Hope Green calls grilled cheese “hand held comfort food.” She started Emojis Grilled Cheese, a food truck serving a variety of crafted grilled cheese sandwiches, after life threw her a series of difficult challenges. When the market crashed in 2008, Green lost the both the real estate business she had owned for 16 years and her own home. She moved from Seattle to Austin, where her daughter Joi was diagnosed with scoliosis -- curvature of the spine so severe she needed an expensive surgery. Green could not maintain a full-time job while managing her daughter’s health problems, so her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she started a food truck.
Emojis offers classic grilled cheese along with a number of gourmet varieties, including mozzarella, basil and tomato; pepperjack and bacon; grilled chicken and pesto, and others, all served on delicious (and nearly gluten free) sourdough bread. Sandwiches are served with tricolor chips.
Green sought SCORE mentoring as she began to consider hiring employees to help with her unexpected and explosive business growth. She gained insight as well as business contacts from SCORE workshops and has found a sounding board in her mentor.
She says, “They have so many classes, networking opportunities, and SCORE sets itself apart by not being like a textbook. They are actual people who have walked the walk. They can refer you to people who have been through exactly what you’re going through. If I’m looking to improve how I order bread for example, I can be referred to someone who has worked on a food supply chain.”