Grafton beverage company taps into Wisconsin's equitycrowdfunding law
A Grafton firm that sells ready-made mixed drinks in bottles and cans is the first Milwaukee-area company to seek money from investors under Wisconsin's year-old equity "crowdfunding" law.
Philly's Premium Beverages LLC hopes to raise $90,000 to $240,000 under the law, which allows ordinary state residents to make relatively small investments in private companies — investments that otherwise could be made only by the wealthy.
The Grafton company, whose old-fashioneds and egg crème liqueurs are available in more than 800 locations, would use the money to buy inventory, and for general operating expenses, founder and majority owner Phillip J. Orlenko said Monday.
Philly's has launched its offering on the website of CraftFund LLC, a Milwaukee company that promotes crowdfunding initiatives by food and beverage firms.
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Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud seeks crowdfunding help to fund blizzard boxes
For the first time, Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud is doing a crowdfunding campaign for the blizzard boxes it delivers to homebound residents in case of inclement weather.
The boxes, intended for those times when the volunteer drivers cannot drive to the homes of seniors and those with disabilities, contain enough food for two days and six meals.
"Basically, it's all ready-to-eat food. It doesn't need to be cooked," said Kimberly Spencer, resource development director for Meals on Wheels. "It's shelf-stable, ready to be eaten."
Meals on Wheels provides its clients with noontime meals Monday to Friday, packaging and delivering 63,000 meals a year. The meals are intended for seniors 60 years and older living in Loveland, Berthoud and Southern Larimer County, or about 95 percent of the nonprofit's clients, and residents who have a physical or mental disability, as long as they are homebound and unable to shop or cook for themselves.
Ladies Learning Code Crowdfunding 'Mobile Coding Lab'
Ladies Learning Code's latest initiative is the "code:mobile."
The code:mobile is a travelling computer lab on wheels, which will drive across Canada in the summer of 2016 to inspire and empower Canadian kids to become passionate builders of technology.
The code:mobile will bring hands-on, interactive technology education to an estimated 10,000 kids from May to September 2016, travelling approximately 35,000km coast to coast.
Ladies Learning Code is crowdfunding on Indiegogo to support the initiative.
“The code:mobile is our big bold move to inspire the next generation of technologists,” said Laura Plant, Ladies Learning Code’s Co-Executive Director. “Since its inception in 2011, Ladies Learning Code has held over 600 workshops and events and reached over 24,000 learners across the country and we keep wanting to push that impact. In May, we announced a goal to teach 200,000 Canadian women and youth to code by 2020 and the code:mobile will help us make a big dent in our goal.”