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November 2021

Working with Distributors

November 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Webinar IL United States + Google Map
$20

Scaling is a top priority for food and beverage entrepreneurs, and distribution relationships can have a significant impact. Allison Ball, Wholesale Consultant and creator of Retail Ready® teaches her 4-step process to connect with wholesale buyers. This class covers cold introductions, communication techniques, pitching tips, and relationship builders.  About the Presenter:    Allison Ball is a former grocery buyer turned Wholesale Consultant. As the founder of Retail Ready®, an online course for CPG brands, she has helped thousands of emerging brands get their…

Starting A Food Business

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar IL United States + Google Map
$40

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Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. Join Natalie Shmulik of The Hatchery and Cheryl Balough of Balough Law Offices to go through a food business checklist and make sure you structure your business correctly from the start. This class covers required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. This event is free for residents of the West Side communities. To register, email dani@thehatcherychicago.org. About the Presenters:  Natalie Shmulik is The Hatchery’s Chief Strategy and Incubation Officer and…

How to Fund Your Business: An Introduction to Crowdfunding

November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Webinar IL United States + Google Map
$20

Crowdfunding gives food & beverage businesses access to necessary funds. Presented by Dora Rankin of Honeycomb Credit, discover the best crowdfunding strategy for your business. This class covers campaign strategy, outreach techniques, market identification for capital gain, and a convenient checklist to stay on target.  About the Presenter:    Dora Rankin is the Director of Partnerships at Honeycomb Credit. With over 20 years of experience in finance, Dora unlocks growth opportunities for small businesses to build vibrant, financially-empowered communities. She…

Digital Marketing: Campaigns and Case Studies

November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Webinar IL United States + Google Map
$20

Jump start your online presence! Join Melissa Harris of M. Harris & Co. as she presents one of Cards Against Humanity’s most successful initiatives to give you key insights on how to build your digital marketing brand. This class covers product promotion, marketing tactics, as well as tips and tricks to get you into the marketing mindset.  About the Presenter    Melissa Harris is the founder and CEO of M. Harris & Co, a marketing and communications firm. With over 15 years in journalism as an…

December 2021

The Hatchery’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser: Good Mood Foods and Gutsy Trends

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Webinar IL United States + Google Map
$50

Save the Date! Join us virtually on December 2 at 4:00 PM for The Hatchery's Annual Holiday Fundraiser! What your body digests, your mind projects. Gut microbiomes work together  to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, which have hit an all-time high since the start of the pandemic. Hear from food and beverage leaders, local entrepreneurs, and gut experts on how brands can continue to innovate and disrupt the better-for-you category, using food as medicine. All guests will have exclusive…

How to Host a Fantastic Event!

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Webinar IL United States + Google Map
$20

Organizing events can be a great way to build brand recognition, showcase your product, network and strengthen your community. In this class we will discuss what makes a great event, how to gain an audience and how to host a memorable event, virtually or in-person!   About the Presenter:    Jenn Bane is the Creative Director of M. Harris & Co., one of the fastest-growing marketing and communication firms in the Midwest. As the first-ever hire at Cards Against Humanity, Amazon’s…

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