Custom Catering By Short Stop

St. Cloud
Custom Catering By Short Stop

A restaurant with both food production and catering divisions.

Founded in 1974

Byron Bjorklund, owner: 

How’s Business? Revenues were up 22 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.

Biggest Challenge: The squeeze of higher food costs coupled with the customer looking for increased value. We have the pressure to find ways to offer exciting new culinary offerings while keeping them “value” priced.

A Recent Win: We have managed to grow and stay healthy in this environment by diversifying our mix. For instance, we supply lunches to a Somali day care provider, and we supply all of the food for the local ING Cafe. We have also worked to strengthen our relationships with long-standing customers in segments that are still strong, such as health care and manufacturing.

Proudest Moment: The proudest moment for me in my 37 years in business was the Minnesota Small Business Person of the Year award I received from the SBA in 2010. It was unexpected, but gave me a chance to look back on the things I am most thankful for: The community that has supported our organization and the people that I have had the privilege to work with.

I like to tell the story of Daryl, a boy with Down’s syndrome who worked for us early in our start. I loved it when he worked, because I always received lots of hugs. When my wife PegAnne and I found out we our fifth child had Down’s syndrome, I realized that I had learned way more from Daryl than he from me. All of these experiences along the way are what I am most thankful for.