Nav Awards its First $10,000 Small Business Grant

The Next Grant Contest is Scheduled for June 15, 2018 — Colorado-based company, Founding Foods, received $10,000 to help scale a business that’s controlling an invasive species

Rachel Irons, owner, CEO and founder of Founding Foods – Nav Small Business Grant Winner (PRNewsfoto/, a free site and app for small business owners to access their business credit scores and get matched to financing options, announced the winner of its inaugural “Legitify Your Small Business Grant.” The contest, launched in February, awarded $10,000in cash to founder and CEO of Founding Foods, Rachel Irons.

The response to the grant contest was inspiring. In total, Nav received an incredible 347 submissions. To be considered, one of the main requirements was writing a brief story about a business challenge the business owner was facing or had overcome.

“We were blown away by the perseverance shown by the applicants’ stories and it underscored the tenacity required to follow your business dream,” said Lydia Roth, Nav’s marketing manager who spearheaded the project. “Access to financing, like business loans and business credit cards was a common pain point.”

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MMCA: Moving the Needle on Diversity in the Media

By Phyllis Armstrong

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2018 MMCA Honorees

“It feels amazing to be recognized for work that I love to do, and that is celebrating multicultural America,” says Vanessa K. DeLuca. The former editor-in-chief of ESSENCE Magazine is a strong believer in the power of journalism to transform lives when it fairly represents people of different colors and cultures. “That’s what I live for. It’s not so much about the glitz and glamour of the job. It’s more about making sure that these voices are supported and elevated.”

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Former ESSENCE Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca

The co-founder and president of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association sees the mission of moving the needle on diversity in news and entertainment as more challenging than ever before. “In my mind, it is a crisis. I believe there is an economic, social and political crisis that has been created by the lack of [diversity in the] media,” says David Morgan. He points to the Kerner Commission Report released 50 years ago that emphasized the impact the lack of media diversity had on social discord. He now sees a worsening picture for a nation with a 40 percent minority population. “Civic engagement is so tied to a vibrant local media. What we’re seeing is the whittling away of all those small, independent media that are so important.”

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Bob Evans Farms Annual “Heroes to CEOs” Contest for Veterans

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Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced that the second annual Our Farm Salutes grant-giving program, “Heroes to CEOs,” will open for applications on May 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST and will remain open through June 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Each of the three winning Veteran-owned businesses will be awarded grants of $25,000 as well as an all-expenses-paid, three-day trip for two to New York City for a half-day mentoring session with Daymond John, Founder & CEO of FUBU and Co-Star of ABC’s Shark Tank.

A panel of judges will score each eligible entry based on reason, presentation, feasibility, opportunity and future success of the business or plan submitted. The top 10 highest-scoring entrants will be deemed finalists, which will then be judged by a panel of celebrity judges – including last year’s grant winners – who will score the finalists’ entries based on the same criteria. Winners will be announced on September 5, 2018, and invited to an awards ceremony on September 6, 2018, at Blueprint + Co, Daymond John’s co-working space in New York City.

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The International Sommelier Association Announces New Logo, New Website and New Cutting-Edge Destinations for Competitions

The International Sommelier Association (ASI) is currently gearing up for its first continental competition of the year: The Best Sommelier of the Americas contest, which will be held May 21-24 in Montreal and will bring together the best two sommeliers from 11 Pan American countries. This event will serve as an idyllic launchpad for ASI’s new President Andres Rosberg’s long-term vision.

Aimed at integrating markets for a new generation of professionals, Rosberg’s plan for the next two years includes entirely new branding, a new website and a stronger communications policy. Young sommeliers and sommellerie students around the world will be increasingly targeted, and ASI will focus on developing tools for them to become better professionals. These shifts can already be seen and felt via the new logo, a new monthly newsletter called #ASInews as well as online streaming of the finals of all competitions, which was first done at the 2016 Best Sommelier of the World contest in Argentina and has now been adopted as a standard practice in all international contests.

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New Brewing Courses, Online Courses from UC Davis Extension

This summer, take your craft to the next level with new courses in sensory science and consumer research, brewing chemistry and online courses in beer quality. As one of the world’s most respected providers of brewing programs, UC Davis Extension offers comprehensive brewing education courses for novice and experienced brewers and brewing industry professionals. Onsite classes are held in Davis, Calif.

New and Online! Beer Quality: Foam

Learn from “The Pope of Foam,” Charlie Bamforth, how to ensure excellent foam performance on your beers. Examine the underpinning physics and chemistry, how to measure foam, how the raw materials and process impact head retention and how to prevent over-foaming, otherwise known as gushing.

May 21-Aug. 10. | $385

Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing

Receive an intensive introduction to the sciences of brewing, drawing a direct connection between brewing science and brewing practice in this popular short course. Build your understanding of the technological and biochemical aspects of the brewing process, including raw materials, malting, brewing, fermentation and finishing. Receive a tour of a famous craft brewery and participate in beer tasting with a professional sensory scientist. Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

June 11-15: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | $1,400

New! Sensory Science for Craft Brewers

Sensory evaluation skills should be an essential part of your brewing operation and are critical for maintaining consistent quality, developing new brews and more. Learn to easily apply fundamental sensory science to your craft brewing operation. Class exercises include demonstrations of sensory evaluations of brews and the chance to discuss your actual research and production issues with professional sensory scientists. Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

June 23: Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.| $450

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UC Davis Extension Announces Summer Courses in Viticulture and Wine Business

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers, winemakers and wine lovers. The following courses will take place June-Sept. 2018 in Davis, unless otherwise indicated.

Winery Accounting and Finance for Executives

Augment your understanding of winery-specific accounting and finance issues. Designed for winery principals, executives and accounting staff, this course covers winery financial reporting, winery accounting, inventory costing, business valuation and taxation. Learn to read winery financial statements and discover how statements reveal a winery’s financial condition. David Padres, M.S., MBA, a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, teaches this course.

June 26: Tues., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  | $225. Includes course materials and lunch.

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James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program

James Beard is fondly remembered by friends and colleagues as a man who offered unstinting help and encouragement to people embarking on a culinary career. Upholding Beard’s legacy of culinary education and support through our scholarship program is an essential component of the James Beard Foundation’s mission. The JBF National Scholars, The Friends of James Beard Foundation Scholarships and the James Beard Foundation School Scholarships have been established to assist aspiring culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school. Professional grants are also available for independent work, study and travel.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Online application deadline: May 15, 2018.  For more information and to apply, click here.

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Emaar Hospitality Group Launches Global Hunt for ‘World’s Greatest Hospitality Talent’ for Under 26-year-olds

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Downtown Dubai by Emaar Properties (PRNewsfoto/Emaar Hospitality Group)

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Dubai-based developer Emaar Properties, has announced a global initiative to scout for the ‘World’s Greatest Hospitality Talent.’

Open for all below the age of 26 years from anywhere in the world, the talent scouting competition aims to identify and nurture the most talented individual for a senior position through a three-year all-expenses paid programme.

Olivier Harnisch, CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “With the guest profile changing and a new generation of travellers and entrepreneurs demanding new hospitality experiences, it is important to have youthful thinking and young leaders, who can lead the industry to the next era. This unique initiative aims to open doors to learn about the industry from the experts and build a rewarding career in a managerial role. At Emaar Hospitality Group, we embrace diversity and encourage talents from any background to apply.”

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