Marcie Gamble took a challenging life situation and turned the situation into an opportunity to help others. Working in cooperation with local restaurants, Marcie created a guide to help those — like her — who do not want to let a health condition impair their passion for food and enjoyment of eating out. She is one of our Michiana cheerleaders and we value her membership. Thank you for all you do for to help others. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron
What is your business?
My company is Gluten-Free Dining for You, LLC, which publishes restaurant guides for people on a gluten-free diet.
Each book or guide covers smaller cities/regions throughout the country, giving specific information that will help people on a gluten-free diet make a knowledgeable decision on where it is safe for them to dine. The information is gathered through surveys that detail how the restaurants accommodate gluten-free diners. Survey questions include which restaurant items are gluten-free, if the staff is trained to cook gluten-free, and how the kitchen handles the issue of cross-contamination.
The first book, Gluten-Free Michiana, was published in April and is available on Amazon as a paperback and an e-book. It has over 100 listings of places to eat gluten-free in and around South Bend, Indiana, covering over 21 different cities.
When did you begin the business?
I started the business in September 2014.
What was your inspiration?
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2004 and found it difficult to eat meals away from home since I had to eliminate wheat, rye, oats, and barley from my diet. I felt like I was missing out, because dining out with friends is a major part of my social life. I started talking to restaurant managers and chefs to learn if there was anything I could eat at their restaurants. I thought it would be beneficial if others had the information I had gathered. That’s how I came up with the idea behind Gluten-Free Dining for You, LLC.
When did you join BWUN?
I joined this year.
What is the most important thing you feel BWUN brings to you as a woman in business?
Through BWUN I have made connections that wouldn’t have been possible without becoming a part of the organization. I always leave each meeting learning something new from one of the speakers or by talking to the other women in attendance.
Are you involved in any community projects?
I am a certified SCORE mentor and serve on the board of SCORE Michiana. I am also on the board of WBOM (Women Business Owners of Michiana) as the Director of Communications. I am also a founding member of the Michiana Chapter of the Celiac Support Association.
Best piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in business.
Write a business plan and constantly review it. By doing this, your objectives will be clear and you can plan the growth of your business.
What do you feel you bring to our BWUN members?
My background is public relations/marketing. I can help BWUN women with their marketing plan or answer basic marketing questions. In addition, I belong to several networking groups and can make referrals to help BWUN women businesses
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