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Kick it up a notch

Summer is make-or-break time for many of the small businesses in our towns, along the trails, and in the city’s most festive neighborhoods. This summer, many entrepreneurs are thinking big. For the next six weeks, The Progress Fund – which has helped 311 businesses over 21 years – is going to take you into the heat of an entrepreneurial summer. Continue reading

Nonprofit funders are growing craft beverage producers in Appalachia

Our Craft Beverage Fund supports budding local brewers, distillers and winemakers. Because we’re a nonprofit, we can give tastemakers extra help with uniquely designed terms to grow their boozy business. We can accept offbeat collateral like grapevines or bottle labels, and help beverage makers get more funding for better equipment or the freshest, more high-quality ingredients— so they can craft every sip. … Continue reading

Three cheers for the winners!

A well-crafted plan for economic development Local favorites, Butler Brew Works and Straub Brewery brought home the Gold this week from the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship amongst international competition. Butler Brew Works in Butler brought home the coveted Gold Medal for their “Ale of Eros” Belgian Style Fruit Beer. Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s won two Gold Medals for … Continue reading

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