Friends in Restaurant


 City Governments, Entrepreneur Centers, & Chambers of Commerce 

Help your local food and beverage community
recover and thrive.

Flexible programming, valuable content, and expert coaching that fits within your community development budget.

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 Industry Expertise 

With more than 75+ years combined experience in the food and beverage industry, our team understands the unique challenges program participants are facing each day.

 Business Acumen 

There's more to serving your customers than providing them with great product. Our team has a track record of success in the operations side of running thriving restaurants and consumer goods businesses.

 Actionable Guidance 

Our programs are designed to provide participants with specific, actionable guidance that will yield tangible, growth-oriented returns.

Our Programs

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Consumer Goods Accelerator

An intensive 10-week course for established but early stage companies in the consumer-packaged goods category.

10 Teams | 4-10 Weeks

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Restaurant Recovery

A 4-week virtual course for owners and operators of restaurants and foodservice businesses with a focus on stabilization and growth.

10 Teams | 4 Weeks


Manager Training

Well-trained effective managers are essential to your organizations health. Proof's training provides a successful model with skills and tools to be more effective.

10 Teams | 4 Weeks

Meet Your Coaches

Mia Littlejohn

Mia studied Culinary Arts at Kendall College with a focus on food education, food history, and community impact.


For four years Mia was a Senior Contributor and Marketing Director for The Feed Podcast Network. Eat Feed Podcast launched in 2005 celebrating culinary traditions with more than 40,000 listeners and eventually became a cookbook.


Mia was also the Managing Editor of DiningOut Magazine, worked as a garden and nutrition educator for the Harlem Children's Zone, has created more than 500+ original recipes for clients across the country, and worked as the Culinary + Cocktail Consultant for Skinnygirl Cocktails. 

 Michael Robinson 

From franchises to serial entrepreneurship, Michael Robinson has spent nearly 2 decades immersed in the Food and Beverage industry. After growing and selling several successful food ventures of his own, Robinson shifted his focus to consumer goods products taking over operations for Chattanooga Whiskey as the company's COO.


More recently Robinson has been focused investing in early stage CPG companies and more importantly developing programs and curriculum for early stage consumer goods and food & beverage companies. Robinson has a deep passion for helping and guiding startups and entrepreneurs through the challenges of scaling new ventures.

Kaleena Goldsworthy

Kaleena Goldsworthy is a beverage consultant and small business owner with over 7 years of high level bar and restaurant management, mentorship, and product development experience.


Throughout her career in food and beverage, she has been accepted to some of the industry's most prestigious and competitive educational and apprenticeship programs all over the world.

Stan Stout

Stan Stout has more than 25-Years of C-Level, leadership and consulting experience specializing in Multi-Brand Retail and Restaurant companies.


His primary focus is leading brand growth, brand turnarounds and risk assessment/mitigation.  A sample of his clients: Eat Here Brands  (Babalu Tacos and Tapas, Table 100, Interim Restaurant & Bar) Inspire Brands (Arbys, Sonic, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rusty Taco)Piece of Cake 64 Holdings Popeyes Louisiana KitchenMcAlister's and NewksTaco MacTin LizzySticky Fingers


Stan is a graduate of UTC, a Certified Coach and past board member of the Georgia Restaurant Association.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Because we know our participants may have different questions than our community partners, we've broken our FAQs into two separate pages:

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Padgett & Nathan with Sequatchie Cove Creamery

Nathan and Padgett joined CO.LAB's Consumer Goods Accelerator in 2019 with the goal of expanding their production while also saving costs where possible. After the Proof team dedicated hours to analyzing their financials and providing 1:1 coaching, they were able to establish a new line of products and simultaneously streamline their production, while importantly not compromising their core product and values.

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Partner Spotlight: Tennessee Small Business Development Center

When the pandemic hit the Chattanooga business community in the spring of 2020, the Chattanooga TSBDC team joined forces with Proof to create a Restaurant Recovery program. The focus was to help owners and operators not only be able to navigate through the challenges forced on restaurants by the pandemic, but also empower them for long-term success.

Brands We've Worked With


Postre Caramel

"Proof's in-house team, combined with contributors from around the country with so many diverse backgrounds, means you will engage weekly with experts who can help you move the needle on your growth curve in a profound way. Opportunities like this don't come around everyday."

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Party Bites Catering

"The way the class was structured as far as dealing with the pandemic and the crisis management that followed was very impactful. This year has been a fast year for me and I knew I needed to scale and Proof coached me on how to scale properly."

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Alms & Fare

"The most incredible part was that they worked with us one on one for our specific business needs. For us in particular, they helped us make the connections we needed to build wholesale relationships by connecting us with companies in the food and beverage industry."


Each Program is personally customized to fit the needs and requirements of each individual partner. We want to learn more about your potential opportunity. Drop us a line and we will be in touch to craft a custom proposal.

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