As we get ready for our next round of The Social Pitch, we asked our winners from last August, Ground Up PDX, to give us an update. Ground Up is a social enterprise that trains disadvantaged women in the Greater Portland area in marketable skills through the production and sales of delicious nut butters!

From Julie of Ground Up:

We have been excited by the progress we have been making over the last couple months! We recently got our product into new retailers: Cherry Sprouts Produce Market and P’s and Q’s Market  We have a number of larger grocery stores that we have been developing relationships with and are hoping to get in over the next few months. We also just purchased our own  machinery, which is a huge step for us!  Now we are more motivated than ever to bring in the orders to pay off the machine!

Our current intern Ruth (referred through Outside In) has been a great fit for our team. She has been a huge help for us and has also been excited by all the learning opportunities.

“This job is so fun!  Working in the kitchen is therapeutic.  I love getting the opportunity to take ownership on certain tasks and that my bosses trust me to own it and do the job well!” —Ruth
Most recently in the press, we were featured in the Business Tribune after presenting in the Elevating Impact Pitch Fest.

Thanks for the update Julie! We’ll see you all at the next Social Pitch on April 30th!