Small Business Week Through the Eyes of a SWFL Brewery

May 2, 2018

Messages have long circulated the internet, encouraging people to shop local at small businesses. They usually say something along the lines of “When you shop at a locally owned business, you aren’t helping a CEO buy a third holiday home. You’re helping pay for a little girls’ dance lessons or helping a mom put food on the table.”

But, what else does small business do for a community? Quint Studer says, a lot.

He wrote the book, “Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America,” which covers that very subject.


Studer joins Gulf Coast Live to talk more about how this is a critical time for people to connect locally by doing business with local entrepreneurs, like Fort Myers-based Millennial Brewing Company co-owner Kyle Cebull.


Cebull also joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about the business of microbreweries.

The interior of Millennial Brewing Company
Credit Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

Millennial Brewing Company is teaming up with barbecue grand master Steven Raichlen this month for WGCU's event, Bites & Brews.

Raichlen is a New York Times bestselling cookbook author of titles that have won multiple James Beard Awards and IACP-Julia Childs Awards. He's also the man behind numerous American Public Television series based on and around the art of cooking by fire.

Raichlen joins Gulf Coast Live to discuss his new book, "Project Fire," and to talk a bit about his upcoming smoking and grilling demonstration at Millennial Brewing Company.