Meet the 23-year-old behind Katips Dim Sum outlets
While most 23 year olds are just starting out with their careers, this young entrepreneur is ready to conquer the local food franchise scene, one kiosk at a time.
Mary Tabitha Mendoza, a Chinese cuisine die-hard fan, and owner of the Katips Dim Sum outlets, started honing her entrepreneurial skills when she was just 16. Mendoza told Food Evolution that even when she was younger, she already had innate interest in doing business, including selling car parts.
Katips Dim Sum is a standalone food kiosk business that was carved out of the menu of Katips Bar and Grillery, which was owned by a family she personally knows. Because of the appetizing dim sum products of the bar, she decided to use it as a separate business concept, which initially started out as a small food kiosk in Novaliches.
Mendoza’s dim sum business was then widely patronized, and was indeed off to a good start.
To date, she already operates 4 outlets, with a few more business contracts under negotiation.
Katips Dim Sum is known for its wide range of affordable Chinese food offerings that are student-friendly. Some of their notable dishes include rice toppings and affordable dim sum products like dumplings, hakaw and siomai.
“Advantages ko is homemade ‘yung sa’kin, and international chef talaga ang gumagawa. Plus, hindi kami fan ng extender” Mendoza told Food Evolution, when asked about her products’ edge in the market.
Their homemade authentic dim sum has no MSG, no extender, and no TBP. They only use pure meat and boasts world class taste. They even scored supply deal contracts with 5-star hotels.
She also added that their franchise fee is relatively low, compared to competitors. At 150,000, a complete food kiosk can be acquired, along with complete equipment, training sessions, products worth 2,000 and even business permits.
When asked about her challenges in running the business, she said that apart from day-to-day operations in the commissary, being a young woman who’s new in the franchising business, was quote tough.
In the future, she envisions her business to help out more potential franchisees, and eventually expand their outlets beyond Metro Manila.
Her advice to fellow young entrepreneurs? Consistency.
“Maybe the only thing I could share with aspiring entrepreneurs like me is just to be consistent. We need consistency in order to achieve our goals. Hindi puwedeng ‘pag may na encounter ka na flaws, aayaw ka na. Dapat consistent ka sa paglaban kasi madami rin umaasa sa’yo na employees mo” the 23 year old businesswoman said.
“Always think of others before yourself” she added.