Financial Empowerment Pilot Program for Restaurant Employees

Applications for our first cohort are now closed. Stay tuned for info on our next session beginning in August.


Introducing the Financial Empowerment Pilot Program (FEPP) from the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR). We’re not just talking about saving pennies; we’re talking about unlocking the secrets to financial success! Led by experienced financial coaches, Annice Brown and Jane Hatley, this 6-month program is not your average finance class.

And to sweeten the deal, you’ll get a 2:1 match on your savings at the end of the program, so if you save $500, you’ll get an additional $1,000 (**$1,000 is the maximum savings match).

About the Course:

This course provides 20 hours of financial learning over 6 months between February – August and includes:

  • A 1-day workshop to craft your Personal Financial Empowerment Plan. DATE: Monday, Feb. 26 from 10am-4:30pm, lunch included. **Restaurant of employment is required to pay employee for the 1-day workshop at $20 per hour minimum.
  • Monthly meet-ups in groups of 8, where we’ll dive into topics like “Handling Tips: Cash Management for Servers” and “Am I Cut Out to Open a Restaurant?” (March 4 or 5; April 1 or 2; May 13 or 14; June 3 or 4; and July 8 or 9)
  • 1-on-1 monthly coaching sessions with Annice and Jane. (March 18 or 19; April 15 or 16; May 20 or 21, June 17 or 18, and July 22 or 23)
  • Final group session and celebration is August 3 from 3-6pm, plus we’ll distribute savings match checks to participants.
  • An accountability buddy to keep you on track.
  • Just 20 hours of your time over 6 months

Cost:  $25 registration fee

Sessions will take place at Explore Asheville, centrally located with free parking and a transit stop nearby.

Who can participate? If you’ve been employed at an AIR member restaurant for at least six months, putting in a solid 30+ hours a week, and you’re game to build the foundation for financial success, fill out the application by Thursday, February 8.

A more detailed description of the program can be found here. This document is geared towards restaurant owners and manager who want to share this opportunity with their staff. A flyer for the program can be found here (flyer can be posted in employee areas of the restaurant).