HustleSBE Graduate Highlight: Lisa Scott of The Purple Grill

HustleSBE Cohort Three Graduate: Lisa Scott

Name of Business: The Purple Grill

Business Description: I create a food fusion of Soul Food, Latin, and Asian, that I combine two cultures or more into one dish.

At what point did you realize the dream of your business was real?: In 2015, when I started to cook and cater for other people who liked, paid, and asked me for more.

Share a business lesson you have learned: I have to be more creative and persistent, because the food business is extremely competitive.

Are you from the South Bend-Elkhart region?/ Why did you come or stay in the area?: I moved here from Michigan with my parents, and I stayed because I bought a home here.

Share your favorite business resource. Why is it your favorite?: My favorite business resource is Shelton’s farm market. It’s my favorite because I know the food is fresh, great and locally grown.


The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership, in collaboration with the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, is excited to launch Cohort Four of HustleSBE! Applications are open now through Friday, August 6, 2021 at 5:00pm. Businesses must be headquartered in the South Bend – Elkhart region, which includes Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties in Indiana or Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan. Other criteria and more information about the program can be found at