About Us

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

~Helen Keller

Peer Brands supports small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities by listing their underutilized resources and connecting them with individuals in their communities who need it.

We believe our communities have plenty of resources that are going unused. Therefore, we monetize space through connection.

Our goal is to give small businesses, non-profits, and government entities the tools to help them succeed by:

  • Leveraging technology to help automate operations.
  • Bridge gaps within the marketplace through connection.
  • Provide a pathway for organic growth.
  • Remove barriers for entry.
  • Provide additional revenue streams for pre-existing small businesses, non-profits, & government entities.
  • Support community efforts by building cyclical systems that perpetuate local economies.

Our PEER core values are Professionalism, Equity, Equality, & Responsibility.

Peer Brands connects you with your friend in the industry.

FOUNDERS STORY

After working in the restaurant industry for over 10-years, Danielle was determined to start her own healthy fast-food establishment called Twisted Salads. Danielle pursued those aspirations by completing her BS in Management with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and focused her studies on the restaurant industry. She further pursued her graduate course work, flipped her house, and set out to establish Twisted Salads.

Searching for the right location was a long and dreadful process. After a year of searching, Danielle became concerned with the current market conditions and the lack of commercial kitchens that were available. Colorado’s market had become too expensive and the dream of becoming a small business restaurateur was no longer feasible.

“We have to change the restaurant industry, create more organic options for individuals who want to become a restaurateur and help the ones that already exist.”~Danielle McCusker

Danielle solved her own problem by finding a small business restaurateur to share a commercial kitchen with, but instead of starting her own restaurant, she decided take her solution, develop it for everyone, and founded Restaurant Peer.

Restaurant Peer connects individuals who have a commercial kitchen with individuals who need it. By applying the sharing economy to the restaurant industry, commercial kitchens become accessible, more affordable, while helping small business restaurateurs.

“The restaurant industry has always been volatile, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’re on a mission to streamline and redefine the restaurant industry. We want to see more small business restaurateurs and foodprenuers everywhere.” Now, the local ice cream shop, whose customers don’t arrive until 2 p.m., can share their kitchen with a local baker in the morning when it’s not in use. This provides an additional revenue stream for the ice cream shop owner, while saving a local baker time and money. With Peer Brands services, a church or other organization who only uses their commercial kitchen occasionally, can outsource their commercial kitchen space, help a local restaurateur, while making money.

“We believe our communities have enough resources and infrastructure that can be reused and tapped into and through connection we can revive small businesses, non-profit organizations, and small business restaurateurs so they can help each other.” We’re doing this by unlocking a nationwide network of commercial kitchens, making mobile restaurateurs truly mobile, and providing a pathway for organic growth, and applying new technologies to old school methodologies.

Shortly after launching her idea, Restaurant Peer’s customers reached out to Danielle and asked if it was possible to monetize all their space including event halls, parking lots, and office space. Danielle and her customers quickly realized that the mission to connect individuals with resources in their communities could work beyond commercial kitchens forming Peer Brands.

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This is what we’re doing for the restaurant industry.

What We Are Doing and Why...

WE'RE ON A MISSION TO STREAMLINE AND REDEFINE THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY.

WE WANT TO SEE MORE SMALL BUSINESS RESTAURATEURS AND FOODPRENEURS EVERYWHERE.

We Are Doing It By....

UNLOCKING ACCESS TO A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF LICENSED COMMERCIAL KITCHENS.

MAKING MOBILE RESTAURATEURS, TRULY MOBILE. PROVIDING A PATHWAY FOR ORGANIC GROWTH. APPLYING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO OLD SCHOOL METHODOLOGIES.

We Believe...

THROUGH CONNECTIONS, WE BELIEVE WE CAN REVIVE SMALL BUSINESSES, NON-PROFITS, AND SMALL BUSINESS RESTAURATEURS SO THEY CAN HELP EACH OTHER.

OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE PLENTY OF RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT CAN BE REUSED AND TAPPED INTO.

We Are Going to Be...

YOUR FRIEND IN THE INDUSTRY.

Our Team

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer

Advisor
Executive Director of Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business

Dedicated to Community.

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Morgan Alu

Advisor
Program and Communications Manager
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Helping Businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper.

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Rod Salyer

Advisor
General Manager
Upshift Holdings LLC

Enterprise Architect & Growth Specialist

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Jason Eddings

Service manager

Andrew James

Advisor

Adam Given

Intern