Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the summer issue of Business Leader, a quarterly magazine produced by the Eau Claire Press Co. Go to LeaderTelegram.com/magazines to view the magazine. Two UW-Eau Claire students stood in front of a group of Chippewa Valley business operators on a recent Wednesday morning and talked about their fledgling coffee enterprise. When the PowerPoint presentation was over, other local entrepreneurs asked questions, offered advice and shared information about resources that could help the student-run business called Blugold Roast. This nurturing process — with presenters ranging from Twin Cities entrepreneurs to local residents with potential business ideas...
"Blugold Brains, Blugold Beans UWEC entrepreneurial students bring new coffee brand to EC" - VolumeOne
Last fall, a simple suggestion sparked an initiative to create a UW-Eau Claire brand of coffee. In the span of a single year, that idea has evolved into a thriving young company called Blugold Roast. During last year’s UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneurship Week, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) President Tyler Anderson attended a talk by Jim Stewart, the founder of Seattle’s Best Coffee. Inspired by Stewart’s speech, he and fellow CEO students decided to take on the coffee industry. “Something as simple as coffee can bring the spirit of Eau Claire’s entrepreneurial community together.” – Tyler Anderson, Blugold Roast Stewart connected the CEO with...
By Judy Berthiaume, UW-Eau Claire Integrated Marketing and Communications Department Life is about to get even better for Blugolds who love both their coffee and their university, thanks to a team of UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurial students. Blugold Roast coffee — special organic blends created for a newly established student-run coffee business — will be offered at UW-EC special events this fall, and soon will be available for purchase online. Eventually, the students hope to sell the coffee on campus. Students in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization in collaboration with the university’s Dennis L. Heyde Entrepreneur Program established Blugold Roast and will run the business....
"UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurial students launch Blugold Roast, debut product line-up at College of Business 50th Anniversary Bash"
- Andee Erickson, Projects Editor
October 5, 2016