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A resource sharing network for food business founders & leaders in the NW

We come to the group to learn from each other, share resources & collaborate.  


Together we are building vibrant businesses and a resilient, regenerative, regional food system.

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

The PNW F&B or "google group" is, at it's simplest, a google group. With over 700 members it has become a central communication point for regional food businesses. 

The group contains 3 years of rich data full of resources and answers to problems from if a trade show is worth investing in to ERP system recommendations to box suppliers. 

Each month I host Community Conversations and Office Hours to deepen the support and community connections. 

 

THREE WAYS TO JOIN

  • Resource Network

    11$
    Every month
    Basic Level Membership to Ask / Receive
     
    • Google Group Email Access
    • Google Group Database Access
    • Oregon Taste Company Listing
    • Community, Connections & More!
  • Business Membership

    22$
    Every month
    Community Conversation Business Membership
     
    • Google Group Email Access
    • Google Group Database Access
    • Oregon Taste Company Listing
    • Community Conversation Monthly Zoom
    • Access to Community Office Hours with Hannah
    • Community, Connections & More!
  • Community Partner

    33$
    Every month
    Community Partner / Consultant Membership (strict vetting)
     
    • Google Group Access
    • Google Group Database Access
    • Community Conversation Monthly Zoom
    • Opportunity to teach, share back your knowledge
    • Community, Connections & More!

My intention is to keep this group just as open and vibrant as it has always been. If these plans prove to be a financial barrier to you, please reach out, there are several scholarship memberships available.

 

PNW F&B TESTIMONIALS

PS, from my "HELP!" email I sent a few months ago, I have found investors/partners to keep my business running. So thank you soooo much for coordinating this email community! :)

Ashley

I cannot fully describe how excited I was to discover this group.  It came on the heels of a lot of hard work as well as some big challenges during a time when I didn't feel like I was connected with other creators and entrepreneurs.  I consider it a privilege to be part of this community.

Ryan

Sending my gratitude to you for all of the work you have done (and continue to do) to foster such a rich local community of makers.


It really is inspiring to see all of the people you've brought together in this past year. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of it,


With gratitude,

First, I love this group. It has changed the way I move through the world and has given me hope in humanity. It's full of supportive people being vulnerable. generous and honest, something I have never experienced on a broad scale, ever. Thank you, Hannah and 500 of you at large.

Elisa

Carrie

I just wanted to drop you a line about how incredibly useful the PNW packaged Food & Bev Group is. I end up referring people to it all the time because it is a great searchable source for relevant and up to date information about all manner of things in addition to packaging and design.


Especially for my folks in rural areas it is amazing to have a resource to learn from. 

The PNW Food & Beverage group saved me over 40k on money not wasted on a trade show that got bad feedback in past threads of the group. Thank you.

Kristen

Lynn

 
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GROUP BOUNDARIES

Creating a safe place to share and build trust is of utmost importance to me. As such:

  • This is a group for founders and leaders of food & beverage companies. We do not include (as wonderful as some of the individuals may be) investors, buyers or distributors.

  • There are a select few consultants and service providers. They have all shown me to be community-first minded. If you ever feel that you are being soliticted, please let me know. 

  • Please, please let me know if any other issues arise.

GROUP CULTURE

  • Reply-All Culture (within reason folk!!) Bottom-line let's make sure the information is accessible to future users!

  • Give more than you take! 

  • Pay it forward! 


HUGE SHOUT OUT to the community members who share their knowledge and resources freely, paving an easier way to future entrepreneurs -- you know who you are!! 

HOW TO JOIN

If you want to invite others to join they can apply with their email at THIS LINK - Who is missing from our community?! Feel free to also shoot me an email, I'll happily add folk or change your email address!

HOW TO EMAIL THE GROUP

Simply send an email to pnw-packaged-food-bev@googlegroups.com - Note it might look like the email didn't go through, but if you pushed send, I assure you it did go through!

  • Please share resources, there are many new companies on this group! 

  • This is a safe place to email most questions, we are a welcoming, non-judgement crew.

SEARCHING OLD THREADS

This group is a goldmine! All the past information is stored on google groups. If you navigate to the Google Groups webpage you will find it all there. https://groups.google.com/my-groups  -- PRO TIP: Search before you ask!

I'M GETTING TOO MANY EMAILS!!! AKA GROUP SETTINGS

There are several ways to organize the group emails so they don't overwhelm you or your inbox!

  • Digest Mode: Pro: one email, once a day (or week). Con: not as easy to reply to the threads and you might miss something in the moment like a piece of equipment that sells fast. 

  • Filtering the emails to a folder. Because of the tag [PNW F&B], you can easily filter the emails into a folder. 

  • My fave: If you are a gmail user, you can set up your inbox to have inbox 'sections' all my [PNW F&B] simply go to the forums tab so I can look at them when I have a moment. 

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!

DID I MISS ANYTHING?! ADD YOUR VOICE!