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Mos Chowder

Be The Affordable Hang Out

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The owner of Mo's doesn't mind that her restaurants are referred to as "dives." She accepts it as a badge of honor.

Make a Product Customers Get Hooked On

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Many people on the coast of Oregon say Mo's makes the best clam chowder in the world.

Turn a Problem into an Opportunity

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When a customer drove her car across the sidewalk right into the restaurant, Cindy's grandmother laughed put a garage door in so she could drive in any time.

Implement Cost Accounting

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Cindy McEntee turned her grandmother's hobby into a real business by asking how much they were paying for clams. Mo didn't know and apparently didn't care. 

Pass Ownership Formally

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Mo wanted to officially make Cindy an owner. To do that, she changed her legal form of business from a sole proprietorship to a corporation. Cindy started buying stock in the company in 1975 through payroll deductions.   More...

Help Employees Accumulate Wealth

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Employees at Mo's have excellent medical benefits and a 401(k) plan.

Find Meaningful Ways to Reward and Recognize Employees

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Cindy had a jeweler design a golden chowder bowl. When an employee reaches her 10-year anniversary she receive the gold charm on a necklace.

Turn a Hobby Into a Business

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Mo's started out in this working fishing port as a hang out for fishermen.  The founder loved serving up chowder and even feed people who couldn't pay.

Start Your Children at the Bottom

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The owner's daughter, Gabrielle, started at Mo's as a dishwasher when she was 12 years old.

Invest in Labor-Saving Equipment

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At the Chowder Factory, Dylan McEntee, uses sophisticated equipment to minimize labor costs and ensure a quality product. The investment in a $70,000 piece of equipment reduced the number of employees from 7 to 3 for the same level of production.

Give Cold Hard Cash to the Community

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The tenets of stewardship, sharing our time, talent and treasure with others, is a fundamental responsibility of all business owners. Each of us has an obligation to give back to the community from which we draw our livelihood.