It all started with a European immigrant. It all started as a small, local business. It was never intended to become what it is today. But Otto Kolschowsky’s business principles guided his small butcher shop into being a leading provider of food.
It was not long after Otto touched down on American soil that he became an entrepreneur. His Chicago small business began to grow so rapidly it eventually began to take on wholesale accounts. Soon, it began to expand. The retail meet market opened up a business location in close suburb just outside of the city. One day something huge happened for the small meat packer. A many by the name of Ray Kroc wanted to franchise Otto’s meat business. He loved the quality of ground beef and saw a different kind of future for the business. So, the fate of an immigrant’s small business came down to a handshake. Otto & Sons became the foundation of today’s McDonalds.
It was the hamburgers that turned the new meat business franchise into a success known as OSI Group. Customers loved the quality and price of the fresh ground beef. Ray Kroc knew for McDonald’s to have nationwide success the company would need to deliver a reliable hamburger regularly and affordably for customers. Succeeding with a business model that could timely and affordably churn out quality meat led to OSI Group having ultimate success.
OSI Group knows a thing or two about delivering consistent results for its customers. The company has its roots in creating quality meat for the individual customer. The capabilities of the company allow it to produce high quality food on a global scale. The company operates in four different continents. Warehouses, farms, and chicken processing facilities can be seen throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Because of their large influence in so many different international places, food and retail brands leverage this company to help them with their own food supply chain. Their goal for their customers are to deliver food quality that meets their culinary desires, business operations and safety protocols. Satisfying a variety of tastes, is what OSI Group formulates for customers to purchase.
Mina Ebrahimi is the CEO and founder of Saint Germain Catering. Her parents were immigrants and she did not arrive in the United States until 1978. Saint Germain Catering is a result of her determination, passion and hard work. She made a commitment to delicious dishes, quality food and superior service. When Mina Ebrahimi was eleven she began working at her family’s bakery in Seven Corners, VA. This was when she learned the value of customer service. When the cafe relocated to Tyson’s Galleria she continued to run the business.
Mina Ebrahimi began her own business in 1999 when she was 26. Saint Germain Catering specialized in corporate catering but also provided needs for special events such as weddings. The vision she had was much grander so she transformed the business. The business was now a full service catering company for private parties, special events, business luncheons and weddings. There are currently 32 individuals employed full time through Saint Germain Catering and eight part time. Mina Ebrahimi has been honored with many accolades and awards as an entrepreneur. She received the Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2014, the 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Award from the Washington Business Journal and the Smart CEO’s Brava Award. The Brava award is a celebration of female leaders in business with a passion and spirit for giving something back to the community.
Mina Ebrahimi has used her professional success to support numerous organizations and nonprofits. This includes Operation Homefront DC, created to help build secure, stable and strong military families, The 25th Project, an organization helping the homeless in Northern Virginia with supplies and food donations and the Working Dog Center at The University of Pennsylvania to develop detection tools for early ovarian cancer. Every year, more than 14,000 women lose their lives to ovarian cancer.
Saint Germain Catering also helps with the cancer research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. This involves treating animals for the disease. Mina Ebrahimi is the founder of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jack-Ebrahimi Program. This is one of few radiology programs for veterinarians. She additionally established the Mina Ebrahimi Foundation to help women build business futures.