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December 7
CONGRATS TO THE 2015 PITCH ROOM COMPETITION WINNER CHIC-A-PEAS! premium

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The 3rd Annual Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition was held on Thursday, December 3rd at WeWork in New York City’s Financial District.  The winner of the $10,000 business grant and a year of coaching with Samuel Adams was the New York based company, Chic-a-Peas, owned by David Levi and Darren Shlisky (shown above with Boston Beer Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch).  Chic-a-Peas are a healthy,  baked chic pea snack that come in a range of flavors including Sea Salt, Falafel, Sweet BBQ, and Fresh Salsa.  The runner up of the Pitch Room Competition was Ryan Cahill, owner of Aveyo, an avocado mayo spread.  As runner up, Ryan will receive 10 hours of business coaching with Samuel Adams.  Other Pitch Room contestants included: Katie and Charlie Morgan of Right Bee Cider from Chicago, Liz Gutman of Liddabit Sweets in New York, Ray Berry and Mike Yates of White

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December 2
SAMUEL ADAMS AND GOODWIN PROCTER’S FOOD LABELING WORKSHOP COMES TO BOSTON! premium

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On Tuesday, December 1st as part of its Neighborhood Business Initiative, Goodwin Procter teamed up with the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program to bring its annual Food Labeling and Packaging Workshop to Boston.  This event was held at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain and covered topics in Design, Marketing, Intellectual Property and Products Liability for small business food and beverage entrepreneurs.  Attendees heard from Samuel Adams employees and legal experts from Goodwin Procter on business and legal issues affecting the food and beverage industries. The workshop began with an opportunity to network for food and beverage entrepreneurs followed by presentations on:

• Designing your label from shapes to strategy
• Owning your logo & brand – trademark and other intellectual property law
• Beer label basics
• Creating and building a brand
• Bold letters, fine print and product liability

The event ended with a …

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November 19
LAST NIGHT’S BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM SPEED COACHING EVENT IN AUSTIN! premium

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Another successful Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event took place in downtown Austin last night at Capital FactorySamuel Adams and Accion teamed up with local lending partner, LiftFund to bring the unique free Speed Coaching event to food and beverage entrepreneurs in the Austin area.  57 small food and beverage business owners were able to meet for six twenty minute one on one coaching sessions with business professionals coaching on a range of expertise including marketing, legal, accounting, sales, lending, real estate, promotions and more! This was the first time the Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event came to Austin! Learn more about Accion’s partnerships with Samuel Adams and Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching here!…

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November 12
CALLING ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGE BUSINESS OWNERS! premium

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Join us on Monday, November 23rd from 1-2 PM EST for a FREE Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Design Webinar with Matthew Moffatt!

This webinar will go over helpful design techniques for food and beverage product packaging and labeling and cover the basic design principles successful products employ to help make your own food or beverage product jump off the shelf!  Webinar Presenter, Matthew Moffatt, Creative Director and Owner of ALMANAC DESIGN has spent 22 years in the design industry including key roles at agencies, in-house and media publications. Before starting Almanac Design in New York City Matt was Creative Director at the Boston Beer Company where he led a team of ten designers responsible for all packaging and product development. Spots are filling up fast! Sign up here today!

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November 12
BREWING THE AMERICAN DREAM SPEED COACHING TRAVELS TO AUSTIN! premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the LiftFund are excited to bring a Speed Coaching event to Austin, TX! The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:30pm. During the reception attendees will have the opportunity to network and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to their business, which include: Marketing and E-Commerce, Packaging, Sales and Distribution, Business Financing, Legal Advice for Your Business …and more!  After brief welcome remarks, attendees will have the chance to meet for multiple 20 minute sessions with business experts from Samuel Adams, LiftFund, SCORE and others to receive personalized coaching and network with other small business owners.

 

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November 12
SPEED COACHING AND PITCH ROOM COMPETITION COMES TO NEW YORK premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are excited to host a Pitch Room Competition followed by a Speed Coaching event in New York on Monday, November 16th from 7:00-9:30PM at Berg’n Beer Hall, 899 Berg’n Street Brooklyn, NY 11238.  The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00PM. During the reception attendees will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations such as: Marketing and E-Commerce, Packaging, Sales and Distribution, Business Financing, Legal Advice for Your Business…and more!

At 7:15PM we will give brief welcome remarks and announce the Pitch Room Competition winner and then attendees will have the chance to meet for multiple 20 minute sessions with Accion and Samuel Adams employees and local business experts from businesses like Luke’s Lobster, Adelina’s, Kickstarter and Etsy to receive personalized coaching and network with other small …

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THANK YOU TO THE HARTFORD FOR SPONSORING ACCION AT THE YWCA MONEY CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN premium

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On Saturday, October 24th, Accion joined hundreds of women at the YWCA Money Conference for Women in Hartford, Connecticut as part of our ongoing partnership with The Hartford through its Communities with HART Program. At the conference, which was focused on money management and business education, Accion provided attendees with information and resources about small business loans and co-presented in a small business workshop alongside the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center. Through its Communities with HART program, The Hartford supports Accion in expanding access to capital in key markets around the country including Hartford and in supporting businesses with financial education events and resources including The Business Owners Playbook. A big thank you to The Hartford for supporting Accion’s participation at this great event for women in Hartford!

 

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October 26
BLACKSTONE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $4.5 MILLION GRANT TO BRING BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD TO FIVE NEW YORK UNIVERSITIES premium

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On Friday, October 23rd at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Accion’s partner, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced its campus entrepreneurship program, Blackstone LaunchPad, is coming to five universities across New York. This program gives students access to business coaching, lectures, networking events and other resources to help get their business ideas off the ground.  Through LaunchPad, Blackstone hopes to create a network of entrepreneurs on college campuses so students may consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Currently, the Blackstone LaunchPad program supports student entrepreneurship in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana, California, and Ireland.  As the eighth and largest expansion of the program, this three-year, $4.5 million grant will begin a partnership with Cornell University, New York University, Syracuse University, University at Albany (SUNY), and University at Buffalo (SUNY) to provide entrepreneurial support and to help create a network of entrepreneurs for over 180,000 students.  Speakers …

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October 21
TIS’ THE SEASON FOR PUMPKIN TREATS premium

image1Accion client, Nomad Donuts in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, CA is known for creating inventive and flavorful vegan and non-vegan donuts.  Nomad Donut’s owner Brad Keiller, along with Chef Kristianna Zabala and the rest of the Nomad team recently debuted their new fall flavor mashup, a traditional Oktoberfest style beer inspired donut. This handcrafted donut is filled with a pumpkin cheesecake custard, topped with an Oktoberfest seasonal spiced glaze and sprinkled with a ginger graham crumble. Pick one up today at their 4504 30th St., San Diego store location!

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October 20
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOSTON PITCH ROOM WINNERS AVEYO AND WHITE LION BREWING premium

Congratulations to Ryan Cahill of Aveyo, winner of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream pitch room competition in Boston last night, and to Ray Berry and Mike Yates of White Lion Brewing, who were runner-ups in the competition. Both businesses will be competing in the pitch room competition finals for the chance to win a $10,000 grant and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams in New York City in December!

Boston pitch room winners

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