Full Sail Brewing Company’s Irene Firmat Honored with the Small Business Association of Portland’s District Impact Award

Full Sail's Irene FirmatThe Small Business Association (SBA) of Portland recently presented Irene Firmat, Full Sail Brewing Company’s Founder and CEO with the SBA’s District Impact Award for her entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and positive impact on the local community. The awards were presented at the SBA Portland’s Small Business Week Awards Gala May 12th at the Oregon Convention Center

Each of the winners and champions went through a detailed selection process and should be justifiably proud of this award from the SBA. “The small business winners and champions are an incredible group of people and I am honored to acknowledge and celebrate them. As a small brewer, Full Sail has provided much to their local community and reshaped the American beer culture. Their employees’ shared equity in the Full Sail Brewing Company creates a powerful set of stakeholders with a great sense of roots about where they live and work. Irene and her employees understand the impact a business has in a smaller community. We are pleased to honor the company’s endeavors,” said Portland SBA’s Acting District Director, Robert DuCote.

Full Sail Brewing Co.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to recognize outstanding individuals in their pursuit of excellence. This event celebrates the best of the best,” added SBA Region X Administrator, Calvin Goings.

“I am very grateful the acknowledgement this award represents to all the passion and commitment that our team at Full Sail puts in every day. I am very proud to be a part this team. It is also very meaningful that Full Sail, an Oregon brewery, is being recognized. It highlights the importance of the Oregon Craft Beer industry to the Oregon economy,” said Firmat.  Click here to view the SBA’s interview with Irene Firmat

About Full Sail Brewing Company:

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Session and Session Black Premium lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 24 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 27 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week.  Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the viewhttp://www.fullsailbrewing.com

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