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BB404 Finance and Accounting for Craft Beverages

Certificate Track: The Business of Craft Brewing

After completing this non-credit course you will understand the financing, investing, legal and accounting issues faced by craft beverage businesses every day. You will also learn how to finance a start-up and what is required to build a business, how to prepare income statement and balance sheet forecasts, and inventory costing.

What You Cover

  • Accounting basics - balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements
  • How much is it going to cost to produce your beverage?
  • Defining the market and how its connected to your strategic plan
  • Financing your business
  • State and federal registration and compliance issues around producing alcoholic beverages
  • Legal basics - HR, insurance, BOLI, and water use

Cost: $699

Notes: This course has no prerequisites and can be taken before BB401 and BB402. This course is entirely online. Students receive emails a few days prior to the start date with login information. 

Instructors: Marcus Reed and Maria Young

Marcus Reed Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE Business of Craft Brewing Finance and Accounting for the Craft Brewery Marcus Reed, known as the “Brewer’s Lawyer,” provides legal services to breweries, cideries, meaderies, and other related businesses at the law firm Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP  in Portland, Oregon. Marcus assists these businesses and business owners in a full range of legal matters, including company formation, distribution, ownership agreements, real estate purchases and leasing, financing, contract brewing and alternating proprietorship arrangements, trademarks, regulatory compliance, employment, and dispute resolution. In 2012, Marcus co-founded the Beverage Industry Networking Group (B.I.N.G.), a group of service providers dedicated to supporting the craft beer and other craft beverage industries. Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, LLP also recently launched a beer blog, which you can read about.
 Maria Young Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education Business of Craft Brewing Finance and Accounting for the Craft Brewery

Maria Young, CPA is the founder of Radix Accounting.Maria earned her accounting degree from Linfield College and worked as a CPA in the tax department at Perkins and Company, Portland’s largest local accounting firm, where she specialized in breweries, service businesses, and high net worth individuals. It was during that time that she recognized a need for contract Controller service in Portland’s brewery industry, and in 2012 Radix Accounting was created to serve those clients. Additionally Maria is Portland’s Lead Instructor of Becker CPA Review, an educational program that prepares CPA candidates to successfully pass the CPA exam. She teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax, auditing, and economics. She also is an active member of the AICPA and the Oregon Society of CPAs,and currently serving as Vice Chair of the Business and Industry Conference.

Applies towards the following certificate:
The Business of Craft Brewing