of events you do?"
GB: "I am very proud to say that over the years, we have developed a full menu and a multitude of different offerings. We can do Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Mediterranean, Italian, American cuisines. Basically we can cater to everyone. We do fund raisers, weddings, birthday parties, conferences, bridal showers and other events."
dwo34: "Wow, looks like you have all the bases covered here Griselda."
GB: "We try to accommodate everyone and every event."
dwo34: "Tell me about your largest event you ever catered."
GB: "The biggest event we ever did, was probably the 2000 Olympic Trails. This was a monumental event for Sacramento and we felt very privileged to be asked to handle the catering. We served approximately 3000 people during the event. So you can see, this was a big event! The people were nice and everything worked out perfectly"
dwo34: "That is impressive!"
GB: "Thank you, we got great publicity for that event. It led to other great events for us."
dwo34: "Any other favorite events come to mind?"
GB: "Yes, we also did the catering for SMUD and their 60th Anniversary event. That was also a fun event and once again, we felt very privileged to be asked to cater the event."
dwo34: "How do you market yourself Griselda?"
GB: "My biggest source of business is referrals. I am blessed that my existing clients, friends, family all help by getting the word out. I also just started doing Facebook. We need to be friends on Facebook. Also, I serve my community on various boards and belong to several local networking groups."
dwo34: "Please send me a friend request on Facebook!"
GB: "I will and you can teach me how to get on Twitter."
dwo34: "I can do that"
dwo34: "Let everyone know why Griselda Barajas is successful and why people should deal with you."
GB: "When you hire us, you get an experienced, professional, responsible, and quality caterer. You get my experience in running an event. I take care of everything, so that the client has no stress. Think of me as the concierge of the event. My staff is professional also. My menu is extensive and from what I have been told, very tasty! We also have very competitive pricing."
dwo34: "You know I am a huge fan of Griselda Barajas, shall we eat."
GB: "Yes. Lets...."
Tomorrow I will finish up with my chat with Griselda Barajas. I have been to her catered events. She is one of the best in Sacramento, if not the best. She will go out of her way to make sure her clients are happy! I am so proud of her and I enjoy watching her succeed.
It's September 2, 2009 and I am bullish on Sacramento