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Smile and a Donut: A Plan for Business Ownership in the Hospitality Industry

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4 Oct 2021


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This article originally appeared on Ramsey County and was created for Ramsey County by Golden Shovel Agency.

When Sahil Taneja decided to leave his career in hotel management to become a Dunkin’ franchise owner in February 2020, he had no idea the impact that decision would have.

“It quickly appeared to not be the best time to leave a job of 18 years,” he said.

But Taneja’s leap into business ownership has led to immense satisfaction.

“I loved what I was doing, but owning a business is so rewarding because the effort put in equates directly to what you get out,” he said. 

India to Roseville

Dunkin Donuts CoffeeOriginally from India, Taneja was finishing his Hotel Management degree in New Hampshire in 2002 as he headed toward an inevitable change. He had literally two days left on his visa to either find a job or fly back to India. Fortuitously, an opportunity to work for the Radisson Hotel in Roseville presented itself.

“They asked how soon I could start and I said ‘tomorrow,’ ” he said. “I did not even cancel my flights back to India and left to take the job!”

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