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Alumni-Owned Brewing Company Attends Congressional Showcase

Wildcard Brewing Company to Attend Congressional Showcase


February 1, 2017, Redding, CA – America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a reception on Capitol Hill Monday, February 6th at 5:30 pm to showcase some of its network’s top clients. Wildcard Brewing Company of Redding, CA was invited to attend as 1 of 14 small businesses from across the United States to showcase their products and tell their story to Members of Congress and SBDC Directors from across the country.


About SBDC

The SBDC is largest technical assistance provider for small businesses in California and is part of a national network of nearly 1,000 centers – which are funded in part by the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

The California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today's challenging economic climate. Local SBDC’s provide comprehensive and expert guidance on issues such as start-up basics, financing, business and marketing plan development, exporting, technology advising, procurement and government contracting. These services are delivered throughout California via an extensive network of 44 Small Business Development Centers. The California SBDC network serves more than 46,500 small business owners annually.


About Wildcard Brewing Company

Wildcard Brewing Company represents the tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners who receive business assistance from the California SBDC’s each year. Wildcard Brewing Company opened its doors in 2012 with 4200 square feet of open warehouse space, a 20 gallon pilot system and a small, bare bones tasting room. Today the company produces 2500 barrels of craft beer a year and continues to grow at a rapid pace adding to the chaos and Wildcard spirit. Founders Jeff and Jenny Hansen’s dreams became a reality much in part due to the resources of the SBDC program and mentorship.


In 2013, Wildcard had worked with the Northeastern California SBDC Shasta Cascade Center to secure an SBA loan from Cornerstone Community Bank; allowing them to procure and install a 15 barrel state of the art brew system. In the process new jobs were created, the local construction industry received a boost and new tax dollars went into the community economy.  In 2014, Wildcard made the leap into packaged beer, purchasing a bottling and offering three of their year round ales in 22oz bottles. Early 2106 Wildcard was able to expand with a second tasting room in downtown Redding, CA. Also last year the small microbrewery released a new flagship, North State IPA, in 6 Pack Cans. Currently, Wildcard distributes packaged bottle and can products as well as draft beer offerings throughout Northern CA, Sacramento Valley, the East Bay Area and Southern Oregon.


“It is an honor to represent the State of California in Washington, D.C. Wildcard is extremely grateful to the SBDC for mentoring and guiding our business during its earliest days, setting a foundation for success that has continued today. It is programs like this that are invaluable to local economies job creation and growth.” – Jenny Hansen, CO-Founder.