Ekos and Cider Culture Present: Cider Business School

We are so excited to announce an expansion of our Cider School series, the weekly educational hang-out that we developed during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. Through a partnership with Ekos, the game-changing cider management software, we’re taking Cider School to the next level with a four-part series that we’re calling Cider Business School.

This free class will be meeting on Zoom every Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time from July 16 through August 6, to help cider makers big and small brush up on business basics. We’ll be bringing together leaders from across the industry to talk about four topics that every cidermaker should have an understanding of: Operations, Production, Sales and Accounting.

We are in conversation with cider makers and cider brands all the time. It’s such a tough business, and we know how real the challenges can be — especially right now, while everything feels so unstable and up in the air. You are not alone! It is our hope that these classes can help to provide a functional tool kit to help the cider pros we admire so much. So, Cider Business School is offered at no cost and is open to all cider makers, whether you’re just starting out in the planning stages, recently launched and are pursuing growth, or are a well-established brand hoping to hone your business skills.

  • Thurs., July 16, 4 p.m. EST: Operations and Business Management: Leveraging technology for your cider business

    • Running a craft beverage business requires more than skill and a passion for cider making. In this webinar, Ekos co-founder and CEO Josh McKinney will provide an overview of effective business management and a look at top technology trends for craft businesses. He’ll touch on the shift to e-commerce sales, what technology craft producers use and find most valuable, and tips for growing and scaling your business.
  • Thurs., July 23, 4 p.m. EST: Production: Maintaining high standards & quality product

    • There’s a lot to keep track of during production to create a high-quality cider that your customers will enjoy. It starts with sourcing great ingredients and continues throughout the production process. How do you manage your recipes to ensure consistency across batches? Do you have a system for lot tracking for record-keeping and risk mitigation in case of a recall? In this webinar, we’ll share tips for tracking production (spoiler: a spreadsheet just won’t cut it!) so your cider is the best, every time you make it.
  • Thurs., July 30, 4 p.m. EST: Sales: The future of selling cider

    • Cider sales are on the rise and cider makers are exploring new ways to reach customers – e-commerce, social media, delivery, local and national distribution, and of course, the taproom. In this panel discussion, we’re bringing together cider producers Stem Ciders and Bull City Ciderworks, Half Pint Ciders Distro and Square to talk about the latest sales trends and provide key takeaways for reaching new customers and growing your business.
  • Thurs, August 6, 4 p.m. EST: Accounting: Developing Key Performance Indicators

    • In the final installment of Cider Business School, Lou Catalano of M.U.N. CPAs will share the importance of developing and tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The webinar will cover the importance of KPIs across your business, how to create them, and how to measure your success. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your cider business to the next level, this session will help you better understand your business metrics.

You don’t need to have an MBA to run a successful cidery, but there are some key areas to have an understanding of, and we’re going to cover them one week at a time. We invite you to join us on this journey, which will strengthen your knowledge of business basics and help position your brand and your team for success, no matter what the future holds!

Ready for Cider Business School? Register here.

  • Feature photo: Ekos


  1. Joby Wilson on July 14, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Will these classes be available for download later? I would love to sign up for these classes but my company has weekly Thursday meetings from 3:30 – 5 EST so I wouldn’t be able to watch these live. Or even on a delay catch up that I could watch after my meetings?

    • Joby Wilson on July 14, 2020 at 10:28 am

      On the registration page, it says each class will be available to watch anytime. Thank you!

    • Emily Kovach on July 14, 2020 at 10:32 am

      Yes! You still must register for the classes, but we’ll have recordings of the sessions to share once they’re over.

  2. Felipe Clavijo Ramirez on July 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Hi Emily! Where can I find the recordings of today´s session? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  3. Glenn Letourneau, JR on August 2, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Definitely interested in watching these videos after they are posted… sadly I work Thursdays and can’t make the live meetings. I originally thought these would just be posted up after they were finished but I see that is not the case… there is only one class left and I see a comment saying you must register in order to view the videos later though… if that’s true, do I need to register for all of them, including the already finished ones, or can I just register for this Thursday’s class… which I also will not be able to watch live sadly.

    Thanks so much for this!

    • Colleen Keogh on August 6, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      It appears you can’t register for the past classes. I was hoping to do the same thing. I’m hoping they aren’t available to just those who registered. I didn’t register for ones I knew I couldn’t make.

    • Robert Fontaine on August 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      I am working in the Cidery all day, or doing paperwork. It would be great to be able to see the archived webinars. Not the case now. It even says at the top of the page that you can watch previous sessions. Might need a bit of clarification.

  4. Glenn Letourneau, JR on September 13, 2020 at 7:49 am

    For those who wanted to watch the videos, I just found a link to them On YouTube through the site… wasn’t opening posted here, so I thought I would share it. I haven’t watched them yet, but I likely will start tonight or tomorrow night:


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