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Seattle Makers Speed Coaching

June 9, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



coachingfoodbeverageSpeed Coaching for Food and Beverage Businesses
Mercy Corps NW and Seattle Made are partnering up to bring you the second in our series of Seattle Maker’s Speed Coaching events. If you manufacture a physical product or are in the food or beverage industry and you are looking for expert advice on your business challenges, this event offers you the opportunity to sit down for one-on-one coaching sessions with business owners and experts. This event is only for food and beverage businesses – be sure to check out the September event (Date TBA) if you produce a product line other than food and beverages. Mentors will discuss marketing strategies, food and beverage permits and regulations, packaging and warehouse logistics, hiring staff, locating and negotiating space, as well as many other topics. (product image courtesy of Firefly Kitchens)

When: Thursday, June 9th 5:30 – 8:30PM
Where: Impact HUB, 220 2nd Ave S #202, Seattle, WA, 98102
Cost: $10 –
ticket price includes light fare & beverages. Must be 21 and over to attend.
– Sign up today – space is limited!

This event will be professionally photographed by Renata Steiner of Nataworry Photography, nataworry.com. By entering the event premises, attendees consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition and reproduction to be used for promotional purposes.

Confirmed Coaches:

timTimothy Zerkel: Wholesaling from a buyers perspective
Timothy Zerkel has over 10 years of experience managing and overseeing buying for Central Co-op’s grocery department which consists of bulk, beer/wine/spirits, refrigerated, frozen items, artisan bread and dry grocery products. In addition to bringing a retailer’s perspective, Tim has years of experience working with national and regional distributors, brokers and manufacturers. Central Co-op is a member-owned natural foods cooperative in the heart of Seattle, dedicated to sustainable practices, community accountability, and strengthening the local food economy. Central Coop’s shoppers trust us to provide them with delicious, healthy, and sustainable food choices and our store’s high standards for our product selection have been instrumental in early adoption of food trends and bringing many successful food manufacturing businesses to market.

andionlineAndie Long: how to get press for your business
Andie Long is a communications professional with 15 years of institutional and product storytelling experience on behalf of corporations and non-profit organizations. For the last five years, Andie drove communications strategy and outreach around emergency response and innovative program development at the global humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps. Before that, she spent nine years working with healthcare, technology and bioscience companies, transforming complex topics into everyday language. She is currently freelancing as a writer and PR consultant, as well as studying game design at the University of Washington.

ktKathleen Taylor: securing retail and production spaces
Kathleen Taylor, better known as KT, is a commercial real estate broker with Wallace Properties. She brings over 20 years of experience in real estate and finance to her clients. Her primary area of focus is retail leasing, working with both tenants and landlords. She has helped many small businesses secure their first location and then go on to expand as their business grows. KT is on the Board for the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, located in Columbia City, and is actively involved in promoting economic development in South East Seattle.

kerenKeren LaCourse: Licensing for small food processing businesses
Keren joined the Washington State Department of Agriculture in 1998, following a move across country to the Pacific NW from Upstate New York. She worked as a food inspector with New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for 12 years before joining WSDA. Keren now manages 10 staff in 6 counties (King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan) and they handle all dairy, food, cottage food, custom meat, small volume poultry processing and marijuana infused edible inspections. Keren and her husband live in King County, and have 2 grown sons who attend the University of Washington and 3 lazy basset hounds.

Mitchell_ClaireClaire Mitchell – Legal advice for food businesses
Claire Mitchell is a regulatory and business transactional attorney at Stoel Rives LLP with a focus on the food and beverage industries. She counsels clients at all levels of the supply chain, including global, national, and regional growers, processors, and retailers, on licensing, permitting and other regulatory compliance matters, strategic corporate transactions, commercial contract negotiations, and trademark protection and enforcement. She regularly advises clients on product labeling, marketing, and advertising as well as food safety plans to ensure compliance with federal statutes and regulations including the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). She is a member of the Northwest Food Processors Association’s Operations and Technical Affairs Committee, a board member of Green Plate Special, and a frequent contributor to Stoel Rives’ Food Liability and Alcoholic Beverages Law blogs.

claiborneClaiborne Bell: Working with commercial kitchens
Claiborne Bell joined his father as co-owner of Seattle Sorbets and Ice Creams in West Seattle in 2008. As a graduate of the University of Washington and local Seattle businessman Claiborne provides a modern perspective to compliment his father’s years of experience. Seattle Sorbets manufactures 11 uniquely delicious sorbet flavors that are in stores locally and nationally. His father oversees the ordering of raw ingredients and materials, while Claiborne is responsible for production, sales, manufacturing, and shipping. Claiborne also manages the Bell Family’s commissary kitchen USI Kitchen Rental in West Seattle which is home to 15 local and family-run food processing companies including food trucks, catering companies ,and a Chocolatier. Claiborne is committed to holding himself and the quality of Seattle Sorbets to a high standard, giving back to his community, and growing his business.

Edwin HeadshotEdwin Rios: Access to Capital – Microloans
Edwin A. Rios is a Loan Officer for Mercy Corps Northwest, a community development financial institution providing microloans up to $20,000 for start-ups and $50,000 for established businesses not able to access traditional bank financing. After working with microenterprises in the Southwest for 4 years through Accion, Edwin joined the Mercy Corps Northwest lending team in 2014. He holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 5.28.35 PMDrew Gillespie: Wholesaling
Drew is Pike Brewing Company’s Vice President Operations and is responsible for the 26 year old brewery and pub’s daily operations and long-term planning. Drew started in The Pike Pub kitchen as a line cook while he was in culinary school. After three years in the kitchen he made the move to the front of the house, where he was regularly promoted from server to bartender and eventually to General Manager. In 2011 Pike Brewing Company owners and founders Charles and Rose Ann Finkel promoted Drew again, this time to Vice President Operations, overseeing the brewery and pub. In his current role he manages all aspects of The Pike Pub, from menu development and beer education to staffing. His work in the Brewery focuses on planning, production calendar, staffing, project management, new beer creation, pricing, and distributor management. He gets a little excited when he talks about Pike Locale and the future of malting in craft beer. Drew is a life-long Washingtonian, growing up in both North Central and Western Washington and graduating from Seattle’s Garfield High School. He and his wife Katie live in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood.

Ken Takahashi: Business Financing
Ken Takahashi is Manager of the Small Business Development Team at the City of Seattle – Office of Economic Development. The Small Business Development Team helps to connect entrepreneurs to alternative financing options including Community Development Financial Institutions and the City’s SBA loan fund known as the Grow Seattle Fund. The Small Business Development Team also supports businesses with access to technical assistance resources such as marketing and financial management services, and helps businesses navigate governmental process. Ken has been with the Office of Economic Development since 2001 and his background also includes work as a real estate transactional attorney.

Kerrie Carbary: Cottage Food Industry and General Business Planning
Kerrie is the Business Advisor at Center for Inclusive Entrpreneurship at Pinchot University. Kerrie earned an MBA in Sustainable Business at BGI with an industry concentration in Microfinance and Entrepreneurship. She’s been a business owner several times over, including a paper arts and rubber stamping supply manufacturing company, a sustainable art supply store, a recycled sketchbook and journal production business, and a small press magazine and publishing business. As a nonprofit program coordinator the past few years, she has exclusively assisted low-income individuals who are striving to maintain their independence and potential despite barriers such as poor health, disabilities, mental illness, and cultural marginalization. Her specialties are food business, bootstrapping and grassroots marketing, and bringing sustainability to businesses.

jenniferJennifer Tam: Permitting and licensing for restaurants or mobile food vending businesses
Jennifer Tam is the Restaurant Advocate at the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. She serves as a one point of contact for the Restaurant Success Initiative and helps new and existing restaurateurs connect to restaurant resources and navigate through the requirements and regulatory environment when opening or expanding a restaurant or mobile food business in Seattle. The initiative was launched in October 2014 and responds to the restaurant community\u2019s concerns that the steps required to open a restaurant can be confusing and difficult to complete, and to broader business concerns about the need for easy access to permitting and licensing information. Jennifer works with businesses throughout the Seattle area and hails from a background and passion for supporting small businesses. Jennifer grew up in the restaurant industry in her family’s restaurant who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary this year.

Stephanie Meier – Legal advice for beverage businesses
Stephanie Meier is an associate in the Corporate group and focuses her practice in the area of alcohol beverage law. She advises alcohol beverage industry clients, including wineries, breweries, distilleries and retailers, on all aspects of state and federal licensing and permitting, post-licensing regulatory compliance, local and national marketing promotions, state and federal label and packaging compliance, state and federal tax issues, contracts, and distribution issues. Stephanie also represents clients outside the alcohol beverage industry with general corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.

11707602_10207452090208787_8843571584316355213_nElle Lochelt: Labels and Packaging
Elle Lochelt joined Richmark label 6 years ago. She is Director of Sales and Marketing. Overseeing a team of account managers and keeping current on new industries and new printing techniques is her game. Richmark Label has been in business 65 years and is one of the last manufacturing businesses on Capitol Hill. She works from the ground up helping new businesses start the process of branding using labels to hit their target audience. At the same time helping the other account managers give the best customer service and printing quality to all their accounts.

matt roney headshot squareMatt Roney: Social Media
Matt Roney is a community manager at the Seattle-based marketing software developer Moz. His responsibilities include (but are certainly not limited to) managing Moz’s various social media channels, organizing the Mozinar educational webinar series, moderating the on-site Moz Q&A forum, and wrangling speakers for Moz’s conferences and events. A 5-year veteran of the online marketing industry, he’s been an agency SEO, a user feedback analyst, and a Google AdWords consultant.


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Mercy Corps Northwest is a community development financial institution providing access to capital and education to entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to improve their life regardless of their background. By investing in those without ready access to resouces, existing economic disparities will become more equitable and motivated hard working individuals and families will have opportunities to break inter-generational cycles of poverty for good. www.mercycorpsnw.org




The mission of Seattle Made is to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity. www.seattlemade.org


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June 9, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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