From Aspiring to Innkeeper

Is it time for you to go from Aspiring to Innkeeper? Are you happiest doing what makes someone else smile — like pampering them, cooking your favorite recipe for them, making sure their bed is covered with the finest linens or brightening their room with fresh-cut flowers? If that’s you, MBBA can help turn you from an aspiring innkeeper into a full-fledged bed and breakfast owner/operator. MBBA is offering the only 2017 “how to” workshop in all of Michigan on November 5.

Aspiring innkeepers need to get there.

An aspiring innkeeper needs to understand that as charming as it may be to entertain, show off your decor and dazzle guests, true hospitality is an industry. Innkeeping is a business that requires a range of knowledge from bookkeeping to stain removal. It requires knowing how to cook for a variety of appetites and diets in the span of a single meal. It requires marketing skills. And marketing involves understanding websites and search-engine optimization, writing newsletters, posting on social media, creating blogs…. it can seem endless.

Here’s how Debi went from aspiring to innkeeper.

Debi went from aspiring to innkeeper by studying with MBBA for 6 years while renovating her B&B.

Debi Hillebrand, Innkeeper
The Lewis House, Whitehall

“People always ask if I “knew what I was getting into” now that I’m in my third year as owner-innkeeper of The Lewis House. Actually, I did. I became an “aspiring innkeeper” member of MBBA and started attending the workshops and annual conferences long before we opened our doors.

“Not only did I learn the nuts and bolts of running my own inn, I gained a whole group of mentors who are just a phone call or email away when I need advice. MBBA members have a vast knowledge of innkeeping and a sincere willingness to share. I can’t imagine trying to start my inn without having taken advantage of that!”

Kim goes from aspiring to innkeeper by “shadowing.”

Kim is going from aspiring to innkeeper by job shadowing as part of learning the B&B ropes.

Kim prepared individual Dutch Babies for each guest when she job shadowed the innkeepers at Adventure Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Kim Brown and her husband, a disabled vet, have six children all in or out of high school. So she’s planning her next chapter. She’s learning to be an innkeeper and will be an eager workshop attendee on November 5. She’s also “shadowing” an MBBA-member innkeeper, learning on-the-job. Between shadowing and opening her own B&B, Kim plans to work as an “inn-sitter ” — an interim innkeeper that spells full-time innkeepers who encounter emergencies that require them elsewhere or who just need to get away.

Over Labor Day weekend, Kim ran the show at Adventure Inn B&B, on the Lake Huron shore just north of Port Huron. Long after the guests had departed, Kim kept on with laundry, turning over rooms and ironing napkins for the next guests. Her motto: “An interim innkeeper should work so the innkeeper can come home refreshed, renewed and with no worries.”

If you aspire to be an innkeeper, join us as a member – and/or

Michigan’s only aspiring innkeeper workshop:
Dream ‘Inn: A Journey to Innkeeping
November 5, 2017
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (includes lunch)
Doubletree by Hilton Inn, Grand Rapids
Learn the ABC’s from veteran innkeepers:
A =  Advertising, Attitudes and Ambiance
B =  Breakfast, Beds, Buying Products and Best Practices
C =  Cleanliness, Comfort, Clutter(free) and Coping
Plus!
Join us Sunday evening to celebrate 30 years of innkeeping in Michigan!
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2 Responses to “From Aspiring to Innkeeper”

  1. Susan Radzilowski says:

    More info please…

  2. linda says:

    All information plus a phone number to all for more details is on this page: http://www.laketolake.com/annual_conference.php
    Here is a link to the workshop schedule for November 5: http://www.laketolake.com/cms_files/WebpostWorkshopInformation_wzs4ix.pdf
    Here is a link to the registration form: https://innfo.wufoo.com/forms/z1hz9m8o03nl71t/
    We hope to see you at the workshop in Grand Rapids on November 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thanks for your interest.

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