BYOB BAGELS (Be Your Own Boss, Build Your Own Business, Bake Your Own Bagel) is a consulting business that helps entrepreneurs build bagel enterprises of their dreams. The business model is unique on many levels.
First, it is an "unfranchise concept" which puts the business owner in complete control of the business. There are no royalty fees to BYOB BAGELS, and our services promote independence, self-sufficiency, and self-determination. We believe that this business model is one that is better able to withstand disruptions like we have seen during the COVID pandemic.
Second, we teach from scratch and with only all-natural ingredients. This is mission based because of Beth’s experience with her own family’s monumental life changing events by improving their diets. We encourage our clients to consider an all-natural approach, though this choice, as with other aspects of their businesses, is entirely at the discretion of the business owners. We believe that through education, rather than edicts, that our clients will make the choices that are best for themselves and their customer base. The BYOB BAGELS proprietary bagel formulas were developed by Beth George and are fully customizable and scalable, providing the entrepreneurs the opportunity to scale the business exponentially (or keep it as small as they wish).
Third, we are working toward sustainability in the design of the shops, by recommending equipment solutions and designs that reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and substantially reduce the consumption of water and other resources.
We work with businesses across the US and around the globe, promoting individual ownership and pride in running a business. We have developed proprietary formulas to build flour that meets bagel specifications in parts of the world where such flour is not readily available, thereby reducing the need for imports. And of course, we recommend that water is filtered to optimize baking, thereby demonstrating that great bagels can be made anywhere in the world.
We have worked with a range of entrepreneurs, including first time business owners, seasoned chef and restaurateurs, and with many entrepreneurs who are transitioning from the corporate world to being their own bosses. At any stage, we are honored to be instrumental in aiding with the transition to “Being Your Own Boss.”
BYOB BAGELS' unique story and business model have attracted national and international media attention. In September 2020, The New York Times showcased BYOB Bagels as the “Great Read of the Day,” with the article gracing the Food Section’s front page and being shared across social media platforms. The coverage prompted multiple national television appearances, including an episode on ABC’s Localish and Bite Size series, CBS Sunday Morning Annual Holiday Food Show with Jane Pauley, appearances on the Rachael Ray Show and Positively NJ with Brian Donahue – News 12-NJ, articles in the London Times, Food52, Linkedin, and Politico and an interview on the nationally syndicated public radio podcast, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Kitchen. Links to more press can be found here.
For more information, please write to the BYOB BAGELS contact page.
Here's to BYOB-ING,
Beth and Frank
BYOB BAGELS in Paris, France
February 19, 2021: Chris Kimball interviewed Beth George about bagels and life. BYOB BAGELS sprouted from a family need, and bloomed into a business to help others build their own bagel businesses.
October 11, 2020. Written and Produced by Miguel Amaya: Featured in ABC TV Series Bite Size, Season One, Episode 348: "A foodie's guilty pleasure. Highlighting the yummiest, most unique food item on the menu and how it's made in top cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Raleigh, Fresno, and Philadelphia."
November 22, 2020 Produced by Julie Krakov. Beth and Frank were featured on CBS Sunday Morning Annual Food Edition with Jane Pauley, demonstrating artisan bagel making and introducing them to their clients and potential clients in the US and across the globe in Mexico, Sweden, India and Rwanda.
February 15, 2021 by Anna Rahmanan. Anna poses some intriguing questions on how a lawyer became a world renown bagel expert, and notes that "George has developed an accessible business model that's helped countless entrepreneurs dive into the industry."
Sept 25, 2020 In a week filled with tumultuous events: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death, Release of Trump's Taxes, and the incessant COVIID crisis, the BYOB BAGELS story brought a breath of fresh air and some good news to those seeking new opportunities.
December 22, 2020 Featured in Brian Donahue's News 12, Brian's Positively NJ Feature. Beth was joined by her former student, Tina Iordalmis of Weehawken NJ who has opened an artisan bagel shop, Bagels on Park to much acclaim.
December 25, 2020 by Will Pavia. On Christmas Day, BYOB BAGELS received the nice present of being featured in the London Times with her client from India, Spurthy Ashkar.
February 19 2020: BYOB BAGELS is so honored to be featured on the Rachael Ray Show with a warm and sweet bagel topping Beth developed combining Beth's cinnamon raisin bagels, a French Toast mix, and Beth's mother's Apple Crisp Recipe. Very yummy and decadent to warm you up on a cold February day. Recipe in the link!
November 25, 2020 Our only guess as to why we appeared in this muck racking publication is that they needed a break from muck racking, decided to step away from the disgusting state of politics, and instead just wanted to write about something really good to eat. We will take it. Thanks for the mention Politica!
Beth George, lawyer, baker, and international bagel business consultant, brings a singular focus to all her endeavors: Address a need and fulfill it while never compromising on integrity or quality. At first glance, it may seem that being a lawyer and international bagel consultant are worlds’ apart. But the common threads of passion, creativity, and problem-solving weave seamlessly into advocacy, baking, and building a business.