Join established and emerging leaders for an interactive discussion on developing a food‐based social enterprise in the Hudson Valley.

And learn more about the historic Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, under development as a new home for food and arts social enterprises and seeking inspired and inspiring entrepreneurs.


Ben Giardullo, food systems consulting
As a business consultant and advisor focused on regional agriculture, Ben currently works with Hudson Valley Harvest, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Sovereign Cider, and Brooklyn Bouillon. He is a co-founder of the Beacon Food Cooperative, and serves as President of the Board for Common Ground Farm, a nonprofit focused on food accessibility and education.

Nels Leader, VP and chief operating officer of Bread Alone Bakery
In 1983, Bread Alone Bakery started with one goal in mind: to bake wholesome and organic bread on the hearth of a wood‐fired brick oven. At Bread Alone Bakery and Café & Restaurants, they continue our commitment to this mission, creating each artisan loaf by hand every day from little more than organic whole grains, water and salt.

Mike Oates, CEO of Hudson River Ventures
Founded by Sean Eldridge in 2011, Hudson River Ventures is a small business investment fund working to empower entrepreneurs and build thriving businesses throughout the Hudson Valley. Hudson River Ventures is making strategic investments ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 in target industry sectors, including food and beverage.

Jason Schuler, president and founder of More Good
More Good was founded in late 2012 with one goal in mind – to make this world a better place. They use locally sourced and organic ingredients to create hand‐crafted soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates, and bitters. Their mission is simple: global impact through local success.

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Sponsored by BEAHIVE, Hudson River Housing and Re>Think Local


Tue, Feb 24, 2015

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

291 Main Street, Beacon, NY


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