The People We Help

Meet some of the small business owners who have received loans through the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.

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Lucy Valena

Voltage Coffee

Lucy is EXTREMELY passionate about coffee and sees a unique opportunity to bring the "coffee culture" to the East Coast. Even with the proliferation of high end coffee chains, she thinks they have failed to do two things: 1. Deliver really high quality coffee and 2. Create community around the love of the bean. She sees herself as an artist with coffee being her medium.  Read the full story.

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Carlene O’Garro

Delectable Desires

Soon after graduating from the Pastry Chef program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Education, Carlene decided to start her own business. She applied for a loan from Accion and received a loan from Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream. She is baking in a shared kitchen where she has found natural mentors and a caring, supportive community.  Read the full story.

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David Warner

City Feed Supply

As a resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston near the Samuel Adams brewery, David and his wife saw an opportunity to create a food business that responded to the unique needs of their community. He sources locally, hires locally and the entire business is designed for people who live in the neighborhood. This is a small grocery and sandwich shop. Read the full story.

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