Introduction: September 2009

Written by Cafe Campesino on Sep 5, 2009 in Introduction, NEWSLETTER |
Welcome to the September 2009 edition of Fair Grounds.  We’re glad you’ve joined us and hope you enjoy the read.  Lots of coffee/fair trade happenings to tell you about this month but first, here’s something we’re excited to announce and we’d like to ask for your support:

Shine a Light

Café Campesino has been nominated for the chance to win $100,000 in grants and marketing support through a contest sponsored by American Express in partnership with NBC Universal.  The point of this exciting opportunity is to recognize small businesses that people find inspiring.  Read our nomination story here.

We are asking all of our dedicated supporters to help us win!  In order to move to the next round, we must receive a minimum of 50 endorsements BEFORE SEPTEMBER 13th.  (Although, we’d certainly love to have many more than that in order to get the judges attention.)

To endorse our story, all you have to do is this:

1. Go to
2. Take a moment to register for an account (Top right of page).
3. Once registered, click on the “Nominees” link (Under the big Shine a Light logo).
4. Search for Café Campesino in the search box.
5. Scroll down to find us (It’s in alphabetical order). Then click on view nominee profile.
6. If you find our story to be inspiring (as we hope you will), then click the Support This Story, Endorse Now button at the top left corner.

If we receive enough endorsements, we will advance to the next round.  This next round is the judging phase, where 3 finalists will be selected based on the following criteria: innovation, customer service, & community. Three of the judges for the round are Ellen Degeneres, Diane Von Furstenberg, & JJ Ramberg.

September 24th begins the voting phase.  At that time, registered users will be invited to vote on the three finalist Nominations by choosing the Nomination that best represents all three Judging Criteria.  Voting ends October 16th & a winner will be announced October 19th.

We ask you to please help us spread the word as we are very excited about this opportunity & time is of the essence!  Email us if you have any questions. []

Now, on with the rest of this edition of Fair Grounds.  Cheers!

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