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A majority of founders and leadership in growing companies in the food and beverage space have reported that they expect to see growth in 2020.  Even after the volatility and challenges of 2020 – the food and beverage industry as a whole is looking forward to 2021 to see what products will impact and hit with consumers and the marketplace.  Join us to explore and examine that “growth” as part of our Founders Series for 2021 – the conversation that founders and leadership from growing companies across the midwest want to be a part of!

The Founders Series has been re-imaged for 2021, in partnership with Foodbevy and CA Fortune, we are looking to industry experts, a wide range of successful and growing founders, and our own partners to provide hands-on learning opportunities around each of our primary topic areas.  Each quarterly event will feature a brief opening panel discussion to examine where we are as an industry for the quarter and how the main topic area relates to each of us.  And then we will break-out into roundtable or workshop sections led by our partners and panelists for in-depth conversation and problem solving.  Join us to explore how your peers and industry can help you tackle growth in 2021.

*As always, Founders and CFBN Members attend these events for FREE.  Reach out by dropping us an email if you are looking to be connected!


The newest phase of the pandemic – as we see a vaccine on the horizon for many of us but face continued lock-downs and shop closures around the globe – is changing customer behavior almost daily!  Join us for our first event in the 2021 Founders Series, to look and learn how shopping behaviors are changing, how growth looks so different for many brands and companies in 2021, and what founders are doing to reach and connect with their customers in new ways.

  • 11:00 AM:  General Welcome (Alan Reed, CFBN)
  • 11:05 AM – 11:35 AM:  Opening Presentation/Conversation
  • 11:40 AM – 12:30 PM:  Workshopping/Networking Breakouts
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM:  1:1 Individual Networking Open (45 mins)

Jordan Buckner, Founder – Foodbevy & Founder – TeaSquares

Jordan Buckner is on a mission to help food and beverage companies build successful businesses, and launched to create a pipeline for companies to grow from startup to scale by reducing the resource and network gaps.  Jordan also co-founded TeaSquares, a line of superfood energy bars designed to help people stay focused and alert so they could achieve their passions. 

Steve Gaither, Chief Marketing Officer,CA Fortune

Steve Gaither is the Chief Marketing Officer at C.A. Fortune, and leads the C.A. Branding pillar. Founded as JB Chicago, C.A. Branding is an integrated marketing agency whose clients range from Fortune 500, middle-market, to emerging brands.  As a mentor at the Good Food Business Accelerator, ICNC, the Food Foundry, Chicagoland Food and Bev, and The Hatchery, his relationships with entrepreneurs led him to co-found the Windy City Troublemakers, an early-stage food meetup in Chicago. Steve was formerly a partner in Spiral Sun Ventures and Windy City Food Brands, where he and his fellow CPG experts provided the capital and go-to market strategies that help brands accelerate their growth. Steve graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Architecture and Planning. He resides in Munster, Indiana with his wife and three children.

The Founders Series is virtual event series produced in partnership with CFBN members and partners,


Event Details
02. 11. 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free – $10