I’ve requested sponsorship for events and also received numerous requests to sponsor. From all this time, I’ve learned a few things and this guide is meant to be a resource for anyone hosting a coffee event. It can also be repurposed for a non-industry event. Scroll down for the template.
Communities are difficult to build & difficult to maintain. With a solid foundation & the right people believing in the same vision, you have a higher chance of succeeding. In Chicago, the New Gotham Coffee Community is a strong network of individuals who wanted to create a community of coffee professionals. When a board was first established, I served as their Web & Social Director. Unless you have all the time & resources in the world, you will want a board. Talya Strader, the founder of New Gotham, wrote about her experience for the BGA blog.
I’m going to go into more detail on how you & others can start your own community. These are not in a particular order.