Sam Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching in Brooklyn – 11/16

BUSINESS_profile_notAvailableLOGOAre you a food, beverage or hospitality small business owner? Are you looking for marketing, packaging, legal, financial or sales and distribution advice?

On November 16, 0ur friends at Samuel Adams are partnering with Accion to host a Speed Coaching event in Brooklyn: Brewing the American Dream.

The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00. During the reception participants will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to their business such as:

Marketing and E-Commerce
Sales and Distribution
Business Financing
Legal Advice for Your Business
…and more!

SMYNC will be on hand as part of the coaching team!

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Crain’s New York Business Presents Made In New York


Taste the very best of New York state food and drink on October 28th! Join Crain’s New York Business and Taste NY for a unique event featuring food and beverage New York businesses. Part trade show, part marketplace, part educational experience, this unique event connects the small business food and beverage community of New York with retailers and buyers.

Some of NY’s most superior food and drink businesses will be in attendance at this year’s Crain’s New York Business‘ “Made In New York”, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Blue Point Brewery, misha, The Saucey Sauce Co, Amy’s Bread, Blue Hill Yogurt, Brooklyn Brewery, Granola Lab, Great Performances, Liddabit Sweets and more.

Get excited: SMNYC’s Derek Denckla will also be speaking on a panel about “Access to Capital: Alternative Funding” along with VEDC and New York Business Development Corporation.

More information and tickets:


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SMNYC + CFF + Philanthropy NY Hosts Impact Investing Conversation On 10/5

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We’re partnering with Community Food Funders + Philanthropy NY to host a discussion on impact investing in the food space! Questions we’ll address: What is impact investing, and how can philanthropic organizations participate? Who is already doing food investing in our region, and what types of entities are seeking these funds?

Details: October 5th, 12:30 – 3:30pm at the Surdna Foundation. Lunch will be served! RSVP by 10/2 to


  • Karen Hiniker Simons, Hudson Varick Resources
  • Derek Denckla, Slow Money NYC
  • Stacey Faella, Woodcock Foundation
  • Alison Corwin and Tatianna Echevarria, Surdna Foundation

Suggested reading prior to this event. Thanks to CFF for gathering the below materials:

Other recommended resources:

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NESAWG Presents “It Takes a Region Conference”

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 10.32.31 AMNortheast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) hosts “It Takes a Region Conference” which brings together farm and food practitioners to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues.

This year’s theme is “Putting MOVE in the Movement!” and will include the following topics: policy organizing, racism in the food system, food activism, farm-to-institutions (including farm-to-hospital), food security, food hubs, and food + farm workers.

Slow Money NYC is leading a Working Group entitled “[Collaborative Approaches to Financing a Better Food System]”( and continues a dialogue initiated by Slow Money NYC in various forums: NEFFA, Food + Enterprise Summit 2015 and, recently, CFF Briefing, discussed above. Register here.

Who: Designed for foundations, financial institutions and angel investors (collectively: “food system funders”) as well as business intermediaries and researchers.

What: A review of evolving opportunities and challenges for funding sustainable food and farm enterprises with both philanthropic and impact capital.
Why: To overcome current barriers, innovative programming must be devised that targets both sides of investments—the businesses and investors—to bridge the gap between them.

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Help Ensure #NYComposts


On July 1st, the NYC Sanitation Dept will decide on whether to require all food businesses to compost. SMNYC believes wholeheartedly in the importance of composting to solve issues of food waste, improving our local ecology, and strengthening NYC (and the nation’s) food system as a whole.

Feel free to school yourself on the issues by reading the following articles:

We hope you’ll join in on contacting NYC’s officials about composting. Egg Restaurant has composed the following tweets with which you should use to promote this initiative.

@NYCSanitation Chefs & business owners support a sustainable food system, from seed to waste. Make sure #NYComposts food scraps citywide! 

 @NYCSanitation – we need to reduce food waste through composting.  Require that #NYComposts by expanding organic waste program citywide!

Let’s make sure our food waste goes to good use!  Tell @NYCSanitation to require foodservice composting citywide #NYComposts

 If you have ideas or any suggestions or input for this initiative, please reach out to Evan Hanczor, chef at Williamsburg’s Egg, at, who has initiated this important conversation.

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Slow Money NYC June Update

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We hope you’re enjoying the first half of June. Keep on reading to learn about June’s highlights.

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Food + Enterprise, the three day conference that took place last February, was established to foster community + collaboration among farmers, entrepreneurs, consultants and funders to finance a better food system.

We’ve finally had the time to sift through the pages of feedback we’ve received from attendees, and wanted to share a few nuggets of feedback that we believe encapsulate what we are trying to accomplish at F + E. We’ll be putting together a full report in the near future, so stay tuned for more comments, constructive criticisms, and reactions from event-goers.

“It was beautifully done!… I had such a blast meeting so many inspiring people in the industry and learning about which way the tides are turning. “–Friday Attendee

“It was particularly great to see people from so many stakeholder groups in the room – we’re so often stuck in our own little silos.”–Saturday Attendee

“The six one on one mentoring sessions I had on Friday were invaluable. I learned more on that day and during the rest of the weekend than I could have in months on my own.” — Friday Attendee



At Food + Enterprise last February, seven growth-stage food and farm enterprises presented their business plans to an audience of investors, consultants, peers and consumers, and launched crowdfunding campaigns on Barnraiser .

We are thrilled to report that five of our Pitch Entrepreneurs from Food + Enterprise were successfully funded on Barnraiser. Congratulations to Made By Lukas, Northeast Farm Access, With Love From Brooklyn, Next Door Organics, and Goldilocks Goodies!


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June 17th-19th: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

June 18th: Foodshed Investors NY (FINY) Meeting, Impact Hub NY, NY

June 24th: Access to Capital: Food, Beverage, Agricultural and Fishing Enterprises

June 25th: Giving & Investing Towards Just & Sustainable Environment for All

June 25th: Pollinating The Hudson Valley Economy

June 25th: Fail Friday with Food + Tech Connect

July 6th: Foodstand + Slow Money NYC Spotlight

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Local Farms Fund Announces Its First Farm Acquisition in Saratoga County, NY


Memorial Day, while a day of remembrance honoring fallen veterans, is often associated with the start of summer. For Local Farms Fund it will be associated with the Fund’s first farm purchase. On Friday last week, Local Farms Fund closed on its first property, a 63 acre farm located in Saratoga County, NY. The farm is being leased to Jamielynn and Timothy Biello and has a working title of “Saratoga Draft Power Farm.” Following the Local Farms Fund investment model of farmer driven acquisitions, the farm property was initially found by Jamielynn and Tim and highlighted as one that suited the needs of their long-term business plans. The property, located 20 minutes from Saratoga Springs, has a beautiful 1800s colonial house, two spring fed ponds and several barns, perfect for the Biello’s farm business plan of developing a free-choice on-farm vegetable Community Support Agriculture (CSA) operation powered by draft horses. After reviewing the farm property, the Biellos and Local Farms Fund worked together to acquire the farm at an economic price from the sellers that met the needs of both the Fund and future farm tenants. Now the Biellos have a 20-year lease with purchase options rights from Local Farms Fund allowing them to focus capital on a successful business but still providing the necessary land security.

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During the first couple of years the Biellos will focus on building soil fertility and infrastructure development necessary to support the CSA. The long-term farm plan includes eggs and meat, wholesale to local restaurants and grocers, as well as the potential for on-farm education and agritourism. Tim and Jamielynn will be moving to the homestead over the course of the next few days learning the ins and outs of their new home.

This purchase represents the first of several farms that Local Farms Fund intends to acquire over the next couple of years. The Fund has a very simple investment model. Find sustainable farmers looking for land access in the NY Foodshed. Buy farmland that meets the needs of the farmer’s business. Provide the farmer with a lease-to-own arrangement. The farm purchase in Saratoga County is a perfect example of the Fund’s investment strategy at work.

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Local Farms Fund is extremely excited to have Jamielynn and Tim as the first farm tenants and know they will have great success with the Saratoga Draft Power Farm.

Jamielynn and Tim standing in the field closest to the house and barns. This field is approximately 10 acres. Directly behind wooded area in the photo there is another large open field of around 15 acres. In total the property is 63 acres and about 35 of those are wooded, providing a natural habitat for native wildlife.

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Goodwin Procter Hosts Event For Start-up Entrepreneurs

Law firm Goodwin Procter will host a networking and Q&A session with founder of KIND, Inc. Daniel Lubetzky, as well as a speed coaching session with pros from Accion, Goodwin Procter, KIND and Sam Adams. Coaches will cover a range of topics including digital branding, communications, marketing, writing a business plan, creative design, raising capital, growing your business and much, much more.

In addition, there will be information about Goodwin Procter’s Neighborhood Business Initiative, which offers pro bono legal services to low income and inner city entrepreneurs. Other resources available to take advantage of include: Sam Adams’ Brewing the American Dream and Accion.

Date: June 10, 2015
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Goodwin Procter
620 Eighth Avenue; Manhattan, NY


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The First Edible Business Conference Will Convene From June 5th-7th


The NYC area Edible Magazine collective (Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan and Edible East End) is producing a conference from June 5-7 at Stony Brook Southhampton to discuss all things about the business of food and drink. The conference will be hosted by The Food Lab, a center for food education, media and enterprise, and will bring together farmers, chefs, drink makers, food investors and many more folks to promote a healthier regional food system.

The weekend-long conference will include:

A cocktail and shellfish reception curated by Edible East End (The EIC of which is SMNYC board member Brian Halweil).

Discussions on the business of booze, the convergence of food and technology, and social enterprise in the North Eastern Foodshed.

A keynote conversation with Food 52’s Amanda Hesser and food novelist Jessica Soffer

Tastings of a wide array of products from brewers, yogurt makers, ice cream scoopers, poultry-women, baristas and more

And, what’s especially exciting, is that SMNYC’s Derek Denckla will be a panelist on Sunday June 7th. He’ll discuss the social purpose of the food business with Mary Cleaver (Cleaver Company), Tanya Steel (Kid’s State Dinner at the Whitehouse), Kathleen Masters (AFI), Ron Tanner (NASFT), Kevin Elgoff (Local Farms Fund) and Liz Neumark (Great Performances).

Grab your tickets to this event filled with amazing food, drink and conversation here: Grab your ticket 

See you there!

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The Fresh Connection Kickstarter Launch

FC_letterheadWe’re excited to announce that on the heels of our successful KivaZip fundraising campaign, The Fresh Connection has launched a new campaign on Kickstarter (

unnamed-2The Fresh Connection is the only trucking and logistics company in New York City that specializes in supporting the local food system. Since 2012 we have made it our mission to get food from local farms and producers to the restaurants, businesses, and CSA customers they serve.

The goal of this Kickstarter is to purchase a refrigerated Sprinter Van. We currently lease our trucks, and this will be the first vehicle owned outright by The Fresh Connection. It will be branded with our logo, and will increase our capacity and flexibility, enabling us to grow and serve an even wider range of local farmers and food producers.

For your contribution you can receive The Fresh Connection swag as well as rewards generously contributed by other food businesses in our network such as Regal Vegan, Splendid Spoon, Good Eggs, Great Performances, Natural Gourmet Institute, City Saucery, Culture Yogurt, Heritage Radio Network, Brooklyn Grange, and Quinciple.

Thank you so much for your support!!


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