Forge Food Press Release

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Portland Foodpreneurs get an accelerator to help them fully bake their business dreams.*

Portland, Oregon, USA – September 7th 2014 – Forge Portland launches Portland’s first food-focused Business Accelerator in response tremendous demand from local food producers.

FORGE: FOOD is currently accepting applications for their inaugural food accelerator beginning October 8, 2014. Foodpreneurs looking to scale their product into a regional or national business will benefit from this 6-week accelerator program. Accepted applicants will focus on building a solid foundation in finance, operations, marketing, branding, legalities and building relationship with some of Portland’s food experts. By the end of the 6 weeks foodpreneurs will be in a position to decide if they should aggressively scale to a national brand, or focus on operational efficiency to develop stronger local demand for their product.

According to Forge founder Rob Bart, “Portland’s food companies are an incredible opportunity for our community to create sustainable local jobs which cannot be exported. New food producers are incredibly talented creators with a passion to bring new products to market but often need support to build a business around their product. There is palpable excitement to help these individuals and this program does exactly that.”

FORGE: FOOD is still seeking a few additional strategic partners to sponsor motivated foodpreneurs excited about taking their product to market.

Forge Portland is a community-based, 5,800 sq. ft. coworking space located in the Tiffany Center at 1410 SW Morrison Street Suite 850. Forge was founded in May 2014 by Rob Bart, a recent legal graduate from the Lewis and Clark Law program. It currently hosts 25 members and growing in a combination of private and semi-private offices, hot desks (first come first serve day use) and private desks.

Press Contact
Rob Bart rob@forgeportland.org
541-399-2599
www.forgeportland.org