First Call - Educating Business for Success
by Joy Spencer
The OLCC has launched "First Call" - a program designed to help businesses with a new liquor license, or where there has been a change of ownership. The program came about as a result of the agency’s statewide outreach meetings with licensees, local law enforcement and local government personnel over the last year.
A key component of the program will involve visits by OLCC inspectors within 90 days of the business being licensed. Inspectors will provide information on alcohol education and liquor laws, and provide businesses with resources, tools and training to help them be successful.
“First Call" will give people a great start where they can succeed economically and operate a safe business, said Rudy Williams, OLCC Deputy Director of Public Safety Services.
Program topics include:
- Common violations and how to prevent them
- Alcohol sales to minors – preventing minors from obtaining alcohol
- Free training opportunities available through OLCC
- 50 signs of visible intoxication and the good faith effort law
- Industry trade group resource list
"By learning how to avoid tickets on the front end, they not only save money to reinvest back into their business, but they also create a safer environment for their staff, customers and community," said Williams.