LIMA — Mama Cella’s Pizza Station is one of only 50 small businesses nation wide to win the Visa Cashless Challenge and owner Corie Lange plans to use the $10,000 award to invest in various tools to build and expand her businesses.
Lange decided to get involved in the Visa Cashless Challenge after reading about it on LinkedIn. She submitted a video explaining going cashless would make it safer for her delivery people and workers and increase customer service.
“When we launched the Visa Cashless Challenge, we wanted to inspire and inform merchants on the benefits and effectiveness of going cashless,” stated head of global product and solutions Visa Inc., Jack Forestell, in a news release.
With the $10,000, she plans to invest in a point-of-sale system for her catering and wholesale business which she said would make it easier for the customers to use their credit cards.
She would also like to invest some of the money into equipment like a walk-in freezer and cooler, which would replace multiple refrigerators and freezers and ultimately provide an entire room for other equipment like a bakery oven.
A bakery oven would provide an opportunity for Lange and Bobbe Cotrell, of Bobbe’s Donuts, to increase output of baked goods.
She is also considering investing into her line of in-house products and is currently negotiating with local grocery retailers on distribution.
“When you work hard, it is rewarding to have something like this happen,” said Lange. “It’s such a blessing.”
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