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Small Business Leadership Visits Bogota

Bogota Latin Bistro Co-Owners Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou with NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet.

Bogota Latin Bistro had a very special visit from some honored guests on Small Business Saturday, which was held on November 29, 2014. NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer joined SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet at Bogota to discuss the impact of immigrant entrepreneurs and Small Business Saturday.

“Bogota Latin Bistro strongly supports Small Business Saturday and we’re happy to have with us today two great woman who have been wonderful supporters of our efforts here at Bogota,” said co-owner Farid.

Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of SBS, has a demonstrated record of expanding small business opportunities, with a history of building relationships with community, government and private businesses to support economic development projects throughout New York City.

The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses like Bogota in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce.

Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014. Contreras-Sweet is a successful entrepreneur, business executive, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career in the public and private sector, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Bogota Latin Bistro thanks both Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet for stopping by on Small Business Saturday and for their dedicated work helping small businesses in New York and nationwide.

El Diario ELAwards

(Farid Ali Lancheros awarded an ELAward from El Diario De La Prensa, on Oct. 23, 2014.)

“It’s not just about money, it’s about doing the right thing and doing it well,” Farid Ali Lancheros, co-owner of Bogota Latin Bistro in Brooklyn, told El Diario la Prensa, the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City, and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States.

Farid, of a Palestinian father and a Colombian mother, met his life and business partner George Constantinou, when it was time to change his job as computer technician in a law firm. Another happy coincidence is they took a business course together that changed their lives.

On October 23, 2014, Farid was awarded an #ElDiarioELAwards presented by El Diario, continuing to highlight the great work at Bogota Latin Bistro and Farid’s overall entrepreneurial spirit.

Farid tells the newspaper the story of how he and George won a new business contest and landed a loan for their new business venture. In 2005, they opened Bogota Latin Bistro on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the neighborhood where they live with their twins and which will soon debut a second location.

The secret ingredient to success, confesses Lancheros, is social consciousness that he and his partner have grown for the benefit of its 73 employees and its community, which their restaurant group supports through various initiatives.

“Long before it was required by law, we guaranteed our staff a retirement plan, health insurance, paid days off and other benefits” said Farid, who was named Person of the Year for good employment practice by the Small Business Administration US in 2013.

Cyber December Gift Card Bonus

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The other guys call it Cyber Monday. We call it “Cyber December!”
Buy a gift card for someone and you’ll get a bonus gift card for yourself!

By giving someone a gift card to our restaurant, you’re giving them that slow, exciting anticipation of a great evening out, and one that’s on the house to boot. Let your friends and family marvel at your generosity all night long, and save yourself the stress and hassle of shopping. Enough with running around town, parking headaches, and crowds. Oh, those crowds…

Give (and get) Bogota for the holidays! Take your wallet out exactly once and get gift cards for everyone today, tomorrow, the day after AND the day after that, too!

Order Your Holiday Gift Card & Receive a Special Gift Yourself!
Online or In House When You Spend
$50 get a $10 Bonus Card
$100 get a $20 Bonus Card
$150 get a $30 Bonus Card
$200 get a $40 Bonus Card


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Bogota Co-Owners Meet President Obama

Bogota Latin Bistro Co-Owners Meet President Barack Obama, March 13, 2014 (Photo courtesy of the latimes.com.)

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Bogota Latin Bistro co-owners Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou had the unique honor of meeting U.S. President Barack Obama as he signed an order directing the Labor Department to expand the class of employees entitled to overtime pay.

“Unfortunately today, millions of Americans aren’t getting the extra pay they deserve,” Mr. Obama said in an 11-minute ceremony in the East Room of the White House. He said that a federal rule meant to limit overtime “for highly paid, white-collar employees” now covers workers earning as little as $24,000 a year.

“Overtime is a pretty simple idea,” Mr. Obama said. “If you have to work more, you should get paid more.”

Bogota co-owners Farid and George were recognized as business leaders who offered their employees fair wages including overtime pay.

The morally-minded entrepreneurs have been previously recognized for running an incredibly successful restaurant by the U.S. Small Business Administration and for providing ethical standards in the workplace by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (“ROC”) United. Bogota Latin Bistro is one of a small number of restaurants that provide their employees with health insurance and 401k plans.

“To be personally invited by the White House to come meet the President of the United States of America in addition to standing next to him as he signs an Executive Order in the East Wing is one of the most momentous occasions of my life, right next to becoming a father,” said Farid.

“Meeting President Obama at The White House was a mind blowing experience,” George said. “Hopefully he will accept the invitation to come to Bogota Bistro.”

Brooklyn Pride Fundraiser

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DINE OUT FOR A CAUSE

This coming Tuesday, January 28, Bogota Latin Bistro holds a fundraiser for Brooklyn Pride.

We will be donating 10% of this evening’s revenue to Brooklyn Pride and the work they do for the LGBT community in addition to supporting the Annual LGBT Pride Parade held in Brooklyn.

All you need to do is drink and dine. We’ll do the rest. Please “SHARE” this with your friends.

Reservations can be made by calling us at 718-230-3805.

The mission of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. is to produce Pride and community events that commemorate, educate, promote and celebrate the spirit of the Stonewall Riots. This is a year round endeavor, culmination with an Annual 5K Run, Multicultural Festival and Parade.

 

Welcome Evelyn Madden

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Evelyn Madden has joined the Bogota Latin Bistro Team as Director of Human Resources.

With over 15 years experience in Human Resources working for both domestic and international companies, she has been responsible for inspiring organizational productivity and efficiency in growing organizations through the development of highly effective HR policies, procedures and best practices, while creating key relationships with senior managers and staff.

Over the span of her career, Evelyn held senior human resources positions in a variety of industries including, IT consulting, entertainment, airline, fashion, insurance, and printing paper manufacturer.

Her areas of responsibilities include, recruitment/retention, employee relations, performance management, benefits, compensation and learning & development.

She is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and talent, and helping individuals achieve success in their careers.

Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brooklyn College and resides in Brooklyn.

Welcome to Team Bogota, Evelyn.

2013 Inc. 5000 List

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For the fourth year in a row, Bogota Latin Bistro has made the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.

Inc. magazine, founded in 1979 and based in New York City, is a monthly publication focused on growing companies. The magazine publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the “Inc. 500.” The Inc. 5000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which ranks the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies.

According to the 2013 Inc. 5000 List, Bogota Latin Bistro is the 8th-ranked company in the Food & Beverage industry in the state of New York.

Bogota Latin Bistro’s overall rank is #4569 for the year 2013 and the restaurant has grown 48% within the past three-years. Co-Owners George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros represented Bogota at the Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, Oct. 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

“2013 has been a great year for Bogota Latin Bistro,” said co-owner Constantinou. “Farid and I are excited that Bogota made the Inc. 5000 List again. It’s an awesome feeling to be placed on an astonishing list of the nation’s brightest, most successful business minds.”

2013 NYER Award Winner

From left to right: Dorlis Alferoff from Vital Planning, Bogota Co-Owner George Constantinou, Marybeth Sullivan of ShadesofFun.com, and Bogota Co-Owner Farid Ali Lancheros.

(PHOTO – From left to right: Dorlis Alferoff from Vital Planning, Bogota Co-Owner George Constantinou, Marybeth Sullivan of ShadesofFun.com, and Bogota Co-Owner Farid Ali Lancheros.)

Bogota Latin Bistro was honored with the 2013 New York Enterprise Report Small Business Award for Leadership.  The winners were revealed during an awards reception on Wednesday, October 9th at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.

“In this competitive space, companies need to be creative in how they do business,” said Robert Levin, CEO & Publisher of The New York Enterprise Report. “Out of the 500,000+ businesses in the area, these eight businesses used exemplary methods to increase revenues this year.”

The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards is the annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the 500,000+ small businesses throughout the tri-state area.

The owners and team at Bogota Latin Bistro gladly accept the recognition.

“We’re incredibly honored to be the recipient of this year’s award in leadership. We pride ourselves as on organization in leading by example and will continue to strive to be one of the best in the industry,” said co-owner Farid Ali Lancheros.

For more on the New York Enterprise Report (NYER Awards) visit the HJMT Newsroom.

What’s Next for Bogota?

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So what’s next for Bogota Latin Bistro?

View this video of Co-Owner George Constantinou providing an update on what’s next for the Colombian/Pan-Latin restaurant.

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CHiPS Good Night Out

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Our friends at CHiPS (Park Slope Christian Help) have been in the business of helping those in-need for more than 40 years (they have a great soup kitchen on 4th Avenue, among other important services). On October 29th, Park Slope will have a chance to give back to CHiPS by participating in their “The Good Night Out” event. Just dine out at one of the participating restaurants and 15% of your dinner checks will be donated to CHiPS! It’s that simple!

CHiPS is still looking to add participating restaurants to the event (Bogota Bogota Latin Brooklyn Bistro Restaurant/Catering and Juventino have already signed up). If you are interested, please email denise4chips@gmail.com.

Thanks for any help you can give them!