The Spotted Lanterfly has been detected in Maryland and it’s up to the agricultural community to identify, report and help manage the threat it imposes on grapes, hops and a variety of specialty crops. Learn more on our webinar.
Grow & Fortify is hiring interns! We aim to cultivate an environment where value-added agricultural producers, operators and growers innovate and thrive. Our clients include the Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Distillers Guild, Maryland Industrial Hemp Coalition, as well as and other value-added agricultural producers. We offer internships to students who are currently enrolled in college, and able to receive credit for the internship.
Join Kevin Atticks and Janna Howley for a seminar to discuss starting a brewery, cidery, meadery, winery or distillery in Maryland. Kevin serves as Executive Director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Wineries Association & the Maryland Distillers Guild. Janna is the Director of Operations for Grow & Fortify.
Included in the discussion:
- Planning & Zoning
- County or City Permitting
- Federal, State & Local Alcohol Licensing
- Sourcing or Growing Local Agricultural Inputs
- Marketing & Sales Opportunities
- Legislation & Industry Efforts
Light snacks and beverage will be available.
Grow & Fortify Founder & CEO Kevin Atticks recently announced staff promotions. “We have an incredibly talented team, and they are working wonders for our company and our clients,” said Atticks.
Janna Howley has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer, Kelly Dudeck has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer, and Abby Casarella has been promoted to Director of Events.
In highlighting some of their successes, Atticks noted the diverse responsibilities of the team.
Casarella has managed over 20 events across the state for Grow & Fortify and its clients, which range from intimate, upscale gatherings to large outdoor festivals with thousands of attendees. “Abby has created incredible events that benefit our clients and provide engaging consumer experiences,” Atticks said.
Dudeck produced the Grow & Fortify Summit in December, which brought together 200 agricultural professionals and entrepreneurs for learning and networking. “Kelly is a master of composing compelling results from complex projects, including multi-industry conferences and publications,” Atticks said.
In addition to managing the company’s finances, administrative and compliance functions, Howley supports startup value-added agricultural businesses by walking them through the licensing and permitting process. “With Janna, we have a top-level controller for our company, and staunch advocate for entrepreneurs in the startup phase,” Atticks said.
Jim Bauckman is the newest member of the team, managing all marketing, promotions and communications for Grow & Fortify and its clients.
“I am impressed with what our small team has accomplished, and look forward to their incredible achievements in 2019,” Atticks said.
Grow & Fortify is celebrating its fifth anniversary this January.
Over 240 farmers, regulators, new entrants and agency representatives gathered for the 2018 Grow & Fortify Summit, held December 6 at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club conference center.
“The collective expertise of the speakers and panelists provided an incredible resource to the value-added agricultural industry,” said Kevin Atticks, Founder & CEO of Grow & Fortify.
Attendees heard from farmers, researchers, attorneys and more.
Memo Diriker, director of BEACON at Salisbury University, previewed the state’s first study assessing the impact of value-added agriculture. His research shows a value-added agriculture has an estimated $20.6 billion in economic impact, accounting for over 77,000 jobs.
A highlight of the event was AgPitch, a Shark Tank-style competition, sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit. MADTECH Drones took home the prize, $7,500 in cash.
The Summit was organized by Kelly Dudeck, Grow & Fortify’s director of strategy, with the support of an industry advisory committee. Rural Maryland Council and MidAtlantic Farm Credit partnered to produce the Summit, and over a dozen industry organizations sponsored the event.
Experience the best wine that Maryland has to offer, as noted by critically acclaimed WYPR’s Al Spoler, in an exclusive and unique setting. Throughout the evening, attendees will engage with winemakers and owners, enjoy delicious hors D’oeuvres, and tap their feet to live music from SoulTet.
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Grow & Fortify has launched a new mobile responsive website, growandfortify.com. What does mobile responsive mean? Responsive design provides an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors). Thank you DatAchieve Digital!
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The 2018 Grow & Fortify Summit event will focus on supporting and promoting Maryland’s value-added agricultural producers, growers, agritourism operations and small food businesses. Presented by Grow & Fortify, Rural Maryland Council and MidAtlantic Farm Credit, the focus for 2018 will be Innovation, Emerging and Potential Markets and Sales and Distribution Channels. We’ll also be including AgPitch – a Shark Tank-style business competition, sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit, for entrepreneurs to present their agriculture business ideas before an audience to compete for cash and related business services.
In addition, we will be including a Rapid Fire Panel. The is a fun and exciting way to demonstrate the diversity of Maryland’s value-added agriculture industry. Grow & Fortify will have about a dozen people from within the industry, each giving a short 4-min presentation on their business. This informative overview will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.