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Unread 10-30-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Default Anyone take any of Mike Mills bbq business classes?

Hi everyone,

Trying to take the right steps in starting a bbq business and was wondering if anyone has taken Mike Mills bbq business classes? They look pretty cool, just looking for opinions before dropping the money.

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Unread 10-31-2013, 06:06 AM   #2
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If you have absolutely no experience its a good class.
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I'm pretty sure that Big Mista's wife took it a couple of years ago. You may want to PM him to confirm.
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I agree with Ron, I am pretty sure she took it and loved it, got a lot of good information from it.
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I did take the class back in January of 2010, a couple months before we opened. I think for me it was money well spent.

I worked as a commercial banker for 15 years prior to going into business. so I know numbers. but I have never worked in a restaurant before. I came prepared with my working menu ideas, logo and a laundry list questions.

I learned several little things that we use today that just help with the holding quality of our food. I would have figured out several of these things over time, but at what cost??
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Where are his classes held and what are the costs?
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They typically hold them in Murphysboro, IL, in the warehouse a block from the original 17th street bar and grill.

Cost is around 800 or 900 for the weekend. Includes a coupe meals and a lot of info about the business of BBQ.
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Trailer,

This link has 2013 (past) class info but you could probably contact Amy via the email address or phone number to obtain upcoming dates/locations.
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Their FaceBook page. Often they list upcoming events here as well.
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They have a Catering Master Class next week (Nov 4-5)
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I have a little restaurant experience but just want to start slow to hopefully go fast later.
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Thanks Toys and Bizz. I'll check it out.
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I'll be there Nov 4&5. I will let you know how it went.
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Mrs. Mista took it and learned a lot.
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Been to his original restaurant and it was mediocre. I don't doubt his knowledge but his restaurant is not a benchmark in my opinion.
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Took the Business of BBQ class a couple of years ago. Had a great time and made some friends who I still stay in touch with today. I enjoyed the restaurant operations side of the class, but not the marketing side as much.

Well worth the money IMHO, and I personally like his Q and restaurants.

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I live right down the road from where he does the classes. The wife and daughter want to pay for me to go. I looked on his site and it is ... or was $850 for 2 days.

Not sure about his business in Murphysboro, but the one in Marion is decent. I'm not a fan of his sauces though.
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