- By glens
- In Uncategorized
- Posted February 26, 2018
At Glen’s Garden Market, our culture is deeply rooted in values that empower us to advance our Mission: to make incremental climate change progress by selling Good Food from Close By. Among our values is a commitment to growing small businesses along with our own. Since opening our doors in April 2013, we have launched 78 local, small businesses that share our commitment to sustainability, and given nearly 80 entrepreneurs their very first chance to sell their products on our shelves. Of those, 43 are woman-owned companies.
To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we are doubling-down on our commitment to aspiring women food entrepreneurs by investing in their drive to follow their dreams, as we collectively displace demand for industrially produced food in the process. We are excited to announce the launch of AccelerateHERdc, Glen’s inaugural business competition designed to identify, incubate and accelerate the most sustainable, most promising, and new lady-driven food company producing the most delicious product in our region (which includes the states of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed). At stake: a $10,000 no-strings investment; a year-long professional mentorship with Glen’s Founder (me), our Marketing Director Shana Muhammad, and Grocery Department Head Merrill Dagg; and monthly Human Resources and strategic planning with Melissa Jones, Philanthropic Consultant and Food Systems Advocate. In addition, the winner will receive a complimentary entry to the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn this July, an amazing opportunity to meet the very best independent specialty retailers in the country.
The competition will have two phases: first, an application-based judging round and then a live pitch competition at our Earth Day Birthday celebration on April 22, 2018.
Unlike most grocery stores, much of our inventory enters through the front doors in the arms of its maker. There is nothing more exciting to us than when that person is a woman, who’s stepping into our store, carrying a brand new product in her arms, having made it just up the street, likely the day before, to put it on the shelf for the very first time. We are proud to continue this inspiring tradition and cannot wait to catalyze the success of another woman-led, local food business through AccelerateHERdc.