How I Funded My Dream Food Business
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

How I Funded My Dream Food Business

We are The Fresh Collective: A community of women food entrepreneurs in Boston.

How I Funded My Dream Food Business

  • 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. We'll learn from a range of female business owners at different stages about what worked for them and what didn't. 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. Each ticket comes with a free drink and a lovely veg plate of fritters from Saloniki. You can buy additional beer and wine from our cash bar. Several of our favorite local food makers will sell and sample 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 women food entrepreneurs. Come connect with us at an event or find us online: thefreshcollective.co

About our panelists:

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Blazing Your Own Trail in Food: A Conversation with Women Who Know How

Blazing Your Own Trail in Food: A Conversation with Women Who Know How

  • Cookbook author and New York Times contributor Colu Henry

  • James Beard Award-Winning chef and cookbook author Karen Akunowicz

  • America's Test Kitchen cast member and food stylist Elle Simone Scott

Fresh Collective founders Maggie Battista and Leigh Belanger will moderate the discussion on women building careers and business in the food industry. Each ticket comes with a free drink from our cash bar--you can buy additional beer and wine, too. There will be plenty of time for mingling, sipping, and chatting both before and after the talk. We will also have Colu Henry's and Karen Akunowicz's cookbooks for sale so you can have them signed. See you there!

Monday October 1, 6:30-9:30 pm. The panel begins at 7pm sharp.

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

Get tickets and complete info: freshcollectiveconvo.eventbrite.com

The Fresh Collective is a community of women food entrepreneurs. If that sounds like something you'd be into, come connect at an event or find us online: thefreshcollective.co

Illustration by Emily Phares

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

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.

What can I bring into the event?

You're welcome to bring pre-purchased cookbooks to the event and ask the authors to sign them.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

freshcollectiveboston@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

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

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