MillerCoors Awards More Than $150,000 in Small Business Grants

  MillerCoors Awards More Than $150,000 in Small Business Grants

    The 2012-2013 MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series winners announced

                           New competition revealed

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- March 19, 2013

The MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) Business Plan competition
comes to an end by honoring five exemplary small businesses owners. The final
MUES business competition, which has granted more than $1.9 million dollars in
its 13-year history, awarded the following businesses owners with $160,000 in
business grants:

  *Lauren Miller and Jason Brein - $50,000
    Excelegrade – Atlanta, GA (www.excelegrade.com)
    Provides state-of-the art Web-based platform for standardized testing for
    K-12 classrooms with assessments on tablets, smartphones and laptops
  *Gabriel Munoz and Raul Duran - $35,000
    Hispanic Employee Recruiting Online – Overland Park, KS
    (www.hirebilinguals.com)
    Website that will unite diversity-friendly companies with quality,
    bilingual candidates in the Midwest through an innovative platform.
    Hispanic Employee Recruiting Online also won the Consumers Choice award
    receiving the most online votes for an additional grant of $10,000
  *Tinia Pina - $25,000
    Re-Nuble, Inc. – Lorton, VA (www.re-nuble.com)
    A social enterprise providing local, organic recycling services for major
    food waste generators
  *Ben Silbert and Mac Tichner - $25,000
    Bar & Club Stats – New York, NY (www.barandclubstats.com)
    App that provides real-time demographics about bars, nightclubs, arenas
    and events using a custom iPod or iPhone ID scanner
  *Santiago Halty - $25,000
    Senda Athletics – Berkeley, CA (www.sendaathletics.com)
    Currently the only American company making fair-trade sports balls and
    equipment, with designs and styles inspired by athletes from around the
    world

“We are extremely thankful to MillerCoors for caring about urban entrepreneurs
enough to provide these meaningful grants,” says Lauren Miller, co-founder and
CEO of Excelegrade. “We hope to build a successful business with the $50,000
grant that not only helps teachers and students but ultimately is able to pay
it forward to other entrepreneurs in a similar way.”

The winners will be presented with their respective business grants at a
special reception on Thursday, April 25 at MillerCoors corporate headquarters
in Chicago, IL.

The MUES business plan competition was established in 1999 as a valuable
resource for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, create jobs and make a
powerful impact in their communities. This year it will turn the page and
evolve into “Tap the Future,” a Miller Lite-branded program that will bring
great friends and business partners together to compete for a prize pool of
$500,000. Tap the Future is slated to launch in the summer of 2013.

“For more than a decade the MUES program has empowered small businesses to
create more jobs and boost the economy in their communities,” stated Larry
Waters, senior director, community commerce and partnerships for MillerCoors.
“We simply can’t wait to see the larger impact this program will have as it
evolves into its next stage as Tap the Future.”

Through Tap the Future, MillerCoors will continue to work with key community
partners including: Atlanta Business League, Detroit Urban League, Milwaukee
Urban League, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Recycling Black Dollars,
National Association for Asian American Professionals, Regional Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Urban League,
Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas and the
Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Overview of MillerCoors

Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing
heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the
highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the
United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and
Puerto Rico. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors
has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. The
portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller
Lite and Miller64. Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, offers
consumers refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Miller Lite established the
American light beer category in 1975, offering beer drinkers a light beer that
tastes like beer should. Miller64 is 64 calories of crisp, light taste that
complements a balanced lifestyle. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors
Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and
Keystone Light. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors craft and import
division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and
features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon
Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates
eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery
in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in
Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.
MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America through great
people changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors builds its brands the
right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and sustainable
environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of
SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com,
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Contact:

MillerCoors
Karina Diehl, 312-496-2973
karina.diehl@millercoors.com
or
Flowers Communications Group
Luis Roberto Castelló,312-228-8828
lcastello@flowerscomm.com
 
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