Carlene O’Garro grew up in an inner city Boston neighborhood. After college, Carlene opted for an office job while she found her true path, but remained frustrated that she wasn’t building anything for herself that would ultimately “be hers.” Listening to her inner voice and passion for baking, she enrolled in the newly created Pastry Chef program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Education.
After graduating, Carlene combined her artistic ability with her professional French pastry techniques to create some of the most decadent desserts around. She started her business, Delectable Desires, by delivering freshly baked pastries to cafés, hospitality inns and hotels in the mornings, also baking tasty cakes and pies for local grocery stores throughout Boston. In starting her business, Carlene used high interest credit cards to finance her endeavor. Although she knew it was a dangerous, short-term solution, she did not know where else to get the financing she needed for her business.
It was at this time that Carlene heard about a brand new program starting up – the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program. Carlene became the first participant after receiving a loan from Accion East and Online. Since the Brewing the American Dream program began in 2008, more than 230 loans totaling over $2 million have been made to small businesses across the country.
The Boston Beer Company, our partner in the Brewing the American Dream program, has just announced its latest promotion – Raise a Pint, Brew a Dream. The promotion, being offered from April 15 to May 31, 2013, will support small businesses by raising funds for the Brewing the American Dream program. For every Samuel Adams Boston Lager draft purchased from a participating location, The Boston Beer Company will contribute $.05 to our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream loan fund.
There are over 10,000 participating bars and restaurants across the United States. Grab a Boston Lager and raise your glass to support business owners like Carlene!