Nash’s Natural Brewing Company finalist in national small business contest

Auburn small business named a finalist in Wells Fargo contest

Nash’s Natural Brewing Company named one of 25 finalists in a national contest that gives businesses a chance to win $25,000 and mentorship from small business experts

AUBURN, Calif. Sept. 16, 2015 – Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) today named Nash’s Natural Brewing Company, a small business from Auburn, Calif. one of 25 finalists in the Wells Fargo Works Project contest, which ran from May 1 – June 30, 2015. This business was one of more than 4,200 small businesses that entered the national contest, in which five grand prize winners will be selected to receive $25,000 along with mentorship from a small business expert and tailored solutions for their business.

Nash’s Natural Brewing Company makes kombucha served on draft using only certified organic ingredients. Brewed locally in the greater Sacramento area, their product is raw, unpasteurized, gluten- and dairy-free, and vegan. After navigating the permit process to sell kombucha commercially, co-founders Sean Nash and Claire Dunlap moved from making kombucha out of their home and began distributing it by the keg. They also built a mobile draft system that allowed them to sell kombucha by the cup at local farmers markets. If named a grand prize winner, Nash and Dunlap said they hope to scale their business and distribute their product in retailers throughout California. As a contest finalist, Nash’s Natural Brewing Company will receive $1,000 from Wells Fargo.

For the second year, the Wells Fargo Works Project contest is part of Wells Fargo Works for Small Business SM – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and products to help business owners achieve financial success. In addition to the contest, Wells Fargo launched the Business Plan Center in May, a free online resource available on WellsFargoWorks.com. The Center features the Business Plan Tool, a step-by-step guide to develop a written business plan. It also offers a Competitive Intelligence Tool, which provides business owners with key insight on competitors and their market that can be used as part of the planning process.

“Wells Fargo continues to expand the support we offer business owners so they have the tools and resources to help their business thrive,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo’s head of Small Business. “We are honored to name Nash’s Natural Brewing Company as one of our 25 finalists for the Wells Fargo Works Project contest, and congratulate its owners, Sean Nash and Claire Dunlap, on this achievement. Their commitment to building, running and growing a successful small business is inspiring, as we work to help all small businesses take the next step toward their goals.”