How I Funded My Dream Food Business

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Cambridge, MA 02138

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We are The Fresh Collective: A community of womxn food entrepreneurs. Join us for this important raw and honest conversation:

"How I Funded My Dream Food Business" with:

  • Jody Adams, chef and co-owner of TRADE, Porto, and Saloniki Greek

  • Teresa Maynard, owner of Sweet Teez Bakery

  • Evy Chen, owner of Evy Tea

  • Heather Schmidt, owner of Landsmith (forthcoming; and co-founder Union Square Donuts)

  • Bev Armstrong, owner of Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer

Fresh Collective founders Maggie Battista and Leigh Belanger will moderate a conversation on the many paths to funding your dream food business. Panelists will discuss the various ways to raise money--from working with investors to crowdfunding, from getting bank loans to applying for grants or awards.

Tickets include a glass of wine or a craft beer, a hearty veg-filled dish (zucchini fritters!) from Saloniki Greek, a scoop of ice cream from Parlor Ice Cream Co, a sampling of roasted tomato foccacia from Third Cliff Bakery, a sampling of almond milk from Nectar & Green, and a sampling of Pocket Garden Foods new Not Just Pasta Sauce in a warm dish. In addition, several of our favorite local food makers will sell their goods, so you can snack, sip, and mingle before and after the panel. Stay tuned for more vendor announcements. See you there!

Monday January 28, 6:00-9:00 pm. The panel begins at 7pm sharp.

Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Get tickets and complete info: freshcollectiveconvoJan2019.eventbrite.com

The Fresh Collective is a community of womxn food entrepreneurs. Come connect with us at an event or find us online: thefreshcollective.co

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Jody Adams

Following the success of the legendary Rialto, Jody teamed up with her now-business partner to raise money from individual inverstors for fine-dining restaurant Trade. To establish and grow Saloniki, a fast-casual Greek concept, Adams and her team turned to group investment.

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Bev Armstrong

Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer owner Bev Armstrong is primarily self-funded. In 2016, she received two loans from Accion, the microlender that partners with the Sam Adams Brewing The American Dream program that Armstrong participated in in 2016. She is about to embark on a larger fundraising campaign to take her business to the next level.

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Evy Chen

A small business grant from Emerson College provided Evy Tea's first round of funding. Next, Evy went to Kickstarter to start prototyping. When she got some retail traction, Evy went to farmer's markets to raise enough funds to open her shop. Investors brought her to the next level.

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Teresa Maynard

Teresa launched Sweet Teez from CommonWealth Kitchen, a culinary incubator and shared kitchen, with a plan to establish a following and gain capital before moving into a retail space in Dorchester. At the start, she funded her business with income from her full-time job. In 2018, her mini-pies became available in 42 Whole Foods throughout New England, and her business continues to grow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Heather Schmidt

Heather was the co-founder of Union Square Donuts. To fund her new cafe and adventure clubhouse called Landsmith, Heather is using a variety of funding sources: an SBA loan, a Kickstarter campaign, and a group of investors.

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Not Just Pasta Sauce



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The event is hosted at Alley Powered by Verizon at 10 Ware Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It's down the street from the Cambridge Public Library and a couple blocks from Harvard Yard. There is some street parking nearby but no parking at the event space. Alternatively, you can take the MBTA Train to Harvard Square (Red Line) and walk 8 minutes to Ware Street or take either Bus Line 1 or Bus Line 68.

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Your ticket is non-refundable. A portion of profits will go to a worthy women's charity.

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