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How I Funded My Dream Food Business

  • Alley Powered by Verizon 10 Ware Street Cambridge, MA 02139 United States (map)

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

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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.