2019 comes to an end and we welcome the beginning of a new decade. They say “You never know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re coming from.” I’d like to take this moment in the first days in January to look back and see some of the events that occurred.
It’s been a busy year as well as our most productive year. When we started this organization in 2017, our co-founders and I were all working full-time jobs (some more than one job) in Emergency Medical Services. This year, I left EMS full time to work on The Back 6 Project’s mission full time. Without some of the sales of Black 6 Coffee Trading Co., I would not be able to sustain a living while working on the multiple programs we have going with the “Project”. Some would say it’s a sacrifice but I wake up every morning knowing my purpose.
So let’s look at some of the highlights for the year 2019:
-Guatemala- We went to see how coffee is grown in one of our favorite sources for coffee. Donations of toys and school supplies were brought to San Pablo, San Marcos. New Relations were made with San Pablo Fire Department
-Philippines- Our second trip coffee origin trip helped us restock on coffee as well as bring back a new naturally processed arabica coffee. Donations of school supplies were brought to a local elementary school in Mindoro, Philippines.
–NYU Veterans’ Entrepreneurship Training– A three month class for veterans looking to learn how to begin their business ventures. At the end of the course, Black 6 Coffee Trading Co. one first place in a pitch competition against other veterans pitching their business ideas.
–Bunker Labs Veterans In Residence– We were accepted into this national nonprofits program that is partnered up with coworking company WeWork. Along with nine other veteran-owned companies, we incubated our coffee company and our nonprofit work.
–Streetshares Foundation Pitch Competition– As a semi-finalist to the Streetshares Veterans Business Pitch Competition, we were invited to San Antonio, Texas where we gave our business pitch and won the 2nd place award of $6,000.
–Macy’s Campaign– Thanks to Bunker Labs, we were featured in this year’s Macy’s Gives Campaign. A campaign where Macy’s customers can round up their purchases and donate it to their charity that helps veterans and their families.
Coming halfway through 2019, there was good momentum in planning and making others aware of our mission and our coffee company. The way our two organizations are intertwined creates a presence of both wherever we go and whatever we do. I will continue the second half of 2019 on our next post.
Once again, thank you all for your support. We would not be able to go where we go and do what we do without you. Stay tuned.