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PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Carly Chelder of Ambler, Penn. is the recipient of the Portland State University Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Carly as she “is currently an integral part of opening a brewery and would benefit from this program. In addition, she already possesses a strong background in leadership and organizational skills.This course will help bridge the gap between her existing skills and the beer industry knowledge she will need.”

Carly is a newer Pink Boots Society member but says that she “foresees a mutually beneficial relationship” with the organization and hopes “to volunteer regularly once our brewpub is up and running.” That brewpub, Tannery Run Brew Works, took possession of their leased space in October and are having a 7 barrel system retrofitted for split-batch fermentation with an estimated delivery date of December 2017 or January 2018.

Part of a three-person team opening the brewpub, she describes herself saying, “I am not a brewer. I am a handler. I handle things. I assist. I support. I research and I plan. I market. I organize. Although I’m not an integral part of the product, I am a crucial part of the machine.” Officially handling marketing and outreach, she also schedules meetings, gets updates from her partners on their respective parts and handles the business side of things. She’s looking forward to gaining the business management knowledge she is currently lacking through this scholarship.

The Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate focuses on the commerce skills needed to create a viable basic startup business plan to make a brewery efficient and profitable. Students will be introduced to the various players and processes that go into producing and selling craft beverages, from growing grains and hops, to malting, brewing, distribution and retail environments. The courses cover different strategies, the associated costs of creating a craft beer and business models, culminating in an investor-ready business plan to present to potential backers, the craft beverage start-up community and other potential business partners.

In addition to attending the course, Carly will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

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