GoodOnYa Bar (and Deli’s) in San Diego, CA wins a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant

Kris Fillat, owner of GoodOnYa Bar (and Deli’s) in San Diego, California, is the February winner of a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant on LoveALocalBusiness.com.  GoodOnYa Bar is now a Finalist, along with Out of Proportion Studios, to have their grant doubled to $50,000.  One more $25,000 Finalist will be chosen in March.  It could be you!

Her fans not only praised the healthy and delicious food GoodOnYa serves, but also praised her customer and employee relationships, including this winning nomination from Sydney: “Fabulous company that really cares about its customers and community. Kris and her team are always looking for ways to improve people’s lives, what’s better than that! Cheers to GoodOnYa!”

Kris has already spent some of the money – she had promised her employees $1000 bonuses if they won!  She shared that she also plans to use the grant money to help grow production and distribution for the new GoodOnYa Bar, that she proudly describes as, “It is a protein bar, a fiber bar, a snack bar, an energy bar, a nutrition bar. It’s food!”

It’s not too late for you to be featured in our next winner’s announcement! Vote for your business today.

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23 comments
movcodance
movcodance

You sound like a wonderful company. It seems that the majority of people in your community see and celebrate that! I believe that an apprecited ..loved staff is #1 key to a buisness that gives off that wonderful energy when a customer walks through the door. Congradulations! Lets all be happy for each other .

Jeff Stumbo
Jeff Stumbo

Wow, I can't believe some of these negative posts! In my opinion, the owner of Goodonya, Kris, is exactly the type of business owner we need more of in this country -- one who is willing to share some of the rewards (in this case a small portion) with the employees who make the business a success. Seems totally reasonable and appropriate to me. To all you negative crybabies who think it's a bad idea and not fair, go join the Teaparty so that you can hate and commiserate with like-minded whiners.

Kris Fillat
Kris Fillat

WOW! I am overwhelmed by the positiveness!I have to say I was pretty upset last night, mostly it was just so shocking that I found myself really questioning if I was doing the right thing. I thought maybe it's was too much money to give them and it's not responsible for our growth. Truth is, I would give it all to them if I could. But we are honestly in the most crucial time for the bar we have been in since we developed it. 3 years of trying to find a biodegradable wrapper, cold calling, doing events where no one showed up. We went from making 1 bar at a time to stamping out 12 at a time and if we get into the facility we want they can make 400 bars A MINUTE. It's another organic bar company about an hour north who reached out and offered to help us. And right at the time I got that call we entered the competition. My bookkeeper who set up my quickbooks 10 years ago posted it on her facebook wall.To make this jump, after a year of looking at other facilities, I know it's our best and possibly the only option to help us get to the next level! And you know what the investment will be for the first run of bars? Just under $50,000! How crazy is that!?Winning the $25 has kept us from having to get a loan, I can use a little bit of my line of credit and be able to keep our cash flow positive for the deli's and get this first run of bars made. When we finally have a bar that is made and sealed correctly (the wrapping has been a major issue) the jobs that will be created because of that will be plenty! We will need demo people, sales people, event staff. And the plan is to take the core group from the deli and promote them into new positions with the bar. Sure, they don't have any sales experience, but you know what.... they are GREAT people who smile and understand how to work with others. To be honest, the bar sells itself. So together we will figure out how to get it into as many stores as possible! It's not rocket science, it's hard work and working with people, and that is exactly what they are great at!I often joke with them and say "I use to want kids but you have all taken my maternal instinct away"! Sure they can drive me crazy, I drive them crazy too. But in the end, after all these years of 5am wake ups, millions of dishes and mopping the floors I am excited for them to move into the next chapter of their work lives. And I am SO not old enough to be their mother! However, I do know a few of their mom's and I can see why they turned out to be the people they are!So thank you everyone for keeping my head on straight. It's nice to have people believe in what we are doing because we honestly do it because we care.

Cathy
Cathy

Hooray for Kris Fillat for consistently keeping her focus on great food, happy customers, and happy employees! Giving a $1,000 bonus to her dedicated employees is a great use of these funds and she will get a return on that investment many times with the boost to morale and reinforcing how much she cares about her team. That transfers to me as a customer! In these times of so many reductions for employees and treating people like they are disposable, three cheers for Kris! Keep up the great management and keep your eye on your goals because you are contributing a tremendous amount to this universe in ways that others may not understand until they visit the fantastic Good on Ya Deli and get to talk to you and the employees. It's not just delicious, healthy food and drinks--it's an education and a contribution to a value chain of others who care about health, nutrition, environment, and sustainability. You are making this world a better place, one burrito, one happy customer, and one happy employee at a time. Mahatma Ghandi suggested we all should be the change we want to see in the world, and you are doing that. Good on Ya!!!!!!!

Michael Bedard
Michael Bedard

Congratulations Kris. I think it is great that you are rewarding your employees for their dedication and years of service!! Good luck with your continued growth.

Paul J Butler II
Paul J Butler II

What else is Grant Money for besides using it in the best interest of your business? In this case it is investing right back into Good On Ya and using it in a truly effective way: that is their consistent, responsible, passionate mission and in their priceless Employees. It is Kris' objectivity that capitalism was designed for and when profits or grants are used appropriately, as they are, great things happen.I will order a YEARS SUPPLY OF GOOD ON YA BAR, a box a month, to any body who calls me and does a real estate transaction with my company or who refers a loved one to my company. Alternatively i would have a garden box or vertical grow vegetable garden built for your new house.My company has been and continues to be committed to providing the best real estate advice around and closing as many deals as I need to to achieve my goal, which has a fun and adventurous intention. Ask me about it.http://sdreinfo.blogspot.com/

Shawndra Cox
Shawndra Cox

Hello Kris,Let me start off by saying congratulations to you on all you've done thusfar on your own and with the help of your coworkers, clients and community to get where you are today. I hope that the few speed bumps posted up on this blog did not slow you down too much when taking some time out to celebrate your win. I'm glad you took a minute to defend yourself because the poise you maintained in doing so tells a great deal about the person you are. I wish you luck with all your endeavors.Shawndra, Out Of Proportion Studios (aka OOPS)

Amy
Amy

Morgan and Abbey are disgusted......meanwhile Mark is calling GoodOnYa Greedy......and making claims that GoodOnYa stole dreams away from others. These people clearly do not know what they are talking about. They sound angry and upset that they didn't win perhaps? The truth is GoodOnYa Deli and the GoodOnYa Bar could not be a more worthy company to receive the Intuit Grant. THESE PEOPLE CARE. I personally know the owner Kris Fillat and several of her Deli employees. These are people you would want on "your team". The words integrity, dedication and passion come to mind when I think of them and what they have built together. This company is going places. I can't imagine anyone saying anything negative about them!!! Congratulations to GoodOnYa Deli and Bar. You guys truly deserve it.

Gretchen Harding
Gretchen Harding

Kris and crew! Congratulations on your win. I am so impressed with your smart decision to allocate the first portion of your Intuit Hiring Grant to reward your dedicated, hard-working employees. Intuit wants to reward small businesses who help make their communities unique while contributing to so much to the strength of their local economies. We look forward to watching GoodOnYa Bar (and Deli's) grow and reporting back on your success.

Vic
Vic

Kris - I'm always impressed by the positive attitude of your team at the Carmel Valley location. I'm only in there maybe once or twice a week for a coffee, but I'm always treated like the most important customer of the day. It is very short sighted of your critics to say you should not have rewarded your team. You're investing in your most important asset and enhancing the customer experience.

Denise Clifton
Denise Clifton

@Morgan, Abbey, and Mark: I own a local small business myself, and I have to say I am pretty amazed at your comments. I would have done the exact same thing as Kris. Without happy, motivated employees that share your vision for the company, your business will not survive, plain and simple. It is important to nurture, strengthen, and retain your staff because turn-over costs time, money, and is counter-productive. A $5000 investment in rewarding your staff for sticking by you through all the hardships will go so much further than if you were to spend it on inventory or technology or advertising.@Kris - congratulations! You have a great product and your passion for health, happiness, and harmony in the world is starting to really get noticed. I can't wait to see what you guys are able to do with the much deserved award money.Denise Clifton Owner Of Pet Nutrition Center Encinitas

Danielle
Danielle

I think whats "disgusting" (as Morgan said) is that you would come here to put down another LOCAL business who NEEDED the money just as much as any other business, who DESERVED the money, who plans to use the money to HELP people, our environment (by going solar) and to grow their business. I guess you just love to complain about it because maybe...you didn't win? You should be happy the money is being given out by Intuit and that they are willing and able to help small businesses. Even if GoodOn Ya wanted to give all the money to their staff, thats their business and it's still putting money into the local economy because like they said most of their staff need to fix their cars, buy houses and such. So stop crying that you didn't win and be happy that a company like GoodOn Ya wants to do good things with it. I bet if your business won you wouldn't have been thinking about becoming environmentally friendly would you Mark, Morgan or Abby? Well the world needs more people like the ones who have one that are thinking about people and the environment instead of just themselves. Go ahead GoodOn Ya staff...do a happy dance cause you deserve every cent you're getting!!!!!!!

jen
jen

Mark: you said something that I find not only wholly ironic but extremely disheartening. Kris giving a bonus to her employees is a "good example of greed in this country." Wow. I rue the day that we as small business owners take our lead from Walmart, who could give two shits about their employees. So, in your eyes, it's ok to invest in tangible items such as kitchen utensils, but not ok to invest to enrich the lives of those closest to us? With whom we spend some much of our day?Kris received investment money from a company much bigger than her. Did they too "waste" their money on a loyal customer? "$25,000 here, $25,000 there"I hope the business world can change and take example from Kris. I hope we can all form local communities centered around our fellow humans. I hope that sharing wealth with employees who help build businesses from the ground up isn't considered greedy because someone else thinks we should have bought more product. I hope that we see the day where humanity still exists with profit. Or else...what the F are we in business for...really??

Joe
Joe

@ Mark - sounds like your a bothered that your wife's company didn's win the grant and that is understandable...but to attack the winner only makes it appear that you are a sore loser. Giving a bonus to employees from the grant IS NOT frivilous. A bonus is a reward for a job well done and by rewarding her staff she DOES invest in her company via employee loyalty. I believe Kris' offer to give your wife advice and assistance is extremely generous given your comments and further demonstrates that her company IS worthy of the grant. It is sad to see that you try to tarnish their win with these types of comments. Now put that pin away and quit trying to pop people's balloons.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Kris, there are always people that can't be happy for anyone else's success. You have been working at bringing healthy organic choices to us LONG before most people were aware of what that even was! I have learned from having my own small business, that you can't listen to anyone but your own heart. LOTS of unhappy, rude people out there just waiting for a chance for something negative to say. You are amazing, your business is amazing, your GoodOnYa Bars are the bomb, and you TRULY care about your employees! Again, congratulations!

Ryan Howard Peake
Ryan Howard Peake

Kris, I want you to know I think it is refreshing to find a business owner and boss that rewards hard working, loyal employees. For those of you that posted such negative comments, try to think before you speak. Loyalty to service is the key to any small business, and that includes your staff. The more people believe in you and your product, the more growth and success you will see. That's starts at the top and SHOULD be passed down to the staff and ultimately the consumer. Treat people right and focus on that. Keep up the great work!-Ryan

Kris fillat
Kris fillat

MarkYou couldn't be more wrong about us. If you would like to know more please feel free to call or email me. Not sure why you think what you do of my company, if it's based on the above blog or something else.I am dedicated to my staff, customers and our local economy. We've been supporting local companies for 10 years! And I have provided jobs to hundreds of people.Check our web pages out before you lash out. Learn a little bit about us.www.GoodOnYadeli.comAnd I have opened my deli to 3 other local companies who needed kitchens to start their businesses. We are closed on the weekends and at nights. And all for free. To call me greedy for rewarding years of dedication to my staff is uncalled for and out of line.If your wife needs help have her call me. I know how hard it is to make it in the food business. She can use our kitchen any time.858-344-1605 is my cell.

Kris Fillat
Kris Fillat

Thanks Luanne!!That was pretty upsetting to hear, so I appreciate you saying that. :)

Luanne
Luanne

I don't think you need to justify your actions. Good for you and your employess, best of luck

Kris Fillat
Kris Fillat

Hi Morgan and AbbyI felt the need to respond so you would know exactly what we are going to do with the money and why I decided to give my staff a bonus. A few of them have been with me for almost 10 years. They have dedicated this time to growing our business. They started at $8/hr back when $6.00 was the minimum wage. They now make $12-$14/hr and are finding it hard, as they are reaching their 30's, to save money, buy a house, fix their cars. Giving to my staff is something I believe in very much. You can't grow a business without dedicated staff. If you read our customer comments I think you will agree that they are caring, wonderful people.I think you might be happy to know that we plan on using the majority of the money, almost $20,000 to make the huge leap into a new 100% solar powered facility that will help up make our organic nutrition bar. We need about $50,000 to fun the first 45,000 bars which is the minimum. We need new boxes, new wrappers and a lot of ingredients. Once we can do a run this large we can, and will, hire local reps to sell and demo our products at hundreds of grocery stores and local events.By reading the blog above it may seem like we are just wasting the money by giving it to our staff, but it's a small percentage and to honest..... they deserve it.All of the businesses asked their friends and family and customers to vote for them.We have been in business for 10 years and are looking to go in this new direction and produce a really great, organic product. We have used Intuit payroll and Quickbooks the entire time and I hope you will reconsider your opinion. Please check out our web pages for more info on us or feel free to email me directly. Thank you!Kris@thegoodonyabar.comOwner - The GoodOnYa bar and Deli's.

Mark
Mark

My wife was so excited when she was nominated for this and her clients went out there and voted for her. For the past two years she has rented a kitchen when she had catering events booked because she didnt have the start up money to lease or buy a place. She has to frequently turn down events because the kitchen isn't always available to her and she loses so much profit because of her rental fee. This money would have given her the dream she has always wanted. She would have provided more to our community by giving openings to more jobs because she could book more events. When she books events she keeps the money local by using local vendors, etc. This would have been life changing for her. Then I come on here and see the winner is just giving away $1,000 to each employee. IMHO they obviously don't need this money. Very greedy of GoodOnYaBar for nominating themselves. They can just give away $1,000 here and $1,000 there? My wife would have given people jobs. Finally made her dreams come true. I don't even have the words to express just how crappy this is. Good example of greed in this country. If you can just give money away like that, why bother? Why not give other people a chance at their dreams? You have your little deli and you take away the dreams of others. Screw intuit.

Abby
Abby

Couldn't agree more with the above poster...

Morgan Wildes
Morgan Wildes

I thought this intuit grant was to assist small businesses in growing. I think that rewarding this money to a business who is able to spend this money in such a frivolous fashion, by giving $1,000 bonuses to each of their employees, is a waste of a grant. There are so many small businesses that could have flourished with this money and really expanded their business permitting growth in employment. Besides...nothing like bribing your employees to get everyone they know to vote when they know $1,000 is in it for them. This is ridiculous. If businesses couldn't truly use this money to grow they shouldn't be nominating themselves. I know of three small businesses that missed out on a great opportunity and for this? I am disgusted.