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Nov
8
Kris McDowell
PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Meg Evans of Rock Bottom Brewery in Pittsburgh, PA 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 selected Meg due to her well-written essay in which she communicated the areas she is currently lacking knowledge in, how the coursework will fill those gaps and what that knowledge will mean to her as she works toward her future goals.

Meg has spent the last eight years working her way up from cellarman at Southern Tier to her current position as head brewer at Rock Bottom, gaining experience in a wide variety of brewery operations. However she says, “One thing – and it’s a big thing – that I haven’t been exposed to, is the business aspect of our industry.” Being in the early stages of opening her own brewery she knows that in order to be successful she will need to add a thorough understanding of accounting, HR and more that this course will provide. Her and her partner intend to open a neighborhood brewery, saying that among other things, “Owning a brewery will only open greater opportunities for me to be a better asset for other women in my community.”

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 in this four-course certificate 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 startup community and other potential business partners.

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

Nov
5
Kris McDowell
PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
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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.

Nov
15
Kris McDowell
Kim Collins Scholarship Recipient
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PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Kim Collins of Golden, Colo. 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 Kim to receive this scholarship as they feel “she has the brewing experience and a clear plan for her brewery, but lacks the business knowledge that will propel her to success—therefore, this course will benefit her greatly.”

Kim’s professional brewing career has spanned four years at five Colorado breweries including brewing on the 3bbl system at Barrels & Bottles, the 1bbl pilot system at Boulder Beer and most recently on the 20bbl system at Wynkoop Brewing Company. She had been homebrewing for eight years previously and made the jump to being a professional “to learn to everything there is to know about brewing and to someday open my own brewpub.” She’s in the process of making that dream a reality, purchasing a 21-acre piece of land in Michigan that will be home to a 10bbl brewery, restaurant and yurt camping for what she describes as “casual winery and summer camp combined.” While confident in her brewing skills, Kim has not owned a business before and is looking forward to the breadth of knowledge the courses in this certificate will provide.

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 business 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, Kim will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Nov
10
Kris McDowell
Scholarship Recipient Lauren Silano
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PSU Business of Craft Brewing Certificate Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Lauren Silano, co-owner of Neptune’s Brewery in Montana, is the recipient of the 2015 Portland State University Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate course 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 Lauren to receive this scholarship feeling she, “is the best fit for the scholarship because she has little previous brewing industry experience and thus will benefit the most from the scholarship/course.”

Lauren and her husband purchased Neptune’s in 2014, he contributing his love of brewing beer and she bringing her love of business to the venture. While she doesn’t have a background in the beer world she feels, “I have an advantage, because I’m not held back by knowledge of “what everyone else does”. This has helped our brewery to be seen as thinking outside the box, and coming up with new and creative ways of increasing revenue.” Lauren is however concerned about lacking some basic knowledge which drove her to apply for the scholarship. Having completed her MBA with online courses she knows the key, saying “what you put in is what you will get out, I’m ready to put in 100%.”

Portland State University’s Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate consists of two required courses that will focus on the commerce skills needed to create a viable basic startup business plan in order to make a brewery business efficient and profitable as well as two elective courses. 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. By the end of the four-course certificate, students will have 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, Lauren will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.