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Founders: Behind the Hustle is a video series highlighting small business owners as they share their unique stories and tell us why they’re driven to run their own businesses. Each episode provides a personal perspective on the hard work that goes into running a business, as well as the rewards that come with it.

In this episode of Founders: Behind the Hustle, we’re taking a closer look at Impact Kitchen, a Toronto-based restaurant founded on the belief that food has the power to shape our daily lives. Josh, co-founder of Impact Kitchen, highlights how his business’ success rests on its customer-first philosophy.

Tiago stresses the importance of being properly equipped to ensure he and his team won’t make any mistakes when applying vinyl wrap to vehicles. “One mistake on one of these vehicles is not just a couple of hundred bucks, it’s well over thousands of dollars of damage that could happen,” Tiago explains.

“Seeing how [Impact Kitchen] has evolved through word-of-mouth, and the trust our customers give us, has very inspiring.”

As a former personal trainer and nutritionist, Josh was inspired by his clients. After noticing there was an opportunity to open a healthy marketplace in the city, Josh and one of his clients decided to take the leap with Impact Kitchen.

“Experience and time give you the ability to see everything and take that in, and that has alleviated a lot of risk factors here.”

Running your own food establishment can be challenging. Mistakes can arise when preparing food, cutting ingredients, and serving baked goods. Here are three circumstances you might come across when you work in the food and restaurant industry, along with tips on how to handle them.

Contamination and food-borne illness

Food products move quickly: you could be taking hundreds of food or beverage orders every day, and while we’re certain you’re applying the highest degree of quality control, we know problems can arise despite your close attention.

Imagine that you serve homemade baked goods in your restaurant, and one day you learn your go-to coconut oil brand has been recalled due to contamination. Your customers start to get sick, and the next thing you know, you’re getting phone calls and complaints.

If you want to limit the negative consequences of such a situation, you’ll want to consider product liability insurance for your business. Product liability insurance protects business owners from the costs associated with damages caused by their products. Having adequate product liability coverage can help mitigate the losses you experience from liability lawsuits, even if it’s not the direct fault of your business.

Out of the frying pan, into the FIRE!

When it comes to running a food establishment, it’s not only the physical business space that matters. Have you considered all the things inside your space that your business also relies on?

Here are just a few examples of important assets you’ll want to protect:

  • Tables and seats for your customers to enjoy their meals and drinks.
  • Counters and glass cases that display your freshly-made goods.
  • High-tech kitchen equipment that helps craft your culinary masterpieces.

Now, imagine these and other things inside your building are damaged due to something unexpected like theft or vandalism. Despite your safety measures and routine inspections, your business could still experience a sudden loss.

The right commercial property policy can help with the repair and replacement costs and get you back to running your business quickly. There are many benefits to covering your business with commercial property insurance – here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Fewer out-of-pocket expenses. This type of coverage can help with keeping your repair costs down and speed up the repair process to help limit your downtime.
  • Financial support while you’re closed. The right coverage can mitigate your loss of income to help you keep up with expenses like payroll and bills until you’re back in business.
  • Long-term security. Commercial property can also help keep equipment replacement costs low if the damage is too extensive for repairs.

No business is too small to face unexpected risks and challenges. These situations are often beyond your control and can significantly impact your bottom line, but the right commercial property policy can help minimize your loss and get you back to business quickly.

Protecting your delivery vehicles!

If, like Impact Kitchen, you’ve extended your service beyond your workspace with a food catering service, you’ll need some transportation to move around. Whether it’s serving a small party of close friends or a corporate lunch for 50 people, chances are you count on at least one commercial vehicle for delivery purposes.

If your business uses vehicles, you’ll need commercial auto insurance. There’s a common misconception amongst small business owners that their cars and drivers are protected under their personal auto policy. This is a dangerous assumption. It’s important to understand the differences between the two types of auto coverage to avoid leaving yourself vulnerable to the consequences of an accident. The last thing you’d want is to have your insurance claim denied after a car accident, simply because you weren’t protected with the right auto policy.

Not sure if your small business needs commercial auto insurance? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Who owns the vehicle?
  • How is the vehicle used on a daily basis?
  • What type of vehicle do you operate?
  • Do you drive for a ridesharing service?

For businesses like Impact Kitchen that offer food catering services, the right commercial auto policy can help protect their employees, their vehicles, and their operations if something happens on the road.

Coverage that makes a positive impact!

Small business owners are inspired, motivated, and filled with ambition. You put a lot of energy into perfecting your restaurant’s menu, but it’s just as important to focus on protecting your business. Small business insurance can protect your bottom line, reputation, and everything you’ve worked so hard to build.

We want to thank Impact Kitchen for participating in our series Founders: Behind the Hustle! Be sure to visit their website, and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay updated with what they’re up to. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Founders: Behind the Hustle series. Stay hustlin’!

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This blog is provided for information only and is not a substitute for professional advice. We make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of the information and will not be responsible for any loss arising out of reliance on the information. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply to coverage. See policy for details.