A few months ago I started working at the bakery department of a small independent grocer. When I started we had 90% of our product come ready made from other sources. We had a countertop electric convection oven. A little one that held 4 12x18 pans. We also shared a small electric oven with two ceramic decks 21x21x5 each with the pizza guy. In the early morning, we used this mini pizza oven to make bread and rolls. He has his refrigerator all to himself now. I understand we may get his oven and he'll get a bigger one that can do 3-4 pizzas at once instead of two.
We went "big time" about a month ago... the place spent $1,800 on a commercial refigerator that we didn't have to share. We got an oven that takes 4 18x24 pans. I was told this cost about $2,000. We got a 12 qt countertop stand mixer. I saw this in a catalog for $1,000. All in all, my estimate is they spent $8,000 equipping a small "in-store" baking department.
The owner is a woman. Her funding to purchase this stuff came as a grant/loan only available to women business owners. It also came with the condition that the expansion employ at least 50% female employees. I'm one of two employees in the bakery. My co-worker being female got promoted to full time. She's been there longer and has more experience. I don't think they even considered hiring a man when I got the job, they were suprised that a 40 year old man would take a 27 hour a week part time job for $8 an hour, but I did.
I worked 7am-noon or 1pm Tues-Sat. When she was part time, my boss worked 8am-2pm on Sunday, 7am-1pm on Monday. She doesn't like to get up, so she worked 9am-2pm on the days I was there. I did get two extra hours on her days off, so now I'm up to 29 hours vs. her 40 hours.
While it may very well have been a good deal for the owner, I have to say I feel a little snubbed. I figure I'm gaining experience. I have plans to move on in the fall. They probably will miss me for a day or two. Just be aware that being too woman oriented may effect the moral of my employees.