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March 17
BREW MEETS BISCUIT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY premium

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You might know that St. Patrick’s Day honors Ireland’s patron saint, but you might not realize that an American craft beer, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, is one of the most popular pints raised on St. Patrick’s Day each year.

New York City’s Field & Clover, an Accion Client and participant in the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, created St. Patrick’s Day Boston Lager Biscuits to honor the holiday. These beer infused biscuits put an Irish twist on a classic American comfort food. The collaboration generated interest in the media, and Field & Clover founder Annie Etheridge had the opportunity to discuss with the New York Business Journal and Metro New York.

About the St. Patrick’s Boston Lager Biscuit:

  • Caraway seeds evoke Irish soda bread, a St. Paddy’s standby, while Irish cheddar adds a sharp, uniquely Irish kick.
  • Want to send biscuits to friends and
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December 16
Food & Beverage Business Tips! premium


When starting your own business, some of the best lessons can be learned from those who’ve already gone through the process. Here are valuable insights from some Accion clients who built their own successful food and beverage businesses from the ground-up:

  1. Dream Big and Just Do it!
  2. Build your “Dream Team”
  3. Accept that Failure and Growth go Hand-in-Hand
  4. Be Clear About Your Intentions
  5. Make Time for Life Outside of Work
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November 23
SAMUEL ADAMS NYC PITCH ROOM WINNERS ANNOUNCED! premium

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Congratulations Liddabit Sweets and Chic-a-Peas for winning the NYC Pitch Room Competition hosted by Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion!The two hour event on November 16th was kicked off with a networking reception and followed by consulting sessions with Accion and Samuel Adams employees and local business experts, who consulted on topics ranging from Marketing and Sales to Legal Advice and more!

The Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition is a nationwide competition which allows participants to craft and present a two minute pitch to a panel of experienced judges. A regional winner is selected based on quality of presentation, creativity, passion, and product viability. Winners from the four regions, including New York, Boston, Chicago and San Diego, then compete in the Pitch Room Finals for a $10,000 business grant and a year of extended coaching and mentoring from Samuel Adams.

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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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October 7
SPEED COACHING SETS SIGHTS ON BOSTON premium

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ATTENTION ALL FOOD, BEVERAGE, OR HOSPITALITY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS! Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are hosting an exciting event consisting of FREE, live advice in marketing, packaging, and legal among other essential topics for small business owners.

The Speed Coaching event will take place at a Samuel Adams Boston Brewery on Monday, October 19th 2015 7:00-9:30 PM. Additional Information / Sign Up: http://goo.gl/d3O3a8

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October 1
SPEED COACHING IS COMING TO WASHINGTON D.C. ! premium

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Are you a food, beverage or hospitality small business owner? Are you looking for marketing, packaging, legal, financial or sales and distribution advice? We can help! Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Accion are excited to host a Speed Coaching event in Washington, D.C.!

 

Learn the essential ingredients for business success from the experts. Register for the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching event in Washington D.C. and get live, FREE personalized advice from local professionals and Samuel Adams! Additional Information / Sign Up: http://goo.gl/X8Kfkk

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September 29
Congrats to Accion Client, Bosque Brewing Company for Taking Home the GOLD at this Year’s Great American Beer Festival! premium

Accion client, Bosque Brewing Company of New Mexico won the gold medal at this year’s Great American Beer Fest on Saturday! Bosque won the gold for its Acequia IPA in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category, ahead of 34 other competitors in the same category.  This was the 29th year of the Great American Beer Festival, which awards winners in 92 beer categories from 145 different beer styles.  This year had 6,647 submissions from 1,552 breweries across all 50 states and they were evaluated by 242 beer experts from 15 countries. Read more about Bosque’s win here!

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September 29
A Big Congrats to the 2016 Experienceship Winner Flounder Brewing Co premium

Yesterday, Samuel Adams announced that Accion client, Flounder Brewing Company of Hillsborough, NJ has been selected as the winner of the 2016 “Brewing the American Dream Experienceship,” a unique mentoring opportunity for craft brewers as part of the Accion and Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program.  For the Experienceship, the Flounder Brewing Company team will receive a trip to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery for specialized coaching and mentoring from a variety of Samuel Adams experts on topics ranging from ingredients sourcing, sales and distribution, packaging, design and more! Flounder Beer Co., will also have the opportunity to create a collaboration beer with Samuel Adams brewers and to attend The Great American Beer Festival.  Flounder Brewing Company was started back in 2005 by Jeremy “Flounder” Lees, his brother Dan and cousin Billy.  They received their first Accion loan of $6,000 to help purchase equipment and move from brewing out …

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September 18
SUCCESS IN SPEED COACHING SEATTLE premium

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream has taken to Seattle with a Speed Coaching event! This Speed Coaching event was held at Impact Hub Seattle on September 17th and included coaching regarding marketing, legal, and packaging from experts in the field to an array of food and beverage businesses. A big thank you to our partners Mercy Corp NW, Seattle Made and Samuel Adams, as well as event caterers La Bodega, El Gallito Mexican food truck, and Cucina Fresca for making the event so great!…

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