Commercial energy rates are the least of your concerns when starting a new business, but they definitely are a real concern and one that can quickly deduct money from your bottom line if you’re not careful. I started a coffee shop with a buddy, since both of us had talked about it for years before finally doing it, and I took charge in deciding how to work out deals with the various utilities we would need to keep the lights on and the water running. You can’t have hot coffee without those two things, can you?
It took about an hour before I realized I was in over my head. Continue reading