Congrats to the winners of the food & beverage edition of the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award! These finalists will receive a trip to Orlando to pitch their business live at the Military Influencer's Conference, where first, second, and third place will be determined. Without further ado, the winners are....
Mark Mhley, Re4ormed
Born from the Marine Corps' search for deployable, renewable energy systems, Re4ormed Organics’ anaerobic digester technology addresses two challenges facing today’s food and beverage industry: food and farm waste management.
In Maryland, only 1/7th of food waste is composted; there is tremendous demand for food-waste recycling capacity to support public/private waste-reduction goals. Simultaneously across American farms, especially within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, there is high demand for manure management to prevent dangerous nutrient runoff, but near-zero capacity. Re4ormed’s technology and business model provide a farm-to-table-to-farm solution that recycles organic waste on-farm into renewable energy and 4 commodities: methane, soil-amendment, purified hot water, and carbon dioxide. Our business model is a win-win partnership with each farm and community: Re4ormed builds and owns each digester using public and private financing, partners with each farm to produce commodities, shares net profits while zeroing out energy costs, and provides an organic waste processing hub for the community. Prior to joining Re4ormed, Ace Sarich, a retired Navy SEAL and DARPA developer, led development of the U.S. Naval Academy’s food “Waste-to-Watts” digester in Annapolis, MD., which demonstrates this scalable, affordable, and deployable source of renewable electricity. Inspired to transfer this technology to the commercial sector, Mark Mhley retired from the Navy in 2017 and founded Re4ormed. In May 2018, the Maryland Energy Administration awarded our team a grant to build our first animal-waste digester on a Maryland farm.
With a Veteran Small Business Award, we intend to develop our soil-amendment product into a garden soil to increase its utility and market-value. At Re4ormed, we’re doing more than developing waste-to-energy systems for the military and commercial sectors. We’re joining veteran-owned small businesses nationwide that are building jobs for veterans and military spouses, energy and environmental resiliency in our communities, and innovative solutions to our most pressing challenges.
Olandria Hudson, Henny Penny's Patisserie
On April 22, 2018 I filed with that state of Florida for my license as a L.L.C. for my business, Henny Penny's Patisserie. Henny Penny's Patisserie has been a work in progress and this year I'm making my dreams come true! 7 years ago my family was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. At the time, I was a stay at home with 4 kids trying to find my identity and what direction I was trying to go in life. The MyCAA program provided me an opportunity to return to college and graduate with my A.A.S. degree in Baking & Pastry from Anne Arundel Community College (A.A.C.C.). During my time in college, I started my catering business, Henny Penny's Patisserie. After graduating from A.A.C.C., my husband received military orders for our family to relocate to Pensacola, Florida. Right before our move I applied and was accepted to Johnson & Wales University, hospitality management program. While in Pensacola, Florida I promoted my business, took care of the kids and studied for my Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. After graduation I knew it was time to jump and step out there on my own with opening a store front business. I am proud to say on April 22, 2018 (my birthday), I signed the lease on my first store front. Since April 22, 2018 I have secured contracts to serve lunches to Marine ROTC classes on NAS Pensacola, and have provided freshly made birthday cakes to new soldiers, sailors, marines and coasties stationed in the base barracks at discounted prices. Receiving a grant for my business will assist me with purchasing my bakery equipment, cash register and will allow me to expand the area that I serve. Thank you for the consideration!
Keith Sherrill, Haint Blue Brewing Company
Haint Blue Brewing Company is currently in the process of building a craft beer production facility in Mobile, Alabama. We were the first company in Alabama to conduct Regulation Crowdfunding for our venture...although it was shy of our goal - we are humbled & grateful for the $267,000 we were fortunate to raise.
Last year, through contract-brewing, we brewed & sold nearly 600 barrels of beer within the Mobile Metro Area; we are the #1 selling craft beer in our distributor's portfolio. Once our facility is built - we aim to engage the community, share our story, capture a margin that results in growth, and promote the things that truly makes this land exceptional = her people. We have traveled the globe & believe we are in a position to build a brand/facility that aids in making Mobile, Alabama a destination for those looking to taste the South. Of course, we collaborate with other veteran-owned companies when possible/relevant (e.g. Rumi Spice). It's our goal to further their efforts along with ours. For more information, check out www.haintbluebrew.com
Congrats again to our winners and thank you so much to everyone who entered! To learn more about the Veteran Small Business Award and how you can enter your small business, visit streetshares.com/foundation.
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