Young Chad Glassley grew up in Indiana, always dreamed of having a restaurant and fell in love with Emeril Lagasse and the cuisine of New Orleans. Fortunately, his wife is from Corralitos, and when he arrived in the area, he discovered there was no Cajun restaurant. Now he’s growing his fledgling enterprise, Roux Dat, into a vibrant part of the Capitola food scene.

My Successes: 

What's Great About My Mentor?: 

Chad credits his mentor, Rich Hill, with providing extremely insightful, practical advice, not just in refining the business plan, but in advising on how to cost out supplies and ingredients, and ingenious ways to save money. Hill even helped him figure out what and where to recycle. Most important, though, was Hill’s sense of reality. Chad says Hill imparted three important tenets of advice:

1.) It’s going to take twice as long as you think.

2.) It’s going to cost twice as much as you’ve estimated.

3.) You’re not an exception to the rule.

How SCORE Helped: 

Chad credits his mentor, Rich Hill, with providing extremely insightful, practical advice, not just in refining the business plan, but in advising on how to cost out supplies and ingredients, and ingenious ways to save money.