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Dear WIN’ners!


We hope this newsletter finds you well and ready for our beautiful May flowers. May will also bring other changes as we'll see some businesses slowly start to bloom again as they reopen with new physical distancing guidelines. This has been an incredibly hard time for small businesses everywhere so we want to remind everyone of the importance of supporting and shopping at our local stores and restaurants. Have you signed up for your summer CSA yet? Commondeer, a female founded store in Burlington only selling made in the US items, has started a petition called Believe in Small Business and Fight for Us today. Please consider signing and sharing.

Our move to virtual events has been a little silver lining for us as we have welcomed many new faces from as far as Utah to our events. We're continuing to plan more events and look forward to seeing many of you online tomorrow at 5:15 to hear Krista and Caitlin from ZAFA Wines tell their story. Sign up details are below in case you haven't signed up yet. Please feel free to join us tomorrow with your own glass of wine and sometime, in the near future, let's hope we can all make a toast together with a glass of ZAFA wine!

Be well,


Janice, Laury and Louisa 
LAST CALL for tomorrow's event!
NNE WIN April Meeting
April 30th, 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Online, Zoom


Entrepreneur Story: Meet Krista Scruggs and Caitlin Braam of ZAFA Wines

 
Date: Thursday, April 30th
Time: 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Zoom, link will be sent prior to event

We're excited to have Krista Scruggs and Caitlin Braam of ZAFA Wines join us to tell their story.   ZAFA Wines has become one of the pioneers in the "New American" wine revival, focusing on hybrid grapes in Vermont. Making waves with its traditional methods, ZAFA is reframing the conversation around sustainability and farming in wine.  They We create wines, ciders, co-fermentations and blends of apples and grapes using native fermentation and a 0/0 ethos (no fining, filtering or additives). With a focus on sparkling, ZAFA uses only biodynamic and organic fruit, including hybrid grape varietals and wild apples. Retailing at $43 per bottle, ZAFA Wines introduces 10-14 new releases per year with sold out releases and pre-allocated distribution.  They’ll be time for Q&A with Krista and Caitlin, and after our conversation we’ll leave time to talk about the story and opportunity to support this emerging woman owned company.  We’ll leave time for “open topic” discussion, meaning what’s on your mind related to investing, COVID 19, or whatever’s on your mind.  This meeting is free and open to any women and gender non-conforming people who want to learn more about how women in business and investing can bring positive change to this world.  
 
And in anticipation of 4/30, here’s a link to a great video featuring Krista Scruggs, the founder and this link on their website showing the national press Krista and ZAFA have already received despite their early stage. 

No Cost to Attend, but Pre-registration is Required. We will email you the Zoom link information.
Register Here
Save the Dates for these VTWIN and NNEWIN Events

May 20 - NNEWIN ***Please note this event has been moved to September. Date TBD***
"Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs & the Importance of Women Angel Investors" to be held at Hotel Concord, Concord, NH 12:00 Noon–5:30 pm. More info to follow.

May 28 - VTWIN
Then on Thursday, May 28, Karin Chamberlain, Director of Impact Investments at Clean Yield Asset Management will join us for morning coffee event at Local 64 in Montpelier from 8:30am to 10am.

June 17 - NNEWIN
"2020 Angels in Training: A Maine WIN Experiential Investment Workshop" to be held at Preti Flaherty in Portland, ME 8:30 am-4:00 pm. More info to follow.
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About Us
Please note, we've updated our About Us: 

The Vermont Women’s Investor Network (WIN) supports all women, trans and gender non-conforming investors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vermont. Our long-term goals include pooling skills, expertise, and capital to fund women and trans entrepreneurs and business owners to create positive environmental and social impact while generating a financial return.
 
VT WIN STEERING COMMITTEE
Laury Saligman, laury@vernalventures.org
Janice St. Onge, Flexible Capital Fund: janice@flexiblecapitalfund.com
Louisa Schibli, Milk Money VT: louisa@milkmoneyvt.com

Disclaimer:  The Vermont Women’s Investors Network (VT WIN) is not for solicitation of professional services.  VT WIN is not an investment advisor, financial advisor, broker/dealer or other type of advisor or fiduciary.   VT WIN is not affiliated with the companies attending VT WIN meetings, and does not endorse, effectuate investment in or recommend the securities of any of the companies attending.
 
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